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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-23-17, OM, St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop

    03/22/2017 8:22:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-23-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 23, 2017 Thursday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 7:23-28Thus says the LORD: This is what I commanded my people:Listen to my voice;then I will be your God and you shall be my people.Walk in all the ways that I command you,so that you may prosper. But they obeyed not, nor did they pay heed.They walked in the hardness of their evil heartsand turned their backs, not their faces, to me.From the day that your fathers left the land of Egypt even to this day,I have sent you untiringly all my servants the prophets.Yet they...
  • Pope: 'Current Migration Crisis Greatest Tragedy After WW2'

    03/22/2017 1:57:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 3/22/17
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has called for an ongoing commitment to welcome and integrate forced migrants and refugees and described the current migration phenomenon as the world’s greatest tragedy after the Second World War. Speaking on Wednesday to crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly General Audience, the Pope also continued his catechesis on Christian hope and appealed to the faithful to ‘re-discover’ the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • What Is the Geography of the Holy Land Like?"

    03/22/2017 9:15:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-21-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is the Geography of the Holy Land Like? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 21, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.Karya ini diberi lisensi dan tunduk di bawah ketentuan Creative Commons Atribusi versi 3.0. Nomenclature – The land today called Israel or the Holy Land, was known to the Greeks and Romans in Jesus’ day as Palestine. This name came from the Philistines,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-22-17

    03/21/2017 9:01:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-22-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 22, 2017 Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Dt 4:1, 5-9Moses spoke to the people and said:"Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decreeswhich I am teaching you to observe,that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. Therefore, I teach you the statutes and decreesas the LORD, my God, has commanded me,that you may observe them in the land you are entering to occupy.Observe them carefully,for thus will you give evidenceof your wisdom and intelligence to the nations,who will...
  • Jesus's tomb unveiled after $4m restoration

    03/21/2017 3:02:14 PM PDT · by mgstarr · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/21/17 | Harriet Sherwood
    The restored tomb in which Jesus’s body is believed to have been interred after his crucifixion will be officially unveiled at a ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday. “If the intervention hadn’t happened now, there is a very great risk that there could have been a collapse,” Bonnie Burnham of the World Monuments Fund, which had oversight of the project, told Associated Press. “This is a complete transformation of the monument.” The delicate restoration was carried out by a team of about 50 experts from the National Technical University, which previously worked...
  • What Were Houses Like at the Time of Jesus?

    03/21/2017 8:02:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Were Houses Like at the Time of Jesus? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 21, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The smallest homes of the very poor might be little better than a square, stone structure, covered with a whitewashed sort of stucco. There would typically be one larger multi-purpose room and a smaller back room for the animals. Some houses in hilly...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-21-17

    03/20/2017 7:52:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-21-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 21, 2017 Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Dn 3:25, 34-43Azariah stood up in the fire and prayed aloud: "For your name's sake, O Lord, do not deliver us up forever,or make void your covenant.Do not take away your mercy from us,for the sake of Abraham, your beloved,Isaac your servant, and Israel your holy one,To whom you promised to multiply their offspringlike the stars of heaven,or the sand on the shore of the sea.For we are reduced, O Lord, beyond any other nation,brought low everywhere in the world this daybecause of our sins.We have in...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Salvator of Horta, 03-20-17

    03/20/2017 4:43:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-20-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: The blessed Salvator à Horta of the Franciscan order | Etching | Wellcome Images Saint Salvator of Horta Saint of the Day for March 20 (1520 – March 18, 1567)  Saint Salvator of Horta’s Story A reputation for holiness does have some drawbacks. Public recognition can be a nuisance at times—as the confreres of Salvator found out.Salvator was born during Spain’s Golden Age. Art, politics, and wealth were flourishing. So was religion. Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus in 1540.Salvator’s parents were poor. At the age of 21, he entered the Franciscans...
  • Pope admits Catholic priests took part in Rwandan genocide and begs forgiveness over church's role

    03/20/2017 4:31:10 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    Daily Record ^ | Monday, March 20, 2017 | Record Reporter
    The Pontiff acknowledges that members of the clergy "succumbed to hatred and violence" as Rwandan government accuses Church of still protecting the guilty. Caption -- Pope Francis has apologised for the Catholic Church's role in the Rwandan genocide (Photo: Getty) Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness for the "sins and failings of the Church" during Rwanda's 1994 genocide, saying he hoped his apology would help heal the African state's wounds. But Rwanda's government indicated it felt the apology did not go far enough, saying the local Church was still complicit in protecting the perpetrators of the genocide. At a meeting...
  • Canon lawyers and theologians to hold conference on ‘deposing the pope’

    03/20/2017 1:42:02 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 30 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 17 March 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    PARIS, March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Canon lawyers, theologians, and scholars will be meeting in Paris in two weeks to discuss a topic that has never been the focus of a Catholic conference before: How to depose a heretical pope. Titled Deposing the Pope: Theological Premises, Canonical Models, Constitutional Challenge, the conference seeks to explore the mechanisms that are built into the Catholic Church for dealing with a pope who openly teaches falsehood and even heresy. Speaking at the conference will be University of Paris Professor Laurent Fonbaustier who published a 1200 page book last year on the topic that...
  • German Newspaper Investigates Mysterious Trust Connected to Order of Malta [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2017 11:17:35 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Germany’s mass-selling Bild newspaper has reported that the Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta, Baron Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, accepted a 30 million Swiss franc donation ($31 million) on behalf of the Order from what Bild calls “a dubious trust” in Geneva. Boeselager denies any wrongdoing. The Grand Chancellor told the newspaper that over a seven-year period, the Order would be drawing 30 million Swiss francs from the fund, which Bild calls by its acronym CPVG. So far, the Order has received 3 million francs from the trust, whose existence the Register first brought to public attention in January....
  • St. Joseph and Manhood

    03/20/2017 8:23:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 94 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-19-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    St. Joseph and Manhood Msgr. Charles Pope • March 19, 2017 • I remember once being amused to hear that a 19th century Franciscan theologian (whose name I cannot recall) wrote a six-volume set called “The Life of St. Joseph.” How could one possibly get enough material to fill six volumes? We know so little about Joseph from Scripture. He seems to have been the strong, silent type. Not a word of his is recorded, but his actions have much to say, especially to men.On this feast of St. Joseph, we do well to ponder him as a model...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-20-17, SOL, St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    03/19/2017 9:07:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-20-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 20, 2017 Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16The LORD spoke to Nathan and said:"Go, tell my servant David,'When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,and I will make his kingdom firm.It is he who shall build a house for my name.And I will make his royal throne firm forever.I will be a father to him,and he shall be a son to me.Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;your throne shall stand...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary, 03-19-17

    03/19/2017 5:20:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-19-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: The Dream of St. Joseph | Anton Raphael Mengs Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary Saint of the Day for March 19  Saint Joseph’s Story The Bible pays Joseph the highest compliment: he was a “just” man. The quality meant a lot more than faithfulness in paying debts.When the Bible speaks of God “justifying” someone, it means that God, the all-holy or “righteous” one, so transforms a person that the individual shares somehow in God’s own holiness, and hence it is really “right” for God to love him or her. In other words, God is...
  • Free speech row breaks out at Aberdeen University over abortion posters

    03/19/2017 2:20:21 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    press and journal ^ | march 15, 2017 | by Jon Hebditch and Catarina Demony
    A row over free speech has broken out at a north-east university, following a display of posters advertising an anti-abortion protest. The 40 days of Life event, featuring people holding signs and prayer vigils, has been taking place daily outside the city’s maternity hospital since March 1 and aims to cover the whole of Lent until April 13. But some student groups at Aberdeen University have expressed outrage at the Catholic chaplaincy on the campus displaying posters for the meeting and have signed a mass letter calling for their removal. The building is owned by the Catholic Church, who insist...
  • Just a Little Talk with Jesus Makes It Right – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent

    03/19/2017 5:05:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington Just a Little Talk with Jesus Makes It Right – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope • March 18, 2017 • As we examine the Gospel for this weekend’s Mass we do well to understand that is about human desires and how the Lord reaches us through them. Prior to examining the text in detail, let’s consider a few things: What it is that really makes you happy? We desire so many things: food, water, shelter, clothing, and creature comforts. We long for affection, peace, and a sense of belonging. Sometimes we...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-19-17, Third Sunday of Lent

    03/18/2017 6:37:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-19-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 19, 2017 Third Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Ex 17:3-7In those days, in their thirst for water,the people grumbled against Moses,saying, "Why did you ever make us leave Egypt?Was it just to have us die here of thirst with our children and our livestock?"So Moses cried out to the LORD, "What shall I do with this people?a little more and they will stone me!"The LORD answered Moses,"Go over there in front of the people, along with some of the elders of Israel, holding in your hand, as you go, the staff with which you struck the river.I will...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, 03-18-17

    03/18/2017 11:40:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-18-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Detail | Stained glass of Saints Cyril of Jerusalem & Bernard of Clairvaux | Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Dayton, Ohio | photo by Nheyob Saint Cyril of Jerusalem Saint of the Day for March 18 (c. 315 – March 18, 386)  Saint Cyril of Jerusalem’s Story The crises that the Church faces today may seem minor when compared with the threat posed by the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ and almost overcame Christianity in the fourth century. Cyril was to be caught up in the controversy, accused of Arianism...
  • Mafia godfathers can't be church godfathers, bishop rules [Sicily]

    03/18/2017 10:02:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 17 March 2017 16:56 CET+01:00 | AFP
    A bishop in Sicily has banned known mafia criminals from acting as godfathers at baptisms in churches in his diocese. Michele Pennisi, bishop of Monreale, near Palermo, said Friday he had issued a decree to that effect in a bid to challenge any notion that the bosses of organized crime have a paternalistic side to them. “The mafia has always taken the term ‘Godfather’ from the Church to give its bosses an air of religious respectability, whereas in fact the two worlds are completely incompatible,” the bishop told AFP. Pennisi’s diocese includes Corleone, a vendetta-haunted village inland from Palermo which...
  • Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

    03/18/2017 9:35:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-17-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • March 17, 2017 • In the Gospel of Matthew (Mat 12:1-8), Jesus is rebuked for violating the Sabbath. This reminded me of the video below, which illustrates how we sometimes follow smaller rules while overlooking more important ones in the process.The Lord Jesus was often scorned by the people of His day, who claimed that He overlooked certain details of the law (often Sabbath observances). But those who rebuked Him for this were guilty of far greater violations. For example, [Jesus] went into the...
  • How Has Our Health Care System Become Such a Mess?

    03/18/2017 7:21:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies
    NC Register ^ | March 17, 2017 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    SNIP As a result of this thinking, most of us have become part of a large system that is so complex that we don’t have any idea how much something costs or why it costs that much—and often don’t even bother to ask! So many things occur to me to ask, but there are few good answers. Should an ankle x-ray cost $700? Why? I know the machine is initially expensive, but so is my car. After driving my car for ten years, the three years of payments are a distant memory. Surely after the 10,000th x-ray the machine should be...
  • VATICANISTA URGES CONFUSED CATHOLICS TO LOOK TO UNCHANGING MAGISTERIUM... (Cath Cauc)

    03/17/2017 7:12:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | March 17, 2017 | Christine Niles
    A well-known Vaticanista is calling on Catholics to turn to the unchanging Magisterium for guidance, and is especially highlighting the pastoral leadership of the dubia cardinals. Italian journalist Antonio Socci published a blog post Thursday titled "Fraternal Advice" encouraging readers to "decisively take as the only points of pastoral reference the cardinals who've shown with facts to have in their hearts the good of Christian people, the good of their souls." The situation of the Catholic Church has become explosive.Tweet He was referring specifically to Cdls. Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra, Joachim Meisner and Walter Brandmüller, who submitted a set of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-18-17, OM, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    03/17/2017 8:13:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 18, 2017 Saturday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Mi 7:14-15, 18-20Shepherd your people with your staff,the flock of your inheritance,That dwells apart in a woodland,in the midst of Carmel.Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,as in the days of old;As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt,show us wonderful signs. Who is there like you, the God who removes guiltand pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;Who does not persist in anger forever,but delights rather in clemency,And will again have compassion on us,treading underfoot our guilt?You will cast into the...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, St. Patrick, 03-17-17

    03/17/2017 3:59:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-17-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Sculpture of Saint Patrick of Ireland | Saint Augustine church, Baden-Württemberg, Germany | photo by Reinhardhauke Saint Patrick Saint of the Day for March 17 (c. 386 – 461)  Saint Patrick’s Story Legends about Patrick abound; but truth is best served by our seeing two solid qualities in him: He was humble and he was courageous. The determination to accept suffering and success with equal indifference guided the life of God’s instrument for winning most of Ireland for Christ.Details of his life are uncertain. Current research places his dates of birth and death a...
  • The Universal Prayer

    03/17/2017 7:41:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Universal Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • March 16, 2017 • To my mind, one of the most remarkable prayers ever written was one attributed to Clement XI, who was pope from 1700-1721. Many have never heard it. The prayer is called “universal” because of its sweeping themes. Upon completing it one might well ask if anything at all was left out!If you are looking for a prayer to set on your night stand, this is surely a good one. I often pray this when my mind is dull. I admire its beauty and style; it is deeply personal...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer, 03-16-17

    03/16/2017 7:53:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-16-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Statue of Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer near Church of the Visitation of Our Lady in Hluboké Mašůvky, Znojmo District | photo by Jiří Sedláček Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer Saint of the Day for March 16 (December 26, 1751 – March 15, 1820)  Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer’s Story Clement might be called the second founder of the Redemptorists, as it was he who carried the congregation of Saint Alphonsus Liguori to the people north of the Alps.John, the name given him at Baptism, was born in Moravia into a poor family, the ninth of 12...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-17-17, OM, St. Patrick, Bishop

    03/16/2017 7:29:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-17-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 17, 2017 Friday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28aIsrael loved Joseph best of all his sons,for he was the child of his old age;and he had made him a long tunic.When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his sons,they hated him so much that they would not even greet him. One day, when his brothers had goneto pasture their father's flocks at Shechem,Israel said to Joseph, "Your brothers, you know, are tending our flocks at Shechem.Get ready; I will send you to them." So Joseph went after...
  • Rod Dreher explains the ‘Benedict Option’ and why we need it

    03/16/2017 4:12:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Aletelia ^ | March 16, 2017 | Rod Dreher
    Christian families and communities that don’t embrace some form of the Benedict Option aren’t going to make it through this time of testing Veteran journalist Rod Dreher has just produced a potent study of what ails America—and is proposing that the best solution may be (as his new book is titled) “The Benedict Option.” As the book’s promotional materials describe it: Now is a time of testing, when believers will learn the difference between shallow optimism and Christian hope. However dark the shadow falling over the West, the light of Christianity need not flicker out. It will not be...
  • Learning the Lessons of Lazarus and the Rich Man

    03/16/2017 7:42:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Learning the Lessons of Lazarus and the Rich Man Msgr. Charles Pope • March 15, 2017 • The well-known story of Lazarus and the rich man was read at Mass this morning (Thursday of the Second Week of Lent). On one level the message of the story seems plain enough: neglecting the poor is a damnable sin. However, there are other important teachings: about death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Those teachings are hidden in the details, but the subtlety is part of the story’s beauty. Let’s take a look at some of the teachings, beginning with the obvious one....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-16-17

    03/15/2017 8:41:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-16-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 16, 2017 Thursday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 17:5-10Thus says the LORD:Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,who seeks his strength in flesh,whose heart turns away from the LORD.He is like a barren bush in the desertthat enjoys no change of season,But stands in a lava waste,a salt and empty earth.Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,whose hope is the LORD.He is like a tree planted beside the watersthat stretches out its roots to the stream:It fears not the heat when it comes,its leaves stay green;In the year of drought...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Louise de Marillac, 03-15-17

    03/15/2017 3:53:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-15-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Louise de Marillac | Relief in Saint Vincent’s chapel in the church of San Carlo al Corso church in Milan | sculpture by Giovanni Pandiani Saint Louise de Marillac Saint of the Day for March 15 (August 12, 1591 – March 15, 1660)  Saint Louise de Marillac’s Story Born near Meux, France, Louise lost her mother when she was still a child, her beloved father when she was but 15. Her desire to become a nun was discouraged by her confessor, and a marriage was arranged. One son...
  • Why Did Jesus Die in His Thirties?

    03/15/2017 5:55:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Did Jesus Die in His Thirties? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 14, 2017 • Why did Christ die in his early thirties rather than as an older man? This would have permitted Him more time to teach and to set forth His Church. St. Thomas Aquinas answered the question in the following way:Christ willed to suffer while yet young, for three reasons. First of all, to commend the more His love by giving up His life for us when He was in His most perfect state of life. Secondly, because it was not becoming for Him to show...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-15-17

    03/14/2017 7:19:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-15-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 15, 2017 Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 18:18-20The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem said,"Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah.It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests,nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets.And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue;let us carefully note his every word." Heed me, O LORD,and listen to what my adversaries say.Must good be repaid with evilthat they should dig a pit to take my life?Remember that I stood before youto speak in their behalf,to...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Maximilian, 03-14-17

    03/14/2017 6:58:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-14-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Saint Maximilian Saint of the Day for March 14 (274 – March 12, 295)  Saint Maximilian’s Story We have an early, precious, almost unembellished account of the martyrdom of Saint Maximilian in modern-day Algeria.Brought before the proconsul Dion, Maximilian refused enlistment in the Roman army saying, “I cannot serve, I cannot do evil. I am a Christian.”Dion replied: “You must serve or die.”Maximilian: “I will never serve. You can cut off my head, but I will not be a soldier of this world, for I am a soldier of Christ. My army is the army...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Leander of Seville, 03-13-17

    03/14/2017 6:30:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-13-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Detail | Saints Leander and Isidore | © José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro Saint Leander of Seville Saint of the Day for March 13 (c. 534 – March 13, 600 or 601)  Saint Leander of Seville’s Story The next time you recite the Nicene Creed at Mass, think of today’s saint. For it was Leander of Seville who, as bishop, introduced the practice in the sixth century. He saw it as a way to help reinforce the faith of his people and as an antidote against the heresy of Arianism, which denied the divinity of...
  • On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part Two)

    03/14/2017 8:30:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-13-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part Two) Msgr. Charles Pope • March 13, 2017 • This is part two of an article on curiosity. We are considering the following four aspects: I. Premises Related to Curiosity II. Problems Regarding Curiosity III. Pictures Reinforcing Curiosity IV. Personal Requirement of CuriosityPlease see yesterday’s post for an introduction to the topic and a discussion of the first two items. In today’s post, we consider the third and fourth. III. Pictures Reinforcing Curiosity – We have already reflected a good deal on this aspect in the introduction. Jesus generated a lot...
  • RETURN TO FORM: A Call for the Restoration of the Roman Rite

    03/14/2017 4:02:05 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 6 replies
    First Things ^ | April 2017 | Martin Mosebach
    The times in which a new form is born are extremely rare in the history of mankind. Great forms are characterized by their ability to outlive the age in which they emerge and to pursue their path through all history’s hiatuses and upheavals. The Greek column with its Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian capitals is such a form, as is the Greek tragedy with its invention of dialogue that still lives on in the silliest soap opera. The Greeks regarded tradition itself as a precious object; it was tradition that created legitimacy. Among the Greeks, tradition stood under collective protection. The...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-14-17

    03/13/2017 7:54:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-14-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 14, 2017 Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Is 1:10, 16-20Hear the word of the LORD,princes of Sodom!Listen to the instruction of our God,people of Gomorrah! Wash yourselves clean!Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;cease doing evil; learn to do good.Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,hear the orphan's plea, defend the widow. Come now, let us set things right,says the LORD:Though your sins be like scarlet,they may become white as snow;Though they be crimson red,they may become white as wool.If you are willing, and obey,you shall eat the good things of the land;But...
  • On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part One)

    03/13/2017 8:31:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part One) Msgr. Charles Pope • March 12, 2017 • In the world of evangelization, the concept of curiosity is almost never discussed. If anything, evangelizers are encouraged to quickly satisfy any curiosity by supplying all sorts of answers to questions that arise about the faith. Apologetical tracts, books, catechisms, and videos abound. Curiosity, it would seem, is something to be quashed or at least overcome quickly. Allowing a person to wonder why for any length of time seems almost dangerous, especially in a “search-engine” culture. Quick answers, please!How different this is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-13-17

    03/12/2017 8:14:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-13-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 13, 2017 Monday of the Second Week in Lent Reading 1 Dn 9:4b-10"Lord, great and awesome God,you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love youand observe your commandments!We have sinned, been wicked and done evil;we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws.We have not obeyed your servants the prophets,who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes,our fathers, and all the people of the land.Justice, O Lord, is on your side;we are shamefaced even to this day:we, the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem,and all Israel, near and far,in all the...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Angela Salawa, 03-12-17

    03/12/2017 11:13:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-12-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Portrait of Aniela Salawa in the Franciscan church in Krakow | photo by Miezian Blessed Angela Salawa Saint of the Day for March 12 (September 9, 1881 – March 12, 1922)  Blessed Angela Salawa’s Story Angela served Christ and Christ’s little ones with all her strength.Born in Siepraw, near Kraków, Poland, she was the 11th child of Bartlomiej and Ewa Salawa. In 1897, she moved to Kraków where her older sister Therese lived. Angela immediately began to gather together and instruct young women domestic workers. During World War I, she helped prisoners of war...
  • Every Round Goes Higher, Higher - A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

    03/12/2017 9:29:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-11-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Every Round Goes Higher, Higher - A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope • March 12, 2017 • The second Sunday of Lent always features the Transfiguration. This is because we are following the Lord on His final odyssey to Jerusalem, and this journey up Mt. Tabor was one of His stops (with Peter, James, and John).It is commonly held that Jesus did this to prepare His apostles for the difficult days ahead. There’s a line from an old spiritual that says, “Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down, sometimes I’m almost on the ground …...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-12-17, Second Sunday of Lent

    03/11/2017 7:52:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-12-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 12, 2017 Second Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Gn 12:1-4aThe LORD said to Abram: "Go forth from the land of your kinsfolkand from your father's house to a land that I will show you. "I will make of you a great nation,and I will bless you;I will make your name great,so that you will be a blessing.I will bless those who bless youand curse those who curse you.All the communities of the earthshall find blessing in you." Abram went as the LORD directed him. Responsorial Psalm Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22.R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint John Ogilvie, 03-11-17

    03/11/2017 10:58:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-11-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Saint John Ogilvie study | © Peter Howson Saint John Ogilvie Saint of the Day for March 11 (1579 – March 10, 1615)  Saint John Ogilvie’s Story John Ogilvie’s noble Scottish family was partly Catholic and partly Presbyterian. His father raised him as a Calvinist, sending him to the continent to be educated. There, John became interested in the popular debates going on between Catholic and Calvinist scholars. Confused by the arguments of Catholic scholars whom he sought out, he turned to Scripture. Two texts particularly struck him: “God wills all men to be...
  • Mass offerings

    03/11/2017 9:24:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 70 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 03-08-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Mass offerings We are encouraged to pray for all who have died, beseeching God’s mercy in judgment and healing Msgr. Charles Pope 3/8/2017 Question: Is it permitted to have Masses offered for departed non-Catholics and non-Christians? How do the graces of the Mass benefit these departed souls? — Marie Pucalik, Mayport, Pennsylvania Answer: It is permitted and encouraged to pray and have Masses celebrated for all the dead, including non-Catholics and non-Christians. The deceased may need and deserve our prayers. This is perhaps, even more, the case for those who died without the help of the sacraments. The fruits of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-11-17

    03/10/2017 9:15:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-11-17 | Msgr. Charles Popeo
    March 11, 2017 Saturday of the First Week of Lent Reading 1 Dt 26:16-19Moses spoke to the people, saying:"This day the LORD, your God,commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.Be careful, then,to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:he is to be your God and you are to walk in his waysand observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,and to hearken to his voice.And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;and provided you...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Dominic Savio, 03-10-17

    03/10/2017 8:44:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-10-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Stained glass of Saint Dominic Savio in the Fatima Chapel | Langen near Brekenz, Austria | photo by Reinhard Müller Saint Dominic Savio Saint of the Day for March 10 (April 2, 1842 – March 9, 1857)  Saint Dominic Savio’s Story So many holy persons seem to die young. Among them was Dominic Savio, the patron of choirboys.Born into a peasant family at Riva, Italy, young Dominic joined Saint John Bosco as a student at the Oratory in Turin at the age of 12. He impressed Don Bosco with his desire to be a...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Frances of Rome, 03-09-17

    03/10/2017 6:11:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-09-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Frances of Rome giving alms | Giovanni Battista Gaulli Saint Frances of Rome Saint of the Day for March 9 (1384 – March 9, 1440) Saint Frances of Rome’s Story Frances’ life combines aspects of secular and religious life. A devoted and loving wife, she longed for a lifestyle of prayer and service, so she organized a group of women to minister to the needs of Rome’s poor.Born of wealthy parents, Frances found herself attracted to the religious life during her youth. But her parents objected and a young nobleman was selected to be...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, St. John of God, 03-08-17

    03/10/2017 5:47:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-08-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Statue of John of God in Rome | photo by Livioandronico2013 Saint John of God Saint of the Day for March 8 ( March 8, 1495 – March 8, 1550)  Saint John of God’s Story Having given up active Christian belief while a soldier, John was 40 before the depth of his sinfulness began to dawn on him. He decided to give the rest of his life to God’s service, and headed at once for Africa where he hoped to free captive Christians and, possibly, be martyred.He was soon advised that his desire for...
  • Dogs, cats got better burials than babies as Church deemed their mothers were doing devil's work TR

    03/10/2017 1:19:13 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 42 replies
    Irish Mirror Online ^ | Friday, March 10, 2017 | Pat Flanagan
    The bishops saw them not as people but living sins who must be severely punished and the State facilitated that torture Catherine Corless at the boarded up site at Tuam Mothers and Babies home where there is now verified evidence of remains of a significant number of babies and young children being buried. (Photo: Ray Ryan) The horrors of the Tuam cesspit cast a long shadow over any International Women's Day celebrations. And the Taoiseach added to the gloom by appearing to defend the nuns who may have dumped the bodies of up to 800 children in a disused sewer....