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  • Refuting Papal Myths — "Peter Was Not a Pope"

    09/23/2015 2:52:37 AM PDT · by ADSUM · 32 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | 9/23/2015 | Trent Horn
    Myth #3: Peter was important, but he had no special authority that could be passed on to a successor like the pope. Peter’s role as “chief apostle” is evident in the fact that he is mentioned more than any other apostle, often speaks for the whole group, and is placed first in every list of the apostles. Since Judas is always listed last, we can deduce that these lists were made in order of importance. Moreover, Christ made Peter alone the shepherd over his whole flock (see John 21:15-17), and the book of Acts describes Peter’s unparalleled leadership in the...
  • Millions of people wear the brown scapular thanks to this English mystic (Catholic Caucus)

    05/08/2015 2:13:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | May 8, 2015 | Fr Damian Cassidy
    This year marks the 750th anniversary of the death of St Simon Stock I wonder what you were thinking when you dressed this morning. Had you already laid out your clothes for the day? Did certain expectations dictate your choices? The simple fact is that how we dress can say a lot about who we are, what we do, how seriously we take life and its tasks. I have clear memories of one Christmas, when a child, having received a soldier’s outfit as a present and I can remember to this day the sense of pride and purpose that...
  • Forget the Money, ask St Anthony! (Catholic Caucus)

    05/08/2015 2:19:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 8, 2015 | LAWRENCE BRAZIER
    Let’s face it, there is one route the finance guys have yet to try. You have to pray to a saint! Am I right?We had a problem. A BIG problem! Exactly, it was all about money. We were staring two mortgages in the face. Changing houses is easy if your bank goes along with the idea. We had found our new dream residence. Signed on the dotted line and then our bank refused us a bridging loan. We needed badly to sell our old house.I mused, stared at the sky. My wife was more practical.“We will ask St Anthony,”...
  • Religion stoush as questions are raised over communion wine hygiene (Catholic Caucus)

    11/01/2013 9:51:32 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 37 replies
    The Standard ^ | Nov 1, 2013 | Alex Sinnot
    Australia: AN unholy headache is developing for major churches, with questions raised over whether sacramental wine passes hygiene standards. Former Warrnambool mayor Frank McCarthy, a devout Catholic, is calling for the time-honoured tradition of drinking from a shared goblet during services to be scrapped. Mr McCarthy said wholesale consumption of wine from the same chalice would not be allowed in any pub or restaurant and queried why churches were given an exemption. The former businessman said the risk of spreading disease was heightened with a shared cup. “The rules and regulations surrounding beverages are pretty clear and no pub or...
  • Catholic Caucus: Catholics urge more focus on social justice

    11/12/2012 7:29:12 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 51 replies
    The Catholic Review (Baltimore) ^ | October 30, 2012 | Patricia Zapor
    WASHINGTON - A large national study on faith and political views released Oct. 23 highlighted Catholics' interest in having social justice take a bigger role in the church's policy priorities. The American Values Survey by Public Religion Research Institute queried a cross section of all Americans but zeroed in on the opinions of Catholics, in particular, on topics including contraceptive coverage in insurance and the death penalty as well as on the pending presidential election. In interviews during September, a majority of Catholics told pollsters that they would prefer it if the church would focus its public policy statements "more...
  • Priest warns Obama: Better knock the Catholic Church out now - you’ve awakened the giant

    03/04/2012 7:20:50 PM PST · by Domestic Church · 92 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 03/02/2012 | John-Henry Westen
    Fr. John Hollowell’s truly amazing monologue needs to be spread far and wide. It’s a wake up call, and one of the most encouraging statements I’ve heard in a long time. It’s a Divine battle cry! The talk heats up after minute 2 where he notes in this talk addressed to Planned Parenthood Pres. Cecile Richards that “we have not doubt” that in the future Planned Parenthood will be seen as the “slave traders, the Nazis, the Communists and all those groups that seek to oppress people.” He then warns PP and President Obama: “You better knock us out now....
  • Irony - Bar Boots Denver Bishop giving private talk on threats to religious liberty

    03/04/2012 7:08:02 PM PST · by Domestic Church · 16 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3/2/2012 | Kathleen Gilbert
    DENVER, March 2, 2012 ( - Just after speaking about society’s slow descent into adversity against religious freedom, the bishop administering the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver found himself in a closer encounter with the subject than he’d anticipated. Bishop James Conley was speaking to a Theology on Tap group on Jan. 26 about how America is turning into an “atheocracy” at Stoney’s Bar and Grill of Denver when trouble began brewing. “America today is becoming what I would call an atheocracy—a society that is actively hostile to religious faith and religious believers. And I might add, the faith that our...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Obedience as a Conduit of Grace

    08/16/2010 6:34:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 8/16/2010 | Mary Anne Moresco
    Have you ever attended a Mass where people who seemed unaware of what the Mass was about walked up to receive Communion?  A while ago my husband Tom and I attended a Mass for a wedding like that.  One couldn’t help but notice, by the lack of responses and the chatting away, that most of the folks at the Mass were either not Catholic or had fallen away from regularly going to Mass.  They seemed to have no way of knowing when to pray, to sit, to stand or to kneel.I was thus flabbergasted at this wedding Mass when many of...
  • Milwaukee priests lament more accurate Roman Missal translation; ‘salt in the wounds’ (Catholic Cau)

    08/05/2010 12:09:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 5, 2010
    Milwaukee priests quoted in a local newspaper article on the third edition of the Roman Missal are lamenting the revised translations, which more closely reflect the content and majesty of the original Latin. “The bottom line for me is why,” said Father Alan Jurkus. “Why, with everything else that's going on in the Church, do we have to rub salt in the wounds?” “For some people this will be very unsettling,” added Father Ken Smits. “The real concern is among the parish priests, who will have to explain something many of them are not in favor of.” “You can call...
  • [CATHOLIC / ORTHODOX CAUCUS] Why Catholics Should Build Beautiful Churches

    08/05/2010 8:17:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | 8/5/2010 | Fr Dwight Longenecker
    I used to wonder why the church, in her venerable wisdom, had a memorial feast day for the dedication of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. What's the big deal? It's just a church building right? OK, it's bigger and older and more beautiful than most churches, but so what. The church is really the people right? Well, yes and no. Certainly St Paul talks about us being 'living stones' being built up into the 'temple', but that image only makes sense if there is such a thing as a physical temple made up of real stones. So why should Catholics build...
  • Vatican ‘Astonished’ Over Belgian Raid (Catholic Caucus)

    06/29/2010 1:46:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    NC Register ^ | June 29, 2010 | EDWARD PENTIN
    Police officers stand outside the residence of the archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels in Mechelen, Belgium, June 24. Belgian investigators searched Church headquarters in Belgium, the archbishop's residence as well as the home of Cardinal Godfried Danneels as part of an investigation into alleged priestly sexual abuse. VATICAN CITY — The Holy Father was quick to deplore it, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone described it as something even communist regimes wouldn’t do, and Belgium’s bishops denounced it as violating their constitutional rights. The police raid of Church offices in Belgium June 24 to search for evidence of clerical sex abuse has caused such an...
  • Near death experiance of a catholic priest

    06/15/2010 11:43:07 PM PDT · by johngrace · 25 replies · 683+ views
    Christ of the world ^ | 8-6-2009 | Father Joe Maniyangat
    THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2009 Near Death Experience of a Catholic Priest Brief Background of Fr Jose I was born on July 16, 1949 in Kerala, India to my parents, Joseph and Theresa Maniyangat. I am the eldest of seven children: Jose, Mary, Theresa, Lissama, Zachariah, Valsa and Tom. At the age of fourteen, I entered St. Mary’s minor seminary in Thiruvalla to begin my studies for the priesthood. Four years later I went to St. Joseph’s Pontifical Major Seminary in Alwaye, Kerala to continue my priestly formation. After completing the seven years of Philosophy and Theology I was ordained a...
  • I was upset with a substitute priest at Mass

    05/30/2010 10:12:21 AM PDT · by Sun · 191 replies · 2,517+ views
    When my husband and I went to Mass last evening, unfortunately our parish priest was ill, so a guest priest said Mass. When he read the Gospel, he changed He to she. Later the substitute priest said we really don't know if the Holy Spirit is a he or a she. Later he said, wouldn't the altar girl make a good priest some day, even though the Vatican said women priests is a closed issue. It won't happen. There were a few other things, but those were the things that bothered me the most. Here is the gospel, where he...

    05/18/2010 1:17:26 PM PDT · by johngrace · 10 replies · 342+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | 5-18-2010 | Michael Brown
    CHURCH MUST HEAD BACK TO EARLY SPIRITUALITY IN WAGING WAR AGAINST 'RULER OF THIS WORLD' On the way to Fatima last week, Pope Benedict XVI boldly clarified that the crisis in Catholicism is not so much a persecution from the outside (although certainly our enemies have lavished in the scandals) but due to evil from within. Moreover, he said it was "truly terrifying." Finally, we can say -- with the Pope's words as our backdrop -- that the crisis was caused more than anything by the demonic. It is evil -- not a personality quirk -- that terrifies. At the...
  • Pope John Paul II 'whipped himself in remorse for sins' (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    11/23/2009 5:32:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 102 replies · 1,879+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/23/2009 | Nick Pisa
    Pope John Paul II regularly whipped himself in a sign of "remorse for his sins", a nun has claimed. The Pope, who died five years ago, is being considered for sainthood by the Catholic Church. As part of the Vatican's investigation thousands of documents have been collected and examined by officials from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Among them is the testimony of Tobiana Sobodka, a Polish nun of the Sacred Heart of Jesus order, who worked for Pope John Paul in his private Vatican apartments and at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo near Rome. Sister Sobodka...
  • Survey Finds 96 Catholic Universities Have Pro-Homosexual Clubs

    04/01/2008 1:43:58 PM PDT · by concernedAmerican1 · 25 replies · 441+ views
    TFP ^ | 04-01-08 | TFP Student Action
    Scandal: 96 Catholic Universities Have Pro-Homosexual ClubsHelp stop this scandal by signing the TFP’s urgent appeal to the presidents of Catholic universities Here is a list Catholic universities with pro-homosexual clubs Historically, Catholic universities have been beacons of truth. They have set a standard of intellectual progress and moral excellence. They have elevated culture, formed the minds of great men, and paved the way for abundant scientific breakthroughs. However, these beacons of truth are now failing. Moral values are being undermined on many Catholic campuses and the principles that once guided souls in the noble task of higher learning are...

    02/20/2008 4:47:37 PM PST · by NYer · 573 replies · 1,117+ views
    On This Rock ^ | CANON FRANCIS J. RIPLEY
    The earliest text concerning the Real Presence is found in Paul's first epistle to the Corinthians, written probably about A.D. 57, or 27 years after Christ's death. Modern scholars believe Jesus died in the year 30 and that Saul was converted early in 37. Some are convinced his conversion was as early as 34. It seems certain that 1 Corinthians was written after the Passover of 57. This means the newly converted Saul, now Paul, was plunged into the infant Church as early as four and not later than seven years after the death of Christ. He was an...
  • Are indulgences important? Having lawfully erected Via Crucis in Catholic Churches

    02/01/2008 8:31:36 AM PST · by topher · 22 replies · 95+ views
    Pieta Book/Various | February 1, 2008 | Vanity
    The Pieta Book very clearly states the conditions for gaining the indulgences of performing the Via Crucis or Stations of the Cross. It is important to note that the Lamb of God was slain upon the cross. The cross of wood became the sacrificial altar on which Jesus gave up His life for us sinners. When Jesus traveled to Calvary carrying His heavy wooden cross, one might speculate that splinters from the cross embedded in his back -- raw from the scourging at the pillar. The Pieta Book mentions about the wound in Jesus' shoulder that the cross dug into...
  • Three Reasons the Church’s Enemies Hate The Immaculate Conception

    12/12/2006 10:51:32 PM PST · by Coleus · 774 replies · 5,415+ views
    TFP ^ | 12.08.06 | Plinio Corręa de Oliveira
    The following text is adapted from a lecture Prof. Plinio Corręa de Oliveira gave on June 15, 1973.  It has been translated and edited for publication without his revision.  Note, in this text, he uses the words Revolution and Counter-Revolution as he defined them in his book Revolution and Counter-Revolution.  In this sense, the Revolution is a centuries-old process, motivated by pride and sensuality, and therefore egalitarianism and liberalism, that dominates the modern world and seeks to destroy Christian civilization.  Counter-Revolutionaries are those dedicated to defeating this process and defending the rights of God. –Ed.…One of the truly Counter-Revolutionary acts...
  • Bishop Samuel J. Aquila of Fargo leads praying of rosary outside abortion clinic

    10/02/2007 9:22:18 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 266+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/1/2007
    As he stood facing the busy street in front of the Red River Women's Clinic, the dozen or so men and women who joined him drew close to hear his words above the sounds of the traffic and occasional nearby trains. The campaign, which began Sept. 26, includes prayer and fasting, community outreach and a 40-day, 24-hours-a-day prayer vigil in front of the clinic. According to a diocesan release, "40 Days for Life" is a nationwide, ecumenical effort to increase awareness about abortion, "save the lives of unborn children and bring healing to those who have had abortions, those who...
  • Priests find blessings in retirement years

    08/02/2007 1:44:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 156+ views ^ | 07.19.07 | ABIGAIL LEICHMAN
    For more than four decades, The Rev. Robert Patterson ministered to Catholic parishes throughout North Jersey. Now, the resident of the Allendale Community for Mature Living finds that retirement has not put an end to his calling. "When people know you're a priest and that you're a good listener, they feel free to unburden themselves and seek direction," said Patterson, who was born in Jersey City in 1932. "It doesn't matter if they're Catholic or not. It's a wonderful experience because your ministry continues." There currently are 10 retired priests living at the 12-acre community, which encompasses a senior residence,...
  • Brothers find their way among the impoverished, Newark monastery will open up its space

    08/21/2007 6:22:44 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 1,081+ views
    star ledger ^ | August 05, 2007 | JEFF DIAMANT
    The thin stream of blood extended the length of the sidewalk running by the Catholic monastery's front door, trickled around the corner and ended midway down the block. The friars who live inside assumed a gunshot victim had collapsed. There, the monks gathered one night last summer and prayed, as residents of 13th Avenue in Newark's West Ward looked on. Two months later, the friars showed up in religious garb at a fu neral for another young area gunshot victim, and they again drew stares. Last autumn, the friars learned that people liked having them in the neighborhood. A man...
  • Image of Our Lady of America on display in St. Louis basilica [Catholic Caucus]

    08/17/2007 10:05:02 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 524+ views
    The Pilot ^ | 8/13/2007 | Jennifer Brinker
    The official statue of Our Lady of America stands in the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral) ST. LOUIS (CNS) A new official image of Our Lady of America, which stems from apparitions of Mary received by an Ohio woman religious, will be on display at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral) through Sept. 8.  The 9-foot statue of Our Lady of America, which includes its base, was first publicly displayed last November at the U.S. bishops' meeting in Baltimore, where St. Louis Archbishop Raymond L. Burke blessed it. The statue was...
  • Playing God by Manipulating Man: The Facts and Frauds of Human Cloning

    06/22/2007 4:19:48 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 360+ views
    Life Issues ^ | 10.04.03 | Dianne N. Irving, M.A., Ph.D.
    Playing God by Manipulating Man: The Facts and Frauds of Human Cloning1 "Human life is thus given a sacred and inviolable character, which reflects the inviolability of the Creator himself. Precisely for this reason God will severely judge every violation of the commandment 'You shall not kill,' the commandment which is at the basis of all life together in society. ... Only Satan can delight therein: for through his envy death entered the world (Wis 2:24). He who is 'a murderer from the beginning,' is also 'a liar and the father of lies' (Jn 8:44). By deceiving man he...
  • Playing God by Manipulating Man: The Facts and Frauds of Human Cloning (Appendix)

    06/22/2007 4:23:10 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 286+ views
    Life Issues ^ | 10.04.03 | Dianne N. Irving, M.A., Ph.D.
    Playing God by Manipulating Man: The Facts and Frauds of Human CloningCHURCH TEACHINGS AND THE "DELAYED PERSONHOOD" RUSE:   APPENDIX TO MISSOURI  PRESENTATIONAppendix To PresentationPart 1: Partial List of Church (and other) Documents Relevant to Abortion, Human Embryo Research, Human Cloning, Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Science, Law, The Media, etc.: Encyclical Letter: Humane vitae (July 1968) Encyclical Letter: Evangelium vitae (Mar. 1995) CDF, Declaration on Procured Abortion (Nov. 1974) CDF, Instruction on respect for human life in its origin and on the dignity of procreation - Donum vitae (Feb. 1987) CDF, Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding the participation...
  • America Needs Fatima Campaign does outreach by distributing St. Benedict medals (Catholic Caucus)

    06/22/2007 4:40:04 PM PDT · by Coleus · 40 replies · 559+ views
    On June 29, American Needs Fatima (ANF) will mail 80,000 Saint Benedict medals to its friends and supporters as part of its Public Square Rosary campaign. The Saint Benedict Medal is considered the most powerful medal in the Catholic Church. It is exorcistic and strengthens souls who are tempted.  The medal, as it is known today, was first made in 1880 by the Benedictines of Monte Casino to celebrate the 1400th anniversary of Saint Benedict’s birth.  Mindful of the medal’s exorcistic powers, ANF hopes they will protect Public Square Rosary participants from attacks of the devil.This is important, since the...
  • The Early Church Fathers on Contraception - Catholic/Orthodox Caucus

    02/15/2007 2:16:28 PM PST · by NYer · 209 replies · 2,702+ views
    The Early Church Fathers were undivided in their condemnation of artificial birth control. In fact, all Christian churches were in agreement on this until 1930. Letter of BarnabasMoreover, he [Moses] has rightly detested the weasel [Lev. 11:29]. For he means, "Thou shalt not be like to those whom we hear of as committing wickedness with the mouth with the body through uncleanness [orally consummated sex]; nor shalt thou be joined to those impure women who commit iniquity with the mouth with the body through uncleanness" (Letter of Barnabas 10:8 [A.D. 74]).Clement of AlexandriaBecause of its divine institution for the propagation...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-06-07, Mem. St. Paul Miki and companions

    02/06/2007 6:26:31 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies · 321+ views American Bible ^ | 02-06-07 | New American Bible
    February 6, 2007 Memorial of Saint Paul Miki, martyr, and his companions, martyrs Psalm: Tuesday 5 Reading 1Gn 1:20—2:4a God said,“Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures,and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky.”And so it happened:God created the great sea monstersand all kinds of swimming creatures with which the water teems,and all kinds of winged birds.God saw how good it was, and God blessed them, saying,“Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas;and let the birds multiply on the earth.”Evening came, and morning followed(the fifth day. Then God said,“Let...
  • The Early Church Fathers on Mary’s Perpetual Virginity - Catholic/Orthodox Caucus

    02/02/2007 4:40:13 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies · 981+ views
    The Early Church Fathers believed that Mary remained a virgin her entire life. Origen The Book [the Protoevangelium] of James [records] that the brethren of Jesus were sons of Joseph by a former wife, whom he married before Mary. Now those who say so wish to preserve the honor of Mary in virginity to the end, so that body of hers which was appointed to minister to the Word . . . might not know intercourse with a man after the Holy Spirit came into her and the power from on high overshadowed her. And I think it in harmony...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-01-07

    02/01/2007 8:43:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies · 215+ views American Bible ^ | 02-01-07 | New American Bible
    February 1, 2007 Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Psalm: Thursday 4 Reading 1Heb 12:18-19, 21-24 Brothers and sisters:You have not approached that which could be touchedand a blazing fire and gloomy darknessand storm and a trumpet blastand a voice speaking words such that those who heardbegged that no message be further addressed to them.Indeed, so fearful was the spectacle that Moses said,“I am terrified and trembling.”No, you have approached Mount Zionand the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,and countless angels in festal gathering,and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven,and God the judge of...
  • +Gregory Palamas on Holy Icons (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    01/31/2007 4:08:52 PM PST · by Kolokotronis · 31 replies · 495+ views
    You shall not make an image of anything in the heavens above, or in the earth below, or in the sea' (cf. Ex 20.4), in such a way that you worship these things and glorify them as gods. For all are the creations of the one God, created by Him in the Holy Spirit through His Son and Logos, who as Logos of God in these latter times took flesh from a virgin's womb, appeared on earth and associated with men, and who for the salvation of men suffered, died and rose again, ascended with His body into the heavens,...
  • On the Question of the "Toll-Houses (Intended as Orthodox-Catholic Caucus)

    01/30/2007 7:02:38 AM PST · by kawaii · 48 replies · 525+ views
    Orthodox Info ^ | Michael Pomazansky
    On the Question of the "Toll-Houses" "We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ." —I Cor. 4:10 Introduction. A number of poor scholars and pseudo-scholars alike have, over the past several decades, made a case against the Orthodox Church's teaching on life after death, and especially the "toll house" image used by some Fathers and in many of our worship services. Misrepresenting the Fathers, ignoring liturgical and theological evidence, and overstating their case, some of these critics have made of various theologoumena, unfortunately, matters of intense debate. Likewise misusing philosophy, misrepresenting the Patristic use of classical...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-31-07, Memorial, St. John Bosco, priest

    01/30/2007 9:42:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies · 264+ views American Bible ^ | 01-31-07 | New American Bible
    January 31, 2007 Memorial of Saint John Bosco, priest Psalm: Wednesday 4 Reading 1Heb 12:4-7, 11-15 Brothers and sisters:In your struggle against sinyou have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.You have also forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children:My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lordor lose heart when reproved by him;for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;he scourges every son he acknowledges.Endure your trials as “discipline”;God treats you as his sons.For what “son” is there whom his father does not discipline?At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for...
  • The Early Church Fathers on Purgatory - Catholic/Orthodox Caucus

    01/30/2007 4:41:08 PM PST · by NYer · 86 replies · 3,985+ views
    The Early Church Fathers believed in purgatory and prayers for the dead. Clement of AlexandriaThe believer through discipline divests himself of his passions and passes to the mansion which is better than the former one, passes to the greatest torment, taking with him the characteristic of repentance for the faults he may have committed after baptism. He is tortured then still more, not yet attaining what he sees others have acquired. The greatest torments are assigned to the believer, for God's righteousness is good, and His goodness righteous, and though these punishments cease in the course of the expiation and...
  • Catholic Devotional: Mary, the New Eve

    01/27/2007 9:13:29 AM PST · by Knitting A Conundrum · 20 replies · 289+ views
    Various | 1/27/07 | KAC and Others
    O sweet Virgin Mary, O Mary our mother, You, with your yes so generous and bold, Shaking the earth to its foundation, like only one other, Mother Eve's fearsome no, so self-centered and cold. With the help of the Father, your Yes opened the door, through the workings of the Spirit, light entered the world The richest of gifts, through one humble and poor, Heaven reached out and its banner unfurled. Emmanuel, God with us, came down with that Yes, Entering this world as you welcomed him in, His light to transform, find the lost, and to bless, Then die...
  • IS THE MASS REALLY A SACRIFICE? (response to friend of an Evangelical Christian)

    01/23/2007 5:47:07 PM PST · by NYer · 90 replies · 1,099+ views
    EWTN ^ | Father William Saunders
    A friend of mine who belongs to an evangelical church was asking me about the Mass. She read a quote from Hebrews, which seemed to say that the Mass could not be a sacrifice. Can you help me in this matter?—A reader in Leesburg The quote in question probably comes from chapter 9 of the Letter to the Hebrews, which addresses the sacrifice of Jesus. Verses 25-28 read, "Not that [Christ] might offer Himself there again and again, as the high priest enters year after year into the sanctuary with blood that is not his own; if that were...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-13-06

    10/13/2006 9:01:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies · 270+ views ^ | 10-13-06 | New American Bible
    October 13, 2006 Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Psalm: Friday 41 Reading 1Gal 3:7-14 Brothers and sisters:Realize that it is those who have faithwho are children of Abraham.Scripture, which saw in advance that Godwould justify the Gentiles by faith,foretold the good news to Abraham, saying,Through you shall all the nations be blessed.Consequently, those who have faith are blessedalong with Abraham who had faith.For all who depend on works of the law are under a curse;for it is written, Cursed be everyonewho does not persevere in doing all the thingswritten in the book of the law.And that no...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-12-06

    10/12/2006 8:38:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies · 273+ views American Bible ^ | 10-12-06 | New American Bible
    October 12, 2006 Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Psalm: Thursday 41 Reading 1Gal 3:1-5 O stupid Galatians!Who has bewitched you,before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?I want to learn only this from you:did you receive the Spirit from works of the law,or from faith in what you heard?Are you so stupid?After beginning with the Spirit,are you now ending with the flesh?Did you experience so many things in vain?–if indeed it was in vain.Does, then, the one who supplies the Spirit to youand works mighty deeds among youdo so from works of the lawor from...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-11-06

    10/11/2006 9:18:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies · 674+ views American Bible ^ | 10-11-06 | New American Bible
    October 11, 2006 Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Psalm: Wednesday 41 Reading 1Gal 2:1-2, 7-14 Brothers and sisters:After fourteen years I again went up to Jerusalem with Barnabas,taking Titus along also.I went up in accord with a revelation,and I presented to them the Gospel that I preach to the Gentiles–but privately to those of repute–so that I might not be running, or have run, in vain.On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the Gospel to the uncircumcised,just as Peter to the circumcised,for the one who worked in Peter for an apostolate to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-10-06

    10/10/2006 7:28:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies · 742+ views American Bible ^ | 10-10-06 | New American Bible
    October 10, 2006 Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Psalm: Tuesday 41 Reading 1Gal 1:13-24 Brothers and sisters:You heard of my former way of life in Judaism,how I persecuted the Church of God beyond measureand tried to destroy it, and progressed in Judaismbeyond many of my contemporaries among my race,since I was even more a zealot for my ancestral traditions.But when he, who from my mother’s womb had set me apartand called me through his grace,was pleased to reveal his Son to me,so that I might proclaim him to the Gentiles,I did not immediately consult flesh and blood,nor...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-09-06, Opt. Mem. St. Denis & companions, St. John Leonardi

    10/09/2006 8:19:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies · 837+ views American Bible ^ | 10-09-06 | New American Bible
    October 9, 2006 Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Psalm: Monday 41 Reading 1Gal 1:6-12 Brothers and sisters:I am amazed that you are so quickly forsakingthe one who called you by the grace of Christfor a different gospel (not that there is another).But there are some who are disturbing youand wish to pervert the Gospel of Christ.But even if we or an angel from heavenshould preach to you a gospel other than the one that we preached to you,let that one be accursed!As we have said before, and now I say again,if anyone preaches to you a gospelother...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-08-06, Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/07/2006 7:41:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies · 981+ views American Bible ^ | 10-08-06 | New American Bible
    October 8, 2006 Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Psalm: Sunday 41 Reading 1Gen 2:18-24 The LORD God said: "It is not good for the man to be alone.I will make a suitable partner for him."So the LORD God formed out of the groundvarious wild animals and various birds of the air,and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;whatever the man called each of them would be its name. The man gave names to all the cattle,all the birds of the air, and all wild animals;but none proved to be the suitable partner for the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-07-06, Memorial, Our Lady of the Rosary

    10/06/2006 4:19:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies · 978+ views American Bible ^ | 10-07-06 | New American Bible
    October 7, 2006 Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary Psalm: Saturday 41 Reading 1Jb 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17 Job answered the LORD and said: I know that you can do all things,and that no purpose of yours can be hindered.I have dealt with great things that I do not understand;things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know.I had heard of you by word of mouth,but now my eye has seen you.Therefore I disown what I have said,and repent in dust and ashes. Thus the LORD blessed the latter days of Jobmore than his earlier ones.For he had fourteen thousand...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-06-06, Opt. St. Bruno, St. Marie-Rose Durocher

    10/06/2006 9:40:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies · 861+ views American Bible ^ | 10-06-06 | New American Bible
    October 6, 2006 Friday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Psalm: Friday 41 Reading 1Jb 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5 The LORD addressed Job out of the storm and said: Have you ever in your lifetime commanded the morningand shown the dawn its placeFor taking hold of the ends of the earth,till the wicked are shaken from its surface?The earth is changed as is clay by the seal,and dyed as though it were a garment;But from the wicked the light is withheld,and the arm of pride is shattered. Have you entered into the sources of the sea,or walked about in the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-05-06, Opt. Memorial, St. Faustina

    10/05/2006 8:18:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies · 735+ views American Bible ^ | 09-05-06 | New American Bible
    October 5, 2006 Thursday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordnary Time Psalm: Thursday 41 Reading 1Jb 19:21-27 Job said: Pity me, pity me, O you my friends,for the hand of God has struck me!Why do you hound me as though you were divine,and insatiably prey upon me? Oh, would that my words were written down!Would that they were inscribed in a record:That with an iron chisel and with leadthey were cut in the rock forever!But as for me, I know that my Vindicator lives,and that he will at last stand forth upon the dust;Whom I myself shall see:my own eyes,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-04-06, Memorial, St. Francis of Assisi, deacon

    10/04/2006 9:22:43 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies · 906+ views American Bible ^ | 10-04-06 | New American Bible
    October 4, 2006 Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi, religious Psalm: Wednesday 41 Reading 1Jb 9:1-12, 14-16 Job answered his friends and said: I know well that it is so;but how can a man be justified before God?Should one wish to contend with him,he could not answer him once in a thousand times.God is wise in heart and mighty in strength;who has withstood him and remained unscathed? He removes the mountains before they know it;he overturns them in his anger.He shakes the earth out of its place,and the pillars beneath it tremble.He commands the sun, and it rises not;he seals...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-03-06

    10/03/2006 6:20:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies · 495+ views American Bible ^ | 10-03-06 | New American Bible
    October 3, 2006 Tuesday of the Twenty-six Week in Ordinary Time Psalm: Tuesday 41 Reading 1Jb 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.Job spoke out and said: Perish the day on which I was born,the night when they said, “The child is a boy!” Why did I not perish at birth,come forth from the womb and expire?Or why was I not buried away like an untimely birth,like babes that have never seen the light?Wherefore did the knees receive me?or why did I suck at the breasts? For then I should have lain down and been tranquil;had...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-02-06, Memorial of the Gaurdian Angels

    10/02/2006 8:54:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies · 1,158+ views American Bible ^ | 10-02-06 | New American Bible
    October 2, 2006 Memorial of the Guardian Angels Psalm: Monday 41 Reading 1Jb 1:6-22 One day, when the angels of God came to present themselves before the LORD,Satan also came among them.And the LORD said to Satan, “Whence do you come?”Then Satan answered the LORD and said,“From roaming the earth and patrolling it.” And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job,and that there is no one on earth like him,blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil?”But Satan answered the LORD and said,“Is it for nothing that Job is God-fearing?Have you not surrounded him and his...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-01-06, Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/30/2006 5:00:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies · 713+ views American Bible ^ | 10-01-06 | New American Bible
    October 1, 2006 Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Psalm: Sunday 41 Reading 1Num 11:25-29 The LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses.Taking some of the spirit that was on Moses,the LORD bestowed it on the seventy elders;and as the spirit came to rest on them, they prophesied. Now two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad,were not in the gathering but had been left in the camp.They too had been on the list, but had not gone out to the tent;yet the spirit came to rest on them also,and they prophesied in the camp.So, when a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-30-06, Mem., St. Jerome, priest,doctor of church

    09/30/2006 8:46:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies · 1,103+ views American Bible ^ | 09-30-06 | New American Bible
    September 30, 2006 Memorial of Saint Jerome, priest and doctor of the Church Psalm: Saturday 40 Reading 1Eccl 11:9—12:8 Rejoice, O young man, while you are young and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth.Follow the ways of your heart,the vision of your eyes;Yet understand that as regards all thisGod will bring you to judgment.Ward off grief from your heartand put away trouble from your presence,though the dawn of youth is fleeting. Remember your Creator in the days of your youth,before the evil days comeAnd the years approach of which you will say,I have no pleasure...