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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-04-11, Second Sunday of Advent

    12/03/2011 7:46:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 54 replies
    USCCB.org/ RNAB ^ | 12-04-11 | Revised New American Bible
    December 4, 2011   Second Sunday of Advent   Reading 1 Is 40:1-5, 9-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people,says your God.Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to herthat her service is at an end,her guilt is expiated;indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORDdouble for all her sins. A voice cries out:In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!Every valley shall be filled in,every mountain and hill shall be made low;the rugged land shall be made a plain,the rough country, a broad valley.Then the glory of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MYTH, 11-26-11

    11/26/2011 10:07:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-26-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MYTH In general, a traditional story focusing on some religious explanation of a phenomenon of nature. A parable or allegory to illustrate some truth or to prove a theory. In recent usage, a myth has come to mean a popular contemporary hope or ambition, or a social ideal. It may be described as an idea that has become a movement. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALL-POWERFUL. 11-17-11

    11/17/2011 8:11:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-17-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ALL-POWERFUL Omnipotent. An attribute of God that enables him to do anything good and not self-contradictory. See Also: ALMIGHTY All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SOLEMN MASS, 11-12-11

    11/12/2011 6:47:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-12-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Term (selected at random):SOLEMN MASS The Eucharistic liturgy in which the priest celebrant is assisted by a deacon and/or acolyte. Before the revision of the liturgy, a Solemn Mass was celebrated by a priest, assisted by a deacon and subdeacon; with special music, incense, and ceremonies. The practice went back to the early Church when a Solemn Mass was the typical Mass, whose liturgical texts were divided among several books to suit the convenience of those who employed them. The term Solemn Mass was also formerly applied to the liturgy celebrated by the Pope or a bishop, when assisted by...
  • "The Roman Catholic Mass is undergoing major overhaul." (CNN gets it wrong!)[Catholic Caucus]

    11/11/2011 5:13:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Insiight Scoop ^ | November 10. 2011 | Carol Olson
    Thursday, November 10, 2011 "The Roman Catholic Mass is undergoing a major overhaul." [Note: I started this post five days ago, then decided to let it go. But I've decided to post it because I'm curious—see the end of this post—for reader's reactions to the approaching changes to the Missal that will take effect at the start of Advent.] Is it? Really? I guess it depends somewhat on one's perspective. Here is a longer quote from the post titled, "Big changes to Catholic Mass spur confusion in the pews", on the CNN blog:The Roman Catholic Mass is undergoing a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PROTOCANONCIAL, 11-10-11

    11/10/2011 9:00:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-10-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PROTOCANONCIAL A term applied to those books of the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, whose inspired character had never been questioned, e.g, by any Church Father. But the expression is misleading because it was not the Church Fathers but the Church's magisterium under the Pope that was divinely authorized to decide on the canonicity of the Scriptures. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ROMAN COLLAR, 11-09-11

    11/09/2011 9:46:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-09-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ROMAN COLLAR A stiff white linen neckband worn by the clergy as a distinguishing part of their public attire when outside the church or rectory. It is worn either with a black clerical shirt or attached to a breast piece called the rabat. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BIBLICAL TITHE, 11-08-11

    11/08/2011 8:53:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-08-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):BIBLICAL TITHE The practice regulated by the Pentateuch of giving a tenth part of one's possessions as a tax to a superior. Abraham paid such a tax to Melchizedech (Genesis 14). The Levites, however, did not inherit the prescribed amount of land given to the other tribes, but rather received, as representatives of the Lord, a tenth part of all that the land produced--including flocks and cattle--from all the other tribes of Israel. They in turn were to offer to the priest a tenth part of all they received. Another kind of tithe taken from this...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DIABOLICAL OBSESSION, 11-07-11

    11/07/2011 8:55:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-07-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DIABOLICAL OBSESSION The exterior control by the devil of a person's actions, or of any other activity that affects human beings. The Church's ritual mentions as probable signs of obsession such things as speaking or understanding an unknown tongue or showing strength above one's natural capacity. As in the case of possession, the devil is not allowed to force a person's free will. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PASCH, 11-03-11

    11/03/2011 9:25:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-03-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PASCH The Jewish feast celebrated annually at God's command to commemorate the deliverance of the Jews from the bondage of Egypt. This deliverance was conditioned on the sacrifice of an unblemished lamb or kid, bones unbroken, whose blood was to be used to sprinkle the doorpost of every Hebrew house on the night before their passage. The deliverance of the Jews from Egypt was a foreshadowing of the Christian Pasch when through the sacrifice of the Lamb of God and the application of the merits of his blood, the human race would be freed from the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OFFICIAL SECRET, 11-02-11

    11/02/2011 9:26:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-02-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):OFFICIAL SECRET Confidential information entrusted to a person holding an official position in the Church or civil society, as in the medical, legal, or counseling professions. An official secret may not be communicated, without the permission of the one who confided the information, unless very grave necessity requires it. The seal of confession arising from the sacrament of penance is a special form of official secrecy. Confessional matters may never be divulged. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MIRACLE, 10-31-11

    10/31/2011 9:26:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-31-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MIRACLE A sensibly perceptible effect, surpassing at least the powers of visible nature, produced by God to witness to some truth or testify to someone's sanctity. (Etym. Latin miraculum, miracle, marvel; from mirari, to wonder.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BENEMERENTI AWARD, 10-29-11

    10/29/2011 11:52:10 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-29-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):BENEMERENTI AWARD Pontifical decoration begun by Pope Gregory XVI in 1852 and conferred in recognition of distinguished service in military or civil affairs. The military medal has on one side the image of Gregory XVI and on the other an angel bearing a scroll with the word benemerenti (to a well-deserving person) under the papal emblems. The civil medal has benemerenti surrounded by a crown of oak leaves engraved on its face side. They are worn on the breast, suspended by ribbons of the papal colors. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's...
  • The Virtues [Ecumenical]

    10/24/2011 5:21:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Catholicity.com ^ | Catechism of the Catholic Church, Simplified
    The Virtues From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, SimplifiedAlways Strong to the Good (1803) Paul asks the Philippians to see "all that is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely and gracious (Phil 4:8). Virtue is a firm and habitual disposition, by which a person strives firmly and regularly toward the good with all of his powers. "The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God" (St. Gregory of Nyssa). The Human Moral Virtues (1804) Human virtues are firm, stable attitudes and dispositions which order the passions and guide conduct. They bring about self-mastery and joy. The moral virtues...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INTERCESSION, 10-24-11

    10/24/2011 8:35:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicReferenc ^ | 10-24-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):INTERCESSION Entreaty in favor of another person; hence mediation. In biblical language, "there is only one mediator between God and mankind, himself a man, Christ Jesus, who sacrificed himself as a ransom for them all" (I Timothy 2:5-6). The Blessed Virgin, Mediatrix of all graces, the angels, saints in heaven, souls in purgatory, and the faithful on earth intercede for mankind by their merits and prayers. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JETHRO, 10-21-11

    10/21/2011 8:38:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-21-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):JETHRO A shepherd-priest of a tribe called Kenites. Moses tended Jethro's sheep for forty years near Mount Horeb (Exodus 3:1-6). It was during this time that Yahweh appeared to Moses and gave him the mission of leading his people out of Egypt. He married Zipporah, Jethro's daughter, who bore him two sons, Gershom and Eliezer (Exodus 18:3-4). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CHRISMA, 10-19-11

    10/19/2011 9:51:10 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-19-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CHRISMA A symbol of Christ. It is a monogram of the Greek letters chi and rho, shaped like an X and P, but equivalent to CH and R in Latin and English. Also called Chi Rho. (Etym. Latin chrisma; from Greek khrisma, ointment, from khriein, to anoint.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HOLINESS, 10-18-11

    10/18/2011 7:34:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-18-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):   HOLINESS In the Old Testament the Hebrew Kadosch (holy) meant being separated from the secular or profane, or dedication to God's service, as Israel was said to be holy because it was the people of God. The holiness of God identified his separation from all evil. And among creatures they are holy by their relation to him. Holiness in creatures is either subjective or objective or both. It is subjective essentially by the possession of divine grace and morally by the practice of virtue. Objective holiness in creatures denotes their exclusive consecration to the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GEHENNA (Hinnom, 10-17-11

    10/17/2011 9:16:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-17-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):GEHENNA (Hinnom) A valley southwest of Jerusalem which developed an evil reputation among Jews because of idolatrous and barbarous events that took place there during the reigns of Ahaz and Manasseh (II Chronicles 28:1-4, 33:1-6). Jeremiah deplored the superstitious excesses and renamed it the Valley of Slaughter (Jeremiah 7:32). Yahweh warned the inhabitants it would become a "city of desolation" (Jeremiah 19:8). In the New Testament the name in Hebrew acquired the meaning of Hell. Jesus used it on numerous occasions, warning sinners they would be condemned to Hell if they continued their sinful ways...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SIMILITUDE , 10-14-11

    10/14/2011 11:46:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-14-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):   SIMILITUDE Some likeness or resemblance of one to another. Similitudes are the basis of all teaching of revealed truth. We come to know, more or less, of the meaning of the mysteries of faith by means of comparison with things that are known by reason. Every truth of revelation is communicated to the world as a similitude, e.g., grace as life, sacraments as signs, the Church as a body, heaven as a kingdom. (Etym. Latin similitudo, likeness.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FREE CHURCHES, 10-13-11

    10/13/2011 1:50:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-13-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):FREE CHURCHES Protestant denominations in the Congregational tradition. They were called Free Churches originally because of their emphasis on freedom from any binding creeds, but also because they believe that each church is essentially free from any ecclesiastical authority above the local congregation. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-12-11

    10/11/2011 7:35:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 10-12-11 | New American Bible
    October 12, 2011 Wednesday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Rom 2:1-11 You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment.For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself,since you, the judge, do the very same things.We know that the judgment of God on those who do such things is true.Do you suppose, then, you who judge those who engage in such thingsand yet do them yourself,that you will escape the judgment of God?Or do you hold his priceless kindness, forbearance, and patiencein low esteem, unaware that the kindness...
  • Blessed Pope John XXIII [Catholic Caucus]

    10/11/2011 6:01:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    UCatholic.com ^ | 10-11-11 | UCatholic.com
      Blessed Pope John XXIII On October 11, 2011, in Catholic Saint of the Day,   Although few people had as great an impact on the 20th century as Pope John XXIII, he avoided the limelight as much as possible. Indeed, one writer has noted that his “ordinariness” seems one of his most remarkable qualities.The firstborn son of a farming family in Sotto il Monte, near Bergamo in northern Italy, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was always proud of his down-to-earth roots. In Bergamo’s diocesan seminary, he joined the Secular Franciscan Order.After his ordination in 1904, Angelo returned to Rome for canon...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CHAPTER HOUSE, 10-07-11

    10/07/2011 8:56:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-07-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CHAPTER HOUSE A building attached to a cathedral or monastery where certain meetings were held, business carried out, the martyrology read, and daily tasks assigned. the name arose from the practice of conducting the chapter of faults in this building. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-06-11, Opt. Mem. St. Bruno, Bl. Marie-Rose Durocher

    10/05/2011 8:16:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 10-06-11 | New American Bible
    October 6, 2011   Thursday of the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Mal 3:13-20b You have defied me in word, says the LORD,yet you ask, "What have we spoken against you?"You have said, "It is vain to serve God,and what do we profit by keeping his command,And going about in penitential dressin awe of the LORD of hosts?Rather must we call the proud blessed;for indeed evildoers prosper,and even tempt God with impunity."Then they who fear the LORD spoke with one another,and the LORD listened attentively;And a record book was written before himof those who fear the LORD...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LA NEGRITA, 10-04-11

    10/04/2011 7:37:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-04-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LA NEGRITA Shrine of Our Lady of the Angels at Cartago in Costa Rica. A small black statue of the Madonna and Child was found in 1635 by a young Negro girl who took it home, but the statue returned to where it was originally. This happened several times also when the parish priest tried to keep the statue in a locked receptacle in the rectory. The citizens finally built a shrine to house the statue, which was solemnly crowned in 1927. La Negrita is a famous place of pilgrimage for Costa Ricans. All items in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-03-11

    10/02/2011 10:34:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 10-03-11 | New American Bible
    October 3, 2011   Monday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Jon 1:1:2:1-2, 11 This is the word of the LORD that came to Jonah, son of Amittai: "Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it;their wickedness has come up before me."But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarshish away from the LORD.He went down to Joppa, found a ship going to Tarshish,paid the fare, and went aboard to journey with them to Tarshish,away from the LORD. The LORD, however, hurled a violent wind upon the sea,and in the furious tempest that...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DISESTABLISHMENT, 06-29-11

    09/29/2011 8:40:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 06-29-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DISESTABLISHMENT Depriving a given religion of its right, privileges, or position as the established religion in a certain country. Applied especially to the disestablishment of the Anglican Church, which received the support through taxation of British subjects regardless of creed. The process of disestablishment is still going on in the British Commonwealth of Nations. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-24-11

    09/23/2011 10:50:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies · 1+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 09-24-11 | New American Bible
    September 24, 2011   Saturday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Zec 2:5-9, 14-15a I, Zechariah, raised my eyes and looked:there was a man with a measuring line in his hand.I asked, "Where are you going?"He answered, "To measure Jerusalem,to see how great is its width and how great its length." Then the angel who spoke with me advanced,and another angel came out to meet him and said to him,"Run, tell this to that young man:People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country,because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst.But I...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MATRIMONIAL JURISDICTION, 09-21-11

    09/21/2011 10:29:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-21-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MATRIMONIAL JURISDICTION The Church's divinely authorized right to determine the conditions under which baptized persons may validly and/or licitly receive the sacrament of matrimony. Part of this jurisdiction is the right to determine who may witness the marriage and, if necessary, what dispensations are to be granted. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CROWN, 09-20-11

    09/20/2011 8:32:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-20-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CROWN An emblem of royalty, honor, and victory. Found most frequently in representations of Christ as King, illustrative of his majestic power, and of Mary as Queen of Heaven, where she is crowned above all the angels and saints. A crown of glory in ecclesiastical usage symbolizes those saints who have won their race and are now reigning triumphant with Christ. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CHRISMATORY, 09-19-11

    09/19/2011 8:51:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-19-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CHRISMATORY A three-compartment vessel for each of the three holy oils: chrism, oil of catechumens, and oil of the sick. The vessel is often inscribed with the Latin abbreviation for each holy oil: S.C. (sacrum chrisma), O.C. (oleum catechumenorum), and O.I. (oleum infirmorum). It has been in use since the Middle Ages. One set of these oils is kept on reserve in a cathedral, and smaller sets for use in a parish, hospital, or infirmary are kept locked in a cupboard in the sanctuary of each church. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BEADLE, 09-15-11

    09/15/2011 9:21:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-15-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):BEADLE A minor church officer whose duties have varied over the centuries and in different localities. Under Gregory the Great a beadle was the "guardian of the church," who was to light the lamps or candles. Later he came to be an usher who led people into their seats, or an announcer who read messages to the congregation, or something of a bodyguard who preceded a bishop or other prelate to clear the way for his passage through a crowd. (Etym. Anglo-Saxon b_odan, to command, to bid.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: STANDING, 09-14-11

    09/14/2011 10:31:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-14-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):STANDING A posture for various parts of the Eucharistic liturgy and the Divine Office. Since different countries have different customs, the episcopal conferences have given corresponding directives to the people. From time immemorial, however, standing has been customary during the reading of the Gospel and the recitation or singing of the Creed, the Preface, and Sanctus. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BEATI POSSIDENTES, 09-12-11

    09/12/2011 7:51:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-12-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):BEATI POSSIDENTES Blessed are the possessors, meaning that possession is nine tenths of the law. The law favors the possessor, whereas anyone else must prove his claim. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BOOK OF RUTH, 09-10-11

    09/10/2011 9:16:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-10-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):BOOK OF RUTH One of the protocanonical writings of the Old Testament, narrating the story of a Bethlehem family in the time of the Judges. Its heroine is Ruth, daughter-in-law of Naomi. Although Ruth is a Moabite, she marries Boaz, a Jew, and becomes the great-grandmother of King David, of whose family Christ was born. The purpose of the book was twofold: to preserve the edifying story of David's ancestry, and to witness to the practice of extraordinary filial piety, rewarded by God. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PAPAL CROSS, 09-09-11

    09/09/2011 8:45:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-09-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PAPAL CROSS A symbol also referred to as the archiepiscopal cross, used more in art than in actual practice. Papal and archiepiscopal crosses are really crucifixes elevated on staffs. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ABRAHAM, 09-07-11

    09/07/2011 8:00:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-07-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ABRAHAM Born in the twentieth or nineteenth century B.C., in Ur of the Chaldeans on the Euphrates River. His father, Terah, named him Abram. The family migrated to Haran, where Terah died (Genesis 11:26-31). At God's behest, Abram, his wife, Sarah, his nephew, Lot, and all their followers moved on to Canaan (Genesis 12:4). When Abram was ninety-nine years old, God made a covenant with him, changing his name to Abraham and promising to make him the "father of a multitude of nations . . . [Genesis 17:1-5] I will make you into nations and your...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-07-11

    09/06/2011 7:08:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 09-07-11 | New American Bible
    September 7, 2011   Wednesday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Col 3:1-11 Brothers and sisters:If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.When Christ your life appears,then you too will appear with him in glory. Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly:immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire,and the greed that is idolatry.Because of these the wrath of God is coming...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS, 09-06-11

    09/06/2011 9:13:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-06-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS Written by St. Paul at Corinth about A.D. 58, when he was about to leave for Jerusalem at the end of his third missionary journey. He was on his way to Rome. It is the only Pauline letter addressed to a church that the apostle had not personally founded, preparing the people for his visit to them. He dwells on the justification of humankind through faith in Jesus Christ, the sinfulness of the world, the meaning and fruits of justification, what faith is, and that its fruits are humility, obedience, unity, and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ABSOLUTE, 06-05-11

    09/05/2011 8:27:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 03-05-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ABSOLUTE That which is independent or not related to anything else; or that which is total and complete in itself. Applied to God, who is the Absolute, it is equivalent to the divine transcendence in two ways. He is absolutely independent of all creation for his own existence and perfections. They totally depend upon him but he is completely self-sufficient himself, since his essence is his existence. He is Being who cannot not be, whereas all others are contingent beings whose existence depends wholly on him who alone is necessary Being. But God is also absolutely...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-05-11, Opt Mem Bl. Mother Teresa/Calcutta

    09/04/2011 6:14:09 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 09-05-11 | New American Bile
    September 5, 2011   Monday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Col 1:24:2:3 Brothers and sisters:I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake,and in my flesh I am filling upwhat is lacking in the afflictions of Christon behalf of his Body, which is the Church,of which I am a ministerin accordance with God's stewardship given to meto bring to completion for you the word of God,the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past.But now it has been manifested to his holy ones,to whom God chose to make known the riches of the gloryof this mystery...
  • A Light in the “Dark Ages”, The Life and Legacy of Saint Gregory the Great [Catholic Caucus]

    09/03/2011 2:41:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    WAU.org ^ | september 2011 | Robert Kennedy
    A Light in the “Dark Ages” The Life and Legacy of Saint Gregory the Great By: Robert Kennedy By any account, 590 was a disastrous year in Rome. Plague had struck, sweeping through the homes of poor and wealthy alike. Even the pope was carried away by the fearsome disease. The spring floods were the worst in memory; the Tiber broke through its retaining walls, causing enormous damage. The Lombards, a fierce barbarian tribe that had been invading Italy, were now threatening the city itself. Food was in short supply, civil government was breaking down, and there was little...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JURISDICTION, 08-30-11

    08/30/2011 8:12:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-30-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):JURISDICTION In ecclesiastical law, the right to exercise official and public authority in some capacity. Thus a bishop has jurisdiction in his diocese, a pastor in his parish, priests in the administration of the sacraments, priests and deacons in preaching, and religious superiors in directing the members of their respective communities. (Etym. Latin ius, right + dicere, to say: iurisdictio, official authority.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-27-11, Memorial, St. Monica

    08/26/2011 7:40:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 08-27-11 | New American Bible
    August 27, 2011   Memorial of Saint Monica   Reading 1 1 Thes 4:9-11 Brothers and sisters:On the subject of fraternal charityyou have no need for anyone to write you,for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.Indeed, you do this for all the brothers throughout Macedonia.Nevertheless we urge you, brothers and sisters, to progress even more,and to aspire to live a tranquil life,to mind your own affairs,and to work with your own hands,as we instructed you. Responsorial Psalm Ps 98:1, 7-8, 9 R. (9) The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.Sing to the LORD a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-26-11

    08/26/2011 9:25:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 08-26-11 | New American Bible
    August 26, 2011   Friday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 4:1-8 Brothers and sisters,we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,as you received from ushow you should conduct yourselves to please God?and as you are conducting yourselves?you do so even more.For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. This is the will of God, your holiness:that you refrain from immorality,that each of you know how to acquire a wife for himselfin holiness and honor, not in lustful passionas do the Gentiles who do not know God;not to...
  • Sources of Morality [Ecumenical]

    08/22/2011 3:32:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    CatholicCity.com ^ | not given | Catechism of the Catholic Church, Simplified
    Sources of Morality From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, SimplifiedThree Sources (1750) The three sources of morality: The object chosen The person's purpose The circumstances of the act The Object Chosen (1751) The object directly chosen by the will determines the basic morality (good or bad). The person's intellect sees this as according to moral standards (good) or not according to moral standards (evil).The Intention (1752-1753) The person also has an intention which determines the act's morality. An intention can guide many acts or even a whole lifetime (as loving God). One act can have a multiplicity of intentions...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-21-11, Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/20/2011 12:54:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 56 replies
    USCCB.oef/New American Bible ^ | 08-21-11 | New American Bible
    August 21, 2011 Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 22:19-23 Thus says the LORD to Shebna, master of the palace:"I will thrust you from your officeand pull you down from your station.On that day I will summon my servantEliakim, son of Hilkiah;I will clothe him with your robe,and gird him with your sash,and give over to him your authority.He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,and to the house of Judah.I will place the key of the House of David on Eliakim's shoulder;when he opens, no one shall shutwhen he shuts, no one shall open.I will...
  • St. Christopher the 'Christ Bearer' (is still a Saint!) [Catholic Caucus]

    07/25/2011 7:24:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Catholic Culture.org ^ | not given | Fr. William Saunders
    St. Christopher the 'Christ Bearer'   by Fr. William Saunders St. Christopher is still a saint. Tradition holds that he died at Lycia on the southern coast of Asia Minor about the year 251. Various legends surround his life. The most popular is that he was a rather ugly, giant man, born to a heathen king who was married to a Christian, who had prayed to the Blessed Mother for a child. Originally named "Offerus," he carried people across the river for his livelihood. (Another source stated that he was named "Reprobus" prior to his baptism, and then changed his...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JECONIAS, 07-05-11

    07/05/2011 10:03:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 07-05-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):JECONIAS See: JECHONIAH (also spelled Jeconiah, Jeconias, Jehoiachin) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.