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  • Is There Growing Confusion over Church Teaching?

    07/16/2014 4:18:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 467 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 16, 2014 | Dr. William Oddie
    I begin with a piece, spotted by Fr Tim Finigan and reported in his indispensable blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity, which had been published in Sandro Magister’s blog—not his English one, Chiesa, but his Italian language blog for L’Espresso, Settimo Cielo.A few days ago, Magister told the story of a parish priest in the Italian diocese of Novara, Fr Tarcisio Vicario, who recently discussed the question of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. This is how he explained the Church’s teaching on the matter: “For the Church, which acts in the name of the Son of God, marriage...
  • Finding My Way Home: The Eucharist drew me back [Johnnie Bernhard]

    07/12/2014 5:58:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 100 replies ^ | July 2014 | Johnnie Bernhard
    Finding My Way Home The Eucharist drew me back. By: Johnnie BernhardI was baptized in the Catholic Church as an infant. My family later left the Church, and it took me fifty years to find my way home. Through all those years, I never forgot the peace I found in the Eucharist.Even as a practicing Protestant most of my adult life, I continued to search out Catholic churches wherever I lived, hiding in a pew in the back of the church, always a spectator, always longing to recapture the peace I found in the Eucharist. I could never really...
  • Reconsidering Communion in the hand

    07/06/2014 6:38:47 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 15 replies
    Why We Should Go Back To the Traditional Reception of Holy CommunionThe Traditional Reception of Holy CommunionThroughout the history of the Catholic Faith specifically in the Roman Rite of the Mass, the reception of Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue is the established tradition. This has been true for various centuries dating as far back as the Early Church. This is itself the tradition of the Church and is still the norm in the Extra-Ordinary form of the Mass. It was not until the ecclesiastical revolts and dissent during the 1960s and 1970s in which this tradition started falling...
  • Are We Willing to Die for the Mass?

    06/18/2014 9:32:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    cna ^ | June 18, 2014
    In light of recent religious persecutions, Chris Stefanick’s latest video is bound to bring tears to your eyes. In a brief, two-and-a-half minute YouTube video entitled “Mass”, the well-known Catholic public speaker paints a powerful picture of what a privilege it is to attend Mass in freedom and how this can be so easily taken for granted.On one hand, Stefanick recalls a recent text from a friend of his in Iraq: “Please pray for our church, where all the people are held captive by terrorists.”A few hours later, another text followed: “Lord have mercy.” Shortly thereafter, everyone in that Catholic...
  • Extraordinary ministers at Papal Mass deny Communion in the hand

    05/20/2014 3:37:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    While Pope Francis doesn't reject Communion in the hand (remember Rio?), it's nice to see the convention retrieved under Pope Benedict XVI continued in Rome: Communion on the tongue. Check it out: Pope Francis on Reception of Holy Communion Kneeling and On The Tongue- Video Now just imagine one of your lay "Eucharistic ministers" try that in your local AmChurch parish! Isn't this crazy? All hell would break loose, and you know it! For a good discussion of the issue by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, author of Dominus Est – It Is the Lord! Reflections of a Bishop of Central Asia...
  • The Satanic Case for Catholicism

    05/13/2014 3:30:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 106 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 13, 2014 | Joe Heschmeyer
    Have you noticed a lack of Satanists mocking the worship of Hindus, Jews, Muslims, or even Protestants? The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club was planning on hosting a Black Mass (a Satanic mockery of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass). They originally announced they would be desecrating a consecrated Host during this “service.” Now the group responsible for the Black Mass is claiming that they don't have a Host, because “we respect all religions and don’t want anyone to feel offended. We understand the powerful role that the Eucharist plays in the Christian religion and in no way want to appear as though we don’t respect...
  • Priest sees deluge of support against Harvard ‘black mass’

    05/09/2014 5:31:05 AM PDT · by sitetest · 36 replies
    Boston, Mass., May 8, 2014 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Harvard chaplain says a student group's plans to re-enact a satanic black mass on campus has elicited a strong response, and he is encouraging the Catholic community to engage in prayer and witness. Fr. Michael Drea, senior chaplain at the Harvard Catholic Student Association, told CNA on May 8 that he has seen “a huge groundswell from Catholics on campus, as well as alumni” protesting the black mass re-enactment, which the priest characterized as “absolutely ludicrous” and extremely offensive. ~ snip ~ With this aim in mind, the Catholic...

    05/04/2014 5:55:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    First Things ^ | April 8, 2014 | Anna Nussbaum Keating
    My two-and-a-half-year-old son has never liked to be still. Everywhere he goes, he runs. So taking this little rambunctious boy to Mass on Sundays has often been a chore. For months we never made it through an entire liturgy without someone having to take him outside to run. I hated being relegated to the cry room, so I engaged him in what was going on. I would whisper in his ear, drawing his attention to the statues, the candles, or the stained glass. “Is that Jesus? Look, there’s Mary and Joseph.” I would attempt to teach him the responses, whispering,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-14, Holy Thursday, Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

    04/16/2014 7:07:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies ^ | 04-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2014 | Evening Mass of the Lord's SupperHoly ThursdayEvening Mass of the Lord's Supper    Reading 1 Ex 12:1-8, 11-14 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall stand at the head of your calendar; you shall reckon it the first month of the year.Tell the whole community of Israel: On the tenth of this month every one of your familiesmust procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household.If a family is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join the nearest household in procuring one and...
  • The reform that no one wanted: Communion in the hand

    04/10/2014 11:34:40 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 59 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 4/10/14 | Dr. Bianchi
    Over the winter break, I spent several days shifting through the survey results in the diocese’s archive, located in St. Mary’s Seminary. The survey results could provide evidence for many articles, even books, but I was initially only interested in questions dealing with the liturgy. The simple answer to the laity’s reception of the liturgical changes can be found in question 19: “Changes in the Mass have harmed rather than helped me to worship” and 27% agreed and 68% disagreed. These results confirm the standard narrative that the majority of Catholics preferred the new Mass with its use of English...
  • The Real Presence: How to Live in the Presence of God [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/10/2014 8:27:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 2003 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    How to Live in the Presence of Godby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.The Closing Conference of a RetreatWe are first told to pray continually. The first time we meet this injunction of Christ is in the Gospel of St. Luke. Luke, by the way, is the evangelist of the Holy Spirit. The Savior is described by St. Luke as telling His followers to pray continually and never lose heart. Let us think seriously about what we are told. We need, that is we should, which means we are expected to, pray continually. It is a universal duty applying to...
  • The Real Presence: The Real Presence and Sanctity [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/06/2014 10:31:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies via ^ | 200-2014 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    The Real Presence and SanctityFr. John A. Hardon, S.J.In speaking about Holiness it is remarkable how we can overlook the obvious.  For example it is obvious that we cannot become holy unless we obtain the extraordinary graces needed to reach sanctity.  Hearing about holiness;  reading about it;  even seeing holiness, does not make one holy.  We need grace.   It is equally obvious that the graces we need must come to us from Christ since as He told us, "Without Me you can do nothing".  If that nothing refers even to salvation, it most certainly refers to sanctification. Photo...
  • The Real Presence: Imitating Christ in the Eucharist [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/04/2014 8:43:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | 2001 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Imitating Christ in the EucharistFr. John A. Hardon, S.J.The most popular book in the world, after the Bible, is The Imitation of Christ. Since it was published in the early fifteenth century, it has deeply influenced the spirituality of millions of believing Christians. Its basic theme is that, since Jesus Christ is true God and true man, by imitating Christ as man, we become more and more like Christ, who is God. We commonly associate the imitation of Christ by following the example He gave us during His mortal and visible stay in Palestine two thousand years ago. However,...
  • The Scandal That Is Eating the Heart Out of the Catholic Church in America (Wuerl's Web of Lies)

    03/31/2014 2:43:50 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 53 replies
    American Life League ^ | March 24, 2014 | Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been the most outspoken of those bishops who refuse to obey Canon 915, but all of them are on record, as he is, as endorsing the commission of MORTAL SINS by their priests and other ministers of Communion. Cardinal Wuerl has even punished those who have obeyed Canon 915.
  • The Real Presence: Perpetual Adoration, True Peace in the World [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/01/2014 10:00:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | 2003 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Perpetual Adoration, True Peace in the WorldFr. John A. Hardon, S.J.We begin by making a simple statement. The true peace about which we are speaking is peace of heart.There is no need to explain why we should talk about peace of heart. If there is any single recommendation, and even mandate, that His followers received from Christ, it was to be at peace.Before the birth of Christ, Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, was filled with the Holy Spirit to prophesy the Benedictus, which he concluded with the promise to us that “the rising Sun will visit us,...
  • The Real Presence: The Code of Canon Law [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/29/2014 10:35:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | not given | Pope John Paul II
    The Code of Canon LawJohn Paul IIAPOSTOLIC CONSTITUTIONFOR THE PROMULGATION OF THENEW CODE OF CANON LAWSacrae Disciplinae Leges …The code, as the principal legislative document of the Church, founded on the juridical-legislative heritage of Revelation and Tradition, is to be regarded as an indispensable instrument to ensure order both in individual and social life, and also in the Church's activity itself. Therefore, besides containing the fundamental elements of the hierarchical and organic structure of the Church as willed by her divine Founder, or as based upon apostolic, or in any case most ancient, tradition and besides the fundamental principles...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: Words Of Institution, 03-29-14

    03/29/2014 9:07:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-29-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:WORDS OF INSTITUTION The words of Christ at the Last Supper, recorded by the sunoptic Gospels (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19-21); and St. Paul (I Corinthians 11:23-29). Their essential features are: 1. Christ separately consecrated bread and wine; 2. over the bread he said "This is my body" and over the wine "This is the chalice of my blood"; 3. The elements of bread and wine were thus changed into the living Christ; 4. he empowered the Apostles and their succesors to perform the same consecrating action; 5. he bade his followers to partake of...
  • The Real Presence: Eucharistic Devotion and the Real Presence [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/24/2014 9:09:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 1997 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Eucharistic Devotion and the Real Presenceby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.The present issue of The Catholic Faith is devoted to the Holy Eucharist. The immediate reason is a request by the Holy See that we devote one issue of the magazine in preparation for the International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Poland during May 1997.If there is one mystery of our Faith that is being widely challenged today it is the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Pope John Paul II is deeply concerned about this weakening of belief in the cardinal truth of Catholic Christianity.For...
  • The Real Presence: Understanding the Eucharist, The Greatest Need in Church Today

    03/20/2014 9:03:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies ^ | 2000-2014 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Understanding the EucharistThe Greatest Need in the Church Todayby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.I believe the place to begin this conference is to justify the title. We are using the superlative; the greatest need in the Church today is "Understanding the Eucharist." How can we justify this superlative? On two grounds: On the grounds of the Eucharist and On the grounds of Understanding. What are we saying? We are saying that the most comprehensive mystery of our Catholic faith is in the Holy Eucharist. To believe in the Eucharist is to believe in every other revealed mystery of Christianity....
  • Another church gets a new Communion rail!

    03/17/2014 7:43:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 17, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The other day I posted about the installation of a new Communion rail in the Church of St. Mary in Pine Bluff, WI. HERENow I read that a new rail will be installed in St. Joseph’s Church in Macon, GA.From Southern Orders (excerpt): The unanimous consensus was conveyed to Bishop Hartmayer [in the diocese of Savannah] and he approved of the decision. Then a small fund raiser was carried out and as if God Himself endorsed our plan, out of the blue a large, large bequest was given to us in a Last Will and Testament of a wonderful parishioner...
  • The Real Presence: The Sacred Heart Is The Holy Eucharist [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/12/2014 11:10:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | 2000-2014 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    The Sacred Heart Is The Holy Eucharistby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus goes back to the early Church in the time of Divine Revelation. Like all other true devotion in the Catholic Church, devotions to the Sacred Heart is based on divine revealed truth.Two passages in Sacred Scripture are the revealed foundations for the Sacred Heart devotion. The first is Christ's invitation to His followers, "Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart." The second revealed foundation is Christ's Sacred Heart being pierced on the cross by the soldier's lance....
  • The Real Presence: The Sacrifice Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist

    03/11/2014 5:49:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | 2000 - 2014 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    The Sacrifice Sacrament of the Holy Eucharistby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. The purpose of our present meditation is to explain how the Mass is the sacrifice sacrament of the Eucharist. Again, we will draw on the church’s teaching on the Mass, especially focusing on definitions from the Council of Trent in the sixteenth century. We will also examine Pope Pius XII’s teachings on the mass, upon which the Second Vatican Council built its base document on Eucharist liturgy.The Council of Trent and the MassWe have been drawing on the church’s teaching at Trent mainly because during the sixteenth century...
  • The Real Presence: The Eucharist as the Living Christ [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/10/2014 9:21:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | 1, Feb. 1979 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    The Eucharist as the Living Christby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.The real crisis of faith in Catholic ranks today is the crisis of disbelief in the Eucharist. The most dramatic reason for this is the same as what happened when Christ first announced that He would give us His Body and Blood to eat and drink as described by St. John. You recall that many people who had until then been devoted to Christ began first to wonder, then to murmur, and finally doubting, left His Company. This has always been so since this mystery of faith was first...
  • The Real Presence: Christ in the Eucharist, Introduction to the Eucharist,[Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/08/2014 9:03:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | 2000-2014 |
    Introduction to the Eucharist "Let us devote ourselves entirely to knowing God. The more we know Him, the more we want to know Him. Since love is generally measured by knowledge, the deeper and more extensive the knowledge, the greater will be the love. And if our love is great, we will love Him equally in pain and consolation." - Brother LawrenceFrom the book "Practice of the Presence of God", translated by Salvatore Sciruba, OCD ICS Publications, 2131 Lincoln Rd NE, Washington, DC  20002 "As Sacrifice, Christ pours down his blessings of mercy on the whole human race every time...
  • The Real Presence: Christ in the Eucharist, The Last Supper, [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/07/2014 8:02:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 2000-2014 |
    The Last Supper"Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, 'Take, eat; this is my body.' And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, 'Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'" (Matthew 26:26-28) God's love for us is poured out in the sacrament of the Eucharist, where Christ is truly present for us, giving us life and healing. The...
  • Ten Tips for the Best Lent [Catholic Caucus]

    03/06/2014 9:46:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | 03-05-14 | Fr. Ed Broom
    Ten Tips for the Best Lent Fr. Ed Broom God gives in abundance, always, in all times and in all places! His goodness manifests itself most abundantly in His Mystical Body, the Church and concretely in the Church Liturgical Year.The two strong times of the year are Advent, which culminates in Christmas, and Lent which culminates in Holy Week and in the Risen Lord Jesus. To experience the fullness of the Paschal Mystery—the passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus—we must live with generous heart and openness of spirit the season of Lent. Lent is both a gift and a Season...
  • The Secret of My Saints

    02/28/2014 3:16:35 PM PST · by mlizzy · 21 replies
    Vultus Christi ^ | 1-12-14 | Fr. Mark Kirby
    You could have come sooner. I was waiting for you. I am always waiting for you: I wait for all My priests in the Sacrament of My Love, but they make little of Me, and of the fact that I wait for them day and night.If only they knew what awaits them in My presence : the plenitude of mercy, and rivers of living water to cleanse them, to reinvigorate their priesthood, and to sanctify them.This was the secret of my saints, of the holy friends whom I have made known to you :Dom Marmion, the Curé of Ars,Saint Peter...
  • Book on Mary turns runaway youngster immersed in drugs and crime into a priest

    02/02/2014 9:32:03 AM PST · by rwa265 · 13 replies
    Spirit online newspaper ^ | February 16, 2004 | Unattributed
    February 16, 2004 - Reported in Spirit online newspaper. "In 1992 my life changed dramatically," says Father Donald Calloway. "I had a profound conversion experience after reaching rock bottom." Rock bottom indeed! Now a 31-year-old priest who serves as assistant rector at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Father Calloway had been a runaway youngster who was immersed in everything from drug abuse to theft. "I had gone through all a boy could do up to the age of twenty," he says. "My mother had been married three times and we had no religion. The...
  • The Truth About Miracles

    01/31/2014 4:52:54 AM PST · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | January 31, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Truth About Miracles Some of the greatest gifts God has given to the Church for evangelism are the gifts of miracles. As a Pentecostal before I became Catholic, I always believed God still performs miracles, but I never saw anything close to what Catholics too often take for granted in both the number and kind of miracles God pours out upon his One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church in every generation. Everything from the raising of the dead, to restorative miracles of the body and more have been experienced in the Church for 2,000 years fulfilling our Lord’s...
  • My, My….What the Lord Had To Endure at the Last Supper! (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    04/20/2011 8:06:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/20/2011 | Msgr Charles Pope
    One of the consistent themes of the Four Gospels is the theme of the “inept response.” Most often it applies to the 12 apostles who, when taught some important point by the Lord, demonstrate, almost right away, that they don’t get it all.No one place in the gospels is more thick with the inept response than at the Last Supper. It was nothing short of a disaster. The ineptitude is almost comical if it weren’t so sad. If ever the Lord needed his disciples attention and understanding, it was now. But to a man, they let him down. There is...
  • John 6 and the Eucharist

    12/12/2013 7:50:01 AM PST · by GonzoII · 46 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | November 19, 2013 | Tim Staples
    John 6 and the Eucharist  In my 2011 debate with Dr. Peter Barnes, a Presbyterian minister and apologist in Australia, the topic was the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and it centered on Jesus’ famous words in John 6:53: “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” After about three hours of debate, I could sum up Barnes’s central objection in one sentence—a sentence which just happens to be found in the New Testament:How can this man give us his flesh to eat? (John 6:53)Dr. Barnes...
  • Why Do Non-Catholics Want So Desperately for the Catholic Church to Change Its Teachings?

    10/30/2013 8:09:25 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 105 replies
    Public Catholic at Patheos ^ | October 29, 2013 | Rebecca Hamilton
    It’s fascinating, the amount of emotion at least some non-Catholics seem to have about Catholic teaching. I can tell you that when I was in the anti-God period of my life, I did not give one whit what any church taught. I paid them the ultimate diss of not giving a care. But from what I’ve seen on this blog, there are a large number of people who claim to be atheist or some what-not version of what I was in my anti-God period, who appear to think about Christianity, the Catholic Church in particular, 24/7. They appear to be,...
  • The “Reform of the Reform” Has Already Begun (Benedict XVI Alert!)

    04/28/2005 10:53:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 1,452+ views
    La Chiese ^ | April 28, 2005 | Sandro Magister
    ROMA, April 28, 2005 -On Sunday, April 24, Benedict XVI inaugurated his “Petrine ministry as bishop of Rome”in the sunlight of a Saint Peter’s Square overflowing with crowds. But his first intention was different. He had wanted to celebrate his first solemn mass as pope, not in the square, but inside the basilica of Saint Peter. “Because there the architecture better directs the attention toward Christ, instead of the pope,” he told the masters of ceremonies on Wednesday, April 20, his first full day as the elected pope. Only the immense number of faithful who were coming induced him to...
  • Vanity (poem): May my heart enclose your heart

    09/24/2013 6:55:45 PM PDT · by God-fear-republican · 5 replies
    self | 09-24-2013 | God-fear-republican
    MAY MY HEART NOW ENCLOSE YOUR HEART Come dwell in my humble heart, my Love Tonight may I enclose yours in mine So that our repose turns humanly divine I long to be your romantic lover to hear each your heart beat Which my echoing heart chambers readily repeat My Beloved, this day has spent without you, it seems For my soul walks and walks along a mindless stream Which begins from unknown source and flows, aimless While my whole being has longed to feel yours But your presence has fleeted, or just my spirit lost For it has no...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FREQUENT COMMUNION, 07-29-13

    07/29/2013 7:39:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 07-29-13 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):FREQUENT COMMUNIONThe daily reception of Holy Communion, as Pope St. Pius X explained the meaning of "frequent." The conditions required for daily Communion are freedom from conscious, unconfessed mortal sin, and the right intention, namely to honor God, grow in Christian charity, and overcome one's sinful tendencies. In the early Church, daily Communion was common. Later on it fell into disuse, and only in modern times is the practice being gradually restored. The Church's grounds for urging the faithful to communicate daily are based on patristic tradition. "We are bidden in the Lord's Prayer," wrote...
  • Pondering the Mysterious Word in the Lord’s Prayer No One Can Agree how to Translate

    06/21/2013 2:44:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 64 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | June 20, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the breviary we are currently reading St Cyprian’s commentary on the Lord’s prayer. It is a prayer shared by and prized by all Christians. Few if any have not committed to memory.Yet within the Lord’s prayer is a mysterious word that both Greek and Biblical scholars have little agreement over or even a clear understanding of in terms of its precise meaning. Most Christians who do not read Greek are unaware of the difficulties and debate surrounding the word. They simply accept that the most common English translation of the Our Father is undisputed. To them the problem is...
  • Pope adds name of St. Joseph to Eucharistic prayers

    06/19/2013 3:06:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 6/19/2013
    In the first decree of a liturgical nature of this pontificate, Pope Francis has decided that name of St. Joseph should be added to the Eucharistic Prayers II, II and IV, as they appear in the third typical edition of the Roman Missal, after the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Below please find the text of the decree issued Wednesday by the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments: DECREE Exercising his paternal care over Jesus, Saint Joseph of Nazareth, set over the Lord’s family, marvelously fulfilled the office he received by grace. Adhering firmly to the...
  • The Body of Christ

    06/02/2013 11:49:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 318 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | June 2, 2013 | Bevil Bramwell OMI
    On this Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, it’s good to remember the words of Saint Thomas Aquinas: Almighty and Eternal God, behold I come to the sacrament of Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. As one sick I come to the Physician of life; unclean, to the Fountain of mercy; blind, to the Light of eternal splendor; poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth. Therefore, I beg of You, through Your infinite mercy and generosity, heal my weakness, wash my uncleanness, give light to my blindness, enrich my poverty, and clothe my nakedness....
  • Rail by rail! (priest explains why he installs altar rails at each parish where he serves)

    05/13/2013 6:31:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 13, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    One for the Brick by Brick file.I had a note from a friend in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, where the great Bishop Robert Finn presides.At St. Andrew the Apostle on the north side of KC, Fr. Vince Rogers has installed a new brand new Communion rail!My friend wrote: He has installed altar rails in most of not all of the parishes in which he has served over the past 15-20 years.He noted in his homily this morning, “So, why do I do this everywhere I go? It started when I was a seminarian at the NAC. Mother Teresa...
  • Why Pope Francis Doesn't Give (Distribute) Communion

    05/09/2013 5:06:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 82 replies
    Chiesa ^ | May 9, 2013 | Sandro Magister
    Because, he says, unrepentant public sinners could slip in among the faithful, and he does not want to back up their hypocrisy. The case of Catholic politicians who support abortion. ROME, May 9, 2013 – There is one particular in the Masses celebrated by Pope Francis that raises questions that have so far gone unanswered. At the moment of communion, pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio does not administer it himself, but allows others to give the consecrated host to the faithful. He sits down and waits for the distribution of the sacrament to be completed. The exceptions are very few. At...
  • QUAERITUR: Sister starts Mass and Father shows up around the Offertory

    05/06/2013 5:09:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say ^ | 5/6/2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I generally like one question at a time, but this was so… bizzare that it needs more attention.From a reader: This weekend, Father was having a series of talks during his Masses which spanned about fifteen minutes, and so he was late for one at another Church.The parish sister started the Mass with the full (including greeting) introductory rites and Liturgy of the Word.Father arrived at the offertory and then Mass continued as normal.This is a common, though not weekly, practice. [?!?]1) Is it still Mass?2) Does it satisfy the obligation of the faithful (and myself) to attend Sunday Mass?3) Is...
  • Easter Rebirth [at the Easter Vigil]

    03/30/2013 9:55:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | March 28, 2013 | Joyce P. Simkin
    Easter Rebirth March 28, 2013 by Joyce P. Simkin Each year when the crocuses bloom I think back to my full initiation into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in 1997. All adults preparing for initiation into the Catholic Church — converts from other Christian faiths; non-Christian converts; and those who, like me, were baptized Catholic but never had their First Communion nor had been confirmed — must attend R.C.I.A. classes in order to learn about Catholic beliefs and traditions and hopefully, in the process, strengthen their faith and grow close to God.R.C.I.A. stands for Rite of Christian Initiation...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer, The Sacrifice of the Mass

    03/26/2013 4:18:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer The Sacrifice of the Mass Lesson 27 from the Baltimore Cathechism357. What is the Mass? The Mass is the sacrifice of the New Law in which Christ, through the ministry of the priest, offers Himself to God in an unbloody manner under the appearances of bread and wine.For, from the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles; and in every place there is sacrifice and there is offered to my name a clean oblation. (Malachi 1:11)358. What is a...
  • A Beautiful Summary of Eucharistic theology in an antiphon by Aquinas

    01/17/2013 2:24:16 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 16, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is a great hymn, an antiphon actually, written by St. Thomas Aquinas for the Office of Corpus Christi. It is O Sacrum Convivium and it serves as a wonderful summary of Eucharistic theology that is worth our attention. With that in mind I’d like to make a brief reflection on some of its compact teachings. First the text, then some commentary:O sacrum convivium!in quo Christus sumitur:recolitur memoria passionis eius:mens impletur gratia:et futurae gloriae nobis pignus datur.O sacred Banquet In which Christ is received The memory of his Passion is recalled The Mind is filled with grace And Pledge of...
  • Christ in the Eucharist (Ecumenical)

    12/29/2012 2:41:32 PM PST · by narses · 69 replies
    Protestant attacks on the Catholic Church often focus on the Eucharist. This demonstrates that opponents of the Church—mainly Evangelicals and Fundamentalists—recognize one of Catholicism’s core doctrines. What’s more, the attacks show that Fundamentalists are not always literalists. This is seen in their interpretation of the key biblical passage, chapter six of John’s Gospel, in which Christ speaks about the sacrament that will be instituted at the Last Supper. This tract examines the last half of that chapter. John 6:30 begins a colloquy that took place in the synagogue at Capernaum. The Jews asked Jesus what sign he could perform so...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: COMMUNION RAIL, 09-11-12

    09/11/2012 8:25:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 09-11-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):COMMUNION RAIL The metal, wooden, or stone railing, along the front of the sanctuary, at which the faithful receive Holy Communion while kneeling. It was also customary to have the rail covered with a Communion cloth that the communicant places under the chin at the time of receiving. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Eucharist -- John 6

    08/18/2012 9:13:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 219 replies ^ | 2009 | CatholicThinker
    The EucharistAll Christians know what "the Eucharist" is - virtually all celebrate it in some form.  Yet the teachings regarding it, and consequently the emphasis put upon it, by the Catholic Church (and the Orthodox, who share the same theology and same apostolic priesthood), is probably the single most important differentiation between Catholicism and Protestantism.In this document I will demonstrate that the early Christian Church believed in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, centered their faith lives on this (the Mass), that Scripture completely and fully supports the Catholic teachings, and that virtually every Church Father of...
  • Perpetual Eucharistic adoration begins at the Olympics

    07/30/2012 12:30:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | July 30, 2012 | David Kerr
    Two young men participate in the Olympic Mass on July 28, 2012. Credit: Mazur/ London, England, Jul 30, 2012 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today marked the launch of a major Olympic event that you won’t find in the official Games brochure, 24-hour Eucharistic adoration. “We’re flying the flag for Christ if you like,” said Franciscan Father Francis Conway of St. Francis of Assisi Friary in Stratford, the Catholic Church closest to the Olympic village in London’s East End. “We will have Eucharistic adoration from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., when another East End parish will take over from...
  • † Traditional True Mass Propers : Dominica VIII. Post Pentecosten ~ Eighth Sunday after Pentecost †

    07/22/2012 11:33:38 PM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 15 replies
    Robert Drobot | Anno Dómini 22 July 2012 | Most Holy Trinity
    Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus( Outside the Church there is no salvation ) "Sicut palmes non potest ferre fructum a semitipso nisi manserit in vite:sic nec vos, nisi in Me maseritis"( "As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine,so neither can you, unless you abide in Me" ) - Blessed Apostle Saint John 15:4 † Traditional True Mass Propers : Dominica VIII. Post Pentecosten ~ Eighth Sunday after Pentecost † Anno Dómini 22 July 2012 † Statio ad S. Petrum ~ Station at Saint Peter's † Commemorating The Feast of † Blessed Disciple Saint...
  • † Traditional Catholic Devotion: Dominica VI. Post Pentecosten ~ Sixth Sunday after Pentecost †

    07/09/2012 3:23:01 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 60 replies
    Robert Drobot | Anno Dómini 8 July 2012 | Most Holy Trinity
    Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus( Outside the Church there is no salvation ) "Sicut palmes non potest ferre fructum a semitipso nisi manserit in vite:sic nec vos, nisi in Me maseritis"( "As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine,so neither can you, unless you abide in Me" ) - Blessed Apostle Saint John 15:4 † Traditional True Mass Propers : Dominica VI. Post Pentecosten ~ Sixth Sunday after Pentecost † Anno Dómini 8 July 2012 † Statio ad S. Petrum ~ Station at Saint Peter's † Commemorating The Feast of † Saint Elizabeth, Queen...