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  • Obligation to vote?

    08/27/2016 9:36:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 08-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Obligation to vote? The Catechism states we must exercise the right to vote, but there are valid reasons to excuse this duty Msgr. Charles Pope 8/24/2016 Question: The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that it is morally obligatory to exercise the right to vote. But this seems false since for most of history there have been no systems of voting and, even today, there are many who cannot vote. How can the Catechism claim that voting is a moral obligation?— Jenna O’Neil, via email Answer: The Catechism reads as follows: “Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good...
  • Decide! Parables on Judgment and the Drama of Human Life

    08/26/2016 7:07:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Decide! Parables on Judgment and the Drama of Human Life Msgr. Charles Pope • August 25, 2016 • Today’s Gospel at daily Mass (Friday of the 21st Week of the Year) features one of the many parables in which Jesus paints a picture of the great drama of human life. We are caught up in a great and cosmic battle and must choose sides; there are only two armies and no third way is given. Sadly, most have lost any sense of this, despite the battle lines being more clearly drawn than ever.Most casual readers of the Bible tend...
  • If Youre Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First

    08/25/2016 7:14:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 109 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If You’re Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First Msgr. Charles Pope • August 24, 2016 • The Lord says that we have to pray and indicates that without prayer we will give way to temptation. Thus prayer is essential for us to escape sin and keep our lives on the right path. While God offers many graces to overcome sin and live holy lives, those graces are often delivered through the doorway of prayer. Prayer is God’s way of knocking at the door of our heart; prayer is our way of answering. Prayer is God’s...
  • Vortex: Agents of the Devil

    08/24/2016 11:05:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    ChurchMilitant.com ^ | 08-23-16 | Michael Voris
    Video and Transcript: The Church has reached the tipping point in America where there are more Vatican II Catholics than those born before Vatican II. And it is having a dramatic effect in the Church. The latest research shows that 64 percent almost two out of every three American Catholics was born just before the Second Vatican Council or after. The dividing line is the year 1961 (and happens to be my birth year). Two out of every three Catholics therefore have no living memory or experience of the Church how it was before the Council. My generation...
  • A Good Reminder from the Lord on Titles and Honors

    08/24/2016 8:54:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Good Reminder from the Lord on Titles and Honors Msgr. Charles Pope • August 23, 2016 • Christ Showing A Little Child As The Emblem Of Heaven by Benjamin WestLast Saturday (20th Week of the Year) featured a Gospel in which the Lord cautions us on the use and collection of titles. Speaking of the religious authorities of His day, Jesus lamented,They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers....
  • Essential Catholic Teachings on the End Times

    08/23/2016 7:33:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Essential Catholic Teachings on the End Times Msgr. Charles Pope • August 22, 2016 • We are currently reading from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians in daily Mass, and given the focus of on the “end times,” it might be good to review certain basic Catholic teachings on this matter, the theology of which is called eschatology.The Catholic approach to the end times is different from that in certain (but not all) Protestant circles, especially the Evangelicals, who have a strong and often vivid preoccupation with signs of the Second Coming of Christ. Many of the notions...
  • I am Sending Timothy - A Brief Summary of St. Pauls Letters to the Thessalonians

    08/22/2016 8:12:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    “I am Sending Timothy” - A Brief Summary of St. Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians Msgr. Charles Pope • August 21, 2016 • In daily Mass this week (21st Week of the Year) we are reading from the Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians. I thought it might be helpful to present some notes I have assembled over the years from various sources. My goal is to bring the text a bit more alive and to provide some context.Overall context – St. Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica was cut short due to persecution, and after he left he had...
  • Sober and Serious about Salvation A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

    08/21/2016 6:56:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sober and Serious about Salvation – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 20, 2016 • In the readings today the Lord describes a danger: our tendency to make light of judgment and not be sober that one day we must account for our actions. In the first reading the Lord sets forth His desire to save us, but we must understand that our will, our yes, is essential to our salvation. In the second reading (from the Letter to the Hebrews) Our Lord sets forth a plan whereby, having accepting Jesus,...
  • Judging non-Catholics

    08/20/2016 7:45:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 908 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 08-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Judging non-Catholics Seeing into the hearts of those outside the Church, the Lord will judge them by their knowledge, deeds Msgr. Charles Pope Catholic, August 28, 2016 8/17/2016 Question: How will God judge non-Catholics at the time of their death? — William Bandle, Manchester, Missouri Answer: Scripture says, “God does not see as a mortal ... The Lord looks into the heart” (1 Sam 16:7). Thus, God, who knows our hearts, will judge us based on what is there. Not all have had the same opportunity to come to know the Lord, his Church and the help of the sacraments....
  • I Got a Robe! A Teaching on One of the Most Shocking Parables Jesus Ever Told

    08/19/2016 8:02:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 105 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I Got a Robe! A Teaching on One of the Most Shocking Parables Jesus Ever Told Msgr. Charles Pope • August 18, 2016 • The Gospel from Thursday’s Mass (Thursday of the 20th Week of the Year) contains one of the most shocking parables Jesus ever told. It is the Parable of the Wedding Feast from the Gospel of Matthew, and it tells the story of a king who gives a wedding banquet for his son. Most know it well, but in case you want to review it, the full text is available here: Parable of the Wedding Feast.It...
  • A Warning from the Lord to Priests and a Request for Prayers

    08/18/2016 6:42:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 95 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Warning from the Lord to Priests and a Request for Prayers Msgr. Charles Pope • August 17, 2016 • The first reading from today (Wednesday of the 20th week of the year) is a significant admonition for priests. In this post, permit this priest to wonder how this warning from the Lord might apply to priests and shepherds today.You who read these wonderings: please pray for priests, because we who have received much will also have much for which to account.The passage from Ezekiel 34 is in bold, blue italics; my reflections are in bold, black text.The word...
  • Summoned, Sure, and Strong: Proverbs for Pro-Lifers

    08/17/2016 7:51:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Summoned, Sure, and Strong: Proverbs for Pro-Lifers Msgr. Charles Pope • August 16, 2016 • By way of spiritually preparing for a pro-life project here in my parish and deanery, I asked the Lord to show me any biblical text He wanted me to see. I randomly opened the Bible and my eyes fell on Proverbs 24, which has some very good material for reflection for any and all engaged in pro-life witness.Consider some lessons drawn from the 24th chapter of the Book of Proverbs: OUR SUMMONS – If you remain indifferent in times of adversity, your strength will...
  • Catholic Priest Tells Christians Stop Being So Nave Wake up to the Threat of Islamic Domination

    08/16/2016 9:37:11 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 20 replies
    https://www.thomasmore.org ^ | August 16, 2016 | Fr. George Rutler
    A Catholic Priest Tells Christians to Stop Being So Nave Wake up to the Threat of Islamic Domination In Islam, peace does not mean co-existence; it means the Wests submission. Father George Rutler is sounding the wake-up call to Christians and Western civilization to the threat of Islamic domination. We must respond to terrorist attacks with more than the balloons and flowers of the grieving. After another devastating ISIS attack in France, this time against a priest in his 80s while he was saying Mass, the answer isnt just, Do nothing. As racism distorts race and sexism corrupts sex...
  • The Blessing of Pilgrimage A Journey in Faith!

    08/16/2016 7:16:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-15-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Blessing of Pilgrimage – A Journey in Faith! Msgr. Charles Pope • August 15, 2016 • This coming March (19th – 30th), Patrick Coffin (of Catholic Answers) and I will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. You are invited to come! Details are available here: Catholic Holy Land Pilgrimage.As I prepare for that trip I recall that one of the greatest moments in my entire life, and certainly in my life as a priest, was celebrating Holy Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, at the Latin altar on Golgotha, the very site of the crucifixion....
  • Modesty and Beach Volleyball

    08/15/2016 6:54:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 283 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-14-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Modesty and Beach Volleyball Msgr. Charles Pope • August 14, 2016 • One of the less edifying aspects of the Summer Olympics in Rio is the attire of the women’s beach volleyball players from Western countries. Most of the women wear a tiny bikini with the bottom being especially tiny. (I do not show a picture here because I deem it immodest to do so. Instead, I show a picture of some of the men, whose attire I mention below.) Embed from Getty Images  Frankly, playing volleyball in a tiny bikini seems quite unnecessary. I would argue that it...
  • How Do We Know Its the True Church?

    08/14/2016 2:49:24 PM PDT · by ADSUM · 121 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    What are the twelve traits of authority, and how do they work? First of all, it seems clear that their decision would have to be made from a historical perspective. It was not good enough to decide complex moral, social, or doctrinal issues based on popularity polls or yesterdays newspaper. To decide difficult questions, a valid authority has to be historical.
  • Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord (Old Calendar)

    08/14/2016 12:16:50 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    The Procession of the Venerable Wood of the Life-Creating Cross of the Lord: In the Greek Horologion of 1897 the derivation of this Feast is explained: Because of the illnesses that occur in August, it was customary, in former times, to carry the Venerable Wood of the Cross through the streets and squares of Constantinople for the sanctification of the city, and for relief from sickness. On the eve (July 31), it was taken out of the imperial treasury, and laid upon the altar of the Great Church of Hagia Sophia (the Wisdom of God). From this Feast until the...
  • Battle Plan - A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

    08/14/2016 5:59:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-13-16` | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Battle Plan - A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 13, 2016 • The readings today speak of a great cosmic battle that is taking place all around us. In the Gospel, Jesus speaks of it vividly and of his own mission to engage our ancient foe and to gather God’s elect back from the enslaving clutches of Satan, who was a murderer and a liar from the beginning (cf John 8:44).As Jesus approaches Jerusalem for the final time, He describes the battle that is about to unfold. It is a battle...
  • Rock a My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham Learning the Wisdom of an old Spiritual

    08/13/2016 6:01:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-12-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Rock a My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham – Learning the Wisdom of an old Spiritual Msgr. Charles Pope • August 12, 2016 • There is an old African-American spiritual that says, “Rock a my soul in the bosom of Abraham. Oh, rock a my soul!” At first glance its meaning may seem obscure, but it speaks to a deep tradition and a kind of spiritual strategy that has great wisdom.Biblically, the “bosom of Abraham” referred to the place of rest in Sheol, where the righteous dead awaited the Messiah and Judgment Day. It is mentioned only once...
  • What Are Our Pets Really Saying? A Meditation on the Eager Expectation of All Creation

    08/12/2016 6:50:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-11-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Are Our Pets Really Saying? A Meditation on the Eager Expectation of All Creation Msgr. Charles Pope • August 11, 2016 • I am often struck by the mystery of the relationship that dogs and cats set up with their owners. While I realize that we humans often project what we want their behavior to mean, I am still fascinated by the reality of how our pets come to “know” us and set up a kind of communication with us.Dogs, especially, are very demonstrative, interactive, and able to make knowing responses. Cats are more subtle. My cat, Jewel,...
  • We Live in a Rebellious House

    08/11/2016 6:23:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-10-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We Live in a Rebellious House Msgr. Charles Pope • August 10, 2016 • One of the observations that God makes about us over and over again is that we are stiff-necked (cf Ex 32:9, 33:3; Deut 9:3, 10:16; 2 Chron 30:8; 2 Kings 17:14; Jer 7:26; and many, many other texts).The charge occurs again in the reading from today’s Mass (Thursday of the 19th Week of the Year):The word of the LORD came to me:Son of man, you live in the midst of a rebellious house;they have eyes to see but do not see,and ears to hear but...
  • Archbishop Job Ukraine is the canonical territory of the Church of Constantinople[Orthodox Caucus]

    08/10/2016 12:52:40 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    RISU ^ | 08-01-2016 | Tetiana Derkach
    Full title: Archbishop Job (Getcha) of Telmessos: Ukraine is the canonical territory of the Church of Constantinople By tradition, at the end of July, the Ukrainian Orthodox believers of all jurisdictions celebrate the Baptism of Rus. The Ukrainian state, represented by its leaderships and members of other local Orthodox Churches, willingly participates in these celebrations. This years celebrations were attended by Archbishop Job (Getcha) of Telmessos, representative of the Patriarch of Constantinople,who came at the invitation of the President of Ukraine and kindly agreed to give an interview for RISU. He gave direct answers to direct questions: what will happen...
  • Is There a Dark Delight in Prophets Who Foretell Doom? A Consideration of a Text from Ezekiel

    08/10/2016 7:01:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is There a “Dark Delight” in Prophets Who Foretell Doom? A Consideration of a Text from Ezekiel Msgr. Charles Pope • August 9, 2016 • Today’s reading from daily Mass (Tuesday of the 19th Week of the Year) features an unusual image and a seemingly “dark delight.”It was then I saw a hand stretched out to me, in which was a written scroll which he unrolled before me. It was covered with writing front and back, and written on it was: Lamentation and wailing and woe! He said to me: Son of man, eat what is before you; eat...
  • If We Understand the Sacrifice of the Mass to Be a Meal, We Must Clarify What Sort of Meal It Is

    08/09/2016 7:40:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-08-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If We Understand the Sacrifice of the Mass to Be a Meal, We Must Clarify What Sort of Meal It Is Msgr. Charles Pope • August 8, 2016 • There been much tension regarding the Mass as both a meal and a sacrifice. A necessary corrective was introduced in the past twenty years to rectify the overly strong emphasis, heavily advanced during the 1970s and 1980s, on the Mass as a meal. The purpose of the corrective was to bring back needed balance with the root of the Mass: the cross and the overall paschal mystery.While we cannot dismiss...
  • Ezekiel 38 Scenario Developing Rapidly

    08/08/2016 12:15:15 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 33 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 8/8/16 | Gary
    Ever since the failed coup in Turkey, there has been a rapid alignment towards an Ezekiel 38 scenario and several of these developments need to be addressed. First, some background: Ezekiel 38 describes a war between Israel and certain surrounding nations with the enemies of Israel having the motive of taking a certain spoil. This war has clearly not yet taken place and it appears to occur shortly before the millennial reign of the Messiah (Jesus) per the text, likely around the time of the rapture and the beginning of Daniel's 70th Week. While there is some debate regarding Russia's...
  • On Forsaking Fear by Remaining Ready A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

    08/07/2016 7:07:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Forsaking Fear by Remaining Ready – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 6, 2016 • In the Gospel for this weekend (Luke 12:32-40) the Lord Jesus presents a “recipe for readiness.” He gives it to us so that we can lay hold of His offer that we not be afraid. He is not simply saying, “Be not afraid.” He is explaining how we can battle fear by being ready.Frequently, Christians today are uncertain about what is necessary in order to be ready to meet God. Many also make light of...
  • Letting go of dread

    08/06/2016 8:19:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 07-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Letting go of dread Question: I have serious scrupulosity and have worked closely with several priests. I have been told if I follow their advice, I will go straight to heaven when I die. How can they make this statement? I am in grave doubt. — Name withheld, Cleveland Answer: Since you do not state what the advice is, I cannot comment on that aspect. It is true that no one here, even a priest, can state unequivocally that a person will “go straight to heaven” when they die. The only exceptions might be someone who was baptized moments before...
  • The Look of Christ

    08/05/2016 7:25:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Look of Christ Msgr. Charles Pope • August 4, 2016 • I have a large icon of Christ in my room (see photo at right). What icons from the Eastern tradition do best is to capture “the look.” No matter where I move in the room, Christ is looking right at me. His look is intense, though not severe. In the Eastern spirituality, icons are windows into Heaven. Hence, this icon is no mere portrait that reminds one of Christ, it is an image that mediates His presence. When I look upon Him, I experience that He knows...
  • Liturgical Vestments

    08/04/2016 9:21:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 08-04-16 | Fr. William Saunders
    Liturgical VestmentsFr. William Saunders The liturgical vestments worn at Mass have evolved over time. Nevertheless, since the earliest days of the Church, liturgical vestments have been worn by priests for the celebration of the Mass. Even though priests of the Old Testament wore vestments in their liturgical rites, the “Christian” vestments are not really adaptations of them.Rather, the vestments of the Christians developed from the dress of the Graeco-Roman world, including the religious culture.Nevertheless, the Old Testament idea of wearing a special kind of clothing in the performance of liturgical rites did influence the Church. St. Jerome asserted, “The Divine...
  • Priest for Times of Terror: The Cur dArs

    08/04/2016 9:34:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 08-04-16 | Sean Fitzpatrick
    Priest for Times of Terror: The Curé d’ArsSean Fitzpatrick Last week in France, a priest was murdered by Islamic terrorists during Mass. Fr. Jacques Hamel was 86 years old; a thin, small man with white, wispy hair, hollow cheeks and hooded eyes. It is thought-provoking to compare this French priest’s appearance to another French priest who lived and died nearly 160 years ago; one who also had a diminutive frame, shrunken face, deep-set eyes, silvery hair—and a holy death. One week after the passing of this parish priest as he celebrated Mass, the Church celebrates the passing of the patron...
  • What is Life?

    08/04/2016 6:35:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-03-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is Life? Msgr. Charles Pope • August 3, 2016 • What is life? It seems the simplest and most basic reality, but it is hard to define in a way that is satisfying. One philosopher I know defined it as “ordered energy.” But does that really advance the understanding of the mystery we call life?Consider an example: I have in one hand a small rock, and in my other, an acorn. They are similar in both shape and color. Now I place each of them in the ground and water them. The small rock just sits there; even...
  • Popes deaconess commission includes womens priesthood supporter (Catholic Caucus)

    08/03/2016 3:29:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 2, 2016
    VATICAN CITY, August 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — An American professor appointed to Pope Francis’ newly announced Special Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women subtly advocates for women’s ordination to the priesthood, and several other appointees have expressed questionable theological views. Pope Francis announced the members of the commission on Tuesday. In May, he promised a group of religious sisters that he would set up a commission to study the question of women deaconesses.   “After intense prayer and mature reflection,” Pope Francis decided to set up this commission, the Vatican announced in a press release. Rorate-Caeli...
  • Crack the Whip and the Common Good - Our Lives Are More Connected Than We Think

    08/03/2016 9:05:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Crack the Whip and the Common Good - Our Lives Are More Connected Than We Think Msgr. Charles Pope • August 2, 2016 • We like to think that our personal decisions have little or no impact on others, but our lives are far more intertwined than we imagine. This is especially the case today, when social media can allow sinful and foolish ideas to catch fire and “go viral” in a flash. And although this happens with edifying information and helpful ideas as well, the bad stuff seems to spread more quickly. Why? Well, this is a fallen...
  • First mass in the Krak des Chevaliers in 745 years (Wow!)

    08/02/2016 2:36:01 PM PDT · by NRx · 19 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 08-02-2016 | Fr. Z
    For the first time in almost 750 years a Roman catholic Mass has been celebrated in the ancient fortress of the Crusaders, the Krak des Chevaliers. The Mass was celebrated using the Traditional Roman (pre-Vatican II) rite. Video at the linked website.
  • Syriac Catholic Patriarch Warns: Western Politicians and Media Mislead World on Middle East

    08/02/2016 1:03:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    NC Register ^ | August 1, 2016 | VICTOR GAETAN
    ROME — Imagine a five-star general, under assault, with no weapons of defense — except faith. Think of an Old Testament prophet living today, describing the evil destroying his community — but few listen. That general or prophet is the fierce and noble leader of the Syriac Catholic Church of Antioch, Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan, age 71, whose Church comprises some 200,000 souls worldwide. snip According to the patriarch, fundamental errors in Syria came from Western politicians insisting that democracy can be exported, when it can’t; from Western media describing an “Arab Spring” style opposition movement and the existence...
  • A Tour Guide in the Land of Ruin

    08/02/2016 7:01:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-01-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Tour Guide in the Land of Ruin Msgr. Charles Pope • August 1, 2016 • At Mass we are reading from the later chapters of Jeremiah the Prophet, who wrote in the time of the Babylonian exile. As such he serves as a kind of tour guide for us through a land of ruin, one that seems all too familiar to us today.The Northern Kingdom of Israel had been destroyed by the Assyrians in 721 B.C. The Southern Kingdom of Judah, ignoring numerous warnings and calls to repentance, later experienced the same fate; the Babylonians laid siege and...
  • The Sunni-Shia Divide and Islams Puzzling Origins

    08/02/2016 6:54:03 AM PDT · by wtd · 22 replies
    Gates of Vienna Blog ^ | August 2, 2016 | Emmet Scott
    The Sunni-Shia Divide and Islams Puzzling Originsby Emmet Scott In my Impact of Islam (2014) and Guide to the Phantom Dark Age (2014) I argued in some detail that Muhammad was a fictitious character conjured to life by the Umayyad Caliphs in the late seventh century in order to justify and legitimize the Arab usurpation of the Persian Sassanid Empire. In the above studies I also suggested that the earliest Islam was spread by the Sassanid Empire and that the great Arab Conquests of Anatolia, Syria and Egypt were in reality carried out by Persian armies. Certainly the earliest...
  • The 10 words that everyone should know about Islam

    08/02/2016 1:25:41 AM PDT · by ktw · 10 replies
    Here are the 10 words that every in the Western World should know! dawah, dhimmi, hijra, jizya, kafir, shaheed, shariah, takfir, taqiyya, ummah ----------------------------------------------------- dawah-preaching of islam dhimmi- submitted slave of a muslim hijra- conquest by immigration jizya- tax paid by people of the book, that is, religious people not of Islam kafir- infidel, unbeliever shaheed- sacred warrior shariah- Islamic code of law takfir-a muslum declaring another muslim (non-believer) taquiyya- the Islamic doctrine which allows a muslim to lie to infidels in order to save themselves or further the cause of Islam ummah-collective community of Islamic peoples
  • Why a Fast for Dormition?

    08/01/2016 11:02:58 AM PDT · by lightman · 3 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | June, A.D. 2008 | Daniel Manzuk
    It would be a gross understatement to say that much has been written about the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. Yet very little has been written about the fast that precedes it. Every Orthodox Christian is aware and generally knows the reason behind the fasts for Pascha and Christmas. But while they may know of the Dormition Fast, few follow it, and more than a few question why it is there, neither knowing its purpose. First, given the pervasive misunderstanding of the purpose of fasting itself, a refresher on its purpose is always a good idea. There is...
  • Beware the Deception of False Prophets

    08/01/2016 8:24:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Beware the Deception of False Prophets Msgr. Charles Pope • July 31, 2016 • In today’s first reading (Monday of the 18th Week) the Prophet Jeremiah denounces the false prophets of his day, who promise all sorts grand visions for Israel despite its sin. Jeremiah says to the people, By breaking a wooden yoke, you forge an iron yoke! (Jer 28:13) In other words, by failing to repent (breaking the wooden yoke) you shall know an iron yoke. (Think about the addiction to sin of many who do not show restraint earlier in life.) To the false prophets of...
  • Does the First Amendment Protect Warrior Religions?

    08/01/2016 4:55:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 1, 2016 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    After every Islamic terrorist attack, whether in Europe or the U.S., people ask what can be done to prevent it from happening again. But when the obvious solutions are proposed, they are invariably met with the objection that you cant do that, or thats unconstitutional, or words to that effect.Some of the obvious solutions are to close radical mosques and radical Islamic schools, to monitor suspected mosques, to deport radical imams, and, of course, to restrict Muslim immigration or ban it altogether. If you dare to say such things, however, it quickly becomes apparent thatfor many, at leastonly politically...
  • You Cant Take It with You, But You Can Send it on Ahead! Five Teachings on Wealth

    07/31/2016 7:17:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    You Can’t Take It with You, But You Can Send it on Ahead! Five Teachings on Wealth Msgr. Charles Pope • July 30, 2016 • The Gospel today is not merely a warning against greed; it is an instruction on income and wealth given by Jesus to help us root out greed. As the Gospel opens, the problem of greed is presented. Following that, a prescribed perspective on wealth is offered. Let’s take a look at both parts of this Gospel. I. The Problem that is Portrayed – The text begins, Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher,...
  • The Doctrine of the Twelve Apostles: the Didach

    07/30/2016 4:23:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Aletelial ^ | January 15, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    The Didaché, a brief, anonymous Christian treatise, was written between the years 65 and 80 (according to most scholars) and held in the highest esteem by the early Church Fathers.It is considered that the Didaché, also known as “the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles,” or simply “The Teaching” (“Didaché” means “teaching” in Greek), is a letter that belongs to the very first Christian corpus of literary production. It is considered the first and oldest written catechism, and as such has been respected and preserved to this day. Both the author and the place where the Didaché was written remain unknown. The original...
  • The Agony and Ecstasy: How Was Scripture Inspired?

    07/29/2016 1:45:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | July 27, 2016 | STEPHEN BEALE
    Ezekiel had his fantastic vision of fire, wind, and four living creatures. John ate a sweet-and-sour scroll out of the hand of a giant angle. Isaiah had his lips scorched by a burning coal from the heavenly altar. Paul was in a catatonic state for three days. Then theres the agonized lament of Jeremiah:You seduced me, Lord, and I let myself be seduced; you were too strong for me, and you prevailed. All day long I am an object of laughter; everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I must cry out, violence and outrage I proclaim; The word of...
  • Ten Thousand Thanks Could Never Be Enough - A Meditation on the Astonishing Depth of Every Gift

    07/27/2016 6:15:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Ten Thousand Thanks Could Never Be Enough - A Meditation on the Astonishing Depth of Every Gift Msgr. Charles Pope • July 26, 2016 • In developing gratitude, we do well to remember how intertwined our lives are. None of us lives in isolation—none of us can. We may think we’re pretty self-sufficient, but we drive on roads that others built and paid for, and we do so in cars developed and built by others. We use electricity powered by coal that others mined, converted to power in power plants we neither built nor run, and delivered to us...
  • On eve of Pope Francis visit to Poland, country refuses the red-carpet treatment

    07/26/2016 6:26:24 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | July 26, 2016 | Don Snyder
    Pope Francis is set to arrive Wednesday in Poland, but the homeland of Saint Pope John Paul II Francis most popular modern-day predecessor -- is not rolling out the red carpet for the pontiff whose social agenda has alienated many in the conservative nation. Francis will be in Krakow to celebrate World Youth Day, the event initiated more than 30 years ago by Pope John Paul II in which hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world gather. But unlike the favorite son the Eastern European nation sent to the Vatican, Francis has received a chilly...
  • The Church of the Archangel Gabriel, Nazareth

    07/26/2016 1:26:17 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-26-2016 | Pravoslavie
    When the Virgin Mary as a young girl was one day in her hometown of Nazareth contemplating the coming of the promised Messiah, the Archangel Gabriel (commemorated today, July 13/26) appeared to her with the glad tidings of the Annunciation: And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord...
  • And with Sweet Sleep Mine Eyelids Close - A Meditation on a Beautiful Hymn of the Night

    07/26/2016 8:03:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    And with Sweet Sleep Mine Eyelids - A Meditation on a Beautiful Hymn of the Night Msgr. Charles Pope • July 25, 2016 • One of the great night prayer hymns, “All Praise to Thee My God This Night,” appears in numerous hymnals of the English tradition. Sadly, it is not in our current breviary, but I hope that the new one might feature it. It was written by Thomas Ken in 1709 and is most often sung to the beautiful tune of Tallis’ Ordinal, which you can hear in the video below.Ideally, night prayer should include acts of...
  • What Does Jesus Mean When He Says That We Will Be Salted with Fire?

    07/25/2016 6:38:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does Jesus Mean When He Says That We Will Be Salted with Fire? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 24, 2016 • I was recently asked (through my Our Sunday Visitor column) about one of Jesus’ lesser known sayings. I would go into a little more detail in today’s post. Here is the passage:Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another (Mark 9:49-50).Some argue that these were separate sayings that were just stitched together,...
  • Why King Richard Did Not March on Jerusalem

    07/24/2016 11:19:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 7/22/16 | Andrew Latham
    When we look back on the Third Crusade (1189-1192) it is all but impossible not to be struck by how close King Richard and the Christian host came to decisively defeating Saladin and re-taking Jerusalem. Twice during the campaignin January 1192 and again in July 1192the crusaders advanced to within a dozen or so miles of the Holy City, only to withdraw without making a serious effort to besiege it. In this brief essay, I will attempt to explain the strategic decision to abandon the first advance on Jerusalem in 1191/2. From Acre to Bayt NubaDuring the summer and autumn...