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  • The Truer Gift As Seen in a Touching Christmas Commercial

    12/27/2014 8:24:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-26-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Truer Gift As Seen in a Touching Christmas Commercial By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is an old saying that the greatest things in life aren’t things. Our greatest gifts are those we love, beginning with God, and extending to one another.One of the great dangers at Christmastime (and with life in general) is that we maximize the minimum and minimize the maximum, or, as Jesus puts it, we strain out gnats and swallow camels (Matt 23:24).  He said this about the religiously observant of his day, who meticulously followed small, technical rules about cleanliness and ritual purity, but neglected...
  • Saint's martyrdom strips Christmas of false 'saccharine-sweetness'

    12/26/2014 2:08:59 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    cna ^ | December 26, 2014
    Pope Francis delivers his first Sunday Angelus on March 17, 2013. Credit: InterMirifica.net. Vatican City, Dec 26, 2014 / 10:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis marked the feast day of Saint Stephen on Dec. 26, noting that the martyrdom of the early Church saint helps prevent the Christmas season from being reduced to a trivial celebration. “The Gospel of this feast gives a part of Jesus’ discourse to his disciples in the moment in which He sends them on mission. Among other things, He says, 'You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the...
  • Archaeologists Are Excavating A Synagogue Where Jesus Likely Preached

    12/26/2014 1:49:47 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    io9 ^ | December 25, 2014 | Mark Strauss
    Since 2009, archaeologists have been slowly excavating the ancient town of Magdalathought to be the home of Mary Magdalenenear the Sea of Galilee. Among their finds has been a first-century synagogue where, experts say, Jesus likely preached. Image: Israel Antiquities Authority Although Jerusalem and Bethlehem are the sites most commonly associated with Jesus, Father Eamon Kellyvice president of Israel's Magdala Center and vice charg of the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Centerpoints out that Jesus spent almost his entire life in what is now northern Israel. "Eighty percent of Jesus' public life was here," he tells the Israeli...
  • The feast of Stephen: Middle East's persecuted Christians need our help

    12/26/2014 11:54:44 AM PST · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Ralph Peters
    On the day after Christmas, I wish those I meet a Good St. Stephens Day. Personal quirk? Surely. But its also been my small homage to my faiths first martyr. And this year his all-but-forgotten feast day has a special relevance.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ENTELECHY, 12-26-14

    12/26/2014 8:48:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-26-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:ENTELECHYThe internal specifying principle that actively directs a nature to its specific good or end. In scholastic philosophy this is the substantial form. It is the vital principle that guides and co-ordinates all the activities of an organism from within, and for the benefit of the whole. More than mechanical, it is the immanent power that gives purpose and direction to all the operations of every living thing. (Etym. Latin entelechia, accomplishment, actuality, substantial form; from Greek entelecheia.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used...
  • Is There Anyone You Know Who Might Have Been Forgotten This Christmas?

    12/26/2014 7:23:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdioce of Washington ^ | 12-25-14 | Msgr. Charels Pope
    Is There Anyone You Know Who Might Have Been Forgotten This Christmas? By: Msgr. Charles PopeChristmas is a beautiful time of the year for most of us, most of the time. But it is also true that Christmas can be a very painful time of year for some, especially those who have experienced recent loss or who, for various reasons, have fewer family options at Christmas. Yes, Christmas can be the best of times orthe loneliest of times, the most wonderful time of the year or the most painful.The video below reminds us that Christmas can also be a...
  • Pavarotti - O Holy Night (Full Album)

    12/25/2014 7:45:34 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | November 30, 2013 | PshuncK Mart
    Tenor; Pavarotti Album; O Holy Night Year; 1990 1. Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night) 00:00 2. Pieta, Signore 04:17 3. Panis Angelicus 12:45 4. Qual Giglio Candido (Parola Quinta) 16:48 5. Ave Maria 21:30 6. Gesu Bambino 26:20 7. Ave Maria 30:52 8. Mille Cherubini in Coro 33:50 9. Agnus Dei 37:55 10. Requiem: Sanctus 41:41 11. Adeste, Fideles 50:52
  • Nativity of the Lord

    12/25/2014 5:52:18 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Eparchy of Cyprus ^ | December 25, 2014
    "Behold, a virgin, shall be with a child, and bear a Son and they shall call His name Emmanuel," which is translated, "God with us." (Mt 1:23; Is 7:14) Holy One and Son of the Most High our praises rise before your throne. May we now glorify you with the choirs of heaven on this day of your birth and sing with them: "Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth and good will to men." now and forever. Amen
  • I Hear Music in the Air! A Homily for Christmas

    12/24/2014 7:08:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-24-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I Hear Music in the Air! – A Homily for Christmas By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe mysteries of Christmas are many. Among them is the mystery of the music heard that night. The angels shouted the great declaration, “Glory to God in the Highest,” and creation takes it up as a song. But why this music? Is it merely window dressing, or does it disclose a mystery to us? Is it merely for us, or do the angels also have need of the declaration?As always with the things of God, there are realities far deeper than most of us imagine. But tonight’s...
  • Saying Yes to the Bible, and No to Biblicism (in post-Christendom Christianity)

    12/24/2014 10:11:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Patheos ^ | 12/24/2014 | Peter Enns
    The following is an extended excerpt from Addison Hodges Hart’s new book Strangers and Pilgrims Once More: Being Disciples of Jesus in a Post-Christendom World, specifically, chapter 3 “Saying Yes to the Bible, and No to Biblicism” (part 1, pages 57-63). Eerdmans was kind enough to send me a word file of these pages, lest my wrists fall off typing it all out.Hart’s articulation of the nature of the Bible will immediately ring true to some of you, I’m sure. It is, however, clearly intentionally provocative, which may be a barrier to some. But let me encourage you to try...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SACRILEGE,12-24-14

    12/24/2014 9:39:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-24-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:SACRILEGEThe deliberate violation of sacred things. Sacred things are persons, places, and objects set aside publicly and by the Church's authority for the worship of God. The violation implies that a sacred thing is desecrated precisely in its sacred character. It is a sin against the virtue of religion. Personal sacrilege is committed by laying violent hands on clerics or religious of either sex; by unlawfully citing them before secular courts, i.e., without just cause and without express permission of their ecclesiastical superiors; by unlawfully demanding of them the payment of civil taxes or military...
  • Father Christmas Comes Home To St. Walburge

    12/24/2014 7:35:11 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies
    http://reginamag.com ^ | November 16, 2014 | Michael Durnan
    Canon Altiere is a newly-ordained priest with the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign priest (ICKSP) at the new Shrine of St. Walburge in Preston, a historically Catholic town in northern England. A year ago, however, Saint Walburges fate hung by a thread. Though a most beloved landmark and a center of faith going back 150 years changing demographics had rendered its future very uncertain. The heart-breaking truth is that Saint Walburges was a church no longer able to sustain parish life; it was threatened with closure when Bishop Michael Campbell made a creative and forward-looking decision. Saint...
  • Why is Christmas a Nighttime Event?

    12/24/2014 7:26:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-24-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why is Christmas a Nighttime Event? By: Msgr. Charles PopeO Holy night! Yes, a silent night! And it came upon a midnight clear. Christmas, it would seem, is a festival of the middle of the night. Jesus is born when it is dark, dark midnight. We are sure of it. And why not?Even though we are not told the exact hour of His birth, we are sure it must have been at night. Scripture does say that the shepherds who heard the glad tidings were keeping watch over their flock “by night” (cf Luke 2:9). Further, the Magi sought him...
  • Cardinal Burke: Its amazing that faithful Catholics are now accused of opposing the Church

    12/23/2014 6:09:54 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 32 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Hilary White
    Cardinal Raymond Burke said in an interview this week that it is amazing that those who have defended Catholic teaching and practice on withholding Communion from those in publicly irregular sexual situations, are being accused of being against the Holy Father, and of not being in harmony with the Church. The blog Rorate Caeli carried a translation of the comments Cardinal Burke made this week to the French language daily Le Figaro. Burke, one of a small group of vocal opponents of the so-called Kasper proposal, said that Octobers Synod of Bishops on the family was a difficult experience. Those...
  • For Advent: Away in a Manger: St Francis and the Nativity

    12/23/2014 6:06:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Fr. William Saunders
    Away in a Manger: St Francis and the Nativity Fr. William SaundersAs we learn each week from the saints, one must wonder, “How did the saints celebrate Christmas?” One of the best examples whose celebration lives on in our own is St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226). Thomas of Celano, one of the first biographers of St. Francis, wrote, “More than any other feast, he celebrated Christmas with an indescribable joy. He said that this was the feast of feasts, for on this day God became a little child and sucked milk like all human children. Francis embraced with great...
  • Christmas Versus 'Smithmas': Joseph's Usurpation of Christmas Carols [Vanity]

    12/23/2014 5:08:37 PM PST · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 23, 2014 | Colofornian
    Celebrated birthdate of Jesus Christ: December 25 Celebrated birthdate of Joseph Smith: December 23 Needless to say, some seasonal "competition" has arisen between the two through the centuries! #1: Christmas Carol Joseph Smith Usurpation: O Little Town of Jerusalem? Birthplace of Jesus Christ: BethlehemBook of Mormon recorded birthplace of Jesus Christ: Jerusalem (Alma 7:10) Note: The 1830 Book of Mormon author (Joseph Smith) was apparently so scornful of Bethlehem receiving its Old Testament Micah 5:2 prophecy recognition that Jerusalem negated Bethlehem's place within Biblical history! #2: Christmas Carol Joseph Smith Usurpation Vignette: Only One Angel (Heard) From on High? 1840....
  • When Hollywood Celebrated Christmas and Marriage

    12/23/2014 3:21:23 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 23, 2014 | Paul Kengor
    For countless Americans, marriage is no longer the goal, and so the America of "White Christmas" and "It’s a Wonderful Life” is long gone. A scene from "White Christmas", the top-grossing film of 1954, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. A few days before Christmas, I checked the schedule for Turner Classic Movies, one of the few TV channels I watch. I was looking for Christmas movies, maybe the 1938 Reginald Owen version of “A Christmas Carol” or something like that—something for the family. I was pleased to find three favorites back-to-back that I’ve seen with my...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAW OF NATIONS (jus gentium), 12-23-14

    12/23/2014 9:46:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-23-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:LAW OF NATIONS (jus gentium)The common element, even though unwritten, in the actual laws of various peoples. Based on the natural law, the jus gentium is a synthesis of the legislation enacted by different countries which reflects a basic similarity in spite of the differences of culture and political structure. First clearly distinguished from natural law by St. Isidore of Seville (560-636), the law of nations is not the same as international law. The latter aims to regulate the mutual relations of states as states. The jus gentium is a general law within all nations,...
  • Gods Plan will Stand A Word of Encouragement to the Fainthearted

    12/23/2014 8:44:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-22-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God’s Plan will Stand – A Word of Encouragement to the Fainthearted By: Msgr. Charles PopeAdvent is a season of waiting, waiting for God to fulfill his promises. We know that most of His promises from the Old Testament were fulfilled magnificently by Jesus. But as St. Paul reminds, we have received but the first fruits of his work in our soul (cf Rom 8:23). The created world and our physical bodies still await the full implications of what He has done. We still await a new Heaven and a new earth where the justice of God will reside...
  • Who Are the Modern Day Pharisees?

    12/23/2014 6:17:40 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 8 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    John Bergsma at The Sacred Place has a brilliant post in which he accurately describes the relationship between Christ and the Pharisees in regard to their teachings: Finally, let us reflect for a moment on the fact that, in the Sermon on the Mount, Our Lord consistently raised the moral requirements of true discipleship vis--vis the Pharisees and contemporary Jewish practice, rather than lowering them. He says clearly: I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt 5:20). The Pharisees were content if one did not murder;...
  • For Advent: Wedding at Cana, Garden in Eden

    12/22/2014 7:34:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 153 replies
    SalvationHistory.com ^ | not given | SalvationHistory.com
    Wedding at Cana, Garden in Eden Lesson Goals:1. To appreciate the Old Testament symbolism that forms the deep background to the Gospel account of the wedding feast at Cana.2. To understand how Mary is depicted as a “New Eve” in this account.3. To appreciate the importance of the Old Testament marriage symbolism for John’s recounting of the “sign” at Cana. Lesson Outline:        I.        Mary in the Gospel of John                      A.        First Reading                      B.        Sign of a New Creation      II.        The Mother of Jesus                      A.        Scolding Mary?                      B.        Woman of Revelation      III.        The New Eve                      A.        Mother of All...
  • The Catholic Weakness (on marriage)

    12/22/2014 4:25:12 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    MaggieGallagher ^ | December 22, 2014 | Maggie Gallagher
    Last week Iwroteabout one piece of data that jumped out from the Austin Institutes fascinating new study,Relationships in America: the Mormon advantage in transmitting traditional Christian practice and views on many things, from life after death to sex and marriage. Judging from the comments, many people have a hard time separating a sociological analysis from a theological one. Even many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints understandably believe that their particular strain of theology is the key to their relative success. Maybe so. Certainly there is an obvious reciprocal relationship between orthopraxy and orthodoxy (right action...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INTERCESSION, 12-22-14

    12/22/2014 9:13:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-22-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:INTERCESSIONEntreaty 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.
  • Focused on the Dysfunctional? A Consideration of the Need for Synod on Family-Refocus ON the Family

    12/22/2014 7:55:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-21-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Focused on the Dysfunctional? A Consideration of the Need for the Synod on the Family to Refocus ON the Family By: Msgr. Charles PopeMany breathed a sigh of relief when the summary document of the extraordinary Synod on the Family was much improved and the seriously flawed sections (which no one seems to know who wrote!) were removed.  But in this case we cannot allow the better to become the enemy of the best. And frankly the relatio, though improved, ought not escape sober scrutiny by those who seek to allow the upcoming (Ordinary) Synod to become what it really...
  • Epoch-Making Turning Point from Conflict to Communion: LWF, Vatican Announce Common Liturgical..

    12/22/2014 6:17:46 AM PST · by marshmallow · 150 replies
    (LWI) Rev. Martin Junge, General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) says relations between the Lutheran and Catholic churches have reached an epoch-making turning-point. Speaking during a panel discussion, held 18 December, in the Lutheran church in Rome, Junge emphasized that the relationship between Lutherans and Catholics was being transformed from conflict to communion. Precisely in a world in which religion and faith are regularly portrayed and perceived as trouble makers, he said it was a phenomenal testimony that the Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches continued to move towards a profound communion that frees us to serve God...
  • For Advent: Yes, Virginia, there is a God

    12/21/2014 9:53:10 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Return to Order.org ^ | 12-19-14 | Norman Fulkerson
    Yes, Virginia, there is a God Posted on December 19, 2014 by Guest WriterWritten by Norman FulkersonIt is has become a custom for practically every newspaper in America to reprint, during the Christmas season, the marvelous editorial, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” Since it first appeared in 1897, it has become an indelible part of Christmas tradition in our country. It is no secret why.Virginia’s Letter: A Priceless RelicThe central figure in the story is an innocent girl named Virginia O’Hanlon who is told by her “little friends” that Santa does not exist. She writes a letter...
  • Is Catholicism the "Babylon Mystery Religion"? (Story of the Magi in Matthew's Gospel)

    12/21/2014 10:40:32 AM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 20, 2014 | Mark P. Shea
    How the story of the Magi sheds plenty of light on the historical soundness of the Gospel of Matthew and how early Christians viewed paganism. center;">"The Adoration of the Magi" by Matthias Stom (c.1600-c.1652) [http://commons.wikimedia.org/] As we saw last time in this space, the notion that Christianity is "really" warmed-over paganism is contradicted by the fact—abundantly in evidence not only in the New Testament but in the writings of the Fathers and the liturgy of the Church—that, well, early Christians just don't care much about pagan things, while both the New Testament and the Fathers are positively drowning in the...
  • Secularists Are Trying to Take Christ Out of Christmas

    12/21/2014 7:02:49 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 26 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 21, 2014 | JP
    Joyous Kwanzaa. Happy Hanukkah. Merry Christmas. Happy Ramadan. So proclaims the secularist holiday poster that greets visitors to the office building where I labor. The building owner obviously thought the poster noncontroversial. But this Christ follower found it offensive. Because the upcoming holiday is not about Kwanza, the seven-day afrocentric celebration created in 1965, nor Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival hardly celebrated until the 1970s, and certainly not Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting that actually takes place in June. No, Jesus is the reason for the season. It is the annual acknowledgement of the fulfillment two mellennia ago of...
  • See What the End Shall Be: A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent

    12/21/2014 6:51:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-20-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    See What the End Shall Be: A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn today’s Gospel we step back nine months to March 25th, the feast of the Annunciation, an event all but hidden, but which changed the world.God, whose focal presence had departed the Temple just prior to the Babylonian invasion (cf Ez 10:18) and the loss of the Ark of the Covenant, now returns to the Ark of Mary’s womb. The glorious presence of God returns now to His people in an obscure town of fewer than three hundred, a town so small...
  • Ward Christmas Party - Joseph and Emma Smith Family?? [A Humorous 'Merry Smithmas!' chat board!]

    12/21/2014 5:28:54 AM PST · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    NewOrderMormon.org ^ | Dec. 1, 2014 | ZelphlessNOM
    Zelphless NOM Dec 01, 2014 This is kinda funny actually. The Exec Sec of our ward just sent out this announcement for the ward Christmas Party: Quote: As a Bishopric we would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to come to the Ward Christmas Celebration...The theme this year will be "Christmas in Nauvoo" and will feature an 1843 Christmas in Nauvoo with the Joseph and Emma Smith family. Everyone is invited to come as you are, or dress in period clothing. The main dinner will be provided and if you wish you may bring your favorite holiday dessert...
  • For Advent: The Meaning of Christmas: Look Deeper [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    12/20/2014 5:22:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies
    CatholicEducation.org ^ | 1986 | PETER KREEFT
    The Meaning of Christmas: Look Deeper PETER KREEFT While Christmas is so familiar that we sometimes wonder whether anything fresh and true can be said about it, there is a way to explore its meaning that may seem new to us today, yet is in fact quite traditional, dating back to the Middle Ages and the ancient Fathers of the Church.Modern interpreters often argue about whether a given Scripture passage should be interpreted literally or symbolically. Medieval writers would question the either/or approach. They thought a passage could have as many as four right interpretations, one literal...
  • How the Catholic Church Saved Hanukkah

    12/20/2014 11:25:30 AM PST · by millegan · 175 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Joe Heschmeyer
    "And so we encounter another oddity of Hanukkah: Jews know the fuller history of the holiday because Christians preserved the books that the Jews themselves lost. In a further twist, Jews in the Middle Ages encountered the story of the martyred mother and her seven sons anew in Christian literature and once again placed it in the time of the Maccabees."
  • Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas [Catholic Caucus]

    12/20/2014 9:55:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CatholicEducation.org ^ | December, 1998 | MICHAELANN MARTIN
    Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas MICHAELANN MARTIN Issue: How can families better live the spirit of Advent and Christmas in their homes? ResponseThe Catholic Church has designated the four weeks preceding Christmas as Advent, a time to prepare the way of the Lord for His coming as our King and Savior. In addition, the Church teaches that: [w]hen the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Saviors first coming, the faithful...
  • Christmas Isnt Perfect So Find Christ in Your Real Christmas

    12/20/2014 9:35:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-19-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Christmas Isn’t Perfect – So Find Christ in Your Real Christmas By: Msgr. Charles PopeMost of us have a perfect Christmas in mind. Often it is the creation of Hallmark, Currier & Ives, and various marketers. But none of us will have a perfect Christmas, just a real one.The First Christmas wasn’t perfect either. In fact, the only way to describe it is to call it a crisis. Mary was pregnant before marriage, a very dangerous thing in those times. Just at the time of birth they were required to travel eighty miles on foot to Bethlehem. There was no...
  • Smithmas FR articles bumping up among top five hits on Google searches! [Vanity]

    12/20/2014 6:15:25 AM PST · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 20, 2014 | Colofornian
    Finally, understanding the sub-culural history of "Smithmas" is making more digital headway! Smithmas Free Republic articles are "bumping up" among top five hits on Google searches! What exactly IS "Smithmas," anyway? Well, Joseph Smith -- THE founder of Mormonism -- was born on December 23. Through the decades, that recognition has often eclipsed a certain Other figure's birthday, Dec. 25. (To be fair to Mormons, who are my beloved extended family members, I would think they could extend a similar critique toward some Christians for allowing a jovial North Pole-based figure to edge out Jesus' birthday!) But if you want...
  • For Advent: Our Mother of Perpetual Help [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    12/19/2014 8:08:48 PM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    SalveMariaRegina ^ | not given | SalveMariaReginia.info
    Our Mother of Perpetual HelpPainted in tempera on hard nutwood, 21 inches by 17, the original picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is one of many copies of the famed Hodeguitria of St. Luke. (The Hodeguitria, reputedly painted by St. Luke, was venerated for centuries at Constantinople as a miraculous icon. It was destroyed by the Turks in the year 1453.) This particular image, however, is THE ONE COPY singled out – by Our Lady herself – for special heavenly favors. You may see it today enshrined above the high altar at the Redemptorist Church of San Alfonso,...
  • Strange Moments In Liturgical History Paragon of Liturgical Tradition Caused Unintended Effects

    12/19/2014 1:46:27 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 16, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the modern struggles and disagreements over the Liturgy, there tends to be a list of friends and opponents depending on one’s stance. For those of us with a more traditional leaning, Pope St. Pius X looms large as a friend and an image of tradition. He is usually seen as a defender of the tradition and a great proponent of what is called today the Extraordinary Form or Traditional Latin Mass (TLM)—so much so that the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) takes its name from him.And yet things, people, and movements are seldom as simple as we would...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MASSA CANDIDA, 12-19-14

    12/19/2014 9:06:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-19-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:MASSA CANDIDAA group of about three hundred Christians at Carthage who hurled themselves into a vat of burning lime rather than offer homage to Jupiter (c. 253). St. Augustine wrote and spoke of them, and Prudentius wrote of their courage in poetry. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married

    12/19/2014 7:59:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-18-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married By: Msgr. Charles PopeEvery now and again when I write on Holy Matrimony, especially the Church’s more staunch biblical teachings (indissolubility, no contraception, etc.), someone will inevitably write in with a kind of sneer and wonder at or even laugh at a celibate man advising married people about marriage. To be sure, inner experience of something has its place, but so does external observance. I remember as a youth that my swimming coach, who was out of the water, would often correct us if our form was wrong, and advise us...
  • Patton on Prayer

    12/19/2014 6:49:54 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 26 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations.” The famous “weather prayer” of General Patton was written by a Catholic Chaplain, Colonel James H. O’Neill, Chief Chaplain of the Third Army. Here is his article on the incident...
  • Changes in Catholic Attitudes Toward Bible Readings

    12/19/2014 6:27:23 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 125 replies
    Average Catholics asked today how often they read the Bible likely would say that they do not read the Bible regularly. However, if asked how often they read Scripture, the answer would be different. Practicing Catholics know they read and hear Scripture at every Mass. Many also recognize that basic prayers Catholics say, such as the Our Father and the Hail Mary, are scriptural. But for most Catholics, the Scripture they hear and read is not from the Bible. It is from a worship aid in the pew. Scripture always has played an important role in the prayer life of...
  • For Advent: Why Dont Catholics Read the Bible? (They Do!)

    12/18/2014 5:00:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 211 replies
    HolySpiritInteractive.net ^ | not given | Dwight Longenecker
    Why Don’t Catholics Read the Bible?by Dwight Longenecker The independent Evangelical church I went to as a boy gave me a fantastic amount of Bible knowledge. There were Bible drills in Sunday School classes, Bible memory contests and Bible quizzes, not to mention a complete grounding in all the Bible stories—illustrated with those wonderful flannelgraph figures. As I got older I listened to long Bible sermons, went to home Bible studies, youth Bible camps and a Bible holiday club. I ended up going to a Christian University where Bible study was part of our everyday schedule. Our Christian home...
  • Jane Austens Guide to Thomistic Virtue Ethics

    12/18/2014 3:27:19 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    lauramcalister ^ | December 17, 2014
    Everyone knows that good Christian girls love Jane Austen.But perhaps not everyone knows that good Catholic Christian girls also love St. Thomas Aquinas.That is why I had to have mama fetch my smelling salts when the Masked Thomist linked me to a whole series of posts on Austen, Aquinas and Aristotle at the Dominicana blog. In a series of 5 posts, Br. Aquinas Beale argues that, There is something more than romance and drama in the novels of Jane Austen, namely a systematic approach to leading the good and happy life. It’s true you know.Austen’s novels are a perfect education in...
  • Ishmael is not the Father of Muhammad

    12/18/2014 11:44:45 AM PST · by OneVike · 38 replies
    Answering Islam ^ | 12/18/14 | Sam Shamoun
    (I offer this for those who need information to refute the lies about Islam being just another religion born from Abraham. Muhammad is NOT a descendant of Ismael and thus it is not a fulfillment of a prophecy given to Hagar in Genesis 16:11 or Genesis 21:13-21.) Ishmael is not the Father of Muhammad Sam Shamoun According to the Holy Bible Ishmael settled in Paran and married an Egyptian from whom he had twelve sons: "Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY. 12-18-14

    12/18/2014 8:53:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-18-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITYA term used by Petrarch and later writers of the exile of the popes at Avignon, France, from 1309 to 1377. Seven French popes--so called Clement V, John XXII, Benedict XII, Clement VI, Innocent VI, Blessed Urban V, and Gregory XI--were involved. Pope Gregory, the last one, yielded to the entreaties of St. Catherine of Siena (1347-80) to return to Rome in sprite of the protests of the King of France and most of the cardinals. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with...
  • Run, Dont Walk, to the Nearing Jesus!

    12/18/2014 7:08:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-17-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Run, Don’t Walk, to the Nearing Jesus! By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Lord’s coming is near. And though we have all been well taught that the word “Advent” means “coming,” there is the danger that we think we are only passively waiting for him to come.  It is not just that the Lord is coming to us, but that we are also journeying to Him. In fact, as the Advent prayers in the Roman Missal instruct, we ought to run, not walk, and hasten to greet Him as He draws near.The image of the Prodigal Son comes to mind. His...
  • Righteous Mockery: A Biblical Case for Sarcasm

    12/17/2014 5:38:36 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    WV4G ^ | July 3rd, 2014 | Jaycen Saab
    And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself the prophet Elijah to the prophets of Baal, 1 Kings 18:27 How boring would life be if we only spoke to one another with necessities? How mundane would play-by-play sports be if sports announcers were replaced with the equivalent of the Emergency Response System robot voice? That is exactly what we would have in our daily conversations without the crayon of the English language known as sarcasm. I will be the first to admit that I...
  • For Advent: Where in the New Testament are "priests" mentioned?

    12/17/2014 4:04:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 143 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | n/a | Catholic.com
    Where in the New Testament are "priests" mentioned? Full QuestionThe New Testament mentions three categories of Church leaders: bishops, presbyters, and deacons. So how can the Catholic Church justify its office of "priest"? The New Testament writers seem to understand "bishop" and "presbyter" to be synonymous terms for the same office (Acts 20:17-38).AnswerThe English word "priest" is derived from the Greek word presbuteros, which is commonly rendered into Bible English as "elder" or "presbyter." The ministry of Catholic priests is that of the presbyters mentioned in the New Testament (Acts 15:6, 23). The Bible says little about the duties...
  • And the winner of the Charlemagne Prize is

    12/17/2014 11:42:17 AM PST · by Gillibrand · 3 replies
    Cathcon ^ | 17.12.2014 | Cathcon
    uropean Parliament President Martin Schulz receives 2015 Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, Schulz is acknowledged in Charlemagne's city as an "outstanding representative of the revival of European democracy". Aachen (Catholic news). Martin Schulz who has his roots in the Aachen region (born in Eschweiler, living in Wuerselen) receives the Charlemagne Prize 2015. Schulz was an outstanding representative for the revival of European democracy, it said in the grounds given by the Charlemagne Prize Board on Saturday in the imperial city of Aachen. As a pioneer, he has rendered outstanding services to....
  • 4 Literally Awesome Facts About Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/17/2014 11:31:24 AM PST · by millegan · 70 replies
    churchpop.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | Mattew Sewell
    But this article isnt about the whole apparition story so much as it is about the tilma, Juan Diegos cloak, on which the image of the Blessed Mother was imprinted. In the centuries following the event, some amazing and unexplainable qualities have been discovered about it. Heres four (literally) awesome facts about the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe: