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  • 109-Year-Old Veteran and His Secrets to Life Will Make You Smil

    09/18/2018 10:21:23 AM PDT · by Robert DeLong · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb 5, 2017 | National Geographic
    They don't seem to be making them like this anymore.
  • On the Length of the Homily

    09/18/2018 8:36:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Length of the Homily Msgr. Charles Pope • September 17, 2018 • During a recent day trip to Sicily, Pope Francis said that homilies should not last more than 8 minutes and that the entire Mass should be completed within 40 (although he may have been exaggerating on this second point). He has said similar things before.He is entitled to his opinion, of course, but I disagree. No sweeping generalization about sermon length is necessary. There are cultural and even local differences that come into play. In my own parish I offer two rather brief masses, on...
  • A Personal Question for a Son of Israel - Where is Your Atonement Before the ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS G-d?

    09/18/2018 7:11:24 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 23 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/18/18
    My beloved Jewish friend, may I ask you these very personal questions on the Day of Atonement? Where is YOUR atonement for your transgressions against the Holy Law of Almighty G-d (Lev. 17:11, Isa. 53)? Where is YOUR sin-offering for your cleansing of transgressions against the Holy Law of Almighty G-d (Lev. 4, 17:11, Isa. 53)? Where is YOUR lamb to offer in your place for your transgressions (Lev. 17:11, Isa. 53)? Where is YOUR propitiation that FULLY satisfies the PERFECT RIGHTEOUS DEMANDS OF THE HOLY LAW OF G-D (Isa. 53:10-11, Zech. 12:8-14)? Have you PERFECTLY kept the LAW of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Robert Bellarmine, 09-17-18

    09/17/2018 5:20:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Detail | Stained glass window in Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Dayton, Ohio | photo by Nheyob Saint Robert Bellarmine Saint of the Day for September 17 (October 4, 1542 – September 17, 1621)  Saint Robert Bellarmine’s Story When Robert Bellarmine was ordained in 1570, the study of Church history and the fathers of the Church was in a sad state of neglect. A promising scholar from his youth in Tuscany, he devoted his energy to these two subjects, as well as to Scripture, in order to systematize Church doctrine against the attacks of the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Picture of the Spiritual Life from Job

    09/17/2018 8:22:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Picture of the Spiritual Life from Job Msgr. Charles Pope • September 16, 2018 • I am teaching out of the Book of Job for our parish bible studies. Consider the following insight by Job on the spiritual life:God is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has withstood him and remained unscathed? (Job 9:3)At first glance, we might read this to mean that we don’t dare talk back to God or resist Him lest He punish us, but this would be a superficial interpretation. The text surely speaks more richly, of the spiritual life and the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Cornelius, 09-16-18

    09/16/2018 7:25:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 09-16-18 | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Stained glass window in Catholic Church of Saint-Corneille | photo by GFreihalter Saint Cornelius Saint of the Day for September 16 (d. 253)  Saint Cornelius’ Story There was no pope for 14 months after the martyrdom of Saint Fabian because of the intensity of the persecution of the Church. During the interval, the Church was governed by a college of priests. Saint Cyprian, a friend of Cornelius, writes that Cornelius was elected pope “by the judgment of God and of Christ, by the testimony of most of the clergy, by the vote of the people, with...
  • Not Your Average Messiah - A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year

    09/16/2018 7:44:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Not Your Average Messiah - A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • September 15, 2018 • Jesus is Messiah and Lord, but He confounds every notion we have ever had about these titles. His power reaches perfection in “weakness” and He reigns from the cross. To the world this is utter absurdity, but the Lord insists that we meet Him at the cross. He chooses the foolish to shame the wise; He chooses the weak to shame the strong; He chooses the lowly and despised things of the world—and the things that are...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Our Lady of Sorrows, 09-15-18

    09/15/2018 3:21:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Our Lady of Sorrows statue in Golgotha, Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem | photo by creisor Our Lady of Sorrows Saint of the Day for September 15 The Story of Our Lady of Sorrows For a while there were two feasts in honor of the Sorrowful Mother: one going back to the 15th century, the other to the 17th century. For a while both were celebrated by the universal Church: one on the Friday before Palm Sunday, the other in September.The principal biblical references to Marys sorrows are in Luke 2:35 and John 19:26-27. The Lucan passage is...
  • The Price Lot Paid

    09/15/2018 2:48:31 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 14 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | September 15, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    The Price Lot Paid By Philip Cottraux Because of a conflict between their herdsmen, Abraham and his nephew Lot decided to part ways. The grazing land just wasnt big enough for both tribes. Lot could choose where to go; in Genesis 13:9, Abraham said is not the whole land before thee? Separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left. Then lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that...
  • Relics and Early Church Grit

    09/15/2018 2:33:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    At the northern tip of Via Giulia in Rome, youll find the church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini. The large dome that crowns this church is one of many that accent the Roman skyline. If its hot, airy churches like San Giovanni provide the weary pilgrim with a spiritual and physical oasis. Most likely, youll be sweaty and your feet sore from treading the miles of cobblestone streets in the Eternal City. Walk up the worn marble steps of San Giovanni and enter. Head down the left aisle and, at the end, youll notice a striking silver reliquary in the...
  • Greek-catholic Patriarch: Orthodox connivance with Stalin undermines our relations

    09/15/2018 9:34:47 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | 2015 | Nina Achmatova
    The non-admission of the Russian Orthodox Churches' complicity with the Soviet persecution of Greek-Catholics in Ukraine is undermining relations between the two Churches. The warning was voiced by the Archbishop of Kiev, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Greek-catholic Church. "The ability to apologize shows a lively Christian conscience, which is a precondition for the so-called healing of memories," said Archbishop Shevchuk in an interview with the Ukrainian newspaper Den (Day). "The Russian Orthodox Church was used by Stalin's regime for the compulsory settlement of our church - he added - the fact there has been no symbolic reconciliation between us...
  • Our Tendency to Entertain Lies as Seen in A Vintage Commercial

    09/15/2018 7:54:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Our Tendency to Entertain Lies as Seen in A Vintage Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • September 14, 2018 • We tend to lie to ourselves about many things; we are even “glad” at times to have others lie to us. This is especially true in matters related to flattery and vanity. Perhaps we can label these “vain lies.”There are other lies that are far more serious in their impact because they besmirch the truth that is necessary for us to thrive and even to be saved. Let’s call these “damnable lies.” Of these St. Paul warned,For the time will...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 09-14-18

    09/14/2018 4:48:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 09-14-18 | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: The Exaltation of the True Cross | anonymous Russian icon painter Exaltation of the Holy Cross Saint of the Day for September 14 The Story of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Early in the fourth century, Saint Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, went to Jerusalem in search of the holy places of Christs life. She razed the second-century Temple of Aphrodite, which tradition held was built over the Saviors tomb, and her son built the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher on that spot. During the excavation, workers found three crosses. Legend has it...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Sacraments, Not Social Events

    09/14/2018 9:24:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sacraments, Not Social Events Msgr. Charles Pope • September 13, 2018 • A common pastoral problem today is that many people have reduced the liturgy and the sacraments to ceremonies. To be sure, they have ceremonial aspects, but they are not mere ceremonies. Sacraments change reality; they affect us and effect a change in us that is necessary, real, and glorious. Too often the effects of the sacraments are forgotten in favor of the externals. The sacraments most affected by this mentality are Baptism, Holy Matrimony, and the Mass itself.As an illustration, consider a man who is about to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint John Chrysostom, 09-13-18

    09/13/2018 8:26:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 09-13-18 | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Chrysostemos | Carl Christian Peters Saint John Chrysostom Saint of the Day for September 13 (c. 349 – September 14, 407)  Saint John Chrysostom’s Story The ambiguity and intrigue surrounding John, the great preacher (his name means “golden-mouthed”) from Antioch, are characteristic of the life of any great man in a capital city. Brought to Constantinople after a dozen years of priestly service in Syria, John found himself the reluctant victim of an imperial ruse to make him bishop in the greatest city of the empire. Ascetic, unimposing but dignified, and troubled by stomach ailments from...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Journey to Detachment

    09/13/2018 8:49:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-12-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Journey to Detachment Msgr. Charles Pope • September 12, 2018 • In daily Mass (Wednesday of the 23rd Week of the Year) we read St. Paul’s almost ominous words about our need to break free from attachments to this world:I tell you, brothers, the time is running out. From now on, let those having wives act as not having them, those weeping as not weeping, those rejoicing as not rejoicing, those buying as not owning, those using the world as not using it fully. For the world in its present form is passing away (1 Cor 7:29-31).In this...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 09-12-18

    09/12/2018 10:38:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: The Virgin and Child (The Madonna of the Rose) | Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary Saint of the Day for September 12 The Story of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary This feast is a counterpart to the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus; both have the possibility of uniting people easily divided on other matters.The feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary began in Spain in 1513 and in 1671 was extended to all of Spain and the Kingdom of Naples. In 1683, John...
  • Video: Why Paul Wrote Romans

    09/12/2018 2:29:33 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 11, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Welcome to Wednesday night Bible study!I was off last week due to a vacation. This week, however, we're resuming the vlog series on why the New Testament was written, focusing on Romans.Why Paul Wrote RomansA little shorter than last time, but the history behind Romans isn't all that complicated. Video runs at 11:16.
  • [Catholic Caucus] On the Balance of Kindness and Correction

    09/12/2018 9:21:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Balance of Kindness and Correction Msgr. Charles Pope • September 11, 2018 • As a follow-up from the recent blog post “Rediscovering a Lost Work of Mercy: Admonishing the Sinner,” it is important to reflect on balancing salutary discipline with necessary consolation and encouragement—never an easy task. For example, it is possible for parents to be so severe with their children that they become disheartened and lack necessary self-esteem; but it is also possible for parents to be so lax with them that the children become spoiled and lack proper self-discipline and humility. Scripture, seeking to balance...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Cyprian, 09-11-18

    09/11/2018 9:55:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 09-11-18 | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Head Reliquary of Saint Cyprian in the St. Kornelius chapel of the abbey church of Kornelimünster Abbey in Kornelimünster | photo by ACBahn Saint Cyprian Saint of the Day for September 11 (d. 258) https://wp.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SODSep11.mp3 Saint Cyprian’s Story Cyprian is important in the development of Christian thought and practice in the third century, especially in northern Africa.Highly educated, a famous orator, he became a Christian as an adult. He distributed his goods to the poor, and amazed his fellow citizens by making a vow of chastity before his baptism. Within two years he had been ordained a...