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  • Russia Now More Christian than the United States

    10/05/2015 8:58:21 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies ^ | June 29, 2015 | Gary DeMar
    Russia – in the form of the Soviet Union – used to be America’s greatest enemy. Ronald Reagan called it the “Evil Empire.” “One nation under God” was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 in response to “godless Communism.” The United States was different, Americans were told. We believed in God. The Russians were officially atheistic. How times have changed. The following is from “Who’s Godless Now? Russia Says It’s U.S.” “At the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a ‘godless nation.’ “More than two decades...
  • Pope says Church can't be 'museum', must be open to change

    10/05/2015 11:40:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Francis told a Roman Catholic meeting on family issues on Monday that the Church should not be a stuffy "museum of memories" but have the courage to change if that was what God wanted. Francis urged bishops at the start of a three-week gathering, known as a synod, to humbly empty themselves of conventions and prejudices. They should not "point fingers at the others to judge them" or feel superior to those with different ideas. In a passage that appeared to be directed at unbending traditionalists, the pope said bishops should beware the "hardening of some hearts, which despite...
  • St. Catherine of Siena to Pope: Use Your Virtue and Power or Resign

    10/05/2015 9:50:28 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies ^ | March 10, 2015 | John Vennari
    The website "Restoring Catholicism" just posted a prize quote from the one of the most remarkable saints in history, the 14th Century Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church and Stigmatist. Saint Catherine wrote the following to Pope Gregory XI: “Most Holy Father,… because He [Christ] has given you authority and because you have accepted it, you ought to use your virtue and power. If you do not wish to use it, it might be better for you to resign what you have accepted; it would give more honor to God and health to your soul…. If you do...
  • Things We Can Learn from Cats and Dogs

    10/05/2015 7:49:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Things We Can Learn from Cats and Dogs Msgr. Charles Pope • October 4, 2015 • Here at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington D.C., we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (one day early, on Saturday, Oct 3rd) with the blessing of the animals. Although most folks bring dogs to be blessed, there are usually some cats and a few other animals like ferrets. Once, someone even brought a snake!Over the years, I have shared with the dog owners a list of “Things we can learn from dogs” (see below). When I was growing up, we always...
  • Synod, first day: "Unacceptable" - the danger of the Great Division has arrived {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    10/05/2015 6:43:20 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies ^ | October 4, 2015 | Rorate-Caeli
    A follow-up on the procedural rigging created by Cardinal Baldisseri and Archbishop Forte (and the other Bergoglian strongmen) for the 2015 Synod. The Synod has officially opened today (right now, in fact, with its opening mass), and Xavier Rynne II explains in the Catholic Herald why the manipulation of this year's Synod is even worse than last year's - in fact, it is not a "synod" at all, barely a chat at tea time. More than one Synod father has described both the procedures and the final-report commission as “unacceptable.” ... Speeches (“interventions,” in Synod-speak) to the full assembly of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-05-15, OM, St. Faustina, Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos

    10/05/2015 2:17:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 10-05-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 5, 2015   Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jon 1:1–2:1-2, 11 This is the word of the LORD that came to Jonah, son of Amittai: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it;their wickedness has come up before me.”But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarshish away from the LORD.He went down to Joppa, found a ship going to Tarshish,paid the fare, and went aboard to journey with them to Tarshish,away from the LORD. The LORD, however, hurled a violent wind upon the sea,and in the furious tempest that...
  • Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

    10/04/2015 7:13:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • October 3, 2015 • Both today’s first reading and the gospel speak to us of the miracle of marriage. If your marriage is working even reasonably well, it is a miracle! We live in an age that is poisonous to marriage. Many people look for marriage to be ideal, and if there is any ordeal, they want a new deal. Our culture says, if it doesn’t work out, bail out. Thus, successful marriages today are a miracle. But marriages are also a miracle...
  • The Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming of Christ – Pt. 2

    10/04/2015 1:18:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | June 8, 2015 | Tim Staples
    The Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming of Christ – Pt. 2 As promised in my last post, we are now going to take a look at some of the main texts involved in presenting a biblical case for “the Rapture.” Over my next two posts, I will present seven of the most common and favorite go-to verses I used to use when I was a “Rapture” theorist before my conversion to Christ in his Church. The first is perhaps the most commonly used of all:1. I Thess. 4:15-17:For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who...
  • 7 Ways St. Jerome’s Vulgate Helped Shaped the Church

    10/03/2015 1:37:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | September 30, 2015 | STEPHEN BEALE
    For roughly one thousand years, it was the Bible of Western Christendom. It was the version to which European Christians turned to compose their prayers and liturgies, that great saints consulted in their meditations, and that the greatest scholars quoted in their treatises.ItÂ’s harder to think of a translation of the Bible that has had more staying power than St. JeromeÂ’s Latin version, known as the Vulgate, which was completed late in the fourth century and held sway over the Church through the Council of Trent, in the mid-1500s. Of course, the Vulgate is not the work of Jerome...
  • Our Guardian Angel – As Seen on TV

    10/03/2015 8:15:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Our Guardian Angel – As Seen on TV Msgr. Charles Pope • October 2, 2015 • Most of us struggle with the fact that God allows bad things to happen to us. Why does He not intervene more often to protect us from attacks of various sorts and from events that cause sadness, setbacks, or suffering?While mysterious, the clearest answer is that God allows suffering in order that some greater blessing may occur. To some degree I have found this to be so in my own life; some of my greatest blessings required that a door slam shut or that...
  • The Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming of Christ – Pt. 1

    10/03/2015 4:50:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 31 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 30, 2015 | Tim Staples
    The Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming of Christ – Pt. 1 In my next post, we will get into a biblical critique of the popular “Rapture” theology we find mostly among Evangelical, Fundamentalist, and Pentecostal Christians, but before we do that I would like to respond to a question I often get when talking about this question in general.“What’s the big deal?”In other words, so what if these confused Protestants have their beliefs about this aspect of eschatology awry. That’s not going to hurt anybody, is it?In fact, I argue, Dispensationalist theology is dangerous for many reasons, but one of them can...
  • Confraternity Bible: New Testament and Supplemental Commentary - INDEX OF SCRIPTURE TEXTS

    10/03/2015 1:57:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Haydock Catholic Bible Commentary ^ | 1941 | Catholic Biblical Association
    INDEX OF SCRIPTURE TEXTS ABRAHAM:  Patriarch, Matt. 1, 2; 22, 32; Luke 19, 9; John 8, 33; Acts 3, 25; 7, 2; Rom. 4, 1-3; 9, 7; Gal. 3, 6-9; 4, 22; Heb. 7, 1-10; Abraham's faith, Rom. 4, 1-25; Gal. 3, 6; Heb. 11, 8; Jas. 2, 21-23; spiritual children of, Rom. 4, 11 ff; Gal. 3, 7. 29. ABSOLUTION:  power of promised, Matt. 16, 19; 18, 18; John 20, 23. ACCESS TO GOD:  John 14, 6; Rom. 5, 2; Eph. 2, 18; 3, 12; Heb. 10, 19 ff; Jas. 4, 8. ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOD:  Matt. 5, 12; Acts 5,...
  • On the Wonder of the Word of God

    10/02/2015 7:29:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Wonder of the Word of God Msgr. Charles Pope • October 1, 2015 • The first reading at Mass today (Thursday of the 26th week of the year) from Nehemiah 8 is a wonderful meditation on the glory and wonder of the Word of God; it deserves our attention.The background of the text is that Israel had been conquered by the Babylonians (in 587 B.C.) and the survivors of that war were led into exile in Babylon. After 80 years the Persians conquered the Babylonians and Cyrus, the king of Persia, permitted the Jews to return to the...
  • What Does It Mean to Trust God? Maybe Not What You Think

    10/01/2015 7:39:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does It Mean to Trust God? Maybe Not What You Think. Msgr. Charles Pope • September 30, 2015 • We are often told to trust in God. And most of us have counseled others who are anxious or downcast to trust in God. But what does it mean?In too many cases what people mean when they counsel trust is this: “Don’t worry, God will eventually give you what you’re looking for. Just keep praying and trust that He’ll come through for you.” What is meant by “coming through for you” is some answer on your terms; it’s as if...
  • Crack the Whip – How a child’s playground activity Speaks to our Times

    09/30/2015 6:47:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Crack the Whip – How a child’s playground activity Speaks to our Times. Msgr. Charles Pope • September 29, 2015 • The following is a longer version of an article I wrote for the Blog of the USCCB earlier this month. Due to space requirements I had to shorten the article. Here is the full version. Many years ago I heard an analogy for what has happened in this country and how the sins unhealthy patterns of the elite, the powerful and the wealthy trickled down to the poor, but with far more disastrous effects.The analogy was the game of...
  • Unbelief in Our Culture Is More Serious Than Most Imagine – A Reflection on the First Commandment

    09/29/2015 6:59:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Unbelief in Our Culture Is More Serious Than Most Imagine – A Reflection on the First Commandment Msgr. Charles Pope • September 28, 2015 • But, frankly, all of us should be concerned at the rise of unbelief in our culture, whether it is atheism, agnosticism, indifference, or the rampant secularism that relegates God to a marginal place. We should be concerned because unbelief on a wide scale (as we are seeing today) is not only unhealthy for a culture, it is dangerous to it.This danger is fairly obvious when one considers that, in the end, unbelievers think they answer...
  • Zeal is More Necessary Today than Ever – True Zeal, That Is, Not a Mere Human Imitation of It

    09/28/2015 7:55:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Zeal is More Necessary Today than Ever – True Zeal, That Is, Not a Mere Human Imitation of It Msgr. Charles Pope • September 27, 2015 • One of the great virtues related to charity is zeal. Zeal is the ardor of charity; it is love burning brightly. It is a fiery love for God, for His gracious truth, and for the salvation of souls.Because of human fear, sloth, and self-seeking, zeal is rare. It is especially difficult to find in our present age, when relativism and “tolerance” are so prevalent. Both relativism and excessive tolerance are really little more...
  • Flashback: A Different Sort of Papal Address to the UN

    09/28/2015 6:16:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture | 9/26/15 | Phil Lawler
    Almost exactly twenty years have passed since St. John Paul II addressed the UN on October 5, 1995. His message then contrasted vividly with the one delivered this week by Pope Francis, and the difference is not only a matter of calendar references. Notice this paragraph: As a Christian, my hope and trust are centered on Jesus Christ, the two thousandth anniversary of whose birth will be celebrated at the coming of the new millennium. We Christians believe that in his Death and Resurrection were fully revealed God's love and his care for all creation. Jesus Christ is for us...
  • Three Principles for Prophets: A Homily for the 26th Sunday of the Year

    09/27/2015 7:14:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Principles for Prophets: A Homily for the 26th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • September 26, 2015 • In today’s gospel we see three principles for prophets. And in speaking of prophets, it is referring to you, too. For by our baptism, we are all summoned to be prophets for the Lord.I. PROPER PRIORITIES – The text begins, John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” (Mark 9:38)The Apostle John’s consternation bespeaks confused priorities. Task number one is to...
  • Pope's Address at Ground Zero

    09/26/2015 12:31:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 83 replies ^ | 09-25-15 | Pope Francis
    Pope's Address at Ground Zero "This flowing water reminds us of yesterday’s tears, but also of all the tears still being shed today" New York City, September 25, 2015 ( Staff Reporter | 1905 hits Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave today at an interreligious ceremony at Ground Zero. He began the Spanish-language address apologizing for being unable to give it in English. * * * Dear Friends, I feel many different emotions standing here at Ground Zero, where thousands of lives were taken in a senseless act of destruction. Here grief is palpable. The...
  • Of Pictures and the Pope – A Humorous Look at Our Growing Need for Photographs

    09/25/2015 7:54:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Pictures and the Pope – A Humorous Look at Our Growing Need for Photographs Msgr. Charles Pope • September 24, 2015 • In all the coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, many are doing an admirable job of analyzing what is being said and done. The nature of this blog is less the coverage of “happening now” news and more a steady pondering of the message of the Gospel and how it relates to our cultural setting.Permit, therefore, a brief observation of the papal visit from the standpoint of the crowds that flock to see him. Please do...
  • Archaeologist thinks he has found the graves of Americans massacred in 1857 [Utah]

    09/25/2015 6:05:42 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept.22, 2015 | Brownie Marie
    <p>An archaeologist believes he has found the true resting place of the victims of the Mountain Meadows Massacre—more than 150 years after the killings. Everett Bassett revealed his findings to families of the victims on Sept. 12 in Arkansas, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.</p>
  • If You Don’t Know the Bad News, the Good News is No News – A Meditation on the Coming Year of Mercy

    09/24/2015 7:20:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09- | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If You Don’t Know the Bad News, the Good News is No News – A Meditation on the Coming Year of Mercy Msgr. Charles Pope • September 23, 2015 • As we prepare for the “Year of Mercy” we need to continue to understand that mercy is very good news. However, there is an old saying, “If you don’t know the bad news, the good news is no news.”Sadly, many people today understand mercy in a very detached way, a way that is apart from repentance and a deep knowledge of our sinfulness. Too many people think that mercy means...
  • Converging Signs and Birth Pangs: How Much Closer Are We Now?

    09/24/2015 5:34:39 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 23 replies
    Right Side News ^ | September 24, 1015 | Jan Markell
    Jan Markell | Olive Tree MinistriesWe hear so much about "converging signs" today.  The Bible speaks about end-time signs that will increase like birth pangs near the end. I think we have passed the birth pang process, frankly. As a popular TV preacher said, "We're no longer in Kansas, nor the Land of Oz." Like Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz", we're looking around and seeing that everything is different. Everything we once took for granted and considered normal has been fundamentally transformed and usually not for the better. But God is allowing it all, even if He isn't orchestrating chaos,...
  • Investigators Not Doubting Authenticity of Nicholas II Remains, New Tests Requested by Russian Chch

    09/24/2015 4:25:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/24/15
    Moscow, September 24, Interfax - The Russian Investigative Committee does not doubt the authenticity of the remains of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, and additional examinations will be conducted following a request from the Russian Orthodox Church, committee spokesman Vladimir Markin has said. "The recent resumption of the criminal inquiry is not an attempt to revise the earlier received evidence and the established facts. Rather, it is an exclusive need to additionally examine the newly uncovered facts, which has been requested by the Russian Orthodox Church," he said. Russian investigators "have never doubted that all of the found remains...
  • Have Israeli archaeologists uncovered the long-lost tomb of the Maccabees?

    09/23/2015 12:02:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Fox ^ | September 22, 2015 | James Rogers
    A large mausoleum recently uncovered in Israel may be the Tomb of the Maccabees, the celebrated Jewish family that led an uprising against the Greeks in the second century B.C. Archaeologists, however, are still searching for conclusive evidence that the site is the Maccabees’ final resting place.The Israel Antiquities Authority, working with local residents and volunteers, recently excavated the site near the city of Modi’in, 19 miles northwest of Jerusalem, long rumored to be the Maccabees’ tomb.Related: Board game pieces found in settlement built on Roman military fortThe Maccabees – Matityahu the Hasmonean and his five sons were from the...
  • Biblical Scholarship Suggestion.

    09/23/2015 11:28:18 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 9 replies
    A common post to FR involves the question, “Is America a Christian nation?” It’s a bit vague, but if the question is refined to “Is our form of government based on Biblical principles,” the answer has to be a resounding YES. I base my response largely on my continuing study of Algernon Sidney, a late 17th century English statesman, soldier, author, polemicist. His manuscript, Discourses Concerning Government (published 1698) relied on Scripture to dispute the Divine Right of Kings and absolute government in any form. Without exactly saying so, he argued that republican, free government was the only form that...
  • If No One is Pope, Everyone is Pope. Reflection on the Unitive Dimension -- Pope’s Office& Charism

    09/23/2015 6:35:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 104 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Msgr. Charles Pope • September 22, 2015 • Today we welcome Pope Francis to the United States. In so doing, we welcome more than just a popular public figure. We welcome someone whom the Lord prays for in a very special manner. Simon Peter and his successors enjoy a special charism to unite us, by the Lord’s prayer and grace. Let’s look at the scriptural foundation of this prayer and charism and see how essential the office of the pope is for us.One day, near the final ascent to Jerusalem, the Lord warned of a fundamental problem that the Church...
  • Refuting Papal Myths — "Peter Was Not a Pope"

    09/23/2015 2:52:37 AM PDT · by ADSUM · 32 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | 9/23/2015 | Trent Horn
    Myth #3: Peter was important, but he had no special authority that could be passed on to a successor like the pope. Peter’s role as “chief apostle” is evident in the fact that he is mentioned more than any other apostle, often speaks for the whole group, and is placed first in every list of the apostles. Since Judas is always listed last, we can deduce that these lists were made in order of importance. Moreover, Christ made Peter alone the shepherd over his whole flock (see John 21:15-17), and the book of Acts describes Peter’s unparalleled leadership in the...
  • Archeologists Discover The Ancient Tombs Of The Maccabees, And On The Tombs They Find Ancient...

    09/22/2015 7:14:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 9/22/15 | Walid Shoebat
    Israeli archaeologists may be one step closer to solving a riddle that has vexed explorers for more than a century: the location of the tomb of the biblical Maccabees which they recognized by finding the signature of the Cross.A worker for the Israel Antiquities Authority shows The Holy Cross designed on a mosaic floor at an archaeological site at Ben Shemen Forest near the Israeli city of ModiinOn Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, Amit Reem, an Israeli archaeologist for the Israel Antiquities Authority, said “the cross is a clue” as it appears on the floor of the only Byzantine-era site burial...
  • A Study in Contrast and Paradox: The Pope’s Thursday Schedule

    09/22/2015 7:44:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Study in Contrast and Paradox: The Pope’s Thursday Schedule Msgr. Charles Pope • September 21, 2015 • 0 Comments CREDIT: Jaclyn Lippelmann, The Catholic StandardOn Thursday morning, Pope Francis will speak at a joint session of Congress. Shortly thereafter he will journey to a nearby center of Catholic Charities. In so doing, he will be meeting very different groups of people: politicians, and the poor, legislators and the less fortunate.There is in these visits a powerful contrast. But not all things are as they appear for not as man sees does God see. Let’s consider both.The day will begin...
  • The Apostolic and Evangelical Journeys of Jesus, Writ Large! Biblical Roots of a Papal Visit

    09/21/2015 8:02:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 59 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Apostolic and Evangelical Journeys of Jesus, Writ Large! A Reflection on the Biblical Roots of a Papal Visit Msgr. Charles Pope • September 20, 2015 • In the papal visit soon to unfold in this country we see writ large a process and pattern established by Jesus Himself. In this blog post we will look especially at the process of preparation and see that it is quite directly connected to the way in which Jesus operated.To many readers of the gospel, who overlook the details, it could seem that Jesus and the Twelve just wandered about in a haphazard...
  • Asking a Crucial Question: A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year

    09/20/2015 7:33:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Msgr. Charles Pope • September 19, 2015 • In today’s gospel, the Lord Jesus is asking a crucial question. The word crucial here is selected carefully. It comes from the Latin cruces, meaning “cross.” Indeed, looming over this entire gospel is the Cross. Jesus makes the second prediction of His passion, death, and resurrection. It is in the context of this teaching that the Lord asks the “crucial” question of us: What is most central in our life? Let’s look at this gospel in five stages. I. The Processional Picture – The gospel text opens this way: Jesus and his...
  • Christ is our only hope – Syrian Christians pray for miracles amid Islamists' carnage

    09/19/2015 2:03:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | September 18, 2015 | Matt Hadro
    Prelates survey the damage following an attack on Christians in Aleppo. Credit: Melkite Archdiocese of Aleppo. Washington D.C., Sep 18, 2015 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Syrian natives who have ministered to refugees from the civil war there are trusting in God to protect their fellow Christians. There are many “satans” in the world, but “there’s a lot right now in Syria and Iraq,” Christian minister Joseph Sleman told an audience Sept. 18 at a religious freedom summit co-sponsored by Baylor University and hosted by the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. Sleman and his wife Hannah described a...
  • Near-death experience, Many stories of those who tell of the phenomenon often don’t reflect...

    09/19/2015 8:19:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 130 replies ^ | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Near-death experience Many stories of those who tell of the phenomenon often don’t reflect what we know through Scripture Msgr. Charles Pope 9/16/2015 Question: I read a book by an author who had a near-death experience and claims that God told him that one’s belief system was irrelevant. This seems like New Age indifferentism. Can you comment on near-death phenomena and what this author said?— Bob Tisovich, Ely, Minnesota Answer: Near-death experiences (NDEs) seem to be a rather widely reported phenomenon with certain common features. One has an “out of body” experience with a reported capacity to see oneself...
  • Patterns of Evidence: Exodus

    09/18/2015 10:55:56 PM PDT · by amorphous · 37 replies
    Thinking Man Films ^ | Released August 4, 2015 | Timothy P. Mahoney
    What is the validity of history found in the Bible? Is it fact or fiction? What does the hard evidence really have to say about the foundational story of the Old Testament: the Exodus out of Egypt? An in-depth investigation by documentary filmmaker Timothy Mahoney searches for answers to these questions amid startling new finds that may change traditional views of history and the Bible. Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney begins with the question, “Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archaeologists get it wrong?” He decides to tackle this issue with a deliberate scientific approach. After examining the details...
  • The story of Japan's hidden Christians emerges from the Vatican archives

    09/18/2015 3:59:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | September 17, 2015 | Angela Ambrogetti
    Vatican City, Sep 17, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Collected by a Salesian missionary to Japan in the early 20th century, letters and documents showing the history of Christians in the land of the rising sun have been recently restored by the Vatican archives and library. The collection conveys the story of the persecution of Christians in Japan, a story that Pope Francis has often recalled when speaking of the "hidden Christians" who knew how to keep and pass on the faith in a time of persecution, and even when deprived of priests. The Vatican Library and Secret...
  • The Church is God’s Lampstand in Dark Times – A Meditation on a Saying from St. Maximus

    09/18/2015 7:47:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Church is God’s Lampstand in Dark Times – A Meditation on a Saying from St. Maximus Msgr. Charles Pope • September 17, 2015 • There is a helpful word of reminder given by Saint Maximus the Confessor, one of the Fathers of the Church, who was in the Breviary yesterday. I want to rework the order of what he wrote, if only for the purpose of applying it to the times in which we live. But for the sake of respect, here is the original quote:This Word is most unwilling to be kept under a bushel; it wills to...
  • On Being the Adult in the Room

    09/17/2015 7:55:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Being the Adult in the Room Msgr. Charles Pope • September 16, 2015 • In the Letter to the Ephesians, St, Paul has this to say:And [Christ] gave some as Apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood to the extent of the full stature of Christ, so that we may no longer be infants, tossed by waves and...
  • Where Do Languages Go to Die?

    09/17/2015 4:28:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 9/10/15 | John McWhorter
    The tale of Aramaic, a language that once ruled the Middle East and now faces extinctionIf a Middle Eastern man from 2,500 years ago found himself on his home territory in 2015, he would be shocked by the modern innovations, and not just electricity, airplanes, and iPhones. Arabic as an official language in over two dozen countries would also seem as counterintuitive to him as if people had suddenly started keeping aardvarks as pets. In our time-traveler’s era, after all, Arabic was an also-ran tongue spoken by obscure nomads. The probability that he even spoke it would be low. There...
  • Kim Davis and Passive Obedience.

    09/16/2015 11:54:05 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 11 replies
    The recent jailing of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals harkens back to another time of societal upheaval. After a bloody civil war and a brief military dictatorship, latter 17th Century England also dealt with fundamental questions involving governmental power and religious freedom. The core of the controversy was the extent of the divine right of English kings. To a thoroughly religious people steeped in Scripture as history and a guide to everyday life, the extent of kingly prerogatives was no small matter. If the Bible determined the word of kings to...
  • ....Be Authentically Catholic – A Reflection on a Pastoral Letter of Donald Card. Wuerl

    09/16/2015 9:08:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Challenges Are Many but the Charge Remains the Same: Be Authentically Catholic – A Reflection on a Pastoral Letter of Donald Cardinal Wuerl Msgr. Charles Pope • September 15, 2015 • a> Recently Cardinal Donald Wuerl wrote a pastoral letter to the Archdiocese of Washington setting forth the need to be clear on our Catholic identity. It is entitled Catholic Identity in an Age of Challenge.His essential message is that in an age of conflict and challenge we must be clearly and comfortably Catholic. In the introduction, he states that he does not refer to a merely superficial identity,...
  • What Has Happened to True, Deep, and Lasting Friendship...? Do You Have...Fiends?...Who?

    09/15/2015 7:58:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Has Happened to True, Deep, and Lasting Friendship in our Culture? Do You Have Close Friends? Really? Who? Msgr. Charles Pope • September 14, 2015 • One of the (many) troublesome aspects of the modern age is the demise of friendship. While the terms “friend” and “friendship” might be bandied about rather easily today, they do not usually mean friendship in its deeper and original sense. Rather, we use the terms to refer to “acquaintances” rather than friends. True friendship has a depth, history, and stability. It involves some sort of commonality of life and a deeper knowledge of...

    09/14/2015 3:18:13 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 185 replies ^ | August 25, 2005 | Steve Ray
    JOHN MacARTHUR NEEDS TO TALK WITH ROSALIND MOSS. Before she became a Catholic, staff apologist Rosalind Moss used to be a member of John MacArthur's congregation, Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. He runs a ministry called Grace to You. Its motto is "Unleashing God's Truth One Verse at a Time." The unleashing is done chiefly through a widely-syndicated radio program. In a June letter to his ministry's supporters, MacArthur wrote about John Paul II and the "amazing release of emotion" that accompanied his death. "From politicians and media pundits to Hollywood celebrities and everyday citizens, everyone had praise...
  • “All she had to do to get out of jail was to say, “I recant.” (Evangelical/Protestant Caucus)

    09/14/2015 8:54:36 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    Huguenot Heritage ^ | September 9, 2015
    Marie Durand, ( 1711-1776) spent 38 years in jail for the crime of honoring God over man’s laws. My Huguenot ancestors were known to be courageous and strong in their faith. They believed in salvation by faith in Christ and Christ alone. Many had to pay a high price for their religious convictions. Their desire was to please God above all else. They understood that God’s Word is the authority that governs all of life. No human law is above God’s law. The Huguenots stood by that, even if it meant being imprisoned, tortured, or put to death. An example...
  • Catholic Mass Daily Readings - 09/13/2015

    09/13/2015 5:53:33 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet ^ | September 13, 2015 | The Apostle James
    Reading 1 The Lord GOD opens my ear that I may hear; and I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame. He is near who upholds my right; if anyone wishes to oppose me, let us appear together. Who disputes my right? Let that man confront...
  • Not Your Average Messiah – A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year

    09/13/2015 2:47:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-12-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Not Your Average Messiah – A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • September 12, 2015 • 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 today the Lord insists that we meet Him at the Cross. And thus He chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; He chooses the weak things of the world to shame the strong; He chooses the lowly...
  • The Story of the Samaritan Woman, as Beautifully Retold in a Movie Clip

    09/12/2015 9:06:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-11-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Story of the Samaritan Woman, as Beautifully Retold in a Movie Clip Msgr. Charles Pope • September 11, 2015 • There is a story in the Gospel of John that you surely remember: the Samaritan Woman at the Well. She was a woman with a “past.” She’d had five failed marriages, and was now just “shacked up.”And Jesus reached out to her in that searing noonday heat. He reached out to her across the barriers of race and sex. He endured her initial anger and stayed in a conversation with her. He spoke to her of her struggle with...
  • Russian Govt Proposes to Rebury Remains of Tsarevich Alexey, Gr. Duchess Maria in Peter/Paul Cathed

    09/11/2015 9:14:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/11/15
    Moscow, September 11, Interfax - The interdepartmental working group on the research and reburial of the remains of Tsarevich Alexey and Grand Duchess Maria Romanov, currently kept at the Russian State Archives, has offered the government to bury the remains in Catherine's aisle of the Peter and Paul Cathedral of St. Petersburg's Peter and Paul Fortress on October 18, the government press service has said. It is planned to invite representatives of the Romanov family to the ceremony. "The commission listened to reports of two expert groups on historical and scientific issues, formed to examine the remains of Tsarevich Alexey...
  • The Final Hijra: A Warning on the Refugee Crisis

    09/11/2015 8:54:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    One Peter 5 ^ | 9/11/15 | Andrew Bieszad
    It has been fourteen years since Muslim terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the religion of Islam was made visible to the American public. At the time, there were already many small and medium-size Muslim-only enclaves in many major western European cities – places where if a non-Muslim entered, he would most likely not return. The Internet was still young and far from ubiquitous. YouTube did not exist. Neither did Facebook or Twitter. Cell phone video was still a few years off, which is why we have so little footage of the actual events of that morning. Considering the...