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  • Behold the Newly-Discovered Painting in Rome's Catacomb of Callixtus

    07/27/2015 9:41:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Rome, Italy, Jul 21, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent discovery in the Catacomb of Saint Callixtus, an early Christian series of tombs beneath Rome which once held the bodies of 16 Popes, has been christened the Orpheus cubicle after the figure from Greek mythology. The small room, located in front of the Crypt of the Popes, was poorly conserved until a recent excavation by the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology. The Orpheus cubicle is named for its painting of Orpheus with a lyre, surrounded by birds, sea monsters, and flowers, representing the whole of creation. Orpheus was...
  • Of Plenty, Population, and Trust: A Further Reflection on the Multiplication of the Loaves/Fishes

    07/27/2015 6:34:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Plenty, Population, and Trust: A Further Reflection on the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes Msgr. Charles Pope • July 26, 2015 • The multiplication of the loaves and fishes that we read about at Sunday Mass this week was a miracle so astonishing that it is recounted in all four Gospels. And a second, similar instance is recorded in another Gospel. In other words, this sort of miracle by Jesus is recounted five times within the four Gospels.There are many theological reasons for this. Clearly, Jesus was fulfilling the promise of Moses: that after him a greater One...
  • What is the source of the Churchs authority?

    07/26/2015 7:30:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 60 replies
    The source & nature of Church authority is one of the major issues that beginning Catholics have to examine and come to terms with. The Catholic Church makes an amazing claim: it teaches, governs, and sanctifies with the authority of Christ himself. Catholics believe that this gift of Church authority is one of the jewels that Christ has given to us as an aid to our salvation. Keep three things in mind: There is a large amount of evidence in Scripture to support the Catholic Churchs claim to authority, as well as from early Church history. The nature and scope...
  • What Are Your Five Loaves and Two Fishes? A Homily for the 17th Sunday of the Year

    07/26/2015 7:03:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Are Your Five Loaves and Two Fishes? A Homily for the 17th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • July 25, 2015 • We have in today’s gospel the very familiar miracle of the loaves and the fishes. One is tempted to say, “Oh, that one …” and then tune out. But the gospel today contains a personal appeal from the Lord’s lips to your (my) ears: “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”Immediately, objections begin to pop up in our minds. But let’s be still and allow the Lord to instruct us by...
  • Who is righteous?

    07/25/2015 9:57:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 07-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    August 2, 2015 Question: Jesus says, “I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” (Lk 5:32). But I thought the Scriptures said that no one is righteous and that to say we are without sin makes God a liar (1 Jn 1:8, 10). Why does Jesus imply that there are some who are righteous?— Steven Manning, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Answer: Jesus may be using the expression ironically, as if to say, “Well, since God is in the business of saving sinners, maybe you’d better get into that category if you seek his graces.” Thus, Jesus is not...
  • Introducing the Church Fathers

    07/24/2015 5:01:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    CC.org ^ | Jul 27, 2014 | Thomas Van
    Introducing the Church Fathers By Thomas Van ( | Jul 27, 2014 Several years ago, CatholicCulture.org processed and made available online a set of the writings of the Fathers of the Church. In order to make our readers aware of this under-used resource, and because the Fathers are still too little known despite their importance as a font of authentic Christian renewal, I will be posting a series of articles introducing the Fathers in chronological order. Who are the Fathers? Despite how the Qu’ran describes us, Christians are not “people of the book,” but people of the Word. While the New...
  • Veil in Reverse A Reflection on the Veiling of Moses Face

    07/24/2015 6:49:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Veil in Reverse – A Reflection on the Veiling of Moses’ Face Msgr. Charles Pope • July 23, 2015 • In most traditional Catholic settings, we think of the veil as something a woman wears, a sign of traditional modesty and prayer. In this sense we consider it something good and positive, though perhaps some among us are less enthusiastic.But in the readings from Exodus that we are hearing in daily Mass, the veil is presented in far more ambivalent terms:As Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the commandments in his hands, he did not...
  • What are they doing at Church of Our Saviour? The pastor explains (Fr. Rutler's former parish)

    07/23/2015 3:02:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    The Deacons Bench ^ | July 22, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    >There’s been a lot of attention this week to work that’s been undertaken at New York City’s celebrated Church of Our Saviour parish on Park Avenue—for many years, pastored by Fr. George Rutler. Icons that have decorated the church walls for years were mysteriously removed and some feared a “wreckovation” was about to take place.My blog neighbor Katrina Fernandez has written about this at some length and has been following the story closely.Here’s a photo of the sanctuary from a few years back:Late today, a post appeared on the parish’s Facebook page, offering the pastor’s explanation.  Note the image below, followed...
  • THE BBC REALLY WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE THE QURAN IS AUTHENTIC [Will bend truth to convince you]

    07/23/2015 8:07:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/23/2015 | Robert Spencer
    The BBC announced enthusiastically Wednesday that what may be the worlds oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham. This news is not only of interest to scholars and Muslim intellectuals; it appears to buttress the Islamic claim that the Qurans text has remained unchanged for 1,400 years which is purported to be proof of its divine origin. There is only one problem with all this: the BBC article raises more questions than it answers, and reveals more about the wishful thinking of the academic and media establishments than it does about the...
  • The Fire Next Time: A Meditation on the Glance of God from the Fiery Cloud

    07/23/2015 7:22:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Fire Next Time: A Meditation on the Glance of God from the Fiery Cloud Msgr. Charles Pope • July 22, 2015 • As we read through the Book of Exodus in daily Mass at this time of year (16th Week of the year) there comes the passage about the crossing of the Red Sea. As God parted the waters, He went on ahead of the people in the fiery column of His presence. And describing the Egyptians pursuit of the Israelites is this passage:In the night watch just before dawn the LORD, through the column of the fiery cloud,...
  • Charred Remains of 1,500-Year-Old Hebrew Scroll Deciphered

    07/23/2015 6:28:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | 5/20/15 | Elizabeth Goldblaum
    A burned 1,500-year-old Hebrew scroll found on the shore of the Dead Sea was recently deciphered, 45 years after archaeologists discovered it, researchers in Israel have announced. "The deciphering of the scroll, which was a puzzle for us for 45 years, is very exciting," Sefi Porath, the archaeologist who discovered the scroll in 1970 in Ein Gedi, Israel, said in a statement from The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). The Ein Gedi parchment scroll is the oldest scroll discovered from the Hebrew Bible since the Dead Sea Scrolls, which date to the end of the Second Temple period, about 2,000 years...
  • The black stone of Elagabal {maybe now of allah?}

    07/23/2015 1:09:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    "Elagabalus Aureus Sol Invictus" by Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.  http://www.cngcoins.com. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons The reverse of the imperial coin depicts horses pulling a wagon on which there is the sacred black stone from the temple of god Elagabalus in Emesa, modern Homs in Syria. The stone was associated in Rome with the cult of Sol Invictus by Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (c. 203 – March 11, 222).  After his death he is commonly known as Caesar Elagabalus according to this his favorite god. The name is the Latinized form of the Syrian Ilāh...
  • Magdala, the Home Town of Mary Magdalene, Is Being Resurrected

    07/22/2015 3:59:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 22, 2015 | ZOE ROMANOWSKY
    In a place called Magdala, along the sea of Galilee, something amazing has been going on for the past nine years. The story begins in 2004 when Rev. Juan M. Solana, director of the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center, a guest house for Christian pilgrims, was inspired to build a retreat center in the Galilee region where much of Jesus ministry took place. Four plots of land were acquired on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee near the small Israeli town of Migdal and the destroyed Arab village of Al-Majdalboth named for the ancient town...
  • God Still Has His Seven Thousand A Meditation for Those Who Feel Alone and Discouraged

    07/22/2015 6:55:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God Still Has His Seven Thousand – A Meditation for Those Who Feel Alone and Discouraged Msgr. Charles Pope • July 21, 2015 • Last week in the Office of Readings we read of the struggles of Elijah the Prophet, who spent his life fighting the influence of the Canaanite god Baal in Israel.Every now and again in times like these, times of cultural confusion, times when so many Catholics have fallen away from the practice of the faith or are so breezily dissenting, I think of the prophet Elijah at his lowest moment. He was in a cave, anxious...
  • How to Go to Heaven

    07/21/2015 4:48:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 712 replies
    CatholicAnswers ^ | May 12, 2015 | Jimmy Akin
    How to Go to Heaven Jimmy Akin May 12, 2015 | Sometimes people make it sound like the Catholic understanding of how to get to heaven is really complex.Its not.While you can go into any of Christs teachings in a lot of very rich detail, he made sure that this one can be understood even by a child.I can summarize it in two sentences. The two sentences are these: To come to God and be saved, you need to repent, have faith, and be baptized. If you commit mortal sin, you need to repent, have faith, and go to...
  • Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together

    07/21/2015 8:34:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together Msgr. Charles Pope • July 20, 2015 • There is an important interplay and balance between the virtues that many modern minds set in opposition to one another. False dichotomies often prevail when the subtlety of virtues are lost or their meanings are grasped in simplistic or inaccurate ways.Consider three virtues that are related and which enable and moderate one other: fortitude, patience, and meekness. To most people, these virtues seem more opposed than related. Today, fortitude conjures up an image of a fearless warrior in battle,...
  • Blaise Pascal on "MAHOMET"

    07/20/2015 4:48:44 PM PDT · by avenir · 14 replies
    Public Domain ^ | 1670 (?) | Blaise Pascal
    595Mahomet was without authority. His reasons, then, should have been very strong, having only their own force. What does he say, then, that we must believe him? 596The Psalms are chanted throughout the whole world. Who renders testimony to Mahomet? Himself. Jesus Christ desires His own testimony to be as nothing. The quality of witnesses necessitates their existence always and everywhere; and he, miserable creature, is alone. 597Against Mahomet.--The Koran is not more of Mahomet than the Gospel is of Saint Matthew, for it is cited by many authors from age to age. Even its very enemies, Celsus and Porphyry,...
  • John Calvin on Abortion (Protestant Caucus)

    07/20/2015 10:18:45 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    Reformed Virginian ^ | January 30, 2012
    In his commentary on Exodus 21:22, John Calvin had this to say regarding the act of abortion: For the fetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being, and it is a monstrous crime to rob it of the life which it has not yet begun to enjoy. If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a mans house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come...
  • All Have Fallen Short of the Glory of God The Need to Remember That Heroes Are Still Human

    07/20/2015 7:34:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    All Have Fallen Short of the Glory of God – A Reflection on the Need to Remember That Heroes Are Still Human Msgr. Charles Pope • July 19, 2015 • Throughout my youth, my father had many teachings and expressions that we came to call “dad-isms.” They were memorable little sayings packed with truth. One of them I recall him saying to me in the aftermath of a disappointment I had experienced regarding a friend. He simply said, “Charlie, people disappoint.”Yes, they do. We need not be cynics to understand and accept that people cannot always come through for you....
  • Pope Francis: How the Narrative Around Him Was Constructed [BXVI resignation revisited]

    07/20/2015 6:19:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | 7/20/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    The latest interpretation of Benedict XVIs resignation was given in recent weeks by Fr. Silvano Fausti, a Jesuit who was Cardinal Carlo Maria Martinis confessor. Right before he died last month, Fr. Fausti granted a video interview and recounted that during their last meeting Cardinal Martini had told the current Pope Emeritus that the Roman Curia was not going to change, so it would be good if he were to resign. According to Fausti, Martini said this to Pope Benedict as if he were reminding him of an old agreement between them. That resignation paved the way for Pope Francis,...
  • The Real Inquisition

    07/19/2015 11:33:15 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 34 replies
    http://www.nationalreview.com ^ | June 18, 2004 | Thomas F. Madden
    When the sins of the Catholic Church are recited (as they so often are) the Inquisition figures prominently. People with no interest in European history know full well that it was led by brutal and fanatical churchmen who tortured, maimed, and killed those who dared question the authority of the Church. The word Inquisition is part of our modern vocabulary, describing both an institution and a period of time. Having one of your hearings referred to as an Inquisition is not a compliment for most senators. But in recent years the Inquisition has been subject to greater investigation. In preparation...
  • How Many People Died in the Inquisition?

    07/18/2015 11:11:54 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 76 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | FEBRUARY 28, 2015 | Nathan Busenitz
    How Many Protestants Were Killed in the Inquisition? A friend asked me that question earlier this week. And so I thought it might be helpful to share a few thoughts, from a historical perspective. Opinions about how to answer the question vary widely. Some suggest that just a few thousand people were executed during the Inquisition, while others project that there were tens of millions of victims. So how can the estimates be so widely divergent? There seem to be several explanations: 1. First, the imprecise nature of the historical records means that contemporary historians are forced to extrapolate on...
  • Catholicism Unriddled

    07/18/2015 9:41:32 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.firstthings.com ^ | July 16, 2015 | Russell E. Saltzman
    I first read Jaroslav Pelikans The Riddle of Roman Catholicism: Its History, Its Beliefs, Its Future (1959) while doing my pastoral residency in Detroit, 197879. I just finished it for the second time. It is still a book with value. Pelikan says one thing in particular that struck me: Any Lutheran converting to Rome should give up any hope or expectation of having a Protestant impact on Catholicism. As I transition from Lutheran to Rome, I rather hope the reverse. I want Catholicism to have an impact on me. When I was growing up, what Catholics did, Lutherans didnt. That...
  • [The] Spanish Inquisition

    07/18/2015 9:34:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 85 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 07-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Spanish Inquisition Question: What was the Church’s involvement with the Spanish Inquisition? It seems clothed in shadows. — Dorothy Perez, San Antonio Answer: This brief column cannot cover all the details and provide extensive references. However, the Spanish Inquisition was run by the secular government, not by the Church. The Church did have its own inquisition, distinct from the secular government of Spain. Most people preferred the Church’s inquisition and often appealed cases there since it was more clement and just by their estimation. The term “inquisition” simply refers to an inquiry into charges leveled against a person, usually of...
  • Three Words That Can Change Your Life

    07/17/2015 7:00:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Words That Can Change Your Life Msgr. Charles Pope • July 16, 2015 • Sometimes we like to complicate things. Every now and again it is good to simplify, to make it plain and simple. The other day it occurred to me that three words describe the well-being I have discovered in my physical, emotional, and spiritual life. They are, respectively, move, breathe, and trust.Let’s look at each in turn. “Move” pertains to the physical, “breathe” to the emotional and psychological, and “trust” to the spiritual. I. Move – Some years ago, my doctor told me that the...
  • This Jewish man survived Nazi Germany. Now he's rescuing Christians from ISIS

    07/17/2015 4:45:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | July 17, 2015
    George Weidenfeld at the Axel Springer 100th Anniversary Ceremony on May 2, 2012. Credit: Getty Images. London, England, Jul 17, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- George Weidenfeld was barely eighteen when Nazi forces occupied his homeland of Austria in 1938. He may not have lived to see his 95th birthday – celebrated this year – if not for the selflessness and generosity of Christians during World War II.    Weidenfeld was one of countless other Jewish youths who were evacuated from Nazi-occupied countries and resettled in England through Christian-led initiatives similar to the famous Kindertransport train program. When he...
  • Things Are Often Not as They Seem A Lesson from the Life of Moses

    07/16/2015 7:00:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Things Are Often Not as They Seem – A Lesson from the Life of Moses Msgr. Charles Pope • July 15, 2015 • We are currently reading the story of Moses in daily Mass. The story reminds us that not all things are as they appear, and that God’s ways are not our ways.Moses’ early years are marked with clear signs that he is gifted and chosen. Drawn from the water by Pharaoh’s own daughter, Moses’ very own mother is chosen to be his caretaker and is paid for that privilege by getting to live in Pharaoh’s palace. Pharaoh pays...
  • Pope Pius IX - Iam Vos Omnes [Ecumenical Thread]

    07/15/2015 6:37:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    You all know already that We, having been raised, notwithstanding Our unworthiness, to this Chair of Peter, and therefore invested with the supreme government and guardianship of the whole Catholic Church, divinely entrusted to Us by Christ our Lord, have judged it seasonable to call to Us Our Venerable Brethren, the Bishops of the whole earth, and to unite them together, to celebrate, next year, an Ecumenical Council; so that, in concert with these Our Venerable Brethren who are called to share in Our cares, We may take those steps which may be most opportune and necessary, both to disperse...
  • Progressive Catholic Authoritarianism: An Enduring Problem (Catholic Caucus)

    07/15/2015 1:23:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 15, 2015 | George Weigel
    As old-fashioned Catholic liberalism has morphed into today’s “progressive” Catholicism, forms of authoritarian bullying, shaming, and exclusion have become commonplace Georgetown University (us.fotolia.com/rmbarricarte) Back in the day (the late 1960s or thereabouts), Father Andrew Greeley – the model of an old-fashioned liberal Catholic – accused Father Daniel Berrigan (the beau ideal of post-conciliar Catholic radicalism) of harboring an authoritarian streak in his politics. By which Greeley meant that, were Berrigan and his radical friends to achieve power, their aggressive sense of moral superiority would lead them to put Greeley and his liberal friends in jail. It was classic Greeley hyperbole,...
  • Were Early Churches Ruled by Elders or a Single Bishop?

    07/15/2015 5:31:40 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 157 replies
    Canon Fodder ^ | 7/13/2015 | Michael J. Kruger
    There is a (seemingly) never-ending debate amongst theologians and pastors about the proper form of government for the church.  For generations, Christians have disagreed about what leadership structure the church ought to use.  From the bishop-led Anglicans to the informal Brethren churches, there is great diversity.And one of the fundamental flash points in this debate is the practice of the early church.  What form of government did the earliest Christians have?  Of course, early Christian polity is a vast and complex subject with many different issues in play.  But, I want to focus in upon a narrow one: Were the...
  • Solzhenitsyn Mourned Bastille Day. So Should All Christians.

    07/14/2015 12:46:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 46 replies
    Stream ^ | 7/14/15 | John Zmirak
    >Tuesday, July 14 probably passes without much fanfare in your home, but the date, Bastille Day, marks the beginning of the greatest organized persecution of Christians since the Emperor Diocletian. This day, the beginning of the French Revolution, also planted the seeds for the murderous ideologies of socialism and nationalism that would poison the next two centuries, murdering millions of believers and other innocent civilians. Between them, those two political movements racked up quite a body count: In Death By Government, scholar R. J. Rummel pointed out thatduring the first 88 years of this century, almost 170,000,000 men, women and...
  • It Happened, but It Wasnt Holy or Helpful Biblical Teaching Against Polygamy

    07/14/2015 7:54:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-13-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It Happened, but It Wasn’t Holy or Helpful – Biblical Teaching Against Polygamy Msgr. Charles Pope • July 13, 2015 Given cultural trends and recent court decisions to redefine marriage, the move to accept and legalize polygamy and polyandry has intensified. For example, an essay at Politico declares, “It’s time to legalize polygamy.” Another article at Slate Magazine is entitled “Legalize polygamy.”Some are already coining the term “trouple” or “throuple” to describe “marriages” of three people (of any combination of sexes).Such moves are not unexpected and are sure to beginning coming through the courts and legislatures soon. Clearly, the Catholic...
  • UNESCO Wades Into Jesus' River Baptism Spot Row

    07/14/2015 6:16:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Sky News ^ | 7/13/15
    The UN culture body causes controversy by designating the eastern side of the River Jordan as the spot where Christ was immersed.A United Nations body has waded into the row over the spot where Jesus was baptised by backing the belief it was in Jordan rather than elsewhere. UNESCO has designated an area on the eastern bank of the River Jordan - in Al Maghtas - a World Heritage site. But the designation of the site, which believers call Bethany Beyond the Jordan as a UN-backed location, has upset those who maintain Jesus was baptised on the opposite side of...
  • One Kingdom Too Late

    07/13/2015 3:27:05 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 12 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | May 3, 2014 | Timothy F. Kauffman
    Roman Catholicism was 300 years too late to be “the stone that … became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2:35). [This is the third installment of a three part series.]When former Protestant, Taylor Marshall, wrote Eternal City, he sought to explain why Christianity is necessarily Roman. “The Church,” he wrote, “receives the Roman empire” from its previous custodians. But in concluding this, Marshall has mistakenly transposed two kingdoms—both of which Daniel addressed, and both of which Daniel set against the background of the rise and fall of four world empires. One kingdom is of earth...
  • How Do You Dress for Church? Some Helpful Encouragement from a New Video

    07/13/2015 6:22:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 72 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-12-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Do You Dress for Church? Some Helpful Encouragement from a New Video Msgr. Charles Pope • July 12, 2015 • 14 Comments I have written at length before on the issues of modesty and how we dress for Mass: http://blog.adw.org/2010/05/adore-the-lord-in-holy-attire-on-proper-dress-for-mass/http://blog.adw.org/2012/04/i-miss-women-wearing-hats-and-veils-in-church-a-brief-reminiscence-of-days-gone-by/http://blog.adw.org/2013/07/have-we-lost-reverence-in-church-these-days-how-can-we-recover-it/http://blog.adw.org/2010/02/modesty-is-reverence-for-mystery/http://blog.adw.org/2010/04/modesty-and-men/ Rather than repost all that commentary here, I would like to focus on a new video (thanks to Brandon Vogt and the other producers) that invites us to be more considerate about how we dress for Holy Mass. The video is quite balanced and presents a range of views. One man wears a tie, the other does not; one...
  • Gay MarriageNothing New Under the Sun

    07/12/2015 10:36:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | May 22, 2012 | Benjamin Wiker
    Given that the gay marriage agenda will be increasingly pressed upon Catholics by the state, we should be much more aware of what history has to teach us about gay marriage—given that we don’t want to be among those who, ignorant of history, blithely condemned themselves to repeat it. Contrary to the popular view—both among proponents and opponents—gay marriage is not a new issue. It cannot be couched (by proponents) as a seamless advance on the civil rights movement, nor should it be understood (by opponents) as something that’s evil merely because it appears to them to be morally...
  • Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer

    07/12/2015 6:42:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-11-15 | Sarah Yaklic
    Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer Sarah Yaklic • July 11, 2015 One of the great obstacles to effectively evangelizing is that most Christians lack the requisite freedom and simplicity of life to carry forth the task consistently and coherently. In today’s gospel, the Lord offers some counsel on what is required to evangelize effectively.As we read a gospel like this, it is tempting to think that it speaks only of specialists such as missionaries, religious, priests, or deacons. But such a presumption forgets that everyone is called to evangelize: clergy to people, parents to children, elders to youngsters,...
  • An Image of dying and rising in a touching cartoon

    07/11/2015 8:16:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    An Image of dying and rising in a touching cartoon. Msgr. Charles Pope • July 10, 2015 “HONDA ASIMO”. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons One of the greatest paradoxes told to us in the Scriptures is that if we would save our life, we must lose it in Christ (Luke 9:24). That is we must die to this world to inherit eternal life. “Eternal” does not simply refer to the length of the afterlife, but to the fullness of it. To inherit eternal life is to become fully alive.This idea that we must die to ourselves to...
  • American Churches: On the Wrong Side of History

    07/11/2015 7:12:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/11/2015 | By John L. Hancock
    The Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has sent a shockwave through the Christian community. Many are wondering how it came to be that a nation built on the freedom of religion is now forcing people of faith to choose between obeying the government and following their religious convictions. For an answer to that question they need not look further than their own churches. For several decades, Christians have accepted the premise that politics has no place within the churches. Whether this is rooted in an extreme interpretation of the concept of the separation of church and state or pastors...
  • Who are the True Muslims? Are the extremists the true Muslims, or are the moderates?

    07/11/2015 7:08:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/11/2015 | Ronald Kimmons
    He called out to me as I walked by the pool. Hey, whats going on? Do you want a beer? I politely declined, telling him that I did not drink. Really? Ive never met an American who didnt drink. I have a soda. Do you want a soda? It was late, and I have never been a very social person, but with my wife and children in South America waiting on my wifes green card, I had been spending my evenings alone. So I sat down and talked to him. We will call him Ali. He told me he was...
  • Happy Birthday Calvin (Vanity )

    07/10/2015 8:15:34 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 108 replies
    July 10,2015 | rnmomof7
    Today is the birthday of John Calvin, Pastor, theologian and scholar .... One may disagree with his theology .. but his contribution to the church and the world can not be denied.. "In 1559, as part of his social reforms, Calvin founded a school for training children as well as a hospital for the indigent. His Geneva Academy attracted students from all over Europe and in 1564, when he died, had 1,200 on the roll. Education could inculcate values and morality. His pedagogy was quite progressive; teachers should not be authoritarian but should join [and] walk with [students] as companions...
  • Patriarchs Are People Too A Reflection on the Fact About the Faults of Our Heroes

    07/10/2015 7:57:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-09-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Patriarchs Are People Too – A Reflection on the Fact That the Bible Speaks Frankly About the Faults of Our Heroes Msgr. Charles Pope • July 9, 2015 • Over the years, I have written a number of articles on the men of the Bible: many of the patriarchs of the Old Testament such as Abraham, Moses, David, Eli, and most recently, Lot and Jacob. Likewise, I’ve written on Peter and Paul, and on John the Baptist.I find the biblical portraits of these men (and also many women as well) fascinating and often brutally honest. The Scriptures seldom feature biblical...
  • "An Act of Parliament, directly oppugnant to the laws of God and his holy Church..."

    07/09/2015 3:12:16 AM PDT · by markomalley
    All which notwithstanding the jury found him guilty, and incontinent upon the verdict the Lord Chancellor [for that matter chief commissioner] beginning in judgment against him, Sir Thomas More said to him, "My Lord, when I was towards the law, the manner in such case was to ask the prisoner before judgment, why judgment should not be given against him." Whereupon the Lord Chancellor staying his judgment, wherein he had partly proceeded, demanded of him what he was able to say to the contrary. Who then in this sort mildly made answer: "Forasmuch as, my Lord, this indictment is grounded...
  • Join the Movement Help us Oppose Physician Assisted Suicide

    07/08/2015 12:33:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Join the Movement – Help us Oppose Physician Assisted Suicide Msgr. Charles Pope • July 8, 2015 • 1 Comment Here in Washington D.C., the City Council has before it a bill modeled after Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law. Listed as the “Death with Dignity Act of 2015,” a public hearing will take place this Friday, July 10th at 11:00 AM in the District building.Experience thus far with legalized assisted suicide should alarm anyone who looks seriously into how it has played out. The “safeguards” of the Oregon law, so highly praised by its supporters, seem to be mere window dressings than actual safeguards. In Oregon,...
  • A Battle You Cant Afford to Win The Story of Jacobs Conversion

    07/07/2015 7:40:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Battle You Can’t Afford to Win – The Story of Jacob’s Conversion Msgr. Charles Pope • July 6, 2015 • 2 Comments One of God’s stranger affections in the Old Testament is the special love He had for Jacob. We are currently reading this story in daily Mass.The name Jacob, according to some, means “grabber” or “usurper.” Even in the womb, he strove and wrestled with his twin brother Esau. And although Esau was born first, Jacob came forth grabbing his brother’s heel. Thus he was named Jacob (“grabber”).And although he was a “mama’s boy,” he was also a...
  • Zwingli will have his own movie

    07/06/2015 1:18:13 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    Evangelical Focus ^ | 06 JULY 2015
    The life of Ulrich Zwingli will be brought to the big screens, confirmed C-Films, a company which produced films like Midnight train to Lisbon. Many have discovered the Protestant Reformation through films about Martin Luther (especially Luther, lead by Joseph Fiennes), but not many other Christians leaders of his age have been portrayed in cinemas. Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531) was the most well known Reformer of the Swiss city of Zrich, a focus of the Reformation in the country alongside Calvins Geneva. The script is being written by journalist Simone Schmid, who is working on historical material of the Reformed Church...
  • (Catholic) Vesting Prayers Part 1 of 8

    07/05/2015 4:18:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    ccwatershed ^ | July 5, 2015 | David Friel
    HAT IS THE PURPOSE of sacred vestments, and what is their origin? These are questions that most ordinary Catholics probably could not answer. A very good (and very concise) explanation of liturgical vesture is given by Fr. Mauro Gagliardi, consultor to the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff (available from the Vatican webpage). His article is well worth a look. The Roman Rite could have developed in such a way that the Sacraments are celebrated by priests who dress in the clothes common to their culture, but it did not. Instead, a system of sacred vestments worn...
  • Striking Gold this 4th of July

    07/05/2015 3:42:09 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 5, 2015 | Father Nicholas Federspiel
    Every bride and groom hopes to strike gold and reach their 50th wedding anniversary. Every parent bringing home a baby from the hospital hopes their child reaches at least their 50th birthday and beyond. Every employee hopes their boss remembers their 50th anniversary of employment. Every florist hopes a husband buys fifty roses to honor the 50th birthday of his wife.
  • A Bad Day in the Pulpit for Jesus? A Homily for 14th Sunday of the Year

    07/05/2015 7:53:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-04-15aRCHDI | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Bad Day in the Pulpit for Jesus? A Homily for 14th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope July 4, 2015 . The gospel today portrays the Lord Jesus as preacher and prophet. But as we shall see, even the greatest preacher in the world, Jesus, can find His powerful and precious words falling lifeless on the rock hard surface of many a soul. Yes, even His words can meet with resistance and hostility, indifference and ridicule. Indeed, the gospel today shows forth the ruinous result of rejection. Myhomily notes begin with the red text below. However,...
  • Lessons From the Christian East

    07/05/2015 6:02:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 7/2/15 | Dr. Adam J. DeVille
    The twentieth anniversary of St. Pope John Paul II apostolic letter "Orientale Lumen" is an occasion to reflect on what can be learned from Eastern CatholicsTwenty years ago, in his apostolic letter Orientale Lumen (May 2, 1995), the late St. Pope John Paul II called on Roman Catholics to deepen their knowledge of and love for the Christian East. I was thinking of his exhortation as I recently returned from a colloquium in Canada on the future of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church (UGCC) in North America. Many, perhaps most, Catholics in North America are unaware of the UGCC and the...