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  • [Catholic Caucus] The Need for God’s Fire and Water in Our Lives

    05/27/2020 9:52:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-26-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 26, 2020May 26, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope The Need for God’s Fire and Water in Our Lives A few weeks ago we considered the words of Gaudentius of Brescia, who pondered the image of bread as a symbol for the Church (The Bread and the Wine and the Power of the Cross to Transform Them). Like individual grains of wheat, we are brought together by water (baptism), but flour and water are not truly bread until they are baked in fire (the Holy Spirit).Last week in the Breviary, another Church Father, Didymus of Alexandria, combined...
  • "Some of Them Lived Even to Our Day" ~ The lost Apology of Saint Quadratus

    05/26/2020 9:05:08 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 9 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | May 26, 2020 | Florentius
    May 26 is the feast of the early Church father Saint Quadratus of Athens. He is primarily known as a very early apologist for the faith who presented his arguments directly to the emperor Hadrian while the latter was visiting Athens, sometime between AD 124 and AD 132. Practically all of what is known of his life may be found in this brief biographical notice in Saint Jerome’s work, On Illustrious Men: Quadratus, disciple of the apostles, after Publius bishop of Athens had been crowned with martyrdom on account of his faith in Christ, was substituted in his place, and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Five Images of the Holy Spirit from Scripture

    05/26/2020 11:31:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-25-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posts Posted on May 25, 2020May 25, 2020 Five Images of the Holy Spirit from Scripture Since Pentecost is approaching, in todayÂ’s post we will consider some of the biblical images for the Holy Spirit, and in so doing, strive to learn more about what God the Holy Spirit does for us. These descriptions do not reduce the Holy Spirit to simply fire, water, or tongues. Rather, the Holy Spirit is described as being like these things but at the same time greater than they are.1. WindScripture says,When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one...
  • A Memorial Day Meditation on Honor

    05/25/2020 10:39:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-24-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 24, 2020May 24, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope A Memorial Day Meditation on Honor Back in 2014, I celebrated one of the most remarkable funerals of my 30+ years as a priest. With the body present, I sang a Requiem Mass for a man who died ten years before I was born. And his story speaks to the fallen soldiers we honor on this Memorial Day.On January 1, 1951, Private First Class Arthur Richardson of A Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division went north with his platoon into what is now North Korea....
  • Love Lifted Me: A Homily for the Ascension of the Lord

    05/24/2020 11:23:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-23-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 23, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope Love Lifted Me: A Homily for the Ascension of the Lord In more dioceses than not, the Feast of the Ascension is celebrated this Sunday. The liturgist in me regrets the move from Thursday, but here we are any way. LetÂ’s ascend with the Lord, three days late!This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago, for though Christ our head has ascended, we the members of His body are ascending with Him. Because He was ascended, we, too, have ascended. In my own...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] On the Role of Curiosity in Evangelization (Part Two)

    05/22/2020 12:39:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-21-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 21, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope On the Role of Curiosity in Evangelization (Part Two) This is part two of an article on curiosity. We are considering the following four aspects:I. Premises Related to CuriosityII. Problems Regarding CuriosityIII. Pictures Reinforcing CuriosityIV. Personal Requirement of CuriosityPlease see yesterday’s post for an introduction to the topic and a discussion of the first two items. In today’s post, we consider the third and fourth.III. Pictures Reinforcing Curiosity – We have already reflected a good deal on this aspect in the introduction. Jesus generated a lot of curiosity because of...
  • On the Role of Curiosity in Evangelization

    05/21/2020 10:25:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-20-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posts Posted on May 20, 2020 On the Role of Curiosity in Evangelization In yesterday’s post we discussed how the word curiosity can have a good and a bad meaning. In that post we focused on sinful curiosity after distinguishing from good and helpful forms of it.In today’s post we look at a more positive and intriguing understanding of curiosity and apply it to evangelization.In the world of evangelization, the concept of curiosity is almost never discussed. If anything, evangelizers are encouraged to quickly satisfy any curiosity by supplying all sorts of answers to questions that arise about the...
  • Sinful Curiosity is the Root of Many Sins

    05/20/2020 11:23:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 54 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-19-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 19, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope Sinful Curiosity is the Root of Many Sins Curiosity is one of those qualities of the human person that are double-edged swords. It can cut a path to glory or it can be like a dagger of sin that cuts deep into the soul.As to its glory, it is one of the chief ingredients in the capacity of the human person to, as Scripture says, “subdue the earth,” to gain mastery over the many aspects of creation of which God made us stewards. So much of our ingenuity and innovation...
  • Lessons from the Shutdown

    05/18/2020 9:52:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-17-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posts Posted on May 17, 2020 Lessons from the Shutdown The first reading from Sunday’s Mass (6thSunday of Easter) has a certain application for the Church today in this time of plague. Even though some dioceses are resuming public Masses on a limited basis, there are some practices adopted during the shutdown that we should maintain. First, let us consider the lesson from Acts 8 and then apply it.And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles(Acts 8:1).Note that...
  • It Is Good to Be Here

    05/18/2020 9:32:53 AM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 1 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | May 18, 2020 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    A few days ago, after hearing a very distressing bit of social news, I found myself saying, “I don’t want to be here anymore.” It was a voice of despair and sadness. The occasion had been a public altercation in which a stranger spat at a woman. It was the sort of thing that belongs among the lowest of human actions. But it happened. My topic is my own reaction. I found my mind tossed about, looking for comfort or escape. At the end of the day, I shared my thoughts with my wife and said aloud, “I don’t want...
  • Living the Lessons of Love - A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

    05/17/2020 8:11:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-16-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 16, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope Living the Lessons of Love – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter In the Gospel for today’s Mass, Jesus gives us three lessons on love meant to prepare us for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. They also go a long way in describing the normal Christian life.Too many Christians see the Faith more as a set of rules to keep than as a love that transforms—if we accept it. Let’s take a look at the revolutionary life of love and grace that the Lord is...
  • It Is The Decision of the Holy Spirit and Us - A Teaching on the Catholicity of the Early Church

    05/15/2020 7:48:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 77 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-14-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 14, 2020May 14, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope It Is The Decision of the Holy Spirit and Us – A Teaching on the Catholicity of the Early Church The first readings at daily Mass this week recount the Council of Jerusalem, which scholars generally date to around 50 A.D. It was a pivotal moment in the history of the Church, because it would set forth an identity for Her that was independent of the culture of Judaism per se and would open wide the door of inculturation to the Gentiles. This surely had a significant effect...
  • Remaining In the Lord

    05/13/2020 10:38:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-12-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 12, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope Remaining In the Lord The text from todayÂ’s Gospel (Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter) speaks of the need to remain in the Lord.Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in...
  • How Secession and War Divided American Presbyterianism

    05/12/2020 7:52:00 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    ABBEVILLE INSTITUTE ^ | May 12, 2020 | Zachary Garris
    How Secession and War Divided American Presbyterianism By Zachary Garris on May 12, 2020 Presbyterianism has a rich legacy in American history. The Presbyterian church was founded in Scotland by John Knox (d. 1572), a disciple of John Calvin. Along with the Dutch Reformed and New England Puritans, the Presbyterians brought Reformed theology to the New World. Scottish and Irish immigrants introduced Presbyterianism to the American colonies in the 18th century, and the first presbytery was established in Philadelphia in 1706. (A presbytery is a governing body of ministers in a particular district.) Several prominent American statesmen were Presbyterian, including...
  • Europe Day: Cardinal Hollerich Urges EU to Fight Covid-19 and Nationalism

    05/12/2020 6:02:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    On Europe Day, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich urges European leaders to show solidarity in the struggle to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic and the threat of resurgent nationalism.Europe is marking the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration on Saturday, which set in motion events that eventually led to the creation of the European Union. For the occasion, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich spent the day in the Luxembourg village of Schengen, where the declaration was signed on 9 May 1950. He lit a candle "for the future of Europe and its citizens, in the context of the current Covid-19 crisis." (See video below) With...
  • In Justice, We Owe God Our Worship

    05/12/2020 10:20:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-11-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 11, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope In Justice, We Owe God Our Worship There is a strong tendency today to regard sacred worship as more for us than for God. Some complain of “not being fed,” of Mass being boring or lasting too long. Masses are generally assessed as “good” if they please those in the pews, are “relevant” to their experiences, engage their interests, and are culturally sensitive. The focus is anthropocentric and, to the degree that they think of God, they are certain that if theyare happy then He must be, too.I may exaggerate,...
  • Considering GOD’S VISION, INVENTIVENESS and CREATIVITY -- vanity

    05/11/2020 3:45:01 PM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 5 replies
    A.W. Pink's The Attributes of God remains the classic study. My poor effort here focuses on but one aspect of God's magnificence, whereas Pink came as close as any human can in rendering the whole of Him intelligible to us.line GOD’S VISION, INVENTIVENESS and CREATIVITY Disclaimer: To say that “God envisioned, invented and created,” as below, merely puts His creative process into human terms for ease of discussion and understanding. But actually attributing such a ponderous sequence to Him is inherently laughable. line GOD’S PERSONAL NATURE God originated inventiveness and creativity! God is unique, and therefore everything that exists results...
  • We Must Hear in Order to See

    05/11/2020 6:58:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-09-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 10, 2020May 10, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope We Must Hear in Order to See The Gospel for today’s Mass (Monday of the 5th Week of Easter) makes an interesting connection:Jesus said to his disciples:“Whoever has my commandments and observes themis the one who loves me.Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him,“Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself to usand not to the world?”Jesus answered and said to him,“Whoever loves me will keep my word,and my Father...
  • Are You a Tombstone or a Living Stone? A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter

    05/10/2020 8:21:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-09-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 10, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope Are You a Tombstone or a Living Stone? A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter By His resurrection, Jesus has brought us from death to life. He has snatched us from this present evil age (Gal 1:4) and from the death-directed desires of our body (Rom 6:12), and made us into a new and living creation (2 Cor 5:17). As such, we have exchanged the tombstones that once indicated we were dead in our sins and have become living stones in the spiritual edifice that is the Body of...
  • A Sunday to Remember Always

    05/09/2020 11:59:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-08-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on May 7, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope A Sunday to Remember Always This past Sunday will go down in my memory as among the most blest and surprising. Here we are in the middle of a plague but God still reigns and the love and hunger of the people of God is alive.The morning started quietly with confessions in the Church followed by a private Mass celebrated and sung solemnly with the three seminarians who are staying here. They are good men and have been a great support to me in times like these, and all of...