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  • Zwingli will have his own movie

    07/06/2015 1:18:13 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 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 Zürich, a focus of the Reformation in the country alongside Calvin’s 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 · 15 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 · 5 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. My homily 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...
  • Pope's Visit to Delay Banishment of Junipero Serra Statue from US Capitol

    07/04/2015 3:55:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 4, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Pope Francis not only will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra when he visits Washington, DC, in September. He is also preventing Serra’s statue from being removed from the US Capitol. At least for a while. Because of the Pope’s impending visit to the US, the California lawmaker who wants Serra’s likeness to be replaced in the National Statuary Hall with that of a lesbian space pioneer is delaying the vote in the Golden State’s legislature. Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said he would wait until after Francis’ visit before pushing to have California represented in the historic gallery by astronaut...
  • Church ‘obsessions’ As culture pushes abortion and sex outside of marriage, the Church...with truth

    07/04/2015 1:26:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 7/1/2015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Church ‘obsessions’ As the culture pushes abortion and sex outside of marriage, the Church is called to respond with truth Msgr. Charles Pope OSV Newsweekly 7/1/2015 Question: My sister-law is hostile to the Church and says that we are obsessed by sex and abortion and don’t care about the same things Jesus did, like the poor. Is there an effective answer to this charge? Name withheld, Newark, New Jersey Answer: The charge that the Church is “obsessed” with sex and abortion — and many today add homosexuality — is not sustainable. Any look at the Catechism of the Catholic Church...
  • The Vortex—Star-Spangled Heresy

    07/04/2015 12:23:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 141 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | by Michael Voris
    This is a tough Vortex to speak. I’m as patriotic as the next guy. I remember being a young lad of 15 as my country celebrated its bicentennial back in 1976. I watched TV that day from six in the morning until well past midnight as the non-stop, commercial-free, wall-to-wall coverage on the giant national birthday party was broadcast from sea to shining sea. I watched the tall ships sail into New York harbor, saw the explosive fireworks show over D.C. I listened and sang my lungs out with a lump in my throat as Arthur Fielder conducted the Boston...
  • Karl Marx and the Revolutionary Roots of Redefining Marriage

    07/04/2015 10:36:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 3, 2015 | Anne Hendershott
    Monument to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (Photo: us.fotolia.com | stavrida); right: "Takedown" (2015) by Dr. Paul Kengor While most commentators credit the sexual revolution and the Stonewall uprising of 1969 as the “beginning” of the gay rights movement that led to last week’s Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision, the reality is that the roots of the movement to drastically change the definition of marriage can be traced back to 1848 and the publication of Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto. Proclaiming that the “abolition” of marriage and the family was central to the fundamental transformation necessary to implement a...
  • God's "Invisible Hand" at The Battle of Long Island (an excerpt from my upcoming book)

    07/04/2015 9:36:28 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 19 replies
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 7/3/15 | Trevor Thomas
    In his inaugural address to Congress President Washington said, “It would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplication to that Almighty Being, who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States…No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the...
  • John Witherspoon’s Presbyterian Rebellion [Happy Presbyterian Rebellion Day, everyone!]

    07/04/2015 8:54:01 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/3//2014 | Joanne Butler
    Ben Franklin is the prototype for the celebrity-as-politician. His autobiography is still in print; if he were alive, he’d be on Drudge’s columnists’ list, and command speaking fees that would turn Hillary Clinton green with envy. A popular T-shirt has a quote erroneously attributed to Franklin: ‘Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.’ But John Witherspoon? He wasn’t a fan of self-promotion, which was no less prevalent then. Today, in D.C., his statue stands at a tiny triangle where Connecticut Avenue intersects with N Street and 18th Street N.W. It is routinely ignored. At...
  • The 4th of July, It's MY Day!

    07/04/2015 7:38:37 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 3 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/4/15
    This 4th of July (which may be our nation's last 4th of July in peace), the majority of Americans throughout this land will be enjoying a day off with family and friends, eating, drinking (getting drunk), and making merry totally excluding the REALITY of our nation's founding and totally oblivious to where our godless nation is rapidly heading at present (Rev. 6-19). As long as we have our cell phones (which is our life), ignorance, pleasure, food in our stomachs and some partial remaining freedoms... all is good and tolerable in the "land of the free". Throughout the years I...
  • Fortnight For Freedom: Catholics in the American Revolution

    07/04/2015 7:17:16 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    American Catholics, a very small percentage of the population of the 13 colonies, 1.6 percent, were overwhelmingly patriots and played a role in the American Revolution out of all proportion to the small fragment of the American people they represented. Among the Catholics who assumed leadership roles in the fight for our liberty were: General Stephen Moylan a noted cavalry commander and the first Muster Master-General of the Continental Army. Captains Joshua Barney and John Barry, two of the most successful naval commanders in the American Revolution. Colonel John Fitzgerald was a trusted aide and private secretary to General George...
  • The Day the Late Sir Nicholas Winton Met Children He Saved from Nazi Death Camps

    07/04/2015 5:55:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 3, 2015 | ZOE ROMANOWSKY
    Sir Nicholas Winton - BBC Programme "That's Life" aired in 1988 (1:29 min) Sir Nicholas George Winton, MBE, who just died last week at the age of 106, was a British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish Czechoslovakian children on the eve of the Second World War in an operation later known as the "Czech Kindertransport."  An article in Time paying tribute to Winton, a Jew by descent who had been raised as a Christian, was traveling in German-occupied Czechoslovakia and recognize that many children would die. He found homes for the children and arranged for trains to carry them from Nazi-occupied Prague to...
  • Fortnight For Freedom: The Catholic Roots of the Declaration of Independence

    My bride and I each year travel to Indianapolis for the Gen Con gaming convention which this year will be held on the last week in July. Indianapolis is a lovely city and we have enjoyed our visits there. Back in 1926 an Indianapolis parish priest, John C. Rager, demonstrated that the core of the Declaration of Independence has its roots in Catholic thought. It will suffice for our purpose to consult, in detail, but two Catholic churchmen who stand out as leading lights for all time. The one is representative of medieval learning and thought, the other stood on...
  • Walking as an Image of Faith

    07/03/2015 6:30:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Walking as an Image of Faith Msgr. Charles Pope • July 2, 2015 • Most people, if asked, would say that they like everything in their life to be in perfect equilibrium, perfect balance. Losing balance physically is the prelude to a fall. Balance tends to be valued, not only in the physical sense, but also in the emotional, spiritual, and mental sense. To become mentally or emotionally “unbalanced” is a euphemism for mental illness or distress. Believing is leaning – Perfect equilibrium or balance is seldom to be found in the human person, but perhaps that is good, especially in the spiritual life. The...
  • The (Roman) Empire Strikes Back (Liberals)

    07/03/2015 5:44:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | July 2, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Julius CaesarAfter my most recent visit to Rome I’ve been reading more about the history of Rome, and the parallels with twenty first America are fascinating.Many people know about the fall of the Roman Empire and follow the usual narrative that Rome collapsed from within because of moral decadence.Of course, the story is more complicated than that, and it begins not with the fall of the empire, but with the beginning of the Empire.The Roman Republic stood for about 500 years. The Senate was made up of patricians and plebeians. The patricians were the historic, aristocratic landed families. The plebeians...
  • A Study of Sloth in the Life of Lot

    07/02/2015 6:37:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Study of Sloth in the Life of Lot Msgr. Charles Pope • July 1, 2015 •   In daily Mass this week (the 13th week of the year) we have been reading through Genesis. Tuesday’s reading highlights a significant spiritual problem: sloth, one of the seven deadly sins. Sloth is a sorrow, sadness, or aversion to the good things God offers. Rather than being joyful and zealous to obtain these gifts, the slothful person sees them as too much trouble to obtain and is averse to the changes such gifts might introduce into his life. This is clearly the...
  • Awesome or Awful? A Reflection on the Mosaic of Christ in Majesty at the Basilica in Washington

    07/01/2015 8:52:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Awesome or Awful? A Reflection on the Mosaic of Christ in Majesty at the Basilica in Washington Msgr. Charles Pope • June 30, 2015 • I’ve been spending quite a bit of time at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception here in Washington recently, due to ordinations and other special occasions. As I walk up the main aisle I never fail to be moved by the scene above the apse of Christ in majesty. (See one of my photos to the right.) I have discovered that very few people are neutral on this image of Christ seated in Judgment. People either love...
  • THE SAINT OF THE TITANIC: THE LAST VOYAGE OF FR. THOMAS BYLES

    07/01/2015 7:24:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    The Catholic Gentleman ^ | 7-1-15 | K.V. TURLEY
    Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide. On board in all directions there was the sound of running feet. It was clear there was something wrong. Before hearing anything, however, one had somehow sensed it. Some indiscernible threat had impacted and was quickly making its presence felt throughout the ship. At that moment a priest with breviary in hand was praying Night Office as he walked on the upper deck; nevertheless, as the alarms sounded he knew something had gone seriously wrong. The priest in question was Fr. Thomas Byles, and the ship’s...
  • 12 Quotes Against Sodomy That Every Catholic Should Know

    07/01/2015 3:34:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    For millennia the Catholic Church has consistently opposed unnatural vice. Here is a brief sampling of useful quotes from Saints, Doctors of the Church, Church Fathers and Ecclesiastical Writers who condemn homosexual vice in their writings. Please share this post with all your Catholic friends. 1. Athenagoras of Athens (2nd Century) Athenagoras of Athens was a philosopher who converted to Christianity in the second century. He shows that the pagans, who were totally immoral, did not even refrain from sins against nature: "But though such is our character (Oh! why should I speak of things unfit to be uttered?), the...
  • 23 Persecutions that Failed to Destroy Christianity

    06/30/2015 2:52:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | 6/30/15 | Joshua Bowman
    The Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges on Friday raises troubling questions about the future of religious freedom in the United States. Most ominously, Justice Kennedy writing for the court seemed to circumscribe the freedom of religion as no longer the exercise of one’s faith, but merely the profession of it. All four of the dissenting justices wrote vehemently about the danger that this decision presents to the entire project of ordered liberty. Meanwhile, progressive organizations have made it clear that religious freedom is their next target now that same-sex marriage is the law of the land.Still, as we...
  • In Times Like These – A Scriptural Guide for Troubled and Confused Times

    06/30/2015 7:48:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 105 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In Times Like These – A Scriptural Guide for Troubled and Confused Times Msgr. Charles Pope • June 29, 2015 • There’s an old hymn that says, “In times like these, you need a Savior, in times like these, you need an anchor. Be very sure, be very sure, Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.” And indeed, there are very few faithful Catholics who are not astonished and dismayed at the rapidity of decline into confusion (sexual and otherwise) of a culture we once described as Judeo-Christian. Whatever our sectarian differences of the past (and honestly they were significant and...
  • See The Star Of Bethlehem: Christ’s Second Coming Is Around The Corner

    06/29/2015 8:11:45 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 60 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    When it comes to tomorrow, Christians need to think while watching the Star of Bethlehem which will appear after an absence of roughly 2000 years. Tomorrow (June 30th, 2015) the Star of Bethlehem will be making a return. Will this mean that the signs of the end is beginning to unfold? And what did this sign mean? Is it a time of joy or suffering or both? How could King Herod's own advisors have been unaware of a star so bright that it could have led the wise men to Jerusalem? According to Professor David Weintraub, this may be because...
  • Turkey Is Now Set On Invading Syria. Soon We Will See Syria Becoming An Islamist State

    06/29/2015 4:03:58 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 9 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    We have been saying for the last two years that Turkey will invade Syria and now the media is all over the issue of a serious possible invasion by the second most powerful army in NATO: Turkey. The spark and excuse for this invasion is simple. As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against ISIS, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of military intervention guised under the claim to push ISIS back from the Turkish border. Erdogan vowed that Turkey would not accept a move by Syrian Kurds to set up their own state in Syria following gains...
  • Tax-Exempt Status of Churches Imperiled

    06/29/2015 1:36:51 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | June 29, 2015 | William Donohue
    There aren’t enough homosexuals to wage war on religious institutions—they comprise only 1.6 percent of the population—but they have plenty of support among elites. From Wall Street to Wal-Mart, the corporate elite has gone lavender, embracing the gay-rights movement with as much gusto as exercised by elites in education, the arts, the entertainment industry, and the media. Will they now take the next step and attempt to shut down the churches? Anyone who thinks that radical activists will stop with gay marriage is ignorant: The big prize has always been to force the churches to fall in line. Consider Mark...
  • Why I'm Catholic, Sola Scriptura isn't Logical III

    06/29/2015 7:52:55 AM PDT · by Mercat · 48 replies
    Apologia ^ | 06/28/2015 | Ken Hensley
    APOLOGIA WHY I'M CATHOLIC: SOLA SCRIPTURA ISN'T LOGICAL, PART III 6/28/2015 3 Comments Even though I've been writing for thirteen weeks now about an obscure Latin phrase (sola scriptura) and using some terms that are so out of vogue in our modern "what I feel is all that's real" world (for instance, "logical") I can't stress enough that I'm talking about something I experienced to the depths of my being. Something existential. It was like the Northridge Earthquake. But this time it wasn't the foundation of my house moving and shifting and beginning to crumble; it was the foundation of...
  • Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing

    06/29/2015 6:32:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-28-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing Msgr. Charles Pope • June 28, 2015 • When I was a good bit younger, in college actually, I had to take a few economics and marketing courses. At that time I thought to myself, “God has a bad marketing department,” since things like Scripture and prayer were often so difficult to understand and do. God seemed to insist that we pray, but everyone I ever asked admitted that prayer was difficult. And while many had reasons they offered as to why prayer was difficult, I still wondered...
  • From Despair to Deliverance: The Journey of Jairus – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

    06/28/2015 7:37:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    From Despair to Deliverance: The Journey of Jairus – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 27, 2015 • The gospel today focuses on a man named Jairus and a journey he makes from despair to deliverance, with the help of Jesus. Of course Jairus is not merely a synagogue official who lived two thousand years ago. You are Jairus and his journey is your journey. We also meet in this gospel a woman of great faith, to whom the Lord points as an exemplar. If you are ready to accept it, she also...
  • Biblical slavery

    06/27/2015 9:07:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 102 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 6-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Biblical slavery Question: A person I know, hostile to Church teaching, dismisses the Bible as a moral source because it approved of slavery. How can this be answered? M Taylor, via email Answer: Slavery in biblical times tended to be an alternative to the more modern tendency of incarcerating people for long periods in prisons. People were generally enslaved for three reasons: They had debts they could not pay, they were guilty of certain crimes, or they had been soldiers who had waged war against the Roman Empire. Slavery was sometimes for the duration of one’s life, but might not...
  • How Christianity invented children

    06/26/2015 8:14:13 PM PDT · by annalex · 46 replies
    The Week ^ | April 23, 2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    How Christianity invented children Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry We have forgotten just how deep a cultural revolution Christianity wrought. In fact, we forget about it precisely because of how deep it was: There are many ideas that we simply take for granted as natural and obvious, when in fact they didn't exist until the arrival of Christianity changed things completely. Take, for instance, the idea of children.Today, it is simply taken for granted that the innocence and vulnerability of children makes them beings of particular value, and entitled to particular care. We also romanticize children — their beauty, their joy, their...
  • 1,782 Years Old: Inside the Oldest Church in the World

    06/26/2015 2:38:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Church Pop ^ | June 25, 2015
    Marsyas, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons / ChurchPOP The Church is the mystical body of Christ. In Scripture, Jesus says “where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Mt 18.20)So the Church doesn’t strictly need special buildings, because the Church is the people. Nonetheless, from early on, Christians dedicated buildings for their communal worship to God. Most of these early churches are long lost to history, yet a few from the first few centuries still remain, at least in some condition. Here is a picture of the oldest known church that’s still standing (at least partially): Wikimedia...
  • It’s time to kneel down and pray for our nation

    06/26/2015 7:54:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 148 replies
    WDTPRS.com ^ | 06-26-15 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    It’s time to kneel down and pray for our nation Posted on 26 June 2015 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf The Supreme Court came down in favor of same-sex marriage today.  The Slip opinions are HERE. Held: The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State. Pp. 3–28. […] KENNEDY, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined. ROBERTS, C. J., filed a dissenting...
  • What Does It Mean to Preach With Authority? The Concluding Line of the Sermon on the Mount

    06/26/2015 7:02:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-05-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does It Mean to Preach With Authority? A Consideration of the Concluding Line of the Sermon on the Mount Msgr. Charles Pope • June 25, 2015 • On Thursday in daily Mass we finished reading the Sermon on the Mount (Mat 7-9). In it, there is a line describing the reaction of the crowd that day on the slopes of the Mount of Beatitudes: And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes (Mat 7:28-29). What does it mean that Jesus spoke “with authority”?...
  • The Intrepid Missionary Elisabeth Elliot

    06/25/2015 10:43:04 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 25, 2015 | David Howard
    Last week marked the passing of a woman whose missionary work and writings inspired hundreds of thousands of Christians to live lives of faith and obedience to God, and led thousands to bring the gospel to people in countries around the world. Elisabeth Elliot died June 15 at age 88, but her legacy will continue through the lives transformed by her example. I knew her simply as “Aunt Betty,” as she was my father’s sister. Elliot first entered the news in 1956, when her husband, Jim Elliot, and four other missionaries were killed by a group of Auca Indians, today...
  • Why Is the Road to Destruction Wide and the Road to Salvation Narrow? A Meditation

    06/25/2015 6:53:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 118 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Is the Road to Destruction Wide and the Road to Salvation Narrow? A Meditation on a Teaching by Jesus Msgr. Charles Pope • June 24, 2015 • In the gospel earlier this week, we read a warning from Jesus that too many people just brush aside: Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few (Matt 6:12-13). I have commented on this blog...
  • Prophetic Bombshell - June 30th, 2015

    06/24/2015 6:55:03 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 26 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 6/23/15 | Gary
    Much has been said about this coming fall, the highest watch season we have ever seen.  JD Farag refuses to set dates (as he should), but admits September will see a convergence of events unlike anything that has come before.  The danger in getting hyped-up is that should the LORD tarry, many will be discouraged and could lose faith, but on the other hand we are told to watch for His coming and to know the season.  As JD explains, better to blow the trumpet than not.  Better to be ready, than have your head in the sand, focused on...
  • The Mystery of Being a Priest

    06/24/2015 6:42:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-23-15 | Msgr. Chalres Pope
    The Mystery of Being a Priest Msgr. Charles Pope • June 23, 2015 • Each year I concelebrate with hundreds of other priests in the ordination Mass of new priests. I find such Masses deeply spiritual. I have no role other than to quietly concelebrate, so the readings and the rites move me deeply. As I sit quietly, I ponder the mystery of my own priesthood. When I was growing up, there was little to indicate that I would ever become a priest. I was not a particularly spiritual child (at least not after age 7). I did not “play Mass.” In...
  • Historian Uses Lasers to Unlock Mysteries of Gothic Cathedrals

    06/24/2015 6:21:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 6/22/15 | Rachel Hartigan Shea
    A tech-savvy art historian uses lasers to understand how medieval builders constructed their architectural masterpieces.Thirteen million people visit the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris every year, entering through massive wooden doors at the base of towers as solidly planted as mountains. They stand in front of walls filigreed with stained glass and gaze at a ceiling supported by delicate ribs of stone. If its beauty and magnificence is instantly apparent, so much about Notre Dame is not. To begin with, we don't know who built this cathedral—or how. The bishop of Paris, Maurice de Sully, commissioned the massive church complex...
  • Four Common Tactics of the Devil

    06/23/2015 8:43:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Common Tactics of the Devil Msgr. Charles Pope • June 22, 2015 • In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in demonic possession. Movies and books, along with human fears and fascinations, are largely the cause. Although actual demonic possession is somewhat rare, it does occur. Each diocese ought to have an appointed exorcist to assess possession. This exorcist, with the permission of the bishop, should use the Rite of Major Exorcism when true and morally certain possession has been determined. But because actual possession is quite rare, most of us should be looking out for...
  • A Powerful Parable Against the Premises of Unbelief

    06/22/2015 7:34:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Powerful Parable Against the Premises of Unbelief Msgr. Charles Pope • June 21, 2015 • There are many reasons for the unbelief rampant in our times. Among them is the claim by some that because they do not see or hear evidence of God or an afterlife, our belief in these is just wishful thinking on our part so as to avoid the conclusion that everything ends with our death, that this world is all there is. A parable currently circulating on the Internet addresses this sort of unbelief. A Facebook friend (Vicki) called it to my attention. I...
  • Taking his seat in the temple of God

    06/21/2015 8:10:26 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 73 replies
    triablogue ^ | December 10, 2014 | Steve Hayes
    Taking his seat in the temple of God For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God…9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders (2 Thes 2:3-4,9).  There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ; nor can the Pope of Rome,...
  • Pray for the Living and the Dead – A Meditation on the Seventh Spiritual Work of Mercy

    06/20/2015 4:06:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pray for the Living and the Dead – A Meditation on the Seventh Spiritual Work of Mercy Msgr. Charles Pope • June 15, 2015 • What is the value of one prayer? I suspect it is far greater than any of us imagine. Prayer changes things, sometimes in obvious ways, more often in subtle and even paradoxical ways. But prayer is surely important, even when we don’t experience its immediate effects. Perhaps this is why Jesus taught us to pray always and never to lose heart (cf Luke 18:1). St. Paul echoed this with the simple exhortation “Pray without ceasing”...
  • The First 10 Popes of the Catholic Church

    06/20/2015 12:42:46 PM PDT · by rwa265 · 298 replies
    St. Peter's List ^ | December 17, 2012 | SPL Staff
    Listers, we’ve catalogued the first ten Vicars of Christ for the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Save the information on our first pope – St. Peter – all the information presented is taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia and links for further reading are provided. 1. Pope St. Peter (32-67) St. Peter held a primacy amongst the twelve disciples that earned him the title “Prince of the Apostles.” This primacy of St. Peter was solidified when he was appointed by Jesus to the Office of the Vicar – demonstrated by Christ giving St. Peter the Keys to the Kingdom. To...
  • A Summons to Courage and a Reminder of Victory in an Old Hymn

    06/20/2015 12:18:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | June 14, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Summons to Courage and a Reminder of Victory in an Old Hymn Msgr. Charles Pope • June 14, 2015 • There is a lesser known hymn, at least in Catholic circles, that is remarkably appropriate for our times. It challenges us to see the choice before us soberly, and encourages us with the fact that the victory is already ours if we choose Christ Jesus. In times like these we need courage and conviction; this hymn serves as a powerful anthem to such a call. I would like to present the verses of the hymn and supply commentary throughout....
  • Here’s Everything You Need to Know about Islamic Hate for the Christian Cross

    06/19/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/18/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Last May in Italy, a Muslim boy of African origin beat a 12-year-old girl during school because she was wearing a crucifix around her neck. The African schoolboy, who had only started to attend the school approximately three weeks earlier, began to bully the Christian girl — “insulting her and picking on her in other ways all because she was wearing the crucifix” — before he finally “punched the girl violently in the back [1].”What is it about the Christian cross that makes some Muslims react this way?The fact is, Islamic hostility to the cross is an unwavering fact of...
  • Their Blood Cries Out

    06/18/2015 11:30:50 AM PDT · by will of the people · 15 replies
    Vanity | 6/18/15 | Will Wallace
    It's early and very few facts are in In the past I've always waited until we had a clearer picture of the situation before commenting But today, it is naive to hope the vacuum of restraint will not be exploited by multiple political agendas So let me weigh in We know- or at least I'm basing my comments on the assumption that we know this: A young white man sat in a worship service with his victims for an hour At some point he made racially charged statements and proceeded to kill 9 worshipers The worshipers were African American, and...
  • The great write-in write-out campaign

    06/17/2015 7:48:52 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 23 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | feb15,2015 | Timothy F. Kauffman
    We concluded our last series on The Sacrifice Challenge with a few citations from Cyril of Jerusalem, so we thought it opportune to use him to demonstrate one of the ways Rome “finds” her doctrines in the Early Church. As we noted last week, Cyril’s Catechetical Lectures were part of a late-fourth century trend during which Rome’s novel Mass Sacrifice was invented. Catholic Answers used a few select quotes to prove Cyril’s belief in transubstantiation, but as we demonstrated, those quotes were truncated in order to isolate them from their context, and Cyril—even in the midst of his other errors—nevertheless...
  • Elisabeth Elliot, Iconic Christian Missionary, 'Through Gates of Splendor' Author Dies at 88

    06/16/2015 6:25:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/16/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Iconic evangelical Christian missionary and prolific author Elisabeth Elliot, who continued to minister to the Auca tribe in Ecuador years after her first husband, Jim, and four other missionary workers were "speared to death" in the 1950s, died Monday after battling dementia for about a decade. She was 88. There have been multiple reports on Elliot's Monday morning death and her status as one of the most influential women of the 20th century. In a brief biography from her website, Elliot sums up the very difficult loss of her husband when their daughter was just 10 months old. "A year...
  • The Protestant Inquisition: "Reformation" Intolerance and Persecution

    06/14/2015 2:22:09 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 21 replies
    Biblical Evidence of Catholicism ^ | March 07, 2007 | Dave Armstrong
    The Protestant Inquisition: "Reformation" Intolerance and Persecution Dave ArmstrongMarch 07, 2007 "Disclaimer and statement of intent: Unfortunately, the religious "scandal score" needs to be evened up now and then, and the lesser-known "skeletons in the closet" need to be rescued from obscurity, surveyed, and exposed. I take no pleasure in "dredging up" these unsavory occurrences, but it is necessary for honest, fair historical appraisal. This does not mean that I have forsaken ecumenism, or that I wish to bash Protestants, or that I deny corresponding Catholic shortcomings." "Historical facts are what they are, and most Protestants (and Catholics) are unaware...