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  • Serbian Orthodox Church to Canonize Two N. American Missionary Saints

    09/01/2015 5:32:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Serbian Orthodox Western American Diocese ^ | August 2015 | Bishop Maxim
    BISHOP'S ANNOUNCEMENTWith this letter I want to share with you the most God-pleasing and most important news of the establishment of new feast days in the Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The Holy Assembly of Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church during its regular session on May 29, 2015, added the names ofBishop Mardarije(Uskokovic)of Libertyville, andArchimandrite Sebastian(Dabovich)of San Francisco and Jackson, clergymen and preachers of the Gospel, God-pleasing servants of holy life, and inspirers of many missionaries, to the Dyptich of Saints (Calendar of Saints) of the Orthodox Church.Glory to God! Once again, through the lives of these two...
  • How the Islamic World was Forged [History of Why Christians Defect to Islam]

    09/01/2015 10:47:10 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 19 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 8/31/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    What made non-Muslims convert to Islam, leading to the creation of the Islamic world? Early historical sourcesboth Muslim and non-Muslimmake clear that the Islamic empire was forged by the sword; that people embraced Islam, not so much out of sincere faith, but for a myriad of reasonsfrom converting in order to enjoy the boons of being on the winning team to converting in order to evade the dooms of being on the losing team. Modern day Muslims and other apologistsprimarily in academia, government, and mainstream mediareject this idea. They argue that the non-Muslims who embraced Islam did so from sheer...
  • To Teach as Jesus Taught A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher

    09/01/2015 7:13:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher Msgr. Charles Pope • August 31, 2015 • As a priest I am called to preach and teach, and as such I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. In this I refer to the real Jesus of Scripture. Too many people today have refashioned Jesus into a sort of “harmless hippie,” an affable affirmer, a pleasant sort of fellow who healed the sick, blessed the poor, and talked about love but in a very fuzzy and “anything goes” manner. But absent...
  • Is the Truth About Islam in Vogue?

    08/31/2015 2:34:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 28, 2015 | William Kilpatrick
    (www.teenvogue.com) A common assumption in our society, especially among the educated classes, is that ignorance—of a religion, culture, or race—invariably begets hatred and prejudice. A corresponding assumption is that the more you understand the other, the less you will fear him. Of course, this notion can be easily debunked by pointing out that German Jews who understood what Nazism was all about had good reason to fear the Nazis. Likewise, Southern blacks who understood the true nature of the Ku Klux Klan were justifiably on their guard against the Klan. Ignorance can breed unwarranted fear, but sometimes ignorance can...
  • HOW THE ISLAMIC WORLD WAS FORGED: AN EXERCISE IN COMMON SENSE

    08/31/2015 8:06:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/31/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. What made non-Muslims convert to Islam, leading to the creation of the Islamic world? Early historical sourcesboth Muslim and non-Muslimmake clear that the Islamic empire was forged by the sword; that people embraced Islam, not so much out of sincere faith, but for a myriad of reasonsfrom converting in order to enjoy the boons of being on the winning team to converting in order to evade the dooms of being on the losing team. Modern day Muslims and other apologistsprimarily in academia, government, and mainstream mediareject...
  • Healing Medicine for Strident Times Reflection on a Teaching on the Liturgy from Joseph Ratzinger

    08/31/2015 7:42:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Healing Medicine for Strident Times – A Reflection on a Teaching on the Liturgy from Joseph Ratzinger Msgr. Charles Pope • August 30, 2015 • One of the most concise and cogent descriptions of these often strident times came from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in 1986. It is contained in, of all places, his treatise on the theology of sacred music in a book called The Feast of Faith (Ignatius Press, 1986). His comments have recently been republished in a larger compendium of his works: Collected Works: Theology of the Liturgy (Ignatius Press, 2014, Vol 11).It hard to describe our times...
  • Could the Doctrine of the Trinity Be Wrong?

    08/30/2015 10:04:00 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 98 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 30, 2015 | JP
    Who do men say I am? Jesus posed the question to his disciples as they went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi. John the Baptist, Elijah or other of the prophets, they answered. But who do you say that I am? Jesus asked them. And while 11 of the 12 disciples were uncertain, Peter responded, You are the Christ. This account, taken from the Gospel According to Mark, appears in slightly different form in Matthew and Luke, the other two synoptic gospels. What is noteworthy is that in none of the accounts does Jesus say He is other than...
  • The Love of the Law and the Law of Love A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

    08/30/2015 7:25:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 29, 2015 • Today’s readings teach a proper understanding of the Law and its relationship to our hearts. The readings go a long way toward addressing the false dichotomy that many set up between love and law, as though the two were opposed; they are not. For if we love God, we want what He wants and love what He loves. And the Law goes a long way toward describing what God wants and loves....
  • Every Life is a Story, Only Known Fully by God A Meditation on a Moving Video

    08/29/2015 7:38:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Every Life is a Story, Only Known Fully by God – A Meditation on a Moving Video Msgr. Charles Pope • August 28, 2015 • When my father lay dying, I remember that one of the losses I began to grieve was that he was the keeper of so many family stories. He was the one who could look at an old family photograph, identify all the people, and tell you something about each one. As I saw him lying there, no longer able to talk much, I thought of all the memories stored up in his mind, all the...
  • St. Monica and the Prayers of Mothers

    08/28/2015 7:00:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    St. Monica and the Prayers of Mothers Msgr. Charles Pope • August 27, 2015 • On this Feast of St. Monica, who prayed at length for her son, I’d like to say that my mother prayed for me, too! And I really needed (and still need) her prayers.Satan hates priests and seeks above all to get to us. Jesus remarked laconically and pointedly, quoting from Zechariah (13:7), Strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered. This is why Satan hates priests and seeks to topple them. Corruptio optime pessima (The corruption of the best is the...
  • The Problem with Pews

    08/27/2015 1:31:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 26, 2015 | FR. GEORGE W. RUTLER
    The queen consort of George V was consistent in her sense of duty and unswerving in how she expressed it. Crowned with dignity and corseted with confidence, at five feet six inches, Mary of Teck was the same height as the king, but they were called George the Fifth and Mary the Four-fifths. Of her many benefactions to Empire, not least, and perhaps most conspicuous, was her habit of removing climbing ivy from regal residences and public buildings. Her detestation of climbing ivy was a life-long obsession, quite the opposite of Queen Anne’s love affair with boxwood. Even in...
  • Be Catholic to Save the World by Grace! Some Words of Encouragement from the Early Church

    08/27/2015 7:08:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Be Catholic to Save the World by Grace! Some Words of Encouragement from the Early Church Msgr. Charles Pope • August 26, 2015 • There are some who would have the Church step back to avoid persecution or giving offense. Perhaps there are assets like buildings and land to protect. And maybe some rapprochement with the world will attract more members. Or so the thinking goes.But a study of earlier periods of persecution reveals a different plan for the way forward: confidence, courage, boldness, and love—even for our enemies. Let’s look at some texts.Earlier this week we read from St....
  • Syriac Catholic Bishop to Be Beatified

    08/26/2015 6:35:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Bishop Flavianus Michael Melki Was Killed in Hatred of the FaithSyriac Catholic Bishop Flavianus Michael Melki, martyred during the "Assyrian Genocide," will soon be called 'blessed.' According to Fides, the bishop will be beatified at the Patriarchal convent of Our Lady of Deliverance in Harissa, Lebanon, on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 29, during a solemn liturgy. Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III will preside over the beatification while numerous Patriarchs and heads of Christian churches of the East from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq are expected to attend. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints,...
  • Catacomb time? (Catholicism by osmosis is dead)

    08/26/2015 4:32:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 26, 2015 | George Weigel
    View of interior of the catacombs of Saint Gennaro in Naples. (us.fotolia.com | dudlajzov) At Christmas 1969, Professor Joseph Ratzinger gave a radio talk with the provocative title, “What Will the Future Church Look Like?” (You can find it in Faith and the Future, published by Ignatius Press). One of the concluding paragraphs was destined to become perhaps the most quoted excerpt from Ratzinger’s extensive bibliography, when Professor Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI: “From the crisis of today a new Church of tomorrow will emerge – a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have...
  • Blessed are the Pure of Heart A Reflection on an Often Misunderstood Beatitude and Virtue

    08/26/2015 7:09:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Blessed are the Pure of Heart – A Reflection on an Often Misunderstood Beatitude and Virtue Msgr. Charles Pope • August 25, 2015 • One of the beatitudes taught by Jesus is often misunderstood, largely due to the popular translations of it from the Greek text: “Blessed are the pure of heart,” or “Blessed are the clean of heart.” Let’s look at three facets of the beatitude: its fundamental meaning, its focus, and the freedom it gives. I. Fundamental Meaning – While the words “pure” and “clean,” are not inauthentic translations of the Greek word καθαρός (katharos), a more literal...
  • Hating CatholicsAmericas ONLY Accepted Prejudice

    08/25/2015 6:45:11 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 485 replies
    I recall when I got scorned for attacking homosexuality on my blog with a comment that said, You are a homophobe, do you not know that God loves everyone including homosexuals, in which I answered with, do you not know that God loves everyone including the homophobe? Indeed, we say God loves everyone, including, but not limited to; heretics, pedophiles, hemophiliacs, sodomites, lesbians, murderers, rapists, child molesters, drug pushers and every mutant from the pit of hell, except, of course, the legalist and the Pharisee, that is, the good old Catholic Church. y now, objectors who read so far what...
  • His Wrath is Not Turned Back, His Hand is Still Outstretched! Pondering the Wrath of God...

    08/25/2015 7:07:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    His Wrath is Not Turned Back, His Hand is Still Outstretched! Pondering the Wrath of God as a Work of Revelation Msgr. Charles Pope • August 24, 2015 • When reading Scripture that mentions the wrath of God, most think of His wrath in human terms. But we must be clear that God does not get angry the way we do. Further, our God is not moody: pleasant and patient one moment and then angry and punishing the next. No, God does not suffer from mood swings or throw tantrums. God is love; stably, serenely, and consistently so.So then what...
  • Luther Will Have a Square in the Middle of Rome

    08/24/2015 6:08:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 134 replies
    The city approves an initiative to honour the Reformer that challenged the capital of Catholicism five centuries ago. Politicians waited for the approbation of Vatican authorities.Rome will have its own Piazza Martin Lutero in the centre of the city. The Italian capital approved an initiative proposed by the Union of the Seventh Day Adventist Churches back in 2009. Vatican authorities have not opposed the project, evangelical sources said. Next September 16 at 17.00, will take place the naming of a square in Rome to the German reformer Martin Luther, close to the Colosseum, Stefano Bogliolo, board member of the Italian...
  • Biblical Teaching on the Use of Colorful and Harsh Language

    08/24/2015 7:27:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Biblical Teaching on the Use of Colorful and Harsh Language Msgr. Charles Pope • August 23, 2015 • In the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord warns of using uncivil and/or hateful words such as “Raqa” and “fool.” And yet the same Lord Jesus often used very strong language toward some of His opponents, sometimes calling them names such as vipers and hypocrites.We live in a world that often insists on the use of gentle language and euphemisms. While doing so is not a bad thing, we also tend to manifest a kind of thin-skinned quality and a political correctness...
  • Two Hard Sayings in One Day A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

    08/23/2015 6:47:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Two Hard Sayings in One Day – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 22, 2015 • Today’s readings feature two “hard sayings,” one on the Eucharist, the other on marriage. One is hard because it defies our sensibilities, the other is hard because it is out-of-season and politically incorrect. The first hard saying is Jesus’ insistence that the Eucharist is actually His Body and Blood and that we must eat His true Flesh and drink His true Blood as our true food, as our necessary manna to sustain us on our journey...
  • Full yet Lonely A Picture of the Modern Person, as Seen in a Video

    08/22/2015 9:18:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Full yet Lonely – A Picture of the Modern Person, as Seen in a Video Msgr. Charles Pope • August 21, 2015 • One of the great “evils” of our time is satiation. I put the word “evil” inside quotation marks to emphasize that no particular good thing that God has made is, in itself, evil. But on account of our own inordinate drives, we accumulate and indulge beyond reason. And in becoming satiated, we leave little room for God or other people.The more materially affluent we get, the more spiritually poor we seem to become. The higher our standard...
  • Islamists destroy 5th-century Mar Elian (Catholic) monastery

    08/21/2015 2:42:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 21, 2015
    The monastery was originally built in the fourth century Islamists destroy 5th-century Mar Elian monasteryISIS fighters have demolished a monastery in central Syria, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.The Mar Elian monastery in the town of Qaryatain near Homs, was captured by the terrorists from the Syrian Armytwo weeks ago. This week they usedbulldozers to raze the holy site,Mar Elian is also where Fr Jacques Mourad was kidnapped in May. He remains one of six clergy in Syria who have been kidnapped by rebel groups, their fates unknown.Qaryatain is near a road linking the ancient...
  • ISIS Bulldozes Ancient Syrian Monastery

    08/21/2015 8:38:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Catholic Herald ^ | 8/21/15 | Staff Reporter
    Islamists destroy 5th-century Mar Elian monasteryISIS fighters have demolished a monastery in central Syria, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Mar Elian monastery in the town of Qaryatain near Homs, was captured by the terrorists from the Syrian Army two weeks ago. This week they used bulldozers to raze the holy site. Mar Elian is also where Fr Jacques Mourad was kidnapped in May. He remains one of six clergy in Syria who have been kidnapped by rebel groups, their fates unknown.
  • Answering Those Who Say There Is Only One Mediator

    08/21/2015 7:07:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 261 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Answering Those Who Say There Is Only One Mediator Msgr. Charles Pope • August 20, 2015 • There is a common Protestant claim that there is one (sole) mediator between God and Man—Jesus. Therefore, they say, asking the saints to pray for us is useless, wrong, and maybe even sinful. Those who object, usually cite some of the following texts: For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:5).Come to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the...
  • How Does Science Back Up a Theological Dogma? Like This:

    08/21/2015 6:36:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    The Anchoress ^ | August 14, 2015 | Elizabeth Scalia
    Due to circumstances beyond my control, I will keep this very brief, with the help of my column this month, at The Catholic Answer: For most of my life, the assumption of Mary existed as little more, for me, than a head-scratcher of a dogma.I understood that Elijah and Enoch had been assumed into heaven, so if I considered Mary’s assumption at all, it was simply to shrug it off: “Mary was assumed into heaven. Sure, why not?” The whys and wherefores of the matter were so far above my paygrade that they didn’t seem worth pondering.All of that...
  • Lord, Keep Your Arm Around My Shoulder and Your Hand Over My Mouth!... on Common Sins of Speech

    08/20/2015 7:24:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Lord, Keep Your Arm Around My Shoulder and Your Hand Over My Mouth! A Reflection on Common Sins of Speech Msgr. Charles Pope • August 19, 2015 • One of the greatest gifts given to the human person is the capacity to speak. It is also one of our greatest weaknesses. The Book of James says,We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what he says is perfect, able to keep his whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, and thus we can turn...
  • A look at the biblical foreshadowing of The Blessed Virgin Marys Immaculate Conception

    08/19/2015 10:21:00 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 58 replies
    http://patrickmadrid.com ^ | December 8, 2011 | Patrick Madrid
    I wrote this article 20 years ago to give an overview of some of the biblical aspects of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pope Pius IX, who defined this dogma, declared that Our Lady, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin (Ineffabilis Deus, 1854). His face stiffened, and his eyes narrowed to slits. Until now the Calvary Chapel pastor had been calm as he shared...
  • Men and the Liturgy Thoughts on a Recent Survey

    08/19/2015 6:33:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Men and the Liturgy – Thoughts on a Recent Survey Msgr. Charles Pope • August 18, 2015 • A recent study of more than 1400 Catholic men from over 1000 parishes indicates a substantial disconnect from the Church and a dissatisfaction with what the Church offers and how she ministers to men. The survey was conducted in the fall of 2014 and an analysis of the results was published by Matthew James Christoff, Director of The New Emangelization Project (Helping Priests Become More Effective in Evangelizing Men).It is clear that “men” are not monolithic; they have a range of views...
  • Goliath Gates: Entrance to Famous Biblical Metropolis Uncovered

    08/19/2015 6:09:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | 8/4/15 | Tia Ghose
    A massive gate unearthed in Israel may have marked the entrance to a biblical city that, at its heyday, was the biggest metropolis in the region. The town, called Gath, was occupied until the ninth century B.C. In biblical accounts, the Philistines the mortal enemies of the Israelites ruled the city. The Old Testament also describes Gath as the home of Goliath, the giant warrior whom the Israelite King David felled with a slingshot. The new findings reveal just how impressive the ancient Philistine city once was, said lead archaeologist of the current excavation, Aren Maeir, of Bar-Ilan...
  • Do Catholics Still Do That? (Catholic Caucus)

    08/18/2015 2:35:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Epic Pew ^ | August 17, 2015 | Patti Maguire Armstrong
    In the post-Vatican II world where Catholic education suffered a steep decline and Catholics began to mesh indistinguishably with the culture, many Catholic devotions faded from view.  It was not a reflection of Catholicism, but rather of a world that became increasingly pre-occupied with non-religious concerns.But what was good centuries ago is still good today.  Being a Catholic always means more—the most—of what Christ had to give.   So in a world broken and scarred, Catholics can rest in the gifts of the ages—prayers, devotions, and graces in abundance with power beyond this world to repair and console. Meatless...
  • Greek to You? Dont Dismiss It! The Importance of Recourse to the Greek Text of the New Testament

    08/18/2015 7:24:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 68 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Greek to You? Don’t Dismiss It! The Importance of Recourse to the Greek Text of the New Testament Msgr. Charles Pope • August 17, 2015 • ...often and to strive to master ancient Greek. I am no Greek scholar, but as the years tick by I am becoming more and more familiar with the language in which God chose to inscribe His Holy Word of the New Testament.Something of the hidden richness of the Greek text struck me recently as I was teaching my parishioners in Bible study. (We are preparing for the arrival of the Pope in Washington by...
  • Mary, Mother of God, The Greatest of all Her Titles

    08/17/2015 6:07:35 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 1,353 replies
    http://www.catholicchristiananswers.com ^ | August 12, 2015 | Jessie Neace
    It is that time of week again, where we talk about the Mary, the Mother of God. This is definitely the single most important title that Mary has. If someone gets this wrong, then they get the Divinity of our Lord wrong, and that means the whole plan of Salvation is just messed up. So let us look at this most important title. Theotokos, God-bearer in Greek, is what the council of Ephesus declared in 431. It specifically says this If anyone does not confess that God is truly Emmanuel, and that on this account the Holy Virgin is the...
  • Poverty, Anyone? Why the First Evangelical Counsel Is a Gift for Us All

    08/17/2015 7:43:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Poverty, Anyone? Why the First Evangelical Counsel Is a Gift for Us All Msgr. Charles Pope • August 16, 2015 • There are three evangelical counsels in Christianity: poverty, chastity, and obedience. Each, of course, presents challenges, but all are rooted in a similar goal: detachment. In obedience, God gives us the grace to free ourselves from pride and willfulness. In chastity, God gives us the grace to order and moderate our sexual passions according to our state in life, thereby reducing our obsession with their energy. And in poverty, God gives us the grace to suppress our greed and...
  • Costly Truth A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

    08/16/2015 7:23:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Costly Truth – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 15, 2015 • In the Gospel today, we continue with Jesus’ great treatise on the Eucharist (John 6). Many of the Jewish listeners who hear Him speaking in the synagogue at Capernaum are grumbling and murmuring in protest at His insistence that they eat His flesh and drink His blood. But Jesus does not back down for a minute. In fact, He “doubles down” and quite graphically teaches a very real (as opposed to symbolic) call to eat His flesh and drink His...
  • The Dormition of the Theotokos and Ecclesiastical Tradition

    08/15/2015 1:46:34 PM PDT · by NRx
    Mystagogy ^ | 08-15-2015 | Metropolitan Daniel of Kaisariana etc.
    Saturday, August 15, 2015 The Dormition of the Theotokos and Ecclesiastical Tradition By His Eminence Metropolitan Daniel of Kaisariani, Vyronas and Hymettus During the fourth and fifth centuries there were configured two traditions regarding the place of death and entombment of the Theotokos, the Jerusalemite (Dormitio hierosolymitiana) and the Ephesian (Dormitio ephesiana). The Jerusalemite is the more ancient and historical tradition. The Ephesian emerged from the apocrypha, and only they mention that when John the Evangelist went to Ephesus he brought with him the Mother of the Lord Jesus. According to the Jerusalemite tradition, John the Evangelist went to...
  • Whats Important Doesnt Change -- As Seen in a Commercial

    08/15/2015 12:26:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What’s Important Doesn’t Change – As Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • August 14, 2015 • The video below makes the point that “What’s important doesn’t change.” Not a bad reminder for us in modern times who have, to some extent, been bewitched by our technological advances. The fact that we have been to the moon and back does not mean that the moon, or the earth, or even we are different. Our knowledge may deepen our understanding of what is, but it does not change what is. There is a reality that we are discovering; we are...
  • A Homily on the Dormition of Our Supremely Pure Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

    08/14/2015 9:11:55 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | St. Gregory Palamas
    Dormition of the Mother of God. Icon. 15th century, Novgorod. Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.Both love and duty today fashion my homily for your charity. It is not only that I wish, because of my love for you, and because I am obliged by the sacred canons, to bring to your God-loving ears a saving word and thus to nourish your souls, but if there be any among those things that bind by obligation and love and can be narrated with praise for the Church, it is the great deed of the Ever-Virgin Mother of God. The desire is double,...
  • The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary

    08/14/2015 9:05:32 PM PDT · by NRx · 16 replies
    OCA ^ | OCA
    The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary: After the Ascension of the Lord, the Mother of God remained in the care of the Apostle John the Theologian, and during his journeys She lived at the home of his parents, near the Mount of Olives. She was a source of consolation and edification both for the Apostles and for all the believers. Conversing with them, She told them about miraculous events: the Annunciation, the seedless and undefiled Conception of Christ born of Her, about His early childhood, and about His earthly life. Like the Apostles, She helped...
  • A Brief Biblical Manual on the Problem of Deception

    08/14/2015 7:29:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-13-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Brief Biblical Manual on the Problem of Deception Msgr. Charles Pope • August 13, 2015 • 0 Comments A great clarion call goes up quite often in Scripture: “Do not be deceived!” And indeed, this call must go up as never before, for we live in times of great deception. So many have been deceived about marriage, sexuality, life, the existence of God, and what our life is really all about. And while our current times show widespread deception, it must also be noted that deceiving and being deceived are common human tendencies, especially in our fallen condition. Scripture...
  • St Tikhon the Bishop of Voronezh and Wonderworker of Zadonsk and All Russia

    08/13/2015 10:38:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    OCA ^ | OCA
    Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk, Bishop of Voronezh (in the world Timothy), was born in the year 1724 in the village of Korotsk in the Novgorod diocese, into the family of the cantor Sabellius Kirillov. (A new family name, Sokolov, was given him afterwards by the head of the Novgorod seminary). His father died when Timothy was a young child, leaving the family in such poverty that his mother was barely able to make ends meet. She wanted to give him to be raised by a neighbor, a coachman, since there was nothing with which to feed the family, but his...
  • Feast of Holy Hieromartyr Benjamin of St. Petersburg and Those With Him (Shot by the Communists)

    08/13/2015 11:00:59 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 08-13-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Today the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of one of the early stars in the pleiades of new martyrs and confessors of the Communist yoke, Metropolitan Benjamin (Kazansky) of Petrograd and Gdovsk, together with Archimandrite Sergei, Yuri, and John. Hieromartyr Benjamin was born Vasily Pavlovich Kazansky in 1873, in a village near Kargopol, now of Archangelsk province, to the family of Priest Pavel and his wife Maria Kazansky. He was raised in a spirit of piety, and loved to read the Lives of the Saints, contemplating the struggles of the martyrs, and wishing that he too could make...
  • The Priests Who Survived the Atomic Bomb

    08/13/2015 9:10:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 62 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/9/15 | Donal Anthony Foley
    From the "Catholic Herald" of August 5, 2010: The remarkable survival of Jesuit Fathers in Hiroshima has echoes in the Bible and FatimaThis Friday, August 6, will see the Feast of the Transfiguration celebrated in the Church. It commemorates the occasion when Christ, accompanied by Peter, James, and John, went up a high mountain traditionally identified with Mount Tabor in Galilee and was there transfigured before them, so that his face shone like the sun, and his garments became as white as light (Mt 17:2). The Greek word for transfiguration is metemorphothe, from which we get the word...
  • On Losing Our Life to Find It A Meditation on a Paradox Taught by the Lord

    08/13/2015 6:35:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-12-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Losing Our Life to Find It – A Meditation on a Paradox Taught by the Lord Msgr. Charles Pope • August 12, 2015 • In the Gospel of Mark, there is a funny story about Peter that speaks to the paradox of losing one’s life only to find it more abundantly:Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who...
  • Did the Patriarchs Really Live to Be 900 Years Old? Perhaps, but Heres Why We Do Not;

    08/12/2015 7:23:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 113 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-11-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Did the Patriarchs Really Live to Be 900 Years Old? Perhaps, but Here’s Why We Do Not Msgr. Charles Pope • August 11, 2015 • I sometimes get questions about the remarkably long lives of the patriarchs who lived before the great flood. Consider some of their reported ages when they died: Adam 930Seth 912Enosh 905Jared 962Methuselah 969Noah 600Shem 600Eber 464Abraham 175Moses 120David 70 How to understand these references? There are many theories that have tried to explain the claimed longevity. Some try to introduce a mathematical corrective, but this leads to other pitfalls such as certain patriarchs apparently begetting...
  • Purgatory

    08/12/2015 7:14:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 66 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | not given | Catholic Answerss
    Purgatory The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a "purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven," which is experienced by those "who die in Gods grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified" (CCC 1030). It notes that "this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned" (CCC 1031). The purification is necessary because, as Scripture teaches, nothing unclean will enter the presence of God in heaven (Rev. 21:27) and, while we may die with our mortal sins forgiven, there can still...
  • This Syriac Bishop Will be Beatified on the 100th Anniversary of His Martyrdom

    08/12/2015 4:49:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/11/15 | Elise Harris
    Diyarbakir, Turkey, Aug 11, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing the martyrdom of Flavien-Michel Malk, a Syriac Catholic bishop who was killed in 1915 amid the Ottoman Empire's genocide against its Christian minorities. The decision was made during an Aug. 8 meeting between Pope Francis and Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Bishop Malk will be beatified Aug. 29 the 100th anniversary of his martyrdom during a liturgy celebrated by Ignatius Youssef III Younan, the Syriac Patriarch of Antioch, at the convent of Our...
  • Akathist to the Most Holy Mother of God before the Tikhvin icon (Old Church Slavonic)

    08/11/2015 10:54:19 AM PDT · by NRx · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | Russian Orthodox Church
    According to ancient tradition, the wonderworking icon of Tikhvin is one of several painted by St Luke the Evangelist. The icon was taken from Jerusalem to Constantinople in the fifth century, where it was enshrined in the Church of Blachernae, which was built especially for this purpose.In 1383, seventy years before the fall of Constantinople at the hands of the Turks, fishermen on Lake Ladoga in the principality of Novgorod the Great witnessed the icon miraculously hovering over the lakes waters amidst a radiant light. According to an early sixteenth century Russian manuscript, The Tale of Miracles of the...
  • What Is the Math of Spiritual Goods and Why Is The World Such a Deadly Place Without It?

    08/11/2015 7:23:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is the Math of Spiritual Goods and Why Is The World Such a Deadly Place Without It? Msgr. Charles Pope • August 10, 2015 • In an increasingly materialistic and secular world, a deadly math has set up. It is deadly because it has rejected the spiritual math of God and of spiritual goods.What is meant by “spiritual math”? It is a math that recalls that spiritual goods, in themselves, do not admit of division and subtraction, but only of multiplication and addition. Rather than diminishing, spiritual goods grow when shared. And this is a critical math never to...
  • Humility is Hard

    08/10/2015 6:45:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-09-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Humility is Hard – A Meditation on Some Aspects of Humility Msgr. Charles Pope • August 9, 2015 • 0 Comments Pride is our most pervasive and serious sin; humility is its antidote and the foundation of our spiritual life. And as the remedy to our most deep-seated pathology, it must be strong medicine. Humility is hard to swallow and has a lot of things it needs to work on.Let’s consider humility under a number of headings.I. The Foundation of Humility – Indeed, humility as a foundation is a good image, since by it we bow toward the earth or...
  • ARCHAEOLOGISTS FIND LAST FRAGMENT OF EARLY CHRISTIAN CHRISTOGRAM IN BASILICA

    08/08/2015 2:14:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    ARCHAEOLOGY IN BULGARIA ^ | August 4, 2015
    The fragments making up the 6th century AD marble slab with a christogram and a donor’s inscription below it have been discovered by the archaeologists excavating the Bishop’s Basilica of Ancient Parthicopolis in Bulgaria’s Sandanski over a period of 25 years. Photo: TV grab from BNT Archaeologists excavating the so called Bishop’s Basilica of the Ancient Roman and Early Byzantine city of Parthicopolis located in the town of Sandanski in Southwest Bulgaria have discovered the last fragment from a marble slab with a christogram, a Christian symbol consisting of a monogram of letters standing for the name of Jesus Christ.The...