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  • America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere

    11/22/2014 4:39:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 92 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | Nov, 21, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe video below boasts, “America loves Italy” and features a Fiat car driving through American towns with Italian names.If that is the case then America loves Catholicism even more, since thousands of towns and places are named for Catholic saints, themes, and objects. Consider the following:In California: San Diego, San Miguel, San Francisco, San Bernadino, San Clemente, San Luis Obispo, San Jose, San Rafael, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles (aka Nuestra Senora de los Angeles de la Porciuncula), Santa Cruz, Santa Clarita, Sacramento, San...
  • The Most Important Passage in the Whole of Scripture

    11/21/2014 1:51:03 PM PST · by Gamecock · 95 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | November 21, 2014 | Michael J. Kruger
    What is it that solves the problem of our sins? A righteousness of (from) God has been manifested apart from the lawthrough faith in Jesus Christ (3:21-22). Luther referred to these verses as the center of the whole Bible. Martin Lloyd Jones called it the most important and crucial passage in the whole of Scripture. Leon Morris said it is possibly the most important single paragraph ever written. As I mentioned in a prior post here, I have been teaching a weekly Bible study on the book of Romans to women in the Charlotte community. For the last several months,...
  • May You Sleep the Sleep of the Just: A Short Meditation on the Burden that Sin Brings

    11/21/2014 6:58:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-20-14 | Msgr. Chalres Pope
    May You Sleep the Sleep of the Just: A Short Meditation on the Burden that Sin Brings By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere’s an old expression, seldom used today although I remember the old folks used it sometimes when I was young, “May you sleep the sleep of the just.” When my Great Aunt Polly used it, she meant simply, “May you sleep well.” But more richly and historically, the phrase speaks to a serenity that comes from having a quiet conscience, a conscience that is untroubled by the burden of unconfessed and unrepentant sin. A serene and clean conscience is an...
  • Putin, Patriarch Unveil Monument to Alexander I Outside Kremlin

    11/21/2014 6:29:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/21/14
    Moscow, November 21, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia attended a ceremony inaugurating a monument to Emperor Alexander I at the Alexander Garden near the Moscow Kremlin walls on Thursday. The ceremony was also attended by Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky, representatives from the Russian Orthodox Church and public figures, according to a statement posted on the Kremlin website. Unveiling the monument, Putin praised the emperor's role in forming the system of European and international security at the time. This event is timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary...
  • 5 reasons why people want to believe Jesus was married

    11/20/2014 2:41:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | 11/20/2014 | David Gibson
    Another day, another stunning blockbuster report that Jesus was married! And to Mary Magdalene! The latest version of this meme comes from Simcha Jacobovici, an author and filmmaker who is famous for promoting stunning theories about Jesus that on further review often turn out to be dubious. Jacobovicis new claim that he has decoded an old text that reveals Jesus and the Magdalene were married and had two kids (and she was a co-deity with her husband) came out this month and has also been widely dismissed. But as happened earlier this year with the so-called Gospel of Jesuss...
  • All Is A Mystery To The Unbelieving

    11/19/2014 2:06:17 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/19/14
    Only Almighty God has and offers the answers that we so desperately need today. WITHOUT Almighty Gods Word and revelation ALL is a mystery! ALL is unanswerable! ALL is despair! ALL is hopeless! A man, woman, boy or girl MUST be born again to FULLY comprehend Almighty God's revelation and see the ETERNAL picture of our day (John 3:3-7, Rom. 8:5-9, 1 Cor. 2:9-16). My friend, do not deceive yourselves with false hopes, false vain ambitions, false saviors, and false Utopian visions that can NEVER come to pass in this sin ravished world (Gal. 1:4). My friend, do the very...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ELDERS, 11-19-14

    11/19/2014 8:27:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-19-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ELDERSThe older men in a community acting as a governing body (I Samuel 16:4). The Sanhedrin, for instance, was made up of elders (Exodus 3:16). they were mentioned in Matthew as joining the chief priests in challenging Jesus during his ministry (Matthew 27:12). The traditional system carried over into Christian communities. The Apostles appointed elders to take charge of each church (Acts 14:23). According to the Council of Trent, the elders mentioned by St. James as administrators of the sacrament of anointing (James 5:14) "does not refer to the older men nor to the more...
  • A Reflection on Perhaps the Meanest and Most Shocking Thing Jesus Ever Said

    11/19/2014 6:44:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 18, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Reflection on Perhaps the “Meanest” and Most Shocking Thing Jesus Ever Said By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Gospel from today’s Mass (Wed. of the 33rd Week – Luke 19:11-27) is known as the “Parable of the Ten Gold Coins.” It is similar to Matthew’s “Parable of the Talents” from Sunday, but with certain significant differences and an ending so shocking that, when I read it at daily Mass some years ago, a young child said audibly to her mother, “Wow, that’s mean!”I’d like to take a look at it and ponder its shocking ending.As I said, the parable is similar...
  • Reza Aslan Tells Christians That Gospels Are "Replete With Historical Errors"

    11/18/2014 11:38:43 AM PST · by Biggirl · 25 replies ^ | November 18, 2014 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    Reza Aslanno relation to CS Lewis lion of the same namehas made a career out of reinterpreting and often trying to debunk Christian beliefs. Now Salon reports that Aslan has taken to attacking the New Testament, notably the historicity of the four gospels.
  • 11 Quotes that Explode the Spirit of Vatican II

    11/18/2014 8:59:41 AM PST · by millegan · 16 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    [O]ften men, deceived by the Evil One, have become vain in their reasonings and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, serving the creature rather than the Creator. [...] By the proclamation of the Gospel [the Church] gives [non-Christians] the dispositions necessary for baptism, snatches them from the slavery of error and of idols and incorporates them in Christ Sound like something from the superstitious medieval Church? Actually, its a quote from the Second Vatican Council (Lumen gentium, 16-17; promulgated in 1964).
  • Catalog of Sin All Items are in Stock, Free Shipping and Handling from the Supplier

    11/18/2014 7:50:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 99 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-17-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Catalog of Sin – All Items are in Stock, Free Shipping and Handling from the Supplier By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe video at the bottom of the page is something of a spoof on drug commercials, treating sin like a drug. Wait till you hear the side-effects disclaimer at the end. I also thought today of doing a little post on the sins that cry to heaven for vengeance since I was talking to a parishioner today, who is suffering because his employer has not paid him for three weeks. The employer, a shipping agency says this is  due to “administrative...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUARANTINE, 11-18-14

    11/18/2014 7:16:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-18-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:QUARANTINEAccording to the ancient Church, a rigorous fast of forty days. It was an ecclesiastical penalty imposed by a confessor. Later on it came to be applied to partial indulgences and meant that the amount of temporal punishment removed was equivalent to that remitted by the ancient canonical penalty. However, the term is no longer applied to indulgences. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What is The Art of Accompaniment? Some Concerns About Another Phrase Emerging From the Synod

    11/17/2014 7:25:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 16, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is “The Art of Accompaniment”? Some Concerns About Another Phrase Emerging From the Synod By: Msgr. Charles PopeOne of the events at last week’s meeting of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was a first-hand summary of the Roman (extraordinary) Synod on the family by several bishops who attended. It would appear, as related by Archbishop Kurtz,  that a certain expression emerged at the Synod that is meant to convey a kind of pastoral strategy. That phrase is the “art of accompaniment.” Of itself, the phrase both makes sense and has value. In life, we must all learn, individually and collectively,...
  • Growing in the Fear of the Lord A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

    11/16/2014 6:38:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-16-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Growing in the Fear of the Lord – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe past two Sundays have featured feasts (All Souls, and the Feast of St John Lateran) that stepped out of the usual Sunday cycle, and thus, especially last week, we missed the  November theme of the the Last things: Death, judgment, Heaven and Hell. Nevertheless, here on the 33rd Sunday we are back to the last things and reminded that we will one day account for our use of the gifts and resources God has given us.But today’s readings...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GERIZIM, 11-15-14

    11/15/2014 7:00:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-15-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:GERIZIMA mountain in Samaria. When Moses was passing on to the Israelites the instructions Yahweh had given him, he told them that, as soon as they had taken over the Promised Land, they must speak the words of blessing from Mount Gerizim (Deuteronomy 11:29). In the New Testament it was on this mountain that Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink of water (John 4). In the ensuing conversation she referred to the worship her people offered on Mount Gerizim to rival the Jerusalem temple. To this day certain Samaritans observe the Passover on...
  • Church Militant Field Manual (Special Forces Training for the Life in Christ)

    11/14/2014 4:34:48 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies ^ | June 11, 2014 | Richard Heilman
    God wants you, but He wants you "strong" in His supernatural power. From the very first days of our membership in the Mystical Body of Christ, we are, in essence, commissioned officers in the Church Militant. This Church Militant Field Manual will test you in your resolve to become strong in the Lord and His mighty power. You will also learn the special operations (special ops) techniques and procedures for search and rescue missions of fallen comrades (family and friends whose faith has grown weak). Discover what it means to be "God strong."
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WINGED MAN, 11-14-14

    11/14/2014 8:51:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-14-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:WINGED MANA symbol assigned to St. Matthew the Evangelist, who opens his Gospel with the genealogy of Christ, "son of David, son of Abraham," stressing Christ's Israelite descent and fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Defending the Faith: The story behind James Strang and his sect [and the "Voree" and "Laban" Plates]

    11/14/2014 8:11:23 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | June 9 2011 | Daniel Peterson
    The two sets of inscribed plates that Strang claimed to have found in Wisconsin and Michigan beginning in 1845 almost certainly existed. Milo Quaife's early, standard biography of Strang reflects that, while Strang's angelic visitations "may have had only a subjective existence in the brain of the man who reported them, the metallic plates possessed a very material objective reality." And they were almost certainly forgeries. The first set, the three "Voree" or "Rajah Manchou" plates, were dug up by four "witnesses" whom Strang had taken to the plates' burial place. Illustrated and inscribed on both sides, the Rajah Manchou...
  • I have seven thousand in Israel, who have never bent the knee to nor bowed to Baal A Word of ...

    11/14/2014 7:32:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 13, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    “I have seven thousand in Israel, who have never bent the knee to nor bowed to Baal” – A Word of Encouragement from God By: Msgr. Charles PopeEvery now and again in times like these, I think of the prophet Elijah, anxious and fretting in a cave, so depressed he could barely eat. He was fleeing from Queen Jezebel, who sought his life. As Elijah looked to his beloved Israel, he saw a rather discouraging portrait of fellow Jews who were either too confused or too fearful to resist the religion of the Baals required by Jezebel. He seems...
  • Was Jesus Married with Children? Here We Go Again

    11/14/2014 7:00:26 AM PST · by Gamecock · 38 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | November 14, 2014 | Michael J. Kruger
    Was Jesus Married with Children? Here We Go Again Responding to claims made in the new book, The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Sacred Text that Reveals Jesus Marriage to Mary Magdalene There is absolutely zero evidence from early Christianity that Jesus was married. Not a single historical source anywhere tells us such a thing. The closest any source comes to doing so is a fragmented portion of the third-century Gospel of Philip where we are told that Jesus kissed Mary on the, but the text is missing at precisely this point. But, aside from being a late gospel, the context...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PANTHEON, 11-13-14

    11/13/2014 8:44:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-13-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:PANTHEONAll the gods of a polytheistic people. Also a temple dedicated to all gods, or at least the principal deities of a nation. The Roman Pantheon was built by Agrippa in 27 B.C., rebuilt by Hadrian in the second century A.D., and converted in 609 into a Christian church. The Panthon in Paris, originally the church of St. Genevive, was taken over during the French Revolution as a memorial temple of unbelief; after exchanging hands several times, it finally became what it is now, a national monument and mausoleum for illustrious Frenchmen. (Etym. Greek pantheion,...
  • And Death is GainA Reflection on the Christian View of Death

    11/13/2014 6:52:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 12, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    And Death is Gain…A Reflection on the Christian View of Death By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the month of November, we remember the souls of the faithful departed and our obligation to pray for them. November and into the early part of Advent is also a part of the Church year during which we begin to ponder the last things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. In the northern hemisphere, the days grow shorter. In regions farther north, the once green trees and fields shed their lively green, and after the brief, golden gown of autumn, a kind of death overtakes...
  • The Dark Side of Martin Luther

    11/12/2014 2:58:29 PM PST · by NYer · 99 replies
    catholicdefense ^ | November 11, 2014 | Joe Heschmeyer
    Yesterday was Martin Luther's 531st birthday, and today is the Feast Day of St. Martin. It seems like a fitting time to give an honest assessment of some of the darker parts of Luther's legacy, and consider their implications. There's a popular Luther narrative that plays out a little like Star Wars. A humble son of the Church rises up to overthrow the Dark Side, the Evil Empire, the Roman Catholic Church, all while cominfg to see his true identity. We love an underdog story, so it's easy to root for Luther. And this narrative is an important one,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BRUGES, 11-12-14

    11/12/2014 8:59:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-12-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BRUGESA place of pilgrimage in West Flanders Province. Not far from the great market square in Bruges in the Place du Buorg is a famous Chapel of the Precious Blood. In 1150, Thierry, Count of Flanders and hero returning from the Second Crusade, brought with him a phial containing a drop of Christ's blood, which he had received from the Patriarch of Jerusalem. This precious relic is now contained in a lavish gold reliquary that is carried in solemn procession through the city with great pomp on the first Monday after May 2 each year....
  • Are These the Outer Bands of a Coming Judgment?

    11/12/2014 7:40:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-11-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Are These the “Outer Bands” of a Coming Judgment? By: Msgr. Charles PopeAre we in the “Last Days”? Generally it would seem not, though there are sobering indicators that the outer bands of a coming storm are overhead.The sum total teaching of eschatology would seem to indicate that a number of things must first happen before the end: a comprehensive completion of the going out of the Gospel to all the nations, widespread acceptance by Israel that Christ is in fact the Messiah, the emergence of an antichrist figure who will deceive the nations, a final, intensive and unprecedented unleashing...
  • All Catholics called heirs to 'precious legacy' of first U.S. diocese (200 bishops at mass)

    11/12/2014 6:45:25 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cns ^ | November 11, 2014 | Mark Pattison
    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The United States' oldest Catholic diocese celebrated its 225th birthday Nov. 10 with a special Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore as part of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall general assembly. "We give thanks for the growth of the Catholic Church in America," said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, USCCB president, at the beginning of the Mass. More than 200 bishops concelebrated the Mass -- nearly one for each year of the existence of the Baltimore Archdiocese, established as a...
  • LDS.ORG Essay on Nauvoo Polygamy: What did Readers Expect? [LDS apologist on church admissions]

    11/11/2014 6:50:40 PM PST · by Colofornian · 75 replies blog ^ | Nov. 10, 2014 | Brian Hales
    On October 22...LDS.ORG posted three essays dealing with the practice of plural marriage by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between the 1830s and 1904... Several major controversies have been generated in conjunction with the introduction of plural marriage in Nauvoo in the early 1840s. All of these are briefly discussed in the introductory essay, Polyandry (paragraphs 2023, endnotes 2930). The essay acknowledges that Joseph Smith was sealed to a number of women who were already married, estimating the number of these sealings at 1214 (endnote 29)... Fanny Alger... Sexuality... Children with plural wives... Number of...
  • Refuting anti-catholic objections

    11/11/2014 2:57:30 PM PST · by walkinginthedesert · 11 replies
    This is a refutation regarding some anti-Catholic statements that were made in a history class that I attend. The history class is based on ancient civilizations to the 16th century. The professor originally stated that the reason that the Catholic Mass used to be completely in Latin was because the Church did not want the people to understand what was going on, since the Church wanted to oppress the people. I refute this argument in my first response. In this response I describe the use of Latin in the Catholic Mass and why it continues to be used.The professor then...
  • Infallible Does Not Mean Sinless

    11/11/2014 11:35:48 AM PST · by NYer · 146 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | November 11, 2014 | Infallible Does Not Mean Sinless Leila Miller
    A quick reminder that infallible does not mean sinless. Here are some quick facts about the papacy:1) All of the 266 popes have sinned, including the first pope, St. Peter, who committed among the worst of sins: He denied Our Lord three times during the Passion.2) While all of the popes have been sinners, it’s also true that many of the popes have practiced heroic virtue, rising to the heights of great sanctity. The first popes (and several subsequent popes) died as martyrs for the faith, and many popes have been canonized or beatified. Saintly popes are common.3) Though most...
  • 11 Things You Should Know about the Sovereign Military Order of Malta

    11/11/2014 11:18:36 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    stpeterslist ^ | November 10, 2014 | SPL Staff
    Listers, the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta has a long and rich history. The Sovereign Military Order of Malta or “SMOM” for short, traces its origins to a crusade-era hospital in the Holy Lands charged with caring for not only Catholics but for Jews and Muslims as well. The Order was further charged with the military defense of those hospitals – especially for the poor and suffering inside – and for Catholic pilgrims. While other military orders faded as their military purpose was no longer needed, the Order of Malta...
  • Ronald Reagan - Veterans Day Prayer

    11/11/2014 11:02:58 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 13 replies ^ | 11 November 2012 | Josh Bo
    "I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." - Joshua 1:5
  • Ronald Reagan - Veterans Day Prayer

    11/11/2014 8:57:49 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 5 replies ^ | 11 November 2012 | Josh Bo
    "I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." - Joshua 1:5
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KERYGMA, 11-11-14

    11/11/2014 8:36:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-11-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:KERYGMAPreaching or proclaiming, as distinct from teaching or instruction (didache) in the Gospel of Christ. Before the Gospel was written, it was first preached (Romans 16:25), but beyond preaching it was also to be taught (Matthew 28:19) in order that, as far as possible, it might be understood (Matthew 13:19). (Etym. Greek K_rygma, proclamation; from keryks, herald.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission
  • Does Gospel Simply Mean Good News? Or Have We Unintentionally Defined Ourselves into a Corner?

    11/11/2014 7:09:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 66 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-10-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Does “Gospel” Simply Mean “Good News”? Or Have We Unintentionally Defined Ourselves into a Corner?By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere are times in the Church when we want to define something rather easily and simply so as to make it memorable and easy to grasp. But in so doing, we run the risk of doing harm to its deeper, richer, and more accurate meaning.I wonder if we have not done this with the word “gospel.” Most of us have been trained to define the word “gospel” as “good news.” Clearly there is good news in the Gospels and, by extension, the whole of...
  • Its Official: Mormon Founder Had Up to 40 Wives

    11/11/2014 4:27:47 AM PST · by Zakeet · 185 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 10, 2014 | Laurie Goodstein
    Mormon leaders have acknowledged for the first time that the churchs founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, portrayed in church materials as a loyal partner to his loving spouse Emma, took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old. The churchs disclosures, in a series of essays online, are part of an effort to be transparent about its history at a time when church members are increasingly encountering disturbing claims about the faith on the Internet. Many Mormons, especially those with polygamous ancestors, say they were well aware that Smiths successor, Brigham Young, practiced polygamy...
  • Why Are We Afraid Of Islam ?

    11/10/2014 2:20:30 PM PST · by knarf · 24 replies
    youtube ^ | November 10, 2014 / August 31, 2012 | Dr Bill Warner
    I should have fallen over by now from all the stuff I stumble upon looking for something else ...
  • THE CRUSADES: A Direct Response To Islams Bloodlust

    11/10/2014 12:56:44 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 33 replies ^ | November 9, 2014 | Audrey Russo
    Most of us infidels in the West have been lied to. Trusting the education system, foolishly, we believed all the bunk bundled into our textbooks concerning the period in history (1096 AD -1272 AD) when the Crusades took placethey left out an itty bitty piece of infoThis will be great for all your enlightened friends The real reason WHY the Crusades took placeand heres the shocker: It was a response to Islams aggression! Thats rightit all began with Muhammeds implicit threat more than 450 years before the Crusaders entered Jerusalem. He said: embrace Islam and you will be safe. (Muhammeds...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MYSTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, 11-10-14

    11/10/2014 8:50:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-10-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MYSTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRITThe sacrament of confirmation, especially in Eastern Christianity. It is called a mystery because it confers invisible grace through visible anointing. And it is the distinctive sacrament of the Holy Spirit as power according to the promise of Christ to his followers before Pentecost, that they would receive power to be his witnesses, i.e., martyrs, even to the ends of the earth. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Heavenly Elements of the Liturgy

    11/10/2014 7:20:24 AM PST · by Salvation · 86 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-09-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Heavenly Elements of the LiturgyBy: Msgr. Charles PopeIn November, Catholics are encouraged to meditate on the “Last Things.” As you know, I write quite often on Hell. But I have written on Heaven, too. In this post I propose simply to set forth how much of our liturgy is a kind of dress rehearsal for Heaven.Indeed, Catholics are often unaware just how biblical the Sacred Liturgy is. The design of our traditional churches; the use of candles, incense, and golden vessels; the postures of standing and kneeling; the altar; the singing of hymns; priests wearing albs and so forth are...
  • St. Francis Manuscripts Headed to U.S., in First Trip Out of Italy in 700 Years

    11/10/2014 6:04:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/9/14 | Gaia Pianigiani
    TEOLO, Italy Scattered around the steel table of a monastery in the Veneto region of Northern Italy are manuscripts, one with green, red and intensely blue medieval miniatures of dragons, another adorned with ornate leaves culminating in golden flowers. A monk gently lays an off-white leather book on the table, and opens it at a long letter A drawn in red ink, the start of a paragraph in gothic letters. I never thought I would have had these in my hands, said the Rev. Pierangelo Massetti, responsible for the restoration laboratory at the Praia Abbey, near Padua. St. Francis...
  • Pope Francis on the family: an inestimable and irreplaceable good

    11/09/2014 6:30:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    VaticanRadio ^ | 10-27-2013 | Vatican Radio
    Pope Francis on the family: an inestimable and irreplaceable good 2013-10-27 Vatican Radio(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St Peter's Square on Sunday, October 27th, 2013, to mark the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time and the World Family Day at the close of the 21st Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family, which met in Rome this past week to reflect on the theme of living the joy of the Faith. In his homily, the Holy Father spoke of the Christian family as an institution that prays, keeps faith, and experiences joy. Listen: Over 100 thousand people...
  • How Many Catholic Churches Are There?

    11/09/2014 3:09:29 PM PST · by NYer · 101 replies
    Foolish Wisdom ^ | October 13, 2014
    If someone were to ask you how many Catholic Churches there are in the world, what would be your response? Not small c churches referring to church buildings, but rather, Church with a capital C, indicating the grouping of believers who call themselves Catholic. You may very well respond to the question that there is one Catholic Church and to a large extent you would be correct. One can look to the Scriptures to see that the Lord deliberately founded a living Church built on his Apostles in order that his teachings and sacraments would continue down through time. Indeed...
  • An Amazing Story of God Taking a Ride on a New York Subway

    11/09/2014 11:39:06 AM PST · by buffyt · 26 replies
    Reader's Digest ^ | March 2, 2014 | Ravi Zaccharis
    The true story is told, in Readers Digest, of a man by the name of Marcel Sternberger. Marcel Sternberger took the same subway train every day, on the Long Island railroad. Every day, he was on that same subway. Until, one day, a friend of his was critically ill. Sternberger instead visited his friend in the hospital, and wound up spending the morning. Sternberger then had to take a noon train to work a train he had never been on before. Sternberger was confounded by the noon crowds. He walked into one of the subway cars, which he knew...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PANTOKRATOR, 11-09-14

    11/09/2014 7:43:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-09-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary`
    Featured Term (selected at random:PANTOKRATORGreek title of God, "the all mighty." It is also a familiar image of Christ depicted as ruling from heaven. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Homily for the Feast of St John Lateran

    11/09/2014 6:20:29 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-09-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of WashingtonA Homily for the Feast of St John Lateran By: Msgr. Charles PopeToday is the Feast of St. John Lateran in Rome. This is the Pope’s true Cathedral (not St. Peters). And thus, in celebrating this Feast, we celebrate the unity of the Church. The Pope’s work is to unite and strengthen the members of the Church whom the devil would like to sift (divide) like wheat (see Lk 22:31ff). On this feast we do well to examine a few teachings about the Church that the readings supply.I. The Shock of the Church - One of the more...
  • The Nature of the Mass and the need for Sacrifice

    11/08/2014 8:35:21 PM PST · by walkinginthedesert · 128 replies
    The natural law requires sacrificeIn the first place it is to be seen that the Natural Law requires us to sacrifice. Saint Thomas states in the first place that there are three main types of laws. There is first and foremost human laws (positive laws), there is the Natural Law, and lastly there is the Divine and Eternal laws. It is precisely the Natural Law that we will focus in for this specific article. The natural law is basically the structure which God creates in man so that he inclines man to specific types of actions. He designs man to...
  • US Bishops Struggle Under Francis' Pontificate

    11/08/2014 12:31:31 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 8, 2014 | Rachel Zoll
    U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are gathering at a moment of turbulence for them and the American church, as Pope Francis moves toward crafting new policies for carrying out his mission of mercy - a prospect that has conservative Catholics and some bishops in an uproar. The assembly, which starts Monday in Baltimore, comes less than a month after Francis ended a dramatic Vatican meeting on how the church can more compassionately minister to Catholic families. The gathering in Rome was only a prelude to a larger meeting next year which will more concretely advise Francis on church practice. Still, the...
  • Trumpets of Warning! Part III

    11/08/2014 10:32:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies ^ | 2006 | MarkMallett
    Trumpets of Warning! — Part III    AFTER Mass several weeks ago, I was meditating on the deep sense I’ve had the past few years that God is gathering souls to himself, one by one… one here, one there, whoever will hear His urgent plea to receive the gift of His Son’s life… as though we evangelists are fishing with hooks now, rather than nets. Suddenly, the words popped into my mind: The number of Gentiles is nearly filled.This, of course, is based in Scripture: …a hardening has come upon Israel in part, until the full number of the Gentiles comes...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FIRST CRUSADE, 11-08-14

    11/08/2014 10:14:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-08-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:FIRST CRUSADEThe mainly French expedition (1096-99) inspired by Pope Urban II, which ended with the capture of Jerusalem in 1099. Godfrey of Bouillon (d. 1100), who was one of the leaders of the crusade, was elected ruler of Jerusalem. He called himself "Defender of the Holy Sepulcher," refusing to call himself king or to wear a crown, "through respect for Him who had been crowned in that place with the crown of thorns." All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pope Francis: 'Pagan' Christians 'in Name Only' are 'Enemies of the Cross'

    11/07/2014 3:39:15 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 38 replies ^ | November 7, 2014 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    Not all those who claim to be Christians really are, said Pope Francis Friday morning. Some are Christians in name only, he said. They bear the name of Christians but live a life of pagans. In his homily at Mass, the Pope that there have always been two types of Christian, those who truly followed Christ and those who only pretended to. At the time of Saint Paul, there were worldly Christians, Christians in name only, with two or three Christian features, but nothing more. The Pope called this sort of people Pagan Christians, whom St. Paul called enemies of...