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  • The Difference Between Penance and Punishment

    07/16/2018 8:14:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Difference Between Penance and Punishment Msgr. Charles Pope • July 15, 2018 • There is an old rabbinic story that speaks to the danger of being “unbroken.” It also illustrates the difference between penance and punishment. I am relating this story from memory and may have adapted it somewhat over the years, so if you know it in a different way, please be merciful! Here is (my version of) the story:There once was a man who had violated the Sabbath against his will, because his carriage had broken down. Although he ran, striving to reach town before sundown,...
  • An American Shrine to Honor the Russian Royal Martyrs

    07/15/2018 11:02:29 AM PDT · by NRx · 13 replies
    Orthodox Arts Journal ^ | 07-13-2018 | Andrew Gould
    It has been my particular honor to create a magnificent shrine and reliquary for the Russian Royal Martyrs. The shrine was commissioned by an American convert to Orthodoxy as a gift to the Hermitage of the Holy Cross, a Russian Orthodox monastery in West Virginia, USA. It was installed in time to commemorate the centenary of the tragic murder of Czar Nicholas II and his entire family, which falls on July 17th, 2018.The donor and monastery requested a shrine that would reflect the very best of American furniture design and craftsmanship to unite this cultural heritage with the...
  • Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer

    07/15/2018 8:27:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer Msgr. Charles Pope • July 14, 2018 • One of the biggest reasons why most Christians have difficulty evangelizing effectively is that most lack the requisite freedom and simplicity of life to carry forth the task consistently and coherently. In Sunday’s Gospel, the Lord offers some counsel on what is required for effective evangelization.As we read a Gospel like this, it is tempting to think that it speaks only of specialists such as missionaries, religious, priests, or deacons, but doing so ignores the fact that everyone is called to evangelize: clergy to...
  • Vatican Opens Door to Apology for Catholic Churchs Role in Residential Schools [Canada]

    07/15/2018 6:32:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 7/12/18 | Gloria Galloway
    The Vaticans ambassador to Canada says Pope Francis is opening the door to an apology to the countrys Indigenous people for the abuse of children at Catholic-run Indian residential schools. A papal apology was one of the calls to action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which spent years investigating the schools. And Canadas Parliament has voted to ask Francis to visit this country and make the requested statement of regret. At a private gathering for foreign dignitaries and Canadian politicians held late last month at his residence in Ottawa, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, the Papal Nuncio, said the request...
  • Armenian Church Displays Significant Relic Amid Tensions

    07/13/2018 8:28:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/7/18 | AP
    YEREVAN, Armenia Armenias dominant church put a significant Christian relic on display Saturday after rumors that a part of it had been sold prompted protesters to occupy a main church administrative building. The Spear of Longinus, which the Armenian Apostolic Church says is the lance stabbed into Jesus Christs side as he hung on the cross, was displayed at the mother church complex of Etchmiadzin. Demonstrations calling for the resignation of the churchs leader, Catholicos Garegin II, have persisted for several months. Detractors have claimed Garegin II is married and involved in business activities, which are against church doctrine.
  • Study Affirms Earth Is Uncommon and Perhaps Even Unique

    07/13/2018 9:42:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 70 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-12-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Study Affirms Earth Is Uncommon and Perhaps Even Unique Msgr. Charles Pope • July 12, 2018 • A new study has been issued from Oxford University that casts doubt on the notion that there is “intelligent” life in abundance elsewhere in the universe. More on that study in a moment.Meanwhile, I have written from time to time on the question of whether there is other intelligent life in the universe. As a Catholic, I have no need for the answer to be yes or no; the Church does not teach on this one way or another. Neither do the...
  • Regrettable Ruins: A Lament for a Lost Church Building [Catholic Caucus]

    07/12/2018 8:13:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Regrettable Ruins: A Lament for a Lost Church Building Msgr. Charles Pope • July 11, 2018 • Many years ago, I saw the movie True Confessions (1981), which was about an ambitious priest who discovered the truer meaning of the priesthood. Although the film was seedy in places, the outcome for the main character, Monsignor Spellacy, was salutary.Robert DeNiro (who was more discreet and refined in those days) starred as Msgr. Spellacy. It was well acted, but it was the liturgical scenes that were especially noteworthy: they were beautiful, meticulous, and accurate. The movie was set in the 1940s...
  • The Story of Hosea and What It Teaches About God and Holy Matrimony

    07/11/2018 9:34:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-10-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Story of Hosea and What It Teaches About God and Holy Matrimony Msgr. Charles Pope • July 10, 2018 • We are currently reading from the Book of the Prophet Hosea at daily Mass. The story of the Prophet Hosea’s troubled marriage is a powerful testimony to two things: our own tendency to be unfaithful to God, but also of God’s passionate love for us. We do well to recall the story, especially given the “great debate” among some in the Church today over the question of divorce and remarriage. And while there are many painful stories of...
  • Humility in Prayer According to St. Teresa of Avila

    07/10/2018 8:16:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-09-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Humility in Prayer According to St. Teresa of Avila Msgr. Charles Pope • July 9, 2018 • I have written before on humility in prayer as St. Augustine sets it forth. In today’s post I look to the same topic, but this time as St. Teresa of Avila presents it in her treatise The Way of Perfection.In setting forth her teaching, I have substantially reworked the order of her reflections. St. Teresa was able to see the “whole rose” of the topic, jumping from petal to petal without effort. I, being of a vastly inferior intellect and of far...
  • Of Hunger and Hallucinations How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West

    07/09/2018 8:22:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-08-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West Msgr. Charles Pope • July 8, 2018 • Physical hunger is a serious problem; We are obliged to assist the starving and malnourished. But even more prevalent these days is spiritual hunger, if not outright starvation. As is the case with physical hunger, the source of spiritual hunger is not God, who has given us abundant grace and truth; it is we who are the source. It is a strange starvation to be sure, for it is largely self-inflicted. Further, it seems to be at...
  • Orthodox Church Reopens After a Century on Ship Used to Signal October Revolution [Russia]

    07/08/2018 7:07:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/6/18
    An Orthodox church has reopened on the Aurora cruiser, one of the symbols of the October Revolution, which was used to signal the storming of the Winter Palace in October 1917 by firing an empty shot, reports the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The Church of St. Nicholas, located in the center of the ship, was restored from archival photographs and drawings. It was originally closed in 1917. The cruiser will host regular Divine services on weekends and Church feast days. The first Divine Liturgy in 100 years was celebrated in the church on April 15 by Archpriest...
  • Poor Preaching Isnt Only Due to the Preacher A Homily For the 14th Sunday of the Year

    07/08/2018 8:52:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-07-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Poor Preaching Isn’t Only Due to the Preacher – A Homily For the 14th Sunday of the YearPoor Preaching Msgr. Charles Pope • July 7, 2018 • The gospel today portrays the Lord Jesus as preacher and prophet, but 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 the ruinous result of rejection.My formal homily notes begin with the red text below, but first I’d...
  • Was Predator Cardinal McCarrick a Key U.S. Lobbyist for Pope Francis Election?

    07/07/2018 3:37:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/27/18 | Elizabeth Yore
    June 27, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) A mere seven months after the election of Pope Francis, Catholics got a peek behind the election curtain of the political machinations in the selection of Jorge Bergoglio, from none other than Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. On October 11, 2013, the now-disgraced retired cardinal of Washington, DC disclosed in a speech at Villanova University that he was asked to lobby for the election of Jorge Bergoglio as Pontiff. With his soft grandfatherly voice and disarming Irish wit, McCarrick weaved Bergoglio stories, and boasted of his close relationship with the Argentine papabile. Curiously, McCarrick described a meeting...
  • Faith Comes Through Hearing As Seen in a Beautiful Video

    07/07/2018 6:53:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-06-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Faith Comes Through Hearing – As Seen in a Beautiful Video Msgr. Charles Pope • July 6, 2018 • Below is a touching video of a hearing-impaired infant who, after being fitted with a hearing aid, hears the voices of his parents for the very first time. Initially, the child fidgets, afraid of what is happening. But as the voices of his parents reach his soul, a smile of joy and recognition blossoms on his face.In the Fourth Eclogue of Virgil is a beautiful line regarding an infant’s first recognition of his mother. In this case it refers to...
  • On the Cosmology of Fireworks

    07/06/2018 8:21:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-05-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Cosmology of Fireworks Msgr. Charles Pope • July 5, 2018 • One of the great paradoxes of creation and our existence in God’s world is that many blessings are unlocked by explosive, even violent, forces. The cosmos itself is hurtling outward in a massive explosion. Here we are, living part way through that explosion.When I consider the fireworks on the Fourth of July, I often think that each of those beautiful, fiery explosions is a miniature replica of the cosmos. Everywhere in the universe, the burning embers we call stars and galaxies glow brightly as they hurtle...
  • Seeing More as God Does

    07/05/2018 7:37:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-04-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Seeing More as God Does Msgr. Charles Pope • July 4, 2018 • Today I’d like to reflect further on the Gospel reading from today’s Mass (Thursday of the 13th week of the year). It tells the story of the paralyzed man whom Jesus tells to have courage because his sins are forgiven.In one sense this is a rather peculiar response to a paralyzed man: Jesus looks at him and says, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” Now we might be tempted to tap Jesus on the shoulder and say, “Excuse me, Lord, but this man is paralyzed. His...
  • Unmoored Freedom is No Freedom A Reflection on the 4th of July

    07/04/2018 7:21:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | 07-04-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Unmoored Freedom is No Freedom – A Reflection on the 4th of July Msgr. Charles Pope • July 3, 2018 • To most modern minds, freedom is a very detached concept; it is an abstraction of sorts, a free-floating power unmoored from any limits or defining standards. Freedom today is often viewed as personal and self-referential, with little consideration as to how one’s “freedom” might affect that of someone else. A healthy sense of the common good suffers mightily in a world of deeply conflicting personal freedoms.I have written before on the paradoxes of freedom and will not repeat...
  • Spanish Church Expresses Concern at Plan to Exhume Francos Remains

    07/03/2018 3:53:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/1/18 | Jonathon Luxmoore
    New Prime Minister intends to remove remains from the Valley of the Fallen this monthThe Archdiocese of Madrid has warned the Spanish government against plans to exhume the remains of the countrys late dictator, General Francisco Franco, without obtaining agreement from interested parties. We want a solution which helps build a peaceful country, said Rodrigo Pinedo Texidor, archdiocesan communications director, noting that the archdiocese is not for or against the removal of Francos remains. We are against moves which dont have his familys consent and dont consider what the Church has to say, he told Catholic News Service after Spanish...
  • Two Stories About Detachment

    07/03/2018 8:18:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-02-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Two Stories About Detachment Msgr. Charles Pope • July 2, 2018 • It is common to think of detachment as something the poor easily have and the rich seldom have. Whatever the statistics on detachment as related to wealth, it is certainly true that there are some poor folks who are greedy attached to this world’s riches, while there are some rich people who are quite generous and unattached to the possessions their wealth affords.Two stories come to mind. I do not recall the sources, and I have likely adapted them over the years. They speak to the difficulty...
  • Archaeology and Biblical History: A Glass Head at Abel Beth Maacah Confirms Biblical Narrative

    07/02/2018 10:00:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/02/2018 | Eric Metaxas And Roberto Rivera
    I never get tired of talking about archaeology confirming biblical history. So let's talk. Second Samuel 20 tells the story of a short-lived rebellion against the rule of King David led by a Benjamite named Sheba, a kinsman of David's predecessor, Saul. It's a short, almost enigmatic, tale involving, among other things, cloistered concubines, deadly beard-pulling, and an unintentionallyor perhaps notcomical siege scene that could have come out of a Monty Python movie. Comic or not, the site of the siege was a real place that testifies to the historical nature of the biblical narrative. In II Samuel, David, fresh...