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  • Catholic Word of the Day: EMPIRICISM, 05-26-15

    05/26/2015 9:06:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-26-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EMPIRICISM In moral philosophy, the system of thought that claims that experience is the only valid source of knowledge. This is more than saying that experience is a presupposition to all human knowledge or a test of that knowledge once gained. It holds that the mind can regulate only the data of experience. All so-called universal ideas and all judgments in which people speak of the nature of things, according to empiricists, are not universals or natures at all. They are merely a series of sense data drawn from experience and connected by reason in a...
  • Beware: Strangest Idol of All – Reflection on...Works of Charity Cannot Eclipse Obedience to Christ

    05/26/2015 7:47:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Beware the Strangest Idol of All – A Reflection on How Even Works of Charity Cannot Eclipse Obedience to Christ By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is a passage in the gospels that breaks conventions and cuts to the core of what has come to be called the “Social Gospel.”  Before looking at the passage we need to define “Social Gospel.” The phrase “Social Gospel” emerged in the Protestant denominations but has also come to be used in Catholic circles as well. The Social Gospel is an intellectual movement that was most prominent in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The...
  • Is the Catholic Church a Force for Good?

    05/25/2015 3:25:43 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 183 replies
    http://www.wordonfire.org ^ | May 25, 2015 | Matt Nelson
    Western civilization is greatly indebted to the Catholic Church. Modern historical studies—such as Dr. Thomas E. Woods' How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization—have demonstrated with force and clarity that it is the Catholic Church who has been the primary driving force behind the development and progress of the civilized world. The Church has provided innumerable 'goods' for the benefit of humanity. Nonetheless, modern critics assert that no amount of good could outweigh the evil the Church has allegedly committed in contrast. Talk is cheap, however. We must look at the evidence. Has the Church really been an irreconcilable force...
  • The 13 Catholics in Statuary Hall: On Memorial Day, Remembering Our Heroes

    05/25/2015 3:22:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | May 25, 2015 | Kathy Schiffer
      THE NATIONAL STATUARY HALL COLLECTION By user:Southgeist [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsOne of the most popular tourist destinations in Washington, D.C. is National Statuary Hall. Also known as the Old Hall of the House, it’s a semicircular gallery immediately south of the Capitol Rotunda. For nearly fifty years—from 1807 through 1857—Statuary Hall served as the meeting place for the House of Representatives. The Hall now houses many of the 100 statues of great Americans (two from each state) which together comprise the National Statuary Hall Collection.It’s an extraordinary honor for the men and women depicted here to have been...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SPIRITUAL EXERCISES, 05-25-15

    05/25/2015 9:51:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-25-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:SPIRITUAL EXERCISES Any set program of religious duties, notably the prayers, meditations, and spiritual reading required of persons following a distinctive rule of life. Also the period of silence and prayerful reflection practiced annually (or more often) in a retreat. Particularly the Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius Loyola, drawn yp as a method of arriving at the amendment of one's life and resolving on a determined way of holiness. The Exercises of St. Ignatius were first composed by him in a cave at Manresa, in Spain, after his conversion. They have been recommended by successive popes...
  • Freedom Is Not Free; It Is Costly – A Memorial Day Recollection

    05/25/2015 7:35:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Freedom Is Not Free; It Is Costly – A Memorial Day Recollection By: Msgr. Charles PopeFor many, Memorial Day means the beginning of summer. To others, it is a day off to go shopping. But as I am sure you know, Memorial Day is really a day to honor those who have died in the service of this country.  The word “memorial” comes from the Latin “memorare,” which an  imperative meaning “Remember!” So Memorial Day is “Remember!” Day. To remember something is to allow it to be present in our minds and hearts such that we are grateful, sober, aware, and different.This...
  • On the 25th Anniversary of the CDF's Instruction on the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian

    05/25/2015 6:50:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 5/24/15 | Peter Kwasniewski
    On May 24, 1990, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published one of the most important documents of the postconciliar period: the Instruction on the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian,or more succinctly, Donum Veritatis. This carefully written document, undergirded by centuries of prior teaching, not only reaffirmed the obviously important role of theologians in explaining, clarifying, and enriching the Church's teaching, but also called on theologians who disagree with Church teaching not to use the mass media to publicize their views or try to pressure for change in the Church. Could any message be more timely, as we...
  • The Aftermath - Ireland lies in ruins, and the laity are not to blame

    05/25/2015 6:13:58 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 53 replies
    http://www.churchmilitant.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | CHRISTINE NILES
    The day after the same-sex marriage referendum revealed an Ireland overwhelmingly in favor of legalized sodomy, the Primate of Ireland, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, said to the press: "I appreciate how gay and lesbian men and women feel on this day. That they feel this is something that is enriching the way they live. I think it is a social revolution." His words echoed that of Leo Varadkar, Ireland's first openly gay Health Minister, who said the referendum was "almost like a social revolution." Shortly before the referendum, Martin had said he wouldn't tell Catholics how to vote. Although...
  • Memorial Day in Light of Our Day

    05/24/2015 10:47:58 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies
    IFB ^ | 5/25/15
    This Memorial Day we think of those who gave their last full measure on our behalf as Americans; to preserve our freedoms and liberties, which only come from Almighty God (John 8:32, 36, Gal. 1:4, 3:13, 5:1, Titus 2:14). There can NEVER be TRUE liberty without a saving relationship to our Creator and apart from the firm adherence to Almighty God's moral absolutes (Prov. 14:34). Our Founding Fathers knew this to be true and have communicated it to us in their writings and in our nation's birth certificate. Today, America has full well rejected our founder's vision and have squandered...
  • The Fire Next Time -- A Homily for Pentecost

    05/24/2015 6:39:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Fire Next Time – A Homily for Pentecost By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhat a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us, because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus said to the Apostles and still says to us, “I have come to cast a fire on the earth!” (Luke 12:49). This is a feast about fire—about a transformative, refining, and purifying fire that the Lord wants to kindle in us and in this world. It is about a necessary fire, for as the...
  • A.D. Series Biblical Figures | Rabban Gamaliel

    05/24/2015 5:43:11 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 4 replies
    Holy Lands Studies ^ | May 5, 2015 | Marc Turnage
    [A.D. Series Biblical Figures | Rabban Gamaliel-YouTube Video] In this week's video, Marc Turnage, director of the Center for Holy Lands Studies, discusses the Chief Priests and Sadducees, the Jewish authorities referred to both in the Gospels as well as the Book of Acts. Marc clarifies their role in handing Jesus over to Pilate and why it was not widely known to the people. He further describes the tensions that erupt between these leaders and the early church, led by Peter and John. As many are watching the A.D. Series in the coming weeks, Marc will be recording additional short...
  • 40 Days of Prayer for Marriage: May 22 - June 30

    05/23/2015 12:05:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    CatholicVote.org ^ | 05-22-15 | 40 Days of Prayer for Marriage
    The Supreme Court is deliberating right now on how to rule on the case involving marriage. This court case will have a major impact on marriage, and the future generations of Americans not yet born. This case could change our country forever.The court’s ruling is due by the last day of June. As we await the court’s ruling, CatholicVote.org is calling on all Catholics to join our 40 Days of Prayer for Marriage from May 22 to June 30.Can we count on you? Will you Pledge to Pray for Marriage? We have voted for marriage at the ballot box....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DUALISM, 05-23-15

    05/23/2015 9:52:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-23-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:DUALISM Any view of reality that holds there are two fundamentally and irreducibly different types of being or operations. Thus God and the world, spirit and matter, intellect and will, truth and error , virtue and sin are typical expressions of dualism. (Etym. Latin dualis; from duo, two.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Necessity of Mass

    05/23/2015 8:22:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 05-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Necessity of Mass While the faithful are obligated to attend Mass, the compulsion to do so shouldn’t take away the joy Msgr. Charles Pope OSV Newsweekly5/20/2015 Question: I wonder if the blessing of attending Mass would be greater if we didn’t compel Catholics to attend. Further, keeping the Lord’s Day holy is about 24 hours, not just one hour.— William Bandle, Manchester, MissouriAnswer: I am not sure on what basis you say blessings would be greater. Perhaps you mean that someone who joyfully attends Mass enhances both the experience of the one who attends and the communal experience of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TANTUM ERGO, 05-22-15

    05/22/2015 9:25:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-22-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:TANTUM ERGO The last two verses of the hymn Pange Lingua, composed by St. Thomas Aquinas and long prescribed for singing at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. A modern English version reads: Down in adoration falling, Lo, the sacred host we hail. Lo, o'er ancient forms departing Newer rites of grace prevail; Faith for all defects supplying Where the feeble senses fail. To the everlasting Father, And the Son who reigns on high. With the Holy Spirit proceeding Forth from each eternally, Be salvation, honor, blessing, Might and endless majesty. Amen. All items in this dictionary...
  • Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, Nobody Knows but Jesus: A Meditation on a Grief Observed

    05/22/2015 7:18:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, Nobody Knows but Jesus: A Meditation on a Grief Observed By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs a follow-up to the recent post on comforting the sorrowful, I was led to consider the grief of my parents and the difficulties they faced in raising a daughter with serious mental illness.My father died eight years ago, and except for essential papers related to his estate, I simply boxed up most of his papers and stored them in the attic of my rectory for future attention. At long last I am sorting through those boxes. Among his effects were also many...
  • Communist China's Unlikely Catholic outpost: Tibetans

    05/22/2015 6:27:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    UCA News ^ | 5/21/15 | Sebastien Blanc
    Why many Catholic Tibetans have maintained the faith despite decades of persecutionOpening the church door in Baihanluo reveals a large portrait of Pope Francis — something of a paradox in an ethnically Tibetan area of Communist China. The village is only reachable on foot or by horse, and surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan peaks. But despite its remoteness, French missionaries built the church — with a curved, Chinese-style roof — at the end of the 19th century. Pope Gregory XVI assigned Tibet to the Foreign Missions Society of Paris, shortly after China was forced to open its doors following its defeat...
  • Further Problems With American Eucharistic Practice (Catholic Caucus)

    05/21/2015 2:45:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 21, 2015 | JOHN M. GRONDELSKI
    Christian Browne’s excellent critique of how receiving Communion-in-the-hand while standing are practices that might be reconsidered to strengthen American Catholics’ understanding of the Eucharist properly notes that these ideologically driven changes were required in no way by Vatican II or even the Holy See. Let me add three additional Eucharist-related phenomena bedeviling the “American Church” that also lack much of a doctrinal or theological base but which have become, for ideological reasons, part of the landscape of “American” Catholicism: extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, blessings in the Eucharistic procession, and the disconnect between the Sacraments of Penance and the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NEOLOGY, 05-21-15

    05/21/2015 9:25:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-21-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:NEOLOGY In theology the introduction of new doctrine, contrary to the Church's teaching but expressed in traditional terms or phrases. (Etym. Greek neos, new + logos, discourse.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What Is the Deepest Root of Sin? It’s Not in Your Wallet and It’s Much Closer Than You Might Think

    05/21/2015 7:42:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 95 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is the Deepest Root of Sin? It’s Not in Your Wallet and It’s Much Closer Than You Might Think By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn polling friends as to what they think is the deepest root of all sin, I got three main answers. One was a shrug indicating no answer at all (i.e., “I dunno”). Another was to refer to Scripture: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils (1 Tim 6:10). I’ll discuss below why this is an inadequate answer. The third main response was that original sin (and the concupiscence that followed) is the source of all of our other...
  • Defenders of the Faith: Augustine, Aquinas, and the Evolution of Medieval Just War Theory

    05/21/2015 3:11:32 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://www.medievalists.net ^ | May 19, 2015 | Robert Busek
    The attempt to reconcile Christ’s injunctions against violence with the unfortunate necessity of war resulted in the development of what philosophers now call the “just war theory,” the conditions under which war can be waged without sin. It is fitting that the first great philosopher to write about the just war, Augustine of Hippo, lived during the death throes of the Roman Empire, in a world plagued by the strife of nations. Over eight hundred years later, the man who would further develop this theory, Thomas Aquinas, lived in a world where warfare had assumed a truly spiritual function through...
  • QUO VADIS FRANCIS?

    05/20/2015 5:54:15 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 10 replies
    SELF | 5/20/2015 | DQBAN22
    QUO VADIS FRANCIS?FRANCIS, THE LIBERATION POPEAccording to Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pope Francis has close ties with liberation theology, the same Discaterio that once condemned the movement. In the 1980s the CDF under then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, attacked liberation theology as borrowing “from various currents of Marxist thought and praxis“.By embracing and supporting Marxist liberation theology Francis has renegade the Magisterium of the Church that condemned Communism as “the fatal plague which insinuates itself into the very marrow of the human society only to bring about its ruin” Pope Leo XIII...
  • Scientific Neutrality and Modernist Christians in a Man-Centered Universe

    05/20/2015 10:36:20 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 8 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 19, 2015 | Linda Kimball
    "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6 "...in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." Colossians 2:9 John 1:10 tells us that everything seen and unseen was created ex nihilo by the spoken Word of the Son of God, which means that Jesus Christ was active and present long before His incarnation, therefore eternally co-existent with the Father. Jesus Christ is therefore God just as the Father and Holy Spirit are God, thus the Word of the Old Testament's creation account...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FISHERMAN'S RING, 05-20-15

    05/20/2015 9:27:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-20-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:FISHERMAN'S RING  The Pope's signet ring, used for the sealing of important documents, such as papal briefs. It represents St. Peter fishing and bears the name of the Pope. When he dies, an official document is drawn up testifying that his ring was destroyed. This is done to prevent falsification of briefs. See Also: RING OF THE FISHERMANAll items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What's Wrong with a Little Indulgence?

    05/20/2015 8:17:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | not given | Jimmy Aking
    What's Wrong with a Little Indulgence?  by Jimmy Akin Ever since Luther's Ninety-Five Theses was posted in 1517 to the door of the castle church in Wittenburg, the topic of indulgences has been a controversial one. In this article Jimmy Akin explains exactly what indulgences are and how they may be applied by Catholics to mitigate the temporal punishment due to sin. He discusses the nature of punishment, the role of grace, and the role of the Church, ending with an explanation of how an indulgence may be obtained. October 31, 1517, is sometimes celebrated as the birth date...
  • Comfort the Sorrowful – A Consideration of the Fourth Spiritual Work of Mercy

    05/20/2015 7:13:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Comfort the Sorrowful – A Consideration of the Fourth Spiritual Work of Mercy By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe fourth Spiritual Work of Mercy is to “comfort the sorrowful.” Sometimes it is listed as to “comfort the afflicted.” This description broadens the work just a bit and also fits more with the original notion of the word “comfort,” as we shall consider in a moment.But of all the spiritual works of mercy, comforting the sorrowful requires the greatest patience, sensitivity, and also silence. This is because sorrow (or grief) often has a life and logic of its own; often it must be allowed...
  • The Reception of Holy Communion in the United States (Catholic Caucus)

    05/20/2015 4:14:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 20, 2015 | CHRISTIAN BROWNE
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis has decided to mark the occasion with the “Year of Mercy.” Despite much happy-talk and positive papal press, it is a time of foreboding in the Church. The anxiety over the coming Synod on the Family is substantial and growing, with the German bishops’ recent moves to formally ignore the Church’s teachings on sexual morality and the family. Their corruption, and the decayed state of the Church in Europe, is a source of much distress.The social and political situation in the United States is...
  • 8 things you need to know about Easter Sunday

    05/19/2015 4:28:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    JimmyAkin.com ^ | 2015 | Jimmy Akin
    8 things you need to know about Easter Sunday by Jimmy AkinThe great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas.What happened on this day?Was Jesus’ resurrection a real, historical event?How does the Church celebrate this day?Is Easter a pagan holiday?Here are 8 things you need to know. 1. What happened on Easter? Among other things: The women went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body.They saw angels, who told them he wasn’t there.They went to tell the apostles, who initially didn’t believe them.Peter and the beloved disciple rushed to...
  • Recollections and Insights of an Iraqi Christian

    05/19/2015 1:35:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 19, 2015 | LUMA SIMMS
    I was born in Baghdad, but all my ancestors before me, including my parents, where born in Mosul and neighboring cities in Northern Iraq. Even now when I speak Arabic it is still with a Moslouy dialect. For many years, no matter where I was living or what I was doing, the answer to “Where are you from?” was one of identity: “Ana Maslouy.” I am a Mosulian. And I am, all the way down, in spite of my thoroughly Americanized personality—such is the deep and dual identity of immigrants.Born to a Chaldean Catholic mother and a Syriac Orthodox...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALLEGORY, 05-19-15

    05/19/2015 8:54:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-19-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:ALLEGORY A long or complicated story with an underlying meaning that differs from the literal or surface meaning. The greatest biblical allegory is the Canticle of Canticles. (Etym. Latin allegoria; from Greek all_goria, a description of one thing under the image of another.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Considering Cremation? A Reflection on the Reverent Interment of Cremated Human Remains

    05/19/2015 7:15:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Considering Cremation? A Reflection on the Reverent Interment of Cremated Human Remains By: Msgr. Charles PopeI have written off and on about some of the problems that are setting up around cremation. Of course there has been very little explicit teaching or information available to Catholics to help them to frame their thinking. To assist modestly in that refelction I wrote the following flyer for my own parish. What follows is the text of that flyer. In case you are interested, I provide it in PDF format here: Considering Cremation?Some years ago, the Church gave wider permission for cremation and also lifted traditional...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PARTIAL INDULGENCE, 05-18-15

    05/18/2015 9:04:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-18-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:PARTIAL INDULGENCE An indulgence that removes part of the temporal punishment due to forgiven sin. All particularities in terms of days, months, or years are ow removed from partial indulgences. The new norm is based on the dispositions of the person gaining the indulgence and the character of the indulgenced work that person performs. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Russian Orthodox Commemoration of the Martyrs of the Communist Persecutions

    05/18/2015 8:16:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | 05-18-2018 | The Russian Orthodox Church
    The commemoration of the New Martyrs of Russia in the church dedicated in their honor at the Butovo Firing Range and mass grave. Tens of thousands of Orthodox Christians were shot or buried alive there.
  • A Reflection on the “Prayer of the Faithful” at Mass and Why The Intentions Are Often Disappointing

    05/18/2015 7:06:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Reflection on the “Prayer of the Faithful” at Mass and Why The Intentions Are So Often Disappointing By: Msgr. Charles PopeOne of the parts of the Ordinary Form of the Mass that was “restored” from antiquity is the “Prayer of the Faithful.” However, there is (in this author’s mind) a certain disappointing quality to the intentions as they are used today. They are either overly particular and ideological or, at the other end of the spectrum, perfunctory and flat. Peter Kwasniewski, writing at New Liturgical Movement, summarizes the problem very well: It is surely no exaggeration to say that throughout the world the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant [Catholic Caucus]

    05/17/2015 7:50:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | October 2005 | Steve Ray
    Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant By: Steve Ray Why do Catholics call Mary the Ark of the New Covenant? Answering that question will take us on a thrilling journey through the Old and New Testaments.For example, Luke wove some marvelous things into his Gospel that only a knowledgeable Jew would have understood—a Jew who knew Jewish Scripture and had eyes to see and ears to hear. One of the things he would have understood is typology.We all know that the Old Testament is full of stories, people, and historical events. A type is a person, thing, or...
  • 19 May: Remembering Pontian genocide

    05/17/2015 6:33:17 PM PDT · by bad company · 9 replies
    http://www.thetoc.gr ^ | 19 May. 14 | Euthimis Tsiliopoulos
    On 19 may, Hellenism commemorates the extermination of 353,000 Pontian Greeks killed during a genocide. During the years 1914-1923, in the 1st World War, the Greek minority of the Ottoman Empire, the Republic of Turkey's predecessor, were removed from Western Anatolia. An estimated 350 thousands Greeks were killed between 1913-1922, ending thousands of years of Hellenic civilization in Asia Minor. Pontian and Anatolian Greeks were victims of broader Turkish genocide project at all Christian minorities in the Ottoman Empire. More than 3.5 million Greeks, Assyrians and Armenians were killed under the regimes of the Young Turks and of Mustafa Kemal....
  • Pope Francis Canonizes First Palestinian Saints of Modern Times

    05/17/2015 4:07:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 17, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday sent a powerful message of solidarity and encouragement to Christians in the Holy Land, as he canonized two Palestinian religious sisters, the first Palestinian saints of modern times. Marie-Alphonsine, founder of Palestine’s first congregation, the Sisters of the  Most Holy Rosary of Jerusalem, and Mariam of Jesus Crucified Baouardy, the founder of Carmelite Convents in Bethlehem and India, were raised to the altars on Sunday, along with two other women religious, one French and one Italian — French nun and foundress, Sr. Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve, and Sr. Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception...
  • Love Lifted Me -- A Homily for Ascension

    05/17/2015 6:29:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love Lifted Me – A Homily for Ascension By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn more dioceses than not, the Feast of the Ascension is celebrated this weekend. The liturgist in me regrets the move, but here we are any way. So let’s ascend with the Lord, three days late!This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago. For though Christ our head has ascended, we the members of his body are ascending with him. Since he was ascended, we too have ascended. In my own life as a Christian, I am brought higher every year...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EPISTLE OF JUDE, 05-16-15

    05/16/2015 10:01:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-16-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EPISTLE OF JUDE A letter of the Apostle Jude, surnamed Thaddaeus, written to strengthen the faith of Hebrew converts to Christianity. It is therefore a warning against false prophets. Illustrations are drawn from the Old Testament, but also from Jewish apocalyptic literature, namely the Assumption of Moses and the Book of Enoch. The evidence of previous divine punishments is a prophetic assurance that a similar punishment awaits depraved teachers. Most probably written at Jerusalem before the destruction of the city in A.D. 70, the epistle vindicates the mysterious character of the Christian faith, against those who...
  • Humble Palestinian Nuns to be Made Catholic Saints

    05/16/2015 9:38:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    WDAM Channel 7 ^ | 5/16/15 | CNN
    BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK (CNN) - Pope Francis will canonize two 19th century Palestinian women as Roman Catholic saints. The historic event is especially meaningful to one of the world's oldest Christian communities. It is the perfect celebration of sainthood for two Palestinian nuns, a humble and devout offering of prayer to mark a historic moment for Christians and Palestinians. In the land of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, the land of the beginnings of Christianity, Mariam Baouardy and Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas are the first two Palestinian saints in modern times. “As Christians, this is a sign of hope, this is...
  • More on Liberation Theology and the Soviets

    05/16/2015 8:56:24 AM PDT · by observationdeck · 20 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/15/2015 | Alejandro Bermúdez
    If the Soviet bloc wasn't the mother of liberation theology, it was certainly a sinister stepmother, enlisting Catholics in a geopolitical cause and inviting them to sell their souls for funding and support. Only the naďve can disregard the mountain of evidence connecting liberation theology with Soviet action in the region.
  • The Good Thief, The Catholic Answer

    05/16/2015 7:42:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 05-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Good Thief, The Catholic Answer Msgr. Charles Pope 5/15/2015 Q. In St. Luke’s Gospel, there is mention of the Good Thief on the cross near Jesus who repents. No name is given him, but most say his name is “Dismas.” Is this true?—B. Q., PhiladelphiaA. Here’s a reply from Msgr. Charles Pope: We don’t know. The story itself is very moving, and there is naturally a human tendency to want to know more. Thus traditions and legends often arise in cases like these. But the historical accuracy of such things is often difficult to assess. “St. Dismas” is a...
  • The Canon of the Bible

    05/15/2015 5:21:35 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 109 replies
    http://www.olswahiawa.org/ ^ | May 15, 2015 | Our Lady of Sorrows
    Historically, the Bible is a Catholic book. The New Testament was written, copied, and collected by Catholic Christians. The official canon of the books of the Bible was authoritatively determined by the Catholic Church in the fourth century. Thus, it is from the Catholic Church that the Protestants have a Bible at all.
  • Should the Vatican Sell its Treasures…

    05/15/2015 4:04:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 71 replies
    Catholic Convert ^ | May 15, 2015 | Steve Ray
    … to feed the poor?Geez, I used to say that myself in my former life as a Protestant – when I was an anti-Catholic. Actually, if you added up all wealth and property of the Protestant churches and organizations it would FAR exceed that of the Vatican or all the individual dioceses around the world! Since it is often Protestants who make this challenge, do they ever suggest Protestants should sell all their land, buildings, pastors’ fancy cars and the mega-church $ millions?Most people don’t realize that most of the Catholic Church’s “wealth” is in property, hospitals, schools, social...
  • To Be Deep in History

    05/15/2015 2:05:08 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 147 replies
    ligonier ministries ^ | 5/15/2015 | Keith Mathison
    The nineteenth century witnessed the conversions of two prominent Anglican clergymen to Roman Catholicism. Both men would ultimately become cardinals in the Roman Church, and both men would profoundly influence Roman Catholic theology. The first was John Henry Newman (1801–1890). The second was Henry Edward Manning (1808–1892). Newman is probably most well known for his involvement in the high church Oxford Movement and for his Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (1845). Manning is best known for his advocacy of social justice and for his strong support of the doctrine of papal infallibility following his conversion to Rome. He...
  • Not Crowded, but Close – A Brief Reflection & Clarification/Communion of Saints in Heaven

    05/15/2015 8:38:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Not Crowded, but Close – A Brief Reflection and Clarification on the Communion of Saints in Heaven By: Msgr. Charles PopeMany of you know that I write the weekly “Question and Answer” column for the Our Sunday Visitor newspaper. Every now and again I get a question that stands out as unique, one that I had not thought of before. And such is the case with the question below. I had never thought of Heaven as potentially being crowded or considered it a drawback. But the question led me to reflect on the deeper experience of what we call the Communion of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HELLENISM, 05-13-15

    05/13/2015 9:11:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-13-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HELLENISM A body of classical ideals associated with ancient Greece and including reason, the pursuit of knowledge, and the application of philosophy to the study of religion. Assuming the guiding hand of Providence, Hellenism played an important role in helping to shape, on its human and cultural side, the origins and development of Christianity. The language of the New Testament writings was Greek, the Gentile civilization into which the Church entered was Greek, and the thought patterns of the educated classes in the first-century Mediterranean world were Greek. All items in this dictionary are from Fr....
  • Sanctification By Grace Versus Sanctification By Scolding

    05/13/2015 7:34:37 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    The Heidelblog ^ | May 13, 2015 | R. Scott Clark
    64. But does not this doctrine make men careless and profane? No, for it is impossible that those who are implanted into Christ by true faith, should not bring forth fruits of thankfulness (Heidelberg Catechism 64) Moralism and rationalism are twins. In Christian theology, where you see the one the other is nearby. In this context moralism refers to the doctrine that we are accepted with God (justification) and/or delivered from the wrath to come (salvation) through inherent, personal, intrinsic sanctification (holiness) and righteousness. Rationalism, in this sense, is the notion that in order for something to be true it...
  • In the Darkness We See Farther – Pondering the Paradox of the “Dark Knowing” of Faith

    05/13/2015 7:28:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-12-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the Darkness We See Farther – Pondering the Paradox of the “Dark Knowing” of Faith By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs human beings we are very visual and there is a certain demand of our flesh to see on its own terms. But of course God, who is pure spirit, will not be seen in this way.How can the human eye perceive what is spiritual? It is not designed to do so. We cannot see God, as God, any more than we should expect to be able to see justice sitting down to lunch with humility. These are not physical concepts;...
  • The Habits of Your Temperament (What Is Your Temperament?)

    05/12/2015 3:37:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    GoodConfession.com ^ | 2014 | GoodConfession.com
    The Habits of Your Temperament Print PDFWhat is your temperament? Depending on your temperament, you can be more prone to exhibit certain virtues and positive qualities, as well as face stronger temptations to fall into certain sins or vices. See the chart below to learn about the bright side and dark side of your temperament.Throughout the day, you are constantly faced with the choice: God or not God. Every time you exercise the virtues and gifts of the “bright side” of your temperament, you choose and glorify God. When you exercise the sins and vices of the “dark side”...