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  • Church Built in Native Village of First Female Cosmonaut to Mark 55th Anniversary of Her Flight

    06/18/2018 6:34:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/18/18
    Moscow, June 18, Interfax - Celebrations dedicated to the 55th anniversary of the first flight of woman-cosmonaut to space were held in the Yaroslavl Region on Saturday. According to the information of the Yaroslavl regional government, the celebrations started with consecration of St. Nicholas Church built in the native village of Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman-cosmonaut. A park has already been set up near the church in the Nikulskoye village. The Space Museum opened in Nikulskoye after reconstruction. Its guests can feel the atmosphere of the 1960-s, paint the placards, learn more about fashion of the epoch, visit the retro...
  • Does Jesus Forbid Self-Defense?

    06/18/2018 8:49:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 74 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Does Jesus Forbid Self-Defense? Msgr. Charles Pope • June 18, 2018 • In daily Mass for Monday of the 11th Week of the Year, we read a passage from the Sermon on the Mount. It is a challenging text that raises many questions if read in a literal or absolute manner.You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone...
  • 84,000 Signatures Gathered for Revival of Moscow Monastery Destroyed by Communists

    06/17/2018 4:39:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 6/14/18
    The community of the Moscow Strastnoy (Passion) Monastery held a festive prayer meeting at Pushkin Square on Tuesday, and a procession around the historical territory of the Strastnoy Monastery, destroyed by the atheist soviets in 1937. The event was dedicated to the 360th anniversary of the founding of the holy monastery, for the restoration of which Orthodox activists have gathered more than 84,000 signatures, reports the Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism of the Russian Orthodox Church. A festive moleben was celebrated by the rector of the Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God at Putinki in Moscow...
  • If You Can Use Anything Lord, You Can Use Me - A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year

    06/17/2018 7:38:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If You Can Use Anything Lord, You Can Use Me - A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 16, 2018 • The readings for this Sunday speak of God’s providence, which is often displayed in humble, hidden, and mysterious ways. While it is true that God sometimes works in overpowering ways, His more common method seems to be using the humble and even unlikely things of the created order to accomplish His goals.For us who are disciples, there are three related teachings given to us that speak of how God will make...
  • 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ

    06/17/2018 12:07:43 AM PDT · by JohnThree3to16 · 20 replies
    Youtube Video ^ | JB Bond
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  • Why Paul is Important to Christianity

    06/16/2018 4:18:45 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 38 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | June 16, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Why Paul Is Important to Christianity By Philip Cottraux Skeptics often ask what makes Christianity right and all other religions wrong. The implication is that various contradicting faiths renders none of them right. But the Christians best answer is to point out how well Christianity holds up under historical scrutiny. The ministry, death, and aftermath of Christ is the most well-documented event of the ancient world. The time span between His life and the first historical mentions of Him is the shortest in history; and even when we dont include the sheer volumes of ancient copies of the four gospels,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Body of Christ

    06/16/2018 10:21:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 06-06-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Body of ChristQuestion: When Holy Communion is distributed why is “The Body of Christ” said? Why not say, “The Body and Blood of Christ”? Or better yet, “This is Jesus”?— Name withheld, Alabama Answer: We use the word “body” for several reasons. First of all, Jesus himself used the word “body” (soma in Greek) when giving the Eucharist for the first time: “Take and eat, this is my body (soma).” Hence we, in conformity to Christ, use this way of speaking of the Eucharist. Secondly, both the English word “body” and the Greek word “soma” can refer strictly to the...
  • Black America Walking Off the Cliff

    06/15/2018 12:55:04 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 13, 2018 | Samuel E. Tolley III
    I've lived long enough to witness the racist pre-Civil Rights negro-controlling techniques evolving into the self-perpetuating genocidal black machine we have today. What the Klan, Jim Crow, segregation, and every other racist policy couldn't accomplish has been accomplished beyond the expectations of the American Eugenics Society because of a singular unalterable fact. The society that perverts the family structure of man, woman, and child cannot stand, because every society that abandons the truth of God will eventually collapse. Once that foundation has eroded, the society will crumble under the sheer weight of its own depravity. But many will say, "Wait...
  • What Buzz Lightyear Taught Me About Life

    06/15/2018 8:55:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Buzz Lightyear Taught Me About Life Msgr. Charles Pope • June 14, 2018 • I was interviewed on National Public Radio last year regarding a blog post I had written a few years previously about the movie “Toy Story.” The link to the interview is at the bottom of this post. You may wish to skip my written remarks below and just go to the interview instead, as it incorporates most of my reflections.There was a movie some years ago that most of you have probably seen called Toy Story. It had a profound impact on me, for...
  • HORROR IN EAST RIVER- SUNDAY SCHOOL IN WILD PANIC- 700 MOSTLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN FEARED DEAD [1904]

    06/15/2018 7:04:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    New York Tribune ^ | 06-16-1904 | Staff
    The greatest steamboat disaster ever known in this city was the burning of the General Slocum near North Brother Island yesterday morning. Of more than one thousand persons whom the steamboat was carrying on a Sunday School excursion of the St. Mark's Lutheran Church, of Sixth street, Manhattan, to Locust Grove, Long Island, only a few hundred were saved. It was estimated, unofficially, last night that more than seven hundred perished either by burning or drowning. They were mostly women and children.
  • A Short History of the Apostle's Fast

    06/14/2018 9:52:14 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    "The Apostles almost always fasted." Saint John Chrysostom (Sermon 57 on the Gospel of Matthew) Patristic Testimony Concerning the Fast The fast of the holy Apostles is very ancient, dating back to the first centuries of Christianity. We have the testimony of St. Athanasius the Great, St. Ambrose of Milan, St. Leo the Great and Theodoret of Cyrrhus regarding it. The oldest testimony regarding the Apostles Fast is given to us by St. Athanasius the Great (373). In his letter to Emperor Constance, in speaking of the persecution by the Arians, he writes: "During the week following Pentecost, the people...
  • Time to Decide A Reflection on a Question from Elijah

    06/14/2018 9:03:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Time to Decide – A Reflection on a Question from Elijah Msgr. Charles Pope • June 13, 2018 • At Mass for Wednesday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time, we read a crucial question from Elijah. It came at a time of widespread apostasy among the Jewish people. Elijah summoned a multitude to Mt. Carmel in the far north of Israel:Elijah appealed to all the people and said, “How long will you straddle the issue? If the Lord is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.” The people, however, did not answer him (1 Kings 18:21).The Baals were...
  • What Ails Us? The Rise of the Imperial, Autonomous Self

    06/13/2018 9:35:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-12-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Ails Us? The Rise of the Imperial, Autonomous Self Msgr. Charles Pope • June 12, 2018 • A rather succinct and accurate summary of our current malaise is that we live in the age of “the imperial, autonomous self.” In effect, many if not most people claim an authority, a right, to craft their own reality and live according to their own notions of it. Not so long ago, it was generally accepted that reality was something outside ourselves, something that we had to go out to meet, study, and obey. There was a certain “is-ness” to things....
  • Brethren of the Lord

    06/13/2018 7:22:36 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 104 replies
    https://www.catholic.com ^ | August 10, 2004 | Bernadeane Carr
    When Catholics call Mary the "Blessed Virgin," they mean she remained a virgin throughout her life. When Protestants refer to Mary as "virgin," they mean she was a virgin only until Jesus birth. They believe that she and Joseph later had children whom Scripture refers to as "the brethren of the Lord." The disagreement arises over biblical verses that use the terms "brethren," "brother," and "sister." There are about ten instances in the New Testament where "brothers" and "sisters" of the Lord are mentioned (Matt. 12:46; Matt. 13:55; Mark 3:3134; Mark 6:3; Luke 8:1920; John 2:12, 7:3, 5, 10; Acts...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Three Insights of Pope Leo XIII That Diagnose Our Cultural Malaise

    06/12/2018 9:22:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Insights of Pope Leo XIII That Diagnose Our Cultural Malaise Msgr. Charles Pope • June 11, 2018 • Pope Leo XIII penned an insightful analysis of three trends that both alarmed him and pointed to future problems. He wrote of these three concerns in 1893 in the Encyclical on the Holy Rosary entitled Laetitiae Sanctae (Of Holy Joy). The Pope laid out these three areas of concern and then offered the Mysteries of the Rosary as a remedy. Let’s look at how he described the problems and then consider what he proposed as a solution. His teaching is...
  • 350 Yr Old Monastery, Destroyed by Nazis, Finally Restored And its Mesmerizing

    06/11/2018 5:33:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 6/6/18 | Michael Tare
    A unique monastery--Russia's own Holy Land, founded by the controversial Patriarch Nikon in 1656--has finally been rebuilt in MoscowThe breathtakingly beautiful, architecturally unique and historically significant New Jerusalem monastery has occupied a place of unique veneration among Russians during its 350-year history. A few years before the Revolution, it was visited by about 35,000 people annually. It was originally founded in 1656 by Patriarch Nikon, who built it to imitate structurally and thematically the Church of Christs Tomb in Jerusalem. This was done so that Russians who could not make the long pilgrimage to Jerusalem could get a taste of...
  • God Has His Seven Thousand: A Word of Encouragement from the Life of Elijah

    06/11/2018 8:23:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-10-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God Has His Seven Thousand: A Word of Encouragement from the Life of Elijah Msgr. Charles Pope • June 10, 2018 • This week in daily Mass we read of the struggles of Elijah the Prophet, who spent his life fighting the influence of the Canaanite god Baal in Israel. Up on Mt. Carmel, Elijah was strong and fearless, but he also had moments of deep discouragement.Many of us today are discouraged in these times of cultural confusion, times when so many Catholics have fallen away from the practice of the faith or so easily dissent. It makes me...
  • Russian Gov't Gives $8 Mil to Restore Amazing Medieval Monastery in North

    06/10/2018 6:34:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The world famous St. Cyril-White Lake Monastery-museum, located in the Vologda Region, 360 miles north of Moscow, will receive 508 million ruble (more than $8 million) for restoration under the federal Culture of Russia program, reports Blagovest-Info. The scope of the work is huge. It is the leading tourist site of the region, visited by more than 300,000 people annually. I hope that all the funds will help the museum become a leading excursion site for the whole Northern Necklace of Russia, Vologda Province Governor Oleg Kuvshinnikov said on Monday. As explained by museum-reserve director Mikhail Sharomazov, the allocated funds...
  • His Hand is Stretched Out Still

    06/10/2018 12:38:58 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 14 replies
    Depths Of Pentecost ^ | June 9, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    His Hand is Stretched Out Still By Philip Cottraux Isaiah is a reflection of the entire Bible itself. The Bible is 66 books. Isaiah is 66 chapters. The Bible is divided into Old and New Testaments. In the 39 books of the Old Testament we tend to view God as angry and vengeful, destroying Sodom and Gomorra with fire and brimstone, killing the firstborn of Egypt during the tenth plague or having all the men, women, and children of Jericho slaughtered by Joshuas army. Likewise, the first 39 chapters of Isaiah focus primarily on dire warnings of Gods judgment; but...
  • Three Crucial Questions, One Crucial Plan: A Homily for the 10th Sunday of the Year

    06/10/2018 7:51:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-09-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Crucial Questions, One Crucial Plan: A Homily for the 10th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 9, 2018 • Adam and Eve, Charles-Joseph Natoire (1740)In the first reading for Sunday (from Genesis) the Lord asks three important questions and sets into motion a “crucial” plan for our salvation. The word “crucial” is rooted in the Latin word for cross (crux or crucis). As such, it indicates something that is central by a coming together of the horizontal and vertical. It also points to a suffering that needs healing. Let’s look at each question in turn...