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  • Catholic Word of the Day: NIHIL EX NIHILO; 10-22-12

    10/22/2012 9:42:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 10-22-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):NIHIL EX NIHILO Nothing (comes) from nothing. A statement of the principle of causality, that every effect must have a cause; and of the principle of sufficient reason, that everything must have an adequate reason for its existence or operation. (Etym. Latin nihil, nothing.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Cat Discovers 2,000-Year-Old Roman Catacomb

    10/22/2012 6:51:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10/18/12 | Tom Kington
    Rome resident Mirko Curti stumbles upon tomb piled with bones while chasing wayward feline near his apartmentRome may not exactly be short of catacombs, but one discovered this week is more deserving of the name than the city's countless other subterranean burial chambers. For Mirko Curti stumbled into a 2,000-year-old tomb piled with bones while chasing a wayward moggy yards from his apartment building. Curti and a friend were following the cat at 10pm on Tuesday when it scampered towards a low tufa rock cliff close to his home near Via di Pietralata in a residential area of the city....
  • Two New American Saints, Three Notable Firsts, Bl. Marianne Cope & Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha

    10/21/2012 6:47:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies ^ | February 09, 2012 | Brian O'Neel
    Two New American Saints, Three Notable Firsts   February 09, 2012 Blessed Marianne Cope and Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha will be canonized in October Brian O'Neel On Saturday, December 19, 2011, the Holy See announced His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI had approved the Congregation for the Causes of Saints’ findings that miracles attributed to seven blesseds were authentic. This clears the path for their canonization and thus the recognition of these men and women as saints of the universal Church. Of course, while the creation of new saints is important and exciting, it is nonetheless true that reviewing and, where appropriate,...
  • The Life of A Martyr -- Blessed Pedro Calungsod (now a Saint) [Catholic Caucus]

    10/21/2012 2:26:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies ^ | not given |
    The Life of A Martyr A Very Common Name         "Calungsod" is a very native and descriptive Visayan family name. His family name is variously spelled in the different documents as "Calonsor,"  "Calongsor,"  "Calangsor,"  or "Calansor".  His real family name must have been Calungsod . The variations of the spelling of Pedro's family name in the documents may have been due to the Spanish authors' inability to accurately hear a Filipino name.         Today, it is not easy to trace the place of origin of the "Calungsod" families. The name can be found in different parts of the Philippines. However, the "Calungsod" families...
  • Blessed Anna Schaffer: A life of pain and suffering (now Saint) [Catholic Caucus]

    10/21/2012 2:02:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | not given |
    Blessed Anna Schaffer: A life of pain and suffering Blessed Anna Schaffer   MOST people often perceive suffering and illness as a curse or a punishment from God. However, to some faithful, pain and suffering means an opportunity to offer one’s self to God, to submit to His will and identify with the sufferings of Jesus Christ for the sake of redeeming mankind.. Such was the case of Blessed Anna Schaffer, a German laywoman, who along with Filipino Pedro Calungsod, is expected to be canonized this year—declared a saint to be emulated by the universal Church. As a Blessed she...
  • Living the Year of Faith: How Pope Benedict Wants You to Begin [Catholic Caucus]

    10/20/2012 2:30:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | October 17, 2012 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    Living the Year of Faith: How Pope Benedict Wants You to Begin By Dr. Jeff Mirus | October 17, 2012 1:02 PM The Holy Spirit has urged me to read the inaugural documents for the Year of Faith. Of course while one should seek the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in all things, one should never claim the inspiration of the Holy Spirit for anything. Those of us who are prone to expose all too clearly our own faults and weaknesses have a special need to heed this advice so as not to give the Holy Spirit a bad name.But...
  • Share Your Faith in This Year of Faith: Two keys to help you do it.

    10/20/2012 2:16:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | October, 2012 | WAU staff
    Share Your Faith in This Year of Faith Two keys to help you do it. The gospel really does have the power to save and redeem. It’s something that each of us can experience. And it’s something that each of us is called to proclaim. As we try to respond to the Lord’s call to go out into all the world, it’s important for us to see how much the Lord wants us to evangelize. On the one hand, we should not presume that everyone is already converted and on the path to heaven. But on the other hand,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SPIRITUAL FATHER, 10-20-12

    10/20/2012 8:12:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 10-20-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SPIRITUAL FATHER The one who counsels and directs a person in the spritiual life. Generally a priest, the spritual father is often designated by ecclesiastical authority to guide the members of a religious community or confraternity, students for the priesthood, or in general persons specially dedicated to Christian perfection or the Church's apostolate. The Pope is sometimes called the Spiritual Father of all Christians. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, 10-19-12

    10/19/2012 9:26:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | 10-19-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL A historic monument of Catholic England, in County Kent, it is the burial place of some of the Church's greatest leaders. At first it was forbidden to bury within the cathedral precincts. The rule was changed when St. Cuthbert (d. 687), arranging his own burial, ordained that all archbishops could be buried within their own cathedral churches. St. Dunstan, St. Alphege, St. Anselm, St. Odo have their tombs within its walls. But the saint who is most responsible for Canterbury's prestige is St. Thomas ŕ Becket, who was murdered by the agents of King...
  • Reformation Day: celebrate a Halloween alternative Oct 31st

    10/19/2012 6:08:32 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2012 | Ruth Hill
    This year, I’ve found a new way to celebrate October 31st – popularly known as All Hallows Eve or Halloween. I’m heading to Germany to celebrate Reformation Day, Martin Luther, and my Christian heritage. Martin Luther, who was a law student turned Augustinian monk, committed an act on October 31, 1517 that forever changed the church and western civilization. [SNIP] I will be in what is now called Lutherstadt Wittenberg for its Reformation Day Festival. And I’ll be doing a tour of towns and cities that were a part of Martin’s life. More to come in my column about that...
  • The Real Differences Between Mormons and Orthodox Christians

    10/18/2012 1:07:42 PM PDT · by newheart · 50 replies
    Christianity Today Online ^ | 10/12/2012 | Gerald R. McDermott
    A survey this summer by the Pew Research Center and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that 60 percent of voters who know of Romney's Mormonism are comfortable with his religion. Another 21 percent said it doesn't matter. But the Pew survey also found that, along with atheists and agnostics, white evangelicals and black Protestants are the most uncomfortable with his religion. The vast majority of those who are already Republican will vote for Romney anyway, but only 21 percent of those who are uncomfortable with his Mormonism will back him strongly. Some may choose not to...
  • St. Ignatius of Antioch and the Early Church

    10/18/2012 6:53:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Ignatius Insight ^ | 10/17/12 | Kenneth Whitehead
    St. Ignatius of Antioch and the Early Church | Kenneth D. Whitehead | From One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic: The Early Church Was The Catholic ChurchSometime around the year 107 A.D., a short, sharp persecution of the Church of Christ resulted in the arrest of the bishop of Antioch in Syria. His name was Ignatius. According to one of the harsh penal practices of the Roman Empire of the day, the good bishop was condemned to be delivered up to wild beasts in the arena in the capital city. The insatiable public appetite for bloody spectacles meant a chronically short...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: AGONY IN THE GARDEN, 10-17-12

    10/17/2012 10:01:10 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 10-17-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):AGONY IN THE GARDEN The bloody sweat of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, described by the third Evangelist (Luke 22:43). Although Matthew and Mark also narrate the event, only Luke mentions the sweat of blood and the visitation of the angel. Catholic tradition has understood the bloody perspiration literally. Medical testimony indicates that, although rare, the phenomenon is neither impossible nor, by itself, miraculous. Commemoration of the event forms the first of the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary. (Etym. Latin agonia; from Greek, contest, anguish, from ag_n, contest, from agein, to drive.) All items in...
  • Colonial Baptists used Bible to rally support for revolution

    10/17/2012 9:42:02 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    The Baptist Standard ^ | October 16, 2012 | Ken Camp
    From the days surrounding the American Revolution, Baptists used religious arguments to make political points and political arguments to make religious points, historian James P. Byrd, associate dean at Vanderbilt Divinity School, told a conference at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. At the same time Baptists argued for separation of church and state, they did not hesitate to preach on political topics or embrace patriotic causes with religious fervor, Byrd said, addressing an Oct. 12-13 conference on “Baptists and the Shaping of American Culture.” In a sense, Baptists reflected their culture. Neither Thomas Jefferson nor Benjamin Franklin accepted orthodox Christian...
  • NY Catholics Set for Blessed Kateri's Canonization

    10/17/2012 6:42:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/14/12 | Associated Press
    AURIESVILLE, N.Y. — For more than 300 years, generations of faithful Catholics have prayed for the sainthood of Kateri Tekakwitha. On Oct. 21, they'll celebrate her canonization. "People have been praying for this since the moment of her death," said Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine museum director Beth Lynch. The shrine sprawls out over the hilltop where Kateri was born in 1656. In those days it was a Mohawk village call Ossernenon. Kateri was the daughter of a captive Catholic-Algonquin mother and Mohawk chief in a time when the Catholicism was first working its way through the country. At the...
  • Play tells story of death row inmate's Marian visions

    10/16/2012 1:37:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | October 16, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    (L to R) Steve Gunning as Deputy Kilgore, John Menchion as Elmo Tate, John Brooks as Claude Newman, Maria Vargo as Sister Lucy and Andy Fitzgerald as Father Robert O'Leary. Credit: Santa Monica, Calif., Oct 16, 2012 / 04:12 am (CNA).- The story of a Mississippi death row inmate who admitted his guilt and converted to the Catholic faith after seeing apparitions of the Virgin Mary has come to the stage in a play that premiered in California last month. Cathal Gallagher’s play “Claude Newman: A Miracle on Death Row” dramatizes the last days of Claude Newman, a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALTÖTTING (shrine), 10-16-12

    10/16/2012 8:25:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 10-16-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ALTÖTTING (shrine) An ancient pilgrimage center in the heart of Bavaria; its original shrine has never been destroyed. One of the richest sanctuaries in the world. It is the site where, in 680, St. Rupert baptized Otto the pagan in a temple built in pre-Christian times. It is now a Catholic chapel to which the people make pilgrimage from May until November to venerate Our Lady and her Son. The larger church built around the first octagonal chapel has been enlarged repeatedly for the crowds that come and need accommodation. The center of attention is an...
  • Welcome to the Golden Age of the Liturgy

    10/15/2012 2:09:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 14, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A couple months back, I wrote an article asking, what What was the Golden Age of the Liturgy? For it would seem, that every period has had its challenges, and also, it’s good points. The question of what is the golden year, the paradigm, is most pertinent among traditional Catholics, who largely regard the Golden age of the liturgy to be at some point in the past.Though the Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated according to the form it had in 1962, most traditional Catholics would set the ideal year, the Golden age, long before that. Yet, there is great debate...
  • Rahner and Ratzinger branded 'heretics' by Lefebvrists during Vatican II

    10/15/2012 2:00:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | October 14, 2012
    Supporters of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, founder of Society of St Pius X, branded the future Pope Benedict XVI and the late Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner "heretics" during the Second Vatican Council, reports The Tablet.A previously undiscovered letter written by Karl Rahner to his brother, Fr Hugo Rahner SJ, during the council in November 1963 has revealed that the French Intégristes - followers of Lefebvre - accused him and Fr Joseph Ratzinger as "heretic[s] who deny the existence of hell and are worse than Teilhardt de Chardin and the Modernists".The letter, part of an exhibition in Munich, states that Rahner consoled...
  • No New or Different Church

    10/15/2012 9:23:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/15/12 | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
    “The Council Fathers neither could nor wished to create a new or different Church. They had neither the authority nor the mandate to do so. It was only in their capacity as bishops that they were now Council Fathers with a vote and decision-making power, that is to say, on the basis of the Sacrament and in the Church of the Sacrament. For this reason they neither could nor wished to create a different faith or a new Church, but rather to understand these more deeply and hence truly to ‘renew them.’ This is why a hermeneutic of rupture is...