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  • On Jesus’ Merciful Call of St. Matthew, a Great Sinner

    09/21/2017 10:05:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Jesus’ Merciful Call of St. Matthew, a Great Sinner Msgr. Charles Pope • September 20, 2017 • On this Feast Day of St. Matthew, we must acknowledge a great mercy in Jesus’ call. As a tax collector, Matthew was considered a great sinner. In fact, the term “tax collector” was a biblical euphemism for great sinner. Yet despite this, Jesus called him to be an Apostle.In our times, many set mercy and the fact that we are sinners in opposition to each other, but the Lord Jesus unites these realities together. For the Lord, mercy is necessary because...
  • The Many Gifts of St. Hildegard of Bingen

    09/20/2017 9:24:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CE.com ^ | September 18, 2017 | Cari Donaldson
    The Many Gifts of St. Hildegard of BingenCari Donaldson Abbess. Botanist. Physician. Theologian. Playwright. Composer. Doctor of the Church. In another example of God exulting the lowly, all these titles and more have been given to St. Hildegard of Bingen, who was born the sickly youngest child of minor nobility, and eventually presented as a political offering to the Benedictines.St. Hildegard was born around 1098, in what is today Germany. She entered the monastery at Disibodenberg 1112, and by the age of 38 became Prioress. Due to the rapidly growing increase of vocations under Hildegard, one of her first moves...
  • Rosh Hashana "head of the year"), is the Jewish New Year.

    09/20/2017 6:41:24 AM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies
    ...In the seventh month, on the first of the month, there shall be a sabbath for you, a remembrance with shofar blasts, a holy convocation. -Leviticus 16:24 Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, "head of the year" or "first of the year." Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This name is somewhat deceptive, because there is little similarity between Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year, and the American midnight drinking bash and daytime football game. There is, however, one important similarity...
  • Worried About the State of the World? Here Are 5 Bible Verses You Should Know!

    09/19/2017 8:05:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    CE.com ^ | September 19, 2017 | Gary Zimak
    Worried About the State of the World? Here Are 5 Bible Verses You Should Know!Gary Zimak Let’s be honest…there are some frightening things going on in the world. Every day we are bombarded with news about terrorism, natural disasters, war and many other threats. While it’s not necessarily a bad thing, advanced technology now makes it possible for weather forecasters to alert us to the possibility of tornadoes and hurricanes weeks in advance. In the same way, the popularity of the Internet makes it difficult to escape from “bad news”. It often seems like there is no place to hide....
  • A Meditation on the Delay and Silence of God

    09/19/2017 7:29:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Meditation on the Delay and Silence of God Msgr. Charles Pope • September 18, 2017 • I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but God doesn’t seem to be in a big hurry about most things. This has been a hard lesson for me to learn.We live in a loud, fast-paced world, one of constantly “breaking news,” in which crisis and urgency are the predominant mode. Instant communication and quick responses are expected, even demanded.At the national level, there is hardly any reporting at all by the media before there is a rush to analyze, comment, and...
  • A “Tough Guy” Priest, in the Gulag and Beyond

    09/18/2017 7:40:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 9/17/17 | Jim Graves
    Father Walter Ciszek is known for his courage while imprisoned in the Soviet Union. But his spiritual writings show him to be “a saint of the ordinary life.”Father Ciszek (center) is met in New York by his sisters Helen and Sr. Evangeline, upon his release from the USSR. (Photo courtesy of the Father Walter Ciszek Prayer League)“For each of us, salvation means no more and no less than taking up daily the same cross of Christ. … What it means, in practice, is spelled out as always by the poor old body. It means getting up each morning and going...
  • Can We Influence How the Lord will Judge Us?

    09/18/2017 8:17:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-17-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Can We Influence How the Lord will Judge Us? Msgr. Charles Pope • September 17, 2017 • The readings from Mass for the 24th Sunday of the Year were a continuation from the previous Sunday, when our Lord taught us of the requirement that we correct one another. Yesterday’s readings remind us that our correction must be done with mercy and humility. Failing to correct an erring or sinning brother is not mercy at all, but correcting in a harsh or mean-spirited way falls short as well.As an extended meditation on yesterday’s Gospel let’s consider a kind of “mathematics”...
  • Finding Forgiveness Through the Magnificence of Mercy - A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year

    09/17/2017 7:54:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Finding Forgiveness Through the Magnificence of Mercy - A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • September 16, 2017 • The Gospel this Sunday draws us into a remarkably sensitive area of the faith, that of forgiving others who may have harmed us. There are many who been authentically hurt and others who in offering forgiveness will become vulnerable to further harm. Forgiveness is something we experience as a very personal call; in some cases, it may be the most challenging thing we are ever asked to do.I have titled this Homily carefully; if...
  • 'True church' being built by Messianic Jews, Christians

    09/17/2017 4:16:25 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 18 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 9/16/2017 | World Net Daily Staff
    God Himself may have intervened to set the story in motion. And the shocking ramifications could be a sign of nothing less than the end times. So explains Pastor Carl Gallups, who chronicled in book and film “The Rabbi Who Found Messiah” the story of Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, one of Israel’s most revered rabbis, an icon who left a mysterious message after his death that many believe identified Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Gallups recently was a guest on the radio show “Caravan to Midnight,” hosted by John B. Wells. “In 2005 … right around the time of Yom Kippur,...
  • Russian Court Orders Handover of Much-Contested Soviet-Seized Buildings to the Catholic Church

    09/15/2017 7:44:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 9/12/17 | Jonathon Luxmoore
    'The Appeal Court has upheld earlier rulings, requiring the Moscow government to return this object to our Catholic archdiocese'A Russian court has ordered the handover of a much-contested complex of Soviet-seized buildings in Moscow to the Catholic Church, two weeks after a visit by the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. However, a Church representative warned that local officials could still block the restitution, which has been demanded for more than 20 years. “We can confirm with joy that the Appeal Court has upheld earlier rulings, requiring the Moscow government to return this object to our Catholic archdiocese,” said...
  • "That the seat of Peter might not be dishonored by the occupancy of two bishops"

    09/15/2017 8:36:18 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 88 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 9/15/17 | Florentius
    "This event [the death of (anti) Pope Felix] was, no doubt, ordained by God, that the seat of Peter might not be dishonored by the occupancy of two bishops; for such an arrangement is a sign of discord, and is foreign to ecclesiastical law." ~Ecclesiastical History of Sozomen, ca. AD 440 This quote is taken from a curious bit of history when the Church was torn by the Arian heresy. After the death of Constantine the Great in AD 337, sole rule of the empire eventually devolved upon his son, Constantius II. While Constantius was just as devoted to achieving...
  • Pondering the Night of the Senses and the Paradox That We See Farther in the Darkness

    09/15/2017 7:55:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering the Night of the Senses and the Paradox That We See Farther in the Darkness Msgr. Charles Pope • September 14, 2017 • As human beings we are very visual; 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....
  • On the Paradoxical Freedom of Poverty

    09/14/2017 7:20:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-13-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Paradoxical Freedom of Poverty Msgr. Charles Pope • September 13, 2017 • There is a saying that you cannot steal from a man who has nothing and you cannot threaten a man who has nothing to lose. Of Jesus, the Son of Man who had nowhere to lay his head (Matt 8:20), this was surely true. The world had no claim on Him, nothing with which to hook Him or claim His loyalty. Even His life could not be taken from Him, for He had already laid it down freely (cf Jn 10:18).St. John Chrysostom spoke of...
  • Martin Luther's Very Mixed Legacy

    09/13/2017 9:46:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/12/2017 | Mike Konrad
    Next month, October 31st, will be the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting his ninety-five theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church. Whether one thinks Luther was right or wrong, this was one of the most important events in history. Western Civilization was rent in half. My views concerning Luther have gone all over the place during my lifetime, Was he a villain? Was he a hero? At times, I have held these diametrically opposed views. Now, I am of the opinion that he was a bit of both. Luther's chief attraction as a role model was that...
  • Strange Moments In Liturgical History – How a Paragon of Liturgical Tradition May Have Caused ****

    09/13/2017 7:52:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Strange Moments In Liturgical History – How a Paragon of Liturgical Tradition May Have Caused Unintended Effects Msgr. Charles Pope • September 12, 2017 • I have been asked by a number of people what I think of Pope Francis’ recent decision to remand a lot of the task of translating sacred texts to regional bishops’ conferences. To be honest, I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, I share many of the concerns about how the norms will be applied and how consistently accurate translations will be assured, but on the other, I do not know if it...
  • Considerations in Fraternal Correction

    09/12/2017 7:37:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-11-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Considerations in Fraternal Correction Msgr. Charles Pope • September 11, 2017 • Fraternal correction is so important to the health of individuals, the family, the Church, and even nations, that some further reflection following Sunday’s Gospel is in order. The correction of a sinner is complex and difficult to accomplish well. Many avoid it entirely, especially due to these hypersensitive times, when some people base their very identity on their sins. Many take correction very personally, even labeling it “hate speech.” Those who dare to correct are often shamed for doing so and accused of “judging.”Distinguishing between what God...
  • On the Balance of Kindness and Correction

    09/11/2017 7:18:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-10-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Balance of Kindness and Correction Msgr. Charles Pope • September 10, 2017 • As a follow-up from Sunday’s Gospel (on correcting the sinner) it is important to reflect on balancing salutary discipline with necessary consolation and encouragement—never an easy task. For example, it is possible for parents to be so severe with their children that they become disheartened and lack necessary self-esteem; but it is also possible for parents to be so lax with them that the children become spoiled and lack proper self-discipline and humility. Scripture, seeking to balance teaching with encouragement, says, Fathers, do not...
  • Sept. 11, 2001: The Great and Terrible Day Radical Islam Reared Itself

    09/11/2017 4:55:25 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 33 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | September 11, 2017 | JP
    My wife joined me on a business trip to New York City in 2004. I took an afternoon off to give her tour of my old neighborhood – Battery Park City in lower Manhattan. It looked a lot different than I remembered. That’s because there was a giant crater across the West Side Highway from where I used to live and work. It was the 16-acre site where the World Trade Center once stood, before its twin towers were reduced to scrap metal and rubble by Islamic jihadists using fuel-laden jetliners as weapons of mass destruction. As I toured what...
  • The Obligation of Clear, Compassionate Correction of the Sinner – A Homily for 23rd Sunday

    09/10/2017 6:45:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-09-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Obligation of Clear, Compassionate Correction of the Sinner – A Homily for the 23rd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • September 9, 2017 • We live in times in which there is a widespread notion that to correct sinners is to “judge” them. Never mind that it is sin that we judge, not the sinner. Never mind that in accusing us of judging, the worldly-minded are themselves doing the very judging they condemn. Never mind any of that; the point of the charge is to try to shame us into silence. Despite the fact that Scripture...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, 06-30-17, First Martyrs of the Church of Rome

    09/09/2017 6:37:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 06-30-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    First Martyrs of the Church of Rome Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Christian heroes and martyrs | William A. Foster | The Library of Congress First Martyrs of the Church of Rome Saint of the Day for June 30 (d. 64)  First Martyrs of the Church of Rome’s Story There were Christians in Rome within a dozen or so years after the death of Jesus, though they were not the converts of the “Apostle of the Gentiles” (Romans 15:20). Paul had not yet visited them at the time he wrote his great letter in 57-58 A.D.There was a large Jewish...