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  • Two Tragic Sins Seen in One Gospel Passage

    08/31/2017 8:01:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-30-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Two Tragic Sins Seen in One Gospel Passage Msgr. Charles Pope • August 30, 2017 • The tragic Gospel passage about the death of St. John Baptist (which we read in daily Mass on Tuesday) is a study in two common sins that afflict most of us. While the results of these sinful tendencies may not always be this dire, the damage wrought is often significant. Let’s take a look at each in turn. The sin of human respect – This is a sin wherein we fear human beings and their opinions of us more than we fear God...
  • The Beheading of St. John the Baptist and 9/11 (A sermon)

    09/11/2016 7:49:31 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    We do not generally celebrate the birthdays of saints. We celebrate the date of their deaths, because how we end our lives is more important than how we begin them. However, St. John the Baptist is one of the two exceptions to this rule. We celebrate both the conception and the birth of St. John as well as the Theotokos, because these two people are the holiest of the saints. St. John was, we are told in the Gospels, filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother's womb (Luke 1:15), and so he was a great saint,...
  • "Spirit-Given Faith Greets the Savior" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, on Luke 1:39-56)

    12/19/2015 10:03:52 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | December 20, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Spirit-Given Faith Greets the Savior" (Luke 1:39-56) We're coming near the end of Advent, and it's time to greet the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ--not only at Christmas, but also when he comes again. Are you ready? Are you prepared? How will you greet him? Our Gospel reading today shows us how to greet him when he comes. In faith. What does that mean, "in faith"? And where does that faith come from? We'll find that out, too, as the word of the Lord comes to us today, under the theme, "Spirit-Given Faith Greets the Savior." In the Holy...
  • The Fire Next Time -- A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

    12/07/2014 7:07:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-06-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Fire Next Time – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent By: Msgr. Charles PopeAn old spiritual says, God gave Noah the rainbow sign, No more water, but the fire next time. The second reading in today’s Mass speaks to us of the “Fire next time” and again reminds of the need to be ready for the coming of the Lord. This homily focuses especially on that Second reading wherein St Peter reminds us of a passing that will come for us all, sooner or later. And since Advent is a time to prepare by prayer and repentance, we do...
  • He defended real marriage, and then was beheaded for it

    08/29/2014 9:18:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 29Aug14 | Pete Baklinsk
    A Christian man was executed during the night by a high-profile ruler after making an uncompromising defense of real marriage. The Christian, who was renowned for his holiness, had told the ruler in public that his relationship with his partner was against the law of God. The Christians words enraged the rulers partner who successfully plotted to have him permanently silenced. John the Baptist was first imprisoned before he was beheaded. The Catholic Church honors him today, August 29, as a martyr and saint. While Johns death happened a little less than 2,000 years ago, his heroic stance for real...
  • Archbishop to Pelosi, critics: No, I wont drop March for Marriage

    06/16/2014 9:00:01 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 27 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6-16-14 | Ben Johnson
    San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has responded that, despite criticism from political leaders in his home state, he will attend the March for Marriage this week, because his position requires him to act as a defender of the Catholic faith. In a letter released today, Cordileone wrote that he is required as a bishop, to proclaim the truththe whole truthabout the human person and Gods will for our flourishing ... especially the truth about marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife, Cordileone wrote. That is what I will be doing on June 19th. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone Political figures...
  • Is Phil Robertson a Modern Day John the Baptist?

    12/23/2013 5:50:11 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 42 replies
    Matthew 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Is Phil Robertson a Modern Day John the Baptist? Could he be a "voice of one crying in the wilderness", proclaiming "Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." (Mk 1:3)? I do not know the exact role that God has called Brother Robertson too. All I know is that he is now preaching at the national level a message against sin and pointing the nation to Jesus.
  • Who was John the Baptist? (11 things to know and share)

    08/29/2013 3:44:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    jimmy Akin ^ | August 29, 2013 | Jimmy Akin
    John the Baptist is a mysterious figure in the New Testament.He was famous in his own day, even before he became the herald of Christ.We even know about him from outside the New Testament.His memorial is August 29th, so its an excellent time to catch up on him.Here are 11 things to know and share . . .1) How was John the Baptist related to Jesus?John was related to Jesus through their mothers. In Luke 1:36, Elizabeth is described as Marys kinswoman, meaning that they were related in some way through marriage or blood.Most likely, it was a blood relationship,...
  • Stuck between Israel and PA, key archaeological site neglected [Sebastia]

    07/28/2013 10:31:06 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 3, 2013 | Daniela Berretta
    Ancient Israelite capital Sebastia, site of important Roman and Crusader ruins, lies unprotected because of security situation. The ancient town of Sebastia is one of the major archaeological sites of the Holy Land, with its overlapping layers of history dating back nearly 3,000 years. But today the hilltop capital of biblical kings, later ruled by Roman conquerors, Crusaders and Ottomans, is marred with weeds, graffiti and garbage. Caught between conflicting Israeli and Palestinian jurisdictions, the site has been largely neglected by both sides for the past two decades. Beyond the decay, unauthorized diggers and thieves have taken advantage of the...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Salome" (1953)

    03/24/2013 12:27:06 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 1 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1953 | William Dieterle
    Today being Palm Sunday prompts me to pick a film based(very loosely) on a story from the Gospels. Despite some glaring inaccuracies(the most notorious being the daughter of Herodias dancing before Herod Antipas in an effort to SAVE rather than to behead John the Baptist. Not how it happens in the book, folks), this film manages to entertain thanks to the villainy of Charles Laughton and Judith Anderson and, most of all, the loveliness of Rita Hayworth. I also like how instead of "THE END" appearing at the finale, the film shows the Sermon on the Mount with "this was...
  • As It Gets Worse, It Cannot Get Desperate

    01/18/2013 8:58:04 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 1-10-13 | Jared C. Wilson
    For John had been saying to Herod, It is not lawful for you to have your brothers wife. And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly. Mark 6:18-20 We have been tracking the shift for some time. To simply say what the Bible says as one who believes what it says, of course, not as some...
  • "A Blessed Visitation" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, on Luke 1:39-45)

    12/22/2012 7:30:14 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | December 23, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    A Blessed Visitation (Luke 1:39-45)It was a meeting of the moms. Two expectant mothers, one old, one young. One was six months along; the other, newly pregnant. And the fact that they were expecting was totally unexpected! Both of them were pregnant when really neither one of them should have been, under normal circumstances. But these circumstances were anything but normal. What was happening was much better than normal. This meeting of the moms was the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. Elizabeth was the older woman; Mary, the younger. Elizabeth was in her sixth month; Marys pregnancy had just started....
  • On the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

    08/30/2012 10:23:47 AM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 29, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist "The Truth is the Truth; there is no compromise" CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 29, 2012 ( Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in the main square at Castel Gandolfo. Today the Holy Father reflected on the figure of St. John the Baptist, whose martyrdom we celebrate today. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, This final Wednesday of the month of August marks the liturgical memorial of the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus. In the Roman...
  • John the Baptist: In the Spirit and Power of Elijah (Sunday is the Solemnity of John the Baptist!)

    06/21/2012 5:18:35 PM PDT · by Mighty_Quinn · 2 replies ^ | 6/21/12 | Michael Barber
    This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of John the Baptist. I recorded a podcast that provides an overview of the biblical texts describing his importance. It will be posted here soon. Of course, you can also hear itoniTunes. In this post I recap much of what I covered there. John Bergsma will also be posting on the Sunday readings here as well. I might also link to more sites dealing with John the Baptist on Twitter (@MichaelPBarber) over the weekend. As always, I appreciate comments--just post in the comment box! The First Annunciation In Luke 1 we actually have...
  • Bones of John The Baptist Possibly Discovered

    06/16/2012 6:14:34 PM PDT · by Aliska · 36 replies
    ABC News Online ^ | June 16, 2012 | Russell Goldman
    A team of researchers believe a knuckle bone found buried beneath a Bulgarian church may belong to John the Baptist, the New Testament prophet who heralded the ministry of Jesus. (Photo Included in article)
  • Is this the hand of John the Baptist?...

    06/15/2012 6:12:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 15, 2012 | Chris Brooke
    When archaeologists claimed to have found the bones of John the Baptist amid the ruins of an ancient Bulgarian monastery experts were understandably sceptical. But carbon dating tests carried out at Oxford University have provided scientific evidence to support the extraordinary claim. A knucklebone has been dated to the 1st Century AD - a time when the revered Jewish prophet is believed to have lived.
  • Bulgarian Archaeologists Find Late Antiquity Church on Black Sea Coast

    06/05/2012 4:02:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Novinite ^ | Monday, May 28, 2012 | unattributed
    Bulgarian archaeologists have found a church dating back to the late Antiquity period, which is located near the village of Sarafovo, on the Black Sea coast. The site, which is close to the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Burgas, has been excavated by the team of Prof. Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski, who is the Director of the National Archaeology Institute and Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, since the start of May 2012. The excavations at Sarafovo (a village also known for hosting a military airfield) began after over the winter the sea waves uncovered parts of a Roman structures...
  • Jewish Yad Avshalom Revealed As A Christian Shrine From Byzantine Era

    07/22/2003 6:27:03 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 822+ views ^ | 7-22-2003 | Amiram Barkat
    Jewish Yad Avshalom revealed as a Christian shrine from Byzantine era By Amiram Barkat The historic Yad Avshalom monument in Jerusalem's Kidron Valley, revered for centuries as a Jewish shrine, was also a Christian holy place in the fourth century, new evidence has revealed. A fourth-century inscription on one of the walls near the monument, recently uncovered by chance, marks the site as the burial place of the Temple priest Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist who baptized Jesus. Scholars believe the monument was built in the first century, making it possible that figures holy to Christians could be...
  • A brief primer on St. John the Baptist, Forerunner...

    12/06/2011 2:23:50 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | December 6, 2011 | Carl Olson
    ... and a key figure during Advent, by Frank Sheed: St. John the Baptist, Forerunner | Frank Sheed | From To Know Christ Jesus All four evangelists begin Jesus' entry into public life with John the Baptist's emergence from his desert. Matthew leaps straight to John's mission after the return of the Holy Family from Egypt, Luke after the finding of the boy in the Temple. The other two actually begin their Gospel with it, nothing of our Lord's earthly life being told before, apart from John's "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us." It is clear, then, that...
  • On the Martyrdom of John the Baptist by Saint Bede the Venerable [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    08/28/2011 7:30:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | not given | St. Bede the Venerable
    On the Martyrdom of John the Baptist by Saint Bede the VenerableThis reading on the martyrdom of John the Baptist was taken from a sermon of St. Bede the Venerable (Hom 23: CCL 122, 354, 356-357) and is in the Office of Readings for August 29, the memorial of the martyrdom of John the Baptist. As forerunner of our Lords birth, preaching and death, the blessed John showed in his struggle a goodness worthy of the sight of heaven. In the words of Scripture: Though in the sight of men he suffered torments, his hope is full of immortality. We...