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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-04-15, OM, St. Casimir

    03/03/2015 10:18:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-04-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 4, 2015Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent    Reading 1 Jer 18:18-20 The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem said,“Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah.It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests,nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets.And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue;let us carefully note his every word.” Heed me, O LORD,and listen to what my adversaries say.Must good be repaid with evilthat they should dig a pit to take my life?Remember that I stood before youto speak in their...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-03-15, OM, St. Katharine Drexel, Virgin

    03/02/2015 10:35:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | Revised New American Bible
    March 3, 2015Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent    Reading 1 Is 1:10, 16-20 Hear the word of the LORD,princes of Sodom!Listen to the instruction of our God,people of Gomorrah! Wash yourselves clean!Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;cease doing evil; learn to do good.Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow. Come now, let us set things right,says the LORD:Though your sins be like scarlet,they may become white as snow;Though they be crimson red,they may become white as wool.If you are willing, and obey,you shall eat the good things of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-02-15

    03/01/2015 8:11:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 2, 2015Monday of the Second Week in Lent    Reading 1 Dn 9:4b-10 “Lord, great and awesome God,you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love youand observe your commandments!We have sinned, been wicked and done evil;we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws.We have not obeyed your servants the prophets,who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes,our fathers, and all the people of the land.Justice, O Lord, is on your side;we are shamefaced even to this day:we, the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem,and all Israel, near and far,in all...
  • First Sunday of Lent: The Triumph of Orthodoxy

    03/01/2015 12:46:56 PM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic heresy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy." - See more at: http://lent.goarch.org/sunday_of_orthodoxy/learn/#sthash.gdvBOiyY.dpuf
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-01-15, Second Sunday of Lent

    02/28/2015 8:04:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 1, 2015Second Sunday of Lent    Reading 1 Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 God put Abraham to the test.He called to him, “Abraham!”“Here I am!” he replied.Then God said:“Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah.There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.” When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.But the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-28-15

    02/27/2015 9:11:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 28, 2015Saturday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Dt 26:16-19 Moses spoke to the people, saying:“This day the LORD, your God,commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.Be careful, then,to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:he is to be your God and you are to walk in his waysand observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,and to hearken to his voice.And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;and provided...
  • Restaurant chain invites the pope (and you) to try its Lent menu

    02/27/2015 2:18:59 PM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 21, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    How’s this for an unusual marketing gimmick: Red Robin is hoping to lure Catholics who are abstaining from meat during Lent by presenting its latest seafood menu — even inviting Pope Francis to lunch.And other fast food restaurants are jumping on the Lent wagon as well.Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc., based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, extended an invitation to the pope on Wednesday as it introduced its new “Wild Pacific” crab cake burger.The company released a statement “joyfully” extending an invitation to the pope to eat at Red Robin during the Lenten season.“If His Holiness accepts and visits any U.S. location between February 18 and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-27-15

    02/26/2015 8:43:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 27, 2015Friday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Ez 18:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just,he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him;he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced. Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?says the Lord GOD. Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil waythat he may...
  • "A Tale of Two Trees" (Sermon on Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17; 3:1-24)

    02/26/2015 8:27:03 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 25, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    A Tale of Two Trees (Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17; 3:1-24) This is A Tale of Two Trees. Oh, there were a whole bunch of other trees besides, lots of them, but this story will focus on just two. Our story begins back in the garden, the garden of Eden, that is. There the Lord God had formed the man from the dust of the earth, and he gave the man the authority and the responsibility to take care of it. The Lord was very generous toward the man, withholding nothing, providing him with everything he needed, in abundance. There were lots...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-26-15

    02/25/2015 8:08:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 26, 2015Thursday of the First Week in Lent    Reading 1 Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish,had recourse to the LORD.She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from morning until evening, and said:“God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,for I am taking my life in my hand.As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathersthat you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you.Now help me, who am...
  • "Let my prayer arise..." (Ecumenical - Lent)

    02/25/2015 12:09:17 PM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Optina Monastery ^ | 25 Feb 2015 | Optina Monastery
    Scenes from the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts on the First Wednesday of Great Lent at the Optina Monastery. (Church Slavonic)
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-25-15

    02/24/2015 9:13:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 25, 2015Wednesday of the First Week in Lent    Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:“Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD’s bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,”when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of them,...
  • A Guide to Holy Confession (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    02/24/2015 1:44:14 PM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | unknown | Bishop Alexander Mileant
    Reasons for inner discord The greatest paradox of our life is that while we all instinctively strive for happiness, most of the time we are unhappy and dissatisfied even when no danger threatens us. Philosophy is helpless in satisfactorily clarifying the reason for this paradox. The Christian faith, however, explains that the reason for our dissatisfaction and dark feelings lies within ourselves. It results from our sinfulness not only from our personal sins but also from our very nature that is marred by the primordial sin. Sinful corruption is the main source of our grief and suffering. Sin is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-24-15

    02/23/2015 7:57:39 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 24, 2015Tuesday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Is 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD:Just as from the heavensthe rain and snow come downAnd do not return theretill they have watered the earth,making it fertile and fruitful,Giving seed to the one who sowsand bread to the one who eats,So shall my word bethat goes forth from my mouth;It shall not return to me void,but shall do my will,achieving the end for which I sent it. Responsorial Psalm PS 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 R. (18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.Glorify the LORD with me,let...
  • The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete (First Day of Lent)

    02/23/2015 10:33:39 AM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7th Century | St. Andrew of Crete
    Today is the first day of Lent for Orthodox Christians. During Clean Week there are many special services of which one of the most important is The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, also known as The Great Canon of Repentance. It is a penitential hymn, the longest ever composed, that is chanted in monasteries on Clean Monday. Because of its great length it is usually broken up in parishes and chanted over the first four days of Lent as part of Great Compline. The linked video is from one of those services. This particular rendition is entirely in...
  • Forgiveness (Lent)

    02/23/2015 10:08:00 AM PST · by NRx
    St. Pachomius Library ^ | 20 March 1983 | Fr. Alexander Schmemann
    A Homily delivered to the community at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary on Forgiveness Sunday of 1983As once more we are about to enter the Great Lent, I would like to remind us myself first of all, and all of you my fathers, brothers, and sisters of the verse that we just sang, one of the stichera, and that verse says: "Let us begin Lent, the Fast, with joy." Only yesterday we were commemorating Adam crying, lamenting at the gates of Paradise, and now every second line of the Triodion and the liturgical books of Great Lent will speak...
  • "Lent Is Time Of Combat", Says Pope Francis

    02/23/2015 8:42:36 AM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 23, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    On Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about the Christian season of lent, the period of prayer and penance leading up to Holy Week and Easter. Lent, said the Pope, is a time of combat and a time of spiritual battle against the spirit of evil.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-23-15, OM, St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

    02/22/2015 6:26:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 23, 2015Monday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 11-18 The LORD said to Moses,“Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. “You shall not steal.You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.You shall not swear falsely by my name,thus profaning the name of your God.I am the LORD. “You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor.You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your day laborer.You shall not curse the deaf,or put a stumbling block in front...
  • LENT: A spiritual spring for the soul

    02/22/2015 1:51:58 PM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | April 1964 | Bishop Alexander Mileant
    The season of the great fast"This is a favorable time, this is the day of salvation."Nature revives with the arrival of spring, and during this same season Christians who are serious about salvation are spiritualy renewed through prayer and fasting. Fasts are special days of the year that are set aside by the Church to motivate believers to concentrate on the salvation of their souls. The most important of the fasts is Lent, which is prior to the Easter. It begins on the Monday following the Sunday of Forgiveness and lasts for forty days (six weeks) until Palm Sunday, continues...
  • The New Creation: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Lent (Catholic Caucus)

    02/22/2015 1:51:01 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Salvation History ^ | February 22, 2015 | Dr. Scott Hahn
    Readings: Genesis 9:8-15 Psalm 25:4-9 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:12-15 Lent bids us to return to the innocence of baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of baptism, Peter reminds us in today’s Epistle.And God’s covenant with Noah in today’s First Reading marked the start of a new world. But it also prefigured a new and greater covenant between God and His creation (see Hosea 2:20; Isaiah 11:1-9).We see that new covenant and that new creation begin in today’s Gospel.Jesus is portrayed as the new Adam...
  • Forgiveness Sunday - Cheesefare (the Eve of Great Lent)

    02/21/2015 8:47:15 PM PST · by NRx
    GOA ^ | unknown | GOA
    The Sunday of Forgiveness, the last of the preparatory Sundays before Great Lent, has two themes: it commemorates Adams expulsion from Paradise, and it accentuates our need for forgiveness. There are obvious reasons why these two things should be brought to our attention as we stand on the threshold of Great Lent. One of the primary images in the Triodion is that of the return to Paradise. Lent is a time when we weep with Adam and Eve before the closed gate of Eden, repenting with them for the sins that have deprived us of our free communion with God....
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-22-15, First Sunday of Lent

    02/21/2015 8:27:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 53 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 22, 2015First Sunday of LentReading 1Gn 9:8-15God said to Noah and to his sons with him: "See, I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you: all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals that were with you and came out of the ark.I will establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyedby the waters of a flood; there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth."God added:"This is the sign that I am giving for...
  • FROM THE PASTOR

    02/21/2015 8:25:58 PM PST · by 9thLife · 7 replies
    Weekly Column by Fr. Rutler for February 22, 2015 ^ | February 22, 2015 | by Fr. George W. Rutler
    Three times the Evangelists preserved our Lords words in the original Aramaic: When He cried out from the Cross, My God, My God" When He raised from the dead the daughter of Jairus When He healed the man who had been deaf from birth That EphphathaBe openedin the last instance, was a sign that our Lord opens human consciousness to a full awareness of God. The Latin word for deafsurdusgives us absurd, and the ultimate absurdity is to deny the existence of God and His appeal to the human soul. I recently had the privilege of preaching at the funeral...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-21-15, OM, St. Peter Damian, Bishop & Doctor of the Church

    02/20/2015 8:16:39 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 21, 2015Saturday after Ash Wednesday    Reading 1 Is 58:9b-14 Thus says the LORD:If you remove from your midst oppression,false accusation and malicious speech;If you bestow your bread on the hungryand satisfy the afflicted;Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,and the gloom shall become for you like midday;Then the LORD will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up;“Repairer...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-20-15

    02/19/2015 8:30:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-20-15 | Revisd New American Bible
    February 20, 2015Friday after Ash Wednesday    Reading 1 Is 58:1-9a Thus says the Lord GOD:Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness,and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day,and desire to know my ways,Like a nation that has done what is justand not abandoned the law of their God;They ask me to declare what is due them,pleased to gain access to God.“Why do we fast, and you do not see it?afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?” Lo, on your fast day...
  • All About Lent [Catholic Caucus]

    02/19/2015 8:04:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies
    EWTN.com ^ | 02-19-15 | Jimmy Akin
    ALL ABOUT LENT James Akin Q: What is Lent? A: Lent is the forty day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). [This traditional ennumeration does not precisely coincide with the calendar according to the liturgical reform. In order to give special prominence to the Sacred Triduum (Mass of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday, Easter Vigil) the current calendar counts Lent as only from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday, up to the Mass of the Lord's Supper. Even so, Lenten practices are properly maintained up to...
  • Salvation by grace alone through faith alone excludes works righteousness

    02/19/2015 4:20:17 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 131 replies
    Possessing the Treasure ^ | February 16, 2015 | Mike Ratliff
    7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance; 9 and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘ We have Abraham for our father’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. 10 The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut...
  • You are Going to Die An After Ash Wednesday Reflection

    02/19/2015 7:07:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    You are Going to Die – An After Ash Wednesday Reflection By: Msgr. Charles PopeAt Ash Wednesday Masses we heard the ancient acclamation, as ashes are imposed, Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.The  beginning of the Lenten season puts before us an urgent plea that we should be sober and watchful of our soul and its condition, for the form of this world is passing away (1 Cor 7:31).Simply put, we are going to die and we need to be made ready to meet our God. Recall some of the urgency present in the...
  • LENT - A TIME OF REDISCOVERY

    For the Church, Lent like Advent is a "powerful season" a season of waiting and preparing and therefore a time for sacrifice, repentance, and purification. But, in our hedonistic society of today these words seem to strike a rather discordant note. So, is it fair to ask : how do we speak today about sacrifice and how do we practice it ?? Lent lasts for 40 days - as many days as Jesus Christ spent in the desert before he took on his mission of salvation. 40 is a sacred number in the Bible : the Deluge lasted for 40...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-19-15

    02/18/2015 8:04:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 19, 2015Thursday after Ash Wednesday    Reading 1 Dt 30:15-20 Moses said to the people:“Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom.If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,which I enjoin on you today,loving him, and walking in his ways,and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,you will live and grow numerous,and the LORD, your God,will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,I tell you now that you will certainly perish;you will...
  • Why I Don't Observe Lent

    02/18/2015 5:44:53 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 117 replies
    The Aquaila Report ^ | March 3, 2014 | Roland Barnes
    Why I Dont Observe Lent The practice of self-denial is to be the daily experience of the believer. Written by Roland Barnes | Monday, March 3, 2014 79 What merit or benefit is there in abstaining from something which God Himself has given us to enjoy and to bless our lives? If something is sinful, we ought to abstain from it, fast from it, every hour of the day, every day of the week, and every week of the year. If something is not sinful and not forbidden to us by God in His Word, then we are free to...
  • Plenary indulgence reminder: Fridays in Lent

    02/18/2015 1:09:04 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 11 replies
    8 1. A plenary indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who: ... 2 in any Friday in the season of Lent piously recite the prayer En ego, o bone et dulcissime Iesu, before an image of the Crucified Jesus Christ after communion; ... (Reference: Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, 4th edition, al. concessiones.) http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/tribunals/apost_penit/documents/rc_trib_appen_doc_20020826_enchiridion-indulgentiarum_lt.html . . . The En ego is quite well known - it is published in Breviaries and Missals, as well as in all missals for the use of the lay faithful, usually in the section dedicated to thanksgiving after Mass: En ego, o bone et dulcissime Iesu, ante...
  • 9 things to know and share about Ash Wednesday

    02/17/2015 9:12:10 PM PST · by iowamark · 16 replies
    JimmyAkin.com ^ | 2/17/2015 | Jimmy Akin
    Ash Wednesday is upon us again! Here are 9 things you need to know and share . . . 1. What is Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday is the day that Lent begins (see: 9 things you need to know about Lent). The name comes from the fact that a particular rite is always celebrated on this Wednesday in which the faithful have ashes put on their foreheads. According to the Roman Missal: In the course of todays Mass, ashes are blessed and distributed. These are made from the olive branches or branches of other trees that were blessed the previous...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-18-15, Ash Wednesday

    02/17/2015 9:07:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 18, 2015Ash Wednesday    Reading 1 Jl 2:12-18 Even now, says the LORD,return to me with your whole heart,with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;Rend your hearts, not your garments,and return to the LORD, your God.For gracious and merciful is he,slow to anger, rich in kindness,and relenting in punishment.Perhaps he will again relentand leave behind him a blessing,Offerings and libationsfor the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion!proclaim a fast,call an assembly;Gather the people,notify the congregation;Assemble the elders,gather the childrenand the infants at the breast;Let the bridegroom quit his roomand the bride her chamber.Between the porch and the...
  • Sunday of The Last Judgement (Meatfare Sunday)

    02/15/2015 12:27:48 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    GOA ^ | unknown | GOA
    The Sunday of the Last Judgment is the third Sunday of a three-week period prior to the commencement of Great Lent. During this time, the services of the Church have begun to include hymns from the Triodion, a liturgical book that contains the services from the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, the tenth before Pascha (Easter), through Great and Holy Saturday. On this day, focus is placed on the future judgment of all persons who will stand before the throne of God when Christ returns in His glory.
  • 'Islamist terror threat' shuts down largest festival in northern Germany

    02/15/2015 8:07:26 AM PST · by wtd · 30 replies
    NBCNews ^ | 02/15/2015
    p<> 'Islamist terror threat' shuts down largest festival in northern GermanyPolice cancel carnival that was expected draw 250,000 to Braunschweig over 'concrete danger' of attack. BERLIN, Germany A carnival parade in the northern German town of Braunschweig was cancelled at short notice Sunday due to a "concrete threat" of an Islamist attack, police said. "Reliable state security sources have made it known that a concrete threat of attack with an Islamist background exists," authorities in Braunschweig said in a statement. Police called on all visitors to refrain from visiting the planned route of the carnival parade and avoid travelling...
  • Dont Waste Your Lent: 7 Ways to Have a Good Lent (Catholic Caucus)

    02/14/2015 10:18:53 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | February 13, 2015 | SAM GUZMAN
    Lent is a season of penance and ascetical warfare. The enemy is concupiscence, the world, and the devil. The goal is pure hearts so that we can joyfully celebratethe resurrection of our Lord at Easter, the greatest feast of the liturgical year. In a way, Lent should be a microcosm of our entire struggle on earth, just as the Paschal feast of Easter is a microcosm of our heavenly triumph in Christ. Yet,a good Lent takes focus and discipline, and it can easily be wasted.In my own experience, I oftenbegin the lenten season withthe best of intentions. I imagine...
  • The Fasting Discipline of The Church (Lent is coming)

    02/14/2015 1:03:24 PM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Orthodox Resources ^ | unknown | abbamoses.com
    The Church's traditional teaching on fasting is not widely known or followed in our day. For those Orthodox Christians who are seeking to keep a more disciplined fast, the following information may be helpful. Though the rules may appear quite strict to those who have not seen them before, they were developed with all of the faithful, not only monks, in mind. (Monks do not eat meat, so rules regarding the eating of meat cannot have been written with them in mind. Similarly rules regarding marital abstinence apply only to the laity and married clergy.) Though few laymen are able...
  • Lent, Day by Day (The Lenten Stational Churches of Rome)

    02/13/2015 4:37:01 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 11, 2014 | George Weigel
    Detail from "Carrying of the Cross" [1308-11] by Duccio (WikiArt.org) The phrase “Lenten journey” has become ubiquitous in contemporary Catholicism, but for once, AmChurchSpeak makes an important point: Lent is a journey—a journey to Calvary with the Lord and an opportunity to reflect on how well we’ve each picked up the cross daily (as instructed in Luke 9: 23) and followed him. The day-by-day quality of the 40 Days hit home during the best Lent I ever spent: Lent 2011, when I made the Lenten station church pilgrimage in Rome with the Pontifical North American College. Every morning, I’d be up...
  • Confront indifference to God and neighbor, Pope says in 2015 Lenten message

    01/27/2015 3:30:00 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 27, 2015 | Diogenes
    The Holy See Press Office has released the text of Pope Franciss 2015 Lenten message. Entitled Make Your Hearts Firm-- a reference to a verse in the Letter of St. James-- the message, dated October 4, calls upon Christians to confront the globalization of indifference. Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians, the Pope wrote. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience. He added: In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son...
  • "But Deliver Us from Evil (Sermon for Good Friday on the Lord's Prayer and Luke 23:32-49)

    04/18/2014 10:48:34 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 18, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    But Deliver Us from Evil (The Lords Prayer; Luke 23:32-49)But Deliver Us from Evil: The seventh and final petition of the Lords Prayer. And how appropriate that we should come to this petition on this particular day, Good Friday. For the greatest evil that has ever been perpetrated on this earth is the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. I mean, really, Good Friday could just as well be called Evil Friday, that is the magnitude of the evil committed against this wholly innocent man, the most innocent man who has ever lived--indeed, the only truly innocent man to have ever...
  • Catholic Commemoration Readings, 04-18-14, Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

    04/17/2014 11:12:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 18, 2014Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)    Reading 1 Is 52:13-53:12 See, my servant shall prosper,he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.Even as many were amazed at himCso marred was his look beyond human semblanceand his appearance beyond that of the sons of manCso shall he startle many nations,because of him kings shall stand speechless;for those who have not been told shall see,those who have not heard shall ponder it. Who would believe what we have heard?To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?He grew up like a sapling before him,like...
  • "Lead Us Not into Temptation" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on the Lord's Prayer and Luke 22:1-46)

    04/17/2014 10:57:35 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 17, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Lead Us Not into Temptation (The Lords Prayer; Luke 22:1-46) During this Lenten season weve been doing a series on the Lords Prayer called Lord, Teach Us to Pray. And thats exactly what our Lord does on this Holy Thursday evening. He teaches us to pray. Thats what he instructs us to do, thats what he gives us an example of doing, and, even more than that, he prays for us. In particular, on this night Jesus instructs his disciples to pray for strength in the face of temptation. Pray that you may not enter into temptation, Jesus tells them...
  • The significance of Holy Thursday [Catholic Caucus]

    04/17/2014 11:53:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CNA ^ | not given | CNA staff
    The significance of Holy ThursdayExcept for the Resurrection on Easter, Holy Thursday is possibly one of the most important, complex, and profound days of celebration in the Catholic Church. Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood.During the Last Supper, Jesus offers himself as the Passover sacrifice, the sacrificial lamb, and teaches that every ordained priest is to follow the same sacrifice in the exact same way. Christ also bids farewell to his followers and prophesizes that one of them will...
  • Maundy Thursday

    04/17/2014 11:49:58 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 3 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | unknown | unknown
    HOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of all religious observances, saving only the Easter Vigil. It celebrates both the institution by Christ himself of the Eucharist and of the institution of the sacerdotal priesthood (as distinct from the 'priesthood of all believers') for in this, His last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover, He is the self-offered Passover Victim, and every ordained priest to this day presents this same sacrifice, by Christ's authority and command, in exactly the same way. The Last Supper was also Christ's farewell to His assembled disciples, some of whom would betray,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-14, Holy Thursday, Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

    04/16/2014 7:07:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2014 | Evening Mass of the Lord's SupperHoly ThursdayEvening Mass of the Lord's Supper    Reading 1 Ex 12:1-8, 11-14 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall stand at the head of your calendar; you shall reckon it the first month of the year.Tell the whole community of Israel: On the tenth of this month every one of your familiesmust procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household.If a family is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join the nearest household in procuring one and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-17-14, Holy Thursday: Chrism Mass

    04/16/2014 6:56:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2014 | Chrism MassHoly ThursdayChrism Mass    Reading 1 Is 61:1-3a, 6a,  8b-9 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed me;He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,to heal the brokenhearted,To proclaim liberty to the captivesand release to the prisoners,To announce a year of favor from the LORDand a day of vindication by our God,to comfort all who mourn;To place on those who mourn in Ziona diadem instead of ashes,To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit. You yourselves...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-16-14, Spy Wednesday

    04/15/2014 6:47:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 16, 2014Wednesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 50:4-9a The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue,That I might know how to speak to the wearya word that will rouse them.Morning after morninghe opens my ear that I may hear;And I have not rebelled,have not turned back.I gave my back to those who beat me,my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;My face I did not shieldfrom buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help,therefore I am not disgraced;I have set my face like flint,knowing that I shall not be put to shame.He is near...
  • The Final Week of Jesus' Life, a Chronology

    04/15/2014 3:53:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 290 replies
    NewTheologicalMovement.blogspot.com ^ | Mach 2012 | Father Ryan Erlenbush
    The final week of Jesus' life, a chronology Father Ryan Erlenbush Mach 2012  As the Church prepares to enter into Holy Week, we do well to consider the final week of Jesus’ life, from Friday to Friday. In a later post, we will look at the last twenty-four hours (from the Last Supper to the death of Jesus on the Cross) in greater detail.It will be helpful to review the Gospel accounts given by Sts. Mark and John, the two who offer the most explicit chronology of Holy Week. See Mark 11:1 – 15:37 and also John 11:54 –...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-15-14

    04/14/2014 9:14:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 15, 2014Tuesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O islands,listen, O distant peoples.The LORD called me from birth,from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.He made of me a sharp-edged swordand concealed me in the shadow of his arm.He made me a polished arrow,in his quiver he hid me.You are my servant, he said to me,Israel, through whom I show my glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain,and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,Yet my reward is with the LORD,my recompense is with my God.For now the LORD has spokenwho formed...