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  • Origins of the word 'Quarantine' and the significance of the Number 40 (days)

    04/23/2020 2:39:38 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    History.com ^ | Mar 2020 | Dave Roos
    The English word “quarantine” is a direct descendent of quarantino, the Italian word for a 40-day period. Why 40 days? Health officials may have prescribed a 40-day quarantine because the number had great symbolic and religious significance to medieval Christians. When God flooded the Earth, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights, and Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days. Stevens Crawshaw says that even before the arrival of the plague, the biblical notion of a 40-day period of purification had crossed over into health practices. After childbirth, for example, a new mother was expected to rest for...
  • "Hand-Washing Won't Do--Blood Is Needed" (Sermon for Good Friday, on Matthew 27:11-50)

    04/10/2020 8:22:34 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 10, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Hand-Washing Won’t Do--Blood Is Needed” (Matthew 27:11-50) Right now in the news we’re hearing about governors making life-or-death decisions. Should we be open? Should we be closed? How far can I go to protect people’s health? What about the loss of freedom? What about the loss of jobs? Governors are feeling pressure from all sides to make a decision one way or the other. And these decisions do affect people’s lives and their livelihood. No governor has ever made a more momentous life-or-death decision than the one we read about in today’s text, on this Good Friday. And that governor...
  • "Washed and Clean, We Have Life Together with Christ" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on John 13:1-17, 31b-35)

    04/09/2020 8:53:37 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 9, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Washed and Clean, We Have Life Together with Christ” (John 13:1-17, 31b-35) Right now, everybody is concerned about washing their hands, washing their face, and keeping clean. Yesterday I went to the grocery store, and at the entrance they had some Purell wipes. So I wiped my hands and the grocery cart handle, and afterwards, when I had loaded the groceries in my car, I wiped my hands again. Then when I got home, I made sure to wash my hands and my face and so on. Earlier today I saw this comment on the internet: “I just Clorox-wiped a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Readings, 04-10-20, Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

    04/09/2020 8:27:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-10-20 | Revised New American Bible
    April 10 2020 Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion 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 him-- so marred was his look beyond human semblance and his appearance beyond that of the sons of man-- so 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-09-20, Holy Thursday, Chrism Mass

    04/08/2020 8:40:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-09-20 | Revised New American Bible
    April 09 2020 - Chrism Mass Holy Thursday - Chrism 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 captives and release to the prisoners, To announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God, to comfort all who mourn; To place on those who mourn in Zion a diadem instead of ashes, To give them oil of gladness...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-08-20, (Spy Wednesday)

    04/07/2020 9:10:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-08-20 | Revised New American Bible
    April 08 2020 Wednesday 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 weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he 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 shield from buffets and spitting.The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-07-20

    04/06/2020 11:03:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-07-20 | Revised New American Bible
    April 07 2020 Tuesday 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 sword and 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-06-20

    04/05/2020 9:37:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-06-20 | Revised New American Bible
    April 06 2020 Monday of Holy Week Reading 1 Is 42:1-7 Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, Upon whom I have put my Spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, Not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. A bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, Until he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for his teaching.Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spreads out the...
  • "Fear Not, Daughter of Zion; Behold, Your King Is Coming!" (Sermon for Palm Sunday, on John 12:12-19)

    04/04/2020 8:16:06 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 5, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Fear Not, Daughter of Zion; Behold, Your King Is Coming!” (John 12:12-19) I don’t know about you, but these last couple of weeks I’ve been watching the daily briefings from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. I find these briefings fascinating. Not only do they provide information on the virus itself and how to slow the spread--I’ve become familiar with terms like “mitigation,” “models,” “flattening the curve,”; “granular” is the latest one--not only do I find that part fascinating, but it’s also interesting to see how the government responds to calls for help from around the country. “New York, you...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Reading, 04-05-20, Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

    04/04/2020 8:15:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-05-20 | Revised New American Bible
    April 05 2020 Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion At the procession with palms - Gospel Mt 21:1-11 When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tethered, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them here to me. And if anyone should say anything to you, reply, ‘The master has need of them.’ Then he will send them at once.” This happened so that what had been spoken...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-04-20, OM, St. Isidore, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    04/03/2020 7:42:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-04-20 | Revised New American Bible
    April 04 2020 Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Ez 37:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD: I will take the children of Israel from among the nations to which they have come, and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land. I will make them one nation upon the land, in the mountains of Israel, and there shall be one prince for them all. Never again shall they be two nations, and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms.No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols, their abominations, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-03-20

    04/02/2020 10:27:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-03-20 | Revised New American Bible
    April 03 2020 Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 20:10-13 I hear the whisperings of many: “Terror on every side! Denounce! let us denounce him!” All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine. “Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail, and take our vengeance on him.” But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph. In their failure they will be put to utter shame, to lasting, unforgettable confusion. O LORD of hosts, you who test the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-02-20, OM, St. Framcis of Paola

    04/01/2020 10:51:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-02-20 | Revised New American Bible
    April 02 2020 Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Gn 17:3-9 When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him: “My covenant with you is this: you are to become the father of a host of nations. No longer shall you be called Abram; your name shall be Abraham, for I am making you the father of a host of nations. I will render you exceedingly fertile; I will make nations of you; kings shall stem from you. I will maintain my covenant with you and your descendants after you throughout the ages as an everlasting pact,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-01-20

    03/31/2020 9:30:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-01-20 | Revised New American Bible
    April 01 2020 Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 King Nebuchadnezzar said: “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you will not serve my god, or worship the golden statue that I set up? Be ready now to fall down and worship the statue I had made, whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet, flute, lyre, harp, psaltery, bagpipe, and all the other musical instruments; otherwise, you shall be instantly cast into the white-hot furnace; and who is the God who can deliver you out of my hands?” Shadrach, Meshach,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings. 03-31-20

    03/30/2020 8:33:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-31-20 | Revised New American Bible
    March 31 2020 Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Nm 21:4-9 From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road, to bypass the land of Edom. But with their patience worn out by the journey, the people complained against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!”In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died. Then the people...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-30-20

    03/29/2020 8:22:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-30-20 | Revised New American Bible
    March 30 2020 Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62 In Babylon there lived a man named Joakim, who married a very beautiful and God-fearing woman, Susanna, the daughter of Hilkiah; her pious parents had trained their daughter according to the law of Moses. Joakim was very rich; he had a garden near his house, and the Jews had recourse to him often because he was the most respected of them all.That year, two elders of the people were appointed judges, of whom the Lord said, “Wickedness has come out...
  • "Words of Spirit and Life" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Romans 8:1-11; John 11:1-53)

    03/28/2020 9:00:58 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 29, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Words of Spirit and Life” (Ezekiel 37:1-14; Romans 8:1-11; John 11:1-53) Have you been starting to feel like you’re Lazarus? I mean, you’ve been cooped up in your quarantine “tomb,” not just for four days, but now going on fourteen days. You’ve been stuck inside so long, maybe skipping showers, maybe skipping laundry--“Lord, by this time there will be an odor!” You’re stuck inside, and you’re waiting for someone to speak the word, “Lazarus, come out!” But for now, it looks like you’re going to have to wait a little longer. The President’s hope that we will be able to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-29-20, Fifth Sunday of Lent

    03/28/2020 8:53:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-29-20 | Revised New American Bible
    March 29 2020 Fifth Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Ez 37:12-14 Thus says the Lord GOD: O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and have you rise from them, O my people! I will put my spirit in you that you may live, and I will settle you upon your land; thus you shall know that I am the LORD. I have promised, and I will do it, says...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Two bishops’ advice to Catholics in Lenten crisis: Eat meat on Fridays

    03/27/2020 9:18:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 27, 2020 | Phil Lawler
    [Catholic Caucus] Two bishops’ advice to Catholics in Lenten crisis: Eat meat on Fridays The bishop of Boston and the bishop of Metuchen, N.J. declared to their flocks that Lenten abstinence from meat on Fridays is no longer binding. March 27, 2020 (CatholicCulture.org) — Another week dominated by news about the CO19 epidemic; another week without access to the sacraments. These are distressful times, and we are facing troubles that we could not have imagined, even a few weeks ago. As this troubled week moved toward a close, a couple of headlines truly looked surreal: Bishops advising Catholics to ease...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-28-20

    03/27/2020 9:15:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-28-20 | Revised New American Bible
    March 28 2020 Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 11:18-20 I knew their plot because the LORD informed me; at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings.Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter, had not realized that they were hatching plots against me: “Let us destroy the tree in its vigor; let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name will be spoken no more.”But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge, searcher of mind and heart, Let me witness the vengeance you take...