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  • Why “Celebrate” Christmas—and the Epiphany?

    01/03/2013 12:46:41 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 3, 2013 | Bruce Frohnen
    Did you know that Christmas celebrations were banned in Scotland until 1958? I certainly didn’t, not until my son started working on his sixth grade “Christmas around the World” report. I haven’t looked up what the English did in this regard (Scotland always has had a good deal of autonomy within Britain, and never stopped following its own legal code). But it seems the good Presbyterians of the established Church of Scotland (“the Kirk,” ironically enough for traditional conservatives) thought Christmas was a Catholic holiday, best stamped out with criminal penalties for unwholesome celebrations (pretty much anything outside of church),...
  • Pope chooses new auxiliary bishop (a convert) for Atlanta

    01/03/2013 12:01:05 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | January 3, 2013
    Bishop-designate David P. Talley. Credit: Archdiocese of Atlanta. Atlanta, Ga., Jan 3, 2013 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has named Atlanta priest Monsignor David P. Talley, a convert to Catholicism, as the newest auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said Jan. 3 that he announced the appointment “with great joy.” “The Holy Father has selected a wonderful member of this zealous local presbyterate for the episcopacy and I know that he will bring all of his many gifts and talents to this new office,” he said in a statement. The...
  • “The Goodness and Humanity of God”

    01/03/2013 10:13:43 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/3/12 | Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.
    The sub-title of J. Budziszewski’s 2009 book, The Line Through the Heart, reads as follows: “Natural Law as Fact, Theory, and Sign of Contradiction.” The initial dedicatory citation in the book, from which the book derives its title, is a memorable one from Alexander Solzhenitsyn. It reads: “The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.” Needless to say, this sentence is soul-wrenching. It compels us all to stop blaming external causes and systems for the conditions of our souls and of our society. This insight is but a graphic adaption of Plato’s affirmation that...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NECESSARY FAITH, 01-03-13

    01/03/2013 8:44:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-03-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):NECESSARY FAITH The irreducible minimum that everyone must believe as a condition for salvation. Also called the "necessity of means" to be saved, it applies to those who have reached the age of reason. It certainly includes belief that God exists and that he rewards the good and punishes the wicked: "It is impossible to please God without faith, since anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who try to find Him" (Vulgate: "who seek Him") (Hebrews 11:6). Probably one must also know and believe, at least implicitly, in the...
  • Karl Barth’s “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know….” Answer: Can Anyone Verify It?

    01/03/2013 8:02:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Patheos ^ | 01/03/2013 | Roger E. Olson
    Most Christians have heard it as a sermon illustration. I’ve heard and read many variations of the story. According to the story, Karl Barth was fielding questions from the audience after a lecture in Rockefeller Chapel on the campus of the University Chicago in 1962. A student stood and asked him if he could summarize his life’s work in theology in one sentence. According to the story a gasp went up from the audience–responding to the student’s perceived audaciousness. Also, according to the story, Barth didn’t skip a beat. He said (paraphrasing) “Yes. In the words of a song I...
  • Catholics and Depression

    01/03/2013 7:15:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/2/13 | CWR Staff
    A new book co-authored by a psychiatrist and a priest offers faithful wisdom and learned guidance in dealing with depression and anxiety.Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, MD, is the author, with Msgr. John Cihak, STD, of the book, The Catholic Guide to Depression: How the Saints, the Sacraments, and Psychiatry Can Help You Break Its Grip and Find Happiness Again (Sophia Institute Press, 2012). Dr. Kheriaty is the Director of Residency Training and Medical Education in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine. He co-directs the Program in Medical Ethics in the School of Medicine, and serves as chairman...
  • The Miracle of Technology

    01/03/2013 7:09:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/1/13 | Peggy Noonan
    Here I will tell a story that I suppose is rather personal but what the heck, today’s not a bad day for the personal. Yesterday I went to St. Patrick’s for confession and mass, to start the year off on the right foot. Walking through the cathedral—it was jammed with tourists taking pictures of statues and architecture and also, and with some startling excitement, of the regular New Yorkers in the pews taking part in the noon mass—I remembered something I experienced there last summer, at confession. I add here that I like going to confession; I always find it...
  • The Reception Into Full Communion with the Catholic Church of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    01/03/2013 6:59:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    On the Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God, ten sisters from the Community of Saint Mary the Virgin at Wantage were received into full communion with the Catholic Church, and twelve sisters in total formed the first Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, within the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, received the sisters' profession of faith and conferred on them the sacrament of Confirmation Fr Daniel's Sermon: "My dear Mother, my dear Sisters, Welcome home! I say this even though you do not have at present a physical home, because for all...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 3, 2012 [Devotional]

    01/03/2013 4:56:27 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 1/3/13 | Joel Osteen
    Look Straight Ahead Today's Scripture “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.” (Proverbs 4:25, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria What are you looking at today? Not in the natural, but with your spiritual eyes. In other words, what is in the forefront of your mind and in your heart? Are you constantly dwelling on your problems or things that have happened in your past? In the natural, you will move in the direction that your eyes are looking. In the spiritual, it works the same way. Whatever you focus your mind and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 3, 2012]

    01/03/2013 4:55:16 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Clouds and Darkness "Clouds and darkness surround Him . . ." —Psalm 97:2 A person who has not been born again by the Spirit of God will tell you that the teachings of Jesus are simple. But when he is baptized by the Holy Spirit, he finds that “clouds and darkness surround Him . . . .” When we come into close contact with the teachings of Jesus Christ we have our first realization of this. The only possible way to have full understanding of the teachings of Jesus is through the light of the Spirit of God shining...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/3/13)[Prayer]

    01/03/2013 4:49:05 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/3/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures The One....LovingkindnessPsalm 144:1-3 (and Others) 1.[A Psalm] of David. Blessed be the LORD my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle-- 2. My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me. 3. LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him?
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(1/3/13)[Prayer]

    01/03/2013 4:45:27 AM PST · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/3/13 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Psalm 144:1-3 1.[A Psalm] of David. Blessed be the LORD my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle-- 2. My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me. 3. LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him? God Bless America!
  • On the Identity of Jesus

    01/02/2013 9:46:22 PM PST · by ELS · 6 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 2, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On the Identity of Jesus "The Incarnation is the Beginning of the New Creation" VATICAN CITY, January 2, 2013 (Zenit.org). Here is the translation of the Holy Father's weekly general audience address. Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Nativity of the Lord once again illuminates the darkness that often surrounds our world and our hearts with His light, bringing hope and joy. Where does this light come from? From the stable in Bethlehem, where the shepherds found "Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger" (Lk 2:16). Before this Holy Family, another and deeper question arises: how can the...
  • An excerpt from the Book of Enoch

    01/02/2013 9:33:26 PM PST · by Ancient Drive · 12 replies
    Enoch is a direct descendant of the Noah bloodline (Genesis 5, verses 18-19.), and one of only 2 prophets directly ascended into heaven without experiencing death. The book of Enoch was not included in the scriptures when The First Council of Nicaea took place. Chapter 18 9-16 9. And I saw a flaming fire. And beyond these mountains 10. is a region the end of the great earth: there the heavens were completed. 11. And I saw a deep abyss, with columns ⌈⌈of heavenly fire, and among them I saw columns⌉⌉ of fire fall, which were beyond measure alike towards...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-03-13, OM, The Most Holy Name of Jesus

    01/02/2013 8:15:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-03-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 3, 2013   Christmas Weekday   Reading 1 1 Jn 2:29–3:61 If you consider that God is righteous,you also know that everyone who acts in righteousnessis begotten by him. See what love the Father has bestowed on usthat we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.Beloved, we are God’s children now;what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,for we shall see him as he is.Everyone who...
  • Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy (Ecumenical)

    01/02/2013 8:08:32 PM PST · by narses · 7 replies
    the faithful scribbler ^ | APRIL 21, 2010 | kristy
    So you know how we often talk about our “Christian walk”, and “living as God commands”? We here at the Casa de Scribbler have decided that the best way to do that is to practice performing Works of Mercy whenever possible– hopefully every day! We’re very concerned about setting up the right examples for the Little Scribbler– especially at her age (3) where kids tend to go through that phase of “Everything I Touch Is MINE!” I know a lot of kids who have been indulged in their magpie like tendencies, and consequently have grown into older kids who are...
  • Midnight Mass in an Ordinariate Parish

    01/02/2013 6:30:02 PM PST · by marshmallow
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 1/2/13 | Matthew Alderman
    Our readers may recall an article from a few days back about a new set of vestments commissioned for the parish priest of the ordinariate community of Bl. John Henry Newman Catholic Church in Santa Ana, California. Fr. Bartus was kind enough to share some photos of this year's Christmas Midnight Mass, where the vestments got their first public use. We are always eager to share news of the ordinariates across the world, so, interested readers, please feel free to send us updates. I share these images not only as an example of the liturgical praxis and development of the...
  • A Benedict XVI Epiphany

    01/02/2013 2:39:17 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    First Things ^ | January 2, 2013 | George Weigel
    The solemnity of the Epiphany typically gets short shrift in Latin-rite Catholicism, for while Eastern Christianity lifts up the Epiphany as the apex of the Christmas season, Epiphany in the Western Church tends to get overwhelmed by the tsunami of Christmas, both liturgically and (especially) culturally. When the Epiphany fell in the middle of the week and was a holy day of obligation, its importance as the commemoration of the “manifestation” of the Messiah was underscored; transferred to a Sunday, it tends to become one Sunday among others. The pre-1970 liturgical calendar recognized the significance of the Epiphany by designating...
  • A Review of Common Fallacies that Weaken Arguments

    01/02/2013 1:00:11 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 2, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It occurs that our capacity to converse and to set forth arguments for the truth are often hindered today on account of many factors. One of those factors is a paradoxical relationship between a kind of skepticism and and exaggerated insistence on absolute proof that results. The fact is, absolute certitude in our human condition is rare, and to insist on it is usually unreasonable. This of course does not mean that firm certitude cannot be had in many matters as well as lesser degrees that remain a firm confidence as to the facts in a matter.On Monday there was...
  • Saints [Catholic, Orthodox, Open]

    01/02/2013 11:43:34 AM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    FishEaters.com ^ | 01-02-13 | FishEaters.com
    Saints     Real Audio Lessons on this Topic Communion Of Saints Saints Saints II Saints III  First a definition: "To pray," as a verb, has two very distinct meanings: 1 : to make a request in a humble manner 2 : to address God or a god with adoration, confession, supplication, or thanksgiving It is only in this first sense that Catholics "pray" to saints. "To pray" is simply to ask, and it is a common English word as these examples will show: "Comes now Petitioner and, having filed his Motion in Limine, prays this Honorable Court to grant..."...