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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 11:45:21 PM PDT · 20 of 20
    Salvation to All



    The Angelus 

    The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
    And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

    Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 

    Hail Mary . . . 

    And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 

    Hail Mary . . . 


    Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

    Let us pray: 

    Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

    Amen. 

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 11:44:40 PM PDT · 19 of 20
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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 11:43:43 PM PDT · 18 of 20
    Salvation to All
    “The man of impure speech is a person whose lips are but an opening and a supply pipe which hell uses to vomit its impurities upon the earth.”

    -- Saint John Vianney

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 11:41:14 PM PDT · 17 of 20
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    Daily Gospel Commentary

    Saturday of the Twenty-first week in Ordinary Time

    Commentary of the day
    Vatican Council II
    Dogmatic Constitution on the Church in the modern world “ Gaudium et spes ”, § 33-34 (copyright Libreria Vaticana editrice)

    "You gave me five talents. See, I have made five more."

    Through his labors and his native endowments man has ceaselessly striven to better his life… In the face of these immense efforts which already preoccupy the whole human race, men agitate numerous questions among themselves. What is the meaning and value of this feverish activity? How are all these things to be put to use?...

    To believers, this point is settled: considered in itself, this human activity accords with God's will. For man, created to God's image, received a mandate to subject to himself the earth and all it contains (Gn 1,27-28), and to govern the world with justice and holiness; a mandate to relate himself and the totality of things to Him who was to be acknowledged as the Lord and Creator of all. Thus, by the subjection of all things to man, the name of God would be wonderful in all the earth. This mandate concerns the whole of everyday activity as well…

    For the greater man's power becomes, the farther his individual and community responsibility extends. Hence it is clear that men are not deterred by the Christian message from building up the world, or impelled to neglect the welfare of their fellows, but that they are rather more stringently bound to do these very things. Human activity, to be sure, takes its significance from its relationship to man. Just as it proceeds from man, so it is ordered toward man. For when a man works he not only alters things and society, he develops himself as well… A man is more precious for what he is than for what he has. Similarly, all that men do to obtain greater justice, wider brotherhood, a more humane disposition of social relationships has greater worth than technical advances.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 11:38:39 PM PDT · 16 of 20
    Salvation to All
    August 2014

    Pope's Intentions

    Universal: That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.

    For Evangelization: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 11:38:00 PM PDT · 15 of 20
    Salvation to All

    August Devotion -- The Immaculate Heart [of Mary]

    Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person: and as the seat of her love (especially for her divine Son), virtue, and inner life. Such devotion is an incentive to a similar love and virtue.

    This devotion has received new emphasis in this century from the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos, oldest of the visionaries of Fatima, in her convent in Tuy, in Spain, in 1925 and 1926. In the visions Our Lady asked for the practice of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offenses given to her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men. The practice parallels the devotion of the Nine First Fridays in honor of the Sacred Heart.

    On October 31, 1942, Pope Pius XII made a solemn Act of Consecration of the Church and the whole world to the Immaculate Heart. Let us remember this devotion year-round, but particularly through the month of August.

    INVOCATIONS

    O heart most pure of the Blessed Virgin Mary, obtain for me from Jesus a pure and humble heart.

    Sweet heart of Mary, be my salvation.

    ACT OF CONSECRATION
    Queen of the most holy Rosary, help of Christians, refuge of the human race, victorious in all the battles of God, we prostrate ourselves in supplication before thy throne, in the sure hope of obtaining mercy and of receiving grace and timely aid in our present calamities, not through any merits of our own, on which we do not rely, but only through the immense goodness of thy mother's heart. In thee and in thy Immaculate Heart, at this grave hour of human history, do we put our trust; to thee we consecrate ourselves, not only with all of Holy Church, which is the mystical body of thy Son Jesus, and which is suffering in so many of her members, being subjected to manifold tribulations and persecutions, but also with the whole world, torn by discords, agitated with hatred, the victim of its own iniquities. Be thou moved by the sight of such material and moral degradation, such sorrows, such anguish, so many tormented souls in danger of eternal loss! Do thou, O Mother of mercy, obtain for us from God a Christ-like reconciliation of the nations, as well as those graces which can convert the souls of men in an instant, those graces which prepare the way and make certain the long desired coming of peace on earth. O Queen of peace, pray for us, and grant peace unto the world in the truth, the justice, and the charity of Christ.

    Above all, give us peace in our hearts, so that the kingdom of God may spread its borders in the tranquillity of order. Accord thy protection to unbelievers and to all those who lie within the shadow of death; cause the Sun of Truth to rise upon them; may they be enabled to join with us in repeating before the Savior of the world: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will."

    Give peace to the nations that are separated from us by error or discord, and in a special manner to those peoples who profess a singular devotion toward thee; bring them back to Christ's one fold, under the one true Shepherd. Obtain full freedom for the holy Church of God; defend her from her enemies; check the ever-increasing torrent of immorality; arouse in the faithful a love of purity, a practical Christian life, and an apostolic zeal, so that the multitude of those who serve God may increase in merit and in number.

    Finally, even as the Church and all mankind were once consecrated to the Heart of thy Son Jesus, because He was for all those who put their hope in Him an inexhaustible source of victory and salvation, so in like manner do we consecrate ourselves forever to thee also and to thy Immaculate Heart, O Mother of us and Queen of the world; may thy love and patronage hasten the day when the kingdom of God shall be victorious and all the nations, at peace with God .and with one another, shall call thee blessed and intone with thee, from the rising of the sun to its going down, the everlasting "Magnificat" of glory, of love, of gratitude to the Heart of Jesus, in which alone we can find truth, life, and peace. — Pope Pius XII

    IN HONOR OF THE IMMACULATE HEART
    O heart of Mary, mother of God, and our mother; heart most worthy of love, in which the adorable Trinity is ever well-pleased, worthy of the veneration and love of all the angels and of all men; heart most like to the Heart of Jesus, of which thou art the perfect image; heart, full of goodness, ever compassionate toward our miseries; deign to melt our icy hearts and grant that they may be wholly changed into the likeness of the Heart of Jesus, our divine Savior. Pour into them the love of thy virtues, enkindle in them that divine fire with which thou thyself dost ever burn. In thee let Holy Church find a safe shelter; protect her and be her dearest refuge, her tower of strength, impregnable against every assault of her enemies. Be thou the way which leads to Jesus, and the channel, through which we receive all the graces needful for our salvation. Be our refuge in time of trouble, our solace in the midst of trial, our strength against temptation, our haven in persecution, our present help in every danger, and especially) at the hour of death, when all hell shall let loose against u its legions to snatch away our souls, at that dread moment; that hour so full of fear, whereon our eternity depends. An,; then most tender virgin, make us to feel the sweetness of thy motherly heart, and the might of thine intercession with Jesus, and open to us a safe refuge in that very fountain of mercy, whence we may come to praise Him with thee in paradise, world without end. Amen.

    Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

    Sacred Heart Of Jesus

    Sacred Heart Of Jesus image

    Immaculate Heart of Mary

    Immaculate Heart of Mary image

    Blessed be the Most Loving Heart and Sweet Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the most glorious Virgin Mary, His Mother, in eternity and forever. Amen.

    ....Only the Heart of Christ who knows the depths of his Father's love could reveal to us the abyss of his mercy in so simple and beautiful a way ----From the Catechism. P:1439

    From the depth of my nothingness, I prostrate myself before Thee, O Most Sacred, Divine and Adorable Heart of Jesus, to pay Thee all the homage of love, praise and adoration in my power.
    Amen. - -
    St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

    The prayer of the Church venerates and honors the Heart of Jesus just as it invokes his most holy name. It adores the incarnate Word and his Heart which, out of love for men, he allowed to be pierced by our sins. Christian prayer loves to follow the way of the cross in the Savior's steps.-- >From the Catechism. P: 2669

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes) The Salutation to the Heart of Jesus and Mary

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)   An Offering of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary

     

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes) Novena Prayer to Sacred Heart  of Jesus

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes) Prayer to the Wounded Heart of Jesus

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  Meditation & Novena Prayer on the Sacred Heart

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes) Beads to the Sacred Heart

     

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  Novena Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

     WB01539_.gif (682 bytes) A Solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  The Daily Offering to the  Immaculate Heart of Mary

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  Exaltation of the Immaculate  Heart of Mary

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  Prayer to the Blessed Virgin

    The Holy Heart of Mary Is, After the Heart of Jesus, the Most Exalted Throne of Divine Love
    Let us recollect that God has given us the feast of the most pure Heart of the Blessed Virgin so that we may render on that day all the respect, honor and praise that we possibly can. To enkindle this spirit within us let us consider our motivating obligations.

    The first is that we ought to love and honor whatever God loves and honors, and that by which He is loved and glorified. Now, after the adorable Heart of Jesus there has never been either in heaven or on earth, nor ever will be, a heart which has been so loved and honored by God, or which has given Him so much glory as that of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Never has there been, nor will there ever be a more exalted throne of divine love. In that Heart divine love possesses its fullest empire, for it ever reigns without hindrance or interruption, and with it reign likewise all the laws of God, all the Gospel maxims and every Christian virtue.

    This incomparable Heart of the Mother of our Redeemer is a glorious heaven, a Paradise of delights for the Most Holy Trinity. According to St. Paul, the hearts of the faithful are the dwelling place of our Lord Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ Himself assures us that the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost take up Their abode in the hearts of those who love God. Who, therefore, can doubt that the Most Holy Trinity has always made His home and established the reign of His glory in an admirable and ineffable manner in the virginal Heart of her who is the Daughter of the Father, the Mother of the Son, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost, who herself loves God more than all other creatures together?

    How much then are we not obliged to love this exalted and most lovable Heart?

    St. John Eudes

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 11:35:36 PM PDT · 14 of 20
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    A Prayer for our Free Nation Under God
    God Save Our Country web site (prayer warriors)
    Prayer Chain Request for the United States of America
    Pray for Nancy Pelosi
    Prayer and fasting will help defeat health care reform (Freeper Prayer Thread)
    Prayer Campaign Started to Convert Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians to Pro-Life
    [Catholic Caucus] One Million Rosaries
    Non-stop Rosary vigil to defeat ObamaCare

    From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:

    "Pray for Obama.  Psalm 109:8"

       

    PLEASE JOIN US -

    Evening Prayer
    Someone has said that if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.
    Did you know that during WWII there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace?  


    There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America. If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation. If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.    Please forward this to your praying friends.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 11:35:04 PM PDT · 13 of 20
    Salvation to All



    ~ PRAYER ~

    St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle
     Be our protection against the wickedness
    and snares of the devil;
    May God rebuke him, we  humbly pray,
     and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
     by the power of God,
     Cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
    who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
     Amen
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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 11:34:32 PM PDT · 12 of 20
    Salvation to All
    Pray a Rosary each day for our nation.

    Pray the Rosary

    1.  Sign of the Cross:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

    2.  The Apostles Creed:  I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

    3.  The Lord's Prayer:  OUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

    4. (3) Hail Mary:  HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen. (Three times)

    5. Glory Be:  GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    Fatima Prayer: Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.

    Announce each mystery, then say 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be and 1 Fatima prayer.  Repeat the process with each mystery.

    End with the Hail Holy Queen:

    Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus!

    O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    Final step -- The Sign of the Cross

     

    The Mysteries of the Rosary

    By tradition, Catholics meditate on these Mysteries during prayers of the Rosary.
    The biblical references follow each of the Mysteries below.


    The Joyful Mysteries
    (Mondays and Saturdays)

    1. The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) [Spiritual fruit - Humility]
    2. The Visitation (Luke 1: 39-56) [Spiritual fruit - Love of Neighbor]
    3. The Nativity (Luke 2:1-20) [Spiritual fruit - Poverty of Spirit]
    4. The Presentation (Luke 2:21-38) [Spiritual fruit - Purity of mind & body]
    5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52) [Spiritual fruit - Obedience ]
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 11:32:32 PM PDT · 11 of 20
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    Jesus, High Priest
     

    We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.

    Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.

    Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.

    Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.

    Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.

    Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.

    O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.

    Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

    Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priests

    This icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.

    The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.

    The border contains an altar and grapevines, representing the Mass, and icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.

    Melchizedek: king of righteousness (left icon) was priest and king of Jerusalem.  He blessed Abraham and has been considered an ideal priest-king.

    St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.

  • He defended ‘real’ marriage, and then was beheaded for it

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 11:27:44 PM PDT · 9 of 20
    Salvation to Salvation
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 11:27:25 PM PDT · 8 of 20
    Salvation to All
  • He defended ‘real’ marriage, and then was beheaded for it

    08/29/2014 11:26:22 PM PDT · 5 of 6
    Steelfish to Maudeen

    Quite interesting. Thanks.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 11:20:14 PM PDT · 7 of 20
    Salvation to All
    Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

    Readings at Mass


    First reading

    1 Corinthians 1:26-31 ©

    Take yourselves for instance, brothers, at the time when you were called: how many of you were wise in the ordinary sense of the word, how many were influential people, or came from noble families? No, it was to shame the wise that God chose what is foolish by human reckoning, and to shame what is strong that he chose what is weak by human reckoning; those whom the world thinks common and contemptible are the ones that God has chosen – those who are nothing at all to show up those who are everything. The human race has nothing to boast about to God, but you, God has made members of Christ Jesus and by God’s doing he has become our wisdom, and our virtue, and our holiness, and our freedom. As scripture says: if anyone wants to boast, let him boast about the Lord.


    Psalm

    Psalm 32:12-13,18-21 ©

    Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own.

    They are happy, whose God is the Lord,

      the people he has chosen as his own.

    From the heavens the Lord looks forth,

      he sees all the children of men.

    Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own.

    The Lord looks on those who revere him,

      on those who hope in his love,

    to rescue their souls from death,

      to keep them alive in famine.

    Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own.

    Our soul is waiting for the Lord.

      The Lord is our help and our shield.

    In him do our hearts find joy.

      We trust in his holy name.

    Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own.


    Gospel Acclamation

    Ph2:15-16

    Alleluia, alleluia!

    You will shine in the world like bright stars

    because you are offering it the word of life.

    Alleluia!

    Or

    Jn13:34

    Alleluia, alleluia!

    I give you a new commandment:

    love one another just as I have loved you,

    says the Lord.

    Alleluia!


    Gospel

    Matthew 25:14-30 ©

    Jesus spoke this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of Heaven is like a man on his way abroad who summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one; each in proportion to his ability. Then he set out.

      ‘The man who had received the five talents promptly went and traded with them and made five more. The man who had received two made two more in the same way. But the man who had received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

      ‘Now a long time after, the master of those servants came back and went through his accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents came forward bringing five more. “Sir,” he said “you entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made.”

      ‘His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.”

      ‘Next the man with the two talents came forward. “Sir,” he said “you entrusted me with two talents; here are two more that I have made.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.”

      ‘Last came forward the man who had the one talent. “Sir,” said he “I had heard you were a hard man, reaping where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered; so I was afraid, and I went off and hid your talent in the ground. Here it is; it was yours, you have it back.” But his master answered him, “You wicked and lazy servant! So you knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered? Well then, you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have recovered my capital with interest. So now, take the talent from him and give it to the man who has the five talents. For to everyone who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough; but from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away. As for this good-for-nothing servant, throw him out into the dark, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.”’

  • He defended ‘real’ marriage, and then was beheaded for it

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 11:16:47 PM PDT · 6 of 20
    Salvation to MichaelCorleone

    True, but later on the Psalm says:
    “who is our help and our shield,
    For in him our hearts rejoice;
    in his holy name we trust.”

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 11:13:58 PM PDT · 5 of 20
    MichaelCorleone to Salvation

    ***Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD***

    We used to be one of those nations. Funny, things were a lot more civilized then also.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 11:09:05 PM PDT · 4 of 20
    Salvation to All

    From: Matthew 25:14-30

    The Parable of the Talents


    (Jesus said to His disciples,) [14] “For it will be as when a man going on a jour-
    ney called his servants and entrusted to them his property; [15] to one he gave
    five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then
    he went away. [16] He who had received the five talents went at once and traded
    with them; and he made five talents more. [17] So also, he who had the two ta-
    lents made two talents more. [18] But he who had received the one talent went
    and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.

    [19] Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled ac-
    counts with them. [20] And he who received the five talents came forward, brin-
    ging five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I
    have made five talents more.’ [21] His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and
    faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter
    into the joy of your master.’ [22] And he also who had the two talents came for-
    ward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two ta-
    lents more.’ [23] His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant;
    you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of
    your master.’ [24] He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying,
    ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathe-
    ring where you did not winnow; [25] so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent
    in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ [26] But his master answered him,
    ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed,
    and gather where I have not winnowed? [27] Then you ought to have invested my
    money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my
    own with interest. [28] So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the
    ten talents. [29] For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have
    abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. [30]
    And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and
    gnash their teeth.’”

    *********************************************************************************************
    Commentary:

    14-30. A talent was not any kind of coin but a measure of value worth about fifty
    kilos (one hundred pounds) of silver.

    In this parable the main message is the need to respond to grace by making a
    genuine effort right through one’s life. All the gifts of nature and grace which God
    has given us should yield a profit. It does not matter how many gifts we have re-
    ceived; what matters is our generosity in putting them to good use.

    A person’s Christian calling should not lie hidden and barren: it should be out-
    going, apostolic and self-sacrificial. “Don’t lose your effectiveness; instead, tram-
    ple on your selfishness. You think your life is for yourself? Your life is for God,
    for the good of all men, though your love for our Lord. Your buried talent, dig it
    up again! Make it yield” (St. J. Escriva, “Friends of God”, 47).

    An ordinary Christian cannot fail to notice that Jesus chose to outline his tea-
    ching on response to grace by using the simile of men at work. Here we have a
    reminder that the Christian normally lives out his vocation in the context of ordi-
    nary, everyday affairs. “There is just one life, made of flesh and spirit. And it is
    this life which has to become, in both soul and body, holy and filled with God.
    We discover the invisible God in the most visible and material things. There is
    no other way. Either we learn to find our Lord in ordinary, everyday life, or else
    we shall never find Him” (St. J. Escriva, “Conversations”, 114).

    *********************************************************************************************
    Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
    Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
    the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

    Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
    by Scepter Publishers in the United States.

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    Salvation to All

    From: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

    The Wisdom of the Cross (Continuation)


    [26] For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to
    worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth; [27]
    but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what
    is weak in the world to shame the strong. [28] God chose what is low and des-
    pised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
    [29] so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. [30] He is the
    source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteous-
    ness and sanctification and redemption; [31] therefore, as it is written, “Let him
    who boasts, boast of the Lord.”

    *********************************************************************************************
    Commentary:

    26-29. As in the case of the Apostles—”You did not choose me, but I chose you’.
    (Jn 15:16)—it is the Lord who chooses, who gives each Christian his vocation. St
    Paul emphasizes that the initiative lies with God by saying three times that it
    was God who chose those Corinthians to be Christians, and he did not base his
    choice on human criteria. Human wisdom, power, nobility, these were not what
    brought them to the faith—nor the inspirations which God later gives. “God is no
    respecter of persons (cf. 2 Chron 19:7; Rom 2:1; Eph 6:9; Col 3:25; etc.)”, St. J.
    Escriva reminds us. “When he invites a soul to live a life fully in accordance with
    the faith, he does not set store by merits of fortune, nobility, blood or learning.
    God’s call precedes all merits [...]. Vocation comes first. God loves us before we
    even know how to go toward him, and he places in us the love with which we can
    respond to his call” (”Christ Is Passing By”, 33).

    Thus, God chooses whomever he wants to, and these first Christians — uneduca-
    ted, unimportant, even despised people, in the world’s eyes—will be what he uses
    to spread his Church and convert the wise, the strong and the “important”: this
    disproportion between resources and results will make it quite clear that God is
    responsible for the increase.

    However, this does not mean that none of the first Christians was educated or in-
    fluential, humanly speaking. The Acts of the Apostles, for example, tell us about
    early converts who were out of the ordinary—a minister of the court of the Kan-
    dake of Ethiopia; a centurion, Cornelius; Apollos; Dionysius the Areopagite; etc.
    “It would appear that worldly excellence is not godly unless God uses it for his
    honor. And therefore, although at the beginning they were indeed few, later God
    chose many humanly outstanding people for the ministry of preaching. Hence
    the gloss which says, ‘If the fisherman had not faithfully led the way, the orator
    would not have humbly followed’” (St Thomas Aquinas, “Commentary on 1 Cor,
    ad loc.”).

    27. St Paul’s words remind us that supernatural resources are the thing an apos-
    tle must rely on. It is true that human resources are necessary, and God counts
    on them (cf. 1 Cor 3:5-10); but the task God has commended to Christians ex-
    ceeds their abilities and can be carried out only with his help. The Second Vati-
    can Council reminded priests of this verse when stressing the need for humility;
    and what it says can be useful to all Christians: “The divine task for the fulfillment
    of which they have been set apart by the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 13:2) transcends all
    human strength and human wisdom; for ‘God chose what is weak in the world to
    shame the strong’ (1 Cor 1:27). Therefore the true minister of Christ is conscious
    of his own weakness and labors in humility. He tries to discover what is well-
    pleasing to God (cf. Eph 5:10) and, bound as it were in the Spirit (cf. Acts 20:22),
    he is guided in all things by the will of him who wishes all men to be saved. He is
    able to discover and carry out that will in the course of his daily routine by humbly
    placing himself at the service of all those who are entrusted to his care by God in
    the office that has been committed to him and the variety of events that make up
    his life” (”Presbyterorum Ordinis”, 15).

    30-31. God’s call makes a person a member of Christ Jesus, through Baptism;
    and if a Christian is docile to grace he or she will gradually become so like Christ
    as to be able to say with St Paul, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives
    in me” (Gal 2:20). This “being in Christ Jesus” enables a person to share in the
    wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption which Jesus is for the
    Christian.

    Jesus Christ indeed is the “wisdom” of God (cf. Col 1:15f; Heb 1:2f), and knowing
    him is true wisdom, the highest form of wisdom. He is for us our “righteousness”,
    because through the merits obtained by his incarnation, death and resurrection
    he has made us truly righteous (= just, holy) in God’s sight He is also the source
    of all holiness, which consists in fact in identification with Christ. Through him,
    who has become “redemption” for us, we have been redeemed from the slavery of
    sin. “How well the Apostle orders his ideas: Good has made us wise by rescuing
    us from error; and then he has made us just and holy by giving us his spirit”
    (Chrysostom, “Hom. on 1 Cor, 5, ad loc.”).

    In view of the complete gratuitousness of God’s choice (vv. 25-28) and the im-
    mense benefits it brings with it, the conclusion is obvious: “’Deo omni, gloria. All
    glory to God.’ It is an emphatic conclusion of our nothingness. He, Jesus, is every-
    thing. We, without him, are worth nothing: nothing. Our vainglory would be just
    that: vain glory; it would be sacrilegious robbery. There should be no room for
    that ‘I’ anywhere” (St. J. Escriva, “The Way”, 780).

    *********************************************************************************************
    Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
    Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
    the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

    Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
    by Scepter Publishers in the United States.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 11:06:52 PM PDT · 2 of 20
    Salvation to nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...
    Alleluia Ping

    Please FReepmail me to get on/off the Alleluia Ping List.

  • Prayers urgently needed for fragile boy (sad news update at #57)

    08/29/2014 11:05:32 PM PDT · 68 of 68
    amom

    Prayers up and amen.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 10:46:44 PM PDT · 1 of 20
    Salvation
    For your reading, reflection, faith-sharing, comments, questions, discussion.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 29, 2014]

    08/29/2014 10:41:41 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    GOP Poet to Vision

    awesome! Thank you.

  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 10:28:45 PM PDT · 56 of 56
    Wyrd bið ful aræd to editor-surveyor

    The mass has everything to do with Jesus.

  • He defended ‘real’ marriage, and then was beheaded for it

    08/29/2014 10:27:13 PM PDT · 3 of 6
    Steelfish to ReformationFan

    Very good post. Thanks

  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 9:52:03 PM PDT · 55 of 56
    Salvation to editor-surveyor

    And read the poem the Tapestry. The back of it looks like a jumble. But turn it over and it is beautiful.

    That’s the Mass to Catholics. To non-Catholics it may seem like a jumbled mess.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-29-14, M, Passion of St. John the Baptist

    08/29/2014 9:50:09 PM PDT · 33 of 33
    Salvation to All
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    Salvation to All
    One Bread, One Body

    One Bread, One Body

    Language: English | Español

    All Issues > Volume 30, Issue 5

    << Friday, August 29, 2014 >> Martyrdom of St. John
    the Baptizer

     
    Jeremiah 1:17-19
    View Readings
    Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17 Mark 6:17-29
    Similar Reflections
     

    CRUSH-PROOF?

     
    "Be not crushed on their account, as though I would leave you crushed before them." —Jeremiah 1:17
     

    Often we cannot help being persecuted or even killed, but we can refuse to be crushed. The government might put us in jail, but it cannot crush our spirits unless we let it. We cannot always prevent our enemies from attacking us, but we can always refuse to be manipulated by intimidation into compromise (see Mt 10:26).

    If we accept God's grace to be uncrushable, we will stand up and publicly announce what God has commanded us (Jer 1:17). Like John the Baptizer, we will call sin sin, adultery adultery, and lies lies (Mk 6:18). We will stand up for the truth, for Jesus is the Truth (Jn 14:6).

    The uncrushed, unintimidated, unmanipulated, and uncompromised are "a fortified city, a pillar of iron, a wall of brass, against the whole land" (Jer 1:18). They are made this way not by their human strength but by God's grace (Jer 1:18). The uncrushed are invincible (Jer 1:19). Even if they die, they will rise in victory. Don't be crushed; be free, true, pure, holy, victorious, and glorious.

     
    Prayer: Father, may I not fear those who can only destroy my body (Mt 10:28).
    Promise: "My mouth shall declare Your justice, day by day Your salvation." —Ps 71:15
    Praise: St. John was such a powerful preacher and prophet that King Herod feared him even when he was in prison (Mk 6:20).
  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 9:46:35 PM PDT · 54 of 56
    editor-surveyor to Salvation

    Putting bits of Gods word into a pagan, humanistic practice fails to make it Godly.

    Remember about the mixing of the threads in a garment?
    .

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-29-14, M, Passion of St. John the Baptist

    08/29/2014 9:46:17 PM PDT · 31 of 33
    Salvation to All

    Homily of the Day

    John the Baptist is a very special figure in God’s plan for our salvation. From the gospel accounts about him, what kind of person is he? What kind of role model can he be for us in the in the twenty-first century? If we look deeper into our society now and compare it with that of first century Palestine, we realize that people of the ancient times and those of the present are the same – with the same weaknesses, the same evil tendencies. And so the challenge of today’s gospel is to ask ourselves, in the different situations of our lives, how we respond to the influence of evil in our midst. Are we like John? Can we respond fearlessly to the injustices around us?

  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 9:44:16 PM PDT · 53 of 56
    editor-surveyor to Wyrd bið ful aræd

    My objection is to idolatry masquerading as worship of Yeshua.

    Nothing about the mass has the slightest thing to do with my savior. Its as old as the tower of Babel.
    .

  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 9:40:43 PM PDT · 52 of 56
    Wyrd bið ful aræd to editor-surveyor
    So, if I'm getting this, your objection is to the monstrance because it has light beams on it. If the host is taken OUT of the monstrance, we're a-ok, right? Or do you still have some lingering objection to circles?

    I agree, no part of Jesus has entered into bread. Rather, the substance of the bread has and is transubstantiated into His flesh, in accordance with His command given at the Last Supper and throughout the gospel.

  • Regensburg Revisited: Faith, Reason and the Islamic State

    08/29/2014 9:39:12 PM PDT · 14 of 14
    castlebrew to GreyFriar

    The key word is “reasonable”. One can use reason to converse with, and hopefully persuade, another reasonable person.

    With the unreasonable, other methods are necessary, just to preserve one’s own skin.

  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 9:38:52 PM PDT · 51 of 56
    Salvation to editor-surveyor

    If you don’t read that book, at least read the link. It has several Biblical references in the Mass identified.

  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 29, 2014]

    08/29/2014 9:37:52 PM PDT · 6 of 7
    Alamo-Girl to Vision
    Believe steadfastly on Him and everything that challenges you will strengthen your faith.

    Indeed. Thank you for this beautiful devotion!
  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 9:36:35 PM PDT · 50 of 56
    Salvation to editor-surveyor
    I would love to show you the priest's Roman Missal and all the prayers that come from the Bible that are said during the Mass.

    So, I will recommend a book instead. Both Old and New Testaments are quoted.

    A Biblical Walk Through the Mass by Edward Sri (Book Review) [Ecumenical]

    A Biblical Walk Through the Mass (Book): Understanding What We Say and Do In The Liturgy
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    08/29/2014 9:32:27 PM PDT · 30 of 33
    Salvation to All
    Regnum Christi

    Witness to the Truth
    U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE | SPIRITUALITY
    August 29, 2014. Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist



    Mark 6:17-29

    Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married. John had said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother´s wife." Herodias harbored a grudge against him and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so. Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him. She had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday, gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee. Herodias´s own daughter came in and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl, "Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you." He even swore many things to her, "I will grant you whatever you ask of me, even to half of my kingdom." She went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?" She replied, "The head of John the Baptist." The girl hurried back to the king´s presence and made her request, "I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist." The king was deeply distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests he did not wish to break his word to her. So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders to bring back his head. He went off and beheaded him in the prison. He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl. The girl in turn gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

    Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe in your wondrous shining glory, although this is hidden from my eyes. I hope in the peace and everlasting joy of the world to come, for this world is a valley of tears. I love you, even though I am not always able to discern the love in your intentions when you permit me to suffer. You are my God and my all.

    Petition: Lord, let me never fear the consequences of speaking the truth.

    1. Speaking Truth to Power: Although Herod was a cruel tyrant, John the Baptist did not hesitate to condemn his adulterous conduct and to denounce his sin publicly. John was moved by the Holy Spirit to give witness and teach the people that no one can legitimately violate God’s commandments, not even a king. John did not fear the consequences of his actions, because he knew that if he were faithful, God would be at his side and never let him down, even if he had to suffer on account of the truth. We, too, need to give courageous witness to our family, friends and to the society at large. When we do, God will be with us and we will have nothing to fear.

    2. It Was Something That You Said: Mark tells us that Herod, although he resented what John said in accusing him of adultery, nonetheless “like[d] to listen to him,” and he was “much perplexed.” In his moral weakness, he persisted in his sin, yet the cries of the prophet to repent did reach his conscience. Herod was in confusion. Something was stirring in his conscience; the Holy Spirit was moving inside him to bring him to true repentance for his sin. God never abandons the sinner, but gives him grace to turn back to him. We should never lose hope for one who seems to be lost and wandering in sin. We should always continue to speak the truth with love and pray for a full conversion. God can change the heart of even the worst of sinners. He has forgiven us so much, and he can forgive others as well.

    3. A Conversion Cut Short: The Gospel tells how Herod, in an imprudent promise to Herodias’ daughter, found himself compromised and, for fear of losing face, had to order the beheading of John the Baptist. Here his moral weakness overcame the first stirrings of the grace of conversion. He closed his heart to God’s action due to his lust and vanity, and he committed the terrible crime of murder of an innocent man. How sin can darken the conscience and extinguish God’s grace in the heart of a person given over only to satisfying their passions!

    Conversation with Christ: Lord, I want to be faithful to your teachings and to be frank with those I love who need to hear your word. I know that takes prudence, courage and steadfastness. Help me to be true to you. Give me the grace of a good conscience always to speak the truth with rectitude and love for your law.

    Resolution: I will pray for the grace to witness to the truth, “in season and out of season,” no matter what the consequences.

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/29/14)[Prayer]

    08/29/2014 9:32:10 PM PDT · 17 of 17
    Alamo-Girl to left that other site

    I join in prayer for Israel, Jerusalem and all God’s beloved.

  • Prayers urgently needed for fragile boy (sad news update at #57)

    08/29/2014 9:31:07 PM PDT · 67 of 68
    Alamo-Girl to Pajamajan

    May God bless this family and all the loved ones and the children who will have hope because of their decision.

  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 9:29:37 PM PDT · 49 of 56
    editor-surveyor to Wyrd bið ful aræd

    A suitable idol to hold the representation of the sun god.

    Yeshua’s body holds his flesh quite well, where he sits, at the right hand of the Father.

    No part of that body has ever entered any sun cookie idol.

  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 9:25:56 PM PDT · 48 of 56
    editor-surveyor to Religion Moderator

    Salvation and I have been exchanging posts since well before you were here. We need not read any minds to know history.
    .

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-29-14, M, Passion of St. John the Baptist

    08/29/2014 9:25:25 PM PDT · 29 of 33
    Salvation to All

    Marriage=One Man and One Woman 'Til Death Do Us Part

    Daily Marriage Tip for August 29, 2014:

    Parents, has your child disappointed you in some way? You need to hold him or her accountable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t welcome your child back with open arms. Can you think of any offense that is not forgivable? God can’t.

  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 9:24:28 PM PDT · 47 of 56
    Wyrd bið ful aræd to editor-surveyor
    What, the monstrance? Its as suitable a vessel to hold Jesus's own flesh as we can make. But I suppose to some its a mighty sinister container because its got artistically rendered light shafts on it, and come to think of it, it kinda' even sounds like 'monster'.

    And this is why we can't have nice things.

  • He defended ‘real’ marriage, and then was beheaded for it

    08/29/2014 9:22:28 PM PDT · 2 of 6
    ReformationFan to ReformationFan

    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=MARK++6%3A14-29&version=NKJV

    John the Baptist Beheaded

    14 Now King Herod heard of Him, for His name had become well known. And he said, “John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.”

    15 Others said, “It is Elijah.”

    And others said, “It is the Prophet, or[a] like one of the prophets.”

    16 But when Herod heard, he said, “This is John, whom I beheaded; he has been raised from the dead!” 17 For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife; for he had married her. 18 Because John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”

    19 Therefore Herodias held it against him and wanted to kill him, but she could not; 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and he protected him. And when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.

    21 Then an opportune day came when Herod on his birthday gave a feast for his nobles, the high officers, and the chief men of Galilee. 22 And when Herodias’ daughter herself came in and danced, and pleased Herod and those who sat with him, the king said to the girl, “Ask me whatever you want, and I will give it to you.” 23 He also swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half my kingdom.”

    24 So she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask?”

    And she said, “The head of John the Baptist!”

    25 Immediately she came in with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”

    26 And the king was exceedingly sorry; yet, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he did not want to refuse her. 27 Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded his head to be brought. And he went and beheaded him in prison, 28 brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took away his corpse and laid it in a tomb.

  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 9:18:57 PM PDT · 46 of 56
    Religion Moderator to editor-surveyor
    People cannot read minds. Claiming to know what the other person knows or is thinking is often is the first step towards a flamewar when the subject is as sensitive as a person's deeply held religious beliefs.

    For that reason, mind reading is not tolerable on the Religion Forum.

  • He defended ‘real’ marriage, and then was beheaded for it

    08/29/2014 9:18:38 PM PDT · 1 of 6
    ReformationFan
    I've said this about John the Baptist for a long time. The media and government would totally slander and vilify him for his "intolerance" of Herod Antipas' adulterous/incestuous marriage to his half-brother's Philip's wife Herodias(who incidentally was a niece to both of her husbands).
  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 9:13:07 PM PDT · 45 of 56
    editor-surveyor to Religion Moderator

    No mind reading, I have posted copious quantities of the NT to her, and she has responded.

  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 9:11:33 PM PDT · 44 of 56
    editor-surveyor to Wyrd bið ful aræd

    Did you see the idol illustrated at the head of this thread?

    Nuff said!
    .