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  • And Out You Go! Why Fainting Is So Common in Church

    05/25/2016 8:40:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    And Out You Go! Why Fainting Is So Common in Church Msgr. Charles Pope • May 24, 2016 • In my over 26 years as a priest (even longer serving in some capacity at the Holy Liturgy) I have witnessed more than a few people faint. Some just slump over; others go out with a real bang. Weddings are a big source of fainting spells, but just about any long Mass produces its share of “lights out” experiences. Some years ago, when I was serving as First Assistant Deacon for a Pontifical Solemn High Mass in the Basilica, we...
  • Paul: Joy in Spite of Trouble

    05/25/2016 4:19:44 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4). The apostle Paul was a model believer who did not let his troubles steal His joy in the Lord. According to todays verse, believers should never let a negative outlook replace our joy, no matter how bad life seems to be. The apostle Paul set an example that was far different. He wrote to the Philippians that in spite of being imprisoned in Rome, he was still rejoicing. Even though Paul was restricted under trying and harsh conditions, he was glad because the gospel message was being declared,...
  • Living Courageously (Thaddaeus)

    05/25/2016 4:19:16 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Thaddaeus" (Matt. 10:3). Victorious Christian living requires great courage. Thaddaeus was a man of many identities. In the King James translation of Matthew 10:3 he is called "Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus." He is also called "Judas the son of James" (Luke 6:16; Acts 1:13) and "Judas (not Iscariot)" (John 14:22). Judas, which means "Jehovah leads," was probably the name given him at birth, with Thaddaeus and Lebbaeus added later as nicknames to reflect his character. Apparently Thaddaeus was the nickname given to him by his family. It comes from a Hebrew root word that refers...
  • Is the Pope Catholic? - The Greatest Schism in Catholic Church History!

    05/25/2016 3:57:03 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 56 replies
    Spiritual Food Blogspot ^ | May 10, 2016 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    (Note: When pasting this document into FreeRepublic, it seems that most of the special formatting is lost, such as bold, italics, underlined words. To read the document with the formatting go to the link of the document.) Is the Pope Catholic? - The Greatest Schism in Catholic Church History! Dear friends, As always as I have wrote in the last couple of Spiritual Foods, it is very important in these times of great confusion, when even Catholic bishops are no longer in agreement about the fundamentals of our faith and morals, to not only pray much and to study the...
  • Cardinal Mller Expects SSPX to Recognize Disputed Council Teachings

    Cardinal Gerhard Mller has said he expects the Society of St. Pius X, which has always opposed the Second Vatican Council's declarations on religious freedom and ecumenism, to unreservedly recognize freedom of religion as a human right, and an obligation to ecumenism. In an interview in the June edition of the German publication Herder Korrespondenz, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said that if one wants to be fully Catholic, one must recognize the Pope and the Second Vatican Council.
  • In Times Of Trouble...Psalm 10 pt 1

    Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble? The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. For the wicked boasteth of his hearts desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. He hath said in his heart,...
  • Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal?

    05/24/2016 6:49:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 102 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal? Msgr. Charles Pope • May 23, 2016 • Many of you know that I write the Question and Answer column for Our Sunday Visitor. Given the celebration of Trinity Sunday this past Sunday, I thought I might reproduce here on the blog a question/answer regarding the Trinity. It is a fairly common question; perhaps you have it, too. Remember that my answers in the column are required to be brief.We read in a recent Sunday Gospel (May 1, 2016) that Jesus...
  • Saluting an Unknown Soldier (James, Son of Alphaeus)

    05/24/2016 5:01:53 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "James the son of Alphaeus" (Matt. 10:3). God often uses ordinary people to accomplish great things. Like most Christians, James the son of Alphaeus is an unknown and unsung soldier of the cross. His distinguishing characteristic is obscurity. Nothing he did or said is recorded in Scriptureonly his name. In Mark 15:40 he is called "James the Less," which literally means "Little James." That could refer to his stature (he might have been short), his age (he might have been younger than James the son of Zebedee), or his influence (he might have had relatively little...
  • Stephen: Godliness in Suffering

    05/24/2016 5:01:22 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7:55). Because Stephen was so consistently Spirit-filled, it was natural for him to react in a godly way to persecution and death. The clich Garbage in, garbage out provides a good clue to the essence of the Spirit-filled Christian life. Just as computers respond according to their programming, we respond to what fills our minds. If we allow the Holy Spirit to program our thought patterns, well be controlled and renewed by...
  • Is Love the Cause of Hatred? The Answer May Surprise You

    05/23/2016 7:02:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is Love the Cause of Hatred? The Answer May Surprise You Msgr. Charles Pope • May 22, 2016 • There is an old saying that the opposite of love is not hate; it is indifference. Indeed, it’s pretty hard to hate or even to have a strong aversion to something or someone we don’t really care about. But when we do love, we care. And the stronger our love, the more intense our concern, anger, or even hatred for what is wrong.But does this mean that love is the cause of hatred? Our instinct is to recoil and say,...
  • A New and Improved God

    05/23/2016 2:49:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 20, 2016 | David Carlin
    It is difficult, indeed almost impossible, to know how many Americans believe in God. Why? Because the word God means different things to different people. Mr. A may have one idea of God while Mr. B has quite another, even though they both tell us that they believe in God. Its like democracy. Communists and anti-Communists both called themselves democrats, but they had radically different ideas of democracy.A couple of centuries ago, almost everybody in the western world (which used to be called Christendom) had pretty much the same idea of God. You might be Catholic or Protestant, but your...
  • The Fate Of The Nations...Psalm 9 pt 6

    The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.(Psalm 9 :17-20)Many people miss the full import of the Psalms of the Bible, because they limit their understanding of them to being divine poetry, or as wisdom literature. Some correctly go further and realize that the...
  • A Journey Using a Medieval Map of Hell

    05/22/2016 10:52:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Aletelial ^ | March 20, 2016 | Matthew Becklo
    The “religious sense” has hit Nat Geo overnight – and the Catholic Church has found itself on center stage.First came a dramatized documentary about Pope Francis and a new series from Morgan Freeman about the “the story of God” (which affirmed the co-existence of faith and science in Catholicism and displayed a kind of “spiritual bond” with Rome).Now, Catholicism is at the center of a very different sort of travelogue, a two-hour special called “Map of Hell.” Donning a silver cross, action anti-hero Danny Trejo (Machete) kicks this special off with some “bad news”: “Someday, we’re all gonna die.”...
  • On Fatima Story, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Breaks Silence

    05/22/2016 10:26:28 AM PDT · by piusv · 51 replies
    Onepeterfive.com ^ | May 21, 2016 | Skojec, Steve
    Today, May 21, 2016, the Holy See Press Office has released, in its daily bulletin, a statement attributed to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The statement categorically denies the affirmation, reported here, from Fr. Ingo Dollinger, which speaks of a private conversation in which then-Cardinal Ratzinger spoke to Dollinger, a personal friend, about there being more to the Third Secret of Fatima than was published by the Vatican in June of 2000. Here is the full text of the Vatican statement:
  • One and One and One Are One - A Homily for Trinity Sunday

    05/22/2016 6:46:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One and One and One Are One - A Homily for Trinity Sunday Msgr. Charles Pope • May 21, 2016 • There is an old spiritual that says, “My God is so high you can’t get over Him. He’s so low you can’t get under Him. He’s so wide you can’t get around Him. You must come in, by and through the Lamb.”It’s not a bad way of saying that God is “other.” He is beyond what human words can describe, beyond what human thoughts can conjure. And on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, we do well...
  • Entrusting All to God

    05/22/2016 3:12:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right (1 Peter 4:19). The final attitude we should have in facing trials and sufferings is that of entrusting ourselves to God. Geoffrey Bull epitomizes the modern-day believer who entrusts his entire soul to Gods will in the middle of terrible suffering. Bull was punished with solitary confinement, brainwashing, many kinds of intimidation, and starvation during more than three years of imprisonment by the Communist Chinese forty years ago. During his affliction he prayed that God would...
  • A Traitor Turns to Christ (Matthew)

    05/22/2016 3:12:15 AM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Matthew the tax-gatherer" (Matt. 10:3). God can use you despite your sinful past. I remember reading a notice in a local newspaper announcing the opening of a new evangelical church in our community. It gave the date and time of the first services, then added, "our special guest star will be . . ." and named a popular Christian celebrity. In its attempt to appeal to unbelievers or simply draw a large crowd, the church today commonly uses that kind of approach. Jesus, however, used a different approach. None of His disciples were famous at all....
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-22-16, SOL, The Most Holy Trinity

    05/21/2016 7:45:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 22, 2016 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Reading 1 Prv 8:22-31 Thus says the wisdom of God:"The LORD possessed me, the beginning of his ways,the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago;from of old I was poured forth,at the first, before the earth.When there were no depths I was brought forth,when there were no fountains or springs of water;before the mountains were settled into place,before the hills, I was brought forth;while as yet the earth and fields were not made,nor the first clods of the world. "When the Lord established the heavens I was there,when he...
  • The Heathen Have Dug a Pit...Psalm 9 pt 5

    The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. (Psalm 9:14-15)The ninth Psalm is an eschatological revelation. The Psalmist ,by the Holy Spirit celebrates the coming of the LORD . At his Arrival, the united international enemies of Israel fall, they are turned back and routed! They had besieged her in their fury, but God rebukes them,putting out their name forever! The LORD comes...
  • The Russian Icon that Reveals the Mystery of the Trinity

    05/21/2016 12:59:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Aletelial ^ | March 21, 2016 | Philip Kosloski
    “It is most absurd and improper to depict in icons God the Father with a grey beard and the Only-Begotten Son in His bosom with a dove between them, because no-one has seen the Father according to His Divinity, and the Father has no flesh […] and the Holy Spirit is not in essence a dove, but in essence God.” (Great Synod of Moscow, 1667)For the Russian Orthodox Church, depicting the Holy Trinity in art has been an issue of controversy for the past thousand years. Even though the Council of Nicaea in 787 permitted the artistic representation of...
  • Prayers for the Dead

    05/21/2016 11:37:21 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 05-21-2016 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    The Orthodox pray for the departed. The most pressing prayer within the liturgies appointed for this purpose is for God to forgive their sins. We say, For no one lives and does not sin, for You only are without sin. This is easily misunderstood, but it goes to the very heart of the mystery of our relationship with God.The same sentiment, interestingly, is offered in the prayers for the living. The priest says: Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, and visitation for the servants of God [especially ______], and for the pardon and remission of their...
  • The Rapture?

    05/21/2016 8:38:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 472 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 04-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Rapture? Q. Many of our Protestant brethren say that, before Jesus comes, there will be a rapture wherein all the faithful will be taken up, I guess, to meet Him in the sky. When I tell them that the Bible says we will “see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven” (Mt 24:30) and “he will send his angels ... and they will gather his elect from the four winds” (Mt 24:31), and then ask them who will be left to “gather” if everyone has previously been “raptured,” they say it will be the Jews. What...
  • Evaluating Our Suffering

    05/21/2016 4:33:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler (1 Peter 4:15). We must not presume that God blesses every possible kind of suffering a Christian may become involved in. Its quite obvious that some sufferings and trials are not part of Gods plan for us. Believers should never suffer because theyve murdered, robbed, or done evil. But in todays verse Peter mentions a fourth categorya troublesome meddlerwhose meaning is not as apparent and whose application might be more in dispute. A troublesome meddler interferes with everyone elses business, and...
  • Beyond Doubt to Hope (Thomas)

    05/21/2016 4:32:39 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Thomas" (Matt. 10:3). Jesus can replace your doubts with hope. When Jesus was crucified, Thomas was shattered. He loved Jesus deeply and wanted always to be with Him. He was willing even to die with Him, but now his greatest fear had been realized: Jesus was gone. Thomas was not with the other disciples when Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection. John 20:25 says, "The other disciples therefore were saying to [Thomas], 'We have seen the Lord!' But he said to them, 'Unless I shall see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and...
  • Can the Church change its doctrines?

    05/20/2016 5:01:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | n/a | CA staff
    Can the Church change its doctrines? Full QuestionI was amazed to read recently where a Catholic priest theologian said that the Church is not infallible and that it has changed its doctrines. Apparently he felt Jesus' words in Matthew 18:18-19 ("Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted them by my heavenly Father") mean that the Church can change its doctrines as times...
  • An army in Heaven (hospice nurse on deathbed accounts)

    05/20/2016 1:21:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies
    Spirit Daily ^ | May 20, 2016
    A registered nurse who worked in ICU for years and later went into hospice work has logged fascinating deathbed accounts, including glimpses of hell and Heaven and a vision of Jesus that is among the most compelling we have read in this realm of alleged mystical encounters.The nurse, Kelley Jankowski, a mother of six who lives in Maryland, kept a journal and took meticulous notes after listening to what those dying were telling her and has recorded them in a splendidly written, vivid, and credible book, An Army in Heaven -- consoling indeed!There are stories of the simple process...
  • Nine Brief Examples of the Power of Metaphor

    05/20/2016 8:31:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Nine Brief Examples of the Power of Metaphor Msgr. Charles Pope • May 19, 2016 • Words, while an important part of our toolset, can also get in the way of reality. But how can we live without them? On some level we must allow a deep level of language to help us in sorting out reality; words are something that help us to form a mental picture. In particular, we sometimes turn to metaphors and extended metaphors (parables, allegories, stories, etc.).A metaphor is a figure of speech in which two different things are equated for rhetorical effect. It...
  • Babylon Rises (Blog on Transgender Bathroom Controversy)

    05/20/2016 7:44:13 AM PDT · by pcottraux · 13 replies
    Depths Of Pentecost ^ | 5-14--2016 | Philip Cottraux
    Babylon Rises By Philip Cottraux I normally avoid controversial topics, preferring Bible teachings to divisive political issues. However, I have addressed gay marriage, church shootings and abortion, and now a particular firestorm has come against my state in recent weeks that I can no longer ignore. God is calling His people to take a stand. As homosexual fascism has swept America into embracing immorality under the phony guise of civil rights, ethical dilemmas have been created for local governments to deal with. North Carolina recently passed House Bill 2, which states that a transgendered person should use the restroom of...
  • Vatican Official: We Must Learn from Judaism on Shabbat and Family

    05/20/2016 6:59:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Jewish News Online ^ | 5/18/16 | Justin Cohen
    Cardinal Kurt Koch said the Sunday culture in Christianity is very weak, urging for a more home-orientated approachThe Vaticans most senior official on relations with Jewish communities has insisted the Catholic Church must learn from the centrality of the home and Shabbat in Jewish life, saying the Sunday culture in Christianity is very weak. The frank comments from Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the pontifical commission for religious relations with the Jews, came during an exclusive interview as he joined leading theologians from both faiths for a two-day symposium on enhancing relations. The most important thing we can learn from...
  • Consider My Trouble...Psalm 9 pt 4

    Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.(Psalm 9:13-14)Psalm 9 is an eschatological psalm. It describes the coming of the Lord to this earth to deliver a besieged people, Israel, surrounded by menacing enemies on the verge of destroying her. The Psalmist reveals that Israels enemies will be routed by the very presence of the Lord, the perousia spoken...
  • How Much Longer Will This Go On?

    05/19/2016 7:24:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | May 16, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    At this point in the pontificate of the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires, it is fair to ask whether Francis is able to deliver even one sermon or address on Sacred Scripture that does not twist it to suit his idiosyncratic, liberal Jesuit theology. The latest example is the Address of the Audience of May 11 wherein Francis, yet again, bends the parable of the prodigal son to his peculiar notion of Divine Mercy. The mercy of the father is overflowing, unconditional, and is shown even before the son speaks, says Francis of the father who sees his lost son...
  • The Gospel Part 5: Reconciling Faith And Works

    05/19/2016 5:25:46 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 48 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 5/19/16 | Gary
    Faith vs. works.  Christians have debated this topic for two thousand years and still do.  At the heart of the debate you have two (seemingly) opposing sides: Team Faith says works are not required for salvation.  Salvation is received by grace through faith alone (John 6:28-29, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 4:5, Romans 11:6, Galatians 2:21).  They believe that making works a requirement for salvation ignores the very message of the Gospel that Jesus died for our sins and rose again (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), which the Apostle Paul calls "of first importance."  This is Christianity 101.  If Jesus died for your...
  • When He Makes Inquisition For Blood...Psalm 9 pt 3

    Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings. When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.(Psalm 9:11-12)The message of Psalm 9, is the coming of the Lord. He comes to deliver Israel from the enemies who besiege her in the last days. He comes to Judge the world in righteousness. He comes to put an end to the wanton destruction of the enemy. Here we see another of the reasons the Lord comes again, He comes as the judge to to make inquisition for...
  • Blessed are the Pure of Heart A Reflection on an Often Misunderstood Beatitude and Virtue

    05/19/2016 7:11:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Blessed are the Pure of Heart – A Reflection on an Often Misunderstood Beatitude and Virtue Msgr. Charles Pope • May 18, 2016 • This post is a kind of follow-up to yesterday’s reflection from the Letter of James, in which we were summoned away from our double-minded ways.One of the beatitudes taught by Jesus is often misunderstood, largely due to the popular translations of it from the Greek text: “Blessed are the pure of heart,” or “Blessed are the clean of heart.” Let’s look at three facets of the beatitude: its fundamental meaning, its focus, and the freedom...
  • Cardinal Burke Says Popes Exhortation Must be Read Critically

    05/19/2016 4:15:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/18/16 | Jeanne Smits
    ROME, May 18, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) Two days after the Rome Life Forum in which he called faithful Catholics to be prepared to endure the Martyrdom of Witness for the sake of the defense of human life and its cradle in the conjugal union of husband and wife, I was privileged to obtain a personal interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke for LifeSiteNews in which he made clear that in his view, Amoris laetitia can be read critically. He spoke gravely, even sadly, deploring the fact that many Catholics today are ignorant of their Catholic faith, underscoring also that the part...
  • Searching for Truth (Bartholomew)

    05/19/2016 3:47:01 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Bartholomew [Nathanael]" (Matt. 10:3). God knows your heart and will honor your search for truth. Despite Nathanael's prejudice, Jesus knew he was an honest, sincere, Jewish believer in whom there was no religious hypocrisy or deceit (John 1:47). He truly sought after God and looked forward to the Messiah's coming. Most of the Jewish people of Jesus' day believed that every circumcised descendent of Abraham was a true Jew and a beneficiary of the Abrahamic covenant. But in Romans 2:2829 Paul explains that salvation is an issue of the heart, not of national origin: "He is...
  • Rejoicing in Suffering

    05/19/2016 3:46:32 AM PDT · by metmom · 19 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    But to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation (1 Peter 4:13). We should rejoice in trials and persecutions, not for their own sake, but for the benefits that result. The late D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in his classic book Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, made the following careful distinction on what it means to rejoice in persecution: The Christian is, in a sense, one who must feel his heart breaking at the effect of sin in others that makes...
  • If You Seek Me With All Of Your Heart...Psalm 9 pt 2

    The ninth Psalm is eschatological. It is a celebration of the return of King Messiah, whose coming is an intervention, a deliverance of Israel from the amassed nations of the world who have united to destroy her. The psalmist taunts the enemies who have sought Israels destruction, O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.(Psalm 9:6)Either this is rendered as Your destructions are over forever!, or it means You are eternally destroyed. Perhaps it is both, for the Coming of the Messiah shall certainly produce both effects;...
  • A Diagnosis of Sin and a Healing Remedy

    05/18/2016 8:43:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Diagnosis of Sin and a Healing Remedy Msgr. Charles Pope • May 17, 2016 • There is a reading in daily Mass this week (Tuesday of the 7th Week of the year) in which James masterfully sets forth a fundamental aspect of our struggle against sin. He speaks of our disordered passions and double-minded ways. He assesses our problems and then offers solutions. The text from the Letter of James (James 4:1-10) is presented below in bold italics, while my commentary is shown in normal font. I. Source – Where do the wars and where do the conflicts...
  • Reassurance in the Midst of Trials

    05/18/2016 5:15:29 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you (1 Peter 4:12). We can be certain of Gods love for us, no matter how unexpected or difficult any trial might be. Reassuring words are vital as we strive to deal in a godly fashion with trials and sufferings in our Christian lives. In todays verse, Peter opens with a pastoral term (beloved) that conveys tenderness, love, and concern for his audience. It reinforces in a single word the concepts of fervent love...
  • Avoiding Prejudice (Bartholomew)

    05/18/2016 5:14:27 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Bartholomew [Nathanael]" (Matt. 10:3). Prejudice can destroy relationships and prevent people from coming to Christ. Prejudice is an uncalled-for generalization based on feelings of superiority. It is an ugly sin that has fueled hatred and conflicts for centuries, dividing entire nations and bringing untold misery. But prejudice is most damning when it blinds people to God's Word. The prophet Jonah was so prejudiced against the Assyrians, he refused to go to Nineveh to preach to them. Even after God convinced him to obey, he wanted to die because the people of Nineveh had repented and God...
  • The Return of the King...Psalm 9 pt 1

    The Psalms of the Bible are full of prophecy. A major theme of many of the Psalms is that of the return of the King, Messiah, and his sufferings and glory. The prophecies of the Psalms are eschatological also, describing in great detail the last great conflict of Israel, and of the world conditions at the time of the second coming of Christ. The ninth Psalm is an example of this. I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing...
  • Have We Forgotten the Hard Sayings of Christ?

    05/17/2016 3:07:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 17, 2016 | CHRISTIAN BROWNE
    “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire.” (Mk. 9:43)It requires no great insight in order to discern what the modern world would make of such a statement had it been uttered by a contemporary man. Secular society would simply dismiss the words as the ravings of an angry extremist. The reaction in the Church would likely be little different. Certainly, such a statement is hardly pastoral, as it seems to condemn, not “accompany.” All...
  • Five Images of the Holy Spirit from Scripture

    05/17/2016 8:15:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Images of the Holy Spirit from Scripture Msgr. Charles Pope • May 16, 2016 • One of the quirks of the post-conciliar liturgy is that the octave of Pentecost was dropped. Generally, the post-conciliar age has tried to emphasize the gifts and works of the Holy Spirit, so eliminating the octave of Pentecost is quite paradoxical. The Feast of Pentecost ranks right up there with Easter and the Nativity, both of which have an octave, yet the octave of Pentecost fell away. And thus on the Monday after Pentecost we are back to ordinary time and green vestments.However,...
  • Satan's Role in Our Trials

    05/17/2016 8:05:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world (1 Peter 5:8-9). All of Satans involvement in our sufferings and trials is under Gods control, which means our success against him is also in Gods sovereign hands. During the past twenty-five years, there has been a tremendous upsurge of interest in the occult, Satan worship, and evil supernatural influences. Such unwise fascination has had an impact on the church and...
  • Overcoming Pessimism (Philip)

    05/17/2016 8:04:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Philip" (Matt. 10:3). Pessimism will blind you to the sufficiency of Gods resources. It's been said that an optimist sees a glass half full; a pessimist sees it half empty. An optimist sees opportunities; a pessimist sees obstacles. In one sense Philip was an optimist. He recognized Jesus as the Messiah and immediately saw an opportunity to share his discovery with Nathanael. In another sense, Philip was a pessimist because on occasions he failed to see what Christ could accomplish despite the apparent obstacles. On one such occasion Jesus had just finished teaching and healing a...
  • Anglican-Catholic dialogue hammering out the tough difficulties

    05/16/2016 5:14:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The Catholic Register ^ | May 16, 2016 | Michael Swan
    After nearly 50 years of discourse between the Catholic and Anglican communions, the official dialogue body wants to fine-tune how it studies the differences and similarities between two churches which both call themselves Catholic. ARCIC III hasnt proved itself yet, Sir David Moxon, Anglican co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, told The Catholic Register following an ecumenical evensong on Pentecost Sunday. This third stage of the dialogue has been meeting since 2011, but has yet to publish a major document. It is currently studying how the Church arrives at moral teaching. The official dialogue sponsored by the Vatican and...
  • What Does It Mean to Receive Communion Worthily? (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    05/16/2016 3:49:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 16, 2016 | Jenna M. Cooper, J.C.L.
    [Editor’s Note: In response to a recent piece by Judy Landrieu Klein, our “Daily Catch” blog polled readers about their habits of confession and the reception of Holy Communion. As nearly 60% of the respondents admitted to knowingly participating in Communion while not in a state of grace, we asked canonist Jenna Cooper to address what the church teaches about this issue, and why.]As the Vatican II document Lumen Gentium tells us, the Eucharist is the “source and summit of Christian life” (LG 11), in which Jesus Christ is made really and truly present to us. During the holy sacrifice of...
  • A Short Consideration of the Sequence Hymn for Pentecost

    05/16/2016 7:28:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-15-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Short Consideration of the Sequence Hymn for Pentecost Msgr. Charles Pope • May 15, 2016 • There are several feasts of the Church during which a “sequence” hymn may be sung. The sequence hymn is sung just before the Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation). The feasts with sequence hymns are these: Easter – Victimae Paschali Laudes (To the Paschal Victim give praise)Pentecost – Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit)Corpus Christi – Lauda Sion (Praise O Sion)Our Lady of Sorrows – Stabat Mater (Stood the Mother, sad and weeping)All Souls – Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) Too many parishes simply omit...
  • Friendship Evangelism (Philip)

    05/16/2016 4:13:22 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Philip" (Matt. 10:3). Friendships can provide the most fertile soil for evangelism. Philip was probably a fisherman and acquainted with Peter, Andrew, James, John, Nathanael, and Thomas prior to their all becoming disciples. We first meet him in John 1:43-46, which says, "The next day [after Jesus encountered Peter and Andrew], He purposed to go forth into Galilee, and He found Philip, and Jesus said to him, 'Follow Me.' Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, 'We have found Him of whom Moses in...