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  • The Holy Trinity - Chapter 4

    04/01/2015 6:41:57 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    God of our fathers, enthroned in light, how rich, how musical is the tongue of England! Yet when we attempt to speak forth Thy wonders, our words how poor they seem and our speech how unmelodious. When we consider the fearful mystery of Thy Triune Godhead we lay our hand upon our mouth. Before that burning bush we ask not to understand, but only that we may fitly adore Thee, One God in Persons Three. Amen. To meditate on the three Persons of the Godhead is to walk in thought through the garden eastward in Eden and to tread on...
  • On Taking Too Much for Granted - Chapter 16

    04/01/2015 6:39:14 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    ONCE MARY AND JOSEPH, with a number of friends and relatives, were traveling back home from Jerusalem and, supposing the young Jesus to be in the company, went a whole day's journey before discovering that He had been left behind. Their fault was that they assumed that what they wanted to believe was so in fact. They took too much for granted. A simple check at the start of the journey would have saved them a harrowing experience of fear and uncertainty and two days' unnecessary travel. Theirs was a pardonable fault and one that we ourselves are in great...
  • My Servant Shall Justify The Many...Isaiah 52-53 pt 7

    Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MERCEDARIANS, 04-01-15

    04/01/2015 9:56:43 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-01-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:MERCEDARIANS A religious order of men, founded by St. Peter Nolasco about 1220, and also called Nolascans. Its two fold purpose was originally to tend the sick and to rescue Christians who had been captured by the Moslems. Their rule derives from St. Raymond Peńafort (1175-1275). In addition to taking the usual three vows, they pledge themselves to become hostages if needed for the deliverance of Christian captives. A corresponding order of nuns was established at Seville, Spain, in 1568. The Mercedarians took their present name from their traditional devotion to Our Lady of Mercy. Hence...
  • Interpreting The Bible And Later Sources On The Eucharist

    04/01/2015 8:27:38 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 17 replies
    Triablogue ^ | July 05, 2008 | Jason Engwer
    Interpreting The Bible And Later Sources On The Eucharist I want to make a couple of points that aren't often emphasized, or even mentioned at all, in discussions about John 6 and the eucharist. - When John 6 is discussed in relation to the eucharist, the discussion often begins with the comments on the bread of Heaven in verse 31, verse 35, or somewhere else later in the passage. But we should keep the earlier context in mind. Given the contrast that Jesus sets up in John 6:26-29, in which resting in faith in Him is contrasted with the...
  • Spy Wednesday and a Reflection on the Sins of the Clergy

    04/01/2015 7:50:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 55 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Spy Wednesday and a Reflection on the Sins of the Clergy By: Msgr. Charles PopeWednesday of Holy Week is traditionally called “Spy Wednesday,” since it was on this day that Judas conspired with the Temple leadership to hand Jesus over. He would not accomplish his task until the evening of the next day, but this day he made the arrangements and was paid.One way to reflect on this terrible sin is to consider that Judas was among the first priests called by Jesus. We see in the call of the Apostles the establishment of the ministerial priesthood. Jesus called these men to...
  • Cardinal Nichols: We Must Not See Family Synod as a Battle

    04/01/2015 6:12:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/31/15 | Staff Reporter
    Archbishop of Westminster says family synod is 'a time of prayerful discernment' in Chrism Mass homilyCardinal Vincent Nichols has said October’s synod on the family should not be viewed as “a battle between contesting sides”. Cardinal Nichols made the comment in his homily during Chrism Mass for the Diocese of Westminster at Westminster Cathedral earlier today. He told the congregation that their prayers were needed as “the Church prepares for the next Synod of Bishops”. “It is wrong, in my view, to think or speak of this Synod as a battle, a battle between contesting sides. Battles have winners and...
  • Wisdom Cries Out-Indiana and Religious Freedom

    Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.(Proverbs 1:20-23)To those who have ears to hear, the situation with the Indiana Religious Freedom Act and the Demagoguery that surrounds it is an ominous omen. It...
  • Christ’s Words from the Cross: 7 Weapons of Victory Over Evil (Prayer included)

    03/31/2015 5:12:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | Kathleen Beckman
    Christ’s Words from the Cross: 7 Weapons of Victory Over Evil Kathleen BeckmanIn Venerable Fulton Sheen’s classic, The Life of Christ, we read, “He had already said that no one would take away his life from Him, but that he would lay it down Himself. Death did not lay its hand on his shoulder and give him a summons to depart. He went out to meet death. In order to show that he would not die from exhaustion, but by an act of the will, his last words were spoken.”From the pulpit of the Cross, Christ’s seven last words...
  • Veiling and Covering Statues and Crosses during Lent

    03/31/2015 3:42:44 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 10 replies
    The veiling and covering of statues during the last part of Lent is something that Strikes many people the first time that they see it. It is something that definitely struck me as well when I first saw this liturgical practice. Lately many people have been asking me about the practice, such as where did it originate, is it a traditional practice, what is the significance and many other things.It is my understanding that the Bishops’ Conference decides whether this practice will be used as the norm or not. Here in the United States it is my understanding that it...
  • You Don’t Need a Rainbow Sticker to Let People Know You’re Black

    03/31/2015 2:57:03 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    http://www.redstate.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    To recap: Tim Cook (please, please click this link) and the left are happy to do business in countries that stone to death or otherwise jail gay people, but will not do business with Indiana, which merely passed a law insisting that the “free exercise” clause of the first amendment be on the same legal footing in courts as the “free speech” clause of the first amendment. The Supreme Court, in Perry Educ. Ass’n v. Perry Local Educators’ Ass’n, 460 U.S. 37 (1983), ruled that for a state to restrict content based speech, it must have a compelling governmental interest....
  • Is John 6:66 Evidence of Transubstantiation?

    03/31/2015 2:42:14 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 186 replies
    In Plain Sight ^ | March 31,2015 | Jason Engwer
    If priests indeed have the exclusive power to change finite bread and wine into the body and blood of the infinite Christ, and, if indeed, consuming His body and blood is necessary for salvation, then the whole world must become Catholic to escape the wrath of God. On the other hand, if Jesus was speaking in figurative language, then this teaching becomes the most blasphemous and deceptive hoax any religion could impose on its people. There is no middle ground. (Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood. by Mike Gendron)“There is no indication in the biblical accounts of the Last...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: THEATINES, 03-31-15

    03/31/2015 9:13:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-31-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:THEATINES The Clerks Regular of the Divine Providence founded in Rome in 1524 by two members of the Roman Oratory of Divine Love, St. Cajetan (1480-1547) and Gian Pietro Caraffa (1476-1559), later Pope Paul IV. Strictly austere, they were instrumental in advancing the Counter-Reformation. Their apstolic purpose is still essentailly the same: to restore in the Church of God the primitive rule of apostolic life. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • The Barren Fig Tree

    03/31/2015 8:25:14 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 64 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | 2006 | Kyle Butt, M.A.
    Upon encountering the story of Jesus cursing the barren fig tree, the average Bible student is slightly taken aback by the “strangeness” of the events that occur. Mark’s account records the story as follows: Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you...
  • Mercy! So Great a Gift – Why Many Parishes Need to Reconsider When They Offer Confession

    03/31/2015 7:51:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-30-15 | catholic, apologetics, history, theology
    Mercy! So Great a Gift – Why Many Parishes Need to Reconsider When They Offer the Sacrament of Confession By: Msgr. Charles PopeAt tonight’s Chrism Mass, the Cardinal chose to focus his remarks to the more than 300 priests in attendance on the beauty of the Sacrament of Confession and the power of mercy. What a magnificent gift the Lord gave His Church through the ministry of priests, that we can hear His blessed words, I absolve you from your sins … go in peace.My mind goes back to a beautiful story of St. John Paul II and a certain bishop (not of...
  • He Was Oppressed And He Was Afflicted...Isaiah 52-53 pt 6

    He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth....
  • A Dozen Reasons Why I Became a Preterist

    03/30/2015 7:11:21 PM PDT · by grumpa · 60 replies
    self | March 30, 2015 | Charles S. Meek
    A DOZEN REASONS WHY I BECAME A PRETERIST by Charles S. Meek Kicking and screaming, gnarling and scratching, I became convinced that the preterist view of eschatology is the correct one. Here’s why. 1. I could no longer ignore, in good conscience, the over 100 time-statements in the New Testament that demand fulfillment of the prophesied events within the lifetimes of the New Testament writers. 2. I became convinced that the culmination of all eleven specific mentions of the “last days” or “end times” in the New Testament could not be placed beyond the first century. 3. I realized that...
  • The Mystery and Power of Personal Prayer

    03/30/2015 4:45:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | October 12, 2007 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    I am continually amazed at how many Catholics forget the power of personal prayer. There are priestly, consecrated and lay apostles who make significant commitments to the active Christian life, including the Church’s liturgical life, but fail to nourish that commitment through personal prayer. There are Catholic parents who take their Faith seriously but seldom remember to pray for their children. And of course there are many relatively casual Catholics who fail to cultivate a personal prayer life of any kind. Personal and Private Prayer There is certainly great power in public prayer, especially the Mass and the Sacraments, by...
  • Monumental Events About To Take Place.

    03/30/2015 3:08:12 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 17 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 3/30/15 | Gary
    I'll say it again, but it appears that a significant prophetic shift occurred two weeks ago with the Israeli elections, U.S. abandonment of Israel, and the Total Solar Eclipse (sun turning to darkness).  Virtually every day now a huge story is breaking.  Yesterday a massive 7.7 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea, generating a tsunami in the Pacific.  Rush Limbaugh reports that Obama is planning to not only divide Israel, but even to abandon Israel as an ally.  Another reporter is shocked by comments made by Vice President Biden inferring that Jews are not guaranteed safety in the United States.  And...
  • The Vicarious Sufferer...Isaiah 52-53 pt 5

    03/30/2015 10:27:11 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles
    03-30-15 | Bll Randles
    Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.(Isaiah 53:4-6)We have been looking at the 4th Servant Song from the book of the prophet Isaiah.It seems that the Song is divided into...
  • The Bread of life Discourse

    03/30/2015 9:29:16 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 12 replies
    One Fold ^ | October 2009 | Brian Culliton
    The Bread of Life Discourse Introduction The Bread of Life Discourse is the Apostle John’s account of the conversation between Jesus and the Jews as recorded in chapter six of his gospel.  In His discourse with the Jews, Jesus plainly conveys what they must do to be saved; believe in Him.  However, the Jews were more interested in the miracles Jesus performed then they were in what He preached.  They were convinced that if He was the messiah, He would lead them to victory over the Romans and establish the everlasting kingdom. Jesus exclaimed no less than seven times during this...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FATHERS OF THE DESERT, 03-30-15

    03/30/2015 9:21:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-30-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:FATHERS OF THE DESERT The hermits and monks of the early Church who developed religious life from its Gospel origins and laid the groundwork for all future institutes of Christian perfection. Since most of them lived in the deserts of Egypt, from the third through the fourth centuries, they are called Desert Fathers. The standard collection of the lives of these Fathers is in ten volumes and contains the biographies of Sts. Paul, Anthony, and Hilarion, and of the women religious Sts. Eugenie, Euphrasia, Euphrosyne, Mary the Egyptian, and many others. All items in this dictionary...
  • In Summation: Does any Church or Council possess infallibility or did Jesus alone possess this?

    03/30/2015 8:34:08 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 82 replies
    3/30/2015 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    Here is the summation for the previous threads and the last of this for some time: Jesus Christ alone possessed the intrinsic quality of infallibility, was unlike any man that has ever lived, and was in a class all by Himself. There were some (like the Ebionites) who believed that Jesus was the messiah but also believed that he lacked divinity. Some, like those who ascribed to Arianism or semi-Arianism, who were somewhere in between the Ebionites and those who believed/believe that Jesus was fully God and Fully Man. Each of these nonetheless believed that Jesus was unlike any man...
  • Spend This Week With Jesus – A Daily Chronology of Jesus’ “Last” Week

    03/30/2015 7:45:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Spend This Week With Jesus – A Daily Chronology of Jesus’ “Last” Week By: Msgr. Charles PopeAt the heart of our faith is the Paschal mystery: the Passion, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. All of salvation history leads up to and goes forth from these saving events. The purpose of this post is to describe Jesus’ final week. We call this “Holy Week” because Jesus’ public ministry culminates with His suffering, death, and resurrection. What follows is a brief description of each day of Holy Week. I hope you will print out this flyer (Walking-with-Jesus-In-Holy-Week) and read it...
  • Why Satisfaction Theory Is So Satisfying (Even Though It’s Wrong)

    03/30/2015 6:26:36 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 4 replies
    Patheos: Good and Truth ^ | March 30, 2015 | Rev Coleman Glenn
    On His “Glory to God for All Things” blog last week, Orthodox priest Fr. Stephen Freeman posted on the Orthodox perspective on Jesus’ atonement in contrast to the theory of penal substitution (penal substitution is the theory that Jesus died instead of you to take on the punishment due to you from God for your sins). Fr. Stephen argues that even the passages that seem to directly imply “penal substitution” atonement, or at least some form of “satisfaction theory” (i.e. Jesus died as a substitution in place of us to satisfy some demand of God), actually do not inherently suggest...
  • Joy Comes from Faith, Not Doctrine, Pope Says

    03/30/2015 6:08:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 3/26/15 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God's law is about love for God and for others, not cold, abstract doctrine, Pope Francis said at a morning Mass. "It's sad to be a believer without joy and there is no joy when there is no faith, when there is no hope, when there is no law, but only rules and cold doctrine," he said at the Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae March 26. "The joy of faith, the joy of the Gospel is the touchstone of a person's faith. Without joy, that person is not a true believer," he said, according to...
  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    03/29/2015 6:09:23 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 56 replies
    3/29/15 | Faith Presses On
    The following is a study of John 6, with a particular focus on the Jewish aspects of it. John 6 is often cited by Roman Catholic apologists in support of their church's teachings on the Lord's Supper, but the issue of Jesus as the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament is typically ignored, which drastically affects the understanding of events. One claim frequently made by Catholic apologists is that their church is merely taking literally what Jesus says about His body and blood in John 6, while Protestants who take the Bible literally choose not to do so when it...
  • A Sunday in Nisan (Fulton J. Sheen)

    03/29/2015 2:18:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 29, 2015 | Fulton J. Sheen
    It was the month of Nisan. The Book of Exodus ordered that in this month the Paschal Lamb was to be selected, and four days later was to be taken to the place where it was to be sacrificed. On Palm Sunday, the Lamb was chosen by popular acclaim in Jerusalem; on Good Friday He was sacrificed.His last Sabbath Our Lord spent in Bethany with Lazarus and his sisters. News was now circulated that Our Lord was coming into Jerusalem. In preparation for His entrance, He sent two of His disciples into the village, where they were told they would...
  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 2:11:17 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 212 replies
    Thoughts of Francis Turretine ^ | July 17, 2014 | TurretinFan
    Never Thirst - Taking Jesus "Literally" can be Fatal Roman Catholics like to try to claim that they are just taking Jesus "literally" when they interpret "this is my body" to mean that what was in Jesus' hands was not bread but his physical body [FN1]. Three passages in John help to illustrate the problem with that approach: John 4, John 6, and John 7.  In the first, Jesus refers metaphorically to living water, in the second Jesus refers to himself as food and drink, and in the third Jesus offers drink to those who thirst. In John 4, Jesus...
  • Vatican Cardinal to German Bishops: We Can’t Adapt Faith to Times Like Christians Under The Nazis

    03/29/2015 9:49:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/26/15 | Maike Hickson
    ROME, March 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An influential Swiss cardinal at the Vatican has warned Germany’s bishops that the Church cannot merely adapt itself to the times as some Christians did in order to support the Nazis. In an interview with the German Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost, Cardinal Kurt Koch firmly (but politely) refuted the proposal of Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Bishop Franz-Josef Bode, both delegates to the upcoming Synod on the Family, that the Catholic Church has to adjust herself more to the “life realities” of Catholics today, and liberalize its attitude toward remarried divorcees. Cardinal Marx had even...
  • A CALL TO PRAYER...for our Nation

    03/29/2015 8:09:36 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 9 replies
    InTouch.ORG ^ | Aired On 27 Mar 2015 | Dr. Charles Stanley
    A CALL TO PRAYER We are living in one of the most dangerous periods in history. Every day we see more crime and corruption, and the effects of a growing hatred toward the things of God. But because of our Lord’s faithful promises, there is always hope. Dr. Stanley reminds us that It is only when we seek God, turn from our sin, and submit to His will that our nation—and our world—will be free. As we spend time with the Lord each day, we must remember to pray with passion and perseverance for our churches, our country’s leaders,...
  • See What the End Shall Be -- A Palm Sunday Reflection

    03/29/2015 7:22:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    See What the End Shall Be – A Palm Sunday Reflection By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Passion which we read in today’s liturgy is too long to comment on in detail. We are only able to take a portion and examine it.The usual villains such as the Temple leaders, Judas, and the recruited crowd, which shouted “Crucify him!” are fairly obvious in displaying their sinfulness and are unambiguously wicked. But there are others who participate in the Passion accounts whose sinfulness, struggles and neglect are more subtle, but still real and contribute significantly to the Lord’s sufferings on Good Friday....
  • He was Despised And Rejected...Isaiah 52-53 pt 4

    Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.(Isaiah 53:1-3)It is the climax of human history, the apocalypse, the very...
  • On taking John 6 literally

    03/29/2015 5:59:11 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 143 replies
    triablogue ^ | October 16, 2005 | Steve
    On taking John 6 literally Roman Catholics claim to take Jn 6 literally, unlike the Baptists. But what exactly does it mean to take Jn 6 literally, and who is more literal, the Catholic or the Baptist? 1.Here is what I take a literal interpretation of Jn 6 to mean. Some time around the year AD 30 or so, Jesus performed three nature miracles (the multiplication of food, walking on water, stilling the storm) situated on or about (the E. shore of) the Sea of Galilee. The next day, in a synagogue located in Capernaum, on the NW shore...
  • Four reasons why the Bread of Life Discourse cannot be a metaphor

    03/28/2015 7:24:04 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 106 replies
    http://newtheologicalmovement.blogspot.com ^ | June 25, 2011 | Father Ryan Erlenbush
    Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, John 6:51-58 I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. […] Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life. […] Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Most, though not all, Protestants wiggle and fidget as they come to the Bread of Life Discourse in the sixth chapter of the Gospel according to St....
  • BENEDICT XVI ON PALM SUNDAY: The Theological Einstein of Our Times (Catholic Caucus)

    BENEDICT XVI ON PALM SUNDAY St Peter's Square 26th World Youth Day Sunday, 17 April 2011 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Dear young people! It is a moving experience each year on Palm Sunday as we go up the mountain with Jesus, towards the Temple, accompanying him on his ascent. On this day, throughout the world and across the centuries, young people and people of every age acclaim him, crying out: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” But what are we really doing when we join this procession as part...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Spiritual Works of Mercy, Pray for the Living and the Dead

    03/28/2015 5:44:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    markshea.com ^ | 2010 | Mark P. Shea
    Pray for the Living and the DeadOne of the sillier things one sometimes hears about the Catholic Church is communicated in jokes like the one about the guy who gets to the Pearly Gates and is ushered inside by St. Peter. As Pete’s showing him around the Elysian Fields, they pass by a little gothic structure and hear voices inside praying in Latin.“Shh!” says Peter, and leads the new arrival tiptoe past the little building.Once out of earshot, the new arrival turns to Peter and says, “What’s up with those guys?”Peter says, “Those are the Catholics. They think they’re...
  • WAY OF THE CROSS LED BY HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS (Prayer and Meditation)

    03/28/2015 5:22:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Vatican.va ^ | ROME, 3 APRIL 2015 | LED BY HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
    GOOD FRIDAYPASSION OF THE LORDWAY OF THE CROSS LED BY HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCISCOLOSSEUMROME, 3 APRIL 2015THE CROSS,RADIANT CULMINATIONOF GOD’S PROTECTIVE LOVE We too are called, in love, to be protectorsMEDITATIONSby H.E. Msgr. Renato CortiEmeritus Bishop of Novara [English, French, Italian, Portuguese] INTRODUCTIONIt was 19 March 2013. Pope Francis had been elected just a few days before. He preached on Saint Joseph, the “protector” of Mary and Jesus[1], as a model of discretion, humility, silence, abiding presence and complete fidelity.The present Way of the Cross will make constant reference to the gift of our being “protected” by God’s love, particularly...
  • 2015 State of Atheism in America

    03/28/2015 1:00:48 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 12 replies
    www.barna.org . ^ | March 24, 2015 | Barna Group
    Who Are the Atheists? [excerpts] For reporting purposes at Barna, we often combine atheists and agnostics into one group, which we call skeptics. Skeptics either do not believe God exists (atheists) or are not sure God exists, but are open to the possibility (agnostics). Skeptics represent one-quarter of all unchurched adults (25%). Nearly one-third of skeptics have never attended a Christian church service in their lives (31%). That’s nearly double the proportion of “virgin unchurched” who are not skeptics (17%)... Five Demographic Shifts among Skeptics They are younger. Skeptics today are, on average, younger than in the past. Twenty years...
  • The Sacrifice of the Mass, Hebrews, and the Problem of the One-and-the-Many

    03/28/2015 12:21:36 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 31 replies
    Fallibility ^ | September 23, 2013 | Michael Taylor
    The Sacrifice of the Mass, Hebrews, and the Problem of the One-and-the-Many Introduction In Roman Catholic theology, every particular mass is itself a sacrifice, not merely the memorial of a sacrifice. At the same time, however, the mass is essentially the same sacrifice as Calvary, even though the mass is not in every respect Calvary itself. The Council of Trent says: And inasmuch as in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the mass is contained and immolated in an unbloody manner the same Christ who once offered Himself in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross,...
  • Will you be celebrating Easter, as well as celebrating the Assumption of Mary into heaven bodily?

    03/28/2015 12:18:26 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 159 replies
    3/28/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    On Easter Day (April 5th, 2015), faithful Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus bodily from death. Later on this year, faithful Christians will also (on August 15th, 2015) celebrate the resurrection of Mary the mother of Jesus (before her body could see decay) and her Assumption into heaven. With the shows on CNN (Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact and Forgery) and O'Reilly's book, "Killing Jesus" on television (both this Sunday), there seems to be an uptick in the interest on the life of Jesus, the Apostles and early followers of Jesus - as well as Mary's role, too.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BETHANY, 03-28-15

    03/28/2015 9:44:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-28-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:BETHANY Beyond Mount Olivet, about one mile southeast of where Christ ascended into heaven, on the side of a nearby hill, is the traditional house where Martha and Mary lived with Lazarus, and where Christ raised Lazarus from the dead. In the fourth century a crypt-chapel marked Lazarus' tomb. The original Bethany was destroyed by the Romans under Titus (A.D. 39-81) and never rebuilt. Monasteries, early Christian churches, and fairly modern shrines were built nearby, but today all are in a ruined condition. In 1187 Bethany was claimed by the Moslems, who forbade Christians to enter...
  • The Evolution of the Sacrifice of the Mass: PART 2

    03/28/2015 7:46:37 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 25 replies
    One Fold ^ | April 7, 2009 | Brian Culliton
    The Evolution of the Sacrifice of the Mass: Part 2April 7, 2009 In part one of “The Evolution of the Mass,” we explored the elucidation of second century apologist, Justin Martyr, concerning “sacrifice.” Justin had stated that the only perfect and well-pleasing sacrifices to God are prayers and giving of thanks offered by worthy men. So how did the church go from that understanding to the belief that Christ must be re-sacrificed in an un-bloody manner? Justin plainly associates this only sacrifice of prayers and giving of thanks with the Eucharist of the bread and the cup saying, “which are...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015 Spiritual Works of Mercy, Bear Wrongs Patiently

    03/27/2015 8:04:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | July 13, 2010 | Mark Shea
    Bear Wrongs Patiently by Mark Shea - July 13, 2010Reprinted with permission from our good friends at InsideCatholic.com, the leading online journal of Catholic faith, culture, and politics.Me assuming the task of writing about "bearing wrongs patiently" is like asking the Incredible Hulk for anger management counseling or seeking out Britney Spears for tips on marriage and child-rearing. I don't bear wrongs very patiently. Why should I? Those people are wrong! They need to be set right! I'm only doing my Christian duty of admonishing the sinner when I inform that jerk that he's a jerk. I'm not indulging...
  • The Prodigal Son: The Parable of Parables (Fr. George Rutler)

    03/27/2015 3:48:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | March 25, 2015 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’ ”Chartres is the cathedral of cathedrals, and here is the parable of parables. Nothing is wanting in the other parables. All are from the lips of the Lord. As one’s taste in a certain mood might prefer Cologne or Siena to Chartres, so one might prefer to make a point with the parable of the lost sheep or...
  • Which Compilations of New Testament Scripture Were Inspired By God and Which Weren't?

    03/27/2015 3:11:53 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 37 replies
    3/27/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Moving back from the Theodosian Code, which stated the scriptures they believed to be heretical, back to the First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D., which decreed that the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were to be in the fixed New Testament Canon of scripture, and back to earlier dates we find the following: A.) The Clermont List - a codex which embraced the Canon as it existed in Egypt (i.e. Alexandria) c.300 A.D. It lists the New Testament books which are the same as ours except that the Gospels are listed Matthew, Mark, Luke (the apostolic authors...
  • Mary 'Mother of God'=Church 'Mother of Holy Spirit?'(Are we not god-bearers-'theotokos'-too?[Vanity]

    03/27/2015 2:04:10 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    Colofornian | March 27, 2015 | Colofornian
    It's past time to unpack an old Greek word: 'Theotokos' Here, you'll "catch" the English translation of it among the italicized words below: A Freeper put it rather logically on a recent thread...and something, btw, historically verifiable within the history of the church: Jesus is God incarnate.Mary is Jesus mother.Ergo, Mary is the Mother of God. The history behind 'Mother of God'"In the fourth century a bishop of Constantinople named Nestorious...wanted to call Mary only 'Mother of Christ'; he feared that the title 'Mother of God' would confuse the divine and human aspects of Jesus. The church in the East...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NECROMANCY, 03-27-15

    03/27/2015 8:43:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-27-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:NECROMANCY The art of divining the future through alleged communication with the dead. It was mentioned in the Bible and found in every ancient nation. It was forbidden by Mosaic law in any form, whether as alchemy, magic, or witchcraft. It is also forbidden by the Church. One reason is that the practice lends itself to dependence on the evil spirits who can pretend to foretell the future, but only to deceive and mislead the practitioners. In modern times it is called spiritism or spiritualism. (Etym. Greek nekros, corpse + manteia, divination; Latin necromantia. All items...
  • On the Lost Justice of the “Sabbath Rest”

    03/27/2015 7:34:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Lost Justice of the “Sabbath Rest” By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome of us who are older remember that Sundays were once quiet in downtown; in shopping areas, parking lots were empty. Most businesses were closed and few people had to work on Sundays. Surely there were exceptions, such as medical personnel, emergency workers, and those who ran essential services like power plants. But for most, Sunday was a day off. And although the biblical Sabbath was Saturday, in a largely Christian nation Sunday was the “Sabbath” day of rest.In those days, Church was in the morning and then it was...
  • The Right to Give Your Kids a Catholic Education

    03/27/2015 6:30:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/25/15 | Grazie pozo Christie
    A salute to Archbishop Cordileone for defending it in San Francisco.California is always a great state to watch, as things that happen there tend to be harbingers for the other 49. In San Francisco, we have the spectacle of an archbishop under attack from several state senators. His offense? Trying to ensure that high-school students in Catholic schools get the Catholic education their parents have freely chosen to give them. Archbishop Cordileone has had the good sense to ask high-school faculty to affirm that they will impart the Church’s social teachings. He’s trying to guarantee that students will receive the...