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  • Pulling up Roots from Reality - A Review of a Cogent Analysis of the Post-Cartesian West

    05/03/2016 7:22:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pulling up Roots from Reality - A Review of a Cogent Analysis of the Post-Cartesian West Msgr. Charles Pope • May 2, 2016 • René DescartesOver the years I have attempted to trace the philosophical disaster of our modern world. Certainly the fundamental roots can be traced back to the breakdown of the medieval synthesis, the rise of nominalism, and the doubts of Descartes. These introduced a disconnect from reality. Descartes introduced a radical doubt in anything seen or experienced, and this disconnects us from reality. If we pull up roots from reality and the revelation of creation, we...
  • Understanding the Future (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional & Caucus)

    05/03/2016 5:12:13 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 5/3/2015
    When we ask questions about matters that elude our full understanding, we tend to look for models or patterns that are similar to what we do understand. We seek for clues to a new and different paradigm. The shift from earthbound thinking to conceiving of heaven is a massive paradigm shift. To speak of our mysterious future is to search for analogies that will give us a hint about what to expect. We cannot say what heaven is, but the Bible does give us hints as to what it is like. We try to imagine the unknown in the light...
  • The Sexual Revolution; Particularly cruel to Women...Gender pt 2

    A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are truel.(Proverbs 12:10)For more than 70 years there has been an out of control forest-fire raging in the former Judeo/Christian world, which has wreaked seismic levels of misery and even death to literally millions of people. Ironically the scope of the evil it has inflicted, is little appreciated, in fact there are many who believe this out of control cultural fire represents progress. I speak of the Sexual revolution. This raging and destructive fire was sparked by a confluence of historical events, such as...
  • On the Need to Be More Urgent in Preparing for Final Judgment

    05/02/2016 6:33:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-01-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Need to Be More Urgent in Preparing for Final Judgment Msgr. Charles Pope • May 1, 2016 • At every funeral I celebrate, I spend a good portion of the sermon urging everyone, including myself, to be more intent on preparing for death and judgement. I remind the assembled of Jesus’ numerous parables on this theme. I remind them that no one loves them more than does Jesus, and yet no one issued more warnings of judgment and Hell than He did. I do this at funerals because the overwhelming majority of people I see there do...
  • Responding to Gods Call (evangelical & Protestant Caucus)

    05/02/2016 5:25:21 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 5/2/2016
    We live in daily submission to a host of authorities who circumscribe our freedom: from parents to traffic police officers to dog catchers. All authorities are to be respected and, as the Bible declares, honored. But only one authority has the intrinsic right to bind the conscience. God alone imposes absolute obligation, and He does it by the power of His holy voice. He calls the world into existence by divine imperative, by holy fiat. He calls the dead and rotting Lazarus to life again. He calls people who were no people My people. He calls us out of darkness...
  • What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he?

    05/01/2016 12:59:11 PM PDT · by Ezekiel · 6 replies
    Bible | May 01, 2016
    Mark 12:28-40 28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy...
  • Four Gifts of Grace A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

    05/01/2016 5:45:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Gifts of Grace – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 30, 2016 • The Gospel for today has a number of “sayings” of the Lord Jesus, which all amount to a kind of litany of love. It is a setting forth of the gifts that He, by His grace, is accomplishing and will accomplish in us. Let’s get right to work and consider the wonderful gifts of grace.I. Power – Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever loves me will keep my word”Here is a fundamental theology of grace: keeping the commandments...
  • The Paschal homily of St John Chrysostomos (Archbishop of Constantinople)

    05/01/2016 4:01:41 AM PDT · by Kolokotronis · 16 replies
    http://www.orthodoxchristian.info/pages/sermon.htm ^ | 4th Century AD | +John Chrysostomos
    If any be a devout lover of God, let him partake with gladness from this fair and radiant feast. If any be a faithful servant, let him enter rejoicing into the joy of his Lord. If any have wearied himself with fasting, let him now enjoy his reward. If any have laboured from the first hour, let him receive today his rightful due. If any have come after the third, let him celebrate the feast with thankfulness. If any have come after the sixth, let him not be in doubt, for he will suffer no loss. If any have delayed...
  • The Left;The Serpent hates The Woman...Gender pt 1

    And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.(Genesis 3:15)And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.(Revelation 12:17) We see by these texts that the Serpent of Genesis becomes a Dragon by Revelation. He is the enemy of all mankind, the original murderer and tempter, whose task is to alienate all men from God. But the Dragon/Serpent...
  • We (Still) Believe In The Holy Spirit...Charismatic Post Mortem

    And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.(Acts 1:7-8)I have taken you, my readers on a very truncated tour of what I believe to be the causes of the death of the Charismatic movement. I have no problem believing that God did indeed...
  • Knocking Down the Gates of Hell

    04/30/2016 5:25:48 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 04-30-2016 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    The Swedish Lutheran theologian, Gustav Aulen, publish a seminal work on types of atonement theory in 1930 (Christus Victor). Though time and critique have suggested many subtler treatments of the question, no one has really improved on his insight. Especially valuable was description of the Classic View of the atonement. This imagery, very dominant in the writings of the early Fathers and in the liturgical life of the Eastern Church, focused on the atonement as an act of invasion, smashing of gates and bonds, and the setting free of those bound in hell. Aulen clearly preferred this imagery and is...
  • The Victory of the Resurrection

    04/30/2016 4:12:58 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1997 | John McArthur
    Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? . . . but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:54-55, 57). The Resurrection seals what we could not: victory over death. Death is the great enemy of mankind. It comes to everyone without exception. It violates our dominion of Gods creation, breaks apart relationships, disrupts families, and causes us to grieve the loss of loved ones. However, Christs resurrection has broken the power of death for Christians because death no longer...
  • Realizing Your Reward

    04/30/2016 4:11:37 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1993 | John McArthur
    "Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Matt. 5:11-12). The sacrifices you make for Christs sake in this life will be abundantly compensated for in Heaven. God's promise for those who are persecuted for His sake is that their reward in heaven will be great (Matt. 5:11). Jesus said, "Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or...
  • Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon

    04/30/2016 7:41:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon Msgr. Charles Pope • April 29, 2016 • The animated short video below is a humorous reminder that when technology changes so rapidly, some of us can easily get left behind.In it, there is also something of an admonition to the Church, that we not act too much like the man in the video. 1. It would seem that the old man has been sheltered away in his apartment for too long while the world has passed him by. We in the Church also have been hunkered down...
  • Great & Holy Saturday: The Harrowing of Hell

    04/30/2016 6:17:09 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | Fr. Peter Orfanakos
    Friday night, the Matins for Holy Saturday are served. This service contains the Lamentations (also Praises) of the Mother of God over her crucified Son, taken down from the Cross and laid in the tomb. Thou who art the Life wast laid in a tomb, O Christ; and the hosts of angels were amazed and glorified Thy self-abasement.O Life, how canst Thou die? How canst Thou dwell in a tomb? Yet Thou dost destroy deaths kingdom and raise the dead from hell. From the Lamentations Burial of Christ. Source: webphoto.ro On Saturday Morning, The Vesperal Liturgy of Saint Basil...
  • Our New Bodies

    04/29/2016 2:15:12 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1997 | John McArthur
    Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly (1 Corinthians 15:49). All believers can look forward to one day receiving new bodies and new images. Jesus post-resurrection appearances present a glimpse of the greatness, power, and wonder that our own resurrection bodies will have. Our Lord appeared and disappeared at will and always reappeared in other places. He was able to go through walls and doors, but He could also eat, drink, sit, talk, and be seen by others. Jesus was remarkably the same as before His death, yet...
  • Receiving Christ's Wounds

    04/29/2016 2:13:54 PM PDT · by metmom
    Grace To You ^ | 1993 | John McArthur
    "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me" (Matt. 5:10-11). The persecution you receive for proclaiming Christ is really aimed at Christ Himself. Savonarola has been called the Burning Beacon of the Reformation. His sermons denouncing the sin and corruption of the Roman Catholic Church of his day helped pave the way for the Protestant Reformation. Many who heard his powerful sermons went away...
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd Stasis of the Lamentations for Great and Holy Friday

    04/29/2016 8:14:51 AM PDT · by Kolokotronis · 6 replies
    This will be chanted tonight across the Orthodox World. I expect all Orthodox Christians will agree that tonight's service is the most emotionally gut wrenching of the year. These chants are the lamentations of the Most Holy Theotokos at the crucifixion, death and entombment of her Son. Imagine what it must have been like for her! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttXyYzXKLUQ
  • What Christ Accomplished on the Cross

    04/29/2016 7:42:23 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 03-04-2004 | Hieromonk Damascene (Christensen)
    A talk delivered at the Annual Lenten Clergy Confession of the New Gracanica Metropolitanate and the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Jackson, California, March 4/17, 2004. The topic of todays talkwhat Christ accomplished on the Crossis of course a prime subject of contemplation during the Lenten season, as we prepare to prayerfully commemorate Christs passion, death, and the inevitable consequence of His death: His holy Resurrection. As we call to mind and repent of our sins during the Holy Fast, we also call to mind that which has saved us from the eternal consequences of sin....
  • The Synaxarion for Great & Holy Friday

    04/29/2016 7:28:55 AM PDT · by NRx
    Synaxis Info ^ | Archpriest Victor Sokolov
    On this day, Holy and Great Friday, we celebrate the awesome, holy, and saving Passion of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ - the spitting, the blows with the palm of the hand, the buffeting, the mockery, the reviling, the wearing of the purple robe, the reed, the sponge, the vinegar, the nailing, the lance, and above all, the Crucifixion and Death which He condescended to endure willingly for our sakes - and also the saving confession of the grateful thief upon the cross. After our Lord Jesus Christ was sold for thirty pieces of silver and was...
  • Chipping Away Everything That Is Not of God or of You - A Meditation on God as Sculptor

    04/29/2016 7:25:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Chipping Away Everything That Is Not of God or of You - A Meditation on God as Sculptor Msgr. Charles Pope • April 28, 2016 • Michelangelo was asked how he could make a beautiful sculpture like his “Moses” out of a block of marble. His famous response was that he simply chipped away everything that wasn’t “Moses.”This is a paradigm for us in two senses.First, the Lord must chip away everything within us that is not Jesus. Yes, everything that is not of the Lord must go. St. Paul said, “I live; no not I, Christ lives in...
  • Amoris Laetitia Footnote Contradicts Churchs Tradition, Says Leading German Philosopher

    04/29/2016 5:49:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/28/16 | Staff Reporter
    Robert Spaemann said Communion was a 'yes or no' question and that the Pope's document could lead to a schismRobert Spaemann, one of the foremost living Catholic philosophers, has said Amoris Laetitia contradicts the traditional teaching of the Church. In an interview with the German Catholic News Agency, Spaemann says that most of Pope Franciss apostolic exhortation is in line with the Churchs teaching although some sections are capable of being read otherwise. However, Spaemann says that paragraph 305, when read with its accompanying footnote 351, directly contradicts [widerspricht direkt] paragraph 84 of John Paul IIs letter Familiaris Consortio....
  • The Danger of Schism (Catholic Caucus)

    04/28/2016 2:03:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 11 replies
    The Moynihan Letters (via email) | 04-28-2016 | Robert Moynihan
    April 28, 2016, Thursday -- A Prominent German Theologian Warns of the Danger of Schism "That it is a rupture is something that is seems obvious to any person capable of thinking who reads the texts in question." Prof. Robert Spaemann, 89, a leading German Catholic philosopher, in an interview yesterday on the Pope's document Amoris laetitia ("On the Joy of Love") =============== It is "hard-wired" into the "genetic code" of the Christian faith -- and into the historical memory of the Christian faithful -- that there will always be temptations to leave the "straight and narrow" path, temptations to...
  • The Resurrection: Motive for Sanctification

    04/28/2016 10:06:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1997 | John McArthur
    Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals. Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame (1 Corinthians 15:33-34). Trusting in the fact of Christs resurrection and looking forward to our own rising from the dead ought to stimulate us toward sanctification. Like any essential teaching of Scripture, the doctrine of the Resurrection can be studied and discussed from an academic standpoint only. When that happens, we usually acquire a factual understanding of the topic and perhaps some appreciation of how the doctrine supports our faithbut...
  • Three Kinds of Persecution

    04/28/2016 10:04:51 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1993 | John McArthur
    "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me" (Matt. 5:10-11). When you speak out for Christ, you can expect harassment, insults, and slander. Jesus mentioned three broad categories of suffering that Christians will experience. The first is persecution. "Persecuted" (Matt. 5:10) and "persecute" (v. 11) both come from the same Greek root meaning "to pursue" or "chase away." Over time it came to mean...
  • Moving Out of the Temple (Protestant&Evangelical devotional/Caucus)

    04/28/2016 10:04:36 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 4/28/2016
    On the mountain of transfiguration, the disciples were stunned by the breakthrough of the dazzling glory of Christ. What previously was veiled by His humanity, hidden from the sight of mortals, suddenly burst through the veil in translucent radiance. With but one glimpse, the disciples were paralyzed. They had but one consuming desireto abide in that place, basking forever in the light of His countenance. Jesus would have none of it. As Lord of the church, He commanded His disciples to forget about pitching tents and sent them down the mountain and into the world. The day Christ died, those...
  • On the Great and Holy Council - Fr Theodoros Zisis (part 4) (Eastern Orthodox Caucus)

    04/28/2016 8:22:59 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-26-2016 | Fr Theodoros Zisis
    The latest installment of Fr. Theodoros' excellent commentaries on the forthcoming Great & Holy Council.
  • The Secret of Modesty

    04/28/2016 7:06:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Secret of Modesty Msgr. Charles Pope • April 27, 2016 • The following post contains some adult content. There is nothing inappropriate, but it does speak frankly to an aspect of sexual desire. Exercise caution if reading it to younger children.There is a secret, once known and widely shared among women, that the best way to get and hold a man’s attention is through modesty. Near nakedness can get a man’s attention, but it is modesty that will hold it.Why is this so? It is because mystery is powerfully attractive. It entices; it draws and holds one in...
  • Believing in Two Genders is a Hate Crime Under Police Investigation at Catholic College

    04/28/2016 5:40:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 4/27/16 | Matt Lamb
    You can have your opinion as long as it doesnt deny my existenceIts uncommon at Jesuit universities these days for someone to openly share a traditional Catholic viewpoint. When it happened at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the school was so spooked it called the Los Angeles Police Department. Both the police and the universitys Bias Incident Response Team are investigating the stated belief that only two genders exist, male and female, as a hate crime. A Loyola alumni office employee discussed her views on sexual orientation, which align with the Roman Catholic Church, with three students who were...
  • Top Vatican Cardinals Arent Commenting on Popes Exhortation

    04/28/2016 5:33:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/25/16 | John-Henry Westen
    April 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) Two of the Vaticans most senior prelates, both known for taking a strong stand for the Churchs tradition at the Synod on the Family, are declining interviews on Pope Francis controversial apostolic exhortation. Vatican reporter Edward Pentin reports that neither Cardinal Gerhard Mller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, nor Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, has commented on Amoris Laetitia or given any media interviews about the document. Mller and Sarah have repeatedly spoken in the past about the Churchs teaching on the indissolubility of marriage...
  • A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

    04/27/2016 8:41:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 437 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles Msgr. Charles Pope • April 26, 2016 • The second reading from last Sunday’s Mass (5th Sunday of Easter) is very Catholic, and too informative to merely pass up. It presents the Church as rather highly organized and possessed of some of the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal form, but they are there.We will also notice qualities of the original kerygma that are at variance with what some modern thinkers declare should be the methodology of...
  • Fr. Hans Kung Says Francis Responded to Request for Free Discussion on Infallibility Dogma

    04/27/2016 6:30:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 4/26/16 | Hans Kung
    Editor's note: Fr. Hans Kng, the Swiss theologian, says that he has received a letter from Pope Francis that responds "to my request to give room to a free discussion on the dogma of infallibility."Kng declined to show the letter to NCR, citing "the confidentiality that I owe to the Pope," but he says the letter was dated March 20 and sent to him via the nunciature in Berlin shortly after Easter.Kng says the letter shows that "Francis has set no restrictions" on the discussions.Kng also said that he is very encouraged by Francis' recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia ('The...
  • Anglicans and Catholics Discuss Recognition of Ministry

    04/27/2016 6:24:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 4/26/16
    (Vatican Radio) Catholic and Anglican theologians have been meeting together near Rome to discuss ordination rites within the two communions, as well as the significant ecumenical implications of Pope Francis recent document Amoris Laetitia. A meeting of the Malines Conversation group took place from April 17th to 22nd at Rocca di Papa, south of Rome, culminating in an ecumenical evensong celebrated by Archbishop Arthur Roche of the Congregation for Divine Worship. A communique issued after the encounter said the theologians from seven different countries discussed contemporary and historic ordination rites and the developments that have taken place in both communions...
  • The Worship of Angels? (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus&Devotional)

    04/27/2016 6:13:24 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 4/27/2016
    When I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said to me, You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God (vv. 8b9). - Revelation 22:8-9 Continuing our study of what the Bible says about angels, we need to look briefly at an interesting encounter between Joshua and the commander of the army of the LORD (Josh. 5:1315). This commander visited Joshua just before...
  • The Resurrection: Motive for Service

    04/27/2016 5:47:48 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1997 | John McArthur
    If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die (1 Corinthians 15:32). The truth of the Resurrection is an incentive for believers to persevere in service for Jesus Christ. Certainly Pauls statement in todays verse is an extraordinary one, but it reiterates that the truth of Christs resurrection and the hope of believers resurrection are definite incentives for Christian service. It allows us to look more closely at what motivated Christians like Paul, and how we also should...
  • Are You Avoiding Persecution?

    04/27/2016 5:46:10 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1993 | John McArthur
    "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness" (Matt. 5:10). If you dont experience persecution, people probably dont know youre a Christian. I heard of a man who was fearful because he was starting a new job with a group of unbelievers whom he thought might give him a bad time if they found out he was a Christian. After his first day at work his wife asked him how he got along with them. "We got along just fine," he said. "They never found out I'm a Christian." Silence is one way to avoid persecution....
  • Trump Chosen by God To Stop America's Destruction - Astounding 2011 Prophecy

    04/27/2016 4:39:17 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 45 replies
    INFO ^ | Apr 21, 2016 | youtube
    Rick Wiles interviews retired firefighter Mark Taylor who was given this prophetic revelation in 2011. The Lord has chosen Mr. Trump to bring America back from the brink of destruction. Mr. Taylor wrote this amazing prophecy in 2011 giving us a glimpse of what's to come and why all who attack Mr. Trump will fall by the wayside. What's amazing is that this revelation has gone forth to thousands. The wrath of God has come not for the people of America but for the leaders of the establishment. The hour of judgment is upon them. The light has begun to...
  • Looking for a good book for the Year of Mercy? Read Lord of the Rings

    04/27/2016 4:25:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 26, 2016 | Elizabeth Anderson
    In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis wants the faithful to recognize God’s mercy toward each individual soul, and then in turn to show increased mercy toward one another. In his bull proclaiming the Jubilee, our Holy Father affirms “we are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us. Pardoning offences becomes the clearest expression of merciful love, and for us Christians it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves.” Mercy can, however, seem rather abstract to us; the imagination may need some prodding. Few books provide a better depiction of mercy...
  • Arch of the Triumph of Palmyra

    04/26/2016 4:55:38 PM PDT · by Celerity · 2 replies
    Christian Today ^ | April 15, 2016 | Jonah Hicap
    The plan to build a replica of the arch of the Temple of Baal in New York City and London has been abandoned and instead, the Arch of Triumph of Palmyra will rise. This was announced by the Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA), which promotes the use of digital imaging and 3D printing in archaeology and conservation. A report in the New York Times last month said the Temple of Baal's entrance would be installed in New York and London as a tribute to the 2,000 year-old structure that was destroyed by the Islamic State last year in Palmyra, Syria....
  • What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like?

    04/26/2016 7:24:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like? Msgr. Charles Pope • April 25, 2016 • When I gave a talk recently at the Institute of Catholic Culture on the subject of the Second Coming, I was I asked to describe what our resurrected bodies will be like. Here is an article I wrote a few years back that details some aspects of our resurrected bodies:St Paul writes to the Philippians of the glory that our currently lowly bodies will one day enjoy:He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified Body by the power that enables him...
  • Encyclical on Just War Theory Plausible, Says Cardinal [Turkson]

    04/26/2016 6:27:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/26/16 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Peter Turkson has called for a 'broad and deeply felt' debate on just war theoryCardinal Peter Turkson, the head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, has called for a broad and deeply felt debate on the question of just war theory and said a papal encyclical on the issue was possible. He also said that proposals to drop the concept of just war were legitimate. Cardinal Turkson spoke to the Sunday Times after a conference sponsored by Pax Christi International, the Catholic peace movement, and the Vaticans justice and peace office, earlier this month. At the conclusion...
  • Spirits Who Minister (Protestant Devotional and Caucus)

    04/26/2016 5:48:09 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 4/26/2016
    To which of the angels has [God] ever said, Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet? Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation? - Hebrews 1:13-14 Worshiper, message-bearer, soldierthese are roles that are filled by angels. But there is one more angelic office given to us in Scripture that helps us understand the function of these beings. As Hebrews 1:1314 indicates, angels are spirits that minister to the needs of Gods people. If we were to do a little...
  • Holy Monasteries of Mt. Athos repond to documents prepared for Pan-Orthodox Council

    04/26/2016 5:22:22 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 04-25-2016 | Staff
    The Holy Monasteries of Mt. Athos have responded to the draft documents and methodology of the upcoming Pan-Orthodox Council with letters sent to the Holy Community of Mt. Athos which have been released to the public. The documents prepared for the upcoming council were sent to the monasteries of Mt. Athos by the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and upon reviewing of the documents it was decided to hold a specially called meeting of the representative and abbots of the twenty monasteries, scheduled to take place after Bright Week. As have several hierarchs, priests, and theologians especially from the Churches...
  • Great and Holy Tuesday

    04/26/2016 5:15:30 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 04-24-2016 | Archimdrite Kirill (Pavlov)
    Holy Tuesday: the parable of the ten virgins. Modern Greek fresco. On Monday evening, Jesus Christ also tarried in Bethany, and on Tuesday morning he again came to the temple in Jerusalem and taught much in the both inside and outside the temple (Mt. 21:1). The high priests and elders heard His parables and understood that He was talking about them, and so they tried to catch Him and kill Him. However, they were afraid to take Him openly because the people revered Him as a prophet (Mt. 21:46), and were astonished at His doctrine (Mk. 11:18), and heard Him...
  • The Synaxarion for Great and Holy Tuesday

    04/26/2016 5:11:11 AM PDT · by NRx
    Synaxis Info ^ | Archpriest Victor Sokolov
    On Holy and Great Tuesday, we commemorate the parable of the ten virgins, because the Lord related this parable to His disciples as He was going toward Jerusalem to His Holy Passion.He told the parable of the ten virgins to call attention to almsgiving, at the same time teaching that every man must be ready before the end comes. He had spoken many times to them about chastity. Virginity is held in great honor, because it is indeed a great thing. Yet, lest anyone, while practicing this one virtue, neglect the others, and particularly love, by which the lamp of...
  • Reflections on Amoris Laetitia {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    04/25/2016 9:00:18 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    https://www.thecatholicthing.org ^ | April 23, 2016 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    The perennial discipline of the Catholic Church on the admissibility to Holy Communion of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics living in adulterous, or irregular, second unions was succinctly spelled out by St. John Paul II in Familiaris Consortio: [T]he Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is...
  • Geneva Bible with Reformer's notes. Advice please.

    04/25/2016 4:38:40 PM PDT · by Psalm 144 · 39 replies
    4/25/2016 | Psalm 144
    Can anyone recommend a particular publisher and version of the Geneva Bible which will contain the Reformers' notes? I want to get some feel for the Reformers' ideas on the relationship, limits, and obligations between the Christian citizen and the State. Thanks in advance!
  • A Model of Manhood A Reflection on a Text from St. Paul to Timothy

    04/25/2016 6:44:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Model of Manhood – A Reflection on a Text from St. Paul to Timothy Msgr. Charles Pope • April 24, 2016 • This post is based on a talk I gave to a group of men in Scranton, PA. I preached out of a text from St. Paul to Timothy, whom St. Paul considered a son in the faith:But as for you, O man of God … Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the...
  • Orthodox Holy Week: An Explanation

    04/25/2016 6:21:41 AM PDT · by NRx
    Orthodox Publications ^ | 2001 | Bishop Alexander Mileant
    The services of theHoly WeekLazarus SaturdayPalm SundayHoly and Great MondayHoly and Great TuesdayHoly and Great WednesdayHoly and Great ThursdayHoly and Great FridayHoly and Great Saturday Pascha Great Miracle on Orthodox Easter the Holy Fire in Jerusalem: Introduction AS WE APPROACH the solemn days of Holy Week, we bring to mind how our Lord Jesus Christ was betrayed and seized, tortured and crucified, died and was buried, and arose from the dead. The services of Holy Week beginning with Lazarus Saturday, show us in symbols, readings and chants the account of our Savior's love and sacrifice "unto death, even the death...
  • The Synaxarion for Great and Holy Monday

    04/25/2016 6:11:36 AM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Synaxis Info ^ | Archpriest Victor Sokolov
    On Holy and Great Monday we commemorate the blessed Joseph the All-comely and also the withered fig tree. Inasmuch as the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ has its beginning on this day, and as Joseph is regarded as an image of Christ from former times, he is thus set forth here. Joseph was the son of the Patriarch Jacob, born to him by Rachel. Being envied by his brethren on account of certain of his dreams, he was first concealed in a dug-out pit, and his father was tricked by a bloody garment and the deceit of his children...