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  • The Evolution of the Sacrifice of the Mass: PART 2

    03/28/2015 7:46:37 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 17 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: Daily Mass Readings, 03-28-15

    03/27/2015 9:03:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 28, 2015Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Ez 37:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:I will take the children of Israel from among the nationsto which they have come,and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land.I will make them one nation upon the land,in the mountains of Israel,and there shall be one prince for them all. Never again shall they be two nations,and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols,their abominations, and all their transgressions. I will deliver them...
  • ASK FATHER: Delaying baptism until after Lent (Catholic Caucus)

    03/27/2015 2:14:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 27, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader…QUAERITUR: The pastoral associate at our NO parish makes a point of insisting every year that we don’t do Baptisms during Lent, supposedly as a way of showing unity with the Catechumens. A couple of years ago, for my daughter that was born in late February, I effectively demanded the sacrament for her based on on CCC 1250, which tasks both the Church and the parents to “confer Baptism shortly after birth” without noting any exception based on the liturgical calendar. Our pastor was on my side and so obviously the Baptism occurred (during Lent, much to the PA’s chagrin). This practice of delaying the sacrament...
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/27/2015 5:47:10 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 3 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 27 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 27, 2015 Morning Reading Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled. —Matthew 26:56 He never deserted them, but they in cowardly fear of their lives, fled from Him in the very beginning of His sufferings. This is but one instructive instance of the frailty of all believers if left to themselves; they are but sheep at the best, and they flee when the wolf cometh. They had all been warned of the danger, and had promised to die rather than leave their Master; and yet they were seized with sudden panic, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-27-15

    03/26/2015 7:38:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 27, 2015Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Jer 20:10-13 I hear the whisperings of many:“Terror on every side!Denounce! let us denounce him!”All those who were my friendsare on the watch for any misstep of mine.“Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,and take our vengeance on him.”But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.In their failure they will be put to utter shame,to lasting, unforgettable confusion.O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,who probe mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take...
  • Why Rome Can Only Appreciate, Rather than Prove the Immaculate Conception

    03/26/2015 11:36:04 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 167 replies
    Fallibility ^ | May 1, 2013 | Michael Taylor
    Why Rome Can Only Appreciate, Rather than Prove the Immaculate Conception Should we believe something because we think it is true, or should we think something is true because we first believe?  For example, if you believe that extra-terrestrials have visited the earth, then you are likely to believe in UFO sightings and  alien abduction stories, and conspiracy theories about government coverups as confirmation of what you already believe.  This doesn’t mean that you believe that every UFO sighting or abduction story is real.  Nor does this mean that you buy into every conspiracy theory out there.  But if you...
  • Israel's Penitential Confession...Isaiah 52-53 pt 3

    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)We have been looking at the 4th Servant Song of Isaiah,...
  • Because Mary Said “Yes…” — A Reflection For The Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord

    03/25/2015 10:46:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 518 replies
    SaltAndDignity ^ | March 25, 2015 | Fr. Thomas Rosica
    Because Mary Said “Yes…” — A Reflection For The Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord March 25, 2011 by Fr. Thomas Rosica Standing in the middle of the present day city of Nazareth is the mammoth Basilica of the Annunciation, built around what is believed to be the dwelling of Mary. In a grotto-like room at the heart of the basilica is a small inscription on an altar. It reads, “verbum caro hic factum est,” here the Word became flesh. There, it is believed, the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, and her response changed the world forever. Imagine yourself...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-26-15

    03/25/2015 8:31:15 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 26, 2015Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Gn 17:3-9 When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him:“My covenant with you is this:you are to become the father of a host of nations.No longer shall you be called Abram;your name shall be Abraham,for I am making you the father of a host of nations.I will render you exceedingly fertile;I will make nations of you;kings shall stem from you.I will maintain my covenant with youand your descendants after youthroughout the ages as an everlasting pact,to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.I...
  • Chapter Talk by Sr. Maria Barrett

    03/25/2015 10:24:32 AM PDT · by Mad Dawg · 17 replies
    Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey ^ | March 24, 2015 | Sr.Maria Barrett
    Today is the feast of the Annunciation. On this great day, the eternal Word of God stooped down from heaven, was made flesh, and came to dwell among us. In His great goodness, in the wise folly of His boundless love for us, God gave Himself to us, humbling Himself and taking the form of a slave so that we who had been conquered by sin and evil might in Him be made their conquerors. Yet today is not called the feast of the Incarnation, but rather the feast of the Annunciation. The great mystery of the incarnation was made...
  • He will Be Abased and Exalted...Isaiah 52-53 pt 2

    Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.(Isaiah 52:13-15)The fourth Servant song is composed of three sections. First of all, we have this introduction in Isaiah 52:13-15. Secondly we have the great and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-25-15, SOL, The Annunciation of the Lord

    03/24/2015 7:55:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 25, 2015Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord    Reading 1 Is 7:10-14; 8:10 The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!But Ahaz answered,“I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!”Then Isaiah said: Listen, O house of David!Is it not enough for you to weary people,must you also weary my God?Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,and shall name him Emmanuel,which means “God is with us!” Responsorial...
  • Behold My Servant...Isaiah 52-53 pt 1

    Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider…(Isaiah 52:13-15)Before we look closely at the Evangelical jewel known as the 4th Servant Song of Isaiah, consisting of the above three verses in chapter 52,...
  • The KEY to your daily life in Christ Jesus[Charismatic caucus]

    03/24/2015 8:48:41 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 3-24-15 | Jedediah ,bible
    Certain situations coming up now will not be explainable or even understandable without first coming to the Shepherd of your ways for truly as "THE" WORD(Eternal) now my children of light "will see" that to step out into unfamiliar ground will be utter futility and that inquiring first of Me before they take a step or speak a word will bring the correct illumination, judgment and the eventual decision or action to take . Here are the Keys to The Kingdom seek Me first in all you do and the other keys will reveal themselves to you . Matthew 26:40...
  • Does Mary Intercede for Christians?

    03/24/2015 1:30:58 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 115 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | 2009 | Moisés Pinedo
    It has been argued that “Mary is the creature closest to God. Moreover, while Christ is the mediator of all grace between God and creation, Mary is the mediator of all grace between Christ and humanity. Consequently, Mary is a powerful intercessor for all who turn to her” (see Zoltan, 1994, emp. added). The Bible clearly teaches that Mary is not Deity and should not be worshipped as such (see Pinedo, 2009). If she is not Deity, is she the closest human being to Deity? Does she play an active role in heaven, interceding for individual Christians? Does she make...
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/24/2015 5:59:16 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 1 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 24 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 24, 2015 Morning Reading He was heard in that he feared. —Hebrews 5:7 Did this fear arise from the infernal suggestion that He was utterly forsaken. There may be sterner trials than this, but surely it is one of the worst to be utterly forsaken? "See," said Satan, "Thou hast a friend nowhere! Thy Father hath shut up the bowels of His compassion against Thee. Not an angel in His courts will stretch out his hand to help Thee. All heaven is alienated from Thee; Thou art left alone. See the companions with...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-24-15

    03/23/2015 7:00:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 24, 2015Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Nm 21:4-9 From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road,to bypass the land of Edom.But with their patience worn out by the journey,the people complained against God and Moses,“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,where there is no food or water?We are disgusted with this wretched food!” In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,which bit the people so that many of them died.Then the people came to Moses and said,“We have sinned...
  • A rapid surge of interest in priestly vocations in the Diocese of…

    03/23/2015 1:28:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 18, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    A while back I posted about the surge of vocations in the Diocese of Madison under the influence of the Extraordinary Ordinary, Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, the diocesan bishop.  It’s a small diocese, but there are more than 30 outstanding men in formation.  This fact has made liberals quiver with anxiety.I received a note from a friend of mine in New York state who is well situated to hear all manner of news. The vocations office in Albany has gone from zero to 120 inquiries from young men of the area. My first reaction is to say, with Henry,...
  • The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink 16. The Wrath of God

    03/23/2015 9:18:44 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 14 replies
    pbministries ^ | 3/23/15 | Arthur W.Pink
    The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink 16. The Wrath of God It is sad to find so many professing Christians who appear to regard the wrath of God as something for which they need to make an apology, or at least they wish there were no such thing. While some would not go so far as to openly admit that they consider it a blemish on the Divine character, yet they are far from regarding it with delight, they like not to think about it, and they rarely hear it mentioned without a secret resentment rising up in their...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-23-15, OM, St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop

    03/22/2015 7:46:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 23, 2015Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 In Babylon there lived a man named Joakim,who married a very beautiful and God-fearing woman, Susanna,the daughter of Hilkiah;her pious parents had trained their daughteraccording to the law of Moses.Joakim was very rich;he had a garden near his house,and the Jews had recourse to him oftenbecause he was the most respected of them all. That year, two elders of the people were appointed judges,of whom the Lord said, “Wickedness has come out of Babylon:from the elders who were to govern the people...
  • Is God Angry Anymore?

    03/22/2015 8:12:43 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 46 replies
    Is God Angry Anymore? by Jim Elliff     When I was in public high school, we had to read part of a famous sermon called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, by Jonathan Edwards. He graphically pictured sinners as spiders dangling by a thread over the fire of Hell. He also asserted that God is angrier at this moment with some who are living than with others who are already in Hell.Do you believe that? Is God angry? I don’t believe my teacher thought so. When I later studied the Bible on the subject, I was...
  • 4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice

    03/22/2015 7:33:43 AM PDT · by hripka · 5 replies
    Charisma Magazine ^ | 6/02/2014 | Charisma Staff
    Though he had followed Jesus since a teenager, Mark Virkler spent much of his adult life years frustrated because He couldn't hear God's voice. He embarked on a 10-year search to hear the Lord clearly, out of which has come a ministry centered on equipping people to hear God's voice clearly and that includes an astounding track record of success over more than 30 years. Watch Mark explain the four keys to hearing God's voice--and the story behind his discovering them--in this two-part video.
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-22-15, Fifth Sunday of Lent

    03/21/2015 6:29:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 57 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 22, 2015Fifth Sunday of Lent    Reading 1 Jer 31:31-34 The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathersthe day I took them by the hand to lead them forth from the land of Egypt; for they broke my covenant, and I had to show myself their master, says the LORD.But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD.I will place...
  • From Evangelical Protestant to Catholic deacon

    03/21/2015 4:27:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 138 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | March 21, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    From The Salem News in Massachusetts: If the deacon is a different sort of religious figure for the church, then Chuck Hall, 62, is a different sort of deacon. He came of age as an evangelical Protestant. Only slowly did he gravitate toward conversion, drawn by, of all things, the priest abuse scandals.As one damaging headline followed another, he sensed an imbalance in the treatment of the church. Moreover, he saw the Roman church as at the very foundation of Christianity. While he never faulted the press for following the story, the fierce hostility brought on by the scandals seemed...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-21-15

    03/20/2015 8:48:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 21, 2015Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Jer 11:18-20 I knew their plot because the LORD informed me;at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings. Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter,had not realized that they were hatching plots against me:“Let us destroy the tree in its vigor;let us cut him off from the land of the living,so that his name will be spoken no more.” But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge,searcher of mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,for to you I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Pope Francis declares Holy Year for Mercy

    03/20/2015 6:59:11 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    CNA ^ | Mar 13, 2015 | Elise Harris
    ome, Italy, Mar 13, 2015 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily for a Lenten penitential service, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary Jubilee to start at the end of the year, which will be dedicated to a theme close to the pontiff’s heart: mercy. “Dear brothers and sisters, I have thought about how the Church can make clear its mission of being a witness of mercy,” the Pope told attendees of his March 13 penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica. “It's a journey that starts with a spiritual conversion. For this reason I have decided to declare an Extraordinary...
  • Cardinal to Wear Vestment ‘From Wardrobe of King Richard III’

    03/20/2015 6:40:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/20/15 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Nichols will wear the vestment at a Mass for the repose of the king's soulCardinal Vincent Nichols will wear an ancient vestment believed to be from the royal wardrobe of King Richard III when he celebrates Mass for the repose of the soul of the monarch’s soul in Leicester on Monday. Known as the Westminster Vestment, the chasuble is part of the heritage collection of Ushaw College, the former Catholic seminary at Ushaw Moor, Durham. There is a tradition that it was worn by the Benedictine monks of Westminster Abbey during the reign of King Richard, who died at...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-20-15

    03/19/2015 8:32:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 20, 2015Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Wis 2:1a, 12-22 The wicked said among themselves, thinking not aright:“Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;he sets himself against our doings,Reproaches us for transgressions of the lawand charges us with violations of our training.He professes to have knowledge of Godand styles himself a child of the LORD.To us he is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us,Because his life is not like that of others,and different are his ways.He judges us debased;he holds aloof...
  • Catholic Caucus: Saint Joseph, Protector of the Family Against Satanic Attack

    03/19/2015 7:05:27 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies
    HLI ^ | 03.19.15 | Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro
    His obedience of faith was manifested, as the Gospel tells us, after an angel of God revealed to him that it was through the Holy Spirit that the child had been conceived in Mary. When Joseph awoke, “he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took his wife into his home” without hesitation or objection.  (Matthew 1:20)  When Herod sought to kill the infant Jesus, Saint Joseph obediently took him and the Blessed Mother to safety. (Matthew 2:13-14) As Pope Saint John II pointed out in Redemptoris Custos, “already at the beginning of redemption, after Mary,...
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/19/2015 11:02:51 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 2 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 19 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 19, 2015 Morning Reading Strong in faith. —Romans 4:20 Christian, take good care of thy faith; for recollect faith is the only way whereby thou canst obtain blessings. If we want blessings from God, nothing can fetch them down but faith. Prayer cannot draw down answers, from God's throne except it be the earnest prayer of the man who believes. Faith is the angelic messenger between the soul and the Lord Jesus in glory. Let that angel be withdrawn, we can neither send up prayer, nor receive the answers. Faith is the telegraphic...
  • Palestine,Gaza and The West Bank;The Nation Not Desired...

    In view of Obama’s intent to press for a “Two State” solution at the U.N. , as petulant revenge on Benjamin Natanyahu for winning the recent Israeli elections, in spite of Obama’s fervent(U.S. Tax payer funded) election interference, I decided to re-run an earlier article about the Divine view of the “Two State Solution”. There will never be an established and lasting Palestinian State, it is the “nation not desired”, and is doomed to disappointment and failure. In fact there are no Palestinian people. The name “Palestine” was imposed on the land of Israel, as a humiliation by the Romans....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-19-15, SOL, St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    03/18/2015 8:16:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 59 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 19, 2015Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary   Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16The LORD spoke to Nathan and said:“Go, tell my servant David,‘When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,and I will make his kingdom firm.It is he who shall build a house for my name.And I will make his royal throne firm forever.I will be a father to him,and he shall be a son to me.Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;your throne shall stand firm...
  • Paul's Burst Of Prophetic Praise...Romans 9-11 pt 18

    O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!how unsearchable are his judgments,and his ways past finding out!For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.Romans 11:33-36Israel was chosen by God to bring into the world the Scriptures, the true worship, and the Messiah. She was created by a miracle birth, protected and preserved amidst...
  • A Biblical Theology of Clothing

    03/18/2015 8:58:28 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 22 replies
    Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals ^ | March 03, 2015 | Nick Batzig
    Many years ago I was involved with an evangelistic ministry in New Jersey. A group of us would go out on the Boardwalk ask people if we could talk with them about the Gospel. In the course of our conversations, I would sometimes ask if they knew why they wore clothing. The humorous responses that we received were almost singularly worth the experience; however, the most common answer I would get was, "Because people would laugh at me if I didn't!" While it may seem like a trite question, it actually has profound importance regarding the Scriptural teaching about our...
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/18/2015 7:23:11 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 2 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 18 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 18, 2015 Morning Reading Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. —Galatians 3:26 The fatherhood of God is common to all his children. Ah! Little-faith, you have often said, "Oh that I had the courage of Great-heart, that I could wield his sword and be as valiant as he! But, alas, I stumble at every straw, and a shadow makes me afraid." List thee, Little-faith. Great-heart is God's child, and you are God's child too; and Great-heart is not one whit more God's child than you are. Peter...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-18-15, OM, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    03/17/2015 8:29:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.orf/RNAB ^ | 03-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 18, 2015Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Is 49:8-15 Thus says the LORD:In a time of favor I answer you,on the day of salvation I help you;and I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people,To restore the landand allot the desolate heritages,Saying to the prisoners: Come out!To those in darkness: Show yourselves!Along the ways they shall find pasture,on every bare height shall their pastures be.They shall not hunger or thirst,nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them;For he who pities them leads themand guides them beside springs...
  • Francis: Who are you to shut the door of mercy for someone?

    03/17/2015 4:10:36 PM PDT · by Legatus · 40 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 03/17/2015 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Pope Francis has again forcefully emphasized the Catholic church's need to be merciful, pointedly asking who Christians that do not allow someone to renter the church community think they are. Speaking Tuesday during his daily homily at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Francis asked bluntly: "Who are you who shuts the door of your heart to a man, a woman who wants to improve, to return back into the people of God, because the Holy Spirit has stirred his or her heart?" The church, the pontiff said, is "the home of Jesus and Jesus welcomes -- but not only welcomes, [he]...
  • Preparing future officers of the Church Militant and New Evangelization (Catholic Caucus)

    03/17/2015 2:40:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 16, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    A couple of nice TLM photos.His Excellency Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, celebrating Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form for seminarians at Mount St. Mary Seminary. The diocese has seminarians in formation there. Preparing future officers of the Church Militant.  Readying to continue the New Evangelization with a solid priestly identity.
  • How All Israel Will Be Saved...Romans 9-11 pt 17

    And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through...
  • Morning & Evening Charles Spurgeon

    03/17/2015 7:27:16 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 4 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 17 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 17, 2015 Morning Reading Remember the poor. —Galatians 2:10 Why does God allow so many of His children to be poor? He could make them all rich if He pleased; He could lay bags of gold at their doors; He could send them a large annual income; or He could scatter round their houses abundance of provisions, as once he made the quails lie in heaps round the camp of Israel, and rained bread out of heaven to feed them. There is no necessity that they should be poor, except that He sees...
  • Spanish Convents Use Social Media To Recruit New Nuns

    03/16/2015 10:26:17 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | March 16, 2015 | Stephen Burgen
    Spanish Convents Use Social Media To Recruit New Nuns Stephen Burgen 16 March 2015 Visitors to the Spanish website buscoalgomas.com are greeted by a woman asking if they feel their lives are empty and if they’ve ever considered the religious life. “Don’t run away,” she says. “You may have a vocation without even knowing it.” The woman is Noemí Saiz, and the website, which translates as “I’m looking for something more”, is used by dozens of Spanish convents to try to recruit nuns. Spain’s religious orders, which are also turning to Facebook, WhatsApp and other social networks as recruitment tools,...
  • St Patrick the Bishop of Armagh and Enlightener of Ireland

    03/16/2015 10:00:02 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Saint Patrick, the Enlightener of Ireland was born around 385, the son of Calpurnius, a Roman decurion (an official responsible for collecting taxes). He lived in the village of Bannavem Taberniae, which may have been located at the mouth of the Severn River in Wales. The district was raided by pirates when Patrick was sixteen, and he was one of those taken captive. He was brought to Ireland and sold as a slave, and was put to work as a herder of swine on a mountain identified with Slemish in Co. Antrim. During his period of slavery, Patrick acquired a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-17-15, OM, St. Patrick, Bishop

    03/16/2015 8:01:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-17-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 17, 2015Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent   Reading 1 Ez 47:1-9, 12 The angel brought me, Ezekiel,back to the entrance of the temple of the LORD,and I saw water flowing outfrom beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,for the façade of the temple was toward the east;the water flowed down from the right side of the temple,south of the altar.He led me outside by the north gate,and around to the outer gate facing the east,where I saw water trickling from the right side.Then when he had walked off to the eastwith a measuring cord...
  • The Mystery Of The Olive Tree...Romans 9-11 pt 16

    Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For I would not,...
  • How the Virgin Mary Blessed the United States

    03/16/2015 1:40:04 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 200 replies
    http://www.aleteia.org ^ | March 13, 2015 | Fr. Joseph Esper
    I was recently given a fascinating little book called American History You Never Learned; it contains much information showing that the discovery of the New World, and the founding of our nation, occurred within a direct context of divine guidance and blessing. In particular, Our Lady (who, under the title of the Immaculate Conception, is still today our national patroness) played an important role in the establishment of the United States. For instance: The earliest explorers of North America—sent by the Catholic king of Norway in the 14th century—left behind a carving in modern-day Minnesota in what became known as...
  • In a surprise move, Pope Francis declares a Holy Year of Mercy

    03/16/2015 11:45:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Crux Now ^ | March 13, 2015 | Ines San Martin
    ROME — Already regarded by many as the “Pope of Mercy,” Francis offered another motive for the title with the surprise announcement on Friday of an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, saying he wants to make it evident that the Church’s mission is as a witness of compassion.“Let us not forget that God forgives and God forgives always,” Francis said, repeating the words he used during his first Angelus as pope, on March 17, 2013. “Let us never tire of asking for forgiveness.”Having already described his entire papacy as a “Kairos” of mercy, meaning a privileged moment in God’s plan...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-16-15

    03/15/2015 8:33:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-16-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 16, 2015Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Is 65:17-21 Thus says the LORD:Lo, I am about to create new heavensand a new earth;The things of the past shall not be rememberedor come to mind.Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happinessin what I create;For I create Jerusalem to be a joyand its people to be a delight;I will rejoice in Jerusalemand exult in my people.No longer shall the sound of weeping be heard there,or the sound of crying;No longer shall there be in itan infant who lives but a few days,or an old man...
  • The Very Thing He warned Us Of...Romans 9-11 pt 16

    For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by...
  • Our Lady Conqueror of Muslim Hearts: The Virgin Mary's Coming Conquest Of Islam

    On September 11th 1683, Vienna was besieged by Islamic Ottoman Turks. Christians throughout Europe prayed the Rosary in the midst of a desperate situation. At Vienna, vastly outnumbered European Christian forces miraculously and wonderfully delivered a crippling blow to Muslim expansion into Europe, preventing a grim invasion of the continent by Muslim forces. 41,000 Christian forces (including 30,000 troops of Polish King Jan III Sobieski that Pope Innocent XI had called upon) defeated a 140,000 man strong Turkish army the night of September 11th over three centuries before the 9/11 attacks on the United States that were also caused by...
  • Service for the Veneration of the Holy Cross (video)

    03/15/2015 12:24:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 03-23-2014 | The Russian Orthodox Church
    Video from the service for the Veneration of the Holy and Life Giving Cross in Christ the Savior Cathedral. On a side note, Stalin harbored a deep hatred for the cathedral and ordered it razed after destroying all of the holy icons. The cathedral was rebuilt in the 1990's after the fall of Communism.