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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-26-15, Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday

    04/25/2015 7:14:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 26, 2015Fourth Sunday of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 4:8-12 Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said:“Leaders of the people and elders:If we are being examined todayabout a good deed done to a cripple,namely, by what means he was saved,then all of you and all the people of Israel should knowthat it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazoreanwhom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;in his name this man stands before you healed.He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,which has become the cornerstone.There is no salvation through anyone else,nor is there any...
  • Relaunched Congregation Grows in Movie Theater

    04/24/2015 9:09:47 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 24 replies
    PE News ^ | 22 April 2015 | Eric Tiansay
    Compass Church meets in a movie theater, has no live worship, and keeps its Sunday service meeting to 45 minutes. But the somewhat nontraditional Assemblies of God congregation is making an eternal impact in Winona, Minnesota. Pastored by Aaron Lindholm, Compass "exists to reach the 9,000 people in Winona that are far from God by creating a loving, giving, growing community, where it is safe to belong until you believe," according to the church's website. Lindholm, 38, moved to Winona from Claremore, Oklahoma, in 2009 when around 40 people attended the church regularly. Last year, Compass Church had more salvation...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-25-15, FEAST, St. Mark, Evangelist

    04/24/2015 7:54:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 25, 2015Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist    Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14 Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humilityin your dealings with one another, for: God opposes the proudbut bestows favor on the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,that he may exalt you in due time.Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. Be sober and vigilant.Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour.Resist him, steadfast in faith,knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the worldundergo the same sufferings.The God of all gracewho called you to...
  • What Do You Mean You Are a "Maronite" Catholic?

    04/24/2015 4:22:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic 365 ^ | April 23, 2015 | DAVID R. MYERS
    Our Lady’s Maronite Catholic Church I was raised as a Latin Rite Catholic. I did not hear that there was such a thing as the “Eastern Rite” until I was about 20 years of age. I was attending Christian Brothers College (now Christian Brothers University) in Memphis, Tennessee, and I took a concentration of courses in Religion and Culture (one short of a minor). My father, who was not Catholic, and I were talking about religion one day when he mentioned the Eastern Rite.Like many Catholics I have met since then, I asked what is often the question when someone...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-24-15, OM, St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr

    04/23/2015 7:52:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2015Friday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 9:1-20 Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord,went to the high priest and asked himfor letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that,if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way,he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus,a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”He said, “Who are you, sir?” The...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-23-15, OM,St. George, Martyr, St. Adalbert, Bishop& Martyr

    04/22/2015 8:48:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 23, 2015Thursday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 8:26-40 The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip,“Get up and head south on the roadthat goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route.” So he got up and set out. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch,a court official of the Candace,that is, the queen of the Ethiopians,in charge of her entire treasury,who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home.Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.The Spirit said to Philip,“Go and join up with that chariot.” Philip ran up...
  • Guarding the Chalice

    04/22/2015 7:28:06 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Pravoslavic RU ^ | 04-03-2014 | Nathan Duffy
    When a faith is highly traditionalso traditional that her Tradition is seen as nothing less than the presence of God living and breathing in the life of the Churchit is sure to clash with the sensibilities of a modern, critical, and pluralistic culture such as our own. One of the many sources of friction between the Orthodox Church and contemporary culture is in the exercise of authority. As Lockean, democratic, social-contract theories, with an emphasis on individual rights, have come to dominate the way we instinctively think about morality and social life over the past few centuries, Christian moral and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-22-15

    04/21/2015 9:21:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 22, 2015Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 8:1b-8 There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem,and all were scatteredthroughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria,except the Apostles.Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church;entering house after house and dragging out men and women,he handed them over for imprisonment. Now those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.Thus Philip went down to the city of Samariaand proclaimed the Christ to them.With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what...
  • Earthquake among the Jesuits, at the Pontifical Oriental Institute

    04/21/2015 2:51:57 PM PDT · by NRx · 16 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 04-21-2015 | Sandro Magister
    ROME, April 21, 2015 Last week the Pontifical Oriental Institute mourned the mysterious death of one of its professors, Fr. Lanfranco Rossi, found lifeless in a rural area just outside Rome. But also last week the institute was hit with a genuine institutional earthquake, with the decommissioning of its entire executive staff. The order, signed by the superior general of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Adolfo Nicols Pachn, the deputy grand chancellor of the institute, was up on the bulletin board for just one day. But many were able to read it and find out. As of Tuesday, April...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-21-15, OM, St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    04/20/2015 7:17:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 21, 2015Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 7:51—8:1a Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears,you always oppose the Holy Spirit;you are just like your ancestors.Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.You received the law as transmitted by angels,but you did not observe it.” When they heard this, they were infuriated,and they ground their teeth at him.But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit,looked...
  • What is the law of Christ?

    04/20/2015 1:51:08 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 20 replies
    Disciple of Jesus Christ ^ | October 4, 2011 | unknown
    “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) The law of Christ misunderstood Some people read this verse out of its context, as if it suddenly fell from the sky, and they conclude that there is a new law given by God under the New Covenant, called the law of Christ, in contrast with the Law which they call “the Law of the Old Testament”. They say the Christian does not have to keep the Law of God (which they call the Law of the Old Testament), because the Christian is not under...
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    04/20/2015 7:33:43 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 2 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | April 20, 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon April 20, 2015 Morning Reading That through death He might destroy him that had the power of death. Hebrews 2:14 O child of God, death hath lost its sting, because the devil's power over it is destroyed. Then cease to fear dying. Ask grace from God the Holy Ghost, that by an intimate knowledge and a firm belief of thy Redeemer's death, thou mayst be strengthened for that dread hour. Living near the cross of Calvary thou mayst think of death with pleasure, and welcome it when it comes with intense delight. It is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-20-15

    04/19/2015 7:47:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 20, 2015Monday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 6:8-15 Stephen, filled with grace and power,was working great wonders and signs among the people.Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,Cyreneans, and Alexandrians,and people from Cilicia and Asia,came forward and debated with Stephen,but they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.Then they instigated some men to say,“We have heard him speaking blasphemous wordsagainst Moses and God.”They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes,accosted him, seized him,and brought him before the Sanhedrin.They presented false witnesses who testified,“This man never...
  • Pastoral Practice Committee Pursues Ambitious Agenda (Orthodox)

    04/19/2015 12:51:02 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Can Orthodox weddings be celebrated on Saturdays? Are group confessions permissible? How are catechumens prepared for reception into the Church? The answers to these questions and others depend on which Orthodox jurisdiction you call home. While there are vast areas of agreement in the Orthodox Church, there are variations in practice across jurisdictions in the United States as pertain to baptism, marriage, confession, and other sacraments of the Church. As the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America strives to manifest the unity of Orthodoxy, it is necessary to develop a common understanding among its member...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-19-15, Third Sunday of Easter

    04/18/2015 7:26:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 19, 2015Third Sunday of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 Peter said to the people:“The God of Abraham,the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus,whom you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presencewhen he had decided to release him.You denied the Holy and Righteous Oneand asked that a murderer be released to you.The author of life you put to death,but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.Now I know, brothers,that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did;but God has thus...
  • Mass Mob Planned at Star of the Sea Catholic Church (altar server protest)

    04/18/2015 2:45:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Kathyschiffer ^ | April 17, 2015 | Kathy Schiffer
    Fr. Joseph Illo and Fr. Patrick Driscoll, Star of the Sea Catholic Church (Photo from Facebook)When Fr. Joseph Illo, the pastor at San Francisco’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, announced his decision to train only boys to be altar servers, some parishioners and others protested.  Amidst the hullabaloo, the media jumped at the chance to criticize both Fr. Illo and his beleaguered bishop, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.Religion News Service quoted Fr. Illo, who explained his reasons for enacting the policy: The first…is that “boys usually end up losing interest (in altar service) because girls generally do a better job.”The second and...
  • Anatomy of a Delusion (Part I)

    04/18/2015 12:30:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | April 15, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life (CICL), Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz of Brazil is responsible for overseeing the brutal destruction of one of the few flourishing institutes of consecrated life in the Church today, the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, on the direct orders of Pope Francis. Because the order founded by the saintly Father Stefano Manelli, lauded by both John Paul II and Benedict XVI, had dared to take advantage of Benedicts liberation of the Latin Mass from its unjust imprisonment, it had to go. To recall Pope Francis words during the bizarre celebration...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-18-15

    04/17/2015 7:57:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 18, 2015Saturday of the Second Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 6:1-7 As the number of disciples continued to grow,the Hellenists complained against the Hebrewsbecause their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said,“It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men,filled with the Spirit and wisdom,whom we shall appoint to this task,whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayerand to the ministry of the word.”The proposal was acceptable to the whole community,so...
  • The Communion of Saints - Chapter 19

    04/17/2015 3:54:06 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    "I believe in the communion of saints."-Apostles' Creed THESE WORDS WERE WRITTEN into the creed about the middle of the fifth century. It would be difficult if not altogether impossible for us at this late date to know exactly what was in the minds of the Church Fathers who introduced the words into the creed, but in the Book of Acts we have a description of the first Christian communion: "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine...
  • The Self-sufficiency of God Chapter 6

    04/17/2015 3:49:50 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Teach us, O God, that nothing is necessary to Thee. Were anything necessary to Thee that thing would be the measure of Thine imperfection: and how could we worship one who is imperfect? If nothing is necessary to Thee, then no one is necessary, and if no one, then not we. Thou dost seek us though Thou does not need us. We seek Thee because we need Thee, for in Thee we live and move and have our being. Amen The Father hath life in himself, said our Lord, and it is characteristic of His teaching that He thus in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-17-15

    04/16/2015 7:56:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-17-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2015Friday of the Second Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 5:34-42 A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel,a teacher of the law, respected by all the people,stood up, ordered the Apostles to be put outside for a short time,and said to the Sanhedrin, “Fellow children of Israel,be careful what you are about to do to these men.Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important,and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed,and all those who were loyal to himwere disbanded and came to nothing.After him came Judas the Galilean at the time...
  • Christians are forced to pray underground in war-torn Yemen, says bishop

    04/16/2015 1:45:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 15, 2015
    Smoke billows after a Saudi-led airstrike on the Yemeni capital Sanaa (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File) 'You are not alone,' Bishop Paul Hinder tells faithful who must remain 'invisible' in order to stay safe. The few Christians remaining in war-torn Yemen gather for liturgies and prayer meetings in the basement of a villa in the city of Sanaa where they remain “invisible” in order to stay safe, Bishop Paul Hinder has told Vatican Radio.Bishop Hinder, the apostolic vicar of southern Arabia, said that it is not specifically Christians who are at risk in the conflict, but foreigners who have been...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-16-15

    04/15/2015 9:50:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-16-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 16, 2015Thursday of the Second Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 5:27-33 When the court officers had brought the Apostles inand made them stand before the Sanhedrin,the high priest questioned them,“We gave you strict orders did we not,to stop teaching in that name.Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teachingand want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”But Peter and the Apostles said in reply,“We must obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus,though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.God exalted him at his right hand as leader and...
  • Catholic Apologetics: Non-Catholics in the Communion Line

    04/15/2015 1:38:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 150 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | April 15, 2015 | Michelle Arnold
    There are usually a few Masses per year at which there can be expected to be a large number of non-Catholics present. Christmas and Easter Masses are popular with non-Catholics, mainly because they are visiting Catholic family and friends. Nuptial Masses, especially when one of the parties to be married is a non-Catholic Christian, will have large turnouts of non-Catholics (sometimes up to half the congregation). Non-Catholics can also be expected at Masses offered for other sacramental firsts and life-cycle events, such as confirmations and funerals.This reality raises a common question for the apologists here at Catholic Answers: What...
  • 5 reasons why young people are seeking old ways of doing church

    04/15/2015 10:14:51 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 25 replies
    Church in a Circle ^ | March 31, 2015 | Kathleen and Kevin-Neil Ward
    When I was young, there was nothing worse for a church than to be traditional. We stripped back the liturgy, swapped the organ for a drum-kit, and replaced the hymnals with Hillsong. We unceremoniously dumped the icons, architecture and rituals that had fed the church for hundreds of years. We were desperate to present a cool, socially acceptable, relevant package for modern culture. Today, something unexpected is happening. There is a small but distinct movement of young people abandoning the smoke machines, multi-purpose buildings and celebrity pastors of recent church models, and heading back towards traditional worship services, where sacraments...
  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 04-15-15

    04/14/2015 7:53:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-15-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 15, 2015Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 5:17-26 The high priest rose up and all his companions,that is, the party of the Sadducees,and, filled with jealousy,laid hands upon the Apostles and put them in the public jail.But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison,led them out, and said,“Go and take your place in the temple area,and tell the people everything about this life.”When they heard this,they went to the temple early in the morning and taught.When the high priest and his companions arrived,they convened the Sanhedrin,the...
  • Great Vespers for Holy Pascha (Orthodox Easter - long) Ecumenical

    04/14/2015 7:52:02 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-12-2015 | The Russian Orthodox Church
    The triumphal service of Great Vespers on Easter Sunday served by the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church in Christ the Savior Cathedral. (The cathedral was razed by Stalin but has been rebuilt.)
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-14-15

    04/13/2015 9:21:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-14-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 14, 2015Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 4:32-37 The community of believers was of one heart and mind,and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,but they had everything in common.With great power the Apostles bore witnessto the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,and great favor was accorded them all.There was no needy person among them,for those who owned property or houses would sell them,bring the proceeds of the sale,and put them at the feet of the Apostles,and they were distributed to each according to need. Thus Joseph, also named by the...
  • Total Absorption and Breakthrough

    04/13/2015 1:36:46 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 4-16-15 | Holy Spirit inspired
    Total Absorption and Breakthrough I am drawing you deeper into My Spirit then ever before for I AM your Wellspring of Life and so now as I call and you answer I will feed you from The Tree of Life great and mighty things. First you will delve into and devour My very Virtue for without this nothing exists so you must come into and completely walk in My Worthiness for "HOLY" is My Name "Yeah" even the angels cry out unrelentingly My Truth . Second I will cause you to drink in My love and this door opens to...
  • What Is Grace?

    04/13/2015 9:16:19 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 16 replies
    ligonier ministries ^ | Mar 10, 2015 | R.C. Sproul
    A number of decades ago at the Ligonier Valley Study Center, we sent out a Thanksgiving card with this simple statement: The essence of theology is grace; the essence of Christian ethics is gratitude. In all the debates about our role versus Gods role in sanctificationour growth in holinesswed stay on the right track if wed remember this grace-gratitude dynamic. The more we understand how kind God has been to us and the more we are overcome by His mercy, the more we are inclined to love Him and to serveHim.Yet we cant get the grace-gratitude dynamic right if...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-13-15, OM, St. Martin I, Pope and Martyr

    04/12/2015 9:54:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-13-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 13, 2015Monday of the Second Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 4:23-31 After their release Peter and John went back to their own peopleand reported what the chief priests and elders had told them.And when they heard it,they raised their voices to God with one accordand said, “Sovereign Lord, maker of heaven and earthand the sea and all that is in them,you said by the Holy Spiritthrough the mouth of our father David, your servant: Why did the Gentiles rageand the peoples entertain folly?The kings of the earth took their standand the princes gathered togetheragainst the Lord...
  • The Scope Of The Apostasy...The Delusion pt 1

    Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;( 2 Thess 2:1-3)When I read that the President of the United States, Barak Hussein Obama ordered...
  • Journey to Jordan: The most amazing Easter of my life

    04/12/2015 2:36:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 11, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    On a cold and drizzly Saturday night, I found myself standing in a small, crowded Catholic church 6,000 miles away from my home parish in Queens, and I couldn’t help but weep.Dozens of people were holding candles. Incense filled the air. And a deacon climbed into the pulpit and began the familiar chant that I myself had sung just a week earlier in New York City. The notes were the same. The rolling rhythm was the same. But this time, they were words I didn’t know, in a language I didn’t understand.The deacon was proclaiming “The Exsultet” in Arabic.I...
  • CHRIST IS RISEN! (Orthodox Easter)

    04/12/2015 5:49:34 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Vanity | 04-12-2015 | NRx
    A blessed feast to everyone!
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-12-15, Divine Mercy Sunday

    04/11/2015 8:38:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 59 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-12-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 12, 2015Sunday of Divine Mercy    Reading 1 Acts 4:32-35 The community of believers was of one heart and mind,and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,but they had everything in common.With great power the apostles bore witnessto the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,and great favor was accorded them all.There was no needy person among them,for those who owned property or houses would sell them,bring the proceeds of the sale,and put them at the feet of the apostles,and they were distributed to each according to need. Responsorial Psalm Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 R. (1)...
  • Boasting or Belittling - Chapter 18

    04/11/2015 6:28:13 AM PDT · by metmom · 16 replies
    WE ALL know how painful it is to be forced to listen to a confirmed boaster sound off on his favorite topic - himself. To be the captive of such a man even for a short time tries our patience to the utmost and puts a heavy strain upon our Christian charity. Boasting is particularly offensive when it is heard among the children of God, the one place above all others where it should never be found. Yet it is quite common among Christians, though disguised somewhat by the use of the stock expression, "I say this to the glory...
  • Scenes from Vespers for Great and Holy Friday (Russian Orthodox)

    04/11/2015 5:17:19 AM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-11-2015 | The Russian Orthodox Church
    Scenes from the service of Vespers for Great and Holy Friday.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-11-15, SOL, Saturday within the Octave of Easter

    04/10/2015 8:42:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-11-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 11, 2015Saturday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 4:13-21 Observing the boldness of Peter and Johnand perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men,the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed,and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus.Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them,they could say nothing in reply.So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin,and conferred with one another, saying,“What are we to do with these men?Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable signwas done through them, and we cannot deny it.But so that it may not...
  • The 15th Antiphon for Great and Holy Friday

    04/10/2015 5:02:34 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2009 | Archbishop Job
    Archbishop Job of blessed memory chants the 15th antiphon for Great and Holy Friday Matins. Having just buried my dad on Tuesday this pretty much gutted me.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-10-15, SOL, Friday within the Octave of Easter

    04/09/2015 8:22:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-10-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 10, 2015Friday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 4:1-12 After the crippled man had been cured,while Peter and John were still speaking to the people,the priests, the captain of the temple guard,and the Sadducees confronted them,disturbed that they were teaching the peopleand proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.They laid hands on Peter and Johnand put them in custody until the next day,since it was already evening.But many of those who heard the word came to believeand the number of men grew to about five thousand. On the next day, their leaders, elders, and...
  • Why Orthodox Christian Easter Is Later than the Catholic One

    04/09/2015 5:11:32 PM PDT · by NRx · 51 replies
    The Greek Reporter ^ | 04-05-2015 | Fr. Jon Magoulias
    As Greek-Orthodox Christians prepare to celebrate Easter on Sunday,April 12th, we would like to shed some light on the reasons why the Orthodox Christian Church celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ later than the Catholic one. While the issue is somewhat complicated, it may be summarized in the two factors at work that cause this conflict in dates: 1) The issue of the calendar; and 2) the adherence by the Orthodox to the early practices of the Christian Church. The first factor, the calendar, has to do with the fact that the Christian Orthodox Church continues to follow the Julian...
  • Report: 20% increase in number of men to be ordained priests in 2015

    04/09/2015 11:42:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 8, 2015 | Carl E. Olson
    Seminarians lead a procession for Mass during the dedication of a new building at the Pontifical North American College in Rome Jan. 6. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Yesterday the USCCB released some information about men to be ordained priests this year. On average, the report states, the men were 17 years old when they first considered the vocation of priesthood, and 71% said they were encouraged in that regard by a parish priest, "as well as friends (46 percent), parishioners (45 percent), and mothers (40 percent)." And the number of men to be ordained is up 20% from last year:...
  • The dilemma of Celiac Catholics

    04/09/2015 6:23:58 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 53 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 04/09/2015 | Richard Sikorski
    [SNIP] Severely gluten intolerant, Celiac Catholics like myself cant take the whole wheat hosts that are so prevalent in todays Catholic churches, so were forced to receive our Lord in the form of wine. Problem is, with so many faithful receiving Holy Communion during Holy Week services, the consecrated wine runs out before Communicants do. During packed Holy Thursday and Easter Masses, as many as a third of the congregation may miss out on lifting the chalice. You can bet most of these are Celiac victims. That happened to me this past Thursday. Ive received Holy Communion at over 57...
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2015 Merciful Jesus Christ, I trust in you A Personal Story

    I love the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion 24-7-365. My Family and I have promoted the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion in Mumbai, India vigorously for more than 25 years. We have spread the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion to Cities in Central India and in North India like Lucknow, Indore, and Patna to mention a few. In 1994 and in 1995, we got in touch with Divine Mercy Information Centre, Hong Kong which was run by a Chinese Catholic Evangelist by the name of Mr John Bosco Wong. He was a Third Order Carmelite. Mr John Bosco Wong sent...
  • Making Catholicism Countercultural and Supernatural Again

    04/08/2015 9:41:58 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 5 replies
    Countercultural Christianity and the need of the supernaturalNot too long ago I had the pleasure to read a series of three articles that grabbed my attention, and which allowed me to formulate a series of thoughts regarding the need of what is known as Countercultural Christianity and furthermore of making Christianity strange again. All of this simply implies the need of bringing back the supernatural elements of Christianity.Two articles that I read on these specific subjects were both written by Rod Dreher a senior editor for The American Conservative. The first article is called Christian and Countercultural and the second...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-09-15, SOL, Thursday within the Octave of Easter

    04/08/2015 8:51:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-09-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 9, 2015Thursday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 3:11-26 As the crippled man who had been cured clung to Peter and John,all the people hurried in amazement toward themin the portico called “Solomon’s Portico.”When Peter saw this, he addressed the people,“You children of Israel, why are you amazed at this,and why do you look so intently at usas if we had made him walk by our own power or piety?The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesuswhom you handed over and...
  • Schism ... it's time we got serious

    04/08/2015 6:18:22 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 04-08-2015 | Fr John Hunwicke
    A year or two ago, Cardinal Mueller suggested that, although the excommunication of its bishops had been lifted, the SSPX was still in de facto schism. At first, I disliked this idea, because it seemed to nullify the emollient effects of the removal of the excommunications, as intended by Benedict XVI. But, upon lengthier thought, I came (as I usually do ... honest, no irony here ...) to the conclusion that his Eminence is right. After all, with whatever justification, the SSPX does not have any recognition in Rome or throughout the world-wide churches which are in unflawed communion with...
  • The Self-existence of God Chapter 5

    04/08/2015 1:19:59 PM PDT · by metmom · 35 replies
    Lord of all being! Thou alone canst affirm I AM THAT I AM; yet we who are made in Thine image may each one repeat I am, so confessing that we derive from Thee and that our words are but an echo of Thine own. We acknowledge Thee to be the great Original of which we through Thy goodness are grateful if imperfect copies. We worship Thee, O Father Everlasting. Amen. God has no origin, said Novatian and it is precisely this concept of no-origin which distinguishes That-which-is-God from whatever is not God. Origin is a word that can apply...
  • The Cure for a Fretful Spirit - Chapter 17

    04/08/2015 1:05:12 PM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    THE HOLY SPIRIT IN PSALM 37 admonishes us to beware of irritation in our religious lives: "Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity." The word "fret" comes to us from the Anglo-Saxon and carries with it such a variety of meanings as bring a rather pained smile to our faces. Notice how they expose us and locate us behind our disguises. The primary meaning of the word is to eat, and from there it has been extended with rare honesty to cover most of the manifestations of an irritable disposition. "To eat...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-08-15, SOL, Wednesday within the Octave of Easter

    04/07/2015 7:51:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-08-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 8, 2015Wednesday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 3:1-10 Peter and John were going up to the temple areafor the three o’clock hour of prayer.And a man crippled from birth was carriedand placed at the gate of the temple called “the Beautiful Gate” every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,he asked for alms.But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,and said, “Look at us.”He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.Peter said, “I have...