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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-25-12

    10/24/2012 9:39:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 10-25-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 25, 2012 Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Eph 3:14-21 Brothers and sisters:I kneel before the Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his gloryto be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;that you, rooted and grounded in love,may have strength to comprehend with all the holy oneswhat is the breadth and length and height and depth,and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,so that you...
  • Pius X Society expels Bishop Williamson for disobedience

    10/24/2012 3:22:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    cna ^ | October 24, 2012
    Menzingen, Switzerland, Oct 24, 2012 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Society of St. Pius X has expelled Bishop Richard Williamson, saying he has distanced himself from the traditionalist Catholic group’s leadership and he has refused “to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors.” The Switzerland-based society said Oct. 24 that the “painful” decision was necessary because of “concern for the common good” and for the good government of the society. The society’s Superior General Bishop Bernard Fellay and his council declared the bishop to be excluded on Oct. 4. Bishop Williamson, in response to a final deadline...
  • Fashion, Design Ideology in Sacred Architecture: A Review of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

    10/24/2012 1:49:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 23, 2012 | Nikos Salingaros
    Where to begin? Well, there are hardly any right angles in this building. Broken forms, discontinuities, and protrusions in its geometry both inside and outside characterize the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Such imbalance and departure from mathematical harmony is usually explained away by labeling it a “postmodern-deconstructivist” building, as if style were sufficient reason to violate tectonic harmony and geometrical coherence. We have here a celebration of asymmetry, which might be understandable if there were a sound reason for it coming either from design necessities, or from religion. But there is none. The building’s asymmetry serves an...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 24, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/24/2012 4:43:01 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Heavy With Favor Today's Scripture Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Notice that todays verse doesnt say that the glory of the Lord is going to come on you one day. It doesnt say, Maybe when the economy gets better, when you graduate from college, or when you get that good break. No, it says Gods glory is already on you! The word glory in the original language indicates that Gods favor, blessing and splendor is on you in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 24, 2012]

    10/24/2012 4:42:06 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Proper Perspective " Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ . . . " —2 Corinthians 2:14 The proper perspective of a servant of God must not simply be as near to the highest as he can get, but it must be the highest. Be careful that you vigorously maintain God’s perspective, and remember that it must be done every day, little by little. Don’t think on a finite level. No outside power can touch the proper perspective.The proper perspective to maintain is that we are here for only one purpose— to be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-24-12, OM, St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop

    10/23/2012 9:53:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 10-24-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 24, 2012 Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Eph 3:2-12 Brothers and sisters:You have heard of the stewardship of God's gracethat was given to me for your benefit,namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation,as I have written briefly earlier.When you read thisyou can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,which was not made known to human beings in other generationsas it has now been revealedto his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit,that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same Body,and copartners in the promise in Christ...
  • Vatican Ambassador at First Mass Held in Iraq Monastery in 1,500 Years

    10/23/2012 2:44:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | October 22, 2012 | Kassem al-Kaabi
    Iraqi Christians attend a mass on Christmas at St. Joseph Chaldean church in Baghdad on Dec. 25, 2011. Read more: The Vatican's ambassador to Iraq and a number of monks held the first mass in 1,500 years in one of the oldest monasteries in the Iraqi city of al-Hira (south of Najaf), and met with the top Iraqi Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Hira had been a spiritual capital for Christians, and was a destination for monks for more than 500 years before the introduction of Islam to the country. There are 33 monasteries between Najaf and Kufa, some...
  • The Ordinariate's Customary Printed

    10/23/2012 9:03:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Hermeneutic of Continuity ^ | 10/22/12 | Fr. Tim Finigan
    The new Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham has been published, and a fine book it looks, too. It contains the office for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, the psalms in the Coverdale translation, and the office arranged according to the calendar for the Ordinariate. I'm rather hoping to have choral evensong at Blackfen during the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity. There are more photos of the new book at the Ordinariate's Flickr set and there is a report by Mgr Andrew Burnham at the Ordinariate website. You can buy a copy from Amazon.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 23, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/23/2012 4:43:00 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Make Room Today's Scripture A good man leaves an inheritance to his childrens children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. (Proverbs 13:22, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Notice, God has already laid up contracts, houses, businesses, promotions and good breaks. They already have your name on them. If youll keep honoring God and making room for them, then eventually they will find their way into your hands the hands of the righteous. That means right now something is headed your direction; not bad breaks, not disappointments, not lack, not mediocrity....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 23, 2012]

    10/23/2012 4:42:16 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Nothing of the Old Life! "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" —2 Corinthians 5:17 Our Lord never tolerates our prejudices— He is directly opposed to them and puts them to death. We tend to think that God has some special interest in our particular prejudices, and are very sure that He will never deal with us as He has to deal with others. We even say to ourselves, “God has to deal with other people in a very strict way, but of course He...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-23-12, OM, St. John of Capistrano, Priest

    10/22/2012 10:08:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies ^ | 10-23-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 23, 2012 Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Eph 2:12-22 Brothers and sisters:You were at that time without Christ,alienated from the community of Israeland strangers to the covenants of promise,without hope and without God in the world.But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far offhave become near by the Blood of Christ. For he is our peace, he made both oneand broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his Flesh,abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims,that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two,thus...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 22, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/22/2012 4:38:53 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Stored Up Blessings Today's Scripture Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men! (Psalm 31:19, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Scripture talks about how God has blessings stored up for those that honor Him. Think about that. God has contracts, houses, ideas, good breaks that already have your name on them! Theyve been stored up for you. The question is, how do you see them released? Number one: by honoring God...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 22, 2012]

    10/22/2012 4:37:15 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Witness of the Spirit "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit . . ." —Romans 8:16 We are in danger of getting into a bargaining spirit with God when we come to Him—we want the witness of the Spirit before we have done what God tells us to do.Why doesn’t God reveal Himself to you? He cannot. It is not that He will not, but He cannot, because you are in the way as long as you won’t abandon yourself to Him in total surrender. Yet once you do, immediately God witnesses to Himself—He cannot witness to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-22-12

    10/21/2012 8:09:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies ^ | 10-22-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 22, 2012 Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Eph 2:1-10 Brothers and sisters:You were dead in your transgressions and sinsin which you once lived following the age of this world,following the ruler of the power of the air,the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient.All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh,following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses,and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest.But God, who is rich in mercy,because of the great love he had for us,even when we...
  • Pope canonizes seven saints for the new evangelization

    10/21/2012 9:43:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | October 21, 2012 | Matthew A. Rarey
    Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd after the canonization Mass, Oct. 21, 2012. Credit: Marianne Medlin and Emily Hazelbach/CNA. Vatican City, Oct 21, 2012 / 09:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has canonized seven new saints and prayed that their intercession may “strengthen and sustain” the Church “in her mission to proclaim the Gospel to the whole world.” The Pope addressed a crowd of tens of thousands on a sunny, Oct. 21 Mass at St. Peter's Square, raising seven men and women to the altars. Those included Jacques Berthieu, Pedro Calungsod, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Marìa Carmen Sallés...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 21, 2012]

    10/21/2012 4:41:21 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Impulsiveness or Discipleship? "But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith . . ." —Jude 20 There was nothing of the nature of impulsive or thoughtless action about our Lord, but only a calm strength that never got into a panic. Most of us develop our Christianity along the lines of our own nature, not along the lines of God’s nature. Impulsiveness is a trait of the natural life, and our Lord always ignores it, because it hinders the development of the life of a disciple. Watch how the Spirit of God gives a sense of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-21-12, Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/20/2012 3:28:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies ^ | 10-21-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 21, 2012 Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1Is 53:10-11 The LORD was pleasedto crush him in infirmity. If he gives his life as an offering for sin,he shall see his descendants in a long life,and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him. Because of his afflictionhe shall see the light in fullness of days;through his suffering, my servant shall justify many,and their guilt he shall bear. Responsorial PsalmPs 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22 R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.Upright is the word of...
  • The Return to Rome, Five Years Later (Former sedevacantist nuns - with a twist)

    10/20/2012 3:23:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | October 19, 2012 | Jim Graves
    Members of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church pray outside the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center in Spokane, Wash., in June 2007. (CNS photo) Five years ago, a major change came to the lives of Sister Mary Eucharista, a member of the Religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI), and 14 of her fellow sisters living at Mount St. Michael (“the Mount”) in Spokane, Washington. Bishop Mark Pivarunas, the Superior General of the CMRI organization, told the sisters they had to leave the community if they did not stop promoting “heterodox” views among the other 35 sisters. But...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 20, 2012]

    10/20/2012 4:24:16 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Is God’s Will My Will? "This is the will of God, your sanctification . . ." —1 Thessalonians 4:3 Sanctification is not a question of whether God is willing to sanctify me— is it my will? Am I willing to let God do in me everything that has been made possible through the atonement of the Cross of Christ? Am I willing to let Jesus become sanctification to me, and to let His life be exhibited in my human flesh? (see 1 Corinthians 1:30). Beware of saying, “Oh, I am longing to be sanctified.” No, you are not. Recognize...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-20-12, OM, St. Paul of the Cross, Priest

    10/19/2012 10:02:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 10-20-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 20, 2012 Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Eph 1:15-23 Brothers and sisters:Hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesusand of your love for all the holy ones,I do not cease giving thanks for you,remembering you in my prayers,that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelationresulting in knowledge of him.May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,what are the riches of gloryin his inheritance among the holy ones,and what...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 19, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/19/2012 4:50:49 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    A Gift from God Today's Scripture For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We serve such a loving, gracious and generous God. He loves you so much that there isnt anything He wouldnt do in order to have a relationship with you. The Bible tells us that sin separates man from God. But God doesnt want to be separated from us. Thats why He sent His Son into the worldto pay the penalty for sin so that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 19, 2012]

    10/19/2012 4:49:44 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Unheeded Secret "Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world" —John 18:36 The great enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ today is the idea of practical work that has no basis in the New Testament but comes from the systems of the world. This work insists upon endless energy and activities, but no private life with God. The emphasis is put on the wrong thing. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation . . . . For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20-21). It is a hidden, obscure thing....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-19-12, M, Sts. John de Brbeuf & Isaac Jogues, companions

    10/18/2012 8:51:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies ^ | 10-19-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 19, 2012 Memorial of Saint John de Brbeuf and Saint Isaac Jogues, priests and martyrs, and their companions, martyrs Reading 1Eph 1:11-14 Brothers and sisters:In Christ we were also chosen,destined in accord with the purpose of the Onewho accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,we who first hoped in Christ.In him you also, who have heard the word of truth,the Gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him,were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,which is the first installment of our inheritancetoward redemption as...
  • Cistercian nuns plan new monastery after vocations rise

    10/18/2012 12:44:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    EWTN ^ | October 18, 2012 | Carl Bunderson
    A rendering of the planned Valley of Our Lady Monastery in Brigham, Wis. (view from the West). Courtesy of Cram and Ferguson Architects. Following a vocations boom at Valley of Our Lady Monastery near Madison, Wis., an architecture firm is designing a new monastery complex for the community of Cistercian nuns, the only one in the English-speaking world.It's very exciting to see this happening, very providential, the fact that this comes out of so many young women seeking this monastery out for this life, Matthew Alderman of Cram and Ferguson Architects told EWTN News on Oct. 16.The planned monastery...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 18, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/18/2012 4:42:52 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Say Continually Today's Scripture Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. Psalm 35:27, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Notice in todays verse, Gods people were commanded to go around saying continually, Let God be magnified. He takes pleasure in prospering me. I believe one reason they were supposed to say it all the time is so it would get down on the inside of their hearts. See, when we hear something long...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 18, 2012]

    10/18/2012 4:40:35 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Key to the Missionary’s Devotion ". . . they went forth for His name’s sake . . ." —3 John 7 Our Lord told us how our love for Him is to exhibit itself when He asked, “Do you love Me?” (John 21:17). And then He said, “Feed My sheep.” In effect, He said, “Identify yourself with My interests in other people,” not, “Identify Me with your interests in other people.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 shows us the characteristics of this love— it is actually the love of God expressing itself. The true test of my love for Jesus...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-18-12, Feast, St. Luke, Evangelist

    10/17/2012 10:31:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies ^ | 10-18-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 18, 2012 Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist Reading 12 Tm 4:10-17b Beloved:Demas, enamored of the present world,deserted me and went to Thessalonica,Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.Luke is the only one with me.Get Mark and bring him with you,for he is helpful to me in the ministry.I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas,the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm;the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.You too be on guard against him,for he has...
  • Churches and chapels in Wales 'may unite'

    10/17/2012 12:20:12 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | October 13, 2012
    Churches and chapels in Wales are being asked to discuss radical proposals which could result in closer unity. Five denominations - including the Church in Wales, Presbyterians and Methodists - could ultimately share bishops, ministers and buildings. The proposed Church Uniting in Wales would also include Presbyterians and some Baptists. A conference in Aberystwyth will discuss the plans in response to declining funds and congregations. The event on Saturday, called The Gathering, brings together five denominations known as the five Covenanted Churches in Wales. The group - which together have 2,500 churches - was set up in the 1970s with...
  • Newburgh man sues church for losing leg when crucifix fell on him

    10/17/2012 6:50:36 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies
    Daily Freeman ^ | October 17, 2012 | Mid-Hudson News Network
    David and Delia Jimenez of Newburgh consider themselves very religious Catholics, so, when Mrs. Jimenezs diagnosed cancer disappeared two years ago, they attributed it to their praying at St. Patricks Church. Mr. Jimenez wanted to show his appreciation, so his wife asked the priest if he could clean the large crucifix outside the house of worship as a thank-you. He was granted the OK and, on Memorial Day 2010, as he stood on a step stool scrubbing the stone image of Jesus Christ, the monument toppled over, crushing his leg. He was rushed to Westchester Medical Center, where his leg...
  • Catholicism and sex shops: the struggle for Poland's soul

    10/17/2012 6:27:02 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/17/2012 | Christian Lowe
    Society in Poland is changing and with it, the relationship between the Polish people and the Catholic church. In this country where, since the end of Communist rule, prime ministers have sought the blessing of the church before making important decisions, Catholicism is losing its influence. Opinion polls show that the number of people who go to church or pray regularly is in decline. And now a series of initiatives - on in-vitro fertilization (IVF), ending state subsidies for the church, and homosexuality - is challenging Catholicism's role at the heart of the state. [SNIP] Today, the suite of rooms...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 17, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/17/2012 4:38:47 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Believe and Declare Today's Scripture It is written: I believed; therefore I have spoken. With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak. (2 Corinthians 4:13, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I know a man who was believing to pay his house off. It was a standard 30-year mortgage, and he had 23 years left. In the natural, there was no way he could do it. But he was bold enough to say, Father, I want to thank You that You are Jehovah Jireh; the Lord my provider. I know my job is not...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 17, 2012]

    10/17/2012 4:37:16 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Key of the Greater Work ". . . I say to you, he who believes in Me, . . . greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father" —John 14:12 Prayer does not equip us for greater works— prayer is the greater work. Yet we think of prayer as some commonsense exercise of our higher powers that simply prepares us for God’s work. In the teachings of Jesus Christ, prayer is the working of the miracle of redemption in me, which produces the miracle of redemption in others, through the power of God....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-17-12, M, St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop & Martyr

    10/16/2012 10:09:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 10-17-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 17, 2012 Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr Reading 1Gal 5:18-25 Brothers and sisters:If you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.Now the works of the flesh are obvious:immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry,sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy,outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness,dissensions, factions, occasions of envy,drinking bouts, orgies, and the like.I warn you, as I warned you before,that those who do such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,patience, kindness, generosity,faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.Against such there is no law.Now those who...
  • Bishops tell synod church needs lively parishes, Bible literacy

    10/16/2012 2:00:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cns ^ | October 16, 2012 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The solemn yet exuberant liturgies of African Catholic churches are a model for other Catholic communities seeking to invigorate their parishes and reach out to lapsed members, a Nigerian bishop told the world Synod of Bishops. The celebrations of the Eucharist and other sacraments must be "more efficacious moments of faith impact," Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Oyo told the synod Oct. 15. Bishop Badejo was one of dozens of synod members who spoke about enlivening parishes as the primary agents of the new evangelization. "This can be done if we continually update homiletics and sacramental procedure...
  • Christ Jesus My Lord

    10/16/2012 8:24:37 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 2 replies
    THINGS TO COME, A Journal of Biblical Literature | October, 1895 | Thomas Neatby
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 16, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/16/2012 4:43:15 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Unlimited Supply Today's Scripture And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe Ephesians 1:19, AMP. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria If I had a thousand gallons of water to give you but you only had a one-gallon container, you wouldnt be able to receive what I had for you. The problem would not be with the supply. It would be with your ability to receive. If you would get rid of the small container and get something larger, I could...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 16, 2012]

    10/16/2012 4:41:39 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Key to the Master’s Orders "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest" —Matthew 9:38 The key to the missionary’s difficult task is in the hand of God, and that key is prayer, not work— that is, not work as the word is commonly used today, which often results in the shifting of our focus away from God. The key to the missionary’s difficult task is also not the key of common sense, nor is it the key of medicine, civilization, education, or even evangelization. The key is in following the Master’s orders—...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-16-12, OM, St. Hedwig, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

    10/15/2012 10:11:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies ^ | 10-16-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 16, 2012 Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Gal 5:1-6 Brothers and sisters:For freedom Christ set us free;so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. It is I, Paul, who am telling youthat if you have yourselves circumcised,Christ will be of no benefit to you.Once again I declare to every man who has himself circumcisedthat he is bound to observe the entire law.You are separated from Christ,you who are trying to be justified by law;you have fallen from grace.For through the Spirit, by faith, we await the hope of...
  • NY Catholics set for Blessed Kateri's canonization

    10/15/2012 2:23:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Chroniclenews ^ | October 15, 2012 | John Enger
    AURIESVILLE, N.Y. — For more than 300 years, generations of faithful Catholics have prayed for the sainthood of Kateri Tekakwitha. On Oct. 21, they'll celebrate her canonization. “People have been praying for this since the moment of her death," said Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine museum director Beth Lynch. The shrine sprawls out over the hilltop where Kateri was born in 1656. In those days it was a Mohawk village call Ossernenon. Kateri was the daughter of a captive Catholic-Algonquin mother and Mohawk chief in a time when the Catholicism was first working its way through the country. At...
  • Welcome to the Golden Age of the Liturgy

    10/15/2012 2:09:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 14, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A couple months back, I wrote an article asking, what What was the Golden Age of the Liturgy? For it would seem, that every period has had its challenges, and also, it’s good points. The question of what is the golden year, the paradigm, is most pertinent among traditional Catholics, who largely regard the Golden age of the liturgy to be at some point in the past.Though the Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated according to the form it had in 1962, most traditional Catholics would set the ideal year, the Golden age, long before that. Yet, there is great debate...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 15, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/15/2012 4:42:27 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    New Thinking, New Living Today's Scripture And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins. Mark 2:22, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you ready for increase? Are you ready to go to the next level, spiritually, physically and emotionally? Many times, people hear the truth that God has more in store, and something resonates on the inside. Their spirit comes into agreement with God; but often times, their natural mind...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 15, 2012]

    10/15/2012 4:41:22 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Key to the Missionary’s Work (2) "He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world" —1 John 2:2 The key to the missionary’s message is the propitiation of Christ Jesus— His sacrifice for us that completely satisfied the wrath of God. Look at any other aspect of Christ’s work, whether it is healing, saving, or sanctifying, and you will see that there is nothing limitless about those. But— “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”— that is limitless (John 1:29). The missionary’s message...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-15-12, M, St. Teresa of Jesus, Virgin & Doctor/Church

    10/14/2012 8:34:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies ^ | 10-15-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 15, 2012 Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Reading 1Gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31-5:1 Brothers and sisters:It is written that Abraham had two sons,one by the slave woman and the other by the freeborn woman.The son of the slave woman was born naturally,the son of the freeborn through a promise.Now this is an allegory.These women represent two covenants.One was from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery;this is Hagar.But the Jerusalem above is freeborn, and she is our mother.For it is written:Rejoice, you barren one who bore no children;break forth and shout,...
  • Psalm 8...a Sunday meditation

    10/14/2012 3:58:25 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles
    The GreatO Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. (Psalm 8:1)The Psalm is directed to the LORD. We are allowed to listen in on the conversation, and to let the Psalm be our own prayer as well. The phrase, the name of the LORD, refers to His person, words, works, attributes and perfections. The LORD is HolyHe is good to all slow to angerof great mercy abounding in Kindness and Steadfast love! There is no higher use of the mind, than to consider the excellency of the...
  • Fishwraps nutty over the Holy Sees ending of tropes during the Agnus Dei

    10/14/2012 8:03:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 10/14/12 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    I am sure you have heard this at one point or another perhaps even too often. Hitherto in many places, during the last stage of preparation before the distribution of Holy Communion, if the work at the altar was going on for a while, the singing of the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) would be extended vamped, in a manner of speaking by the addition of additional (sometimes even appropriate) Christological titles. Lamb of God Prince of Peace King of Kings etc.Over the years, however, I have heard some real howlers inserted.In any event, thats all over now...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 14, 2012]

    10/14/2012 5:14:42 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Key to the Missionary’s Work (1) "Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ’All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . .’ " —Matthew 28:18-19 The key to the missionary’s work is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the lost. We are inclined to look on our Lord as one who assists us in our endeavors for God. Yet our Lord places Himself as the absolute sovereign and supreme Lord over His disciples. He does not say that the lost...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-14-12, Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/13/2012 8:14:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 56 replies ^ | 10-14-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 14, 2012 Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1Wis 7:7-11 I prayed, and prudence was given me;I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.I preferred her to scepter and throne,and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,nor did I liken any priceless gem to her;because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand,and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.Beyond health and comeliness I loved her,and I chose to have her rather than the light,because the splendor of her never yields to sleep.Yet all good things together came to me in her...
  • 1928 Prayer Book Readings for the Saturday After the 18th Sunday in Trinity

    10/13/2012 6:30:59 AM PDT · by michaelwlf3 · 7 replies
    Psalm 71 The Seventy-First Psalm In te, Domine, speravi. IN thee, O LORD, have I put my trust; let me never be put to confusion, * but rid me and deliver me in thy righteousness; incline thine ear unto me, and save me. Be thou my stronghold, whereunto I may alway resort: * thou hast promised to help me, for thou art my house of defence, and my castle. Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the ungodly, * out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. For thou, O Lord GOD, art the thing...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 13, 2012]

    10/13/2012 4:35:48 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Individual Discouragement and Personal Growth ". . . when Moses was grown . . . he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens" —Exodus 2:11 Moses saw the oppression of his people and felt certain that he was the one to deliver them, and in the righteous indignation of his own spirit he started to right their wrongs. After he launched his first strike for God and for what was right, God allowed Moses to be driven into empty discouragement, sending him into the desert to feed sheep for forty years. At the end of that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-13-12, OM, St. Edward the Confessor

    10/12/2012 9:15:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 10-13-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 13, 2012 Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Gal 3:22-29 Brothers and sisters:Scripture confined all things under the power of sin,that through faith in Jesus Christthe promise might be given to those who believe. Before faith came, we were held in custody under law,confined for the faith that was to be revealed.Consequently, the law was our disciplinarian for Christ,that we might be justified by faith.But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a disciplinarian.For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus.For all of you who were...