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  • [Catholic Caucus] Four Reasons That the Incarnation was Fitting, According to St. Thomas Aquinas

    12/10/2018 7:56:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-09-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Reasons That the Incarnation was Fitting, According to St. Thomas Aquinas Msgr. Charles Pope • December 9, 2018 • Incarnation of Jesus, Piero di Cosimo (1505)As we approach the Christmas feasts, it is good for us to ponder aspects of the Incarnation. In this post, I would like to consider what St. Thomas Aquinas teaches about its fittingness. God was not radically “required” to do everything as He did. We do well to ponder why the manner of the Lord’s incarnation is “fitting,” why it makes sense.St. Thomas, referencing St. John Damascene, gives four reasons for the fittingness...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-10-18

    12/09/2018 9:46:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-10-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 10, 2018 Monday of the Second Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 35:1-10 The desert and the parched land will exult;the steppe will rejoice and bloom.They will bloom with abundant flowers,and rejoice with joyful song.The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;They will see the glory of the LORD,the splendor of our God.Strengthen the hands that are feeble,make firm the knees that are weak,Say to those whose hearts are frightened:Be strong, fear not!Here is your God,he comes with vindication;With divine recompensehe comes to save you.Then will the eyes of the blind be...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Juan Diego, 12-09-18

    12/09/2018 5:59:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 12-09-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Detail | Saint Juan Diego | photo by Lawrence OP | flickr Saint Juan Diego Saint of the Day for December 9 (1474 – May 30, 1548)  Saint Juan Diego’s Story Thousands of people gathered in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe July 31, 2002, for the canonization of Juan Diego, to whom the Blessed Mother appeared in the 16th century. Pope John Paul II celebrated the ceremony at which the poor Indian peasant became the Church’s first saint indigenous to the Americas.The Holy Father called the new saint “a simple, humble Indian” who accepted...
  • I Wanna Be Ready to Put on a Long White Robe A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

    12/09/2018 7:45:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-08-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I Wanna Be Ready to Put on a Long White Robe – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • December 8, 2018 • Preaching of John the Baptist, Baciccio (1690)But who may abide the day of his coming and who shall stand when he appeareth? This is the cry that goes up from the final pages of the Old Testament (Mal 3:2). The Lord himself gives the answer:See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to...
  • Science Confirms: Angels Took the House of Our Lady of Nazareth to Loreto

    12/08/2018 7:17:28 AM PST · by NYer · 926 replies
    tfp ^ | August 7, 2016 | Luis Dufaur
    How did the Holy House take off from its foundations and reappear intact about 2,000 miles away, where it remains to this day?At a conference organized by the Amici del Timone Cultural Center in Staggia Senese, Italy, titled The Story of the Incredible Move of the House of Mary of Nazareth to Loreto, a topic was developed which challenges engineering.Indeed, the Holy House, birthplace of Our Lady and where the Archangel Gabriel announced to her the Incarnation, has been for many centuries in the town of Loreto (Santa Casa di Loreto), in the Marche region of Italy, facing the Adriatic...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-09-18, Second Sunday of Advent

    12/08/2018 9:15:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-09-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 9, 2018 Second Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Bar 5:1-9 Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery;put on the splendor of glory from God forever:wrapped in the cloak of justice from God,bear on your head the mitrethat displays the glory of the eternal name.For God will show all the earth your splendor:you will be named by God foreverthe peace of justice, the glory of Gods worship. Up, Jerusalem! stand upon the heights;look to the east and see your childrengathered from the east and the westat the word of the Holy One,rejoicing that they are remembered by...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, The Immaculate Conception of the BVM, 12-08-18

    12/08/2018 6:31:48 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: The Immaculate Conception | Giovanni Battista Tiepolo The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Saint of the Day for December 8 The Story of the Immaculate Conception of Mary A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the Eastern Church in the seventh century. It came to the West in the eighth century. In the 11th century it received its present name, the Immaculate Conception. In the 18th century it became a feast of the universal Church. It is now recognized as a solemnity.In 1854, Pius IX solemnly proclaimed: The most Blessed Virgin Mary,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-08-18, SOL, TheImmaculate Conception - Blessed Virgin Mary

    12/07/2018 9:09:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-08-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 8, 2018 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,the LORD God called to the man and asked him, "Where are you?"He answered, "I heard you in the garden;but I was afraid, because I was naked,so I hid myself."Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked?You have eaten, then,from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!"The man replied, "The woman whom you put here with meCshe gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it."The...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Ambrose, 12-07-18

    12/07/2018 6:58:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 12-07-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Statue of Saint Ambrose | Luigi Scorzini | photo by G.dallorto Saint Ambrose Saint of the Day for December 7 (337 – April 4, 397)  Saint Ambrose’s Story One of Ambrose’s biographers observed that at the Last Judgment, people would still be divided between those who admired Ambrose and those who heartily disliked him. He emerges as the man of action who cut a furrow through the lives of his contemporaries. Even royal personages were numbered among those who were to suffer crushing divine punishments for standing in Ambrose’s way.When the Empress Justina attempted to wrest...
  • A Shocking Loss of Faith: Reflecting on the Closing of So Many Churches

    12/07/2018 8:54:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 74 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-06-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Shocking Loss of Faith: Reflecting on the Closing of So Many Churches Msgr. Charles Pope • December 6, 2018 • Lincoln Congregational Temple in Shaw, credit: NCinDC, FlickrAs I walk or drive through my Capitol Hill neighborhood here in Washington, D.C., I pass by more than twenty churches (all of them Protestant) that have been closed in the past decade. Many of them are grand and prominent buildings. (Click here to see four of them.) Most of the them have been converted to condominiums, likely due to historic preservation norms that seek to retain the exterior appearance of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-07-18, M, St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    12/06/2018 10:25:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-07-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 7, 2018 Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Is 29:17-24 Thus says the Lord GOD:But a very little while,and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard,and the orchard be regarded as a forest!On that day the deaf shall hearthe words of a book;And out of gloom and darkness,the eyes of the blind shall see.The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD,and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.For the tyrant will be no moreand the arrogant will have gone;All who are alert to do evil will be cut off,those...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Nicholas, 12-06-18

    12/06/2018 7:30:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 12-06-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Patron of Sailors | photo by Lawrence OP | flickr Saint Nicholas Saint of the Day for December 6 (March 15, 270 – December 6, 343)  Saint Nicholas’ Story The absence of the “hard facts” of history is not necessarily an obstacle to the popularity of saints, as the devotion to Saint Nicholas shows. Both the Eastern and Western Churches honor him, and it is claimed that after the Blessed Virgin, he is the saint most pictured by Christian artists. And yet historically, we can pinpoint only the fact that Nicholas was the fourth-century bishop of...
  • Do You Want to Have a Good Christmas? Then Listen to this Advent Message: You Need a Savior!"

    12/06/2018 8:29:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-05-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Do You Want to Have a Good Christmas? Then Listen Carefully to this Advent Message: “You Need a Savior!” Msgr. Charles Pope • December 5, 2018 • One of the goals of Advent (in many ways a penitential season) is to meditate on our need for a savior. In daily Mass and in the Liturgy of the Hours, we read lengthy passages from Isaiah and the other prophets, who speak boldly and bluntly about the people’s sin. Some of the passages are even a bit humorous. Here are a few: Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the LORD...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-18, OM, St. Nicholas, Bishop

    12/05/2018 9:46:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-09-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 6, 2018 Thursday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 26:1-6 On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: "A strong city have we;he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.Open up the gatesto let in a nation that is just,one that keeps faith.A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace;in peace, for its trust in you." Trust in the LORD forever!For the LORD is an eternal Rock.He humbles those in high places,and the lofty city he brings down;He tumbles it to the ground,levels it with the dust.It is...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Sabas. 12-05-18

    12/05/2018 3:48:48 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 12-05-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Relics of St. Sabbas the Sanctified in the Catholicon (main church) of the Eastern Orthodox Mar Saba monastery in Palestine | photo by adriatikus Saint Sabas Saint of the Day for December 5 (439 – December 5, 532)  Saint Sabas’ Story Born in Cappadocia, Sabas is one of the most highly regarded patriarchs among the monks of Palestine, and is considered one of the founders of Eastern monasticism.After an unhappy childhood in which he was abused and ran away several times, Sabas finally sought refuge in a monastery. While family members tried to persuade him to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Is It as Good to Pray the Breviary from Electronic Devices as from Trad Books

    12/05/2018 8:50:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Is It as Good to Pray the Breviary from Electronic Devices as It Is from Traditional Books? Msgr. Charles Pope • December 4, 2018 • It is hard to overestimate the convenience of praying the Liturgy of the Hours from an online breviary. Not only are they convenient but they also help to lessen the complexities that often go with setting up the traditional book. For example, Do the psalms come from the day or the Common?Do we use the Common of Pastors or that of the Doctors of the Church?Do the Advent weekday prayers and antiphons outrank the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-05-18

    12/04/2018 10:49:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-05-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 5, 2018 Wednesday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 25:6-10a On this mountain the LORD of hostswill provide for all peoplesA feast of rich food and choice wines,juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.On this mountain he will destroythe veil that veils all peoples,The web that is woven over all nations;he will destroy death forever.The Lord GOD will wipe awaythe tears from all faces;The reproach of his people he will removefrom the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken. On that day it will be said:"Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!This...
  • [Catholic Caucus: Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint John Damascene, 12-04-18

    12/04/2018 8:16:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 12-04-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint John Damaskinos | unknown Saint John Damascene Saint of the Day for December 4 (c. 676 -749)  Saint John Damascene’s Story John spent most of his life in the Monastery of Saint Sabas near Jerusalem, and all of his life under Muslim rule, indeed protected by it.He was born in Damascus, received a classical and theological education, and followed his father in a government position under the Arabs. After a few years, he resigned and went to the Monastery of Saint Sabas.He is famous in three areas:First, he is known for his writings against the...
  • Creation, Too, Longs for the Healing That Christ Will Bring

    12/04/2018 8:17:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-03-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Creation, Too, “Longs” for the Healing That Christ Will Bring Msgr. Charles Pope • December 3, 2018 • In the first reading for Tuesday of the first week of Advent is expressed the implicit longing of all creation for healing. Isaiah tells us of the healing that will one day come to creation when prey lie down in peace with their predators:The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-04-18, OM, St. John Damascene, Priest & Doctor/Church

    12/03/2018 10:43:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-04-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 4, 2018 Tuesday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 11:1-10 On that day,A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,and from his roots a bud shall blossom.The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,A Spirit of counsel and of strength,a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.Not by appearance shall he judge,nor by hearsay shall he decide,But he shall judge the poor with justice,and decide aright for the land's afflicted.He shall strike the ruthless with the...