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  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Mary MacKillop, 07-19-18

    07/19/2018 8:59:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Stained glass window at Saint Mary MacKillop shrine, Penola South Australia | photo by Pru.mitchell Saint Mary MacKillop Saint of the Day for July 19 (January 15, 1842 – August 8, 1909)  Saint Mary MacKillop’s Story If Saint Mary MacKillop were alive today, she would be a household name. It’s not that she sought the limelight. On the contrary, she simply wanted to serve the poor wherever she found them in her native Australia. But along the way, she managed to arouse the ire of some rather powerful churchmen. One even excommunicated her for a time.Born...
  • A Brief Reflection on Mortal Sin

    07/19/2018 7:39:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 73 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Brief Reflection on Mortal Sin Msgr. Charles Pope • July 18, 2018 • The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches,[M]ortal sin destroys charity in the heart of man by a grave violation of God’s law; it turns man away from God, who is his ultimate end and his beatitude, by preferring an inferior good to him. In mortal sin the will sets itself upon something that is of its nature incompatible with the charity that orients man toward his ultimate end. As such, the sin is mortal by its very object whether it contradicts the love of God,...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Camillus de Lellis, 07-18-18

    07/18/2018 8:49:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 07-18-18 | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Camillus de Lellis in facade of church Santa Maria Maddalena | photo by Livioandronico2013 Saint Camillus de Lellis Saint of the Day for July 18 (1550 – July 14, 1614) Saint Camillus de Lellis’ Story Humanly speaking, Camillus was not a likely candidate for sainthood. His mother died when he was a child, his father neglected him, and he grew up with an excessive love for gambling. At 17, he was afflicted with a disease of his leg that remained with him for life. In Rome he entered the San Giacomo Hospital for Incurables as...
  • First-Ever Open-Air Liturgy at Moscow Kremlin to be Held in Honor of 1030th Anniv of Baptism of Rus

    07/18/2018 6:46:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/16/18
    The main event for the upcoming celebration of the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus will be an open-air Divine Liturgy on the Cathedral Square of the Moscow Kremlin, Patriarchal press secretary Fr. Alexander Volkov said on Saturday, reports Interfax-Religion. This will be the first time such a Liturgy outside is ever served at the Moscow Kremlin. Previously, services were always celebrated in the cathedrals of the Moscow Kremlin. Services have never been held on the Cathedral Square before. Because a very large gathering of peopleup to several thousandsis expected on this day in the heart of our country,...
  • More than 100k March and Attend Midnight Services for Murdered Russian Royal Family

    07/18/2018 10:53:34 AM PDT · by NRx · 33 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07-17-2018 | various
    Lead by Patriarch Kyril more than 100,000 marched in a procession from the Church on the Blood in Yekaterinburg to the Monastery of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers about 20km outside the city. There followed a moleben in honor of the Royal Passion Bearers and a hierarchical liturgy (mass) later that night. (Link to the video of the full liturgy is in the comments.)
  • The Pruning of the Church and Our Response to It

    07/18/2018 10:33:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Pruning of the Church and Our Response to It Msgr. Charles Pope • July 17, 2018 • As we go through the Book of the Prophet Isaiah at Mass this week, we read of Israel’s painful purifications as well as the subsequent punishment of the surrounding nations.God permitted the nations to persecute Israel in order that she be purified, but the iniquity and sin of the nations and of this world cannot go on forever; wickedness must be ended. The Lord did not just purify Israel, He will also judge the nations.In a complex passage, God says (through...
  • History Explains Eastern European Hostility to Islam

    07/18/2018 7:38:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/18/2018 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Why have several Eastern European nations been so adamant against taking in Muslim migrants? Most recently, when Polish lawmaker Dominik Tarczyński was asked earlier this month how many "refugees" Poland has taken in, he flatly responded: "Zero." When the British interviewer, whose nation has taken in millions of Muslim migrants, scoffed, "And you're proud of that?," he said: "We will not receive even one Muslim, because this is what we promised [to voters] ... this is why our government was elected; this is why Poland is so safe, this is why we have not had even one terror attack." Considering...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Francis Solano, 07-17-18

    07/17/2018 6:12:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Saint Francis SolanoImage: Saint Francis Solanus in Howard University School of Divinity | photo by Jim McIntoshSaint of the Day for July 17 (March 10, 1549 – July 14, 1610) https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SODJul17.mp3 Saint Francis Solano’s Story Francis came from a leading family in Andalusia, Spain. Perhaps it was his popularity as a student that enabled Francis in his teens to stop two duelists. He entered the Friars Minor in 1570, and after ordination enthusiastically sacrificed himself for others. His care for the sick during an epidemic drew so much admiration that he became embarrassed and asked to be sent...
  • Catholic historian explains the disturbing history behind Pope Francis novel rhetoric

    07/17/2018 5:55:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 17, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    LAKE GARDA, Italy, July 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) Papal homilies about the God of surprises, discourses on the ideologues of doctrine, and the upcoming youth synods stress on the need to listen to the voices inside and outside the Church in order discern the Spirit, may seem new to many Catholics. But for one noted historian, thislanguageisnt new at allbut is steeped in a fascist spirit that emerged in Catholic circles during the interwar period of the 1920s-30s, was carried forth by controversialfigures like Teilhard de Chardin, and is now being unleashed. According to Dr. John Rao, this spirit is...
  • The Call to Integrity in Worship

    07/17/2018 8:01:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Call to Integrity in Worship Msgr. Charles Pope • July 16, 2018 • The first reading for Monday of the 15th week of the year is provocative, especially for those of us who hold the Liturgy in high esteem, as well we should. However, it is possible for us to distort even great things like the Mass and the sacraments.Let’s look at the reading and then draw a few teachings from it:Hear the word of the Lord, princes of Sodom! Listen to the instruction of our God, people of Gomorrah! What care I for the number of your...
  • One Hundred Years Since the Murder of the Russian Royal Family

    07/17/2018 7:19:04 AM PDT · by NRx · 28 replies
    Anotther City ^ | 07-17-2018 | Alfred Kentigern Siewers
    Last picture of the Russian Royal Family before their martyrdom by the Bolsheviks. July 17, 2018, marks the centennial of the killing of the Russian royal family.On that date a hundred years ago, the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, his wife the tsarina Alexandra, their five children and four retainers, were ushered into a basement in the city of Yekaterinburg in the early hours of the morning, for an execution that would mark a turning point in history.The family, by all accounts pious and loving and known for personal works of charity, had suffered months of humiliation at...
  • Remains Found Near Yekaterinburg Belong to Nicholas II, Family - Russian Investigative Committee

    07/17/2018 3:59:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/16/18
    Moscow, July 16, Interfax - A new comprehensive evaluation has confirmed that the remains thought to be those of Nicholas II and his family, who were shot and killed in Yekaterinburg 100 years ago, are indeed their remains, Russian Investigative Committee official Svetlana Petrenko said. "Comprehensive commission molecular and genetic tests have now confirmed that the remains belong to former Emperor Nicholas II, his family members and people close to them," Petrenko told Interfax on Monday. The molecular and genetic tests have shown that seven of the 11 found remains are remains of members of one family, mother father, four...
  • The Shroud Of Turin Is Not Jesus' Burial Cloths

    07/17/2018 1:36:35 AM PDT · by Sontagged · 60 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 2, 2015 | Kermit Zarley
    Tonight, CNN presented a one hour television documentary special entitled Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery. I thought this title was inappropriate because the entire episode was about whether or not the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus. Thus, the title should have had Shroud of Turin in it or the like. CNN did some advertising of this special, so I think they were a bit deceptive about whole thing. They interviewed some scholars, including Ben Witherington III who is a friend of mine. I am always surprised by the attention given the Shroud of Turin by many...
  • Day by Day -- Saint for All, 07-16-18, Our Lady of Mount Carmel [Catholic Caucus]

    07/16/2018 6:36:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 07-16-18 | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: The Virgin of the Carmelitas | unknown Our Lady of Mount Carmel Saint of the Day for July 16 https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SODJul16.mp3The Story of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Hermits lived on Mount Carmel near the Fountain of Elijah in northern Israel in the 12th century. They had a chapel dedicated to Our Lady. By the 13th century they became known as Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. They soon celebrated a special Mass and Office in honor of Mary. In 1726, it became a celebration of the universal Church under the title of Our Lady of...
  • Vigil in Honour of the Holy Royal Passion Bearers of Russia Murdered 100 Years Ago This Night

    07/16/2018 6:34:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07-16-2018 | Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St John the Baptist
    Full service of Vespers and Vigil for the Holy Royal Passion Bearers Tsar Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra, the Grand Duchesses Olga, Maria, Tatiana, Anastasia and the Tsarevitch Alexei who, along with their faithful retainers, were butchered this night 100 years ago by the Communists. (English & Slavonic appx 2.5 hrs)
  • The Difference Between Penance and Punishment

    07/16/2018 8:14:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 112 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Difference Between Penance and Punishment Msgr. Charles Pope • July 15, 2018 • There is an old rabbinic story that speaks to the danger of being “unbroken.” It also illustrates the difference between penance and punishment. I am relating this story from memory and may have adapted it somewhat over the years, so if you know it in a different way, please be merciful! Here is (my version of) the story:There once was a man who had violated the Sabbath against his will, because his carriage had broken down. Although he ran, striving to reach town before sundown,...
  • An American Shrine to Honor the Russian Royal Martyrs

    07/15/2018 11:02:29 AM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    Orthodox Arts Journal ^ | 07-13-2018 | Andrew Gould
    It has been my particular honor to create a magnificent shrine and reliquary for the Russian Royal Martyrs. The shrine was commissioned by an American convert to Orthodoxy as a gift to the Hermitage of the Holy Cross, a Russian Orthodox monastery in West Virginia, USA. It was installed in time to commemorate the centenary of the tragic murder of Czar Nicholas II and his entire family, which falls on July 17th, 2018.The donor and monastery requested a shrine that would reflect the very best of American furniture design and craftsmanship to unite this cultural heritage with the...
  • Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer

    07/15/2018 8:27:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer Msgr. Charles Pope • July 14, 2018 • One of the biggest reasons why most Christians have difficulty evangelizing effectively is that most lack the requisite freedom and simplicity of life to carry forth the task consistently and coherently. In Sunday’s Gospel, the Lord offers some counsel on what is required for effective evangelization.As we read a Gospel like this, it is tempting to think that it speaks only of specialists such as missionaries, religious, priests, or deacons, but doing so ignores the fact that everyone is called to evangelize: clergy to...
  • Vatican Opens Door to Apology for Catholic Churchs Role in Residential Schools [Canada]

    07/15/2018 6:32:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 7/12/18 | Gloria Galloway
    The Vaticans ambassador to Canada says Pope Francis is opening the door to an apology to the countrys Indigenous people for the abuse of children at Catholic-run Indian residential schools. A papal apology was one of the calls to action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which spent years investigating the schools. And Canadas Parliament has voted to ask Francis to visit this country and make the requested statement of regret. At a private gathering for foreign dignitaries and Canadian politicians held late last month at his residence in Ottawa, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, the Papal Nuncio, said the request...
  • Armenian Church Displays Significant Relic Amid Tensions

    07/13/2018 8:28:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/7/18 | AP
    YEREVAN, Armenia Armenias dominant church put a significant Christian relic on display Saturday after rumors that a part of it had been sold prompted protesters to occupy a main church administrative building. The Spear of Longinus, which the Armenian Apostolic Church says is the lance stabbed into Jesus Christs side as he hung on the cross, was displayed at the mother church complex of Etchmiadzin. Demonstrations calling for the resignation of the churchs leader, Catholicos Garegin II, have persisted for several months. Detractors have claimed Garegin II is married and involved in business activities, which are against church doctrine.