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  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Albert the Great, 11-15-18

    11/15/2018 7:20:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Albert the Great | Vincenzo Onofri | photo by sailko Saint Albert the Great Saint of the Day for November 15 (1206 – November 15, 1280)  Saint Albert the Great’s Story Albert the Great was a 13th-century German Dominican who decisively influenced the Church’s stance toward Aristotelian philosophy brought to Europe by the spread of Islam.Students of philosophy know him as the master of Thomas Aquinas. Albert’s attempt to understand Aristotle’s writings established the climate in which Thomas Aquinas developed his synthesis of Greek wisdom and Christian theology. But Albert deserves recognition on his own...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Hidden Mass in the Gospel of the Ten Lepers

    11/15/2018 8:33:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Hidden Mass in the Gospel of the Ten Lepers Msgr. Charles Pope • November 14, 2018 • Healing of the Ten Lepers, by J. Tissot (1886-94)The Gospel for Wednesday of the 32nd Week of the Year teaches that the Mass is the perfect offering of thanks to the Father. It does so in a remarkable and almost hidden way, but it is right there for us to see if we have eyes to see it.The Gospel telling the story of the ten lepers contains all the essential elements of Holy Mass and thus it reminds us once that...
  • Why Does No One Compare The California Fires With Sodam And Gamorrah ?

    11/15/2018 6:11:08 AM PST · by knarf · 56 replies
    self ^ | November 15, 2018 | knarf
    I think the comparisons of many artists from many years ago captured today's actual photos of what we see these fires look like now is fascinating.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Gertrude the Great, 11-14-18

    11/14/2018 10:55:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: The high altar statue of Saint Gertrude the Great with a mouse on the distaff| Grafenbach, Austria | photo by Rollroboter Saint Gertrude the Great Saint of the Day for November 14 (January 6, 1256 – November 17, 1302)  Saint Gertrude the Great’s Story Gertrude, a Benedictine nun in Helfta, Saxony, was one of the great mystics of the 13th century. Together with her friend and teacher Saint Mechtild, she practiced a spirituality called “nuptial mysticism,” that is, she came to see herself as the bride of Christ. Her spiritual life was a deeply personal union...
  • A Word of Encouragement from Elisha the Prophet

    11/14/2018 11:49:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Word of Encouragement from Elisha the Prophet Msgr. Charles Pope • November 13, 2018 • There is an old saying, “Stop telling God how big your storm is and start telling the storm how big your God is.” In other words, we often need to shift our focus, building up our trust and confidence. Because we are so wired for fear, we tend to overestimate the power and shrewdness of demons, or of our enemies, or of whatever it is we fear. At the same time, we tend to underestimate the power of God, the power of our...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, 11-13-18

    11/13/2018 3:57:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 11-13-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Statue of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini in the portico of the sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary in Pompei | photo by Dario Crespi Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Saint of the Day for November 13 (July 15, 1850 – December 22, 1917)  Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini’s Story Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonized. Her deep trust in the loving care of her God gave her the strength to be a valiant woman doing the work of Christ.Refused admission to the religious order which had educated her to be...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Sins of Priests

    11/13/2018 7:54:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-12-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Sins of Priests Msgr. Charles Pope • November 12, 2018 • The Book of the Prophet Malachi is set forth as a kind “riv” (a Hebrew word for a lawsuit, indictment, or controversy) by God. The Lord presents a legal case of sorts, which convicts ancient Israel of numerous deficiencies and calls for their repentance. The case shows a body of evidence that is just as true today as it was then. God has plenty to say and we have much to hear, much of which to repent.As we consider the sins of the priests enumerated below, please...
  • [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Josaphat, 11-12-18

    11/12/2018 5:34:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Icon of St. martyr Josaphat Kutsevych, Archbishop of Polotsk | photo by Mykola Swarnyk Saint Josaphat Saint of the Day for November 12 (c. 1580 – November 12, 1623)  Saint Josaphat’s Story In 1964, newspaper photos of Pope Paul VI embracing Athenagoras I, the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople, marked a significant step toward the healing of a division in Christendom that has spanned more than nine centuries.In 1595, the Orthodox bishop of Brest-Litovsk in present-day Belarus and five other bishops representing millions of Ruthenians, sought reunion with Rome. John Kunsevich—who took the name Josaphat in religious...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Office of Bishop

    11/12/2018 8:48:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Office of Bishop Msgr. Charles Pope • November 11, 2018 • credit: J. Lippelmann, Catholic StandardFortuitously, the first reading for this Monday, which is the day that the annual fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Baltimore begins, speaks to the qualifications of a bishop. The full reading from Titus is as follows:Paul, a slave of God and apostle of Jesus Christ for the sake of the faith of God’s chosen ones and the recognition of religious truth, in the hope of eternal life that God, who does not lie, promised before time began,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Martin of Tours, 11-11-18

    11/11/2018 12:09:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Statue of Saint Martin of Tours on the dome of the Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours | photo by ZohaStel Saint Martin of Tours Saint of the Day for November 11 (c. 316 – November 8, 397)  Saint Martin of Tours’ Story A conscientious objector who wanted to be a monk; a monk who was maneuvered into being a bishop; a bishop who fought paganism as well as pleaded for mercy to heretics—such was Martin of Tours, one of the most popular of saints and one of the first not to be a martyr.Born of...
  • The Paradox of Poverty - A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

    11/11/2018 8:10:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Paradox of Poverty - A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 10, 2018 • Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath, Bernardo Strozzi (1630s)The first reading in today’s Mass (1 Kings 17:10-16) speaks to us of the paradox of poverty: it is our poverty, our neediness, that provides a doorway for God to bless us with true riches. Our emptiness provides room for God to go to work.In our worldly riches, we feel we have “too much to lose”; the Gospel just seems too demanding. In our poverty, emptiness, and detachment from...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Leo the Great, 11-10-18

    11/10/2018 1:27:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: The Meeting between Leo the Great (painted as a portrait of Leo X) and Attila | Raphael | photo by Art Renewal Center Saint Leo the Great Saint of the Day for November 10 (d. November 10, 461)  Saint Leo the Great’s Story With apparent strong conviction of the importance of the Bishop of Rome in the Church, and of the Church as the ongoing sign of Christ’s presence in the world, Leo the Great displayed endless dedication as pope. Elected in 440, he worked tirelessly as “Peter’s successor,” guiding his fellow bishops as “equals in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Dedication of St. John Lateran, 11-09-18

    11/09/2018 6:20:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Archbasilica of St John Lateran, Rome | photo by Livioandronico2013 Dedication of St. John Lateran Saint of the Day for November 9  Story of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Most Catholics think of St. Peter’s as the pope’s main church, but they are wrong. St. John Lateran is the pope’s church, the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome where the Bishop of Rome presides.The first basilica on the site was built in the fourth century when Constantine donated land he had received from the wealthy Lateran family. That structure and its successors suffered fire, earthquake,...
  • All Things, Small and Great

    11/09/2018 8:32:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-08-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    All Things, Small and Great Msgr. Charles Pope • November 8, 2018 • There is a notion that ushering in reform or change requires large numbers, majority percentages, and the like, but a passage from the First Book of Maccabees reminds us that Heaven’s math is not always ours:But Judas said: “It is easy for many to be overcome by a few; in the sight of Heaven there is no difference between deliverance by many or by few; for victory in war does not depend upon the size of the army, but on strength that comes from Heaven. With...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed John Duns Scotus, 11-08-18

    11/08/2018 6:50:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 11-08-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Detail | Stained glass in Franciscan Convent Chapel in Paris | Saints Bonaventure, John Duns Scotus, Anthony of Padua, and Paschal Baylon | André Pierre and P. Villette | photo by GFreihalter Blessed John Duns Scotus Saint of the Day for November 8 (c. 1266 – November 8, 1308)  Blessed John Duns Scotus’ Story A humble man, John Duns Scotus has been one of the most influential Franciscans through the centuries. Born at Duns in the county of Berwick, Scotland, John was descended from a wealthy farming family. In later years, he was identified as John...
  • Video: Why Paul Wrote Titus

    11/08/2018 4:13:36 PM PST · by pcottraux · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 6, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Good evening, everyone! Hope you're all ready for a little break from politics, us being in the aftermath of the midterms. This is part 12 (I can't believe I've done a dozen of these) of our vlog series on Why The New Testament Was Written - this week focusing on Titus.Why Paul Wrote TitusTitus is a short book, so a short video this week (clocks in at 6:44).
  • Sober but Serene Themes of Judgment in the Spirituals

    11/08/2018 7:51:18 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-07-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sober but Serene Themes of Judgment in the Spirituals Msgr. Charles Pope • November 7, 2018 • Julia Eckel, Smithsonian American Art MuseumI’ve often been impressed by the ability of old African-American spirituals to treat serious subjects in a clear, memorable, and almost joyful way. This is true even of weighty matters like sin and judgment. During early November we are focused on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and hell) and November is also Black Catholic History Month. So, this seems like a good time to look at some of the creative lines from different spirituals that...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Didacus, 11-07-18

    11/07/2018 9:04:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: San Diego (Didacus) de Alcalá | Francisco de Zurbarán Saint Didacus Saint of the Day for November 7 (c. 1400 – November 12, 1463)  Saint Didacus’ Story Didacus is living proof that God “chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.”As a young man in Spain, Didacus joined the Secular Franciscan Order and lived for some time as a hermit. After Didacus became a Franciscan brother, he developed a reputation for great insight into God’s ways. His penances were heroic. He...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Valuable New Book Sets Forth the Gift of the Priestly Blessing

    11/07/2018 10:22:51 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-06-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Valuable New Book Sets Forth the Gift of the Priestly Blessing Msgr. Charles Pope • November 6, 2018 • Fr. Robert Kilner gives first blessings (J. Lippelmann 2017)For priests, there is probably no request more common than this one: “Father, will you bless this?” Dozens of times per week we’re requested to bless a new rosary, statue or other religious article, or even a new car or home. We also get more personal requests: “Father, may I have your blessing?” Even in these secular times many of the unchurched and lukewarm still instinctively seek our blessings and prayers...
  • The Road to Hell Is Paved with Indifference

    11/06/2018 7:11:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-05-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Road to Hell Is Paved with Indifference Msgr. Charles Pope • November 5, 2018 • The Gospel for Tuesday of the 31st Week features the Lucan version of the parable about a man who gave a banquet. (In the Matthew version, Jesus refers to him as a king and I will refer to him that way in this post.) When all was ready, the servants were sent out to fetch the invited guests, many of whom made excuses:The first said to him, ‘I have purchased a field and must go to examine it; I ask you, consider me...