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  • Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

    01/17/2019 8:32:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-16-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage Msgr. Charles Pope • January 16, 2019 • At Mass for Wednesday of the first week of the year, we read a text from Hebrews that describes our most basic and primal fear. Our inordinate fear of what people think of us is rooted in an even deeper fear, one that is at the very core of our being. The Hebrews text both names it and describes it as being the source of our bondage. In order to unlock the secret of the text, I want to suggest to you...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Berard and Companions, 01-16-19

    01/16/2019 9:05:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 01-16-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Saint Berard and Companions Saint of the Day for January 16 (d. January 16, 1220) Audio Player Saint Berard and Companions Story Preaching the gospel is often dangerous work. Leaving ones homeland and adjusting to new cultures, governments and languages is difficult enough; but martyrdom caps all the other sacrifices. In 1219, with the blessing of Saint Francis, Berard left Italy with Peter, Adjute, Accurs, Odo and Vitalis to preach in Morocco. En route in Spain, Vitalis became sick and commanded the other friars to continue their mission without him. They tried preaching in Seville, then...
  • Did She Lie? Irelands Former Female President Claims John Paul II Refused to Shake Her Hand

    01/16/2019 6:57:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/15/19 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    BOSTON, Massachusetts, January 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) Pro-abortion and pro-homosexual former Irish president Mary McAleese, who claims to be Catholic, may have been caught in a lie when she recently told an audience that Pope John Paul II refused to shake her hand. McAleese, 67, who was president of Ireland, a largely ceremonial position, from November 1997 to November 2011, made headlines last week by claiming that St. John Paul was rude to her because, she insinuated, she was a female leader. According to Irish Central and the Boston Globe, McAleese spoke at an event sponsored by the Irish American...
  • Christs Victory Is Total, but Often in Surprising Ways

    01/16/2019 10:10:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-15-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Christs Victory Is Total, but Often in Surprising Ways Msgr. Charles Pope January 15, 2019 The first reading from Mass for Tuesday of the First Week of the Year is from the Letter to the Hebrews. It sets forth the total victory of Christ and that the Father has subjected all things to Christ. Yet the text also shows how the outworking of this subjugation is paradoxical. Note first the declaration of all things being subject to Jesus Christ: In subjecting all things to him, he left nothing not subject to him (Hebrews 2:8b). All things is a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Paul the Hermit, 01-15-19

    01/15/2019 5:09:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 01-15-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Image: Saint Paul the Hermit | Jusepe de Ribera Saint Paul the Hermit Saint of the Day for January 15 (c. 233 c. 345) Saint Paul the Hermits Story It is unclear what we really know of Pauls life, how much is fable, how much is fact. Paul was reportedly born in Egypt, where he was orphaned by age 15. He was also a learned and devout young man. During the persecution of Decius in Egypt in the year 250, Paul was forced to hide in the home of a friend. Fearing a brother-in-law would...
  • The Message of the Letter to the Hebrews

    01/15/2019 9:01:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 57 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-14-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Message of the Letter to the Hebrews Msgr. Charles Pope January 14, 2019 This week in daily Mass, we are reading from The Letter to the Hebrews, one of the most underappreciated books of the New Testament. It has long been one of my favorites from which to teach; in it we are summoned to faith in Jesus, our Savior and Great High Priest. The opening lines in the Latin Vulgate are exquisite, particularly to those who can read and recite Latin well. Multifriam, multsque modis, olim Deus lquens ptribus in prophtis. Novssime, dibus istis loctus est...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, St. Gregory Nazianzen, 01-14-19

    01/14/2019 5:57:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 01-14-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Image: Stained glass of St. Gregory Nazianzen | Saint Leonard Faith Community, Centerville, Ohio | photo by Nheyob Saint Gregory Nazianzen Saint of the Day for January 14 (c. 325 c. 390) Saint Gregory Nazianzens Story After his baptism at 30, Gregory gladly accepted his friend Basils invitation to join him in a newly founded monastery. The solitude was broken when Gregorys father, a bishop, needed help in his diocese and estate. It seems that Gregory was ordained a priest practically by force, and only reluctantly accepted the responsibility. He skillfully avoided a schism that...
  • God in Winter: Pondering the Gift of Snow

    01/14/2019 7:59:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-13-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God in Winter: Pondering the Gift of Snow Msgr. Charles Pope January 13, 2019 It snowed yesterday in Washington, D.C. It wasnt anything epic, just a decent six-incher. There were drawbacks, of course: Mass attendance was poor, and I had to get up early to shovel a path to the doors. (Thank you, Lord, for the helpers you sent!) Despite the inconvenience, snow incites wonder and awe in me. I realize that not everyone likes snow, but it is an amazing work of God. He takes a barren winter landscape and creates it anew. I can almost hear...
  • Bible studies class bill under fire in North Dakota

    01/13/2019 6:34:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 10, 2019 | Caleb Parke
    North Dakota legislators have proposed a bill allowing public high schools to offer an elective Bible studies class as part of its social studies curriculum. "The intention of this bill is to provide an option to schools to teach a class on the bible from a historical perspective," State Rep. Aaron McWilliams, R-Hillsboro, a co-sponsor of the bill, told Fox News. "My position is that no religious text should be excluded from being taught as it relates to the historical or philosophical influences in our history or on our society today." But the Republican lawmakers have come under heavy criticism...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Hilary of Poitiers, 01-13-19

    01/13/2019 6:11:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 01-13-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Statue of Saint Hilary of Poitiers | en l'glise Saint-Hilaire de Givet | photo by G.Garitan Image: Statue of Saint Hilary of Poitiers | en lglise Saint-Hilaire de Givet | photo by G.Garitan Saint Hilary of Poitiers Saint of the Day for January 13 (c. 315 c. 368) Saint Hilary of Poitiers Story This staunch defender of the divinity of Christ was a gentle and courteous man, devoted to writing some of the greatest theology on the Trinity, and was like his Master in being labeled a disturber of the peace. In a very troubled...
  • Jesus Does Not Go into the Water Alone; He Takes Us with Him - Reflection ... Baptism of the Lord

    01/13/2019 7:44:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-12-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus Does Not Go into the Water Alone; He Takes Us with Him A Reflection on the Baptism of the Lord Msgr. Charles Pope January 12, 2019 Baptism of Christ Piero Della Francesca (1450) This Sundays Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a time to reflect on not only the Lords Baptism but our own. In an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of His Body. As Christ enters the water, He makes holy the water that will baptize us. He enters the water and we follow....
  • The China-Vatican Agreement and the Accord Between Napoleon and Pius VII

    01/12/2019 6:10:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/3/19 | Li Ruohan
    Beijing (AsiaNews) - The agreement between China and the Holy See is very similar to the one signed between Napoleon and Pius VII. The startlingly apt comparison is fitting in many aspects: the restructuring of the dioceses; power over the Church; recognition (only formal) of the Pope; total control of religious activities; elimination of bishops and "non-sworn" priests (or underground). The author, Li Ruohan (a pseudonym) is a scholar from northern China. The original title of the essay is "What is illegal has become legal".On December 12th I saw the images of the Holy See special envoy, Archbishop Claudio M....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, 01-12-19

    01/12/2019 4:33:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 01-12-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Venerable Mere Marguerite Bourgeoyse | Cadieux et Derome Image: Venerable Mere Marguerite Bourgeoyse | Cadieux et Derome Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys Saint of the Day for January 12 (April 17, 1620 January 12, 1700) Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys Story God closes a door and then opens a window, people sometimes say when dealing with their own disappointment or someone elses. That was certainly true in Marguerites case. Children from European as well as Native American backgrounds in 17th-century Canada benefited from her great zeal and unshakable trust in Gods providence. Born the sixth of 12 children in...
  • Can the Word of God Contain Errors?

    01/12/2019 1:22:02 PM PST · by pcottraux · 59 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | January 12, 2019 | Philip Cottraux
    Can the Word of God Contain Errors? By Philip Cottraux When I read Lee Strobels The Case for the Real Jesus, one quote in particular stood out to me. This was during his interview with Daniel Wallace, a professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary: STROBEL: It was almost as if (Bart) Ehrman were saying Find me one error and Ill throw out the whole Bible. Thats something you hear at some ultraconservative Christian schools. WALLACE: Good grief, thats such a shockingly nave approach to take! Youve basically turned the Bible into the fourth person of the Trinity,...
  • A grotesque request?

    01/12/2019 8:50:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 12-26-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A grotesque request? We are called to eat Christs Body and Blood so as to become one with him in a mystical Communion Msgr. Charles Pope 12/26/2018 Question: Why did Jesus tell his followers to eat his Body and drink his Blood? It seems like such a grotesque request. Anthony Navarra, via email Answer: It is, to be sure, a shocking mandate, and many of the Jews who first heard it were indeed quite dismayed. They said, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? (Jn 6:52). Yet Jesus insists and even uses impolite terms in Greek...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed William Carter, 01-11-19

    01/11/2019 7:23:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 01-11-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media St. Andrew's and Blessed George Haydock's Catholic Church, Cottam, Lancashire, UK | photo by Skodoway (Blessed William Carter was one of their companions.) Image: St. Andrews and Blessed George Haydocks Catholic Church, Cottam, Lancashire, UK | photo by Skodoway (Blessed William Carter was one of their companions.) Blessed William Carter Saint of the Day for January 11 (c. 1548 January 11, 1584) Blessed William Carters Story Born in London, William Carter entered the printing business at an early age. For many years he served as apprentice to well-known Catholic printers, one of whom served a...
  • What Does the Christian Tradition Mean by the Word Mystery?

    01/11/2019 5:46:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-10-1* | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does the Christian Tradition Mean by the Word Mystery? Msgr. Charles Pope January 10, 2019 In the secular world, a mystery is something that baffles or eludes understanding, something that lies undisclosed. And the usual attitude of the world toward mystery is to solve it, get to the bottom of, or uncover it. Mysteries must be overcome! The riddle, or who-done-it must be solved! In the Christian and especially the Catholic world, mystery is something a bit different. Here, mystery refers to the fact that there are hidden dimensions in things, people, and situations that extend beyond their...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, 01-10-19

    01/10/2019 7:54:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 01-10-19 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Mosaic of Saint Gregory of Nyssa, Hosios Loukas Monastery, Boeotia, Greece | Anonymous Saint Gregory of Nyssa Saint of the Day for January 10 (c. 335 – 395)  Saint Gregory of Nyssa’s Story The son of two saints, Basil and Emmilia, young Gregory was raised by his older brother, Saint Basil the Great, and his sister, Macrina, in modern-day Turkey. Gregory’s success in his studies suggested great things were ahead for him. After becoming a professor of rhetoric, he was persuaded to devote his learning and efforts to the Church. By then married, Gregory went on...
  • Biblical Scriptures about Walls

    01/10/2019 10:07:04 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 12 replies
    January 9, 2019 | Vanity
    "Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land--against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land." - Jeremiah 1:8 or from Psalm 122:7 - "May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels." _____ Walls can be both physical and spiritual, and signify security and protection on both fronts. However Solomon reminds us in the book of Ecclesiastes that "there is a time to build up, and a time to tear down." The Berlin Wall comes to mind...
  • Some Basics of Christian Anthropology and How They Speak to Moral Issues of our Day (Part 2)

    01/10/2019 9:15:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-09-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Basics of Christian Anthropology and How They Speak to Moral Issues of our Day (Part 2) Msgr. Charles Pope • January 9, 2019 • Note: This is the second of a two-part series. Part one is available here.At its root, anthropology considers what human beings are and how they have interacted with one another and the world around them over time. While many think of anthropology as a secular study of cultures from ancient to modern day, I propose that there is also a Christian anthropology, one that considers who and what the human person is based on...