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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-19-18, OM, St. Januarius, Bishop and Martyr

    09/18/2018 9:50:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-19-18 | Revised New American Bible
    September 19, 2018 Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Cor 12:31-13:13 Brothers and sisters:Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in human and angelic tonguesbut do not have love,I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.And if I have the gift of prophecyand comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge;if I have all faith so as to move mountains,but do not have love, I am nothing.If I give away everything I own,and if I hand my body over so that I...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Januarius, Bishop and Martyr; and His Companions, Martyrs (Gueranger)

    09/18/2018 9:02:41 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Double JANUARIUS IS EVER PREACHING the Gospel to every creature; for his miraculous blood perpetuates the testimony he bore to Christ. Let those who say they cannot believe unless they see, go to Naples; there they will behold the martyr’s blood, when placed near his head which was cut off seventeen hundred years ago, to liquefy and boil as at the moment it escaped from his sacred veins. No; miracles are not lacking in the Church at the present day. True, God cannot subject himself to the fanciful requirements of those proud men who would dictate to him...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Ember Days of September (Gueranger)

    09/18/2018 9:02:38 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    FOR THE THIRD TIME THIS YEAR, Holy Church comes claiming from her children the tribute of Penance, which, from the earliest ages of Christianity, was looked upon as a solemn consecration of the Seasons. The historical details relative to the institution of the Ember Days will be found on the Wednesdays of the third week of Advent and of the first week of Lent; and on those same two days, we have spoken of the intentions which Christians should have in the fulfilment of the demand made upon their yearly service. The beginnings of the Winter, Spring, and Autumn...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Joseph of Cupertino, 09-18-18

    09/18/2018 6:35:15 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 09-18-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Joseph of Cupertino. Engraving after F.A. Lorenzini | Wellcome Images Saint Joseph of Cupertino Saint of the Day for September 18 (June 17, 1603 – September 18, 1663)  Saint Joseph of Cupertino’s Story Joseph of Cupertino is most famous for levitating at prayer. Already as a child, Joseph showed a fondness for prayer. After a short career with the Capuchins, he joined the Conventual Franciscans. Following a brief assignment caring for the friary mule, Joseph began his studies for the priesthood. Though studies were very difficult for him, Joseph gained a great deal of knowledge...
  • Trusting God

    09/18/2018 6:32:30 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one" (Eph. 6:16). Intense spiritual warfare calls for intense trust in God. An on-duty Roman soldier was always dressed for battle but didn't employ his shield, helmet, and sword until the fighting started. But we as Christians must be ready for battle at all times because our enemy is relentless. We can't afford to overlook a single piece of armor or slip into complacency or neglect. In that regard, Ephesians 6:16 says in effect, "Now...
  • Spirit-Filled Gratitude

    09/18/2018 6:32:04 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father (Ephesians 5:20). Sincere thanks to God will result at all times if we are truly filled with the Spirit. Im convinced that gratitude is the single greatest act of personal worship we can render to God. And todays verse plainly asserts that thankfulness should be a well-rounded, consistent response to whatever God allows to happen in our lives (see 1 Thess. 5:18). Such a thankful attitude is impossible in our own strength, but as the Holy Spirit indwells us, He graciously...
  • 1 Timothy Ch. 2

    09/18/2018 5:27:20 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for...
  • [Cath Cauc] New Apostolic Constitution Appears to Formalize the Hijacking of the Synod Process

    09/18/2018 4:21:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | September 18, 2018 | Steve Skojec
    While the eyes of most of the faithful who follow Church news remain fixated on the near-constant drumbeat of new information about Clerical Abuse Scandal 2.0, another papal document has dropped, and in it, another likely time bomb.This morning, Pope Francis issued the Apostolic ConstitutionEpicopalis Communio(EC) Episcopal Communion which aims to reform thesynodal process. The document, available thus far only in Italian, makes changes that should be of familiar concern to anyone who paid attention to the 2014 & 2015 synods on the Family. From Chris Altieris commentary today at the Catholic Herald: The role of the General Secretary...
  • China and Vatican strike controversial deal over bishops; China now has a say on appointments

    09/18/2018 12:22:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    AXIOS ^ | 09/16/2018
    In a controversial move, China and the Vatican are preparing to sign a landmark deal this month allowing each side a voice in choosing the church's bishops in China, reports the Wall Street Journal. The details: Pope Francis will recognize excommunicated Chinese bishops that were approved without the Vatican's green light, and China will acknowledge the Pope as leader of the nation's Catholics and allow the Vatican a voice in bishop selection moving forward. The deal comes with controversy as China's current regime is largely atheist and authoritarian. The agreement is also seen as China recognizing religious autonomy something...
  • 109-Year-Old Veteran and His Secrets to Life Will Make You Smil

    09/18/2018 10:21:23 AM PDT · by Robert DeLong · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb 5, 2017 | National Geographic
    They don't seem to be making them like this anymore.
  • Cath Cauc: US bishops silence on meeting w/ Pope could put their credibility on sex abuse at risk.

    09/18/2018 9:48:01 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 17, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    ANALYSIS ROME, September 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) Have the jocular images and low-key statements of US Bishops following their meeting with Pope Francis last week set back their attempts to address the grave situation in the Church, especially the handling of sexual abuse cases by bishops? The details that have been revealed of the bishops meeting with Francis last Thursday give no indication that they addressed the extent of the McCarrick coverup or the need for an investigation into the troubling allegations against the Pope contained in Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigans testimony. Given Vigans widely accepted character and credibility,...
  • On the Length of the Homily

    09/18/2018 8:36:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Length of the Homily Msgr. Charles Pope • September 17, 2018 • During a recent day trip to Sicily, Pope Francis said that homilies should not last more than 8 minutes and that the entire Mass should be completed within 40 (although he may have been exaggerating on this second point). He has said similar things before.He is entitled to his opinion, of course, but I disagree. No sweeping generalization about sermon length is necessary. There are cultural and even local differences that come into play. In my own parish I offer two rather brief masses, on...
  • [Catholic Caucus} Archbishop McCarricks unofficial role in Vatican-China relations

    09/18/2018 8:31:14 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 17, 2018 | Courtney Grogan/CNA
    Archbishop McCarricks unofficial role in Vatican-China relations by Courtney Grogan/CNA posted Monday, 17 Sep 2018 Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2003 (Getty Images) The former cardinal played in key role in promoting Vatican-Beijing relationsFollowing reports that the Holy See and the Peoples Republic of China could be about to sign an agreement on the appointment of bishops in the country, attention has turned to the role of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick in fostering Vatican-China relations over the last two decades.Over 20 years, Archbishop McCarrick travelled to China on at least eight occasions, sometimes staying in a state-controlled Beijing seminary, often serving as...
  • A Personal Question for a Son of Israel - Where is Your Atonement Before the ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS G-d?

    09/18/2018 7:11:24 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 24 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/18/18
    My beloved Jewish friend, may I ask you these very personal questions on the Day of Atonement? Where is YOUR atonement for your transgressions against the Holy Law of Almighty G-d (Lev. 17:11, Isa. 53)? Where is YOUR sin-offering for your cleansing of transgressions against the Holy Law of Almighty G-d (Lev. 4, 17:11, Isa. 53)? Where is YOUR lamb to offer in your place for your transgressions (Lev. 17:11, Isa. 53)? Where is YOUR propitiation that FULLY satisfies the PERFECT RIGHTEOUS DEMANDS OF THE HOLY LAW OF G-D (Isa. 53:10-11, Zech. 12:8-14)? Have you PERFECTLY kept the LAW of...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 18 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/18/2018 7:03:14 AM PDT · by OneVike · 5 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 18 (NKJV) The Name of the LORD Is a Strong Tower 01 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; 00 He rages against all wise judgment. 02 A fool has no delight in understanding, 00 But in expressing his own heart. 03 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; 00 And with dishonor comes reproach. 04 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; 00 The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook. 05 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, 00 Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 06 A fool's...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 18 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/18/2018 7:03:14 AM PDT · by OneVike
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 18 (NKJV) The Name of the LORD Is a Strong Tower 01 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; 00 He rages against all wise judgment. 02 A fool has no delight in understanding, 00 But in expressing his own heart. 03 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; 00 And with dishonor comes reproach. 04 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; 00 The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook. 05 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, 00 Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 06 A fool's...
  • Putting Faith into Action (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    09/18/2018 6:12:35 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 9/18/2018
    The author of Hebrews defines faith as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb. 11:1). Faith fills the vacuum of hope. Hope, when coupled with faith, has substance, and substance is something rather than nothing. Faith also provides evidence for that which is not visible. Faith is not blind. Indeed far from being blind, it is both far-sighted and sharp-sighted. Its evidence rests not on speculation but on confidence in a God who sees what we cannot see. It rests on trust in the reliability of every promise that is uttered by God. It...
  • Cath Cauc: Episcopalis communio: what does the Popes new document mean for the Church?

    09/18/2018 6:10:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 18, 2018 | Christopher Altieri
    The new law appears to combine the Synods teaching authority with that of the Roman PontiffPope Francis issued an Apostolic Constitution on Tuesday morning, which introduces significant reforms to the structure of the Synod of Bishops. Titled Episcopalis communio Episcopal communion the document is composed of a six-page introduction articulated in ten numbered sections, and a 27-article dispositive part.The introduction talks a good deal about collegiality, broad consultation with all the faithful of every state of life in the Church, and the general spirit of synodal collaboration: Although in its composition it appears as an essentially episcopal organism,...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/19/18)[Prayer]

    09/18/2018 5:17:05 AM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/19/18 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Gospel of John 
 (New Testament) John 12 Jesus Anointed at Bethany 12 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint[a] of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But one of his...
  • America Prayer Vigil - Sept.18, 2018 [Prayer]

    09/17/2018 11:18:55 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 24 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 9/18/2018 | Free Republic Intercessors
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. Religion Forum threads labeled Prayer are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer.