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  • A Short Reflection on Beauty

    08/16/2017 9:25:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Short Reflection on Beauty Msgr. Charles Pope • August 15, 2017 • It is common to link the good, the true, and the beautiful; this is proper because truth is beautiful and a very high good. But as with most insights, some distinctions are necessary, because while truth is always beautiful, not everyone or everything that appears to be beautiful is thereby true.St. Augustine comments on this, saying,Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses beauty even to the wicked (The City of God, XV,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-16-17, OM, St. Stephen of Hungary

    08/15/2017 9:06:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies ^ | 08-16-17 | Revised New American Bible
    August 16, 2017 Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dt 34:1-12Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo,the headland of Pisgah which faces Jericho,and the LORD showed him all the landGilead, and as far as Dan, all Naphtali,the land of Ephraim and Manasseh,all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea,the Negeb, the circuit of the Jordanwith the lowlands at Jericho, city of palms,and as far as Zoar.The LORD then said to him, "This is the landwhich I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacobthat I would give to their descendants.I...
  • Vanity: Freeper ideas on decorating kids rooms for patriotic/religious/educational

    08/15/2017 10:25:43 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 17 replies
    15 AUG 17 | dcbryan1
    Wife unit and I just completed painting our childrens rooms. Theme should be between K-3 , boy and girl. What posters/themes centered on education and religion would you put in their room? Below is a small list I have brainstormed, and I am interested in things that just ARENT taught as much anymore or not emphasized enough. When I was growing up my room was filled with posters to keep my mind going......most were hand made by mom. I'm sure there are nice ones that homeschoolers and teachers use that maybe I'm not thinking of. Thanks! FReegards!
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Biblical Roots of the Assumption of Mary

    08/15/2017 7:09:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Biblical Roots of the Assumption of Mary Msgr. Charles Pope • August 14, 2017 • While the actual event of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven is not recorded in the Scriptures, there is a biblical basis for the teaching that, considered as a whole, confirms Catholic teaching as both fitting and in keeping with biblical principles. Let’s ponder this feast in stages:The Assumption Explained – To be “assumed” means to be taken up by God bodily into Heaven. As far back as the Church can remember we have celebrated the fact that Mary was taken up into...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-15-17, SOL, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    08/14/2017 8:23:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies ^ | 08-15-17 | Revised New American Bible
    August 15, 2017 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary -Mass during the Day Reading 1 Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10abGod's temple in heaven was opened,and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,with the moon under her feet,and on her head a crown of twelve stars.She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.Then another sign appeared in the sky;it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,and on its heads were...
  • Clearing up Confusion with Todays Gospel on the Temple Tax

    08/14/2017 7:10:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | 08-13-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Clearing up Confusion with Today’s Gospel on the Temple Tax Msgr. Charles Pope • August 13, 2017 • The Gospel for today’s Mass (Monday of the 19th Week) is likely confusing to anyone who hears it proclaimed in the United States because the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE), used for the lectionary in this country, makes what I would argue is an inaccurate translation of the Greek text. Here is the passage in question (the crucial section is presented in bold italics):When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said, “Doesn’t your...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-14-17, M, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

    08/13/2017 8:05:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 08-14-17 | Revised New American Bible
    August 14, 2017 Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr Reading 1 Dt 10:12-22Moses said to the people:"And now, Israel, what does the LORD, your God, ask of youbut to fear the LORD, your God, and follow his ways exactly,to love and serve the LORD, your God,with all your heart and all your soul,to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORDwhich I enjoin on you today for your own good?Think! The heavens, even the highest heavens,belong to the LORD, your God,as well as the earth and everything on it.Yet in his love for your fathers the LORD...
  • Fix Your Focus A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

    08/13/2017 10:28:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fix Your Focus – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 12, 2017 • The Gospel today is about faith and about focus. It teaches that although storms and struggles inevitably arise, we have a choice as to whether we focus on them or on Jesus. The message is clear: “Keep your eyes on the prize. Hold on!”Let’s look at this Gospel in three stages: Perceived Distance, Produced Distress, and Point of Decision. I have also included a fourth section for more in-depth study: Process of Development.I. Perceived Distance – The text...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-13-17, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/12/2017 9:01:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies ^ | 08-13-17 | Revised New American Bible
    August 13, 2017 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13aAt the mountain of God, Horeb,Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter. Then the LORD said to him,"Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD;the LORD will be passing by." A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountainsand crushing rocks before the LORDbut the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquakebut the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was firebut the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire there...
  • Epic Imagery

    08/12/2017 3:37:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Epic Imagaery Question: I was in a conversation with several unbelieving college friends who dismissed the Bible as unreliable and merely mythical because it presumes the existence of monsters like Leviathan and fiery dragons. I wasn’t sure how to answer them. — Name withheld, Massachusetts Answer: Leviathan is a name of a large beast in the Old Testament. The term seems to be used both symbolically and also literally to refer to actual beasts in the sea. For example, in Psalm 104 we read, “There is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-12-17, OM, St. Jane Frances de Chantal

    08/11/2017 8:54:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 08-12-17 | Revised New American Bible
    August 12, 2017 Saturday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dt 6:4-13Moses said to the people:"Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone!Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God,with all your heart,and with all your soul,and with all your strength.Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today.Drill them into your children.Speak of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest.Bind them at your wrist as a signand let them be as a pendant on your forehead.Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on...
  • If You Truly Want to Have Something, Lose It A Mediation on the Economics of the Kingdom

    08/11/2017 7:47:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-10-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If You Truly Want to Have Something, Lose It – A Mediation on the Economics of the Kingdom Msgr. Charles Pope • August 10, 2017 • St. Lawrence Distributing Alms, Fra AngelicoThe Feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr, contains an important teaching on the economics of the Kingdom of God. As you might guess, they are quite paradoxical. The teachings come to us both through St. Lawrence’s life and the particular readings selected for his feast.When a persecution broke out in Rome in 257 A.D. (under Valerian), the Prefect of Rome suspected that the Church had a great...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-11-17, M, St. Clare, Virgin

    08/10/2017 9:36:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 08-11-17 | Revised New American Bible
    August 11, 2017 Memorial of Saint Clare, Virgin Reading 1 Dt 4:32-40Moses said to the people:"Ask now of the days of old, before your time,ever since God created man upon the earth;ask from one end of the sky to the other:Did anything so great ever happen before?Was it ever heard of? Did a people ever hear the voice of Godspeaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live?Or did any god venture to go and take a nation for himselffrom the midst of another nation,by testings, by signs and wonders, by war,with his strong hand and outstretched...
  • A Warning About Sloth in a Story from the Old Testament

    08/10/2017 7:18:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-09-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Warning About Sloth in a Story from the Old Testament Msgr. Charles Pope • August 9, 2017 • This week in daily Mass we are presented with a vivid portrait of the sin of sloth and its effects:A critical moment has arrived for the people of Israel. Having seen the Egyptian army defeated at the Red Sea, they have now crossed the desert in a short period of time, perhaps a matter of months. It is now time to enter the Promised Land and savor its “milk and honey.” This is the Land that God had promised them...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-10-17, FEAST, St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

    08/09/2017 11:02:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 08-10-17 | Revised New American Bible
    August 10, 2017 Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr Reading 1 2 Cor 9:6-10Brothers and sisters:Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,for God loves a cheerful giver.Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you,so that in all things, always having all you need,you may have an abundance for every good work.As it is written: He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;his righteousness endures forever. The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for foodwill supply and...
  • Pope orders Belgian Brothers of Charity to stop euthanasia

    08/09/2017 7:13:36 PM PDT · by iowamark · 14 replies
    UK Catholic Herald ^ | 8/9/2017 | Simon Caldwell
    Pope Francis has given a Belgian religious order until the end of August to stop offering euthanasia to psychiatric patients. Brother Rene Stockman, superior general of the order, told Catholic News Service the Pope gave his personal approval to a Vatican demand that the Brothers of Charity, which runs 15 centres for psychiatric patients across Belgium, must reverse its policy by the end of August. Brothers who serve on the board of the Brothers of Charity Group, the organization that runs the centers, also must each sign a joint letter to their superior general declaring that they fully support the...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint John Francis Regis, 06-16-17

    08/09/2017 11:24:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 06-16-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: The Glory of Saint John Francis Regis | Church of Our Lady of Andance, Ardèche, France | Camillo RusconiSaint John Francis Regis Saint of the Day for June 16 (January 31, 1597 – December 30, 1640)  Saint John Francis Regis’ Story Born into a family of some wealth, John Francis was so impressed by his Jesuit educators that he himself wished to enter the Society of Jesus. He did so at age 18. Despite his rigorous academic schedule, he spent many hours in chapel, often to the dismay of fellow seminarians who were concerned...
  • Beware the Sins of the Pious - A Reflection on the Ways Satan Uses Even Good Things to Entrap Us

    08/09/2017 9:03:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 359 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-08-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Beware the Sins of the Pious - A Reflection on the Ways Satan Uses Even Good Things to Entrap Us Msgr. Charles Pope • August 8, 2017 • What is temptation? It is the work of Satan to drag you to Hell. He can read you like a book, play you like piano. Do not exaggerate his power—but do not underestimate it either.Some of Satan’s subtlest work is done in the area of religious observance. There, he can cloak himself in the lamb’s clothing of piety, but, wolf that he is, distort it through excess or defect, thereby destroying...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-09-17, OM, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Virgin,Martyr

    08/08/2017 11:12:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 08-09-17 | Revised New American Bible
    August 9, 2017 Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Nm 13:1-2, 2514:1, 26a-29a, 34-35The LORD said to Moses [in the desert of Paran,]"Send men to reconnoiter the land of Canaan,which I am giving the children of Israel.You shall send one man from each ancestral tribe,all of them princes." After reconnoitering the land for forty days they returned,met Moses and Aaron and the whole congregation of the children of Israelin the desert of Paran at Kadesh,made a report to them all,and showed the fruit of the countryto the whole congregation.They told Moses: "We went into the...
  • Which Do You Prefer: Melons and Leeks, or the Bread of Heaven?

    08/08/2017 8:26:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-07-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Which Do You Prefer: Melons and Leeks, or the Bread of Heaven? Msgr. Charles Pope • August 7, 2017 • The first reading for daily Mass on Monday (18th week of the year) was taken from the Book of Numbers. It features the Israelites grumbling about the manna in the wilderness:Would that we had meat for food! We remember the fish we used to eat without cost in Egypt, and the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now we are famished; we see nothing before us but this manna (Numbers 11:4-5).While it is easy...