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  • [Catholic Caucus] Asking a Crucial Question: A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year

    09/23/2018 7:59:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-22-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Asking a Crucial Question: A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • September 22, 2018 • In the Sunday Gospel, the Lord Jesus is asking a crucial question. The word crucial here is selected carefully; it comes from the Latin cruces, meaning “cross.” Indeed, looming over this entire gospel reading is the cross. In it, Jesus makes the second prediction of His passion, death, and resurrection. It is in the context of this teaching that the Lord asks the “crucial” question of us: What is most central in your life? Let’s look at this...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions, 09-22-18

    09/22/2018 5:07:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish Church | photo by Judgefloro Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions Saint of the Day for September 22 (1600 – September 29 or 30, 1637)  Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions’ Story Lorenzo was born in Manila of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, both Christians. Thus he learned Chinese and Tagalog from them, and Spanish from the Dominicans whom he served as altar boy and sacristan. He became a professional calligrapher, transcribing documents in beautiful penmanship. He was a full member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary under Dominican auspices. He...
  • The Purpose of Exile

    09/22/2018 4:42:31 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 3 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | September 22, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    The Purpose of Exile By Philip Cottraux Assyria. The terror of the ancient world is still infamous for their extreme brutality. When the Assyrians would conquer a city, they were known to have child fires, lining up the citys children and forcing the parents to watch while they burned them en masse. They would flay survivors of defeated armies alive and adorn the walls of Nineveh with the skins. Inside, the streets were decorated with head pyramids, large piles of decapitated heads of conquered people. Lines of dismembered limbs were strewn from building to building, adorning the city like gruesome...
  • Mental reservation

    09/22/2018 10:22:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 09-23-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Mental reservation Deception, even for very good reason, is always a sin, but we can still rely on God’s abundant mercy Msgr. Charles Pope September 23, 2018 Question: As a product of Jesuit education, I learned that if someone is not entitled to know the truth, then it is permissible to lie in order that the truth not be revealed to them, especially if they will use that information to harm others. Is this a valid view? — Ed Siering, Muscatine, Iowa Answer: If someone is not entitled to know the truth or facts about a certain situation, the clear...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Matthew, 09-21-18

    09/21/2018 7:11:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: St. Matthew and the Angel | Guido Reni Saint Matthew Saint of the Day for September 21 (c. 1st Century) Saint Matthews Story Matthew was a Jew who worked for the occupying Roman forces, collecting taxes from other Jews. The Romans were not scrupulous about what the tax farmers got for themselves. Hence the latter, known as publicans, were generally hated as traitors by their fellow Jews. The Pharisees lumped them with sinners (see Matthew 9:11-13). So it was shocking to them to hear Jesus call such a man to be one of his intimate followers.Matthew...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Knowing the Bad News Unlocks the Good News

    09/21/2018 8:22:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-20-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Knowing the Bad News Unlocks the Good News Msgr. Charles Pope • September 20, 2018 • Christ in the House of Simon, Dirk Bouts (1440)Some people suggest that the Church should speak less of sin and instead emphasize positive things. After all, it is said that one can attract more flies with honey than with vinegar. In that vein, we in the Church have been collectively de-emphasizing sin to a large degree for decades, and yet our churches have been getting emptier and emptier. Maybe this is because people are just a little more complicated than the flies in...
  • FR ROBERT ALTIERS TRUTHFUL HOMILY ABOUT THE CURRENT CRISIS IN THE CHURCH

    09/21/2018 8:19:45 AM PDT · by pgyanke · 21 replies
    Roman Catholic Man ^ | 8/19/2018 | Fr Robert Altier
    FR ROBERT ALTIERS TRUTHFUL HOMILY ABOUT THE CURRENT CRISIS IN THE CHURCH The following is the transcription of the August 19, 2018 homily given at the Church of St. Raphael in Crystal, Minnesota by Fr. Robert Altier. In the second reading today St. Paul tells us that we have to make the most of our opportunity because the days are evil. We arent just simply living in days that are evil, we are living in the days that Isaiah spoke about, the days when they will call evil good and good evil. And we have been brainwashed into thinking that...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang/Comp

    09/20/2018 5:34:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 09-20-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Andrew Kim Taegon and Companions | CNS Photo Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions Saint of the Day for September 20 (August 21, 1821 – September 16, 1846; Companions d. between 1839 – 1867)    Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions’ Story The first native Korean priest, Andrew Kim Taegon was the son of Christian converts. Following his baptism at the age of 15, Andrew traveled 1,300 miles to the seminary in Macao, China. After six years, he managed to return to his country through Manchuria. That same year...
  • [Catholic Caucus] All Gods Children and Nothing Greater

    09/20/2018 9:30:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-19-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    All God’s Children and Nothing Greater Msgr. Charles Pope • September 19, 2018 • We often get anxious about rather petty notions related to our ranking relative to one another. On this topic, the Lord teaches an important lesson in the Gospel of Luke:An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest.Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed him by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Januarius, 09-19-18

    09/19/2018 3:50:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 09-19-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: The Martyrdom of Saint Januarius | Neri di Bicci Saint Januarius Saint of the Day for September 19 (c. 300)  Saint Januarius’ Story Little is known about the life of Januarius. He is believed to have been martyred in the Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of 305. Legend has it that Januarius and his companions were thrown to the bears in the amphitheater of Pozzuoli, but the animals failed to attack them. They were then beheaded, and Januarius’ blood ultimately brought to Naples.“A dark mass that half fills a hermetically sealed four-inch glass container, and is preserved in...
  • Video: Why the Synoptic Gospels Were Written

    09/19/2018 2:27:34 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 18, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Happy Wednesday, everyone! Who's ready for another "Why the New Testament Was Written" vlog?In part 6, we're studying the synoptic gospels...that is, Matthew, Mark and Luke. We'll talk about the historical reason the early church decided to record the life of Christ 20+ years after the fact, and we'll compare and contrast the original three.Why the Synoptic Gospels Were WrittenVideo runs at 16:19.
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Prescription for Peace in a World of Woe

    09/19/2018 7:50:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Prescription for Peace in a World of Woe Msgr. Charles Pope • September 18, 2018 • Raising of the Widow’s Son at Nain, by James TissotThe Gospel for Tuesday of the 24th Week provides a kind of prescription for peace in a world of woe. Let’s look at it in four stages. I. The Place – Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.The name of the city, Nain, means fair (in the sense of beautiful)—and it was, for it sat upon a high hill and commanded a magnificent view.This...
  • The Bible Described it as the Perfect, Pure Blue..for 2,000 Yrs, Everyone Forgot What it Looked Like

    09/19/2018 7:00:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 47 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/10/18 | Noga Tarnopolsky
    Forty-nine times the Bible mentions a perfect, pure blue, a color so magnificent and transcendent that it was all but impossible to describe. Yet, for most of the last 2,000 years, nobody has known exactly what biblical blue called tekhelet in Hebrew actually looked like or how it could be re-created. At the time of the Second Temple, which towered above Jerusalem until it was destroyed by the Romans, a blue dye of the same name was used to color the fabric used in the clothing of the high priests. Jewish men are still commanded to use a...
  • [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...
  • 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
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  • 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...
  • 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 · 28 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...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Robert Bellarmine, 09-17-18

    09/17/2018 5:20:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Detail | Stained glass window in Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Dayton, Ohio | photo by Nheyob Saint Robert Bellarmine Saint of the Day for September 17 (October 4, 1542 – September 17, 1621)  Saint Robert Bellarmine’s Story When Robert Bellarmine was ordained in 1570, the study of Church history and the fathers of the Church was in a sad state of neglect. A promising scholar from his youth in Tuscany, he devoted his energy to these two subjects, as well as to Scripture, in order to systematize Church doctrine against the attacks of the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Picture of the Spiritual Life from Job

    09/17/2018 8:22:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Picture of the Spiritual Life from Job Msgr. Charles Pope • September 16, 2018 • I am teaching out of the Book of Job for our parish bible studies. Consider the following insight by Job on the spiritual life:God is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has withstood him and remained unscathed? (Job 9:3)At first glance, we might read this to mean that we don’t dare talk back to God or resist Him lest He punish us, but this would be a superficial interpretation. The text surely speaks more richly, of the spiritual life and the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Cornelius, 09-16-18

    09/16/2018 7:25:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 09-16-18 | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Stained glass window in Catholic Church of Saint-Corneille | photo by GFreihalter Saint Cornelius Saint of the Day for September 16 (d. 253)  Saint Cornelius’ Story There was no pope for 14 months after the martyrdom of Saint Fabian because of the intensity of the persecution of the Church. During the interval, the Church was governed by a college of priests. Saint Cyprian, a friend of Cornelius, writes that Cornelius was elected pope “by the judgment of God and of Christ, by the testimony of most of the clergy, by the vote of the people, with...