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  • The Anatomy of Original Sin

    02/15/2019 8:07:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-14-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Anatomy of Original Sin Msgr. Charles Pope • February 14, 2019 • James Tissot (1902)In the readings at Mass this week we are pondering the account of original sin. Let’s explore the stages of sin that are manifested in Adam’s and Eve’s struggle.Many tend to describe original sin merely as the eating of a forbidden fruit. While this accurate, it is incomplete and leads many to wonder why all this trouble came just from eating a piece of fruit. I believe it is helpful to consider the sin of Adam and Eve more richly. While the eating of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Sts. Cyril and Methodius

    02/14/2019 5:41:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 02-14-19 | franciscanmedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Saints Cyril and Methodius monument in the city of Vratsa, Bulgaria | photo by MrPanyGoff Saints Cyril and Methodius Saint of the Day for February 14 (Cyril: c. 827 – February 14, 869; Methodius: c. 815 – April 6, 884)  Saints Cyril and Methodius’ Story Because their father was an officer in a part of Greece inhabited by many Slavs, these two Greek brothers ultimately became missionaries, teachers, and patrons of the Slavic peoples.After a brilliant course of studies, Cyril (called Constantine until he became a monk shortly before his death) refused the governorship of a district...
  • In the Winter of Faith Just Keep Working

    02/14/2019 8:09:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-13-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the Winter of Faith Just Keep Working Msgr. Charles Pope February 13, 2019 As I write this, it is mid-winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Like each season, winter has its time, its three months. To many of us, there seems to be a metaphorical winter in the Church and in our culture, one that has lasted for years. Those of us who are older probably remember a time when Masses were crowded. The church parking lots were packed full, and if you didnt arrive early enough you often had to park elsewhere and then stand during Mass....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Giles Mary of St. Joseph, 02-13-19

    02/13/2019 9:23:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 02-13-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Image: Engraving of Saint Giles of St. Joseph | Giuseppe Gnaccarini Saint Giles Mary of St. Joseph Saint of the Day for February 13 (November 16, 1729 February 7, 1812) Saint Giles Mary of Saint Josephs Story In the same year that a power-hungry Napoleon Bonaparte led his army into Russia, Giles Mary of Saint Joseph ended a life of humble service to his Franciscan community and to the citizens of Naples. Francesco was born in Taranto to very poor parents. His fathers death left the 18-year-old Francesco to care for the family. Having secured...
  • Glittering with the Indescribable Brightness of the Sun: St Polyeuctus and his temple in Byzantium

    02/13/2019 10:15:52 AM PST · by Antoninus · 3 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 2/13/19 | Florentius
    February 13 is the feast day of yet another victim of the persecution of Decius, Saint Polyeuctus of Melitene in Roman Armenia. Though practically unknown today, Polyeuctus was renowned in antiquity as a soldier-martyr. An epitome of his acts was recorded by Symeon Metaphrastes in the 10th century, though it is likely that Symeon was working from a much older tradition. Indeed, Polyeuctus was revered in antiquity from at least the time of the Empress Eudocia (mid 5th century AD) who built a shrine dedicated to him in Constantinople. Here is an English translation of Metaphrastes’s acts of Saint Polyeuctos...
  • Does God Approve the Abuse of Women?

    02/13/2019 9:54:18 AM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-12-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Does God Approve the Abuse of Women? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 12, 2019 • One of the darker passages in Scripture comes just after the fall of Adam and Eve. Announcing the consequences that they have ushered in, God says to Eve, I will intensify the pangs of your childbearing; in pain shall you bring forth children; yet your urge shall be for your husband, and he shall be your master (Gen 3:16). The Hebrew word מָשַׁל (mashal) means “to have dominion, reign, or ruling power over another.” The New Jerusalem Bible (the most widely used Catholic Bible outside...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Apollonia, 02-12-19

    02/12/2019 9:16:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 02-12-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Image: Engraving of Saint Apollonia | J. Bein after Raphael Saint Apollonia Saint of the Day for February 12 (d. c. 249) Saint Apollonias Story The persecution of Christians began in Alexandria during the reign of the Emperor Philip. The first victim of the pagan mob was an old man named Metrius, who was tortured and then stoned to death. The second person who refused to worship their false idols was a Christian woman named Quinta. Her words infuriated the mob and she was scourged and stoned. While most of the Christians were fleeing the city,...
  • New York Archdiocese Responds to Cardinal Spellman Groping Allegation

    02/12/2019 4:53:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 2/12/19 | Kevin Jones
    Lucian K. Truscott IV, a longtime journalist and writer, made the claim about the former archbishop of New York in a Feb. 9 essay.NEW YORK CITY The Archdiocese of New York has said it had only recently learned of an allegation that the deeply influential Cardinal Francis Spellman groped a visiting West Point cadet in the 1960s, but says it will take the accusation seriously and has invited the accuser to contact the archdiocese. This is the first time we have learned of this allegation and take what the writer says seriously, as we do all allegations of abuse...
  • On the Role of the Angels at the Second Coming

    02/12/2019 7:48:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-11-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Role of the Angels at the Second Coming Msgr. Charles Pope February 11, 2019 Gustave Dor (1868) This is the last in a series of five posts on the role of the angels in our lives and in creation. The content of these posts comes from a series I have been teaching at the Institute of Catholic Culture on the mission of the angels. Angels are ministering spirits mystically present and active throughout creation, in the events of Scripture, in the liturgy, and in our lives. The fundamental source for these reflections is Jean Cardinal Danielous...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Our Lady of Lourdes, 02-11-19

    02/11/2019 10:16:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 02-11-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Image: Our Lady of Lourdes in Rosary Square Lourdes | Jos Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro Our Lady of Lourdes The Story of Our Lady of Lourdes On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in the apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus. A little more than three years later, on February 11, 1858, a young lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous. This began a series of visions. During the apparition on March 25, the lady identified herself with the words: I am the Immaculate Conception. Bernadette was a sickly child of poor parents....
  • The Angels and Our Death

    02/11/2019 8:20:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-10-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Angels and Our Death Msgr. Charles Pope February 10, 2019 This is the fourth in a series of five posts on the angels and their role in our lives. The content of these posts comes from a series I have been teaching at the Institute of Catholic Culture on the mission of the angels. Angels are ministering spirits mystically present and active throughout creation, in the events of Scripture, in the liturgy, and in our lives. The fundamental source for these reflections is Jean Cardinal Danielous book The Angels and Their Mission: According to the Fathers of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Scholastica, 02-10-19

    02/10/2019 9:44:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 02-10-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Death of Saint Scholastica | detail | Johann Baptist Wenzel Bergl” width=”790″ height=”480″> Image: Death of Saint Scholastica | detail | Johann Baptist Wenzel Bergl Saint Scholastica Saint of the Day for February 10 (c. 480 – February 10, 542) Saint Scholastica’s Story Twins often share the same interests and ideas with an equal intensity. Therefore, it is no surprise that Scholastica and her twin brother, Benedict, established religious communities within a few miles from each other. Born in 480 of wealthy parents, Scholastica and Benedict were brought up together until he left central Italy for...
  • But at Your Command I Will Lower the Nets A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year

    02/10/2019 6:49:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-09-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    But at Your Command I Will Lower the Nets A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope February 9, 2019 This Sundays Gospel describes the call of Simon Peter, one that takes place in several stages. While it is presented in a compact time frame, for most of us it takes place over a longer period, as the Lord works to deepen our faith and heighten our call. The upshot of the Gospel is that Peters faith is strengthened by his obedience to the Lords command. Lets see how the Lord grows Peters...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Jerome Emiliani, 02-09-19

    02/09/2019 1:51:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 02-09-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Image: Statue of Saint Jerome Emiliani | Bataan, Philippines | photo by Judgefloro Saint Jerome Emiliani Saint of the Day for February 9 (1486 February 8, 1537) Saint Jerome Emilianis Story A careless and irreligious soldier for the city-state of Venice, Jerome was captured in a skirmish at an outpost town and chained in a dungeon. In prison Jerome had a lot of time to think, and he gradually learned how to pray. When he escaped, he returned to Venice where he took charge of the education of his nephewsand began his own studies for...
  • Lacking in Christ?

    02/09/2019 10:22:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 01-16-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Lacking in Christ? By being members of the Body of Christ, we fulfill our part of what is lacking in Christs suffering Msgr. Charles Pope 1/16/2019 Question: In Col 1:24, we read about our sufferings filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ. What does it mean that something was lacking in Christs affliction? Does this refer to redemptive suffering and, if so, is the service of Simon helping Jesus carry the cross an example of this? Paul Vanhoudt, Erie, Colorado Answer: When St. Paul writes of what is lacking in the suffering of Christ, it is...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Josephine Bakhita, 02-08-19

    02/08/2019 7:55:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 02-08-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Image: Stained Glass of St. Josephine Bakhita, Saint John Paul II Chapel, Mundelein | photo by Fr. Gaurav Shroff | flickr Saint Josephine Bakhita Saint of the Day for February 8 (c. 1869 February 8, 1947) Saint Josephine Bakhitas Story For many years, Josephine Bakhita was a slave but her spirit was always free and eventually that spirit prevailed. Born in Olgossa in the Darfur region of southern Sudan, Josephine was kidnapped at the age of 7, sold into slavery and given the name Bakhita, which means fortunate. She was resold several times, finally in...
  • On the Role of Our Guardian Angels

    02/08/2019 8:29:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-07-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Role of Our Guardian Angels Msgr. Charles Pope February 7, 2019 Angel Fighting for the Soul Alexey Tyranov This is the third in a series of five posts on the angels and their role in our lives. The content of these posts comes from a series I have been teaching at the Institute of Catholic Culture on the mission of the angels. Angels are ministering spirits mystically present and active throughout creation, in the events of Scripture, in the liturgy, and in our lives. The fundamental source for these reflections is Jean Cardinal Danielous book...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Colette, 02-07-19

    02/07/2019 6:20:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 02-07-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Image: Statue of Saint Colette of Corbie, along the road between Corbie and Albert, France | photo by Paul Hermans Saint Colette Saint of the Day for February 7 (January 13, 1381 March 6, 1447) Audio Player Saint Colettes Story Colette did not seek the limelight, but in doing Gods will she certainly attracted a lot of attention. Colette was born in Corbie, France. At 21, she began to follow the Third Order Rule and became an anchoress, a woman walled into a room whose only opening was a window into a church. After four...
  • The Role of the Angels in Every Liturgy

    02/07/2019 8:18:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-06-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Role of the Angels in Every Liturgy Msgr. Charles Pope February 5, 2019 Ghent Altarpiece Jan van Eyck (1429) This is the second in a series of five posts on the angels and their role in our lives. The content of these posts comes from a series I have been teaching at the Institute of Catholic Culture on the mission of the angels. Angels are ministering spirits mystically present and active throughout creation, in the events of Scripture, in the liturgy, and in our lives. The fundamental source for these reflections is Jean Cardinal Danielous book...
  • [[Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Paul Miki and Companions, 02-06-19

    02/06/2019 9:19:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 02-06-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Image: Martyrdom of Paul Miki S.J., Jacob Kisai S.J., John Goto S.J. and P. Petrus Battista in Japan in 1596 | Engraving after A. van Diepenbeec Saint Paul Miki and Companions Saint of the Day for February 6 (d. 1597) Saint Paul Miki and Companions Story Nagasaki, Japan, is familiar to Americans as the city on which the second atomic bomb was dropped, immediately killing over 37,000 people. Three and a half centuries before, 26 martyrs of Japan were crucified on a hill, now known as the Holy Mountain, overlooking Nagasaki. Among them were priests, brothers,...