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  • [Catholic Caucus] Pondering the Night of the Senses & the Paradox That We See Farther inthe Darkness

    11/20/2018 8:49:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-19-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering the Night of the Senses and the Paradox That We See Farther in the Darkness Msgr. Charles Pope • November 19, 2018 • As human beings we are very visual; there is a certain demand of our flesh to see on its own terms. But of course God, who is pure spirit, will not be seen in this way.How can the human eye perceive what is spiritual? It is not designed to do so. We cannot see God as God any more than we should expect to be able to see justice sitting down to lunch with humility....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Agnes of Assisi, 11-19-18

    11/19/2018 5:37:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 11-19-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Agnes of Assisi | France | gift of E. Royall Tyler Saint Agnes of Assisi Saint of the Day for November 19 (c. 1197 – November 16, 1253)  Saint Agnes of Assisi’s Story Born Caterina Offreducia, Agnes was the younger sister of Saint Clare, and her first follower. When Caterina left home two weeks after Clare’s departure, their family attempted to bring her back by force. They tried to drag her out of the monastery, but her body suddenly became so heavy that several knights could not budge it. Her uncle Monaldo tried to strike...
  • Pulling Back the Veil - An Overview of the Book of Revelation

    11/19/2018 7:43:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pulling Back the Veil - An Overview of the Book of Revelation Msgr. Charles Pope • November 18, 2018 • In daily Mass we are currently reading selections from the Book of Revelation—not a bad choice as the end of the liturgical year swiftly approaches.While many suppose that the Book of Revelation is merely about the end of the world, it is about far more; it is also about what is happening right now. It was not written only for the end of the ages but for all ages. It is a book of glory that discloses the victory...
  • Women Called to Ministry: An Interview with Kristen Padilla

    11/18/2018 4:49:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Bible Gateway Blog ^ | November 13, 2018 | Jonathan Petersen
    What does it mean to be called to ministry? What does the Bible say about men and women in ministry? Who are the examples in the Bible of being called to ministry? What are the practical tools to help you pursue God’s call for your life? Bible Gateway interviewed Kristen Padilla (@kristenpadilla) about her book, Now That I’m Called: A Guide for Women Discerning a Call to Ministry (Zondervan, 2018).What does the Bible say about ministerial calling?Kristen Padilla: Scripture is not a ministerial calling textbook. However, we can extrapolate from Scripture a loose definition of a ministerial calling. Humans were...
  • [Catholic Caucus]Day by Day -- Saints for All, Dedication - Churches of Saints Peter & Paul,11-18-18

    11/18/2018 2:41:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican | photo by Fczarnowski / Image: Statue of Saint Paul in front of the facade of the Basilica of Saint Paul outside the Wall, Rome | photo by Berthold Werner Dedication of Churches of Saints Peter and Paul Saint of the Day for November 18 The Story of the Dedication of the Churches of Saints Peter and Paul St. Peters is probably the most famous church in Christendom. Massive in scale and a veritable museum of art and architecture, it began on a much humbler scale. Vatican...
  • The Word of the Lord Remains Forever! A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

    11/18/2018 7:51:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Word of the Lord Remains Forever! A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 17, 2018 • Jerusalem and the Temple, J. Tissot (1894)As winter approaches and the end of the liturgical year draws near, we ponder the passing quality of this world and the fading of its glories. Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel reading must surely have shocked, even horrified, His apostles. Let’s look at His stunning words and seek to apply them in our own life. The Place of this Gospel – Jesus is standing just outside of Jerusalem. In...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, 11-17-18

    11/17/2018 7:40:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Detail | Saint Elizabeth of Hungary | Series of frescoes with scenes from the life of St. Martin of tours in the Lower Church of Saint Francis of Assisi | Simone Martini Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Saint of the Day for November 17 (1207 – November 17, 1231)  Saint Elizabeth of Hungary’s Story In her short life, Elizabeth manifested such great love for the poor and suffering that she has become the patroness of Catholic charities and of the Secular Franciscan Order. The daughter of the King of Hungary, Elizabeth chose a life of penance and...
  • The Persecution Letters

    11/17/2018 4:28:48 PM PST · by pcottraux · 13 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | November 17, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    The Persecution Letters By Philip Cottraux When we think of Christianity in ancient Rome, one of the first images that comes to mind is Christians being fed to lions in the Coliseum. But this wasnt the norm throughout most of Roman history. Persecutions came in phases and were often short-lived, according to which emperor ordered it. The Romans didnt always force their subjects to bow to their gods. Judaism was legal and since Christianity was considered a branch of Judaism, it too enjoyed certain rights and protections. At first. But as it grew, some started to view them with distrust....
  • Communion of Saints

    11/17/2018 10:08:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 11-07-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Communion of Saints United with Christ, the saints probably look upon earthly events from a more eternal perspective Msgr. Charles Pope Do the saints in heaven see and know all that we are doing? If so, do they have disappointment or sorrow when they see us sinning? — William Duncan, via email We are in the realm of speculative theology, and thus, precise answers to such questions are not possible. However, reasoning from Scripture, it does seem that the saints have some general awareness of the situation on earth and pray. Revelation 8:4 speaks of the prayers of the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Margaret of Scotland, 11-16-18

    11/16/2018 9:24:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 11-16-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Margaret of Scotland | François Augustin Caunois | photo by BastienM Saint Margaret of Scotland Saint of the Day for November 16 (1045 – November 16, 1093)  Saint Margaret of Scotland’s Story Margaret of Scotland was a truly liberated woman in the sense that she was free to be herself. For her, that meant freedom to love God and serve others.Not Scottish by birth, Margaret was the daughter of Princess Agatha of Hungary and the Anglo-Saxon Prince Edward Atheling. She spent much of her youth in the court of her great-uncle, the English king, Edward...
  • Wise Men, Flattering, May Deceive Us

    11/16/2018 9:10:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 1-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Wise Men, Flattering, May Deceive Us Msgr. Charles Pope • November 15, 2018 • Judas Maccabeus was Handel’s most famous oratorio during his lifetime, more popular even than the Messiah. There are many wonderful moments in it, especially its bold and brave choruses. Written in 1746, it covers the biblical events of 170–160 B.C., when Judea was ruled by the Seleucids and the people were compelled to worship Zeus. Some resisted; others obeyed. The priest Mattathias went to the hills and gathered others who were willing to fight for their faith. This is all recounted in the First Book of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Albert the Great, 11-15-18

    11/15/2018 7:20:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Albert the Great | Vincenzo Onofri | photo by sailko Saint Albert the Great Saint of the Day for November 15 (1206 – November 15, 1280)  Saint Albert the Great’s Story Albert the Great was a 13th-century German Dominican who decisively influenced the Church’s stance toward Aristotelian philosophy brought to Europe by the spread of Islam.Students of philosophy know him as the master of Thomas Aquinas. Albert’s attempt to understand Aristotle’s writings established the climate in which Thomas Aquinas developed his synthesis of Greek wisdom and Christian theology. But Albert deserves recognition on his own...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Hidden Mass in the Gospel of the Ten Lepers

    11/15/2018 8:33:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Hidden Mass in the Gospel of the Ten Lepers Msgr. Charles Pope • November 14, 2018 • Healing of the Ten Lepers, by J. Tissot (1886-94)The Gospel for Wednesday of the 32nd Week of the Year teaches that the Mass is the perfect offering of thanks to the Father. It does so in a remarkable and almost hidden way, but it is right there for us to see if we have eyes to see it.The Gospel telling the story of the ten lepers contains all the essential elements of Holy Mass and thus it reminds us once that...
  • Why Does No One Compare The California Fires With Sodam And Gamorrah ?

    11/15/2018 6:11:08 AM PST · by knarf · 59 replies
    self ^ | November 15, 2018 | knarf
    I think the comparisons of many artists from many years ago captured today's actual photos of what we see these fires look like now is fascinating.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Gertrude the Great, 11-14-18

    11/14/2018 10:55:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: The high altar statue of Saint Gertrude the Great with a mouse on the distaff| Grafenbach, Austria | photo by Rollroboter Saint Gertrude the Great Saint of the Day for November 14 (January 6, 1256 – November 17, 1302)  Saint Gertrude the Great’s Story Gertrude, a Benedictine nun in Helfta, Saxony, was one of the great mystics of the 13th century. Together with her friend and teacher Saint Mechtild, she practiced a spirituality called “nuptial mysticism,” that is, she came to see herself as the bride of Christ. Her spiritual life was a deeply personal union...
  • A Word of Encouragement from Elisha the Prophet

    11/14/2018 11:49:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Word of Encouragement from Elisha the Prophet Msgr. Charles Pope • November 13, 2018 • There is an old saying, “Stop telling God how big your storm is and start telling the storm how big your God is.” In other words, we often need to shift our focus, building up our trust and confidence. Because we are so wired for fear, we tend to overestimate the power and shrewdness of demons, or of our enemies, or of whatever it is we fear. At the same time, we tend to underestimate the power of God, the power of our...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, 11-13-18

    11/13/2018 3:57:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 11-13-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Statue of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini in the portico of the sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary in Pompei | photo by Dario Crespi Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Saint of the Day for November 13 (July 15, 1850 – December 22, 1917)  Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini’s Story Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonized. Her deep trust in the loving care of her God gave her the strength to be a valiant woman doing the work of Christ.Refused admission to the religious order which had educated her to be...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Sins of Priests

    11/13/2018 7:54:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-12-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Sins of Priests Msgr. Charles Pope • November 12, 2018 • The Book of the Prophet Malachi is set forth as a kind “riv” (a Hebrew word for a lawsuit, indictment, or controversy) by God. The Lord presents a legal case of sorts, which convicts ancient Israel of numerous deficiencies and calls for their repentance. The case shows a body of evidence that is just as true today as it was then. God has plenty to say and we have much to hear, much of which to repent.As we consider the sins of the priests enumerated below, please...
  • [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Josaphat, 11-12-18

    11/12/2018 5:34:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Icon of St. martyr Josaphat Kutsevych, Archbishop of Polotsk | photo by Mykola Swarnyk Saint Josaphat Saint of the Day for November 12 (c. 1580 – November 12, 1623)  Saint Josaphat’s Story In 1964, newspaper photos of Pope Paul VI embracing Athenagoras I, the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople, marked a significant step toward the healing of a division in Christendom that has spanned more than nine centuries.In 1595, the Orthodox bishop of Brest-Litovsk in present-day Belarus and five other bishops representing millions of Ruthenians, sought reunion with Rome. John Kunsevich—who took the name Josaphat in religious...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Office of Bishop

    11/12/2018 8:48:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Office of Bishop Msgr. Charles Pope • November 11, 2018 • credit: J. Lippelmann, Catholic StandardFortuitously, the first reading for this Monday, which is the day that the annual fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Baltimore begins, speaks to the qualifications of a bishop. The full reading from Titus is as follows:Paul, a slave of God and apostle of Jesus Christ for the sake of the faith of God’s chosen ones and the recognition of religious truth, in the hope of eternal life that God, who does not lie, promised before time began,...