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Ways to Help the Christians Persecuted by the Islamic State SERVANT AND STEWARD - March 2, 2015 One of my friends in Rome asked me this past weekend what she could do - in addition to prayer - to help our brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria who are suffering for the sake of the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (cf. Matthew 10:22 ). It is an excellent question, and one I was very happy to answer. In these Lenten days we strive to be ever more conformed to the Redeemer by dedicating ourselves to increased prayer, fasting, and almsgiving because "prayer is good ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/OhEL/~3/YBuXgRwBLts/ways-to-help-christians-persecuted-by.html

A Retreat for the Mind: Plugging the Conference on the Future of the Catholic Literary Imagination BACK BAY VIEW - February 25, 2015 Two days before the world's paparazzi arrived in LA for the Academy Awards, USC's Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies hosted a conference on The Future of the Catholic Literary Imagination . More excited about the line-up of speakers for this event than about any of the celebrities in all the movies I haven't seen, I made the pilgrimage to LA and back two days in a row for a celebration of all that is good in the world of letters. I still feel a ...http://backbayview.blogspot.com/2015/02/a-retreat-for-mind-plugging-conference.html

A Martyr Is Mourned in Ukraine As West Placates Russia CRISIS MAGAZINE - February 23, 2015 Almost exactly a year ago, Bohdan Solchanyk , a lecturer on modern history at the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), was murdered by a government sniper in Kiev as hundreds of thousands of people protested the almost unimaginable corruption and cynicism of former president Viktor Yanukovych and his Russian puppet regime. About a week later, the head of the Department of Pastoral Care at UCU, Fr. Yuriy Sakvuk , visited Franciscan University to explain for faculty and ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/lI_TVrAXmjQ/martyr-mourned-in-ukraine

Lent and the Ecumenism of Blood. THE CITY AND THE WORLD - February 18, 2015 ... ISIS. Last summer I noted that iconoclasm kills , and the victims of the current wave of iconoclasm represented by ISIS have included the vulnerable Christian communities of Iraq and Syria and, it now appears, Egyptian Christians as well. Though I have been following this tragedy for a long time, I have been particularly moved in recent days by the testimony of Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda , who laments that, after centuries of faithful ...http://jesuitjoe.blogspot.com/2015/02/lent-and-ecumenism-of-blood.html

The Pope Receives the Representatives of the Church of Scotland (Reformed) VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - February 16, 2015 ... were received this in audience this morning by the Holy Father who, in his greeting, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to meet and share with them a common commitment to the service of the Gospel and the cause for Christian unity. "Scotland's rich cultural and historical traditions have been shaped by outstanding saintly witnesses to Christ from various confessions", he observed. "The present state of ecumenical relations in Scotland clearly shows that what we, as ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-pope-receives-representatives-of.html

The Oriental Orthodox Churches and Rome: An Ecumenism Forged by the Blood of Martyrs MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - February 13, 2015 ... Friday received the participants in a meeting - this week - of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches. Below, please find the official English text of the Holy Father's remarks. Dear Brothers in Christ, With great joy I welcome you, the members of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches. Through ...http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-oriental-orthodox-churches-and-rome.html

MY HOMOSEXUAL BROTHER & THE MASTER-KEY TO CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY by Jean Danielou S.j.: TWO SIDES TO a COMPLEX, HOLY AND MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - February 12, 2015 ... be enough to read that masterpiece which Daniélou expressly dedicated to this issue: "An essay on the mystery of history." Both Ratzinger and Daniélou have their original characteristics. The former reads history in the footsteps of the "City of God" by Augustine and then of Saint Bonaventure, while the latter is more attuned to that brilliant Father of the Church who was Gregory of Nyssa. Both, however, also have a vital element that links them ...http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2015/02/my-homosexual-brother-master-key-to.html

St. Paul Miki and Companions: Martyrs CATHOLIC FIRE - February 5, 2015 The saints of the day for February 6 are St. Paul Miki and companions, martyrs. These twenty-six martyrs are sometimes called the martyrs of Nagasaki and the martyrs of Japan. St. Francis Xavier brought the Good News of Christianity to Japan in 1549. Many received the Word and were baptized by St. Francis himself. Although Francis moved on and eventually died near the shores of China, the ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/02/st-paul-miki-and-companions-martyrs.html

Ss. Fabian & Sebastian, Martyrs ATONEMENTONLINE - January 19, 2015 January 20th is the commemoration of two great 3rd century martyrs – one a pope, and one a soldier. St. Fabian was simple farmer but was an extraordinary person, who took his Catholic faith very seriously. One day he came into the city of Rome from the countryside, but this wasn't just any day – it happened to be the day when a new pope was being chosen. Who knows? Perhaps Fabian had come to ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2015/01/ss-fabian-sebastian-martyrs.html

French Jesuit Journal Publishes Anti-Catholic Cartoons in Solidarity With Charlie Hebdo CATHOLIC CONCLAVE - January 12, 2015 ... dominated by socialism, which originated in the blood-drenched French Revolution. This same tradition which committed the odious sin of regicide and gave the Church new martyrs during the Revolution thought nothing of expelling the religious orders from France in 1905. During the French Revolution itself, malicious cartoons circulating about the King and Queen created the climate for their eventual deaths. They also campaigned for the banning of the Front ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/ZMRq/~3/WiyQDvkYwrQ/french-jesuit-journal-publishes-anti.html

I Was Right - I've Seen All of This Pope-Bashing Before ... ABBEY ROADS - January 11, 2015 ... their faith in the Real Presence and their fidelity to the Pope. Why was I Catholic? The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist of course - God with us, Our Lady, Mother of God, and Habemus papam - we have a Pope. I loved every pope - and I was grateful for each new pope after his predecessor died. I have said I have favorites among the popes - but it is only about personality. Perhaps the sweetest pope ever ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2015/01/i-was-right-ive-seen-all-of-this-pope.html

The Epiphany of the Lord IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - December 31, 2014 ... their value systems oppose our own and the good that they pursue may seem to us as an evil. We have to figure out how to delicately pursue the good that God intends for us. The wise men gave their word to King Herod and their system of honor impels them to keep the integrity of their word. However, they recognized something in their conscience that informed them they were heading down the wrong path if they ...http://predmore.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-epiphany-of-lord.html

We Remember Today the Holy Innocents, First Martyrs VIVIFICAT! - December 28, 2014 The Holy Innocents : that's the name traditional Catholic piety uses to refer to the children, 2 years and under, that Herod killed in Bethlehem, hoping by this to also kill the Christ Child. Eastern iconography portrays the event as "Rachel Weeping for Her Children," a reference to the Prophet Jeremiah (3:15-17) also echoed in St. Matthew's Gospel (2:16-18): Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cybercatholics/jrWV/~3/oHYVsuLfWns/we-remember-today-holy-innocents-first.html

Reason #10 to Reject the Reformation: The Grand Finale SHAMELESS POPERY - December 22, 2014 ... result is epic: a sort of cosmic vision of the Catholic Church and the Reformation, with (in his words) "all manner of witnesses" called to testify. TENTH REASON: ALL MANNER OF WITNESS Broadly speaking, Campion's order of witnesses are as follows: the witness of the simple, the witness of the Saints, the witness of the damned, and the witness of Christendom itself: 1. The Witness of the Simple Campion begins with a quotation from Isaiah 35:8, " This shall be to you a straight ...http://catholicdefense.blogspot.com/2014/12/reason-10-to-reject-reformation-grand.html

Pope St. Damasus I: A Great Devotee of the Saints CATHOLIC FIRE - December 11, 2014 Today Catholics commemorate Pope St. Damasus I, who led the Church through a critical part of the fourth-century Arian controversy over Jesus' divinity. Pope Damasus I made decisions that shaped the future of Western Catholicism and the universal Church. During his pontificate, Latin became the official liturgical language of the Roman Church, which had used Greek extensively in the past. The same Pope authorized St. Jerome to revise the Latin translation of the Bible into ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/12/pope-st-damasus-i-great-devotee-of.html

Pope St. Damasus I ATONEMENTONLINE - December 10, 2014 ... riots that broke out over the election of his successor. Most people favoured the deacon Damasus, a Roman who was of Spanish descent. Damasus was a very faithful man who upheld the fullness of the Catholic faith, and although there were some who supported another man whom they tried to install as pope, but Damasus finally was installed, with the Emperor Valentinian interceding to expel the anti-pope. A time of ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2014/12/pope-st-damasus-i.html

Feastday of St. Bibiana A CATHOLIC LIFE - December 2, 2014 ... daughter of the Christians Flavian and Dafrosa. Flavian was tortured and sent into exile where he died, and Dafrosa was beheaded. All of this occurred under the rule of Apronianus as Governor of Rome - he was made Governor by Julian the Apostate in 363. The daughters of these two martyrs were Bibiana and Demetria. Demetria, after confessing her Faith in the Catholic Faith, was slain. Bibiana was put to great ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/myST/~3/NNeY_tmtSCg/feastday-of-st-bibiana.html

What Hierarchy Really Means CRISIS MAGAZINE - December 1, 2014 ... other hand, he should also be the most attractive example. Francis neatly falls into this discussion. His various gestures, on the one hand, have made him shockingly popular, so it seems he is trying to be evangelizer-in-chief by being the most attractive example. But on the other hand, his positions on many issues are quite unclear (at least for the majority, who do not read carefully). At best, he seems to be erring on the side of example, without clarity. At worst, he seems ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/pl1bU_zA5Ik/hierarchy-really-means

First Sunday of Advent IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - November 26, 2014 ... for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad." Thursday : (Isaiah 26) They shall sing in the land of Judah, "A strong city have we, Open up the gates to let in a nation that is just, one that keeps faith." Friday : (Isaiah 29) They shall keep my name holy and they will see the day when the deaf hear, the blind see, the lowly find joy, and the poor rejoice. Saturday : (Isaiah 30) People of Zion, weep no more. The Lord will be known to all the nations and everyone shall see ...http://predmore.blogspot.com/2014/11/first-sunday-of-advent.html

A Letter From St. Paul COFFEE AND CANTICLES - November 24, 2014 This is a chapter of my upcoming book, But There's More! Catholic Stories to Amaze You. Naturally, many Coffee&Canticles readers will guess the "punch line" ahead of time. "I, Paul, a prisoner for the sake of Christ.... When St. Paul wrote this epistle, so many years ago, he probably had no idea what an impact it would have. Naturally, he hoped it would console Christians, young in their faith, who were dismayed ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CoffeeAndCanticles-TheDivineOfficeInYourLife/~3/Aojk-SdwGLY/a-letter-from-st-paul.html

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