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Want to Know the History Behind Today's Feast of the Epiphany? CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 6, 2017 While the hustle and bustle of Christmas ends for many people on Dec. 26, throughout Christian history Christmas lasts for twelve days – all the way until Jan. 6. This feast marking the end of Christmas is called "Epiphany." In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, Epiphany celebrates the revelation that Jesus was the Son of God. It focuses primarily on this revelation to the Three Wise Men, but also in his baptism in the Jordan and at the wedding at Cana. In the ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/want-to-know-history-behind-todays.html

"Don't Know Where to Begin/Living in Sin" on Epiphany Καθολικός διάκονος - January 6, 2017 ... the end of the liturgical season of Christmas. U.S. Catholics will celebrate Epiphany this Sunday. Christmas for us will end, with something of a thud, on Monday with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Epiphany marks the day when the magi, or "wise men," from the East made their way to Bethlehem to pay tribute to the newborn King of kings. We say there were three, traditionally given the names Caspar, Balthazar, and Melchior, because they offered the holy infant three ...http://scottdodge.blogspot.com/2017/01/dont-know-where-to-beginliving-in-sin.html

Christmas in Iraq, Chaldean Patriarch: Muslims Closeness and Solidarity With Christians CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 2, 2017 ... "defense of life, of peace, of joy"; in this way "it is possible to defeat those who seek death, destruction, emigration", the Chaldean Patriarch Mar Raphael Louis Sako tells AsiaNews , describing the festive atmosphere these days in the country, despite episodes of violence. Among the many events that have marked these days of celebration, the Chaldean primate cites three examples: Christmas trees scattered around different neighborhoods in ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/christmas-in-iraq-chaldean-patriarch.html

Christ-Mass: Day 9 (The Holy Name of Jesus) MAN WITH BLACK HAT - January 2, 2017 ... eight days after the child's birth, at which time he is given his name. Small wonder, then, that the Gospel readings for both feasts in the traditional Roman calendar are the same. Some Western traditions, such as Anglican and Lutheran, celebrate both on the first of January, as did the Roman for quite some time -- you know, being the eighth day and all. And speaking of names ... I once heard a comedian pose this important ...http://manwithblackhat.blogspot.com/2017/01/christ-mass-day-9-holy-name-of-jesus.html

An Appeal for the Heart That Conquered Death: Reflections for a Catholic New Year A CATHOLIC LIFE - January 1, 2017 ... understand what the Church truly teaches on a matter, which does require extensive mental prayer, studying from approved Catholic sources, and personal penance. Without the Sacraments and finding the oasis of prayer in a desert of sin, we will wither up and die. We must all learn to balance our zealous urge to teach with a desire to learn from the one true teacher, the Lord. Most supreme of all Sacraments is the Most Holy Eucharist, the consecrated bread and wine from Mass, ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/myST/~3/8p_U26e9w6s/an-appeal-for-heart-that-conquered.html

Faith and Action GOTTA SING GOTTA PRAY - December 28, 2016 Wednesday greetings from the quiet "home office" of WLP and J.S. Paluch here in Franklin Park, IL. Well, I decided I needed to do something concrete yesterday after writing my post here. So, I wrote a letter to Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Wanted to share it with you. I hope to receive an answer from His Honor and, if I do, I'll share that here as well. I am learning, even at 58, that in order to be a person of faith, I ...http://gottasinggottapray.blogspot.com/2016/12/faith-and-action.html

Fifty-Three People Shot; Eleven Fatally GOTTA SING GOTTA PRAY - December 27, 2016 Tuesday greetings to all. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I went to the 8:00 A.M. Mass at my parish, Old Saint Patrick's. There was a small choir, a string quartet and woodwinds. It was lovely. A few very strong male voices around me in the pews added to the wonder of the music. Fr. Ed Foley preached a moving homily centered on the reality that we cannot celebrate Christmas without knowing the whole story; that, in a sense, ...http://gottasinggottapray.blogspot.com/2016/12/fifty-three-people-shot-eleven-fatally.html

Christ-Mass: Day 3 (St John) MAN WITH BLACK HAT - December 27, 2016 ... says he lived to be nearly one hundred years old, yet it was not for want of his enemies trying. Upon an attempt to kill John by poisoning his wine, the evil substance miraculously took the form of a serpent, as it dissipated from his cup. Here he is in a circa 1610 painting by El Greco with a look that says: "Dude, seriously? This is the best you can do?" Today, families can celebrate the Feast of Saint John by drinking to the health of each ...http://manwithblackhat.blogspot.com/2016/12/christ-mass-day-3-st-john.html

Christ-Mass: Day 2 (St Stephen/Boxing Day) MAN WITH BLACK HAT - December 26, 2016 ... me, two turtle doves ..." Today is a day when I violate every principle I hold dear, and attempt to go shopping on the day after Christmas. In my humble defense, it is mainly to cash in on great prices for Christmas-related material, specifically Nativity-scene ornaments for the expanding collection on the tree at Chez Alexandre . Next year's rendition will look even brighter to celebrate the birth of Our Savior. I love to show this video of the á capella ...http://manwithblackhat.blogspot.com/2016/12/christ-mass-day-2-st-stephenboxing-day.html

2016 Christmas Eve Reflection A WING AND A PRAYER - December 24, 2016 The Second Reading of the Feast of the Nativity--Mass During the Day: Brothers and sisters: In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe, who is the refulgence of his glory, the very imprint of his being, and who sustains all things by his mighty word.When he had ...http://awingandaprayer.blogspot.com/2016/12/2016-christmas-eve-reflection.html

INDIA - Violence and Abuse of Christians in View of Christmas CLERICAL WHISPERS - December 17, 2016 ... village of Dokawaya, was killed in a brutal attack that forced other Christians to convert Hinduism for fear of being murdered. Kasabi was stripped naked, beaten to death and then burned by her neighbors in a night of terror. The crowd of militants was looking for her son Sukura, 35, and his family, but could not find them, so they decided to kill Samari. Local police arrested the head of the village for two days before releasing him without charge. Previously ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/12/india-violence-and-abuse-of-christians.html

The Fourth Sunday in Advent IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - December 14, 2016 ... After reciting the genealogy of Joseph beginning with Abraham, we expect a simple, realistic story to line up, but we get something completely different: a virgin mother and an honorable man urged by an angel to take a pregnant woman who was overpowered by a Spirit as his wife. Certainly, God did not choose an easy, predictable route for Jesus to be born. It makes for a good story that is easy to pass on through generations, but everything had to line up correctly for the ...http://predmore.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-fourth-sunday-in-advent.html

Homily - 8 December 2016 - The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception SERVANT AND STEWARD - December 8, 2016 ... you'" ( Genesis 3:9 )? It cannot be held that God did not know Adam's physical location; to make such a claim of the omniscient Creator would be absurd. It is, rather, as Saint Ambrose says: the Lord poses "not a question, but a reproof." [1] It is as if God asks of Adam, "From what condition of goodness, beatitude and grace … have you fallen into this state of misery? You have forsaken eternal life. You have entombed ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/OhEL/~3/d4jSyKz2v8A/homily-8-december-2016-solemnity-of.html

We're All Going to Die - Fa La La La La La La La La FATHER JIM CHERN'S BLOG - November 27, 2016 ... weekend. Over the weekend, people seemed to be moving into "the Holiday Season Mode" decorating inside and outside of their houses. Tuning into Christmas specials popping up on television more frequently then they had been since Columbus Day. One reporter on Friday speculated that people were so glad that such a divisive political campaign and election this year was over they were embracing the Christmas Season even more than usual as an escape from such negativity. With all that in mind, this ...http://chernjam.blogspot.com/2016/11/were-all-going-to-die-fa-la-la-la-la-la.html

"For You Do Not Know on Which Day Your Lord Will Come" Καθολικός διάκονος - November 26, 2016 ... sent His Son to redeem you. It was for you and for your destiny that Christ took on flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Advent is the season during which we not only prepare to celebrate the Lord's Nativity in the manger at Bethlehem, but it is a time we spend thinking about and preparing for when He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. As our Lord himself said in the verse that immediately precedes the ...http://scottdodge.blogspot.com/2016/11/for-you-do-not-know-on-which-day-your.html

My Visit to Ukraine - I Lviv MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - November 14, 2016 ... II,it became part of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine, and Stalin decided to wipe out the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. This was done with a ruthlessness and a cruelty that was Stalin's trademark. All the bishops were either dead or imprisoned or in exile. An uncanonical synod of Lviv in 1946 cancelled the Union of Brest; priests who did not obey the new situation were imprisoned, tortured or even murdered and people were loaded into cattle trucks and sent to concentration camps. ...http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2016/11/youth-pilgrimage-all-night-vigil-lavra.html

All Souls Day November 2nd BATTLE BEADS BLOG - November 2, 2016 ... largest protestant church to celebrate the holy day. Most protestant denominations do not recognize the holiday and disagree with the theology behind it. According to Catholic belief, the soul of a person who dies can go to one of three places. The first is heaven, where a person who dies in a state of perfect grace and communion with God goes. The second is hell, where those who die in a state of mortal sin are naturally condemned by their choice. The ...http://battlebeads.blogspot.com/2016/11/all-souls-day-november-2nd.html

Dies Irae, Dies Illa. THE CITY AND THE WORLD - November 2, 2016 ... For All Souls, I typically avoid any 'classical' setting of the Dies Irae in favor of the traditional Gregorian setting, because some days when only chant will do - and for me this is one of those days. Below you can find the Latin text of the Dies Irae followed by my own English translation. I decided to translate the text myself out of a sense of dissatisfaction with the various translations that I found online, as a ...http://jesuitjoe.blogspot.com/2016/11/dies-irae-dies-illa.html

All Saints' Day BATTLE BEADS BLOG - November 1, 2016 ... The choice of the day may have been intended to co-opt the pagan holiday "Feast of the Lamures," a day which pagans used to placate the restless spirits of the dead. The holy day was eventually established on November 1 by Pope Gregory III in the mid-eighth century as a day dedicated to the saints and their relics. The May 13 celebration was subsequently abandoned. In Ireland, the Church celebrated All Saints' Day on April 20, to avoid associating the day with the traditional harvest festivals ...http://battlebeads.blogspot.com/2016/11/all-saints-day.html

The Dream of 1916 Must Be a Dream About Peace and Harmony – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin CLERICAL WHISPERS - October 26, 2016 ... Mass in a sacred space. It is sacred not just because it was at some moment or other blessed or consecrated in a liturgical ceremony. It is sacred because of the extraordinary faith which was shown here at a moment when all else seemed to be dominated by brutality." Speaking in the chapel in Kilmainham Gaol, Archbishop Martin said, "Kilmainham Gaol was a place of harsh punishment and death. It was also a place of nobility and idealism and of those things which ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-dream-of-1916-must-be-dream-about.html

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