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  • newLENTCAzT 2017 26 – 4th Sunday of Lent – Laetare: The finger that taught the world
    Today is the Fourth Sunday of Lent, called Laetare Sunday from the first word of the first chant of the Mass.  The Roman Station is Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, where the relics of the Passsion are preserved. GO TO CONFESSION! Some … Continue re…
    - 10 hours ago26 Mar 17, 5:01am -
  • new25 March – Feast of the Good Thief: St. Dismas
    Today is Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation, the instant of the Incarnation. However, 25 March is also the Feast of the Good Thief, St. Dismas! Luke 23:39-43: And one of those robbers who were hanged, [Gesmas] blasphemed him, saying: … Contin…
    - 17 hours ago25 Mar 17, 9:58pm -
  • newFOLLOW UP: Requests for GREGORIAN MASSES and priests who can say them
    UPDATE 25 March: I’ve had a few email requests, so I will repost in case there are priests who can accept a Gregorian Mass stipend. Please take careful note of what I describe, below. ___ Original Published on: Dec 14, … Continue reading →
    - 17 hours ago25 Mar 17, 9:48pm -
  • newWherein Fr. Z muses about Lady Day, 25 March
    Sometimes in the history of our salvation the stars line up to portend amazing events.  These stellar alignments are sometimes literally stellar, as in the case of the Star of Bethlehem.  I, for one, buy the arguments for the Star made HERE (wh…
    - 19 hours ago25 Mar 17, 7:36pm -
  • newLENTCAzT 2017 25 – Saturday of the 3rd Week of Lent: Left Hand… Right Hand
    Today is Saturday in the 3rd Week of Lent.  It is Lady Day, but these podcasts are about Lent, so let’s stick to Lent.  The Roman Station is Santa Susanna (under renovation, so it is celebrated this year at Santa Maria … Continue reading →
    - 22 hours ago25 Mar 17, 4:39pm -
  • newWDTPRS – Lady Day: The very Feast of the Incarnation
    This is the very Feast of the Incarnation. Today we celebrate that moment when our Lord elevated our humanity by taking our human nature into an indestructible bond with His Divinity. In the Incarnation God opened for us the path … Continue reading…
    - 23 hours ago25 Mar 17, 4:17pm -
  • newVIDEO: Card. Burke about the future of the Five Dubia about ‘Amoris laetitia’
    At St. Raymond of Penafort Church in Virginia (which if I am not mistaken was built by my my friend Fr. James Gould), another Raymond, Card. Burke, answered a question about the Five Dubia submitted by the Four Cardinals about the … Continue readi…
    - 23 hours ago25 Mar 17, 4:04pm -

Jimmy Akin

  • The Weekly Francis – 22 March 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 27 February 2017 to 22 March 2017. Angelus 12 March 2017 General Audiences 15 March 2017 Homilies 12 March 2017 – Pastoral Visit to the Roman Parish of Santa Maddalen…
    - 4 days ago23 Mar 17, 1:33am -
  • When Should You Conclude Something Is Not God’s Will and Stop Praying? And More!
    In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (March 21, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: What is a “eucharistic minister”? Do Muslims (and Jews) worship the same God as Christians? Is it necessary to renew your marriage vows at…
    - 4 days ago22 Mar 17, 7:45pm -
  • What If Jesus Played Basketball?
    Would Jesus have been the all-time, all-history MVP if he played basketball? Did he have to learn his craft of carpentry? Did he have to learn table manners? There are all kinds of questions one can ask about the way Jesus’ divine and human natures…
    - 5 days ago21 Mar 17, 3:30pm -
  • Josephus and Reincarnation
    Recently we began looking at claims that the Jewish historian Josephus (A.D. 37-c. 100) said that his people believed in reincarnation. This is not true. As we’ve already seen, there were two general views of the afterlife among Jews in his day. On…
    - 6 days ago20 Mar 17, 4:51am -
  • What happens to our guardian angels when we die?
    In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (March 16, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: Why do the Gospels say that mustard seeds are the smallest seeds when they aren’t? Is it correct to refer to “obedient faith,” and how i…
    - 8 days ago19 Mar 17, 1:10am -
  • Judaism and Reincarnation
    Every so often I’ve encountered people claiming that the Jewish historian Josephus (A.D. 37-c. 100) said that Jews believe in reincarnation. Sometimes this claim is made by New Agers, who want to bolster the antiquity of the idea in Judeo-Christian…
    - 10 days ago16 Mar 17, 9:03pm -
  • The Weekly Francis – 15 March 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 15 February 2017 to 15 March 2017. Angelus 5 March 2017 Daily Homilies (fervorinos) 28 February 2017 – Everything and nothing 2 March 2017 – The Christian’s compa…
    - 11 days ago16 Mar 17, 2:21am -

CathApol

  • Einstein on the Church
    Did you know...Yes, he did not say "the Catholic Church," but he did say "the Church."  When speaking specifically to "the Church" the reference is to the Catholic Church.  Also, in Einstein's upbringing, he was raised a Jew, but went to a Catholic…
    - 11 days ago15 Mar 17, 4:51pm -
  • Why Lent?
    Why do Catholics, and others, observe the Season of Lent? It is for multiple reasons, here are a few:1) Jesus spent 40 days and 40 nights in fasting and prayer in the desert before he began His public ministry.2) It is a time for us to call into rem…
    - 14 days ago12 Mar 17, 7:26pm -
  • Pope Francis on Better to be an Atheist
    Recently it has been widely reported that Pope Francis said, "it is better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic." The actual quote, while similar, is not that - AND - he's actually stating that OTHER PEOPLE say that when confronted with hypo…
    - 25 days ago1 Mar 17, 4:20am -
  • Pope on Super Bowl LI
    Well, some are critical of Pope Francis' address to Super Bowl LI and while some of their reasoning is justified, and while I don't agree with the manner in which this pope speaks some of the time - I find it a bit scandalous for "faithful Catholics"…
    - 49 days ago5 Feb 17, 9:02pm -
  • They Were Warned
    It must be recognized that the errors of Luther began before he nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Catholic Church in Wittenberg, but it is that date, October 31, 1517 which is remembered by Protestants as the birth of Protestantism.The Lord, ou…
    - 49 days ago5 Feb 17, 7:42pm -
  • Sola Scriptura Revisited
    http://effectualgrace.com/2016/10/10/sola-scriptura-five-part-series/ (presentation of a 5 part series by James White posted by John Samson).SW: In listening to White's recent presentation he does cover many things we've already discussed here on the…
    - 51 days ago3 Feb 17, 10:44am -
  • What Does Baptism Do
    What does baptism do?  We know through Scripture that baptism makes us members of the Body of Christ.   “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one…
    - 74 days ago12 Jan 17, 12:23am -

The Silversmith Collection

  • My Epiphany Epiphany
    First of all, I want to say that I am convinced that this "epiphany" is a result of me going to confession right before Mass. Confession rids your soul of sin and allows you to be more open to the Holy Spirit working in your life. Yesterday we celeb…
    - 77 days ago9 Jan 17, 12:07am -
  • Finibus by Jonas Perez -  Reviewed
    Q: Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?A: The lack of the whole image of Christ and God. Really. I just wanted to show and make art that had to do with Christ as a warrior and King... rather than mercy and kindness that we all see an…
    - 78 days ago7 Jan 17, 6:44pm -
  • Catholic Education Podcast: Ep. 002
    Want audio only? iTunes  |  RSS Show Notes On this episode:We explore the permeation of faith within the Music Education? What are some strategies and tips that can help bring about permeation? How can we build relationships between parishe…
    - 8 Dec 16, 3:39am -
  • Catholic Education Podcast: Ep. 001
    Want audio only?  iTunes  |  RSS Show Notes​ ​On this episode:We explore the permeation of faith within the Math and Science areas of study. What are some strategies and tips that can help bring about permeation? How can we build relat…
    - 4 Dec 16, 10:31pm -
  • If you're too busy to pray...
    This very popular quote from St. Teresa of Calcutta usually elicits one of two responses from me. Depending on the state of my prayer life, and the inflation level of my ego, I usually react one of two ways to this gem.PREACH!When my prayer life is o…
    - 15 Oct 16, 6:14pm -
  • Lost & Found
    This post was originally written on Tuesday, September 13, 2016St. John Chrysostom, pray for us.  I began prayer time today by listening to Bishop Robert Barron’s Homily on this weekend’s Gospel (Luke 15:1-32), which reflects on the parable…
    - 14 Oct 16, 2:58am -
  • Book Review: Everyday Stewardship
    With apologies to Denethor, the steward of Gondor  (in The Lord of the Rings), 'stewardship' is a term not often used in everyday secular conversation.  Stewards make many appearances in scripture: Joseph was the steward of potiphar (Genesis 39),…
    - 18 Sep 16, 6:00am -

Standing on my Head

  • The Circles of Sin – 2 – The Wrathful
    I am recording my homilies for Lent–a series on sin based on Dante’s Inferno. The first week (which you can find here) was on the Vestibule of Hell–where we find the lazy and indifferent. They didn’t do anything terribly wrong, but neither di…
    - 13 days ago13 Mar 17, 4:06pm -
  • Ten Things to Remember About Married Catholic Priests
    Pope Francis has said that he may consider the ordination of some married men. There is lots of room for confusion here. So here are ten things to remember about this matter: Celibacy for priests is a discipline not a doctrine – The Pope can’t ch…
    - 16 days ago10 Mar 17, 8:51pm -
  • Are Married Priests the Magic Bullet?
    People have asked my opinion about Pope Francis’ suggestion that maybe ordaining older married men would help. Really. I’ve written about the topic of married priests so much already. Go here and here and here and here and here and here and…
    - 16 days ago10 Mar 17, 5:45pm -
  • Is Eternity Forever?
    Someone wondered the other day why hell had to last for all eternity. Wasn’t that extra cruel of God? Why couldn’t the damned simply be eliminated, crushed, annihilated? Another person commented that he didn’t think heaven was such an attractiv…
    - 17 days ago9 Mar 17, 3:15pm -
  • Slubgrip on Individualism
    My Lent book, Slubgrip Instructs is laid out with one reading per day from Shrove Tuesday through Easter Monday. In it the demon Slubgrip is teaching Popular Culture 101 (known in the slang of Bowelbages University as Pop Cult 101) For a taster, he…
    - 18 days ago8 Mar 17, 3:15pm -
  • Catholic Schools and Dante’s Deep Divide
    C.S.Lewis’ friend Dorothy Sayers was one of the great translators of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Her version includes excellent notes and a memorable map of hell. Sayers’ map of the nine circles of hell makes visual one of the most important teac…
    - 18 days ago8 Mar 17, 2:40pm -
  • Jiminy Cricket Theology
    The other day I had a conversation with an intelligent, well educated young woman who was questioning the Catholic Church’s moral teaching. She said about the church’s teaching on same sex attraction, “But I don’t know if I really accept that…
    - 19 days ago7 Mar 17, 8:11pm -

Mark Shea- Catholic and Enjoying It

  • newWent to confession today…
    …and thought, “I think I need to come to confession here too.” I have been, as you have no doubt noticed, pretty bitter and angry. I was, in particular, surly with Dr. Ed Feser, to whom I owe an apology (though we still disagree about the death…
    - 10 hours ago26 Mar 17, 5:20am -
  • newA Chestertonian reflection on blasphemy and the Annunciation
    All that the most terrible blasphemer has to say is tame and timid compared with what we have to say. You may sweep the gutters for foul jokes, but you cannot say anything more frightful than that God was made flesh. Piety has anticipated all profani…
    - 20 hours ago25 Mar 17, 6:56pm -
  • newThe UN and the World Health Organization are vaccinating…
    116 million African children against polio. The complete argument against Libertarianism is that it must be believed with religious faith by Libertarians that this is a major tragedy because it is a “triumph of Big Government”. It must also be be…
    - 22 hours ago25 Mar 17, 5:16pm -
  • newA letter from a French reader seeking help
    Hello! I am Alexis, a french national currently expatriate in Manila, Philippines. I am sharing a link to a project currently on-going in Normandy, France. A group of people created an association to preserve and restore a chapel that has been a plac…
    - 22 hours ago25 Mar 17, 4:25pm -
  • Conservative-in-exile David Frum…
    describes how the Party of Personal Responsibility authored its own defeat. Ryan, at least, had the stones to admit failure. Trump, of course, blamed everybody but himself and then delusionally declared the Democrats the losers yesterday. The million…
    - 1 day ago25 Mar 17, 1:50pm -
  • Pope Francis Shocks the World!…
    …by talking just like his predecessors.
    - 1 day ago25 Mar 17, 7:38am -
  • Also on this day in history (and not accidently for the Catholic Tolkien)
    In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Hail, full of g…
    - 1 day ago25 Mar 17, 7:24am -

The Curt Jester

  • Changes
    With the recent death of my wife I am of course dealing with a lot of changes. All the patterns of everyday life in 36 years of marriage have been totally disrupted. While I am thankful for my faith in dealing with my grief, it still must be dealt wi…
    - 3 days ago24 Mar 17, 1:07am -
  • The Weekly Francis – Volume 171 – 22 March 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 27 February 2017 to 22 March 2017. The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I also post at Jimmy Akin’s blog. Angelus…
    - 4 days ago23 Mar 17, 1:35am -
  • Rivers has sediment not sentiment
    Via Wesley J. Smith: Now, a proposal is being pushed in the UK to give “rights” to the Frome River. From the SomersetLive story: The River Frome could soon be capable of bearing the same rights as humans and companies, if proposals to establish a…
    - 11 days ago16 Mar 17, 2:38am -
  • The Weekly Francis – Volume 170 – 15 March 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 15 February 2017 to 15 March 2017. The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I also post at Jimmy Akin’s blog. Angelus…
    - 11 days ago16 Mar 17, 2:22am -
  • The Weekly Francis – 08 March 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 13 February 2017 to 5 March 2017. Angelus 19 February 2017 26 February 2017 Daily Homilies (fervorinos) 13 February 2017 – The story of Cain and Abel 14 February 2017…
    - 18 days ago9 Mar 17, 12:54am -
  • Memento mori
    Some years ago I came across a story about Trappist Caskets where the monks of New Melleray Abbey in Iowa build hand-crafter caskets. This appealed to me in several ways. That they are hand-crafted, affordable, and that the effort supports Trappist…
    - 20 days ago7 Mar 17, 2:35am -
  • Some Random Sunday Thoughts
    If during the TLM you setup a projector to show a video of the Bishop’s Annual Stewardship Appeal, you should at least use a film projector for the correct ambiance. Perhaps some grainy black and white footage. Oh and why do parishes think a video…
    - 28 days ago26 Feb 17, 8:12pm -

Reflections of a Catholic Scientist

  • newGod's Periodic Table...And Evolution
    The  Crab Nebula and the Periodic Tablefrom   NASA/ESA Wikimedia Commons"Those distinct substances, which concretes generally either afford, or are made up of, may, without very much inconvenience, be called the elements or principles of them.” …
    - 3 hours ago26 Mar 17, 12:06pm -
  • More St. Augustine: "Lent is the Epitome of our Whole Life"
        St. Augustine and the Fires of Wisdomfrom Wikimedia Commons  “Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of…
    - 10 days ago17 Mar 17, 1:24am -
  • Intersections--Chapter 2 Complete.
    Hello faithful readers  ( : > ) ).   Finally Chapter 2 on Intersections of Quantum Mechanics with Catholic Teaching is finished.   I've added material to the primer on quantum mechanics--angular momentum, the uncertainty principle, Bell's Theorem-…
    - 10 days ago16 Mar 17, 8:22pm -
  • Imtersections--Chapter 1 complete
    Hello faithful followers:  Chapter 1 in its entirety is up for review here.    The usual password applies.  Thanks for looking.
    - 20 days ago6 Mar 17, 8:57pm -
  • God doesn't accept bribes!On Giving up for Lent
    High Priest Offering Sacrifice of a Goat at the Templefrom Wikimedia CommonsFor thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God,…
    - 23 days ago4 Mar 17, 1:55am -
  • More Work in Progress: Preface, Table of Contents Intersections: Catholic Teaching | Modern Science
    3 March--there's been some minor editing, if you want to reread.Go to here and here;  use the usual password;   Preface and Table of Contents will be shown.    Again, comments invited.
    - 23 days ago4 Mar 17, 12:43am -
  • More Work In Progress--Section 1, Chapter 1 "How Science Works" in Intersections: Catholic Teaching and Modern Science.
    Hello all, Section 1, Chapter 1 in "Intersections...." is up for review.   It can be found at the link "How Science Works: Case Studies; the Lakatos "Scientific Research Programme".    The usual password will apply.   Comments  invited.
    - 24 days ago2 Mar 17, 7:18pm -