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Pakistani protestors decry papal opposition to blasphemy law

Catholic World News - Tue, 01/11/2011 - 11:45
Islamic demonstrators rallied in Lahore and Karachi, Pakistan, to denounce the call by Pope Benedict XVI for a change in the country's blasphemy laws. A spokesman for Jamaat-e-Islami, a ...
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Pope's words encourage struggling Christians: Iraqi archbishop

Catholic World News - Tue, 01/11/2011 - 11:40
By strong emphasizing religious freedom in his message for the World Day of Peace and his address to the Vatican diplomatic corps, Pope Benedict XVI has provided welcome encouragement to ...
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Anglican ordinariate to be established this week?

Catholic World News - Tue, 01/11/2011 - 11:33
The first "ordinariate" for Anglicans entering the Catholic Church will be established in England this week, according to Archbishop Vincent Nichols. In a January 11 announcement, ...
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Taiwan's bishops outline priorities for 2011

Catholic World News - Tue, 01/11/2011 - 05:46
In their 2011 pastoral letter, Taiwan's bishops have outlined four priorities for the new year: "loving the Eucharist, constantly participating in the best way at the celebration of the ...
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US ambassador to Vatican: Obama committed to promoting religious freedom

Catholic World News - Tue, 01/11/2011 - 05:45
Miguel Diaz, the US ambassador to the Holy See, welcomed Pope Benedict's annual address to the diplomatic corps and said that the Obama administration and the Holy See are of "one heart" ...
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Arizona shootings: murdered judge attended daily Mass

Catholic World News - Tue, 01/11/2011 - 05:43
Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued a statement decrying the January 8 shooting in Arizona that left six dead, ...
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Jerusalem patriarch laments Muslim, Jewish extremism

Catholic World News - Tue, 01/11/2011 - 05:41
Addressing representatives from bishops' conferences in Europe and North America who were making an annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem lamented the ...
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Sudan: the calm before the storm?

Catholic World News - Tue, 01/11/2011 - 05:39
Two Sudanese bishops expressed concerns about the possibility of military conflict, persecution, and humanitarian disaster following the weeklong referendum on southern Sudanese ...
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Pope underlines his top public priority: religious freedom <b>(NEWS/ANALYSIS)</b>

Catholic World News - Mon, 01/10/2011 - 16:21
Pope Benedict XVI signaled that the defense of religious freedom will be the centerpiece of the Holy See's foreign policy, in a January 10 addressing to the Vatican diplomatic corps. ...
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Holy See overrules Japanese bishops on Neocatechumenal Way

Catholic World News - Mon, 01/10/2011 - 05:15
The Vatican Secretariat of State has overruled the Japanese bishops' decision to suspend the activities of the Neocatechumenal Way in the nation for five years. A group of Japanese ...
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Why Was Jesus Baptized?

Phat Catholic Apologetics - Sun, 01/09/2011 - 09:13
In commemoration of today's Solemnity, it is worthwhile to ask ourselves: Why did Jesus consent to be baptized? I would like to offer three possible explanations.

First of all, he did it as an example for us.

Jesus’ entire life is an example for us of how to be human and how to follow God. His will was that people would repent of their sin and be baptized by John as a sign of their commitment to follow God. As a result, Jesus decided to be baptized, to show us how important it is to convert our hearts and make a public act of faith.

Pope Benedict XVI, in his book Jesus of Nazareth, gives us another reason. He says that Jesus’ baptism anticipates what He did for all mankind on the cross:
  • The act of descending into the waters of this Baptism implies a confession of guilt and a plea for forgiveness in order to make a new beginning. In a world marked by sin, then, this Yes to the entire will of God also expresses solidarity with men, who have incurred guilt but yearn for righteousness. The significance of this event could not fully emerge until it was seen in light of the Cross and Resurrection. Descending into the water, the candidates for Baptism confess their sin and seek to be rid of their burden of guilt. What did Jesus do in the same situation? Luke, who throughout his Gospel is keenly attentive to Jesus' prayer, and portrays him again and again at prayer -- in conversation with the Father -- tells us that Jesus was praying while he received Baptism (cf. Lk 3:21). Looking at the events in light of the Cross and Resurrection, the Christian people realized what happened: Jesus loaded the burden of all mankind's guilt upon his shoulders; he bore it down into the depths of the Jordan. He inaugurated his public activity by stepping into the place of sinners. His inaugural gesture is an anticipation of the Cross. He is, as it were, the true Johan who said to the crew of the ship, "Take me and throw me into the sea" (Jon 1:12). The whole significance of Jesus' Baptism, the fact that he bears, "all righteousness," first comes to light on the Cross: The Baptism is an acceptance of death for the sins of humanity, and the voice that calls out "This is my beloved Son" over the baptismal waters is an anticipatory reference to the Resurrection. This also explains why, in his own discourses, Jesus uses the word baptism to refer to his death (cf. Mk 10:38; Lk 12:50). (p. 17-18)

By descending into the waters of the Jordan, Jesus takes the place of all sinners, who were being called by John to do what Jesus was doing. He does the same thing on the Cross, where He pays the price for all man’s sin.

His going under the water is symbolic of burial and the destruction of sin that will take place on the cross. We see this purpose for water in the flood of Noah’s day, which buried and destroyed all the sin in the world.

His rising out of the water is symbolic of His resurrection. The dove that rests above Him and the voice that cries out from the heavens point to the glory that will be His once His work is finished.

St. Thomas Aquinas gives us yet a third reason. He says that the baptism of the Lord points to our Christian sacrament of baptism. The baptism of St. John the Baptist was merely symbolic. It was a way to publicly profess one’s commitment to conversion and repentance. It did not actually forgive sin or make one a member of the family of God like our sacrament of baptism does. But, when Jesus received the baptism of John, He “consecrated it” so to speak, just as His presence at the wedding feast of Cana is seen as God’s blessing over matrimony.

In other words, when the baptism of John is imbued with the presence of Christ, it becomes what we celebrate today, and in the baptism of Jesus we see glimpses of our sacrament. The water signifies the cleansing that takes place. The descent of the dove signifies the reception of grace and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The divine voice -- which cries out, “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased” -- signifies our adoption as beloved sons (or daughters) of God.

For more on the sacrament of baptism, see my previous blog posts:
Happy Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord, which concludes the Christmas season.

Pax Christi,
phatcatholic
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For the Feast of Elizabeth Ann Seton

Phat Catholic Apologetics - Tue, 01/04/2011 - 11:50

Pax Christi,
phatcatholic
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For the Optional Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

Phat Catholic Apologetics - Mon, 01/03/2011 - 12:15
"Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."-- Phil 2:9-11
The Liturgical Calendar at Catholic Culture has some helpful information on today's feast day:
Today the Church celebrates the optional memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite this feast is celebrated on January 2. In the liturgical revisions of Vatican II, the feast was removed, though a votive Mass to the Holy Name of Jesus had been retained for devotional use. With the release of the revised Roman Missal in March 2002, the feast was restored as an optional memorial in the Ordinary Form on January 3.

The Church reveals to us the wonders of the Incarnate Word by singing the glories of His name. The name of Jesus means Savior; it had been shown in a dream to Joseph together with its meaning and to Our Lady at the annunciation by the Archangel Gabriel.

Devotion to the Holy Name is deeply rooted in the Sacred Scriptures, especially in the Acts of the Apostles. It was promoted in a special manner by St. Bernard, St. Bernardine of Siena, St. John Capistrano and by the Franciscan Order. It was extended to the whole Church in 1727 during the pontificate of Innocent XIII. The month of January has traditionally been dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus.

According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus which is kept on the First Sunday in the year; but if this Sunday falls on January 1, 6, or 7, the feast is kept on January 2.
The month of January is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. The New Advent Encyclopedia tells us:
  • The Name of Jesus invoked with confidence
    • brings help in bodily needs, according to the promise of Christ: "In my name They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover". (Mark 16:17-18) In the Name of Jesus the Apostles gave strength to the lame (Acts 3:6; 9:34) and life to the dead (Acts 9:40).
    • It gives consolation in spiritual trials. The Name of Jesus reminds the sinner of the prodigal son's father and of the Good Samaritan; it recalls to the just the suffering and death of the innocent Lamb of God.
    • It protects us against Satan and his wiles, for the Devil fears the Name of Jesus, who has conquered him on the Cross.
    • In the Name of Jesus we obtain every blessing and grace for time and eternity, for Christ has said: "If you ask the Father anything in my name he will give it you." (John 16:23) Therefore the Church concludes all her prayers by the words: "Through Our Lord Jesus Christ", etc.
    So the word of St. Paul is fulfilled: "That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth" (Phil., ii, 10).

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we read:
  • 2666 But the one name that contains everything is the one that the Son of God received in his incarnation: JESUS. The divine name may not be spoken by human lips, but by assuming our humanity The Word of God hands it over to us and we can invoke it: "Jesus," "YHWH saves" (cf. Ex 3:14; 33:19-23; Mt 1:21). The name "Jesus" contains all: God and man and the whole economy of creation and salvation. To pray "Jesus" is to invoke him and to call him within us. His name is the only one that contains the presence it signifies. Jesus is the Risen One, and whoever invokes the name of Jesus is welcoming the Son of God who loved him and who gave himself up for him (Rom 10:13; Acts 2:21; 3:15-16; Gal 2:20).

For more on the Holy Name, see the following articles:
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For the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Phat Catholic Apologetics - Sun, 01/02/2011 - 09:30
An "epiphany" is a sudden manifestation or revelation of something. When we speak of the "Epiphany of the Lord" we mean the moment when the Son of God made man was revealed to mankind.

On this day, our thoughts are naturally drawn to the revelation of the Christ Child to the Three Wise Men, who followed the star on a quest to behold the Messiah. What a sight it must have been! He was surely a child of indescribable beauty and splendor. Note that, by being born of Mary and of the line of David, he comes to the Jews. In his appearing to the Magi, he comes to the Gentiles. And thus, he comes to the whole world, and for that we give thanks on this day.

But, two other events in the life of Christ are commemorated on this day as well: the baptism of Jesus and the wedding at Cana. These events, just as much as the visitation of the Magi, are epiphanies of the Lord.

When Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan River, a dove (symbol of the Holy Spirit) rested upon Him and a voice cried out from heaven: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Even before the baptism, John cried out, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” All of this reveals to us that Jesus is the anointed Son of God and Savior of the world.

The wedding at Cana is the context for another epiphany in that it is here where Jesus performs his first miracle. In changing water into wine, He shows us Himself that He is the one of whom we will drink and never be thirsty. “This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him“ (Jn 2:11). His glory was manifested on that day, a true epiphany.

Yet, is He not also revealed to us in the Mass? Does not the priest, after the consecration of the Eucharist, repeat the very same words as John the Baptist? Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world! Happy are those who are called to this supper! I suggest to you that this moment too is an epiphany. Just as the divinity of the Lord was in a way veiled within his perfectly normal human body, so too our Savior is veiled, hiding behind the species of bread and wine.

Yet, we know by faith that He is there, just as the Magi knew that this little child, born in a manger, was the long-awaited Messiah, -- just as John the Baptist knew as soon as he set eyes on Jesus that He was the Lamb of God who’s Precious Blood would wash away our sins -- and more important still -- just as Mary knew that she could ask anything of this Man and it would be done.

For more on the Epiphany of the Lord, see the following articles, as well as a hymn that we sung today at Mass:- - - - - - - - - -
What Child Is This?
Set to John Stainer's arrangement of the traditional tune "Greensleeves". Sung by The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, 1995.



What child is this, who, laid to rest,
on Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
while shepherds watch are keeping?
  • Chorus:
    This, this is Christ the King,
    Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
    Haste, haste to bring Him Laud
    the babe, the son of Mary.
Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading. [Chorus]

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come peasant, king, to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him. [Chorus]


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Online Catholic Scripture Commentaries on St. John's Gospel

Phat Catholic Apologetics - Mon, 12/27/2010 - 21:47
In honor of St. John on his feast day, I present the following online Catholic commentaries on his Gospel:Read John's Gospel ... and soar on eagle's wings to new heights of spiritual wisdom. If you know of any other Catholic commentaries on John's Gospel that exist online, please let me know.

St. John the Evangelist ... pray for us.

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Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

Phat Catholic Apologetics - Sun, 12/26/2010 - 12:08
Back in 2008, my brother Matthew gave a practice homily on the Holy Family in preparation for the priesthood (he is now only a semester away!). I would like to share it with you on today's feast day.

From the introduction, we read the following:
  • For the past few weeks, we have been so intensely focused on the coming of Jesus Christ, that today the Church invites us to take a step back and look at a larger picture: The Holy Family. The Son of God, in His Divinity, could have come to us full grown and alone. Or he could have come as a child under the protection of some royal court. Instead, he chose to come to us in the midst of the most fundamental dynamic in human life: the family. The first thing Jesus sanctified by his presence was a family home – the poor cave Mary prepared for Joseph and their newborn Son. The first instrument he uses to draw men to himself is the family. Notice how this Holy Family immediately attracted the wise men and the shepherds to come and adore the Infant Jesus, because Jesus was at the center of their life. In this way the Holy Family is the greatest example we have ever been given for how our own families should be formed: centered on Jesus. Does the joint witness and holiness of our family draw others to us and therefore to Christ? Is He the center of our family life? A little examination of conscience for our family as a whole is important for us to do today as we reflect on the Holy Family.
For the rest of the homily, see The School of Mary: "Homily, Feast of the Holy Family, Year B". I hope that you will read it and leave him a few words of encouragement.

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The Holy Family: A Triple Threat

Phat Catholic Apologetics - Sun, 12/26/2010 - 12:00
I would suspect that when most people think about the Holy Family--if they think about it at all--they imagine a picture of perfect happiness, where there is no worry or suffering of any kind and where every day just turns out, well, perfectly. Yes, Jesus and Mary were completely sinless, and Joseph was a most chaste and righteous man. But, they still had their struggles. For example, we know that Mary and Joseph had quite a scare when, for three days, they had no clue where to find their son. Just imagine losing the Savior of the World!!
Lk 2:41-49 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; 43 and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44 but supposing him to be in the company they went a day's journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; 45 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; 47 and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously."
The movie The Nativity Story also gave me a better sense of the struggles that the Holy Family had to endure, at least in the beginning. These include public scorn, hunger, harsh environments and traveling conditions, a power-hungry and blood-thirsty king, a tyrannical government, and the pressures--and ultimately the suffering--that comes with the knowledge that your son is the Lamb of God who must be led to the slaughter in order to take away the sins of the world.

My point in emphasizing all of this is to show that the Holy Family can relate to the struggles that our families have to overcome every day. After all, a sword pierced Mary's heart also, so that the thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed (cf. Lk 2:35). If anyone knows what it is like to suffer, it is Jesus Christ. Joseph, the father of the Family, had always on his shoulders the task of protecting and ensuring the livelihood of this holiest of holy families. They know what it is to struggle both as individuals and as a family. More important still, they know how to overcome and how to survive.

Thus, they are great models for us of how to live as a family, and they are powerful intercessors when we struggle with family issues. If you suffer because of your mother, find solace in your spiritual mother. My words in an earlier post are very pertinent here: [Mary] cares greatly for the entire Body of Christ, just as she cared for the literal body of Christ. Just as Sarah was the spiritual mother of the Jews (and of all who "do right", cf. 1 Pet 3:6), Mary is the spiritual mother of "those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus" (Rev 12:17). Her prayer for us will always be powerful because her will was always united with her Son's, and because "the prayer of the righteous availeth much" (Jas 5:16).Mary will never let you down. She loves you with a wonderful, motherly love, and she will love you forever.

If you suffer because of your father, find solace in St. Joseph, Jesus' father in this world. St. Joseph will never forsake his fatherly duty. He is the patron saint and the protector of families. With his powerful intercession, he protects God's children, just like he protected God's Child. As Mary's most chaste spouse, he also teaches boys how to be men, and men how to be men too. Pray that St. Joseph will help your father to be the man that God would have him to be.

Of course, there is no intercession, no solace, no love, no source of strength, and courage, and hope like that of the Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is our Rock and our Salvation. In Him, we can do all things, overcome all things, be all things. Together, the mother, the father, and the Son are a triple threat against all who would dare threaten the integrity of the family.

For more on the Holy Family, see the following articles. I conclude with the words from a song about the Holy Family that we often sing at Mass.

Jesus, Son of God and Son of Mary ... have mercy on us.
Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church ... pray for us.
Joseph, Protector of Families ... pray for us.

Pax Christi,
phatcatholic- - - - - - - - - -Articles:- - - - - - - - - -Sing of Mary

Sing of Mary, pure and lowly, Virgin mothjer undefiled.
Sing of God's own Son most holy, Who became her little child.
Fairest child of fairest mother, God the Lord who came to earth;
Word made flesh, our very brother, Takes our nature by His birth.

Sing of Mary, pure and spotless, Born to bear the Holy Child;
Blest was she, to do God's bidding, Blessed, gentle, meek and mild.
Blessed, too, was good Saint Joseph, Foster father to the Lord;
Let us praise God's Holy Family Who brought forth God's Holy Word.

Sing of Mary, sing of Joseph, keepers of the wondrous Boy,
Called by God to high vocation, Sharing sorrow, sharing joy;
Sharing love, and by that loving in their home in Nazareth,
Forming One whose grace and glory suffered, died and conquered death.

Glory be to God the Father; Glory be to God the Son;
Glory be to God the Spirit; Glory to the Three in One.
From the blessed Virgin Mary, From Saint Joseph praise ascends,
And the Church the strain reechoes Unto earth's remotest ends.
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Text: Vss. 1-2, Roland F. Palmer, SSJE, 1891-1985, © Estate of Roland Palmer. All rights reserved. Vs. 3, Herbert O'Driscoll, ©. Melody: Christian Lyre, 1830.
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Linus: Master Catechist

Phat Catholic Apologetics - Sat, 12/25/2010 - 14:53
"Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." -- Mk 10:15
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Know the Reason for the Season

Phat Catholic Apologetics - Fri, 12/24/2010 - 12:00
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

No politically-correct "Happy Holidays" around here! The following links are to articles that explore the true meaning of Christmas. With all the hustle and bustle, it's good to have a reminder. "Let every heart prepare him room / and heaven and nature sing." After these links is a Christmas poem by G. K. Chesterton.

Let us all make room for the birth of Christ!!

Pax Christi,
phatcatholic - - - - - -Articles - - - - - -A Christmas Poem
by G. K. Chesterton

There fared a mother driven forth
Out of an inn to roam;
In the place where she was homeless
All men are at home.
The crazy stable close at hand,
With shaking timber and shifting sand,
Grew a stronger thing to abide and stand
Than the square stones of Rome.

For men are homesick in their homes,
And strangers under the sun,
And they lay their heads in a foreign land
Whenever the day is done.

Here we have battle and blazing eyes,
And chance and honour and high surprise,
But our homes are under miraculous skies
Where the yule tale was begun.

A child in a foul stable,
Where the beasts feed and foam;
Only where He was homeless
Are you and I at home;
We have hands that fashion and heads that know,
But our hearts we lost---how long ago!
In a place no chart nor ship can show
Under the sky's dome.

This world is wild as an old wife's tale,
And strange the plain things are,
The earth is enough and the air is enough
For our wonder and our war;
But our rest is as far as the fire-drake swings
And our peace is put in impossible things
Where clashed and thundered unthinkable wings
Round an incredible star.

To an open house in the evening
Home shall all men come,
To an older place than Eden
And a taller town than Rome.
To the end of the way of the wandering star,
To the things that cannot be and that are,
To the place where God was homeless
And all men are at home.
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Rock for Life

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