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  • A Time to Get Serious

    11/28/2015 1:10:23 PM PST · by American Faith Today
    American Faith Today ^ | November 28,2015 | American Faith Today
    As I check out some news stories today, it strikes me that we are certainly living in a time in which it's time to get serious about our faith and whether or not we'll stand on and for it. It's been the case for a while, and really it's always been the case. But today I'll talk about a story that features the literal banning of the Christian cross by a nation's, a Christian nation's government. There's a story of the banning of Christmas trees and Christmas carols that promote Christianity by a VA hospital. Christians were once again killed...
  • The Truer Gift at Christmas – As Seen in a Commercial

    11/28/2015 1:08:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Truer Gift at Christmas – As Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • November 27, 2015 • There is an old saying that the greatest things in life aren't things. Our greatest gifts are those we love, beginning with God and extending to one another.One of the great dangers at Christmastime (and with life in general) is that we maximize the minimum and minimize the maximum, or, as Jesus puts it, we strain out gnats and swallow camels (Matt 23:24). He said this about the religiously observant of His day, who meticulously followed small, technical rules about cleanliness...
  • (vanity) Marty's Christmas Music search 2015

    11/28/2015 10:25:29 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 55 replies
    11/28/15 | marty
    Hi all -- It's that time of year again, when olllll' Marty seeks your suggestions for your favorite Christmas music to add to the iTunes playlist. Suggestions can be from any genre. Prior FReeper responses have turned up some goodies. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
  • Protesters face off with police during Black Friday festivities - officer injured

    11/27/2015 10:50:58 PM PST · by ppaul · 12 replies
    KIRO News ^ | Thursday, November 26, 2015 Updated: 5:36 p.m. Friday, November 27, 2015 | Natasha Chen
    UPDATES: 6:30PM After the tree lighting ceremony, shoppers and revelers dispersed from the area while protesters sat down in a circle in front of the entrance to Westlake Center. Speakers continued to address the rally for the next hour while officers in riot gear stood guard blocking them from entering the shopping center.
  • Post cards of Boycott Black Friday being placed on windshields in Maryland

    11/27/2015 6:47:12 PM PST · by A child of Yah · 20 replies
    A child of Yah
    Is anyone else getting these postcards stuck on their windshields? It has at the bottom of the card: #justice or else, #blackout black friday, #boycott Christmas. The links on it are: JusticeorElse.com, NOI.ORG, and noidc.org. It has dates: Nov. 27th - Jan 2nd Titled: Up with Jesus / Down with Santa It has Calypso Louie on the left side and Martin Luther King on the right. I wish I knew how to scan it and post it, but maybe you all are already aware of these post cards flying around town.
  • FReeper Canteen - Countdown To Christmas - 28 Nov 2015

    11/27/2015 6:01:10 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 278 replies
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  • Study suggests Alabama could see fights during Black Friday sales

    11/27/2015 5:37:44 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 67 replies
    WHNT ^ | 27 Nov 15 | Lisa Screws
    Your trip to the mall could leave you with a shopping injury. A new study shows Alabama is one of the most dangerous states for Black Friday shopping. The blog Estately ranks our state as the third most dangerous for Black Friday shoppers. Arkansas is ranked number one, followed by Tennessee at number 2. Louisiana and Missouri round out the top 5.
  • Chicago Protesters Caught on Video Vandalizing City Holiday Display: ‘F*** Your Christmas Tree!’

    11/26/2015 8:13:50 AM PST · by redreno · 35 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | Nov. 26, 2015 12:17am | Dave Urbanski
    Chicago protesters pulled down barricades and tore light strands off the city Christmas tree Wednesday night in Millennium Park, WGN-TV reported. It was the second night of protests over the death of Laquan McDonald, a black 17-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer.
  • #ChristmasBUYcott Action Center - Faith Driven Consumer

    11/25/2015 11:35:27 AM PST · by doug from upland · 4 replies
    (AT THE SITE ARE THE FAITH-FRIENDLY BUSINESSES) It's time for a #ChristmasBUYcott! As Faith Driven Consumers, we will spend an incredible $30 billion over the holidays. Because major brands depend on our dollars to meet their goals for the year, collectively we have tremendous power and influence. When consumers like you and me agree to shop only with the companies that are more compatible with Faith Driven Consumers, we'll change the way brands treat us. That's why-right now-we're calling for a #ChristmasBUYcott! This is your chance to live out your faith by doing what you already do when it comes...
  • To Pope Francis Christmas only a “charade”

    11/22/2015 7:56:29 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 42 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/22/15 | Judi McLeod
    We’ve been hearing it from the atheists for decades. We’ve been hearing it from the legions of the hypocritical politically correct, but how many of us ever thought we’d ever hear these words from a Bishop of Rome: “Christmas is a charade”. (Pope Francis, Nov. 12, 2015) We can image the loud cheers being sent up from the secular world at the pontiff’s bullseye shot at the heart at Christmas, because it comes from a source that was least expected on the eve of Advent 2015.
  • ABC's Scandal: Kerry Washington Aborts Baby to 'Silent Night'

    11/21/2015 1:07:37 PM PST · by xzins · 26 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 11.20.2015 | Paul Bois
    There really is no other way to put this story than to let out a sigh of wounded disbelief. News 51 7519 No one may ever accuse actress Kerry Washington of being merely a leftist poser in terms of abortion rights, certainly not after last night's episode of ABC's Scandal, which featured her alter-ego Olivia Pope – the show's main character – having an abortion while the beloved Christmas tune "Silent Night" played in the background. You read that correctly. Kerry Washington and the producers of Scandal actually had the nerve to show the main character abort her and the...
  • Obama’s VA Facility Bans ‘Merry Christmas’

    11/20/2015 8:58:07 PM PST · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Big Government ^ | 11/20/15 | Ken Klutowski
    President Barack Obama’s Department of Veterans Affairs has banned employees at its facility in Salem, Virginia, from saying “Merry Christmas” to veterans.It started as a broader ban that included Christmas trees. Federal law recognizes Christmas as an official federal holiday (5 U.S.C. § 6103) and provides federal employees with a paid day off to celebrate the Christian belief in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.Every year, a White House Christmas Tree and a Capitol Christmas Tree grace those two respective buildings in Washington D.C., and a National Christmas Tree is also officially lighted outdoors for the public to enjoy during that time...
  • Christmas is a charade:Pope says atrocities such as Paris massacre have made festivities...

    11/20/2015 7:56:24 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 53 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 20, 2015 | Nick Enoch
    Full title: 'Christmas is a charade': Pope says atrocities such as Paris massacre have made festivities meaningless in a world which has chosen 'war and hate'... The Pope has called Christmas a 'charade' during a sermon in which he reflected on recent atrocities around the world. Among the acts of inhumanity he denounced were the Paris attacks, which left 129 dead, and the bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt, which killed all 224 people on board. Christmas festivities will seem empty in a world which has chosen 'war and hate', Pope Francis said yesterday at the Vatican.
  • Donald Trump's Boycott of Starbucks Over Red Cups; Starbucks Responds

    11/11/2015 8:33:38 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 122 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 11/10/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Billionaire 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump waded into coffee giant Starbucks' alleged war on Christmas Monday when he suggested a boycott of the company over its controversial red holiday cups, but the company says there is no war. "Did you read about Starbucks?" Trump asked a crowd of about 10,200 during a rally at a convention center in Springfield, Illinois, on Monday evening. "No more 'Merry Christmas' at Starbucks. No more," he said as the crowd booed disapprovingly at his comments. "I wouldn't buy. Hey look, I'm speaking against myself. I have one of the most successful Starbucks in...
  • Why are Donald Trump and some conservative Christians angry with Starbucks?

    11/11/2015 2:41:46 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 45 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Wednesday, November 11, 2015 | PTI
    On its website, Starbucks pointedly said it was introducing the blend on behalf of its 300,000 employees "from diverse ethnic backgrounds who proudly wear our green apron." Starbucks is pushing back against suggestions stoked by Republican presidential contender Donald Trump that this year's minimalist design for its holiday cups is a slap at Christmas. Responding to questions about the cups, the Seattle-based coffee purveyor today touted its "exclusive Christmas Blend Vintage 2015" one of several Christmas-themed products available in its stores. On its website, Starbucks pointedly said it was introducing the blend on behalf of its 300,000 employees "from diverse...
  • Dunkin' Releases Festive 'Joy' Cups Amid Starbucks' Red Cup Controversy

    11/11/2015 12:28:07 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/11/15
    Take that, Starbucks. Dunkin' Donuts unveiled its winter holiday cups with the word "Joy" in red script surrounded by green pine branches. The coffee-and-donut chain claims the move wasn't intended as a jab at Starbucks, which received some blowback from Christians for dropping Christmas imagery from its holiday cups. Dunkin' has used "Joy" in similarly themed cups in previous years. On Monday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump even suggested boycotting Starbucks over the cups. A Starbucks representative noted in response that the company has a Christmas coffee blend available in stores all over the world. Some on Twitter are celebrating...
  • Battle of the Holiday Cups: Dunkin' Donuts Strikes Back

    11/11/2015 11:15:33 AM PST · by bryan999 · 46 replies
    Coffee drinkers inexplicably pissed off about Starbucks' decidedly plain holiday cups have another, more festive option for their caffeine needs: Dunkin' Donuts has launched new coffee cups emblazoned with the word "joy" and sprigs of holly in a Christmas-y red and green color scheme, the New York Post points out. While previous iterations of Starbucks' holiday coffee cups have featured evergreen trees or holiday ornaments, this year the coffee giant chose to go with a plain red cup in an effort to be more inclusive. Controversy over the cups erupted when a Christian internet evangelist posted a now-viral video in...
  • The Starbucks Cup Farce (vanity)

    11/10/2015 7:44:46 PM PST · by youngidiot · 41 replies
    Vanity | 11/10/2015 | Youngidiot
    A self proclaimed "internet personality" and "pastor" posted a video that said the red Starbucks holiday cups mean that they hate Jesus and Christmas and it went viral. That's the extent of the "outrage". But it's being played up as if a lot of Christians are upset because it makes Christians look like stupid petty fools. There you go. Manufactured story to make Christians look stupid. That's the short and tall of it. Who is this "internet personality"? I think we should find out. The news is awash with this story and facebook is as well. I think this is...
  • Trump suggests Starbucks boycott over its Christmas coffee cups

    11/10/2015 7:39:49 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 121 replies
    At a campaign event in Springfield, Illinois, Donald Trump suggested a boycott of coffee giant Starbucks over the design of its Christmas coffee cups. The all-red design has angered religious conservatives who see it as part of an effort to undermine the meaning of Christmas. "Starbucks is taking merry Christmas off [their cups] no more merry Christmas," Trump said. "If I become president, we'll all be saying merry Christmas again," the candidate said to applause. Trump told a raucous crowd, "Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. I don't know." The real estate mogul also attacked his main rival, Ben Carson. "This...
  • Here’s why people are mad about Starbucks’ red cups

    11/09/2015 10:02:06 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 88 replies
    Fortune Yahoo Finance ^ | 11/09/15 | Claire Zillman
    Starbucks started its holiday cup tradition in 1997--so “this year's design is another way Starbucks is inviting customers to create their own stories with a red cup that mimics a blank canvas.” It’s also worth noting previous Starbucks red cups lacked any outright Christian symbolism. Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks vice president of design and content, said in the release that in the past the holiday cups have told stories. This year, Starbucks “wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories," Fields wrote. He said that the coffee chain “has become a place...
  • Shopping Mall Ditches Christmas Tree to Give Santa Something Else to Sit Under..

    11/09/2015 6:49:13 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Nov 8, 2015 | Dave Urbanski
    Shopping Mall Ditches Christmas Tree to Give Santa Something Else to Sit Under That You Probably Wont Believe and Ye Olde Backlash Is Swift Nov. 8, 2015 5:00pm Dave Urbanski The SouthPark Mall in Charlotte, North Carolina, had decided to break with tradition this holiday season and give Santa Claus a brand new place where tiny tots with their eyes all aglow could visit him. And that meant no Christmas tree — but a way cool glacier As you might imagine, the reaction to the new Santa experience wasn’t very positive:
  • Customers upset with Westchester Mall's holiday display

    11/08/2015 5:54:57 PM PST · by NYRepublican72 · 44 replies
    News 12 Westchester ^ | 11/8/2015 | Staff
    WHITE PLAINS - Officials at Simon Malls are rolling back their new space-age Santa display at the Westchester Mall in White Plains. Its new, space-aged Santa display upset many shoppers earlier this week. Instead of elves, reindeer and a tree, the display flanked Santa with fake glaciers. In a statement earlier in the week, mall management had said elements would be added, including a traditional Christmas tree.
  • Mall Ditches Santa’s Christmas Village, Hides Him in Glacier Display

    11/08/2015 4:01:03 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    A Long Island mall swapped Santa’s sleigh for something resembling a spaceship and nixed the Christmas tree because it didn’t want to “offend” anyone, irate shoppers told The Post. The Roosevelt Field Mall ditched its traditional holiday village and put Ol’ Saint Nick inside a winter-themed “glacier” instead. But some say the white and blue display looks more like something out of “Star Trek” than “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” “Santa comes along with a decorated tree; he doesn’t come with a spaceship,” Maria Lovdahl fumed.
  • This mall sterilized Christmas so shoppers wouldn’t be offended

    11/08/2015 1:06:55 PM PST · by lowbridge · 43 replies
    nypost.com ^ | November 7, 2015 | Georgett Roberts and Kathianne Boniello
    A Long Island mall swapped Santa's sleigh for something resembling a spaceship and nixed the Christmas tree because it didn't want to "offend" anyone, irate shoppers told The Post. The Roosevelt Field Mall ditched its traditional holiday village and put Ol' Saint Nick inside a winter-themed "glacier" instead. But some say the white and blue display looks more like something out of "Star Trek" than "Twas the Night Before Christmas." "Santa comes along with a decorated tree; he doesn't come with a spaceship," Maria Lovdahl fumed. The Williston Park mother of two was shopping Thursday night when she spotted the...
  • Mall management: Tree will be added to 'cutting-edge' Santa display

    11/07/2015 1:24:03 PM PST · by ponygirl · 18 replies
    News 12 Long Island ^ | 7 Nov 2015 | n.a.
    GARDEN CITY - Hang a shining star upon the highest bough. A Christmas tree will be added to the futuristic Santa photo area of Roosevelt Field mall following an outcry from Long Islanders. Photos showing this year's photo-staging area devoid of any Christmas decorations went viral online. As News 12 has reported, a petition was started urging mall management to drop its new set-up, dubbed "Glacier," and instead return to a more traditional holiday display. Many customers had threatened to boycott Roosevelt Field and do their holiday shopping elsewhere. Following News 12's report, mall management responded. "Key elements are still...
  • (Vanity) Christmas Music on the Radio??

    11/01/2015 7:31:10 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 62 replies
    11/1/15 | Me
    Now that Halloween is over, I have a question. I saw last year that there were some radio stations around the country that...believe it or not...went all-Christmas music on November 1st. WAY too early, in my book Now, even though I don't condone this, it peaked my interest. Has anyone noticed that a station in their area has gone all-Christmas already?
  • Holidays Are Close & Trump Has Something To Say About CHRISTmas… No One Else Will Say It

    10/29/2015 8:50:57 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 81 replies
    The liberal left has notoriously attacked the saying “Merry Christmas” during the holidays and has fought to keep the saying out of public places, ostensibly so as not to offend atheists, Muslims and other non-Christians. With the holiday season just around the corner, there will undoubtedly be more liberal attacks against Christians, and more retailers saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” The sacredness of Christmas will be further assaulted, but one political candidate, in particular, won’t give in to the left’s anti-Christmas campaign. Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate, slammed the liberals’ “politically correct” agenda to dismantle the true meaning...
  • Bernie's Wife Twice Corrects Herself: He Throws a 'Holiday' Not a 'Christmas' Party

    10/26/2015 4:34:19 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 47 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    God forbid it should be said that Bernie Sanders throws a "Christmas" party! Sanders wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders, was interviewed on today's With All Due Respect. When Mark Halperin asked the affable Mrs. Sanders to share a side of her husband that people might not know, she twice mentioned that Bernie organizes an annual "Christmas" party. And twice she promptly corrected herself, calling it a "holiday" party. View the video here.
  • Trump Pledges To Get Political Correctness Out Of Christmas

    10/23/2015 10:07:48 AM PDT · by xzins · 62 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | October 23, 2015 | Robert Fowler
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pledges that if elected, he restore the phrase Merry Christmas in every U.S. store. While the presidential candidate has not unveiled how he would do this, his declaration was met with cheers among evangelical supporters. Video below. Trump touted his Christian beliefs at an Oct. 21 campaign rally in Burlington, Iowa, CNN reports. I will tell you Im a good Christian, says Trump. I guarantee, if I become president, were gonna [sic] be saying Merry Christmas in every store you can leave happy holidays at the corner. The business mogul was met with rapturous applause...
  • Donald Trump's pledge: 'We're gonna be saying Merry Christmas'

    10/22/2015 7:20:11 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 102 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 10:13 AM ET, Thu October 22, 2015 | MJ Lee
    Donald Trump's pledge: 'We're gonna be saying Merry Christmas' MJ Lee By MJ Lee, CNN Politics and Finance Reporter Updated 10:13 AM ET, Thu October 22, 2015 | Video Source: CNN Burlington, Iowa (CNN)Playing to Hawkeye State evangelical voters, Donald Trump riffed on religious political correctness at an event here Wednesday by vowing to always say "Merry Christmas" come the winter holiday season. "I'm a good Christian," the Republican presidential front-runner said. "If I become president, were gonna be saying Merry Christmas at every store ... You can leave happy holidays at the corner."
  • Disney World discontinuing Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    09/15/2015 7:06:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    News 13 ^ | September 11, 2015 | Mike Westfall
    Walt Disney World announced Friday the 2015 holiday season will be the last year for the long-running Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios. In a post on Disney Parks Blog on Friday, Disney cited upcoming construction for the theme park's new lands based on Toy Story and Star Wars.
  • Farrakhan Calls on Blacks to Boycott Christmas: Bonanza for White Business

    09/11/2015 2:16:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Breitbart Television ^ | September 10, 2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday on TV Ones News One Now, the leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan called on African-Americans to boycott Christmas because its a bonanza for white business. Discussing the Justice Or Else rally on October 10 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, Farrakhan said the meaning of Justice Or Else, was a reference to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s 1968 Memphis sanitation worker strike. Quoting King, Farrakhan said, He said we have to find a way to redistribute the pain, He talked about going to businesses that benefited from black dollars and he said,...
  • Uh oh Donald Trump admits to reporter his shocking plans for the word "Christmas"

    08/29/2015 5:38:49 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 56 replies
    PatriotUpdate ^ | 8/25/2015 | Andrew Spalding
    Its August of 2015, and youre probably sweating your behind off. Christmas isnt coming for another four months, and a Donald Trump presidency isnt coming until January of 2017.
  • Donald Trump: I Go Out Of My Way To Use The Word Christmas [VIDEO]

    08/23/2015 5:23:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 21, 2015 | by Alex Pappas
    I go out of my way to use the word Christmas,' Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told an Alabama radio host, seemingly in an attempt to capture the crowd of voters that, like Bill OReilly and Fox & Friends, think the word Christmas is under assault. Theres an assault on anything having to do with Christianity, Trump told Yellowhammer Radio host Cliff Sims on Friday. They dont want to use the word Christmas anymore at department stores. Theres always lawsuits and unfortunately a lot of those lawsuits are won by the other side. As president, Trump vowed, I will fight...
  • Donald Trump: I Go Out Of My Way To Use The Word Christmas

    08/21/2015 10:54:41 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 126 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Alex Pappas
    Theres an assault on anything having to do with Christianity, Trump said on Yellowhammer Radio with Cliff Sims on Friday. They dont want to use the word Christmas anymore at department stores.
  • Brainwashed Muslim children aged five think Christmas is banned, warns Scotland Yard commander

    05/25/2015 5:32:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 03:42 EST, 25 May 2015 | Larissa Brown
    Muslim children as young as five have become so indoctrinated by Islamist propaganda they believe Christmas is sinful, Britains most senior Muslim police officer warned yesterday. Scotland Yard commander Mak Chishty said children had voiced opposition to marking the festive holidaybranding it haram, which means forbidden by their god Allah. He said that parents need to address all the ugly bit of the problem, and ask how children had come to that view. Mr. Chishty also warned of a need for parents to spot early signs of radicalization, which could include their sons and daughters refusing to shop in certain...
  • Feds Will Regulate Christmas Lights

    05/05/2015 4:28:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/5/2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a regulation for Christmas lights on Monday, deeming some holiday decorations a substantial product hazard.The Consumer Product Safety Commission is issuing a final rule to specify that seasonal and decorative lighting products that do not contain any one of three readily observable characteristics (minimum wire size, sufficient strain relief, or overcurrent protection), as addressed in a voluntary standard, are deemed a substantial product hazard under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), the final rule said.The ruling applies to a variety of Christmas decorations, including stars, wreathes, candles without shades, light sculptures, blow-molded...
  • A Meditation On the Bloody Octave of Christmas [Catholic Caucus]

    12/30/2010 4:54:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies · 62+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 29, 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Meditation On the Bloody Octave of ChristmasBy: Msgr. Charles Pope We are in the midst of the Christmas Octave and we might sentimentally think that its features would be delightful pleasant, Gospels of joy and promise. And yet it is an Octave filled with blood as we shall see.What is an Octave? But first, there may be some of you who wonder what is meant by and Octave. An Octave is a period of eight days wherein a feast of the Church is celebrated for that whole period as though it were all the same day. In the...
  • Public holidays: Shop opening hours: [New Zealand shops have to close Good Friday, Easter]

    There are 3 days when almost all shops are required to be closed under the Shop Trading Hours Repeal Act 1990. These days are: Christmas Day Good Friday Easter Sunday; and ANZAC Day, until 1.00 pm on 25 April.
  • Will the Real January 1st Please Stand Up? A Homily for New Years

    01/01/2015 8:20:59 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Will the Real January 1st Please Stand Up? A Homily for New Years By: Msgr. Charles PopeThis feast day, of January 1, is a very complex tapestry, both culturally in liturgically. Perhaps we can use the second reading by St. Paul to the Galatians as a way to weave through some of the many details. We can look at it in three parts.I. The Chronology of our celebration. The text from St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians says, When the fullness of time had come…Most people, both in the wider culture and in the Church are going about today...
  • Is There Anyone You Know Who Might Have Been Forgotten This Christmas?

    12/26/2014 7:23:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdioce of Washington ^ | 12-25-14 | Msgr. Charels Pope
    Is There Anyone You Know Who Might Have Been Forgotten This Christmas? By: Msgr. Charles PopeChristmas is a beautiful time of the year for most of us, most of the time. But it is also true that Christmas can be a very painful time of year for some, especially those who have experienced recent loss or who, for various reasons, have fewer family options at Christmas. Yes, Christmas can be the best of times orthe loneliest of times, the most wonderful time of the year or the most painful.The video below reminds us that Christmas can also be a...
  • Liberals Zany Logic on Holiday Pay

    01/25/2015 8:03:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    While reading the Washington Post I ran across a column about a proposal by one of my home states (CA) legislators regarding people working on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The proposal so appealed to the Left that the proposal (not even a bill yet) was covered on the other side of the country by one of the nations most prestigious newspapers. It commanded me to read on to find out what this was about. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez was bemoaning the fact that more and more stores were opening on Thanksgiving and Christmas. When it comes to shopping I agree with Ms....
  • Stocks Post Deep Declines as Retail Sales Fall More Than Expected

    01/14/2015 6:53:58 AM PST · by John W · 20 replies
    thestreet.com ^ | January 14, 2015 | Keris Alison Lahiff
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stock markets opened deep in the red on Wednesday after retail sales in December dropped at a faster-than-expected pace. Headline retail sales dropped 0.9% last month, reflecting the steep decline in gas prices, but far deeper than expectations for a 0.1% drop. Core sales, excluding volatile items such as gas and automobiles, dropped 0.3%. Forecasts were for an increase of 0.5%. The weak consumer spending data upset markets after the World Bank singled the U.S. economy as one of the few chugging along and dragging global growth higher.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-10-15

    01/09/2015 8:10:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-10-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 10, 2015Saturday after Epiphany    Reading 1 1 Jn 5:14-21 Beloved:We have this confidence in himthat if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask,we know that what we have asked him for is ours. If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly,he should pray to God and he will give him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin,about which I do not say that you...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-09-15

    01/08/2015 8:36:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-09-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 9, 2015Friday after Epiphany    Reading 1 1 Jn 5:5-13 Beloved:Who indeed is the victor over the worldbut the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came through water and Blood, Jesus Christ,not by water alone, but by water and Blood. The Spirit is the one who testifies,and the Spirit is truth. So there are three who testify,the Spirit, the water, and the Blood, and the three are of one accord. If we accept human testimony,the testimony of God is surely greater. Now the testimony of God is this,that he...
  • Flashback: Muslim Cleric Says Merry Christmas Greeting Worse Than 'Killing Someone

    12/16/2014 1:28:31 PM PST · by PROCON · 35 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Dec. 16, 2014 | Penny Starr
    A video from 2011 is making the rounds again on social media just in time for the Christmas season. Lebanese-born cleric Abu Musaab Wajdi Akkari declares in the video posted on The Middle East Media Research Institute TV Monitor Project website that the Merry Christmas greeting is worse than fornication, and drinking alcohol and killing someone. You cannot say Merry Christmas, not even if an alien came and he told you you cannot even say it to him and say: Hes just an alien, Akkari says in the video, first posted on Nov. 6, 2011. "Im never going to...
  • Has anyone else heard of "Women's Christmas"??

    01/08/2015 10:22:44 AM PST · by millegan · 30 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2015 | ChurchPOP
    From an article titled "8 Quirky Ways Epiphany Is Celebrated Around the World": 1) Womens Christmas Also known as Little Christmas, in Ireland Epiphany is a day that women take off from work to rest and celebrate for themselves after all the work of the Christmas holidays. Women gather together in pubs without men for special meals and wine (in commemoration of the Wedding at Cana miracle, of course!). Women also receive gifts from their children and grandchildren. (How do we bring this tradition to more places??)
  • Sisi First Egyptian President to Attend Coptic Christmas Mass

    01/08/2015 6:27:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has attended the Coptic Christmas mass to mark the first attendance ever made by an Egyptian president to the religious occasion. El-Sisi arrived at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo's Abbasiya district during the mass and gave a brief speech before leaving instantly. He said that both of Egypt's Muslims and Christians are celebrating this occasion, asserting that they are "one entity" in the world's eyes. He added that he had to come to congratulate the Coptic community and then apologised for interrupting the mass. Video footage broadcast by State TV covering the full...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-08-15, OM, Our Lady of Prompt Succor

    01/07/2015 8:42:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-08-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 8, 2015Thursday after Epiphany    Reading 1 1 Jn 4:19–5:4 Beloved, we love God becausehe first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,”but hates his brother, he is a liar;for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him:Whoever loves God must also love his brother. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,and everyone who loves the Fatherloves also the one begotten by him. In this way we know that we love the children of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-07-15, OM, St. Raymond of Penyafort, Priest

    01/06/2015 7:58:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-07-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 7, 2015Wednesday after Epiphany    Reading 1 1 Jn 4:11-18 Beloved, if God so loved us,we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,and his love is brought to perfection in us. This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,that he has given us of his Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and testifythat the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,God remains in him and he in God....