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  • Beloved pet ‘Scarface’ freaks out, mauls family when they tried to put a holiday sweater on him

    01/02/2017 6:34:29 AM PST · by kevcol · 75 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | January 2, 2017 | Carmine Sabia
    A Florida pitbull freaked out on its family, hospitalizing two of them, when they attempted to put a Christmas sweater on him. The dog, named Scarface, attacked its owner Brenda Guerrero when she went to put the garment on him and then bit her husband, Ismael Guerrero when he struggled to wrestle the angry dog off of his wife, WFTS reported. The Guerrero’s adult son Antoine Harris was next to attempt a rescue by stabbing Scarface in the head with a knife, but he too was attacked. All three family members ran into the home and left the dog in...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings, 01-02-17, M,Sts. Basil/Great, Gregory Nazianzen,Doctors/Church

    01/01/2017 9:13:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-02-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 2, 2017 Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church Reading 1 1 Jn 2:22-28 Beloved:Who is the liar? Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist. Anyone who denies the Son does not have the Father,but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well. Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you,then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise...
  • THE INCREDIBLE MAGIC OF A LEBANESE CHRISTMAS [2016]

    01/01/2017 4:34:02 PM PST · by Tours · 11 replies
    Banana Pook ^ | 12/112016 | Staff
    Welcome to Lebanon, land of the spectacular Christmas decorations. From Anfeh to Tyre - no city disappoints this time of year. (Many, many beautiful photos. Very surprising to see the extent the Lebanese go to celebrate Christmas) http://www.bananapook.com/2016/12/christmas-lebanon.html
  • Why 2017 Will Be a Very Important Year - A Homily for The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

    01/01/2017 8:01:34 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why 2017 Will Be a Very Important Year - A Homily for The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God Msgr. Charles Pope • December 31, 2016 • Last week at Christmas we celebrated an event that was both pivotal and hidden. The conception and birth of Jesus Christ were events that changed human history. It was a daring, hidden raid by the Kingdom of Light into the kingdom of darkness, an incursion behind enemy lines, into enemy territory. Only some shepherds in Bethlehem and a few magi from distant lands were witnesses to this event, one which began the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-01-17, SOL, The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

    12/31/2016 7:31:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-01-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 1, 2017 The Octave Day of ChristmasSolemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Reading 1 Nm 6:22-27 The LORD said to Moses: "Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites.Say to them:The LORD bless you and keep you!The LORD let his face shine uponyou, and be gracious to you!The LORD look upon you kindly andgive you peace!So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them." Responsorial Psalm Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 R. (2a) May God bless us in his mercy.May...
  • Love Finds a Way – As Seen in a Commercial

    12/31/2016 10:19:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love Finds a Way – As Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • December 30, 2016 • One of the more poorly translated (into English) verses of the Bible is this one: If you love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15). This gives the impression that the commandments are an imposition on us and that we prove our love for the Lord by keeping them through our own human effort. The verse thus translated could be interpreted to mean this: “If you really love me, prove it by keeping my commandments.”But the verb translated here as the imperative...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-31-16, OM, St. Sylvester I, Pope

    12/30/2016 8:25:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-31-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 31, 2016 The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas Reading 1 1 Jn 2:18-21 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming,so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of our number;if they had been, they would have remained with us. Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number. But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One,and you all have knowledge. I write to you not because...
  • "On the Eighth Day of Christmas: The Circumcision and Name of Jesus" (Sermon on Luke 2:21)

    12/30/2016 2:33:57 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 1, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “On the Eighth Day of Christmas: The Circumcision and Name of Jesus” (Luke 2:21) On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . . the circumcision and name of Jesus? Huh? What? Yeah, well, that’s what happened on this day. On the eighth day of Christmas, God’s true love gave to me--and to you, to us--the circumcision and name of Jesus. That’s what our text says, the Holy Gospel for this day, Luke 2:21, which reads again as follows, “And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the...
  • The Value of Silence Before the Great Mystery of the Incarnation

    12/30/2016 8:07:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Value of Silence Before the Great Mystery of the Incarnation Msgr. Charles Pope • December 29, 2016 • Something at Christmas urges me (a man of many words) to write of holy silence. Perhaps it is due to one of the great Christmas antiphons, which speaks of the birth of Christ as a magnum mysterium (a great mystery). During Mass recently, the words of Zechariah came to my mind:Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord … Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-30-16, FEAST, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

    12/29/2016 7:49:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-30-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 30, 2016 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph When a Sunday does not occur between December 25 and January 1, this feast is celebrated on December 30 with only one reading before the Gospel. Reading 1 Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 God sets a father in honor over his children;a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.Whoever honors his father atones for sins,and preserves himself from them.When he prays, he is heard;he stores up riches who reveres his mother.Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children,and, when he prays, is heard.Whoever reveres his father will live a long...
  • The Reality of Christmas as an Antidote to Unreal Times

    12/29/2016 8:20:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Reality of Christmas as an Antidote to Unreal Times Msgr. Charles Pope • December 28, 2016 • At Christmas we celebrate the birth of the Word made flesh. All the Gospel writers (especially St. John) emphasize the reality of God present among us in a very tangible, physical way. This is a critical truth because one of the dangers is reducing our faith to a mere collection of ideas, setting aside the actual Jesus who took up our full nature, lived among us, and summoned us to a real encounter.These Christmas themes are more important than ever for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-29-16, OM, St. Thomas Becket, Bishop and Martyr

    12/28/2016 8:21:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 29, 2016 The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas Reading 1 1 Jn 2:3-11 Beloved:The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandmentsis a liar, and the truth is not in him.But whoever keeps his word,the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him:whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked. Beloved, I am writing no new commandment to youbut an...
  • Why Is Christmas Considered a Nighttime Event?

    12/28/2016 8:54:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Is Christmas Considered a Nighttime Event? Msgr. Charles Pope • December 27, 2016 • O Holy night! Yes, a silent night! And it came upon a midnight clear! Christmas, it would seem, is a festival of the middle of the night. Jesus is born when it is dark, dark midnight. We are sure of it. And why shouldn’t we be?Even though we are not told the exact hour of His birth, we are sure it must have been at night. Scripture does say that the Shepherds who heard the glad tidings were keeping watch over their flock “by...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-28-16, FEAST, The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

    12/27/2016 9:33:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 28, 2016 Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs Reading 1 1 Jn 1:5–2:2 Beloved:This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christand proclaim to you:God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” while we continue to walk in darkness,we lie and do not act in truth.But if we walk in the light as he is in the light,then we have fellowship with one another,and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.If we say, “We are without sin,”we deceive ourselves, and the...
  • ALEPPO CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS AS ASSAD VISITS DAMASCUS CONVENT

    12/27/2016 9:38:32 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 27 replies
    EuroNews ^ | 12/26/2016 | Euronews
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his family visited a convent north of Damascus on Christmas day. It is his first public appearance since his regime forces won back the northern city Aleppo from rebels. These pictures from Syrian state television show Assad meeting nuns and orphans dressed in Santa costumes. The Syrian Army took the last rebel-held enclaves last week, as rebels and civilians were evacuated. This ceremony is the first peaceful Christmas mass in Aleppo’s St Eilas Church since rebels took control of East Aleppo four years ago.
  • Paradoxes of Christmas

    12/27/2016 7:51:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Paradoxes of Christmas Msgr. Charles Pope • December 26, 2016 • In the ancient Church and up until rather recently, one genuflected at the two references to the Incarnation during the Mass: during the Creed and in the Last Gospel (John 1). Why was this done? It was explained to me that the mystery of the Incarnation is so deep, one can only fall in silent reverence.There are many paradoxes and seeming impossibilities in the Incarnation. They cannot be fully solved, so they claim our reverence. We genuflected in the past, and today we bow at the mention of...
  • More than 60 shot, 11 killed over holiday weekend in Chicago

    12/27/2016 6:07:31 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies
    wgntv.com ^ | December 27, 2016 | Erik Runge
    CHICAGO -- More than 60 people were shot over the holiday weekend, 11 of them fatally. One of the most recent shootings left two teenage girls injured, one critically. It happened just after 11:30 p.m. Monday outside of Leland Giants Park. The 14-year-old was with a 13-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy in a van. The 13-year-old's father had just left the van to speak with someone in a nearby house when two people came up and fired shots into the vehicle, police said. While the 13-year-old sustained a graze wound and is in stable condition, the 14-year-old was shot...
  • Morocco Warned Germany Twice About Berlin Killer Anis Amri; German Intel Did Nothing

    12/27/2016 6:37:15 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 27, 2016 | Michael van der Galien
    A Moroccan security official says that his country's intelligence service warned Germany twice about the risk posed by Anis Amri, the radical Muslim who slaughtered 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin earlier this month. The official, who spoke to Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah, says that the Germans received two written warnings, one on September 19 and the other on October 1, about Amri's radical Islamic beliefs. He explains: Correspondence from the Moroccan security agencies had a clear warning about the Tunisian man's desire to carry out a terrorist act. Earlier this month, Dutch populist Geert Wilders was criticized...
  • It’s Kwanzaa; Please Bake Responsibly

    12/27/2016 6:12:20 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 13 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-27-2016 | MOTUS
    I feel bad about missing the first day of Kwanzaa, which was yesterday; especially since it was the 50th anniversary of the made-up African-American holiday slated to take the place of Christmas by it’s 75th anniversary. The Obamas issued their standard Kwanzaa greeting from Hawaii, saying the 7 day holiday is a time to “reflect on the rich African-American culture.” The president emphasized the principles enshrined in the Kwanzaa holiday: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. He said those principles reflect Americans' most cherished values. - AP Moonbattery, has pointed out in the past...
  • A Rare Glimpse into How an ‘Underground’ Chinese Catholic Church Celebrates Christmas

    12/26/2016 6:59:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 12/26/16 | Mimi Lau
    Worshippers gather for a secret mass in a factory compound while Vatican and Beijing explore ways of healing fractured tiesIt was eerily quiet on Christmas Eve in a manufacturing hub city in Pearl River Delta, with machinery silent, except at one factory compound, the temporary gathering point for Catholics who were singing carols. About three hundred people came to the site to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Dazzling fireworks were set off within the plant at about 11pm. The crowd then went to a factory canteen for a quick meal and at midnight mass began in a prayer hall...