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  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 23 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/23/2014 8:14:16 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 23 (NKJV) Listen to Your Father 01 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, 00 Consider carefully what is before you; 02 And put a knife to your throat 00 If you are a man given to appetite. 03 Do not desire his delicacies, 00 For they are deceptive food. 04 Do not overwork to be rich; 00 Because of your own understanding, cease! 05 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? 00 For riches certainly make themselves wings; 00 They fly away like an eagle toward heaven. 06 Do not eat the...
  • Obama’s Executive Order and What it Means for Catholic Organizations

    07/23/2014 3:51:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 22, 2014 | John Paul Shimek
    President Barack Obama speaks in Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 17, 2013. (CNS photo/Paul Faith, pool via Reuters) I called it. One month ago, I warned readers of CatholicVote.org about a new executive order that would be coming out from the Obama White House. The article garnered more than 45,000 views and in excess of 5,600 Facebook “likes.” Then, I took to the air waves, appearing on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio network and the Relevant Radio network, among others, to warn listeners about the forthcoming order. I said this was going to be serious stuff. At first, out ahead...
  • Major Newspaper Breaks Media Silence: Global Conspiracy Silence On Persecution Christians Iraq

    07/23/2014 3:25:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 22, 2014
    FULL TITLE: MAJOR NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL BREAKS MEDIA SILENCE: Why the Global Conspiracy of Silence on Persecution of Christians in Iraq? It is to the greatest honor of Le Figaro, by far the largest and oldest national French daily, that it becomes this Wednesday the first major world newspaper to put on its front page and as its main headline the persecution of Christians in Iraq: "The Calvary of the Christians of Iraq". Also on its front page, the main editorial for today, "Silence, on persécute!" (Silence, We are Persecuting!), a dire direct accusation of the accomplices of this genocide, those...
  • Gay and Transgendered: What Comes Next?

    07/23/2014 2:40:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 7/22/2014 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    In 1965, Lyndon Johnson prohibited Federal discrimination in hiring based on race, religion, gender and nationality. President Obama’s latest executive order amends that to include sexual orientation and gender identity. In 1969, Richard Nixon prohibited any sort of discrimination in Federal employment practices based on race, religion, gender, nationality, age or disability. Bill Clinton later amended this to include sexual orientation. President Obama’s new executive order amends it to include gender identity. This applies to all organizations which receive federal contracts. What’s next? Just about anything could be next, because this latest executive order is completely divorced from reality. It...
  • Obama's LGBT Executive Order And The Bishops' Disingenuous Protests

    07/23/2014 2:11:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Yesterday the Messiah Most Miserable issued a dictatorial fiat executive order stating that no federal contractor can "discriminate" in its personnel practices based on employees' gender identity and/or sexual orientation.  Churches and related organizations are NOT exempted.  The USCCB pitched a fit.  My question is, "would this order of Obama's had been a blip on their radar screens if they had been exempted?"  Given prior behaviors, I must opine that had Obama exempted churches, they wouldn't have given a rat's rump regarding the matter. But since the USCCB and so many of the dioceses are officially on the federal...
  • The Philosophers and the Jews: Black Eggs and White Cheese

    07/22/2014 8:26:25 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 3 replies
    www.TheYeshiva.net ^ | July 2010 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson (Yosef Yitzchak)
    Full title: The Philosophers and the Jews: Black Eggs and White Cheese The Secret of Jewish Resilience. The Inner Story of The Three Weeks Note: only 40 min long and the rabbi translates everything, very little 'yeshivish' (annoying mix of English, Hebrew, and Yiddish) A beautiful explanation on polar opposite sides of the Jewish calendar-- the 3 weeks between the 17th of the Jewsish month of Tammuz (the day the walls of Jerusalem fell to Nebuchadnezzar) and the 9th of Av (the day of the destruction of both Holy Temples) AND the 3 weeks between Rosh Hashana and [the day...
  • Catholics Just Be Calm About Obama's LGBT Executive Order

    07/22/2014 6:48:45 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 13 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 07/22/14 | David L. Gray
    Essentially what this new Executive Order does is amend the preexisting Equal Employment Opportunity Executive Orders No. 11478 (for federal gov’t) and No. 11246 (for federal Contractors and Subcontractors and federally-assisted Construction Contractors and Subcontractors). Where those previously Executive Orders once prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin,” will now include “sexual orientation and gender identity.” While there is a just issue to be made as to why ‘voluntary’ behaviors would be added to federal non-discrimination law, or the addition of a new race/class/species of people of people (called LGBTQ) that scientists have...
  • Nun: The Sign of Genocide (Please join Aug 1 Day of Solidarity and Prayer)

    07/22/2014 2:30:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 19, 2014
    Please, join the August 1st Day of Adoration, Prayer and Solidarity for Persecuted Christians in Iraq, Syria, and the Middle East In solidarity with our Persecuted Brethren in Iraq and Syria Nun (ن), the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet (the equivalent of letter N in our Roman alphabet), is the first letter of the word Nasara (نصارى : Nazarenes), the way Muslims have called Christians since the beginning of their invasion of the Christian world in the 7th century -- Christians under Muslim rule never called themselves thus, since the intent of Muslims was to portray Christians as a contemptible and...
  • The Muslim who gave up his life for Mosul’s Christians

    07/22/2014 2:23:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 21, 2014 | Giorgio Bernardelli
    Chaldean website ankawa.com says a university professor was killed after speaking out against anti-Christian persecution. Meanwhile, the Islamic State has set the jizyah at 450 dollars Christians leave Mosul He refused to keep silent about the violence agaist Mosul’s Christians  who are forced to choose between converting to the Muslim faith, paying the jizyah (the Islamic tax for non-Muslims) or fleeing. Professor Mahmoud Al ‘Asali, a law professor who lectures on pedagogy at the University of Mosul, had the courage to make a stand against this brutal duress which he believes go against the Muslim commandments. But he paid for...
  • Obama's LGBT Order: Here are 2 Things Churches and Christian Non-Profits Should Know

    07/22/2014 8:37:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    President Barack Obama issued an executive order Monday prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity for federal contractors. What does this mean for Christian organizations that remain faithful to the biblical teaching on homosexual behavior? Here are two main points that those groups need to be aware of: First, the order only applies to government contractors and sub-contractors, it does not apply to groups that receive government grants. Most religious non-profits that provide services for the government do so through a government grant. They would not be affected. A grant recipient is awarded money for general purpose,...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/22/2014 8:27:34 AM PDT · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 22 (NKJV) The Value of a Good Name 01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, 00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 02 The rich and the poor have this in common, 00 The LORD is the maker of them all. 03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, 00 But the simple pass on and are punished. 04 By humility and the fear of the LORD 00 Are riches and honor and life. 05 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; 00 He who guards his soul...
  • ISIS Torches 1,800-Year-Old Church in Mosul; Priest Says City Is 'Now Empty of Christians'

    07/22/2014 6:02:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    chistian Post ^ | July 21, 2014 | LEONARDO BLAIR
    (Photo: Shoebat.com)An 1,800-year-old church being burnt to the ground in Mosul, Iraq. Members of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly torched a 1,800 year-old Catholic Church in Mosul, Iraq and have effectively left that city "empty of Christians" as believers fled the area in fear of their lives, according to Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako.Sources told Shoebat that the ISIS group in Mosul called "Daash" completely burned the Syriac Catholic Diocese and its contents in Mosul. A Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian Website released photos of the church in flames Saturday.Free Sign Up CP Newsletter! RelatedISIL Members...
  • Neb. priest contributes to article linking contraception, breast cancer

    07/21/2014 3:08:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | July 21, 2014 | S.L. Hansen, Southern Nebraska Register
    Credit: Jess Hamilton (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Lincoln, Neb., Jul 21, 2014 / 12:07 pm (CNA).- In an upcoming issue of The Linacre Quarterly, the official journal of the Catholic Medical Association, an article entitled, “The Breast Cancer Epidemic: 10 Facts,” will explore the scientific evidence that connects artificial contraception to breast cancer. Father Christopher Kubat, executive director of Catholic Social Services of southern Nebraska and a medical physician, is one of the co-authors. He was asked to contribute a small portion of the article by two of the main authors, A. Patrick Schneider II, M.D., M.P.H., and Christine Zainer, M.D....
  • Pope laments exodus of last Christians from Mosul

    07/21/2014 2:53:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    cna ^ | July 21, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience May 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Jul 21, 2014 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis mourned the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who were told by ISIS forces last week to either convert, pay the Jizya tax or leave. “They are persecuted; our brothers are persecuted, they are driven out, they have to leave their houses without having the possibility of taking anything with them,” Pope Francis voiced in his July 20...
  • ‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians (leave money, gold, jewelry)

    07/21/2014 1:51:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    Following an ultimatum from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to leave Mosul, convert to Islam, or be killed, the city’s remaining Christians left for other parts of Iraq. ISIL, the jihadist group that controls large sections of Syria and Iraq, confiscated the Christians’ possessions as they departed from Iraq’s 2nd-largest city. “The heinous crime of the Islamic State was carried out not just against Christians, but against humanity,” said Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, as quoted by the Reuters news agency. In an urgent appeal, the Iraqi Patriarch reported...
  • Putin, again...

    07/21/2014 10:01:24 AM PDT · by Teófilo
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 21 July 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace be with you. For professional and personal reasons I've always cultivated an interest and a studied curiosity about foreign events, their drivers, and their meanings. The recent shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines commercial carrier over eastern Ukraine inmediately caught my attention, but I haven't said anything about it until now for two reasons: first, I wanted to wait for more facts to surface and, second, I didn't want to write out of shock and anger. However, writing this post is also due to a few precipitating factors: Russian President Vladimir Putin's call for "a moment of silence"...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/21/2014 8:30:08 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 21 (NKJV) The LORD Considers the Heart 01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, 00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the hearts. 03 To do righteousness and justice 00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 04 A haughty look, a proud heart, 00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, 00 But those of everyone who is hasty,...
  • About Those Dirty Little Sisters of the Poor

    07/21/2014 8:08:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/21/2014 | Tom Purcell
    Boy, our political debate is getting crasser by the moment. And so it is that the National Organization for Women has put the Little Sisters of the Poor, an international congregation of Roman Catholic nuns who have devoted their lives to caring for the elderly poor, on its "Dirty 100" list. NOW is upset that the Little Sisters sued the federal government, arguing that new ObamaCare mandates are inhibiting their constitutional right to freely practice their faith - that their vow to advance the dignity of life for every person, no matter how weak or unwanted, means they can never...
  • Harboring the Harborless: A Tradition Both Ennobling and Bedeviling (Catholics and Illegals)

    07/21/2014 7:47:05 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Mark Shea
    One of the most exasperating bits of exegetical trendiness to afflict first-world Catholics for the past 30 years or so has been the endless recirculation, like a bad penny, of the “True Meaning of the Miracles of the Loaves and Fishes” homily. It goes like this: Jesus found himself in the wilderness with a crowd of 5,000 people who were two millennia less smart than we suburban Americans. When people started getting hungry, Jesus took five loaves and two fishes and gave them to a couple of people around him. Suddenly, inspired by a wave of warm fuzziness emanating from...
  • Georgia Catholic dioceses ban guns, knives from church facilities

    07/21/2014 6:47:28 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 38 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/21/14 | Andrew Nelson
    Guns and other weapons are officially unwelcome at Catholic churches, schools and other buildings owned, leased or operated by the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Savannah in Georgia. Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and Savannah Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer issued a decree prohibiting guns and knives with blades longer than 5 inches from parishes, churches, schools, administrative offices and other buildings owned or used by the Catholic community effective July 1. In a statement, the bishops said Catholic places of worship are sanctuaries where “ways of peace and reconciliation” should be the rule. “This decree is rooted in...
  • May It Be Evident to Everyone (judging others by their appearance)

    07/20/2014 2:28:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | July 19, 2014 | Diane McKelva
    St. Paul reminds us in his Pastoral Epistle to live out our faith so that it “may be evident to everyone.” [1 Timothy 4:14-16]How is that working for you?For example, while waiting for Mass to begin, do you analyze the people around you? Critique their choice of clothing? Hairstyle? Makeup? How they worship? Or are you focused on your purpose?Perhaps when you look at anyone at church, you pause and remember that they always have a more interesting story to tell than the one you conjure in your mind. We all need prayers, not persecution, especially in church, as one...
  • Catholicism and the Perils of Technology

    07/20/2014 10:19:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | July 20, 2014 | Fr. C. John McCloskey
    A confession: I am writing this column on my MacBook Air computer with my iPhone at my side. And I regularly enlist the help of a cellphone App to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. And after all, I live in the heart of Silicon Valley and have lectured to 300 actual and would-be Techies and Masters of the Universe.In addition, the Church has actually pronounced itself in favor of modern technology, inasmuch as it enables people to communicate directly throughout the world, in directly personal ways (e-mail, texting, Twitter, Skype, etc.) as well as in more formal or purely...
  • Imams Rage as Christ Wins Muslim Converts

    07/20/2014 7:51:27 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 34 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | July 20, 2014 | JP
    Naeem Fazal was born and raised in the deserts of Kuwait. He is the son of Pakistani parents who grounded him and his siblings in Islam. Naeem moved to the United States after the first Gulf War, following his older brother Mahmoud, who had previously enrolled in Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina. While attending the college, Mahmoud found the Lord. And on a visit to Kuwait to see his family he announced he had converted to Christianity. Naeem was furious with his brother, cursing him for renouncing the Islamic faith they grew up with. He even went so far...
  • Of 10 highest IQ's on earth, at least 8 are Theists, at least 6 are Christians

    07/20/2014 7:35:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 07/20/2014 | Steve Williams
    Have you ever heard the claim "all smart people are atheists", or maybe its inverse: "people who believe in God are dumb"? It's quite a pervasive urban legend, and one which I've known is false for a long time, but I didn't realize just how false until the other day. I recently decided to do a quick cataloging of the ten highest IQ's on earth, and discovered that it's nearly the exact opposite of the truth! Before reading the list, however, I want to remind you of the caveat that IQ test results are not in any sense the measure...
  • Poll: Americans Rate Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals Warmly; Muslims, Atheists More Coldly

    07/20/2014 7:09:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/20/2014 | BY JESSICA MARTINEZ
    Americans feel warm toward Jews, Catholics and Evangelicals but they are colder toward Muslims and atheists, according to a new Pew Research Survey. Respondents were asked to rate each faith group according to a "feeling thermometer" ranging from 0 to 100, 0 reflecting the coldest and most negative rating and 100 being the warmest, most positive. The outcome concluded that U.S. adults are more fond of individuals who share their same or similar faith. "In a society like the United States, where religion is such an important part of life, of how people view the world, how people approach politics...
  • Black Christians and the Myth of Prosperity Preaching

    07/20/2014 7:03:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/20/2014 | Patricia L. Dickson
    With the in-your-face display of greed and arrogance of the so-called pastors on the reality show Preachers of L.A., I began to wonder: when will black Christians wake up and say enough is enough?  Although there are some white pastors of mega-churches who have a net worth of almost triple their congregants as well, I want to focus on the plight of the black saints who sit under the ministry of black pastors (and some white pastors) Sunday after Sunday and continue to live paycheck to paycheck.After some years of attending mega-churches pastored by both black and white men and...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 20 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/20/2014 7:00:30 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 20 (NKJV) Wine Is a Mocker 01 Wine is a mocker, 00 Strong drink is a brawler, 00 And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 02 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; 00 Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. 03 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, 00 Since any fool can start a quarrel. 04 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; 00 He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 05 Counsel in the heart of man is like...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    07/19/2014 11:23:42 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 13 replies
    July 19, 2014 | Irish Rose
    Death is naked before God; Destruction lies uncovered. He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it. He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness. (Job 26:6-10)
  • Bishops: Practicing Religion in Public is not Discrimination

    07/19/2014 10:11:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Washington D.C., Jul 19, 2014 / 06:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Americans must be free to practice their faith in the public square – including business decisions – without being viewed as discriminatory, urged four U.S. bishops. “Churches, businesses, and individuals should not be punished in any way for living by their religious and moral convictions concerning sexual activity,” the bishops wrote in a July 17 blog post for the U.S. bishops’ conference. “Eliminating truly unjust discrimination – based on personal characteristics, not sexual behavior – and protecting religious freedom are goals that we all should share,” the bishops emphasized. “The...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/19/2014 8:15:53 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 19 (NKJV) The Fear of the Lord Leads to Life 01 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity 00 Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 02 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, 00 And he sins who hastens with his feet. 03 The foolishness of a man twists his way, 00 And his heart frets against the LORD. 04 Wealth makes many friends, 00 But the poor is separated from his friend. 05 A false witness will not go unpunished, 00 And he who...
  • Overcoming (?!?) Lust

    07/19/2014 6:45:12 AM PDT · by EscondidoSurfer · 17 replies
    Overcoming-Lust.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Jim Vander Spek
    Are you among those who feel uncomfortable with someone saying, “I have overcome lust”? Does it come off sounding presumptuous, brassy and overconfident? Might it even be contrary to Scripture and looking for trouble? Consider: 1.“Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12) 2.“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8) 3.“I have no confidence in the flesh.” (Philippians 3:3) I believe the answer depends on what is meant by the word “overcoming.”....
  • Undeterred by Hamas Rockets, Hundreds of French Jews Immigrate to Israel

    07/18/2014 8:01:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | July 18, 2014 | Frances Martel
    Jewish communities around the world are not letting terrorist attacks from Hamas deter them from relocating to Israel. This week, hundreds of French Jews arrived in Israel to settle in the towns of Ashdod and Ashkelon, while incidents of anti-Semitism continue to rise in France itself. On Thursday, as the Israeli government announced a ground offensive against Hamas in Gaza, 430 Jewish immigrants from France arrived in Israel with the intention of permanently relocating. Of these, many came as entire families, with 195 children and 18 infants on the flights in. The numbers from France are to be expected-- polls...
  • New Film Shows How to Leave the Gay Life Behind

    07/18/2014 2:27:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 18, 2014 | AUSTIN RUSE
    The modern day LGBT movement wants you to believe that the people featured in the new documentary “Desire of the Everlasting Hills” really don’t exist. They are figments of the fevered imaginations of the Christian right.Meet Dan, Rilene and Paul, all refugees from deep enmeshment in the LGBT life, each finding a home in sexual sobriety and, not incidentally, the Catholic Church.It is impossible to watch this important documentary without tears, and not sad tears either, but happy ones, tears that come from a joyful movement of the spirit.These are people who have been deeply wounded by the choices...
  • Christians in Mosul told: leave, convert, or die (July 19 deadline)

    07/18/2014 1:55:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 18, 2014 | Diogenes
    Christians in Mosul, Iraq, have been told that they must leave, convert to Islam or accept dhimmitude, or die. A communique from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) gave Christians a deadline of June 19, saying that if they do not leave or accept Islamic rule, "their destiny is the sword." The Aleteia web site, citing local sources, said that this message was being broadcast on loudspeakers by mosques in Mosul. Bishop Saad Sirop, an auxiliary of the Chaldean Catholic patriarchate in Baghdad, told Aid to the Church in Need: "In the last hours, the jihadists of...
  • Communist woman in North Korea endured prison, found faith in Christ after her release

    07/18/2014 1:52:06 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 5 replies
    Godreports.com ^ | December 20, 2011 | Mark Ellis
    She entered Kaechon Prison a loyal communist, but lost her faith in the godless ideology of North Korea under horrifying conditions, then found faith in Christ after her release and a daring escape to freedom in South Korea. “I saw something so unimaginable and so terrible that I wanted to let the world know,” says Soon Ok Lee, one of the rare human beings to survive and offer an eyewitness account of conditions inside North Korea’s political prisons. Lee has testified before the U.S. Congress and published a book about her experiences, “Eyes of the Tailless Animals, Prison Memoirs of...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 18 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/18/2014 8:20:53 AM PDT · by OneVike
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 18 (NKJV) The Name of the LORD Is a Strong Tower 01 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; 00 He rages against all wise judgment. 02 A fool has no delight in understanding, 00 But in expressing his own heart. 03 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; 00 And with dishonor comes reproach. 04 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; 00 The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook. 05 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, 00 Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 06 A fool's...
  • Russia's Strength in Long-Standing Values - Putin

    07/18/2014 6:42:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/18/14
    Sergiyev Posad, July 18, Interfax - The precepts of St. Sergius of Radonezh is a key to understanding Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a gala concert on the occasion of the 700th birthday anniversary of St. Sergius of Radonezh. "The precepts of St. Sergius of Radonezh are key to understanding Russia, to learning its foundamental principles - its historical traditions, unity and togetherness. It is in this unity, in truth and justice, in our centuries-long traditions in which lie the strength of Russia, its great past, present and future," Putin said. St. Sergius played a truly seminal role...
  • How Americans Feel About Religious Groups (Pew Research Poll)

    07/18/2014 6:35:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Pew Forum ^ | July 16, 2014
    Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public. When asked to rate each group on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100 – where 0 reflects the coldest, most negative possible rating and 100 the warmest, most positive rating – all three groups receive an average rating of 60 or higher (63 for Jews, 62 for Catholics and 61 for evangelical Christians). And 44% of the public rates all three groups in the warmest part of the scale (67 or higher).Buddhists, Hindus and Mormons receive neutral ratings on average, ranging from 48 for Mormons to...
  • The naked truth about television: 500 channels and there’s nothing on. Not a stitch, in fact

    07/17/2014 2:54:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 59 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | July 17, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The TV critic at The New York Times is keeping an eye on the tube, so we don’t have to. Reading this, describing what’s coming into our living rooms this summer, I have to think that’s a very good thing: In case you missed the news that traditional courtship is dead, naked people on VH1 stand ready to enlighten you. And in case you thought that television networks had evolved beyond trying to attract viewers with cheesy titillation — ditto.Yes, it’s time for “Dating Naked,” a reality series beginning Thursday on VH1 in which just-introduced strangers looking for love are...
  • That Church of England Vote…What Was That About?

    07/17/2014 10:58:01 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 45 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | July 17, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    With hindsight, we can see that the real battle in the Church of England has been with her founding principles. She was founded in the Protestant Revolution on an essentially liberal principle: that the circumstances and situation in the current culture determine the identity and mission of the church. She was now, and always has been the Church of ENGLAND. Therefore, the circumstances, personalities and cultural factors determine which way she will go. As society became increasingly secular, liberal and antipathetic to a Catholic worldview, the Catholic tendency in the Church of England could not survive. From the first discussions...
  • Religious nun has divine inspiration

    07/17/2014 8:17:49 AM PDT · by Mercat · 16 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Unknown | Catholic New Service
    I spent last weekend learning about Sacred Art. Got this in an email from one of the wonderful people I met there.
  • The church in the home

    07/17/2014 7:32:17 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 7 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/17/14 | Archbishop Lori
    Growing up in New Albany, Ind., during the 1950s, I never heard the term “domestic church,” but I knew what it meant. I knew it because my parents and my friends’ parents made their homes domestic churches, even before that phrase from our Catholic tradition was retrieved during the Second Vatican Council. I guess you could say that my childhood friends and neighbors were at home in church and in church at home. But what did it mean in practical terms that we experienced the family as a domestic church? For one thing, it meant that nearly every Catholic family...
  • Is Evangelical Morality Still Acceptable in America?

    07/17/2014 7:09:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 07/17/2014 | Alan Noble
    People who disagree with same-sex marriage and birth-control use have been met with accusations of bigotry. Are some Christians being unfairly shamed out of the public sphere? Is evangelical Christian morality still viable in American public life? This is the question lurking in recent debates over religious-liberty issues, from the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision to the Christian bakers who object to baking cakes for gay weddings. In discussions of these cases, objections to same-sex marriage and contraception are described as a retreat from “secular society.” And in some cases, evangelicals actually have retreated: Since the Boy Scouts of America...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 17 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/17/2014 7:07:23 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 17 (NKJV) The LORD Tests Hearts 01 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, 00 Than a house full of feasting with strife. 02 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, 00 And will share an inheritance among the brothers. 03 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, 00 But the LORD tests the hearts. 04 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; 00 A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. 05 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; 00 He who is glad at calamity will not...
  • UN Committee Demands Change in Irish Abortion Law

    07/17/2014 6:12:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The UN’s Committee on Human Rights has condemned Ireland’s ban on abortion as “unacceptable cruelty,” and demanded liberalization of the law. Following testimony by several pro-abortion organizations, the UN committee pressed Irish justice minister Frances Fitzgerald to defend the country’s law, with one member claiming, inaccurately, that under existing international law, legal access to abortion is “an absolute right.”
  • Yes, they ate Locust. A Review of Some the Common Foods at the Time of Jesus

    07/17/2014 4:58:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 17, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Generally speaking, the Israelites of Christ’s time were frugal eaters. Frankly until about 100 years ago, frugality in eating was more imposed than chosen. The food was more scarce and less convenient than today. It’s availability was seasonable, and all the elements needed to be made from scratch, including hauling in the water from wells etc.Bread was the essential, basic food. So basic was it that in Hebrew “to eat bread” and “to have a meal” in the same thing. Bread was treated with great respect and many rules existed to preserve that reverence. Any crumbs of over the size...
  • Jesus didn’t care about being nice or tolerant

    07/16/2014 8:37:18 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 39 replies
    http://themattwalshblog.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | Adam Walsh
    There is no shortage of heresies these days. If you want to adopt some blasphemous, perverted, fun house mirror reflection of Christianity, you will find a veritable buffet of options. You can sift through all the variants and build your own little pet version of the Faith. It’s Ice Cream Social Christianity: make your own sundae! (Or Sunday, as it were.) And, of all the heretical choices, probably the most common — and possibly the most damaging — is what I’ve come to call the Nice Doctrine. The propagators of the Nice Doctrine can be seen and heard from anytime...
  • After 7 7 7: Heaven's Answer?!

    After 7 7 7: Heaven's Answer?! Thank you for participating in 7 7 7: An Urgent Call to Prayer. The following picture was taken on Day 8 of 7 7 7 by a woman who prayer-walked the White House, Capitol, and the Supreme Court, using our prayers as a guide. Since the rainbow was given as a sign of God's covenant to Noah underscoring that never again would the world be destroyed by a flood, could it be that God has sent it as a sign that He has heard our prayers, will forgive our sin, and heal our land?...
  • Bid to Kill Religious Rights Fail

    07/16/2014 6:42:00 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | July 16, 2014 | William Donohue
    The assault on religious liberty lost today as the Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes necessary to advance this bill. While the outcome is welcome, the fact that a majority of Senators, almost all Democrats, are still bent on eviscerating the religious liberty rights of Americans is very disturbing. It seems they will stop at nothing to trample on our First Amendment freedoms. The vote is being widely misreported by the media as a vote on contraception. It was not. The issue is abortion, not contraception. All four of the procedures that plaintiffs for Hobby Lobby cited in their...
  • "Christian clubs in public schools: No 'bright line' between church and state, ACLU says (Q&A)"

    07/16/2014 5:26:19 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    Oregonlive.com ^ | 7/16/14 | Melissa Binder
    A network of evangelical Christian clubs is expanding to Portland-area public schools this year, and a coalition of residents is already rising against them. The Good News Club has sparked fierce debate online since we published the story a week ago. This week, we're following up with a series of three Q&As. The first featured Katherine Stewart, a journalist and author whose condemning book about the Good News Club sparked resistance to the club among Portlanders. The second offered John Luck, the program manager at Child Evangelism Fellowship who oversees the network of clubs, a chance to answer some challenging...