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  • Did we have any surviving Original Manuscripts that prove Jesus Christ quoted from the Septuagint?

    09/21/2014 1:37:08 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 37 replies
    9/21/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    A.) If no one alive today was there when He spoke, how then do we know which Jesus quoted from - the Masoretic Text or the Septuagint? B.) If he did quote from the Masoretic Text, and His quotes, parables, etcetera, were later translated into Greek in the middle of the first century AD - independently of the Septuagint - how would we know given that none of these Original Manuscripts have survived. And though this translation work would undoubtedly differ slightly from the Septuagint, none have survived. Since no Original Manuscripts - showing one way or the other -...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 21, 2014]

    09/21/2014 10:37:50 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Missionary’s Predestined Purpose " Now the Lord says, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant . . . —Isaiah 49:5 " The first thing that happens after we recognize our election by God in Christ Jesus is the destruction of our preconceived ideas, our narrow-minded thinking, and all of our other allegiances— we are turned solely into servants of God’s own purpose. The entire human race was created to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Sin has diverted the human race onto another course, but it has not altered God’s purpose to the slightest...
  • Who Do You Worship ?

    09/21/2014 2:36:39 AM PDT · by knarf · 19 replies
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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 20, 2014]

    09/20/2014 6:19:09 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Divine Commandment of Life " . . . be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect —Matthew 5:48 " Our Lord’s exhortation to us in Matthew 5:38-48 is to be generous in our behavior toward everyone. Beware of living according to your natural affections in your spiritual life. Everyone has natural affections— some people we like and others we don’t like. Yet we must never let those likes and dislikes rule our Christian life. “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another” (1 John 1:7), even...
  • Jehovahs Witness Convert

    09/20/2014 8:16:26 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 196 replies
    http://www.abouttherosary.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Robbe Lyn Sebesta
    Lou Everett was one of Jehovahs Witnesses for more than 14 years. During that time, he served as a full-time minister as well as other major roles within the congregation. Lous journey to the Catholic Church was truly a rough road traveled. From Jehovahs Witnesses to Catholicism: My Journey In 2005, I find myself inside a Catholic church for midnight mass. My future wife, born and raised in the Catholic Church, by my side; silently showing me something that I never thought Id see or feel. At the age of 31, a realization set in that I never would have...
  • Regensburg Vindicated

    09/19/2014 8:01:27 PM PDT · by AncientAirs · 23 replies
    First Things ^ | 9/17/2014 | George Weigel
    On the evening of Sept. 12, 2006, my wife and I were dining in Cracow with Polish friends when an agitated Italian Vaticanista (pardon the redundancy in adjectives) called, demanding to know what I thought of Zees crazee speech of zee pope about zee Muslims. That was my first hint that the herd of independent minds in the world press was about to go ballistic on the subject of Benedict XVIs Regensburg Lecture: a gaffe-bone on which the media continued to gnaw until the end of Benedicts pontificate. Eight years later, the Regensburg Lecture looks a lot different. Indeed, those...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 19, 2014]

    09/19/2014 5:01:38 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Are You Going on With Jesus? " You are those who have continued with Me in My trials Luke 22:28 " It is true that Jesus Christ is with us through our temptations, but are we going on with Him through His temptations? Many of us turn back from going on with Jesus from the very moment we have an experience of what He can do. Watch when God changes your circumstances to see whether you are going on with Jesus, or siding with the world, the flesh, and the devil. We wear His name, but are we going...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 18, 2014]

    09/18/2014 6:23:58 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    His Temptation and Ours " We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin —Hebrews 4:15 " Until we are born again, the only kind of temptation we understand is the kind mentioned in James 1:14, “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” But through regeneration we are lifted into another realm where there are other temptations to face, namely, the kind of temptations our Lord faced. The temptations of Jesus had no appeal to...
  • Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke

    09/18/2014 12:25:23 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 41 replies
    Sandro Magister ^ | 09/18/2014 | Sandro Magister
    VATICAN CITY, September 17, 2014 The revolution of Pope Francis in ecclesiastical governance is not losing its driving thrust. And so, as happens in every self-respecting revolution, the heads continue to roll for churchmen seen as deserving this metaphorical guillotine. In his first months as bishop of Rome, pope Bergoglio immediately provided for the transfer to lower-ranking positions of three prominent curial figures: Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Archbishop Guido Pozzo, and Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, considered for their theological and liturgical sensibilities among the most Ratzingerian of the Roman curia. Another whose fate appears to be sealed is the Spanish archbishop...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 17, 2014]

    09/17/2014 6:11:32 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Is There Good in Temptation? " No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man . . . —1 Corinthians 10:13 " The word temptation has come to mean something bad to us today, but we tend to use the word in the wrong way. Temptation itself is not sin; it is something we are bound to face simply by virtue of being human. Not to be tempted would mean that we were already so shameful that we would be beneath contempt. Yet many of us suffer from temptations we should never have to suffer, simply...
  • Sarah Palin Chats with Jewish Travelers: USA and Israel, Together

    09/16/2014 6:59:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    JSpace News ^ | September 16, 2014 | Staff
    A pair of Jewish travelers stopped by Sarah Palin’s house recently, and the GOP pundit welcomed the men in for a chat. Palin was prepping for a film segment when two strangers, donning kipopt, knocked on her door and asked to come in to kibbitz. The on-hand camera people were able to video the exchange as the past Alaska governor spoke with the pair about Judaism and Israel. Palin remarked on the events in Israel over the summer, saying “it’s not right” and adding “USA and Israel, together. ” The video was uploaded to YouTube this week via the SarahPalinChannel.com...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 16, 2014]

    09/16/2014 6:22:12 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    Praying to God in Secret " hen you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place . . . —Matthew 6:6 " The primary thought in the area of religion is— keep your eyes on God, not on people. Your motivation should not be the desire to be known as a praying person. Find an inner room in which to pray where no one even knows you are praying, shut the door, and talk to God in secret. Have no motivation other than to know...
  • Between the Skeptic and the Fundamentalist

    09/15/2014 7:39:28 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com/ ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mark Shea
    Reading Scripture as a modern Catholic is a perpetual balance between extremes; among them, the extremes of farfetched skepticism and equally farfetched supernaturalism. For, unlike these extremes, the Faith takes both the unseen realities of the Spirit and the ordinary life of human beings seriously. It believes in both accountants and angels. But many people, seeing only one of these truths clearly, then proceed to use that pet truth as a cudgel against the truth they don't see. This came through to me loud and clear recently when a skeptical acquaintance (whom we shall call "Clarence") wrote on the Internet...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Cancels Lutheran Dialogue Over Gay Rights

    09/15/2014 7:04:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Pravmir ^ | 9/12/14
    The Russian Orthodox Church has cancelled an official doctrinal dialogue with the Finnish Lutheran Church over the Lutheran stance on homosexuality. The Orthodox side wanted to pre-approve a communique before the meeting, but talks broke down over the Finns refusal to condemn homosexuality.Finnish and Russian attitudes to gay rights are poles apart, and thats helping to derail doctrinal dialogues between the two countries largest religions. Archbishop Kari Mkinen says that he was forced to cancel planned ecumenical dialogues when he met the Russia Patriarch Kiril in Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church wanted to agree a statement in advance, as the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 14, 2014]

    09/14/2014 1:27:51 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Arguments or Obedience " . . . the simplicity that is in Christ. —2 Corinthians 11:3 " Simplicity is the secret to seeing things clearly. A saint does not think clearly until a long time passes, but a saint ought to see clearly without any difficulty. You cannot think through spiritual confusion to make things clear; to make things clear, you must obey. In intellectual matters you can think things out, but in spiritual matters you will only think yourself into further wandering thoughts and more confusion. If there is something in your life upon which God has put...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 13, 2014]

    09/13/2014 9:19:01 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    After Surrender— Then What? " I have finished the work which You have given Me to do —John 17:4 " True surrender is not simply surrender of our external life but surrender of our will— and once that is done, surrender is complete. The greatest crisis we ever face is the surrender of our will. Yet God never forces a person’s will into surrender, and He never begs. He patiently waits until that person willingly yields to Him. And once that battle has been fought, it never needs to be fought again.Surrender for Deliverance. “Come to Me . ....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 12, 2014]

    09/12/2014 2:56:05 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Going Through Spiritual Confusion " Jesus answered and said, ’You do not know what you ask’ —Matthew 20:22 " There are times in your spiritual life when there is confusion, and the way out of it is not simply to say that you should not be confused. It is not a matter of right and wrong, but a matter of God taking you through a way that you temporarily do not understand. And it is only by going through the spiritual confusion that you will come to the understanding of what God wants for you.The Shrouding of His Friendship...
  • Saint of the Day: Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    09/12/2014 6:15:09 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    This feast is a counterpart to the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (January 3); both have the possibility of uniting people easily divided on other matters. The feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary began in Spain in 1513 and in 1671 was extended to all of Spain and the Kingdom of Naples. In 1683, John Sobieski, king of Poland, brought an army to the outskirts of Vienna to stop the advance of Muslim armies loyal to Mohammed IV in Constantinople. After Sobieski entrusted himself to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he and his soldiers thoroughly defeated the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 11, 2014]

    09/11/2014 3:58:59 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Missionary Weapons (2) " If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet —John 13:14 " Ministering in Everyday Opportunities. Ministering in everyday opportunities that surround us does not mean that we select our own surroundings— it means being God’s very special choice to be available for use in any of the seemingly random surroundings which He has engineered for us. The very character we exhibit in our present surroundings is an indication of what we will be like in other surroundings.The things Jesus did were the most menial...
  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/11/2014 11:19:06 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 1,133 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 9/5/2014 | Jennifer LeClaire
    Pope Francis has been a breath of fresh air for many Catholics seeking greater liberty and a growing concern for conservative Christians who take issue with his comments about homosexuality and other cultural issues. But the pontiff's latest statement is sparking an uproar from believers around the world. Pope Francis sent a tweet Tuesday that absolutely violates the truth of Scripture: "The Christian who does not feel that the Virgin Mary is his or her mother is an orphan," Pope Francis tweeted. As of the time I wrote this column it had been retweeted about 4,000 times and many of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 10, 2014]

    09/10/2014 5:23:39 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Missionary Weapons (1) " When you were under the fig tree, I saw you —John 1:48 " Worshiping in Everyday Occasions. We presume that we would be ready for battle if confronted with a great crisis, but it is not the crisis that builds something within us— it simply reveals what we are made of already. Do you find yourself saying, “If God calls me to battle, of course I will rise to the occasion”? Yet you won’t rise to the occasion unless you have done so on God’s training ground. If you are not doing the task that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 9, 2014]

    09/09/2014 5:55:16 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do It Yourself (2) " . . . bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ . . . —2 Corinthians 10:5 " Determinedly Discipline Other Things. This is another difficult aspect of the strenuous nature of sainthood. Paul said, according to the Moffatt translation of this verse, “. . . I take every project prisoner to make it obey Christ . . . .” So much Christian work today has never been disciplined, but has simply come into being by impulse! In our Lord’s life every project was disciplined to the will of His Father. There...
  • Islam, Immigration and the Importance of Culture

    09/09/2014 11:55:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 9, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    The Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, recently condemned the barbarism of the Islamic State, but for some reason felt compelled to add: It has nothing to do with real Islam.Meanwhile, Amel Shimoun Nona, the exiled Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, warned European and Western Christians that they will also suffer in the near future because: you are welcoming in your countries an ever-growing number of Muslims. You think all men are created equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are created equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 8, 2014]

    09/08/2014 6:31:04 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do It Yourself (1) " . . . casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God . . . —2 Corinthians 10:5 " Determinedly Demolish Some Things. Deliverance from sin is not the same as deliverance from human nature. There are things in human nature, such as prejudices, that the saint can only destroy through sheer neglect. But there are other things that have to be destroyed through violence, that is, through God’s divine strength imparted by His Spirit. There are some things over which we are not to fight, but only...
  • Are Catholics Born Again?

    09/07/2014 5:21:18 PM PDT · by narses · 119 replies
    Catholics and Protestants agree that to be saved, you have to be born again. Jesus said so: "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3). When a Catholic says that he has been "born again," he refers to the transformation that Gods grace accomplished in him during baptism. Evangelical Protestants typically mean something quite different when they talk about being "born again." For an Evangelical, becoming "born again" often happens like this: He goes to a crusade or a revival where a minister delivers a sermon telling him...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 7, 2014]

    09/07/2014 2:39:17 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Fountains of Blessings " The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life —John 4:14 " The picture our Lord described here is not that of a simple stream of water, but an overflowing fountain. Continue to “be filled” (Ephesians 5:18) and the sweetness of your vital relationship to Jesus will flow as generously out of you as it has been given to you. If you find that His life is not springing up as it should, you are to blame— something is obstructing the flow. Was Jesus...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 6, 2014]

    09/06/2014 4:54:30 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Far-Reaching Rivers of Life " He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow rivers of living water —John 7:38 " A river reaches places which its source never knows. And Jesus said that, if we have received His fullness, “rivers of living water” will flow out of us, reaching in blessing even “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8) regardless of how small the visible effects of our lives may appear to be. We have nothing to do with the outflow— “This is the work of God, that you believe. ....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 5, 2014]

    09/05/2014 5:24:02 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Watching With Jesus " Stay here and watch with Me —Matthew 26:38 " Watch with Me.” Jesus was saying, in effect, “Watch with no private point of view at all, but watch solely and entirely with Me.” In the early stages of our Christian life, we do not watch with Jesus, we watch for Him. We do not watch with Him through the revealed truth of the Bible even in the circumstances of our own lives. Our Lord is trying to introduce us to identification with Himself through a particular “Gethsemane” experience of our own. But we refuse to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 4, 2014]

    09/04/2014 5:37:42 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    His! " They were Yours, You gave them to Me . . . —John 17:6 " A missionary is someone in whom the Holy Spirit has brought about this realization: “You are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19). To say, “I am not my own,” is to have reached a high point in my spiritual stature. The true nature of that life in actual everyday confusion is evidenced by the deliberate giving up of myself to another Person through a sovereign decision, and that Person is Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit interprets and explains the nature of Jesus to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 3, 2014]

    09/03/2014 3:28:55 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Pouring Out the Water of Satisfaction " He would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord —2 Samuel 23:16 " What has been like “water from the well of Bethlehem” to you recently— love, friendship, or maybe some spiritual blessing ( 2 Samuel 23:16 )? Have you taken whatever it may be, even at the risk of damaging your own soul, simply to satisfy yourself? If you have, then you cannot pour it out “to the Lord.” You can never set apart for God something that you desire for yourself to achieve your own satisfaction. If...
  • The Hail Mary of a Protestant

    09/03/2014 6:36:07 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 940 replies
    http://www.abouttherosary.com ^ | September 3, 2014 | Robbe Lyn Sebesta
    A little six-year-old Protestant boy had often heard his Catholic companions reciting the prayer Hail Mary. He liked it so much that he copied it, memorized it and would recite it every day. Look, Mommy, what a beautiful prayer, he said to his mother one day. Never again say it, answered the mother. It is a superstitious prayer of Catholics who adore idols and think Mary a goddess. After all, she is a woman like any other. Come on, take this Bible and read it. It contains everything that we are bound to do and have to do. From that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 2, 2014]

    09/02/2014 5:44:31 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    A Life of Pure and Holy Sacrifice " He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow . . . —John 7:38 " Jesus did not say, “He who believes in Me will realize all the blessings of the fullness of God,” but, in essence, “He who believes in Me will have everything he receives escape out of him.” Our Lord’s teaching was always anti-self-realization. His purpose is not the development of a person— His purpose is to make a person exactly like Himself, and the Son of God is characterized by self-expenditure. If...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 1, 2014]

    09/01/2014 3:45:40 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Destined To Be Holy " . . it is written, Be holy, for I am holy 1 Peter 1:16 " We must continually remind ourselves of the purpose of life. We are not destined to happiness, nor to health, but to holiness. Today we have far too many desires and interests, and our lives are being consumed and wasted by them. Many of them may be right, noble, and good, and may later be fulfilled, but in the meantime God must cause their importance to us to decrease. The only thing that truly matters is whether a person will...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 31, 2014]

    08/31/2014 2:05:02 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    “My Joy . . . Your Joy” " These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full —John 15:11 " What was the joy that Jesus had? Joy should not be confused with happiness. In fact, it is an insult to Jesus Christ to use the word happiness in connection with Him. The joy of Jesus was His absolute self-surrender and self-sacrifice to His Father— the joy of doing that which the Father sent Him to do— “. . . who for the joy that was set...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 30, 2014]

    08/30/2014 2:10:42 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Usefulness or Relationship? " Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven —Luke 10:20 " Jesus Christ is saying here, “Don’t rejoice in your successful service for Me, but rejoice because of your right relationship with Me.” The trap you may fall into in Christian work is to rejoice in successful service— rejoicing in the fact that God has used you. Yet you will never be able to measure fully what God will do through you if you do not have a right-standing relationship with...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 29, 2014]

    08/29/2014 6:19:56 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Unsurpassed Intimacy of Tested Faith " Jesus said to her, ’Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?’ —John 11:40 " Every time you venture out in your life of faith, you will find something in your circumstances that, from a commonsense standpoint, will flatly contradict your faith. But common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense. In fact, they are as different as the natural life and the spiritual. Can you trust Jesus Christ where your common sense cannot trust Him? Can you venture...
  • Regensburg Revisited: Faith, Reason and the Islamic State

    08/29/2014 9:16:19 AM PDT · by AncientAirs · 13 replies
    National Catholic Register | 08/28/2014 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    Is Islam inherently violent? Does it justify violence against infidels? Does it encourage the faith to be spread by the sword? The establishment of an Islamic State in northern Iraq this summer has brought such questions to the forefront in the face of the lethal brutality the Islamic State has unleashed against religious minorities, including the expulsion and killing of Christians. There are political and military aspects to those questions, but they are most fundamentally theological. Does God desire violence to spread his revelation? Theology addresses reality at its deepest level, and, therefore, theological ideas matter a great deal in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 28, 2014]

    08/28/2014 5:34:24 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Purpose of Prayer " . . . one of His disciples said to Him, ’Lord, teach us to pray . . .’ —Luke 11:1 " Prayer is not a normal part of the life of the natural man. We hear it said that a person’s life will suffer if he doesn’t pray, but I question that. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer. When a person is born again from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 27, 2014]

    08/27/2014 5:32:39 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Living Your Theology " Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you . . . —John 12:35 " Beware of not acting upon what you see in your moments on the mountaintop with God. If you do not obey the light, it will turn into darkness. “If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:23). The moment you forsake the matter of sanctification or neglect anything else on which God has given you His light, your spiritual life begins to disintegrate within you. Continually bring the truth out into...
  • USCCB Loses Its Head

    08/27/2014 2:08:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | August 27, 2014 | PATRICK ARCHBOLD
    It is a curious conceit of an obtuse generation that it believes itself to be committed to modernity, embodied by devotion to science and reason, and yet is so irrevocably immutable to evidence.The spiritual (but not religious) Mecca of modernity in the Catholic Church is the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the headquarters of which would likely be a smoking ruin if we had a God quick to anger rather than slow.The absurdity of this very modern institution is embodied perfectly in their recent USCCB statement on their “Commitment To Dialogue With Muslims.”What is the bottom line? They are...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 26, 2014]

    08/26/2014 5:49:09 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Are You Ever Troubled? " Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you . . . —John 14:27 " There are times in our lives when our peace is based simply on our own ignorance. But when we are awakened to the realities of life, true inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus. When our Lord speaks peace, He creates peace, because the words that He speaks are always “spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). Have I ever received what Jesus speaks? “. . . My peace I give to you. ....
  • Taking Offense: An Enemy of Truth

    08/26/2014 11:34:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | PETE JERMANN
    Taking offense certifies the modern man as one who cares. If we take offense on behalf of another, we can number ourselves among the sensitive and loving. If we take offense personally, we can brandish a stop sign declaring to all that the offense must cease. In either case, the offending words must stop and the conversation must end. For the modern lover never offends. Instead he unfailingly affirms. He affirms us with an “okay” that builds our self-esteem, engenders good feelings, and requires nothing of us beyond self-affirmation.But can people who love one another do so simply by...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 25, 2014]

    08/25/2014 6:41:53 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Sacrifice and Friendship " I have called you friends . . . —John 15:15 " We will never know the joy of self-sacrifice until we surrender in every detail of our lives. Yet self-surrender is the most difficult thing for us to do. We make it conditional by saying, “I’ll surrender if . . . !” Or we approach it by saying, “I suppose I have to devote my life to God.” We will never find the joy of self-sacrifice in either of these ways.But as soon as we do totally surrender, abandoning ourselves to Jesus, the Holy Spirit...
  • USCCB Committee Reaffirms Commitment to Dialogue with Muslims

    08/25/2014 10:07:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has strongly reaffirmed its commitment to engage in dialogue with Muslims. After citing texts from the Second Vatican Council and St. John Paul II on dialogue with Muslims, the committee stated that sadly, in recent years, there has been a deliberate rejection of this call to engage in dialogue with our Muslim brothers and sisters by some in the Catholic Church and in other ecclesial families. The committee continued: We understand the confusion and deep emotions stirred by real and apparent acts of aggression and discrimination by...
  • Martin Luther's Devotion to Mary

    08/24/2014 4:45:06 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 255 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org ^ | April 24, 2003 | Dave Armstrong
    Let's see what the Father of Protestantism thought about the Blessed Mother..... Despite the radicalism of early Protestantism toward many ancient Catholic "distinctives," such as the Communion of the Saints, Penance, Purgatory, Infused Justification, the Papacy, the priesthood, sacramental marriage, etc., it may surprise many to discover that Martin Luther was rather conservative in some of his doctrinal views, such as on baptismal regeneration, the Eucharist, and particularly the Blessed Virgin Mary. Luther indeed was quite devoted to Our Lady, and retained most of the traditional Marian doctrines which were held then and now by the Catholic Church. This is...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 24, 2014]

    08/24/2014 1:57:42 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Spiritual Search " What man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? —Matthew 7:9 " The illustration of prayer that our Lord used here is one of a good child who is asking for something good. We talk about prayer as if God hears us regardless of what our relationship is to Him (see Matthew 5:45). Never say that it is not God’s will to give you what you ask. Don’t faint and give up, but find out the reason you have not received; increase the intensity of your...
  • Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    08/24/2014 5:46:36 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 34 replies
    http://spiritualdirection.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Peter Howard
    What a beautiful salutation to call upon Our Most Blessed Mother! One may be tempted to think that these words are an exaggerated expression of piety as they apply also to her Son, whose sacrifice on the Cross obtained our Redemption. However, Gods Redemption began not with an imposition upon an unworthy humanity, but through the free gift of a womans fiat that first opened the door of heaven to bring down the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity. This is why St. Bernard, and the Church throughout the ages echoing his words, refers to Mary as the cause...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 23, 2014]

    08/23/2014 5:13:01 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Prayer— Battle in “The Secret Place” " When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly —Matthew 6:6 " Jesus did not say, “Dream about your Father who is in the secret place,” but He said, “. . . pray to your Father who is in the secret place. . . .” Prayer is an effort of the will. After we have entered our secret place and shut the door, the most difficult...
  • Islams Relaxation of the Intelligence

    08/23/2014 4:28:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 8/23/14 | Benedict Kielly
    In times of evil, prophets who see it in what Ronald Knox called a clear light are not necessarily heeded, though they are desperately needed. Such a man was Hilaire Belloc, as Monsignor Knox described him at Bellocs funeral Mass in 1953. By derivation, Knox explained, a prophet is one who speaks out. Belloc, the first truly revisionist historian, made it his lifes work to speak out. He warned of the rise of Islam throughout the early years of the 20th century and then between the two world wars, when such prophecy seemed absurd. In 2006 another great prophet, Pope...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 22, 2014]

    08/22/2014 6:24:17 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    “I Indeed . . . But He” " I indeed baptize you with water . . . but He . . . will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire —Matthew 3:11 " Have I ever come to the point in my life where I can say, “I indeed . . . but He . . .”? Until that moment comes, I will never know what the baptism of the Holy Spirit means. I indeed am at the end, and I cannot do anything more— but He begins right there— He does the things that no one else...