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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-02-14, OM, St. Eusebius, Bishop, St. Peter Julian Eymard

    08/01/2014 8:18:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    USCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-02-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 2, 2014Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jer 26:11-16, 24 The priests and prophets said to the princes and to all the people,“This man deserves death;he has prophesied against this city,as you have heard with your own ears.”Jeremiah gave this answer to the princes and all the people:“It was the LORD who sent me to prophesy against this house and cityall that you have heard.Now, therefore, reform your ways and your deeds;listen to the voice of the LORD your God,so that the LORD will repent of the evil with which he threatens you.As...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 1, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/01/2014 3:43:15 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 8/1/14 | Joel Osteen
    Gods Idea of Big Today's Scripture The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. (Psalm 126:3, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God did not create us to reach one level and stop. When we think, Oh God, thank You, Ive accomplished my dreams, God says, I appreciate your thanks, but Im not finished with you. Its too small a thing for you to stay there. Ive got something bigger. In our minds, it could be huge. Just got the promotion. Just moved into the Compaq Center. Just met the person of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 1, 2014]

    08/01/2014 3:40:47 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Learning About His Ways " When Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples . . . He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities —Matthew 11:1 " He comes where He commands us to leave. If you stayed home when God told you to go because you were so concerned about your own people there, then you actually robbed them of the teaching of Jesus Christ Himself. When you obeyed and left all the consequences to God, the Lord went into your city to teach, but as long as you were disobedient, you blocked His way....
  • FactChecker: Misquoting Francis of Assisi

    08/01/2014 7:21:11 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | July 10, 2012 | Glenn T. Stanton
    Christians use lots of quotes. Pastors use them in their sermons constantly. Writers illustrate their points with them. Nothing wrong with that. They are quite helpful and encouraging in making a point.Save when the quote has no basis in fact.We as evangelicals who claim we are committed to truth are certainly good at spreading falsehood, even if unintentionally. We can do better. One very clever and popular quote we often knock around among ourselves is . . .Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.It is always attributed to St. Francis of Assisi—founder of the Franciscan Order—and is intended...
  • Pope Francis Reveals Top 10 Secrets to Happiness...

    08/01/2014 7:01:41 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 62 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Jul 30, 2014‎ | Stoyan Zaimov
    Full Title: Pope Francis Reveals Top 10 Secrets to Happiness; Advises Taking Care of Nature, Honoring Sundays, Respecting Others' Beliefs Pope Francis has shared his top 10 secrets to a happy life in an interview with an Argentinean newspaper, and advised people to slow down and enjoy a "healthy sense of leisure," to take care of nature, and to respect other people's beliefs, among others. Catholic News Service posted Pope Francis' list on Tuesday, published in part in the Argentine weekly "Viva." The list goes as follows: 1. "Live and let live." Everyone should be guided by this principle, he...
  • Russia Shouldn't Make Excuses to the USA for Building Relations of Religion, Society and State..

    08/01/2014 6:41:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/31/14
    Moscow, July 31, Interfax - Russia and other states have the right for their own model of relations between religion and state different from the USA and they should not make excuses for it, head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said commenting the recent report of the USA State Department on international religious freedom. "I"ve been reading this report for many years, and I think it becomes more and more balanced. It's good that the topic of Christians' exodus from some countries of the Middle East is mentioned, that not only countries which...
  • Saint's remains return to Hawaii permanently

    07/31/2014 9:30:00 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    msn ^ | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
    St. Marianne Cope's remains will arrive in a hearse Thursday at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu for a ceremony and Mass. In this 1883 file photo provided by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, Mother Marianne Cope, a nun who dedicated her life to caring for exiled leprosy patients on Kalaupapa in Hawaii, poses for a photographer.AP Photo: Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, File In this 1883 file photo provided by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, Mother Marianne Cope, a nun who dedicated her life to...
  • The Book of Abraham Papyri and Joseph Smith

    07/31/2014 9:01:53 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 40 replies
    CARM ^ | Matt Slick
    The Book of Abraham Papyri and Joseph Smith by Matt Slick There are many proofs that Joseph Smith was a false prophet, but Mormons typically will not accept them. From the biblical evidence that contradicts Mormon theology to the contradictions within its own history and doctrine, proofs abound. But Mormons, completely dedicated to their religion and their testimony, cannot and will not see the evidence. They rely not on biblical evidence--not on historical evidence but rather trust a 'testimony' that Mormonism is the restored church and Joseph Smith its true prophet. One of the tests of whether or not a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-14, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/31/2014 7:51:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-01-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 1, 2014Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Jer 26:1-9 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim,son of Josiah, king of Judah,this message came from the LORD: Thus says the LORD:Stand in the court of the house of the LORDand speak to the people of all the cities of Judahwho come to worship in the house of the LORD;whatever I command you, tell them, and omit nothing.Perhaps they will listen and turn back, each from his evil way,so that I may repent of the evil I have planned to inflict...
  • A Christian Told Him Abortion Will Never be Stopped, His Response Was Priceless

    07/31/2014 7:38:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Life News ^ | Bryan Kemper
    Abortion cannot be stopped. That is what a man said to me as I was coming out of Mass with the Stand True Mission Team and the walkers from Crossroads Pro-life Walks Across America. You may be kind of surprised that I would hear this from someone coming out of church but it is not that uncommon. Pessimism coupled with apathy permeates in our churches and people who claim to follow Christ. bryankemper18I told him that many people said that slavery would never be made illegal back in the 1800s. He just ignored that and continued to argue that abortion...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 31, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/31/2014 6:34:15 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 7/31/14 | Joel Osteen
    Enlarge Your Vision Today's Scripture Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back... (Isaiah 54:2, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God has blessings untold prepared for your future! He has favor in your future like youve never imagined. He wants to take you places youve never even dreamed of. But in order for us to partake of all these blessings, we have to increase our capacity to receive. Think about this: If you have a one-gallon bucket, and someone has fifty gallons to give you, the problem is not with...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 31, 2014]

    07/31/2014 6:31:55 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Becoming Entirely His " Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing —James 1:4 " Many of us appear to be all right in general, but there are still some areas in which we are careless and lazy; it is not a matter of sin, but the remnants of our carnal life that tend to make us careless. Carelessness is an insult to the Holy Spirit. We should have no carelessness about us either in the way we worship God, or even in the way we eat and drink.Not only must our...
  • Mississippi police confiscated pro-life counselors Bible: legal complaint

    07/31/2014 2:12:28 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Ben Johnson
    Police in Mississippi have engaged in a pattern of harassment and false arrests designed to chill pro-life speech outside that state's last abortion facility, even confiscating and refusing to return a pro-life counselor's Bible, a new legal complaint states. Lawyers with the Life Legal Defense Fund (LLDF) say the Jackson Police Department has systematically infringed, and continues to infringe, upon the free speech rights of citizens by unlawfully arresting, citing, and threatening to arrest sidewalk counselors for conduct that is protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments. All of the alleged harassment took place outside Jackson Women's Health Organization (JHWO),...
  • Kurdistan Declares Safe Haven for Christian Refugees

    07/31/2014 1:59:18 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    anglicanink ^ | 27 Jul 2014 | Andrew Boyd
    Kurdistan has declared a safe-haven for Christian refugees, as Islamist militants extinguish the Christian presence in Iraqs second city, Mosul. According to news reports, every Christian has finally been driven out of the city. Displaced Christians have expressed anger towards the international community for failing to protect them or offer asylum. One priest, who cannot be named, told religious liberty organisation, Release International, that he was furious that Britain offered visas to terrorists but refused to grant them to Iraqi Christians. The priest was also dismayed that British jihadis were among the IS fighters. There is no hope, no future....
  • Magic Underwear & Magic Food

    07/31/2014 11:11:43 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 436 replies
    Mormons have some really weird beliefs. For example, many (all) Mormons believe they (males only) can take a cooking/salad oil, pour just a small drop on the crown of your head and their god will heal them of almost anything. Mormons believe that by wearing ugly underwear bought from a specific company, their god will protect them from harm. Mormons believe that by wearing a really weird looking costume they are taught secret ways to touch angels so after they die, the angels will let Mormons get into heaven quicker. Mormons believe their god requires women to not wear outer...
  • No, Christians Should Not Believe in 'Left Behind's' Rapture Theology, Says Prominent Apologist

    07/31/2014 8:11:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 151 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/31/2014 | Morgan Lee
    "This doctrine is not really found in the book of Revelation. If you read the book of Revelation, you won't find any mention of the rapture there," said William Craig, a Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. Instead, Craig says, the idea of the rapture comes from a "misinterpretation of 1 and 2 Thessalonians where Paul is describing the coming of the Lord and resurrection of the dead, which will occur at His coming." "If you compare what Paul says there to what Jesus says about the End Times,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-31-14, M, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

    07/30/2014 8:15:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-31-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 31, 2014Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest    Reading 1 Jer 18:1-6 This word came to Jeremiah from the LORD:Rise up, be off to the potter’s house;there I will give you my message.I went down to the potter’s house and there he was, working at the wheel.Whenever the object of clay which he was makingturned out badly in his hand, he tried again,making of the clay another object of whatever sort he pleased.Then the word of the LORD came to me:Can I not do to you, house of Israel,as this potter has done? says the LORD.Indeed, like...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 30, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/30/2014 5:52:26 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 7/30/14 | Joel Osteen
    Dont Just Pray to Become a Better Slave! Today's Scripture Therefore, say to the Israelites: I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. (Exodus 6:6, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When the Israelites were in slavery, they were forced to make bricks all day long. They were given quotas that were almost impossible to meet. And at one point, Pharaoh got upset and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 30, 2014]

    07/30/2014 5:50:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Teaching of Disillusionment " Jesus did not commit Himself to them . . . , for He knew what was in man John 2:24-25 " Disillusionment means having no more misconceptions, false impressions, and false judgments in life; it means being free from these deceptions. However, though no longer deceived, our experience of disillusionment may actually leave us cynical and overly critical in our judgment of others. But the disillusionment that comes from God brings us to the point where we see people as they really are, yet without any cynicism or any stinging and bitter criticism. Many...
  • The Book that Everyone Read During World War I

    07/29/2014 9:08:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Standard Newswire ^ | July 28, 2014 | Andrea Rhodes
    SWINDON, England, July 28, 2014 /Standard Newswire/ -- 100 years ago, on 28 July 1914, the first shots of World War I were fired. Over the following four years, 16 million lives were lost as 65 million men from 32 countries were drawn into the conflict. The book that was read and cherished by people on both sides of the conflict was the Bible. To commemorate the First World War centenary, Bible Society in England and Wales has been looking back at its records to trace the extent and impact of its Scripture distribution during the war years. What they...
  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-14, OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/29/2014 8:59:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-30-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 30, 2014Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jer 15:10, 16-21 Woe to me, mother, that you gave me birth!a man of strife and contention to all the land!I neither borrow nor lend,yet all curse me.When I found your words, I devoured them;they became my joy and the happiness of my heart,Because I bore your name,O LORD, God of hosts.I did not sit celebratingin the circle of merrymakers;Under the weight of your hand I sat alonebecause you filled me with indignation.Why is my pain continuous,my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?You have indeed become...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 29, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/29/2014 5:52:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 7/29/14 | Joel Osteen
    Dont Settle Where You Are Today's Scripture ...No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God did not create you to live a little life with little dreams, little goals, little passion, little influence. God thinks big. He thinks abundance. He thinks expansive. He told the Israelites, I am bringing you into a wide land, a spacious land flowing with milk and honey. God has something bigger, something better, something more rewarding in front of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 29, 2014]

    07/29/2014 5:50:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Do You See Jesus in Your Clouds? " Behold, He is coming with clouds . . . —Revelation 1:7 " In the Bible clouds are always associated with God. Clouds are the sorrows, sufferings, or providential circumstances, within or without our personal lives, which actually seem to contradict the sovereignty of God. Yet it is through these very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there were never any clouds in our lives, we would have no faith. “The clouds are the dust of His feet” (Nahum 1:3). They are a...
  • "So. Baptist Mom Has Some Really Fabulous Comebacks To Some Really Terrible Questions" (pro-"trans")

    07/29/2014 4:13:52 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 45 replies
    Upworthy ^ | Alana Karsch
    How much do I love this video? Let me count the ways... 1. She's a mom who takes stereotypes and kicks 'em to the curb. 2. The story she tells is R-E-A-L, REAL. No apologies. She's serving up realness, people. 3. "I'm a conservative Southern Baptist from Alabama." 'Nuff said. 4. I just really love it.
  • Jessa Duggar's Beau Ben Seewald Deletes Anti-Catholic Statements From Facebook After Backlash

    07/29/2014 4:02:28 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 213 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/24/14 | Sami K. Martin
    Jessa Duggar is currently courting Ben Seewald, a very strong Christian with very strong views on things. His views on the Catholic faith, however, recently caused a social media scandal and Seewald deleted the comments he had posted to his Facebook page. "Where Catholics depart from Scripture, I will in no way support, but will call them out because I love them and desire that they be turned from their deadly errors," Seewald wrote. He also noted that he disagreed with the claim that Jesus' mother Mary was a "sinless being. I have nothing against individuals who are Catholic," he...
  • "How conservative Christian women came to claim true feminism" (Salon)

    07/29/2014 3:57:00 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 8 replies
    Salon ^ | 7/29/14 | Leslie Dorrough Smith
    Concerned Women for America (CWA) was founded in 1979 by Beverly LaHaye, wife of conservative activistand later Left Behind co-authorTim LaHaye. Irritated by the ascendance of Betty Friedans National Organization for Women (NOW), LaHaye founded CWA to represent traditionalist women who balked at feminist liberation. Since its inception, the group has worked to bring biblical values to bear on the American political process, with special attention to issues of sex and gender. Over the past three decades, CWA has become a powerful political force, claiming over half a million members. Leslie Dorrough Smith is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at...
  • Looking for Feedback on Christian Healthcare

    07/29/2014 3:54:24 PM PDT · by MarineBrat · 10 replies
    Vanity | 07/29/2014 | MarineBrat
    I'm seriously considering joining a Christian health care ministry in order to not be backstabbed by Obama's health care TAX next year. The three that I'm aware of are... Samaritan Ministries http://samaritanministries.org Christian Care Ministrys Medi-Share http://mychristiancare.org/medi-share Christian Healthcare Ministries http://www.chministries.org/ Can any FReepers who have experience with these organizations please share their experience?
  • "Is Religion Good for Children?" (Slate)

    07/29/2014 3:48:44 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | 7/29/14 | Mark Joseph Stern
    I n the United States, conventional wisdom holds that you should raise your child to be religious. Taking the kids to church is the default; leaving them home requires justification. Push parents to explain why they should pass on their religionapart from a principled urge to keep the faithand theyre likely to tell you studies prove that kids do better with religion than without it. Mark Joseph Stern Mark Joseph Stern Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues. But is religion really good for kids? That might depend on what kind...
  • "Children raised by same-sex couples healthier and happier, research suggests" (Australia)

    07/29/2014 3:37:53 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 36 replies
    ABC.net.au ^ | 7/5/14
    Children of same-sex parents enjoy better levels of health and wellbeing than their peers from traditional family units, new Australian research suggests. In what they described as the largest study of its type in the world, University of Melbourne researchers surveyed 315 same-sex parents and 500 children about their physical health and social wellbeing. Lead researcher Doctor Simon Crouch said children raised by same-sex partners scored an average of 6 per cent higher than the general population on measures of general health and family cohesion. . . . Ms Phillips also questioned the the objectivity of the study's lead researcher....
  • Homosexual Man Fired from Childrens Ministry for Introducing Boyfriend to Kids

    07/29/2014 3:21:41 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 44 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 7/29/14 | Garrett Haley
    LUBBOCK, Texas Homosexual advocates are outraged that a Christian childrens ministry in Texas fired an employee after he introduced his boyfriend to a group of children under his care. Childrens Home of Lubbock is a non-profit west Texas ministry founded in 1954 and sponsored by Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock. According to the churchs website, the childrens home is committed to bringing hope, healing, a sense of worth and value to the lives of fatherless, abused, and neglected children. In spite of the negative behavioral responses, every child, and family of origin will be treated with dignity and...
  • Ohio State Psychology Course Teaches Christians Are Dumber Than Atheists

    07/29/2014 3:18:16 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 12 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 7/28/14 | Garrett Haley
    COLUMBUS, Ohio Students in an Ohio State University psychology class are being taught that atheists have higher IQs than Christians, according to a report from a college watchdog organization. Campus Reform notes that a question from a recent online psychology quiz from the university implied that religious beliefs were directly related to IQ levels. Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125, the quiz stated. Which of the following statements would you expect to be true? Students were then asked to select an answer from the following four options: 1.Aine is an atheist, while...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings: 07-29-14, M St. Martha

    07/29/2014 4:59:43 AM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-29-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 29, 2014Memorial of Saint Martha  Reading 1 Jer 14:17-22 Let my eyes stream with tearsday and night, without rest,Over the great destruction which overwhelmsthe virgin daughter of my people,over her incurable wound.If I walk out into the field,look! those slain by the sword;If I enter the city,look! those consumed by hunger.Even the prophet and the priestforage in a land they know not. Have you cast Judah off completely?Is Zion loathsome to you?Why have you struck us a blowthat cannot be healed?We wait for peace, to no avail;for a time of healing, but terror comes instead.We recognize, O LORD,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 28, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/28/2014 6:12:18 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 7/28/14 | Joel Osteen
    Gods Dream for Your Life Today's Scripture My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts, says the LORD. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. (Isaiah 55:8, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We all have dreams and goals. We do our best to stretch our faith and believe that one day, if we work hard enough, get the right breaks or meet the right people, well see that dream come to pass. In our mind, that would be big. A great accomplishment. But, whats big to us is not big to God. He...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 28, 2014]

    07/28/2014 6:09:40 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    God’s Purpose or Mine? " He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side . . . —Mark 6:45 " We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success. We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are God’s purpose for us. In fact, His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have the idea that God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal, but He is not....
  • Promises (Between a Mother and her son

    07/28/2014 4:22:12 PM PDT · by girlangler · 3 replies
    Facebook ^ | May 2010 (Mother's Day) | Rodney Elrod
    Today is my youngest brother's birthday. He died a week before his 51st birthday. In his honor, and to show what kind of person he was, I thought I'd share something he wrote for our Mother's Day in 2010 for her, while she was dying of esophageal cancer. "Promises (Between a Mother and a Son)" Dear Mother, When I was conceived, you promised to bring me into this world healthy. And you did. When I was young, you promised to love me and nurture me. And you did. When things got rough, and you were all alone, you promised to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-28-14

    07/27/2014 9:50:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-28-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 28, 2014Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Jer 13:1-11 The LORD said to me: Go buy yourself a linen loincloth;wear it on your loins, but do not put it in water.I bought the loincloth, as the LORD commanded, and put it on.A second time the word of the LORD came to me thus:Take the loincloth which you bought and are wearing,and go now to the Parath;there hide it in a cleft of the rock.Obedient to the LORD’s command, I went to the Parathand buried the loincloth.After a long interval, the LORD said to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 27, 2014]

    07/27/2014 1:41:34 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Way to Knowledge " If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine . . . —John 7:17 " The golden rule to follow to obtain spiritual understanding is not one of intellectual pursuit, but one of obedience. If a person wants scientific knowledge, then intellectual curiosity must be his guide. But if he desires knowledge and insight into the teachings of Jesus Christ, he can only obtain it through obedience. If spiritual things seem dark and hidden to me, then I can be sure that there is a point of disobedience somewhere in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-27-14, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/26/2014 8:05:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-27-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 27, 2014Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12 The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. God said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” Solomon answered:“O LORD, my God, you have made me, your servant, kingto succeed my father David;but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act. I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen,a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heartto judge your people and...
  • Whats Happening to Montreals Churches? Quebec Finding New Ways to Preserve Heritage in Secular Age

    07/26/2014 12:08:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The National Post ^ | 7/25/14 | Graeme Hamilton
    MONTREAL Weight machines fill the space where once there were pews, and visitors sip nutritional green smoothies, not communion wine. But despite its dramatic transformation into a private gym and spa, the onetime Dominican St. Judes Shrine on Montreals St. Denis Street remains a temple of sorts. It becomes almost a religion for some people, Sonya Audrey Bonin, general manager of the Saint-Jude Espace Tonus gym, said this week. I see it with yoga, with taking care of yourself, being careful about what you eat, having a healthy lifestyle. And in a secular age when people are more likely...
  • Why do Protestant lay people hate clergy?

    07/26/2014 4:41:46 AM PDT · by michaelwlf3 · 1,041 replies
    I am coming up on my first year as an ordained minister in a continuing Anglican church, and I have noticed that participating on political forums (even when the topic is religious) I find that my opinions and postings more often than not generate more hatred than anything else. Among the things I often hear are that the laity are the real priests and that I am a Pharisee, that my vocation disqualifies me from offering an opinion on anything Christian because I am too narrow minded, and (my personal favorite) because I look too Catholic I must be a...
  • 'Desire of the Everlasting Hills' Provides Potent Witness to Truth of Catholic Teaching

    07/25/2014 9:28:16 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | THOMAS L. McDONALD
    In Desire of the Everlasting Hills, the most powerful moments occur when the action of grace breaks through and changes a life. In a film thats attempting to change the ground on which the discussion of same-sex attraction in the Church takes place, these little epiphanies are a potent witness to the truth of Catholic teaching. Desire of the Everlasting Hills is a 60-minute documentary from Courage International, the apostolate helping people with same-sex attraction to live chaste lives. The film was showcased at Courages national conference, July 17-20, in Philadelphia.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-26-14, M, Sts. Joachim and Anne, Parents, Bl. Virgin Mary

    07/25/2014 8:11:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-26-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 26, 2014Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 Jer 7:1-11 The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:Stand at the gate of the house of the LORD,and there proclaim this message:Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judahwho enter these gates to worship the LORD!Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:Reform your ways and your deeds,so that I may remain with you in this place.Put not your trust in the deceitful words:“This is the temple of the LORD!The temple of the LORD! The temple...
  • Editor Fired for Criticizing Queen James Bible on Personal Blog Files Federal Complaint

    07/25/2014 2:39:42 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 21 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 7/25/14 | Heather Clark
    DES MOINES, Iowa A newspaper editor who was fired earlier this year for opining on his personal blog that the Queen James Bible is an attempt by homosexuals to make their sinful nature right with God has filed a complaint with the federal government. As previously reported, Bob Eschliman has worked as the editor of the Newton Daily News since 2012, and has served as the publisher of the Clarinda Herald-Journal. But he found himself out of a job this past May when he spoke his mind about the Queen James Bible on his personal blog. Its pretty easy...
  • We Will Not Tolerate Your Religion! School Fires Scientist for Questioning Evolution

    07/25/2014 2:37:50 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 7/24/14 | Garrett Haley
    LOS ANGELES A legal defense organization filed a lawsuit this week against California State University, alleging that the school fired a biologist for discovering scientific evidence that contradicted evolutionary theory. Mark Armitage was a scientist at California State UniversityNorthridge (CSUN), where he worked as a researcher and supervised the schools electron microscope laboratory. He was also a member of several scientific organizations, including the Microscopy Society of America, the American Society of Parasitologists, and the Southern California Academy of Sciences. However, CSUN suddenly terminated Armitages employment two years ago after he discovered soft tissue on a Triceratops fossil. Evolutionists...
  • Atheists End Teacher-Led Prayer in Indiana School District

    07/25/2014 2:36:23 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 28 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 7/24/14 | Heather Clark
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. A prominent atheist organization has convinced an Indiana school district to end teacher-led prayer at area public schools following a complaint from an anonymous parent. The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) contacted the Vigo County School Corporation in Terre Haute last May after receiving a complaint from a parent after teacher Jeffrey Burress at Sarah Scott Middle School allegedly led prayer at an awards banquet. Any prayers led by teachers at school-sponsored events must be stopped immediately, the letter, addressed to Superintendent Daniel Tanoos, read.
  • When Modesty Is Hot: How Much Skin Before It's Sin? (CBN News)

    07/25/2014 2:32:07 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 31 replies
    CBN News ^ | 7/23/14 | Jennifer Wishon
    WASHINGTON -- How much skin can a girl show before it's a sin? Modesty can be a sticky subject, even among Christians. But experts say being modest doesn't mean a woman can't let her beauty shine. In fact, that's the point. If you look around, it's easy to think modesty is dead. Everywhere we look images tell us less is more, and the pressure for young girls to look sexy has never been more potent. . . . "It all has to do with beauty, but beauty should really come from the inside out," explained Jaime Jamgochian, a worship leader...
  • "Why 'Modern Family' Star Eric Stonestreet Refused A Photo With Rick Santorum" (Huffington Post)

    07/25/2014 2:18:51 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 36 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 7/23/14 | Ryan Buxton
    There's no question that Emmy-winning sitcom "Modern Family" is influencing American cultural opinions on same-sex relationships through its characters Mitch and Cam, and that influence goes all the way up to the most powerful people on the planet. . . . "President Obama mentioned in an interview like three weeks ago, just casually, that Michelle and the kids watch Mitch and Cam and they're in tears," Stonestreet said. "To hear the leader of the free world, the president of the United States, say that and to know we have that sort of reach with people and that the people in...
  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-25-14, FEAST, St. James, Apostle

    07/24/2014 8:59:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 25, 2014Feast of Saint James, Apostle  Reading 1 2 Cor 4:7-15 Brothers and sisters:We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;perplexed, but not driven to despair;persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed;always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.For we who live are constantly being given up to deathfor the sake of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh....
  • Former Homosexual Reveals 'Unmitigated Disaster of Gay Marriage'

    07/24/2014 6:04:58 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 49 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 7/18/2014 | David Kyle Foster
    For over 10 years I lived the homosexual lifestyle, and for 34 years I have not. And there are very good reasons for that difference. To those who suggest that I never was homosexual, my response is, "Does sleeping with over 1,000 men count?" Oh yes. I was homosexual, though like most, I never wanted to have such attractions. I saw the narcissism and arrested emotional development all around me, and in me. Guys flitting around like Peter Pan were sometimes cute and funny, and certainly nonthreatening, but I wanted to be a grown up. I wanted to be a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-24-14, OM, St. Sharbel Makhluf, Priest

    07/23/2014 9:36:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 24, 2014Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13 This word of the LORD came to me:Go, cry out this message for Jerusalem to hear! I remember the devotion of your youth,how you loved me as a bride,Following me in the desert,in a land unsown.Sacred to the LORD was Israel,the first fruits of his harvest;Should any presume to partake of them,evil would befall them, says the LORD. When I brought you into the garden land to eat its goodly fruits,You entered and defiled my land,you made my heritage loathsome.The priests asked...