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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-28-14, M, St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    08/27/2014 9:26:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-28-14 | Revised New Americann Bible
    August 28, 2014Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 1 Cor 1:1-9 Paul, called to be an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,and Sosthenes our brother,to the Church of God that is in Corinth,to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy,with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.Grace to you and peace from God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always on your accountfor the grace of God bestowed...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 27, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/27/2014 5:34:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 8/27/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Way You Should Go Today's Scripture I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you need direction in your life today? Maybe you are facing an important decision in your job, at home or in your relationships. Know this: God Himself will teach you what you should do. He promises to show you the path you should take. Hes watching over you and giving you advice every step of the way! Understand that...
  • 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-27-14, M, St. Monica

    08/26/2014 9:13:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-27-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 27, 2014Memorial of Saint Monica    Reading 1 2 Thes 3:6-10, 16-18 We instruct you, brothers and sisters,in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,to shun any brotherwho walks in a disorderly wayand not according to the tradition they received from us.For you know how one must imitate us.For we did not act in a disorderly way among you,nor did we eat food received free from anyone.On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked,so as not to burden any of you.Not that we do not have the right.Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 26, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/26/2014 5:51:47 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 8/26/14 | Joel Osteen
    Breaking Strongholds Today's Scripture For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:4, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Scripture tells us that there is a battle going on in our minds. Our thoughts dictate our actions. Thats why the enemy will do everything he can to get you thinking in the wrong direction. Sometimes, its not our own thoughts that are holding us back; sometimes its that weve believed the negative things that other people have spoken. Those words are like seeds. If you dwell on...
  • 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. ....
  • WHY CATHOLICS ARE SO OBSESSED WITH SEX

    08/26/2014 8:38:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies
    Regina ^ | Beverly De Soto
    Why is it, said Jessica, my long-time friend, a non-observant Church of Scotland member, that the Catholic Church wont just, er, enter the modern era? Why are they so obsessed with sex? Um, I thought, here we go. We were sitting in a coffee place in Edinburgh, trying to catch up from our busy lives. Even though our lives have taken different paths, Jessica and I go back a long time. I took a deep breath. For the same reason that traditionally Jews forbade pre-marital sex, and sex outside marriage, I said evenly. After all, Christianity is an offshoot of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-26-14

    08/25/2014 8:28:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-26-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 26, 2014Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17 We ask you, brothers and sisters,with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christand our assembling with him,not to be shaken out of your minds suddenly,or to be alarmed either by a “spirit,” or by an oral statement,or by a letter allegedly from usto the effect that the day of the Lord is at hand.Let no one deceive you in any way. To this end he has also called you through our Gospelto possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.Therefore,...
  • In Ethiopia, an Adrenaline-Filled Act of Faith

    08/25/2014 7:44:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/22/14 | Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll
    Ethiopias little-known churchesWith their sheer cliffs, surreal rock formations and vertical spires, northern Ethiopias Gheralta Mountains recall stretches of the southwestern United States red desert landscape. The primary difference: perched high and tucked away into these mountain cliffs are some of the countrys least visited rock-hewn Ethiopian Orthodox cave churches, some of which are more than 1,000 years old. The Gheralta cluster, located in Tigray Province, includes more than 30 structures. Although local legend claims that these churches date to between the 4th and 6th Centuries, historians believe that they were more likely built from the 9th to 12th Centuries....
  • Pro-Lifers Slam Massive Fines Obama Wants on Catholic Nuns Who Oppose HHS Mandate

    08/25/2014 7:09:48 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    On Friday, the Obama administration revised the HHS mandate rules the first revision since losing to Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court. The revisions provide no relief from the mandate and essentially restate how pro-life groups, like the Little Sisters, will have to pay huge fines if the violate the mandate. The upshot of the new rules? As Arina Grossu, Director for the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, tells LifeNews, its the threat of crippling fines on non-profits who stand up for their freedom of conscience. littlesisters2Congressman Chris Smith, the top pro-life advocate in the...
  • The Hardest Place for Us to Take Our Special Needs Child? Our Church

    08/25/2014 7:02:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 123 replies
    life news ^ | Jesi Smith
    I am new to this journey. My daughter Faith is only 5 years old. She is mentally and physically disabled, still small enough to carry, quiet . . . mostly, and has not developed the larger, louder, and strange movements and sounds that many older people who are mentally and physically disabled seem to develop as they try to express themselves yet. We have taken our daughter to concerts, plays, movie theatres, political speeches, pro-life fundraisers and community events, and spend a lot of time in hallways and lobbies when she does get loud. However, weve found that the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 25, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/25/2014 6:43:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/25/14 | Joel Osteen
    Your Original Software Today's Scripture Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Gods will is his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Our minds work like a computer. The way you program it is the way its going to function. You can have the most powerful computer made, but if you put the wrong software in it, its not going to function like it was designed. Weve all had...
  • 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...
  • Conservative Editorial Overload With Zero ETERNAL Insight

    08/25/2014 4:16:22 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 6 replies
    IFB ^ | 8/25/14
    Today there is absolutely no shortage of political commentary from the Right and as a matter of fact, it has become a deluge of daily commentary that is drowning the conservative laymen with no REALITY or ETERNAL hope (John 1:12, Acts 16:28-30, 1 Cor. 2:2, 1 John 2:15-17)! I have found that much of this commentary is just gazed over by conservative readers and that conservative commentary writers are just preaching to conservative commentary writers the majority of the time. It seems like everybody who is anybody has a blog or a political editorial column on the Internet, or a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-14, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/24/2014 9:12:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 25, 2014Monday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 2 Thes 1:1-5, 11-12 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the Church of the Thessaloniansin God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:grace to you and peace from God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters,as is fitting, because your faith flourishes ever more,and the love of every one of you for one another grows ever greater.Accordingly, we ourselves boast of you in the churches of Godregarding your endurance and faith in all your persecutionsand the afflictions...
  • 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-24-14, Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/23/2014 8:48:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 24, 2014Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 is 22:19-23 Thus says the LORD to Shebna, master of the palace:“I will thrust you from your officeand pull you down from your station.On that day I will summon my servantEliakim, son of Hilkiah;I will clothe him with your robe,and gird him with your sash,and give over to him your authority.He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,and to the house of Judah.I will place the key of the House of David on Eliakim’s shoulder;when he opens, no one shall shutwhen he shuts, no one shall open.I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-23-14, OM, St. Rose of Lima

    08/23/2014 5:50:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 23, 2014Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ez 43:1-7ab The angel led me to the gate which faces the east,and there I saw the glory of the God of Israelcoming from the east.I heard a sound like the roaring of many waters,and the earth shone with his glory.The vision was like that which I had seenwhen he came to destroy the city,and like that which I had seen by the river Chebar.I fell prone as the glory of the LORD entered the templeby way of the gate which faces the east,but spirit lifted...
  • 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...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 22, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/22/2014 6:26:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/22/14 | Joel Osteen
    A Gift from God Today's Scripture For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We serve such a generous and loving God. He loves you so much that there isnt anything He wouldnt do in order to have a relationship with you. The Bible tells us that sin separates man from God, but God doesnt want to be separated from any of us. Thats why He sent Jesus into the world to pay the penalty for sin...
  • 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...
  • black mass nixed in oklahoma city

    08/22/2014 4:39:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    There was to be a Black Mass performance at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21, using a consecrated Host. But after Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley succeeded in getting a judge to issue a restraining order, on the grounds that the Host had been stolen, the attorney for the Satanic group returned the Host to a Catholic priest. The archbishop then dropped his lawsuit. Here is how the story played out over the summer. When we learned of this scheduled performance, we issued a news release on July 2 calling attention to what a Black Mass entails. We...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-22-14, M, Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    08/21/2014 8:09:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-22-14 | Revised New American Bble
    August 22, 2014Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 Ez 37:1-14 The hand of the LORD came upon me,and led me out in the Spirit of the LORDand set me in the center of the plain,which was now filled with bones.He made me walk among the bones in every directionso that I saw how many they were on the surface of the plain.How dry they were!He asked me:Son of man, can these bones come to life?I answered, “Lord GOD, you alone know that.”Then he said to me:Prophesy over these bones, and say to them:Dry...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/21/2014 5:44:29 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 8/21/14 | Joel Osteen
    Break the Yoke of Average Today's Scripture Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:2021, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God never created you to be ordinary. He created you to leave your mark on this generation. God wants you to do something big. He wants you to go further than anyone in your family. You have seeds of greatness on...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 21, 2014]

    08/21/2014 5:42:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Ministry of the Unnoticed " Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . —Matthew 5:3 " The New Testament notices things that do not seem worthy of notice by our standards. “Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . .” This literally means, “Blessed are the paupers.” Paupers are remarkably commonplace! The preaching of today tends to point out a person’s strength of will or the beauty of his character— things that are easily noticed. The statement we so often hear, “Make a decision for Jesus Christ,” places the emphasis on something our Lord never trusted....
  • Top 12 Catholic Instagrammers

    08/21/2014 4:34:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    ProjectYM ^ | 8/20/14 | Matthew Schneider
    Instagram is famous for people posting tons of selfies and pet pictures. However, it can be used for good. Ive found a few Catholics who really use it as a platform for their faith. It will never be a complete catechism but it can help you in your walk with the Lord. Instagram is all about being beautiful and beauty is an important way to see God today (as my Instagram bio reminds you). These Instagrammers are good for every Catholic to follow; adult or teen, in ministry or barely hanging onto their faith. I chose these based on a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-21-14, M, St. Pius X, Pope

    08/20/2014 9:17:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 21, 2014Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope    Reading 1 Ez 36:23-28 Thus says the LORD:I will prove the holiness of my great name, profaned among the nations, in whose midst you have profaned it.Thus the nations shall know that I am the LORD, says the Lord GOD,when in their sight I prove my holiness through you.For I will take you away from among the nations,gather you from all the foreign lands,and bring you back to your own land.I will sprinkle clean water upon youto cleanse you from all your impurities,and from all your idols I will cleanse...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 20, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/20/2014 5:35:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/20/14 | Joel Osteen
    Believe and Declare Today's Scripture It is written: I believed; therefore I have spoken. Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak. (2 Corinthians 4:13, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria There was a man who was believing to pay his house off. It was a standard 30-year mortgage, and he had 23 years left. In the natural, there was no way he could do it. But he was bold enough to say, Father, I want to thank You that You are Jehovah Jireh; the Lord my provider. I know my job...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 20, 2014]

    08/20/2014 5:33:45 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Christ-Awareness " . . . and I will give you rest —Matthew 11:28 " Whenever anything begins to disintegrate your life with Jesus Christ, turn to Him at once, asking Him to re-establish your rest. Never allow anything to remain in your life that is causing the unrest. Think of every detail of your life that is causing the disintegration as something to fight against, not as something you should allow to remain. Ask the Lord to put awareness of Himself in you, and your self-awareness will disappear. Then He will be your all in all. Beware of allowing...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-20-14, M, St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

    08/19/2014 9:25:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 20, 2014Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Ez 34:1-11 The word of the Lord came to me:Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel,in these words prophesy to them to the shepherds:Thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the shepherds of Israelwho have been pasturing themselves!Should not shepherds, rather, pasture sheep?You have fed off their milk, worn their wool,and slaughtered the fatlings,but the sheep you have not pastured.You did not strengthen the weak nor heal the sicknor bind up the injured.You did not bring back the strayed nor seek the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 19, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/19/2014 5:45:34 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 8/19/14 | Joel Osteen
    Youve Struggled Long Enough Today's Scripture The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. (Exodus 14:14, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria All through life, the enemy tries to stop us with a yoke of bondage a yoke of depression, a yoke of low self-esteem, a yoke of compromise. Hell try to burden you down so that everything is a struggle. You may be working hard, but you cant get ahead because you have all these yokes controlling you. Maybe youve been living with a yoke your whole life. Its been passed down...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 19, 2014]

    08/19/2014 5:42:26 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Self-Awareness " Come to Me . . . —Matthew 11:28 " God intends for us to live a well-rounded life in Christ Jesus, but there are times when that life is attacked from the outside. Then we tend to fall back into self-examination, a habit that we thought was gone. Self-awareness is the first thing that will upset the completeness of our life in God, and self-awareness continually produces a sense of struggling and turmoil in our lives. Self-awareness is not sin, and it can be produced by nervous emotions or by suddenly being dropped into a totally new...
  • What is your interpretation of this?

    08/19/2014 2:56:45 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 34 replies
    Bible-K.J.V. ^ | c33-100A.D. | God
    What does this part of the letter from Paul, to the Romans mean to you: Romans 7, V 14-25 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that...
  • The Catholic Defender: Mary, Queen Of Heaven

    08/19/2014 7:57:09 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 146 replies
    This coming August 22, the Feast of Mary, Queen of Heaven will be celebrated throughout the world. Deepertruth will focus this Tuesday on this most important topic. The Marian teaching Queen of Heaven is steeped in Old Testament tradition. There are those who misunderstand this teaching and will even claim it is Pagan. Nothing can be furthest from the truth. Some will surely want to raise the scripture coming from Jeremiah 7:16-18, You, now, do not intercede for this people; raise not in their behalf a pleading prayer! Do not urge me, for I will not listen to you. Do...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-19-14, OM, St. John Eudes

    08/18/2014 9:00:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 19, 2014Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ez 28:1-10 The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man,say to the prince of Tyre: Thus says the Lord GOD: Because you are haughty of heart,you say, “A god am I!I occupy a godly thronein the heart of the sea!”—And yet you are a man, and not a god,however you may think yourself like a god.Oh yes, you are wiser than Daniel,there is no secret that is beyond you.By your wisdom and your intelligenceyou have made riches for yourself;You have put gold and...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 18, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/18/2014 5:29:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/18/14 | Joel Osteen
    Yoke Destroyer Today's Scripture And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. (Isaiah 10:27, KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria A yoke is something that is put around the neck of an ox to help control the animal. It limits its movement. If the ox starts to get off course, the yoke is used to pull it back. Even though an ox is very powerful, this small yoke keeps...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August , 2014]

    08/18/2014 5:26:26 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Have You Ever Been Speechless with Sorrow? " When he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich —Luke 18:23 " The rich young ruler went away from Jesus speechless with sorrow, having nothing to say in response to Jesus’ words. He had no doubt about what Jesus had said or what it meant, and it produced in him a sorrow with no words with which to respond. Have you ever been there? Has God’s Word ever come to you, pointing out an area of your life, requiring you to yield it to Him? Maybe He...
  • 12 Amazing Virtual Tours of the Worlds Most Spectacular Churches

    08/18/2014 6:13:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    ChurchPop ^ | 8/10/14
    Explore in 360 degrees the Sistine Chapel, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and many more - all online.Christians have been making pilgrimages to holy sites and churches around the world for centuries. Cant make a pilgrimage? Heres the next best thing! Some tours are embedded on this page, while others can be found with the link provided. Enjoy! 1) Sistine Chapel Vatican CityBuilt in the 15th century and painted in the 16th century, the Sistine Chapel is one of the great artistic masterpieces in the world. Michelangelo painted the ceiling and the Last Judgement fresco, while the frescoes...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-18-14

    08/17/2014 8:43:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 18, 2014Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ez 24:15-23 The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, by a sudden blowI am taking away from you the delight of your eyes,but do not mourn or weep or shed any tears.Groan in silence, make no lament for the dead,bind on your turban, put your sandals on your feet,do not cover your beard, and do not eat the customary bread.That evening my wife died,and the next morning I did as I had been commanded.Then the people asked me, “Will you not tell...
  • Pope Touches Masses In Last Day of Asia Trip

    08/17/2014 8:08:40 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    CBSNews ^ | August17, 2014 | SETH DOANE
    By SETH DOANE CBS NEWS August 17, 2014 Pope Touches Masses In Last Day of Asia Trip On the last full day of his trip to Asia today, Pope Francis appeared to make the most visible outreach yet to China and other countries in the region that do not have diplomatic relations with the Vatican. Saying that "Christians do not come as conquerors," he urged beginning a "fraternal" dialogue. Speaking to thousands of youth this afternoon, Pope Francis called on them to serve the marginalized and the lonely. "Asian youth, wake up," the pope said. The pope started his day...
  • Jesus Christ - The ONLY TRUE Friend of the Black Man!

    08/17/2014 5:38:24 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 14 replies
    IFB ^ | 8/18/14
    The only TRUE friend of the black man and woman in this fallen world today is not the WHITE secular liberal Democratic Party, who for centuries has been nothing but an oppressing master to them; it is not even the conservative Christian though they have always been there for the black population throughout history. The ONLY TRUE FRIEND of the Black man and women is none other than the ETERNAL Son of God who stretched forth His hands on an old rugged cross 2000 years ago and died in OUR (red, yellow, black or white) stead for OUR transgressions against...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 17, 2014]

    08/17/2014 2:34:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Are You Discouraged or Devoted? " . . . Jesus . . . said to him, ’You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have . . . and come, follow Me.’ But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich —Luke 18:22-23 " Have you ever heard the Master say something very difficult to you? If you haven’t, I question whether you have ever heard Him say anything at all. Jesus says a tremendous amount to us that we listen to, but do not actually hear. And once we do hear Him,...
  • Unwed Celebrity Mom Does Breastfeeding Pictorial

    08/17/2014 7:30:28 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 43 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 17, 2014 | JP
    Actress Olivia Wilde is featured on the cover of the September issue of Glamour magazine. Inside the glossy is an article in which Wilde talks about what life is like for her being a working mom. An article featuring the vacuous ramblings of the newby mom (I wasnt going to sacrifice myself because I was becoming a mother, she told her interviewer) would be unworthy of comment here were it not for the pictorial that accompanied the article. Or, more specifically, the photo of Wilde sitting in the booth of some Hollywood diner, glammed up in a Roberto Cavalli dress,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-17-14, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/16/2014 6:42:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 17, 2014Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Is 56:1, 6-7 Thus says the LORD:Observe what is right, do what is just;for my salvation is about to come,my justice, about to be revealed. The foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,ministering to him,loving the name of the LORD,and becoming his servants—all who keep the sabbath free from profanationand hold to my covenant,them I will bring to my holy mountainand make joyful in my house of prayer;their burnt offerings and sacrificeswill be acceptable on my altar,for my house shall be calleda house of prayer for all peoples. Responsorial...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 16, 2014]

    08/16/2014 6:06:00 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Does He Know Me . . . ? " He calls his own . . . by name . . . —John 10:3 " When I have sadly misunderstood Him? (see John 20:11-18). It is possible to know all about doctrine and still not know Jesus. A person’s soul is in grave danger when the knowledge of doctrine surpasses Jesus, avoiding intimate touch with Him. Why was Mary weeping? Doctrine meant no more to her than the grass under her feet. In fact, any Pharisee could have made a fool of Mary doctrinally, but one thing they could never...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-16-14, OM, St. Stephen of Hungary

    08/15/2014 9:21:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 16, 2014Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ez 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32 The word of the LORD came to me:Son of man, what is the meaning of this proverbthat you recite in the land of Israel: “Fathers have eaten green grapes,thus their children’s teeth are on edge”? As I live, says the Lord GOD:I swear that there shall no longer be anyone among youwho will repeat this proverb in Israel.For all lives are mine;the life of the father is like the life of the son, both are mine;only the one who sins shall die....
  • Muhammed Is Britain's Most Popular Boys Name

    08/15/2014 7:22:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/15/14 | Andre Walker
    As exclusively reported by Breitbart London last week, Muhammed has been crowned Britain's most popular boys name in figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today. The name of the Muslim prophet beat Oliver as the most popular boys name chosen by parents in Britain in 2013. As a result of the way the statistics are put together, the name does not appear to have won, as the ONS classifies each of the different spellings as a different entry on the list. This means that "Muhammad" came in 15th with 3,499 children but "Mohammed" was 23rd with 2,887...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 15, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/15/2014 6:26:52 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/15/14 | Joel Osteen
    Unlimited Supply Today's Scripture And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe. ... (Ephesians 1:19, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria If someone had a thousand gallons of water to give you but you only had a one-gallon container, you wouldnt be able to receive what they had for you. The problem would not be with the supply; it would be with your ability to receive. If you would get rid of the small container and get something larger, then...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 15, 2014]

    08/15/2014 6:24:28 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Evidence of the New Birth " You must be born again —John 3:7 " The answer to Nicodemus’ question, “How can a man be born when he is old?” is: Only when he is willing to die to everything in his life, including his rights, his virtues, and his religion, and becomes willing to receive into himself a new life that he has never before experienced (John 3:4). This new life exhibits itself in our conscious repentance and through our unconscious holiness.“But as many as received Him. . .” (John 1:12). Is my knowledge of Jesus the result...
  • Actor Gary Sinise: Catholic Convert and Surprise Speaker at Knights of Columbus's Annual Conventio

    08/15/2014 3:55:36 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 73 replies
    http://www.aleteia.org ^ | August 15, 2014 | Susan Wills
    Gary Sinise actor, director, bass player, patriot, philanthropist and convert to Catholicism was a surprise guest at the Knights of Columbus annual convention in Orlando earlier this month. The person who was most surprised about being there may have been Gary Sinise himself. He confessed that he and his family werent part of any religion until his wife returned to her mothers abandoned Catholic roots in 2000 and he subsequently slow-walked his way to Confirmation in 2010. He recounted his initial shock and eventual support of his wifes decision in an interview several years ago. Hed been filming...