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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-06-16, FEAST, The Transfiguration of the Lord

    08/05/2016 10:20:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-06-16 | catholic
    August 6, 2016 Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Reading 1 Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 As I watched: Thrones were set upand the Ancient One took his throne.His clothing was bright as snow,and the hair on his head as white as wool;his throne was flames of fire,with wheels of burning fire.A surging stream of fireflowed out from where he sat;Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,and myriads upon myriads attended him.The court was convened and the books were opened. As the visions during the night continued, I saw: One like a Son of man coming,on the clouds of heaven;When...
  • Demonic Possession as a Physical Ailment

    07/24/2016 8:33:58 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    Fr. Ted's Blog ^ | 07-12-2016 | Fr. Ted Bobosh
    The Gospel lesson in our current lectionary for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost is Matthew 8:28-9:1 in which Christ encounters two men possessed by demons.   At the time when the Orthodox Gospel lectionary was being formed, a story of Christ exorcising demons must have been very popular.  For in the current lectionary, the parallel version of this story from Luke’s Gospel (8:26-39) is read also on the 21st Sunday after Pentecost.   Since we have a lectionary that repeats every year, it is interesting that they thought this miracle important enough to proclaim twice during the church year...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-03-16, SOL, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

    06/02/2016 9:43:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-03-16 | Revised New American Bible
    June 3, 2016 Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Reading 1 Ez 34:11-16 Thus says the Lord GOD:I myself will look after and tend my sheep.As a shepherd tends his flockwhen he finds himself among his scattered sheep,so will I tend my sheep.I will rescue them from every place where they were scatteredwhen it was cloudy and dark.I will lead them out from among the peoplesand gather them from the foreign lands;I will bring them back to their own countryand pasture them upon the mountains of Israelin the land's ravines and all its inhabited places.In good pastures will...
  • Jesus Christ Is Not on the Ballot in 2016, but Christians Pastors and Leaders Are

    04/23/2016 10:35:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2016 | Bethany Blankley
    David Lane, the founder of the American Renewal Project, argues, "Jesus Christ is not on the ballot in 2016."Debunking a recent article published by the Christian Post (Leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore says Christians should vote for third-party or write-in candidates rather than settle for the 'lesser of two evils'), Lane argues that "none of the [presidential] candidates can claim "no evil" as [their] campaign motto." And if Moore and others self- ascribed evangelical leaders believe they know who the "perfect candidate" is for 2016-- they should run for office, he claims.In other words, there's no perfect presidential candidate.But...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-17-16, Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday

    04/16/2016 7:26:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-17-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2016 Fourth Sunday of Easter Reading 1 Acts 13:14, 43-52 Paul and Barnabas continued on from Pergaand reached Antioch in Pisidia.On the sabbath they entered the synagogue and took their seats.Many Jews and worshipers who were converts to Judaismfollowed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to themand urged them to remain faithful to the grace of God. On the following sabbath almost the whole city gatheredto hear the word of the Lord.When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousyand with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said.Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said,“It was necessary...
  • THE REACTION OF THE CRUCIFIXION AND TO CHRIST (video)

    03/26/2016 6:57:40 PM PDT · by Lera
    Calvary Chapel Melbourne Australia ^ | 3/15/16 | Andrew Russell
    Pastor Andrew Russell preaches on Luke 23:32-56 and shows the different reactions people show to the crucifixion and to Jesus Christ. There is no other way to heaven than through Jesus Christ and whosoever will call upon the name of Jesus, will be saved. There is no salvation without Jesus Christ and therefore we have to proclaim the good news to an unbelieving world. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Him.
  • Queen Elizabeth Calls Jesus Christ 'the King She Serves' in 90th Birthday Book

    02/25/2016 10:26:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/25/2016 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reflects on Jesus' central role in her life in a new book ahead of her 90th birthday, calling Christ "the King she serves" in the title. "I have been -- and remain -- very grateful to you for your prayers and to God for his steadfast love," the British monarch writes in the foreword to The Servant Queen and the King She Serves, which is to be released in April. "I have indeed seen His faithfulness," she adds. Thousands of churches will reportedly be giving away copies of the book, which is being published by HOPE,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-02-16, FEAST, Presentation of the Lord [Candlemas]

    02/01/2016 11:04:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-02-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 2, 2016 Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Reading 1 Mal 3:1-4 Thus says the Lord GOD:Lo, I am sending my messengerto prepare the way before me;And suddenly there will come to the templethe LORD whom you seek,And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.But who will endure the day of his coming?And who can stand when he appears?For he is like the refiner's fire,or like the fuller's lye.He will sit refining and purifying silver,and he will purify the sons of Levi,Refining them like gold or like silverthat...
  • Christ's hidden years

    01/30/2016 8:51:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 58 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 12-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Christ's hidden years Question: One of my great frustrations with Scripture as an historical source is that it leaves so much out. Almost 30 years of Jesus’ life receive no mention at all. How can this be that the life of the most pivotal figure in history receives such vague biographical treatment?— Name, location withheld, Answer: Part of the answer to this is to understand that the Gospels do not propose to be chronological histories of the Lord’s life. The Gospels do record the things that Jesus actually said and did, but they do so in a selective way. St....
  • Science Asks: What Did Jesus Really Look Like?

    Images of a frail, thin, pale-skinned, strikingly handsome man with long locks of light brown hair are nearly ubiquitous in the world of Christianity. During this Christmas season, they seem to be especially numerous. But these images are based almost entirely on paintings by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, who lived hundreds of years after Christ, and who had no insight into His actual appearance. And a team of British forensic scientists now says the real Jesus Christ would have looked nothing at all like those popular images. The team’s findings are significant, not because they conclusively say what...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-25-15, SOL, The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) [Day]

    12/24/2015 7:47:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 25, 2015 The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)Mass During the Day Reading 1 Is 52:7-10 How beautiful upon the mountainsare the feet of him who brings glad tidings,announcing peace, bearing good news,announcing salvation, and saying to Zion,"Your God is King!" Hark! Your sentinels raise a cry,together they shout for joy,for they see directly, before their eyes,the LORD restoring Zion.Break out together in song,O ruins of Jerusalem!For the LORD comforts his people,he redeems Jerusalem.The LORD has bared his holy armin the sight of all the nations;all the ends of the earth will beholdthe salvation of our God. Responsorial Psalm...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-25-15, SOL, The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) [Dawn]

    12/24/2015 7:25:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 25, 2015 The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)Mass at Dawn Reading 1 Is 62:11-12 See, the LORD proclaimsto the ends of the earth:say to daughter Zion,your savior comes!Here is his reward with him,his recompense before him.They shall be called the holy people,the redeemed of the LORD,and you shall be called "Frequented,"a city that is not forsaken. Responsorial Psalm Ps 97:1, 6, 11-12 R. A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;let the many isles be glad.The heavens proclaim his justice,and all peoples see his glory.R....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-25-15, SOL, Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)[Midnight]

    12/24/2015 4:36:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-25-15 | Revised New Ameerican Bible
    December 25, 2015 The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)Mass at Midnight Reading 1 Is 9:1-6 The people who walked in darknesshave seen a great light;upon those who dwelt in the land of glooma light has shone.You have brought them abundant joyand great rejoicing,as they rejoice before you as at the harvest,as people make merry when dividing spoils.For the yoke that burdened them,the pole on their shoulder,and the rod of their taskmasteryou have smashed, as on the day of Midian.For every boot that tramped in battle,every cloak rolled in blood,will be burned as fuel for flames.For a child is born...
  • No Peace or Goodwill

    12/24/2015 12:29:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    Not for a long time has the world seemed so removed from the angelic proclamation of 2,000 years ago: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14). Millions have died in countless wars over the last 100 years. People continue to die today as the result of worldwide terrorism and daily shootings in too many American cities. The prophecy delivered by the Christmas Child that there would be "wars and rumors of wars" until He comes again, seems more like current events than a far-off future. One hears a lot of silliness...
  • Jesus Claus and Santa Christ

    12/22/2015 2:07:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2015 | Ryan Bomberger
    It's that time of year for us to realize how far societies tend to veer from the true essence of things. We live in a desperately superficial culture that is too often satisfied with veneers. If it's shiny, new and untouched by real life, it strangely gives us the false assurance that it will last forever. Anyone can package up junk, put a nice shimmery bow on it and pass it off as the got-to-have-it-or-you'll-die item of the season. Even when what's inside is genuine and something we truly need, too many are content with the outer misleading packaging. We've...
  • Christmas Message to Unbelievers: Just Take the Bet!

    12/21/2015 10:35:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2015 | Joy Overbeck
    Once upon a time in a galaxy right here and now the Creator God who made it all decided that although his man children had become nasty pieces of work (consult your local headlines) He loved these fallen creatures enough to try and give them a last chance at the really good stuff called the afterlife (or heaven). So He sent His Son (who was also Him) down to Earth to give His life for them, and all they had to do was believe that the Father God loved them enough to do such an outrageous thing, and then they...
  • HIS Eye is on the sparrow His eyes are on your soul[charismatic Caucus]

    12/18/2015 7:08:38 AM PST · by Jedediah
    My eye is on the sparrow but do you not see? The coming catastrophe, For your sustainment does not come from man, But from My very hand, And so it is with your soul, That I created so only I know, What it takes for you to be sustained, It is found in My Blood, My Spirit, My very name, JESUS IS LORD must be your call, For Truly I AM your all, so come to your Creator for it is Me, I AM your Tree and River of Life come eat and drink and be set free, Free from...
  • 'Emmaus Code' Shows Jesus is the Messiah

    11/29/2015 8:04:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2015 | Matt Barber
    One of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotes points out, as only Lewis could, that Jesus was either the Messiah (and the Son of God) as prophesied in the ancient Jewish scriptures, or He was a liar, a lunatic, or, worse, the "Devil of Hell." Wrote Lewis: "I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and...
  • How God Uses Problems In Your Life

    11/25/2015 10:38:04 AM PST · by damonw · 8 replies
    Discerning Sound Doctrine ^ | 11/25/2015 | Damon Whitsell
    This little jem was posted in a forum and a friend pasted it to his facebook page, so I am sharing it here. The authors name is Amanda Hadaway. —————————————— 1. God uses problems to DIRECT you. Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God trying to get your attention? Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways. Proverbs 20:30 2. God uses problems to INSPECT you. People are like tea bags . . . if you...
  • Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King

    11/22/2015 7:34:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King Msgr. Charles Pope • November 21, 2015 • On the feast of Christ the King, we are called to acknowledge that Jesus is in fact our King. It is one thing to say that He is our King because the song in Church says that, or the preacher says that, or the Bible says that (yes, faith does come by hearing). But it is quite another for us to personally say that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-22-15, SOL, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

    11/21/2015 7:02:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 22, 2015 The Solemnity Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Reading 1 Dn 7:13-14 As the visions during the night continued, I sawone like a Son of man coming,on the clouds of heaven;when he reached the Ancient Oneand was presented before him,the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.His dominion is an everlasting dominionthat shall not be taken away,his kingship shall not be destroyed. Responsorial Psalm Ps 93:1, 1-2, 5 R. (1a) The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.The LORD is king, in splendor...
  • ALONE WITH JESUS CHRIST AFTER HOLY COMMUNION A PRAYER

    Mass is over. Jesus Christ and I are alone together. Just "All by Ourselves". If I can, I will always remain after Mass and make a good Thanksgiving. This maybe my last Communion; I will make it my best. This maybe my last Thanksgiving; I will make it my best. Thanks to others always, but always thanks to God; and with all my heart- these few are precious moments. "Jesus Christ, I believe that you are my God. I believe that I have received your Body, your Blood, Your Soul, and Your Divinity. You are my Creator, My Redeemer, My...
  • CHURCH OF CHRIST: Preaching a Plan of Salvation instead of the Man Jesus Christ

    09/28/2015 12:01:53 PM PDT · by damonw · 28 replies
    “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19) I find that when many Church of Christ’ers talk about salvation or being saved, they do not even use or have the correct definition of save, saved or salvation in mind. The terms in Hebrew, Greek and English predominantly means to deliver, to rescue from harm or danger, to deliver from sin, to preserve and protect. These actions come from outside of us. They are not something we do. We are merely recipients. Webster’s defines salvation as...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-14-15, FEAST, Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    09/13/2015 8:56:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-14-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 14, 2015   Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Reading 1 Nm 21:4b-9 With their patience worn out by the journey,the people complained against God and Moses,“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,where there is no food or water?We are disgusted with this wretched food!” In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,which bit the people so that many of them died.Then the people came to Moses and said,“We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us.”So Moses prayed...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-06-15, FEAST, The Transfiguration of the Lord

    08/05/2015 8:28:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-06-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 6, 2015   Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Reading 1 Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 As I watched: Thrones were set upand the Ancient One took his throne.His clothing was bright as snow,and the hair on his head as white as wool;his throne was flames of fire,with wheels of burning fire.A surging stream of fireflowed out from where he sat;Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,and myriads upon myriads attended him.The court was convened and the books were opened. As the visions during the night continued, I saw: One like a Son of man coming,on the clouds of...
  • Consider Answering This Question That Jesus Posed

    08/03/2015 8:05:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Consider Answering This Question That Jesus Posed Msgr. Charles Pope • August 2, 2015 • In the midst of explaining a parable to the disciples, Jesus stopped and asked them a question:“Do you understand these things?” (Mt. 13:52)Now, rule number one in reading Scripture is when Jesus asks a question, you answer it. You don’t keep reading to see how the Apostles or disciples answered it. You stop, put down the Bible, and answer it yourself. I have deliberately not provided any context to the question Jesus asks above (you can look it up later if you’d like). But...
  • Blaise Pascal on "MAHOMET"

    07/20/2015 4:48:44 PM PDT · by avenir · 14 replies
    Public Domain ^ | 1670 (?) | Blaise Pascal
    595—Mahomet was without authority. His reasons, then, should have been very strong, having only their own force. What does he say, then, that we must believe him? 596—The Psalms are chanted throughout the whole world. Who renders testimony to Mahomet? Himself. Jesus Christ desires His own testimony to be as nothing. The quality of witnesses necessitates their existence always and everywhere; and he, miserable creature, is alone. 597—Against Mahomet.--The Koran is not more of Mahomet than the Gospel is of Saint Matthew, for it is cited by many authors from age to age. Even its very enemies, Celsus and Porphyry,...
  • Don’t Let Our Real Enemy Win

    06/20/2015 7:40:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2015 | Steve Deace
    This was pure evil, no doubt. It’s probably no coincidence nine black church-goers were tragically gunned down in cold blood in a Charleston, South Carolina church sanctuary this week, since it comes on the heels of a prayer rally held in that in city that drew thousands of believers from diverse backgrounds just the week before. Many whites and blacks worshipped together at that event, called “The Response,” in the hopes of spurring healing, restoration, and revival for their community and culture. How good and pleasant it is when we dwell together in unity to praise the Lord, which is...
  • Is Jesus Christ at Odds With the Catholic Church?

    06/02/2015 2:02:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | March 28, 2015 | Marlon De La Torre
    Have you ever wondered if Jesus actually believed everything He taught to those around Him? This is an out of the box type of question but it’s one that is gaining momentum amongst people who wish to defend a personal position contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.  Their method is to use Christ and somehow convince people that what he taught was an openness to embrace a golden rule of loving everyone but leaving the person to their own devices with no attempt at a genuine conversion of heart to Christ Himself.Our human condition is both a great...
  • Love Lifted Me -- A Homily for Ascension

    05/17/2015 6:29:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love Lifted Me – A Homily for Ascension By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn more dioceses than not, the Feast of the Ascension is celebrated this weekend. The liturgist in me regrets the move, but here we are any way. So let’s ascend with the Lord, three days late!This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago. For though Christ our head has ascended, we the members of his body are ascending with him. Since he was ascended, we too have ascended. In my own life as a Christian, I am brought higher every year...
  • Howard Dean: Jesus Probably to Left of Democratic Party

    05/14/2015 5:13:14 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 55 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is Jesus a Bernie Sanders fan? Could be, if you believe Howard Dean. On today's Morning Joe, Dean claimed that "if you look at the red-letter version of the Bible, Jesus was probably to the left of the Democratic party." Dean's declaration came in the context of a discussion of yesterday's forum on poverty in which President Obama and AEI President Arthur Brooks participated. Question: is Dean confusing the establishment of faceless government bureaucracies that can entrap people in dependency with the kind of personal caring for the downtrodden that Christ commanded? View the video here.
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

    04/26/2015 6:57:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The King of Love My Shepherd Is – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter By: Msgr. Charles PopeOn this fourth Sunday of Easter we turn a corner of sorts. Up until now we have been reading of the resurrection appearances themselves. Today we begin to see how the risen Lord ministers to us as the Good Shepherd. In effect, the Lord gives us four basic pictures or teachings of how, as the King of Love, He shepherds us. Here, then, are four portraits of His love:I. Passionate love – Jesus says, I am the Good Shepherd, a...
  • The Challenge: Spiritual Slavery

    04/16/2015 10:14:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Kristin Carey.This Thursday is Emancipation Day. It’s the 153rd anniversary of the day President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, which freed the thousands of slaves who lived in Washington, D.C. That day in the midst of the Civil War marked the beginning of a great and dramatic change in our nation, which began with the capital—the heart of our nation—and slowly worked its way throughout the rest of the country. After President Lincoln signed the Act into law, an author of an editorial in a New York newspaper, The Anglo-African, joyfully...
  • Michelle Bachmann: Obama's poor relationship with Israel will bring the return of Jesus [Hosea 2:7]

    04/15/2015 11:25:26 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 128 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/15/2015 | ARIEL COHEN
    Former Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann stated that President Barack Obama’s handling of the Iranian nuclear deal is a symbol of the coming of the end of times and the “imminent” return of Jesus Christ, during a recent radio interview. Bachmann explained that if Obama and the United States turn their back on Israel, this would bring severe “curses” upon the United States, similar to those seen in the end of days. But, Bachmann is not afraid of the end of days, rather she says that “these are the most exciting days in history” because nothing is more important than the...
  • Real Jesus

    04/05/2015 11:18:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2015 | Jack Kerwick
    Easter is upon us. But who is Jesus? Upon reading the Scriptures, it becomes clear that the real Jesus, as opposed tothe tamed, lame, and maimed Politically Correct Jesus who Christian clerics as much as anyone have been promoting for years, was the antithesis of the meek, mild mannered, nonjudgmental man of whom Christians and non-Christians alike hear about at every turn. The latter placates this generation’s political-moral sensibilities, but he hardly fits the profile of a person who gave rise to a religion claiming billions of followers. The truth about Jesus, in His own day as in ours, is...
  • Embracing Christ and the Cross

    04/04/2015 8:45:06 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 4 replies
    TFP ^ | 4/3/2015 | Plinio Corręa de Oliveira
    An authentic piety penetrates every recess of our souls, naturally stirring our most intimate emotions. Piety, however, is far more than feelings. It arises deep within ourselves from our knowledge of the truths that govern an interior life formed in accord with the Faith. To be sure, these life-giving truths are often acquired through diligent and disciplined study, but intelligence, like emotion, is an inadequate foundation for piety, which also resides in the will. Thus we must desire to live the truths we know. It is not sufficient to understand that God is perfect, for example. We must also love...
  • "On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ" JAMA Atticle

    04/04/2015 6:01:21 AM PDT · by Oakleaf · 13 replies
    Journal of the American Medical Association ^ | William D. Edwards, MD; Wesley J. Gabel, MDiv; Floyd E. Hosmer, MS, AMI
    ABSTRACT: Jesus of Nazareth underwent Jewish and Roman trials, was flogged, and was sentenced to death by crucifixion. The scourging produced deep stripelike lacerations and appreciable blood loss, and it probably set the stage for hypovolemic shock as evidenced by the fact that Jesus was too weakened to carry the crossbar (patibulum) to Golgotha. At the site of crucifixion his wrists were nailed to the patibulum, and after the patibulum was lifted onto the upright post, (stipes) his feet were nailed to the stipes. The major pathophysiologic effect of crucifixion was an interference with normal respirations. Accordingly, death resulted primarily...
  • Good Friday in Seven Good Words

    04/03/2015 3:33:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2015 | Stuart Epperson, jr
    The stage was set. The night was dark. The forces of evil, visible and invisible, viciously swarmed upon One Man. He is the only Man who with just one word could have instantly eradicated all His foes. But He opened not his mouth. There was nothing but deafening silence from the One who only had to speak and the blind saw, the lame leapt, the leper was healed, and the dead were raised. He quietly endured the shame of a jeering crowd, the interrogation, the trial, the questions, the scourging, the torture, the insults. His silence remained unbroken all the...
  • Good Friday: Sunday's Coming!

    04/03/2015 7:35:18 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 5 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 4/3/15 | Steve Berman
    It's Good Friday.  Why is it good?  Because Sunday's coming!  Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.  Behold the King of the Jews, dying for the salvation of all! Matthew 27:1-57 Jesus Handed Over to Pontius Pilate 1 When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put Him to death. 2 And when they had bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor. Judas Hangs Himself 3 Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and...
  • The Weekend That Changed the World

    04/03/2015 7:02:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    Approximately 1,982 years ago, a man died. In fact, many men died that day. We know for sure of three men. Two were tied to crosses and crucified. One was nailed to the cross. Had that been the end of it, it would have just been like so many other Roman crucifixions. But, unbeknownst to most anyone at the time, the first Easter weekend would become the most important weekend in the history of the world. In the grand scheme of things, few people reject the historicity of Jesus. But many reject the idea of his physical resurrection. It was...
  • A Challenge to Skeptics: An Easter Message

    04/02/2015 5:28:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2015 | Jerry Newcombe
    Have you ever heard of Theudas? How about Judas of Galilee? They were would-be messiahs in the first century. How many followers do these men have today? Zero, zip, nada. Of course, we’ve all heard of Jesus Christ. One-third of humanity professes to believe in Him. But I guarantee you we would never have heard of Him had He not risen from the dead. Whoever you are, whatever you believe, you have a vested interest in looking into the issue of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. There are millions today who simply dismiss the message of Christianity out of hand...
  • The Challenge: What is Good about “Good Friday?”

    04/02/2015 2:53:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2015 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Kristin Carey.Darkness fell across the land and the man they thought would be their savior cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Soon after, he breathed his last. The people standing at the foot of the cross beat their breasts and walked away. From a distance, his mother and friends watched in somber silence as all this took place. His disciples were broken in spirit—no doubt confused, hurting and angry. Disappointed to say the least. They had followed this man for years, left their work...
  • The Race - The Christian Life

    04/02/2015 8:08:27 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike
    The Basics ^ | Gene Cunningham
    The Race—The Christian Life. (HEB 12:1-3, 1CO 9:24-27). Three years before the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus the Roman, an unknown author wrote a letter of warning and encouragement to the Hebrew believers in that city. In a time of impending national crisis, this author reminded these believers that their only safety was in individual orientation to and pursuit of the plan of God. In Hebrews 12, he compares the Christian life to a race and Christians to athletes who, if they want to experience the ecstasy of victory, will have to endure the agony of training for and running...
  • Mahdi to return by 2016, followed by Jesus? (According to Muslim Prophecy)

    03/30/2015 9:31:52 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    WND ^ | March 30, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Mainstream Muslim website makes official announcement It’s not only evangelical Christians who are sensing that something has changed in the world, and that we may be entering the very last days. Muslims are also eagerly awaiting their messiah. In the latest evidence of this messianic fervor, a mainstream Sunni Muslim website has decreed that the Islamic messiah, called the Mahdi, will appear this year or in 2016 and that the Muslim Jesus will return in 2022 to conquer the world for Islam. DiscoveringIslam.org and the End Times Research Center have calculated that the “first phase” of the end of time...
  • Must See: Do You Believe?

    03/20/2015 6:52:24 PM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 14 replies
    3/20/2015 | me
    Just got back from "Do You Believe?". It is excellent. There were so few people in the theatre though, and that was sad but I'm hoping that word will spread and people will pack the theatres to see it. It is so worth it! I was struck by some pretty good names, in the scheme of things, that appeared in the movie. Maybe not A list stars but not no names either. Gives me a little hope that Hollyweird is not completely hopeless. Mira Sorvino, Cybill Shepard, Ted McGinley, Brian Bosworth.... Also, the trailers had some good previews of other...
  • ISIS and the Missing Christ

    02/23/2015 7:26:51 AM PST · by Lacey · 1 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2/22/15 | Andrew Klavan
    Like everyone else who cares more about the facts than his own opinions, I’ve recently read Graeme Wood’s excellent Atlantic article “What Isis Really Wants.” Those of you making do with excerpts and pull quotes, stop, and go read the whole thing. That it renders the president’s statements about ISIS absurd is the least of the article’s accomplishments. No one but a small coterie of leftist knuckleheads believes what Obama says on this subject anyway — though it’s unfortunate that the president himself is part of that coterie. Among the many things in the piece that inspire thought is Wood’s...
  • Indicting Christ With the Atrocities of Islam

    02/22/2015 11:41:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2015 | John Nantz
    Liberals are very fond of trying to conflate the teachings of the Bible with those of the Quran. It is an attempt to destroy the foundations of our liberty by indicting Christianity with the atrocities of Islam. For liberals, violence is only religious if it impunes Christians. The Bible is a threat to liberal, leftist dogma because it is truth that diametrically opposes the humanist statism that is the utopia of the American left. Atrocities committed by Islamists are met with only nervous smiles or with blathering inanities about jobs for ISIS because Islam is not an American institution to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HOLY NAILS, 02-21-15

    02/21/2015 8:13:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDicitonary ^ | 02-21-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HOLY NAILS The nails with which Christ was fastened to the Cross, and believed to have been found by St. Helena (255-330). Many claims have been made about these relics. Some parts of these nails are said to be in different places in Europe, but at best they may be only filings of the original relics. St. Ambrose (340-97) indicated that one nail was made into a crown for Constantine (c. 274-337), which might well be preserved as the Iron Crown of Lombardy at Monza. Others are supposed to be at Santa Croce in Rome. A...
  • I Got Cider in My Ear!

    02/17/2015 5:36:02 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 1 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 2/17/15 | Steve Berman
    One of these days, a guy is going to show you a brand-new deck of cards on which the seal is not yet broken. Then this guy is going to offer to bet you that he can make the jack of spades jump out of this brand-new deck of cards and squirt cider in your ear. But, son, you do not accept this bet because, as sure as you stand there, you're going to wind up with an ear full of cider. So said Sky Masterson, gambler and philosopher, in Guys and Dolls.  Brother Sky was a skeptic.  He believed...
  • The Vatican Conspiracy Its Real

    02/11/2015 7:41:16 PM PST · by purcre · 117 replies
    Gloria tv ^ | 12/2/2015 | pucre
    The Vatican Conspiracy now happening shows the true nature of what and how people in this church are treated. A second shroud has been discovered in the Veronica Veil held at St Peters and they are refusing to tell their people and the world.