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  • Spy Wednesday and a Reflection on the Sins of the Clergy

    04/01/2015 7:50:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Spy Wednesday and a Reflection on the Sins of the Clergy By: Msgr. Charles PopeWednesday of Holy Week is traditionally called “Spy Wednesday,” since it was on this day that Judas conspired with the Temple leadership to hand Jesus over. He would not accomplish his task until the evening of the next day, but this day he made the arrangements and was paid.One way to reflect on this terrible sin is to consider that Judas was among the first priests called by Jesus. We see in the call of the Apostles the establishment of the ministerial priesthood. Jesus called these men to...
  • Black Church Group of 34,000 Churches From 15 Denominations Splits With PCUSA Over Gay Marriage

    04/01/2015 7:23:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/01/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    Urging Presbyterian Church USA to "repent and be restored to fellowship," the National Black Church Initiative, which represents 34,000 churches from 15 denominations, has declared it has severed ties with PCUSA after it amended its constitution changing their definition of marriage to include same-sex couples."NBCI and its membership base are simply standing on the Word of God within the mind of Christ. We urge our brother and sisters of the PCUSA to repent and be restored to fellowship," NBCI President Rev. Anthony Evans said, according to Charisma News."PCUSA's manipulation represents a universal sin against the entire church and its members....
  • O'Reilly: My 'Jesus' Movie Gets Bad Reviews Because Of War On Christians

    04/01/2015 7:08:57 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 32 replies
    TPM ^ | March 31, 2015 | Brendan James
    Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Monday dismissed all criticism of his new film "Killing Jesus," saying that the "secular-progressive left" was giving the film bad reviews because it challenged their anti-religious agenda. "Any embrace of Christian tradition is a danger to the agenda of the left. It was easy to see that in the articles about 'Killing Jesus,'" he said. O'Reilly went on to call a review in the "far-left" Guardian newspaper the most "idiotic thing I have ever read in my life." He also admonished the New York Times for directing readers to a critic who described the...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    04/01/2015 6:50:36 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 3 replies
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  • Europe's Ghosts of Faith

    04/01/2015 6:24:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 4/1/15 | Philip Jenkins
    The continent retains the flavor if not the fervor of ChristianityAmerican travelers to Europe might arrive thinking they are visiting a continent where religion or at least Christianity is all but extinct, having succumbed to massive secularism. Particularly if those travelers arrive anywhere near Easter, though, they would quickly be surprised if not shocked to see just how strong the underlying Christian framework remains. I recently spent a pleasant time in Norway, which, like other Scandinavian lands, is not noted for strong religious sentiments or behavior. Yes, people are usually baptized and confirmed, although in decreasing numbers, but...
  • Cardinal Nichols: We Must Not See Family Synod as a Battle

    04/01/2015 6:12:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/31/15 | Staff Reporter
    Archbishop of Westminster says family synod is 'a time of prayerful discernment' in Chrism Mass homilyCardinal Vincent Nichols has said Octobers synod on the family should not be viewed as a battle between contesting sides. Cardinal Nichols made the comment in his homily during Chrism Mass for the Diocese of Westminster at Westminster Cathedral earlier today. He told the congregation that their prayers were needed as the Church prepares for the next Synod of Bishops. It is wrong, in my view, to think or speak of this Synod as a battle, a battle between contesting sides. Battles have winners and...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(4/1/15)[Prayer]

    04/01/2015 5:58:58 AM PDT · by left that other site · 7 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 4/1/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Samuel New International Version (NIV) 9Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lords house. 10In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 11And she made a vow, saying, Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servants misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of...
  • April Fool's Day is a Catholic Thing

    04/01/2015 5:16:02 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies
    Okay, so it isn't really Catholic thing per se, but the origin of April Fool's Day is actually found in the Church. A lot of people don't know this, so here's how the story goes. On February 24, 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued the papal bull Inter Gravissimas which established the Gregorian calendar (which gets it's name from this pope) as the official calendar for the Christian world. With this pronouncement, the Julian calendar was replaced and the first day of the new year was moved to January 1. Those who continued to observe it on April 1, whether out...
  • The "Halachic" Pre-Nup is Not Halachic and Destroys Marriage

    03/31/2015 10:09:56 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 4 replies
    Torah and Halacha | 03/31/15 | Yomin Postelnik
    The "Halachic" Pre-Nup is Not Halachic and Destroys Marriage By Yomin Postelnik The sum total of all of the recent discussions about gittin from a halachic and moral standpoint is that while everyone should strive to alleviate suffering and seek to resolve marriage disputes so that both can move on peacefully, we must first do everything possible to save the marriage. Gittin are a hard process halachically, largely in order to minimize their number. Civil jurisdictions that have a one year waiting period before divorce (a concept that originates with MFaimonides), such as Canada, have seen 60% of petitions withdrawn....
  • Tolerance is over

    03/31/2015 9:18:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 31, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The world is going nuts. I have often felt a bit like Cassandra, but … Cassandra was right.Here is another take.From the pen of John Zmirak at The Stream with my emphases and comments: The expected Supreme Court decision imposing on 50 states an entirely newunderstanding of marriage, and the frenzy of hatred that gay activists have stoked against Indiana for trying to shelter religious believers from crippling lawsuits should wake us to a cold and stark reality: The age of tolerance in America is vanishing before your eyes. The question is how Christians and other people of faith and good will...
  • Wisdom Cries Out-Indiana and Religious Freedom

    Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.(Proverbs 1:20-23)To those who have ears to hear, the situation with the Indiana Religious Freedom Act and the Demagoguery that surrounds it is an ominous omen. It...
  • 12 Amazing Christian Sculptures Made Entirely Out of LEGOs

    03/31/2015 8:43:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | March 30, 2015 | Churchpop.com
    Making every lego brick subject to Christ. via likecool.com Sacr-Cur Basilica Jesus via likecool.com Created by a Swedish church, the statue is 6 ft tall, is made up of 30k bricks, and took 40 volunteers about 18 months to put together.St. Paul Cathedral (London, UK) via ohlssons.be Some of the detail: Scorpions and Centaurs / Flickr Veni, Sancte Spiritus via godbricks.blogspot.com By Brian Korte of BrickWorkz, this is a lego mosaic of the same image in St. Peters Basilica.The Last Supper via luprechaun.wordpress.com Gothic Cathedral via brickshelf.com A few more angles: via brickshelf.com via brickshelf.com via brickshelf.com via brickshelf.com Solomons...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-01-15

    03/31/2015 7:59:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 1, 2015Wednesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 50:4-9a The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue,That I might know how to speak to the wearya word that will rouse them.Morning after morninghe opens my ear that I may hear;And I have not rebelled,have not turned back.I gave my back to those who beat me,my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;My face I did not shieldfrom buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help,therefore I am not disgraced;I have set my face like flint,knowing that I shall not be put to shame.He is near...
  • The Legacies of the Terri Schiavo Case

    03/31/2015 7:03:10 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    3/31/15 | Faith Presses On
    Like many other Christians, I followed the Terri Schiavo case very closely. I wasn't as active as many others in protesting for her life, but I did sign petitions and send emails about it, and debate the case with people. Her death when it came was highly disturbing and troubling, and not only because of her personal tragedy, but because of the disingenuous public debate that the media created, and recognizing that the case would be used to legitimize doing even more evil on a bigger scale. It certainly has seemed to do that, bolstering the false narrative that most...
  • Christs Words from the Cross: 7 Weapons of Victory Over Evil (Prayer included)

    03/31/2015 5:12:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | Kathleen Beckman
    Christ’s Words from the Cross: 7 Weapons of Victory Over Evil Kathleen BeckmanIn Venerable Fulton Sheen’s classic, The Life of Christ, we read, “He had already said that no one would take away his life from Him, but that he would lay it down Himself. Death did not lay its hand on his shoulder and give him a summons to depart. He went out to meet death. In order to show that he would not die from exhaustion, but by an act of the will, his last words were spoken.”From the pulpit of the Cross, Christ’s seven last words...
  • Veiling and Covering Statues and Crosses during Lent

    03/31/2015 3:42:44 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 10 replies
    The veiling and covering of statues during the last part of Lent is something that Strikes many people the first time that they see it. It is something that definitely struck me as well when I first saw this liturgical practice. Lately many people have been asking me about the practice, such as where did it originate, is it a traditional practice, what is the significance and many other things.It is my understanding that the Bishops Conference decides whether this practice will be used as the norm or not. Here in the United States it is my understanding that it...
  • You Dont Need a Rainbow Sticker to Let People Know Youre Black

    03/31/2015 2:57:03 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    http://www.redstate.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    To recap: Tim Cook (please, please click this link) and the left are happy to do business in countries that stone to death or otherwise jail gay people, but will not do business with Indiana, which merely passed a law insisting that the free exercise clause of the first amendment be on the same legal footing in courts as the free speech clause of the first amendment. The Supreme Court, in Perry Educ. Assn v. Perry Local Educators Assn, 460 U.S. 37 (1983), ruled that for a state to restrict content based speech, it must have a compelling governmental interest....
  • Is John 6:66 Evidence of Transubstantiation?

    03/31/2015 2:42:14 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 117 replies
    In Plain Sight ^ | March 31,2015 | Jason Engwer
    If priests indeed have the exclusive power to change finite bread and wine into the body and blood of the infinite Christ, and, if indeed, consuming His body and blood is necessary for salvation, then the whole world must become Catholic to escape the wrath of God. On the other hand, if Jesus was speaking in figurative language, then this teaching becomes the most blasphemous and deceptive hoax any religion could impose on its people. There is no middle ground. (Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood. by Mike Gendron)There is no indication in the biblical accounts of the Last...
  • Hundreds March Against S.F. Archbishops 'Morality Clauses

    03/31/2015 10:09:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/31/15 | Victoria Colliver
    Carrying signs reading Who Am I to Judge? and Love One Another, hundreds of students, teachers and supporters marched Monday evening from the Mission Dolores Basilica to the Cathedral of St. Mary in San Francisco, where they delivered petitions opposing the archbishops morality clauses at four Catholic high schools. San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has come under fire for calling on teachers and staff members at high schools within the archdiocese Sacred Heart Cathedral, Archbishop Riordan, Serra and Marin Catholic to accept contract and handbook language against homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, contraceptives and artificial insemination. Many of the...
  • Who the unchurched really are

    03/31/2015 9:49:18 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 40 replies
    Patheos ^ | Gene Veith | March 26, 2015
    Most evangelism programs, church growth tactics, and other attempts to reach the unchurched concentrate on Millennials, young urbanites, college types, and the suburban middle class. But, as Robert Putnam reminds us, the demographic that is the most unchurched is the working class, the lower income non-college-educated folks. A big segment of these blue-collar workers has just stopped going to church. They are also, with the personal and family problems that Putnam documents, arguably, most in need of ministry. This is ironic, since the working class used to be the biggest supporters of conservative Christianity. And yet, Im unaware of any...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: THEATINES, 03-31-15

    03/31/2015 9:13:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-31-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:THEATINESThe Clerks Regular of the Divine Providence founded in Rome in 1524 by two members of the Roman Oratory of Divine Love, St. Cajetan (1480-1547) and Gian Pietro Caraffa (1476-1559), later Pope Paul IV. Strictly austere, they were instrumental in advancing the Counter-Reformation. Their apstolic purpose is still essentailly the same: to restore in the Church of God the primitive rule of apostolic life. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Barren Fig Tree

    03/31/2015 8:25:14 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 64 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | 2006 | Kyle Butt, M.A.
    Upon encountering the story of Jesus cursing the barren fig tree, the average Bible student is slightly taken aback by the strangeness of the events that occur. Marks account records the story as follows: Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, Let no one eat fruit from you...
  • Mercy! So Great a Gift Why Many Parishes Need to Reconsider When They Offer Confession

    03/31/2015 7:51:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-30-15 | catholic, apologetics, history, theology
    Mercy! So Great a Gift – Why Many Parishes Need to Reconsider When They Offer the Sacrament of Confession By: Msgr. Charles PopeAt tonight’s Chrism Mass, the Cardinal chose to focus his remarks to the more than 300 priests in attendance on the beauty of the Sacrament of Confession and the power of mercy. What a magnificent gift the Lord gave His Church through the ministry of priests, that we can hear His blessed words, I absolve you from your sins … go in peace.My mind goes back to a beautiful story of St. John Paul II and a certain bishop (not of...
  • Bishops Bad Behavior: Cardinal OMalley and Bishop Bootkoski

    03/31/2015 7:07:33 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    Boston Catholic Insider ^ | 3/26/30 | Boston Catholic Insider
    In the past week or so, the outright mean, un-Christian-like actions of two bishops, Cardinal Sean OMalley of Boston and Bishop Paul Bootkoski of Metuchen have been all over the news. If you have time, you should write or call both of them and ask them to apologize for their actions that have harmed innocent people. First, there was Cardinal OMalley firing a janitor, a pastor, a school principal and a second-grade teacher because the janitor used the same bathroom that an elementary school student used and no one reported the fact that no crime and nothing inappropriate happened to...
  • He Was Oppressed And He Was Afflicted...Isaiah 52-53 pt 6

    He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth....
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(3/31/15)[Prayer]

    03/31/2015 6:08:49 AM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/31/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Samuel New International Version (NIV) 1There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none. 3Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of...
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/31/2015 5:40:47 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 5 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 31 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 31, 2015 Morning Reading With His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 Pilate delivered our Lord to the lictors to be scourged. The Roman scourge was a most dreadful instrument of torture. It was made of the sinews of oxen, and sharp bones were inter-twisted every here and there among the sinews; so that every time the lash came down these pieces of bone inflicted fearful laceration, and tore off the flesh from the bone. The Saviour was, no doubt, bound to the column, and thus beaten. He had been beaten before; but...
  • German Church May Take Italian Football Star to Court Over Unpaid Taxes

    03/31/2015 4:18:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/31/15 | Staff Reporter
    Luca Toni reportedly failed to pay church taxes while playing for Bayern Munich in GermanyItalian footballer Luca Toni could be taken to court by the Catholic Church in Germany over unpaid church taxes, according to reports. According to Sport Mediaset, Toni did not pay the Kirchensteuer (church tax) while playing for Bayern Munich from 2007 to 2010 and a trial is now possible as the German Church attempts to claw back around 1.7m. It has has been reported that Toni, who currently play for Hellas Verona in Serie A, was initially registered by his accountant as an atheist, but later...
  • Archbishop Georg Ganswein: 'Pope Francis Is Full of Surprises'

    03/31/2015 4:12:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    In Interview with La Nacion's Elisabetta Pique, Prefect of the Pontifical Household Says Benedict XVI "Impressed" By SuccessorArchbishop Georg Gnswein says Pope Benedict follows his successor with great attention and sympathy. The prefect of the Pontifical Household gave an interview to La Nacion's Elisabetta Piqu, which was published on March 21st. The German prelate, who serves as personal secretary to both Pontiffs, said that in a number of ways he and Benedict have been impressed by Pope Francis, both as a human being and as a spiritual leader. While acknowledging that the first Jesuit Pope to hail from the Americas...
  • Prayer for our American Heroes and Nation

    03/31/2015 1:53:43 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 7 replies
    March 31, 2015 | Jeanbl
    Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. Everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find, and for the one who knocks, the door will be opened. If your child asks you for bread, would any of you give him a stone? Or if your child asks for a fish, would you give him a snake? Even though you're evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. So how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask...
  • 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 Its 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...
  • More garbage from Kasper the modernist paramour

    03/30/2015 7:36:13 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | 3/30/15 | Tantumblogo
    Reading some more quotes below from Cardinal Kasper, which reveal in stark clarity precisely why he is viewed as the arch-heretic Kungs prize pupil and also why he is the current paramour of the modernists, I am struck by the question who with a Catholic heart could not read this mans work (filth might be a better word) and not react with revulsion? Who would find in this stuff serenity? Via Vox Cantoris: In 1967, this same German Kasper said: The God who is enthroned over the world and history as a changeless being is an offence to man....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-31-15

    03/30/2015 7:28:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-31*15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 31, 2015    Tuesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O islands,listen, O distant peoples.The LORD called me from birth,from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.He made of me a sharp-edged swordand concealed me in the shadow of his arm.He made me a polished arrow,in his quiver he hid me.You are my servant, he said to me,Israel, through whom I show my glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain,and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,Yet my reward is with the LORD,my recompense is with my God.For now the LORD has spokenwho...
  • Vatican Good Friday reflections ask: When will death penalty be abolished?

    03/30/2015 7:15:12 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 23 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 3/30/15 | Joshua J. McElwee
    A series of reflections to be used by Pope Francis in Rome on Good Friday make connections between the crucifixion of Jesus and the modern-day use of the death penalty. The reflections, to be used by the pope at an annual public service in and near Romes historic Colosseum, pointedly ask: When will the death penalty, still practiced in many states, be abolished? That question is part of a service known as the Way of the Cross, a type of liturgical service frequently celebrated by Christians on Good Friday. The service follows Jesus through different stations of his torture and...
  • A Dozen Reasons Why I Became a Preterist

    03/30/2015 7:11:21 PM PDT · by grumpa · 58 replies
    self | March 30, 2015 | Charles S. Meek
    A DOZEN REASONS WHY I BECAME A PRETERIST by Charles S. Meek Kicking and screaming, gnarling and scratching, I became convinced that the preterist view of eschatology is the correct one. Heres why. 1. I could no longer ignore, in good conscience, the over 100 time-statements in the New Testament that demand fulfillment of the prophesied events within the lifetimes of the New Testament writers. 2. I became convinced that the culmination of all eleven specific mentions of the last days or end times in the New Testament could not be placed beyond the first century. 3. I realized that...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    03/30/2015 6:03:58 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 13 replies
    3-30-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 6:3 Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts; The Whole Earth is Filled with His Glory.
  • The Mystery and Power of Personal Prayer

    03/30/2015 4:45:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | October 12, 2007 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    I am continually amazed at how many Catholics forget the power of personal prayer. There are priestly, consecrated and lay apostles who make significant commitments to the active Christian life, including the Church’s liturgical life, but fail to nourish that commitment through personal prayer. There are Catholic parents who take their Faith seriously but seldom remember to pray for their children. And of course there are many relatively casual Catholics who fail to cultivate a personal prayer life of any kind. Personal and Private Prayer There is certainly great power in public prayer, especially the Mass and the Sacraments, by...
  • Monumental Events About To Take Place.

    03/30/2015 3:08:12 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 17 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 3/30/15 | Gary
    I'll say it again, but it appears that a significant prophetic shift occurred two weeks ago with the Israeli elections, U.S. abandonment of Israel, and the Total Solar Eclipse (sun turning to darkness). Virtually every day now a huge story is breaking. Yesterday a massive 7.7 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea, generating a tsunami in the Pacific. Rush Limbaugh reports that Obama is planning to not only divide Israel, but even to abandon Israel as an ally. Another reporter is shocked by comments made by Vice President Biden inferring that Jews are not guaranteed safety in the United States. And...
  • Woman Arrested For Allegedly Starting Fire In Plymouth Church

    03/30/2015 2:40:57 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 8 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | March 29, 2015
    PLYMOUTH (CBS) A woman has been arrested after fire officials say she set a fire in one of the oldest churches in New England. Firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the First Parish Church in Town Square shortly after 6:30p.m. Sunday. Officials said a woman inside had put items in the front entryway of the church and set them on fire. The woman allegedly threw items at responders. According to the parishs Facebook page, the woman had been hiding inside the church after Sundays service. The fire caused some damage to the foyer carpeting. No one was hurt.
  • Memory Eternal: Dad is gone (prayers please)

    03/30/2015 2:29:57 PM PDT · by NRx · 78 replies
    FR | 03-31-2015 | NRx
    My dad passed shortly before 5PM EST. We knew this was coming but thought he would last another week or so. However, late this morning he went into a very sudden system failure. Sadly I was not able to be there but my sisters and his closest friend were with him in the end. He had received Holy Communion several times during the last week and was given the last rites of the Catholic Church this morning.
  • Must Catholicism Be Patriarchal?

    03/30/2015 2:08:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    NC Register ^ | March 29, 2015 | FATHER DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    Someone was joking recently that the reason the Eastern Orthodox cannot have women bishops is because one can’t call a woman “Patriarch.” Behind the wisecrack is some wisdom, and the existence of women ministers in non-Catholic denominations raises the question of just how patriarchal the Christian religion must be.  Is it necessary to call priests “Father” and refer to the Pope as “Holy Father”? The title “Abbot” comes from the ancient term “Abba-Father,” and “pope” comes from the Greek word pappas — “daddy.” Are these no more than human traditions? Are these just social constructs? Or is the idea of...
  • Are You Ready for the Blood Moon? (Catholic Caucus)

    03/30/2015 1:41:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | March 30, 2015 | Anabelle Hazard
    With the third blood moon in a tetrad approaching on Easter, and colliding on a Jewish Feast Day, prophecies are swirling about important events to stun the world: war, earthquake, volcanic eruption, Church schism, terrorist attack, economic crash, disease outbreak, asteroids or the end of Western life as we know it…  Are you ready for all that?  Me neither. I’m preoccupied enough paying attention to my present day-to-day duties and will gladly turn over tomorrow to God’s capable hands.             And yet, Jesus taught us to expect that the kingdom of God is coming any day.  Knowing that today could be...
  • The Vicarious Sufferer...Isaiah 52-53 pt 5

    03/30/2015 10:27:11 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles
    03-30-15 | Bll Randles
    Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.(Isaiah 53:4-6)We have been looking at the 4th Servant Song from the book of the prophet Isaiah.It seems that the Song is divided into...
  • IS SEXUAL ORIENTATION ANALOGOUS TO RACE?

    03/30/2015 10:18:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 02/24/2014 | Joe Carter
    This weekend Kirsten Powers and Jonathan Merritt stirred up controversy by writing in the Daily Beast that Christians have no biblical basis for claiming that religious belief should allow them to refuse to serve a same-sex wedding:Before considering legal rights, Christians wrestling with this issue must first resolve the primary issue of whether the Bible calls Christians to deny services to people who are engaging in behavior they believe violates the teachings of Christianity regarding marriage. The answer is, it does not. Nor does the Bible teach that providing such a service should be construed as participation or affirmation. Yet...
  • Pope Francis Says Protecting the Environment Is 'Ultimate Pro-Life...Pro-Family' Issue

    03/30/2015 9:48:30 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Stoyan Zaimov , | March 30, 2015
    Full Title: Pope Francis Says Protecting the Environment Is 'Ultimate Pro-Life, Pro-Poor, Pro-Family' Issue That Bible Calls Christians to Engage In Pope Francis is set to release an encyclical letter which calls the environment the "ultimate pro-life, pro-poor, pro-family" issue that Christians are called to engage in. The Vatican has said that this is not a political statement, but one stemming from biblical teaching. Catholic News Service reported that Pope Francis is finishing up his encyclical on the environment, set for publication early in the summer, which is set to build on the statements of his predecessors who have urged...
  • The Bread of life Discourse

    03/30/2015 9:29:16 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 12 replies
    One Fold ^ | October 2009 | Brian Culliton
    The Bread of LifeDiscourse Introduction The Bread of Life Discourse is the Apostle Johns account of the conversation between Jesus and the Jews as recorded in chapter six of his gospel. In His discourse with the Jews, Jesus plainly conveys what they must do to be saved; believe in Him. However, the Jews were more interested in the miracles Jesus performed then they were in what He preached. They were convinced that if He was the messiah, He would lead them to victory over the Romans and establish the everlasting kingdom.Jesus exclaimed no less than seven times during this...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FATHERS OF THE DESERT, 03-30-15

    03/30/2015 9:21:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-30-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:FATHERS OF THE DESERTThe hermits and monks of the early Church who developed religious life from its Gospel origins and laid the groundwork for all future institutes of Christian perfection. Since most of them lived in the deserts of Egypt, from the third through the fourth centuries, they are called Desert Fathers. The standard collection of the lives of these Fathers is in ten volumes and contains the biographies of Sts. Paul, Anthony, and Hilarion, and of the women religious Sts. Eugenie, Euphrasia, Euphrosyne, Mary the Egyptian, and many others. All items in this dictionary...
  • In Summation: Does any Church or Council possess infallibility or did Jesus alone possess this?

    03/30/2015 8:34:08 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 82 replies
    3/30/2015 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    Here is the summation for the previous threads and the last of this for some time: Jesus Christ alone possessed the intrinsic quality of infallibility, was unlike any man that has ever lived, and was in a class all by Himself. There were some (like the Ebionites) who believed that Jesus was the messiah but also believed that he lacked divinity. Some, like those who ascribed to Arianism or semi-Arianism, who were somewhere in between the Ebionites and those who believed/believe that Jesus was fully God and Fully Man. Each of these nonetheless believed that Jesus was unlike any man...
  • Spend This Week With Jesus A Daily Chronology of Jesus Last Week

    03/30/2015 7:45:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Spend This Week With Jesus – A Daily Chronology of Jesus’ “Last” Week By: Msgr. Charles PopeAt the heart of our faith is the Paschal mystery: the Passion, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. All of salvation history leads up to and goes forth from these saving events. The purpose of this post is to describe Jesus’ final week. We call this “Holy Week” because Jesus’ public ministry culminates with His suffering, death, and resurrection. What follows is a brief description of each day of Holy Week. I hope you will print out this flyer (Walking-with-Jesus-In-Holy-Week) and read it...
  • Why Satisfaction Theory Is So Satisfying (Even Though Its Wrong)

    03/30/2015 6:26:36 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 4 replies
    Patheos: Good and Truth ^ | March 30, 2015 | Rev Coleman Glenn
    On His Glory to God for All Things blog last week, Orthodox priest Fr. Stephen Freeman posted on the Orthodox perspective on Jesus atonement in contrast to the theory of penal substitution (penal substitution is the theory that Jesus died instead of you to take on the punishment due to you from God for your sins). Fr. Stephen argues that even the passages that seem to directly imply penal substitution atonement, or at least some form of satisfaction theory (i.e. Jesus died as a substitution in place of us to satisfy some demand of God), actually do not inherently suggest...