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  • The Forerunner...Luke's Nativity pt 2

    12/01/2015 11:54:48 AM PST · by pastorbillrandles
    12-02-15 | Bill Randles
    And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be...
  • Was Islam the original thinkers of the Deathstar?

    12/01/2015 10:36:13 AM PST · by VaeVictis · 11 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | 1996 | Louis Farrakhan
    "The Honorable Elijah Muhammad told us of a giant Mother Plane that is made like the universe, spheres within spheres. White people call them unidentified flying objects. Ezekiel, in the Old Testament, saw a wheel that looked like a cloud by day but a pillar of fire by night. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that that wheel was built on the island of Nippon, which is now called Japan, by some of the Original scientists. It took $15 billion in gold at that time to build it. It is made of the toughest steel. America does not yet know the...
  • Pope Francis – “Fundamentalism is a Sickness”

    12/01/2015 9:56:27 AM PST · by amorphous · 42 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 30 Nov 2015 | John-Henry Westen
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, November 30, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- On the plane returning from his journey to Africa today Pope Francis made his clearest remarks in condemnation of 'fundamentalist' Catholics. "Fundamentalism is a sickness that is in all religions," Francis said, as reported by the National Catholic Reporter's Vatican correspondent, Joshua McElwee, and similarly by other journalists on the plane. "We Catholics have some -- and not some, many -- who believe in the absolute truth and go ahead dirtying the other with calumny, with disinformation, and doing evil." "They do evil," said the pope. "I say this because it...
  • Five Brief Advent Reflections

    12/01/2015 8:00:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Brief Advent Reflections Msgr. Charles Pope • November 30, 2015 • The following are five Advent reflections I prepared for catechumens and candidates in our RCIA program. (They are also available in PDF here: The Season of Advent.) 1. Advent is witnessed by creation - - Late autumn and early winter are times of great seasonal change. The leaves turn brilliant colors, then fade and fall. The shadows lengthen as the days grow shorter and colder. Vacations and the warmth of summer are distant memories, and we are reminded once again that the things of this world last but...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/1/15)[Prayer]

    12/01/2015 5:36:11 AM PST · by left that other site · 7 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/1/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Paul 16. Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17. She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved. 18. She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said...
  • Welcome to the Church of CrossFit, Part of America’s Growing Secular Spirituality

    12/01/2015 5:33:41 AM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 1, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    We’ve all heard of people doing something secular in a “religious” way, and one area of life to which that applies is sports and physical fitness.Now, some are suggesting that the culture surrounding training gyms may very well fall under the umbrella of religion.The New York Times noted recently that in a society that is increasingly secular, many people are applying their religious sensibility to athletic activity. Many of the parallels with religion can be found, the newspaper noted, in a Crossfit gym: adherents getting out of bed at an ungodly hour in order to spend a significant amount of time in...
  • Examining the Clues (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    12/01/2015 5:33:16 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    John's vision in Revelation gives us some clues about what heaven is like. Heaven is charged with the absence of things that are conspicuously present in our earthly environment. What is absent? Some of the missing things include tears, death, sorrow, and pain: "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away" (Rev. 21:4, NIV). Certain types of people will also be absent. No unbelievers, abominable and sexually immoral people, murderers, sorcerers, idolaters, or liars will live in that place....
  • [Vanity - Prayer Request] Job Interview this morning

    12/01/2015 4:37:45 AM PST · by markomalley · 53 replies
    I have a job interview this morning and would appreciate prayers for my interviewers and myself. Thanks.
  • Cardinal Sarah: Opening the Doors to Intercommunion Would 'Promote Profanation'

    12/01/2015 4:18:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, warned that opening the doors to the reception of Holy Communion by Protestants, apart from "very exceptional circumstances," would "promote profanation" of the Blessed Sacrament. The prelate's remarks, made in an interview with Aleteia, came two weeks after a Lutheran woman asked Pope Francis why she cannot receive Holy Communion. The Pope responded, "I would never dare give permission to do this as it is not my competence. One Baptism, one Lord, one faith. Speak with the Lord and go ahead. I dare...
  • Pope Francis Named PETA Person of the Year

    12/01/2015 4:10:27 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/1/15 | Staff Reporter
    Previous winners of the animal welfare charity's award include Morrissey, Tony Benn and Ricky GervaisPope Francis has been named Person of the Year by UK-based animal welfare charity PETA. According to PETA, Pope Francis was chosen for asking the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and other citizens of the world to respect the environment and treat animals with kindness. In his encyclical, Laudato Si', which was released earlier this year, Pope Francis wrote: "Every act of cruelty towards any creature is 'contrary to human dignity'......We are not God. We must forcefully reject the notion that our being created in God's image...
  • Prayer for Our American Heroes and Our Nation

    12/01/2015 1:07:48 AM PST · by Jeanbl · 6 replies
    December 1, 2015 | Jeanbl
    --- we look for right, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us. For our transgressions are multiplied before Thee, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are present to us, and as for our iniquities, we know them: Transgressing and denying the LORD, and turning away from following our God, speaking oppression and perverseness, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. And justice is turned away backward, and righteousness standeth afar off; for truth hath stumbled in the broad place, and uprightness cannot enter. And truth is lacking, and...
  • World headed toward 'suicide' if no climate agreement: pope

    11/30/2015 10:17:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 30, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    The U.N. climate conference in Paris is most likely humanity's last chance to thwart global environmental disaster, Pope Francis said on Monday, warning the world was "at the limits of suicide". The pope, who wrote a major document on the environment last June, made the comment in an hour-long news conference aboard the plane returning him to Rome at the end of a six-day trip to Africa. The freewheeling conversations have become a trademark of his papacy and the few times he takes direct questions from journalists....
  • The First Glimmer of Hope...Luke's Nativity pt 1

    There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, According to the custom of the priest’s office,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-01-15

    11/30/2015 7:36:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 1, 2015 Tuesday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 11:1-10 On that day,A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,and from his roots a bud shall blossom.The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,A Spirit of counsel and of strength,a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.Not by appearance shall he judge,nor by hearsay shall he decide,But he shall judge the poor with justice,and decide aright for the land's afflicted.He shall strike the ruthless with the...
  • Full text of Pope's in-flight interview from Africa to Rome

    11/30/2015 5:56:25 PM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    CNA ^ | 11/30/15
    In a Q&A with journalists on his way from Africa back to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions posed by journalists from across the world. He touched on inter-religious relations, the role of the media, and his favorite memories from Africa. Please read below for the full English transcription of the Q&A:Fr. Lombardi: Holy Father, welcome to this encounter, which by now is a tradition we all wait for. We are grateful that after such an intense trip you still want to find the time for us. We understand well how available you are to help us. Before beginning with the...
  • Papal shoes join global pre-COP21 rallies for climate action

    11/30/2015 4:59:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | November 29, 2015 | Brian Roewe
    While Pope Francis left earlier in the week for Africa, a pair of his shoes headed to Paris. The papal shoes -- black Oxfords with a laminated sign above them adorning Francis' signature and the words "Laudato Si'" -- joined thousands of other sneakers, slippers and pumps in a symbolic march at the Place de la Republique in Paris.
  • The Perils of Popularity: Critiquing Bishop Barron

    11/30/2015 4:53:20 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | 11/30/15 | Steve Skojec
    There is an oft-cited quote — attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt — which asserts the following maxim:Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events;  Small minds discuss people.I suppose the quote is popular because it gives off a certain aura of common sense. After all, one can see some truth reflected in the hierarchy of minds as laid out by Mrs. Roosevelt. There’s a big difference between theoretical physicists, philosophers, theologians, and the like, and the salacious rumor-mongers at the tabloids. As for the rest of us, we tend to aspire to the lofty goal of being idea-makers, trip and fall more often than...
  • Pope Francis leaves out the real reason Ugandans were brutally martyred

    11/30/2015 4:23:21 PM PST · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Lifesite ^ | 11/30/15 | Pete Baklinski
    Did anyone notice that during Pope Francis’ trip to Africa in which he commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Canonization of the 22 Ugandan martyrs, not once did he mention — or even hint — that their deaths were occasioned by their refusal to indulge the king in his request for homosexual relations? King Mwanga of Buganda — what is now southern Uganda — began killing the Christians in 1885 after the majordomo of his household, who was a Christian leader, pleaded with him to abandon the homosexual practices he was engaging in with the young men who served...
  • Pope Francis attacks ‘fundamentalist’ Catholics, dismisses condom ban as unimportant

    11/30/2015 3:52:51 PM PST · by ebb tide · 47 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 30, 2015 | John Henry Westen
    On the plane returning from his journey to Africa today Pope Francis made his clearest remarks in condemnation of ‘fundamentalist’ Catholics. "Fundamentalism is a sickness that is in all religions," Francis said, as reported by the National Catholic Reporter’s Vatican correspondent, Joshua McElwee, and similarly by other journalists on the plane. "We Catholics have some -- and not some, many -- who believe in the absolute truth and go ahead dirtying the other with calumny, with disinformation, and doing evil." "They do evil," said the pope. "I say this because it is my church." "We have to combat it," he...
  • 2015 11 29 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Things Have Changed" (video)

    11/30/2015 3:27:01 PM PST · by Lera · 3 replies
    Since the "War to End All Wars", American leadership in the world has not only been a stabilizing force for peace but it has been a staunch protector of the Israeli people since she returned to her land in 1948. Now, however, things have drastically changed. Current American leadership has weakened our economy, opened our borders, ransacked our military, abandoned our allies, lectured the American people and denigrated those who follow Christ. At the same time, they have bolstered our enemies, empowered renegade leaders, back-stabbed Israel and promoted Islam. Has our government lost its collective mind, or are we seeing...
  • No Impediments Remain to Full Communion, Pope Tells Orthodox Patriarch

    11/30/2015 3:10:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    In a message to the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Pope Francis wrote that "there is no longer any impediment to Eucharistic communion which cannot be overcome through prayer, the purification of hearts, dialogue and the affirmation of truth." The Pope's message to the Ecumenical Patriarch was timed for November 30, the feast of St. Andrew, patron of the Constantinople see. Each year the Holy See sends a delegation to celebrate that feast with the Ecumenical Patriarch, just as the Orthodox leader sends representatives to Rome for the patronal feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29. This...
  • Green to the Extreme

    11/30/2015 3:10:13 PM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 2 replies
    Zola Levitt Ministries ^ | 8/29/15 | Myles Weiss
    Extreme elements in the environmental movement want to move away from Judeo-Christian teachings and toward animal rights, glorifying nature as “Mother Earth.” This type of idolatry (also seen in many Bible stories) formed part of Hitler’s Nazi party philosophy. Elevating the environment by and for the elite tends to diminish the value of human life. As Believers, we don’t worship creation but rather the Creator ....
  • Mainstream Scream: Media mocks Tim Tebow's breakup with girlfriend over abstinence until marriage

    11/30/2015 1:28:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/30/2015 | Paul Bedard
    Tim Tebow can't get a break in the media. The former college football star is now being ridiculed over the break up with his Miss Universe girlfriend, Olivia Culpo, over his abstinence until marriage stance. It hit such a fever pitch over the weekend, that Fox & Friends Monday ran a roundup of the media mockery. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO... New York Daily News: "Tim Tebow still can't find the end zone" CBS in Tampa: "Apparently an NFL job isn't the only thing Tim Tebow can't hold onto." Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    11/30/2015 12:01:35 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 14 replies
    11-30-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 43:3 I Am the Lord Thy God, the Holy One of Israel, Thy Savior.
  • Unraveling the Mystery (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    11/30/2015 11:59:43 AM PST · by Gamecock · 9 replies
    The place we will occupy in the future will be similar to places we occupy now, but there will also be differences. The heavenly place will be a place of manifest glory. Our bodies will have continuity with our present bodies. There will also be discontinuity. Our new bodies are shrouded in mystery-we see through the glass darkly. Yet we receive hints about our glorified bodies by comparisons with Jesus, as well as by His words that we will be "like the angels" (Matt. 22:30). Paul gives further hints: After discussing various kinds of bodies we experience on this planet,...
  • Vatican’s liturgy chief contradicts Pope Francis on Communion for non-Catholics

    11/30/2015 11:43:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Mon Nov 30, 2015 - 11:12 am EST | John-Henry Westen
    The Vatican's cardinal in charge of liturgy and the sacraments has strongly defended the Church's tradition on reception of Communion in the wake of Pope Francis' comments to a Lutheran woman suggesting she could choose in conscience to receive. Speaking with Aleteia reporter Diane Montagna, Cardinal Robert Sarah said, "Intercommunion is not permitted between Catholics and non-Catholics. You must confess the Catholic Faith. A non-Catholic cannot receive Communion. That is very, very clear. It's not a matter of following your conscience." ...
  • Sports Media Mocks Tebow Over Abstinence Pledge Break Up

    11/30/2015 11:38:48 AM PST · by xzins · 67 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | November 30, 2015 | Michael Cantrell
    Tim Tebow recently split with girlfriend Olivia Culpo — a former Miss USA model — and the reason is said to be the former Broncos quarterback’s abstinence pledge. Yes, that’s right, folks. You now live in a culture where a girl doesn’t want a man who respects her enough to wait until he is ready to commit to her, faithfully for life, and not just use her body for his own personal pleasure. Sports media, as you might expect, had a field day mocking Tebow and his desire to please God with his sexuality. From NewsBusters: Tim Tebow’s relationship with...
  • Knowing God's Will (from the book "Strength for Today")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/30/2015 11:21:21 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is" (Ephesians 5:17). God's will is revealed in His Word. How can a Christian walk wisely and know the will of God for his life? The will of God is explicitly revealed to us in the pages of Scripture. God's will is that we be: Saved-"This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim. 2:3-4; compare 2 Peter 3:9). Spirit-filled-"Do not be foolish, but understand what the...
  • An Unlikely Heroine (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/30/2015 11:17:37 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace" (Heb. 11:31). Rahab illustrates the depth and breadth of God's amazing grace. Our final Old Testament hero of faith is an unlikely addition to the list. Not only was she a prostitute, she also was a Gentile-and a Canaanite at that. The Canaanites were an idolatrous, barbaric, debauched people, infamous even among pagans for their immorality and cruelty. Yet in the midst of that exceedingly wicked society, Rahab came to faith in the God of Israel. Joshua 2:9-11...
  • JESUS THE WORD[Charismatic Caucus]

    11/30/2015 9:37:44 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    I AM the Author of My WORD there is no other and though others place man in this place by names, occasions or people "I AM THE WORD" and it MY SPIRIT speaking directly to you as these verses are read and spoken , yeah even meditated on. So Truly as My Word "It is written" it was only as these men journaled out My Heart that today it is given to you! So be my Scribe and sit at my feet for I have fresh Manna for each of you daily and it is I that desire you to...
  • Of Sledgehammers and Subtleties -- Images of Hell

    11/30/2015 7:08:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Sledgehammers and Subtleties – Images of Hell Msgr. Charles Pope • November 29, 2015 • In the Office of Readings last week we read a letter from St. Paul of the Cross. In it he presents a brief image of Hell, comparing it to the prison life he is enduring. It is a description that helps us to understand that Hell and its sufferings may be about more than just a fire that is never extinguished, worms that die not, and wailing and grinding of teeth. More of his description in a moment.To be sure, eternal fire, undying worms,...
  • French Priest Compares Paris Victims to Terrorists

    11/30/2015 6:22:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Local (Fr) ^ | 11/27/15
    A French priest has been dismissed from his role after comparing those killed in the shootings at the Bataclan concert hall with the Isis extremists who shot them, saying they were "Siamese twins" Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, publicly announced the dismissal in a statement on Friday. "Following the publication of an opinion column by Father Herve Benoit, and after taking the time to meet and listen to him, I have decided, along with his bishop, to relieve him of his pastoral duties in the diocese of Lyon," he said. Barbarin also urged Father Benoit to "withdraw to...
  • High Court in Northern Ireland Rules Abortion Law Illegal

    11/30/2015 6:14:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/30/15 | Staff Reporter
    Landmark ruling will liberalise abortion law in provinceThe High Court in Belfast has ruled that Northern Ireland's abortion legislation is in breach of human rights laws. In a landmark ruling the court has declared that abortion should be available in the case of foetal abnormality and rape. The 1967 Abortion Act does not currently apply in the province, where abortion is only permitted where the mother's life is in danger.
  • Estonia Contemplating Hijab, Niqab Ban

    11/30/2015 6:11:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/30/15
    Tallinn, November 30, Interfax - The Estonian Justice Ministry has sent other ministries and other government departments a bill banning women from wearing hijab and niqab in public places, primarily, in state, educational and medical institutions. "The aim of this law is to ensure uniform behavior within Estonian society and within the social space, including among immigrants, which does not raise any concern," a Justice Ministry spokesperson told Interfax. "After the analysis with experts, I consider it necessary to hold a discussion on the issue of restricting the wearing of face veils, primarily, in order to prevent complicated practical issues,"...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(11/30/15)[Prayer]

    11/30/2015 5:52:12 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/30/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Paul 11. From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. 12. From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days. 13. On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14. One of those...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-30-15, FEAST, St. Andrew, Apostle

    11/29/2015 7:25:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 30, 2015 Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle Reading 1 Rom 10:9-18 Brothers and sisters:If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lordand believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,you will be saved.For one believes with the heart and so is justified,and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.The Scripture says,No one who believes in him will be put to shame.There is no distinction between Jew and Greek;the same Lord is Lord of all,enriching all who call upon him.For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But...
  • German Bishops’ Conference Says Church in Africa Growing Only Because of Ignorance and Poverty

    11/29/2015 7:06:15 PM PST · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    The Stream ^ | November 28, 2015 | First Things
    Björn Odendahl, an editor at Katholisch.de, writes the following in the course of commenting on the Pope’s plans for Africa in a piece entitled “The Romantic, Poor Church”: So also in Africa. Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent and often have nothing else but their faith. It grows because the educational situation there is on average at a rather low level and the people accept simple answers to difficult questions(of faith) [sic]. Answers like those that Cardinal Sarah of Guinea provides. And even the growing number of priests is a result...
  • Catholic Caucus: Our Lady of Ocotlan – “The Lourdes of Mexico”, Tlaxcala, Tlax.

    11/29/2015 5:39:16 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies
    Madonnas of Mexico ^ | August 1, 2011 | Mary Hansen
    In 1531 Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico City and left her miraculous image on his cloak. It was a spectacular apparition and resulted in the conversion of millions to the Christian faith. Ten years later—10 th anniversaries are always significant—a second spectacular apparition occurred in Mexico: that of Our Lady of Ocotlán.In 1541, the city of Tlaxcala (an hour and a half east of Mexico City) was devastated by a smallpox epidemic in which 90% of its citizens died. Tlaxcalan Indian Juan Diego Bernardino worked at the nearby Franciscan convent—the first to be established in...
  • The Jesse Tree

    11/29/2015 4:39:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Loyolapress.com ^ | not given | unknown
    The Jesse Tree The Jesse Tree helps us connect the custom of decorating Christmas trees to the events leading to Jesus' birth. The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: "A shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots." Jesse was the father of King David. We adorn a Jesse Tree with illustrated ornaments that represent the people, prophesies, and events leading up to the birth of Jesus. The ornaments of the Jesse Tree tell the story of God in the Old Testament, connecting the Advent season with the faithfulness...
  • The Voice of Miss America? [Catholic Caucus]

    11/29/2015 3:29:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | November 28, 2015 | Louie Verrecchio
    Heard any good jokes lately? I saw one online this morning. It's an oldie but goodie; a real side splitter. The Holy See is reporting Pope Francis' diplomatic voyage to Kenya as ... get this: an Apostolic Journey. It's dark humor to be sure, but downright hilarious just the same. The sad thing is, however, the people reporting it seem to be serious.
  • A Call to Terminate Papal Trips: A noisy, expensive counterfeit of Papal Duty [Catholic Caucus]

    11/29/2015 2:37:39 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 11/27/15 | John Vennari
    In 1761, speaking of the primary duty of the Pope, Clement XIII wrote, “In the Lord’s field, for the tending of which Divine Providence placed us as overseer, there is nothing which demands as much vigilant care and unremitting labor in its cultivation than guarding the good seed of Catholic teaching which the Apostles received from Jesus Christ and handed on to Us. If in laziness this is neglected, the enemy of the human race will sow weeds while the workers sleep.”[1] Likewise Pope St. Pius X, the greatest Pope of modern times, noted that one of the “primary obligations...
  • Dangerous Compassion in the Syrian Refugee Debate? (without prudence = disaster)

    11/29/2015 2:22:33 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    NC Register ^ | November 24, 2015 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    G.K. Chesterton wrote that “the modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone.” His observation seems applicable to the current debate about taking in Syrian refugees. The “modern world” in this case is made up of the European elites, the Obama administration and Christian clerics who follow their lead. The virtue gone mad is compassion. What Chesterton probably had in mind when he wrote about “mad” virtues was Aristotle’s doctrine of the mean (which was later adopted by Aquinas). According...
  • Christmas Giving: 10 ways to transform your Christmas

    11/29/2015 2:01:26 PM PST · by FourPeas · 8 replies
    Pastor Joe McKeever's Blog ^ | 28 Nov 2015 | Joe McKeever
    Those of us who love the Christmas season -- I plead guilty! -- often are in the market for ways to make it more meaningful. I polled some friends and would like to share some of the results. Give more. Give yourself. Give the unexpected. Give ten times as much as they expect. Give more than ever before. Shop less. Buy fewer. Spend less. Stress less. Quit giving to the adults; give only to the children. Give no more than 3 presents per child. Emphasize the personal aspect. Write more notes. If you send Christmas cards, write personal notes on...
  • Will Peter Refuse to Eat with the Gentiles Again? [Catholic Caucus]

    11/29/2015 1:56:31 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | November 26, 2015 | Michael Lofton
    The Church is currently awaiting the 'official' decision of Pope Francis on the Kasper Proposal (a proposal allowing obstinate adulterers to receive Holy Communion). In anticipation of his decision, there is a point from the Book of Galatians that I believe should be considered. In the Book of Galatians, we read about the Apostle Paul who rebuked the Apostle Peter for his hypocrisy, saying: “When Cephas [Peter] came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began...
  • Living Unselfishly (from the book "Strength for Today")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/29/2015 1:55:43 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Making the most of your time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:16). Time will tell whether you're unselfish or selfish. In 1842 Robert Murray M'Cheyne, pastor of St. Peter's Church in Dundee, Scotland, wrote a pastoral letter to an individual who was an unbeliever. The following is an excerpt from his letter: I was reading this morning (Luke ii. 29), what old Simeon said when he got the child Jesus into his arms: "Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word: for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation." If you get a firm hold of...
  • Conquering in Conflict (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    11/29/2015 1:51:44 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they had been encircled for seven days" (Heb. 11:30). Faith is the key to spiritual conquest. Forty years had lapsed since the Israelites refused to enter the Promised Land. That unbelieving generation had perished in the wilderness. Now Joshua was leading a new generation into the land. The first obstacle they faced was Jericho-a well-fortified city that was near the mouth of the Jordan River. Some city walls of that day were wide enough at the top to allow two chariots to ride side-by-side. That was probably true of Jericho because...
  • There’s a War on Christmas and Christmas is Losing

    11/29/2015 11:55:56 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 30 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 29, 2015 | JP
    Today is the first day of Advent, which marks the start of the pre-Christmas season. It is observed by many, if not most, of the Catholic faithful. And it is in popularity among Protestants, particularly those of us who count ourselves evangelical Christians. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. During that four-week period, the Christian faithful prepare for the commemoration of the birth of Christ. Satan hates Advent. That’s because he wants to take the “Christ” out of Christmas. He doesn’t want Christmas to be a Godly “holy-day.” Rather, his aim is to reduce the...
  • A Recipe for Readiness -- Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

    11/29/2015 7:08:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Recipe for Readiness - - Homily for the First Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • November 28, 2015 • As the Advent season begins, we are immediately drawn into its principle theme of preparation and readiness for the coming of the Lord. The first coming of the Lord has already been fulfilled at Bethlehem. And while we should prepare spiritually for the coming Christmas Feast, these first weeks of Advent bid us to focus even more on the Second Coming of the Lord in glory.Thus, as the curtains draw back on the opening scenes of Advent, we are...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(11/29/15)[Prayer]

    11/29/2015 5:16:09 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/29/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Paul 6. Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, Come over to Macedonia and help...

    11/29/2015 2:48:25 AM PST · by knarf · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | November 29, 2015 | knarf
    Time to get ready for church ...