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  • The Supreme Court’s death sentence on Christian culture

    07/07/2015 10:13:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Church of St. Michael ^ | July 5, 2015 | FR. GEORGE W. RUTLER
    The Supreme Court’s abuse of its authority in the decision redefining marriage as an institution based on feelings rather than fact and sanctioning deviancy as a civil right was expected, but the surprise was its sentimental substitution of nihilistic narcissism for jurisprudence, expressed in an amorphous substitute for English diction. This passed a death sentence on Christian culture, just as Roe v. Wade sanctioned the deaths of millions of infants. As Christ rose from the dead, so can our nation, but only the cynic and the naďf will deny that the next steps will be attacks on Christ himself in...
  • Greeks are voting No to the Church, too

    07/07/2015 10:02:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 7, 2015 | Fr Mark Drew
    In the minds of many Greeks, the Orthodox Church has become part of an arrogant and self-serving establishment When Alexis Tsipras was sworn in as Greek prime minister in January this year, the ceremony was marked by a symbolically important change in the protocol. Previous governments had sworn on the Gospels, and received a solemn blessing by an impressively vested Archbishop of Athens with attending deacons and chanters. This time Tsipras and most of his incoming ministers chose to dispense with the time-honoured religious oath and affirm on their honour. Syriza, the coalition of the radical Left, has long argued...
  • Orthodox cleric: Marriage ruling an 'earthquake'

    07/07/2015 9:35:45 AM PDT · by NRx
    WND ^ | 07-06-2015 | Leo Hohmann
    A prominent American cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia called the June 26 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage an “earthquake” that turns God’s established order on its head. Archpriest Victor Potapov of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Washington, D.C., spoke frankly with Pravmir, an online Orthodox Christian website. He blamed “homosexual propaganda” for the ruling but also heterosexual Christian couples who have not had the proper respect for the marriage covenant that God intended. The Orthodox Church is among the most conservative Christian denominations and has defended Russia against cultural attacks by liberal elements...
  • Franklin Graham Slams 'Outrageous' Attack on 'Freedom of Speech' After Fining of Christian Bakers

    07/07/2015 8:21:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/06/2015 | BY STOYAN ZAIMOV
    The Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out against what he calls an "outright attack" on freedom of speech after Oregon's Bureau of Labor & Industries Commissioner Brad Avakin upheld an earlier ruling that forces Christian bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 for refusing to participate in a lesbian wedding. "Give me a break. In my opinion, this couple should pay the Kleins $135,000 for all they've been through," Graham wrote on Facebook on Sunday. "Even more outrageous is that Avakian has also now ordered the Kleins to 'cease and desist' from speaking publicly about not wanting to...
  • A Battle You Can’t Afford to Win – The Story of Jacob’s Conversion

    07/07/2015 7:40:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Battle You Can’t Afford to Win – The Story of Jacob’s Conversion Msgr. Charles Pope • July 6, 2015 • 2 Comments One of God’s stranger affections in the Old Testament is the special love He had for Jacob. We are currently reading this story in daily Mass.The name Jacob, according to some, means “grabber” or “usurper.” Even in the womb, he strove and wrestled with his twin brother Esau. And although Esau was born first, Jacob came forth grabbing his brother’s heel. Thus he was named Jacob (“grabber”).And although he was a “mama’s boy,” he was also a...
  • The Church Will Survive Gay Marriage if It Sticks to Its Guns

    07/07/2015 6:50:32 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 29, 2015 | David French
    The Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision is only three days old and already there are calls to end the tax exemption not just for religious schools, but for churches as well. Already we’re seeing public expressions of contempt for clergy, like this one reported by Father Jonathan Morris: Walking down Broadway and 22nd St just now, I ran into gay marriage parade. Two men walked by and spat on me. Oh well... I deserve worse. Even before the Supreme Court concocted a constitutional right to gay marriage, American religious liberty was being systematically undermined. There were widespread efforts to exclude...
  • Leaving the Qur’an for the Gospels

    07/07/2015 5:56:46 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Church Times ^ | 26 Jun 2015 | Madeleine Davies
    THE "greatest turning of Muslims to Jesus Christ in history" is taking place across the world, the author of a new book, on tour in the UK, suggests. A Wind in the House of Islam, by Dr David Garrison, a missionary pioneer with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, documents a Muslim "movement to Christ" in more than 70 places across 29 countries. Converts, it says, now number between two and seven million. Dr Garrison defines a "movement" as being at least 100 new churches started, or 1000 baptisms, within a 20-year period in one people group. He estimates that...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/7/15)[Prayer]

    07/07/2015 5:45:49 AM PDT · by left that other site · 7 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/7/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Jeroboam 40 Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam, but Jeroboam fled to Egypt, to Shishak the king, and stayed there until Solomon’s death. (1 Kings 11) New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International VersionŽ, NIVŽ Copyright Š 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.Ž Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
  • Jonathan Cahn: "End of Christian America" Is Here

    07/07/2015 5:36:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    WND.com ^ | July 5, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Jonathan Cahn, the Bible teacher and author who started warning nine years ago that America was facing the judgment of God if it did not reject secularism and return to its Judeo-Christian roots, says the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states marks the formal end to Christian America.
  • Religious persecution of Christians around the globe - the future prognosis

    07/07/2015 2:24:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Independent Catholic News ^ | 7/6/15 | David Alton
    Franz Werfel's disturbing and prophetic novel, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh (Die vierzig Tage des Musa Dagh), written in 1933, tells the story of genocide against Armenian Christians and foreshadows the rise of Hitler - whose Nazi thugs were burning Werfel's books, in his native Austria and in Germany.In this centenary of those events it is worth reminding ourselves of how the Ottomans attempted to eradicate the Armenian Christians and perpetrated further acts of genocide against their other Christian minorities, including Greeks and Assyrians - incubating that most dangerous pestilence: the hatred of whole peoples.Not only should we recall...
  • Catholic Hardware Store Sued for Refusing to Sell Gay Extension Cord [Satire? or Prophetic?]

    07/07/2015 1:48:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | 7/6/15 | John White
    The Catholic owners of “Joe’s Hardware” in Atchison, Kansas are defending themselves against a federal lawsuit that accuses them of violating equal protection laws because they refused to sell a same-sex extension cord to a customer last month.The plaintiff in the lawsuit is Flip Rosco, a poodle trainer from Greenwich Village. During a press conference announcing the lawsuit, Mr. Rosco caused some initial confusion when he was asked what he was doing in Atchison in the first place. “Looking for a Catholic hardware store to sue,” he proclaimed, to a few raised eyebrows. “Love wins,” he quickly added, which seemed...
  • Prayer for Our American Heroes and Our Nation

    07/07/2015 1:31:45 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 5 replies
    July 7, 2015 | Jeanbl
    For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-07-15

    07/06/2015 10:37:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-07-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 7, 2015 Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 32:23-33 In the course of the night, Jacob arose, took his two wives, with the two maidservants and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. After he had taken them across the stream and had brought over all his possessions, Jacob was left there alone. Then some man wrestled with him until the break of dawn. When the man saw that he could not prevail over him, he struck Jacob’s hip at its socket, so that the hip socket was wrenched as they...
  • Sorry, Slate: Oregon Did Put a ‘Gag Order’ on Those Christian Bakers

    07/06/2015 8:41:41 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 33 replies
    Opinionhead.com ^ | Hans von Spakovsky
    On Thursday, The Daily Signal published an article about Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) Commissioner Brad Avakian ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, Christian bakers who had refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, to pay the couple $135,000 for “emotional” damages and issuing a gag order against the Kleins. On Monday, Slate published an article criticizing The Daily Signal’s coverage headlined “No, Oregon Did Not ‘Gag’ That Anti-Gay Bakery.” While that’s a great, provocative headline, Slate’s headline is simply not true. (snip) Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern writes: Rather than fine the Kleins further, [Oregon Labor...
  • Dixie's Dark for Dinner Campaign Encourages In-Person Connections

    07/06/2015 7:50:59 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 5 replies
    Trendhunter.com ^ | 6/17/15 | Meghan Young
    The Dark for Dinner campaign by Dixie is one many families will want to get behind. It encourages people to leave their phones elsewhere during Sunday dinners to ensure they enjoy the company they keep around the dining table instead. Although a short challenge -- lasting only six weeks -- the Dark for Dinner campaign may very well instill a ritual families and friends would be loathe to break.
  • Oregon Issues Gag Order Against Christian Bakers Who Declined to Make ‘Gay Wedding’ Cake

    07/06/2015 7:46:17 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 49 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/6/15 | Heather Clark
    GRESHAM, Ore. — The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has issued a gag order against the Christian owners of a bakery in the state, banning them from speaking about their convictions not to participate in same-sex ceremonies by baking, decorating and delivering a cake for the event. “The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries hereby orders [Aaron and Melissa Klein] to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published … any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations … will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that...
  • The Marriage of Church and State: It’s Time for a Happy Divorce

    07/06/2015 7:31:33 PM PDT · by AncientAirs · 9 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | 6 July 2015 | Joseph Pearce
    The Supreme Court’s bizarre decision to impose same-sex “marriage” on all the States is the making of history by the breaking of history. It is to make something that humanity has never sanctioned and has always shunned not only legal but compulsory. Until a few short years ago, the very thought that marriage was anything other than the union of a man and a woman would have been impossible because the very thought would have been unthinkable. The Supreme Court has, therefore, divorced itself from the collective experience of humanity as manifested in the continuum of moral norms that are...
  • Homosexuality: The tension between grace and truth

    07/06/2015 6:32:31 PM PDT · by firerosemom · 5 replies
    Abundant Life Ministries ^ | 6/28/2015 | Ty Wyss
    Pastor Ty Wyss - a teaching/witness on homosexuality
  • Father Go-Along-To-Get-Along Morris Fails

    07/06/2015 6:28:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 7/6/15 | Patrick Archbold
    Father Jonathan Morris, Foxnews talking head, is a profound disappointment. It is because of spinless men like him that Catholics have learned to accept participation in all manner of evil. Priests like him will never find the moment to make a stand. "This is not the right way.." "Now is not the time..." "It won't work..."In this clip Father Morris says that Christian and Catholic county clerks should avoid being conscientious objectors and just go ahead and issue those gay marriage licenses cuz "It's the law of the land."
  • 'Islamic State in Palestine' Threatens Christians in Jerusalem

    07/06/2015 6:23:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 7/3/15 | Oliver Maksan
    "We must take these threats seriously. It would be enough that three young fundamentalists, armed with knives, attack a Christian home to cause panic in the Christian community."JERUSALEM—A group calling itself "Islamic State in Palestine" last week distributed leaflets ordering Christians to leave the city by the end of Ramadan, July 18. Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of the Latin Patriarchate, urging the faithful to be vigilant, said that “we must take these threats seriously. It would be enough that three young fundamentalists, armed with knives, attack a Christian home to cause panic in the Christian community.” The message on the...
  • 12 THINGS TO REMEMBER IF THE SUPREME COURT’S GAY-MARRIAGE DECISION UPSETS YOU

    07/06/2015 5:25:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    The Splendor of the Church ^ | 07/06/2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    The Supreme Court decision allowing gay “marriage” in the United States has upset all right minded Christians, and rightly so. It is pretty clear that the Supreme Court has rubber stamped a widespread rejection of Christian morality by a large segment of the American people. Not only has the Supreme Court ratified same sex “marriage” but they have overturned majority opinions of the people, set themselves up as arbiters of human morality, trampled on states’ rights, ignored not only historic Christian teaching, but the understanding of marriage held by all people at all times and in all cultures down through...
  • Pope says families need a miracle

    In his homily, or sermon, the Pope referred to a highly anticipated meeting of bishops to be held in Rome this October. The Catholic leaders are expected to discuss changes to several controversial areas of church teaching, including divorce and homosexuality. The bishops will "consider concrete solutions," Francis said, "to the many difficult and significant challenges facing families in our time." "I ask you to pray fervently for this intention," the Pope continued, "so that Christ can take even what might seem to us impure, scandalous or threatening, and turn it ... into a miracle. Families today need miracles!"
  • The Protohomosexual (Why are so many straight people pro gay?)

    07/06/2015 3:53:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | May 14, 2015 | TYLER BLANSKI
    Why are so many straight people pro gay? Because the normalization of homosexuality is the premier achievement of heterosexual ideology. “Gay” and “straight” are not taxonomies but ideologies. They are not orientations but disorientations: whether bi-, homo-, or hetero-, hyphenated sexuality makes us lose our sense of direction toward the truly sexual, and the victims of such ideology are children.The words “homosexual” and “heterosexual” are nineteenth-century neologisms made to sever romance from responsibility and sex from fecundity. “Heterosexuality was made to serve as this fanciful framework’s regulating ideal,” writes Michael Hannon, summarizing Foucault, “preserving the social prohibitions against sodomy...
  • Mother Miriam's Heart for the Family and Church (former Jew & Evangelical)

    07/06/2015 3:40:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 6, 2015 | Jim Graves
    The founder of Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope, discusses her conversion from Judaism, religious habits, family life, and current social upheaval Left: Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (www.motherofisraelshope.org); right: Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B. on Sept. 8, 2011, when the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope became a public association of the faithful under Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa. Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B. is founder of Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope (www.motherofisraelshope.org), a new religious congregation currently headquartered in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma, under the leadership...
  • Zwingli will have his own movie

    07/06/2015 1:18:13 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    Evangelical Focus ^ | 06 JULY 2015
    The life of Ulrich Zwingli will be brought to the big screens, confirmed C-Films, a company which produced films like “Midnight train to Lisbon.” Many have discovered the Protestant Reformation through films about Martin Luther (especially “Luther”, lead by Joseph Fiennes), but not many other Christians leaders of his age have been portrayed in cinemas. Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531) was the most well known Reformer of the Swiss city of Zürich, a focus of the Reformation in the country alongside Calvin’s Geneva. The script is being written by journalist Simone Schmid, who is working on historical material of the Reformed Church...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    07/06/2015 12:54:15 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    7-6-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 139:17,18 How Precious it is, Lord, to Realize that You are Thinking about me Constantly. I can't Even Count How many Times a Day Your Thoughts Turn Towards me. And when I Awaken in the Morning, You are still Thinking of me.
  • Saudi Sheikh Who Taught ISIS Fighters 'Jihad 101' Asks for Bible After Growing 'Sick of the Killing'

    07/06/2015 9:23:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/06/2015 | Nicola Menzie
    An Islamic theologian responsible for teaching ISIS militants "jihad 101" has turned to the Bible after growing "sick of the killing" and finding himself yearning for something "better," according to a Christian missionary who works in the Middle East. The Christian missionary, introduced as just "Julian" during a recent interview on The Voice of the Martyrs Radio program, believes "ISIS is being used to reveal something of the dark heart of Islam." "As I say that I feel a bit reticent because I know that many, many Muslims want to distance themselves and are embarrassed by it and are great...
  • General Convention approves marriage equality

    07/06/2015 8:55:14 AM PDT · by NorthMountain · 17 replies
    episcopal news service ^ | July 1, 2015 | By Sharon Sheridan
    [Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] In the wake of the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage for all Americans, General Convention followed suit on July 1 with canonical and liturgical changes to provide marriage equality for Episcopalians. The House of Deputies concurred with the House of Bishops’ approval the day before of a canonical change eliminating language defining marriage as between a man and a woman (Resolution A036) and authorizing two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples (Resolution A054). The resolutions marked the culmination of a...
  • Gay marriage: Episcopal Church OKs religious weddings

    07/06/2015 8:34:31 AM PDT · by NorthMountain · 31 replies
    M-Live ^ | on July 02, 2015 at 7:00 AM, updated July 02, 2015 at 7:07 AM | By The Associated Press | Wire reports
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Episcopal Church has completed its embrace of gay rights, changing church law to allow same-sex religious marriages throughout the denomination, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. The new policy won overwhelming approval from the top Episcopal legislative body Wednesday, following decades of debate and conflict. It came 12 years after the denomination blazed a trail by electing the first openly gay bishop. "To finally get to this day is an incredible moment," said the Rev. Cynthia Black, of Morristown, New Jersey, a lesbian who has been campaigning for gay acceptance...
  • What Would Jesus Say About Homosexual Sex?

    07/06/2015 7:37:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 191 replies
    This whole perversion of the Word of God began when Luther said each person should interpret the Bible for themselves.  This has led to so called’ christians’ condoning and accepting homosexual sex and ‘marriage’.  Luther is ‘turning in his grave’.  He said that ‘having sex without having children was the sin of sodomy too.’ This slippery slide where christians accepting this perversion began with the condoning of divorce.  It was well brought out when CNN asked Donald Trump what he believed about homosexual ‘marriage’.  Trump responded by saying he is in favor of ‘traditional marriage’.  They then called him on...
  • The Most Essential Question of Every Liturgy – Meditation on a Teaching by Joseph Ratzinger

    07/06/2015 7:06:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-05-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Most Essential Question of Every Liturgy – A Meditation on a Teaching From Joseph Ratzinger Msgr. Charles Pope • July 5, 2015 • There is a legend of how the liturgy and the Faith took hold in Rus (Russia). Prince Vladimir of Kiev was seeking a right worship for his people and sent representatives to look into various faiths and also liturgies. When emissaries went south to observe the Greek Christian Liturgy, they returned saying that they were not sure if they had been in Heaven or on Earth, so beautiful was what they had seen in the Hagia Sophia in...
  • Court Rules in Favor of USCCB, Against ACLU in Medical Case

    07/06/2015 6:25:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    A federal district court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of Tamesha Means, a woman who miscarried her child after a Michigan Catholic hospital “did not tell Tamesha that terminating her pregnancy was an option and the safest course for her condition.” The ACLU alleged that the bishops’ health care directives “prohibited that hospital from complying with the applicable standard of care in this case.” “The Court must defer to religious institutions in their articulation of church doctrine and policy,”...
  • 'That's not my calling': Joel Osteen on why he's mum on hot issues such as gay union

    07/06/2015 6:07:46 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 104 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 03 July 2015 | Czarina Ong
    While American evangelists such as Franklin Graham and Rick Warren are not afraid of speaking on sensitive topics such as same-sex marriage, abortion, or political strife, Joel Osteen prefers not to discuss those while at the pulpit, saying those topics often "turn people off." During a recent interview with WBUR's "Here & Now" radio program, Osteen said everybody has his or her own calling, but tackling politically controversial issues is not something that he has been called out to do. "I have friends who are very political. They're pastors and that's what their thing is. But I think sometimes, in...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/6/15)[Prayer]

    07/06/2015 5:01:46 AM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/6/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Jeroboam 29 About that time Jeroboam was going out of Jerusalem, and Ahijah the prophet of Shiloh met him on the way, wearing a new cloak. The two of them were alone out in the country, 30 and Ahijah took hold of the new cloak he was wearing and tore it into twelve pieces. 31 Then he said to Jeroboam, “Take ten pieces for yourself, for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘See, I am going to tear the kingdom out of Solomon’s hand and give you...
  • [Catholic Caucus] God Will Not Be Mocked

    07/06/2015 4:24:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court mocked the good Lord. Instead of looking towards Mt. Sinai for answers, they looked towards Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Our president called evil good and lit up the White House in the colors of a perverse pride making our nation a target for Divine retribution. St. Augustine said, Lex iniusta non est lex...An unjust law is not a law. Whether a positive human law is constitutional or not is not the primary question. Rather the question of a particular law being approved or not primarily comes down to this, namely, does it mirror...
  • Orissa, a Pentecostal pastor in prison on false charges of forced conversions

    07/06/2015 2:31:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | 7/6/15 | Nirmala Carvalho
    The Orissa police yesterday arrested and imprisoned Rev. Sisir Nayak, accused by Hindu radicals in the area of ​​ illegally converting Munda tribe members. According to the complaint lodged with the police, in a year and a half the Pentecostal pastor "attracted " more than 300 people in the village of Raiguda (Keonjhar district) to Christianity. Speaking to AsiaNews, Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), defines the police version as "unacceptable. The rhetoric of [forced] conversions is often an incitement to crimes against Christians. " Rev. Nayak is now in prison after a local...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-06-15, OM, St. Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr

    07/05/2015 9:44:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-06-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 6, 2015   Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Reading 1 Gn 28:10-22a Jacob departed from Beer-sheba and proceeded toward Haran. When he came upon a certain shrine, as the sun had already set, he stopped there for the night. Taking one of the stones at the shrine, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep at that spot. Then he had a dream: a stairway rested on the ground, with its top reaching to the heavens; and God’s messengers were going up and down on it. And there was the LORD standing beside him...
  • WHAT IS POPE FRANCIS UP TO WITH HIS POLITICAL GAME

    07/05/2015 7:44:47 PM PDT · by hapnHal · 26 replies
    5 July 15 | hapnHal
    In September of this year, Francis will come to America to address the UN and to meet with Obama and Congress. He will give the opening speech at the UN in New York and will call for “climate change throughout the world”…..but is climate change really his game ? His speeches and actions of recent have been raising eyebrows around the world with his flock ! His openly crawling in bed with the deceivers ( Obama and company) who are pushing for “depopulation”, “redistribution of wealth”, ‘global governance”, and all the other nasty items in the UN plan called AGENDA...
  • (Catholic) Vesting Prayers • Part 1 of 8

    07/05/2015 4:18:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    ccwatershed ^ | July 5, 2015 | David Friel
    HAT IS THE PURPOSE of sacred vestments, and what is their origin? These are questions that most ordinary Catholics probably could not answer. A very good (and very concise) explanation of liturgical vesture is given by Fr. Mauro Gagliardi, consultor to the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff (available from the Vatican webpage). His article is well worth a look. The Roman Rite could have developed in such a way that the Sacraments are celebrated by priests who dress in the clothes common to their culture, but it did not. Instead, a system of sacred vestments worn...
  • Pro-084 - Prophecy Update, 5 July 2015

    07/05/2015 4:06:20 PM PDT · by sopwith · 2 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgJS5clQZwM ^ | 5 July 2015 | The Superior Word .
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  • METHODIST OFFICIAL: “I NEVER HAVE ASKED JESUS TO DEFINE MARRIAGE”

    07/05/2015 3:42:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies
    First Things ^ | July 4, 2015 | Matthew Schmitz
    One measure of the decline of mainline social justice activism can be found in a recent Facebook exchange between the Methodist civil rights leader Maxie Dunnam and the Methodist civil rights official Bill Mefford. Dunnam was a heroic opponent of Jim Crow as a young pastor in Mississippi and went on to become the president of Asbury Theological Seminary. He also happens to believe in the historic Christian understanding of marriage, so in response to Obergefell v. Hodges, he made the following post on his Facebook wall:To which Mefford, the “Director of Civil and Human Rights” for the United...
  • Striking Gold this 4th of July

    07/05/2015 3:42:09 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 5, 2015 | Father Nicholas Federspiel
    Every bride and groom hopes to strike gold and reach their 50th wedding anniversary. Every parent bringing home a baby from the hospital hopes their child reaches at least their 50th birthday and beyond. Every employee hopes their boss remembers their 50th anniversary of employment. Every florist hopes a husband buys fifty roses to honor the 50th birthday of his wife.
  • The Truth Shall Set You Free

    07/05/2015 3:31:27 PM PDT · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 1 replies
    Centre Street Church Sermon ^ | June 27, 2015 | Nabeel Qureshi
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  • A Bad Day in the Pulpit for Jesus? A Homily for 14th Sunday of the Year

    07/05/2015 7:53:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-04-15aRCHDI | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Bad Day in the Pulpit for Jesus? A Homily for 14th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • July 4, 2015 • . The gospel today portrays the Lord Jesus as preacher and prophet. But as we shall see, even the greatest preacher in the world, Jesus, can find His powerful and precious words falling lifeless on the rock hard surface of many a soul. Yes, even His words can meet with resistance and hostility, indifference and ridicule. Indeed, the gospel today shows forth the ruinous result of rejection. My homily notes begin with the red text below. However,...
  • The Nations Go Mad...Zrch 12 pt 2

    “In that day says the Lord ,I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open my eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. …In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place-Jerusalem.”( Zechariah 12:4-6)What will be the outcome of Jerusalem being made a “cup of...
  • Lessons From the Christian East

    07/05/2015 6:02:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 7/2/15 | Dr. Adam J. DeVille
    The twentieth anniversary of St. Pope John Paul II apostolic letter "Orientale Lumen" is an occasion to reflect on what can be learned from Eastern CatholicsTwenty years ago, in his apostolic letter Orientale Lumen (May 2, 1995), the late St. Pope John Paul II called on Roman Catholics to deepen their knowledge of and love for the Christian East. I was thinking of his exhortation as I recently returned from a colloquium in Canada on the future of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church (UGCC) in North America. Many, perhaps most, Catholics in North America are unaware of the UGCC and the...
  • Irish Bishops Reject Plan to Ask 'Conservative' Students to Leave National Seminary

    07/05/2015 5:55:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Under pressure from bishops, the Irish national seminary at Maynooth will welcome back several seminarians who had been asked to leave because they were viewed “too conservative,” the Irish Catholic reports. The newspaper reports that six seminarians—in a class of ten-- were told that they should take time off to reconsider their vocations. But three will be returning to St. Patrick’s seminary, after their bishops disagreed with the evaluations by seminary faculty. Msgr. Hugh Connolly, the rector of the Maynooth seminary, told the Irish Catholic that there was “nothing out of the ordinary” in the decision. He said that the...
  • Twelve Things to Remember if the SCOTUS Decision Upsets You

    07/05/2015 5:21:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | July 3, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    The Supreme Court decision allowing gay “marriage” in the United States has upset all right minded Christians, and rightly so.It is pretty clear that the Supreme Court has rubber stamped a widespread rejection of Christian morality by a large segment of the American people.Not only has the Supreme Court ratified same sex “marriage” but they have overturned majority opinions of the people, set themselves up as arbiters of human morality, trampled on states’ rights, ignored not only historic Christian teaching, but the understanding of marriage held by all people at all times and in all cultures down through history.We’re right...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/5/15)[Prayer]

    07/05/2015 5:03:52 AM PDT · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/5/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Jeroboam 26 Also, Jeroboam son of Nebat rebelled against the king. He was one of Solomon’s officials, an Ephraimite from Zeredah, and his mother was a widow named Zeruah. 27 Here is the account of how he rebelled against the king: Solomon had built the terraces[a] and had filled in the gap in the wall of the city of David his father. 28 Now Jeroboam was a man of standing, and when Solomon saw how well the young man did his work, he put him in charge of the whole labor...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation 7/5/2015) [Prayer]

    07/04/2015 9:00:14 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 17 replies
    5 July 2015 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV) ----