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  • Learning from Judas (Judas Iscariot)

    05/30/2016 6:46:49 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him" (Matt. 10:4). God can use even an apostate like Judas to teach us some important lessons. Judas is history's greatest human tragedy. He had opportunities and privileges known only to the other disciples, but he turned from them to pursue a course of destruction. Yet even from his foolishness we can learn some important lessons. Judas, for example, is the world's greatest example of lost opportunity. He ministered for three years with Jesus Himself but was content merely to associate with Him, never submitting to Him in saving faith....
  • Endurance: Look to the Future

    05/30/2016 6:46:22 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17). It is far easier to endure trials when we value the future over the present. A few years ago the popular Back to the Future movies dealt rather whimsically with the possibility of time travel, which always involved entering the future. The recurring theme was that with all the complications of tampering with the future, it was better to live in the present. Viewers could infer that, ultimately, it is not worth it to dwell a lot on the future....
  • Buzzfeed 'Mark of the Beast' Experiment

    05/30/2016 3:07:27 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 30 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 5/30/2016 | Gary
    Buzzfeed reporter Charlie Warzel, who claims inspiration from the biblical Mark of the Beast, has his hand implanted with a payment chip and lives for a month wallet and cash-free.  This report is beyond disturbing and shows how utterly debased the secular mind has grown in just the last few years.  Now, not only is this kind of thing not shied away from, but unbelievers are actually finding inspiration in Revelation 13:16-17 for what a cashless society should look like. Here is his article, amazingly titled "Satan's Credit Card: What The Mark Of The Beast Taught Me About The Future...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/30/2016 12:03:34 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 14 replies
    5-30-16 | Kitty Mittens
  • Remember! On Memorial Day

    05/30/2016 6:37:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Remember! On Memorial Day Msgr. Charles Pope • May 29, 2016 • What is honor? The full etymology of the word is debated, but what seems most likely is that it comes from the Latin word honos, which, though translated as “honor,” also points to the word “onus,” which means “weight” or refers to something heavy. Hence, to honor someone is to appreciate the weight, significance, or burden of something he has done. It is to acknowledge that he carried a great burden well, that he withstood a heavy load, that what he did was weighty, significant.For many, Memorial...
  • Cardinal Caffarra: Pope Cannot Change Doctrine in a Footnote

    05/30/2016 6:13:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 5/27/16 | Maike Hickson
    The retired archbishop of Bologna, Italy, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra – one of the authors of the Five Cardinals Book and a strong defender of the traditional Catholic teaching on marriage – has recently given an interview to the Italian website La nuova bussola quotidiana. In this 25 May interview concerning marriage and the family, Cardinal Caffarra makes clear that even if the state now makes laws allowing so-called same-sex marriages, they “cannot change the reality of things.” He says that “mayors (especially Catholic ones) have to make a conscientious objection” in this matter. To celebrate such a union, Caffarra continues,...
  • Baghdad Patriarch Calls on Christians and Muslims to Pray for Peace Between May and Ramadan

    05/30/2016 5:39:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 5/28/16 | Joseph Mahmoud
    Baghdad’s Queen of the Rosary Church will host an interfaith prayer against violence and terrorism next Monday. The Chaldean Patriarch launched the initiative, reiterating there are no military options but prayer against conflicts affecting "innocent people". He also urged Muslims to think about renewing their way of thinking and culture.Baghdad (AsiaNews) – Chaldean Patriarch Louis Mar Rapahel Sako has issued a prayer for peace in Iraq, Syria, and the entire Middle East that will be held next Monday (30 May). For the prelate, prayers, not military options can "solve conflicts" in which “innocent people always” pay the highest price. Only...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(5/30/16)[Prayer]

    05/30/2016 5:02:16 AM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/30/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Peter (The Acts of the Apostles) (Acts 10) The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from Joppa went along. 24 The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. 26 But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”. 27 While talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering...
  • Jubilee of Mercy: A Final Gift, Prophecies, End Times

    05/29/2016 9:17:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CE.com ^ | Kathleen Beckman
    Jubilee of Mercy: A Final Gift, Prophecies, End TimesKathleen Beckman Not yet half way through the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the universal Church continues to invite the faithful to focus on the need to ask for Divine Mercy and to be reconciled with the Father of Mercy. Repentance and conversion are central to the call to become ambassadors of the Father’s mercy for others. Acknowledging the deep need for Divine Mercy and cultivating a merciful heart is more challenging than it appears.St. John Paul II’s 1980 encyclical, Dives in Misericordia (Rich in Mercy), taught, “The present day mentality, more perhaps...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-30-16

    05/29/2016 8:35:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-30-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 30, 2016 Monday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Pt 1:2-7 Beloved:May grace and peace be yours in abundancethrough knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has bestowed on useverything that makes for life and devotion,through the knowledge of himwho called us by his own glory and power.Through these, he has bestowed on usthe precious and very great promises,so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature,after escaping from the corruption that is in the worldbecause of evil desire.For this very reason,make every effort to supplement...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – May 29th, 2016 (video)

    05/29/2016 6:33:39 PM PDT · by Lera · 1 replies
    Calvary Chapel ^ | May 29th, 2016 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. focuses the attention on developments concerning Jerusalem, specifically as it relates to the uniting against Israel, and the pressure on Israel, to acquiesce to that which would lead to her destruction, under the banner of “peace and security.”
  • 2016 05 29 John Haller's Prophecy Update "As it was in the Days of"

    05/29/2016 3:55:07 PM PDT · by Lera · 13 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | May 29, 2016 | John Haller
    Noah and Lot. The Lord described the days that would herald His return by using these two examples. In Noah's Day, people were blissfully ignorant of the worldwide tragedy that would befall them and they continued on in their daily lives. They married. They gave in marriage. They fell victim to the "Normalcy Bias" to which John has frequently referred. You know the one. Dig hole in sand, insert head, repeat. Then there's Lot. Remember his struggles? He's the guy who lived in a city where not only were they stuck in the "normalcy bias", every form of sexual perversion...
  • Bishop Paprocki: We Ask You to Use the Correct Bathroom (transgenderism is a mental illness)

    05/29/2016 3:36:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | May 27, 2016 | Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,Once again common sense has been turned on its head in our culture, this time by transgender activists agitating for people to be able to use the bathroom that they feel corresponds emotionally to their self-identified gender rather than the anatomical gender of their biological sex. The issue has emerged prominently in recent national and local news.Obama and the Civil Rights of Transgender People In North Carolina, in response to an ordinance adopted in Charlotte that would have allowed transgender people to use whatever bathroom they wanted, the state legislature passed a law in...
  • About Wearing Cassocks and Other Good Habits

    05/29/2016 12:51:11 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    No Other Foundation ^ | 05-27-2016 | Fr. Lawrence Farley
    I am a great fan of the BBC series “Call the Midwife”, which features a group of Anglican sisters working among the poor in a London neighbourhood as midwives. Their order is fictional, but is based upon the actual order and London experiences of the Community of St. John the Divine, then working in London and now moved to Birmingham. Being such a fan of the series, I wanted to check out the real community online. Their numbers are fewer now, as the community has been reduced to five elderly women. What interested me was that unlike their BBC counterparts...
  • The Characteristics of Hypocrisy (Judas Iscariot)

    05/29/2016 11:27:39 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him" (Matt. 10:4). Hypocrisy is a spiritual cancer that can devastate lives and destroy ministries. On a recent trip to New Zealand I learned that sheepherders there use specially trained castrated male sheep to lead other sheep from holding areas into the slaughtering room. Those male sheep are appropriately called "Judas sheep." That illustrates the commonness with which we associate Judas with deception and death. Pretending to be a friend of Jesus, Judas betrayed him with a kiss and became for all time and eternity the epitome of hypocrisy. Several...
  • Endurance: The Value of the Spiritual

    05/29/2016 11:27:05 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17). Believers are far more blessed when they concentrate on the spiritual rather than physical aspects of life. Concerning endurance, Paul is again our role model. One reason he was able to endure pain and trials was that he knew the physical was far less important and lasting than the spiritual. He realized that our physical bodies are naturally aging and therefore not permanent. He was probably aware of this more than most people because his rigorous ministry with its travel...
  • Pope rules out retiring like his predecessor

    05/29/2016 11:00:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2016 1:39 PM EDT
    Pope Francis says he has no intention of quitting the papacy — a possibility opened up by his predecessor Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. The pope, responding to a question from a young person at a Vatican event, said on Sunday “I never thought of quitting being pope, or of leaving because of the many responsibilities.” …
  • Jesus Wants to Feed You! Corpus Christi

    05/29/2016 6:50:43 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus Wants to Feed You! Corpus Christi Msgr. Charles Pope • May 28, 2016 • On the Feast of Corpus Christi, we do well to mediate on the desire of the Lord to feed His people and the shocking indifference many have to this fact. This indifference is not just on the part of those who do not come to Mass; it is also found among those in the pews, many of whom don’t seem to care that so many people no longer attend. We should recognize the passionate concern the Lord has to feed all His people—yes even...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(5/29/16)[Prayer]

    05/29/2016 5:44:16 AM PDT · by left that other site · 12 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/29/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Peter (The Acts of the Apostles) (Acts 10) 9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him,...
  • Did the Pope prayed towards Mecca?

    I don't want to be alarmist, but why would the Pope pray towards Mecca, if he did?
  • Pio Pace on latest Roman Comments on the Bizarre Dual Papacy

    05/28/2016 8:04:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    We are very honored to post this new article by a very wise, knowledgeable, and highly influential cleric, writing under the pen name of don Pio Pace. This time, don Pio Pace reveals to us the startling opinion mill in Rome surrounding the explosive revelation by Abp. Georg Gänswein on how he (and presumably Benedict XVI) sees the current dual status of the papacy. *** "Contemplative Pope versus Active Pope" by Father Pio Pace Pope Benedict XVI meets Cardinal Bergoglio in Rome, January 13, 2007 It is not doubtful that the document we will consider as the most important one...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-29-16, SOL, Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

    05/28/2016 7:59:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 29, 2016 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Reading 1 Gn 14:18-20 In those days, Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine,and being a priest of God Most High,he blessed Abram with these words:"Blessed be Abram by God Most High,the creator of heaven and earth;and blessed be God Most High,who delivered your foes into your hand."Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. Responsorial Psalm Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 R. (4b) You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.The LORD said to my Lord: "Sit at my...
  • Dollingergate: That Curious Vatican Denial [Catholic Caucus]

    05/28/2016 7:51:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | May 27, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    This column has been on hiatus over the past two weeks as I joined the Remnant’s team on the annual pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres – this year involving some 20,000 traditional Catholics whose average age must be in the low 20s. While I was away another Fatima bombshell exploded. The blog site One Peter 5 (1P5) obtained confirmation by telephone from the German priest-theologian Fr. Ingo Dollinger of what The Fatima Center reported back in 2009 concerning the Third Secret: that then-Cardinal Ratzinger told Father Dollinger, a close personal friend, that in the Secret the Blessed Virgin warns of...
  • Arise Oh God...psalm 10 pt 4

    Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble. Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it. Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless. Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none. The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land. Lord, thou hast heard the desire...
  • Putin on mount Athos sat on the throne of the Byzantine emperors (trunc)

    05/28/2016 4:36:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 68 replies
    Last News from Russia ^ | May 29, 2016 | RU Admin
    Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos on mount Athos sat in the chair, which previously could only occupy the Byzantine emperors. Putin said about the need to “strengthen the spiritual power of all the Orthodox” and declared the Greek mountain “a source of well-being and grace” for the Russian Orthodox world. Putin visited Athos, having participated in events in honor of the 1000th anniversary of the appearance of Russian monks on the Holy mountain. On the website of the Kremlin promptly a photo gallery, and Greek TV covered the...
  • Iraqi Refugee Children Make First Communion in Erbil Camp

    05/28/2016 11:12:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/28/16 | Elise Harris
    Erbil, Iraq, May 28, 2016 / 05:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday, the first of three rounds of displaced Iraqi children made their First Communion in a refugee camp in Erbil, providing a silver lining to an otherwise bleak situation. Out of the 5,500 people living in Erbil’s Aishty 2 camp for the displaced, the majority – more than 2,000 – are children. Of these, 470 will make their First Communion in the coming weeks. The number of children receiving the sacrament is up from last year’s class, which numbered about 400. Since this year’s number of recipients is so...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/28/2016 10:51:09 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 9 replies
    May 28, 2016 | Irish Rose
    I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us— yes, the many good things he has done for the house Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses. He said, “Surely they are my people, sons who will be true to me”; and so he became their Savior. In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the...
  • The Evangelical Quality of Joy, As Seen in an Animated Short Film

    05/28/2016 10:33:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Evangelical Quality of Joy, As Seen in an Animated Short Film Msgr. Charles Pope • May 27, 2016 • All of us have wounds and imperfections. Some of us make do, even living joyfully in spite of them. Others of us brood or withdraw.An old saying attributed to Abraham Lincoln goes, “Most folks are about as happy as they decide to be.”An old Stephen Foster classic, “Some Folks,” goes as follows:Some folks like to sigh,Some folks do, some folks do;Others long to die,But that’s not me nor you. Chorus: Long live the merry, merry heartThat laughs by night...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(5/28/16)[Prayer]

    05/28/2016 4:54:02 AM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/28/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Peter (The Acts of the Apostles) (Acts 10) 10 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. 3 One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” 4 Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered,...
  • Joy in Spite of Death

    05/28/2016 4:34:34 AM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). In addition to Scripture, God has given us more than adequate spiritual resources to meet suffering and death. Wall Street, the name synonymous with the American stock market and financial investing, is a place where confidence can rise and fall with great force and unpredictability, right along with the rising or sinking level of stock prices. Prices always seem to even out, but who can be certain about how they will behave in the future? The apostle Paul’s spiritual confidence was not based on the changeableness...
  • Jesus Purposely Selects a Traitor (Judas Iscariot)

    05/28/2016 4:33:59 AM PDT · by metmom · 45 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him" (Matt. 10:4). God works all things together for His purposes. At one time the little town of Kerioth was a relatively obscure Judean town, but all that changed when it produced the most hated man who ever lived: Judas Iscariot. The first mention of Judas is here in Matthew's list of disciples. We have no record of his call, but we know Jesus did call him along with the others, and even gave him authority to minister in miraculous ways (Matt. 10:1). His first name, Judas, is despised today,...
  • Why Stephen Hawking Actually Believes In God

    05/27/2016 8:56:34 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 44 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 5/27/2016 | Gary
    Stephen Hawking, smarter and wiser than many of his colleagues, admits the obvious - that the probability of our universe supporting life is infinitesimally small.  His anything-but-God workaround is simply to propose a near infinite number of universes to solve the problem - if the probability of biological life coming into existence in our universe via purely natural mechanisms is next to nil (which it is) than throw a few septillion parallel universes into the mix and eventually one or two might generate life.  Out of those literally countless universes we just happen to be lucky enough to have been...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-28-16

    05/27/2016 8:40:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 28, 2016 Saturday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jude 17, 20b-25 Beloved, remember the words spoken beforehandby the Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.Build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit.Keep yourselves in the love of Godand wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christthat leads to eternal life.On those who waver, have mercy; save others by snatching them out of the fire;on others have mercy with fear,abhorring even the outer garment stained by the flesh. To the one who is able to keep you from stumblingand to...
  • The Poor...Psalm 10 pt 3

    05/27/2016 4:03:38 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles
    Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble? The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. He hath said in his heart,...
  • Quebec Catholic parish invites cohabitating and same-sex couples to renew ‘conjugal commitment’

    05/27/2016 3:58:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 42 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 27, 2016 | Lianne Laurence
    A Quebec Catholic parish invited same-sex and cohabitating couples to “renew their conjugal commitment” in a “Feast of Love” last month. Sainte-Anne’s Parish in the Diocese of Chicoutimi decided to move away from its annual “Feast of Fidelity” honoring married couples, in favor of the new event, because Pope Francis has said not to judge, says Father Sylvain Gravel. The April 23-24 Feast of Love, announced in the parish bulletin a week earlier, was “simply to recognize all forms of love,” Gravel told LifeSiteNews in a telephone interview, adding that inspiration for the event was “le nouveau pape” and his...
  • Philippine President-Elect’s Latest Insult Is Directed at Catholic Bishops

    05/27/2016 2:38:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    CNA/EWTN NEWS ^ | May 27, 2016 | CNA/EWTN NEWS
    MANILA, Philippines — The president-elect of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, recently described the country’s bishops as corrupt and “sons of whores” for allegedly resorting to seeking favors from politicians. During a May 20 press conference, the president-elect described the Catholic Church as “the most hypocritical institution” and insulted the Filipino bishops: “You sons of whores, aren’t you ashamed? You ask for so many favors, even from me.”Currently mayor of Davao City, Duterte has built his political image as a tough leader. Nicknamed  “The Punisher” by Time magazine, Duterte brought law and order to Davao, which was known in the ’70s...
  • Remembering our fallen veterans this Memorial Day (Devotional)

    05/27/2016 10:27:12 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Byzantine Texas ^ | 05-27-2016 | Josephus Flavius
    O God of spirits and of all flesh, Who hast trampled down death and overthrown the Devil, and given life to Thy world, do Thou, the same Lord, give rest to the souls of Thy departed servants in a place of brightness, a place of refreshment, a place of repose, where all sickness, sighing, and sorrow have fled away. Pardon every transgression which they have committed, whether by word or deed or thought. For Thou art a good God and lovest mankind; because there is no man who lives yet does not sin, for Thou only art without sin,...
  • It’s Not About You: A Meditation on the Abrupt End of the Acts of the Apostles

    05/27/2016 7:19:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It’s Not About You: A Meditation on the Abrupt End of the Acts of the Apostles Msgr. Charles Pope • May 26, 2016 • Last week as we finished the Easter Cycle and crowned it with Pentecost. We also finished the lengthy reading of the Acts of the Apostles. There are two parts of the Acts of the Apostles: The Acts of Peter and those of Paul. But to be honest, the book has an unfinished quality to it. Let’s consider that.First, a quick summary: The second part of Acts is focused on the evangelical mission of St. Paul...
  • Retired FDNY Captain to Become Catholic Priest for New York Archdiocese: 'Now I Will Save Souls'

    05/27/2016 6:20:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 5/27/16 | Thomas Tracy
    He once fought fires in Hell’s Kitchen. Now he’ll be fighting the fires of hell. After two decades of beating down blazes and saving lives, retired FDNY Captain Tom Colucci has found a higher calling — he’s about to become a Catholic priest for the New York Archdiocese. Timothy Cardinal Dolan will welcome Colucci, 60, to the priesthood on Saturday during a special ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. “I spent 20 years saving people. Now I will save souls,” said Colucci, the first city firefighter to shed his bunker coat for a priest’s collar. “I thought about being a priest...
  • For the Peace of Jerusalem(5/28/16)[Prayer]

    05/27/2016 6:20:23 AM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/28/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Peter (The Acts of the Apostles) (Acts 9) 32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. 34 “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up. 35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. 36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her...
  • Russian Orthodox leader: American, European de-Christianization is 'Apocalyptic'

    05/27/2016 6:12:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church received a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople on May 24 and lamented the secularization of Europe and the United States. “We are deeply worried to see what is going on in the Christian world,” said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, who referred to the “ongoing de-Christianization of the European and American civilization” as “an apocalyptic scene: sin is affirmed by law.” “As you know, we underwent a period of state atheism,” he said in reference to over seven decades of Soviet Communist rule. “However, the moral paradigm remained Christian in its major...
  • Outrage As Church Holds Muslim Funeral for Islamic State Fighter

    05/27/2016 4:55:04 AM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 May 2016 | Oliver Lane and Chris Tomlinson
    A German pastor has decided to hold a Muslim funeral for a 17-year-old who died fighting for Islamic State in Syria, leaving many outraged. Pastor Sieghard Wilm of the protestant St. Pauli Church in Hamburg is stirring strong emotions after he made the choice to hold a Muslim funeral in his church for 17-year-old ‘Florent’, who died fighting for the Islamic state in Syria in July. The funeral will take place today.
  • Confidence in the Face of Death

    05/27/2016 1:04:30 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). We can count on Scripture to give us confidence in the face of death. A few years ago my radio ministry heard from a listener who was exhibiting exactly the right attitude in the face of a terminal illness. A teenager from the Midwest sent a prayer request concerning her recently diagnosed Lou Gehrig’s disease. That Christian young woman, who by now is probably with the Lord, accepted her condition with grace and optimism. Here is part of what she wrote to us: “I love the...
  • From Terrorism to Discipleship (Simon the Zealot)

    05/27/2016 1:04:04 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Simon the Zealot" (Matt. 10:4). Even people of vastly different backgrounds can minister together for Christ. During the time between the Old and New Testaments, a fiery revolutionary named Judas Maccabaeus led the Jewish people in a revolt against Greek influences on their nation and religion. The spirit of that movement was captured in this statement from the apocryphal book of 1 Maccabees: "Be ye zealous for the law and give your lives for the covenant" (1 Maccabees 2:50). That group of politically-oriented, self-appointed guardians of Judaism later became known as the Zealots. During the New...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (5/27/2016) [Prayer]

    05/26/2016 9:13:05 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 21 replies
    27 May 2016 | NEWwoman
    Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. Psalm 112:6 (NIV) ----
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-27-16, OM, St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop

    05/26/2016 9:02:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 27, 2016 Friday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Pt 4:7-13 Beloved:The end of all things is at hand.Therefore be serious and sober-mindedso that you will be able to pray.Above all, let your love for one another be intense,because love covers a multitude of sins.Be hospitable to one another without complaining.As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one anotheras good stewards of God’s varied grace.Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God;whoever serves, let it be with the strength that God supplies,so that in all things God may...
  • United Methodists Step Back from Child Sacrifice… and That’s Not Good

    05/26/2016 3:22:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    pulpitandpen.org ^ | May 26, 2016 | Alan Maricle
    It’s instinctive for us to look favorably upon a situation where a markedly messed up and apostate group such as the United Methodist Church takes a step ostensibly in the direction of a better position than what they held before. But let’s check out some reasons why this is not necessarily a great reason to celebrate. First, let’s note that 310 delegates voted against the resolution to stop supporting Roe v Wade. Let that sink in. I’m no mathematician, but it sure looks like 40% of the people that United Methodist churches across the USA selected to represent them at...
  • SSPX reconciliation. I think it might happen (Catholic Caucus)

    05/26/2016 2:43:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 26, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I have said for years that the SSPX could be reconciled without all sorts of doctrinal declarations about points in Vatican II documents.I see this at the NCRegister: Cardinal Müller Expects SSPX to Recognize Disputed Council TeachingsCardinal Gerhard Müller has said he expects the Society of St. Pius X, which has always opposed the Second Vatican Council’s declarations on religious freedom and ecumenism, to “unreservedly recognize” freedom of religion as a human right, and an obligation to ecumenism.In an interview in the June edition of the German publication Herder Korrespondenz, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said that...
  • Fr. Z’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination

    05/26/2016 2:38:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 26, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Well… this is it.  I made it this far.Many priests observe the anniversary of their ordination at this time of year. It is a common time for ordinations, probably because Ember Days were common times for ordinations and Ember Days fall during the Pentecost Octave.It is my anniversary of ordination today, 25 years ago, by St. John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica.  I suppose that might make me a 2nd class relic.Silver.It was not only the Feast of St. Philip Neri, 26 May, but it was also Trinity Sunday. A beautiful sunny day.I got up that morning, ate breakfast, said my...
  • 43 Republicans Join Democrats to Support Obama’s Transgender Agenda

    05/26/2016 12:28:50 PM PDT · by milton23 · 51 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/26/16 | Ryan T. Anderson
    On Wednesday night, 43 Republican members of Congress joined the Democrats to vote for President Barack Obama’s transgender agenda. Whereas last week Congress voted to reject this proposal—known as the Maloney Amendment—last night they voted to ratify Obama’s 2014 executive order barring federal contractors from what it describes as “discrimination” on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity” in their private employment policies. And, of course, “discrimination” on the basis of “gender identity” can be something as simple as having a bathroom policy based on biological sex, not gender identity, as we learned last week from Obama’s transgender directives....