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  • Bishop Schneider Criticizes Wording and Some Concepts Of Vatican II

    08/21/2014 6:14:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Traditional Catholic Priest ^ | 8/21/14 | Fr. Peter Carota
    Yes we will be shunned and scorned for bringing up these important problems with Vatican II documents. But, all the prophets were shunned and killed for criticizing the leaders of the people of God, the Israelites. We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know there was a Catholic Church and many councils before 1963.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/21/2014 5:44:29 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/21/14 | Joel Osteen
    Break the Yoke of Average Today's Scripture “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20–21, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God never created you to be ordinary. He created you to leave your mark on this generation. God wants you to do something big. He wants you to go further than anyone in your family. You have seeds of greatness on...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 21, 2014]

    08/21/2014 5:42:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Ministry of the Unnoticed " Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . —Matthew 5:3 " The New Testament notices things that do not seem worthy of notice by our standards. “Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . .” This literally means, “Blessed are the paupers.” Paupers are remarkably commonplace! The preaching of today tends to point out a person’s strength of will or the beauty of his character— things that are easily noticed. The statement we so often hear, “Make a decision for Jesus Christ,” places the emphasis on something our Lord never trusted....
  • UPDATED! OKLAHOMA CITY: Lawsuit v Satanic event, Consecrated Host turned over!

    08/21/2014 4:34:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 8/21/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    UPDATE 21 Aug afternoon:I received an email that the consecrated Host has been delivered up to Archbp. Coakley.I hope there was only one and that this event is being shut down by prayers and public sensibility._______ ORIGINAL Aug 21, 2014 @ 9:37 _____I read at the National Catholic Register that His Excellency Most Reverend Paul Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City has brough a suit against the people who would perpetrate a public Satanic event, a black mass. OKLAHOMA CITY — Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City filed a lawsuit at noon today [20 Aug] to stop the satanic black...
  • Breaking News: Consecrated Host Returned, OKC Archbishop Drops Lawsuit

    08/21/2014 4:29:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    news9 ^ | August 20, 2014
    The consecrated host, who Oklahoma City's Archbishop claims was stolen by Satanic Priest Adam Daniels for use in September's “Black Mass”, has been returned.An attorney representing the satanic church presented the host to a catholic priest in Oklahoma City, Thursday afternoon.8/21/2014 Related Story: OKC Archbishop Files Lawsuit Over Black MassArchbishop Paul Coakley previously filed a lawsuit, asking a district judge to stop the Black Mass, scheduled for Sept. 21. With the return of the host, Coakley has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice. Daniels released the following statement regarding the incident:"I, Dastur Adam Daniels, returned this consecrated host to...
  • Pope Francis hints he might one day retire

    08/21/2014 3:42:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    RNS ^ | 08/21/2014 | Josephine McKenna
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Addressing journalists on his return from his intense five-day visit to South Korea late Monday (Aug. 18), Pope Francis bantered with reporters and lightheartedly said he may only have “two or three” years left to live. The 77-year-old pontiff covered a range of topics on the flight back to the Vatican — from war-torn Iraq and his desire to visit the U.S. next year to his personal health, hinting he may retire early. He was asked how he lived with the immense popularity he has generated around the world, evident when crowds chanted his name on the...
  • The Climax Of World History...Israel's Future pt 15

    “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10 NASB)One of the climactic scenes in the book of Genesis was when Joseph, as Pharoah’s regent, revealed himself to his brothers. They had thought that he, Joseph, was an Egyptian prince. When they realized that this was the...
  • Catholic, Orthodox patriarchs visit Irbil to support displaced Iraqis

    08/21/2014 2:33:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cns ^ | August 20, 2014 | Doreen Abi Raad
    BEIRUT (CNS) -- A delegation of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs visited Irbil, Iraq, to show their support and solidarity with the more than 100,000 Christians and minorities displaced in the country by the advance of Islamist militants. Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of the Maronite Catholics, said the Aug. 20 trip was "a first step in the implementation of the statement issued by the patriarchs," referring to a special summit Aug. 7 to address the crisis facing Christians in Iraq and Syria. ebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, the patriarch of Maronite Catholics who headed a delegation of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs...
  • Pope calls family of US journalist James Foley

    08/21/2014 2:25:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    cna ^ | August 21, 2014
    Vatican City, Aug 21, 2014 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has reportedly called the family of U.S. journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS militants earlier this week. According to NBC News, a Vatican spokesperson said Thursday that the Pope called Foley’s family, who was grateful and moved by the gesture. On Aug. 19, the Islamic State (ISIS), a militant group that controls territory in Syria and Iraq, released a graphic video titled “A Message to America” which shows the beheading of Foley, who had gone missing in Syria in 2012. U.S. officials have now confirmed the...
  • OKLAHOMA CITY: Lawsuit filed against those attempting Satanic event with consecrated Host

    08/21/2014 1:10:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 21, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I read at the National Catholic Register that His Excellency Most Reverend Paul Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City has brough a suit against the people who would perpetrate a public Satanic event, a black mass. OKLAHOMA CITY — Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City filed a lawsuit at noon today [20 Aug] to stop the satanic black mass that organizers are planning to stage next month in the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.The lawsuit asks the Oklahoma County Sheriff‘s Office to retrieve the consecrated host that the event‘s organizers claim to have, and return it to Oklahoma City...
  • Kurdish forces retake 2 Christian villages; crosses restored to churches

    08/21/2014 1:02:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    Assisted by US airstrikes, forces of the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan have retaken the historically Christian towns of Tel Isqof (or Telskuf) and Batnaya from the Sunni jihadist forces. Christian residents who returned to Tel Isqof were “shocked” by the level of destruction committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Assyrian International News Agency reported. They restored crosses to their churches before beginning the task of cleaning up their town. Additional sources for this storySome links will take you to other sites, in a new window. Interactive Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Los Angeles...
  • Why South Korea is so distinctively Christian

    08/21/2014 12:10:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Economist ^ | 08/21/2014
    SOUTH KOREA, a dynamo of growth, is also afire with faith. This week Pope Francis will spend five days there, for Asian Youth Day and to beatify 124 early martyrs. About 5.4m of South Korea’s 50m people are Roman Catholics. Perhaps 9m more are Protestants, of many stripes. Yoido Full Gospel Church’s 1m members form the largest Pentecostal congregation on Earth. Belief’s farther shores include the Unification Church, soon to mark the anniversary of its founder Sun-myung Moon’s "ascension". The late Yoo Byung-eun, the shifty and versatile tycoon behind the ferry Sewol which sank in April, killing 304 mostly teenage...
  • China accused of ‘crime’ against Christianity

    08/21/2014 12:07:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/21/2014 | By Tom Phillips, Shanghai
    An ongoing demolition campaign targeting churches in eastern China represents a “crime” against Christianity and threatens to foment social unrest, a group of Chinese lawyers has warned. Hundreds of churches in Zhejiang province have suffered partial or complete demolition this year as part of what activists describe as a major crackdown designed to slow the growth of Chinese congregations. The anti-church campaign resulted in bloodshed in late July when hundreds of security forces launched a pre-dawn raid on Salvation Church in Wenzhou, a city sometimes referred to as China’s Jerusalem, in an attempt to remove its cross. One Christian suffered...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KIDDUSHIN, 08-21-14

    08/21/2014 6:34:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-21-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:KIDDUSHIN Literally "sanctification," the Jewish marriage service and state of matrimony. Essential to the wedding is the ring ceremony, in which the groom places the ring on the forefinger of the bride's right hand and says, "Behold thou art consecrated unto me, according to the law of Moses and of Israel." The ceremony takes place under a Huppah or (canopy), symbolizing the new home to which the groom is taking the bride. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Prayer source of strength for slain U.S. journalist, his family

    08/21/2014 6:16:28 AM PDT · by Welchie25
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/20/14 | Catholic News Service
    In April 2013, the parents of slain U.S. journalist James Foley attended a prayer vigil at Marquette University in Milwaukee to pray for their son, who at that time had disappeared in Syria. Before Diane and John Foley had confirmation that spring that their son was missing, Diane said she just felt it - he had missed one of his usual phone calls home - and once they knew for sure, the couple said they were relying on their Catholic faith to cope and leaning on prayer to bring him home. “Faith has been part of family life, but this...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/21/14)[Prayer]

    08/21/2014 4:42:33 AM PDT · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/21/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Animals In The Bible Moth New International Version (NIV) It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me.    Who will condemn me?They will all wear out like a garment;    the moths will eat them up.(Isaiah 50:9) For the moth will eat them up like a garment;     the worm will devour them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever,     my salvation through all generations.”(Isaiah51:8) “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal(Matthew6:19)
  • Top 12 Catholic Instagrammers

    08/21/2014 4:34:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    ProjectYM ^ | 8/20/14 | Matthew Schneider
    Instagram is famous for people posting tons of selfies and pet pictures. However, it can be used for good. I’ve found a few Catholics who really use it as a platform for their faith. It will never be a complete catechism but it can help you in your walk with the Lord. Instagram is all about being beautiful and beauty is an important way to see God today (as my Instagram bio reminds you). These Instagrammers are good for every Catholic to follow; adult or teen, in ministry or barely hanging onto their faith. I chose these based on a...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(8/21/14)[Prayer]

    08/21/2014 4:32:58 AM PDT · by left that other site · 25 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/21/14 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation John 14:6 Stand Firm New International Version (NIV) 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is...
  • What were the Rituals Associated with Death and Burial in Jesus’ Day?

    08/21/2014 2:37:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/20/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Jewish people took the burial of the dead quite seriously; it was the way a community paid its last respects to the one who died. The Scriptures laid down quite firmly that no dead body was to be left unburied—even that of one’s worst enemy. Perhaps one of the stronger horrors that a Jewish person could imagine was stated in Psalm 78: They have thrown the bodies of thy servants as food for the birds of heaven; wild beast feast on the corpses of the just.The dead, therefore, had a right to ceremonial care. As soon as a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-21-14, M, St. Pius X, Pope

    08/20/2014 9:17:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 21, 2014Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope    Reading 1 Ez 36:23-28 Thus says the LORD:I will prove the holiness of my great name, profaned among the nations, in whose midst you have profaned it.Thus the nations shall know that I am the LORD, says the Lord GOD,when in their sight I prove my holiness through you.For I will take you away from among the nations,gather you from all the foreign lands,and bring you back to your own land.I will sprinkle clean water upon youto cleanse you from all your impurities,and from all your idols I will cleanse...
  • Slain journalist James Foley on praying the rosary in captivity

    08/20/2014 7:24:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 20, 2014 | Catherine Harmon
    James Foley in Aleppo in 2012. The news broke late yesterday that Islamic State jihadists executed freelance journalist James Foley and posted a video of his beheading. Foley, 40, had been missing for two years while covering the conflict in Syria. I am not going to link to the video or include screen shots from it, but I will share another link that has been circulating since the news of Foley’s brutal death: an article he wrote for the alumni magazine of Marquette University, his alma mater. The piece is about the time Foley spent imprisoned in Libya in...
  • American Decapitated by Englishman

    08/20/2014 7:11:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 8/20/14 | Mark Steyn
    Today, Wednesday, I started the day with Toronto's Number One morning man, John Oakley, at AM 640. We focused on two stories - the policing of Ferguson, Missouri, and the decapitation by ISIS of my fellow Granite Stater - James Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire, who was kidnapped while reporting on the Syrian uprising. His executioner - the man standing next to him in the picture at right - was speaking with a British accent. That's to say, he's one of thousands of citizens of western nations - British, American, European, Canadian and Australian - who've flocked to join the...
  • Satanist Claims Catholic Priest Gave Him Host for Black Mass

    08/20/2014 7:00:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 8/20/14 | John Burger
    Archbishop Coakley sues satanic group to hand over consecrated Host.With one month to go before a satanic group in Oklahoma City a public “black mass,” the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is suing to force the group to hand over a consecrated Host it claims to have. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the District Court of Oklahoma County, claims Satanic leader Adam Daniels and his religious organization, the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, have "unlawfully taken possession of property belonging to the Roman Catholic Church, specifically a Consecrated Host." Daniels, who has claimed publicly to have the Host, clarified in an interview...
  • Yazidis Haunted by Cries for Help as Militants Bury Victims Alive

    08/20/2014 6:56:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/20/14 | Humeyra Pamuk
    Refugee Samo Ilyas Ali has nine children to feed but he can't focus on the future because the sounds of women and children crying out for help while being buried alive by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq often consume his mind. Tens of thousand of Yazidis fled their ancient homeland of Sinjar and other villages to escape a dramatic push by the Sunni militants who regard the ethnic minority as devil worshippers who must embrace their radical version of Islam or die. The refugees sit idle in camps in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. Traumatized by Islamic...
  • China to Pope Francis: Don’t ‘Interfere’ with Religion

    08/20/2014 6:51:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/20/14 | Josephine Mckenna
    VATICAN CITY — China has reacted cautiously to a bid by Pope Francis to open new dialogue with Beijing, with some officials quick to warn the Vatican not to “interfere” with the country’s religion. On his return flight from a five-day tour of South Korea, Francis said he was ready to go to China — “For sure! Tomorrow!” — after receiving a positive response to two goodwill telegrams he sent to President Xi Jinping as the pope flew over Chinese airspace. “We respect the Chinese people,” Francis told journalists on the return flight Monday (Aug. 18). “The church only asks...
  • Considering three factors at play in Ferguson

    08/20/2014 6:25:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | August 20, 2014 | Mary Ann McGivern
    I want to consider three things in this blog: first, the harm that has been done; second, our white gaze; and third, nonviolent direct action. The harm Michael Brown is dead at 18. He graduated from high school and was headed for college. The promise of his life is gone. He leaves behind parents and brothers and sisters, extended family, friends, neighbors, teachers. His body lay in the street for hours and the watchers, standing outside the yellow crime-scene tape, must have been harmed by that experience. For all of them, Michael's death leaves a lifelong void. What can be...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 20, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/20/2014 5:35:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/20/14 | Joel Osteen
    Believe and Declare Today's Scripture “It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.’ Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak.” (2 Corinthians 4:13, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria There was a man who was believing to pay his house off. It was a standard 30-year mortgage, and he had 23 years left. In the natural, there was no way he could do it. But he was bold enough to say, “Father, I want to thank You that You are Jehovah Jireh; the Lord my provider. I know my job...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 20, 2014]

    08/20/2014 5:33:45 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Christ-Awareness " . . . and I will give you rest —Matthew 11:28 " Whenever anything begins to disintegrate your life with Jesus Christ, turn to Him at once, asking Him to re-establish your rest. Never allow anything to remain in your life that is causing the unrest. Think of every detail of your life that is causing the disintegration as something to fight against, not as something you should allow to remain. Ask the Lord to put awareness of Himself in you, and your self-awareness will disappear. Then He will be your all in all. Beware of allowing...
  • St. Louis archbishop urges prayers for peace to calm chaos in streets of Ferguson

    08/20/2014 2:16:55 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/20/14 | Catholic News Service
    Residents of Ferguson “are struggling to find peace in the chaos” that has followed the shooting death of an unarmed teen by a police officer and “as people of Christ, we are struggling to find direction in the unrest,” said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis. “We are all aware of the turmoil and tragedy our St. Louis community is experiencing,” he said in an Aug. 18 letter to Catholics of the archdiocese. After visiting Ferguson, about 11 miles from downtown St. Louis, and offering prayers at a memorial there to 18-year-old Michael Brown, Archbishop Carlson said he has...
  • College Prof Calls Catholic Church Barbaric, Sexist, and Medieval

    08/20/2014 2:02:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Creative Minority Reporta ^ | August 20, 2014 | Matthew Archbold
    Professor Jerry A. Coyne, professor of Ecology and Evolution at The University of Chicago, wrote one of the nastiest anti-Catholic diatribes I've read in a while; painting the Church as barbaric, sexist, and medieval and accusing it for torturing women. And then because he was still feeling it, he compared the Church to the most evilest of organizations in his estimation - The National Rifle Association. Insert gasp here. And The New Republic saw nothing wrong with this and decided to publish it. The issue at hand has to do with a woman in Ireland (but not a citizen there)...
  • Priest comforts Foley family after ‘killing of journalist’

    08/20/2014 1:54:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 20, 2014
    American journalist James Foley, who appears to have been killed by Islamic State terrorists Below: Fr Paul Gousse leaves the Foley family home in Rochester, Boston (PA) Islamic State have released a gruesome video appearing to show American photo journalist James Wright Foley being beheaded by a masked militant. Foley went missing in Syria in November 2012 while working for the GlobalPost agency.Mr Foley came from a Catholic family in Rochester, New Hampshire. On Tuesday Fr Paul Gousse, of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, where the Foleys are parishioners, spent about 45 minutes at the house before leaving without...
  • The Nations Go Mad...Israel's Furture pt 14

    “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...
  • Prayer request for a boy named Andy

    08/20/2014 10:14:22 AM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
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    His name is Andy, he is 12 years old. He was taken by CPS from his guardian and put into a foster home. I have reason to suspect he was abused, but am waiting for everything to come out in the wash with the trial. The child has suffered so much in his early life and all he ever wanted was a home. Pray the justice system works and this boy finds it.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OMNIPRESENCE, 08-20-14

    08/20/2014 10:13:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-20-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OMNIPRESENCE God being simultaneously wherever he is, since he is present everywhere. The divine omnipresence is twofold, by nature and by grace. By nature God is present in all things by essence, knowledge, and power. This is the presence of a cause in the things that share in God's goodness. By his essence, he is substantially in all things, including the created spiritual essences (angels, demons, human souls) as the immediate origin of their existence. by his knowledge, he exercises his wisdom directly in all creation down to the least details. By his power, he operates...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    08/20/2014 9:22:01 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 17 replies
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  • These Charts Show How The World Feels About 8 Moral Issues

    08/20/2014 9:19:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/20/2014 | CHRISTINA STERBENZ
    What people find morally acceptable and unacceptable depends on where they live in the world.The charts below from the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project show people's views on eight topics, often considered moral issues: extramarital affairs, gambling, homosexuality, abortion, premarital sex, alcohol consumption, divorce, and contraceptives.Pew surveyed 40,117 respondents in 40 different countries in 2013 to obtain the data.The first graphic below gives the median response across the world. People were the most disapproving of extramarital affairs, with 78% calling them morally "unacceptable," while 14% of respondents, the lowest in the survey, felt contraceptive use was "unacceptable." Topics like premarital sex and alcohol...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/20/14)[Prayer]

    08/20/2014 4:33:09 AM PDT · by left that other site · 24 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/20/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Animals In The Bible Locust New International Version (NIV) (Exodus 10:4)  Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper.(Leviticus 11:22) 1 The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel. An Invasion of Locusts 2 Hear this, you elders;     listen, all who live in the land. Has anything like this ever happened in your days     or in the days of your ancestors? 3 Tell it to your children,     and let your children tell it to their children,     and their children to the next generation. 4 What the locust swarm...
  • The Ancient Mass in the “House Churches” was not as Informal as Many Think

    08/20/2014 2:14:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 79 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/19/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    As you may know, the Catholic Faith was illegal in the Roman Empire prior to 313 AD, when the Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan permitting the Christian Faith to flourish publicly. Prior to that time, Church buildings as we know them today were rare—Mass was usually celebrated in houses.Now be careful here; these “houses” were usually rather sizable, with a central courtyard or large room that permitted something a little more formal than Mass “around the dining room table.” I remember being taught (incorrectly) that these early Masses were informal, emphasized a relaxed, communal quality, and were celebrated...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-20-14, M, St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

    08/19/2014 9:25:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 20, 2014Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Ez 34:1-11 The word of the Lord came to me:Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel,in these words prophesy to them to the shepherds:Thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the shepherds of Israelwho have been pasturing themselves!Should not shepherds, rather, pasture sheep?You have fed off their milk, worn their wool,and slaughtered the fatlings,but the sheep you have not pastured.You did not strengthen the weak nor heal the sicknor bind up the injured.You did not bring back the strayed nor seek the...
  • Lovers Of Ecumenicide Pretend Muslims Worship Our God - They DON'T!

    08/19/2014 7:33:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 57 replies
    There is a great deal of confusion in the Church today as to whether or not Muslims worship the same God as do we. In fact many prelates, including our own Cardinal McCarrick, either are honestly confused about the matter or they exploit general confusion so that they may appear to be "ecumenical". Indeed, nine years ago at Catholic University His Eminence addressed some Muslim dignitaries; in that address he invoked "allah" three times but he gave not one mention to Jesus Christ. That address, which can be called de facto idolatry, is here. Cardinal McCarrick and other devotees of...
  • Iraqi bishop warns that West will suffer from Islamism

    08/19/2014 7:23:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    CNA ^ | 8/19/2014
    The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul has warned that Christians around the world would face suffering from Islamists as his diocese has, and decisions that challenge the underpinnings of Western political ideas. "Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future," Archbishop Emil Nona told Italian daily Corriere della Sera Aug. 9 from Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. Archbishop Nona has been forced from his home by the Islamic State, a caliphate recently established in Iraq and Syria. He is among five bishops who have been forced from Mosul....
  • Wedding rings cut off fingers, bibles burned. Chaldean Catholics Remain Faithful

    08/19/2014 7:05:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 3/19/2014
    Your Catholic Voice Foundation is continuing in its sincere and faithful mission to save and support Chaldean Catholics displaced by the Islamic State in northern Iraq. These amazing and resilient people belong to some of the oldest Christian communities and societies on the planet. This is literally true, their Christian communities easily date to the time of the earliest apostles. Despite their ancient, fruitful and peaceful presence - they have never fought wars against their neighbors - they have been systematically rooted out of their homes and forced to flee. Those who stayed behind have been killed in one of...
  • ISIS IS True Islam

    08/19/2014 6:41:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 8/19/2014 | Walid Shoebat
    Reading the papers is reading authors of confusion. They say “Saudi top cleric blasts al-Qaida and ISIS as ‘enemy No. 1′ of Islam” in a statement issued in Riyadh.“The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism … have nothing to do with Islam and (their proponents) are the enemy number one of Islam,” the kingdom’s top cleric said.He cited jihadists from the Islamic State, which has declared a “caliphate” straddling parts of Iraq and Syria, and the global al-Qaida terror network. Really? ISIS and al-Qaida do not represent Islam? ISIS IS ISlam and ISlam is ISIS.Muslims frequently say that we, the...
  • Sacrilegious Cinemax Show “The Knick” Features Nun Performing Abortion

    08/19/2014 6:01:28 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    A sacrilegious television show on the Cinemax cable television channel is coming under fire from Catholics today because it features a nun performing an abortion. The Knick is a television drama series on Cinemax directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen. The program looks at the professional and personal lives of Dr. John W. Thackery (played by Owen) and the staff at the fictional Knickerbocker Hospital (“the Knick”) during the early part of the twentieth century. Abortion was not legal during this time. theknickThe August 15 episode of “The Knick” features Sister Harriet, a nurse played by Cara Seymour...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 19, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/19/2014 5:45:34 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 8/19/14 | Joel Osteen
    You’ve Struggled Long Enough Today's Scripture “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria All through life, the enemy tries to stop us with a yoke of bondage — a yoke of depression, a yoke of low self-esteem, a yoke of compromise. He’ll try to burden you down so that everything is a struggle. You may be working hard, but you can’t get ahead because you have all these yokes controlling you. Maybe you’ve been living with a yoke your whole life. It’s been passed down...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 19, 2014]

    08/19/2014 5:42:26 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Self-Awareness " Come to Me . . . —Matthew 11:28 " God intends for us to live a well-rounded life in Christ Jesus, but there are times when that life is attacked from the outside. Then we tend to fall back into self-examination, a habit that we thought was gone. Self-awareness is the first thing that will upset the completeness of our life in God, and self-awareness continually produces a sense of struggling and turmoil in our lives. Self-awareness is not sin, and it can be produced by nervous emotions or by suddenly being dropped into a totally new...
  • Pray for the Christians who are being cruely prosectuded through out the world.

    08/19/2014 5:23:19 PM PDT · by Vinylly · 9 replies
    Also pray for our associate minister who is from Iran where he and his family became Christians. He is going back to Iran to preach the good news of Christ. Pray for his safely.
  • Israel's Final Conflict And Deliverance...Israel's Future pt 13

    This is the word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. (Zechariah 12:1-3)The last chapters of Zechariah have an amazing relevance...
  • Francis’ Outlook on the Conflict in Iraq

    08/19/2014 4:01:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | August 19, 2014 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    The Pope recalls the teaching of the Catechism about the legitimacy of halting aggressors, but he does not endorse American bombings. He also reminds us of the consequences of recent wars waged by Western powers in the area and values the role of the United Nations ANDREA TORNIELLIVatican City “Today we are in a world at war, everywhere! Someone told me: you know, Father, that we are witnessing the Third World War - but waged in chunks, in  different chapters”. Francis’ words on war, and on the bombs that kill both guilty and innocent alike, hitting women and children, describe...
  • The Truth about "Radical Hospitality".

    08/19/2014 4:01:28 PM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 19 August AD 2014 | Paul Hinlicky
    Time for another ELCA "conversation," this time regarding "who is welcome" to Holy Communion. An innocuous-sounding invitation to participate came out a few weeks ago, and and similar notice appears again in the Summer 2014 Seeds for the Parish, now appearing in snail boxes across the ELCA but not yet on its website. Resources for the conversation will be available at www.elca.org/worship "by mid-August," but so far not yet. Over at lutheranforum.org, Paul Hinlicky will have none of this innocuousness in yesterday's post The Truth about "Radical Hospitality". At its conclusion, he invites readers (I would presume ELCA clergy and...