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  • [Catholic Caucus] Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long...?

    12/12/2018 8:15:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long Before Coming? Msgr. Charles Pope • December 11, 2018 • Continuing our series of questions related to the Incarnation, we next ponder whether Jesus would have come at all had we not sinned in the garden. We also consider why He waited thousands of years before coming to our rescue.Would Jesus have come if Adam had not sinned?St. Thomas Aquinas (in his Summa Theologica) first states that there are different opinions on the matter. He also notes that God’s power is not limited and...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/12/18)[Prayer]

    12/12/2018 7:09:59 AM PST · by left that other site · 1 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/12/18 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Acts of the Apostles 
 (New Testament) Acts 18 In Corinth 18 After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. 4 Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. 5 When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted...
  • Receiving Assurance of Salvation (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    12/12/2018 5:10:49 AM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 12/12/2018
    How, then, do we receive assurance? The Scripture declares that the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we are the children of God. This inner testimony of the Holy Spirit is as vital as it is complex. It can be subjected to severe distortions, being confused with subjectivism and self-delusion. The Spirit gives His testimony with the Word and through the Word, never against the Word or without the Word. Since it is possible to have false assurance of salvation, it is all the more urgent that we seek the Spirits testimony in and through the Word. False...
  • America Prayer Vigil 12/12/18 [Prayer]

    12/12/2018 12:24:22 AM PST · by weston · 20 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 12/12/18 | Weston
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Law Enforcement, Defenders of Freedom, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems, the News, Media and Social Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (1 John 5:14) Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-12-18, FEAST, Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/11/2018 9:46:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-12-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 12, 2018 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,and they shall be his people,and he will dwell among you,and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,and he will again choose Jerusalem.Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling. or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab...
  • Gospel of John Chapt. 4

    12/11/2018 7:22:12 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    King James Bible Online
    1 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) 3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 4 And he must needs go through Samaria. 5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 7 There cometh...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Damasus I, 12-11-18

    12/11/2018 6:23:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 12-11-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Lithography of Pope Saint Damasus I | Pedro Augusto Guglielmi Saint Damasus I Saint of the Day for December 11 (304 – December 11, 384)  Saint Damasus I’s Story To his secretary Saint Jerome, Damasus was “an incomparable person, learned in the Scriptures, a virgin doctor of the virgin Church, who loved chastity and heard its praises with pleasure.” Damasus seldom heard such unrestrained praise. Internal political struggles, doctrinal heresies, uneasy relations with his fellow bishops and those of the Eastern Church marred the peace of his pontificate.The son of a Roman priest, possibly of Spanish...
  • Archeologists: Sodom and Gomorrah literally destroyed by fire and brimstone falling from the sky

    12/11/2018 5:14:49 PM PST · by ebb tide · 76 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | December 11, 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Archeologists: Sodom and Gomorrah literally destroyed by fire and brimstone falling from the sky December 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews.com) A group of archeologists and other scientists say they have discovered strong evidence that the region of the Middle Ghor, where the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are believed to have existed, were in fact destroyed by a meteor that exploded in the sky above, raining down superheated matter and raising temperatures to thousands of degrees, a theory that matches the account of the cities destruction contained in the Old Testament Book of Genesis. According to the theory, the meteor...
  • FBI Engaged in Wide-Ranging Probe of Clergy Sex Abuse in Buffalo Diocese

    12/11/2018 4:26:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Buffalo News ^ | 12/7/18 | Jay Tokasz and Dan Herbeck
    Mark Lynch says he was molested by a priest when he was 13. The abuse happened 50 years ago, well beyond when a sex crime could be prosecuted. But the FBI wanted to know more, anyway. Lynch said two federal agents visited him at his Youngstown home about a month ago, armed with questions about the abuse and the Buffalo Diocese's response to his allegations against the Rev. Joseph Schuster. We sat at my kitchen table for about an hour, and I told them what happened. They were very thorough and already had a file on me. They had done...
  • Argentine Archbishop: in Some Dioceses There is a Gay Priests Lobby

    12/11/2018 4:21:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/10/18 | Staff Reporter
    Archbishop Aguer welcomed Pope Francis's recent remarks on homosexuality in the priesthood The Archbishop Emeritus of La Plata has said that some dioceses have a high proportion of gay clergy who constitute a kind of lobby. Archbishop Hctor Aguer made the comment on the Channel 9 television programme Keys for a Better World. He was responding to Pope Franciss remarks on homosexuality in the priesthood. The archbishops comment was reported by ACI Prensa, an EWTN-owned Catholic news agency based in Lima. He cited Pope Francis saying that homosexuality had become fashionable and that this mentality had also entered the Church....
  • Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital to Get Name Change as ..'Lourdes May Offend Non Catholics [Ireland]

    12/11/2018 4:16:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    The Liberal (Ireland) ^ | 12/7/18 | James Brennan
    The political correct police really would sicken you these days. One of the countrys best known hospitals, Our Lady of LOURDES hospital in Drogheda, Co. Louth is reportedly getting a new name after it emerged that the name Lourdes may be offensive to non-Catholics. According to an article in Drogheda Life, the General Manager of the hospital, wrote to all staff members this week with their intention, as part of the Senior Management Strategic Plan for Quarter 1, 2019, to change the name of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda to one of the following: 1. University Hospital Drogheda 2....
  • Ireland May Not Start Aborting Babies in January as Doctors Refuse, Hospitals Not Ready

    12/11/2018 4:12:56 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    LifeNews ^ | December 11, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    A massive outcry by Irish doctors and hospitals has government leaders backtracking on their demand that all hospitals start aborting unborn babies on Jan. 1 in Ireland.Major hospitals have said they are nowhere near ready, and forcing them to begin abortions in three weeks could put womens lives at risk.Pro-abortion politicians have not delayed the start date, but this week Taoiseach Leo Varadkar did admit that some hospitals will not be ready within their timeline, The Herald reports.It may not be available in every single hospital and every single place, but the service will be available, Varadkar insisted. It will...
  • [British] Government Refuses to Say that Evangelism Isn't Hate Speech

    12/11/2018 4:07:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Lord Pearson initiated a discussion in the House of Lords this week with an oral question about religious hate speech. In the course of the debate, the government minister was questioned about whether someone proclaiming the uniqueness of Jesus or the divinity of Allah could be arrested for hate speech. The minister refused to deny that someone could be arrested for such proclamations. Tim Dieppe discusses the debate and the unwillingness of the government to state that no one should be arrested for preaching the gospel.The basis for hate speechLord Pearson asked an oral question in the House of Lords...
  • Christ Is Superior to Angels

    12/11/2018 2:49:20 PM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Having become . . . much better than the angels" (Heb. 1:4). Through a deft use of the Old Testament, the writer proves that Christ is the mediator of a greater covenant. Man is a wonderful and amazing creationhigher than plants, animals, and any other material creation in this world. But there are created beings even higher than manangels. Hebrews 2:9 shows this to be the case because when Jesus became a man, He was "made for a little while lower than the angels." After the fall of the rebellious angels under Lucifer, the angels in heaven were no longer...
  • God's Unfathomable Ways

    12/11/2018 2:48:55 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:8). Christs humiliation displayed Gods wisdom. Somewhere along the path of Christs descent, youd think He would have said to Himself, These people really arent worth redeeming. This is too degrading and humiliating! But the grace and love of God toward sinners was such that Christ stooped to die for you and me. At the end of Pauls doctrinal survey of salvation in Romans, he said, Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom...
  • Wars of Religion. Because in Ukraine the Most Ecumenical Are the Greek Catholics

    12/11/2018 11:31:45 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | December 11, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    11 dic Wars of Religion. Because in Ukraine the Most Ecumenical Are the Greek Catholics n the war underway in the Orthodox world between the patriarchate of Constantinople and that of Moscow - the former in favor of and the latter against the creation of an independent and united Ukrainian Orthodox Church - there is a third wheel which is the Greek Catholic Church of Ukraine, with its four million faithful.Which side this is on in the conflict is no mystery. With Constantinople. As repeatedly explained by its major archbishop, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, most recently in October in an extensive...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Conservative order of nuns on verge of destruction following Vatican interventions

    12/11/2018 10:07:29 AM PST · by Repent and Believe · 4 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | November 27, AD 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Snippets at article's end: ...Institute of Franciscan friars destroyed in a similar way The destruction of the Little Sisters...follows a pattern similar to the Vatican-induced collapse of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FFI), an order of Franciscans that followed a more traditional pattern of community life and that made free use of the traditional Latin Mass in accordance with the rites prevailing in 1962... Just as in the case of the Little Sisters, Braz de Aviz brought about the removal of the superiors of the FFI from their positions, and even the founder, Fr. Stefano Maria Manelli, was sent...
  • Global Quality of Life Comparisons

    12/11/2018 9:46:58 AM PST · by Teleios Research · 2 replies
    PRLOG ^ | December 5, 2018 | William C. Stewart
    Teleios Research evaluated the top one-third of all countries (n=63) for gross domestic product (GDP) and divided them between historically Christian countries (i.e., Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant) versus other religions or secular, to determine differences in select published indexes that might affect individual quality of life.
  • Men Have Forgotten God: Remembering Aleksandr Solzhenitsyns 1983 Templeton Address

    12/11/2018 8:55:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2018
    Editor’s Note: This article, which originally ran in the July 22, 1983, issue of National Review, is adapted from the address Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn gave on the occasion of his acceptance, in London on May 10, 1983, of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. In announcing the 1983 award, the Templeton Foundation described Mr. Solzhenitsyn as “a pioneer in the renaissance of religion in atheist nations.” Mr. Solzhenitsyn ’s introductory remarks were made at the awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace, with Prince Philip presiding. The address proper was delivered later the same day at the London Guildhall. Today, December 11,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Why Did the Second Person of the Trinity, . Become Incarnate?

    12/11/2018 8:18:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-10-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Did the Second Person of the Trinity, Rather Than the Father or the Holy Spirit, Become Incarnate? Msgr. Charles Pope • December 10, 2018 • Trinity Dome. Credit: J. Lippelmann, Catholic StandardAs we await the approaching Feast of Holy Christmas, we have been pondering some of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teachings on the Incarnation. Today we will consider why it was the Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, who became incarnate.Most people have never even thought of this question let alone sought to answer it. God could have chosen many different ways to save us; He chose...