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  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL - March 17, 2018 [PRAYER]

    03/16/2018 10:50:42 PM PDT · by Maudeen · 7 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 3/17/2018
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, 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. LORD, PLEASE SEND A REVIVAL FOR AMERICA’S SURVIVAL, WE PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS, AMEN.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-17-18, OM, St. Patrick, Bishop

    03/16/2018 10:32:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies ^ | 03-17-18 | Revised New American Bible
    March 17, 2018 Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 11:18-20 I knew their plot because the LORD informed me;at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings. Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter,had not realized that they were hatching plots against me:"Let us destroy the tree in its vigor;let us cut him off from the land of the living,so that his name will be spoken no more." But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge,searcher of mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,for to you I...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, Bishop and Confessor (Gueranger)

    03/16/2018 9:03:51 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 2 replies
    White Double THE SAINT WE HAVE TO HONOR TODAY is the Apostle of that faithful people whose martyrdom has lasted three hundred years—it is the great St. Patrick, he that gave Erin the Faith. There shone most brightly in this Saint that gift of the Apostolate, which Christ has left to his Church, and which is to remain with her to the end of time. The Ambassadors of Missioners, sent by our Lord to preach his Gospel, are of two classes. There are some who have been entrusted with a small tract of the Gentile world; they had to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent (Gueranger)

    03/16/2018 9:02:45 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Violet Simple THIS SATURDAY, in the early ages of Christianity, was called Sitientes, from the first word of the Introit of the Mass, in which the Church addresses her Catechumens in the words of Isaias, and invites them that thirst after grace, to come and receive it in the holy Sacrament of Baptism. At Rome, the Station was originally in the Basilica of Saint Laurence outside the walls; but it was found inconvenient, on account of its great distance from the City; and the Church of Saint Nicholas in carcere, which is within the walls, was selected for today’s...
  • Hallowing God's Name

    03/16/2018 7:53:03 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Hallowed be Thy name" (Matt. 6:9). God is holy and deserves your highest respect and your humble obedience. To most people the word hallowed elicits thoughts of Halloween, ivy-covered walls, or starchy religious traditions. But those are all far from its biblical meaning. "Hallowed" in Matthew 6:9 translates a Greek word that means "holy." When Christ said, "Hallowed be Thy name," He was saying in effect, "May Your name be regarded as holy." When you hallow God's name, you set it apart from everything common and give Him the place He deserves in your life. Throughout Scripture, holiness is attributed...
  • Threats to Humility: Doctrine and Hypocrisy

    03/16/2018 7:52:33 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Walk . . . with all humility” (Ephesians 4:1-2). Avoid pride in your position, intelligence, or spirituality. Years ago, when my children were young, my son Mark told my youngest child, Melinda, to take something out of the room. She said, “You’re not my boss.” Mark replied, “Dad is the boss of Mom, Mom is the boss of Matt, Matt is the boss of Marcy, Marcy is the boss of me, and I am the boss of you.” So Melinda obeyed. After that, Melinda decided she was the boss of the dog, and the dog was boss of nobody. No...
  • Oregon High Court Suspends Judge Who Refused to Marry Gays

    03/16/2018 5:34:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    San Francisco Gate ^ | 3/15/18 | Tom James
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday handed down the longest suspension in its history to a judge who refused to marry gay couples in the state, but stopped short of removing him from office. Marion County Circuit Court Judge Vance Day had come to the attention of authorities after allegations he had refused to marry gay couples and had broken gun laws. In 2016, an ethics commission recommended that Day be removed from office. Instead, the court ordered Day suspended for three years. Despite public attention garnered by Day's actions toward gay people following same-sex marriage...
  • Russian State Must Actively Support Multi-Child Families - Head of Russian Church

    03/16/2018 5:30:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 3/2/18 | RT
    “For some reason, such regulations are being adopted by Western parliaments for groups of people with certain sexual orientation, but we have problems with granting special status to multi-child families,”A law protecting large families would have “a tremendous symbolic significance and show the whole world that… Russia cares about the future,” he addedRussian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill has urged senators to provide special status for multi-child families in Russia, questioning why this can’t be done when preferences are being given to sexual minorities in the West. "The Church has supported and will support any positive changes in legislation aimed...
  • Vatican Congregation Publishing Document on ‘Gender Theory’

    03/16/2018 5:25:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 3/13/18 | I.Media
    Taking up Francis' criticism of "ideological colonization"The Congregation for Catholic Education is preparing a document on “gender theory,” said Archbishop Angelo Vincenzo Zani, secretary of that dicastery, on March 12, at a symposium organized by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. The document is expected within one to two months, the archbishop said. Education, explained Bishop Zani, is included within “the salvific mission of the Church,” serving the “integral growth of man.” Thus, Catholic education has a role regarding sexual education, to integrate it into the “complete fulfillment of man.” According to the archbishop, this mission gives the Church...
  • Attacked by Muslim Mob, Coptic Woman is Still Living a Nightmare

    03/16/2018 5:21:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 3/12/18 | ACN Staff
    HER NIGHTMARE was triggered by false rumors of an affair between her married son and a married Muslim woman. After 50 years of living quietly in the Egyptian village of Kom Lofi—some 180 miles south of Cairo—Souad Thabet, a 70-year-old Coptic woman, became the victim of an angry mob of Muslims out to punish her for her son’s alleged transgression of conservative Muslim mores. Her life would be changed forever. Still trembling with fear and sorrow over the tragedy that befell her and her family, Mrs. Thabet tells her story:“It was Friday, May 20, 2016. After we learned from people...
  • Philippines Could Legalize Divorce Before Easter

    03/16/2018 4:37:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | March 16, 2018 | Alexander Slavsky
    The Philippines is pushing divorce through the House of Representatives after receiving enough preliminary votes.  The House approved the Absolute Divorce Act 2018 on Wednesday and will hold a final vote on the bill next Friday. On February 21, the bill was approved at the committee level — the committee on population and family relations.   The Senate is slated to vote on their version of the bill. If both chambers of Congress pass their own version, a bicameral conference will reconcile any differences. The bill is designed to allow spouses to divorce under certain conditions and defined judicial procedures to protect children from the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Analysis: Was Benedict’s letter an endorsement, a critique – or neither?

    03/16/2018 2:32:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | March 16, 2018 | Dan Hitchens
    Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (CNS) Benedict's past statements mean his letter was inevitably of interestThis week’s furore over Benedict XVI’s letter could seem a little overblown. First the Pope Emeritus was reported to have written a note paying a compliment to Pope Francis. Then it emerged that the official Vatican photo had blurred and concealed another part of the letter – in which Benedict declined to write a short passage on a new collection of booklets about Francis’s theology. (The refusal was mentioned at the press conference, but not on the Vatican website or in the original reports.) It...
  • Justified By Love[Charismatic Caucus]

    03/16/2018 2:04:38 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    Bible ^ | 3-16-18 | bible
    Justification is but one word ~ "Love" and in this miracle all others shall be found for even My spirits hang upon this lamp stand(Menorah) of Eternal Truth "God is Love" ~ Elohim Ahavah . . . Matthew 22:37-40 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the great and first commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
  • [Catholic CaucusVatican on "Pre-synod:" The Church Wants Young People to Voice Their Opinion

    03/16/2018 1:45:44 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    xT3 ^ | March 15, 2018 | Rome Reports
    How are personalities of young people formed in today's world? How do new technologies influence them? How do they view God and the Church? These are some of the questions that young people will study during the pre-synod meeting to take place in Rome from March 19 to 24. Three hundred youth will address them physically from the Eternal City, while thousands of others will join in through social networks. The objective is to encourage believers and non-believers to participate. From the answers a working document will be written by bishops who will participate in the Synod on "Youth, faith...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Polish Bishops Leaning Towards Allowing Some Remarried Divorcees Holy Communion

    03/16/2018 1:39:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | March 16, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    Ahead of the publication of pastoral guidelines on Amoris Laetitia, the bishops have voiced support for some divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the Eucharist, even if living in a state of objective adultery. Edward Pentin Polish bishops appear to be showing support for allowing confessors to determine on a case-by-case basis whether remarried divorcees living in a state of objective adultery can receive Holy Communion. In a statement issued after a two-day plenary meeting, the bishops stressed the importance of “discernment, accompaniment and inclusion” in dealing with such cases, according to the Polish Catholic website Pch24. The website added that...
  • Prayer Thread for dp0622's wife

    03/16/2018 8:57:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 112 replies
    Freepmail ^ | 03-16-18 | dp0622
    From dp0622 | 03/16/2018 3:34:30 AM PDT read My wife has found a massive lump on her after having had breast cancer twice. The others were pea sized. This one isn’t. PLEASE post for pre-emptive prayers before she sees the doctor today. You can use my screen name in it. I dont care. She has had cancer altogether four times already. She CAN’T go through this again. WE can’t go through this again. Thank you.
  • A Different Look at the Cross

    03/16/2018 8:48:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Different Look at the Cross Msgr. Charles Pope • March 15, 2018 • When I was young and throughout my seminary years, I usually contemplated the crucifix and Jesus’ suffering on the Cross somberly. It was my sin that had put Him there, that had made Him suffer. The Cross was something that compelled a silent reverence in me, and suggested that I meditate deeply on what Jesus had to endure. I would often think of John, Mary, and the other women beneath the Cross, mournfully beholding Jesus’ slow, painful death.These were heavy and somber notes, but deeply...
  • Spare the rod spoil the child, spoil the child ruin the nation

    03/16/2018 6:35:23 AM PDT · by Bob Celeste · 25 replies ^ | 3.16.2018 | Pastor Bob Celeste for
    Friday, September 5, 2014 Spare the rod spoil the child, spoil the child ruin the nation. Hebrews 12 Yes there are absolutes, and yes, spanking your sons and daughters is OK There are many reasons our nation and all of the governments of the world have become pond scum, and that reason starts with parents and grandparents as does the solutions. First we must understand who government obeys and follows: 5 And the devil, taking Him (Jesus) up into an high mountain, shewed unto Him (Jesus) all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6&7 And the...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(3/16/18)[Prayer]

    03/16/2018 6:31:04 AM PDT · by left that other site · 8 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/16/18 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Star Design by ML/LTOS The Story of Joseph 
 (Old Testament) Genesis 47 47 Joseph went and told Pharaoh, “My father and brothers, with their flocks and herds and everything they own, have come from the land of Canaan and are now in Goshen.” 2 He chose five of his brothers and presented them before Pharaoh. 3 Pharaoh asked the brothers, “What is your occupation?” “Your servants are shepherds,” they replied to Pharaoh, “just as our fathers were.” 4 They also said to him, “We have come to live here for a while, because the famine is...
  • Embracing the Truth (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    03/16/2018 6:10:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Openness to truth where truth may be found is a long-standing virtue that worked on the assumption that there is such a thing as objective truth, to which we should be open. Students of higher education now taught one overarching virtue: to be “open.” The purpose of their education is not to make them scholars but to provide them with a moral virtue—an openness, a relativism that eschews any form of fixed objective values or truth. Its simplistic creed is that there are no absolutes. Without objective standards of truth, we are left with feelings, impressions, and intuitions that can...