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  • Catholic Word of the Day: A POSTERIORI, 02-24-12

    02/24/2012 8:41:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies · 1+ views ^ | 02-24-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):A POSTERIORI From what is after, that is, from effect back to cause. Reasoning from experience or inductively. Opposite of a priori. This is the only valid proof for the existence of God, from creatures as effects to the Creator as their First Cause. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Bishop's Barroom Musings Brew up Controversy

    02/24/2012 8:40:40 AM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies · 1+ views
    The Republic (Clumbus, OH) ^ | 2/22/12 | Terry Mattingly
    "Atheocracy" is not the kind of word that gets tossed around in bars. Nevertheless, Bishop James Conley recently defined that term and defended its use while speaking in a pub in the heart of Denver's trendy Capitol Hill neighborhood. The goal, as always, was to use this "Theology on Tap" forum for an informal, frank encounter with young Catholics and others who might be curious. "America today is becoming what I would call an atheocracy -- a society that is actively hostile to religious faith and religious believers. And I might add, the faith that our society is most hostile...
  • Baptist College Sues Over Contraceptive Mandate

    02/24/2012 8:32:48 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 2/22/12 | Bob Allen
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (ABP) Ė A Baptist college in Louisiana is suing the federal government over a requirement that religious schools and hospitals cover contraceptives in insurance for their employees, including birth control pills that induce abortion. The Alliance Defense Fund filed a federal lawsuit Feb. 18 in Alexandria, La., on behalf of Louisiana College, a private Christian school affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention. The lawsuit claims that new rules mandating coverage of FDA-approved contraceptives violate the collegeís confession of faith, the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message, which upholds the ďsanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.Ē...
  • Government Assault May Have Just Begun, Cardinal Dolan Warns

    02/24/2012 8:29:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/23/12 | Benjamin Mann
    Washington D.C., Feb 23, 2012 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- President Obama's contraception mandate may only be the beginning of a historic attack on religious freedom, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan warned his fellow U.S. bishops in a Feb. 22 letter. ďIf the government can, for example, tell Catholics that they cannot be in the insurance business today without violating their religious convictions, where does it end?Ē asked the cardinal, addressing the U.S. episcopate in a letter coauthored with the bishops' religious freedom chair Bishop William E. Lori. The Health and Human Servicesí contraception mandate ďviolates the constitutional limits on our...
  • Responding to Your Questions for MORE! (Eblast from Grace Before Meals priest)

    02/24/2012 6:43:29 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Grace Before Meals ^ | February 24, 2012 | Fr. Leo
    To help keep the flow of our ¬ďdinner conversation,¬Ē and at the same time keep you updated with all the Grace Before Meals happenings, I¬íll use this E-Blast to give you some great news. First, I¬íd like to give a response to questions I¬íve received ¬Ė either at the seminary, on the streets, and even in a few e-mails. ¬ďWhat do I think about the recent conversations regarding the HHS Mandate?¬Ē(This is definitely deadly breakfast conversation. But we have to talk about it!) This has been a challenging time for people of faith ¬Ė no matter what faith. The ability...
  • Catholic CEO calls mandate compromise 'divide and conquer' strategy

    02/24/2012 6:10:11 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    Mishawaka, Ind., Feb 24, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA).- A group of women religious' approval of the contraception mandate compromise plays into President Obama's ďtransparent tacticĒ of dividing the Church, says a Catholic healthcare CEO.† Kevin Leahy, president and CEO of the Indiana-based Franciscan Alliance, told the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) that it has done ďirreversibleĒ damage to the Catholic Church over its support for the compromise.In a Feb. 14 statement to Sr. Annmarie Sanders, IHM Ė the group's director of communications Ė Leahy said the conference cannot sincerely believe that the administration ďoffered an acceptable compromise...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/24/12)[Prayer]

    02/24/2012 4:55:52 AM PST · by left that other site · 30 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/24/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book Of Zechariah Chapter 12 1. The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. 2. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 24, 2012 [Devotional]

    02/24/2012 1:36:46 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Dig Deeper Today's Scripture ďSo letís not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we donít give upĒ (Galatians 6:9, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I read that back in the 1800ís some explorers were going across a huge desert and didnít bring enough water. They started digging at different spots underneath the surface about a foot or two trying to find water. They ended up losing their lives in the desert because of a lack of water. Many years later, it was discovered...
  • Marriage Advocate Offers Petitions to Vatican Addressing Marriage Abandonment

    02/23/2012 10:20:39 PM PST · by Catholic Iowan · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Spero News ^ | 02/23/12 | Spero News
    Two canon lawyers reviewed the "Vindicate Rights Petition."Philip Gray, J.C.L, says "in the vast majority of cases today, divorce has become an 'easy out' to avoid responsibility, pass blame, obtain revenge, or somehow justify problems in the marital relationship or between parents and children." Canon lawyer Fr. Chuck Zmudzinski, C.P.M., J.C.L. explained, "I worked in a marriage tribunal for about five years and one of the reasons I eventually quit was because I did not agree with how strongly biased the tribunal officials seemed to be against the bond of matrimony."
  • Obama's defense of religion {Mega BARF-Alert - talk about spin...}

    02/23/2012 10:01:30 PM PST · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 23 Feb 2012 | Steve Chapmen
    Catholic bishops, evangelical pastors and Republican presidential candidates have been decrying the Obama administration's war on religious liberty. Amid all the uproar, it's easy to overlook something equally important: the administration's many battles for religious liberty....In other realms, believers have found a Barack Obama and his Justice Department to be staunch allies.The most conspicuous surprise involves government rules for faith-based organizations that get federal funding for social services.President George W. Bushissued an executive order allowing such groups to hire only people who share their faith ó exempting them from the usual ban on religious discrimination. Liberal critics accused him of...
  • Prayer Request

    02/23/2012 9:27:00 PM PST · by gonzo · 30 replies
    Please send Meredith a get-well e-mail at God Bless you all ................. FRegards
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-24-12

    02/23/2012 8:11:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 02-24-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 24, 2012 † Friday after Ash Wednesday † Reading 1†Is 58:1-9a Thus says the Lord GOD:Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness,and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day,and desire to know my ways,Like a nation that has done what is justand not abandoned the law of their God;They ask me to declare what is due them,pleased to gain access to God."Why do we fast, and you do not see it?afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?" Lo, on your fast...
  • On the 40 Days of Lent

    02/23/2012 8:00:34 PM PST · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 22, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the 40 Days of Lent "Time Spent in the Desert Can Be Transformed Into a Time of Grace" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 22, 2012 ( Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in the Paul VI Hall. Today the Pope reflected on the liturgical season of Lent. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In this catechesis, I would like to reflect briefly upon the season of Lent, which begins today with the liturgy of Ash Wednesday. It is a journey of 40 days that will lead us to the...
  • On the 3 Last Words of Jesus Dying on the Cross

    02/23/2012 7:55:40 PM PST · by ELS · 7 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 15, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the 3 Last Words of Jesus Dying on the Cross "We Shall Never Fall Outside the Hands of God, Those Hands That Created Us" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 15, 2012 ( Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in Paul VI Hall. The Pope continued his reflection on the prayer of Jesus dying on the Cross, today focusing on the three last words of Jesus as recounted in the Gospel of St. Luke. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In our school of prayer last Wednesday, I spoke about...
  • On the Prayer of Jesus Dying on the Cross

    02/23/2012 7:52:23 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 8, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Prayer of Jesus Dying on the Cross "In Extreme Anguish, Prayer Becomes a Cry" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 8, 2012 ( Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in Paul VI Hall. The Pope reflected today on the prayer of Jesus dying on the Cross. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to reflect with you on the prayer of Jesus as death was imminent, by considering what St. Mark and St. Matthew tell us. The two Evangelists give an account of the prayer of...
  • On the Prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane

    02/23/2012 7:42:45 PM PST · by ELS · 6 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 1, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane "Nowhere Else in Sacred Scripture Do We Gain So Deep an Insight Into the Inner Mystery of Jesus" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 1, 2012 ( Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in Paul VI Hall. The Pope reflected today on the prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to speak about the prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane, in the Garden of Olives. The setting of the gospel account of this prayer is particularly significant....
  • Christian's Killing in Nigeria Inflames Tensions (79 y.o. woman)

    02/23/2012 7:26:09 PM PST · by Cronos · 6 replies
    ABC news ^ | 23 Feb 2012 | Haruna Umar
    Police discovered the body of a 79-year-old Christian woman killed in northeast Nigeria, with a note in Arabic left on her chest reading: "We will get you soon," a witness said Thursday. The slaying raises religious tensions in Nigeria as a radical Islamist sect increasingly targets Christians in its bloody attacks. While police said they knew of no immediate suspects in the killing, witnesses blamed the attack on the sect known as Boko Haram, which has been blamed for killing at least 305 people this year alone, according to an Associated Press count. The dead woman was identified as Shetu...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 28, 2012]

    02/23/2012 6:07:50 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    "Do You Now Believe?" " ¬íBy this we believe . . . .¬í Jesus answered them, ¬íDo you now believe?¬í " ¬óJohn 16:30-31 Now we believe. . . .‚ÄĚ But Jesus asks, ‚ÄúDo you . . . ? Indeed the hour is coming . . . that you . . . will leave Me alone‚ÄĚ (John 16:31-32). Many Christian workers have left Jesus Christ alone and yet tried to serve Him out of a sense of duty, or because they sense a need as a result of their own discernment. The reason for this is actually the absence of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 25, 2012]

    02/23/2012 6:02:46 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Destitution of Service ". . . though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved" ¬ó2 Corinthians 12:15 Natural human love expects something in return. But Paul is saying, ‚ÄúIt doesn¬ít really matter to me whether you love me or not. I am willing to be completely destitute anyway; willing to be poverty-stricken, not just for your sakes, but also that I may be able to get you to God.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúFor you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor . . .‚ÄĚ...
  • Essays for Lent: The Trinity

    02/23/2012 5:30:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | 2003 | Sebastian R. Fama
    The Trinityby Sebastian R. Fama The doctrine of the Trinity can present a challenge to anyone investigating the Christian faith. Even some who call themselves Christian think it unreasonable. However, a close examination of the evidence shows us that not only is the doctrine of the Trinity Scriptural but it is reasonable and to be expected as well.Simply stated the Doctrine of the Trinity teaches us that there is only one God and that one God is comprised of three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The obvious problem that some have with this is that something cannot be both one...
  • 1500 year-old Ď Syriac Ď Bible found in Ankara, Turkey

    02/23/2012 2:20:02 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 3+ views
    National Turk ^ | February 23, 2012
    Ancient Bible in Aramaic dialected Syriac rediscovered in Turkey The relic was ‚Äėrediscovered‚Äô in the depositum of Ankaran Justice Palace, the ancient version of bible is believed to be written in Syriac, a dialect of the native language of Jesus. Ankara / Turkey ‚Äď The bible was already in custody of Turkish authorities after having been seized in 2000 in an operation in Mediterranean area in Turkey. The gang of smugglers had been charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and the possession of explosives and went to trial. Turkish police testified in a court hearing they believe the manuscript...
  • Lenten Station Churches of Rome - - THURSDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY: SAN GIORGIO

    02/23/2012 2:10:22 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 1+ views
    pnac ^ | February 23, 2012
    Surrounded by the ruins of the empire that put its patron to death, the humble church of St. George in the Velabrum is a continuing reminder of the faith and sacrifice of that great saint. As we head away from the river in the direction of the church, we see the Arch of Janus (late third/early fourth century after Christ) with its many niches, marking the site of the Forum Boarium, the cattle market of the ancient city. This was located in the area of the city known as the Velabrum, possibly so-called because of the yellow sand (from...
  • Jesus' Love is Grater Than Hate...(from The Hiding Place)

    02/23/2012 1:51:26 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 15 replies ^ | 1971 | Corrie Ten Boom
    As a family we have been reading an incredibly helpful and moving book, called the Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom. It is the true account of a christian family in in Nazi occupied Holland, sent to concentration camps for the crime of harboring Jews in their home. The two unmarried sisters, Corrie and Betsie, both in their fifties, were living with their godly Father, Kasper Ten Boom, when the Nazi war machine rolled into their lives, bringing death and turmoil to their formerly comfortable and predictable lives. Because they loved Jesus and the Word of God, they opened their...
  • Vatican gives ultimatum to wayward Catholic university: conform to Church law by April 8

    February 23, 2012 ( - The Vatican has issued an ultimatum to a Peruvian Catholic university known for its deviation from Church teaching, giving it a deadline of April 8 to change its statutes to bring it into conformity with Church law. Although the Holy Seeís communique on the matter, displayed on its website, does not state what the consequences would be should the institution fail to comply, various Peruvian publications and broadcasters are reporting that the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) would be required to jettison the words ďPontificalĒ and ďCatholicĒ from its name. The ultimatum follows months...
  • Choose The Law Of Life

    02/23/2012 12:58:23 PM PST · by Frank Broom
    02-23-12 | Frank Broom
    God has set before you life and death, blessing and cursing and He is so good that He tells you which one to pick (Deuteronomy 30:19). He said choose life, so the choice is yours. Which ever one you choose it is going to be by the words of your mouth. Because the Bible says life and death, and blessing and cursing is in the power of the tongue. They are all in the power of the tongue and whichever one you speak is what you will have. There is a law behind each one of those things that many...
  • The Baptists Formerly Known as Southern

    02/23/2012 12:40:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    RealClearReligion ^ | 02/23/2012 | Jeffrey Weiss
    So now some Southern Baptists want to be known as "Great Commission" Baptists? Christians, do you have any idea how confusing you are to those of us on the far side of an altar call? For those of you who missed the news: Some Southern Baptists have long been uncomfortable with the name of the denomination, tied as it is to a region and a racist past. A few days ago, the Southern Baptist Commission's executive committee voted to retain the old name but offer an informal alternative. The Great Commission is what many Christians call the admonition from the...
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    02/23/2012 12:39:19 PM PST · by Sopater · 1 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | February 23 | John D. Morris, Ph.D.
    The Fountain of Life February 23, 2012 †"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." (Revelation 22:17)† The fourth verse of "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" speaks of the mature Christianís desire for purity and victory over sin, and looks forward to the ultimate victory in eternity. †Plenteous grace with Thee is found, Grace to cover all my sin; Let the healing streams abound; Make and keep me pure within. Thou of life the...
  • The Rise and Fall of American Methodism

    02/23/2012 12:36:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies · 6+ views
    Patheos ^ | 02/23/2012 | Thomas S. Kidd
    The Methodist Church's rise and recent decline is perhaps the most statistically striking story in American religious history. At the time of the American Revolution, the denomination was tiny. English Methodist founder John Wesley was hostile toward American independence, which badly hampered the church's growth in America. After the Revolution, the American church began to operate independently from English Methodists. The legendary Methodist "circuit riders" began reaching the American backcountry, riding on horseback to reach every nook and cranny of the Appalachian frontier and Mississippi River Valley. In 1770, there were about 20 Methodist churches in America. By 1860 that...
  • Exclusive: Marco Rubio's Mormon Roots

    02/23/2012 8:52:35 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 62 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | February 23, 2012 | McKay Coppins
    In the compelling personal narrative that has helped propel Florida Senator Marco Rubio to national political stardom, one chapter has gone completely untold: Rubio spent his childhood as a faithful Mormon.Rubio was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his family at around the age of eight, and remained active in the faith for a number of years during his early youth, family members told BuzzFeed. Rubio spokesman Alex Conant confirmed the story to BuzzFeed. Conant said Rubio returned to the Catholic church a few years later with his family, receiving his first communion on Christmas...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ANAGOGICAL SENSE. 02-23-12

    02/23/2012 8:25:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies · 1+ views ^ | 02-23-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ANAGOGICAL SENSE Teachings of the Bible that relate to or lead to eternal life, including blessings hoped for and related to that future life, e.g., Jerusalem in its anagogical sense typifies the Church triumphant. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Tattoos spread Montrose church's Lenten message

    02/23/2012 8:05:27 AM PST · by Jaded · 29 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2/23/12 | Kate Shellnutt
    Asking his congregation to get permanent tattoos as a part of their Lenten observances may be one of the craziest things Ecclesia pastor Chris Seay has done at his artsy, pop-culture-savvy Montrose church. Seay and Ecclesia's artist-in-residence, Scott Erickson, initially hoped to find 10 people to get inked with designs representing the Stations of the Cross, 10 moments that illustrate the story of Jesus' death. The idea wasn't so crazy to the Ecclesia community, because about 50 of them answered Seay's call and have been tattooed with Erickson's custom-designed images of birds, hands, roses, trees and short phrases written in...
  • Santorum Mentioned Satan!!!!????

    02/23/2012 7:42:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 2.21.12 | Matt Archbold
    When Santorum was out of politics the past few years he may have done the most damaging thing you can do to a political career -he told the truth as he saw it. Yup. Santorum mentioned Satan in 2008 to a crowd at Ave Maria University. And the media just discovered this and is horrified. HE MENTIONED SATAN!!!! This is being played out like some big scandal. It's even headlining on Drudge. But is this a shock to the country? If so, should it be? Santorum's a Catholic. He believes in God like most Americans do. He believes in Satan...
  • Dutch Reporters Miss Stories on ďDo Not Euthanize MeĒ Cards

    02/23/2012 7:36:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    First Things ^ | 2/22/12 | Wesley J. Smith
    I have received some comment from correspondents claiming to be Dutch and reporters, contesting my article yesterday that describes some of the Dutch euthanasia horrors. They donít claim I am wrong that about 1% of Dutch deaths are ďtermination without request or consent,Ē e.g. non voluntary euthanasia. They donít deny that Dutch doctors commit infanticide. They donít deny that the country is moving toward euthanizing the elderly who are ďtired of life.Ē No, they contest that some people carry cards in their wallets saying that they donít want to be euthanized if they become incompetent or are brought to a...
  • Contraception and the Culture War [Deepening Catholic-Evangelical Relationship]

    02/23/2012 7:22:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 2/22/12 | Peter Berger
    For a week or so in early February religion was once again at the center of media attention (this time unrelated to the lingering issue of Mitt Romneyís Mormonism). Using powers given her by the ďObamacareĒ legislation, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human services, issued a regulation concerning the requirement that all employer-provided health insurance must include free coverage of contraception for women. The administration was aware of the fact that Catholics and perhaps other religious groups might have a problem with this. So churches, defined as institutions that provide religious services to their own members only, were exempt...
  • Gove Rejects Call to Ban Catholic Booklet From [Catholic] Schools [UK]

    02/23/2012 7:06:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/23/12 | Madeleine Teahan
    The Education Secretary Michael Gove has defended the right of Catholic schools to promote Church teaching on homosexuality following a complaint from Brendan Barber, general secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC). Mr Barber had written to Mr Gove complaining that the distribution of ďhomophobic materialĒ in some classrooms in Lancashire undermined equality laws. In response, Mr Gove said that the content of a curriculum was not covered by the Equality Act, but added that any berating or harassing of gay pupils would be unlawful. He said: ďThe education provisions of the Equality Act which prohibit discrimination against individuals based...
  • Christians Tailor Lent Outside Catholic Traditions

    02/23/2012 6:55:52 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 2/22/12 | Alex Murashko
    The season of Lent begins not only for millions of Catholics by having placed a sign of the cross on their foreheads with ash on Wednesday, but with many Christians in and outside of denominations vowing to mark the season with acts of faith. Though Lent is often seen as part of the Catholic tradition of fasting for 40 days (calculated sometimes to exclude the weekends in the days leading to Easter), many Christians view this time as serving as a reminder to the importance of getting closer to God. Christine Smith, founder of the online site Womens Bible Cafe,...
  • Some In Mainstream Media In Full Anti-Catholic Meltdown Mode

    02/23/2012 6:52:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | 2/23/12 | Dave Hartline
    Some in the mainstream media are so angry about the existence of faithful Catholics that they canít help themselves in becoming unhinged. I will reference the main points, but suffice to say that I could write a book on the subject. These latest quotes have caused me to scramble to get information to my editor so as to include at least some of this in my upcoming book; The Tide Continues To Turn Toward Catholicism, a follow up to my first book. For starters it seems some in mainstream media are so ignorant of religion that even though 90% of...
  • Sir Trevor Phillips: Christians should be denied religious freedom and conscience rights

    02/23/2012 6:43:46 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 12 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | February 23, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Thursday, February 23, 2012 Sir Trevor Phillips: Christians, and only Christians, should be denied religious freedom and conscience rights Saint Thomas Aquinas explains that a law is just if it corresponds to the divine law. If civil law does conform to the divine law, then it has the power to bind us in conscience and to disobey such a law would be a sin. But human law cannot exceed the power of its human authors. Aquinas teaches that the law which is promulgated must correspond to the divine law. No human authority can declare what is morally evil to be...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(2/23/12)[Prayer]

    02/23/2012 5:26:15 AM PST · by left that other site · 26 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/23/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation 1. Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation. 2 Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray. 3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.Psalm 5: 1-3 God Bless America!
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/23/12)[Prayer]

    02/23/2012 4:57:10 AM PST · by left that other site · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/23/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book Of Zechariah Chapter 11 1. Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars. 2. Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down. 3. There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled. 4. Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter; 5....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 23, 2012 [Devotional]

    02/23/2012 4:38:06 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Remain in Him Today's Scripture ďI am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothingĒ (John 15:5, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you ever thought about the relationship between the branch and the vine? We donít use these kinds of word pictures very much anymore, but think about it ó if the branch is not attached to the vine, it withers and dies. The very life of the branch depends on being attached to the vine....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 23, 2012]

    02/23/2012 4:34:36 AM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Determination to Serve "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve . . ." ¬óMatthew 20:28 Jesus also said, ‚ÄúYet I am among you as the One who serves‚ÄĚ (Luke 22:27). Paul¬ís idea of service was the same as our Lord¬ís¬ó ‚Äú. . . ourselves your bondservants for Jesus¬í sake‚ÄĚ (2 Corinthians 4:5). We somehow have the idea that a person called to the ministry is called to be different and above other people. But according to Jesus Christ, he is called to be a ‚Äúdoormat‚ÄĚ for others¬ó called to be their spiritual...
  • The Leftís Manufactured ďGame ChangeĒ False Perception of Sarah Palin

    02/23/2012 4:25:42 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    IFB ^ | 2/23/12
    The Leftís Manufactured ďGame ChangeĒ False Perception of Sarah Palin It is amazing to watch the abominable lying liars of the secular godless main stream media and Hollywood always doing their best to politicize, destroys, advance their secular agenda, and take advantage of any news story or headline that fits their narrative. These on the Left have absolutely no conscience and are quite willing to state whatever it takes to maintain and achieve power (Jude 1:10). These totalitarians of lawlessness Ė to provide cover for their masters - do what they ALWAYS do best: that is to exploit any occasion...
  • Essays for Lent: Creationism or Evolution?

    02/22/2012 10:03:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
    Creationism or Evolution?by Sebastian R. FamaIs it possible to know that God exists even though we cannot see or touch Him? Well, we believe that radio waves exist and we canít see or touch them. And we believe it because the evidence allows for no other conclusion. We turn on a television and we see and hear someone who is many miles away. Adjusting the antenna changes the quality of the picture. Disconnect the antenna, and there is no picture. Obviously the television is receiving the pictures and sound from the air. Thus we can know that radio waves exist...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-23-12, Opt. Mem. St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

    02/22/2012 9:22:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 02-23-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 23, 2012 Thursday after Ash Wednesday † Reading 1†Dt 30:15-20 Moses said to the people:"Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom.If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,which I enjoin on you today,loving him, and walking in his ways,and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,you will live and grow numerous,and the LORD, your God,will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,I tell you now that you will certainly perish;you will...
  • Woe to Those Who Call Evil Good, and Good Evil

    02/22/2012 8:52:21 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Alpha & Omega Ministries ^ | 2-20-12 | Dr. James R. White
  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan issues strongest statement yet against the HHS mandate

    02/22/2012 8:31:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies ^ | February 22, 2012 | Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan & Bishop William E. Lori
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan issues strongest statement yet against the HHS mandate His Eminence Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, President, and His Excellency Most Reverend William E. Lori, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, have released a very strong statement regarding the current status of the HHS mandate, dated February 21, 2012, to the bishops of the United States. The statement warns of the severe danger posed to religious liberty by "an all-encompassing, extreme form of secularism" and notes that the narrow "exemption" in the mandate was "instituted only by executive whim" and so "can be taken away easily."...
  • The Key to True Fasting

    02/22/2012 7:40:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 22, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Key to True FastingBy: Msgr. Charles Pope Required fasting is almost non-existent in the Catholic Church today. Even the two days where fasting is required for those over 18 and under 60, it is really a mitigated fast of two small ďsnack-likeĒ meals and one regular sized meal (no snacks in between now!). Not really a fast at all. A truer fast (going without food for the whole day) is practiced by some today as a personal discipline and it is laudable if a person is able.Yet, even the mitigated fast is ďhardĒ for many as are most...
  • [LDS elder Harry] Reid: Dem Ďcaucus totally supportsí Obamaís fight against Catholic Church

    02/22/2012 4:49:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 7, 2012 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Acknowledging that it is ďnot good for DemocratsĒ to go ďhead-to-headĒ with ďany church,Ē Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told The Daily Caller that he and his Democratic caucus ďtotallyĒ support President Barack Obama forcing religious institutions to cover contraception in employee health insurance plans or pay a federal fine. Catholic bishops across the country are speaking out against this provision of the health care law. TheDC asked Reid if he thinks it is a good idea, politically, for the president to go against the Catholic Church on the issue. ďOf course itís not good for the Democrats to go...
  • The Dual Prophecies of Iran - Part 2 (Dispensational Caucus)

    02/22/2012 3:57:49 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 4 replies ^ | February 22, 2012 | Bill Salus
    Welcome to part two of this study regarding Iran in Bible prophecy. Part one, called ďWhy Iranís Absent from Psalm 83,Ē lodged logical explanations as to why Iran is not part of the Psalm 83 ArabĖIsraeli war. Part two provides logistical reasons by demonstrating that Iran seemingly faces a double jeopardy in the days to come. This entire study is taken from the commentary of Revelation Road, Hope Beyond the Horizon. Even though Iran appears to be absent from the climactic, concluding Arab-Israeli War, they are not excluded from two other significant end-timeís events. The one most widely taught among...