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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) – 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 college’s confession of faith, the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message, which upholds the “sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.”...
  • 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. “If 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?” 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 Services’ contraception mandate “violates 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 “dinner conversation,” and at the same time keep you updated with all the Grace Before Meals happenings, I’ll use this E-Blast to give you some great news. First, I’d like to give a response to questions I’ve received – either at the seminary, on the streets, and even in a few e-mails. “What do I think about the recent conversations regarding the HHS Mandate?”(This is definitely deadly breakfast conversation. But we have to talk about it!) This has been a challenging time for people of faith – 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 “transparent tactic” 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 “irreversible” damage to the Catholic Church over its support for the compromise.In a Feb. 14 statement to Sr. Annmarie Sanders, IHM – the group's director of communications – Leahy said the conference cannot sincerely believe that the administration “offered 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 “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I read that back in the 1800’s some explorers were going across a huge desert and didn’t 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 — 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?" " ’By this we believe . . . .’ Jesus answered them, ’Do you now believe?’ " —John 16:30-31 Now we believe. . . .” But Jesus asks, “Do you . . . ? Indeed the hour is coming . . . that you . . . will leave Me alone” (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" —2 Corinthians 12:15 Natural human love expects something in return. But Paul is saying, “It doesn’t 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.” “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor . . .”...
  • 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...