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  • Pope issues rare, forceful correction to dissident priests in Holy Week liturgy

    04/09/2012 6:08:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 72 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 5, 2012 | HILARY WHITE
    VATICAN CITY, April 5, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an extremely rare move, Pope Benedict XVI today issued a forcefully worded correction of a group of Austrian priests who last year issued a public letter calling on their fellow clergy to disobey Catholic teaching in key areas. “Recently a group of priests from a European country issued a summons to disobedience, and at the same time gave concrete examples of the forms this disobedience might take, even to the point of disregarding definitive decisions of the Church’s Magisterium, such as the question of women’s ordination,” the pope said. Speaking at the...
  • Attitude of Servitude

    04/09/2012 6:03:44 AM PDT · by Former Fetus
    Holy Land Moments ^ | 4/9/2012 | Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
    “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh and say to him, “This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me”’.” — Exodus 9:1 “Let my people go” is probably the most famous line in the entire exodus story. God, via Moses, commands Pharaoh to let the people of Israel leave Egypt. However “let my people go” is only half of the line, and it represents only half of the story. The rest of the verse reads “so that they may worship me.” God wants the Israelites...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(4/9/12)[Prayer]

    04/09/2012 5:32:41 AM PDT · by left that other site · 27 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 4/9/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Hallel - Songs of Praise Psalm 111 Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes

    04/09/2012 5:30:09 AM PDT · by jackv · 23 replies
    4-9-12 | jackv
    "Yea, Tho I Walk Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Will Fear No Evil... For Thou Art With Me."Psalm 23:4 "Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare of the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I am trusting Him." (Psalm 91:1-2)
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 9, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/09/2012 4:40:02 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    He is a Rewarder Today's Scripture “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you see God as a rewarder today? Notice this verse doesn’t say that God rewards those who “deserve” it or have “earned” it. It doesn’t say that God rewards those who act perfectly and never make mistakes. No, God’s blessing isn’t based on our performance, it’s based on our faith — our belief in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 9, 2012]

    04/09/2012 4:38:59 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Have You Seen Jesus? "After that, He appeared in another form to two of them . . ." —Mark 16:12 Being saved and seeing Jesus are not the same thing. Many people who have never seen Jesus have received and share in God’s grace. But once you have seen Him, you can never be the same. Other things will not have the appeal they did before.You should always recognize the difference between what you see Jesus to be and what He has done for you. If you see only what He has done for you, your God is not...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-09-12, Monday within the Octave of Easter

    04/08/2012 8:42:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RAB ^ | 04-09-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 9, 2012   Monday within the Octave of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 2:14, 22-33 On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven,raised his voice, and proclaimed:"You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.Let this be known to you, and listen to my words. "You who are children of Israel, hear these words.Jesus the Nazorean was a man commended to you by Godwith mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God,you killed, using lawless...
  • The on-coming Romney onslaught against Christian conservatives [VANITY]

    04/08/2012 8:37:38 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 70 replies
    You watch, Romney's campaign is going to throw allegations of religious bigotry at Christian conservatives like you can't believe. Let me tell you something. The Romney people have some of the best political consultants in the country and they don't get there because they're always wonderful people. The RINO/GOPe are tough. They're very tough. We saw how they undermined Governor Palin during the last election, and the scorched earth policy they carried out against Romney's primary opponents who were conservative or Christian. I've worked with some of them on other campaigns, they're the best there is in the business. And...
  • Mormons have sub-par Easter services [testimony from a Mormon]

    04/08/2012 6:19:43 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 139 replies
    Wheat and Tares.org ^ | April 8, 2012 | Mormon Heretic
    There were some interesting comments from the poll yesterday. I won’t say that our poll is representative of Mormons in general, but I do agree with the results. As of the time I wrote this, 75% of people who responded to our poll say that “Mormons have sub-par Easter services”. Why is that?Last Sunday was Palm Sunday. SteveS noted that there were “0 references to Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, no shout outs to Palm Sunday festivities celebrating Christ as Lord and Son of God. No hosannas shouted that day. Hardly any references at all to the upcoming Easter holy day.”...
  • “He’s Alive!”

    04/08/2012 2:35:47 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | April 8,2012 | annem040359
    Today, Christians around the world are taking the time to honor the day in which, Jesus Christ, three days after suffering and dying on the cross on a hill called Calvary, on the very same third day, rises from the dead. Jesus, savior of all, wins the great victory over the enemy, death, and sin.
  • Message from Una Voce Brasil [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    04/08/2012 1:17:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Hermeneutic of Continuity ^ | 4/8/2012 | Rev Tim Finigan
    Una Voce Brasil asks for your prayers for their new apostolate. Danilo writes: Brazil is by far the largest catholic country but it is also the most secularized of all latin america. We're facing the challenges of abortion, gay unions, euthanasia and worst. The political persecution of the catholic religion and catholic morals is very hard. Like in your homeland, the crucifixes here are threatened by unfair legislation that forbids the image of our Lord in the public spaces. Here also grows the interest for the TLM despite the clerical persecution of traditional-mind catholics. Many young priests are giving a chance...
  • Saint Gregory the Great’s Sermon on the Mystery of the Resurrection

    04/08/2012 12:58:52 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    Catholicism.org ^ | July 25, 2005
    Saint Gregory the Great’s Sermon on the Mystery of the Resurrection by St. Gregory the Great Given to the People in the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the Holy Day of the Resurrection 1. It has been my custom, beloved brethren, to speak to you on many of the Gospel readings, by means of a sermon I had already dictated for you. But since I have been unable, because of the weakness of my throat, to read to you myself what I had prepared, I notice that some among you listen somewhat indifferently. So, contrary to my usual...
  • URBI ET ORBI MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI - EASTER 2012

    04/08/2012 12:33:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Vatican ^ | April 8, 2012 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rome and throughout the world!“Surrexit Christus, spes mea” – “Christ, my hope, has risen” (Easter Sequence).May the jubilant voice of the Church reach all of you with the words which the ancient hymn puts on the lips of Mary Magdalene, the first to encounter the risen Jesus on Easter morning. She ran to the other disciples and breathlessly announced: “I have seen the Lord!” (Jn 20:18). We too, who have journeyed through the desert of Lent and the sorrowful days of the Passion, today raise the cry of victory: “He has risen! He has...
  • Good Thursday (not Good Friday)

    04/08/2012 12:32:29 PM PDT · by FoxPro · 26 replies
    tedmontgomery.com ^ | Ted Montgomery
    I would like to demonstrate that Jesus’ crucifixion and death occurred not on a Friday (the sixth day of the week), as has been traditionally accepted, but rather on the previous day, Thursday (the fifth day of the week). My Holy Week chart, near the bottom of this page, displays my depiction of the week during which the following occurred during the month of Aviv (also called Nisan) of that year:
  • Pope Benedict XVI warns of moral 'darkness' as he celebrates Easter Mass

    04/08/2012 12:16:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Telegraph ^ | April 8, 2012
    Pope Benedict, leading the world's Catholics into Easter, says technological progress, in the absence of awareness of God and moral values, poses a threat to the world. The basilica, the largest church in Christendom, was in the dark for the start of the service to signify the darkness in Jesus' tomb before what Christians believe was his resurrection from the dead three days after his crucifixion. The some 10,000 faithful in the basilica lit candles as the pope moved up the central aisle on a wheeled platform he uses to conserve his strength and then the basilica's lights were turned...
  • Easter Changes Everything

    04/08/2012 12:08:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | April 5th, 2012 | George Weigel
    Easter Changes Everything Columnists George WeigelApril 5th, 2012 George Weigel Christmas occupies such a large part of the Christian imagination that the absolute supremacy of Easter as the greatest of Christian feasts may get obscured at times. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, an Italian biblical scholar, suggests that we might begin to appreciate how Easter changed everything—and gave the birth of Jesus at Christmas its significance—by reflecting on the story of Jesus purifying the Jerusalem Temple, at the beginning of John’s Gospel.In this prophetic and symbolic act, Ravasi writes, Jesus draws a sharp contrast between a religion of superficiality and self-absorption and...
  • Whatever day you treat special. All days or one. Edify one another. Love one another.

    04/08/2012 11:35:03 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 3 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Love one another. Love everyone as CHRIST loved and loves us. Have patience with one another the way you would want them to have patience for you.
  • Cardinal Dolan criticizes Obama contraception policy as ‘radical intrusion' (still)

    04/08/2012 9:10:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/08/12 | Russell Berman
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said Sunday the Obama administration’s policy on contraception was “a dramatic radical intrusion of government bureaucracy in the internal life” of the Catholic Church and vowed to continue to fight the ruling. In an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Dolan reiterated that he remained unsatisfied with the administration’s policy requiring that employees of religious organizations, including Catholic groups, have access to contraception. Dolan had led the Church’s effort against the regulation, which resulted in what the administration thought was an accommodation to concerns that it was unduly burdening religious groups opposed...
  • Police pressure on underground community. Easter in the Church of Silence (China)

    04/08/2012 7:53:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Asia News ^ | 04/07/2012 | Wang Zhicheng
    Beijing (AsiaNews) - The Easter holiday will be "very discreetly" celebrated this year in unofficial (underground) communities in China. Many community leaders, bishops and priests, were in fact called in by the police for a "conversation" and even underwent weeks of indoctrination on the government's religious policy. Several Church observers clearly see a campaign underway to "convert" the underground Church and absorb it into the official church. "This year - an underground priest told AsiaNews - we will celebrate Easter in silence and discretion, without any solemnity. In other years, we had to find locations big enough so we could...
  • He is Risen!

    04/08/2012 7:39:44 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 9 replies
    04-08-12 | Bill Randles
    Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen...