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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...
  • Easter Interview: The Woman Who Was There

    04/08/2012 7:22:58 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 8, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    Call me Mary -- not the one who bore Him, but she who was borne up by him, little did I know it at the time. And you? You say you're some sort of scribe. Lord knows there is always something to write about in Judaea.I do not mean to be inhospitable, young man. Blessed be he who comes, as they say. Recline. Rest yourself. Have you had something to eat, a glass of wine for your stomach's sake? You must wash your feet, change your sandals. For I know it is a long, dusty trip up here, and with...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/08/2012 7:10:17 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 17 replies
    4-8-12 | Kitty Mittens
  • He is Risen!

    04/08/2012 5:58:45 AM PDT · by impimp · 23 replies
    freerepublic ^ | 8 April 2012 | impimp
    Refer to title of thread for message.
  • United Kingdom. Same sex marriage bill: The Big Chill

    04/08/2012 5:08:57 AM PDT · by markomalley
    La Stampa ^ | 04/ 6/2012 | GIACOMO GALEAZZI
    It’s time to celebrate thirty years of diplomatic relations between the UK and the Holy See, but the relationship between the two countries is deteriorating because of the bill concerning same sex marriageSour anniversary. The United Kingdom celebrates thirty years of diplomatic relations with the Holy See just when the relationship between London and Rome is turning sour over homosexual marriages. The English Prime Minister David Cameron and his government want sex marriages to be legal by 2015, ten years after the introduction of the “civil partnership law” in the United Kingdom. The ecclesiastical hierarchies, from the Curia to the...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (4/8/12)[Prayer]

    04/08/2012 4:30:05 AM PDT · by left that other site · 28 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 4/8/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Hallel - Songs of Praise Psalm 110 1. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. 2. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. 3. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. 4. The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 8, 2012]

    04/08/2012 4:11:55 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    His Resurrection Destiny "Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?" —Luke 24:26 Our Lord’s Cross is the gateway into His life. His resurrection means that He has the power to convey His life to me. When I was born again, I received the very life of the risen Lord from Jesus Himself.Christ’s resurrection destiny— His foreordained purpose— was to bring “many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10). The fulfilling of His destiny gives Him the right to make us sons and daughters of God. We never have exactly the same relationship to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-08-12, The Resurrection of the Lord

    04/07/2012 9:03:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 56 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-08-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 8, 2012 The Resurrection of the LordThe Mass of Easter Sunday  Reading 1 Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Peter proceeded to speak and said:"You know what has happened all over Judea,beginning in Galilee after the baptismthat John preached,how God anointed Jesus of Nazarethwith the Holy Spirit and power.He went about doing goodand healing all those oppressed by the devil,for God was with him.We are witnesses of all that he didboth in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Divorce and Remarriage

    04/07/2012 8:31:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2004 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Divorce and Remarriageby Sebastian R. FamaIt is a sad fact of life that divorce has become an all-too-common occurrence. Many marriages that began with joy and hope end in bitter separation. Unfortunately, the Church is not immune to this problem. As with marriage, many view the Church’s position on divorce and remarriage as archaic and unrealistic. But the Church’s position is nothing more than the direct teaching of Christ. In Luke 16:18 we hear Jesus saying: "Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery."Paul says essentially...
  • The buzz on the new "Exultet": here come the bees! [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2012 5:37:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Patheos.com via TheDeaconsBench. ^ | Mar 15th, 2011 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The buzz on the new "Exultet": here come the bees! Mar 15th, 2011 by Deacon Greg Kandra With Easter rapidly approaching, deacons everywhere will be clearing their throats and getting ready to give voice to the great hymn of the Paschal Proclamation — also known as “The Exultet,” a seven-minute a capaella chant that fittingly, as the lyric proclaims, “humbles earthly pride.”    It is the Mother of All Chants, an epic best approached with a strong heart and steeled nerves.(For those interested, there’s an excellent downloadable version here that I’ve used for the last three years.)My pal Elizabeth...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/07/2012 4:25:59 PM PDT · by Irish Rose · 14 replies
    April 7, 2012 | Irish Rose
    Then the disciples went back to their homes, but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. “Woman,” he said, “why are you crying?...
  • Faith is the true ‘enlightenment,’ Pope says at Easter Vigil (1 American among those baptized)

    04/07/2012 4:00:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    cna ^ | April 7, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI at the Easter Vigil Vatican City, Apr 7, 2012 / 03:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Faith, which reveals God’s light to humanity, is the "true enlightenment," Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed on April 7 as he celebrated Christ’s resurrection at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope Benedict explained that the "enlightenment" of faith, unlike that of scientific rationalism, enables "God’s light to break into our world, opening our eyes to the true light."Below, the full text of Pope Benedict's homily during the Easter Vigil:Dear Brothers and Sisters,Easter is the feast of the new creation. Jesus...
  • THE EXULTET: Liturgical Treasure of the Easter Vigil

    04/07/2012 3:53:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Homiletic & Pastoral Review ^ | April 6, 2012 | DR WILLIAM LUCKEY
    The Exultet is a very lengthy, yet beautiful proclamation of the resurrection of Christ, resembling Haggadah, the great proclamation in the Jewish Pascal supper.The deacon singing the Exultet at Easter VigilThe Benedictine theologian of liturgy, Cyprian Vagaggini, points out that there are certain attitudes, surprisingly, within the church today, which have muddled the understanding of Easter. First, there is a positivist-historicist mentality which kind of tricked us into seeing the resurrection of Christ separately from his passion, and, then, his passion and death separately from his resurrection, and, both of these, separate from the sacraments. There is also a “juridic...
  • 2012 Easter Message from Archbishop Duncan

    04/07/2012 3:48:38 PM PDT · by lightman · 2 replies
    Anglican Church in North America ^ | 7 April AD 2012 | ++Robert Duncan
    EASTER HOMILY Preached by the Most Reverend Robert Duncan at the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh Vigil, in St. Peter's Church in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, on Easter Eve, 7th April, A.D.2012. They were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb? [Mark 16:3] In the Name of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, One God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Blessed and Praised forever: Amen. In all four gospels it is women who come first to the tomb. Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell us the purpose: to anoint Jesus'...
  • Where is Jesus after he Dies?

    04/07/2012 3:40:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 139 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 6, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Where is Christ after he dies on Friday afternoon and before he rises on Easter Sunday? Both Scripture and Tradition answer this question. Consider the following from a Second Century Sermon and also a mediation from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.An Ancient Sermon: Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. . . He has gone...
  • Who Has Believed Our Message?...Servant Songs pt 11

    Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.(Isaiah 53:1-3)The fourth Servant Song opens with a paradox, for we are...
  • MSNBC's O'Donnell on Romney's "Mormon Problem": How Moronism Was "Invented"

    04/07/2012 2:48:46 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 136 replies
    MSNBC via YouTube ^ | April 4, 2012 | Lawrence O'Donnell
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_5hww4HNDQ And so begins the MSM turn on the Republican nominee. And as much as I hate to credit the MSM, and particularly O'Donnell, I cannot find anything in his rant that is inaccurate, other than the number of wives Joseph Smith claimed. O'Donnell says 48, but I believe the most consistent number put forward by historians is 27. On the other hand, Brigham Young claimed 56 wives, so O'Donnell is certainly within range.
  • Following the Truth: Follow Me… [into Holy Week]

    04/07/2012 1:13:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Apr 1st, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Follow Me… Apr 1st, 2012by Gary Zimak.  As Jesus passed on from there,He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. (Matthew 9:9)As we head into the final 2 weeks our Spiritual Exercises retreat, I just wanted to reach out and share a few thoughts. Today, with the celebration of Palm Sunday, we enter into the holiest week of the year. Over the next five days, on my nightly radio show, we’ll meditate on Our Lord’s Passion and death. As we do this, we’ll recognize...
  • The Fifteen Promises Granted to Those Who Recite the Rosary [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2012 11:30:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    TheMostHolyRosary.com ^ | not given | The MostHolyRosary.com via prophecy of the BVM
      The Fifteen Promises Granted to those who Recite the Rosary The Fifteen Promises of Mary Granted to those who Recite the RosaryThe Glory of St DominicGuido Reni 1613 A.D. FrescoSan Domenico, Bologna The Blessed Virgin Mary promised to Saint Dominic and to all who follow that "Whatever you ask in the Rosary will be granted." She left for all Christians Fifteen Promises to those who recite the Holy Rosary. Imparted to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces. I promise my special protection and the greatest...
  • Walk in love with everyone, as Christ does the same with us. We are all a work in progress!

    04/07/2012 10:10:22 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 5 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    We are a work in progress. Treat others as you want to be treated. Walk in love. No one is perfect.
  • How Deep the Father's Love

    04/07/2012 8:23:06 AM PDT · by blue-duncan · 4 replies
    1995 | Stuart Townend
    How deep the Father’s love for us How vast beyond all measure That He should give His only Son To make a wretch His treasure How great the pain of searing loss, The Father turns His face away As wounds which mar the chosen One Bring many sons to glory Behold the Man upon a cross, My sin upon His shoulders Ashamed I hear my mocking voice Call out among the scoffers It was my sin that held Him there Until it was accomplished His dying breath has brought me life I know that it is finished I will not...
  • The Pope's condolences on the death of Cardinal Daoud

    04/07/2012 7:07:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | April 7, 2012
    Cardinal Daoud (center) The Syrian Cardinal H.B. Ignace Moussa I Daoud died at eight o'clock in the morning of Holy Saturday, 7 April in Rome. He was Prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches and Patriarch emeritus of Antioch for Syrians. When the Pope learned the news of his death, he remembered the deceased Cardinal in prayer and sent a telegram in French to H.B. Ignace Youssif II Younan, Patriarch of Antioch for Syrians. The following is a translation of the French text of the Pope's Telegram which was released on 7 April. Learning with sorrow of the...
  • Crucifixion: History, Archaeology (with photos!), and Why Jesus Died This Way

    04/07/2012 6:27:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    The Sacred Page ^ | April 6, 2012 | Michael Barber
    Today we meditate on the crucifixion of Jesus. In places around the world, images of the Christ crucified will be contemplated and venerated. Indeed, the image of the cross is quite familiar to us. It is part and parcel of Christian iconography. Perhaps, it is too familiar. Put frankly, the cross has in many ways been sanitized. To some extent, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004) helped bring attention to the actual violence associated with this form of ancient execution. Indeed, the attempt to re-dramatize the violence caused deep controversy. Some have even claimed that the film exaggerated...
  • Meditating on Good Friday with St. Francis de Sales

    04/07/2012 5:41:33 AM PDT · by sayuncledave · 2 replies
    Catholic Champion ^ | April 6, 2012 | Matthew Bellasario
    Meditating on Good Friday with St. Francis de Sales But could God not have provided the world with a remedy other than that of His Son's death? Certainly, He could have done so, and by a thousand other means. Could He not have pardoned human nature with absolute power and pure mercy, not invoking justice or the intervention of any creature? Doubtless He could, and who would have dared to question or criticize Him? No one, for He is Sovereign Master and can do all He wills. Besides, if He had wanted some creature to undertake our redemption, could He...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(4/7/12)[Prayer]

    04/07/2012 5:33:48 AM PDT · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 4/7/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book Of Exodus Chapter 20 12. “ Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you. 13. “You shall not murder. 14. “You shall not commit adultery. 15. “You shall not steal. 16. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 17. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
  • Attorney sees Easter as opportunity to voice religious freedom

    04/07/2012 5:08:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | April 6, 2012 | Hillary Senour
    Chicago, Ill., Apr 6, 2012 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Easter Sunday will mark not only the celebration of Christ's resurrection, but will also serve as an opportunity to express religious freedom, says a Catholic legal expert. “We just want to keep making the point out in public that religion is not something that should be kept private,” said president and chief counsel of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, Tom Brejcha.The Thomas More Society, a pro-bono public interest law firm dedicated to defending pro-life, religious freedom and traditional marriage cases, is in its fifth year of helping sponsor an...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 7, 2012]

    04/07/2012 4:20:27 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Why We Lack Understanding "He commanded them that they should tell no one the things they had seen, till the Son of Man had risen from the dead" —Mark 9:9 As the disciples were commanded, you should also say nothing until the Son of Man has risen in you— until the life of the risen Christ so dominates you that you truly understand what He taught while here on earth. When you grow and develop the right condition inwardly, the words Jesus spoke become so clear that you are amazed you did not grasp them before. In fact, you...
  • Princess Beatrice helps queen with Maundy Thursday tradition

    04/07/2012 2:04:15 AM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 5, 2012 | Mary-Jayne McKay
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II got some help from her granddaughter with the traditional Maundy Thursday work of handing out coins to pensioners. Princess Beatrice of York, daughter of the queen's middle son, Prince Andrew, and Sarah Ferguson, accompanied her grandparents to York Minster for a holiday service at the cathedral, after which the queen handed out the specially minted coins. Pictures: Royal Maundy Thursday Special Section: The Queen's Jubilee The Holy Thursday tradition symbolizes the Christ's injunction at the Last Supper to love one another. In medieval times, the monarch washed the feet of beggars and gave clothes and food...
  • The missing ingredient of Easter; what the church has lost.

    04/07/2012 12:51:27 AM PDT · by fabian · 15 replies
    me ^ | 4/07/12 | fabian
    I rarely have heard Jesus's suffering spoken about in these terms; as he was the perfect example of patient non-resentment for us to follow closely. Take a look.. http://youtu.be/jprge6jhdzA
  • Historical Questions About the Resurrection (Special TSP Easter Post and Podcast)

    04/07/2012 12:35:42 AM PDT · by Mighty_Quinn
    The Sacred Page ^ | 4/7/12 | Michael Barber
    Click below (scroll to the bottom of this post) to listen to the special TSP Easter podcast. Of course, you can also listen on iTunes. (Have you subscribed to the podcast yet?)St. Paul makes it clear that Resurrection is an essential aspect of Christian faith. He states, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied.” (1 Cor 15:16–19). Yet...
  • "He Descended into Hell. . .": Did Jesus Really Go To Hell? (Special Holy Saturday Podcast and Post)

    Click below (scroll to the bottom of this post) to listen to our special Holy Saturday podcast. Listen on iTunes or right click the link below. On Holy Saturday we meditate on one of the most obscure lines in the Apostles' Creed: "he descended into hell." What does this part of the Creed refer to? Is it biblical? Moreover, what does it mean to say Christ "descended into hell"? Did he experience the torments of wicked? Christ and the "Spirits in Prison"In 1 Peter we read that Christ continued to save souls--even after his death. For Christ also died for sins once for...