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  • New 'Mobile Politics' App May Stop Obama

    06/11/2012 8:17:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | June 11, 2012
    But will Republicans adopt it in time? Last year, Catholic Online reported on Obama's secret edge in the upcoming 2012 election. Now, according to Politico, the depth of that advantage is being brought to light. The advantage is so great that despite sagging poll numbers, Obama just may have the advantage he needs to win the election. No politician before Obama has ever delved so deeply into your personal life to earn your vote. According to Politico, the Obama camp even "knows who your mother voted for in the last election." It's not quite an exaggeration either. In a Chicago...
  • Plans to Allow Gay Marriages 'Could Force Church to Split From State' for First Time in 500 Years

    06/11/2012 7:18:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 6/11/12 | Steve Doughty
    A law to allow same-sex weddings will destroy the institution of marriage for future generations, leaders of the Church of England warned yesterday. They claim it will lead to a constitutional crisis, arguing that human rights legislation will force churches to treat gay couples asking for a wedding in the same way they treat heterosexual couples. The Church of Englandís warning comes in response to the Governmentís consultation on legalising same-sex marriage, which will close this week. The proposed reforms, formally launched in March, have been described by Church officials as Ďhalf-bakedí, Ďvery shallowí, Ďsuperficialí and Ďcompletely irrationalí. They claim...
  • Carrie Underwood Betrays Her Christian Faith

    06/11/2012 5:35:30 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 81 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 11, 2012 | JP
    Iíve always thought well of Carrie Underwood, the season four winner of ďAmerican Idol.Ē I even have her praise and worship song, ďJesus Take the Wheel,Ē on my Ipod. Alas, ďthe country Christian gal from Oklahoma,Ē as E!Online described her, has gone Hollywood on us. In an interview with The Independent, a British tabloid, Underwood declared her support for same-sex marriage. ďAs I married person myself,Ē she said, ďI donít know what itís like to be told I canít marry somebody I love, and want to marry. I canít imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all...
  • Black Mormons face a political choice like no other

    06/11/2012 5:23:57 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 11, 2012 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    Twenty years ago, who would have predicted the 2012 U.S. presidential race would pit a black incumbent against a white Mormon?-SNIP-Not so long ago, there were very few black Mormons even to consider.Until 1978, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints barred blacks from its all-male priesthood. After that landmark shift 34 years ago, missionaries found some success winning black converts, but African-Americans still represent only about 3 percent of the Mormonsí 6 million U.S. members.-SNIP-Not every black Mormon connects with Romney ó or Obama, for that matter. And Hamilton, who explored reasons for the LDS churchís pre-1978 ban...
  • Are they Guarding Us?

    06/11/2012 4:07:18 PM PDT · by destinedforheaven · 18 replies
    DestinedForHeaven.com ^ | June 11, 2012 | DestinedforHeaven.com
    DO YOU BELIEVE THESE 2 SHORT ACCOUNTS OF ANGEL PROTECTION? Psalm 91:11-12 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. Here are two true accounts of frightening situations where women found themselves in. These women could have easily become another statistic. Since the dawning of time women have been at a distinct disadvantage in having the means of protecting themselves. Somehow I doubt pepper-spray would have saved them from harm. Both stories are taken...
  • The Journey Home - July 11, 2012 - Collin Raye, Former Southern Baptist & Country Music Performer

    06/11/2012 3:32:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    EWTN ^ | June 11, 2012
    There is a certain sense in which music has the power to define various periods in one‚Äôs life.¬† It will come as no surprise to readers that the last decade or so of my life has been shaped by a deliberate immersion into classical and sacred music.¬† Just last night I gave a talk at my parish on proofs for the existence of God, and my favorite of all time come from Dr. Peter Kreeft:¬† the ‚ÄúArgument from Beauty.‚Ä̬† It is as concise as humanly possible: there is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and therefore there is a...
  • The Cristeros and Us (George Weigel)

    06/11/2012 3:11:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 11, 2012 | George Weigel
    Most Americans haven’t the foggiest idea that a quasi-Stalinist, violently anti-Catholic regime once existed on our southern borders. Those who don’t know how bad Mexico was in the late 1920s are about to learn, though: at least those who see For Greater Glory, a recently-released movie about the Cristero War, a passionate (and bloody) defense of Catholicism that’s remembered today, if at all, because of Graham Greene’s novel, The Power and the Glory.There’s been a strange silence about all this for almost a century. Even Catholics aware of the extent of twentieth-century martyrdom seem to have little sense of...
  • The Madness Of The Prophet...Balaam pt 4

    And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than they. And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me: For I will promote thee unto very great honour, and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people. And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to...
  • Prayers please .. for Onyx's grandson

    06/11/2012 2:41:20 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 428 replies
    6-11-12
    Please hold Onxy's dear grandson, Brady, in your prayers. From Onyx over the weekend: "My 17 year old grandson, Brady is at Georgetown Hospital, Grand Cayman Island, in ICU with severe head injuries .. a distracted driver using a cell phone crashed into Brady and his Dad on their scooter. Brady was thrown 20 yards. He laid there comatose for 45 minutes before the ambulance arrived from the hospital less than 1 mile away. (Nothing like free medicine). He has severely bruised lungs and is getting oxygen, and has to be kept highly sedated because of brain swelling and a...
  • When Are We Going to Grow Up? The Juvenilization of American Christianity

    06/11/2012 1:56:42 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 17 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 6/8/2012 | Thomas E. Bergler
    The house lights go down. Spinning, multicolored lights sweep the auditorium. A rock band launches into a rousing opening song. "Ignore everyone else, this time is just about you and Jesus," proclaims the lead singer. The music changes to a slow dance tune, and the people sing about falling in love with Jesus. A guitarist sporting skinny jeans and a soul patch closes the worship set with a prayer, beginning, "Hey God Ö" The spotlight then falls on the speaker, who tells entertaining stories, cracks a few jokes, and assures everyone that "God is not mad at you. He loves...
  • Test of Fire: Election 2012 (Official HD Version - Catholic)

    06/11/2012 1:15:45 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://www/youtube.com ^ | March 10, 1012 | creativelab7
    Not only Catholics, but all people of faith who believe in religious liberty should send Obama packing in November!
  • The Importance of Supersessionism to Theology

    06/11/2012 12:11:54 PM PDT · by wmfights · 15 replies
    Theological Studies ^ | Michael Vlach
    In recent years, a greater awareness of the relationship between supersessionism and the major categories of Christian theology has developed. R. Kendall Soulen, for example, points out that current perceptions toward supersessionism are ďfraught with profound implications for the whole range of Christian theological reflection.Ē[i] Craig A. Blaising asserts that issues related to supersessionism affect the doctrines of God, anthropology, Christology, ecclesiology, and eschatology.[ii] Although it is beyond the purpose of this work to examine fully how supersessionism relates to all aspects of Christian theology, a brief sketch of this relationship will highlight the importance of the supersessionist view to...
  • Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

    06/11/2012 10:51:01 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 5 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Love the LORD with all our hearts, and what we ask for will be what HE wants; then believe and receive.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ERASTIANISM, 06-11-12

    06/11/2012 8:09:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 06-11-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ERASTIANISM The system of Church-State relations named after Thomas Erastus (1524-83), who was a follower of Huldreich Zwingli (1484-1531) and whose real name was Thomas Lieber. Its main thesis is the supremacy of civil rulers in matters of religion. The basis for this theory is the alleged analogy between the Jewish and the Christian dispensations. Erastianism became the theological justification for the established churches in England and elsewhere. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Itís Time to Remember What Men Have Forgotten

    06/11/2012 7:32:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 6/11/12 | Carl E. Olson
    Three basic truths we must remember if we are to remain freeThe following address was given at the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally held in Eugene, Oregon, on Friday, June 8, 2012.Good afternoon! One of my heroes is the great Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who spent decades recording the horrors and history of Communism until his death four years ago. In 1983, he gave an address that began with this statement: More than half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters...
  • ďThe Biggest Distortion of AllĒ [LCWR vs CDF]

    06/11/2012 7:21:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 6/9/12 | Ann Carey
    Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo responds to distortions about the CDF assessment of the LCWR.Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo has issued a letter, ďReality check: The LCWR, CDF and the doctrinal assessmentĒ (Catholic Chronicle, June 8, 2012), responding to public ďdistortions and misrepresentations of the factsĒ related to the doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) by the Vaticanís Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). Bishop Blairís letter comes in response to an avalanche of highly critical and often grossly erroneous reports and articles about the assessment that have appeared in the mass media. Bishop...
  • Ultimatum to Christians: "Leave Qusayr" [Syria]

    06/11/2012 7:12:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Qusayr (Agenzia Fides) - Exodus of Christians in the west of Syria: the Christian population has left the town of Qusayr, near Homs, following an ultimatum from the military chief of the armed opposition, Abdel Salam Harba. This is what local sources of Fides report, indicating that, following the outbreak of the conflict, out of the ten thousand faithful who lived in the town, only a thousand have remained, who have now been forced to flee in haste to fury. Some mosques in the city have re-launched the message, announcing from the minarets: "Christians must leave Qusayr within six days,...
  • Nuns Brace for Vatican Meeting

    06/11/2012 6:49:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/8/12 | Jim Roope
    Los Angeles (CNN) Ė The leadership of America's largest group of Catholic nuns will head to the Vatican on Tuesday to address accusations that it strayed from church doctrine. ďI donít know why Rome is not happy,Ē said Sister Vickey Haran, a nun from the Los Angeles area. ďAll of our energies have gone into making ourselves better so that we can serve the poor people of God." Originally from Sligo, Ireland, Haran has been a nun for 50 years in the Holy Faith religious order, and she's been in the United States since 1967. She said she is heartbroken...
  • When Are We Going to Grow Up? The Juvenilization of American Christianity

    06/11/2012 6:32:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 75 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 6/8/12 | Thomas E. Bergler
    We're all adolescents now. The house lights go down. Spinning, multicolored lights sweep the auditorium. A rock band launches into a rousing opening song. "Ignore everyone else, this time is just about you and Jesus," proclaims the lead singer. The music changes to a slow dance tune, and the people sing about falling in love with Jesus. A guitarist sporting skinny jeans and a soul patch closes the worship set with a prayer, beginning, "Hey God Ö" The spotlight then falls on the speaker, who tells entertaining stories, cracks a few jokes, and assures everyone that "God is not mad...
  • Cyprus Archbishop Asks Russian Church to Help Wrench the North from Turkey

    06/11/2012 6:25:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/8/12
    Nicosia, June 8, Interfax - The head of the Cypriot Orthodox Church asked the Russian Orthodox Church on Friday to help achieve the liberation of northern Cyprus from Turkish occupation, the result of a 1974 invasion that he likened to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. "The pious Cypriot people look in hope to the sister Church of Russia, which you have headed by the grace of God, in the expectation that you will continue to help them in their struggle for the liberation of their occupied territories and the restoration of human rights that they have...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes

    06/11/2012 5:41:45 AM PDT · by jackv · 27 replies
    6-11-12 | 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)
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(6/11/12)[Prayer]

    06/11/2012 3:46:51 AM PDT · by left that other site · 25 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 6/11/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Isaiah 42 8. ďI am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. 9. See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.Ē
  • Laus Deo (Support the Conservative Arts)

    06/10/2012 11:47:04 PM PDT · by ShadowPatriot
    "Find a way...to find our way back home" (Support the Conservative Arts) Rocking for a good cause... "LAUS DEO"...the new music video project from JoeDanMedia features lyrics from some old school Christian traditions, in ‚ÄúNow I lay me down to sleep‚ÄĚ & ‚ÄúAmazing Grace.‚ÄĚ ¬†Add that with an underlying message ‚Äėwe need to find our way back home" with a power drum and crunch guitar heavy rhythm track‚Ķ and you‚Äôve got a fun Pro-God music video. Although not available for a few more days, 100% of proceeds from the sale of the downloads will go to the new Judeo-Christian Freedom...
  • Are You Blessing Or Cursing Youself

    06/10/2012 7:59:18 PM PDT · by Frank Broom · 25 replies
    06-10-12 | Frank Broom
    What are you saying about yourself and circumstances, because what you say determines whether you are blessing or cursing yourself. When God blessed Adam and Eve He blessed them saying, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that creepeth upon the earth." When Jesus cursed the fig tree he said unto it, "No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever." And that's the same way you bless and curse, they both come out of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-11-12, Memorial, St. Barnabas, apostle

    06/10/2012 7:38:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-11-12 | Revised New American Bible
    June 11, 2012 † Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle Reading 1†Acts 11:21b-26; 12:1-3 In those days a great number who believed turned to the Lord.The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.When he arrived and saw the grace of God,he rejoiced and encouraged them allto remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart,for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith.And a large number of people was added to the Lord.Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul,and when he had found...
  • The Nauvoo Expositor Affair [Death of Mormon Joseph Smith]

    06/10/2012 5:25:57 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 24 replies
    Roger Lanuius's Blog ^ | June 29, 2011 | Roger Lanuius
    Since I wrote a post on the assassinations of Joseph and Hyrum Smith on June 27, 1844, mentioning the the Expositor newspaper as the trigger for these events, located here, several people have asked to know more about the Expositor. This post relays a bit more about this subject. Enjoy.In Mormon-controlled Nauvoo, Illinois, in May 1844, leaders of the Reformed Mormon Church, a dissenting group opposing what they considered abuse by Joseph Smith Jr., the church sectís founding prophet, launched a newspaper independent of the control of the Latter Day Saint church. Led by William and Wilson Law, brothers who...
  • The Martyrdom: The Prophet Seals His Testimony with His Blood [168th anniversary of Lds censorship]

    06/10/2012 3:26:06 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 18 replies
    From the Life of Joseph SmithThe winter and spring of 1843Ė44 was a time of great tension in Nauvoo, as Joseph Smithís enemies increased their efforts to destroy him and the Church. Knowing his mortal ministry would soon come to a close, the Prophet met frequently with members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to instruct them and to give them the priesthood keys necessary to govern the Church. These preparations culminated in a meeting with the Apostles and a few other close associates in March 1844. In this extraordinary council, the Prophet charged the Twelve to govern the...
  • Christians Pay Consequences for Opposing Same-Sex 'Marriage'

    06/10/2012 2:51:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    Zenit ^ | JUNE 8, 2012 | Father John Flynn, LC
    Christians are finding it increasingly difficult to practice their faith in the public sphere, as a number of recent cases demonstrate. In New Mexico the Court of Appeals ruled that the refusal by a photo studio to photograph a same-sex couple is a breach of the stateís Human Rights Act, the Albuquerque Journal reported, June 5. In 2006 Vanessa Willock asked Elaine Huguenin of Elane Photography if she would take pictures of a ďsame-gender ceremony.Ē She was told the studio only handled ďtraditional weddings.Ē The studio also lost previous rulings by the New Mexico Human Rights Commission in 2008 and...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    06/10/2012 2:23:49 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 21 replies
    6-10-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 121:5-7 Jehovah Himself is Caring for you. He is your Defender. He Protects you Day and Night.
  • With Eyes Wide Open -- Encountering the Lord in Adoration [Catholic Caucus]

    06/10/2012 2:00:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    WAU.org ^ | June 2012 | WAU staff
    With Eyes Wide Open Encountering the Lord in Adoration Which of the following people actually encountered Jesus when they came to their church and sat before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration? The young boy who stopped in on his way home from school just to say, ďHi,Ē to Jesus. The man who slipped into the back of the church and repented over and over again for the way he had sinned against the Lord. The teenager who said the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be three times. The woman who said four rosaries, one for each...
  • Reminder: Idi Amin, Islamic butcher of half a Million (mostly Christians) - was a JIHADIST!

    06/10/2012 11:28:06 AM PDT · by Milagros · 12 replies
    IDI AMIN Infamous Uganda's butcher, Idi Amin, who massacred between 300,000[1] and 500,000 people.[2] 1.) An ardent fanatical Muslim.[3][4][5]2.) Promoting Islam in Uganda.[6]3.) Most of his victims were Christians.[7] Many were murdered for their faith.[8]4.) He campaigned a jihad - holy war against Uganda's Christians.[9] and against Jews.[10]5.) An anti-White racist.[11]6.) Anti-Asian, carrying out ethnic cleansing[12] of 60,000 Indians,[13] claiming it was an act "liberation" and inspired by God...[14]7.) Brutal dictator.[15]8.) A Hitler admirer,[16] fascist,[17][18] whose 'fascist regime' was supported by the Soviets[19] and by the 'Islamic Legion.'[20]__ Notes ^ "Venezuela's Hugo Chavez defends 'Carlos the Jackal." BBC, November 21,...
  • The Spirit of God Has Departed from Creflo Dollar

    06/10/2012 11:09:12 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 42 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 10, 2012 | JP
    If there are certain sins so egregious they disqualify a pastor from continuing his ministry, Creflo Dollar committed such a sin this past Friday. The founder and senior pastor of World Changers Church International, based in College Park,Ga., the front man for a national television ministry, Dollar was arrested and thrown in jail after going went medieval on his 15-year-old daughter. According to his arrest record, Dollar choked his youngest daughter with both his hands, punched her, pushed her to the floor and beat her with a shoe. He was charged with battery, cruelty to children and family violence. Yet,...
  • Diocese of Orange Renames Crystal Cathedral

    06/10/2012 9:49:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 6/912 | Nicole Santa Cruz
    The name Christ Cathedral was selected from 4,129 submissions received from around the world. Father Christopher H. Smith is named to the top post at the cathedral, which the diocese bought for $57.5 million.When Father Christopher H. Smith was a child, he'd peek through the eucalyptus trees in his grandparents' yard on Sunday mornings at the drive-in theater next door to watch a man give a sermon on the top of a tar-papered snack bar, the same place where he'd grab his popcorn on movie evenings. The man atop the snack bar was the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, preaching from...
  • Most Christians Have No Idea What Mormons Believe [LDS truth claims oft' tucked away by Mormons]

    06/10/2012 9:38:54 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 383 replies
    Christian Newswire ^ | June 7, 2012
    TORRANCE, Calif., June 7, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- There are more than a dozen key differences in the beliefs of Christians and Mormons, yet most Christians have no idea. In a recent article in the Christian magazine, World, author Joel Belz made this statement: "A huge majority of the American public has no idea what Mormons claim to believe. If those holding to the Mormon faith were to place their distinctive truth claims front and center, the public response would be probing, negative, and nasty." -- World Magazine, God's World Publications, online June 16, 2012 edition (Vol. 27, No. 12)...
  • "Heresy:Ten Lies They Spread About Christianity"-Bk Rvw "Thankless Task of Defending Christianity"

    06/10/2012 8:10:24 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 10, 2012 | Drew Belsky
    Excerpt:"If you're considering reading Heresy: Ten Lies They Spread About Christianity by Michael Coren, you'll be well-suited to consider your personal biases. If you're a conservative and a Christian (and particularly if you're a Catholic), this book will go down like sweet, delicious candy. If you're a liberal and/or an atheist, on the other hand...well, it might feel rather like something else. "The point of Heresy is as bitingly straightforward as Coren's writing style: the West is replete with innuendos, fabrications, and outright malicious lies about Christianity and Christians, and it's time to set the record straight. "It's pretty clear...
  • Be obedient. Love one another.

    06/10/2012 7:56:52 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 2 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Do service unto the LORD
  • Faith-Rest

    06/10/2012 7:22:37 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike
    Basic Training ^ | Sunday June 10, 2012 | Gene Cunningham
    Faith Rest True rest in soul and spirit is found only in the presence of God (EXODUSE 33:14; PSALMS 116:7). Rest cannot be found in escaping from our problems. Even David would have liked to have flown away (PSALMS 55:6), but there comes a time when we must face our problems and stand on our own, a time when we cannot lean on anyone else but God. Outside of faith there will always be chaos; spiritual rest is unattainable to those who will not believe (ISA 28:12; ISA 30:15; ISA 57:20-21; MATT 11:28-29). God has provided in His Word a...
  • Catholic Schools in Some Cities Show Signs of Life, Helped by Voucher Program

    06/10/2012 7:00:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/9/12 | The Wall Street Jouranl
    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. Ė It had been years since Principal Kathleen Lowry pulled extra desks from the dusty attic of St. Stanislaus, the only Catholic school left in this port city. But after Indiana began offering parents vouchers in the spring of 2011 to pay for private tuition, she had to bring down 30 spare desks and hire three teachers' aides. Thanks to vouchers, St. Stanislaus, which was $140,000 in debt to the Catholic Diocese of Gary at the end of 2010, picked up 72 new students, boosting enrollment by 38%. "God has been good to us," says Ms. Lowry....
  • Strange Tests

    06/10/2012 6:53:43 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 4 replies
    Basic training ^ | Sunday June 10, 2012 | Gene Cunningham
    Strange Tests Sometimes God's commands make no apparent sense at all; when that is the case, it is because He does not want them to make sense to us. God does not do anything without a reason, and He can always be trusted absolutely to be devising good. Sometimes He just wants us to show that we understand that, so He gives us strange tests. Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is rewarder of those who seek him. (HEB 11:6) To Abraham the test...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 10, 2012]

    06/10/2012 4:30:43 AM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    And After That What¬ís Next To Do? ". . . seek, and you will find . . ." ¬óLuke 11:9 Seek if you have not found. ‚ÄúYou ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss . . .‚ÄĚ (James 4:3). If you ask for things from life instead of from God, ‚Äúyou ask amiss‚ÄĚ; that is, you ask out of your desire for self-fulfillment. The more you fulfill yourself the less you will seek God. ‚Äú. . . seek, and you will find . . . .‚ÄĚ Get to work¬ó narrow your focus and interests to this one...
  • WDTPRS: Corpus Christi Ė I affirm my subjugation to Christ vanquisher of hell and my sins.

    06/10/2012 3:44:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 6/9/2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Here is a photo I took a few years ago in the Vatican Gardens during a Corpus Christi procession. †That great edifice in the background is back of St. Peterís Basilica. †It isnít often you get Swiss Guards to carry the canopy.I noted that His Eminence Marc Card. Ouellet said the other day that†adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Cardinal ďmust not be belittled as a pious but now outdated custom.Ē It is, instead, ďa development of the living tradition, which felt the need to express faith in Christís real presence in the sacrament in this way.ĒIn our efforts for any...
  • Catholic Identity Once Again

    06/10/2012 3:26:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Mirror of Justice ^ | 6/9/2012 | Robert Araujo
    As the Mirror of Justice is a web log dedicated to the development of Catholic legal theory, it is probably a good idea to take stock of what being Catholic means from time to time. As a contributor to this page for seven years, I am confident that my fellow contributors and I consider the meaning of Catholic identity on a regular basis. This does not mean that we always agree on every point, but for the most part we are united in the central role this identity must exercise in our common enterprise.Of course, not everyone who uses the...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(6/10/12)[Prayer]

    06/10/2012 3:21:11 AM PDT · by left that other site · 26 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 6/10/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Isaiah 42 5. This is what God the Lord saysó the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it: 6. ďI, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, 7. to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison...
  • The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved

    06/09/2012 10:17:00 PM PDT · by Sioux-san · 23 replies
    A Better Bible Study ^ | 2011 | J.Phillips
    ...Lest anyone mistake the thrust of this study, note that Godís word is not in error and nothing herein suggests otherwise. In fact, this study cites nothing but the scriptures because the Bible is the primary source on Bible issues and, if we heed the details that have been preserved therein, it can help to correct mistaken ideas we may have. As will be shown, the title Gospel of John was not written by the gospelís author. Others added that title to this authorís work. Still, the record of scripture is able to overcome the errors of men and the...
  • Germany: Catholic Priests Administer Communion to Divorcees

    06/09/2012 8:24:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 6/7/12 | Alessandro Speciale
    In Germany, 160 parish priests in the Archdiocese of Freiburg have openly stated on the web that they administer the Eucharist to divorcees who have remarriedThe wait is over. It is now time for action: this is what the more than 150 priests and deacons of the Archdiocese of Freiburg, in Germany (161 at the time this article was written) must have thought, as they issued an open declaration on the internet, stating that they regularly administered communion to divorced couples who had remarried. In their manifesto, the priests Ė who account for approximately a seventh of the clergy in...
  • Pope Has 'Pruned Dead Branches' in Vatican: Secretary

    06/09/2012 8:15:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Asia One ^ | 6/8/12 | AFP
    VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI's private secretary on Friday defended the pontiff's leadership against revelations in leaks of Vatican papers, saying he had "pruned dead branches' in the Holy See. "He has succeeded in doing what few people believed possible in such a short period of time: revitalise the Church at a difficult time," Archbishop Georg Gaenswein said in a text published by the Catholic weekly Avvenire. "He has given life to ancient traditions in the Curia (papal court at the Vatican by which the church is governed) and at the same time he has pruned dead branches," the...
  • The Way Of Balaam...Balaam pt 3

    ÖHaving eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;(2 Peter 2:14-15)And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak. And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as...
  • Your Barcode, Please

    06/09/2012 5:12:21 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 62 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | June 9, 2012 | Jack Kinsella
    In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration approved an implantable chip technology known as the Verichip for implantation in human beings. According to the FDA, VeriChip could be implanted in a personís body and scanned for electronic information. Since 2006, new U.S. passports include radio frequency identification tags (RFID) that store all the information in the passport, as well as a digital picture of the owner. In June 2007, the American Medical Association declared that "implantable radio frequency identification" (RFID) devices may help to identify patients, thereby improving the safety and efficiency of patient care, and may be used to...
  • The ďCatholics for ObamaĒ Syndrome

    06/09/2012 4:00:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | June 7, 2012 | Howard Kainz
    In 2010, I wrote in TCT on The ‚ÄúCatholics for Obama‚ÄĚ Syndrome ‚Äď a phenomenon that prevailed in the 2008 election, in which 54 percent of Catholics voted for Barak Obama ‚Ästand that still prevails as we ready ourselves for the November 2012 election.In that column, I discussed long-standing inclinations of ¬†Catholics to vote Democratic. Even if a mobster or dictator were the Democratic candidate, some Catholics would still not vote Republican. A major reason for this is that many Catholics view the Democrats as the political party closest to Catholic principles of social justice. Abortion, strangely, is not considered...
  • A Glimpse of Hell: Part II

    06/09/2012 3:18:12 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 68 replies
    RaptureReady ^ | Not Dated | Donna Wasson
    In part one of this article, I told you I wanted to share the stories of two different men who had literally visited hell and been allowed to come back to tell about their experiences. The first gentleman was Bill Wiese, who subsequently penned a book about what he saw and heard on his unexpected journey called, 23 Minutes in Hell. I highly recommend it, as well as giving a copy to your unsaved friends and family. Let me briefly recap what happened to Mr. Wiese, who was a Christian at the time. He was awakened at 3am one morning...