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  • From Death to Eternity: The Red Heifer Connection

    06/28/2012 7:45:31 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 15 replies
    The commandment of the Red Heifer is one of those Divine directives that is beyond the scope of our understanding. Nevertheless, there are facets of this mitzvah that we can understand: The ashes of the red heifer were a tool used to purify the highest degree of ritual impurity: death. Why would anyone have to purify himself after coming into contact with death? One simple reason: So that he may enter the Holy Temple. The Creator is the source of life. He chose the Holy Temple on the Temple Mount as His dwelling place in this world. The source of...
  • Logos Releases First-Ever Catechism Mobile App

    06/28/2012 7:32:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Brandon Vogt Blog ^ | Brandon Vogt
    HUGE news from Logos Bible Software today: they’ve premempted the USCCB in making the first ever Catechism of the Catholic Church mobile application. It’s available on iPad, iPhone, and Android devices and comes with all of Logos’ awesome features–internal cross-referencing, pop-out excerpts, Scriptural links, and a whole lot more. Here’s a video showing the Logos’ Catechism app in action on desktop computers. The mobile version functions similarly: According to Logos: “With the Catechism of the Catholic Church Collection, thousands of the Catechism’s citations come alive—linking to the original documents. The Collection allows you to get behind the Catechism’s summary of...
  • Austrian Cardinal Cracks Down on Rebel Priests

    06/28/2012 7:11:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/27/12 | Michael Shields
    (Reuters) - Austria's Roman Catholic Church has laid down the law to its rebel priests by telling them they could not support a reform manifesto criticized by Pope Benedict and stay in an administrative post. One priest told Reuters he had already stepped down from the post of deacon rather than renounce the "Call to Disobedience" manifesto that challenges Church teaching on taboo topics such as women's ordination and offering communion to non-Catholics. Another priest had withdrawn his support for the reform campaign and kept his job, a Church spokesman said on Wednesday. He added that two or three more...
  • Pope Sets Stage for Historic Blending of Choirs

    06/28/2012 7:07:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 6/28/12 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Sistine Chapel Choir, whose boys and men sing for the pope at all his Masses, is about to get some illustrious company. The Westminster Abbey Choir, the world-renowned chorus that last year performed at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, will join the Sistine singers at a special papal Mass on Friday in St. Peter's Basilica, a historic event seen as a perfect symbol of Christian harmony after centuries of discord. It's the first time in its 500-plus year history that the pope's personal choir will sing as a single chorus with another...
  • Middle East: Putin’s Pilgrim Russia is on The Move

    06/28/2012 6:56:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 6/26/12 | Giorgio Bernardelli
    Putin’s visit to the Middle East coincides with a massive new influx of immigrants to the Holy LandHis arrival in the Middle East comes at a time when Russia is showing the full extent of its political influence in the Syria problem. But Vladimir’s visit to Israel, Palestine and Jordan from Monday 25 to Tuesday 26 June will also be highly symbolic in religious terms. On the second day, the Russian president will stop off in Bethany Beyond the Jordan – in the land of the Hashemite Kingdom – for the official opening of the new hostel for Russian pilgrims...
  • Rabbi Ariel Under Criminal Probe, ‘Banned Indefinitely’ from Temple Mount

    06/28/2012 6:08:43 AM PDT · by jjotto · 4 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | June 27th, 2012 | Yori Yanover
    Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the 78 year old founder of the Temple Institute and a former Israeli paratrooper who took part in Israel’s liberation of Temple Mount in 1967, has been banned from entering the holiest Jewish site by Israeli Police. Ariel was informed of the ban last week after attempting to visit the site. Although an official reason was not given at the time, the Rabbi was told by police officers that he was banned indefinitely. A spokesman for the Jerusalem Police told the Jewish Press that the rabbi conducted himself in a manner which is not in compliance with...
  • BYU Professor Daniel Peterson Fired as Editor of Mormon Studies Review at BYU’s Maxwell Institute

    06/28/2012 5:53:15 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 17 replies ^ | June 22, 2012 | Trevor Antley
    After rumors circulated earlier in the week, BYU’s Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship confirmed today that Daniel C. Peterson and his associate editors would be removed from the staff of the Mormon Studies Review, previously the FARMS Review. The periodical, which publishes articles and reviews on LDS-related topics and books, was founded by Peterson 23 years ago. Along with Peterson were also dismissed his associate editors Louis C. Midgley, George L. Mitton, Gregory L. Smith and Robert White. In a brief, anonymous statement posted on the Maxwell Institute’s website today the Institute stated, “For many years the FARMS Review has...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (6/28/12) [Prayer]

    06/28/2012 4:32:23 AM PDT · by left that other site · 25 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 6/28/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Isaiah 54:17 17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD.Isaiah 54:17 God Bless America!
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - June 28, 2012 [Devotional]

    06/28/2012 4:31:35 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Don’t Give Up 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 Are you believing God for something that is taking longer than you thought or expected? If you are praying according to His promises, no matter how long you may have been standing, don’t give up! Your season is coming. Your harvest of blessing is on its way. It might be today, it might be tomorrow, it might be...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 28, 2012]

    06/28/2012 4:30:27 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Held by the Grip of God "I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me" —Philippians 3:12 Never choose to be a worker for God, but once God has placed His call on you, woe be to you if you “turn aside to the right hand or to the left” (Deuteronomy 5:32). We are not here to work for God because we have chosen to do so, but because God has “laid hold of” us. And once He has done so, we never have this thought, “Well, I’m...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (6/28/12)[Prayer]

    06/28/2012 4:13:40 AM PDT · by left that other site · 22 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 6/28/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Isaiah 41 14. This is what the Lord says: “The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush, and those tall Sabeans — they will come over to you and will be yours; they will trudge behind you, coming over to you in chains. They will bow down before you and plead with you, saying, ‘Surely God is with you, and there is no other; there is no other god. ’” 15. Truly you are a God who has been hiding himself, the God and Savior of Israel. 16. All the makers of...
  • GOD knows whose HIS and the " other one " knows who is not GOD's ( for the moment).

    06/27/2012 10:46:18 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 11 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    AMEN! GOD knows who is HIS! Doesnt matter what humans say about you. Stay the course. Obey HIS WORD/commandments: 1. Love the LORD with all your heart. 2. Love your neighbor as yourself.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-28-12, Memorial, St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr

    06/27/2012 10:04:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies ^ | 06-28-12 | Revised New American Biblel
    June 28, 2012   Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr   Reading 1 2 Kgs 24:8-17 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign,and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.His mother's name was Nehushta,daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.He did evil in the sight of the LORD,just as his forebears had done. At that time the officials of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,attacked Jerusalem, and the city came under siege.Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,himself arrived at the citywhile his servants were besieging it.Then Jehoiachin, king of Judah, together with his mother,his ministers, officers, and functionaries,surrendered to the king of Babylon,...
  • German court bans male circumcision, sparks outrage among Jews, Muslims

    06/27/2012 7:22:25 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 31 replies
    MSNBC ^ | June 27, 2012 | lde Raftery, Reuters
    <p>BERLIN - Jewish and Muslim groups protested on Wednesday after a German court banned the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons, Reuters reported. The ban applies to the Cologne region of Germany.</p> <p>The court in the western city of Cologne handed down the decision on Tuesday in the case of a doctor who was prosecuted for circumcising a four-year-old Muslim boy.</p>
  • USCCB responds to group funded by George Soros which issued talking points ...

    06/27/2012 7:07:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say ^ | 27 June 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    This is longish, but I think it has to be seen by as many people as possible: Office of Media Relations 3211 Fourth Street NE ? Washington DC 20017 ? 202-541-3200 ? Fax 202-541-3173 USCCB/MRDATE: June 27, 2012 FROM: Sr. Mary Ann Walsh O: 202-541-3200 M: 301-325-7935 mwalsh@usccb.orgAdvisoryMemo to journalistsWe became aware on June 7, that news media received a memo from John Gehring, casting aspersions on the Catholic bishops and their educational project on religious liberty, the Fortnight for Freedom. [I wrote about this in my post Group funded by George Soros poised to attack US Bishops for the “Fortnight for...
  • German court rules religious circumcision on boys an assault

    06/27/2012 6:46:25 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 20 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6/27/2012 | AFP Writer
    Circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to grievous bodily harm, a German court ruled Tuesday in a landmark decision that the Jewish community said trampled on parents' religious rights. The regional court in Cologne, western Germany, ruled that the "fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity outweighed the fundamental rights of the parents", a judgement that is expected to set a legal precedent. "The religious freedom of the parents and their right to educate their child would not be unacceptably compromised, if they were obliged to wait until the child could himself decide to be circumcised," the court...
  • Christian outrage as Basic Instinct dir plans film of Jesus being child of Roman who raped Mary

    06/27/2012 4:16:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 28, 2012
    The script has not even been written yet, but a film disputing the immaculate conception of Jesus is already causing controversy.  Paul Verhoeven, who worked on the 1992 film Basic Instinct, will direct the film which will suggest that Jesus is not the son of God and instead he was conceived after his mother Mary was raped by a Roman soldier.The film will be based on Verhoeven's 2010 book, Jesus of Nazareth, which discounts the events commonly attributed to the life of Christ.Academy Award-winning Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Avary is reported to be adapting the book into a screenplay.The news...
  • Ritual circumcision kills two boys in the past decade

    06/27/2012 4:06:49 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 33 replies ^ | June 08, 2012
    <p>A JEWISH ritual in which a circumciser sucks blood from a newborn's penis has killed two babies in the past decade, US authorities said overnight.</p> <p>The cases of herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) infection were all documented in New York City from 2000 to 2011 and several were within the same neighbourhood.</p>
  • SSPX rejects Vatican's latest offer

    06/27/2012 4:03:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Cath News ^ | June 28, 2012
    The SSPX traditionalist Catholic group on Monday slammed as "clearly unacceptable" a Vatican doctrinal document that was supposed to lay the foundation for the group's reconciliation with Rome, reports NCR Online.The move comes after three years of complex negotiations between the Vatican and the Society of St Pius X and was revealed just as Pope Benedict XVI appointed a high-profile American archbishop to a key post to oversee relations with traditionalists.A letter by Fr Christian Thouvenot, secretary general of the SSPX, to SSPX bishops and regional leaders was leaked on the Internet on Tuesday. Thouvenot later confirmed its authenticity.The letter says...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LEAGUE OF THE SACRED HEART, 06-27-12

    06/27/2012 12:14:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 06-27-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LEAGUE OF THE SACRED HEART See: APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Rare Russian Orthodox Liturgical Recordings [Pre-Bolshevik Revolution]

    06/27/2012 10:17:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 6/27/12 | Shawn Tribe
    Here are some interesting liturgical rarities from Russian Orthodoxy, sent in by one of our readers many months ago. One in particular caught my attention. It is a recording from circa 1910 in Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Moscow, wherein Archdeacon Afanasii Zdihovsky sings Many Years to the Russian Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and the Imperial family: Many YearsIn another recording, we hear the same archdeacon singing "The Doors, The Doors" followed by the Creed: Creed
  • Woman Says 'Exorcist' Priest Abused Her [Euteneuer]

    06/27/2012 7:54:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | 6/26/12 | James Bridge
    ARLINGTON, Va. (CN) - A Roman Catholic priest "kissed (a woman) on all parts of her body" during a so-called "exorcism" session, and "frequently explained full, passionate kisses as 'blowing the Holy Spirit into' her," the woman claims in court. Jane Doe sued the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, its Bishop Paul Loverde - who is not the priest accused of the abuse - and Human Life International and the HLI Endowment Inc., of Charlottesville, in Arlington County Court. Doe claims she was sexually abused repeatedly by her "exorcist," Thomas J. Euteneur, who was president of Human Life International and the...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    06/27/2012 7:49:06 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 12 replies
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  • Anglican Parish in Towson [Baltimore] Switches to Catholicism

    06/27/2012 7:24:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 6/24/12 | Jamie Smith Hopkins
    Christ the King is the largest Anglican church in the U.S. to make the switchThe Rev. Edward Meeks and his flock attended to a "million and one details" last week in the run-up to a momentous day for their church. People to talk to. Flowers to arrange. Food to cook. And, of course, the new sign. On Sunday, Christ the King Church — Anglican — became Christ the King Catholic Church. The Towson congregation of about 140 is one of the first groups in the United States to join a new "ordinariate" established for those who want to be Catholic...
  • The Vatican Secret Archives Unveiled

    06/27/2012 7:14:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | 6/27/12 | George Weigel
    Prompting some thoughts about historical amnesia and cultural suicide.Rome — The very name “Vatican Secret Archives” tends to trigger the Dan Brown reflex in minds given to conspiracy theories and black legends about the Catholic Church. In fact, there is nothing sinister about the title of this treasure trove of historical materials; “secret,” in this case, is Vaticanspeak for the private archives of the papacy, which were opened to qualified scholars in 1881 by Leo XIII, the founder of the modern papacy and a man unafraid of the truths that history could teach. To mark the 400th anniversary of the...
  • Queen Makes First Visit to Catholic Church in Northern Ireland

    06/27/2012 7:08:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 6/26/12 | Caroline Davies
    On the eve of her historic meeting with the former IRA commander Martin McGuinness, the Queen began her two-day tour of Northern Ireland on Tuesday by visiting a community that suffered one of the most notorious IRA attacks. The Queen joined Catholic and Protestant leaders in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, scene of the Remembrance Day bombing which killed 11 people and injured 63 others 25 years ago. Crowds gathered in the wind and rain to watch her attend a service of thanksgiving in the Anglican St Macartin's Cathedral, then cross the road to St Michael's Roman Catholic church, where she met...
  • Traditionalist SSPX Calls Vatican Offer ‘Clearly Unacceptable’

    06/27/2012 7:04:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 6/26/12 | Alessandro Speciale
    (RNS) A breakaway traditionalist Catholic group on Monday (June 25) slammed as “clearly unacceptable” a Vatican doctrinal document that was supposed to lay the foundation for the group's reconciliation with Rome. The move comes after three years of complex negotiations between the Vatican and the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), and was revealed just as Pope Benedict XVI appointed a high-profile American archbishop to a key post to oversee relations with traditionalists. A letter by the Rev. Christian Thouvenot, secretary general of the SSPX, to SSPX bishops and regional leaders was leaked on the Internet on Tuesday (June 26)....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - June 27, 2012 [Devotional]

    06/27/2012 4:21:41 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    No Condemnation Today's Scripture There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit Romans 8:1, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Jesus came to break the curse of sin, shame and condemnation in our lives. He came so that we could see things the way God sees them. Do you know how God sees you? He sees you as valuable. He sees you as strong. He sees you as capable, talented and trustworthy. The voice of condemnation says exactly the opposite....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 27, 2012]

    06/27/2012 4:19:08 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Overshadowing of God’s Personal Deliverance ". . . I am with you to deliver you,’ says the Lord" —Jeremiah 1:8 God promised Jeremiah that He would deliver him personally— “. . . your life shall be as a prize to you . . .” (Jeremiah 39:18). That is all God promises His children. Wherever God sends us, He will guard our lives. Our personal property and possessions are to be a matter of indifference to us, and our hold on these things should be very loose. If this is not the case, we will have panic, heartache, and...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (6/27/12) [Prayer]

    06/27/2012 3:30:38 AM PDT · by left that other site · 25 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 6/27/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Isaiah 41 11. “This is what the Lord says— the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, or give me orders about the work of my hands? 12. It is I who made the earth and created mankind on it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts 13. I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free, but not for a...
  • What you look down on can be what you will need. Love all people.

    06/27/2012 3:08:54 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 8 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Love the LORD with all your heart. Love your neighbor as yourself. Love your enemies. With the measure you judge you will also be judged.
  • Our Forefathers of America Fought for Religious Freedom

    06/26/2012 11:10:31 PM PDT · by Accepting The Truth · 10 replies
    Ron's Blog Spirit Of Truth 2012 ^ | 6/26/2012 | Ron Harmon
    Our Forefathers of America Fought for Religious Freedom. Do our churches know and understand the oppression and persecution that our Forefathers were running from that was exacerbated by the Power of Rome and the Church of England that restricted man and woman’s freedom in hope, life, family, culture, opportunity, music, and even science and development of knowledge. Anything outside of the dictated belief of the church, you would be declared a heretic, and even killed. Who are the ones that hide the truth when they teach the 7 churches in Revelation are the dispensations of the church, or church history....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-27-12, OM, St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    06/26/2012 6:44:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies ^ | 06-27-12 | Revised New American Bible
    June 27, 2012 Wednesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time  Reading 1 2 Kgs 22:8-13; 23:1-3 The high priest Hilkiah informed the scribe Shaphan,"I have found the book of the law in the temple of the LORD."Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, who read it.Then the scribe Shaphan went to the king and reported,"Your servants have smelted down the metals available in the templeand have consigned them to the master workmenin the temple of the LORD."The scribe Shaphan also informed the kingthat the priest Hilkiah had given him a book,and then read it aloud to the king.When the king...
  • The Rapture - Part 2 (Dispensational Caucus)

    06/26/2012 3:01:26 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 62 replies ^ | March 3, 2012 | Dr. Andy Woods
    My previous article commenced a series of articles on the rapture. We began with the question, "What is the Rapture?" This question can best be answered by noting ten truths about the rapture from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. In this first article, we saw that the rapture is an important doctrine and not something that can be marginalized or explained away as a secondary doctrine. We now move to our second point. The Rapture Is Distinct from the Second Advent Second, the rapture will be an event which is distinct from the Second Advent. In other words,...
  • Russian Orthodox Official Seeking Alliances with China's Excommunicated Catholic Bishops?

    06/26/2012 1:30:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The chief ecumenical officer of the Russian Orthodox Church has met with a leading figure in the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, in a gesture that suggests the Moscow patriarchate is seeking an alliance with China’s government-backed “official” Church. Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads the External Relations department for the Moscow patriarchate, met with Bishop Ma Yinglin of Kunming, who is the vice-president of the Patriotic Association and president of the bishops’ conference recognized by the government. The Vatican does not recognize the Chinese bishops’ conference, and has ordered Catholics not to cooperate with the Patriotic Association.
  • Not in My Diocese

    06/26/2012 1:23:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Oakland bishop warns he may remove ‘Catholic’ name from national ministry to homosexuals because its board won’t pledge fidelityOakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone is considering declaring the Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry "not authentically Catholic" after the group's board of directors refused to take an oath promising fidelity to Church teaching on homosexuality. CALGM was formed in 1994 as the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries and changed its name to the Catholic Association for Lesbian & Gay Ministry in 2008. The group has long advocated views of human sexuality that often seem inconsistent with Church...
  • Baptists Who “Do This”

    06/26/2012 1:17:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 6/25/12 | Steve Harmon
    Cooperative Baptists are Baptists who “do this” when they get together. They “do this” not only in their local churches but also in their assemblies and in the institutions of theological education with which they partner. I’m talking about the fact that when Baptists who identify with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship gather in settings beyond their local churches, they often follow the Lord’s admonition to “do this in remembrance of me” by celebrating the Eucharist. That’s what I found myself contemplating last week after receiving the Eucharist at the 2012 CBF General Assembly:—and at the associated gathering of Baptist Women...
  • Theologian D.A. Carson: Hell Is Not Filled With People Who Repent of Sin

    06/26/2012 11:54:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/26/2012 | Michelle Vu
    People who end up in hell do not repent, from what the Bible tells us, said respected New Testament scholar Don Arthur (D.A.) Carson on Sunday at The Gospel Coalition National Women's Conference in Orlando. Carson, who is co-founder of The Gospel Coalition along with Pastor Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, said that as far as he can see in the Bible, "there is no hint anywhere that people in hell genuinely repent." Pointing to the well-known parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31, Carson, who is research professor of New Testament at Trinity...
  • Christianity on the Decline in Australia; Eastern Faiths Increasing

    06/26/2012 11:49:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/26/2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A national census has revealed that while most Australians profess Christianity as a belief, the religion as a whole in the country has been on a steady decline, while the number adherents of Eastern faiths like Buddhism and Hinduism has grown. The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently revealed its first set of findings for 2011, which showed that Christianity remains the dominant religion among Australia's 21,507,717 population, and was claimed as the faith of practice by 61.1 percent of respondents – although that figure was down by almost 3 percent from 63.9 percent in 2006. Of those Christians, 25.3 percent...
  • Death Anxiety Increases Atheists' Unconscious Belief in God

    06/26/2012 9:06:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    New University of Otago research suggests that when non-religious people think about their own death they become more consciously skeptical about religion, but unconsciously grow more receptive to religious belief. The Department of Psychology research also found that when religious people think about death, their religious beliefs appear to strengthen at both conscious and unconscious levels. The researchers believe the findings help explain why religion is such a durable feature of human society. In three studies, which involved 265 university students in total, religious and nonreligious participants were randomly assigned to "death priming" and control groups. Priming involved asking participants...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ELEVATION OF THE HOST, 06-26-12

    06/26/2012 8:27:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 06-26-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ELEVATION OF THE HOST Raising of the consecrated Host for the faithful's adoration at Mass, before the consecration of the chalice, which is elevated separately for adoration immediately afterward. This separate elevation is to profess the Real Presence of Christ's Body already before the consecration of the chalice. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Atheist’s Prison

    06/26/2012 8:20:20 AM PDT · by WXRGina · 2 replies
    For Freedom – Galatians 5:1 ^ | June 25, 2012 | Michael D. Day
    These are my halcyon days when fruit has never been so sweet; these days of happy harvest, of gifts I did not earn. I give my thanks to Him who opened up my eyes to see; the Giver of the blessings which overflow my cup. The Father gives us life; the structure and the beauty of all creation bears his perfect finger prints. The only sadness I can feel is of hardened hearts in dark, self-made prisons choosing blindness. Utter sadness – Light is shining just outside, the Door is in their reach – but darkness is proven by the...
  • Iconic Icon Supplements: The Symbols of Icons

    06/26/2012 7:03:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Treasures of the Church ^ | 6/24/12 | Wolfsbane
    Icon of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Mother of Carmel) by the Sisters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Terre Haute, INOne of the biggest difficulties Western Christians have in appreciating icons is a lack of understanding. I have previously discussed some of the theology behind iconography, but in this post I will discuss another big difficulty: the symbolism of iconography. Even if one can understand the theology of the icon and why one should venerate it, it is still difficult to venerate something that seems to be such a strange mess of non-understood symbols. This post will hopefully clear...
  • Dem: Let's Have a Hearing on Radicalization of Christians

    06/26/2012 6:55:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 6/25/12 | Matt Archbold
    Because Christians are just as likely to blow buildings up and kill thousands of non-Christians, a Democratic congressman says he's cool with investigating the radicalization of Muslims as long as we also investigate Christians. Texas Congressman Al Green (D) says he wouldn’t mind Rep. Peter King (R-NY) repeatedly calling hearings on “radical Islam” if he would also conduct a “hearing on the radicalization of Christians.” During a Wednesday House Homeland Security Committee hearing on “The Radicalization of Muslim-Americans,” Green wondered why the chairman had only focused on one religion. “If you agree that radicalization exists within all religions to some...
  • Rare Father and Son Priest Ordination Set for This Saturday

    06/26/2012 6:49:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies ^ | 6/25/12 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    I got the following e-mail press release today from the Anglican Ordinariate’s Susan Gibbs, and there’s at least one compelling detail worth noting: Six former Episcopal priests from the Fort Worth area, including a father and son, will become part of history when they are ordained Catholic priests together on June 30.The six are part of the first ordination class for the new Catholic Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Based in Houston, the ordinariate is equivalent to a diocese, but national in scope. It was created earlier this year by Pope Benedict XVI for Anglican groups and clergy...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and our Nation.

    06/26/2012 6:49:17 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 15 replies
    And they that be wiseshall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and theythat turn many to righteousnessas the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:3)
  • Diary from Vatican II

    06/26/2012 6:45:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | 6/26/12 | Father Robert Barron
    One of the most theologically fascinating and just plain entertaining books I've read in a long time is Yves Congar's My Journal of the Council. Catholics of a certain age will recognize the name, but I'm afraid that most Catholics under the age of 50 might be entirely unaware of the massive contribution made by Congar, a Dominican priest and certainly one of the three or four most important Catholic theologians of the twentieth century. After a tumultuous intellectual career, during which he was, by turns, lionized, vilified, exiled and silenced, Congar found himself, at the age of 58, a...
  • Church and State Cannot be Separated in Russia - Priest

    06/26/2012 6:36:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/26/12
    Moscow, June 26, Interfax - Russian society is not fully secular, the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, said during a debate at The New York Times' editorial office, the newspaper reports on its website. Only religious institutions are separated from the state, but not the Church itself, he said. Religious institutions cannot perform administrative duties and the government does not assume religious functions - that's how the law explains it, nothing beyond that, the priest said. Just as the people cannot be separated from the state, so the Church as a vision...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - June 26, 2012 [Devotional]

    06/26/2012 4:40:16 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    A Glimpse of Heaven Today's Scripture “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God longs to give you a glimpse of heaven while you are here on earth. He wants to show you His wonderful plan and bring it to pass in your life. Have you ever thought about how God’s will is accomplished in heaven? In heaven, God’s will is automatic. There are no opposing forces of darkness or anything that would come against His will. On earth, His will is activated...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 26, 2012]

    06/26/2012 4:39:26 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Drawing on the Grace of God— Now "We . . . plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain" —2 Corinthians 6:1 The grace you had yesterday will not be sufficient for today. Grace is the overflowing favor of God, and you can always count on it being available to draw upon as needed. “. . . in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses”— that is where our patience is tested (2 Corinthians 6:4). Are you failing to rely on the grace of God there? Are you saying to yourself, “Oh well, I...