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  • Egypt: How Do You Spell Hypocrite in Arabic?

    10/03/2012 12:11:51 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 10 replies
    CSTEWS ^ | October 2, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    Egyptian President Morsi and other Middle East Muslim leaders have been lecturing the U.S. about freedom, yet they demand a worldwide law prohibiting any criticism of Islam! Maybe Morsi really doesn’t know the meaning of freedom. I assure you that the largest Christian group in Egypt could teach him the definition. Coptic Christians make up 10% of Egypt’s population although they were the major religious group at one time. They can trace their history back 19 centuries. Following the Arab Spring, the Copts have been fleeing to the freedom of America, most being young professionals and businessmen. If they have...
  • Is Anyone Hellbound?

    10/03/2012 10:14:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/03/2012 | Michael Brown
    The new documentary Hellbound? has reignited discussion about the perennial topic of hell as well as revealed some very bizarre perspectives. Kevin Miller, the film’s director, who identifies as a Christian, stated in an interview that, regarding the traditional view of hell as a place of fiery torment, “I don’t see anything in the Bible that would lead me to believe that such a place exists.” Instead, according to Miller, when Jesus talked about hell, he was talking about the here and now. Really? Jesus didn’t warn about a place of judgment to come? And Director Miller gets his denial...
  • >> Nuclear Whistleblower: I was asked to leave my church! It’s been a living hell (VIDEO) <<<

    Interviewer: What happens is workers who do speak out go through hell, they’re attacked… Ann Harris, former Watts Bar nuclear plant employee: A Living Hell. I was asked to leave my church. Interviewer: …What? Harris: I was asked to leave my church because people that worked at TVA [Tennessee Valley Authority] — just being seen talking to me… could cost people their jobs. That’s the kind of harassment that you can expect.
  • From Atheism to Catechism

    10/03/2012 8:35:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    State Press magazine ^ | 9/27/12 | Leah LeMoine
    Imagine society’s collective shock if Hillary Clinton were to join the National Rifle Association, if members of the Westboro Baptist Church were discovered frolicking at a gay bar or if Quentin Tarantino were to announce plans to make a Justin Bieber documentary. Josh Horn’s friends were hit with a shock wave of that magnitude when Horn, then an ardent atheist, announced his resignation as president of the Secular Free Thought Society, an ASU club known for its skepticism of religion. Horn had committed the ultimate taboo and sealed his self-imposed excommunication with one act: he decided to become a Catholic....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CORNETTE, 10-03-12

    10/03/2012 7:42:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-03-012 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CORNETTE A large, spreading white headgear. Formerly worn in France by both men and women and until recently by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. (Etym.French cornette, headdress.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    10/03/2012 7:33:45 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 12 replies
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  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (10/3/12)[Prayer]

    10/03/2012 5:31:31 AM PDT · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/3/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jerusalem In The Scriptures Opposition To The Building of the Wall 1. When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, 2 and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?” 3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 3, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/03/2012 4:42:14 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Possessing Your Promised Land Today's Scripture The Lord your God will thrust them out from before you and drive them out of your sight, and you shall possess their land, as the Lord your God promised you. Joshua 23:5, AMP. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We all have giants or obstacles that try to keep us from possessing what God has promised, especially in our dreams. We have two choices: we can quit and live in mediocrity, or we can fight and take hold of the victory. In the Bible, the children of Israel were camped right next...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 3, 2012]

    10/03/2012 4:40:01 AM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Place of Ministry "He said to them, ’This kind [of unclean spirit] can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting’ " —Mark 9:29 His disciples asked Him privately, ’Why could we not cast it out?’ ” (Mark 9:28). The answer lies in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. “This kind can come out by nothing but” concentrating on Him, and then doubling and redoubling that concentration on Him. We can remain powerless forever, as the disciples were in this situation, by trying to do God’s work without concentrating on His power, and by following instead the ideas...
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (10/3/2012)[Prayer]

    10/03/2012 4:20:43 AM PDT · by DarthVader · 12 replies
    10/3/12 | The Holy Scriptures
    Pray For the Salvation of America My fellow Freepers, It is a very serious time in our nation's history and our future looks very uncertain and every day the news is full of stories that cause us to fear as it looks like we are teetering towards the edge of a cliff. It is quite obvious to even the casual observer that our great country is under a tremendous spiritual assault by the forces of darkness and hell that is causing great distress to many across this land and in other free nations. This is largely our own fault as...
  • Benedict XVI’s encyclical on faith due out January

    10/03/2012 3:52:55 AM PDT · by markomalley
    La Stampa ^ | 10/2/2012
    The encyclical apparently uses a deep and very direct language which speaks to everyone who reads and reflects on the text Pope Benedict XVI’s next encyclical which focuses on the theme of faith, is almost ready. “The Pope - a high-ranking prelate in the Curia explained – finished writing it this summer in Castel Gandolfo and the text will be published by January 2013.” The publication of the new encyclical will be a key moment in the Year of Faith which kicks off this coming 11 October. One of the reasons why the text will be published at the beginning...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-03-12

    10/02/2012 10:23:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-03-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 3, 2012   Wednesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Jb 9:1-12, 14-16 Job answered his friends and said: I know well that it is so;but how can a man be justified before God?Should one wish to contend with him,he could not answer him once in a thousand times.God is wise in heart and mighty in strength;who has withstood him and remained unscathed? He removes the mountains before they know it;he overturns them in his anger.He shakes the earth out of its place,and the pillars beneath it tremble.He commands the sun, and it rises not;he...
  • Tea With Honey But Not in Jerusalem: Abp of Canterbury Makes His Peace With Post-Christian England

    10/02/2012 8:48:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | Tracey Rowland
    Dr Rowan Williams is retiring as the Archbishop of Canterbury to take up the post of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. His “valedictory” book, Faith in the Public Square, is attracting considerable media interest. I was prompted to buy it after reading Dr William Oddie’s particularly colorful review in the London Catholic Herald. Oddie concluded that the ideas promoted in the book are the sort of impractical nonsense one only hears on Oxbridge high tables and in senior common rooms. I have never met Dr Williams but I once quoted him in a paper I delivered in Italy, a short...
  • Catholic Doctors Tackle How to Survive in an 'Increasingly Toxic Culture'

    10/02/2012 8:41:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/1/12 | Tim Drake
    At the annual Catholic Medical Association conference, Bishop Robert Vasa says the current health-care crisis is ‘a clarion call’ for Catholic doctors in the U.S.ST. PAUL, Minn. — Conscience rights' protection and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contraception mandate were the topics foremost on the minds of medical professionals gathered in St. Paul, Minn., for the Catholic Medical Association’s (CMA) 81st educational conference. The Sept. 26-29 conference, which drew more than 600 attendees, featured prominent speakers who shared the history of the present cultural battle and how to bear witness to the truth and bring it to...
  • Cardinal: Pope Likely to Pardon Valet

    10/02/2012 8:38:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/1/12 | Edward Pentin
    Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, a canon lawyer and member of the Vatican’s Supreme Court, is convinced that Pope Benedict XVI will pardon his former valet, Paolo Gabriele. Gabriele, who is currently being tried in a Vatican court for the theft of confidential documents from the papal apartments, is to take the witness stand tomorrow. In an interview with La Repubblica Sept. 30, the Curial cardinal, asked if Gabriele will be jailed or pardoned, stressed that a pardon “is a personal prerogative of the Holy Father” and one that only he, in good conscience, can decide. He added: “According to my...
  • Crystal Cathedral's Robert A. Schuller 'Short Sells' Calif. Home to Avoid Foreclosure

    10/02/2012 5:24:14 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | September 20, 2012 | Katherine Weber
    The former senior pastor of the Crystal Cathedral, Robert A. Schuller, has announced that he will default on his home in Laguna Beach, Calif., after unsuccessful attempts to sell the home before its Nov. 2 foreclosure date. "I'm short-selling my house. I have more loans than I can sell the house for," Schuller said in a recent interview with the Orange County Register. "The house will not go into foreclosure. It will be a short sale," Schuller said, adding: "I can't afford the house as I once could." Schuller, who is the son of the Crystal Cathedral's founder, the Rev....
  • Catholics and Campaign 2012 (The ... Left doesn’t have a monopoly on the Church’s social teaching.)

    10/02/2012 4:19:10 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | September 24, 2012 | George Weigel
    The Sisters of Life were founded in 1991 by Cardinal John O’Connor and Mother Agnes Mary Donovan (a former Columbia psychology professor and clinician) as a new religious community of women dedicated to the defense of life at all stages and in all conditions. The Sisters of Life are wholly orthodox and wear the kind of modernized (and in their case, quite beautiful) religious habit envisioned by the Second Vatican Council. And unlike the religious orders represented by this summer’s “Nuns on the Bus” road show, which culminated in Sister Simone Campbell’s attempt to excommunicate Representative Paul Ryan at the...
  • The Women at the Well

    10/02/2012 3:03:04 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 12 replies
    IFB ^ | 10/2/12
    In this audio message you will be absolutely blow away by the ETERNAL love of Almighty God and His passion for leading people to His Saving grace. Indeed Almighty God is a God of great compassion, concern and care (John 3:16-17). "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." Luke 19:10 Must It Be So Personal - audio link
  • The Very heart Of The Gospel...

    The Apostle John, in his first epistle, set forth three simple theological propositions; * God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all…(I John 1:5) * God is Love…(I John 4:8) * Jesus Christ has come,(and remains) in the flesh…(I John 4:2)The apostle was seeking to call the children of God back to ,“that which you have heard from the beginning…”, the “old commandment which you heard at the first…”, because the false prophets had swept into the assemblies, with their super-spirituality, false prophecies, visions , revelations, spiritual elitism, and above all with their esoteric ‘knowledge’. They were...
  • Feast of the Guardian Angels

    10/02/2012 12:25:36 PM PDT · by koinonia · 11 replies
    The Absolute Primacy of Christ website ^ | October 2, 2012 | Fr. Maximilian M. Dean
    Excellent read from Fr. Dean's website: "Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life." St. Basil the Great Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Guardian Angels. Angels, as we know, are creatures endowed with intellect and will; they can, therefore, as personal creatures, know and love God. They already possess the Beatific Vision of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in glory and are faithful, humble servants of Christ the King and Mary the Queen. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Jesus Christ is the center of the entire...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PANEGYRIC, 10-02-12

    10/02/2012 7:45:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-02-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PANEGYRIC An elaborate public praise given of some person or event, a formal eulogy. The most famous Christian panegyrics were those of the Fathers of the Church, e.g., St. John Chrysostom preaching on Sts. Lucian and Romanus in A.D. 387. (Etym. Greek pan_gyrikos, for a public festival.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pray for our American Heroes and our Nation.

    10/02/2012 6:25:50 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 9 replies
    Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(10/2/120[prayer]

    10/02/2012 4:47:57 AM PDT · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/2/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jerusalem In The Scriptures Builders of the Wall Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests went to work and rebuilt the Sheep Gate. They dedicated it and set its doors in place, building as far as the Tower of the Hundred, which they dedicated, and as far as the Tower of Hananel. 2 The men of Jericho built the adjoining section, and Zakkur son of Imri built next to them. 3 The Fish Gate was rebuilt by the sons of Hassenaah. They laid its beams and put its doors and bolts and...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 2, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/02/2012 4:36:26 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Fire up Your Dreams Today's Scripture “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you...” (2 Timothy 1:6, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I believe that God has planted seeds of greatness on the inside of every one of us. We all have dreams and desires, things we want to accomplish; things we want to see changed. But so many times, life has a way of stealing our dreams. We go through disappointments, face adversity, things don’t turn out as we would like. Too often, people just end...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 2, 2012]

    10/02/2012 4:35:15 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Place of Humiliation "If You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us" —Mark 9:22 After every time of exaltation, we are brought down with a sudden rush into things as they really are, where it is neither beautiful, poetic, nor thrilling. The height of the mountaintop is measured by the dismal drudgery of the valley, but it is in the valley that we have to live for the glory of God. We see His glory on the mountain, but we never live for His glory there. It is in the place of humiliation that we...
  • Cardinal Sarah calls upon Catholic Charities to foster Catholic identity

    10/02/2012 4:15:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    CWN ^ | 10/2/2012
    Speaking at Catholic Charities USA’s annual gathering, the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum urged the agency to draw strength from its Catholic identity and take part in the new evangelization. “Today, the Church in America, including Catholic Charities, face[s] challenges that threaten this heritage that has been passed on to us by previous generations,” said Guinea-born Cardinal Robert Sarah in his October 1 address. “The times in which we live in are characterized by an aggressive secularism that seeks to exclude the role of religion in public life and as a consequence, set up a culture without God,...
  • Ex-Muslim: Islam "scares the hell out of me"

    10/02/2012 4:15:42 AM PDT · by wesagain · 15 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Oct 2, 2012 | Greg Corombos
    "My culture of origin is infecting America with fear of speaking the truth"Islamic countries indoctrinate children with hatred toward Israel and teach them Israel has no historic claim to the land or the city of Jerusalem, Nonie Darwish, founder of Arabs for Israel, told WND’s Greg Corombos. Darwish shared her story of being born into a Muslim family in Egypt and being raised to hate Israel. “It is the total annihilation of Israel and the Jews,” she said. “This is what the center of the educational system in the whole Arab world is. We were taught Jerusalem is a Muslim...
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (10/2/2012)[Prayer]

    10/02/2012 3:31:58 AM PDT · by DarthVader · 10 replies
    10/2/12 | The Holy Scriptures
    Pray For the Salvation of America My fellow Freepers, It is a very serious time in our nation's history and our future looks very uncertain and every day the news is full of stories that cause us to fear as it looks like we are teetering towards the edge of a cliff. It is quite obvious to even the casual observer that our great country is under a tremendous spiritual assault by the forces of darkness and hell that is causing great distress to many across this land and in other free nations. This is largely our own fault as...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-02-12, M, The Holy Guardian Angels

    10/01/2012 10:12:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-02-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 2, 2012   Memorial of The Holy Guardian Angels   Reading 1 Jb 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.Job spoke out and said: Perish the day on which I was born,the night when they said, "The child is a boy!" Why did I not perish at birth,come forth from the womb and expire?Or why was I not buried away like an untimely birth,like babes that have never seen the light?Wherefore did the knees receive me?or why did I suck at the breasts? For then I should have lain down and been tranquil;had I slept,...
  • Pro-life video of the day: Churchgoers boo pro-lifer for questioning Sebelius

    10/01/2012 6:05:57 PM PDT · by Morgana · 66 replies
    jill stanek ^ | 10.1.2012 | jill stanek
    This past weekend, a pro-life protestor was booed – at a D.C. church – for attempting to ask Kathleen Sebelius a question regarding the HHS contraception mandate at a forum following the church service. From WorldNetDaily: Brandi Swindell [pictured right], National Director of Generation Life, a pro-life group dedicated to mobilizing activists, students, artists, musicians and young professionals to end abortion and spread the message of sexual integrity, told WND that she had a “divine appointment” in Washington today. “Three of us chose to attend church at St. John’s this morning,” Swindell said, “and at the last minute found out...
  • Record number of justices attends Red Mass

    10/01/2012 4:07:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Cath News ^ | October 1, 2012
    Six of the nine Supreme Court justices attended the annual Red Mass at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington on Sunday.The event’s speakers spoke about using faith in decision-making but largely stayed away from the controversial issues the court will face in the coming months.Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Anthony Kennedy and Justice Elena Kagan all attended the 60th annual Mass. This was Kagan’s first Red Mass.Having six justices in attendance ties a record set in 2009. The only justices to not attend this year...
  • The Blood Paid Your Debt

    10/01/2012 3:40:56 PM PDT · by Frank Broom · 13 replies
    10-01-12 | Frank Bromm
    There are people that don't fully understand what the blood of Jesus has already done for them. So, they continue to live as if Jesus never shed his blood. But, he did and he did it for a reason, for you. You see sin calls for punishment and the punishment for sin is death. Now, that doesn't mean just physical death. It includes all the things that came as the result of sin (sickness, depression, poverty, fear, and everything else). Those things are punishment for sin. Now, the scripture says God is the judge of all the earth and he's...
  • Egypt: The International Welfare Window is Closed!

    10/01/2012 2:52:59 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 7 replies
    CSTNEWS ^ | September 30, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    Muslim fanatics throughout the Middle East have taken time from beating their wives to riot, burn, kill, and destroy American property. Their leaders in Egypt, Pakistan, and Indonesia have tethered their camels and come in from the desert to lecture Americans on free speech, dignity, and film making. Those Muslim leaders want the UN to “criminalize” blasphemy against the Koran, Islam, and Mohammed using the amateur, anti-Muslim film by a Coptic “Christian” (who immigrated to America) as a justification for their demands. At the same time they make their demands about insulting the Koran, they insult our Constitution! I am...
  • Mid-East Prophecy - September 30th, 2012 (Dispensational Caucus)

    10/01/2012 2:26:24 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 30, 2012 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy - September 30th, 2012 Pastor JD talks about the prophetic significance three speeches given at the UN General Assembly.
  • Warning Letter to 60,000 Pastors: We’re Watching What You Preach

    10/01/2012 1:06:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | 9/29/12 | Rebecca Hamilton
    Americans United for Separation of Church and State evidently sent copies of this letter to 60,000 pastors recently. It’s important to remember that Americans United is not an official agency of any governmental entity. This letter has no force of law and is just their opinion. Our local AU affiliate here in Oklahoma has sent similar letters to pastors in my House district in the past. The pastors I talked to about it tell me they threw it in the trash.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PAIN OF SENSE, 10-01-12

    10/01/2012 8:32:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-01-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PAIN OF SENSE The suffering in hell caused by some agent called "fire" in Scripture, external to the person and secondary to the main punishment, which is the loss of God. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Cheerleaders temporarily allowed to use Bible-verse banners at football games

    10/01/2012 8:07:10 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 13 replies
    Global Post ^ | September 30, 2012 19:40
    Cheerleaders at Kountze High School in southeast Texas were banned last week from displaying banners with inspirational Bible passages on them at football games, Fox News reported. But now a judge has granted a temporary restraining order that will let them to display the signs until a hearing on the matter takes place Oct. 4. In September, the Kountze Independent School District told the cheerleaders to stop using the religious banners, which the Kountz High football team runs through at games, after the Freedom From Religion Foundation accused the students of violating the Constitution, the Houston Chronicle reported. **SNIP** “The...
  • Christian Growth in the Heart of Islam; Kazakhstan; and the Butler's Trial

    10/01/2012 7:04:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 9/30/12 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Media theorists like to talk about the power of a "narrative," meaning a storyline that's often more influential than reality in shaping perceptions. For instance, violent crime rates in the United States are at historic lows, yet popular psychology, shaped by Quentin Tarantino and "CSI," remains gripped by a narrative of pervasive danger.{C} Pope Benedict XVI recently returned from his fourth trip to the Middle East, where there's a strong Christian narrative these days: decline and possible extinction. Given the steep drop in the native Christian population, some fear the region will soon be a "spiritual Disneyland," full of holy...
  • Grenade Hits Kenyan Sunday School

    10/01/2012 6:53:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | 9/30/12
    NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A grenade attack on a Catholic church Sunday school in Kenya killed one boy and critically injured six other children, the Red Cross said. The attack happened around 10:30 a.m. at the St. Polycarp Catholic church in Nairobi and was immediately blamed on Somalia's al-Shabaab Islamist militants, the BBC reported. Nairobi Police Chief Moses Ombati told the Sunday Nation newspaper some of the injuries were caused by a panic stampede after the blast.
  • Pope: There May be Something Catholic, Even Outside the Catholic Church

    10/01/2012 6:49:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Asia News ^ | 9/30/12
    Christians should not be jealous of the good that is done outside of the Catholic Church. Instead, the good that is done by the various ecclesial realities within the Church should be respected and appreciated. Using wealth "in solidarity and for the common good, ensuring equality and morality, at all levels." Appeal for refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tomorrow the Pope returns to the Vatican.Castel Gandolfo (AsiaNews) - "Just as one can find that which is not Catholic in the Catholic Church - that is, in the Church -, one can also find something that may be Catholic...
  • New Jersey Archbishop Myers: Catholics Who Back Gay ‘Marriage’ Should Not Receive Holy Communion

    10/01/2012 6:45:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 9/27/12 | John-Henry Westen
    NEWARK, NJ, September 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - On Tuesday Newark Archbishop John J. Myers released a pastoral letter calling on Catholics, especially Catholic politicians, who do not accept the teaching of the Church on marriage, to “in all honesty and humility refrain from receiving Holy Communion.” The Archbishop said that “to continue to receive Holy Communion while so dissenting would be objectively dishonest.” The New Jersey prelate made a distinction between those struggling at times unsuccessfully against sin, and those who would willingly oppose Church teaching. He said: “there is a difference between trying to live the whole Gospel while...
  • Vatican in Row Over 'Drunken Tourist Herds' Destroying Sistine Chapel's Majesty

    10/01/2012 6:29:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9/29/12 | Tom Kington
    Author Pietro Citati calls for limit on crowd numbers to preserve Michelangelo's art in Vatican City, RomeA fierce row has broken out over the future of the Sistine Chapel, after one of Italy's most respected writers slammed it as an "unimaginable disaster" where tourists resemble "drunken herds". Centred on the image of God reaching out to give life to Adam, the chapel ceiling is renowned as Michelangelo's masterpiece and offers a defining image of the Christian faith. But as the crush of visitors grows year by year, this home to Michelangelo's majestic 16th-century frescoes often feels more like a packed,...
  • Buddhist Statue Made From Meteorite

    10/01/2012 6:24:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 10/1/12 | AP
    <p>An ancient Buddhist statue that a Nazi expedition brought back from Tibet shortly before World War II was carved from a meteorite that crashed on Earth thousands of years ago.</p> <p>What sounds like an Indiana Jones movie plot appears to have actually taken place, according to European researchers publishing in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science this month.</p>
  • State Will Keep Believers Safe From Attacks - Kremlin

    10/01/2012 6:19:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/1/12
    Moscow, October 1, Interfax - The government will keep believers safe from attacks, said Kremlin chief of staff Sergey Ivanov. "The state will use the force of law in its entirety to defend our citizens' religious feelings and our national and spiritual values from blasphemy and insult," Ivanov said in Moscow on Monday, opening the 16th Frontiers of History - Frontiers of Russia World Russian People's Assembly. History must be remembered, including the dramatic 20th century history, "when erosion of the spiritual foundations marked the beginning of the nation's breakup and plunge into revolutions, tremors and civil confrontation," he said....
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (10/1/12)[Prayer]

    10/01/2012 4:47:20 AM PDT · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/1/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jerusalem In The Scriptures Nehemiah Inspects Jerusalem’s Walls 11. I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days 12. I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on. 13. By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 1, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/01/2012 4:39:09 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Don’t Let Others Limit Your Dreams Today's Scripture “What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness?” (Romans 3:3, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have the opinions of other people caused you to water down your dreams? There will always be critics and naysayers in life. It’s not what’s said about you that affects your life, but what you say and believe about yourself. One of the most important things you can learn is that other people don’t have to believe in you in order for your dreams to come to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 1, 2012]

    10/01/2012 4:37:03 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Place of Exaltation ". . . Jesus took . . . them up on a high mountain apart by themselves . . ." —Mark 9:2 We have all experienced times of exaltation on the mountain, when we have seen things from God’s perspective and have wanted to stay there. But God will never allow us to stay there. The true test of our spiritual life is in exhibiting the power to descend from the mountain. If we only have the power to go up, something is wrong. It is a wonderful thing to be on the mountain with...
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (10/1/2012)[Prayer]

    10/01/2012 4:17:59 AM PDT · by DarthVader · 9 replies
    10/1/12 | The Holy Scriptures
    Pray For the Salvation of America My fellow Freepers, It is a very serious time in our nation's history and our future looks very uncertain and every day the news is full of stories that cause us to fear as it looks like we are teetering towards the edge of a cliff. It is quite obvious to even the casual observer that our great country is under a tremendous spiritual assault by the forces of darkness and hell that is causing great distress to many across this land and in other free nations. This is largely our own fault as...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings,10-01-12, M,St. Thérčse of the Child Jesus, Virgin&Doctor/Church

    09/30/2012 8:34:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-01-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 1, 2012 Memorial of Saint Thérčse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church  Reading 1 Jb 1:6-22 One day, when the angels of God came to present themselves before the LORD,Satan also came among them.And the LORD said to Satan, "Whence do you come?"Then Satan answered the LORD and said,"From roaming the earth and patrolling it."And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you noticed my servant Job,and that there is no one on earth like him,blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil?"But Satan answered the LORD and said,"Is it for nothing that Job is God-fearing?Have...
  • In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins

    09/30/2012 8:08:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Gallup ^ | 06/02/2012 | Frank Newport
    Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years. The prevalence of this creationist view of the origin of humans is essentially unchanged from 30 years ago, when Gallup first asked the question. About a third of Americans believe that humans evolved, but with God's guidance; 15% say humans evolved, but that God had no part in the process.