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  • Catholic Word of the Day: MANASSEH, 10-04-12

    10/04/2012 12:09:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-04-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MANASSEH 1. the older son of Joseph and Asenath. Joseph explained the name, which means "forget," as helping him forget his sufferings (Genesis 41:51). Jacob was the grandfather of Manasseh and his younger brother Ephraim, and adopted the two boys. This was a common custom because adoption ensured inheritance. When he gave them his blessing before he died, Jacob prophesied that Ephraim would be the ancestor of a great nation. His prophecy proved accurate (Genesis 48:19). Manasseh married a Canaanite and settled in the Jordan Valley. His best-known descendant was Gilead; 2. son of Hezekiah. He...
  • Revisiting the Mormon Issue ('It's great to vote for Jesus Christ, but He's not on the ballot')

    10/04/2012 11:46:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/04/2012 | Jerry Newcombe
    The Mormon issue is rearing its head again in this campaign. An online article in the latest issue of US News (9/27/2012) notes that some political phone calls have raised the Mormon issue. The article refers to Deal Hudson, "the president of the Pennsylvania Catholics Network and an expert on Catholic outreach," and says that he is alarmed after finding out "that a group calling itself Catholics for Obama had been making push poll phone calls in support of the president's re-election bid. Among the questions being asked, he said, was 'How can you support a "Mormon" who does not...
  • Working Wonders at St. Gregory’s

    10/04/2012 9:51:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    legatus Magazine ^ | 10/3/12 | Matthew A. Rarey
    Legates’ addiction-treatment program helps people be who God calls them to be . . .Barb Conner was in a “dark place” in 2008 when she boarded the plane in Boston and alighted in Iowa. Drinking, complicated by “unresolved issues,” had taken her life in a downward spiral. She had tried AA but found its approach “very negative,” regarding alcoholism as a disease and addiction as a permanent condition. Her husband and daughters had desperately helped her research treatment options. Online they discovered St. Gregory Retreat Centers, which experts have touted as the most advanced, comprehensive alcohol and drug addiction recovery...
  • Pope, at Marian shrine, entrusts Year of Faith, synod to Mary (Catholic Caucus)

    10/04/2012 9:44:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cnsnews ^ | October 4, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass outside the Sanctuary of the Holy House in Loreto, Italy, Oct. 4. The small house inside the basilica is traditionally venerated as the house of Mary, miraculously transplanted from the Holy Land. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Catholic News Service LORETO, Italy (CNS) -- During a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto, Pope Benedict XVI formally entrusted to Mary the world Synod of Bishops and the Year of Faith. The pope was marking the 50th anniversary of Blessed John XXIII's visit to the Marian shrine, about 175 miles northwest of Rome, when he...
  • TURKMENISTAN: Mass fines for unregistered religious worship

    10/04/2012 8:29:18 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy
    Forum 18 News Service ^ | 2 October 2012 | Felix Corley
    A week after their Sunday worship was raided, eleven Baptists in the northern city of Dashoguz were each fined two months' average wages, Protestants told Forum 18 News Service. One of those fined was a schoolboy aged 17. Two of the judges refused to discuss with Forum 18 why they had punished individuals for meeting for worship. One of the judges also refused to explain why he had imprisoned a Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector in March. Meanwhile, the Turkmen authorities allowed a visiting Protestant Oleg Piyashev to return to his family in Russia after earlier blocking his departure. But mystery...
  • Francis of Assisi: Pattern for Lay Holiness

    10/04/2012 7:10:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/4/12 | Donald S. Prudlo
    For over 100 years, there has been a veritable “Francis industry,” going well beyond the plastic kitsch in Assisi gift shop windows (after all, no one can capitalize on poverty like a Minorite!). For that whole period of time, people have been making and remaking Giovanni Francesco di Pietro Bernardone to fit their own images of what they think he was really about. From the neutered figure made appealing to agnostic Victorians and gardening aficionados, to Francis the PETA activist, the poor man of Assisi has been made poorer in the process. We have had Francis the Socialist Hippie, with...
  • San Francisco Set to Welcome New Roman Catholic Archbishop with Pomp and Protests

    10/04/2012 6:53:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/4/12 | Associated Press
    SAN FRANCISCO — The installation of a new Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco — a backer of California’s same-sex marriage ban — is drawing support and concern as the 56-year-old priest assumes the ceremonial seat at St. Mary’s Cathedral during a Mass Thursday. Such inductions have not historically been cause for much interest or angst in San Francisco, where the population of church faithful is smaller than in many major U.S. cities. But attention is intense this time. Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, a native Californian who served as bishop of neighboring Oakland for the last three-and-a-half years, has a nationwide...
  • Leading Church Historian to be Received into Personal Ordinariate

    10/04/2012 6:49:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/4/12 | Madeleine Teahan
    Dr Edward Norman, the historian and former Canon Chancellor of York Minister, will be received into the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham on Sunday. In an article for this newspaper, Dr Norman explains the reasons for his decision to become a Catholic. He argues that Anglicanism has “no basis for its authority” as its confession “varies from place to place and person to person”. He says: “At the centre of Anglicanism is a great void.” He adds: “The Church of England provides a masterclass in equivocation; it also, however, is the residence of very many good and faithful Christian people who...
  • The Mainstream Media Falls for the Latest Hoax: The Case of Mrs. Jesus

    10/04/2012 6:45:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/4/12 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    Monsignor Ronald Knox, probably the most inspired preacher and apologist of the twentieth century, wrote an essay in 1928 satirizing some skeptical Biblical literary critics, in which he used their methods to “prove” that the real author of Tennyson’s In Memoriam was Queen Victoria. Many who doubt the plausibility of the Scriptures are gullible about hoaxes. I don’t just mean the rabbit with antelope horns called a jackalope. There was the Cardiff Giant of 1869 promoted by P.T. Barnum, and John Payne Collier’s forgery of Shakespeare letters. Some pretended to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, and far earlier was the...
  • Converting Protestants [to Catholicism] - A Secret Method

    10/04/2012 6:39:23 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 27 replies
    Catholic in the Ozarks ^ | 24 September 2012 | Shane Schaetzel
    I have a secret.  I know how to get more Protestants into the Catholic Church.  Would you like to know?  It's guaranteed to work with shocking effectiveness.  You'll get more Protestant converts to the Catholic Church than you know what to do with.  They'll come in small numbers at first, just a trickle really, but that will slowly grow into a torrent.  You won't know what to do with them all.  You'll probably have to build bigger parishes or add on to existing ones.  From these converts you will find the most faithful and passionate Catholics in your whole diocese....
  • Daniel and the Times of the Gentiles (Part 1)

    10/04/2012 5:56:52 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    Bible Prophecy Blog ^ | 10/4/2012 | Dr. Tony Garland
    While reading the Gospels, we can encounter passages which puzzle us. One such passage concerns a statement made by Jesus in response to questions on the part of his disciples concerning the destruction of the Jewish Temple and the end of the age (Luke 21:5-7). For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (10/4/12)

    10/04/2012 5:44:25 AM PDT · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/4/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Isaiah 54:17 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!
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (10/4/12)[Prayer]

    10/04/2012 5:31:24 AM PDT · by left that other site · 15 replies
    10/4/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jerusalem In The Scriptures Nehemiah Helps the Poor 1 Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their fellow Jews. 2 Some were saying, “We and our sons and daughters are numerous; in order for us to eat and stay alive, we must get grain.” 3 Others were saying, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our homes to get grain during the famine.” 4 Still others were saying, “We have had to borrow money to pay the king’s tax on our fields and vineyards. 5 Although we are...
  • 1,500 ministers to preach on politics

    10/04/2012 4:56:37 AM PDT · by wesagain · 13 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Oct 4, 2012 | Dave Tombers
    "Movement challenges IRS ban on naming names from pulpit"The number of pastors standing up for their right to preach from their pulpits on politics is surging. They call a ban on such speech a “cultural myth.” In 2008, 35 pastors defied the IRS, which holds the position that church “organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.” The number of pastors boldly opposing the IRS rule grew to 539 in 2011 and is expected to be more than 1,500...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 4, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/04/2012 4:28:47 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    He Makes All Things New Today's Scripture “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’...” (Revelation 21:5, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Can you remember the time when you first discovered a big dream in your heart? Maybe you were determined to excel in your career, or as a parent, or maybe you were focused on deepening your walk with the Lord. You probably started out with enthusiasm, but maybe things got a little difficult or didn’t happen as quickly as you would have liked. Oftentimes, when things don’t go as planned,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 4, 2012]

    10/04/2012 4:26:52 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Vision and The Reality ". . . to those who are . . . called to be saints . . ." —1 Corinthians 1:2 Thank God for being able to see all that you have not yet been. You have had the vision, but you are not yet to the reality of it by any means. It is when we are in the valley, where we prove whether we will be the choice ones, that most of us turn back. We are not quite prepared for the bumps and bruises that must come if we are going to...
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (10/4/2012)[Prayer]

    10/04/2012 4:16:43 AM PDT · by DarthVader · 9 replies
    10/4/12 | 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, 10-04-12, M, St. Francis of Assisi, Religious

    10/03/2012 8:15:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-04-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 4, 2012 Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi, religious   Reading 1 Jb 19:21-27 Job said: Pity me, pity me, O you my friends,for the hand of God has struck me!Why do you hound me as though you were divine,and insatiably prey upon me? Oh, would that my words were written down!Would that they were inscribed in a record:That with an iron chisel and with leadthey were cut in the rock forever!But as for me, I know that my Vindicator lives,and that he will at last stand forth upon the dust;Whom I myself shall see:my own eyes, not another's,...
  • The Episcopal Bishop of San Francisco 'Welcomes' the Catholic Archbishop

    10/03/2012 7:35:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/2/12 | Mark Brumley
    The Bishop of the Episcopal Church in San Francisco, Marc Andrus, has issued an outrageous statement "welcoming" the new Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, who will be installed on Thursday, October 4. In the process of saying "how do you do", the Episcopalian church leader insults Cordileone over his stance in support of marriage. Imagine that. The Episcopal leader also extends the hand of welcome to Catholics who may not like Cordileone to come home from Rome. It wouldn't exactly be charitable to reply, "Don't let the church door hit you on the way out", so I don't...
  • Islamic Jihad massacres, as hate crimes en-masse

    10/03/2012 1:10:51 PM PDT · by Milagros · 9 replies
    Islamic Jihad massacres, as hate crimes en-masse Every Islamic terror act, anywhere, is a clear cut case of intolerance, it is always against the "other." True, by Islamic Jihad any infidel targets are fair-game, it's just that some groups are easier targets as "justification" are aided by propaganda, often backed by some radical liberals in the West. Such are many Muslim aggressors posing as "victims," for instance those Arab immigrants ' grandchildren, invaders in Jews' Israel/Palestine who go by the title "Palestinians," while some in the West really buy the notion that these mass-murderers are just about "Palestine-Arab-State," ignoring or...