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  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALMS BOX, 10-05-12

    10/05/2012 8:35:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-05-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ALMS BOX Or alms chest. Permanent receptacle in a church for the donations that are prompted by charity and given to the poor by the parishioners or worshipers. See Also: POOR BOX All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ is Hokum

    10/05/2012 8:13:30 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 15 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 5, 2012 | JP
    There was an intriguing forum this week in New York City provocatively titled “I’m So Spiritual.” It was co-hosted by The New School, which trains up its students, it says, “to bring actual, positive change to the world,” and New York Salon, an organization composed of intellectuals, academics artists and public personalities, according to Wikipedia. The forum featured four speakers: Courtney Bender, an associate religion professor at ColumbiaUniversity, Matthew Hutson, a Psychology Today science writer, Sally Quinn, editor of the Washington Post’s On Faith blog, and Alan Miller, New York Salon’s co-director. Of the four speakers, Miller proved to be...
  • Russian Orthodox Clergy Allowed to Run in Secular Elections

    10/05/2012 6:51:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/5/12
    Moscow, October 5, Interfax - The governing body of the Russian Orthodox Church has allowed clerics to run for elected office in government "in the event of "ire ecclesiastical necessity." "In the event of dire ecclesiastical necessity, in exceptional situations where action is needed against schismatic or non-Orthodox forces that are seeking to use elected office for fighting the Orthodox Church, the Holy Synod or the Synod of a self-governing Church will choose persons for participation in elections for bodies of state authority," the Holy Synod said in a resolution in Moscow on Thursday. At the same time, a cleric...
  • Shanghai’s Priests and Nuns Forced to Attend Government Classes

    10/05/2012 6:48:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Priests and nuns in the Shanghai diocese have been forced to attend compulsory “study classes”, which observers believe were imposed by Chinese authorities in response to the new Shanghai auxiliary’s renunciation of the Catholic Patriotic Association. In September, approximately 80 diocesan priests and 80 nuns of the Our Lady of Presentation Congregation were divided into three groups to take three days of classes at the Shanghai Institute of Socialism, reported the Asian church news agency UCA News. Classes lasted 12 hours each day and included university professors lecturing about strengthening the sense of duty toward China, the law, and the...
  • Cardinal Wuerl: Synod Strives to Turn Back 'Tsunami of Secularism'

    10/05/2012 6:42:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 10/4/12 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- At the Synod of Bishops, which opens Oct. 7 with a papal Mass in St. Peter's Square, some 250 prelates from around the world will meet for three weeks to talk and pray about the new evangelization. Long after the bishops have expressed their diverse views, Pope Benedict XVI will have the last word in an authoritative document of reflections called a post-synodal apostolic exhortation. In the meantime, none of the participants has a better overview of the Vatican gathering, or of the questions it will examine, than Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington. As the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 5, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/05/2012 4:38:17 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    He Will Multiply You Today's Scripture “And I will make My covenant (solemn pledge) between Me and you and will multiply you exceedingly.” (Genesis 17:2, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God is in the multiplication business. It doesn’t matter what your need is today, God wants to increase you! One time in the Old Testament, God simply multiplied the sound of four men’s footsteps and caused them to sound like a mighty army. When their enemies heard them coming, they took off running. Thousands of people, thousands of troops running for their lives, scared to death, thinking...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 5, 2012]

    10/05/2012 4:36:44 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Nature of Degeneration "Just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned . . ." —Romans 5:12 The Bible does not say that God punished the human race for one man’s sin, but that the nature of sin, namely, my claim to my right to myself, entered into the human race through one man. But it also says that another Man took upon Himself the sin of the human race and put it away— an infinitely more profound revelation (see Hebrews 9:26). The nature...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (10/5/12) [Prayer]

    10/05/2012 4:15:25 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/5/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jerusalem In The Scriptures Further Opposition to the Rebuilding 1 When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it—though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates— 2 Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.” But they were scheming to harm me; 3 so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I...
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (10/5/2012)[Prayer]

    10/05/2012 4:04:07 AM PDT · by DarthVader · 9 replies
    10/5/12 | 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...
  • Former Arctic priest pleads not guilty to 76 charges of sex abuse

    10/05/2012 3:48:25 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 22 replies
    Canada.com ^ | 10/1/2012
    IQALUIT, Nunavut - A trial date has been set for a former Arctic priest facing dozens of sex abuse allegations. Eric Dejaeger has pleaded not guilty to 76 charges stemming from his time in Igloolik, Nunavut, between 1978 and 1982. Most of the charges are for the alleged sexual abuse of boys and girls.
  • Contraception is contrary to God's law: Why the Hahns became Roman Catholic

    10/05/2012 3:22:55 AM PDT · by koinonia · 88 replies
    From a transcript of Scott Hahn telling his story: We [Kimberly & I] got married right out of college. Both of us had so much of the same vision. We wanted to do ministry together [as Presbyterians], we wanted to share the good news of Christ, we wanted to open up the Bible and make it come alive for people... We were off to seminary a week or two after our wedding... [In] a course that Kimberly took her first year... Dr. Davis had all the students break up into small groups so that each small group could tackle one...
  • Bene Israel hail DNA result {Indian Jewish history dating back 2000 years}

    10/04/2012 11:14:35 PM PDT · by Cronos · 25 replies
    Times of India ^ | July 22, 2002 | Manjiri Damie
    They have adopted mehendi and haldi ceremonies from Indian weddings, they speak fluent Marathi and many of them have enrolled their children in Marathi medium schools. As fond as they are of their adoptive home, the 250-odd members of the Bene Israel community in the city were pleasantly surprised to open the Sunday Times of India on July 21. An STOI exclusive report highlighted the results of four-year-long DNA tests in London which confirms their genetical link to the "original children of Israel" (literal translation of Bene Israel), who are said to have migrated to this country 2,000 years ago....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-05-12, OM, St. Faustina

    10/04/2012 10:17:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-05-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 5, 2012 Friday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Jb 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5 The LORD addressed Job out of the storm and said: Have you ever in your lifetime commanded the morningand shown the dawn its placeFor taking hold of the ends of the earth,till the wicked are shaken from its surface?The earth is changed as is clay by the seal,and dyed as though it were a garment;But from the wicked the light is withheld,and the arm of pride is shattered. Have you entered into the sources of the sea,or walked about in the depths...
  • Judge decides for pope that funding contraception is not a sin

    10/04/2012 7:37:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    lsn ^ | 10.4.2012 | Johanna Dasteel
    Last week, a federal district judge in Missouri dismissed a case against the HHS mandate, ruling that forcing Catholics to pay for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs does not violate their faith, because they remain “free to exercise their religion, by not using contraceptives.” In her ruling, Judge Carol E. Jackson contended that the mandate does not prohibit a business owner’s religious worship or personal decision not to use contraceptives, echoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ contention that the new mandate does not “affect an individual woman’s freedom to decide not to use birth control.” “This Court rejects the proposition that requiring...
  • S.F.'s new archbishop takes over

    10/04/2012 7:31:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/4/12 | Stephanie M. Lee
    More than 2,000 worshipers filled St. Mary's Cathedral on Thursday to see Salvatore Cordileone assume his role as Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco, as several dozen protesters angered by his leading role in the fight against same-sex marriage demonstrated outside. "I know in my own life God has always had a way of putting me in my place - little and sometimes big ways of reminding me of my need to depend upon him and to attend to the work of my own rebuilding from within," Cordileone told the congregation. "I would say, though, that with this latest episode...
  • Prayer Request for Michelle, Sister of my Sister-in-law, Mother of 3 brave boys serving our Nation

    10/04/2012 7:21:49 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 42 replies
    Self
    Received the following email from my Sister-in-Law: Hello Everyone, Just wanted to share some news about my sister Michelle. She has been diagnosed with Oral Cancer. About 10 days ago she had an ulcer removed from her lower lip and just received the results of the biopsy yesterday. The good news is that it has not spread to her lymph nodes and hopefully is localized. She is now scheduled for additional surgery on October 16th – the doctor needs to remove more of the surrounding tissue to make sure that all of it has been removed. The recovery period is...
  • From Islamic (conspiracy) lexicon: 'Zionist Hair Rays'

    10/04/2012 5:31:07 PM PDT · by Milagros · 26 replies
    Zionist hair rays Magical rays emanating from the hair of attractive Jewish women, with the ability to mesmerize Muslim men and render them sexually enslaved. Based on an Islamic justification of the need for the hijab, which covers women's hair so that it does not inflame the passions of men. Various imams have sermonized about "rays" from women's hair which needed to be avoided, and the notion was exaggerated by female bloggers for satirical purposes. In their quest for world domination, Wahabbi clerics caution their male followers about the dangers of Zionist hair rays. Sexually repressed Saudis are considered particularly...
  • Pope’s ambition, a blend of the Novus Ordo and the Old Rite, could sweep Church [Catholic Caucus]

    10/04/2012 4:23:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    CatholicHerald.co.uk ^ | Friday, 20 May 2011 | William Oddie
    The Pope’s ambition, a powerful blend of the Novus Ordo and the Old Rite, could sweep the Church There are too many difficulties attending both the Novus Ordo and the Old Rite By William Oddie on Friday, 20 May 2011 Cardinal Walter Brandmüller celebrated the Extraordinary Form Mass at St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (CNS photo) An extremely interesting story by John Thavis – which appears currently on the Herald’s homepage under the headline “Pope’s ‘reform of the reform’ in liturgy to continue” – reports what seems to me a potentially wondrous proposed advance. But will it happen? There is...
  • Pope says liturgical abuses detract from Christ

    10/04/2012 3:41:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | October 3, 2012 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. Vatican City, Oct 3, 2012 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has reminded Catholics that the liturgy belongs to Jesus Christ and his Church, and should not be changed according to individual whims. “It is not the individual – priest or layman – or the group that celebrates the liturgy, but it is primarily God’s action through the Church, which has its own history, its rich tradition and creativity,” the Pope said during his Oct. 3 general audience in Rome. “This universality and fundamental openness, which is characteristic of the entire liturgy...
  • Paul Ryan with hard-hitting religious freedom message to ‘fellow Catholics’

    10/04/2012 3:29:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 4, 2012 | JOHN-HENRY WESTEN
    WASHINGTON, DC, October 4, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Romney campaign has released a hard-hitting video message from Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan aimed at Catholics.  Speaking as a Catholic to ‘fellow Catholics’ about Catholic charities, Ryan said, “President Obama has attacked these indispensable institutions since virtually the moment he took office.” “We need a president who will support our God-given rights—not try to circumvent them,” he added. “The protection of religious liberty will be a cornerstone of a Romney-Ryan administration.” The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue told LifeSiteNews, “Rep. Ryan’s message is what we’ve been saying all along: the threat to...