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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 6, 2012]

    10/06/2012 4:45:11 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Nature of Regeneration "When it pleased God . . . to reveal His Son in me . . ." —Galatians 1:15-16 If Jesus Christ is going to regenerate me, what is the problem He faces? It is simply this— I have a heredity in which I had no say or decision; I am not holy, nor am I likely to be; and if all Jesus Christ can do is tell me that I must be holy, His teaching only causes me to despair. But if Jesus Christ is truly a regenerator, someone who can put His own heredity...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (10/6/12)[Prayer]

    10/06/2012 4:43:15 AM PDT · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/6/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jerusalem In The Scriptures Chapter 7 is a Census of the Returned Exiles, so we will proceed to Chapter 8. 1 all the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded for Israel. 2 So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to...
  • God Is Still With You

    10/05/2012 9:06:37 PM PDT · by Frank Broom · 11 replies
    10-06-12 | Frank Broom
    In rough times you may be wondering where is God, but he is still there. And he can turn things around. Right in the midst of your hard times that thing can change. And God can do it in a way that people will see that God is with you. Take Isaac in chapter 26 of Genesis, when there was a famine he sowed and reaped an hundredfold. He was so blessed that the people asked him to leave. And after he left they came to him again to make a covenant between them, because they said, "We saw certainly...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-06-12, OM, St. Bruno, Bl. Marie Rose Durocher

    10/05/2012 8:33:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 10-06-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 6, 2012 Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Jb 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17 Job answered the LORD and said: I know that you can do all things,and that no purpose of yours can be hindered.I have dealt with great things that I do not understand;things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know.I had heard of you by word of mouth,but now my eye has seen you.Therefore I disown what I have said,and repent in dust and ashes. Thus the LORD blessed the latter days of Jobmore than his earlier ones.For he had fourteen...
  • The Presidents Pitch to People of Faith

    10/05/2012 2:49:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 4, 2012 | George Neumayr
    In 2008, Barack Obama stole a chunk of religious voters from the GOP by clothing his secularist and socialist positions in quasi-religious garb.“People of faith” received their own slot on his campaign web site, a mere two tabs down from the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community.” Obama “valued” the religious, as he put it. He particularly valued their votes. Obama has long believed in the separation of church and state but not in the separation of bogus religiosity from winning.This year his pitch to the religious is a little more tricky in light of the HHS mandate and other...
  • On the Ecclesial Nature of Liturgical Prayer

    10/05/2012 2:04:33 PM PDT · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 3, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Ecclesial Nature of Liturgical Prayer The Liturgy is the Act Whereby We Enter Into Contact with God VATICAN, OCTOBER 3, 2012 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in St. Peter’s Square. The Holy Father continued his new series of catecheses on prayer in the Sacred Liturgy by reflecting upon the ecclesial nature of liturgical prayer. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the last catechesis I began to speak about one of the privileged sources of Christian prayer: the sacred liturgy, which – as the Catechism of the Catholic Church states...
  • Things we can learn from Dogs

    10/05/2012 1:26:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 4, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Today for the feast of St. Francis of Assisi and, like many parishes, we conducted a blessing of the animals. Over 80 neighbors brought their pets (mostly dogs) by for a blessing this evening. To each of them I passed out a little list of things we can learn from dogs. The list that appears below. Scripture says little about dogs and when it does it is never flattering. Most of the references make one think of wild dogs who ran in packs. Psalm 22:16 says, “Many dogs have surrounded me, a pack of evildoers closes in upon me. Or...
  • Obama Administration Tells Small Catholic College to Create Hockey Team for Girls

    10/05/2012 1:17:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | October 3, 2012
    The Obama administration has forced a small Catholic college to create a girl’s hockey team.The United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights ruled that Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, is “not providing equal opportunity for women to participate in its intercollegiate athletics program” in compliance with Title IX regulations.The beancounters at OCR determined that while women made up 47.4% of the student body in 2009-2010, they only had 34.8% of the athletic opportunities. “To achieve proportionality in opportunities without decreasing opportunities for male students, the College would have to create 87 new participation opportunities for female athletes,”...
  • New San Francisco Archbishop Must Accept Homosexuals, Says Former Catholic Charities Director

    10/05/2012 12:36:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    On the day that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was installed as the head of the San Francisco archdiocese, the former director of the archdiocesan office of Catholic Charities published an op-ed column warning that the incoming prelate should not stress Catholic teachings regarding the sanctity of marriage. No one expects him to be silent on church teaching, but he has a choice to make, wrote Brian Cahill in the San Francisco Chronicle. He continued: He can continue to be the aggressive, outspoken leader of the American Catholic bishops in their effort to prevent civil gay marriage, or he can be the...
  • The Principle of Contradiction: 8 things everyone should know

    10/05/2012 8:54:00 AM PDT · by concernedAmerican1 · 15 replies
    TFP Student Action ^ | 10-04-12 | TFP
    What is the principle of contradiction? In a nutshell, its this: a thing cannot be and not be at the same time. Saint Thomas Aquinas shows that not even God can deny the principle of contradiction, the absolute law of the order of being, because it is impossible for God to will the absolutely impossible (Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1, chap. 84). Father Garrigou-Lagrangegives us eight principal reasons, based on Aristotle, for defending the necessity and real validity of the principle of contradiction. They are briefly: 1. To deny this necessity and this validity would be to deprive words of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALMS BOX, 10-05-12

    10/05/2012 8:35:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 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 Im 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 Posts On Faith blog, and Alan Miller, New York Salons 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...
  • Shanghais 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 auxiliarys 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 ^ | 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 doesnt matter what your need is today, God wants to increase you! One time in the Old Testament, God simply multiplied the sound of four mens 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 itthough 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 ^ | 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.