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  • The Family's Mission in the Year of Faith [Ecumenical]

    10/06/2012 2:00:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | Sept. 4, 2012 | Father Mariusz Frukacz
    The Family's Mission in the Year of Faith Journalist From Polish Catholic Weekly Offers Reflections By Father Mariusz FrukaczROME, SEPT. 4, 2012 (Zenit.org).- What role can the family play in the context of the New Evangelization and the Year of Faith?A question that ZENIT asked Jowita Kostrzewska, correspondent at the Polish Catholic weekly “Niedziela.”ZENIT: There is talk of a crisis in the family in the contemporary world. At the same time, some believe that the family is important in terms of giving witness during the Year of Faith, which will begin in October. What is your point of view in...
  • Poll: PCUSA Church Members Increasingly Favoring Same-Sex Marriage

    10/06/2012 1:15:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/05/2012 | By Michael Gryboski
    According to a recently released survey, support for same-sex marriage among Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members and pastors has considerably increased since 2005. In research conducted by Presbyterian Research Services and published in October, the number of PC(USA) members and pastors supporting the denomination redefining marriage grew. In 2005, 23 percent of PC(USA) members supported same-sex marriage; in 2012, the number had increased to 34 percent. Among pastors, support for same-sex marriage in 2005 was at 35 percent; in 2012, it is at 49 percent. Jack Marcum, coordinator of Research Services at Presbyterian Mission Agency and author of the published findings,...
  • Hollywood Gets Religion, Again

    10/06/2012 1:00:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    First Things ^ | 10/02/2012 | Leroy Huizenga
    The Wall Street Journal reports that the cinematic return of the biblical epic is at hand. Russell Crowe will star in Noah, with a 148-foot ark, copious animals, and a $125 million budget. Steven Spielberg is in talks to direct Gods and Kings about Moses, Warner Bros. secured a script about Pontius Pilate, and 20th Century Fox is having Ridley Scott direct Exodus. Sony is developing The Redemption of Cain, while Lionsgate will distribute Mary, Mother of Christ, promoted as a prequel to the highly-successful The Passion of the Christ. Why? There are compelling economic reasons for Hollywood to...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/06/2012 11:58:46 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 12 replies
    October 6, 2012 | Irish Rose
    A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:6-8)
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INHIBITIVE FEAR, 10-06-12

    10/06/2012 11:26:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-06-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):INHIBITIVE FEAR Mental agitation as affecting moral responsibility. Of itself, fear does not remove the voluntary character of human actions, but it usually lessens their guilt, as also their merit. There is a distinction, however, between acting through fear or with fear. One acts through fear if it is the fear that induces one to act, as when a student cheats out of fear of failing an examination. Such actions are voluntary and imputable in most cases. One acts with fear if the emotion merely accompanies an action but does not cause it. Any significant human...
  • (Vanity) Prayer Request

    10/06/2012 11:17:28 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 45 replies
    October 6, 2012 | None
    Library Lady has a friend that almost died of a heart catheterization today and requests your prayers. Please pray for this precious soul.
  • Rap attack and "Precious Puritans" discussion (Vanity)

    10/06/2012 6:23:09 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 16 replies
    Christian Observer Forums: CO-URC | 10/6/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    Most of us in conservative Reformed circles are not fans of rap. I'm not either, though I have Korean relatives who are -- the "Gangnam Style" video of Korean rappers which has gone viral has shown to lots of Americans how our culture is affecting lots of places we would least expect it. The result is that many of us were probably caught unaware by the explosion on the blogosphere which greeted a Reformed man of African-American ancestry who uses rap as his medium of Christian music. The rapper, who goes by the name of "Propaganda," produced a rap song...
  • Unitatis redintegratio applied: Episcopal “Bishop” not seated for installation of Archbp. Cordileone

    10/06/2012 5:51:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 10/6/2012 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Rex novus in Aegypto.The other day Archbishop Cordileone was “installed” (a fitting word given the shape of the Cathedral in San Francisco).  You may recall that just days before the installation the Episcopalian (Episcopal) “Bishop” of California, Marc Andrus, wrote a hit piece, distorting Catholic doctrine concerning pastoral care of homosexual persons.  I wrote about Andrus HERE.  Among the ways Andrus bashed the Catholic Church and denigrated Archbp. Cordileone, there was also this: Claiming that the appointment of Archbishop Cordileone was met with mixed reactions by San Franciscans of “all or no faith tradition,” Bishop Andrus invited Catholics “less at home”...
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (10/6/2012)[Prayer]

    10/06/2012 5:45:32 AM PDT · by DarthVader · 13 replies
    10/6/12 | 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...
  • 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-06-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 6, 2012   Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Jb 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 President’s 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 (Zenit.org).- 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, it’s 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-Lagrange gives 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
    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.