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  • "The Om School Movement" By Dr. Peter Jones

    11/08/2012 6:28:20 PM PST · by truthxchange · 10 replies
    www.truthxchange.com ^ | Nov. 6, 2012 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Do you believe the claim Newsweek made in 2009 that “We are all Hindus now”? Phillip Goldberg does. In his book American Veda: How Indian Spirituality Has Changed the West (2010) he makes the compelling case that many Americans have adopted the spiritual Hindu principle of Advaita, meaning “not two,” and now believe that all is “one.” So Bill Clinton uses Eastern meditation, we speak freely of mantras, avatars, karma, mandalas, and…we practice yoga. Yoga is big in Southern California, even among Christians, and even in the schools. Is yoga just exercise, or is it part of the Hinduization of...
  • “Hitting Bottom” – Matt Archbold lays it out (Must Read!)

    11/08/2012 2:13:21 PM PST · by NYer · 73 replies
    AlwaysCatholic ^ | November 7, 2012
    I can’t help but think that America is now like your brother who can’t keep a job, drinks too much, is constantly asking for money, and oh, has a crazy bad addiction that’s destroying his life.You tried just lending him money every time he promised to go straight but he just ain’t gonna’ do it. At some point you accept that he’s going to have to hit bottom. You don’t know what bottom looks like but you know that he’s racing towards it. It might be jail, death, brain damage. Nobody knows. But at some point he’ll hear the thud...
  • How the Faithful Voted: 2012 Preliminary Analysis [Evang. up; other Prot. + white Catholics down]

    11/08/2012 2:10:53 PM PST · by Colofornian · 31 replies
    Pew Forum ^ | Nov. 7, 2012
    In his re-election victory, Democrat Barack Obama narrowly defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the national popular vote (50% to 48%)1. Obama’s margin of victory was much smaller than in 2008 when he defeated John McCain by a 53% to 46% margin, and he lost ground among white evangelical Protestants and white Catholics. But the basic religious contours of the 2012 electorate resemble recent elections – traditionally Republican groups such as white evangelicals and weekly churchgoers strongly backed Romney, while traditionally Democratic groups such as black Protestants, Hispanic Catholics, Jews and the religiously unaffiliated backed Obama by large margins. Vote Choice...
  • Religiously unaffiliated make up largest segment of Obama supporters

    11/08/2012 1:35:38 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    God Discussion ^ | November 7, 2012 | AL STEFANELLI
    The largest demographic of Obama's religious coalition supporters is made up of those who have stated they are not affiliated with a religion. The Public Religion Research Institute's 'American Values Survey' pegs that number to be approximately 23%. The largest percentage that supported Mitt Romney came from white, evangelical Protestants, at 37%.The survey also revealed that Obama supporters are younger, more diverse and more accepting of growing minority groups. Compared to the older, largely Caucasian and fundamentally religious group that supported the Republican candidate, analysts are predicting the demographic supporting Obama will translate into more wins for the Democrats in...
  • Obama’s collision with the Catholic Church is 'assured,' Fr. Pavone says

    11/08/2012 12:39:43 PM PST · by NYer · 67 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 7, 2012 | BEN JOHNSON
    CHICAGO, November 7, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) –  President Obama’s re-election sets up a looming clash with people of faith over abortion, marriage, and the implementation of government-controlled health care –a fight the pro-life movement has vowed to carry out by defying the president, reforming an increasingly unfriendly Republican Party, and building a culture of life that transcends the boundaries of politics. A second Obama term means “the collision course of the Obama administration with the Catholic Church…is assured,” said Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life after the election. He was outraged by the fact that a majority of his fellow...
  • How Christians Should Respond to Obama’s Re-Election

    11/08/2012 11:34:48 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 22 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 8, 2012 | JP
    As I join my fellow Christ followers in lamenting the re-election of a president whose policies have been decidedly unGodly, I am reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul. “Let every soul,” he instructed, “be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” What that means is that sovereign God, in His divine wisdom, has permitted Barack Obama to rule our troubled land another four years. Just as He allowed Pharoah to rule Egypt during the time of Moses; Ahab to rule Israel during the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INCENTIVE, 11-08-12

    11/08/2012 8:37:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-08-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):INCENTIVE That which incites a person to action. It is different from motive, which is in the mind as a final cause or purpose for doing something or refraining from it. An incentive is in the will or feelings, as love or hate or disposition, and thus impelling (or appealing) one to act. Actual grace as inspiration may be described as a supernatural incentive. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Report: Arabs burning 'First Temple cedars'

    11/08/2012 7:27:34 AM PST · by wesagain · 9 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 8, 2012 | staff writer
    Cedar beams dating to biblical times found at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, moved some time ago out of doors and left in the weather, now have been deposited unceremoniously at a dumping ground for local Arabs to use as firewood, according to a new report. According to Israel National News, it was a group of Jews who ascended the Temple Mount on Sunday who were shocked to see the ancient beams – apparently used during the time of the Holy Temple – left to be used for firewood. Archaeologists have dated the beams to the First Temple period, and they have...
  • Obama's Re-Election Sets up Two-Pronged Crisis for Church

    11/08/2012 7:08:40 AM PST · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 11/7/12 | Russell Shaw
    For the Catholic Church in the United States, the re-election of Barack Obama as president means serious trouble ahead – in fact, nothing less than an accelerating two-pronged crisis. The first prong of the crisis is that Obama is expected to press policies favoring abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage even more aggressively and coercively in his second term than in his first. The second prong is reflected in the fact that, according to CNN exit polls, 50 percent of the Catholics who voted backed Obama despite his well-publicized conflict with their Church, with 48 percent going for Republican challenger Mitt...
  • Benedict XVI and the Pathologies of Religion

    11/08/2012 7:04:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 11/7/12 | Samuel Gregg
    It passed almost unnoticed, but last month Benedict XVI significantly upped the ante in an argument he’s made one of his pontificate’s centerpieces. To the horror, one suspects, of some professional interfaith dialoguers and wishful-thinkers more generally, the pope indicated the Church should recognize that some types of religion are in fact “sick and distorted.” This message isn’t likely to be well-received among those who think religious pluralism is somehow an end in itself. Their discomfort, however, doesn’t lessen the force of Benedict’s point. The context of Benedict’s remarks was the 50th anniversary of Vatican II’s opening. In an article...
  • Don't Give Up...Staying Positive In A Negative World

    "If you haven’t noticed that we live in a negative world, you just haven’t been paying attention. These negative influences have been especially evident during the last few months of the presidential campaign. Each party has spent millions painting a picture of the worst possible scenarios for Americans if their opponent is elected. Not nearly as much has been spent expressing hope........Jesus was saying that the negative things going on around us—not necessarily in us—would cause the love of many to grow cold. ...Here’s another example. In 1 Samuel, we read the story of a terrible situation that David was...
  • Romney’s Fans in the Vatican

    11/08/2012 6:53:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/7/12 | Andrea Tornielli
    The Holy See and leaders of the Catholic Church in the U.S. are concerned about Obama’s positions on ethical issuesThe Vatican joined other States in sending its customary congratulations to the winner of the U.S. presidential elections. But there is no doubt that high profile American figures in the Holy See would have preferred Mitt Romney to win. President Obama has been an ally of the Holy See in areas such as social justice, international solidarity and dialogue with the Muslim world. But differences remain over abortion and bioethics. Benedict XVI had met the new U.S. president in the Vatican...
  • U.S.: Catholics Split Fifty Fifty Between Republicans and Democrats

    11/08/2012 6:48:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/7/12 | Alessandro Speciale
    Early figures show that 50% of Catholics chose Obama and 48% opted for Romney. The Catholic hierarchy’s hopes of a Republican victory were dashedAfter an election which saw Catholic voters take sides like never before, American bishops are finding themselves having to deal with Barack Obama’s re-election to the White House. According to the bishops of Pennsylvania, one of the key U.S. states that had been split between the two parties but then won over by the Democratic candidate, Obama would lead the United States to “los[e] its soul by little steps.” In recent weeks, many representatives of the Catholic...
  • Metropolitan Hilarion Seeks Legal Assessment of Lenin's Speeches

    11/08/2012 6:42:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/8/12
    New York, November 8, Interfax - Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, has supported the idea of investigating whether or not the works of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin contain elements of extremism. The Eparchial Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia approved of an appropriate initiative put forth by historian Vladimir Lavrov, the metropolitan said in a letter to Russian Investigative Committee Director Alexander Bastrykin. In August 2012, Lavrov, chief researcher of the Russian History Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, asked Bastrykin to investigate whether or not Lenin's works contain...
  • Justin Welby Set to Become New Archbishop of Canterbury

    11/08/2012 6:37:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/8/12
    Bishop of Durham Justin Welby, a former oil industry worker, is set to become the next Archbishop of Canterbury. It is thought the 56-year-old will be named on Friday as the replacement for Rowan Williams, who steps down in December after 10 years in the post. Bishop Welby became a bishop only a year ago when he took up the Church of England's fourth most senior post. Downing Street sources have confirmed the next archbishop will be formally announced on Friday morning. On Tuesday, leading bookmakers stopped taking bets on the succession after a run of bets on Bishop Welby....
  • Election Reflection for Warrior Catholics

    11/08/2012 5:55:04 AM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 8, 2012 | FR. JOHN HOLLOWELL
    I became a priest because God was calling me to it. I can promise you…it wasn’t my idea. At the time of my calling, and indeed throughout seminary, I imagined being a priest in a medium-sized parish, baptizing babies, marrying couples, growing old, and eventually dying and going to heaven.Perhaps to keep me from running away, I was spared viewing the type of priesthood that God has since let me know that I would ACTUALLY be called to. Practically from my ordination day, I’ve felt (and been shown) that the priesthood God is raising up in me and my...
  • A rebuke of the Dem's anti-Israel, Baruch Chapter 2 [ecumenical}

    11/08/2012 5:08:05 AM PST · by Cronos · 2 replies
    Douay Rheims ^ | 400 BC | Baruch
    A further confession of the sins of the people, and of the justice of God. [1] Wherefore the Lord our God hath made good his word, that he spoke to us, and to our judges that have judged Israel, and to our kings, and to our princes, and to all Israel and Juda: [2] That the Lord would bring upon us great evils, such as never happened under heaven, as they have come to pass in Jerusalem, according to the things that are written in the law of Moses: [3] That a man should eat the flesh of his own...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 8, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/08/2012 4:47:39 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 11/8/12 | Joel Osteen
    Closer Than You Think Today's Scripture “Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.” (Hebrews 10:35, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you been praying and believing for something that seems like it’s taking a lot longer than you thought? Many times, people can miss God’s best simply because they give up before they see their “due season” come. Don’t let that be you! Be encouraged today, your answer is closer than you think. If it seems like things are getting more difficult, remember, when the intensity heats up, that means you are closer to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 8, 2012]

    11/08/2012 4:45:42 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Unrivaled Power of Prayer "We do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered" —Romans 8:26 We realize that we are energized by the Holy Spirit for prayer; and we know what it is to pray in accordance with the Spirit; but we don’t often realize that the Holy Spirit Himself prays prayers in us which we cannot utter ourselves. When we are born again of God and are indwelt by the Spirit of God, He expresses for us the unutterable.“He,” the...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(11/8/12){prayer]

    11/08/2012 4:38:11 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/8/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures My Fortress, Shelter, and my Strong Tower Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(11/8/12)[Prayer]

    11/08/2012 4:31:39 AM PST · by left that other site · 14 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/8/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Psalm 23 1. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-08-12

    11/07/2012 8:20:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-08-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 8, 2012   Thursday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Phil 3:3-8a Brothers and sisters:We are the circumcision,we who worship through the Spirit of God,who boast in Christ Jesus and do not put our confidence in flesh,although I myself have grounds for confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he can be confident in flesh, all the more can I.Circumcised on the eighth day,of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin,a Hebrew of Hebrew parentage,in observance of the law a Pharisee,in zeal I persecuted the Church,in righteousness based on the law...
  • On the Desire for God

    11/07/2012 7:32:45 PM PST · by ELS · 7 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 7, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Desire for God Our Hearts Are Restless Until They Find Their Rest in God VATICAN CITY, Nov. 7, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in St. Peter’s Square. The Holy Father continued his series of catecheses on faith. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, The path of reflection that we have undertaken together in this Year of Faith leads us to meditate today on a fascinating aspect of human and Christian experience: man bears within him a mysterious desire for God. Very significantly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church opens...
  • On the Ecclesial Nature of Faith

    11/07/2012 7:17:52 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 31, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Ecclesial Nature of Faith No one can have God as Father who does not have the Church as Mother. VATICAN, OCT. 31, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in St. Peter’s Square. Today the Holy Father continued with the second reflection in his new series of catecheses on faith. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, We continue on our journey of meditation on the Catholic Faith. Last week I explained that faith is a gift, for it is God who takes the initiative and comes to meet us. Thus faith...
  • On the Nature of Faith

    11/07/2012 7:13:23 PM PST · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 24, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Nature of Faith "Faith is a gift of God, but it is also a profoundly free and human act" VATICAN, OCTOBER 24, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in St. Peter’s Square. Today the Holy Father continued his new series of catecheses on faith. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Last Wednesday, with the inauguration of the Year of Faith, I began a new series of catecheses on faith. And today I would like to reflect with you on the basic question: What is faith? Does faith still make sense...
  • Obama won Catholic vote, regular churchgoers chose Romney

    11/07/2012 3:27:11 PM PST · by NYer · 85 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 7, 2012 | Diogenes
    President Barack Obama won a slim majority of votes from self-identified Catholics, according to exit polls conduct by CNN. The polls shows that 50% of voters who identified themselves as Catholics voted for Obama, and 48% for Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The CNN poll did not distinguish between active and lapsed Catholics. Protestant voters swung heavily toward Romney, the CNN polls showed, with 57% choosing the Republican and only 42% voting to re-elect Obama. The initial reports on the CNN exit polls did not distinguish among the different Protestant denominations. Among voters who said they had no religious affiliation, Obama...
  • Beautiful & Wise Message

    11/07/2012 3:14:15 PM PST · by Wpin · 8 replies
    Vanity | 11/7/12 | Wpin
    My brother, I know how disturbing these events are to you. But, please remember that the King we recognize is forever King. I know I have been publicly rather neutral, some may say ambivalent and in some respects, that judgement may be accurate. But I have been deeply interested as of late in looking at the scriptural instances of a nation pulled in opposing directions. I have spent the last few weeks looking at Numbers 11 and have drawn several conclusions. First, the kind of dissent and dissatisfaction we are seeing in culture begins with all unbelievers. They all have...
  • Difficult Days Ahead for the Church?

    11/07/2012 12:21:18 PM PST · by NYer · 53 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 7, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    My remarks will be brief, since this is not a political blog, and I am not a political prognosticator. The American people and process have spoken. But a few remarks based on the election results, things I think of as undeniable facts for the Church, though you are free to offer any rebuttals.1. The strained relationship between the Catholic Church in the Democratic party will continue and the strain will likely grow. The reasons for this are that the Democratic Party is increasingly aligning itself with positions that are in direct conflict with Catholic teaching. More of this in the...
  • Direction for Our Time

    11/07/2012 10:34:09 AM PST · by mgist · 2 replies
    Direction For Our Time ^ | 11/7/12 | Anne the Lay Apostle
    Dear lay apostles, (Ann is a visionary from Ireland dedicated to spreading God’s messages) May God continue to grant us His most special blessings in this time. How are we, lay apostles, called to offer ourselves to the people we meet today? My friends, always and every day, we are called to offer hope. God’s kingdom is not of this world, and we, those who strive to bring about God’s kingdom, are probably serving as best we can. Often, in our service to God we decide what success will look like. But this is short sighted. Only God can judge...
  • Catholic Conservatives and the Obama’s re-election

    11/07/2012 8:26:03 AM PST · by annalex · 76 replies
    November 7, 2012 | Annalex
    Catholic Conservatives and the Obama’s re-electionby Annalex These are a few thoughts that I have, as a Catholic layman and American nationalist. I am also a monarchist, and so I recognize the basic futility of a democratic political process in a culturally divided electorate: the country has been for the past several election cycles largely ungovernable because it has lost a common ethical consensus. However, even in this predicament, elections serve a useful purpose. That is because regardless of the efficacy of the democratic process, politics remain one tool available to us to forestall a national collapse, and, possibly, cause...
  • Obama wins with the Catholic vote

    11/07/2012 8:23:20 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 111 replies
    patheos.com ^ | 11/7/12 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Obama wins with the Catholic vote November 7, 2012 By Deacon Greg Kandra Details, from Catholic News Agency: The Catholic vote was divided much as was the rest of the nation’s voters, leaning slightly in favor of Obama. A final Gallup poll, reflecting tracking from Nov. 1 to 4, showed Catholics favoring Obama by 52 to 45 percent.“The Catholic vote, like any number of votes, does have the potential to make an impact,” said Gregory Smith, a senior researcher who specializes in Catholic politics at the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life.While they do not vote as...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    11/07/2012 7:33:03 AM PST · by Hiskid · 11 replies
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  • How Should Christians Respond to Obama's Re-Election?

    11/07/2012 6:39:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/07/2012 | Russell D. Moore, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    The American people have decided that Barack Obama should have a second term. And, behind them, in the mystery of providence, God has decided that Barack Obama would be re-elected. So how should Christians respond to our once and future President? Many of us have some disagreements with the President. As a conservative Christian, I believe unborn children have certain inalienable rights, including the right to life, and I wish President Obama would work to protect them. I believe freedom of conscience is the preeminent right in a civil society, and the Administration's incursions on religious liberty are troubling. I...
  • Difficult Days Ahead for the Church?

    11/07/2012 6:17:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 48 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11/6/12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    My remarks will be brief, since this is not a political blog, and I am not a political prognosticator. The American people and process have spoken. But a few remarks based on the election results, things I think of as undeniable facts for the Church, though you are free to offer any rebuttals. 1. The strained relationship between the Catholic Church in the Democratic party will continue and the strain will likely grow. The reasons for this are that the Democratic Party is increasingly aligning itself with positions that are in direct conflict with Catholic teaching. More of this in...
  • The Religious Right is Dead

    11/07/2012 6:07:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 76 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/7/12 | Damian Thompson
    Guys – have a quick puff of your joint before heading down the aisle with your boyfriend. In addition to re-electing Obama, various American states voted to legalise dope and gay marriage. OK, so they weren't necessarily the same states, but you get the picture. Last night was a victory for secular liberal America – or, to put it another way, America's emerging secular liberal majority. The United States is still pious by European standards, but the gap is narrowing every year. You cannot visit American bookshops without being struck by the popularity of atheist cheerleaders or agnostic self-help gurus;...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/7/12)[Prayer]

    11/07/2012 4:49:15 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/7/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures My Refuge and my Strength Psalm 46:1 Psalm 46:1 (KJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 7, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/07/2012 4:36:25 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 11/7/12 | Joel Osteen
    Remember Your Victories Today's Scripture “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph...” (2 Corinthians 2:14, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you think about your past, what events do you remember? What memories do you allow to play over and over in your mind? In the Old Testament, they had what they called memorial stones. These were used to remind the people about the good things God did in their lives — their victories. Today, we need to remind ourselves to focus on our victories, too. Sure, we’ve all had setbacks, but when...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 7, 2012]

    11/07/2012 4:35:06 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Undetected Sacredness Of Circumstances ""All things work together for good to them that love God." " — Romans 8:28 The circumstances of a saint's life are ordained of God. In the life of a saint there is no such thing as chance. God by His providence brings you into circumstances that you cannot understand at all, but the Spirit of God understands. God is bringing you into places and among people and into conditions in order that the intercession of the Spirit in you may take a particular line. Never put your hand in front of the circumstances...
  • Persecuted Coptic Church in Egypt chooses a new pope

    11/07/2012 12:19:31 AM PST · by islamisasataniclie · 4 replies
    Examiner ^ | November 4, 2012 | Beatriz Schiava
    Bishop Tawadros will be officially enthroned as Pope Tawadros II, on November 18. The announcement comes amid increased persecution, kidnappings of women and children, harassment of Christians, imprisonment, and killings that the Church has been suffering since the Muslim Brotherhood has come to power. According to Christian Post Africa, it has become increasingly difficult to get permits to build Churches or to repair old ones. Lord David Alton, co-founder of the human rights organization Jubilee Campaign told CBN that “the exodus,” of the Christian community in Egypt has been unprecedented during the past 12 months. Lord Alton went on to...
  • Man of Lawlessness and 2 Thessalonians 2

    11/06/2012 11:08:41 PM PST · by LifeComesFirst · 23 replies
    The Bible ^ | Paul of Tarsus
    For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.
  • That Problem Must Go

    11/06/2012 10:28:24 PM PST · by Frank Broom · 9 replies
    11-7-12 | Frank Broom
    You might be going through a tough time right now, but let me just tell you that problem can't stand against your answer. Your answer is found in the word of God. What is the word of God, it's God speaking to you. It's God informing you of what He has spoken concerning your problem, that's your answer. Understand this, God has already spoken your answer not your problem. And there's no problem that can stand against the word of God. Your answer is much more powerful than your problem. Notice Romans 8:2 says, "For the law of the spirit...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-07-12

    11/06/2012 9:42:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-07-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 7, 2012   Wednesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Phil 2:12-18 My beloved, obedient as you have always been,not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent,work out your salvation with fear and trembling.For God is the one who, for his good purpose,works in you both to desire and to work.Do everything without grumbling or questioning,that you may be blameless and innocent,children of God without blemishin the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,among whom you shine like lights in the world,as you hold on to the word...
  • Thank you for those who prayed

    11/06/2012 8:53:30 PM PST · by Blogger · 117 replies
    11/6/12 | Blogger
    Well, it is 11:42 and it appears that the answer to many of our prayers was "no." Not what we wanted to hear. Heartbreaking, but not surprising. A nation can not, after all, run around being completely unrepentant of murdering nearly 60 million babies and expect God to turn His head away forever. We also can not have a leader who would turn on God's chosen nation the way Obama has and expect for God's blessings to continue. Such would contradict Scripture - to which God is ultimately always faithful. So where do we go? To our knees. Yet though...
  • Adoration begins in Eternal City for US elections

    11/06/2012 2:38:10 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | November 6, 2012 | Matthew A. Rarey
    Eucharistic adoration begins at San Lorenzo parish in Rome for the 2012 U.S. elections. Credit: Matthew Rarey-CNA. Rome, Italy, Nov 6, 2012 / 02:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in the Eternal City are holding an all-night Eucharistic vigil, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., praying that U.S. voters help their country by electing politicians who will support Christian values. “We’re praying that the Holy Spirit guide those who vote, especially all Catholics and people of good will,” said Father Frederick Gruber, 28, who is studying for his license in sacred theology at the Marianum. “We’re praying that life be protected, that...
  • COMMUNION THROUGH A FEEDING TUBE (And More on Confirmations)

    11/06/2012 2:10:08 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    ZNA ^ | November 6, 2012 | Father Edward McNamara
    ROME, Nov. 6, 2012 (Zenit.org) Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university.Q: In a program to help prepare parents of children who are to receive first Communion, a father asked about his child who has had a serious illness from birth. She cannot eat or drink normally but receives nourishment through her stomach directly by way of PEG [percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy] tubes. She attends normal school, speaks with difficulty, but is intelligent and leads a normal life. How can she receive Communion? Is it at all possible for her to receive...
  • Prayer for America on Election Day November 2012

    11/06/2012 9:35:03 AM PST · by ezfindit · 6 replies
    The Voice Blog - OrthodoxNet ^ | 11/6/2012 | Chris Banescu
    Dear Lord pour out Thy Holy Spirit on this nation and help us in this time of trouble. Give comfort to the suffering, strength to the weak, wisdom to the undecided, and courage to the fearful. ... Be merciful to us Lord for we are in need of Your love and kindness. Help us elect a faithful, loving, mature, hard-working, and wise leader, a man of character and integrity who will bring hope, peace, and joy to a suffering and crumbling nation.
  • Egypt's new Coptic pope hopes for 'true renaissance' under Morsi

    11/06/2012 8:38:02 AM PST · by annalex · 10 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | Monday 5 Nov 2012
    Egypt's new Coptic pope hopes for 'true renaissance' under Morsi In this Friday, 2 November 2012 photo, Bishop Tawadros speaks with reporters in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: AP) In his first statements as Egypt's new Coptic Orthodox pope, Tawadros II – selected on Sunday – voiced hope that Egypt would witness a "genuine national revival" under Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. He also announced his intention to reform church regulations governing papal elections, which have not been altered for the past 55 years. "I received the news with tears," Tawadros declared from the Saint Pishoy Monastery in Egypt's northern Wadi Natroun district,...
  • Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Maxim Dies at 98

    11/06/2012 8:22:17 AM PST · by annalex · 10 replies
    Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Maxim Dies at 98 Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria was in charge of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for 41 years. Photo by Cross The head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Maxim, has passed away at the age of 98. Patriarch Maxim died shortly before 4 am on Tuesday, the Bulgarian National Television reported. The head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church was hospitalized a month ago, and in the last few days he was on life support in the Governmental Hospital in Sofia. His All Holiness Maxim of Bulgaria turned 98 on October 29, 2012. Because of his...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: STATION, 11-06-12

    11/06/2012 8:02:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-06-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):STATION A term indicating where some part of a moving or progressive liturgical celebration takes place. Thus the new Liturgy for the Dead provides for three types of function: three stations, i.e., in the home, in church, and at the cemetery; two stations, i.e., in the cemetery chapel and at the grave; and one station only, in the home of the deceased. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Change Afoot in Cuba

    11/06/2012 7:04:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    First Things ^ | 5/11/12 | Jonathan Newman
    I recently concluded my second visit to Cuba in eighteen months. On my way out, I asked the airline official why I was given the luxury of sitting in the exit row. He smiled and replied, “The Holy Book says, ‘Do unto others what you want them to do unto you.’” When I asked him if he believed the Holy Book was from God, he laughed. “Of course! I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. Are you?” This was the last of scores of encounters over my previous week that signaled great changes underway in Cuba, both religious and political....