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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-11-12, Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    11/10/2012 8:33:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-11-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 11, 2012   Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Kgs 17:10-16 In those days, Elijah the prophet went to Zarephath.As he arrived at the entrance of the city,a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her,"Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink."She left to get it, and he called out after her,"Please bring along a bit of bread."She answered, "As the LORD, your God, lives,I have nothing baked; there is only a handful of flour in my jarand a little oil in my jug.Just now I was collecting a couple of...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    11/10/2012 5:09:13 PM PST · by Irish Rose · 11 replies
    November 10, 2012 | Irish Rose
    A glorious throne, exalted from the beginning, is the place of our sanctuary. O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water. (Jeremiah 17:12-13)
  • Four years later, Vatican takes a different approach toward Obama

    11/10/2012 2:57:52 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    cns ^ | November 9, 2012 | Francis X. Rocca
    A woman arrives early to vote at a polling place at the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine in Washington on Election Day, Nov. 6. (CNS/Nancy Phelan Wiechec) By Francis X. RoccaCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The day after Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, hailed his election as a "choice that unites," exemplifying America's ability to "overcome fractures and divisions that until only recently could seem incurable." Pope Benedict XVI sent the president-elect a congratulatory telegram the same day, noting the "historic occasion" of his election. Four years later, the Vatican's reaction...
  • An Old Dog Knows Whether it is Being Kicked or Stumbled Over!

    11/10/2012 2:50:21 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 7 replies
    CSTNEWS ^ | November 9, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    An old, mangy dog knows whether it is being kicked or stumbled over, but many Christians don’t know the difference! While dedicated Christians are responsible for the founding and direction of this nation, we are now being pushed, pelted, persecuted, and prosecuted by unfair, unethical, even unlawful politicians at all levels of government. A county official in California wine country told a pastor, “We don’t want your kind out here” The county leaders want no more churches and no church expansion of the only church in the county! That pastor should use his influence to put that official in the...
  • Democracy and Islam: Oil and Water?

    11/10/2012 2:37:07 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | November 10, 2012 | Howard Kainz
    During the Cold War, political theorists argued about the possible compatibility of communism with democracy, especially in the Soviet Union and the countries of Eastern Europe under its domination. Some of the suggested prerequisites included real representative governing structures, open competition for votes, a solid middle class buffering the extremes of wealth and poverty, openness to free trade and capitalistic initiatives.Many Westerners, viewing the emergence of the “Arab Spring” last year – and perhaps feeling a surge of optimism that countries like Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, controlled over past decades by dictators, could actually become viable democracies – may have...
  • The Answer Is Right Under Your Nose

    11/10/2012 2:12:10 PM PST · by Frank Broom · 2 replies
    11-10-12 | Frank Broom
    What's your issue in life? The issues of life come out of your heart (spirit) Pro.4:23. Do not look for change on the outside until you change the inside. Trying to change the outside without changing the inside is only a temporary fix. If you want to change your actions change your inner programming, what's on the inside of you. Your inner programming determines your actions. Your actions come out of your heart (Mark 7:20-23). And remember as a man thinketh in his heart so is he (Pro. 23:7). You put things on the inside of you by the words...
  • US bishops call for renewed view of marriage in wake of election

    11/10/2012 2:11:19 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    cna ^ | November 9, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone. Washington D.C., Nov 9, 2012 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops' leader on defense of marriage issues is calling for prayer and a “renewed culture of marriage” in light of recent votes against preserving the meaning of the institution in four states. “In a society marked by increasing poverty and family fragmentation, marriage needs to be strengthened, promoted, and defended, not redefined,” said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, who chairs the bishops' subcommittee on defending marriage. In a Nov. 7 statement, the archbishop explained that the previous day's election “was a...
  • These are the times that try men's souls.

    11/10/2012 2:11:15 PM PST · by Barnacle · 3 replies
    The Marxists are in control. But, are they really? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98br3RuMrJE&feature=related I take comfort in this. I hope you can too.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NECESSARY CAUSE, 11-10-12

    11/10/2012 11:54:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-10-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):NECESSARY CAUSE An agent that acts according to compulsory tendencies of its nature, and not freely or from conscious intent. It is a naturally determined agent that cannot not act the way it does. See Also: CAUSE,See Also: EFFICIENT CAUSE,See Also: FINAL CAUSE,See Also: FIRST CAUSE,See Also: FORMAL CAUSE,See Also: FREE CAUSE,See Also: MATERIAL CAUSE,See Also: MORAL CAUSE,See Also: SECONDARY CAUSE All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Church – The Bride of Christ

    11/10/2012 11:38:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Catholicim Pure.wordpress.com ^ | February 11, 2011 | Michael Voris
    The Church – The Bride of Christ Posted on February 11, 2011 by mmvc Many of you will have encountered Michael Voris, the Catholic layman with a mission, from his 5-minute videos entitled “The Vortex”. Through these regular short episodes, Voris aims to inform and educate fellow Catholics and those looking in from the outside. He exposes “lies and falsehoods” in the Church in a no-nonsense, no-holds-barred kind of way. Some love both his clean, crisp style and his message, while others are less fond of the messenger, but largely agree with what he has to say. And then there...
  • Question for the Day Sparked by Thoughts of the Upcoming CCHD Collection

    11/10/2012 10:15:53 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | November 9, 2012 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    In view of the information below about the U.S. bishops' domestic "charity," the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD),  I have a question: Who is more zealous about winning souls?The prince of this world or the U.S. bishops? ____________________________________ IT'S BAAACK...ANNUAL COLLECTION FOR CCHD -NOVEMBER 17-18 In about ten days, most dioceses in the United States will take up the annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. For years, researchers have demonstrated that a large portion of the collection goes to Alinskyite community organizing groups that advance abortion, contraception, same-sex activity, and cultural Marxism. In 2010 the controversy alarmed...
  • Pope Benedict Launches Latin Academy at Vatican

    11/10/2012 10:06:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/10/12
    Pope Benedict XVI has approved the launch of a new Latin language college in the Vatican. The Pontifical Academy for Latin will promote the knowledge and study of the language from classical times to the present day, said the Vatican. The Pope said the Church was the "guardian and promoter" of Latin and that a good understanding of it was more important than ever. The Church officially abandoned the use of Latin in Masses in the 1960s. But Pope Benedict has taken steps to make it easier for priests to say Mass in Latin, rather than their local language, if...
  • How Barack Bamboozled Catholics

    11/10/2012 8:42:39 AM PST · by NYer · 76 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | November 9, 2012 | George Neumayr
    The most anti-Catholic American president ever scooped up the Catholic vote again, winning half of all Catholics. This is down four points from 2008, but it is still an impressive feat after four years of persecuting the Church.Historians will no doubt record the grim irony of his achievement with some wonder. He has now won the Catholic vote twice and boasts an honorary degree in law from one of the Church's most prestigious universities, all while breaking her. Saul Alinsky, who pioneered the technique of bamboozling and exploiting the Church, would be proud.Obama also won the religious vote in general...
  • "...but thou shalt meditate therein day and night"

    11/10/2012 8:06:35 AM PST · by virgil283 · 3 replies
    "When I remember thee upon my bed, [and] meditate on thee in the [night] watches.....I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways...My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes....Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all"----Meditate is to ponder. It also means to mutter, ie say to your self, speak softly again and again. Not as the heathen do thinking their many words impresses God but to repeat to yourself to anchor it in your...
  • White Horse Prophecy [Mitt's Loss brings obvious conclusion that Mormon leaders falsely prophesied]

    11/10/2012 7:59:09 AM PST · by Colofornian · 954 replies
    MessagetoEagle.com ^ | Nov. 8, 2012 | Dustin Naef
    MessageToEagle.com - Normally, as a matter of personal preference I don’t get into politics, but when we have a presidential campaign that begins to cross over into the strange twilight zone of religious weirdness that centers on the one person who’s going to control the most powerful government and army on the face of the earth, well, it brings up some unusual scenarios to wonder about. It is being reported in the media today that former presidential candidate Mitt Romney only wrote a victory speech for Election Day; presumably a harried, last minute scramble to revise his speech was being...
  • Quoting Newman on the Veneration of Images [Cath-Orth caucus]

    11/10/2012 7:48:08 AM PST · by annalex · 20 replies
    The Way of Beauty ^ | November 6, 2012 | David Clayton
    Quoting the Eminently Quotable – Newman on the Veneration of Images by David Clayton on November 6, 2012 I am currently reading a new book on Newman which has recently come to my notice. It is The Quotable Newman – Definitive Guide to His Central Thoughts and Ideas. Published by Sophia Press it is compiled by Dave Armstrong with a forward written by Joseph Pearce. It is arranged by topic in alphabetical order, over 100 of them taken from 40 different documents, and under each topic, for example, Original Sin, the Fall of Man there are a series of quotations,...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/10/12)[Prayer]

    11/10/2012 4:32:54 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/10/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Avi'ad..Everlasting FatherIsaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 10, 2012]

    11/10/2012 4:01:45 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Fellowship in the Gospel ". . . fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ . . ." —1 Thessalonians 3:2 After sanctification, it is difficult to state what your purpose in life is, because God has moved you into His purpose through the Holy Spirit. He is using you now for His purposes throughout the world as He used His Son for the purpose of our salvation. If you seek great things for yourself, thinking, “God has called me for this and for that,” you barricade God from using you. As long as you maintain your own personal interests...
  • STANDING FIRM FOR THE FAITH

    11/10/2012 3:40:33 AM PST · by rhema · 5 replies
    David Barnhart ^ | November 9, 2012 | David R. Barnhart
    October 31, 2012 marked the 495th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther’s bold stand for truth was strengthened through his knowledge that the Scriptures are the solid, immovable rock upon which the whole church should base all its doctrines and faith. In time other men and women of faith joined Luther in embracing the biblical principles of the Reformation— Grace alone, Faith alone and Scripture alone. THEN AND NOW Looking at the spiritual bankruptcy within much of the organized church today, especially the false doctrines and deceptions being promulgated by Bible-denying clergy and theologians, it is obvious that another...
  • What religious voter demographics re-elected Obama? (& is it relevant if Mitt's Mormonism wasn't?]

    11/09/2012 9:10:29 PM PST · by Colofornian · 37 replies
    Colofornian (Vanity) | Nov. 9, 2012 | Colofornian
    If the religious makeup of the GoP candidate didn't matter to many FREEPERs, why is the religious make-up of certain voter demographics of sudden interest to many of these same posters? In three post-election days, I've seen five FR threads on what Evangelicals did -- or didn't do -- at the polls...and yet NONE on what Catholics did. Why the lopsided attention? Given that Catholics supported Obama by a 50-48 percent margin, wouldn't that be at least as relevant -- if not more? [Note: Going into the election, Pew Forum found that Latino Catholics were supporting Obama 73-19%, so even...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-10-12, M, St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor/Church

    11/09/2012 8:35:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-10-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 10, 2012   Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, pope and doctor of the Church   Reading 1 Phil 4:10-19 Brothers and sisters:I rejoice greatly in the Lordthat now at last you revived your concern for me.You were, of course, concerned about me but lacked an opportunity.Not that I say this because of need,for I have learned, in whatever situation I find myself,to be self-sufficient.I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances;I know also how to live with abundance.In every circumstance and in all thingsI have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry,of living...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes

    11/09/2012 5:05:05 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 7 replies
    11-9-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Genesis 49:24 His Bow Remained Strong and Steady and Rested in the Strength that does not fail him, For the Arms of his Hands were Made Strong and Active by the Hands of the Mighty God of Jacob, By the Name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.
  • Nobility in the United States: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

    11/09/2012 4:29:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Foundress and first superior of the Sisters of Charity in the United States, b. in New York City, 28 Aug., 1774, of non-Catholic parents of high position; d. at Emmitsburg, Maryland, 4 Jan., 1821. Her father, Dr. Richard Bayley (b. Connecticut and educated in England), was the first professor of anatomy at Columbia College and eminent for his work as health officer of the Port of New York. Her mother, Catherine Charlton, daughter of an Anglican minister of Staten Island, N.Y., died when Elizabeth was three years old, leaving two other young daughters. The father married again, and among the...
  • Our Spiritual Winter...(the election)

    11/09/2012 3:38:01 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 21 replies
    http://billrandles.wordpress.com ^ | 11-09-12 | Bill Randles
    The recent re-election of Barak Hussein Obama has served to uncover the deep Spiritual crisis in America, particularly among confessing Christians. What a blow to the cause of freedom,playing by the rules, and responsibility! On election night, most people I know didn’t expect anything less than a reprieve from the four years long nightmare that is the Obama presidency. We sat in stunned silence, contemplating the new reality. We who cherish the American ideals of limited government, Judeo Christian morality, and sane servant leadership, no longer have the prevailing consensus, for now. But perhaps our vision of the right path...
  • Smilingly Leading You to Hell

    11/09/2012 2:02:37 PM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Challies.com ^ | 11/05/12 | Tim Challies
    One of these is unlike the others: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, niceness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. According to Paul’s letter to the church at Galatia, all but one of these is what he refers to as the fruit of the Spirit, which is to say, visible evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian. If you are a Christian, your life will necessarily be marked by this kind of character. But which one is foreign to the list? Niceness. Humans seem to be naturally drawn to niceness. Niceness is comfortable. To be nice...
  • Pop Culture Presidency (what impact does personality have on the electorate)

    11/09/2012 1:45:43 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Splendor of Truth ^ | November 9, 2012 | Jeff Miller
    After election analysis can be interesting, but when it comes from the same people who got the pre-election analysis wrong it should be taken with many grains of salt. After election reactions can also be rather elitist. I know it is easy to want to disparage those who voted against a supported candidate in a “How dare you” tone. Political junkies kind of expect everybody else to be political junkies.Still I was trying to understand the dynamics of this election and was not really finding a key to understanding it. I was listening to Al Kresta and he said something...
  • Getting the Marriage Conversation Right (avoiding traps in the marriage debate)

    11/09/2012 1:17:30 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 8, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the most common and quickest traps and which most of us fall in the marriage debate about recognizing same-sex couples is that we allow the conversation to center around the couple themselves, that is, to center on the adults. But intrinsically marriage as an institution is not fundamentally about adults, it is about children.William May recently wrote a short book on this matter: Getting the Marriage Question Right: a guide for effective dialogue. I want to summarize one of the key points he makes.Marriage unites a man and a woman with each other, and any children born from...
  • What I think...

    11/09/2012 11:12:13 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 40 replies
    Holy Bible (KJV) | 09 Nov 2012 | US Navy Vet
    Ephesians 6:12 King James Version (KJV) 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places I think that because of almost 1 Century of This country ignoring and abandoning G*D's for this country will he has let Satan have his way with us.
  • Churches Not Necessarily For Public Good, Says Charity Watchdog [UK]

    11/09/2012 9:37:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/4/12 | Rowena Mason
    The Church of England and other religious groups are not necessarily acting for the good of the public, Britain’s charity watchdog said in a decision letter.Its officials cited a tribunal ruling that religion is not always for “the public benefit” as it denied charitable status to the Plymouth Brethren, an exclusive Christian group, for one of its churches in Devon. In a letter to the Plymouth Brethren, the watchdog set out a recent tribunal decision that “there is no presumption that religion generally, or at any more specific level, is for the public benefit, even in the case of Christianity...
  • On God's Election of Obama

    11/09/2012 9:29:40 AM PST · by Arkansas Toothpick · 39 replies
    Parchment and Pen Blog ^ | November 7, 2012 | C. Michael Patton
    I have kept an eye on what people are saying in my circles about Obama’s re-election. Things don’t look too good there. Fear, anger, frustration, and hopelessness are filling the thoughts of those of us who are supposed to have the most hope. There is no time that the sin of idolatry comes to light more than after a Presidential election. One person I know says that they are taking off a week of work to recover. Another says they are leaving the country. Yet another says this is the downfall of America. It is the end. The downfall of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAETARE SUNDAY, 11-09-12

    11/09/2012 7:49:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): .subadimg { text-align:center; } .subadimg a img { border:none; }   LAETARE SUNDAY The fourth Sunday of Lent, when the introductory word of the Introit is laetare, "Rejoice O Jerusalem." As it is Mid-Lent Sunday, rose vestments are worn, flowers are permitted on the altar, and the organ is played. On this day the Golden Rose is blessed. The day is referred to also as Mediana, Mid-Lent, Mi-Caręme, Mothering, Rose, or Refreshment Sunday. See Also: GAUDETE SUNDAY All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with...
  • Catholics and Evangelicals: Past, Present, and Future

    11/09/2012 6:45:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 11/7/12 | Carl E. Olson
    An interview with Kenneth J. Collins, author of "Power, Politics, and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism"Kenneth J. Collins, PhD is professor of historical theology and Wesley Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of several books, including The Theology of John Wesley (Abingdon) and The Evangelical Moment (Baker). His most recent book, Power, Politics, and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism (InterVarsity Press, 2012), is a history of American Evangelicalism from the late 19th century to the present day, focusing on the cultural influence and political fortunes of Evangelical Protestants; it also addresses many facets of Catholic-Evangelical relations....
  • Czech Parliament Approves Return Of Church Properties

    11/09/2012 6:31:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 11/9/12
    The Czech Parliament has approved a plan to return billions of dollars in church properties that were confiscated by the previous Communist regime. The Catholic Church in the Czech Republic has welcomed the deal, after years of negotiations. Under the legislation, churches will receive lands, properties and compensation worth some $7 billion over a period of 30 years. It includes about six percent of the country's forests and fields that once belonged to mostly Christian churches. That land, which was confiscated by the previous Communist regime after 1948, could in future be developed, rented or sold to help pay for...
  • Green Bay Diocese's Tax Status Challenged After Bishop's Voting Letter

    11/09/2012 6:27:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Green Bay | 11/8/12 | Paul Srubas
    Article cannot be posted due to copyright issues but click HERE for the full story.
  • We aren’t supposed to have wonderful lives (vanity)

    11/09/2012 6:26:38 AM PST · by EverHopeful · 7 replies
    It's fitting that we lament the uncountable violations of fundamental rights that will likely result from the last election, but it's foolish to despair. In fact, we should be glad and rejoice. We, in general, aren't supposed to have a long life, good health, a loving spouse, fantastic sex, nurturing parents, respectful children, wealth, power, fame, honorable leaders, civilized neighbors, wise teachers, an interesting career, empathetic supervisors, obedient subordinates, and so on. Future generations aren't supposed to have them either. We were created to be kind to the unkind, patient with the impatient, generous to the selfish, and even gentile...
  • Washington Bishops Seek Stronger Catechesis After Same-sex Marriage Vote

    11/09/2012 6:24:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    CathNews USA ^ | 11/9/12
    Voter approval of a Washington state referendum legalizing same-sex marriage was greeted by a call for “real and respectful dialogue in our church” by the organization of Catholics supporting Referendum 74 — and by bishops’ statements their sees to stronger catechesis on traditional and sacramental marriage. “We are very proud that Catholics around the country followed their consciences rather than the rigid position of the hierarchy, and their voting reflected the spirit of Catholic social teaching,” said the statement from Catholics for Marriage Equality Washington, alluding to other successful popular votes legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine and Maryland. “Sadly, our...
  • Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem(11/9/12)[Prayer]

    11/09/2012 4:56:41 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/9/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Wonderful CouselorIsaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 9, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/09/2012 4:43:15 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | Joel Osteen
    The Gift Today's Scripture Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Proverbs 27:1, ESV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you see every day as a blessed gift from God? Many times when we hear this, we may be tempted to brush it off and say, “Yeah, yeah, I know. Every day is special.” But truly it is! God ordained this day before the foundation of the earth. He has already ordered blessings for you. He has already orchestrated the right opportunities for you. He has already made the right...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 9, 2012]

    11/09/2012 4:42:12 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Sacred Service "I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ . . ." —Colossians 1:24 The Christian worker has to be a sacred “go-between.” He must be so closely identified with his Lord and the reality of His redemption that Christ can continually bring His creating life through him. I am not referring to the strength of one individual’s personality being superimposed on another, but the real presence of Christ coming through every aspect of the worker’s life. When we preach the historical facts of...
  • Corrupt Politicians Aren't the Problem....Just a Symptom of the Problem

    11/09/2012 1:54:39 AM PST · by goodn'mad · 18 replies
    Vanity
    Unless we have a national soul searching, life changing revivial, I'm afraid that our nation is at an end. Right has become wrong and wrong has become right. I don't think we are at the crossroads; we've already passed that with this election. The Lord is our only hope but you know, He always has been. We as a nation just haven't been listening. I'm as guilty as anyone. Regarding the election, Obama and the liberal senators who were just swept into office are not the problem. They are just a symptom of the problem. Our problem is a spiritual...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-09-12, Feast, Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

    11/08/2012 8:20:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-09-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 9, 2012   Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome   Reading 1 Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 The angel brought meback to the entrance of the temple,and I saw water flowing outfrom beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,for the façade of the temple was toward the east;the water flowed down from the southern side of the temple,south of the altar.He led me outside by the north gate,and around to the outer gate facing the east,where I saw water trickling from the southern side.He said to me,"This water flows into the eastern district down...
  • Russia Church Leader Embarks on Holy Land Visit

    11/08/2012 8:14:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Orthodox Church ^ | 11/9/12 | AFP
    MOSCOW (AFP)—Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Friday will make his first visit to the Holy Land since becoming head of the powerful church in 2009, in a trip which underlines his global influence as a religious leader. Kirill’s first official visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories will be held “under the sign of peace,” spokesman of the Russian Orthodox Church, Father Alexander Volkov, told AFP. The visit will see Kirill meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres, the Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas and King Abdullah II of Jordan in a new sign of his importance as a global religious...
  • Following the Truth: One Way To Be Sure You’re Following God’s Will… [Catholic & Open]

    11/08/2012 7:07:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    http://www.followingthetruth.com/blog/ ^ | Apr 12th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    One Way To Be Sure You’re Following God’s Will… Apr 12th, 2012by Gary Zimak.  “Do you really believe God loves you? If you do, you know that everything that happens in your life is for your good. And it isn’t always a peaceful experience.” (Mother Angelica)How do I know what God wants me to do with my life? How can I be sure that I’m following His will?While this is a concern for anyone who is sincerely trying to follow the Lord, the answer is simpler than you realize. Although there are decisions that must be made in the course...
  • "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.