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  • Does It Matter Which Person of the Trinity We Pray to?

    11/14/2012 9:33:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/14/2012 | John Piper
    The following is an edited transcript of the audio. Does it matter which Person of the Trinity we pray to? Yes, I think it matters. But being wrong about doesn't mean that it's in the category of damnable sin and maybe not even in the category of sin at all. The Holy Spirit is sent into the world, according to John 16, to glorify the Son. And he glorifies the Son by leading us to the Son and causing us to see the Son as the ground for our access to the Father. The Son came to die for our...
  • IRS Receives Complaint Against Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

    11/14/2012 9:29:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/14/2012 | Michael Gryboski
    A secular group has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, alleging that the ministry's activity during the election season violates its tax exempt status. Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based organization, argued in its filed report that BGEA's "vote biblical values" ad campaign violated the IRS' rules on religious groups and political campaigning. "BGEA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has run full-page ads publicizing Billy Graham's call for the electorate to 'vote biblical values,'" said FFRF in a statement last week. "The ads have appeared in several 'swing state' newspapers in preparation for tomorrow's...
  • The Crisis of a Second Obama Administration

    11/14/2012 8:23:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    First Things ^ | 11/14/12 | George Weigel
    President Obama’s re-election and the prospect of a second Obama administration, freed from the constraints imposed by the necessity of running for re-election, have created a crisis for the Catholic Church in the United States. In the thought-world and vocabulary of the Bible, “crisis” has two meanings: the conventional sense (a grave threat) and a deeper sense (a great moment of opportunity). Both are applicable to the Church in America these next four years. The immediate threat, of course, is the HHS (Health and Human Services) mandate requiring Catholic institutions and Catholic employers to include coverage of contraceptives, sterilizations, and...
  • Catholic Bishops Fail to Agree on Statement on the Economy

    11/14/2012 8:19:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 11/13/12 | David Gibson
    BALTIMORE (RNS) A divided Catholic hierarchy on Tuesday (Nov. 13) failed to agree on a statement about the economy after a debate that revealed sharp differences over the kind of social justice issues that were once a hallmark of the bishops’ public profile. The defeat of the document, titled “The Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic Times,” followed an hour of unusually intense debate among the 230 bishops gathered here for their annual meeting. It left many of them openly frustrated that the prelates have not made a joint statement about the nation’s economic woes four years after the...
  • Congregation of Divine Worship Undergoes Reform

    11/14/2012 8:15:56 AM PST · by marshmallow
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/14/12 | Andrea Tornielli
    The Vatican Secretariat of State has approved the reorganization of the Congregation for Divine Worship. A new office for liturgical music,art and architecture has been establishedThe Secretariat of State agreed on the Congregation's restructuring last 3 September with Benedict XVI's approval: the reorganization of the Congregation of Divine Worship involved the creation of new offices that will become operational as of next year. The main change is the establishment of an office, specifically dedicated to liturgical art and music (which Vatican Insider predicted in a previous article), which will provide guidelines to ensure that hymns sung during mass and the...
  • Please Sober Up

    11/14/2012 7:50:26 AM PST · by crosshairs · 11 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 9/26/12 | Tim Cameron
    2 Peter 3:3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” I sincerely think there are thousands upon thousands of us that are drunk on the Kool-Aid that this is a normal time in our lives. Despite the many dark an ominous signs to the contrary, there is something in us that wants to cling to a hope that this world is going to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DEONTOLOGISM, 11-14-12

    11/14/2012 7:46:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-14-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DEONTOLOGISM The theory associated with Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), that only acts done from a motive of duty have moral value. It is a stern moral philosophy, close to Stoicism, which holds that virtue is its own reward and therefore "duty for duty's sake" is man's highest moral imperative. (Etym. Greek deon, that which is obligatory + logia, science, knowledge.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    11/14/2012 7:00:20 AM PST · by Hiskid · 14 replies
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  • Bishops OK first new preaching document in 30 years (homilies to connect with daily lives)

    11/14/2012 6:05:48 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Cath News ^ | November 14, 2012
    The U.S. bishops approved their first new document in 30 years on preaching Nov. 13, the second day of their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.The document, “Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily,” encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people’s daily lives.The vote was 227-11, with four abstentions. Approval required two-thirds of the membership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, or 182 votes.The document was prepared by the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, chaired by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, with subsequent review and comment by eight other USCCB committees.During...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/14/12)[Prayer]

    11/14/2012 5:04:31 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/14/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures El-Olam-Everlasting God...Isaiah 40:28Isaiah 40 28. Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31. but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 14, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/14/2012 4:42:40 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 11/14/12 | Joel Osteen
    Look Again Today's Scripture “ ‘Go and look toward the sea,’ he told his servant. And he went up and looked. ‘There is nothing there,’ he said. Seven times Elijah said, ‘Go back.’ The seventh time the servant reported, ‘A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea...” (1 Kings 18:43–44, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The Bible says that after the prophet Elijah prayed and asked God to end the drought, he said to the people, “I can hear the sound of an abundance of rain.” He was saying in effect, “There...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 14, 2012]

    11/14/2012 4:40:51 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Discovering Divine Design "As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me . . ." —Genesis 24:27 We should be so one with God that we don’t need to ask continually for guidance. Sanctification means that we are made the children of God. A child’s life is normally obedient, until he chooses disobedience. But as soon as he chooses to disobey, an inherent inner conflict is produced. On the spiritual level, inner conflict is the warning of the Spirit of God. When He warns us in this way, we must stop at once and be renewed in...
  • NEW ANTI-ISLAM SONG: IT’LL BE ALRIGHT WARRIOR PRINCESS by Damon Whitsell

    11/14/2012 12:02:38 AM PST · by damonw · 1 replies
    THE WORD on the Word Of Faith BLOG ^ | 11-14-12 | Damon Whitsell
    From Damon Whitsell – Do you guys and gals like my new song I wrote today for my dear freind and very brave Anti-Islam Counter-Jihadist named VeraVera? I first wrote the music and need to record and produce soon. You like? (Your comments are open and requested below). You, being subscribers and visitors to one of my sites, are one of the first ones to see this online except for her. The song is really hers but I am sure she will let me record and distribute it soon. So if you like it, or if you don’t, please comment...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-14-12

    11/13/2012 10:01:09 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-14-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 14, 2012   Wednesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Ti 3:1-7 Beloved:Remind them to be under the control of magistrates and authorities,to be obedient, to be open to every good enterprise.They are to slander no one, to be peaceable, considerate,exercising all graciousness toward everyone.For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, deluded,slaves to various desires and pleasures,living in malice and envy,hateful ourselves and hating one another. But when the kindness and generous loveof God our savior appeared,not because of any righteous deeds we had donebut because of his mercy,he saved us through the bath of...
  • Will Obama’s Catholics Realize What They Have Done?

    11/13/2012 3:40:27 PM PST · by NYer · 63 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | November 12, 2012 | Fr. John Hollowell:
    First click here to watch a classic scene from the movie Brave Heart.By Fr. John Hollowell: Brave Heart is obviously a classic. In the film, Robert the Bruce, the dashing young man from the video above, betrays William Wallace for money, lands, and titles. He regrets it after looking into Wallace’s eyes and seeing the wreckage that his decision has on his country.I firmly believe that when Catholic hospitals are closing, when priests are being arrested for not marrying Adam and Steve, when our country starts aborting children with tax money, when the Catholic Church is completely turned on and...
  • On Serenity and Severity in Church Discipline

    11/13/2012 3:21:14 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 12, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The readings for today’s daily Mass (Monday Nov 12) largely deal with Church order and discipline. Paul in his letter to Titus tells him: For this reason I left you in Crete so that you might set right what remains to be done and appoint presbyters in every town, as I directed you (Titus 1:5).He adds that among other things, the men he picks be able both to exhort with sound doctrine and to refute opponents. Later in the letter we learned that people Crete tended to be unruly people and that there were many things that had been left...
  • New York Times new President/CEO says Christianity is based on objective truth

    11/13/2012 2:23:35 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    nycreligion ^ | November 13, 2012 | Tony Carnes
     Tomorrow, Mark Thompson takes over as the new President and CEO of The New York Times. Thompson is a practicing Catholic who believes "that the truths of the Christian faith are objective truths, rather than being entirely subjective."The position is primarily focused on running the business aspects of the Times. Thompson turned the British Broadcasting Company into a global online media powerhouse, and the Times management feels that he could do the same here.The New York Times Company announced on August 14th that Thompson would become its new President and CEO. Thompson left the position as director-general of the British...
  • Pope's representative calls on US Church for New Evangelization

    11/13/2012 1:56:57 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | November 13, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Papal Nuncio to the U.S. Archbishop Carlo Vigano addresses the 2012 USCCB Fall Meeting. Credit: Michelle Bauman-CNA. Baltimore, Md., Nov 13, 2012 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in the United States and its bishops should play a major role in the New Evangelization by presenting the gospel values they maintain amidst a secular culture, the Pope’s representative to the U.S. said. "The leadership of the bishops is of pre-eminent importance if the Year of Faith is to have a long-term effect and if the New Evangelization is to be not merely a temporary enthusiasm, but rather a...
  • The Recent Unpleasantness

    11/13/2012 11:27:30 AM PST · by ELS · 17 replies
    Truth and Charity Forum ^ | Nov 12, 2012 | Fr. John McCloskey
    On November 6, the citizens of the United States re-elected perhaps the most anti-Catholic president in its history to a second term.Even sadder, according to exit polls a majority of Catholics voted in his favor, even after they theoretically had imbibed the bishops’ message, conveyed from the pulpit and in various other media, that no Catholic should vote for a candidate who favors abortion rights and single sex marriage and does not support religious liberty.What is going on here? Clearly, to borrow a line from the film “Cool Hand Luke,” “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”Simply put,...
  • The Majority of Cardinal Dolan's Seminarians Are Pro-Abortion

    11/13/2012 10:30:37 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 119 replies
    Eyewitness | 121113 | Arthur McGowan
    On November 4, 2012, a debate was held at St. Joseph's Seminary in Dunwoodie, N.Y. At the end of the debate, out of 52 seminarians, 19 voted for Romney. Cardinal Dolan lectures his fellow bishops on the need for "conversion," while he is running a seminary in which a majority of the seminarians are pro-abortion.
  • An Open Letter to my Black Evangelical Friends (What is more important? Race or Moral Convictions?)

    11/13/2012 8:51:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/13/2012 | Michael Brown
    I am not writing this letter to accuse but rather to advance understanding. And even though I am white, I am not writing as an outsider but as a fellow evangelical, part of the same spiritual family. May I pose some candid questions? Are you guilty, on any level, of blind allegiance to the Democratic party? And, on Election Day, did any of you compromise your convictions out of racial solidarity? I have been very open in my criticism of white evangelicals, pointing out how we often put our trust in the Republican party and how we look to the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HYSSOP, 11-13-12

    11/13/2012 7:24:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-13-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HYSSOP A plant of unknown identity, mentioned in the Scriptures. Found in Egypt, Sinai, and Canaan, it was used to sprinkle the blood of the paschal lamb or victims of sacrifice. It is referred to in the Psalm Miserere and in the Church's prayers. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Redefining Deviance: The Gay Assault on Franciscan University

    11/13/2012 7:08:22 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 11/13/12 | Anne Hendershott
    The success that the gay community has achieved in shedding the “deviant” label has relied upon convincing the heterosexual world that homosexual behavior is perfectly normal. The recent uproar over a social work course titled “Deviant Behavior” at Franciscan University of Steubenville—which lists homosexuality as a form of deviant behavior—demonstrates just how vigilant the gay community remains in confronting anyone who might suggest that homosexual behavior could be anything but normal. It also shows how difficult it is for faithful Catholic institutions to teach students what the Church says about the nature of homosexual acts. The dispute at the Steubenville,...
  • Papal Encyclical on Faith Announced

    11/13/2012 6:57:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/12/12 | Edward Pentin
    Pope Benedict XVI’s fourth encyclical will be released in the first half of 2013, timed to coincide with the Year of Faith.VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI is to publish a new encyclical on faith sometime during the first six months of 2013, the Vatican has confirmed. “The Pope is preparing a new encyclical on the subject of faith, to be published in the first half of next year, during the Year of Faith,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told the Register this morning. The encyclical will be the Pope’s fourth; he has already written two encyclicals on the other...
  • Ireland’s Abortion Debate Heats Up

    11/13/2012 6:49:14 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    TIME ^ | 11/12/12 | Sorcha Pollak
    The first clinic offering abortions on the island of Ireland opened its doors in the Northern Irish city of Belfast on Oct. 18, but the 400 pro-life protesters gathered outside were determined that no abortion procedures would happen there that day. Buses full of antiabortion demonstrators stood on the sidewalks carrying banners and placards outside the clinic, which is operated by Marie Stopes International, a U.K.-based organization that works worldwide providing reproductive- and sexual-health care services. “We knew we couldn’t sit back and live in a country where unborn babies were being violently destroyed every day,” says Bernadette Smyth, founder...
  • Cardinal Challenges Bishops to Undergo Their Own Conversion, Renewal

    11/13/2012 6:44:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 11/12/12 | Mark Pattison
    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. bishops' conference, challenged his brother bishops to undergo their own conversion and renewal. One characteristic of this renewal is the sacrament of penance, Cardinal Dolan said. "This is the sacrament of the new evangelization, for as Pope Benedict reminds us, 'We cannot speak about the new evangelization without the sincere desire to conversion,'" Cardinal Dolan said during his presidential address on the opening day of the bishops' Nov. 12-15 fall general assembly in Baltimore. "I know I risk the criticism -- I can hear it now:...
  • Still Haunted by Amityville

    11/13/2012 6:41:48 AM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/8/12 | Steve Dollar
    One of pop culture's most enduring nightmares began 37 years ago this December in the bucolic bayside town of Amityville, on Long Island. That winter, George and Kathy Lutz and her three children from a previous marriage moved into a Dutch colonial house at 112 Ocean Ave, about 30 miles east of the city. Over the next 28 days, they contended, the family endured an onslaught of bizarre events that ranged from inexplicable hordes of flies to demonic visions. The Lutzes fled, leaving all their possessions behind. Their story, however, never went away. The 1977 book "The Amityville Horror: A...
  • Middle East to host Catholic youth conference {Ecumenical}

    11/13/2012 6:34:05 AM PST · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Catholic News agency ^ | 7 Nov 2012 | CNA
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Nov 7, 2012 / 02:02 am (CNA).- At least 1,500 Catholic youth from across the Middle East will gather at Abu Dhabi’s St. Joseph’s Cathedral for Arabia’s second Catholic youth conference this Nov. 15-17. “The future of a community lies in its youth, and we have placed paramount importance in our parishes to events and activities that foster and strengthen the faith of our youth and young adults,” said Bishop Paul Hinder of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia, which is based in the United Arab Emirates. He said many youth in the region cannot...
  • An Open Letter to my Black Evangelical Friends

    11/13/2012 6:05:41 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11-13--12 | Michael Brown
    I am not writing this letter to accuse but rather to advance understanding. And even though I am white, I am not writing as an outsider but as a fellow evangelical, part of the same spiritual family. May I pose some candid questions? Are you guilty, on any level, of blind allegiance to the Democratic party? And, on Election Day, did any of you compromise your convictions out of racial solidarity? I have been very open in my criticism of white evangelicals, pointing out how we often put our trust in the Republican party and how we look to the...
  • Progressive Evangelicals’ Epic Fail

    11/13/2012 5:59:37 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 12, 2012 | David French
    The election news last week wasn’t all bad. Last Tuesday represented the total failure of a multi-year leftist effort to move Evangelical voters left. According to the exit-poll data, not only did Evangelicals turn out for Mitt Romney at percentages that exceeded George W. Bush’s and John McCain’s share of the Evangelical vote, they also constituted a record-high share of the overall electorate. Alas, it wasn’t enough, but this turnout prevented a defeat from becoming a rout. It’s hard to overstate the extent of the progressive failure here. Ever since the triumph of the “values voter” in 2004, the Left...
  • 'Another Jesus': Does it matter if Jesus is distorted @ hands of Mormon leaders? [Finale: Part IV]

    11/13/2012 5:24:17 AM PST · by Colofornian · 86 replies
    Colofornian (Vanity) | Nov. 13, 2012 | Colofornian
    To summarize the chart below briefly: It provides greater detail in documentation than what was elaborated in Part III. The traditional Christ within Christianity is... ...uniquely THE ONLY begotten Son from eternity past, not one of millions of God's pre-existent "sons"; He is uniquely Savior, not one of millions of saviors per Mormondom; He is uniquely Creator and divine and self-existent from eternity past, not one of MILLIONS of men who are somehow likewise "self-existent" from eternity past; His blood is uniquely powerful beyond men's commandment-keeping -- lest the promise Jesus made to the thief on the cross become a...
  • 'Another Jesus': Does it matter if Jesus is distorted @ hands of Mormon leaders? [Part III]

    11/13/2012 5:15:10 AM PST · by Colofornian · 6 replies
    Colofornian (Vanity) | Nov. 13, 2012 | Colofornian
    I recall reading an author who made the case that if we view God in some off-kilter ways, we'll respond to Him in off-kilter ways. How we view God tends to set the tone for how we respond to Him; and Jesus said as much in one of His parables about investing talents. In that parable, the one Jesus described as a "wicked and lazy servant" (Matthew 25:26) was the one who had the "wrong" worldview of His Master -- as a "hard man" (Matthew 25:24)...In other words, the servant's view of his master was that of a taskmaster...versus one...
  • Lds leaders concede they worship, speak about, believe & acknowledge a different Jesus [Part II]

    11/13/2012 5:13:31 AM PST · by Colofornian · 34 replies
    Colofornian (Vanity) | Nov. 13, 2012 | Colofornian
    Sometimes, cult members -- like Mormons -- can describe a pretty "orthodox" sounding Jesus Christ. There's some things we actually -- really -- agree with Lds leaders in their general premises. Oh sure, Mormonism has indeed distorted the one True Jesus and twisted Him into an entirely different Being! (And just like a Nazi twisted "cross" is no cross at all, a twisted "Jesus" is no genuine Jesus at all!) But that still doesn't take away from statements where we can find agreement -- like when Mormon leaders readily concede that they worship, speak about, believe and acknowledge an entirely...
  • Will 'any ole' 'Jesus' do? (Two Mormon leaders clamor 'no'; and I agree with that!) [Part 1]

    11/13/2012 5:08:21 AM PST · by Colofornian · 27 replies
    Colofornian (Vanity) | Nov. 13, 2012 | Colofornian
    Introductory Chart The 'Mormon' Jesus vs. the Jesus of the Bible: From Eternity Past to Present Question at hand: If a 'counterfeit' person was using your name online -- and has some attributes similar to you -- does it make it 'you' if it's 'close enough?' Mormon Leader General Premises about 'Jesus' we actually agree with! Summary or Scriptural Summary LDS "apostle" Bruce R. McConkie essentially answered the question before the development of the Internet world: "A false Christ is NOT a person. It is a false system of worship, a false church, a false cult that says, 'Lo, here...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/13/12) [Prayer]

    11/13/2012 4:59:59 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/13/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures God is My Redeemer...Job19:25 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 13, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/13/2012 4:41:55 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 11/13/12 | Joel Osteen
    Keep Asking Today's Scripture “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Sometimes, people get discouraged in life because things didn’t turn out the way they hoped on the first try. Maybe they put energy into a relationship but it didn’t work out. They tried that new business venture, but they are still struggling with their finances. Now they think it’s never going to happen. But, one thing we...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 13, 2012]

    11/13/2012 4:41:11 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Faith or Experience? ". . . the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" —Galatians 2:20 We should battle through our moods, feelings, and emotions into absolute devotion to the Lord Jesus. We must break out of our own little world of experience into abandoned devotion to Him. Think who the New Testament says Jesus Christ is, and then think of the despicable meagerness of the miserable faith we exhibit by saying, “I haven’t had this experience or that experience”! Think what faith in Jesus Christ claims and provides— He can present us faultless before...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-13-12, M, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

    11/12/2012 8:13:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-13-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 13, 2012 Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin   Reading 1 Ti 2:1-8, 11-14 Beloved:You must say what is consistent with sound doctrine,namely, that older men should be temperate, dignified,self-controlled, sound in faith, love, and endurance.Similarly, older women should be reverent in their behavior,not slanderers, not addicted to drink, teaching what is good, so that they may train younger womento love their husbands and children,to be self-controlled, chaste, good homemakers,under the control of their husbands,so that the word of God may not be discredited. Urge the younger men, similarly, to control themselves,showing yourself as a model of good...
  • Catholic Caucus: Catholics urge more focus on social justice

    11/12/2012 7:29:12 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 51 replies
    The Catholic Review (Baltimore) ^ | October 30, 2012 | Patricia Zapor
    WASHINGTON - A large national study on faith and political views released Oct. 23 highlighted Catholics' interest in having social justice take a bigger role in the church's policy priorities. The American Values Survey by Public Religion Research Institute queried a cross section of all Americans but zeroed in on the opinions of Catholics, in particular, on topics including contraceptive coverage in insurance and the death penalty as well as on the pending presidential election. In interviews during September, a majority of Catholics told pollsters that they would prefer it if the church would focus its public policy statements "more...
  • Obama Cannot Defeat God. Obama Can Only Defeat Those Who Worship Obama.

    11/12/2012 3:45:06 PM PST · by Armaggedon · 13 replies
    Psalm 127/1 "Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it." There is no place for God in the Obama nation of desolation and it will not stand. Obama's house is built in the spirit of hate and lies. The LORD God builds his house in the holy trinity of Love, Truth and Life. Those who worship Obama's spirit have their reward, a house destined for destruction. Those who stand in the holy place, one nation under God, have their reward, a Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. Everyone must choose who builds their house of being...
  • Some thoughts on the five stages of religious persecution (please disregard original thread)

    11/12/2012 1:41:39 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 11, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    To stereotype means to repeat without variation, to take a quality or observation of a limited number, and generalize it of the whole group. It involves a simplified and standardized conception or view of a group based on observation of a limited sample. And thus as the 1960s and 70s progressed Catholics and Bible-believing Christians were often caricatured in the media as Bible thumpers, simpletons, as backwards, mentally simple, haters of science, hypocrites, self-righteous, old-fashioned and so forth.Catholics in particular were also accused of having neurotic guilt, hatred or aversion of sexuality, of being in a sexist institution. of it...
  • Obama assault on religious liberty rolls on

    11/12/2012 1:22:22 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Pundit & Pundette ^ | November 12, 2012
    Today's must-read comes from Tim Carney: Re-elected, Obama takes aim at religious liberty. A bit: Green and his family own Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts-and-crafts stores. They sued the administration on the grounds the contraception mandate prohibited their free exercise of Christianity by forcing them to pay for abortifacient morning-after pills. The Greens weren't arguing that morning-after pills should be illegal. They weren't even trying to keep their employees from using them. They just didn't want to implicate themselves in what they saw as immoral activity. The administration responded with an unsettling argument: The Greens aren't protected by the...
  • Russian Orthodox Head Meets Israel Chief Rabbis, Peres

    11/12/2012 9:44:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Pravmir.com ^ | 11/11/12
    JERUSALEM — Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill called on Sunday for closer cooperation between religions at meetings with Israel’s chief rabbis in Jerusalem, on the third day of a historic Holy Land visit. “In our times, when people are giving up faith and tradition, there is special significance to good ties between representatives of different faiths,” he told Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar. “Today, when so many people think that the main thing in life is to be free and give up belief, it is all the more important to retain moral values,” he said in simultaneously translated remarks. The...
  • Lincoln’s New Bishop Has No Plans to Change Bruskewitz Policies

    11/12/2012 8:49:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | 11/10/12 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    But how does he feel about deacons?Details: He’s got folk rockers Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers on his iPod. He’s on Twitter and Facebook. And he’s passionate about poetry, art and classical English literature. But when it comes to Roman Catholic doctrine, Lincoln’s incoming bishop says he’s ready to carry the torch of his predecessors who have made the Lincoln Diocese one of the most traditional in the country. “The Diocese of Lincoln has never suffered an identity crisis,” said Auxiliary Bishop James Conley of the Denver Archdiocese. “In other words, the church in Lincoln has always known...
  • Man Prays in Airplane Aisle, for No Particular Reason

    11/12/2012 8:43:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Patheos ^ | 11/9/12 | Terry Mattingly
    Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. That was my first reaction when I saw several versions of this bizarre little story from the tense world of airline travel, especially in the skies around Washington, D.C. This is one of those cases in which I really need to ask GetReligion readers to look at the whole story. Trust me, this will not take long. This is all of the CBS News item. DENVER – A United Airlines flight from Denver landed safely in Washington, D.C. after its crew declared an emergency, reportedly because a passenger began praying in...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PUSILLANIMITY, 11-12-12

    11/12/2012 8:37:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-12-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PUSILLANIMITY Smallness of soul that shrinks from noble or arduous tasks. Its basis may be a lack of humility or ignorance of human dignity in co-operating with divine grace to achieve great things for God's glory. (Etym. Latin pusillus, very small + animus, mind.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • University of San Diego Faculty Demand Reversal of Theologian's Disinvite

    11/12/2012 8:36:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 11/8/12 | Joshua J. McElwee
    More than 100 faculty members at the University of San Diego have presented their president with an ultimatum: Reinstate a canceled visiting fellowship for a British theologian or face potential public questioning of your capability to lead. The faculty of the Catholic university's College of Arts and Sciences made the move Tuesday in response to president Mary Lyons' cancellation of a fellowship for Tina Beattie, a theologian known for her work in contemporary ethical issues. Beattie was scheduled to begin a fellowship at the university's Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture on Tuesday. Lyons, who alleges the...
  • Lost Tribe of Israel Will Return To Zion After Unanimous Vote By Government in Jerusalem

    11/12/2012 7:27:18 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    NY Sun ^ | 11/12/2012 | MICHAEL FREUND, Special to the Sun
    Israel’s government has passed a historic decision, one that paves the way for the return of a Lost Tribe of Israel to Zion. Resolution 5180, which on October 24 received unanimous ministerial approval, will allow 275 members of the Bnei Menashe community of northeastern India to make aliya. Coming at a time of increasing uncertainty for the Jewish state, this development should infuse us all with some much-needed optimism regarding the future. [The discovery of traces of the tribe was first reported in America by The New York Sun, whose columnist, Hillel Halkin, told their story in the book “Across...
  • African Leaders Warn Welby: Anglican Church is ‘Fractured’

    11/12/2012 5:56:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/9/12 | John Bingham
    The new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is taking over a Church in “spiritual and institutional crisis” leaders representing 31 million African Christians warned tonight.A group of Bishops and senior clerics from Nigeria and Kenya issued a call for the Archbishop of Canterbury effectively to be replaced as leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion by an elected chairman. Meanwhile the Anglican church in Uganda offered Bishop Welby its support but warned the Church is “fractured” over questions such as homosexuality and the interpretation of the Bible. The remarks come following a meeting of Anglican leaders from around the world in...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(11/12/12)[Prayer]

    11/12/2012 4:51:19 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/12/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures God is My Salvation...Isaiah 12:2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”