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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-02-12, First Sunday of Advent

    12/01/2012 9:34:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-02-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 2, 2012 First Sunday of Advent Reading 1Jer 33:14-16 The days are coming, says the LORD,when I will fulfill the promiseI made to the house of Israel and Judah.In those days, in that time,I will raise up for David a just shoot ;he shall do what is right and just in the land.In those days Judah shall be safeand Jerusalem shall dwell secure;this is what they shall call her:"The LORD our justice." Responsorial PsalmPs 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 R. (1b) To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;teach me...
  • Man says prayer group leader told him to kill wife

    12/01/2012 7:49:38 PM PST · by Morgana · 40 replies
    yahoo ^ | 12/1./2012 | BILL DRAPER
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Less than three months after he stood as a groomsman in the wedding of two friends he had known since college in Texas, Micah Moore walked into a suburban Kansas City police department and unloaded a dark secret: He had taken the woman's life at the request of her new husband, a charismatic prayer group leader. Police said Bethany Deaton's death initially appeared to be a suicide. Officers found a note and empty bottle of over-the-counter pain medication along with her body in a minivan parked by a lake on Oct. 30. It wasn't until...
  • The First Four HORRIFIC Trumpet Judgments of the Day of the Lord

    12/01/2012 4:37:43 PM PST · by kindred · 38 replies
    The Ignorant fishermen.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    Following the Seal Judgments of the Lamb of God come Almighty God's "Trumpet Judgments" upon the earths inhabitants, its vegetation, its water (fresh and salt) and the celestial lights in the first and second heavens (Rev. 8:1-13). As we shall see, the first four of the seven Trumpet Judgments shall strike the earth and its inhabitants with unparalleled EXPONENTIAL global cataclysmic destruction. Let us take a look! The First Trumpet Judgment destroys 1/3 of all trees and grass upon the face of the earth with fire! (Rev.8:7). That comes to roughly 133 billion trees. 7% of all land mass is...
  • Will Smithmas return this year? [Merry Smithmas!? Lds' Joseph Smith b'day usurps Christ's birth?]

    12/01/2012 3:10:48 PM PST · by Colofornian · 55 replies
    Mormon Discussions.com ^ | Nov. 30, 2012 | Aristotle Smith
    I just realized that Christmas falls on a Tuesday this year, so December 23 is on a Sunday. This of course provides a great opportunity for the LDS church to prove its Christian roots by using that day to talk about Joseph Smith, it is his birthday after all. So, will the average LDS ward celebrate Smithmas or Christmas on December 23 this year? I'm guessing my wife's ward will split the difference and dedicate part to Joseph Smith and part to Jesus. I may even have to show up and pay attention to see what happens, it could be...
  • Former rector of nations largest Episcopal church becomes a Catholic

    12/01/2012 1:48:30 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 1, 2012
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The former rector of the nation’s largest Episcopal church has become a Roman Catholic.The Rev. Larry Gipson was dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham from 1982-94 and rector at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, where his parishioners included former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, from 1994-2008.Last month, Gipson was accepted as a Catholic into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a structure set up by Pope Benedict XVI to accept former Anglicans into the Catholic Church. “The nature of authority in the Catholic Church is what...
  • Police investigate vandalism to 3 religious statues (decapitated) at Catholic shrine in Portland

    12/01/2012 1:40:39 PM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    The Republic ^ | December 1, 2012
    PORTLAND, Oregon — Police in Portland say a maximum $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in the case of Italian marble religious statues damaged at a Catholic shrine and botanical garden.Sgt. Pete Simpson says three statues were damaged this week, with the heads removed.Police recovered one of the statue heads Friday after a passer-by called to say it was perched on a post at the west end of the 62-acre site popularly known as The Grotto. That head belonged to a statue of the Virgin Mary.Still missing are heads belonging to statues of St. Joseph...
  • Second Seal: World War 3 (For your discernment)

    12/01/2012 12:49:39 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    TheWarningSecondComing.com ^ | Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 @ 03:10 am | Maria from Jesus
    Second Seal: World War 3 Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 @ 03:10 am My dearest beloved daughter I must inform you that a Third World War is about to unfold in the world My tears flow this morning as you can see.*The Second Seal is about to unfold as foretold to John the Evangelist in the Book of Revelation.It will start in Europe.Your banking system will be the cause and Germany, once again, will be involved in this tragedy as it was on the last two occasions.When it commences much will be over saving the economy and catastrophe will affect...
  • Yes, God does Bless us Financially Im Proof

    12/01/2012 12:47:12 PM PST · by InHisService · 109 replies
    Consequential Commentary ^ | 12-1-2012 | Mary C. Kirchhoff
    I received a letter from The Social Security administration; they had made some kind of mistake in calculating the benefits due to my daughter and I. They had corrected the mistake, and had deposited over $1,800 into my checking account.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NIMROD, 12-01-12

    12/01/2012 12:29:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-01-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):NIMROD A descendant of Noah and son of Cush. He is impressively described in Genesis as ' the first potentate on earth" and "a mighty hunter in the eyes of Yahweh." Several Babylonian cities are mentioned as being "in his empire" (Genesis 10:8-10). These phrases, brought together, seem to indicate that he was a prominent military leader respected by neighboring peoples. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/01/2012 12:09:17 PM PST · by Irish Rose · 13 replies
    December 1, 2012 | Irish Rose
    Then I said, For how long, O Lord? And he answered: Until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant, until the houses are left deserted and the fields ruined and ravaged, until the LORD has sent everyone far away and the land is utterly forsaken. And though a tenth remains in the land, it will again be laid waste. But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps when they are cut down, so the holy seed will be the stump in the land. (Isaiah 6:11-13)
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (12/1/12)[Prayer]

    12/01/2012 4:52:45 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/1/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures The LORD God (YHVH Elohim, The Sovereign LORD(NIV) הָאֵל לָנוּ, אֵל לְמוֹשָׁעוֹת: וְלֵיהוִה אֲדֹנָי–לַמָּוֶת, תֹּצָאוֹת Psalm 68:20, God is unto us a God of deliverances; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues of death.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-01-12

    11/30/2012 9:38:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-01-12 | Revised New American Bible
    For your reading, reflection, faith-sharing, comments, questions, discussion. December 1, 2012 Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Rv 22:1-7 John said:An angel showed me the river of life-giving water,sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of Godand of the Lamb down the middle of the street,On either side of the river grew the tree of lifethat produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month;the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations.Nothing accursed will be found anymore.The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it,and his servants will worship...
  • Catholic Church's Exorcist Hotline - Press 1 for Demonic Possession, Press 2 for Visions of Hell

    11/30/2012 9:23:25 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 30 November 2012 | Kerry Mcdermott
    Press one for demonic possessions, press two for visions of Hell ... Catholic Church sets up exorcist hotline The hotline has been set up in Milan, Europe's biggest Roman Catholic diocese, to cope with growing demand for exorcisms People ringing the hotline will be able to schedule a visit from one of a team of 12 on-call priests Help is at hand for Catholics in Milan who need to ward off evil at short notice. The diocese has set up an exorcist hotline to cope with growing demand for assistance in dealing with potential cases of demonic possession....
  • The Demographic that Should Keep Rove Awake at Night

    11/30/2012 9:15:36 PM PST · by filbert00 · 32 replies
    Religion Dispatches ^ | Nov. 26, 2012 | Katherine Stewart
    Imagine a demographic that has doubled its share of the population over the past two decades, is up by 25 percent over the past four years, and now accounts for as many as one in five Americans. Imagine that this demographic votes disproportionately for one political partyto the tune of 70 percent for Obama versus 26 percent for Romney in the 2012 election. Sounds like a demographic that ought to be of interest to politicians, journalists, and activists, right? That demographic consists of people who describe themselves as atheist, agnostic, or religiously unaffiliatedthe nones, as theyre sometimes called. And it...
  • Feast of Saint Andrew (Catholic Caucus)

    11/30/2012 5:38:40 PM PST · by johniegrad · 4 replies
    Murder in the Cathedral. | 1935 | T.S. Eliot
    Beloved, we do not think of a martyr simply as a good Christian who has been killed because he is a Christian: for that would be solely to mourn. We do not think of him simply as a good Christian who has been elevated to the company of Saints: for that would be simply to rejoice: and neither our mourning nor our rejoicing is as the world's is. A Christian martyrdom is never an accident, for Saints are not made by accident. Still less is a Christian martyrdom the effect of a man's will to become a Saint, as a...
  • Is capitalism Catholic? A priest defends free-market economics

    11/30/2012 5:32:37 PM PST · by annalex · 38 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Nov-30-2012 | Francis X. Rocca
    Is capitalism Catholic? A priest defends free-market economics By Francis X. RoccaCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Father Robert Sirico has been courting controversy for most of his adult life. In the early 1970s, he was a radical activist in California, campaigning for left-wing causes with the likes of Jane Fonda and her then-husband, Tom Hayden. Later in the decade, he returned to the Catholic faith of his childhood and eventually became a priest. But if he found inner peace, he did not cease stirring things up. He had, by then, discovered the works of Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update (Midweek) November 29th, 2012 (Dispensational Caucus)

    11/30/2012 4:54:35 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 30, 2012 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy Update (Midweek) November 29th, 2012 Pastor J.D. talks about the UN resolution to recognize a sovereign Palestinian state
  • Former Dean of Advent Cathedral, Ex-Rector of Largest Episcopal Church Jumps to Catholic Church

    11/30/2012 4:34:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Alabama.com ^ | 11/29/12 | Greg Garrison
    The Rev. Larry Gipson, who was dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham from 1982-94 and rector at the largest Episcopal church in the nation from 1994-2008, has become a Roman Catholic. Gipson retired in 2008 from the 8,000-member St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, where his parishioners included former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara. Last month, Gipson was accepted as a Catholic into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a structure set up by Pope Benedict XVI to accept former Anglicans into the Catholic Church. "The nature of authority in...
  • What Is the Difference Between Islam and Islamism? ?

    11/30/2012 4:00:03 PM PST · by teflon9 · 24 replies
    George Mason University's History News Network ^ | September 8, 2003 | Melvin E. Matthews, Jr
    The term Islamism was coined to differentiate Islam as modern ideology from Islam as a faith. It became necessary to make this distinction after the Iranian revolution of 1979, which gave rise to the popular use of the term: "Islamic fundamentalism." The use of fundamentalism to describe Islam spread so fast that by 1990, the Concise Oxford English Dictionary defined fundamentalism as "the strict maintenance of traditional Protestant beliefs" and "the strict maintenance of ancient or fundamental doctrines of any religion, especially Islam." Ironically the more the media embraced Islamic fundamentalism as a term, the more scholars of Islam looked...
  • What the Pope Really Said About Christmas

    11/30/2012 3:00:48 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    First Things ^ | November 30, 2012 | Kevin M. Clarke
    The Popes new book, Infancy Narratives, was released on November 21. The days headline of the Daily Mail? Killjoy Pope crushes Christmas nativity traditions: New Jesus book reveals there were no donkeys beside crib, no lowing oxen and definitely no carols. CNNs online story followed suit. The New York Daily News repeated the claim about the animals, adding not that the pope agreed with some historians on an earlier dating of the birth of Christ but that the Christian calendar has Jesus birth year wrong, Pope Benedict XVI claims in a new book. But those who have read Pope Benedict...