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  • An inspiring video

    A very inspiring vid about a very inspiring person
  • Holy Impatience

    12/03/2012 8:00:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | 12/1/12 | Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
    Some years before he was elected pope, Joseph Ratzinger was asked what he thought about the health of the Church. He answered that she was doing very well; she was just a lot smaller than most people thought. He was exactly right. We need to think of the Church in our age as a seed of life embedded in layers of dead tissue. We also need to distinguish the Church in the emerging world from the Church in developed nations. In the emerging world, the Church has few material resources. She rarely has adequate money for education, development, or ministry....
  • American Catholics less devoted, study suggested

    12/03/2012 7:22:06 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | December 3, 2012 | Anugrah Kumar
    A new study has found that Catholics now have the lowest proportion of "strongly affiliated" followers among America's major religious traditions, while evangelicals are growing stronger in their devotion to their faith. Philip Schwadel, a sociologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, whose findings rely on a survey conducted among a cross-section of Americans on an annual or bi-annual basis since 1974, notes that from about a 5-percentage-point difference in the 1970s in how strongly Catholics and evangelicals felt about their religion, it has increased to around 20 percentage points today. Roughly 56 per cent of evangelicals now say they're strongly...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/3/12)[Prayer]

    12/03/2012 5:00:32 AM PST · by left that other site · 22 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/3/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Ruach Ha-kodesh (Hebrew: רוח הקודש, "Holy Spirit" Isaiah 63:10-11 (Also Psalm 51) 1. Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength? “It is I, proclaiming victory, mighty to save.” 2. Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress? 3. I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no one was with me. I trampled them in my anger and trod...
  • Who is the Harlot AND Her Daughters?

    12/03/2012 2:15:56 AM PST · by DouglasKC · 342 replies
    12/3/2012 | self
    Question: In the passages below a harlot symbolizes something. The title on her head is "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." One of the titles is "the mother of harlots". This suggests that there are other harlots that have sprung from this harlot. This is more curiosity then anything else...but what are opinions on what this represents? Rev 17:1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-03-12, M, St. Francis Xavier, Priest

    12/02/2012 9:48:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 12-03-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 3, 2012 Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest Reading 1Is 2:1-5 This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come,The mountain of the LORD's houseshall be established as the highest mountainand raised above the hills.All nations shall stream toward it;many peoples shall come and say:"Come, let us climb the LORD's mountain,to the house of the God of Jacob,That he may instruct us in his ways,and we may walk in his paths."For from Zion shall go forth instruction,and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.He shall judge between the nations,and impose...
  • On Bearing Witness to the Christian Faith

    12/02/2012 9:15:48 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 28, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Bearing Witness to the Christian Faith "The God of Jesus Christ has Revealed our Grandeur as Persons Redeemed by Love" VATICAN CITY, NOV.28, 2012 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father continued his series of catecheses on faith. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, The main question that we ask today is: how can we speak of God in our time? How can we communicate the Gospel, to open roads to his saving truth in the hearts, that are often closed, of our contemporaries and in...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Evangelisation: why and how?

    12/02/2012 8:49:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies ^ | 8 April 2009 | Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli `
    What are the sources or inspiration for these subjects?Basically they are inspired by the documents of the Holy See, and in particular by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium. This was a deliberate choice so as to create an awareness of the vast richness, completeness and beauty of these documents which are, in some circles, hardly known at all. In this way, it is possible to present the essential and fundamental contents of the faith which are professed, not just by the individual Catholic, but by the Catholic Church throughout the world as it adheres to the...
  • Pope Benedict calls Virgin birth "unequivocal" truth in new book

    12/02/2012 8:35:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/03/2012 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict published the last part of his trilogy on the life of Jesus on Tuesday, delivering an early childhood narrative which strongly reaffirms the doctrine of the virgin birth as an "unequivocal" truth of faith. In the book, 137 pages in its English version, Benedict also urges his readers to stop seeing God as someone who limits personal freedom. "The Infancy Narratives - Jesus of Nazareth" will be published around the world in some 20 languages. It goes on sale on Wednesday. It is bound to be another international bestseller like the previous volumes. The...
  • Food for thought

    12/02/2012 2:58:58 PM PST · by paterfamilias · 2 replies
    The Roman Missal | 12-2-2012 | me
    Offertory, 1st Sunday in Advent (Tridentine Rite) Psalm 24 1-3. Ad te levvi nimam meam: Deus meus, in te confdo, non erubscam: neque irrdeant me inimci mei: tenim univrsi, qui te exspctant, non confundntur. To Thee have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed: neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them that wait on Thee shall be confounded.

    12/02/2012 1:41:16 PM PST · by Bill Russell · 25 replies ^ | 12/02/2012 | Bill Russell
    GODs SUDOKU (Part 1) Deriving the presence of God in our World and Lives I have been struck by the growing number of people who are publicly proclaiming that God does not exist. From the well known atheists like Christopher Hitchens, Michael Dawkins, and Penn Gillette, to lesser known groups who like to refer to themselves as free thinkers. While their arguments range from high minded intellectualism to wanton pleasure seeking, they all boil down to the simple premise that we cannot prove that God exists anymore than we can prove unicorns or fairies exists. They then point to the...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes And Our Nation

    12/02/2012 12:53:21 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 12 replies
    12-2-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 5:11 Let All who Take Refuge in You be Glad, Let them Ever Sing for Joy; And May You Shelter them, That those who Love Your Name May Exult in You.
  • On Usury

    12/02/2012 11:35:39 AM PST · by annalex · 74 replies
    On UsuryBy Hilaire BellocTaken from ESSAYS OF A CATHOLIC, Usury does not mean high interest. It means any interest, however low, demanded for an unproductive loan. It is not only immoral [on which account it has been condemned by every moral code-----Pagan-----Mohammedan-----or Catholic] but it is ultimately destructive of society. It has only been the rule of our commerce to take usury since the breakup of Europe following on the Reformation. Usury will destroy our society, but meanwhile there is no escape from it. We are coming near the end of its maleficent action, not through awaking to its...
  • A Shameful Caricature, and a Warning

    12/02/2012 11:34:36 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-29-12 | Canon Phil Ashley
    In the wake of the narrow defeat of the women bishops measure in the Church of England's General Synod by six votes in the House of Laity, a torrent of criticism has been unleashed on evangelical and Anglo-Catholic Anglicans who opposed the measure. From the Archbishop of Canterbury, members of Parliament, and down through the ranks, the consciences and reasons of those who voted against the measure have been belittled and even vilified. This vilification is most obvious in the editorial in The Guardian (London) from Friday, Nov. 23 by Canon Giles Fraser. Until recently, Canon Fraser held a senior...
  • Pope Issues New Motu Proprio on Charitable Activities

    12/02/2012 6:24:31 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 12/1/12 | Mark Brumley
    Pope Benedict XVI issued yesterday an apostolic letter motu proprio, De Caritate Ministranda, on the Church's charitable activities.IntroductionThe Churchs deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God (kerygma-martyria), celebrating the sacraments (leitourgia) and exercising the ministry of charity (diakonia). These duties presuppose each other and are inseparable (Deus Caritas Est, 25). The service of charity is also a constitutive element of the Churchs mission and an indispensable expression of her very being (cf. ibid.); all the faithful have the right and duty to devote themselves personally to living the new commandment that Christ left...
  • Gonzaga To Begin Offering Contraceptive Coverage Next Month

    12/02/2012 6:19:00 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 11/29/12 | Matthew Archbold
    In a Nov. 20th memo obtained by The Cardinal Newman Society, Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh has announced to faculty and staff that in response to the HHS mandate it will begin covering contraceptives starting next month. While many Catholic colleges and dioceses are battling the HHS mandate on religious liberty grounds in court, Gonzaga, a Jesuit University, announced to faculty and staff that even while they vow to clearly communicate the Churchs position on contraception, they are compelled by the federal government to fulfill our legal obligation under the mandate. According to the memo, the university will begin covering...
  • Theologian Says China to Have Largest Christian Population

    12/02/2012 6:14:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/1/12 | Estefania Aguirre
    Rome, Italy, Dec 1, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- During a recent book launch in Rome, a noted theologian said that China will be home to the majority of the world's Christians within the next two decades. Interfaith dialogue is something that China, which will have the world's largest Christian population in 20 years, lives with every day, said Harvey Cox during the presentation at the city's Jesuit Gregorian University. Cox presented the book Catholic Engagement with World Religions: A Comprehensive Study, in dialogue with its two editors on Nov. 30 with cardinal Karl Josef Becker, a German theologian of...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/2/12)[Prayer]

    12/02/2012 5:28:06 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/2/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures Desire of All NationsHaggai 2:7-9 7. and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory, says the Lord of hosts. 8. The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, says the Lord of hosts. 9. 'The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, says the Lord of hosts.
  • A Question for Israel About Their Messiah

    12/02/2012 5:10:34 AM PST · by kindred · 41 replies
    The Ignorant ^ | November 30, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    Sadly today the sons of Israel are OBLIVIOUS to the promises made to Abraham and the world by Almighty G-d about the very One who would come in his line, his SEED (single)? G-d's promise to the whole world is found in Abraham , "In your SEED shall ALL nations be blessed" (Gen. 18:18, 22:18, 26:4, 28:14, Gal. 3:6-14)! That SEED is referring to the Lamb of G-d that TAKES AWAY the transgressions of the ENTIRE world (Isa. 9:6-7, 53, Dan. 9:26, Micah 5:2, Gal. 3:6-14). The Messiah of Israel IS Almighty G-d the Son (Ps. 110:1, Prov. 30:4, Isa....
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Eutychianism

    12/02/2012 1:57:19 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Eutychianism 1249. What was the Eutychian heresy? Eutyches was the Superior of a Monastery in Constantinople who strongly opposed Nestorius. Unhappily his reaction against the errors of Nestorius led him into an opposite error. The Catholic doctrine teaches that in Christ there is one Person only, that of the Eternal Son of God, and two natures, the one Divine and the other human. Nestorius had wanted two persons and two natures. Eutyches, to safeguard the one Person of Christ, taught that the human nature was so absorbed into the Divine Nature as to lose its identity, so that as a...