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  • Notre Dame Announces Gay, ‘Allies’ Student Group

    12/06/2012 8:27:14 AM PST · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 12/5/12 | Matthew Archbold
    In what the University of Notre Dame’s student newspaper is calling “a historic decision,” the University announced plans for a University- recognized homosexual student organization as well as a full-time student development staff position focused on LGBTQ issues. The announcement was made as the result of a long review of the University’s policies. According to the student newspaper, Fr. John Jenkins, the president of the university, said that the plan “grows out of our mission as a Catholic university” and is “directed by that fundamental mission in a profound way.” But although the plan describes the student organization as acting...
  • The Awkwardness of Advent

    12/06/2012 8:22:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 12/6/12 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    The star that Jean-Paul Sartre once was, doyen of his day’s incompletely educated intellectuals, has not quietly faded the way splashy names often do in the generation after they die. His star has astonishingly imploded. Some echoes remain, for he was not devoid of a way with words, nor was he without rays of light seeping through his melancholy philosophy. Even if his existentialism did not include belief in the existence of Hell, he described its non-existence well as the place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself. That was before a new crop of people appeared, Twittering...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CATHARSIS, 12-06-12

    12/06/2012 8:16:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Catholic Reference.net ^ | 12-06-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CATHARSIS Purging or purification, especially of the emotions or conscience. The emotions can be purified by a strong affective experience in which a person identifies himself with someone else's generally tragic experience. The conscience can be purified by a sincere admission of guilt and begging God's mercy for whatever wrong had been done. (Etym. Greek katharsis, purgative.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch and All the East Dies

    12/06/2012 8:13:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/6/12
    Moscow, December 6, Interfax - Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch and All the East has died at the age of 91, Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, deputy head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday. The Antioch Church is one of the 15 Local Orthodox Churches in the world. It comprises parishes located on the territory of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Kuwait. Patriarch Ignatius was born in 1921. In 1942, he was among the organizers of an Orthodox young people's movement, which developed in Lebanon and Syria during WW II. That movement gave new...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 6, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/06/2012 4:45:24 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 12/6/12 | Joel Osteen
    He Anoints You with Oil Today's Scripture …You anoint my head with oil… Psalm 23:5, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the Bible, oil is symbolic of the anointing of God. Do you know what oil does? It makes things flow. Whenever there is friction or something gets stuck, putting oil on it makes it become more fluid. That’s what God wants to do for you. He wants to anoint your head with oil. When He does that, notice what David says in Psalm 23, “Because God anoints me, because I walk in His favor; surely, goodness...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(12/6/12)[Prayer]

    12/06/2012 4:42:16 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/6/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Psalm 144Of David. 1 Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. 2 He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. God Bless America!
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 6, 2012]

    12/06/2012 4:42:13 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    “My Rainbow in the Cloud” "I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth" —Genesis 9:13 It is the will of God that human beings should get into a right-standing relationship with Him, and His covenants are designed for this purpose. Why doesn’t God save me? He has accomplished and provided for my salvation, but I have not yet entered into a relationship with Him. Why doesn’t God do everything we ask? He has done it. The point is— will I step into that covenant relationship?...
  • Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem, (12/6/12)[Prayer]

    12/06/2012 4:30:16 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/6/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures The Messenger of the CovenantMalachai 3:1 “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.
  • Why Jews don't believe in Jesus

    12/06/2012 3:46:27 AM PST · by yinandyang · 129 replies
    Aish ^ | Dec 6, 2012 | Rabbi Simmons
    Jews do not accept Jesus as the messiah because: Jesus did not fulfill the messianic prophecies. Jesus did not embody the personal qualifications of the Messiah. Biblical verses "referring" to Jesus are mistranslations. Jewish belief is based on national revelation.
  • Atheists and Islam: No God, not even Allah

    12/05/2012 10:45:29 PM PST · by Cronos · 14 replies
    The Economist ^ | Nov 2012 | Economist
    A MOB attacked Alexander Aan even before an Indonesian court in June jailed him for two and a half years for “inciting religious hatred”. His crime was to write “God does not exist” on a Facebook group he had founded for atheists in Minang, a province of the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Like most non-believers in Islamic regions, he was brought up as a Muslim. And he has been punished. .. Sharia law, which covers only Muslims unless incorporated into national law, assumes people are born into their parents’ religion. Thus ex-Muslim atheists are guilty of apostasy—a hudud crime...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-12, OM, St. Nicholas, Bishop

    12/05/2012 8:15:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-06-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 6, 2012 Thursday of the First Week of Advent   Reading 1 Is 26:1-6 On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: "A strong city have we;he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.Open up the gatesto let in a nation that is just,one that keeps faith.A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace;in peace, for its trust in you." Trust in the LORD forever!For the LORD is an eternal Rock.He humbles those in high places,and the lofty city he brings down;He tumbles it to the ground,levels it with the dust.It is...
  • The Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah is not about “Hospitality”

    12/05/2012 2:30:46 PM PST · by NYer · 45 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 4, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Late last week on the blog I made mention of the sins that “cry to heaven for vengeance.” The traditional list, is summarized in the Catechism which states The catechetical tradition also recalls that there are “sins that cry to heaven”: the blood of Abel, the sin of the Sodomites, the cry of the people oppressed in Egypt, the cry of the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan, injustice to the wage earner (# 1867).It probably does not surprise you that I got push-back from certain homosexuals who wrote in to “remind” me that the sin of Sodom “has nothing...
  • Lawsuit Threat Cancels Christmas Concert (Hatetheist Alert)

    12/05/2012 10:55:04 AM PST · by kaehurowing · 22 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | December 4, 2012 | Rick Daysog
    Lawsuit threat cancels Christmas concert HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A threatened lawsuit had put a halt to what's become a Christmas tradition for members of the Moanalua High School orchestra. For the past six years, the award-winning group and volunteers from the New Hope Church have raised more than $200,0000 for a charity that treats poor people in Hawaii. But that all came to a halt on Monday when the Department of Education decided to cancel the concert just four days before the event. In a letter to the Department of Education, Mitch Kahle, founder of the Hawaii Citizens for the...
  • Castholic Word of the Day: DRUSILLA, 12-05-12

    12/05/2012 9:26:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-05-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DRUSILLA The youngest daughter of Herod Agrippa I, the king who ordered the Apostle James beheaded and who persecuted Peter. She was the wife of Felix (Acts 24:24), the Roman procurator who presided at the trial of Paul in which Tertullus, the prosecutor, described the accused as follows: "The plain truth is that we find this man a perfect pest; he stirs up trouble among the Jews the world over, and is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect" (Acts 24:5). Drusilla listened with interest to Paul explain his faith later in a private hearing before Felix....
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/05/2012 8:01:15 AM PST · by Hiskid · 16 replies
    12/5/12 | Hiskid
    “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:7, 9-10 KJV
  • After Decades-Long Ban, Christmas Holds New Meaning for Cuba

    12/05/2012 7:03:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Havana, Cuba, Dec 4, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Local Catholics say that the reinstatement of Christmas as a national holiday in 1997 after decades of being outlawed has brought enormous good “to the life of the nation,” but that its deeper meaning still needs to be understood. “Once again Christmas proves to be a source of happiness: however, we cannot forget that this beneficial aspect of Christmas has its roots and its nature in the religious event of the birth of Jesus Christ,” wrote editors from the Diocese of Pinar del Rio's magazine titled Vitral. “The more Christmas...
  • US Ordinariate Receives $5 million Land Donation for Chancery

    12/05/2012 7:00:08 AM PST · by marshmallow
    EWTN News ^ | 12/4/12
    An anonymous donor has purchased five acres of land adjacent to the flagship church of the U.S. Anglican Ordinariate and donated it for building a chancery. “This will be the future home of the chancery of the Ordinariate as well as serve future expansion needs of this wonderful, growing parish. It is an incredible blessing, and I know you all will want to say with me: To God be the glory,” Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, the ordinary of the structure, said on Dec. 2 during a Mass at the parish. The property, which cost the donors $5 million, will allow...
  • Papal Events, Vatican Webcam Feeds Streamed Live With New 'Pope App'

    12/05/2012 6:55:41 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Catholic News Service ^ | 12/4/12 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican is offering a new app that provides live streaming of papal events and video feeds from the Vatican's six webcams. "The Pope App" also will send out alerts and links to top stories coming out of the Vatican's news outlets, said Gustavo Entrala, founder and CEO of the Spanish firm 101.es, which developed the free app. "You'll have almost everything that the pope does or says" delivered to a mobile device and app users "will be able to watch the pope live every time he speaks," he told reporters during a Dec. 3 news...
  • Despite ‘War on Catholics,’ Faculty and Staff at Catholic Universities Gave Overwhelmingly to Obama

    12/05/2012 6:49:14 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 12/3/12 | Levi Fox
    About ninety percent of faculty and administrators from America’s top Catholic universities who contributed to presidential campaigns in 2012 gave to President Obama, a Campus Reform investigation has revealed. The strong support for President Obama from Catholic schools came despite Democrats’ controversial health care legislation which could force employers to provide contraception for employees even though it is explicitly forbidden under Catholic doctrine. A Campus Reform investigation revealed that faculty and staff at Catholic universities gave overwhelmingly to President Obama's reelection campaign. The findings, based on official Federal Election Commission data made available by the government transparency site OpenSecrets.org, revealed...
  • Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem(12/5/12)[Prayer]

    12/05/2012 5:05:19 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/5/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures The Potter Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.