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  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 7, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/07/2012 4:44:47 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/7/12 | Joel Osteen
    Reach Out Today's Scripture “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The way to tell how mature you are is by the way you treat people who can’t do anything for you. We can all be kind to the boss. He may give us a promotion. We can all be friendly to the popular person at school. If they like us, everybody will be our friend. That’s easy. But if we’re going to live...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 7, 2012]

    12/07/2012 4:43:06 AM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
    Repentance "Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation . . ." —2 Corinthians 7:10 Conviction of sin is best described in the words:My sins, my sins, my Savior, How sad on Thee they fall.Conviction of sin is one of the most uncommon things that ever happens to a person. It is the beginning of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict people of sin (see John 16:8). And when the Holy Spirit stirs a person’s conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not that person’s relationship...
  • Baptist World Alliance observes United Nations Human Rights Day Dec 9th

    12/07/2012 2:58:44 AM PST · by Cronos · 8 replies
    The Baptist Standard ^ | 6.Dec.2012 | Bob Allen
    Timed nearest to the anniversary of the Dec. 10, 1948, adoption of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, Human Rights Day has been sponsored for more than 20 years by the Baptist World Alliance . This year the date coincides with a BWA delegation visiting Nigeria, Dec. 4-10, to observe Human Rights Day and draw attention to episodes of violence committed by extremist rebels in northern and central Nigeria. “As people of faith, there should be continuous encouragement to pray for and act on behalf of all people facing human rights threats and violations in different parts of the world,”...
  • Pakistan's Shia genocide

    12/07/2012 12:46:55 AM PST · by Cronos · 13 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 26.Nov.2012 | Murtaza Hassan
    In the days leading up to the religious holiday of Ashura, leading members of the Pakistani Shia community in Pakistan received anonymous text messages warning of violence to come: "Kill, Kill, Shia". In recent years,Ashura - has become an annual flashpoint in Pakistan's increasingly sectarian and violent religious culture. .., this year's Ashura in Pakistan signified a continuation of the country's spiral into self-destructive communal violence A suicide bomber in the city of Rawalpindi hurled a grenade into the midst of a Shia procession before detonating his vest and killing 23 people, while other attacks throughout the country from Karachi...
  • Knights of Columbus members are Asked to Donate thier Columbia Magazines to Catholic Organizations

    12/06/2012 8:23:14 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies
    Knights of Columbus To inform Catholics about important issues and raise awareness of the Knights of Columbus and its work, Spirit of Christ Council 12979 in Arvada, Colo. donated Columbia magazine subscriptions to the libraries of local Catholic high schools, colleges and student centers. Each month, the council also collects back issues of Columbia from members and places them in church lobbies and public libraries. A printed label covers the donor’s address and invites eligible men to join the Knights. With the permission of your church’s office, find a place where you can put the back issues of your Catholic...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-07-12, M, St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    12/06/2012 7:32:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-07-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 7, 2012   Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church   Reading 1 Is 29:17-24 Thus says the Lord GOD:But a very little while,and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard,and the orchard be regarded as a forest!On that day the deaf shall hearthe words of a book;And out of gloom and darkness,the eyes of the blind shall see.The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD,and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.For the tyrant will be no moreand the arrogant will have gone;All who are alert to do evil will be cut...
  • Soldiers starving for spiritual support

    12/06/2012 7:02:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicHerald.com ^ | 11-28-12 | CHELSEA WEIKART
      Soldiers starving for spiritual support MP3 players loaded with spiritual material bring faith to the frontline.   CHELSEA WEIKART Catholic News Service   WASHINGTON — American troops have a strong presence around the globe, serving in 75 percent of the world's countries, yet "one soldier told me they are starving for spiritual support," said Cheri Lomonte, founder of Frontline Faith. The Catholic nonprofit organization gives MP3 players loaded with the Mass, stories and prayers to active-duty members of the military. In the two years since its founding, Frontline Faith has distributed 30,000 MP3 players. The organization started with Lomonte,...
  • Requiescat in pace: Dave Brubeck, jazz giant and convert to Catholicism from "nothing"

    12/06/2012 6:13:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    InsightScoop.typepad.com ^ | December 2012 | Carl OIson
    Requiescat in pace: Dave Brubeck, jazz giant and convert to Catholicism from "nothing" Dave Brubeck, legendary jazz pianist and pioneer, died earlier today on the cusp of his 92nd birthday. From the Chicago Tribune: Dave Brubeck, a jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," died Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., said his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd. Brubeck was one day short of his 92nd birthday. He died of heart failure, en route to "a regular treatment with his cardiologist,” said Gloyd. Throughout his career, Brubeck defied...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Jesus Christ: How is he true God and true man?

    12/06/2012 5:35:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    SanCarolo.PCN.net ^ | 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...
  • The Real St. Nicholas – Not Fat and Not Very Jolly Either

    12/06/2012 3:35:21 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 5, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Today (Dec 6) is the Feast of St. Nicholas. The real St. Nicholas was nothing close to the St. Nick (Santa Claus) of the modern age. He was a thin curmudgeonly man with a zeal for the Lord that caused flairs of anger. Compromise was unknown to him. The slow transformation of him into “Jolly ole’ Saint Nicholas is a remarkable recasting of him centuries in the making. Some years ago the Washington Post featured an article entitled Poles Apart: Nicholas of Myra; How a 4th-Century Bishop Achieved Fame 1,500 Years Later, With a Whole New Attitude.On this feast of...
  • Was John Lennon a Genius?

    12/06/2012 12:23:27 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 69 replies
    Living Waters Ministries ^ | Dec. 5, 2012 | Ray Comfort
    Was John Lennon a Genius? You make the call! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7pe3_VQbUM
  • Canterbury Concedes Anglican Communion Has Become "Corrupted"

    12/06/2012 12:03:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | 12/5/12 | George Conger
    Push for an Anglican Covenant overtaken by the dissolution of the communionThe Archbishop of Canterbury has conceded defeat in the battle over the Anglican Covenant. In a 2 Dec 2012 Advent letter to the primates, Dr. Rowan Williams said the Anglican Communion had become “corrupted” and could no longer be considered a communion of churches but a “community of communities.” Dr. Williams’ somber appreciation of the state of the communion today, contrasts with his past letters to the leaders of the Communions 38 provinces. Nothing now bound the church together apart from good will. In 2009 Dr. Williams rejected calls...
  • Hollywood Searches For God

    12/06/2012 11:09:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/06/2012 | Maggie Gallagher
    Have you noticed how much of Hollywood is preoccupied with thoughts of God? "Life of Pi" is the latest example of a movie with essentially religious themes. Artists in a postmodern culture are thinking about the relationship between story and truth. Even the movie "Lincoln" is organized around the idea that false narratives can serve the greater good in politics. When the people are bad, the politician must lie or mislead to serve the good. It's rather discomfiting to see so many liberal elites embrace this movie, isn't it? Hollywood's recent search for God began with "The Master," a very...
  • "To Hell With It" - Dorothy Day (Kinda interesting article from the *bad* NCR)

    12/06/2012 10:00:52 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 30 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Dec. 5, 2012 | Michael Sean Winters
    We continue our series of considering Catholic identity today by looking at Dorothy Day. Monday, I set the tone for the week by recalling the response of Flannery O’Connor to a group of erudite Catholics who thought the Eucharist was a great symbol: “Well, if it’s just a symbol, then to hell with it.” Then, I examined the counterfeit of faith known as civil religion. Yesterday, I looked at the Vatican new motu proprio regarding the Catholic identity of our charities and a different counterfeit form of Christianity, a reduction of the faith to a social justice ethic. Today,...
  • On the Beauty of God's Plan of Salvation

    12/06/2012 9:58:52 AM PST · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 5, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Beauty of God's Plan of Salvation "Gods Self-Revelation in Christ Corresponds to Our Deepest Human Hopes and Aspirations" VATICAN CITY, DEC.5, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, At the beginning of his letter to the Christians of Ephesus (cf. 1:3-14), the apostle Paul raises a prayer of blessing to God, the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the prayer we just heard, that helps us enter into living the time of Advent, in the context of the Year of Faith....
  • 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...