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  • THE VIRGIN BIRTH: A MYSTERY TO BE CRIED ALOUD

    12/08/2012 7:18:22 AM PST · by HarleyD · 51 replies
    Reformed Perspectives ^ | 2002 | John Hartog III, TH.D.
    Reprinted by permission of Faith Baptist Theological Seminary's Faith Pulpit, December, 1999. The virgin birth refers to Mary's miraculous conception of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, without any male participation, so that, though the birth process was not unlike that of other humans, Mary was still a virgin when Jesus was born. This Biblical doctrine should be distinguished from the Roman Catholic tenets of Mary's immaculate conception and her perpetual virginity (Erickson, 179). The Dogma of the Immaculate Conception According to the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, Mary was "preserved free from all stain of original sin"...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 8, 2012]

    12/08/2012 5:04:23 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Impartial Power of God "By one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified" —Hebrews 10:14 We trample the blood of the Son of God underfoot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only reason for the forgiveness of our sins by God, and the infinite depth of His promise to forget them, is the death of Jesus Christ. Our repentance is merely the result of our personal realization of the atonement by the Cross of Christ, which He has provided for us. “. . . Christ Jesus ....
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/8/12)[Prayer]

    12/08/2012 5:02:11 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/8/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures AlmightyGenesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I [am] Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.
  • Jesus Visits Muslim in Prison

    12/08/2012 4:35:17 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 5, 2012 | Uploaded by SpiritRealm712
    Jesus Visits a Muslim in Prison (Testimony) What an amazing testimony, praise God!
  • Prayer's for a dear friend's husband

    12/07/2012 11:10:56 PM PST · by Salamander · 127 replies
    self | salamander
    Prayers for a dear friend's husband, please
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-08-12, Solemnity, Immaculate Conception

    12/07/2012 9:49:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-08-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 8, 2012 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1Gn 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,the LORD God called to the man and asked him, "Where are you?"He answered, "I heard you in the garden;but I was afraid, because I was naked,so I hid myself."Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked?You have eaten, then,from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!"The man replied, "The woman whom you put here with me--she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate...
  • Why Catholics Believe in the Immaculate Conception

    12/07/2012 8:28:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 77 replies
    CatholicEducation.org ^ | April 2003 | David M. Bristow
    Why Catholics Believe in the Immaculate ConceptionDAVID M. BRISTOWWhy do Catholics believe in the Immaculate Conception? The belief means that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was preserved without sin for her entire life. It was Mary's closeness to Christ that made her receive God's "fullness of grace" to be sinless. Without God's grace, it would have been impossible for Mary to be sinless, and she too would be like the rest of humanity. However, because of her decision to say, "yes" in giving birth to Christ, she was given a special privilege by having no sin touch her. Catholics believe...
  • Prime Minister David Cameron Backs Gay Weddings in Church [UK]

    12/07/2012 6:39:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Evening Standard (UK) ^ | 12/7/12 | Joe Murphy
    David Cameron will risk a major battle with his party next week by backing gay weddings in churches, the Evening Standard can reveal. He will go further than ever in his modernising drive by saying religious groups should be allowed to host same-sex civil weddings in churches, synagogues and other religious buildings if they choose. Organisations that reject gay marriage, such as the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church, will have legal protection from being forced to host ceremonies against their wishes, the Prime Minister will pledge. Tory MPs will have a free vote on a Bill next...
  • The Christian Origins of Islam

    12/07/2012 2:32:57 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    First Things ^ | December 7, 2012 | Peter J. Leithart
    Near the bottom of the pit of hell, Dante encounters a man walking with his torso split from chin to groin, his guts and other organs spilling out. See how I tear myself! the man shrieks. See how Mahomet is deformed and torn! For us, the scene is not only gruesome but surprising, for Dante is not in a circle of false religion but in a circle reserved for those who tear the body of Christ. Like many medieval Christians, Dante views Islam less as a rival religion than as a schismatic form of Christianity. A handful of Western scholars...
  • A Woman Wrapped in Silence A Consideration of a Brief Remark in Pope Benedicts New Book

    12/07/2012 2:08:04 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 6, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Along with many of you, I am reading Pope Benedict’s latest book, volume 3 of Jesus of Nazareth, on the infancy narratives. I was very moved at a very brief reflection that he made on Mary, as the Angel Gabriel left her. His remarks consider on her faith in a very touching manner. I must say that I have always been moved by the faith of the Blessed Mother and intrigued too, for she is a woman wrapped in silence. The Pope’s words capture both her faith and the mystery of her. Here is what the Pope says:I consider it...
  • Barna: Romney Got Lowest Level of Evangelical Support Since Bob Dole

    12/07/2012 12:49:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/07/2012 | Napp Nazworth
    Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president this year, received the lowest level of support among evangelicals of any Republican presidential candidate since Bob Dole in 1996, according to a report by Barna Group, a Christian polling organization. Romney received the support of 81 percent of evangelicals, compared to 88 percent for John McCain in 2008, and 83 percent and 85 percent, respectively, for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. Only Dole received a lower level of evangelical support at 74 percent in Barna's polling. Barna's results differ from other polls showing Romney received a higher proportion of the...
  • Jamie Foxx Defends Calling Barack Obama 'Lord and Savior'

    12/07/2012 12:42:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/07/2012 | Christine Thomasos
    Jamie Foxx caused some controversy when he referred to President Barack Obama as "our lord and savior" at the 2012 Soul Train Awards, but the Academy Award-winning actor is defending his actions. Foxx, 44, drew criticism from the likes of Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, and Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California. Donohue has been vocal about protesting Obama's policies like the HHS Mandate and released a statement calling Foxx's remarks "startling." "It just goes to show that even though Obama did not succeed in stopping the oceans from rising (as...
  • New charity rules don't forbid state funding, Vatican official says

    12/07/2012 12:01:53 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Dec-6-2012 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- New rules issued by Pope Benedict XVI for the governance of Catholic charities will not prevent such charities from accepting government funding, so long as the funding does not entail conditions that conflict with church teaching, said the second-highest official of the Vatican office in charge of applying the new legislation. Msgr. Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso, secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, spoke to Catholic News Service about the pope's apostolic letter on the "service of charity," issued "motu proprio" (on the pope's "own initiative") Nov. 11, and released by the Vatican Dec. 1. The...
  • On abortion, on homosexuality and on abuse, the mainstream media has it in for the Catholic Church

    12/07/2012 11:39:10 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Telegraph ^ | December 7, 2012 | Tim Stanley
    People wonder why conservatives moan endlessly about what they label the mainstream media. One reason is that it often displays a subconscious prejudice against religion. Catholics, for example, are sometimes presented as misogynistic cultists with the blood of millions on their hands. To anyone who occasionally attends Mass, this can come off as rather insulting. Sorry, but were sensitive that way.Take the tragic case of Savita Halappanavar, who died earlier this year in a hospital in Galway, Ireland. Heres how The Guardian reported the story:Ireland's near-total ban on abortion has come under renewed scrutiny amid an outcry over the death...
  • Why Be Catholic?

    12/07/2012 9:52:23 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 55 replies
    Welcome to Catholics Come Home. Were here to help you begin or continue your faith journey, so you can find true peace, happiness and purpose in life. At Catholics Come Home, we are dedicated to presenting the honest truth about even very difficult subjects. We want to share with you the beautiful, historical and miraculous aspects of the Catholic Church. People who have taken the time to explore our site are surprised to find out that there is much more to Catholicism than they ever realized
  • Presbyterian leaders in Pittsburgh reeling from latest exodus [Presbyterian Caucus]

    12/07/2012 9:10:09 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 7, 2012 | Ann Rodgers
    Members of Pittsburgh Presbytery expressed grief and frustration with three churches that recently voted to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) without going through the constitutional process for doing so, while the church's national moderator, who coincidentally was at their regular meeting Thursday, said he had offered to meet with leaders of those churches and two others that are pursuing the formal process for leaving. [SNIP] Recently, Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church, Round Hill Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth Township and the First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown voted to secede without going through nine to 18 months of discussions with presbytery officials...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NICODEMUS, 12-07-12

    12/07/2012 8:15:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-07-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):NICODEMUS A Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin, who was intellectually in sympathy with Jesus but lacked the courage to become an avowed disciple. As recorded by the fourth Evangelist, he visited Jesus and questioned him about his teachings "by night," which suggests that it was a clandestine visit (John 3:1-2). He was a lone voice in the Sanhedrin, reminding his colleagues that should not condemn Jesus without giving him a hearing (John 7:50). Convincing evidence that he was at least a silent disciple is the fact that, when Joseph of Arimathea was burying the crucified...
  • Mormon church wants more compassion for gays

    12/07/2012 7:55:00 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 90 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 6, 2012
    Mormon leaders unveiled a new website Thursday encouraging church members to be compassionate in discussions about homosexuality.Church officials insist they haven't changed the Mormon teaching that marriage is only between a man and a woman and that same-sex relationships are sinful.However, the website includes an appeal to gay and lesbian Mormons to stay in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.-SNIP-"We must not judge anyone for the feelings they experience," church authorities wrote, saying homosexuality "should not be viewed as a disease or illness."The website does not use the words "gay" or "lesbian," the terms preferred by the...
  • Fr. Michel-Marie, a Cassock in Deep Marseille

    12/07/2012 7:19:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 12/4/12 | Sandro Magister
    The life, works, and miracles of a priest in a city of France. Who has made the faith blossom again where it had witheredROME, December 4, 2012 The title of this article is the same one that "Avvenire gave to a feature report from Marseille by its correspondent Marina Corradi, in the footsteps of the pastor of a quarter behind the old port. A pastor whose Masses are crowded with people. Who hears confessions every evening until late at night. Who has baptized many converts. Who always wears the cassock so that everyone may recognize him as a priest...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/07/2012 6:48:10 AM PST · by Hiskid · 20 replies
    12/7/12 | Tajgirvan
    Blessed be the Name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise, And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him. I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we asked of You, For You have made known to...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/7/12)[Prayer]

    12/07/2012 5:44:36 AM PST · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/7/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures Shiloh Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
  • 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 cant 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. Thats easy. But if were 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 1Is 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 OConnor to a group of erudite Catholics who thought the Eucharist was a great symbol: Well, if its 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 Dames 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 Universitys 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 days 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. Thats 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 JourneyThe 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 worlds 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 apostasya 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 1Is 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....