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  • The Director and Stars of “The Hobbit” Share Thoughts on Bravery, Mercy and Tolkien’s Christianity

    12/10/2012 6:04:54 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 34 replies
    Patheos/Christopher Closeup ^ | December 10, 2012 | Tony Rossi
    The new film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (opening Dec. 14) has got action and adventure galore, just like “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy that preceded it. But the director and actors who worked on the movie are well aware of the deeper themes that lie at the heart of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), who authored all the original books, published between 1937 and 1955. At a recent press conference about the film in New York City, Richard Armitage, who portrays the Dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield, said, “One of the things I find when I look...
  • Russian Solidarity for French Church

    12/10/2012 3:22:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Russia's Orthodox Church has pledged "solidarity and support" for the Catholic Church in France in its campaign against a bill to allow same-sex marriage by the Socialist Government of President Francois Hollande. In a letter, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the Moscow Patriarchate's external relations director, praised Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, president of France's bishops' conference, for his "consistent and uncompromising" opposition to same-sex marriage which represented "the truly Christian view" on the issue. He told the cardinal the Moscow Patriarchate was ready to work with French bishops "to protect the Gospel's ethical values". The Russian prelate added: "It is gratifying that...
  • The Rise of American Power in the Curia [Olmstead to Rome]

    12/10/2012 3:20:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 12/7/12 | Marco Tosatti
    The Bishop of Phoenix, Olmsted, will soon be officially announced as the new Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated LifeThe official announcement of the appointment of the Bishop of Phoenix (Arizona) Thomas J. Olmsted, as Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life is expected any day now. Olmsted should replace fellow American, Tobin, who occupied this delicate position for a very short period. Tobin heads the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Olmsted’s approach in the Congregation is expected to be far closer to the sensibilities of American bishops with regard to issue of the LCWR (Leadership Conference of...
  • The Deadliest of the Deadlies, Today

    12/10/2012 2:08:24 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 10, 2012 | Robert Royal
    If you ask still-practicing Christians about the vices of post-Christian America, many would say: abortion, divorce, promiscuity, pornography, gay marriage, and other burgeoning forms of cultural crudeness. These are serious sins and social problems, to be sure, and naturally grow wherever Christian virtues shrink. But anyone familiar with the traditional sorting of sins and vices might produce a very different kind of list. It’s telling that even Christians today usually don’t. Lust, which lies behind several vices mentioned above, is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, a very common and subtle fault. In Dante’s Divine Comedy, it’s the first sin...
  • The fight for sexual sanity in a world awash in porn (part 4)

    12/10/2012 12:55:27 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | John Jalsevac
    December 10, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - My roommate during my first year at college was a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. As part of his recovery he regularly attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and out of both curiosity and a desire to support his efforts, I often tagged along. So it was that under the glare of florescent lights, in dingy boardrooms in the basements of schools and churches, with the acidic smell of cheap coffee wafting under my nose, I received a better education in human nature than I ever received in any of my anthropology classes – witnessing first-hand its...
  • Three ways to kick porn out of your life (part 3)

    12/10/2012 12:51:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | John Jalsevac
    November 29, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - But even if we can all agree that porn is a devil, that is only the beginning. That we even come to hate pornography is no guarantee that we will be freed from its allure. Many are those who have believed that they had their porn use “under control,” but who, upon seeking to quit once and for all, have found themselves inexplicably returning again and again, in defiance of their convictions and their good sense. It turns out that the temptation of anonymous, responsibility-free sexual pleasure on demand is a remarkably enduring one, even...
  • Porn: devil or an angel? (part 2(

    12/10/2012 12:48:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | John Jalsevac
    November 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - But there is no use going any further until we can all agree that porn really is a devil. Strange as it may seem, many of our modern sex educators believe that porn use is simply a natural part of the healthy development of an adolescent sexuality, and that it is only harmful in cases where the habit interferes with the user’s capacity to perform his or her daily duties. In this view porn is, at worst, a mischievous but usually “harmless” sprite, or, at best, an angel. I once read an article about pornography...
  • My porn addiction (part 1)

    12/10/2012 12:45:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | Updated: Nov. 29, 2012 at 11:38 am | John Jalsevac
    Updated: Nov. 29, 2012 at 11:38 am November 26, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - It was in the mid 90s that we began to hear a whole lot about this new thing called “the Internet,” which could answer all of mankind’s deepest questions. At around the same time I hit puberty and began to spend my time moping about pondering the age-old riddle of what, exactly, women look like underneath their clothing. Evidently at some point I put two and two together and punched the appropriate keywords into the prehistoric version of Google, with spectacular results. So far so good, and if...
  • Why are some denominations/churches changing their bylaws on gay marriage (Or drinking, smoking...

    12/10/2012 9:27:44 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 194 replies
    12/10/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    ...gambling, rock music, etc, etc? Now, this thread isn't about debating what is sin and what isn't or what constitutes sin or doesn't. Please don't hijack this thread over the issues that I listed. Thank you. This thread is about our changing culture - and let's face it, more and more denominations/churches are ever so slowly moving towards tolerance and/or acceptance of homosexual marriage. The rest in the list (following gay marriage) that I included in the thread were put there to show that if you look back far enough at various denomination's church bylaws some churches were once against...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CHURCH BUILDING, 12-10-12

    12/10/2012 9:07:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-10-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CHURCH BUILDING In ecclesiastical law a church is a sacred structure devoted to divine worship for the principal purpose of being used by all the faithful for public divine worship. An oratory is different from a church in that it is not principally destined for public worship by all the faithful even though, in the case of a public oratory, they have the right to go there. so, too, a shrine, if principally destined to honor a particular saint in a given locality, is not technically a church. All items in this dictionary are from Fr....
  • Leo XIII: “Taxing the Rich Does Not Help the Poor”

    12/10/2012 8:08:40 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 12/10/12 | Anthony Esolen
    In Quod Apostolici Muneris (1878), Pope Leo XIII deplores those who “under the motley and all but barbarous terms and titles of Socialists, Communists, and Nihilists, are spread abroad throughout the world,” striving in alliance for “the purpose long resolved upon, of uprooting the foundations of civil society at large.” It may sound odd to our ears, that socialists, whose prescriptions for society are many and comprehensive, should be united with nihilists, who by definition believe in nothing. But Pope Leo, beginning as always from a rich view of human nature grounded in reason and elevated by relevation, sees the...
  • Jean-Louis Brugučs: The Man with Benedict XVI's Dream Job

    12/10/2012 8:01:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 12/8/12
    December 8, 2012. (Romereports.com) Meet the new librarian of the Holy Roman Church, the man in charge of the Vatican Secret Archives. His name is Jean-Louis Brugučs, a 69-year-old Frenchman. He has been appointed to the job then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger vied for three times under John Paul II. MONS. JEAN-LOUIS BRUGUČSLibrarian of the Holy Roman Church“When the Pope invited me, this past April 30, he let me in on a secret. Before being elected Pope, he wanted to be the Church's librarian. Now, of course he cannot do that. So then, he told me, 'I would like to realized that...
  • Pope: Mary Immaculate Teaches us Silence, Grace and Joy

    12/10/2012 7:56:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    In the act of veneration of the Immaculate in Piazza di Spagna, Benedict XVI said that big things, like Mary's Annunciation, occur in silence and go unnoticed in the "frenzy that characterise our cities." Through grace, Mary reminds us that the "power of God's love is stronger than evil, that it can fill the void that selfishness creates in the history of people," which "can become hell". For the pope, "Christianity" is a religion of joy, "good tidings," even if some believe it is an obstacle to joy because they see in it an ensemble of prohibitions and rules. [....
  • Hurts and Hopes Regarding the Recent Debates on Hell

    12/10/2012 7:52:39 AM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 9, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    As most of you know, there has been a rather vivid discussion recently in the blogosphere on the subject of hell. As one who has written rather substantially, on the topic of hell, and our need to recover a more biblical notion regarding judgment and hell, I pray that you will tolerate me adding my own voice to the recent discussions.Those who read this blog regularly, will know that I have spoken on the topic of Hell on any number of occasions. For example:The Hell of It ——–Hell Has to Be——Will Many Be Saved? ——–Sinner Please Don’t Let this Harvest...
  • Pope: Church Needs Irreplaceable Contribution of American Faithful

    12/10/2012 7:52:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 12/9/12
    (Vatican Radio) “The universal Church expects and needs”, the “missionary spirit”, “zealous generosity” and “irreplaceable contribution” of the Church in America, North and South, said Pope Benedict XVI Sunday evening in an address to cardinals, bishops, priests, religious and laity from the American continent. They had gathered around the Altar of the Chair in St Peter’s Basilica for the Opening Mass of the International Congress on the Church in America. The congress, Dec 9-11, is marking 15 years since the Synod of Bishops for America. The liturgical celebration was presided by Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet,...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/10/12)[Prayer]

    12/10/2012 5:28:41 AM PST · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/10/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Fuller's Soap ...CleansingMalachi 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 10, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/10/2012 4:45:48 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/10/12 | Joel Osteen
    The Day You've Been Waiting For Today's Scripture See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you ever found yourself waiting for something? Waiting for that promotion? Waiting for that relationship? Waiting for a breakthrough? Waiting for something new? Well, I’ve got good news for you: I believe today is the day you’ve been waiting for! I believe God is doing a new thing for you today. Notice...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 10, 2012]

    12/10/2012 4:42:57 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Offering of the Natural "It is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman" —Galatians 4:22 Paul was not dealing with sin in this chapter of Galatians, but with the relation of the natural to the spiritual. The natural can be turned into the spiritual only through sacrifice. Without this a person will lead a divided life. Why did God demand that the natural must be sacrificed? God did not demand it. It is not God’s perfect will, but His permissive will. God’s perfect will was for the natural to...
  • Rob Bell Tells How 'Love Wins' Led to Mars Hill Departure

    12/10/2012 2:26:36 AM PST · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | December 3, 2012 | Katherine Weber
    Former megachurch pastor Rob Bell, founder of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Mich., recently shared how his 2011 book, Love Wins, led to a fallout with the congregation and forced him on a "search for a more forgiving faith." Bell details this search in a recent interview with The New Yorker, and discusses his invitation to Christians interested in a different kind of church, "one that can keep pace with the rising 'waterline of culture.'" "Bell is now loosely aligned with a cohort of pastors worldwide who are searching for ways to move beyond old-fashioned worship," Kelefa Sanneh of...
  • Nuns celebrate 200 years of helping others

    12/10/2012 1:44:40 AM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    WLKY ^ | 12.10.2012 | WLKY
    LOUISVILLE, Ky — The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth celebrated 200 years of helping others. The order was founded in Bardstown while the War of 1812 raged on and James Madison served as president. A lot has changed over the years, but Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are still serving the poor and helpless. A recent Mass at Louisville's Cathedral of the Assumption focused on the order's work both in the U.S. and overseas.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-10-12

    12/09/2012 7:40:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-10-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 10, 2012 Monday of the Second Week of Advent   Reading 1 Is 35:1-10 The desert and the parched land will exult;the steppe will rejoice and bloom.They will bloom with abundant flowers,and rejoice with joyful song.The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;They will see the glory of the LORD,the splendor of our God.Strengthen the hands that are feeble,make firm the knees that are weak,Say to those whose hearts are frightened:Be strong, fear not!Here is your God,he comes with vindication;With divine recompensehe comes to save you.Then will the eyes of the blind be...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - December 9th, 2012 (Dispensational Caucus)

    12/09/2012 6:15:24 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 9, 20122 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - December 9th, 2012 Pastor JD addresses the prophecy in Isaiah 17 concerning Syria and the report the Assad may use chemical weapons.
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Nation

    12/09/2012 5:47:02 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
    12-9-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 33:18 Behold, the Lord's Eye is upon those who Fear Him [Who Revere and Worship Him with Awe], Who Wait for Him, And Hope in His Mercy and Lovingkindness.
  • Following the Truth: Avoiding Advent Pitfalls

    12/09/2012 5:28:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    FollowtheTruth.com ^ | 12-09-12 | Gary Zimak
    Avoiding Advent Pitfalls Dec 9th, 2012by Gary Zimak. We’re all familiar with the main message of Advent: “PREPARE!”As we look back on past Advents, however, most of us have done a rather poor job preparing to welcome Christ. Sure, we’ve prepared for Christmas by buying gifts, decorating and baking and we’ve probably reflected on the Lord’s birth, but have we honestly followed the Church’s instructions to “Prepare the way of the Lord”?I would guess that most of us would have to admit that we’ve often failed to use the season of Advent as a time of preparation. And why is...
  • Antinomianism: The Soft Heresy (How could Christians vote to outlaw their own religious values?)

    12/09/2012 5:08:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/09/2012 | Daniel Ciofani
    The election of 2012 fused principles of state and church demanding Americans follow one distinct path. The country chose to follow a path that is fiscally illogical, covetous of private property, dismissive to personal initiative, mythological towards freedom, repentant to a planet, subjugating of the religious to the secular, deadly to the unborn, disrespectful to the sick and aged, encouraging to the sexually deviant, and destructive to family. So how could our nation, so strongly and freely steeped in Judeo-Christian principles, have chosen such a path willingly? First, let us quickly address the Judeo portion of our heritage. Quite simply,...
  • The Stranger in the House

    12/09/2012 2:35:55 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 16, 2012
    ....it is worth noting that some of the earliest records of the Christmas-tree tradition are to be found among the records of killjoy officialdom. As Bernd Brunner notes in "Inventing the Christmas Tree," the town clerk of Strasbourg, in 1494, put the kibosh on the local "custom of cutting off pine branches at the New Year and bringing them home." By the 16th century the custom was widespread enough to pose some threat of deforestation: In 1554, the city of Freiburg im Breisgau banned the cutting of trees for Christmas. [SNIP] The Tannenbaum (which simply means "fir tree") came to...
  • Senior home Christmas tree ban touches nerve about religious diversity, tolerance

    12/09/2012 2:35:53 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 23 replies
    The Willits News ^ | 12/07/2012 | Mariecar Mendoza
    News of Newhall seniors protesting the removal of a Christmas tree from their community room this week because, they said they were told, it was a religious symbol prompted a national outcry -- a collective bah humbug from Christmas defenders. It was, many said, another example of the so-called "war on Christmas" and political correctness run amok. The issue isn't new, but the debate over appropriate public demonstrations of traditionally religious holidays has now spread beyond blatant symbols like the cross and Nativity scenes to the unassuming Christmas tree. Chalk it up to the melting pot, experts say. "The country...
  • Music For Christmas From The Vatican (In MP3 format, all free)

    12/09/2012 2:11:40 PM PST · by Stoat · 8 replies
    The Vatican ^ | December 9, 2012
    These links will take you to several selections for Christmas as well as many other Celebrations and events: Hymns for the Celebrations of the Liturgical Year, Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine Chapel  Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra - L'Offerta Musicale in MP3 Please enjoy and share with friends :-)Merry Christmas!
  • Did Mary have a bunch of kids? Mary's perpetual virginity before, during and after Jesus' birth

    12/09/2012 2:05:12 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 175 replies
    Catholic Bridge ^ | David MacDonald
  • Ayman Zawahiri and Egypt: A Trip Through Time

    12/09/2012 2:04:12 PM PST · by forty_years
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | November 30, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Around 1985, current al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri fled his homeland of Egypt, presumably never to return. From his early beginnings as a teenage leader of a small jihadi cell devoted to overthrowing Egyptian regimes (first Nasser's then Sadat's) until he merged forces with Osama bin Laden, expanding his objectives to include targeting the United States of America, Zawahiri never forgot his original objective: transforming Egypt into an Islamist state that upholds and enforces the totality of Sharia law, and that works towards the resurrection of a global caliphate.This vision is on its way to being fulfilled. With Islamist political victories,...
  • Rejecting Synergism and Returning to Monergism

    12/09/2012 11:34:49 AM PST · by HarleyD · 28 replies
    Critical Issues Commentary ^ | Unknown | Bob DeWaay
    ”For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8, 9) A key idea in the contemporary evangelical movement is that revival can be engineered. The Purpose Driven Web site says, “Peter Drucker called him [Warren] ‘the inventor of perpetual revival’ and Forbes magazine has written, ‘If Warren’s church was a business it would be compared with Dell, Google or Starbucks.’”1 The Purpose Driven movement can cite this business management guru approvingly only because they have a...
  • " It Will Take a Moral Movement "

    12/09/2012 7:53:19 AM PST · by virgil283 · 9 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Christopher Chantrill
    " After the election, conservatives are still full of foreboding -- and also a pessimistic hope...... McLoughlin argues that the great reforms in North American history have always been preceded by a religious Awakening. Liberal economist Robert William Fogel was so impressed that he wrote The Fourth Great Awakening and the Future of Egalitarianism to warn liberals of the coming threat to their power...... What was going on just before the American Revolution? It was the massive Great Awakening led by the Wesley brothers and Jonathan Edwards. ......" ---This concept goes deeper than this article suggests. I would recommend this...
  • Bishop Joe Devine Attacks David Cameron’s Morals [UK]

    12/09/2012 6:38:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | 12/9/12 | Eddie Barnes
    THE tensions between Church and state have provoked their fair share of war and bad blood over the centuries. But an infuriated Catholic bishop in Scotland, appalled over social reforms being carried out by David Cameron, has taken things to a whole new level. In an intemperate two-page letter to the Prime Minister, Bishop Joe Devine of Motherwell has accused him of being “out of his depth” and suggested he is “devoid of moral competence” over his attitude to Christianity. Not only that, he also tells Cameron that he is responsible for a political culture in which “words mean nothing”...
  • Healing Priest Fr. Suarez reaches out to Fil-Ams

    12/09/2012 6:28:42 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Asian Journal ^ | 12/8/12 | Mico Letargo
    LOS ANGELES – Renowned Filipino healing priest Fr. Fernando Suarez recently reached out to Catholics in Los Angeles -- Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike. Although he made a few stops in some other places in the west coast, one of the notable events in his 2012 ministry was his Dec. 5 healing mass at the St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Reseda. In an exclusive interview with Asian Journal, Fr. Suarez admitted that the reception of the people to his ministry has been very overwhelming. “I think you can attest to that because there are so many people everywhere I go....
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Coptic Church

    12/09/2012 6:07:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Coptic Church 1251. I have read recently that the Abyssinians belonged to the Coptic faith, the earliest sect of the Christian denominations, to which all the Christian world adhered until the rise of the Church of Rome. It is true that the Abyssinians belonged to the Coptic Church. But the rest of the statement is erroneous. Firstly, a sect is a group of dissentient people who abandon a previous position in order to set up a new form of Church. If the Coptic Church were the original Church to which the whole Christian world adhered, then it is not a...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/9/12)[Prayer]

    12/09/2012 5:57:23 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/9/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures The Small, Still Voice1 Kings 19:11-13 King James Version (KJV) 11. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: 12. And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 9, 2012]

    12/09/2012 4:30:48 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Opposition of the Natural "Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires" —Galatians 5:24 The natural life itself is not sinful. But we must abandon sin, having nothing to do with it in any way whatsoever. Sin belongs to hell and to the devil. I, as a child of God, belong to heaven and to God. It is not a question of giving up sin, but of giving up my right to myself, my natural independence, and my self-will. This is where the battle has to be fought. The things that are right,...
  • Zetsche, Mercedes-Benz Deliver New Popemobile

    12/09/2012 12:12:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    BenzInsider ^ | December 8, 2012 | (Ryan)
    The new specially-made Popemobile was delivered recently in Rome, straight to Pope Benedict XVI himself. On hand was Daimler AG chairman and Mercedes-Benz Cars Head, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, to personally deliver the special vehicle to the head of the Catholic Church at the Vatican. … The vehicle, which is a modified M-Class, comes with a ‘diamond white’ paint job and has a reduced height. Mercedes-Benz has been working on the vehicle for some 9 months prior to delivery. …
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-09-12, Second Sunday of Advent

    12/08/2012 8:46:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-09-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 9, 2012 Second Sunday of Advent   Reading 1 Bar 5:1-9 Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery;put on the splendor of glory from God forever:wrapped in the cloak of justice from God,bear on your head the mitrethat displays the glory of the eternal name.For God will show all the earth your splendor:you will be named by God foreverthe peace of justice, the glory of God's worship. Up, Jerusalem! stand upon the heights;look to the east and see your childrengathered from the east and the westat the word of the Holy One,rejoicing that they are remembered by...
  • Immaculate Mary

    12/08/2012 8:23:14 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Donald R. McClarey
    Something for the weekend. There can only be one song on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception: Immaculate Mary. A Lourdes hymn, it was probably first sung in 1873. No one really knows who wrote the lyrics of the hymn although it has been attributed to Abbe Gaignet, a priest of Lucon. The melody is from a traditional Pyrenean song. It has long been a favorite hymn of Catholics in America. The belief that Mary was conceived without the taint of original sin had its champions long before it was proclaimed as dogma of the Church in 1854 and some...
  • Governor Palin: Happy Hanukkah

    12/08/2012 8:12:52 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 20 replies
    Motivation Truth via Sarah's Facebook ^ | December 8th, 2012 | Sarah Palin
    Todd and I and our family wish a very Happy Hanukkah to all throughout the world who gather this week to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with our friends in Israel who in a special way embody the Hanukkah message by being a light of freedom in a region too often darkened by chaos and oppression. May that light shine ever brightly. - Sarah Palin
  • Healing Is On The Table

    12/08/2012 6:01:46 PM PST · by Frank Broom · 5 replies
    12-08-12 | Frank Broom
    One of the biggest misconceptions about healing is that because I have a pain or sickness I need God to heal me. But, let me give you an example or parable-let's say a person is hungry so they go to a resturant, the waitress takes their order, goes back and gets the food, and brings it to him and puts it on the table. Now, once she provides him with his order he is considered served. Now, the food is right there in front of him, he can see it, he can smell it, he can feel the heat coming...
  • Former Episcopal priest grateful to Pope for Catholic ordinariate

    12/08/2012 2:34:25 PM PST · by NYer · 73 replies
    cna ^ | December 8, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    Former Episcopal priest Larry Gipson. CNA file photo. Houston, Texas, Dec 8, 2012 / 01:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Former Episcopal priest Laurence Gipson, who became Catholic in October, says his reaction to the Catholic ordinariate for former Anglicans is one of “gratitude.” “The ordinariate, I think, is a wonderful opportunity for people like me, Anglican clergy and Anglican laity, who are seeking Catholic faith,” he said. On Jan. 1, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI established the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter to allow Anglican and Episcopalian groups in the U.S. to become Catholic as groups, not only as...
  • Catholics, Protestants, and Immaculate Mary

    12/08/2012 2:24:39 PM PST · by NYer · 4,999 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 8, 2012 | David G. Bonagura, Jr.
    Do Catholics worship Mary? This question is as old as the Protestant Reformation itself, and it rests, like other disputed doctrinal points, on a false premise that has been turned into a wedge: the veneration of Mary detracts from the worship of Christ. This seeming opposition between Mary and Christ is symptomatic of the Protestant tendency, begun by Luther, to view the entirety of Christian life through a dialectical lens – a lens of conflict and division. With the Reformation the integrity of Christianity is broken and its formerly coherent elements are now set in opposition. The Gospel versus the...
  • Tufts Univ. reinstates Christian ministry

    12/08/2012 2:09:44 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 12-7-12 | Leigh Jones
    Student religious groups should not have to appoint leaders who do not share their beliefs, a student judiciary at Tufts University announced on Wednesday (Dec. 5). It was a big victory for a Christian group on campus that had lost official recognition in October. Like several other private colleges, Tufts has an "all comers" policy that requires official student organizations to be open to all students for both membership and leadership, regardless of beliefs. But in reviewing a discrimination complaint filed against Tufts Christian Fellowship (TCF), the largest evangelical group on the Medford, Mass., campus, the Tufts Committee on Student...
  • On Strange Names and the Curse of Individualism

    12/08/2012 12:50:55 PM PST · by NYer · 171 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 7, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Living and working the African American Catholic Community I have been subject to some time with names that are often unpronounceable. It is a controversial practice even in the Black community for parents to name their children all sorts of crazy, made-up names that are often intentionally misspelled.DeQuanna, Sharkeisha, LaDarrius, Shamyra, Marketta, Shontella, LaRochelle, Shandrika, Charmonique, Myosha, LaKeisha, DeQuan, Rhondella, Raviona, Rominthia, Tomika, LaVenia, Trishela, LaTasha, ABCDE, Tyeisha, Mootron, Knoshon, Keyshawn, Tarquisha, Q’J'Q’Sha, Laquintas, Jamarcus, JoNathans, et al.I trip over this especially at Baptisms when I am supposed to solemnly pronounce the name of the child. Even after the irritated...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/08/2012 10:52:11 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 11 replies
    December 8, 2012 | Irish Rose
    Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. (Isaiah 46:9-10)
  • Priest remembers Alfred Hitchcock's faith

    12/08/2012 10:15:04 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | Deember 8, 2012 | Carl Bunderson
    New York City, N.Y., Dec 8, 2012 / 06:06 am (CNA).- In a Dec. 6 article for the Wall Street Journal, Jesuit priest Father Mark Henninger recounted his time with famed director Alfred Hitchcock towards the end of his life. In 1980, Fr. Henninger was invited by his friend Father Tom Sullivan to visit Hitchcock's house in Bel Air, Calif. one afternoon to say Mass there. Recalling his introduction to the director that day, Fr. Henninger said that “Hitchcock awoke, looked up and kissed (Father) Tom's hand, thanking him.” The priest noted that seeing scripts from Hitchcock's films, such as...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SANTA CRUZ, 12-08-12

    12/08/2012 9:01:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-08-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SANTA CRUZ "Holy Cross." A mission church founded on September 25, 1791, on Monterey Bay at Santa Cruz, California. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • History, Reality and Prophecy

    12/08/2012 8:59:16 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 7 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | December 7, 2012 | Jack Kinsella
    Israel promised to respond to the UN General Assembly's recognition of Palestine as a state, in violation of the Oslo Agreement, by building an additional 3,000 settlement units on land claimed by the Palestinians. This immediately prompted cries from the Arab League-dominated UN about Israel's "expansionist" policies requiring immediate UN intervention. The UN General Assembly voted to recognize Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders. If they are pre-1967 borders, then what does that mean? It means the borders which existed prior to the Six Days War, which means the borders as they existed in 1948. Let's fire up the WayBack...