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  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(12/13/12)[Prayer]

    12/13/2012 5:23:15 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/13/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress. God Bless America!
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/13/12)[Prayer]

    12/13/2012 5:13:00 AM PST · by left that other site · 22 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/13/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures El Olam...Everlasting GodGenesis 21:33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and called there on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 13, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/13/2012 4:44:07 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/13/12 | Joel Osteen
    Beauty for Ashes Today's Scripture He will give: beauty for ashes; joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness. Isaiah 61:3, TLB. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Everyone has experienced hurt and disappointment. We’ve all been burnt by life. But God doesn’t want us to sit in the ashes of the past; He wants to trade our brokenness for healing. He wants to give us beauty for our ashes. The key is that we have to be willing to give up the ashes in order to receive the beauty. You can’t have both because the old has to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 13, 2012]

    12/13/2012 4:42:23 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Intercessory Prayer ". . . men always ought to pray and not lose heart" —Luke 18:1 You cannot truly intercede through prayer if you do not believe in the reality of redemption. Instead, you will simply be turning intercession into useless sympathy for others, which will serve only to increase the contentment they have for remaining out of touch with God. True intercession involves bringing the person, or the circumstance that seems to be crashing in on you, before God, until you are changed by His attitude toward that person or circumstance. Intercession means to “fill up . ....
  • Presbyterian leaders in Pittsburgh reeling from latest exodus from denomination

    12/12/2012 10:31:59 PM PST · by Cronos · 44 replies
    Post Gazette ^ | 7 Dec 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. Representatives from only one of the five, later identified as Bellefield Presbyterian Church in Oakland, agreed to meet with the Rev. Neal Presa. About 140 churches are in the countywide presbytery. Recently, Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian...
  • Episcopal priests offer spiritual support for gay unions

    12/12/2012 10:27:36 PM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 3 Dec 2012 | Lois K Solomon
    Gay couples who seek spiritual affirmation of their relationships can now sanctify their unions with special blessings at South Florida's Episcopal churches. Priests in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida have been given permission to perform a distinct rite, different from the marriage between a man and a woman. Called "The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant," the ceremony, to be introduced this month, was approved by national convention delegates over the summer. Lorraine Michels and Joan Van Ness were married in 2009 in Massachusetts, but decided to participate in a nine-couple blessing ceremony in April at All Saints...
  • Episcopalian Exodus Over Gay Issues continues

    12/12/2012 10:18:02 PM PST · by Cronos · 19 replies
    Inquisitor ^ | 19.Nov.2012 | inq
    Divisions in the Episcopal Church on the subject of gay marriage have led yet another diocese to break from the national US Episcopal Church. Reuters reports Bishop Mark Lawrence of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina received a letter Oct. 15 from Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori saying he had “abandoned the church” and barring him from exercising his office. The local diocese however had previous stated that it would disassociate with the national church if it took exercised any hierarchical authority. It did, and the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina became the fifth US diocese to break from its mother...
  • On The Unfolding of God's Self-Revelation

    12/12/2012 10:12:57 PM PST · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 12, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On The Unfolding of God's Self-Revelation "God Continues to Draw Near to Us" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 12, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the last catechesis I spoke of God's revelation, as a communication He makes of Himself and of His plan of kindness and love. This revelation of God inserts itself in time and in the history of mankind: history that becomes "the arena where we see what God does for humanity. God comes to us in the things we...
  • Catholic Charities food pantries work to feed hungry {ecumenical}

    12/12/2012 9:52:00 PM PST · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Today's Catholic News ^ | 12.12.12 | Lisa Kochanowski
    While many families are wrestling with trying to find money to buy their child the latest Xbox, Wii or iPhone, Catholic Charities is working hard to collect food donations to give out hearty and healthy food baskets to their clients for the holidays. Catholic Charities operates food pantries in South Bend and Auburn. “We have a different menu each week made up of 15-20 pounds of food based upon family size. This usually includes about 15 items or enough food for four meals,” said Claire Coleman, the West Region administrator at Catholic Charities. “This might include two canned vegetables, one...
  • France Steps up Struggle Against Religious Radicals [Moslems & "hardline, traditionalist Catholics"]

    12/12/2012 9:49:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/12/12 | Tom Heneghan
    (Reuters) - France will deport foreign-born imams and disband radical faith-based groups, including hardline traditionalist Catholics, if a new surveillance policy signals they suffer a "religious pathology" and could become violent. A French Islamist shooting spree last March that killed three soldiers and four Jews showed how quickly religiously radicalized people could turn to force, Interior Minister Manuel Valls told a conference on the official policy of secularism. His warning came two days after President Francois Hollande announced the creation of an agency to track how the separation of church and state is upheld in this traditionally Catholic country with...
  • Anti-Christian Hate Crimes Rose in 2011, Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Fell {ecumenical}

    12/12/2012 9:47:44 PM PST · by Cronos
    Front Page ^ | 12.12.12 | Daniel Greenfield
    Quick gather your children and household pets, the sweeping wave of Islamophobia that is forever sweeping our nation still remains mostly non-existent. The FBI’s hate crimes statistics actually show a slight decrease in Anti-Muslim hate crimes, but a significant increase in Anti-Catholic hate crimes which jumped from 4.2 percent to 5.2 percent. Anti-Protestant hate crimes rose from 3.3 percent to 3.7 percent. Hate crimes targeting atheists fell from 0.5 to 0.3. It seems as if last year people began hating Catholics again. And one might speculate that this rise might have something to do with the ObamaCare debate and Obama’s...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-13-12, M, St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

    12/12/2012 9:15:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-13--12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 13, 2012   Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr   Reading 1 Is 41:13-20 I am the LORD, your God,who grasp your right hand;It is I who say to you, "Fear not,I will help you."Fear not, O worm Jacob,O maggot Israel;I will help you, says the LORD;your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.I will make of you a threshing sledge,sharp, new, and double-edged,To thresh the mountains and crush them,to make the hills like chaff.When you winnow them, the wind shall carry them offand the storm shall scatter them.But you shall rejoice in the LORD,and glory in the...
  • How Obama replaced Christ among blacks

    12/12/2012 4:34:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 33 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12-11-12 | Jesse Lee Peterson
    President Barack Obama is the most divisive man to ever occupy the White House –period! Yet, 95 percent of black Americans worship him as if he’s the messiah. Why? Actor and comedian Jamie Foxx recently took the stage at the Soul Train Awards and told the audience, “Thank God, and our lord and savior, Barack Obama!” Foxx called on the audience to stand up and clap for Obama. His outrageous remarks were broadcast on national television, yet not one nationally known black leader repudiated Foxx. Barack Obama’s ability to seduce people is well-known. He can bring his biggest critics into...
  • 'Jedi' religion most popular alternative faith in the UK

    12/12/2012 2:50:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/12/2012 | Henry Taylor
    Today's Census figures show that 176,632 people in England and Wales identify themselves as Jedi Knights, making it the most popular faith in the "Other Religions" category on the Census and the seventh most popular faith overall. The new figures reveal that the lightsabre-wielding disciples are only behind Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism in the popularity stakes, excluding non-religious people and people who did not answer. Following a nationwide campaign, Jedi made it onto the 2001 census, with 390,127 people identifying themselves a decade ago as followers of the fictional Star Wars creed. Although the number of Jedis...
  • Christ Or Cain?....Genesis 4 pt 5

    12/12/2012 2:42:05 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 2 replies
    For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.( I John 3:11-15)There...
  • In first tweet, Pope blesses his million-plus followers

    12/12/2012 2:39:05 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | December 12, 2012 | Carl Bunderson
    Vatican City, Dec 12, 2012 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI made his debut on Twitter today, sending out a greeting and a blessing as his first tweet to his “followers.” “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart,” read his first tweet, sent around noon Rome time from the Paul VI Hall. He sent his tweet on a mobile tablet device at the end of his Dec. 12 general audience. His account, @pontifex, already has over 1.2 million followers,...
  • Organised crime is best left to the Catholics [Godfather is the greatest Catholic movie of all time]

    12/12/2012 2:35:42 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 28 replies
    Catholic Herald UK ^ | 12/7/2012 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Godfather movies are still a huge industry, it seems. By Godfather movies, I do not mean films about gangsters as such, but more the sort of films that have been spawned by Francis Ford Coppola’s great movie. We’ve just been treated to an example of the genre on Channel 4, entitled The Fear. The Fear harked back to The Godfather in several ways. First of all it lifted the plot from The Godfather. Ritchie, our Brighton gangster had two sons, Cal who was rather wild and wanted to go in with the Albanian gangs, and Matty who was altogether more respectable....
  • Madison State Journal: Bp. Morlino “cracks down” on loony nuns (ACTION ITEM!) – UPDATED

    12/12/2012 2:32:36 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 11, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The State Journal of Madison has a breathy article about a recent move by His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino. Bishop Robert Morlino cracks down on Madison nuns for espousing ‘New Ageism’ and ‘indifferentism’ Morlino sent a memo to the priests of the diocese of Madison not to allow some loony nuns and a couple of their acolytes to have workshops, do spiritual direction, etc., at their parishes or other diocesan institutions. The memo was, of course, leaked to the press as the chancery mandarins knew it would be
 or should have known.The women, who are connected to an...
  • In the Habit: A History of Catholicism and Tobacco

    12/12/2012 2:32:10 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 23, 2012 | John B. Buescher
    In 1873, impoverished Confederate veteran Chiswell Langhorne (left) moved his family from Lynchburg to Danville, Virginia and began looking for work. The owner of a Danville tobacco warehouse had recently developed a new system of selling tobacco by auction: Instead of having farmers’ tobacco hogsheads sampled for interested buyers, the warehouse owner had all the tobacco laid out in long rows for auction. Langhorne, a lively character with a taste for showing off, got the idea that he would make his mark somehow in the newly flourishing Danville tobacco trade. He was an Episcopalian, but while visiting a Catholic friend...
  • National ‘c’atholic Reporter says Popes Paul VI, JP II, Benedict XVI sinned against the Holy Spirit

    12/12/2012 2:21:49 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 11, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The standards at the National Catholic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) are devolving by the week.This last week they accused Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI of sinning against the Holy Spirit.Ron Schmit – no, you have never heard of this schlemiel so don’t strain your memory – a priest in Byron, California, penned an opinion piece against the use of the Usus Antiquior.It is a silly piece, all in all, and I have been busy doing more important things, such as eating é…žèŸŁæčŻ at slightly greasy noodle shops in Manhattan.But one thing Schmit wrote was so spectacularly stupid that...
  • Pope asks Catholics to read Bible, recall history of God’s saving love

    12/12/2012 1:23:46 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 29 replies
    Today's Catholic News ^ | December 12, 2012 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Urging Catholics to “pick up the Bible” and read it during the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI said the Scriptures recount the story of God’s love for humanity and the steps he took throughout history to save all men and women. “That which enlightens and gives full meaning to the history of the world and of the human person began to shine in the grotto of Bethlehem. It is the mystery we soon will contemplate at Christmas: our salvation in Jesus Christ,” the pope said Dec. 12 during his weekly general audience. A 100-member delegation...
  • How Rediscovering the “Plot” of Sacred Scripture is Essential to Evangelization

    12/12/2012 1:03:43 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 11, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the most significant losses in the modern era has been the loss of the Biblical narrative in the hearts and minds of most people. Scripture is the story of the human family, told by God himself. In story form He tells us how we were made and why, what happened why that things are the way they are today. Why do we have infinite longing in a finite world? Why do we struggle with sin so much? How can we be rescued from sin and death and find our hearts true satisfaction? The Biblical narrative answers these sorts...
  • My God, your god [has Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao converted from Catholicism to Protestantism?]

    12/12/2012 11:50:58 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Philippine Daily Inquirer ^ | December 11th, 2012 | Michael L. Tan
    THE DIFFERENCE in capitalization was intentional to reflect a different kind of boxing match that’s been running not just after Manny Pacquiao’s last bout but for several decades now, with its intensity picking up recently. Poor Pacquiao is now being berated by Mommy Dionisia, his mother, and people in the streets, for having abandoned Catholicism in favor of “Protestantism” (quotation marks to be explained in a while), and that his losing to Juan Manuel Marquez was the catastrophic result. The basis for calling Pacquiao Protestant was his not making a sign of the cross, and not flashing a rosary, as...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HELP OF CHRISTIANS, 12-12-12

    12/12/2012 11:16:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-12-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HELP OF CHRISTIANS Title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, established as a feast by Pope Pius VII in 1814, in gratitude for his safe return to Rome after five years of captivity in Savona. Though not in the universal calendar, it is the patronal feast of Australia. The original invocation "Auxilium Christianorum" was inserted in the Litany of Our Lady by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the Christian victory over the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal...
  • UK Government Says it Will Legalize Gay Marriage, but Bar Church of England from Involvement

    12/12/2012 8:42:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/11/12 | AP
    LONDON — The British government announced Tuesday that it will introduce a bill next year legalizing gay marriage — but banning the Church of England from conducting same-sex ceremonies. Equalities minister Maria Miller said the legislation would authorize same-sex civil marriages, as well as religious ceremonies if religions decide to “opt in. “I feel strongly that, if a couple wish to show their love and commitment to each other, the state should not stand in their way,” Miller said. “For me, extending marriage to same-sex couples will strengthen, not weaken, this vital institution.” Some religious groups, such as Quakers and...
  • Study: Most Catholic Colleges No Longer Require Catholic Theology

    12/12/2012 8:36:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic colleges that have maintained a strong religious identity also have the strongest core curricula, according to a new study from The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS). The study finds that students at most other U.S. Catholic colleges can avoid the study of Catholic theology altogether. Dr. Kimberly Shankman, dean of Benedictine College and a research fellow for the CNS Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education, finds that Catholic colleges generally devote a larger share of undergraduate requirements to general education than other U.S. colleges. Many also require particular courses for all students instead of offering a menu of...
  • Vatican Official Warns of Mediocrity in American Christianity

    12/12/2012 8:33:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Vatican City, Dec 11, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An official for the Vatican's Latin America commission has warned against a “gray pragmatism and mediocrity” that he believes has infiltrated Christianity in America. Professor Guzman Carriquiry, secretary for the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, made his remarks on Dec. 8, the first day of the International Congress Ecclesial in America taking place at the Vatican's Synod Hall. During his speech, Carriquiry noted a growing tendency among Americans to live the faith with a lack of enthusiasm, lukewarmness and ignorance. “How many Christians today have buried their baptism under a...
  • Protestant-Catholic Gap Narrows as Census Results Revealed [Northern Ireland]

    12/12/2012 8:29:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | 11/12/12 | David Young
    The gap between the proportion of Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland has narrowed, new census figures revealed today. The percentage of Catholics in the population was up to 45 while Protestant representation has fallen to 48% from the 2001 census. The figures were detailed in the 2011 census, the results of which were published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency today. Almost half the population (48%) designated themselves as British when asked to select one or more of a number of identities, including Northern Irish or Irish. A total of 29% of the overall population included Northern...
  • Eleven Anglican Sisters to be Received into the Catholic Church [UK]

    12/12/2012 8:21:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/12/12 | Mark Greaves
    Eleven Anglican Sisters will be received into the Catholic Church via the ordinariate, it emerged this week. The Sisters, from the Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage, Oxfordshire, will be received into the Church by Mgr Keith Newton, leader of the ordinariate in England and Wales, on New Year’s Day. The group, which ranges in age from 45 to 83, includes the mother superior of the community and a Sister who was once a minister in the Church of England. Three are in their 80s. Next year they will stay for six weeks at a Benedictine convent. After...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/12/2012 7:24:11 AM PST · by Hiskid · 13 replies
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  • Why Aren’t Christians Allowed to be Offended?

    12/12/2012 6:14:58 AM PST · by Guido2012 · 41 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 12/12/12 | Tony Caruso
    Why aren’t Christians allowed to be offended? We’re reminded of this issue every year at this time as we observe the War on Christmas. And this sensitivity to offense doesn’t stop with Christmas. Why is it that we’re required to be silent while the gay agenda, feminism, multiculturalism, radical environmentalism, and globalism are deified and taught to our children, while the Christian worldview is vilified by the same government officials?
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/12/12)[Prayer]

    12/12/2012 5:22:25 AM PST · by left that other site · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/12/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures FortressJeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress, to you the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, "Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 12, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/12/2012 4:45:57 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/12/12 | Joel Osteen
    He Still Has a Plan Today's Scripture ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Jeremiah 29:11, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The scripture tells us that without vision, people perish. If you don’t have a dream or vision for your life, then you’re not really going to reach your fullest potential. Maybe at one time you had a dream, but you went through some disappointments or setbacks. Things didn’t turn out the way you planned....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 12, 2012]

    12/12/2012 4:43:46 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Personality ". . . that they may be one just as We are one . . ." —John 17:22 Personality is the unique, limitless part of our life that makes us distinct from everyone else. It is too vast for us even to comprehend. An island in the sea may be just the top of a large mountain, and our personality is like that island. We don’t know the great depths of our being, therefore we cannot measure ourselves. We start out thinking we can, but soon realize that there is really only one Being who fully understands us,...
  • Religion in decline as census figures reveal there are 4million fewer Christians UK

    12/12/2012 12:01:53 AM PST · by Cronos · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11.12.2012 | Steve Doughty
    Religion in decline as census figures reveal there are 4million fewer Christians and one in four is now an atheist Proportion of Christians in England and Wales down to 59.3 per cent Quarter of people say they do not follow any religion following rise of aggressive atheism>Number of Muslims up to 2.7million, 4.8 per cent of the populationChristianity has declined sharply over the past decade, according to the census returns. Numbers who choose to call themselves Christians fell by more than four millionThe diminishing number of Christians is mirrored by a rapid growth in those who profess no religious affiliation....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-12-12, Feast, Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/11/2012 8:58:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-12-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 12, 2012 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe   Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,and they shall be his people,and he will dwell among you,and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,and he will again choose Jerusalem.Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling. or Ps 1:1Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab God's...
  • Pastor John MacArthur: Democrats ‘Adopted The Sins of Romans 1 As Their Platform’

    12/11/2012 8:56:08 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12-10-12 | Jon Street
    Evangelical pastor and author John MacArthur said that the Democratic Party has “adopted the sins of Romans 1 as their platform." “And as you know,” MacArthur told his Southern California congregation on Sept. 30, “I’m not one to talk about politics as such, but I was essentially amazed that one of the historic parties here in the United States adopted the sins of Romans 1 as their platform. This is a new day in our country. Parties which used to differ on economics now differ dramatically on issues that invade the realm of God’s law and morality.” MacArthur is an...
  • Backward Christian Soldiers: Jesus Not Only Saves, He Shoots

    12/11/2012 8:42:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | December 11, 2012 | Nina Burleigh
    Last week, a cadet publicly quit the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, citing forced prayer and churchgoing. Republican strategist Shirley Husar, in a debate on HuffPost Live, asserted that West Point is “a religious institute.” Merry Christmas, Shirley, but West Point is not a religious institute—though that’s not for want of trying on the Christian right’s part. The cadet in question is 24-year-old Blake Page, who described being “severely punished” for not going to church while in basic training. “You scrubbed floors for four hours or went on rock flipping detail so the rocks could get an even tan...
  • Why a failure of leadership in the Church, on both sides of the Atlantic? Bishops’ conferences?

    12/11/2012 4:08:07 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | December 11, 2012 | WILLIAM ODDIE
    US bishops look over documents at a meeting in Baltimore (Photo: CNS) Since the presidential election, I haven’t been watching the American news channels much, I haven’t had the heart. The US appears to be about to go over something they are calling the fiscal cliff because of Obama’s triumphalistic behaviour: he won, so he’s not compromising with congressional Republicans who want much-needed public spending cuts, and he’ll blame them if they do all go over this cliff (there are, I understand, other analyses of what is happening, but I like this one best). This cliff may not seem...
  • A Strange Thing Jesus Said to a Paralyzed Man – Another Insight from Pope Benedict’s New Book

    12/11/2012 2:56:55 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 10, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Gospel from Monday the second week of Advent is the gospel of the paralyzed man who is lowered through the roof. It is presented to us in Advent because, among the many prophecies about the Messiah, would be that the lame would walk. But the Gospel also helps us to focus on Jesus’ central mission for us, and it is very provocatively expressed in this Gospel.The Gospel passage contains a rather peculiar and somewhat awkward moment. Jesus looks at a paralyzed man and says to him, As for you, your sins are forgiven (Lk 5:20). What a strange thing...
  • The Catholic University of America Rejects Gay Student Organization

    12/11/2012 2:25:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 12/11/12 | Matthew Archbold
    In the same week that the University of Notre Dame approved of a gay student organization, The Catholic University of America denied official recognition to a gay student organization on campus, reportedly citing a concern that it could become an “advocacy group.” CUAllies, on their Facebook page, compared the denial to being “denied Communion.” They wrote: Yesterday, Catholic University handed down its decision to once again deny official recognition to CUAllies. They cited a “possibiltiy of becoming an advoacy group” as the reason. This denial is very much like having been denied communion–a particpation in one’s faith community. We have...
  • Prayer request, please.

    12/11/2012 1:56:54 PM PST · by NewCenturions · 54 replies
    self | 12-11-12 | Newcenturions
    My mom had 2 strokes in the past 3 days. Went to ER today. They did basic tests. She is 90 yrs old. She is home now. Her name is Elizabeth. Please say a prayer for her...and thank you.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TOWER OF DAVID, 12-11-12

    12/11/2012 9:38:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-11-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):TOWER OF DAVID A symbol of the Blessed Virgin occuring in the Litany of Loreto. Mary's Son recognized as the glory of the line of David, whose star often appears in conjunction with the tower when that symbol is used. Mary, too, is a tower of strength against heresy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/11/2012 8:38:47 AM PST · by Hiskid · 14 replies
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  • Coptic Christians Asking Free World to Cut Ties With Egypt Under Morsi

    12/11/2012 7:27:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 12/11/12 | Alex Murashko
    The founder of an international group of advocates for the equality and rights of Coptic Christians is appealing to the leaders of democratic nations to cut any ties with Egypt. The Voice of the Copts is attempting to thwart President Mohamed Morsi's regime from implementing a primarily Islamic-based constitution. "We demand that world leaders withdraw their recognition of Egypt's phony 'pro-democracy' leader, Mr. Morsi, who is backed by the illegal Muslim Brotherhood party," states Dr. Ashraf Ramelah, president of Voice of the Copts, in an open letter sent Monday. "Freeze your political relationships with Egypt, halt all investments and aid...
  • Diocese of Phoenix Deny Olmsted to Vatican Report

    12/11/2012 7:20:21 AM PST · by marshmallow
    PHOENIX (AP) - The Diocese of Phoenix is denying a report that the Roman Catholic bishop of Phoenix is headed to the Vatican. Rob DeFrancesco told The Associated Press on Sunday that a report in an Italian newspaper that Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted was going to Rome for a Vatican post is false.
  • Bishop Robert Morlino Cracks Down on Madison Nuns for Espousing 'New Ageism' and 'Indifferentism'

    12/11/2012 7:12:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 12/11/12 | Doug Erickson
    Two longtime Madison nuns who lead an interfaith spirituality center have been banned by Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino from holding workshops or providing spiritual direction or guidance at any Catholic churches in the 11-county diocese. Sisters Maureen McDonnell and Lynn Lisbeth, both Sinsinawa Dominicans, have diverged too far from Catholic teaching, according to a confidential memo sent Nov. 27 to priests on behalf of Morlino. A copy of the memo was leaked to the State Journal. Two other women connected to the interfaith center, called Wisdom's Well, also have been banned as part of the same action. The memo...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/11/12)[Prayer]

    12/11/2012 5:07:21 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/11/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Refiner's FireMalachi 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 11, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/11/2012 4:43:45 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 12/11/12 | Joel Osteen
    Don't Get Stuck in the Past Today's Scripture Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The very moment we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we instantly become a new creation. Our spirits are made alive in Him, the old passes away, and His peace fills our hearts. Of course, everything in your life doesn’t change instantly. Some things do, but some things God will do in your life over time as...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 11, 2012]

    12/11/2012 4:41:20 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Individuality "Jesus said to His disciples, ’If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself . . .’ " —Matthew 16:24 Individuality is the hard outer layer surrounding the inner spiritual life. Individuality shoves others aside, separating and isolating people. We see it as the primary characteristic of a child, and rightly so. When we confuse individuality with the spiritual life, we remain isolated. This shell of individuality is God’s created natural covering designed to protect the spiritual life. But our individuality must be yielded to God so that our spiritual life may be brought forth into...