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  • Cain's Punishment; Cut Off from The Ground...Genesis 4 pt 7

    And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me,b> from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be...
  • America Still Has Half a Soul. For Now

    12/15/2012 3:55:36 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 15, 2012 | Carl E. Olson
    Left: Family members of victims grieve near Sandy Hook Elementary School. Right: People take part in a vigil outside St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, Conn. (CNS photos) I got a late start yesterday morning and didn't hear the news until a few hours after it broke. My wife had an appointment, and so I made breakfast for our three (home schooled) children, ages four, eight, and twelve. When I first read of the assault and massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, I felt ill. It was gut wrenching. I thought for a bit about...
  • Council of Trent, On Justification, Ch. VIII and XVI

    12/15/2012 2:10:56 PM PST · by narses · 56 replies
    Council of Trent ^ | January 13, 1547 | Council of Trent, On Justification, Ch. VIII
    Council of Trent, On Justification, Ch. VIII When the Apostle says that man is justified by faith and freely, these words are to be understood in that sense in which the uninterrupted unanimity of the Catholic Church has held and expressed them, namely, that we are therefore said to be justified by faith, because faith is the beginning of human salvation, the foundation and root of all justification, "without which it is impossible to please God" and to come to the fellowship of His sons; and we are therefore said to be justified gratuitously, because none of those things that...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/15/2012 2:10:36 PM PST · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    December 15, 2012 | Irish Rose
    And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. (Luke 1:76-79)
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ANSELMIAN ARGUMENT, 12-15-12

    12/15/2012 12:52:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-15-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ANSELMIAN ARGUMENT The famous argument of St. Anselm (1033-1109) of Canterbury (1033-1109) for the existence of God. It is an argument a priori, drawn from the idea of God rather than a posteriori, from the works of God. Anselm used it to refute the fool who says there is no God (Psalm 13). He argues as follows: We call God a being so great that nothing greater can be conceived. This definition is accepted even by the atheist, who admits that God exists at least in the mind of the believer. But that which is so...
  • Pope lights Christmas tree and says abortion, gay marriage are threats to peace

    12/15/2012 12:28:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | AP
    Pope lights Christmas tree and says abortion, gay marriage are threats to peace Published December 14, 2012| Associated PressVATICAN CITY –  The Christmas season kicked off Friday at the Vatican with the traditional lighting of the tree in St. Peter's Square -- and a reminder from the pope about what happened when the "lights" of God were turned off in past atheistic regimes.--snip-- "And when in the past they tried to stamp out the light of God to instead turn on illusory and misleading glows, there were seasons of tragic violence against man," he said. "And this is because when...
  • Newtown pastor: Parents asked about kids' last moments [Msgr. Robert Weiss]

    12/15/2012 12:15:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    TodayNews.today.com ^ | 12-15-12 | Scott Stump
    Newtown pastor: Parents asked about kids' last moments By Scott Stump, TODAY contributor As the parents of the children who were murdered by a gunman in a Connecticut elementary school Friday attempt to process the horror of their death, many tried to imagine what the final moments for their loved ones were like.Several of them came to be consoled by Msgr. Robert Weiss, the pastor of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Newtown, Connecticut. Weiss spoke with Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Saturday about the moment when families were informed by authorities that their children or loved ones had perished in...
  • Blame Evil, Not Guns, For Newtown Massacre

    12/15/2012 9:33:02 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 12 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 15, 2012 | JP
    A letter to the editor today in the editorial pages of my local newspaper caught my attention. The writer lamented yesterday’s slaughter of 27 innocents in Newtown, Connecticut – as we all do. Then he identified the culprit – guns. We’ve never heard of a “mass-knifing” claiming so many victims, he pointed out. His implication was that, if we scrap the Second Amendment, there will be no more funerals for victims of mass murder. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Timothy McVeigh did not use a gun in 1995 when he killed 168 people, including 10 children,...
  • A Reminder We Are In The Middle Of A Spiritual War (The Newtown School Shooting Incident Friday)

    12/15/2012 8:32:42 AM PST · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | December 15,2012 | annem040359
    Yesterday, when I first heard of the horror shooting incident that took place at the Newtown, CT, elementary school, the Sandy Hook School, I was SHOCKED, SICKEN, and WITH GREAT SORROW by the unfolding of this recent heartbreaking and tragic current event. Hearing about the innocent children who were slaughtered, plus the adults as well, I ended up screaming in HORROR that innocent children, including those who are just beginning their formal learning had no chance to live a life in full. What even SHOCKED me even more was that, the young man who did the killing, a 20-year-old man...
  • What if Mary had known about abortion?

    12/15/2012 5:20:33 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 37 replies
    Renew America ^ | 12-15-17 | Mark H Creech
    Recently I saw a t-shirt that said, "The Virgin Mary was an Unwed Teenage Mother." That's true and it reminded me of an interruption that took place at a Quebec pro-life conference back in October of this year. LifeSiteNews.com says about a dozen pro-choice protestors descended upon an evangelical church where the conference was being held, chanting blasphemous slogans, one of which was a French pro-abortion sing-song against the Virgin Mary: Ah si Marie avait connu l'avortment, on n'aurait pas tous ces emmerdement.s. Translated this means, "Oh, If Mary had known about abortion, we wouldn't have to deal with all...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (12/15/12)[Prayer]

    12/15/2012 5:01:13 AM PST · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/15/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Dwelling PlacePsalm 90:1 A prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 15, 2012]

    12/15/2012 4:37:43 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    “Approved to God” "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" —2 Timothy 2:15 If you cannot express yourself well on each of your beliefs, work and study until you can. If you don’t, other people may miss out on the blessings that come from knowing the truth. Strive to re-express a truth of God to yourself clearly and understandably, and God will use that same explanation when you share it with someone else. But you must be willing to go through God’s winepress...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-15-12

    12/14/2012 10:48:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-15-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 15, 2012   Saturday of the Second Week of Advent   Reading 1 Sir 48:1-4, 9-11 In those days,like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijahwhose words were as a flaming furnace.Their staff of bread he shattered,in his zeal he reduced them to straits;By the Lord's word he shut up the heavensand three times brought down fire.How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!Whose glory is equal to yours?You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,in a chariot with fiery horses.You were destined, it is written, in time to cometo put an end to wrath before the...
  • Where is God At Times Like These? A meditation in the wake of a violent atrocity [Prayer Ping]

    12/14/2012 10:01:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington.org ^ | 12-14-12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Where is God At Times Like These? A meditation in the wake of a violent atrocity.By: Msgr. Charles Pope One of the great mysteries to to believer and non-believer alike is the mystery of evil and suffering.  If there is a God who is omnipotent and omniscient how can he tolerate evil, injustice, and suffering of the innocent? Where was God yesterday when the shootings in Connecticut occurred?  Where is God when a young girl is raped, when genocide is committed, when evil men hatch their plots? Why Did God even conceive the evil ones, and let them be...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Yes to Christ, No to the Church?

    12/14/2012 9:18:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 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...
  • Churches may not recognize same-sex ‘marriage’ in any way: Seattle Archbishop rules

    12/14/2012 3:09:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    lsn ^ | 12.14.2012 | Kirsten Andersen
    SEATTLE, December 13, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Regardless of the state marriage referendum, Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Seattle may not participate in any same-sex “marriage” or recognize them in any way – including solemnizing such unions, allowing their facilities to conduct the ceremony or its reception, or providing marital counseling to homosexual couples. Following Washington state’s legalization of same-sex “marriage,” and marijuana, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has issued a “policy refresher” to explain how the new laws will affect Catholic parishes in his archdiocese. The archbishop wrote that he was “disappointed that so many voters failed to recognize marriage...
  • Reflections on Newtown Shooting

    12/14/2012 2:53:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 27 replies
    pastormatthew ^ | Matthew R. St. John
    Three thoughts come to my mind, and if they can help you then please receive them as some contribution to your effort to deal with the unfolding trauma. First, we have to remember that God bears us up right now in the midst of it all. Psalm 68:19 declares, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation.” In those simple words I am reminded that our Lord can carry us even today. He is with us and has not forgotten us. Moreover, he alone is our hope. Secondly, it helps me to remember there is...
  • What We Once Knew...Reflections on The Kindergarten Massacre

    Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to...
  • Prayer for the innocents

    12/14/2012 11:53:33 AM PST · by redgolum · 17 replies
    Vanity
    I would like to post some sort of prayer that is elegant and thoughtful, but at this time I can not. Dear Lord, be with the inoocents and their family. Please pray for them.
  • The Unwritten Order of Things- Boyd K. Packer-Mormon

    12/14/2012 9:12:07 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 23 replies
    BYU Devotional Address ^ | October, 1996 | Boyd K Packer
    I speak to you today as a teacher.-SNIP-When I decided to become a teacher, Dr. Schaefer’s example inspired me to try to the best of my ability to teach basic, simple truths in the most understandable way. I have learned how very difficult it is to simplify. Years after the war, I returned to Washington State University and found Dr. Schaefer. He, of course, did not remember me. I was just one of many hundreds of cadets in his classes. I thanked him for what he had taught me. The math and calculus had long since faded away, but not...