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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...
  • Recently Released 'Queen James' Purports to Be First-Ever 'Gay Bible'

    12/14/2012 8:55:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/14/2012 | Michael Gryboski
    A recently released Bible translation based off of the King James Bible boasts of being the first ever "Gay Bible" in the world. Titled the Queen James Bible, its publishers argued in a statement that it accurately translates certain verses pertaining to homosexuality, which have been misunderstood by religious conservatives. "Homosexuality was first overtly mentioned in the Bible in 1946 in the Revised Standard Version. There is no mention of or reference to homosexuality in any Bible prior to this – only interpretations have been made," said the editors. "The Queen James Bible addresses those controversial verses by editing them...
  • Queen James Bible: publisher releases ‘gay-friendly’ Bible translation

    12/14/2012 8:37:29 AM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    lsn ^ | 12.14.2012 | John Jalsevac
    December 13, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Don’t like it? Change it. That’s the approach to Scriptural translation taken by the creators of a new gay-friendly Bible. “You can’t choose your sexuality, but you can choose Jesus. Now you can choose a Bible, too,” say the creators of the Bible, emblazoned with a rainbow cross, which was launched at the end of November. The editors explain in a statement that they took each of the eight Bible verses traditionally used to argue that homosexuality is sinful, and edited them “in a way that makes homophobic interpretations impossible.” For instance, in the first...
  • On the three person Trinity at Christmastime [New Church, Open]

    12/14/2012 8:28:31 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 133 replies
    Fri Dec 14, 2012 | Self
    I'd like to pose a question to the defenders of the three 'person' Trinity:Matt 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:34 Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?" 35 And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GENERAL JUDGMENT, 12-14-12

    12/14/2012 8:26:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-14-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):GENERAL JUDGMENT The universal judgment of the human race at the final resurrection of the dead. It is expressed in all the creeds that affirm that Christ now "sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from where He shall come to judge the living and the dead," i.e., the just and the wicked. This will be a social judgment because it will manifest to the world God's justice in condemning sinners, and his mercy in those who are saved. It will also be a total judgment by revealing not only people's moral conduct...
  • Vandals Desecrate Monastery of the Cross in Jerusalem

    12/14/2012 7:55:05 AM PST · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 12.12.12 | Algemeiner
    The Monastery of the Cross Church in Jerusalem. Photo: Yosarian/Wikimedia Commons.Vandals spray-painted profanities on the entrance to and on three vehicles belonging to the Monastery of the Cross in Jerusalem overnight Tuesday in the latest in a spate of so-called “price-tag” attacks on Christian institutions in Israel over the past year.The vandalism at the church is the second such attack on the site this year, with a similar attack occurring some ten months ago. In both cases, police have made no arrests. The Orthodox Greek church, which lies in Jerusalem’s Valley of the Cross close to Sacher Park in Rehavia,...
  • Price-tag Vandals Hit J'lem church, Palestinian Town

    12/14/2012 7:42:49 AM PST · by marshmallow
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/12/12 | Melanie Lidman
    Extremists puncture tires in 2 separate incidents, spray-paint "The Maccabis will succeed" on wall near J'lem monastery.“Price-tag” vandals targeted sites in Jerusalem and near Ramallah overnight Tuesday, spraying extremist graffiti and puncturing car tires. The words “tag mahir” – “price tag” – have become affiliated with the extreme fringe of the settlement and right-wing movements. For the second time in less than a year, vandals targeted the Monastery of the Cross in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park. This time, the vandals wrote: “Happy Hanukka, the Maccabees will succeed” on a stone wall surrounding the structure. They also spraypainted graffiti on a car...
  • Generic Armenians Fleeing Syria for No Particular Reason

    12/14/2012 7:36:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Get Religion ^ | 12/12/12 | Terry Mattingly
    For news consumers who are closely following events on the ground in Syria, especially those of us who are worried about the protection of religious minorities there, it will come as little surprise to learn that ethnic Armenians are fleeing the dangerous cities and towns of Syria. Logically enough, The New York Times reports that many of these refugees are fleeing back into Armenia, to a “motherland most barely know.” And what is this flight all about, according to the Times team? Might this have something to do with religion and centuries of persecution? The following passage is long, but...
  • Praise for church cover-up admission

    12/14/2012 7:28:20 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    Canberra Times ^ | Barney Zwartz
    FOR the first time, a Catholic spokesman has acknowledged that the church in Australia covered up sex abuse, according to a reform group of Catholics. The group praised Francis Sullivan, CEO of the yet-to-be-formed Catholic Truth, Justice and Healing Commission, for admitting to the media this week that he was personally scandalised and disillusioned by the church's history of cover-ups. Peter Johnstone, chairman of Catholics for Renewal, said on Friday the church had previously acknowledged that it had mishandled abuse cases, but not cover-ups. He welcomed this week's announcement of the lay-led Catholic council to advise the bishops about sex...
  • Speakers Say US Sisters Were at Forefront of Implementing Vatican II

    12/14/2012 7:28:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 12/13/12 | Beth Griffin
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- In responding to the Second Vatican Council's call to universal holiness, American women religious have been both beacons and lightning rods for the church, according to speakers at a Dec 11 forum. Religious sisters were in the forefront of Vatican II's call for church renewal, and their vibrant lives and ministries are still shaped by the council's documents, panelists said. The sisters took seriously the council's admonition to renew their religious communities from the inside out, explore their original charism and then make the charism come alive in a new setting, said James P. McCartin, director...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/14/12)[Prayer]

    12/14/2012 5:19:52 AM PST · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/14/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures ExcellentPsalm 148:13 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(12/14/12)[Prayer]

    12/14/2012 5:12:08 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/14/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Psalm 148:13 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. God Bless America!
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 14, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/14/2012 4:48:20 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/14/12 | Joel Osteen
    Forget the Former Things Today's Scripture Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. Isaiah 43:18, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Too often, people spend so much time and energy dwelling on the past, dwelling on mistakes, or dwelling on disappointments. They don’t even realize that their focus is keeping them from moving forward in life. But in order to fully experience God’s blessings, you have to let go of those past hurts; you have to forget the former things to make room for the new. God has a new beginning in store for you,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 14, 2012]

    12/14/2012 4:46:34 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Great Life "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled . . ." —John 14:27 Whenever we experience something difficult in our personal life, we are tempted to blame God. But we are the ones in the wrong, not God. Blaming God is evidence that we are refusing to let go of some disobedience somewhere in our lives. But as soon as we let go, everything becomes as clear as daylight to us. As long as we try to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-14-12, M, St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor/Church

    12/13/2012 8:40:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-14-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 14, 2012   Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church   Reading 1 Is 48:17-19 Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,the Holy One of Israel:I, the LORD, your God,teach you what is for your good,and lead you on the way you should go.If you would hearken to my commandments,your prosperity would be like a river,and your vindication like the waves of the sea;Your descendants would be like the sand,and those born of your stock like its grains,Their name never cut offor blotted out from my presence. Responsorial Psalm Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6...
  • Veteran Reconnects with Vietnamese Priest He Thought was Dead

    12/13/2012 8:19:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/13/12 | Carl Bunderson
    Denver, Colo., Dec 13, 2012 / 02:16 am (CNA).- In 1968 Joe Mahoney was serving with the Marines in South Vietnam, where he met Father Paul Nguyen Thanh Hoan, whom he always thought was killed when the North overran the region in 1975. Many priests were imprisoned and killed when the South was overtaken, and so Mahoney was “quite confident he was dead” and never looked up Fr. Paul. But earlier this year, he finally discovered that God had preserved Fr. Nguyen, made him Bishop Nguyen, and helped him found a religious community. “He's an amazing guy spiritually, very prayerful....
  • Time to Bring Back St. Michael’s Prayer

    12/13/2012 8:18:56 PM PST · by Salvation · 56 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Judy Keane
    Time to Bring Back St. Michael’s Prayer by Judy Keane on December 13, 2012 ·   In his 2008 Inaugural Address, President Obama praised the tremendous sacrifices of our Founding Fathers and our hard won freedoms saying, “Our Founding Fathers faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, they drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations.”  However, in moving forward aggressively with the HHS Mandate, it has become clear we are witnessing a U.S. President eroding those very freedoms he initially spoke so highly...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: The Resurrection of Christ: Why is it the high point/Christian Faith?

    12/13/2012 7:43:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    SanCarlo.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...
  • Cain's Trial And Sentence...Genesis 4 pt 5

    And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me 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. (Genesis 4:9-12)In the events leading up to the murder of Abel, God had...
  • Humanism for children (American Humanist Association promotes new web site for atheism)

    12/13/2012 1:46:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/10/2012 | William Lane Craig
    The American Humanist Association is promoting a new Web site that is designed to furnish children with a naturalistic or atheistic perspective on science, sexuality, and other topics. The stated goal of the Web site is laudatory: “to encourage curiosity, critical thinking, and tolerance among young people, as well as to provide accurate information regarding a wide range of issues related to humanism, science, culture, and history.” The problem is that those values have no inherent connection with naturalism, which is a philosophical viewpoint that holds that there is nothing beyond the physical contents of the universe. One doesn’t need...
  • American Atheists' Billboard Calls for Christmas Minus "Myth" of Christ

    12/13/2012 1:19:26 PM PST · by InHisService · 60 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12-11-12 | Stoyan Zaimov
    "We know that a large population of 'Christians' are actually atheists who feel trapped in their family's religion. If you know god is a myth, you do not have to lie and call yourself 'Christian' in order to have a festive holiday season. You can be merry without the myth, and indeed, you should," said David Silverman, President of American Atheists.
  • Darts fan booted out of final because he looked like Jesus

    12/13/2012 12:23:29 PM PST · by Gamecock · 54 replies
    The Sun ^ | 13 Dec 2012
    Bearded Nathan Grindal, 33, was enjoying the match between star champ Phil Taylor and Kim Huybrechts when some of the 4,500-strong audience spotted his likeness to the son of God. Chants of "Jesus" quickly spread through the rowdy crowd, interrupting play at Butlins in Minehead, Somerset. Security was called before six bouncers escorted upset Nathan from the Cash Converters Players' Championship, being shown on ITV4. As he left a chant of 'Stand up if you love Jesus' broke out, with many of the boozed-up crowd getting to their feet. Nathan, a labourer, was escorted to a nearby bar where security...
  • My considered views on religious displays on public land

    12/13/2012 10:37:05 AM PST · by Teófilo · 20 replies
    Brethren, Peace and Good to all of you. As you know, every year during the holiday and Christmas seasons, religion-objectors redouble their efforts at proscribing religious displays on government buildings and other common areas in our cities, towns, and villages. The mainstream media’s (MSM’s) strategy has been to declare that there is no “war on Christmas” but Bill Donohue from the Catholic League already took the MSM to task. Of course, I often share many of Bill Donohue’s observations across many other social platforms including Twitter, and it was in Twitter where I got a couple of respondents who are...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INSIGNIA, 12-13-12

    12/13/2012 8:48:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-13-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):INSIGNIA The emblems and apparel worn by prelates when officiating in a liturgical ceremony. Although somewhat simplified since the Second Vatican Council, the traditional insignia of a bishop in the Latin Rite are, depending on the occasion, the buskins, sandals, pectoral cross, dalmatic and tunicle, miter, gloves, ring, pastoral staff, rochet, mozzetta, cappa magna, skullcap, morse, mantelletta, and gremial veil. An archbishop also has the cross and pallium. The Pope's distinctive insignia are the falda, subcinctorium, fanon, tiara, and sedia gestatoria. A Byzantine bishop has the veil, mandyas, pastoral staff, dikerion, and trikerion, sakkos, omophorion, enkolpia,...
  • Letter to a Christian Nation (From a recent convert)

    12/13/2012 7:17:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/13/2012 | Lee Habeeb
    Any of us who have come to Christ later in life know the factors that led us to Him. The Spirit was tugging at me for a while. C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity started it. Like me, he was once an atheist. Until he could be one no more. “In 1929, I gave in, and admitted that God was God,” wrote Lewis, “perhaps the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.” A few committed people of faith did the rest for me, as I witnessed in them the power of the Holy Spirit. It was the power of their...
  • 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...