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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 20, 2012]

    12/20/2012 7:13:22 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Right Kind of Help "And I, if I am lifted up . . . will draw all peoples to Myself" —John 12:32 Very few of us have any understanding of the reason why Jesus Christ died. If sympathy is all that human beings need, then the Cross of Christ is an absurdity and there is absolutely no need for it. What the world needs is not “a little bit of love,” but major surgery.When you find yourself face to face with a person who is spiritually lost, remind yourself of Jesus Christ on the cross. If that person...
  • Expect More Catholic Caveats about Government

    12/20/2012 7:08:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 12/19/12 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    I found some extraordinarily important distinctions in Pope Benedicts recent address to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. These distinctions ought to affect significantly how we approach the Churchs social teaching regarding governmental authority in general, and world governmental authority in particular. Recent popes have called for the exercise of administrative authority at the global level to deal with those problems that are global in scope, and therefore not amenable to solution at lower levels. This would seem to be an extension of their call for intervention and collaboration by national governments to address widespread...
  • A Man for This Season, and All Seasons

    12/20/2012 6:48:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Witherspoon Institute, Public Discourse ^ | 12/19/12 | Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
    There is only one Thomas More: A man of tender nobility, subtle intellect, and forceful conviction, all rooted in profound fidelity to the larger commonwealth of Christendom outside and above Tudor England.A day after the 2012 Summer Olympics closed in London, Joseph Pearce wrote that he felt like his body had been covered in slime. I also felt a great sense of gratitude that I had shaken the smut and dirt from my sandals and had left the sordid culture of which I was once a part. Given the grand sweep of British history, those are harsh words from a...
  • Vatican Works to Stop Sunday Shopping in Italy

    12/20/2012 6:40:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 12/19/12 | Alessandro Speciale
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Roman Catholic Church, trade unions and small business associations have joined forces in a bid to save Sundays. In a bid to spur economic growth, outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti backed a new law that allows shops to stay open on the Sabbath. In what may seem an unlikely alliance, the Catholic Church, trade unions and Italian small business associations have joined forces in a bid to save Sundays from shopping and liberalized shopping hours. But Sunday traditions are strong in the European nation, and the change provoked strong resistance from religious and secular groups....
  • Pope Benedict XVI Writes Article for the Financial Times

    12/20/2012 6:34:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 12/20/12 | Junno Arocho
    Pontiff Responds to Request by Major Newspaper to Comment on the Christmas SeasonVATICAN CITY, DEC. 20, 2012 ( Following a request by the Editorial Office of the Financial Times, Pope Benedict XVI has written an article for the major newspaper. The Financial Times had requested the Holy Father's comments on the occasion of Christmas following the publication of his recent book on the infancy of Jesus Christ. In a communique by the Holy See Press Office, Pope Benedict accepted the request willingly "despite the unusual nature of the request." "It is perhaps appropriate to recall the Pope's willingness to respond...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/20/12)[Prayer]

    12/20/2012 4:44:42 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/20/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures Buckler2 Samuel 22:31, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 18:30, Proverbs 2:7 1. I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. 2. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(12/20/12)[prayer]

    12/20/2012 4:41:11 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/20/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Psalm 18:2 1. I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. 2. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. God Bless America!
  • The Lord's Kind Invitation [New Church, Ecumenical]

    12/20/2012 4:10:30 AM PST · by DaveMSmith
    Spirit and Life Bible Study ^ | Wed, Dec 19, 2012 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    This Bible Study offers thoughts about how to move away from violence and mayhem, where the Lord is in all this, and what His life on earth did (and did not) do for us.I can field questions or comments here or feel free to use Spirit and Life Bible Study on Facebook
  • Pope's Immaculate Conception Address At The Spanish Steps (Catholic Caucus)

    12/19/2012 9:49:21 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies
    Zenit ^ | 12.08.12
    Dear brothers and sisters! It is always a joy to gather together here in the Piazza di Spagna on the Feast of Mary Immaculate. Finding ourselves together Romans, pilgrims, visitors at the feet of the statue of our spiritual Mother creates in us a feeling of unity in the sign of faith. I would like to underscore this in this Year of Faith that the whole Church is observing. I greet you with affection and would like to share with you some simple thoughts, suggested by the Gospel reading for this solemnity: the Gospel of the Annunciation. First...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-20-12

    12/19/2012 8:33:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 12-20-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 20, 2012 Thursday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1Is 7:10-14 The LORD spoke to Ahaz:Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!But Ahaz answered,"I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!"Then Isaiah said:Listen, O house of David!Is it not enough for you to weary men,must you also weary my God?Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,and shall name him Emmanuel. Responsorial PsalmPs 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 R. (see 7c and 10b) Let...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: The Catholic Church and non-Christian religions

    12/19/2012 8:23:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | 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...
  • Words Frame Your Life

    12/19/2012 8:03:14 PM PST · by Frank Broom · 3 replies
    12-19-12 | Frank Broom
    I want to talk about the power of words on a very practicle level because words really are framing your life. Think about it, words shape your thinking that's why the scripture says, be transformed by the renewing of your mind, you renew your mind with words. Words influence what you believe that's why the scripture says, faith cometh by hearing. Also words influence your actions, what you think influences what you believe and what you believe influences your actions that's why the scripture says, faith without works is dead. Every action has a consequence. In James 3:2-8 James talks...
  • A "Major Victory" in Federal Court for Those Opposing the HHS Mandate

    12/19/2012 7:21:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 12/19/12 | Catherine Harmon
    Big news from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the law firm representing those challenging the Obama administrations contraception mandate:Today [Tuesday, December 18], a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. handed Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College a major victory in their challenges to the HHS mandate. Last summer, two lower courts had dismissed the Colleges cases as premature. Today, the appellate court reinstated those cases, and ordered the Obama Administration to report back every 60 daysstarting in mid-Februaryuntil the Administration makes good on its promise to issue a new rule that protects the Colleges religious freedom. The new rule...
  • The Justification of Christmas

    12/19/2012 5:50:07 PM PST · by HarleyD
    Word of Encouragement ^ | 2003 | Charles R. Biggs
    Christmas Since it is the Advent season and the time we remember the significance and importance of Jesus' birth, I will send out what I like to refer to as the 'JUSTIFICATION of Christmas'. Using the letters from the word 'Christmas', we can reflect and be reminded of Christ's birth, but also his accomplished work that he merited on our behalf. We rejoice that the "LORD has come" at Christmas, but we should also rejoice and be reminded of what the "LORD has done" for those who love him! The first letter of the word 'Christmas' is C... C: CHOSEN...
  • Italian Parliament Grants Offical Recognition to Hinduism and Buddhism

    12/19/2012 4:22:34 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    Hinduism Today Magazine ^ | December 15, 2012 | and Hindu Press International,
    Italy, December 14, 2012 ( [HPI notes: This article is a translation of the original Italian language article. The Hindu population of Italy is at least five times greater than the number mentioned here.] A new milestone for religious freedom and equality between religions in Italy: The parliament has finally approved an agreement with the Italian Hindu Union (Sanatana Dharma Sangha) and the Italy Buddhist Union. These religions will now have the ability to open schools and have access to limited state funding. Article 8 of our Constitution provides for freedom for all religions that do not conflict with Italian...
  • ObamaCare mandate may force nuns devoted to the eldery to leave U.S.

    12/19/2012 2:52:00 PM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    lsn ^ | 12.19.2012 | Kirsten Andersen
    BALTIMORE, December 19, 2012, ( The Obama administrations HHS mandate may force the Catholic Little Sisters of the Poor to cease their U.S. operations, according to Sister Constance Carolyn Veit, the religious orders communications director. The Little Sisters currently provide group homes and daily care for the elderly poor in 30 U.S. cities. Sister Constance told The Daily Caller that the Little Sisters may not qualify for a religious exemption from ObamaCares requirement that employers provide coverage for contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-causing drugs free of charge to female workers. We are not exempt from the [ObamaCare] mandate because we...
  • Why Cain Built A City...Genesis 4 pt 8

    And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.(Genesis 4:16-17)The story of Cain; his rejected worship, the murder of his brother, consequently ,his sentence to be a vagabond on earth, and the city he built, is one of the primary lessons of the entire Bible. The God of the Bible wants us to consider the deeper...
  • Belgium Looks at Euthanasia for Minors, Alzheimer's Sufferers

    12/19/2012 12:01:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Google News ^ | 12/18/12 | AFP
    BRUSSELS Belgium is considering a significant change to its decade-old euthanasia law that would allow minors and Alzheimer's sufferers to seek permission to die. The proposed changes to the law were submitted to parliament Tuesday by the Socialist party and are likely to be approved by other parties, although no date has yet been put forward for a parliamentary debate. "The idea is to update the law to take better account of dramatic situations and extremely harrowing cases we must find a response to," party leader Thierry Giet said. The draft legislation calls for "the law to be extended...
  • France Opens the Door to Medically-Assisted Suicide

    12/19/2012 11:59:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    France 24 ^ | 12/19/12
    A report commissioned by French President Franois Hollande has started the ball rolling towards possible legislation that would allow for medically-assisted suicide in France.A government-commissioned report released on Tuesday has recommended that France allow doctors to accelerate death for terminally-ill patients who want to end their lives. French people overwhelmingly support medically-assisted suicide, with an October poll showing 89% in favour. Examining the case for medically-assisted suicide was a campaign pledge made by French President Franois Hollande ahead of his election in May 2012. Hollande pledged to act on the recommendations of the government-commissioned report, which will be referred to...
  • Compulsory Abortion for Downs Syndrome Foetuses, Says UKIP Kent Candidate

    12/19/2012 11:55:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 42 replies
    Gravesend Reporter ^ | 12/18/12 | Anna Dubuis
    Mothers with foetuses detected to have Downs syndrome and other disabilities should be forced into a compulsory abortion, according to a UKIP candidates personal manifesto. Geoffrey Clark, who is running in a by-election on Thursday (20) for the Gravesham Rural seat on Kent County Council and the Meopham North seat on Gravesham Borough Council, was labelled abhorrent by disability charities and parents. His ideas, published on his website, state: Consider compulsory abortion when the foetus is detected as having Downs, Spina Bifida or similar syndrome which, if it is born, will render the child a burden on the state as...