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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 (Zenit.org).- 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    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...
  • 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 | articolotre.com and Hindu Press International,
    Italy, December 14, 2012 (articolotre.com): [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, (LifeSiteNews.com) 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...
  • Poll: Christians Most Numerous Worldwide; 'Nones' Majority in Six Countries

    12/19/2012 9:37:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/19/2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    An international Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life poll has found that Christianity remains the religion with the most adherents worldwide, while roughly one-third of people around the globe have no religious affiliation. The comprehensive poll examined more than 230 countries worldwide, and asked respondents to identify which religion, if any, they belong to. The results determined that 32 percent of the world's population, 2.2 billion people, are Christians, 23 percent or 1.6 billion are Muslim, 15 percent or 1 billion are Hindu, and that 7 percent or 500 million are Buddhists. African, Asian, Native American and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EX OPERE OPERATO, 12-19-12

    12/19/2012 9:27:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-19-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):EX OPERE OPERATO A term defined by the Council of Trent to describe how the sacraments confer the grace they signify. Trent condemned the following proposition: "That grace is not conferred 'ex opere operato' by the sacraments of the New Law" (Denzinger 1608). Literally the expression means "from the work performed," stating that grace is always conferred by a sacrament, in virtue of the rite performed and not as a mere sign that grace has already been given, or that the sacrament stimulates the faith of the recipient and thus occasions the obtaining of grace, or...
  • Abortion lit the way for the Newtown massacre

    12/19/2012 9:19:51 AM PST · by Tefilo · 10 replies
    Vivificat - from Contemplation to Action ^ | 12/17/2012 | Tefilo de Jess
    It's the Culture of Death, silly! Brothers and Sisters, Peace be with you. Like many of you, I've been perusing the more "thoughtful" introspections by writers of national recognition. One by Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker's blog caught my eye. It's titled Newtown and the Madness of Guns. Here's an excerpt: The people who fight and lobby and legislate to make guns regularly available are complicit in the murder of those children. They have made a clear moral choice: that the comfort and emotional reassurance they take from the possession of guns, placed in the balance even against the...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/19/2012 7:53:21 AM PST · by Hiskid · 17 replies
    12/19/12 | Hiskid
    The oath which He swore to our father Abraham: To grant us that we, Being delivered from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life. (Luke 1:73-75)
  • The road to Egypt: job creators in the Ancient World

    12/19/2012 7:30:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 12/19/2012 | DANIEL KAGANOVICH and JEREMY ENGLAND
    In a recent commentary on the Torah portion Parshat Miketz posted in The Times of Israel, Shawn Ruby presents the biblical story of Joseph in Egypt as evidence that having a government-managed economy works. Specifically, he casts Joseph as the first Keynesian economist, that is, the first person to realize that a powerful executive with the authority to make economic decisions on behalf of the people can plan consumption patterns more wisely than a group of disorganized individuals, and thereby become the salvation of everyone.Mr. Ruby writes:Whether the famine was supply-side or demand-side in origin, Josephs example teaches us...
  • The Two Sides of Chinas Party

    12/19/2012 6:58:44 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 12/18/12 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    Remembering Fr. Charles McCarthy, SJ, an American Jesuit in Shanghai.Father Charles McCarthy, SJ, sitting to the left of the famous bishop of Shanghai, Ignatius Gong Pinmei, better known today as Cardinal Kung, Shanghai, 1952. (Courtesy of Mary Jo McCarthy Reynolds. Copy of photograph held at the California Jesuit Province Archive, Santa Clara, CA)I have lived in China several times since my first stay in 1996, when I lived in Beijing as a Chinese language student. Deng Xiaoping was still alive then, and people thought that China was emerging from its hard-line era of Chairman Mao. And much has indeed changed...
  • Ireland to Legalise Abortion

    12/19/2012 6:48:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | Bruno Waterfield
    Ireland is to legalise abortions when the mother's life is at risk, including when she is suicidal, in an historic move expected to spark a major battle with the Roman Catholic church.Irelands cabinet took the decision on Tuesday following a huge public outcry over the death of Savita Halappanavar, a pregnant woman in October who died after her repeated requests for an abortion were refused while she was suffering a miscarriage. The Irish government has decided to repeal legislation that makes abortion a criminal act and to introduce regulations setting out when doctors can perform an abortion when a womans...
  • Beatification Process Continues for Three Martyred Red Cross Nurses

    12/19/2012 6:43:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 12-18-12
    (Romereports.com) On October 23, 1936, in the midst of the Spanish Civil War, three young nursers from the International Red Cross were murdered, as they cared for wounded victims at a hospital in northern Spain. The Catholic Church could soon declare them martyrs. Their names are Olga, 23, Pilar, 25, and Octavia, 41. All three were from Astorga, in Leon province. When the war began, they volunteered to help care for the wounded. While they were not the first volunteers killed in the war, they were the first executed because of their faith. The person leading the beatification process is...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/19/12)[Prayer]

    12/19/2012 5:25:34 AM PST · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/19/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures Chosen OneIsaiah 42:1 1. Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. 2. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. 3. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; 4. he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 19, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/19/2012 4:38:49 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/19/12 | Joel Osteen
    Jesus Loves the Little Children Today's Scripture Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. (Matthew 19:14, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Theres a story in scripture about a time when the children wanted to run to Jesus, but the adults, thinking they were helping, kept them away from Him. When Jesus saw what was going on, He said, Let them come to me! Jesus loves children. He says that children are the example of faith and trust that we should follow. Like...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 19, 2012]

    12/19/2012 4:37:49 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Focus Of Our Message "I did not come to bring peace but a sword" —Matthew 10:34 Never be sympathetic with a person whose situation causes you to conclude that God is dealing harshly with him. God can be more tender than we can conceive, and every once in a while He gives us the opportunity to deal firmly with someone so that He may be viewed as the tender One. If a person cannot go to God, it is because he has something secret which he does not intend to give up— he may admit his sin, but...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-19-12

    12/18/2012 8:10:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-19-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 19, 2012 Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites,whose name was Manoah.His wife was barren and had borne no children.An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her,"Though you are barren and have had no children,yet you will conceive and bear a son.Now, then, be careful to take no wine or strong drinkand to eat nothing unclean.As for the son you will conceive and bear,no razor shall touch his head,for this boy is to be...
  • Following the Truth: Ten Saints Every Worrier Should Know [Catholic and Open]

    12/18/2012 7:35:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | November 12, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Ten Saints Every Worrier Should Know Nov 12th, 2012by Gary Zimak Although wed rather not admit it, many of us worry (or are tempted to worry) each day of our lives. One of the reasons that we worry is that we sometimes feel we are facing our problems alone. Once we meet others who are dealing with similar problems, we usually feel better. Even more comforting is when we encounter someone who has survived the issue that is troubling us. As Catholics, much can be gained by studying the lives of the saints. Far from living easy lives, these...
  • Finally, Istanbul Gives Syriac Christians a Place to Build: a Cemetery

    12/18/2012 7:17:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Istanbul, December 18 (World Watch Monitor) Three years after a Syrian Orthodox foundation applied to build a church in Istanbul, the Greater Istanbul Municipality has granted them a large plot of land and a building permit. Banner headlines in the Turkish media praised the early-December decision as a first in the history of the Republic, declaring that never before had Turkey allowed a non-Muslim minority to build an official new house of worship. Still, Syriac Christians were far from pleased. For one thing, the land they were granted by the municipality is, in fact, a Latin Catholic cemetery. We...
  • Amid Struggle, Palestinian Christians Look Ahead to Christmas

    12/18/2012 7:12:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Jerusalem, Israel, Dec 18, 2012 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Armed conflicts and a decline in tourists and pilgrims from overseas will cause difficulties for Palestinian Christians, but they will still celebrate Christmas. There are good and bad feelings this Christmas but if we consider that Christmas is above all a spiritual feast, I believe it will be a very good celebration, Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem told Aid to the Church in Need Dec. 17. There will certainly be fewer pilgrims and other visitors from overseas. Many have canceled their trips here but we will still have many...
  • Outsourced prayer lines confuse callers

    12/18/2012 6:27:38 PM PST · by Gamecock · 52 replies
    DES MOINES Last month, Lori Danes, 43, called the prayer line of a major television ministry and requested prayer for her mothers persistent ulcers. But her prayer representative, who called himself Darren, prayed in a strong Indian accent that all the gods would bless her mightily. I was stunned, Danes says. It was like Id called a demon prayer line. The manager of India Prayer Solutions, located in Mumbai, India, apologized for the incident and fired the employee who, he said, had not been properly trained. But dozens of similar incidents have rattled U.S. callers since major ministries...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Ecumenism: What is the relationship of Catholic, Orthodox & non-

    12/18/2012 6:13:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 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...
  • Muslims demand gay marriage exemption

    12/18/2012 4:48:57 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    guardianuk ^ | 12.18.2012 | staff
    Muslim leaders have demanded the same legal exemptions as the Church of England in legislation to introduce gay marriages. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), with more than 500 affiliated mosques, charities and schools, said it was "appalled" by "utterly discriminatory" legislation on same-sex marriage set out by the government. The proposals would allow faith groups to conduct gay marriages but would ban the CofE and the Church in Wales from doing so. The MCB secretary-general, Farooq Murad, said his organisation had strongly opposed gay marriage alongside other religions and was seeking an urgent meeting with culture secretary, Maria Miller,...
  • The REAL cause of the New Town shooting

    12/18/2012 2:39:33 PM PST · by truthczar2000 · 44 replies
    12/18/2012 | Truthczar2000
    AS I have scrolled around the web absorbing information about the school shooting in New Town, CT., I have noticed a glaring absence of understanding of what motivated Adam Lanza to kill his mother and a class full of kindergarteners. There is an answer, but nobody seems to want to express it. I, for one, am unafraid to speak to this issue, as I see it. The real cause of this massacre has nothing to do with the proliferation of guns, nor does it have anything to do with a lack of mental health. The real cause of these kinds...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 18, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/18/2012 9:52:44 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/18/12 | Joel Osteen
    Perfect Love Today's Scripture There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear... (1 John 4:18, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When unexpected things happen trials, difficulty or tragedy the enemy sends a whirlwind of fear to try to shake our faith and steal our focus. His goal is to take our eyes off of God and cause us to feel overwhelmed by circumstances. But if we will choose to stay focused on the love of God, if we choose to meditate on His goodness, the truth will set us free from...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 18, 2012]

    12/18/2012 9:50:14 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Test of Faithfulness "We know that all things work together for good to those who love God . . ." Romans 8:28 It is only a faithful person who truly believes that God sovereignly controls his circumstances. We take our circumstances for granted, saying God is in control, but not really believing it. We act as if the things that happen were completely controlled by people. To be faithful in every circumstance means that we have only one loyalty, or object of our faith the Lord Jesus Christ. God may cause our circumstances to suddenly fall apart, which may...
  • Muslims Demand Gay Marriage Exemption [UK]

    12/18/2012 9:29:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 12/18/12 | PA
    Muslim Council of Britain says it is appalled by 'utterly discriminatory' legislation on same-sex marriageMuslim leaders have demanded the same legal exemptions as the Church of England in legislation to introduce gay marriages. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), with more than 500 affiliated mosques, charities and schools, said it was "appalled" by "utterly discriminatory" legislation on same-sex marriage set out by the government. The proposals would allow faith groups to conduct gay marriages but would ban the CofE and the Church in Wales from doing so. The MCB secretary-general, Farooq Murad, said his organisation had strongly opposed gay marriage...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD, 12-18-12

    12/18/2012 8:44:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-18-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD The glorification of the appearance of Jesus before his Resurrection. It took place in the presence of Peter, James, and John. While he was praying on a mountain, suddenly "his face did shine as the sun," while "his garments became glistening, exceeding white." The frightened witnesses saw Moses and Eligah appear before them and converse with Jesus and heard the voice of God. the extraordinary vision vanished as suddenly as it appeared (Luke 9:28-36; Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8). the Church's celebration of this event occurs as a feast day on August...
  • Religious Right Accused of Exploiting School Massacre

    12/18/2012 8:40:21 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 18, 2012 | JP
    Wicked. Crazy. Extremist. Those are the words Americans United For Separation of Church and State uses in reference to the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. But the organization, which claims to fight to ensure religious freedom for all Americans, is not using those words to describe Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who shot and killed 27 innocent souls. No, its reproach is directed at the religious right, including such figures as Mike Huckabee and William J. Murray, for daring to suggest that the eviction of God from the nations public schools just might have contributed to the rise of school-related violence and...
  • The Sovereignty Of God..[ Paramount; supreme. Having supreme rank or power]

    ".However, he had come to believe that it was the Lord that caused all his problems. He had resigned himself to the "sovereignty of God." I believe this is the worst doctrine in the church today. I know that this is a shocking statement and is near blasphemy to some people, but the way sovereignty" is taught today is a real faith killer. The belief that God controls everything that happens to us is one of the devil's biggest inroads into our lives. If this belief is true, then our actions are irrelevant, and our efforts are meaningless.. What will...
  • (Baptist) Minister: Stop Having So Many Children!

    12/18/2012 8:05:31 AM PST · by Cronos · 49 replies
    creative Minority ^ | 11 Dec 2012 | Melani Manel Perera
    'Might our religion be killing us?' That's what a Baptist minister was asking recently in an editorial in USA Today. Rev. Oliver "Buzz" Thomas writes: Be fruitful and multiply," says the book of Genesis, and Lord knows we have. To the tune of more than 300 million at home and more than 6 billion abroad. But as we go about the heavenly task of multiplying, a poignant question arises: Might our religion be killing us? Insert the deep dark foreboding music. We all remember the Aztecs. Some say their religion, with its penchant for violence and human sacrifice, played a...
  • Anglican vicars threaten to defy gay marriage ban

    12/18/2012 7:57:05 AM PST · by Cronos · 16 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 15 Dec 2012 | Edward Malnick
    Leading Anglican campaigners have warned that Government plans to exempt the Church from the new legislation will lead to hundreds of homosexual clergy and worshippers marrying in Quaker and Unitarian services and then returning to the Church. In a letter to The Sunday Telegraph, dozens of clergy, including Lord Harries, the former Bishop of Oxford, today urge homosexual Anglicans to follow this course of action.Until the Church of England allows us to solemnise same-sex marriages in our churches, as a matter of pastoral expediency we will counsel lesbian and gay members of our congregations to marry in those churches willing...
  • St. Rufus {Ecumenical}

    12/18/2012 7:51:28 AM PST · by Cronos
    Rufus and Zosimus were citizens of Antioch (or perhaps Philippi) who were brought to Rome with St. Ignatius of Antioch during the reign of Emperor Trajan. They were condemned to death for their Christianity and thrown to wild beasts in the arena two days before the martyrdom of Ignatius. Feast Day December 18.
  • New Sexual Abuse Claims At St Ambrose College, Cheshire

    12/18/2012 7:24:32 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne
    Detectives investigating alleged sexual abuse at a Catholic boys' school are looking into new allegations after receiving more calls from former pupils. Last month, a 63-year-old former teacher was held on suspicion of indecent assault and possession of indecent images dating back to the early 1980s.
  • Conversion of Members of One of First Anglican Religious Orders Heralds End of Anglo-Catholicism

    12/18/2012 7:12:31 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/18/12 | William Oddie
    It was announced last week that at 10am on January 1, eleven Anglican Sisters, members of the Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage, one of the first post-Reformation Anglican religious communities to be established in England in the wake of the Tractarian movement, will be received into the Catholic Church. They will be received into the ordinariate by Mgr Keith Newton, leader of the ordinariate in England and Wales, at St Aloysius, Oxford, the Church of the Oxford Oratory (which, as it happens, is my own parish church). This will, of course, be a wonderful and joyful occasion....