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  • The TRUTH about Kwanzaa

    12/22/2012 12:08:33 PM PST · by wesagain · 22 replies
    JewishWorldToday ^ | Dec 31, 1999 | Tony Snow
    BLACKS IN AMERICA have suffered an endless series of insults and degradations, the latest of which goes by the name of Kwanzaa. Ron Karenga (aka Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga) invented the seven-day feast (Dec. 26-Jan. 1) in 1966, branding it a black alternative to Christmas. The idea was to celebrate the end of what he considered the Christmas-season exploitation of African Americans. According to the official Kwanzaa Web site -- as opposed, say, to the Hallmark Cards Kwanzaa site -- the celebration was designed to foster "conditions that would enhance the revolutionary social change for the masses of Black Americans"...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/22/2012 10:52:23 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 11 replies
    December 22, 2012 | Irish Rose
    How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the LORD returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes. Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: POLYANDRY, 12-22-12

    12/22/2012 9:27:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 12-22-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):POLYANDRY The simultaneous marriage of one woman with two or more men. Historically, where the practice existed, it was often accompanied by female infanticide, as a logical counterpart to a marital system in which there was a plurality of potential husbands. Polyandry was never permitted or tolerated either throughout the period of the Old Testament or among the pagan peoples of ancient times, even among those who widely condoned prostitution. (Etym. Greek polyandros, having many husbands.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pope Benedict Pardons Former Butler Paolo Gabriele

    12/22/2012 8:48:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/22/12
    Pope Benedict XVI has pardoned his former butler, Paolo Gabriele, who is serving an 18-month jail sentence for stealing confidential papers. The Pope visited Gabriele in prison to personally inform him of the decision, the Vatican said in a statement. In October the former butler was found guilty of stealing and copying the Pope's documents and leaking them to an Italian journalist. Gabriele said he acted out of love for the Church. "This morning the Holy Father Benedict XVI visited Paolo Gabriele in prison in order to confirm his forgiveness and to inform him personally of his acceptance of Mr...
  • Catholic University Students Petition to Have Starbucks Removed from Campus

    12/22/2012 8:46:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 12/19/12 | Matthew Archbold
    Over 500 students at The Catholic University of America have signed a petition to have Starbucks removed from the campus, citing the coffee giant’s financial support of Planned Parenthood and its efforts to overturn traditional marriage. Students currently pay $3 to $5 for a 20 oz cup of coffee at Starbucks Coffee in the Pryzbyla Center. Compare this to $2 to $4 for a comparable 20 oz Dunkin Donuts Coffee at other universities. These high prices help maintain Starbucks’ above average profit margin of 10.66% and fund their numerous political activities.
  • Pope's childhood letter to Baby Jesus shows his faith

    12/22/2012 8:15:40 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | December 20, 2012 | Estefania Aguirre
    Georg (L) and Joseph Ratzinger during their first Mass processional in Traunstein, Germany in 1951. Photo courtesy of Ignatius Press. Marktl am Inn, Germany, Dec 21, 2012 / 04:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Christmas letter that Pope Benedict XVI wrote to Baby Jesus when he was seven years-old demonstrates his devotion to the Sacred Heart and his desire to be a priest. The letter is on display this Advent in the village of Marktl am Inn in Bavaria, where he was born. "Dear Baby Jesus, quickly come down to earth. You will bring joy to children. Also bring me...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 22, 2012]

    12/22/2012 6:47:05 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Drawing of the Father "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him . . ." —John 6:44 When God begins to draw me to Himself, the problem of my will comes in immediately. Will I react positively to the truth that God has revealed? Will I come to Him? To discuss or deliberate over spiritual matters when God calls is inappropriate and disrespectful to Him. When God speaks, never discuss it with anyone as if to decide what your response may be (see Galatians 1:15-16). Belief is not the result of an...
  • Medieval churches stained glass was photocatalytic air purifiers with nanostructured gold catalyst

    12/22/2012 4:38:17 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 21, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    For your Just Too Cool file… a reader alerted me to a post at Daniel Mitsui’s blog.This, if true, really is just too cool: SOLAR-POWERED NANOTECH-PURIFIED AIR in MEDIAEVAL CHURCHESInformation Week:The glaziers who created gold-painted stained glass windows for mediaeval churches in Europe… developed a solar-powered nanotech air-purification system.According to Zhu Huai Yong, an associate professor at Queensland University of Technology in Australia, the gold paint used in mediaeval-era stained glass windows purified the air when heated by sunlight.For centuries people appreciated only the beautiful works of art, and long life of the colors, but little did they realize that...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (12/22/12)[Prayer]

    12/22/2012 4:28:35 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/22/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Breath of LifeGenesis 2:7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
  • Benedict XVI on the destructive evil of “gender” confusion (Analysis by Fr. Zuhlsdorf)

    12/22/2012 4:16:52 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 21, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Holy Father today provided insight into how evil and destructive the homosexual agenda is.Each year shortly before Christmas the Roman Pontiff exchanges greetings with and addresses the members of Roman Curia. He gives them what some call a “State of the Church” address. He reviews key events and then focuses on a few themes. Pope Benedict XVI’s address to the Roman Curia in 2005 was one of the most important acts of his pontificate so far.This morning, His Holiness received the Curia and gave his address.Among the few themes the Holy Father addressed was that of the crisis of...
  • Magnificent "Magnificat"

    12/21/2012 8:43:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | not given | Richard Cross
    Magnificent "Magnificat"              Mary's song of praise (Luke 11, 46-55) has been a source of inspiration to Christians for centuries.  Many composers,  in every period of music history,  as diverse as the early French Baroque Marc-Antoine Charpentier, the staunch Lutheran J-S Bach, the high priest of Romanticism Franz Liszt, and the contemporary Estonian mystic Arvo Pärt  have set the words of this canticle to music.             Luke, the author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles was a companion of Saint Paul. He wrote his Gospel in excellent Greek. The name "Magnificat" given to this canticle of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-22-12

    12/21/2012 8:33:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 12-22-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 22, 2012 Saturday of the Third Week of Advent   Reading 1 1 Sm 1:24-28 In those days,Hannah brought Samuel with her,along with a three-year-old bull,an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh.After the boy's father had sacrificed the young bull,Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:"Pardon, my lord!As you live, my lord,I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD.I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request.Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD;as long as he lives, he...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Human rights and obligations:...their foundation, characteristics?

    12/21/2012 8:20:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 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...
  • True Christmas: The birth of innocence within

    12/21/2012 4:44:54 PM PST · by DaveMSmith · 13 replies
    New Christian Bible Study (Google Drive) ^ | Fri Dec 21, 2012 | Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss
    The internal meaning of Joseph, Mary and Jesus tells how we can open our hearts to love todayThe birth of Jesus on earth represents His birth in our hearts. His birth in us is the creation of unselfish love in our hearts. We cannot create this; only He can do it. But before He can come to us we must do our part – through obedience to His law, shunning the evils forbidden in the Ten Commandments, and doing good to the best of our abilities. The story of His birth follows those actions in our lives. Here is the...
  • What will American Christianity look like in 50 years? (Predictions for various denominations)

    12/21/2012 3:31:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    SILOUAN ^ | 12/21/2012 | Silouan Philip Thompson
    I was asked this in an online forum, and my answer got too long to manage. Here’s my infallible prediction. How did I do? Orthodoxy: Little visible change, zero substantive change. Increasing numbers and cultural impact. Progress toward a single American Archdiocese, but still not there yet.Catholicism: Neither women priests nor married priests will happen. Increasing disaffection among liberal American Catholics leading to a significant decrease in attendance. Identification as Catholic will be increasingly cultural rather than creedal. This trend, combined with decreasing numbers of men seeking the priesthood, will force additional parish churches to close. This will be...
  • Evidence Noah's Biblical Flood Happened, Says Robert Ballard (World Renown Underwater archaeologist)

    12/21/2012 3:25:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    The story of Noah's Ark and the Great Flood is one of the most famous from the Bible, and now an acclaimed underwater archaeologist thinks he has found proof that the biblical flood was actually based on real events. In an interview with Christiane Amanpour for ABC News, Robert Ballard, one of the world's best-known underwater archaeologists, talked about his findings. His team is probing the depths of the Black Sea off the coast of Turkey in search of traces of an ancient civilization hidden underwater since the time of Noah. Tune in to Christiane Amanpour's two-part ABC News special,...
  • Jindal teaches the Catholic Church a lesson

    12/21/2012 3:19:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | 12/21/2012 | Mark Silk
    Bobby Jindal, the conservative Catholic governor of Louisiana, attracted some attention last week for a Wall Street Journal op-ed in which he advocated making oral contraceptives available over the counter without a prescription. And for his pains, he received a slap on the wrist from his local archdiocese.Jindal made his case on libertarian and partisan grounds: People should have a right to buy products free from government restrictions, and letting them do so in this case (as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recommends) will take contraception out of the political arena (where the Democrats are using...
  • God's gender divides German government

    12/21/2012 2:56:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/21/2012
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A minister in Angela Merkel's government has sparked a pre-Christmas row among Germany's ruling parties by suggesting God be referred to with the neutral article "das" instead of the masculine "der". Family Minister Kristina Schroeder made the comments when asked in an interview with German weekly Die Zeit how she explained to her young daughter the use of the masculine form for God. "The article is not important," she responded, adding that it was fine to use "das" instead of the traditional "der" when referring to God. The remarks were immediately denounced by members of Schroeder's own...
  • Rude and Uninformed. A reflection on a recent billboard campaign by Atheist Humanists

    12/21/2012 2:24:54 PM PST · by NYer · 91 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 20, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I was asked by the Young Adult group in my parish to address some ads on our local buses and subway trains here in Washington. The members of the Young adult group found the ads offensive and troubling, especially since they were aimed at kids. The ads are posted by the American “Humanist” Association (AHA) and are indeed aimed at kids and teenagers. The focus of the message is “Kids without God: You’re not the only one.” I have altered the ad at the upper right of this post to avoid listing its website but as you can see God...
  • Sandy Hook, Huckabee, and the Inscrutability of Evil

    12/21/2012 2:05:33 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 21, 2012 | Francis J. Beckwith
    “How could God let this happen?” That was the question asked of the former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee, by Fox News host Neil Cavuto in an interview following the horrific slaughter of innocent school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, replied:We ask why there’s violence in the schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage? Because we’ve made it a place where we do not want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability. That we’re not going...