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  • Is this Historical Christmas?

    12/22/2012 6:02:55 PM PST · by Phinneous · 171 replies
    Simpletoremember.com ^ | Unknown | Lawrence Kelemen
    ...An article on the pagan origins of Christmas...
  • Let The Prince Of Peace Come In

    12/22/2012 4:28:35 PM PST · by Frank Broom · 4 replies
    12-22-12 | Frank Broom
    The Prince of Peace wants to come in and give you peace, he wants to calm every fear and heal every hurt. And he has a system for doing exactly that. His word is the means of bringing you peace. James 1:21 says, "To receive with meekness the engrafted word, which has the power to save your soul." The engrafted word, which has the idea that you are going to have to put the word on the inside of you. The word of God is the sword of the spirit and with it you cut the roots which in turn...
  • 'Being Raised Catholic is Worse than Child Abuse': Richard Dawkins

    12/22/2012 3:36:40 PM PST · by marshmallow · 53 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12/21/12 | Daniel Martin
    Raising your children as Roman Catholics is worse than child abuse, according to militant atheist Richard Dawkins. In typically incendiary style, Professor Dawkins said the mental torment inflicted by the religion’s teachings is worse in the long-term than any sexual abuse carried out by priests. He said he had been told by a woman that while being abused by a priest was a ‘yucky’ experience, being told as a child that a Protestant friend who died would ‘roast in Hell’ was more distressing. Last night politicians and charities condemned the former Oxford professor’s views as attention-seeking and unhelpful. The remarks...
  • The Hobbit: A Film of Friendship, Faith, and the Good Fight

    12/22/2012 3:19:36 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 21, 2012 | Meryl Amland
    Martin Freeman stars in a scene from the movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (CNS photo/Warner Bros.) Director Peter Jackson does not disappoint. Like the great Lord of the Rings films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is filled with beautiful scenery, epic battle sequences, humor, good versus evil, and many lessons on true friendship and sacrifice. Avid Tolkien fans may notice some minor additional plot elements and bits and pieces of The Silmarillion, as well as parts from the appendices to the Lord of the Rings. However, these additions and minute changes do not diminish the greatness of Tolkien’s...
  • Looking at Pope Benedict’s plans in New Year

    12/22/2012 1:51:12 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    OSV ^ | December 30, 2012 | Matthew Bunson
    Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to make remarks at the conclusion of the opening Mass of the International Congress on the Church in America on Dec. 9. CNS photo by Paul Haring Pope Benedict XVI has just completed one of the most grueling years of his entire pontificate. He made journeys to Mexico and Cuba in March and then Lebanon in September. He opened the Year of Faith, marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and held two consistories to create a total of 28 new cardinals.  The year was also marked by...
  • Newtown, Gun Laws, Peace & the Abortion Connection?

    12/22/2012 12:53:05 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | December 22, 2012 | Sister Mary Rose Reddy, DMML
    Rochester, NH – It is the time of our visitation as a nation. We are grieving the brutal murders of the children in Newtown. Who could refrain from crying—seeing their beautiful pictures? Even the president cried; yet consider this terrible irony: After the Federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act had passed the Senate 98-0 and the House by an overwhelming majority and was signed into law on August 5, 2002, then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama voted against an identically worded Act in the Illinois Senate (SB 1082) in March of 2003. From 2003-2008, Barack Obama dishonestly insisted that he...
  • 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
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 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
    Users.cloud9.net ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    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...
  • 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...