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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 23, 2012]

    12/23/2012 4:39:56 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Sharing in the Atonement "God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ . . ." —Galatians 6:14 The gospel of Jesus Christ always forces a decision of our will. Have I accepted God’s verdict on sin as judged on the Cross of Christ? Do I have even the slightest interest in the death of Jesus? Do I want to be identified with His death— to be completely dead to all interest in sin, worldliness, and self? Do I long to be so closely identified with Jesus that I am of no value...
  • Catholic conservatives: A traditionalist avant-garde

    12/23/2012 3:59:26 AM PST · by iowamark · 11 replies
    The Economist ^ | 12/15/2012
    SINCE the Second Vatican Council in 1962, the Roman Catholic church has striven to adapt to the modern world... The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales, started in 1965, now has over 5,000 members. The weekly number of Latin masses is up from 26 in 2007 to 157 now. In America it is up from 60 in 1991 to 420. At Brompton Oratory, a hotspot of London traditionalism, 440 flock to the main Sunday Latin mass. That is twice the figure for the main English one. Women sport mantillas (lace headscarves). Men wear tweeds. But it is not a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-23-12, Fourth Sunday of Advent

    12/22/2012 8:13:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 54 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-23-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 23, 2012 Fourth Sunday of Advent Reading 1Mi 5:1-4a Thus says the LORD:You, Bethlehem-Ephrathahtoo small to be among the clans of Judah,from you shall come forth for meone who is to be ruler in Israel;whose origin is from of old,from ancient times.Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the timewhen she who is to give birth has borne,and the rest of his kindred shall returnto the children of Israel.He shall stand firm and shepherd his flockby the strength of the LORD,in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;and they shall remain, for now his greatnessshall...
  • Cain's New Civilization...Genesis 4 pt 9

    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. And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech. And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of...
  • 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 religions 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 professors 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 Benedicts 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 giants 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 JourneyThe 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 Prt 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 11 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...
  • 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
    ABC News ^ | 12/10/2012 | JENNA MILLMAN, BRYAN TAYLOR and LAUREN EFFRON
    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...
  • On the Faith of Mary, the Virgin Mother of Christ

    12/21/2012 1:24:08 PM PST · by ELS · 7 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 19, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Faith of Mary, the Virgin Mother of Christ "Marys Faith [] Combines Complete Trust in the Lords Promises with a Certain 'Unknowing'" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 19, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the journey of Advent, the Virgin Mary has a special place as the one who in a unique way waited for the fulfillment of the promises of God, accepting Jesus in faith and in the flesh, the Son of God, in full obedience to the divine will....
  • Night by Elie Wiesel

    12/21/2012 12:53:41 PM PST · by ConservativeDude · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 19 2009 | Phil Mongredien
    Elie Wiesel was 15 when the Nazis came for the 15,000 Jews of his hometown of Sighet, Transylvania, in May 1944. Upon arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau, his mother and sister were murdered within hours, while he was put to work as a slave labourer. Eight months later, the Germans evacuated the camp and forced the survivors on a death march that ended at Buchenwald. Wiesel was one of the few still alive when the Americans arrived in April 1945.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/21/2012 12:24:39 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    12-21-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 89:13 Thou hast a Mighty Arm: Strong is Thy Hand, and High is Thy Right Hand.
  • Vatican: Pope Wont be Intimidated into Silence on Life, Homosexuality by 'Shouting' Media

    12/21/2012 11:51:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 12/20/12 | John-Henry Westen
    VATICAN, December 20, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - Fr. Federico Lombardi, Director of the Vatican Press Office published an editorial Saturday responding to mainstream media denunciations of Pope Benedicts message for World Day of Peace. In the message, released December 14, the pope noted that serious harm to justice and peace comes from denying the true principles of respect for life and promotion of the natural structure of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Lombardi noted that the media storm resulted specifically from the popes comments on traditional marriage. This has happened, he said, because the pope, in...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 21, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/21/2012 9:07:04 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/21/12 | Joel Osteen
    He Restores Your Soul Today's Scripture The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul... (Psalm 23:13, ESV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants to restore your soul today. Your soul is your mind, your will and your emotions. You are a three-part being: you are a spirit thats the part of you that lives for eternity, you have a soul, and you live in a body while youre here on earth. Your soul is where...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 21, 2012]

    12/21/2012 9:05:47 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Experience or God’s Revealed Truth? "We have received . . . the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God" —1 Corinthians 2:12 My experience is not what makes redemption real— redemption is reality. Redemption has no real meaning for me until it is worked out through my conscious life. When I am born again, the Spirit of God takes me beyond myself and my experiences, and identifies me with Jesus Christ. If I am left only with my personal experiences, I am left with something not...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LIFE, 12-21-12

    12/21/2012 8:56:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-21-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LIFE Inward activity. The essence of a being to act from within; ranging from the life of God, which is identical with his nature, on through all the forms of life in the created universe. The higher a nature the more intimate what comes from it, for its inwardness of activity corresponds to its rank of being. Life is immanent activity, which begins and terminates within the living being. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Elite Vatican Squad Scales High Spots to Keep Basilica Spic and Span

    12/21/2012 7:15:52 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The sounds of a woman chanting in a side chapel blended with the less traditional hum of a hydraulic lift one recent morning in St. Peter's Basilica. Pilgrims were pressed against a barricade pointing cameras at workmen strapped in climbing harnesses, teetering atop the baldacchino, the massive bronze canopy over the main altar. Twice a year, typically before Christmas and Easter, a select team of Vatican workers breaks out its polyester dusters, vacuum cleaner and bronze polishing fluid to clean Gian Lorenzo Bernini's 100-foot-high, 63-ton masterpiece. Until recently, they had to climb up the twisting columns,...
  • Father Barrons seven tips for New Evangelization

    12/21/2012 5:26:51 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 12/30/2012 | Brandon Vogt
    When Pope John Paul II described the New Evangelization back in 1983, he said it required new ardor, new methods and new expressions. Since then, perhaps no priest has embodied those qualities like Father Robert Barron of Chicago. Through his Word on Fire ministry he has used blogs, podcasts, YouTube videos, websites and mobile apps to spread the faith. Hes evangelized the culture through movie reviews and news commentary. And he released the epic Catholicism film series which has been seen across the world on both Catholic and secular television. Fr. Barron Father Robert Barron. Courtesy of Word on Fire...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (12/21/12)[Prayer]

    12/21/2012 4:54:17 AM PST · by left that other site · 9 replies
    12/21/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures BridegroomIsaiah 62:5 Your children will commit themselves to you, O Jerusalem, just as a young man commits himself to his bride. Then God will rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.
  • Your Words Are Producing Your Life

    12/20/2012 9:27:53 PM PST · by Frank Broom · 12 replies
    12-21-12 | Frank Broom
    The Bible has a lot to say about your mouth. God has connected your mouth to every area of your life. Your words are producing your life. People need to understand the power of their words. The power God has given their words. God gave you a mouth and told man to subdue the earth. How was man going to subdue the earth? Just like God by the words of his mouth. God made you in his image and in his likeness so your words have to have power. How could God make you in his image and in his...
  • Federal court forces Christian-owned business to obey HHS mandate

    12/20/2012 9:06:14 PM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    lsn ^ | 12.20.2012 | staff
    Today, a federal court denied a request to temporarily stop enforcement of the abortion pill mandate, which would force the Christian-owned-and-operated Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., to provide the morning-after pill and week-after pill in its health insurance plan, or face crippling fines up to $1.3 million per day. The Green family is disappointed with this ruling, said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. They simply asked for a temporary halt to the mandate while their appeal goes forward, and now they must seek relief from the United States Supreme Court. The Greens will continue to...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: I am made in the image of God: What does...mean and what...involve?

    12/20/2012 8:51:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    SanCarol.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...
  • Why atheist scientists bring their children to church

    12/20/2012 8:30:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Patheos ^ | 12/13/2012 | Nicholas C. DiDonato
    The formula seems simple: parents pass down what they believe to their children. Atheist parents dont believe in God or go to church, therefore. Yet, a surprisingly large number of atheist scientists from elite universities raise their children in a religious community such as a church. Sociologists Elaine Ecklund (Rice University) and Kristen Lee (University of Buffalo, SUNY) found that these atheist scientists do so because they want to give their children religious choice, have a religious spouse, or think that religious communities will give their children moral bearings and community. Unfortunately, very little research has been done concerning how...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-21-12, OM, St. Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor/Church

    12/20/2012 7:50:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-21-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 21, 2012 Friday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1Sg 2:8-14 Hark! my lover--here he comesspringing across the mountains,leaping across the hills.My lover is like a gazelleor a young stag.Here he stands behind our wall,gazing through the windows,peering through the lattices.My lover speaks; he says to me,"Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one,and come!"For see, the winter is past,the rains are over and gone.The flowers appear on the earth,the time of pruning the vines has come,and the song of the dove is heard in our land.The fig tree puts forth its figs,and the vines, in...
  • 'Humanae Vitae' author Pope Paul VI moves toward sainthood

    12/20/2012 4:30:47 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | December 20, 2012 | Estefania Aguirre
    Pope Paul VI Visits Geneva to Address ILO Conference on Fiftieth Anniversary, June 10, 1969. Credit: UN Photo. Vatican City, Dec 20, 2012 / 10:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI authorized an investigation on Dec. 20 which could result in proclaiming the late pontiff, Paul VI, a saint. The Pope formally allowed the move as the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints wrote a decree stating that Paul VI had “heroic virtue,” the first step necessary in the canonization process. The pontiff met with congregation head cardinal Angelo Amato on Thursday to let him begin the review...
  • In rare article, Pope asks Christians to reassess priorities at Christmas

    12/20/2012 4:23:43 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | December 20, 2012 | Estefania Aguirre
    Pope Benedict XVI signs his second encyclical "Spe Salvi." Credit: L'Osservatore Romano/Vatican Pool/Getty Images News/Getty Images. Rome, Italy, Dec 20, 2012 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Dec. 20 edition of the Financial Times featured a rare article by Pope Benedict XVI in which he advises Christians to use Christmas as a time to “reassess priorities” and reflect on how to live out their faith with eternity in mind. “While Christmas is undoubtedly a time of great joy, it is also an occasion for deep reflection, even an examination of conscience,” he says in the article. “At the end...
  • Father Cantalamessa's 1st Advent Sermon

    12/20/2012 4:11:54 PM PST · by Coleus
    Zenit ^ | 12.07.12 | Father Cantalamessa, OFM, Cap.
    The Year of Faith and the Catechism of the Catholic Church1. The "eaten" bookIn preaching to the Papal Household, I try to allow myself to be guided in the choice of themes by the graces or special occasions that the Church is experiencing at a given moment in her history. Recently we had the opening of the Year of Faith, the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the Synod for Evangelization and the Transmission of the Christian Faith. Therefore, I thought that this Advent I would offer a reflection on each of these three events.I shall begin with...
  • Orthodox Christianity

    12/20/2012 12:52:36 PM PST · by don-o · 169 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | Richard Shaward
    Hello and welcome to my site. My name is Richard Shaward and this site reflects my Christian journey. What I share on this site are things regarding Christianity that have had a personal impact on me, articles that I like, articles that have shaped my theological thinking, and what I would like to share with others while on my Christian journey. A little background about me. I was not raised a Christian. I became a Christian at age 20 in a small Dutch Reformed and Calvinistic denomination and those early years were formative and meaningful. I went to a Reformed...
  • The World's Fastest Growing Religion (Either Christianity or Islam, Depending on Location)

    12/20/2012 12:41:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | 11/13/2012 | Philip Jenkins
    I'm often asked, "What is the world's fastest growing religion?"Questioners are stirred both by hope -- that "our" religion is so evidently the best that it is sweeping the world -- but also by the fear that "they" (usually Muslims) are going to overwhelm us. Actually, that growth question crosses faith boundaries. Wikipedia's entry on "Claims to be the Fastest-Growing Religion" collects many such boasts, which variously claim the prize for Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Wicca, Deism, the Falun Gong, Scientology, and other competitors. Obviously, even compiling such a list has the tongue-in-cheek implication that most such claims are bogus or...