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  • Comatose Since Christmas 1969: A Tale of Unconditional Love and Miracles

    12/24/2012 6:56:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/23/12 | Wayne Drash
    (CNN) -- Colleen O'Bara bathed her older sister, Edwarda, and fixed her hair. She fed her through a feeding tube like she'd done countless times. It was going to be a good day, the day before Thanksgiving. With her morning routine complete, Colleen planned to fetch a cup of coffee. She bent down and kissed her big sister, told her she'd be right back. "She gave me the biggest smile she has ever given me in her life," Colleen recalls. "Her face was aglow. There was a sparkle in her eyes." But just then, Edwarda closed her eyes. For 42...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 24, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/24/2012 6:25:45 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/24/12 | Joel Osteen
    Everlasting Father Today's Scripture “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, not only is your eternity secure, but you immediately become a child of the Most High God. You instantly have an Everlasting Father! Think about that word everlasting. That means before the beginning of time, the Father was there....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 24, 2012]

    12/24/2012 6:24:15 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Hidden Life ". . . your life is hidden with Christ in God" —Colossians 3:3 The Spirit of God testifies to and confirms the simple, but almighty, security of the life that “is hidden with Christ in God.” Paul continually brought this out in his New Testament letters. We talk as if living a sanctified life were the most uncertain and insecure thing we could do. Yet it is the most secure thing possible, because it has Almighty God in and behind it. The most dangerous and unsure thing is to try to live without God. For one...
  • Unequally Yoked

    12/24/2012 6:24:09 AM PST · by DouglasKC · 16 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 12/24/2012 | Self
    Nearly everyone in American likes Christmas. For many children and many adults it's all about the presents. For others it's an opportunity to see family and extended family. For some it's much needed time off from work. Some view it as a way to share with others. And for some it's a religious celebration. However there are some that stop celebrating Christmas when they become Christians. This sounds strange and indeed it is strange in today's society where Christmas seems to be so tightly ingrained in both America and Christianity. But this has not always been so. A little bit...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (12/24/12)[Prayer]

    12/24/2012 5:16:37 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/24/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures The Horn of My SalvationPsalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. The Hebrew word for horn is qeren (keh-renn) meaning "strength". This refers to the horn of an animal such as oxen, goats and rams which, in Jewish tradition, symbolizes strength, power and victory. Throughout the Scriptures the word "horn" is used when referring to the strength...
  • Marriage Moats-New and Known (Christmas Message)

    12/24/2012 4:36:18 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 1 replies
    Caring for Marriage ^ | Dec 21, 2012 | Lori Odhner
    Marriage Moats-New and Known Sent Friday, December 21, 2012 View as plaintext Marriage Moats Caring for Marriage My twins and I hauled up nine tins of ornaments from the basement, while my six foot son and his father let loose with a chain saw on the trunk of a tree. The grinding pain of a severed log blasted over the lilting soprano of the Hallelujah Chorus. Together the girls and I hung glass angels and woolly lambs, most of which are older than they are. There's the flannel snowmen we made in Brownies, and the pewter JOY from a friend...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-24-12, Solemnity, Nativity of the Lord [Vigil]

    12/23/2012 9:56:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-24-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 24, 2012  Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Vigil   Reading 1 Is 62:1-5 For Zion's sake I will not be silent,for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet,until her vindication shines forth like the dawnand her victory like a burning torch. Nations shall behold your vindication,and all the kings your glory;you shall be called by a new namepronounced by the mouth of the LORD.You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD,a royal diadem held by your God.No more shall people call you "Forsaken,"or your land "Desolate,"but you shall be called "My Delight,"and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-24-12

    12/23/2012 9:46:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-24-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 24, 2012 Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent   Reading 1 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 When King David was settled in his palace,and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side,he said to Nathan the prophet,"Here I am living in a house of cedar,while the ark of God dwells in a tent!"Nathan answered the king,"Go, do whatever you have in mind,for the LORD is with you."But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:"Go, tell my servant David, 'Thus says the LORD:Should you build me a house to dwell in? "'It...
  • Syrian Christians Fear Bleak Future After Assad

    12/23/2012 6:24:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 12/23/12 | Barbara Surk
    BEIRUT — With Christmas just days away, 40-year-old Mira begged her parents to flee their hometown of Aleppo, which has become a major battleground in Syria's civil war. Her parents refused to join her in Lebanon, but they are taking one simple precaution inside their besieged city. For the first time, Mira says, her parents will not put up a Christmas tree this year for fear their religion might make them a target. "They want to stay to guard the property so nobody takes it," said Mira, who spoke to The Associated Press in Lebanon on condition that only her...
  • The pointlessness of pornography (part 5)

    12/23/2012 5:53:02 PM PST · by Morgana · 44 replies
    lsn ^ | 12.23.2012 | John Jalsevac
    A quote of dubious origin, but often misattributed to G.K. Chesterton, goes like this: “The young man who rings the bell at the brothel is unconsciously looking for God.” It is a somewhat shocking claim, but is, I think, nevertheless true. And the corollary is obvious: that every young man or woman who searches for pornography on Google, is unconsciously looking for God. I do not believe that most people who look at pornography do so because they are particularly interested in sex, per se – at least not at first. Women, especially, are likely to confess that their interest...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/23/2012 5:27:50 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
    12-23-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 103:1-5 Bless the LORD, O my Soul: and All that is Within me, Bless His Holy Name. Bless the LORD, O my Soul, and Forget not All His Benefits: Who Forgiveth All thine Iniquities; Who Healeth All thy Diseases; Who Redeemeth thy Life from Destruction; Who Crowneth thee with Lovingkindness and Tender Mercies; Who Satisfieth thy Mouth with Good Things; so that thy Youth is Renewed like the Eagle's.
  • It's Not Just a 'War on Christmas' - It's a War on Christianity

    12/23/2012 4:59:40 PM PST · by InHisService · 21 replies
    Consequential Commentary ^ | 12-23-2012 | Mary C. Kirchhoff
    There was a time when 10 Commandment displays sat untouched in government halls and schools, when Nativity scenes were placed in parks and in front of government buildings, and when children sang traditional Christmas songs at holiday concerts. I remember my elementary school calendar, which read, “Christmas Vacation” marking a week or so off for the Christmas season. Slowly and methodically, it’s all disappearing thanks primarily to two organizations that are on a mission to eradicate any vestige of God – particularly Jesus Christ – from the public square. The Madison, Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation, (FFRF) and American...
  • The Old Testament Foretold that Mary Would Give Birth Without Pain (Catholic Caucus)

    12/23/2012 3:24:52 PM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    Cantaur ^ | December 22, 2012 | DR. TAYLOR MARSHALL
    Painting: Michaelangelo's Prophet Isaiah Dear friends, We are all familiar with Isaiah's well known prophecy of Christmas: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a Virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son and his name shall be called Emmanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) However, Isaiah made another (lesser known) prophecy of Christmas: "Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a Manchild" (Isa 66:7) This verse is the basis for the Catholic teaching that Mary experienced no pain when she delivered Christ at Bethlehem. The Roman Catechism teaches that Christ passed through her...
  • A Summary of our Salvation – A Meditation on the Readings from the 4th Sunday of Advent

    12/23/2012 2:30:44 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 22, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Here on the 4th Sunday of Advent, we are but a day away, practically speaking, from the unfolding of the great mystery of the Word made flesh. It is possible for us to look right past this 4th Sunday of Advent, but we do well to pause and ponder what is taught to us today about the salvation that is to unfold. One significant way we can do this is by pondering the first reading today from the prophet Micah. In four short verses we behold a kind of summary of our salvation, a snapshot of what ails us and...
  • Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas -- for Families

    12/23/2012 1:37:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CatholicEducation.org ^ | December 1998 | MICHAELANN MARTIN
    Catholic Traditions for Advent and ChristmasMICHAELANN MARTINIssue: How can families better live the spirit of Advent and Christmas in their homes? ResponseThe Catholic Church has designated the four weeks preceding Christmas as Advent, a time to “prepare the way of the Lord” for His coming as our King and Savior. In addition, the Church teaches that: [w]hen the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating [John...
  • Is Christmas Pagan? No! It's time to learn some real history....

    12/23/2012 1:28:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 91 replies
    CatholicKnight.blogspot.com ^ | December 2012 | CatholicKnight
    Is Christmas Pagan? A Jewish Star of David Tops This Christmas Tree   THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:   About this time every year we hear the usual misnomer that Christmas is a Pagan celebration whitewashed by the medieval Catholic Church. We hear this from all corners. Secularists just accept it as fact. Catholics, rather embarrassingly, often try to gloss over it. While Protestant Fundamentalists frequently rail against it, usually calling for either a boycott of the holiday, or else a return to the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. (For some ridiculous reason, some Fundamentalists subscribe to the notion that if a certain...
  • Austria: Three Churches Burned at Same Time

    12/23/2012 1:06:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    IslamvsEurope ^ | 12.23.2012 | Cheradenine Zakalwe
    Three churches in the Austrian town of Amstetten (pop: 21,000) were burned this morning. All of the indications point to arson. Several eye-witnesses saw a suspect. As is their custom, the police and newspapers have given a detailed account of his stature and clothing, but fail to mention his skin colour. Amstetten has a large Mohammedan population.
  • Shabbat Night Live from Charlotte with Michael Rood - December 21, 2012 (Actually Dallas)

    12/23/2012 9:54:04 AM PST · by Errant · 22 replies
    A Rood Awakening ^ | December 21, 2012 | Michael Rood
    At approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes into the broadcast, Michael’s lovely wife Judith attempts to read from Michael’s Chronological Gospels as Michael continuously interrupts to explain. It all makes for both an entertaining and enlightening broadcast for those interested in learning everything they can about the roots of Christianity.
  • The Third Element

    12/23/2012 6:27:37 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 37 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | December 22, 2012 | Jack Kinsella
    The body is only one third of what God created in the Garden of Eden. God created the body out of the dust of the earth. The body is the first element of man. It is a physical shell. Then God breathed into his nostrils, and man became a living soul. The soul is the second element of man. That's the part that makes you 'you'. The Third Element is mentioned in Genesis 1:26 when God says, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. . . " What does God look like? "No man hath seen God...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/23/12)[Prayer]

    12/23/2012 5:16:06 AM PST · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/23/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures ChampionIsaiah 42;13 The Lord will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.
  • 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 1 Mi 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 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...
  • 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...