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  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/26/2012 8:23:16 AM PST · by Hiskid · 18 replies
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  • Is Christmas Good For the Jews?

    12/26/2012 8:11:23 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 40 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 15/25/2012 | Rabbi Benjamin Blech
    My parents told me many times how much they dreaded the Christmas season. Living in a little shtetl in Poland, they knew what to expect. The local parish priest would deliver his sermon filled with invectives against the Jews who were pronounced guilty of the crime of decide, responsible for the brutal crucifixion of their god and therefore richly deserving whatever punishment might be meted out against them. No surprise then that the Christian time of joy meant just the opposite to the neighboring Jews. The days supposedly meant to be dedicated to "goodwill to all" were far too often...
  • The Church and the Mandate

    12/26/2012 7:59:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | 12/19/12 | George Weigel
    The strategic situation after a year, and the terrain aheadAs the Catholic Church and the Obama administration approach the first anniversary of what has become the most serious confrontation between the Church and the federal government in U.S. history — a confrontation caused by a regulatory mandate implementing Obamacare — a review of the strategic situation is in order, with an eye to the terrain ahead. But given the confusions about this struggle that were sown in many minds during the presidential campaign (not least by the vice president of the United States), it is important to begin by remembering...
  • Ordinariate Priest Appointed to South London Parish [Anglican Ordinariate Gets Own Parish]

    12/26/2012 7:29:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    An announcement was made yesterday (Sunday) that the Parish of the Most Precious Blood, Borough, is to be cared for by the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. By the kind invitation of the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Reverend Peter Smith, the diocesan parish of the Precious Blood near London Bridge station will be cared for by Fr Christopher Pearson - a priest of the Personal Ordinariate - with the permission of the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate, Mgr Keith Newton. Replacing the Religious Community of the Society of the Divine Saviour (Salvatorians), who currently care for the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 26, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/26/2012 5:07:19 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/26/12 | Joel Osteen
    Do Not Be Afraid Today's Scripture “...an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. ‘Joseph, son of David,’ the angel said, ‘do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.’ ” (Matthew 1:20, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you ever felt overwhelmed or even afraid of what God has called you to do? Maybe you were pursuing a dream or goal and things didn’t turn out the way you planned. Joseph had planned to take Mary as his wife, but when...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 26, 2012]

    12/26/2012 5:05:23 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    “Walk in the Light” "If we walk in the light as He is in the light . . . the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin" —1 John 1:7 To mistake freedom from sin only on the conscious level of our lives for complete deliverance from sin by the atonement through the Cross of Christ is a great error. No one fully knows what sin is until he is born again. Sin is what Jesus Christ faced at Calvary. The evidence that I have been delivered from sin is that I know the real...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/26/12)[Prayer]

    12/26/2012 4:32:53 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/26/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures My Beloved...Dodi LiSong Of Songs 2:16 (and Others) "My beloved is mine and I am his."
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings, 12-26-12, Feast, St. Stephen, First Martyr, 2nd Day/Octave Chr

    12/25/2012 8:02:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-26-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 26, 2012 Feast of Saint Stephen, First Martyr   Reading 1 Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59 Stephen, filled with grace and power,was working great wonders and signs among the people.Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,Cyrenians, and Alexandrians,and people from Cilicia and Asia,came forward and debated with Stephen,but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. When they heard this, they were infuriated,and they ground their teeth at him.But he, filled with the Holy Spirit,looked up intently to heavenand saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,and he said,"Behold,...
  • Believing in Christmas from Santa to Christ

    12/25/2012 7:59:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Pajama Media ^ | 12/25/2012 | Walter Hudson
    I lost the argument with my wife. Should we encourage our childrenÂ’s faith in Santa Claus? I was concerned that doing so might later undermine both our credibility as parents and our childrenÂ’s belief in God. It may not be a conversation that most couples have. Then again, must couples donÂ’t include a former JehovahÂ’s Witness who was raised without holidays. As a child, I absorbed the cold hard truth dispensed from my parents. There was no Santa Claus. Other childrenÂ’s parents cruelly lied to them. The privilege of knowing the truth served as consolation for receiving no presents.Though...
  • Catholic Christmas in Moscow

    12/25/2012 7:18:26 PM PST · by vladimir998 · 4 replies
    Voice of Russia Radio ^ | Dec 25, 2012 | Milena Faustova
    On the night of December 24, Roman Catholics and members of several other Christian denominations celebrated Christmas Eve. In the late hours of December 24, the largest Roman Catholic cathedral in Russia – the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin – was full of people. With an exclamation of the priest, “Christ is born!”, which was joyfully repeated by the people, the holiday mass began.
  • Christ-mas is transcended by some truly marvelous golden nuggets

    12/25/2012 6:40:49 PM PST · by AmbassadorForChrist · 1 replies
    Bible | 2012 | AmbassadorForChrist
    Christ-mas is transcended by some truly marvelous golden nuggets from the book of Luke regarding this Christ-mas event which occurred approximately 2,012 years ago.
  • Archbishop of Canterbury Says Anglican Church Wounded, Not Dead

    12/25/2012 3:21:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/25/12
    LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of the Church of England on Tuesday said a vote last month that struck down proposals to allow women to become bishops had been "deeply painful", but that Christianity was still relevant in Britain despite falling numbers of believers. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who leads the global 80-million-strong Anglican Communion, said in his Christmas day sermon that the answer to the question of whether Christianity had "had its day" was a "resounding no". The Church of England narrowly voted against allowing women bishops last month - to the dismay of Williams and Prime Minister...
  • In India, All Religions Join In 'The Big Day' (Christmas)

    12/25/2012 2:53:08 PM PST · by entropy12 · 65 replies
    npr.org ^ | December 25, 2012 4:00 AM | July McCarthy
    India, the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, marks the birth of Jesus with a national holiday. Indians call Christmas bara din, or the Big Day.
  • WHY THE CHURCH OF CHRIST DOES NOT OBSERVE CHRISTMAS (Ecumenical)

    12/25/2012 1:13:09 PM PST · by narses · 32 replies
    WHY THE CHURCH OF CHRIST DOES NOT OBSERVE CHRISTMAS Some years ago I received a letter from a listener to the weekly radio program who asked me to explain why the church of Christ does not observe Christmas. This sermon is the answer I gave to that question. I realize that there are many people in the world who regard members of the church of Christ as being very narrow-minded in our refusal to join with the denominational world in the observance of that holiday which was formerly known as Christ Mass Day, but is now generally abbreviated to Christmas...
  • Apostolic Authority and the Selection of the Gospels (Ecumenical)

    12/25/2012 11:07:04 AM PST · by narses · 9 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | December 17, 2010 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    In his fine book Who Chose the Gospels? Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy, the Protestant New Testament professor C. E. Hill debunks the widespread contemporary myth that the four gospels we know today were imposed by one or more dominant figures in the fourth century, presumably in order to vindicate their own ideas of orthodoxy. Recalling that the fourth gospel, St. John’s, was not written until the end of the first century, we can see that it is a remarkable service for Hill to successfully sift all the evidence which points to the acceptance of exactly four authoritative Christian gospels...
  • Radical Muslims Take Anti-Christian Protest to St Paul's Cathedral on Christmas Eve [UK]

    12/25/2012 10:07:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 12/24/12 | Dominic Gover
    A group of radical Muslims is planning to use St Paul's Cathedral to protest against the sins of British society and the fallacy of the Bible. The protesters were due to gather outside the cathedral at 1pm, while a Christmas Eve Eucharist takes place inside. Ahead of the protest, radical preacher Anjem Choudary claimed that Jesus belonged to Islam and that British society was riddled with "sin". "We say Jesus is a Muslim prophet and not the Son of God," he said in a leaflet. Choudary, a former solicitor, has previously been linked to raidical groups including Al Gruabba and...
  • Roman Catholic Bishop Links Push for Gay Marriage to Nazi Attack on Religion in Christmas Sermon

    12/25/2012 10:00:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12/23/12 | Daniel Martin
    Right Reverend Mark Davies will use his midnight Mass to say marriage can only be between a man and a woman The Bishop of Shrewsbury will say that both Hitler and Stalin challenged Christianity with the notion that what they were doing was ‘progress’A senior Roman Catholic will today use his Christmas sermon to liken plans for the legalisation of gay marriage to the way the Nazis and Communists tried to undermine religion. The Bishop of Shrewsbury will launch a vociferous attack on the Coalition’s decision to fast track a vote on same-sex marriage in the New Year. The Right...
  • The Bible - 73 or 66 Books? (Ecumenical Thread)

    12/25/2012 9:50:07 AM PST · by narses · 258 replies
    So why does the Catholic Bible have 73 books, while the Protestant Bible has only 66 books? Some protestants believe that the Catholic Church added 7 books to the Bible at the Council of Trent in response to Luther’s Reformation, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In about 367 AD, St. Athanasius came up with a list of 73 books for the Bible that he believed to be divinely inspired. This list was finally approved by Pope Damasus I in 382 AD, and was formally approved by the Church Council of Rome in that same year. Later Councils...
  • Christianity 'Close to Extinction' in Middle East

    12/25/2012 9:01:00 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12/23/12 | Edward Malnick
    Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report.The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”. It warns that converts from Islam face...
  • Pope Says Denying God No Path to Peace in Christmas Eve Mass

    12/25/2012 8:55:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/24/12 | AFP
    AFP - Pope Benedict XVI said in his Christmas Eve mass on Monday that religion can be corrupted, leading to violence and wars, but refuted critics who claim that denying God's existence would lead to peace. "It is true that religion can become corrupted... when people think they have to take God's cause into their own hands, making God into their private property," the pope told thousands gathered in Saint Peter's basilica. "Monotheism, belief in one God, is said to be arrogance, a cause of intolerance, because by its nature, with its claim to possess the sole truth, it seeks...