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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 29, 2012]

    12/29/2012 4:35:18 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Deserter or Disciple? "From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more" —John 6:66 When God, by His Spirit through His Word, gives you a clear vision of His will, you must “walk in the light” of that vision (1 John 1:7). Even though your mind and soul may be thrilled by it, if you don’t “walk in the light” of it you will sink to a level of bondage never envisioned by our Lord. Mentally disobeying the “heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19) will make you a slave to ideas and views that are...
  • Buried Christian Empire Casts New Light on Early Islam

    12/29/2012 4:19:03 AM PST · by txnativegop · 10 replies
    ABCNews/SpiegelOnline ^ | December 29, 2012 | Matthias Schulz
    Story at link.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-29-12, OM, St. Thomas Becket, 5th Day/Octave of Christmas

    12/28/2012 10:03:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-29-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 29, 2012 The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas Reading 11 Jn 2:3-11 Beloved:The way we may be sure that we know Jesusis to keep his commandments.Whoever says, "I know him," but does not keep his commandmentsis a liar, and the truth is not in him.But whoever keeps his word,the love of God is truly perfected in him.This is the way we may know that we are in union with him:whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked. Beloved, I am writing no new commandment to youbut an old commandment...
  • The New Blesseds of 2012 [Ecumenical]

    12/28/2012 9:02:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicWorldReport.com ^ | December 27, 2012 | J. J. Ziegler
    The New “Blesseds” of 2012 December 27, 2012   A look at the lives of the holy men and women beatified in the last year   J. J. Ziegler Left to right: Blessed Giuseppe Toniolo, Blessed Cecilia Eusepi, Blessed Gabriele Maria Allegra, Blessed Hildegard Burjan In September 2005, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints announced that Pope Benedict was instituting new procedures for the rite of beatification. “Canonization is the supreme glorification by the Church of a Servant of God raised to the honors of the altar with a decree declared definitive and preceptive for the whole Church, involving...
  • Website Helps Dutch Catholics "De-Baptize" Over Gay Marriage

    12/28/2012 11:34:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/27/12 | Sara Webb
    (Reuters) - Thousands of Dutch Catholics are researching how they can leave the church in protest at its opposition to gay marriage, according to the creator of a website aimed at helping them find the information. Tom Roes, whose website allows people to download the documents needed to leave the church, said traffic on ontdopen.nl - "de-baptise.nl" - had soared from about 10 visits a day to more than 10,000 after Pope Benedict's latest denunciation of gay marriage this month. "Of course it's not possible to be 'de-baptized' because a baptism is an event, but this way people can unsubscribe...
  • Atty: Hobby Lobby won't offer morning-after pill

    12/28/2012 11:23:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day. Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel Inc., which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills. The companies claim the mandate violates the religious beliefs...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: POSTULANT, 12-28-12

    12/28/2012 8:19:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-28-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):POSTULANT A person taking the first step in religious life before entering the novitiate and receiving the habit. The purpose of the postulancy is to acquire some knowledge of the religious life and of the particular institute through personal experience. It enables one to become better known to the superiors of the community, and to develop such virtue as will qualify the candidate for acceptance into the novitiate. The length of the postulancy varies, but normally it is not less than six months. (Etym. Latin postulatum, a thing demanded; postulatio, supplication, intercession.) All items in this...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (12/28/12)[Prayer]

    12/28/2012 8:05:30 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 12 replies
    Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. Psalm 57:1 (KJV)
  • Friday abstinence in the Octave of Christmas, or, Meats back on the menu, boys!

    12/28/2012 5:57:04 AM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 28, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    p>People have been asking whether we can eat meat today, Friday, in the Octave of Christmas. YES!Since liturgically it is a “solemnity”, Friday abstinence is suspended. This applies also to those who prefer the older form of the Roman Rite. Yes, the new Code of Canon Law applies to you as well.
  • Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem (12/28/12)[Prayer]

    12/28/2012 5:55:16 AM PST · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/28/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures Avenger1 Thessalonians 4:6 ...that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord [is] the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.
  • Jerusalem (Latin Rite) patriarch's Christmas message surveys Middle East situation

    12/28/2012 5:04:55 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | December 27, 2012
    Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel, Dec 27, 2012 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, has issued a Christmas message that both laments the violence and refugee situation in the Middle East and calls on Christians to live out their faith. “The joy of Christmas is overshadowed by the staggering violence in Syria,” he said Dec. 20. He noted the Catholic Church’s work to assist 250,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, saying this shows the Church is “full of compassion for the victims.” Conflict between rebel forces and the Syrian government has...
  • 5 Ways to Keep the Christmas Spirit Alive in Your Heart

    12/28/2012 4:39:24 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | December 27, 2012 | Lisa Hendey
    The calendar reads December 27th. Secular society has us fully ensconced in after-Christmas sales and is already prepared to move us along to Valentines Day. And yet we Catholics know that in terms of the liturgical season of Christmas, were just getting started.Some of you may fall prey to the after Christmas blues that seem to hit in these days after the big holiday. Weve spent so much time planning, preparing, cooking and making the past week special for our loved ones that when it finally comes, and then goes by so quickly, we may be left feeling exhausted and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-28-12, F, Holy Innocents, 4th Day/Octave of Christmas

    12/27/2012 7:48:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-28-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 28, 2012 Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs Reading 11 Jn 1:5-2:2 Beloved:This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christand proclaim to you:God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.If we say, "We have fellowship with him,"while we continue to walk in darkness,we lie and do not act in truth.But if we walk in the light as he is in the light,then we have fellowship with one another,and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.If we say, "We are without sin,"we deceive ourselves, and the truth...
  • NCR teams up with Ford Found backed entity to hide truth about Holy Sees Doc Assesment of LCWR

    12/27/2012 4:01:05 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 27, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Every year around Christmas and Easter, the usual hyenas emerge from the brush to worry at the Church’s heels. This year, as a little gift to the Christ Child, the National Catholic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) has teamed up with an entity I’ve never heard of, the Global Post, to excrete a series of articles which have no other purpose than to harm the Church through distortion of facts.The Global Post, which is funded by the Ford Foundation, which also funds anti-Catholic groups such as “Catholics For Choice“, and which has board over-lap with Planned Parenthood, and Fishwrap are teamed up...
  • A Rebuttal to Newsweek's Cover Story on 'The Myths of Jesus'

    12/27/2012 3:50:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/27/2012 | Jerry Newcombe
    Suppose you were to read an overall negative article about a man who outwardly appeared to be respectable---but then, suppose you found out that, unbeknownst to the readers of the article, it was actually penned by his ex-wife? Wouldn't that make you at least a little suspicious about the article's contents? So it is with Newsweek's cover story on Jesus (Dec. 17), entitled, "The Myths of Jesus." They show a Nativity scene with bubble quotes asking these questions: "Who Was Jesus?" "How Many Wise Men Were There?" "Did He Have a Wife?" "In a Manger or a Cave?" "Why Bethlehem?"...
  • Orphans New Years Resolution: Build a House for Other Orphans

    12/27/2012 2:39:56 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | December 27, 2012 | Patti Maguire Armstrong
    Calvin (far right) with his brothers, Rogers and Joash Imagine a Kenyan AIDS orphan living in a mud hut with his two brothers and walking several miles to school on an empty stomach. After the devastating loss of both of his parents, facing daily grinding poverty, would he have any energy left to dream of a better future? This boy is not imaginary; his name is Calvin and I know him well because during his adolescence, he read a novel about a Kenyan boy who went to school in the United States. Even though the story was fiction, it planted...
  • ObamaCare Mandate May Force Little Sisters of the Poor to Leave U.S.

    12/27/2012 2:26:41 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | December 21, 2012 | Kirsten Anderson
    The Obama administrations HHS mandate may force the Catholic Little Sisters of the Poor to cease their U.S. operations, according to Sister Constance Carolyn Veit, the religious orders communications director.The Little Sisters currently provide group homes and daily care for the elderly poor in 30 U.S. cities.Sister Constance told The Daily Caller that the Little Sisters may not qualify for a religious exemption from ObamaCares requirement that employers provide coverage for contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-causing drugs free of charge to female workers.We are not exempt from the [ObamaCare] mandate because we neither serve nor employ a predominantly Catholic population, Constance...
  • Queen Elizabeth II Christmas address

    12/27/2012 11:10:13 AM PST · by Vanders9 · 1 replies
    Royal channel ^ | 25/12/2012 | HM the Queen!
    The annual rite of the Queen's Christmas address to Britain and the Commonwealth. Pretty good one this year - Liz excelled herself. The band at the start is the paraorchestra - disabled musicians.
  • "You Are the Man": The Bible Is about Us

    12/27/2012 10:32:50 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 1 replies
    Spirit and Life Bible Study ^ | Wed, Dec 26, 2012 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    Here is a link to the December 26, 2012, Bible study. Unlike many books in our world about God, the Bible has stories about a long list of the worst human failings, yet it does not glamorize or sensationalize those things. We look at Nathan's parable about David's adultery, and see that the whole Word is like that parable--it is ultimately far more personal and direct than we might at first like to think. Spirit and Life Bible Study on Facebook
  • The Duck-Billed Platypus Gets Even More Confusing

    12/27/2012 9:35:55 AM PST · by lasereye · 51 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | 2004 | Brad Harrub, Ph.D.
    The duck-billed platypus has always been a thorn in the side of evolutionists (see The Flat-Footed, Beaver-Tailed, Duck-Billed Platypus by Nathaniel Nelson). Many evolutionists would like to simply prune it off the evolutionary tree of life, having been forced to place it on a lone branch all to itself. But the thorn has just gotten much larger, and much harder to ignore. Aside from the fact that this mammal lays eggs and possesses features found only among birds and reptiles, researchers have now discovered that the platypus boasts not two sex chromosomes like most animals, but ten (see Grtzner, et...