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  • St Thomas Becket's Day (and T.S. Eliot's Thoughts on Suffering & Joy in the Christian Life)

    12/29/2012 2:34:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Streams of the River ^ | 12/29/12 | Fr. David Chislett
    Go HERE for an outline of St Thomas Becket’s story.Today I share with you some words from T.S. Eliot’s play, “Murder in the Cathedral,” which is all about Becket’s death. They are applicable to all martyrs, and indeed, all Christians, for they are T.S. Eliot’s meditation on the intertwining of sorrow and joy in the Christian life.The Archbishop preaches in the Cathedral on Christmas morning, 1170:“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” The fourteenth verse of the second chapter of the Gospel according to Saint Luke. In the name of the Father, and...
  • On Writing a History of the Catholic Church

    12/29/2012 2:23:15 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 28, 2012 | James Hitchcock
    The Catholic Church is the longest-enduring institution in the world, and her historical character is integral to her identity. The earliest Christians claimed to be witnesses to the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus, thereby making Christianity a historical religion, emanating from a Judaism that was itself a historical religion. Christianity staked its claim to truth on certain events, notably that at a precise moment in history the Son of God came to earth. The Gospels have a ring of historical authenticity partly because of the numerous concrete details they contain, the care with which they record the times...
  • “Why were you looking for me?" (On the Feast of The Holy Family)

    12/29/2012 1:59:59 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | December 29, 2012 | Carl E. Olson
    A Scriptural Reflection on the Readings for Sunday, December 30, 2012, the Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph | Carl E. OlsonReadings:• Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 or 1 Sm 1:20-22, 24-28• Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 or Ps 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10• Col 3:12-21 or 1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24• Lk 2:41-52 Being lost isn’t always what it seems. People usually end up lost when they take a wrong turn or misread directions. And then we sometimes speak of “losing ourselves,” usually in some sort of pleasant diversion: reading a book, watching a movie, or taking a walk in a...
  • No One Goes Away From Jesus Unchanged, As Seen on TV

    12/29/2012 1:37:50 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 28, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The video below is a Coca Cola commercial from about five years ago that takes up the Christmas theme of the star of Christmas.Let us review the impact that Star of Christmas had on the wise men, the Magi. The star moved them to seek meaning outside themselves. It made them look out and up.The star called them beyond what was familiar in their own country and world and expanded their horizons toward Christ and His kingdom.The star summoned them to seek Christ, and when they found him, to worship him.The Star drew them to be generous to a poor...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SHARING IN GUILT, 12-29-12

    12/29/2012 1:34:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-29-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SHARING IN GUILT Participation in another's person's sin. Traditionally there are nine ways that a person may share in someone else's sin, either by causing or inciting the person to do wrong (1-4), or by approving a wrong already done (5-9), as follows: 1. by counsel; 2. by command; 3. by consent; 4. by provocation; 5. by praise or flattery; 6. by concealment; 7. by being an active partner in the sin; 8. by silence; 9. by defending the evil done. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/29/2012 10:40:15 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 11 replies
    December 29, 2012 | Irish Rose
    Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits’ end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the...
  • Mormons in Mourning: Post Election Depression

    12/29/2012 9:10:37 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 126 replies
    A Well-Behaved Mormon Woman ^ | November 2, 2012 | Kathryn Skaggs
    From childhood it has been my nature to find that double rainbow in even the worst adversity I've experienced throughout my life, and like so many of you I've had my share. As an adult I am now well conditioned to find it immediately -- as I've learned that to do so I'm able to overcome a setback much quicker, press forward -- come what may. (Of note, this usually accompanies a very fast turn to Christ as part of the process.) But on occasion, life's disappointments refuse to allow such expediency and we are compelled to pause briefly...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/29/12)[Prayer]

    12/29/2012 5:04:53 AM PST · by left that other site · 10 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/29/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Wall of FireZechariah 2:5 'For I,' says the LORD, 'will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.' "
  • 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 1 1 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, Meat’s “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 Journey…The 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 Valentine’s Day. And yet we Catholics know that in terms of the liturgical season of Christmas, we’re 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. We’ve 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 1 1 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 See’s ‘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?"...
  • Orphan’s New Year’s 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 administration’s 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 order’s 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 ObamaCare’s 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 Grützner, et...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PRAYERS OVER THE PEOPLE, 12-27-12

    12/27/2012 8:42:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-27-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PRAYERS OVER THE PEOPLE Special invocation, "at the discretion of the priest," at the end of Mass or after the Liturgy of the Word, the Divine Office, and the celebration of the sacraments. It precedes the final blessing and has a variety of formulas. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Lost Churches of Russia: Haunting Images of Abandoned Wooden Buildings in Remote Forests

    12/27/2012 7:37:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12/22/12 | Anna Edwards
    <p>Crumbling and abandoned, the last remnants of Russia's wooden churches lay dotted in the woodlands of the country's north-western corner.</p> <p>Forgotten by many and in the process of being reclaimed by nature, the few remaining churches are exposed to the harsh elements without any hope of being salvaged.</p>
  • Leo XIII: “Without Faith, Liberty Degenerates into License”

    12/27/2012 7:22:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | Anthony Esolen
    The good and wise Pope Leo XIII never condemned an error without commending a truth. In this series on Catholic Social Teaching, then, I believe I should follow the Holy Father’s example. It’s easy to inveigh against what Leo condemns; more rewarding, though, to reveal the beauty of what he commends. In this essay, then, prescinding from his affirmation, in Aeterni patris (1879), of the principle that grace perfects our nature, his defense of Christian marriage in Arcanum divinae (1880), and his condemnation of a radically secular state in Humanum genus (1884), I’d like to take a few small steps...
  • Christians Besieged

    12/27/2012 7:14:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 12/23/12 | Benny Avni
    Islamists on the attack in AfricaThe Christmas season’s become a time to reflect on the fate of Christians around the world, from the besieged ancient communities of the Middle East to the tyrannized worshippers in China. But let us not ignore the violent threats to Christians in Africa. Men belonging to Boko Haram murdered at least 10 people in the Nigerian village of Chibok earlier this month. Armed with guns and knives, they slit the throats of victims before burning their houses down. Eleven others were killed the month before in the town of Jaji when a car loaded with...
  • Dakar Mosque Lit up for Christmas in Senegal

    12/27/2012 7:10:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Fort Wayne News Sentinel ^ | 12/24/12 | Krista Larson
    DAKAR, Senegal — After prayers at the mosque, Ibrahim Lo is off to do some last-minute Christmas shopping. Soon he is eyeing the rows of dolls wrapped in plastic bags on a wooden table as he searches for gifts for his four children. A bouquet of inflatable Santa toys tied to a nearby tree bobs in the air at this outdoor market in the seaside capital as he makes his picks. It looks a lot like Christmas in Senegal, where 95 percent of the 12.8 million residents are Muslim. Even the Grande Mosquee, a mosque that dominates the city's skyline,...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (12/27/12)[Prayer]

    12/27/2012 5:28:54 AM PST · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/27/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Isaiah 42:1 "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations. God Bless America!
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/27/12)[Prayer]

    12/27/2012 5:22:01 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/27/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Chosen OneIsaiah 42:1 "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 27, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/27/2012 5:08:45 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/27/12 | Joel Osteen
    He Leads You by Peace Today's Scripture “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The Bible calls Jesus the Prince of Peace. That means He is the ruler of peace. He is the ultimate peace. Having His peace is not like having the peace the world has. His peace is permanent. It never changes and can never be taken away. It’s...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 27, 2012]

    12/27/2012 5:06:48 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Where the Battle is Won or Lost "’If you will return, O Israel,’ says the Lord . . ." —Jeremiah 4:1 Our battles are first won or lost in the secret places of our will in God’s presence, never in full view of the world. The Spirit of God seizes me and I am compelled to get alone with God and fight the battle before Him. Until I do this, I will lose every time. The battle may take one minute or one year, but that will depend on me, not God. However long it takes, I must wrestle...
  • The Armies of allah: From Damascus to Jerusalem

    12/26/2012 11:10:00 PM PST · by Katechon · 16 replies
    December 27 | Katechon
    The armies of allah are CONVERGING RIGHT NOW towards Damascus. The sole obstacle is the Assad régime. Once Assad is down (and he will be, it’s only a matter of time: the Obama régime, al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia are ALL against Assad), the armies of allah will mobilize in order to raid JERUSALEM. Should we not mobilize? Should we not be trying urgently to mobilize the antisemitic "Christians" among us, with the use of Reason, to become friends of the Jewish People -- in order to get their support in the CRUSADE to protect JERUSALEM? Abram...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings, 12-27-12,Feast, St. John, Apostle&Evangelist, 3rd Day/Oct. Chr

    12/26/2012 8:57:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-27-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 27, 2012 Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist    Reading 1 1 Jn 1:1-4 Beloved:What was from the beginning,what we have heard,what we have seen with our eyes,what we looked uponand touched with our handsconcerns the Word of life --for the life was made visible;we have seen it and testify to itand proclaim to you the eternal lifethat was with the Father and was made visible to us?what we have seen and heardwe proclaim now to you,so that you too may have fellowship with us;for our fellowship is with the Fatherand with his Son, Jesus Christ.We are writing...
  • Militant Islam Greatest Threat to Middle Eastern Christianity, Says Think Tank

    12/26/2012 7:29:05 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12-26-12 | Michael Gryboski
    A British think tank has released a lengthy report claiming that militant Islam is the greatest existential threat to Middle Eastern Christianity, bringing Christian communities in the region "close to extinction." The London-based Civitas, also known as the Institute for the Study of Civil Society, published the report in December. "Christianity is in serious danger of being wiped out in its biblical heartlands because of Islamic oppression," reads a statement from the group issued Sunday. "But Western politicians and media largely ignore the widespread persecution of Christians in the Middle East and the wider world because they are afraid they...
  • Anglican Head Rowan Williams Backs Gun Control in US

    12/26/2012 4:26:34 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 28 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 12-23-12 | Anugrah Kumar
    The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, talked about the recent Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Conn., discounting the argument put forward, including by many Christians in the United States, that "it's not guns that kill, it's people." "People use guns. But in a sense guns use people, too. When we have the technology for violence easily to hand, our choices are skewed and we are more vulnerable to being manipulated into violent action," the leader of the world's 80 million-strong Anglican Communion said, delivering BBC Radio 4's "Thought for the Day" on Saturday.
  • Counting Catholics: ‘Church of immigrants’ poised for growth

    12/26/2012 3:52:56 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 17 replies
    There is only one U.S. religious group, propelled in part by an enthusiastic group of young followers, that is expected to grow to 100 million adherents by the middle of the century. Yet to hear some critics focus on generational shifts showing declining Mass attendance and doctrinal commitment among white Catholics, one might think the Catholic Church is slowly sinking in the U.S. religious landscape. So which is it for the nation’s largest religious group, growth or decline? The answer is some of both in a church that, as it has through much of its history, reflects the changing face...
  • Religion In America: Evangelicals Surge As Catholics Wane

    12/26/2012 3:51:03 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 20 replies
    ION Publications ^ | November 27th 2012 | science20.com
    Religion In America: Evangelicals Surge As Catholics Wane The percentage of Americans who say they are strong in their religious faith has been steady for the last four decades but a new sociology analysis claims that religious groups who have become more staunchly devout have surged while others, notably Roman Catholics, who have sought to become more liberal under Vatican II in that time, have faded in popularity. Catholics now report the lowest proportion of strongly affiliated followers among major American religious traditions. The drop in intensity could present challenges for the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S., the study...
  • A Pastoral Opportunity Lost? (USCCB pastoral message on the economy)

    12/26/2012 3:50:31 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    First Things ^ | December 26, 2012 | George Weigel
    At their annual November meeting, the U.S. bishops failed to approve a pastoral message on the economy. “The Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic Times” was approved by a clear majority of the bishops voting, but objections raised in large part by retired bishops were sufficient to deny the document the supermajority it needed. All of which strikes me as a lost opportunity. No doubt the draft document could have been improved; any ecclesial document can be improved (if you doubt that, try reading Vatican II’s “Decree on the Means of Social Communication” without taking a long winter’s nap)....
  • The Scandal of Jesus’ Birth

    12/26/2012 12:21:18 PM PST · by HarleyD · 34 replies
    Gutenberg College ^ | Dec 22, 2006 | Jack Crabtree
    At Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ birth because no more important human being has ever been born. Jesus is the first-born of all creation, the one individual for whom everything else exists. Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords, who will rule the coming age as our sovereign ruler. Jesus is more than just a man; he is the translation of the very nature and sovereignty of God Himself into human form—the image of the invisible God, the fullness of God dwelling in human form. Jesus is the supreme prophet, the one whom God sent into the world to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DYNAMISM, 12-26-12

    12/26/2012 9:53:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-26-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DYNAMISM A philosophical theory that denies the reality of extended matter or mass in the world. It seeks to explain the phenomena in the universe chiefly or only in terms of force or energy, notably material energy. (Etym. Greek dynamis, power.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • 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...