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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...