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  • Employer Wins Relief From U.S. Contraceptives Mandate

    12/31/2012 8:35:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/29/12 | Jonathan Stempel
    (Reuters) - A divided federal appeals court has temporarily barred the U.S. government from requiring an Illinois company to obtain insurance coverage for contraceptives, as mandated under the 2010 healthcare overhaul, after the owners objected on religious grounds. More than 40 lawsuits are challenging a requirement in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that requires most for-profit companies to offer workers insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices and other birth control methods. Friday's 2-1 order by a panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago in favor of Cyril and Jane Korte was the second...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-01-13, SOL, Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God

    12/31/2012 8:05:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 52 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-01-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 1, 2013 Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God   The Octave Day of Christmas   Reading 1 Nm 6:22-27 The LORD said to Moses: “Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites.Say to them:The LORD bless you and keep you!The LORD let his face shine uponyou, and be gracious to you!The LORD look upon you kindly andgive you peace!So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them.” Responsorial Psalm Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 R. (2a) May God bless us in his mercy.May...
  • The Israel of God (Reformed Caucus)

    12/31/2012 2:14:00 PM PST · by HarleyD · 6 replies
    Westminster Seminary California ^ | 2003 | R. Scott Clark
    THE ISRAEL OF GOD ©R. Scott Clark 2003 (rev. 2012) All Rights Reserved. Introduction There is much more to "end-times" or ultimate things (Eschatology) than what we say actually happens in the last days. We say what we do about eschatology because of what we think God is doing in history. At the center of the debate is the question of "the Israel of God" (Gal 6.16). Of course, this is not a new question. During our Lord's earthly ministry and after his resurrection and before his ascension, the disciples asked him repeatedly, "Lord, are you at this time going...
  • The Rapture (Part 2) (Dispensational Caucus)

    12/31/2012 12:56:34 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 28 replies
    Bible Prophecy Blog ^ | March 33, 2012 | Dr. Andy Woods
    My previous article commenced a series of articles on the rapture. We began with the question, "What is the Rapture?" This question can best be answered by noting ten truths about the rapture from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. In this first article, we saw that the rapture is an important doctrine and not something that can be marginalized or explained away as a secondary doctrine. We now move to our second point. The Rapture Is Distinct from the Second Advent Second, the rapture will be an event which is distinct from the Second Advent. In other words,...
  • Ohio Teacher Says She Was Fired Over Pregnancy, Files Suit Against Catholic Archdiocese

    12/31/2012 10:32:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 122 replies
    The Republic ^ | 10/30/12 | AP
    DAYTON, Ohio — An unmarried Catholic school teacher who said she was fired after telling her principal that she was pregnant is suing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati. It's the second lawsuit that's been filed in the last two years against archdiocese over the firing of a pregnant teacher. Kathleen Quinlan, who taught first grade at Ascension Catholic School in Kettering in suburban Dayton, said she was told to resign or she would be fired, on the same day she told the school's principal in December 2011 that she was expecting. She said she had offered to take a...
  • Christians Have No Right to Refuse to Work on Sundays, Rules Judge [UK]

    12/31/2012 10:29:14 AM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12/29/12 | David Barrett
    Judges have been accused of diluting the rights of Christians after a key judgment on whether they can refuse to work on Sundays.A new ruling by a High Court judge - the first on the issue in nearly a decade - says that Christians have no right to decline working on Sunday as it is not a “core component” of their beliefs. The judgment - which upholds an earlier decision - means that individual Christians do not have any protection from being fired for not working on Sundays. Campaigners said the decision puts Christians at a disadvantage to other religions...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DISCRIMINATION, 12-31-12

    12/31/2012 10:08:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Catholic.Reference.net ^ | 12-31-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DISCRIMINATION In philosophy, the power of the mind clearly to distinguish between objects, whether real or conceptual, and between right and wrong in moral matters. Consequently, it is also the distinction between things that the mind recognizes, whether and how they differ. In popular usage, discrimination has come to mean acting toward someone or something with bias or prejudice. (Etym. Latin discriminare, to set apart as different, distinguish.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The 'Queen' James Bible - Apostasy Gone to Seed

    12/31/2012 9:05:25 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 31 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 12-30-12 | Dr. David R. Reagan
    You will have to see it to believe it, and you can see it at The Queen James Bible - A Gay Bible. What I'm talking about is a new "Gay Bible" that was published in December 2012. The very people who put this abomination together have dubbed it The Queen James Bible. The name they have given it is based on two things. First, the text of the bible is the King James Version as it existed in 1769 (why that date is never explained). Second, they argue that reputaby King James was a bisexual who had many gay...
  • Southern Baptist Convention lists churches with Women Pastors (vanity)

    12/31/2012 9:02:53 AM PST · by wonkowasright · 58 replies
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    It appears that there are multiple churches currently affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention located Virginia that are either led by women pastors, or co-led by women pastors. Is the SBC now departing from its formal opposition and starting to quietly tolerate female pastors to avoid a decline in the number of congregations/members ? Virginias BGAV is unique in how it lists who leads the various churches so its not clear if this is unique to Virginia or is a growing phenomena in other states. My understanding of Virginia Baptist is that there are two statewide bodies both affiliated with...
  • 15 Thoughts from Pope Benedict XVI’s Outstanding Christmas Eve Homily

    12/31/2012 7:15:18 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    stpeterslist ^ | December 31, 2012 | HHAMBROSE
    Listers, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI delivered a must-read homily this Christmas Eve.The following is the papal message in its entirety supplemented by SPL headlines. Moreover, SPL has highlighted some of the more memorable and acute quotes in red. “We are so “full” of ourselves that there is no room left for God. And that means there is no room for others either, for children, for the poor, for the stranger.” – Pope Benedict XVI 1. I Come to You as a Child to be Loved Again and again the beauty of this Gospel touches our hearts: a beauty...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 31, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/31/2012 5:32:58 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/31/12 | Joel Osteen
    Flourish in the New Year Today's Scripture The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree… Psalm 92:12, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you ever seen a palm tree in the midst of a great storm? That tree may be bent so far over that it’s almost touching the ground, but when the wind finally stops, that palm tree bounces right back up. What’s interesting is that while that palm tree is hunched over under the pressure of the storm, it is actually becoming stronger. See, the reason God said we’d flourish like a palm tree is...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 31, 2012]

    12/31/2012 5:30:40 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Yesterday "You shall not go out with haste, . . . for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard" —Isaiah 52:12 Security from Yesterday. “. . . God requires an account of what is past” (Ecclesiastes 3:15). At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (12/31/12)[Prayer]

    12/31/2012 5:11:01 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    12/31/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Maker...Husband...Lord of Hosts...Redeemer...God of the Whole Earth!Isaiah 54:5(and Others) For your Maker is your husband, The LORD of hosts is His name; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.
  • Report declares thriving Israeli Christian population

    12/30/2012 9:46:57 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    One News Now ^ | 12-30-12 | Michael F. Haverluck
    Almost 65 years after Jews who were dispersed around the world returned to their homeland ― following a departure that lasted nearly two millennia ― a report released by Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) confirms that the Christian population in the Jewish nation is alive and well, despite the nation's more dominant Jewish and Muslim religions, growing to 158,000 (roughly two percent of the total population). While thousands of Christians celebrated Christmas among various observances taking place across the Promised Land, a CBS statistical breakdown divulged that 80 percent of the Christians living in Israel are Arab. The remaining...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-31-12, OM, St. Sylvester I, 7th Day in Octave/Christmas

    12/30/2012 8:46:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-31-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 31, 2012   The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas   Reading 1 1 Jn 2:18-21 Children, it is the last hour;and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming,so now many antichrists have appeared.Thus we know this is the last hour.They went out from us, but they were not really of our number;if they had been, they would have remained with us.Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number.But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One,and you all have knowledge.I write to you not because you do not know the...
  • Syria Rebels 'Beheaded a Christian and Fed Him to the Dogs' as Fears Grow over Islamist Atrocities

    12/30/2012 7:56:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12/30/12 | Nick Fagge
    Christian Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped and beheaded by rebel fighters in northern town of Ras Al-Ayn on the Turkish border News came as pro-government forces celebrated their victory against rebels near Aleppo Airport Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists. The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits. She said his headless corpse was found by the side of the road, surrounded...
  • The Outpouring of The Spirit has begun ~ ~ ~

    12/30/2012 7:00:21 PM PST · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 12-30-12 | Jedediah
    Numbers 21:17-18 17 Then Isra’el sang this song: “Spring up, oh well! Sing to the well 18 sunk by the princes, dug by the people’s leaders with the scepter, with their staffs!” From the desert they went to Mattanah, The outpouring of freedom has begun , Look for things of MY kingdom, My love will always lead the way , It holds My Menorah together every day , My 7 spirits you will find , The Father trimming the branches of My vine , In all we do we always agree, So where we are you will find harmony ,...
  • Meekness and Mercy

    12/30/2012 5:25:38 PM PST · by HarleyD · 3 replies
    The Highway ^ | 1595?? | John Calvin
    Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst on account of righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for mercy will be shown them (Matt. 5:5-7). Then lifting up his eyes upon his disciples, he said, Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be filled (Luke 6:20-21a). If we would only heed what nature teaches us we would enjoy the happiest state that humans could desire. For God has created all of us...
  • Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

    12/30/2012 5:10:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicFire.blogspot.com ^ | December 27, 2009 | Jean M. Heimann
    Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Today is the feast of the Holy Family. I have a special fondness for this feast day as it has been my ongoing prayer that my family will imitate the Holy Family in holiness, which brings peace to my heart as I envision that happening. The primary purpose of the Church in instituting and promoting this feast is to present the Holy Family as the model and exemplar of all Christian families. On this special feast day of the Holy Family let us pray that we may emulate their holiness...
  • Why Newtown is More Important Than We Think

    12/30/2012 4:27:10 PM PST · by gitmo · 38 replies
    Ransomed Heart ^ | December 17, 2012 | John Eldridge
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. (Yeats, The Second Coming) Evil struck again. And while I would prefer a solemn silence—the only good thing Job’s counselors offered him—so many unhelpful things are being said and suggested around the Newtown massacre I found myself compelled to write. Because the question of evil may be the greatest question the world faces today. How do we deal with...
  • Churches and Health Care Debate: Government Has Unlimited Power but Not Unlimited Authority!

    12/30/2012 4:13:09 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 16 replies
    CSTNEWS ^ | December 29, 2012 | Dr. Don Boys
    Governments have almost unlimited power but they don’t have unlimited authority. British author, G. K. Chesterton, had lunch with Alexander Woollcott at a London restaurant discussing various issues ending with the difference between authority and power. Chesterton opined, "If a rhinoceros were to enter this restaurant now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I should be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever." I affirm that the U.S. has great power but its authority is limited. Obama needs to be taught that lesson which seems to have escaped him...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/30/2012 3:20:51 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 13 replies
    12-30-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 46:4 I Am He, I Am He Who will Sustain you. I have Made you and I will Carry you; I will Sustain you and I will Rescue you.
  • Recovering God’s Plan for Marriage and Family: A Sermon on the Feast of the Holy Family

    12/30/2012 1:10:04 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 29, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Here in the middle of the Christmas Octave, the Church bids us to celebrate the feast of the Holy Family. On the old calendar, the feast of the Holy Family falls on the Sunday after Epiphany, which makes some sense. For it is a bit odd to read a gospel portraying Jesus as 12 years of age, a mere 5 days after his birth. And then, next week, we revert back to a Gospel where he is an infant, on the Feast of Epiphany.Click here to hear a recording of this sermon Nevertheless, here we are. Perhaps, it is a...
  • A Catholic Response to Sola Fide: Saved by Faith Alone (Ecumenical)

    12/30/2012 12:01:24 PM PST · by narses · 109 replies
    Children of God For Life ^ | 4/26/2012 | Debi Vinnedge
     “Who then can be saved? Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.’” (Mt 19: 25-26) Introduction I have certainly never thought of myself as a Catholic “apologetic” but when a dear friend wrote to tell me she needed help in responding to her Protestant friends on certain elements of Catholic teaching, I agreed to help without hesitation.  Both of us had been raised in the old school of Catholic education at a time when study of Scripture was never suggested or even considered.  There was never a need to actually...
  • Mormon reply to thread "Mormons in Mourning: Post Election Depression"

    12/30/2012 10:06:43 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 154 replies
    FramReport Blog ^ | December 29, 2012 | Greg West
    Mormons and "post-election depression" Back on November 8th, Kathryn Skaggs wrote an article on her blog, "Mormons in Mourning: Post Election Depression." In the article she expresses the dismay at having the hopes that Romney might have been the fulfillment of several prophetic statements by early Church leaders regarding a time when the elders of Israel (LDS priesthood) would save the Constitution when it should hang by a thread. Sister Skaggs and other conservatives had their hopes dashed when Romney lost. The reason I mention this nearly two-month old article is that it has surfaced on Free Republic, posted by...
  • The Bible tells us those in heaven are alive. (Ecumenical)

    12/30/2012 9:28:32 AM PST · by narses · 63 replies
    Catholic Answers | 1/15/2007 | Gamera
    "And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God, 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living," Matt 22:32. At the Transfiguration, the souls of long-dead Moses and Elijah appeared alongside Jesus. "And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him." Matt 17:3. How could Moses and Elijah "talk" with Jesus if they were "asleep"? Their souls were alive and awake. The fact that the Bible shows...
  • Palestinian "holy Trinity": Jesus, Arafat and Abbas

    12/30/2012 7:40:29 AM PST · by Lera · 5 replies
    Palestinian Media Watch ^ | Dec. 26, 2012 | Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    The Palestinian leadership’s falsification of history by presenting Jesus as an ancient Palestinian increased in regularity as Christmas approached this year. In the last month alone, the PA media has transmitted six additional PA misrepresentations of Jesus as a Palestinian, including: The Governor of Ramallah: “We all have the right to be proud that Jesus is a Palestinian” PA historian: “In the final analysis, Jesus the Messiah is a Palestinian” The PA Mufti: “Jesus is a Palestinian par excellence”
  • Who Knew ‘Les Misérables’ Had a Christian Message?

    12/30/2012 7:05:20 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 39 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 30, 2012 | JP
    I first caught the musical “Les Misérables” back in 1987, when it made its U.S. debut on Broadway. My lasting memory of the Tony Award winning production, which enjoyed the third-longest run on the Great White Way after “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera,” is that much of the audience wept through Act II. As “Les Miserables” appears this holiday season on movie screens throughout the country, featuring the vocal talents of actors Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried, among others, I now think the musical decidedly spiritual entertainment. It’s not that “Les Miz” has changed since...
  • Why 'Mere Christianity' Should Have Bombed (Knowing why it didn't helps us strengthen our witness)

    12/30/2012 6:15:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 12/27/2012 | John G. Stackhouse Jr
    Sixty years ago, London publisher Geoffrey Bles first released a revision of three sets of radio talks by an Oxford literature don. The book was called Mere Christianity, and there was nothing "mere" about it. A somewhat disjointed set of C. S. Lewis's views on a wide range of theological, philosophical, and ethical matters, the book became the most important and effective defense of the Christian faith in its century. As Mere Christianity (henceforth "MC") goes into its seventh decade of publishing success, rivaled still by no other apologetic, it's worth taking a look at its unlikely success. Why It...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 30, 2012]

    12/30/2012 5:18:28 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    “And Every Virtue We Possess” ". . . All my springs are in you" —Psalm 87:7 Our Lord never “patches up” our natural virtues, that is, our natural traits, qualities, or characteristics. He completely remakes a person on the inside— “. . . put on the new man . . .” (Ephesians 4:24). In other words, see that your natural human life is putting on all that is in keeping with the new life. The life God places within us develops its own new virtues, not the virtues of the seed of Adam, but of Jesus Christ. Once God...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (12/30/12)[Prayer]

    12/30/2012 4:49:51 AM PST · by left that other site · 29 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/30/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures BranchJeremiah 33:15 In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-30-12, Feast, Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

    12/29/2012 9:28:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-30-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 30, 2012 Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph   Reading 1 Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 God sets a father in honor over his children;a mother's authority he confirms over her sons.Whoever honors his father atones for sins,and preserves himself from them.When he prays, he is heard;he stores up riches who reveres his mother.Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children,and, when he prays, is heard.Whoever reveres his father will live a long life;he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother. My son, take care of your father when he is old;grieve him not as...
  • Work Begins on Dorms for Catholic Students at Two Secular Universities

    12/29/2012 6:59:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 12/28/12 | Laura Dodson
    Catholic students at one secular university in Florida soon will have a dormitory all their own. In a historic collaboration, Bishop John G. Noonan of Orlando, Fla., Anthony J. Catanese, president of Florida Institute of Technology, Matt Zerrusen, president of the Newman Student Housing Fund, and Salvatorian Fr. Douglas Bailey, chaplain of Catholic campus ministry at the school, participated in the ceremonial groundbreaking for Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Student Residence on Dec. 7. The ceremony was the second in as many months at a secular university in which housing specifically designated for Catholic students is being constructed. A...
  • The Descendants of Abraham:Do Church-Age Believers Become "Spiritual Jews"? (Dispensational Caucus)

    12/29/2012 5:52:07 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 11 replies
    Bible Prophecy Blog ^ | December 29, 2012 | Dr. Christopher Cone
    Based on Romans 2:28-29, some have concluded that being Jewish is a spiritual rather than ethnic matter, and that people become "spiritual Jews" when they become Christians. Romans 2:28-29 reads, "For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God." For understanding this passage the near context of the passage is very important. Chapter 2:1-16...
  • Friday penance in the Octave of Christmas revisited (Fr. Z reverses himself)

    12/29/2012 5:24:09 PM PST · by Hieronymus · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | Dec. 29, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Yesterday I facetiously posted about Friday penance during the Octave of Christmas. Days (other than Sunday) within the Octave of Christmas are not “heavy enough” (as a “solemnity” would be) to “outweigh” the Friday obligation to do some sort of penance as determined by the conferences of bishops. In the 1962 Missale Romanum they are “II class”, which corresponds to the newer, non-traditional calendar’s “feast”. In the 2001 Missale Romanum they are categorized as second class, as “feasts”. If, howeverm you are at a parish named “Holy Innocents”, such as that great place in Manhattan, and the Feast of the...
  • Christ in the Eucharist (Ecumenical)

    12/29/2012 2:41:32 PM PST · by narses · 69 replies
    Protestant attacks on the Catholic Church often focus on the Eucharist. This demonstrates that opponents of the Church—mainly Evangelicals and Fundamentalists—recognize one of Catholicism’s core doctrines. What’s more, the attacks show that Fundamentalists are not always literalists. This is seen in their interpretation of the key biblical passage, chapter six of John’s Gospel, in which Christ speaks about the sacrament that will be instituted at the Last Supper. This tract examines the last half of that chapter. John 6:30 begins a colloquy that took place in the synagogue at Capernaum. The Jews asked Jesus what sign he could perform so...
  • 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...