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  • Mariaphobic Response Syndrome: Part One

    01/01/2013 12:39:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 150 replies
    MarkShea.com ^ | 2005 | Mark P. Shea
     Mariaphobic Response Syndrome: Part OneRecently, I participated in an online conversation about the Blessed Virgin. As an Evangelical convert to the Catholic faith, I can empathize with the deep fears many Evangelicals have about Mary. It's a terror that runs way down into the guts and marrow of many Evangelicals. It's a deep, unreasoning and nameless fear that does not lose any of its power even when every so-called "basis" for the fear is debunked. And like many irrational fears, it has the odd quality of distracting us from reality and clear thinking.To illustrate what I mean, let me sum...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TRICLINIUM, 01-01-13

    01/01/2013 10:36:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-01-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):TRICLINIUM Originally the dining room of a Roman house which provided for nine persons to recline three each on three seats. Used of the refectory of a monastery. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Let Not Our Hearts Be Troubled in 2013

    01/01/2013 9:36:18 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 20 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | January 1, 2012 | JP
    Elizabeth, a 13-year-old British girl, had a favorite poem, which was published in a small book, titled “The Desert,” which was authored by a hardly-known poetess, Minnie Louise Haskins. “Lilebet,” as the young lass was affectionate known by her family, so loved the poem that she shared it with her father. And he, in turn, shared it with all of Britannia. You see Lilibet’s dad was King George VI. And in a 1939 broadcast, marking the holiday season, he read aloud the poem his daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth II, entrusted to him. Haskins’ Spirit-filled prose resonated with the British...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    01/01/2013 9:18:06 AM PST · by Hiskid · 13 replies
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  • The Catholic Left’s Latest Call for the Ordination of Women

    01/01/2013 9:10:46 AM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 31, 2012 | Kenneth D. Whitehead
    In early December the independent and very liberal National Catholic Reporter weekly newspaper published a long, carefully reasoned editorial declaring that “The Ordination of Women Would Correct an Injustice.” If the Church were deliberately perpetrating an injustice in the matter of ordination, of course, it would be a serious matter. The NCR editorial was a response to the earlier “excommunication, dismissal, and laicization” of Roy Bourgeois, who as a Maryknoll priest had long and defiantly—and in spite of numerous warnings—engaged in what was officially described as a “campaign against the teachings of the Catholic Church”—he repeatedly and obstinately engaged in...
  • Pizza Magnate [Monaghan] Wins Temporary Ruling on Contraception Coverage Dispute

    01/01/2013 9:02:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/31/12 | Bill Mears
    (CNN)– The billionaire founder of Domino's Pizza has won a temporary court victory, with a federal judge blocking enforcement of part of the health care reform bill requiring most employers to provide a range of contraception and reproductive health services. Some business owners and their staff see that as a violation of their religious rights. Federal Judge Lawrence Zatkoff issued his order late Sunday, saying Thomas Monaghan had "shown that abiding by the mandate will substantially burden his exercise of religion." "The (federal) government has failed to satisfy its burden of showing that its actions were narrowly tailored to serve...
  • 1st Vespers at San Pietro (Graphic Intensive)

    01/01/2013 7:30:08 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 31, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I clicked on my Centro Televisivo Vaticano player for 1st Vespers from St. Peter’s Basilica. The Holy Father presides.The chant by the schola is improving. They are singing alternately with the congregation. From what I can tell, quite a few of the congregation are singing.People will get used to singing at these events until it is again normal.It is fun to spot people I know in the crowd. Te Deum! 
  • Visit of Bishop Athanasius Schneider to the New York Metropolitan Area and CT (Jan 5 and 6)

    01/01/2013 7:21:34 AM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    sthughofcluny ^ | November 19, 2012 | Stuart Chessman
    Photo: Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDSWe at the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny are honored to sponsor the visit to Brooklyn, Norwalk and New York of his Excellency Athanasius Schneider ORC, auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan and titular of Celerina. Bishop Schneider is a noted author and speaker. His best known work is Dominus Est – It is the Lord! – a defense of the Traditional discipline of receiving communion.On Saturday, January 5, at 2 PM, Bishop Schneider will celebrate a pontifical liturgy at the Cathedral of St. James in Brooklyn. Afterwards, Bishop Schneider will give a lecture on “Holy...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/1/13)[Prayer]

    01/01/2013 5:38:41 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/1/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Hiding PlacePsalm 32:7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 1, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/01/2013 5:11:06 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 1/1/13 | Joel Osteen
    The New Has Come Today's Scripture Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria As a believer in Jesus, you are a new creation. You have a new spirit and a new life! There may be “old” things in your life that you are trying to get rid of. Maybe you have old habits or addictions that you want to change. Remember today that the new has come. It’s a new year with new opportunities, and it’s time...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 1, 2013]

    01/01/2013 5:09:47 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Let Us Keep to the Point "". . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death"" —Philippians 1:20 My Utmost for His Highest. “. . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed . . . .” We will all feel very much ashamed if we do not yield to Jesus the areas of our lives He has asked us to yield to Him. It’s as if...
  • They Just Won't Go Away: Ancient Heresies in Post-Modern Dress (Ecumenical)

    12/31/2012 9:21:49 PM PST · by narses · 37 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | Kenneth D. Whitehead
    Virtually as soon as the revelation brought by Christ was delivered to the Church he had established, some of those within the Church got it very wrong about what it meant and entailed. Even some of the bishops, successors of the apostles, got it wrong. The history of the first four or five centuries of Christianity, especially as reflected in the first four ecumenical councils, is largely a history of how the Church developed, formulated, and explained its Creed — beliefs based on the teachings of Christ. In the process of developing and formulating that Creed — the same Nicene...
  • 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...