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  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(1/3/13)[Prayer]

    01/03/2013 4:45:27 AM PST · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/3/13 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Psalm 144:1-3 1.[A Psalm] of David. Blessed be the LORD my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle-- 2. My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me. 3. LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him? God Bless America!
  • On the Identity of Jesus

    01/02/2013 9:46:22 PM PST · by ELS · 6 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 2, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On the Identity of Jesus "The Incarnation is the Beginning of the New Creation" VATICAN CITY, January 2, 2013 (Zenit.org). Here is the translation of the Holy Father's weekly general audience address. Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Nativity of the Lord once again illuminates the darkness that often surrounds our world and our hearts with His light, bringing hope and joy. Where does this light come from? From the stable in Bethlehem, where the shepherds found "Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger" (Lk 2:16). Before this Holy Family, another and deeper question arises: how can the...
  • An excerpt from the Book of Enoch

    01/02/2013 9:33:26 PM PST · by Ancient Drive · 12 replies
    Enoch is a direct descendant of the Noah bloodline (Genesis 5, verses 18-19.), and one of only 2 prophets directly ascended into heaven without experiencing death. The book of Enoch was not included in the scriptures when The First Council of Nicaea took place. Chapter 18 9-16 9. And I saw a flaming fire. And beyond these mountains 10. is a region the end of the great earth: there the heavens were completed. 11. And I saw a deep abyss, with columns ⌈⌈of heavenly fire, and among them I saw columns⌉⌉ of fire fall, which were beyond measure alike towards...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-03-13, OM, The Most Holy Name of Jesus

    01/02/2013 8:15:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-03-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 3, 2013 Christmas Weekday Reading 1 1 Jn 2:293:61 If you consider that God is righteous,you also know that everyone who acts in righteousnessis begotten by him. See what love the Father has bestowed on usthat we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.Beloved, we are Gods children now;what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,for we shall see him as he is.Everyone who...
  • Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy (Ecumenical)

    01/02/2013 8:08:32 PM PST · by narses · 7 replies
    the faithful scribbler ^ | APRIL 21, 2010 | kristy
    So you know how we often talk about our Christian walk, and living as God commands? We here at the Casa de Scribbler have decided that the best way to do that is to practice performing Works of Mercy whenever possible hopefully every day! Were very concerned about setting up the right examples for the Little Scribbler especially at her age (3) where kids tend to go through that phase of Everything I Touch Is MINE! I know a lot of kids who have been indulged in their magpie like tendencies, and consequently have grown into older kids who are...
  • Midnight Mass in an Ordinariate Parish

    01/02/2013 6:30:02 PM PST · by marshmallow
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 1/2/13 | Matthew Alderman
    Our readers may recall an article from a few days back about a new set of vestments commissioned for the parish priest of the ordinariate community of Bl. John Henry Newman Catholic Church in Santa Ana, California. Fr. Bartus was kind enough to share some photos of this year's Christmas Midnight Mass, where the vestments got their first public use. We are always eager to share news of the ordinariates across the world, so, interested readers, please feel free to send us updates. I share these images not only as an example of the liturgical praxis and development of the...
  • A Benedict XVI Epiphany

    01/02/2013 2:39:17 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    First Things ^ | January 2, 2013 | George Weigel
    The solemnity of the Epiphany typically gets short shrift in Latin-rite Catholicism, for while Eastern Christianity lifts up the Epiphany as the apex of the Christmas season, Epiphany in the Western Church tends to get overwhelmed by the tsunami of Christmas, both liturgically and (especially) culturally. When the Epiphany fell in the middle of the week and was a holy day of obligation, its importance as the commemoration of the manifestation of the Messiah was underscored; transferred to a Sunday, it tends to become one Sunday among others. The pre-1970 liturgical calendar recognized the significance of the Epiphany by designating...
  • A Review of Common Fallacies that Weaken Arguments

    01/02/2013 1:00:11 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 2, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It occurs that our capacity to converse and to set forth arguments for the truth are often hindered today on account of many factors. One of those factors is a paradoxical relationship between a kind of skepticism and and exaggerated insistence on absolute proof that results. The fact is, absolute certitude in our human condition is rare, and to insist on it is usually unreasonable. This of course does not mean that firm certitude cannot be had in many matters as well as lesser degrees that remain a firm confidence as to the facts in a matter.On Monday there was...
  • Saints [Catholic, Orthodox, Open]

    01/02/2013 11:43:34 AM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    FishEaters.com ^ | 01-02-13 | FishEaters.com
    Saints Real Audio Lessons on this Topic Communion Of Saints Saints Saints II Saints III First a definition: "To pray," as a verb, has two very distinct meanings: 1 : to make a request in a humble manner 2 : to address God or a god with adoration, confession, supplication, or thanksgiving It is only in this first sense that Catholics "pray" to saints. "To pray" is simply to ask, and it is a common English word as these examples will show: "Comes now Petitioner and, having filed his Motion in Limine, prays this Honorable Court to grant..."...
  • More Catholics Seek De-Baptism Over Popes Gay Marriage Remarks

    01/02/2013 10:59:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12-28-12 | By Audrey Barrick
    Following Pope Benedict XVI's repeated messages denouncing same-sex marriage, more Dutch Catholics are seeking ways to leave the Catholic Church. And one website is helping people to "de-baptize" themselves. According to Reuters, the website ontdopen.nl ("de-baptize.nl") has gained significant traffic this month after the pope took the time in his Christmas speech to the Vatican bureaucracy to condemn gay marriage. "They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves," he said. "The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man's...
  • 'Oppose Gay Marriage, But Accept All,' Urges Chicago Catholic Cardinal

    01/02/2013 10:55:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/02/2013 | Katherine Weber
    On the first day of 2013, Chicago's Cardinal Francis George issued a letter to priests state-wide, urging Catholics to inform their state legislators of their opposition to same-sex marriage, the legalization of which is to be introduced in the coming days. "Civil laws that establish 'same sex marriage' create a legal fiction," George wrote in a letter sent to priests on Jan. 1, according to the Chicago Tribune. "The State has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible," George continued. "Good pastoral practice encourages families to accept all their children and not break relationships with...
  • A saint for the year (program generates a personal saint for the year) [Catholic Caucus]

    01/02/2013 9:48:48 AM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    Conversion Diary ^ | January 2, 2013 | JENNIFER FULWILER
    A saint for the year It’s that time of year again! I just used my little Saint’s Name Generator program to have a saint chosen at random to be my patron for the year. So, umm, should I be concerned that this is who I got?St. Michael the Archangel Patron of (among other things): people in danger at sea, ambulance drivers, bankers, dying people, the sick, swordsmiths(What on earth does God have in store for me this year?)Click here if you’d like the generator to choose a saint for you! Note that you have to click twice to get your...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DIES IRAE, 01-02-13

    01/02/2013 9:28:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-02-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DIES IRAE The sequence beginning "That Day of Wrath" used at Requiem Masses. It was written in the thirteenth century by Thomas of Celano, biographer of St. Francis of Assisi; there have been hundreds of translations in all the major languages. There is no record of the authorship or origin of the old ecclesiastical melody. Among others who set it to music were Cherubini, Verdi, Bruneau, Gounod, Berlioz, and Mozart. 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

    01/02/2013 9:05:03 AM PST · by Hiskid · 9 replies
    1/2/13 | Hiskid
  • Archbishop Nichols Ends Soho Masses After Six Years [Parish Entrusted to Ordinariate]

    01/02/2013 8:45:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/2/13 | Mark Greaves
    Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has announced that Masses in Soho organised for gay people are to end. He also revealed that the church where the Masses took place will be entrusted to the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The fortnightly Soho Masses at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Warwick Street were established by the diocese almost six years ago. They were intended to be particularly welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Catholics, their parents, friends and families. Archbishop Nichols said today that, while the Masses will stop, pastoral care of the community will continue at...
  • The State Exists to Serve, Not Usurp, the Family

    01/02/2013 8:34:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/2/13 | Anthony Esolen
    We are approaching, in this series, Pope Leo XIIIs great encyclical Rerum Novarum, on the condition of the working classes. Ive been maintaining that it is impossible to discuss Catholic Social Teaching without specifying what Catholics understand as a society. Ive also insisted upon the wise dictum of Saint Thomas, that grace perfects nature, which alone suffices to instruct the attentive Catholic that to sever faith from civic life is artificial and unnatural. Now its time to look at two societies which the Pope holds up for our affection and admiration: the Christian family, and the Church. Far from seeing...
  • Cardinal George Issues Letter Urging Catholics to Oppose Gay Marriage Bill

    01/02/2013 8:23:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/1/13 | Manya A. Brachear
    Chicago's Cardinal Francis George and his six auxiliary bishops officially entered Illinois' gay marriage fray Tuesday, issuing a letter that urges parishioners to contact state legislators and voice opposition to a legalization bill that could face a vote this week. "Civil laws that establish 'same-sex marriage' create a legal fiction," George and the bishops wrote in a letter sent to priests Tuesday. "The state has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible." State Sen. Heather Steans, a Democrat from Chicago, said she plans to introduce the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act to legalize same-sex...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/2/13)[Prayer]

    01/02/2013 5:25:54 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/2/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures The Sun of RighteousnessMalachai 4:2,3 But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked, For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet On the day that I do this," Says the LORD of hosts.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 2, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/02/2013 5:13:30 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 1/2/13 | Joel Osteen
    He Withholds No Good Thing Today's Scripture For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Psalm 84:11, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria What do you need from the Lord today? Do you need peace, provision or guidance? The Word of God promises that no good thing will He withhold from those who walk blamelessly before Him. Now you may be thinking, Joel, Im not perfect. How can I have a blameless walk? The Good News is that when...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 2, 2013]

    01/02/2013 5:11:19 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Will You Go Out Without Knowing? "He went out, not knowing where he was going" —Hebrews 11:8 Have you ever “gone out” in this way? If so, there is no logical answer possible when anyone asks you what you are doing. One of the most difficult questions to answer in Christian work is, “What do you expect to do?”You don’t know what you are going to do. The only thing you know is that God knows what He is doing. Continually examine your attitude toward God to see if you are willing to “go out” in every area of...
  • First Gay Anglican Bishop Reflects on Tenure in NH

    01/01/2013 7:59:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Associated Press via ABC News ^ | 12/30/12 | Lynne Tuohy
    New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson says he chafed for several years at being branded the first openly gay bishop of the Anglican Church until he realized that he was wasting a pulpit from which he could advocate for equality. "I'd been given this really remarkable opportunity and it would be selfish of me not to be the best steward of that opportunity," he recently told The Associated Press in an interview as he prepares to retire in January. "We went from my consecration, which set off this international controversy, to nine years later seeing gay, lesbian and transgender congregants...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings,01-02-13,M Sts. Basil/Great&Gergory Nazianzen,Bishops/Doctors Ch

    01/01/2013 5:48:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-02-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 2, 2013 Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church Reading 11 Jn 2:22-28 Beloved:Who is the liar? Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist. Anyone who denies the Son does not have the Father,but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well. Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you,then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is the...
  • Beware of the Mormons!

    01/01/2013 5:20:26 PM PST · by District13 · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | Current | LDS Church
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTyQr-U_bJE&list=UUM6L02IavEXd8IxrZF75dMw&index=3
  • Social Justice According to Pius XI

    01/01/2013 2:03:44 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    hprweb ^ | DECEMBER 26, 2012 | THOMAS STORCK
    The term “social justice”… is the key term and concept of Catholic social teaching … with all the other aspects of the Church’s social doctrine—the principle of subsidiarity, the just wage or the right to private property—are related to, and rely, on the existence of social justice. The term “social justice,” though common enough today, is little understood by most of those who use it—whether they consider themselves friends and practitioners of social justice, or they regard it as a suspect term of probably socialist origin. But the term does have a precise meaning. That meaning and the significance of...
  • Mariaphobic Response Syndrome: Part Two

    01/01/2013 1:17:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 92 replies
    MarkShea.com ^ | 2005 | Mark P. Shea
    Mariaphobic Response Syndrome: Part TwoIn my last column, I remarked that the surprise for many Evangelical converts to the Catholic faith is how much smaller Mary is to the Catholic than she is to the Evangelical. For the Evangelical, "the Catholic Mary" looms large as a kind of ur-goddess. The fear that pre-occupies the Evangelical imagination is that, say what Catholics will, once the convert is safely inside the Church, the priest will produce the brain chip implant and you will be reprogrammed to adore and worship Mary by the Vatican's Mind Control Laser Platform in Geosynchronous Orbit above...
  • 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 Lilibets 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
    1/1/13 | Hiskid
  • The Catholic Lefts 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 JourneyThe 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. Its a new year with new opportunities, and its 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 1Nm 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 PsalmPs 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 XVIs 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 its almost touching the ground, but when the wind finally stops, that palm tree bounces right back up. Whats 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 wed 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
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    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe 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.