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  • A Christian Manifesto, by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer [Part 1 of 14]

    01/04/2013 9:59:38 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    People for Life ^ | 1982 | Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer
    This address was delivered by the late Dr. Schaeffer in 1982 at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is based on one of his books, which bears the same title. [Part 1 of 14] Christians, in the last 80 years or so, have only been seeing things as bits and pieces which have gradually begun to trouble them and others, instead of understanding that they are the natural outcome of a change from a Christian World View to a Humanistic one; things such as overpermissiveness, pornography, the problem of the public schools, the breakdown of the family,...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (1/4/2013)[Prayer]

    01/04/2013 8:02:54 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 18 replies
    1/4/2013 | smithsk
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalm 127:1 (KJV) ----
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PREFACE, 01-04-13

    01/04/2013 8:00:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-04-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PREFACE The act of thanksgiving, which begins the Eucharistic liturgy. By it the priest, in the name of all the people of God, offers praise and gratitude to God the Father for the whole work of redemption or for some special benefits commemorated in the liturgy. (Etym. Latin praefatio, preface, prologue; literally, a saying beforehand.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 4, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/04/2013 7:38:14 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/4/13 | Joel Osteen
    Wise Men Continually Seek Him Today's Scripture “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria After Jesus was born, the Bible tells us that Wise Men came from the East to bow before Him and worship Him. They went to great lengths just to get a glimpse of the child and traveled a long distance for many months, following the star. When they saw Him, they were so overwhelmed. The scripture says they fell on their faces to honor and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 4, 2013]

    01/04/2013 7:35:52 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Why Can I Not Follow You Now? "Peter said to Him, ’Lord, why can I not follow You now?’" —John 13:37 There are times when you can’t understand why you cannot do what you want to do. When God brings a time of waiting, and appears to be unresponsive, don’t fill it with busyness, just wait. The time of waiting may come to teach you the meaning of sanctification— to be set apart from sin and made holy— or it may come after the process of sanctification has begun to teach you what service means. Never run before God...
  • 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #1 - Do you enjoy Fellowship with God and Christ?

    01/04/2013 7:15:20 AM PST · by xzins · 117 replies
    SO4J ^ | John MacArthur
    11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation - In 1746, about six years after the Great Awakening, in which Jonathan Edwards was the primary instrument of God to preach the gospel and bring about the greatest revival in American history thus far, Edwards wrote A Treatise Concerning the Religious Affections. He wrote it to deal with a problem not unlike one we face today: the matter of evidence for true conversion. Many people want the blessings of salvation, especially eternal security, but no more. In the explosive drama of the Great Awakening, it seemed as though conversions were occurring in great...
  • Slouching From Gomorrah: Remembering Robert Bork

    01/04/2013 7:13:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/3/13 | Paul Kengor
    It has been a couple of weeks since the death of Robert Bork, which occurred shortly before Christmas and didn’t really get the news coverage that Bork merited. Bork died at age 85. In 1987, he became a national headline when President Ronald Reagan nominated him to the Supreme Court. He was a judicial conservative, a “strict constructionist.” He warned about the road America was embarking upon in neglecting its Constitutional principles, and saw doom and gloom ahead. He was grimly pessimistic about America generally, dreading modern liberalism’s grip on the nation. Liberalism, Bork insisted, was pushing America toward decline....
  • Cardinal Mauro Piacenza Writes to Mothers of Priests, Seminarians

    01/04/2013 7:02:44 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 1/3/13 | Ann Schneible
    Prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy Notes Role of Family in Forming VocationsWriting on the occasion of the solemnity of Mary Mother of God (January 1), Prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, addressed a letter to mothers of priests and seminarians. "In welcoming the Eternal Word into her immaculate womb," he wrote, "Mary Most Holy gave birth to the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, the only Savior of the world… By adhering to God's Will, Mary participated in a unique and unrepeatable way in the mystery of our redemption, thereby becoming the Mother of God,...
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Documentary to Premiere in DC

    01/04/2013 6:50:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Washington D.C., Jan 4, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA).- A new documentary about the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe will premier Jan. 24 in Washington, D.C. and explore how the event helped spread the Catholic faith throughout the Americas. The trailer for movie “The Blood & The Rose” says Our Lady of Guadalupe “delivered hope” and shared “a message that would change the continent, and the world.” Director Timothy Watkins said Jan. 2 that the film relates the “fascinating historic details that point to the guidance of Divine Providence.” “It truly is our story, one that the entire world...
  • X-rays Reveal Hidden Secrets of Tudor Portraits

    01/04/2013 6:41:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1/3/12 | Paddy Allen and Mark Brow
    National Portrait Gallery surprised to find image of the Virgin and Child under painting of Queen Elizabeth I's loyal spymaster, Sir Francis WalsinghamHe was the eyes and ears of Elizabeth I, the loyal spymaster and ruthless counterterror chief: Sir Francis Walsingham was the man who knew everything. Or not quite everything, it seems. Certainly not that his portrait was secretly painted over an overtly Roman Catholic image of the holy Virgin and Child. “He would not have been delighted,” speculated Dr Tarnya Cooper, standing in front of the remarkable new discovery going on show at the National Portrait Gallery. “You...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/4/13)[Prayer]

    01/04/2013 5:17:58 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/4/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures GovernorPsalm 22:28 For the kingdom is the LORD'S: and he is the governor among the nations.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-04-13, M, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious

    01/03/2013 8:35:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCb.org/RNAB ^ | 01-04-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 4, 2013   Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious  Reading 1 1 Jn 3:7-10 Children, let no one deceive you. The person who acts in righteousness is righteous,just as he is righteous. Whoever sins belongs to the Devil,because the Devil has sinned from the beginning. Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil. No one who is begotten by God commits sin,because God’s seed remains in him;he cannot sin because he is begotten by God. In this way,the children of God and the children of the Devil are made plain;no one who...
  • A culture war – or a war against Christ?

    01/03/2013 5:57:16 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    One News Now ^ | Jan. 3, 2013 | Dr. Michael Youssef
    Some in the media have popularized the term "culture war," giving the impression that the war being waged against Christianity is the same thing as a war against everything that is traditional. But in 2013, let's change the term. Let's call it what it is: "A war against Christ." Certainly there are many American traditions rooted in Christian teaching and history. But mixing some traditions with what is purely Christ-honoring -- although it may recruit support from non-Christian traditionalists or conservatives -- dilutes the Christian dye. Take for example the ACLU's war against Christians praying in public schools while obliging...
  • “Excommunication, I’m still glowing”

    01/03/2013 1:20:24 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Splendor of Truth ^ | January 2, 2013
    Marc Barnes says of this women’s ordination video “Ordain a lady: that “This might be the greatest video ever to happen to the Catholic Church.” and goes on in post Why The Catholic Priesthood Is Composed of Dudes Ordain A Lady YouTube Video This is certainly the funniest thing I have seen in a while and one of the best defenses for the Church’s teaching. I would have been hard-pressed to make a better parody and the words are genius. Well at least it would be a genius video if it wasn’t real.Though one thing that really gets my ire...
  • A Day in the Life of the Church: How the Lord Still walks this Earth in His Mystical Body

    01/03/2013 12:58:31 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 2, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Many Catholics seldom think past their own parish when the consider the Church. And yet the Catholic World is huge and quite vibrant: 1.2 Billion Catholics in the World.412,236 Priests721,935 Religious Sisters221,055 Parishes92,847 Catholic Elementary Schools with 31 million students.43,591 Catholic Secondary Schools with 17 Million Students [*]117,000 health care facilities, including hospitals, clinics, orphanages,” as well as “18,000 pharmacies and 512 centers” for the care of those with leprosy, all comprising 26% of the total of the world’s health care facilities. [*] There is probably never a moment during the day in which Mass is not being celebrated somewhere...
  • Why “Celebrate” Christmas—and the Epiphany?

    01/03/2013 12:46:41 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 3, 2013 | Bruce Frohnen
    Did you know that Christmas celebrations were banned in Scotland until 1958? I certainly didn’t, not until my son started working on his sixth grade “Christmas around the World” report. I haven’t looked up what the English did in this regard (Scotland always has had a good deal of autonomy within Britain, and never stopped following its own legal code). But it seems the good Presbyterians of the established Church of Scotland (“the Kirk,” ironically enough for traditional conservatives) thought Christmas was a Catholic holiday, best stamped out with criminal penalties for unwholesome celebrations (pretty much anything outside of church),...
  • Pope chooses new auxiliary bishop (a convert) for Atlanta

    01/03/2013 12:01:05 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | January 3, 2013
    Bishop-designate David P. Talley. Credit: Archdiocese of Atlanta. Atlanta, Ga., Jan 3, 2013 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has named Atlanta priest Monsignor David P. Talley, a convert to Catholicism, as the newest auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said Jan. 3 that he announced the appointment “with great joy.” “The Holy Father has selected a wonderful member of this zealous local presbyterate for the episcopacy and I know that he will bring all of his many gifts and talents to this new office,” he said in a statement. The...
  • “The Goodness and Humanity of God”

    01/03/2013 10:13:43 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/3/12 | Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.
    The sub-title of J. Budziszewski’s 2009 book, The Line Through the Heart, reads as follows: “Natural Law as Fact, Theory, and Sign of Contradiction.” The initial dedicatory citation in the book, from which the book derives its title, is a memorable one from Alexander Solzhenitsyn. It reads: “The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.” Needless to say, this sentence is soul-wrenching. It compels us all to stop blaming external causes and systems for the conditions of our souls and of our society. This insight is but a graphic adaption of Plato’s affirmation that...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NECESSARY FAITH, 01-03-13

    01/03/2013 8:44:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-03-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):NECESSARY FAITH The irreducible minimum that everyone must believe as a condition for salvation. Also called the "necessity of means" to be saved, it applies to those who have reached the age of reason. It certainly includes belief that God exists and that he rewards the good and punishes the wicked: "It is impossible to please God without faith, since anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who try to find Him" (Vulgate: "who seek Him") (Hebrews 11:6). Probably one must also know and believe, at least implicitly, in the...
  • Karl Barth’s “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know….” Answer: Can Anyone Verify It?

    01/03/2013 8:02:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Patheos ^ | 01/03/2013 | Roger E. Olson
    Most Christians have heard it as a sermon illustration. I’ve heard and read many variations of the story. According to the story, Karl Barth was fielding questions from the audience after a lecture in Rockefeller Chapel on the campus of the University Chicago in 1962. A student stood and asked him if he could summarize his life’s work in theology in one sentence. According to the story a gasp went up from the audience–responding to the student’s perceived audaciousness. Also, according to the story, Barth didn’t skip a beat. He said (paraphrasing) “Yes. In the words of a song I...
  • Catholics and Depression

    01/03/2013 7:15:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/2/13 | CWR Staff
    A new book co-authored by a psychiatrist and a priest offers faithful wisdom and learned guidance in dealing with depression and anxiety.Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, MD, is the author, with Msgr. John Cihak, STD, of the book, The Catholic Guide to Depression: How the Saints, the Sacraments, and Psychiatry Can Help You Break Its Grip and Find Happiness Again (Sophia Institute Press, 2012). Dr. Kheriaty is the Director of Residency Training and Medical Education in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine. He co-directs the Program in Medical Ethics in the School of Medicine, and serves as chairman...
  • The Miracle of Technology

    01/03/2013 7:09:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/1/13 | Peggy Noonan
    Here I will tell a story that I suppose is rather personal but what the heck, today’s not a bad day for the personal. Yesterday I went to St. Patrick’s for confession and mass, to start the year off on the right foot. Walking through the cathedral—it was jammed with tourists taking pictures of statues and architecture and also, and with some startling excitement, of the regular New Yorkers in the pews taking part in the noon mass—I remembered something I experienced there last summer, at confession. I add here that I like going to confession; I always find it...
  • The Reception Into Full Communion with the Catholic Church of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    01/03/2013 6:59:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    On the Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God, ten sisters from the Community of Saint Mary the Virgin at Wantage were received into full communion with the Catholic Church, and twelve sisters in total formed the first Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, within the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, received the sisters' profession of faith and conferred on them the sacrament of Confirmation Fr Daniel's Sermon: "My dear Mother, my dear Sisters, Welcome home! I say this even though you do not have at present a physical home, because for all...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 3, 2012 [Devotional]

    01/03/2013 4:56:27 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 1/3/13 | Joel Osteen
    Look Straight Ahead Today's Scripture “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.” (Proverbs 4:25, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria What are you looking at today? Not in the natural, but with your spiritual eyes. In other words, what is in the forefront of your mind and in your heart? Are you constantly dwelling on your problems or things that have happened in your past? In the natural, you will move in the direction that your eyes are looking. In the spiritual, it works the same way. Whatever you focus your mind and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 3, 2012]

    01/03/2013 4:55:16 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Clouds and Darkness "Clouds and darkness surround Him . . ." —Psalm 97:2 A person who has not been born again by the Spirit of God will tell you that the teachings of Jesus are simple. But when he is baptized by the Holy Spirit, he finds that “clouds and darkness surround Him . . . .” When we come into close contact with the teachings of Jesus Christ we have our first realization of this. The only possible way to have full understanding of the teachings of Jesus is through the light of the Spirit of God shining...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/3/13)[Prayer]

    01/03/2013 4:49:05 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/3/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures The One....LovingkindnessPsalm 144:1-3 (and Others) 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?
  • 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 2:29–3:61 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 God’s 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! We’re 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 Pope’s 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
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  • 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 XIII’s great encyclical Rerum Novarum, on the condition of the working classes. I’ve been maintaining that it is impossible to discuss Catholic Social Teaching without specifying what Catholics understand as a society. I’ve 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 it’s 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 Journey…The 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, I’m 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 1 1 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...