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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 8, 2013]

    01/08/2013 4:44:06 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Is My Sacrifice Living? "Abraham built an altar . . . ; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar . . ." —Genesis 22:9 This event is a picture of the mistake we make in thinking that the ultimate God wants of us is the sacrifice of death. What God wants is the sacrifice through death which enables us to do what Jesus did, that is, sacrifice our lives. Not— “Lord, I am ready to go with You . . . to death” (Luke 22:33). But— “I am willing to be identified with Your...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/8/13)[Prayer]

    01/08/2013 4:24:29 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/8/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures Like an EagleDeuteronomy 32;11 As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings.
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(1/8/13)[Prayer]

    01/08/2013 4:19:21 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/8/13 | left that other site, Hiskid
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Deuteronomy 32;11 As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings. God Bless America!
  • Socialist Politician Says Spanish Bishop Should be 'Muzzled'

    01/07/2013 8:11:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Madrid, Spain, Jan 7, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A socialist government official in Andalusia, Spain, called for a local Catholic bishop to be muzzled for arguing that men and women are both different and complementary. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba should be silenced for leveling attacks against real and effective equality between men and women, charged Miguel Angel Vazquez, a member of the Socialist Party and spokesman for the Andalusian provincial government. In a Jan. 4 post on his personal blog, Vazquez labeled Bishop Fernandez a true representative of religious fanaticism and said that the prelate provokes controversies...
  • A Christian Manifesto, by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer [Part 3 of 14]

    01/07/2013 7:32:32 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    People for Life ^ | 1982 | Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer
    A good illustration is in the public schools. This view is taught in our public schools exclusively -- by law. There is no other view that can be taught. I'll mention it a bit later, but by law there is no other view that can be taught. By law, in the public schools, the United States of America in 1982, legally there is only one view of reality that can be taught. I'll mention it a bit later, but there is only one view of reality that can be taught, and that is that the final reality is only material...
  • Providence and Suffering [Habakkuk Faced what the People of God are facing in the USA]

    01/07/2013 4:14:19 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Ligonier ^ | R.C. Sproul
    http://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/providence_god_in_control/providence The Psalmist asked, Why do the wicked prosper, while the righteous suffer? The prophet Habakkuk asked virtually the same question in his day as he witnessed his homeland overrun with the invading armies of the Chaldeans. Initially, from Habakkuks perspective, he did not see Gods hand in the suffering of his people. Where was the Judge of all the earth during this time of injustice, he wondered. Here Dr. Sproul explains how Gods providence and suffering go hand and hand.
  • But why do YOU go to Mass? critical importance of rendering personal testimony in evangelization

    01/07/2013 4:07:39 PM PST · by NYer · 59 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 6, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some decades ago the argument from authority was often invoked as we answered some question about the faith. It was often considered sufficient merely invoke the existence of a rule. And thus, to my nagging question, “Why should I have to go to mass?” my parents would often answer, “Because it’s a rule!” Other variations of the answer would be, “Because the Church says so,” or, “Because it’s in the Ten Commandments.”Never mind that there might actually be reasons that there was a rule, or a commandment. It was considered enough in those old days simply to say, “It is...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - January 6th, 2013 (Dispensational Caucus)

    01/07/2013 2:58:17 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - January 6th, 2013 Pastor JD talks about how the inextricable link between Bible history and Bible prophecy points to the salvation of the Jewish nation in the seven-year tribulation, and the rapture of the bride of Christ before the seven-year tribulation.
  • Coptic Leaders Say Egypts Constitution Prepares The Way for Islamic Caliphate

    01/07/2013 11:52:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/7/13 | John Pontifex
    Egypts new constitution prepares the way for an Islamic caliphate, according to the acting leader of Coptic Catholics, who is among three bishops to condemn the document as a fundamental attack on human rights. The bishops expressed their profound disappointment with the constitution signed into law on December 26, saying only extremist Muslims rights were guaranteed by the new document and that at particular risk were women, young people and religious minorities. Bishop Kyrillos William, administrator of the Coptic Catholic Patriarchate of Alexandria, said: We were waiting for a constitution that represents the whole of Egypt but instead we have...
  • Catholics Come Home Targets Bowl-Game Audiences

    01/07/2013 7:35:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 1/5/13 | Jim Graves
    Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz is featured in a commercial that will air in conjunction with the Notre Dame-Alabama BCS Championship game.MIAMI Tom Peterson, founder of Catholics Come Home, announced that his Catholic evangelization organization will be airing a new national television commercial featuring retired college football coach Lou Holtz during college football week and ending with the BCS National Championship (Notre Dame vs. Alabama) on Jan. 7. The 30-second ad features Coach Holtz delivering a half-time pep-talk reminding viewers to keep focused on lifes goal: heaven. Faith is not a spectators sport; it must be lived. ...
  • The Catholics Who Embrace T S Eliot

    01/07/2013 7:31:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/7/13 | Christopher Howse
    Sacred Mysteries: a great modern Anglican poet features in Roman Catholic liturgy It is surprising to find the Protestant reformer Miles Coverdales translation of the Psalms used in a Catholic church. His version of the Bible was burnt in Henry VIIIs reign, and even on his return from exile, when Elizabeth became queen, he did not resume his office as Bishop of Exeter. Partly by accident, Coverdales Psalms are used in the Book of Common Prayer, not the version from the Authorised Version of the Bible of 1611. Now they are incorporated into the service book of the Ordinariate of...
  • Top Five Under-Covered Vatican Stories of 2012

    01/07/2013 7:25:18 AM PST · by marshmallow
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 1/4/13 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Now that the dust has settled on the New Year's holiday, it's time for my annual run-down of the most under-covered Vatican stories. By that, I mean those stories that fell through the cracks in the last year or that didn't quite generate the buzz they really deserved. To be clear, this is not a countdown of the most important Vatican storylines. That list would certainly include the arrest, trial, conviction and eventual pardon of papal butler Paolo Gabriele and the crackdown by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Both stories,...
  • France's Hollande Escalates Row with Catholics Over Gay Marriage

    01/07/2013 7:21:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/6/13 | Tom Heneghan
    (Reuters) - France's President Francois Hollande has weighed this weekend into the war of words between his government and the Catholic Church over holding discussions in schools on the planned legalization of same-sex marriage. He defended Education Minister Vincent Peillon on Saturday for urging Catholic schools, which teach about one-fifth of all pupils in France, to stay neutral in the debate. Peillon's supporters and critics dominated the headlines and airwaves on Sunday, a week before a Church-backed protest in Paris that organizers say could draw as many as half a million people opposed to any change in traditional marriage. The...
  • 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #3 - Do You Obey God's Word?

    01/07/2013 6:02:58 AM PST · by xzins · 40 replies
    SO4J ^ | John MacArthur
    11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #3 - Do you Obey the Scriptures? SO4J ^ | John MacArthur Posted on 01/05/2013 7:35:55 AM PST by xzins Test #1 of Series: 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #1 - Do you enjoy Fellowship with God and Christ? Test #2 of Series: 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #2 - Are you Sensitive to Sin in your Life? Is It Real? 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation by John MacArthur - 11 Questions to help one see if they are Biblically Saved. Helps to Examine Their Faith with God's...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/7/13)[Prayer]

    01/07/2013 5:27:48 AM PST · by left that other site · 14 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/7/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures GuidePsalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 7, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/07/2013 4:18:13 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/7/13 | Joel Osteen
    Your Absolute Best Today's Scripture And on going into the house, they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then opening their treasure bags, they presented to Him gifts--gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 AMP. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Can you imagine what it must have been like for the Wise Men when they saw Jesus? He was just a child in a stable surrounded by animals, but these Wise Men recognized that He was the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords; the Savior of the world....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 7, 2013]

    01/07/2013 4:17:03 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Intimate With Jesus "Jesus said to him, ’Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?’" —John 14:9 These words were not spoken as a rebuke, nor even with surprise; Jesus was encouraging Philip to draw closer. Yet the last person we get intimate with is Jesus. Before Pentecost the disciples knew Jesus as the One who gave them power to conquer demons and to bring about a revival (see Luke 10:18-20). It was a wonderful intimacy, but there was a much closer intimacy to come: “. . . I have called you...
  • Pope Says Church Must Stand Firm Against "Intolerant Agnosticism"

    01/06/2013 7:31:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/6/13 | Philip Pullella
    (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Sunday that Roman Catholic leaders must have the courage to stand up to attacks by "intolerant agnosticism" prevalent in many countries. The pope and the Church have come under increased attack because of their opposition to homosexual marriage and women priests. The pope has repeatedly denounced what he says are attempts to push religion out of public debate. The 85-year-old pontiff celebrated Mass on the day Christians in the West mark the Epiphany, and ordained four new archbishops including his personal secretary. In a homily to about 10,000 people in St Peter's Basilica in...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and our Nation

    01/06/2013 6:04:18 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 16 replies
    1-6-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 7:10 My Defense is in God, Who Preserveth the Upright in Heart.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-10-13

    01/06/2013 5:50:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-10-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 10, 2013 Thursday after Epiphany Reading 11 Jn 4:195:4 Beloved, we love God becausehe first loved us. If anyone says, I love God,but hates his brother, he is a liar;for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him:Whoever loves God must also love his brother. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,and everyone who loves the Fatherloves also the one begotten by him. In this way we know that we love the...
  • Israeli Priest Hounded for His Support of Israel

    01/06/2013 5:26:55 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 12 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | 1/4/'13 | Aryeh Savir/Tazpit News Agency
    Last weekend, Father Gabriel Nadaf, 39, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth, challenged a boycott against him and attempted to enter the church there to recite a prayer and light a candle. He was accompanied by Israeli Border Police officers and supporters, who came to ensure his safe passage into the church. Nadaf was excommunicated by the Orthodox Church Council after he expressed his belief that Christian youth in Israel should fully integrate into Israeli society, serving in the IDF or in the National Service. Since then, he and others, like Father Andr Alamiya, have been the target of virulent...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-09-13

    01/06/2013 5:22:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-09-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 9, 2013 Wednesday after Epiphany Reading 11 Jn 4:11-18 Beloved, if God so loved us,we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,and his love is brought to perfection in us. This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,that he has given us of his Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and testifythat the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,God remains in him and he in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-08-13

    01/06/2013 5:13:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-08-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 8, 2013 Tuesday after Epiphany Reading 11 Jn 4:7-10 Beloved, let us love one another,because love is of God;everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.In this way the love of God was revealed to us:God sent his only-begotten Son into the worldso that we might have life through him.In this is love:not that we have loved God, but that he loved usand sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Responsorial PsalmPs 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8 R. (see 11) Lord, every nation on...
  • 11 Reasons the Authority of Christianity Is Centered on St. Peter and Rome

    01/06/2013 3:56:49 PM PST · by NYer · 3,032 replies
    stpeterslist ^ | December 19, 2012
    Bl. John Henry Newman said it best: “To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.” History paints an overwhelming picture of St. Peter’s apostolic ministry in Rome and this is confirmed by a multitude of different sources within the Early Church. Catholic Encyclopedia states, “In opposition to this distinct and unanimous testimony of early Christendom, some few Protestant historians have attempted in recent times to set aside the residence and death of Peter at Rome as legendary. These attempts have resulted in complete failure.” Protestantism as a whole seeks to divorce Christianity from history by rending Gospel...
  • Resurrection of the Body (Ecumenical)

    01/06/2013 3:34:53 PM PST · by narses · 20 replies
    The Bible tells us that when Jesus returns to earth, he will physically raise all those who have died, giving them back the bodies they lost at death. These will be the same bodies people had in earthly lifebut our resurrection bodies will not die and, for the righteous, they will be transformed into a glorified state, freed from suffering and pain, and enabled to do many of the amazing things Jesus could do with his glorified body (cf. 1 Cor. 15:3544, 1 John 3:2). The resurrection of the body is an essential Christian doctrine, as the apostle Paul declares:...
  • B16's Epiphany Gifts: Rings, Miters and Croziers

    01/06/2013 1:15:36 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | January 6, 2013 | Rocco Palmo
    Continuing a JPII tradition he was initially loath to pick up, this morning again saw the Pope mark Epiphany by ordaining a new crop of bishops, the crop of four headlined by the elevation of his longtime personal secretary, now Archbishop Georg Gnswein, who Benedict XVI has made his ultimate gatekeeper by naming the 56 year-old German as prefect of the Papal Household. Two of the other new archbishops the Nigerian Fortunatus Nwachukwu, 52, and the Genovese Nicolas Thevenin, 54 will respectively serve as papal nuncio in Nicaragua and Guatemala, while the Italian Angelo Vincenzo Zani, 62, will...
  • Church of England Moves to Approve Gay Bishops, Conservatives Protest

    01/06/2013 7:37:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/04/2013 | By Stoyan Zaimov
    The Church of England has decided to drop its ban on gay clergy in civil partnerships seeking to become bishops, as long as they make a promise to remain celibate. Conservative Anglicans, however, insist celibacy would be difficult to enforce, noting that the decision undermines church doctrine on marriage. "The House has confirmed that clergy in civil partnerships, and living in accordance with the teaching of the Church on human sexuality, can be considered as candidates for the episcopate. There had been a moratorium on such candidates for the past year and a half while the working party completed its...
  • Eminem Becomes A Born Again Christian?

    01/06/2013 7:34:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/04/2013 | By Vincent Funaro
    Eminem could now be a born again Christian, according to a new rumor. A source from the rapper's hometown of Detroit claims to have witnessed Eminem's transformation firsthand through some of his recent actions, according to AllHipHop.com. He stated that Eminem has been going through many changes as of late and has removed himself "from the depths of the music industry," and has also refused to conform to what is expected from him in the business. Eminem, known for his shock value lyrics as well as his vivid storytelling and superior lyrical capabilities confessed to being a Christian on a...
  • D.C. Has a Prayer [Interview with Eric Metaxas]

    01/06/2013 6:47:32 AM PST · by newheart · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Jan. 5, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    When Eric Metaxas spoke last year at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., he used the opportunity to challenge his listeners. In his new book No Pressure, Mr. President: Real Faith in a Time of Crisis, he makes his remarks available to a broader audience and recounts the journey of a writer trying to be a Christian witness. KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: The e-book version of your book is titled Jesus Hates Dead Religion. How can you claim to know what Jesus hates? ERIC METAXAS: The Bible says that God hates what is evil. According to my sources, Jesus is...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/6/13)[Prayer]

    01/06/2013 5:51:49 AM PST · by left that other site · 22 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/6/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures JudgeIsaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our Judge, The LORD is our Lawgiver, The LORD is our King; He will save us.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 6, 2013]

    01/06/2013 4:42:11 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Worship "He moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord" —Genesis 12:8 Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love-gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship....
  • A Christian Manifesto, by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer [Part 2 of 14]

    01/05/2013 9:21:46 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    People for Life ^ | 1982 | Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer
    The world view that the final reality is only material or energy shaped by pure chance, inevitably, (that's the next word I would bring to you ) mathematically -- with mathematical certainty -- brings forth all these other results which are in our country and in our society which have led to the breakdown in the country -- in society -- and which are its present sorrows. So, if you hold this other world view, you must realize that it is inevitable that we will come to the very sorrows of relativity and all these other things that are so...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-07-13, OM, St. Raymond of Penyafort, Priest

    01/05/2013 8:41:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-07-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 7, 2013 Monday after Epiphany Reading 11 Jn 3:224:6 Beloved:We receive from him whatever we ask,because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.And his commandment is this:we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,and love one another just as he commanded us.Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them,and the way we know that he remains in usis from the Spirit whom he gave us. Beloved, do not trust every spiritbut test the spirits to see whether they belong to God,because many false prophets have gone...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-06-13, Solemnity, The Epiphany of the Lord

    01/05/2013 8:33:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 57 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-06-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 6, 2013 Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord Reading 1Is 60:1-6 Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come,the glory of the Lord shines upon you.See, darkness covers the earth,and thick clouds cover the peoples;but upon you the LORD shines,and over you appears his glory.Nations shall walk by your light,and kings by your shining radiance.Raise your eyes and look about;they all gather and come to you:your sons come from afar,and your daughters in the arms of their nurses. Then you shall be radiant at what you see,your heart shall throb and overflow,for the riches...
  • The Catholic Church, a Hate Group?

    01/05/2013 4:39:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    First Things ^ | 1/4/13 | Austin Ruse
    The White House has started a cockamamie procedure where regular citizens can launch petitions and if they get 25,000 signatures the White House will respond. Some are serious, like the one to exempt Hobby Lobby from the HHS contraceptive mandate. Some are silly, like the one asking for Joe Biden to be in a reality show. There is a petition for the arrest of NBCs David Gregory for showing a magazine clip on his Sunday morning show, something that is illegal in Washington DC. A new petition has gone up, on Christmas Day no less, asking for the Catholic Church...
  • Tragic Letter from The Hobby Lobby CEO

    01/05/2013 3:20:48 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 35 replies
    The Brenner Brief ^ | January 3, 2012 | Posted by The Brenner Brief
    This letter is a very sad example of what happens when our personal freedoms and liberties are taken away. America wasnt built on this, readers, and we absolutely must share this to show people the impact the Obama administration is having on every-day Americans. When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasnt much bigger than most peoples living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to Gods word....
  • Catholic churches set ablaze in Austria and France

    01/05/2013 2:22:20 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    cna ^ | January 4, 2013
    Vienna, Austria, Jan 4, 2013 / 02:08 pm (CNA).- Several Catholic churches in Europe were reportedly set on fire in the days before Christmas, raising concerns of vandalism motivated by an opposition to Christianity.   The Observatory on the Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe reported that three churches were burned in Austria on Dec. 23, while a Nativity scene was burned at a church in France on December 18.   In the small Austrian town of Amstetten, three churches were set aflame, with one being severely damaged. The alleged suspect – a young man – was interrogated by...
  • Church of England to allow homosexual bishops in civil partnerships

    01/05/2013 2:06:47 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 5, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    There is a story at CNA/EWTN that made me chuckle a little.What for what is wrong with this (including the terminology). London, England, Jan 4, 2013 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church of England has decided to permit gay male clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops, provided that they promise to be celibate. [First, let's work to get Catholic news services to stop playing into the hands of the homosexualists by using the word "gay". Next, do they mean "celibate" (unmarried) or "continent" (not sexually active)?]“The House (of Bishops) believed it would be unjust to exclude from consideration...
  • THE PERILS OF CIVIL RELIGION (Awesome read!)

    01/05/2013 1:39:07 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Shirt of Flame ^ | January 5, 2013 | HEATHER KING
     As I contemplated Shin Dong-hyuk and his escape from North Korea last week, I also happened to be reading Ralph C. Woods’ Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-Haunted South--an unintentionally apropos pairing. One of Wood’s main theses is that O’Connor--the novelist, short story writer, and devout Catholic--preferred the excesses of fundamentalism, which at least takes God seriously enough to take him literally, to the bland “civil religion” practiced by most Americans, including most Catholics. "O’Connor discerned that something deadly had occurred when national identity had been made to trump religious faith”… “[Her] objection to a blithe indifferentism concerning truth and error,...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    01/05/2013 11:31:19 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    January 5, 2013 | Irish Rose
    He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. But at your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder they took to flight; they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them. You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth. (Psalm 104:5-9)
  • Hobby Lobby CEO Pens Tragic Letter About Loss of Religious Freedom

    01/05/2013 11:17:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/4/13 | Steven Ertelt
    The CEO of Hobby Lobby has penned a tragic letter about the loss of religious freedom and liberty in America. The Christian crafts company has been forced by the Obama administration to pay for drugs for its employees in their health care plan that may cause abortions. Doing so violates the religious freedom of the founders and owners of Hobby Lobby, but the firm has, so far, been unsuccessful in getting courts to give it an exemption while its lawsuit against the HHS mandate continues. Tens of thousands of Americans have committed to support the Christian crafts store Hobby Lobby...
  • Syrian Conflict Could Worsen Christian Exodus

    01/05/2013 11:11:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Damascus, Syria, Jan 4, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fighting in Syria continues to put pressure on the minority Christian population, leading to fears that more Syrians will join the many Christians who have already left the Middle East. Journalist Nasir Habish told Vatican Radio that Syrias Christians are among those most affected by the conflict between rebel and government forces. The Syrian situation, right now, is very difficult, and I think in the future will be more difficult, Habish said. And I think the war will continue. He said Christians are running away from Syria right now, with...
  • Amid Instability In Egypt, Coptic Christians Flee To U.S.

    01/05/2013 11:08:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    NPR ^ | 1/4/13 | Bruce Wallace
    Coptic Christians will celebrate Christmas on Monday, and many will do so outside their native Egypt. Since the revolution there, their future in the country has looked uncertain, and many are resettling in the United States. Their population in the U.S. may have grown by nearly 30 percent, according to rough estimates. One church that has felt its membership swell with new arrivals from Egypt is in the Queens borough of New York. St. Mary and St. Antonios Coptic Orthodox Church boasts more than 1,000 members, according to Father Michael Sorial. Egyptian Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas Nativity Liturgy, the start...
  • The Episcopal Church: Nothing Like Consistency

    01/05/2013 10:56:28 AM PST · by Belteshazzar · 3 replies
    Powerline ^ | January 4, 2013 | Steven Hayward
    The very first newspaper op-ed article I ever published, way back in 1984, was about All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, which has long had a reputation as a leading progressive parish. I wrote about attending a meeting where a group of parishioners were reporting back on a recent visit to the newest workers paradise, Nic . . .now just wait for it!!yes, indeed, it was Nicaragua (or KNEE-car-AHHH-gua, if youre really au courant). Since this article was published in the pre-Internet age, I cant link to it, so heres the lede from my hard-copy archive:
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INTER OECUMENICI, 01-05-13

    01/05/2013 8:59:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-05-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):INTER OECUMENICI Instruction of the Sacred Congregation of Rites on the proper application of the Second Vatican Council's constitution on the liturgy. Ninety-nine areas of liturgical life and practice are given directives and specific norms (September 26, 1964). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #2 - Are You Sensitive to Sin?

    01/05/2013 7:35:55 AM PST · by xzins · 31 replies
    SO4J ^ | John MacArthur
    Test #1 of Series: 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #1 - Do you enjoy Fellowship with God and Christ? Is It Real? 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation by John MacArthur - 11 Questions to help one see if they are Biblically Saved. Helps to Examine Their Faith with God's Word (2 Cor 13:5) to see if one is Biblically Saved. How Can I Know I Am Saved 2 Cor 13:5 (NASB) "TEST YOURSELVES to see if you are IN the FAITH; EXAMINE YOURSELVES! Or do you NOT recognize this about yourselves, that JESUS CHRIST is in you—unless...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 5, 2013]

    01/05/2013 5:48:41 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Life of Power to Follow "Jesus answered him, ’Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward’" —John 13:36 “And when He had spoken this, He said to him, ’Follow Me’ ” (John 21:19). Three years earlier Jesus had said, “Follow Me” (Matthew 4:19), and Peter followed with no hesitation. The irresistible attraction of Jesus was upon him and he did not need the Holy Spirit to help him do it. Later he came to the place where he denied Jesus, and his heart broke. Then he received the Holy Spirit and...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/5/13)[Prayer]

    01/05/2013 4:51:06 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/5/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures Holy One Of IsraelIsaiah 49: Thus says the LORD, The Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, To Him whom man despises, To Him whom the nation abhors, To the Servant of rulers: "Kings shall see and arise, Princes also shall worship, Because of the LORD who is faithful, The Holy One of Israel; And He has chosen You."
  • Prosecutors portray South Florida Muslim clerics as terrorist supporters in federal trial

    01/04/2013 9:27:18 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Stars & Stripes. ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jay Weaver
    The 77-year-old Muslim cleric as an evil man who spewed hateful words about his adopted country and funneled at least $50,000 to support the Pakistani Taliban terrorist organization...His goal, to help arm the Taliban militants ...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-05-13, M, St. John Neumann, Bishop

    01/04/2013 8:37:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-05-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 5, 2013 Memorial of Saint John Neumann, Bishop Reading 11 Jn 3:11-21 Beloved:This is the message you have heard from the beginning:we should love one another,unlike Cain who belonged to the Evil Oneand slaughtered his brother. Why did he slaughter him? Because his own works were evil,and those of his brother righteous. Do not be amazed, then, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to lifebecause we love our brothers.Whoever does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer,and you know that no murderer...