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  • Jesus, the Beginning of the New Creation: The Readings for the Baptism of the Lord

    01/12/2013 11:24:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    TheSacredPage.com ^ | 01-2013 | John Bergsma
    Jesus, the Beginning of the New Creation: The Readings for the Baptism of the Lord The end of the Season of Christmas arrives this Sunday, as we celebrate the event that marked the end of Jesus’ early life and the beginning of his public ministry: the Baptism. The Christmas decorations coming down in our churches and homes inevitably leaves a feeling of sadness and nostalgia.  We don’t want to move on from meditation on all the joyful aspects of Our Lord’s early life, the incidents of wonder and mystery, like the angels singing to the shepherds, or the visit...
  • Ex Corde Ecclesiae, and The Band Played On

    01/12/2013 10:39:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 1/11/13 | Phil Lawler
    Oh, good. The US bishops announce that they remain in dialogue with the heads of Catholic colleges and universities about the implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Their report tells us: Clarity about Catholic identity among college and university leadership has fostered substantive dialogues and cultivated greater mission driven practices across the university. In acknowledging that much progress has been made, we recognize there is still work to be done.Well, that makes everything perfectly clear, doesnt it? Look: Ex Corde Ecclesiae, which called upon bishops to ensure the authentic Catholic identity of Catholic colleges and universities, was released in 1990. A...
  • Syria: Christian Community Trapped in War Zone

    01/12/2013 10:34:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    About a thousand Christians, both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic are trapped in the small village of Yaakoubieh in the north of Aleppo a Franciscan Friar reports. Fr Francois Kouseiffi OFM Cap, Parish Priest of the church of San Francesco in Hamra, Beirut, in Lebanon, said: "They are completely worn out, with no food, no electricity, lack of basic necessities, and find themselves in the midst of heavy fighting between loyalist forces and opposition groups. They are unable to leave the village and "are in terrible condition, where they risk extinction." Fr Francois is caring for about 500 Syrian refugees...
  • Gay Marriage Could Signal Return to Centuries of Persecution, - Say 1,000 Catholic Priests

    01/12/2013 10:30:38 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/11/13 | John Bingham
    More than 1,000 priests have signed a letter voicing alarm that same-sex marriage could threaten religious freedom in a way last seen during centuries of persecution of Roman Catholics in England.In one of the biggest joint letters of its type ever written, they raise fears that their freedom to practise and speak about their faith will be severely limited and dismiss Government reassurances as "meaningless". They even liken David Camerons moves to redefine marriage to those of Henry VIII, whose efforts to secure a divorce from Katherine of Aragon triggered centuries of bloody upheaval between church and state. They claim...
  • Cumulus Acquires 94.7 WFME New York - Family Radio off the air Jan 11th

    01/12/2013 10:18:40 AM PST · by SMGFan · 3 replies
    Update 1/11: Family Radio bid farewell to 94.7 WFME at 3:40pm this afternoon. After a few minutes of dead air as the programming source was moved to Cumulus studios at 2 Penn Plaza in Manhattan, the station returned to air under the WRXP call letters in a shadowcast of new sister 95.5 WPLJ. The audio of 94.7 is about 15 seconds ahead of 95.5 with many tweaks being made to the audio processing as Cumulus prepares its new acquisition for whatevers next. Listen to the sign-off of WFME under Family Radio control at FormatChange.com.
  • Vanity: Was Mary "assumed into heaven? Catholic Dogma and Scripture

    01/12/2013 9:45:29 AM PST · by count-your-change · 116 replies
    Although once considered a binding "probable opinion" by the Catholic church, in 1950 the belief that the virgin Mary war taken into heaven "body and soul" was declared dogma for Catholic believers. As the Catholic Encyclopedia notes in agreement with the Catechism of the Catholic church: (Today, the belief in the corporeal assumption of Mary is universal in the East and in the West; according to Benedict XIV (De Festis B.V.M., I, viii, 18) it is a probable opinion, which to deny were impious and blasphemous.) (Note: By promulgating the Bull Munificentissimus Deus, 1 November, 1950, Pope Pius XII declared...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SUMMA THEOLOGICA, 01-12-13

    01/12/2013 9:15:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-12-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SUMMA THEOLOGICA The principal doctrinal synthesis in Catholic theology, written by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-74). The method used was the application of Aristotelian philosophy in the systematic and rational explanation of dogma and morals, without any substantial modification of the traditional teaching of the Church. Its central theme is God considered under aspects: 1. he is studied as Being, not only in himself but also outside himself, as the source of all things; 2. he is then seen as the Good, that is, as the end of created beings and especially of angels and men; 3....
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/12/13)[Prayer]

    01/12/2013 5:15:02 AM PST · by left that other site · 26 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/12/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures Our MakerPsalm 95:1 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 12, 2013]

    01/12/2013 5:03:41 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Have You Ever Been Alone with God? (1) "When they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples" —Mark 4:34 Our Solitude with Him. Jesus doesn’t take us aside and explain things to us all the time; He explains things to us as we are able to understand them. The lives of others are examples for us, but God requires us to examine our own souls. It is slow work— so slow that it takes God all of time and eternity to make a man or woman conform to His purpose. We can only be used by God...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-12-13

    01/11/2013 9:14:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-12-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 12, 2013 Saturday after Epiphany Reading 11 Jn 5:14-21 Beloved:We have this confidence in himthat if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask,we know that what we have asked him for is ours. If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly,he should pray to God and he will give him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin,about which I do not say that you...
  • A Christian Manifesto, by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer [Part 4 of 14]

    01/11/2013 9:00:44 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    People for Life ^ | 1982 | Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer
    Everything is relative. So as you cut yourself loose from the Law of God, in any concept whatsoever, you also soon are cutting yourself loose from a strict constructionism and each ruling is to be seen as an arbitrary choice by a group of people as to what they may honestly think is for the sociological good of the community, of the country, for the given moment. Now, along with that is the fact that the courts are increasingly making law and thus we find that the legislatures' powers are increasingly diminished in relationship to the power of the courts....
  • The Pope Was Right All Along (Pope Paul VI) Secular sources now agree with him!

    01/11/2013 7:53:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    CE.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Russell Shaw
    The Pope Was Right All Along by Russell Shaw on January 11, 2013 The disruptive results for individuals and society spawned by the revolution in attitudes and behavior regarding sex, marriage, family, and childbearing that erupted a half-century ago have become too obvious to ignore. These things were predictablein fact, some people actually predicted them from the startbut by now their impact has grown so painfully apparent that even secular voices are being raised in alarm.The problems are increasingly visible in the United States. They include an aging population with fewer young workers to support the elderly, along...
  • The Seventh From Adam...Genesis 5 pt 3

    01/11/2013 6:16:49 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 1 replies
    01-11-13 | Bill Randles
    And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.( Genesis 5: 21-24)We have been examining the two contrasting lines which developed from among Adams children. Cain, the worlds first will worshipper and murderer, set out east of Eden, away from the presence of the Lord, to inaugurate a new start for mankind, the city of Enoch,...
  • Answering an Atheist and Asking for Fairness and Accuracy

    01/11/2013 3:03:24 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 11, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Susan Jacoby, an author and atheist wrote a column in last Sunday’s New Your Times entitled “The Blessings of Atheism.” In it she proposes that atheism has a lot to offer, especially in times of tragic loss and that it frees human beings from having to ask and answer difficult question. As you may imagine, I am not so sure that asserting a question can be avoided means that it has actually been avoided, or that what she calls blessings are in fact blessings.I would like to excerpt her article and make a few comments. Her original writing is in...
  • Next pope will be African according to odds from Irish bookmaker

    01/11/2013 2:37:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 08/2012 | By PATRICK COUNIHAN
    The next pope is very likely to be African according to Paddy Power, Irelands leading bookmaker, who has come out with a list of papabile, those considered papal material. The list comes at a time of increased health problems for Pope Benedict, who, at 85, has begun using a cane and is appearing more frail. Favorite is Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria, who is 15/8 (bet eight to win fifteen), while in second place is Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana at 9/4. Thats two top Africans in the top two spots according to the bookmakers odds. In third place in...
  • Christians Banned From Using Word 'Allah' in Arabic by New Fatwa in Malaysia

    01/11/2013 2:24:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/11/2013 | Daniel Blake
    A Malaysian Sultan has issued a fatwa prohibiting non-Muslims from using the word "Allah" in Arabic. The Sultan of the Malaysian state of Selangor, Sharafuddin Idris Shah, issued the prohibition on Tuesday, according to the Lebanon Debate newspaper. Malaysian media have reported that the prohibition has been put in place by the Islamic leader because it is a "sacred word," and should be reserved exclusively for Muslims, according to MidEast Christian News. The sultan has ordered the Islamic Council of Selangor and the Islamic Affairs Department in the state to take strict action against all groups that question the fatwa...
  • African Anglicans Say Gay Bishops Affirmation 'Shatters Hopes of Reconciliation'

    01/11/2013 2:21:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/13/2013 | By Stoyan Zaimov
    Anglican leaders in Africa have expressed their outrage over the Church of England's decision to approve gay bishops in its order, saying that the decision could put an end to hopes of healing broken relationships in the Communion. Archbishop Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria, one of the world's largest provinces of the Anglican Communion with 17 million members, said that the affirmation of gay bishops "could very well shatter whatever hopes we had for healing and reconciliation within our beloved Communion," Reuters reported. Okoh added that the Church of England has given into "the contemporary idols of secularism and moral expediency,"...
  • Excommunicated priest formally notified of laicization

    01/11/2013 2:02:08 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 10, 2013 | Diogenes
    Roy Bourgeois, the former priest who was excommunicated in 2008 and dismissed from the Maryknoll society last year, has been formally notified of his laicization. Bourgeois received a letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, relayed through his former Maryknoll superiors, notifying him of his dismissal from the society and from the priesthood. The Vatican asks Bourgeois to sign the letter, acknowledging receiptwhich he says he will refuse to do. Bourgeois was excommunicated in 2008 after he participated in a ceremony in which women claimed ordination. He had repeatedly refused to reconsider his stand, and had remained...
  • Can a Pope Ever Resign?

    01/11/2013 11:33:05 AM PST · by Weiss White · 10 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | January 3, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: I read in a news article that Pope Benedict said he would resign, if he reached the point where he couldnt physically handle being Pope any longer. Is that even possible? Can a Pope ever resign? Scott A: Its true that in the nearly eight years of Pope Benedicts reign, more than one news article has been written on this subject. Its of particularly keen interest to those opposed to his teachings, who would gladly see him leave the Throne of Peter as soon as possiblebut its of interest to many of the rest of us as well, if...
  • The Professor Who Knows Our Names

    01/11/2013 10:50:48 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/10/13 | Brian Jones
    A tribute to the man who is SchallFather Schall cares about where youre from and how youre doing. He doesnt need to do that, but he does. The greatest professor Ill ever have knows my name. Victoria Edel, former student of Father James Schall What, in the end, does a professor most want his students to remember? Not himself but what is true and the search for it. Above all, he wants them to remember the Socratic foundations of our culture, that it is never right to do wrong, that death is not the worst evil, that ultimately our lives...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (1/11/2013)[Prayer]

    01/11/2013 8:52:35 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 18 replies
    January 11, 2013 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation 34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. 35 All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: What have you done? 36 At the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALEXIANS, 01-11-13

    01/11/2013 8:40:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-11-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ALEXIANS Religious institute of brothers, founded in the fourteenth century in Brabant and re-established in 1854. Their apostolate is to care for the sick, direct hospitals and homes for the aged and poor, and administer cemeteries. There are also Alexian Sisters doing similar work. The patron is St. Alexis of Edessa (d. 430). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Fr. Jenkins Makes Ironic Plea for Civility

    01/11/2013 7:35:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 1/10/13 | Matthew Archbold
    Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C., the president of the University of Notre Dame, has a piece in The Wall Street Journal pleading for civility in debate. This is not the first time that Fr. Jenkins has used that word. In fact, calls for civility have become something of a hallmark of his presidency of the University. In recent years, there have reportedly been on-campus panel discussions on civility, a University forum called A More Perfect Union: The Future of Americas Democracy, and posters urging students to take the Notre Dame Pledge for Virtuous Discourse, which encourages students to engage in respectful...
  • Vatican Artist from Russia Follows the Old Masters

    01/11/2013 7:07:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Kuwait Times ^ | 1/11/13 | AFP
    After Michelangelo and Raphael, the Vaticans latest official painter is something of an unusual choice-an ebullient Russian woman with a pet owl who is a regular at the court of cardinals and popes. An Orthodox believer in the heart of Roman Catholicism, Natalia Tsarkova paints her classical-style portraits in a flat filled with Vatican memorabilia by the walls of the Holy See. I like the atmosphere here, I feel needed, Tsarkova told AFP in an interview in a studio with several unfinished works and back copies of the Vaticans official newspaper, LOsservatore Romano. It is dream come true for this...
  • Monks in California Breathe Life Into a Monastery From Spain

    01/11/2013 7:01:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/10/13 | Norimitsu Onishi
    VINA, Calif. The rebirth of a medieval Cistercian monastery building here on a patch of rural Northern California land was, of course, improbable. William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper tycoon, brought the dismantled Santa Maria de vila monastery from Spain but failed to restore it. The City of San Francisco, after some fitful starts at bringing the monastery back to life, left its stones languishing for decades in Golden Gate Park. The Great Depression, World War II and lethargy got in the way. But an aging and shrinking order of Cistercian monks have accomplished what great men and cities could...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 11, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/11/2013 4:46:07 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/11/13 | Joel Osteen
    Honor the Lord with Your Body Today's Scripture You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:20, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Scripture says that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, and we are to honor the Lord with our bodies. How do you do that? You take care of it. You respect it. You treat it as valuable. You use your body to bring Him glory. When you stand strong against temptation, you are honoring the Lord with your body. When you take care of yourself by...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 11, 2013]

    01/11/2013 4:45:19 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    What My Obedience to God Costs Other People "As they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon . . . , and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus" —Luke 23:26 If we obey God, it is going to cost other people more than it costs us, and that is where the pain begins. If we are in love with our Lord, obedience does not cost us anything— it is a delight. But to those who do not love Him, our obedience does cost a great deal. If we...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem91/11/13)[Prayer]

    01/11/2013 4:15:07 AM PST · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/11/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures The Living GodDaniel 6:20 And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, "Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?"
  • Do we need greater gun control?: Jewish texts support right to bear arms as ethical obligation

    01/10/2013 11:37:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    J Weekly - Covering the SF Jewish Bay Area ^ | January 10, 2013 | Robert D. Altabet
    The tragic Newtown shooting has led to renewed calls for gun control by Conservative and Reform Jewish leaders, who have highlighted this as a religious issue (As Jews, we must act against gun violence now, op-ed, Dec. 21). These emotional reactions are understandable, but their one-sided presentation of Jewish tradition fails to distinguish between the requirements of the real world and our hopes for the messianic age. Jewish tradition speaks both to defense preparation and the need for_training and safety with the best tools available, firearms, which are susceptible to misuse in the wrong hands. Exodus 13:10 tells us,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-11-13

    01/10/2013 7:56:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-11-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 11, 2013 Friday after Epiphany Reading 11 Jn 5:5-13 Beloved:Who indeed is the victor over the worldbut the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came through water and Blood, Jesus Christ,not by water alone, but by water and Blood. The Spirit is the one who testifies,and the Spirit is truth. So there are three who testify,the Spirit, the water, and the Blood, and the three are of one accord. If we accept human testimony,the testimony of God is surely greater. Now the testimony of God is this,that he...
  • Do we need greater gun control?: First lady is right person to lead charge on sensible policy

    01/10/2013 7:29:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    J Weekly - Covering the SF Jewish Bay Area ^ | January 10, 2013 | Rabbi Amy Eilberg
    Along with citizens throughout our nation and beyond, I was anguished by the death of the beautiful, innocent children of Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the wake of the shootings, I was gripped first with deep grief and then with a powerful wave of activist energy. I hoped that this most horrific incident of gun violence would shake the nation from complacency and stir the adoption of sensible gun control legislation. I believed that all over the country, parents of all stripes and persuasions including gun owners would recognize that a civilized nation cannot continue to allow policies...
  • SUNDAY [Catholic] CELEBRATIONS IN THE ABSENCE OF A PRIEST

    01/10/2013 3:15:50 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Southern Orders ^ | January 10, 2013
    In 1994 there was a book prepared by the Committee on the liturgy of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and approved for use in the Dioceses of the USA by the NCCB. It is entitled, "Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest." It is a liturgical book that gives options for parishes when no priest is available on a Sunday. The expectation in the norms of the "General Instruction or Introduction" of this liturgical book is that the bishop be very much involved in the decision making process of the necessity of such a celebration in particular...
  • The line Of Seth...Genesis 5 pt 2

    We have already followed the development of God estranged humanity, through the line of Cain. The primary characteristics of that part of Adams family, was the attempt to mitigate the Curse of God ,without repentance; by means of the development of agriculture, animal husbandry, metallurgy and of music and the arts . In spite of the remarkably swift cultural, agricultural and technological advances in Cains seed, we see also the steady spiritual and moral disintegration of marriage, the family, and human culture in the brief view given in Genesis 4. Lamech boasts to his two wives, in the first recorded...
  • Biden Holds Unannounced Meeting With Faith Leaderson Gun Control

    01/10/2013 12:57:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 10, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Following controversial comments alleging that President Barack Obama will potentially rely upon executive orders to tackle gun control, Vice President Joe Biden held an unannounced meeting with faith leaders on Wednesday where he purportedly reiterated the same point. The nations second-in-command and his gun violence team discussed the issues surrounding firearms and the countrys most recent crises with 12 national faith leaders in an effort to urge them to help find common sense solutions. During the event, Biden reportedly echoed what he told reporters earlier in the day that the Obama administration will be taking two tracks to curb...
  • You Didn't Build That

    01/10/2013 11:28:11 AM PST · by rhema · 5 replies
    Common Sense for a Senseless World ^ | JANUARY 9, 2013 | Don Kriefall
    When President Obama addressed a crowd in Ohio during his election campaign this fall, he ventured off the teleprompter and spoke from his heart. Driving another wedge into his strategy of promoting class warfare, he admonished those who have been successful in business, stating that You didnt build that. The President further stated that without the help of government provided infrastructure that included teachers, road building, and workers, their success would not have been possible. Obviously, the president truly believes that without government, nothing is possible. Obamas true ideology was revealed in that moment of candor, exposing his belief that...
  • Pro-family pastor withdraws from Obama inauguration after backlash from gay activists

    01/10/2013 10:49:29 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    lsn ^ | 1.10.2013 | Patrick B. Craine
    WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 10, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Rev. Louie Giglio, the pro-family pastor picked by President Obama to deliver the benediction at his Jan. 21st inauguration, has backed out after a pressure campaign by homosexual activists. Rev. Giglio, who heads Atlantas Passion City Church, said he did not want the inauguration to be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point. Rev. Louie Giglio Immediately after Giglio announced his withdrawal, Fox News political analyst Kirsten Powers tweeted: The intolerant Left claims another scalp. Obamas choice of Giglio on Tuesday quickly came under attack by activists who highlighted...
  • Something to be dealt with in the churches - urgently and forcefully

    01/10/2013 9:54:16 AM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    lsn ^ | 1.10.2013 | Steve Jalsevac
    This past summer I wrote about a very serious problem in the Catholic Church that is still far from having been resolved, although there has been some progress. That is, there are still very many actively homosexual and homosexual friendly clergy (from the lowest ranks to cardinals), religious and staff in numerous Church related offices and organizations in the developed World and in other nations such as Columbia. These people of the 50s and 60s revolution in the Church, some heavily influenced by Marxist thought, have played and are still playing a large role in most of the dreadful corruptions...
  • Sealed Under Turkish Mud, a Well-Preserved Byzantine Chapel

    01/10/2013 9:38:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/7/13 | Jennifer Pinkowski
    DEMRE, Turkey In the fourth century A.D., a bishop named Nicholas transformed the city of Myra, on the Mediterranean coast of what is now Turkey, into a Christian capital. One wall of the chapel has a cross-shaped window that, when sunlit, beams its shape onto an altar table. A vibrant fresco that is unusual for Turkey was perfectly preserved. Nicholas was later canonized, becoming the St. Nicholas of Christmas fame. Myra had a much unhappier fate. After some 800 years as an important pilgrimage site in the Byzantine Empire it vanished buried under 18 feet of mud from...
  • Has modern Christianity formed a new Church? [vanity]

    01/10/2013 9:33:42 AM PST · by MeOnTheBeach · 71 replies
    Has modern Christianity formed a new Church? I'll keep the journey into history simple. In the last 2000 years the churches large enough to survive the attacks by larger established churches could survive. They were not civil nor peaceful. They conducted massive wars against each other. However, over the last several decades, something different has happened, a new church has formed. All these churches that used to slaughter each other now accept the baptisms and membership performed by their one time rivals. Individual doctrines no longer matter. Their adherents now claim everyone is "saved" in the body of Christ. Modern...
  • Leo XIII Knew Socialism Would Fail Because it was Evil

    01/10/2013 8:08:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/10/13 | Anthony Esolen
    It is generally held that Catholic Social Teaching begins with Pope Leo XIIIs masterly encyclical, Rerum Novarum (1891). That, as Ive tried to show, is a dreadful mistake. Pope Leo considered it his duty to apply to current concerns the constant teaching of the Church and of the word of God. Like Thomas Aquinas, the study of whose works he promoted vigorously, he would have considered originality a vice, not a virtue. Perhaps we are misled by the title, Rerum Novarum. In our anti-society of rapacious consumption of the new and improved, and the unease instilled in us by mass...
  • Tyburn Nuns to Open First Convent in Africa as Order Grows Worldwide

    01/10/2013 7:57:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/10/13 | Simon Caldwell
    A London-based order of nuns is to open its seventh convent in the space of just 20 years. The Tyburn Nuns, whose mother house is situated near Marble Arch, have started to build their first African monastery in the Diocese of Minna in Niger State in the north of Nigeria. It will be their 11th monastery, the 10th since the Second World War and the seventh to open in a rapid global proliferation of religious houses under the order since 1993. The contemplative Benedictines were invited to Nigeria to promote Eucharistic Adoration and to pray for peace in a country...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(1/10/13)[Prayer]

    01/10/2013 5:17:30 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/10/13 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Zechariah 9:9 "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation." God Bless America!
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/10/13)[Prayer]

    01/10/2013 4:56:08 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/10/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures King...MelechZachariah 9:9) "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 10, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/10/2013 4:51:35 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/12/13 | Joel Osteen
    Heaven's Currency Today's Scripture And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive. Matthew 21:22, AMP. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the natural realm, we exchange money for the things we want and need. But in the spiritual realm, faith is what we exchange. The Bible tells us that when you pray, have faith, and you will receive it. Faith moves mountains. Faith pleases God. Faith is what opens doors. What is faith? Its believing in God and His goodness. Its knowing that He is a rewarder of those who diligently...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 10, 2013]

    01/10/2013 4:49:21 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Opened Sight "I now send you, to open their eyes . . . that they may receive forgiveness of sins . . ." —Acts 26:17-18 This verse is the greatest example of the true essence of the message of a disciple of Jesus Christ in all of the New Testament.God’s first sovereign work of grace is summed up in the words, “. . . that they may receive forgiveness of sins . . . .” When a person fails in his personal Christian life, it is usually because he has never received anything. The only sign that a...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and our Nation

    01/09/2013 5:20:12 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 15 replies
    Hiskid | 1-9-13 | Kitty Mittens
  • [Judeo=Christians] What to Expect in Obamas Second Term

    01/09/2013 3:42:31 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | January 9, 2013 | George J. Marlin
    The next four years will not be good ones for practicing Catholics or, for that matter, anyone who subscribes to Judeo-Christian beliefs. I’m certain that in a short time from now, Catholics will look upon the recent “fiscal cliff” scuffle as merely the prelude to the president’s plan to impose his ideological will on the nation.Although Obama won with only 51 percent of the vote – and is the first president re-elected to a second term receiving fewer total votes than in his first election – he actually believes he received a huge mandate last November. He rejects the notion...
  • Rabbi Abraham B. Hecht, ZT"L

    01/09/2013 3:28:10 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 6 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 1/9/'13 | Editorial Board
    We join with Klal Yisrael in mourning the passing of Rabbi Abraham B. Hecht. Rabbi Hecht, the longtime president of the Igud Harabbonim/Rabbinical Alliance of America, with a membership of more than 800 rabbis from the United States, Canada and Israel, was a man of many accomplishments. Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum details some of them in his My Machberes feature on page 26. Rabbi Hecht was known for his devotion to shleimut haaretz that belief that all parts of our ancestral home promised by God to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob must remain eternally in Jewish hands. As such...
  • Genetics Research Confirms Biblical Timeline

    01/09/2013 1:57:52 PM PST · by fishtank · 45 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Jan. 9, 2013 | Jeffrey Tomkins
    Genetics Research Confirms Biblical Timeline by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * Exciting research from the summer of 2012 described DNA variation in the protein coding regions of the human genome linked to population growth. One of the investigation's conclusions was that the human genome began to rapidly diversify not more than 5,000 years ago.1,2 This observation closely agrees with a biblical timeline of post-flood human diversification. Yet another study, this one published in the journal Nature, accessed even more extensive data and unintentionally confirmed the recent human history described in Genesis.3 Differences in human DNA can be characterized across populations and...
  • Pro-abortion feminist welcomed to Catholic Santa Clara University amid protest

    01/09/2013 1:28:56 PM PST · by concernedAmerican1 · 3 replies
    TFP ^ | 01-09-13 | TFP Student Action
    SIGN YOUR PROTEST HERE On January 17, Santa Clara University will welcome Amy Tan, a novelist who has made no secret of her support for abortion rights, as well as the unfettered use of contraceptives. Ms. Tan has used her novels as a means to promulgate erroneous opinions, with abortion featuring prominently in one of her books, The Joy Luck Club. Additionally, Ms. Tan has not shied away from announcing her anti-Catholic position. In a public Facebook post sprinkled with obscenities, she harangued pro-life politicians, accusing them of wanting to pervert the lives of women. (Warning: foul language) However, Santa...