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  • West Point Military Academy at Center of Prayer

    01/13/2013 6:10:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/12/2013 | By Jeff Schapiro
    Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys sent a letter to the United States Military Academy this week explaining why, contrary to the complaints of a group that advocates for church-state separation, they believe invocations should continue to be said at certain West Point events. "The First Amendment allows public officials to acknowledge our nation's religious heritage," said David Hacker, ADF senior legal counsel, in a statement. "Since the Revolution, the U.S. Army has offered soldiers the opportunity to hear invocations. West Point has continued this tradition since its founding in 1802. Anti-religious groups with misguided ideas about the First Amendment should not...
  • Survey: Less Americans Believe Homosexuality Is a Sin; Nation's View 'Evolving' With Obama's

    01/13/2013 6:07:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/13/2013 | By Alex Murashko
    Less Americans believe homosexuality is a sin than a little more than a year ago, according to a survey completed by a faith-based research group just 14 months after a similar study. Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, said the reason for the substantial shift is most likely the result of President Barack Obama's "evolved" view of gay marriage. Stetzer points out that halfway between the two polls Obama changed his pre-election (prior to first term) position concerning gay marriage. "There is little doubt that the President's evolution on homosexuality probably impacted the evolution of cultural values," Stetzer states in...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/13/13)[Prayer]

    01/13/2013 5:25:33 AM PST · by left that other site · 25 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/13/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures My PortionPsalm 73;26 My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
  • Church in U.S. Set for Annual Week to Focus on Vocations

    01/12/2013 9:41:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | January 10, 2013 | Zenit.org
    Church in U.S. Set for Annual Week to Focus on Vocations Study Suggests 600,000 Youth Have Considered Religious Vocation WASHINGTON, D.C., January 10, 2013 (Zenit.org). The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week this coming week, beginning with Sunday's Masses.The annual event calls parishes to consider their role in promoting the role of priests, deacons and men and women religious and consecrated persons. "National Vocation Awareness Week gives dioceses and parishes across the country a chance to promote vocations through prayer and education," said Archbishop Robert Carlson, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-13-13, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

    01/12/2013 8:36:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 53 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-13-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 13, 2013   Feast of the Baptism of the Lord   Reading 1 Is 42:1-4, 6-7 Thus says the LORD:Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased,upon whom I have put my spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations,not crying out, not shouting,not making his voice heard in the street.a bruised reed he shall not break,and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,until he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching. I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,I have grasped you by the hand;I...
  • The Love and Judgment of God Sodom and Gomorrah condemned for homosexual behavior

    01/12/2013 6:13:38 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 19 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 1-11-13 | David W. Virtue
    It is now standard wisdom, held by most Episcopalians and not a few liberal Protestant denominational fellow travelers, that an all loving God would never judge people with any degree of harshness (if at all) and that His love, in fact, rules out such a possibility, over-ridden by His all embracive inclusive love. But Scripture declares that God is both judge and lover. The two cannot be divorced from each other. "God is not at odds with himself, however much it may appear to us that he is. He is 'the God of peace', of inner tranquility not turmoil. True,...
  • White House Petition: Defund Planned Parenthood

    01/12/2013 6:12:17 PM PST · by Teófilo · 11 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 12 January 2012 | Teófilo de Jesús
    Brethren, Peace and Good to all of you in Jesus Christ. I’ve created a petition in the WhiteHouse.gov website, asking the Obama Administration to cut government funds to Planned Parenthood. As many of you may know already, in these times of budgetary constraints, nothing is more urgent than defunding private organizations whose contribution to the Nation is nil. According to their own reporting, Planned Parenthood (PP) received over $1 billion in government funds, whereas for 2011-2012 alone PP received $542.4 million in government funding, which represents 45.2 percent of the group’s total annual budget. On June 30, 2012, PP had...
  • Pope's Twitter success praised as evangelization breakthrough

    01/12/2013 3:02:08 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | January 11, 2013 | Kevin J. Jones
    Credit: File Photo/CNA. Vatican City, Jan 11, 2013 / 01:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict's mass of 2.5 million followers in eight languages during his first month on Twitter has one Vatican priest calling the pontiff's online presence “a new frontier” of evangelization. Father Paolo Padrini, a collaborator of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said it is good that the Pope has so many followers, but it even more important that the Pope “seeks to co-exist and share on Twitter.” “Being present in social media is evangelizing, if just for the fact that he is present with his...
  • Blessed Are the Nobodies (LA Cathedral Tomb of St. Vibiana)

    01/12/2013 2:31:09 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    i-italy.org ^ | January 11, 2013
    Saint Vibiana Whenever I visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angeles I head straight downstairs to the mausoleum to take a peek at my friend’s crypt.  He’s still very much alive but has his place already for when his time is up.  His name is Mike Dugan and I never get tired of reading the inscription below his name, “Mike tried!”  I find his healthy attitude and sense of humor toward death very comforting.  On a recent visit I felt the urge to check out an area I’ve never been before.  I felt drawn to what appeared to...
  • "Why did Jesus insist on being baptized?"

    01/12/2013 2:03:54 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 12, 2013 | Carl E. Olson
    A Scriptural Reflection on the Readings for January 13, 2013, the Baptism of the Lord | Carl E. Olson Readings: • Is 42:1-4, 6-7 or Is 40:1-5, 9-11 • Ps 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10 or Ps 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30 • Acts 10:34-38 or Or Ti 2:11-14; 3:4-7 • Lk 3:15-16, 21-22 If baptism is necessary for the forgiveness of sins, why did Jesus insist on being baptized by his cousin, John? And if baptism, as St. Peter wrote, “now saves you … through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet 3:21), why would the Messiah deem it appropriate,...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    01/12/2013 1:24:29 PM PST · by Irish Rose · 14 replies
    January 12, 2013 | Irish Rose
    I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3:19-24)
  • 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, doesn’t 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 Cameron’s 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 whatever’s 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 Journey…The 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...