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  • The Puzzle of Religious Liberty

    01/16/2013 3:29:31 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 15, 2013 | Benjamin Wiker
    A Most Puzzling Puzzler I invite the reader to think through an interesting and very serious conundrum. Many of us are rightly alarmed at ever-bolder attempts by our increasingly secular state to violate the religious liberty of its citizens. To ward off such violations, we embrace the relevant part of the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”  We therefore invoke the so-called “Free Exercise Clause” as a shield to impede attempts by the state to control or prohibit the free exercise of our religious convictions (and...
  • What are you going to believe, your eyes or your ears?

    01/16/2013 3:12:52 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 15, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I have found myself in recent years insisting that people believe their ears and not their eyes.Now our flesh demands to see by its own unregenerate power, only then will the flesh say it believes. But the truth is, our flesh does not often believe even when it sees. We usually figure, “they have some way of doing that” or perhaps we’ll say, “This is a trick, an illusion.” And illusionist can do some pretty amazing stuff! (See the video below).But the Scriptures are clear to say that Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom...
  • DENTIST FROM COLOMBIA SAW SIN OF ABORTION DURING AFTERLIFE JOURNEY TO NETHERWORLD

    01/16/2013 11:42:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    SpiritDaily.com ^ | not given | SpiritDaily.com
    DENTIST FROM COLOMBIA SAW SIN OF ABORTION DURING AFTERLIFE JOURNEY TO NETHERWORLDHow can it be -- that in a great nation, in a nation "under God," there is abortion?How can it be? How can it be that we poison babies, that we scald them, that we puncture them, that we discard them in large alley trash bins?How can it be that every year we slay more than a million in the womb -- this nation that invented the polio vaccine, that devised countless medical technologies to save lives, including those of infants; how can it be rational to also be...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    01/16/2013 10:05:17 AM PST · by Hiskid · 15 replies
    1/16/13 | Hiskid
    For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds (2 Cor. 10:4)
  • Catholic Word of the Day: RUBRICS, 01-16-13

    01/16/2013 9:23:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Catholic Reference.net ^ | 01-16-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):RUBRICS Originally red titles of law announcements. They are the directive precepts or liturgical provisions found in the Missal, including the Sacramentary and lectionary, and in the ritual, to guide bishops, priests, or deacons in the Eucharistic liturgy, the administration of sacraments and sacramentals, and the preaching of the Word of God. Rubrics are printed in red and are either obligatory or merely directive, as the context makes amply clear. (Etym. Latin rubrica, red earth; title of law written in red; hence law instruction.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic...
  • Churches 'Could be Sued for Refusing to Agree to Gay Marriages'

    01/16/2013 9:15:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/15/13 | Telegraph Reporters
    The Prime Ministers plans for gay marriage could leave churches facing legal action unless they agree to same-sex unions, it emerged today.Legal advice reportedly sent to David Cameron warns that church could be sued under human rights legislation if they refuse to allow the services to proceed. Exemption granted to the Church of England by the Coalition Bill to prevent it having to conduct gay marriages is eminently challenge-able in the European Court of Human Rights. It also warns that the Government's insistence that protections put in place for other religious groups who don't want to marry homosexuals could be...
  • Polish Inmates Paint Religious Art to Pass Time

    01/16/2013 9:10:27 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/15/13
    Inmates in eastern Poland are learning to paint religious iconography, as part of a scheme aimed at engaging their talents.
  • Israel Museum to Exhibit Reconstructed Tomb in World's First Exhibition on Biblical King Herod

    01/16/2013 9:00:56 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Fox News ^ | 1/16/13 | AP
    JERUSALEM Israel's national museum said Tuesday it will open what it calls the world's first exhibition devoted to the architectural legacy of biblical King Herod, the Jewish proxy monarch who ruled Jerusalem and the Holy Land under Roman occupation two millennia ago.
  • Pope: Everyone, Even Atheists, Want to See the Face of God

    01/16/2013 8:57:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1,224 replies
    Asia News ^ | 1/16/13
    General audience, Benedict XVI defines the Incarnation as "something unimaginable, the face of God can be seen, the process that began with Abraham is fulfilled." The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, he asks "for the great gift" to "proclaim together that Jesus is the Savior of the world."Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "The desire to know the face of God is in every man, even the atheists," but this desire is only realized by following Christ, in whom, in the Incarnation, "something unimaginable took place, the journey that began with Abraham is fulfilled. He is the Son, the fullness of...
  • Is Scientology Self-Destructing?

    01/16/2013 7:39:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | 01/16/2013 | Alex Klein
    Scientology leader David Miscavige has been trumpeting his church's milestone year, but the mysterious religion is alienating scores of its most faithful followers with what they call a real estate scam. With anger mounting and defectors fleeing, this may be more than a fleeting crisis; it may be a symptom of an institution in decline. It's cold in Buffalo, and signs of the housing recovery are hard to see. Take the long walk down Main Street and you'll pass foreclosed homes, a shuttered hospice, and more than a few yellowing FOR SALE signs. But make it downtown, and you'll see...
  • Panetta to Pope Benedict: Pray for me

    01/16/2013 6:34:45 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 16, 2013 | Craig Whitlock
    VATICAN CITY – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta took a break Wednesday from war planning and leading the world’s most powerful military to pay his respects to Pope Benedict XVI, a champion of peace.Panetta, a devout Catholic who proudly wears his Italian American heritage on his sleeve, was beaming as he sat in a front row reserved for VIPs during the pope’s weekly general audience in a Vatican auditorium. After listening to a papal address in several languages, Panetta and three of his military aides — along with dozens of other Catholics — lined up to meet Benedict and receive...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/16/13)[Prayer]

    01/16/2013 5:00:44 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/16/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures Merciful GodJeremiah 3:12 "Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: 'Return, backsliding Israel,' says the LORD; 'I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,' says the LORD; 'I will not remain angry forever.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 16, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/16/2013 4:45:59 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/16/13 | Joel Osteen
    Ultimate Victory Today's Scripture I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer...for I have overcome the world. (John 16:33, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When trials and challenges come, its easy to feel overwhelmed or discouraged. You may feel lost or uncertain about the future. Thats when we need to turn our hearts and minds to God because He has promised that no matter what we face, we can have His...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 16, 2013]

    01/16/2013 4:45:00 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Voice of the Nature of God "I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Isaiah 6:8 When we talk about the call of God, we often forget the most important thing, namely, the nature of Him who calls. There are many things calling each of us today. Some of these calls will be answered, and others will not even be heard. The call is the expression of the nature of the One who calls, and we can only recognize the call if that same nature is in us....
  • Book reveals Tom Cruise's Scientology mission: Defeat the aliens

    01/16/2013 2:01:51 AM PST · by Cronos · 15 replies
    Examiner ^ | 13 January 2013 | Michael Santo
    ..The new book, "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief," describes Tom Cruise's life in Scientology. Much of it is probably obvious to people with knowledge of the controversial organization: Cruise has signed a billion year contract with Scientology, and like all members, has the ultimate goal of protecting humanity from aliens living in our bodies, aliens who are bent on destroying us and Earth. It's all good, though: Scientology and its practices gives Cruise the ability to "go clear," which means he will be "free of the influence of engrams, unwanted emotions or painful traumas not readily...
  • Accepting Evangelicals the new evangelicals who back same sex marriage

    01/15/2013 11:10:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 33 replies
    lsn ^ | 1.16.2013 | Peter Saunders
    With the government set to debate gay marriage, I am constantly asked on social media why I cannot, like other more loving and tolerant Christians, accept same sex marriage as an expression of love and commitment between two people of the same sex. Several people have referred me to an article in the Independent last week titled Happy and Clappy and out of the closet: Evangelicals who say gay is OK. The implication is that if some evangelicals are welcoming same sex marriage then evangelicalism per se should not be a barrier to others moving in the same direction. Many...
  • FOURTEEN HOLY HELPERS [Catholic Caucus/Prayer]

    01/15/2013 9:07:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Catholic-Forum.com ^ | not given | Catholic-forum.com
    FOURTEEN HOLY HELPERS A group of saints invoked with special confidence because they have proven themselves efficacious helpers in adversity and difficulties, known and venerated under the name Fourteen Holy Helpers. Though each has a seperate feast or memorial day, the group was collectively venerated on 8 August. However, this feast was dropped and suppressed in the 1969 reform of the calendar. They are invoked as a group because of the Black Plague which devastated Europe from 1346 to 1349. Among its symptoms were the tongue turning black, a parched throat, violent headache, fever, and boils on the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-16-13

    01/15/2013 8:01:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-16-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 16, 2013 Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 2:14-18 Since the children share in blood and Flesh,Jesus likewise shared in them,that through death he might destroy the onewho has the power of death, that is, the Devil,and free those who through fear of deathhad been subject to slavery all their life.Surely he did not help angelsbut rather the descendants of Abraham;therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before Godto expiate the sins of the...
  • Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #5 - Do you Love Christ and eagerly await His Return?

    01/15/2013 7:24:14 PM PST · by xzins · 18 replies
    S04J ^ | John MacArthur
    11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #5 - Do you Love Christ and eagerly await His Return? SO4J ^ | John MacArthur Posted on 01/07/2013 6:02:58 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? Test #3 of Series: 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #3 - Do You Obey God's Word? Test #4 of Series: 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine...
  • Sweeping new abortion bill in New York: It defies common sense

    01/15/2013 5:20:36 PM PST · by wonkowasright · 19 replies
    Patheos ^ | 1/15/2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Last week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan raised his objections to proposed abortion legislation in New York. Now the state Catholic Conference has issued a point-by-point memo that makes clear how extreme Governor Andrew Cuomos proposal really is. The memo below comes from the conference website.