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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 18, 2013]

    01/18/2013 4:48:03 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “It Is the Lord!” "Thomas answered and said to Him, ’My Lord and my God!’" —John 20:28 Jesus said to her, ’Give Me a drink’ ” (John 4:7). How many of us are expecting Jesus Christ to quench our thirst when we should be satisfying Him! We should be pouring out our lives, investing our total beings, not drawing on Him to satisfy us. “You shall be witnesses to Me . . .” (Acts 1:8). That means lives of pure, uncompromising, and unrestrained devotion to the Lord Jesus, which will be satisfying to Him wherever He may send us.Beware...
  • If a Catholic Marries a Non-Christian, How is it a Sacrament?

    01/18/2013 3:57:43 AM PST · by Weiss White · 54 replies
    www.canonlawmadeeasy.com ^ | January 17, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: An unbaptized person cant receive any of the other sacraments unless he gets baptized first, right? So how is it possible for a Catholic to marry a non-Christian in a Catholic ceremony? I dont see how the non-Christian spouse can be receiving the sacrament of matrimony, if hes never received the sacrament of baptism! Is the marriage a sacrament for the Catholic but not for the non-Christian? How does this work? Ashley A: Its a very astute observation! By thinking it through logically, Ashley has spotted a genuine theological/canonical quandary.
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (1/18/2013)[Prayer]

    01/17/2013 11:34:47 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 13 replies
    January 18, 2013 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation " U.S. Army Sergeant Kornelia Rachwal gives a young Pakistani girl a drink of water as they are airlifted from Muzaffarabad to Islamabad, Pakistan, aboard a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter on the 19 October 2005." (reference: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) By Technical Sergeant Mike Buytas of the United States Air Force [Public domain],via Wikimedia Commons And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-18-13

    01/17/2013 10:16:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-18-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 18, 2013 Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 4:1-5, 11 Let us be on our guardwhile the promise of entering into his rest remains,that none of you seem to have failed.For in fact we have received the Good News just as our ancestors did.But the word that they heard did not profit them,for they were not united in faith with those who listened.For we who believed enter into that rest,just as he has said: As I swore in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest, and yet his works...
  • God's Word In Your Mouth

    01/17/2013 4:08:54 PM PST · by Frank Broom · 5 replies
    01-17-13 | Frank Broom
    Our words have a job to do in our lives. Now, I know that there's people that believe that words are insignificant, but let's see what The Bible says. In Matthew 12:36 Jesus said, "But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement." That word idle means inactive or unemployed. So, our words should be doing something. It would be unjust for God to hold us accountable for our words not doing anything if they don't have the power to do anything. So, obviously God thinks...
  • Catholicity and Calvinism--Or Why Calvinism isn't a Dirty Word

    01/17/2013 3:11:16 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | Jan, 5, 2013 | The V. Rev. Robert Munday
    Those who know me well know my penchant for Great Tradition theology, by which I mean that we need to recover true catholicity, the faith of the early, undivided Church. I believe that the methodology that best gets us there is an embrace of the Vincentian Canon, the product of St. Vincent of Lerins (died c. AD 445). It is tempting to want to reproduce all four paragraphs of this Canon, which come from Chapter 4 of the Vincent's Commonitorium, and I encourage you to click on the link and read the four fairly short paragraphs, because a great many...
  • The Earth Covered With Violence...Genesis 6 pt 3

    The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.(Genesis 6:12-13)But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking,...
  • A Beautiful Summary of Eucharistic theology in an antiphon by Aquinas

    01/17/2013 2:24:16 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 16, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is a great hymn, an antiphon actually, written by St. Thomas Aquinas for the Office of Corpus Christi. It is O Sacrum Convivium and it serves as a wonderful summary of Eucharistic theology that is worth our attention. With that in mind I’d like to make a brief reflection on some of its compact teachings. First the text, then some commentary:O sacrum convivium!in quo Christus sumitur:recolitur memoria passionis eius:mens impletur gratia:et futurae gloriae nobis pignus datur.O sacred Banquet In which Christ is received The memory of his Passion is recalled The Mind is filled with grace And Pledge of...
  • Tips for Braving Icy Swim on Russian Holiday [Epiphany]

    01/17/2013 12:44:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 1/17/13 | Vitali Ankov
    MOSCOW, January 17 (RIA Novosti) Long shirts, no vodka and dry armpits these are just a few of the recommendations Russian doctors, swimmers and priests are giving to those who plan on dipping into ice-cold water to mark the Russian Orthodox Christian holiday of Epiphany on January 19. The nerve-testing tradition symbolizes Jesus Christs baptism in the Jordan River and traditionally lures the hardiest churchgoers, and not only, to rivers and lakes across Russia. Through holes cut in the ice, celebrators plunge into the water typically three times, in honor of the Holy Trinity around midnight,...
  • Elderly woman arrested for spraying holy water outside abortion center

    01/17/2013 11:49:58 AM PST · by topher · 61 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | by Kirsten Andersen
    HUNTSVILLE, January 16, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) An elderly woman was handcuffed and charged with misdemeanor harassment after spraying holy water outside a Huntsville abortion facility. Joyce Fecteau, who is in her seventies, was arrested after pro-abortion counter protestors complained after coming into contact with holy water from the spray bottle she was carrying. Pro-abortion demonstrator Lisa Cox accused Fecteau of spraying her in the face with an unknown substance. She claims the incident occurred December 22 on the sidewalk outside the Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives abortion clinic. As a result of Coxs allegations, Fecteau was arrested outside the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MYSTICISM, 01-17-13

    01/17/2013 7:30:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-17-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MYSTICISM The supernatural state of soul in which God is known in a way that no human effort or exertion could ever succeed in producing. There is an immediate, personal experience of God that is truly extraordinary, not only in intensity and degree, but in kind. It is always the result of a special, totally unmerited grace of God. christian mysticism differs essentially from the non-Christian mysticism of the Oriental world. It always recognizes that the reality to which it penetrates simply transcends the soul and the cosmos; there is no confusion between I and thou,...
  • The Gospel of Grace...[video-7:30 min.]

    01/17/2013 7:29:45 AM PST · by virgil283 · 1 replies
    youtube.com ^ | Dec 3, 2010 | TheAtheistAntidote!
    The following video may seem too incredible for you to believe. Just realize that our Creator is infinitely incredible and far beyond our human comprehension. And so it shouldnt be too surprising that His plan for restoring our relationship with Him, the relationship that was broken by our sins, is just that incredible! This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ : Grace -undesevered favor with GOD.
  • Muzzling Military Chaplains

    01/17/2013 7:20:40 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/16/13 | George Neumayr
    One of the items on Obamas second term agenda is to root out traditionally Christian chaplains from the military. He sees them as bigots unworthy of conscience protections. Like Chick-fil-A, they dont uphold Obamas values. Obamas mouthpieces in the military have already blurted this out. In 2010, Admiral Michael Mullen told a Christian chaplain who opposed the repeal of the Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy that If you cannot get in line, resign your commission. That same year Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick, the Armys deputy chief of staff in charge of personnel, said military members who dissent from Obamas...
  • Vatican Preparing a Manual to Help Priests Celebrate Mass

    01/17/2013 6:46:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 1/16/13 | H. Sergio Mora
    Prefect Warns Against Making Liturgy Into a 'Show'The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments is preparing a booklet to help priests celebrate the Mass properly and the faithful to participate better, according to the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. Cardinal Antonio Caizares confirmed this Tuesday at an address at the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See on "Catholic Liturgy since Vatican II: Continuity and Evolution.""We are preparing it; it will help to celebrate well and to participate well. I hope it will come out this year, in the summer," the cardinal told ZENIT. During...
  • Egyptian Court Sentences Christian Family to 15 Years for Converting from Islam

    01/17/2013 6:42:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/16/13 | Benjamin Weinthal
    The 15-year prison sentence given to a woman and her seven children by an Egyptian court for converting to Christianity is a sign of things to come, according to alarmed human rights advocates who say the nation's Islamist government is bad news for Christians in the North African country. A criminal court in the central Egyptian city of Beni Suef meted out the shocking sentence last week, according to the Arabic-language Egyptian paper Al-Masry Al-Youm. Nadia Mohamed Ali, who was raised a Christian, converted to Islam when she married Mohamed Abdel-Wahhab Mustafa, a Muslim, 23 years ago. He later died,...
  • Polish Court Rejects Call to Remove Crucifix From Parliament

    01/17/2013 6:39:14 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/15/13 | Chris Borowski and Pawel Sobczak
    (Reuters) - A Polish court has rejected a motion calling for the removal of a crucifix from parliament's debating chamber in a case pitting Poland's traditional Catholicism against a younger generation who think the church is too strong. Warsaw's district court late on Monday argued that since the cross had not been met with any objections in the past it was accepted by most Poles and did not violate their rights. The crucifix was placed in the chamber one night by two conservative politicians in 1997. The court also chastised the anti-clerical Palikot's Movement party led by former vodka tycoon...
  • Flu Epidemic Prompts Some Churches to Stop Offering Communion Chalice

    01/17/2013 6:33:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 1/16/13 | Carol Zimmermann
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- This year amid the raging flu epidemic in the United States, several dioceses have issued recommendations for receiving Communion, offering the sign of peace and even attending Mass. According to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu season started earlier than usual this year. As of Jan. 16, 47 states were reporting widespread influenza activity, up from 41 states the previous week. The report also stated that the flu was beginning to subside in some areas, especially in the Southeast, where it first appeared. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops posted...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(1/17/13)[Prayer]

    01/17/2013 5:07:17 AM PST · by left that other site · 22 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/17/13 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him. God Bless America!
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/17/13)[Prayer]

    01/17/2013 4:49:45 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/17/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures A Stronghold in the day of TroubleNahum 1:7 The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 17, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/17/2013 4:45:01 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/17/13 | Joel Osteen
    File It Away Today's Scripture Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me. Psalm 131:1, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When things happen in your life that you dont plan, do you find yourself trying to reason it all out or look for a file so to speak in your mind to put it in? What happens when you cant reason it out or make sense of it all? Heres the answer: Every one of us needs to create a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 17, 2013]

    01/17/2013 4:44:15 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Call of the Natural Life "When it pleased God . . . to reveal His Son in me . . ." —Galatians 1:15-16 The call of God is not a call to serve Him in any particular way. My contact with the nature of God will shape my understanding of His call and will help me realize what I truly desire to do for Him. The call of God is an expression of His nature; the service which results in my life is suited to me and is an expression of my nature. The call of the natural...
  • Saudi cleric favours one-eye veil

    01/17/2013 12:45:30 AM PST · by Cronos · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 Oct 2008 | BBC
    A Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia has called on women to wear a full veil, or niqab, that reveals only one eye. Sheikh Muhammad al-Habadan said showing both eyes encouraged women to use eye make-up to look seductive. The question of how much of her face a woman should cover is a controversial topic in many Muslim societies. The niqab is more common in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, but women in much of the Muslim Middle East wear a headscarf which covers only their hair. Sheikh Habadan, an ultra-conservative cleric who is said to have wide influence among religious...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-13, M, St. Anthony, Abbot

    01/16/2013 10:21:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-17-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 17, 2013 Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot Reading 1 Heb 3:7-14 The Holy Spirit says:Oh, that today you would hear his voice,Harden not your hearts as at the rebellionin the day of testing in the desert,where your ancestors tested and tried meand saw my works for forty years.Because of this I was provoked with that generationand I said, They have always been of erring heart,and they do not know my ways.As I swore in my wrath,They shall not enter into my rest.Take care, brothers and sisters,that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful heart,so...
  • SAGA OF TIM TEBOW STANDS AS LESSON IN STRUGGLES AGAINST THE SPIRIT OF THIS WORLD

    01/16/2013 4:45:54 PM PST · by Sioux-san · 38 replies
    Spirit Daily ^ | 1/16/2012 | Spirit Daily
    It's a battle between Tim Tebow and worldliness, and right now worldliness is winning -- or was, until last weekend. It always seems to win. Really, it never does (in the end). Let's back up a moment. Tebow, as you probably recall, is the openly Christian quarterback who often wins in improbable (read: miraculous) fashion. Two years ago, he and his mother made headlines when they appeared in a pro-life Super Bowl commercial (controversial because it stood against abortion). Last year his remarkable, come-from-behind victories as quarterback for the Denver Broncos captivated the American imagination. "Tebowing" became a new way...
  • 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 · 21 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.
  • The Days Of Noah (1) ...Genesis 6 pt 1

    01/15/2013 5:17:44 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 28 replies
    01-15-13 | Bill Randles
    And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.(Genesis 6:1-3)And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they...
  • Hate Crime Stats Deflate 'Islamophobia' Myth

    01/15/2013 10:22:29 AM PST · by forty_years · 5 replies
    Middle East Forum ^ | January 11, 2013 | David J. Rusin
    A detailed analysis of FBI statistics covering ten full calendar years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks reveals that, on a per capita basis, American Muslims, contrary to spin, have been subjected to hate crimes less often than other prominent minorities. From 2002 to 2011, Muslims are estimated to have suffered hate crimes at a frequency of 6.0 incidents per 100,000 per year 10 percent lower than blacks (6.7), 48 percent lower than homosexuals and bisexuals (11.5), and 59 percent lower than Jews (14.8). Americans should keep these numbers in mind whenever Islamists attempt to silence critics by invoking Muslim...
  • European Court Rejects Three UK Faith Bias Complaints [Upholds a Fourth]

    01/15/2013 9:53:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/14/13 | Claire Davenport
    (Reuters) - Europe's top human rights court ruled on Tuesday that equality laws and safety concerns trumped religious freedom in three cases where British Christians were sacked or sanctioned for expressing their beliefs at work. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled employers did not violate the religious rights of a registrar who refused to officiate for civil partnerships of same-sex couples and a counselor deemed unwilling to offer sex therapy for gays. It also turned down an appeal by a nurse whose hospital barred her from wearing a cross around her neck. In the fourth case in the...
  • The War We Are In

    01/15/2013 9:28:27 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/14/13 | Christopher Manion
    These are not the best of times. In fact, some folks say that the Catholic Church in the United States confronts today the greatest challenge in its history. Things were already tough before the November elections, but now theyre in the tank. The good news is that, this year, Catholic bishops were united as never before in defending the Churchs First Amendment right of religious freedom; the bad news is that, if the election results are to be viewed as a referendum on that issue, we lost. Win or lose, its certainly time for some prayerful introspection. The battle over...
  • God is Alive and Well (For Those Wondering)

    01/15/2013 9:03:25 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 2 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | January 15, 2012 | JP
    God bless Frank Newport. The Gallup Polls editor-in-chief is author of the recently published book, God is Alive and Well: The Future of Religion in America. It punctures the myth that the ranks of the nations non-religious are growing by leaps and bounds. The myth has gained currency in the mainstream media, thanks to a dishonest poll published this past fall by the left-leaning Pew Research Centers Forum on Religion & Public Life. By playing fast and loose with polling data, and by employing semantic gymnastics, Pew was able to make the dubious claim that 20 percent of Americans do...
  • Vatican Article Likens Gay Marriage to Communism

    01/15/2013 8:22:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 134 replies
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 1/14/13 | Joel Connolly
    The Vatican has taken multiple blasts at same-sex marriage in the last month, just as it is on the way to becoming legal in Britain and France, and as a poll by an evangelical-backed organization finds opposition in the United States on the wane. A front-page article in LOsservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, likens marriage equality to 20th-century communism, reports the Religion News Service, saying it is equal to the egalitarian utopia that did so much damage during the 20th Century . . . deceiving humanity as socialism did in the past. The Vatican blast follows a Christmas season message...