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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | January 16, 2013 | by Kirsten Andersen
    HUNTSVILLE, January 16, 2013 ( 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...