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  • Men's Imagination Became Evil Continually...Genesis 6 pt 4

    And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.(Genesis 6:5-6) We have been looking at the universal conditions that led directly to the flood , in the “days of Noah”, because Jesus told us that this same state of affairs will be duplicated in some way at the time of the Parousia, and the final judgment of this world. “As in the...
  • Who Owns the Copyright to All Creation?

    01/18/2013 11:45:12 AM PST · by patlin · 51 replies
    ConstitutionallySpeaking.Wordpress ^ | Jan 18, 2013 | ConstitutionallySpeaking
    John 1:3 tells us “all came to be through Him, and without Him not even one came to be that came to be”. In verse 4 we are told “in Him was life, and the life was the light of mankind”, therefore on the pashat, the literal level of the meaning of this passage, what this is saying is that His Word equals life for all mankind. But now we must back up. Who created the Word? Who gave life to the Word? Creation for we, the physical realm began ‘in the beginning’, in Genesis 1:1 but for the Father,...
  • Priest calls on pro-lifers to expose Obama-supporting Catholic groups at March for Life

    01/18/2013 10:11:03 AM PST · by Morgana
    Jill Stanek ^ | 1.18.2013 | Jill Stanek
    I want everyone who participates in the March For Life to take photos of the pro-unborn banners carried by the contingents from the National Catholic Reporter… from the LCWR [Leadership Conference of Women Religious]… from the Catholic Health Association… from the Nuns on the Bus. ~ Father John Zuhlsdorf, encouraging participants of the upcoming March for Life to capture on film any banners displayed by groups who have staunchly supported President Obama’s agenda and would dare to claim to be pro-life, January 11 [Related: Fr. Z scrutinizes Sr. Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association (pictured holding...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LEX FUNDAMENTALIS, 01-18-13

    01/18/2013 9:06:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-18-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LEX FUNDAMENTALIS The basic law of the Roman Catholic Church, similar to a constitution for the Church, is a new feature in the history of ecclesiastical legislation. It was called forth by the decisions of the Second Vatican Council. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Why Seminarians Should Study Sacred Art and Architecture

    01/18/2013 7:03:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/18/13 | Duncan G. Stroik
    One of the recommendations of Vatican II was that priests be formed in the arts: “During their philosophical and theological studies, clerics are to be taught about the history and development of sacred art, and about the sound principles governing the production of its works. In consequence they will be able to appreciate and preserve the Church’s venerable monuments, and be in a position to aid, by good advice, artists who are engaged in producing works of art” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 129). This is not a bad idea, considering that priests are the caretakers of the Church’s artistic patrimony. Each pastor...
  • Liberalism Brings Slavery When It Confuses License with Liberty

    01/18/2013 6:58:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/17/13 | Anthony Esolen
    In my latest essays I’ve noted that there cannot be a “social teaching” unless we know what a society is. Pope Leo XIII, in his many social encyclicals, expresses the constant wisdom of the Church when he affirms the reality of society—neither a numerical aggregate nor a collective—and when he sees this reality as rooted in man’s nature, created by God. For it is God, writes Leo in Libertas praestanstissimum (1888), “who has made man for society, and has placed him in the company of others like himself, so that what was wanting to his nature, and beyond his attainment...
  • Bishop in Mali Says His Flock Are in Hiding

    01/18/2013 6:48:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/17/13 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    A Catholic bishop in war-torn Mali whose diocese lies in the path of Islamic insurgents said “people are hiding in their homes, unable to venture out”. Bishop Augustin Traore of Segou, Mali, told the American Catholic News Service by telephone: “Although our churches are still intact, people are becoming afraid to enter them. Our entire Catholic culture will clearly be in danger if this conflict drags on. “Until the havoc caused by the French bombing ends and the hostilities cease, no one will be in a position to know what has happened,” he said after noting that the country’s churches...
  • Vatican to Enlist Christian All-Stars to Help Scandal-Ridden Sports [Tebow, Lin]

    01/18/2013 6:44:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 1/16/13 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In an effort to flex its moral muscle in the professional sports arena, the Vatican has invited top-tier Christian athletes Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin to help bring ethical values back to a scandal-ridden world of sports. The Pontifical Council for Culture is planning to host an international conference on re-instilling values in sports this spring, inviting representatives from top world governing bodies like FIFA (the International Federation of Association Football), the International Cycling Union and the Italian National Olympic Committee. Msgr. Melchor Sanchez de Toca Alameda, head of the council's "Culture and Sport" section, told...
  • Colo. Civil Unions Bill Could Endanger Catholic Child Services

    01/18/2013 6:40:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/18/13 | Kevin J. Jones
    Denver, Colo., Jan 18, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- A new version of a proposed Colorado civil unions bill has dropped provisions that protect agencies from being forced to place children with same-sex and unmarried opposite-sex couples – a change that could put at risk Catholic Charities' adoption and foster care services in the state. Jennifer Kraska, executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference, told CNA Jan. 16 that there have been “significant” changes to the bill from last year’s version, which failed to pass. If the legislation passes this year, civil unions for two people of any sex would...
  • In a rare move, lay woman named as co-director of (Atlanta) diaconate formation

    01/18/2013 5:45:07 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | January 17, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From the Georgia Bulletin in Atlanta: New formation leaders are overseeing the growing permanent diaconate in the Atlanta Archdiocese. And in a rare appointment, a woman now shares the responsibility for shaping the future deacons.Penny Simmons, a retired bank executive and spiritual director in the deacon formation program, is one of the few women across the country to lead a formation program.Simmons will team with Deacon Jose Espinosa to share the duties of the permanent diaconate formation.The way Simmons sees it, deacons are going to minister to women and men, so why not have a woman in leadership in the...
  • Vatican preparing guide for priests on how to celebrate Mass

    01/18/2013 5:39:30 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | January 16, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    This could have interesting ramifications, judging from the comments below. From Zenit: 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 Cañizares 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...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/18/13)[Prayer]

    01/18/2013 5:18:55 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/18/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Rose of Sharon, Lily of the ValleySong Of Songs 2:1 I am the rose of Sharon, And the lily of the valleys.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 18, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/18/2013 4:48:52 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/18/13 | Joel Osteen
    Listen to Your Heart Today's Scripture “The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.” (Proverbs 16:23, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The scripture tells us that life and death are in the power of the tongue. God Himself spoke the worlds into existence by the creative power of words. Think about that for a moment — you can bless your future with your words, or you can curse it. There are many influences over our words. In the heat of the moment, we can let our emotions tell us what to...
  • 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 can’t 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 don’t see how the non-Christian spouse can be receiving the sacrament of matrimony, if he’s 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: It’s 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,...