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  • Welcome to Marriage: Unique for a Reason! (Catholic and Open)

    01/18/2013 8:12:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    MarriageUnique for aReason.org ^ | Nov. 14, 2011 | Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone
    Welcome to Marriage: Unique for a Reason! Read a welcome message from the Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco and chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧-What is marriage? Are a man and a woman really essential to marriage? What about the child and the role of mothers and fathers? Is it discriminatory to defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman? What impact does the redefinition of marriage have on religious liberty?These are just a few of the many questions about marriage today. They all...
  • 77 percent of Americans view porn once a month

    01/18/2013 6:56:42 PM PST · by Morgana · 60 replies
    lsn ^ | 1.18.2013 | Cardinal Newman Society
    LATROBE, PA, January 18, 2013, (Cardinal Newman Society) -- Seventy percent of 18-24 year-old males visit porn sites monthly. That痴 not just a frightening number. That痴 an epidemic of pornography that is likely going on at college campuses all throughout the country even Catholic colleges. Jason King, chair of the theology department at Saint Vincent痴 College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, wrote about the accessibility and damage of pornography in his latest piece at Catholic Moral Theology. King summed up the situation well when he wrote that people used to have to exert an effort to view pornography. Now you have...
  • New Coptic Catholic leader receives Pope's approval

    01/18/2013 2:40:02 PM PST · by NYer · 47 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 18, 2013
    Vatican City, Jan 18, 2013 / 03:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI approved Bishop Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak as the new Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts in Egypt, granting him "ecclesiastical communion.'' The former Bishop of Minya was elected during a Synod of Bishops of the Coptic Catholic Church in Cairo, which lasted from Jan. 12 to16. As part of the election, his rank was raised to archbishop. The 57-year-old will replace Cardinal Antonio Naguib, aged 77, who resigned on Jan. 18 after suffering from partial paralysis and undergoing brain surgery. The Vatican hopes his appointment will see...
  • 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 電ays 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. 鄭s 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 殿ll came to be through Him, and without Him not even one came to be that came to be. In verse 4 we are told 妬n 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 訴n 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痴 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, ゥ 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: 泥uring 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痴 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痴 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致e noted that there cannot be a 都ocial 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溶either a numerical aggregate nor a collective預nd when he sees this reality as rooted in man痴 nature, created by God. For it is God, writes Leo in Libertas praestanstissimum (1888), 努ho 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 菟eople are hiding in their homes, unable to venture out. Bishop Augustin Traore of Segou, Mali, told the American Catholic News Service by telephone: 鄭lthough 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. 填ntil 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痴 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 都ignificant changes to the bill from last year痴 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 Caテアizares confirmed this Tuesday at an address at the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See on 窶廚atholic Liturgy since Vatican II: Continuity and Evolution.窶昶弩e are preparing it; it will help to celebrate well and to participate well. I hope it will come out this year, in the summer,窶 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 JourneyThe 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 典he 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
    ツ的t Is the Lord!ツ "Thomas answered and said to Him, ツ樽y Lord and my God!ツ" ツ憂ohn 20:28 Jesus said to her, ツ竪ive Me a drinkツ 窶 (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. 窶弸ou shall be witnesses to Me . . .窶 (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稚 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稚 see how the non-Christian spouse can be receiving the sacrament of matrimony, if he痴 never received the sacrament of baptism! Is the marriage a sacrament for the Catholic but not for the non-Christian? How does this work? 泡shley A: It痴 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, 典hey 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窶囘 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 Christ痴 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 砥nknown substance. She claims the incident occurred December 22 on the sidewalk outside the 鄭labama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives abortion clinic. As a result of Cox痴 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 shouldn稚 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 Obama痴 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 don稚 uphold Obama痴 砺alues. Obama痴 mouthpieces in the military have already blurted this out. In 2010, Admiral Michael Mullen told a Christian chaplain who opposed the repeal of the 泥on稚 Ask, Don稚 Tell policy that 的f you cannot get in line, resign your commission. That same year Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick, the Army痴 deputy chief of staff in charge of personnel, said military members who dissent from Obama痴...
  • 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 don稚 plan, do you find yourself trying to reason it all out or look for a 吐ile so to speak in your mind to put it in? What happens when you can稚 reason it out or make sense of it all? Here痴 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 . . ." ツ宥alatians 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,滴arden 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, 禅hey have always been of erring heart,and they do not know my ways.但s I swore in my wrath,禅hey shall not enter into my rest.樗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: 窶廚ongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof 窶ヲ窶 ツWe therefore invoke the so-called 窶廡ree Exercise Clause窶 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, 窶徼hey have some way of doing that窶 or perhaps we窶冤l say, 窶弋his is a trick, an illusion.窶 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 Minister痴 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 兎minently 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 杜ilestone 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...