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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 19, 2013]

    01/19/2013 4:40:09 AM PST · by Vision · 7 replies
    Vision and Darkness "When the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him" —Genesis 15:12 Whenever God gives a vision to a Christian, it is as if He puts him in “the shadow of His hand” (Isaiah 49:2). The saint’s duty is to be still and listen. There is a “darkness” that comes from too much light-that is the time to listen. The story of Abram and Hagar in Genesis 16 is an excellent example of listening to so-called good advice during a time of darkness, rather than...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-19-13

    01/18/2013 9:22:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-19-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 19, 2013 Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 4:12-16 The word of God is living and effective,sharper than any two-edged sword,penetrating even between soul and spirit,joints and marrow,and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.No creature is concealed from him,but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of himto whom we must render an account. Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God,let us hold fast to our confession.For we do not have a high priestwho is unable to...
  • 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.-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. Thats not just a frightening number. Thats 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 Vincents 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 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 Obamas 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 Churchs 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 Churchs 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 Ive 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 societyneither a numerical aggregate nor a collectiveand when he sees this reality as rooted in mans 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 countrys 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 years 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 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 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 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.