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  • Is the Bible embarrassing?

    01/23/2013 7:24:58 PM PST · by Morgana · 88 replies
    NunBlog ^ | Sr Anne Flanagan
    No kidding: there are parts of the Bible that most of us would be ashamed to read out loud, never mind post in our blogs. (A certain passage from Ezekiel comes to mind. There's a reason the lectionary has an optional abridged version!) Are we guilty of Cafeteria Catholicism by not focusing on these texts, or making them foundational for theology and spirituality? Is that a kind of bowdlerization of the word of God? Are we presuming to "edit" the Bible and only highlight the nice, agreeable parts? What gives? The fact is, there are some ways in which the...
  • Revealed: Harrowing ordeal of child bride forced to marry her stepbrother who escaped....

    01/23/2013 6:24:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | Rachel Quigley
    FULL TITLE: Revealed: Harrowing ordeal of child bride forced to marry her stepbrother who escaped Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect with her six young children Ruby Jessop was just 14-years-old when she was deemed 'sexually mature' by polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs and forced to marry her second cousin and step-brother and have sex with different men. She was held against her will at the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for the next 12 years, in which time she bore six children and lived under the iron fist of the pervert leader. Ruby Jessop, now 26, managed...
  • White, “Christian” and Treasonous: Who Will They Kill? (Guess who he's talking about?)

    01/23/2013 5:03:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Patheos ^ | January 23, 2013 | Frank Schaeffer
    The battle over gun control has exposed a truth the mainstream media is apparently too shy to mention: A bunch of far right white mostly southern paranoid extremists are preparing for armed revolution and apocalypse. They speak treason: literally. They are preparing to “defend” America from America with arsenals of weapons and stockpiles of ammunition. Their “enemy” is everyone in America not like them. They think the world is ending and/or that the government is out to get them. That doesn’t mean it will happen. But expect violence and assassinations. Their ideology is made up of equal parts racism, evangelical...
  • Cardinal Jozef Glemp, longtime leader of Poland's Roman Catholic church, dies at 83

    01/23/2013 3:12:10 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 23, 2013 | Associated Press
    An official says Cardinal Jozef Glemp, the head of Poland's influential Roman Catholic church from 1981 to 2004 — a time when it played a historic role in the fight against communism — has died at the age of 83. Jozef Kloch, a church spokesman, said in a statement that Glemp died Wednesday evening in Warsaw. Glemp had been ill for many years, and the Polish news agency PAP said he had lung cancer.
  • Bishop Says Finding Body of Aborted Baby in Sink Made Him Pro-Life

    01/23/2013 1:51:40 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | January 23, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    Millions of Americans have their own stories about how they arrived at the pro-life position on abortion, but Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has a unique one. He experienced the reality of abortion in a way most people never have.In a new interview with the National Catholic Register, he talked about the experience of seeing the body of a baby who had been victimized by abortion in a sink. It left such an indelible impression on him that he said he will forever be pro-life.From the interview: “Today is a day to repent,” Archbishop Aquila said in his Jan....
  • Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ

    01/23/2013 1:43:57 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Integrated Catholic Life ^ | January 23, 2013 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    Photography © by Andy Coan There is a myth that we must lay to rest, once and for all – Protestants are all about the Bible, while Catholics are all about the Sacraments. While I can’t speak for my Protestant brethren, I can say this with certainty – the Catholic Church has never tolerated any such “either/or.” Both Scripture and Sacraments are precious gifts from the Lord, gifts we desperately need.“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ!” insisted St. Jerome, a father and Doctor of the Catholic Church from the 5th century AD. Because of this, every liturgical service of...
  • Pope Selects American Priest for Rare St. Peter's Job

    01/23/2013 12:12:02 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 21, 2013 | ESTEFANIA AGUIRRE
    VATICAN CITY — For the first time in the 21st century, Pope Benedict XVI has made an American priest a canon of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. "You're the first of this century and the first of this millennium," said Cardinal Angelo Comastri during the Jan. 20 celebration for Msgr. Francis Kelly. "This is a celebration of fidelity, and fidelity is maintaining during the whole life the commitment pronounced in your youth," he added in St. Peter's Basilica, referring to Msgr. Kelly's priesthood of 50 years. Pope Benedict XVI announced Msgr. Kelly's new role in an Oct. 20 decree, giving...
  • Robert George Warns of Catholic Oppression Over Marriage

    01/23/2013 12:11:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/23/13 | Adelaide Darling
    Washington D.C., Jan 23, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- A Princeton law professor has predicted increasing persecution of Catholic teaching on sexuality, amid accusations by a New York scholar that such teaching creates a culture of rape. In a Jan. 17 email to CNA, Professor Robert George of Princeton University warned of rising oppression against those who oppose a redefinition of marriage. Such persecution includes an increase in "the use of 'anti-discrimination' laws to violate the freedom of religious institutions and religious individuals to honor their beliefs about marriage and sexual morality,” he said. George's comments came amid claims by...
  • Feminists Protest Vatican’s inclusion in SICA

    01/23/2013 12:04:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Nicaragua Dispatch ^ | 1/23/13 | Tim Rogers
    Feminists say Central America is fertile ground for the Roman Catholic Church’s efforts to influence public policy in foreign countriesCentral American feminists and human rights advocates are protesting what they call the “abnormal” and “suspicious” inclusion of the Vatican as an extra-regional state observer to the Central American Integration System (SICA). Rights groups claim the inclusion of the Holy See in Central America’s integration process is—to paraphrase the Bible—like letting in a wolf in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15). “The Vatican has an expansionist plan to influence public policy in other nations,” says Marta Maria Blandón, director of Ipas Central America,...
  • Were Viruses Created or Evolved? (article)

    01/23/2013 8:57:30 AM PST · by fishtank · 21 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | September 2, 2011 | Brian Thomas
    Were Viruses Created or Evolved? by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Viruses have a bad reputation. They are ultra-tiny, well-designed machines that copy themselves in a process that sometimes causes disease in the organisms in which they reside. One class called retroviruses is equipped with machinery that splices its own viral code into the DNA of a host cell. Retroviruses have been portrayed as genetic "leftovers" from an evolutionary past, but how did they really originate? A report published in Science showed how one retrovirus was "born." Researchers discovered that a retrovirus named XMRV was formed when two DNA sequences called...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    01/23/2013 8:52:03 AM PST · by Hiskid · 17 replies
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  • The Modern State Causes the Problems it Pretends to Fix

    01/23/2013 8:51:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/22/13 | Anthony Esolen
    Pope Leo XIII affirms that a well governed State will promote the material and moral prosperity of its citizens, will honor private property and free association, and will protect the poor from abuse or depredation by the rich. How to do these things? Leo lays down four principles. The first is what I’ll call the Principle of Moral Health. “A State,” he says, “chiefly prospers and thrives through moral rule, well-regulated family life [family life directed from within by the moral law], respect for religion and justice, the moderation and equal allocation of public taxes, the progress of the arts...
  • What The Chinese See That We Don’t

    01/23/2013 8:47:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 1/22/13 | Rod Dreher
    Uh-oh: Now that a new generation of leaders are taking the helm in China in March and talking about reform, at least some Chinese are looking at the US and wondering if religion is the key to constitutional democracy. Obama’s inauguration was a top trending topic on Sina Weibo, China’s massive microblogging site, with over 25 million posts on Jan. 21. Of these, one comment by a Weibo user by the name Wugou1975 was forwarded over 2,000 times, garnering over 500 comments. The blogger posted a photo of Obama taking the presidential oath with Supreme Court Justice John Roberts: Some...
  • The Pope Has a New App-titude

    01/23/2013 8:40:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 1/23/13 | Carol Glatz
    IVATICAN CITY — The Vatican launched a new “Pope App” on the eve of the release of the pope’s World Communications Day message, which will be dedicated to social networks as important spaces for evangelization. The new app provides live streaming of papal events and video feeds from the Vatican’s six webcams. It sends out alerts and links to top stories coming out of the Vatican’s many news outlets as well as posts images and quotes from Pope Benedict XVI. The app is still in the 1.0 stage so as updated versions come out, there will be a search function...
  • Mythbusters: Abp Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

    01/23/2013 8:30:52 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Catholic Culture ^ | 1/22/13 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    You may recall the appointment of Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in July of last year. The announcement created a tempest in a teapot as both Traditionalists and Modernists loudly denounced the new prefect’s theological views. As I strongly suspected at the time, both groups were simply doing what they always do. They were attempting to create a mythology, or really two different mythologies, which would undermine Archbishop Müller’s ability to do his job. But when you are denounced by those who reject Catholic teaching on opposite sides, it is...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ELOHIM, 01-23-13

    01/23/2013 6:29:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-23-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ELOHIM the Hebrew word most frequently used for God. It appears several thousand times in the Old Testament. It was also used in a plural sense to designate heathen gods (Genesis 35:2, Exodus 18:11). When Jesus was heard to say on the Cross "Eli, Eli, lama sabachtani," he was using a modified form of Elohim (Matthew 27:46). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • ‘Monsignor Meth’: Priest Accused of Drug Dealing, Having Sex in Church Rectory

    01/23/2013 6:11:07 AM PST · by RummyChick · 42 replies
    Time ^ | 1/22/13 | Charlie Campbell
    It’s just like Breaking Bad, but replace the mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher with a prominent Catholic priest. Monsignor Kevin Wallin of Bridgeport, Conn., is facing trial for selling up to $9,000 of methamphetamine a week and has been relieved of his ecumenical duties after superiors learned of his alleged penchant for gay sex on church grounds. The 61-year-old was suspended from duties at Bridgeport’s St. Augustine Cathedral in May as a result of his increasingly erratic behavior. “We became aware that he was acting out sexually — with men — in the church rectory,” Brian Wallace, a spokesman for...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/23/13)[Prayer]

    01/23/2013 5:14:00 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/23/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Scepter...StarNumbers 24: I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, And batter the brow of Moab, And destroy all the sons of tumult.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 23, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/23/2013 4:46:28 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/23/13 | Joel Osteen
    Strong Against Difficulty Today's Scripture “Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.” (Isaiah 41:10, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria It’s easy to look around at what’s happening in the earth today and be tempted to feel afraid or dismayed. Circumstances may seem overwhelming. Maybe your business...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 23, 2013]

    01/23/2013 4:45:28 AM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
    Transformed by Beholding "We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image . . ." —2 Corinthians 3:18 The greatest characteristic a Christian can exhibit is this completely unveiled openness before God, which allows that person’s life to become a mirror for others. When the Spirit fills us, we are transformed, and by beholding God we become mirrors. You can always tell when someone has been beholding the glory of the Lord, because your inner spirit senses that he mirrors the Lord’s own character. Beware of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-23-13, OM, St. Vincent, Deacon and Martyr

    01/22/2013 9:25:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-23-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 23, 2013 Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Heb 7:1-3, 15-17 Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High,met Abraham as he returned from his defeat of the kingsand blessed him.And Abraham apportioned to him a tenth of everything.His name first means righteous king,and he was also “king of Salem,” that is, king of peace.Without father, mother, or ancestry,without beginning of days or end of life,thus made to resemble the Son of God, he remains a priest forever. It is even more obvious if another priest is raised upafter the likeness...
  • Pro-Life Events Across Nation Mark 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

    01/22/2013 5:38:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    TheNewAmerican.com ^ | Jaunary 19, 2013 | Dave Bohon
     Saturday, 19 January 2013 11:30 Pro-Life Events Across Nation Mark 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Written by  Dave Bohon   On January 22, 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its infamous Roe v. Wade decision that effectively granted women the right to “terminate” a pregnancy, thus condemning, at last count, over 50 million pre-born babies to death. One year later, on January 22, 1974, pioneering pro-life leader Nellie Gray launched the first March for Life rally that brought 20,000 pro-life activists together on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to pray, protest, and plan for the overturning of...
  • Dissident Irish priest will defy Vatican, risk further disciplinary action

    01/22/2013 3:15:50 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 21, 2013 | Diogenes
    A prominent Irish priest has announced that he will reject a directive from the Vatican and refuse to sign a statement affirming Church teachings on the nature of priestly ordination. Father Tony Flannery had been silenced by the Vatican last year because of his statements supporting the ordination of women and questioning Church teachings on contraception and on homosexuality. At a January 20 press conference in Dublin he said that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) had ordered him to sign a statement of support for Church teaching, and threatened further disciplinary action if he refused. “Either...
  • (Justice) Scalia Wears Martyr’s Cap to Inauguration

    01/22/2013 2:02:25 PM PST · by NYer · 97 replies
    First Things ^ | January 21, 2013 | Matthew Schmitz
    Kevin Walsh of the University of Richmond School of Law writes:The twitterverse is alive with tweets about Justice Scalia’s headgear for today’s inauguration. At the risk of putting all the fun speculation to an end . . . The hat is a custom-made replica of the hat depicted in Holbein’s famous portrait of St. Thomas More. It was a gift from the St. Thomas More Society of Richmond, Virginia. We presented it to him in November 2010 as a memento of his participation in our 27th annual Red Mass and dinner.Wearing the cap of a statesman who defended liberty...
  • Lutherans bristle at suggestion of joining Catholic Church

    01/22/2013 1:41:25 PM PST · by NYer · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 22, 2013 | om Heneghan
    PARIS (Reuters) - Two leading Lutheran clerics have rejected suggestions from the Vatican that it could create a subdivision for converted Lutherans similar to its structures for Anglicans who join the Roman Catholic Church.The dispute, concerning tiny numbers of believers but major issues in ecumenical relations, comes as the churches mark the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity this week.Rev Martin Junge, the Chilean-born secretary general of the World Lutheran Federation (WLF), said in a statement that the suggestion caused great concern and would "send wrong signals to LWF member churches around the world."Bishop Friedrich Weber, the German Lutheran...
  • Has President Obama Suddenly Gotten Religion?

    01/22/2013 11:02:41 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 34 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | January 22, 2013 | JP
    President Obama began his Inauguration Day by attending worship services at St. John’s Episcopal Church in the Nation’s Capital along with his wife Michelle and their daughters Sasha and Malia. It was a rare church appearance for the First Family. During, during their first four years residing in the White House, they found time for the Lord not even half as many times as they managed to get away for family vacays. After services yesterday at St. Johns, during which the president stood to receive a blessing from Bishop Vashti McKenzie, the First Family’s next stop was the U.S. Capitol,...
  • A Vatican Spokesman's Misguided Statement on Gun Control

    01/22/2013 9:41:38 AM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 1/21/13 | Phil Lawler
    Let’s make something clear right away. Pope Benedict has not endorsed the Obama administration’s gun-control plans. The Pope has said nothing on the subject. But Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office—has released a statement on gun control, in his weekly editorial commentary for Vatican Radio. Inevitably his editorial will be portrayed by careless reporters as an official statement of the Vatican’s position. It is not; Father Lombardi does not set policy for the Vatican, or make authoritative statements for the Catholic Church. Nor does the Catholic Church make authoritative statements about partisan political matters—especially partisan political...
  • “A Lutheran Ordinariate? That’s a Bad Sign”

    01/22/2013 9:28:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 111 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 1-22-13 | Alessandro Speciale
    The Secretary of the International Lutheran Federation has rejected the proposal presented again about a day or so ago by the Prefect of the former Holy OfficeAn ordinariate for Lutherans who wish to re-enter into communion with the Vatican, whilst preserving their traditions at least partially? The idea of extending the solution offered by Pope Benedict XVI to groups of traditionalist Anglicans to followers of Martin Luther was suggested for the first time by the President of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch. But just as the proposal is being put forward again by the Prefect of...
  • Historic Visit Scheduled Between Pope and Vietnam Communist Leader

    01/22/2013 9:23:48 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    In a move that surprised many, Benedict XVI will receive today the secretary general of Vietnam's Communist Party. Nguyen Phu Trong will stop by the Vatican during a tour of European capitals. The audience with Benedict XVI is unusual for several reasons. The first is that Tuesday is usually a rest day for the Pope. In addition, papal audiences are usually reserved for heads of state, and not leaders of political parties.
  • No Backdated Punishment in Eden by James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D.

    01/22/2013 8:51:08 AM PST · by fishtank · 29 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Jan. 2013 | James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D.
    No Backdated Punishment in Eden by James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. * At the end of Day Six, God said all was “very good” (Genesis 1:31), which means no death existed on earth because death is not good (Romans 8:20-22, 1 Corinthians 15). No animals died or were eaten before Adam sinned (Genesis 1:29-30, 9:1-4). Likewise, the Bible doesn’t mention the existence, much less the death, of any pre-Adamite subhuman primates before Adam sinned.1 Adam’s sin triggered the curse of death, fulfilling God’s warning (Romans 5:12-21). Only then did Adam experience the death that God had warned about. But...
  • Harold Camping's Family Radio Stations Dropping Christian Content?

    01/22/2013 8:15:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/10/2013 | By Katherine Weber
    Harold Camping's Family Radio Inc. (also referred to as Family Stations Inc.) has been undergoing changes as the radio network seeks to shed the non-commercial status of some of its properties, prompting some observers to wonder if these stations will also be shedding their Christian content. Specifically, it has been reported that the Christian radio network filed a request to have its WFME Newark station converted from a non-commercial to commercial operation on Jan 6. A visit to Family Radio's "reception reports" for New York shows that WFME is "off air" and has apparently been awaiting a fix for months....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LEONINE SACRAMENTARY, 01-22-13

    01/22/2013 7:44:18 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-22-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LEONINE SACRAMENTARY The oldest of the Latin sacramentaries or liturgical books. It was erroneously attributed to Pope Leo I and was in use from the fourth to the seventh centuries. It contains neither canons nor the Ordinary of the Mass, but many propers, collects, prefaces, secrets, postcommunions, and orations, together with ordination forms. Many of these prayers are still in use today. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    01/22/2013 7:20:38 AM PST · by Hiskid · 13 replies
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  • Abortion, Legalism, and the Truth (vanity)

    01/22/2013 6:47:47 AM PST · by EverHopeful · 1 replies
    On January 22nd, 1973, forty years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized unrestricted abortion. On October 20th, 1999, as the U.S. Senate was giving consideration to the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, Senator Rick Santorum, the chief sponsor of the bill, debated with Senator Barbara Boxer, a strong opponent of it, on the floor of the Senate. During their exchange, both Boxer and Santorum endorsed the legal personhood of a fully birthed newborn. Santorum then asked Boxer if she supported the legality of abortion of a fetus an instant prior to it being fully birthed. Boxer refused to directly answer...
  • Catholic Schools in Blitar Agree to Provide Islamic Lessons [Indonesia]

    01/22/2013 6:41:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Jakarta Post ^ | 1/17/13 | Indra Harsaputra
    Six Catholic schools in Blitar municipality, East Java, have finally given in to a local ordinance and will provide Islamic lessons for their Muslim students. The city ordinance requires all Muslim students to be able to read and write Koranic verses. The head of the Religious Affairs Ministry’s office in Blitar, Imam Mukhlis, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that the six schools had finally agreed to provide Islamic teachers for their Muslim students. “We met today [Tuesday] and everything is just fine and there is no problem. They are willing to carry out the city ordinance,” he said. A...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/22/13)[Prayer]

    01/22/2013 4:58:40 AM PST · by left that other site · 22 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/22/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures The King of GloryPsalm 24:10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 22, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/22/2013 4:45:23 AM PST · by Vision
    Email ^ | 1/22/13 | Joel Osteen
    Give Your Faith a Voice Today's Scripture “And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke,’ we also believe and therefore speak.” (2 Corinthians 4:13, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Every believer has been given a measure of faith. In order to see the promises of God come to pass in your life, you have to give your faith a voice. You must declare what God says about you in His Word. Those seeds of faith inside you are activated when you speak them out into...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 22, 2013]

    01/22/2013 4:43:32 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Am I Looking To God? "Look to Me, and be saved . . ." —Isaiah 45:22 Do we expect God to come to us with His blessings and save us? He says, “Look to Me, and be saved . . . .” The greatest difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God, and His blessings are what make it so difficult. Troubles almost always make us look to God, but His blessings tend to divert our attention elsewhere. The basic lesson of the Sermon on the Mount is to narrow all your interests until your mind, heart, and body are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-22-13, Day of Prayer/Legal Protection of Unborn

    01/21/2013 9:58:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-22-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 22, 2013   Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time  —   Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children  Reading 1 Heb 6:10-20 Brothers and sisters:God is not unjust so as to overlook your workand the love you have demonstrated for his nameby having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagernessfor the fulfillment of hope until the end,so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who,through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises. When God made the promise to Abraham,since he...
  • Customer Reviews Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices

    01/21/2013 7:45:16 PM PST · by narses · 68 replies
    Amazon ^ | July 16, 2008 | The public
    Some areas of disagreement: 1. First off, I disagree with the underlying premise of the entire book - a premise that says the early church was untainted and uncorrupted by human tradition. I often ask this question to those who want to get back to the early church: Which early church do you want to be like?
  • Catholic Prayer: Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity (Prayer Thread)

    01/21/2013 3:52:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | November 1907 | Father Paul of Graymoor
    Catholic Prayer: Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity "Restoration of unity among Christians is one of the main concerns of the Church... and this task is for all of us. No one can claim exemption from this responsibility. Indeed, everybody can make some contribution, however small it may seem, and all are called to that interior conversion which is the essential condition for ecumenism." His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, 30 May 1982 This Octave was first conceived by Father Paul of Graymoor on November 30, 1907, before his entrance into the Catholic Church. The initial success in 1908 was...
  • My Own Inaugural Poem...an American Lamentation

    Like millions of Americans, and perhaps multiple millions around the globe, I watched the historic second presidential inauguration of Barak Hussein Obama. As I listened to his speech, which included a reference to his own version of of the greatness of America’s Civil Rights advancements, “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall…”I was struck by the spectacle of the President of the United States, the man who...
  • Remember Dr. King's Dream By Supporting American Muslims

    01/21/2013 12:14:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Global Grind ^ | January 18, 2013 | Russell Simmons & Rabbi Marc Schneier
    On Jan. 7, exactly two weeks before we are to simultaneously celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and inaugurate Barack Obama to his second term as President of the United States, sinister advertisements went up in dozens of subway stations around New York City, making evident that despite the undoubted strides our nation has made toward achieving justice and equality, bigotry and fear-mongering remain alive and well in America. The American Freedom Defense Initiative, headed by Pamela Geller, an inflammatory demagogue with a long history of anti-Muslim incitement, purchased space in 39 stations for ads with an...
  • My Gay Roommate

    01/21/2013 11:12:50 AM PST · by rhema · 26 replies
    Patheos ^ | 11/28/12 | Eric Teetsel
    Tim and I met a few years ago at a 24 watch party. His natural intelligence, unabashed geekiness, and “Snaps” skills made us quick friends. Plus, he managed a Starbucks so there was free coffee in it for me. Before long, I needed a new place to live and so did he. With a third friend, we rented a house together. Our friendship grew. Soon, I discovered that Tim is a serious Christian whose poignant reflections on faith and life set him apart from the pack. He was an usher in my wedding. One day, Tim told me that he...
  • Lost in Translation (from Latin)? [Pope Tweets in Latin]

    01/21/2013 9:47:30 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/20/14 | Christopher S. Morrissey
    Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first tweet in Latin today. Lessons in Latin now follow.The Pope finally sent out his first tweet in Latin from his Twitter account @Pontifex_ln on Sunday, January 20, 2013: “Unitati christifidelium integre studentes quid iubet Dominus? Orare semper, iustitiam factitare, amare probitatem, humiles Secum ambulare.”The Pope immediately followed it up with translations into the languages of his other Twitter accounts. He translated the Latin via his English language account @Pontifex this way: “What does the Lord ask of us as we work for Christian unity? To pray constantly, do justice, love goodness, and walk...
  • Christians Face 'Lawful Exclusion' From Jobs Despite Cross Victory, Lawyers Warn [UK]

    01/21/2013 9:31:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/15/13 | John Bingham
    Christians who object to aspects of their work on grounds of conscience will be “lawfully excluded” from some jobs, lawyers have warned - despite a landmark judgment upholding an airline check-in clerk's right to wear a cross.Campaigners claimed that “millions” of people who hold traditional “politically incorrect” views could now face new restrictions because of rulings against three other Christians involved in the European Court of Human Rights case. They claimed that the judgment actively increases the risk that those who dissent on the issue of same-sex marriage will not be free to voice their dissent. Their comments came as...
  • Proposed Christian Law School at Trinity Western Under Fire Because of University’s Anti-Gay Rules

    01/21/2013 9:26:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | 1/16/13 | Douglas Todd
    Council of deans argues rules at Langley Christian university are incompatible with teaching lawThe heads of Canada’s law schools oppose Trinity Western University’s attempts to star the country’s first religious law school. The Council of Canadian Law Deans has distributed a letter criticizing the evangelical Christian university’s long-standing requirement that faculty and students refrain from homosexual relationships. “It’s very troubling for Canadian law school deans,” Bill Flanagan, president of the Canadian Council of Law Deans, said in an interview this week. The deans’ objection is Trinity Western University’s Bible-based “community covenant,” which the council says makes clear that “gay, lesbian...
  • 190 Hectares of Forest Given Back to Halki Seminary [Turkey]

    01/21/2013 9:20:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | 1/10/13
    Following a meeting held on Friday, the Council of Foundations -- part of Turkey's Directorate General for Foundations (VGM) -- returned 190 hectares of forest to the Greek Orthodox Halki (Heybeliada) Seminary in Ä°stanbul. According to the decision, 190 hectares of woodlands near the Halki Seminary will be given to the seminary's owner, the Aya Triada Monastery Foundation. This is the biggest property return to a minority group in the history of Turkey. Established in 1844 on the island of Heybeliada, Halki Seminary was closed in 1971 under a law that placed religious and military training under state control. It...
  • Pope: Historical Divisions Among Christians One of the Most Serious Sins that Disfigure Church

    01/21/2013 9:12:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 115 replies
    Asia News ^ | 1/20/13
    At the Angelus, Benedict XVI invites prayers for Week dedicated to Christian Unity (18-25 January). This year's theme, "What the Lord requires of us" (cf. I 6.6 to 8), was chosen and developed by an ecumenical group in India. On January 25, Vespers at St. Paul Outside the Walls, along with representatives of the Christian Churches. A prayer for peace for "an end to the massacres of unarmed civilians, to all violence, and to find the courage of dialogue and negotiation."Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "One of the most serious sins that disfigures the face of the Church is its visible...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: AXIOLOGY, 01-21-13

    01/21/2013 9:08:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-21-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):AXIOLOGY A theory that studies the nature, norms, and meaning of value as that which is desired for being good. Axiology has in modern times sought to replace the traditional ethics and aesthetics, and has sought to lay new foundations for both. The object of ethics is said to be the subjective realization of value, whereas aesthetics is the representation of values. (Etym. Greek axios, worth, worthy + logia, science, knowledge.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.