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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 25, 2013]

    01/25/2013 4:48:09 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Leave Room for God "When it pleased God . . ." —Galatians 1:15 As servants of God, we must learn to make room for Him-to give God “elbow room.” We plan and figure and predict that this or that will happen, but we forget to make room for God to come in as He chooses. Would we be surprised if God came into our meeting or into our preaching in a way we had never expected Him to come? Do not look for God to come in a particular way, but do look for Him. The way to make...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-25-13, F, Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle

    01/24/2013 9:15:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 01-25-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 25, 2013 Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle Reading 1 Acts 22:3-16 Paul addressed the people in these words:I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia,but brought up in this city.At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral lawand was zealous for God, just as all of you are today.I persecuted this Way to death,binding both men and women and delivering them to prison.Even the high priest and the whole council of elderscan testify on my behalf.For from them I even received letters to the brothersand set out for...
  • Going over the Moral Cliff

    01/24/2013 7:54:58 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 1-23-13 | Dr. Michael Youssef
    In my book, When the Crosses are Gone, I warn that when a culture abandons thinking and logic in favor of feelings and emotions, it is doomed to destruction. Although emotions are a very important part of the human psyche, when they control every aspect of life, morality becomes a victim. Today, there is widespread agreement that morality in America is deteriorating with breathtaking speed. On one hand, we face a belligerent and intimidating lobby that desires the breakdown of biblical morality. On the other hand, a docile public-as well as church leadership-is terrified to stand up for truth lest...
  • We March by Faith: God calls each of us to stand up for life

    01/24/2013 6:51:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies ^ | January 2013 | Laura Mirchell
    We March by Faith God calls each of us to stand up for life. By: Laura Mitchell January 25, 2013, will bring hundreds of thousands of people to Washington, DC, for the annual March for Life. Tens of thousands more will attend companion events in other parts of the US. Some will carry signs, some will pray the rosary, and others will chant pro-life slogans. In Washington, the site of the oldest and largest rally, participants will walk through the streets, en route to the Supreme Court building. Despite the challenges of a midwinter outdoor event, the March is...
  • The latest excommunication call (A canon lawyer weighs in)

    01/24/2013 2:19:00 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    canonlawblog ^ | January 23, 2013 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    Alexis de Tocqueville once observed that “Every generation is a new people.” Demographers reckon a generation at 20-25 years, so that means that every 20-25 years, a lot of folks need a lot of things explained to them that their parents and grandparents take for granted. No big deal, we just do it. But on the internet, it seems that every month is a new generation, so that means that about once a month, questions arise that many of us have treated numerous times in the past. Problem is, these allegedly novel questions shoot through cyberspace with amazing speed,...
  • Sisters were [Religious] Sisters, inseparable to the end

    01/24/2013 1:22:22 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Times Union ^ | January 23, 2013 | Paul Grondahl
    Copied photo from 1992 of the five Wheeler sister nuns on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Louise House in Menands, N.Y. From left are sisters Elaine, Mary Cecelia, Zoe, Jean Marie and Madeline. Elaine and Jean Marie just recently died within 24 hours of each other. (Cindy Schultz / Times Union) MENANDS — They were Sister sisters who possessed contrasting personalities and were protective of their personal space, but in the end they proved inseparable.Sisterhood defined Sister Jean Marie Wheeler and Sister Elaine Wheeler — biological sisters, Daughters of Charity nuns and career educators — who were in their 90s...
  • [Americas Most and Least] Bible-Minded Cities

    01/24/2013 1:15:11 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 116 replies
    The report ranks the most and least Bible-minded cities by looking at how people in those cities view the Bible.... Regionally, the South still qualifies as the most Bible-minded. The top ranking cities, where at least half of the population qualifies as Bible-minded, are all Southern cities. This includes the media markets for Knoxville, TN (52% of the population are Bible-minded), Shreveport, LA (52%), Chattanooga, TN (52%), Birmingham, AL (50%), and Jackson, MS (50%). Other markets in the top 10 include Springfield, MO (49%), Charlotte, NC (48%), Lynchburg, VA (48%), Huntsville-Decatur, AL (48%), and Charleston, WV (47%). The least Bible-oriented...
  • Why my support for abortion was based on loveand lies

    01/24/2013 1:09:20 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    lsn ^ | Jennifer Fulwiler
    January 24, 2013 (NCRegister) - When I was younger, I was always particularly shocked when I heard about societies where it was common to abandon or kill unwanted newborns. In college I once read a particularly graphic description of a family in ancient Greece "discarding" a newborn baby girl. I was shocked to the point of breathlessness. I was also horribly confused: How could normal people be okay with this, let alone participate in it? Nobody I knew would do that! Were people that different back then?! Because of my deep distress at hearing of things like this, I found...
  • Cathedral dean leads assault-weapon ban press conference in prayer

    01/24/2013 1:05:20 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies ^ | January 24, 2013 | Mary Frances Schjonberg
    [Episcopal News Service] The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, was among those who joined Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) on Capitol Hill Jan. 24 as she announced the introduction of a bill to renew the U.S. ban on assault weapons. Hall, who was the first person to speak after Feinstein began the press conference at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, said he has spoken in the pulpit, in the media, with fellow faith leaders and “people in my own church” against gun violence. “Now we have come to the end of the preaching part of our work...
  • Judge bars pro-life protester, pastor from setting foot in D.C.

    01/24/2013 1:03:12 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    lsn ^ | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., January 23, 2013, ( A judge has barred a pro-life protester from setting foot in Washington, D.C., after he vocally interrupted Barack Obama's second inauguration. Rives Miller Grogan, 47, shouted pro-life slogans during the inaguration ceremonies as he dangled for five hours very high up in a tree, near the Capital Hill reflecting pool. Eyewitnesses say he only stopped during Beyonce's rendition of the national anthem. The California-based activist and former pastor has been arrested numerous times over the last four years including running onto the field at a Cincinnati Reds baseball game with a sign...
  • Gay-Row Catholic Adoption Agency May Lose Charitable Status [Scotland]

    01/24/2013 10:24:22 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 1/24/13 | Fiona MacGregor
    A CATHOLIC adoption agency has been warned it will lose its charitable status unless it changes its policy towards gay couples. The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (Oscr) investigated the practices of St Margarets Children and Family Care Society in Glasgow, after a complaint from the National Secular Society, and found the charity was operating in breach of the Equality Act 2010. The society gives priority to prospective adoptive parents who have been married for at least two years and wish to adopt within the framework of the Catholic faith. The Oscr report stated that: [Because] marriage is not...
  • Social Networks Need More Logic, Love and Less Ranting, Says Pope

    01/24/2013 10:19:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/24/13 | Carol Glatz
    Social media need to promote more logic, kindness and Christian witness than bluster, star-status and division, Pope Benedict XVI has said. Given that the online world exposes people to a wider range of opinions and beliefs, people need to accept the existence of these other cultures, be enriched by it and offer others what they possess that is good, true and beautiful, the Pope said. Christians are called to bring truth and values to the whole world online and off remembering that it is ultimately the power of Gods word that touches hearts, not sheer human effort, he...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DEFINITIVE (DIFFINITIVE) PRESENCE, 01-24-13

    01/24/2013 9:20:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 01-24-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): DEFINITIVE (DIFFINITIVE) PRESENCE The way a spirit is present in space, whereby it is active in the whole of the space occupied by the body on which it acts, and yet is not limited to the "spots" or portions of that body, not spread out in space, nor measured by the size and shape of the space occupied. This is the presence of a spirit in the whole space of the body on which it acts and wholly in each part of that space. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern...
  • Pope to charities: Refuse partnerships that even indirectly support acts opposed to the faith

    01/24/2013 6:59:44 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 6 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Jan 22, 2013 | by Patrick B. Craine
    ROME, Jan. 22, 2013 ( - Pope Benedict XVI says Catholic agencies must sometimes refuse partnerships that would even indirectly support activities opposed to the Christian view of the human person. We must exercise a critical vigilance and at times refuse funding and collaborations that, directly or indirectly, favour actions or projects that are at odds with Christian anthropology, the Pope stressed in a Jan. 19th address to the Pontifical Council Cor Unum and its president, Cardinal Robert Sarah, in excerpts released by the Vatican Information Service. The remarks come only a month after the Popes surprise release of a...
  • Discussing Islam: A Religious Taboo : We can kill our enemies but can't discuss their beliefs.

    01/24/2013 6:36:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/24/2013 | Clifford May
    Can we at least agree that reports of al-Qaedas death have been greatly exaggerated? Youll recall that Peter Bergen, a director at the New America Foundation and the national-security analyst for CNN, began pronouncing AQ dead last summer. At the Aspen Institute, he even gave a speech titled Time to Declare Victory: Al Qaeda Is Defeated. He defended this thesis repeatedly, including in a debate with me on Wolf Blitzers show on CNN. President Obama has not gone quite that far. Prior to the election, in stump speeches round the country, he said al-Qaeda had been decimated. And even in...
  • An Unwanted Blessed Inspires Pro-Lifers (and results in a conversion)

    01/24/2013 6:12:28 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 19, 2013 | JIM GRAVES
    2011 was a hard year for Marilyn Pinkerton of San Marino, Calif. The 57-year-old’s baby grandson, Nicholas, was diagnosed with nail-patella syndrome (NPS), a rare genetic disorder that adversely affects the nails and kneecaps and sometimes other parts of the body. Prominent among Nicholas’ symptoms was that he had no kneecaps. Therefore, doctors wondered if he would ever be able to walk.  Near Pinkerton’s home was the Motherhouse of the Carmelite Sisters of Alhambra, a traditional community whose apostolates in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles include health care and retreats. The sisters suggested she pray for the boy’s healing to Blessed Margaret...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/24/13)[Prayer]

    01/24/2013 5:26:57 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/24/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures The Stone of IsraelGenesis 49:24 But his bow remained in strength, And the arms of his hands were made strong By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(1/24/13

    01/24/2013 5:16:34 AM PST · by left that other site · 25 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/24/13 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Genesis 49:24 But his bow remained in strength, And the arms of his hands were made strong By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel) God Bless America!
  • Women in Combat Roles

    01/24/2013 5:03:38 AM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 26 replies
    January 29, 2013 | John Leland 1789
    Dear Elected Represenatives : Just a couple of years ago, I wrote to all of my elected representatives about women in combat, and about the eventual possibility of women being required to register with the Selective Service Administration, as males are required to do. I received letters from Congress and the Department of Defense that carried this response, "Sir, don't be alarmed --- don't you know that it is against the law for women to serve in combat roles?" Well, is it against the law, or isn't it ? Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wants women in combat units ! Does...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 24, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/24/2013 4:46:22 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/24/13 | Joel Osteen
    Say I Can to the Mountain Today's Scripture And Jesus answered them, Truly I say to you, if you have faith (a firm relying trust) and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will be done. (Matthew 21:21, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Weve all had seasons when the challenges of life feel overwhelming. During those times, its easy to be tempted to talk about how bad things are. Maybe you...