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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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 24, 2013]

    01/24/2013 4:45:28 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    God’s Overpowering Purpose "I have appeared to you for this purpose . . ." —Acts 26:16 The vision Paul had on the road to Damascus was not a passing emotional experience, but a vision that had very clear and emphatic directions for him. And Paul stated, “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19). Our Lord said to Paul, in effect, “Your whole life is to be overpowered or subdued by Me; you are to have no end, no aim, and no purpose but Mine.” And the Lord also says to us, “You did not choose Me,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-24-13, M, St. Francis de Sales, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    01/23/2013 8:33:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 01-24-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 24, 2013 Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Heb 7:258:6 Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through him,since he lives forever to make intercession for them. It was fitting that we should have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens.He has no need, as did the high priests, to offer sacrifice day after day,first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did that once for all when he offered himself.For the law...
  • 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 doesnt 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 Vaticans 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 Churchs 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 Americas integration process isto paraphrase the Biblelike letting in a wolf in sheeps clothing (Matthew 7:15). The Vatican has an expansionist plan to influence public policy in other nations, says Marta Maria Blandn, 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 Ill 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 Dont

    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. Obamas inauguration was a top trending topic on Sina Weibo, Chinas 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 popes 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 Vaticans six webcams. It sends out alerts and links to top stories coming out of the Vaticans 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 Mller, 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 Mller 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 prefects 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 Mllers 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 ^ | 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
    Its 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 Bridgeports 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 JourneyThe 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 Its easy to look around at whats 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 Martyrs 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 Scalias headgear for todays 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 Holbeins 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. Johns Episcopal Church in the Nations 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 Familys 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
    Lets make something clear right away. Pope Benedict has not endorsed the Obama administrations gun-control plans. The Pope has said nothing on the subject. But Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press officehas 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 Vaticans 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 mattersespecially partisan political...
  • A Lutheran Ordinariate? Thats 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...