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  • What does IHS stand for? The meaning of the Holy Name of Jesus [Catholic Caucus]

    01/25/2013 8:06:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | January 3, 2013 |
    What does IHS stand for? The meaning of the Holy Name of Jesus   January 3rd, Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus In the Extraordinary Form, the feast of the Holy Name is of the “second class” (making it equal to Sundays throughout the year, complete with the recitation of the Gloria and the Credo), but in the Ordinary Form the memorial of the Holy Name was not even included in the calendar after 1970. Happily, the feast was re-instituted as an optional memorial by Bl. John Paul II – we should think that the Name deserves at...
  • Women in combat move a 'tragic mistake,' Baptist leaders say

    01/25/2013 7:53:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies ^ | January 25, 2013 | Michael Foust
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's announcement that the military will remove its ban on women in combat drew criticism from several Southern Baptist leaders, who expressed concern over privacy and military effectiveness and also warned the move is part of a larger societal effort to blur differences between men and women. Panetta made his announcement Thursday (Jan. 24), saying the removal of the ban had unanimous approval from the Joint Chiefs of Staff. With the removal, about 237,000 positions on or near the front lines of combat are now open to women. "If members of our military can...
  • Here Is A Powerful Prayer Exercise Even For Those Who Do Not Pray Or Are Non-Believers

    01/25/2013 7:34:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    PJ Lifestyle ^ | January 20, 2013 | Myra Adams
    Anyone on a faith walk will eventually ask the question, How do I pray? Except for the Lords Prayer that Jesus taught his disciples, there is no easy answer, for prayer is a very personal and personalized pursuit. And, as with all pursuits, practice is the key to success and prayer is no different. You will soon discover the more you pray, the more you will find answers to difficult questions, along with mental or physical healing from various maladies, protection for you or your loved ones and comfort from any number of storms that happen to be raging in...
  • Pope Benedict XVI Tweets His Support for 40th Annual March for Life in Washington DC Today

    01/25/2013 7:08:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 25, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    The 40th March for Life is being held today in Washington DC. Heres the Facebook page. Lifesite News has a schedule of todays events. Organizers say todays rally in the nations capital may bring more anti-abortion activists to the streets than last years estimated 400,000. Pope Benedict XVI tweeted out his support for the march early this morning...
  • Catholic Hospital's argument in Colorado court that fetuses aren't people captivates the Internet

    01/25/2013 5:39:10 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 29 replies ^ | 01/25/2013 | Phil Tenser
    DENVER - In contrast to typical Church doctrine, lawyers for a Catholic hospital in Canon City are arguing fetuses aren't people, in response to a wrongful death lawsuit that is now being appealed to the state Supreme Court. Although the court case has stalled, a recent article gave it a burst of national attention.Lori Stodghill died of pulmonary emboli on Jan. 1, 2006 at St. Thomas More Hospital, according to a district court judge's summary judgment on the case in 2010. At the time of her death, Stodghill was pregnant with twins who did not survive.Stodghill's husband, Jeremy, filed a...
  • An appropriate response to Gov. Cuomos latest abortion push

    01/25/2013 3:04:30 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    canonlawblog ^ | January 25, 2013 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    Two years ago I engaged in an extensive public discussion about whether New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Catholic, could, in light of his living arrangements, participate in holy Communion. I argued that he could not. As far as I know, those living arrangements remain unchanged, but, it appears that Cuomo has, since that discussion, respectfully refrained from approaching for holy Communion. In this regard, at least, the governor is not aggravating his conflicts with Catholic belief and discipline. But I also warned then that the ecclesiastical consequences of Cuomos pro-abortion activism must eventually be faced. That day seems...
  • Thoughts on the Miracle of Life, As We March

    01/25/2013 2:40:08 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 25, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The magnificence of life is really too wonderful too describe. But I found this description some years ago which summons reverence by its very ability to baffle the mind:MIRACLE OF LIFE- Consider the miracle of the human body. Its chemistry is just as extraordinarily well tuned as is the physics of the cosmos. Our world on bothsides of the divide that separates life from lifelessness is filled with wonder. Each human cell has a double helix library of three billion base pairs providing fifty thousand genes. These three billion base pairs and fifty thousand genes somehow engineer 100 trillion neural...
  • Cardinal Stafford: 40 Years After Roe, 'I Weep for the United States'

    01/25/2013 1:43:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 1/24/13 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Forty years of legalized abortion have profoundly demoralized American society, not only weakening respect for human life but undermining marriage, parenthood and individuals' sense of duty to others, said U.S. Cardinal J. Francis Stafford. The cardinal, a former archbishop of Denver and former head of two Vatican offices, said that the legalization of abortion was itself a result of flawed ideas about freedom deeply rooted in American history. Cardinal Stafford, 80, spoke with Catholic News Service shortly before the Jan. 25 March for Life marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme...
  • Vatican Defends Popes Twitter Account Despite Attacks

    01/25/2013 1:36:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/24/13 | Alessandro Speciale
    VATICAN CITY The Vatican on Thursday (Jan. 24) defended the popes choice to open a Twitter account even if it exposes him to insults and online abuse. Twitter is a secular reality ... but we prefer to be present rather than stay away from something just to avoid a risk, said Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the Vaticans department for social communications, during the launch of the annual papal message for World Communications Day. Pope Benedict XVI opened his Twitter handle @Pontifex on Dec. 3. It has since gathered more than 2.5 million followers in nine languages, including...

    01/25/2013 1:02:16 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 25 replies
    Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger and pastor/rabbi of Beth Israel Messianic Congregation of Wayne, NJ, gives the key note address at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. 01/21/13
  • The Most Bible-Minded City Is Knoxville, Tenn., Says American Bible Society

    01/25/2013 9:52:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/25/2013 | Michael Gryboski
    Knoxville, Tenn., known for being the home of Dolly Parton and the Tennessee Valley Authority, was named number one on the American Bible Society's "Most Bible-Minded Cities" list. With research conducted by the Barna Group, the ABS' recently released findings were based off of seven years' worth of telephone and online interviews with a random sample space of 42,855 adults. After Knoxville, the other nine cities on the top ten list in descending order are: Shreveport, La.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Birmingham, Ala.; Jackson, Miss.; Springfield, Mo.; Charlotte, N.C.; Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va. sharing the number 8 spot; Huntsville, Ala.; and Charleston,...
  • Primary school bans six-year-old boy from wearing Christian band in class for...

    01/25/2013 9:18:10 AM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    mailonline ^ | James Rush
    FULL TITLE: Primary school bans six-year-old boy from wearing Christian band in class for 'health and safety reasons' A furious dad has slammed a school after his six-year-old son was banned from wearing a Christian band in class on health and safety grounds. Peter Thompson's son Eddie had been wearing the band, decorated with the Christian symbol of a fish, out of sight for six months. But when a teacher spotted Eddie scratching his ankle she noticed the band, covered by his sock, and ordered him to hand it over. Now he is being kept at home after he was...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: APOCRYPHA, 01-25-13

    01/25/2013 8:35:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | 01-25-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):APOCRYPHA Originally writings that claimed a sacred origin and were supposed to have been hidden for generations; later, a well-define class of literature with scriptural or quasi-scriptural pretensions, but lacking genuineness and canonicity, composed during the two centuries before Christ and the early centuries of our era. Protestants apply the term improperly to denote also Old Testament books not contained in the Jewish canon but received by Catholics under the name of deuterocanonical. The following is a list of the Apocrypha: Apocrypha of Jewish Origin: Jewish Apocalypses; Book of Henoch; Assumption of Moses: Fourth Book of...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (1/25/2013)

    01/25/2013 8:15:32 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 19 replies
    January 25, 2013 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation "Liberated Dachau camp prisoners cheer U.S. troops." (reference: 3 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. 4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. 5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God. 6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them he remains faithful forever. 7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed. and gives food...
  • Top Vatican official praises U.S. Marches for Life as witness for the whole world

    01/25/2013 7:57:14 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 24, 2013 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI
    Bishop Ignacio Carasco de Paula ROME, January 24, 2013 ( - The head of the Pontifical Academy for Life described the pro-life marches and events being held across the US this week as an historic witness to the sanctity of human life and an important example to the world. “These marches for life that are taking place across the United States are very important, not only for the country, but for the whole world,” Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula told the Catholic News Agency (CNA) yesterday. “These events which favor human life without limits, from conception until the end, have...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/25/13)[Prayer]

    01/25/2013 4:57:24 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures YAHPsalm 68:4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 25, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/25/2013 4:49:03 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/25/13 | Joel Osteen
    He Wants to Surprise You Today's Scripture If you will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments which I command you...all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you... (Deuteronomy 28:12, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria A surprise is simply something good that you werent really expecting. Its something that makes you feel special and lets you know that someone is thinking about you. Surprises bring us joy and lift our hearts. Your heavenly Father wants to surprise you and overtake you with His goodness. He...
  • 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
    1/23/13 | Hiskid