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  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/30/13)[Prayer]

    01/30/2013 5:07:49 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/30/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures El Emunah - The Faithful GOD(Deuteronomy 7:9) Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 30, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/30/2013 4:46:39 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 1/30/13 | Joel Osteen
    Accept His Timing Today's Scripture “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I’d love to tell you that if you stay in faith, if you believe, then God will always answer your prayer within 24 hours, or at least within the first week. But we know that’s not reality. God promises He will be true to His word, but He never puts a timeframe on it. In fact, He tells us that we need patience...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 30, 2013]

    01/30/2013 4:45:47 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Dilemma of Obedience "Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision" —1 Samuel 3:15 God never speaks to us in dramatic ways, but in ways that are easy to misunderstand. Then we say, “I wonder if that is God’s voice?” Isaiah said that the Lord spoke to him “with a strong hand,” that is, by the pressure of his circumstances (Isaiah 8:11). Without the sovereign hand of God Himself, nothing touches our lives. Do we discern His hand at work, or do we see things as mere occurrences?Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-30-13

    01/29/2013 10:13:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-30-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 30, 2013 Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Heb 10:11-18 Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins.But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool.For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying: This is the covenant I will establish with themafter those days, says the Lord:“I will...
  • New archbishop fueled by 'New Evangelization' (Video at the site)

    01/29/2013 3:37:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    CatholicSentinel.org ^ | 01-29-13 | Ed Langlois
    1/29/2013 7:29:00 AMNew archbishop fueled by 'New Evangelization' Archbishop-designate Alexander Sample discusses his new assignment as leader of the Archdiocese of Portland. Catholic Sentinel photo by Jon DeBellisArchbishop-designate Alexander Sample talks with the press about his new assignment as archbishop for the Archdiocese of Portland. Outgoing Archbishop John Vlazny looks on. Archbishop-designate Alexander Sample Archbishop Vlazny: 'Our prayers have been answered' Statement from Archbishop John G. Vlazny on the naming of a new archbishop for Portland: “It is with heartfelt appreciation to our heavenly Father and our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, that I welcome my successor, the eleventh...
  • Teen Rescued From Domestic Sex Traffickers

    01/29/2013 3:26:12 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | January 29, 2013 | JP
    January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. I didn’t want to let the month pass without telling the story of young Brianna Myers, who got herself caught up in sex trafficking before being rescued. Brianna was a 17-year-old honor roll student at her small town high school in Washington State. When she wasn’t in class, when she wasn’t cheerleading, she was waitressing at a local diner. The teen caught the attention of a middle-aged man, Richard, who would become a regular customer. He seemed friendly enough to the unsuspecting waitress. He plied her for personal information, about her life, her dreams,...
  • Pope appoints new leader for Portland archdiocese

    01/29/2013 3:25:43 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    cna ^ | January 29, 2013
    Bishop Alexander K. Sample of Marquette. File: Photo/CNA. Portland, Ore., Jan 29, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Alexander K. Sample of Marquette, Mich., to shepherd the archbishop of Portland, Ore. In a Jan. 29 statement, Archbishop-designate Sample noted his “excitement and joy at taking up this new challenge that God has placed before me.” “I have always tried to be obedient to the will of God and to accept whatever the Church asks of me to be God’s will,” he said Tuesday. “It is in this spirit that I have said 'yes'...
  • Pope's World Day of the Sick message in Arabic for first time

    01/29/2013 3:16:02 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | January 29, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski presents the Pope's message for the World Day of the Sick on Jan. 29, 2013. Credit: Estefania Aguirre/CNA. Rome, Italy, Jan 29, 2013 / 01:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is having his message for this year's World Day of the Sick published in Arabic for the very first time. "The Holy Father probably wants to transmit a message on this day to the Syrian people because it's the first time that his message will be published in Arabic," said Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care...
  • Patriarch of the Maronites, to prepare texts for Way of the Cross, at the Colosseum

    01/29/2013 2:34:59 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | January 28, 2013
    Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai and Pope Benedict XVI January 28, 2013. (Romereports.com) Cardinal Bechara Rai, the Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, will be in charge of preparing the texts that will be read during Good Friday's Way of the Cross ceremony, at the Colosseum.    It's a way to thank Benedict XVI for his recent trip to Lebanon, where he called for peace and prayed for all the Christians in the Middle East, who are going through this period of instability.  At this point, two youths from Lebanon will take part in preparing the texts for the ceremony....
  • Mighty Men Of Old...Genesis 6 pt 6

    And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and...
  • New Technology Reveals More Genome Complexity (article)

    01/29/2013 8:58:24 AM PST · by fishtank · 13 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | January 23, 2013 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    New Technology Reveals More Genome Complexity by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * A new type of DNA sequencing technology has been developed and used to identify and characterize key regions of the genome called "enhancer" sequences.1 These are novel DNA features that were once thought to be a part of the so-called "junk DNA" regions of the genome. These key elements are now proven to be part of the indispensable and irreducibly complex design inherent to proper gene function for all types and categories of genes. The new technology described in this report is called STARR-seq, or "self-transcribing active regulatory region...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    01/29/2013 8:12:50 AM PST · by Hiskid · 11 replies
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  • Catholic Word of the Day: MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL SCAPULAR, 01-29-13

    01/29/2013 7:46:51 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-29-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL SCAPULAR A white scapular, with one part bearing a picture of the Mother of Good Counsel, and the other, the papal crown and keys. Promoted by the Augustinians, it was approved by Pope Leo XIII. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Main Threat for Russia is Loss of Faith

    01/29/2013 7:39:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 1/28/13 | Alexey Sosedov and Valentina Trubetskaya
    What the Church will oppose to the attacks against it, how believers should protect their shrines, whether it is necessary to toughen punishment for insulting religious feelings, what migration policy is preferable and what the main threat for Russia is. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia answers these and other questions in exclusive interview to Interfax-Religion correspondents Alexey Sosedov and Valentina Trubetskaya.Your Holiness, we will remember the last year for numerous anti-church actions. What conclusions did the Church make in this connection, what did it bring out of this experience?- "What has been will be again, what has been...
  • Author Carol Byrne Warns of Socialism in the Roman Catholic Church

    01/29/2013 7:27:21 AM PST · by ubipetrusest · 17 replies
    Exposing Marxism in the Church ^ | December 22, 2012 | Cliff Kincaid
    CLIFF KINCAID: The New York Times reports that, at Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s recommendation, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voted “unanimously” to [continue investigating the cause] of Dorothy Day, even though “[s]he had an abortion as a young woman and ... flirted with joining the Communist Party.” President Obama called Dorothy Day a “great reformer in American history." Cardinal Dolan is described as conservative and has strongly criticized Obama’s attacks on religious liberty and federal intrusions into church affairs. He nevertheless invited Obama to the Al Smith Dinner.... Obama received 54% of the Catholic vote in 2008 and 50%...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/29/13)[Prayer]

    01/29/2013 5:21:52 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/29/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Elohe Chaseddi - The GOD of My Mercy(Psalms 59:10) The God of my mercy shall prevent me God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 29, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/29/2013 4:47:10 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/29/13 | Joel Osteen
    Before You Were Born Today's Scripture Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you… Jeremiah 1:5, AMP. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that God was thinking about you before you were ever born? He knew everything about you before you were in your mother’s womb. He created you on purpose, for a purpose. He carefully planned who you would be, the color of your hair, the color of your eyes and skin. He gave you gifts, talents and abilities to be used for His glory. He took one look at...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 29, 2013]

    01/29/2013 4:45:33 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    How Could Someone Be So Ignorant! "Who are You, Lord?" —Acts 26:15 “The Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand . . .” (Isaiah 8:11). There is no escape when our Lord speaks. He always comes using His authority and taking hold of our understanding. Has the voice of God come to you directly? If it has, you cannot mistake the intimate insistence with which it has spoken to you. God speaks in the language you know best— not through your ears, but through your circumstances.God has to destroy our determined confidence in our own convictions. We...
  • Andy Stanley Was Wrong to Call Obama “Pastor in Chief”!

    01/28/2013 11:36:35 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 15 replies
    CSTNEWS ^ | January 26, 2013 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    Andy Stanley is pastor of a megachurch in Atlanta and is considered a leader in Evangelicalism, often speaking at Willow Creek Community Church functions and other interdenominational gatherings. His father is Charles Stanley, a famous Southern Baptist megapastor in the same city. Andy grew up in his daddy’s church but drifted away from his daddy’s Baptist roots. Baptists might humorously say that when his daddy baptized him, he did not hold him down long enough or deep enough! In 2010, a survey of U.S. pastors found Stanley to be the 10th most influential living preacher. In January of 2009, he...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-29-13

    01/28/2013 9:58:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-29-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 29, 2013 Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Heb 10:1-10 Brothers and sisters:Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of them, it can never make perfect those who come to worship by the same sacrifices that they offer continually each year.Otherwise, would not the sacrifices have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, once cleansed, would no longer have had any consciousness of sins?But in those sacrifices there is only a yearly remembrance of sins, for it is impossible that the blood...
  • A Brief Treatise on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit [Ecumenical]

    01/28/2013 8:10:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 27, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Brief Treatise on the Fruits of the Holy SpiritBy: Msgr. Charles Pope There was a wonderful excursus on the Church as the Body of Christ in the Sunday readings. Would that we might better appreciate the diversity of gifts in the Church today instead of being fearful or dismissive of gifts that we appreciate less. As a pastor, I have come to appreciate that people find their way to God in many and diverse ways and that when the Church permits diversity we ought respectfully rejoice in even in the ways we do not personally prefer.I want to...
  • Vatican: Chaldean leaders gather for crucial election of new Patriarch

    01/28/2013 3:39:38 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | January 28, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) The ‘delicate historical moment’ that the ancient Chaldean Church of Babylon is experiencing and the need for unity in its leadership were the chief concerns expressed Monday morning as the Patriarchal Synod opened here in Rome. Emer McCarthy reports: Convoked by Pope Benedict XVI, under the Presidency of Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, the Synod has the task of electing a new Patriarch, Pater et Caput of the Chaldean Church, to succeed Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly.Comprised of fifteen men, the bishops come mainly from Iraq, ancestral home of the Chaldean Church, but...
  • Constantinople: 25 Quotes from the Eastern Fathers on the Petrine Ministry

    01/28/2013 3:08:45 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    stpeterslist ^ | January 25, 2013 | HHAMBROSE
    St. Peter is the Prince of the Apostles and our First Pope. SPL has reproduced a portion of a popular article that has been shared on many Catholic sites – though we think it originated with Fisheaters - cataloguing the Eastern Fathers of the Church and their statements on St. Peter and his keys. Below are the historical comments of those who served Holy Mother Church in Constantinople. Many of the quotes focus on St. Peter as the Prince of the Apostles and the Keys of the Kingdom given to him by Christ Our Lord. Those unfamiliar with the...
  • Is Sarah Palin Building A Catholic Support Base For a 2016 Run?

    01/28/2013 2:31:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Palin4President 2016 ^ | January 26, 2013 | M. Joseph Sheppard
    McCain Suggest A Pro-Life Catholic Could Have Won In 2012 Update; "The Catholic Bandita" AT THIS LINK headlines "best wishes to Sarah Palin as she leaves Fox news". An interesting take as full support to Sarah is given as a person but not politically because of her endorsement of Rand Paul in his senate race. I would be confident the political support would return if Sarah ran though. *************************************************************** Original post; If Sarah Palin's latest Tweets and the announcement of her next speaking engagement are examined it is very clear that the religious aspect of her focus has, at least...
  • Why Mormons Do Better Youth Ministry Than We Do

    01/28/2013 2:16:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/28/2013 | Greg Stier
    In light of the skyrocketing popularity of Mormonism in the United States helped along by the Broadway Musical, "The Book of Mormon", Mitt Romney and your nice Mormon neighbors I thought it would be good to recycle this five year old article I wrote. The thesis? Mormons do better youth ministry than the average Protestant church! Read on and see if you agree with me… "Let's face it. Most of us look at the clean cut Mormon missionaries that peddle the streets of our city and knock on the doors of our houses as somewhat out of date. Although they...
  • History: What Did Francis of Assisi Mean When He Said, “If Necessary Use Words”?

    01/28/2013 2:13:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/28/2013 | Timothy Paul Jones
    You’ve probably heard the quotation at least a few times, most likely in a sermon encouraging people to live their faith in the world. “‘Preach the gospel at all times,’ Francis of Assisi said. ‘If necessary, use words.’” It’s a heartwarming sentiment with two flaws. First off, St. Francis never said it; second, even if St. Francis spoke these words, they aren’t true. Mark Galli puts the historical myth to rest in an article that reads, in part, First, no biography written within the first 200 years of his death contains the saying. It’s not likely that a pithy quote...
  • Catholic College Engages Atheism Head-on

    01/28/2013 2:06:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 1/25/13 | Ron Csillag
    TORONTO (RNS) Talk about an unlikely course in an unlikely place. The main chapel at Jesuit-run Regis College at the University of Toronto is adorned with stained glass windows, icons of Mary and Joseph, and the Stations of the Cross. The eight-week course, which meets every Wednesday afternoon, is on atheism. Or more precisely, “Responding to 21st-Century Atheism.”Atheism “has become militant, aggressive and proselytizing,” said Lewis, a Jesuit scripture scholar, who teaches the class with three other scholars. “It’s made great in-roads and is now socially acceptable. If you’re young and educated and believe in God, you’re (seen as) a...
  • Progress Report in Promoting Christian Unity

    01/28/2013 2:01:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/25/13 | Michael J. Miller
    Cardinal Kurt Koch on the recent dialogues with Eastern Orthodox and Lutherans, and the effect of the "Arab Spring"The President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, was recently interviewed by the German Catholic news agency KNA. What follows is an English translation of selected questions and answers from that interview. KNA: Your Eminence, the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity is the occasion for an ecumenical assessment. Where do we stand today?Cardinal Koch: I hope that we are not standing but rather walking, and that we can take further steps in all the dialogues that...
  • Pope Calls on Faithful to Dedicate Sunday to the Lord

    01/28/2013 1:26:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 1/28/13 | Junno De Jesús Arocho Esteves
    Releases Doves as a "Symbol of the Spirit of God"In his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Benedict XVI called on the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square to live Sunday not only as a day of rest and of the family, but above all as a day "to dedicate to the Lord." Addressing thousands of pilgrims, the Holy Father called to mind the Sunday Gospel of St. Luke, where Jesus enters the synagogue on the Sabbath. The Pope noted that Jesus Christ, as a devout believer, "does not neglect the weekly liturgical rhythm." Continuing his commentary on the Gospel, the Holy...
  • Construction of 200 Orthodox Churches in Moscow May Take 10-20 Years - Moscow Mayor's Aide

    01/28/2013 1:19:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 1/18/13
    Moscow, January 28, Interfax - The implementation of a program for the construction of 200 Orthodox churches in Moscow may take 10 to 20 years, Vladimir Resin, an advisor to the Moscow mayor and a State Duma deputy, told journalists. "I think the whole program may take 10 to 20 years. It is important not only to build them, but also make them habitable," Resin said. The program will take such a long time as the construction is being financed only by donations, he said. "Our goal in implementing the program is to commission at least 10 [churches] a year,"...
  • How can a man be the husband of 2 wives if the 1st wife was put away for adultery? (Mt. 5)?

    01/28/2013 10:46:27 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 55 replies
    1/28/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    This may seem like a round about way of dealing with this topic, and it does get your attention, but the scriptures are clear on this (adultery/marital unfaithfulness): Jesus said that a man would leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the two would be one flesh. Jesus also said (Matthew chapter 5) that a man (or woman) may put away their mate for marital unfaithfulness and remarry. In light of this, since Jesus sanctioned the remarriage, and would not consider the former mate to be the man's wife any longer, this man can be a...
  • Turkish Muslim Who Murdered Catholic Bishop While Shouting “Allah Akbar” Gets Reduced Sentence

    01/28/2013 9:17:07 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    FrontPage ^ | January 27, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Let’s quickly recap how disgusting the behavior of the Islamist Turkish government has been in the case of the murder of Bishop Luigi Padovese.Bishop Luigi Padovese was the Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia and President of the Turkish Bishops’ Conference. The Bishop’s driver and murderer, Murat Altun, had claimed to be Catholic, but prior to a trip to Cyprus, the Turkish government warned the Bishop that his driver was an Islamist and potentially dangerous. The Turkish government was worried about the murder of the Pope resulting in a major international incident.The Bishop chose to stay home to protect the Pope...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LOW SUNDAY, 01-28-13

    01/28/2013 9:08:51 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-28-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LOW SUNDAY The first Sunday after Easter, contrasting it with the high feast a week before. In Latin it is termed Dominica in albis (Sunday in white) because the newly baptized set aside their white baptismal robes on that day. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Poll on abortion, what's your view? Vanity

    01/28/2013 8:26:14 AM PST · by MeOnTheBeach · 52 replies
    Question: What should the law be regarding abortion? a. 100% illegal, no abortions should ever done? b. Legal in the case of a serious threat to the life of the mother? c. Legal in the case of rape or incest? Other? (please explain) Thanks!
  • The Long War Against the Family

    01/28/2013 7:35:39 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 1 replies
    Crises Magazine ^ | January 28, 2013 | Ryan N. S. Topping
    The progressive cultural elite has long perpetuated prejudices against the family that, unchallenged, lead to its ruin. Among several I cite three: (1) the assertion that marriage makes men and women less free; (2) the assumption that children are a burden; and (3) the insistence that sexual differentiation is a fiction. These three ideas represent, as it were, three waves of the anti-family movement of the past 150 years. The first is the Marxist contribution; the second is the eugenicist; the third is the fruit of recent gender theorists. Social conservatives too often play a battle of catch-up with the...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - January 27th, 2013 (Dispensational Caucus)

    01/28/2013 5:21:00 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 27, 2013 | Uploaded by JD Farag
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - January 27th, 2013 Pastor JD does an in-depth study of who's involved in a yet future nuclear attack against Israel as prophesied in Ezekiel 38, and why it matters to us.
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/28/13)[Prayer]

    01/28/2013 4:57:07 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/28/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures El Bethel - GOD of the House of GOD(Genesis 35:7) There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 28, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/28/2013 4:43:06 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/28/13 | Joel Osteen
    Do This for Your Health! Today's Scripture “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” (Proverbs 14:30, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria It’s so easy to let the pressures and distractions of life pull our thoughts away from the Father. It doesn’t take long before we are so focused on earthly things that we feel overwhelmed and all stressed out. But, we weren’t meant to live anxious about life; we were meant to live in peace. Did you know the best thing you can do for health is to set your...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 28, 2013]

    01/28/2013 4:42:13 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    How Could Someone So Persecute Jesus! "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" —Acts 26:14 Are you determined to have your own way in living for God? We will never be free from this trap until we are brought into the experience of the baptism of “the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11). Stubbornness and self-will will always stab Jesus Christ. It may hurt no one else, but it wounds His Spirit. Whenever we are obstinate and self-willed and set on our own ambitions, we are hurting Jesus. Every time we stand on our own rights and insist that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-28-13, M, St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor/Church

    01/27/2013 8:47:10 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-28-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 28, 2013 Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church     Reading 1 Heb 9:15, 24-28 Christ is mediator of a new covenant:since a death has taken place for deliverance from transgressions under the first covenant, those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance. For Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands, a copy of the true one, but heaven itself, that he might now appear before God on our behalf.Not that he might offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters each year into the sanctuary with blood...
  • The New Nazis

    01/27/2013 6:15:25 PM PST · by cricket · 12 replies
    FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE ^ | Jan. 26, 2013 | Frontpage Magazine
    New nazism; or the same 'old' one. Hard to disengage radical Islam hate/tortures/totalitarianism from those of Nazi Germany; and clear; these two hate-based 'ideologies' shared common ground/hate; and still do; and only have to note the Hitler as icon among Islamists, today to 'get it'. That the Left 'so embraces' both; should shout a message; but in this case; there is no authentic Media in the forest; and the trees are falling; and there is not a sound to be heard.
  • Not So Golden State Decriminalizes Euthanasia

    01/27/2013 3:13:36 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | January 27, 2013 | JP
    Jack Koency, an 86-year-old California man, was one of nearly 1.5 million surviving World War II veterans. He was neither terminally ill, nor bedridden, nor immobile. His neighbors remember him as quiet and good natured. Koency died at the hands of Elizabeth Barrett, an acquaintance of his. She served the decorated war vet a cup of yogurt in which she ground up a lethal dose of Oxcontin with two other medications. Barrett, a social worker, pled guilty a fortnight ago to so-called “assisted suicide.” She could have received up to three years in state prison for her role in Koency’s...
  • Pope transfers responsibility for catechesis, seminaries

    01/27/2013 2:21:51 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | January 25, 2013
    Vatican City, Jan 25, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict has written two new directives modifying the departments in the Roman Curia which are responsible for catechesis and the formation of priests throughout the Church. The Pope gave the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization the task of “caring for...the relevant instrument of evangelization that the Catechism, along with catechetical teaching in all its diverse forms, represents for the Church in order to bring about a more organic and effective pastoral outreach.” “This new pontifical council will be able to provide the local churches and the diocesan...
  • ''We Don't All Define Liberty the Same Way. . . ''

    01/27/2013 2:18:27 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 4 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | January 26, 2013 | Jack Kinsella
    The Moocher King's second inauguration was pretty much as terrifying as was the first one. He promised to keep piling on the entitlements, cheering his constituency and further enraging the shrinking middle class that will have to pay for them, despite promises to put the entire burden on 'the rich'. "We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future," Obama said. They...
  • On The Wonder of The Word of God – A Homily for the Third Sunday of the Year (Latin Church)

    01/27/2013 2:16:33 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 26, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Gospel for this Sunday is continued next week and so perhaps we can await an analysis of it until then. The First reading from Nehemiah 8 is a wonderful meditation on the glory and wonder of the Word of God and it deserves our attention.The background of the text is that Israel, in 587 BC had been conquered by the Babylonians and the survivors of that war were led into exile in Babylon. After 80 years the Persians conquered the Babylonians and Cyrus, King of Persia, permitted the Jews to return to the Promised Land. Sadly, only a small...
  • Septuagesima Sunday (Ecumenical) (But with most of them God was not well pleased.)

    01/27/2013 2:04:21 PM PST · by narses · 3 replies
    1962 Sunday Missal Mass Readings/Propers for Septuagesima Sunday Colors: Purple INTROIT Psalm 17: 5-7 The sorrows of death surrounded me, the sorrows of hell encompassed me; and in my affliction I called upon the Lord, and He heard my voice from His holy temple. -- (Ps.17. 2, 3). I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength: the Lord is my firmament, my refuge, and my deliverer. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . -- The sorrows of death surrounded me . . . COLLECT - Graciously hear, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the prayers of Thy people, that...
  • CELIBACY AND THE PRIESTHOOD - 30 Questions and Answers

    01/27/2013 1:46:13 PM PST · by NYer · 79 replies
    zna ^ | January 25, 2013 | John Flynn, LC
    ROME, January 25, 2013 (Zenit.org). Why can’t priests marry? It’s a question people often ask and the requirement of celibacy has also been blamed as one of the causes of sexual abuse by priests.A recently published translation of an Italian book addresses the topic in a question and answer format, “Married Priests? Thirty Crucial Questions about Celibacy” (Ignatius Press). It is edited by Arturo Cattaneo, with contributions from a wide variety of scholars.We are faced with a great educational challenge in explaining the Church’s teaching on priestly celibacy, admitted Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.He likened...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    01/27/2013 1:39:48 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 14 replies
    1-27-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 45:24 In Jehovah is All my Righteousness and Strength.
  • Genesis and Homosex: Beyond Sodom

    01/27/2013 12:57:02 PM PST · by Jandy on Genesis
    Just Genesis ^ | Jan. 26, 2013 | Alice C. Linsley
    In the dispute over homosexuality the Bible plays a less significant role than in the past because it is viewed as a book of miracles and supernatural revelation, having nothing to do with science and the modern understanding of sexuality. This is not based on objective assessment; it is rooted in the Enlightenment rejection of the Bible, especially Hume's dismissal of miracles. Hume argued that unless universals in religion could be ascertained, no religious truth claims can be verified. Since Hume's time, anthropologists have identified universals in religion, notably burial in red ochre, serpent veneration, and water shrines. Kant also...
  • Call Him 'The God Father': Husband and Dad Will Become Catholic Priest -- and Take Vow of Celibacy

    01/27/2013 12:31:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 304 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | 1/24/13 | Corky Siemaszko
    John Cornelius, who is married, will be ordained this weekend -- and sex-free life beginsJohn Cornelius will be ordained a Roman Catholic priest this weekend — and with the blessing of his wife they're giving up their sex life. Cornelius, a father of three, will become the first married Roman Catholic priest in New York — and Sharyl, his wife of 33-years, has agreed to the whole celibacy thing. “We have decided to do that voluntarily,” Cornelius told WGRZ-TV. “I have always had friends that are Roman Catholic priests and I appreciate what they've given up to serve God and...