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  • Christ "alive" in us !

    01/30/2013 8:34:43 PM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 1-30-13 | Jedediah
    I have come that you may have life and have this abundantly, therefore as you release words of life to others I fill their wellspring with everlasting promises of life through restoration and as their wellspring fills, My joy that is their strength overwhelms their situations and proceeds to heal all within. So be My Wellspring of Life for others as I bear My fruit through you for you "ARE" a Living Testimony of My love I give Freely to ALL. John 7:37-38 Amplified Bible (AMP) 37 Now on the final and most important day of the Feast, Jesus stood,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-31-13, M, St. John Bosco, Priest

    01/30/2013 8:30:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-31-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 31, 2013   Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest   Reading 1 Heb 10:19-25 Brothers and sisters: Since through the Blood of Jesus we have confidence of entrance into the sanctuary by the new and living way he opened for us through the veil, that is, his flesh,and since we have “a great priest over the house of God,” let us approach with a sincere heart and in absolute trust, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope, for he...
  • Family’s agonizing trail leads to infant’s surgery

    01/30/2013 8:01:56 PM PST · by MediaMole · 5 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | Jan. 29, 2013 | Bella English
    Mary Gundrum, 20 weeks pregnant, was excited when an ultrasound revealed that she was going to have a baby boy. Then she looked closer and said, “What’s that in front of his face?” “That,” the doctor replied somberly, “is a problem.” The news was grim. The fetus had an encephalocele, a rare disorder in which part of the brain was exposed, covered in skin, outside the head. In this case, the brain was growing down into the roof of the mouth and protruding onto the face.
  • "Catholic Social Teaching" Rears its Ugly Head

    01/30/2013 5:25:26 PM PST · by HawkHogan · 22 replies
    "When I started this article about what we face in the 113th Congress, I was focused on the challenge and frustration of trying to govern with an intransigent minority that would rather wreck the economy than grow it. The tea party fringe of the Republican Party has held the government hostage and while their attitude has not changed, what is different is the experience and commitment of others to do what is good for the country. The President’s Inaugural address and the apparent “results” of the Republican “retreat” last week have lightened my mood and encouraged me to think that...
  • Confession to an SSPX priest a sin? [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    01/30/2013 2:59:30 PM PST · by NYer · 67 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 30, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader: While doing research I came across something that said that one of the faithful who knowingly receives a Sacrament from a priest without faculties commits a sin. I have always attended SSPX chapels and gone to confession there. But after what I read, I haven’t known what to do. I haven’t gone to Confession in months. I’m also afraid of having a disagreement with my parents. My Dad has very strong opinions about anything not connected with the SSPX. The Church’s law says clearly that if a priest lacks the faculties from proper authority to receive sacramental...
  • The USCCB files amicus brief in Supreme Court supporting DOMA, Prop. 8

    01/30/2013 2:36:21 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | January 30, 2013 | Carl E. Olson
    From Sister Mary Ann Walsh, for the USCCB:WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on January 29 filed amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court in support of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8, both of which  confirm the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.DOMA was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1996 and defines marriage for federal and inter-state recognition purposes. Proposition 8 is a state constitutional amendment approved by the citizens of California in 2008. Both laws are challenged because they define marriage exclusively...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PATRINI, 01-30-13

    01/30/2013 10:43:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-30-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PATRINI Sponsors at baptism. So called from the Medieval Latin term, which means those taking the place of parents. They undertake the office of spiritual patents toward those whom they bring to the baptismal font. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Armenian Catholic Archbishop on the Massacre in Aleppo: " We Are Addicted to Daily Horror "

    01/30/2013 10:27:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 1/30/13
    "The effect of the condition in which we have been living for more than a year is that we are now addicted to horror everyday." This is how the Archbishop of Aleppo of the Armenian Catholics, Boutros Marayati, describes the devastating situation to Fides Agency experienced by the inhabitants of the Syrian metropolis, where yesterday dozens of corpses of young victims were found. "There is always new news of massacres, there is the constant noise of bombing, one lives in a state of tension and fear day and night, there is a struggle to survive in a daily life in...
  • Portland's New Archbishop Known for His Emphasis on Vocations, Catechesis

    01/30/2013 9:42:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/29/13 | Catherine Harmon
    The Vatican announced this morning that Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette, Michigan will be the new archbishop of Portland, Oregon, succeeding Archbishop John Vlazny. From the Vatican’s statement on the new appointment: Bishop Sample, previously bishop of Marquette, Michigan, USA, was born in Kalispell, Montana, USA, in 1960, was ordained to the priesthood in 1990, and received episcopal ordination in 2006. In the national bishops’ conference he currently serves on the Subcommittees on Native American Catholics and on the Catechism. He is also vice-postulator for the cause for canonisation of Venerable Frederic Baraga, first bishop of the Diocese of Marquette....
  • Ever have back trouble? (ICR 'That's a Fact' video 1:15 mins)

    01/30/2013 8:04:48 AM PST · by fishtank · 2 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Nov. 17, 2012 | ICR
    "Ever have back troubles? Evolutionists would have you think that the root of back pain comes from evolutionary ancestors. But the fact of the matter is, two legs or four, we all get back troubles."
  • Pray for our Heroes and Nation

    01/30/2013 6:58:21 AM PST · by Hiskid · 17 replies
    1/30/13 | Kenneth Copeland
  • Exclusive: U.S. bishops say they’re willing to ‘go to jail’ over HHS mandate

    01/30/2013 5:26:02 AM PST · by NYer · 113 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 29, 2013 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Archbishop-elect Alexander Sample speaks with John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews' editor-in-chief WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 29, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As the Obama administration and the U.S. Bishops remain locked in battle over the HHS mandate, the question on the minds of many observers is: what lengths are the bishops willing to go to to oppose the mandate? The prelates LifeSiteNews spoke to after the Vigil Mass for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 24th indicated that they intend to do everything they can to oppose the mandate, including risking imprisonment if necessary. "I would be willing to go to jail in defense of religious...
  • 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
    1/29/13 | Hiskid
  • 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...