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  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 31, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/31/2013 4:47:03 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/31/13 | Joel Osteen
    The Best Time Today's Scripture “The vision is yet for an appointed time...” (Habakkuk 2:3, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The scripture says, “The vision is for an appointed time.” That means there is a specific time already determined for the fulfillment of the desires God has placed in your heart. The appointed time is the best time! We have to trust that God can see the big picture for our lives. He knows what’s up ahead. He knows what we’re going to need, who we’re going to need, and when they need to show up. If...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 31, 2013]

    01/31/2013 4:44:59 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do You See Your Calling? ". . . separated to the gospel of God. . ." —Romans 1:1 Our calling is not primarily to be holy men and women, but to be proclaimers of the gospel of God. The one all-important thing is that the gospel of God should be recognized as the abiding reality. Reality is not human goodness, or holiness, or heaven, or hell— it is redemption. The need to perceive this is the most vital need of the Christian worker today. As workers, we have to get used to the revelation that redemption is the only...
  • On God the Almighty Father

    01/30/2013 9:22:36 PM PST · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 30, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On God the Almighty Father "Despite the Crisis of Fatherhood in Many Societies, the Scriptures Show us Clearly what it Means to Call God 'Father'" VATICAN CITY, January 30, 2013 (Zenit.org). Here is a translation of the General Audience Pope Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. Dear Brothers and Sisters, In last Wednesday's catechesis we focused on the words of the Creed: "I believe in God." But the profession of faith specifies this statement: God is the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I should like to reflect with you now on the first, fundamental definition of...
  • 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...