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  • Does God Have a Super Bowl Favorite?

    02/03/2013 7:29:33 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 41 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | February 3, 2013 | JP
    The decidedly secularist Sports Illustrated – evidenced by the busty swimsuit models it teasingly features on the home page of its web site (alongside the latest sports news, which is what “SI” is supposed to be about) – thought the occasion of the Super Bowl would be the perfect time to weigh in on the subject of Christianity and football. The cover of its February 4 issue, still available on newsstands, has a picture of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, under the headline: “Does God Care Who Wins the Super Bowl?” In the cover shot, Lewis is up to his...
  • First Documents From Vatican Library Go Online

    02/03/2013 6:24:22 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    (Vatican Radio) More than six centuries after it was founded by Pope Nicholas V, the Vatican Library announced this week that it has made a first selection of ancient manuscripts available for consultation online. The first 256 documents to be digitalised form part of a broader project to make a large section of this prestigious archive freely available to students, scholars, researchers and teachers. The library, founded in 1451, has been supported in this work of digitalisation by a Ł2 million grant from the Polonsky Foundation and other sponsors. Speaking to Vatican Radio on Wednesday, the prefect of the Vatican...
  • Charity Can Never be Separated from Faith, Pope Writes in Lenten Message

    02/03/2013 6:15:04 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Christian faith and an impulse to charity are “intimately linked” and can never be in conflict, Pope Benedict XVI writes in his Lenten Message for 2013. In his message-entitled "Believing in Charity Calls Forth Charity”—the Pope reminds readers that during the Year of Faith he has called upon Catholics to reflect on the fundamental doctrines of faith. Faith, he writes, is a “personal adherence…to the revelation of God’s gratuitous and ‘passionate’ love for us, fully revealed in Jesus Christ.” The Christian response to God’s love, the Pope says, “is always open-ended; love is never ‘finished’ or ‘complete.’” Rather, Christians find...
  • Republican Jesus™

    02/03/2013 5:44:30 AM PST · by EBH · 17 replies
    Addicting Info ^ | 2/9/2012 | Justin "Filthy Liberal Scum" Rosario
    Or “How I Learned to Stop Thinking for Myself and Just Trust Republican Jesus.” When I was a kid, I was taught that the Pilgrims fled to the New World to escape religious persecution. Somewhere in there, I learned that we don’t have a national religion and people were free to practice whatever religion they wanted. That was kind of it as far as religion went in my history classes and overall education. Sure, Jews were mentioned in the context of the Holocaust but more as a race than a religion. I did, however, attend Synagogue for a few years...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/3/13)[Prayer]

    02/03/2013 5:31:55 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/3/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures El Hayyay - GOD of My Life(Psalms 42:8) By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me--a prayer to the God of my life.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 3, 2013]

    02/03/2013 5:22:39 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Becoming the “Filth of the World” "We have been made as the filth of the world . . ." —1 Corinthians 4:13 These words are not an exaggeration. The only reason they may not be true of us who call ourselves ministers of the gospel is not that Paul forgot or misunderstood the exact truth of them, but that we are too cautious and concerned about our own desires to allow ourselves to become the refuse or “filth of the world.” “Fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ . . .” (Colossians 1:24)...
  • Of The Will Of God, And The Sovereignty Of It

    02/03/2013 2:11:26 AM PST · by HarleyD · 14 replies
    John Gill's Library ^ | Unknown | John Gill
    Having considered the attributes of God which belong to his understanding, as an intelligent Spirit, his knowledge and wisdom, I now proceed to consider his Will, and the sovereignty of it. And shall, 1. Prove that there is a Will in God; for in all intelligent beings there is a will, as well as an understanding; as in angels and men, so in God; as he has an understanding which is infinite and unsearchable; so he has a will, to do what he knows is most fitting to be done. His understanding influences and guides his will, and his will...
  • Are You Part of the Great Catholic Migration of the 21st Century?

    02/02/2013 10:48:10 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 26 replies
    Canterbury Tales ^ | January 30, 2013 | Dr. Taylor Marshall
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Are you part of the Great Catholic Migration of the 21st Century? Ever since my post "My Initial Doubts about the Latin Mass" also known affectionately as the "Grover Mass Post," I have been receiving numerous Facebook messages, emails, and comments from Catholics who read this blog and want advice about their current "parish crisis." The messages go like this: My priest tells off-color jokes in the homily. What should I do?The local RCIA instructor taught that contraception is a "personal decision" and when I asked the priest about it, he didn't think it was a big deal.In...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Greek Orthodox Church

    02/02/2013 9:51:00 PM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Greek Orthodox Church 1254. What is the Greek Orthodox Church? There are some 16 different Orthodox Churches existing independently of one another. After the first really definite break with Rome when Photius, Patriarch of Constantinople, left the Catholic Church in the ninth century, the Eastern Church followed in the path of all schismatical Churches, splitting up into further divisions. Eight of these separate sections of Orthodoxy have their own Patriarchs, namely, Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, Constantinople, Bulgaria, Rumania, Russia, and Servia. The others lack definite rule. The term "Greek Orthodox Church" is popularly applied to any or all of these Churches;...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-03-13, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    02/02/2013 9:12:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 56 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-03-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 3, 2013 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Jer 1:4-5, 17-19 The word of the LORD came to me, saying:Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I dedicated you,a prophet to the nations I appointed you. But do you gird your loins;stand up and tell themall that I command you.Be not crushed on their account,as though I would leave you crushed before them;for it is I this daywho have made you a fortified city,a pillar of iron, a wall of brass,against the whole land:against Judah’s kings and princes,against its priests and...
  • L.A. Archdiocese's reaction too little, too late

    02/02/2013 7:40:34 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 54 replies
    The horror, the sordidness of the awful abuse of children by figures of spiritual authority is not much assuaged by current Archbishop Jose Gomez relieving Cardinal Mahony of "all public duties" after mounting evidence showed he shielded pedophile priests from law enforcement. So Mahony won't be overseeing the Sacrament of Confirmation at Our Lady of the Angels anytime soon. But he is not only still a priest who can perform Mass - he is still one of the 120 cardinals who form the leadership of a church with more than 1.1 billion adherents worldwide, in a line going back to...
  • Will Christian Leaders Finally Compromise on ObamaCare?

    02/02/2013 7:04:02 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 12 replies
    CSTNEWS ^ | February 2, 2013 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    A response to my column, “Catholics Defy ObamaCare! What About Fundamentalist Churches and Universities?” reveals a lack of understanding many people have as to the responsibility of Christians in the face of government intrusion into their ministries. Most people obviously do not understand what all historians have known for two thousand years. The second century church leader, Tertullian observed, "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church." Pagans (all non-Christians) observed that Christians who willingly went to their deaths influenced numerous unbelievers to trust Christ who then themselves became martyrs. My critic sarcastically asked, "And how much...
  • Funeral Etiquette: Why Bringing a Funeral Procession through a Burger Drive-thru is a Bad Idea

    02/02/2013 3:23:55 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 1, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The video below shows “American tacky” in all its glory. A man who loved Burger King dies and his family honors him by taking the funeral procession through the Burger King “drive thru.” Free Burgers for all on the way to the Cemetery, hearse and all.I’ve seen worse, I have to admit. Probably at the top of the list is and “Funeral Home Drive- thru” where the deceased is actually on display in a window. No need to get out of your car and actually visit the family. No, that’s too much trouble and lacks the kind of convenience we...
  • Archbishop Gomez praised for ideal approach to LA removals

    02/02/2013 1:48:40 PM PST · by NYer · 47 replies
    cna ^ | February 1, 2013 | Carl Bunderson
    Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. Credit: Patrick Novecosky/Legatus. Los Angeles, Calif., Feb 1, 2013 / 05:22 pm (CNA).- Archbishop José Gomez's decision to relieve Cardinal Roger Mahony and Bishop Thomas Curry of their duties in the L.A. archdiocese is being welcomed as “the best possible thing he could have done.” “The archbishop has in one stroke, opened up the doors and let in the sunlight,” historian and author Charles Coulombe told CNA Feb. 1. “It is an enormously difficult task he has taken on...it would have been the case no matter what he did.” “However, he handled it brilliantly, wisely,...
  • NY cardinals remember Mayor Koch as friend to Catholics

    02/02/2013 1:28:33 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | February 1, 2013
    His Eminence and Hizzoner, by John Cardinal O'Connor and Mayor Edward I. KochJune 1989 New York City, N.Y., Feb 1, 2013 / 07:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Cardinal Edward Egan responded to the death of New York City Mayor Ed Koch with praise for the Jewish official's collaboration and friendship with Catholics. “He will have special place in my prayers, and in those of the Catholic community he loved and worked closely with, this weekend,” said Cardinal Dolan, who has been Archbishop of New York since 2009. Cardinal Dolan said that as a young priest in...
  • Catholic brothers to face-off as Super Bowl coaches

    02/02/2013 1:18:07 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | February 2, 2013 | Hillary Senour
    Super Bowl XLVII Coaches Press Conference. Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images. San Francisco, Calif., Feb 2, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Brothers John and Jim Harbaugh, coaches of the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, respectively, have seen their fair share of sibling rivalry – but this weekend's Super Bowl should prove to be a contest like no other. The last time the brothers squared off on the same field was Thanksgiving of 2011 where John led his Baltimore Ravens to a victory over Jim’s San Francisco 49ers, while at the same time putting an end to...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/02/2013 12:40:09 PM PST · by Irish Rose · 13 replies
    February 2, 2012 | Irish Rose
    Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. (Isaiah 55:1-3)
  • Prayers from the Freep crew requested

    02/02/2013 12:36:19 PM PST · by Axenolith · 42 replies
    Me | Axenolith
    My surviving Grandfather on my mothers side is knocking at the Lords door. It will be any time now. He was born march 13 1912, and he is passing at the house he retired in, in the mountains, with family, and never spent any time in hospitals and such.
  • "Nothing Equipped Me To Deal With This" – After Gomez Rebuke, Mahony Hits Back (Cath Caucus)

    02/02/2013 10:27:16 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | February 1, 2013 | Rocco Palmo
    Hours after Cardinal Roger Mahony's successor announced that the retired LA prelate would "no longer have any administrative or public duties" in the nation's largest diocese after the release of damning sex-abuse files from early in Mahony's quarter-century tenure, it should come as little surprise that the "born fighter" wouldn't take Archbishop José Gomez's blockbuster move quietly. At 11.30am Pacific, the cardinal posted a letter he wrote to Gomez in response on his blog.  Dated today, below is the full text, with Mahony's preceding explanatory note. *    *    * Friends in Christ,This morning I sent this letter to Archbishop Jose...
  • For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

    02/02/2013 9:35:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Smithsonian.com ^ | 1/29/13 | Mike Dash
    In 1978, Soviet geologists prospecting in the wilds of Siberia discovered a family of six, lost in the taigaSiberian summers do not last long. The snows linger into May, and the cold weather returns again during September, freezing the taiga into a still life awesome in its desolation: endless miles of straggly pine and birch forests scattered with sleeping bears and hungry wolves; steep-sided mountains; white-water rivers that pour in torrents through the valleys; a hundred thousand icy bogs. This forest is the last and greatest of Earth's wildernesses. It stretches from the furthest tip of Russia's arctic regions as...