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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...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/2/13)[Prayer]

    02/02/2013 5:51:42 AM PST · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/2/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures El Hay - The Living GOD(Joshua 3:10, Jeremiah 23:36, Daniel 3:26) This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-02-13. F, Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas)

    02/01/2013 9:35:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-02-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 2, 2013 Feast of the Presentation of the Lord   Reading 1 Mal 3:1-4 Thus says the Lord God:Lo, I am sending my messengerto prepare the way before me;And suddenly there will come to the templethe LORD whom you seek,And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.But who will endure the day of his coming?And who can stand when he appears?For he is like the refiner’s fire,or like the fuller’s lye.He will sit refining and purifying silver,and he will purify the sons of Levi,Refining them like gold or like silverthat...
  • Can Paul VI be beatified?

    02/01/2013 6:01:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 61 replies
    Dici ^ | 1-02-2013 | SSPX
    Can Paul VI be beatified? On December 20, 2012, Benedict XVI authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree recognizing the “heroic virtues” of Paul VI, pope from 1963 to 1978. Now only a miracle obtained through the intercession of Paul VI is necessary to proceed to his beatification. Apparently the postulator for his cause, Fr. Antonio Marrazzo, has already chosen a case to present to the medical commission, the cure of an unborn child diagnosed with severe malformation. According to Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa’s Vatican Insider, the beatification could take place in 2013. Paul...
  • Chiapas: Expelled Christians Living in Barn

    02/01/2013 3:15:04 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 50 replies
    Voice of the Martyrs ^ | February 2013 page 9 | Voice of the Martyrs
    Chiapas: Expelled Christians Living in BarnFebruary 2013 issue, page 9 “We aren’t delinquents; we’re people who love God and respect society.” A leader of a Christian group of 27 families in Altamirano, Chiapas, Mexico were expelled from their community “just for being evangelicals,” according to a recent report in a Chiapas newspaper. And now the families, which include about 40 children, are living in a cattle barn because they have nowhere else to go. VOM has been providing basic needs to expelled Christians like these through a dedicated pastor who volunteers his time to help. Last year, we provided the...
  • EWTN says new (Obamacare HHS) mandate proposal likely brings no relief

    02/01/2013 2:37:14 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | February 1, 2013
    Michael P. Warsaw, President and CEO of EWTN. Washington D.C., Feb 1, 2013 / 01:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Eternal World Television Network said today that the new suggested rule on the federal contraception mandate is likely inadequate to protect its religious liberty. “We will continue to study this notice with our attorneys, but are highly doubtful it will provide EWTN with any relief from this immoral mandate,” said Michael P. Warsaw, president and CEO of EWTN Global Catholic Network. Last February, EWTN became the first Catholic organization to file a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate on the grounds...
  • Waiting for the hat to drop: Card. Mahony relieved of duties in Los Angeles [Catholic Caucus]

    02/01/2013 1:51:36 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 1, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Archbishop of Los Angeles, Most Rev. José H. Gomez, has said “Effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties.” See the pdf of the letter HERE.What this means is that His Eminence cannot be any sort of representative for the sitting Archbishop or for the Archdiocese. Canon law itself gives Cardinal some faculties. According to can. 357§2, “in those matters which pertain to their own person, cardinals living outside of Rome and outside their own diocese are exempt from the power of governance of the bishop of the...
  • Here’s the BSA Boy Scouts of America Pro-Sodomy Policy Change Proposal

    02/01/2013 1:34:17 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Holy Souls Hermitage ^ | January 31, 2013
    MEDIA STATEMENTBoy Scouts of America Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 Attributable to: Deron Smith, Director of Public Relations“For more than 100 years, Scouting’s focus has been on working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. Scouting has always been in an ongoing dialogue with the Scouting family to determine what is in the best interest of the organization and the young people we serve.“Currently, the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation. This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and...
  • Vancouver Archbishop Defends Proposed Protestant Law School Against Attacks by Gay Activists

    02/01/2013 1:18:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 2/1/13 | Patrick B. Craine
    Editor’s note: Archbishop J. Michael Miller issued the following statement of support for Trinity Western University’s proposed law school on Friday.VANCOUVER, Feb. 1, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A recent pastoral letter from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops pointed out a disturbing trend – worldwide and in Canada – of bias, prejudice, hate propaganda, discrimination and persecution of others because of their religious beliefs. Efforts to deny Trinity Western University the right to a law school on the basis of its religious principles are an example of the threats to freedom of conscience and religion that are becoming increasingly common in...
  • The Latest From the “Pius Wars” Front

    02/01/2013 8:50:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/31/13 | Michael Coren
    The new book, Soldier of Christ, published by Harvard University Press, is a definitive biography of Pope Pius XII.There’s a running joke in Canada about our charming sense of delicate hubris. A Toronto newspaper headline wryly proclaims: “Man Lands on Moon. Boots made in Montreal!” In other words, we’re only 30 million strong and we’re invariably mistaken for quiet Americans, and so when we do achieve something remarkable, even of a minimal variety, we like people to know. Which is why the world needs to know that what will now be the standard life of Pope Pius XII—the definitive biography...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CONOPAEUM, 02-01-13

    02/01/2013 8:23:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-01-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CONOPAEUM Veil covering the outside of the tabernacle in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. It may be white, gold, or the liturgical color of the priest's vestments for the day. There is normally an opening in the front of the veil, to allow the tabernacle to be opened for removing and reposing the Holy Eucharist. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (2/1/2013)

    02/01/2013 8:05:29 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 16 replies
    February 1, 2013 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Ronald Reagan, born February 6, 1911 23 This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, 24 but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah (NIV) ----
  • Service of G-d or Bondage to Man

    02/01/2013 7:50:08 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 7 replies
    Manhigut Yehudit ^ | 2/1/'13 | MK Moshe Feiglin
    "I am Hashem your G-d Who took you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage." (From this week's Torah portion, Yitro, Exodus 20:2) Values always come on a ladder. They have no significance if they are not set out in the proper order of preference; what is more important, what comes first and what is the foundation for all the rest. The first commandment of the Ten Commandments in this week's Torah portion is the starting point and the foundation for the entire structure of values that follows. There is a G-d Who redeemed us from...
  • Contraceptive Insurance Mandate Faces Change [religious organizations will be able to opt out]

    02/01/2013 7:49:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    WCVB Boston ^ | 2/1/13
    WASHINGTON (CNN) —Religiously affiliated organizations will be able to opt out of providing their employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives under updates to an Obama administration mandate that the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to unveil on Friday, according to two sources. In March, after an uproar among religious institutions that didn't want to pay for contraceptives, the Obama administration offered several policy suggestions that would require the administrator of the insurance policy, not the religious institution or the insurer, to pay for contraception coverage and invited comment on those proposals. The administration is expected to detail...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/1/13)[Prayer)

    02/01/2013 7:23:15 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/1/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures El Hakabodh - The GOD of Glory(Psalms 29:3) The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.
  • The Death and Life of X Gamer Caleb Moore

    02/01/2013 7:21:41 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 33 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | February 1, 2013 | JP
    Caleb Moore, the Winter X Games snowmobiler, went to be with Lord yesterday. He was 25 years old. The young man crash landed a week ago – much to the entertainment of millions watching on ESPN – attempting a back flip during the snowmobile freestyle finals. Initially knocked unconscious, the X game athlete awakened, woozily, was diagnosed with a concussion and, eventually, whisked to the hospital. While hospitalized, Caleb’s condition worsened. Docters found blood near his heart. This past Sunday, the Lord’s Day, the young man’s family issued a statement that his cardiac injury had led to a secondary injury...
  • LA Archbishop Relieves Retired Cardinal of Duties [Mahony, sex abuse fallout]

    02/01/2013 7:10:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 86 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/1/13 | Gillian Flaccus
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cardinal Roger Mahony, who retired with a tainted career after dodging criminal charges over how he handled pedophile priests, was stripped of duties by his successor as a judge ordered confidential church personnel files released. The unprecedented move by Archbishop Jose Gomez came less than two weeks after other long-secret priest personnel records showed how Mahony worked with top aides to protect the Roman Catholic church from the engulfing scandal. One of those aides, Monsignor Thomas Curry stepped down Thursday as auxiliary bishop in the Los Angeles archdiocese's Santa Barbara region. Gomez said Mahony, 76, would...
  • Possible lift of Boy Scouts' gay ban draws disappointment

    02/01/2013 6:45:30 AM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    cna ^ | February 1, 2013 | Adelaide Darling
    Boy Scouts salute the american flag. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Nat Moger. Washington D.C., Feb 1, 2013 / 12:28 am (CNA).- News that the Boy Scouts of America may soon approve of openly gay members and leaders has sparked a wave of concern and criticism throughout the country. Eagle Scout Andrew Hill, who lives in Philadelphia, said that he is “disappointed” that the organization’s leadership appears to have “caved to external demands.” “The Boy Scouts are now just another organization or public figure that has given in to societal pressure,” Hill told CNA on Jan....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 1, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/01/2013 4:45:21 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/1/13 | Joel Osteen
    Get Ready for a Shift! Today's Scripture I have declared the former things from the beginning; they went forth from My mouth, and I caused them to hear it. Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass. Isaiah 48:3, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that one touch of God’s favor can put you 50 years down the road? You can be at a lower position at work, just going along being your best, honoring God, and suddenly, things can change. One good break, one idea, one person who likes you, and suddenly, you...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 1, 2013]

    02/01/2013 4:44:26 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Call of God "Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel . . ." —1 Corinthians 1:17 Paul states here that the call of God is to preach the gospel. But remember what Paul means by “the gospel,” namely, the reality of redemption in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are inclined to make sanctification the goal of our preaching. Paul refers to personal experiences only by way of illustration, never as the end of the matter. We are not commissioned to preach salvation or sanctification— we are commissioned to lift up Jesus Christ (see...
  • A good friend is considering joining the Jehovah's Witnesses. What should he worry about?

    01/31/2013 8:44:30 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 143 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | 1/31/2013 | Me
    When I come by my friends house they are always there. They are polite to me but act like I'm interfering. Anyone here associated with them or been to their church? Thanks.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-01-13

    01/31/2013 7:58:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-01-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 1, 2013 Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Heb 10:32-39 Remember the days past when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a great contest of suffering.At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and affliction; at other times you associated yourselves with those so treated.You even joined in the sufferings of those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, knowing that you had a better and lasting possession.Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense.You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what...
  • Why a Protestant Pastor Became Catholic - Dr. Scott Hahn

    01/31/2013 7:01:05 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 65 replies
    youtube ^ | August 29, 2012 | Dr. Scott Hahn
    Dr. Scott Hahn has a number of different recorded talks where he discusses his conversion from being an Evangelical Protestant Pastor to becoming an ordinary Catholic layman. Some of those talks tend to focus more precisely on that specific period from when he was already a Protestant Pastor through his actual conversion to the Catholic faith, but this audio recording has a broader focus, and includes a longer period in his life, including some of the foibles of his youth. (This was originally just an audio recording, to which the "youtube" poster added some unusual slides for their "youtube video",...
  • Bishop Sample shares his Vision and Program for the New Evangelisation [Catholic Caucus]

    01/31/2013 6:08:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CaritasVeritas.blogspot.com ^ | October 11, 2011 | not given
    Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Bishop Sample shares his Vision and Program for the New Evangelisation At the final session of the Convocation of Priests serving in the Diocese of Marquette, Bishop Alexander Sample spoke about his vision or program for the New Evangelisation. He summed it up by saying: It's the Gospel of Jesus Christ! This is very much in line with Pope John Paul II's view: that there is no need for any new program. However, Bishop Sample highlighted two central themes that are, as it were, coming over the horizon: the renewal of the Sacred Liturgy the work...
  • Unpaid Mormon Leaders Get a Pretty Sweet Deal [So-called 'unpaid' bishops get $100,000 in benefits!]

    01/31/2013 5:05:06 PM PST · by Colofornian · 170 replies
    Mormon Coffee ^ | Jan. 31, 2013 | Sharon Lindblum
    Late last year (2012) a copy of the 2006 Mission President’s Handbook was posted on an individual’s blog site. This document, produced by the Mormon Church as a practical instruction manual for mission presidents, “contains basic policies and guidelines established by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to help you lead your missionaries and direct the work” (6). The book is not intended for general readership; “general” readers have found that it contains some things that are surprising in light of the public face that the Church puts forth. PaycheckOne such surprise is found in Appendix...
  • The Appeal of “Normal” Holiness: The Revolutionary Approach of St. John Bosco

    01/31/2013 4:11:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    WAU.org ^ | January 2013 | Leo Zanchettin
    The Appeal of “Normal” Holiness The Revolutionary Approach of St. John Bosco By: Leo Zanchettin Italy in the mid-1880s was not the best place for farming families. Many farms were failing, and in the face of mounting poverty, parents sent their sons into the cities to work in the rapidly expanding factories. Sadly, however, with no child labor laws, these boys were often subjected to very harsh conditions. Working for pennies a day, most of them could not even afford a place to live. They ended up sleeping in abandoned buildings or on the streets or in the fields...
  • Noah Found Grace...Genesis 6 pt 7

    And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the...
  • Canon lawyer: Bishop has warned National Catholic Reporter

    01/31/2013 2:03:10 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | January 31, 2013 | Carl Bunderson
    Dr. Kurt Martens, J.C.D., Associate Professor of Canon Law at Catholic University of America. Credit: Ed Pfueller/CUA. Washington D.C., Jan 31, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA).- A canon lawyer at the Catholic University of America says that a recent column by Bishop Robert Finn serves as a strong urging to the National Catholic Reporter to re-establish its fidelity to the Church. “What he's doing here,” Dr. Kurt Martens said, “is he's giving them a warning, saying 'Be careful, because...I've looked into the NCR's positions against authentic Church teaching on a number of issues.'” “He has, as a diocesan bishop,...
  • The Four Pillars of the Christian Life

    01/31/2013 1:49:23 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 30, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I and twelve other pastors, have been meeting recently to embark on a period and plan for renewal in our parishes. which focuses back on the fundamental mission of the Church, and of our parishes, and which seeks to restore a kind of back to basics approach to Church life.For too often many parishes are reduced from being lighthouses to clubhouses; from being thermostats which set the temperature of culture, to thermometers that merely record the temperature; from being places where Christ is central, and it is his wedding, to being places where Christ is merely an invited guest at...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LIBER USUALIS, 01-31-13

    01/31/2013 8:40:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-31-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LIBER USUALIS A liturgical book containing most of the Gregorian chants and readings in the Mass and the Divine Office of the Roman Catholic Church. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Hillary Clinton Only Secretary Since Nixon Years to Skip the Vatican

    01/31/2013 7:08:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/30/13 | Al Kamen
    A recent Loop item noted that outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite a record number of countries visited, was the only secretary in many years not to visit the Vatican — except for Warren Christopher. We were relying on the official records compiled by the State Department historian’s office. But some former top aides to Christopher insist the records are wrong, and they are pretty sure they were at the Vatican with President Clinton, Christopher and Pope John Paul II. Well, let’s see. The historian’s records say Christopher “accompanied President Clinton to meetings with Prime Minister Berlusconi, President Scalfaro,...