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  • Love is as Loves Does: A Meditation on the Litany of Love In St. Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians

    02/05/2013 2:38:22 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 4, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In his great treatise on the Theological Virtue of Love, St. Paul sets forth a kind of symphony in three movements. In yesterday’s post we saw the first movement, wherein he teaches on the primacy and prerequisite of love to inform other virtues, lest they lack either a proper balance or proper object. Indeed, without love many of our excellencies, good though they are can become detached, disordered, and even dangerous.Today is set forth the second movement wherein St. Paul and the Holy Spirit describe love in a litany-like manner. The litany is both memorable and vivid.MOVEMENT II. The PORTRAIT...
  • Can abortionists really be Christians?

    02/05/2013 2:22:35 PM PST · by Morgana · 41 replies
    LAN ^ | Cassy Fiano
    There’s something disturbing about abortionists, and the activists who support them, pretending that Jesus would be totally cool with abortion. You can kill babies all day long and still be a Christian, like, for sure! That’s the latest claim from one abortion supporter, Reverend Matthew Westfox, the associate minister at All Souls Bethlehem Church. He’s insisting not only that you can be an abortion worker and still be a Christian, but that you’d also be serving God as you rip the little babies from their mothers’ wombs! Hallelujah! Many times in my ministry, a conversation with abortion clinic staffers that...
  • Quebec school to appeal to Canadian Supreme Court for right to teach Catholic religion course

    02/05/2013 2:12:25 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 4, 2013 | PETER BAKLINSKI
    MONTREAL, Quebec, February 4, 2013(LifeSiteNews.com) – A private Catholic high school in Montreal has decided to appeal to Canada’s highest court in its fight for academic and religious freedom. Loyola High School will appeal a decision by Quebec’s Court of Appeal that forces the Jesuit-run school for boys to cease teaching its Catholic course on religion and morality and switch to the “secular” and “neutral” Ethics and Religious Culture course (ERC) provided by the province’s government. Catholic critics of the ERC have said that the course promotes moral relativism as well as ethical positions that clearly violate Catholic teaching. In...
  • Making sense of another ambiguous ‘compromise’ - Bishops Must Take ‘Right Action Whatever Cost’

    02/05/2013 2:05:36 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Philly ^ | February 4, 2013 | Archbishop Chaput
    To live well is nothing other than to love God with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul and with all one’s efforts; from this it comes about that love is kept whole and uncorrupted (through temperance). No misfortune can disturb it (and this is fortitude). It obeys only [God] (and this is justice), and is careful in discerning things, so as not to be surprised by deceit or trickery (and this is prudence). – Augustine The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that prudence is the auriga virtutum, the “charioteer of virtues.” It’s “right reason in action,” the...
  • Gandhi and Guns: The Mahatma Championed Right to Bear Arms

    02/05/2013 12:15:31 PM PST · by ubipetrusest · 1 replies
    The College Fix ^ | January 20, 2013 | Kushagra Aniket
    At a time when President Obama has announced severe gun control proposals, it might come as a surprise to note that Mahatma Gandhi, one of the greatest champions of non-violence and someone whom the president counts among his personal inspirations, actively campaigned for the right to bear arms during the Indian freedom struggle. Today it is often argued that a large part of the purpose behind the Second Amendment—protection against the prospect of government tyranny—is unjustified or irrelevant. But this argument is strikingly similar to the one advanced by the British colonialists who presented themselves as the redeemers of their...
  • Same-Sex Wedding Cake Refusal Could Cost Christian Baker

    02/05/2013 9:14:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 72 replies
    EWTN ^ | 2/5/13
    The Oregon state attorney general's office is investigating a Christian baker who declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Aaron Klein, owner of the Gresham, Ore. bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa, told The Oregonian newspaper he chose not to make the cake because he believes marriage is “a religious institution between a man and woman as stated in the Bible.” “When someone tells me that their definition is something different, I strongly disagree. I don’t think I should be penalized for that.” His business, which he co-owns with his wife, could face as much as $50,000 in...
  • Ignore 'Prophets of Doom' Predicting End of Religious Life, Pope Says

    02/05/2013 9:11:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 2/4/13 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI asked nuns, brothers and priests not to listen to the "prophets of doom" who say that consecrated life has no future or that it has no meaning in today's world. "Do not join the prophets of doom who proclaim the end or the lack of meaning of consecrated life in today's church; rather clothe yourselves with Jesus Christ and put on the armor of light ... remaining awake and vigilant," Pope Benedict told consecrated virgins and men and women who belong to religious orders. Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass with the religious Feb....
  • With God in Russia

    02/05/2013 8:25:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | 1/23/13 | Tim Kelleher
    Colbert Report chaplain and envoy-at-large to the entertainment community, Jim Martin, S.J., has announced the very good news that Walter Ciszek’s With God In Russia, is now available on Kindle, courtesy of America Press. For anyone not yet familiar with Ciszek or this book, I urge you to get hold of it. You will be rewarded by encountering heroic sanctity, not through the hagiographic distancing of centuries, but in the searing light and existential detail of a time still very much our own. It is an opportunity to be with someone who loved God the way so many of us...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: IMMURATION. 02-05-13

    02/05/2013 7:40:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-05-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):IMMURATION A shutting up, an enclosing. The symbolic closing of the door of a cloistered cell, voluntarily done, by a religious who attends the religious services through an opening in the chapel wall. In some cases, rare nowadays, food, light, and air are received through a window of the hermitage that is built adjoining the chapel proper. It also refers to a method of burial by which bodies are enclosed in chambers and vaults of solid masonry, for example where the native soil is impracticable for burial. Mummified bodies recovered from such places were falsely exhibited...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    02/05/2013 7:03:43 AM PST · by Hiskid · 17 replies
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  • Were those who assembled on the Day of Pentecost already believers (saved) before that Day arrived?

    02/05/2013 6:54:39 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 71 replies
    2/5/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Many saw Jesus ascend into heaven on the Mount. Before this, Jesus told them to tarry in Jerusalem where they would be endued with power. Not many days afterwards, on the Day of Pentecost, tongues of fire appeared above those who had assembled together, and they spake with tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance. Now, a question that I have asked more than one person is this: were those who spake with tongues saved (believers) before the Day of Pentecost or before the moment they spake with tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance? If these believers were already...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/5/13)[Prayer]

    02/05/2013 4:57:28 AM PST · by left that other site · 22 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/5/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Elohim Kedoshim - Holy GOD(Joshua 24:19) 14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 5, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/05/2013 4:44:19 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 2/5/13 | Joel Osteen
    Declare the Shift is Coming! Today's Scripture “You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways.” (Job 22:28, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Today I declare that a shift is coming. Whatever you need — a shift in your health, a shift in your finances, or a shift in a relationship. It may not look like anything is happening in the natural, but we serve a supernatural God. He’s about to breathe in your direction in a new way! The enemies you have seen in the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 5, 2013]

    02/05/2013 4:43:12 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Are You Ready To Be Poured Out As an Offering? (1) "If I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all" —Philippians 2:17 Are you willing to sacrifice yourself for the work of another believer—to pour out your life sacrificially for the ministry and faith of others? Or do you say, “I am not willing to be poured out right now, and I don’t want God to tell me how to serve Him. I want to choose the place of my own sacrifice....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-05-13, M, St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

    02/04/2013 10:41:10 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-05-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 5, 2013   Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr   Reading 1 Heb 12:1-4 Brothers and sisters:Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to usand persevere in running the race that lies before uswhile keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus,the leader and perfecter of faith.For the sake of the joy that lay before himJesus endured the cross, despising its shame,and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners,in order that you may not...
  • Pro-choice pastor: Churches must “lead charge” against abortion stigma

    02/04/2013 5:17:46 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    Many times in my ministry, a conversation with abortion clinic staffers that began with talking about the spiritual needs of patients ends on a far more personal note…. An office manager told a colleague of mine that she braces herself every time she checks the mail, wondering how many hate letters she’ll come across, and wants a sacred community to turn to for support. One clinic counselor said she misses the rituals and music of her faith community, and often thinks about trying to find a church, but worries about being judged or shunned when small talk leads to questions...
  • World’s largest Marian statue unveiled in Bolivia

    02/04/2013 4:33:22 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 72 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | February - 4 - 2013
    La Paz, Bolivia, Feb 4, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- The largest statue of the Virgin Mary in the world, dedicated to Our Lady of Socavon, was inaugurated at a Feb. 1 ceremony in the city of Oruro, Bolivia. Rolando Rocha, the lead sculptor for the project, told reporters that more than simply “a work of engineering and art,” the monument “is an act of faith that strengthens our traditions.” Towering at 149 feet, the statue is located on a 12,000-foot mountain south of La Paz, the country’s second largest city. It stands 22 feet taller than the Christ the...
  • Catholic hospital acknowledges error [St Thomas More Hospital unaware of lawyer's "fetus" arguments]

    02/04/2013 12:45:07 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/4/2013 | Associated Press
    DENVER (AP) — A Catholic hospital on Monday acknowledged it was "morally wrong" for its attorneys to argue in court that a fetus is not a human being under Colorado law. [SNIP] In joint statements released Monday morning, the Bishops and CHI said the operation was "unaware" of the lawyers' legal arguments. They said that CHI executives acknowledged "it was morally wrong" to make that contention because it "directly contradicts the moral teachings of the Church." The statements also noted that, while the legal status of the fetus was key to getting the case dismissed before trial, the hospital also...
  • Catholics shopping season begins for Lent, Easter

    02/04/2013 12:39:39 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 6 replies
    Catholic.org ^ | 2/4/2013 | Catholic Online
    LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Whether it's blessed Papal rosaries, devotional icons, or wedding bands for the summer, Catholics like to shop. Unfortunately, a common challenge for Catholics is finding where to shop. While most communities have catholic stores, shoppers tend to find limited selection and are locked into paying a single price, or worse, having to choose to visit a secular store for their gifts. Thankfully, the internet is making shopping as easy as a Google search. Catholic Online has managed to make shopping easier for Catholics by aggregating in one place, hundreds to thousands of products sold...
  • 'Not believing in God makes life more precious': meet the atheist 'churchgoers'

    02/04/2013 9:53:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 02/04/2013 | Esther Addley
    "I feel sorry for the church next door, waiting for their three people to trickle in," says Nick Julius, glancing at the small adjacent hall that will shortly be hosting its own gathering. There are still 40 minutes before the Sunday Assembly, an atheist service run by two standup comedians, is due to begin, but a queue of eager congregants is already forming outside a grand but crumbling former church in Islington, north London, hands shoved deep into pockets against the cold. Julius arrived an hour early, just to be sure of a place at the service, which is described...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JEROBOAM II, 02-04-13

    02/04/2013 7:47:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-04-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):JEROBOAM II The son of King Joash of Israel. Jeroboam ruled the Northern Kingdom from 783 to 743 B.C., a long, prosperous reign. Several important military victories and relative instability in the Assyrian court enabled Jeroboam to extend his territory and exercise firm control. But the prophets Hosea and Amos deplored the moral and religious condition of the country (II Kings 14:23-29). His reign illustrated the oft-repeated historical phenomenon of economic prosperity corrupting the spiritual life of a people. "Yahweh indicts the inhabitants of the country; there is no fidelity, no tenderness, no knowledge of God...
  • Limits of Religious Tolerance: Protestantism in Belarus

    02/04/2013 7:26:29 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    Belarus Digest ^ | 24 January 2013 | Paula Borowska
    Last month New Life, a Protestant Church in Minsk, celebrated its victory: the authorities allowed them to pray in the cowshed. Over the last five years, this Protestant community had to go through over 30 court hearings and their success has a bitter aftertaste. Protestantism in Belarus undergoes a renaissance. Albeit the Protestant communities appear to be the fastest-growing, the case of the New Life proves how the authorities make their life difficult. Today restrictive legal framework hinders activities and growth of Protestant churches. The authorities create obstacles which prevent Protestants from obtaining buildings for prayers and unfriendly attitude of...
  • "The Pope's Project" – In US Debut, Rome's "Grand Inqusitor" Talks the Ordinariates

    02/04/2013 7:21:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | 2/2/13 | Roccp Palmo
    In his first American appearance as the Vatican's chief guardian of church teaching, the new CDF prefect Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller delivered the keynote earlier today at a Houston symposium (video) on Anglicanorum coetibus, marking a year since the establishment of the H-Town based ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter. Under the provisions of B16's 2009 constitution that carved a path for groups of Anglicans to enter the Catholic communion en masse while maintaining aspects of their spiritual, liturgical and juridical heritage, Müller's "Holy Office" is tasked with global oversight of the project, which now encompasses three diocese-like jurisdictions...
  • Pret A Manger forced to withdraw 'Virgin Mary' crisps ["it's 'offensive to Jesus's mother'"]

    02/04/2013 7:19:38 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3 February 2013 | Helen Collis
    Coffee and sandwich chain Pret A Manger has withdrawn its 'Virgin Mary' brand of crisps after a flurry of religious complaints. The coffee-shop made the costly decision to pull the brand after campaigners on the Protect the Pope website pointed out the offensive crisps branding to its members. Responding to the complaints, the religious website says Pret a Manger has 'apologised for any unintentional offence they have caused and have indicted that they will give any unsold crisps to the homeless'. Posting on the website, Deacon Nick Donnelly, says: 'Clive Schlee (Pret CEO) has admitted to a reader of Protect...
  • USCCB, 4 Protestant Communities Agree to Recognize One Another’s Baptisms

    02/04/2013 7:12:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Representatives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Presbyterian Church-USA, the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the Reformed Church in America, and the United Church of Christ have signed an agreement formally pledging to recognize one another’s baptisms when water and the Trinitarian formula are used. In 1948, the Holy Office declared that “baptism conferred in the sects of the Disciples of Christ, the Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, [and] Methodists” is “presumed as valid unless in a particular case it is proven to the contrary,” as long as “the necessary matter and form have been used.” In 1993,...
  • US Protestants More Likely Than Catholics to Own Guns, Poll Says

    02/04/2013 6:54:55 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 33 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | Feb 04, 2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    Gun owners in the country tend to be men, white, married and living in the South, shows a Gallup study published Friday. The analysis of surveys for the last five years also shows that Protestants are more likely to own guns than Catholics. An average of 30 percent of Americans said they personally own a gun and another 14 percent said they did not personally own a gun but live in a household with someone who does, according to an analysis of Gallup surveys of some 6,000 U.S. adults from 2007 to 2012. The study also found that men, at...
  • Church Should Have More Control Over Russian Life: Putin

    02/04/2013 6:43:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/1/13
    (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday the Orthodox Church should be given more say over family life, education and the armed forces in Russia, as he celebrated the leadership of its head Patriarch Kirill. Faith runs deep in Russia after the fall of the officially atheist Soviet Union and Putin has looked to the largest religion in Russia for support since he began his third term as president after a wave of protests against his rule. He has also tried to mix spirituality with his own brand of patriotism in order to unify the officially secular country where...
  • Romanian Court Orders Skyscraper Demolished to Protect Catholic Cathedral

    02/04/2013 6:10:56 AM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    NC Register ^ | February 4, 2013 | VICTOR GAETAN
    BUCHAREST, Romania — David defeated Goliath, again, last week in Romania’s capital city when an appeals court issued a final ruling in favor of a humble cathedral pitted against a gigantic steel office tower, concluding a seven-year legal and political struggle. In an unprecedented, definitive decision, the court ordered a 19-story skyscraper demolished and the land restored to its prior condition — a small, city park. Concurring with several lower court decisions, the judge concluded that the office tower, known as Cathedral Plaza, was illegally constructed without proper permits or authorizations in a brazen gesture that threatened the cathedral’s physical...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 4, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/04/2013 5:09:18 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | Joel Osteen
    The Year of Acceleration Today's Scripture For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Psalm 84:11, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I believe with all my heart that this year, God’s people are coming into a shift. For those who have been faithful and have honored and obeyed God, I declare that He is going to put you in a position that you could not have ever gotten into on your own. He is bestowing favor and honor...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 4, 2013]

    02/04/2013 5:07:10 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    The Compelling Majesty of His Power "The love of Christ compels us . . ." —2 Corinthians 5:14 Paul said that he was overpowered, subdued, and held as in a vise by “the love of Christ.” Very few of us really know what it means to be held in the grip of the love of God. We tend so often to be controlled simply by our own experience. The one thing that gripped and held Paul, to the exclusion of everything else, was the love of God. “The love of Christ compels us . . . .” When you...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/4/13)[Prayer]

    02/04/2013 4:36:26 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/4/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Elohe Mauzi - GOD of My Strength(Psalms 43:2 For You are the God of my strength; why have You rejected me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-04-13

    02/03/2013 8:38:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-04-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 4, 2013 Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Heb 11:32-40 Brothers and sisters:What more shall I say?I have not time to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah,of David and Samuel and the prophets,who by faith conquered kingdoms, did what was righteous, obtained the promises;they closed the mouths of lions, put out raging fires,escaped the devouring sword;out of weakness they were made powerful, became strong in battle,and turned back foreign invaders.Women received back their dead through resurrection.Some were tortured and would not accept deliverance,in order to obtain a better resurrection.Others endured mockery, scourging, even chains...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/03/2013 7:09:05 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    2-3-13 | Kitty Mittens
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - February 3rd, 2013 (Dispensational Caucus)

    02/03/2013 5:03:03 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 3, 2013 | Uploaded by JD Farag
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - February 3rd, 2013 Pastor JD talks about the significance of the Israeli strike on a convoy on the Lebanon-Syria border as it relates to Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49.
  • A word for the Body Of Christ [charismatic caucus]

    02/03/2013 4:54:02 PM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    I am creating a Regime change , though I bring you pastors, though I bring you prophets and leaders and though I bring through My Spirit and Messengers miracles , signs and wonders "KNOW" I AM Your First Fruit and "TRUE SHEPHERD " ! Heed My words that are about to come for I am constructing , pruning and restoring My Bride into one "AS ONE" . Do not struggle with this but welcome it for you are about to be joined together into My River Of Life as " ONE BODY IN CHRIST " and this shall be a...
  • A “Rule of Life” for Prophets: A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year

    02/03/2013 3:43:13 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 2, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Prophets are those who speak for God. They Love God, and they love his people, and speak the very true (and often painful) truth of God to his people. They do so not to win an argument, but because of their love and conviction that only the undiluted truth of God can save us in the end.People-pleasing and other forms of human respect cannot supplant the reverence for God and His truth. Thus Prophets are willing to endure pain and suffering to proclaim God’s truth to an often unappreciative segment of God’s people. But out of love for God and...
  • February 3rd - Four Chaplain's Day

    02/03/2013 10:30:32 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://www.americanminute.com ^ | February 3, 2013 | William Federer
    On the frigid night of FEBRUARY 3, 1943, the overcrowded Allied ship U.S.A.T. Dorchester, carrying 902 servicemen, plowed through the dark waters near Greenland. At 1:00am, a Nazi submarine fired a torpedo into the transport's flank, killing many in the explosion and trapping others below deck. It sank in 27 minutes. The two escort ships, Coast Guard cutters Comanche & Escanaba, were able to rescue only 231 survivors. In the chaos of fire, smoke, oil and ammonia, four chaplains calmed the sailors and distributed lifejackets: Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed; Lt. John P. Washington,...
  • Why I’m optimistic about Christianity’s future

    02/03/2013 8:22:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 02/03/2013 | Johnnie Moore
    've been asked more times than I can remember by secular people and the secular press if Christianity is now, truly...finally...a dying religion. The scenario plays out a bit like this. A reporter, after rattling off a steady stream of apocalyptic examples "supported by research," then asks something like: "Given the decline of Christian influence in our society, and around the world, is Christianity on a respirator?" At this moment, I think they expect me --us -- to jump on the blame bandwagon, and moan on about why Christianity is in danger of being relegated to history's dustbin. If you're...
  • 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...