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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 7, 2013]

    02/07/2013 4:47:38 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Spiritual Dejection "We were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened" —Luke 24:21 Every fact that the disciples stated was right, but the conclusions they drew from those facts were wrong. Anything that has even a hint of dejection spiritually is always wrong. If I am depressed or burdened, I am to blame, not God or anyone else. Dejection stems from one of two sources— I have either satisfied a lust or I have not had it satisfied. In either case, dejection...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-07-13, OM, Bl. Pius IX

    02/06/2013 8:30:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-07-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 7, 2013 Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Heb 12:18-19, 21-24 Brothers and sisters:You have not approached that which could be touchedand a blazing fire and gloomy darknessand storm and a trumpet blastand a voice speaking words such that those who heardbegged that no message be further addressed to them.Indeed, so fearful was the spectacle that Moses said,“I am terrified and trembling.”No, you have approached Mount Zionand the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,and countless angels in festal gathering,and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven,and God the judge of all,and...
  • Why Did God Create Man? (Dispensational Caucus)

    02/06/2013 4:34:44 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 14 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | February 5, 2013 | Jack Kinsella
    The Bible tells us that it is the Lord Jesus Christ Who is the Creator of all things, including the heavens, the earth, and even hell. This mystery is revealed in the first chapter of the Book of John. John takes us back to creation, saying, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (1:1) In John's Gospel, the 'Word' (logos) is capitalized as a proper noun, since it is used in the sense of a title. "The same was in the beginning with God." John also reveals that, "All things...
  • National Evangelical Association urges Obama administration to drop HHS mandate

    02/06/2013 3:50:42 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    lsn ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), representing 40 denominations with more than 45,000 congregations, have released a statement urging President Obama to drop the proposed Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate on contraceptive and abortifacient coverage, even after the administration offered a limited ‘compromise’ slightly expanding religious exemptions to the rule. “The minor modifications announced today still require many Americans and their religious organizations to either violate faith and conscience or face heavy financial penalties,” wrote the group on Friday. “At the very least he should exempt all religious employers who object on grounds based in religiously informed...
  • Shape or be shaped: Christians in an era of marriage decline

    02/06/2013 3:29:06 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    LSN ^ | Carolyn Moynihan
    Christians throughout the West are dismayed at plummeting church attendance figures. They blame video games, or left-wing teachers, or Richard Dawkins. But perhaps the real answer is closer to home -- their own families. Divorce, single motherhood and cohabitation have been destabilising family life in America and other developed countries for decades. About one million children in the US each year experience the divorce of their parents, and more than half the children born to women under 30 are now born outside marriage. Reproductive technologies are also adding ambiguity -- and potential fault lines -- to family relationships. Christians as...
  • British Parliament Redefines Marriage

    02/06/2013 2:15:52 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | February 5, 2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Today the UK Parliament took the first legal steps to sanction same sex marriage. The implications of their re-definition of marriage are very ominous indeed, and the ignorant arrogance of their lawmakers is breath taking.Think about it for a moment. Nowhere, not in any time or any place, not in any culture or civilization from the most primitive jungle dwelling tribe to the most sophisticated society has marriage between two people of the same gender ever been contemplated. Some societies have accepted homosexuality or been lenient toward such practices, but no one has ever suggested that marriage could ever be...
  • Love Perfects and Completes All: The Conclusion of St. Paul’s Great Treatise on Love

    02/06/2013 2:03:49 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 5, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the great treatise on Love of 1 Corinthians 13, St. Paul sets forth a symphony of sorts in three movements, wherein he describes the Theological Virtue of Love. Over the past two days we looked at the first two movements:Movement I – The PRIMACY and PREREQUISITE of LoveMovement II – The PORTRAIT and POWER of Love today we conclude withMovement III – The PERFECTION and PERMANENCE of LoveThe text says,Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ORDINARY JURISDICTION, 02-06-13

    02/06/2013 1:19:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-06-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ORDINARY JURISDICTION The right to exercise authority when this right is attached to an ecclesiastical office. This is the jurisdiction enjoyed by the Pope over the entire Church, by a bishop over his diocese, and in the internal forum by the pastor over the members of his parish. Jurisdiction can be either personal or vicarious, depending on whether it is exercised by the officeholder or by someone he delegated. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Viewpoint: Dispelling the darkness [One BYU student recounts her battle with depression]

    02/06/2013 1:04:13 PM PST · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Aug. 17, 2012 | Katie Harmer
    I had my first panic attack somewhere around the age of 12... I thought...I would grow out of such episodes over time...As I got older, the attacks and periods of depression only grew more frequent and intense... For those inexperienced with depression, it’s not simply a few bad days or fleeting moments of unhappiness, but a constant, oppressive feeling of hopelessness. It interferes with your day-to-day life. It was difficult to focus or do anything. Some days it would take me hours to get out of the house simply because I couldn’t summon the will to do anything. Several times...
  • UVU professor's study puts focus on LDS women and depression

    02/06/2013 1:03:42 PM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    Deseret News [Owned by Lds church] ^ | Jan. 31, 2013 | Ben Lockhart
    ...LDS women in Utah are at risk for depression due to "toxic perfectionism" and a host of other cultural factors, according to a recent study presented at Utah Valley University... UVU professor Kris Doty..conducted a "qualitative exploratory study" by repeatedly interviewing 20 women over a one-year period. The women were diagnosed as depressed, signed up for the study and identified themselves as active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In her findings, Doty identified five major factors that she said led to depression among the study's participants — genetics, history of abuse, family relationships, feeling judged...
  • Pio Nono; Catholics and Cremation/ Life and Turbulent Times of [Blessed] Pius IX

    02/06/2013 12:02:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | February 07, 2008 | Elizabeth Lev
    Pio Nono; Catholics and Cremation Life and Turbulent Times of Pius IX February 07, 2008 |  By Elizabeth Lev ROME, FEB. 7, 2007 (Zenit.org).- It seems hard to believe that eight years have already passed since the 2000 Jubilee. For those in Rome the Holy Year remains memorable for many things, from the 25 million pilgrims to the ubiquitous presence of John Paul II exhorting people to sainthood in St. Peter's Square or manning the confessionals in the basilica. This week however, we remember another event of the year 2000: the beatification of Pius IX. The 256th successor of...
  • I’m telling you, it’s those Christians we need to worry about – ISLAM IS THE RELIGION OF PEACE

    02/06/2013 10:50:33 AM PST · by damonw · 25 replies
    The Religion Of Conquest ^ | 4/7/13 | Damon Whitsell
    Post contains the following article from 2008, a cool and humorous picture and video to make a point about Christian Terrorism (AKA abortion clinic bombings)- that being that they hardly ever happen and it is ridiculous to claim Christianity poses anywhere near the threat level of Islam. Even what is termed Christian Dominionism is way overblown by Liberals to point at Christianity when talking about Islam (there is a link in the article to material refuting those claims). So if you have a freind that says something along the lines of Christians are more of a concern that Islam,, send...
  • Archbishop Chaput slams phony ‘compromise’ on Obamacare HHS mandate

    02/06/2013 10:03:04 AM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    LSN ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    PHILADELPHIA, February 5, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Monday condemned the Obama administration’s proposed ‘compromise’ on the HHS birth control mandate in his weekly column for his diocesan newspaper. “The White House has made no concessions to the religious conscience claims of private businesses, and the whole spirit of the ‘compromise’ is minimalist,” the Archbishop wrote in the column, called Making Sense of Another Ambiguous ‘Compromise.’ At issue is the HHS mandate requiring private employers to provide health care plans that include contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortifacient drugs to female employees without copays. Churches are currently exempt...
  • The Rich, Not States, are Called to Help Others

    02/06/2013 9:17:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 2/6/13 | Anthony Esolen
    At the end of part eight in this series, I observed that Pope Leo XIII lays a heavy obligation upon the rich. What is that obligation? Who are the rich? Like Thomas Aquinas, whom he admired so well, Leo is quite practical. It is right for a man to provide for his family so that they may live in a “becoming” way, worthy of their high calling. That implies more than bare necessities. Think of the life of the Church. She is not Puritan. She does not follow the worldly pseudo-asceticism of Judas, who complains that the adulteress has lavished...
  • At 900 Years, Knights of Malta Confronts Modernity

    02/06/2013 9:09:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    CBs Atlanta ^ | 2/5/13 | Nicole WInfield
    ROME (AP) - Matthew Festing - aka His Most Eminent Highness The Prince and Grand Master of the Knights of Malta - bounds into the sitting room of his magnificent Renaissance palazzo sweaty and somewhat disheveled, and asks an aide if he should take off his sweater to be photographed. Garrulous and self-effacing, Festing embodies some of the paradoxes of a fabled Catholic religious order that dates from the medieval Crusades: Steeped in European nobility and mystique, the order's mission is humility and charity - running hospitals, ambulance services and old folks' homes around the globe. It has many trappings...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Will Put Catholics Under ‘Intolerable Moral Pressures’, Says Bishop [UK]

    02/06/2013 9:01:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/6/13 | Madeleine Teahan
    The legalisation of gay marriage will place Catholic professionals under “intolerable moral pressures”, the Bishop of Portsmouth has said. Following the vote on Tuesday night, where a majority of 225 MPs voted in favour of the Government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, Bishop Philip Egan said: “Just as the Church has been forced to abandon its adoption services, so too Catholics who work in the medical profession and in social services are going to find themselves under intolerable moral pressures. These pressures will also arguably be felt throughout our Catholic schools, by teachers, staff and parents.” The bishop expressed his...
  • German Catholic Church May Back Some "Morning-After Pills"

    02/06/2013 7:55:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 2/5/13 | Tom Heneghan
    PARIS (Reuters) - Germany's Catholic Church may approve some so-called morning-after pills for rape victims after a leading cardinal unexpectedly announced they did not induce abortions and could be used in Catholic hospitals. Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne, an ally of German-born Pope Benedict, changed his policy after two Catholic hospitals refused to treat a rape victim because they could not prescribe the pill, which is taken after sex to avoid pregnancy. The Catholic Church firmly opposes abortion and artificial birth control. Many Catholics see all emergency contraceptives as abortion-inducing drugs banned by this policy, but Meisner said some prevent...
  • Same-Sex Couples Cannot Adopt Russian Children

    02/06/2013 7:51:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/5/13
    Moscow, February 5, Interfax - Same-sex couples are prohibited to adopt Russian orphans, Presidential Children's Rights Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said in an interview published by Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Tuesday. "Our fundamental laws - the Constitution and the Family Code - have already declared that position. They define a marriage as a union of a man and a woman. Nothing else. Period," Astakhov said. There have been public protests in countries pondering same-sex marriage laws, such as France, the ombudsman said. Many people think they need a law banning homosexuality propaganda, just like Russia has endorsed, he said. "They say that...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    02/06/2013 6:55:14 AM PST · by Hiskid · 17 replies
    2/6/13 | Hiskid
    At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. (Col. 1: 3-4)
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/6/13)[Prayer]

    02/06/2013 5:45:48 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/6/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Elohim Machase Lanu - GOD Our Refuge(Psalms 62:8) Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.