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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 10, 2013]

    02/10/2013 6:24:49 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Is Your Ability to See God Blinded? "Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things . . ." Isaiah 40:26 The people of God in Isaiahs time had blinded their minds ability to see God by looking on the face of idols. But Isaiah made them look up at the heavens; that is, he made them begin to use their power to think and to visualize correctly. If we are children of God, we have a tremendous treasure in nature and will realize that it is holy and sacred. We will see God reaching...
  • Heresy Gets Things Done

    02/10/2013 6:24:05 AM PST · by don-o · 79 replies
    Q: Okay, so weve worked our way through the uncounted millennia between the emergence of man and the first glimmers of revelation, then the six-thousand-something years it took God to gradually tease out what he had in mind for mankind. On the face of it, the whole thing seems suspicious. Why go through all these fits and starts? Why feed us a series of tantalizing hints, to spice up a steady diet of red herrings and dead ends? Whyif God is so simple, perfect, and benevolentdid he reveal himself to mankind through a series of clues it would take Sherlock...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/10/13)[Prayer]

    02/10/2013 5:40:50 AM PST · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/10/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures El Nosei...The God Who ForgivesPsalm 99:8 יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֵינוּ֮ אַתָּ֪ה עֲנִ֫יתָ֥ם אֵ֣ל נֹ֭שֵׂא הָיִ֣יתָ לָהֶ֑ם וְ֝נֹקֵ֗ם עַל־עֲלִילֹותָֽם׃ O LORD our God, You answered them; You were a forgiving God to them, And yet an avenger of their evil deeds.
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-10-13, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    02/09/2013 8:41:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-10-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 10, 2013 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1Is 6:1-2a, 3-8 In the year King Uzziah died,I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne,with the train of his garment filling the temple.Seraphim were stationed above. They cried one to the other,Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!All the earth is filled with his glory!At the sound of that cry, the frame of the door shookand the house was filled with smoke. Then I said, Woe is me, I am doomed!For I am a man of unclean lips,living among a people of unclean...
  • Have You Come to Plunder? (Dispensational Caucus)

    02/09/2013 7:39:04 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 8 replies
    GracethruFaith ^ | February 9, 2013 | Jack Kelley
    Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will say to you, Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder? (Ezekiel 38:13) These questions will be directed at the leaders of Magog (modern Russia) by the uninvolved nations as they witness the surprise attack on Israel, prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39. Almost everyone agrees this attack is still in our future, and many have wondered what type of plunder would prompt Russia to undertake such an...
  • Visions of Jesus appearing to Muslims?

    02/09/2013 5:00:30 PM PST · by wesagain · 61 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | Michael Carl
    Your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions, asserts the promise of God from the book of Joel. Yet some of those men reportedly seeing visions and dreams are neither Jews nor Christians but Muslims. Whats more, Middle East evangelists report the dreamers are coming to Christianity because of their visions of Jesus. According to a CBN report, Christian Middle East evangelist Hazem Farrajs television program Reflections is reaching a large Muslim audience. Farraj told CBN that he hears from Muslims who report having dreams or visions of Jesus. Tom Doyle, an evangelist, pastor...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/09/2013 4:54:35 PM PST · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    February 9, 2013 | Irish Rose
    Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. SelahFor you have heard my vows, O God; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. (Psalm 61:1-5)
  • A Church of One

    02/09/2013 2:28:44 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | February 9, 2013 | Karl Keating
    Have you ever come across one of those Protestant sectarians who, finding heretics on all sides, has reduced authentic Christianity to just himself? Everyone else has it wrongcertainly the historic churches but just as certainly the denominations he used to be part of. One by one he became disenchanted with them, serially leaving one church for an even smaller church, until at length it was just himself and another fellow, whom he discovered to be as foul a heretic as he had ever met.That left our sectarian alone but confident that he had settled in the true religionconfident, but...
  • Pope will announce on Monday date for canonization for over 800 saints

    02/09/2013 1:44:37 PM PST · by NYer · 75 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | February 9, 2013
    February 9, 2013. (Romereports.com) Benedict XVI will announce on Monday the date for the canonization of over 800 new saints for the Catholic Church, during a consistory with cardinals. Among the soon to be saints are Mother Laura, the first Colombian saint, and Mother Lupita, the second female Mexican saint.    Mother Lupita co-founded the religious congregation of the Handmaids of Saint Margaret Mary and of the Poor in Jalisco, Mexico. Mother Laura Montoya founded the Missionaries of St. Mary Immaculate and St. Catherine of Siena to help local indigenous people.  The rest of the large group are the 813...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CYRENE, 02-09-13

    02/09/2013 10:03:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-09-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CYRENE The chief city of Cyrenaica, which would later become part of Libya. Simon of Cyrene was pressed into service by the soldiers on Good Friday to help Jesus carry his cross to Golgotha (Mark 15:21). Another Cyrenian mentioned in the New Testament was Lucius of Cyrene, one of the active prophets and teachers in the Church at Antioch (Acts 13:1). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/9/13)[Prayer]

    02/09/2013 4:37:17 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/9/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures El Nekamoth - GOD that Avengeth(Psalms 18:47) He is the God who avenges me, who subdues nations under me,
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 9, 2013]

    02/09/2013 4:14:39 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Are You Exhausted Spiritually? "The everlasting God . . . neither faints nor is weary" —Isaiah 40:28 Exhaustion means that our vital energies are completely worn out and spent. Spiritual exhaustion is never the result of sin, but of service. Whether or not you experience exhaustion will depend on where you get your supplies. Jesus said to Peter, “Feed My sheep,” but He gave him nothing with which to feed them (John 21:17). The process of being made broken bread and poured-out wine means that you have to be the nourishment for other people’s souls until they learn to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-09-13

    02/08/2013 9:33:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-09-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 9, 2013 Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Heb 13:15-17, 20-21 Brothers and sisters:Through Jesus, let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise,that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have;God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind. Obey your leaders and defer to them,for they keep watch over you and will have to give an account,that they may fulfill their task with joy and not with sorrow,for that would be of no advantage to you. May the God of peace,...
  • My Train Wreck Conversion..., I despised Christians. Then I somehow became one.

    02/08/2013 6:58:50 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 148 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 2/7/2013 9:26AM | Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
    The word Jesus stuck in my throat like an elephant tusk; no matter how hard I choked, I couldn't hack it out. Those who professed the name commanded my pity and wrath. I began researching the Religious Right.. Ken Smith encouraged me to explore the kind of questions I admire: Ken and his wife, Floy, and I became friends. I started reading the Bible. I read the way a glutton devours. I counted the costs. And I did not like the math on the other side.. Then, one ordinary day, I came to Jesus, openhanded..
  • (Vanity) Musical Thoughts: Metaphysical Musings From A Christian Music Video

    02/08/2013 5:37:02 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 31 replies
    grey_whiskers | 02-08-2013 | grey_whiskers
    Recently I was watching a YouTube video of Phil Keaggy. For those of you who do not know -- (which is to say, almost everybody) he is a Christian songwriter and guitarist who is a legend among guitarists; there are rumours floating around that Jimi Hendrix once called him "the best guitarist in the world."1 What is interesting is the comment threads which show up on YouTube under many of his videos. Generally one or two Christians will show up, with comments like "This is what Heaven must sound like" or "Praise GOD for Phil Keaggy's gift." Then usually, one...
  • Atheism as the new World "Religion" (ZOT!)

    02/08/2013 3:30:15 PM PST · by JaneAnna23 · 92 replies
    Cleantv.com ^ | Cleantv
    Hello fellow free republicans! I've been reading more and more online about how Atheists have started a movement to have Atheistic Churches the way doctrinal/theological religions do. Regardless of where you stand it's certainly a thought-provoking movement seeing as Atheism has long been an intellectual perspective of DOUBT in any religion. But I found an interesting video on youtube/cleantv.com about it. It's only 3 minutes so it is well worth your time. So check it out! I'm interested to see what others think about atheistic movements in our culture. http://www.clean.tv/Web/ProgramDetail.aspx?pid=670
  • What Is It About Ash Wednesday?

    02/08/2013 3:24:39 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | February 8, 2013 | RUSSELL SHAW
    Why is it that Ash Wednesday and Lent remain relatively popular even in highly secularized times like these? It’s a serious question that touches on matters deeper than might at first be supposed.The popularity I speak of can be seen year after year on Ash Wednesday, when people–some of them perhaps not all that often in church–stream up the aisle to get their ashes. Not a few then return for Mass or Stations of the Cross on weekdays during Lent. How come?The answer can found in Blessed John Henry Newman’s insistence on the supremacy of the “real” over the...
  • Judge Rules Against Cincinnati Archdiocese in Firing of Catholic School Employee

    02/08/2013 3:05:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    A senior US district court judge has ruled against the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in a case involving the dismissal of an employee who became pregnant by artificial insemination. Christa Dias, a computer technology coordinator at two schools, alleged that the archdiocese violated laws barring discrimination against pregnant employees. The archdiocese, in turn, invoked the ministerial exception to anti-discrimination laws. Judge S. Arthur Spiegel ruled that the ministerial exception, which was unanimously upheld last year by the United States Supreme Court, does not apply to non-Catholic employees such as Dias who do not teach Catholic doctrine.
  • Tale of Two Easters: Holy Land Catholics, Orthodox to Celebrate as One

    02/08/2013 3:01:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 2/7/13 | Judith Sudilovsky
    JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Ghassan Rafidi, 53, remembers enjoying celebrating Easter twice as a child in his village of Jifna. "We had two times to celebrate and two vacations. My father's family gave us gifts on the Greek Orthodox date, and my mother's family on the Catholic," said Rafidi, the son of a Catholic mother and a Greek Orthodox father. But today the Christian community has shrunk, and it is important that the celebrations be united, he said. Employers honor vacation on only one of the celebrations, putting pressure on families to decide which to celebrate, he said. "The Muslims always...
  • Catholic College Has Speaker Who Thanked God for Abortion

    02/08/2013 3:00:43 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    LifeNews ^ | February 8, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    Saint Louis University is the subject of controversy today after it allowed a pro-abortion speaker on campus last night. MSNBC TV host Touré Neblett spoke last night in the Carlo Auditorium of Tegeler Hall on “How Racism Functions Today and Ways to Deal with it to Get Success.”“Without question, one of Saint Louis University’s greatest strengths is our diversity,” said University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. “Here at SLU, people of diverse beliefs, diverse backgrounds and diverse faiths come together to learn, to live and to lead.”But pro-life advocates are alarmed because, on January 25, Toure’ gave a commentary on the...
  • The Plan to Save Catholic Schools: CARDINAL TIMOTHY M. DOLAN

    02/08/2013 2:55:56 PM PST · by xzins · 11 replies
    CatholicEducation.org ^ | 1 Feb 13 | CARDINAL TIMOTHY M. DOLAN
    It has been a somewhat somber Catholic Schools Week for me, since in the Archdiocese of New York we recently announced that 24 of our schools will be closing at the end of this academic year. This is Catholic Schools Week, when dioceses across the country celebrate the great gifts that are our Catholic schools. It has been a somewhat somber Catholic Schools Week for me, since in the Archdiocese of New York we recently announced that 24 of our schools will be closing at the end of this academic year. According to the National Catholic Education Association, the closings...
  • Gay activists celebrate Our Lady of the Lake Universitys new policy on homosexuals, transgenders

    02/08/2013 2:34:02 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 8, 2013 | TIM DRAKE
    SAN ANTONIO, February 8, 2013, (Cardinal Newman Society) - The New Civil Rights Movement, a homosexual activist blog, is celebrating reports that Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), a Catholic university in San Antonio, Texas, has become the first Catholic school in Texas to revise its student handbook to protect students, faculty and staff of the university from discrimination based upon “sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.” “By embracing this full vision of equality, we can realize the best nature of who we are and what we stand for at OLLU,” said Leda Barnett, assistant professor of political science. Work to change...
  • Enoch Walked With God

    02/08/2013 1:34:19 PM PST · by HarleyD · 12 replies
    Fire and Ice ^ | Unknown | Edward Griffin
    "And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him." Gen. 5:24 Enoch was the father of the long lived Methuselah and the great grandfather of Noah. It is said of him that he walked with God after the birth of Methuselah, three hundred years. It was a long time for a man to support a holy life and communion with God without any relapse worthy of notice. It is difficult for Christians now to do this for a single day: how remarkable then that he should have done it for the long space of three hundred...
  • Exorcism or Deliverance? Some Pastoral Reflections...

    02/08/2013 9:12:31 AM PST · by mlizzy · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 2-7-13 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is wide interest today in the topic of exorcism. The publication a couple of years of the The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Baglio, and the subsequent movie and interviews with Fr. Gary Thomas have sparked some of this interest. Prior to this other books such as An Exorcist Tells His Story by Fr. Gabriel Amorth and other such books had paved the way for the renewed interest.But frankly, another reason is that, as our world becomes more secular, families disintegrate and the outright celebration of sinful practices spreads, bondage to sinful drives, psychological trauma,...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (2/8/2013)

    02/08/2013 8:44:00 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 13 replies
    February 8, 2013 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Picture from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Heart_of_the_Milky_Way_-_Valentine%27s_Day.jpg Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV) ----
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SILAS, 02-08-13

    02/08/2013 8:42:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-08-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SILAS An active member of the first group of Christian leaders in Jerusalem. He was known also as Silbanus (I Thessalonians 1:1-11; II Thessalonians 1:1). He is mentioned several times as traveling with Peter or Paul and Timothy, perhaps acting as a kind of secretary or messenger (I Peter 5:12). On one occasion when Paul and Barnabas split up in disagreement, Paul chose Silas as a replacaement (Acts 15:40). when the council at Jerusalem was concluded and a message was prepared for the Christians in Antioch, assuring them that the Law of Moses was not an...
  • What If We ARE Alone? Discuss Implications if Earth has ONLY Intelligent Life in the Universe

    02/08/2013 8:37:47 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 131 replies
    Self | February 8, 2013 | PJ-Comix
    Most people seem to assume that the universe is chock full of intelligent life. But what if we ARE alone in the Universe? So far all SETI searches have shown no evidence of other civilizations out there. If you have devoted your life to searching for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, you are probably wasting your time. The more I study about the formation of the earth, the more convinced I am that the earth is pretty much a freak occurrence whose conditions for life or intelligent life exits nowhere else. So what are the theological implications of this?...
  • Um what, what is it ?

    02/08/2013 8:32:44 AM PST · by Revski · 2 replies
    Revski's Youtube Videos ^ | 2-8-2013 | Revski
    This animated video of a Northwestern rough legged hawk, brook fish, farm pig and Galapagos tortoise is to inspire faithful and dedicated living in Christ Jesus our Lord!
  • Two Sides to Orthodox-Greek Catholic Relations in Ukraine

    02/08/2013 7:45:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Byzantine Texas ^ | 2/7/13 | Josephus Flavius
    Moscow, February 7 (Interfax) - Apostolic Nuncio to Moscow Archbishop Ivan Yurkovich believes that problems in relations between Orthodox and Greek Catholics in western Ukraine have been leveled out today. "Those difficulties of the early 1990s today have been eradicated in many ways and there are many contacts, especially of personal and informal character, between the two Churches," he said in his interview published by NG-Religii paper. The nuncio noted that many people who knew the situation better than he did shared this opinion. According to Yurkovich, who was the Vatican's representative to Ukraine in 2004-2011, "it is important not...
  • Imitation of Jesus, Priest and Victim, and the Grace of Celibacy

    02/08/2013 7:37:28 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Homiletic and Pastoral Review ^ | 2/6/13 | Fr. Dwight Campbell
    By reason of our priestly consecration, we are called to be perfect imitators of Christ; we are called to be priests and victims in the manner of Jesus who is the Priest and Victim.(This was a talk delivered at a day of recollection for a group of young priests in Rockford, Illinois, in 2011.)Our Savior, Jesus Christ, is the Eternal High Priest who offered himself on the Cross as the true Paschal Lamb and Unblemished Victim for our redemption. By reason of our priestly consecration, we are called to be perfect imitators of him; we are called to be priests...
  • Vatican official says ending clerical sexual abuse is long-term effort

    02/08/2013 7:32:35 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    The Boston Pilot ^ | 2/8/2013 | Cindy Wooden
    ROME (CNS) -- The Catholic Church's efforts to prevent clerical sexual abuse and protect children around the world will be "a long-term effort," said Father Robert W. Oliver, a Boston priest who began work Feb. 1 as the promoter of justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. "All of us -- every single person has difficulty coming to understand what this really is and how prevalent it is in our societies across the world," said Father Oliver, whose position includes monitoring and investigating cases of priests accused of sex abuse. When one first hears of a case of...
  • Doctor Says Cardinal Meisner's Contraception Statement was Manipulated

    02/08/2013 7:22:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    EWTN ^ | 2/7/13
    News stories declaring that Cardinal Meisner will allow the "morning-after" pill for rape victims were the result of his words being manipulated and scientists giving him inaccurate information about the drug, according to a leading physician. "It seems that the cardinal's words were manipulated," Doctor Jose Maria Simon Castellvi told EWTN News Feb. 7. "In any case, the morning-after pill works as an anti-implantation product in 70 percent of the cases where the woman is fertile," said Dr. Simon, president of the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations. Cardinal Meisner of Cologne, Germany was drawn into the discussion about the...
  • Sales Booming for Baker Who Sticks to His Christian Faith

    02/08/2013 7:16:27 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | 2/7/13 | AP
    GRESHAM, OR (February 7, 2013) - Customers who want to show support for religious freedom have been ringing up sales at the "Sweet Cakes" bakery in Gresham, where owner Aaron Klein refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Klein told KGW that he's sticking by his decision despite the complaint by a lesbian couple to the state that could bring him a $50,000 fine. Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian says people who open their store to the public can't discriminate when customers come in to buy their goods.
  • Vatican II's changes reverberate today, Abilene Catholics say

    02/08/2013 6:59:23 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    Abilene Reporter News ^ | February 7, 2013 | Loretta Fulton
    For Paul Klein, its getting to say the Mass in English and not worrying about the salvation of his non-Catholic friends. For Emily Pafumi, its the opportunity and privilege of serving as a lay Eucharistic minister in her church. For Gail Wheeler, its watching altar girls as well as altar boys serving during Mass. All those changes came to the Roman Catholic Church as a result of the reforms started during the Second Vatican Council, commonly known as Vatican II, that took place from 1962-65. Reforms that began there still reverberate today, touching the lives of people who werent even...
  • Catholic Bishops Reject Obama Compromise on Contraception Coverage

    02/08/2013 6:21:34 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    Insurance Journal ^ | February 8, 2013 | David Morgan
    U.S. Roman Catholic bishops on Thursday rejected the Obama Administrations latest bid for compromise over a hotly disputed health policy that requires employees at religiously affiliated institutions to have access to insurance coverage for contraceptives. Cardinal Timothy Donlan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said his group would redouble efforts to reach an agreement on the contraceptives issue after more than a year of protest and scores of federal lawsuits from Catholics groups and other social conservatives. But the cardinal, one of the most prominent voices in the American Catholic Church, said new federal rules...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 8, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/08/2013 4:44:41 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/8/13 | Joel Osteen
    No Limit to His Power Today's Scripture Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save... (Isaiah 59:1, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When the Israelites were in the desert headed toward the Promised Land, they had manna to eat each day. After a while, they complained to Moses that they didnt have any meat to eat. Moses went to God and He said, Moses, Im going to give you meat not for one day or five days or twenty days, but for a whole month. Moses said, God, thats impossible. There are two million...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 8, 2013]

    02/08/2013 4:44:05 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Cost of Sanctification "May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely . . ." —1 Thessalonians 5:23 When we pray, asking God to sanctify us, are we prepared to measure up to what that really means? We take the word sanctification much too lightly. Are we prepared to pay the cost of sanctification? The cost will be a deep restriction of all our earthly concerns, and an extensive cultivation of all our godly concerns. Sanctification means to be intensely focused on God’s point of view. It means to secure and to keep all the strength of our...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/8/13)[Prayer]

    02/08/2013 4:30:58 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/8/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures El Marom - GOD Most High(or Exalted)(Micah 6:6) 6 With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? 7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-08-13, OM, St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita

    02/07/2013 9:19:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-08-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 8, 2013 Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Heb 13:1-8 Let brotherly love continue.Do not neglect hospitality,for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment,and of the ill-treated as of yourselves,for you also are in the body.Let marriage be honored among alland the marriage bed be kept undefiled,for God will judge the immoral and adulterers.Let your life be free from love of moneybut be content with what you have,for he has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you.Thus we may say with confidence: The Lord...
  • Who were the Essenes?

    02/07/2013 9:18:09 PM PST · by One Name · 12 replies
    Bible History Daily ^ | 02/07/2013 | Biblical Archaeology Review Staff
    A recent study has sought to determine by sophisticated new methods whether Khirbet Qumran was home to a Qumran community of sectarian Jews, the Essenes of Qumran. The new study by Eyal Regev of Bar-Ilan University examines the architectural plan of Qumran and applies so-called access analysis to map the sites spatial organization in order to uncover the social ideology of the Essenes of Qumran. Regev characterizes this approach to studying the Qumran community as social archaeology, now an established field of research which uses archaeological records to reconstruct the belief system and social organization of past societies.
  • Love Your Mormon Neighbors

    02/07/2013 4:42:47 PM PST · by Colofornian · 157 replies
    The Gospel Coalition.org ^ | Feb. 4, 2013 | John Divito
    I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly referred to as Mormonism. Since my parents were active members of the LDS Church, I went to church every Sunday. And like many of those raised in the church, I had a testimony, was baptized when I turned 8, received the Aaronic priesthood at 12, and had a temple recommend. But as I grew older, I became less interested in my Mormon faith. So at age 18, instead of serving my two-year mission as I had been raised to do, I decided to go to college. While...
  • Addressing the Top Five Misconceptions of Calvinism

    02/07/2013 12:06:49 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 198 replies
    The Confident Christian ^ | 2/3/2013 | Robin Schumacher
    Even though I embrace reformed theology (aka “Calvinism”) now, I understand the thinking behind articles such as Dan Delzell’s recent “Infant Baptism and 5-Point Calvinism are Limited”. I grew up under an Arminian pastor who I still deeply respect and admire that would nod in agreement with all the points Delzell makes in his post.When I first went to seminary, I studied systematic theology under a very well know theologian who espouses what he calls “moderate Calvinism”, which is really an inconsistent form of Arminian theology. At the time, that framework seemed logical to me.But when I started my Ph.D. studies,...
  • Cockroaches: The Mahoney Affair

    02/07/2013 11:51:10 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 16 replies
    ChurchMilitant.TV ^ | 02/07/13 | Michael Voris
    Cockroaches The Mahoney Affair is much more worrisome in what it holds for the future than its sins of the past.Cockroaches Hello everyone and welcome to The Vortex where lies and falsehoods are trapped and exposed. Im Michael Voris. Theres an old expression theres no such thing as just ONE cockroach. My mom, God rest her soul, used to use it a lot. She meant, that whenever you find one bad thing in a situation .. its generally the case that there are other bad things as well. Call it the Red Flag phenomenon. You know .. your suspicions...
  • Cardinal Mahony, Archbishop Myers Keep the Scandal Alive

    02/07/2013 10:21:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 2/6/13 | Phil Lawler
    Last Friday I was rejoicing over the news that one American archbishop, at least, finally seemed to get it regarding the sex-abuse scandal. Now Im afraid I was celebrating too soon. Within hours the smile had been wiped off my face, by two separate incidents that showed how thoroughly many bishops have missed the point. Cardinal Mahonys sad apologiaFirst Cardinal Roger Mahony, clearly stung by the news that Archbishop Jos Gomez had stripped him of his public functions in the Los Angeles archdiocese, released a defense of his own record, in the form of an open letter to his successor....
  • Catholic Bishop: Obama Is 'Proponent' of What is 'Shameful and Criminal in the Eyes of Almighty God

    02/07/2013 10:06:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 2/6/13 | Michael W. Chapman
    (CNSNews.com) Nicholas DiMarzio, the Catholic bishop of the diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y., says that in his zealous support for abortion, President Barack Obama has used his position not to help mothers and children in difficult circumstances but instead has been an advocate for that which is shameful and criminal in the eyes of Almighty God. In his column for the diocesan newspaper The Tablet, entitled Deeper Into the Culture of Death, Bishop DiMarzio praises Abraham Lincoln, the abolition of slavery, and notes how far the nation has come in electing Obama as president. DiMarzio also notes the 40th anniversary...
  • Arab Spring Turns into Islamic Winter for Christians

    02/07/2013 10:03:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 2/6/13 | Marco Tosatti
    The Open Doors 2013 World Watch List reveals that the countries where Christians are worst off are those where the Arab Spring revolts took placeFor the past year, Open Doors, a U.S.-based human rights organisation has been compiling the World Watch List which maps the religious freedom situation around the world. According to the data collected for the 2013 list, as many as eight out of ten States that have adopted repressive measures against Christians are Islamic. At the dawn of the third millennium, therefore, state Islam presents itself as an element of deep and continuous repression of religious freedom....
  • Debate: Is giving up alcohol, chocolate or biscuits the best way of marking Lent?

    02/07/2013 9:58:27 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 69 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 7, 2013
    In the paper this week we asked well-known Catholics what they plan to do for Lent. Frank Cottrell Boyce, writer of the Olympic opening ceremony, is giving up tea and coffee; Bishop Alan Hopes will give up bread; and Stuart Reid will stop reading blogs that make him angry. Ann Widdecombe is abstaining from every kind of drink except water. Sister Wendy Beckett, however, wont be giving up anything. During Lent I do nothing extra, she says. After all, it is surely a time less for giving up and more for looking up: up to Jesus on the Cross. Does...
  • Preparing for Lent: 9 Liturgical Gems from the Byzantine East

    02/07/2013 9:57:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Listers, the season of Lent is fast approaching. Our brethren in the East call the period of Lent the Great Fast, or alternatively, Great Lent. It is the most important of the four fasting seasons in the Eastern churches, since it is the preparation for the feast of feasts, namely Pascha, or Easter. In the Byzantine rite, the period of Great Lent is preceded by four Sundays (five in the Slavic reckoning), during which the faithful prepare themselves for the asceticism, prayer, and repentance which accompanies the Fast. The first of these is the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee,...
  • Coptic Pope Tawadros II Criticises Egypt's Islamist Leadership, New Constitution

    02/07/2013 9:51:00 AM PST · by marshmallow
    In interview with Associated Press, Egypt's recently-enthroned Coptic patriarch dismisses country's new national charter and questions efficacy of President Morsi's calls for national dialogueEgypt's Coptic patriarch delivered a cautious but unusually sharp criticism of the nation's Islamist leadership in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, dismissing the new constitution as discriminatory and rounds of national dialogues sponsored by the president as meaningless. Pope Tawadros II's dive into politics came as he tried to energize the spiritual solidarity of a demoralized community with a visit to a historic monastery that no Coptic pontiff has been to in decades because...
  • Moscow Patriarchate: progress in relations with Catholics, increased distances with Protestants

    02/07/2013 8:54:08 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 02/07/2013 | Nina Achmatova
    Moscow (AsiaNews) - Relations between the Russian Orthodox and Catholic Church in recent years are experiencing a " positive trend," due to the "clear recognition of the need to join forces in defence of traditional Christian values ​​and counter some threats of modernity, such as the 'aggressive secularism which threatens the moral basis of social and private life, the crisis of family values ​​and the persecution and discrimination of Christians in the world". This overview of inter-Christian dialogue, and in particular with the Catholic Church, was given by the Patriarch of Moscow, Kirill, as he opened the Council of Bishops...