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  • As Vatican Leader Pope Benedict Never Had A Chance

    02/11/2013 10:12:00 AM PST · by Biggirl · 27 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com/ ^ | February 11, 2013 | John Moody
    He never had a chance. From the moment he appeared on the balcony of St. Peters on April 19, 2005, to greet the faithful, Benedict XVI faced an insurmountable problem: He was not John Paul II. Benedicts decision to resign the papacy is being blamed on his age nearly 86 and his health never robust. He might just as well have been diagnosed with a broken papal heart.
  • Do the prophecies of St. Malachy suggest we are living in the end times?

    02/11/2013 9:47:24 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 64 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | Unknown | Catholic Answers Staff
    Full Question Someone in my parish told me about the prophesies of St. Malachy, which he claims, prove that we are nearing the end of times. What are these prophesies? Answer St. Malachy was an Irish bishop who lived in the 12th century. By far the more famous of his prophecies concerns the sequence of popes. The prophecy consist of 112 short Latin descriptions of future popes; the prophecies were discovered in 1590 and attributed to Malachy. Each description indicates one identifying trait for each future pope, beginning with Celestine II, who was elected in 1130. In some instances, the...
  • An Evangelical Looks at Pope Benedict XVI

    02/11/2013 9:42:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    First Things ^ | 2/11/13 | Russell D. Moore
    With Pope Benedict XVIs shocking resignation this morning, Evangelical Christians might be tempted to see this the way a college football fan might view the departure of his rival teams head coach. But the global stakes are much, much higher. As Pope Benedict steps down, I think its important for us to recognize the legacy of the last two bishops of Rome that we ought to honor and conserve: an emphasis on human dignity. As a Baptist Christian, I disagree with Rome on many things, of course, and some of those things relate to the nature of the Petrine ministry,...
  • Pope Benedicts Resignation in Historical Context

    02/11/2013 9:39:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisi Magazine ^ | 2/11/13 | Donald S. Prudlo
    In shocking news that quickly demonstrated the ongoing relevance of medieval historians, Pope Benedict announced that he will lay down his governance of the Church of Rome at the end of this month. Such an event has not happened for nearly 600 years when his predecessor, Gregory XII, sacrificed himself in 1415 to bring an end to the Great Western Schism. It is appropriate, in an historical Church, to look back. Rooted in tradition, we see that we do have the resources to cope with such a stunning and in some ways heartbreaking announcement. Benedict XVI used the occasion of...
  • Explain how the church wasn't born until Pentecost if the believers were already saved pre-Pentecost

    02/11/2013 8:32:29 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 79 replies
    2/11/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    If those who assembled on the Day of Pentecost (the 120 who assembled together before they spake with tongues on the Day of Pentecost, and before Peter preached his sermon) were already saved, were believers, had seen him ascend to heaven, etc, and the Body of Christ (the church) then must already have been in existence before the Day of Pentecost. Would someone please explain, then, how the church wasn't formed or "born" until the day of Pentecost? Was the church just halfway outside the womb pre-Day of Pentecost? Did it have to wait until the Day of Pentecost to...
  • Saint Malachy, Prophecies about 112 popes until the end of the world, the last five Popes

    02/11/2013 8:06:08 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    The Work Of God.org ^ | Unknown | Anonymous
    Saint Malachy Prophecies about 112 popes until the end of the world. Note: The Church does not lean on private revelation for doctrinal matters, but it does not oppose to the faithful obtaining benefit from them so long as they don't go against our faith. This analysis focuses on the last five Popes in the context of the prophecies of Saint Malachy. + + + Saint Malachy was born in Amagh Ireland in 1094, he lived a religious life as a monk, then he was ordained priest and finally Bishop. He was canonized in 1199 by Pope Clement III....
  • Vatican Website Going Islamic?

    02/11/2013 7:48:57 AM PST · by DoctorBulldog · 34 replies
    The Vatican ^ | 11FEB13 | Self
    Okay, this morning when I heard about Pope Benedict resigning, I immediately went to the Vaticans website to read their press release. Imagine my surprise when I was greeted with what appears to be a crescent moon with the Pope as the star:
  • Virtually unprecedented: papal resignation throughout history

    02/11/2013 6:17:16 AM PST · by NYer · 50 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | February 11, 2013
    No pope has resigned in almost 600 years. But Pope Benedicts surprise announcement is not entirely unprecedented. More than 260 men have reigned as Pope since Saint Peter was martyred in Rome in the third decade after the death of Christ, and at least four of them have resigned. We spoke to medieval historian Doctor Donald Prudlo, Associate Professor of History at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, about the history of papal resignations. Listen: Vatican Radio: Its been centuries since a Pope has resigned the See of Peter. Can you tell us about the last Pope to resign? Dr....
  • Pope Benedict XVI:a papal timeline

    02/11/2013 6:11:14 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | February 10, 2013
    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was elected as the successor to Pope John Paul II on April 19th 2005.On April 24th, he celebrated the Papal Inauguration Mass in St. Peters Square, during which he was invested with the Pallium and the Ring of the Fisherman.On May 7th he took possession of his Cathedral Church, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran.During his Papacy Pope Benedict XVIth has undertaken 24 apostolic journeys abroad. The first was to Cologne in Germany in occasion of the 20th World Youth Day in August 2005. The most...
  • "I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome" [Full Text]

    02/11/2013 5:52:00 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Chiesa ^ | February 10, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also tocommunicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world,...
  • Pope Benedict's Address on Resignation of the See of Rome

    02/11/2013 5:35:15 AM PST · by annalex · 41 replies
    Zenit ^ | Vatican City, February 11, 2013 (Zenit.org). | 5 hits | His Holiness the Pope
    Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in todays world,...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/11/13)[Prayer]

    02/11/2013 4:44:27 AM PST · by left that other site · 25 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/11/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures Elohim Ozer Li - GOD My Helper (Psalms 54:4) Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 11, 2013]

    02/11/2013 4:42:31 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Is Your Mind Stayed on God? "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You" —Isaiah 26:3 Is your mind stayed on God or is it starved? Starvation of the mind, caused by neglect, is one of the chief sources of exhaustion and weakness in a servant’s life. If you have never used your mind to place yourself before God, begin to do it now. There is no reason to wait for God to come to you. You must turn your thoughts and your eyes away from the face of...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 11, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/11/2013 4:40:12 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/11/13 | Joel Osteen
    You Are a Masterpiece Today's Scripture We are Gods masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria You are Gods own masterpiece! That means you are not ordinary or average; you are a one-of-a-kind original. When God created you, He went to great lengths to make you exactly the way He wanted you to be. He gave you the right personality, the right gifts, the right talents, and the right connections to do exactly what Hes...
  • POPE BENEDICT XVI WILL RESIGN AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, VATICAN PRESS OFFICE TELLS FOX NEWS

    02/11/2013 3:08:31 AM PST · by mrsadams · 36 replies
    Fox News | 2/11/2013 | mrs adams
    Fox News Alert, the Pope will be retiring at the end of the month. Vatican Press Office told Fox News
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-11-13, OM, Our Lady of Lourdes

    02/10/2013 11:15:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-11-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 11, 2013 Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Gn 1:1-19 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth,the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss,while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said,Let there be light, and there was light.God saw how good the light was.God then separated the light from the darkness.God called the light day, and the darkness he called night.Thus evening came, and morning followedthe first day. Then God said,Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters,to separate one...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/10/2013 6:08:12 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 16 replies
    2-10-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 25:4-7 Show me Thy Ways, O Lord, and Teach me Thy Paths. Lead me Forth in Thy Truth, and Teach me: for Thou art the God of my Salvation: In Thee do I Trust All the Day. Remember, O Lord, Thy Tender Mercies, and Thy Lovingkindness: For they have been Forever. Remember not the Sins of my Youth, nor my Rebellions, But According to Thy Kindness Remember Thou me, Even for Thy Goodness Sake, O Lord.
  • Sex Symbols Who Speak in Tongues?

    02/10/2013 4:45:41 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 117 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 2-4-13 | Michael Brown
    I was at the grocery store the other day when I was unexpectedly confronted with an adult-oriented magazine located right next to the vitamin section. I immediately had to look away from the front cover, which featured a scantily clad, seductively posed, sex symbol. Yet it was only a few weeks ago that I read an article about how this same sex symbol loves to speak in tongues and has to restrain herself from outbursts in tongues while attending church services. What? This is actually a perfect illustration of American charismatic Christianity, where you can say you love Jesus (like...
  • The Greatest Talent Show in Elementary School History (for all you parents!)

    02/10/2013 4:04:02 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    NC Register ^ | February 7, 2013 | Matthew Archbold
    They were a tornado of plaid and elbows running out the doors of their Catholic elementary school. Four of them waved a green piece of paper above their heads excitedly but the kindergartener was just running because she doesn’t know any other speed. I hardly had time to imagine what was on the green paper before they slammed themselves against the van all eager to be the first to announce something. In the maelstrom of words I made out the phrase “talent show.” The girls were particularly excited. The 13 year old climbed into the front seat, which still feels...
  • Hanging Concentrates the Mind

    02/10/2013 3:32:27 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 8, 2013 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    Capital punishment does not inspire roaring humor in healthy minds, so wit on the subject tends to be sardonic. Two of the most famous examples, of course, are: “In this country it is wise to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others,” and “Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”The first, “pour encourager les autres,” is in “Candide” where Voltaire alludes to the death by firing squad of Admiral John Byng in 1757 for having let Mincorca fall to the French. The...
  • The Great Adventure (reflection on the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C)

    02/10/2013 2:56:53 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | February 10, 2013 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle CPeter. Paul. Isaiah. Frodo Baggins. They have more in common than meets the eye.Of course, there are differences, too. Peter is a small business man, wringing a living for his family out of a lake in Hicksville. No one expected much from Galilee. Its inhabitants had a thick country accent that gave them away every time, like when Peter denied Christ in the high priest’s courtyard (Mat 26:73). Saul, on the other hand, was cosmopolitan, highly educated, well-traveled, and even a Roman citizen. Isaiah lived seven centuries before them, in a very different social...
  • My Sunday at an Atheistic Church

    02/10/2013 11:22:29 AM PST · by NYer · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | February 8, 2013 | Kyle Beshears
    Last month I stumbled upon an article about an atheistic “church service” in London. I didn’t even read the whole thing before I decided I had to go.The Sunday Assembly, as the group is called, meets once a month at The Nave in North London for “anybody searching for a sense of community, to meet and ‘turn good intentions into action.’”It is, all things considered, an atheistic church.Yes. A church for atheists.The Nave – new home to the atheistic church The Sunday Assembly This morning I woke up, sacrificed hearing Os Guinness speak at my own church, and ventured down to...
  • New Archbishop of Canterbury Facing Showdown with Senior Bishops

    02/10/2013 11:03:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/10/13 | Edward Malnick
    The new Archbishop of Canterbury is facing a showdown with senior church leaders over the Church of Englands decision to allow the appointment of gay bishops. In the first major test of his leadership of the worldwide Anglican Communion the Most Rev Justin Welby will be warned that the Churchs move risks alienating millions of traditionalist Anglicans in Africa and Asia. Leaders of churches around the world are flying to Britain for Archbishop Welbys formal installation at Canterbury cathedral next month, when some of them will meet the Archbishop for the first time. Many want the new spiritual head of...
  • Retired TV Nun Mother Angelica 'Doing Well,' Still Revered Worldwide

    02/10/2013 9:39:27 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Alabama.com ^ | 2/8/13 | Greg Garrison
    IRONDALE, Alabama - Viewers watching EWTN Global Catholic Network for the first time might be tickled by the sight of a grandmotherly nun dishing out quips and biblical advice. Mother Angelica, who founded EWTN in the garage of the Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Irondale in 1981, has been a mainstay on the network throughout its history. But the Mother Angelica Live! programs now airing were taped years ago. The taped shows, several hundred of them, still air regularly on the network as ''Mother Angelica Classics.''She hasnt hosted any TV shows since a stroke rendered her mostly incapable...
  • Grammys Urge Female Celebs Not to Show Skin Tonight

    02/10/2013 7:27:16 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 21 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | February 10, 2013 | JP
    The 55th Annual Grammy Awards air tonight on CBS. Very much to its credit, the network has struck a blow this year for family viewing by issuing a wardrobe advisory to female attendees encouraging them to dress more like ladies not named Gaga and less like wannabe porn stars. Please be sure, the advisory stated, that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. And this: Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. Please avoid sheer see-through...
  • 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) ----