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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 14, 2013]

    02/14/2013 4:45:53 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Discipline of Hearing "Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops" —Matthew 10:27 Sometimes God puts us through the experience and discipline of darkness to teach us to hear and obey Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and God puts us into “the shadow of His hand” until we learn to hear Him (Isaiah 49:2). “Whatever I tell you in the dark. . .”— pay attention when God puts you into darkness, and keep your mouth closed while you are...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (2/14/13)[Prayer]

    02/14/2013 4:45:32 AM PST · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/14/13 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (Psalms 18:46) 46. The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. 47. It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me. 48. He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man. God Bless America!
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/14/13)[Prayer]

    02/14/2013 4:39:39 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/14/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures Elohe Tishuathi - GOD of My Salvation(Psalms 18:46&51:14) 46. The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. 47. It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me. 48. He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-14-13, OM, Sts. Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop

    02/13/2013 9:20:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-14-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 14, 2013 Thursday after Ash Wednesday Reading 1Dt 30:15-20 Moses said to the people:Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom.If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,which I enjoin on you today,loving him, and walking in his ways,and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,you will live and grow numerous,and the LORD, your God,will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,I tell you now that you will certainly perish;you will...
  • A last chance for the SSPX? Plus: the SSPX in the heart of the Pope's frustration Catholic Caucus)

    02/13/2013 7:03:15 PM PST · by narses · 39 replies
    Rorate can independently confirm the report --hinted at just now in Le Forum Catholique -- that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has sent a letter with a final offer to the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX): resume the dialogue with the Holy See by February 22, or else the Holy See will make an offer of reconciliation and full communion to individual SSPX priests. (What kind of offer or structural basis will be offered is unclear.) We can only wonder how things would be like if dissenting liberal theological faculties and the individual heretics...
  • Cardinal Bertone's Farewell Address to the Holy Father

    02/13/2013 5:03:08 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Zenit ^ | February 13, 2012
    Vatican City, February 13, 2013 (Zenit.org). | 650 hits Here is a translation of the brief statement by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Pope's secretary of state and the cardinal camerlengo, at the end of this evening's Ash Wednesday Mass, over which Benedict XVI presided. * * * Most Holy Father,with feelings of great emotion and profound respect, not only the Church, but the whole world, has heard the news of your decision to give up the ministry of the Bishop of Rome, Successor of the Apostle Peter.We would not be honest, Your Holiness, if we said that this evening...
  • "Thank You Let Us Return to Prayer": For the Last Time, The Pope Leaves the Altar

    02/13/2013 4:23:48 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    WITL ^ | February 13, 2012 | Rocco Palmo
    Even for two millenia of a very full, yet never boring history, the Catholic Church has never seen a moment like this. Remember, folks the "new" St Peter's Basilica was only opened some three centuries after the last time a Pope resigned. As prelates and people alike were seen fighting back tears, here are the closing moments of Benedict XVI's final turn at the Altar of the Confession (homily), a site literally upon the "rock" on which the papacy and the church it guides is built.... In a spontaneous move out of deference to Joseph Ratzinger's...
  • "Today, We Begin A New Journey" Liturgically Speaking, B16's Last Word

    02/13/2013 4:06:08 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    WITL ^ | February 13, 2012 | Rocco Palmo
    From this evening's Ash Wednesday Mass as a monumental Lent begins for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, here's the Vatican's English translation of Joseph Ratzinger's final homily as Pope Benedict XVI, bishop of Rome, the 264th successor of St Peter. * * * Venerable Brothers, Dear Brothers and Sisters! Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin a new Lenten journey, a journey that extends over forty days and leads us towards the joy of Easter, to victory of Life over death. Following the ancient Roman tradition of Lenten stations, we are gathered for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist....
  • Benedicts Decision in the Light of Eternity

    02/13/2013 2:31:42 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 13, 2012 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    What God knows is not necessarily what God wills. Each pope is guaranteed the protection of the Holy Spirit from fallible definitions of faith and morals, but to suppose that each pope is there because God wants him there, including the unworthy successors of Peter, comes close to the unforgivable blasphemy against the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. Twenty year old Benedict IX was at least as nightmarish as his successor Gregory VI who usually is counted with his predecessor among the popes who relinquished their office. There are times, though, when the hand of God is not manhandled,...
  • Cardinal Peter Turkson, Shhh (Catholic Caucus)

    02/13/2013 2:21:22 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | February 13, 2012 | PATRICK ARCHBOLD
    Cardinal Peter Turkson gave a wide ranging interview to the UK Telegraph about his vision and what it would mean if he is elected Pope. He told The Daily Telegraph Tuesday that his biggest challenge, should he be elected, would be to maintain an orthodox Catholic doctrine while "at the same time knowing how to apply it so that you do not become irrelevant in a world that has continuous changes". Cardinal Turkson, who holds one of the most important jobs in the Roman Curia and has been repeatedly promoted by Pope Benedict, was quick to take a conservative line...
  • Vatican releases schedule for Pope's final days

    02/13/2013 1:44:21 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | February 12, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Father Federico Lombardi addresses the press on Feb. 11, 2013 about Pope Benedict XVI's resignation. Credit: David Uebbing/ CNA. Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The last days of Pope Benedict XVI will include three public appearances, a meeting with the priests of Rome, Lenten spiritual exercises, and audiences with politicians and cardinals. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi detailed the final events of the Pope’s schedule for the press at a Feb. 13 meeting. The first event on the list is Ash Wednesday Mass this evening in St. Peter’s Basilica, which will be his final...
  • Gay rights activists demand DC Comics fire Mormon Superman writer (Orson Scott Card)

    02/13/2013 1:03:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 13, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    <p>A writer for DC Comics Superman series has come under attack by homosexual rights activists, who view his work as anti-gay and want him fired.</p> <p>Orson Scott Card is one of a team of writers and artists to create the new digital DC Comics product, Adventures of Superman, according to a report from Fox News. Mr. Card is a Mormon and vocal opponent of gay marriage. Fox News reported he once referred to same-sex marriage as the end of democracy in American and suggested the left is at war with the family.</p>
  • Bill Maher: Priests Would OK Birth Control if Altar Boys Got Pregnant

    02/13/2013 12:46:46 PM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    LN ^ | Noel Sheppard
    There clearly is no limit to Bill Mahers depravity. On TBSs Conan Tuesday, the comedian beloved by the liberal media said that Catholic priests would use birth control if altar boys could get pregnant (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): Not surprisingly during his discussion with Maher, host Conan OBrien brought up the announcement earlier this week that the Pope was resigning. What a marvelous topic for a man who in 2008 said the Pope used to be a Nazi and is the leader of a child-abusing religious cult. As such, having been perfectly teed up by his host,...
  • On Ash Wednesday

    02/13/2013 9:53:43 AM PST · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 13, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On Ash Wednesday "The forty days of Lent recall Israels sojourn in the desert and the temptations of Jesus at the beginning of His public ministry." Vatican City, February 13, 2013 (Zenit.org). Before delivering his catechesis today, the Holy Father said the following to the faithful present: "Dear Brothers and Sisters, As you know, I have decided [applause] Thank you for your sympathy, I have decided to give up the ministry that the Lord has entrusted to me on April 19, 2005. I did this in full freedom for the good of the Church, after having prayed at length and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (ADVOCATUS DIABOLI), 02-13-13

    02/13/2013 9:26:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-13-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (ADVOCATUS DIABOLI) A popular name for the advocate of God, the Vatican official who is the promoter of the cause in a process of beatification and canonization. The name arose from the fact that he is required to raise objections to a person's alleged sanctity or reputation for having worked miracles. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    02/13/2013 9:26:18 AM PST · by Hiskid · 11 replies
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  • Top candidate to be next Pope has ties to creation of global economic system

    02/13/2013 8:43:02 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 75 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11 Feb 13 | Kenneth Schortgen Jr
    On Feb. 10, the world was shocked to hear that Pope Benedict would step down from his Papal office on Feb. 28, and become the first leader of the Catholic church to resign from office in over 500 years. However, speculation for his replacement is already under way, and the front runner to become the next Pope has strong ties to the creation of a global economic system, as well as being a prime candidate to an ancient Catholic prophecy suggesting he would help lead the world into a new order. The front runner to be the next pope...
  • Benedict XVI: Reasons Revolutionary

    02/13/2013 8:14:18 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | 2/11/13 | Samuel Gregg
    Ever since I started writing about Joseph Ratzinger in the late 1990s, two qualities about the man impressed me. The first was his quiet but clear love of Christ as a living Person rather than the vague abstraction of liberal, often atheist theologians. The second was Ratzingers genuine humility. Intellectually, Ratzinger far surpassed the usual suspects who want to turn Catholicism into something between the disaster otherwise known as the Church of England, and the rather sad leftist-activism of aging nuns stuck in 1968. But against the increasingly-absurd rants of a Hans Kung or Leonardo Boff, Ratzinger simply continued defending...
  • Why the Popes resignation matters to Protestants

    02/13/2013 6:48:52 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 37 replies
    Times-Union ^ | February 12, 2013 | Rev. Alan Rudnick
    Surprise and shock are an understatement when it comes to Pope Benedict XVIs resignation. Only a handful of Popes have called it quits. The Popes decision continues to spark speculation about who the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church will be. This decision will have far reaching impact for Catholics around the world and certainly for Protestants. As most readers know, Im not Catholic. Im an American Baptist clergyman. I come from a tradition that fought to continue the reforms of the Church of England. Baptists were one of the many English separatist groups that wanted to go further...
  • Some Interesting Tidbits From Todays Vatican press conference

    02/13/2013 6:34:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 2/12/13 | Catherine Harmon
    Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, director of the Vatican Press Office, met today with reporters to answer questions concerning yesterdays surprising announcement of the Holy Fathers impending resignation. Catholic News Service has a very thorough report on the meeting, which yielded many interesting details about Pope Benedicts decision and what the coming weeks will hold; that story can be read here. Vatican Radios report on Lombardis remarks is here. Some items of particular interest: Father Lombardi confirmed that Pope Benedict has a pacemaker, and that it was put in before his election to the papacy. He also confirmed that Benedict...