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  • A Life of True Surrender!

    02/15/2013 10:18:18 AM PST · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 2-15-13 | Jedediah
    You are not sure of your "self" at times but this is why I come and speak to your heart for you to surrender your "self" completely that I may "arise" in you in fullness and truth for "I AM" and this is what you must desire to become " ME IN YOU " For I created you for My glory and my will is all you need to complete each day! So stop competing with your "self" for I AM your will "alive" in you even now and unto forever. I AM all that matters! So lay your life...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SYNCRETISM, 02-15-13

    02/15/2013 8:36:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-15-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SYNCRETISM The effort to unite different doctrines and practices, especially in religion. Such unions or amalgams are part of cultural history and are typical of what has occurred in every segment of the non-Christian world. Syncretism is also applied to the ecumenical efforts among separated Christian churches and within Catholicism to the attempts made of combining the best elements of different theological schools. But in recent years the term mainly refers to misguided claims that religious unity can be achieved by ignoring the differences between faiths on the assumption that all creeds are essentially one and...
  • Benedict’s renunciation and the wolves within the church

    02/15/2013 8:35:56 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 40 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Steve Jalsevac
    Since Pope Benedict’s shock announcement Monday, I have held off commenting. Time was needed to step back and consider just what this astounding action from the world's leading defender of life and family really meant. It was an earthquake announcement that had to have greater significance than the Pope merely being tired and worn out. The two lightening strikes onto the dome of St. Peter’s that evening added an uncanny emphasis that the Pope’s action demanded the world’s attention.
  • Mark Driscoll on Joel Osteen: 'There Are Worse Things Than Being Happy and Encouraging'

    02/15/2013 8:32:03 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 24 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | February 5, 2013 | Nicola Menzie
    Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll recently came to the defense of fellow Christian minister Joel Osteen, while admitting that his "Reformed brothers like to treat Pastor Joel like a pinata." In a recent interview with The Gospel Coalition, the Mars Hill Church pastor was asked to comment on a segment of his new book, Who Do You Think You Are?, that mentions "appreciated people" who "exchange grumbling for praying, competing for celebrating, bitterness for thankfulness, performing for serving, and boasting for encouraging." The interviewer, TGC's associate editor Matt Smethurst, asked Driscoll, "What's an 'appreciated person'? Isn't that what Joel Osteen...
  • Message from Jesus, as given to Anne the Lay Apostle

    02/15/2013 8:28:42 AM PST · by mgist · 16 replies
    Direction for our Time ^ | May 5, 2004 | Jesus
    May 5, 2004 Jesus My dear earthly souls must fix their gaze on Me, much as a sailor will use the North Star to navigate his direction. If your gaze is fixed on Me, you will always be sailing toward heaven. There will be small diversions in your course, but generally you will be moving nearer. I speak now with firmness because I am certain there is no other way for you. If you take your eyes from Me for even the shortest period you will be swept away from your course, such are the winds of the world. You...
  • Stock rises for 'Hitler's pope'

    02/15/2013 6:56:27 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies
    JC.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | David Conway
    Pope Benedict’s decision to resign has re-ignited media debate about his degree of complicity in the cover-up of child abuse by Catholic priests. That debate echoes an earlier controversy over the complicity in evil on a much vaster scale of a predecessor of Benedict. Pius XII was pope during the Nazi period, and has been condemned for not using his office more vocally to denounce the persecution of Jews. Ironically, it was Pope Benedict who stoked the debate about Pius in 2009 after calling for him to be granted venerable status, first stage on the road to sainthood. What Benedict’s...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    02/15/2013 6:43:04 AM PST · by Hiskid · 7 replies
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  • The Left Lobbies for a Liberal Successor to Benedict (and here is why)

    02/15/2013 6:15:09 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 15, 2013 | George Neumayr
    To the dictators of relativism and their allies in the chattering class, the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI is seen as an occasion for celebration and a chance to lobby the Church for a liberal successor. The mischief is already underway, as seen in such headlines as: “New Pope should not condemn contraception, says cardinal.”The Church’s enemies, both within and without her walls, see an opportunity to capitalize on Benedict’s resignation, and the media, as always, stands ready to help. The coverage so far of the resignation has been grotesquely biased. ABC News wins the prize for the most ludicrously...
  • Pope Benedict's Future Residence

    02/15/2013 6:06:22 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The New Liturigical Movement ^ | 2/14/13 | Shawn Tribe
    For those of you who might like to see the building in which Pope Benedict XVI will retire to, Robert Duncan of CNS has produced the following video which shows some outside views of it: Video link
  • Popular Misconceptions About The Papal Resignation and the Conclave

    02/15/2013 6:02:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 2/14/13 | Phil Lawler
    The mainstream media are suddenly taking a keen interest in Vatican affairs, sending reporters to process the latest unfounded rumors from Rome. Meanwhile self-proclaimed experts on Catholicism are flooding the internet with their own theories. As a result, thousands of inaccurate stories are appearing every day. Once again I encourage readers to treat every new report with caution, and sensational reports with outright skepticism. To separate the wheat from the chaff, keep checking this site. We cannot correct every misleading story that appears in the media; there are simply too many. But we can, and will, offer occasional bulletins to...
  • Anglicans Swimming the Tiber, a One-Year Report

    02/15/2013 5:58:14 AM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Terry Mattingly on Religion ^ | 2/13/13 | Terry Mattingly
    It’s natural for any employee to want to know just how committed the big boss is to the company’s future and, especially, to the expansion project that includes his job. So, even though Pope Benedict XVI didn’t make it to America in person, Father Jason Catania still appreciated the message he sent to the former Episcopal priests and others who swam the Tiber to Rome after the pontiff’s controversial “Anglicanorum Coetibus (“groups of Anglicans”) pronouncement in 2009. “We didn’t just wake up one morning last year and said, ‘Why don’t we join the Catholic Church?’ Many of us have made...
  • Eating Alligator on Friday's During Lent (and the rest of the year)

    02/15/2013 5:53:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    If anyone remembers the story behind this great case of legal intepretation, please comment.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 15, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/15/2013 4:49:28 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/15/13 | Joel Osteen
    Free from Comparison Today's Scripture For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you comfortable in your own skin? In other words, do you recognize yourself as the treasure God made you, or are you constantly looking for approval and comparing yourself to a neighbor, co-worker or friend? Do you try to out-dress them or out-perform them? Are you always looking for ways to one-up others? Friend, it’s time to let all of that go....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 15, 2013]

    02/15/2013 4:47:32 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” "None of us lives to himself . . ." —Romans 14:7 Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible spiritually to God for other people? For instance, if I allow any turning away from God in my private life, everyone around me suffers. We “sit together in the heavenly places . . .” (Ephesians 2:6). “If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it . . .” (1 Corinthians 12:26). If you allow physical selfishness, mental carelessness, moral insensitivity, or spiritual weakness, everyone in contact with you will suffer. But you...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/15/13)[Prayer]

    02/15/2013 4:22:56 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/15/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Elohe Tsadeki - GOD of My Righteousness(Psalms 4:1) Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-15-13

    02/14/2013 10:28:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-15-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 15, 2013   Friday after Ash Wednesday   Reading 1 Is 58:1-9a Thus says the Lord GOD:Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness,and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day,and desire to know my ways,Like a nation that has done what is justand not abandoned the law of their God;They ask me to declare what is due them,pleased to gain access to God.“Why do we fast, and you do not see it?afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?” Lo, on your...
  • Benedict Will Still Be There for Us-Pope Benedict had a profound effect on this former Presbyterian

    02/14/2013 8:23:17 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Scott Hahn
    Like most Catholics, I woke on the morning of Feb. 11, 2013, to a different sort of alarm. Nothing in my past — indeed, very little in history — had prepared me for what I found in the news that day. To many people, the Pope resigning seemed an impossibility, like a square circle. But that wasn’t my particular problem. As a theologian, I knew it could be done. In fact, the conditions had been publicly rehearsed by no less an authority than Benedict XVI in interviews with the media. A pope’s resignation was not my problem. My problem was...
  • `The God-Factor in Science` ~ Concepts (2-9-2013)

    02/14/2013 5:48:26 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 1 replies
    Religio-Political Talk ^ | 2-14-2013 | Papa Giorgio
    ////////“Everything I have said and done in these last years is relativism by intuition…. If relativism signifies contempt for fixed categories and men who claim to be bearers of an objective, immortal truth… then there is nothing more relativistic than fascistic attitudes and activity…. From the fact that all ideologies are of equal value, that all ideologies are mere fictions, the modern relativist infers that everybody has the right to create for himself his own ideology and to attempt to enforce it with all the energy of which he is capable.” Mussolini, Diuturna pp. 374-77, quoted in A Refutation of...
  • Kudos: Liberal Evangelical Ron Sider Quits AARP Over 'Generational Injustice' [Barf Alert]

    02/14/2013 4:08:12 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | Feb. 14, 2013 | Jeff Walton
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Warning of "generational injustice" and an unsustainable federal budget deficit, Evangelicals for Social Action President Ron Sider has resigned his membership in the AARP over its opposition to changes in Social Security and Medicare. In a recent Huffington Post article, Sider, a longtime influential figure in the Evangelical Left, notes that the federal government spends about $4 on every senior over 65 and only $1 on every child under 18. Throughout his column, Sider defends so-called entitlement programs as essential to vulnerable populations. But concessions are needed to keep the programs from spiraling...
  • THE FRIAR'S VOICE FROM ASSISI

    02/14/2013 3:48:40 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Radio National ^ | December 16, 2012
    Image: Franciscan friar, Alessandro BrustenghiFra Alessandro Brustenghi is Franciscan friar from Assisi in Italy, the birthplace of St Francis. He's the very first friar ever to land a major record deal. Fra Alessandro is not a conservatorium-trained singer and only pursued singing seriously after entering the Order of Friars Minor at the age of 19. Following a series of auditions, aged 34 he now has a debut album of spiritual songs and hymns called Voice From Assisi, produced by Mike Hedges, best-known for his work with U2 and The Cure. From the Porziuncola, the small church where St Francis...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, God and His Perfections

    02/14/2013 3:39:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part One: The Creed God and His Perfections Lesson 2 from the Baltimore Cathechism"I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth ..." 8. What do we mean when we say that God is the Supreme Being? When we say that God is the Supreme Being we mean that He is above all creatures, the self-existing and infinitely perfect Spirit.I am the First, and I am the Last, and besides me there is no God. (Isaiah 44:6)9. What is a spirit? A spirit is a being that has understanding and free...
  • Study: 'Toxic Perfectionism' Major Part of LDS Women's Depression

    02/14/2013 3:33:33 PM PST · by fattigermaster · 167 replies
    KSL.com ^ | Feb. 1, 2013 | KSL.com
    OREM —Striving for perfection may be driving some female members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to depression, one researcher says. Utah Valley University professor Kris Doty looked at depression among LDS women, finding that "toxic perfectionism" was one major factor of depression reported by the group. The other four factors, Doty found, were genetics, history of abuse, family relationships and feeling judged by others. Over a one-year period, Doty and her colleagues looked at clinically diagnosed depressed women who identified as LDS. Seven of the women were using multiple medications to treat their depression, 19 were...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed The Purpose of Man's Existence

    02/14/2013 3:28:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part One: The Creed The Purpose of Man's Existence Lesson 1 from the Baltimore Cathechism1. Who made us? God made us.In the beginning, God created heaven and earth. (Genesis 1:1)2. Who is God? God is the Supreme Being, infinitely perfect, who made all things and keeps them in existence.In him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28)3. Why did God make us? God made us to show forth His goodness and to share with us His everlasting happiness in heaven.Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor has it entered...
  • Would God Approve of ChristianMingle?

    02/14/2013 3:27:49 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 34 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | February 14, 2013 | JP
    Today is Valentine’s Day. For the happily married among us, it’s probably not that big a deal. Because when you have someone you love, who you’re doing life with, every day is Valentine’s Day. Things are different for singles looking for love: Those who’ve never experienced holy matrimony. Those who once were married but – for one reason or another – sadly parted ways with their spouse. Those who have lost a beloved husband or wife to illness or other tragedy. As I reflect upon Valentine’s Day, I am reminded of a sermon I heard a couple years ago while...
  • Is the Next Pope the One From John Bosco’s Dream? (Patrick Madrid offers an intriguing twist)

    02/14/2013 2:56:41 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | February 14, 2013 | Patrick Madrid
    For at least the next month, we will be bombarded with a myriad of theories, speculations, and predictions about who will be elected the next pope. One name you will hear a LOT about in the coming weeks is Cardinal Tarcisio Pietro Evasio Bertone, S.D.B., who currently holds two important and powerful positions in the Vatican, Secretary of State and Camerlengo.Already, the speculators and conspiracy-theorists are theorizing that Cardinal Bertone will be the next pope because, at least according to the dubious “prophecy of Saint Malachi,” the next pope after Pope Benedict XVI will be known as “Peter the Roman,”...
  • "Re-Elect Pope Benedict" - “Eight more years!”

    02/14/2013 2:29:13 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 9 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 02/14/13 | Fr. Z.
    Re-Elect Pope Benedict With affection and appreciation.Click HERE for bumper stickers, car magnets, even yard signs and car flags.And we have to have some Latin…And just for nice…
  • Who can be elected pope?

    02/14/2013 2:28:15 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    In the Light of the Law ^ | February 13, 2012 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    It’s been more than 500 years since a non-cardinal was elected pope, but then, it’s been more than 500 years since a pope resigned, so, one moves cautiously to our question, who is eligible to be elected pope?Turns out, lots of people.Canon 332 § 1 of the 1983 Code simply states that one already a bishop (nb: not necessarily a cardinal) who accepts legitimate papal election becomes pope immediately. One who is not yet a bishop (and the Church has elected several non-bishops to the papacy) can accept election, but must be immediately consecrated bishop. By implication, that would seem...
  • The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI: A commentary by Fr. Barron

    02/14/2013 12:52:14 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.wordonfire.com ^ | Februyary 14, 2013 | Robert Barron
    Watch Fr. Robert Barron's new video on Pope Benedict's Legacy. Please share this with friends and family and be on the lookout for a very exciting announcement from Word On Fire in the next few days!
  • More details on papal resignation, conclave (Vatican Press Office)

    02/14/2013 12:37:29 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 14, 2012 | Diogenes
    Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, held a briefing for reporters on February 14, providing more information about plans for the retirement of Pope Benedict and the election of his successor. He revealed: Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who has served for years as the private secretary to Benedict XVI, will continue to live with the Pontiff after his retirement. However the archbishop, who was recently appointed as prefect of the pontifical household, will continue to serve in that role as well. The new Pontiff could, if he wished, select a replacement.The Vatican will continue to provide security...
  • Can a Baby be Baptized Against the Parents' Wishes?

    02/14/2013 12:14:09 PM PST · by Weiss White · 95 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | February 14, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: Some Jewish people in my city complained to the local Catholic hospital, saying they were afraid to bring their sick children to the emergency room, because the hospital staff might baptize them. The hospital staff publicly agreed never to do this. I had always assumed that you can’t baptize a baby without at least one parent’s consent, so I thought the hospital would simply say, “Don’t worry, we’re not allowed to do that anyway!” But the wording of the hospital administrators’ response seemed to suggest that they really could baptize a sick baby if they wanted to. Can a...
  • Church doesn’t bend, but endures

    02/14/2013 11:48:35 AM PST · by massmike · 7 replies
    http://bostonherald.com ^ | 02/14/2013 | Jennifer C. Braceras
    The press is outraged.Why? Because the Roman Catholic Church might (once again) select as its pope someone who is actually Catholic,and who does not share the political sensibilities of The New York Times editorial board. The resignation of Benedict provides a hostile press the opportunity to rehash any problem that may have arisen in the hundreds of thousands of Catholic churches around the world — and to blame the Vatican for them all. The media’s current focus on abuse perpetrated by priests, the bulk of which occurred long before Benedict was pope, reveals a deep obsession with scandal and an...
  • Faith, firearms and the gun control debate

    02/14/2013 11:45:30 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 1 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/13/13 | David Briggs
    During the 1940s, "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" was a popular song of patriotism. Today's gun debate has stirred religious passions, too. You can learn a few things about religion and politics listening to flea market dealers in Indiana. For starters, sociologist Arthur Farnsley writes in his new book “Flea Market Jesus,” it is a political mistake of biblical proportions to write off all Christian fundamentalists as red-state, moral values Republicans. In in-depth interviews, Farnsley found among this fiercely independent group on the fringes of evangelical Protestantism an adherence to rugged individualism and distrust of institutions that left...
  • 12 Catholic colleges to host obscene play The Vagina Monologues this year

    02/14/2013 11:28:35 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    lsn ^ | Tim Drake
    (CNS) - The Cardinal Newman Society has confirmed that at least 12 Catholic colleges and universities will be hosting on-campus productions of the play The Vagina Monologues in 2013. That number is up from nine last year. Proceeds from performances at the University of San Francisco will support a group that advocates “reproductive justice” and homosexual rights. The V-Day organization reports that students at Marquette have plans for a performance benefiting Planned Parenthood. Catholic bishops and college presidents have pointed out that The V-Monologues distorts human sexuality and celebrates sinful behaviors, including lesbian activity and masturbation. One scene even declares...
  • Who Will Take Up the Keys of Peter (This is a MUST READ!)

    02/14/2013 11:10:54 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Chiesa ^ | February 14, 2012 | Sandro Magister
    ROME, February 14, 2013 – On the evening of an unremarkable Thursday in Lent, at 8 p.m. on February 28, Joseph Ratzinger will take the step that none of his predecessors had dared to take. He will place upon the throne of Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Which another will be called to take up. There is the power of a revolution in this action that has no equal even in centuries long ago. From that point on, the Church enters into unknown territory. It will have to elect a new pope while his predecessor is...
  • English cardinal’s advice to new pope: don’t condemn in realm of sexual morality

    02/14/2013 10:34:16 AM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    lsn ^ | staff
    ROME, February 13, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – With the eyes of the world fixed on the 125 cardinal electors who will be voting in the upcoming conclave, the former Archbishop of Westminster has advised the next pope not to “condemn” anything in the realm of sexual morality, but to focus instead on the positive. “I think that the Church would be wise actually to focus on that in her teaching, rather than saying ‘we condemn this, we condemn that, or the other’. No – focus on what’s good and what’s true,” Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor told the BBC today. “I think...
  • Archdiocesese, St. Stanislaus resolve legal dispute [St Stanislaw parish is no longer Catholic]

    02/14/2013 10:28:19 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 6 replies
    St Louis Review ^ | 2/14/2013 | Joseph Kenny
    The Archdiocese of St. Louis and St. Stanislaus Corporation have resolved a legal dispute over the status of St. Stanislaus Church. According to a joint statement issued Jan. 13, the archdiocese will dismiss its appeal in the case, and the judgment of the trial court is now final. "St. Stanislaus has agreed that it will not hold itself out as affiliated in any way with the Archdiocese of St. Louis or the Roman Catholic Church," the statement noted. "Neither side made any payments to the other as part of this resolution. All other terms of the resolution are confidential. By...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JUSTIFYING GRACE, 02-14-13

    02/14/2013 8:35:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-14-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):JUSTIFYING GRACE The grace by which a person is restored to God's friendship, either for the first time, as in baptism, or after baptism, as in the sacrament of penance. See Also: SUFFICIENT GRACE,See Also: EFFICACIOUS GRACE,See Also: GRACE,See Also: GRATUITOUS GRACE,See Also: HABITUAL GRACE,See Also: SACRAMENTAL GRACE,See Also: SANATING GRACE,See Also: SANCTIFYING GRACE,See Also: ACTUAL GRACE All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Atheists' Pope

    02/14/2013 7:12:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 2/13/13 | Jennifer Fulwiler
    The beginning of my religious conversion was a lonely time for me. I'd spent my whole life as an outsider to Christian circles, and it was hard to imagine that I could ever be comfortable being one of them, the Christians, the people whom I had firmly categorized in my mind as "Other." I'd come to believe in God on an intellectual level, yet I felt stuck, unable to move forward from there. Years of looking down on the entire concept of religion left me with a lingering impression that Christians and Christian culture were different from anything I'd ever...
  • Pope to Rome's Priests: The Second Vatican Council, as I Saw It

    02/14/2013 7:01:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 2/14/13
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Benedict XVI has met parish priests and clergy of the Diocese of Rome in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. Led by Cardinal Vicar Agostino Vallini and auxiliary bishops, they greeted Benedict XVI with great affection and prolonged applause"It is a special and providential gift of - began the Pope - that, before leaving the Petrine ministry, I can once again meet my clergy, the clergy of Rome. It' s always a great joy to see how the Church lives, and how in Rome, the Church is alive: there are pastors who in the spirit of...
  • Catholic Health Association: Administration’s New HHS Mandate ‘Compromise’ is ‘Substantial Progress’

    02/14/2013 6:51:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    A week after Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, stated that the Obama administration’s most recent “compromise” on the HHS mandate fails to preserve the religious liberty of Catholic individuals and Catholic institutions, the president of the Catholic Health Association (CHA) stated that the proposal represents “substantial progress.” “The structures that HHS intends to use to provide contraceptive services to employees of non-profit religious organizations have yet to be finalized, especially for those who are self-insured,” said Sister Carol Keehan, who revealed that “we have been asked by HHS to evaluate three possible...
  • Message from Jesus the Redeemer, as given to by Anne the lay apostle.

    02/14/2013 6:40:25 AM PST · by mgist · 26 replies
    Direction for Our Time ^ | 5/3/1004 | Anne the lay apostles
    May 3, 2004 Jesus the Redeemer My children experience many fears with regard to their worldly existence and their physical safety. Children, at this time I would like to remind you that your body is only the temporary dwelling place of your soul. Your soul is the eternal part of you. You will not need your body for very long in comparison to how long you will exist without it. Concentrate and prepare your soul. If you were preparing to travel to a foreign land, you would prepare in many ways. You would learn some of the language, assuming that...
  • American Nuns Hope For Sister-Friendly New Pope

    02/14/2013 6:16:05 AM PST · by NYer · 42 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 13, 2012 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    Of all the scandals that have been pinned to Benedict XVI’s papacy, perhaps none has been more divisive than the so-called clampdown on American nuns last April.  Its no wonder, then, that sisters across America are hoping that the next pope gives them a fairer shake.  In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, the head of the largest group of American nuns shares what she is looking for in a new leader. Sister Florence Deacon. (Seth Perlman/AP) The American nun scandal came to a head last spring when the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued...
  • Conclave & The Media: The Silly Season

    02/14/2013 6:03:38 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | February 13, 2012 | Patrick Archbold
    Nothing brings the kooks out like a conclave. The Catholic Church is unique in so many ways. In the the silly season that is the weeks leading into a conclave, the Catholic Church is a unique target for its detractors and their cohorts in a willing media. Barely 48 hours after the announcement of Pope Benedict's retirement and the approach of a new conclave, the progressive kooks have come out of the woodwork. In 2005, after a generation of John Paul II and watching their 70s progressive dreams stall and slowly lose favor, aging dissident Catholics had hope that finally...
  • Anyone ever heard of the "Book of Jasher", and if so what did everyone think of it?

    02/14/2013 5:59:36 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 55 replies
    14 Feb 2013 | US Navy Vet
    I have been reading it, was kinda impressed.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 14, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/14/2013 4:47:18 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/14/13 | Joel Osteen
    Put Your Love into Action Today's Scripture “If anyone has this world’s goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother and fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him? Let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:17–18, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I’ve heard it said that you can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving. Notice this verse tells us that love isn’t just about our words...
  • 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 Journey…The 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 1 Dt 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...