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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...

    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...