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  • Opus Dei Leader Says Filial Correction Signers ‘Attack the Pope’

    10/05/2017 6:04:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/4/17 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    October 4, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – An Opus Dei leader has denounced the signatories of a recently-published “filial correction” of Pope Francis regarding “heresies” propagated by the pontiff. The order’s Vicar General, its second-ranked prelate, accused the more than two hundred scholars and clergy who have signed the Correction of “attack[ing] the pope” and airing the Church’s dirty laundry in public. “Lamentably this isn’t the first time in the history of the Church in recent years in which there are groups of people that attack the pope, some of whom, I imagine, with good intention,” Monsenor Mariano Fazio told the Argentinean...
  • Longing for the Word

    10/05/2017 4:50:29 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation" (1 Pet. 2:2). Scripture is our source of spiritual growth. A newborn baby was abandoned in a pile of trash in a city alley. The mother had obviously left it there to die. The infant was near death when someone heard its faint cry and summoned medical help. The child survived, but not until it had received the attention and nourishment it needed. That situation has a spiritual parallel, which Peter used to illustrate the believer's dependence on God's...
  • Children of Darkness

    10/05/2017 4:50:07 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6). Those who deny the reality of their sin affirm the unreality of their salvation. Ours is a society that rejects the concept of individual responsibility. People blame society, their parents, their genes—anything but their own actions and choices—for their problems. The biblical teaching that all people are responsible for breaking God’s holy law is scoffed at as primitive, unsophisticated, and harmful to a healthy self-esteem. Even some who claim to be Christians refuse to...
  • Iran's Moment...Euphrates pt 9

    “…and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(Revelation 9:13-15)The fourth nation which touches the Euphrates is Iran, previously known as Persia. The Persians are heirs of one of the great world civilizations. Mighty kings and rulers such as Cyrus the great,...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 5 With A Commentary On Proverb 5:21-23 [Prayer and Meditation]

    10/05/2017 8:48:16 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Before you read today's commentary I am sharing, please understand that the training of purity begins at childhood. It is a training that must be fully learned by them before they reach pre-puberty, so that when their bodies start changing they will already have been prepared for the questions they will ask others if you did not already do so. If others must tell them, then there is a 90% chance they will not be told the truth. If a parent fails to train a child as to what is right and wrong in all things, they will go...
  • Things We Can Learn from Dogs and Cats

    10/05/2017 8:23:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-04-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Things We Can Learn from Dogs and Cats Msgr. Charles Pope • October 4, 2017 • Here at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington, D.C., we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with the blessing of the animals. Although most folks bring dogs to be blessed, there are usually some who bring cats and a few other animals like ferrets. Once, someone even brought a snake!In the past I have shared a list of things we can learn from dogs. When I was growing up, we always had a dog, so although I did not compose the...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(10/5/17)[Prayer]

    10/05/2017 6:54:04 AM PDT · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/5/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Meditating Upon The Names and Attributes of God (Old Testament) Genesis 14 17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High,     Creator of heaven and earth. 20 And praise be to God Most High,     who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram...
  • Understanding the Future (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus & Devotional)

    10/05/2017 6:19:48 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    When we ask questions about matters that elude our full understanding, we tend to look for models or patterns that are similar to what we do understand. We seek for clues to a new and different paradigm. The shift from earthbound thinking to conceiving of heaven is a massive paradigm shift. To speak of our mysterious future is to search for analogies that will give us a hint about what to expect. We cannot say what heaven is, but the Bible does give us hints as to what it is like. We try to imagine the unknown in the light...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, October 5, 2017 [prayer]

    10/05/2017 5:44:56 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 26 replies ^ | October 5, 2017 | FR Intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer.
  • Jewish Allegiance To God After the Holocaust Has No Precedent

    10/05/2017 5:15:42 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 59 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | October 5, 2017 | Shmuley Boteach
    Find me one nation that has been more devoted to God throughout history than the Jewish people? Find me one nation that has stuck with God despite pogroms, auto-de-fes, expulsions, inquisitions, ghettoization, non-stop persecution, and, ultimately, the Holocaust. Find me a people that continues to honor the Sabbath, put on tefillin, affix mezuzot, keep kosher, marry in the faith, build synagogues and go to mikveh, even after their parents and grandparents were turned into ash at Auschwitz. Find me one nation, like the State of Israel, that honors the complete rights of its 1.5 million Muslim citizens in the heart...
  • Trent and Luther Are the Same To Me. A Shocking Survey on Catholics and Protestants

    10/05/2017 1:44:05 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 22 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | October 5, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    It is happening more and more that Protestant schoolchildren from northern Europe who are visting Rome are brought by their teachers to attend a Catholic Mass, to see what it is like, and placidly go to receive communion.This too is the effect of an increasing race to the bottom between the two faiths, in the mentality of many Protestants and Catholics of Europe and America, as confirmed by an extensive survey conducted in fifteen countries by the Washington-based Pew Research Center:> After 500 Years, Reformation-Era Divisions Have Lost Much of Their PotencySo 500 years after posting his 95 theses...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Placid and His Companions, Martyrs (Gueranger)

    10/04/2017 9:22:46 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Red Simple THE protomartyr of the Benedictine Order stands before us today in his strength and his beauty. The empire had fallen, and the yoke of the Arian Goths lay heavy upon Italy. Rome was no longer in the hands of the glorious races, which had made her greatness; these, nevertheless, kept up their honorable traditions. They offered a great lesson for future times of revolution to other descendants of not less noble families: in lieu of the ensign of civic honor once committed to their fathers, the survivors of the old patrician ranks made it their duty to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-05-17, OM, Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos, St. Faustina Kowalsk

    10/04/2017 9:02:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 10-05-17 | Revised New American Bible
    October 5, 2017 Thursday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Neh 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12The whole people gathered as one in the open space before the Water Gate,and they called upon Ezra the scribeto bring forth the book of the law of Moseswhich the LORD prescribed for Israel.On the first day of the seventh month, therefore,Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly,which consisted of men, women,and those children old enough to understand.Standing at one end of the open place that was before the Water Gate,he read out of the book from daybreak until midday,in the...
  • Pope Francis: Unease with Mass Migration Due to ‘Innate Fear of the Foreigner’

    10/04/2017 6:35:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/30/17 | Thomas D. Williams
    In an address in the Vatican Saturday, Pope Francis seemed to attribute people’s concerns with Europe’s migrant crisis to xenophobia, suggesting that a “culture of encounter” could remedy opposition to migration. Speaking to members of the Association of National Italian Municipalities (ANCI), the Pope said he understands “the distress of many of your citizens in the face of the massive arrival of migrants and refugees.” This distress, he continued, “finds its explanation in an innate fear of the ‘foreigner,’ a fear exacerbated by the wounds caused by the economic crisis, the unpreparedness of the local communities, and the inadequacy of...
  • Monument to Tsar Nicholas II Erected in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    10/04/2017 6:30:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10/2/17
    A new monument to Tsar Nicholas II was opened on Saturday in the village of Ritešić, near the city of Doboj in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Republika Srpska, reports The monument was erected in recognition of the Russian tsar, who rose in defense of the Serbs in the First World War. About 1,500 people, including representatives of the government of Republika Srpska, the Serbian Orthodox Church, Russian and Serbian professionals, and Bosnian and Serbian parliamentarians, businessmen, and diplomats participated in the ceremonies dedicated to the opening of the monument. Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Russian ambassador to...
  • Central Committee for German Catholics Wants Church Blessings for Homosexual Couples

    10/04/2017 6:25:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    On Sunday the so-called "marriage for all" enters into force in Germany. In an interview, the President of the Catholic Committee, ZdK, Thomas Sternberg, asks the church for a signal of appreciation.The President of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), Thomas Sternberg, calls for a "signal of ecclesiastical appreciation for same-sex couples". The ZdK is committed to blessing love-affairs of homosexuals, he told the "Passauer Neue Presse" (Saturday). "Behind this is the wish that God may help those blessed." Sternberg referred to worship services on Valentine's Day, in which all lovers could be blessed. Currently, there is no...
  • Controversial Ad Campaign Promotes Abortion as Catholic Social Justice Issue

    10/04/2017 6:16:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/30/17 | Christopher White
    A new ad campaign from Catholics for Choice is promoting the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and public funding for abortion. Pro-life activists counter that the campaign is an affront to Catholics and risks jeopardizing debates over healthcareNEW YORK - Catholics for Choice, a group that has been repeatedly described by the U.S. bishops as not representing authentic Catholic teaching, launched a new nationwide advertising campaign earlier this week endorsing public funding for abortion. The ads are running in papers throughout the country, including The Washington Post, The Chicago Sun Times, The Marion Reader, and the Harrisburg Register and state...
  • Cardinal: Venezuela Stubbornly Clings to ‘Marxist, Totalitarian System’

    10/04/2017 6:12:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/3/17 | Ines San Martin
    Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, of Caracas, Venezuela, was in Rome last Friday to update Pope Francis on the deteriorating situation in his country. Speaking with Crux, he said that despite several signs proving things are getting worse, he sees hope in the upcoming regional elections, which he believes will make reality "even more evident": The government of President Nicolas Maduro doesn't have the people's support.ROME - Though temporarily muscled out of the spotlight due to other international crises, Venezuela continues to be a nation on the edge of chaos. Pope Francis is being regularly updated on the situation, most recently...
  • "Da Vinci Code" Author Dan Brown: Our Planet Would be "Absolutely Fine" Without Religion

    10/04/2017 6:05:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    CBS News ^ | 9/30/17
    Bestselling author Dan Brown, whose book "The Da Vinci Code" made him an international star as well as a target of religious groups for the book's portrayal of Christianity, says the world would be okay without religion, in an interview with Tony Dokoupil for CBS' "Sunday Morning," to be broadcast October 1. "The Da Vinci Code" is one of the bestselling novels of all time, and has spawned a movie franchise. His latest book, "Origin," like his others, weaves codes, religion, science and history, while putting God on the edge of extinction. Despite the controversy his works stir up, Brown...
  • Mosul and Jonah...Euphrates pt 8

    Iraq used to be known as Mesopotamia, “the land between two rivers”, because of the very fertile plain between the Euphrates and the Tigris river. The Tigris river (often called the Hiddekel river in the Bible), is the site of the ancient capitol city of the Assyrian empire, Ninevah. Ninevah was also the city which the prophet Jonah attempted to avoid going to, though he was sent there by God, to preach repentance to the cruel and wicked Assyrians. When he did finally come to Ninevah, Jonah preached a very uninspiring message, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!...