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  • Catholic Word of the Day: NECROMANCY, 03-27-15

    03/27/2015 8:43:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-27-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:NECROMANCY The art of divining the future through alleged communication with the dead. It was mentioned in the Bible and found in every ancient nation. It was forbidden by Mosaic law in any form, whether as alchemy, magic, or witchcraft. It is also forbidden by the Church. One reason is that the practice lends itself to dependence on the evil spirits who can pretend to foretell the future, but only to deceive and mislead the practitioners. In modern times it is called spiritism or spiritualism. (Etym. Greek nekros, corpse + manteia, divination; Latin necromantia. All items...
  • Ian McKellen vs. Hotel Bibles

    03/27/2015 7:46:57 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 36 replies
    Belief.net ^ | 2 November 2009 | Esther Kustanowitz
    Attention, hotels…if you’ve got a “Sir Ian McKellen” on your list of incoming guests, you should probably remove the Bible from the bedside table drawer in his room and read this recent Q&A with Details magazine (quoted on PopEater): “The openly gay ‘Lord of the Rings’ star admits to a habit of tearing out the Bible passage that condemns homosexuality — (“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” – Leviticus 18:22) — every time he finds one in his hotel room.[…] “I’m not proudly defacing the book,” he asserts, “but it’s a choice between removing...
  • On the Lost Justice of the “Sabbath Rest”

    03/27/2015 7:34:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Lost Justice of the “Sabbath Rest” By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome of us who are older remember that Sundays were once quiet in downtown; in shopping areas, parking lots were empty. Most businesses were closed and few people had to work on Sundays. Surely there were exceptions, such as medical personnel, emergency workers, and those who ran essential services like power plants. But for most, Sunday was a day off. And although the biblical Sabbath was Saturday, in a largely Christian nation Sunday was the “Sabbath” day of rest.In those days, Church was in the morning and then it was...
  • The Death Of Catholic Universities In America

    03/27/2015 6:41:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 3/26/15 | Dominic Lynch
    Catholic universities in America have lost sight of their institutional identities. Only direct intervention from the Vatican can reverse their decline.Catholic universities in America are typically regarded as offering a well-rounded education combined with one of the premier intellectual forces of the West: the Catholic Church, and its vast well of knowledge in almost every discipline. Unlike state-sponsored institutions, which can offer a quality education, Catholic universities have the advantage of a grounded and time-tested moral foundation. This foundation, and the discoveries, advances, and progress it has produced, is unrivaled in any other Western tradition. Secular universities, good though they...
  • A Grave Problem – NJ Ban on Religious Headstone Sales Could Violate Constitution

    03/27/2015 6:34:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/26/15 | Kevin J. Jones
    Trenton, N.J., Mar 26, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A New Jersey law crafted to ban the Archdiocese of Newark from selling cemetery headstones might not pass muster under judicial review, according to a constitutional law expert. Matthew Franck said the law “may well be violating the freedom of religion” guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution because it “singles out religious organizations for disfavored treatment.” Franck directs the Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Princeton, N.J.-based Witherspoon Institute. He characterized the law as “a direct assault on the freedom of churches to offer services to the bereaved...
  • The Right to Give Your Kids a Catholic Education

    03/27/2015 6:30:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/25/15 | Grazie pozo Christie
    A salute to Archbishop Cordileone for defending it in San Francisco.California is always a great state to watch, as things that happen there tend to be harbingers for the other 49. In San Francisco, we have the spectacle of an archbishop under attack from several state senators. His offense? Trying to ensure that high-school students in Catholic schools get the Catholic education their parents have freely chosen to give them. Archbishop Cordileone has had the good sense to ask high-school faculty to affirm that they will impart the Church’s social teachings. He’s trying to guarantee that students will receive the...
  • Vatican Cardinal: It Would be ‘Anti-Catholic’ to Let Bishops’ Conferences Decide Doctrine

    03/27/2015 6:25:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/26/15 | Staff Reporter
    In new interview doctrinal chief Cardinal Müller criticises comments by German bishops' leader Cardinal MarxThe idea that bishops’ conferences can take doctrinal decisions on marriage and the family is “absolutely anti-Catholic”, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief has said. In an exclusive interview with the French Catholic magazine Famille Chrétienne, Cardinal Gerhard Müller said: “This is an absolutely anti-Catholic idea that does not respect the catholicity of the Church. Episcopal conferences have authority over certain issues, but not a magisterium alongside the Magisterium, without the Pope and without communion with the bishops.” The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(3/27/15)[Prayer]

    03/27/2015 6:16:47 AM PDT · by left that other site · 3 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/27/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Ruth New International Version (NIV) 5 “I will do whatever you say,” Ruth answered. 6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do. 7 When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. 8 In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet! 9 “Who are you?”...
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/27/2015 5:47:10 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 3 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 27 March 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 27, 2015 Morning Reading Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled. —Matthew 26:56 He never deserted them, but they in cowardly fear of their lives, fled from Him in the very beginning of His sufferings. This is but one instructive instance of the frailty of all believers if left to themselves; they are but sheep at the best, and they flee when the wolf cometh. They had all been warned of the danger, and had promised to die rather than leave their Master; and yet they were seized with sudden panic, and...
  • Being Soul Sad For My Church [PC(USA)]

    03/27/2015 4:59:43 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    Winds Of Talahi ^ | March 25, 2015
    There have been few times in my life when I have been truly soul sad. As a Pastor, I have stood by the bed of dying patients and encouraged them to hope in Heaven when earth offered them none. I have held the hands of mothers when their cries had no comfort, because the terminally ill child in their arms would be the pain of unfulfilled dreams. I have listened to the hurt of children betrayed, seen the terror of marriages destroyed by temptation, and cried when good people have made devastatingly bad choices. For these my soul has hurt,...
  • British priests have canonical rights, too

    03/27/2015 3:02:09 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 1 replies
    In the Light of the Law Blog ^ | March 26, 2015 | Edward Peters
    There isn’t a word—not one single word—in the short, open letter signed by hundreds of British Catholic priests to the Catholic Herald (London) defending Church teaching on marriage and sacraments that any Catholic could not, and should not be proud to, personally profess and publicly proclaim. The priests’ letter is a model of accuracy, balance, brevity, and pastoral respect for persons. It fortifies the soul to know it exists. It gladdens the heart to actually read it. I am at a loss, therefore, to understand why Vincent Cardinal Nichols seems to chastise priests who signed the letter for their allegedly...
  • Ruben Diaz Sr. Wants Ted Cruz to Visit the South Bronx

    03/26/2015 9:36:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Observer / News ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jillian Jorgensen
    Forget New Hampshire, or Iowa, or Lynchburg, Virgina, where Republican Senator Ted Cruz kicked off his presidential campaign. State Senator Ruben Diaz wants Mr. Cruz to come stump in the South Bronx. “Imagine Ted Cruz traveling to the Bronx where there is a grassroots army of Black and Hispanic Evangelical Christians who are just like him—and who have been ignored by every Presidential candidate,” Mr. Diaz wrote today in one of his periodic e-mail blasts to constituents. “Imagine Ted Cruz coming to the South Bronx where there are many of Hispanic Evangelical Churches that are willing to stand together for...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (3/27/2015) [Prayer]

    03/26/2015 9:09:04 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 14 replies
    27 March 2015 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch— as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 1 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV) ----
  • The Case for a Fair, Free and Authentic Synod Debate

    03/26/2015 7:43:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 3/26/15 | Edward Pentin
    Cardinal Vincent Nichols has voiced his opposition to an initiative of nearly 500 priests of England and Wales in which they signed an open letter stating their “unwavering fidelity” to Church doctrine on marriage and the family ahead of the upcoming Synod on the Family. The Archbishop of Westminster said in a statement yesterday that their concerns about the synod should be raised with their bishop and are “not best conducted through the press.” But his response is causing considerable concern among some in Rome, and probably elsewhere, who feel that for priests to merely uphold the Church’s teaching in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-27-15

    03/26/2015 7:38:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 27, 2015Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Jer 20:10-13 I hear the whisperings of many:“Terror on every side!Denounce! let us denounce him!”All those who were my friendsare on the watch for any misstep of mine.“Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,and take our vengeance on him.”But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.In their failure they will be put to utter shame,to lasting, unforgettable confusion.O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,who probe mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take...
  • A Report on the Sodomy Synod [Catholic Caucus]

    03/26/2015 5:51:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Culture Wars ^ | January 2015 | Robert Kempson
    The Extraordinary Synod on the Family, held in Rome from October 5-19, has proved to be the most controversial gathering of Catholic bishops since the Second Vatican Council. It has seen open conflict within the College of Cardinals and between bishops. The conflict has been centered on questions surrounding human sexuality but stems from a deeper rift between those who strive to be faithful to the natural law and the teaching of the Catholic Church and those who strive to distort that teaching to bring it into conformity with the revolutionary principles of modernity. INTRODUCING CARDINAL KASPER The lead-up to...
  • A Report on the Sodomy Synod, from Culture Wars [Catholic Caucus]

    03/26/2015 5:39:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    The Eye-Witness ^ | March 25, 2015 | Aged Parent
    Well-informed Catholics the world over have a fairly good idea of what went on a few months ago in Rome but this summary, from Culture Wars, is a useful compendium of the facts that all Catholics should be cognizant of right now. We have to know what we are dealing with. http://www.culturewars.com/2015/Synod.htm What we are dealing with is not pretty. I can not see it as anything other than a full frontal assault not only on Catholic morality but on simple human decency as well. And we would do well to understand what lies just underneath the surface, just below...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Spiritual Works of Mercy, Forgive Offenses Willingly

    03/26/2015 5:37:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CrisisMagazine.com ^ | 2012 | Mark P. Shea
    Forgive Offenses Willingly Mark P. SheaThe forgiveness of sins, said the Fathers of the Church, is a greater miracle than the creation of the universe. That seems exaggerated, when considered from our perspective. A Catholic does something he feels ashamed of, hies himself to Confession, goes in the little room with the priest, and comes out a few minutes later. Sometimes he stops for a quick penance prayer in the pew. Sometimes he’s off like a shot to his next Saturday afternoon appointment. To the naked eye, it’s hard to see something akin to God hurling the Andromeda Galaxy...
  • Did Jesus Have Fleshly Half-Brothers?

    03/26/2015 5:03:18 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 200 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | 2003 | Dave Miller, Ph.D.
    ">Did Jesus Have Fleshly Half-Brothers? by  Dave Miller, Ph.D. The usual word in the Greek language for “brother” is adelphos. It possesses the same latitude of application that the English word possesses. Hence, it can refer to a person who shares the same religion (a spiritual brother). It can refer to a person who shares the same citizenship—a fellow countryman. It can refer to an intimate friend or neighbor. All of these uses are self-evident, and do not encroach upon the literal use of the term. By far the most prominent use of the term is the literal sense—a blood...
  • 1 in 4 Americans Don't Believe in God; Lack of Trust in Local Churches Cited as a Reason

    03/26/2015 4:46:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/26/2015 | BY STOYAN ZAIMOV ,
    Barna Group has released its 2015 study on the state of atheism in America, and has revealed that one in four unchurched adults in the country now identify as atheists or agnostics. The study also found that rejection of the Bible and lack of trust in the church are two main reasons why people are turning away from faith. The study was focused on those who have not attended church within the past six months, and found that the majority of such people identify as non-practicing Christians. One in four, or 25 percent, however, were classed as skeptics, which Barna...
  • New York Congregation Is the First to Leave Presbyterian Church (USA) After Approval of Gay Marriage

    03/26/2015 4:38:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/26/2015 | BY MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    A small congregation in New York has voted unanimously to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) following the mainline denomination's recent vote to approve gay marriage. Brighton Presbyterian Church, a 200-year-old congregation in Rochester, voted Sunday to seek dismissal from its PCUSA regional body, the Presbytery of Genesee Valley. The vote to disaffiliate came not long after a majority of presbyteries in PCUSA approved an amendment to their Book of Order defining marriage to include same-sex couples. Kerry E. Luddy, spokeswoman for Brighton Presbyterian and wife of the head pastor, told The Christian Post that the decision to leave "is not a...
  • TOP 10 THINGS CATHOLICS DON’T HAVE TO BELIEVE (Catholic Caucus)

    03/26/2015 3:56:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | March 26, 2015 | MATT BOWMAN
    Easter is a time for initiating people into the Church. In many Catholic parishes this happens through RCIA: the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.But what do you have to believe to be Catholic? There’s a lot of confusion about this in public discussion. Current popular opinion says that under Pope Francis the Church is more open, more welcoming, more willing to offer full communion to people who diverge from Church teaching.If Pope John Paul II was known for his opening exhortation “Be not afraid!” Pope Francis’s most repeated (and misconstrued) quote is “Who am I to judge?”This supposed openness...
  • Can Christianity Survive the Sexual Revolution?

    03/26/2015 2:33:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 26, 2015 | STEPHEN BASKERVILLE
    When was the last time anyone heard a sermon that condemned the evils of fornication, or adultery, or cohabitation, or divorce, or bearing children outside wedlock (let alone homosexuality)? Controlling these sins is a core Christian value. At one time a preacher could be expected to devote extended attention to these sins. And he could be expected to condemn them unequivocally. Yet today, even as the social and economic fallout from precisely these practices becomes ever more glaring and serious, pastors and priests seem ever more determined to avoid discussing them.Of course, the dowdy old parson long ago became the...
  • Children’s Book about Abortion: My ‘Sister Is a Happy Ghost!’

    03/26/2015 2:09:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | March 26, 2015 | Matthew Archbold
    This is disgusting. I've seen some pro-aborts become enamored with all sorts of pagan oddities such as reincarnation to justify their support of killing the unborn. Thanks to Newsbusters for exposing this icky crazy story:A three-year-old named Lee defends the abortion of his sister in a new children’s book – by an author with her own “ghost sister.” “Sister Apple, Sister Pig” by Mary Walling Blackburn focuses on an adult topic: abortion. The story follows Lee as he (or “she,” as the author stressed) searches for his sister – who might be an apple, a pig, or somewhere in a...
  • Notre Dame Bioethicist Foresees Manufactured Sperm and Eggs--Soon

    03/26/2015 1:46:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 26, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    ROME — It won't be long before two women can have a baby of their own, with no biological contribution from a man at all. So says Carter Snead, director of the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. Snead, who once served as general counsel to the President's Council of Bioethics under George W. Bush, said that at the current rate of developments in reproductive technology, sperm and eggs may soon be created from human skin cells. But it doesn’t have to be this way, says Snead, who together with the Center is trying to re-inject...
  • Why Rome Can Only Appreciate, Rather than Prove the Immaculate Conception

    03/26/2015 11:36:04 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 89 replies
    Fallibility ^ | May 1, 2013 | Michael Taylor
    Why Rome Can Only Appreciate, Rather than Prove the Immaculate Conception Should we believe something because we think it is true, or should we think something is true because we first believe?  For example, if you believe that extra-terrestrials have visited the earth, then you are likely to believe in UFO sightings and  alien abduction stories, and conspiracy theories about government coverups as confirmation of what you already believe.  This doesn’t mean that you believe that every UFO sighting or abduction story is real.  Nor does this mean that you buy into every conspiracy theory out there.  But if you...
  • Israel's Penitential Confession...Isaiah 52-53 pt 3

    Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.(Isaiah 53:1-3)We have been looking at the 4th Servant Song of Isaiah,...
  • Fathers and Daughters – Is This a Missing Key to Modesty Today?

    03/26/2015 8:25:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 55 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fathers and Daughters – Is This a Missing Key to Modesty Today? By: Msgr. Charles PopeWe often speak today of the terrible toll that fatherless homes have on young boys. And this is true. Without a reasonably good (even though not sinless) model of manhood and responsibility, many boys lose their way. Fathers also play a large role in disciplining boys, especially as they grow older and become  stronger than their mothers.But missing fathers also bring forth terrible effects on many girls. Women, even young girls, certainly do seek and desire the love and appreciation of men and have...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(3/26/15)[Prayer]

    03/26/2015 6:32:08 AM PDT · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/26/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Ruth New International Version (NIV) 3 One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for. 2 Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. 3 Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. 4 When he lies...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(3/26/15)[Prayer]

    03/26/2015 6:19:36 AM PDT · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/26/15 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Stand Firm Ephesians 3:14-19 “My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the...
  • Morning & Eveninig Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/26/2015 6:17:45 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 2 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | March 26, 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 26, 2015 Morning Reading Jesus said unto them, If ye seek Me, let these go their way. —John 18:8 Mark, my soul, the care which Jesus manifested even in His hour of trial, towards the sheep of His hand! The ruling passion is strong in death. He resigns Himself to the enemy, but He interposes a word of power to set His disciples free. As to Himself, like a sheep before her shearers He is dumb and opened not His mouth, but for His disciples’ sake He speaks with Almighty energy. Herein is...
  • Despite Assurances, Should PCUSA Pastors worry about their future and same-sex marriage

    03/26/2015 5:37:24 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    On March 17, the deciding vote was cast. Palisades Presbytery was the 86th presbytery – a clear majority of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s 171 presbyteries – to vote in favor of changing the denomination’s definition of marriage to allow same-sex marriages. The vote officially changed the definition of marriage found in the PCUSA’s constitution from being between “a man and a woman” to marriage being “a unique relationship between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” While it doesn’t go into effect until June 21, 2015, the 221st General Assembly approved an Authoritative Interpretation in June, 2014, that allows...
  • Richard III’s Last Act

    03/26/2015 5:09:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 3/25/15 | Joanna Bogle
    NEWS ANALYSIS: Thursday’s interment of the last Plantagenet monarch has reawakened interest in England’s rich Catholic pastLONDON — Crowds thronging the roads and prayers and hymns chanted as a monarch is laid to rest, with British pageantry and traditions on full display. King Richard III died more than 500 years ago and has been the subject of much controversy among historians. And, finally, on Thursday, amid great ceremony, the monarch will be reburied, awakening all sorts of discussions connected with Britain’s history, traditions, religious beliefs and sense of common heritage. Britain has been gripped by a sudden surge of fascination...
  • Irish Association of Catholic Priests Takes Neutral Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

    03/26/2015 4:59:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/25/15 | Staff Reporter
    The organisation has urged priests not to tell their parishioners how they should voteThe Association of Catholic Priests has adopted a neutral position on the same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland and urged priests not to instruct their parishioners on how they should vote in May. The group of priests, with a membership of about 1,000, issued a statement saying: “After a consultation with our members, the results of which indicated clearly a wide range of views, the Association of Catholic Priests has decided not to adopt a position in favour or against the marriage equality referendum.” The statement added: “Sexual...
  • Some Cardinals May Fear Blackmail

    03/26/2015 4:45:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 3/24/15 | Phil Lawler
    Almost exactly a year ago, Robert Mickens was suspended from his post as Vatican correspondent for the London Tablet, after he showed his contempt for Pope Benedict XVI with a Facebook comment that he was looking forward to “the Rat’s funeral.” Usually Mickens was more discreet, but that crude comment tells you what you need to know about his perspective. Having subsequently left The Tablet, Mickens now writes for Global Pulse, a web site that views Catholic affairs from a strongly “progressive” slant. There he has posted another revealing comment, this time on the decision by Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien...
  • Because Mary Said “Yes…” — A Reflection For The Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord

    03/25/2015 10:46:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 278 replies
    SaltAndDignity ^ | March 25, 2015 | Fr. Thomas Rosica
    Because Mary Said “Yes…” — A Reflection For The Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord March 25, 2011 by Fr. Thomas Rosica Standing in the middle of the present day city of Nazareth is the mammoth Basilica of the Annunciation, built around what is believed to be the dwelling of Mary. In a grotto-like room at the heart of the basilica is a small inscription on an altar. It reads, “verbum caro hic factum est,” here the Word became flesh. There, it is believed, the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, and her response changed the world forever. Imagine yourself...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-26-15

    03/25/2015 8:31:15 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 26, 2015Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Gn 17:3-9 When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him:“My covenant with you is this:you are to become the father of a host of nations.No longer shall you be called Abram;your name shall be Abraham,for I am making you the father of a host of nations.I will render you exceedingly fertile;I will make nations of you;kings shall stem from you.I will maintain my covenant with youand your descendants after youthroughout the ages as an everlasting pact,to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.I...
  • 100s of Priests in England & Wales urge Vatican Synod to end confus over Marriage and Sexuality

    03/25/2015 7:19:29 PM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 7 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | March 24, 2015 anno Domini | Press Release
    PRESS RELEASE FROM "SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE LETTER" COORDINATOR In a dramatic turn of events, nearly 500 priests from England and Wales have written a letter in defence of the ‘traditional teaching on marriage and human sexuality’ in anticipation of the forthcoming Vatican Synod on the family. This letter comes at a time when a growing number of Catholics are concerned that the gathering of Church leaders in Rome, scheduled for October 2015, will seek to re-think Gospel teaching on marriage, sexuality, repentance and grace. Some Cardinals, particularly from Germany, have suggested that Holy Communion could be received by those in...
  • Fury to Freedom [powerful conversion video]

    03/25/2015 7:13:39 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 1, 2004 | Raul Ries
    Raul as a youth, was a dangerous, violent person who was ready to explode at any moment. This video chronicles the miraculous transformation of a person who was on a road to destruction to a man of God. This is the personal testimony of Raul Ries and how God demonstrates His grace, His love and His mercy. From Christiancinema.com: The true story of Raul Ries finds a young man full of hate and fight, lies and deception, and anger beyond control. This story focuses on Raul's high school days, martial arts experiences, and early years of his marriage. With everything...
  • IT’S THE POPE, STUPID!

    03/25/2015 5:28:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | March 25, 2015 | Louie Verrecchio
    n a lengthy interview with LifeSite News published on March 24th, Cardinal Raymond Burke said in part: It’s clear that there was a manipulation [at the Extraordinary Synod] because the actual interventions of the members of the synod were not published, and only the mid-term report, or the “relatio post disceptationem” … And so it’s clear to me that there were individuals who obviously had a very strong influence on the synod process who were pushing an agenda which has nothing to do with the truth about marriage as Our Lord Himself teaches it to us… [Emphasis added] He went...
  • Cardinal Nichols attempts to silence faithful priests. This will backfire. [Catholic Caucus]

    03/25/2015 4:40:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Spectator ^ | March 25, 2015 | Damian Thompson
    [Update: On looking more closely at the list of priests, I’m astonished by some of the names I see there – clergy I wouldn’t have described as conservatives, let alone traditionalists. It reinforces my sense that vast numbers of priests, however much they admire Pope Francis, are worried about the direction of this pontificate – or, rather, its lack of direction.]
  • Is the church a pillar & pedestal of truth?

    03/25/2015 2:25:45 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 29 replies
    triablogue ^ | September 08, 2008 | Steve
    Is the church a pillar & pedestal of truth? I’ve discussed this verse (1 Tim 3:15) on more than one occasion, but since Catholics keep citing it as a prooftext for Catholicism, I have to correct them more than once. To some extent I’ll repeat myself since they repeat themselves, but I’m also going to expand on some points. Catholics always quote this out of context. But what questions should we ask ourselves when we approach this verse? 1. How should we render the Greek phrase? The Greek construction is anarthrous. There is no definite article. Therefore, there’s no...
  • MIRACULOUS - Divine Intervention [Charismatic Caucus]

    03/25/2015 2:11:31 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    Situational change comes when My Spirit enters where there has been limitations invoked by lies and it is as My Spirit of TRUTH dis-lodges(evicts) this strongman that TRUTH REIGNS SUPREME and divine creative intervention restores (( ( KINGDOM REIGN ) ))and "Reality" , So that Grace "IS" the Cornerstone and Mercy flows freely creating "THE MIRACULOUS"(pressed down shaken together and flowing over). . . Matthew 8:15 15 He touched her hand and the fever "left" her; and she got up and began waiting on Him. Matthew 12:13 13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he...
  • Chapter Talk by Sr. Maria Barrett

    03/25/2015 10:24:32 AM PDT · by Mad Dawg · 17 replies
    Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey ^ | March 24, 2015 | Sr.Maria Barrett
    Today is the feast of the Annunciation. On this great day, the eternal Word of God stooped down from heaven, was made flesh, and came to dwell among us. In His great goodness, in the wise folly of His boundless love for us, God gave Himself to us, humbling Himself and taking the form of a slave so that we who had been conquered by sin and evil might in Him be made their conquerors. Yet today is not called the feast of the Incarnation, but rather the feast of the Annunciation. The great mystery of the incarnation was made...
  • The Rumors of the Church’s Death Have Been Greatly Overstated...

    03/25/2015 10:01:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | March 25, 2015 | Stephen Altrogge
    The Rumors of the Church’s Death Have Been Greatly Overstated; No matter how many studies Barna and his boys release, the church will continue to stand. _______________________________________ These days, it’s kinda cool to criticize the church. About once a week, a new, angsty memoir is released by someone who grew up in the church, had a series of bad experiences, left the church, and is now finding healing and/or catharsis in some different version of the church (Catholic, Episcopal, Eastern Orthodox, etc.). In their memoir, they inevitably talk about all the shortcomings of the church and all the things the...
  • Heaven Tourism Books Pulled from Nearly 200 Christian Bookstores

    03/25/2015 9:57:02 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 82 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | March 25, 2015 | David Roach
    LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all "experiential testimonies about heaven" following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on "the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife." ...The resolution, adopted by messengers to the SBC annual meeting in June, warned Christians not to allow "the numerous books and movies purporting to explain or describe the afterlife experience" to "become their source and basis for an understanding of the afterlife."
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EFFICIENT CAUSE, 03-25-15

    03/25/2015 9:44:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EFFICIENT CAUSE   An agent in the production of any effect. It is that which, by its activity or exercise of power, produces existence or change in another. See Also: FINAL CAUSE, See Also: FIRST CAUSE, See Also: FORMAL CAUSE, See Also: FREE CAUSE, See Also: MATERIAL CAUSE, See Also: MORAL CAUSE, See Also: NECESSARY CAUSE, See Also: SECONDARY CAUSE, See Also: CAUSEAll items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • He will Be Abased and Exalted...Isaiah 52-53 pt 2

    Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.(Isaiah 52:13-15)The fourth Servant song is composed of three sections. First of all, we have this introduction in Isaiah 52:13-15. Secondly we have the great and...
  • 'Killing Jesus' Portrays Jesus as Man, Tones Down His Miracles and Power, Film's Actors Explain

    03/25/2015 8:38:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/25/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    The upcoming National Geographic miniseries "Killing Jesus," which is based on Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly's bestselling book of the same name, tells the story of the historical Jesus and leaves the supernatural claims made by believers out of the equation. The approach to the film was intentional, according to some of the actors in the film who believe it will help to get the Jesus story out to those who are skeptics. Chris Ryman, who plays Malchus, the Roman guard who arrests Jesus before His crucifixion, commented on the film's portrayal of Jesus — the man — in the...
  • I support Patricia Jannuzzi's right to express her Catholic mind without fear of retribution

    03/25/2015 8:35:47 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 79 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 25 Mar 2015 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Teacher Patricia Jannuzi Brethren, Peace be with you. As you may know from numerous media reports, Patricia Jannuzzi is a (suspended) teacher at a Catholic high school in New Jersey. According to Aleteia.org, Jannuzzi, a teacher at Immaculata High School in Somerville, was suspended with pay and benefits two weeks ago. Her bishop, Paul Bootkoski of the diocese of Metuchen, wrote that Jannuzzi’s now-deleted Facebook post was “disturbing and do not reflect the church’s teachings of acceptance.” Placing private-school teachers on administrative leave is a common form of punishment that school district officials use to fire the employees, according...