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  • The Conversion We Think We Want

    01/26/2015 6:04:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    CE.com ^ | 01-26-15 | Stephen Beale
    The Conversion We Think We Want Stephen BealeLet’s face it. Given a choice, most of us would choose to have the conversion experienced by St. Paul.Here’s how Acts 22 describes the sudden conversion of the great apostle, which we celebrated on Sunday:On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you...
  • Catholic Caucus: Why the Devil Hates the Blessed Virgin So Much (And Why You Should Love Her)

    01/26/2015 5:06:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    catholicgentleman.net ^ | January 23, 2015 | Sam Guzman
    Satan hates the Blessed Virgin Mary. In fact, he has been doing everything in his power to discourage devotion to her and instill hatred for her for two millennia. Have you ever noticed that it is Marian dogmas and devotions that stir the strongest reactions in those who reject the Church? Even some good Catholics are embarrassed by devotion to our Lady, and they feel we should not be too extreme in our veneration of her. Perhaps you, too, have wondered why the Church holds the Immaculate Virgin in such high regard. Perhaps you have wonder why God has chosen...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: RELIQUARY, 01-26-15

    01/26/2015 11:41:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-26-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:RELIQUARYAny repository in which a relic is sealed and kept. Reliquaries vary in size, according to the relic, from very small ones that can be easily carried to larger caskets for whole parts of a saint's body. Relics are never exposed for public veneration unless enclosed in a reliquary. Some reliquaries are famous for their exquisite design and value. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Female bishop: Man interrupts Libby Lane ordination (Church of England)

    01/26/2015 9:23:55 AM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 26 January 2015 | bbc
    A man has interrupted the consecration of the Church of England's first female bishop. The unidentified man said that "it was not in the Bible", when Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu asked the congregation if it was their will that Mrs Lane should be ordained. The man asked to speak to Dr Sentamu about the "absolute impediment" before walking off. VIDEO ON LINK
  • Christianitys Human Sacrifice Problem: If God called upon you to wipe out a village ...

    01/26/2015 7:58:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/26/2015 | Walter Hudson
    Does Christianity call for human sacrifice?When you put the question like that, the instinctive response of any given Christian would tend toward a resounding no. After all, human sacrifice is a barbaric act which no rational person could condone. We believers like to regard ourselves as rational.Yet, a cursory examination of popular Christian doctrine suggests that human sacrifice to one degree or another stands as a central tenet of the faith. In his book Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It, author Craig Biddle cites religionists including many prominent Christian theologians ...
  • If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts...Meditation on-Jonah.

    01/26/2015 7:24:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-2515 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there shall thy hand lead me. A Meditation on the Story of Jonah. By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs a followup to yesterday’s (Sunday 3rd Week) reference to Jonah the Prophet, I would like to sketch a fuller portrait of his life. Yesterday’s reading dropped us into the middle of the story. Let’s look at the backstory and see how the Lord does not give up on Jonah, nor on the people whom He has sent Jonah to deliver. God keeps calling until we are ready, until our last...
  • Steves Devotional - What about the Past?

    01/25/2015 7:17:59 PM PST · by Idaho_Cowboy · 2 replies
    Key Life ^ | January 19, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Sound familiar? All clichs. They may sound nice, but clichs are often just like Band-Aids on canceruseless. ... What do you do about your past? Lets check out lessons from the Apostle Paul in Acts 9:21-31. To say that Paul had a bad past is a gross understatement. As Saul, Paul lived the worst kind of sinful life you could imaginepersecuting, killing and binding up the saints of God. In fact, at this point in Acts, Paul had just participated in the stoning of Stephen, the first martyr of the Christian church. What did Paul do about his past? What...
  • The Absurdity of Separated Brethren

    01/25/2015 5:22:50 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 240 replies
    Beggars All ^ | February 11, 2009 | "carrie"
    The Absurdity of Separated Brethren Before Protestants were "separated brethren"... Q. Does the Lord make use of apostate Catholics, such as Martin Luther, Calvin, John Knox, Henry VIII., King of England, to reform the manners of the people? A. The thought is absurd. The lives of those men were evil, and it is only the devil that makes use of them to pervert the people still more. The Lord makes use of His saints, such as a St. Francis of Assisium, a St. Dominick, a St. Ignatius, a St. Alphonsus, to convert the people and reform their evil manners...
  • United Methodist Church leader mocks March for Life, UMC issues response statement

    01/25/2015 3:13:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 53 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jan 25, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    Bill Mefford, Director of Civil and Human Rights at the UMCs Washington office, used the March for Life last week to mock the event with a sign, and picture he posted on Twitter, saying I march for sandwiches. Many are upset a church leader used a solemn event to liken an unborn baby to a sandwich. The next day, UMC Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe General Secretary General Board of Church & Society, issued a statement about Meffords march: Affirming human dignity is central to the witness of Jesus Christ. Christians are called to watch over with care the lives of...
  • Is the Angel of the Lord the Pre-Incarnate Christ?

    01/25/2015 1:52:55 PM PST · by NYer · 76 replies
    Taylormarshall.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Dr Taylor Marshall
    The Church Fathers held an unwavering belief that the Second Person of the Trinity appeared frequently in the Old Testament in a variety of forms: the Angel of the Lord, the Burning Bush, the Son of Man, and the one like a Son of God in Daniel.Today we’ll look at a debate regarding the Angel of the Lord. Is he are isn’t the Pre-Incarnate Son of God? There are various positions in early Christianity.The Greek Church Fathers (for example, Saint Athanasius) are convinced that “the Angel of the Lord” is the pre-incarnate Christ. They posit that the Angel of the Lord is categorically different from lower...
  • Who Are These?...Revelation 7 pt 4

    01/25/2015 11:41:11 AM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 2 replies
    01-24-15 | Bill Randles
    And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun...
  • I Keep So Busy Workin' for the Kingdom, I Ain't Got Time to Die-A Homily for the 3rd Sunday/Year

    01/25/2015 6:35:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington I Keep So Busy Workin’ for the Kingdom, I Ain’t Got Time to Die – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe readings of “Ordinary Time” (Tempus per annum, in Latin) focus a lot on the call to discipleship and the living of the Christian Faith. The readings for today’s Mass are no exception, as they present us with a number of disciplines for disciples. These disciplines free us to serve Christ and His Kingdom joyfully, energetically, and wholeheartedly. We can group these disciplines into three broad areas, such that discipleship is...
  • Pope Francis: Faith a Criterion in Investigating a Marriages Validity

    01/24/2015 9:42:05 PM PST · by AncientAirs · 10 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 25 Jan 2015 | ANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI/CNA/EWTN NEWS
    In investigating the validity of a marriage, ecclesial judges should consider whether the decision to marry was made in the context of values and faith ... Francis stressed the crisis of values in society is not a recent phenomenon, quoting Blessed Paul VIs 1974 address opening the Rotas judicial year, modern man at times, wounded by a systematic relativism that bends to the easiest choices of circumstance, of demagogy, of fashion, of passion, of hedonism, of selfishness, so that externally he attempts to dispute the mastery of the law, and internally, almost without realizing, substitutes the empire of moral conscience...
  • On the Origin and Nature of Things-Chapter 5

    01/24/2015 5:28:34 PM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    THE CELEBRATED PRAYER of the great German astronomer, Kepler, has been a benediction to many: "O God, I thank Thee that Thou hast permitted me to think Thy thoughts after Thee." This prayer is theologically sound because it acknowledges the priority of God in the universe. "In the beginning God" is undoubtedly the most important sentence in the Bible. It is in God that all things begin, and all thoughts as well. In the words of Augustine, "But Thou, O Lord, who ever livest, and in whom nothing dies, since before the world was, and, indeed, before all that can...
  • Queens of Heaven. Mary and Kuantan Yin

    01/24/2015 4:16:35 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 184 replies
    1/24/15 | Self
    Here are artistic representations of two goddesses who are considered the Queen of Heaven and Goddesses.  The Buddhist/Taoist Kuan Yin (or Guan Yin) (觀音) And The Catholic depiction of Mary Note the similarities in representation.  This relates to a thread last week on the leftover, or accretional pagan beliefs or rituals that are still present in the Catholic church.  The Goddess of Mercy is a universal idol/icon in pagan belief systems. 
  • Mary Matters (Dr. Walter Martin on disbelief in the Mother of God)

    01/24/2015 3:23:43 PM PST · by NYer · 913 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | JULY 26, 2014 | Tim Staples
    In my new book, Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines, , I spend most of its pages in classic apologetic defense of Mary as Mother of God, defending her immaculate conception, perpetual virginity, assumption into heaven, her Queenship, and her role in God’s plan of salvation as Co-redemptrix and Mediatrix. But perhaps my most important contributions in the book may well be how I demonstrate each of these doctrines to be crucial for our spiritual lives and even our salvation.And I should note that this applies to all of the Marian doctrines. Not...
  • Peeved Parishioners Leaving SF Catholic Church Over Ban On Girls As Altar Servers

    01/24/2015 12:45:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 59 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | 1/23/15 | Dan Lin
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) A Bay Area church is now under fire over a controversial new policy saying only boys can be altar servers. The new practice is making waves at the century old church Star of the Sea. Since the 70s, theyve used altar girls during masses. The well-known Richmond District church also has a school serving about 230 kids. When the new priest banned girls from being altar servers, it generated outrage among parents and parishioners alike. The priest admits some parishioners even left the church. Its disturbing, said churchgoer Connie Porciuncula. Star of the Sea School...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EMMAUS, 01-24-15

    01/24/2015 9:04:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-24-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EMMAUSA village about seven miles from Jerusalem. It was on the road to Emmaus that two disciples met the risen Jesus and accompanied him to the village (Luke 24:13-35). Not until he broke bread at supper did they recognize him. then he disappeared and they hastened back to Jerusalem to tell the Apostles of the encounter. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Gospel According to the Church Fathers

    01/24/2015 8:33:46 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 333 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | September 22, 2011 | Nathan Busenitz
    After the apostles died, was the gospel hopelessly lost until the Reformation?That certainly seems to bea common assumption in some Protestant circles today.Thankfully, it is a falseassumption.Im not entirely sure where thatmisconception started. But one thing I do know: it did not come from the Protestant Reformers.The Reformers themselves (including Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and others) were convinced that theirposition was not only biblical, but also historical. In other words, they contended that both the apostles and the church fathers would have agreed with them on the heart of the gospel.For example, thesecond-generation Lutheran reformer, Martin Chemnitz (1522-1586), wrote a...
  • EWTN LIVE - 2015.1.21 - Tim Staples

    01/23/2015 9:23:10 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 16 replies
    youtube of EWTN Live - Fr. Mitch Pacwa with guest Tim Staples ^ | 01/21/2015 | Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Tim Staples
    Fr. Mitch Pacwa holds this fascinating interview on his weekly "EWTN Live" show, with his special guest, former strident "Catholic-Basher" and Pentecostal ("Assembly of God") minister, "Tim Staples": EWTN LIVE - 2015.1.21 - Tim Staples.
  • The Ultimate Feast of Tabernacles...Revelation 7 pt 3

    After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and...
  • The Universal Presence

    01/23/2015 3:15:25 PM PST · by metmom · 16 replies
    Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?-Psa. 139:7 In all Christian teaching certain basic truths are found, hidden at times, and rather assumed than asserted, but necessary to all truth as the primary colors are found in and necessary to the finished painting. Such a truth is the divine immanence. God dwells in His creation and is everywhere indivisibly present in all His works. This is boldly taught by prophet and apostle and is accepted by Christian theology generally. That is, it appears in the books, but for some reason it has...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HISTORY OF DOGMA, 01-23-15

    01/23/2015 9:21:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-23-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HISTORY OF DOGMAThe systematic presentation of the history of divine revelation since it was completed at the end of the apostolic age to the present time. This history comprehends the Church's identification of what was revealed in Sacred Scripture and tradition; formulation of God's word in creeds, definitions, and doctrinal terms; interpretation of what was revealed; growth in understanding its meaning; and defense of revealed truth against the intrusion of heresy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • This is my Kng! Do you know Him?

    01/23/2015 8:39:05 AM PST · by javie · 3 replies
    "That's My King" The late Dr. S. M. Lockeridge, a pastor from San Diego, California said these words in a sermon in Detroit in 1976: http://youtu.be/yzqTFNfeDnE
  • Pope Francis compares pushing gay agenda to Hitler Youth indoctrination

    01/23/2015 8:02:48 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 36 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | January 21, 2015 | John-Henry Westen
    In comments at his Monday in-air interview that were totally ignored by the mainstream media, Pope Francis lamented the Western practice of imposing a homosexual agenda on other nations through foreign aid, which he called a form of ideological colonization and compared to the Nazi propaganda machine. Asked by a reporter to explain the phrase ideological colonization, the pope gave an example from 1995 when, he says, a minister of education in a poor area was told she could have a loan for building schools so long as the schools used a book that taught gender theory. "She said yes,...
  • Who Gets Hurt? At Least 50 Million, and Then Some!

    01/23/2015 7:25:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who Gets Hurt? At Least 50 Million, and Then Some! By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere’s a common “moral” standard that many like to employ today, especially regarding sexual matters, that goes something like this: “Two consenting adults can do what they please, as long as no one gets hurt.” But of course the sinners who talk like this seem to think that they get to determine if anyone gets hurt. Generally their notions of “no one” are very egocentric. But even there they are often quite wrong.Today, I marched with many who tried to give a voice to the at...
  • Benedict XVI Aide Denies Rift with Francis

    01/22/2015 7:52:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/22/15 | Ins San Martn
    Archbishop Georg Gnswein says retired pope is not working behind-the-scenes with conservativesROME A close aide to emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has denied the former pontiff is playing any behind-the-scenes role over the issue of Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, calling such reports a pure invention. The aide also dismissed suggestions that Benedict is a sort of anti-pope for conservatives upset with Francis, calling it stupid and irresponsible, and labeling such rumors a form of theological arson. Archbishop Georg Gnswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary of emeritus pope Benedict XVI, made the comments in an...
  • What It Means to Be Evangelical

    01/22/2015 12:51:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    RealClearReligion ^ | 01/22/2015 | Rob Schwarzwalder
    A number of thoughtful Evangelical commentators (captured here by my brave and faithful friend Owen Strachan) have responded pointedly to Elizabeth Dias's Timestory, "Inside the Evangelical Fight Over Gay Marriage." They have demonstrated logically, theologically and philosophically why the movement to abandon Scripture's teaching on human sexuality in order to accommodate supposedly Evangelical advocates of normalizing same-sex "marriage" and attraction is an offense to God and the Gospel.At the Family Research Council, we have joined them in addressing the concerns of younger Evangelicals regarding homosexuality, in recognizing the uniqueness of male-female complementarity and in celebrating God's plan for sexual intimacy...
  • Glamorization of promiscuity must end before abortion can, Cardinal OMalley tells 11,000...

    01/22/2015 11:46:03 AM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    LIFESITENEWS.COM ^ | Jan 22, 2015 | Pete Baklinski and Lisa Bourne
    FULL TITLE: Glamorization of promiscuity must end before abortion can, Cardinal OMalley tells 11,000 at March for Life vigil Abortion will not end until the glamorization of promiscuity is reversed, Boston Cardinal Sean OMalley told an overflow crowd of over 11,000 pro-life pilgrims attending the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Capitols Catholic Basilica Wednesday evening. People who favor legal abortion claim they want to reduce the number of abortions. One of the logical ways to reduce the number of abortions would be to discourage the promiscuous behavior that is rampant in our culture, he said in his homily...
  • Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness...A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time

    01/22/2015 7:08:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness, and Kindness to Mere Affirmation – A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn yesterday’s post, there was a critique of a flawed moral perspective that sets up a false dichotomy between mercy  and moral teaching, and between love and the law. As noted yesterday, well-ordered love and mercy must be rooted in truth. The greatest mercy is to keep people out of Hell and to save them from all the suffering that comes from sin.Jesus exhibits this in His person, for He who is love insists on moral...
  • Pagan Saints

    01/21/2015 4:47:04 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 468 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | July 19,2012 | Nathan Busenitz
    As a church history professor, I am sometimes asked how certain practices developed in church history. For example: When did the Roman Catholic (and Eastern Orthodox)emphasis on praying to saints and venerating relics and icons begin? A somewhat obscure, but extremely helpful,book by John Calvin answers that question directly.In his work, A Treatise on Relics, Calvin utilizes his extensive knowledge of church history to demonstrate that prayers to the saints, prayers for the dead, the veneration of relics, the lighting of candles (in homage to the saints), and the veneration of icons are all rooted in Roman paganism. Suchpractices infiltrated...
  • Prophecy and Prediction: Best Left to the Professionals

    01/21/2015 3:13:38 PM PST · by NYer · 41 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 21, 2015 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    Some words spring up as the fashion “du jour” and linger longer than others. There are annoyances like the overwrought “awesome” and now the incessant “iconic” which betray a weak understanding of the meaning of those words and a limited vocabulary. A little more irritating a few years ago was “gravitas” which appeared in an election campaign and still is used by pundits unable to identify its declension.On a somewhat loftier plane is misuse of “prophecy” to mean predicting. Columnists, statesmen, stock analysts are “prophetic.” True, Aquinas includes prediction as an aspect of what prophets do, but not exclusively...
  • HEROD AND JOHN THE BAPTIST

    01/21/2015 2:33:39 PM PST · by metmom · 26 replies
    Men of the Bible ^ | D. L. Moody
    If some one had told me a few years ago that he thought Herod at one time came near the kingdom of God, I should have been inclined to doubt it. I would have said, "I do not believe that the bloodthirsty wretch who took the life of John the Baptist ever had a serious thought in his life about his soul's welfare." I held that opinion because there is one scene recorded in Herod's life that I had overlooked. But some years ago, when I was going through the gospel of Mark, making a careful study of the book,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, 01-21-15

    01/21/2015 10:09:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-21-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:CANTERBURY CATHEDRALA historic monument of Catholic England, in County Kent, it is the burial place of some of the Church's greatest leaders. At first it was forbidden to bury within the cathedral precincts. The rule was changed when St. Cuthbert (d. 687), arranging his own burial, ordained that all archbishops could be buried within their own cathedral churches. St. Dunstan, St. Alphege, St. Anselm, St. Odo have their tombs within its walls. But the saint who is most responsible for Canterbury's prestige is St. Thomas Becket, who was murdered by the agents of King...
  • A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the Divorce Debate

    01/21/2015 6:40:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the “Divorce Debate” By: Msgr. Charles PopeIt is sadly evident that the Church is currently divided into two camps over the question of divorce and remarriage, this in the aftermath (confusion) of the recent synod in Rome and in the rampup to the synod this coming October. Please pray a lot!If you read the blog here often, you know that I am strongly opposed to any notions that would seek to set aside what I regard as the ipsissima verba Jesu (the very words of Jesus) in this matter, words that are,...
  • The Number and The Names...Rev 7 pt 2

    And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JESUS PRAYER, 01-20-15

    01/20/2015 10:34:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-20-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:JESUS PRAYERA popular devotion among Eastern Christians. The words of the prayer are "O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." It is said by devout Christians at regular intervals during the day and night, and is used by them as the basis of their meditation. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, I Do Not Know You?

    01/20/2015 8:37:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 66 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, “I Do Not Know You”? By: Msgr. Charles PopeEvery now and then someone will come past my door and request parish services of some sort. Maybe it’s to plan a wedding, a baptism, or a funeral; maybe it’s for money! And then I look at him or her and say, “Who are you?” (since I don’t recognize the person). “Oh, well Father, you don’t know me but my grandmother goes here; this is our family Church.” “Oh, I see, but where do you go to Church?” I usually ask.  The response...
  • Pope Francis: Five Revealing Details

    01/20/2015 4:17:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | 1/19/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    There are five revealing details that emerge from the papal trip to Sri Lanka and Philippines. Five details that perhaps help us to understand better this pontificate, as well the expectations surrounding it. Each of these details can be understood through a single interpretative key, as explained by Pope Francis himself: the Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, that Francis considers something like his governing program. Evangelii gaudium is first of all the criterion through which Pope Francis chooses saints to be canonized. The formula the Pope has often used is that of the equipollent canonization, i.e., the proclamation of a saint...
  • Pastor Educates Lawmakers on Biblical Duty to Resist Tyranny

    01/19/2015 7:48:35 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies
    http://www.thenewamerican.com ^ | January 15, 2015 | Alex Newman
    In a revival of a centuries-old American tradition this month, a Wisconsin pastor offered a powerful election sermon to Montana lawmakers at the legislature urging them to do their biblical duty by standing up to escalating federal tyranny. Citing a broad array of Scriptures from the Bible and what is known as the doctrine of the lesser magistrate, Pastor Matt Trewhella told state legislators that they have more than just the right to protect citizens from growing lawlessness, tyranny, and wickedness in government they have a moral and Christian obligation to do so. Increasing defiance of Gods law is...
  • Real Christians and America

    01/19/2015 4:10:33 PM PST · by Talisker · 37 replies
    January 19, 2015 | Talisker
    Ive read the replies on other threads about the subject of who or what a real Christian is, and there are some issues I believe have presented themselves as a result of these discussions that have a great deal to do with what is happening in America today. The main thing Ive noticed is that there doesnt seem to be a generic Christian. Not only do people who call themselves Christians not believe those who think differently than them on the subject are actually Christians, they also think those people are going to go to hell, forever, because of the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EGOISM, 01-19-15

    01/19/2015 9:33:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-19-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EGOISMThe morally sinful pursuit of one's own advantage, while ignoring the law and the interests of other people. In this it differs from egocentrism, which may be unconscious. It is, however, worse than selfishness, which need not be indifferent to others' needs. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Glimmer of Light in a Bleak Decade A Consideration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    01/19/2015 8:19:24 AM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Glimmer of Light in a Very Bleak Decade – A Consideration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By: Msgr. Charles PopeIt is difficult to describe the decade of the 1960s as anything but a near complete disaster for this country, Western culture, and the world. Like a tsunami that sweeps in and out in successive waves destroying and reworking the whole landscape and setting loose subsequent disasters, the 1960s was a disastrous series of revolutions whose destructive aftermath is now breeding disease, broken families, addiction, sexual confusion, and social chaos. The sexual revolution, the revolution...
  • 12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer; Claim #12

    01/18/2015 12:36:59 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    CERC ^ | 2003 | DEAL HUDSON
    Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, theyll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And thats the case with the 12 claims were about to cover. Some of them are made over and over, others are rare. Either way, while the proponents of these errors are free to promote them, we as Catholics have a duty to respond. 12. "People's memories of their past lives prove that reincarnation is true...and that the Christian view of Heaven and Hell is...
  • Dr McGee Sunday Sermon - Where is Christ Now and What is He Doing?

    01/18/2015 12:32:33 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 14 replies
    Thru the Bible Ministry ^ | 1/18/2015 | Dr. j. Vernon McGee
    The late Dr. J. Vernon McGee's Sunday sermon broadcast for today, 1/18/2015. Thru the Bible Ministries. ttb.org
  • The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    01/18/2015 8:33:58 AM PST · by ADSUM · 316 replies
    The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary CUF Issue: What does the Church teach concerning the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary? Response: The teaching is aptly summarized in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 974: The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, when the course of her earthly life was completed, was taken up [assumed] body and soul into the glory of heaven, where she already shares in the glory of her Sons Resurrection, anticipating the resurrection of all members of His Body.
  • The Formation Of A Great Prophet - A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

    01/18/2015 7:34:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Formation Of A Great Prophet – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe First Reading today speaks to us of the Call of Samuel. In examining we can see what it is that makes a great prophet. Put more theologically we can see the ways in which God’s graces form a great prophet. Samuel was surely one of the most significant prophets of the Old Testament and lived at a critical time as Israel  shifted from the time of the Judges to the time of the Monarchy. Ultimately it was he who...
  • When Civilizations Meet: How Joseph Ratzinger Sees Islam

    01/17/2015 7:32:49 PM PST · by Dqban22 · 20 replies
    CHIESA ^ | May 26,2006 | Samir Khalil Samir, S.J.
    When Civilizations Meet: How Joseph Ratzinger Sees Islam The author of this essay is an Egyptian Jesuit who is very familiar with both the pope and the Muslim religion. It was written for and published by Asia News. Here it is in its entirety http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/53826?eng=y by Samir Khalil Samir, S.J. 26 may 2006 Benedict XVI is probably one of the few figures to have profoundly understood the ambiguity in which contemporary Islam is being debated and its struggle to find a place in modern society. At the same time, he is proposing a way for Islam to work toward coexistence...
  • Why Evil Disproves Atheism

    01/17/2015 6:20:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/17/2015 | Frank Turek
    As Islamists continue to kill innocents, they provide more fuel for the oft-made atheist claim that religion is evil. Atheist Richard Dawkins condemned the recent attacks in France by tweeting, "No, all religions are NOT equally violent. Some have never been violent, some gave it up centuries ago. One religion conspicuously didn't." Dawkins is right that some religions and religious people have consistently perpetrated evil. Atheists often use this fact to support atheism. However, the existence of evil turns out to be a bigger problem for atheists to explain than for theists. The kind of evil Dawkins and the rest...
  • 12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer: Claim #11

    01/17/2015 1:02:36 PM PST · by NYer · 68 replies
    CERC ^ | 2003 | DEAL HUDSON
    Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, theyll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And thats the case with the 12 claims were about to cover. Some of them are made over and over, others are rare. Either way, while the proponents of these errors are free to promote them, we as Catholics have a duty to respond. 11. "Someone can be pro-choice and Catholic at the same time." While this may be one of the most common myths Catholics...