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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 20, 2014]

    04/20/2014 10:06:34 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Can a Saint Falsely Accuse God? " All the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen . . . —2 Corinthians 1:20 " Jesus’ parable of the talents recorded in Matthew 25:14-30 was a warning that it is possible for us to misjudge our capacities. This parable has nothing to do with natural gifts and abilities, but relates to the gift of the Holy Spirit as He was first given at Pentecost. We must never measure our spiritual capacity on the basis of our education or our intellect; our capacity in spiritual things is measured...
  • Proverb 20 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/20/2014 9:09:49 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 20 (NKJV) Wine Is a Mocker 01 Wine is a mocker, 00 Strong drink is a brawler, 00 And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 02 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; 00 Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. 03 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, 00 Since any fool can start a quarrel. 04 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; 00 He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 05 Counsel in the heart of man is like...
  • Ever wondered what happened between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday? Where did Jesus go?

    So I am writing this on Easter Saturday. We celebrated the death of Jesus yesterday at our Good Friday services and on Sunday we will celebrate his resurrection . So what happened between Friday and Sunday? Ever Wondered.Well here is what I see in scripture happened. First a little context.Recently I was preaching on types of Christ and I came across this scripture and it troubled meMatt 12:40For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the...
  • He is Risen!

    04/20/2014 7:24:13 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com/ ^ | April 20, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Those who are Aristotelian devotees of reality stand by the Lesser Truth that A is A, and that A is never Not-A. But the Lesser Truth descends from, and depends upon, the Greater Truth, which is this: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not...
  • The Resurrection: The Best News Ever in a World Filled with Bad News

    04/20/2014 7:07:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/20/2014 | Michael Youssaf
    Much of the world will be celebrating Easter this week. Unfortunately, in the West, secular humanism has relegated the Christian Easter to mere Easter bunnies and Easter eggs. That degeneration can be closely linked to Western societys replacement of thinking with feeling. We have replaced the thermostat with the thermometer. We have given up on rigorous intellectual debate of facts and irrefutable truth and replaced it with thats fine if thats how you feel about it. Perhaps the trend is no clearer than when the mediaand consequently, the man on the streetexpresses an opinion on the resurrection of Jesus Christ....
  • Happy Easter to all.

    04/20/2014 7:04:06 AM PDT · by paterfamilias · 8 replies
    Missale Romanun | 20 April 2014 | Me
    Resurrexi, et adhuc tecum sum, alleluia! Introit, Easter Sunday.
  • holy week series; The Victors' Portion...Isaiah 53 pt 8

    Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.(Isaiah 53:12)The last verse of this fourth Servant Song has always struck me as anti-climatic. But this is because I believe the King James version confuses the meaning somewhat, for it reads as though the Servant takes his place among other great and strong ones. But the according to evangelical scholar Alec Motyer,...
  • Peter is the Rock

    04/20/2014 2:44:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 52 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | February 27, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Peter is the Rock Few texts have been the occasion for the spilling of more ink than Matthew 16:17-19:And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be...
  • THOUSANDS ARE JOINING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN UNITED STATES THIS EASTER VIGIL

    04/19/2014 8:58:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    SplendoroftheChurch.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | splendor1618
    THOUSANDS ARE JOINING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN UNITED STATES THIS EASTER VIGIL April 15, 2014 by splendor1618  The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DCThousands Joining the Church in the U.S. This Saturday Archdiocese of Washington Has Largest Number in Its History WASHINGTON, D.C., April 14, 2014 (Zenit.org) – A widower honoring his late wife and a Chinese graduate student are among the thousands of new Catholics joining the Catholic Church in the United States at Easter.All have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of conversion and study...
  • 'The Lord is waiting' Pope baptizes 10 at Easter Vigil

    'The Lord is waiting'Pope baptizes 10 at Easter Vigil Catholic.net photoPope Francis enters a darkened St. Peter Basilica carrying a lone candle. Homily of Pope Francis, Easter Vigil The Gospel of the resurrection of Jesus Christ begins with the journey of the women to the tomb at dawn on the day after the Sabbath. They go to the tomb to honour the body of the Lord, but they find it open and empty. A mighty angel says to them: "Do not be afraid!" (Mt 28:5) and orders them to go and tell the disciples: "He has been raised from...
  • Papal Infallibility Simplified and Explained

    04/19/2014 5:13:19 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 13 replies
    Not too long ago I wrote an article on whether any criticism of the pope is allowed or not. I really think that we need to go to the basics on papal infallibility which in my opinion is something that many Catholics and non Catholics are confused about. Many people in other words are not well catechized when it comes to a proper understanding of papal infallibility and that makes it difficult when a pope might say or do something rather strange to a Catholic. I think a good place to start is with Pope John Paul II. Blessed Pope...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 19, 2014]

    04/19/2014 3:12:54 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    Beware of the Least Likely Temptation " Joab had defected to Adonijah, though he had not defected to Absalom —1 Kings 2:28 " Joab withstood the greatest test of his life, remaining absolutely loyal to David by not turning to follow after the fascinating and ambitious Absalom. Yet toward the end of his life he turned to follow after the weak and cowardly Adonijah. Always remain alert to the fact that where one person has turned back is exactly where anyone may be tempted to turn back (see 1 Corinthians 10:11-13). You may have just victoriously gone through a...
  • My Servant Shall Justify The Many...Isaiah 53 pt 7

    Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto...
  • 12 things you need to know about Holy Saturday

    04/19/2014 10:15:26 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Jimmy Akin
    Every time we say the creed, we note that Jesus "descended into hell." Holy Saturday is the day that commemorates this event. What happened on this day, and how do we celebrate it? Here are 12 things you need to know. 1. What happened on the first Holy Saturday? Here on earth, Jesus' disciples mourned his death and, since it was a sabbath day, they rested. Luke notes that the women returned home "and prepared spices and ointments. On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment" (Luke 23:56). At the tomb, the guards that had been stationed there kept...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/19/2014 9:49:19 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 19 (NKJV) The Fear of the Lord Leads to Life 01 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity 00 Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 02 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, 00 And he sins who hastens with his feet. 03 The foolishness of a man twists his way, 00 And his heart frets against the LORD. 04 Wealth makes many friends, 00 But the poor is separated from his friend. 05 A false witness will not go unpunished, 00 And he who...
  • Easter Conversion Boom?

    04/19/2014 9:34:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    NCRegister.com ^ | 03/31/2014 | CHARLOTTE HAYS
    Easter Conversion ‘Boom’? Some U.S. dioceses are reporting that 2014 will be an unusually fruitful year, in terms of the number of people welcomed into the Church. by CHARLOTTE HAYS 03/31/2014 ---The Archdiocese of Washington, where Bidzinski’s parish is located, will welcome the largest number of candidates and catechumens ever recorded for the archdiocese this Easter. The archdiocese will baptize or confirm 1,311 adults, children and teenagers this Easter ---Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Fla. — where around 1,100 new Catholics will be welcomed at the Easter vigil — blogged on the diocesan website that this is the largest number...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAPSI, 04-19-14

    04/19/2014 9:11:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-19-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:LAPSIThird-century Christians who relapsed into heathenism by sacrificing to the gods or performing other acts of apostasy. There were three classes: sacrificati, who had actually offered sacrifices to idols; thurificati, who had merely burned incense to the gods; and libellatici, who certified in writing that they had offered sacrifice to idols without having actually offered sacrifice. After the edict of Decius (250-25) the lapsi who had apostasized through weakness often wished to repent and return to Christian worship. Pope Cornelius and St. Cyprian favored their return, and the synods of that time felt that after...
  • Is Confession Biblical?

    04/18/2014 10:26:17 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 53 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | February 19, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Is Confession Biblical? The Lord declares in Isaiah 43:25:I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.Psalm 103:2-3 adds:Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases…Many will use these verses against the idea of confession to a priest. God forgiving sins, they will claim, precludes the possibility of there being a priest who forgives sins. Further, Hebrews 3:1 and 7:22-27 tell us Jesus is, “the… high priest of our confession” and that there are...
  • Eating unworthily of the Tree of Life

    04/18/2014 8:25:38 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies
    http://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Michae Hichborn
    April 16, 2014 (ALL.org) - In the Garden of Eden, as all Christians know, Adam and Eve brought the curse of death upon all mankind by eating the fruit from the tree forbidden by Godthe tree of knowledge of good and evil. The tree was in the center of the garden, was beautiful to look at, and produced fruit that appeared desirable. But God had told Adam and Eve that if they ate the fruit of this tree, they would die. And the devil, in his cunning, tempted Eve to eat this fruit by saying, What is this talk of...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 18, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/18/2014 5:55:47 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/18/14 | Joel Osteen
    He is Risen! Today's Scripture ...He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen... (Matthew 28:6, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We have a reason to celebrate every day of the year because we serve a God who is alive and filled with resurrection power! Not only did He resurrect Jesus from the dead, but He wants to extend His resurrection power into every single area of your life today! Maybe you have a dream to get out of debt, to pay off your house or be free from that burden of lack, but...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 18, 2014]

    04/18/2014 5:53:53 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Readiness " God called to him . . . . And he said, ’Here I am’ —Exodus 3:4 " When God speaks, many of us are like people in a fog, and we give no answer. Moses’ reply to God revealed that he knew where he was and that he was ready. Readiness means having a right relationship to God and having the knowledge of where we are. We are so busy telling God where we would like to go. Yet the man or woman who is ready for God and His work is the one who receives the...
  • Nearly Midnight Friday April 18, 2014 Just Outside of Jerusalem

    04/18/2014 1:37:29 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 6 replies
    April 18, 2014 | R2z
    Today, many of us remember the Crucifixion of Jesus King of the Jews. On that particular day, by now it was nearly midnight just outside Jerusalem, and before sunset, Jesus of Nazareth's corpse was entombed, sealed, and an official government watch-guard contingent was set to make sure his body was not stolen. It wasn't but he was already dead and buried.
  • THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF JESUS CHRIST FROM THE CROSS (in English and Latin) [Catholic Caucus]

    04/18/2014 10:33:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Crossroadsinitiative.com ^ | not given | Dr.Marcellino D'Ambrosio
    THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF JESUS CHRIST FROM THE CROSS(The 7 last words of Jesus Christ on Calvary as recorded by the Four Gospelsprovided here in English and Latin)The Seven Last "Words" of Jesus Christ from the cross are actually 7 short phrases that Jesus uttered on Calvary that serve as an excellent holy week meditation. To find all of the seven last words of Jesus Christ, one must read all the gospels since none of the evangelists records all 7 last words. The sayings would have been originally uttered by Jesus in the Aramaic language, but only one...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HEROD ANTIPAS, 04-18-14

    04/18/2014 8:51:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-18-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HEROD ANTIPASSon of Herod the Great. He was Tetrarch of Galilee from 4 B.C. to A.D. 39. Since his regime roughly paralleled the life of Jesus, he is mentioned more often in the New Testament than any other Herod. Because of Herod's devious methods, Jesus referred to him as "that fox" (Luke 13:32). He broke the law by marrying his niece, Herodias, who was already married to his half-brother (the beheading of John the Baptist was the aftermath of John's denunciation of this unholy marriage). The curiosity of Herod Antipas was stirred by the accounts...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 18 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/18/2014 8:16:46 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 18 (NKJV) The Name of the LORD Is a Strong Tower 01 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; 00 He rages against all wise judgment. 02 A fool has no delight in understanding, 00 But in expressing his own heart. 03 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; 00 And with dishonor comes reproach. 04 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; 00 The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook. 05 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, 00 Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 06 A fool's...
  • Father Barron v. Bart Ehrman (Agnostic NT Scholar)

    04/18/2014 8:01:01 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com/ ^ | April 16, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    In the category of mismatched adversaries, Father Barron gives us a striking example today: In this most recent tome, Ehrman lays out what is actually a very old thesis, going back at least to the 18th century and repeated ad nauseam in skeptical circles ever since, namely, that Jesus was a simple itinerant preacher who never claimed to be divine and whose resurrection was in fact an invention of his disciples who experienced hallucinations of their master after his death. Of course Ehrman, like so many of his skeptical colleagues across the centuries, breathlessly presents this thesis as though he...
  • HOLY WEEK SERIES; He Was Oppressed And Afflicted...Isaiah 53 pt 6

    He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth....
  • "The Passion of Christ from a Medical Point of View"

    04/18/2014 6:56:08 AM PDT · by Oakleaf · 26 replies
    Arizona Medicine, Vol. 22, No. 3, March 1965 ^ | March 1965 | C. Truman Davis, M.D.
    The Passion of Christ from a Medical Point of View C. Truman Davis, M.D., M.S., Arizona Medicine Vol. 22, No. 3, March 1965 In this paper, I shall discuss some of the physical aspects of the passion, or suffering, of Jesus Christ. We shall follow Him from Gethsemane through His trial, His scourging, His path along the Via Dolorosa, to His last dying hours on the cross. I became interested in this about a year ago when I read an account of the crucifixion in Jim Bishop's book, THE DAY CHRIST DIED. I suddenly realized that I had taken the...
  • "On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ" JAMA Atticle

    04/18/2014 6:40:36 AM PDT · by Oakleaf · 7 replies
    Journal of the American Medical Association ^ | March 21, 1986 | William D. Edwards, MD; Wesley J. Gabel, MDiv; Floyd E. Hosmer, MS, AMI
    ABSTRACT: Jesus of Nazareth underwent Jewish and Roman trials, was flogged, and was sentenced to death by crucifixion. The scourging produced deep stripelike lacerations and appreciable blood loss, and it probably set the stage for hypovolemic shock as evidenced by the fact that Jesus was too weakened to carry the crossbar (patibulum) to Golgotha. At the site of crucifixion his wrists were nailed to the patibulum, and after the patibulum was lifted onto the upright post, (stipes) his feet were nailed to the stipes. The major pathophysiologic effect of crucifixion was an interference with normal respirations. Accordingly, death resulted primarily...
  • Jesus Had a Wife, and Ive Met Her: We dont need a papyrus scrap to tell us He was married.

    04/18/2014 6:24:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/18/2014 | Fr. Stephen Grunow
    Did Jesus have a wife? According to Karen L. King, an academic from Harvard, the answer might exist in the fragment of an ancient Coptic manuscript. On this slip of papyrus, Jesus is quoted as saying my wife, and because of that, King notes, this fragment seems to be the first case where we have a married Jesus who appears to be affirming that women who are mothers and wives can be his disciples. This story broke in 2012 and was immediately qualified by protests from other academics, who claimed the textual fragment King cited was likely a forgery. These...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/17/2014 6:36:49 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 4/17/14 | Joel Osteen
    Sunday is Coming Today's Scripture For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:34, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria As we celebrate the resurrection of Christ this Easter season, I think about when they crucified Jesus. On that Friday, it was the darkest, most painful, discouraging day of His life. In fact, it was so bad that He sweat drops of blood earlier. It...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 17, 2014]

    04/17/2014 6:35:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    All or Nothing? " When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment . . . and plunged into the sea John 21:7 " Have you ever had a crisis in your life in which you deliberately, earnestly, and recklessly abandoned everything? It is a crisis of the will. You may come to that point many times externally, but it will amount to nothing. The true deep crisis of abandonment, or total surrender, is reached internally, not externally. The giving up of only external things may actually be an indication of your being...
  • The Eucharist

    04/17/2014 5:29:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 17, 2014 | Jacques-Bnigne Bossuet
    Let us read the words of the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper in Saint Matthew’s Gospel (26:26-28), adding the words of the other sacred authors on the same subject: Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and when he had given thanks (1 Cor. 11:24), broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me’ (Luke 22:19). And he took a cup after supper (Luke 22:20), and when he had given thanks he gave it to them,...
  • THE FLIP SIDE OF HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

    04/17/2014 2:35:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | April 14, 2014 | Anabelle Hazard
    I’m not one of those twelve million readers who bought the book “Heaven is For Real” and torpedoed it to the New York Times’ Bestseller List. But I did check it out from the library and enjoyed both the story and the accounts of heaven. “Heaven is for real” is, in fact, only one among the many testimonies of near death experiences I’ve heard about from both Christians and non-Christians. With some suspect exceptions, most of the descriptions of heaven are fascinating and inspire me to work hard to aim for the ultimate prize. But that’s just the good news.On...
  • The significance of Holy Thursday [Catholic Caucus]

    04/17/2014 11:53:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CNA ^ | not given | CNA staff
    The significance of Holy ThursdayExcept for the Resurrection on Easter, Holy Thursday is possibly one of the most important, complex, and profound days of celebration in the Catholic Church. Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood.During the Last Supper, Jesus offers himself as the Passover sacrifice, the sacrificial lamb, and teaches that every ordained priest is to follow the same sacrifice in the exact same way. Christ also bids farewell to his followers and prophesizes that one of them will...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BEATTY PAPYRI, 04-17-14

    04/17/2014 9:08:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-17-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BEATTY PAPYRIManuscript of thirty leaves from the Gospels and Acts, dating from the third century, together with twenty more leaves from St. Paul and Revelation. Old Testament manuscripts in the same collection amount to 180 leaves from nine books, dating to the second century. The Beatty papyri substantiate the essential soundness of the existing biblical texts. No striking or fundamental variant is shown either in the Old or New Testament. The Beatty papyri were found near Hermopolis in Egypt, most of which were acquired by A. Chester Beatty (1875-1968) in 1931. All items in this...
  • HOLY WEEK SERIES; The Vicarious Sufferer...Isaiah 53 pt 5

    Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.(Isaiah 53:4-6)We have been looking at the 4th Servant Song from the book of the prophet Isaiah.It seems that the Song is divided into...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 17 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/17/2014 7:47:03 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 17 (NKJV) The LORD Tests Hearts 01 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, 00 Than a house full of feasting with strife. 02 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, 00 And will share an inheritance among the brothers. 03 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, 00 But the LORD tests the hearts. 04 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; 00 A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. 05 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; 00 He who is glad at calamity will not...
  • The Harrowing of Hell

    04/17/2014 5:41:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 17, 2014 | David Arias
    The second reading from the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday is taken from an ancient homily on Christ’s descent into hell. It begins: “Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep.” The King fell asleep when His soul was separated from His body on Good Friday afternoon. He remained asleep until His soul reanimated His body on Easter morning. But during the silence and stillness of the King’s sleep, He harrowed hell.Our Lord’s descent into hell is well attested to...
  • The Sign We Give

    04/16/2014 9:19:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 4/15/14 | Fr. Ray Blake
    I was pleased last year to have a bad back and so on Holy Thursday I had already thought about not washing the feet during the Sacred Triduum. I hesitated because the choir had already prepared the music for it and the chant for it had been printed in the Mass booklets. When Pope Francis decided to disregard the Church's law and follow his own instincts, I decided to follow mine and not wash anyone's feet but instead leave the bowl and towel that we would have used on the sanctuary step and invite people to come forward and put...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 16, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/16/2014 5:00:29 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/16/14 | Joel Osteen
    It is Finished Today's Scripture I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Its interesting that the last thing Jesus said on the cross was it is finished. It certainly looked like the end. It looked like it was over. But I believe that wasnt just a statement of fact; it was a statement of faith. He was saying to His Father, Ive done My part. Ive fulfilled My destiny....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 16, 2014]

    04/16/2014 4:58:05 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Can You Come Down From the Mountain? " While you have the light, believe in the light . . . —John 12:36 " We all have moments when we feel better than ever before, and we say, “I feel fit for anything; if only I could always be like this!” We are not meant to be. Those moments are moments of insight which we have to live up to even when we do not feel like it. Many of us are no good for the everyday world when we are not on the mountaintop. Yet we must bring our...
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon :: Morning and Evening

    04/16/2014 10:02:58 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 5 replies
    Blue Letter Bible.org ^ | April 16, 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon April 16, 2014 Morning Reading The precious blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:19 Standing at the foot of the cross, we see hands, and feet, and side, all distilling crimson streams of precious blood. It is "precious" because of its redeeming and atoning efficacy. By it the sins of Christ's people are atoned for; they are redeemed from under the law; they are reconciled to God, made one with Him. Christ's blood is also "precious" in its cleansing power; it "cleanseth from all sin." "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 16 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/16/2014 8:35:41 AM PDT · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 16 (NKJV) Wisdom Is Better Than Gold 01 The preparations of the heart belong to man, 00 But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. 02 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the spirits. 03 Commit your works to the LORD, 00 And your thoughts will be established. 04 The LORD has made all for Himself, 00 Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom. 05 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; 00 Though they join forces, none will go...
  • HOLY WEEK SERIES He Was Despised...Isaiah 53 pt 4

    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)It is the climax of human history, the apocalypse, the very...
  • The Easter Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/16/2014 6:28:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    CpTryon.org ^ | 2007 | Victor Hoagland, C.P.
    The Easter Triduum:Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil Meditations on the Triduum by Victor Hoagland, C.P. The Easter triduum, marking the days of Jesus’ passion and resurrection, is the most important time of the church year. It begins with the evening Mass of Holy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes on Easter Sunday evening. Prepared by the days of Lent, Christians celebrate on these holiest of days the saving work God has accomplished in Christ. From the events remembered these days, so sorrowful and so joyful, the church learns the deepest lessons. In...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ROSMINIANISM, 04-16-14

    04/16/2014 5:37:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 66 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-16-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ROSMINIANISMA system of philosophy formulated by Antonio Rosmini-Serbati (1797-1855), founder of the Institute of Charity. Encouraged by Popes Pius VII, Gregory XVI, and Pius IX, he undertook a renewal of Italian philosophy, ostensibly following St. Thomas Aquinas. But the influence of Descartes, Kant, and Hegel shifted his thinking. He came to hold that the human mind is born with the idea of "being." In time it analyzes this basic idea to discover in it many other ideas, which are identical with those in the mind of God. Rosmini also taught that reason can explain the...
  • MIKE BLOOMBERG: 'I've Earned My Place In Heaven It's Not Even Close'

    04/15/2014 11:13:19 PM PDT · by P-Marlowe · 56 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 4/15/15 | BRETT LOGIURATO
    Now that he's out of office, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is stepping up his efforts to battle the National Rifle Association and expand gun control laws. Bloomberg detailed his plans in an interview with the New York Times published Monday in which he predicted his crusades against guns, smoking, and obesity would serve him well in the afterlife. "I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven Im not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. Its not even close," Bloomberg said....
  • HOLY WEEK SERIES;Israel's Penitential Confession...Isaiah 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,...
  • Dissenting Priest Defies Church of England's Teaching on Marriage, 'Marries' his Homosexual Paramour

    04/15/2014 8:04:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    A practicing homosexual priest has defied the Church of England's ban on homosexual and lesbian clergy marrying by wedding his longtime male homosexual companion. The 58-year-old Canon Jeremy Pemberton, a divorced hospital chaplain, wed his long-term homosexual paramour, 51-year-old Laurence Cunnington, this past weekend. A leading member of the church's faithful wing has called for discipline of any clergy seen to be veering from Christian orthodoxy concerning marriage and warned of a "crisis" if the leadership failed to take action.LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The couple predict that they will be the first of many homosexual clergy to marry....