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  • Christ is Getting Ready to Land On Earth And Rescue A Specific Church.

    09/23/2014 6:50:30 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 9 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | September 22, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    While America is Busy with Climate Change, Christ is Getting Ready to Land On Earth And Rescue A Specific Church. But Which Church? The Answer should Shock You By Shoebat Foundation on September 22, 2014 By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Exclusive) While America is busy with Climate Change, Christ is getting ready to land on planet earth to rescue a specific Church, but which Church? But before we discuss this crucial topic, this is America taking action on Climate Change in which nearly half a million of us marched in New York City: While, you might think, “the world is going...
  • The Annulment Argument: a Quick Guide to the Two Sides

    09/22/2014 6:49:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    In the Light of the Law ^ | 9/22/14 | Dr. Ed Peters
    There are basically two groups agitating for annulment reform, one saying that there are too many annulments, the other saying that there are too few. Let me suggest that (a) the first group is mistaken if it thinks the annulment problem lies in the annulment process (ie, Book VII of the 1983 Code and Dignitas connubii) and (b) the second group seeks not so much reform of the annulment process as its effective abolishment. The first group (those holding that there are too many annulments), can scarcely suggest any procedural reforms (short of requiring tribunals to stamp DENIED on every...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 22, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/22/2014 6:18:11 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/22/14 | Joel Osteen
    Faith for Today Today's Scripture “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria So often, we have faith for the future. We believe “one day” God is going to do something great. One day we’ll get a good break. One day we’ll start to feel better. One day we’ll see a problem turn around. It’s good to have faith for the future and believe that God is going to take care of us, but we can become so future-minded that we lose sight...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 22, 2014]

    09/22/2014 6:15:36 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Missionary’s Master and Teacher " ou call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am . . . . I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master . . .—John 13:13, 16 " To have a master and teacher is not the same thing as being mastered and taught. Having a master and teacher means that there is someone who knows me better than I know myself, who is closer than a friend, and who understands the remotest depths of my heart and is able to satisfy them fully. It...
  • Trumpets of Warning! — Part I

    09/22/2014 9:13:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    MarkMallett.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Mark Mallett
    Trumpets of Warning! — Part I  I cannot keep silent. For I have heard the sound of the trumpet; I have heard the battle cry. (Jer 4:19) I can no longer hold in the "word" which has been welling within me for a week. The weight of it has moved me to tears several times. However, the readings from the Mass this morning were a powerful confirmation—"a go ahead", so to speak. TOO FAR  Mankind has entered into regions which make even the angels shudder. Our pride has struck at the very core of life and human dignity, pushing Divine patience...
  • Did St. Jerome's Vulgate (containing the Masoretic Text) provide correct quotes for the NT?

    09/22/2014 8:25:59 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 71 replies
    9/22/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Jerome's Vulgate was the first translation of the Old Testament into Latin --- directly from the Masoretic Text. Given that, was Jerome's Version, the Vulgate, inspired by God if Jesus did not quote from the Masoretic Text? If Jesus Christ did not quote from the Masoretic Text, what authoritative power(s) could the original Vulgate have contained, and what authentic inspiration did Jerome possess at that time of his translation? At the time its translation the Vulgate was considered to be authoritative, but how correct were any at this time to declare the Vulgate to be authoritative and/or inspired? If it...
  • Family Synod Thoughts

    09/22/2014 6:55:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 9/20/14 | Fr. Ray Blake
    I was on the bus today and on the seat in front of me was a Muslim women in a headscarf with three young boys and a baby, she was gently telling one of the boys to stop sulking, whilst feeding the baby and chatting and laughing with the others. On the sideways row of seats was another mother dressed in western clothes chatting on her phone and rather noisily telling off her daughter for making a mess with the chocolate she was eating. In fact she was more interested in fixing up a date for this evening with a...
  • My Thoughts On The Appointment Of Bishop Cupich To Chicago…

    09/21/2014 8:45:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Frank Weathers
    Joe Six-Pack will be brief.
  • Liberals Attack Florida Bishop, Appeal to Pope Francis

    09/21/2014 3:50:02 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    A letter and petition accusing Bishop Frank Dewane of the Diocese of Venice, Florida, of authoritarian leadership will soon be on its way to Rome, asking Pope Francis to intervene. The campaign has been orchestrated by two liberal groups agitating for a more lay-directed Church. The Southwest Florida chapter of Call to Action wrote the letter, together with the support of the local chapter of Voice of the Faithful. Call to Action, a group pushing for radical reform such as the ordination of women and a relaxing of sexual ethics, has accused Bishop Dewane of employing scare tactics including bullying...
  • Vatican astronomer: Just a matter of time until life found in universe

    09/21/2014 2:45:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 74 replies
    cns ^ | September 19, 2014 | Dennis Sadowski
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, the new president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, has no doubt that life exists elsewhere in the universe and that when humanity discovers it, the news will come as no big surprise. He suggested that the likely discovery -- whether next month or a millennium from now -- will be received much the way that news of planets orbiting far off stars has filtered in since the 1990s. "The general public is going to be, 'Oh, I knew that. I knew it was going to be there,'" Brother Consolmagno told Catholic News...
  • Did we have any surviving Original Manuscripts that prove Jesus Christ quoted from the Septuagint?

    09/21/2014 1:37:08 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 38 replies
    9/21/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    A.) If no one alive today was there when He spoke, how then do we know which Jesus quoted from - the Masoretic Text or the Septuagint? B.) If he did quote from the Masoretic Text, and His quotes, parables, etcetera, were later translated into Greek in the middle of the first century AD - independently of the Septuagint - how would we know given that none of these Original Manuscripts have survived. And though this translation work would undoubtedly differ slightly from the Septuagint, none have survived. Since no Original Manuscripts - showing one way or the other -...
  • Pope Orders Review of Annulment Process to Simplify Procedure

    09/21/2014 1:29:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 141 replies
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has ordered a review aimed at simplifying the Church's procedures for annulments, the Vatican said on Saturday, a move that could make it easier for Catholics to end marriages. A statement said Francis had appointed an 11-member commission of canon lawyers and theologians to propose reform of the process, "seeking to simplify and streamline it while safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of marriage". An annulment, formally known as a "decree of nullity," is a ruling that a marriage was not valid in the first place according to Church law because certain pre-requisites, such...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 21, 2014]

    09/21/2014 10:37:50 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Missionary’s Predestined Purpose " Now the Lord says, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant . . . —Isaiah 49:5 " The first thing that happens after we recognize our election by God in Christ Jesus is the destruction of our preconceived ideas, our narrow-minded thinking, and all of our other allegiances— we are turned solely into servants of God’s own purpose. The entire human race was created to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Sin has diverted the human race onto another course, but it has not altered God’s purpose to the slightest...
  • Millennial Series: Part 14: The Abrahamic Covenant and Premillennialism

    09/21/2014 10:09:50 AM PDT · by wmfights · 73 replies
    Bible.org ^ | 1952 | John F. Walvoord
    Will Israel Continue as a Nation?The point at issue. In previous discussion of the Abrahamic Covenant, it was shown that the term seed of Abraham had three distinct meanings as used in Scripture. It is used (1) of the natural seed of Abraham, limited in some contexts to the seed of Jacob or Israel; (2) it is used of the spiritual seed of Abraham within the natural seed—spiritual Israel; (3) it is used of those who are spiritual seed of Abraham but not natural descendants, i.e., Gentile believers. Premillenarians concede to amillenarians the existence of a spiritual seed of Abraham....
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-21-14, Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/20/2014 7:49:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 21, 2014Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Is 55:6-9 Seek the LORD while he may be found,call him while he is near.Let the scoundrel forsake his way,and the wicked his thoughts;let him turn to the LORD for mercy;to our God, who is generous in forgiving.For my thoughts are not your thoughts,nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.As high as the heavens are above the earth,so high are my ways above your waysand my thoughts above your thoughts. Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18 R/ (18a) The Lord is near to all who call upon...
  • Did Jacob Cheat Esau?...The Bible and ISlam pt 6

    And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury questions God's existence

    09/20/2014 6:22:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Week UK ^ | 09/20/2014
    Justin Welby admits he sometimes doubts the existence of God, but he is certain about Jesus. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby last weekend gave a powerful statement about his recent doubts over the existence of God. Welby disclosed that recently, while he was jogging with his dog near his London home, he asked why God does not intervene to stop injustice in the world. Welby’s statement appeared in a personal interview he gave in front of hundreds of people at Bristol Cathedral last weekend, The Guardian reports. When the interviewer, BBC Bristol’s Lucy Tegg, asked Welby “Do you ever...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 20, 2014]

    09/20/2014 6:19:09 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Divine Commandment of Life " . . . be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect —Matthew 5:48 " Our Lord’s exhortation to us in Matthew 5:38-48 is to be generous in our behavior toward everyone. Beware of living according to your natural affections in your spiritual life. Everyone has natural affections— some people we like and others we don’t like. Yet we must never let those likes and dislikes rule our Christian life. “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another” (1 John 1:7), even...
  • MAny Warned Of TB Joshua

    And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.(Matthew 24:11-13)In view of the recent collapse of the Synagogue of all Nations church, led by the (False) prophet TB Joshua, which led to the deaths of at least 70 South Africans, I thought I would reprint this 2001 letter I sent to a major newspaper in Johannesburg South Africa, printed in March 2001, after they printed a positive review of the dangerous false prophet.Unfortunately thousands...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INDEFECTIBILITY, 09-20-14

    09/20/2014 10:39:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | 09-20-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:INDEFECTIBILITY Imperishable duration of the Church and her immutability until the end of time. The First Vatican Council declared that the Church possesses "an unconquered stability" and that, "built on a rock, she will continue to stand until the end of time" (Denzinger 3013, 3056). The Church's indefectibility, therefore, means that she now is and will always remain the institution of salvation, founded by Christ. This affirms that the Church is essentially unchangeable in her teaching, her constitution, and her liturgy. It does not exclude modifications that do not affect her substance, nor does it exclude...
  • Holy Matrimony is Forever

    09/20/2014 8:41:16 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 32 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 20 September 2014 | TDJ (@Vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace be with all of you in Jesus Christ our Lord, the Church's faithful spouse whom we are called to emulate. There has been some discussion inside and outside the Church about changing the discipline surrounding the Sacrament of Marriage in the name of "mercy," by allowing some Catholics living in irregular unions to receive Holy Communion. Some of the cheer-leading is mere spin by the mainstream media. Other such hand-wringing comes from a senior churchman who then cried "foul" at public criticism of his public stance. My position is with the Church's historical Tradition and teaching regarding the institution...
  • Jehovah’s Witness Convert

    09/20/2014 8:16:26 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 206 replies
    http://www.abouttherosary.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Robbe Lyn Sebesta
    Lou Everett was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for more than 14 years. During that time, he served as a full-time minister as well as other major roles within the congregation. Lou’s journey to the Catholic Church was truly a rough road traveled. From Jehovah’s Witnesses to Catholicism: My Journey In 2005, I find myself inside a Catholic church for midnight mass. My future wife, born and raised in the Catholic Church, by my side; silently showing me something that I never thought I’d see or feel. At the age of 31, a realization set in that I never would have...
  • Pope Francis Adviser Hints at Rethink on Contraception Ban

    09/19/2014 6:37:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 59 replies
    Tha Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7/19/14 | John Bingham
    Cardinal Walter Kasper, a close influence on Pope Francis, says it is up to parents to decide how many children to have ahead of global gathering of Roman Catholic bishops to discuss the family A leading reformist Cardinal close to Pope Francis has hinted at the possibility of a reinterpretation of the Roman Catholic Church’s blanket ban on artificial contraception. Cardinal Walter Kasper said it was “the responsibility of the parents” to decide how many children they should have. He also said that so-called natural family planning, which is promoted by the Church as an alternative to contraception, also...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 19, 2014]

    09/19/2014 5:01:38 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Are You Going on With Jesus? " You are those who have continued with Me in My trials —Luke 22:28 " It is true that Jesus Christ is with us through our temptations, but are we going on with Him through His temptations? Many of us turn back from going on with Jesus from the very moment we have an experience of what He can do. Watch when God changes your circumstances to see whether you are going on with Jesus, or siding with the world, the flesh, and the devil. We wear His name, but are we going...
  • The 2nd Esau Prophecy in Genesis...The Bible and Islam pt5

    And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept. And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above; And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck. And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ZEALOT, 09-19-14

    09/19/2014 8:49:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-19-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ZEALOT 1. a Jewish member of a radical, violent group bitterly opposed to Roman domination of Palestine. The group was especially active during the century in which Christ lived on earth. The present-day use of the word "zealot," to mean a fanatical enthusiast, derives from this group's name; 2. Simon was one of the Twelve Apostles. He was referred to in the New Testament as Simon the Zealot (Luke 6:15) to distinguish him from Simon Peter. He had probably been a member of the Jewish group until his conversion to Christianity. (Etym. Latin zelotes; from Greek...
  • Biden, a Catholic School ‘Kid,’ Praises Nuns Under Fire From the Vatican

    09/19/2014 6:12:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 9/17/14 | Jason Horowitz
    DES MOINES — At a Vatican meeting a few years ago, Pope Benedict XVI unexpectedly asked Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for some advice. “You are being entirely too hard on the American nuns,” Mr. Biden offered. “Lighten up.” Last year, Mr. Biden seized on an audience with Pope Francis as another opportunity to praise the sisters who remained the target of a Vatican crackdown for their activism on issues like poverty and health care. And on a visit to Iowa on Wednesday, Mr. Biden literally, as he might put it, got on board with the nuns. “You’re looking...
  • Tithing and Excommunication

    09/19/2014 3:24:30 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 4 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | September 18, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: I am a graduate theology student, and in class we covered the reforms of the Council of Trent. I came across this passage from Chapter 12 of the Decree on Reformation of Session 25: “The holy synod therefore enjoins on all, of what rank and condition soever they be, to whom the payment of tithes belongs, that they henceforth pay in full the tithes, to which they are bound in law, to the cathedral church, or to what other churches… they are lawfully due. And they who either withhold them, or hinder them [from being paid], shall be excommunicated…”...
  • Doctrinal Wars? Both Sides Fire Over Communion for Divorced, Remarried

    09/18/2014 8:04:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 9/18/14 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will not open until Oct. 5, but some of its most prominent members are already publicly debating what is bound to be one of its most controversial topics: the eligibility of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. In an interview published Sept. 18, a proponent of changing church practice to allow such Catholics to receive Communion answered criticism from some of his fellow cardinals, suggesting they are seeking a "doctrinal war" whose ultimate target is Pope Francis. "They claim to know on their own what truth...
  • The First Esau Prophecy and ISlam...The Bible and ISlam pt 4

    And Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the Lord. And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.(Genesis 25:21-23)In our last article we established the fact that...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 18, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/18/2014 6:25:56 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/18/14 | Joel Osteen
    Attitude in Adversity Today's Scripture “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria There’s an old saying, “attitude determines altitude.” In other words, a positive, faith-filled attitude will cause you to rise higher in life, but a negative, self-defeated attitude will only drag you down. When we face adversity, our attitude affects the outcome. Are we going to treat people right even when we’re being mistreated? Are we going to stay full of joy even when the bottom falls out? So many people get all...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 18, 2014]

    09/18/2014 6:23:58 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    His Temptation and Ours " We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin —Hebrews 4:15 " Until we are born again, the only kind of temptation we understand is the kind mentioned in James 1:14, “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” But through regeneration we are lifted into another realm where there are other temptations to face, namely, the kind of temptations our Lord faced. The temptations of Jesus had no appeal to...
  • Choirs of Angels

    09/18/2014 6:20:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Fr. William Saunders
    Choirs of Angels Fr. William Saunders Q: With all of the talk about angels, the multitude of pictures and books about them, and even the television shows with angels, why don’t we ever hear more about them? Some of these shows make angels seem like fantasy spirits. Too many people have a superficial view of angels. Do we still believe in them?The Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly affirms, “The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that sacred Scripture usually calls ‘angels’ is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition” (no....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GUEST MASTER, 09-18-14

    09/18/2014 8:17:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-18-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:GUEST MASTER Also called an "obedientiary," he is the member of a monastic community whose duty is to care for the guesthouse and in general be in charge of the visitors to the monastery. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/17/2014 6:14:12 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/17/14 | Joel Osteen
    Be a Prisoner of Hope Today's Scripture “Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.” (Zechariah 9:12, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When things get difficult, it’s easy to want to give up. It’s easy to get down and discouraged. But, that’s not God’s plan for us. God wants us to be so full of hope, so full of expectancy that we just can’t help believing for the best. He wants us to be prisoners of hope! When you’re a prisoner of something, it’s...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 17, 2014]

    09/17/2014 6:11:32 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Is There Good in Temptation? " No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man . . . —1 Corinthians 10:13 " The word temptation has come to mean something bad to us today, but we tend to use the word in the wrong way. Temptation itself is not sin; it is something we are bound to face simply by virtue of being human. Not to be tempted would mean that we were already so shameful that we would be beneath contempt. Yet many of us suffer from temptations we should never have to suffer, simply...
  • The Bible Anticipates Islam...ISlam and the Bible pt 3

    Islam as a world religion didn’t burst onto the world scene until the 7th century AD. But in the 14 plus centuries since, it has played a major role in world affairs, as a foil to the Judeo Christian world, and a scourge on India, the Levant, Persia, Southern Asia, much of Africa, the Caucasus, and even part of China. Many have forgotten that Islam menaced Europe as late as the 17th century when the siege of Vienna ended. It was as recent as early in the last century that the Caliphate of Sunni Islam finally collapsed, after Ottoman Turkey...
  • Church doctrine on marriage ‘cannot change’, but some bishops will try: Cardinal Martino

    09/17/2014 1:22:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 17, 2014 | HILARY WHITE
    In a lengthy interview in an Italian Catholic paper, a former Vatican ambassador to the UN has said that any change to the Catholic doctrines surrounding marriage and sexuality is impossible. Cardinal Renato Martino has joined an impressive list of high-ranking prelates to say that the Synod cannot alter Catholic doctrine. The cardinal told La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana there will “certainly” be presentations from bishops at the Synod “that do not correspond with the doctrine of the Church, but in the end, it will not be able but to reaffirm what the Church has always said about the family.”...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUANTA CURA, 09-17-14

    09/17/2014 10:52:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-17-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:QUANTA CURA The encyclical published by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1964, to which was attached the famous Syllabus of Errors, condemning secularism and religious indifferentism. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • Pope Francis Supposedly Claimed Virgin Mary Is Second Trinity, At Godhead Level

    09/17/2014 9:07:14 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 783 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 09/17/2014 | Tanya Diente
    Pope Francis, with his open-mindedness and more humanist approach to Catholicism reportedly promoted that the Virgin Mary should be at the second Holy Trinity, even putting her at Godhead level. Pope Francis recently attended the morning mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on Sept. 15 at Casa Santa Marta. He preached on how the Virgin Mary "learned, obeyed and suffered at the foot of the cross," according to the Vatican Radio."Even the Mother, 'the New Eve', as Paul himself calls her, in order to participate in her Son's journey, learned, suffered and obeyed. And thus she becomes Mother,"...
  • Irish Bishop Bows to Pressure, Shelves Plans for Permanent Diaconate

    09/17/2014 6:25:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    An Irish bishop has decided not to institute the permanent diaconate in his diocese, because of protests from supporters of women’s ordination. Bishop Kieran O’Reilly of Killaloe had begun recruiting candidates for the diaconate, when opposition arose among some women in the diocese. Quickly reacting to the pressure, Bishop O’Reilly announced: “I will not now proceed with the introduction of the permanent diaconate at this time in the diocese.” Bishop backs down over plan for male-only lay ministers (Irish Independent)
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 16, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/16/2014 6:25:38 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/16/14 | Joel Osteen
    When the Intensity Gets Turned Up Today's Scripture “Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.” (1 Chronicles 16:35, ESV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Whenever life gets difficult and it seems like the intensity has been turned up, that’s a sign you are closer to your victory. When those lies are bombarding your mind, when you’re tempted to get discouraged or feel like throwing in the towel, that’s not the time to back down. That’s...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 16, 2014]

    09/16/2014 6:22:12 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    Praying to God in Secret " hen you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place . . . —Matthew 6:6 " The primary thought in the area of religion is— keep your eyes on God, not on people. Your motivation should not be the desire to be known as a praying person. Find an inner room in which to pray where no one even knows you are praying, shut the door, and talk to God in secret. Have no motivation other than to know...
  • Mass Etiquette: 20 Things To Do And Not Do In Mass

    09/16/2014 5:21:54 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 105 replies
    1. Fast before Mass. It is Church law that one fasts for at least 1 hour before receiving Holy Communion. Water and medicine can be consumed, of course. The purpose is to help us prepare to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. 2. No Food and Drink in Church. The exceptions would be a drink for small children, water for the priest or choir (if discreet) and water for those who are ill. Bringing a snack into church is not appropriate, because we want to set the church apart as a place of prayer and reflection. 3. Men take your hats...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BOGOMILES, 09-16-14

    09/16/2014 3:55:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-16-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BOGOMILES A dualist, heretical sect and branch of the Catharists. Originally they taught in Bulgaria, in the first half of the tenth century, but in time their influence spread through Asia Minor and the Balkans. Eventually they merged with Islam. They believed in a superior God, the Father, whose son Satanaël revolted and was driven from heaven. Satanaël created the world and Adam, but since the Father gave Adam his soul, man belongs to God as well as Satan. The latter seduced Eve and was punished by being deprived of creative power, yet entrusted with the...
  • The hard truth about marriage, mercy and Eastern “oikonomia”

    09/16/2014 2:20:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 11, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Click to PRE-ORDER I have been posting about the soon-to-be-released book by five cardinala and four scholars called Remaining In The Truth Of Christ. This book is a defense of the Catholic doctrine marriage. It is an important book, some of it may be hard for all readers to read, but it is worth the effort.It is still available for 25% off as a pre-order. HEREThus, I was please to find an EXCELLENT comment in the other entry, so good that I reproduce it here as a separate post.I want to thank PaterAugustinus for his honest evaluation of Orthodox oikonomia....
  • Reigning and “Emeritus.” The Enigma of the Two Popes

    09/16/2014 7:50:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 9/15/14 | Sandro Magister
    It is an unprecedented innovation in the history of the Church. With many unknowns still unresolved, and with serious risks already in play. An analysis by Roberto de MatteiROME, September 15, 2014 – That the figure of “pope emeritus” is an unprecedented innovation in the history of the Church, “instituted” by Benedict XVI himself in his act of resignation, has been recognized by Pope Francis himself, during the press conference on the airplane that brought him back from Korea to Rome last August I8. This does not change the fact that from both the juridical and the doctrinal point of...
  • Between the Skeptic and the Fundamentalist

    09/15/2014 7:39:28 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com/ ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mark Shea
    Reading Scripture as a modern Catholic is a perpetual balance between extremes; among them, the extremes of farfetched skepticism and equally farfetched supernaturalism. For, unlike these extremes, the Faith takes both the unseen realities of the Spirit and the ordinary life of human beings seriously. It believes in both accountants and angels. But many people, seeing only one of these truths clearly, then proceed to use that pet truth as a cudgel against the truth they don't see. This came through to me loud and clear recently when a skeptical acquaintance (whom we shall call "Clarence") wrote on the Internet...
  • The Vocation To Love

    09/15/2014 5:17:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | September 15, 2015 | James Day
    The Vocation To Love James Day “When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child.”-          1 Corinthians 13:11There was life before the engagement and life after the engagement. For years, the thought of marriage was walled off as something unthinkable, remote. An unimaginative life choice for others, not for me. My reasoning, that only until a successful career had been established, ambitions realized, life lived, would I consider the married life.A rationality very much along the lines of childish thinking and reasoning.Little did I know beforehand—or even care to...
  • Does God Exist to Make Man Happy? [Victoria Osteen Seems to Think So]

    09/15/2014 2:23:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/15/2014 | Dan Delzell
    God has always existed, and He was perfectly fine without man. He always was, is and will always be. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were already having a good time together. Everything they do is good and fulfilling, and so they didn't need man in order to be complete. Nevertheless, God chose to create man and, through worship, allow him to get in on the joy. Man tends to think in wrong ways about this entire arrangement. Man is prone to assume that it's all about him. How foolish of man. It's always been about God, and...