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  • In Times Like These – A Scriptural Guide for Troubled and Confused Times

    06/30/2015 7:48:42 AM PDT · by Salvation
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In Times Like These – A Scriptural Guide for Troubled and Confused Times Msgr. Charles Pope • June 29, 2015 • There’s an old hymn that says, “In times like these, you need a Savior, in times like these, you need an anchor. Be very sure, be very sure, Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.” And indeed, there are very few faithful Catholics who are not astonished and dismayed at the rapidity of decline into confusion (sexual and otherwise) of a culture we once described as Judeo-Christian. Whatever our sectarian differences of the past (and honestly they were significant and...
  • The Almost Unbelievable Account of How the Family Synod Was Almost Hijacked by an Anti-Family Agenda

    06/29/2015 7:27:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/24/15 | Matthew McCusker
    Editor’s note: This was originally given in Rome May 8, 2015 during the Rome Life Forum.ROME, June 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- In this presentation I intend to give a brief overview of events before and during the Extraordinary Synod held in October 2014. On March 17 2013, four days after his election as Pope and during his first Angelus address in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father drew attention to a recently published book by Walter Cardinal Kasper and strongly praised it. He said: In these days I have been able to read a book by a Cardinal – Cardinal...
  • Did the Early Church Fathers Believe in Sola Scriptura?

    06/29/2015 11:23:16 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 160 replies
    Reclaiming the Mind ^ | April 25,2015 | C Michael Patton
    Definition of Sola Scriptura Sola Scriptura: the reformed Protestant belief that the Scriptures alone are the final and only infallible authority for the Christian. This does not mean that Scriptures are the only authority (nuda or solo Scriptura), as Protestants believe in the authority of tradition, reason, experience, and emotions to varying degrees (after all, “sola scriptura” itself is an authoritative tradition in Protestantism). It does mean that Scripture trumps all other authorities (it is the norma normans sed non normata Lat. “norm that norms which is not normed”). Scripture is the norma normans sed non normata “norm that norms which is...
  • The Wisdom of God – Chapter 11

    06/29/2015 7:37:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Thou, O Christ, who wert tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin, make us strong to overcome the desire to be wise and to be reputed wise by others as ignorant as ourselves. We turn from our wisdom as well as from our folly and flee to Thee, the wisdom of God and the power of God. Amen. In this brief study of the divine wisdom we begin with faith in God. Following our usual pattern, we shall not seek to understand in order that we may believe, but to believe in order that we may...
  • On Breeding Spotted Mice - Chapter 23

    06/29/2015 7:25:55 AM PDT · by metmom · 16 replies
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LATELY CARRIED an interesting if somewhat depressing story out of London about a certain British peer who had died just a few days short of his eighty-ninth birthday. Having been a man of means and position, it had presumably not been necessary for him to work for a living like the rest of us, so at the time of his death he had had about seventy adult years in which he was free to do whatever he wanted to do, to pursue any calling he wished or to work at anything he felt worthy of his considerable...
  • Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing

    06/29/2015 6:32:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-28-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing Msgr. Charles Pope • June 28, 2015 • When I was a good bit younger, in college actually, I had to take a few economics and marketing courses. At that time I thought to myself, “God has a bad marketing department,” since things like Scripture and prayer were often so difficult to understand and do. God seemed to insist that we pray, but everyone I ever asked admitted that prayer was difficult. And while many had reasons they offered as to why prayer was difficult, I still wondered...
  • From Despair to Deliverance: The Journey of Jairus – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

    06/28/2015 7:37:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    From Despair to Deliverance: The Journey of Jairus – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 27, 2015 • The gospel today focuses on a man named Jairus and a journey he makes from despair to deliverance, with the help of Jesus. Of course Jairus is not merely a synagogue official who lived two thousand years ago. You are Jairus and his journey is your journey. We also meet in this gospel a woman of great faith, to whom the Lord points as an exemplar. If you are ready to accept it, she also...
  • Why I am not Protestant (Non-Denominational, Baptist, Pentecostal, etc)

    06/27/2015 6:34:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 326 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 6/17/2015 | By Shaila D Touchton
    According to recent statistics, in the United States alone, there are 327,717 Protestant churches and 19,863 Catholic churches. However, despite the numerous individual congregations here and throughout the world, there’s really only one true Church. Even though many churches have differences in doctrinal opinions or other characteristics, every church which is based on Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is a part of the true Church. Amazingly, there are thousands of different denominational and independent Christian churches who, for the most part, agree on the basic fundamentals of Christ, but who maintain their separate groups for relatively minor issues. They...
  • Why Do We Waver in Our Faith?

    06/27/2015 5:06:19 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 3 replies
    InTouch.ORG ^ | Aired On 26 Jun 2015 | Charles Stanley
    Biblical faith is the confident conviction that God will do what He has promised. But what happens when we waver between our own thoughts and those of our Lord? How do we recover when our own feelings and our circumstances crowd out our faith in Him? Dr. Stanley answers these questions as he lists common doubts and how we can overcome them to avoid the future pain of regret.
  • How to Know if You are Blessed

    06/27/2015 11:55:23 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 10 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | April 15,2015 | Eric Davis
    “I’m blessed!” “That was such a blessing!” “Wow, you are blessed!”Whether some financial profit, a good meal, an ideal day, or finding our lost keys, we’ve all said it. And those things are blessings. But, too often we risk throwing around benedictory phrases with a shallow, man-centered carelessness.What does it mean to be “blessed”? What does God consider “blessing”? God’s definitions of blessing might not always fit the pop-definitions. One in particular, perhaps, counter-intuitive blessing is described from what is considered the greatest sermon ever preached: the Sermon on the Mount. Christ opened it with the declarative blessing, “Blessed are the poor in...
  • Biblical slavery

    06/27/2015 9:07:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 102 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 6-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Biblical slavery Question: A person I know, hostile to Church teaching, dismisses the Bible as a moral source because it approved of slavery. How can this be answered? M Taylor, via email Answer: Slavery in biblical times tended to be an alternative to the more modern tendency of incarcerating people for long periods in prisons. People were generally enslaved for three reasons: They had debts they could not pay, they were guilty of certain crimes, or they had been soldiers who had waged war against the Roman Empire. Slavery was sometimes for the duration of one’s life, but might not...
  • VIDEO: What Does the Legalization of Gay Marriage Mean for the Catholic Church?

    06/26/2015 5:27:59 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 22 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 06/26/15 | David L. Gray (יוסף דוד)‎
    On June 27, 2015 five out nine Supreme Court Justices redefined the definition of marriage for the entire country. This video discusses the areas in which this decision affects the Catholic Church. REFERENCES FOR MATERIAL USED IN VIDEO: - http://www.davidlgray.info/blog/2015/06/gay-marriage
  • Supreme Court Decision On Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President Of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

    06/26/2015 10:31:10 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 32 replies
    http://www.usccb.org ^ | June 26, 2015 | Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The full statement follows: Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years...
  • Why I'm Still Catholic (And Why Other People Aren't)

    06/26/2015 10:18:59 AM PDT · by Morgana · 194 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 6/24/2015 | y Anabelle Hazard
    My grandmother celebrates 100 years of being a Catholic. She will most likely be a Catholic till her last breath as all my other grandparents were. Me? I’m a mere forty-year cradle Catholic. I own that it hasn’t been easy to remain a faithful daughter of the Church, particularly during my turbulent twenties. There was a period I disagreed with, questioned, and criticized Holy Mother Church. There were times I watched people I love abandon their baptismal promises. Still, I remained true to my heritage. Why? Why am I still Catholic? It’s for the same reasons why people disagree, question,...
  • An American Dirge...

    06/26/2015 8:48:12 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 7 replies
    Take up this Lamentation for the Land of the Free,America, once the liberator of others, who will liberate you? Are you really free? Free of what? You have set your self free alright, By your social revolution, you are now free from Marriage, commitment, family, and fruitfulness Yours is the freedom of the madman,who observes no conventions, who wears no clothes, and who breaks all chains, (He will NOT be restrained) and who now lives among the tombs crying and cutting himself… Yours is the Freedom of Adam and Eve, Who broke away from God, and from Eden, and from...
  • It’s time to kneel down and pray for our nation

    06/26/2015 7:54:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 144 replies
    WDTPRS.com ^ | 06-26-15 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    It’s time to kneel down and pray for our nation Posted on 26 June 2015 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf The Supreme Court came down in favor of same-sex marriage today.  The Slip opinions are HERE. Held: The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State. Pp. 3–28. […] KENNEDY, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined. ROBERTS, C. J., filed a dissenting...
  • What Does It Mean to Preach With Authority? The Concluding Line of the Sermon on the Mount

    06/26/2015 7:02:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-05-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does It Mean to Preach With Authority? A Consideration of the Concluding Line of the Sermon on the Mount Msgr. Charles Pope • June 25, 2015 • On Thursday in daily Mass we finished reading the Sermon on the Mount (Mat 7-9). In it, there is a line describing the reaction of the crowd that day on the slopes of the Mount of Beatitudes: And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes (Mat 7:28-29). What does it mean that Jesus spoke “with authority”?...
  • 5 Reasons the Catholic Church is the True Church

    06/25/2015 7:00:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 71 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 6/24/2015 | Amelia Monroe Carlson
    There are many reasons the Roman Catholic Church is the true Church of Jesus Christ, however, some of those reasons are necessary for discussions with those outside the Catholic Church. Jesus prayed for unity of believers and unity begins with understanding. The understanding of the Church’s beliefs is essential in working toward that unity. Here are some key reasons to keep in mind when speaking to non-Catholics: 1.) Authority- Jesus gave specific instructions regarding dealing with members of the Church who were in sin. Matthew 18:15-18 says “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between...
  • In The Last Days, They will be unnatural in affection

    This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.( 2 Timothy 3:1-5)For those who have the stomach- here is a short , viral video making the rounds. I wouldn’t blame you for not seeing it, for it is shocking....
  • Why Did God Destroy Sodom and Gomorrah?

    06/25/2015 3:15:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 85 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | June 25, 2015 | Fr Dwight Longenecker
    One of those interesting details has surfaced which reminds you that everything is connected.It is now predicted that the Supreme Court will give its ruling on same sex marriage on June 30.The Mass readings for that day are Genesis 19.15-29 – the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.We should be clear. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was not simply because the city was full of homosexuality.The violent homosexual rapists were a symptom of a deeper ugliness in Sodom and Gomorrah.We know from earlier in Genesis that the cities of the plain were lush, rich and luxuriant. The kings of Sodom...
  • Removing Jesus

    06/25/2015 1:13:01 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 278 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | June 1, 2014 | Timothy F. Kauffman
    Long before Jesus turned water into wine, He turned Mary’s amniotic fluid into meconium, and her breast milk into transitional stools. Anyone who has ever changed a child’s diaper knows that the resulting odor offends the nostrils greatly. As Jesus would later instruct us, “whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly” and ends up in the toilet (Matthew 15:17), or in His case as an infant, in the diaper. Thus did Jesus’ lower gastrointestinal tract operate as it must for all men, and thus did our Lord endure the gastrocolic reflex, as all we mortals do. We...
  • Negative judgment on Medjugorje could split Church, says noted Italian writer

    06/25/2015 11:38:01 AM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    CWN ^ | 06-24-2015 | Catholic World News
    As rumors swirl in Rome that the Vatican will soon issue a statement on the reported Marian apparitions at Medjugorje, a noted Italian journalist has warned that a negative judgment could prompt “something like a schism.” Vittorio Messori said that the Medjugorje phenomenon has brought about “the largest mass movement for a battered Catholicism since the Council.” He cited the many people whose faith has been rekindled by visits to the little town in Bosnia-Herzegovina where the first apparitions were reported. Messori suggested that Pope Francis would be prudent to take no official position regarding the authenticity of the apparitions,...
  • Former Archdiocesan Cathedral Musical Director: Why I’m Leaving the Greek Orthodox Church

    06/25/2015 9:07:39 AM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    The Pappas Post ^ | 06-24-2015 | Gus Chrysson
    Church has always been an important part of my life, and it will continue to be the central expression of my faith in God, and the core of my spiritual life. Attending Liturgy was always the pinnacle of my week, and I have virtually every word of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom committed to memory as a result of years as a church musician. My experience of church is beginning to take a different shape, however, after several years of difficult and painful discernment. I am now leaving the Greek Orthodox Church, and continuing to live out my Christianity...
  • Why Is the Road to Destruction Wide and the Road to Salvation Narrow? A Meditation

    06/25/2015 6:53:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 118 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Is the Road to Destruction Wide and the Road to Salvation Narrow? A Meditation on a Teaching by Jesus Msgr. Charles Pope • June 24, 2015 • In the gospel earlier this week, we read a warning from Jesus that too many people just brush aside: Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few (Matt 6:12-13). I have commented on this blog...
  • Vatican Sets Stage for Tradition and Controversy at October Synod

    06/25/2015 6:12:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/24/15 | Edward Pentin
    NEWS ANALYSIS: According to one priest, the working document, issued Tuesday, reflects fidelity to the Church’s traditional teaching and the diversity of opinions within the Church today regarding hot-button issues.VATICAN CITY — A highly anticipated working document for the upcoming synod on the family, published by the Vatican on Tuesday, pushes back on same-sex relationships, reaffirms much of the traditional Church’s teaching on the family, but controversially offers an opening for divorced-and-civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. Although praised for being attentive to a diversity of opinions within the Church on a wide variety of issues to do with marriage...
  • The Purchasing, Manufacturing, And Selling Of Firearms And Weapon Is Completely Biblical

    06/24/2015 8:10:13 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 25 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | 06/23/2015 | Theodore Shoebat
    ...One thing that I wish from Pope Francis is that he be more emphatic in his statements, and be more specific as to whether or not all weapons manufacturers are evil, or that only the ones who profit from evil are placing their souls in jeopardy. I doubt Francis himself takes the former position, since he is constantly surrounded by very tough Swiss Guardsmen who are all armed....All of the guns that the Swiss Guard uses are manufactured, and I doubt that Francis is condemning these manufacturers. Lets not forget that not too long ago the Vatican was pushing for...
  • The Mystery of Being a Priest

    06/24/2015 6:42:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-23-15 | Msgr. Chalres Pope
    The Mystery of Being a Priest Msgr. Charles Pope • June 23, 2015 • Each year I concelebrate with hundreds of other priests in the ordination Mass of new priests. I find such Masses deeply spiritual. I have no role other than to quietly concelebrate, so the readings and the rites move me deeply. As I sit quietly, I ponder the mystery of my own priesthood. When I was growing up, there was little to indicate that I would ever become a priest. I was not a particularly spiritual child (at least not after age 7). I did not “play Mass.” In...
  • Few Priests Preached About the Pope’s Encyclical Sunday

    06/24/2015 6:09:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 60 replies
    The New York Times via Crux ^ | 6/21/15 | Laurie Goodstein
    On the first Sunday after Pope Francis issued a landmark document on the environment, Roman Catholics attending Mass in Kenya, France, Mexico, Peru, and the United States said they were thankful that he is using his pulpit to address climate change, pollution and global inequality. But few priests or bishops — other than in parts of Latin America — used their own pulpits on Sunday to pass on the pope’s message, according to parish visits, interviews with Catholic leaders, and reports from Catholics after Mass. Despite the urgent call to action in Francis’ document and the international attention it received,...
  • Charleston: How our "Leaders" Play Us...

    06/23/2015 9:28:18 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 10 replies
    06-24-15 | Bill Randles
    <p>The fight for Civil Rights requires constant vigilance, as evidenced by the current war on the battle flag of the army of North Virginia.</p> <p>When the Vultures, (oops) I mean Civil Rights leaders and politicians descended on Charlotte, in the wake of the massacre of 9 Christians as they sat in Bible study, they soon realized that they couldn’t incite riots and commit mayhem as they had in Ferguson Missouri and other assorted scenes of violent tragedy.</p>
  • Four Common Tactics of the Devil

    06/23/2015 8:43:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Common Tactics of the Devil Msgr. Charles Pope • June 22, 2015 • In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in demonic possession. Movies and books, along with human fears and fascinations, are largely the cause. Although actual demonic possession is somewhat rare, it does occur. Each diocese ought to have an appointed exorcist to assess possession. This exorcist, with the permission of the bishop, should use the Rite of Major Exorcism when true and morally certain possession has been determined. But because actual possession is quite rare, most of us should be looking out for...
  • Outreach to Gay Couples Not on Agenda for Vatican Meeting

    06/23/2015 8:23:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 6/23/15 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A working paper for a major Vatican meeting on the family this autumn indicated on Tuesday that organizers do not want the issue of how the Church should reach out to homosexual couples to be a key topic. Gay rights activists had hoped the working document, the final one before the October meeting, might resurrect at least some of the conciliatory language on the pastoral care of gay couples that surfaced during a preparatory meeting last year. The keenly awaited gathering of world bishops, or synod, will be held at the Vatican October 4-25. Its preparations...
  • Vatican Releases Working Document Ahead of Family Synod

    06/23/2015 6:23:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) | 6/23/15 | Staff Reporter
    The Vatican has just released the instrumentum laboris for October's synod The Synod of Bishops has released its working document ahead of the October synod on the family. The working document, or instrumentum laboris, which will guide the three-week long synod on “the vocation and the mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world”, is dedicated to three central themes; challenges facing the family, the vocation of the family, and the mission of the family. At a Vatican press conference Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, said that each theme will...
  • Catholic Chch “Desperate” After Handing Out Anti-Gay Marriage Booklets to Children: Brisbane Priest

    06/22/2015 11:18:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Star-Observer ^ | 6/22/15 | David Alexander
    A Brisbane priest has condemned those in the Catholic church hierarchy responsible for the anti same-sex marriage booklets distributed to school children in recent weeks as "desperate" and "worried that they are on the losing side".RECENT efforts by some Catholic dioceses to distribute anti-marriage equality booklets to school children has been slammed as “desperate” by a Brisbane priest and a sign that they’re “increasingly despairing”. The circulation of booklets from the Catholic Bishops of Australia called Don’t Mess with Marriage that lays out a case against same-sex marriage made headlines last week after it was revealed children at numerous Catholic...
  • Groins and minds since the Fall

    06/22/2015 7:50:54 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 06-22-2015 | Fr John Hunwicke
    The Elephant in the Room during all this endless talk about the Synod's Agenda, is, surely: Has Human Nature changed? Did humans never, before today, suffer from sexual temptation? Are Fornication, Adultery, Sodomy, problems only of our own unique and spectacularly sui generis age? What did the New Testament writers mean when they talked about porneia, moikheia, malakia? Is there something crashingly new about the capacity or incapacity of modern human beings (whether with or without Grace) to resist temptation? What is supposed to be so different about our groins and minds compared with the groins and minds of every...
  • A Powerful Parable Against the Premises of Unbelief

    06/22/2015 7:34:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Powerful Parable Against the Premises of Unbelief Msgr. Charles Pope • June 21, 2015 • There are many reasons for the unbelief rampant in our times. Among them is the claim by some that because they do not see or hear evidence of God or an afterlife, our belief in these is just wishful thinking on our part so as to avoid the conclusion that everything ends with our death, that this world is all there is. A parable currently circulating on the Internet addresses this sort of unbelief. A Facebook friend (Vicki) called it to my attention. I...
  • Biblical Typology: The Best Method To Read Scripture

    06/21/2015 1:40:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | June 21, 2015 | Ray Sullivan
    One of the most interesting ways to read the Bible is through the lens of typology. Typology is where a person or event in the Old Testament foreshadows a greater person or event in the New Testament. The word “typology” comes to us from St. Paul himself, in Romans 5:14, where he referred to Adam as a “type” of Christ. So let’s get started on this most interesting study.Desert WanderingsRemember the story about the Israelites coming up out of the water of the Red Sea and wandering in the desert for 40 years?  They came upon bitter water in...
  • Taking his seat in the temple of God

    06/21/2015 8:10:26 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 73 replies
    triablogue ^ | December 10, 2014 | Steve Hayes
    Taking his seat in the temple of God For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God…9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders (2 Thes 2:3-4,9).  There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ; nor can the Pope of Rome,...
  • Bride or Harlot;You Chose...Bride/harlot pt 1

    Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.(John 14:1-3)I have been told that the words above, spoken by Jesus on the eve of his crucifixion, are almost word for word the typical engagement speech to a young bride to be, in...
  • Pray for the Living and the Dead – A Meditation on the Seventh Spiritual Work of Mercy

    06/20/2015 4:06:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pray for the Living and the Dead – A Meditation on the Seventh Spiritual Work of Mercy Msgr. Charles Pope • June 15, 2015 • What is the value of one prayer? I suspect it is far greater than any of us imagine. Prayer changes things, sometimes in obvious ways, more often in subtle and even paradoxical ways. But prayer is surely important, even when we don’t experience its immediate effects. Perhaps this is why Jesus taught us to pray always and never to lose heart (cf Luke 18:1). St. Paul echoed this with the simple exhortation “Pray without ceasing”...
  • A Summons to Courage and a Reminder of Victory in an Old Hymn

    06/20/2015 12:18:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | June 14, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Summons to Courage and a Reminder of Victory in an Old Hymn Msgr. Charles Pope • June 14, 2015 • There is a lesser known hymn, at least in Catholic circles, that is remarkably appropriate for our times. It challenges us to see the choice before us soberly, and encourages us with the fact that the victory is already ours if we choose Christ Jesus. In times like these we need courage and conviction; this hymn serves as a powerful anthem to such a call. I would like to present the verses of the hymn and supply commentary throughout....
  • Amazing 1927 Smith Wigglesworth Message

    06/20/2015 9:33:05 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 3 replies
    Charismanews.com ^ | 1927 (Wigglesworth); 6/18/2015 | Smith Wigglesworth, Bert Farias
    On Aug. 11, 1927, Smith Wigglesworth stood in Angelus Temple to preach on preparing for the Second Coming of Christ. He told the audience that liquid fire was consuming him. Then Wigglesworth made this opening statement: But there will be things that will happen prior to His coming that we shall know. You can tell. I am like one this morning that is moving with a liquid, holy, indispensable, real fire in my bosom, and I know it is burning and the body is not consumed. It is real fire from heaven that is making my utterances come to you...
  • The one about… It’s Blessed are the Poor IN SPIRIT, you Marxist Nincompoop.

    06/18/2015 2:35:05 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 24 replies
    BarnHardt ^ | June 18, 2015 | Ann Barnhardt
    The one aboutÂ… ItÂ’s Blessed are the Poor IN SPIRIT, you Marxist Nincompoop. And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain, and when He was set down, His disciples came unto Him. And opening His mouth, He taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5: 1-3 The First Beatitude is another grossly misread and misunderstood verse, with the misunderstanding being a recent phenomenon, spurred by a conscientious perversion of the meaning of the verse by Marxist infiltrators beginning in the 20th century. And now most especially by Pope...
  • LAUDATO SI’

    06/18/2015 9:07:16 AM PDT · by FourtySeven · 51 replies
    Vatican ^ | June 18, 2015 | Pope Francis
    222. Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life, and encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep enjoyment free of the obsession with consumption. We need to take up an ancient lesson, found in different religious traditions and also in the Bible. It is the conviction that “less is more”. A constant flood of new consumer goods can baffle the heart and prevent us from cherishing each thing and each moment. To be serenely present to each reality, however small it may be, opens us to much greater horizons of understanding and personal fulfilment....
  • Working Document of Upcoming Synod of Bishops to be Released June 23

    06/18/2015 6:36:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Holy See Press Office has announced that the instrumentum laboris, or working document, of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family will be released on June 23. Three of the synod’s leading officials-- Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Cardinal Péter Erdo, and Archbishop Bruno Forte-- will present the document at a Vatican press conference.
  • Synod Appointments Promise October Fireworks

    06/18/2015 6:28:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 6/16/15 | Michael O’Loughlin
    ROME — A Belgian bishop who has called on the Church to welcome same-sex couples will get to bring his case straight to Pope Francis. The Vatican announced Tuesday that Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp will serve as a delegate to October’s Synod on the Family. His appointment adds intellectual heft and star power to the liberal flank of bishops pushing for the Church to change how it approaches Catholics living in “irregular situations.” Bonny’s views, however, may be vigorously resisted by other synod members announced by the Vatican Tuesday, including prelates from Africa and Poland. Bonny, 59, made waves...
  • Greek Holy Synod: Yoga Incompatible with Christianity

    06/17/2015 2:49:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 68 replies
    The Greek Reporter ^ | 06-16-2015 | Philip Chrysopoulos
    “The practice of yoga has no place in the lives of Christians,” was the announcement made by the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece in response to the International Day of Yoga, which was established by the United Nations in 2014. The Holy Synod argues that since yoga is a fundamental aspect of Hinduism, it cannot be practiced by Christians because it is contrary to the Christian faith. And because of that it cannot be considered as just a “form of exercise.” The official announcement further states that the Church of Greece respects the freedom of religious belief but...
  • Hell (Unfortunately) Yes: Why I Can’t Be a Universalist

    06/17/2015 12:06:49 PM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy ^ | 06-12-2015 | Fr. Stephen De Young
    I would very much like to be a Universalist. In terms of my Christian hope, in terms of my emotional attachments, I would love to believe that in the end, no one would harden their heart against the Love of our Lord Jesus Christ, all would repent and believe, and all would find salvation in the age to come. I believe that this is at least a logical possibility, as there is no person who ever lived who could not repent, to whom God does not extend the offer of salvation. In recent years, Universalism has become a popular option...
  • The great write-in write-out campaign

    06/17/2015 7:48:52 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 23 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | feb15,2015 | Timothy F. Kauffman
    We concluded our last series on The Sacrifice Challenge with a few citations from Cyril of Jerusalem, so we thought it opportune to use him to demonstrate one of the ways Rome “finds” her doctrines in the Early Church. As we noted last week, Cyril’s Catechetical Lectures were part of a late-fourth century trend during which Rome’s novel Mass Sacrifice was invented. Catholic Answers used a few select quotes to prove Cyril’s belief in transubstantiation, but as we demonstrated, those quotes were truncated in order to isolate them from their context, and Cyril—even in the midst of his other errors—nevertheless...
  • Can Someone Be Christian and Pro Choice?

    06/16/2015 2:51:04 PM PDT · by Morgana · 65 replies
    patheos.com ^ | June 15, 2015 | Jack Wellman
    Can someone be pro-choice and still consider themselves Christian? What does the Bible say in regard to being pro-life? The Author of Life When Peter and John were witnessing to the Jews in what is called Solomon’s portico, Peter said “But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses” (Acts 3:14-15). Here Peter was saying that they chose a murderer over the “Author of life” and that of course was Jesus. The crowd...
  • If You Give a Gal a Bishopric…

    06/16/2015 11:58:25 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 130 replies
    R.C. Sproul Jr. ^ | 6-15-15 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    The attempt to change God the Father to God the Mother is full bore idolatry—a syncretism of the spirit of the age. I remember some of the most emotionally powerful moments of worship that I have experienced occurred in a context where there was the least amount of belief. There was a time in my life when I regularly went to worship at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, a beautiful church building that had this glorious liturgy. And it would be my habit to go there on Sunday morning and to sit in the pew and listen to the music...