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  • The Case for a Fair, Free and Authentic Synod Debate

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

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

    03/26/2015 5:03:18 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 119 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | 2003 | Dave Miller, Ph.D.
    ">Did Jesus Have Fleshly Half-Brothers? by  Dave Miller, Ph.D. The usual word in the Greek language for “brother” is adelphos. It possesses the same latitude of application that the English word possesses. Hence, it can refer to a person who shares the same religion (a spiritual brother). It can refer to a person who shares the same citizenship—a fellow countryman. It can refer to an intimate friend or neighbor. All of these uses are self-evident, and do not encroach upon the literal use of the term. By far the most prominent use of the term is the literal sense—a blood...
  • Why Rome Can Only Appreciate, Rather than Prove the Immaculate Conception

    03/26/2015 11:36:04 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 74 replies
    Fallibility ^ | May 1, 2013 | Michael Taylor
    Why Rome Can Only Appreciate, Rather than Prove the Immaculate Conception Should we believe something because we think it is true, or should we think something is true because we first believe?  For example, if you believe that extra-terrestrials have visited the earth, then you are likely to believe in UFO sightings and  alien abduction stories, and conspiracy theories about government coverups as confirmation of what you already believe.  This doesn’t mean that you believe that every UFO sighting or abduction story is real.  Nor does this mean that you buy into every conspiracy theory out there.  But if you...
  • Israel's Penitential Confession...Isaiah 52-53 pt 3

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

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

    03/25/2015 10:46:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 198 replies
    SaltAndDignity ^ | March 25, 2015 | Fr. Thomas Rosica
    Because Mary Said “Yes…” — A Reflection For The Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord March 25, 2011 by Fr. Thomas Rosica Standing in the middle of the present day city of Nazareth is the mammoth Basilica of the Annunciation, built around what is believed to be the dwelling of Mary. In a grotto-like room at the heart of the basilica is a small inscription on an altar. It reads, “verbum caro hic factum est,” here the Word became flesh. There, it is believed, the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, and her response changed the world forever. Imagine yourself...
  • 100s of Priests in England & Wales urge Vatican Synod to end confus over Marriage and Sexuality

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

    03/25/2015 10:24:32 AM PDT · by Mad Dawg · 17 replies
    Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey ^ | March 24, 2015 | Sr.Maria Barrett
    Today is the feast of the Annunciation. On this great day, the eternal Word of God stooped down from heaven, was made flesh, and came to dwell among us. In His great goodness, in the wise folly of His boundless love for us, God gave Himself to us, humbling Himself and taking the form of a slave so that we who had been conquered by sin and evil might in Him be made their conquerors. Yet today is not called the feast of the Incarnation, but rather the feast of the Annunciation. The great mystery of the incarnation was made...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EFFICIENT CAUSE, 03-25-15

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

    Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.(Isaiah 52:13-15)The fourth Servant song is composed of three sections. First of all, we have this introduction in Isaiah 52:13-15. Secondly we have the great and...
  • A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation

    03/25/2015 7:08:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn preparation for today’s Feast of the Annunciation I picked up Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. 3 (The Infancy Narratives)  by Pope Emeritus Benedict. I was very moved by a very brief reflection that he made on Mary as the Angel Gabriel left her. His remarks consider her faith in a very touching manner. I must say that I have always been moved, and intrigued, by the faith of the Blessed Mother, for she is “a woman wrapped in silence,” a phrase that forms the...
  • Exclusive Interview: Cardinal Burke Says Confusion Spreading Among Catholics ‘in an Alarming Way'

    03/25/2015 6:22:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Editor’s Note: Cardinal Raymond Burke spoke with LifeSiteNews Paris correspondent Jeanne Smits in Rome on January 21. We are running the interview along with an article (available here) drawing out some of the cardinal's most significant points. Smits has also published a French version of the interview on her blog.LifeSiteNews: Since the extraordinary synod on the family, we have entered a period of uncertainty and confusion over several “hot-button” issues: communion for divorced and “remarried” couples, a change of attitude towards homosexual unions and an apparent relaxing of attitudes towards non-married couples. Does your Eminence think that this confusion is...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Spiritual Works of Mercy, Comfort the Afflicted (Sorrowful)

    03/24/2015 6:11:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | July 27, 2010 | Mark Shea
    Comfort the Afflicted by Mark Shea - July 27, 2010Reprinted with permission from our good friends at InsideCatholic.com, the leading online journal of Catholic faith, culture, and politics.Last week, I had an earache. You nod briefly. Okay. Duly noted. Earache. Can we get on to the article?I reply, "You don't get it. Last week, I had an earache." I don't mean, "Little twingy pain, like a headache or a sore toe." I mean, "Worst and most excruciating pain I have felt in three decades." Up there with the Great Wisdom Tooth Agony of '78. Worse than the Line Drive...
  • Apologetics 101: Is "Once Saved, Always Saved" in the Bible?

    03/24/2015 3:57:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 138 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 24, 2015 | JOHN MARTIGNONI
    Q: I was talking with an Evangelical co-worker and he said the Bible teaches that once we are “saved,” we can never lose our salvation. Is that true?   A:  Absolutely not.  In fact, the Bible is full of passages that either directly or indirectly contradict this doctrine of “Once Saved, Always Saved.”  For example: Romans 11:17-23, “But if some of the branches were broken off [the Jews], and you, a wild olive shoot [the Gentiles], were grafted in their place to share the richness of the olive tree [Jesus Christ], do not boast over the branches...For if God...
  • Behold My Servant...Isaiah 52-53 pt 1

    Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider…(Isaiah 52:13-15)Before we look closely at the Evangelical jewel known as the 4th Servant Song of Isaiah, consisting of the above three verses in chapter 52,...
  • The Photian schism: history and legend (and the two 8th Ecumenical Councils)

    03/24/2015 3:16:54 PM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Google E Books ^ | 1948 | Francis Dvornik
    An examination of the history and background to the so called Photian Schism of the 9th Century, one of the most important events in the history of the early Church. It also discusses in detail the two competing synods (AD 869-70 and 879-80) that claimed to be the 8th Ecumenical Council. Both synods enjoyed recognition by the pre-Schism Church as the Eighth Ecumenical Council. The earlier synod until it was annulled by the Council of 879-80. and the latter for about two centuries. The Church of Rome switched its support back to the earlier synod in the 11th century which...
  • Does Mary Intercede for Christians?

    03/24/2015 1:30:58 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 92 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | 2009 | Moisés Pinedo
    It has been argued that “Mary is the creature closest to God. Moreover, while Christ is the mediator of all grace between God and creation, Mary is the mediator of all grace between Christ and humanity. Consequently, Mary is a powerful intercessor for all who turn to her” (see Zoltan, 1994, emp. added). The Bible clearly teaches that Mary is not Deity and should not be worshipped as such (see Pinedo, 2009). If she is not Deity, is she the closest human being to Deity? Does she play an active role in heaven, interceding for individual Christians? Does she make...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KULTURKAMPF, 03-24-15

    03/24/2015 8:55:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-24-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:KULTURKAMPF A movement in Prussia, Bavaria, Hesse, and Baden to make the Catholic Church subject to the state and independent of Rome. Professor Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902), the liberal scientist who named it, called it a struggle for civilization. Bismarck and Falk, the political leaders, were actively supported by the Church's enemies in and out of the German Parliament. Their aim was to destroy papal influence and build up a national church, strengthening Protestant power. Religious orders were forced by impossible laws to secularize their schools or leave the country. Clergy were fined or punished for practicing...
  • Some Strategies for Overcoming Temptation

    03/24/2015 7:41:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Strategies for Overcoming Temptation By: Msgr. Charles PopeThis is part two of an article on temptation. See yesterday’s post for part one.How can we overcome temptation?Remote Battles are Essential! When people ask about overcoming temptation they most often have in mind what to do “in the moment” of temptation. But if we focus merely on the moment of temptation we are missing the bulk of the work that needs to be done. For in order to become more successful in withstanding temptation, a strong foundation needs to be established. There is much “remote” work to be done such...
  • Nearly 500 Priests in England and Wales Urge Synod to Stand Firm on Communion for the Remarried

    03/24/2015 4:05:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/24/15 | Madeleine Teahan
    Priests says that doctrine and practice must 'remain firmly and inseparably in harmony'Almost 500 priests in England and Wales have signed a letter urging those attending this year’s family synod to issue a “clear and firm proclamation” upholding Church teaching on marriage. In the letter, published in this week’s Catholic Herald, the priests write: “We wish, as Catholic priests, to re-state our unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality, founded on the Word of God and taught by the Church’s Magisterium for two millennia.” Last year’s extraordinary synod provoked heated debate on...
  • Presbyterians And Homosexuals Together: The Crisis Of Christ And Culture

    03/23/2015 8:46:15 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 3/23/15 | R. Scott Clark
    From its inception Christianity was a marginalized not a culturally powerful or influential religion. With the death of the mainlines we’re witnessing the last gasp of the informal Constantinianism in America, the gathering of cultural elites in the narthex of tall-steeple PCUSA congregations. The informal coalition of cultural and political power brokers in and with the mainline is dead. The WWII generation was probably the last to care to identify with the mainline or to seek the approval of the mainline. Now that the culture has got what it wanted, capitulation, even the NYT will ignore it. There is no...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Spiritual Works of Mercy, Admonish the Sinner

    03/23/2015 7:09:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | July 6, 2010 | Mark Shea
    Admonish the Sinner by Mark Shea - July 6, 2010Reprinted with permission from our good friends at InsideCatholic.com, the leading online journal of Catholic faith, culture, and politics.Of all the works of mercy, probably the most thankless and despised is admonishing the sinner. Nobody wants to do it (except human toothaches and people who never get invited to parties), and nobody wants it done to them."Repent!" is one of those words that eats at the heart of all but the most egotistical jerk. "Who the hell are you, you great hypocritical gasbag, to go all John the Baptist on...
  • The Path of the Cross

    03/23/2015 5:32:27 PM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 1 replies
    Key Life ^ | March 23, 2015 | Steve Brown
    The source of almost all spiritual problems is an inappropriate effort to avoid the cross. When we, as the church, turn away from the cross, we miss the path that God gave us—the path to freedom, joy, faithfulness and forgiveness. It’s the only way there. We think the cross is fine and necessary for those who aren’t saved…but, once we’re saved, it’s no longer relevant to our lives. We, as Christians, forget that the cross is the very paradigm for who we are and everything we do, think, feel and believe. So if that’s true (and it is), then what...
  • Assurance of his Protection

    03/23/2015 4:57:46 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    MOnergism.Com ^ | John Calvin
    The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Psalm 110:2 SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: Psalm 2 It is astonishing that though the whole world has united to oppose Christ’s kingdom, the church has continued to spread and prosper. David here encourages the godly not to be dispirited by the foolhardy attempts of those who presume to introduce discord and disorder into the kingdom of Christ, for God will use his invincible power to maintain the glory of his sacred throne. When our minds are agitated by various commotions, let...
  • Why God Is a Moral Issue (Radical atheism)

    03/23/2015 12:59:41 PM PDT · by NRx · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | 03-23-2015 | Michael Ruse
    The New Atheists are not a comfortable group of people. They have scornful contempt for those with whom they differ — that includes religious believers, agnostics and other atheists who don’t share their vehement brand of nonbelief. They are self-confident to a degree that seems designed to irritate. And they have an ignorance of anything beyond their fields to an extent remarkable even in modern academia. They also have a moral passion unknown outside the pages of the Old Testament. For that, we can forgive much. When asked in Ireland a few years ago about the abuse of children by...
  • The One True Church

    03/23/2015 12:23:51 PM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    AFR ^ | 03-07-2011 | Fr. Thomas Hopko
    Orthodox Christians claim that the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Chalcedonian Orthodox Church, is the one true Church of Christ. That’s the confession of faith that we make. Of course, we have to say right away that there are members of the Orthodox Church who are relativistic, especially in America, there would be those who could say, “Well, all churches are the same,” and, “no one can claim the truth,” and, “different churches have different things,” so we really shouldn’t be so proud and so arrogant as to say that our church is the only church or the only true church,...
  • God's Role in Regeneration

    03/23/2015 12:03:17 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 9 replies
    Grace to You ^ | January 27, 2013 | John MacArthur
    For this morning, I want you to open the Word of God to the third chapter of John, back to the third chapter of John and the opening ten verses. Now, you who have been with us the last couple of weeks know how important and critical this portion of Scripture is. You know something about it now that we’ve sort of penetrated it at least as far as verse 3. The good news, we’ll finish all the way down to verse 10 this morning. I can’t exactly tell you when but we will finish verse 10. Now I’m going...
  • Pope Francis performs half-MIRACLE after having lunch with gay and transgender inmates!

    03/23/2015 9:43:50 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 23 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 03/22/2015 | soopermexican
    Here’s a post for our Catholic friends. Apparently the Popester has super miraculous turn-dried-blood-fresh powers in his lips because that’s the unnatural act he committed after chowing down with the gays and the transgenders.Watch below: More on his lunch date: While on a visit to Naples, Italy, Pope Francis visited the Giuseppe Salvia Detention Center in Poggiorale, outside of Naples. According to the Religion News Service, the pope insisted on the visit including lunch with inmates, though it was not on his original schedule. Around 90 inmates, randomly chosen by lottery, attended the lunch, and that group included 10 inmates...
  • The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink 16. The Wrath of God

    03/23/2015 9:18:44 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 14 replies
    pbministries ^ | 3/23/15 | Arthur W.Pink
    The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink 16. The Wrath of God It is sad to find so many professing Christians who appear to regard the wrath of God as something for which they need to make an apology, or at least they wish there were no such thing. While some would not go so far as to openly admit that they consider it a blemish on the Divine character, yet they are far from regarding it with delight, they like not to think about it, and they rarely hear it mentioned without a secret resentment rising up in their...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: RELATIVISM, 03-23-15

    03/23/2015 9:07:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-23-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:REALTIVISM In philosophy, the view that there is no absolute truth or certitude. It is claimed that truth depends entirely on variable factors such as person, place, time, and circumstances. Moral relativism holds that there are no unchangeable principles of human behavior, either because all truth is relative or becaue there are no inherently evil actins, sicne everything depends on other factors, such as customs, conventions, or social approval. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What Is Temptation, Why Does God Permit It, and What Are Its Sources?

    03/23/2015 8:03:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is Temptation, Why Does God Permit It, and What Are Its Sources? By: Msgr. Charles PopeI will be on the Catholic Answers radio show today (Monday, March 23) at 6:00 PM Eastern Time. The topic will be temptation: what it is and how to avoid and overcome it.  I’ve assembled some notes in preparation and I’ll present them (in two parts) in the blog. Today’s post focuses on what temptation is, why God allows it, and what its sources are. Tomorrow I’ll present the second half of the notes, which center on how to avoid and overcome temptation.What is Temptation? A seminary teacher of mine once defined...
  • Cardinal Kasper Asks for Prayers for Synod, Saying ‘a Battle is Going On’

    03/23/2015 6:13:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/23/15 | Cindy Wooden
    The cardinal says he hopes the synod would find a 'common answer, with a large majority'Catholics should let their bishops know their hopes and concerns for the forthcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, but even more importantly they should pray that the Holy Spirit guides the bishops’ deliberations, Cardinal Walter Kasper has said. “We should all pray for it because a battle is going on,” he said in a speech presenting his new book, Pope Francis’s Revolution of Tenderness and Love, published in English by Paulist Press. Bishops attending the synod, scheduled for October 4-25, will be called to...
  • When Is (Was) the Great Tribulation?

    03/22/2015 5:47:53 PM PDT · by grumpa · 130 replies
    self | March 22, 2015 | Charles S. Meek
    WHEN IS (WAS) THE GREAT TRIBULATION? by Charles S. Meek “And they will deliver YOU up to tribulation. . . .” (Matthew 24:9) “For these are the days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written.” (Luke 21:22) “For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole EARTH.” (Luke 21:35) The Olivet Discourse contains the greatest body of prophecy in the New Testament outside of Revelation. It is found in the parallel passages of Matthew 24/25, Mark 13, and Luke 21. The above passages in the Olivet Discourse are referring to the Great Tribulation at...
  • Is God Angry Anymore?

    03/22/2015 8:12:43 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 46 replies
    Is God Angry Anymore? by Jim Elliff     When I was in public high school, we had to read part of a famous sermon called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, by Jonathan Edwards. He graphically pictured sinners as spiders dangling by a thread over the fire of Hell. He also asserted that God is angrier at this moment with some who are living than with others who are already in Hell.Do you believe that? Is God angry? I don’t believe my teacher thought so. When I later studied the Bible on the subject, I was...
  • The Cross Always Wins -- A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent

    03/22/2015 7:52:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cross Always Wins – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Gospel today is, to the world and those who are perishing, utter madness, utter foolishness. For Christ, in effect, declares that dying (to this world) is the only way to true life. While the world’s so-called wisdom declares to us that the way to life is power, prestige, possessions, and popularity, Jesus says we should die to all that in order to find true life.The word “paradox” refers to something that is contrary to the usual way of thinking. And the true gospel...
  • By Faith Alone: The Conversion of Martin Luther

    03/22/2015 7:35:22 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 145 replies
    Christian Communicators Worldwide ^ | 2013 | Susan Verstraete
    By Faith Alone: The Conversion of Martin Luther by Susan Verstraete     It was the moment he had been waiting for. His father was in the audience watching, as were his fellow monks. It was time for Martin to offer his first mass, and he was overwhelmed with the solemnity of the event. He led the congregation, saying, “We offer unto Thee, the living, the true, the eternal God.” Suddenly Martin froze. He couldn’t go on. He later wrote:“At these words I was utterly stupefied and terror-stricken. I thought to myself, ‘With what tongue shall I address such...
  • 4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice

    03/22/2015 7:33:43 AM PDT · by hripka · 5 replies
    Charisma Magazine ^ | 6/02/2014 | Charisma Staff
    Though he had followed Jesus since a teenager, Mark Virkler spent much of his adult life years frustrated because He couldn't hear God's voice. He embarked on a 10-year search to hear the Lord clearly, out of which has come a ministry centered on equipping people to hear God's voice clearly and that includes an astounding track record of success over more than 30 years. Watch Mark explain the four keys to hearing God's voice--and the story behind his discovering them--in this two-part video.
  • The Unrepenting Repenter

    03/21/2015 2:38:59 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 7 replies
    The Unrepenting Repenter by Jim Elliff     The believer in Christ is a lifelong repenter.  He begins with repentance and continues in repentance. (Rom. 8:12-13) David sinned giant sins but fell without a stone at the mere finger of the prophet because he was a repenter at heart (2 Sam. 12:7-13). Peter denied Christ three times but suffered three times the remorse until he repented with bitter tears (Mt. 26:75). Every Christian is called a repenter, but he must be a repenting repenter. The Bible assumes the repentant nature of all true believers in its instruction on church...
  • The Rationale for Wrath

    03/21/2015 11:38:12 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 13 replies
    A cartoon depicted Noah’s ark surrounded by desperate people drowning in the water, begging for help. The rains were coming down hard while Noah and his family were safe inside. On the outside of the ark was a "smiley face" with the words, "Smile, God Loves You."Are you sure God loves everybody? John the Baptist didn’t think so. He said, "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him" (Jn. 3:36). Why is God justified in having wrath toward...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Spiritual Works of Mercy, Instruct the Ignorant

    03/21/2015 9:01:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Catholicity.com ^ | June 22, 2010 | Mark Shea
    Instruct the Ignorant by Mark Shea - June 22, 2010Reprinted with permission from our good friends at InsideCatholic.com, the leading online journal of Catholic faith, culture, and politics.Back in 1971, when experiments in educational theory from pointy-headed intellectuals with no children were just starting to become all the rage, my fellow seventh graders and I were pulled out of what used to be called a "junior high" and packed off to a newly built experiment in education called Eisenhower Middle School. It was the latest thing: a school without walls where education would miraculously unfold, as the natural instinct...
  • Should State Senator Apologize for Calling Hinduism a ‘False Faith’? [Hindu Legislature Prayer]

    03/20/2015 8:42:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    PJMedia ^ | March 19, 2015 | Rod Kackley
    Should State Senator Apologize for Calling Hinduism a ‘False Faith’? Idaho lawmaker says she's "really opposed to having prayer that wasn't Christian" in legislative body. by March 19, 2015 - 2:07 pm (Pic in URL) A crowd of naysayers that ranged from her cousin in the state of Washington, to Buddhist leaders in Boise, Colo., to a rabbi in Nevada has called on Idaho Sen. Sheryl “Sherry” Nuxoll (R) to apologize for calling Hinduism a “false faith with false gods.” While the self-described mother, housewife and co-manager of a farm/ranch in Cottonwood, Idaho, has admitted she could have turned a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Pope Francis declares Holy Year for Mercy

    03/20/2015 6:59:11 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    CNA ^ | Mar 13, 2015 | Elise Harris
    ome, Italy, Mar 13, 2015 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily for a Lenten penitential service, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary Jubilee to start at the end of the year, which will be dedicated to a theme close to the pontiff’s heart: mercy. “Dear brothers and sisters, I have thought about how the Church can make clear its mission of being a witness of mercy,” the Pope told attendees of his March 13 penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica. “It's a journey that starts with a spiritual conversion. For this reason I have decided to declare an Extraordinary...
  • Catholic Caucus: How St. Joseph Lived the Greatest Calling of Husband and Father

    03/20/2015 6:40:10 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies
    Seton Magazine ^ | 03.18.15 | John Clark
    Because this column is devoted to promoting Catholic fatherhood, this is a special feast day: the Feast of Saint Joseph. The following is an updated version of a column that John wrote a few years ago. Men in history are often remembered for things like winning a battle, governing a country, composing a symphony, writing a masterpiece, or inventing a life-changing device. Today, the Church honors a man who did none of these.  Even in his own time, in the eyes of much of the world, this small-town carpenter was insignificant. But his greatness did not lie in his...
  • Why I Left Protestantism for Catholicism

    03/20/2015 6:36:17 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 97 replies
    Jeffrey A. Tucker
    Why I Left Protestantism for Catholicism He is a Fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and the Managing Editor of The Free Market. I am no fan of "conversion" essays, which are sometimes pompous and self-serving. My purpose is to achieve a greater spirit of mutual respect. How rare are Protestant conversions to Catholicism? More rare than reverse, but I know enough cases, including my own, to make the subject worth exploring. J.I. Packer recently wrote in Christianity Today (May 1989) that the contrast between the "zany wildness" of Protestantism and the "at-homeness" of Catholicism alone is sufficient to...
  • No, Christ will not die tomorrow…

    03/20/2015 6:18:32 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 36 replies
    Disciple of Jesus Christ ^ | April 5, 2012 | disciple of Christ
    No, Christ will not die tomorrow. He died once for all almost 2000 years ago for our sins: “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). No, He will not die again: “knowing that Christ having been raised up from among [the] dead dies no more: death has dominion over him no more.” (Romans 6:9) Yes, He has risen once for all! And by their carnal traditions men teach people that Christ dies again and again each year, and then with this same...
  • Rome, authority and Argumentum Ad Infinitum

    03/20/2015 4:37:31 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 34 replies
    Daniel's Place - (Reformata et semper reformanda) ^ | December 26, 2014 | PuritanReformed
    An objection, however, is often made to the doctrine of infallibility, in limine, which is too important not to be taken into consideration. It is urged that, as all religious knowledge rests on moral evidence, not on demonstration, our belief in the Church's infallibility must be of this character; but what can be more absurd than a probable infallibility, or a certainty resting on doubt?— I believe, because I am sure, and I am sure, because I supposed. Granting then that the gift of infallibility be adapted, when believed to unite all intellects in one common confession, the fact...
  • A Protestant "comes out" (the effects of sola scriptura)

    03/20/2015 10:50:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 113 replies
    Little Catholic Bubble ^ | March 19, 2015 | Leila
    For the first ten or fifteen years after my reversion, my main apologetical interest was in debating and discussing with Protestants. These days, I rarely engage the Protestant/Catholic debate, and I focus more on the "culture wars" by debating secularists and atheists. Protestants are fellow Christians, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and the Church is very clear on that. However, every so often, I revisit the issues that divide Protestants and Catholics because Truth matters, and because the Church is a stronger witness to the world when we are undivided. At the Last Supper, hours before His death, Jesus prayed that his followers all be...
  • What I Wish I’d Known About Catholics (And Why I’m Becoming One Now That I Do)

    03/20/2015 9:46:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 239 replies
    The Cordial Catholic ^ | March 19, 2015 | Albert Little
    Photo Credit: Michael Caven. This Easter I become a Catholic.It’s been a strange, unexpected journey. Something I often think about, and reflect on, is what I would’ve thought of myself, today, if I’d met me ten years ago. What if, by some miracle of space and time, the twenty year old me was able to visit the thirty year old me, today. What would the younger me think?Becoming a Catholic is something I never could’ve imagined or envisioned.I became a Christian at the age of about fifteen. I found an incredible local Pentecostal church, and incredible youth group, and was welcomed...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DE FIDE, 03-20-15

    03/20/2015 8:27:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-20-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:DE FIDE A term meaning "of Faith," used to identify those doctrines of the Church which are infallibly true. Their infallible certitude derives ultimately from divine revelation, but proximately from the fact that they have either been solemnly defined by the Church's magisterium or have been taught by her ordinary universal teaching authority as binding on the consciences of all the faithful. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.