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  • An Appointment that Francis Should Withdraw

    09/02/2014 7:29:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 8/28/14 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    At his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis lamented divisions in Catholic parishes, so often caused by gossip and other sins of the tongue. He also explained that the unity of the Church has its origins in the unity and communion of the Trinity itself. But last December he appointed Bishop Nunzio Galantino as General Secretary of the Italian Episcopal Conference. Which of these things is not like the others? I’m sure there are plenty of divisions in the Church caused by the kind of pettiness and vanity that create cliques and express themselves in endless gossip. But in my experience over...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 2, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/02/2014 5:47:07 PM PDT · by Vision · 8 replies
    Email ^ | 9/2/14 | Joel Osteen
    Hold Your Peace Today's Scripture “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.” (Exodus 14:14, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One time in scripture when the Israelites were facing an impossible situation, God told them, “Hold your peace. Remain at rest, and I will fight your battles.” Notice there was a condition, something the Israelites had to do. They were told, “Hold your peace.” It’s the same for us today. A command like that indicates that something is trying to take your peace away: thoughts of worry, fear or...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 2, 2014]

    09/02/2014 5:44:31 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    A Life of Pure and Holy Sacrifice " He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow . . . —John 7:38 " Jesus did not say, “He who believes in Me will realize all the blessings of the fullness of God,” but, in essence, “He who believes in Me will have everything he receives escape out of him.” Our Lord’s teaching was always anti-self-realization. His purpose is not the development of a person— His purpose is to make a person exactly like Himself, and the Son of God is characterized by self-expenditure. If...
  • God’s Good Law

    09/02/2014 5:23:49 PM PDT · by HarleyD · 28 replies
    Genevan Institute for Reformed Studies ^ | Sept 19, 2011 | Bob Burridge
    Lesson 23: Romans 7:1-12 GodÂ’s law is not appreciated by fallen man. The corrupted moral nature we inherit from Adam makes us long to be free from moral obligations, and free from our feelings of guilt. Some who abhor the idea of answering to some higher authority than their own desires make fun of the moral laws of Scripture. They ridicule the God of the Bible. They believe they are naturally smarter than believers because of what they see as superior assumptions about the way things are and came to be. By convincing themselves that they are more intelligent, they...
  • Cardinal Mueller: Many Women Religious Upset With LCWR

    09/02/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    CDF Prefect Reveals International Theological Commission Will Have More Women MembersIn an interview published in the latest edition of a monthly supplement on women for the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller has stressed the Leadership Conference of Women Religious do not represent all US nuns, “but just a group of nuns who form part of an association." The cardinal is currently in talks with the LCWR due to concerns over its positions on Church teaching. The LCWR is a canonically approved membership organization which serves to support women religious in the United States. “We have received many distressed...
  • Faith is rooted in God - not human approval, Pope Francis says

    09/02/2014 8:45:18 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Ann Schneible
    Vatican City, Sep 1, 2014 / 10:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Faith is not founded upon human wisdom, but on the power of God, as made manifest in the Gospel. This was one of the main themes of Pope Francis' homily on Monday morning, resuming daily Mass at the Santa Marta residence following the summer holidays. Addressing the congregation, the Pope said that we do not read the Gospel simply to learn, but to find Jesus. This is “because Jesus is truly in His Word, in His Gospel.” One ought to receive the Word “as one receives Christ: that is, with...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HIERONYMITES, 09-02-14

    09/02/2014 8:37:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-02-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HIERONYMITES Also called the Jeronymites or the Hierohymitae. Groups of hermits who followed the way of life of St. Jerome (342-420), going back to the community of men and women who gathered around him in Bethlehem. They were later given the Rule of St. Augustine. Hieronymite nuns were founded in Spain in 1426. In the sixteenth century the order was one of the channels through which the Catholic Counter-Reformation found its expression. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Müller: More Women to Join the International Theological Commission

    09/02/2014 4:07:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | Andrea Tornielli
    The Vatican newspaper “L’Osservatore Romano’s” monthly women’s insert interviews the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: “We are not misogynists!” he says, revealing that the number of women in the Congregation will go from two to five or six, at the Pope’s requestThe latest issue of the women’s insert published monthly by Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reveals the identity of the Pope’s next nomination; more women are going to be joining the international theological Congregation: the number will be rising from two to “five or six”. This is according to the Prefect of the Congregation for...
  • Bartholomew I Announces June Environmental Summit

    09/02/2014 4:03:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    (Vatican Radio) In a letter to the Orthodox world marking the Ecclesiastical New Year, the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I has announced an Environmental Summit next June on the theme of “Theology, Ecology, and the Word: a conversation on environment, literature and the arts.”He says the aim of this conference is to “awaken the global conscience to the particular and specific importance of the ethical and spiritual dimension of the ecological crisis – with special reference to the arts and literature – in order that it may be returned to its “original beauty,” which is the natural, hole and sacred...
  • "Why did God kill people?"

    09/02/2014 12:11:48 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 74 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 2 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Why did God allow for the striking-down of people in the Old Testament? How is this reconciled with the dogma of a loving God?Protestants and modern-day "Jews" don't have an answer for this -- one beyond dualism or "mystery", I mean. But the Church does. There is mortal sin, and there is venial sin (1 John 5:17). Mortal sin -- willful and of grave nature -- separates one from God, practically killing the soul. Venial sin -- all other -- must simply be cleansed, and it does not eternally separate us from Him. And this distinction is shown in the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 1, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/01/2014 3:49:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 9/1/14 | Joel Osteen
    Live Skillfully Today's Scripture “Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings...” (Proverbs 22:29, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Too often, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing the same way over and over every day. But if we are going to live at our full potential, we should constantly be growing and sharpening our skills. We should strive to learn and grow every single day because when you stop learning, you stop growing. When you stop growing, you stop living. In this season of your life,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 1, 2014]

    09/01/2014 3:45:40 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Destined To Be Holy " . . it is written, ’Be holy, for I am holy’ —1 Peter 1:16 " We must continually remind ourselves of the purpose of life. We are not destined to happiness, nor to health, but to holiness. Today we have far too many desires and interests, and our lives are being consumed and wasted by them. Many of them may be right, noble, and good, and may later be fulfilled, but in the meantime God must cause their importance to us to decrease. The only thing that truly matters is whether a person will...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VATICAN CITY, 09-01-14

    09/01/2014 9:29:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-01-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:VATICAN CITY Official name, Stato della Cittŕ del Vaticano. It is the territorial see of the Papacy, determined by the Lateran Treaty of 1929. Situated within the geopraphic boundary of Rome, it covers an area of 108.7 acres and includes the Vatican Palace, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Radio Station, and numerous other buildings that serve the Pope and the administration of the universal Church. Ultimate authority for Vatican City is vested in the Pope but actually administered by the Pontifical Commission for the State of the Vatican City. In generaly, the government is based on canon...
  • st. augustine and confession {catholic/orthodox caucus}

    09/01/2014 7:37:44 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    http://santarosacatholic.org ^ | 2012 | Bishop Robert F. Vasa
    As a priest I have frequently seen the beauty and effectiveness of the sacrament of reconciliation, or, if you prefer, confession. So convinced am I of its efficacy, indeed its necessity for saving souls that I frequently speak about it as a regular topic of catechesis when I travel throughout the diocese. While it is perhaps possible to say, in the most legalistic and narrowly scripted fashion that confession may not be absolutely, categorically, definitively, and unequivocally “necessary” for salvation, I would, again, still maintain we need it, it is good for us, it was given to us by Jesus...
  • The Stories of Our Lady of Czestochowa [Catholic Caucus]

    08/31/2014 6:28:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CE.com ^ | August 2014 | Sarah Reinhard
    The Stories of Our Lady of Czestochowa Sarah ReinhardI never wanted to be a mom. It was never in my goals or my plan for life.And yet here I am, watching my three-year-old “mow”as I type away in the comfort of a camp chair in the shade of the garage. Right now this kid is the focus of most of my photos and social media efforts. He’s immensely quotable, hilarious, and spontaneous. It’s something that I can’t help but share (lest it drive me crazier than I already am).But don’t get me wrong. Three is not my favorite age. And...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 31, 2014]

    08/31/2014 2:05:02 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    “My Joy . . . Your Joy” " These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full —John 15:11 " What was the joy that Jesus had? Joy should not be confused with happiness. In fact, it is an insult to Jesus Christ to use the word happiness in connection with Him. The joy of Jesus was His absolute self-surrender and self-sacrifice to His Father— the joy of doing that which the Father sent Him to do— “. . . who for the joy that was set...
  • Millennial Series: Part 11: The Theological Context of Premillennialism

    08/31/2014 10:51:53 AM PDT · by wmfights · 33 replies
    Bible. org ^ | 1951 | John F. Walvoord
    The oft-repeated charge that premillennialism is only a dispute over the interpretation of Revelation 20 is both understatement and a serious misrepresentation of the facts. Opponents of premillennialism delight to point out that the reference to the thousand years is found only in Revelation 20. Warfield observes in a footnote, “‘Once, and only once,’ says the ‘Ency. Bibl.,’ 3095, ‘in the New Testament we hear of a millennium.’“1 The issues of premillennialism cannot be so simplified. The issues are neither trivial nor simple. Premillennialism is rather a system of theology based on many Scriptures and with a distinctive theological context....
  • Victoria Osteen Ripped for Telling Church 'Just Do Good For Your Own Self'; Worship Is Not for God.'

    08/30/2014 7:00:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 241 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/30/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch preacher and New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen, is now facing withering criticism online for a viral video clip in which she is shown telling congregants at Lakewood Church that obedience, worship and church attendance is not for God but themselves. "I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we're not doing it for God—I mean, that's one way to look at it—we're doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we're happy," she said in the 36-second clip posted on YouTube, with her husband smiling...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 30, 2014]

    08/30/2014 2:10:42 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Usefulness or Relationship? " Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven —Luke 10:20 " Jesus Christ is saying here, “Don’t rejoice in your successful service for Me, but rejoice because of your right relationship with Me.” The trap you may fall into in Christian work is to rejoice in successful service— rejoicing in the fact that God has used you. Yet you will never be able to measure fully what God will do through you if you do not have a right-standing relationship with...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NATURAL VIRTUE, 08-30-14

    08/30/2014 11:33:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-30-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:NATURAL VIRTUE A good moral habit whose principles, object, and purpose are natural to the human person. This means any virtue whose existence in knowable by the light of natural reason and whose practice is possible (at least for a time) without the help of supernatural grace. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Bring Back Lust

    08/30/2014 8:23:24 AM PDT · by EscondidoSurfer · 26 replies
    Overcoming-Lust.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Jim Vander Spek
    Have you noticed that the word “lust” is being purged from the Bible? The Greek word for lust (epithemia) points to inner sin thirty-four times in the New Testament. In the vast majority of these places it has traditionally been properly translated as “lust” or the archaic and more precise word, “concupiscence.” Not Any More Unfortunately, modern translations, such as the New International Version (NIV) are abandoning the word lust....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 29, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/29/2014 6:23:23 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/29/14 | Joel Osteen
    Eat the Good of the Land Today's Scripture “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land.” (Isaiah 1:19, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants you to have the best in life. He wants to give you the good of the land. God tells us in His Word how to take hold of His promises in our lives. Notice this verse doesn’t say that just obedience will cause you to eat the good of the land; it says we have to be willing and obedient. In other words, God isn’t...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 29, 2014]

    08/29/2014 6:19:56 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Unsurpassed Intimacy of Tested Faith " Jesus said to her, ’Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?’ —John 11:40 " Every time you venture out in your life of faith, you will find something in your circumstances that, from a commonsense standpoint, will flatly contradict your faith. But common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense. In fact, they are as different as the natural life and the spiritual. Can you trust Jesus Christ where your common sense cannot trust Him? Can you venture...
  • Regensburg Revisited: Faith, Reason and the Islamic State

    08/29/2014 9:16:19 AM PDT · by AncientAirs · 13 replies
    National Catholic Register | 08/28/2014 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    Is Islam inherently violent? Does it justify violence against infidels? Does it encourage the faith to be spread by the sword? The establishment of an “Islamic State” in northern Iraq this summer has brought such questions to the forefront in the face of the lethal brutality the Islamic State has unleashed against religious minorities, including the expulsion and killing of Christians. There are political and military aspects to those questions, but they are most fundamentally theological. Does God desire violence to spread his revelation? Theology addresses reality at its deepest level, and, therefore, theological ideas matter a great deal in...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANONICAL LIFE, 08-29-14

    08/29/2014 8:48:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-29-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CANONICAL LIFE A rule of life drawn up in ancient times for the clergy, mainly the cathedral assistants. Intermediate between the monastic life and secular priesthood, they lived in community. Many later become canons regular of St. Augustine (354-430), who introduced this mode of life into his own episcopal household. 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 - August 28, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/28/2014 5:36:16 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/28/14 | Joel Osteen
    Never Stumble Today's Scripture “Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.” (Psalm 119:165, NKJV Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Everything you need in this life is found in the Word of God-direction, healing, peace, joy and provision. No matter what situation you may be facing today, you can live in peace and victory and find your answer by studying God’s Word and applying it in your life! Notice this verse says that the people who love God’s Word have great peace. How do you love God’s Word? By studying it, meditating...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 28, 2014]

    08/28/2014 5:34:24 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Purpose of Prayer " . . . one of His disciples said to Him, ’Lord, teach us to pray . . .’ —Luke 11:1 " Prayer is not a normal part of the life of the natural man. We hear it said that a person’s life will suffer if he doesn’t pray, but I question that. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer. When a person is born again from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TRANSITIONAL DIACONATE, 08-28-14

    08/28/2014 9:21:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-28-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TRANSITIONAL DIACONATE The temporary state of men who intend to go on for the priesthood. Before their ordination as deacons they must indicate whether they wish to enter the permanent or the transitional diaconate. They must also decide whether to marry or remain celibate. Once they are ordained deacons, they cannot marry and continue in the Church's ministry. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Italian Bishops' Leader Says Church Should Welcome 'Unconventional Couples' to Sacraments

    08/28/2014 8:18:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    The secretary-general of the Italian bishops’ conference has said that the Church must make efforts to welcome “unconventional couples.” "Couples in irregular matrimonial situations are also Christians, but they are sometimes looked upon with prejudice," said Bishop Nunzio Galantino of Cassano all’Jonio, who was appointed secretary-general of the Italian episcopal conference by Pope Francis. According to Italy’s ANSA news service, Bishop Galantino went on to say that when couples in irregular marital situations are excluded from the sacraments, it “is an unjustified price to pay, in addition to de facto discrimination.”
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 27, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/27/2014 5:34:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 8/27/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Way You Should Go Today's Scripture “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psalm 32:8, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you need direction in your life today? Maybe you are facing an important decision in your job, at home or in your relationships. Know this: God Himself will teach you what you should do. He promises to show you the path you should take. He’s watching over you and giving you advice every step of the way! Understand that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 27, 2014]

    08/27/2014 5:32:39 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Living Your Theology " Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you . . . —John 12:35 " Beware of not acting upon what you see in your moments on the mountaintop with God. If you do not obey the light, it will turn into darkness. “If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:23). The moment you forsake the matter of sanctification or neglect anything else on which God has given you His light, your spiritual life begins to disintegrate within you. Continually bring the truth out into...
  • Is James Foley a Martyr? A Brutal Death Sparks a Faith-Based Debate

    08/27/2014 11:27:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 65 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 8/26/14 | David Gibson
    From the moment news broke that U.S. journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, many Christians, especially Foley’s fellow Catholics, began calling him a martyr, with some even saying he should be considered a saint. Yet that characterization has left others uneasy, and the discussion is raising larger questions about what constitutes martyrdom. Foley’s parents seemed to validate the martyrdom label when his father, John, spoke at an emotional news conference outside the family’s New Hampshire home and said he and his wife “believe he was a martyr.” Foley’s mother, Diane, added that...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DEGRADATION, 08-27-14

    08/27/2014 9:10:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-27-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:DEGRADATION A penalty by which a cleric is reduced to the lay state; a deprivation, an abasement. Its effects may be deposition and privation of a religious habit. It is permanent unless remitted by a superior after completion of conditions required as penance. It can only be imposed for things labeled criminal by law or if one continues giving scandal after deposition. It is real if accompanied by formalities prescribed by the Roman Pontifical, and verbal when inflicted by a person authorized to sentence. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 26, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/26/2014 5:51:47 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 8/26/14 | Joel Osteen
    Breaking Strongholds Today's Scripture “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Scripture tells us that there is a battle going on in our minds. Our thoughts dictate our actions. That’s why the enemy will do everything he can to get you thinking in the wrong direction. Sometimes, it’s not our own thoughts that are holding us back; sometimes it’s that we’ve believed the negative things that other people have spoken. Those words are like seeds. If you dwell on...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 26, 2014]

    08/26/2014 5:49:09 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Are You Ever Troubled? " Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you . . . —John 14:27 " There are times in our lives when our peace is based simply on our own ignorance. But when we are awakened to the realities of life, true inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus. When our Lord speaks peace, He creates peace, because the words that He speaks are always “spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). Have I ever received what Jesus speaks? “. . . My peace I give to you. ....
  • Taking Offense: An Enemy of Truth

    08/26/2014 11:34:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | PETE JERMANN
    Taking offense certifies the modern man as one who cares. If we take offense on behalf of another, we can number ourselves among the sensitive and loving. If we take offense personally, we can brandish a stop sign declaring to all that the offense must cease. In either case, the offending words must stop and the conversation must end. For the modern lover never offends. Instead he unfailingly affirms. He affirms us with an “okay” that builds our self-esteem, engenders good feelings, and requires nothing of us beyond self-affirmation.But can people who love one another do so simply by...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OPERATING GRACE, 08-26-14

    08/26/2014 8:24:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-26-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OPERATING GRACE Similar to preventing or prevenient grace, it precedes the free consent of the will or accompanies it in the performance of an act. The thought of doing a good act suggests itself with no effort on the part of the human being, as an indeliberate impulse. 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 - August 25, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/25/2014 6:43:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/25/14 | Joel Osteen
    Your Original Software Today's Scripture “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Our minds work like a computer. The way you program it is the way it’s going to function. You can have the most powerful computer made, but if you put the wrong software in it, it’s not going to function like it was designed. We’ve all had...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 25, 2014]

    08/25/2014 6:41:53 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Sacrifice and Friendship " I have called you friends . . . —John 15:15 " We will never know the joy of self-sacrifice until we surrender in every detail of our lives. Yet self-surrender is the most difficult thing for us to do. We make it conditional by saying, “I’ll surrender if . . . !” Or we approach it by saying, “I suppose I have to devote my life to God.” We will never find the joy of self-sacrifice in either of these ways.But as soon as we do totally surrender, abandoning ourselves to Jesus, the Holy Spirit...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: UNITATIS REDINTEGRATIO, 08-25-14

    08/25/2014 9:42:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-25-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:UNITATIS REDINTEGRATIO Decree on Ecumenism of the Second Vatican Council. It deals with the Catholic principles on ecumenism, the practice of ecumenism, and the churches and ecclesiastical communities separated from the Roman Apostolic See. A careful distinction is made between spiritual ecumenism, mainly through prayer and the practice of virtue, and practical ecumenism, which actively fosters the reunification of Christianity. Also the faithful are told to recognize various levels of nearness to the Catholic Church, in descending order, the Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, and Protestants (November 21, 1964). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John...
  • NAirobi; Putting Our Own Eyes Out...The Bible and Islam pt 2

    Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabeshgilead: and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, and we will serve thee. And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel. And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, Give us seven days’ respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel: and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come...
  • Martin Luther's Devotion to Mary

    08/24/2014 4:45:06 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 255 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org ^ | April 24, 2003 | Dave Armstrong
    Let's see what the Father of Protestantism thought about the Blessed Mother..... Despite the radicalism of early Protestantism toward many ancient Catholic "distinctives," such as the Communion of the Saints, Penance, Purgatory, Infused Justification, the Papacy, the priesthood, sacramental marriage, etc., it may surprise many to discover that Martin Luther was rather conservative in some of his doctrinal views, such as on baptismal regeneration, the Eucharist, and particularly the Blessed Virgin Mary. Luther indeed was quite devoted to Our Lady, and retained most of the traditional Marian doctrines which were held then and now by the Catholic Church. This is...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 24, 2014]

    08/24/2014 1:57:42 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Spiritual Search " What man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? —Matthew 7:9 " The illustration of prayer that our Lord used here is one of a good child who is asking for something good. We talk about prayer as if God hears us regardless of what our relationship is to Him (see Matthew 5:45). Never say that it is not God’s will to give you what you ask. Don’t faint and give up, but find out the reason you have not received; increase the intensity of your...
  • Millennial Series: Part 10: The Historical Context of Premillennialism

    08/24/2014 10:55:16 AM PDT · by wmfights · 170 replies
    Bible.org ^ | 1951 | John F. Walvoord
    While modern premillennialism depends upon Scriptural foundations for its apologetic and theological statement, it has nevertheless a significant historical context. It is regrettable that some historians have held low views of premillennialism, with the result that premillennialism has seldom had fair consideration in historical treatments of Christian doctrine. Liberals and skeptics surveying the evidence with theological indifference have often arrived at a fairer view of the evidence for premillennialism in history than those endeavoring to defend another millennial position. It is hardly within the province of a theological study of premillennialism to include an adequate history of the doctrine. An...
  • Priest on Road to Canonization Given Highest US Military Honor

    08/24/2014 9:48:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | April 12, 2013 | Kathleen Naab
    Priest on Road to Canonization Given Highest US Military Honor Editor of Biography Reflects on What Fr. Kapaun Has to Teach Us Washington, D.C., April 12, 2013 (Zenit.org) Kathleen Naab | Thursday in the White House, President Barack Obama bestowed on Fr. Emil Kapaun the nation's highest military recognition, the Medal of Honor.The priest, who died in a prisoner of war camp during the Korean war, is also being considered for canonization.The life that won Fr. Kapaun not only such high military praise, but also possible recognition as a canonized saint, is the subject of a biography called "The...
  • Fox News star jumps into 'gay' Christianity

    08/24/2014 7:06:43 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 120 replies
    http://mobile.wnd.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | Joe Kovacs
    The Fox News analyst who made headlines last December for saying she personally met Jesus is now entering the battle over homosexual relationships, suggesting U.S. Christians could support the concept. “Could there be a future where most American Christians support same-sex relationships?” asks Kirsten Powers, a former atheist who went public with her conversion to Christianity last year. “If so, it will be due to the emergence of conservative Christians who say orthodox believers can support life-long, monogamous gay relationships without undermining their commitment to biblical authority.” In her column in USA Today, Powers mentions by name evangelical Matthew Vines,...
  • Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    08/24/2014 5:46:36 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 34 replies
    http://spiritualdirection.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Peter Howard
    What a beautiful salutation to call upon Our Most Blessed Mother! One may be tempted to think that these words are an exaggerated expression of piety as they apply also to her Son, whose sacrifice on the Cross obtained our Redemption. However, God’s Redemption began not with an imposition upon an unworthy humanity, but through the free gift of a woman’s fiat that first opened the door of heaven to bring down the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity. This is why St. Bernard, and the Church throughout the ages echoing his words, refers to Mary as the “cause...
  • The Current Conflict Is Spiritual...ISlam and The Bible pt 1

    Psalm 74 O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt. Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary. Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs. A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees. But now...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 23, 2014]

    08/23/2014 5:13:01 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Prayer— Battle in “The Secret Place” " When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly —Matthew 6:6 " Jesus did not say, “Dream about your Father who is in the secret place,” but He said, “. . . pray to your Father who is in the secret place. . . .” Prayer is an effort of the will. After we have entered our secret place and shut the door, the most difficult...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 22, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/22/2014 6:26:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/22/14 | Joel Osteen
    A Gift from God Today's Scripture “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We serve such a generous and loving God. He loves you so much that there isn’t anything He wouldn’t do in order to have a relationship with you. The Bible tells us that sin separates man from God, but God doesn’t want to be separated from any of us. That’s why He sent Jesus into the world — to pay the penalty for sin...