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  • From whom demons withdraw in terror and pain

    10/02/2014 3:29:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 10/2/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The world’s quicksand is shifting under our feet.More than ever we need the help that God sends us through the loving help of our Guardian Angels.Yes, there are angels. Open your Bible and, within a few pages, you’ll find angels.From the Martyrologium Romanum (which you readers can put into perfect yet smooth and elegant English): Memoria sanctorum Angelorum Custodum, qui, primum ad contemplandam in splendore faciem Dei vocati, a Domino etiam apud homines commissi sunt, ut iis invisibili sua, sed sollicita, praesentia adessent ac consulerent. There are three types of persons, divine, angelic and human. Of the three types, divine...
  • Icons & Iconoclasm

    10/01/2014 6:28:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Our Lady of the Mountains, Jasper, GA ^ | 9/11/14 | Fr. Charles Byrd
    These days, we’re likely to associate the word “icon” with symbols on our computer screen, but in the Church, “icon” is the word for an image of religious art that the Church uses in teaching the Faith and in encouraging religious piety. In the 1500 years of Church history before the invention of the printing press, images were important, because few had books and fewer still were literate. When missionaries went into pagan lands, they took with them icons of Our Lord and of Our Lady to help them overcome the initial language barrier and to introduce another heathen race...
  • catholic school athletics and sexuality

    10/01/2014 6:27:56 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies ^ | October 1, 2014 | William Dohohue
    The divide between Catholic sexual ethics and secular sexual ethics is being played out in Pennsylvania and Minnesota in a dramatic way. The New York Times reports today that the Diocese of Harrisburg has adopted a policy barring boys on high school wrestling teams from competing with girls from other schools; girls in Catholic schools are also barred from football and rugby teams. The policy is not new: the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Education Department has explicit rules on this subject. Indeed, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia previously dealt with this issue. The issue in Minnesota involves transgender students. Because the Minnesota...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 1, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/01/2014 3:35:17 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 10/1/14 | Joel Osteen
    Growing Strong through Praise Today's Scripture "No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God." (Romans 4:20 AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that when you praise, you are putting your faith in action? And just as putting your physical body into action will make it grow strong, putting your faith in action through prayer, worship and thanksgiving will make it to grow strong, too! Notice what this verse says about Abraham: No...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 1, 2014]

    10/01/2014 3:31:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Place of Exaltation " . . . Jesus took . . . them up on a high mountain apart by themselves . . . —Mark 9:2 " We have all experienced times of exaltation on the mountain, when we have seen things from God’s perspective and have wanted to stay there. But God will never allow us to stay there. The true test of our spiritual life is in exhibiting the power to descend from the mountain. If we only have the power to go up, something is wrong. It is a wonderful thing to be on the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EPHPHETA, 10-01-14

    10/01/2014 10:16:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDitionary ^ | 10-01-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:EPHPHETA Imperative of the "to open" in Aramaic. Part of the ceremony of baptism where accepted by the bishops' conference. the celebrant touches the ears and lips of each child baptized, while saying, "May the Lord Jesus, who made the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak, grant that you may soon be able to receive His word and profess the faith to the praise and glory of God the Father," to which all answer, "Amen." The ceremony resembles the curing of the deaf-mute (Mark 7:31-37). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John...
  • Cardinal Müller: Don’t Remove Gospel’s Challenges to Accommodate Post-Modern Man

    10/01/2014 9:32:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/1/14 | CNA/EWTN News
    The prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith said when the authentic Word is deconstructed, we risk depriving ourselves of the authentic happiness only Christ can bring.CORDOBA, Spain — With the Synod on the Family just days away, the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith cautioned against deconstructing the Gospel message to make it artificially easy. “We can talk a lot about God, and in the end, do so without faith,” warned Cardinal Gerhard Müller during a Sept. 28 Mass at the cathedral in Cordoba, where he delivered an address on St. John...
  • [Anglican] Lambeth Conference 2018 Cancelled in Ongoing Gay Clergy Issue

    10/01/2014 9:20:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 9/30/14 | Patsy McGarry
    The worldwide Anglican Communion’s next Lambeth Conference, scheduled for 2018, has been cancelled for the first time in its history. A gathering of Anglican bishops from around the world which takes place once a decade, the cancellation, which is indefinite, is due to ongoing division over the gay clergy issue. The 2008 conference was marred by a significant boycott over the same issue. According to the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the US, Most Rev Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and titular head of Anglicans worldwide was “very clear that he is not going...
  • Cardinal Burke Rebuts 'Outrageous' Claim that Cardinal Kasper Speaks for Pope

    10/01/2014 9:13:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Cardinal Raymond Burke strongly defended his criticism of the “Kasper proposal,” and said it was “outrageous” for Cardinal Walter Kasper to suggest that such criticism was actually aimed at Pope Francis, during a teleconference with reporters on September 30. “I find it amazing that the cardinal [Kasper] claims that he speaks for the Pope,” Cardinal Burke said. “The Pope doesn’t have laryngitis.” Cardinal Burke joined several other participants in a teleconference on preparations for the Synod of Bishops. The teleconference was arranged by Ignatius Press, which will release four books on October 1 presenting arguments against the Kasper proposal and...
  • The Bilbo Baggins Inside All of Us

    10/01/2014 7:35:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 1, 2014 | JASON SCHREDER
    This past summer my junior honors theology students read The Hobbit in preparation for their morality class this fall. While reading, I discovered why so many enjoy The Hobbit. We can connect so well with Bilbo Baggins and the other characters because they are so real, so like us. One can also find many “hidden” parallels or analogies to the Catholic Faith if they are truly sought out. What draws so many readers to The Hobbit is this central Christian message: there is a Bilbo Baggins inside of us who is faced with a decision whether or not to...
  • John Carroll: America’s Bishop

    09/30/2014 7:18:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | September 30, 2014 | George J. Galloway
    John Carroll: America’s Bishop George J. GallowayWhen President James Madison asked for and received, by a narrow margin, a declaration of war against Great Britain in 1812, there was one man in the new republic who knew exactly what to do: John “Jackie” Carroll, Archbishop of Baltimore, an aging shepherd of a small and widely diverse flock, in a fledgling democracy about to enter into war against the greatest sea power on earth, got on his knees and dedicated America to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.This year, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore. For the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 30, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/30/2014 5:16:16 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 9/30/14 | Joel Osteen
    Send it Today Today's Scripture “This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.” (Psalm 118:24–25, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In scripture, David said, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” We quote this verse often, but the next verse is very interesting. He goes on to pray, “Oh, Lord, I beseech You, send prosperity now.” He could have said, “Send it tomorrow. Send it next week....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 30, 2014]

    09/30/2014 5:14:15 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Assigning of the Call " I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church . . . —Colossians 1:24 " We take our own spiritual consecration and try to make it into a call of God, but when we get right with Him He brushes all this aside. Then He gives us a tremendous, riveting pain to fasten our attention on something that we never even dreamed could be His call for us. And for...
  • Interview excerpts: Cardinal Kasper responds

    09/30/2014 12:10:02 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies ^ | September 29, 2014 | CNA/EWTN News
    Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sep 29, 2014 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sept. 29, the Argentine daily La Nacion published an interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has drawn significant media attention for suggesting that some of those who have been divorced and remarried should be permitted to receive Communion. The Church holds that a person cannot enter a new marriage if their initial marriage is valid. Those who are living together as husband and wife when they are bound to a different spouse may not receive Communion. The Church has an annulment process to examine whether a marriage may...
  • The Necessary Angel

    09/30/2014 12:04:28 PM PDT · by mojito
    Essays In Idleness ^ | 9/29/2014 | David Warren
    It has been the Feast of Saint Michael and all Angels today, with all that we associate with that, in Christendom, both Western and Eastern. One cannot be Christian and deny that angels exist: the most literal will find several actually named in the Bible (Old Testament and New), and their messages received, and their presences acknowledged, page after page. Their choirs ascend, in greater and greater proximity to God in the highest: Angels, Archangels, Principalities; Powers, Virtues, Dominations; Thrones, Cherubim, Seraphim. There was a post on this topic one year ago. I tried to supply a suitable affront to...
  • Five Myths About the “Rapture” and the “Left Behind” Industry

    09/30/2014 11:41:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 219 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | September 29, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Five Myths About the “Rapture” and the “Left Behind” Industry | Carl E. Olson | CWROn the (short) history, (bad) theology, and (continuing) appeal of premillennial dispensationalismThis year has marked a sort of second coming of “the Rapture”. On June 29th, HBO launched a new series, "The Leftovers", based on the 2011 novel of the same title, written by Tom Perrotta, which follows the struggles of various characters living in the aftermath of the sudden disappearance of millions of people. “And then it happened,” states the novel's Prologue, “The biblical prophecy came true, or at least partly true. People disappeared,...
  • [Catholic and Protestant] Conservatives to Synod: Don’t Go Soft on Marriage

    09/30/2014 4:02:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/29/14 | John L. Allen Jr.
    One sign that a summit is viewed as crucial is when a tug-of-war breaks out to shape its agenda and outcome. By that standard, the looming Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family appears a very big deal indeed. In the run-up to the synod, we’ve already seen cardinals publicly jousting over the contentious issue of whether the Church ought to relax its ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion. Activists and rank-and-file believers alike have entered the fray on all manner of issues related to the family, with the latest to-do involving a cross-section of 48 mostly...
  • The Mighty Archangels

    09/29/2014 8:55:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies ^ | 09914 | Kathleen Beckman
    The Mighty Archangels Kathleen Beckman The Office of Readings for the feast of the Archangels, St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael, offers a reflection by Saint Gregory, pope, “…Those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels. Personal names are assigned to some to denote their ministry when they come among us. Thus, Michael means, “Who is like God?”; Gabriel is “The Strength of God”; Raphael is “God’s Remedy.”We are beloved of God, and He provides us with angelic companions and protectors as the Catechism states, “The...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 29, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/29/2014 5:01:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 9/29/14 | Joel Osteen
    Faith of a Child Today's Scripture “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Think about the faith of a child. They believe whatever they are told. They have a constant expectancy in their hearts. They keep on asking for what they desire and believe they will receive it! Scripture says that we must become like little children in our faith. What does that mean? That means we need to have complete reliance on God. We need to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 29, 2014]

    09/29/2014 4:59:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Awareness of the Call " . . . for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! —1 Corinthians 9:16 " We are inclined to forget the deeply spiritual and supernatural touch of God. If you are able to tell exactly where you were when you received the call of God and can explain all about it, I question whether you have truly been called. The call of God does not come like that; it is much more supernatural. The realization of the call in a person’s life may come...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ORIGINAL IMPASSIBILITY, 09-29-14

    09/29/2014 9:47:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 09-29-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ORIGINAL IMPASSIBILITY  The freedom from suffering experienced by Adam and Eve before the Fall. This gift may be defined as the possibility of remaining free from suffering. It was associated with bodily immortality. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around?

    09/28/2014 2:49:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 78 replies
    SpiritualDirection ^ | September 22, 2014 | FR. BARTUNEK
    THE DEVIL, OUR ancient enemy, really exists. Jesus talked about him a lot. The Catechism emphasizes the reality of this fallen angel, who is interested in interfering with the adventure of love we are called to live: Evil is not an abstraction, but refers to a person, Satan, the Evil One, the angel who opposes God. The devil is the one who ‘throws himself across’ God’s plan and his work of salvation accomplished in Christ. (CCC, 2851) And the devil knows the truth…that God is faithful, that divine grace will never fail us. The devil knows that he cannot obstruct...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 28, 2014]

    09/28/2014 1:55:06 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The “Go” of Unconditional Identification " Jesus . . . said to him, ’One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor . . . and come, take up the cross, and follow Me’ —Mark 10:21 " The rich young ruler had the controlling passion to be perfect. When he saw Jesus Christ, he wanted to be like Him. Our Lord never places anyone’s personal holiness above everything else when He calls a disciple. Jesus’ primary consideration is my absolute annihilation of my right to myself and my identification with Him, which...
  • Millennial Series: Part 15: The Abrahamic Covenant and Premillennialism

    09/28/2014 1:02:43 PM PDT · by wmfights · 10 replies ^ | 1952 | John F. Walvoord
    Will Israel Possess the Promised Land?One of the important provisions of the Abrahamic Covenant is the promise of possession of the land. From Abraham’s point of view, this was undoubtedly one of its main features. In the original promise, he was told, “Get thee out…unto a land that I will shew thee” (Gen 12:1). This anticipation of possessing the land is given more content in Genesis 13:15, where Abraham is promised, “For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.” This promise of the land is subsequently enlarged and given...
  • Vatican says bishop's dismissal not the result of sex abuse

    09/28/2014 12:24:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 38 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | September 27, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    The Vatican denied Pope Francis had dismissed a controversial Paraguayan bishop because of his mishandling of sex abuse accusations, attributing the decision instead to other failings of governance and friction with fellow bishops.
  • Spiritual Triage: Help Wounded, Drop Theoretical Baggage, Pope Says

    09/28/2014 9:45:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 9/26/14 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With so much spiritual, social and moral suffering in the world, the church has "no right" to stay locked up in an ivory tower, engaging in "byzantine" philosophical reflection, Pope Francis told members of the Focolare movement. "We have to go out! So that -- I've said this before -- the church seems like a field hospital," where the first order of the day "is heal the wounds, not measure people's cholesterol. That comes later. Got it?" he said to applause. The pope met at the Vatican with 500 people from 136 countries; they were attending...
  • One in 10 Church of England Bishops 'Could be Secretly Gay' – Says Bishop

    09/28/2014 6:11:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/28/14 | John Bingham
    Bishop of Buckingham claims as many as a dozen of his colleagues could be trapped in the “episcopal closet” because of power wielded by tiny “reactionary clique” in Church of England A serving bishop has issued a stinging public denunciation of “duplicity and hypocrisy” in the Church of England over homosexuality – claiming that around as many as one in 10 of his fellow bishops could be secretly gay but unwilling to speak publicly. The Rt Rev Dr Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, accused the current episcopate of preaching a 1950s “Janet and John” image of human relationships while...

    09/27/2014 1:22:43 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 10 replies
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  • Catholic Word of the Day: TWELVE PROMISES [of the Sacred Heart of Jesus], 09-27-14

    09/27/2014 11:12:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-27-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TWELVE PROMISES The promises made by Christ to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation nun, in the convent chapel at Paray-le-Monial, France, between 1673 and 1675. They occurred during revelations she received on devotion to the Heart of Jesus, and have been encouraged by the Church as worthy of pious belief. They have been translated into more than two hundred languages. Although the total number is larger, the following are the most important promises made by Christ to those who are devoted to the Sacred Heart: 1. I will give them all the graces necessary in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 27, 2014]

    09/27/2014 9:20:55 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The “Go” of Renunciation " . . . someone said to Him, ’Lord, I will follow You wherever You go’ —Luke 9:57 " Our Lord’s attitude toward this man was one of severe discouragement, “for He knew what was in man” (John 2:25). We would have said, “I can’t imagine why He lost the opportunity of winning that man! Imagine being so cold to him and turning him away so discouraged!” Never apologize for your Lord. The words of the Lord hurt and offend until there is nothing left to be hurt or offended. Jesus Christ had no tenderness...
  • Spanish bishop: Pope says he will not change Communion rule

    09/27/2014 7:16:39 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 45 replies
    Cordoba, Spain, Sep 25, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid widespread reports that Pope Francis might open the door to Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, a Spanish bishop says the Pope told him that this scenario is not possible. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain said that during his ad limina visit to the Vatican earlier this year, the Holy Father told him that “the Pope cannot change” what Jesus Christ has instituted. The question of Communion for the divorced and remarried has surfaced due to an address given by Germany’s Cardinal Walter Kasper to a group...
  • [Homosexual] Jesuit Leaves Church After Firings

    09/26/2014 6:24:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 9/22/14 | Nicholas Sciarappa
    In light of recent firings of gays and lesbians from Catholic institutions, Benjamin Brenkert has left the Catholic church after 10 years of pursuing priesthood in the Jesuit order. "I can't be a Jesuit priest because I can't be a member of the Catholic church right now," Brenkert told NCR. "I can't be an openly gay Jesuit discerning priesthood in the Catholic church if LGBT employees are being fired from Catholic institutions." Brenkert said the last straw for him was when a food pantry worker was fired from St. Francis Xavier Parish in Kansas City, Mo., after her marriage to...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 26, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/26/2014 4:47:33 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/26/14 | Joel Osteen
    Close the Door on Fear Today's Scripture “And do not give the Devil an opportunity to work.” (Ephesians 4:27, ISV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria So many people today are living with less than God’s best because they’ve allowed fear to creep in and take root in their lives. Fear is the greatest weapon the enemy uses to try to hold us back. Fear is not from God. Scripture tells us that fear brings torment. It’s designed to paralyze us and keep us from God’s blessings. The good news is that God is greater than fear. His power...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 26, 2014]

    09/26/2014 4:44:52 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The “Go” of Reconciliation " If you . . . remember that your brother has something against you . . . —Matthew 5:23 " This verse says, “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you . . . .” It is not saying, “If you search and find something because of your unbalanced sensitivity,” but, “If you . . . remember . . . .” In other words, if something is brought to your conscious mind by the Spirit of God— “First be reconciled to your brother, and then...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NEW TESTAMENT NAMES AND TITLES OF CHRIST, 09-26-14

    09/26/2014 8:31:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-26-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random: NEW TESTAMENT NAMES AND TITLES OF CHRIST The following is a list of names and titles of Christ, together with their biblical citations, that appear in the New Testament: I John 2:1 Advocate Revelation 1:8; 22:13 Alpha and Omega Revelation 3:14 Amen Hebrews 3:1 Apostle and High Priest of our religion Luke 2:12 Baby Matthew 12:18 Beloved John 6:33 Bread of God John 6:35 Bread of Life John 6:50 Bread that comes down from heaven John 3:29 Bridegroom Mark 6:3 Carpenter Matthew 13:55 Carpenter's son I Peter 5:4 Chief Shepherd Matthew 2:20 Child Luke 23:35...
  • What This Church Did With $160,000 Was So 'Crazy' It Left Congregants Crying...

    09/26/2014 7:35:23 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/26/2014 | Billy Hallowell
    ...and the Pastor Nervously Sweating What one church recently did with $160,000 during a Sunday morning service absolutely stunned parishioners: 320 members were each given a $500 check to spend as they wish. ... Traux, who aid that the money came from a decades-old real estate deal, first told her congregation that active members would be receiving the sizable checks. ... The move came after Traux and church elders decided to give back $10 percent of the $1.6 million LaSalle Street Church reportedly made from the real estate deal - a sum that adds up to the $160,000 figure members...
  • The Downside of Dialogue

    09/25/2014 8:07:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 9/25/14 | William Kilpatrick
    Dialoguers say the darndest things. The conclusion to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document, Revelation: Catholic and Muslim Perspectives, contains the following: “Both Jesus and Muhammad loved and cared for all whom they met, especially the poor and oppressed.” Would that include the seven hundred men of the Qurayza tribe who were beheaded on Muhammad’s order after they surrendered? Would it include the women and children of the same tribe who were sold into slavery? Muhammad may have cared for some of the poor and oppressed he met, but many people became poor and oppressed precisely because of...
  • Bishop, Canonist: Gay Unions Among Sins Barring Communion

    09/25/2014 7:51:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 9/25/14 | Matt Hadro
    Lewistown, Montana, Sep 25, 2014 / 04:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The denial of Holy Communion to a same-sex couple who obtained a marriage license is in line with broader Church teaching on public grave sin and the Eucharist, explained a prominent canon lawyer. The provision that supports this pastor’s action is Canon 915, which “directs ministers of holy Communion to withhold the sacrament from those who ‘obstinately persist in manifest grave sin’,” Dr. Edward Peters told CNA. The case in question involves Fr. Samuel Spiering of St. Leo the Great parish in Lewistown, Montana, where a same-sex couple who volunteered...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 25, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/25/2014 5:38:53 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 9/25/14 | Joel Osteen
    He Has Another Seed for You Today's Scripture “...For God has appointed another seed for me...” (Genesis 4:25, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In Genesis, Eve went through a great disappointment. Her son Cain killed her son Able which was the first murder in the Bible. I’m sure Eve, like any mother, was devastated and heartbroken at the passing of her son. But I love what Eve said in Genesis 4:25, “God has appointed another seed for me.” In essence, she was saying, “I don’t understand it. It doesn’t make sense, but I trust God. This is...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 25, 2014]

    09/25/2014 5:36:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The “Go” of Relationship " Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two—Matthew 5:41 " Our Lord’s teaching can be summed up in this: the relationship that He demands for us is an impossible one unless He has done a super-natural work in us. Jesus Christ demands that His disciple does not allow even the slightest trace of resentment in his heart when faced with tyranny and injustice. No amount of enthusiasm will ever stand up to the strain that Jesus Christ will put upon His servant. Only one thing will bear the strain, and that...
  • No Change! (Upcoming Synod on the Family)

    09/25/2014 4:01:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | September 25, 2014 | Dr. Robert Moynihan
    "This (the teaching on the indissolubility of marriage) was established by Jesus Christ and the Pope cannot change it." —Pope Francis, earlier this year, speaking to members of the Spanish hierarchy, according to the Bishop of Cordoba, Spain, in an interview published on September 21 in the Diario de Cordoba, and picked up yesterday and today by other journalists and news agencies. The Pope will not approve any change in the Church's established doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage, according to a Spanish bishop who met with the Pope in early 2014. (The Spanish bishops visited Rome on their ad...
  • ASK FATHER: Baptizing aliens who burst into flames from water. No. Really.

    09/25/2014 3:49:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 25, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader (who has sent queries before about a writing project): I’m sorry if I’m been annoying at all in the past. But I have another question this one is for a writing project that might never get off the ground, but in case it does. Could water that is extratrestrial in origin e.g from a comet or another planet be valid matter for baptism? I parried back: Water is water. H2O. Right? And I went about my day, self-assured in my concise response.The inquirer reposted: Yep, essentially. But there exist other types of water like D2O [which everyone...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PROSPHORA, 09-25-14

    09/25/2014 8:30:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-25-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:PROSPHORA Literally "offering" or oblation." This is the altar bread in the Greek or Byzantine Liturgy. It is commonly a round piece of leavened bread, stamped with one or more symbols, e.g., with a cross between the Greek Letters IC XC NI KA (Jesus Christ Conquers). prosphora is also the third part of the Eucharistic liturgy in the Byzantine Rite, corresponding to the Offertory of the Mass. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • New Bishop of Gloucester [UK] 'Likely to be a Woman'

    09/24/2014 6:35:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/23/14
    The first woman bishop in the Church of England could be in the Gloucester diocese, a senior clergyman has said. The archdeacon of Cheltenham's comments came during an open meeting where some 70 people shared their views on what qualities the new bishop should have. The Venerable Robert Springett said he felt the likelihood was "really pretty high" as the diocese could now pick the best person regardless of gender. The Right Reverend Michael Perham, stepped back as bishop in August. He had been due to retire in November. He was interviewed by the Metropolitan Police investigating two allegations of...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 24, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/24/2014 5:31:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 9/24/14 | Joel Osteen
    His Call Remains Today's Scripture “For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.” (Romans 11:29, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you think about your future, what do you see in your mind’s eye? Maybe at one time you were excited about your life — you had big goals and big dreams, but you went through some disappointments or life didn’t turn out the way you planned and now you’ve just settled where you are. Understand, God’s plan for your life didn’t go away just because you had some disappointments and setbacks or because somebody...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 24, 2014]

    09/24/2014 5:28:01 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The “Go” of Preparation " If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift—Matthew 5:23-24 " It is easy for us to imagine that we will suddenly come to a point in our lives where we are fully prepared, but preparation is not suddenly accomplished. In fact, it is a process that must be steadily maintained. It is dangerous to become settled and complacent in our...
  • Trumpets of Warning! — Part II

    09/24/2014 9:43:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies ^ | August 28, 2006 | Mark Mallett
    Trumpets of Warning! — Part II  AFTER Mass this morning, my heart was burdened again with the grief of the Lord.  MY LOST SHEEP! Speaking about the shepherds of the Church last week, the Lord began to impress words on my heart, this time, about the sheep.To those who complain about the shepherds, hear this:  I have undertaken to feed the sheep myself. The Lord has left no stone unturned in order to find the lost sheep of his flock. Who can say that God has abandoned them who still has the breath of life in his lungs? The Lord, in...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, 09-24-14

    09/24/2014 9:23:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-24-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:KNOWLEDGE OF GOD According to the First Vatican Council, "God, one and true, our Creator and Lord [can] be certainly known by the natural light of human reason from the things that are made" (Denzinger 3026). God's first witness of himself, therefore, is in the world of creation as declared by St. Paul: "Ever since God created the world, His everlasting power and deity -- however invisible -- have been there for the mind to see in the things He has made" (Romans 1:20). Moreover, the human mind "can even demonstrate" his existence and attributes by...
  • Something Wicked (Michael Voris breaks it down)

    09/23/2014 7:46:21 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies ^ | September 23, 2014 | ChurchMilitant
    Something Wicked this way comes. {CHURCHMILITANT.TV}
  • Got Zeal? (Quotes as Medicine to Heal Wounds Left by Francis' Screed Against Proselytizing)

    09/23/2014 7:19:30 PM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 1 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | Sept 20, 2014 anno Domini | Ann Barnhardt
    Got Zeal? An excellent collection of quotes on the utter necessity for zeal for the salvation of souls. Remember these quotes when you hear anyone say that proselytism is “solemn nonsense”, or that they have no desire to convert a person or persons to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, outside of which there is no salvation. St. James the Apostle: “He must know that he who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way will save his own soul from death and shall cover a multitude of sins” (St. James 5, 19-20). St. John...