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  • Pope: the Liturgy, "Precious Space" for "Ongoing Dialogue" Between God and Man

    09/27/2012 6:38:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    At the general audience, Benedict XVI emphasizes that liturgy is "the action of God and man; prayer that comes from the Holy Spirit and ourselves, wholly directed to the Father, in union with the Son of God." "The first requirement for a good liturgical celebration that is both prayer and conversation with God, first listen and then respond."Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The Liturgy is "precious space" for the "ongoing dialogue" between God and man, in which "God speaks to each of us and awaits our response." Continuing in his catechesis on the "Christian school of prayer", Benedict XVI's general audience...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 27, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/27/2012 4:39:08 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Before Creation Today's Scripture “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world...” (Ephesians 1:4, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that God chose you before the foundations of the earth? Before the worlds were ever formed, He knew you. And, He didn’t create you to be average. He didn’t create you to barely get by. No, He created you to excel! Not only has He chosen you, but He has equipped you with everything you need to live and thrive in this life. He has deposited seeds of greatness inside every...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 27, 2012]

    09/27/2012 4:37:21 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 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 whatsoever...
  • Daniel's prayer

    09/26/2012 1:46:47 PM PDT · by RichSr · 14 replies
    KJV | 09/26/2012 | GOD;
    Dan 9:3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: Dan 9:4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; Dan 9:5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: Dan 9:6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets,...
  • As Anglican Church Picks New Leader, Gay Marriage Weighs Heavily

    09/26/2012 12:07:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 9/25/12 | Ben Quinn
    The Anglican Church makes its final recommendation to government for a new Archbishop of Canterbury this week. Whoever gets the nod will have to resolve the church's split on gay marriage.Looking back recently on a 10-year tenure marked by bitter conflicts between liberals and traditionalists, the leader of the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion suggested that his job might really call for two people. The remarks by Rowan Williams, who steps down in December as the Archbishop of Canterbury, were interpreted as signaling that the church was planning to appoint a ‘global president’ to relieve his successor...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HOLY OILS, 09-26-12

    09/26/2012 9:25:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 09-26-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HOLY OILS Sacramentals blessed by a bishop. There are three kinds: oil of catechumens, holy chrism, and oil of the sick. The first and third are pure olive oil. chrism has in the oil a mixture of balm or balsam. In 1970, the Congregation for Divine Worship declared that, if necessary, the holy oils may be from any plant and not only from olives. The holy oils are symbols of spiritual nourishment and the light of grace. They are used in the public administration of baptism, confirmation, and anointing of the sick. The blessing of the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 26, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/26/2012 4:37:15 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Speak to Your Mountains Today's Scripture “And Jesus answered them, Truly I say to you, if you have faith (a firm relying trust) and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will be done.” (Matthew 21:21, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We’ve all had seasons when the challenges of life feel overwhelming. During those times, it’s easy to be tempted to talk about how bad things are. Maybe you received a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 26, 2012]

    09/26/2012 4:36:28 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 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 come and...

    09/25/2012 6:33:04 PM PDT · by RichSr · 6 replies
    My Heart | 09/25/2012 | Rich Sr
    PRAYER FOR OUR NATION Please join me as we seek HIS face Most Gracious Father and Creator of all that was ever created please hear these words; first of all, I pray they are not just words but rather words your Son gave me to give those that do care. We as a nation have insulted you to the point that I wonder how YOU put up with us. There seems to be but a remnant ready to worship and praise YOU, but we pray there are enough of us to get your attention again. Wherever I go, I hear...
  • On Eve Of Yom Kippur, Obama seeks to Atone Muslims

    And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.(Leviticus 16:21-22)Here is an ominous irony; on the eve of Yom Kippur, the God appointed Holy day of Israel,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LITANY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD, 09-25-12

    09/25/2012 7:42:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 09-25-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LITANY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD A series of invocations of the Savior, through his Precious Blood, approved in its present form by Pope John XXIII in 1960. Each of the twenty-four petitions begins with the term "Blood of Christ," to which the response is "Save us." The Blood of Christ represents wither Christ himself, as "Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God," or refers to the physical Blood of the Savior, as "Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross," or spans both meanings, as "Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory." The Litany of the...
  • Why Catholics Should Oppose Security, Efficiency & Liberal “Rights” as the Nation’s Highest Values

    09/25/2012 6:49:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 9/25/12 | James Kalb
    The Church favors peace, and her basic concern—leading men to God—is not specifically political. For that reason, her approach to politics has generally been irenic. She urges the faithful to obey the law, respect the powers that be, and interpret motives in a favorable light. She offers criticism at times, since she has her own view of social relations, but her normal approach to the political order is cooperative. From that standpoint, the 19th and early 20th-century Church—which found herself denouncing the dominant tendencies of the age—appears the exception. The reason for her approach was defense of herself and the...
  • Is Totalitarian Liberalism A Mutant Form of Christianity?

    09/25/2012 6:34:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | 9/20/12 | Tracey Rowland
    When the Obama Administration began its Kulturkampf against American Catholics my husband suggested to me that if the Church is forced to pay for its employees’ contraceptives then there should be an option clause for practicing Catholics. An equivalent amount of the Church’s money spent on other people’s recreational sex should be given to faithful Catholics to cover whatever they do for recreation—for example, golf, tennis, fishing, or weekends at the beach house with hot rock massages. In a post-Christian world gods don’t disappear. Christ is simply replaced by the apparatus of the nation-state. Political leaders assume to themselves the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 25, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/25/2012 4:39:18 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Set Forth His Word Today's Scripture “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10–11, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you going through a difficult time...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 25, 2012]

    09/25/2012 4:38:34 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 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 is...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 24, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/24/2012 4:58:10 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Don't Get Snared Today's Scripture You are snared by the words of your mouth… Proverbs 6:2, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria During the 1990’s, Jose Lima was the star pitcher for the Houston Astros. One season, he won 20 games and was considered one of the best pitchers in the league. When the Astros moved from the Astrodome to their new ballpark downtown, the fence in left field was much closer than the fence in the Astrodome. It favored the hitters and made it more difficult on the pitchers. The first time Jose Lima went to the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 24, 2012]

    09/24/2012 4:56:28 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 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...
  • Shock! Horror! Jesus' wife!

    09/23/2012 12:18:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sept. 23, 2012 | The Lutheran Satire
    More keen wit and observation courtesy of the Lutheran Satire.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 23, 2012]

    09/23/2012 4:17:42 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Missionary’s Goal "He . . . said to them, ’Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem . . . ’ " —Luke 18:31 In our natural life our ambitions change as we grow, but in the Christian life the goal is given at the very beginning, and the beginning and the end are exactly the same, namely, our Lord Himself. We start with Christ and we end with Him—”. . . till we all come . . . to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ . . .” (Ephesians 4:13), not simply to our...
  • Pope Benedict: From Regensburg to Beirut

    09/22/2012 8:17:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/21/12 | Mathew N. Schmalz
    It’s a long way from Regensburg, Germany, to Beirut, Lebanon The two places are distant in time and space, but nonetheless connected in the unfolding narrative of Pope Benedict’s consideration of Islam and Christianity in the Arab world. In Regensburg, the content of the pontiff’s remarks did not match the context. In Beirut, the fit between content and context was persuasive and powerful. For Benedict, how we think about God has a direct impact on how we act. In 2006, the Pope gave a speech at Regensburg University that expanded on this central point. Benedict spoke about the interpenetration of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 22, 2012]

    09/22/2012 4:04:04 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Missionary’s Master and Teacher "You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am . . . . I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master . . ." —John 13:13, 16 To have a master and teacher is not the same thing as being mastered and taught. Having a master and teacher means that there is someone who knows me better than I know myself, who is closer than a friend, and who understands the remotest depths of my heart and is able to satisfy them fully. It means...
  • IS ALLAH, BAAL? Allah = Hubal = Baal

    09/21/2012 9:21:40 PM PDT · by hope_dies_last · 40 replies
    Blog thread, discussion ^ | 9/2005 | Jakko
    The Biblical and historical evidence shows that the Moabites worshiped Baal. The pre-Islamic and Muslim sources show (a) that the Meccans took over the idol Hubal from the Moabites and (b) that Allah and Hubal are actually identical. Thus, whether the Meccans are Ishmaelites or not, the evidence is still strong and sufficient to conclude that Muhammad's Allah is actually Hubal, i.e. the Baal of the Moabites and thus not the God of the Bible. Muhammad incorporated the characteristics and names of various other gods into his new monotheistic message about Allah, but he apparently started the construction of Allah...
  • Unity of Faith in a Diversity of Traditions [Middle East]

    09/21/2012 6:58:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 9/21/12 | Christopher B. Warner
    Pope Benedict XVI’s plan for enriching cooperation among the Churches of the Middle EastIt was impossible not to notice the colorful, varied display of liturgical vestments and clerical garb during the recent papal visit to Lebanon. The rich cultural diversity among Christians in the Middle East gives witness to the Apostolic traditions which began to develop almost immediately and independently from each other at the very beginning of Christianity. As the Apostles spread the gospel and worship of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the known world, distinct liturgical traditions naturally burgeoned as local churches took root. The six...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 21, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/21/2012 4:43:50 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Go Further, Dream Bigger Today's Scripture I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Today, I want to remind you of what God says about you. No matter what’s happening in your life today, remember: you are not limited by your resources, your family or your background. Almighty God has equipped and empowered you. He has given you creativity, ideas, inventions, skills and talents. Don’t you dare settle for a mediocre life! Today, I call forth the seeds of greatness inside of you. Today, I declare that your...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 21, 2012]

    09/21/2012 4:41:30 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Missionary’s Predestined Purpose "Now the Lord says, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant . . ." —Isaiah 49:5 The first thing that happens after we recognize our election by God in Christ Jesus is the destruction of our preconceived ideas, our narrow-minded thinking, and all of our other allegiances— we are turned solely into servants of God’s own purpose. The entire human race was created to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Sin has diverted the human race onto another course, but it has not altered God’s purpose to the slightest degree. And...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PATER NOSTER, 09-20-12

    09/20/2012 8:34:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | 09-20-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PATER NOSTER The prayer composed and taught by Christ to the Disciples (Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4). Named from the first two words of the prayer in the Latin, Pater Noster (Our Father). The Pater Noster has been part of the Church's liturgy since apostolic times. It was part of the profession of faith for the reception of catechumens into the Church, has more commentary by the Fathers and Doctors of the Church than any other passage in the Bible, and, after baptism, is the best known bond of unity among Christians in every tradition. Its seven...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 20, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/20/2012 4:32:35 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Speak Vision Today's Scripture “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Every word you speak matters. Something you say may seem insignificant to you, but to someone else those words can be life changing. When you use your words to lift someone’s spirit and speak words of vision and life over them, you are depositing seeds that will last throughout eternity. It's especially important to speak vision into our children. As a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher or friend,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 20, 2012]

    09/20/2012 4:30:53 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Divine Commandment of Life ". . . be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect" —Matthew 5:48 Our Lord’s exhortation to us in Matthew 5:38-48 is to be generous in our behavior toward everyone. Beware of living according to your natural affections in your spiritual life. Everyone has natural affections— some people we like and others we don’t like. Yet we must never let those likes and dislikes rule our Christian life. “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another” (1 John 1:7), even those toward...
  • Bl. John Duns Scotus on the Incarnation: Overview

    09/20/2012 2:11:37 AM PDT · by koinonia · 2 replies
    The Absolute Primacy of Christ ^ | July, 2012 | Fr. Maximilian M. Dean, F.I.
    Overview of the scotistic thesis on the primacy of Christ As we shall see, one of the most beautiful aspects of the Subtle Doctor’s teaching on the absolute primacy of Christ is that it begins from above (with God’s plan), and not from below (with man’s need).  Scotus’ theology seeks to see the created world from God’s point of view, ad mentem Dei, and not to subordinate His eternal decrees to man’s temporal and spiritual needs.  God’s works are not conditioned.  God is God; then God, in His goodness, freely wills to create the universe according to a fixed plan....
  • Vain Imaginations Are Costly...Psalm 2 pt 3

    Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.(Psalm 2:1-3)The formerly Judeo Christian world has come under the spell of a “vain imagination” just as the Psalmist predicted . Our leaders, the so-called “Kings of the earth and their rulers” have been counseled to cast off the former...
  • Everything There Is To Know In Eleven Lessons: Peter Kreeft’s Summa Philosophica—Part I

    09/19/2012 6:25:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    William M. Briggs Blog ^ | 9/18/12 | William M. Briggs
    Since we had so much fun pulling apart Ed Feser’s The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism (start here), I thought we’d do the same for Peter Kreeft’s brand new Summa Philosophica, a book I’m delighted to report which has emerged unburdened of a subtitle. St Thomas Aquinas’s—a Doctor of the Church, and stalwart physician ready with cure for what ails us Moderns—most famous work is the Summa Theologica. It is a primer for readers like you and me; that is, people who can parse a syllogism without developing a headache, have opinions about philosophical and theological matters,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 19, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/19/2012 4:45:27 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Live with an Eternal Perspective Today's Scripture …It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria So much of our culture is inward focused. People are conditioned to think, “What’s in it for me?” But the most rewarding way to live is not with the attitude, “How can I get blessed today?” No, if we are always self-focused wondering how we can benefit, that’s living with a shallow, temporary mentality. Instead of looking out only for your good, turn it around and say, “How can I be a blessing to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 19, 2012]

    09/19/2012 4:42:55 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Are You Going on With Jesus? "You are those who have continued with Me in My trials" —Luke 22:28 It is true that Jesus Christ is with us through our temptations, but are we going on with Him through His temptations? Many of us turn back from going on with Jesus from the very moment we have an experience of what He can do. Watch when God changes your circumstances to see whether you are going on with Jesus, or siding with the world, the flesh, and the devil. We wear His name, but are we going on with...
  • Suggestion of a married Jesus - Ancient papyrus shows that some early Christians believed he wed

    09/18/2012 11:20:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 102 replies
    Harvard Gazette ^ | 09-18-2012 | Staff writer Alvin Powell contributed to this report.
    Four words on a previously unknown papyrus fragment provide the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus had been married, Harvard Professor Karen King told the 10th International Congress of Coptic Studies today. King, the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, announced the existence of the ancient text at the congress’ meeting, held every four years and hosted this year by the Vatican’s Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum in Rome. The four words that appear on the fragment translate to “Jesus said to them, my wife.” The words, written in Coptic, a language of Egyptian Christians, are on a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SITTING, 09-18-12

    09/18/2012 7:56:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 09-18-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SITTING The posture prescribed liturgically for certain parts of the Mass. The faithful are to be seated during the First Reading, the Responsorial Psalm, and the Second Reading; during the Homily; during the Offertory (optional); and during the period of Silence After Communion. In other liturgical functions sitting is also a part of the cermony, e.g., during the readign or singing of the psalms in the Divine Office. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Los Angeles Archbishop Suspends Faculties of Pro-Homosexual Priest

    09/18/2012 6:22:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The following excerpt comes from a September 14 story on priest who helped found a gay ‘marriage’ advocacy group for Catholics has been suspended from distributing the sacraments or representing himself publicly as a cleric by his bishop. The National Catholic Register reported Monday that Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles had spoken to Rev. Joseph Palacios, co-founder of Catholics for Equality, a small group created two years ago with strong connections to the Human Rights Campaign. Palacios described the purpose of his outreach at Princeton University in February 2011, where he called the Church’s faithful the key target...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 18, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/18/2012 4:39:44 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Push People Up Today's Scripture Two are better than one…if either of them falls down, one can help the other up… Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We all need somebody to believe in us more than we believe in ourselves. We all need people who will push us up, so to speak. After all, there are enough people trying to push us down in life. There are enough people telling us what we can’t become and how we don’t have what it takes. I know in my own life, I wouldn’t be half of who...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 18, 2012]

    09/18/2012 4:38:01 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    His Temptation and Ours "We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin" —Hebrews 4:15 Until we are born again, the only kind of temptation we understand is the kind mentioned in James 1:14, “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” But through regeneration we are lifted into another realm where there are other temptations to face, namely, the kind of temptations our Lord faced. The temptations of Jesus had no appeal to us as...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CONFIRMATION CHARACTER, 09-17-12

    09/17/2012 9:07:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 09-17-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): .subadimg { text-align:center; } .subadimg a img { border:none; }   CONFIRMATION CHARACTER The indelible sign imprinted on the soul by the sacrament of confirmation. Its distinctive qualities are that it assimilates a person more closely to Christ, the Teacher of Truth, the King of Justice, and the High Priest. St. Thomas Aquinas holds that the confirmation character gives a person the power and the right to perform actions that are necessary in the spiritual battle against the enemies of the faith. He distinguishes the fighters of Christ (the confirmed) from the simple members of...
  • 'We Have no King but Caesar:' Some Thoughts on Catholic Faith and Public Life

    09/17/2012 7:20:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
    A priest I know does a lot of spiritual direction. Two of the men he was helping died suddenly this past year, one of a heart attack and one of a stroke. In both cases they were relatively young men and quite successful. In both cases they watched Fox News. And in both cases they had gotten into the nightly habit of shouting at President Obama whenever he came on the TV. In both cases, the wives believed – and they still believe – that politics killed their husbands. Now that’s a true story. And it’s a good place to...
  • Jewish-Christian Elcesaites

    09/17/2012 5:45:08 AM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    Catholic encyclopedia ^ | 2009 | Catholic Encyclopedia
    A sect of Gnostic Ebionites, whose religion was a wild medley of heathen superstitions and Christian doctrines with Judaism. Hippolytus (Philosophumena, IX, 13-17) tells us that under Callistus (217-222) a cunning individual called Alcibiades, a native of Apamea in Syria, came to Rome, bringing a book which he said had been received from Parthia by a just man named Elchasai (’Elchasaí; but Epiphanius has ’Elksaí and ’Elkessaîoi; Methodius, ’Elkesaîos, and Origen, ’Elkesaïtaí). The contents of the book had been revealed by an angel ninety-six miles high, sixteen miles broad, and twenty-four across the shoulders, whose footprints were fourteen miles long...
  • Sřren Kierkegaard - The Divine

    09/17/2012 5:00:43 AM PDT · by Renderofveils · 10 replies
    Papers and Journals: A Selection | 16 August 1854 | Sřren Aabye Kierkegaard
    The Divine Man is a 'social animal,' and what he believe in is the power of association. The human idea is therefore this: Let us all unite - if possible, all the kingdoms and countries of the earth, and this union in pyramid form, which evinces the ever higher and higher, supports at its peak an Over-King. He must be considered closest to God, as close indeed to make God anxious and pay him attention. In Christian terms the situation is just the reverse. Such an Over-King will stand furthest from God, just as the whole enterprise of the pyramid...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 17, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/17/2012 4:39:23 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Call Out Seeds of Greatness Today's Scripture “...God...calls those things which do not exist as though they did.” (Romans 4:17, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Very often, we see potential in other people that they can’t see in themselves. When you speak vision into them, when you tell them what they can become, you can help set the direction for their life. Your words have the power to push people into their divine destiny. I believe that the reason some people are not living at their full potential is because no one has ever spoken faith into...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 17, 2012]

    09/17/2012 4:37:47 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Is There Good in Temptation? "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man . . ." —1 Corinthians 10:13 The word temptation has come to mean something bad to us today, but we tend to use the word in the wrong way. Temptation itself is not sin; it is something we are bound to face simply by virtue of being human. Not to be tempted would mean that we were already so shameful that we would be beneath contempt. Yet many of us suffer from temptations we should never have to suffer, simply because we...
  • Psalm 100--A Personal Running Commentary [Vanity]

    09/16/2012 10:53:55 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 3 replies
    Psalm 100 (NIV)1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. The Holy Spirit prompted me to meditate upon this psalm and to amplify upon...
  • The West Is Following A Vain Imagination...Psalm 2 pt 2

    Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. (Psalm 2:1-4)The events of this past few weeks have underscored for me again the message of the second Psalm. The heathen(Nations) do indeed rage, and the people are enflamed because of a vain imagination. We looked in the last post about the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 16, 2012]

    09/16/2012 5:42:47 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Praying to God in Secret "When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place . . ." —Matthew 6:6 The primary thought in the area of religion is— keep your eyes on God, not on people. Your motivation should not be the desire to be known as a praying person. Find an inner room in which to pray where no one even knows you are praying, shut the door, and talk to God in secret. Have no motivation other than to know your Father...
  • High Holidays Info

    09/15/2012 8:43:21 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 6 replies ^ | 9/15/2012 | Various
    Portal website for lots of information on Rosh Hashana. May you be inscribed and sealed for a good, sweet year.
  • Why The Heathen 1

    Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.(Psalm 2:1-4)Like most civilized people, I have been reeling from the world events of the previous week or so, especially Sept 11, 2011. I have not been surprised in any way at the attacks on our embassies, although it is...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 15, 2012]

    09/15/2012 4:12:11 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    What To Renounce "We have renounced the hidden things of shame . . ." —2 Corinthians 4:2 Have you “renounced the hidden things of shame” in your life—the things that your sense of honor or pride will not allow to come into the light? You can easily hide them. Is there a thought in your heart about anyone that you would not like to be brought into the light? Then renounce it as soon as it comes to mind—renounce everything in its entirety until there is no hidden dishonesty or craftiness about you at all. Envy, jealousy, and strife...