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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
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | 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
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 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
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | 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...
  • PRAYER FOR OUR NATION

    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
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 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
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | 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
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | 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...