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  • “BillionGraves” Webinar to Highlight New Genealogy Technology

    10/31/2012 11:05:59 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 29 replies ^ | Nov. 15, 2011
    A new mobile device app called “BillionGraves,” which combines GPS location data with the pictures users take of gravestones...
  • Happy Reformation Day!

    10/31/2012 10:48:21 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    Let Christ Lead ^ | October 31, 2012
    I’m just going to come right out with this – I do not like Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, if you have your kids out there dressed up as little Jedis and Harry Potters visiting your neighbors and enjoying some extra treats, there’s not anything wrong with that. The fact that Halloween has become the holiday second only to Christmas in spending in the United States is a little disconcerting though. I do generally take my kids trick or treating at an event before Halloween, or as I prefer to call it Reformation Day. We usually participate in a campground...
  • Reformation Day: What the Original Protestant Actually Taught

    10/31/2012 7:09:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Catholic Sistas ^ | 10/30/12 | Tiffany P
    Today marks one day shy of 495 years since Martin Luther first initiated what would become known as the Protestant Reformation, by nailing his ninety-five theses—protests against the Catholic Church—to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenburg, Germany. Many Protestants around the world celebrate or publicly acknowledge today, October 30th, as Reformation Day. I have witnessed many evangelical Protestants elevate today as a joyous day in Church history, claiming that Martin Luther was led by God in his disputes. But what did Martin Luther stand for, exactly? Indeed, most Catholics and Protestants alike associate him with his “five solas”...
  • Xavier University Keeps Contraception Coverage

    10/31/2012 6:43:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/30/12 | Catherine Harmon
    Last April, Xavier University in Cincinnati made headlines when its president, Father Michael J. Graham, SJ, announced that the school would be dropping contraception and sterilization coverage from its health insurance plan as of July 1. That change was not implemented, however, and Father Graham now regrets his previous announcement, according to a recent interview. In the spring, Graham reviewed Xavier’s insurance policies in light of the Obama administration’s mandate that all policies provide coverage for contraception and sterilization. The Jesuit university was already covering those services under its plan, and in an April 2 letter to the university community,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 31, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/31/2012 4:35:30 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Close the Door on Fear Today's Scripture “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 in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 31, 2012]

    10/31/2012 4:34:29 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Trial of Faith "If you have faith as a mustard seed . . . nothing will be impossible for you" —Matthew 17:20 We have the idea that God rewards us for our faith, and it may be so in the initial stages. But we do not earn anything through faith— faith brings us into the right relationship with God and gives Him His opportunity to work. Yet God frequently has to knock the bottom out of your experience as His saint to get you in direct contact with Himself. God wants you to understand that it is a...
  • The treasure of Sacred Scripture: "If thou didst know the gift of God!!!"

    10/31/2012 3:47:21 AM PDT · by koinonia · 4 replies
    The Absolute Primacy of Christ website ^ | October 31, 2012 | Fr. Maximilian M. Dean
    An amazing story told by Fr. Dean: Reading “The Fire of the Word” reminded me [Fr. Dean] of a story, a true story… A woman was browsing through some used books for sale in an antique store, more for curiosity than anything else, and she spotted a title which grabbed her interest. The books were a quarter a piece, so she unceremoniously grabbed the book and went to the counter. She paid the twenty-five cents and the store owner asked, “You you like a bag for that?” “No thanks,” she said, “I’ll just put it in my purse.” With that...
  • Faith Facts: All Hallows' Eve

    10/30/2012 6:13:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Catholics United for the Faith ^ | 9-98 | CatholicsUnited for the Faith
    All Hallows' EveIssue: Is the celebration of Halloween a pagan feast? May a Catholic celebrate Halloween in good conscience? What is the history of this popular American holiday?Response: We celebrate Halloween on the evening before All Saints Day. The word itself is a shortened form of "All Hallows’ Eve," which quite literally means "the eve of All Saints." From the earliest days of the Feast of All Saints (mid 700s A.D.), Catholics observed October 31 as the vigil of this November 1 celebration. This feast commemorates the lives of Christians who lived exemplary lives of faith. Pope Sixtus IV introduced...
  • Are We Too "Negative"?

    10/30/2012 4:09:24 PM PDT · by fwdude · 9 replies
    The Berean Call ^ | October 1991 | Dave Hunt
    Critics have long leveled the charge of “divisive” and “negative” against those who would warn the church of unbiblical teachings and practices. I prayerfully consider such accusations, for my heart echoes the same concern. I long just to preach the gospel and to put behind me the controversy that has become such an unwelcome part of my life. Yet in preaching the pure gospel one must carefully distinguish it from the clever counterfeits all around. How negligent it would be not to warn the sheep of poisoned pastures and false shepherds who promote lies in the name of truth. Yet...
  • Martin Luther's other theses, Heidelberg Theses of 1518, propelled Reformation forward

    10/30/2012 1:58:22 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies ^ | Rev. Donald Jordan
    On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted 95 Theses at the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. These theses were never debated following their posting, so they never gained much influence. Many have a basic understanding of Luther's theology and the 95 Theses. The theology and history of the Reformation is beneficial in order to understand that this was not a rebellion or de-formation of the church catholic, but a purifying of doctrine to conform it to scripture. In fact, tomorrow is known as Reformation Sunday, when attention is drawn to the great changes in the church that occurred after 1517....
  • What do the “Kerygmatic” Sermons of Acts have to teach us about the New Evangelization?

    10/30/2012 1:53:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 29, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Yesterday on this blog we discussed what was meant by the term Kerygma (by the way, pronounced “kay-ROOG-ma” where the first “a” is long and the last “a” is short. Some also pronounce it Kah-REEG-mah). If you missed that discussion you might do well to look at it here: What do we mean by the Kerygma?.Briefly reviewed however, the term κήρυγμα, (Kerugma) is a Greek word meaning “proclamation”. The Greek word κηρύσσω, (kerusso) means “herald,” or one who proclaims. And thus the Kerygma is what is proclaimed. As the Apostles began the work of preaching and proclaiming Christ, they proclaimed...
  • Martin Luther’s Revolution: A Reformation Day Lesson on Democracy

    10/30/2012 10:22:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    Last weekend many protestent churches celebrated the Reformation of the Catholic Church. But I believe people of all faiths should stop and pause, because Martin Luther’s actions have a much larger, ripple affect – extending far beyond church doctrine. In Europe during the 16th Century, several key events inspired Martin Luther’s revolutionary action: Pope Leo X wanted to reconstruct Saint Peter’s Basilica – the crown jewel of the Vatican. But there was one small problem: The Church was broke.When the Pope approached Venetian bankers to finance his vision, they balked at the Church’s credit.The Papacy devised a plan to satisfy...
  • A mighty fortress is our God: that other holiday on Oct. 31

    10/30/2012 8:34:45 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    MJ Times-Herald ^ | October 30, 2012 | Joel van der Veen
    When I was growing up, there was one event we looked forward to every fall, right at the end of October. For us, it was an annual tradition, an evening of mischief and treats, a celebration to share with our friends. Of course, I’m talking about Oct. 31 — Reformation Day. I realize this might require some explanation for those of you who didn’t hang out with the cool crowd, so bear with me. For Protestant Christians, especially members of the Lutheran and Reformed churches, Oct. 31, or the closest Sunday to it, is celebrated as Reformation Day each year...
  • Polish Catholic Church in Halloween Warning

    10/30/2012 6:32:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/29/12
    Poland's Catholic Church has warned that modern Halloween rituals risk promoting the occult. In a statement on its website, the Church said that celebrating Halloween could contradict Church teachings and Christianity. One archbishop said the 31 October celebrations were promoting paganism to young people. Archbishop Andrzej Dziega warned that Halloween was behind a "culture of death". "This kind of fun, tempting children like candy, also poses the real possibility of great spiritual damage, even destroying spiritual life," the archbishop of Szczecin-Kamien wrote in a letter to be read out at Sunday sermons, according to the Polish Press Agency. He wrote...
  • Fr. McBrien of Notre Dame Says Long Arm of Bishops Can’t Reach Catholic Colleges

    10/30/2012 6:23:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 10/29/12 | Matthew Archbold
    Many “progressive Catholics” remain in the Church only because they have found refuge on college campuses “where the long arms of a bishop cannot reach,” writes Fr. Richard McBrien, the Crowley-O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, in his latest screed against the Vatican and the U.S. bishops. Father McBrien writes in The National Catholic Reporter that “ultra-conservatives” are staging a “wholesale assault” on nuns for the soul of the Church. And McBrien is also looking forward to the next pope who, he predicts, will lead the Church more in line with his own progressive vision for...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 30, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/30/2012 6:00:19 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    A Different Spirit Today's Scripture “But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it.” (Numbers 14:24, NASB) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One time in Scripture, Moses sent twelve men to spy out the Promised Land. The people of Israel were camped right next door and excited about possessing the land. But after 40 days, ten of the men came back with a negative report. They said, “Moses, there are giants in the land,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 30, 2012]

    10/30/2012 5:59:26 AM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    Faith "Without faith it is impossible to please Him . . ." —Hebrews 11:6 Faith in active opposition to common sense is mistaken enthusiasm and narrow-mindedness, and common sense in opposition to faith demonstrates a mistaken reliance on reason as the basis for truth. The life of faith brings the two of these into the proper relationship. Common sense and faith are as different from each other as the natural life is from the spiritual, and as impulsiveness is from inspiration. Nothing that Jesus Christ ever said is common sense, but is revelation sense, and is complete, whereas common...
  • The Meaning of Objects Held by Saints in Icons

    10/29/2012 9:46:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Wall of SaintsIconography can be an extremely concise way of communicating the Faith. Therefore, what the Saints hold in their hands in portrait icons help in identifying them and in telling us about their lives. I hope to show that what is held in the hands of the Saints in Icons is their instrument of Salvation; i.e. the “tools” by which God saved and glorified these people. First, a Cross, which indicates the Saint is a Holy Martyr. The reason martyrs are shown holding a cross is two-fold: firstly, martyr comes for the Greek for witness, and so these witnesses...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INDULT, 10-29-12

    10/29/2012 9:00:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 10-29-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):INDULT A temporary favor granted by the Holy See to bishops to permit them to do something not otherwise allowed. If given for a certain time, it must be renewed by competent ecclesiastical authority. Thus according to the Code of Canon Law, an indult is required for a priest to practice surgery and a cloistered nun needs an indult to travel outside the cloister. 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 - October 29, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/29/2012 4:56:44 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    The Time of Favor Today's Scripture “That day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they revered him all the days of his life...” (Joshua 4:14, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I love the promise that God gave to Joshua. He said, “Joshua, today I will begin to make you great in the eyes of all the Israelites.” He was saying, “Today, I’m going to start releasing more of My favor, My blessings, My increase.” But notice, there was a specific time in his life that God began to release favor in a...