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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-24-19, Third Sunday of Lent

    03/23/2019 9:35:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-24-19 | Revised New American Bible
    March 24 2019 Third Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15 Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There an angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in fire flaming out of a bush. As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush, though on fire, was not consumed. So Moses decided, “I must go over to look at this remarkable sight, and see why the bush is not burned.” When the LORD saw him...
  • Why Were Non-Catholic 'Observers' Influencing Vatican II's Documents?

    03/23/2019 10:34:47 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | March 22, 2019 | Stephen Kokx
    Mar 22 Why Were Non-Catholic 'Observers' Influencing Vatican II's Documents? Editor’s Note: In this new article, CFN contributor Stephen Kokx quotes testimony from several sources which demonstrate that a variety of non-Catholics (mostly Protestants) who were invited to the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) as “observers” clearly influenced the discussions—and even the documents—of the Council. As one quoted source reveals, “[A]lthough we had no direct ‘voice’ on the council floor, we did indeed have an indirect voice through the many contacts that were possible with the Fathers and their indispensable strong arms, the periti.”A little less than 100 years prior to...
  • March 23 - Reasons for Gladness

    03/23/2019 9:54:28 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you’” (Matthew 5:12). Jesus provides us with two reasons for our rejoicing and being glad when we are persecuted for His sake. First, He says, “Your reward in heaven is great.” Whatever we do for the Lord now, including suffering for Him—especially suffering for Him—reaps eternal divi-dends. But God’s dividends aren’t ordinary dividends. They are not only “eternal” but also “great.” We often hear, and perhaps are tempted to think, that it is unspiritual and crass to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-23-19, OM, St. Turibius of Mogrovejo

    03/22/2019 9:32:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-23-19 | Revised New American Bible
    March 23 2019 Saturday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Mi 7:14-15, 18-20 Shepherd your people with your staff,the flock of your inheritance,That dwells apart in a woodland,in the midst of Carmel.Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,as in the days of old;As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt,show us wonderful signs. Who is there like you, the God who removes guiltand pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;Who does not persist in anger forever,but delights rather in clemency,And will again have compassion on us,treading underfoot our guilt?You will cast into...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-22-19

    03/22/2019 9:12:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-22-19 | Revised New American Bible
    March 22 2019 Friday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons,for he was the child of his old age;and he had made him a long tunic.When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his sons,they hated him so much that they would not even greet him. One day, when his brothers had goneto pasture their father's flocks at Shechem,Israel said to Joseph, "Your brothers, you know, are tending our flocks at Shechem.Get ready; I will send you to them." So Joseph went...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-21-19

    03/22/2019 7:31:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-21-19 | Revised New American Bible
    March 21 2019 Thursday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 17:5-10 Thus says the LORD:Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,who seeks his strength in flesh,whose heart turns away from the LORD.He is like a barren bush in the desertthat enjoys no change of season,But stands in a lava waste,a salt and empty earth.Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,whose hope is the LORD.He is like a tree planted beside the watersthat stretches out its roots to the stream:It fears not the heat when it comes,its leaves stay green;In the year of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-20-19

    03/22/2019 7:06:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-20-19 | Revised New American Bible
    March 20 2019 Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 18:18-20 The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem said,“Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah.It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests,nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets.And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue;let us carefully note his every word.” Heed me, O LORD,and listen to what my adversaries say.Must good be repaid with evilthat they should dig a pit to take my life?Remember that I stood before youto speak in their...
  • March 22 - Posture for Gladness

    03/22/2019 7:11:17 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you’” (Matthew 5:12). The Christian’s response to persecution and affliction should not be to retreat and hide. Jesus told us we are the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world” (Matt. 5:13–14). For our salt to flavor the earth and our light to lighten the world, we must be active in the world. The gospel is not given to be hidden but to enlighten. “Let your light shine before men in such a way...
  • [CatholicCaucus] Austrian Bishop Allows ‘Jesus Clock’ Made from Upside Down Corpus with Broken Arms

    03/21/2019 11:52:36 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 23 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 20, 2019 | Martin M. Barillas
    Bishop Hermann Glettler of Austria gave permission for an artist to install a salvaged corpus from a crucifix that serves as a clock within the sanctuary of the historic Spitalskirche in downtown Innsbruck [Austria]. From the hands of artist Manfred Erjautz, 53, and dubbed “Your Jesus,” the upside-down wooden corpus projects from a mechanism on a shaft that is embedded in the torso. The severed arms of the sculpted icon of the Crucified mark the minutes and seconds on the timepiece… A professed fan of modern art and supporter of religious art, Bishop Glettler is allowing similar artwork to be...
  • March 21 - Promise for the Persecuted

    03/21/2019 5:12:16 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. . . . Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you’” (Matthew 5:10, 12). Jesus pronounces a double blessing on those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, which is for His own sake. The specific blessing promised is that “theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or...
  • March 20 - Foreseeing False Accusations

    03/20/2019 4:50:32 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me’” (Matthew 5:11). Faithfulness to Christ will bring enemies of the gospel who will “falsely say all kinds of evil against” us. Whereas “insults” are abusive words said to our faces, these “evil” things are primarily abusive words said behind our backs. Jesus’ critics said of Him, “Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” (Matt. 11:19). If the world said that of the sinless Christ, what things can His followers expect to...
  • March 19 - Expecting Verbal Insults

    03/19/2019 6:25:42 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me’” (Matthew 5:11). Beyond physical persecution, Jesus encouraged believers with blessing for having insults cast against them. The Greek word for “insult” carries the idea of reviling, upbraiding, or serious insulting. To insult someone is to throw abusive words in the face of an opponent, to mock viciously. To be an obedient citizen of the kingdom is to court verbal abuse and reviling. As He stood before the Sanhedrin after His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-19-19, SOL, Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    03/18/2019 9:54:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-19-19 | Revised New American Bible
    March 19 2019 Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 The LORD spoke to Nathan and said:"Go, tell my servant David,'When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,and I will make his kingdom firm.It is he who shall build a house for my name.And I will make his royal throne firm forever.I will be a father to him,and he shall be a son to me.Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;your throne shall...
  • March 18 - Anticipating Physical Persecution

    03/18/2019 4:40:00 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’” (Matthew 5:10). The Greek word that is translated “persecuted” and “persecute” in Matthew 5:10–12 has the basic meaning of chasing, driving away, or pursuing. From that meaning developed the connotations of physical persecution, harassment, abuse, and other unjust treatment. The believer who possesses the qualities described in the first seven beatitudes will be willing to face persecution “for the sake of righteousness.” He will have an attitude of self-sacrifice for the sake of Christ. He is exemplified by a lack of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-18-19, OM, St. Cyril of Jerusalem

    03/17/2019 10:40:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-18-19 | Revised New American Bible
    March 18 2019 Monday of the Second Week in Lent Reading 1 Dn 9:4b-10 "Lord, great and awesome God,you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love youand observe your commandments!We have sinned, been wicked and done evil;we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws.We have not obeyed your servants the prophets,who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes,our fathers, and all the people of the land.Justice, O Lord, is on your side;we are shamefaced even to this day:we, the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem,and all Israel, near and far,in all...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - 3/18/2019 [Prayer]

    03/17/2019 10:35:10 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 25 replies
    Free Republic Intercessors ^ | 3/18/2019 | UMCRevMom
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for our President and Vice President and for AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-17-19, Second Sunday of Lent

    03/16/2019 10:09:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-17-19 | Revised New American Bible
    March 17 2019 Second Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Gn 15:5-12, 17-18 The Lord God took Abram outside and said, "Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.Just so," he added, "shall your descendants be."Abram put his faith in the LORD, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness. He then said to him, "I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as a possession.""O Lord GOD," he asked, "how am I to know that I shall possess it?"He answered him, "Bring me a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-16-17

    03/16/2019 1:57:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-16-19 | Revised New American Bible
    March 16 2019 Saturday of the First Week of Lent Reading 1 Dt 26:16-19 Moses spoke to the people, saying:"This day the LORD, your God,commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.Be careful, then,to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:he is to be your God and you are to walk in his waysand observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,and to hearken to his voice.And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;and provided you...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Communion Rail and Complementarity

    03/16/2019 8:25:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 16, 2019 | Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky
    [Catholic Caucus] The Communion Rail and Complementarity The traditional Communion rail has functional and sacramental purposes.  It distinguishes the sanctuary from the nave and the priest from the people.  The architectural logic of the Communion rail symbolizes the sacred (“set apart”) and ministerial priesthood with the priest offering Mass as a mediator in Christ the Head. The priest, as male, images Jesus as the Divine Bridegroom in union with His beloved Church.  And he feeds the Bride of Christ at the Communion rail, from the “table of the Lord.” Bride and Bridegroom are distinct but never divorced.
  • #MAGA Church: The Doomsday Prophet Who Says the Bible Predicted Trump

    03/15/2019 11:52:41 AM PDT · by firebrand · 55 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 15, 2019 Internet only | Sam Kestenbaum
    On a Sunday morning at Beth Israel Worship Center in Wayne, N.J., a bearded pastor named Jonathan Cahn stood on an elevated platform, gazing over a full house. Stage lights shifted from blue to white as the backing band played a drifting melody. Two men hoisted curled rams’ horns and let out long blasts. Sitting at the end of a sleepy drive an hour from Manhattan, Beth Israel may look like any common suburban church. But the center has a highly unusual draw. Every weekend, some 1,000 congregants gather for the idiosyncratic teachings of the church’s celebrity pastor, an entrepreneurial...