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  • Pope Removes Key Benedict XVI Protege

    08/29/2014 6:28:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    AP ^ | 8/28/14
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has removed a key protege of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican's liturgy office and sent him back to his native Spain. In 2008, Benedict appointed Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera as prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. The office is in charge of regulating how Masses and other sacraments are celebrated, and under Benedict's papacy took on a more conservative and traditional bent.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-29-14, M, Passion of St. John the Baptist

    08/28/2014 9:41:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-29-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 29, 2014Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist    Reading 1 1 Cor 1:17-25 Brothers and sisters:Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the Gospel,and not with the wisdom of human eloquence,so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.For it is written:I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,and the learning of the learned I will set aside. Where is the wise one?Where is...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 28, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/28/2014 5:36:16 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/28/14 | Joel Osteen
    Never Stumble Today's Scripture Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble. (Psalm 119:165, NKJV Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Everything you need in this life is found in the Word of God-direction, healing, peace, joy and provision. No matter what situation you may be facing today, you can live in peace and victory and find your answer by studying Gods Word and applying it in your life! Notice this verse says that the people who love Gods Word have great peace. How do you love Gods Word? By studying it, meditating...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 28, 2014]

    08/28/2014 5:34:24 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Purpose of Prayer " . . . one of His disciples said to Him, ’Lord, teach us to pray . . .’ —Luke 11:1 " Prayer is not a normal part of the life of the natural man. We hear it said that a person’s life will suffer if he doesn’t pray, but I question that. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer. When a person is born again from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-28-14, M, St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    08/27/2014 9:26:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-28-14 | Revised New Americann Bible
    August 28, 2014Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 1 Cor 1:1-9 Paul, called to be an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,and Sosthenes our brother,to the Church of God that is in Corinth,to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy,with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.Grace to you and peace from God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always on your accountfor the grace of God bestowed...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 27, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/27/2014 5:34:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 8/27/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Way You Should Go Today's Scripture I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you need direction in your life today? Maybe you are facing an important decision in your job, at home or in your relationships. Know this: God Himself will teach you what you should do. He promises to show you the path you should take. Hes watching over you and giving you advice every step of the way! Understand that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 27, 2014]

    08/27/2014 5:32:39 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Living Your Theology " Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you . . . —John 12:35 " Beware of not acting upon what you see in your moments on the mountaintop with God. If you do not obey the light, it will turn into darkness. “If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:23). The moment you forsake the matter of sanctification or neglect anything else on which God has given you His light, your spiritual life begins to disintegrate within you. Continually bring the truth out into...
  • A New Direction in (Catholic) Church Design

    08/27/2014 3:30:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 88 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 27, 2014 | MICHAEL TAMARA
    One day fifteen years ago, I happened to be channel surfing past the Eternal Word Television Network when I was greeted by a momentary flash of heavenly beauty across the screen. Quickly flipping back, I realized that it was a Mass being celebrated in an unusually majestic church with an extensively gilded and marbled interior.Having never seen this church before, I distinctly remember asking myself why todays churches cant still be built to glorify God the way this beautiful old work of art had been. Within minutes, however, I felt as though a joke too good to be true...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-27-14, M, St. Monica

    08/26/2014 9:13:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-27-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 27, 2014Memorial of Saint Monica    Reading 1 2 Thes 3:6-10, 16-18 We instruct you, brothers and sisters,in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,to shun any brotherwho walks in a disorderly wayand not according to the tradition they received from us.For you know how one must imitate us.For we did not act in a disorderly way among you,nor did we eat food received free from anyone.On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked,so as not to burden any of you.Not that we do not have the right.Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 26, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/26/2014 5:51:47 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 8/26/14 | Joel Osteen
    Breaking Strongholds Today's Scripture For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:4, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Scripture tells us that there is a battle going on in our minds. Our thoughts dictate our actions. Thats why the enemy will do everything he can to get you thinking in the wrong direction. Sometimes, its not our own thoughts that are holding us back; sometimes its that weve believed the negative things that other people have spoken. Those words are like seeds. If you dwell on...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 26, 2014]

    08/26/2014 5:49:09 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Are You Ever Troubled? " Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you . . . —John 14:27 " There are times in our lives when our peace is based simply on our own ignorance. But when we are awakened to the realities of life, true inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus. When our Lord speaks peace, He creates peace, because the words that He speaks are always “spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). Have I ever received what Jesus speaks? “. . . My peace I give to you. ....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-26-14

    08/25/2014 8:28:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-26-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 26, 2014Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17 We ask you, brothers and sisters,with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christand our assembling with him,not to be shaken out of your minds suddenly,or to be alarmed either by a “spirit,” or by an oral statement,or by a letter allegedly from usto the effect that the day of the Lord is at hand.Let no one deceive you in any way. To this end he has also called you through our Gospelto possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.Therefore,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 25, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/25/2014 6:43:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/25/14 | Joel Osteen
    Your Original Software Today's Scripture Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Gods will is his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Our minds work like a computer. The way you program it is the way its going to function. You can have the most powerful computer made, but if you put the wrong software in it, its not going to function like it was designed. Weve all had...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 25, 2014]

    08/25/2014 6:41:53 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Sacrifice and Friendship " I have called you friends . . . —John 15:15 " We will never know the joy of self-sacrifice until we surrender in every detail of our lives. Yet self-surrender is the most difficult thing for us to do. We make it conditional by saying, “I’ll surrender if . . . !” Or we approach it by saying, “I suppose I have to devote my life to God.” We will never find the joy of self-sacrifice in either of these ways.But as soon as we do totally surrender, abandoning ourselves to Jesus, the Holy Spirit...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-14, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/24/2014 9:12:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 25, 2014Monday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 2 Thes 1:1-5, 11-12 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the Church of the Thessaloniansin God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:grace to you and peace from God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters,as is fitting, because your faith flourishes ever more,and the love of every one of you for one another grows ever greater.Accordingly, we ourselves boast of you in the churches of Godregarding your endurance and faith in all your persecutionsand the afflictions...
  • NAirobi; Putting Our Own Eyes Out...The Bible and Islam pt 2

    Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabeshgilead: and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, and we will serve thee. And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel. And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, Give us seven days respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel: and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 24, 2014]

    08/24/2014 1:57:42 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Spiritual Search " What man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? —Matthew 7:9 " The illustration of prayer that our Lord used here is one of a good child who is asking for something good. We talk about prayer as if God hears us regardless of what our relationship is to Him (see Matthew 5:45). Never say that it is not God’s will to give you what you ask. Don’t faint and give up, but find out the reason you have not received; increase the intensity of your...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-24-14, Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/23/2014 8:48:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 24, 2014Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 is 22:19-23 Thus says the LORD to Shebna, master of the palace:“I will thrust you from your officeand pull you down from your station.On that day I will summon my servantEliakim, son of Hilkiah;I will clothe him with your robe,and gird him with your sash,and give over to him your authority.He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,and to the house of Judah.I will place the key of the House of David on Eliakim’s shoulder;when he opens, no one shall shutwhen he shuts, no one shall open.I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-23-14, OM, St. Rose of Lima

    08/23/2014 5:50:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 23, 2014Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ez 43:1-7ab The angel led me to the gate which faces the east,and there I saw the glory of the God of Israelcoming from the east.I heard a sound like the roaring of many waters,and the earth shone with his glory.The vision was like that which I had seenwhen he came to destroy the city,and like that which I had seen by the river Chebar.I fell prone as the glory of the LORD entered the templeby way of the gate which faces the east,but spirit lifted...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 23, 2014]

    08/23/2014 5:13:01 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Prayer— Battle in “The Secret Place” " When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly —Matthew 6:6 " Jesus did not say, “Dream about your Father who is in the secret place,” but He said, “. . . pray to your Father who is in the secret place. . . .” Prayer is an effort of the will. After we have entered our secret place and shut the door, the most difficult...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 22, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/22/2014 6:26:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/22/14 | Joel Osteen
    A Gift from God Today's Scripture For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We serve such a generous and loving God. He loves you so much that there isnt anything He wouldnt do in order to have a relationship with you. The Bible tells us that sin separates man from God, but God doesnt want to be separated from any of us. Thats why He sent Jesus into the world to pay the penalty for sin...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 22, 2014]

    08/22/2014 6:24:17 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    “I Indeed . . . But He” " I indeed baptize you with water . . . but He . . . will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire —Matthew 3:11 " Have I ever come to the point in my life where I can say, “I indeed . . . but He . . .”? Until that moment comes, I will never know what the baptism of the Holy Spirit means. I indeed am at the end, and I cannot do anything more— but He begins right there— He does the things that no one else...
  • A Letter on Divine Worship (Sign of Peace in the Latin Rite)

    08/22/2014 2:12:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 22, 2014 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments published a Circular Letter entitled “The Ritual Expression of the Gift of Peace at Mass” on July 8.  Pope Francis approved it the previous day and ordered its publication. The letter treats the question of the Sign of Peace, resolving the question whether the Holy See would move the Sign of Peace to earlier in the Mass. The decision was made to leave the Sign of Peace where it is. The Letter explains: In the Roman liturgical tradition, the exchange of peace is placed before Holy Communion with its...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-22-14, M, Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    08/21/2014 8:09:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-22-14 | Revised New American Bble
    August 22, 2014Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 Ez 37:1-14 The hand of the LORD came upon me,and led me out in the Spirit of the LORDand set me in the center of the plain,which was now filled with bones.He made me walk among the bones in every directionso that I saw how many they were on the surface of the plain.How dry they were!He asked me:Son of man, can these bones come to life?I answered, “Lord GOD, you alone know that.”Then he said to me:Prophesy over these bones, and say to them:Dry...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/21/2014 5:44:29 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 8/21/14 | Joel Osteen
    Break the Yoke of Average Today's Scripture Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:2021, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God never created you to be ordinary. He created you to leave your mark on this generation. God wants you to do something big. He wants you to go further than anyone in your family. You have seeds of greatness on...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 21, 2014]

    08/21/2014 5:42:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Ministry of the Unnoticed " Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . —Matthew 5:3 " The New Testament notices things that do not seem worthy of notice by our standards. “Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . .” This literally means, “Blessed are the paupers.” Paupers are remarkably commonplace! The preaching of today tends to point out a person’s strength of will or the beauty of his character— things that are easily noticed. The statement we so often hear, “Make a decision for Jesus Christ,” places the emphasis on something our Lord never trusted....
  • Breaking News: Consecrated Host Returned, OKC Archbishop Drops Lawsuit

    08/21/2014 4:29:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 115 replies
    news9 ^ | August 20, 2014
    The consecrated host, who Oklahoma City's Archbishop claims was stolen by Satanic Priest Adam Daniels for use in September's Black Mass, has been returned.An attorney representing the satanic church presented the host to a catholic priest in Oklahoma City, Thursday afternoon.8/21/2014 Related Story: OKC Archbishop Files Lawsuit Over Black MassArchbishop Paul Coakley previously filed a lawsuit, asking a district judge to stop the Black Mass, scheduled for Sept. 21. With the return of the host, Coakley has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice. Daniels released the following statement regarding the incident:"I, Dastur Adam Daniels, returned this consecrated host to...
  • The Climax Of World History...Israel's Future pt 15

    I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. (Zechariah 12:10 NASB)One of the climactic scenes in the book of Genesis was when Joseph, as Pharoahs regent, revealed himself to his brothers. They had thought that he, Joseph, was an Egyptian prince. When they realized that this was the...
  • OKLAHOMA CITY: Lawsuit filed against those attempting Satanic event with consecrated Host

    08/21/2014 1:10:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 21, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I read at the National Catholic Register that His Excellency Most Reverend Paul Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City has brough a suit against the people who would perpetrate a public Satanic event, a black mass. OKLAHOMA CITY — Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City filed a lawsuit at noon today [20 Aug] to stop the satanic black mass that organizers are planning to stage next month in the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.The lawsuit asks the Oklahoma County Sheriff‘s Office to retrieve the consecrated host that the event‘s organizers claim to have, and return it to Oklahoma City...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-21-14, M, St. Pius X, Pope

    08/20/2014 9:17:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 21, 2014Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope    Reading 1 Ez 36:23-28 Thus says the LORD:I will prove the holiness of my great name, profaned among the nations, in whose midst you have profaned it.Thus the nations shall know that I am the LORD, says the Lord GOD,when in their sight I prove my holiness through you.For I will take you away from among the nations,gather you from all the foreign lands,and bring you back to your own land.I will sprinkle clean water upon youto cleanse you from all your impurities,and from all your idols I will cleanse...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 20, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/20/2014 5:35:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/20/14 | Joel Osteen
    Believe and Declare Today's Scripture It is written: I believed; therefore I have spoken. Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak. (2 Corinthians 4:13, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria There was a man who was believing to pay his house off. It was a standard 30-year mortgage, and he had 23 years left. In the natural, there was no way he could do it. But he was bold enough to say, Father, I want to thank You that You are Jehovah Jireh; the Lord my provider. I know my job...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 20, 2014]

    08/20/2014 5:33:45 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Christ-Awareness " . . . and I will give you rest —Matthew 11:28 " Whenever anything begins to disintegrate your life with Jesus Christ, turn to Him at once, asking Him to re-establish your rest. Never allow anything to remain in your life that is causing the unrest. Think of every detail of your life that is causing the disintegration as something to fight against, not as something you should allow to remain. Ask the Lord to put awareness of Himself in you, and your self-awareness will disappear. Then He will be your all in all. Beware of allowing...
  • The Nations Go Mad...Israel's Furture pt 14

    In that day says the Lord ,I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open my eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place-Jerusalem.( Zechariah 12:4-6)What will be the outcome of Jerusalem being made a cup of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-20-14, M, St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

    08/19/2014 9:25:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 20, 2014Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Ez 34:1-11 The word of the Lord came to me:Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel,in these words prophesy to them to the shepherds:Thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the shepherds of Israelwho have been pasturing themselves!Should not shepherds, rather, pasture sheep?You have fed off their milk, worn their wool,and slaughtered the fatlings,but the sheep you have not pastured.You did not strengthen the weak nor heal the sicknor bind up the injured.You did not bring back the strayed nor seek the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 19, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/19/2014 5:45:34 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 8/19/14 | Joel Osteen
    Youve Struggled Long Enough Today's Scripture The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. (Exodus 14:14, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria All through life, the enemy tries to stop us with a yoke of bondage a yoke of depression, a yoke of low self-esteem, a yoke of compromise. Hell try to burden you down so that everything is a struggle. You may be working hard, but you cant get ahead because you have all these yokes controlling you. Maybe youve been living with a yoke your whole life. Its been passed down...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 19, 2014]

    08/19/2014 5:42:26 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Self-Awareness " Come to Me . . . —Matthew 11:28 " God intends for us to live a well-rounded life in Christ Jesus, but there are times when that life is attacked from the outside. Then we tend to fall back into self-examination, a habit that we thought was gone. Self-awareness is the first thing that will upset the completeness of our life in God, and self-awareness continually produces a sense of struggling and turmoil in our lives. Self-awareness is not sin, and it can be produced by nervous emotions or by suddenly being dropped into a totally new...
  • Israel's Final Conflict And Deliverance...Israel's Future pt 13

    This is the word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares: I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. (Zechariah 12:1-3)The last chapters of Zechariah have an amazing relevance...
  • The Truth about "Radical Hospitality".

    08/19/2014 4:01:28 PM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 19 August AD 2014 | Paul Hinlicky
    Time for another ELCA "conversation," this time regarding "who is welcome" to Holy Communion. An innocuous-sounding invitation to participate came out a few weeks ago, and and similar notice appears again in the Summer 2014 Seeds for the Parish, now appearing in snail boxes across the ELCA but not yet on its website. Resources for the conversation will be available at www.elca.org/worship "by mid-August," but so far not yet. Over at lutheranforum.org, Paul Hinlicky will have none of this innocuousness in yesterday's post The Truth about "Radical Hospitality". At its conclusion, he invites readers (I would presume ELCA clergy and...
  • New Ukrainian Orthodox head to face questions of independence

    08/19/2014 2:48:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | August 19, 2014 | Sofia Kochmar
    Onufriy, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) was elected to his post Aug. 13, 2014. Credit: Maksym Brusnika. Kyiv, Ukraine, Aug 19, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The newly elected head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate must decide whether that Church can be independent from Russia, Ukraine's eastern neighbor with which it is in conflict, analysts say. On Aug. 13, Metropolitan Onufriy was elected Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, making him the primate of the UOC-MP, which is one of the three primary Orthodox Churches in Ukraine. He...
  • Why is the Song of Solomon in the Bible?

    08/19/2014 2:05:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Patheos ^ | 08/19/2014 | Riichard Ostling
    The Song of Solomon gets a lot of bad press. Are there spiritual lessons to be found in this book? The Song of Solomon or Song of Songs has probably roused more confusion than any other book in the Hebrew Bible, similar to the New Testaments complex Book of Revelation. Roland K. Harrison of the University of Toronto says the Song provides almost unlimited ground for speculation. The Bibles usual piety, preachments, and prayers are totally absent, nor is God even mentioned (except for 8:6 in some translations). Yet readings from the Song are chosen for Judaisms Passover liturgy and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-19-14, OM, St. John Eudes

    08/18/2014 9:00:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 19, 2014Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ez 28:1-10 The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man,say to the prince of Tyre: Thus says the Lord GOD: Because you are haughty of heart,you say, “A god am I!I occupy a godly thronein the heart of the sea!”—And yet you are a man, and not a god,however you may think yourself like a god.Oh yes, you are wiser than Daniel,there is no secret that is beyond you.By your wisdom and your intelligenceyou have made riches for yourself;You have put gold and...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 18, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/18/2014 5:29:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/18/14 | Joel Osteen
    Yoke Destroyer Today's Scripture And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. (Isaiah 10:27, KJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria A yoke is something that is put around the neck of an ox to help control the animal. It limits its movement. If the ox starts to get off course, the yoke is used to pull it back. Even though an ox is very powerful, this small yoke keeps...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August , 2014]

    08/18/2014 5:26:26 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Have You Ever Been Speechless with Sorrow? " When he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich —Luke 18:23 " The rich young ruler went away from Jesus speechless with sorrow, having nothing to say in response to Jesus’ words. He had no doubt about what Jesus had said or what it meant, and it produced in him a sorrow with no words with which to respond. Have you ever been there? Has God’s Word ever come to you, pointing out an area of your life, requiring you to yield it to Him? Maybe He...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-18-14

    08/17/2014 8:43:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 18, 2014Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ez 24:15-23 The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, by a sudden blowI am taking away from you the delight of your eyes,but do not mourn or weep or shed any tears.Groan in silence, make no lament for the dead,bind on your turban, put your sandals on your feet,do not cover your beard, and do not eat the customary bread.That evening my wife died,and the next morning I did as I had been commanded.Then the people asked me, “Will you not tell...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 17, 2014]

    08/17/2014 2:34:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Are You Discouraged or Devoted? " . . . Jesus . . . said to him, ’You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have . . . and come, follow Me.’ But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich —Luke 18:22-23 " Have you ever heard the Master say something very difficult to you? If you haven’t, I question whether you have ever heard Him say anything at all. Jesus says a tremendous amount to us that we listen to, but do not actually hear. And once we do hear Him,...
  • Petition to Save Holy Innocents Church in Manhattan

    08/17/2014 9:24:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 8/17/14 | Gregory DiPippo
    Many of our readers have undoubtedly heard that Holy Innocents Church, the only church in Manhattan where the Extraordinary Form is celebrated daily, faces the possibility of closure by the Archdiocese of New York. Via Rorate Caeli, which has reported on the situation several times, the following brief video published by our friends at Regina Magazine, shows several nice images of the churchs vibrant pastoral life, and ends with a link to a petition to Cardinal Dolan to keep the church open and operating.
  • 800,000 watch as Pope Francis moves 124 Korean martyrs closer to sainthood

    08/17/2014 5:31:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Register ^ | August 16, 2014 | SIMONE ORENDAIN
    Pope Francis celebrates the beatification Mass of Paul Yun Ji-chung and 123 martyred companions in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 16.CNS photo/Paul Haring SEOUL, South Korea - Pope Francis placed 124 Korean martyrs on the last step toward sainthood in a beatification Mass Aug. 16 that brought elation to the 800,000 people in attendance. The sun was searing as Bishop Francis Ahn Myong-ok of Masan, president of the commission for the beatification, asked the pope to pronounce the martyrs blessed. After hearing a brief collective biography of 124 of the original founders of the Korean Catholic Church, Pope Francis pronounced the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-17-14, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/16/2014 6:42:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 17, 2014Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Is 56:1, 6-7 Thus says the LORD:Observe what is right, do what is just;for my salvation is about to come,my justice, about to be revealed. The foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,ministering to him,loving the name of the LORD,and becoming his servants—all who keep the sabbath free from profanationand hold to my covenant,them I will bring to my holy mountainand make joyful in my house of prayer;their burnt offerings and sacrificeswill be acceptable on my altar,for my house shall be calleda house of prayer for all peoples. Responsorial...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 16, 2014]

    08/16/2014 6:06:00 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Does He Know Me . . . ? " He calls his own . . . by name . . . —John 10:3 " When I have sadly misunderstood Him? (see John 20:11-18). It is possible to know all about doctrine and still not know Jesus. A person’s soul is in grave danger when the knowledge of doctrine surpasses Jesus, avoiding intimate touch with Him. Why was Mary weeping? Doctrine meant no more to her than the grass under her feet. In fact, any Pharisee could have made a fool of Mary doctrinally, but one thing they could never...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-16-14, OM, St. Stephen of Hungary

    08/15/2014 9:21:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 16, 2014Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ez 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32 The word of the LORD came to me:Son of man, what is the meaning of this proverbthat you recite in the land of Israel: “Fathers have eaten green grapes,thus their children’s teeth are on edge”? As I live, says the Lord GOD:I swear that there shall no longer be anyone among youwho will repeat this proverb in Israel.For all lives are mine;the life of the father is like the life of the son, both are mine;only the one who sins shall die....