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  • [Catholic Caucus] The Inconvenient Host

    12/10/2018 10:14:31 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | December 10, 2018 | Mundabore
    The Inconvenient Host Dec 10 Posted by Mundabor Francischurch truly is something.  An accidentally dropped Host is recovered and handled in the proper way, after which it appears that… it starts to bleed.  Miracle? We will never know.  A potentially bleeding host is an inconvenience for the Diocese of Buffalo, awakening the possibility, frightening to them, that there might be a God after all, and that He may have targeted Francisbishops like Bishop Malone and his auxiliary, Bishop Grosz.  The linked article states that the priest witnessing the potential miracle, Father Loeb, promptly informed both Malone and Grosz, and that both told...
  • The Sacrifice and Exaltation of Christ

    12/10/2018 10:12:26 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Heb. 1:3). Jesus Christ offered one sacrifice for all the sins of mankind, then sat down with the Father once He had accomplished it. The Bible makes it perfectly clear that the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). Jesus Christ went to the cross, died the death we deserved, and consequently freed us from the penalty of sin by our faith in Him. The writer of Hebrews goes on to say that Christ "does not need daily, like those high...
  • The Humility of Christ

    12/10/2018 10:11:58 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). Instead of asserting His divine rights, Christ submitted Himself to the cross. Even though the people did not recognize the deity of Christ and treated Him as a criminal, He did not fight back. Instead, He “humbled Himself.” Consider His trial. He said not a word to defend Himself throughout unbelievable humiliation. They mocked Him, punched Him, pulled out His beard—yet He did not say a word. He was silent and accepted man’s abuse through each phase of His phony trial. He...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - 12/10/2018 [Prayer]

    12/09/2018 10:30:43 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 18 replies
    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: Daily Mass Readings, 12-10-18

    12/09/2018 9:46:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-10-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 10, 2018 Monday of the Second Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 35:1-10 The desert and the parched land will exult;the steppe will rejoice and bloom.They will bloom with abundant flowers,and rejoice with joyful song.The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;They will see the glory of the LORD,the splendor of our God.Strengthen the hands that are feeble,make firm the knees that are weak,Say to those whose hearts are frightened:Be strong, fear not!Here is your God,he comes with vindication;With divine recompensehe comes to save you.Then will the eyes of the blind be...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Battle of wills: Tiny order of French nuns takes on Vatican

    12/09/2018 9:37:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | December 8, 2018 | unknown
    Battle of wills: Tiny order of French nuns takes on Vatican VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has an unusual dilemma on its hands after nearly all the nuns in a tiny French religious order threatened to renounce their vows rather than accept the Holy See’s decision to remove their superior.The sisters argue that the Vatican commissioners sent to replace their superior general, who is also the niece of the order’s founder, have no understanding of their way of life or spirituality. The Church’s conclusion - contained in a summary of its investigation provided this week to The Associated Press -...
  • The Sustaining Power of Christ

    12/09/2018 5:53:32 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Christ] upholds all things by the word of His power" (Heb. 1:3). Christ, by His almighty power, holds together all creation. We base our entire lives on the constancy of physical laws. When something like an earthquake disrupts the normal condition or operation of things even a little, the consequences are often disastrous. Can you imagine what would happen if Jesus Christ relinquished His sustaining power over the laws of the universe for it is He in whom "all things hold together" (Col. 1:17)? We would go out of existence, our atoms scattering throughout the galaxy. If He suspended the...
  • Christ's Outward Appearance

    12/09/2018 5:53:07 PM PST · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . Being found in appearance as a man” (Philippians 2:8). Many people view Christ only as a man, but He is God. After winning a gold medal at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, Scottish runner Eric Liddell served as a missionary in China; he died in a prison camp during World War II. The camp’s prisoners loved Eric, for he served them so unselfishly. It was only at his funeral that they first learned he was an Olympic hero. They had had no idea of his full identity. Most people didn’t realize Christ’s full identity either, for He...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Bishop Malone Orders Possible Bleeding Host Destroyed

    12/09/2018 5:23:55 PM PST · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Church Militant ^ | December 7, 2018 | Stephen Wynne
    Bishop Malone Orders Possible Bleeding Host Destroyed Claims 'Christ was no longer present' in Host Anger is rising in western New York, as the embattled Catholics of Buffalo learned that just days ago, their bishops may have denied them an avenue of grace by refusing to investigate a possible eucharistic miracle.   On Friday, Church Militant spoke with one disaffected Catholic of the diocese, Mary Ellen Sanfilippo, about extraordinary events that began unfolding in late November at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, New York.  Sanfilippo said that a consecrated host was accidentally dropped on the floor of the church during Mass. Retrieving the host,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-09-18, Second Sunday of Advent

    12/08/2018 9:15:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-09-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 9, 2018 Second Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Bar 5:1-9 Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery;put on the splendor of glory from God forever:wrapped in the cloak of justice from God,bear on your head the mitrethat displays the glory of the eternal name.For God will show all the earth your splendor:you will be named by God foreverthe peace of justice, the glory of God’s worship. Up, Jerusalem! stand upon the heights;look to the east and see your childrengathered from the east and the westat the word of the Holy One,rejoicing that they are remembered by...
  • Christ's Radiance and Representation

    12/08/2018 4:42:39 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature" (Heb. 1:3). Jesus is both God manifest and God in substance. Just as the rays of the sun give light, warmth, life, and growth to the earth, so Jesus Christ is the glorious light of God shining into the hearts of men and women. As "the radiance of God's glory," Jesus expresses God to us. No one can see God in HIs full glory; no one ever will. The radiance of that glory that reaches us from God appears in the Person of Jesus Christ. Just...
  • Christ's Identification with Sinners

    12/08/2018 4:42:13 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . Made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7). Christ was fully God and fully man. In his Systematic Theology theologian Charles Hodge wrote, “The Scriptures teach that Christ had a complete human nature. That is, He had a true body and a rational soul. By a true body is meant a material body which in everything essential was like the bodies of ordinary men. . . . It is no less plain that Christ had a rational soul. He thought, reasoned, and felt.” Hodge’s assessment is correct, for Christ was given all the essential attributes of humanity....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-08-18, SOL, TheImmaculate Conception - Blessed Virgin Mary

    12/07/2018 9:09:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-08-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 8, 2018 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,the LORD God called to the man and asked him, "Where are you?"He answered, "I heard you in the garden;but I was afraid, because I was naked,so I hid myself."Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked?You have eaten, then,from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!"The man replied, "The woman whom you put here with meCshe gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it."The...
  • Low Mass for the Feast of St. Nicholas (Orthodox Western Rite)

    12/07/2018 6:29:18 PM PST · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | 12-07-2018 | Nicholas Shin
    Low Mass celebrated on the feast day of St. Nicholas, Wonderworker of Myra. Appx 40 mins.
  • The Creator of the World

    12/07/2018 3:56:08 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In these last days [God] has spoken to us in His Son . . . through whom also He made the world" (Heb. 1:2). Christ is the agent through whom God created the world. John 1:3 testifies, "All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being." Jesus has the ability to create something out of nothing (cf. Rom. 4:17), and that sets Him apart from mere creatures. Only God can create like that; we can't. If you could create, you'd live in a different house, drive a different car,...
  • Christ as a Servant

    12/07/2018 3:55:27 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Taking the form of a bond-servant” (Philippians 2:7). Christ submitted Himself to the Father’s will. When Christ emptied Himself, He not only gave up His privileges but also became a servant. First, He was a servant by nature. Paul used the Greek word morphe (“form”) again to indicate that Christ’s servanthood was not merely external but His essence. It was not like a cloak that could be put on and taken off. Christ was truly a servant. The only other New Testament use of morphe is in Mark 16:12. There Jesus appears in a resurrection morphe—a form fully expressing the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis Mercy Hits the Familia Christi Hard

    12/07/2018 8:09:28 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | December 5, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Francis Mercy Hits the Familia Christi Hard Francis Mercy Hits the Familia Christi Hard The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei under Cardinal Ladaria published a December 1 decree, imposing Roman Auxiliary Bishop Daniele Libanori as the new superior of the Familia Christi, an Italian Old Rite community consisting of 15 young priests and seminarians. The group was founded in 2016 by the excellent former Ferrara Archbishop Luigi Negri. It is loved by the faithful but hated by Negri’s successor, Archbishop Gian Carlo Perego, a modernist Bergoglio bishop who promotes mass-immigration and modernism. According to press reports, Archbishop Perego mainly hates the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-07-18, M, St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    12/06/2018 10:25:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-07-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 7, 2018 Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Is 29:17-24 Thus says the Lord GOD:But a very little while,and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard,and the orchard be regarded as a forest!On that day the deaf shall hearthe words of a book;And out of gloom and darkness,the eyes of the blind shall see.The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD,and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.For the tyrant will be no moreand the arrogant will have gone;All who are alert to do evil will be cut off,those...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The “Our Father” Affair: Absolute Monarchy versus the Papacy

    12/06/2018 4:27:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | December 6, 2018 | Chris Ferrara
    The “Our Father” Affair: Absolute Monarchy versus the Papacy In writing commentary on Church affairs, one would like to focus on something other than the subject of Pope Francis.  But he is, after all, the Pope, and moreover a Pope who is evidently intent on imposing upon the whole Church his “dream” of “transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation.”  As if everything about the Church before Francis’ arrival were merely a selfish effort to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis, Absolute Monarch. Behind the Scenes of the New Italian “Our Father”

    12/06/2018 3:23:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | December 6, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    The ban imposed on the bishops of the United States on November 12 against voting on two very strict measures they wanted against sexual abuse committed by members of the hierarchy is not  the only blatant recent case of interference by Pope Francis in the decisions of an episcopal conference. During those same days, in fact, Francis also imposed his will on the Italian bishops gathered in plenary assembly, ordering them to replace the petition “and lead us not into temptation” in the “Our Father” at Mass, because in his judgment it is “not a good” translation of the text...