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  • The Fourth Cup

    04/06/2012 7:26:13 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 11 replies
    The Sacrament of the Eucharist Transcript of a taped address by Dr. Scott Hahn, former Presbyterian minister and Professor of Theology at The Fransiscan University of Steubenville The original tape was distributed by Catholic Answers. I'd like to cover a lot, and I'd like to tell you in advance what I'm going to tell you. I'd like to move from one to another to a third area. The first area I'd like to focus on is how it is that Christ in the Last Supper and in the Eucharist offers himself up as the New Covenant Passover, and how the...
  • The Last Supper and the Forgiveness of Sins

    04/06/2012 7:11:07 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Sacred Page ^ | April 5, 2012 | Michael Barber
    "The Last Supper is what transforms Jesus' execution into a sacrifice." So Scott Hahn frequently tells audiences. He is right of course. As he frequently observes, no one standing at the foot of the cross would have described what was going on as a sacrificial offering. They would have described it as an execution. What reveals the true meaning of Jesus' death? The Last Supper. In light of that, here I want to revisit a topic I've looked at before, namely, the imagery of "atonement" at the Last Supper. As Jesus makes clear--in multiple ways, in fact!--his death is what...
  • He Took Our Place: Identity Theft: Recovering Who You Are, Part I [Jesus made to be sin & a curse]

    04/06/2012 6:28:09 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 2 replies
    Lakeshore Church.org ^ | April 2, 2010 | Pastor Vince DiPaola
    "For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made the right with God through Christ."(2 Corinthians 5:21, NLT) How Good Friday Can Transform our Personal Identity1) Jesus lived ___SINLESSLY___: He is the only One who could possibly pay for sin with His life."(God) made Him who knew no sin..." (2 Cor. 5:21a, NASB) 2) Jesus died ___INTENTIONALLY___: He both became sin and took our sin on the cross."...to be sin on our behalf." (2 Corinthians 5:21b, NASB) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 6, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/06/2012 4:44:18 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Resurrection Power at Work Today's Scripture "He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen" (Matthew 28:6, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We have a reason to celebrate every day because we serve a God who is alive and filled with resurrection power! Not only did He resurrect Jesus from the dead, but He wants to extend His resurrection power to every area of your life, today! Maybe you have a dream to get out of debt, pay off your house or be free from that burden of lack, but it looks like it's...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 6, 2012]

    04/06/2012 4:42:23 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Collision of God and Sin ". . . who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree . . ." —1 Peter 2:24 The Cross of Christ is the revealed truth of God’s judgment on sin. Never associate the idea of martyrdom with the Cross of Christ. It was the supreme triumph, and it shook the very foundations of hell. There is nothing in time or eternity more absolutely certain and irrefutable than what Jesus Christ accomplished on the Cross— He made it possible for the entire human race to be brought back into a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Readings, 04-06-12, Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

    04/05/2012 8:44:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 67 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-06-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 6, 2012 Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord Reading 1Is 52:13-53:12 See, my servant shall prosper,he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.Even as many were amazed at himso marred was his look beyond human semblanceand his appearance beyond that of the sons of manso shall he startle many nations,because of him kings shall stand speechless;for those who have not been told shall see,those who have not heard shall ponder it. Who would believe what we have heard?To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?He grew up like a sapling before him,like...
  • Austrian woman intends to celebrate "Easter Mass"

    04/05/2012 3:36:35 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 17 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 5 April 2012 | Cathcon
    At Easter, the theologian Martha Heizer returns to committing a "delictum gravis" and will hold a Eucharistic celebration in the "domestic church" under the threat of excommunication. The Tyrolean church theologian and critic Martha Heizer has drawn the ire of many religious leaders. She and four colleagues are accused of imitating Eucharistic celebrations without a priest. In the ecclesiastical world, this is a "delictum gravis", ie a "serious offense", which may lead to the excommunication. The local clergy has now launched investigations into the case. An opinion of the Bishop, Manfred Scheuer should be be presented "in the coming...
  • The Preparation of the LORD's Servant...(Servant Songs pt 5)

    Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet...
  • On the Trip to Mexico and Cuba

    04/05/2012 7:32:43 AM PDT · by ELS · 8 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 4, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Trip to Mexico and Cuba "When God is excluded, the world becomes a place inhospitable to man" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 4, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. He offered a review of his recent apostolic trip to Mexico and Cuba, as well as giving a reflection on the Sacred Triduum. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, The emotions evoked within me during my recent Apostolic Journey to Mexico and Cuba are still alive, and today I wish to focus upon...
  • Let Easter Triduum transform you, Pope tells faithful

    04/05/2012 5:29:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | April 4, 2012 | David Kerr
    Vatican City, Apr 4, 2012 / 01:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the final few days of Holy Week, Catholics should recognize that Christs love for them is shown by the total gift of himself on the cross, said Pope Benedict XVI. Let us allow ourselves to be touched by this love, to be transformed, so that the resurrection may really be realized in us. I invite you, therefore, to live the Paschal Triduum intensely, and I wish you all a Holy Easter! the Pope said on April 4. The Pope made his remarks to over 11,000 pilgrims who were...
  • (Dr. Scott) Hahn Family spends its first Holy Week in Rome

    04/05/2012 5:17:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies
    cna ^ | April 5, 2012 | David Kerr
    Scott and Kimberly Hahn with their son David in Rome on April 3, 2012. Rome, Italy, Apr 4, 2012 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Scott and Kimberly Hahn have been Catholic for over two decades, but this is the first Holy Week they have ever spent in Rome. This experience has been for us overwhelming, and yet the best is yet to come Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. I mean, were just standing on tip-toes feeling like kids in a candy store. Like how good can it get? Scott said to CNA on April 3....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 5, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/05/2012 4:35:37 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    On the Third Day Today's Scripture "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria As we celebrate the resurrection of Christ, I think about when they crucified Jesus. On that Friday, it was the darkest, most painful, discouraging day of His life. In fact, it was so bad that He sweat drops of blood. It looked as if...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 5, 2012]

    04/05/2012 4:33:58 AM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    His Agony and Our Access "Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples . . . . ’Stay here and watch with Me’ " —Matthew 26:36, 38 We can never fully comprehend Christ’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, but at least we don’t have to misunderstand it. It is the agony of God and man in one Person, coming face to face with sin. We cannot learn about Gethsemane through personal experience. Gethsemane and Calvary represent something totally unique— they are the gateway into life for us.It was not death on the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-05-12, Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

    04/04/2012 9:45:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-05-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 5, 2012 Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper Reading 1Ex 12:1-8, 11-14 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,"This month shall stand at the head of your calendar;you shall reckon it the first month of the year.Tell the whole community of Israel:On the tenth of this month every one of your familiesmust procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household.If a family is too small for a whole lamb,it shall join the nearest household in procuring oneand shall share in the lambin proportion to the number of persons...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-05-12, Holy Thursday: Chrism Mass

    04/04/2012 9:37:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-05-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 5, 2012 Holy Thursday: Chrism Mass Reading 1 Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed me;He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,to heal the brokenhearted,To proclaim liberty to the captivesand release to the prisoners,To announce a year of favor from the LORDand a day of vindication by our God,to comfort all who mourn;To place on those who mourn in Ziona diadem instead of ashes,To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit. You yourselves shall...
  • Two German political parties attempt to disrupt Good Friday

    04/04/2012 3:29:58 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 1 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 4 April 2012 | Cathcon
    Anti-Day of Rest Protests for Good Friday. Pirate Party Dance Party banned in Frankfurt. Green Party Youth protest in Wiesbaden The Frankfurt authorities responsible for public order have banned the demonstration of the Pirate Party, which was to take place on Good Friday. During the protest loud music was to be played to "invite people to dance," says the Pirate Party. The spokesman for the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau called the project of the Pirate Party "disrespectful." The Young Greens, who organized in 2011 in the Frankfurt Rmerplatz a demonstration and thus disrupted the Good Friday procession of...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 4, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/04/2012 4:41:58 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Victory over All Today's Scripture But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ Romans 8:11, AMP. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria This coming weekend, we will celebrate the resurrection of our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. So much happened at Calvarys cross over two thousand years ago; but ultimately, because of Jesus, we can celebrate victory! Jesus overcame sin and death so that we can have abundant life. Because of Jesus, we have total victory over anything that would try to hold us back in this life! No matter...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 4, 2012]

    04/04/2012 4:39:57 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Way to Permanent Faith "Indeed the hour is coming . . . that you will be scattered . . ." —John 16:32 Jesus was not rebuking the disciples in this passage. Their faith was real, but it was disordered and unfocused, and was not at work in the important realities of life. The disciples were scattered to their own concerns and they had interests apart from Jesus Christ. After we have the perfect relationship with God, through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, our faith must be exercised in the realities of everyday life. We will be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-04-12, Wednesday of Holy Week

    04/03/2012 8:46:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-04-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 4, 2012 Wednesday ofHoly Week Reading 1 Is 50:4-9a The Lord GOD has given mea well-trained tongue,That I might know how to speak to the wearya word that will rouse them.Morning after morninghe opens my ear that I may hear;And I have not rebelled,have not turned back.I gave my back to those who beat me,my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;My face I did not shieldfrom buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help,therefore I am not disgraced;I have set my face like flint,knowing that I shall not be put to shame.He is near...
  • To Open Blinded Eyes...Servant Songs pt 4

    Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens,...
  • Cardinal Ranjith to his Clergy: Communion on the Tongue Only and While Kneeling is Mandatory

    04/03/2012 11:13:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    As reported last year on Rorate the Archbishop of Colombo in Sri Lanka, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, has restored in his archdiocese the practice of communion on the tongue only and while kneeling. Last month, on the Feast of St. Joseph, he reiterated in an address to his clergy that this manner of receiving communion is mandatory for all of the faithful in his territory, even during outdoor Masses (emphasis mine): May I also remind you once again that in all Churches and Chapels in the Archdiocese Holy Communion is to be administered only on the tongue and kneeling. This should...
  • Cardinal sees problems with SSPX

    04/03/2012 10:05:52 AM PDT · by Gillibrand
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 3rd April 2012 | Cathcon
    Cardinal Karl Josef Becker sees big problems for an agreement between the Vatican and the traditionalist SSPX "to combine both positions, that's difficult," the Jesuit said in an interview with the Cologne diocesan church newspaper on Sunday. He has worked as a consultant to the CDF during the negotiations between the SSPX. Pope Benedict XVI in mid-March asked the SSPX to clarify by April 15 their position and to avoid a breach with Rome.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 3, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/03/2012 4:40:07 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Same Spirit, Same Power Today's Scripture "And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you" (Romans 8:11, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit makes His home inside of you. That's God Himself, the same Spirit with the same power that raised Jesus from the dead! His resurrection...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 3, 2012]

    04/03/2012 4:37:23 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    "If You Had Known!" "If you had known . . . in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes" —Luke 19:42 Jesus entered Jerusalem triumphantly and the city was stirred to its very foundations, but a strange god was there-the pride of the Pharisees. It was a god that seemed religious and upright, but Jesus compared it to “whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:27).What is it that blinds you to the peace of God...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-03-12, Tuesday of the Holy Week

    04/02/2012 10:55:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.orgRNAB ^ | 04-03-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 3, 2012 Tuesday of the Holy Week Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O islands,listen, O distant peoples.The LORD called me from birth,from my mother's womb he gave me my name.He made of me a sharp-edged swordand concealed me in the shadow of his arm.He made me a polished arrow,in his quiver he hid me.You are my servant, he said to me,Israel, through whom I show my glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain,and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,Yet my reward is with the LORD,my recompense is with my God.For now the...
  • Traditional True Mass Propers : Dominica in Palmis ~ Passiontide : Palm Sunday

    04/02/2012 3:37:17 PM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 36 replies
    Robert Drobot | Anno Dmini 1 April 2012 | Most Holy Trinity
    Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus Traditional True Holy Mass Propers Dominica in Palmis ~ Palm Sunday ( Passiontide ) Anno Dmini 1 April 2012 Statio ad S. Joannem in Laterano ~ Station at Saint John Lateran Commemorating The Feast of Saint Mary of Egypt ( Observed A.D. 2 April 2012 ) Color: Violaceus ~ Violet Vestments I Classis ~ First Class Observance Dmine, ne longe fcias auxlium tuum a me: ad defensinem meam spice: lbera me de ore lenis, et a crnibus unicornurum humilittem meam.... ( Lord, do not stand at a distance, if Thou...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 2, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/02/2012 4:42:34 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    It is Finished Today's Scripture "I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns" (Philippians 1:6, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The last thing Jesus said on the cross was, "It is finished." At that moment, it certainly looked like the end. It looked like it was over. But I believe that wasn't just a statement of fact, it was a statement of faith. He was saying to Father God, "I've done My part. I've fulfilled My destiny....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 2, 2012]

    04/02/2012 4:40:56 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Glory That’s Unsurpassed ". . . the Lord Jesus . . . has sent me that you may receive your sight . . ." —Acts 9:17 When Paul received his sight, he also received spiritual insight into the Person of Jesus Christ. His entire life and preaching from that point on were totally consumed with nothing but Jesus Christ— “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). Paul never again allowed anything to attract and hold the attention of his mind and soul except the face of Jesus...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-02-12. Monday of Holy Week

    04/01/2012 8:57:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-02-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 2, 2012 Monday of Holy Week Reading 1 Is 42:1-7 Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased,Upon whom I have put my Spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations,Not crying out, not shouting,not making his voice heard in the street.A bruised reed he shall not break,and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,Until he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the LORD,who created the heavens and stretched them out,who spreads out the earth with its crops,Who gives breath to its...
  • Pope, Just Back From Trip, Celebrates Palm Sunday (with good news from Cuba)

    04/01/2012 5:03:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 1, 2012 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Benedict XVI has kicked off the Catholic Church's Holy Week celebrations with Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square and good news from Cuba. Cuba's communist government on Saturday agreed to Benedict's request to make Good Friday a holiday, a request made during his visit to the Caribbean island last week. The day, which is celebrated this Friday, marks the solemn commemoration of Christ's death. On Sunday, Benedict traveled into St. Peter's Square on the back of a white jeep at the start of Palm Sunday Mass, which marks Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem and inaugurates Holy Week. Benedict...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 1, 2012]

    04/01/2012 4:20:22 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Helpful or Heartless Toward Others? "It is Christ . . . who also makes intercession for us. . . . the Spirit . . . makes intercession for the saints . . ." —Romans 8:34, 27 Do we need any more arguments than these to become intercessors-that Christ “always lives to make intercession” (Hebrews 7:25), and that the Holy Spirit “makes intercession for the saints”? Are we living in such a relationship with others that we do the work of intercession as a result of being the children of God who are taught by His Spirit? We should take...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-01-12, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

    03/31/2012 8:28:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 76 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-01-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 1, 2012 Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord At the Procession with Palms - Gospel Mk 11:1-10 When Jesus and his disciples drew near to Jerusalem,to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives,he sent two of his disciples and said to them,"Go into the village opposite you,and immediately on entering it,you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat.Untie it and bring it here.If anyone should say to you,'Why are you doing this?' reply,'The Master has need of itand will send it back here at once.'"So they went offand...
  • The Servant's Task...(Isaiah Servant Songs pt 3)

    Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens,...
  • Lock Up The Hosts

    03/31/2012 4:13:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 3/28/12 | Giacomo Galeazzi
    An escalating wave of sacrilegious thefts of wafers strikes across Italy. The Archbishop of Monreale encourages parishes to lock up the Eucharist, with a green light from the Holy SeeThe image of an empty tabernacle and the hosts being kept locked up elsewhere seems almost heretical. But in truth, keeping the Eucharist safe is well worth breaking away from the norm. There is nothing more sacred in the Church than the consecrated Host. Yet for months now, these violations and abuses have been taking place, one right after the other: from the two Muslims in Sondrio who received the host...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 31, 2012]

    03/31/2012 4:19:54 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Heedfulness or Hypocrisy in Ourselves? "If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death" —1 John 5:16 If we are not heedful and pay no attention to the way the Spirit of God works in us, we will become spiritual hypocrites. We see where other people are failing, and then we take our discernment and turn it into comments of ridicule and criticism, instead of turning it into intercession on their behalf. God reveals this truth...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-31-12

    03/30/2012 9:09:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 03-31-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 31, 2012 Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1Ez 37:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:I will take the children of Israel from among the nationsto which they have come,and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land.I will make them one nation upon the land,in the mountains of Israel,and there shall be one prince for them all. Never again shall they be two nations,and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols,their abominations, and all their transgressions. I will deliver...
  • Dangerous Exit from Comfort Zone: Passover Offering on Temple Mount

    03/30/2012 11:58:23 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 14 replies
    Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them: 'Draw out, and take lambs according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. And you shall observe this matter for an ordinance for you and your sons for ever. (Exodus 12) Soon, with G-d's help, we will establish Jewish leadership for Israel. Please be forewarned that when that happens, our familiar, comfortable Pesach holiday will be radically changed. We will have to forget about the Pesach seder with the extended family at the home of the family balabusta. Instead, we will be face to face with...
  • Behold My Servant...(Servant Songs pt 2)

    Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens,...
  • Fidel Castro Asks Pope For Explanation of Post-Conciliar Liturgical Changes

    03/30/2012 7:17:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 3/29/12 | Shawn Tribe
    As you know, Pope Benedict XVI has recently been in Mexico, followed by Cuba. I picked up this interesting little tidbit in a Reuters story, "What does a pope do?" Fidel Castro asks Benedict.In the course of that conversation between the Pope and former Cuban president, Fidel Castro asked an interesting question of the Pope: Castro questioned Benedict about changes in Church liturgy and asked the pope to send him a book to help him reflect. The pope said he would think of which one to send, but had not yet decided, Lombardi said.I find the fact that Castro asked...
  • Rome excommunicates four Ukrainian bishops

    03/30/2012 6:39:55 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 9 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 30/03/2012 | Chris Gillibrand
    Four bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church excommunicated More in Spanish here- detailing some extraordinary career paths Former monks of the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat who appointed themselves bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in 2008 have been excommunicated for disobedience They appointed themselves bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in 2008. After trying to be recognized by the Ukrainian state as a Ukrainian Greek Catholic Orthodox Church, four former monks of the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat, a Ukrainian, Slovak and two Czechs have been excommunicated. Their relations with the Vatican deteriorated four years ago
  • GOD judges our hearts. Is your heart focused on CHRIST/worshipping GOD?

    03/30/2012 6:38:20 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 14 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Our hearts.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 30, 2012 [Devotional]

    03/30/2012 4:12:32 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Constantly Speak Today's Scripture I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises (Psalm 34:1, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you wake up in the morning, do you expect the goodness of God in your life? Do you set the tone of the day for success, favor and blessing with your words? Scripture tells us that life and death are in the power of the tongue. Thats why its so important to declare praises to God all throughout the day. Things may be bad all around you, people may be negative,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 30, 2012]

    03/30/2012 4:10:32 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Holiness or Hardness Toward God? "He . . . wondered that there was no intercessor . . ." —Isaiah 59:16 The reason many of us stop praying and become hard toward God is that we only have an emotional interest in prayer. It sounds good to say that we pray, and we read books on prayer which tell us that prayer is beneficial— that our minds are quieted and our souls are uplifted when we pray. But Isaiah implied in this verse that God is amazed at such thoughts about prayer.Worship and intercession must go together; one is impossible...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-30-12

    03/29/2012 9:11:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-30-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 30, 2012 Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1Jer 20:10-13 I hear the whisperings of many:"Terror on every side!Denounce! let us denounce him!"All those who were my friendsare on the watch for any misstep of mine."Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,and take our vengeance on him."But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.In their failure they will be put to utter shame,to lasting, unforgettable confusion.O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,who probe mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 29, 2012 [Devotional]

    03/29/2012 4:39:54 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Light in the Darkness Today's Scripture When darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in (Psalm 112:4, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Everyone goes through seasons of difficulty or times when things just seem dark. During these challenging times, know that you are not alone. God has a plan to drive out the darkness He will flood you with His light! Notice that in todays verse it doesnt say, The light will come trickling in. No, it says that the light will come bursting in! That means suddenly, you will see Gods goodness. Suddenly, youll...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 29, 2012]

    03/29/2012 4:38:45 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Our Lord’s Surprise Visits "You also be ready . . ." —Luke 12:40 A Christian worker’s greatest need is a readiness to face Jesus Christ at any and every turn. This is not easy, no matter what our experience has been. This battle is not against sin, difficulties, or circumstances, but against being so absorbed in our service to Jesus Christ that we are not ready to face Jesus Himself at every turn. The greatest need is not facing our beliefs or doctrines, or even facing the question of whether or not we are of any use to Him,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-29-12

    03/28/2012 9:43:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-29-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 29, 2012 Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1Gn 17:3-9 When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him:"My covenant with you is this:you are to become the father of a host of nations.No longer shall you be called Abram;your name shall be Abraham,for I am making you the father of a host of nations.I will render you exceedingly fertile;I will make nations of you;kings shall stem from you.I will maintain my covenant with youand your descendants after youthroughout the ages as an everlasting pact,to be your God and the God of your descendants after...
  • The Servant of The LORD...(Isaiah)

    Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens,...
  • Is It Back to Nuns with Rulers?

    03/28/2012 1:59:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 28, 2012 | Rev. Dwight Longenecker
    One of the things I have always found most delightful about the Catholic Church is nuns. Protestants have fearsome and holy women, but they don’t have nuns. There is something feisty and admirable about a nun. Especially a nun with a ruler. How the whining ex Catholics love to whimper about the hatchet faced nuns who rapped their knuckles with a ruler, or how they like to mock the nuns who patrolled the school dance, thrusting a ruler between the pelvises of a close dancing boy and girl while crying in an Irish accent, “Come now, you two– leave room...
  • Icons of hope in Havana (300 thousand Cubans fill Revolution Square)

    03/28/2012 11:40:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 28, 2012
    An estimated 300 thousand Cuban faithful filled Havana’s Revolution Square for an open air Mass presided over by Pope Benedict XVI on the final day of his visit to the Americas. Philippa Hitchen was among them and sends us this report:On a trip to the Cuban capital a few years back, the granddaughter of author Ernest Hemingway was heard to remark that Cuba has three icons: Che Guevara, Fidel Castro and her grandfather. Certainly the American author and journalist is still revered around here with hotels, bars and restaurants named after him and his medal for the 1954 Nobel...