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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-25-12

    09/24/2012 8:55:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 09-25-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 25, 2012   Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Prv 21:1-6, 10-13 Like a stream is the king's heart in the hand of the LORD;wherever it pleases him, he directs it. All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes,but it is the LORD who proves hearts. To do what is right and justis more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Haughty eyes and a proud heart?the tillage of the wicked is sin. The plans of the diligent are sure of profit,but all rash haste leads certainly to poverty. Whoever...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 24, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/24/2012 4:58:10 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Don't Get Snared Today's Scripture You are snared by the words of your mouth… Proverbs 6:2, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria During the 1990’s, Jose Lima was the star pitcher for the Houston Astros. One season, he won 20 games and was considered one of the best pitchers in the league. When the Astros moved from the Astrodome to their new ballpark downtown, the fence in left field was much closer than the fence in the Astrodome. It favored the hitters and made it more difficult on the pitchers. The first time Jose Lima went to the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 24, 2012]

    09/24/2012 4:56:28 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The “Go” of Preparation " If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift " —Matthew 5:23-24 It is easy for us to imagine that we will suddenly come to a point in our lives where we are fully prepared, but preparation is not suddenly accomplished. In fact, it is a process that must be steadily maintained. It is dangerous to become settled and complacent in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-24-12

    09/23/2012 9:41:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 09-24-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 24, 2012   Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Prv 3:27-34 Refuse no one the good on which he has a claimwhen it is in your power to do it for him.Say not to your neighbor, "Go, and come again,tomorrow I will give," when you can give at once. Plot no evil against your neighbor,against one who lives at peace with you.Quarrel not with a man without cause,with one who has done you no harm. Envy not the lawless manand choose none of his ways:To the LORD the perverse one is an abomination,but with...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 23, 2012]

    09/23/2012 4:17:42 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Missionary’s Goal "He . . . said to them, ’Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem . . . ’ " —Luke 18:31 In our natural life our ambitions change as we grow, but in the Christian life the goal is given at the very beginning, and the beginning and the end are exactly the same, namely, our Lord Himself. We start with Christ and we end with Him—”. . . till we all come . . . to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ . . .” (Ephesians 4:13), not simply to our...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 22, 2012]

    09/22/2012 4:04:04 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Missionary’s Master and Teacher "You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am . . . . I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master . . ." —John 13:13, 16 To have a master and teacher is not the same thing as being mastered and taught. Having a master and teacher means that there is someone who knows me better than I know myself, who is closer than a friend, and who understands the remotest depths of my heart and is able to satisfy them fully. It means...
  • PSALM 95 prophecy about ISRAEL

    09/21/2012 12:28:39 PM PDT · by Dogbert41 · 10 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Aug 23, 2011 | Goordull
    This was awesome and I thought I'd share for my Jewish and Christian friends.
  • Catholics to exclude dodgers of church tax

    09/21/2012 9:19:48 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 91 replies
    The Australian ^ | September 22, 2012 | The Times
    ROMAN Catholics in Germany who decline to pay the country's church tax will be denied communion, confession and a religious burial under moves signed by the Pope that, in effect, excommunicate them. The decree, issued yesterday by Germany's bishops and approved by Benedict XVI, seeks to end a long-running dispute over the implications for Germany's 24.6 million Catholics of opting out from a church tax. It will block churchgoers who choose not to pay the optional levy from becoming godparents or belonging to a Roman Catholic congregation. The church tax, which is collected by provincial authorities and is between 8...
  • Unity of Faith in a Diversity of Traditions [Middle East]

    09/21/2012 6:58:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 9/21/12 | Christopher B. Warner
    Pope Benedict XVI’s plan for enriching cooperation among the Churches of the Middle EastIt was impossible not to notice the colorful, varied display of liturgical vestments and clerical garb during the recent papal visit to Lebanon. The rich cultural diversity among Christians in the Middle East gives witness to the Apostolic traditions which began to develop almost immediately and independently from each other at the very beginning of Christianity. As the Apostles spread the gospel and worship of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the known world, distinct liturgical traditions naturally burgeoned as local churches took root. The six...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 21, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/21/2012 4:43:50 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Go Further, Dream Bigger Today's Scripture I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Today, I want to remind you of what God says about you. No matter what’s happening in your life today, remember: you are not limited by your resources, your family or your background. Almighty God has equipped and empowered you. He has given you creativity, ideas, inventions, skills and talents. Don’t you dare settle for a mediocre life! Today, I call forth the seeds of greatness inside of you. Today, I declare that your...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 21, 2012]

    09/21/2012 4:41:30 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Missionary’s Predestined Purpose "Now the Lord says, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant . . ." —Isaiah 49:5 The first thing that happens after we recognize our election by God in Christ Jesus is the destruction of our preconceived ideas, our narrow-minded thinking, and all of our other allegiances— we are turned solely into servants of God’s own purpose. The entire human race was created to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Sin has diverted the human race onto another course, but it has not altered God’s purpose to the slightest degree. And...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-23-12, Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/20/2012 6:52:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 56 replies ^ | 09-23-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 23, 2012   Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Wis 2:12, 17-20 The wicked say:Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;he sets himself against our doings,reproaches us for transgressions of the lawand charges us with violations of our training.Let us see whether his words be true;let us find out what will happen to him.For if the just one be the son of God, God will defend himand deliver him from the hand of his foes.With revilement and torture let us put the just one to the testthat we may have proof of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-22-12

    09/20/2012 6:44:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 09-22-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 22, 2012 Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49 Brothers and sisters:Someone may say, "How are the dead raised?With what kind of body will they come back?" You fool!What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies.And what you sow is not the body that is to bebut a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some other kind. So also is the resurrection of the dead.It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible.It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious.It is sown weak; it is raised powerful.It is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-21-12, Feast, St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

    09/20/2012 6:35:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 09-21-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 21, 2012 Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist   Reading 1 Eph 4:1-7, 11-13 Brothers and sisters:I, a prisoner for the Lord,urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,with all humility and gentleness, with patience,bearing with one another through love,striving to preserve the unity of the Spiritthrough the bond of peace:one Body and one Spirit,as you were also called to the one hope of your call;one Lord, one faith, one baptism;one God and Father of all,who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 20, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/20/2012 4:32:35 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Speak Vision Today's Scripture “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Every word you speak matters. Something you say may seem insignificant to you, but to someone else those words can be life changing. When you use your words to lift someone’s spirit and speak words of vision and life over them, you are depositing seeds that will last throughout eternity. It's especially important to speak vision into our children. As a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher or friend,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 20, 2012]

    09/20/2012 4:30:53 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Divine Commandment of Life ". . . be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect" —Matthew 5:48 Our Lord’s exhortation to us in Matthew 5:38-48 is to be generous in our behavior toward everyone. Beware of living according to your natural affections in your spiritual life. Everyone has natural affections— some people we like and others we don’t like. Yet we must never let those likes and dislikes rule our Christian life. “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another” (1 John 1:7), even those toward...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-20-12, M, Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang/compan

    09/19/2012 10:20:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 09-20-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 20, 2012 Memorial of Saint Andrew Kim Taegŏn, priest and martyr and Saint Paul Chŏng Hasang, martyr, and their companions, martyrs   Reading 1 1 Cor 15:1-11 I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,of the Gospel I preached to you,which you indeed received and in which you also stand.Through it you are also being saved,if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,unless you believed in vain.For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures;that he was buried;that he was raised on...
  • Vain Imaginations Are Costly...Psalm 2 pt 3

    Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.(Psalm 2:1-3)The formerly Judeo Christian world has come under the spell of a “vain imagination” just as the Psalmist predicted . Our leaders, the so-called “Kings of the earth and their rulers” have been counseled to cast off the former...
  • Catholic Vote?

    09/19/2012 9:05:44 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    Standing on my Head / Patheos ^ | September 18, 2012 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    I’m sorry to report that this also seems to be the case amongst the Catholics I work with and meet from around the country. They may call themselves Catholics, and they may even go to Mass, but when it comes to life choices they are virtually indistinguishable from everyone else in America. They don’t live radical Christianity out in any real sort of way. Their lives look just like the lives of their worldly neighbors. They don’t give any more than the average joe. They seem just as likely to divorce their spouses, have only 2.5 children as their non...
  • Why do Catholic women reject their Church’s teaching on contraception? Now we know.

    09/19/2012 6:31:06 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 64 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Sep 18, 2012 | Carolyn Moynihan
    Back in February this year, when the battle between religious leaders and the Obama administration over the latterÂ’s contraceptive mandate reached a new pitch of intensity, the White House defended its policy by alleging that 98 per cent of Catholic women had used contraception. If that was the case, we were meant to ask, what on earth were the Catholic bishops, for one, making a song and dance about? HadnÂ’t their own female constituency effectively deserted them on this issue? The claim, quoted far and wide at the time, turned out to be a political factoid rather than a real...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 19, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/19/2012 4:45:27 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Live with an Eternal Perspective Today's Scripture …It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria So much of our culture is inward focused. People are conditioned to think, “What’s in it for me?” But the most rewarding way to live is not with the attitude, “How can I get blessed today?” No, if we are always self-focused wondering how we can benefit, that’s living with a shallow, temporary mentality. Instead of looking out only for your good, turn it around and say, “How can I be a blessing to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 19, 2012]

    09/19/2012 4:42:55 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Are You Going on With Jesus? "You are those who have continued with Me in My trials" —Luke 22:28 It is true that Jesus Christ is with us through our temptations, but are we going on with Him through His temptations? Many of us turn back from going on with Jesus from the very moment we have an experience of what He can do. Watch when God changes your circumstances to see whether you are going on with Jesus, or siding with the world, the flesh, and the devil. We wear His name, but are we going on with...
  • Ivory Worship

    09/19/2012 4:39:10 AM PDT · by count-your-change · 4 replies
    National Geographic Magazine ^ | Oct. 2012 | By Bryan Christy Photographs by Brent Stirton
    "IN JANUARY 2012 A HUNDRED RAIDERS ON HORSEBACK CHARGED OUT OF CHAD INTO CAMEROON’S BOUBA NDJIDAH NATIONAL PARK, SLAUGHTERING HUNDREDS OF ELEPHANTS—entire families—in one of the worst concentrated killings since a global ivory trade ban was adopted in 1989. Carrying AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades, they dispatched the elephants with a military precision reminiscent of a 2006 butchering outside Chad’s Zakouma National Park. And then some stopped to pray to Allah. Seen from the ground, each of the bloated elephant carcasses is a monument to human greed. Elephant poaching levels are currently at their worst in a decade, and seizures of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-19-12, OM, St. Januarius, Bishop and Martyr

    09/18/2012 8:07:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 09-19-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 19, 2012 Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Cor 12:31-13:13 Brothers and sisters:Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in human and angelic tonguesbut do not have love,I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.And if I have the gift of prophecyand comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge;if I have all faith so as to move mountains,but do not have love, I am nothing.If I give away everything I own,and if I hand my body over so that I...
  • The Mystery of Ethiopian Iconography

    09/18/2012 12:38:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Orthodox Arts Journal ^ | 8/10/12 | Jonathan Pageau
    Ethiopian Christianity presents many mysteries to us, their unique use of Old Testament typology, their concentric churches, their claim of having the Ark of the Covenent and its use in liturgy – these all create an obscure but fascinating question. I went to Ethiopia in 2009 to discover more about their liturgical arts. I would like to share some of my findings with you. This is just to give you a taste since of course one could easily write a book on the subject. I will focus on the Lake Tana churches and mostly one church : Kidana Mhiret on...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 18, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/18/2012 4:39:44 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Push People Up Today's Scripture Two are better than one…if either of them falls down, one can help the other up… Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We all need somebody to believe in us more than we believe in ourselves. We all need people who will push us up, so to speak. After all, there are enough people trying to push us down in life. There are enough people telling us what we can’t become and how we don’t have what it takes. I know in my own life, I wouldn’t be half of who...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 18, 2012]

    09/18/2012 4:38:01 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    His Temptation and Ours "We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin" —Hebrews 4:15 Until we are born again, the only kind of temptation we understand is the kind mentioned in James 1:14, “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” But through regeneration we are lifted into another realm where there are other temptations to face, namely, the kind of temptations our Lord faced. The temptations of Jesus had no appeal to us as...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-18-12

    09/17/2012 6:37:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 09-18-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 18, 2012   Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a Brothers and sisters:As a body is one though it has many parts,and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,so also Christ.For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body,whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. Now the body is not a single part, but many. Now you are Christ's Body, and individually parts of it.Some people God has designated in the Churchto be, first, Apostles;...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 17, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/17/2012 4:39:23 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Call Out Seeds of Greatness Today's Scripture “...God...calls those things which do not exist as though they did.” (Romans 4:17, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Very often, we see potential in other people that they can’t see in themselves. When you speak vision into them, when you tell them what they can become, you can help set the direction for their life. Your words have the power to push people into their divine destiny. I believe that the reason some people are not living at their full potential is because no one has ever spoken faith into...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 17, 2012]

    09/17/2012 4:37:47 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Is There Good in Temptation? "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man . . ." —1 Corinthians 10:13 The word temptation has come to mean something bad to us today, but we tend to use the word in the wrong way. Temptation itself is not sin; it is something we are bound to face simply by virtue of being human. Not to be tempted would mean that we were already so shameful that we would be beneath contempt. Yet many of us suffer from temptations we should never have to suffer, simply because we...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-17-12, OM, St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    09/16/2012 8:28:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 09-17-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 17, 2012 Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Cor 11:17-26, 33 Brothers and sisters:In giving this instruction, I do not praise the factthat your meetings are doing more harm than good.First of all, I hear that when you meet as a Churchthere are divisions among you,and to a degree I believe it;there have to be factions among youin order that also those who are approved among youmay become known.When you meet in one place, then,it is not to eat the Lord's supper,for in eating, each one goes ahead with his own supper,and one...
  • Psalm 100--A Personal Running Commentary [Vanity]

    09/16/2012 10:53:55 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 3 replies
    Psalm 100 (NIV)1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. The Holy Spirit prompted me to meditate upon this psalm and to amplify upon...
  • The West Is Following A Vain Imagination...Psalm 2 pt 2

    Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. (Psalm 2:1-4)The events of this past few weeks have underscored for me again the message of the second Psalm. The heathen(Nations) do indeed rage, and the people are enflamed because of a vain imagination. We looked in the last post about the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 16, 2012]

    09/16/2012 5:42:47 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Praying to God in Secret "When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place . . ." —Matthew 6:6 The primary thought in the area of religion is— keep your eyes on God, not on people. Your motivation should not be the desire to be known as a praying person. Find an inner room in which to pray where no one even knows you are praying, shut the door, and talk to God in secret. Have no motivation other than to know your Father...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-16-12, Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/15/2012 9:16:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies ^ | 09-16-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 16, 2012 Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Is 50:5-9a The Lord GOD 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 who upholds my right;if anyone wishes to oppose me,let us appear together.Who disputes my right?Let that man confront me.See, the Lord...
  • High Holidays Info

    09/15/2012 8:43:21 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 6 replies ^ | 9/15/2012 | Various
    Portal website for lots of information on Rosh Hashana. May you be inscribed and sealed for a good, sweet year.
  • Why The Heathen 1

    Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.(Psalm 2:1-4)Like most civilized people, I have been reeling from the world events of the previous week or so, especially Sept 11, 2011. I have not been surprised in any way at the attacks on our embassies, although it is...
  • Democrats Denied God Thrice at DNC Convention

    09/15/2012 2:37:03 PM PDT · by pansgold · 10 replies
    IX / XV / MMXII | pansgold
    New International Version (©1984) "I tell you the truth, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." Democrats in denial of God - 3 times before the rooster crowed in the morning. God finally got put back in to their platform by simply ignoring the voice vote. Now that's the Democratic Way!
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 15, 2012]

    09/15/2012 4:12:11 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    What To Renounce "We have renounced the hidden things of shame . . ." —2 Corinthians 4:2 Have you “renounced the hidden things of shame” in your life—the things that your sense of honor or pride will not allow to come into the light? You can easily hide them. Is there a thought in your heart about anyone that you would not like to be brought into the light? Then renounce it as soon as it comes to mind—renounce everything in its entirety until there is no hidden dishonesty or craftiness about you at all. Envy, jealousy, and strife...
  • Mass etiquette: Obey rubrics, be charitable (Catholic Caucus)

    09/14/2012 11:14:09 PM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 10 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 12 September 2012 | Nissa LaPoint
    Mass etiquette: Obey rubrics, be charitable By Nissa LaPoint It’s likely a familiar scene to Mass-goers. Across the pew, one man strikes his breast to the words of the Penitential Act while a tardy couple with a baby apologetically stumbles past him. The majority prays on bended knees, but at the consecration, one woman slips out to answer a vibrating Blackberry. One sniffling parishioner clasps hands with another during the Lord’s Prayer. Others pray with folded hands. Many Catholic faithful have fallen victim to and grappled with such liturgical conundrums and church faux pas. As the one-year anniversary of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-15-12, M, Our Lady of Sorrows

    09/14/2012 9:52:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies ^ | 09-15-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 15, 2012   Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows   Reading 1 1 Cor 10:14-22 My beloved ones, avoid idolatry.I am speaking as to sensible people;judge for yourselves what I am saying.The cup of blessing that we bless,is it not a participation in the Blood of Christ?The bread that we break,is it not a participation in the Body of Christ?Because the loaf of bread is one,we, though many, are one Body,for we all partake of the one loaf. Look at Israel according to the flesh;are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar?So what am I saying?That...
  • ONE TRUE Witness " AS ONE "

    09/14/2012 4:55:09 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 6 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 9-14-12 | Jedediah
    There shall be circumstantial differences in exchanges between the Holy Ones now and in this convening ALL things shall be made "NEW" in that a "ONENESS" shall be "Made Known" and become obvious to ALL in TRUE UNITY of and for The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth . John 5:32 New King James Version (NKJV) 32 There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true.
  • Study: Most Churchgoers Do Not Read Bible on Daily Basis [Protestant / Evangelical Caucus]

    09/14/2012 9:03:23 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 25 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | September 7, 2012 | Michael Gryboski
    A recently released study by a Christian research organization shows that most churchgoers do not read or study the Bible on a daily basis. The findings of the Transformational Discipleship Assessment released by LifeWay Research noted that 19 percent of respondents report reading or studying the Bible outside of church "every day." By contrast, 36 percent of respondents said that they either engage the Bible "once a week," "once a month," or "a few times a month." Eighteen percent reported rarely or never reading or studying the Bible outside of worship. Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research, told The Christian...
  • Pittsburgh Presbytery to vote on exit plan [Presbyterian Caucus]

    09/14/2012 8:34:35 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | August 23, 2012 | Ann Rodgers / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Pittsburgh Presbytery is poised to vote on a plan that would allow congregations to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) with their buildings if they first engage in an open discernment process and negotiate a settlement with the presbytery. [SNIP] Over the past decade the Presbyterian Church (USA) has lost 195 theologically conservative congregations in disputes over biblical interpretation and sexual morality. Up to 600 are estimated to be in process to follow them, according to The Presbyterian Lay Committee, a conservative group. The denomination has 1.9 million members in 11,000 congregations. In 2007 Pittsburgh Presbytery lost three congregations to the...
  • Thompson Valley High School student's rosary beads taken away

    09/14/2012 7:11:42 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 28 replies
    KMGH TV ^ | 9/13/2012
    LOVELAND, Colo. - A Thompson Valley High School student had his rosary beads taken away twice in three weeks after school officials said they were gang-related. The Loveland Reporter-Herald reported the story of Manuel Vigil, a junior at the high school. He is also Catholic and his mother told the newspaper that the beads had been especially important to him in dealing with the recent slaying of an uncle. School officials said the beads themselves are not prohibited, but they way they are worn could be gang-related and violate the school's dress code. Loveland Police Sgt. David Murphy, who heads...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 14, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/14/2012 4:41:47 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    But God! Today's Scripture O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! ...But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. Psalm 3:1-3, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When David wrote this verse, He was in a very difficult situation. He was actually running for his life from his very own son who wanted to kill him and take over the throne. Can you imagine?! David was probably feeling overwhelmed, distraught, heartbroken, betrayed and abandoned. Have you ever felt that way? But...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 14, 2012]

    09/14/2012 4:40:04 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Arguments or Obedience ". . . the simplicity that is in Christ." —2 Corinthians 11:3 Simplicity is the secret to seeing things clearly. A saint does not think clearly until a long time passes, but a saint ought to see clearly without any difficulty. You cannot think through spiritual confusion to make things clear; to make things clear, you must obey. In intellectual matters you can think things out, but in spiritual matters you will only think yourself into further wandering thoughts and more confusion. If there is something in your life upon which God has put His pressure,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-14-12, Feast, Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    09/13/2012 9:33:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 09-14-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 14, 2012   Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross   Reading 1 Nm 21:4b-9 With their patience worn out by the journey,the people complained against God and Moses,"Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,where there is no food or water?We are disgusted with this wretched food!" In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,which bit the people so that many of them died.Then the people came to Moses and said,"We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us."So Moses prayed...
  • A Word For The Bride of Christ [Charismatic Caucus]

    09/13/2012 4:09:11 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 9-13-12 | Jedediah
    Profound changes are about to come upon My Bride and body of Christ in a universal manner as never before . Worship shall ascend to a higher level "and must" to continue the work of the Gospel and to implement Kingdom Regime as My Father has intended it to be " on Earth as it IS in Heaven " for the Latter Rain is about to descend and ascend together "AS ONE" in places I ordain "as the Body of Christ " and it shall flow "AS ONE BODY" no matter where My Children reside and nothing I say "NOTHING"...
  • Catholic Conundrum: What's an Anti-Abortion, Pro-Immigrant Voter to Do?

    09/13/2012 8:28:28 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 85 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | Sep 13 2012 | Monica Alonzo
    ....religious-minded Americans also have to reconcile conflicting stances on political views within the church itself. For example, both Mormon and Catholic doctrines preach anti-abortion and traditional family values that align with the Republican way. At the same time, church leaders also publicly adopted a Democrat-esque, humane approach to immigration enforcement, inccluding a path to citizenship. [SNIP] The conversation also is about immigration and church officials' views that politicians should adopt a more tolerant view of the presence of immigrants. The softer stance stems from a growing number of undocumented immigrants converting to Mormonism — an estimated 70 percent of Latino...