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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...