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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 30, 2012]

    09/30/2012 4:25:07 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Assigning of the Call "I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church . . ." —Colossians 1:24 We take our own spiritual consecration and try to make it into a call of God, but when we get right with Him He brushes all this aside. Then He gives us a tremendous, riveting pain to fasten our attention on something that we never even dreamed could be His call for us. And for one radiant,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-30-12, Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/29/2012 9:28:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 57 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-30-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 30, 2012   Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Nm 11:25-29 The LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses.Taking some of the spirit that was on Moses,the LORD bestowed it on the seventy elders;and as the spirit came to rest on them, they prophesied. Now two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad,were not in the gathering but had been left in the camp.They too had been on the list, but had not gone out to the tent;yet the spirit came to rest on them also,and they prophesied in the camp.So, when a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 29, 2012]

    09/29/2012 4:22:12 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Awareness of the Call ". . . for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! " —1 Corinthians 9:16 We are inclined to forget the deeply spiritual and supernatural touch of God. If you are able to tell exactly where you were when you received the call of God and can explain all about it, I question whether you have truly been called. The call of God does not come like that; it is much more supernatural. The realization of the call in a person’s life may come like...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-29-12, Feast, Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Archangels

    09/28/2012 8:31:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-29-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 29, 2012   Feast of Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael, Archangels   Reading 1 Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 As I watched: Thrones were set upand the Ancient One took his throne.His clothing was bright as snow,and the hair on his head as white as wool;His throne was flames of fire,with wheels of burning fire.A surging stream of fireflowed out from where he sat;Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,and myriads upon myriads attended him. The court was convened, and the books were opened.As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming,on...
  • On the Sacred Liturgy as a School of Prayer

    09/28/2012 12:01:15 PM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 26, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Sacred Liturgy as a School of Prayer "Lord, teach us to pray" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 26, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in St. Peter's Square. The Holy Father began a new series of catecheses on prayer today, moving from prayer in sacred Scripture to prayer in the sacred liturgy. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In recent months, we have made a journey in the light of God’s Word in order to learn to pray more authentically, by looking at several great figures of the...
  • The Anglican Use Mass

    09/28/2012 6:32:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Held by His Pierced Hands ^ | 9/20/12 | Meg Hunter-Kilmer
    **Note: this is a long one and probably only exciting if you’re kind of a nerd and want to know about rites and ordinariates and such. I find all this fascinating!**My last post on the Church of England was, I know, not the usual for this blog. But the new ordinariates are just so complicated that I thought you’d want some background explaining the context from which this all arose. Now we all know that the Church of England came from the Catholic Church (didn’t they all?), that there is great beauty in their traditions and liturgies, that there have...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 28, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/28/2012 4:43:23 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Right Companions Today's Scripture “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Your destiny is too big to accomplish on your own. That’s why it’s so important to be connected to the right people. We have to understand that God has already arranged for certain people to speak faith into you. He has already placed people in your path that will inspire you, challenge you, and help you accomplish your dreams. The reason some people never reach their...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 28, 2012]

    09/28/2012 4:41:38 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The “Go” of Unconditional Identification "Jesus . . . said to him, ’One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor . . . and come, take up the cross, and follow Me’ " —Mark 10:21 The rich young ruler had the controlling passion to be perfect. When he saw Jesus Christ, he wanted to be like Him. Our Lord never places anyone’s personal holiness above everything else when He calls a disciple. Jesus’ primary consideration is my absolute annihilation of my right to myself and my identification with Him, which means...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-28-12, OM, St. Wenceslaus, St. Lawrence Ruiz/companions

    09/27/2012 9:38:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-28-12 | Revised New American Bibl
    September 28, 2012   Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Eccl 3:1-11 There is an appointed time for everything,and a time for every thing under the heavens.A time to be born, and a time to die;a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.A time to kill, and a time to heal;a time to tear down, and a time to build.A time to weep, and a time to laugh;a time to mourn, and a time to dance.A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;a time to embrace, and a time...
  • Pope: the Liturgy, "Precious Space" for "Ongoing Dialogue" Between God and Man

    09/27/2012 6:38:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    At the general audience, Benedict XVI emphasizes that liturgy is "the action of God and man; prayer that comes from the Holy Spirit and ourselves, wholly directed to the Father, in union with the Son of God." "The first requirement for a good liturgical celebration that is both prayer and conversation with God, first listen and then respond."Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The Liturgy is "precious space" for the "ongoing dialogue" between God and man, in which "God speaks to each of us and awaits our response." Continuing in his catechesis on the "Christian school of prayer", Benedict XVI's general audience...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 27, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/27/2012 4:39:08 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Before Creation Today's Scripture “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world...” (Ephesians 1:4, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that God chose you before the foundations of the earth? Before the worlds were ever formed, He knew you. And, He didn’t create you to be average. He didn’t create you to barely get by. No, He created you to excel! Not only has He chosen you, but He has equipped you with everything you need to live and thrive in this life. He has deposited seeds of greatness inside every...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 27, 2012]

    09/27/2012 4:37:21 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The “Go” of Renunciation ". . . someone said to Him, ’Lord, I will follow You wherever You go’ " —Luke 9:57 Our Lord’s attitude toward this man was one of severe discouragement, “for He knew what was in man” (John 2:25). We would have said, “I can’t imagine why He lost the opportunity of winning that man! Imagine being so cold to him and turning him away so discouraged!” Never apologize for your Lord. The words of the Lord hurt and offend until there is nothing left to be hurt or offended. Jesus Christ had no tenderness whatsoever...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-27-12, M, St. Vincent de Paul, Priest

    09/26/2012 11:12:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-27-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 27, 2012   Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, priest   Reading 1 Eccl 1:2-11 Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!What profit has man from all the laborwhich he toils at under the sun?One generation passes and another comes,but the world forever stays.The sun rises and the sun goes down;then it presses on to the place where it rises.Blowing now toward the south, then toward the north,the wind turns again and again, resuming its rounds.All rivers go to the sea,yet never does the sea become full.To the place where they go,the rivers keep on...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 26, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/26/2012 4:37:15 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Speak to Your Mountains Today's Scripture “And Jesus answered them, Truly I say to you, if you have faith (a firm relying trust) and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will be done.” (Matthew 21:21, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We’ve all had seasons when the challenges of life feel overwhelming. During those times, it’s easy to be tempted to talk about how bad things are. Maybe you received a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 26, 2012]

    09/26/2012 4:36:28 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The “Go” of Reconciliation "If you . . . remember that your brother has something against you . . ." —Matthew 5:23 This verse says, “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you . . . .” It is not saying, “If you search and find something because of your unbalanced sensitivity,” but, “If you . . . remember . . . .” In other words, if something is brought to your conscious mind by the Spirit of God— “First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-12, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2012 8:19:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-26-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 26, 2012   Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Prv 30:5-9 Every word of God is tested;he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.Add nothing to his words,lest he reprove you, and you will be exposed as a deceiver. Two things I ask of you,deny them not to me before I die:Put falsehood and lying far from me,give me neither poverty nor riches;provide me only with the food I need;Lest, being full, I deny you,saying, "Who is the LORD?"Or, being in want, I steal,and profane the name of my God. Responsorial...
  • On Eve Of Yom Kippur, Obama seeks to Atone Muslims

    And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.(Leviticus 16:21-22)Here is an ominous irony; on the eve of Yom Kippur, the God appointed Holy day of Israel,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 25, 2012 [Devotional]

    09/25/2012 4:39:18 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Set Forth His Word Today's Scripture “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10–11, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you going through a difficult time...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 25, 2012]

    09/25/2012 4:38:34 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The “Go” of Relationship "Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two" —Matthew 5:41 Our Lord’s teaching can be summed up in this: the relationship that He demands for us is an impossible one unless He has done a super-natural work in us. Jesus Christ demands that His disciple does not allow even the slightest trace of resentment in his heart when faced with tyranny and injustice. No amount of enthusiasm will ever stand up to the strain that Jesus Christ will put upon His servant. Only one thing will bear the strain, and that is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-25-12

    09/24/2012 8:55:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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...