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  • The Bible In Paintings, #22: JOSEPH, Part 4 – JOSEPH AIDS HIS BROTHERS

    07/11/2020 8:09:43 PM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 11 replies
    Bing Images ^ | c. 2000 BC -- c. 90 AD | Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    SMPMEMCMIMAMLMMM NMOMTMEM The Bible takes SIX full chapters telling of Joseph's tenure as Egypt's overlord and of his convoluted reconciliation with his brothers and his father Jacob. But this post is not the Bible and cannot include all of that text, so you will find only very limited portions, just enough to outline the story without doing violence to it. Of course, as always, your Bible contains the complete text. JOSEPH SEES HIS BROTHERS INCOGNITO GENESIS 42 - 47 New International Versionheavily abridged, emphases added 1 When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons..."Go...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lone Priest Administers Last Rites to Driver After Deadly Car Crash

    07/11/2020 6:41:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | July 10, 2020 | Alyssa Murphy
    [Catholic Caucus] Lone Priest Administers Last Rites to Driver After Deadly Car Crash Father John Killackey came to the aid of several stranded on the road after a tragic six-car pileup in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Father John Killackey walking down Interstate 81 southbound on July 8, 2020. Father John Killackey came to the aid of several stranded on the road after a tragic six-car pileup in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. A picture of a lone priest walking along Highway 81 piqued the interest of thousands of Catholics this week. Drenched with so much rain, the image appears as a Norman Rockwell work of...
  • The Bible In Paintings, #21: JOSEPH, Part 3 – JOSEPH AIDS PHARAOH

    07/10/2020 7:56:07 PM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 17 replies
    Bing Images ^ | c. 2000 BC -- c. 90 AD | Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    JOSEPH THE INTERPRETER GENESIS 41 (NIV, excerpted,emphases added) 1 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, 2 when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. 3 After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. 4 And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up. 5 He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of...
  • Trump, violence, racism. A slap by a nun and a response from Archbishop Viganò

    07/10/2020 4:33:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    Aldo Maria Valli ^ | July 10, 2020 | Aldoo Maria Valli
    Trump, violence, racism. A slap by a nun and a response from Archbishop Viganò Open letter of Sister Antonietta Potente to Monsignor Carlo Maria Viganò and answer of Monsignor to the SisterDear friends of Duc in altum, the religious sister and theologian Antonietta Potente has written a letter to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò in which she expresses strong criticisms of the affirmations made by the Archbishop to the President of the United States, Donald Trump. Here I publish her letter and the response of Monsignor Viganò.***We are deeply indignant at the words that you, a christian and a bishop, have written in support of president Trump, the...
  • [Barf Alert] Why White House Catholics are concerned about Trump’s Catholic tweets

    07/10/2020 12:04:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | July 9, 2020 | Ed Condon
    [Barf Alert] Why White House Catholics are concerned about Trump’s Catholic tweets Officials working in the Trump administration have told CNA that they have been frustrated by recent presidential tweets elevating controversial Catholic figures, saying the tweets undermine the work many Catholics in the administration hope to accomplish.In recent weeks, the president’s Twitter account has cited support from two figures with polarizing reputations among Catholics: former papal nuncio to the United States Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, and the author and online polemicist Taylor Marshall.While both men have been publicly supportive of the president, both are better known for their criticism...
  • An Insight on Hope from St. Augustine

    07/10/2020 10:10:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-05-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on July 5, 2020July 5, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope An Insight on Hope from St. Augustine The word “hope” in modern English has lost much of the vigor assigned to what we call the theological virtue of Hope. In English hope often means merely a vague wish, as in, “I hope it doesn’t rain.” But the theological virtue of Hope (which I capitalize to distinguish it from worldly hope) is more vigorously defined as the confident expectation of God’s help in attaining eternal salvation. Notice therefore it is no mere wish, it is a confident expectation based...
  • The great advantages of a Christian society

    07/10/2020 6:11:28 AM PDT · by Teleios Research
    Teleios ^ | Teleios
    Teleios conducted a survey in primarily millennials regarding the benefits of Christian society. There were 565 responses (67% < 35 years, 60% United States). Participants noted the advantages of living in a Christian society was that it provided a stronger moral (82%) and ethical base (71%) and a greater amount of love among people (75%). In contrast, the advantages of a Christian society to government were keeping societal order (60%), maintaining individual rights (56%) and reducing corruption (54%). Summary, living in a Christian society provides many advantages to the country’s population and government in keeping a strong moral and ethical...
  • The Bible In Paintings, #20: JOSEPH, Part 2 – EGYPT, OR BUST!

    07/09/2020 8:46:36 PM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 18 replies
    Bing Images ^ | c. 2000 BC -- c. 90 AD | Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    JOSEPH THE SLAVE GENESIS 39 (NIV, excerpted,emphases added) 1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there. 2 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, 4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge...
  • Are Catholic Flame Wars Evangelizing Online? Bishop Barron Says ‘No’

    07/09/2020 1:46:59 PM PDT · by Marchmain · 17 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | July 9, 2020 | Catholic News Agency
    A California bishop challenged Catholics online to “cut it out” and better represent their Christian faith through their social media engagement. On Tuesday, Bishop Robert Barron, an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, issued a “pastoral cry of the heart” to encourage Catholics to stop tearing each other apart online and instead provide well structured and charitable arguments. “I understand that people are passionate, especially about religious matters, but when it comes to this commentary we always must keep truth and love in the forefront,” he said. Speaking of social media, Bishop Barron said that “I must admit the vitriol, negativity,...
  • Sobering Spiritual Truths According to St. John of the Cross

    07/09/2020 10:20:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-08-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on July 7, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope Sobering Spiritual Truths According to St. John of the Cross In today’s post I would like to ponder some hard and sobering spiritual truths, but ones that will set us free.In calling them “hard truths”, I mean that they are not the usual cozy bromides that many seek. They speak bluntly about the more irksome and difficult realities we face. If we come to accept them, though, they have a strange way of bringing serenity by getting us to focus us on the right things rather than spending our time...
  • The Bible In Paintings, #19: JOSEPH, Part 1 – DREAMS, AND REALITY

    07/08/2020 8:53:48 PM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 15 replies
    Bing Images ^ | c. 2000 BC -- c. 90 AD | Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    JACOB LOVES JOSEPH, SO HIS BROTHERS HATE HIM GENESIS 37 (NIV, excerpted,emphases added) 1 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. 2 This is the account of Jacob’s family line. by OTTAVIO VANNINI "Joseph and His Brothers" Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers...and he brought their father a bad report about them. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. 4 When...
  • The Bible In Paintings, #18: JACOB & ESAU, Part 3 of 3

    07/07/2020 10:44:16 PM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 7 replies
    Bing Images ^ | c. 2000 BC -- c. 90 AD | Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    Link to Part 1which told these events:GOD GIVES ISAAC AND REBEKAH TWIN BOYSxxxxx ESAU SELLS HIS BIRTHRIGHT TO JACOBxxxxxxxxxx JACOB STEALS ESAU’S BLESSINGxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx JACOB FLEES FROM ESAUxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx JACOB’S DREAM Link to Part 2which told these events: JACOB TAKES A WIFE—ER, TWO WIVES! xx LABAN SWINDLES JACOBxxxx JACOB SWINDLES LABANxxxxxx JACOB FLEES LABANxxxxxxxx LABAN PURSUES JACOBxxxxxxxxxx JACOB CONFRONTS LABANxxxxxxxxxxxx JACOB HEADS TOWARD HOME and nowJACOB & ESAU, Part 3 JACOB HEADS TOWARD HOME -- AND ESAUGENESIS 32 (NIV, excerpted, emphases added;this section is repeated from Part 2 for context) 3 Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in...
  • The Coming Storm: St. Louis

    07/07/2020 9:03:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | July 7, 2020 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Coming Storm: St. Louis St. Louis.This is what the streets are going to be like, more and more often.There is clearly a demonic component to this.Language alert. BLM, ladies and gentlemen, whose mission statement specifically aims at the destruction of the nuclear family.Remember what Sr. Lucia wrote to Card. Caffarra?
  • May I Attend SSPX Masses?

    07/07/2020 4:17:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 94 replies
    The Fatima Center ^ | July 6, 2020 | Kennedy Hall
    May I Attend SSPX Masses? Editor’s Note: The simplest answer is that, YES, Catholics may attend Mass and receive Holy Communion at the chapels of the Society of St. Pius X without incurring any penalty, stigma or sin. As this is an involved topic, one article would be too long to cover this subject matter. Hence we will be posting these articles as a series over numerous days. We will cover such issues as schism, “full communion,” valid and licit sacraments, true obedience, Vatican II, excommunication and more. If you are interested in these topics, please read on! Part I...
  • The next pope: are we facing the nightmare of a Parolin pontificate?

    07/07/2020 3:27:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    The Spectator ^ | July 7, 2020 | Damian Thompson
    The next pope: are we facing the nightmare of a Parolin pontificate? Vatican officials are anxious to get their hands on an advance copy of The Next Pope, a survey of 19 leading contenders to succeed Pope Francis scheduled for publication next month. The author, Edward Pentin, discusses these papable cardinals in today's episode of Holy Smoke.The full list is still under wraps, but inevitably we talk about Cardinal Robert Sarah, the African-born apocalyptic visionary whom liberals most fear. (If you doubt that, read this despicable and semi-literate hatchet job on Sarah by Christopher Lamb in The Tablet.) Equally inevitably,...
  • Dueling Protests Follow Suspension of Indiana Priest

    07/07/2020 11:59:14 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 7, 2020 | Martina Moyski
    Dueling Protests Follow Suspension of Indiana Priest Fr. Theodore Rothrock: leftists 'serpents in the garden' CARMEL, Ind. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Protests and counterprotests are erupting over the suspension of a faithful Indiana cleric, days after his denunciation of radical leftist groups. On Sunday, supporters and critics of Fr. Theodore Rothrock faced off outside St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel. One contingent shouted "Black Lives Matter!" while the other cheered, "Go, Fr. Ted!" Father Rothrock was suspended last week after condemning anarchist groups. "Black Lives Matter, Antifa and the other nefarious acolytes of their persuasion are not the friends or allies we have been led to believe," he warned in his...
  • What Does It Mean to Trust in God?

    07/07/2020 10:06:10 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-06-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posts Posted on July 6, 2020July 6, 2020 What Does It Mean to Trust in God? We are often told to trust in God, and many of us have counseled others who are anxious or downcast to do so. But what does that mean?In some cases, when people give this counsel they mean this: Don’t worry, God will eventually give you what want. God will come around to your way of thinking at some point. Hang in there and wait for God to answer (your way). He’ll take care of things (in a way that pleases you).This is not...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Zen calls out Pope Francis for not answering dubia about ‘murder’ of Chinese Church

    07/07/2020 8:52:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 6, 2020 | Lianne Laurence
    [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Zen calls out Pope Francis for not answering dubia about ‘murder’ of Chinese Church PETITION: Support Cardinal Zen's plea to stop the "murder of the Church in China"! Sign the petition here. VATICAN CITY, July 6, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — It has been a year since Cardinal Joseph Zen made an emergency trip to Rome in an attempt to warn Pope Francis about the Vatican’s just-released pastoral document that gives priests in China reasons why they should register with the Communist government. The 88-year-old retired bishop of Hong Kong marked the anniversary this July by noting on his blog...
  • The Bible In Paintings, #17: JACOB & ESAU, Part 2 of 3

    07/07/2020 6:18:32 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 6 replies
    Bing Images ^ | c. 2000 BC -- c. 90 AD | Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    Link to Part 1which told these events:GOD GIVES ISAAC AND REBEKAH TWIN BOYSxxxxx ESAU SELLS HIS BIRTHRIGHT TO JACOBxxxxxxxxxx JACOB STEALS ESAU’S BLESSINGxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx JACOB FLEES FROM ESAUxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx JACOB’S DREAM and nowJACOB & ESAU, Part 2 JACOB TAKES A WIFE— ER, MAKE THAT TWO WIVES! GENESIS 29 (NIV, excerpted,emphases added) 9 Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherd. 10 When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of his uncle Laban, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Zen: Cardinal Parolin Is Murdering The Chinese Church

    07/06/2020 6:39:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | July 6, 2020 | Gloria TV
    [Catholic Caucus] Zen: Cardinal Parolin Is Murdering The Chinese Church Cardinal Joseph Zen has recalled the publication of the Vatican June 28, 2019 Pastoral guidelines for China.On OldYosef.hkdavc.com (July 6), he writes that the document oddly bears no signature. Thus, Zen asked then Prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization, Cardinal Filoni, “Did you refuse to sign the document?” He answered, “Nobody asked me to sign.”He asked the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: “Have you seen the document before it was issued?” The answer, “Now everything about China is exclusively in the hands of the Secretary...