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  • A Word of Encouragement from Elisha the Prophet

    11/14/2018 11:49:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Word of Encouragement from Elisha the Prophet Msgr. Charles Pope • November 13, 2018 • There is an old saying, “Stop telling God how big your storm is and start telling the storm how big your God is.” In other words, we often need to shift our focus, building up our trust and confidence. Because we are so wired for fear, we tend to overestimate the power and shrewdness of demons, or of our enemies, or of whatever it is we fear. At the same time, we tend to underestimate the power of God, the power of our...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Zen presents letter to pope warning him on China

    11/14/2018 9:45:38 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    UCANEWS.COM ^ | November 9, 2018 | reporter, Hong Kong
    Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun flew to Rome and handed a seven-page letter to Pope Francis appealing for him to pay attention to the crisis facing the underground church in China. The Hong Kong emeritus bishop on Nov. 8 told that underground clerics have cried to him since the Vatican-China deal on the appointment of bishops. "They said officials have forced them to become open, to join the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and to obtain a priest's certificate with the reason that the pope has signed the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement," said Cardinal Zen. He said some parts of the agreement...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The USCCBs uselessness as an agent of holiness is on display yet again.

    11/14/2018 9:31:30 AM PST · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 14, 2018 | George Neumayr
    In the early days of Baltimore, if a Catholic leader had proposed a religious gathering at a swanky hotel, he would have been ridiculed. Such a suggestion would have been taken as a mark of spiritual unseriousness. Ascetic, serious-minded bishops might meet in monasteries or religious houses to discuss matters of grave importance to the Church. But a hotel? That practice only became popular after worldly, faux-populist fetishes saturated the post-Vatican II Church.And so now every November Catholics in the pews have to pony up hundreds of thousands of dollars for the bishops to enjoy a cushy get-away at such...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(11/14/18)[Prayer]

    11/14/2018 6:29:54 AM PST · by left that other site · 6 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/14/18 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Acts of the Apostles 
 (New Testament) Acts 9 Saul’s Conversion 9 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul,...
  • Seeking After God (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    11/14/2018 5:17:36 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 11/14/2018
    How many times have you heard Christians say (or heard the words from your own mouth), So-and-so is not a Christian but hes searching? It is a common statement among Christians. The idea is that there are people all over the place who are searching for God. Their problem is that they just havent been able to find Him. He is playing hide-and-seek. He is elusive. In the Garden of Eden, when sin came into the world, who hid? Jesus came into the world to seek and to save the lost. Jesus wasnt the one who was hiding. God is...
  • Building a Picture of Salvation

    11/14/2018 4:12:09 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household" (Heb. 11:7). The ark is a beautiful picture of salvation by grace through faith. God called Noah to a gargantuan task. Conservative figures estimate that the ark was about 438 feet long, 73 feet wide, and 44 feet high. That makes it almost one-and-a-half times the length of a football field and more than four stories high. Its three decks totaled almost 96,000 square feet with a total volume of about 1.3 million cubic feet. Naval engineers...
  • The Motive for True Wisdom

    11/14/2018 4:11:43 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The wisdom from above is first pure (James 3:17). A pure life is necessary for a wise life. A person whose life is characterized by true wisdom will seek to be pure. The Greek word translated pure in James 3:17 refers to spiritual integrity and moral sincerity. It is freedom from bitter jealousy, selfish ambition, and arrogant self-promotion. Christ is the perfect example of purity (1 John 3:3). A true believer will have pure desires. The deepest part of him desires to do Gods will, serve God, and love God. In Romans 7:15-21 the apostle Paul testifies that when he...
  • America Prayer Vigil 11/14/2018 [prayer]

    11/14/2018 1:16:10 AM PST · by weston · 38 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 11/14/2018 | Weston
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media.< 1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-14-18

    11/13/2018 9:15:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | 11-14-18 | Revised New American Bible
    November 14, 2018 Wednesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ti 3:1-7 Beloved:Remind them to be under the control of magistrates and authorities,to be obedient, to be open to every good enterprise.They are to slander no one, to be peaceable, considerate,exercising all graciousness toward everyone.For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, deluded,slaves to various desires and pleasures,living in malice and envy,hateful ourselves and hating one another. But when the kindness and generous loveof God our savior appeared,not because of any righteous deeds we had donebut because of his mercy,he saved us through the bath of rebirthand...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr (Gueranger)

    11/13/2018 9:01:29 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Double JOSAPHAT KUNCEWICZ, contemporary with St. Francis de Sales and St. Vincent de Paul, might have been taken for a Greek monk of the eleventh century, or an ascetic of the Thebaid. A stranger to the intellectual culture of the West, he knew only the liturgical books and sacred texts used in his own church; as a priest, an archimandrite, a reformer of his order of St. Basil, and lastly as Archbishop, he combated all his life against the consequences of the schism of Photius, and closed the struggle by culling the palm of martyrdom. Yet all this...
  • Preachers, Activists Demanding Largest U.S. Denomination Confront White Privilege

    11/13/2018 6:57:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 11/12/18 | Matthew Garnet
    When language such as 'postmodern ideology,' 'intersectionality,' and 'radical feminism' are being deployed in a very conservative wing of a denomination like the Southern Baptist Convention, well, those are fighting words.The Southern Baptist Convention is no stranger to internal religious disputes, but a new divide over racial politics is threatening to spill dramatically into the public square and split the convention. This disagreement differs from the normal clashes over theology and church polity with which the SBC is accustomed to dealing. The nations largest affiliation of Protestant churches faces a controversy that contains a potent admixture of politics and theology....
  • Obeying Faith

    11/13/2018 6:54:56 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith" (Heb. 11:7). True faith works. When James said, "Faith without works is dead" (James 2:26), he stated a principle that's consistent throughout Scripture: True faith always produces righteous works. The people described in Hebrews 11 made their genuine faith known in the things they did. The same applies to us today. Paul said, "The grace of God has appeared,...
  • The Results of False Wisdom

    11/13/2018 6:54:31 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing (James 3:16). False wisdom ruins lives. Renowned eighteenth-century theologian Jonathan Edwards said the following about the effect of the Fall on man: Sin, like some powerful astringent, contracted his soul to the very small dimensions of selfishness; and God was forsaken, and fellow-creatures forsaken, and man retired within himself, and became totally governed by narrow and selfish principles and feelings. Self-love became absolute master of his soul, and the more noble and spiritual principles of his being took wings and flew away. Edwardss analysis certainly agrees with...
  • Survivors Call Vatican Telling US Bishops to Wait on Abuse Totally Unacceptable

    11/13/2018 6:37:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Crux ^ | 11/12/18 | Christopher White
    BALTIMORE - Following Mondays shock announcement that the Vatican has requested the U.S. Catholic Bishops to delay voting on new standards for bishop accountability, survivors of sexual abuse and bishop accountability activists decried the move as totally unacceptable. Terence McKiernan, co-director of, called the move a preemptive strike by the Vatican against U.S. bishops as they seek to respond to the current crisis of sexual abuse and its cover-up in a modest way. Peter Isley, a survivor of clerical sexual abuse who now works with the organization Ending Clergy Abuse, said the decision from the Vatican effectively means, We...
  • Ripe for Abuse: How Catholic Sex Scandal Convinced One Seminarian to Go Public

    11/13/2018 6:34:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Philly Inquirer ^ | 11/12/18 | Julia Terruso
    DENVER Stephen Szutenbach had never kissed anyone when, he says, a priest he had befriended in the late 1990s started making sexual advances. Szutenbach was 18, a devout Catholic teenager interested in the seminary; the Rev. Kent Drotar was a 39-year-old ranking administrator at St. John Vianney Seminary. "I was so sheltered and I was very uncomfortable because he's in charge," Szutenbach said. "He's the person who could say, 'I don't think he's fit to be in the seminary.' " But the young man did get into the seminary. And in the ensuing four years, he experienced repeated...
  • Vaticans Own News Website Profiles Pro-Abortion Nun Praising US Midterm Election Results

    11/13/2018 6:13:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/12/18 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    VATICAN CITY, November 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) The Vaticans news website has showcased an interview with a pro-abortion religious sister in its coverage of the recent U.S. elections. Sister Bernadette Reis of Vatican News Service interviewed Sister Simone Campbell, leader of the left-wing Nuns on the Bus, about the election of over 100 women to the House of Representatives. The interview appeared November 8 on the website. Vatican News describes itself on its website as the information system of the Holy See. Campbell, 73, has stated publicly that she believes abortion should remain legal, which both contradicts Church teaching...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Laity are fed up with 'the dreaded silence of a haughty hierarchy'

    11/13/2018 5:02:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Church MIlitant ^ | November 13, 2018 | Stephen Wynne
    BALTIMORE ( -At theSilence Stops Nowrally in Baltimore on Tuesday, international child protection attorney Liz Yore, Esq. called out,"We need to protect the children!" "And like the courageous laity who led the fight to protectthe unborn children," sheproclaimed, "the laity will lead the fight to protect the children from the sexual predators in the Catholic clergy." "We faithful Catholics," she declared, "are fed up with the dreadedsilence of a haughty hierarchy!" "This haughty hierarchy covered up and participated in the rape of our innocent boys and our precious seminarians," she said, indicating the mass of Catholic bishops meeting across the...
  • Archbishop praises West Virginians for ending taxpayer funding of abortion

    11/13/2018 4:31:34 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies ^ | November 10, 2018 | Colleen Rowan
    The people of West Virginia have shown their devotion to the culture of life by voting to end taxpayer funding of abortion in the state, said Baltimore Archbishop William Lori, who is apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Voters approved Amendment 1, which adds to the state constitution: Nothing in this constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion. West Virginians told lawmakers that they stand for life through the passage of Amendment 1, the archbishop said. Their voices put an end to decades of taxpayer-funded abortions through Medicaid that have resulted in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Remembering Cardinal Hans Hermann Gror, O.S.B

    11/13/2018 4:00:48 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | November 13, 2018 | Randy Engel
    [The following article was originally published in the September issue of The Catholic Inquisitor. With the USCCB meeting presently taking place in Baltimore, along with news that Rome has acted to prevent the bishops vote on the proposed Standards of Episcopal Conduct and this even as the clerical homo-predator scandal dominates Catholic and secular news it is well worth either reading for the first time or revisiting. ED.] IntroductionIts been more than 23 years since the Cardinal Hans Gror, O.S.Bsex abuse scandal erupted in Vienna, Austria.Recently, while researching the Cardinal McCarrick case, I had occasion to go...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, 11-13-18

    11/13/2018 3:57:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 11-13-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Statue of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini in the portico of the sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary in Pompei | photo by Dario Crespi Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Saint of the Day for November 13 (July 15, 1850 – December 22, 1917)  Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini’s Story Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonized. Her deep trust in the loving care of her God gave her the strength to be a valiant woman doing the work of Christ.Refused admission to the religious order which had educated her to be...