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  • What Is the Meaning of Christ’s Circumcision?

    01/02/2018 5:09:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 70 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-02-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is the Meaning of Christ’s Circumcision? Msgr. Charles Pope • January 1, 2018 • The feast for January 1st is designated as the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Although that is its most ancient title, for many centuries it was the Circumcision of the Lord; it is still celebrated under that title on the calendar of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.Yesterday we meditated on the Feast of Mary, Mother of God; today we will ponder the meaning of the Feast of the Lord’s Circumcision. In so doing we will follow the thoughts of St. Thomas...
  • Cath Cauc: Progressive Prelates Use Their Sacerdotal Authority As Weapons Against The Faithful

    01/02/2018 3:13:33 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Restore DC Catholicism ^ | January 1, 2017 | restore dc catholicism
    Progressive Prelates Use Their Sacerdotal Authority As Weapons Against The Faithful It seemed to me that Cardinal Muller still retained some concept of "sensus fidelium", but this account from GloriaTV disavows me of such notions.  Apparently he claims that a Catholic can conclude that his/her marriage before the Church is invalid with no canonical proof whatsoever.  In other words, he/she is his/her own judge in that matter, and the Church affirms this subjective evaluation. We also received word from Church Militant TV that a faithful Catholic in Canada is finally being allowed onto her parish's property after being banned for...
  • Experiencing God's Peace

    01/02/2018 3:11:00 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 1:2). True peace is God’s gift to those who love and obey Him. Throughout history mankind has sought peace through military alliances, balances of power, and leagues of nations. Yet lasting peace still remains an elusive dream. Even during times of relative peace, nations struggle with internal strife and crime. The Bible says that man on his own cannot know peace because he is alienated from its source. But we need not despair. True peace is immediately available from God our Father (the God of...
  • Becoming What You Are

    01/02/2018 3:10:31 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1). The Christian life is simply becoming what Christ has already made you. Suppose immediately after you were saved, the Lord stamped your forehead with the words, “Watch me. I’m a child of God.” How would that affect your lifestyle? We may not have a physical mark like that, but we do bear the name of Christ in this world. When we first put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, we became part of...
  • 2018: The Year in Review

    01/02/2018 2:17:08 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 7 replies
    Omega Letter ^ | 1/1/18 | Pete Garcia
    Another significantly prophetic year has come to its end and there needs to be some follow-up for the predictions I made the previous January, as well as my forecast for 2018. With all the fascinating historical and biblical timeframes associated with the year 2017; 2018 likewise proves to be an even more prophetically charged due to the compounding nature of the convergence. Here is a link to last January’s article for reference. The hits are the things I got correct. The TBD is something I predicted but has not yet come to fruition, though still tentative. The misses are clear...
  • Russia’s Orthodox Church has opened 30,000 places of worship in last 30 years

    01/02/2018 2:16:20 PM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 01-02-2018 | Zelda Caldwell
    Russia’s Orthodox Church has opened 30,000 churches over the last 30 years, although it is expected to take until 2050 to return to what it was before the 1917 revolution, reported The Tablet. “Houses of worship aren’t built as architectural or artistic monuments – they’re there for the people,” Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the Moscow Patriarchate’s external relations director told Rossiya-24 TV. “And we don’t build churches to obtain impressive statistics, but because people want them. It shouldn’t be forgotten that the construction or renovation of most churches is financed by the faithful – both small people and big entrepreneurs.” Metropolitan...
  • Top 7 Box Office Christian Films of 2017

    01/02/2018 1:52:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/02/2018 | Jeannie Law
    Faith-based films continue to maintain their momentum at the box office and 2017's list of top-grossing inspirational movies produced by Christians includes films about loss, the journey to faith, and even the first religious animation film in nearly 20 years. Here is a list of the seven highest-grossing Christian films of 2017 in order of top-earnings. 1. "The Shack" grossed $57,386,418 (Lionsgate) "The Shack" is based on The New York Times best-selling novel of the same name. The film was released on 2,888 silver screens on March 3 and as the film's synopsis says, the cinematic journey takes viewers on...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cdl. Muller is Anathema by Infallible Trent:...

    01/02/2018 1:38:25 PM PST · by ebb tide
    Catholic Monitor ^ | January 1, 2018 | Fred Martinez
    Cdl. Muller is Anathema by Infallible Trent: "If any one Saith, that Matrimonial Causes do not belong to Ecclesiastical Judges; Let him be Anathema." Cardinal Gerhard Muller is anathema by the infallible Council of Trent for saying: "It is possible that the penitent may be convinced in conscience, and with good reasons, of the invalidity of the first marriage even though they cannot offer canonical proof. In this case the marriage valid before God would be the second one and the pastor could grant the sacrament." (Vatican Insider, "Muller, 'Buttiglione's book dispelled the cardinals' dubia,'" December 31, 2017) In simple...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Do We Need to “Radically Reorient the Catholic Church”

    01/02/2018 1:18:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | January 2, 2018 | Fr. Reto Nay
    In his 2013 pre-conclave intervention, Cardinal Bergoglio did “radically reorient the Catholic Church” according to Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich. Writing for the America Magazine (December 29) Cupich adds that Francis “radically rethinks ecclesial life” by calling the Church a field hospital. Cupich continues with buzzwords, “This means placing the needs of others before our own.” Or, “The ‘field hospital church’ is the antithesis of the ‘self-referential church’.” The cardinal seems to like the word “radical” which in his context means “liberal”. The liberal recipe has proven to be a disaster for the Church, not only for the Catholic Church. And...
  • War On The 1

    WAR ON THE SAINTS…And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Importance of Not Being Us

    01/02/2018 10:11:40 AM PST · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | December 31, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    While Francis sows chaos and subverts the Church, three neo-Catholic figures bicker over whether one of them has become a “radical Catholic reactionary” because he has recognized that Francis is sowing chaos and subverting the Church.  If only it were a joke...Someone has brought to our attention a running online debate between Karl Keating and one Dave Armstrong over Philip Lawler’s upcoming book Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis is Misleading His Flock. Therein Lawler, a prominent spokesman of the Catholic “conservative” or neo-Catholic* versus traditionalist** constituency, expounds the reasons for his “reluctant” conclusion that Francis is a “radical [who is]...
  • Kazakhstan Bp’s Call Comm for Remarried “Alien to Entire Tradition of the Catholic Apostolic Faith”

    01/02/2018 10:08:22 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies ^ | January 1, 2018
    Almost exactly a year after they issued a call for prayer that the pope would uphold Catholic teaching on marriage, three bishops from Kazakhstan — Tomash Peta, Metropolitan Archbishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana, Jan Pawel Lenga, Archbishop-Bishop emeritus of Karaganda, and Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana — have issued a new statement, saying that any change in sacramental discipline that would allow Catholic divorcees living in new sexual unions to receive Holy Communion is “alien to the entire Tradition of the Catholic and Apostolic faith”. One year ago this...
  • Islam in the Public Square

    01/02/2018 8:10:59 AM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 2, 2018 | William Kilpatrick
    Islam in the Public SquareWilliam Kilpatrick Secularists like to advise Christians that, for the sake of social harmony, they ought to keep their religion to themselves. Religion, they argue, is a private affair between an individual and his designated deity, and ought not to be dragged into the public square. Moreover, they helpfully add, it’s an imposition on others to confront them with beliefs that they may find offensive.As for themselves, secularists have no qualms about imposing their own values on everyone within reach. They are convinced of the rightness of their beliefs, and consequently they don’t think twice about...
  • Lift up Jesus each time you pray and He will make a way !

    01/02/2018 7:32:45 AM PST · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    bible ^ | 1-2-18 | Bible
    Dormant places are about to come alive, Blessings being held back about to arrive, Water in arid places and streams where there had been none, Now the Glory of God arise upon His daughters and sons, Making a way in the desert places "The Oasis of Christ", Prayers being answered not just once but twice , Behold a double portion each time you pray ! For each time you lift up JESUS He will make a way ! Psalm 24:7 7Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in....
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/2/18)[Prayer]

    01/02/2018 6:43:00 AM PST · by left that other site · 28 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/2/18 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Meditating Upon The Names and Attributes of God 

"King" (Old Testament) Zechariah 9:9-12 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!     Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you,     righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey,     on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (End of Scripture Passage) 

"King" We are Americans. We Believe in The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights. The idea of a human "king" is foreign and archaic to us. Perhaps this is a good thing when accepting the idea of God as "KING". He is...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL - January 2, 2018

    01/02/2018 2:51:00 AM PST · by Jeanbl · 19 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 1/2/18 | Jeanbl
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. “I have set My King on Zion, on the mountain of My Holiness." "To declare concerning my covenant, Lord Jehovah said to me, 'You are my Son and today I have begotten you'." "Ask of me and I shall...
  • Satan Vs. The Holy Mary

    01/02/2018 12:39:17 AM PST · by Djl3668 · 48 replies
    The Catholic Gentleman ^ | 1227 | 3 Years Ago Mary
    Satan hates the Blessed Virgin Mary. In fact, he has been doing everything in his power to discourage devotion to her and instill hatred for her for two millennia. Have you ever noticed that it is Marian dogmas and devotions that stir the strongest reactions in those who reject the Church? Even some good Catholics are embarrassed by devotion to our Lady, and they feel we should not be too extreme in our veneration of her. Perhaps you, too, have wondered why the Church holds the Immaculate Virgin in such high regard. Perhaps you have wonder why God has chosen...
  • Will the Real January 1st Please Stand Up? A Homily for New Year’s Day

    01/01/2018 9:57:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-31-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Will the Real January 1st Please Stand Up? A Homily for New Year’s Day Msgr. Charles Pope • January 1, 2018 • The feast day of January 1st is a very complex tapestry, both culturally and liturgically. Perhaps we can use the second reading by St. Paul to the Galatians as a way to weave through some of the many details. We can look at it in three parts. I. The chronology of our celebration – The text from St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians says, When the fullness of time had come …Most people are going about today...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (Gueranger)

    01/01/2018 9:41:34 PM PST · by CMRosary
    White Double of the First Class (When the first Sunday occurring in the year falls on January 1 or 6, or 7, the feast of the holy Name is kept on January 2.) THE SECOND SUNDAY after Epiphany, which recalls the Marriage feast of Cana, was at first chosen as the day on which to honor the most holy Name of Jesus. It is on the Wedding Day that the Bridegroom gives his Name to the Bride, and it is the sign that, from that day forward, she belongs to him alone. The Church, therefore, wishing to honor a...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings,01-02-18, M,Sts. Basil/Great,Gregory Nazianzen,Bishops/Docs/Chu

    01/01/2018 9:41:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 01-02-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 2, 2018 Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church Reading 1 1 Jn 2:22-28 Beloved:Who is the liar? Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist. Anyone who denies the Son does not have the Father,but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well. Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you,then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise...