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  • An Open Letter to Bishop Bambera, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee for Interreligious Affairs

    03/08/2018 8:46:09 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | February 28, 2018 | William Kilpatrick
    Your Excellency,You are to be commended for your December 29th statement asking Catholics to pray for “our Coptic brethren who are enduring martyrdom for the sake of Christ.” Catholics need to know the extent of the attacks on Christians in the Muslim world. As you point out, there have been 2,000 attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt in just the last three years. These have included several horrific church bombings and the slaughter of 35 Christians who refused to convert to Islam when their buses were ambushed by Islamic gunmen.Deadly anti-Christian attacks have become commonplace in the Muslim world. Catholics need...
  • The Cardinal Virtues: Fortitude

    03/08/2018 7:49:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-07-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cardinal Virtues: Fortitude Msgr. Charles Pope • March 7, 2018 • Fortitude, Pietro PeruginoIn exploring the cardinal virtue of fortitude, it is helpful to follow the schema of St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologiae (II, IIae, qq. 123-140), where he treats it expansively. Because I am summarizing a large amount of material here, I have not included references for each specific point below. Please allow the previous citation of the Summa to serve for the entire post.Not only is fortitude a cardinal virtue, it is also one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The gift...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 8 [Prayer and Meditation]

    03/08/2018 6:28:02 AM PST · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 8 (NKJV) The Excellence of Wisdom Wisdom Is Everlasting01 Does not wisdom cry out, 00 And understanding lift up her voice? 02 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, 00 Beside the way, where the paths meet. 03 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, 00 At the entrance of the doors: 04 "To you, O men, I call, 00 And my voice is to the sons of men. 05 O you simple ones, understand prudence, 00 And you fools, be of an understanding heart. 06 Listen, for I...
  • Facing a Crisis of History (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    03/08/2018 6:27:39 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    In Luke 12:49–57, Jesus told His disciples that He had not come to bring peace, but division. He told them that He was bringing a baptism of fire to the earth, warning the crowd to flee the wrath to come. This was the great moment of crisis in history. It was a time of urgency that swept the earth with the appearance of Jesus. Jesus’ coming to this planet in the fullness of time was a time of division, judgment, and separation. It was a time of personal choosing, when eternal destinies were at stake. Everyone who encountered Jesus had...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, March 8, 2018 [prayer]

    03/08/2018 1:08:08 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 44 replies ^ | March 8, 2018 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems 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 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us today as we pray for America's chaplains.
  • Gospel of Matthew, Ch. 21

    03/08/2018 1:06:02 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 11 replies
    1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, 2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. 3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. 4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 Tell ye the daughter...
  • UN Doesn’t Recognize The Christian Genocide In Iraq: This New Documentary Does

    03/08/2018 12:23:18 AM PST · by Sontagged · 5 replies ^ | Nov 16, 2017 | Miriam Diez Bosch
    "It's been an authentic genocide, according to the definition in international law." “For me, it has been a very intense experience to be in those towns, which have been destroyed, laid waste by persecution. It’s been an authentic genocide, according to the definition in international law.” These are Fernando de Haro’s words to Aleteia, after spending the past several days “overwhelmed by news of 850 families who had returned to their towns after the defeat of Daesh, and that had to flee once more due to the confrontation between Kurds and Iraqis.” De Haro is the director of a new...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint John of God, Confessor (Gueranger)

    03/07/2018 9:00:48 PM PST · by CMRosary
    White Double THIS DAY LAST MONTH we were keeping the feast of St. John of Matha, whose characteristic virtue was charity; our Saint of today was like him: love for his neighbor led him to devote himself to the service of them that most needed help. Both are examples to us of what is a principal duty of this present Season: they are models of Fraternal Charity. They teach us this great lesson—that our love of God is false, if our hearts are not disposed to show mercy to our neighbor, and help him in his necessities and troubles....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Thursday of the Third Week of Lent (Gueranger)

    03/07/2018 8:59:17 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Violet Simple THIS DAY brings us to the middle of Lent, and is called Mid-Lent Thursday. It is the twentieth of the forty fasts imposed upon us at this holy Season by the Church. The Greeks call this Thursday Mesonēstios, that is, the mid-Fast. They give this name to the entire week, which, in their Liturgy, is the fourth of the seven which form their Lent. But the Thursday of this week is, with them, a solemn feast, and a day of rejoicing, whereby they animate themselves to courage during the rest of the Season. The Catholic nations of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings: 03-08-18, OM, St. John of God, Religious

    03/07/2018 8:27:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 03-08-18 | Revised New American Bible
    March 8, 2018 Thursday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 7:23-28 Thus says the LORD: This is what I commanded my people:Listen to my voice;then I will be your God and you shall be my people.Walk in all the ways that I command you,so that you may prosper. But they obeyed not, nor did they pay heed.They walked in the hardness of their evil heartsand turned their backs, not their faces, to me.From the day that your fathers left the land of Egypt even to this day,I have sent you untiringly all my servants the prophets.Yet...
  • The Vatican is being duped into making the Islamist agenda its own

    03/07/2018 6:25:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 7, 2018 | William Kilpatrick
    Considering how much emphasis modern churchmen put on trust, it’s worth noting that the Bible does not have much to say about trusting others. Of course, the Bible tells us to trust in God, but there is no corresponding command to trust our fellow men. Of the six references to “trust” in the RSV Reader’s Concordance, five have to do with trusting God, and the sixth tells us to “put not your trust in princes.” Likewise, although we are told to “love your neighbor as yourself,” we are not told to “trust your neighbor as yourself.” Most of us know that we...
  • Hungary’s Prime Minister: We Need More Children and not Migrants

    03/07/2018 5:59:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, visited the town of Bicske on Sunday. The visit was part of his political campaign for the country’s elections next month. Orban spoke to the people of the town and said in a related Facebook message that “children are the most important” and Hungary “needs more children and not migrants”. The people of Bicske were told that if Orban’s Fidesz party can’t form a government with anti-immigration party KDNP, the refugee camp in the town could be reopened. Orban is known for being a hardliner against immigration and is a fierce opponent of the European...
  • Vatican Signals its Concern Over Populist Rise in Italy Elections

    03/07/2018 5:55:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/6/18 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican on Tuesday signaled its concern over the results of Italy’s national election, which saw sharp gains for populist and anti-immigrant parties. The biggest winners were the League — the largest party in a center-right grouping that employed the most fiery anti-migrant rhetoric during the campaign — and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, was asked on the sidelines of a conference on immigration if the Holy See was worried about the results. “The Holy See has to work in whatever conditions arise. We can’t (always) have the society...
  • Arab Spring Sparked Global Religious Extremism - Russian Security Council

    03/07/2018 5:52:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/7/18
    Moscow, March 7, Interfax - The increase in terrorism around the world is a consequence of the Arab Spring, the Russian Security Council said. "The current sharp rise in religious extremism and the globalization of the terror threat in the world is due to events of the so-called Arab Spring," the council's deputy secretary, Sergey Vakhrukov, said at a meeting of the council's scientific board. Russia calls for the swift resolution of conflicts in Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Afghanistan, he said. The United Nations should devise a mechanism for assessing counterterrorist measures, Vakhrukov said. "We are for the swift completion...
  • Iraqi Hashd al-Sha’abi Fighters Discover Christian Mass Grave Near Mosul

    03/07/2018 5:49:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Press TV ^ | 3/2/18
    Iraqi pro-government fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units have found a mass grave in the country’s northern province of Nineveh containing the bodies of dozens of Christians believed to have been executed by Daesh Takfiri terrorists. An unnamed source from the Syriac Orthodox Church told Arabic-language al-Ghad Press news agency that the volunteer forces, commonly known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, unearthed the mass grave along with security troops in Halila region near the village of Badush, located some 15 kilometers northwest of Mosul. The source added the mass grave contains the bodies of 40 Christian victims, noting that...
  • Denying Yourself

    03/07/2018 4:19:46 PM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed" (Dan. 9:4). God will not respond to self-righteous prayers. In Luke 18 Jesus told a parable to people who were trusting in their own self-righteousness. He said, "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee, and the other a tax-gatherer. The Pharisee stood and was praying thus to himself, 'God, I thank Thee that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax-gatherer. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.' "But the tax-gatherer, standing some distance...
  • Having True Sorrow for Sin

    03/07/2018 4:19:19 PM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Be miserable and mourn and weep” (James 4:9a). Spiritual humility will be marked by a true sorrow over sin. Modern culture does everything possible to avoid pain, to put off thinking about unpleasant subjects, to maximize comfort, and to feel good about circumstances. That philosophy is the reflection of a proud and self-centered attitude, not the humble and God-centered attitude we have been examining during the past week. Today we continue our look at humility in the Epistle of James. The apostle urges people to “be miserable” concerning their sin. The demands of the gospel begin at this point. James...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Welcome for gay parents removed from Catholic video

    03/07/2018 11:38:13 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | March 5, 2018 | Patsy McGarry
    Welcome for gay parents removed from Catholic video Bishop’s words of support pulled from promotion for World Meeting of Families 2018 Mon, Mar 5, 2018, 20:03 Patsy McGarry David O’Connell speaking in the original version of a video promoting the World Meeting of Families 2018. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to Facebook Share to TwitterShare to Email AppShare to LinkedInShare to PinterestShare to RedditShare to Google+Share to WhatsApp      AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to Facebook Share to TwitterShare to Email AppShare to LinkedInShare to PinterestShare to RedditShare to Google+Share to WhatsApp   Words of welcome from a bishop for gay people raising...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Kasper Doubles Down on the Big Lie Concerning Amoris Laetitia

    03/07/2018 11:27:42 AM PST · by ebb tide
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | March 6, 2018 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As faithful Catholics the world over rise in opposition to the confusion and division engendered by Amoris Laetitia (AL) — a subversive document without precedent in the 2000-year-long history of the papacy — the Modernist whose book on “mercy” started the ball rolling for the admission of public adulterers to Holy Communion now doubles down on the Big Lie concerning AL. In a recent interview with Patheos, Cardinal Walter Kasper repeats the deceptive claim that as heresy “is a tenacious disagreement with formal dogma,” AL cannot in any sense be considered heretical because “the doctrine of the indissolubility of marriage...
  • [Cath Cauc] Saginaw Sex Abuse Probe Explodes With Allegations Against Multiple Priests

    03/07/2018 11:21:00 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | March 3, 2018 | Christine Niles
    A Michigan diocese is reeling after reports that a number of its active priests may be sex abusers. Father Robert DeLand, judicial vicar and a judge on the marriage tribunal in Saginaw, was arrested Monday after a months-long undercover investigation revealed he was grooming young men for sexual abuse. One victim, a 17-year-old male, cooperated with police in the covert operation, which resulted in the arrest for sexual assault. DeLand is being charged with attempted second-degree criminal sexual conduct and gross indecency. In another case in Tittabawassee Township involving a 21-year-old male victim, the priest is being charged with one count of second-degree criminal...