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  • [Catholic Caucus] Knowing the Bad News Unlocks the Good News

    09/21/2018 8:22:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-20-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Knowing the Bad News Unlocks the Good News Msgr. Charles Pope • September 20, 2018 • Christ in the House of Simon, Dirk Bouts (1440)Some people suggest that the Church should speak less of sin and instead emphasize positive things. After all, it is said that one can attract more flies with honey than with vinegar. In that vein, we in the Church have been collectively de-emphasizing sin to a large degree for decades, and yet our churches have been getting emptier and emptier. Maybe this is because people are just a little more complicated than the flies in...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/21/2018 7:19:19 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 21 (NKJV) The LORD Considers the Heart 01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, 00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the hearts. 03 To do righteousness and justice 00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 04 A haughty look, a proud heart, 00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, 00 But those of everyone who is hasty,...
  • How The Lake Of Fire Glorifies God...Hell pt 1

    Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. ( Psalm 7:9-13)The Judeo/Christian teaching of a God of Holy wrath has by and large been rejected...
  • Church of England Should Avoid Only Calling God 'He', Bishop Says

    09/21/2018 6:36:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/16/18 | Olivia Rudgard
    The Church of England should avoid only calling God "he", a bishop has said, as a survey found that young Christians think God is male. Research by YouGov found that almost half of 18-24 year-old Christians believed God to be male, with just one in three over-65s believing the same. The Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, bishop of Gloucester, the Church of England's first female diocesan bishop, said: "I don't want young girls or young boys to hear us constantly refer to God as he," adding that it was important to be "mindful of our language". She raised concerns that non-Christians...
  • Archbishop Chaput publishes strong criticism of Youth Synod document (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    09/21/2018 6:20:10 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.catholicherald.co.uk ^ | September 21,2018 | Michael Davis
    Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has published a wide-ranging criticism of the Instrumentum Laboris (a kind of introduction or preamble) for the upcoming Synod on the Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. In an introductory paragraph, Chaput explains that the analysis was received from a respected North American theologian. The article, which appears in First Things, warns that the Instrumentum veers dangerously close to heresy specifically the heresies of naturalism, Lutheranism, and relativism. It begins by criticizing its naturalist understanding of modern sexual dysfunction: widespread promiscuity, online pornography, and the like. The document laments only its disfiguring the...
  • In rare WSJ op-ed, Cardinal Sarah says Fr. Martin's LGBT outreach falls short

    09/21/2018 5:19:35 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    New York City, N.Y., Sep 1, 2017 / 01:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic outreach to LGBT individuals must always include the truth about Catholic teaching and chastity, Cardinal Robert Sarah said in an article responding to Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin. The Catholic Church has been criticized by many, including some of its own followers, for its pastoral response to the LGBT community, Cardinal Sarah wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal Sept. 1. This criticism deserves a reply, not so much to defend the Churchs practices reflexively, but to determine whether we, as the Lords disciples, are...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang/Comp

    09/20/2018 5:34:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 09-20-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Andrew Kim Taegon and Companions | CNS Photo Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions Saint of the Day for September 20 (August 21, 1821 – September 16, 1846; Companions d. between 1839 – 1867)    Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions’ Story The first native Korean priest, Andrew Kim Taegon was the son of Christian converts. Following his baptism at the age of 15, Andrew traveled 1,300 miles to the seminary in Macao, China. After six years, he managed to return to his country through Manchuria. That same year...
  • [Catholic Caucus] All Gods Children and Nothing Greater

    09/20/2018 9:30:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-19-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    All God’s Children and Nothing Greater Msgr. Charles Pope • September 19, 2018 • We often get anxious about rather petty notions related to our ranking relative to one another. On this topic, the Lord teaches an important lesson in the Gospel of Luke:An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest.Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed him by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who...
  • Repelling Discouragement and Doubt

    09/20/2018 7:12:06 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take the helmet of salvation" (Eph. 6:17). Discouragement and doubt are deflected when you know youre secure in Christ. The Roman soldier's helmet was a crucial piece of armor designed to deflect blows to the headespecially the potentially lethal blow of a broadsword. Soldiers of that day carried a swift and precise dagger designed for close- quarter hand-to-hand combat. But they also carried a giant broadsword, which was a two-edged, three to four-foot long sword. It had a massive handle that, similar to a baseball bat, was held with both hands. With it they could take broad swipes from side...
  • Fulfilling God's Law

    09/20/2018 7:11:42 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    In order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:4). If the Holy Spirit resides within us, we will be able to fulfill the demands of Gods law. Augustine once said, Grace was given, in order that the law might be fulfilled. When God saves us He, by His Spirit, creates within us the ability to obey His perfect law. Because we now live according to the Spiritwalking by the Spirit and being filled with the Spiritwe are able to do the...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 20 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/20/2018 6:53:01 AM PDT · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb A Day, Christ, God Proverb 20 (NKJV) Wine Is a Mocker 01 Wine is a mocker, 00 Strong drink is a brawler, 00 And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 02 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; 00 Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. 03 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, 00 Since any fool can start a quarrel. 04 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; 00 He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 05 Counsel in the heart...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 20 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/20/2018 6:53:01 AM PDT · by OneVike
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb A Day, Christ, God Proverb 20 (NKJV) Wine Is a Mocker 01 Wine is a mocker, 00 Strong drink is a brawler, 00 And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 02 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; 00 Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. 03 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, 00 Since any fool can start a quarrel. 04 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; 00 He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 05 Counsel in the heart...
  • The Latest on the Vigan Letter Drama Vatican II Church Meltdown Days 21-25 (Catholic Caucus)

    09/20/2018 4:06:58 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 3 replies
    Novus Ordo Watch ^ | September 18, A.D. 2018 | Editor
    Developments & Reactions This post continues our coverage of the ongoing ecclesiastical Chernobyl unleashed by the accusations of the former Vatican nuncio to the United States, Abp. Carlo Vigan, which were first published on Aug. 25 and have the potential not only to bring an end to the Francis pontificate but even to throw the entire Vatican II Sect into unprecedented chaos: Friday, Sep. 14, 2018 Developments In his homily for the day, Francis delivered Part 3 of his Great Accuser theme video report here Cardinal Donald Wuerls homily for the opening of his season of healing in Washington,...
  • Extinguishing Satan's Fiery Darts

    09/19/2018 8:11:47 PM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In addition to all, [take] up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one" (Eph. 6:16). Dont elevate Satans will above Gods will in your life. In Ephesians 6:13 Paul characterizes Satan as "the evil one" who attacks believers with flaming missiles. The Greek word translated "evil one" literally means "bad," "vile," or "wretched." All are apt descriptions of the archenemy of our souls, who seeks to maim and destroy us spiritually. The term "flaming missiles" pictures one of the Roman weapons of Paul's day: arrows that had...
  • Spirit-Filled Submission

    09/19/2018 8:11:20 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ (Ephesians 5:21). Spirit-filled believers will submit to one another. To the world, submission implies personal weakness or the coercive dominance of one person by another stronger, more intimidating individual. Such perspectives, however, are unbiblical. The noted expositor Martyn Lloyd-Jones describes submissions original meaning in a military context, which helps us understand its scriptural definition: It is the picture of soldiers in a regiment, soldiers in a line under an officer . . . and if he [the soldier] begins to act on his own, and independently of the others, he...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Januarius, 09-19-18

    09/19/2018 3:50:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 09-19-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: The Martyrdom of Saint Januarius | Neri di Bicci Saint Januarius Saint of the Day for September 19 (c. 300)  Saint Januarius’ Story Little is known about the life of Januarius. He is believed to have been martyred in the Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of 305. Legend has it that Januarius and his companions were thrown to the bears in the amphitheater of Pozzuoli, but the animals failed to attack them. They were then beheaded, and Januarius’ blood ultimately brought to Naples.“A dark mass that half fills a hermetically sealed four-inch glass container, and is preserved in...
  • Video: Why the Synoptic Gospels Were Written

    09/19/2018 2:27:34 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 18, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Happy Wednesday, everyone! Who's ready for another "Why the New Testament Was Written" vlog?In part 6, we're studying the synoptic gospels...that is, Matthew, Mark and Luke. We'll talk about the historical reason the early church decided to record the life of Christ 20+ years after the fact, and we'll compare and contrast the original three.Why the Synoptic Gospels Were WrittenVideo runs at 16:19.
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Prescription for Peace in a World of Woe

    09/19/2018 7:50:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Prescription for Peace in a World of Woe Msgr. Charles Pope • September 18, 2018 • Raising of the Widow’s Son at Nain, by James TissotThe Gospel for Tuesday of the 24th Week provides a kind of prescription for peace in a world of woe. Let’s look at it in four stages. I. The Place – Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.The name of the city, Nain, means fair (in the sense of beautiful)—and it was, for it sat upon a high hill and commanded a magnificent view.This...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/19/2018 6:49:14 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | Solomon
    Proverb 19 (NKJV) The Fear of the Lord Leads to Life 01 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity 00 Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 02 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, 00 And he sins who hastens with his feet. 03 The foolishness of a man twists his way, 00 And his heart frets against the LORD. 04 Wealth makes many friends, 00 But the poor is separated from his friend. 05 A false witness will not go unpunished, 00 And he who...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Joseph of Cupertino, 09-18-18

    09/18/2018 6:35:15 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 09-18-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Joseph of Cupertino. Engraving after F.A. Lorenzini | Wellcome Images Saint Joseph of Cupertino Saint of the Day for September 18 (June 17, 1603 – September 18, 1663)  Saint Joseph of Cupertino’s Story Joseph of Cupertino is most famous for levitating at prayer. Already as a child, Joseph showed a fondness for prayer. After a short career with the Capuchins, he joined the Conventual Franciscans. Following a brief assignment caring for the friary mule, Joseph began his studies for the priesthood. Though studies were very difficult for him, Joseph gained a great deal of knowledge...