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  • Will the Real January 1st Please Stand Up? A Homily for New Years

    01/01/2015 8:20:59 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Will the Real January 1st Please Stand Up? A Homily for New Years By: Msgr. Charles PopeThis feast day, of January 1, is a very complex tapestry, both culturally in 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, both in the wider culture and in the Church are going about today...
  • Is There Anyone You Know Who Might Have Been Forgotten This Christmas?

    12/26/2014 7:23:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdioce of Washington ^ | 12-25-14 | Msgr. Charels Pope
    Is There Anyone You Know Who Might Have Been Forgotten This Christmas? By: Msgr. Charles PopeChristmas is a beautiful time of the year for most of us, most of the time. But it is also true that Christmas can be a very painful time of year for some, especially those who have experienced recent loss or who, for various reasons, have fewer family options at Christmas. Yes, Christmas can be the best of times orthe loneliest of times, the most wonderful time of the year or the most painful.The video below reminds us that Christmas can also be a...
  • Liberals Zany Logic on Holiday Pay

    01/25/2015 8:03:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    While reading the Washington Post I ran across a column about a proposal by one of my home states (CA) legislators regarding people working on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The proposal so appealed to the Left that the proposal (not even a bill yet) was covered on the other side of the country by one of the nations most prestigious newspapers. It commanded me to read on to find out what this was about. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez was bemoaning the fact that more and more stores were opening on Thanksgiving and Christmas. When it comes to shopping I agree with Ms....
  • Stocks Post Deep Declines as Retail Sales Fall More Than Expected

    01/14/2015 6:53:58 AM PST · by John W · 20 replies
    thestreet.com ^ | January 14, 2015 | Keris Alison Lahiff
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stock markets opened deep in the red on Wednesday after retail sales in December dropped at a faster-than-expected pace. Headline retail sales dropped 0.9% last month, reflecting the steep decline in gas prices, but far deeper than expectations for a 0.1% drop. Core sales, excluding volatile items such as gas and automobiles, dropped 0.3%. Forecasts were for an increase of 0.5%. The weak consumer spending data upset markets after the World Bank singled the U.S. economy as one of the few chugging along and dragging global growth higher.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-10-15

    01/09/2015 8:10:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-10-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 10, 2015Saturday after Epiphany    Reading 1 1 Jn 5:14-21 Beloved:We have this confidence in himthat if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask,we know that what we have asked him for is ours. If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly,he should pray to God and he will give him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin,about which I do not say that you...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-09-15

    01/08/2015 8:36:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-09-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 9, 2015Friday after Epiphany    Reading 1 1 Jn 5:5-13 Beloved:Who indeed is the victor over the worldbut the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came through water and Blood, Jesus Christ,not by water alone, but by water and Blood. The Spirit is the one who testifies,and the Spirit is truth. So there are three who testify,the Spirit, the water, and the Blood, and the three are of one accord. If we accept human testimony,the testimony of God is surely greater. Now the testimony of God is this,that he...
  • Flashback: Muslim Cleric Says Merry Christmas Greeting Worse Than 'Killing Someone

    12/16/2014 1:28:31 PM PST · by PROCON · 35 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Dec. 16, 2014 | Penny Starr
    A video from 2011 is making the rounds again on social media just in time for the Christmas season. Lebanese-born cleric Abu Musaab Wajdi Akkari declares in the video posted on The Middle East Media Research Institute TV Monitor Project website that the Merry Christmas greeting is worse than fornication, and drinking alcohol and killing someone. You cannot say Merry Christmas, not even if an alien came and he told you you cannot even say it to him and say: Hes just an alien, Akkari says in the video, first posted on Nov. 6, 2011. "Im never going to...
  • Has anyone else heard of "Women's Christmas"??

    01/08/2015 10:22:44 AM PST · by millegan · 30 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2015 | ChurchPOP
    From an article titled "8 Quirky Ways Epiphany Is Celebrated Around the World": 1) Womens Christmas Also known as Little Christmas, in Ireland Epiphany is a day that women take off from work to rest and celebrate for themselves after all the work of the Christmas holidays. Women gather together in pubs without men for special meals and wine (in commemoration of the Wedding at Cana miracle, of course!). Women also receive gifts from their children and grandchildren. (How do we bring this tradition to more places??)
  • Sisi First Egyptian President to Attend Coptic Christmas Mass

    01/08/2015 6:27:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has attended the Coptic Christmas mass to mark the first attendance ever made by an Egyptian president to the religious occasion. El-Sisi arrived at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo's Abbasiya district during the mass and gave a brief speech before leaving instantly. He said that both of Egypt's Muslims and Christians are celebrating this occasion, asserting that they are "one entity" in the world's eyes. He added that he had to come to congratulate the Coptic community and then apologised for interrupting the mass. Video footage broadcast by State TV covering the full...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-08-15, OM, Our Lady of Prompt Succor

    01/07/2015 8:42:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-08-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 8, 2015Thursday after Epiphany    Reading 1 1 Jn 4:19–5:4 Beloved, we love God becausehe first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,”but hates his brother, he is a liar;for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him:Whoever loves God must also love his brother. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,and everyone who loves the Fatherloves also the one begotten by him. In this way we know that we love the children of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-07-15, OM, St. Raymond of Penyafort, Priest

    01/06/2015 7:58:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-07-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 7, 2015Wednesday after Epiphany    Reading 1 1 Jn 4:11-18 Beloved, if God so loved us,we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,and his love is brought to perfection in us. This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,that he has given us of his Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and testifythat the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,God remains in him and he in God....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-06-15, OM, St. Andre Bessette, Religious

    01/05/2015 10:46:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-06-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 6, 2015Tuesday after Epiphany    Reading 1 1 Jn 4:7-10 Beloved, let us love one another,because love is of God;everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.In this way the love of God was revealed to us:God sent his only-begotten Son into the worldso that we might have life through him.In this is love:not that we have loved God, but that he loved usand sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Responsorial Psalm PS 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8 R. (see 11) Lord, every nation on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-05-15, M, St. John Neumann, Bishop

    01/04/2015 8:35:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-05-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 5, 2015Memorial of St. John Neumann    Reading 1 1 Jn 3:22–4:6 Beloved:We receive from him whatever we ask,because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.And his commandment is this:we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,and love one another just as he commanded us.Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them,and the way we know that he remains in usis from the Spirit whom he gave us. Beloved, do not trust every spiritbut test the spirits to see whether they belong to God,because many false prophets have gone...
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson: Troll of the Year

    01/04/2015 11:43:33 AM PST · by DeweyCA · 22 replies
    real clear Politics ^ | 1-4-15 | Carl Cannon
    (Snip) Thats quite a story: completely wrong in all of its particulars and in its larger point. Tyson mangles Genesis and misquotes Bush, not once but twice. He puts Bushs (misquoted) comment in the wrong year and the wrong context. It actually comes from one of the most poignant speeches of his presidency. Bush was not talking not 9/11; he was eulogizing the seven astronauts who lost their lives on the space shuttle Columbia a subject that Tyson supposedly cares about. And Bush never said Our God. He said: The same Creator who names the stars also knows the...
  • From Magi to Wise Men A Homily for Epiphany

    01/04/2015 7:12:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-03-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington From Magi to Wise Men – A Homily for Epiphany By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere are so many wonderful details in the Epiphany story: the call of the Gentiles, the nations, and their enthusiastic response, the significance of the star they see, and the gifts they bring, the dramatic interaction with Herod and their ultimate rejection of him in favor Christ.In this meditation I would like especially to follow these Magi, in their journey of faith to become wise men. As Magi, they followed the faint stars, distant points of light; as Wise Men they follow Jesus who...
  • Cops: Mass. man killed wife in argument over Christmas gift

    01/03/2015 7:51:55 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 63 replies
    CBS (Boston) ^ | January 1, 2015
    WALTHAM, Mass. - A suburban Boston man is accused of killing his wife during an argument over a Christmas gift, reports CBS Boston. Julio Resto, 51, pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in Waltham District Court Wednesday afternoon in the death of his wife, 42-year-old Gloria Resto. He was ordered held without bail. Police say Resto first tried to strangle his wife and then stabbed her with a kitchen knife in their apartment in Waltham early Wednesday morning. Julio told police his wife was upset with him because he did not buy her a Christmas gift, reports the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-04-15, SOL, Epiphany of the Lord

    01/03/2015 7:15:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 55 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-04-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 4, 2015The Epiphany of the Lord    Reading 1 Is 60:1-6 Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come,the glory of the Lord shines upon you.See, darkness covers the earth,and thick clouds cover the peoples;but upon you the LORD shines,and over you appears his glory.Nations shall walk by your light,and kings by your shining radiance.Raise your eyes and look about;they all gather and come to you:your sons come from afar,and your daughters in the arms of their nurses. Then you shall be radiant at what you see,your heart shall throb and overflow,for the riches of the sea...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-03-15, OM, The Most Holy Name of Jesus

    01/02/2015 8:49:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-03-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 3, 2015Christmas Weekday    Reading 1 1 Jn 2:29–3:6 If you consider that God is righteous,you also know that everyone who acts in righteousnessis begotten by him. See what love the Father has bestowed on usthat we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.Beloved, we are God’s children now;what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,for we shall see him as he is.Everyone who has this...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings,01-02-15,M, Sts. Basil-Great&Gregory Nazianzen,Bishops,Doctors/C

    01/01/2015 7:00:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 2, 2015Memorial 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-01-15, SOL, Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

    12/31/2014 8:12:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 77 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 1, 2015The Octave Day of ChristmasSolemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God    Reading 1 Nm 6:22-27 The LORD said to Moses: “Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites.Say to them:The LORD bless you and keep you!The LORD let his face shine uponyou, and be gracious to you!The LORD look upon you kindly andgive you peace!So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them.” Responsorial Psalm Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8. R. (2a) May God bless us in his mercy.May...
  • Government as Santa

    12/31/2014 10:49:15 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 12/25/2014 | Joseph Lehman
    Why is it that most people eventually abandon the idea of Santa Claus and yet so many never abandon belief in an omnipotent government? Santa Claus is magic. His toy sack never empties, he traverses the globe faster than lightning, his reindeer never tire, his elves never strike, and hes never too fat for the chimney. Awed by his powers, young kids approach the Jolly One clutching wish lists that itemize the objects of their unbridled avarice, as a popular Christmas movie put it. And why not? Santas little supplicants are prodded by plenty of parental encouragement. No toy...
  • The Andy Griffith Show's Christmas Story

    12/30/2014 7:21:40 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 37 replies
    Cinemablend ^ | Dec 25 | Jane Louise Boursaw
    Here in Blend Television were celebrating by counting down our some of our all time favorite holiday episodes, in an effort to boost your Christmas spirit. These arent the 12 best out there by any means, just twelve of our favorites. ... On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Andy Griffith singing Away in a Manger. I saw this episode for the first time a few years ago on Christmas Eve during an Andy Griffith Show marathon. Theres nothing like a little Ange to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This episode...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-31-14, OM, St. Sylvester I, Pope

    12/30/2014 7:05:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-31-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 31, 2014The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas    Reading 1 1 Jn 2:18-21 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming,so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of our number;if they had been, they would have remained with us. Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number. But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One,and you all have knowledge. I write to you not because...
  • Why Christmas Tinsel Was Once Dangerous for Kids

    12/30/2014 3:11:58 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 76 replies
    Newser via Yahoo ^ | Dec 25 2015 | Matt Canton
    A harmless symbol of Christmas cheer was once deemed so risky that the FDA had to regulate it. Tinsel once contained lead, which, as scientists realized in the 1960s, made it dangerous to kids. That prompted a deal between the FDA and tinsel makers to alter manufacturing methods, the American Chemical Society reports in a video. The 1972 change was at first kept secret, Popular Science reports, for fear that many people preferring the lead variety would stockpile it, an official said at the time. Believe it or not, that wasnt the first time tinsel had posed a threat: One...
  • Lets Bring Back The 12 Days Of Christmas

    12/30/2014 7:09:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 29, 2014 | Molly Hemingway
    A friend on Facebook wrote that she and her husband were taking a walk the night after Christmas Day. They passed a neighbor out in his yard and wished him a merry Christmas. The neighbor paused and said, Oh, you mean for next year? The husband told him that no, the wish was for this year since Christmas lasts twelve days and were only on day two. He said, Oh, yeah, I guess youre right. The day after Christmas my husband and I were walking in our neighborhood retail area. I thought we might get our children some Christmas treats...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-30-14

    12/29/2014 7:27:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-30-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 30, 2014The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas   Reading 1 1 Jn 2:12-17 I am writing to you, children,because your sins have been forgiven for his name’s sake. I am writing to you, fathers,because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men,because you have conquered the Evil One. I write to you, children,because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers,because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men,because you are strong and the word of God remains in you,and you have conquered...
  • What A Boy Captured On Video Christmas Eve Left Him SHOCKED [Watch]

    12/29/2014 6:41:10 PM PST · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    http://madworldnews.com ^ | december 29, 2014 | sean brown
    A 7-year-old boy, who set out to prove Santa Claus is real, borrowed his brothers GoPro camera and set it up Christmas Eve to record what happened in their living room. When he and his family reviewed the footage the next morning, he couldnt believe what he was seeing.
  • Vatican frees bare-breasted 'God is woman' protester; forbids her to ever return

    12/29/2014 3:09:57 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 75 replies
    RT, I think ^ | 27/12/2014 | News service
    VIDEO HERE The Holy See has released a radical feminist activist who bared her breasts in St Peters Square on Christmas Day and snatched the statue of Baby Jesus from the Vaticans outdoor Nativity scene. The Holy See prosecutor met Yana Zhdanova and decided to order her release, according to Vatican spokesman the Rev Federico Lombardi. The Ukrainian protester was also ordered to never enter Vatican City State, including St Peters Basilica, or other Vatican property outside the city-states walls. The Femen protester shouted God is woman when she uncovered her chest in the square, about an hour after...
  • China Bans Christmas And This Happens To Google Traffic

    12/28/2014 7:42:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/28/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Very quietly and under the radar, authorities in China have cracked down on Christmas celebrations in China, deeming them "Western spiritual pollution." As CNMNews reports, for several years, a virtual rush to convert to Christianity has been underway in China, both in its Protestant and Catholic versions. The Department of Education this year issued a directive to limit Christianitys appeal to young people, banning Christmas events and celebrations in schools and kindergartens, deemed kitsch and un-Chinese. The crackdown has also been spreading to universities and colleges nationwide. The result is nowhere more evident than in Google's traffic in China...As...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-29-14. OM, St. Thomas Becket, Bishop and Martyr

    12/28/2014 7:21:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-29-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 29, 2014The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas    Reading 1 1 Jn 2:3-11 Beloved:The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandmentsis a liar, and the truth is not in him.But whoever keeps his word,the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him:whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked. Beloved, I am writing no new commandment to youbut an...
  • OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN THE APPLE STORE: THE DECLINE OF CHRISTMAS AND THE LOOMING TECH NIGHTMARE

    12/28/2014 12:37:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    New Geography ^ | 12/28/2014 | by Joel Kotkin
    In the past, this season was marked by a greater interest in divinity, the family hearth and the joy of children. Increasingly our society has been turning away from such simple human pleasures, replacing them with those of technology. Despite the annual holiday pageantry, in the West religion is on the decline, along with our societys emphasis on human relationships. Atheism seems to be getting stronger, estimated at around 13 percent worldwide but much higher in such countries as Japan, Germany and China. The world is going secular, claims author Nigel Barber. Nothing short of an ice age can stop...
  • Armenians in Iran preparing for Christmas [Jan 6]

    12/28/2014 12:54:22 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 3 replies
    Public Radio of Armenia ^ | 26 Dec 2014 | Siranush Ghazanchyan
    Irans Christian Armenian minority is storming the gift shops in Tehran, buying them out of all their ornaments, Santa figures and pine trees to hang in their stores and homes, the Jerusalem Post reports. As Christians all over the world geared up for Christmas this week, so too were Iranians preparing to celebrate the festive holiday in all its glory. Irans Christian Armenian minority in particular ...
  • "Depart in Peace" (Sermon for the First Sunday after Christmas, on Luke 2:22-40)

    12/27/2014 8:06:15 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 28, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Depart in Peace (Luke 2:22-40)Are you ready to go? What I mean is, are you ready to leave? No, I dont mean right at this very moment. It would be nice if you would stick around till the end of the service. But then, at the end of the service, will you be ready to leave? By that I mean, will you be ready to leave in peace, satisfied and content and ready for whatever comes next? What makes you ready to leave, to leave any situation? For instance, this year is coming to a close. Are you ready to...
  • The Truer Gift As Seen in a Touching Christmas Commercial

    12/27/2014 8:24:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-26-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Truer Gift As Seen in a Touching Christmas Commercial By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is an old saying that the greatest things in life aren’t things. Our greatest gifts are those we love, beginning with God, and extending to one another.One of the great dangers at Christmastime (and with life in general) is that we maximize the minimum and minimize the maximum, or, as Jesus puts it, we strain out gnats and swallow camels (Matt 23:24).  He said this about the religiously observant of his day, who meticulously followed small, technical rules about cleanliness and ritual purity, but neglected...
  • Comrades Get to Torture Ransom

    12/27/2014 3:36:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | John Ransom
    I have selfish reasons to do the Ice Bucket Challenge this year.To get the basement dwellers up to speed: The Ice Bucket Challenge is where a person has an ice bucket with water dumped over his head to benefit the ALS Association. In my case, I will make a donation over $100 to ALSA, and ask others I challenge to make any donation whatever or get the bucket dumped oj them… or better yet, take the bucket, make a donation and challenge others to do the same.I also give a chance to comrades to torture me with this modified version...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-27-14, FEAST, St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

    12/26/2014 7:58:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-27-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 27, 2014Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist    Reading 1 1 Jn 1:1-4 Beloved:What was from the beginning,what we have heard,what we have seen with our eyes,what we looked uponand touched with our handsconcerns the Word of life —for the life was made visible;we have seen it and testify to itand proclaim to you the eternal lifethat was with the Father and was made visible to us— what we have seen and heardwe proclaim now to you,so that you too may have fellowship with us;for our fellowship is with the Fatherand with his Son, Jesus Christ.We are...
  • Santa delivered a lot of guns

    12/26/2014 1:43:16 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 53 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | December 25, 2014 | Michael S. Rosenwald
    The other day I wrote about an increasingly popular gift for wives from their husbands guns. Big guns. Little guns. Pink guns. Even Hello Kitty guns. But Christmas is a big gun day not just for women but for husbands, sons, grandsons, daughters, granddaughtersyou get the point. People will argue about guns for more hours than Its a Wonderful Life has historically been broadcast, but guns remain an important part of many, many lives, so its only natural that Santa was very busy crossing state lines delivering guns big and small. Here are some happy new gun owners and...
  • Topless activist rushed the nativity scene in St Peters Square

    12/25/2014 2:13:46 PM PST · by redreno · 79 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/25/2014 | By Stephanie Linning
    A feminist activist ran topless through St Peter's Square and rushed the nativity scene before attempting to flee with the baby Jesus figurine. The woman, who had the words 'God Is Woman' written on her chest, started her protest just one hour after Pope Francis delivered his Christmas message. Thousands of pilgrims were still standing in the famous square when the woman, who is a member of Femen, was ambushed by a guard on her way off the platform. She was quickly arrested by officers from the Vatican police.
  • At Christmastime, George W. Bush was Santa, Obama is Scrooge

    12/26/2014 11:06:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 25, 2014 | Joseph Curl
    Every year, in the week between Christmas and New Years, I think about George W. Bush. It was in that week each year for the eight years I covered him as a reporter that he gave me a spectacular gift and he knew it. I started covering the newly elected president in 2000, when I was in my 30s. Back then, as a reporter for The Washington Times, we went everywhere the president went. If he went to Charlotte, North Carolina, to give a 30-minute speech on an airport tarmac, we went. Up at 4 a.m., an hourlong commute...
  • Pavarotti - O Holy Night (Full Album)

    12/25/2014 7:45:34 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | November 30, 2013 | PshuncK Mart
    Tenor; Pavarotti Album; O Holy Night Year; 1990 1. Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night) 00:00 2. Pieta, Signore 04:17 3. Panis Angelicus 12:45 4. Qual Giglio Candido (Parola Quinta) 16:48 5. Ave Maria 21:30 6. Gesu Bambino 26:20 7. Ave Maria 30:52 8. Mille Cherubini in Coro 33:50 9. Agnus Dei 37:55 10. Requiem: Sanctus 41:41 11. Adeste, Fideles 50:52
  • Woman Accused Of Stealing Christmas Decorations Speaks Out

    12/26/2014 8:56:45 AM PST · by Morgana · 104 replies
    KKTV ^ | Dec 25, 2014 | KKTV
    A married couple allegedly took on the role of "Grinch" this Christmas season and stole Christmas displays from dozens of Colorado Springs families. Jeremy Lewallen, 18, and his 42-year-old wife Carrie Carley were arrested Dec. 19. Police say they used the displays they swiped to decorate their own yard. According to the arrest affidavit obtained by 11 News, a neighbor who had his decorations stolen was driving around his neighborhood when he spotted a very familiar looking Christmas display in the suspects' front yard. Police served a search warrant there and allegedly found, in the words of one of the...
  • Best Xmas party of the year': #BlackLivesMatter Trashes Oakland

    12/26/2014 7:35:38 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 26 Dec 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    Best Xmas party of the year': #BlackLivesMatter Trashes Oakland by Joel B. Pollak 26 Dec 2014 Demonstrators participating in a Christmas Day Black Lives Matter protest in Oakland against police smashed store windows, injured a journalist, and vandalized the citys main Christmas tree in Jack London Square in the latest violence associated with the movement.
  • American Airlines boots man from plane after Merry Christmas prompts meltdown

    12/26/2014 5:29:21 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 25, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    A passenger was booted from his flight out of La Guardia Airport on Tuesday after the holiday greeting Merry Christmas caused him to have a meltdown. Dont say, Merry Christmas! the man said while boarding his flight, The New York Post reported Wednesday. When the flight attendant for American Airlines Flight 1140 asked him what he would prefer, he replied, Dont say, Merry Christmas!
  • The real war on Christmas: its not what you think it is

    12/25/2014 11:46:00 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Dec 24, 2014 | Jonathon van Maren
    Christmastime has something that enlarges the heart of everyone--even, I suspect, the grinchiest of atheists. Whether it is lightly falling snow, or visiting family and friends, or Christmas carolling, or an audience surging to its feet at the crescendos of Handels Hallelujah chorus, there is something about this time of year that seems to put people in better spirits. No matter how far militant secularism has spread, the Christmas story has incredible cultural power. I find that the Christmas story has much to remind those of us in the pro-life movement, things that might be easier to forget throughout the...
  • A Soldiers Silent Night

    12/25/2014 9:04:25 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1987 | Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt
    A Christmas dedication to our men and women in uniform. A Soldier's Silent Night was originally titled 'Merry Christmas My Friend' and written by Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt in 1987.
  • Pope condemns brutal persecution of minorities by Islamic State

    12/25/2014 8:14:56 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 6 replies
    DailyTimes.com ^ | December 25, 2014 | Unknown
    * Pope Francis says joy of Christmas has been marred by suffering of children in Middle East and around the world VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Thursday condemned the brutal persecution of minorities by Islamic State insurgents and said the joy of Christmas was marred by the suffering of children in the Middle East and around the world. Tens of thousands of people flocked to St. Peters Square to hear the Argentine pope deliver his Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) blessing and message, marking the second Christmas since his election last year. He condemned Islamic State...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-26-14, FEAST, St. Stephen, First Martyr

    12/25/2014 7:28:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-26-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 26, 2014Feast of Saint Stephen, First Martyr    Reading 1 Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59 Stephen, filled with grace and power,was working great wonders and signs among the people.Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,Cyrenians, and Alexandrians,and people from Cilicia and Asia,came forward and debated with Stephen,but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. When they heard this, they were infuriated,and they ground their teeth at him.But he, filled with the Holy Spirit,looked up intently to heavenand saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,and he said,“Behold,...
  • Got a personal drone for Christmas? Use with caution

    12/25/2014 7:10:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Guardian via MSN ^ | 12/25/14 | Alex Hern
    **SNIP** But it could be difficult to make the most of a 2km range without infringing civil aviation regulations, which require UAS pilots to stay within eyesight of their drone, and use of the camera could infringe the privacy of passersby. The Civil Aviation Authority has issued guidance to help drone operators understand airspace regulations. Technically, drone operators must request permission from the CAA if they plan to fly a camera-equipped aircraft within congested areas, or within 50 metres of people or properties that are not under their control. They must also remain in visual line of sight of their...
  • Christmas and the World War II Gyrene

    12/25/2014 6:49:02 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    World War II Gyrene ^ | 2004 | Mark Flowers
    Each year, the Commandant issued a special Christmas message to be read to Marines all over the globe. Below is the Commandant's message from 1944. The Commandant's Christmas 1944 Message Among the many important things which men sacrifice in the armed forces is Christmas at home. It is one of the most difficult to give up. The American family Christmas is one of the great joys of life. At the same time, it is one of the real, tangible things for which we fight. Its preservation is one of the essential reasons for our being at war. Every Marine who...
  • A World War II Christmas (1944)

    12/25/2014 6:29:11 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on Jun 8, 2010 | Joe Andersen
    [Christmas, a family, and soldiers in the Ardennes forests in December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge.]