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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-08-17, SOL, The Epiphany of the Lord

    01/07/2017 8:04:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-08-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 8, 2017 The Epiphany of the Lord Reading 1 Is 60:1-6Rise 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 shall...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-07-17, OM, St. Raymond of Penyafort, Priest

    01/06/2017 8:52:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-07-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 7, 2017 Christmas Weekday Reading 1 1 Jn 5:14-21Beloved:We have this confidence in God,that 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 should pray. All...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-06-17, OM, St. Andre Bessette, Religious

    01/05/2017 7:57:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-06-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 6, 2017 Christmas Weekday 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 that 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 has...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-05-17, M, St. John Neumann, Bishop

    01/04/2017 8:37:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-05-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 5, 2017 Memorial of Saint John Neumann, Bishop Reading 1 1 Jn 3:11-21 Beloved:This is the message you have heard from the beginning:we should love one another,unlike Cain who belonged to the Evil Oneand slaughtered his brother. Why did he slaughter him? Because his own works were evil,and those of his brother righteous. Do not be amazed, then, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to lifebecause we love our brothers.Whoever does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer,and you know that no...
  • Incarnation and the First Letter of John

    01/04/2017 9:52:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-03-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Incarnation and the First Letter of John Msgr. Charles Pope • January 3, 2017 • Åâàíãåëèñò ÈîàííIn the weekday Masses following the Christmas octave we celebrate the Word becoming flesh. We read from the First Letter of John, which emphasizes the Incarnation of Jesus and demands that we experience the Word becoming Flesh in a practical way in our own lives.Fundamentally, the Incarnation, the Second Person of the Trinity becoming flesh, means that our faith is about things that are real and tangible. As human beings, we have bodies. We have a soul that is spiritual, but it is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-04-17, M, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious

    01/03/2017 9:49:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-04-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 4, 2017 Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious Reading 1 1 Jn 3:7-10 Children, let no one deceive you. The person who acts in righteousness is righteous,just as he is righteous. Whoever sins belongs to the Devil,because the Devil has sinned from the beginning. Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil. No one who is begotten by God commits sin,because God's seed remains in him;he cannot sin because he is begotten by God. In this way,the children of God and the children of the Devil are made plain;no one who...
  • LGBT Activist Attacks Christians for Using Rainbow in Christmas Display

    01/03/2017 6:32:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | January 2, 2017 | Onan Coca
    This story may be the must bemusing and illogical of 2016, and it happened as the year came to a close. Ken Ham is the Founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis and the creator of the amazing Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky. He is also a leader in the conservative evangelical community, where his work focuses on Biblical creationism and Christian apologetics. He and his team recently made the decision to use the rainbow as part of the decoration in their Ark Encounter Christmas celebration. Visit the Ark at dusk to see it illuminated with rainbow colors as a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-03-17, OM, The Most Holy Name of Jesus

    01/02/2017 9:16:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-03-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 3, 2017 Christmas Weekday Reading 1 1 Jn 2:293:6 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...
  • New York Times Trolls Christians

    12/29/2016 7:20:46 PM PST · by KyCats · 20 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 12/29/16 | Charles Hurt
    Was Muhammad really a prophet? Did he really pray with Jesus, Abraham and Moses, all of whom lived hundreds and hundreds of years before Muhammad was born? Did Muhammad really ascend into heaven from the Dome of the Rock at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, accompanied by the angel Gabriel? Perhaps the Old Gray Lady simply fears for her life and does not want her shiny glass louvered building off Times Square reduced to rubble. You remember Je suis Charlie and all that? Perhaps The New York Times believes it is wrong to question the teachings of Islam, especially...
  • Of Wildings, Muslim and Otherwise

    12/27/2016 10:04:10 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 4 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 27 Dec, 2016 | Dymphna
    The above photos say everything: Countries with virtually no Muslim immigration can celebrate Christmas in peace, while West Europe needs to deploy heavily armed police to protect Christmas. Selling homes in Poland and other East European countries especially to Swedes, Germans and Fr[ench] will become big business very soon. And if you havent noticed: It is no longer a shame to say publicly at lunch at work, at Christmas dinners with family or friends, at Facebook that I think that Islam is a danger to our freedom and safety I think we should stop Muslim immigration...
  • Larry the Cable Guy & his Christmas Story

    01/02/2017 11:36:24 AM PST · by Bob434 · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | Larry
    Thought you all might enjoy Larry's take on political correctness at Christmas time- Very funny stuff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6VfWh1atU4
  • Beloved pet Scarface freaks out, mauls family when they tried to put a holiday sweater on him

    01/02/2017 6:34:29 AM PST · by kevcol · 75 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | January 2, 2017 | Carmine Sabia
    A Florida pitbull freaked out on its family, hospitalizing two of them, when they attempted to put a Christmas sweater on him. The dog, named Scarface, attacked its owner Brenda Guerrero when she went to put the garment on him and then bit her husband, Ismael Guerrero when he struggled to wrestle the angry dog off of his wife, WFTS reported. The Guerreros adult son Antoine Harris was next to attempt a rescue by stabbing Scarface in the head with a knife, but he too was attacked. All three family members ran into the home and left the dog in...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings, 01-02-17, M,Sts. Basil/Great, Gregory Nazianzen,Doctors/Church

    01/01/2017 9:13:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-02-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 2, 2017 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...
  • THE INCREDIBLE MAGIC OF A LEBANESE CHRISTMAS [2016]

    01/01/2017 4:34:02 PM PST · by Tours · 11 replies
    Banana Pook ^ | 12/112016 | Staff
    Welcome to Lebanon, land of the spectacular Christmas decorations. From Anfeh to Tyre - no city disappoints this time of year. (Many, many beautiful photos. Very surprising to see the extent the Lebanese go to celebrate Christmas) http://www.bananapook.com/2016/12/christmas-lebanon.html
  • Why 2017 Will Be a Very Important Year - A Homily for The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

    01/01/2017 8:01:34 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why 2017 Will Be a Very Important Year - A Homily for The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God Msgr. Charles Pope • December 31, 2016 • Last week at Christmas we celebrated an event that was both pivotal and hidden. The conception and birth of Jesus Christ were events that changed human history. It was a daring, hidden raid by the Kingdom of Light into the kingdom of darkness, an incursion behind enemy lines, into enemy territory. Only some shepherds in Bethlehem and a few magi from distant lands were witnesses to this event, one which began the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-01-17, SOL, The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

    12/31/2016 7:31:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-01-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 1, 2017 The 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...
  • Love Finds a Way As Seen in a Commercial

    12/31/2016 10:19:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love Finds a Way – As Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • December 30, 2016 • One of the more poorly translated (into English) verses of the Bible is this one: If you love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15). This gives the impression that the commandments are an imposition on us and that we prove our love for the Lord by keeping them through our own human effort. The verse thus translated could be interpreted to mean this: “If you really love me, prove it by keeping my commandments.”But the verb translated here as the imperative...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-31-16, OM, St. Sylvester I, Pope

    12/30/2016 8:25:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-31-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 31, 2016 The 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...
  • "On the Eighth Day of Christmas: The Circumcision and Name of Jesus" (Sermon on Luke 2:21)

    12/30/2016 2:33:57 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 1, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    On the Eighth Day of Christmas: The Circumcision and Name of Jesus (Luke 2:21) On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . . the circumcision and name of Jesus? Huh? What? Yeah, well, thats what happened on this day. On the eighth day of Christmas, Gods true love gave to me--and to you, to us--the circumcision and name of Jesus. Thats what our text says, the Holy Gospel for this day, Luke 2:21, which reads again as follows, And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the...
  • The Value of Silence Before the Great Mystery of the Incarnation

    12/30/2016 8:07:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Value of Silence Before the Great Mystery of the Incarnation Msgr. Charles Pope • December 29, 2016 • Something at Christmas urges me (a man of many words) to write of holy silence. Perhaps it is due to one of the great Christmas antiphons, which speaks of the birth of Christ as a magnum mysterium (a great mystery). During Mass recently, the words of Zechariah came to my mind:Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord … Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-30-16, FEAST, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

    12/29/2016 7:49:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-30-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 30, 2016 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph When a Sunday does not occur between December 25 and January 1, this feast is celebrated on December 30 with only one reading before the Gospel. Reading 1 Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 God sets a father in honor over his children;a mothers authority he confirms over her sons.Whoever honors his father atones for sins,and preserves himself from them.When he prays, he is heard;he stores up riches who reveres his mother.Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children,and, when he prays, is heard.Whoever reveres his father will live a long...
  • The Reality of Christmas as an Antidote to Unreal Times

    12/29/2016 8:20:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Reality of Christmas as an Antidote to Unreal Times Msgr. Charles Pope • December 28, 2016 • At Christmas we celebrate the birth of the Word made flesh. All the Gospel writers (especially St. John) emphasize the reality of God present among us in a very tangible, physical way. This is a critical truth because one of the dangers is reducing our faith to a mere collection of ideas, setting aside the actual Jesus who took up our full nature, lived among us, and summoned us to a real encounter.These Christmas themes are more important than ever for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-29-16, OM, St. Thomas Becket, Bishop and Martyr

    12/28/2016 8:21:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 29, 2016 The 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...
  • Why Is Christmas Considered a Nighttime Event?

    12/28/2016 8:54:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Is Christmas Considered a Nighttime Event? Msgr. Charles Pope • December 27, 2016 • O Holy night! Yes, a silent night! And it came upon a midnight clear! Christmas, it would seem, is a festival of the middle of the night. Jesus is born when it is dark, dark midnight. We are sure of it. And why shouldn’t we be?Even though we are not told the exact hour of His birth, we are sure it must have been at night. Scripture does say that the Shepherds who heard the glad tidings were keeping watch over their flock “by...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-28-16, FEAST, The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

    12/27/2016 9:33:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 28, 2016 Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs Reading 1 1 Jn 1:52:2 Beloved:This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christand proclaim to you:God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.If we say, We have fellowship with him, while we continue to walk in darkness,we lie and do not act in truth.But if we walk in the light as he is in the light,then we have fellowship with one another,and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.If we say, We are without sin,we deceive ourselves, and the...
  • ALEPPO CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS AS ASSAD VISITS DAMASCUS CONVENT

    12/27/2016 9:38:32 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 27 replies
    EuroNews ^ | 12/26/2016 | Euronews
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his family visited a convent north of Damascus on Christmas day. It is his first public appearance since his regime forces won back the northern city Aleppo from rebels. These pictures from Syrian state television show Assad meeting nuns and orphans dressed in Santa costumes. The Syrian Army took the last rebel-held enclaves last week, as rebels and civilians were evacuated. This ceremony is the first peaceful Christmas mass in Aleppos St Eilas Church since rebels took control of East Aleppo four years ago.
  • Paradoxes of Christmas

    12/27/2016 7:51:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Paradoxes of Christmas Msgr. Charles Pope • December 26, 2016 • In the ancient Church and up until rather recently, one genuflected at the two references to the Incarnation during the Mass: during the Creed and in the Last Gospel (John 1). Why was this done? It was explained to me that the mystery of the Incarnation is so deep, one can only fall in silent reverence.There are many paradoxes and seeming impossibilities in the Incarnation. They cannot be fully solved, so they claim our reverence. We genuflected in the past, and today we bow at the mention of...
  • More than 60 shot, 11 killed over holiday weekend in Chicago

    12/27/2016 6:07:31 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies
    wgntv.com ^ | December 27, 2016 | Erik Runge
    CHICAGO -- More than 60 people were shot over the holiday weekend, 11 of them fatally. One of the most recent shootings left two teenage girls injured, one critically. It happened just after 11:30 p.m. Monday outside of Leland Giants Park. The 14-year-old was with a 13-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy in a van. The 13-year-old's father had just left the van to speak with someone in a nearby house when two people came up and fired shots into the vehicle, police said. While the 13-year-old sustained a graze wound and is in stable condition, the 14-year-old was shot...
  • Morocco Warned Germany Twice About Berlin Killer Anis Amri; German Intel Did Nothing

    12/27/2016 6:37:15 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 27, 2016 | Michael van der Galien
    A Moroccan security official says that his country's intelligence service warned Germany twice about the risk posed by Anis Amri, the radical Muslim who slaughtered 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin earlier this month. The official, who spoke to Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah, says that the Germans received two written warnings, one on September 19 and the other on October 1, about Amri's radical Islamic beliefs. He explains: Correspondence from the Moroccan security agencies had a clear warning about the Tunisian man's desire to carry out a terrorist act. Earlier this month, Dutch populist Geert Wilders was criticized...
  • Its Kwanzaa; Please Bake Responsibly

    12/27/2016 6:12:20 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 13 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-27-2016 | MOTUS
    I feel bad about missing the first day of Kwanzaa, which was yesterday; especially since it was the 50th anniversary of the made-up African-American holiday slated to take the place of Christmas by its 75th anniversary. The Obamas issued their standard Kwanzaa greeting from Hawaii, saying the 7 day holiday is a time to reflect on the rich African-American culture. The president emphasized the principles enshrined in the Kwanzaa holiday: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. He said those principles reflect Americans' most cherished values. - AP Moonbattery, has pointed out in the past...
  • A Rare Glimpse into How an Underground Chinese Catholic Church Celebrates Christmas

    12/26/2016 6:59:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 12/26/16 | Mimi Lau
    Worshippers gather for a secret mass in a factory compound while Vatican and Beijing explore ways of healing fractured tiesIt was eerily quiet on Christmas Eve in a manufacturing hub city in Pearl River Delta, with machinery silent, except at one factory compound, the temporary gathering point for Catholics who were singing carols. About three hundred people came to the site to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Dazzling fireworks were set off within the plant at about 11pm. The crowd then went to a factory canteen for a quick meal and at midnight mass began in a prayer hall...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-27-16, FEAST, St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

    12/26/2016 7:52:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 27, 2016 Feast 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 uswhat 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 writing...
  • Matthew Dowd Explains Christmas on Twitter: Mary and Joseph Were 'Immigrants' and 'Refugees'

    12/26/2016 11:41:22 AM PST · by kevcol · 50 replies
    NewsBusters and Twitter ^ | December 25, 2016 | Tom Blumer
    The latest media person to fail to think and count to ten before hitting the "Tweet" button is Matthew Dowd. Once a Democrat, Dowd came over to the Republican Party in 1999, and was George W. Bush's chief campaign strategist during the 2004 campaign. He became an independent in 2008 and is currently a Chief Political Analyst at ABC News. He also claims to be Catholic, but clearly has a politically twisted understanding of the first Christmas.
  • Clintons Attend Christmas Services at Methodist Church Near New York Home

    12/26/2016 7:50:19 AM PST · by kevcol · 36 replies
    Newsmax ^ | December 250, 2016 | Brian Freeman
    "This is our blessing this night every year in this church," said Bill Clinton. For the past decade the Clintons have attended the church, whose street leading to the door was lined with candles.
  • Unmerry Christmas: Mass Brawls Break Out Across America's Malls

    12/25/2016 9:29:02 PM PST · by blam · 44 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12-25-2016 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler DurdenDecember 25, 2016 During this season of joy and celebration, it appears not everyone is full of Christmas spirit. Last minute holiday shoppers have been filmed brawling with each other in New Jersey, Alabama, and Georgia shopping malls ahead of the holidays. As The Daily Mail captures on video, a fight broke out at Jersey City's Newport Center Mall on Friday night when two people started punching each other in the middle of a huge crowd. As onlookers gathered around while several people hit each other, a separate fight broke out off to the side. Multiple security guards tried...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-26-16, FEAST, St. Stephen, First Martyr

    12/25/2016 9:15:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 26, 2016 Feast 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,...
  • What Will We Tell Christian Minorities In The Middle East This Christmas?

    12/25/2016 7:23:15 PM PST · by SJackson · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12-23-16 | Ewelina Ochab
    Around Christmas 2015, numerous voices within the international community raised their concerns that the persecution of Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq reached the threshold of "genocide" under international law. The movement was highly visible in the United States, led by the Knights of Columbus, followed by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention Russell Moore, and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Despite growing consensus on the issue in the United States, the U.S. Government has remained silent for...
  • Why is KFC a Christmas tradition in Japan?

    12/25/2016 8:24:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Boing Boing ^ | December 20, 2016 | David Pescovitz
    Around Christmas, many KFC restaurants in Japan see 10 times their average daily sales. Customers order their KFC special Christmas dinner weeks in advance or wait in line for hours to score a Kentucky Christmas dinner package including chicken, side dishes, cake, and even wine. WTF??! Marketing, that's what. From the BBC: According to KFC Japan spokeswoman Motoichi Nakatani, it started thanks to Takeshi Okawara, the manager of the first KFC in the country. Shortly after it opened in 1970, Okawara woke up at midnight and jotted down an idea that came to him in a dream: a party barrel...
  • Pope Francis is waging a war on Christmas. Christians should join him.

    12/25/2016 6:19:43 PM PST · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 24, 2016 | Christopher Hale
    Christmas is a charade! Francis said last year. These arent exactly words you would expect from a Christian during the holiday season, much less the pope. But thats exactly what the troublemaker Pope Francis told a group of us gathered for Mass in 2015. Christmas is approaching: There will be lights, parties, lighted Christmas trees and manger scenes. Its all a charade.
  • Megachurch pastor says Christianity doesnt hinge on Jesus birth, and a debate rages

    12/25/2016 2:33:41 PM PST · by Gamecock · 149 replies
    The State ^ | 12/24/2016 | Kate Shellnut
    The pastor of one of Americas largest megachurches stirred up Christmas controversy after preaching that the story of Jesus virgin birth is not crucial to the Christian faith. If somebody can predict their own death and resurrection, Im not all that concerned about how they got into the world, Andy Stanley said in a Dec. 4 sermon at North Point Community Church, which draws 36,000 attendees across six locations in suburban Atlanta. Christianity doesnt hinge on the truth or even the stories around the birth of Jesus. It hinges on the resurrection of Jesus.
  • 92 feared dead as Russian plane with military band crashes en route to Syria

    12/25/2016 2:34:13 PM PST · by RitchieAprile · 36 replies
    RT ^ | Dec 25 2016 | RT
    Rescue helicopters have discovered debris in the Black Sea from a Russian military transport plane which went off radar en route to Syria. Most of the passengers on the Tu-154 were members of the famous Alexandrov Ensemble army choir. According to the latest information, the Tupolev transport plane had 92 people on board, including 84 passengers and eight crew members. It went missing over the Black Sea at 2:40 GMT shortly after refueling at an airport near Sochi. Most of the passengers on board were members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, the official choir of the Russian Armed Forces, the Russian...
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas! is 50 Years Old TodayAnd Its Still Great

    12/25/2016 12:43:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Cartoon Brew ^ | 12/18/2016 | Amid Amidi
    Chuck Jones animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas! turns 50 years old today, having first premiered on CBS on December 18, 1966. Though the MGM project was based on a popular childrens book by Dr. Seuss, it was Jones who led the push to make it happen. After convincing Dr. Seuss that he could create an animated adaptation, Jones created color presentation boards and shopped them around to corporate sponsors. Jones made over 20 presentations, including to companies like Kelloggs and Nestle, but wasnt able to convince anyone to fund the expensive project. Finally, an organization...
  • Drenthe city cancels Christmas party after Berlin tragedy [Meppel, Netherlands]

    12/25/2016 9:20:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    NL Times ^ | December 23, 2016 - 08:49 | Janene Pieters
    A major Christmas celebration of eight schools was canceled in Meppel, Drenthe on Thursday. An attack on the Christmas market in Berlin on Monday played a big role in the decision to cancel the event, school director Herman Langhorst said to De Stentor. The organizers fear that panic would have overrun the visitors. About 3 thousand children and parents were expected to attend the event. Because of the large number of people and the fear caused by the attack in Berlin, the organizers decided to meet with the municipality and cancel the event. Based on this discussion, the organization made...
  • Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah

    12/25/2016 12:30:32 PM PST · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 25, 2016 | Dan Miller
    We were delighted with the "surprising" election outcome this year and look forward to a reawakened America under President Trump. He -- and the rest of us -- have an Augean stable to muck out. We hope for a revitalized and far better America than we have seen for the past eight years and for a better world for all, with no more disgraces of this sort: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crEicBxcfwA&t=0s Desire for a "two state solution" does not mean that there would be one state for the Jews and another for the Palestinians, living separately but in peace and harmony. Palestinian hatred...
  • Celebrate Christmas Like a Sicilian With Sweet Treat Torrone

    12/25/2016 11:58:12 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | DECEMBER 21, 2016 | JASPER J. MIRABILE JR
    "Torrone qui, ottenere il vostro mandorle e miele caramelle fresca fatta qui! Its a phrase I often heard at the Capo Market in Palermo, Sicily. Torrone here, get your fresh-made almond and honey candy here!" Ahhh Simple, rectangular, nougat candy prepared with almonds, egg whites, cane sugar and honey, the official candy of Sicily and very popular during the holidays. I remember a few years back, when touring Sicily with our Slow Food Kansas City convivium, stopping in the small town of Erice and visiting the famous candy and pastry home of Maria Grammatico, where I enjoyed perhaps some...
  • Disgraceful scenes as fight breaks out at shopping centre on Christmas Eve

    12/25/2016 11:35:08 AM PST · by kevcol · 17 replies
    Express-UK ^ | December 25, 2016 | Cyrus Engineer
    Footage from the Newport Centre Mall in New Jersey shows two people attacking each other as security guards frantically try to keep the situation from boiling over. The fight broke out close to a queue of children waiting to meet the shopping centres Santa. One shopper, known only as Larissa, told the New Jersey Journal: I just seen a bunch of flying fists and I seen the securest guards getting punched and anyone that was in the way getting punched.
  • Looking Back on Playing Tommy in Wonderful Life

    12/25/2016 11:08:35 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | December 21, 2016 | Pam Grady
    At 75, Jimmy Hawkins is just a little older than Its a Wonderful Life (1946), the film he is most closely associated with and the one for which he had his first credited screen role, as George (James Stewart) and Mary Baileys (Donna Reed) young son Tommy. Though his acting career continued including a recurring stint as Shelley Fabares boyfriend on The Donna Reed Show and he eventually became a producer, it is to Its a Wonderful Life that he keeps returning, writing numerous books on the subject. Now, with Paramount releasing Its a Wonderful Life in a...
  • Trump, fist raised, wishes all a Merry Christmas

    12/25/2016 10:58:39 AM PST · by kevcol · 67 replies
    CNN ^ | December 25, 2016 | Gregg Birnbaum and Kevin Liptak
    President-elect Donald Trump wished the world a Merry Christmas on Sunday -- on Twitter, of course. Trump tweeted out a #MerryChristmas photo of him with his right hand raised in a fist and a Christmas tree in the background behind him.
  • Americas Troops Celebrate Christmas Around the World

    12/25/2016 9:56:35 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Dec 2016 | John Hayward
    Members of the U.S. armed forces deployed around the world celebrate Christmas in the photos and videos below. First up, a wonderful video from PBS NewsHour of service members around the globe singing The 12 Days of Christmas. As with most performances of this song, it gets better and better as it goes.
  • A PRESENT FROM JESUS FOR ALL HIS KIDS[charismatic caucus]

    12/25/2016 9:46:03 AM PST · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    Jesus,Bible,Holy Spirit ^ | 12-25-16 | Yeshua,bible
    You will not see a box but instead My delight, ‎ You see my Love for you can not be contained for its borders are out of sight, It reaches far beyond where you are right now, In fact further than the East is from The West is my promise and my vow, So just open up your Heart and I will place it in, It's very simple just receive me and that's when it begins, For truly I AM a Wonder for I live inside of you! So My True birthday is when you say I DO!