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  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/22/2014 12:48:09 AM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 1 replies
    12-22-14 | Kitty Mittens
    Exodus 15:18 ~The LORD Shall Reign Forever and Ever~
  • Atheists Couldn't Stop This Flash Mob of Amazing Grace

    12/21/2014 8:55:27 PM PST · by metmom · 13 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jen Thompson
    When one lady asked for volunteers to join her at a Rivertown Mall in Grandville, Michigan, to sing "Amazing Grace," 250 people responded with RSVPs, and over 1,000 showed up at the mall. What makes this different from other "flash mobs" is that the lyrics were given out in a high-quality gospel tract form (so that anyone could join in with the singing). "Fortunately the singing at the Rivertown Mall was video-taped, and it brought tears to my eyes," says Ray Comfort, who came up with the idea. "In the clip you can see people holding the tracts as they...
  • Dec. 22, 23, 24 - Let us join the special pre-Christmas Fast of the Catholics of Iraq

    12/21/2014 3:25:59 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | December 21, 2014
    Christian refugees in a Chaldean Catholic church in Erbil The Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Raphael Louis Sako calls on Iraqi Christians to fast on Christmas Eve in order to implore the Lord for the return of refugees in Mosul and the Nineveh plains. At the same time, he asks the faithful not to organise "any worldly celebration" for Christmas and New Year as "a sign of solidarity with their displaced brothers and sisters, who are going through indescribable suffering." ... For this reason, he urges them to fast from Monday 22 December until night on 24 December, not touching...
  • Is Catholicism the "Babylon Mystery Religion"? (Story of the Magi in Matthew's Gospel)

    12/21/2014 10:40:32 AM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 20, 2014 | Mark P. Shea
    How the story of the Magi sheds plenty of light on the historical soundness of the Gospel of Matthew and how early Christians viewed paganism. center;">"The Adoration of the Magi" by Matthias Stom (c.1600-c.1652) [http://commons.wikimedia.org/] As we saw last time in this space, the notion that Christianity is "really" warmed-over paganism is contradicted by the fact—abundantly in evidence not only in the New Testament but in the writings of the Fathers and the liturgy of the Church—that, well, early Christians just don't care much about pagan things, while both the New Testament and the Fathers are positively drowning in the...
  • Who Am I To Judge?

    12/21/2014 9:34:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    First Things ^ | 12/17/14 | Anonymous
    At noon I have to be at the local Catholic schoollets call it St. Dismasto train altar servers. I will arrive a few minutes early, and by 12:05 most of the kids will have trickled in. We are in Southern California, so most of the boys at St. Dismas wear short pants year-round. Students are required to attend one Mass per month with the school, but it has never occurred to anyone, not their parents, not the pastor, not the teachers, and certainly not the students, that they should wear pants to Mass. The girls wear skirts that in 1966...
  • What CHRISTmas Means to Me!

    12/21/2014 7:53:07 AM PST · by Dick Bachert · 8 replies
    Vanity | 11/26/1997 | Dick Bachert
    Around this time of year I can get a little blue or down. (The events of 9-11 and the last two presidential elections have made the blue this year a little deeper and darker.) When that happens, I drag this out and reread it until I again remember what this season is REALLY all about. I hope that it also helps you to drift back to those special people and times now gone and what THEY meant to us all. Merry Christmas -- and God bless us every one! ********** In a few days, much of the Christian world...
  • Secularists Are Trying to Take Christ Out of Christmas

    12/21/2014 7:02:49 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 24 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 21, 2014 | JP
    Joyous Kwanzaa. Happy Hanukkah. Merry Christmas. Happy Ramadan. So proclaims the secularist holiday poster that greets visitors to the office building where I labor. The building owner obviously thought the poster noncontroversial. But this Christ follower found it offensive. Because the upcoming holiday is not about Kwanza, the seven-day afrocentric celebration created in 1965, nor Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival hardly celebrated until the 1970s, and certainly not Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting that actually takes place in June. No, Jesus is the reason for the season. It is the annual acknowledgement of the fulfillment two mellennia ago of...
  • The Christmas Reality in Light of Today's Crises

    12/21/2014 5:27:18 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    IFB ^ | 12/21/14
    In light of today's many different faceted trials and plagues that are effecting our society and country's well being, may we tune into the reality of the glorious Christmas message that Almighty God has given to all people! This Christmas Season, remember the REALITY of Christmas! A Savior was born, for you and for me! (Luke 2:1-20, Matt 1:18-25, 2:1-15, John 1:14) The TRUE GIFT of Christmas is that Almighty God has provided a Savior to deliver Adam's fallen race from their sins (i.e., the transgressions against Almighty God's ETERNAL righteous standards). Do you believe? Do you really believe? Or...
  • Justin Welby 'Trying to Bridge Gay Marriage Split'

    12/20/2014 7:30:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/20/14
    The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is trying to bridge a split in the Anglican Church over same-sex marriage. The Most Rev Justin Welby told Radio 4's Desert Island Discs he wanted to listen to both sides. He also admitted to moments of frustration on the issue. He did not discuss his previous opposition to gay marriage, saying it would be "inappropriate" while the Church was debating it. He also told the programme about growing up with an alcoholic father. 'Listen carefully'On gay marriage, he told presenter Kirsty Young: "When I listen to people I know that I'm listening...
  • How the Catholic Church Saved Hanukkah

    12/20/2014 11:25:30 AM PST · by millegan · 107 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Joe Heschmeyer
    "And so we encounter another oddity of Hanukkah: Jews know the fuller history of the holiday because Christians preserved the books that the Jews themselves lost. In a further twist, Jews in the Middle Ages encountered the story of the martyred mother and her seven sons anew in Christian literature and once again placed it in the time of the Maccabees."
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/20/2014 10:21:24 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 11 replies
    December 20, 2014 | Irish Rose
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-5, 14)...
  • Smithmas 2014

    12/20/2014 6:16:13 AM PST · by Colofornian · 16 replies
    MormonDialogue.com ^ | Dec 16, 2014 | Scott Lloyd
    Rain... I've not heard of "smithmas" before, but as soon as I saw this title I knew what the term meant because for years I did see/hear far more about Joseph Smith in church than about Christ in December and it really irked me... Rain #47 In 2005...And then from there it continued throughout 2006. Talk after talk was centered on his life. I could count months when Jesus was only mentioned in the prayers. So much so that when I moved in 7/2006 I very much struggled to be obedient when I was asked to give a talk...
  • Smithmas FR articles bumping up among top five hits on Google searches! [Vanity]

    12/20/2014 6:15:25 AM PST · by Colofornian · 18 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 20, 2014 | Colofornian
    Finally, understanding the sub-culural history of "Smithmas" is making more digital headway! Smithmas Free Republic articles are "bumping up" among top five hits on Google searches! What exactly IS "Smithmas," anyway? Well, Joseph Smith -- THE founder of Mormonism -- was born on December 23. Through the decades, that recognition has often eclipsed a certain Other figure's birthday, Dec. 25. (To be fair to Mormons, who are my beloved extended family members, I would think they could extend a similar critique toward some Christians for allowing a jovial North Pole-based figure to edge out Jesus' birthday!) But if you want...
  • British Midwives Obliged to Support Abortions, Supreme Court Rules

    12/19/2014 6:39:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 12/19/14 | Greg Daly
    Bishop says establishment has become an oppressor of basic freedoms in the name of being pro-choice.Britains Supreme Court has rejected the case of two Scottish midwives who refused to be involved with abortion procedures, following an appeal from National Health Service Greater Glasgow and Clyde against last years Court of Session ruling that the right of conscientious objection extends not only to the actual medical or surgical termination but to the whole process of treatment given for that purpose. Concepta Wood and Mary Doogan were experienced midwives working as labor ward coordinators at Glasgows Southern General Hospital, which since 2010...
  • Jesuit University [Marquette] Bans Prof from Campus After He Exposed Pro-Gay Scandal

    12/19/2014 6:30:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/18/14 | Kimberly Scharfenberger
    Dr. John McAdams, a professor of political science at Marquette University whose blog posts have brought to light many of the Jesuit Universitys actions undermining its Catholic identity, has reportedly been suspended, banned from campus and is now under formal investigation by the administration. The Cardinal Newman Society spoke to the University in order to determine the grounds for the disciplinary action. McAdams released the news on his blog, Marquette Warrior, which included an email sent to him from the dean of Marquette, Richard Holz. The email stated that McAdams was to remain off campus while his conduct was reviewed...
  • The Catholic Con Regroups

    12/19/2014 2:53:33 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 18, 2014
    Gearing up for 2016, left-leaning Catholic political organizations prepare to make the case for the Democratic platform. Promising yet again to “move beyond partisan and ideological divisions,” the George Soros-supported Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) has refined its successful strategies of the past in its attempts to convince Catholic voters that the pro-choice Democratic nominees for public office in 2016 will do more to reduce the number of abortions than pro-life Republicans will. The group’s main argument supporting this claim is that Democrats will reduce poverty—a major factor in the choice to abort an unborn child.  It...
  • s Atheist Group's Complaint Backfires, Lands Nativity In Full Public View

    12/19/2014 1:37:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    cns news ^ | December 15, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) -- When the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) went after a city council in Jay, Fla., for displaying a nativity set on public property, the atheist group might have won a battle, but seems to have lost the war. The FFRF, known for protesting any and all religious displays in public places, sent a complaint letter recently to local officials in the 526-person city of Jay, arguing against the life-sized nativity that had been set up on the site every Christmas for nearly 40 years, the group said in a press release. In a letter sent to the citys...
  • 4 Teachings Of Jesus That His Followers (Almost) Never Take Seriously

    12/19/2014 1:30:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 212 replies
    Revangelical ^ | 12/19/2014 | Brandon Robertson
    It’s no secret that those of us who claim to follow Jesus Christ consistently fall short of living up to the way of life of our Rabbi. Being a disciple of Jesus is a lifelong journey towards conforming ourselves to the image and way of life that Jesus taught. However, so often, followers of Jesus chose to blatantly ignore some of the clearest instruction of our Rabbi and obscure it with vague theology so that we can get off the hook. Other times, followers of Jesus are taught something explicitly contradictory to the plain words of Jesus and then spend...
  • 5 Big Problems with Exodus: Gods and Kings

    12/19/2014 9:13:57 AM PST · by millegan · 32 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Michael Saltis
    When known unbeliever Ridley Scott was announced as the director, faithful film buffs feared the worst. Not only were many unsure whether he would treat the Biblical story with respect, but his film record since the smash hit Gladiator has been rather uneven (Robin Hood, Kingdom of Heaven, and Prometheus all failed to connect with wide audiences). As it turns out, Exodus is thankfully respectful of believers, if not a little ambiguous about the goodness of God. But sadly, a number of Scotts artistic decisions effectively rob the story of its potential to entertain and to uplift. Here are five...
  • Catholic Playlist Show - Episode #67 - Dec 19, 2014

    12/19/2014 7:28:20 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    catholicplaylistshow.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | God inspired
    Welcome to the last Catholic Playlist show of 2014! Weve reached the 4th Sunday of Advent which means that Christmas and the birth of Christ is very near. This weeks show is going to be focused on just the music, with no commentary or song titles from me as we go down the playlist. In addition to some familiar favorites, well be playing some music from the new O Come Let Us Adore: A Christmas Collective album. Songs by Matt Maher, Alanna Boudreau, PJ Anderson, Ike Ndolo, Marian Grace and many more. Enjoy the music...
  • Patton on Prayer

    12/19/2014 6:49:54 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations.” The famous “weather prayer” of General Patton was written by a Catholic Chaplain, Colonel James H. O’Neill, Chief Chaplain of the Third Army. Here is his article on the incident...
  • Jane Austens Guide to Thomistic Virtue Ethics

    12/18/2014 3:27:19 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    lauramcalister ^ | December 17, 2014
    Everyone knows that good Christian girls love Jane Austen.But perhaps not everyone knows that good Catholic Christian girls also love St. Thomas Aquinas.That is why I had to have mama fetch my smelling salts when the Masked Thomist linked me to a whole series of posts on Austen, Aquinas and Aristotle at the Dominicana blog. In a series of 5 posts, Br. Aquinas Beale argues that, There is something more than romance and drama in the novels of Jane Austen, namely a systematic approach to leading the good and happy life. It’s true you know.Austen’s novels are a perfect education in...
  • Abortion protest in SLO ruffles feathers

    12/18/2014 3:25:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    New Times ^ | December 17th, 2014 | RHYS HEYDEN
    heated dispute between a pro-life protester and parishioners of First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo ended with police involvement and multiple citations issued on Dec. 14. However, after initially citing protester and Paso Robles resident Danny Ehinger for two municipal code violations on Dec. 14 and sticking by the decision in a conversation with New Times on Dec. 15, SLOPD Capt. Chris Staley said on Dec. 17 that the department has decided to dismiss both citations. We reviewed the case with [SLO City Attorney Christine Dietrick], and we decided to dismiss both of the citations, Staley said. She didnt...
  • What Being a Christian Writer Doesnt Mean

    12/18/2014 9:57:35 AM PST · by millegan · 10 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Daniel McInerny
    The phrase has become slippery. Christian writer. What does it mean? For some the phrase plays like a favorite old song, an evocation of the glory days of Greene, Waugh, Percy, OConnor, et alia. Days long gone and sorely missed. For others Christian writer may spell an oxymoron, or at least refer to the kind of writer one would not like to meet at a Manhattan cocktail party. And for still others the phrase increasingly tends to serve as a signal that some exceptionally maudlin fiction is quivering like a bad cheese on the horizon. But even looking at the...
  • "The Experience After The Council Was So Strong And In Some Cases Violent" {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    12/18/2014 6:59:13 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://www.ccwatershed.org ^ | December 13, 2014 | Jeff Ostrowski
    Q. Your Eminence, you grew up before the Second Vatican Council. How do you remember those times? A. I grew up in a very beautiful time in the Church, in which we were carefully instructed in the faith, both at home and in the Catholic school, especially with the Baltimore Catechism. I remember the great beauty of the Sacred Liturgy, even in our little farming town, with beautiful Masses. And then, Im of course most grateful for my parents who gave me a very sound up-bringing in how to live as a Catholic. So they were beautiful years. Q. A...
  • Irish priest in Sydney says Australians turned to prayer during siege

    12/18/2014 4:53:20 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | December 17, 2014
    A woman kneels down as she lays flowers in a makeshift memorial near the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe, Australia (PA) Father Brendan Purcell is based at St Mary's Cathedral, close to where Monday's siege took placeAn Irish priest based in Sydney said he was struck by how people turned to prayer when a gunman took hostages at a cafe.Father Brendan Purcell is based at St Mary’s Cathedral, just a five-minute walk from the nearby Lindt Cafe, where Iranian-born gunman Man Haron Monis took dozens of hostages on Monday morning.Father...
  • Francis, filtered (George Weigel finds something missing...)

    12/17/2014 6:43:28 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 38 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | December 16, 2014 | George Weigel
    George Weigel About a year ago, I suggested to one of the top editors of a major American newspaper that his journals coverage of things papal left something to be desired, as it seemed based on the assumption that Pope Francis was some kind of radical wild-man, eager to toss into the garbage bin of history all those aspects of Catholic faith and practice that mainstream western culture finds distasteful. My friend replied, in so many words, look, you know how these media narratives are: theyre like bamboo. Once they get started, theres no stopping them. They just keep...
  • Smithmas

    12/16/2014 9:28:12 PM PST · by Colofornian · 14 replies
    Lds.net ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 | Mdfxdb
    ...mdfxdb Senior Member Posted 16 October 2014... I posted because I had never even heard of it until I moved into my new ward about a year and a half ago. It turns out it is a real thing and there are active members with callings and stuff that celebrate it. They do a cake and everything... Backroads...Posted 20 October 2014 You celebrate the birthday of someone present. Celebrating the birthday of ssomeone not present takes on a different tone that, yes, does cross into "worship" territory for me. I'm trying to understand why people would celebrate this, but in...
  • The delusion that never dies: Ted Cruzs doomed plan to woo Jewish voters to the GOP

    12/16/2014 2:42:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Salon ^ | December 16, 2014 | Luke Brinker
    Sorry, senator -- it's not happening. To the surprise of approximately nobody, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is proceeding full steam ahead with plans to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. The Tea Party icon has already settled on a location for his campaign headquarters (Houston), made the requisite appeals to GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, and decided on a campaign strategy. That strategy, National Reviews Eliana Johnson reports, centers on energizing the GOP base, not wooing moderates and independents to the Republican fold. Of course, the hard demographic truth is that a Republican cant win the presidency by relying on...
  • The Past and Present of The Russian Orthodox Church Contain Some Valuable Lessons for Roman.....

    12/16/2014 1:57:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Abyssus Abyssum Invocat / Deep Calls to Deep ^ | 12/15/14 | Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev
    Atheism and Orthodoxy in Modern RussiaBy Metropolitan Hilarion AlfeyevMay 2001In this talk I propose to outline the history of atheism in Russia during the last hundred years. I will start by considering the kind of atheism present in Russia before the Revolution. Then I will say something about the development of atheism during the Soviet period. And finally I will conclude with some observations concerning the nature of Russian post-Soviet atheism.

I should like to begin with the following questions. How did it happen that the country known as ‘Holy Russia’, with such a long history of Orthodox Christianity, was in...
  • The Bishops and the Catholic man-crisis

    12/16/2014 1:54:52 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 15, 2014 | Matthew James Christoff
    (Photo: CNS) The III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops met for several weeks in October 2014 and issued the document, “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” There has been much commentary about the ill-conceived interim report, Relatio post Disceptationem, which implied that homosexuality had inherent positive gifts and that divorced and remarried people who were in a state of perpetual adultery could somehow be accommodated to be able to receive communion. The scandalous nature of these ill-conceived paragraphs created great public confusion. Thankfully, in the final Relatio Synodi, the scandalous language was removed....
  • Ph.D.s and Other False Gods: Why the worship of God alone is the basis for a good world.

    12/16/2014 6:21:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/16/2014 | Dennis Prager
    I have been devoting my columns this month to the Ten Commandments because we need a fixed moral anchor to solve the problem of evil. And nothing is as effective as the Ten Commandments. Two weeks ago PragerUniversity.com released eleven five-minute video courses one for each commandment and an introduction. The series has received over 2 million views. Everything needed to make a good world is contained in these Ten Commandments. Whatever your faith, or if you have no faith, I invite you to watch the videos at www.prageru.com. They are cleverly animated with text and graphics. Here is...
  • 22. "Praise to the Man": A Review of the Annual Joseph Smith Memorial Sermons ['Smithmasing']

    12/15/2014 8:48:42 PM PST · by Colofornian · 30 replies
    BYU Religious Studies Center ^ | 2005 | Thomas E. Thunell
    One of the most significant ongoing tributes to the Prophet Joseph Smith is the annual Joseph Smith Memorial Firesides...These...began in 1944 and have been held each year since, as close as possible to December 23, Joseph Smiths birthday...Brother Chase...published a ...volume titled Joseph the Prophet, As He Lives in the Hearts of His People. SNIP ...William E. Berrett...It is an appropriate thing to remember the birthday of...Joseph...This is the birthday of our greatest countryman. Joseph Smith is the only American whose birthday is heralded around the world...People of every land and of every race are coming to honor the birthday...
  • Muslim organisations on collision course with Austrian government

    12/15/2014 6:34:14 PM PST · by Gillibrand · 13 replies
    Cathcon ^ | 16.12.2014 | Cathcon
    The much-touted harmony is fragile: Austria's Muslims are increasingly on a collision course with the Federal Government and its draft for the new Islamic law. On Monday, the Supreme Council, the highest governing body of the Islamic Community in Austria (IGGi) made a statement - with a protest against the decision. They were disappointed with the approach taken by the government, was stated in a joint press release of the Supreme Council and the IGGi President, Fuat Sanac.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/15/2014 6:21:43 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 7 replies
    12-15-14 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 118:1 O Give Thanks to the LORD, for He is Good; For His Lovingkindness is Everlasting.
  • Germany Tense Over anti-Islam 'Pegida' March in Dresden

    12/15/2014 12:43:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/15/14
    A march against "Islamisation of the West" is due to take place in Dresden, with turnout expected to reach about 10,000 in the eastern German city. A big counter-demonstration is also being organised, similar in size. Dresden is the birthplace of a movement called "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West" (Pegida), which staged a big rally a week ago. Justice Minister Heiko Maas called Pegida's protests "a disgrace". But the Eurosceptic party AfD is sympathetic. "Most of their demands are legitimate," said Bernd Lucke, leader of the conservative Alternativ fuer Deutschland (AfD), which has campaigned for a tougher...
  • U.S. Army Chaplains Constitutional Rights Violated

    12/15/2014 9:56:01 AM PST · by O. White · 15 replies
    December 15, 2014 | Timothy W. Linzey
    U.S. Army Chaplains Constitutional Rights Violated By Timothy W. Linzey Contact: lavonjusa@aol.com FORT BENNING, Ga., Dec. 14, 2014 -- In the United States Armed Forces, there are three types of special staff officers: 1) the Judge Advocate (JAG), 2) the medical doctor, and 3) the chaplain. These three officers enter the military with advanced degrees, and so come in at a higher rank than all other officers. No commander would dare tell a JAG how to do his job. No commander would dare tell a medical doctor how to do his job. Likewise, no commander has the authority to tell...
  • How December 25 Became Christmas

    12/15/2014 9:22:24 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Society ^ | 8/12/2104 | Andrew McGowan
    On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus' birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods - these all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. But just how did the Christmas festival originate? How did December 25 become associated with Jesus' birthday? The Bible offers few clues: Celebrations of Jesus' nativity are not mentioned in the Gospels or Acts; the date is not given, not even the time of year. The biblical reference to shepherds tending their flocks at night when the hear the news of Jesus' birth (Luke 2:8)...
  • Mexican Catholics Lose Religion in the USA

    12/15/2014 8:08:30 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 73 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Dec 2014 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    New evidence from the Pew Research Center reveals that Mexican Catholics who emigrate to the United States are considerably less religious than their counterparts who remain in Mexico. A hefty majority of US Hispanics are of Mexican descent (64%), according to US Census Bureau statistics, and about a third of Mexican Americans were born in Mexico and immigrated into the US. Mexican Americans, however, exhibit differences both in religious affiliation and in doctrinal belief as compared with Catholics living in Mexico. Though the Pew study does not explore the reasons Mexican Catholics leave the Church when emigrating to the US,...
  • EWTN Live - 2014-12-3 - DR. SCOTT HAHN -Nativity of Jesus Christ

    12/15/2014 5:15:38 AM PST · by vladimir998 · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | December 3, 2014 | EWTN - Live
    I just ran across this video. Scott Hahn and Fr. Pacwa discuss Advent and Christmas as Hahn promotes his latest book. A good and informative conversation.
  • Nota bene: Apostolic Visitation of US sisters and CDF scrutiny of LCWR are NOT the same

    12/14/2014 3:23:59 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 14, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    There is some speculation about what may be said on 16 December in Rome about the Apostolic Visitation that was conducted of communities of women religious in these USA by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (aka Congregation for Religious).   Some suggest (hopefully, even triumphantly) that a rosy picture, or at least not a black picture, will be painted of religious life in female institutes and orders.  Or, perhaps, there will be the usual positive comments about the many “fruits”, just like all the “fruits” we have obviously been granted since the Second...
  • Christmas, time, and eternity

    12/14/2014 8:15:52 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://thecatholicthing.org ^ | December 14, 2014 | Russell Shaw
    I need to begin with a confession: Im one of those people who gets his Christmas cards done way ahead of time. This year I started a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, which is more or less what I always do. Why so early? Because this is how people with a compulsive streak do everything. Granted, our obsession with punctuality makes us pains in the neck, but remember we compulsives are the ones who arrive on time for appointments, meet our deadlines, and make the trains run on time. Time. That was what I was thinking about during one...
  • Your Lamb is Born! A Song

    12/14/2014 5:38:11 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 1 replies
    Messiah's born in the city of David, Incarnate Word the Son of God! Perfect Lamb sent forth to save us, from Deaths sting and Satans host! Angels shout with joys of wonder, on this night the King is born! Shepherds seek their Lamb and Savior, King of kings and Lord of lords! See your Lamb in lowly manger, Lord of time and ETERNITY! Righteous Branch and Seed of David, Son of God and Deity! He shall grow before the Father, shed His blood and then atone! Then shall rise and be exalted, to the Right hand of the Fathers throne!...
  • Vince Lombardi: How the Catholic Church Formed One of the Greatest Coaches of all Time

    12/13/2014 9:54:00 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    http://remnantnewspaper.com ^ | November 7, 2014 | Derek Leaberry
    Vince Lombardis brilliance as a football coach was a direct result of his dedication to Catholicism In the middle of winter, between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday, a secular ritual of nearly fifty years has become part of the American cultural scene. It is called the Super Bowl, the championship game of the interminably long National Football League season. Two weeks of incessant television extravaganza lead up to the game itself, which ends with the winner being awarded the Lombardi Trophy named for a man now 44 years dead but still considered by many to be the greatest football coach in...
  • Does Womens Rights Equal Abortion?

    12/13/2014 8:46:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Patheos ^ | December 12, 2014 | Rebecca Hamilton
    It seems Ive run afoul of the atheist portal here at Patheos One. More. Time. Nobody sticks in these folks collective craw more than I do. They love to hate me and they love to trash me. If one of them was slowly slipping away, I think the doc could show them one of my blog posts to get their poor little heart started beating again. Im not sure how I do it, and to be honest, I dont care, but I do get under their skin. They react to me the way Tribbles react to Klingons. Ive studiously ignored...
  • Sorry, Fido. Pope Francis did NOT say our pets are going to heaven

    12/13/2014 2:52:13 PM PST · by NYer · 91 replies
    RNS ^ | December 12, 2014 | David Gibson
    (RNS) When Pope Francis recently sought to comfort a distraught boy whose dog had died, the pontiff took the sort of pastoral approach he is famous for — telling the youngster not to worry, that he would one day see his pet in heaven. “Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures,” Francis said reassuringly.Pope Francis greets a crowd on his way to a meeting with cardinals at the Vatican on Feb. 21, 2014. RNS photo by David Gibson It was a sparkling moment on a rainy November day, and the setting in St. Peter’s Square only burnished Francis’ reputation as...
  • Scottish Monk Arrested for Distributing Leaflets Promoting Sexual Morality

    12/13/2014 1:49:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/12/14 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    A Scottish monk has been arrested for distributing a series of leaflets in the Cambridgeshire area critical of homosexuality, fornication, contraception, euthanasia, abortion, and divorce. Brother Damon Jonah Kelly, head of the Glasgow based charity the Black Hermits, was arrested by Cambridgeshire Police on December 8 on suspicion of a Section 5 (religious/racial) public order offence after he wrote a letter to the homosexual news publication, Pink News, claiming responsibility for the distribution of leaflets in the city of Ely, as well as in Cambridge, Kings Lynn and several other Cambridgeshire towns and cities. Initially police declined to take any...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/13/2014 10:30:54 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 8 replies
    December 13, 2014 | Irish Rose
    Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lords Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss...
  • The Elephant at the Synod: Contraception

    12/13/2014 5:47:39 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 13, 2014 | Howard Kainz
    At the Extraordinary Synod held at the Vatican in October, several Catholic married couples were invited as non-voting auditors to offer some experiences from the ground up for consideration by the synod fathers.A Brazilian couple, Arturo and Hermelinda As Zamberline, were exceptional in focusing on contraception as the larger context in which the various problems concerning marriage should be understood. Their experience certainly coincides with the facts of Catholic existence in other parts of the world. As they put it: We must admit without fear that many Catholic couples, even those who seek to live their marriage seriously, do not...
  • Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

    12/13/2014 5:24:46 AM PST · by NYer · 149 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | December 12, 2014 | Birgit Jones
    It’s Advent and our thoughts naturally turn toward less fortunate souls, longing for basic niceties, and the call for selfless giving. Christ-like love, almsgiving, and prayer are staples of this anticipatory time which brings in the new Church year. The scripture readings at Mass remind us of those in need and our moral obligation toward them. What a sad statement about current times, then, that we are forced to look a gift horse in the mouth.No, not the gifts we receive, but the gifts we give.As the giving season continues, as well as the rest of the year, we are often...