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  • Christian display at Daley Plaza vandalized

    04/24/2014 3:33:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    myfoxchicago ^ | April 24, 2014
    <p>The message is one of Divine Mercy, but this year the Jesus canvas erected at Daley Plaza has prompted an angry response. Someone has vandalized the display.</p> <p>The vandalism happened sometime overnight. The 15-foot tall canvas display of Jesus had been pierced numerous times and the plexiglass coverings on the four information panels around it had been smashed.</p>
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/24/2014 1:24:28 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    4-24-14 | Kitty Mittens
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 24 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/24/2014 11:07:26 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 24 (NKJV)Do Not Envy Evil Men 01 Do not be envious of evil men, 00 Nor desire to be with them; 02 For their heart devises violence, 00 And their lips talk of troublemaking. 03 Through wisdom a house is built, 00 And by understanding it is established; 04 By knowledge the rooms are filled 00 With all precious and pleasant riches. 05 A wise man is strong, 00 Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; 06 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, 00 And in a multitude of counselors there is safety. 07...
  • 'Heaven Is for Real' Movie Generating Divided Christian Opinion

    04/24/2014 8:39:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/24/2014 | BY STOYAN ZAIMOV
    "Heaven Is for Real," the movie based on the near-death experience of a young boy who believes he visited heaven and met Jesus, is generating divided opinions among Christians on whether it presents a biblical message on heaven as it hits theaters Easter weekend. The movie is based on the best-selling 2010 book Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, where pastor Todd Burpo reports on the near-death experience of his then 4-year-old son, Colton, who shares of meeting Jesus in heaven as well as a number of his deceased relatives...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 28 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/24/2014 8:28:04 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 28 (NKJV) The Righteous Are Bold as a Lion 01 The wicked flee when no one pursues, 00But the righteous are bold as a lion. 02 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; 00But by a man of understanding and knowledge 00Right will be prolonged. 03 A poor man who oppresses the poor 00Is like a driving rain which leaves no food. 04 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, 00But such as keep the law contend with them. 05 Evil men do not understand justice, 00But those who seek the LORD understand...
  • James Ussher and His Chronology: Reasonable or Ridiculous?

    04/24/2014 8:00:18 AM PDT · by fishtank · 47 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 4-24-2014 | Jerry Bergman, Ph.D.
    James Ussher and His Chronology: Reasonable or Ridiculous? by Jerry Bergman, Ph.D. * Introduction Archbishop James Ussher (1581–1656) was one of the most important biblical scholars of the 17th century. His research and scholarly work have even earned high praise from some who are opposed to his conclusions. Called “the greatest luminary of the church of Ireland” and “one of the greatest scholars of his day in the Christian Church,” his work has influenced generations of Christian thinkers with a force still felt today.1 An expert on the writings of the early church fathers, Ussher majorly impacted Reformation theology. The...
  • God, the Gospel, and the Gay Challenge -- A Response to Matthew Vines

    04/24/2014 6:06:22 AM PDT · by xzins · 50 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | April 23, 2014 | Al Mohler
    Evangelical Christians in the United States now face an inevitable moment of decision. While Christians in other movements and in other nations face similar questions, the question of homosexuality now presents evangelicals in the United States with a decision that cannot be avoided. Within a very short time, we will know where everyone stands on this question. There will be no place to hide, and there will be no way to remain silent. To be silent will answer the question. The question is whether evangelicals will remain true to the teachings of Scripture and the unbroken teaching of the Christian...
  • Confusion in Telegraph story about Francis and divorce/remarriage

    04/24/2014 5:40:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 4/23/2014 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Sometimes it is hard to tell whether the writer gets it wrong because he doesn’t know better or whether their mistakes are on purpose.Perhaps you can chime in.From The Telegraph: Pope Francis tells divorced woman she should be allowed Communion [This is news?  No.  That was a trick question.  Is there more?]In what would be a break from Catholic teaching, Pope said to have phoned remarried [That adds new information, doesn't it?   You would think that something this important would in the headline, no?] Argentine woman Jacquelina Sabetta telling her ‘nothing wrong’ in her taking Holy Communion  [Next question: Who says?...
  • Why Silencing Christians will Continue

    04/24/2014 5:02:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 24, 2013 | Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.
    The number of subjects we cannot talk about in public discourse are rapidly multiplying. The older notion of “free speech” as a search for the truth through reasonable argument is being replaced. We no longer want to hear speech if it “offends” someone’s feelings or self-defined identity. We would rather “just get along” than to have to decide about the truth of any issue or confront the consequences of its violation.We thus have become infinitely “tolerant” of anything but truth itself. Speech is not directed to truth or falsity of an issue but to the “sensitivity” and “compassion” of...
  • Cincinnati Catholics pound pavement in protest [over teacher morality clause]

    04/24/2014 2:45:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    WLWT ^ | 4/22/2014 | Adrianne Kelly
    Cincinnati Catholics said a revised morality clause in the contract for teachers in the archdiocese is unfair and limits free speech. Some teachers are now refusing to sign it. At least a hundred Catholic teachers, parents and students protested at Fountain Square on Tuesday. Their message to the archdiocese: is fix the contract. Protestors are calling on the archdiocese to fix the morality clause in the teacher-ministry contract. The revised contract for this coming year is very specific. It has a laundry list of violations teachers must stay away from. This includes public support of homosexuality, sexual activity out of...
  • "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" -- A Farce to Hide "Voluntary" Church Slavery to the IRS ???

    04/23/2014 6:12:44 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 2 replies
    Patton@Bastogne ^ | 2014-04-23 | Patton@Bastogne
    . "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" is celebrated every October 5th. It promotes a genuinely positive goal: Challenging Christian Pastors to speak FREELY about ANYTHING (including politics) from their church pulpit. Sadly, what the proponents of "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" DELIBERATELY HIDE is that Church Tax-Exempt status is a VOLUNTARY agreement with the U.S. Government. Churches are free to DIVORCE their evil "IRS Marriage" anytime they choose. Take a look at any of the below Youtube videos for the whole story. Best Regards, Patton-at-Bastogne FreeRepublic member since 1998. ========================================= Tea Party Christians and "Render Unto Caesar" ... Tea Party Christians and "Render Unto...
  • Catholicism: Scandalous in Every Age

    04/23/2014 2:57:44 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    http://www.crisismagazine.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Anthony Esolen
    A few weeks ago, a Catholic priest caused quite a stir in one of our local diocesan high schools. He spoke the truth about sex. Pause here to sigh, and to wish that our heresies were more interesting. Some of the parents and students objected. They did not say, “The priest presented the truth in a way that made it less likely that the audience would accept it. We are worried that the Church’s teachings did not appear in the best light. We need to do some considerable work right now, lest the students go on to reject what they...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 23 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/23/2014 8:42:52 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 23 (NKJV) Listen to Your Father 01 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, 00 Consider carefully what is before you; 02 And put a knife to your throat 00 If you are a man given to appetite. 03 Do not desire his delicacies, 00 For they are deceptive food. 04 Do not overwork to be rich; 00 Because of your own understanding, cease! 05 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? 00 For riches certainly make themselves wings; 00 They fly away like an eagle toward heaven. 06 Do not eat the...
  • Evangelicals Review Matthew Vines' 'God and the Gay Christian' Book

    04/23/2014 8:23:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/23/2014 | BY STOYAN ZAIMOV
    With the release of Matthew Vines' God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships, conservative Evangelicals are responding with warnings that the book should not cause confusion regarding Scripture's teaching on homosexuality. The book, Andrew Walker – director of Policy Studies for the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission – says, "is the first step in a larger effort to fundamentally recast long-held, universally acknowledged norms pertaining to sexual ethics." In his review, Walker notes that not only does Vines identify himself as a conservative evangelical and claim to uphold the authority of...
  • Why is Shakespeare so mysterious? Because he was a Catholic in an age of vicious persecution

    04/23/2014 8:09:57 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/ ^ | April 23, 2014 | Joseph Pearce
    Today is St George’s Day. It is also Shakespeare’s birthday and, believe it or not, it is the day on which Shakespeare died. Apart from the astonishing coincidence that Shakespeare died on his own birthday, it is also singularly appropriate that England’s greatest poet should have been born and should have died on the feast day of her patron saint. It seems appropriate, therefore, that we should celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birthday with a reference to cricket, that most quintessential of all English sports. Shakespeare is “450, Not Out”, continuing to hit his audiences for six after reaching...
  • Islam’s Religious War with Everyone

    04/23/2014 7:58:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/23/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Few divides are as impossible to bridge as those of religion. You either believe or you don’t. When it comes to Islam, non-Muslims are expected to take its goodwill on faith. If you believe your eyes and ears, Islam and violence go together like peanut butter and jelly. But if you believe Muslims and their spin doctors with academic degrees, Muslims are the victims of other religions.If Muslims fighting Christians, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists are the victims of non-Muslims, what are we to make of Muslims fighting other Muslims in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq? Religious civil wars make it hard...
  • Catholicism: Scandalous in Every Age

    04/23/2014 6:11:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 22, 2013 | Anthony Esolen
    A few weeks ago, a Catholic priest caused quite a stir in one of our local diocesan high schools. He spoke the truth about sex. Pause here to sigh, and to wish that our heresies were more interesting.Some of the parents and students objected. They did not say, “The priest presented the truth in a way that made it less likely that the audience would accept it. We are worried that the Church’s teachings did not appear in the best light. We need to do some considerable work right now, lest the students go on to reject what they...
  • Why Divine Mercy Sunday is the most fitting day for John Paul II’s canonization

    04/23/2014 5:47:31 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | April 23, 2014 | Carrie Gress
    John Paul II will be canonized Sunday on the Feast of Divine Mercy. While the date chosen is of little surprise, the fullness of how fitting it really is can be easily overlooked. A survey of his biography reveals that Divine Mercy was something of a spiritual touchstone to which he returned again and again throughout his life.
  • Jokes, quips, wisecracks: John XXIII lived with keen sense of humor

    04/22/2014 5:07:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cns ^ | March 24, 2014 | Emily Antenucci and Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Blessed John XXIII, who will be made a saint April 27, is remembered by many for his warmth, simplicity, social conscience and sense of humor. Pope Francis, who will canonize "the Good Pope," recalled his predecessor as being holy, patient and a man of courage, especially by calling the Second Vatican Council. "He was a man who let himself be guided by the Lord," Pope Francis has said. But the Italian Pope John was also guided by his cheerful disposition, his simple, peasant background and tongue-in-cheek, wisecracking Italian culture. Blessed John XXIII pictured in the Vatican...
  • The “Green Pope” and a Human Ecology

    04/22/2014 1:27:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 22, 2013 | William L. Patenaude
    It’s a joy to happen upon an old friend, to again hear his style of speaking and his way of engaging the world. When the old friend is Benedict XVI, however, things quickly move beyond the sentimental. So it goes with The Garden of God: Toward a Human Ecology (The Catholic University of America Press, 2014), a helpful compilation of Benedict XVI’s many, many statements about preserving life on earth. Given that discussions of ecology polarize a great many along worldly ideological fault lines, one of the benefits of The Garden of God lies in remembering how Benedict XVI,...
  • Church and State: The Separation Illusion

    04/22/2014 12:09:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Stand to Reason ^ | 04/22/2014 | Greg Koukl
    The goal of First Amendment was to protect religious expression, not restrict it. In the last 50 years, though, “non-establishment” has been redefined as “separation,” effectively amending the Constitution and isolating Christians from the political process.“Will You Be a Casualty in Their Religious War?” read the headline of an advertisement that almost covered an entire page of the L.A. Times. Underneath were pictures of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Lou Sheldon, along with condemning quotes substantiating their apparent jihad against irreligious secularists.The text of the advertisement read: “The radical religious right has declared war on America. It is a...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/22/2014 7:40:09 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 22 (NKJV) The Value of a Good Name 01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, 00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 02 The rich and the poor have this in common, 00 The LORD is the maker of them all. 03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, 00 But the simple pass on and are punished. 04 By humility and the fear of the LORD 00 Are riches and honor and life. 05 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; 00 He who guards his soul...
  • LETTER OF POPE JOHN PAUL II TO WOMEN

    LETTER OF POPE JOHN PAUL II TO WOMEN I greet you all most cordially, women throughout the world! I am writing this letter to each one of you as a sign of solidarity and gratitude on the eve of the Fourth World Conference on Women, to be held in Beijing this coming September. Before all else, I wish to express my deep appreciation to the United Nations Organization for having sponsored this very significant event. The Church desires for her part to contribute to upholding the dignity, role and rights of women, not only by the specific work of the...
  • Coptic priest appointed personal secretary to Pope Francis

    04/22/2014 4:48:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | April 22, 2013
    Vatican City, Apr 22, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was made known Thursday that Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, a priest of the Coptic Patriarchate of Alexandria, has been made second personal secretary to Pope Francis. The position is among the Pope’s closest collaborators, and this marks the first time that an Eastern Catholic priest has been appointed to the position. The vacancy filled by Msgr. Lahzi Gaid March 17 was created when Msgr. Alfred Xuereb was transferred from his position as Pope Francis’ personal secretary to being prelate secretary general of the Secretariat for the Economy. Msgr....
  • Ads bring Church's message to mainstream NY radio

    04/22/2014 4:44:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | April 21, 2013 | Michelle Bauman
    Cardinal Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York. Credit: Jeffrey Bruno/CNA. New York City, N.Y., Apr 21, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Lay Catholics on the East Coast have teamed up with a prominent cardinal to create ads for secular radio proclaiming the Church’s message to an audience who may not otherwise hear it. “This is an incredible opportunity to have listeners on a secular news radio media hear a message that gives very tangible examples of the good in the Catholic Church – what it has been doing, what it is doing, and what it will continue to do,”...
  • Justin Welby: The Anguish I Face Over Gay Marriage

    04/21/2014 7:45:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/18/14 | Cole Moreton, and John Bingham
    Archbishop of Canterbury suggests blessing gay marriages would divide Anglican Church because some worshippers in Africa would never support homosexuality The Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested he is powerless to provide blessings for gay marriages because to do so would split the global Anglican Church. In an interview with The Telegraph, the Most Rev Justin Welby says that the Church had probably caused “great harm” to homosexuals in the past — but there was not always a “huge amount” that could be done now to rectify the situation. Although indicating that he was sympathetic to calls for the Church to...
  • “TEN COMMANDMENTS” SCORES (Old Charlton Heston Movie top rated show on Sunday Night)

    04/21/2014 7:00:14 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | April 21, 2014 | Bill Donohue
    On Easter Sunday night, more Americans watched “The Ten Commandments” on ABC than any other show, even allowing for the fact that the audience was not as big as last year’s. What was most telling was how it creamed the religious fare shown on the Travel Channel and the Science Channel. The Travel Channel gave us “Greatest Mysteries: Holy Land,” a one-hour presentation that took the viewer on a rambling ride through hidden rooms and caves looking for the Holy Grail; a guest appearance by Heinrich Himmler, head of the Nazi SS, rounded out the first segment. The Shroud of...
  • Planned Parenthood Fundraiser Mocks Catholic Church With “Queer Nuns”

    04/21/2014 6:39:23 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business in Seattle, Washington is taking a page out o the religious bigotry book in order to raise funds for itself. Tomorrow night, the abortion corporation will stage “Bar Nun Bingo” at and, two days later, with hold another “Bar Nun Bingo” — fundraising events that, as Bill Donohue of the Catholic League tells LifeNews in an email, are aimed squarely at Catholics: barnunbingoBoth fund-raising events will bash nuns, and will be led by the demonstrably anti-Catholic gay group, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Pictures of previous “Bar Nun Bingo” affairs show how sick it is. Planned...
  • My review of “Heaven is for Real” My (Deacon Greg Kandra) review of “Heaven is for Real”

    04/21/2014 4:12:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 21, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Enjoying a rare day off following the Triduum marathon, I took my wife to see “Heaven is for Real” at a Monday matinee.I’ll be honest with you: I wasn’t expecting much. The result could have been awful, a preachy mess. The fact that it isn’t—in fact, a lot of it is awfully satisfying—is a testament to the good taste and storytelling skills of Randall Wallace, the director who shepherded this best-selling book from the page to the screen. Wallace knows his way around big stories with inspirational themes; he wrote “Braveheart” and directed “We Were Soldiers” and “Secretariat.” He has...
  • ASK FATHER: Godparents must be confirmed, married properly

    04/21/2014 3:56:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 21, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader…QUAERITUR: I have been asked to be my nieces godmother but I have to make my confirmation. The lady at the church [?] told me I can not do so until I have my marriage convalidated by the church. I have talked to several people and they find that odd. My husband (who is Methodist) is going to be the godfather is weary about it finds it extremely odd as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you. I’m not sure who the “lady at the church” is – and sometimes these nameless and titleless people can...
  • Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/21/2014 8:26:14 AM PDT · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 21 (NKJV) The LORD Considers the Heart 01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, 00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the hearts. 03 To do righteousness and justice 00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 04 A haughty look, a proud heart, 00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, 00 But those of everyone who is hasty,...
  • Honoring Two Beloved Popes (Sainthood of John XXIII and John Paul II)

    04/21/2014 7:48:08 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | April 21, 2014 | Jonathan Liedl
    Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are expected to flock to Rome on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, for the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II. But for those Americans who can’t make the trans-Atlantic trip, there will be plenty of fanfare and celebration stateside, as two of the 20th century’s most beloved popes become saints. The jubilation will be particularly pronounced in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Home to more people of Polish descent than any other city except for Warsaw, Poland’s capital, Chicago’s Polish community will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate the canonization of fellow...
  • Bible Critic Says Jesus Isn't God, Stephen Colbert Leaves Him Speechless (Video)

    04/20/2014 4:36:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/17/2014 | BY JARED FREEMAN
    (Screenshot: Comedy Central)As we mentioned, Stephen Colbert, heir to David Letterman's chair on "The Late Show," openly talks about his Catholic faith. It's a surprise to those who know the comedian only as the satirical conservative host of "The Colbert Report."In this April 2009 episode on Maundy Thursday, Colbert hosted Bart Ehrman, a prominent New Testament scholar and biblical critic.As Ehrman points out contradictions he's found in the Bible, notably in the crucifixion of Jesus, Colbert takes him to task in his usual acerbic tone. But under the caricature, Colbert presents the divinity of Christ in ways that leave...
  • The Spirit of a Pure Christianity: Exploring Ethiopia's Stunning Subterranean Churches

    04/20/2014 4:33:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Independent (UK) | 4/20/14 | Evgeny Lebedev
    Posting from The Independent prohibited so click HERE for the full article.
  • China on Course to Become 'World's Most Christian Nation' Within 15 Years

    04/20/2014 4:29:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/19/14 | Tom Phillips
    The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America It is said to be China's biggest church and on Easter Sunday thousands of worshippers will flock to this Asian mega-temple to pledge their allegiance – not to the Communist Party, but to the Cross. The 5,000-capacity Liushi church, which boasts more than twice as many seats as Westminster Abbey and a 206ft crucifix that can be seen for miles around, opened last year with one theologian declaring it a "miracle that such a small town was able...
  • VANITY - I hear people talking about the Bible says, "not to judge" - what say you?

    04/20/2014 12:15:02 PM PDT · by stockpirate · 104 replies
    Did I say this is a vanity? | 4/20/2014 | STOCKPIRATE - vanity
    I am hearing a lot of people say that the Bible teaches that we are not to judge someone over any issue, they say "God will judge".... I don't think the Bible teaches it the they are saying and they also say that this is what their preacher teaches.... I'd like to hear from my fellow freepers on this... Have a blessed Easter...
  • Canonization of popes John Paul II, John XXIII to draw millions to Rome

    04/20/2014 10:45:40 AM PDT · by Old Yeller · 106 replies
    New York Post ^ | 04/20/14 | Pedro Oliveira Jr
    Easter services today are expected to kick off a record-breaking week at the Vatican. Two beloved modern popes — John Paul II and John XXIII — are to be canonized at the Vatican next Sunday by Pope Francis. There will be services all week, which could draw the most pilgrims ever to the Catholic capital. John Paul II is remembered for helping to bring down communism and for inspiring a generation of Catholics. Many now call him “The Great,” only the fourth pope to have earned the moniker. And while much of the crowd’s focus will be on the Polish...
  • Proverb 20 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/20/2014 9:09:49 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 20 (NKJV) Wine Is a Mocker 01 Wine is a mocker, 00 Strong drink is a brawler, 00 And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 02 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; 00 Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. 03 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, 00 Since any fool can start a quarrel. 04 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; 00 He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 05 Counsel in the heart of man is like...
  • He is Risen!

    04/20/2014 7:24:13 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com/ ^ | April 20, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Those who are Aristotelian devotees of reality stand by the Lesser Truth that A is A, and that A is never Not-A. But the Lesser Truth descends from, and depends upon, the Greater Truth, which is this: 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 all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not...
  • The Resurrection: The Best News Ever in a World Filled with Bad News

    04/20/2014 7:07:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/20/2014 | Michael Youssaf
    Much of the world will be celebrating Easter this week. Unfortunately, in the West, secular humanism has relegated the Christian Easter to mere “Easter bunnies” and “Easter eggs.” That degeneration can be closely linked to Western society’s replacement of “thinking” with “feeling.” We have replaced the thermostat with the thermometer. We have given up on rigorous intellectual debate of facts and irrefutable truth and replaced it with “that’s fine if that’s how you feel about it.” Perhaps the trend is no clearer than when the media—and consequently, the man on the street—expresses an opinion on the resurrection of Jesus Christ....
  • Happy Easter to all.

    04/20/2014 7:04:06 AM PDT · by paterfamilias · 9 replies
    Missale Romanun | 20 April 2014 | Me
    Resurrexi, et adhuc tecum sum, alleluia! Introit, Easter Sunday.
  • The Earth’s Most Serious Wound

    04/20/2014 4:44:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | APRIL 20, 2014 | Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
    In the history of the world, only one tomb has ever had a rock rolled before it, and a soldier guard set to watch it to prevent the dead man within from rising: that was the tomb of Christ on the evening of the Friday called Good. What spectacle could be more ridiculous than armed soldiers keeping their eyes on a corpse? But sentinels were set, lest the Dead walk, the Silent speak, and the Pierced Heart quicken to the throb of life.The King lay in state with His guard about Him. The most astounding fact about this spectacle of...
  • Is the Resurrection a Reality to You? - He’s Alive for EVERMORE!

    04/20/2014 4:29:55 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 6 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/20/14
    This Easter many will go through the robotic motions of celebrating Easter without any possession of the REALITY of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. They will gather with loved ones, family and friends to color Easter eggs; have Easter egg hunts; eat baked ham, candy and fine desserts; maybe watch a sporting event and perhaps even attend church for the first time since Christmas. This tragically happens every year in a never-ending cycle of tradition and hypocrisy. Oh my friend, what is truly needed this Easter is a dose of the heavenly reality of Christ’s triumphant resurrection...
  • Pope Francis' Homily at Easter Vigil "tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me"

    04/19/2014 8:43:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    NC Register ^ | APRIL 19, 2014 | EDWARD PENTIN
    "The Gospel of the resurrection of Jesus Christ begins with the journey of the women to the tomb at dawn on the day after the Sabbath. They go to the tomb to honour the body of the Lord, but they find it open and empty. A mighty angel says to them: "Do not be afraid!" (Mt 28:5) and orders them to go and tell the disciples: "He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee" (v. 7). The women quickly depart and on the way Jesus himself meets them and says: "Do not...
  • Cuban Catholics Mark Holy Week's End With Religious Processions

    04/19/2014 3:55:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    NBC News ^ | 4/19/14 | Mary Murray
    Thousands of Roman Catholics in Cuba are marking the end of Holy Week by holding religious processions fully sanctioned by the government. With heads bowed and eyes often closed, the faithful were young and old, rich and poor. Some joined Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega at Havana’s Cathedral while many more chose to follow the Way of the Cross in smaller processions led by parish priests in their communities. NBC News followed the procession in Regla, a small town across the Havana Bay.
  • What If The Lord Jesus Came To America?

    04/19/2014 3:43:52 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 31 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/19/14
    If the Lord Jesus Christ came in our day (2014) to the "land of the "free", what would you expect the majority of Americans to do with Him? Would the "Word made Flesh" be received and welcomed as the Savior of the world? Would "church" goers receive Him with open arms? Would the socially dependent so called "poor", rich and government and educational elites welcome Him with open arms? Would the conservative and leftist media outlets have good things to say about Him? Would His countless miracles of healing the lame, blind, sick and demon possessed win over the masses...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/19/2014 10:55:55 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    April 19, 2014 | Irish Rose
    A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." (John 20:26-29)
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/19/2014 9:49:19 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 19 (NKJV) The Fear of the Lord Leads to Life 01 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity 00 Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 02 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, 00 And he sins who hastens with his feet. 03 The foolishness of a man twists his way, 00 And his heart frets against the LORD. 04 Wealth makes many friends, 00 But the poor is separated from his friend. 05 A false witness will not go unpunished, 00 And he who...
  • Cuban government makes Good Friday official holiday

    04/19/2014 4:46:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    cna ^ | APRIL 18, 2014
    Pilgrims gather in Cuba for Mass during Pope Benedict's visit in March 2012. Havana, Cuba, Apr 17, 2014 / 03:06 pm (CNA).- After granting temporary permission for Cubans to celebrate Good Friday in 2012 and 2013, the Cuban government has decided grant a request made by Pope Benedict during his visit to the country in 2012 to make it a permanent official holiday. Although the norm will not be in force until June, the Ministry of Work and Social Security issued a special resolution allowing Cubans to observe Good Friday this April 18. However, it said those who work in...
  • How the Pope Is Remaking the GOP

    04/18/2014 2:32:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Daily Beast ^ | April 18, 2014 | Michelle Cottle
    When Jeb Bush stepped up this month to declare illegal immigration “an act of love,” he provoked precisely the conservative pile-on you’d expect. The right’s favorite crabby uncle, Charles Krauthammer, dourly pronounced the comments “bizarre.”. Rep. Raul Labrador accused Jebbie of pandering. Noted intellectual Donald Trump declared Bush’s thinking “ridiculous” and “dangerous.” And God help anyone who ventured onto sites like RedState.com. Most perfectly, fake-winger Stephen Colbert eulogized, “He will be missed.” In the midst of all the huffing and grumping, it was easy to miss the smaller, quieter sounds of satisfaction emanating from some of Bush’s fellow Catholics, particularly...