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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-25-15, FEAST, St. Mark, Evangelist

    04/24/2015 7:54:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 25, 2015Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist    Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14 Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humilityin your dealings with one another, for: God opposes the proudbut bestows favor on the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,that he may exalt you in due time.Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. Be sober and vigilant.Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour.Resist him, steadfast in faith,knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the worldundergo the same sufferings.The God of all gracewho called you to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-24-15, OM, St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr

    04/23/2015 7:52:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2015Friday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 9:1-20 Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord,went to the high priest and asked himfor letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that,if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way,he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus,a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”He said, “Who are you, sir?” The...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-23-15, OM,St. George, Martyr, St. Adalbert, Bishop& Martyr

    04/22/2015 8:48:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 23, 2015Thursday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 8:26-40 The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip,“Get up and head south on the roadthat goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route.” So he got up and set out. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch,a court official of the Candace,that is, the queen of the Ethiopians,in charge of her entire treasury,who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home.Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.The Spirit said to Philip,“Go and join up with that chariot.” Philip ran up...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-22-15

    04/21/2015 9:21:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 22, 2015Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 8:1b-8 There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem,and all were scatteredthroughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria,except the Apostles.Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church;entering house after house and dragging out men and women,he handed them over for imprisonment. Now those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.Thus Philip went down to the city of Samariaand proclaimed the Christ to them.With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-21-15, OM, St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    04/20/2015 7:17:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 21, 2015Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 7:51—8:1a Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears,you always oppose the Holy Spirit;you are just like your ancestors.Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.You received the law as transmitted by angels,but you did not observe it.” When they heard this, they were infuriated,and they ground their teeth at him.But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit,looked...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-20-15

    04/19/2015 7:47:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 20, 2015Monday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 6:8-15 Stephen, filled with grace and power,was working great wonders and signs among the people.Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,Cyreneans, 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.Then they instigated some men to say,“We have heard him speaking blasphemous wordsagainst Moses and God.”They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes,accosted him, seized him,and brought him before the Sanhedrin.They presented false witnesses who testified,“This man never...
  • FROM THE PASTOR

    04/19/2015 6:26:38 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 69 replies
    Church of St. Michael, NYC ^ | April 19, 2015 | by Fr. George W. Rutler
    Even in this Easter season, there are those who would nervously employ the secular convention of saying that they want Christ but not his Church, and that they can confess their sins to God without confessing to a priest. This ignores what Jesus did when he rose from the dead: he constructed the Church through his teaching during the forty days before the Ascension, and the first thing he did when he appeared to the apostles was to give them authority to forgive sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Saint John wrote that not all the books in the world...
  • "To Understand the Scriptures" (Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter, on Luke 24:36-49)

    04/18/2015 9:07:36 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 19, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    To Understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:36-49)Have you ever thought about what the Bible is all about? I mean, if you had to boil it down to just a few short sentences, what would you say is the main message of the Scriptures? You know, a lot of people have a lot of different opinions about the Bible and what it is saying. They pull this verse or that verse out of context and twist it like a wax nose to make it suit their purpose. People approach the Bible with their presuppositions and then find in the Bible what they...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-19-15, Third Sunday of Easter

    04/18/2015 7:26:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 19, 2015Third Sunday of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 Peter said to the people:“The God of Abraham,the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus,whom you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presencewhen he had decided to release him.You denied the Holy and Righteous Oneand asked that a murderer be released to you.The author of life you put to death,but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.Now I know, brothers,that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did;but God has thus...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-18-15

    04/17/2015 7:57:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 18, 2015Saturday of the Second Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 6:1-7 As the number of disciples continued to grow,the Hellenists complained against the Hebrewsbecause their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said,“It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men,filled with the Spirit and wisdom,whom we shall appoint to this task,whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayerand to the ministry of the word.”The proposal was acceptable to the whole community,so...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-17-15

    04/16/2015 7:56:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-17-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2015Friday of the Second Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 5:34-42 A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel,a teacher of the law, respected by all the people,stood up, ordered the Apostles to be put outside for a short time,and said to the Sanhedrin, “Fellow children of Israel,be careful what you are about to do to these men.Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important,and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed,and all those who were loyal to himwere disbanded and came to nothing.After him came Judas the Galilean at the time...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-16-15

    04/15/2015 9:50:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-16-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 16, 2015Thursday of the Second Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 5:27-33 When the court officers had brought the Apostles inand made them stand before the Sanhedrin,the high priest questioned them,“We gave you strict orders did we not,to stop teaching in that name.Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teachingand want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”But Peter and the Apostles said in reply,“We must obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus,though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.God exalted him at his right hand as leader and...
  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 04-15-15

    04/14/2015 7:53:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-15-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 15, 2015Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 5:17-26 The high priest rose up and all his companions,that is, the party of the Sadducees,and, filled with jealousy,laid hands upon the Apostles and put them in the public jail.But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison,led them out, and said,“Go and take your place in the temple area,and tell the people everything about this life.”When they heard this,they went to the temple early in the morning and taught.When the high priest and his companions arrived,they convened the Sanhedrin,the...
  • Great Vespers for Holy Pascha (Orthodox Easter - long) Ecumenical

    04/14/2015 7:52:02 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-12-2015 | The Russian Orthodox Church
    The triumphal service of Great Vespers on Easter Sunday served by the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church in Christ the Savior Cathedral. (The cathedral was razed by Stalin but has been rebuilt.)
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-14-15

    04/13/2015 9:21:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-14-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 14, 2015Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 4:32-37 The community of believers was of one heart and mind,and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,but they had everything in common.With great power the Apostles bore witnessto the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,and great favor was accorded them all.There was no needy person among them,for those who owned property or houses would sell them,bring the proceeds of the sale,and put them at the feet of the Apostles,and they were distributed to each according to need. Thus Joseph, also named by the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-13-15, OM, St. Martin I, Pope and Martyr

    04/12/2015 9:54:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-13-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 13, 2015Monday of the Second Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 4:23-31 After their release Peter and John went back to their own peopleand reported what the chief priests and elders had told them.And when they heard it,they raised their voices to God with one accordand said, “Sovereign Lord, maker of heaven and earthand the sea and all that is in them,you said by the Holy Spiritthrough the mouth of our father David, your servant: Why did the Gentiles rageand the peoples entertain folly?The kings of the earth took their standand the princes gathered togetheragainst the Lord...
  • CHRIST IS RISEN! (Orthodox Easter)

    04/12/2015 5:49:34 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Vanity | 04-12-2015 | NRx
    A blessed feast to everyone!
  • "Faith, Fellowship, and Forgiveness" (Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter, on John; 1 John; Acts)

    04/11/2015 9:36:14 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 12, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Faith, Fellowship, and Forgiveness (John 20:19-31; 1 John 1:1 2:2; Acts 4:32-35) Did you get any gifts for Easter? Maybe an Easter basket, filled with chocolate bunnies and jelly beans and Easter eggs that you open up and theres a coin inside? Well, I can think of some Easter gifts that are even better than that. And today I want to tell you about them. Theyre right there in our readings for today, and they are these Easter gifts, three of them: Faith, Fellowship, and Forgiveness. Faith, fellowship, and forgiveness: three Easter gifts that we have because of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-12-15, Divine Mercy Sunday

    04/11/2015 8:38:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 59 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-12-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 12, 2015Sunday of Divine Mercy    Reading 1 Acts 4:32-35 The community of believers was of one heart and mind,and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,but they had everything in common.With great power the apostles bore witnessto the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,and great favor was accorded them all.There was no needy person among them,for those who owned property or houses would sell them,bring the proceeds of the sale,and put them at the feet of the apostles,and they were distributed to each according to need. Responsorial Psalm Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 R. (1)...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-11-15, SOL, Saturday within the Octave of Easter

    04/10/2015 8:42:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-11-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 11, 2015Saturday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 4:13-21 Observing the boldness of Peter and Johnand perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men,the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed,and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus.Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them,they could say nothing in reply.So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin,and conferred with one another, saying,“What are we to do with these men?Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable signwas done through them, and we cannot deny it.But so that it may not...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-10-15, SOL, Friday within the Octave of Easter

    04/09/2015 8:22:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-10-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 10, 2015Friday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 4:1-12 After the crippled man had been cured,while Peter and John were still speaking to the people,the priests, the captain of the temple guard,and the Sadducees confronted them,disturbed that they were teaching the peopleand proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.They laid hands on Peter and Johnand put them in custody until the next day,since it was already evening.But many of those who heard the word came to believeand the number of men grew to about five thousand. On the next day, their leaders, elders, and...
  • Holiday Church Destruction in the Islamic World

    04/09/2015 3:09:48 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    As millions of Christians around the world were celebrating Easter Sunday, the Christians of the Muslim world were again under attack. The April 2 Islamic jihad attack on a Kenyan schoolwhere the Islamic murderers made sure to slaughter only Christian students, sparing fellow Muslimswas only the most spectacular attack.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-09-15, SOL, Thursday within the Octave of Easter

    04/08/2015 8:51:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-09-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 9, 2015Thursday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 3:11-26 As the crippled man who had been cured clung to Peter and John,all the people hurried in amazement toward themin the portico called “Solomon’s Portico.”When Peter saw this, he addressed the people,“You children of Israel, why are you amazed at this,and why do you look so intently at usas if we had made him walk by our own power or piety?The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesuswhom you handed over and...
  • New York Times Runs Easter Story Suggesting Resurrection Didn't Happen

    04/08/2015 2:44:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 8, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A few weeks ago, an Israeli geologist met with a reporter from the New York Timesin the lobby of Jerusalem's King David Hotel.The geologist brought along evidence. Just before Easter, the Times came out with his story. The geologist, Aryeh Shimron, claims to have proof of a connection between a famous ossuary, or burial box for bones, and a tomb of in the environs of Jerusalem that, he believes, was the final resting place for Jesus of Nazareth, his wife and his family. If he were right, his theory would callinto question the truth of the Resurrection. The Times...
  • Obama criticizes 'less than loving Christians' at Easter prayer breakfast

    04/08/2015 7:34:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/08/2015 | Rick Moran
    As the Washington Times points out, the latest Obama signal of religious relativism came after his administration had issued a statement on the Kenyan massacre at a Christian college without once mentioning the religion of the victims - or the attackers. Addressing an ecumenical gathering at the White House of cardinals, ministers, pastors and the lay faithful, Mr. Obama was talking about the Apostle John’s call to love “with actions and in truth” rather than with words. The president then briefly gave in to temptation, and deviated from his prepared remarks. “On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as...
  • Obama concerned by less-than-loving Christians

    04/07/2015 6:04:04 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 45 replies
    President Obama appeared set to go after his political opponents on Tuesday during an Easter Prayer Breakfast, but he stopped himself before veering further off script. On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that, as a Christian, I am supposed to love, the president said during the breakfast at the White House. And I have to say that, sometimes when I listen to other less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned.
  • Obama concerned by less-than-loving Christians

    04/07/2015 7:57:50 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 7, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama appeared set to go after his political opponents on Tuesday during an Easter Prayer Breakfast, but he stopped himself before veering further off script. On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that, as a Christian, I am supposed to love, the president said during the breakfast at the White House. And I have to say that, sometimes when I listen to other less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. Obama paused, then remarked thats a topic for another day, sparking laughter from the audience gathered in the East Room.
  • Obama Expresses Concern Over "Less-Than Loving Expressions From Christians"

    04/07/2015 1:31:45 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 44 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Pam Key
    Tuesday at the White Houses Easter breakfast, President Barack Obama momentarily attempted to address the current religious freedom controversy but stopped himself after reactions from the crowd.
  • President Obama Denounces Less-than-Loving Christians at Easter Prayer Breakfast

    04/07/2015 10:29:30 AM PDT · by drewh · 67 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 12:43 pm, April 7th, 2015 | by Matt Wilstein
    Towards the end of his speech at Tuesday mornings Easter Prayer Breakfast, President Barack Obama appeared to veer off script to make some comments that implicitly referenced the fierce debate that has been raging over the last week about religious freedom laws in Indiana, Arkansas and elsewhere. On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love, Obama said. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. As the crowd began to murmur, the president backed off, saying, But thats a topic for...
  • Obama Jabs 'Less-Than-Loving' Christians At Prayer Breakfast (VIDEO)

    04/07/2015 12:02:04 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    TalkingPointsMemo.com ^ | 04/07/2015 | Catherine Thompson
    President Barack Obama appeared to poke fun at his critics Tuesday during an Easter prayer breakfast speech at the White House. On Easter I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian I am supposed to love, Obama said. I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians I get concerned. The President didn't specify what those "less-than-loving expressions" were. "But that's a topic for another day," he added to laughter and applause from the audience. "I was about to veer off. I'm pulling it back." Obama faced a barrage of criticism from the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-08-15, SOL, Wednesday within the Octave of Easter

    04/07/2015 7:51:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-08-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 8, 2015Wednesday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 3:1-10 Peter and John were going up to the temple areafor the three o’clock hour of prayer.And a man crippled from birth was carriedand placed at the gate of the temple called “the Beautiful Gate” every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,he asked for alms.But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,and said, “Look at us.”He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.Peter said, “I have...
  • Theyre Just Trying to Make Your Easter Holiday Better

    04/07/2015 9:11:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/07/15 | Judi McLeod
    Courtesy of Freedom of Expression: We are not bad guys, we are just here to make your Easter holiday better, is what Garissa University College massacre survivor Maureen Manyego, 21, told Standard Media she heard taunting terrorists say to fellow students as she hid in a wardrobe. (We are here to kill and die with you). We are not afraid of death. You are dying to pay for the arrogance of your political leader [President Uhuru] who has refused to pull out their military officers from Somalia. As long as Kenyas military are in Somalia, it will be paid with...
  • Top 10 Tips for Atheists This Easter

    04/07/2015 7:06:54 AM PDT · by jettester · 8 replies
    The Drum ^ | 17 April, 2014 | John Dickson
    Atheists should drop their easily dismissed scientific, philosophical or historical arguments against Christianity, and instead quiz believers about Old Testament violence and hell, writes John Dickson.
  • Incoming: Balls, Bees and Rolling Stones Attack!

    04/07/2015 6:21:46 AM PDT · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-7-2015 | MOTUS
    In case you didnt have time to watch, yesterdays Spring Sphere Roll was awesome! Big Guy improved his stats over 100% compared to last years hoops performance ( 2-for-9 - or 22.2% - vs. 2-for-22 or 9.1% last year)!Although there was a moment as the press pool reported, when the basketball very lightly hit POTUS in the face when he was standing under the basket catching rebounds. As anyone around here can tell you, hitting Big Guy upside the head is still the best way to get his attention.Incoming!Basketballs werent the only incoming projectiles at the festivities; somebody forgot to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-07-15, SOL, Tuesday within the Octave of Easter

    04/06/2015 10:12:15 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-07-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 7, 2015Tuesday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 2:36-41 On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,“Let the whole house of Israel know for certainthat God has made him both Lord and Christ,this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,“What are we to do, my brothers?”Peter said to them,“Repent and be baptized, every one of you,in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.For the...
  • 'A.D.: The Bible Continues' Easter Sunday Premiere Draws 9.5 Million Viewers, Highest Rated Program

    04/06/2015 8:28:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Gospel Herald ^ | 04/06/2015 | By LEAH MARIEANN KLETT
    The highly anticipated series A.D.: The Bible Continues drew an impressive 9.5 million viewers on its Easter Sunday premiere, proving that there is indeed a massive audience hungry for faith-based programming. According to Variety, A.D.'s first episode, which focused primarily on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, was night's top-rated program, making it the highest-rating premiere since 2011. "#ADtheseries was the #1 show in America last night! #ADtheseries great news!" producer Roma Downey tweeted on Monday morning. In 2013, Downey her husband, Mark Burnett, shocked Hollywood with the success of their 10 hour miniseries, The Bible, which featured the...
  • Asia Bibi Asks for an Easter of Peace and Forgiveness

    04/06/2015 6:07:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 4/4/15 | Paolo Affatato
    The Christian woman who is in prison in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy sent a prayer request to the Pope. Meanwhile, the government has revoked the moratorium on the death penaltyAt Easter, Jesus Christ gives us an example of peace and forgiveness. All of us must learn from the teaching and sacrifice of Christ who was crucified for us and who forgave all those who harmed him. On this special day I ask Christians in Pakistan to live and pray for peace. There is suffering but peace too in the words which Asia Bibi, the Christian mother sentenced to death...
  • Obama: Rolling With the Season

    04/06/2015 6:51:08 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-6-2015 | MOTUS
    Heres a quick review to get you up to date.Friday night, Seder dinner in the newly renovated Old Family Dining Room:Thats Val-Jar, infamous supporter of all things secularly Jewish, seated at the head of the table under the equally infamous color wheel painting. I see David Axelrod is still on the A-list, which means his tell-all book was thoroughly vetted by the White House before release. And nice flowers by our new flower lady!As you can see, theyre much less fussy than those done by our old flower lady - seen here at previous Big White Seders:Thats Jen Psaki, above,...
  • Obama family worships at historic Baptist church in Virginia

    04/05/2015 9:36:11 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 69 replies
    The Bradford Era ^ | Ap 5 2015 | AP
    Alexandria, VA (AP) President Barack Obama and his family attended Easter service at the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, whose history dates back almost 200 years to when Thomas Jefferson was in the White House. Obama along with wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia were welcomed to the historic church by the pastor, Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, who noted that like the first lady, he is a native of Chicagos South Side. How fitting that on the day we celebrate the rising of our Lord and savior, we also welcome our sitting president, Wesley said, as...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-06-15. SOL, Monday within the Octave of Easter

    04/05/2015 8:40:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-06-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 6, 2015Monday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 2:14, 22-33 On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven,raised his voice, and proclaimed:“You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.Let this be known to you, and listen to my words. “You who are children of Israel, hear these words.Jesus the Nazorean was a man commended to you by Godwith mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God,you killed, using lawless men...
  • Ben Carson Easter Post On Facebook

    04/04/2015 7:13:12 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 76 replies
    Facebook ^ | 4/4/2015 | Ben Carson
    As Easter approaches, let us remember the role that Jesus Christ and God play in our lives. Let us also remember that Jews, Christians and Muslims all believe in God, and while there are ideological differences in who Jesus was, we should find peace in the fact that we are all Gods children. Jesus is my role model, and he preached love, he preached acceptance. He also was a man of values and principles, and he ended up being crucified for it. But, he rose again to advocate godly principles of loving our fellow man, caring about our neighbors, developing...
  • Obama, first family attend boisterous Easter service

    04/05/2015 2:03:10 PM PDT · by PROCON · 43 replies
    AFP ^ | April 5, 2015
    Washington (AFP) - President Barack Obama attended a spirited Easter service at a historic black church on Sunday, in keeping with the first family's tradition of visiting local Washington area congregations. The president, his wife Michelle and their two teenaged daughters attended the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, its pews filled with congregants who could barely contain their excitement over the visit. "How fitting that on the day we celebrate the rising of our Lord and Savior, we also welcome our sitting president," Pastor Howard-John Wesley said to applause from enthusiastic worshippers, whom he urged to keep their...
  • Two for Easter

    04/05/2015 1:36:25 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
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    I'm not a Christian but nearly all my friends are Christians and I have great respect for them. There are two stories that have been circulating around the Internet for years. I'd like to dedicate these to my Christian friends. Three Trees Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, "Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty." Then the second tree...
  • Real Jesus

    04/05/2015 11:18:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2015 | Jack Kerwick
    Easter is upon us. But who is Jesus? Upon reading the Scriptures, it becomes clear that the real Jesus, as opposed tothe tamed, lame, and maimed Politically Correct Jesus who Christian clerics as much as anyone have been promoting for years, was the antithesis of the meek, mild mannered, nonjudgmental man of whom Christians and non-Christians alike hear about at every turn. The latter placates this generations political-moral sensibilities, but he hardly fits the profile of a person who gave rise to a religion claiming billions of followers. The truth about Jesus, in His own day as in ours, is...
  • Happy Easter!

    04/05/2015 10:45:01 AM PDT · by Grateful2God · 10 replies
    me | Easter Sunday, April 05, 2015 | Grateful2God
    A joyous, peaceful and Happy Easter to all my fellow FReepers, especially those who have enriched my life with their correspondence and posts! Have a special and beautiful day full of blessings, love, and gratitude! He is Risen!
  • Easter 2015

    04/05/2015 8:54:31 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-5-2015 | MOTUS
    Because its Easter we reflect on something larger than politics. It would be good for us to remember that. And he said unto them, Be not amazed: you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. - Mark 16:6I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet...
  • Easter Interview: The Woman Who Was There

    04/05/2015 8:53:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    You say you're some sort of scribe, but what Jew isn't? Especially in these times, when Judaea is rife with talebearers, eager to accept the Roman coin. Our rulers must pay by the letter, to judge by the volume of parchment being turned out. I do not mean to be inhospitable, young man. Recline. Rest yourself. Have you had something to eat, a glass of wine for your stomach's sake, perhaps a clean toga? You must wash your feet, change your sandals. For I know it is a long, dusty trip up here, and with us it is a...
  • Jesus is real to me! A homily for Easter Sunday

    04/05/2015 7:45:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus is real to me! A homily for Easter Sunday By: Msgr. Charles PopeNearly all of the Resurrection accounts in the Gospels present the apostles and disciples on a journey to deeper faith. In stages, they come out of the darkness of despair and of this world into the light of faith. Matthew’s account (28:1-10), which is read at the Easter Vigil this year and can also be read at Masses during the day, is no exception. I have also commented on the Johannine Gospel that is often read on Easter Morning (here: From Fear to Faith).Let’s look at...
  • The Easter Sermon of John Chrysostom

    04/05/2015 6:20:58 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 9 replies
    Saint John Chrysostom via Fr. Rutler ^ | ca. 400 AD | Saint John Chrysostom
    In place of the regular Pastor's Column, we share the Paschal joy of the Hieratikon (Catechetical Sermon) of Saint John Chrysostom (ca. 400 AD). Are there any who are devout lovers of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival! Are there any who are grateful servants? Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord! Are there any weary with fasting? Let them now receive their wages! If any have toiled from the first hour, let them receive their due reward; If any have come after the third hour, let him with gratitude join in the Feast!...
  • Why Should I Believe in the Resurrection?

    04/05/2015 5:46:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Stand to Reason ^ | 04/05/2015 | J. Warner Wallace
    The Resurrection is the Defining MomentIt is the resurrection that separates Jesus from all other good teachers, intelligent gurus and world leaders in history! The resurrection proved that Jesus was and is God, and demonstrated the fact that all of us will have a life after this one. Jesus is the one man who died and then came back to life to tell us about the other side. Even Paul was careful to tell us that without the truth of the resurrection, there is nothing special or powerful about Christianity: 1 Corinthians 15:12-19But if it is preached that Christ...