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General Discusssion (Religion)

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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...
  • Martin Luthers Definition of Faith

    04/24/2015 6:56:10 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 137 replies
    Ligonier ^ | Apr 24, 2015 | M. Luther
    Faith is not what some people think it is. Their human dream is a delusion. Because they observe that faith is not followed by good works or a better life, they fall into error, even though they speak and hear much about faith. Faith is not enough, they say, You must do good works, you must be pious to be saved. They think that, when you hear the gospel, you start working, creating by your own strength a thankful heart which says, I believe. That is what they think true faith is. But, because this is a human idea, a...
  • What He Received, He Gave Away (Funeral Mass for Cardinal Francis George)

    04/24/2015 6:21:36 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | April 23, 2015 | Archbishop Peter J. Sartain
    Following is Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattles homily for the funeral Mass of Cardinal Francis George, on April 23, 2015. As a pastor in Memphis 20-something years ago, one day I picked up a national Catholic publication and read a talk by the bishop of Yakima, Francis George. I cannot recall the topic, but I do recall my reaction. Here was a clear voice, a voice I wanted to listen to, a pastor who helped me understand the faith and taught me how to teach it. From that point on, whenever I noticed Bishop Georges name associated with a...
  • 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...
  • Creflo Dollar: Megachurch Pastor Slams Critics, Insists The Devil Blocked His $65M Jet Dream

    04/23/2015 4:41:26 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 62 replies
    inquisitr.com ^ | April 23, 2015
    Creflo Dollar is still talking about his dream of owning a $65 million Gulfstream G650 private jet. For those who missed it, the Atlanta megachurch pastor previously made headlines after he started an online campaign asking his congregation and followers to donate for the purchase of the extravagant aircraft. As previously reported on the Inquisitr, the initial campaign, known as “Project G650,” asked for 200,000 people to donate $300. “We are asking members, partners and supporters of this ministry to assist in the undertaking of an initiative called Project G650. The mission of Project G650 is to acquire a Gulfstream...
  • R.C. Sproul released from hospital

    04/23/2015 4:26:23 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    Ligonier Ministries FB Post | 4/23/2015
    Good news: Dr. Sproul is home from the hospital. As many of you know, he suffered a stroke, which required an extended hospital stay. We give thanks to God that there has been no paralysis and he remains his same jovial self. But there are some remaining effects of the stroke that affect his speech and strength. Further, he's been diagnosed with a diabetic condition that will be addressed through diet and regular medical attention. He is fatigued and in coming days will be concentrating on regaining his strength as well as his speech therapy. Again, Dr. Sproul expresses his...
  • Wolf Hall and Upmarket Anti-Catholicism

    04/23/2015 9:38:18 AM PDT · by SweetAkitoRose · 31 replies
    Wolf Hall, the BBC adaptation of Hillary Mantels novel about early Tudor England, began airing on PBSs Masterpiece Theater Easter Sunday night. Its brilliant television. Its also a serious distortion of history. And it proves, yet again, that anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable bigotry in elite circles in the Anglosphere. The distortions and bias are not surprising, considering the source. Hillary Mantel is a very talented, very bitter ex-Catholic whos said that the Church today is not an institution for respectable people (so much for the English hierarchys decades-long wheedling for social acceptance). As she freely concedes, Mantels aim in...
  • 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...
  • Lee Stoneking Address's the United Nations General Assembly

    The UN needs this message.
  • Bishop Daly prepares to take the helm in Spokane

    04/22/2015 1:35:34 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.catholicworldreport.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Jim Graves
    Last month Pope Francis appointed Bishop Thomas Daly, 54, an auxiliary bishop with the Diocese of San Jose, California, as the seventh bishop of Spokane, Washington. Daly will be installed in his new position at Spokanes Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes on May 20. He succeeds Archbishop Blase Cupich, who was installed as archbishop of Chicago last November. Daly grew up in San Francisco, a parishioner at St. Brendan Church. The fourth of seven children, he attended Catholic schools from first grade through college with classes taught by religious, including the Daughters of Charity and the De La Salle...
  • 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...
  • PCRT Q/A: How Can Churches Support Homosexuality?

    04/21/2015 8:37:59 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    Reformation21 ^ | April 16, 2015 | Rick Phillips
    I have been traveling and have not posted in a bit, so let me bring up another question that came from the Grand Rapids PCRT: "What is the root issue that would allow "Christian" denominations to ordain homosexuals and perform homosexual marriages?" The simple answer to this question is that such denominations have stopped granting ultimate authority to the clear teaching of the Word of God. In almost every case, they no longer regard the Scriptures as inerrant and therefore they find it easy to disregard teachings they consider offensive and antiquated. Having removed their confidence in the Bible, they...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA): Evangelicals suddenly on the wrong side in gay marriage debate

    04/21/2015 8:30:11 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    Penn Live ^ | April 17, 2015 | Ivey DeJesus
    Across Christian denominations, the debate over gay marriage has fundamentally pitted the views of socially progressive - if not radical - congregants and church leaders who are in favor of gay marriage against that of the conservative, evangelical sector that subscribes to a traditional and biblical definition of marriage. For the most part, proponents of gay marriage have been on the outs - at times waging tough battles that tear churches apart and put their ordination on the line. In the Presbyterian Church (USA), the tables seemed to have turned. Increasingly, the conservative, evangelical members of the 1.8-million-member mainline Protestant...
  • 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...
  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Stream Joseph: King of Dreams On Netflix Today

    04/19/2015 1:08:15 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-19-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    After having written about Prince of Egypt several readers told me I should also watch Joseph: King of Dreams. I did and, I have to say, you all were right. Like Prince of Egypt, Joseph: King of Dreams is a must-watch because it touches on some very important things about our relationship with God: [VIDEO] Like Prince of Egypt, Joseph: King of Dreams is a must-watch because it touches on some very important things about our relationship with God: [VIDEO] 2. God guides us, but its up to us to act. Joseph used every opportunity he got to improve his...
  • TIME TO GET READY FOR CHURCH

    04/19/2015 4:00:49 AM PDT · by knarf · 3 replies
    The Holy Spirit ^ | April 19, 2015 | knarf
    It's that time againWinter's done, the garden's been started, the week is over ...Let's go listen to a love letter read from Dad Time For Church
  • 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...
  • Francis Cardinal George: Requiescant in Pace

    04/18/2015 6:26:39 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    Francis Cardinal George lost his long battle with cancer and died today. This is what I wrote about him back in 2012: Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago is alleged to have predicted that for upholding the teachings of Christ he will die in his bed, his successor will die in a prison cell, and his successor will be executed in a public square in Chicago. Therefore, I am unsurprised that he has written an open letter exploring the Chicago Values cited by Mayor Emanuel when he decided to attack the free speech rights of Chick-Fil-A: Recent comments...
  • 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...
  • Christians in Niger Forgive Muslims Who Burned Churches and Killed Believers...

    04/17/2015 2:02:16 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 19 replies
    The Gospel Herald ^ | 4/16/15 | Leah Marieann Klett
    Full title: Christians in Niger Forgive Muslims Who Burned Churches and Killed Believers: 'We Want Them to Know Jesus Christ' Christians living in Niger, West Africa have offered Christ-like forgiveness to the radical Muslims who destroyed their homes and churches, are are continuing to share the Gospel in the region. On January 17, hundreds of Muslims, angered by the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad published by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, destroyed 69 churches and 11 Christian homes. Ten Christians lost their lives and hundreds more were injured in the wake of the deadly rampage. "They took pews, Bibles, chairs...
  • Hillary Scott: Faith forever deepened after bus fire

    04/17/2015 9:56:42 AM PDT · by dware · 5 replies
    Taste of Country via Fox News ^ | 04.17.2015 | Billy Dukes
    Hillary Scott says she was asleep in the back of the bus when a fire started nearby and eventually destroyed the vehicle. Her fast-acting bus driver got everyone off the bus safely, but thats not the reason the Lady Antebellum singer is walking away with a deeper faith in God.
  • The Absolute POWER and AUTHORITY of ALMIGHTY GOD'S Two Witnesses of Revelation!!

    04/17/2015 7:30:38 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 32 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/167/15
    For the past five years I have been absolutely fascinated about how little is stated about the Two Witnesses' ministry of Revelation (Rev. 11:3-12), but also have been absolutely blown away with how much in that little given one could write a novel on! The Divine POWER and AUTHORITY given unto them by Almighty God is inconceivable but by faith we must believe it to be so. The key is knowing where they fit into Almighty God's final outworking of Biblical prophecy before the return of the Messiah (Rev.19:11-21). These two Lamp Stands of Revelation's chief ministry for 1260 days...
  • The Communion of Saints - Chapter 19

    04/17/2015 3:54:06 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    "I believe in the communion of saints."-Apostles' Creed THESE WORDS WERE WRITTEN into the creed about the middle of the fifth century. It would be difficult if not altogether impossible for us at this late date to know exactly what was in the minds of the Church Fathers who introduced the words into the creed, but in the Book of Acts we have a description of the first Christian communion: "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine...
  • The Self-sufficiency of God Chapter 6

    04/17/2015 3:49:50 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Teach us, O God, that nothing is necessary to Thee. Were anything necessary to Thee that thing would be the measure of Thine imperfection: and how could we worship one who is imperfect? If nothing is necessary to Thee, then no one is necessary, and if no one, then not we. Thou dost seek us though Thou does not need us. We seek Thee because we need Thee, for in Thee we live and move and have our being. Amen The Father hath life in himself, said our Lord, and it is characteristic of His teaching that He thus in...
  • 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...
  • Pope Francis Urges Quick Action on Climate Change, Set to Unveil Official Church Position

    04/15/2015 5:47:18 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 30 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | Apr 10, 2015 | Noreen O'Donnell
    As the world grapples with combating climate change, one world leader aiming to influence the outcome might come as a surprise. Pope Francis. The leader of the worlds 1.2 billion Roman Catholics not only says the world must try to protect against an environmental catastrophe regardless of its cause, but he is preparing the first ever papal letter to the churchs bishops focused on the environment. He hopes it will encourage U.N. negotiators meeting in Paris in December to make courageous decisions about protecting the world from global warming, he told reporters traveling with him to the Philippines earlier this...
  • Theological Black Holes

    04/15/2015 5:38:52 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 9 replies
    challies.com ^ | April 13, 2015 | Tim Challies
    Just up the road from our house is a plaza or strip mall, a collection of 20 or 30 stores. This plaza has two large wings and right in the joint between the two wings is what must be the worst retail space in the city. At least, those of us who live here know that it is the worst retail space in the city. Aileen and I have been in this area for the past 15 years and in that time we have seen business after business try to make a go of it there, and not one of...
  • Optimistic Thoughts from a Pessimist

    04/15/2015 5:34:34 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | April 15, 2015 | Kyle Borg
    In 284 AD Diocletian, then the cavalry commander of the Roman army, was proclaimed emperor of Rome. In 302 he consulted the oracle of Apollo at Didyma and there became persuaded that those who forsook Roman worship needed to be exterminated. His government would usher in the last, largest, and bloodiest of all the official persecutions of Christianity in Rome. Thousands of men, women, and children were burned, drowned, decapitated, crucified, starved, and torn apart, so much so, that Eusebius wrote, the murderous sword was blunted, and becoming weak, was broken. While many nobly suffered martyrdom, others could not bear...
  • 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...
  • The Doctrine of the Church in a Post-Indiana America

    04/14/2015 7:53:46 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    9Marks.Org ^ | 04.10.2015 | Jonathan Leeman
    Simply as a practical necessity, Christians have always paid closer attention to the doctrine of the church in times of rising cultural opposition. It’s like being a homeowner in coastal Florida when the news forecasts another hurricane. Is that homeowner’s insurance policy up to date?Historical examples are easy to recount. The third and fourth century church long debated how to deal with the “lapsi.” These were the Christians who renounced Christ and sided with Caesar under persecution, but then repented and wanted back into the church. In the years following the Cultural Revolution, house churches in China, for the...
  • 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...
  • Get ready for church

    04/12/2015 3:51:26 AM PDT · by knarf · 3 replies
    various authors ^ | April 123, 2015 | knarf, various
    Something pleasant about Sunday in the springtime
  • Tommy James: Behind the Crystal Blue Persuasion

    04/11/2015 9:13:57 PM PDT · by boycott · 42 replies
    CBN.com ^ | Aug 23, 2010
    In this extended interview, Tommy James talks about his days with the mob and how the rock'n'roll lifestyle almost derailed his life...
  • 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)...
  • Boasting or Belittling - Chapter 18

    04/11/2015 6:28:13 AM PDT · by metmom · 16 replies
    WE ALL know how painful it is to be forced to listen to a confirmed boaster sound off on his favorite topic - himself. To be the captive of such a man even for a short time tries our patience to the utmost and puts a heavy strain upon our Christian charity. Boasting is particularly offensive when it is heard among the children of God, the one place above all others where it should never be found. Yet it is quite common among Christians, though disguised somewhat by the use of the stock expression, "I say this to the glory...
  • 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...
  • Obama a Christian?

    04/09/2015 10:15:04 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 32 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | April 8, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    Midwest Conservative Journal brings to our attention that Obama continues his pretense of being a Christian in order to bash Christians: If theres one thing I love, its a quote which doesnt even require fisking. At the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast on Sunday, an occasion of great significance to Christians, heres what President Barack Obama had to say: 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...
  • The Dead End of Sexual Sin

    04/09/2015 8:51:34 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    Desiring God ^ | April 6, 2015 | Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
    Unbelievers dont struggle with same-sex attraction. I didnt. My love for women came with nary a struggle at all. I had not always been a lesbian, but in my late twenties, I met my first lesbian-lover. I was hooked and believed that I had found my real self. Sex with women was part of my life and identity, but it was not the only part and not always the biggest part. I simply preferred everything about women: their company, their conversation, their companionship, and the contours of their/our body. I favored the nesting, the setting up of house and...
  • Most Americans Side With Gays in Religious Freedom Disputes: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

    04/09/2015 6:14:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 63 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/9/15 | Steve Holland
    (Reuters) - A majority of Americans believe businesses should not be allowed to refuse services based on their religious beliefs in the wake of controversies in Indiana and Arkansas over gay rights and religious freedom, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Thursday. The poll, conducted April 6 to 8, also found that 52 percent of Americans support allowing same-sex couples to marry, far more than the 32 percent who oppose it. The survey results suggest a split over the issue between Americans and some of the politicians who represent them. Indiana's Republican governor, Mike Pence, triggered a firestorm in his state...
  • 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...
  • The Self-existence of God Chapter 5

    04/08/2015 1:19:59 PM PDT · by metmom · 35 replies
    Lord of all being! Thou alone canst affirm I AM THAT I AM; yet we who are made in Thine image may each one repeat I am, so confessing that we derive from Thee and that our words are but an echo of Thine own. We acknowledge Thee to be the great Original of which we through Thy goodness are grateful if imperfect copies. We worship Thee, O Father Everlasting. Amen. God has no origin, said Novatian and it is precisely this concept of no-origin which distinguishes That-which-is-God from whatever is not God. Origin is a word that can apply...
  • The Cure for a Fretful Spirit - Chapter 17

    04/08/2015 1:05:12 PM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    THE HOLY SPIRIT IN PSALM 37 admonishes us to beware of irritation in our religious lives: "Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity." The word "fret" comes to us from the Anglo-Saxon and carries with it such a variety of meanings as bring a rather pained smile to our faces. Notice how they expose us and locate us behind our disguises. The primary meaning of the word is to eat, and from there it has been extended with rare honesty to cover most of the manifestations of an irritable disposition. "To eat...
  • God: End the Arab occupation of West Bank, East Bank, and Gaza [Psalms 60 & 108]

    04/08/2015 9:46:31 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 3 replies
    Wrestlers of Faith ^ | 4/8/2015 | Jan Sobieski
    The United Nations is mulling a Palestinian sponsored security council resolution demanding that Israel end the occupation of lands that the Arab/Palestinians claim as their own. Concurrently, the oil rich Arab League (e.g. Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, etc.) has voted to support this resolution. The Palestinian resolution at the UN Security Council calls for setting a timeline for ending Israeli occupation and creating an Israel with indefensible borders. Ostensibly, the Arab League decision came following the recent Arab summit at Sharm e-Sheikh where the league found it an appropriate means to help 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...
  • First, They Call Us Bigots.....

    04/07/2015 7:03:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 4/5/15 | Tom Hoopes
    In America, Christians are nearing the dark part of a familiar cycleThe national freak-out about Indianas religious freedom law is telling. It shows where Christians in America stand in an age-old cycle that the world has put us through repeatedly. Indianas law did nothing but apply a common principle: If I want to print anti-abortion pamphlets that a printer doesnt like, the printer can decline my job. If Aryan Nations wants to hire me to make white supremacist pamphlets for them, I can decline their job. But many cultural elites think Christians (and Orthodox Jews, Muslims, and traditional Hindus, by...
  • Frank Bruni Commands Christians to Cave on Homosexuality

    04/07/2015 9:50:01 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 52 replies
    Patheos ^ | April 4, 2015 | Owen Strachan
    e New York Times just published one of the more rough-handed pieces we’ve yet seen regarding “gay Christianity.” In “Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana,” opinion writer Frank Bruni takes the gloves off and seeks to bully Christians into caving on homosexuality. The column is frank, direct, and brutalizing.Let’s consider five takeaways from this striking article.1. Here’s what Bruni believes opposition to “gay Christianity” is based in: raw prejudice. He says as much: But in the end, the continued view of gays, lesbians and bisexuals as sinners is a decision. It’s a choice. It prioritizes scattered passages of ancient texts over all...