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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-05-12

    11/04/2012 9:21:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-05-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 5, 2012 Monday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Phil 2:1-4 Brothers and sisters:If there is any encouragement in Christ,any solace in love,any participation in the Spirit,any compassion and mercy,complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love,united in heart, thinking one thing.Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory;rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves,each looking out not for his own interests,but also everyone for those of others. Responsorial PsalmPs 131:1bcde, 2, 3 R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.O LORD, my heart...
  • On Angels and Demons

    11/04/2012 6:35:36 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 4, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    When actor and director Mel Gibson was asked some years ago about certain difficulties he had when making his film The Passion of the Christ, he registered a countenance of unease and said (I'm paraphrasing), "Something doesn't want this to happen." Being just a couple of seconds of his interview, it was perhaps hardly noticed by many. But it might have made the ears of people of faith, particularly Christians, perk up. And they would have known precisely to what he was alluding. Of course, any talk of spirits not confined to the local liquor store is now often considered...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 4, 2012]

    11/04/2012 4:04:58 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Authority of Truth "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" —James 4:8 It is essential that you give people the opportunity to act on the truth of God. The responsibility must be left with the individual— you cannot act for him. It must be his own deliberate act, but the evangelical message should always lead him to action. Refusing to act leaves a person paralyzed, exactly where he was previously. But once he acts, he is never the same. It is the apparent folly of the truth that stands in the way of hundreds...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-04-12, Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

    11/03/2012 8:34:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-04-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 4, 2012 Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1Dt 6:2-6 Moses spoke to the people, saying:"Fear the LORD, your God,and keep, throughout the days of your lives,all his statutes and commandments which I enjoin on you,and thus have long life.Hear then, Israel, and be careful to observe them,that you may grow and prosper the more,in keeping with the promise of the LORD, the God of your fathers,to give you a land flowing with milk and honey. "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone!Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God,with all your...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 3, 2012]

    11/03/2012 4:52:59 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    A Bondservant of Jesus "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me . . ." —Galatians 2:20 These words mean the breaking and collapse of my independence brought about by my own hands, and the surrendering of my life to the supremacy of the Lord Jesus. No one can do this for me, I must do it myself. God may bring me up to this point three hundred and sixty-five times a year, but He cannot push me through it. It means breaking the hard outer layer of my...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-03-12, OM, St. Martin de Porres, Religious

    11/02/2012 9:31:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-03-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 3, 2012 Saturday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Phil 1:18b-26 Brothers and sisters:As long as in every way, whether in pretense or in truth,Christ is being proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Indeed I shall continue to rejoice,for I know that this will result in deliverance for methrough your prayers and support from the Spirit of Jesus Christ.My eager expectation and hopeis that I shall not be put to shame in any way,but that with all boldness, now as always,Christ will be magnified in my body,whether by life or by death.For to me...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 2, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/02/2012 4:43:01 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    In All Circumstances Today's Scripture Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you giving thanks in every circumstance? This might seem like a stretch at first, especially when you are going through a season of difficulty. But notice todays verse doesnt say to give thanks for everything, it says give thanks in everything. In other words, no matter whats going on, find something to be thankful for. Dont just focus on whats wrong in your life; focus on what God...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 2, 2012]

    11/02/2012 4:42:10 AM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    Obedience or Independence? "If you love Me, keep My commandments" —John 14:15 Our Lord never insists on obedience. He stresses very definitely what we ought to do, but He never forces us to do it. We have to obey Him out of a oneness of spirit with Him. That is why whenever our Lord talked about discipleship, He prefaced it with an “If,” meaning, “You do not need to do this unless you desire to do so.” “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself . . .” (Luke 9:23). In other words, “To be My...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-02-12, Commemoration of Faithful Departed (All Souls)

    11/01/2012 8:35:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-02-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 2, 2012 The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) Reading 1Wis 3:1-9 The souls of the just are in the hand of God,and no torment shall touch them.They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;and their passing away was thought an afflictionand their going forth from us, utter destruction.But they are in peace.For if before men, indeed, they be punished,yet is their hope full of immortality;chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,because God tried themand found them worthy of himself.As gold in the furnace, he proved them,and as sacrificial offerings he...
  • Pope Marks 500th Anniversary of Sistine Chapel Ceiling Frescoes

    11/01/2012 6:36:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 10/31/12 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Standing in the Sistine Chapel under Michelangelo's famous ceiling frescoes, people are reminded that the world was created by God in a supreme act of love, Pope Benedict XVI said. "With a unique expressive intensity," the pope said, Michelangelo depicted the power and majesty of God the creator in a way that proclaimed "the world is not the product of darkness, chaos or absurdity, but derives from intelligence, freedom, a supreme act of love." Pope Benedict made his remarks Oct. 31 during an evening prayer service marking the 500th anniversary of the prayer service led by...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 1, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/01/2012 4:45:37 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Raise the Standard Today's Scripture Remind people to be submissive to [their] magistrates and authorities, to be obedient, to be prepared and willing to do any upright and honorable work. Titus 3:1, AMP. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria What do you do to honor God? A lot of times people think, Oh, I go to church to honor God. I read my Bible to honor God. I sing and clap in worship to honor God. And yes, those are ways to honor God, but did you know that you also honor God when you get to work on...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 1, 2012]

    11/01/2012 4:44:14 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    “You Are Not Your Own” "Do you not know that . . . you are not your own?" —1 Corinthians 6:19 There is no such thing as a private life, or a place to hide in this world, for a man or woman who is intimately aware of and shares in the sufferings of Jesus Christ. God divides the private life of His saints and makes it a highway for the world on one hand and for Himself on the other. No human being can stand that unless he is identified with Jesus Christ. We are not sanctified for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-01-12, Solemnity of All Saints

    10/31/2012 2:33:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-01-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 1, 2012 Solemnity of All Saints Reading 1Rv 7:2-4, 9-14 I, John, saw another angel come up from the East,holding the seal of the living God.He cried out in a loud voice to the four angelswho were given power to damage the land and the sea,"Do not damage the land or the sea or the treesuntil we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God."I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal,one hundred and forty-four thousand markedfrom every tribe of the children of Israel. After this I...
  • What drove Luther's Hammer

    10/31/2012 7:54:19 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 32 replies
    Modern Reformation ^ | Rod Rosenbladt
    Luther sensed deeply the stare of Christ the Judge standing over him, demanding of him an impossible level of inner purity. Luther's Upbringing Luther was the second son in a family of eight children. His father and mother were sturdy German Bauern (peasants): coarse, credulous, and devout. Often in the beliefs of these untutored folk, elements of old German paganism blended with the Christian story: woods, winds, and water were peopled by elves, gnomes, fairies, mermen and mermaids, sprites and witches; and witchcraft was taken for granted throughout Europe. Young Luther had ample opportunity to witness the mischief and grief...
  • Religious Freedom: A View From Across the Pond

    10/31/2012 6:39:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/29/12 | Joanna Bogle
    Vatican IIs Declaration on Religious Freedom is just as timely today as it was fifty years ago.Religious freedom is the issue of the hour: in America, in Europe, in what we (used to?) think of as the West. But what is particularly interesting is that this comes just as we are marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council the Council in which the Church explored the whole question of religious freedom and gave the world a valuable document which established the Churchs approach to this subject for the new millennium. The Declaration on Religious...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 31, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/31/2012 4:35:30 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Close the Door on Fear Today's Scripture Do not give the devil an opportunity to work. (Ephesians 4:27, ISV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria So many people today are living with less than Gods best because theyve allowed fear to creep in and take root in their lives. Fear is the greatest weapon the enemy uses to try to hold us back. Fear is not from God. Scripture tells us that fear brings torment. Its designed to paralyze us and keep us from Gods blessings. The good news is that God is greater than fear. His power in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 31, 2012]

    10/31/2012 4:34:29 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Trial of Faith "If you have faith as a mustard seed . . . nothing will be impossible for you" —Matthew 17:20 We have the idea that God rewards us for our faith, and it may be so in the initial stages. But we do not earn anything through faith— faith brings us into the right relationship with God and gives Him His opportunity to work. Yet God frequently has to knock the bottom out of your experience as His saint to get you in direct contact with Himself. God wants you to understand that it is a...
  • The treasure of Sacred Scripture: "If thou didst know the gift of God!!!"

    10/31/2012 3:47:21 AM PDT · by koinonia · 4 replies
    The Absolute Primacy of Christ website ^ | October 31, 2012 | Fr. Maximilian M. Dean
    An amazing story told by Fr. Dean: Reading The Fire of the Word reminded me [Fr. Dean] of a story, a true story A woman was browsing through some used books for sale in an antique store, more for curiosity than anything else, and she spotted a title which grabbed her interest. The books were a quarter a piece, so she unceremoniously grabbed the book and went to the counter. She paid the twenty-five cents and the store owner asked, You you like a bag for that? No thanks, she said, Ill just put it in my purse. With that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-31-12, Solemnity, Vigil-All Saints, All Hallows' Eve

    10/30/2012 9:42:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-31-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 31, 2012 Solemnity, Vigilof All Saints Reading 1Rv 7:2-4, 9-14 I, John, saw another angel come up from the East,holding the seal of the living God.He cried out in a loud voice to the four angelswho were given power to damage the land and the sea,"Do not damage the land or the sea or the treesuntil we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God."I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal,one hundred and forty-four thousand markedfrom every tribe of the children of Israel. After this I had...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-31-12, Mass during the Day

    10/30/2012 9:33:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-31-12 | New American Bible
    October 31, 2012 Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Eph 6:1-9 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.Honor your father and mother.This is the first commandment with a promise,that it may go well with youand that you may have a long life on earth.Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord. Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling,in sincerity of heart, as to Christ,not only when being watched, as currying favor,but as slaves of Christ,...