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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-26-18, M, St. Philip Neri, Priest

    05/25/2018 10:24:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies ^ | 05-26-18 | Revised New American Bible
    May 26, 2018 Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest Reading 1 Jas 5:13-20 Beloved:Is anyone among you suffering?He should pray.Is anyone in good spirits?He should sing a song of praise. Is anyone among you sick?He should summon the presbyters of the Church,and they should pray over himand anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.The prayer of faith will save the sick person,and the Lord will raise him up.If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one anotherand pray for one another, that you may be healed.The fervent prayer of...
  • 1 Corinthians Ch. 16

    05/25/2018 9:03:24 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. 3 And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. 4 And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me. 5 Now I will come unto you, when I shall...
  • Living Courageously (Thaddaeus)

    05/25/2018 6:20:41 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Thaddaeus" (Matt. 10:3). Victorious Christian living requires great courage. Thaddaeus was a man of many identities. In the King James translation of Matthew 10:3 he is called "Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus." He is also called "Judas the son of James" (Luke 6:16; Acts 1:13) and "Judas (not Iscariot)" (John 14:22). Judas, which means "Jehovah leads," was probably the name given him at birth, with Thaddaeus and Lebbaeus added later as nicknames to reflect his character. Apparently Thaddaeus was the nickname given to him by his family. It comes from a Hebrew root word that refers...
  • Paul: Joy in Spite of Trouble

    05/25/2018 6:20:15 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). The apostle Paul was a model believer who did not let his troubles steal His joy in the Lord. According to today’s verse, believers should never let a negative outlook replace our joy, no matter how bad life seems to be. The apostle Paul set an example that was far different. He wrote to the Philippians that in spite of being imprisoned in Rome, he was still rejoicing. Even though Paul was restricted under trying and harsh conditions, he was glad because the gospel message was being declared,...
  • Clay County Baptist pastor accused of sexual battery of child

    05/25/2018 5:03:02 AM PDT · by Cronos · 23 replies
    News4jax ^ | May 6, 2018 | Scott johnson
    Randall, 73, of St. Simon Baptist Church, was released from the Clay County jail after posting $25,000 bond on a felony custodial sexual battery charge. According to Randall's arrest warrant, the victim came forward in September 2015, saying the pastor had been molesting and raping her since she began attending the church in 2007. The victim, described as between the ages of 12 and 18, told investigators the assaults took place on church property after services and during the week when came by to do work around the property. .. Neighbors said Randall is divorced and lives alone. He is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-25-18, OM, St. Bede/Ven., St. George VII, St. MM dePazzi

    05/24/2018 9:23:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 05-25-18 | Revised New American Bible
    May 25, 2018 Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jas 5:9-12 Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another,that you may not be judged.Behold, the Judge is standing before the gates.Take as an example of hardship and patience, brothers and sisters,the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.Indeed we call blessed those who have persevered.You have heard of the perseverance of Job,and you have seen the purpose of the Lord,because the Lord is compassionate and merciful. But above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear,either by heaven or by earth or...
  • 1 Corinthians Ch. 15

    05/24/2018 8:56:34 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 8 replies
    1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the...
  • Saint Aphrahat the Christian sage of Persia

    05/24/2018 1:44:26 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Aphrahat (Greek: áŒˆÏ†ÏÎ±ÎŹÏ„Î·Ï‚; Latin: Aphraates) (c. 270 – c. 345 C.E.) was an Assyrian author of the fourth century from Persia, who composed a series of twenty-three expositions or homilies on points of Christian doctrine and practice. He was born in Persia around 270, but all his known works, the Demonstrations, come from later in his life. He was an ascetic and celibate, and was almost definitely a "son of the covenant" (an early Syriac form of communal monasticism). He may have been a bishop, and later Syriac tradition places him at the head of Mar Matti monastery near Mosul,...
  • Is Islam exceptional? And what does it mean for the future of Western democracy?

    05/23/2018 10:46:51 PM PDT · by Cronos · 23 replies
    Brookings Edu ^ | 15 May 2018 | Shruti Godbole
    In his book “Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam is Reshaping the World”, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Shadi Hamid argues that Islam is exceptional in how it relates to law, governance and politics, and plays an outsized role in public life in the Arab world. He also posits that the hope that Islam will eventually undergo a reformation and secularise may be misplaced. This has implications for the future of not just West Asia but also Western democracy. ...Hamid uses Islamic exceptionalism in a value-neutral sense i.e. exceptionalism can be either good or bad, depending on its manifestation. Nevertheless,...
  • Evangelizer bases work with parishes on her own journey to Catholicism {Ecumenical}

    05/23/2018 10:25:54 PM PDT · by Cronos · 28 replies
    Catholic philly ^ | 23 may 2018 | Simon Caldwall
    Sherry Anne Weddell recalls the moment when she stepped “across the threshold” and entered a Catholic church for the first time. It was while she was studying at the University of Washington in Seattle and, coming from a Southern Baptist background, she was looking for a Protestant church in which to pray. All those in her vicinity were closed, but Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church was open. “I know it sounds incredible, but I didn’t know what that (the Blessed Sacrament) was, and if you had explained it to me I wouldn’t have believed you,” she said in a May 12...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-24-18

    05/23/2018 9:37:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 05-24-18 | Revised New American Bible
    May 24, 2018 Thursday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jas 5:1-6 Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries.Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten,your gold and silver have corroded,and that corrosion will be a testimony against you;it will devour your flesh like a fire.You have stored up treasure for the last days.Behold, the wages you withheld from the workerswho harvested your fields are crying aloud;and the cries of the harvestershave reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure;you have fattened...
  • 1 Corinthians Ch. 14

    05/23/2018 8:58:04 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. 2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except...
  • 1 Corinthians Ch. 13

    05/22/2018 8:58:43 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not;...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-23-18

    05/22/2018 7:53:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies ^ | 05-23-18 | Revised New American Bible
    May 23, 2018 Wednesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jas 4:13-17 Beloved:Come now, you who say,"Today or tomorrow we shall go into such and such a town,spend a year there doing business, and make a profit"–you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow.You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears.Instead you should say,"If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that."But now you are boasting in your arrogance.All such boasting is evil.So for one who knows the right thing to doand does not do...
  • A Traitor Turns to Christ (Matthew)

    05/22/2018 8:58:12 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Matthew the tax-gatherer" (Matt. 10:3). God can use you despite your sinful past. I remember reading a notice in a local newspaper announcing the opening of a new evangelical church in our community. It gave the date and time of the first services, then added, "our special guest star will be . . ." and named a popular Christian celebrity. In its attempt to appeal to unbelievers or simply draw a large crowd, the church today commonly uses that kind of approach. Jesus, however, used a different approach. None of His disciples were famous at all....
  • Entrusting All to God

    05/22/2018 8:57:43 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right” (1 Peter 4:19). The final attitude we should have in facing trials and sufferings is that of entrusting ourselves to God. Geoffrey Bull epitomizes the modern-day believer who entrusts his entire soul to God’s will in the middle of terrible suffering. Bull was punished with solitary confinement, brainwashing, many kinds of intimidation, and starvation during more than three years of imprisonment by the Communist Chinese forty years ago. During his affliction he prayed that God would...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-22-18, OM, St. Rita of Cascia, Religious

    05/21/2018 10:06:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 05-22-18 | Revised New American Bible
    May 22, 2018 Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jas 4:1-10 Beloved:Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from?Is it not from your passions that make war within your members?You covet but do not possess.You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;you fight and wage war.You do not possess because you do not ask.You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly,to spend it on your passions.Adulterers!Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God?Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of...
  • 1 Corinthians Ch. 12

    05/21/2018 8:58:21 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 7 replies
    1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. 2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. 3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God...
  • Beyond Doubt to Hope (Thomas)

    05/21/2018 4:55:31 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Thomas" (Matt. 10:3). Jesus can replace your doubts with hope. When Jesus was crucified, Thomas was shattered. He loved Jesus deeply and wanted always to be with Him. He was willing even to die with Him, but now his greatest fear had been realized: Jesus was gone. Thomas was not with the other disciples when Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection. John 20:25 says, "The other disciples therefore were saying to [Thomas], 'We have seen the Lord!' But he said to them, 'Unless I shall see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and...
  • Evaluating Our Suffering

    05/21/2018 4:55:00 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler” (1 Peter 4:15). We must not presume that God blesses every possible kind of suffering a Christian may become involved in. It’s quite obvious that some sufferings and trials are not part of God’s plan for us. Believers should never suffer because they’ve murdered, robbed, or done evil. But in today’s verse Peter mentions a fourth category—“a troublesome meddler”—whose meaning is not as apparent and whose application might be more in dispute. “A troublesome meddler” interferes with everyone else’s business, and...