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  • Catholic Word of the Day: IMITATION OF SAINTS, 08-19-14

    08/19/2014 8:47:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-19-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:IMITATION OF SAINTS The practice of striving to put into practice in one's own life the virtues that the saints practiced in theirs. This is one of the reasons why the Church canonizes saints, to give the faithful secure patterns of holiness in every period of Christian history and on every level of human society. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Perfect Revival?

    08/19/2014 7:34:19 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 4 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    The Perfect Revival? By Julio Severo Brazil has experienced an explosive growth of Pentecostal and neo-Pentecostal (neo-charismatic) churches. Large crowds of poor people have been attending these churches looking for answers for their physical, material and spiritual needs. The Brazilian Catholic Church, plagued by the Liberation Theology, has been worried about this growth. And even mainline Brazilian Protestant churches, similarly plagued by Protestant versions of the Liberation Theology, have been worried. International onlookers see such growth as a phenomenon or even evidence of “revival.” Yet, Brazilian Calvinist critics question that if it were genuine, Brazil would not have now...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DRY MASS, 08-18-14

    08/18/2014 8:39:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-18-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:DRY MASS A shortened form of the Mass, customary in the Middle Ages, in which the Offertory, Canon, and Communion were omitted. It was used on a variety of occasions, such as when a second Mass on the same day was forbidden; at a pilgrimage; when a priest who was still fasting was not available; on board ship in stormy weather, then called a "naval Mass"; and during hunting expeditions, called a hunter's Mass. It survives among certain priest-monks who say a Dry Mass of Our Lady, and in the ceremony for the blessing of Palms...
  • Commander-in-Chief spreads Christian Faith in Military

    08/17/2014 6:50:00 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies
    http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com ^ | August 17, 2014 | William J. Federer
    After having the Declaration of Independence read to his troops, General George Washington issued the order, July 9, 1776: "Commanding officers of each regiment are directed to procure Chaplains...persons of good Characters and exemplary lives - To see that all inferior officers and soldiers pay them a suitable respect and attend carefully upon religious exercises. The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger. The General hopes and trusts, that every officer and man, will endeavour so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier, defending the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ACACIANS, 08-16-14

    08/16/2014 10:12:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | 08-16-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ACACIANS Heretical sect named after Acacius of Caesarea (d. 366), who refused to accept the Nicene term homoousios (one in being with) the Father in reference to Christ. They claimed that Christ was merely homoios (like) the Father. Also called Semi-Arians and Homoeans. According to St. Jerome the leader of the Acacians was nominated Felix, the antipope, in 358. In the next century another Acacius, who was Patriarch of Constantinople (471-89), provoked the Acacian Schism with Rome by his compromise with the monophysites. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary,...
  • Courage and Encourage [spiritual support for persons w/ same-sex attraction who are striving...

    08/16/2014 8:51:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    CERC.org ^ | 2001 | FR. JOHN HARVEY
    Courage and Encourage FR. JOHN HARVEYCourage is the Catholic Church's only pontifically approved ministry which is specifically committed to providing spiritual support for persons with same-sex attraction who are striving to live chastely, offering help to grow in understanding with others toward living more fully the Church's teachings. Notice to Reader: "The Boards of both CERC Canada and CERC USA are aware that the topic of homosexuality is a controversial one that deeply affects the personal lives of many North Americans. Both Boards strongly reiterate the Catechism's teaching that people who self-identify as gays and lesbians must be treated...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VICAR CAPITLAR, 08-15-14

    08/15/2014 9:35:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:VICAR CAPITLAR A cleric appointed by the cathedral chapter to administer a vacant episcopal diocese. The bishop's ordinary spiritual and temporal jurisdiction becomes the responsibility of the chapter when a vacancy occurs. But the chapter in turn must elect a vicar to assume this authority within a specified short period of time. when a diocese has no chapter, the board of consulters or its equivalent elects an administrator. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • The Fall of Mystery Babylon (Catholic Discussion) [for discernment only]

    08/14/2014 3:11:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    markmallet ^ | August 14, 2014 | Mark Mallett
    Given the length of this article, I have condensed it down to the more salient aspects. I would encourage you to read it through in its entirety at the above link. (snip) I am going to do this in the greatest economy of words possible, synthesizing books, interviews, and numerous articles so that you can understand the prophetic nature of what is happening, and about to happen in the United States, and indeed, the whole world, as central to the Storm that is now hereÂ… (snip) COMMUNISM IS NOT DEADIndeed, the harlot is merely being used by the beast to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MATERIALLY EVIL, 08-14-14

    08/14/2014 8:49:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-14-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MATERIALLY EVIL Something that is objectively a moral evil, and therefore sinful, but a person does it either without knowing it is wrong, or under duress and without internal consent to the evil. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GLEBE, 08-13-14

    08/13/2014 10:04:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-13-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:GLEBE  A land permanently assigned for maintaining a parish. A glebe house is a parsonage or manse.All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JUS JURANDUM, 08-12-14

    08/12/2014 8:42:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-1214 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:JUS JURANDUM A sworn oath. Any one of the oaths that the Church at times requires of the faithful, and especially of her priests. Such was the Oath Against Modernism, required of those teaching in seminaries, prescribed by Pope St. Pius X. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • The Age of the Universe The '6' Days of Creation

    08/11/2014 7:54:35 PM PDT · by Jeremiah Jr · 59 replies
    08/11/2014 | Mordechai ben Avram
    The Age of the Universe The '6' Days of Creation For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Hashem as the waters cover the seabed.Habakkuk 2, 14 & Isaiah 11, 9 In the six hundredth year of the sixth [millennium], the gateways of heavenly wisdom and the fountains of lower wisdom will be opened, and the world will be uplifted to prepare for the ascension of the seventh [millennium]...Zohar I, 117a The formula for calculating the age of the universe was written by Moses and it's recorded in Tehillim 90. Tehillim Chapter 90 JPS 90:1...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BULLARIUM, 08-11-14

    08/11/2014 9:07:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-11-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BULLARIUM  Various private collections of papal bulls and other pontifical documents. The authority of bullaria is simply that of the individual documents. The best known are those published by Cherubini in 1586; the "Luxembourg Bullarium," said to have been printed at Geneva (1527-30); the "Roman Bullarium," published by Mainardi (1733-62); and the "Turin Bullarium" (1857-85). (Etym. Latin bulla, seal.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • CNN is wrong about the archbishop’s residence

    08/11/2014 6:04:35 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 2 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/11/14 | Dr. Bianchi
    I have a brilliant idea. Let’s sell the White House to help pay off the debt. It’s valued at more than $300 million and that would make a significant contribution. The Obamas could move into a nice townhouse, probably in the $300,000 range, within commuting distance of Washington, D.C. I suppose some complications would arise from this plan. For security purposes, they would probably have to buy the surrounding houses or even the whole block. The president’s entourage would likely back up traffic as he is commuting downtown every day. They would also have to purchase new office space for...
  • Remembering Regensburg

    08/10/2014 7:21:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    'I was reminded of all this recently, when I read the edition by Professor Theodore Khoury (MĂĽnster) of part of the dialogue carried on - perhaps in 1391 in the winter barracks near Ankara - by the erudite Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus and an educated Persian on the subject of Christianity and Islam, and the truth of both.[1] It was presumably the emperor himself who set down this dialogue, during the siege of Constantinople between 1394 and 1402; and this would explain why his arguments are given in greater detail than those of his Persian interlocutor.[2] The dialogue...
  • The Demon Wolves of ISIS: Ancient Assyria Reborn

    08/10/2014 5:44:21 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Father Dwight Longenecker
    Lord Byron’s poem The Destruction of Sennacherib begins with the line, “The Assyrian came down like a wolf on the fold.” My friend Paul Thigpen makes the link between the warlords of the Islamic State (IS) and their historic predecessors, the warlike Assyrians.
  • Coptic Bishop: "We know how Muslims behave when they become the majority!"

    08/10/2014 3:19:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 10, 2014
    The man speaking here is the Coptic-Orthodox (Oriental Orthodox) "General Bishop" (Generalbischof) for Germany, Anba Damian, a native of Cairo, in an interview recorded a couple of years ago. Since grievous attacks such as those perpetrated by ISIS usually bring with them in the media a kind of guilt-induced backlash (such as, "no, no, Islam is absolutely harmless, and indeed very beneficial to social harmony and very respectful of minorities when they are a majority"), we consider it useful to recall the voice that comes from experience. A 1,400-year-long experience. VIDEO Egyptian Coptic Bishop Warns Europe About The Dangers...
  • U.S. nuns face shrinking numbers and tensions with the Vatican

    08/10/2014 4:45:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Pewresearch ^ | August 8, 2014 | MICHAEL LIPKA
    The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which includes representation from more than 80% of American nuns, is set to hold its annual assembly next week in Nashville. The meeting comes as the organization continues to draw scrutiny from the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church, and also at a time when there has been a steep decline in the number of nuns.The Vatican first began taking a hard look at some organizations of U.S. nuns about five years ago, eventually ordering an investigation and a “doctrinal assessment” of the LCWR – and a plan for organizational reform.While the church’s...
  • After the Age of Empire, the Age of Totalitarianism and Genocide

    08/09/2014 3:10:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 7, 2014
    It is simply astonishing how much our daily lives are still so closely linked to the First World War -- and even more so those of our dear Christian brethren in the Middle East. In 1915, during the war, Muslims in Anatolia would join hands to effect the first major genocide of the 20th century, as over 1 million Armenians, Assyrians, and Hellenic Pontic Christians were killed, and a good number were expelled to make room for the 99%-Muslim Turkish Republic we know today. As it can be seen above, Aleppo, Mosul, Deir Ezzor, once again today brutalized by...
  • St. John Vianney, Priests, and God’s Armor [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    08/09/2014 12:13:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CE.com ^ | August 4, 2014 | Kathleen Beckman
    St. John Vianney, Priests, and God’s Armor Kathleen Beckman “When people want to destroy religion they begin by attacking the priest; for when there is no priest, there is no sacrifice: and when there is no sacrifice, there is no religion.”— St. John VianneySt. John Vianney exemplifies a life of sacrificial love, holy boldness and courageous perseverance. His example is absolutely relevant to our day and age. Twenty years ago on pilgrimage to Catholic shrines in France, our group visited the famous village of Ars. Our priest celebrated holy Mass in the same crypt that St. John Vianney offered Mass...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WINGED OX, 08-09-14

    08/09/2014 9:59:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-09-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:WINGED OX A symbol of St. Luke the Evangelist, anticipated by Ezekiel. The ox, recognized as the animal of sacrifice, was applied to St. Luke because his Gospel emphasizes the atonement made by Christ's sacrifice of himself on the Cross. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • When Grace was a Staple of Popular Entertainment

    08/09/2014 7:07:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 70 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 8, 2014 | ANTHONY ESOLEN
    I haven’t watched more than two episodes of any contemporary television series in twenty years, but I do watch baseball and football and so I get a fair barrage of commercials advertising what is supposed to be funny or “edgy” or seriously dramatic and so forth. My wife likes to watch home decorating shows and cooking shows, so that I overhear some of the stuff that comes on after the show she’s wanted to watch has concluded.It strikes me—and she confirms my impression by her observations—that there’s a real meanness in much of what comes on the air even...
  • Billionaire Pastor Unveils $300 Million Temple of Solomon Church Replica in Brazil

    08/08/2014 9:32:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/08/2014 | Jessica Martinez
    A Brazilian billionaire preacher inaugurated a massive church building in Sao Paulo, Brazil last week, designed to be a $300 million replica of the original Temple of Solomon, as noted in the Bible's Old Testament. The temple, which takes over an entire city block, is an 11-story building twice the size of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro, and is complete with stone from Israel and a helipad for its founder's, Edir Macedo, convenience. "This temple is not about a denominational project, but something so glorious and spiritual that transcends reason itself," said Macedo, according to...
  • Catholic Word Of The Day: Eugenic Sterilization, 08-08-14

    08/08/2014 8:59:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-08-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:EUGENIC STERILIZATION Depriving people of their generative powers in order to eliminate offspring having allegedly undesirable traits and to develop an environment more advantageous for human beings having allegedly desirable traits. the Catholic Church forbids the procedure because "public magistrates have no direct power over the bodies of their subjects. therefore, where no crime has taken place and there is no cause for grave punishment, they can never directly harm or tamper with the integrity of the body, either for reasons of eugenics or for any other reason' (Pius XI, Casti Connubii, II, 68-70). All items...
  • Liturgical Vestments [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    08/07/2014 7:33:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | August 7, 2014 | Fr. William Saunders
    Liturgical Vestments Fr. William Saunders The liturgical vestments worn at Mass have evolved over time. Nevertheless, since the earliest days of the Church, liturgical vestments have been worn by priests for the celebration of the Mass. Even though priests of the Old Testament wore vestments in their liturgical rites, the “Christian” vestments are not really adaptations of them.Rather, the vestments of the Christians developed from the dress of the Graeco-Roman world, including the religious culture.Nevertheless, the Old Testament idea of wearing a special kind of clothing in the performance of liturgical rites did influence the Church. St. Jerome asserted, “The...
  • Clever Barbarians? (College summer reading)

    08/07/2014 4:22:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 7, 2014 | ANTHONY ESOLEN
    Lately I’ve been asked to write a couple of essays for the National Association of Scholars on the newest fad in freshman fall fashions. Colleges send to students enjoying their summer farewell to home and family a book that they are all supposed to read, usually something in pop sociology or psychology. When they arrive on campus, they discuss the book during freshman orientation, or they attend a seminar or two, before they settle in to professional training, or the usual disintegrative round of courses that have nothing to do with one another, chosen ad libitum. That’s supposed to give...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: THEANDRIC, 08-07-14

    08/07/2014 9:33:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-07-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:THEANDRIC  Literally "God human," referring to those actions of Christ in which he used the human nature as an instrument of his divinity. such as were the miracles of Christ. Other human activities of Christ, such as walking, eating, and speaking, are also theandric, but in a wider sense, inasmuch as they are human acts of a divine person. The purely divine acts, such as creation, are not called theandric. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NOSSA SENHORA APARECIDA, 08-06-14

    08/06/2014 10:20:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDicitonary ^ | 08-06-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:NOSSA SENHORA APARECIDA Shrine of Our Lady, patroness of Brazil, at the Basilica of Aparecida, near the city of Săo Paulo. The statue venerated here was drawn out of the water by a group of fishermen in 1717. At first housed in a small chapel, the image became the source of so many favors that eventually it was placed in the present church, declared a basilica in 1929. More than a half million pilgrims come to the shrine annually. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used...
  • Father Emil Kapaun (Medal of Honor, Korean War)

    08/05/2014 7:00:35 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | May 25, 2014 | Christopher Stefanick
    When the story of human history comes to a close, death and violence don't get the final word. The love of God does. That love, burning bright in the heart of Fr. Emil Kapaun in the darkness of a POW camp in the Korean war, made him a hero.
  • GOODBYE, MOSUL!

    08/05/2014 4:27:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 5, 2014
    1924: Chaldean priests and the orphans under their care in Mosul (Nineveh), Iraq Majid Aziza [Lebanese daily] An-Nahar July 24, 2014 Expelled, we leave our city of Mosul, humiliated by the followers of the new Islam. We leave it for the first time in History. And, while leaving, we thank our neighbors, the neighbors whom we thought would protect us, as they used to do [in the past], [thinking] that they would rise up against the fury of these 21st-century criminals by telling them that we are the authentic children of this city, and that we are its founders. We...
  • SEVEN WAYS CNN GETS IT WRONG ON BISHOPS’ RESIDENCES

    08/05/2014 11:54:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 159 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | August 5, 2014 | JOSHUA BOWMAN
    CNN published an inflammatory and provocative piece of link-bait over the weekend criticizing the Catholic Church because some of the larger archdioceses happen to have “lavish homes” for their archbishops. In the process of concern-trolling for a religion he clearly despises, the writer, Daniel Burke, reveals how little he understands about the Catholic Church. Below are just seven ways he gets it wrong. Easter parade on Fifth Avenue in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 1904 1. They’re residences, not homes. The mansions included in this article are not the personal property of the bishops, but belong to the diocese. Every...
  • On Lethargy

    08/05/2014 11:49:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 5, 2014 | James V. Schall, S.J.
    Why is it that we, as a people, are so lethargic about fundamental things, about the rapid undermining of our very reason and constitution with hardly a whimper, indeed with widespread approval? We do become excited about many things, but for the most part we studiously avoid any implication that we have a truth problem.We do not want to know the truth about ourselves. We thus invent descriptions of reality that legitimate what we do. This fabrication of reality does not reflect what is. It incorporates our wishes into our daily fare. We mostly go along with them.We are, in...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ERASTIANISM, 08-05-14

    08/05/2014 8:25:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-05-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ERASTIANISM The system of Church-State relations named after Thomas Erastus (1524-83), who was a follower of Huldreich Zwingli (1484-1531) and whose real name was Thomas Lieber. Its main thesis is the supremacy of civil rulers in matters of religion. The basis for this theory is the alleged analogy between the Jewish and the Christian dispensations. Erastianism became the theological justification for the established churches in England and elsewhere. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • TPNN Exclusive:‘Muslims Contributed NOTHING to the Foundation of Our Country’

    08/04/2014 12:39:28 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 29 replies
    http://www.tpnn.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | TPNN
    On Friday, the President of the Catholic League, Dr. Bill Donohue, spoke with TPNN’s the Voice of Reason, Tim Constantine on the issue of Christian persecution in the Arab world. Right off the bat, Constantine asked why the president was so resistant to speaking out against Christian persecution occurring in the Middle East. Dr. Donohue countered that Obama is a devout secularist. “I’ve worked with many professors in my life and I know the way they think. They’re either indifferent to religion or they’re hostile to it. But not all religions; I mean, I’ve never seen a president show more...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ROMAN ROTA, 08-04-14

    08/04/2014 8:37:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-04-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ROMAN ROTA Originating as an extension of the Apostolic Chancery, it is essentially a tribunal of appeal for all the ecclesiastical cases in which the Roman Curia is competent and that are not reserved to other jurisdictions. It also receives cases of appeal for Vatican City State, and is a tribunal of first instance in cases reserved to the Holy See, or that the Pope has reserved for himself by means of a special rescript of the Apostolic Signature. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used...
  • Build the Third Temple

    The Third Temple in Jerusalem will be the House of Prayer for all nations. Every prophet of Israel, without exception, prophesied that the Temple would be rebuilt, ushering a new era of universal harmony and peace. The "movement" to rebuild the Holy Temple was born almost 2,000 years ago, at the moment of the Second Temple's Destruction. After millennia of yearning, only one organization is paving the way for the rebuilding of the Temple. The Temple Institute (מכון המקדש) located in the Old City of Jerusalem is a research organization dedicated to the preparing for the construction of the Third...
  • The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 3 [Limited Atonement]

    08/03/2014 2:21:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 24, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 3 In my last two blog posts, we examined the first two of the “five points” of Calvinism popularly known by the acronym, TULIP, which represents 1. Total Depravity 2. Unconditional Election 3. Limited Atonement 4. Irresistible Grace 5. Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this post, we will tackle the third point:Limited AtonementNo Christian that I know of would deny that some doctrines are more or less clear than others in Scripture. When it comes to the atonement of Christ, the Scriptures are most clear: Jesus Christ died on the...
  • World War I and the Papacy

    08/02/2014 2:58:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 2, 2014 | George J. Marlin
    One hundred years ago this week, Christian Europe commenced the horrific Great War that spread globally, raged from August 1914 to November 1918, and was responsible for the death of more than 15-million soldiers and civilians.In The World Crisis, Winston Churchill’s six-volume account of the struggle, he observed that the warriors employed “Every outrage against humanity or international law.” And when it was over, “torture and cannibalism were the only two expedients that the civilized, scientific, Christian states had been able to deny themselves: they were of doubtful utility.”The conflict’s catalyst? On June 28, 1914, the Roman Catholic heir to...
  • Pope Francis's 10 Secrets to Happiness [Ecumenical]

    08/02/2014 12:57:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    Washington Post video ^ | August 1, 2014 | Pope Francis
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/national/pope-franciss-10-secrets-to-happiness/2014/08/01/ed283448-1996-11e4-88f7-96ed767bb747_video.html From this video it is apparent to me that he is talking to all people, even those who might have Sunday jobs. Words printed out the site.
  • Booty Makes Big Discovery On Treasure Coast Wreck Site. (17th century) Gold Pyx.

    08/02/2014 10:13:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Shown below are two parts of the same item found 25 years apart.  The front part (on the right) was found 25 years ago, while the back (left) was recently found by the crew of the Booty.  Treasure Coast Finds. Photo source: Video from Orlando Sentinel link below. A truly great discovery was made this summer by a Treasure Coast salvage crew.  In fact a lot of discoveries were made, but the one I want to focus on today isn't a gold coin or even a bunch of gold coins, but something more important. 25 years ago a very intricate...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CENOBITE, 08-02-14

    08/02/2014 9:01:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CENOBITE  A monk or nun living as a member in a religious group or community. Cenobitical life was instituted in the East by St. Pachomius (290-346) and modified by St. Basil (329-79). The greatest development, fitting it to Western needs, came through St. Benedict's Rule. (Etym. Latin coenobium, monastery; from koinos, common + bios, life.) See Also: HERMIT
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LEGATUS NATUS, 0-01-14

    08/01/2014 8:57:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-01-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:LEGATUS NATUS Holder of a certain office that conferred a legatine status ex officio, e.g., before the Reformation the Archbishop of Canterbury, who performed some of the functions now carried out by a papal nuncio. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Book of Abraham Papyri and Joseph Smith

    07/31/2014 9:01:53 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 55 replies
    CARM ^ | Matt Slick
    The Book of Abraham Papyri and Joseph Smith by Matt Slick There are many proofs that Joseph Smith was a false prophet, but Mormons typically will not accept them. From the biblical evidence that contradicts Mormon theology to the contradictions within its own history and doctrine, proofs abound. But Mormons, completely dedicated to their religion and their testimony, cannot and will not see the evidence. They rely not on biblical evidence--not on historical evidence but rather trust a 'testimony' that Mormonism is the restored church and Joseph Smith its true prophet. One of the tests of whether or not a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SUPERNATURAL CONTEMPLATION, 07-31-14

    07/31/2014 9:22:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-31-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:SUPERNATURAL CONTEMPLATION Evelation of mind to God and divine things, joined with a loving intuition of what is seen. It is the mind resting upon God and tasting the joys of his beatitude. although still in the realm of faith and not heavenly vision, it is an intuition of Divine Truth terminating in affection and love, excluding long reasonings and a multiplicity of words as found in affective prayer. St. Teresa speaks of it as God acting on the human mind in a special way. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: POVERTY EVANGELICAL, 07-30-14

    07/30/2014 9:09:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-30-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:POVERTY EVANGELICAL A Christian counsel by which a person voluntarily renounces all or part of his right to the ownership of material things. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Book that Everyone Read During World War I

    07/29/2014 9:08:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Standard Newswire ^ | July 28, 2014 | Andrea Rhodes
    SWINDON, England, July 28, 2014 /Standard Newswire/ -- 100 years ago, on 28 July 1914, the first shots of World War I were fired. Over the following four years, 16 million lives were lost as 65 million men from 32 countries were drawn into the conflict. The book that was read and cherished by people on both sides of the conflict was the Bible. To commemorate the First World War centenary, Bible Society in England and Wales has been looking back at its records to trace the extent and impact of its Scripture distribution during the war years. What they...
  • HAMAS in the Bible: G-d has a sense of humor!!!

    07/28/2014 7:34:10 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 47 replies
    The Holy Bible ^ | 1500 BC | G-d
    G-d's word is amazing. 3500 years ago He shows his sense of humor by giving the ancient Hebrews a word for "violence"....."HAMAS"! Ancient Hebrew word for violence
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JEHOVAH-YAHWEH, 07-28-14

    07/28/2014 8:26:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-28-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:JEHOVAH-YAHWEH Jehovah is God, the English name for the Hebrew Yahweh. When the latter promised Moses that he would feed Moses' people, he concluded by saying, "Then you will learn that I, Yahweh, am your God" (Exodus 16:12). Jehovah developed into the form used most commonly when he was communicating with the Israelites, whereas God was used where Gentiles were concerned. The admonition "You shall not utter the name of Yahweh your God to misuse it" (Exodus 20:7) ultimately induced the Israelites not to pronounce his name at all but to substitute for it the title...
  • An Interview with Cheikh Malek el-Khazen

    07/28/2014 6:49:09 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 1 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 28 July 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Cheikh Malek el-Khazen is heir to the House of Khazen, of the Lebanese nobility. He is also the founder of the Khazen Foundation and Khazen.org. He was kind enough to grant me an interview. Could you tell us a little bit about your family's history?The Khazen can trace back their lineage to the 9th century, when they were mainly located in the Levant. They started acquiring lands from the Muslim Shi'a Tribes in Mount Lebanon during the 1400s and mainly focused their exodus in the Keserwan district. This caused the Chi'a to leave Keserwan and migrate to the South of...
  • "An Appeal for the Christians of the Middle East" - French elected officials lead the way

    07/26/2014 2:37:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 26, 2014
    FULL TITLE - "An Appeal for the Christians of the Middle East" French elected officials lead the way: will those elsewhere follow suit, or remain silent? As in Turkey in 1915, a Christian Genocide is happening once again. One week after the terrorists of the so-called "Islamic State" expelled all Christians from Mosul, no statement on the matter has been made by the heads of state or government of any major nation -- no permament member of the Security Council, no major world power... The only relevant exception was Prime-Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, for which he is to be thanked...