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  • Saint's remains return to Hawaii permanently

    07/31/2014 9:30:00 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    msn ^ | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
    St. Marianne Cope's remains will arrive in a hearse Thursday at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu for a ceremony and Mass. In this 1883 file photo provided by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, Mother Marianne Cope, a nun who dedicated her life to caring for exiled leprosy patients on Kalaupapa in Hawaii, poses for a photographer.AP Photo: Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, File In this 1883 file photo provided by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, Mother Marianne Cope, a nun who dedicated her life to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SUPERNATURAL CONTEMPLATION, 07-31-14

    07/31/2014 9:22:14 AM PDT · by Salvation
    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...
  • Unfreeing Massachusetts Sidewalks

    07/31/2014 8:42:12 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7/30/14 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Massachusetts demonstrated its abortion radicalism today as Governor Deval Patrick signed a new buffer-zone law under the guise of protecting public safety. In doing so, he makes the state less safe for the unborn and less free for the mother who feels pressure from the culture and due to her circumstances to abort her child. The state’s previous 35-foot buffer-zone law was struck down unanimously by the Supreme Court earlier this summer. In a statement, one of the legal counsels for the lead plaintiff, Eleanor McCullen, calls the new 25-foot buffer-zone law “a backdoor attempt to interfere with the constitutional...
  • No, Christians Should Not Believe in 'Left Behind's' Rapture Theology, Says Prominent Apologist

    07/31/2014 8:11:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/31/2014 | Morgan Lee
    "This doctrine is not really found in the book of Revelation. If you read the book of Revelation, you won't find any mention of the rapture there," said William Craig, a Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. Instead, Craig says, the idea of the rapture comes from a "misinterpretation of 1 and 2 Thessalonians where Paul is describing the coming of the Lord and resurrection of the dead, which will occur at His coming." "If you compare what Paul says there to what Jesus says about the End Times,...
  • Gallup: 'God Gap' Persists; Religious Are Mostly Republican; Non-Religious Are Mostly Democrat

    07/31/2014 8:05:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/31/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    The so-called "God Gap" between Republicans and Democrats continues to play an important role in partisan differences, according to a new Gallup poll.Among very religious Americans, about half, 49 percent, identify as Republican or are likely to vote Republican. Among nonreligious Americans, also about half, 52 percent, identify as Democrats or are likely to vote for Democrats. This God gap, sometimes called the "religious participation gap," has characterized party politics in the United States for at least the seven years that Gallup has been measuring it, Frank Newport, editor in chief for Gallup, pointed out in a blog post.Religiosity was...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 31 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/31/2014 6:41:58 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 31 (NKJV) The Words of King Lemuel's Mother 01 The words of King Lemuel, 00 the utterance which his mother taught him: 02 What, my son? 00 And what, son of my womb? 00 And what, son of my vows? 03 Do not give your strength to women, 00 Nor your ways to that which destroys kings. 04 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, 00 It is not for kings to drink wine, 00 Nor for princes intoxicating drink; 05 Lest they drink and forget the law, 00 And pervert the justice of all the afflicted. 06...
  • Middle East Churches: ‘We are Going Back to the Prehistory Period’

    07/31/2014 6:15:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC)-- a regional ecumenical body whose members include Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Protestant churches-- has issued a statement calling upon the international community “to take bold initiatives and stand against” attacks on Iraqi Christians. The council of churches called upon “believers of all religions and people of good will to pray God to come for the rescue of people of Iraq, especially the Christians who are deeply suffering as if they are sheep taken to be slaughtered, and no one is there to advocate for their right for justice, mercy and life.”
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/31/14)[Prayer]

    07/31/2014 5:28:54 AM PDT · by left that other site · 5 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/31/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Animals In The Bible Dogs New International Version (NIV) 5 So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.” (Judges 7:5) 23 And of Jezebel also spoke the Lord, saying, ‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.’(1 Kings 21) 4 Anyone who is among the living has hope[a]—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!(Ecclesiastes 9:4) 26 He replied, “It is not right to take the...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation<(7/31/14)[Prayer]

    07/31/2014 5:17:30 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/31/14 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Psalm 42:5 Stand Firm New International Version (NIV) Why, my soul, are you downcast?    Why so disturbed within me?Put your hope in God,    for I will yet praise him,    my Savior and my God.
  • Probably the strangest thing I’ve ever read. A refutation of the rant of a cultural radical.

    07/31/2014 1:41:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/30/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A reader recently alerted me to an article in Slate Magazine that is so bizarre that, as you read it, you think it is a joke, an April Fools farce, or someone illustrating absurdity by being absurd. Yet, as far as I can tell, the author means every word she says.I must say, I have never read anything stranger in my life (except a couple things in Mad Magazine, but they actually were jokes). If you dare to read the excerpt below, prepare for your brain to explode.And yet too, nothing I have read is such a perfect catalogue of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-31-14, M, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

    07/30/2014 8:15:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-31-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 31, 2014Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest    Reading 1 Jer 18:1-6 This word came to Jeremiah from the LORD:Rise up, be off to the potter’s house;there I will give you my message.I went down to the potter’s house and there he was, working at the wheel.Whenever the object of clay which he was makingturned out badly in his hand, he tried again,making of the clay another object of whatever sort he pleased.Then the word of the LORD came to me:Can I not do to you, house of Israel,as this potter has done? says the LORD.Indeed, like...
  • Let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.'

    07/30/2014 6:55:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 7/30/14 | New Catholic
    Do you all remember Cardinal Hummes? Yes, the Pope's greatest friend in the College of Cardinals, the Franciscan who inspired the papal name "Francis", the man who was right by the Pope's side in the loggia in the memorable evening of his election. As an emeritus, his influence is obviously a more understated one. Anyway, he granted an extensive interview days ago (July 27) to a paper in his native Brazil, and the answers are just remarkable, particularly this one, on same-sex "marriages": If Jesus were alive today, would he be in favor of gay marriage? I don't know, I...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 30, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/30/2014 5:52:26 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 7/30/14 | Joel Osteen
    Don’t Just Pray to Become a Better Slave! Today's Scripture “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.’ ” (Exodus 6:6, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When the Israelites were in slavery, they were forced to make bricks all day long. They were given quotas that were almost impossible to meet. And at one point, Pharaoh got upset and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 30, 2014]

    07/30/2014 5:50:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Teaching of Disillusionment " Jesus did not commit Himself to them . . . , for He knew what was in man —John 2:24-25 " Disillusionment means having no more misconceptions, false impressions, and false judgments in life; it means being free from these deceptions. However, though no longer deceived, our experience of disillusionment may actually leave us cynical and overly critical in our judgment of others. But the disillusionment that comes from God brings us to the point where we see people as they really are, yet without any cynicism or any stinging and bitter criticism. Many...
  • Are You Falling Away?: Three Warning Signs

    07/30/2014 2:49:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Education ^ | PAUL THIGPEN
    What a frightening prospect is the destiny of the backslider! Yet even for the worst of us sinners, God offers hope. A foolish old farmer, so the story goes, concluded one day that the oats he had fed his mule for years were simply costing him too much.  So he hatched a plan: He mixed a little sawdust in with the feed, and then a little more the next day, and even more the next, each time reducing the amount of oats in the mix. The mule didn't seem to notice the gradual change, so the farmer thought things were...
  • 3 Views on How Long a Sermon Should Be

    07/30/2014 2:02:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/30/2014 | Thom S. Rainer
    What is the trend? Are church members and church leaders saying sermons should be longer or shorter? The answer is "yes." If my answer is confusing, I understand. But the reality is there are two major trends taking place related to sermon length. I have been following these trends through anecdotal information and social media polls for three years. There are growing numbers of respondents who believe sermons should be longer. There are also growing numbers of respondents who believe sermons should be shorter. And there aren't many people in the middle of those two divergent views. By the way,...
  • I'd Kill Myself if I Had That Many Kids

    07/30/2014 1:44:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 146 replies
    NC Register ^ | July 30, 2014 | Matthew Archbold
    My wife and I recently attended a sports banquet for one of our kids' sports teams at a local restaurant. It was one of those events that I wanted to go to about as much as I wanted to get three teeth pulled. But my wife assured me it would be fun. I didn't believe her but I came anyway. We've gone to so many of these things as my five kids are on at least three sports teams. All the kids sat together at a long table and all the parents sat at another table with the coaches. I have...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    07/30/2014 9:53:58 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 14 replies
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  • Catholic Word of the Day: POVERTY EVANGELICAL, 07-30-14

    07/30/2014 9:09:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 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.
  • "A Final Adios from DrSteveJ" - It's Been Ten Years to the Day

    07/30/2014 8:38:54 AM PDT · by fishtank · 83 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 7-30-2014 | fishtank
    A Final Adios from DrSteveJ From ksen | 07/30/2004 2:04:11 AM PDT read DrSteveJ has finally used the last of his nine lives this evening. He has been banned, not suspended, for posting an NOAA gif. Anyway, he has asked that you all be notified and told “Adios” on his behalf. If you need to email him he can be reached at ____@yahoo.com Well folks, another one bites the dust. -ksen CC: GRPL, Canticle of Deborah
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 30 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/30/2014 8:20:25 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 30 (NKJV) The Wisdom of Agur 01 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, his utterance. 00 This man declared to Ithiel--to Ithiel and Ucal: 02 Surely I am more stupid than any man, 00 And do not have the understanding of a man. 03 I neither learned wisdom 00 Nor have knowledge of the Holy One. 04 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? 00 Who has gathered the wind in His fists? 00 Who has bound the waters in a garment? 00 Who has established all the ends of the earth? 00 What is His...
  • No, Wheaton College’s Accreditation Should Not Be Revoked

    07/30/2014 7:07:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/30/2014 | David Coleman
    In the Chronicle of Higher Education, a professor recently argued that Wheaton College’s accreditation, as well as that of several other religious colleges, should be revoked on the grounds that the schools’ required statements of faith violate academic freedom. I write not merely to defend Wheaton’s right to exist, but to express my gratitude that it does exist. Wheaton is an Evangelical Christian college in Illinois that houses the C. S. Lewis papers. I went there recently for a dialogue on C. S. Lewis and reading carefully, even reverently. While I am neither specifically Evangelical, like Wheaton, nor a...
  • Evangelicals Hail Pope's Caserta Visit and Apologise to Catholics

    07/30/2014 6:20:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 7/30/14
    The head of the World Evangelical Alliance has hailed Pope Francis’ meeting with Pentecostals in Caserta and apologised for discrimination of Catholics by Evangelicals in the past. After an encounter with the Catholic community in the southern Italian city on Saturday, the Pope returned to Caserta on Monday where he was welcomed by over 200 members of the Pentecostal Church of Reconciliation. Commenting on the impact of that historic meeting, the Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance, Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe said while the official conversations between Catholics and Evangelicals are an essential part of the ecumenical journey, the...
  • Bishops' plea to US government: help Iraqi Christians

    07/30/2014 5:08:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | July 30, 2014
    A family at the Khazair checkpoint after fleeing from Mosul, Iraq on June 11, 2014. Credit: R. Nuri UNHCR-ACNUR via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2014 / 04:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have urged the U.S. government to assist Iraqi Christian victims of persecution, while France has offered asylum to Iraqi Christians who have fled Mosul. “The Islamic State has taken control of large swaths of territory in northern Iraq, leaving a trail of destruction, burning and looting ancient churches and mosques, homes and businesses,” Bishop Richard E. Pates, the U.S. bishops’ chairman of International...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/30/14)[Prayer]

    07/30/2014 4:50:05 AM PDT · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/30/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Animals In The Bible Deer New International Version (NIV) Nevertheless, you may slaughter your animals in any of your towns and eat as much of the meat as you want, as if it were gazelle or deer, according to the blessing the LORD your God gives you. Both the ceremonially unclean and the clean may eat it. (Deuteronomy 12:15) Don’t eat anything abominable. These are the animals you may eat: ox, sheep, goat, deer, gazelle, roebuck, wild goat, ibex, antelope, mountain sheep(Deuteronomy 14:5) 1 As the deer pants for streams of water,    so my soul...
  • chaseGodtv

    07/30/2014 4:24:30 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 5 replies
    chaseGodtv ^ | 7-30-14
    You will find this guy VERY good. Talking about topics that many Christians talk about...but in the privacy of their home. These are things that we ALL NEED to talk about.
  • Mysteries Should be Appreciated and Lived More Than “Solved”

    07/30/2014 2:31:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/29/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Today we tend to use the word “mystery” differently than in Christian antiquity, to which the Church is heir. We have discussed this notion on this blog before. In today’s brief post I’d like to review that idea and then add a new insight I gained recently from Fr. Francis Martin.As we have noted before, our modern culture tends to think of a mystery as something to be solved. And thus the failure to resolve it is considered a negative outcome. In the typical mystery novel, some event (usually a crime) takes place and it is the job of the...
  • Then Let Those Who Are In Judea...Israel's future pt 4

    (Israel Â…Brown Shaded Areas are Gaza, and West Bank. Originally the areas were known as Judea and Samaria on the West, and Gaza was part of the parcel given to Juda also.) /Users/billkrisrandles/Desktop/images.jpeg When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his...
  • 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...
  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-14, OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/29/2014 8:59:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-30-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 30, 2014Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jer 15:10, 16-21 Woe to me, mother, that you gave me birth!a man of strife and contention to all the land!I neither borrow nor lend,yet all curse me.When I found your words, I devoured them;they became my joy and the happiness of my heart,Because I bore your name,O LORD, God of hosts.I did not sit celebratingin the circle of merrymakers;Under the weight of your hand I sat alonebecause you filled me with indignation.Why is my pain continuous,my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?You have indeed become...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 29, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/29/2014 5:52:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 7/29/14 | Joel Osteen
    Don’t Settle Where You Are Today's Scripture “...No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God did not create you to live a little life with little dreams, little goals, little passion, little influence. God thinks big. He thinks abundance. He thinks expansive. He told the Israelites, “I am bringing you into a wide land, a spacious land flowing with milk and honey.” God has something bigger, something better, something more rewarding in front of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 29, 2014]

    07/29/2014 5:50:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Do You See Jesus in Your Clouds? " Behold, He is coming with clouds . . . —Revelation 1:7 " In the Bible clouds are always associated with God. Clouds are the sorrows, sufferings, or providential circumstances, within or without our personal lives, which actually seem to contradict the sovereignty of God. Yet it is through these very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there were never any clouds in our lives, we would have no faith. “The clouds are the dust of His feet” (Nahum 1:3). They are a...
  • Police now Used to Intimidate and Censor Critics of Persecution of Franciscans of the Immaculate

    07/29/2014 4:57:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 7/29/2014 | New Catholic
    By the senior religious correspondent of Italian daily La Stampa, the startling news: those responsible for the intervention of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, after silencing their innocent victims inside the Church, now use the Police to intimidate journalists and bloggers -- and their family members ! -- in Italy. It is probably the most serious attempt by an ecclesial authority to make use of the police forces (and police that are members of the military forces) to limit the freedom of the press or public free speech by laymen in Italy in living memory -- the attempt is based...
  • Dear Gabby

    07/29/2014 4:47:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 65 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of the Vatican II ^ | July 28, 2014 | Louie Verrecchio
    A priest looking for advice on how to advance the Church in a fast-paced world so often embroiled in conflict recently approached a well-placed cleric who had been a religious order priest and bishop for many years. In response, the bishop answered, in part, by sharing the following true story: A priest went as a missionary to an area where for years they had no priest, and evangelicals had arrived. He told me that he went to a woman who had been the teacher of the people and then the principle of the village school. This lady sat him down...
  • "So. Baptist Mom Has Some Really Fabulous Comebacks To Some Really Terrible Questions" (pro-"trans")

    07/29/2014 4:13:52 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 43 replies
    Upworthy ^ | Alana Karsch
    How much do I love this video? Let me count the ways... 1. She's a mom who takes stereotypes and kicks 'em to the curb. 2. The story she tells is R-E-A-L, REAL. No apologies. She's serving up realness, people. 3. "I'm a conservative Southern Baptist from Alabama." 'Nuff said. 4. I just really love it.
  • Jessa Duggar's Beau Ben Seewald Deletes Anti-Catholic Statements From Facebook After Backlash

    07/29/2014 4:02:28 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 161 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/24/14 | Sami K. Martin
    Jessa Duggar is currently courting Ben Seewald, a very strong Christian with very strong views on things. His views on the Catholic faith, however, recently caused a social media scandal and Seewald deleted the comments he had posted to his Facebook page. "Where Catholics depart from Scripture, I will in no way support, but will call them out because I love them and desire that they be turned from their deadly errors," Seewald wrote. He also noted that he disagreed with the claim that Jesus' mother Mary was a "sinless being. I have nothing against individuals who are Catholic," he...
  • "How conservative Christian women came to claim “true” feminism" (Salon)

    07/29/2014 3:57:00 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    Salon ^ | 7/29/14 | Leslie Dorrough Smith
    Concerned Women for America (CWA) was founded in 1979 by Beverly LaHaye, wife of conservative activist—and later Left Behind co-author—Tim LaHaye. Irritated by the ascendance of Betty Friedan’s National Organization for Women (NOW), LaHaye founded CWA to represent traditionalist women who balked at feminist “liberation.” Since its inception, the group has worked to bring “biblical values” to bear on the American political process, with special attention to issues of sex and gender. Over the past three decades, CWA has become a powerful political force, claiming over half a million members. Leslie Dorrough Smith is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at...
  • Looking for Feedback on Christian Healthcare

    07/29/2014 3:54:24 PM PDT · by MarineBrat · 10 replies
    Vanity | 07/29/2014 | MarineBrat
    I'm seriously considering joining a Christian health care ministry in order to not be backstabbed by Obama's health care TAX next year. The three that I'm aware of are... Samaritan Ministries http://samaritanministries.org Christian Care Ministry’s Medi-Share http://mychristiancare.org/medi-share Christian Healthcare Ministries http://www.chministries.org/ Can any FReepers who have experience with these organizations please share their experience?
  • "Is Religion Good for Children?" (Slate)

    07/29/2014 3:48:44 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | 7/29/14 | Mark Joseph Stern
    I n the United States, conventional wisdom holds that you should raise your child to be religious. Taking the kids to church is the default; leaving them home requires justification. Push parents to explain why they should pass on their religion—apart from a principled urge to keep the faith—and they’re likely to tell you studies prove that kids do better with religion than without it. Mark Joseph Stern Mark Joseph Stern Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues. But is religion really good for kids? That might depend on what kind...
  • "Children raised by same-sex couples healthier and happier, research suggests" (Australia)

    07/29/2014 3:37:53 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 36 replies
    ABC.net.au ^ | 7/5/14
    Children of same-sex parents enjoy better levels of health and wellbeing than their peers from traditional family units, new Australian research suggests. In what they described as the largest study of its type in the world, University of Melbourne researchers surveyed 315 same-sex parents and 500 children about their physical health and social wellbeing. Lead researcher Doctor Simon Crouch said children raised by same-sex partners scored an average of 6 per cent higher than the general population on measures of general health and family cohesion. . . . Ms Phillips also questioned the the objectivity of the study's lead researcher....
  • Homosexual Man Fired from Children’s Ministry for Introducing Boyfriend to Kids

    07/29/2014 3:21:41 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 44 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 7/29/14 | Garrett Haley
    LUBBOCK, Texas – Homosexual advocates are outraged that a Christian children’s ministry in Texas fired an employee after he introduced his boyfriend to a group of children under his care. Children’s Home of Lubbock is a non-profit west Texas ministry founded in 1954 and sponsored by Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock. According to the church’s website, the children’s home is committed to bringing “hope, healing, a sense of worth and value to the lives of fatherless, abused, and neglected children.” “In spite of the negative behavioral responses, every child, and family of origin will be treated with dignity and...
  • Ohio State Psychology Course Teaches Christians Are Dumber Than Atheists

    07/29/2014 3:18:16 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 12 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 7/28/14 | Garrett Haley
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Students in an Ohio State University psychology class are being taught that atheists have higher IQs than Christians, according to a report from a college watchdog organization. Campus Reform notes that a question from a recent online psychology quiz from the university implied that religious beliefs were directly related to IQ levels. “Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125,” the quiz stated. “Which of the following statements would you expect to be true?” Students were then asked to select an answer from the following four options: 1.Aine is an atheist, while...
  • Release Your Whys And Let Your ( (( Constant )) ) Abide In Peace

    07/29/2014 2:21:14 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 7-29-14 | Jedediah
    My ways are not your ways , do not the planets hang in their places and move at my very command and will ?! So is your life that revolves around me, so do not fight my will for you for this friction will wear you to dust . "Release" your soul, spirit and life completely into my life and leave ALL your whys to me . I AM your ( (( constant )) ) and eternal and my path for you is irrevocable by the enemy if you remain in My will that is your "True Path" . Fast...
  • Duty, Ability, and Rights

    07/29/2014 12:34:41 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 2 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 27 July 2014 | Matthew Olson
    These terms -- duty, ability, and rights -- are often conflated, as a result of French and American influences. In this show, I break down the differences between them, how they relate, and how they should be respected on a practical level, all within the Christian context. LISTEN ON YOUTUBE.(Alternative link, via Vimeo.) Summary:I start with quotes from Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and Abraham Lincoln, then transition into the corrupted philosophies found in American and French history. I define the terms, then lay out how they can be applied, especially in the case of anti-Christian persecution in the Middle East. I...
  • Obama Praises Muslims for Human Rights

    07/29/2014 11:42:38 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 38 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | July 29, 2014 | William Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on President Obama’s remarks last night at the White House honoring Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan: Last night the president said that Eid “reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” He would have done us a service had he enumerated them. “That is why we stand with people of all faiths,” he continued, “here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 29 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/29/2014 8:30:02 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 29 (NKJV) Happy Is He Who Keeps the Law 01 He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, 00 Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. 02 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; 00 But when a wicked man rules, the people groan. 03 Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, 00 But a companion of harlots wastes his wealth. 04 The king establishes the land by justice, 00 But he who receives bribes overthrows it. 05 A man who flatters his neighbor 00 Spreads a net for his feet. 06 By transgression...
  • The Spiritual Significance of a Traditional Church Wedding

    07/29/2014 6:22:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 7/25/14 | Emma Green
    According to new data, Catholic marriages in the U.S. are on a steep decline. Why are fewer couples relying on religious institutions as they take their vows? It’s an iconic image: the white dress, the church bells, the priest, the traditional vows repeated by an earnest, fresh-faced couple. Many elements of the archetypical American wedding echo the formality and traditions of the country’s largest single religious tradition, Roman Catholicism. But Catholic weddings themselves are becoming rarer and rarer. In 1970, there were roughly 426,000 Catholic weddings, accounting for 20 percent of all marriages in the United States that year. Beginning...
  • Pope Francis and the Evangelicals

    07/29/2014 6:18:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Sandro Magister reports here on Pope Francis’ outreach to Evangelical Christians. Francis clearly understands that there are real points of contact with Evangelical Christians and Catholics and what interests me in his ecumenical outreach is how he builds relationships with individuals who are not necessarily “big players” in the Protestant world. He has diplomatic meetings and the obligatory photocalls with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the leaders of other mainstream Protestant denominations, but he usually looks glum when he is doing so. On the other hand, the pope seems to have very warm and friendly relations with Protestants who are...
  • Müller: "These Theories Are Radically Mistaken"

    07/29/2014 6:11:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 7/29/14 | Sandro Magister
    The prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith refutes the ideas of those who want to permit second marriages with the first spouse still alive. He is backed up by Cardinal Sebastián, who also disagrees with Cardinal Kasper. But whose side is Pope Francis on?ROME, July 29, 2014 – In a book-length interview recently released simultaneously in Italy, Spain, and the United States, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, revisits and develops what he had already reiterated last fall in an article in “L'Osservatore Romano” that made a sensation:...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/29/14)[Prayer]

    07/29/2014 5:08:27 AM PDT · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/29/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Animals In The Bible Genesis 41 Cows New International Version (NIV) 1 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, 2 when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. 3 After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. 4 And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up. 5 He fell asleep again and had a...