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  • Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal?

    05/24/2016 6:49:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal? Msgr. Charles Pope • May 23, 2016 • Many of you know that I write the Question and Answer column for Our Sunday Visitor. Given the celebration of Trinity Sunday this past Sunday, I thought I might reproduce here on the blog a question/answer regarding the Trinity. It is a fairly common question; perhaps you have it, too. Remember that my answers in the column are required to be brief.We read in a recent Sunday Gospel (May 1, 2016) that Jesus...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(5/24/16)[Prayer]

    05/24/2016 5:33:48 AM PDT · by left that other site · 2 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/24/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Peter (The Acts of the Apostles) (Acts 6) 6In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of...
  • Saluting an Unknown Soldier (James, Son of Alphaeus)

    05/24/2016 5:01:53 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "James the son of Alphaeus" (Matt. 10:3). God often uses ordinary people to accomplish great things. Like most Christians, James the son of Alphaeus is an unknown and unsung soldier of the cross. His distinguishing characteristic is obscurity. Nothing he did or said is recorded in Scriptureonly his name. In Mark 15:40 he is called "James the Less," which literally means "Little James." That could refer to his stature (he might have been short), his age (he might have been younger than James the son of Zebedee), or his influence (he might have had relatively little...
  • Stephen: Godliness in Suffering

    05/24/2016 5:01:22 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7:55). Because Stephen was so consistently Spirit-filled, it was natural for him to react in a godly way to persecution and death. The clich Garbage in, garbage out provides a good clue to the essence of the Spirit-filled Christian life. Just as computers respond according to their programming, we respond to what fills our minds. If we allow the Holy Spirit to program our thought patterns, well be controlled and renewed by...
  • Prayer for Our American Heroes and Our Nation

    05/24/2016 1:55:04 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 5 replies
    May 24, 2016 | Jeanbl
    Then will they hand you over to be persecuted and killed, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name. At that time many will fall away and will betray and hate one another, and many false prophets will arise and mislead many. Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:9-14
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-24-16

    05/23/2016 9:18:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 24, 2016 Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Pt 1:10-16 Beloved:Concerning the salvation of your soulsthe prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yourssearched and investigated itinvestigating the time and circumstancesthat the Spirit of Christ within them indicatedwhen it testified in advanceto the sufferings destined for Christand the glories to follow them.It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but youwith regard to the things that have now been announced to youby those who preached the Good News to youthrough the Holy Spirit sent from heaven,things into...
  • With Final Words, Christian Girl Begs Forgiveness for ISIS for Killing Her

    05/23/2016 6:42:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 5/23/16 | Matthew Archbold
    The young daughter of an Iraqi Christian family burned alive by ISIS used her final moments in her mother's arms to beg forgiveness for her killers. Jihadists reportedly arrived at the family's home in Mosul seeking to collect a fine that the Muslims charge Christians called "Jaziya." They told the mother that the family must pay instantly or evacuate the home. The mother simply begged for a few moments as her 12 year old daughter was in the shower. They did not wait. Instead, they immediately set the house ablaze. The girl was severely burned in the fire. Her mother...
  • Christians Have a Mission to Convert all Muslims, Says Vatican Official

    05/23/2016 6:38:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/23/16 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Kurt Koch, who leads ecumenical relations for the Vatican, made the comments at an interfaith meeting in CambridgeChristians have a mission to convert all Muslims, according to one of Pope Franciss senior aides. Cardinal Kurt Koch, who leads ecumenical relations for the Vatican, made the comments at an interfaith meeting held by Cambridge Universitys Woolf Institute. Cardinal Koch also said that Christians should not try and convert Jews and should view Judaism as a mother. We have a mission to convert all non-Christian religions people [except] Judaism, he said, before reportedly adding that this extended to jihadis responsible for...
  • Election of Pope Benedict in 2005 was Outcome of 'Dramatic Struggle,' Says Archbishop Ganswein

    05/23/2016 6:34:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The longtime personal secretary to Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI has spoken of a "dramatic struggle" at the conclave of 2005, and insisted that the former Pontiff did not resign because of the "Vatileaks" scandal. Speaking at the launch of a book about Pope Benedict, Archbishop Georg Gnswein-- who continues to act as secretary to the retired Pontiff, while also serving as prefect of the pontifical household-- said that the "Vatileaks" scandal had "little or nothing" to do with the Pontiff's decision to resign. He said that Benedict XVI was motivated by his realization that he was growing weaker. By resigning, Archbishop...
  • Russian Patriarch Kyril Speaks of the Battle With Demonic Secularism

    05/23/2016 6:32:12 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 05-23-2016 | Patriarch Kyril
    Excerpts from a recent sermon by Patriarch Kyril of the Russian Orthodox Church with English subtitles.
  • Ten Points of God's Healing

    05/23/2016 4:25:24 PM PDT · by Frank Broom · 41 replies
    05-23-16 | Frank Broom
    This article is to those that might be going through a physical affliction and wondering if it is God's will for you to be healed. I just want to encourage you that it is God's will that you receive your healing. Let me make these points to help convince you of that because I want you convinced so that nobody can talk you out of it. First, In Matthew 15:26 Jesus said healing is the children's bread. What is bread, it is your right. Every child has a right to be fed. In fact, it a father's obligation to feed...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/23/2016 3:38:38 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 6 replies
    5-23-16 | Kitty Mittens
  • "Why Does Everyone Hate Hillary" - DON'T

    05/23/2016 8:51:04 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 23 replies
    Freep | 05/23/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    It's at the top of Drudge right now, "Why Does Everyone Hate Hillary?", some kind of internal Democrat bickering, of no real interest to people out in flyover country. What if Jesus Christ could have saved...Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Margaret Sanger? He does have the power, he just doesn't bully you, if you really don't want him, he won't force himself on you. Hillary can choose to be Jesus' friend. That's between the two of them. Our imaginary hatred of a spectre we call "Hillary" is something in our own heads. Just make sure we put the same choice first in...
  • The absurdity of safe zones for the secularist and the saint.

    05/23/2016 8:37:16 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Created Equal podbean.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Mark Harrington
    This is not violence, an angry abortion advocate screams while physically attacking a Created Equal team member. Last week a Columbus, OH resident roughed up one of our outreach team members even before he had an opportunity to dialogue with his intended audience. It seems increasingly common for abortion advocates not only to dissent to our message but also to resort to violence. In defending the violence of abortion, abortion advocates use violence to intimidate preborn defenders. But this call for protectionism isnt just for abortion advocates or unbelievers anymore, but we now see it cropping up among Christians, especially...
  • Is Love the Cause of Hatred? The Answer May Surprise You

    05/23/2016 7:02:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is Love the Cause of Hatred? The Answer May Surprise You Msgr. Charles Pope • May 22, 2016 • There is an old saying that the opposite of love is not hate; it is indifference. Indeed, it’s pretty hard to hate or even to have a strong aversion to something or someone we don’t really care about. But when we do love, we care. And the stronger our love, the more intense our concern, anger, or even hatred for what is wrong.But does this mean that love is the cause of hatred? Our instinct is to recoil and say,...
  • Fr. Alexis Toth, Bishop John Ireland, and the Grace of Reconciliation [Orthodox-Catholic Caucus]

    05/23/2016 5:39:52 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 05-18-2016 | Anthony E. Clark
    Christ, before his Passion, said to his apostles, My soul is sorrowful even to death.1 He was about to enter the garden to pray, and his disciples would soon fall asleep, flee him, and become divided. Christs agony in the garden envisaged the entire history of the Church; perhaps one of the Churchs most enduring traditions, unfortunately, has been division. William Blake (1757-1827) once wrote that, It is easier to forgive an enemy than a friend.2 One of the more ill-fated examples of division in the Church is the antagonism between the Eastern Catholic priest, Father Alexis Toth (1853-1909), and...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(5/23/16)[Prayer]

    05/23/2016 5:34:22 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/23/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Peter (The Acts of the Apostles) (Acts 5) 17Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. 18They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. 19But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 20Go, stand in the temple courts, he said, and tell the people all about this new life. 21At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told,...
  • To Please Obama, Hanoi Releases Catholic Human Rights Icon Fr. Van Ly

    05/23/2016 4:21:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 5/21/16
    The communist authorities have released the priest in his 70's, leader of the struggle for rights and religious freedom. The years in jail have taken their toll physically, but not on his spirit. He is "bright and determined." Activists say his release is a gift to Obama on the eve of his trip to Vietnam.Hanoi (AsiaNews) Hanois Communist authorities have released Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest in his 70s one of the top leaders in the struggle for religious freedom and civil rights in the country. According to some sources, the decision is a "good will" gesture ahead...
  • Decapitated Churches in Chinas Christian Heartland

    05/23/2016 4:17:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 5/21/16 | Ian Johnson
    SHUITOU, China Along the valleys and mountains hugging the East China Sea, a Chinese government campaign to remove crosses from church spires has left the countryside looking as if a typhoon had raged down the coast, decapitating buildings at random. In the town of Shuitou, workers used blowtorches to cut a 10-foot-high cross off the 120-foot steeple of the Salvation Church. It now lies in the churchyard, wrapped in a red shroud. About 10 miles to the east, in Mabu township, riot police officers blocked parishioners from entering the grounds of the Dachang Church while workers erected scaffolding and...
  • A New and Improved God

    05/23/2016 2:49:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 20, 2016 | David Carlin
    It is difficult, indeed almost impossible, to know how many Americans believe in God. Why? Because the word God means different things to different people. Mr. A may have one idea of God while Mr. B has quite another, even though they both tell us that they believe in God. Its like democracy. Communists and anti-Communists both called themselves democrats, but they had radically different ideas of democracy.A couple of centuries ago, almost everybody in the western world (which used to be called Christendom) had pretty much the same idea of God. You might be Catholic or Protestant, but your...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-23-16

    05/22/2016 8:39:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 23, 2016 Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Pt 1:3-9 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hopethrough the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,kept in heaven for youwho by the power of God are safeguarded through faith,to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time.In this you rejoice, although now for a little whileyou may have to suffer through various trials,so that the...
  • The Fate Of The Nations...Psalm 9 pt 6

    The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.(Psalm 9 :17-20)Many people miss the full import of the Psalms of the Bible, because they limit their understanding of them to being divine poetry, or as wisdom literature. Some correctly go further and realize that the...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update May 22nd, 2016 (video)

    05/22/2016 3:33:54 PM PDT · by Lera · 1 replies
    Calvary Chapel ^ | 5/22/2016 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. explains how last weeks developments are preparing the world for the antichrist to come on the scene. Prophecy update follows building update.
  • 2016 05 22 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Pushing for Peace"

    05/22/2016 2:09:55 PM PDT · by Lera · 2 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 5/22/2016 | John Haller
    This week, John looks at the Push for Peace in the Middle East, specifically the Quartet (US, EU, Russia and the UN) who are accelerating their push to divide up the land that was given to Israel by God Himself. That, dear friends, is never a good idea, as God will not be mocked and He will impart judgment on those who threaten the peace and security of Israel. With the Huffington Post's article on "Jesus, the First Transgender" and the Harvard meeting on creating a synthetic human genome, it is even more clear that we are spiraling out of...
  • A Journey Using a Medieval Map of Hell

    05/22/2016 10:52:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Aletelial ^ | March 20, 2016 | Matthew Becklo
    The “religious sense” has hit Nat Geo overnight – and the Catholic Church has found itself on center stage.First came a dramatized documentary about Pope Francis and a new series from Morgan Freeman about the “the story of God” (which affirmed the co-existence of faith and science in Catholicism and displayed a kind of “spiritual bond” with Rome).Now, Catholicism is at the center of a very different sort of travelogue, a two-hour special called “Map of Hell.” Donning a silver cross, action anti-hero Danny Trejo (Machete) kicks this special off with some “bad news”: “Someday, we’re all gonna die.”...
  • On Fatima Story, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Breaks Silence

    05/22/2016 10:26:28 AM PDT · by piusv · 51 replies
    Onepeterfive.com ^ | May 21, 2016 | Skojec, Steve
    Today, May 21, 2016, the Holy See Press Office has released, in its daily bulletin, a statement attributed to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The statement categorically denies the affirmation, reported here, from Fr. Ingo Dollinger, which speaks of a private conversation in which then-Cardinal Ratzinger spoke to Dollinger, a personal friend, about there being more to the Third Secret of Fatima than was published by the Vatican in June of 2000. Here is the full text of the Vatican statement:
  • One and One and One Are One - A Homily for Trinity Sunday

    05/22/2016 6:46:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One and One and One Are One - A Homily for Trinity Sunday Msgr. Charles Pope • May 21, 2016 • There is an old spiritual that says, “My God is so high you can’t get over Him. He’s so low you can’t get under Him. He’s so wide you can’t get around Him. You must come in, by and through the Lamb.”It’s not a bad way of saying that God is “other.” He is beyond what human words can describe, beyond what human thoughts can conjure. And on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, we do well...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(5/22/16)[Prayer]

    05/22/2016 4:51:31 AM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/22/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Peter (The Acts of the Apostles) (Acts 5) 12The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomons Colonnade. 13No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. 15As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peters shadow might fall on some...
  • Entrusting All to God

    05/22/2016 3:12:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 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 Gods 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...
  • A Traitor Turns to Christ (Matthew)

    05/22/2016 3:12:15 AM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 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....
  • False Collegiality: Full Text of new Rule demanding Bishops consult with Vatican before ...

    05/21/2016 7:48:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 5/21/2016 | New Catholic
    Comments below the text: The Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, aware that every new Institute of Consecrated Life, even if coming into existence and developing within a Particular Church, is a gift made to the entire Church, seeing to the need of avoid that new Institutes be erected in the diocesan level without the sufficient discernment that will confirm the originality of the charism, which defines the specific characteristics that the consecration through the profession of the evangelical counsels will have in them and that specifies the real possibilities of development, has ascertained...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-22-16, SOL, The Most Holy Trinity

    05/21/2016 7:45:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 22, 2016 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Reading 1 Prv 8:22-31 Thus says the wisdom of God:"The LORD possessed me, the beginning of his ways,the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago;from of old I was poured forth,at the first, before the earth.When there were no depths I was brought forth,when there were no fountains or springs of water;before the mountains were settled into place,before the hills, I was brought forth;while as yet the earth and fields were not made,nor the first clods of the world. "When the Lord established the heavens I was there,when he...
  • The Heathen Have Dug a Pit...Psalm 9 pt 5

    The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. (Psalm 9:14-15)The ninth Psalm is an eschatological revelation. The Psalmist ,by the Holy Spirit celebrates the coming of the LORD . At his Arrival, the united international enemies of Israel fall, they are turned back and routed! They had besieged her in their fury, but God rebukes them,putting out their name forever! The LORD comes...
  • I told my North Korean captors about life in America, and they were shocked

    05/21/2016 4:18:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    KUOW-FM ^ | May 19, 2016 | Kate O'Connell Walters, Jason Pagano & Kim Malcolm
    After a year in the North Korean prison, Kenneth Bae softened toward his guards. There were many small conversations like, 'How much do you make in the United States? What's it like to live in the U.S.? Bae told KUOWs Kim Malcolm. Do people really have houses and cars? When he told his captors about life in America, the guards were shocked. They said, No way. No way most common people can live like that, he said. They were told that 1 percent of people in the United States have everything, and the rest of them are living in poverty....
  • Baby Bison and the Danger of "Misplaced Concern" (as it applies to the LGBT community)

    05/21/2016 2:43:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 20, 2016 | Carrie Gress, Ph.D.
    As the emotional trumps the rational, people increasingly act on sentiment and subjective desires, often making bad situations even worse. American Bison mother and calf stop traffic in Yellowstone National Park (Photo: Martha Marks | us.fotolia.com) On May 9th at Yellowstone National Park, a bison calf was euthanized. The reason? A tourist, concerned about the welfare of the calf in the cold temperatures, had put it in her SUV. The calf was later rejected by its mother after repeated attempts to return it to the herd. “Rob Heusevelet, another park visitor, said he warned the tourists they didn't need to...
  • The Russian Icon that Reveals the Mystery of the Trinity

    05/21/2016 12:59:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Aletelial ^ | March 21, 2016 | Philip Kosloski
    “It is most absurd and improper to depict in icons God the Father with a grey beard and the Only-Begotten Son in His bosom with a dove between them, because no-one has seen the Father according to His Divinity, and the Father has no flesh […] and the Holy Spirit is not in essence a dove, but in essence God.” (Great Synod of Moscow, 1667)For the Russian Orthodox Church, depicting the Holy Trinity in art has been an issue of controversy for the past thousand years. Even though the Council of Nicaea in 787 permitted the artistic representation of...
  • Righteous Job: Pre-covenantal Priest, Prophet, and King

    05/21/2016 12:16:56 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 05-19-2016 | Dcn. Matthew Fuhrman
    The Lord Jesus Christ is the one true example of what God calls man to be. The Lord is the Father's Great High Priest, Prophet like unto Moses, and King of Kings. He is all of these by nature of Who He is. Throughout the history recorded in the Old Testament various men had risen to these positions as called by God. Prior to the establishment of the Law under Moses there was one man who served as a prototype of God's great Priest, Prophet, and King, known for the agonizing trial he had to endure at the...
  • Metropolitan Hilarion Criticizes Protestant Churches that Support Modern Secular Values

    05/21/2016 11:50:27 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 05-19-2016 | ROC
    In his address at the grand meeting on the occasion of the DECR 70th anniversary, Metropolitan Hilarion said that the relations of the Russian Church with the Catholic Church and with the Ancient Oriental Churches could be characterized by positive dynamics, but, regrettably, we cannot say the same about relations with the Protestant world. The contradictions between the Orthodox Church and the Protestant communities that consistently distort the Churchs teaching to accommodate modern secular standards are intensifying, he said and added that the Moscow Patriarchate was still open to cooperation with representatives of the conservative circles of the Protestant world...
  • Prayers for the Dead

    05/21/2016 11:37:21 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 05-21-2016 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    The Orthodox pray for the departed. The most pressing prayer within the liturgies appointed for this purpose is for God to forgive their sins. We say, For no one lives and does not sin, for You only are without sin. This is easily misunderstood, but it goes to the very heart of the mystery of our relationship with God.The same sentiment, interestingly, is offered in the prayers for the living. The priest says: Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, and visitation for the servants of God [especially ______], and for the pardon and remission of their...
  • Pope Francis and His Revolutionary Language [Catholic Caucus

    05/21/2016 10:30:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | May 18, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    The historian and well-known Catholic intellectual Roberto de Mattei published a column yesterday in the Rome newspaper Il Tempo (18th May), about the "revolutionary language" of Pope Francis. The revolutionary language of Pope Francis by Roberto de Mattei In the Church's history there have been many "reformist" popes, but Pope Bergoglio seems to belong to a different category, which has been alien under the Roman popes to date, that of the "revolutionary". The reformers of the past aimed to restore the doctrine and the discipline to its purity and original integrity, which is why they can be referred to from...
  • Vatican cardinal: U.S. bathroom battle is part of insidious war against human nature

    05/21/2016 9:03:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 17, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A top Vatican cardinal blasted the transgender bathroom agenda in the United States on Tuesday as diabolical. Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Sacraments, said at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., that there are clear signs in the United States of religious persecution and a war against human nature. “Do we not see signs of this insidious war in this great nation of the United States?” Sarah asked.  “In the name of ‘tolerance,’ the Church’s teachings on marriage, sexuality and the human...
  • The Rapture?

    05/21/2016 8:38:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 392 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 04-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Rapture? Q. Many of our Protestant brethren say that, before Jesus comes, there will be a rapture wherein all the faithful will be taken up, I guess, to meet Him in the sky. When I tell them that the Bible says we will “see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven” (Mt 24:30) and “he will send his angels ... and they will gather his elect from the four winds” (Mt 24:31), and then ask them who will be left to “gather” if everyone has previously been “raptured,” they say it will be the Jews. What...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    05/21/2016 6:59:14 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 7 replies
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  • Pope Francis Calls Greedy Employers 'True Leeches'

    05/21/2016 6:21:30 AM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 53 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | May 20, 2016 | SEAN DUFFY
    (CN) Pope Francis condemned the sin of "living off the blood of the people" while criticizing immoral employers for not providing health care for their employees, calling them "true leeches."During his homily on Thursday, the pontiff brought up a hypothetical situation in which a business employs a worker from September to June but does not provide health care coverage."Exploitation of people today is a true slavery," he said. "We thought that slaves do not exist anymore. They exist. It's true, people don't go to Africa to take them and then sell them in America, no. But it's in our...
  • Evaluating Our Suffering

    05/21/2016 4:33:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 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. Its quite obvious that some sufferings and trials are not part of Gods plan for us. Believers should never suffer because theyve murdered, robbed, or done evil. But in todays verse Peter mentions a fourth categorya troublesome meddlerwhose meaning is not as apparent and whose application might be more in dispute. A troublesome meddler interferes with everyone elses business, and...
  • Beyond Doubt to Hope (Thomas)

    05/21/2016 4:32:39 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 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...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(5/21/16)[Prayer]

    05/21/2016 4:25:28 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/21/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Peter (The Acts of the Apostles) (Acts 5) 5Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2With his wifes full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles feet. 3Then Peter said, Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4Didnt it belong...
  • WHY CATHOLICISM? ALWAYS THE TARGET

    05/21/2016 3:55:30 AM PDT · by crazylibertarian · 34 replies
    May 18, 2016 | Roderick T. Beaman
    The Catholic Church has been on the list for extinction in every totalitarian society in history. In most cases, it has been the number one target but under German National Socialism it was lower, communists & Jews were higher, although there can be no doubt the Church was on the hit list. Its interesting to speculate why. Here is a version of the famous poem by Gerhard Niemller. First they came for the Communists And I did not speak out Because I was not a Communist Then they came for the Socialists And I did not speak out Because I...
  • Vatican Insider: Pope Probably Dislikes America and Americans

    05/21/2016 1:54:45 AM PDT · by detective · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 May 2016 | Austin Ruse
    Respected Vatican journalist John Allen reports today his speculation that Pope Francis just does not like America or Americans. One major clue lies in the Popes periodic condemnation of doctors of the law and traditionalists. But who are these vaguely-defined groups? After asking many people in and around the Vatican to identify those groups, the answer I got most was Conservative Americans, Swiss-born Bishop Bernard Fellay of the renegade Society of St. Pius X, said in an interview with journalist Edward Pentin.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-21-16, OM, St. Christopher Magallanes & Companions, Martyrs

    05/20/2016 9:18:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 21, 2016 Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time 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...