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  • Mother Angelica: A Female Powerhouse in a ‘Supposedly Sexist’ Church [Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 1:09:19 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | March 27, 2017 | Mary Rezac
    On the one year anniversary of her death Mother Angelica, EWTN foundress and a pioneer of the New Evangelization, offers a lasting example of strong female leadership not only when it comes to breaking barriers in secular media but also in the widely patriarchal Catholic Church. BIRMINGHAM, AL –– Mother Angelica, EWTN foundress and a pioneer of the New Evangelization, offers an example of female leadership in the Catholic Church that has left a lasting legacy on the one year anniversary of her death.It was September 1987, and Pope John Paul II had just arrived in Los Angeles after traveling around the United...
  • Pope Francis Is Playing with Fire. Hell Fire. [Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 12:59:31 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | March 27, 2017 | John-Henry Westen
    March 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – For months the Vatican has been sending Catholics a steady stream of indications that Pope Francis agrees with the modernists’ view allowing Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics. We had his signature on a letter supporting the Buenos Aires bishops’ interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. We had testimony to the Pope’s view by Germany’s Cardinal Marx, one of the Pope’s Council of 9 Cardinals. We had the Maltese bishops say so. We had the chief interpreter of legislative texts at the Vatican say so. And we’ve seen numerous articles published in the Vatican newspaper advocating this...
  • What You Need to Know About 9 of the Most Important Religious Orders {Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 12:48:50 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | March 25, 2017 | ChurchPOP Editor
    Religious orders and traditions are an important part of the Church. Here is what you need to know about 9 of the most important ones!
  • Pope Francis’s Achilles Heel [Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 12:36:42 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    First Things ^ | March 27, 2017 | William Doino Jr.
    In a recent interview with the German paper Die Zeit, Pope Francis declared, “I am a sinner and am fallible.” This followed a conversation with Spain’s El País, in which Francis had underscored the point: “I am not a saint. I am not making any revolution. I am just trying to push the Gospel forward. In an imperfect way, because I make my blunders from time to time.”Francis was drawing an important distinction between the doctrine of papal infallibility and his personal life and prudential decisions. He even insisted—much to his credit—that concerned Catholics “have the right to think that...
  • Russian Church Will Include Some More Western Saints in Its Calendar

    03/28/2017 12:11:42 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod
    Interfax ^ | March 27, 2017 | Unknown
    Moscow, March 27, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate will continue including names of the saints worshipped in the West in its calendar. "This process is not completed, it has only started," head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said on the Church and the World program on the Rossiya-24 TV channel. As was reported, in early March the Moscow Patriarchate included in its calendar St. Patrick and 15 ancient saints glorified in the countries of Europe before the church schism of 1054. St. Patrick the Enlightener of Ireland was among them. It was decided...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-28-17

    03/27/2017 8:35:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-28-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 28, 2017 Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Ez 47:1-9, 12The angel brought me, Ezekiel,back to the entrance of the temple of the LORD,and I saw water flowing outfrom beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,for the façade of the temple was toward the east;the water flowed down from the right side of the temple,south of the altar.He led me outside by the north gate,and around to the outer gate facing the east,where I saw water trickling from the right side.Then when he had walked off to the eastwith a measuring cord in...
  • Solving Man's Greatest Problem

    03/27/2017 7:40:43 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Forgive us our debts" (Matt. 6:12). Forgiveness removes the guilt and penalty of sin and restores intimacy with God. Man's greatest problem is sin. It renders him spiritually dead, alienates him from God and his fellow man, plagues him with guilt and fear, and can eventually damn him to eternal hell. The only solution is forgiveness—and the only source of forgiveness is Jesus Christ. All sin is punishable by death (Rom. 6:23) but Christ bore the sins of the world, thereby making it possible to be forgiven and have eternal life through faith in Him (John 3:16). What a glorious...
  • Enemies of Humility: Selfish Ambition

    03/27/2017 7:40:09 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But Jesus answered and said, ‘You do not know what you are asking for. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to Him, ‘We are able’” (Matthew 20:22). Selfish ambition in spiritual things shows that we are ignorant of the real path to God’s glory. Yesterday we saw that James and John, with their mother, posed a bold power-play question to the Lord Jesus. Now, as He answers them, they display another attitude at odds with the humble spirit: selfish ambition. If the brothers’ power-play request was brazen, it was also very...
  • 'Religious left' emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era

    03/27/2017 6:40:44 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/27/17 | Scott Malone
    Since President Donald Trump's election, monthly lectures on social justice at the 600-seat Gothic chapel of New York's Union Theological Seminary have been filled to capacity with crowds three times what they usually draw. In January, the 181-year-old Upper Manhattan graduate school, whose architecture evokes London's Westminster Abbey, turned away about 1,000 people from a lecture on mass incarceration. In the nine years that Reverend Serene Jones has served as its president, she has never seen such crowds. "The election of Trump has been a clarion call to progressives in the Protestant and Catholic churches in America to move out...
  • German Cardinal Marx Suggests Lay-Run Parishes

    03/27/2017 6:35:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Instead of closing parishes because of a shortage of priests, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich has proposed to appoint lay people to administer parishes. Cardinal Marx said that lay-run parishes would provide the German archdiocese with a way of “remaining visible locally” despite the clergy shortage. “The local Church is most significant,” he said. “We would waste a great many opportunities if we were to withdraw from our territorial roots.” Cardinal Marx—who is president of the German bishops’ conference, and a member of the Council of Cardinals advising Pope Francis—said that the Church should explore new ways to involve lay...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo, 03-23-17

    03/27/2017 6:24:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-23-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Santo Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo, Arzobispo de Lima | photo by MNBAArgentina Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo Saint of the Day for March 23 (November 16, 1538 – March 23, 1606)  Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo’s Story Together with Rose of Lima, Turibius is the first known saint of the New World, serving the Lord in Peru, South America, for 26 years.Born in Spain and educated for the law, he became so brilliant a scholar that he was made professor of law at the University of Salamanca and eventually became chief judge of the Inquisition at...
  • The Vatican and China Reach a Promising Accord

    03/27/2017 6:15:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | 3/27/17 | Victor Gaetan
    Compared in terms of state territory, economic power, or nuclear might, no two places differ more than China and Vatican City, the world’s largest and smallest countries. But measured as two empires with indelible historical presence, communal identity, and cultural wealth, China and the Holy See share a lot—including a sense of time in which decades are a standard planning unit rather than weeks or months. That is why Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pope Francis’ apparent resolution of a 70-year-old power struggle over who has the right to select Catholic bishops is so noteworthy. As part of its effort...
  • Pro-Life Speaker Westen Receives Standing Ovation For Vatican Critique

    03/27/2017 4:25:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | March 27, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    From 10-11 March 2017, the Bringing America Back to Life Convention was held in Cleveland, Ohio. The convention was a gathering of nearly 1,500 defenders of life from different religious backgrounds and from all parts of the United States. This gathering, which included the courageous former Planned Parenthood nurse Abby Johnson, also featured many Catholic speakers such as Michael Hichborn (Lepanto Institute), John Smeaton (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children), Gabriele Kuby (Catholic German author), as well as John-Henry Westen (LifeSiteNews). It was John-Henry Westen who proposed a larger topic that would have an impact on all pro-life work....
  • Fundamental Christian Attitudes: Love [vs. abortion, etc.]

    03/27/2017 1:13:05 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 6 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 3-20-2017 | John MacArthur
    ..let me talk about abortion for a moment. The abortion battle is not over babies. The abortion battle is not a battle about whether we ought to kill babies just for the sake of killing babies...Nobody would legalize the murder of those babies if storks brought babies.... Willing to do that – follow this one – willing to do that in the face of the strongest instinct to protect, which is motherhood.... We were worried all the time about Russia, we were worried all the time about the Iron Curtain world, And we were having a revolution here that has...
  • Intro To Servant Songs of Isaiah

    Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider…(Isaiah 52:13-15)Before we look closely at the Evangelical jewel climaxing in the 4th Servant Song of Isaiah, consisting of the above three verses in chapter 52,...
  • Anticipating Heaven (Protestant/evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    03/27/2017 10:04:47 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Do I as a living, breathing, conscious person have a concrete hope for my future? What do I have to look forward to? At times, when I discover that my own spirit is sagging and a sense of heaviness intrudes on me, I sometimes wonder why the gloomy cloud is perched above my head. Biblical eschatology gives us solid reasons for expecting a personal continuity of life. Eternal life for the individual is not an empty human aspiration built on myth, but an assurance promised us by Christ Himself. His own triumph over the grave is the church’s hope for...
  • VANITY: An American's Man Statement

    03/27/2017 8:59:47 AM PDT · by Cletus.D.Yokel · 17 replies
    Cletus ^ | 27MAR2017 | Cletus
    An American Man’s Statement I am, by God’s designation, a chromosomal established male; XY. I do not challenge my biology according to what has been allotted me by birth nor what might be questioned by the current culture. I am both physically and emotionally attracted to the female gender, yet...I am both physically and emotionally attracted to my wife of 36 years and do not have any outside desires. I do not wish to compromise my understanding of the male/female relationship – as established both by God and the “consensus” of scientific research. As husband and wife, we have naturally...
  • Two Dangers to Avoid...

    03/27/2017 8:51:13 AM PDT · by truthxchange
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | 3/27/2017 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Worship and Service of Creation It is easy to read what Paul says in Romans 1:25—“they exchanged the truth about God for the lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen,” in a purely negative light as describing the very basis of paganism and the worst form of idolatrous narcissism. However, we cannot deny the seductive beauty and power of such a creation. A new study has found that merely watching nature documentaries boosts people’s emotions of awe, contentedness, joy and amusement. By the same token, such activity reduces “feelings of nervousness,...
  • Marriage and Family at the Time of Jesus

    03/27/2017 8:13:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-26-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Marriage and Family at the Time of Jesus Msgr. Charles Pope • March 26, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The word family had a wider meaning both in Aramaic and in Hebrew than it does in English. The Hebrew, ah, and the Aramaic, aha, could be used to refer to brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, cousins, and even other near relations. Extended family networks...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(3/27/17)[Prayer]

    03/27/2017 7:32:26 AM PDT · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/27/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms Psalm 130 Psalm 130 A song of ascents. 1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; 2     Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive     to my cry for mercy. 3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,     Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness,     so that we can, with reverence, serve you. 5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,     and in his word I put my hope. 6 I wait for the Lord     more than watchmen wait for the morning,     more than watchmen...
  • Passing the Torch: Ministry Transfer from the Church to the Two Witnesses

    03/27/2017 7:16:20 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 2 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 3/26/17 | Jeff E.
    To my brother or sister in Christ who is gearing up to go into the Tribulation, guns blazing, ready to light up the night with your biblical insight and off-the-grid survival skills...let's reason together, please. While I appreciate your enthusiasm and commitment to spreading the gospel as the wrath of the Lamb rains down on the earth through the seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments, you need to get all your work in for Christ now, before the start of Daniel's 70th week. Is that all right with you? Am I now just one of those escapist Pre-tribbers who doesn't have...
  • 2017 03 26 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Time of the Signs"(video)

    03/27/2017 6:18:22 AM PDT · by Lera · 5 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | Mar 26, 2017 | John Haller
    In this week's update entitled "Times of the Signs" John explores several pertinent topics, including the question of the Mark of the Beast, the terror attack in England (and the subsequent left-leaning commentary which gets destroyed by a free-thinking commentator in a video John shows) as well as the issues facing Israel. The situation in Israel, the proposed two-state solution and the constant battering of her people on the issue of human rights has finally reached a pinnacle at the UN. Watch and smile as a speaker takes to task several countries and addresses the UN President, asking "Where are...
  • Thanks to Pope Francis I'm No Longer a 'Neo-Catholic'

    03/27/2017 1:58:09 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 30 replies
    The Remnant ^ | March 22, 2017 | Petra Perkov
    Three months is not such a long period of time, but it was more than enough for me to turn my life around. All I knew and all I was came tumbling down like a house of cards one late evening in the fall of 2016. And it started with Pope Francis. I was born in the 80s, raised a Catholic in a 'modern, ecumenical' Catholic faith. However, it would be unfair for me to blame the post-Vatican II period for my sinful ways. I hold myself accountable, more than anyone or anything else, for not taking the Faith seriously....
  • Pope Francis: Will June Be the Turning Point?

    03/27/2017 1:41:29 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | March 27, 2017 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    A series of clues points to June as a possible turning point in Pope Francis’s pontificate. After four years the Pope might finally give definitive shape to his Church, and this coming June might be the right month. That the Pope wanted June to be a free month can be noticed by the fact that the trip to Egypt was – according to sources – initially scheduled June 11-12. Then suddenly, the Pope moved it up to April 28-29. He will leave right after the 18th meeting of the Council of Cardinals, scheduled for April 24-26, and before the trip...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 3-27-17 {Prayer}

    03/26/2017 11:10:47 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 31 replies
    3-27-17 | Kitty Mittens
    Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind. Revelation 1:5-7 Glory and Strength to Christ Who Loves us, Who Blood-Washed our Sins from our Lives, Who Made us a Kingdom; Priests for His Father, Forever, and Yes, He's On His Way! Riding the Clouds, He'll be...
  • Mexicans Who Help Build Donald Trump’s Wall Are ‘Traitors,’ Top Archdiocese Says

    03/26/2017 9:49:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | March 26, 2017 | Reuters
    Mexicans who help build President Donald Trump’s planned border wall would be acting immorally and should be deemed traitors, the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said on Sunday, turning up the heat on a simmering dispute over the project. In a provocative editorial, the country’s biggest Archdiocese sought to increase pressure on the government to take a tougher line on companies aiming to profit from the wall, which has strained relations between Trump and the Mexican government. “Any company intending to invest in the wall of the fanatic Trump would be immoral, but above all, its shareholders and owners should be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-27-17

    03/26/2017 8:51:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-27-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 27, 2017 Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Is 65:17-21Thus says the LORD:Lo, I am about to create new heavensand a new earth;The things of the past shall not be rememberedor come to mind.Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happinessin what I create;For I create Jerusalem to be a joyand its people to be a delight;I will rejoice in Jerusalemand exult in my people.No longer shall the sound of weeping be heard there,or the sound of crying;No longer shall there be in itan infant who lives but a few days,or an old man who...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Nicholas Owen, 03-22-17

    03/26/2017 8:36:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-22-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Edward Oldcorne; Nicholas Owen | Gaspar Bouttats Saint Nicholas Owen Saint of the Day for March 22 (? – 1606)  Saint Nicholas Owen’s Story Nicholas, familiarly known as “Little John,” was small in stature but big in the esteem of his fellow Jesuits.Born at Oxford, this humble artisan saved the lives of many priests and laypersons in England during the penal times (1559-1829), when a series of statutes punished Catholics for the practice of their faith. Over a period of about 20 years, Nicholas used his skills to build secret hiding places for priests...
  • SUNDAY SERMON: From Luther to Bugnini

    03/26/2017 7:24:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | March 26, 2017 | Michael Matt
    Laetare Sunday's sermon gets right to the heart of the matter of Mass -- the sacrifice. Beginning with the miracle of the loaves and fishes, Father illustrates how this prefigures the Last Supper, the Sacrifice of Calvary and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Then Father shows how from Luther to Bugnini the idea has been to destroy the sacrifice and wreck the Church. Father's powerful conclusion will make you want to become a saint today!
  • Gay Activists Target IBM Over Christian Senior Executive

    03/26/2017 6:51:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 3/23/17 | Trey Elmore
    The same person was forced to step down from a Christian organization last year at his previous employerSYDNEY (ChurchMilitant.com) - Tech company IBM is coming under fire from gay rights extremists over their employment of a managing partner associated with a conservative Christian group. Mark Allaby sits on the board of a Christian internship program called Lachlan Macquarie Institute, and was asked last year to step down from Pricewaterhouse Coopers owing to his affiliation with the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL). In a tweet on Monday, gay activist Michael Barnett criticized IBM in Australia for employing "anti-LGBT" people, while pointing out...
  • Things I’ve Heard Pastors Say about Eschatology

    03/26/2017 6:05:10 PM PDT · by grumpa · 43 replies
    Facebook ^ | March 26, 2017 | Charles Meek
    I have heard smart pastors say some pretty dumb things about Bible prophecy. It is amazing to me how blinded otherwise intelligent men can be about this subject. Here are just three examples. 1. I remember being in a Bible class with a very bright young pastor as he began a study of Hebrews. The writer of Hebrews clearly declared that HE AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES were living in the “last days” (Hebrews 1:2). But this pastor just could not accept it. I shook my head listening to the violence he did to this text and the hoops he went through...
  • Trusting in God

    03/26/2017 3:52:39 PM PDT · by WillOTerry · 14 replies
    FishEaters ^ | FishEaters
    A must-read article about really trusting in God. I can't post a good excerpt from it because it relies on a few pictures to make its point, but it's well worth reading. Click on the URL to check it out. I think you'll be glad you did!
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed John of Parma, 03-21-17

    03/26/2017 2:52:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-21-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: St Bonaventure Enters the Franciscan Order | Francisco de Herrera the Elder Blessed John of Parma Saint of the Day for March 21 (1209–1289)  Blessed John of Parma’s Story The seventh general minister of the Franciscan Order, John was known for his attempts to bring back the earlier spirit of the Order after the death of Saint Francis of Assisi.He was born in Parma, Italy, in 1209. It was when he was a young philosophy professor known for his piety and learning that God called him to bid good-bye to the world he was...
  • POTUS Prayer During #BindTrump Witchery

    03/26/2017 1:53:28 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 22 replies
    Free Republic ^ | March 26, 2017 | Sontagged
    Lord Jesus, Satan's plans for America have somehow been derailed by the election of President Trump and witches, pagans, Luciferians and other NWO Unipartiers are reacting with Satanic prayers. Lord, You sit in the heavens and laugh in derision at these created beings who attempt to conjure up supernatural evil as they claim Satan's power is equal to Yours. Expose this lie, thwart this evil movement against our President and may Your glory be revealed for all who dare to practice occultism against our President and Christians in this nation. Lord please reveal the delusions for all Americans to see....
  • The Church and Asmodeus - Part 1 [Catholic Caucus]

    03/26/2017 10:57:41 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | March 26, 2017 | Don Pietro Leone
    Sister Lucia of Fatima wrote to Cardinal Caffara that the final clash between the Devil and the Church would be in the area of the family and marriage. A dispassionate survey of recent Church history serves to assure us that the clash has already begun, that is to say with the entry into the Church of the Demon Asmodeus: the spirit of fornication. The question that we wish to address in this essay is how Holy Mother Church, Who has for 2,000 years resisted, been able to overcome, and indeed been purged and exalted by, all the cruel and...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(3/26/17)[Prayer]

    03/26/2017 8:38:08 AM PDT · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/26/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms Psalm 129 Psalm 129 A song of ascents. 1 “They have greatly oppressed me from my youth,”     let Israel say; 2 “they have greatly oppressed me from my youth,     but they have not gained the victory over me. 3 Plowmen have plowed my back     and made their furrows long. 4 But the Lord is righteous;     he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.” 5 May all who hate Zion     be turned back in shame. 6 May they be like grass on the roof,     which withers before it can grow; 7 a reaper cannot...
  • I Went, I Washed, and Now I Can See - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent

    03/26/2017 8:23:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-25-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I Went, I Washed, and Now I Can See - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope • March 25, 2017 • In today’s Gospel, Jesus, the Light of the World, brings light to a man born blind. If you are prepared to accept it, you are the man born blind, for all of us were born blind and in darkness. It was our baptism and the faith it gave that rendered us able to see and to come gradually more fully into the light. The man in today’s Gospel shows forth the stages of...
  • The Servant's Discipleship...servant song pt

    “The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned. The Lord God has opened My ear; And I was not rebellious, Nor did I turn away. I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.“For the Lord God will help Me;Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore...
  • FR Weekly Torah: Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei

    03/26/2017 2:57:40 AM PDT · by Read Write Repeat · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | Mar 21, 2017 | Rabbi Joshua Bittan
    Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei / פרשת ויקהל־פקודי Next read in the Diaspora on 25 March 2017. Torah Portion: Exodus 35:1 - 40:38 This concludes our Shemos (Exodus) -- The Book of Redemption -- readings for the year 5777.
  • Hymn Instrumental; There is a Fountain Filled with Blood

    03/26/2017 2:36:05 AM PDT · by Revski · 2 replies
    Revski's Youtube Classics ^ | 3/26/2017 | Revski
    The instrumental hymns are, (There is a Fountain Filled with Blood) and the chorus of - (God Be With You, Till We Meet Again), both are accompanied with lyrics.
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-26-17, Fourth Sunday of Lent [Laetare Sunday]

    03/25/2017 8:28:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-26-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 26, 2017 Fourth Sunday of Lent Reading 1 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13aThe LORD said to Samuel:"Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have chosen my king from among his sons." As Jesse and his sons came to the sacrifice, Samuel looked at Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD's anointed is here before him."But the LORD said to Samuel: "Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature, because I have rejected him.Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance...
  • VIDEO: Card. Burke about the Future of the Five Dubia about ‘Amoris Laetitia’

    03/25/2017 1:57:35 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | March 25, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    At St. Raymond of Penafort Church in Virginia (which if I am not mistaken was built by my my friend Fr. James Gould), another Raymond, Card. Burke, answered a question about the Five Dubia submitted by the Four Cardinals about the infamous objectively murky bits of Amoris laetitia.The Dubia That Won’t Die.So far, Pope Francis has not given any clear answer to the Five Dubia, though surrogates (e.g., Card. Schoenborn, Card. Coccopalmerio, et al.) have thrown up smoke screens and misdirections which we were supposed to accept as adequate explanations of the objectively murky bits.  Others have flat out denied that there...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(3/25/17)[Prayer]

    03/25/2017 6:25:04 AM PDT · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/25/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms Psalm 128 Psalm 128 A song of ascents. 1 Blessed are all who fear the Lord,     who walk in obedience to him. 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor;     blessings and prosperity will be yours. 3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine     within your house; your children will be like olive shoots     around your table. 4 Yes, this will be the blessing     for the man who fears the Lord. 5 May the Lord bless you from Zion;     may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem     all the days of your life....
  • A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation

    03/25/2017 5:57:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-24-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation Msgr. Charles Pope • March 24, 2017 • In preparation for today’s Feast of the Annunciation I picked up Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. 3 (The Infancy Narratives), by Pope Emeritus Benedict. I was very moved by a brief reflection that he made on Mary as the Angel Gabriel left her. His remarks consider her faith in a very touching manner.I must say that I have always been moved—and intrigued—by the faith of the Blessed Mother. She is “a woman wrapped in silence,” a phrase that...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL - March 25, 2017 [Prayer]

    03/25/2017 4:47:38 AM PDT · by Maudeen · 27 replies
    http://freerepublic.com ^ | March 25, 2017 | Self
    Please join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for our President and Vice President and for AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His Will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Key African Cardinal on AIDS, ‘Amoris,’ Trump, Francis, and More (John Onaiyekan of Nigeria)

    03/25/2017 3:41:08 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | March 25, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Nigeria says that African experience proves that distributing condoms is less effective in the fight against HIV/AIDS than promoting abstinence and behavioral change. In a Crux interview, he also discussed 'Amoris Laetita,' Islam, Trump, Pope Francis, and his personal crusade against corruption. ROME – One of Africa’s most prominent Catholic prelates says he finds it hard to understand why public opinion so often focuses on condoms when it comes to the fight against HIV/AIDS, when his continent’s experience clearly shows that’s not the best approach.“Take South Africa. It’s a country that went all-out distributing condoms to...
  • Practical Humility

    03/25/2017 3:16:39 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    March 25 Practical Humility “Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men” (Philippians 4:5). Real humility will have a forbearance that is gracious toward others and content with its own circumstances. Some Greek words have various meanings that are hard to translate into just one English word. This is true of “forbearing” in today’s verse. It can refer to contentment, gentleness, generosity, or goodwill toward others. Some commentators say it means having leniency toward the faults and failures of others. Other scholars say it denotes someone who is patient and submissive toward injustice and mistreatment—one who doesn’t lash back...
  • Appreciating God's Gifts

    03/25/2017 3:12:57 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Give us this day our daily bread" (Matt. 6:11). God is the source of every good gift. God has given us everything good to enjoy, including rain to make things grow, minerals to make the soil fertile, animals for food and clothing, and energy for industry and transportation. Everything we have is from Him, and we are to be thankful for it all. Jesus said, "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!" (Matt. 7:11)....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-25-17, SOL, The Annunciation of the Lord

    03/24/2017 10:25:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-25-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 25, 2017 Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord Reading 1 Is 7:10-14; 8:10The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!But Ahaz answered,"I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!"Then Isaiah said: Listen, O house of David!Is it not enough for you to weary people,must you also weary my God?Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,and shall name him Emmanuel,which means "God is with us!" Responsorial Psalm...
  • How Did People Tell Time in Jesus’ Day?

    03/24/2017 10:13:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Did People Tell Time in Jesus’ Day? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 23, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The modern person, especially in the West, thinks of time in a very mechanistic way. We watch the clock, which is in itself a mechanical device without intrinsic meaning. For shorter periods of time we look at the clock rather than the sun. For...