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  • HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines Aren’t Ashamed of the Gospel

    10/22/2017 7:43:27 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 22, 2017 | JP
    Chip and Joanna Gaines grace the cover of People magazine’s October 23, issue. The husband and wife costars of the home makeover show ‘Fixer Upper’ – the highest rated series in HGTV’s history – explained why they decided to walk away from their hit series after five successful seasons. I’ve had my suspicions about the Waco, Texas couple since I caught an episode in which Joanna placed several pieces of artwork on a wall. The piece that stood out to me proclaimed: “We walk by faith, not by sight.” I image that many, if not most, of the 46 million...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    10/22/2017 7:34:14 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 22 (NKJV) The Value of a Good Name 01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, 00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 02 The rich and the poor have this in common, 00 The LORD is the maker of them all. 03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, 00 But the simple pass on and are punished. 04 By humility and the fear of the LORD 00 Are riches and honor and life. 05 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; 00 He who guards his soul...
  • BBC mini-series captures daily life of Benedictine monks [and podcasts coming]

    10/22/2017 7:23:45 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 7 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10.19.2017 | Staff at Catholic News Agency
    Stratton-on-the-Fosse, England, Oct 19, 2017 / 12:54 pm (CNA).- A new BBC series will depict the daily life of Benedictine monks in a few UK monasteries, taking camera crews to capture a lifestyle normally hidden from the public’s eye. A three episode mini-series called “Retreat: Meditations from the Monastery,” the broadcast will explore the life of three different abbeys: Downside, Belmont, and Pluscarden. Produced without a narrator, the series aims to portray the quiet contemplation of the monks’ daily routines using only the natural sounds of the monasteries. Viewers will be able to experience the sights and sounds of meals,...
  • [Muslim] Indonesians on remote Mindanao island embrace Catholic faith

    10/22/2017 7:15:53 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 3 replies
    UCAN India ^ | 10.18.2017 | Staff at UCAN India
    Life is great if God is at the center, even if we are poor, says former Muslim. Balut Island: Her parents' religion did not prevent Evangeline Musaling-Pacinabo to embrace the Catholic faith and help spread the Good News on a remote island in the southern Philippines. Evangeline's Muslim parents migrated from Indonesia to the small island of Balut in the southern province of Davao Occidental in the 1940s, during the height of World War II. As years passed, some of the migrants and their children became Catholics with the blessing of their non-Catholic parents.
  • Coptic priest’s murderer is a Islamist fanatic, says bishop

    10/22/2017 7:04:29 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 4 replies ^ | 10.16.2017 | Staff at
    For Abba Estiganous, bishop of Beba, religion is behind the murder of "martyr" Sam'an Shehata. His murderer, Mohamed Sonbaty, attacked his own relatives in the past and set fire to their home. For neighbours, he is a known radical. The Catholic Church shares the pain and offers prayers. Cairo (AsiaNews) – The killer of Saman Shehata, a Coptic Orthodox priest stabbed to death last Thursday, is well known to law enforcement. His name is Mohamed Sonbaty, said Abba Estiganous, Bishop of Beba, in a statement released today on the priest's "martyrdom". The lethal attack appears to be religious in motivation....
  • Pope: Salvation is "free", do not close the door to anyone seeking it

    10/22/2017 7:00:44 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 18 replies ^ | 10.19.2017 | Staff at
    "The doctors of the law are not just of those times, there are so many even today. That is why we need to pray for shepherds. Pray so that we do not lose the key to knowledge and do not close the door to ourselves and the people who want to enter." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Do not forget that salvation is free, an expression of God's closeness, because "when you forget the gratuity of salvation you fall, you lose the key to knowledge of the history of salvation". "That is why we need to pray for ourselves as shepherds",...
  • Yes, the rosary is a weapon – but maybe not the way Rupa Huq thinks

    10/22/2017 6:43:46 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 3 replies
    Catholic Hearld ^ | Friday, 20 Oct 2017 | Fr Matthew Pittam
    The rosary is immensely powerful, but it is God's strength at work, not ours Two weeks before Ealing Council voted to ban pro-life vigils, the local MP Rupa Huq accused the Good Counsel Network of “weaponising the rosary” as they prayed silently outside the local abortion clinic. It is interesting that this non-Catholic MP should have perceived that the rosary was being used in this way. For Catholics the rosary has indeed always been a spiritual weapon – and we should not be afraid to say so.
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(10/22/17)[Prayer]

    10/22/2017 6:43:32 AM PDT · by left that other site · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/22/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Meditating Upon The Names and Attributes of GodElah-Avahati, (God of my Fathers) (Old Testament) Daniel 2 23 I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors:
    You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
    you have made known to us the dream of the king.” 3. (End of Scripture Passage) Elah-Avahati, (God of my Fathers) What the NIV translates here as "God of my ancestors" is the descriptive Name for God Elah-Avahati, (God of my Fathers) New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost (Gueranger)

    10/22/2017 4:00:32 AM PDT · by CMRosary
    Green Semidouble THE Gospel of last Sunday spoke to us of the nuptials of the Son of God with the human race. The realization of those sacred nuptials is the object which God had in view by the creation of the visible world; it is the only one he intends in his government of society. This being the case, we cannot be surprised that the parable of the Gospel, while revealing to us this divine plan, has also brought before us the great fact of the rejection of the Jews, and the vocation of the Gentiles, which is not...
  • On capital punishment, even the pope’s defenders are confused

    10/21/2017 7:18:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/21/17 | Dr. Edward Feser
    There simply is no way to make an absolute condemnation of capital punishment consistent with past scriptural and papal teaching. The only way out of the mess is for Pope Francis to issue a clarification that reaffirms traditional teaching.Scripture, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, and all popes before Pope Francis have consistently taught that capital punishment can in some circumstances be legitimate. In some recent remarks, Pope Francis appeared to suggest that this traditional teaching ought to be overturned, and that capital punishment is always and intrinsically wrong. In a recent article in Catholic Herald, I analyzed the...
  • Lutheran Church Decides That the Best Way to Retain Members Is to Stop Preaching the Gospel

    10/21/2017 7:13:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/21/2017 | John Ellis
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church of American was founded in 1988 with 5,288,230 members. By 2016, less than twenty years later, the ELCA had shrunk to 3,563,842 members. With that kind of "growth," the ELCA has less than forty years before the final member throws her hands up and quits. Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cary, N.C., believes that they've found the answer to stopping the mass exodus of tithing members. They've stopped preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and have embraced progressive theology and social justice.Writing for Religion News Service, Yonat Shimron tells the story of Christ the King Lutheran...
  • A Special Priest: Fr. Vincent Capodanno

    10/21/2017 5:20:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic Journal ^ | 10/17/17 | Thomas Addis
    He didn’t have to be there, not in that place and at that time. But there he was. He could have been back at the base in Da Nang, waiting for the soldiers to return, and no one would have given it a second thought. But he chose to be with the men. In actuality, he didn’t even have to be in Vietnam at all. His tour of duty had ended months before, and so he could have been home in America. But he asked for, and was granted, an extension. How could he not be with the young men...
  • Notre Dame Student Leaders Bring Back Previously Banned Pro-LGBTQ Film Fest to Campus

    10/21/2017 5:09:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 10/17/17 | Sophia Buono
    The University of Notre Dame student government recently reintroduced a once-banned pro-LGBTQ film festival to campus, prompting a mix of support, controversy and condemnation, including a petition denouncing the event with some 16,000 signatures. The “GlobaLGBTQ+ Film Festival,” held during the first two weekends of October at the private, Catholic institution, showcased films such as “Chavela,” “Inside the Chinese Closet” and “XXY.”The films spotlight coming out, questioning gender identity, and other pro-LGBTQ topics. One of the films, “XXY,” includes a scene that has been described as child pornography. “I am disappointed at this decision of so many campus groups to...
  • Catholic Archbishop: ‘Methodical Effort…in Mass Media to Recast Biblical Truths as a Form of “Hate”’

    10/21/2017 5:04:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies ^ | 10/19/17
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia wrote in a column posted on the archdiocese website last month that there is a “methodical effort” in the mass media to portray adherence to biblical truth as “hate.” “We live in the midst of a culture war,” wrote Chaput. “A methodical effort is now playing out in the mass media to recast biblical truths as a form of ‘hate,’ to reshape public opinion away from those biblical truths, and to silence anyone who stays faithful to Christian teaching on matters of sexual behavior, sexual identity, family and marriage.” Chaput’s observation was inspired by...
  • Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal of Ruling Declaring 10 Commandments Monument Unconstitutional

    10/21/2017 4:58:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    Christian News ^ | 10/16/17 | Heather Clark
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a ruling out of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that declared a New Mexico Ten Commandments monument unconstitutional. Two Wiccan women who took offense at the display had filed suit against the Decalogue placement in 2012, stating that it made them feel “alienated.” The nation’s highest court gave no reason on Monday for its decision to not to take the case. “This is a victory for the religious liberty of people everywhere,” Peter Simonson, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico,...
  • Obeying God's Commands

    10/21/2017 4:56:53 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes" (Ps. 19:8). Obedience to the Word is the hallmark of a true believer. It isn't popular these days to speak of God's Word as a book of commandments. Commands imply law and we're accustomed to grace. But the fact is, both the Old and New Testaments contain many commandments that all God's people are to obey. The apostle John said, "By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, 'I have come to know Him,' and does not keep...
  • Paying Sin's Price

    10/21/2017 4:56:31 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Christ paid a debt He did not owe to free us from a debt we could not pay. In the scientific realm there are universal laws, such as the law of gravity. These laws are built into the creation by its all-wise Creator and keep it functioning normally. Just as God has made inexorable laws to govern the physical dimension, so also has He decreed universal spiritual principles. The most significant of those spiritual laws is that...
  • America, Europe to blame for decline in Catholic Church in Nigeria – Bishop Kukah

    10/21/2017 11:19:53 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    National Accord ^ | October 21, 2017 | Editor
    Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Sokoto Diocese has accused the United States and Europe of contributing to the diminishing influence of the Catholic Church in Nigeria.The Bishop said the Catholic Church in Nigeria is beginning to lose its public influence partly because of the decline of religious faith in the Western countries, especially Europe and the United States.“The Arab world is pouring money into Nigeria and the Pentecostal pastors in America are doing the same, and the Catholic Church is now becoming the weakest in terms of access to resources,” he said in Liverpool, United Kingdom.Bishop Matthew Kukah accused European...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(10/21/17)[Prayer]

    10/21/2017 9:15:45 AM PDT · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/21/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Meditating Upon The Names and Attributes of GodYahveh Tsidkenu (The LORD is My Righteousness) (Old Testament) Jeremiah 23 The Righteous Branch 23 “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. 2 Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the Lord. 3 “I myself will gather the...
  • Cath Cauc: Pontifical Gregorian University Hosts Series of Talks to Take New Look at Humanae Vitae

    10/21/2017 8:29:59 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | October 21, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    Pontifical Gregorian University Hosts Series of Talks to Take New Look at Humanae Vitae Organizers say the aim is to take a new and broad look at the encyclical “in the context of a time of change” and because difficulties have become “more complex.” Edward Pentin The Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome is hosting a series of talks from October until May aimed at considering the “transformations, needs and hopes” of the family 50 years after Humanae Vitae.