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  • The Bible In Paintings, #22: JOSEPH, Part 4 – JOSEPH AIDS HIS BROTHERS

    07/11/2020 8:09:43 PM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 11 replies
    Bing Images ^ | c. 2000 BC -- c. 90 AD | Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    SMPMEMCMIMAMLMMM NMOMTMEM The Bible takes SIX full chapters telling of Joseph's tenure as Egypt's overlord and of his convoluted reconciliation with his brothers and his father Jacob. But this post is not the Bible and cannot include all of that text, so you will find only very limited portions, just enough to outline the story without doing violence to it. Of course, as always, your Bible contains the complete text. JOSEPH SEES HIS BROTHERS INCOGNITO GENESIS 42 - 47 New International Versionheavily abridged, emphases added 1 When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons..."Go...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lone Priest Administers Last Rites to Driver After Deadly Car Crash

    07/11/2020 6:41:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | July 10, 2020 | Alyssa Murphy
    [Catholic Caucus] Lone Priest Administers Last Rites to Driver After Deadly Car Crash Father John Killackey came to the aid of several stranded on the road after a tragic six-car pileup in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Father John Killackey walking down Interstate 81 southbound on July 8, 2020. Father John Killackey came to the aid of several stranded on the road after a tragic six-car pileup in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. A picture of a lone priest walking along Highway 81 piqued the interest of thousands of Catholics this week. Drenched with so much rain, the image appears as a Norman Rockwell work of...
  • Man Drives Car into Florida Church, Sets it on Fire with Parishioners Still Inside

    07/11/2020 5:09:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    WFLA News Channel 8 ^ | 7/11/20 | Staff
    MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A man drove his car into an occupied Catholic church Saturday morning, set it on fire, then led deputies on a car chase. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was called out to the Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala Saturday morning. Deputies said a man drove his car into the front doors and lit a fire while parishioners were inside. The suspect then reportedly led deputies on a car chase before being captured soon after. The sheriff’s office said no serious injuries were reported.
  • Early Morning Fire Destroys Much of 249-Year-Old San Gabriel Mission Church

    07/11/2020 5:04:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    KTLA Channel 5 ^ | 7/11/20 | Kristina Bravo, Jennifer McGraw
    A fire broke out at the San Gabriel Mission early Saturday and burned the roof and much of the church’s interior, officials said. Authorities have not determined what caused the blaze at the 249-year-old church on 428 S. Mission Drive. The San Gabriel Fire Department received a call about the fire at around 4:30 a.m. and arrived at the scene to find flames through the roof, Capt. Antonio Negrete told KTLA. The crews called for additional units after about 5 minutes, Negrete said. Some 50 firefighters responded to the location, and they struggled as parts of the roof began to...
  • Pittsburgh Diocese Eliminating Positions, Moving Offices as it Struggles with Financial Impact of Covid-19

    07/11/2020 4:59:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Trib Live ^ | 7/7/20 | Brian C. Rittmeyer
    The Diocese of Pittsburgh cited ongoing challenges caused by the covid-19 pandemic as reasons for staff layoffs and the relocation of its central administration. A staff realignment includes eliminating 11 positions and reducing hours for two positions, the diocese said in a news release Tuesday. Diocesan operations are being moved from the Pastoral Center on the Boulevard of the Allies in Downtown Pittsburgh to St. Paul Seminary on Noblestown Road. Staff changes take effect Aug. 1. The move to Saint Paul Seminary — said to be the only diocesan property that can accommodate all employees — will be a gradual...
  • ‘Life After ISIS’: Christians Are Leaving Iraq Due to Ongoing Security Concerns

    07/11/2020 4:54:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/7/20 | Courtney Mares
    Rome Newsroom, Jul 7, 2020 / 12:00 pm MT (CNA).- More Christian families left the Nineveh Plains than returned to their hometowns last year amid ongoing security concerns in northern Iraq, according to a recently published report by Aid to the Church in Need. The report, “Life after ISIS: New challenges to Christianity in Iraq,” documents how Iraqi Christians’ worries over Iran-backed militias operating in their region drive emigration and economic insecurity. “Christians who have returned to their homes still feel unsafe, and substantially more insecure than other groups in the region mostly because of the violent activity of local...
  • (Catholic Caucus/ Devotional) Day 5 – Novena of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 7th – 15th)

    07/11/2020 4:27:24 PM PDT · by common-sense-man-1776
    “O Mother of Fair Love, through your goodness, as your children, we are called to live in the spirit of Carmel. Help us to live in charity with one another, prayerful as Elijah of old, and mindful of our call to minister to God's people.” (mention your request here) Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be. “Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.”
  • Security in Christ

    07/11/2020 3:41:08 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This is contained in Scripture: 'Behold I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him shall not be disappointed'" (1 Pet. 2:6). Christ is the fulfillment of all Messianic promises, and in Him you are eternally secure. First Peter 2:6 is a paraphrase of Isaiah 28:16, which says, "Thus says the Lord God, 'Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.'" Isaiah was speaking of the Messiah—the coming Christ of God. Peter,...
  • Why neuroscience can’t tell us about the soul

    07/11/2020 10:41:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/11/2020 | By John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera
    In his 1996 essay entitled “Sorry, But Your Soul Just Died,” the late essayist Tom Wolfe predicted that new technologies (such as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or fMRI) would soon render our traditional ideas about the “soul,” the “mind,” the “self,” and “free will” obsolete. In their place would be a “brilliant dawn” of “Ultimate Skepticism.” Today, to paraphrase another literary giant, it seems that Wolfe’s reports of the soul’s imminent death were greatly exaggerated. An fMRI is an instrument that measures brain activity by tracking blood flow. As with other parts of the body, “when an area of the...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/11/20)[Prayer]

    07/11/2020 6:45:11 AM PDT · by left that other site · 6 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/11/20 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (Music in The Bible) Lamentations 4 4 [a]How the gold has lost its luster,     the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered     at every street corner. 2 How the precious children of Zion,     once worth their weight in gold, are now considered as pots of clay,     the work of a potter’s hands! 3 Even jackals offer their breasts     to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless     like ostriches in the desert. 4 Because of thirst the infant’s tongue     sticks to the roof of its mouth; the children beg for bread,     but no one...
  • PROFITING FROM PROVERBS - 7/11/2020

    07/11/2020 6:25:39 AM PDT · by Pilgrim's Progress · 2 replies
    King James Bible | 7/11/2020 | pilgrimsprogress
    “When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2 KJV).
  • JD Farag: The Laborer’s Time is Now!

    07/11/2020 6:16:32 AM PDT · by Old Yeller · 2 replies
    Harbingers Daily ^ | J.D. Farag
    I want to talk with you about how this coronavirus emergency pandemic crisis, as bad as it is, is actually a revelation to the world of how good God is. I want to explain what I mean by that. As bad as this is, it is a catalyst for the good. Such that this may be meant for evil, as some believe and suggest, but God as only He can, is bringing about good. Namely, the salvation of many who would not have otherwise come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ had this not happened. There are people that...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil (7/11/2020) ~ PRAYER~

    07/10/2020 11:31:40 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 36 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 7/11/2020 | Free Republic Intercessors
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Healthcare, Government, Family, Military, Business, Farmers, Sanctity of Life, Education, Internet Warriors, 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.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-11-20, M, St. Benedict, Abbot

    07/10/2020 10:18:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-11-20 | Revised New American Bible
    July 11 2020 Memorial of Saint Benedict, Abbot Reading 1 Is 6:1-8 In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple. Seraphim were stationed above; each of them had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two they veiled their feet, and with two they hovered aloft.They cried one to the other, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts! All the earth is filled with his glory!” At the sound of that cry, the frame of the door shook...
  • The Bible In Paintings, #21: JOSEPH, Part 3 – JOSEPH AIDS PHARAOH

    07/10/2020 7:56:07 PM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 17 replies
    Bing Images ^ | c. 2000 BC -- c. 90 AD | Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    JOSEPH THE INTERPRETER GENESIS 41 (NIV, excerpted,emphases added) 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 second dream: Seven heads of...
  • Vatican Orders All Departments to Close All External Accounts

    07/10/2020 6:15:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 42 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/8/20 | Marco Tosatti
    Leaked internal letter shows Vatican finances in full crisisDear friends and enemies of Stilum Curiae, we have received a letter which the prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy and Finance, Juan A. Guerrero, S.J., sent to the heads of all Vatican departments, essentially to ask that they close all current "external" accounts of the various dicasteries and offices and transfer the money preserved in these accounts to APSA, the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See, which is managed by the former secretary of the Italian bishops' conference, Bp. Nunzio Galantino, and by Bp. Gustavo Zanchetta. Zanchetta is...
  • El Paso’s Catholic Bishop Rolls Back Church Re-Openings, Bans Wedding and Funeral Masses

    07/10/2020 6:10:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    EL PASO, Texas -- Citing a "steep rise" in Covid-19 cases in the El Paso community, Bishop Mark Seitz is rolling back some of the provisions in Phase II of the El Paso Catholic Diocese's reopening plan. Phase II allows for private visits to churches, the offering of regular times for confession and the celebration of daily masses, Monday through Saturday, at 25 percent capacity or less, among other religious ceremonies and events. But as of Thursday, he will prohibit weddings, funeral masses and word services or rosaries held at funeral homes. Seitz made the announcement in a pastoral letter...
  • AP: Catholic Church Lobbied for Taxpayer Funds, Got $1.4B

    07/10/2020 6:07:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 7/9/20 | Reese Dunklin and Michael Rezendes
    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups. The church’s haul may have reached -- or even exceeded -- $3.5 billion, making a global religious institution with more than a billion followers among the biggest winners in the U.S. government’s pandemic relief efforts, an Associated Press analysis of federal data released this week found. Houses of worship and faith-based...
  • Pope: Cooperatives for Clean Energy Against Climate Change

    07/10/2020 6:02:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Vatican News ^ | 7/4/20 | Robin Gomes
    In a tweet to mark the International Day of Cooperatives, Saturday, Pope Francis notes that cooperatives across the globe are making a real difference in the fight against climate change.For the past 97 years, the International Day of Cooperatives has been celebrated each year on the first Saturday of July. Since 1995, the United Nations and the International Cooperative Alliance have chosen the theme of the annual day. The focus for this year is on climate action for sustainable development for a healthier, fairer and more united economy. In a tweet for Saturday’s observance, Pope Francis also focused on the...
  • Trump, violence, racism. A slap by a nun and a response from Archbishop Viganò

    07/10/2020 4:33:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    Aldo Maria Valli ^ | July 10, 2020 | Aldoo Maria Valli
    Trump, violence, racism. A slap by a nun and a response from Archbishop Viganò Open letter of Sister Antonietta Potente to Monsignor Carlo Maria Viganò and answer of Monsignor to the SisterDear friends of Duc in altum, the religious sister and theologian Antonietta Potente has written a letter to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò in which she expresses strong criticisms of the affirmations made by the Archbishop to the President of the United States, Donald Trump. Here I publish her letter and the response of Monsignor Viganò.***We are deeply indignant at the words that you, a christian and a bishop, have written in support of president Trump, the...