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  • Cdl. Farrell’s Super-Dicastery Sidelines CDF on ‘Amoris Laetitia’

    12/07/2016 5:58:06 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Church Militant ^ | 12/6/16 | Bradley Eli
    New prefect speaks as if doctrine is a matter of opinion while Cdl. Müller is mutedVATICAN ( - The prefect of the newly established super-dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life is critical of those who oppose his liberal interpretation of "Amoris Laetitia" (AL), while sidelining the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) by brushing off doctrinal objections to AL as mere differences of opinion. Cardinal Kevin Farrell in comments he made recently in the liberal U.K paper The Tablet "criticized opponents of the papal exhortation 'Amoris Laetitia' for closing their minds to 'certain nuances that exist in...
  • Cardinal Stella on New Vatican Seminary Document: Avoid 'Rigidity'

    12/07/2016 5:20:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 12/7/16 | Edward Pentin
    Coinciding with publication of new and updated guidelines on priestly formation, Cardinal Beniamino Stella says that seminaries should focus on pastoral discernment and form priests to be "without rigidity, hypocrisy."The Congregation for Clergy is about to issue a new document on basic norms for priestly formation which aim to move away from “rigidity” in the interests of fostering greater pastoral discernment and accompaniment, according to the Congregation’s cardinal prefect. In an interview in tomorrow’s L’Osservatore Romano timed to coincide with its release, Cardinal Beniamino Stella explains that the document is a revision of the “Basic Plan for Priestly Formation” issued...
  • There's already a bizarre schism among some clergy, says Bishop Schneider

    12/07/2016 5:00:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    EWTN ^ | December 7, 2016 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Bishop Athanasius Schneider, the internationally renowned apologist of the fullness of the Catholic faith, admits that we are already witnessing a bizarre schism among some clergy who profess union with the pope but who have broken their ties with Christ, the Truth, and with Christ, the true Head of the Church. Bishop Schneider made these comments in his recent interview with the French internet TV station TV Libertes. Having responded to the question what might happen if the dubia presented by the four cardinals remains unanswered, Bishop Schneider was asked if the problem of the pope's silence continues isn't there...
  • Syria's Agony Foretold By Prophets of God...

    The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.(Isaiah 17:2)To get an idea of just how apocalyptic our times actually are, consider recent events of heartbreaking and shattering significance , in the Middle East , just since the 2011 Arab Sring , which I wrote about in my book A Sword On The Land: The Muslim World in Bible Prophecy ,Egypt went from being a relatively stable nation...
  • Pope Francis calls spreading fake news a sin

    12/07/2016 12:58:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 7, 2016
    Pope Francis, who in the past has not shied away from offering his opinion on U.S. politics, said in an interview published Wednesday that “spreading disinformation” is probably “the greatest damage that the media can do” and called it sinful. Pope Francis compared the spreading of fake news to the desire to eat excrement.

    12/07/2016 11:44:14 AM PST · by Lera · 5 replies
    Calvary Chapel Melbourne Australia ^ | 12/7/16 | Pastor Andrew Russell
    Iranian 'Military-Religious Amusement Park' Lets kids practice attacks on Israel .... ISIS declares Trump inauguration day 'BLOODY FRIDAY' .... Italian prime minister resigns in populist revolt .... Obama family travel vacations, cross $85 million mark .... Argentine judge rules woman can marry her own stepdaughter
  • Christ Or Cain...I John pt 14

    For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.( I John 3:11-15)Love...
  • 4:09 / 9:13 UPDATE: Israel attacked Damascus! Weapons of mass destruction were targeted!

    12/07/2016 11:27:46 AM PST · by Lera · 16 replies
    Behold Israel Youtube ^ | 12/7/16 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir gives update on Israel's strike in Syria early Wednesday morning. The strike targeted weapons of mass destruction for Hezbollah
  • Natural Death and the Work of Perfection

    12/07/2016 10:35:35 AM PST · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12-07-2016 | Fr. Alexey Young
    Photo:    I. Introduction: Illness, Suffering, and the Work of Perfection The contemporary debate concerning physician-assisted suicide is predicated, from the traditional Christian standpoint, first, on a belief that illness and suffering have no particular value or purpose and, second, that there is no life after death or, if there is, earthly life is not a necessary preparation or determinative for that life. Traditional Christianity, articulated in some detail by H. Tristam Englehardt in his article, “Physician-assisted suicide reconsidered: Dying as a Christian in a post- Christian age,”[1] can also be summarized in the following statement by St....
  • Pope Francis: Everything in Amoris Laetitia Was Supported by the Synod

    12/07/2016 9:41:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/7/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope said that in a synodal Church there was 'a movement from high to low'Pope Francis has said that everything in his post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia was agreed by a majority of the Synod fathers. In an interview (English translation) with the Belgian magazine Tertio, the Pope described his method as: “Do not descend from high to low, but listen to the churches, harmonise them, discern. And so there is a post-Synodal exhortation, which is Amoris Laetitia, which is the result of two Synods, in which all the Church worked, and which the Pope made his own. It is...
  • Mainz: Officially distanced from Amoris-Laetitia materials

    12/07/2016 9:29:26 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Kathnet ^ | December 7, 2007
    Official Peter Hilger: "I explicitly dissociate myself from the one-sided interpretation of AL, which is made in the material of the diocesan rectorate," actually "as" opposite "and" overcoming "of FC." Mainz ( The official of the Diocese of Mainz dissociates itself from the material, the slides and the accompanying material to "Amoris Laetita" (AL) of the Department of Adult Care of the Episcopal Ordinariat of Mainz. In a statement, published by the official Peter Hilger on his Facebook page, it says literally: "The Bishops' Office of Mainz was not involved in the preparation of the above-mentioned work material. As an...
  • President Trump May Not Get an Invite to Notre Dame Graduation

    12/07/2016 8:51:37 AM PST · by Bronzy · 31 replies
    Sojourners ^ | 12/06/2016 | David Gibson
    If President Obama’s appearance at the Notre Dame commencement in 2009 sparked an unprecedented uproar among American Catholics, imagine what inviting President Trump to graduation might provoke That concern is making Notre Dame’s president, the Rev. John Jenkins, think twice about making a pitch for the incoming U.S. president to receive an honorary degree...spoke to the student newspaper December 2, 2016.
  • Feast of St. Ambrose of Milan

    12/07/2016 8:30:57 AM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-07-2016 | OCA
    Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, was born in the year 340 into the family of the Roman prefect of Gaul (now France). Even in the saint’s childhood there appeared presentiments of his great future. Once, bees covered the face of the sleeping infant. They flew in and out of his mouth, leaving honey on his tongue. Soon they flew away so high that they could no longer be seen. Ambrose’s father said that the child would become something great when he reached manhood. After the death of the father of the family, Ambrose journeyed to Rome, where the future saint...
  • Freedom Without the Truth Leads to Chaos and Slavery

    12/07/2016 8:15:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Freedom Without the Truth Leads to Chaos and Slavery Msgr. Charles Pope • December 6, 2016 • To most modern minds, freedom is a very detached concept; it is an abstraction of sorts, a free-floating power unmoored from any limits or defining standards. Freedom today is often viewed as personal and self-referential, with little consideration as to how one’s “freedom” might affect that of someone else. A healthy sense of the common good suffers mightily in a world of deeply conflicting personal freedoms.I have written before on the paradoxes of freedom and will not repeat all of that here,...
  • Plumbing the Depths of His Person (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    12/07/2016 8:11:10 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 12/7/2016
    When we consider Jesus as the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Logos who became incarnate, we note instantly that in any attempt to plumb the depths of His person we are stepping into the deep waters of the nature of God Himself. In Hebrews 1:3, the author describes Christ as “the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person.” Imagine someone who not only reflects the glory of God as Moses did after his encounter with God on Mount Sinai, but who actually is the very brightness of the divine glory. The biblical concept of...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/7/16)[Prayer]

    12/07/2016 7:45:47 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/7/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms (Psalm 42) Psalm 42[a][b] For the director of music. A maskil[c] of the Sons of Korah. 1 As the deer pants for streams of water,     so my soul pants for you, my God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.     When can I go and meet with God? 3 My tears have been my food     day and night, while people say to me all day long,     “Where is your God?” 4 These things I remember     as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of...
  • San Diego bishop praises pro-gay parish as model for welcoming ‘LGBT worshippers’

    12/07/2016 7:37:11 AM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | December 6, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    The director of the young adult ministry at a parish San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy recently praised for its "welcoming" attitude toward "LGBT worshippers" is an openly gay man who works for an organization that supports same-sex "marriage" and women's ordination. The San Diego Union Tribune reported that McElroy cited St. John the Evangelist in Hillcrest as an example of a parish where "LGBT worshippers 'feel particularly welcome.'" "That’s a very good thing," he said. McElroy was commenting on the Diocese of San Diego's recent synod on the family, after which he encouraged priests to give Holy Communion to the...
  • 21 Regrets people confess on their deathbeds

    12/07/2016 5:38:47 AM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 7, 2016
    We’ve all heard the old saying that “People on their deathbeds don’t say, ‘I wish I’d spent more time at work…'” More often, people’s regrets are truly about “what I have done, and what I have failed to do.” A Spanish priest, Father Nelson, has listed the sort of regrets he has often heard while accompanying the dying, and we reprint it here from our Spanish edition, with permission.These regrets seem all too familiar to us, and the list seems well-worth keeping before our eyes, for the good of our souls, and our hearts and minds, too! We might...
  • America Prayer Vigil(12/7/16)[Prayer]

    12/07/2016 5:23:07 AM PST · by left that other site · 36 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/7/16 | left that other site
    America Prayer Vigil Stand Firm The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Heroes and Nation Prayer Thread” have combined to form the AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL prayer thread! Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE and 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. Today's Scripture: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-07-16, M, St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    12/06/2016 8:52:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 12-07-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 7, 2016 Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Is 40:25-31 To whom can you liken me as an equal?says the Holy One.Lift up your eyes on highand see who has created these things:He leads out their army and numbers them,calling them all by name.By his great might and the strength of his powernot one of them is missing!Why, O Jacob, do you say,and declare, O Israel,“My way is hidden from the LORD,and my right is disregarded by my God”? Do you not knowor have you not heard?The LORD is the eternal God,creator...
  • Time to choose sides in the civil war over Amoris Laetitia says Catholic academic

    12/06/2016 7:00:25 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 77 replies ^ | December 6, 2016 | DEACON NICK DONNELLY
    Prof. Roberto de Mattei, the acclaimed Church historian, has warned that Pope Francis' decision not to respond to the four cardinals' dubia has plunged the Church into a civil war. Catholics now have to choose what side will to take in the "civil war", which Prof. de Mattei frames in terms of taking a stand for fidelity or siding with infidelity. Prof. de Mattei gave his stark assessment of the crisis in an exclusive interview with Lifesite news. Prof de Mattei is a professor at the European University of Rome and the president of the Lepanto Foundation. He told Lifesite...
  • Church Leaders Respond to the ‘Dubia’

    12/06/2016 6:59:49 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    National Catholic Register | December 6, 2016 | Edward Pentin
    Cardinal Peter Turkson has proposed placing on stage all the main parties publicly debating the correct interpretation of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) so they can listen to and better understand one another. “For all of these people who’ve said things, written things, each in their own different contexts, a great thing that could happen is have them all on stage,” Cardinal Turkson told the Register Dec. 1. The prefect of the new dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development believes it could help resolve the differences if they were “together, to listen to what each...
  • Patriarch Kirill, Archbishop of Paris Discuss Erosion of Christian Values in Europe

    12/06/2016 6:23:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/6/16
    Paris, December 5, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, have discussed the problem of erosion of traditional Christian values in modern day Europe. "We saw the face of Catholic France during protests against the law on child adoption by same-sex couples," Patriarch Kirill said at their meeting in the Catholic Archdiocese in Paris on Monday. He expressed solidarity with the Roman Catholic Church on this issue and thanked the archbishop of Paris for the firm stance on the issue of same-sex "marriages". At the cardinal's exhortation, French...
  • A Little Space and Grace for America for the Moment - What Will You Do?

    12/06/2016 6:22:37 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 6 replies
    IFB ^ | 12/6/16
    Countless conservative talk show hosts throughout these 50 states are daily trying to sustain their panic stricken masses with optimistic appraisals and fictitious ideas and remedies that can NEVER fix our current decimated fiscal state, let alone our catastrophic social crisis that has EXPONENTIALLY sent our national fiscal national debt to the moon. My dear friends, How do you save a steel sinking ship when it is filled with 95% water? The obvious answer… You do not! You abandon ship and hope that the sinking ship does not suck you into its abyss when it goes down to Davy Jones...
  • San Diego Bishop Marginalizes Faithful Priest

    12/06/2016 5:59:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/4/16 | Christine Niles
    Fr. Richard Perozich speaks with Church Militant about his ordealSAN DIEGO ( - The bishop of San Diego, California is banning a parish priest from publishing anymore columns in the parish bulletin. Father Richard Perozich, pastor at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, suffered backlash in November from parish bulletins advising Catholics how to vote. An October 16 insert — which had not been endorsed by Fr. Perozich — said it was "a mortal sin to vote Democrat." Father Perozich then authored an October 30 column in the parish bulletin denouncing abortion, the LGBT agenda, euthanasia and other intrinsic evils condemned by...
  • Bp Schneider Likens Treatment of 4 Cardinals to Soviet Regime: ‘We Live in a Climate of Threats’

    12/06/2016 5:46:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/6/16 | Jan Bentz
    ROME, Italy, December 6, 2016, (LifeSiteNews) — Before a packed room in Rome’s Centro Lepanto on Monday, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan urged the faithful to ardently hold on to the Church’s Magisterium on the indissolubility of marriage within the current state of ongoing ambiguities. “When Christ preached 2,000 years ago, the culture and reigning spirit were radically opposed to Him. Concretely religious syncretism ruled, also Gnosticism among the intelligent leaders, as well as permissibilism among the masses — especially regarding the institution of matrimony. […] The sole purpose of the Son of God was to reveal the truth to...
  • Disappointment as Senate Republicans Drop Religious Freedom Amendment

    12/06/2016 5:35:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/5/16 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Dec 5, 2016 / 03:46 pm (CNA).- Senate Republicans agreed to remove a religious liberty amendment from a defense bill earlier this week, after a fierce campaign was waged against it by secular groups. “The leadership of the 115th Congress must double down against, not concede to, ridiculous, fact-free accusations meant to derail legitimate lawmaking,” Kristina Arriaga, executive director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, stated in response to the news that the Russell Amendment was pulled from the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Back in 2014, President Obama signed an anti-discrimination executive order that prohibited any...
  • Satan Club for Children Triggers 103,000 Protests

    12/06/2016 5:34:24 PM PST · by RTO1917 · 7 replies
    America Needs Fatima | December 6, 2016 | RTO
    For more information, call America Needs Fatima at 888-317-5571. Parents are deeply concerned about an After School Satan Club that targets children as young as five scheduled to open at Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington, on Wednesday, December 14. “No one wants this club; we don’t want a group that identifies itself with Satan to have access to our children,” said Jennifer Droubay, a mother whose child goes to the school. Parents and concerned citizens will be gathering for a prayerful and peaceful protest against the Satan Club in front of Point Defiance Elementary School on December 14,...
  • History and Symbolism of the Advent Wreath

    12/06/2016 4:33:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies ^ | November 30, 2016 | Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur
    History and Symbolism of the Advent WreathPatrice Fagnant-MacArthur The lights of the candles on the Advent Wreath break through the darkness, reminding us of the Light of Christ that we anticipate during this holy season. Where did this tradition come from, of lighting four candles in an evergreen wreath to mark the weeks preceding Christmas? Like many of our Church traditions, the use of candles in the midst of late fall and winter was originally a pagan tradition. Rev. William Saunders, who wrote an article in the “Arlington Catholic Herald” on this topic, states that “pre-Germanic peoples used wreaths with...
  • “Those who do not know the Lord’s caress do not know Christian doctrine”

    12/06/2016 3:52:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    La Stampa (Vatican Insider) ^ | December 6, 2016 | DOMENICO AGASSO JR
    “Those who refuse to be caressed by the Lord are lost! Those who do not know the Lord’s caress do not know Christian doctrine!” The Pope said this at this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House. “This is the good news, this is the sincere joy that we want today. This is joy, this is the consolation that we seek: the coming of the Lord by his power, which is his caress, to visit us, to save us, as with the lost sheep and to bring us into the fold of his Church.” The Pope’s homily today focused on the...
  • Astrophysicist Challenges View That We're Here by Accident

    12/06/2016 2:28:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/06/2016 | Eric Metaxas
    Hey — guess what? There's something cosmically special about us human beings after all. Even the Washington Post says so. One of the cardinal tenets of a worldview shaped by materialism and Neo-Darwinism is a rejection of the idea that human beings are in any way special. Instead, we're merely the result of a fortuitous accident. What's more, many adherents postulate that this accident has occurred, perhaps even often, elsewhere in the Cosmos. So there's nothing exceptional or unique about us. However, Howard A. Smith, an astrophysicist at the Smithsonian-Harvard Center for Astrophysics, begs to differ. In a recent Washington...
  • The Heir of All Things

    12/06/2016 2:21:47 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In these last days [God] has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things" (Heb. 1:2). Since Jesus is the Son of God, He is the heir of all that God possesses. When Christ first came to earth He became poor for our sakes, that we, through His poverty, might be made rich (2 Cor. 8:9). He had nothing for Himself—He had "nowhere to lay His head" (Luke 9:58). Even His clothes were taken from Him when He died, and He was buried in a tomb that belonged to someone else. It is beyond our...
  • The Emptying of Christ

    12/06/2016 2:21:17 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “[Christ] emptied Himself” (Philippians 2:7). Christ renounced His divine privileges. Although Christ never surrendered His deity, He did empty Himself in certain ways. One such way was to give up His heavenly glory. That’s why in John 17:5 Jesus prays, “Glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I ever had with Thee before the world was.” Christ gave up the glory of a face-to-face relationship with God for the muck of this earth. He gave up the adoring presence of angels for the spittle of men. Christ also emptied Himself of His independent authority. He completely...
  • Robert Spaemann: “It is Deplorable that Only Four Cardinals Have Taken the Initiative”

    12/06/2016 12:42:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 5, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    Robert Spaemann, the prominent German philosopher and outspoken critic of the papal document Amoris Laetitia, has just given an interview to the Italian website La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, in which he comes to the aid of the Four Cardinals. As the same website has now also revealed, in a separate article – although Professor Spaemann appears not yet to know of this speculation – the other two prelates who had earlier also signed the dubia which were sent to Pope Francis are “in all probability” the retired Curial Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes of Germany and His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major...
  • Phil Lawler on Things a Pope Can’t Say

    12/06/2016 10:41:51 AM PST · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 5, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    If you have ever been a follower of, you may well have given up on getting any but the most biased coverage of the papacy from them some time ago. But while Jeff Mirus has demonstrated remarkable resilience to the red pill (with cracks only just beginning to show), Phil Lawler has been on a steadily accelerating trajectory to Truthville. Today, he offers one of his simplest and best pieces to date, entitled, Three things the Pope can’t say. This is sort of a 101, everyman level attempt to tackle what those Divinely-guided papal powers really entail, and I...
  • Dubia debacle shows the Church is in a ‘religious civil war’, says famed Catholic historian

    12/06/2016 10:15:49 AM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Lifesite News ^ | December 5, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    Italian Catholic historian Roberto de Mattei has stated that Pope Francis’ refusal to answer questions by the four Cardinals about whether Amoris Laetitia conforms to Catholic teaching is itself “already an answer,” the implications of which, he says, indicates that the Catholic Church has entered into a “religious civil war.” “This situation is so grave that a neutral position is no longer possible. Today we are in a war, a religious civil war,” de Mattei told LifeSiteNews in an exclusive interview in Rome last month. “It is important to comprehend that today there is a clear choice between fidelity to...
  • An Epigraph for Advent

    12/06/2016 10:12:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | November 30, 2016 | Br. Bonaventure Chapman, O.P.
    An Epigraph for AdventBr. Bonaventure Chapman, O.P. Do you ever skip the introductory pages of a book you are reading? If so, STOP IT! You could miss one of the best parts, the epigraph. You know, that short quotation which the author has carefully selected to summarize, introduce, or preface his own work with. It is a tip of the hat to an older author, a humble recognition in the face of past genius, and a claim that this work you, the reader, are now holding stands in a tradition that almost makes the current volume at best superfluous, at...
  • Seeing More As God Sees

    12/06/2016 8:57:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-05-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Seeing More As God Sees Msgr. Charles Pope • December 5, 2016 • Today I’d like to reflect further on the Gospel from yesterday’s Mass (Monday of the second week of Advent). The Gospel tells of the paralyzed man whose friends lowered him through the roof in order to see Jesus. It is read during Advent because one of the prophecies about the Messiah was that He would make the lame walk. In a provocative way, this Gospel also helps us to focus on Jesus’ central mission for us.The Gospel passage contains a rather peculiar and somewhat awkward moment:...
  • Exploring Christ’s Nature (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus/Devotional)

    12/06/2016 8:38:26 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 12/6/2016
    I remember the remarkable success of the little book published in the middle of the twentieth century by J. B. Phillips titled “Your God Is Too Small.” The book was a ringing challenge to seek a deeper understanding of the nature and character of God. It obviously struck a nerve, as multitudes of people devoured the book in a quest to expand their knowledge of the majesty of God. I wish that someone could provoke the same response with regard to Christ. In my years of publishing and producing educational materials for Christians, I have been puzzled by something strange....
  • Eternal Life Evidenced By Love...I John pt 13

    We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.( I John 3:14)We have been discussing the theme of First John , which is the threefold test of eternal life, based on three simple theological propositions. Firstly, because God is Light and in Him there is no darkness at all, those who share in the gift of the life of God, hate evil and sin. Eternal Life is opposed to all that is false and evil, unceasingly exposing and repudiating it . Those who have eternal...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/6/16)[Prayer]

    12/06/2016 7:21:48 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/6/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms (Psalm 41) Psalm 41[a] For the director of music. A psalm of David. 1 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak;     the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. 2 The Lord protects and preserves them—     they are counted among the blessed in the land—     he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. 3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed     and restores them from their bed of illness. 4 I said, “Have mercy on me, Lord;     heal me, for I have sinned against you.” 5 My enemies...
  • St John Paul II Truly Understood the Importance of Absolute Values

    12/06/2016 4:48:30 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | Decewmber 5, 2016 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Freedom without the underpinning of clear and absolute values is not freedom at allThe Guardian has a leader on the role of Christianity in contemporary British society, which makes curious reading. If it were an undergraduate essay, I would be tempted to give it a rather low mark, for it lacks clarity and is full of assertions that are not backed up by any hard evidence. Perhaps the piece itself is a symptom of the problem that most British people have when dealing with religion: they find it hard to express themselves as they have failed to master the...
  • Hopes for Transfer of Archbishop Sheen’s Body High Despite Emergency Ruling

    12/06/2016 4:44:49 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | December 6, 2016 | Catholic News Service
    Archbishop Fulton Sheen's family plan to transfer the sainthood candidate's remains from New York to PeoriaHopes buoyed in the Diocese of Peoria by a November 17 court ruling allowing Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s family to transfer the sainthood candidate’s remains from New York to Peoria were tempered by an emergency stay being granted to the Archdiocese of New York, which planned to appeal the ruling.In a 10-page decision, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arlene Bluth had granted the request of Archbishop Sheen’s niece, Joan Sheen Cunningham, to have the remains of the famed orator and media pioneer removed from St Patrick’s...
  • Never Mind the Twitter Spats – Fr Spadaro Just Said Something Truly Eye-opening

    12/06/2016 4:40:48 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | December 6, 2016 | Dan Hitchens
    The controversies about screenshots and anonymous accounts have obscured Fr Spadaro's startling remarks about CommunionUntil yesterday, I was beginning to suffer from Spadaro Controversy Fatigue, a condition afflicting those who spend too long reading Catholic news. Fr Antonio Spadaro, the editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, has recently been involved in several simultaneous quarrels. He is known to be close to the Pope and so, amid the heated discussion of the four cardinals’ dubia, Fr Spadaro’s statements are read with special attention. Sometimes the attention seems over-the-top. But yesterday he said something truly eye-opening.It came in an interview with Crux, in which...
  • Why France's 'Zombie Catholics' are so powerful

    12/06/2016 3:28:03 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    CWR ^ | December 6, 2016
    Paris, France, Dec 6, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA).- It happened in Britain. It happened in the U.S.   And now it’s happening in France.   A staunchly right-winged politician whose chances seemed slim when the primaries began is now in line to become the next President of France.   François Fillon, former prime minister of France and a faithful Catholic, has pulled ahead in the Republican party, shocking pundits and political commentators throughout the country and beating out the moderate former Prime Minister Alain Juppé by a wide margin.     His Catholicism is such a strong part of...

    12/06/2016 2:17:10 AM PST · by Jeanbl · 35 replies
    December 6, 2016 | Jeanbl
    The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Heroes and Nation Prayer Thread” have combined to form the America Prayer Vigil prayer thread. Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for our President and Vice-President-Elect 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. I John 5:14 Religion forum threads labeled “Prayer” are closed to debate of any kind. The LORD, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth. He subdued peoples...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-16, OM, St. Nicholas, Bishop

    12/05/2016 10:57:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 12-06-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 6, 2016 Tuesday of the Second Week in Advent Reading 1 Is 40:1-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people,says your God.Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to herthat her service is at an end,her guilt is expiated;Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORDdouble for all her sins. A voice cries out:In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!Every valley shall be filled in,every mountain and hill shall be made low;The rugged land shall be made a plain,the rough country, a broad valley.Then the glory of...
  • Feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia

    12/05/2016 10:40:14 PM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-06-2016 | OCA
    Saint Nicholas, the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia is famed as a great saint pleasing unto God. He was born in the city of Patara in the region of Lycia (on the south coast of the Asia Minor peninsula), and was the only son of pious parents Theophanes and Nonna, who had vowed to dedicate him to God. As the fruit of the prayer of his childless parents, the infant Nicholas from the very day of his birth revealed to people the light of his future glory as a wonderworker. His mother, Nonna, after giving birth was immediately healed...
  • Pope Francis and climate politics

    12/05/2016 8:47:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 4, 2016 | E. Calvin Beisner
    Reuters reports, “Pope Francis urged national leaders on Monday to implement global environmental agreements without delay, a message that looked to be squarely aimed at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. “Addressing a group of scientists that included theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, the pope gave his strongest speech on the environment since the election of Trump, who has threatened to pull out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • Is this the first written mention of Jesus? 2,000-year-old tablets in a remote cave are genuine

    12/05/2016 8:11:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/05/2016 | by Libby Plummer
    Is this the first written mention of Jesus? 2,000-year-old lead tablets found in a remote cave ARE genuine, claim researchers The lead pages, bound like a ring binder, were first discovered in 2008 The tablets suggest that Christ was not starting his own religion, but restoring a thousand-year-old tradition from the time of King David They also suggest the God he worshipped was both male and female New testing said to confirm their age, say authors who have been campaigning since 2009 for the tablets to be recognised and protected An ancient set of lead tablets showing the earliest portrait...