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  • BREAKING THROUGH WITH INTIMACY [ charistmatic caucus]

    05/06/2015 10:56:23 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Intimacy is the key to your breaking through in your days ahead . So persevere as Daniel and Gabriel for I will send My angels of My Presence as Michael (AS GOD) as you spend time in mine . . . DANIEL 10:12-21 12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael,...
  • Dallas Theological Seminary Graduate Says School Never Placed a Black Graduate to a White Church

    05/06/2015 10:17:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/06/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Jimmy King, a Dallas Theological Seminary graduate who now serves as senior pastor of Proclamation Church in Orlando, accused the school said to be one of the top 20 seminaries in the U.S. of not providing him and other black graduates with enough support in finding employment, and further asserted that he was once told, "we've never placed a black graduate to a white church." King, who graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2006 with a master of theology in pastoral ministry and leadership degree, according to his church's website, revealed during The Reconciled Church: Healing the Racial Divide Summit...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DEONTOLOGISM, 05-06-15

    05/06/2015 10:08:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-06-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:DEONTOLOGISM The theory associated with Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), that only acts done from a motive of duty have moral value. It is a stern moral philosophy, close to Stoicism, which holds that virtue is its own reward and therefore "duty for duty's sake" is man's highest moral imperative. (Etym. Greek deon, that which is obligatory + logia, science, knowledge.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • If You Want to Destroy Your Church, Follow Liberals’ Advice

    05/06/2015 9:06:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/06/2015 | David French
    This past weekend, noted progressive-Christian writer Rachel Held Evans published a widely shared and widely read piece in the Washington Post decrying the Evangelical church’s shallow attempts to appeal to Millennials by trying to make church “cool.” Ms. Evans critiques hashtag campaigns, young-adult groups with names like “Prime” and “Vertical,” and concert-style worship services. She mocks talk of “market share” and “branding,” and in so doing sounds every bit as traditionalist as those who despise the praise choruses of the typical Evangelical megachurch and long for the simple “old-time religion” of their grandparents.But that’s not really her point. Evans...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    05/06/2015 8:59:00 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 8 replies
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  • Letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe about SSA

    05/06/2015 7:49:57 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 10 replies
    guardyoureyes.com ^ | 2/4/'86 | Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
    By the Grace of G-d 25th of Shevat, 5746 Brooklyn, N.Y. Greeting and Blessing: This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter of Jan. 26th, in which you write about a serious problem. As requested, I will remember you in prayer for the fulfillment of your heart's desires for good. While all blessings come from HaShem [G‑d], a Jew is expected to do what is necessary in the natural order. In the matter of the said problem, you surely know that there are doctors and psychiatrists who treat it, and have been successful in many cases. I know of a...
  • “Rights” or Ills

    05/06/2015 7:30:39 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 6 replies
    Sichos in English ^ | 5/30/'86 | Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
    The persistent problem of the so called Amendment to “Local Law 2” has been plaguing some people for several years. Although this problem has much wider national and international ramifications, the New York version of this problem has taken on a strange political hue. During the Purim Farbrengen (gathering) of 5746, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Shlita, addressed this issue. He touched upon the fundamental problem, its social, emotional and health risks, its psychological manifestations and its actual threat to society and individuals.1 At the same time, the Rebbe suggested clear-cut remedies and proposed a humane therapeutical approach, which takes account of...
  • Pope Francis: marriage inscribed in creation

    05/06/2015 6:38:42 AM PDT · by don-o · 28 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | May 6, 2015
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience on Wednesday, during which he continued his catechetical reflections on the nature and purpose of marriage in the order of creation and in the Divine plan of salvation. This week, the Holy Father focused specifically on Christian marriage as a Sacrament: an efficacious sign of God’s love for each and every person, for all humanity and for the whole world, a means of grace, and a genuine way of living our common baptismal call to holiness. “Christian marriage is that sacrament which builds up the community of the Church and of...
  • Counsel the Doubtful – A Meditation on the Third Spiritual Work of Mercy

    05/06/2015 6:32:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-05-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Counsel the Doubtful – A Meditation on the Third Spiritual Work of Mercy By: Msgr. Charles PopeAt first glance, counseling the doubtful may seem rather similar to instructing the ignorant. However, teaching has learning as its goal while counseling aims to assist with decisions. Certainly giving counsel often includes some aspects of teaching, such as providing information and perspective, but its primary purpose is to assist a person in coming to a decision. This distinction is contained in the root meanings of the words “counsel” and “doubtful.”The English word “counsel” comes from the Latin consilium (con (with) + silium (a decision)). So to...
  • Madison Law Bans Religious Discrimination ... Against Atheists

    05/06/2015 6:17:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/3/15 | AP
    Wisconsin city’s statute, enacted last month, is believed to be the first of its kind in the US: ‘Religion was protected, so non-religion should be, too’While conservatives in Indiana and Arkansas were explaining last month why their new religious objections laws weren’t invitations to discriminate against gays, the leaders of Wisconsin’s capital city were busy protecting the rights of another group: atheists. In what is believed to be the first statute of its kind in the United States, Madison banned discrimination against the non-religious on 1 April , giving them the same protections afforded to people based on their race,...
  • Coptic Patriarch: Possibility to Celebrate Easter Together on Third Sunday in April Being Studied

    05/06/2015 6:13:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Fides ^ | 5/5/15
    Amsterdam (Agenzia Fides) - The debate on the opportunity to unify the dates of the liturgical solemnities currently celebrated on different days from different Churches and communities, is "a historical problem" that in itself does not have implications of faith and doctrine. This is why the proposal to unify the Easter date for all Christian Churches "on the third Sunday of April" is being studied. This is what Patriarch Tawadros II said during a meeting with young people which took place on Sunday, May 3 at the Coptic Cultural Centre in Amsterdam, in the context of the visit carried out...
  • Aiming to deepen rite’s meaning, Baptist pastor in Ohio baptizes infant

    05/06/2015 6:08:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 61 replies
    Baptist News ^ | Jeff Brumley
    There are plenty of Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran and Methodist churches in Dayton, Ohio, where parents could have an infant child baptized. But one local couple wanted Rodney Kennedy to baptize their 7-month-old son, even though they knew there was one hurdle to overcome: Kennedy is pastor at First Baptist Church in Dayton.And Baptists — both generally and specifically — do not baptize infants.“We knew that asking Rod, he might say no,” said Lucas, the boy’s father who requested only his first name be used in this article.But Kennedy did not say no, and during worship on Sunday, April 19, he conducted his...
  • Pope Francis Suggests Divine Comedy as Vital Reading for Year of Mercy

    05/06/2015 6:07:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/5/15 | Catholic News Service
    Dante is 'a prophet of hope' and 'herald of the possibility of redemption', says PontiffDante’s Divine Comedy is more than a literary masterpiece, it is an invitation “to rediscover the lost or obscured meaning of our human path and to hope to see again the glowing horizon on which the dignity of the human person shines in its fullness,” Pope Francis has said. As the Italian government formally celebrated the 750th anniversary of Dante’s birth on May 4, Pope Francis sent a message saying that while the centuries have passed Dante “still has much to say and to offer through...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(5/6/15)[Prayer]

    05/06/2015 5:53:57 AM PDT · by left that other site · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/6/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible David New International Version (NIV) David’s Lament for Saul and Jonathan 17 David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan, 18 and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar): 19 “A gazelle[a] lies slain on your heights, Israel.     How the mighty have fallen! 20 “Tell it not in Gath,     proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad,     lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice. 21 “Mountains of...
  • Can Huckabee Win The Religious Vote This Time Around? He Might Need To Rethink His 2016 Strategy

    05/05/2015 9:28:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Bustle ^ | May 5, 2015 | Melanie Schmitz
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has officially entered the race. On Tuesday, Huckabee announced that he would be seeking a 2016 White House bid, joining a rapidly growing field of GOP contenders, including former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and previous Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, both of whom announced their intentions earlier in the week. With all the fanfare surrounding Huckabee’s announcement though, many have expressed worries he just isn’t the political heavyweight he once was — more importantly, they predict that Huckabee won’t be able to win the religious vote a second time around. The governor’s first failed bid in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-06-15

    05/05/2015 9:24:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-06-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 6, 2015Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 15:1-6 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,“Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,you cannot be saved.”Because there arose no little dissension and debateby Paul and Barnabas with them,it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the othersshould go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbytersabout this question. They were sent on their journey by the Church,and passed through Phoenicia and Samariatelling of the conversion of the Gentiles,and brought great joy to all the brethren.When they arrived in...
  • Tonight's the Night!

    05/05/2015 8:33:20 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 5 replies
    The Dry Bones Blog ^ | Wednesday, May 06, 2015 | Yaakov Kirschen
    Not sure what this holiday is all about?Well, according to www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org: The Torah teaches that "the Jewish people are obligated to count the days from the second night of Passover to the day before Shavu'ot - a total of exactly seven full weeks or 49 days. This period is known as the Omer, in reference to the biblical omer which meant a unit of measure. On the second day of Passover, in the days of the Temple, an omer of barley was cut down and brought to the Temple as an offering. The counting is intended to remind us...
  • Have Atheists/Communists managed to shake the Cold War?

    05/05/2015 4:53:35 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    5/5/15 | Faith Presses On
    With the Cold War with the USSR fading into memory, including those under 40 mostly having no meaningful memory of it, has it gotten safe for atheists/communists to promote their beliefs, as they wouldn't have dared to up through the eighties? Seems so. The public could use some reminding and educating on the Cold War. This isn't even ancient history.
  • Archbishop Blase Cupich: Democrat Shill

    05/05/2015 4:42:44 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 6 replies
    The Stumbling Block ^ | 5/5/15 | Stumbling Block
    Truth Revolt asks why the new Archbishop of Chicago has the nerve to speak of illegal immigration as if it were ‘God’s agenda.’ Where are truth-loving Catholics supposed to look for a Church that isn’t in the pocket of anti-Catholic hate today? Either it is evil to be conservative or these bishops are pretenders. Is it ‘love’ to hand political power to the true enemies of God and man? True to his claim that immigration reform is “God’s agenda,” Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich has been cozying up to pro-abortion Democrats to get his social justice initiatives underway. On Sunday, the...
  • Are Christians dead wrong about the execution of Jesus Christ? (liberal scholar heresy)

    05/05/2015 4:01:37 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 23 replies
    Religionnews.com ^ | 4/29/15 | Jonathan Merritt
    For those who hold to traditional Christian theology, explaining what happened to Jesus on the cross doesn’t take long: Humans are sinful…sin makes God angry…God requires a sacrifice to quell God’s anger…God sent his son Jesus to be that sacrifice. So, on the cross, God killed (or perhaps just permitted) the execution of Jesus in order to satisfy God’s anger against sinful humanity. Got it? Good. That settles it. Actually, that doesn’t settle it if you’re Tony Jones, a theologian and author of “Did God Kill Jesus? Searching for Love in History’s Most Famous Execution.” He argues that notions of...
  • Christian Girl Given Zeroes For Her Beliefs

    05/05/2015 3:34:24 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    Wnd.com ^ | 5/4/15 | Bob Unruh
    You know it’s not going to be good when a 10-page letter of complaint breaks off in the middle and says, “But wait, there’s more.” That’s the case of a letter from officials with Liberty Counsel that was sent to Polk State College in Florida about the “pervasive anti-Christian bias” a teacher, Lance Russum, imposes on students. The letter demands a “full and independent review of Mr. Russum’s behavior and course content,” an appropriate grading of a 16-year-old student’s assignments, which earlier were given “zero” grades because of her beliefs, “a written apology” and assurances that future courses “will be...
  • Legal Group Sues North Carolina Library After Denied Lecture Use for ‘Religious Instruction’

    05/05/2015 3:20:32 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 5/5/15 | Heather Clark
    WAKE, N.C. — A Christian legal organization has filed a federal lawsuit against a public library in North Carolina after officials denied use of the facility for a lecture simply because the presentation was considered to be “religious instruction.” Liberty Counsel, which has offices in Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C., regularly conducts lectures throughout the country on the role of Christianity in the founding of America. In March 2013 and November 2014, the group sought to use the Cameron Village Regional Library in Wake, N.C. to present a lecture. However, it was denied both times. According to a complaint filed...
  • Francis receives his “dear sister”, head of the Lutheran Church of Sweden

    05/05/2015 2:56:58 PM PDT · by piusv · 20 replies
    Iacopo Scaramuzzi Vatican City “Esteemed Mrs. Jackelén, esteemed sister, dear friends!” This was how Pope Francis addressed Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala and Primate of the Swedish Lutheran Church, at their meeting this morning in the Vatican. The archbishop was accompanied by a delegation from the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Sweden. It was an opportunity to discuss topics such as the testimony of persecuted Christians around the world which brings the various denominations together, divisions over life and family that need to be avoided, the upcoming celebration of the 5th centenary of the Lutheran Reformation in 2017, as well as more...
  • A MUST READ! PASTOR SAEED CALLS HIS "BELOVED AMERICA" TO REPENTANCE

    05/05/2015 2:48:52 PM PDT · by xzins · 14 replies
    Breaking Christian News via Charisma News ^ | May 5, 2015 | Jordan Sekulow
    "As an American and as a prisoner for Christ I have spent many hours praying and crying out to God for revival for this great nation. We all hope for the success of our nation and for America to be blessed, but without revival there can be no true success or blessing... I would like to ask you to join me in repenting and praying for revival. Me from inside of these prison walls and you on the outside."–Pastor Saeed Abedini (Iran)—This Thursday not only marks American Pastor Saeed Abedini's 35th birthday, but the National Day of Prayer as well....
  • Turkey: Investigation over 'ruined' Roman mosaics

    05/05/2015 1:12:24 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 05/05/2015
    Authorities are looking into the claims of a local craftsman who raised concerns over the condition of at least 10 mosaics at the Hatay Archaeology Museum, the Hurriyet Daily News website reports. Mehmet Daskapan first spoke out in an interview with a local paper in February, but the news was only picked up by mainstream Turkish media on Monday. "Valuable pieces from the Roman period have been ruined," Mr Daskapan told the Antakya Gazetesi website at the time. "They have become caricatures of their former selves. Some are in an especially poor condition and have lost their originality and value."...
  • A Mathematical Proof for the Existence of the One God

    05/05/2015 10:17:51 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 47 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 5 May 2015 | ن Teófilo de Jesús ن (@vivificat)
    Brothers and Sisters: Peace be with you. Frequently, Internet atheistic aces challenge me to provide evidence and/or proof for the existence of God. Almost all the time the proof they demand is, on its face, absurd because it is empirical in way or the other and God, if they only knew what the word "God" is, lies beyond any empirical proof. No matter, they keep insisting and the silence of the impossible experiment is proof enough for them. This post is not address to those narrow, sterile minds because they've closed themselves within and become impermeable to any argument....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LITURGICAL KISS, 05-05-15

    05/05/2015 9:33:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-05-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:LITURGICAL KISS Touching with the lips as a mark of reverence during ceremonies of public worship. The frequency of this gesture has been reduced since the Second Vatican Council, but it is still prescribed. The priest must kiss the altar as he begins and concludes the Mass, and he is to kiss the lectionary after reading the Gospel. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • FEARLESSLY MADE ![Charistmatic caucus]

    05/05/2015 8:43:33 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    bible, ^ | jedediah
    Perplexity in spirit comes when you question My ability to proceed in your life and it is then total surrender is not only Warranted but served for truly as your Judge and Advocate I "Declare" The Truth for your future for the past is just that. So be as Lot not his wife and take My hand into Zion for only as you believe You "Are" and I "AM" ! Habakkuk 2:2-3 Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at...
  • Did the Early Church Fathers Believe in Sola Scriptura?

    05/05/2015 8:14:00 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 60 replies
    Credo House ^ | April 25, 2015 | C Michael Patton
    Definition of Sola Scriptura Sola Scriptura: the reformed Protestant belief that the Scriptures alone are the final and only infallible authority for the Christian. This does not mean that Scriptures are the only authority (nuda or solo Scriptura), as Protestants believe in the authority of tradition, reason, experience, and emotions to varying degrees (after all, “sola scriptura” itself is an authoritative tradition in Protestantism). It does mean that Scripture trumps all other authorities (it is the norma normans sed non normata Lat. “norm that norms which is not normed”). Controversy of Sola Scriptura Sometimes people get the idea that sola...
  • Newman’s historical concession

    05/05/2015 8:10:20 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 10 replies
    Reformation500 ^ | February 12, 2010 | John Bugay
    A commenter wrote: I was not aware that Newman concedes the point that there was no bishop in Rome during that period and I am surprised to hear that! Could you possibly reference that for me? I’m working with the 1989 edition, published by the University of Notre Dame Press. Newman (p. 12) in discussing the Rule of Vincent of Lerins (what was believed always, everywhere, by all — which he single-handedly dismissed) is quoting an imaginary Anglican interlocutor on the discrepancies in teaching from the time of the early church to his time in the 19th century: I shall...
  • A Brief Directive for Church Leaders from the Acts of the Apostles

    05/05/2015 7:29:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Brief Directive for Church Leaders from the Acts of the Apostles By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe second reading from today’s Mass is very Catholic and too informative to let pass without comment. It presents a highly organized Church, possessing some of the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal (seed) form, but they are there.We will also notice qualities of the original kerygma that are at variance with what some modern thinkers declare should be the methodology of the Church. The soft, cross-less Christianity of many today, who replace the cross with a pillow and...
  • The Liturgy of St James: the Trojan Horse of "Liturgical Renewal"

    05/05/2015 7:10:01 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Mystagogy ^ | 10-23-2014 | Fr. Vasilios Spiliopoulos
    In recent years, more often and more priests celebrate the so-called Divine Liturgy of St James the Brother of God. The celebration of this liturgy and its sudden appearance in the life of our Church on the one hand shows the secular spirit that pervades many clergy, and on the other hand it serves the plan of the "reformists" of our liturgical life, the self appointed saviors of the Church. The plan is simple: this liturgy has been "baptized" by the reformists as "archaic." However, when it is performed, it is performed in a manner envisioned by the reformists, so...
  • Catholic women priests fight for inclusion -- for all

    Inclusivity is a word the Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP) organization is built upon. The movement began in Germany in 2002 with seven women who were ordained on the Danube River by an Argentine Catholic bishop who cut his ties to Rome and began a church he believed would be more progressive. Those women chose ex-communication by Rome, which, simply put, is like leaving a club you were never allowed to join. So they started their own branch of the club and there are now 208 women priests worldwide, following Saturday's ordination. "We are obedient to the Holy Spirit and...
  • S Pius V: the BIG MISTAKE, THE UNIVERSAL MYTH

    05/05/2015 6:49:04 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 05-05-2015 | Fr. John Hunwicke
    There is a myth which is endlessly repeated ... I groan every time I read it ... about the liturgical reforms of S Pius V. It goes like this: (1) He wished to standardise and centralise. So he ordered everybody to use his new edition of the Roman Missal (but he did permit those with rites more than 200 years old to keep them). This is pretty well the opposite of what his legislation ordered. He: (2) Ordered those with such old rites to keep them. But, if they positively wanted to adopt his new edition instead, he permitted them...
  • Grande Duke Nikolay Nikolayevich, His Spouse Laid to Rest at WWII Memorial Chapel

    05/05/2015 6:23:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/5/15
    Moscow, May 5, Interfax - The remains of Grand Duke Nikolay Nikolayevich Romanov and his spouse Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolayevna have been reburied in Moscow to the sound of funeral tunes and artillery gun firings. The remains of the princely couple arrived from France on April 27 and were reburied at the Chapel of the Transfiguration at a military cemetery in the Russian capital. "The Duke and the Duchess have returned to their Homeland, their names are acquiring a worthy place in the Russian public memory," State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin, who chairs the Russian Historical Society, said at the...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(5/5/15)[Prayer]

    05/05/2015 5:08:36 AM PDT · by left that other site · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/5/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible David New International Version (NIV) 1 After the death of Saul, David returned from striking down the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag two days. 2 On the third day a man arrived from Saul’s camp with his clothes torn and dust on his head. When he came to David, he fell to the ground to pay him honor. 3 “Where have you come from?” David asked him. He answered, “I have escaped from the Israelite camp.” 4 “What happened?” David asked. “Tell me.” “The men fled from the battle,” he replied. “Many...
  • Prayer for Our American Heroes and Our Nation

    05/05/2015 1:30:54 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 8 replies
    May 5, 2015 | Jeanbl
    For at that time day by day there came more to David to help him, until it was a great army, like the army of God. 1 Chronicles 12:22
  • The Popes Against Slavery

    05/05/2015 12:34:24 AM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 6 replies
    Papal Efforts against Slavery:How the popes combated slaveryIntroduction There has not been an institution that has done more for the abolition of slavery as we know it than the Catholic Church. This is specifically true in regards to the constant efforts and admonitions against what is known today as chattel slavery, the unjust form of servitude which has existed ever since the time of the Age of Exploration, and which Pope Pius III once called a slavery “never before heard of.”1 Ever since the Early Church, the Catholic Church has done a great deal for the cause for human dignity,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-05-15

    05/04/2015 10:10:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-05-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 5, 2015Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 14:19-28 In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconiumarrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,supposing that he was dead.But when the disciples gathered around him,he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. After they had proclaimed the good news to that cityand made a considerable number of disciples,they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.They strengthened the spirits of the disciplesand exhorted them to persevere in...
  • Harvard Student Regrets Her Abortion: “On the Inside the Screaming Hasn’t Stopped”

    05/04/2015 8:58:36 PM PDT · by kathsua · 24 replies
    Lifenews ^ | May 4, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    559 122 1 Total: 682 In a recent article in The Harvard Crimson, a student shared her story of having an abortion after her boyfriend broke up with her. She writes, “All I desperately wanted was to have my boyfriend back. I wanted him to hold me and let me cry into his chest, for him to tell me that everything was okay even though it wasn’t. But by the time I found out the truth, it was too late to get him back. He had started dating another girl two months after we broke up. I couldn’t tell him....
  • Antonio Socci: "Dear Pope Francis, we adore God, not men"

    05/04/2015 7:44:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rorate Caelie ^ | April 28, 2015 | Antonio Socci
    April 28, 2015 In a message today, Pope Bergoglio said precisely the following: “How much I would like us to kneel in veneration before the poor in church.” Quite frankly, I’d like us to kneel before Jesus Christ, Our Saviour, particularly in front of Our Eucharistic Jesus, SEEING THAT POPE BERGOGLIO DOESN’T KNEEL AT THE CONSECRATION, AS HE SHOULD DO, AND, HE DOESN’T KNEEL AT EUCHARISTIC ADORATION EITHER!!! I say this specifically, as I have had to deal every day with gravely ill and suffering dear ones, in whom I am aware of the presence of Our Lord. And I...
  • A.D. The Bible Continues — season one, episode three

    05/04/2015 6:45:20 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies
    Patheos ^ | April 26, 2015 | Peter T. Chattaway
    Season 1, Episode 3 — ‘The Spirit Arrives’Acts 2-4Editing Acts. The third episode of A.D. The Bible Continues is the first one that takes place entirely within the timeframe of the book of Acts, and it zips through the first few chapters so quickly that the final scenes are taken from Acts 4.  This is remarkable, when you consider that there are still nine episodes to go and the season as a whole is only supposed to get as far as Acts 10.  How does this episode get through the first few chapters of Acts so quickly? Partly by...
  • Syrian Archbishop: “We expect Christians in the West to help us. They do not”

    NEW YORK (RNS) Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo is returning to the front line of the real war on Christians, which he calls home — that is, Aleppo in war-torn Syria, where his ancient church faces the threat of extinction. I wrote here about Jeanbart, who was in the U.S. last week in an effort to raise awareness about the plight of Christians in Syria — they include his Eastern-rite Melkite Catholics as well or Eastern Orthodox and other churches — and to raise money for their survival. The archbishop is a remarkable figure, facing the personal danger while trying...
  • God's Big Problem with Christians-In-Name-Only

    05/04/2015 3:26:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 4, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    In the book of Revelation, when Jesus catalogues the problems in each of several churches he gives a lot of great advice. Some churches need to “hold fast to what you have” others need to “return to your first love.” But when he comes to the church of Laodicea, he has nothing good to say: “I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 4:15-16). Jesus prefers bad Christians...
  • Pope Francis celebrates Junipero Serra at Rome's North American College [Catholic Caucus]

    05/04/2015 2:00:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    News.va ^ | 05-02-15 | Pope Francis
    Pope Francis celebrates Junipero Serra at Rome's North American College 2015-05-02 Vatican Radio(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday made the short trip to Rome’s Janiculum Hill to the Pontifical North American College, the national seminary for the United States.The College was hosting a day of reflection on Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan missionary to California who will canonized by Pope Francis during his trip to Washington, DC, in September.Pope Francis said during his homily he wanted to discuss three aspect of the life of Blessed Serra – his missionary zeal, his Marian devotion, and his witness of holiness.Pope Francis said...
  • A medieval prayer wheel surfaces, but how it was used is anyone’s guess

    05/04/2015 1:54:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Crux Now ^ | May 3, 2015 | David Van Bieman
    NEW YORK — The directions, if a little stilted, look familiar: “The Order Of The Diagram Written Here Teaches The Return Home.”Think Parcheesi or Sorry.But then think again. The board is not cardboard or plastic; it’s 1,035-year-old vellum. And there are no dice — just prayers.Care to play?In April, Manhattan’s Les Enluminures Gallery, a dealer in medieval manuscripts, put a book on sale with a first page so rare that only five of its kind are known to exist. In fact, the book itself is rare, with a massive ancient carved-oak cover and sturdy clasps of worked copper. Dating back...
  • Just lost my job. Please pray for me and all those looking for work.

    05/04/2015 1:33:03 PM PDT · by infool7 · 136 replies
    Self | 5/4/15 | Self
    What a surprise, they just called me in and said they had eliminated my position, after almost ten years too. Heavy Sigh...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/04/2015 11:41:44 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    5-4-15 | Kitty Mittens
  • Taiwan a warning [ charistmatic caucus]

    05/04/2015 9:04:37 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 10 replies
    bible | Jedediah
    I had a vision of a tiny Asian country being used by two large countries to attack Taiwan unless they repent Jonah 3 3 And the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach and cry out to it the preaching that I tell you. 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city of three days’ journey [sixty miles in circumference]. 4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VENI SANCTAE SPIRITUS, 05-04-15

    05/04/2015 8:56:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-04-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:VENI SANCTAE SPIRITUS The Golden Sequence, for the Pentecost Eucharistic liturgy. From its opening lines, "Come, Holy Spirit," the hymn sustains the theme of asking for an increase of the seven gifts. Its author was most probably Stephen Langton (d. 1228), Archbishop of Canterbury. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.