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  • Where Does Such Cruelty Come from in a Culture That Prizes Kindness?

    08/04/2015 6:55:27 AM PDT · by Salvation
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Where Does Such Cruelty Come from in a Culture That Prizes Kindness? Msgr. Charles Pope • August 3, 2015 • What are we to make of cruelty in our culture? At one level, there is demonstrably less cruelty on a daily basis. Many hundreds of years ago, before the emergence of a common civil law, settled governments, and national boundaries, villages were often overrun by roving bands of plunderers or the armies of nearby towns. Feudal lords or landed families were either venting grievances or seeking to increase their territory. City-states had high walls, moats, and embattlements for a reason....
  • IRS Head Weighs In On Same-Sex Marriage, Nonprofit Status of Religious Colleges

    08/04/2015 6:37:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    John Koskinen, the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, told a Senate committee that he would not take the initiative to revoke the nonprofit status of religious colleges that oppose same-sex marriage, but left the door open for such revocations in the future. "We see no basis for changing our examination criteria as a result of this Supreme Court case," he said, referring to the June 26 decision that struck down all state laws that recognized marriage as the union of a man and a woman. "If we ever did that, we would issue it for public comment," he added....
  • Cardinal Hopes Gay Masses Can Be Rolled Out Throughout Church in England and Wales

    08/04/2015 5:45:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 7/31/15 | Joanna Moorhead
    A Westminster diocesan initiative to extend a special welcome to lesbian and gay Catholics at a regular Mass has proved so successful that Cardinal Vincent Nichols would like it to be rolled out nationwide, his lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) liaison priest has said. The Masses, at the Jesuit Farm Street Church in central London, replaced the more controversial, so-called gay Masses that were designated for LGBT Catholics at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Soho until 2013. Key to the transition was that the Farm Street Masses are an extension of the dioceses pastoral care for gay...
  • Morning Devotional: The House of Prayer (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/04/2015 5:37:03 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies ^ | 8/4/2015
    My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples (v. 7). - Isaiah 56:68 As Christians consider what the Bible has to say about worship, it is crucial that we consider what all of Scripture says about how we are to come before God when we offer up our sacrifices of praise. This means that we must look at the Old Testament no less than we consider what the New Testament teaches. In so doing, we have to keep in mind that not everything done in worship under the old covenant carries over into the new covenant....
  • Cardinal Mller speaks on Synod, Medjugorje, Lefebrists, and more

    08/04/2015 5:35:54 AM PDT · by markomalley
    The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has said that the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops must avoid reducing the word of Jesus and the teaching of the Church. In an wide-ranging interview with, Cardinal Gerhard Mller spoke about the challenges facing the Synod, the reported apparitions at Medjugorje, the efforts to reconcile the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), and his own role at the Vaticans doctrinal agency. The Synod, in discussions of marriage and family life, will strive to give the faithful a renewed understanding of the meaning of...
  • Loving Money Ignores True Gain (from the book Strength for Today)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/04/2015 3:28:50 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    But godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment (1 Timothy 6:6). True wealth is found in contentment, not in monetary gain. Love of money and contentment are mutually exclusive. An ancient Roman proverb says, Money is like seawater; the more you drink, the thirstier you get. Ecclesiastes 5:10 summarizes the point this way: He who loves money will not be satisfied with money. History has also demonstrated that no amount of riches can compensate for a lack of contentment. Millionaire financier John D. Rockefeller said, I have made many millions, but they have brought me...
  • The Source of True Love (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/04/2015 3:25:39 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God. . . . We love because He first loved us (1 John 4:7, 19). True love cannot be generated on the human level. Its a gift from God. Scripture often makes seemingly impossible demands of us. For example, Jesus said, Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you (Matt. 5:44). That's easy to say, but how is it possible? Our natural tendency is to love our friends and hate our enemies. But Jesus said, If you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not...
  • Love is Unnatural (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/04/2015 3:21:30 AM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Key Life ^ | Aug 3, 2015 | Steve Brown
    God makes a big deal out of love. In fact, our relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ are marked by love. Love is so central to the biblical message you would think that, even if we got everything else wrong, we would at least get love right. If God talks so much about love Why do we love so little? Why dont you love? Why dont I love? Love is Unnatural I dont love because love is unnatural. In return for my love they are my accusers (Psalm 109:4). And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many...
  • Pakistan: When converting to Christ means death

    08/04/2015 3:15:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 8/3/15 | Paolo Affatato
    She was an apostate. He was guilty of corrupting and dishonouring the woman. The fate of 28-year-old Aleem Masih and 23-year-old Nadia Din Meo, a married couple from Lahore, was doomed in Pakistan. After the young couple married and the girl converted to Christianity, Nadias relatives could not bear the dishonour of having a Christian convert in the family. So after a merciless manhunt, they committed a cold blooded murder. Both young people were shot. Aleem died on the spot. Nadia was supposed to meet the same fate too but miraculously she made it through and is currently in hospital,...
  • Prayer for Our American Heroes and Our Nation

    08/04/2015 1:13:54 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 1 replies
    August 4, 2015 | Jeanbl
    And a Redeemer will come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. And as for Me, this is My covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and My words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever. Isaiah 59:20-21
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-04-15, M, St. John Vianney, Priest

    08/03/2015 10:18:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies ^ | 08-04-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 4, 2015 Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest Reading 1 Nm 12:1-13 Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses on the pretextof the marriage he had contracted with a Cushite woman.They complained, Is it through Moses alone that the LORD speaks?Does he not speak through us also?And the LORD heard this.Now, Moses himself was by far the meekest man on the face of the earth.So at once the LORD said to Moses and Aaron and Miriam,Come out, you three, to the meeting tent.And the three of them went.Then the LORD came down in the column of cloud,and standing...
  • Cardinal Blocks LGBT Activism in Prague [blocks Jeannine Gramick from speaking]

    08/03/2015 7:06:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 8/3/15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    PRAGUE, August 3, 2015 ( - Prague's archbishop, Cdl. Dominik Duka, has blocked a local parish from hosting two gay pride events during the city's gay pride parade. The parish, the Academic Parish of Prague, along with a gay advocacy group called Logos, was going to hold a discussion on the alleged bullying of people with same-sex attraction. The discussion would've featured American dissident Sister Jeannine Gramick of the pro-LGBT New Ways Ministry, a group that's already been condemned and restricted by the Church. There was also going to be a screening of a film about a homosexual priest. Both...

    08/03/2015 6:39:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | July 30, 2015 | FR. MARCEL GUARNIZO
    As a Catholic priest, I can only say it is embarrassing to have a Cardinal so blatantly and unfairly trying to associate Mr. Trump with the worst kinds of racism imaginable. I offer an apology on behalf of so many Catholics who are outraged by the dirty politics of Cardinal Dolan.
  • If We Walk In The Light...studies in Darkness and light pt 1

    If we walk in the light, as He is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another and the Blood of Jesus Christ Gods son, cleanses us from all sin.? (I john 1:7)What does it mean to walk in the Light? We know it doesnt mean that we walk in sinless perfection, otherwise we would not be assured that the one who walks in the light is continuously cleansed from all sin by the blood of Jesus Christ. What then does the passage mean,If we walk in the light.Earlier in the same section of scripture, John tells us that...
  • Evening Devotional: Christ our Model for Giving (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/03/2015 2:31:28 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    The Orthodox Presbyterian Church ^ | August 3 2015 | Peter G. Feenstra
    For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9 Bible Reading Philippians 2:513 Devotional The earthly ministry of our Lord and Saviour is the ultimate and highest example of gracious giving. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. He who is infinitely rich in the presence of His Father, willingly and voluntarily became...
  • Planned Parenthood sponsors deny funding organization amid hidden camera controversy

    08/03/2015 2:29:27 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/28/15 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Planned Parenthood once boasted a list of sponsors that read like a who's who of the Fortune 100, but now some of the biggest companies say they never gave money to the embattled organization. Coca-Cola, Ford and Xerox are all among the companies listed in a roster of corporate sponsors claimed by Planned Parenthood, but representatives for the companies said they either never donated to the organization or had not in years. Planned Parenthood, which is now reeling from the release of two undercover videos in which top officials alluded to selling fetus parts, had published the company names on...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    08/03/2015 2:00:52 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    8-3-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord thy God in the Midst of thee is Mighty; He will Save; He will Rejoice over thee with Joy. He will Rest in His Love, He will Joy over thee with Singing.
  • Explosions Cause Minor Damage, Shock Congregants at 2 New Mexico Churches

    08/03/2015 11:07:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/2/15 | AP
    LAS CRUCES, N.M. A pair of small explosions just 20 minutes and a few miles apart shocked congregants Sunday morning at two churches in southern New Mexico. There were no injuries or deaths from the blasts outside Calvary Baptist and Holy Cross Roman Catholic in Las Cruces, Las Cruces police spokesman Danny Trujillo said. Each building sustained minor damage. Authorities are working to determine who planted the explosives, what materials were used and whether the blasts were related. "It doesn't appear to be coincidental because of the timing, but you never know," Trujillo told The Associated Press. Several agencies...
  • Catholic Churches Won't Oust Boy Scout Troops Over Gay Issue [New Orleans]

    08/03/2015 10:40:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Times Picayune ^ | 7/31/15 | Shelby Hartman
    Roman Catholic churches may continue sponsoring Boy Scout troops despite a recent policy change that permits gay troop leaders, Archbishop of New Orleans Gregory Aymond says. His statement echoes one issued Monday by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. The committee expressed concern that the Boy Scouts of America organization does not state "sexual behavior should be reserved to a husband and a wife in marriage." But they said scouting will continue to serve an important role for Catholic youth. In the policy change, the Boy Scouts of America's National Executive Board decided Monday to allow gay trooper leaders. But...
  • Consider Answering This Question That Jesus Posed

    08/03/2015 8:05:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Consider Answering This Question That Jesus Posed Msgr. Charles Pope • August 2, 2015 • In the midst of explaining a parable to the disciples, Jesus stopped and asked them a question:“Do you understand these things?” (Mt. 13:52)Now, rule number one in reading Scripture is when Jesus asks a question, you answer it. You don’t keep reading to see how the Apostles or disciples answered it. You stop, put down the Bible, and answer it yourself. I have deliberately not provided any context to the question Jesus asks above (you can look it up later if you’d like). But...
  • Christ the Creationist

    08/03/2015 7:58:49 AM PDT · by fishtank · 5 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | Oct. 2015 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Christ the Creationist by Jonathan Sarfati Many in the Church question whether creation is relevant to the Christian faith or Christian living. Some say, Dont worry about Genesis; just believe in Jesus. Others even call themselves red-letter Christians, concentrating only on Jesus recorded statements which are in red in some Bibles. However, this position is self-refuting. Even using red letters alone, we can show that Jesus did not subscribe to this view. Jesus said, Scripture cannot be broken (John 10:35)for Him, what Scripture says is what God says. Many times, Jesus said, It is written , then cited Scripture as...
  • I Was Training to Be a Radical Imam and Then Saw Jesus

    08/03/2015 7:35:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/03/2015 | BY HERMOINE MACURA
    Thousands of People Are Being Transformed by Jesus Christ in the Arab World as the Gospel Breaks New Ground in a Region Hostile to Its Message and Its Missionaries. ERBIL, IRAQ Amidst the battle against Islamic State across Syria and Iraq, an Arab Holocaust continues to unfold as millions of people flee their extremist ideologies and horrifying violence. The situation is reaching a "new level of barbarity with each passing day" that's resulting in "devastating spillover effects across the region," stated U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at a meeting with world powers late last year. Here in Iraq and...
  • Morning Devotional: Worship from the Heart (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/03/2015 7:32:46 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard (vv. 35a). - Genesis 4:15 Scripture devotes its attention to many topics, and some are dealt with more often than others. Among the subjects that receive the most sustained attention are the character of God, the work of the Messiah, the plight of humanity in sin, and...
  • The Big, Mean, Nasty Dead Baby Pictures: What Good Can that Stuff Do?

    08/03/2015 7:22:47 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 8/2/15 | Hilary White
    You know, there are times when I wish the real world were less like satire. I wrote the following fictional news piece as a joke with a friend, a fellow journalist, on Facebook as we were anticipating (still waiting, by the way) the official response from the USCCB on the ongoing revelations of the Planned Parenthood videos. The appalling ghastliness of the videos revealing the worlds largest abortionist organisations baby-parts business, I felt, made the usual bland, boilerplate, bishopspeak rhetoric seem even more absurd and outrageous than usual. We were having a good (though somewhat grim) laugh, lowering, en-blanding and...
  • The Love of Money (from the book Strength for Today)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/03/2015 7:14:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). There are specific indicators that warn us if we are loving money. Todays verse is a classic reference and contains the overarching scriptural principle concerning our attitude toward money. In referring to the love of money, Paul is essentially talking about the sin of greed. That sin is a serious offense in Gods eyes, which means we ought to desire with all our hearts to have victory over it. And we can begin to achieve such victory by recognizing the major warning signs of...
  • Filling up an Empty Word (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/03/2015 7:12:09 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "I show you a still more excellent way" (1 Cor. 12:31). Biblical love is characterized by humility, obedience to God, and self-sacrifice. In our society, love is a common word but an uncommon experience. Often those who use the word most understand it least. Many who think they've found love have really settled for something far less than God intended for them. For many, love means a romantic or sexual relationship. While Scripture has much to say about intimacy within marriage, the word love takes on a different meaning in the New Testament. Even Ephesians 5:25 ("Husbands, love your wives")...
  • For evangelical voters, Rafael Cruz may be Teds best apostle

    08/03/2015 1:53:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | July 31, 2015 | Jonathan Tilove
    Rafael Cruz, father to Ted, is writing a book. It will be about how America was founded as a Christian nation. About how the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are the word of God. About how America lost its way a half century ago when the Supreme Court banned prayer in school and tossed the Bible from classrooms, ushering in an era of declining morals and rising crime. About how churches, cowed by a misunderstanding of separation of church and state, and to their enduring moral shame, acquiesced. About how its time for pastors and Christians generally ...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-03-15

    08/02/2015 11:13:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies RNAB ^ | 08-03-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 3, 2015 Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Nm 11:4b-15 The children of Israel lamented,Would that we had meat for food!We remember the fish we used to eat without cost in Egypt,and the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks,the onions, and the garlic.But now we are famished;we see nothing before us but this manna. Manna was like coriander seed and had the color of resin.When they had gone about and gathered it up,the people would grind it between millstones or pound it in a mortar,then cook it in a pot and make it into...
  • Washington A Man of Prayer 2015 - Jonathan Cahn's message

    Powerful speech! America needs a leader like this. God Bless him!
  • Extremists execute the unborn, Christians seek truth and justice

    08/02/2015 6:55:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 7/31/15 | Carl E. Olsen
    Yesterday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest, when asked about President Obama's reaction to the series of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress in which Planned Parenthood officials discuss selling fetal organs for profit, "said the videos were released in a 'fraudulent way' with 'not a lot of evidence' behind them." (The entire press conference can be viewed on the C-SPAN site.) Earnest stated: There is ample reason to think that this is merely the tried and true tactic that weve seen from extremists on the right to edit this video and selectively release this edited version...

    08/02/2015 6:10:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    The Stumbling Block ^ | 8/02/15 | The Stumbling Block
    Timothy Dolan, Cardinal of New York, has taken to the Washington Post to assassinate the character of the leading Republican presidential candidate just because he holds a position with which most of the country agrees.
  • Even Babies Think Crime Deserves Punishment

    08/02/2015 5:42:44 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    Live Science ^ | 11/28/2011 | Stephanie Pappas
    Babies as young as 8 months want to see wrongdoers punished, a new study finds. In contrast, younger babies prefer to see individuals being nice to one another even when that means that someone is nice to a character who deserves a slap on the wrist. "This study helps to answer questions that have puzzled evolutionary psychologists for decades," Kiley Hamlin, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia, said in a statement... (snip) The researchers wanted to know if the babies would prefer the ball-giving puppet or the one that took the ball away. They found that 5-month-olds...
  • ISIS Forces Assyrian Christian Woman to Trample Jesus Christ's Image at Gunpoint

    08/02/2015 4:04:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 31, 2015 | STOYAN ZAIMOV
    A Syrian refugee woman crosses into Turkey with her children at the Akcakale border gate in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 15, 2015. On Sunday, Turkish authorities reopened the border after a few days of closure, a security source said, adding that they expected as many as 10,000 people to come across. A Syrian refugee woman crosses into Turkey with her children at the Akcakale border gate in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 15, 2015. On Sunday, Turkish authorities reopened the border after a few days of closure, a security source said, adding that they expected as many as 10,000 people to...
  • This animated map shows how religion spread across the world

    08/02/2015 12:18:16 PM PDT · by The Cuban · 7 replies ^ | Alex Kuzoian
    (The link is to a map supposedly showing the spread of world religions through time. Conveniently, It fails to show that Palestine, North Africa or the Middle East was Christianized prior to Mohammed, or, in fact, ever. This is the BS the machine is spreading as fact.) Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are five of the biggest religions in the world. Over the last few thousand years, these religious groups have shaped the course of history and had a profound influence on the trajectory of the human race.
  • Syrian Christians and the English Jew

    08/02/2015 11:37:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    WaPo ^ | 07-30-2015 | Charles Krauthammer
    ...Meanwhile, on a more limited scale, there are things that can be done. Three weeks ago, for example, 150 Syrian Christians were airlifted to refuge and safety in Poland. That’s the work of the Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund. It provided the flight and will support the refugees for as long as 18 months as they try to remake their lives. The person behind all this is Lord George Weidenfeld: life peer, philanthropist, publisher (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, established 1949), Europeanist (founder of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue to promote classically liberal European values), proud public Jew (honorary vice president of the World...
  • The Right Attitude Toward Money(from the book Strength for Today Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/02/2015 8:58:25 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    But godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content (1 Timothy 6:6-8). Believers should not have a self-centered preoccupation with money. With all the attention modern society gives to money, what it can buy, and the dividends it can earn, Christians are continually challenged to view it properly. But Scripture provides us with much help and guidance in this area. It is replete with warnings and...
  • A Hymn of Love (from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/02/2015 8:54:31 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "I show you a still more excellent way" (1 Cor. 12:31). Without love, spiritual gifts are meaningless. First Corinthians 13 has been called the hymn of love, a lyrical interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount, and the Beatitudes set to music. It's a beautiful portion of Scripture that comes as a breath of fresh air in a book dealing with one problem after another. This chapter has often been isolated from its context, but its real power lies in the balance and correction it gives to the rest of the book. The Corinthians, like all Christians, had been gifted...
  • Married lesbian approved as head of Catholic day care in Cardinal Marxs diocese

    08/02/2015 8:36:08 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 31, 2015 | Maike Hickson & John-Henry Westen
    The website of the German Bishops' Conference,, reported yesterday on the first case of a practicing homosexual permitted to remain in a position at a Catholic Church institution despite a flagrant and public violation of the Church's moral law. The woman who heads a Caritas Day Care Center in Bavaria, had been asked in April to leave her position due to her announcement that she was going to marry a woman. The decision has now been rescinded, according to Fr. Hans Lindenberger, head of the Caritas in Munich, Germany. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who is the Archbishop of the Diocese...
  • Come Over Here Where the Feast of the Lord is Going On A Homily for the 18th Sunday of the Year

    08/02/2015 6:16:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-01-15 | Nsgr, Charles Pope
    Come Over Here Where the Feast of the Lord is Going On – A Homily for the 18th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 1, 2015 • All of the readings in today’s Mass speak of human desire. The Israelites in the desert are hungry, so are the people by the lakeside with Jesus. And in the Epistle, St. Paul warns of corrupted desires. In all of the readings, God teaches us that our desires are ultimately directed to Him, who alone can truly satisfy us. Why is this? Because our desires are infinite, and no...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/2/15)[Prayer]

    08/02/2015 3:19:34 AM PDT · by left that other site · 12 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/2/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Elijah 11I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers. 2But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. 3And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. 4They are the two olive trees and the two lampstands, and they stand before the Lord of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-02-15, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/01/2015 8:25:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 54 replies ^ | 08-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 2, 2015 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 16:2-4, 12-15 The whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them,Would that we had died at the LORDs hand in the land of Egypt,as we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread! But you had to lead us into this desertto make the whole community die of famine! Then the LORD said to Moses,I will now rain down bread from heaven for you. Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion;thus will I test...
  • Cowardly Americans Tremble In Fear While A Courageous Nun Defends Women

    08/01/2015 7:21:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    It is getting frustrating to see yet another abominable Republican attack on womens reproductive rights without any acknowledgment that it is a concerted religious effort to dominate and control American women and nothing else. It is true that it is a uniquely American unwritten cardinal sin to utter one negative word about Christian extremists imposing their religious liberty on Americans, but for dogs sake the time to stand up for women and against theocratic assaults on their rights is long past. There are, allegedly, good Christians in the population and they certainly outnumber the fanatical evangelical control freaks, but except...
  • Fr. Barron on Planned Parenthood and the Loss of Human Dignity

    08/01/2015 5:55:51 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 29, 2015 | Fr. Robert Barron
    8 minute video
  • Priesthood

    08/01/2015 3:50:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 77 replies ^ | not given | J. POHLE
    Priesthood. The word priest (Germ. Priester; Fr. pretre; Ital. prete) is derived from the Greek presbuteros (the elder, as distinguished from neoteros, the younger), and is, in the hieratical sense, equivalent to the Latin sacerdos, the Greek iereus, and the Hebrew KHN. By the term is meant a (male) person called to the immediate service of the Deity and authorized to hold public worship, especially to offer sacrifice. In many instances the priest is the religious mediator between God (gods) and man and the appointed teacher of religious truths, especially when these include esoteric doctrines. To apply the word...
  • Syrian Christians Wed in Bombed-Out Church

    08/01/2015 2:09:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Women of Grace ^ | July 31, 2015
    More than 2,000 locals who were driven out of their hometown of Homs, Syria, returned on July 12 to witness a moment of sweet triumph as a young couple married inside the wreckage of their beloved church.The Daily Mail is reporting on the bitter sweet story of Fadi and Rana, 28, two refugees of the years-long Syrian civil war, who met in a refugee camp. Fadi, a university graduate who was working at a pharmaceutical factory in the city before he was forced to flee, fell in love with Rana while they were both working for the U.N. Refugee Agency.When...
  • Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord

    08/01/2015 11:40:08 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    OCA ^ | OCA
    Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord (First of the three Feasts of the Savior in August) Commemorated on August 1 Troparion & KontakionThe Procession of the Venerable Wood of the Life-Creating Cross of the Lord: In the Greek Horologion of 1897 the derivation of this Feast is explained: Because of the illnesses that occur in August, it was customary, in former times, to carry the Venerable Wood of the Cross through the streets and squares of Constantinople for the sanctification of the city, and for relief from sickness. On the eve (July 31), it...
  • Archbishop Auza addresses UN Security Council

    08/01/2015 11:08:44 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 7/31/15 | Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Unite
    Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, addressed the UN Security Council on Thursday. His address was directed to the Council's open debate on "Peace and Security Challenges facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS)", drawing heavily on Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato si'. Please find below Archbishop Auza's full address: Intervention of H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Peace and Security Challenges facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS) New York, 30 July 2015 Mr....
  • Please pray for my nephew

    08/01/2015 11:00:57 AM PDT · by Raebie · 64 replies
    My nephew, Garrett, was injured in a diving accident on Tuesday. He sustained a c5 spinal cord injury and is paralyzed from the shoulders down. He just turned 17 in June. Any thoughts, prayers or advice on how to help navigate this nightmare would be so appreciated. Thanks - Rae
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    08/01/2015 9:57:54 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 9 replies
    August 1, 2015 | Irish Rose
    For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men. To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land, to deny a man his rights before the Most High, to deprive a man of justice would not the Lord see such things? (Lamentations 3:31-36)
  • Is Planned Parenthood Murdering Babies Outside The Womb?...

    08/01/2015 9:33:32 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 33 replies
    Restore-DC-Catholicism ^ | 7/31/15 | Restore-DC-Catholicism
    Is Planned Parenthood Murdering Babies Outside The Womb? Do GOP Officials Have Ties To The Baby-Part Scandals? Let's look at the first question. Over the past few days I and many other pro-life bloggers have been sharing videos produced by Center for Medical Reform. Four have been released so far. These videos provide prima facie evidence that Planned Parenthood is actively engaged in trafficking of baby body parts - parts that come from the babies whom they have murdered. Heavily implicated in this activity is a business partner of theirs known as Stem Express. Stem Express, a California-based outfit, has...