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  • Pope calls for fighting hunger and poverty as key to stopping jihadists

    11/28/2014 8:34:45 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 12 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 141128 | Robert Spencer
    Alleviating hunger and poverty won’t end jihad terrorism. The Pope here is repeating the oft-refuted notion that poverty causes terrorism. CNS News noted in September 2013 that “according to a Rand Corporation report on counterterrorism, prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2009, ‘Terrorists are not particularly impoverished, uneducated, or afflicted by mental disease. Demographically, their most important characteristic is normalcy (within their environment). Terrorist leaders actually tend to come from relatively privileged backgrounds.’ One of the authors of the RAND report, Darcy Noricks, also found that according to a number of academic studies, ‘Terrorists turn out...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-29-14

    11/28/2014 7:16:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-29-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 29, 2014Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 22:1-7 John said:An angel showed me the river of life-giving water,sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of Godand of the Lamb down the middle of the street,On either side of the river grew the tree of lifethat produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month;the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations.Nothing accursed will be found anymore.The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it,and his servants will worship him.They will look upon his face, and his...
  • Pope Francis Discusses The End Of The World

    11/28/2014 6:46:17 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    International Business Times ^ | November 28, 2014 | Athena Yenko
    Pope Francis Discusses The End Of The World By Athena Yenko November 28, 2014 Pope Francis addresses humans' ancient question on when and how the end of the world will take place. On Nov 27, he addressed pilgrims during his weekly General Audience in St Peter's Square. Pope Francis said people had been spontaneously thinking about how the final passage will take place and what will happen to humanity and to the world that surrounds humans. He said these questions exist and, in fact, even the disciples of Jesus had the very same questions. He added these questions are ancient...
  • Hichborn On CCHD, Cdl Maradiaga And Their Corrupting Influences On The Church

    11/28/2014 5:31:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Restore DC Catholicism ^ | NOVEMBER 26, 2014 | Restore DC Catholicism
    Christine Niles of Forward Boldly recently interviewed Michael Hichborn of Lepanto Institute. Hichborn has done extensive research on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and other socialistic encroachments into the leadership and structure of the Catholic Church. Another corroding element upon which he touched is Cardinal Maradiaga. He focused on Maradiaga's leadership of Caritas International. The interview was extensive so perhaps time did not permit the discussion of other issues regarding Maradiaga; I've touched upon some of these, as you can see in this anthology of blog posts. One of them is the role that Maradiaga played in our recent...
  • I Hated the Idea of Becoming Catholic

    11/28/2014 2:33:31 PM PST · by NYer · 217 replies
    Aleteia ^ | JUNE 20, 2014 | ANTHONY BARATTA
    It was the day after Ash Wednesday in 2012 when I called my mom from my dorm room at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and told her I thought I was going to become Catholic. “You’re not going to become Catholic, you just know you’re not Southern Baptist,” she said. “No, I don’t think so.” A pause. “Oh boy,” she sighed. I started crying. I cannot stress enough how much I hated the idea of becoming Catholic. I was bargaining to the last moment. I submitted a sermon for a competition days before withdrawing from school. I was memorizing Psalm 119...
  • At issue: $35K grant from Catholic group to pro-'gay' clergy

    11/28/2014 2:16:41 PM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Charlie Butts
    ...the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is providing a $35,000 grant to the Coalition. "[The Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition is] actively engaged in the promotion of homosexuality activism,"..."It's pushing this thing called the Gay-Straight Alliance [and] it actually formed its own Gay-Straight Alliance through one of its projects.
  • Harry Reid: 'We Sure Do Like' Pope Francis

    11/28/2014 11:42:46 AM PST · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    NewsMax ^ | November 26, 2014 | Cathy Burke
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Mormon, says he's an unabashed fan of Roman Catholic Pope Francis. "We sure do like this new pope," Reid gushed to the The New York Times. The veteran Democrat acknowledges that he can profess his admiration even though he's "had dealings" with Cardinal Raymond Burke, a powerful Roman Catholic leader who's been demoted twice from key positions by the pope.
  • Priestly Celibacy and the Demise of Marriage

    11/28/2014 11:21:03 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 28, 2014 | JOE BISSONNETTE
    Fr. Richard John Neuhaus used to call it “the parish paper,” a gentle barb at the pretensions of the self-described “paper of record,” but also, I think, a subtle pastoral hand extended to those who think they get all the advice they need when they look in the mirror.Yes, I’m talking about the New York Times, which just ran a discussion group on dropping the celibacy requirement for Catholic clergy. It was a “usual suspects” sort of panel, with the balance one would expect. Of 7 panelists 4 were in favor of married priests, one argued both for and...
  • Pro-lifers, If You Like Drudge, You Will Love the Stanek Report

    11/28/2014 11:07:07 AM PST · by Diago · 9 replies
    Margaret Sanger Blog ^ | Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | Tully Becket Flynn
    A powerful pro-life internet presence has evolved over the years in response to the repulsive pro-abortion news coverage we have come to expect from the left-wing, mainstream media. As we outline below, there are countless great pro-life blogs, pro-life news sites, pro-life organization websites, and pro-life activist sites out there. But now we have The Stanek Report.  The Stanek Report  serves as an invaluable, prolife news aggregation website pulling many of these resources together on one user friendly news site.  If you like the Drudge Report, you will love  The Stanek Report. **************** **************************** Earlier this year, we highlighted many of the...
  • ‘THE SISTERHOOD: BECOMING NUNS’ PORTRAYS THE ‘REALITY’ OF RELIGIOUS LIFE

    11/28/2014 10:28:21 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | November 27, 2014 | KATE O'HARE
    Floods of tears; ecstatic, frankly romantic visions of Jesus; low points and high drama — you’re either reading St. Therese’s autobiography “The Story of a Soul” or you’re watching “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns.”Of course, one of these is a classic work of spirituality by a Doctor of the Church, and the other is a Lifetime reality show (premiering Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT), but they’re both the stories of emotional, expressive young women dealing with the notion of becoming a Bride of Christ.Granted, Therese would never have done anything like “twerking,” as does one of the five young...
  • Stop the Madness of Un-Thanksgiving

    11/28/2014 9:49:46 AM PST · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    Tradition, Family, & Property Blog ^ | November 28, 2014 | John Horvat II
    Stop the Madness of Un-Thanksgiving John Horvat II 26 November As we gear up for the Thanksgiving holidays, many are preparing to engage in a strange new ritual that is crowding out the traditional turkey and pumpkin pie. The ritual, of course, is the extension of Black Friday shopping into Thanksgiving Day. It is a practice so shocking that we might as well create a new holiday—un-Thanksgiving—since nothing could be more contrary to the intention of the real holiday than its present evolution. This year, media will again report on frenzied shoppers mobbing retail stores in search of super bargains....
  • To Be A Pilgrim...

    By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 28, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/28/2014 8:48:40 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/28/14 | Joel Osteen
    Focus on What You Have Today's Scripture “Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage.” (Ecclesiastes 5:18, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The scripture talks about how God has given us the power to enjoy what is allotted to us. That simply means another person doesn’t have the power to enjoy your life. You may have more...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 28, 2014]

    11/28/2014 8:46:44 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Riches of the Destitute " …being justified freely by His grace… —Romans 3:24 " The gospel of the grace of God awakens an intense longing in human souls and an equally intense resentment, because the truth that it reveals is not palatable or easy to swallow. There is a certain pride in people that causes them to give and give, but to come and accept a gift is another thing. I will give my life to martyrdom; I will dedicate my life to service— I will do anything. But do not humiliate me to the level of the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JUDICIAL WORK, 11-28-14

    11/28/2014 8:24:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-28-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:JUDICIAL WORK A type of work forbidden on Sundays and holy days unless required by public necessity or permitted by legitimate custom. Judicial proceedings consist of the ordinary business of the courtroom, such as pleading cases, acting as witnesses, passing judgment. Judges and lawyers are not forbidden to do legal work privately, for example, preparing a brief or holding private consultations. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Hearts Aloft! A Reflection on our Mystical Transport to Heaven in Every Mass

    11/28/2014 7:11:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-27-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Hearts Aloft! A Reflection on our Mystical Transport to Heaven in Every Mass By: Msgr. Charles PopeBefore November ends and our consideration of the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell) gives way to Advent preparations for the great Second Coming that ushers in those things definitively,  let us turn our attention to a short, often-overlooked summons to Heaven that takes place in every Mass. It takes place in a short dialogue just after the prayer over the gifts and before the singing of the Sanctus. It is called the “preface dialogue” and it is really quite remarkable...
  • Same-Self Marriage

    11/28/2014 7:00:20 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 11-28-14 | Timothy George
    It’s only a trickle, not yet a trend, but it is out there, and it has a name: sologamy. Sologamy is the marriage of someone to one’s own self—the his- or herness of it is not relevant, although it seems to be mostly women who are doing it. Apparently Linda Baker was the first person to marry herself back in December 1993. Others have followed suit, including Sara Sharpe, who wrote about her self-marriage in A Dress, A Ring, Promises to Self. And there’s Nadine Schweigert, a thirty-six-year-old-woman from Fargo, North Dakota, who was interviewed by Anderson Cooper after marrying...
  • Brazilian Bishops Establish Commission on Married Priesthood

    11/28/2014 5:59:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Pray Tell ^ | 11/27/14 | Fr. Anthony Ruff
    Pray Tell has tracked the story of Bishop Erwin Kräutler’s meeting with Pope Francis about the severe priesthood shortage and mandatory celibacy in Brazil, and Francis’ suggestion that the bishops of Brazil set up commission to make suggestions to Rome for a solution. This has now happened. According to apic, the national conference of bishops of Brazil (CNBB) has formed a commission to study the possibility of ordaining married men as priests.
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/28/14)[Prayer]

    11/28/2014 5:58:25 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/28/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible Weaver New International Version (NIV) He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers--all of them skilled workers and designers. (Exodus 35:35)
  • The Plight of Christians in Turkey, Ahead of Pope Francis' Visit

    11/28/2014 5:36:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/26/14 | Sébastien de Courtois
    Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 26, 2014 / 04:43 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Since the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, and especially since the eruption of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Turkey has become the destination—or passage way—for hundreds of thousands of refugees, many of them Christians. Many, too, are young, single people, prepared to take great risks. In early November, a boat carrying illegal migrants from Turkey to Bulgaria capsized just after coming through the Straits of the Bosporus. The bulk of refugees end up in Istanbul, the vast metropolis capable of absorbing so many...
  • Cardinal Koch on Ecumenical Dialogue in Turkey, Russia, With Evangelicals

    11/28/2014 5:22:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Notes Hopes That Francis' Apostolic Trip to Turkey Can Deepen Relations, Prepare Next StepsSwiss Cardinal Kurt Koch has suggested ecumenical dialogue is reaching new heights under the pontificate of Jesuit Pope Francis. In a wide-ranging interview with ZENIT at the Vatican last week, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity discusses Pope Francis' trip to Turkey and what it means for ecumenical dialogue and how this Pope’s reaching out to Evangelicals has created a “new situation” for the Church. Moreover, the prelate speaks on where the Church’s relationship with the Patriarchate of Moscow currently stands, the Pope’s...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (11/28/2014) [Prayer]

    11/27/2014 9:29:11 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 13 replies
    28 November 2014 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Jude 1:20-22 (NIV) ----
  • Thanksgiving and Chanukah

    11/27/2014 9:08:19 PM PST · by Phinneous · 2 replies
    Chabad.org / YouTube ^ | 2010 | Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, ZT'L
    A brief (8 minute) talk about the connection between Thanksgiving, its acknowledgement of G-d, America's religious freedom/founding, and Chanukah (spreading light.) Note: This is subtitled (the Rebbe, Rabbi Schneerson speaks in Yiddish) but it's worth listening, reading, and watching. He highlights our REAL American values so poignantly and perfectly-- and blesses Reagan to boot... a great end of the Holiday!
  • A Brief History of Catholic Claims to Shakespeare

    11/27/2014 7:27:57 PM PST · by annalex · 33 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | NOV 26 2014, 4:35 PM ET | ADAM CHANDLER
    On Tuesday, word spread about the discovery of a "first folio" of the works of William Shakespeare [...]. It was uncovered by some industrious librarians in St.-Omer, France, near the city of Calais, at a public library that already boasts possession of an even rarer Gutenberg Bible. The folio, as the BBC noted, "collects 36 of Shakespeare's 38 known plays for the first time, and was originally printed in 1623, seven years after the playwright's death." As Jennifer Schuessler reported, the folio's unearthing brings the total number of known Shakespeare compendiums to 233. [...] ...over the past century-and-a-half, based on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-28-14

    11/27/2014 7:17:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-28-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 28, 2014Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 20:1-4, 11-21:2 I, John, saw an angel come down from heaven,holding in his hand the key to the abyss and a heavy chain.He seized the dragon, the ancient serpent,which is the Devil or Satan,and tied it up for a thousand years and threw it into the abyss,which he locked over it and sealed,so that it could no longer lead the nations astrayuntil the thousand years are completed.After this, it is to be released for a short time. Then I saw thrones; those who sat on...
  • Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn’t support Kasper in synod debates

    11/27/2014 6:41:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Insight Scoop.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | CNA
    Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn’t support Kasper in synod debates Retired Pope Benedict XVI is pictured among cardinals, including Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, right, a few minutes before the start a consistory at which Pope Francis created 19 new cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 22. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn’t support Kasper in synod debates | CNA | Catholic World Report A new volume of Ratzinger’s collected works includes a revised essay on the reception of Communion by the divorced and remarried.A new volume of Benedict XVI’s collected works includes...
  • 'A.D.' Series' Trailer Released Slated for Easter Sunday Premiere (Osteen Alert)

    11/27/2014 3:21:43 PM PST · by Gamecock · 43 replies
    Nov 27, 2014 | Justin Sarachik
    Full Title: 'A.D.' Series' Trailer Released; Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's 'The Bible' Followup Slated for Easter Sunday Premiere [VIDEO] ____________________________________________________________________ NBC just released the first official trailer of the upcoming "The Bible" followup, "A.D." which will focus on the events after the death of Christ and the formation of the early church. The show will debut on NBC Easter Sunday 2015, and the trailer shows some of the violent and tumultuous times surrounding the last days of Christ. "The Bible" and "A.D." was created by husband and wife duo Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. "These disciples, after Jesus dies...
  • Cyber-Shopping: 10 Great Christmas Gifts made by Monks and Nuns

    11/27/2014 1:54:48 PM PST · by NYer · 48 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 27, 2014 | ZELDA CALDWELL
    Zelda Caldwell November 27, 2014 The Texas Nuns Does the thought of hitting the malls this Black Friday (and beyond) fill you with dread? Is a crowded parking lot an occasion of sin for you? Do gift cards leave you feeling like a failure? Why not skip all that stress and and give your loved ones thoughtful, unique, and delicious gifts made by monks and nuns from monasteries and religious communities around the country and available online?   These handcrafted and original gifts will thrill everyone on your list, from your most pious aunt to your hipster nephew searching...
  • Pope Francis Invites Notorious Blasphemer to Headline Vatican “Christmas Concert

    11/27/2014 11:32:23 AM PST · by ebb tide · 39 replies
    <p>It is hard to escape the conclusion that Pope Francis would like to turn the whole Catholic Church into the pastoral equivalent of the decadent and dying Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, where Catholics — as in all of South America — are defecting to Protestant sects, there are no vocations, and the former Archbishop Bergoglio “authorized ‘curas villeros,’ the priests sent to the peripheries, to give communion to all, although four fifths of the couples were not even married.”</p>
  • German Catholic bishops tabled allowing Church to divorced-remarried or Sodomite pseudo-married

    11/27/2014 9:44:28 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture Org ^ | November 26, 2014 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
     German bishops weigh hiring homosexual partners, remarried divorcés  Catholic World News - November 26, 2014 The German Catholic bishops have discussed—but eventually tabled—a proposal to allow Church institutions to hire workers who are divorced and remarried, or who are in active homosexual relationships.   Current Church policies forbid the hiring of employees whose living arrangements are in clear contradiction of Christian moral law. But journalist Edward Pentin reports that at a meeting this week, a majority of the German bishops, led by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, were prepared to change that policy.   The drive for change was stalled, at least temporarily,...
  • Thanksgiving Day Is For Thanking and Praising God – Just Ask Lincoln

    11/27/2014 9:32:48 AM PST · by millegan · 8 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    In the midst of the American Civil War, Lincoln noted that the country’s industry and population was still growing. In the document officially instituting Thanksgiving as a national holiday, he explicitly credited this to nothing else but God’s grace: "No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy." He then asked everyone in the country “to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of...
  • Harry Reid Wants to Talk About the Vatican (“We sure do like this new pope”)

    11/27/2014 9:26:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jason Horowitz
    On a recent afternoon in the Senate majority leader’s office, Harry Reid decided he was done talking about his chief of staff, David Krone. Instead, he and his top aide wanted to chat about the Vatican. “We sure do like this new pope,” Mr. Reid said of Pope Francis. After a brief discussion about the pope’s opponents in the Catholic hierarchy, Mr. Reid, a Mormon from Searchlight, Nev., brought up the name of perhaps the pontiff’s most vocal critic, the American cardinal Raymond L. Burke, a once enormously powerful prelate who has lost key Vatican positions under Francis. “How about...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 27, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/27/2014 7:22:46 AM PST · by Vision · 12 replies
    Email ^ | 11/27/14 | Joel Osteen
    We Thank God for You! Today's Scripture "I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:3-6, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Today in America, we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a day to remember the goodness of God in our land and to thank Him...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 27, 2014]

    11/27/2014 7:20:38 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Consecration of Spiritual Power " …by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. —Galatians 6:14 " If I dwell on the Cross of Christ, I do not simply become inwardly devout and solely interested in my own holiness— I become strongly focused on Jesus Christ’s interests. Our Lord was not a recluse nor a fanatical holy man practicing self-denial. He did not physically cut Himself off from society, but He was inwardly disconnected all the time. He was not aloof, but He lived in another world. In fact, He was so much...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem((11/27/14)[Prayer]

    11/27/2014 5:50:02 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/27/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible Water Carrier New International Version (NIV) The Deceit of the Gibeonites …20"This we will do to them, even let them live, so that wrath will not be upon us for the oath which we swore to them." 21The leaders said to them, "Let them live." So they became hewers of wood and drawers of water for the whole congregation, just as the leaders had spoken to them. 22Then Joshua called for them and spoke to them, saying, "Why have you deceived us, saying, 'We are very far from you,'...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(Thanksgiving Day 2014)[Prayer]

    11/27/2014 5:38:30 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/27/14 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Stand Firm New International Version (NIV) Romans 5:2-5 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us
  • George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

    11/27/2014 5:31:07 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 8 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/27/14
    Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:" Now, therefore, I do...
  • How to Thank God as He Has Instructed – A Meditation on Thanksgiving Day

    11/27/2014 5:20:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-26-14 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    How to Thank God as He Has Instructed – A Meditation on Thanksgiving Day By: Msgr. Charles PopeYour grace and mercy,brought me through.I’m living this moment,Because of you.I want to thank you,And praise you too.Your grace and mercy,Brought me through!On this feast of Thanksgiving (here in America) we do well to ponder how we ought to give thanks to God. Indeed, how can one adequately thank God, who is the giver of every good and perfect gift? Is it really enough to simply kneel and say a prayer of thanks? Perhaps we should run to Church and light a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-27-14, Thanksgiving Day

    11/26/2014 8:24:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-27-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 27, 2014Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a I, John, saw another angel coming down from heaven,having great authority,and the earth became illumined by his splendor.He cried out in a mighty voice: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great.She has become a haunt for demons.She is a cage for every unclean spirit,a cage for every unclean bird,a cage for every unclean and disgusting beast.” A mighty angel picked up a stone like a huge millstoneand threw it into the sea and said: “With such force will Babylon the great city...
  • While Rome Burns, Pope And Bishops Attack The Latin Mass And Traditional Orders

    11/26/2014 4:36:39 PM PST · by ebb tide · 38 replies
    Traditional Catholic Priest ^ | November 25, 2015 | Fr. Peter Carota
    With so many serious problems in the world today, any sane person has to ask; “why are the powerful people in the Catholic Church trying to destroy traditional orders, priests and purposely stopping the offering of the Latin Mass?”
  • Yeshua Returns to Israel (Song)

    11/26/2014 2:53:32 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    A song about Messiah's return to Israel! (Zech. 12:10-14, 13:9) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bo9zXhA5ko&list=PLCIlBJSHXyrrhBeYGilqH9S5DgotIqAR8&index=3
  • Topless Activist Jumps on Main Altar at Strasbourg Cathedral to Protest Pope Francis

    11/26/2014 1:29:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/25/14 | Jeanne Smits
    Hours before Pope Francis’ visit to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on Tuesday, a Femen protester stripped to the waist and jumped onto the main altar of the town’s cathedral on Monday afternoon waving a European Union flag and multi-colored streamers. She danced on the altar for a full minute before running to the cathedral’s exit, vanishing among the crowd on the cathedral square. The woman’s identity has not been disclosed, nor has she been interrogated or arrested by the police. The topless protester had painted slogans on her naked torso: “Pope is not a...
  • Pope Francis to General Audience: "We will all meet in Heaven"

    11/26/2014 11:10:19 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 74 replies
    http://www.romereports.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | RomeReports
    It was a damp, cold morning in Rome. Many umbrellas and brightly colored ponchos could be seen as the popemobile circled around St. Peter's Square. Before beginning his catechesis, the Pope gave an encouraging word to the pilgrims. POPE FRANCIS "It's kind of an ugly day, huh? But you are courageous. Congratulations!” Pope Francis explained that the Church is on a path towards the Kingdom of Heaven, a seed that has been in the Earth. He also said that after death, Christians will come face to face with God. POPE FRANCIS "It is beautiful to think of this, to think...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 26, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/26/2014 10:01:39 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/26/14 | Joel Osteen
    This is the Will of God for You Today's Scripture “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria So many people today wonder what God’s will is for their lives. Oftentimes, they look for big things, signs and supernatural events. But really, God’s will for us unfolds each and every day as we obey Him and serve Him with a thankful heart. When you wake up every morning with an attitude of praise and thanksgiving, you just took a step toward your...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 26, 2014]

    11/26/2014 9:59:55 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Focal Point of Spiritual Power " …except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ… —Galatians 6:14 " If you want to know the power of God (that is, the resurrection life of Jesus) in your human flesh, you must dwell on the tragedy of God. Break away from your personal concern over your own spiritual condition, and with a completely open spirit consider the tragedy of God. Instantly the power of God will be in you. “Look to Me…” (Isaiah 45:22). Pay attention to the external Source and the internal power will be there. We lose power...
  • Turning to the East in the Diocese of Lincoln – UPDATED

    11/26/2014 9:21:34 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 26, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    UPDATED: see belowORIGINALLY POSTED on: Nov 21, 2014The late-great liturgist Klaus Gamber, who also influenced Joseph Ratzinger (also known by another name), said that turning around the altars was the single most damaging change that happened in the name of the Council, and it wasn’t even mandated by the Council.  There is no document that required tables be set up.But I digress.Great news from the Diocese of Lincoln!His Excellency Most Reverend James Conley has determined that Holy Mass in the Cathedral of Lincoln will be ad orientem. Bishop’s Column Looking to the east Friday, 21 November 2014 Jesus Christ will return in...
  • Thanksgiving Day Should Be Year Round

    11/26/2014 8:25:40 AM PST · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    ProjectYM.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Father Mathew P. Schneider, LC
    Sometimes, meeting other people gives us perspective. The other day I was serving some homeless people in one of the men said that he was thankful to God that he was alive, and he asked us to bring more Bibles next time. The next morning I had to get up early and I was complaining interiorly about the alarm clock and my sore muscles.
  • Pope Francis: Europe Seems 'Elderly and Haggard'

    11/26/2014 8:13:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    In a major address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Pope Francis called for a Europe “which revolves not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person.” “My visit comes more than a quarter of a century after that of Pope John Paul II,” he said. “Since then, much has changed throughout Europe and the world as a whole … Despite a larger and stronger Union, Europe seems to give the impression of being somewhat elderly and haggard.” Offering “a message of hope in the Lord, who turns evil into good and death into life,” Pope Francis...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    11/26/2014 7:57:40 AM PST · by Hiskid · 9 replies
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  • Our Nation’s Thanksgiving A Time to Thank Almighty God

    11/26/2014 7:08:02 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.thomasmore.org ^ | November 26, 2014 | TMLC
    Our Nation’s Thanksgiving A Time to Thank Almighty God Our Nation’s first Thanksgiving Day took place on November 26, 1789. It was a religious event. To the chagrin of the anti-religionists among us today, on September 25, 1789, the first act of Congress after framing the Bill of Rights, which prohibited an establishment of religion, was to pass a resolution requesting that the President of the United States recommend to the people a “Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer.” This Resolution is clear evidence that our Founding Fathers never imagined that the language of the Establishment Clause they had just...