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  • Meatless Fridays

    11/15/2012 7:24:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 11/25/12 | Greg Erlandson
    Hot dog! Friday abstinence may be back, and this ‘old Catholic’ is ready to embrace itWant to feel old? Talk to anyone under the age of 50 about meatless Fridays. Odds are, they will have no memory of it. They will have no knowledge of why Catholics were called “mackerel snappers,” nor will they laugh at tired George Carlin routines about going to hell for eating a hot dog. And they sure as heck won’t know why many restaurant chains still have their fish specials on Fridays. But for all you youngsters, you might get ready: Friday abstinence may be...
  • When a Letter of Congratulations Contains a Warning. . .

    11/15/2012 7:19:31 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | 11/14/12 | Motley Monk
    The Metropolitan of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Department of External Church Relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, and a permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Moscow, Bishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, has written a letter of congratulations to Right Reverend Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham and nominee as Archbishop of Canterbury. Consider its contents: Dear Brother and Lord Bishop, I would like to extend to you wholehearted congratulations on your election as Head of one of the oldest episcopal chairs founded by St. Augustine of Canterbury in the 7th century.You have been entrusted with the spiritual guidance...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EPHRAIM, 11-15-12

    11/15/2012 7:16:51 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-15-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):EPHRAIM Young son of the patriarch Joseph (Genesis 41), born in Egypt during the seven years of abundance. Ephraim's superiority over his brother Manasses is seen in the blessing he receives from his grandfather, Jacob (Genesis 48). Jacob adopts Manasses and Ephraim as his son, to make them into two tribes, but he gives the preference to the younger, by placing his right hand over Ephraim. The tribe of Ephraim became distinguished for its valor and prospered, but then became envious of the spiritual supremacy of Judah. The tribe of Ephraim provoked the rebellion and separation...
  • Barnesville teen denied Catholic confirmation after Facebook post supporting gay marriage

    11/15/2012 6:01:55 AM PST · by Last Dakotan · 59 replies
    Inforum ^ | November 14, 2012 | Erik Burgess
    BARNESVILLE, Minn. – If you want to be a Catholic, you have to be 100 percent Catholic. That’s the lesson one family here learned after their 17-year-old son was denied confirmation after the priest at the Assumption Church here found a pro same-sex marriage post on the teen’s Facebook. The decision by the Rev. Gary LaMoine to deny the religious rite of passage for Lennon Cihak in mid-October shocked his mother, who said her son has gone to church every week and volunteered around the community in preparation for his confirmation this year.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 15, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/15/2012 4:42:05 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/15/12 | Joel Osteen
    Enter His Rest Today's Scripture “For we who have believed do enter that rest...” (Hebrews 4:3, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God promises that there are set times in our future, but He doesn’t tell us when they will be. Your set time may be tomorrow morning at 9:47. You’ll get the phone call you’ve been waiting for. Your set time may be two years from now. You’ll get a good break and that will thrust you to a new level. My question is, “Do you trust God enough to believe that your set times are coming?”...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 15 2012]

    11/15/2012 4:40:43 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “What Is That to You?” "Peter . . . said to Jesus, ’But Lord, what about this man?’ Jesus said to him, ’. . . what is that to you? You follow Me’ " —John 21:21-22 One of the hardest lessons to learn comes from our stubborn refusal to refrain from interfering in other people’s lives. It takes a long time to realize the danger of being an amateur providence, that is, interfering with God’s plan for others. You see someone suffering and say, “He will not suffer, and I will make sure that he doesn’t.” You put your...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/14/12) [Prayer]

    11/15/2012 4:39:59 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/14/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Yahveh Makkeh (The LORD Who Smites)...Ezekiel 7:9Ezekiel 7:9 "I will turn my eyes away and show no pity. I will repay you for all your detestable sins. Then you will know that it is I, the Lord, who is striking the blow (The Lord Who Smites)." Ezekiel 7:9
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (11/15/12)[Prayer]

    11/15/2012 4:34:32 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/15/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Isaiah 40 28. Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31. but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow...
  • Guess Who?

    11/14/2012 10:44:44 PM PST · by reaganaut · 435 replies
    Mormon Reasearch Ministry ^ | Mormon Reasearch Ministry
    Members of the LDS Church are familiar with the charge that Mormonism isn't a Christian faith. They hear it often enough, but they really don't understand why people think that. "We are Christians," Mormon President Gordon B. Hinckley insisted. "We have the name of Jesus Christ right in the name of our Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We follow Christ. We worship Him. We love Him. He is the center of all we do"("Inspirational Thoughts," Liahona, June 1999, 3; 2 Nephi 25:24-29). In the summer of 2005 we asked Mormons in Nauvoo, Illinois to take a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-15-12, OM, St. Albert the Great, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    11/14/2012 9:30:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-15-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 15, 2012   Thursday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Phln 7-20 Beloved:I have experienced much joy and encouragement from your love,because the hearts of the holy oneshave been refreshed by you, brother.Therefore, although I have the full right in Christto order you to do what is proper,I rather urge you out of love,being as I am, Paul, an old man,and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus.I urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus,whose father I have become in my imprisonment,who was once useless to you but is now useful to both you...
  • The Sign of the Cross [Catholic and Orthodox Caucus]

    11/14/2012 8:55:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Fisheaters.com ^ | not given | Fisheaters.com
    The Sign of the Cross   "Let us not then be ashamed to confess the Crucified. Be the Cross our seal made with boldness by our fingers on our brow and in everything; over the bread we eat, and the cups we drink; in our comings in, and goings out; before our sleep, when we lie down and when we awake; when we are in the way and when we are still. Great is that preservative; it is without price, for the poor's sake; without toil, for the sick, since also its grace is from God. It is the Sign...
  • 'Practical atheism' more destructive than disbelief, Pope says

    11/14/2012 1:52:36 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | November 14, 2012 | Matthew A. Rarey
    Pope Benedict XVI gives the final blessing Nov. 14, 2012 during the general audience in Paul VI Hall. Credit: Matthew Rarey-CNA. Vatican City, Nov 14, 2012 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The practical atheism of those who say they are Christian but live as if God does not exist is a greater threat than actual atheism, Pope Benedict XVI said as he presented three ways for people to more fully discover God. While actual atheists often think deeply about God before rejecting belief, practical atheism “is even more destructive … because it leads to indifference towards faith and the...
  • Australian Priests Could be Forced to Breach Seal of the Confessional

    11/14/2012 10:52:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 69 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/14/12 | Jonathan Pearlman
    Australian priests could be forced to breach the seal of the confessional to report child sex abuse amid growing calls to end cover-ups involving the Catholic Church.Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Wednesday slammed the use of the confessional to avoid reporting abuse, saying it is a "sin of omission" and all adults have a duty to protect children. She announced this week the launch of a Royal Commission to investigate offences involving religious and non-religious organisations and insisted it will examine not only abuse but the role of institutions in covering it up. Though the commission's terms of reference are...
  • Papal Nuncio: Catholic Division Undermines Religious Freedom

    11/14/2012 10:39:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/13/12 | CNA/EWTN NEWS
    Persecution of Catholics is facilitated by internal dissent, Archbishop Carlo Vigano stresses in a speech at the University of Notre Dame.SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has told the University of Notre Dame that there is a concrete “menace” to religious liberty in the United States that is advancing in part because some influential Catholic public figures and university professors are allied with those opposed to Church teaching. “Evidence is emerging which demonstrates that the threat to religious freedom is not solely a concern for non-democratic and totalitarian regimes,” he said. “Unfortunately, it is surfacing with greater regularity...
  • Does It Matter Which Person of the Trinity We Pray to?

    11/14/2012 9:33:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 142 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/14/2012 | John Piper
    The following is an edited transcript of the audio. Does it matter which Person of the Trinity we pray to? Yes, I think it matters. But being wrong about doesn't mean that it's in the category of damnable sin and maybe not even in the category of sin at all. The Holy Spirit is sent into the world, according to John 16, to glorify the Son. And he glorifies the Son by leading us to the Son and causing us to see the Son as the ground for our access to the Father. The Son came to die for our...
  • Does It Matter Which Person of the Trinity We Pray to?

    11/14/2012 9:33:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/14/2012 | John Piper
    The following is an edited transcript of the audio. Does it matter which Person of the Trinity we pray to? Yes, I think it matters. But being wrong about doesn't mean that it's in the category of damnable sin and maybe not even in the category of sin at all. The Holy Spirit is sent into the world, according to John 16, to glorify the Son. And he glorifies the Son by leading us to the Son and causing us to see the Son as the ground for our access to the Father. The Son came to die for our...
  • IRS Receives Complaint Against Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

    11/14/2012 9:29:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/14/2012 | Michael Gryboski
    A secular group has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, alleging that the ministry's activity during the election season violates its tax exempt status. Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based organization, argued in its filed report that BGEA's "vote biblical values" ad campaign violated the IRS' rules on religious groups and political campaigning. "BGEA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has run full-page ads publicizing Billy Graham's call for the electorate to 'vote biblical values,'" said FFRF in a statement last week. "The ads have appeared in several 'swing state' newspapers in preparation for tomorrow's...
  • The Crisis of a Second Obama Administration

    11/14/2012 8:23:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    First Things ^ | 11/14/12 | George Weigel
    President Obama’s re-election and the prospect of a second Obama administration, freed from the constraints imposed by the necessity of running for re-election, have created a crisis for the Catholic Church in the United States. In the thought-world and vocabulary of the Bible, “crisis” has two meanings: the conventional sense (a grave threat) and a deeper sense (a great moment of opportunity). Both are applicable to the Church in America these next four years. The immediate threat, of course, is the HHS (Health and Human Services) mandate requiring Catholic institutions and Catholic employers to include coverage of contraceptives, sterilizations, and...
  • Catholic Bishops Fail to Agree on Statement on the Economy

    11/14/2012 8:19:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 11/13/12 | David Gibson
    BALTIMORE (RNS) A divided Catholic hierarchy on Tuesday (Nov. 13) failed to agree on a statement about the economy after a debate that revealed sharp differences over the kind of social justice issues that were once a hallmark of the bishops’ public profile. The defeat of the document, titled “The Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic Times,” followed an hour of unusually intense debate among the 230 bishops gathered here for their annual meeting. It left many of them openly frustrated that the prelates have not made a joint statement about the nation’s economic woes four years after the...
  • Congregation of Divine Worship Undergoes Reform

    11/14/2012 8:15:56 AM PST · by marshmallow
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/14/12 | Andrea Tornielli
    The Vatican Secretariat of State has approved the reorganization of the Congregation for Divine Worship. A new office for liturgical music,art and architecture has been establishedThe Secretariat of State agreed on the Congregation's restructuring last 3 September with Benedict XVI's approval: the reorganization of the Congregation of Divine Worship involved the creation of new offices that will become operational as of next year. The main change is the establishment of an office, specifically dedicated to liturgical art and music (which Vatican Insider predicted in a previous article), which will provide guidelines to ensure that hymns sung during mass and the...