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  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/5/15)[Prayer]

    09/05/2015 5:58:11 AM PDT · by left that other site
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/5/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Daniel 17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. 18 At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found...
  • Need for the Promise (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/05/2015 5:56:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth’” (John 16-13). The Holy Spirit has to come alongside believers because they can’t minister by their own strength. As a Christian, you can be orthodox and correct about every detail of theology. You might even show a certain willingness and ability to minister. But unless and until you rely on the Holy Spirit for all you do, your efforts will be ineffective. Think of a new car that has the most polished exterior and the finest of accessories but no engine. It will look...
  • Overcoming Satanic Opposition (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/05/2015 5:53:55 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might . . . . For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:10, 12). Spiritual warfare can be intense, but God’s grace enables you to prevail against Satan’s attacks. Through the ages Satan has accused, besieged, and battered believers in an effort to prevent them from living to the glory of God. He attempts to snatch the gospel message from a person's...
  • Public Order, Identity, and the Church

    09/05/2015 5:03:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 4, 2015 | James Kalb
    Like the rest of liberal modernity, the current understanding of identity wonÂ’t last because itÂ’s ultimately irrational and self-defeating. ( | oily) The age of Jenner, Obergefell, and #BlackLivesMatter puts issues of identity at the center of public life. As Catholics and citizens we need to understand what that means. Personal identity orients us in the world. As such, it has both individual and social functions. It enables us to order our lives by telling us what we are and how we fit into the world. And it greatly eases social functioning by telling people how they connect to institutions...
  • Muslims Entering Europe Becoming Christians in Record Numbers

    09/05/2015 4:21:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Aletelia ^ | September 4, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    In addition to the waves of Middle Eastern and African refugees flooding into Europe, there apparently is a smaller wave: Muslim conversions to Christianity.The Associated Press visited an Evangelical church in Berlin, Germany’s capital, to find a congregation that includes “hundreds of mostly Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers.”Most say their intentions are sincere, AP said, but others are raising doubts.“There’s no overlooking the fact that the decision will also greatly boost their chances of winning asylum by allowing them to claim they would face persecution if sent home” the wire service noted.AP pointed out that Germany treats refugees differently,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-05-15

    09/04/2015 10:23:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies ^ | 09-05-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 5, 2015   Saturday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Col 1:21-23 Brothers and sisters:You once were alienated and hostile in mind because of evil deeds;God has now reconciled youin the fleshly Body of Christ through his death,to present you holy, without blemish,and irreproachable before him,provided that you persevere in the faith,firmly grounded, stable,and not shifting from the hope of the Gospel that you heard,which has been preached to every creature under heaven,of which I, Paul, am a minister. Responsorial Psalm PS 54:3-4, 6 and 8 R. (6) God himself is my help.O God, by...
  • Huckabee: ‘Kim Davis In Federal Custody Removes All Doubts About Criminalization Of Christianity..’

    09/04/2015 6:46:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    CBS DC ^ | 9/3/15
    ASHLAND, Ky. (CBSDC/AP) — A defiant county clerk was sent to jail for contempt Thursday after insisting that her “conscience will not allow” her to follow a federal judge’s orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. “God’s moral law conflicts with my job duties,” Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis told U.S. District Judge David Bunning. “You can’t be separated from something that’s in your heart and in your soul.” The judge said she left him with no alternative but to jail her, since fines alone would not change her mind. A deputy escorted her out of the courtroom, although...
  • No GoFundMe for Kim Davis: Crowdfunding puts the brakes on... (Salon)

    09/04/2015 5:55:38 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 22 replies ^ | 8/4/15 | Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Full Title: No GoFundMe for Kim Davis: Crowdfunding puts the brakes on the disturbing bigots-get-rich-quick trend Subtitle: If the plan was to fundraise, more platforms aren't going to play along It’s a narrative so familiar by now that we can all recite the script. As Sarah Thyre laid it out Thursday: “1. Jail 2. Book deal/Fox News guest 3. jillion dollar @gofundme page w/donations from fellow bigots.” And with the developments this week in the case of Kim Davis, who was indeed jailed not for being a Christian but being in contempt of court, many presumed that this was the...
  • Summer reading list with gay theme stokes controversy at elite university

    09/04/2015 4:10:33 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/25/15 | none listed
    A gay and lesbian-themed graphic novel on an elite university reading list for some incoming college freshmen is generating pushback among Christian students who feel the material is “pornographic.” “Fun Home,” a best-selling story that features a girl coming out as a lesbian and discovering her father was gay, is among several books selected by Duke University “to give incoming students a shared intellectual experience with other members of their class.” Instead, the racy reading material -- which is recommended, but not required -- seems to have stirred up controversy.
  • Five federal judges rebuke court: don’t tell the Little Sisters how to be Catholic

    09/04/2015 3:27:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 4, 2015
    Denver, Colo., Sep 4, 2015 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an unusual move, five federal judges have said their court should have given greater attention to the Little Sisters of the Poor’s religious freedom lawsuit against an Obama administration mandate that requires them to violate their Catholic beliefs, or face heavy fines. “When a law demands that a person do something the person considers sinful, and the penalty for refusal is a large financial penalty, then the law imposes a substantial burden on that person’s free exercise of religion,” five judges with the Denver-based Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals...
  • The Promised Holy Spirit (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/04/2015 10:38:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth’” (John 14:16-17). Jesus ministered by the power of the Holy Spirit, and He has promised the same Spirit to all believers. The fluctuating economy of the 1990s and its changing workplace have left many workers with the sense that they’ll probably have to change jobs several times during their careers. Even though economies may enter new phases and leave people with uncertainties, God’s promises remain completely reliable. His promise, made through His Son, our Lord...
  • The Balanced Approach to Spiritual Victory (from "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/04/2015 10:34:54 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God" (Eph. 6:10-11). Spiritual victory is not passive; it involves the discipline of daily obedience to Christ and His Word. When I was a child, my father and I watched a boxing match on television. After going through the ritual of punching the air, kicking his feet, and putting rosin on his shoes, one of the fighters knelt in the corner and crossed himself. I asked my dad if that helped. He said, "It does if he can punch. If he can't...
  • Does Catholicism Keep Nations Poor?

    09/04/2015 8:34:52 AM PDT · by pinochet · 64 replies
    Is Catholicism responsible for the fact that Mexico is a third world hell hole? The GDP per capita in Argentina is only one-third of the GDP per capita of America and Canada, despite the fact that Argentina has a larger percentage of Whites than America and Canada. Portugal and Spain are among the poorest West European nations in terms of GDP per capita. Is this caused by Catholicism, or is it caused by other problems?
  • What is at the Core of Original Sin?

    09/04/2015 7:26:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is at the Core of Original Sin? Msgr. Charles Pope • September 3, 2015 • Sometimes Original Sin gets simplified into the eating of an apple. But the core of the apple is not the “core” I speak of in the title. Actually an apple is not mentioned. It is fruit surely but what fruit we do not know. But what’s the big deal about eating an apple or piece of fruit? OK, maybe they shouldn’t have eaten it. But really, did an apple lead to all the pain and grief we experience today?As you may have guessed, No,...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/4/15)[Prayer]

    09/04/2015 6:21:53 AM PDT · by left that other site · 12 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/4/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Daniel 8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. 9 Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.” 11 Daniel then said...
  • [Francis George] Cardinal: U.S. ‘Creed’ on Gay Marriage Like Sharia Law

    09/04/2015 4:06:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/10/14 | Michael W. Chapman
    Cardinal Francis George, head of the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago, said the levers of power in government, education, entertainment, and media are enforcing a “public creed,” a “fake church” that requires all citizens to approve of gay marriage and related sexual anomalies or be punished by the State, just “as Christians and Jews are fined for their religion in countries governed by Sharia law.” Cardinal George, who was president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2007-10, made his remarks in his Sept. 7 column for the archdiocesean newspaper. In his commentary, the cardinal explains that America, despite...
  • At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees converting in droves

    09/04/2015 2:24:22 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies ^ | September 4, 2015 | AP
    Mohammed Ali Zonoobi bends his head as the priest pours holy water over his black hair. "Will you break away from Satan and his evil deeds?" pastor Gottfried Martens asks the Iranian refugee. "Will you break away from Islam?" "Yes," Zonoobi fervently replies.
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (9/4/2015) [Prayer]

    09/03/2015 9:22:43 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 22 replies
    4 September 2015 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation The War of 1812 We have heard it with our ears, O God; our ancestors have told us what You did in their days, in days long ago. With Your hand You drove out the nations and planted our ancestors; You crushed the peoples and made our ancestors flourish. declares the Sovereign LORD. Psalm 44:1-2 (NIV) ----
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-15

    09/03/2015 9:12:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 09-04-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 4, 2015   Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Col 1:15-20 Brothers and sisters:Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,the firstborn of all creation.For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth,the visible and the invisible,whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;all things were created through him and for him.He is before all things,and in him all things hold together.He is the head of the Body, the Church.He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,that in all things he himself might be preeminent.For in him all the...
  • Transsexuals announce legal action against Mexico's Cardinal

    09/03/2015 7:04:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Catholic Conclave ^ | 9/3/15 | Christopher Gillibrand
    Debate about legal recognition of homosexuals and transsexuals. In Mexico, a transgender organization has announced a lawsuit against Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera. "Pro Diana" founder, Diana Sanchez Barrios accuses the Archbishop of Mexico City, of discrimination according to the news portal "Proceso" (Wednesday local time) . Sanchez claimed that Rivera had spoken in the past in a dismissive and insulting manner about homosexuals and transsexuals. The aim of the action is all over the country to achieve legal recognition of homosexuals and transsexuals. Rivera dismissed all allegations. Such verbal attacks as she makes on him were forbidden him by the...
  • Prayer thread - for the Church, the saving of souls, revival, and for the persecuted

    09/03/2015 6:56:32 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 8 replies
    Faith Presses On
    Offering prayers in Jesus' name for the Church, to seek the Lord's will in all things; for the lost, that the Church will be a light to them that they will come to a knowledge of the truth of Jesus Christ and be saved; for the Gospel to be proclaimed everywhere bringing about the salvation of many souls, and for revival in the U.S. and Europe; and for those suffering for the Lord's name, including Kim Davis. Prayers for anything else are also welcome.
  • New monastery in the West Coast: Monastery of St. Silouan

    09/03/2015 3:38:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Byzantine Texas ^ | 09-03-2015 | Josephus Flavius
    (ROCOR-WAD) - ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE BLESSING OF THE NEW MONASTERY OF ST. SILOUAN. (The following announcement will soon be available on the Western American Diocese's web site,, but as many are asking for details, I'm providing it here as well.) By the grace of God, a new men’s monastery of the Western American Diocese will be formally blessed following a service of the Divine Liturgy on the new monastery’s patronal feast day of St. Silouan the Athonite (11th / 24th September 2015). The festal Divine Liturgy will be concelebrated by the Diocesan Hierarch, His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of...
  • Catholic Schools in Illinois Issue Formal Policy for Enrollment by Gay Parents

    09/03/2015 2:28:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Aletelia ^ | September 3, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    As greater acceptance of homosexual relations has spread throughout American society over the past decade, it has presented a conundrum for Catholic schools: What to do about children being reared by two men or by two women?While there are worries about any sort of acceptance of a “gay family” by a Catholic parish or school being construed as approval of a certain lifestyle, or exposing other children to certain family arrangements, parishes are also concerned about alienating anyone from the faith.And the fact still exists that an innocent child, in need of a Catholic education, is not responsible for...
  • Head of CDF fears split as big as the Reformation

    09/03/2015 2:23:30 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 21 replies
    Cathcon ^ | 3 Sept | Cathcon
    The Prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, has criticized in Regensburg on Tuesday a "climate of the German claim to leadership for the whole universal Church". At a book presentation, he pointed out the high number of people leaving the church, the deserted confessionals and empty seminars and religious houses in Germany. Often he has been asked from where the establishment of the so-called "German Church" derives the claim to be pacemaker for the universal Church with all the symptoms of a dramatic decline precisely on questions of sexual morality and the Catholic teaching on marriage.
  • Pew Study Suggests a Field Ripe for Catholic Reclamation

    09/03/2015 2:20:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelia ^ | September 3, 2015 | SHERRY WEDDELL
    There may be a measure of angst for some Catholics over the new Pew Forum Study in anticipation of the papal visit. Despite its title — “U.S. Catholics Open to Non-Traditional Families” – only half of the findings were related to hot-button issues, but the spin is on. Still, there are some intriguing statistics for evangelizers.For the purpose of analysis, we can break this study into five sections but first, it is worth mentioning that the Catholic sample in this study is much smaller than the recent 2014 Religious Landscape Survey. That study interviewed 7,200 Catholics and claimed a 1.5%...
  • Pope Francis on Reconciliation for Abortion (Catholic Caucus)

    09/03/2015 1:38:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 3, 2015 | EDWARD PETERS
    Abortion has long sat in the middle of a three-street ecclesial intersection, namely, those of Sin, Crime, and Sanction. The meeting of any two of these factors would make for a perilous perch but the confluence of all three is fraught with opportunities for confusion. At the risk of serious over-simplification, let me sketch the basic situation and then address Pope Francis’ comments thereon.1. Abortion has always been recognized as a sin and a grave sin at that. Like other grave sins the path to reconciliation is basically by sacramental Confession.2. Like some (but not all) sins, abortion has long been treated...
  • Vatican: transsexuals cannot be godparents

    09/03/2015 10:04:51 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies ^ | September 3, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From Catholic News Agency: A media firestorm arose in Spain after a transsexual woman, who considers herself a man, asked to be the godfather of her nephew – leading a diocese’s bishop to turn to the Vatican for an answer. After writing to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about the issue earlier this month, Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cádiz and Ceuta was told that since transsexual persons are not consistently living Church teaching, its “impossible” for them to fulfill their duties as a godparent. The bishop wrote the letter after Alex Salinas, 21 years-old and...
  • Pope Francis meets ‘Red Cleric’ who was exiled by Pope John Paul II

    09/03/2015 10:01:39 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 9/2/15 | David Gibson
    Anyone looking to understand the decades-long struggle between Catholic progressives and the late Pope John Paul II – who was aided in his conservative renewal by his theological wingman, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI – could do no better than reviewing the tale of French Bishop Jacques Gaillot. Gaillot was named bishop of the Diocese of Evreux, west of Paris, in 1982, in the early years of John Paul’s pontificate, and Gaillot quickly came to stand as a symbol of the sort of social activist bishop – and theological liberal – that the Polish pope sought to...
  • A Man with One Watch Knows What Time It Is; a Man with Two Watches Is Never Quite Sure – A Meditatat

    09/03/2015 7:15:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Man with One Watch Knows What Time It Is; a Man with Two Watches Is Never Quite Sure – A Meditation on Following Only One Shepherd Msgr. Charles Pope • September 2, 2015 • As a kind of follow-up to yesterday’s post on testing everything based on the truth of the Gospel, we might do well to consider that Jesus says, To what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, “We played the flute for you, but you did not...
  • No Such Thing (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    09/03/2015 7:00:13 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    “You are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?” (v. 3). - 1 Corinthians 3:1–4 For the last several decades, the evangelical church has had to deal with an unbiblical teaching that downplays the lordship of Christ with respect to our obedience to Him and our salvation. Perhaps you have heard someone say something like, “I received Jesus as my Savior when I was fifteen, but I did not really make Him my Lord until I was forty.” Or, maybe you...
  • Let’s Talk about Love (Like It or Not) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/03/2015 6:07:19 AM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    Key Life ^ | August 24, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Let me give you a troubling Scripture: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:7-8). Let’s talk about loving one another. You’re probably saying (along with me), “Let’s not. I know about that already.” Let’s talk about it anyway. Jesus said, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). Right after Jesus said that to his disciples, Peter responded,...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(9/3/15)[Prayer]

    09/03/2015 6:01:27 AM PDT · by left that other site · 32 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/3/15 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Stand Firm Isaiah 43:1-2 But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/3/15)[Prayer]

    09/03/2015 5:30:53 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/3/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Daniel 1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia[a] and put in the treasure house of his god. 3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the...
  • The Spirit of Transformation (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/03/2015 4:45:15 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18). The Holy Spirit’s transforming work is a central part of the believer’s sanctification. The children’s fable The Ugly Duckling wonderfully illustrates the Holy Spirit’s transforming work in believers. The story is about an ugly young bird who can’t fit in with any of the other animals. It’s not until he encounters the beautiful swans that his life starts changing. The swans are an...
  • Your Resources in Christ (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/03/2015 4:42:56 AM PDT · by metmom · 17 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil" (Eph. 6:10-11). In Christ you have every resource necessary for spiritual victory. Satan opposes God and wants to prevent believers from glorifying Him. One way he does that is by convincing them that he is either so formidable they could never defeat him, or so weak they can fight him on their own strength. Second Corinthians 10:4 says, "The weapons of our warfare are not of the...
  • Prayer request for family. My Father passed away Monday.

    09/03/2015 4:38:13 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 71 replies
    03 SEP 15 | dcbryan1
    Jim Bryan III, 75, of Longboat Key, FL, died Sep. 1, 2015 at Arkansas Hospice from complications of pancreatic cancer. He was born in Harrison, AR in 1940 to the late J.W. and Jane Bryan of Bellefonte, AR. He was preceded in death by his son Joey (who died of a brain tumor in 1981 at age ten) and grandparents Witt and Zula Burns Bryan and Noah and Myrtle Eoff Dearing. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Ann, son Jim, IV and his wife Ann, son Chris and his wife Jennifer, grandchildren Laura and her newlywed...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-03-15, M, St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor/Church

    09/02/2015 8:26:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 09-03-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 3, 2015   Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Col 1:9-14 Brothers and sisters:From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for youand asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s willthrough all spiritual wisdom and understandingto walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruitand growing in the knowledge of God,strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might,for all endurance and patience,with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has...
  • The Rigging of a Vatican Synod?

    09/02/2015 6:37:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 9/2/15 | Edward Pentin
    The release of the “explosive” interim report during last year’s synod provoked allegations of a rigged process—but that was just the beginning. An exclusive excerpt from a new investigation into what went on at the headline-making meeting of bishops.[Editor’s note: The III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family that took place in October 2014 was controversial not only for the subject matter it discussed, but also for the way it was run. To find out what really went on before, during, and after that heated fortnight, renowned reporter and analyst Edward Pentin spent months speaking...
  • Cause of Faithful Killed in Baghdad Cathedral ‘to Open in 2016'

    09/02/2015 6:22:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/2/15 | George Martin
    Forty-eight Catholics were killed in Our Lady of Salvation cathedral in 2010The victims of the 2010 attack on a Catholic cathedral in Baghdad will be put forward for beatification in 2016, a Church leader has said. Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan said he planned to launch the Cause of the 48 victims next year. According to AsiaNews, he made the announcement at the beatification of Bishop Flavianus Michael Melki in Harissa, Lebanon, on Saturday. The attack, which took place October 31, 2010, led to the deaths of 48 Catholics at the Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Chaldean Catholic Cathedral. Among...
  • Catholic College Prepared to Pay Heavy Fines for Failure to Comply with Obamacare Mandate

    09/02/2015 6:17:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The president of Thomas Aquinas College has said that the California school is prepared to pay heavy fines, if necessary, rather than comply with the “Obamacare” contraceptive mandate. Thomas Aquinas College has appealed to the Supreme Court for relief from the mandate, as have other Catholic institutions. But Michael McLean told the Cardinal Newman Society that his school would not comply with the federal regulations, regardless of the outcome of their appeal. If the Supreme Court does not take their appeal, McLean said, the college would be forced to choose between dropping health-care coverage or finding an alternative carrier that...
  • Black Elk Speaks

    09/02/2015 4:54:50 PM PDT · by TradicalRC · 21 replies
    First Things ^ | 9/2/2015 | Matthew Milliner
    Secular historians may snicker at early Christians who insisted Virgil’s Fourth Eclogue was a vision of the Messiah, but the case for interpreting Black Elk’s vision that way is not so easy to dismiss. Raymond DeMallie, founder and director of the American Indian Studies Research Institute, has delved into the transcripts of what Black Elk originally divulged to Neihardt. DeMallie’s definitive study shows the association with Jesus in this culminating passage to be unavoidable. Black Elk also said that the transfiguring figure he saw had “holes in the palms of his hands.” In addition, Black Elk flatly asserted to Neihardt,...
  • Filling Our Empty Churches: Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down

    09/02/2015 3:52:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aletelia ^ | September s, 2015 | FR ROBERT MCTEIGUE, SJ
    “Casual Atmosphere. Serious Faith. No Weird Stuff.” These words headed a brochure placed in my friend’s mailbox by a local congregation. She asked me what I thought of the brochure. I told her I would have preferred: “Reverent Atmosphere. True Faith. Endless Mystery.” Then we talked about the wisdom of various attempts at, for lack of a better phrase, “Christian advertising.”I suspect that there is always a temptation to “market” the Gospel rather than proclaim it, to try to “sell” Christ to others rather than lead others to Christ. Fulton Sheen spoke of meeting a young priest who said,...
  • ISIS Posts Pictures of Its Destruction of a Temple in Palmyra

    09/02/2015 3:16:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Aletelia ^ | September s, 2015
    Damascus, Aleteia ( – The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant posted a collection of pictures yesterday that portrays the destruction of a portion of a temple in Palmyra, which is a Greco-Roman archeological site that it had captured in March.The jihadist group posted five pictures on the internet showing its fighters placing explosives within the Temple of Ba’al and on the surrounding walls. The other pictures depict powerful explosions and a pile of debris where the temple had once stood. The temple was once the most important building in Palmyra. UNOSAT satellite analysis confirms Temple of #Bel...
  • Vatican says 'no' to transsexual godparents amid Spain controversy

    09/02/2015 1:45:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | September s, 2015
    A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, Feb. 14, 2015. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA.Vatican City, Sep 2, 2015 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A media firestorm arose in Spain after a transsexual woman, who considers herself a man, asked to be the godfather of her nephew – leading a diocese's bishop to turn to the Vatican for an answer. After writing to the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about the issue earlier this month, Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cádiz and Ceuta was told that since transsexual persons are not consistently...
  • Important - Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith responds: Transsexual cannot...

    09/02/2015 1:19:30 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/2/15 | New Catholic
    Important - Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith responds: Transsexual cannot be Godparent The Bishop of Cádiz and Ceuta, Spain, Bp. Rafael Zornoza, was the object of intense media persecution in his country after he refused the request of a lady (now claiming to be a "man") from being the "godfather". In early August, it seemed that he had caved in. As Breitbart reported on August 8, "A Spanish bishop has caved in to pressure and allowed a transsexual man to become a godfather. The Bishop of Cádiz and Ceuta will now allow Alex Salinas, who was born...
  • Pew Research: U.S. Catholics Open to Non-Traditional Families

    09/02/2015 11:40:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Pew Research ^ | 09/02/2015
    When Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families later this month, he will find a Catholic public that is remarkably accepting of a variety of non-traditional families, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that provides an in-depth look at American Catholics’ views on family life, sexuality and Catholic identity.Nine-in-ten U.S. Catholics say a household headed by a married mother and father is an ideal situation for bringing up children. But the survey shows that large majorities think other kinds of families – those headed by parents who are single, divorced, unmarried or...
  • Two Spirits or One? (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/02/2015 11:34:39 AM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “There is one body and one Spirit just as also you were called in one hope of your calling” (Ephesians 4:4). Although there were distinctions of ministry, one and the same Holy Spirit has been at work in both the Old and New Covenants. The famous radio broadcast of October 30, 1938, in which Orson Welles and his fellow actors fooled many of the American people into thinking an actual invasion from Mars was occurring, is a classic example of how miscommunication can drastically distort people’s understanding of the facts. Because many listeners failed to hear the disclaimer about the...
  • Preparing for Battle (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/02/2015 11:32:25 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil" (Eph. 6:10-11). Adequate preparation is the key to spiritual victory. The Gulf War introduced some highly sophisticated weapons that had never been proven under live battle conditions. Most of the troops hadn't experienced war either. Yet troops and machinery combined in a display of military conquest unparalleled in history. Thorough preparation proved to be an indispensible element in that overwhelming victory. That included developing and testing high-tech...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    09/02/2015 9:11:33 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 12 replies
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  • Test Everything; Hold Fast to What Is Good – A Meditation...from the Imitation of Christ

    09/02/2015 8:09:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Test Everything; Hold Fast to What Is Good – A Meditation on a Teaching from the Imitation of Christ Msgr. Charles Pope • September 1, 2015 • How do you and I regard this world? How do we perceive its offerings, philosophies, and standards? I pray that we soberly assess the things of this world. Sadly, many Christians pass through their days in this world in a very unreflective manner, accepting without critique many ungodly and harmful notions. Almost anything can be spewed forth from the television, the radio, or some celebrity’s mouth and many people will accept it uncritically,...