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  • The Roman Amphitheater of Pola and Persecution Denial

    03/30/2017 12:57:46 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 1 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 3/30/17 | Florentius
    Before us rose the three tiers of the amphitheater, of snowy marble, but then reflecting the western rays of a cloudless April evening, and arrayed in a vesture of pink like a sunset Alp.... “Oh, what perfect loveliness and peace!” said I to an Istrian priest who resided in the city, and who had come aboard at Rovigno. “And yet what different associations that amphitheater gives,” he replied.... The above snippet is taken from John Mason Neale's novella, The Daughters of Pola: Family Letters Relating to the Persecution of Diocletian which is about to be republished after being generally unavailable...
  • Bennett Greenspan - Are Modern Jews Descended from the Biblical Israelites?

    03/30/2017 12:25:59 PM PDT · by fishtank · 23 replies
    InTheGripOfTheLamb ^ | 3-14-2017 | Bennett Greenspan
    Bennett Greenspan - Are Modern Jews Descended from the Biblical Israelites?
  • Beauty as an Essential Element of the Sacred Liturgy [Catholic Caucus]

    03/30/2017 12:21:30 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | March 30, 2017 | Veronica A. Arntz
    O Lord, I Have Loved the Beauty of Thy House” Beauty as an Essential Element of the Sacred Liturgy In Sacramentum Caritatis, Pope Benedict XVI writes, “Beauty…is not mere decoration but rather an essential element of the liturgical action, since it is an attribute of God himself and his revelation” (art. 35). Beauty, therefore, is not merely an external; rather, beauty is inseparable from the liturgy itself. To say this in the abstract is one thing, but to understand it in the concrete is much more difficult. To understand how beauty is an essential element of the liturgy, we...
  • Malawi: Catholic Church Wary With Malawi Baby Boom Bonanza

    03/30/2017 10:46:35 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Nysa Times ^ | March 30, 2017 | Prince Henderson
    The Secretary General for the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), Reverend Father Henry Saindi has expressed the need for responsible parenthood and proper guidance especially to the youths as a way of controlling population which is fast growing at an alarming rate. Fr. Saindi was speaking Catholic Secretariat in Lilongwe when he opened a two-day advocacy workshop for Diocesan Social Communication Secretaries and Youth Chaplains on responsible parenthood and procreation. He said the Catholic Church is equally concerned with the way the population is growing hence joins the rest of stakeholders including government in ensuring that the country's population is...
  • MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE

    03/30/2017 9:21:24 AM PDT · by detective · 19 replies
    Shortened title. Full title: MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE TO NEGOTIATE A LEGALLY BINDING INSTRUMENT TO PROHIBIT NUCLEAR WEAPONS, LEADING TOWARDS THEIR TOTAL ELIMINATION To Her Excellency Elayne Whyte Gómez President of the United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination I extend cordial greetings to you, Madam President, and to all the representatives of the various nations and international organizations, and of civil society participating in this Conference. I wish to encourage you to work with determination in order to promote the conditions...
  • Francis explains why St. Peter was crucified head first [Catholic Caucus]

    03/30/2017 9:11:37 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    Call me Jorge ^ | March 29, 2017 | hereisjorgebergoglio
    Francis explains why St. Peter was crucified head first Two days ago, Francis had an audience with the Prelates of the Canadian Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops on their ‘ad Limina Apostolorum’ visit.  One of the bishops, Michael J. Miller of Vancouver, shared with ACI Stampa reporter, Andrea Gagliarducci, some of what was discussed; Ecco di cosa ha parlato Papa Francesco con i vescovi canadesi.  One thing in particular stood out, But what did [Francis] speak about in two and a half hours?    [Francis spoke] “of many things. He spoke about Peter, about the fact that he was...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Catherine of Genoa, 03-26-17

    03/30/2017 8:42:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-26-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Detail | Stained glass of Saints Lucy, Catherine of Genoa, Pope Leo the Great | Sainte Anne de Detroit Catholic Church, Detroit, MI | photo by Nheyob Saint Catherine of Genoa Saint of the Day for March 26 (1447 – September 15, 1510)  Saint Catherine of Genoa’s story Going to confession one day was the turning point of Catherine’s life.When Catherine was born, many Italian nobles were supporting Renaissance artists and writers. The needs of the poor and the sick were often overshadowed by a hunger for luxury and self-indulgence. Catherine’s parents were members...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(3/30/17)[Prayer]

    03/30/2017 7:48:40 AM PDT · by left that other site · 8 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/30/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms Psalm 133 Psalm 133 A song of ascents. Of David. 1 How good and pleasant it is     when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,     running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard,     down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon     were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing,     even life forevermore. New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by...
  • What Sort of Clothing Did People in Jesus’ Time Wear?

    03/30/2017 7:46:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-29-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Sort of Clothing Did People in Jesus’ Time Wear? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 29, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.Determining what clothing was worn in Jesus’ day is surprisingly complex. First of all, there are many presumptions we make based on how many dress in the Middle East today. The typical form of clothing there now (the women in veils, and...
  • America Prayer Vigil - 3/30/17

    03/30/2017 6:41:03 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 19 replies
    3/30/17 | Hiskid
  • Catholic University Investigates Prof for Calling Abortion ‘Murder’

    03/30/2017 5:53:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/27/17 | Jeanne Smits
    March 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A junior lecturer at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium is facing backlash from university officials because he distributed a 15-page document with philosophical arguments for calling abortion “murder” to about 100 first-year engineering students. Stéphane Mercier has not been sanctioned yet, but the authorities declared in a statement on the university’s website that they are assessing the status of his text to determine whether it was actually used as part of his philosophy course. Whether that proves to be the case or not, UCL has dissociated itself from Mercier’s stance against abortion, calling...
  • Regarding the Present in Light of the Future (Protestant And Evangelical Caucus)

    03/30/2017 5:09:05 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    An analysis of socioeconomic classes in America focused on the observable differences evident in value systems, behavioral patterns, and customs that exist between the classes. One of the most interesting dimensions of the findings was with respect to the question of how people regard the present in light of the future. People in the upper levels of the class register tend to be much more future-oriented than those in the lower range. The trend in the lower classes is in the direction of immediacy. Consumption of goods, spending money, and other decisions are made with a view to short-range gratification....
  • Avoiding Temptations

    03/30/2017 3:52:36 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil" (Matt. 6:13). Don’t let your trials turn into temptations. When we hear the English word temptation, we usually think of a solicitation to evil. But "temptation" in Matthew 6:13 translates a Greek word that can refer either to a trial that God permits to refine your spiritual character (James 1:2-4), or a temptation that Satan or your flesh brings to incite you to sin (Matt. 4:1; James 1:13- 15). Both are valid translations. I believe "temptation" in Matthew 6:13 refers to trials. Even though we know God uses trials...
  • God-Centered Teamwork

    03/30/2017 3:52:11 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “He who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow-workers” (1 Corinthians 3:8-9). Humble teamwork in ministry gives God all the glory and promotes humility. Paul’s agricultural illustration of planting and watering makes it clear that the ministry works best in a team concept and that all credit for results must go to God. Paul (the one planting) and Apollos (the one watering) had done their God-appointed work faithfully and well, but they had to wait on the Lord for whatever was accomplished. Paul...
  • FINDING “SEX” ON NASA’S “EPIC” EARTH IMAGE (ONCE YOU SEE IT YOU WON’T UNSEE IT)

    03/30/2017 1:32:35 AM PDT · by Sontagged · 33 replies
    The Coincidence Theorist ^ | 7/28/15 | The Coincidence Theorist
    The word “SEX” appears to be visible in NASA’s latest composite image of the Earth. The Coincidence Theorist explains why this is perfectly normal… NASA released their latest image of Earth, supposedly taken from one million miles away by the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite, on 20 July 2015. The image isn’t a normal photograph as you might expect but a composite generated by combining multiple pictures. “For some reason, there aren’t any genuine pictures of the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite,” admits The Coincidence Theorist. “However I did find this cartoon on NASA’s website and tried to annotate it...
  • God's Servant Tempted to Despair...Servant songs pt 7

    Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-30-17

    03/29/2017 8:39:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-30-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 30, 2017 Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Ex 32:7-14The LORD said to Moses,"Go down at once to your peoplewhom you brought out of the land of Egypt,for they have become depraved.They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them,making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it,sacrificing to it and crying out,'This is your God, O Israel,who brought you out of the land of Egypt!'"The LORD said to Moses,"I see how stiff-necked this people is.Let me alone, then,that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.Then I will...
  • Giulio Meotti: Islam, Not Christianity, Is Saturating Europe

    03/29/2017 7:28:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Gateway Institute via zerohedge ^ | March 29, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    Giulio Meotti: Islam, Not Christianity, Is Saturating Europe
  • Rutgers appoints its 1st full-time Muslim chaplain: 1st public university

    03/29/2017 4:33:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Targum ^ | March 28, 2017 | Camilo Montoya-Galvez
    In hiring Kaiser Aslam as a full-time Muslim chaplain for the community, Rutgers became the first public University to offer this type of spiritual guidance to Muslim students. Aslam’s position provides a combination of advising and counseling, and his services are open to all students. Immediately after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Kaiser Aslam said he was mortified about the social implications of praying in public at an airport. Now, he is worried about the legal ramifications of simply boarding a flight. As Rutgers’ first full-time Muslim chaplain, Aslam is tasked with providing spiritual guidance to thousands of...
  • Pope Francis calls for elimination of all nuclear weapons

    03/29/2017 3:47:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 38 replies
    Crux ^ | March 28, 2017 | Charles Co
    Pope Francis calls for elimination of all nuclear weapons In VaticanCharles CollinsMarch 28, 2017 MANAGING EDITORAn atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the United States at Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands, on November 1, 1952. (Credit: US government file photo.)In a letter to a UN congress promoting the elimination of atomic weapons, Pope Francis wrote that nuclear deterrence is ineffective against the principal threats in the twenty-first century, mentioning in particular terrorism, asymmetrical conflicts, cybersecurity, environmental problems, and poverty. The pontiff said the international community must consider “the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences” that would follow from any use of nuclear...
  • Memorial Story

    03/29/2017 3:44:23 PM PDT · by LS · 17 replies
    self | 3/29/2017 | self
    I very seldom post stuff on religion---too easy to get into arguments, but I think all will appreciate this story. Last week I attended a memorial service for a friend's mother. We had played "Risk" at their house and swam in their pool endlessly as kids. She took her Christianity seriously, and a few minutes into a discussion would likely ask you how you came to know Jesus. She was extremely philanthropic, and one of her biggest giving areas was in what used to be called Campus Crusade for Christ. (It has a different name now). At the end of...
  • I Know What the Bible Says, But!

    03/29/2017 3:10:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 14 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | March 17, 2017 | Shane Idleman
    A parable is a simple story conveying a moral or spiritual lesson. We often don’t like direct confrontation, thus God uses parables to open our eyes. Self examination is very healthy. I recently heard a contemporary parable that is also a true story. A young girl, devastated by the choice her father made to leave her family for a younger woman, had a nightmare following his announcement. She dreamt that she, her mother and sister all died in a horrific car accident. When she told her dad about the dream, he simply replied, “I’m sorry to hear that. I’m glad...
  • Seeking God's Protection

    03/29/2017 2:28:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil" (Matt. 6:13). Have a healthy sense of self-distrust. At the moment of your salvation, judicial forgiveness covered all of your sins—past, present, and future. Parental forgiveness restores the joy and sweet fellowship broken by any subsequent sins. But concurrent with the joy of being forgiven is the desire to be protected from any future sins. That's the desire expressed in Matthew 6:13: "Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil." That petition seems simple enough at first glance, but it raises some important questions. According to...
  • Servanthood: Humility in Action

    03/29/2017 2:28:17 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave’” (Matthew 20:26-27). In God’s sight, greatness is marked by a humble, servant’s heart. Bible commentator R.C.H. Lenski once wrote that God’s “great men are not sitting on top of lesser men, but bearing lesser men on their backs.” Jesus would have agreed with Lenski’s observation, but He did not see it as wrong to desire greater usefulness to God. Those standards of usefulness, however, are much more demanding than any worldly ideals for self-serving, domineering leadership. For...
  • King James Bible Discussion

    03/29/2017 11:33:05 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 60 replies
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  • De Mattei: Shedding Light on Today's Crisis

    03/29/2017 9:14:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | March 29, 2017 | Roberto de Mattei
    And it is not only this. At Fatima, Our Lady showed the three little shepherds the terrifying vision of hell where the souls of poor sinners go and it was revealed to Jacinta it was the sin against purity that leads most souls to hell. Who could possibly have imagined one hundred years later, that the public profession of impurity would have been added to the immense number of impure sins that are committed, under the form of sexual liberation and the introduction of extramarital unions, even homosexual, into the laws of the most important nations of the West? And...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(3/29/17)[Prayer]

    03/29/2017 9:01:34 AM PDT · by left that other site · 14 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/29/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms Psalm 132 Psalm 132 A song of ascents. 1 Lord, remember David     and all his self-denial. 2 He swore an oath to the Lord,     he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: 3 “I will not enter my house     or go to my bed, 4 I will allow no sleep to my eyes     or slumber to my eyelids, 5 till I find a place for the Lord,     a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.” 6 We heard it in Ephrathah,     we came upon it in the fields of Jaar:[a] 7 “Let us go...
  • Workers and Trades in Jesus’ Time

    03/29/2017 7:07:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-28-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Workers and Trades in Jesus’ Time Msgr. Charles Pope • March 28, 2017 • By Ian Macilwain (Peter Currie, Springbank Distillery) [GFDL, via Wikimedia CommonsFarmers – Early each morning (except the Sabbath) farmers walked to reach their vineyards, wheat and barley fields, and olive groves. They might work as many as twelve acres. Unfortunately, it was not uncommon for these parcels of land to be in different areas, making the tending much more time-consuming. During periods of more intense cultivation or fieldwork, they might live in rudimentary tents or shacks out in the fields, especially if the fields were...
  • Anticipating the Day of the Lord (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    03/29/2017 5:26:42 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    In the Old Testament, the prophets spoke of the day of the “visitation of God.” It was seen sometimes as a day of great comfort and rejoicing, and at other times as a day of great distress and judgment. At the birth of Jesus, God visited the earth. This visitation is celebrated in the Spirit-inspired hymn of Zacharias, in which he twice makes mention of God’s divine visitation (Luke 1:68–69, 78). The New Testament calls Jesus the “Bishop of our souls.” He is the Bishop Incarnate. His visit to this world has changed the course of history. The initial visit...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-29-17

    03/28/2017 8:09:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-29-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 29, 2017 Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Is 49:8-15Thus says the LORD:In a time of favor I answer you,on the day of salvation I help you;and I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people,To restore the landand allot the desolate heritages,Saying to the prisoners: Come out!To those in darkness: Show yourselves!Along the ways they shall find pasture,on every bare height shall their pastures be.They shall not hunger or thirst,nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them;For he who pities them leads themand guides them beside springs of...
  • The Things that Matter Most (Part 2): The Truth and What it Attests To -- PODCAST

    03/28/2017 7:03:14 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    Archive.org ^ | February 26, 2017 | Rob W. Case
    In this episode, my guest John Beechy and I will continue with our discussion on "The Things that Matter Most" by addressing truth and its transformative power as it is associated with Jesus Christ who claimed to be "the way, the truth, and the life." We will also shed some light on how organized religions have deviated from this concept, distinguish relative truth from absolute truth, and explore how science has reacted to, and/or compliments biblical truth. There are many thought provoking points to consider, and we want you to join us for this episode of "Making Sense with Rob...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Annunciation of the Lord, 03-25-17

    03/28/2017 5:35:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-25-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: The Annunciation | Leonardo da Vinci Annunciation of the Lord Saint of the Day for March 25  The Story of the Annunciation of the Lord The feast of the Annunciation, now recognized as a solemnity, was first celebrated in the fourth or fifth century. Its central focus is the Incarnation: God has become one of us. From all eternity God had decided that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity should become human. Now, as Luke 1:26-38 tells us, the decision is being realized. The God-Man embraces all humanity, indeed all creation, to bring...
  • Knights of Malta. The Double Truth About That 30 Million [Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 5:33:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Sandro Magister ^ | March 28, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    The reply of Eugenio Ajroldi di Robbiate, director of the communications office of the Order of Malta, to what was published on March 23 by Settimo Cielo on “the mystery of those 30 million Swiss francs,” has not been passed over in silence by other knights of the Order, closer to the mental workings of former Grand Master Fra' Matthew Festing, forced to hand in his resignation last January 24 to Pope Francis in person. This is what is attested to in the following letter, from a person very well-informed on the affairs of the Order, rich in information that...
  • The Trinity What Trinity?

    03/28/2017 4:58:54 PM PDT · by Jeremiah Jr · 19 replies
    Mordechai ben Avram
    The Trinity What Trinity? The Trinity is not the correct model of The Godhead. Yes there are three beings, The Father, Son and the Ruach Hakodesh but itÂ’s missing one. Isaiah 16:19 O YHVH, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. 20 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods? 16:21 Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know,...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero, 03-24-17

    03/28/2017 4:21:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-24-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Blessed Oscar Romero at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, 1977 | Archdiocese of San Salvador Blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero Saint of the Day for March 24 (August 15, 1917 – March 24, 1980)  Blessed Oscar Romero’s Story The night before he was murdered while celebrating Mass, Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador said on the radio: “I would like to appeal in a special way to the men of the army, and in particular to the troops of the National Guard, the police, and the garrisons. Brothers, you belong to our own people. You...
  • America Prayer Vigil(3/29/17)[Prayer]

    03/28/2017 2:30:37 PM PDT · by left that other site · 30 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/29/17 | left that other site
    America Prayer Vigil Stand Firm The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Heroes and Nation Prayer Thread” have combined to form the AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL prayer thread! Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Today's Scripture: “The Lord is near to all who call on him,...
  • The Church and Asmodeus - Part 2 [Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 1:13:28 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | March 26, 2017 | Don Pietro Leone
    A spiritu fornicationis libera nos, Domine (invocation from the Litany of the Saints) II RECENT CHURCH MARITAL DOCTRINE UNTIL POPE FRANCIS From the beginning of Her history, the Church had taught and practiced the ascetic life. In fact this is one of the features which distinguished Her from the World, and which indeed corroborates the very authenticity of Her Faith[1]. For how could She live, and convert such multitudes to, a mortified and chaste life so at variance with Fallen Nature, if the Faith which She preached were untrue? Until the XXth century, this spirit of asceticism had prevailed in...
  • 5 Christian Clichés that Need to Die

    03/28/2017 12:29:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 03/28/2017 | Matt Smethurst
    “Books don’t change people,” John Piper observes. “Paragraphs do. Sometimes even sentences.” A good sentence is a gift. We love finding complex truth shrinkwrapped in clear, simple, memorable form. It’s why Charles Spurgeon and C. S. Lewis are dominating a newsfeed near you. Even God likes pithy statements—at least enough to breathe out a whole book of them. But one-liners aren’t always helpful. Sometimes, in our desire to simplify truth, we can trivialize and even obscure it. And to obscure the truth is to tell a lie. Here are five popular Christian clichés that are not biblical, and therefore need a memorial service....
  • Pope To Canonize Jacinta and Francisco. But What about Sister Lucia? [Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 12:27:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | March 24, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    The Vatican has announced that the Fatima seers Jacinta and Francisco, already beatified by John Paul II, will be canonized by Pope Bergoglio, following the recent approval of a second miracle attributed to their intercession. The ceremony will probably take place in May, during the Pope’s pilgrimage to Fatima. Good news indeed. And long overdue. But there is something else that is long overdue respecting the Fatima event: the canonization of Sister Lucia. She is clearly the primary visionary who was accorded a long life on this earth for the purpose of recording and making known what the Blessed Virgin...
  • The Servant; The Embodiment of Israel...servant songs pt 7

    Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet...
  • Cardinal Burke: Vatican hosting pro-abort population control activist was ‘simply a scandal’

    03/28/2017 9:12:35 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 27, 2017 | Claire Chretien
    Cardinal Raymond Burke said it's "simply a scandal" that pro-abortion and pro-contraception population control activist Paul Ehrlich was given a platform at a recent Vatican conference. Burke was speaking on Friday to a standing room only crowd at St. Raymond of Peńafort Catholic Church as part of its distinguished speaker series. He fielded questions at the end of his talk. He was asked about how "Paul Ehrlich, a great defender of abortion and a sworn enemy of the Church, was recently given a platform at a Vatican conference." Ehrlich's speech has caused confusion and has Catholics wondering what's going on...
  • What Were Villages Like in Jesus’ Day?

    03/28/2017 8:09:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-27-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Were Villages Like in Jesus’ Day? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 27, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The Jews of Galilee, where Jesus grew up, were essentially a rural people. The great majority lived in the many small towns and villages scattered throughout the countryside. They worked the land, tended their flocks, and plied their trades, seldom venturing more than a day’s...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(3/28/17)[Prayer]

    03/28/2017 7:49:44 AM PDT · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/28/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms Psalm 131 Psalm 131 A song of ascents. Of David. 1 My heart is not proud, Lord,     my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters     or things too wonderful for me. 2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,     I am like a weaned child with its mother;     like a weaned child I am content. 3 Israel, put your hope in the Lord     both now and forevermore. > New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®...
  • Enemies of Humility: Partisanship

    03/28/2017 6:45:58 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . That no one of you might become arrogant in behalf of one against the other” (1 Corinthians 4:6). Genuine humility among Christians will leave no room for arrogant partisanship. The Corinthian church was a notorious illustration of the sin of partisanship among believers. Its partisanship—some members claimed allegiance to Paul, some to Apollos, and some to Cephas (Peter)—was essentially caused by pride. Paul, as author of 1 Corinthians, vigorously opposed such pride of divisions, as Apollos and Peter would have. The Corinthian believers did have reason to be thankful to God for sending them such quality leaders....
  • Forgiving As You Are Forgiven

    03/28/2017 6:45:28 AM PDT · by metmom · 18 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. . . . For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions" (Matt. 6:12, 14-15). An unforgiving Christian is a contradiction in terms. It's possible to confess your sins and still not know the joy of forgiveness. How? Failure to forgive others! Christian educator J. Oswald Sanders observed that Jesus measures us by the yardstick we use on others. He didn't say, "Forgive us because we forgive others,"...
  • Hypocrisy - [King James Bible Discussion]

    03/28/2017 5:18:29 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 133 replies
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    A few days ago, after witnessing blatant hypocrisy by certain members of a particular Caucus in Washington D.C, I decided to start my own Caucus here on Freerepublic. (Please note: This is a "King James Bible Believers Caucus" thread, if you disagree that the KJB is the preserved word of God, this is not the thread for you.) FREE REPUBLIC'S CAUCUS RULES: Who can post? Members of the caucus and those specifically invited. What can be posted? Anything but the beliefs of those who are not members of the caucus. What will be pulled? Reply posts mentioning the beliefs...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, March 28, 2017 (prayer)

    03/28/2017 3:08:30 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 26 replies
    Free Repbulic ^ | 3/28/2017 | Jeanbl
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Live as citizens who reflect the Good News of Christ. . .firmly united in Spirit, united in fighting for the faith that the Gospel brings. Don’t let your opponents intimidate you in any way. This is God’s way...
  • Mother Angelica: A Female Powerhouse in a ‘Supposedly Sexist’ Church [Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 1:09:19 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    Crux ^ | March 27, 2017 | Mary Rezac
    On the one year anniversary of her death Mother Angelica, EWTN foundress and a pioneer of the New Evangelization, offers a lasting example of strong female leadership not only when it comes to breaking barriers in secular media but also in the widely patriarchal Catholic Church. BIRMINGHAM, AL –– Mother Angelica, EWTN foundress and a pioneer of the New Evangelization, offers an example of female leadership in the Catholic Church that has left a lasting legacy on the one year anniversary of her death.It was September 1987, and Pope John Paul II had just arrived in Los Angeles after traveling around the United...
  • Pope Francis Is Playing with Fire. Hell Fire. [Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 12:59:31 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | March 27, 2017 | John-Henry Westen
    March 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – For months the Vatican has been sending Catholics a steady stream of indications that Pope Francis agrees with the modernists’ view allowing Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics. We had his signature on a letter supporting the Buenos Aires bishops’ interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. We had testimony to the Pope’s view by Germany’s Cardinal Marx, one of the Pope’s Council of 9 Cardinals. We had the Maltese bishops say so. We had the chief interpreter of legislative texts at the Vatican say so. And we’ve seen numerous articles published in the Vatican newspaper advocating this...
  • What You Need to Know About 9 of the Most Important Religious Orders {Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 12:48:50 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 12 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | March 25, 2017 | ChurchPOP Editor
    Religious orders and traditions are an important part of the Church. Here is what you need to know about 9 of the most important ones!