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  • A Meditation on the Utter Absurdity of the Cross to a Hedonistic World

    09/01/2014 2:13:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/31/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In Sunday’s Gospel the Lord sets forth the theology of the Cross and redemptive suffering. In so doing he sets forth a doctrine that is utter absurdity to this world. The indignation of the modern world against the Cross borders on outrage. Why is this? Simply put, hedonism. Hedonism is the worldly “doctrine” that pleasure or happiness is the sole or chief good in life. It comes from the Greek word hēdonē “pleasure” and is akin to the Greek hēdys meaning “sweet.”Of course pleasure is to be desired and to some degree sought, but it is not the sole good...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/01/2014 1:19:52 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 3 replies
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  • Did the historical Jesus exist? A growing number of scholars dont think so

    08/31/2014 8:18:05 PM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 98 replies
    Jobrny ^ | August 30, 2014 | Valerie Tarico
    Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are mythologized history. In other words, they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following and his life and teachings provided the seed that grew into Christianity. At the same time, these scholars acknowledge that many Bible stories like the virgin birth, miracles, resurrection, and women at the tomb borrow and rework mythic themes that were common in the Ancient Near East, much the way that screenwriters base new movies on old familiar tropes or plot elements. In this...
  • Who Is the Man Who Fears We Could Be on the Eve of 'World War III'?

    08/31/2014 7:44:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | August 31, 2014 | Robert Moynihan
    Hardly any Americans will know of Hilarion Alfeyev, 48, a Russian Orthodox bishop who acts as the "foreign minister" of his Church, but it is important that they do. He is a bridge between not just the Orthodox Church and Catholicism but a bridge between Russia and America. As a Catholic American, I first saw him 15 years ago on a cold December day in Moscow. Hilarion, then 33, was already a rising star in the firmament of the Russian Orthodox Church. He had done his graduate studies in philosophy at Oxford rather rare for Russian Orthodox Church leaders....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-01-14, [Labor Day -- USA]

    08/31/2014 7:40:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-01-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 1, 2014Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 2:1-5 When I came to you, brothers and sisters,proclaiming the mystery of God,I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom.For I resolved to know nothing while I was with youexcept Jesus Christ, and him crucified.I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling,and my message and my proclamationwere not with persuasive words of wisdom,but with a demonstration of spirit and power,so that your faith might rest not on human wisdombut on the power of God. Responsorial Psalm Ps 119:97,...
  • Bishop Schneider Says Traditional Catholics Are Not Extremest, But Rather The Hope For The Future

    08/31/2014 6:59:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Traditional Catholic Priest ^ | August 29, 2014 | Fr. Peter Carota
    Traditional Catholic Priest by Fr. Peter Carota Search Main menu Skip to primary content HomeSample Page Post navigation← Previous Next → Bishop Schneider Says Traditional Catholics Are Not “Extremest”, But Rather The Hope For The Future Posted on August 29, 2014 by fc Bishop Schneider had an interview published in the June 6th 2014 CatholicHerald.co.uk, “We Are In The Fourth Great Crisis Of The Church“.  If you have the time please read the whole great article.  Here I have attempted to only highlight the main points in the article.In his interview he said we are in the fourth great...
  • The Stories of Our Lady of Czestochowa [Catholic Caucus]

    08/31/2014 6:28:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CE.com ^ | August 2014 | Sarah Reinhard
    The Stories of Our Lady of Czestochowa Sarah ReinhardI never wanted to be a mom. It was never in my goals or my plan for life.And yet here I am, watching my three-year-old “mow”as I type away in the comfort of a camp chair in the shade of the garage. Right now this kid is the focus of most of my photos and social media efforts. He’s immensely quotable, hilarious, and spontaneous. It’s something that I can’t help but share (lest it drive me crazier than I already am).But don’t get me wrong. Three is not my favorite age. And...
  • HPD: Man arrested after odd rampage at Lakewood Church (Osteendome)

    08/31/2014 4:59:29 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    KHOU ^ | August 28, 2014
    A man was taken into custody Thursday after going on an odd rampage inside the bookstore at Lakewood Church. It happened at about 9:15 a.m. in the 3700 block of the Southwest Freeway. Police said the 30-year-old suspect, Michael David Fletcher, 30, walked into the bookstore around 9:15 a.m. and began knocking some books off the shelves, throwing books and overturning display stands all while referring to Bible verse Matthew 21:12.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 31, 2014]

    08/31/2014 2:05:02 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    “My Joy . . . Your Joy” " These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full —John 15:11 " What was the joy that Jesus had? Joy should not be confused with happiness. In fact, it is an insult to Jesus Christ to use the word happiness in connection with Him. The joy of Jesus was His absolute self-surrender and self-sacrifice to His Father— the joy of doing that which the Father sent Him to do— “. . . who for the joy that was set...
  • Millennial Series: Part 11: The Theological Context of Premillennialism

    08/31/2014 10:51:53 AM PDT · by wmfights · 7 replies
    Bible. org ^ | 1951 | John F. Walvoord
    The oft-repeated charge that premillennialism is only a dispute over the interpretation of Revelation 20 is both understatement and a serious misrepresentation of the facts. Opponents of premillennialism delight to point out that the reference to the thousand years is found only in Revelation 20. Warfield observes in a footnote, Once, and only once, says the Ency. Bibl., 3095, in the New Testament we hear of a millennium.1 The issues of premillennialism cannot be so simplified. The issues are neither trivial nor simple. Premillennialism is rather a system of theology based on many Scriptures and with a distinctive theological context....
  • Let My People Go: The Catholic Church and Slavery

    08/31/2014 6:04:39 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 64 replies
    How many divisions does the Pope have? Joseph Stalin once ironically asked the official warning him of the Vatican's power. Decades later, totalitarian regimes have all but vanished, while the Catholic Church, founded strictly on an evangelical message of love, has continued to grow. Id like to buy your argument, replied the professor, but the facts are other than you assert. How is it that Catholic countries such as Spain and Portugal promoted the slave trade in America, if, as you claim, the Catholic Church actually brought the end of slavery? How do you explain certain bishops of the American...
  • Traditional Latin Mass Propers, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, 8/31/14

    08/31/2014 5:41:05 AM PDT · by piusv · 1 replies
    EPISTLE II Cor. 3:4-9 Brethren: And such confidence we have, through Christ, towards God. Not that we are sufficient to think any thing of ourselves, as of ourselves: but our sufficiency is from God. Who also hath made us fit ministers of the new testament, not in the letter but in the spirit. For the letter killeth: but the spirit quickeneth. Now if the ministration of death, engraven with letters upon stones, was glorious (so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses, for the glory of his countenance), which is made void: How shall...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/31/14)[Prayer]

    08/31/2014 4:15:20 AM PDT · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/31/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Animals In The Bible Scorpion New International Version (NIV) 6Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. How would you advise me to answer these people? he asked.. 7They replied, If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.. 8But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. 9He asked them, What is your advice?...
  • Every Round Goes Higher, Higher A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

    08/31/2014 2:17:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/30/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In todays Gospel the Lord firmly sets before us the need for the Cross, not as an end in itself, but as the way to glory. Lets consider the Gospel in three stages.I. The Pattern that is Announced The text says, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised. Note here that the Lord does not announce only the Cross, but also the Resurrection. In effect, He announces the pattern of the Christian...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-31-14, Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/30/2014 9:20:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-31-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 31, 2014Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jer 20:7-9 You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped;you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.All the day I am an object of laughter;everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I must cry out,violence and outrage is my message;the word of the LORD has brought mederision and reproach all the day. I say to myself, I will not mention him,I will speak in his name no more.But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,imprisoned in my bones;I grow weary holding it in, I...
  • Victoria Osteen Ripped for Telling Church 'Just Do Good For Your Own Self'; Worship Is Not for God.'

    08/30/2014 7:00:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 205 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/30/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch preacher and New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen, is now facing withering criticism online for a viral video clip in which she is shown telling congregants at Lakewood Church that obedience, worship and church attendance is not for God but themselves. "I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we're not doing it for GodI mean, that's one way to look at itwe're doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we're happy," she said in the 36-second clip posted on YouTube, with her husband smiling...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 30, 2014]

    08/30/2014 2:10:42 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Usefulness or Relationship? " Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven —Luke 10:20 " Jesus Christ is saying here, “Don’t rejoice in your successful service for Me, but rejoice because of your right relationship with Me.” The trap you may fall into in Christian work is to rejoice in successful service— rejoicing in the fact that God has used you. Yet you will never be able to measure fully what God will do through you if you do not have a right-standing relationship with...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NATURAL VIRTUE, 08-30-14

    08/30/2014 11:33:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-30-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:NATURAL VIRTUEA good moral habit whose principles, object, and purpose are natural to the human person. This means any virtue whose existence in knowable by the light of natural reason and whose practice is possible (at least for a time) without the help of supernatural grace. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam

    08/30/2014 11:23:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    Catholic Culture.org ^ | August 29, 2014 | By Phil Lawler
    Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam By Phil Lawler | Aug 29, 2014 Faced with the savage violence of the Islamic State (ISIS), Christians can be tempted toward two unhelpful emotional reactions. On one extreme is the thirst for vengeance. If Muslims extremists kill innocent Christians, intemperate voices suggest that we should kill innocent Muslims. Then we, too, would be terrorists. I trust that rational readers recognize the problem here.But at the other extreme is another irrational urge: the desire to overlook the violence, an inclination toward the mawkish hope that we might “just all be friends.”...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    08/30/2014 10:20:11 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 12 replies
    August 30, 2014 | Irish Rose
    May all the kings of the earth praise you, O LORD, when they hear the words of your mouth. May they sing of the ways of the LORD, for the glory of the LORD is great. Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever ...
  • Bring Back Lust

    08/30/2014 8:23:24 AM PDT · by EscondidoSurfer · 26 replies
    Overcoming-Lust.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Jim Vander Spek
    Have you noticed that the word lust is being purged from the Bible? The Greek word for lust (epithemia) points to inner sin thirty-four times in the New Testament. In the vast majority of these places it has traditionally been properly translated as lust or the archaic and more precise word, concupiscence. Not Any More Unfortunately, modern translations, such as the New International Version (NIV) are abandoning the word lust....
  • Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary To Ghost Town In 2 Months

    08/30/2014 7:38:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | 8/27/14 | Pter Kenyon
    Friar Gabriel Tooma leads a service at the Chaldean Church of the Virgin Mary of the Harvest, in Al-Qosh on June 15. At the time, the Christian village in northern Iraq was taking in those fleeing violence in the nearby city of Mosul. Now the village itself is largely deserted. The northern Iraqi village of Al-Qosh was humming with activity and some jitters when NPR visited back in June. The Assyrian Christian villagers had opened their schools and homes to Iraqis fleeing the takeover of nearby Mosul by Islamist fighters calling themselves the Islamic State. But these days,...
  • Chronicling the Last Ebbing Twilight of Byzantium

    08/30/2014 7:31:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/28/14 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    William Dalrymples 1997 travelogue "From the Holy Mountain" is an excellent place to start for Westerners seeking to understand the devastating decline of Christianity in the Middle East. The historian William Dalrymple is Britains most famous living travel writer. He is also a member of the Dalrymple clan, a celebrated Scottish family of three principal branches. Williams branch became Roman Catholic in the 19th century, and in the 20th both his Uncle John (Old Jock) and his brother John (Young Jock) were ordained Roman Catholic priests. Today Young Father Jock Dalrymple is the pastor of a parish church in Edinburgh....
  • A Line in the Sand (Michael Farris contra Gothard and Phillips)

    08/30/2014 7:03:26 AM PDT · by fishtank · 23 replies
    HSLDA ^ | August 2014 | Michael Farris
    A LINE IN THE SAND by Michael Farris The following article will appear in the Second Quarter 2014 Home School Court Report, due in mailboxes late August. Two prominent speakers on the homeschooling circuit have experienced dramatic falls from favor due to admitted sin. Bill Gothard and Doug Phillips have both been accused of serious sins involving young women. The accusations are sexual in nature. Both men have admitted to some form of sin with regard to these accusations, although each has disputed some of the details. Gothard disputes that his sins were sexual in nature. Phillips admits to an...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/30/14)[Prayer]

    08/30/2014 5:18:49 AM PDT · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/30/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Animals In The Bible Rooster New International Version (NIV) 69Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. You also were with Jesus of Galilee, she said. 70But he denied it before them all. I dont know what youre talking about, he said. 71Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth. 72He denied it again, with an oath: I dont know the man! 73After a little while, those standing...
  • Libertarians and the Church

    08/30/2014 3:01:15 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 41 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 30 August 2014 | Matthew Olson
    I have argued before that, in their fullest, libertarianism and Catholicism are incompatible -- but to what degree are they so? Leaders of the libertarian movement have certainly said silly, anti-Catholic things. Ludwig von Mises, for example, compared Christ to the Bolshevists and also said, "..[I]t is the resistance which the Church has offered to the spread of liberal ideas which has prepared the soil for the destructive resentment of modern socialist thought" (Socialism, Chapter 29). Translation: opposition to liberalism of one stripe must be blamed for inspiring liberalism of another. Huh? Much of the conflict between libertarians and the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 10:46:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-30-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 30, 2014Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 1:26-31 Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters.Not many of you were wise by human standards,not many were powerful,not many were of noble birth.Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise,and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong,and God chose the lowly and despised of the world,those who count for nothing,to reduce to nothing those who are something,so that no human being might boast before God.It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus,who...
  • He defended real marriage, and then was beheaded for it

    08/29/2014 9:18:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 16 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 29Aug14 | Pete Baklinsk
    A Christian man was executed during the night by a high-profile ruler after making an uncompromising defense of real marriage. The Christian, who was renowned for his holiness, had told the ruler in public that his relationship with his partner was against the law of God. The Christians words enraged the rulers partner who successfully plotted to have him permanently silenced. John the Baptist was first imprisoned before he was beheaded. The Catholic Church honors him today, August 29, as a martyr and saint. While Johns death happened a little less than 2,000 years ago, his heroic stance for real...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 29, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/29/2014 6:23:23 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/29/14 | Joel Osteen
    Eat the Good of the Land Today's Scripture If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land. (Isaiah 1:19, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants you to have the best in life. He wants to give you the good of the land. God tells us in His Word how to take hold of His promises in our lives. Notice this verse doesnt say that just obedience will cause you to eat the good of the land; it says we have to be willing and obedient. In other words, God isnt...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 29, 2014]

    08/29/2014 6:19:56 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Unsurpassed Intimacy of Tested Faith " Jesus said to her, ’Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?’ —John 11:40 " Every time you venture out in your life of faith, you will find something in your circumstances that, from a commonsense standpoint, will flatly contradict your faith. But common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense. In fact, they are as different as the natural life and the spiritual. Can you trust Jesus Christ where your common sense cannot trust Him? Can you venture...
  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 2:55:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 61 replies
    cna ^ | August 29, 2014 | Kevin J. Jones
    Eucharistic Adoration. Credit: Elisa Pires via JMJ Rio 2013/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug 28, 2014 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawyer who helped recover a stolen Host that organizers of an Oklahoma City black mass intended to desecrate said that the Church’s legal victory could have far-reaching effects. “I don’t think we’re going to see Satanists doing this again, or they’ll going to understand we’re going to come after them, anywhere, any time this happens,” attorney Michael W. Caspino of the Irvine, Calif.-based law firm Busch & Caspino told CNA Aug. 27. “We’ve now gutted the...
  • What Would the Conversion of Russia Look Like?

    08/29/2014 1:40:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 29, 2014 | AUSTIN RUSE
    For much of the twentieth century, Catholics around the world prayed after every Low Mass for the conversion of Russia.Called the Leonine Prayers, originally they were conceived as a protection of the sovereignty of the Papal States, which were then under attack. This intention ended with the Lateran Treaty of 1929 but the prayers continued from that time for the conversion of Russia that had become an atheistic state bent on destroying religion.The prayers included 3 Ave Marias, a Salve Regina, a versicle and response, a prayer for the conversion of sinners and the “exaltation of Holy Mother Church,”...
  • Answering a Muslim Apologist

    08/29/2014 1:14:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | August 29, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Catholic apologists keep very busy clearing up common misconceptions about the Faith: explaining how the Churchs teaching, practice, and history are misunderstoodor willfully misrepresentedby its opponents.Islam, too, has its apologists. They also claim that many critiques of the Muslim religion are based on ignorance or animus, and insist that the record must be set straight.One such apologist is Princeton University Muslim chaplain Sohaib Sultan, whose recent piece in Time, ISIS Is Ignoring Islams Teachings on Yazidis and Christians, would seem to be something that every Catholic, and indeed every free person, should welcome. Sultan condemns the Islamic State (formerly...
  • Regensburg Revisited: Faith, Reason and the Islamic State

    08/29/2014 9:16:19 AM PDT · by AncientAirs · 13 replies
    National Catholic Register | 08/28/2014 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    Is Islam inherently violent? Does it justify violence against infidels? Does it encourage the faith to be spread by the sword? The establishment of an Islamic State in northern Iraq this summer has brought such questions to the forefront in the face of the lethal brutality the Islamic State has unleashed against religious minorities, including the expulsion and killing of Christians. There are political and military aspects to those questions, but they are most fundamentally theological. Does God desire violence to spread his revelation? Theology addresses reality at its deepest level, and, therefore, theological ideas matter a great deal in...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANONICAL LIFE, 08-29-14

    08/29/2014 8:48:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-29-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CANONICAL LIFEA rule of life drawn up in ancient times for the clergy, mainly the cathedral assistants. Intermediate between the monastic life and secular priesthood, they lived in community. Many later become canons regular of St. Augustine (354-430), who introduced this mode of life into his own episcopal household. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Middle Eastern Patriarch Calls for Eradication of the Islamic State

    08/29/2014 6:36:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/29/14 | Doreen Abi Raad
    Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs of the Middle East have denounced attacks on Christians and called upon the international community to work toward eradicating terrorist groups. The patriarchs met on Wednesday at the Maronite Catholic patriarchate at Bkerke, north of Beirut, for a special summit to address the crisis in the region. They were later joined by the United Nations special coordinator in Lebanon and the ambassadors of the five permanent member-countries of the UN Security Council. The very existence of Christians is at stake in several Arab countries notably in Iraq, Syria and Egypt where they have been...
  • Pope Removes Key Benedict XVI Protege

    08/29/2014 6:28:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 8/28/14
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has removed a key protege of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican's liturgy office and sent him back to his native Spain. In 2008, Benedict appointed Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera as prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. The office is in charge of regulating how Masses and other sacraments are celebrated, and under Benedict's papacy took on a more conservative and traditional bent.
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/29/14)[Prayer]

    08/29/2014 5:22:33 AM PDT · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/29/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Animals In The Bible Ram New International Version (NIV) 6Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, Father? Yes, my son? Abraham replied. The fire and wood are here, Isaac said, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering? 8Abraham answered, God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son. And the two of them went...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-29-14, M, Passion of St. John the Baptist

    08/28/2014 9:41:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-29-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 29, 2014Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist    Reading 1 1 Cor 1:17-25 Brothers and sisters:Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the Gospel,and not with the wisdom of human eloquence,so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.For it is written:I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,and the learning of the learned I will set aside. Where is the wise one?Where is...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (8/29/2014) [Prayer]

    08/28/2014 8:53:40 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 28 replies
    29 August 2014 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:1 (NIV) ----
  • Child sex abuser from Gaithersburg-area sentenced to 40 years in prison

    08/28/2014 6:07:14 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Washington post ^ | Dan Morse
    Nathaniel Morales, who was recently convicted of sexually abusing boys he met in a Gaithersburg church decades ago, was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday. In two trials in May, jurors found Morales guilty of a series of counts of sex abuse and sex offense. Victims gave powerful testimonies of what Morales did to them and the lasting effect it had.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - August 28, 2014 [Devotional]

    08/28/2014 5:36:16 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 8/28/14 | Joel Osteen
    Never Stumble Today's Scripture Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble. (Psalm 119:165, NKJV Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Everything you need in this life is found in the Word of God-direction, healing, peace, joy and provision. No matter what situation you may be facing today, you can live in peace and victory and find your answer by studying Gods Word and applying it in your life! Notice this verse says that the people who love Gods Word have great peace. How do you love Gods Word? By studying it, meditating...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 28, 2014]

    08/28/2014 5:34:24 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Purpose of Prayer " . . . one of His disciples said to Him, ’Lord, teach us to pray . . .’ —Luke 11:1 " Prayer is not a normal part of the life of the natural man. We hear it said that a person’s life will suffer if he doesn’t pray, but I question that. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer. When a person is born again from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and...
  • Home> U.S. Suit: Church Knowingly Let Abuser in Youth Program

    08/28/2014 2:03:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    ABC ^ | NIGEL DUAR
    Two 50-year-old men filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the Seventh-Day Adventist Church put a man known to abuse children in charge of its youth program in the 1970s and kept him in that position even after learning he was accused of abusing a child in its ranks. The men filed the suit in Oregon, seeking $15 million from the Maryland-based church and its Northwest and Oregon branches. The men say they were abused in the 1970s but only discovered two years ago that the church knew it had a convicted child molester in the program and did nothing.
  • Church bailed out abusive priest Wilfred Baker by paying his rent

    08/28/2014 1:53:21 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 7 replies
    The Herald Sun ^ | 8/27/2014 | Shannon Deery
    THE Catholic Church paid more than $40,000 in rent for a convicted paedophile priest who molested at least eight young boys and was set to stand trial on a string of new charges before he died earlier this year. Wilfred Bakers crimes against children were so horrific he was placed on administrative leave in 1997 and never again worked as a priest, and was officially laicised in September 2012. But the Herald Sun can reveal the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne paid Bakers rent for at least four years until his death in February, despite his sickening record of abuse on...
  • Card. Caizares Llovera, Prefect of CDW, transferred to Valencia

    08/28/2014 1:29:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 28, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Antonio Card. Cañizares Llovera, has been transferred to Spain at the new Archbishop of Valencia.He will fill the vacancy left with the transfer of Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra to Madrid.Thus, rumors that have been going around have been confirmed.What we don’t know yet is who will replace Card. Cañizares Llovera at CDW. Cañizares Llovera was known to be in line with the vision of Benedict XVI. At one point his nickname was “Ratzingerino”. His term at CDW was a bit of a mixed bag. I suspect that his successor won’t be so...
  • Italy Steps Up Security Over Alleged ISIS Plot Against The Pope

    08/28/2014 11:11:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08.28.14 | Barbie Latza
    Italy Steps Up Security Over Alleged ISIS Plot Against The Pope Vatican scoffs at threats that Pope Francis is in the cross hairs of ISIS as Italy issues a terrorist threat and tightens security. VATICAN CITY As Pope Francis continues to straddle the fine line between calling for the end of persecution of Christians in Iraq and blessing American airstrikes against the Islamic State (also known as the Caliphate, ISIS, or ISIL), there is increasing concern for the pontiffsand the publicssafety.Earlier this week, the Roman newspaper Il Tempo published a disturbing report that Francis is in the crosshairs of...
  • Prioress of Dominican Sisters in Iraq chronicles ISIS takeover, expresses fears and frustrations

    08/28/2014 9:31:23 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | August 27, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Prioress of Dominican Sisters in Iraq chronicles ISIS takeover, expresses fears and frustrations Sister Maria Hanna: "The disaster is overwhelming, and we are unable to comprehend it all." August 27, 2014 03:14 EST By Carl E. Olson Sister Aman Miriam places her hands in the hands of her Prioress, Sister Maria Hanna (right), as she makes Perpetual Profession of Vows, in this undated photo from the website of the Adrian Dominican Sisters (www.adriandominicans.org) Sister Maria Hanna, Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Iraq, has been posting about the harrowing situation there over the past...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TRANSITIONAL DIACONATE, 08-28-14

    08/28/2014 9:21:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-28-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TRANSITIONAL DIACONATEThe temporary state of men who intend to go on for the priesthood. Before their ordination as deacons they must indicate whether they wish to enter the permanent or the transitional diaconate. They must also decide whether to marry or remain celibate. Once they are ordained deacons, they cannot marry and continue in the Church's ministry. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Italian Bishops' Leader Says Church Should Welcome 'Unconventional Couples' to Sacraments

    08/28/2014 8:18:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The secretary-general of the Italian bishops conference has said that the Church must make efforts to welcome unconventional couples. "Couples in irregular matrimonial situations are also Christians, but they are sometimes looked upon with prejudice," said Bishop Nunzio Galantino of Cassano allJonio, who was appointed secretary-general of the Italian episcopal conference by Pope Francis. According to Italys ANSA news service, Bishop Galantino went on to say that when couples in irregular marital situations are excluded from the sacraments, it is an unjustified price to pay, in addition to de facto discrimination.