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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-27-14, Thanksgiving Day

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

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

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

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

    11/26/2014 11:10:19 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 56 replies
    http://www.romereports.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | RomeReports
    It was a damp, cold morning in Rome. Many umbrellas and brightly colored ponchos could be seen as the popemobile circled around St. Peter's Square. Before beginning his catechesis, the Pope gave an encouraging word to the pilgrims. POPE FRANCIS "It's kind of an ugly day, huh? But you are courageous. Congratulations! Pope Francis explained that the Church is on a path towards the Kingdom of Heaven, a seed that has been in the Earth. He also said that after death, Christians will come face to face with God. POPE FRANCIS "It is beautiful to think of this, to think...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 26, 2014 [Devotional]

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

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

    11/26/2014 9:21:34 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 26, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    UPDATED: see belowORIGINALLY POSTED on: Nov 21, 2014The late-great liturgist Klaus Gamber, who also influenced Joseph Ratzinger (also known by another name), said that turning around the altars was the single most damaging change that happened in the name of the Council, and it wasn’t even mandated by the Council.  There is no document that required tables be set up.But I digress.Great news from the Diocese of Lincoln!His Excellency Most Reverend James Conley has determined that Holy Mass in the Cathedral of Lincoln will be ad orientem. Bishop’s Column Looking to the east Friday, 21 November 2014 Jesus Christ will return in...
  • Thanksgiving Day Should Be Year Round

    11/26/2014 8:25:40 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    ProjectYM.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Father Mathew P. Schneider, LC
    Sometimes, meeting other people gives us perspective. The other day I was serving some homeless people in one of the men said that he was thankful to God that he was alive, and he asked us to bring more Bibles next time. The next morning I had to get up early and I was complaining interiorly about the alarm clock and my sore muscles.
  • Pope Francis: Europe Seems 'Elderly and Haggard'

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

    11/26/2014 7:57:40 AM PST · by Hiskid · 8 replies
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  • Our Nations Thanksgiving A Time to Thank Almighty God

    11/26/2014 7:08:02 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://www.thomasmore.org ^ | November 26, 2014 | TMLC
    Our Nations Thanksgiving A Time to Thank Almighty God Our Nations first Thanksgiving Day took place on November 26, 1789. It was a religious event. To the chagrin of the anti-religionists among us today, on September 25, 1789, the first act of Congress after framing the Bill of Rights, which prohibited an establishment of religion, was to pass a resolution requesting that the President of the United States recommend to the people a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer. This Resolution is clear evidence that our Founding Fathers never imagined that the language of the Establishment Clause they had just...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-26-14

    11/26/2014 5:29:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org ^ | 11-26-14 | Revised New Americn Bible
    November 26, 2014Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 15:1-4 I, John, saw in heaven another sign, great and awe-inspiring:seven angels with the seven last plagues,for through them God’s fury is accomplished. Then I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire.On the sea of glass were standing thosewho had won the victory over the beastand its image and the number that signified its name.They were holding God’s harps,and they sang the song of Moses, the servant of God,and the song of the Lamb: “Great and wonderful are your works,Lord God almighty.Just...
  • Judge backpedals on controversial ruling in favor of Fort Worth mega church

    11/26/2014 5:14:19 AM PST · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    Cultrure Map Dallas ^ | 11.3.14 | Claire St. Amant
    Nearly two months after awarding a $100,000 life insurance policy to a Fort Worth mega church and not the deceased man's children, Denton County judge Robert Ramirez has had a change of heart sort of. In a breathless order fraught with typos, Ramirez said he was "premature in granting a summary judgment" in favor of Birchman Baptist Church. Scarlette Rafferty Elliot and Sean Rafferty were the designated beneficiaries of their father's life insurance up until just 24 hours before his death. After meeting with Birchman senior pastor Bob Pearle on June 24, 2013, Sean C. Rafferty signed over his...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(11/26/14)[Prayer]

    11/26/2014 4:43:40 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/26/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible Watchman New International Version (NIV) Meanwhile, Absalom had fled. Now the man standing watch looked up and saw many people on the road west of him, coming down the side of the hill. The watchman went and told the king, "I see men in the direction of Horonaim, on the side of the hill." (2 Samuel 13:34) The word of the Lord came to me: 2Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the...
  • A Remnant That Is Truly Thankful!

    11/26/2014 4:12:55 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/26/14
    My dear friends in light of our nation's godlessness, abounding moral relativistic thinking and secularism there is still a remnant (Isa. 1:4-9) throughout this nation today that still chooses to follow Almighty God and knows His Son as their personal Savior as the Holy Scriptures so teach (John 1:12). They are thankful daily for all that Almighty God has provided for them (in time and in ETERNITY) and they are found throughout the social classes today (1 Cor. 10:31). Sadly these are outcasts, rejected and scoffed at by the political parties of today and this godless nation. UNTHANKFULNESS has engulfed...
  • Sicko Gay Leader Gets Media Pass

    11/25/2014 9:11:40 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org/ ^ | November 25, 2014 | William Dohonue
    Bill Donohue comments on a media cover-up of a gay leader's behavior: He likes to hide his camera in the smoke-alarm over his bed, videoing kinky sex with his boyfriends. He is one of the biggest porn kings in American history, making a fortune off of "barebacking" videosthe kind of unprotected sex that led directly to AIDS. And when he is not bundling hundreds of thousands of dollars for President Obama, he is riding with him on Air Force One. He was arrested last week in his Portland, Oregon home for rape. Charged with a felony, he is accused of...
  • Neo-Catholics Ready to Defend Communion for Adulterers

    11/25/2014 6:39:38 PM PST · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | November 25, 2014 | Chris Jackson
    Evidence of this was already apparent in October of 2013, when Neo-Catholic apologist Jimmy Akin repeatedly referred to the Churchs perennial moral teaching prohibiting the reception of Communion in a state of mortal sin merely a changeable discipline or practice. Then in April 2014, Akin again referred to this teaching as a practice in his frantic defense of Francis informing a woman living in adultery that she could receive Holy Communion. Fast forward to October 2014. In the chaos immediately following the synod, Neo-Catholic apologist Jeff Mirus left no doubt about his willingness to go theological cliff diving in an...
  • Immigration and the Christian: The Balance of the Welcome and the Wall

    11/25/2014 6:13:50 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 10 replies
    www.WaterMark.org ^ | Nov 16, 2014 | Todd Wagner, Senior Pastor, Elder
    (Note from poster: This one hour video is very fast moving and well worth your time.You will probably need to watch it a couple of times to grasp it's full value. I learned about it through Glenn Beck's interview on the third hour of his Nov 21, 2014 radio program. I know little about Todd R. Wagner (Senior Pastor, Elder) and his Watermark Community Church, but more can be found at Forbes.com, and God has certainly rewarded him for his works. I think this sermon is one that should be studied and reviewed.) Immigration and the Christian: The Balance...
  • Pope says he would 'never close the door' on talks with Islamic State

    11/25/2014 4:22:42 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | November 25, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM STRASBOURG, France (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he would "never close the door" on dialogue with the Islamic State in an effort to bring peace to a region of the world suffering from violence and persecution. He also said that "terrorism" could describe not only the actions of such extremist groups but also those of some national governments using military force unilaterally. Pope Francis answers a reporter's question on his flight back to Rome after speaking at the European Parliament and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25. (CNS/Paul Haring) Meeting reporters Nov....
  • How Narnia and Middle Earth helped an atheist professor find her faith

    11/25/2014 3:50:20 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 25, 2014
    JRR Tolkien in 1967 (Photo: PA) Books blog: Dr Holly Ordway's Not God's Type recounts a fascinating and uplifting journeyI have been reading Dr Holly Ordway’s Not God’s Type: an Atheist Academic Lays Down her Arms (Ignatius Press, or Gracewing in the UK). It is always uplifting to read books like this, not in a triumphalist way but because it is a reminder that underneath all the glaring human weaknesses in the Church as an institution, which we all know so well, there are still people out there who are searching for answers to fundamental questions and then finding...
  • Christian Rapper Lecrae on Ferguson: Have Compassion, Dont Add Salt to Wounds

    11/25/2014 3:00:25 PM PST · by millegan · 13 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    A grand jury has decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, in August. Christian rapper Lecrae offered his perspective of the issue on social media. Heres what he wrote on Facebook:
  • The Dangers of Secondhand Christmas

    11/25/2014 2:54:50 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 25, 2014 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    A PTA of a public school in the Boston area apparently worked behind closed doors to prevent elementary school students from being exposed to the eeeeevil dangers of a...Christmas tree!!! (Cue the impending doom music.) It's gotten so bad that one news report says that one board member may step down over the controversy over the fear ofexposing children to secondhand Christmas.Sheesh. The Butler Elementary School PTA made a decision to cancel the annual field trip to see "The Nutcracker" ballet because supposedly some parents complained about the Christmas tree on stage in some scenes. Maybe they should've taken the...
  • Missouri Nuns Defend Finn: Our Bishop is a Man Who Inspires Faith

    11/25/2014 2:48:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/25/14 | Lisa Bourne
    Hundreds of thousands of Americans know and love what would otherwise be an unknown band of traditional Benedictine nuns living in rural Missouri. Thanks to their glorious singing, which has topped the music charts time and time again, the contemplative Benedictines of Mary are famous. Their Lent at Ephesus album spent 20 weeks at the top of the Classical Album chart this year. These contemplative nuns are today speaking out in defense of their bishop, Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO, currently the number one target of the liberal media in America and unwilling to be defended by brother...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 25, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/25/2014 2:25:31 PM PST · by Vision · 10 replies
    Email ^ | 11/25/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Way to Enter Today's Scripture Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (Psalm 100:4, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria What an amazing privilege we have to enter boldly into His throne of grace. We serve a personal God who desires a relationship with us. We have access to Him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! But notice that todays verse tells us that we shouldnt just come to Him any old way. We shouldnt come empty-handed to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 25, 2014]

    11/25/2014 2:22:59 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Secret of Spiritual Consistency " God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ… —Galatians 6:14 " When a person is newly born again, he seems inconsistent due to his unrelated emotions and the state of the external things or circumstances in his life. The apostle Paul had a strong and steady underlying consistency in his life. Consequently, he could let his external life change without internal distress because he was rooted and grounded in God. Most of us are not consistent spiritually because we are more concerned about being consistent externally....
  • Oprahs network releases sneak peek of The Rob Bell Show

    11/25/2014 11:03:51 AM PST · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | Nov 24, 2014 | Jonathan Merritt
    Riding on the success of a pile of bestselling books and a hit video series, Pastor Rob Bell became one of the most sought after religious speakers in America during the early 2000s. But after Bell questioned whether hell was real in his New York Times bestselling book Love Wins, many conservative Christians tried to oust him from the inner circle of evangelicalism. How did Bell respond? By quietly bidding his haters adieu, leaving his church, and attaining even more success. In 2011, Bell was named one of TIMEs 100 Most Influential People in the World and, after finding his...
  • How the Pilgrims and Reformation Formed America

    11/25/2014 8:57:09 AM PST · by Gamecock · 21 replies
    charismanews ^ | 11/24/2014 | Paul Strand
    We know the Pilgrims became some of America's first English settlers. And because of Thanksgiving Day, we certainly know they were thankful. But what else was it about these devout Christians that helped them shape what became the most free, most powerful nation on Earth? It had much to do with the religious beliefs that were so precious to them; they were willing to face death and uncertainty in a strange New World to live those beliefs out. World-Changing Reformation The Pilgrims' Protestant faith was forged in the Europe of 500 years ago, ripe for a revolutionor what would become...
  • Vatican Humanum Conference Erases LGBT People With Trite Gender Norms (Gay Lobby disappointed)

    11/25/2014 8:26:36 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 33 replies
    Schnizzle Newsblog ^ | November 19, 2014 | Zack Ford
    This week, the Vatican has hosted an international colloquium called Humanum dedicated to the complementarity of man and woman and the importance of marriage. Not just limited to Catholics, the conference has included people from many different faiths, including a litany of the United States anti-LGBT conservatives. The messages of Humanum have sounded mostly like excerpts from Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, asserting various archaic gender stereotypes as evidence that men and women are uniquely designed to be together and that no other relationship should ever be considered a marriage. For example, Russell Moore, media-savvy...
  • Theres no getting around Jesus teaching on the age of the earth

    11/25/2014 7:41:28 AM PST · by fishtank · 101 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 11-25-2014 | Keaton Halley
    From the beginning of creationwhat did Jesus mean? Theres no getting around Jesus teaching on the age of the earth by Keaton Halley Published: 25 November 2014 (GMT+10) Not everyone welcomes this news, but some of Jesus statements imply, of necessity, that the world is young. This is something I regularly point out when I speak in churches about creation, and it is a theme on which we have written previously, in articles such as Jesus on the age of the earth and in chapter 9 of Refuting Compromise. To reiterate the argument briefly, Jesus claimed that human history began...
  • Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian

    11/25/2014 7:24:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-24-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs November winds down and Advent still looms, the traditional meditation we make on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell) is still operative. A classic writing by St. Cyprian comes to mind. It is a meditation on the fundamental human struggle to be free of undue attachment to this world and to have God (and the things waiting for us in Heaven) as our highest priority.In this meditation, St. Cyprian has in mind the Book of James and...
  • How the Sensitivity Movement Desensitized Catholics to Evil

    11/25/2014 7:04:53 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 20 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 11/25/14 | William Kilpatrick
    Remember bell-bottoms, beads, and tie-dyed shirts? Remember encounter groups, Esalen, and trust falls? Remember self-esteem, risk-taking, self-awareness and the other clichs that were born with the human potential movement? Both bell-bottoms and human potential psychology became popular in the mid-sixties. Bell-bottoms, however, eventually went out of style. Human potential psychology never did. If you dont notice it anymore, thats because its become a fixture of modern life. Its no longer necessary to seek out a sensitivity group, because the culture itself is now one large sensitivity group. The assumptions, vocabulary, and techniques of the sensitivity circle have found their way...
  • Romans Chapter 13:1-7 (Vanity)

    11/25/2014 6:34:19 AM PST · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) ^ | November 25, 2014 | Biblegateway.com
    In light of what has happened last night in Ferguson, this passage of scripture came to mind: Romans 13:1-7 "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you wish to have no fear of the authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive its approval; 4 for it...
  • Prayer needed for newborn

    11/25/2014 6:30:22 AM PST · by Heart of Georgia · 64 replies
    Prayer Vanity | 11-25-2014 | Self
    I know the power of prayer and I humbly ask for your prayers today for my grandson. He was born last evening at around 8:00, full term, and he appeared healthy. This morning came the heart-wrenching news that he is having difficulty breathing. He's being transported to Egleston this morning for what my son was told will be a procedure similar to an angioplasty.
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(11/25/14)[Prayer]

    11/25/2014 4:25:37 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/25/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible Tentmaker New International Version (NIV) 3and because he was of the same craft, he lodged with them and worked; for by their occupation they were tentmakers. (Acts 18:3)
  • Prayer for our American Heroes and Nation

    11/25/2014 2:09:20 AM PST · by Jeanbl · 9 replies
    November 25, 2014 | Jeanbl
    Keep on praying and guard your prayers with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-25-14, OM, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr

    11/24/2014 9:45:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 25, 2014Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 14:14-19 I, John, looked and there was a white cloud,and sitting on the cloud one who looked like a son of man,with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.Another angel came out of the temple,crying out in a loud voice to the one sitting on the cloud,“Use your sickle and reap the harvest,for the time to reap has come,because the earth’s harvest is fully ripe.”So the one who was sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth,and...
  • Sunday Morning Inconvenient for Church Services ... Says Church of England

    11/24/2014 7:02:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/24/14 | John Bingham
    Sunday morning is an inconvenient time for church services because people are busy shopping and doing DIY, the Church of England has admitted. Worshippers are increasingly turning their backs on the centuries-old practice of attending worship on Sundays because of other leisure and social commitments, it said. The admission came alongside new figures showing that attendances at midweek services in cathedrals have doubled in a decade while numbers in the pews in parishes on Sundays continue to fall. The Dean of Lichfield, the Very Reverend Adrian Dorber, said many people still crave quiet reflection, but are seeking out less pressurised...
  • Light From the East: Churches in Former Communist Countries Discuss Family Synod

    11/24/2014 6:52:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 11/14/14 | Victor Gaetan
    Christian leaders from the region insist that a sound pastoral approach to family issues must be grounded in authentic doctrinal teaching. LVIV, Ukraine Reverberations from the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family continue to ricochet around the world. In Ukraine, for example, despite life-and-death issues preoccupying clergy, implications of the synod are avidly discussed among Catholics. However, few of the fault lines apparent in Rome divide Christian Churches in a country like Ukraine making defense of the family a unifying theme for Catholics and the Orthodox who, otherwise, might be lured into politically driven conflict. At the...
  • Please Pray for a Brother Knight and his 20 year old Son

    11/24/2014 5:47:41 PM PST · by infool7 · 153 replies
    Self | 11/24/2014 | Self
    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Please pray for one of my Brother Knights, his wife and his 20 year old son Drew whom, while away at college, has contracted a thus far unidentified illness. My friend and his wife have been at Drews bedside for over a week and from what I understand the prognosis is quite dire.
  • A crisis of materialism in the Church has left it morally adrift

    11/24/2014 5:37:55 PM PST · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 23, 2014 | Armstrong Williams
    At least some of the faithful of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta had to feign a sense of surprise when sexual abuse accusations against Bishop Eddie Long first surfaced in 2011. ....prominent megachurch pastor, T.D. Jakes, was also curiously quick to forgive Mr. Long. His sins will be washed in the blood, was all Mr. Jakes could muster in the form of disapproval.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 24, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/24/2014 5:13:57 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 11/24/14 | Joel Osteen
    Its no Surprise to God Today's Scripture For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In life, we all experience things that are unexpected. But when something unplanned happens, we have to realize that its no surprise to God. Maybe you are dealing with some sort of loss. It hit you unexpectedly. You could be discouraged and overwhelmed and say, I cant believe this is happening. No,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 24, 2014]

    11/24/2014 5:11:54 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Direction of Focus " Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters…, so our eyes look to the Lord our God… —Psalm 123:2 " This verse is a description of total reliance on God. Just as the eyes of a servant are riveted on his master, our eyes should be directed to and focused on God. This is how knowledge of His countenance is gained and how God reveals Himself to us (see Isaiah 53:1). Our spiritual strength begins to be drained when we stop lifting our eyes to Him. Our stamina is sapped,...
  • In tapping new liturgy chief, Pope Francis reaches across the aisle (conservative African)

    11/24/2014 4:51:08 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | November 24, 2014 | John L. Allen Jr.
    ROME Just when you think you have Pope Francis figured out, he surprises you. In that spirit, Mondays appointment of Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea as the new head of the Vaticans department for liturgical policy will certainly surprise some. Sarah becomes the second African to have the Vaticans top liturgical post, after Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze from 2002 to 2008. When he recently removed US Cardinal Raymond Burke from a senior Vatican job, many observers concluded that Francis simply didnt want such a strong conservative on his team. Yet hes now handed over the Congregation for Divine...
  • Christian Unity Cannot Be Built on Lies (Russian Orthodox Church on Catholicism)

    11/24/2014 2:12:23 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 17, 2014 | Adam A. J. DeVille
    The Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev not only misrepresents Catholic practice and history, he also misrepresents Orthodox practice and history Pope Francis meets with Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of ecumenical relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, during a private meeting at the Vatican Nov. 12, 2013. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano vi a Reuters) Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the “foreign affairs minister” of the Russian Orthodox Church, is, as George Weigel observed recently in First Things, a talented man, “charming and witty.” However, the gifted Hilarion, Weigel rightly noted, “does not always speak the truth.” Hilarion is rather like the Energizer Bunny:...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    11/24/2014 1:40:40 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    11-24-14 | Kitty Mittens
  • Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?

    11/24/2014 1:07:14 PM PST · by NYer · 465 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 24, 2014 | DENNIS BONNETTE
    Pure myth! That is today’s typical view of a literal Adam and Eve. Yet, contrary to current skepticism, a real Adam and Eve remain credible—both in terms of Catholic doctrine and sound natural science.By calling the Genesis story a “myth,” people avoid saying it is mere “fantasy,” that is, with no foundation in reality at all. While rejecting a literal first pair of human parents for all mankind, they hope to retain some “deeper” truth about an original “sinful human condition,” a “mythic” meaning. They think that the latest findings in paleoanthropology and genetics render a literal pair of...
  • Priest picked by Pope Francis as sex crimes prosecutor failed to report abuse complaints: report

    11/24/2014 11:26:43 AM PST · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | November 24, 2014 | AP
    An American priest named by Pope Francis as the Vaticans sex crimes prosecutor in September was among church officials who failed to report an abusive priest to law enforcement before the now-jailed and defrocked man committed other acts of sexual abuse, according to legal documents reviewed by The Boston Globe. The Rev. Robert Geisinger, the second-highest-ranking leader of the Chicago Jesuits in the 1990s, knew as early as 1995 about abuse complaints against the Rev. Donald McGuire, and he advised church officials as late as August 2002 on how to discipline McGuire, the Globe reported in Sunday editions. The newspaper...
  • Archbishop Chaput: The Church Needs to Say Any Kind of Extra-Marital Sex is Disordered

    11/24/2014 10:23:21 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 88 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 21, 2014 | Matt Rourke/AP/SIPA
    Leader of Philadelphia Church discusses plans for World Meeting of Families, to be attended by Pope Francis. The Holy See confirmed this week that Pope Francis will visit the United States for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, September 22-27, 2015. The historic visit will fall just one week before the opening of the General Synod of Bishops on the Family to be held in Vatican City, October 4-25, 2015. When the announcement came, Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia was on hand at at the Vatican attending the Humanum Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage. The...
  • Bizarre Pagan Influences on the U.S. National Mall

    11/24/2014 8:15:25 AM PST · by millegan · 22 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    Previously, we brought you Where God is Carved in Stone on the National Mall. Today, were looking at weird pagan influences on the National Mall in Washington D.C.. While the U.S. certainly has been greatly influenced by the Christian faith, it has also been influenced by certain strains of Enlightenment thought that are decidedly un-Christian. Remember that while the U.S. was in its infancy in the late 18th century, over in Europe during the French Revolution crowds took the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the replaced the altar with an altar to Liberty. This type of thinking was in the...