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  • Atheist Group Erects 11 Billboards Across Chicago; Argues That Kindness 'Comes From Altruism'

    12/18/2014 7:35:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/18/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation, one of the largest secular groups in America, announced it is erecting 11 different billboards across Chicago this week with various messages. Some of the ads ask people to "think for (themselves)," while others argue that kindness "comes from altruism" and not from "seeking divine reward." "Research shows that atheists and other nonbelievers remain at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to social acceptance. One reason for that is that even though at least 20% of the population today is nonreligious in the United States, many Americans have never knowingly met an...
  • Run, Don’t Walk, to the Nearing Jesus!

    12/18/2014 7:08:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-17-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Run, Don’t Walk, to the Nearing Jesus! By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Lord’s coming is near. And though we have all been well taught that the word “Advent” means “coming,” there is the danger that we think we are only passively waiting for him to come.  It is not just that the Lord is coming to us, but that we are also journeying to Him. In fact, as the Advent prayers in the Roman Missal instruct, we ought to run, not walk, and hasten to greet Him as He draws near.The image of the Prodigal Son comes to mind. His...
  • "The Experience After The Council Was So Strong And In Some Cases Violent…" {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    12/18/2014 6:59:13 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 1 replies
    http://www.ccwatershed.org ^ | December 13, 2014 | Jeff Ostrowski
    Q. Your Eminence, you grew up before the Second Vatican Council. How do you remember those times? A. I grew up in a very beautiful time in the Church, in which we were carefully instructed in the faith, both at home and in the Catholic school, especially with the Baltimore Catechism. I remember the great beauty of the Sacred Liturgy, even in our little farming town, with beautiful Masses. And then, I’m of course most grateful for my parents who gave me a very sound up-bringing in how to live as a Catholic. So they were beautiful years. Q. A...
  • St. John Chrysostom Church Restores Beauty In Los Angeles

    12/18/2014 6:21:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Regina Magazine ^ | 11/19/14 | Enzo Selvaggi
    In 1909, a small community of farmers purchased some land for a Catholic mission church; after World War II, the area boomed with aviation and aerospace industries. St John Chrysostom Church in Inglewood, California, which seats at least 1,000, was finished in 1959 to accommodate this growing, thriving Catholic population. It is located minutes from Los Angeles International Airport and the 405 freeway.An “Art Deco Revival” edifice built entirely of reinforced concrete, St. John’s 182ft carillon bell tower can be seen from miles away. Art Deco-inspired architectural forms are used throughout the church, and the 42ft walls house intricate, Celtic...
  • Report on U.S. Nuns Reflects Changes at Vatican

    12/18/2014 6:13:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 12/17/14 | John Thavis
    We publish an analysis by John Thavis, journalist, author and speaker specializing in Vatican and religious affairsToday's Vatican report on the investigation of U.S. women's religious orders was largely positive in tone, in contrast to statements issued when the investigation began in 2009. At that time, Cardinal Franc Rodé, who headed the Vatican congregation for religious orders, said the study was aimed at identifying "secular" and "feminist" attitudes that had infiltrated the nuns' orders and helped cause a drastic decline in membership. Today's report didn't go there. Instead, it delineated real challenges facing religious orders while thanking the sisters repeatedly...
  • Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    12/18/2014 5:57:23 AM PST · by redleghunter · 3 replies
    Blue Letter Bible.Org ^ | 18 December 2014 | Charles Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon December 18, 2014 Morning Reading Rend your heart, and not your garments. —Joel 2:13 Garment-rendering and other outward signs of religious emotion, are easily manifested and are frequently hypocritical; but to feel true repentance is far more difficult, and consequently far less common. Men will attend to the most multiplied and minute ceremonial regulations—for such things are pleasing to the flesh—but true religion is too humbling, too heart-searching, too thorough for the tastes of the carnal men; they prefer something more ostentatious, flimsy, and worldly. Outward observances are temporarily comfortable; eye and ear are...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/18/14)[Prayer]

    12/18/2014 5:21:34 AM PST · by left that other site · 3 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/18/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Abraham and Sarah New International Version (NIV) 21 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac[a] to the son Sarah bore him. 4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(12/18/14)[Prayer]

    12/18/2014 5:12:40 AM PST · by left that other site · 7 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/18/14 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Stand Firm New International Version (NIV) Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
  • Irish priest in Sydney says Australians turned to prayer during siege

    12/18/2014 4:53:20 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | December 17, 2014
    A woman kneels down as she lays flowers in a makeshift memorial near the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe, Australia (PA) Father Brendan Purcell is based at St Mary's Cathedral, close to where Monday's siege took placeAn Irish priest based in Sydney said he was struck by how people turned to prayer when a gunman took hostages at a cafe.Father Brendan Purcell is based at St Mary’s Cathedral, just a five-minute walk from the nearby Lindt Cafe, where Iranian-born gunman Man Haron Monis took dozens of hostages on Monday morning.Father...
  • College students tell story about abortion

    12/17/2014 9:08:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | May 29, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    One young woman, a college student at Texas Christian University, tells the following story: “Several years ago, a 19-year-old mother found herself pregnant in Houston, Texas from a one night stand. She had a thriving acting and modeling career and was planning to move to LA to persue more in the performing arts as soon as she had enough money. Her parents were ex-pats in Indonesia, and she was living alone in the big city with no one to turn to. She had enough money to get an abortion, and she had the legal right to get an abortion since...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-18-14

    12/17/2014 8:17:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 18, 2014Thursday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Jer 23:5-8 Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;As king he shall reign and govern wisely,he shall do what is just and right in the land.In his days Judah shall be saved,Israel shall dwell in security.This is the name they give him:“The LORD our justice.” Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,when they shall no longer say, “As the LORD lives,who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt”;but rather, "As the LORD...
  • Francis, filtered (George Weigel finds something missing...)

    12/17/2014 6:43:28 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | December 16, 2014 | George Weigel
    George Weigel About a year ago, I suggested to one of the top editors of a major American newspaper that his journal’s coverage of things papal left something to be desired, as it seemed based on the assumption that Pope Francis was some kind of radical wild-man, eager to toss into the garbage bin of history all those aspects of Catholic faith and practice that mainstream western culture finds distasteful. My friend replied, in so many words, look, you know how these media narratives are: they’re like bamboo. Once they get started, there’s no stopping them. They just keep...
  • Righteous Mockery: A Biblical Case for Sarcasm

    12/17/2014 5:38:36 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    WV4G ^ | July 3rd, 2014 | Jaycen Saab
    “And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself” – the prophet Elijah to the prophets of Baal, 1 Kings 18:27 How boring would life be if we only spoke to one another with necessities? How mundane would play-by-play sports be if sports announcers were replaced with the equivalent of the Emergency Response System robot voice? That is exactly what we would have in our daily conversations without the crayon of the English language known as “sarcasm”. I will be the first to admit that I...
  • Alexandria church to close at year's end members left after dispute involving gay choir director

    12/17/2014 5:25:11 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 33 replies
    Herald Bulletin ^ | 12/17/14 | Zach Osowski
    ALEXANDRIA -- The First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, which lost some members about a year ago after a dispute involving its gay choir director, will close its doors for good at the end of 2014. David Mantor, pastor of the church, said the decision to close the church resulted from falling attendance, membership and financing problems. Mantor said statistics he's seen from United Methodist Church headquarters show a "downward spiral" of membership and donations across the whole UM church for the past 30 years. "This is a problem that's going on everywhere," Mantor said. "And that's why we're closing."
  • Joel Osteen, Gosh . . .

    12/17/2014 4:32:23 PM PST · by Gamecock · 176 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | David Mills
    Not a shock: megachurch celebrity tv star preacher Joel Osteen doesn’t know the Bible, reports the clever and energetic Tristyn Bloom of The Daily Caller. (The story’s several weeks old but I just saw it so pass it on for those of you who hadn’t.)In a Monday post to his verified Facebook page, Joel Osteen ministries, read: “God said in Numbers 11:23, ‘Moses, is there any limit to My power?’ He was saying, ‘Moses, you saw Me part the Red Sea, stop the sun for Joshua, keep three Hebrew teenagers safe in a fiery furnace, don’t you realize that I...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/17/2014 4:25:12 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/17/14 | Joel Osteen
    He is Not Limited by Your Limitations Today's Scripture "Is anything too hard for the LORD? …" Genesis 18:14, NIV Today's Word from Joel and Victoria If you could see what God has stored up for you, the people you’re going to meet, the places you’re going to go, the good breaks that are going to find you, you would be amazed. It’s going to be the surpassing greatness of God's favor. But too often, we make excuses. We come up with reasons why this is not going to happen for us. “Well, that sounds good, but I don’t...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 17, 2014]

    12/17/2014 4:21:58 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Redemption— Creating the Need it Satisfies " The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him… —1 Corinthians 2:14 " The gospel of God creates the sense of need for the gospel. Is the gospel hidden to those who are servants already? No, Paul said, “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe…” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). The majority of people think of themselves as being completely moral, and have...
  • For Advent: Where in the New Testament are "priests" mentioned?

    12/17/2014 4:04:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | n/a | Catholic.com
    Where in the New Testament are "priests" mentioned? Full QuestionThe New Testament mentions three categories of Church leaders: bishops, presbyters, and deacons. So how can the Catholic Church justify its office of "priest"? The New Testament writers seem to understand "bishop" and "presbyter" to be synonymous terms for the same office (Acts 20:17-38). AnswerThe English word "priest" is derived from the Greek word presbuteros, which is commonly rendered into Bible English as "elder" or "presbyter." The ministry of Catholic priests is that of the presbyters mentioned in the New Testament (Acts 15:6, 23). The Bible says little about the duties...
  • The Father Sent The Son...a nativity sermon pt 3

    But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (Galatians 4:4-6)The Incarnation was the Father’s plan. There is one eternal God, eternally manifest in three persons; Father,Son and Holy Ghost. God has always been the Father, and by him Fatherhood derives its essence. Forever there has been in the Godhead, the...
  • Cardinal Burke receives petition signed by 30,000 supporters

    12/17/2014 1:30:18 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | December 16, 2014 | Pete Baklinski
    FULL TITLE: Cardinal Burke receives petition signed by 30,000 supporters: says, ‘do not give way to discouragement!’ On Thursday, LifeSiteNews presented Cardinal Raymond Burke with a handsomely bound book signed by over 29,000 people who had expressed their thanks for the cardinal’s Vatican service, and pledged to pray for him and to follow his example.The cardinal expressed his “deepest gratitude” for the show of “support and most of all for your prayers.”An online petition of support for the Cardinal Burke, one of the most unequivocal pro-life and pro-family voices in the Catholic Church, was launched in November by LifeSiteNews after...
  • Breakthrough on Cuba Highlights Pope’s Role as Diplomatic Broker

    12/17/2014 12:58:05 PM PST · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    NYT ^ | DEC. 17, 2014 | JIM YARDLEY and GAIA PIANIGIANIDEC
    ROME — Pope Francis had quite a 78th birthday. between Cuba and the United States — and the disclosure that the Argentine pope played a key role as broker. Francis is being credited for helping bridge the divide by first sending letters to President Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba, and then having the Vatican host a diplomatic meeting between the two sides in October.
  • And the winner of the Charlemagne Prize is

    12/17/2014 11:42:17 AM PST · by Gillibrand · 3 replies
    Cathcon ^ | 17.12.2014 | Cathcon
    uropean Parliament President Martin Schulz receives 2015 Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, Schulz is acknowledged in Charlemagne's city as an "outstanding representative of the revival of European democracy". Aachen (Catholic news). Martin Schulz who has his roots in the Aachen region (born in Eschweiler, living in Wuerselen) receives the Charlemagne Prize 2015. Schulz was an outstanding representative for the revival of European democracy, it said in the grounds given by the Charlemagne Prize Board on Saturday in the imperial city of Aachen. As a pioneer, he has rendered outstanding services to....
  • 4 Literally Awesome Facts About Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/17/2014 11:31:24 AM PST · by millegan · 29 replies
    churchpop.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | Mattew Sewell
    But this article isn’t about the whole apparition story so much as it is about the tilma, Juan Diego’s cloak, on which the image of the Blessed Mother was imprinted. In the centuries following the event, some amazing and unexplainable qualities have been discovered about it. Here’s four (literally) awesome facts about the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe:
  • Strange Moments In Liturgical History – How a Paragon of Liturgical Tradition May Have Caused....

    12/17/2014 9:34:51 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-16-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Strange Moments In Liturgical History – How a Paragon of Liturgical Tradition May Have Caused Unintended Effects By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the modern struggles and disagreements over the Liturgy, there tends to be a list of friends and opponents depending on one’s stance. For those of us with a more traditional leaning, Pope St. Pius X looms large as a friend and an image of tradition. He is usually seen as a defender of the tradition and a great proponent of what is called today the Extraordinary Form or Traditional Latin Mass (TLM)—so much so that the Society of...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/17/2014 7:37:50 AM PST · by Hiskid · 13 replies
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  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan cuts ties with anti-abortion crusader Frank Pavone

    12/17/2014 7:24:59 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 12/15/14 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK (RNS) In the latest clash between the Catholic hierarchy and one of the church’s leading anti-abortion crusaders, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan accused the Rev. Frank Pavone of continuing to stonewall on financial reforms, and Dolan said he is cutting ties with his group, Priests for Life. In a Nov. 20 letter to other U.S. bishops, Dolan said he did not know if the Vatican would now step in to take action against the New York-based priest, who for years has angered various bishops by rejecting oversight of the organization by church authorities and for refusing to sort...
  • Christmas in an Iraqi Refugee Camp: Moving Pictures Show Nativity Scene Set Up by Some of The...

    12/17/2014 6:41:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12/13/14 | Jay Akbar
    * Hundreds of displaced Iraqis, forced to evacuate their towns, will celebrate Christmas in this refugee camp in Erbil * They represent a tiny fraction of over three million Iraqi people 'internally displaced' - many of them in Kurdistan * The autonomous region in Northern Iraq is being pushed to breaking point by sheer number of new settlers * Families are safe, for now, from any immediate danger but dropping temperatures pose another serious threatThese beautiful pictures of Christmas prayers and glowing nativity scenes hide a much darker reality. Hundreds of Iraqi Christians, who now occupy these makeshift tents in...
  • Spain Church Criticized Over Cordoba Monument Name

    12/17/2014 6:30:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 12/15/14 | Ciaran Giles
    MADRID (AP) -- A regional government in southern Spain has filed a complaint with Roman Catholic Church authorities over what it believes are church moves in recent years to blot out the Islamic past of Cordoba's ancient mosque-cathedral, one of the country's leading tourist attractions. The Andalusia region's tourism department said Monday the practice by church authorities who own the complex of calling it simply "The Cordoba Cathedral" on its website and on pamphlets and tickets could hurt tourism and confuse the 1 million-plus tourists who annually visit the "mezquita" (mosque), as it is known popularly. Tourism chief Rafael Rodriguez...
  • In Showdown with American Sisters, the Vatican Blinked

    12/17/2014 6:11:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 12/16/14 | Phil Lawler
    After a 3-year study of American women’s religious orders, undertaken because of problems that are both grave and obvious, the Congregation for Religious has released a report that avoids direct criticism of religious orders, instead suggesting that the communities should evaluate themselves. But for Catholics who long for a genuine revival of religious life in America, today’s report should not be too disheartening. First, because we knew this was coming. Second and more important, because another Vatican inquiry, aimed specifically at the Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR), is still underway. This battle isn’t over yet. When the process began,...
  • Moroni From the Realms of Glory

    12/17/2014 6:04:21 AM PST · by Gamecock · 54 replies
    Challies.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Tim Challies
    You’ve got to be careful what you share online. Over the weekend Facebook and Twitter were suddenly inundated with links to a new recording of the Christmas hymn “Angels From the Realms of Glory” mashed up with “Angels We Have Heard on High.” It was recorded by The Piano Guys and features David Archuleta, a one-time runner up on American Idol. It is a creative recording that intersperses shots of the musicians with video taken to record the world’s largest nativity scene. The song is beautifully sung and the music is rich; it is no surprise that it quickly gained...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/17/14)[Prayer]

    12/17/2014 5:56:40 AM PST · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/17/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Abraham New International Version (NIV) 16 When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17 Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by...
  • Smithmas

    12/16/2014 9:28:12 PM PST · by Colofornian · 14 replies
    Lds.net ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 | Mdfxdb
    ...mdfxdb Senior Member Posted 16 October 2014... I posted because I had never even heard of it until I moved into my new ward about a year and a half ago. It turns out it is a real thing and there are active members with callings and stuff that celebrate it. They do a cake and everything... Backroads...Posted 20 October 2014 You celebrate the birthday of someone present. Celebrating the birthday of ssomeone not present takes on a different tone that, yes, does cross into "worship" territory for me. I'm trying to understand why people would celebrate this, but in...
  • Stop pro-abortion internships at the University of St. Thomas

    12/16/2014 9:01:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    tfp student action ^ | December 9, 2014: | staff
    Students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota – a Catholic institution founded in 1885 – are currently being offered "volunteer/internship opportunities" with mega-abortion provider Planned Parenthood, according to the university's web site. Other pro-abortion advocacy groups featured by the university as "volunteer/internship opportunities," include NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, Pro-Choice Resources, Family Tree Clinic, and the National Organization for Women-Minnesota (NOW). Sign your petition to remove these pro-abortion listings. Your instant protest will go to the president of the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Julie Sullivan, urging her to remove every pro-abortion group on the list of “volunteer/internship opportunities.” How...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-17-14

    12/16/2014 8:08:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 17, 2014Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Gn 49:2, 8-10 Jacob called his sons and said to them:“Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob,listen to Israel, your father. “You, Judah, shall your brothers praise–your hand on the neck of your enemies;the sons of your father shall bow down to you.Judah, like a lion’s whelp,you have grown up on prey, my son.He crouches like a lion recumbent,the king of beasts–who would dare rouse him?The scepter shall never depart from Judah,or the mace from between his legs,While tribute is brought to him,and he receives the people’s homage.”...
  • Very religious Christian woman comes in for abortion

    12/16/2014 5:53:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 75 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | October 30, 2013 | Sarah Terzo
    A clinic worker described one of the women who came to her clinic for an abortion: “Another [woman coming in for an abortion] who identified herself as Christian, was very active in her church. Before the abortion she said, “I’m in church six days a week, yet here I am.” She said that her religion forbids abortion, but after a good conversation she said that maybe her church was “too comfortable” in its position against abortion. She thought maybe they needed to examine the aspects of the issue that they were comfortable with. Even though she was steeped in her...
  • The Mormon Church's official statement on abortion [rape+ incest+mom's 'health'+'defect'+prayer-ok]

    12/16/2014 4:38:29 PM PST · by Colofornian · 63 replies
    "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the sanctity of human life... The Church allows for possible exceptions for its members when: Pregnancy results from rape or incest, or A competent physician determines that the life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy, or A competent physician determines that the fetus has severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. The Church teaches its members that even these rare exceptions do not justify abortion automatically. Abortion is a most serious matter and should be considered only after the persons involved have...
  • "O Antiphons" for the Week before Christmas

    12/16/2014 4:27:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Catholic-Resources.org ^ | 2010 | compiled by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D
    "O Antiphons" for the Week before ChristmasIntroduction: Most familiar today from the Advent hymn, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," the seven traditional "O Antiphons" are actually more than a thousand years old. They have long been used at the very end of Advent (Dec. 17-23) in the liturgical prayer of the Church, as Antiphons for the "Magnificat" sung or recited during Vespers (the Evening Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours). Since the Second Vatican Council, they have also been adapted (slightly reworded and rearranged) for the "Alleluia Verse" of the Mass (the short scriptural text or paraphrase that...
  • In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 4

    12/16/2014 4:26:56 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | December 16, 2014 | Nick Hardesty
    In Part 1 we saw that Mary is the “woman” from Genesis 3:15 and Revelation 12 who is at enmity with the devil. In Part 2 we saw that Mary is the “Ark of the New Covenant.” In Part 3 we saw that Gabriel’s salutation points to Mary as an extraordinarily graced individual. Here in Part 4 I would like to examine what it means that Mary is “blessed among women.”Blessed Are You Among Women Elizabeth’s words to Mary continue to be important here: … [A]nd she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 16, 2014 [Devotional]

    12/16/2014 4:21:10 PM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 12/16/14 | Joel Osteen
    Favor is Looking for You Today's Scripture "Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield." Psalm 5:12, NIV Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants to bring you to a place of abundance! A land filled with favor, opportunity, good health and great relationships. You may not be there yet, but don't worry. Your blessing is on the way. David said in Psalm 31, “God has blessings stored up for those that love the Lord.” There are businesses stored up for you that God wants to release. There is promotion...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 16, 2014]

    12/16/2014 4:14:27 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Wrestling Before God " Take up the whole armor of God…praying always… —Ephesians 6:13,18 " You must learn to wrestle against the things that hinder your communication with God, and wrestle in prayer for other people; but to wrestle with God in prayer is unscriptural. If you ever do wrestle with God, you will be crippled for the rest of your life. If you grab hold of God and wrestle with Him, as Jacob did, simply because He is working in a way that doesn’t meet with your approval, you force Him to put you out of joint (see...
  • For Advent: Life Begins in the Womb

    12/16/2014 4:11:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    CatholicPlanet.com ^ | not given | Christopher D. Surber
    Life Begins in the Womb “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5, ESV) Every Christian living in the United States is confronted with a question. Is abortion permissible? Abortion is lawful. Many people consider it a viable alternative to an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. Many of the people who espouse such a belief are intelligent and appear to be well informed. Regardless of a person's social status or level of education, that person is still subject to truth....
  • Franklin Graham: Christians Should Never Deny Jesus Christ to Spare Their Own Lives

    12/16/2014 3:17:08 PM PST · by Garfunkel Oates · 50 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | December 16, 2014| | MELISSA BARNHART
    From the article: "The Rev. Franklin Graham says Christians should never deny Jesus Christ in order to spare their lives from slaughter by terrorists, such as ISIS, and further asserts that doing so would be a betrayal against martyrs who stood strong for their faith, despite persecution. "Christians have been martyred going all the way back to the Romans when they fed them to the lions. We would be betraying every person who stood for their faith, who stood for Jesus Christ, if we turn our back on Jesus Christ. … I think we take a stand for our faith,"...
  • The delusion that never dies: Ted Cruz’s doomed plan to woo Jewish voters to the GOP

    12/16/2014 2:42:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Salon ^ | December 16, 2014 | Luke Brinker
    Sorry, senator -- it's not happening. To the surprise of approximately nobody, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is proceeding full steam ahead with plans to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. The Tea Party icon has already settled on a location for his campaign headquarters (Houston), made the requisite appeals to GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, and decided on a campaign strategy. That strategy, National Review’s Eliana Johnson reports, centers on energizing the GOP base, not wooing moderates and independents to the Republican fold. Of course, the hard demographic truth is that a Republican can’t win the presidency by relying on...
  • In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 3

    12/16/2014 2:30:50 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | December 15, 2014 | Nick Hardesty
    In Part 1 we saw that Mary is the woman from Genesis 3:15 and Revelation 12 who is at enmity with the devil. In Part 2, we saw that Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant. Now I would like to examine the salutation of Gabriel, which I think provides some of the strongest evidence for the Immaculate Conception and the sinlessness of Mary.The Salutation of Gabriel With this section, I am attempting to synthesize information taken from the following articles: Lk 1:28 and the Immaculate Conception: Linguistic and Exegetical ConsiderationsDialogue on the Exegesis of Lk 1:28 and the...
  • The Past and Present of The Russian Orthodox Church Contain Some Valuable Lessons for Roman.....

    12/16/2014 1:57:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Abyssus Abyssum Invocat / Deep Calls to Deep ^ | 12/15/14 | Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev
    Atheism and Orthodoxy in Modern RussiaBy Metropolitan Hilarion AlfeyevMay 2001In this talk I propose to outline the history of atheism in Russia during the last hundred years. I will start by considering the kind of atheism present in Russia before the Revolution. Then I will say something about the development of atheism during the Soviet period. And finally I will conclude with some observations concerning the nature of Russian post-Soviet atheism.

I should like to begin with the following questions. How did it happen that the country known as ‘Holy Russia’, with such a long history of Orthodox Christianity, was in...
  • The Bishops and the Catholic “man-crisis”

    12/16/2014 1:54:52 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 15, 2014 | Matthew James Christoff
    (Photo: CNS) The III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops met for several weeks in October 2014 and issued the document, “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” There has been much commentary about the ill-conceived interim report, Relatio post Disceptationem, which implied that homosexuality had inherent positive gifts and that divorced and remarried people who were in a state of perpetual adultery could somehow be accommodated to be able to receive communion. The scandalous nature of these ill-conceived paragraphs created great public confusion. Thankfully, in the final Relatio Synodi, the scandalous language was removed....
  • Card. Burke’s kindness

    12/16/2014 1:22:34 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 16, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Do you recall that, last year, Card. Burke consoled a little boy who was crying because he couldn’t yet receive Communion?  HEREThis is somewhat beyond the ken of most catholics, I believe.  They might console a Questioning-status minor not yet able to vote more than once in the same pro-same-sex “marriage” referendum.   But, I digress.  This shouldn’t be polemic and… there I went and did it.  Sorry!  I am under the weather.So, last year Card. Burke consoled a boy who couldn’t receive Communion.  At that time His Eminence said that his time would come soon enough.The day came!Here is a piece from...
  • The World Was made Ready For The Messiah...A Nativity Sermon pt 2

    But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.(Galatians 4:4-5)Five centuries before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Daniel had a vision which showed him all of the Gentile rulers who would dominate the Jews until the end of the “Times of the Gentiles”. Daniel saw that the Babylonians, would be followed by the Persians, then the Greeks and finally, the Roman empire would prevail over Israel until the time of...
  • Your First Prerequisite is to Acquire My(Jesus) Presence

    12/16/2014 10:53:52 AM PST · by Jedediah · 10 replies
    Your prerequisite in all things is to first acquire My Presence for in My courts there are libraries of scrolls providing the wisdom and knowledge in first acquiring the understanding to decipher and illuminate My Word in Spirit and Truth and it is in the interpretation of your heavenly languages, "that exist even now in the alcoves of your wellspring" but these can only rise up into reality and understanding as you manifest and operate totally in the Menorah of light " The Manifold Wisdom of God " My very fullness indwelling you as "an eternal light of My Kingdom...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: REGIMINI ECCLESIAE UNIVERSAE, 12-16-14

    12/16/2014 9:01:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-16-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:REGIMINI ECCLESIAE UNIVERSAE Apostolic consititution authorizing the new constitution of the Roman Curia. This estensive document gives the juridical structure of: 1. the whole Roman curia in general; 2. the Secretary of State and the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church; 3. the Sacred Congregations (nine); 4. the Secretariats (three); 5. the Council of the Laity and Commission "Justice and Peace"; 6. the Tribunals (three); and 7. Offices (six). Pope Paul VI hereby ratified the centureies-old curial system which he described as "rendering the universal Church outstanding service" (August 15, 1967). All items in...