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  • German Journalist Calls Pope Francis a Relativizer

    05/24/2016 10:52:29 PM PDT · 22 of 22
    Arthur McGowan to ebb tide
    Maybe everything is completely different. Perhaps the pontificate of Pope Francis is actually that played a joke, as the it perceive Well-meaning now. Perhaps followed #Varoufake and #Verafake a #Popefake and Jan Böhmermann has introduced an Argentine stand-up comedian in the Vatican. Or Roberto Benigni has its finger in the pie?

    Oh, no, probably are things differently, simple: Presumably Jorge Mario Bergoglio is exactly power-conscious, talkative and the Catholic relatively disinterested relativizers how Pope Francis appears more and more.

    At first it was funny. Since entering a corpulent charmer the pontifical stage and wished "Good evening," gladly "Bon appetit" and always had a Scherzlein on the lips. How we laughed when Bergoglio said to want to defend his mother's honor with slaps, as he praised the parental pat on the infant and Catholics inculcated, they would not like rabbits multiply. That was an unconventional sound to the finely engraved considerations of its predecessor, the antirelativistischen theologian Pope Benedict XVI.

    Francis compares the IS with the disciples of Jesus

    Now there was instead a chosen as the top bridge-builder, the well-known half-ironically, to be blessed with "a few theological lights" , the popular anecdotes strung together from the Argentine homeland and was always ready for a prank - and for a sentence without predicate and for more a rhetorical question and another and another exclamation: "That does not matter! (...) Respect yourself, respect yourself! " The jokes and the grammatical half measures have remained, but they are stale and hurtful become. The pontificate threatens the church to harm and to please a world that remains skeptical minded particular Church. Francis pushes Catholics on the head without finding believers among non-Catholics. The exit numbers remain high, the quantities of the new priests manageable, the extraordinary year of mercy, which exclaimed Francis few lures to Rome.

    Bergoglio are like interviews, likes to talk and likes to laugh. Interviews with the Pope became the global sensation for journalistic everyday business; . well as relativized to the particularity of the Office The interview Francis now was the French weekly newspaper "La Croix" , dispels all doubts: This pope is too good for no folly and no affront against the own church. He vies know sparse to applause from those tribunes of the world, who expect nothing from him.

    From genocidal terror of the "Islamic State" and the "war of conquest" he proposes a direct bridge to the mission of the disciples by Jesus, which could be interpreted in terms of "the same idea of ​​conquest". The church as a potential terrorist organization - a derailment or more?

    What may be Christians who run for their lives against fanatical Muslims think in this counterfactual aggregation? Do they feel comforted by her Pastors, understood erected - or left cynically down? Those who compare everything with everything, loses his grip, missed their own entertainment. What does it say about a church, though their chief to schwertut with a commitment to the necessity for salvation of Christ?

    Unreflective anti-capitalism

    Also of Francis in "La Croix" accomplished harmony between Cross and headscarf - a garment the one instrument of torture and confession symbol the other - and its relativistic turn of the Christian roots of Europe to also Christian roots of Europe emptied the papal speech. Precise Francis was not at the root question of vagueness is the authenticity mark all chatting. It obeys the motto "Nothing definite you do not know".

    At least naive if not foolish was then the papal thesis wars there would be, "because there are arms producers". As if the war were already been out with bare hands and stones as if not jerrycans, stick, spear had almost been enough to put the genocide of the Hutu against the Tutsi to the factory. Etc. pp. An unreflective anti-capitalism leads the Pope astray.

    The talker is all one. He lives in the situation and any new situation will force new attention techniques. What comes next, the wind carries them. Francis appears as a protagonist of a "pure situational ethics" (Robert Spaemann). He has appeared now situationally, in district of nuns, a debate on the admissibility of deaconesses in the Roman Catholic Church going . He was again the theological Immaculate and encouraged to aufzuhelfen own ignorance, a Commission. This should clarify what it "in the early days of the Church" with the deaconesses was all about. A Pope should know that this question in 2002 by the International Theological Commission of the Vatican under the title, however, "The diaconate: Development and Perspectives" has been treated broadly. Will Francis get his way for revaluation against then Expertise? Was it all just said so then, because it's nice and cute walked among women? Did he not know?

    He does not want to talk - and do it but constantly

    Bergoglio knows its dangers, to be without their Lord. Touched by tragedy plays around him. No other topic has devoted Francis of the early days of the pontificate more attention than the warning of chatter and talk: "How much chatter there are in the church how much we talk Christians yet! The gossip - that's when you pull each other's skin off, do not "(18th May 2013) " The Expert cleaves the Community , the chatter destroys the community. They are the weapons of the devil "(January 23, 2014). " Chatter and clapping is terrorism because of the chattering and clapping, like a terrorist is who throws a bomb and then runs away, he destroyed: destroyed with his tongue he . "(September 4, 2015) " and the chatter kills "! (January 21, 2016) " We want to ask the grace of unity for all Christians (...) and for the grace to us to bite your tongue " - said Francis on May 12, 2016 morning in Santa Marta, and arose to the nuns. Every person is a chasm.

    In one case, Francis is not relative but absolute: in his priest scolding. Priests would not be in this pontificate. Beatings from the front, beatings from behind holding the Bishop of Rome ready for them. Clericalism is his worst insult, even now in the "La Croix" interview. The priesthood is built in papal perception close to sadism as easily govern forefinger and threatening behavior, ambition and a potential "torture chamber" called confessional. Shrill, unjust can the pastoral reality, at least in the West, where a cozy Eiapopeia proclamation dominated, not recorded. Since it is no wonder that on vatikanischem land and also in the Italian Episcopal Conference, the mood is so bad not seen since the days of the Risorgimento. Hardly anyone does not feel snubbed, not groans when the Regiment of whims spring up surprises.

    A UN Secretary General with pectoral cross

    Robert Spaemann critique of "pure situational ethics" refers to the recently published Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris laetitia" . Thus Francis fully draw on the field of marriage, family and divorce a break with the tradition of teaching, their consequences are foreseen: "uncertainty and confusion of the Episcopal Conferences to the little priest in the jungle. (...) The chaos was charged with a stroke of the pen to the principle. The Pope should have known that it splits the church with such a step and leads toward a schism. "According to Francis - so Spaemann reading - is the dividing line between" objectively sinful "and" godly behavior "no longer absolute. A pope but which liquefies everything is not a rock.

    As the thus derided on April 24 this year as a surprise guest at a "rally for social justice and environmental protection" on the occasion of "International Day of the Earth" showed up in the park of the Roman Villa Borghese, he said spontaneously and situationally: Whether someone "this religion" or "the religion" belonged, games "not matter! All precede together to work together. Respect yourself, respect it! "

    Not that anyone speaks as Francis speaks is the problem - but that a pope speaks like that. And that therefore a pope, which nothing should go through the faith of the apostles, is indistinguishable in the ranks of the secular lords. When the "high priest of the universal Church" wants to be a robed in white Dalai Lama, a UN Secretary General with pectoral cross, then the essential tasks of the Pope to contingencies, may be where held depending on the situation to three doses, or not: the herd to graze, to lead people to Christ.

    From Francis no territorial gains are to be expected in this spiritual core business. Sustainability, humility, accountability and faith formation is not his thing. The successor will assume a spiritually emaciated and unsettled Church. This tragedy will survive the pontificate of the man from the other side of the world.

  • German Journalist Calls Pope Francis a Relativizer

    05/24/2016 10:46:25 PM PDT · 21 of 22
    Arthur McGowan to ebb tide
    Maybe everything is completely different. Perhaps the pontificate of Pope Francis is actually that played a joke, as the it perceive Well-meaning now. Perhaps followed #Varoufake and #Verafake a #Popefake and Jan Böhmermann has introduced an Argentine stand-up comedian in the Vatican. Or Roberto Benigni has its finger in the pie? Oh, no, probably are things differently, simple: Presumably Jorge Mario Bergoglio is exactly power-conscious, talkative and the Catholic relatively disinterested relativizers how Pope Francis appears more and more. At first it was funny. Since entering a corpulent charmer the pontifical stage and wished "Good evening," gladly "Bon appetit" and always had a Scherzlein on the lips. How we laughed when Bergoglio said to want to defend his mother's honor with slaps, as he praised the parental pat on the infant and Catholics inculcated, they would not like rabbits multiply. That was an unconventional sound to the finely engraved considerations of its predecessor, the antirelativistischen theologian Pope Benedict XVI. Francis compares the IS with the disciples of Jesus Now there was instead a chosen as the top bridge-builder, the well-known half-ironically, to be blessed with "a few theological lights" , the popular anecdotes strung together from the Argentine homeland and was always ready for a prank - and for a sentence without predicate and for more a rhetorical question and another and another exclamation: "That does not matter! (...) Respect yourself, respect yourself! " The jokes and the grammatical half measures have remained, but they are stale and hurtful become. The pontificate threatens the church to harm and to please a world that remains skeptical minded particular Church. Francis pushes Catholics on the head without finding believers among non-Catholics. The exit numbers remain high, the quantities of the new priests manageable, the extraordinary year of mercy, which exclaimed Francis few lures to Rome. Bergoglio are like interviews, likes to talk and likes to laugh. Interviews with the Pope became the global sensation for journalistic everyday business; . well as relativized to the particularity of the Office The interview Francis now was the French weekly newspaper "La Croix" , dispels all doubts: This pope is too good for no folly and no affront against the own church. He vies know sparse to applause from those tribunes of the world, who expect nothing from him. From genocidal terror of the "Islamic State" and the "war of conquest" he proposes a direct bridge to the mission of the disciples by Jesus, which could be interpreted in terms of "the same idea of ​​conquest". The church as a potential terrorist organization - a derailment or more? What may be Christians who run for their lives against fanatical Muslims think in this counterfactual aggregation? Do they feel comforted by her Pastors, understood erected - or left cynically down? Those who compare everything with everything, loses his grip, missed their own entertainment. What does it say about a church, though their chief to schwertut with a commitment to the necessity for salvation of Christ? Unreflective anti-capitalism Also of Francis in "La Croix" accomplished harmony between Cross and headscarf - a garment the one instrument of torture and confession symbol the other - and its relativistic turn of the Christian roots of Europe to also Christian roots of Europe emptied the papal speech. Precise Francis was not at the root question of vagueness is the authenticity mark all chatting. It obeys the motto "Nothing definite you do not know". At least naive if not foolish was then the papal thesis wars there would be, "because there are arms producers". As if the war were already been out with bare hands and stones as if not jerrycans, stick, spear had almost been enough to put the genocide of the Hutu against the Tutsi to the factory. Etc. pp. An unreflective anti-capitalism leads the Pope astray. The talker is all one. He lives in the situation and any new situation will force new attention techniques. What comes next, the wind carries them. Francis appears as a protagonist of a "pure situational ethics" (Robert Spaemann). He has appeared now situationally, in district of nuns, a debate on the admissibility of deaconesses in the Roman Catholic Church going . He was again the theological Immaculate and encouraged to aufzuhelfen own ignorance, a Commission. This should clarify what it "in the early days of the Church" with the deaconesses was all about. A Pope should know that this question in 2002 by the International Theological Commission of the Vatican under the title, however, "The diaconate: Development and Perspectives" has been treated broadly. Will Francis get his way for revaluation against then Expertise? Was it all just said so then, because it's nice and cute walked among women? Did he not know? He does not want to talk - and do it but constantly Bergoglio knows its dangers, to be without their Lord. Touched by tragedy plays around him. No other topic has devoted Francis of the early days of the pontificate more attention than the warning of chatter and talk: "How much chatter there are in the church how much we talk Christians yet! The gossip - that's when you pull each other's skin off, do not "(18th May 2013) " The Expert cleaves the Community , the chatter destroys the community. They are the weapons of the devil "(January 23, 2014). " Chatter and clapping is terrorism because of the chattering and clapping, like a terrorist is who throws a bomb and then runs away, he destroyed: destroyed with his tongue he . "(September 4, 2015) " and the chatter kills "! (January 21, 2016) " We want to ask the grace of unity for all Christians (...) and for the grace to us to bite your tongue " - said Francis on May 12, 2016 morning in Santa Marta, and arose to the nuns. Every person is a chasm. In one case, Francis is not relative but absolute: in his priest scolding. Priests would not be in this pontificate. Beatings from the front, beatings from behind holding the Bishop of Rome ready for them. Clericalism is his worst insult, even now in the "La Croix" interview. The priesthood is built in papal perception close to sadism as easily govern forefinger and threatening behavior, ambition and a potential "torture chamber" called confessional. Shrill, unjust can the pastoral reality, at least in the West, where a cozy Eiapopeia proclamation dominated, not recorded. Since it is no wonder that on vatikanischem land and also in the Italian Episcopal Conference, the mood is so bad not seen since the days of the Risorgimento. Hardly anyone does not feel snubbed, not groans when the Regiment of whims spring up surprises. A UN Secretary General with pectoral cross Robert Spaemann critique of "pure situational ethics" refers to the recently published Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris laetitia" . Thus Francis fully draw on the field of marriage, family and divorce a break with the tradition of teaching, their consequences are foreseen: "uncertainty and confusion of the Episcopal Conferences to the little priest in the jungle. (...) The chaos was charged with a stroke of the pen to the principle. The Pope should have known that it splits the church with such a step and leads toward a schism. "According to Francis - so Spaemann reading - is the dividing line between" objectively sinful "and" godly behavior "no longer absolute. A pope but which liquefies everything is not a rock. As the thus derided on April 24 this year as a surprise guest at a "rally for social justice and environmental protection" on the occasion of "International Day of the Earth" showed up in the park of the Roman Villa Borghese, he said spontaneously and situationally: Whether someone "this religion" or "the religion" belonged, games "not matter! All precede together to work together. Respect yourself, respect it! " Not that anyone speaks as Francis speaks is the problem - but that a pope speaks like that. And that therefore a pope, which nothing should go through the faith of the apostles, is indistinguishable in the ranks of the secular lords. When the "high priest of the universal Church" wants to be a robed in white Dalai Lama, a UN Secretary General with pectoral cross, then the essential tasks of the Pope to contingencies, may be where held depending on the situation to three doses, or not: the herd to graze, to lead people to Christ. From Francis no territorial gains are to be expected in this spiritual core business. Sustainability, humility, accountability and faith formation is not his thing. The successor will assume a spiritually emaciated and unsettled Church. This tragedy will survive the pontificate of the man from the other side of the world.
  • German Journalist Calls Pope Francis a Relativizer

    05/24/2016 10:45:31 PM PDT · 20 of 22
    Arthur McGowan to ebb tide
    http://www.cicero.de/salon/franziskus-im-interview-ein-relativ-katholischer-papst/60925 FRANCIS INTERVIEW A relatively Catholic Pope FROM ALEXANDER KISSLER 19TH MAY 2016 Pope Francis knows its dangers, to be without their Lord. Kisslers Breakaway: Pope Francis practiced a loquacious relativism. The recent interview brought it once more to light. He hurts the church and confused the world Maybe everything is completely different. Perhaps the pontificate of Pope Francis is actually that played a joke, as the it perceive Well-meaning now. Perhaps followed #Varoufake and #Verafake a #Popefake and Jan Böhmermann has introduced an Argentine stand-up comedian in the Vatican. Or Roberto Benigni has its finger in the pie? Oh, no, probably are things differently, simple: Presumably Jorge Mario Bergoglio is exactly power-conscious, talkative and the Catholic relatively disinterested relativizers how Pope Francis appears more and more. At first it was funny. Since entering a corpulent charmer the pontifical stage and wished "Good evening," gladly "Bon appetit" and always had a Scherzlein on the lips. How we laughed when Bergoglio said to want to defend his mother's honor with slaps, as he praised the parental pat on the infant and Catholics inculcated, they would not like rabbits multiply. That was an unconventional sound to the finely engraved considerations of its predecessor, the antirelativistischen theologian Pope Benedict XVI. Francis compares the IS with the disciples of Jesus Now there was instead a chosen as the top bridge-builder, the well-known half-ironically, to be blessed with "a few theological lights" , the popular anecdotes strung together from the Argentine homeland and was always ready for a prank - and for a sentence without predicate and for more a rhetorical question and another and another exclamation: "That does not matter! (...) Respect yourself, respect yourself! " The jokes and the grammatical half measures have remained, but they are stale and hurtful become. The pontificate threatens the church to harm and to please a world that remains skeptical minded particular Church. Francis pushes Catholics on the head without finding believers among non-Catholics. The exit numbers remain high, the quantities of the new priests manageable, the extraordinary year of mercy, which exclaimed Francis few lures to Rome. Bergoglio are like interviews, likes to talk and likes to laugh. Interviews with the Pope became the global sensation for journalistic everyday business; . well as relativized to the particularity of the Office The interview Francis now was the French weekly newspaper "La Croix" , dispels all doubts: This pope is too good for no folly and no affront against the own church. He vies know sparse to applause from those tribunes of the world, who expect nothing from him. From genocidal terror of the "Islamic State" and the "war of conquest" he proposes a direct bridge to the mission of the disciples by Jesus, which could be interpreted in terms of "the same idea of ​​conquest". The church as a potential terrorist organization - a derailment or more? What may be Christians who run for their lives against fanatical Muslims think in this counterfactual aggregation? Do they feel comforted by her Pastors, understood erected - or left cynically down? Those who compare everything with everything, loses his grip, missed their own entertainment. What does it say about a church, though their chief to schwertut with a commitment to the necessity for salvation of Christ? Unreflective anti-capitalism Also of Francis in "La Croix" accomplished harmony between Cross and headscarf - a garment the one instrument of torture and confession symbol the other - and its relativistic turn of the Christian roots of Europe to also Christian roots of Europe emptied the papal speech. Precise Francis was not at the root question of vagueness is the authenticity mark all chatting. It obeys the motto "Nothing definite you do not know". At least naive if not foolish was then the papal thesis wars there would be, "because there are arms producers". As if the war were already been out with bare hands and stones as if not jerrycans, stick, spear had almost been enough to put the genocide of the Hutu against the Tutsi to the factory. Etc. pp. An unreflective anti-capitalism leads the Pope astray. The talker is all one. He lives in the situation and any new situation will force new attention techniques. What comes next, the wind carries them. Francis appears as a protagonist of a "pure situational ethics" (Robert Spaemann). He has appeared now situationally, in district of nuns, a debate on the admissibility of deaconesses in the Roman Catholic Church going . He was again the theological Immaculate and encouraged to aufzuhelfen own ignorance, a Commission. This should clarify what it "in the early days of the Church" with the deaconesses was all about. A Pope should know that this question in 2002 by the International Theological Commission of the Vatican under the title, however, "The diaconate: Development and Perspectives" has been treated broadly. Will Francis get his way for revaluation against then Expertise? Was it all just said so then, because it's nice and cute walked among women? Did he not know? He does not want to talk - and do it but constantly Bergoglio knows its dangers, to be without their Lord. Touched by tragedy plays around him. No other topic has devoted Francis of the early days of the pontificate more attention than the warning of chatter and talk: "How much chatter there are in the church how much we talk Christians yet! The gossip - that's when you pull each other's skin off, do not "(18th May 2013) " The Expert cleaves the Community , the chatter destroys the community. They are the weapons of the devil "(January 23, 2014). " Chatter and clapping is terrorism because of the chattering and clapping, like a terrorist is who throws a bomb and then runs away, he destroyed: destroyed with his tongue he . "(September 4, 2015) " and the chatter kills "! (January 21, 2016) " We want to ask the grace of unity for all Christians (...) and for the grace to us to bite your tongue " - said Francis on May 12, 2016 morning in Santa Marta, and arose to the nuns. Every person is a chasm. In one case, Francis is not relative but absolute: in his priest scolding. Priests would not be in this pontificate. Beatings from the front, beatings from behind holding the Bishop of Rome ready for them. Clericalism is his worst insult, even now in the "La Croix" interview. The priesthood is built in papal perception close to sadism as easily govern forefinger and threatening behavior, ambition and a potential "torture chamber" called confessional. Shrill, unjust can the pastoral reality, at least in the West, where a cozy Eiapopeia proclamation dominated, not recorded. Since it is no wonder that on vatikanischem land and also in the Italian Episcopal Conference, the mood is so bad not seen since the days of the Risorgimento. Hardly anyone does not feel snubbed, not groans when the Regiment of whims spring up surprises. A UN Secretary General with pectoral cross Robert Spaemann critique of "pure situational ethics" refers to the recently published Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris laetitia" . Thus Francis fully draw on the field of marriage, family and divorce a break with the tradition of teaching, their consequences are foreseen: "uncertainty and confusion of the Episcopal Conferences to the little priest in the jungle. (...) The chaos was charged with a stroke of the pen to the principle. The Pope should have known that it splits the church with such a step and leads toward a schism. "According to Francis - so Spaemann reading - is the dividing line between" objectively sinful "and" godly behavior "no longer absolute. A pope but which liquefies everything is not a rock. As the thus derided on April 24 this year as a surprise guest at a "rally for social justice and environmental protection" on the occasion of "International Day of the Earth" showed up in the park of the Roman Villa Borghese, he said spontaneously and situationally: Whether someone "this religion" or "the religion" belonged, games "not matter! All precede together to work together. Respect yourself, respect it! " Not that anyone speaks as Francis speaks is the problem - but that a pope speaks like that. And that therefore a pope, which nothing should go through the faith of the apostles, is indistinguishable in the ranks of the secular lords. When the "high priest of the universal Church" wants to be a robed in white Dalai Lama, a UN Secretary General with pectoral cross, then the essential tasks of the Pope to contingencies, may be where held depending on the situation to three doses, or not: the herd to graze, to lead people to Christ. From Francis no territorial gains are to be expected in this spiritual core business. Sustainability, humility, accountability and faith formation is not his thing. The successor will assume a spiritually emaciated and unsettled Church. This tragedy will survive the pontificate of the man from the other side of the world.
  • Is God Incapable of Deceiving?

    05/24/2016 10:31:03 PM PDT · 27 of 27
    Talisker to opus1

    You’re welcome. One of the most beautiful mystic poets is Rumi, who was not Hindu but Sufi. He writes of the “wine of God” and being “drunk” with the love of God, seeing God everywhere and losing himself, “lost in the love” and not only unable to find his way back, but not caring if he did.

    I often wonder if that’s how St. Francis or St. Thérèse of Lisieux were to be around, if they’d just “go off” into divine communion for awhile. Maybe that’s when the animals would come around, the birds, etc. I know some saints needed “caretakers” because they’d just forget their bodies altogether. The power of the Holy Spirit around them must have been immense and palpable to everyone present.

    I’ve always been a big “saints fan” LOL.

  • Election of Pope Benedict in 2005 was Outcome of 'Dramatic Struggle,' Says Archbishop Ganswein

    05/24/2016 10:23:05 PM PDT · 5 of 5
    Just mythoughts to opus1
    Whatever you’ve heard is not the truth (at least entirely); whatever the truth, you shall not hear. All conclaves are a dramatic struggle, all the more so coming after Benedict’s dramatic struggle which we would be wise to attribute to his own explanation instead of working ourselves into dramatic frenzies of speculation.

    I take comfort that the Creator keep the only records that count. Man has not changed since the Adam was formed and the breath of life (soul/spirit intellect) was breathed into the Adam's nostrils.

  • Stephen: Godliness in Suffering

    05/24/2016 10:20:18 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    Cedar to metmom

    Good words, thanks for posting.

  • Election of Pope Benedict in 2005 was Outcome of 'Dramatic Struggle,' Says Archbishop Ganswein

    05/24/2016 10:18:31 PM PDT · 4 of 5
    opus1 to gaijin

    Whatever you’ve heard is not the truth (at least entirely); whatever the truth, you shall not hear.

    All conclaves are a dramatic struggle, all the more so coming after Benedict’s dramatic struggle which we would be wise to attribute to his own explanation instead of working ourselves into dramatic frenzies of speculation.

  • Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal?

    05/24/2016 10:13:55 PM PDT · 62 of 62
    Cedar to Salvation

    Jesus is God. But while walking the earth in flesh, He suffered being tempted. God the Father (Spirit) cannot be tempted and is therefore “greater” in that respect.

  • Is God Incapable of Deceiving?

    05/24/2016 10:13:47 PM PDT · 26 of 27
    opus1 to Talisker

    Christian mystics, about the same, not in the particulars, but the general ideas you so beautifully describe. Thanks.

  • Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal?

    05/24/2016 10:04:08 PM PDT · 61 of 62
    opus1 to D-fendr

    Yes, thank you! After all, belief in logic as “truth” can be considered heresy in itself. That is rationalism, not Christianity. ‘Cogito ergo sum’ is not the motto of a Christian! Nor is Jeffersonian democracy a principle of the Faith.

    The Kindergarten Katholicism of Msgr Pope (and scores of blog and konference priests like him) dumbs down the faith when it erroneously asserts the “equality” of the Trinity in a misleading effort to simplify; does revelation fit into a catchy 2000-word blog post that resembles paint-by-numbers more than theology? Or is that degradation justified for the sake of a palatable pastoral lollipop to people who cannot hope to understand Aquinas, Kierkegaard or von Balthasar?

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-25-16. OM, St. Bede, St. Gregory VII, St. M Magdalena Pazzi

    05/24/2016 10:03:37 PM PDT · 23 of 23
    Salvation to All



    The Angelus 

    The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
    And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
    our death. Amen. 

    Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 

    Hail Mary . . . 

    And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 

    Hail Mary . . . 


    Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

    Let us pray: 

    Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

    Amen. 


    "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Lk 1:28) 

     "Blessed are you among women,
     and blessed is the fruit of your womb"
    (Lk 1:42). 

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-25-16. OM, St. Bede, St. Gregory VII, St. M Magdalena Pazzi

    05/24/2016 10:01:04 PM PDT · 22 of 23
    Salvation to All
    'The Lord has created intelligent and noetic beings with a capacity to receive the Spirit and to attain knowledge of Himself; He has brought into existence the senses and sense objects to serve such beings.'

    St. Thalassios the Libyan

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-25-16. OM, St. Bede, St. Gregory VII, St. M Magdalena Pazzi

    05/24/2016 9:59:25 PM PDT · 21 of 23
    Salvation to All
    Daily Gospel Commentary

    Wednesday of the Eighth week in Ordinary Time
    Commentary of the day
    Saint Ephrem (c.306-373), deacon in Syria, Doctor of the Church
    Commentary on the Diatessaron, 20, 2-7 (cf. SC 121, p. 344f.)

    "The Son of Man came... to give his life"

         “If it is possible, let this cup pass from me” (Mt 26,39). Why did you rebuke Simon Peter when he said: “No such thing shall ever happen to you, Lord!” (Mt 16,22) when you yourself now say: “If it is possible, let this cup pass from me”? He well knew what he was saying to his Father and that it was indeed possible for the cup to pass from him, but he had come to drink it on behalf of all so that with this cup he might pay the debt that the deaths of prophets and martyrs could not pay... He who had described himself being put to death in the prophets and had foreshadowed the mystery of his death through the just, did not refuse to drink it when the time had come to bring this death to fulfilment. If he had not wanted to drink it but to push it aside he would not have compared his body to the Temple in the words: “Destroy this Temple and in three days I will raise it up” (Jn 2,19), nor would he have said to the sons of Zebedee: “Are you able to drink the cup that I shall drink?” and again: “There is a baptism with which I must be baptized” (Lk 12,50)...

         “If it is possible, let this cup pass from me.” He said this because of the frailty he had put on, not in semblance but in reality. Because he had made himself small and had truly put on our weakness it was necessary for him to be afraid and shaken by his weakness. Having taken flesh, having put on weakness, eating when he was hungry, worn out by work, overcome by sleep, everything arising from the flesh had to happen when the time came for his death...

         To comfort his disciples by his Passion Jesus felt what they felt. He took their fear on himself to show them, through his own likeness of soul, that we should not boast about death before we have undergone it. For if he who feared nothing was afraid and begged to be delivered even while knowing it to be impossible, how much more ought not the others to persevere in prayer before the temptation so as to be delivered from it when it came... He did not conceal his own fear so as to give courage to those who are afraid of death, that they might know that this fear does not lead to sin so long as they do not remain in it. “No, Father,” Jesus said, “but may your will be done: may I die to give life to many."

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    05/24/2016 9:56:57 PM PDT · 20 of 23
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    May 2016

    Pope's Intentions

    Universal: That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor

    Evangelization: That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus.

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    05/24/2016 9:56:30 PM PDT · 19 of 23
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    May Devotion: Blessed Virgin Mary

    Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. Toward the end of the eighteenth century a zealous Jesuit priest, Father Lalomia, started among the students of the Roman college of his Society the practice of dedicating May to Our Lady. The devotion, which others had promoted in a small way, soon spread to other Jesuit Colleges and to the entire Latin church and since that time it has been a regular feature of Catholic life.

    INVOCATIONS

    Thou who wast a virgin before thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.
    Thou who wast a virgin in thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.
    Thou who wast a virgin after thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.

    My Mother, deliver me from mortal sin.
    Hail Mary (three times).

    Mother of love, of sorrow and of mercy, pray for us.

    Remember, O Virgin Mother of God, when thou shalt stand before the face of the Lord, that thou speak favorable things in our behalf and that He may turn away His indignation from us.
    Roman Missal

    Thou art my Mother, O Virgin Mary: keep me safe lest I ever offend thy dear Son, and obtain for me the grace to please Him always and in all things.

    FOR THE HELP OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

    May we be assisted, we beseech Thee, 0 Lord, by the worshipful intercession of Thy glorious Mother, the ever-Virgin Mary; that we, who have been enriched by her perpetual blessings, may be delivered from all dangers, and through her loving kindness made to be of one heart and mind: who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
    Roman Missal

    THE SALVE REGINA

    Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus! O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
    Roman Breviary

    PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

    O blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay thee thy just dues of praise and thanksgiving, thou who by the wondrous assent of thy will didst rescue a fallen world? What songs of praise can our weak human nature recite in thy honor, since it is by thy intervention alone that it has found
    the way to restoration? Accept, then, such poor thanks as we have here to offer, though they be unequal to thy merits; and, receiving our vows, obtain by thy prayers the remission of our offenses. Carry thou our prayers within the sanctuary of the heavenly audience, and bring forth from it the antidote of our reconciliation. May the sins we bring before Almighty God through thee, become pardonable through thee; may what we ask for with sure confidence, through thee be granted. Take our offering, grant us our requests, obtain pardon for what we fear, for thou art the sole hope of sinners. Through thee we hope for the remission of our sins, and in thee, 0 blessed Lady, is our hope of reward. Holy Mary, succour the miserable, help the fainthearted, comfort the sorrowful, pray for thy people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God; may all who keep thy holy commemoration feel now thy help and protection. Be thou ever ready to assist us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it thy continual care to pray for the people of God, thou who, blessed by God, didst merit to bear the Redeemer of the world, who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.
    Saint Augustine

    PETITION TO MARY

    Most holy Virgin Immaculate, my Mother Mary, to thee who art the Mother of my Lord, the queen of the universe, the advocate, the hope, the refuge of sinners, I who am the most miserable of all sinners, have recourse this day. I venerate thee, great queen, and I thank thee for the many graces thou hast bestowed upon me even unto this day; in particular for having delivered me from the hell which I have so often deserved by my sins. I love thee, most dear Lady; and for the love I bear thee, I promise to serve thee willingly for ever and to do what I can to make thee loved by others also. I place in thee all my hopes for salvation; accept me as thy servant and shelter me under thy mantle, thou who art the Mother of mercy. And since thou art so powerful with God, deliver me from all temptations, or at least obtain for me the strength to overcome them until death. From thee I implore a true love for Jesus Christ. Through thee I hope to die a holy death. My dear Mother, by the love thou bearest to Almighty God, I pray thee to assist me always, but most of all at the last moment of my life. Forsake me not then, until thou shalt see me safe in heaven, there to bless thee and sing of thy mercies through all eternity. Such is my hope. Amen.
    Saint Alphonsus Liguori

    Magnificat Prayer
    My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God my savior,
    For he has looked upon his servant in her lowliness; all ages to come shall call me blessed.
    God who is mighty has done great things for me,
    holy is his name; His mercy is from age to age on those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm; he has confused the proud in their inmost thoughts. He has deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places. The hungry he has given every good thing, while the rich he has sent empty away. He has upheld Israel his servant, ever mindful of his mercy; Even as he promised our fathers, promised Abraham and his descendants forever.
    (Lk 1:46-55) 

    TO MARY, REFUGE OF SINNERS
    Hail, most gracious Mother of mercy, hail, Mary, for whom we fondly yearn, through whom we obtain forgiveness! Who would not love thee? Thou art our light in uncertainty, our comfort in sorrow, our solace in the time of trial, our refuge from every peril and temptation. Thou art our sure hope of salvation, second only to thy only-begotten Son; blessed are they who love thee, our Lady! Incline, I beseech thee, thy ears of pity to the entreaties of this thy servant, a miserable sinner; dissipate the darkness of my sins by the bright beams of thy holiness, in order that I may be acceptable in thy sight.

    FOR THE GRACE OF LOVE
    O Mary, my dear Mother, how much I love thee! And yet in reality how little! Thou dost teach me what I ought to know, for thou teachest me what Jesus is to me and what I ought to be for Jesus. Dearly beloved Mother, how close to God thou art, and how utterly filled with Him! In the measure that we know God, we remind ourselves of thee. Mother of God, obtain for me the grace of loving my Jesus; obtain for me the grace of loving thee!
    Cardinal Merry del Val

    TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY FOR MAY

    O most august and blessed Virgin Mary! Holy Mother of God! glorious Queen of heaven and earth! powerful protectress of those who love thee, and unfailing advocate of all who invoke thee! look down, I beseech thee, from thy throne of glory on thy devoted child; accept the solemn offering I present thee of this month, specially dedicated to thee, and receive my ardent, humble desire, that by my love and fervor I could worthily honor thee, who, next to God, art deserving of all honor. Receive me, 0 Mother of Mercy, among thy best beloved children; extend to me thy maternal tenderness and solicitude; obtain for me a place in the Heart of Jesus, and a special share in the gifts of His grace. 0 deign, I beseech thee, to recognize my claims on thy protection, to watch over my spiritual and temporal interests, as well as those of all who are dear to me; to infuse into my soul the spirit of Christ, and to teach me thyself to become meek, humble, charitable, patient, and submissive to the will of God.

    May my heart bum with the love of thy Divine Son, and of thee, His blessed Mother, not for a month alone, but for time and eternity; may I thirst for the promotion of His honor and thine, and contribute, as far as I can, to its extension. Receive me, 0 Mary, the refuge of sinners! Grant me a Mother's blessing and a Mother's care, now, and at the hour of my death. Amen.

    TO OUR LADY

    Saint John Vianney, better known as the Cure of Ars, when asked how long he had loved Mary, said: "I loved her almost before I could know her." In this prayer he expresses that love.
    O thou most holy virgin Mary, who dost evermore stand before the most holy Trinity, and to whom it is granted at all times to pray for us to thy most beloved Son; pray for me in all my necessities; help me, combat for me, and obtain for me the pardon of all my sins. Help me especially at my last hour; and when I can no longer give any sign of the use of reason, then do thou encourage me, make the sign of the cross for me, and fight for me against the enemy. Make in my name a profession of faith; favor me with a testimony of my salvation, and never let me despair of the mercy of God. Help me to overthrow the wicked enemy. When I can no longer say: "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I place my soul in your hands," do thou say it for me; when I can no longer hear human words of consolation, do thou comfort me. Leave me not before I have been judged; and if I have to expiate my sins in purgatory, oh! pray for me earnestly; and admonish my friends to procure for me a speedy enjoyment of the blessed sight of God. Lessen my sufferings, deliver me speedily, and lead my soul into heaven with thee: that, united with all the elect, I may there bless and praise my God and thee for all eternity. Amen.
    Saint John Vianney

    ACT OF REPARATION

    O blessed Virgin, Mother of God, look down in mercy from heaven, where thou art enthroned as Queen, upon me, a miserable sinner, thine unworthy servant. Although I know full well my own unworthiness, yet in order to atone for the offenses that are done to thee by impious and blasphemous
    tongues, from the depths of my heart I praise and extol thee as the purest, the fairest, the holiest creature of all God's handiwork. I bless thy holy name, I praise thine exalted privilege of being truly Mother of God, ever virgin, conceived without stain of sin, co-redemptrix of the human race. I bless the Eternal Father who chose thee in an especial way for His daughter; I bless the Word Incarnate who took upon Himself our nature in thy bosom and so made thee His Mother; I bless the Holy Spirit who took thee as His bride. All honor, praise and thanksgiving to the ever-blessed Trinity, who predestined thee and loved thee so exceedingly from all eternity as to exalt thee above all creatures to the most sublime heights. 0 Virgin, holy and merciful, obtain for all who offend thee the grace of repentance, and graciously accept this poor act of homage from me thy servant, obtaining likewise for me from thy divine Son the pardon and remission of all my sins. Amen.

    Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

    Memorare of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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    Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary!
    That never was it known
    That anyone who fled to thy protection,
    Implored thy help or sought thy intercession
    Was left unaided. 

    Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto Thee!
    O Virgin of virgins, My Mother!

    To Thee I come before Thee I stand,
    Sinful and Sorrowful,
    Oh Mother of the Word Incarnate,
    Despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy,
    Hear and answer me.


    Amen

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    Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Hail Mary (Catholic Caucus)
    Yes, Mary DOES Know
    How Can Mary Hear Thousands Simultaneously?
    Fr Paul Schenck: Immaculate Conception Tells us Who Mary Is and Who We Are (Catholic Caucus)
    Mary,Our Lady of Quatlasupe,She who crushes the head of the serpent, is leading...(Catholic Caucus)
    MARY, MOTHER OF EVANGELIZATION [Cath-Orth caucus]
    On Mary, Model of Faith, Charity and Union with Christ [Weekly Audience]
    Why Don't You honor Mary?
    Columbus and the Virgin Mary [Catholic Caucus]

    Pope Francis: Mary's faith unties the knot of sin
    Pope consecrates world to immaculate heart of Mary
    Mary, Mother of God
    Mary 'can only bring us to God,' expert says as entrustment nears
    Pope Francis: "Mary, look upon us" (Mass in Cagliari)
    Devotion to the Most Holy Name of Mary [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
    Pope Francis: contemplate the "suffering humanity" of Jesus and the sweetness of Mary
    Mary's Nativity Draws Tens of Thousands to Indian Basilica
    Veneration of Mary in Luke 11:27-28
    Pope at Mass: Learning from Mary to keep the Word of God

    Pope: Mary is always in a hurry to help us (first pastoral visit to a diocese in Rome)
    Catholic Word of the Day: MARY'S SINLESSNESS, 04-01-13
    Letter #47: To Mary (Pope Francis prays at (tomb of Pope St. Pius V) [Catholic Caucus]
    Catholic Word of the Day: MARY'S VIRGINITY, 02-26-13
    Mariaphobic Response Syndrome: Part Two
    Mariaphobic Response Syndrome: Part One
    A Mother's Love, The Blessed Virgin Mary Saying YES To God
    Chesterton on devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary [Ecumenical]
    The Perpetual Virginity of Blessed Mary
    A Comparison is Instituted Between the Disobedient and Sinning Eve and the Virgin Mary..

    Magnificat: The Hymn of the Blessed Virgin Mary [Catholic Caucus]
    The Blessed Virgin Mary's Role in the Celibate Priest's Spousal... (Pt 2) (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)
    The Blessed Virgin Mary's Role in the Celibate Priest's Spousal and Paternal Love (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)
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    Beginning Our Lady's Month [Catholic Caucus]
    Give it all to Mary [Catholic Caucus]
    JESUS LIVING IN MARY: HANDBOOK, SPIRITUALITY OF ST. LOUIS DE MONTFORT, ROSARY [Ecumenical]
    Mary, Tabernacle of the Lord By Archbishop Fulton Sheen(Catholic Caucus)
    A ... Discovers Mary
    Mary is our Mother and Queen of the New Davidic Kingdom (Scriptures Agree With Catholic Church)

    Hail Mary
    Holy Water Silhouette (Virgin Mary -video))
    How could Mary be the Mother of God?
    Mary, the Mother of God (a defense)
    Calling Mary "Mother of God" Tells Us Who Jesus Is
    The Holy Spirit And Mary (Catholic Caucus)
    Mary, Our Cause of Rejoicing
    Mary in Byzantine Doctrine and Devotion (Catholic / Orthodox Caucus)
    Radio Replies First Volume - Devotion to Mary
    The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Catholic Discovery of America(Catholic Caucus)

    Mary is the star that guides us to holiness, says Holy Father during Angelus [Catholic Caucus]
    The Efficacy and Power of One Hail Mary [Ecumenical]
    When Did Belief in the Virgin Birth Begin?
    Mary, Motherhood, and the Home BY Archbishop Fulton Sheen
    On Mary, Mother of Priests
    Benedict reflects on Mary and the priesthood [Catholic Caucus]
    Radio Replies First Volume - Mary
    Scholar says ... neglect lessons from Virgin Mary
    Mary and the Sword Continued Part #2 by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
    Mary and the Sword by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen(Catholic Caucus)

    Why Did Mary Offer a Sin Offering? [Ecumenical]
    Mary and Intercessory Prayer
    Mary: Holy Mother
    Mary not just for Catholics anymore
    Pope concludes Month of Mary in the Vatican Gardens
    Consecration to Mary(Catholic Caucus)
    Mary's Marching Orders
    Praying the Hail Mary Like Never Before [Ecumenical]
    Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament [Catholic Caucus]
    Catholic Caucus: The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas - THE HAIL MARY

    Our Jewish Roots: The Immaculate Conception [Ecumenical]
    The Blessed Virgin in the History of Christianity [Ecumenical]
    Archbishop Sheen Today! -- Mary and the Moslems
    Mary Immaculate: Patroness of the United States [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
    "The Woman He Loved": Fulton Sheen and the Blessed Mother(Catholic Caucus)
    September 12: The Most Holy Name of Mary and Militant Islam
    Catholic Devotional: Feast of the Holy Name of Mary
    A Homily on the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary
    May Devotion: Blessed Virgin Mary
    Catholic Caucus: Mary, The Power of Her Name [The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary]

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    05/24/2016 9:56:03 PM PDT · 18 of 23
    Salvation to All
    From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:
    "Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8"

    PLEASE JOIN US - Evening Prayer
    Someone has said that if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.
    Did you know that during WWII there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace?

    There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America. If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation. If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have. Please forward this to your praying friends.

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    05/24/2016 9:55:34 PM PDT · 17 of 23
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    St. Michael the Archangel

    ~ PRAYER ~

    St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle
    Be our protection against the wickedness
    and snares of the devil;
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
    and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    Cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
    who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
    Amen
    +

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    05/24/2016 9:55:05 PM PDT · 16 of 23
    Salvation to All
    Pray a Rosary each day for our nation.

    1. Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    2. The Apostles Creed: I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

    3. The Lord's Prayer: OUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

    4. (3) Hail Mary: HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen. (Three times)

    5. Glory Be: GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    6. Fatima Prayer: Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.

    Announce each mystery, then say 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be and 1 Fatima prayer. Repeat the process with each mystery.

    End with the Hail Holy Queen:
    Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus!

    O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    Final step -- The Sign of the Cross

    The Mysteries of the Rosary By tradition, Catholics meditate on these Mysteries during prayers of the Rosary. The biblical references follow each of the Mysteries below.

    The Glorious Mysteries
    (Wednesdays and Sundays)
    1.The Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-18, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-29) [Spiritual fruit - Faith]
    2. The Ascension (Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:6-11) [Spiritual fruit - Christian Hope]
    3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-13) [Spiritual fruit - Gifts of the Holy Spirit]
    4. The Assumption [Spiritual fruit - To Jesus through Mary]
    5. The Coronation [Spiritual fruit - Grace of Final Perseverance]

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    05/24/2016 9:53:52 PM PDT · 14 of 23
    Salvation to All

     
    Jesus, High Priest
     

    We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.

    Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.

    Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.

    Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.

    Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.

    Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.

    O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.

    Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

    Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priests

    This icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.

    The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.

    The border contains an altar and grapevines, representing the Mass, and icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.

    Melchizedek: king of righteousness (left icon) was priest and king of Jerusalem.  He blessed Abraham and has been considered an ideal priest-king.

    St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.

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    05/24/2016 9:47:24 PM PDT · 11 of 23
    Salvation to All
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    05/24/2016 9:45:34 PM PDT · 8 of 23
    Salvation to All

    Please pray for Pope Francis.

  • Ten Points of God's Healing

    05/24/2016 9:45:21 PM PDT · 88 of 88
    ealgeone to Mark17

    All glory to Him!

  • Ten Points of God's Healing

    05/24/2016 9:44:52 PM PDT · 87 of 88
    ealgeone to Jim 0216
    You claim you never said all believers will be healed.....however this is your opening post

    This article is to those that might be going through a physical affliction and wondering if it is God's will for you to be healed. I just want to encourage you that it is God's will that you receive your healing.

    You've backed up pretty quick on this statement.

    You've been shown the inaccuracy of your position. Quit spreading false doctrine.

  • German Journalist Calls Pope Francis a Relativizer

    05/24/2016 9:44:25 PM PDT · 19 of 22
    Falconspeed to Zionist Conspirator

    Nice try at history. Keep up the good work.

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    05/24/2016 9:43:26 PM PDT · 7 of 23
    Salvation to All

    Readings at Mass

    Liturgical Colour: Green.


    First reading 1 Peter 1:18-25 ©
    Remember, the ransom that was paid to free you from the useless way of life your ancestors handed down was not paid in anything corruptible, neither in silver nor gold, but in the precious blood of a lamb without spot or stain, namely Christ; who, though known since before the world was made, has been revealed only in our time, the end of the ages, for your sake. Through him you now have faith in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory for that very reason – so that you would have faith and hope in God.
      You have been obedient to the truth and purified your souls until you can love like brothers, in sincerity; let your love for each other be real and from the heart – your new birth was not from any mortal seed but from the everlasting word of the living and eternal God. All flesh is grass and its glory like the wild flower’s. The grass withers, the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains for ever. What is this word? It is the Good News that has been brought to you.

    Responsorial Psalm
    Psalm 147:12-15,19-20 ©
    O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
    or
    Alleluia!
    O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
      Zion, praise your God!
    He has strengthened the bars of your gates
      he has blessed the children within you.
    O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
    or
    Alleluia!
    He established peace on your borders,
      he feeds you with finest wheat.
    He sends out his word to the earth
      and swiftly runs his command.
    O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
    or
    Alleluia!
    He makes his word known to Jacob,
      to Israel his laws and decrees.
    He has not dealt thus with other nations;
      he has not taught them his decrees.
    O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
    or
    Alleluia!

    Gospel Acclamation 1Jn2:5
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Whenever anyone obeys what Christ has said,
    God’s love comes to perfection in him.
    Alleluia!
    Or Mk10:45
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    The Son of Man came to serve,
    and to give his life as a ransom for many.
    Alleluia!

    Gospel Mark 10:32-45 ©
    The disciples were on the road, going up to Jerusalem; Jesus was walking on ahead of them; they were in a daze, and those who followed were apprehensive. Once more taking the Twelve aside he began to tell them what was going to happen to him: ‘Now we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man is about to be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the pagans, who will mock him and spit at him and scourge him and put him to death; and after three days he will rise again.’
      James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached him. ‘Master,’ they said to him ‘we want you to do us a favour.’ He said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ They said to him, ‘Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.’ ‘You do not know what you are asking’ Jesus said to them. ‘Can you drink the cup that I must drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I must be baptised?’ They replied, ‘We can.’ Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I must drink you shall drink, and with the baptism with which I must be baptised you shall be baptised, but as for seats at my right hand or my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted.’
      When the other ten heard this they began to feel indignant with James and John, so Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that among the pagans their so-called rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all. For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-25-16. OM, St. Bede, St. Gregory VII, St. M Magdalena Pazzi

    05/24/2016 9:40:51 PM PDT · 6 of 23
    Salvation to All
    Scripture readings from the Jerusalem Bible by Darton, Longman & Todd

    Readings at Mass

    Liturgical Colour: Green.


    First reading 1 Peter 1:18-25 ©
    Remember, the ransom that was paid to free you from the useless way of life your ancestors handed down was not paid in anything corruptible, neither in silver nor gold, but in the precious blood of a lamb without spot or stain, namely Christ; who, though known since before the world was made, has been revealed only in our time, the end of the ages, for your sake. Through him you now have faith in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory for that very reason – so that you would have faith and hope in God.
      You have been obedient to the truth and purified your souls until you can love like brothers, in sincerity; let your love for each other be real and from the heart – your new birth was not from any mortal seed but from the everlasting word of the living and eternal God. All flesh is grass and its glory like the wild flower’s. The grass withers, the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains for ever. What is this word? It is the Good News that has been brought to you.

    Responsorial Psalm
    Psalm 147:12-15,19-20 ©
    O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
    or
    Alleluia!
    O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
      Zion, praise your God!
    He has strengthened the bars of your gates
      he has blessed the children within you.
    O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
    or
    Alleluia!
    He established peace on your borders,
      he feeds you with finest wheat.
    He sends out his word to the earth
      and swiftly runs his command.
    O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
    or
    Alleluia!
    He makes his word known to Jacob,
      to Israel his laws and decrees.
    He has not dealt thus with other nations;
      he has not taught them his decrees.
    O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
    or
    Alleluia!

    Gospel Acclamation 1Jn2:5
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Whenever anyone obeys what Christ has said,
    God’s love comes to perfection in him.
    Alleluia!
    Or Mk10:45
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    The Son of Man came to serve,
    and to give his life as a ransom for many.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-25-16. OM, St. Bede, St. Gregory VII, St. M Magdalena Pazzi

    05/24/2016 9:35:23 PM PDT · 5 of 23
    Salvation to All

    Today’s saints:

    Optional Memorial: St Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor

    Optional Memorial: St Gregory VII, Pope

    Optional Memorial: St Mary Magdalen de Pazzi, Virgin

    There wasn’t enough room to put all the info in the title line.

  • Prayer for Our American Heroes and Our Nation

    05/24/2016 9:34:18 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    Kitty Mittens to Jeanbl
    We pray LORD, for our secret brothers and sisters hidden deep inside the nations with this message of GRACE and SALVATION, and we pray LORD, for a great and mighty reception of hearts to the GOSPEL for which we are beneficiaries of. Dear JESUS, we ask these in things in YOUR PRECIOUS HOLY and MIGHTY NAME. AMEN.

    Amen to Every Word of your Beautiful, Heartfelt Prayer, Dear Servant of Jesus Christ.
    Standing with you in 100% Agreement.

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    05/24/2016 9:34:05 PM PDT · 4 of 23
    Salvation to All

    From: Mark 10:32-45

    Third Prophecy of the Passion


    [32] And they (the disciples) were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus
    was walking ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were
    afraid. And taking the Twelve again, He began to tell them what was to happen to
    Him, [33] saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will
    be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to
    death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles; [34] and they will mock Him, and spit up-
    on Him, and scourge Him, and kill Him; and after three days He will rise.”

    The Sons of Zebedee Make Their Request


    [35] And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Him, and said
    to Him, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.” [36] And
    He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” [37] And they said to
    Him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”
    [38] But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you
    able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which
    I am baptized?” [39] And they said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to
    them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am
    baptized, you will be baptized; [40] but to sit at My right hand or at My left is not
    Mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” [41] And when
    the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. [42] And Jesus
    called them to Him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed
    to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority
    over them. [43] But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great
    among you must be your servant, [44] and whoever would be first among you
    must be slave of all. [45] For the Son of Man also came not to be served but to
    serve, and to give His life as a ransom of many.”

    *********************************************************************************************
    Commentary:

    32. Jesus was making His way to Jerusalem with a burning desire to see fulfilled
    everything that He had foretold about His passion and death. He had already told
    His disciples that He would suffer there, which is why they cannot understand
    His eagerness. By His own example He is teaching us to carry the cross gladly,
    not to try to avoid it.

    35-44. We can admire the Apostles’ humility: they do not disguise their earlier
    weakness and shortcomings from the first Christians. God also has wanted the
    Holy Gospel to record the earlier weaknesses of those who will become the un-
    shakeable pillars of the Church. The grace of God works wonders in people’s
    souls: so we should never be pessimistic in the face of our own wretchedness:
    “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

    38. When we ask for anything in prayer, we should be ready, always, to accept
    God’s will, even if it does not coincide with our own: “His Majesty knows best
    what is suitable for us; it is not for us to advise Him what to give us, for He can
    rightly reply that we know not what we ask” (St. Teresa, “Mansions”, II, 8).

    43-45. Our Lord’s word and example encourage in us a genuine spirit of Christian
    service. Only the Son of God who came down from Heaven and freely submitted
    to humiliation (at Bethlehem, Nazareth, Calvary, and in the Sacred Host) can ask
    a person to make himself last, if he wishes to be first.

    The Church, right through history, continues Christ’s mission of service to man-
    kind: “Experienced in human affairs, the Church, without attempting to interfere
    in any way in the politics of States, ‘seeks but a solitary goal: to carry forward
    the work of Christ Himself under the lead of the befriending Spirit. And Christ en-
    tered this world to give witness to the truth, to rescue and not to sit in judgment,
    to serve and not to be served’ (Vatican II, “Gaudium Et Spes”, 3). Sharing the no-
    blest aspirations of men and suffering when she sees them not satisfied, she wi-
    shes to help them attain their full flowering, and that is why she offers men what
    she possesses as her characteristic attribute: a global vision of man and of the
    human race” (Paul VI, “Populorum Progressio”, 13).

    Our attitude should be that of our Lord: we should seek to serve God and men
    with a truly supernatural outlook, not expecting any return; we should serve even
    those who do not appreciate the service we do them. This undoubtedly does not
    make sense, judged by human standards. However, the Christian identified with
    Christ takes “pride” precisely in serving others; by so doing he shares in Christ’s
    mission and thereby attains his true dignity: “This dignity is expressed in readi-
    ness to serve, in keeping with the example of Christ, who ‘came not to be served
    but to serve.’ If, in the light of this attitude of Christ’s, ‘being a king’ is truly possi-
    ble only by ‘being a servant’, then ‘being a servant’ also demands so much spiri-
    tual maturity that it must really be described as ‘being a king.’ In order to be able
    to serve others worthily and effectively we must be able to master ourselves, pos-
    sess the virtues that make this mastery possible” (Bl. John Paul II, “Redemptor
    Hominis”, 21). Cf. note on Matthew 20:27-28.

    *********************************************************************************************
    Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
    Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
    the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

    Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
    by Scepter Publishers in the United States.

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    05/24/2016 9:33:08 PM PDT · 3 of 23
    Salvation to All

    From: 1 Peter 1:18-25

    The Blood of Christ Is Our Ransom


    [18] You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fa-
    thers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, [19] but with the precious
    blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. [20] He was destined
    before the foundation of the world but was made manifest at the end of the times
    for your sake. [21] Through him you have confidence in God, who raised him from
    the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

    Brotherly Love


    [22] Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere love of
    the brethren, love one another earnestly from the heart. [23] You have been born
    anew, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding
    word of God; [24] for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.
    The grass withers, and the flower falls, [25] but the word of the Lord abides forever.”
    That word is the good news which was preached to you.

    *********************************************************************************************
    Commentary:

    17-21. The Christian has attained the honor of being a son or daughter of God.
    The sacred writer summarizes God’s plan for man’s salvation, which comes a-
    bout in Christ: from all eternity, it was God’s design to save men through Christ;
    this design was made manifest “at the end of the times”, when our Lord offered
    himself as an expiation for the sins of men, and then rose from the dead and was
    glorified. This is a further reason why Christians should grow in their desire for
    holiness.

    “You were ransomed” (v. 18): the image of ransoming used here to explain Re-
    demption is probably taken from sacred manumission (common at the time in
    Asia Minor and Greece) whereby slaves were set free through a sum of money
    being deposited in the temple. When exhorting Christians not to return to their
    former sins, St Paul also stresses the great size of the ransom (cf. 1 Cor 6:20
    and note). The amount of the ransom, St Ambrose points out, “was not rec-
    koned in terms of money but in terms of blood, for Christ died for us; he has
    set us free with his precious blood, as St Peter also reminds us in his letter
    [...]; precious because it is the blood of a spotless Lamb, the blood of the Son
    of God, who has ransomed us not only from the curse of the Law, but also from
    that never-ending death which impiety implies” (”Expositio Evangelii sec. Lu-
    cam”, 7, 117).

    “The blood of Christs like that of a lamb without blemish or spot” (v. 19): in the
    sacrifice of Jesus was fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah about the Messiah’s expia-
    tory suffering; and it also finally completed the liberation of the Israelite first-born
    in Egypt through the blood of the paschal lamb (Ex 12; cf. Introduction to this let-
    ter). So, when in the New Testament the figure of the Lamb is applied to Christ,
    this is a way of referring to the atoning sacrifice of the Cross and, also, the spot-
    less innocence of the Redeemer (cf. note on Jn 1:29).

    21. The resurrection of Jesus is the basis of Christian faith and hope and is the
    main proof of Jesus’ divinity and his divine mission (cf., e.g., 1 Cor 15 and notes
    on same). The Apostles were, first and foremost, witnesses of our Lord’s resur-
    rection (cf. Acts 1:22; 2:32; etc.), and the proclamation of the Resurrection was
    the core of apostolic catechesis (cf. the discourses of St Peter and St Paul in
    the Acts of the Apostles).

    Jesus Christ rose from the dead by his own power, the power of his divine person
    (cf. “Creed of the People of God”, 12); the “St Pius V Catechism” points out that
    “we sometimes, it is true, read in Scripture that he was raised by the Father; but
    this refers to him as man, just as those passages, on the other hand, which say
    that he rose by his own power relate to him as God” (I, 6, 8).

    22-25. Fraternal love is one of the main signs of holiness. Jesus said that this
    love would be the distinguishing mark of Christians, and the Apostles often repeat
    this teaching in the instruction they impart (cf., e.g., 1 Cor 13; Jas 2:8; 1 Jn). The
    new people of God, Vatican II says, “are reborn, not from a corruptible seed, but
    from an incorruptible one through the word of the living God (cf. 1 Pet 1:23); the
    law of this people is the new commandment to love as Christ loved us (cf. Jn
    13:34)” (”Lumen Gentium”, 9).

    *********************************************************************************************
    Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
    Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
    the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

    Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
    by Scepter Publishers in the United States.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-25-16. OM, St. Bede, St. Gregory VII, St. M Magdalena Pazzi

    05/24/2016 9:19:22 PM PDT · 2 of 23
    Salvation to nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...
    Alleluia Ping

    Please FReepmail me to get on/off the Alleluia Ping List.

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    05/24/2016 9:17:47 PM PDT · 1 of 23
    Salvation
    For your reading, reflection, faith-sharing, comments, questions, discussion.
  • Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal?

    05/24/2016 9:16:50 PM PDT · 60 of 62
    D-fendr to JAKraig

    >>>While it is true that John said that Christ and God The Father are one, He did not say they were the same.

    Would it be accurate to say that you do not believe Christ is God; you don’t believe in the divinity of Christ?

  • Ten Points of God's Healing

    05/24/2016 9:16:31 PM PDT · 86 of 88
    Mark17 to ealgeone

    Good post bro.

  • Christians Have a Mission to Convert all Muslims, Says Vatican Official

    05/24/2016 9:13:05 PM PDT · 92 of 92
    Secret Agent Man to Romulus

    Nope. But Jesus didnt instruct us that we ask anyone to mediate for us, He clearly explained that we as sons of God can pray directly to God, and then He gave us His example and began the Our Father,....

    I pray directly to God. As Jesus instructed and demonstrated.

    He never ever told anyone ask my mom to pray for you because my grace comes back to you through her.

  • Christians Have a Mission to Convert all Muslims, Says Vatican Official

    05/24/2016 9:07:44 PM PDT · 91 of 92
    Secret Agent Man to Mr. M.J.B.

    Jesus is also God.

    He said no one comes to the Father except through Him.

    To deny this is to deny Jesus is God. And to call Him a liar.

    I didnt invent it. If you deny Jesus you reject His claims. The Jews rejected and continue to reject Him.

  • Christians Have a Mission to Convert all Muslims, Says Vatican Official

    05/24/2016 9:04:26 PM PDT · 90 of 92
    US_MilitaryRules to marshmallow

    And the mooselimbs mission is to kill all Christians.

  • Ten Points of God's Healing

    05/24/2016 8:57:08 PM PDT · 85 of 88
    Jim 0216 to boatbums

    Again, you’re not paying attention. I never said all believers WILL get healed, but I did say we have we have “divine health” available to us through what Jesus did on the cross.

    Your “que sera, sera” approach to the Lord and the life he has for you is not scriptural.

    “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and does not upbraid; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:5-8.

  • Christians Have a Mission to Convert all Muslims, Says Vatican Official

    05/24/2016 8:41:17 PM PDT · 89 of 92
    Mrs. Don-o to ebb tide
    ??????

    You don't seem to understand that I agree with what you just wrote.

    You seem to want to disagree even when we agree! Sorry, that's a sport that doesn't suit me.

  • Christians Have a Mission to Convert all Muslims, Says Vatican Official

    05/24/2016 8:41:00 PM PDT · 88 of 92
    Romulus to Secret Agent Man

    Is that because you don’t believe in mediators?

  • Christians Have a Mission to Convert all Muslims, Says Vatican Official

    05/24/2016 8:38:55 PM PDT · 87 of 92
    Mrs. Don-o to ebb tide
    If you want to go on ahead and post all of Romans 11 that's fine with me.

    Have a restful, peaceful night.

    God wake you with the morning light.

  • Christians Have a Mission to Convert all Muslims, Says Vatican Official

    05/24/2016 8:38:21 PM PDT · 86 of 92
    ebb tide to Mrs. Don-o

    You don’t even seem to understand what you post.

    It’s only the Jews, as whole and living in the end times, who be will be saved when the full numbers of Gentiles comes in.

    However, that should not preclude the Church from doing Her best for those Jews living today to call for their conversion. That would be a lack of “charity”, a term Francis is fond of abusing.

  • Pope Francis Likens JESUS To ISIS, Says Muslims MUST Breed With Christians!

    05/24/2016 8:31:39 PM PDT · 140 of 140
    terycarl to Bulwyf
    Sounds odd. I’m Christian, and I read the Bible. I can’t think of even one child that was baptized in the Bible.

    Entire households were indeed baptized...don't you suppose these included children???

  • Christians Have a Mission to Convert all Muslims, Says Vatican Official

    05/24/2016 8:27:59 PM PDT · 85 of 92
    Mrs. Don-o to ebb tide
    You want us to *not *parse words??

    Do you even know what the word "parse" means? It means to grammatically analyze a word, phrase or sentence, or to examine texts to uncover their implications or deeper meanings.

    It would do the Free Republic forums a great deal of good if we all did a good deal more parsing. Parsing before posting would sure improve the overall comprehension levels. Now: I find it quite interesting that you did not post the preceding sentence (vv 25-26)in your Romans’ quote:

    "I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers, so that you will not become wise in your own estimation: a hardening has come upon Israel in part, until the full number of the Gentiles comes in, and thus all Israel will be saved..."

    Good night and God bless you.

  • Christians Have a Mission to Convert all Muslims, Says Vatican Official

    05/24/2016 8:18:25 PM PDT · 84 of 92
    ebb tide to Mrs. Don-o

    More from Romans 11:

    “[6] And if by grace, it is not now by works: otherwise grace is no more grace. [7] What then? That which Israel sought, he hath not obtained: but the election hath obtained it; and the rest have been blinded. [8] As it is written: God hath given them the spirit of insensibility; eyes that they should not see; and ears that they should not hear, until this present day. [9] And David saith: Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling block, and a recompense unto them. [10] Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see: and bow down their back always.”