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  • Want Catholic Art? Fundamentalist Bob Jones University Has It

    02/14/2016 11:00:12 AM PST · 54 of 54
    Ruy Dias de Bivar to vladimir998

    ***And Botticelli burned some of his work at the request of Savonarola.***

    Since one did not go to Hobby Lobby to get paint back in those days, his burning his own paintings must have been a real critical decision for him.
    But then, Fredrick Remington also burned a lot of his paintings, thankfully after they were printed so we still have copies.

    I’ve a short biography of Savonarola. He appeared to be a deeply spiritual man.

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/14/16)[Prayer]

    02/14/2016 10:00:29 AM PST · 13 of 13
    left that other site to DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem

    Thank You, DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis, For Your Prayers For the Peace of Jerusalem, For Our FRiends in Need, For Persecuted Believers, and For Our Beloved Nation.

    Blessings To All Who Visit This Garden of Prayer.

    This Symbol Represents Christians in The Middle East, who desperately need our Prayers.

    Hallelujah and Amen

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/14/16)[Prayer]

    02/14/2016 9:46:45 AM PST · 12 of 13
    DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis to left that other site

    prayers up

  • Jerusalem;the center of everything significant...miracle nation pt 44

    02/14/2016 9:41:32 AM PST · 38 of 38
    Zionist Conspirator to one Lord one faith one baptism
    I get frustrated when someone takes the deep spiritual meaning of God's word and completely misses the whole point of what that word says.

    You mean like when they assume that "six days" means six days or that the events of Genesis 1-11 actually happened??? Imagine that!!!

    No wonder the historical churches are so hostile to the literal truth of the Hebrew Bible.

  • Jerusalem;the center of everything significant...miracle nation pt 44

    02/14/2016 9:35:48 AM PST · 37 of 38
    Zionist Conspirator to pastorbillrandles
    These posts of yours just make me wish you wonderful people would shuck off the "new testament" and accept the unadulterated truth of HaShem. Unfortunately I know you won't even give it a hearing (you're sure the "new testament" is an authentic part of the Bible because it's there, isn't it???). This makes me want to claw my eyes out sometimes.

    I used to actually believe things might change. But unfortunately, as it is, you'll remain forever suspended between Judaism and authentic historical chrstianity, hated equally by both--and taking this hatred as proof that you are right.

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-14-16, First Sunday of Lent

    02/14/2016 9:24:40 AM PST · 34 of 34
    Biggirl to Salvation

    Have a good and blessed St. Valentine’s Day as well!

    St. Valentine, Priest and Martyr
    by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger

    The holy Priest Valentine lived at the time of the Emperor Claudius. He was held in high estimation, both by the Christians and heathens, on account of his natural amiability, wisdom and virtue. Claudius himself desired to see him, and on his being brought into his presence, said to him: “Why do you refuse to be my friend, when I wish to become yours? Nothing in you displeases me, but that you confess a faith which is against our gods.” Valentine replied: “O Emperor! if you knew the God I worship, you would consider yourself blessed to serve Him. He it is who has given you your life and your crown, and who alone can make you eternally happy.” One of those present interrupted him, saying: “What think you, then, of Jupiter,—of Mercury?” “I think that they have been wicked men, as their lives show,” answered the Priest;” and, therefore, they are unworthy to be called gods.” “That is sacrilege!” cried many: “Valentine deserves to die!” Valentine begged the Emperor graciously to lend him his ear, only for a short space of time, that he might defend his words.

    Having received permission to speak, he placed the falsity, of the heathen gods and the truth of the God of the Christians so clearly before their eyes, that the Emperor, prepossessed in his favor, said to those surrounding him: “I must confess this man speaketh with much reason, and nothing can be said to confute his teaching.” Calphurnius, the Governor, who was also present, on hearing the Emperor speak thus, was filled with fear that he would embrace the Christian faith, and cried: “Valentine is a sorcerer, a blasphemer of the gods of the Empire! He must die, or an insurrection will break out among the people!” This speech alarmed the Emperor to such a degree that he gave up the holy Priest entirely into the hands of the Governor.

    Calphurnius immediately cast him into a dungeon, and gave orders to Judge Asterius to accuse him as an enemy of the gods, according to law. Asterius wished first to make an attempt to win over the Priest, who was so universally loved, from the Christian faith, but to the good fortune of the judge, the contrary took place. Valentine restored the sight of the daughter of Asterius, who had been blind for many years, and, in consequence, the judge and his whole family forsook their idolatry and were baptized. When this was reported to the Emperor, he admired the power of the God whom Valentine adored, and endeavored to set the Saint free, but again frightened by Calphurnius with an insurrection, he at length gave orders to behead him. Saint Valentine received his death sentence with great joy, and ended his life by a glorious martyrdom.

    Practical Considerations

    The holy Priest Valentine desires to convert the heathen Emperor, and endeavors to convince him of the falsity of his idols and the truth of the Christian God. How is it with you? Have you a true knowledge of the God in whom you believe? Do you strive to obtain it? To prefer, and more frequently to go to the theatre than to listen to a sermon; to prefer, and more frequently to read, a silly, or perhaps a sinful book, than a book of devotion; to prefer, and more frequently to speak of worldly affairs, of voluptuousness, of games, of luxurious garments, of your neighbors’ faults, or even of obscenities, than of God and holy subjects; these are not the means by which men are led to the most necessary knowledge of God. By listening to the Word of God, by reading books of devotion, by pious conversation, and by divine contemplation, we come to the knowledge of God. Do you make use of these means, or do you, perhaps, think that it is not so necessary to attain a knowledge of God? What! You surely are aware that Christ said: “Now this is eternal life,” that is the condition, the foundation, the first means to the eternal life: “that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent” (St. John,, ch. xvii.).

    Where there is no knowledge of God, there is no true faith in Him, no true hope, no true love, no fear of God, no hope of salvation. St. Jerome said rightly: “The man who acknowledges not God, should rather be called an unreasonable animal than a man.” Where the knowledge of God is wanting, there the greatest crimes find an easy entrance and prevail; according to the words of the Prophet, “There is no knowledge of God in the land. Cursing, and lying, and killing, and theft, and adultery have overflowed” (Osee, chapter iv.). What can follow such crimes but eternal ruin? Consequently, strive zealously, through the means above mentioned, to attain a true knowledge of God. The better your comprehension of God, the more immovable will be your faith, the firmer your hope, the more ardent your love for Him, the more fervent your zeal to serve Him, the more carefully will you shun sin and endeavor to perform good actions. And this, believe me, is the only path that leads to salvation.

  • He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen

    02/14/2016 9:14:06 AM PST · 9 of 9
    piusv to SandRat

    Many pre-Vatican II popes and saints warnd us and spoke the truth about Islam and Mohammedans.

  • Gospel Train Reaches Temptation Station -- Stay on Board, Children! Homily -- First Sunday of Lent

    02/14/2016 9:07:54 AM PST · 4 of 4
    E. Pluribus Unum to Salvation
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-14-16, First Sunday of Lent

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-14-16, First Sunday of Lent

    02/14/2016 8:51:32 AM PST · 32 of 34
    Salvation to All
    St. Valentine's Day

    Saint Valentine's Day
    February 14th 

    Let's Put the Saint back in Valentine's Day
    Family prayers and activities
    /Bible-verse Valentines/Valentine treats

    Cupids. Candy. Flowers. Lacy hearts. Strange, isn't it, that the best known Christian saint on the secular calendar -- a holiday devoted to romantic love -- is a martyr for the Christian faith?

    Saint Valentine did "die of love", to be sure -- but not of the romantic sort! Strange, also, considering its enormous popularity, that this saint's feast no longer appears on the Church's calendar. (Officially, February 14 marks the feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodias, 9th century missionaries to the Slavs.)

    How did the "Saint" dissappear from Valentine's Day? Can we "re-Christianize" the celebration of this popular holiday? Who is Saint Valentine, anyway?

    There are at three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, mentioned in the early martyrologies for the date of February 14th.

    One is described as a priest in Rome, another a bishop (of Interamna, the modern Terni). Both apparently were martyred in the second half of the third century and buried at different places on the Flaminian Way outside of Rome. The third St. Valentine was martyred in Africa with a number of companions.

    Almost nothing is known about any of these early Christian men -- except that they died for the love of Christ!

    The popular customs connected with Saint Valentine's Day's probably originated in medieval Europe. At that time, when "courtly love" was in flower, there was a common belief in England and France that on February 14th, precisely half way through the second month of the year, the birds began to pair.
    Thus, we read in the 14th century English poet, Geoffrey Chaucer's "Parliament of Foules":

    For this was on Seynt Valentynes' day
    Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate. (Chaucer's original spelling).

    This belief about "love-birds" is probably the reason Saint Valentine's feast day came to be seen as specially consecrated to lovers, and as a proper occasion for writing love letters and sending lover's tokens. The literature of the fourteenth and fifteenth-century in both France and England contain allusions to this practice.

    This association with romantic love, along with the medieval revival of interest in classic literature, no doubt led to the "paganizing" of this martyr's feast, so that the Roman god, Cupid (the counterpart of Eros in Greek mythology), supplanted the saint in the celebration of the feast. In Roman mythology, Cupid, the son of Venus, was a winged immortal who had the mischievous habit of shooting invisible arrows into the hearts of mortals, which inflamed them with blind and helpless passion -- for the next person they might see.

    The Golden Legend, a medieval book of stories about saints, says that Valentine, a priest, was imprisioned by the emperor Claudius II for leading people to Christ. While Valentine was being interrogated by a Roman officer, the priest preached Christ as the "one and only Light". The officer, who had a blind daughter, challenged Valentine to pray to Christ for her cure. The girl was cured, and the entire family were converted to Christianity.
    According to legend, while awaiting execution, he wrote notes of instruction, affection and encouragement to the Christian community in Rome, which were secretly delivered by a boy who visited him in prison.

    It is ironic that a Roman Christian who died defending the faith is now chiefly associated with a pagan god, Cupid!



    "Christianizing" Valentine's Day:
    Family prayers and activities

    On Saint Valentine's Day, we Christians have an opportunity for some real "inculturation" -- that is, planting seeds of Christ's truth into the culture in which we live.

    When we remember that the heart of Saint Valentine was, like other Christian martyrs, "pierced" by the love of Our Lord, and he shed his blood for this, it seems appropriate that the red heart is a symbol for this powerful love. We think about the power of the love of God - our love for Him and His for us - to inspire our love for others. It is this kind of love that gives heart (or "en-courages") to faithful Christians to accomplish deeds of extraordinary courage - even unto death - to bring the truth of faith to others. We are reminded, too, that suffering that often accompanies genuine love.

    In our Catholic families, we can focus our thoughts, this day, not only in expressing our love for our friends and families (and yes, sweethearts) by gifts and loving greetings; but also in prayer and meditation on Scripture.


    A Prayer for Saint Valentine's Day

    The following prayer is adapted from a collect (prayer) for feasts of martyrs.

    Most Gracious Heavenly Father, You gave Saint Valentine the courage to witness to the gospel of Christ, even to the point of giving his life for it. Help us to endure all suffering for love of you, and to seek you with all our hearts; for you alone are the source of life and love. Grant that we may have the courage and love to be strong witnesses of your truth to our friends and family and to the whole world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

    Prayer to St. Valentine
    Almighty God, grant we beseech You,
    that we who celebrate the glorious martyrdom of St. Valentine, Your servant, may by his intercession be filled with the love of God and neighbor and be delivered from all the evils that threaten us.

    We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen +

    There are many passages of the Bible that reflect God's love. One of the best known of these is probably John 3:16:

    For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    During family prayers, or at dinner time, older children could read aloud the "love chapter" of Saint Paul's first letter to the Christian Church in Corinth, I Corinthians 13.

    This would be a good time, too, to explain the three kinds of "love" in the Scripture (in English there is only one word for these three separate kinds of love, but Greek has a word for each one).

    Agape (a-gah-pay) - selfless love for others and for God
    Philio (fee-lee-o) - brotherly love
    Eros (air-ross) - romantic or sexual love



    Bible-verse Valentines

    Why not start children on memorizing parts of Holy Scripture with John 3:16, which tells about God's immense love for us and our response to this love? One way to help with memorizing is to have them write out this verse on cut-out paper hearts -- for Valentines!

    The color red is used by the Church as a symbol of the blood shed by martyrs who died for the faith. (You can point out that priests wear red vestments on feasts of martyrs.) Hearts, too, are symbols of deep Christian love. (The traditional devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an example.)

    Young children may need help cutting out the hearts and printing the verse, but even very tiny ones can make original designs with crayon or markers.

    In addition to construction paper, you might also supply some paper doilies, heart-shaped red foil stickers, markers or crayons, glitter glue, etc., red or gold ribbon, for a real assembly line of Valentine production. (We've found it's a good idea to start this project a few days before Valentine's day, to allow time to make enough for everyone - and to send to out-of-town grandparents and aunts and uncles.)

    We can almost guarantee that teachers, parents and grandparents would be very, very pleased to receive a Valentine like this!

    While you're overseeing the Valentine-making project, you can tell about the real saint, and about the great love he had for Christ and for other people.


    Valentine cake or cupcakes

    If you have heart-shaped cake pans, you can make a very impressive big cake that will delight children. You can use any flavor cake-mix, and use a buttercream frosting or ready-made white icing. Cupcakes are another option -- especially as a treat to bring to school on Valentine's Day. The cake or cupcakes decorated with white or pink icing, adorned with candy sprinkles shaped like hearts (store-bought) or gum-drop hearts, heart-shaped red-hots, or red jelly beans. This is pretty, and simple enough that even toddlers can get into the spirit (and mess!) of it.

    Store-bought sugar cookies or graham crackers can be decorated like this, too, if you're really short on time.

    "Message" cookies

    Of course, there's no substitute for real, home-made sugar cookies cut out with heart-shaped cutters. They can be frosted in different pastel colors (quickie hint: canned vanilla frosting divided into different bowls and colored with cake coloring).

    Older children could use a tube of red icing to write "John 3:16" on each cookie - or "JOY" (which stands for "Jesus, Others, You"-- a Christian's order of priorities in loving). The cookies resemble those little candy hearts with cute sayings - only they have a real message of love. Kids can explain these "code messages" to their classmates.




    Love Knots

    More ambitious, but interesting, is this recipe for "Love Knots", a recipe from Evelyn Birge Vitz's cookbook for feasts of the church year, A Continual Feast (Ignatius Press). In the late Middle Ages, she says, there was a custom of wearing "love knots" on Saint Valentines's Day - golden pins shaped like sideways figure-8s, a symbol of infinity, to suggest that love is without end, eternal. The love knots were made of gold, which never tarnishes, never loses it perfection, and were given to one's sweetheart.
    This is a recipe for edible "love Knots", a sweet pretzel-like twist.

    1 cup butter
    1 cup sugar
    1 egg yolk
    2 eggs
    1/4 cup sour cream
    a few drops yellow food coloring
    2 1/2 cups flour
    1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
    Yellow sugar sprinkles

    Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk, the eggs, sour cream, vanilla extract and yellow food coloring (to make the dough more "golden"). Sift and stir in the flour; add the lemon rind.
    Chill the dough for several hours and only remove it from the refrigerator a little at a time: this will make it easier to handle.
    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
    Shape the dough into ropes about 1/2 inch in diameter and 12 inches long, and twist these into figure 8s. Place the twists on a greased baking sheet, and bake for about 15 minutes. About halfway through the cooking, "gild" with yellow sprinkles.
    Yield: 12 to 14 "love knots".

  • Jerusalem;the center of everything significant...miracle nation pt 44

    02/14/2016 8:40:17 AM PST · 36 of 38
    patlin to pastorbillrandles
    The UN has resisted it because God has placed it in their heart to resist it, just as He placed it in the heart of Pharaoh to resist His instructions. This modern state that these men of the flesh named Israel is not the Israel of God. The Israel of God has always been the believers in the Son, the Messiah.

    Zec 12:5 “And the leaders of Judah shall say in their heart, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem are a strength to me, through YHWH (the LORD) of hosts, their God.’

    YWHW of hosts is the Son. The leaders of Jerusalem do not believe in YHWH of hosts (the Son) and so it is those who do believe in YHWH of host (the Son) that give strength to those who do not.

    Zach 12:10 ... They shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn, ...

    And this takes us to John 1, where John reveals that indeed, the Son had come in the Father's name and the vast majority rejected Him, but to those who believed, these were given authority to become children of God.

    John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. 12 But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (see Hebrews 11)

    John 1:18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.

    John 3:13 No one has ascended into heaven except He who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.

    The Son had already ascended & descended from heaven. It was He who was with Noah, with Abraham, with Isaac, with Jacob, with Moses, it was He who spoke with the prophets, etc., etc.

    The Father does not appear until the Son has accomplished all that the Father gave Him to accomplish. (1Cor 15) Then the Father descends with the new Jerusalem and not until then.


  • Why So many Are Blind To The Times...miracle nation pt 43

    02/14/2016 8:39:05 AM PST · 89 of 89
    af_vet_1981 to one Lord one faith one baptism
    Go back to attacking the Catholic Church with anti-Semitic “replacement theology" ...

    It seems to me another on this thread is attacking both the Catholic Church, as well as the Jews.

    The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

    Matthew, Catholic chapter six, Protestant verses twenty two to twenty three,
    as authorized, but not authored, by King James

  • Jerusalem;the center of everything significant...miracle nation pt 44

    02/14/2016 8:36:16 AM PST · 35 of 38
    winodog to Mr. M.J.B.

    Where has it been for the past two centuries?
    Did God allow it to be hidden from us so we would tricked by the devil into believing what the KJV says?
    Sounds like only the highly educated have the wisdom to know the truth. Actually that sound like a modern day Pharisee or Sadducee.
    Too bad the common person born with an average IQ or less will never know as much about the Bible then someone who thinks they know Ancient Hebrew.

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-14-16, First Sunday of Lent

    02/14/2016 8:31:52 AM PST · 31 of 34
    Salvation to All
    Saint Cyril, monk, and Saint Methodius, bishop

    Saint Cyril, monk,
    & Saint Methodius, bishop
    February 14th 

    ... the life and work of Ss Cyril and Methodius. Here is a bit about them

    Saints Cyril and Methodius – Icon – tempera on wood. Artist unknown - ca 16th c

    "The apostolic and missionary activity of Saints Cyril and Methodius, which belongs to the second half of the ninth century, can be considered the first effective evangelization of the Slavs. [ ] Their work is an outstanding contribution to the formation of the common Christian roots of Europe, roots which by their strength and vitality are one of the most solid points of reference, which no serious attempt to reconstruct in a new and relevant way the unity of the Continent can ignore [ ] Cyril and Methodius are as it were the connecting links or spiritual bridge between the Eastern and Western traditions, which both come together in the one great Tradition of the universal Church. For us they are the champions and also the patrons of the ecumenical endeavor of the sister Churches of East and West, for the rediscovery through prayer and dialogue of visible Unity in perfect and total communion...”

    — Pope John Paul II
    Slavorum Apostoli 23, 25, 27

    In 1985, Pope John Paul II wrote an encyclical, Slavorum Apostoli (Apostles to the Slavs) on the life and work of the brothers, Saints Cyril and Methodius.

    Following is the Holy Father's biographical sketch of these two missionary brothers whose apostolic work was key to the evangelization of Europe. Pope John Paul also declared  Saints Cyril and Methodius co-patrons of Europe (in addition to Sain Benedict).

    The complete encyclical is accessible on the Vatican web site:


    4. ... The city which saw the birth of the two holy Brothers is the modern Salonika, which in the ninth century was an important centre of commercial and political life in the Byzantine Empire, and occupied a notable position in the intellectual and social life of that part of the Balkans. Being situated on the frontier of the Slav territories, it also certainly had a Slav name: Solun.

    Methodius was the elder brother and his baptismal name was probably Michael. He was born between 815 and 820. His younger brother Constantine, who came to be better known by his religious name Cyril, was born in 827 or 828. Their father was a senior official of the imperial administration. The family's social position made possible for the two Brothers a similar career, which in fact Methodius did take up, reaching the rank of Archon or Prefect in one of the frontier Provinces where many Slavs lived. However, towards the year 840 he interrupted his career and retired to one of the monasteries at the foot of Mount Olympus in Bithynia, then known as the Holy Mountain.

    His brother Cyril studied with great success in Byzantium, where he received Holy Orders, after having resolutely refused a brilliant political future. By reason of his exceptional intellectual and religious talents and knowledge, there were entrusted to him while he has still a young man delicate ecclesiastical appointments, such as that of Librarian of the Archive attached to the great church of Holy Wisdom in Constantinople, and, simultaneously, the prestigious position of Secretary to the Patriarch of that city. However, he very soon made it known that he wished to be relieved of these posts, in order to be able to devote himself to study and the contemplative life, far from the pursuit of ambition. Thus he retired secretly to a monastery on the Black Sea coast. He was discovered six months later, and was persuaded to accept the task of teaching philosophy in the School of higher learning in Constantinople, where by reason of the excellence of his knowledge he gained the epithet of The Philosopher by which he is still known. Later on he was sent by the emperor and the Patriarch on a mission to the Saracens. On the completion of this task he retired from public life in order to join his elder brother Methodius and share with him the monastic life. But once again, together with Methodius, he was included in a Byzantine delegation sent to the Khazars, acting as a religious and cultural expert. While staying in the Crimea at Kherson, they identified what they believed to be the church in which had been buried Saint Clement, Pope of Rome and martyr, who had been exiled to that distant region. They recovered his relics and took them with them. These relics later accompanied the two holy Brothers on their missionary journey to the West, until they were able to bring them solemnly to Rome and present them to Pope Hadrian II.

    5. The event which was to determine the whole of the rest of their lives was the request made by Prince Rastislav of Greater Moravia to the Emperor Michael III, to send to his peoples "a Bishop and teacher ... able to explain to them the true Christian faith in their own language".

    Those chosen were Saints Cyril and Methodius, who readily accepted, set out and, probably by the year 863, reached Greater Moravia-a State then including various Slav peoples of Central Europe, at the crossroads of the mutual influences between East and West. They undertook among these peoples that mission to which both of them devoted the rest of their lives, spent amidst journeys, privations, sufferings, hostility and persecution, which for Methodius included even a period of cruel imprisonment. All of this they bore with strong faith and indomitable hope in God. They had in fact prepared well for the task entrusted to them: they took with them the texts of the Sacred Scriptures needed for celebrating the Sacred Liturgy, which they had prepared and translated into the Old Slavonic language and written in a new alphabet, devised by Constantine the Philosopher and perfectly adapted to the sounds of that language. The missionary activity of the two Brothers was accompanied by notable success, but also by the understandable difficulties which the preceding initial Christianization, carried out by the neighboring Latin Churches, placed in the way of the new missionaries.

    About three years later, while travelling to Rome, they stopped in Pannonia where the Slav Prince Kocel, who had fled from the important civil and religious center of Nitra, gave them a hospitable reception. From here, after some months, they set out again for Rome together with their followers, for whom they desired to obtain Holy Orders. Their route passed through Venice, where the innovating elements of the mission they were carrying out were subjected to a public discussion. In Rome Pope Hadrian II, who had in the meantime succeeded Nicholas I, received them very cordially. He approved the Slavonic liturgical books, which he ordered to be solemnly placed on the altar in the Church of Saint Mary ad Praesepe, today known as Saint Mary Major, and recommended that their followers be ordained priests. This phase of their efforts concluded in a most favorable manner. Methodius however had to carry out the next stages by himself, because his younger brother, now gravely ill, scarcely had time to take religious vows and put on the monastic habit before he died shortly afterwards, on February 14, 869 in Rome.

    6. Saint Methodius remained faithful to the words which Cyril had said to him on his deathbed: "Behold, my brother, we have shared the same destiny, ploughing the same furrow; I now fall in the field at the end of my day. I know that you greatly love your Mountain; but do not for the sake of the Mountain give up your work of teaching. For where better can you and salvation?"

    Consecrated Archbishop for the territory of the ancient Diocese of Pannonia, and named Papal Legate "ad gentes" (for the Slav peoples), he assumed the ecclesiastical title of the re-established Episcopal See of Sirmium. However, Methodius' apostolic activity was cut short as the result of political and religious complications which culminated in his imprisonment for two years, on the charge of having invaded the episcopal jurisdiction of another. He was set free only on the personal intervention of Pope John VIII. The new sovereign of Greater Moravia, Prince Svatopluk, also subsequently showed hostility to the work of Methodius. He opposed the Slavonic liturgy and spread doubts in Rome about the new Archbishop's orthodoxy. In the year 880 Methodius was called ad limina Apostolorum, to present once more the whole question personally to John VIII. In Rome, absolved of all the accusations, he obtained from the Pope the publication of the Bull Industriae Tuae, which, at least in substance, restored the prerogatives granted to the liturgy in Slavonic by Pope John's predecessor Hadrian II.

    When in 881 or 882 Methodius went to Constantinople, he received a similar recognition of perfect legitimacy and orthodoxy also from the Byzantine Emperor and the Patriarch Photius, who at that time was in full communion with Rome. He devoted the last years of his life principally to making further translations of the Sacred Scriptures, the liturgical books, the works of the Fathers of the Church and also the collection of ecclesiastical and Byzantine civil laws called the Nomocanon. Concerned for the survival of the work which he had begun, he named as his successor his disciple Gorazd. He died on April 6, 885 in the service of the Church established among the Slav peoples.

    7. His far-seeing work, his profound and orthodox doctrine, his balance, loyalty, apostolic zeal and intrepid magnanimity gained Methodius the recognition and trust of Roman Pontiffs, of Patriarchs of Constantinople, of Byzantine Emperors and of various Princes of the young Slav peoples. Thus he became the guide and legitimate Pastor of the Church which in that age became established in the midst of those nations. He is unanimously venerated, together with his brother Constantine, as the preacher of the Gospel and teacher "from God and the holy Apostle Peter", and as the foundation of full unity between the Churches of recent foundation and the more ancient ones.

    For this reason, "men and women, humble and powerful, rich and poor, free men and slaves, widows and orphans, foreigners and local people, the healthy and the sick" made up the throng that amid tears and songs accompanied to his burial place the good Teacher and Pastor who had become "all things to all men, that I might by all means save some".

    To tell the truth, after the death of Methodius the work of the holy Brothers suffered a grave crisis, and persecution of their followers grew so severe that the latter were forced to abandon their missionary field. Nonetheless, their sowing of the Gospel seed did not cease to bear fruit, and their pastoral attitude of concern to bring the revealed truth to new peoples while respecting their cultural originality remains a living model for the Church and for the missionaries of all ages.

    O God, who enlightened the Slavic peoples
    through the brothers Saints Cyril and Methodius,
    grant that our hearts may grasp the words of your teaching,
    and perfect us as a people of one accord
    in true faith and right confession.
    Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
    who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.

    First Reading: The Acts of the Apostles 13:46-49
    And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, "It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, 'I have set you to be a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the uttermost parts of the earth.'"

    And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of God; and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord spread throughout all the region.

    Gospel Reading: Luke 10:1-9
    After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of Him, two by two, into every town and place where He Himself was about to come. And He said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace be to this house!' And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages; do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you; heal the sick in it and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'


    To all the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops and 
    Bishops of the Catholic world who enjoy Favor and
    Communion with the Apostolic See.
    Venerable Brothers, Greetings and Apostolic Blessing.

    Cyril and Methodius, Missionaries to the Slavs

    The great duty of spreading the Christian name was entrusted in a special way to Peter, the head of the apostles, and to his successors. It urges the popes to send messengers of the Gospel to the various peoples of the earth, as the affairs of the merciful God demand. For this reason they sent Augustine to the Britons, Patrick to the Irish, Boniface to the Germans, and Willebrord to the Flemish, Dutch, and Belgians. Often they sent other men to other peoples to care for their souls. So in the exercise of their apostolic duty, they commissioned the holy men Cyril and Methodius to go to the Slavic people. Through their presence and more especially through their labors, those people have seen the light of the Gospel and have been led from their barbarian ways to a humane and civilized culture.

    Extension of the Feast of Cyril and Methodius

    2. All Slovenia has continued to celebrate the work of Cyril and Methodius, well-known peers of the apostles, and the Roman Church has honored both of them with just as much fervor. The Church honored both of them in many ways while they lived, and in death it did not want to be without the remains of one of them. The Bohemians, Moravians, and Croatians were accustomed to celebrating religious feasts annually on March 9. Since 1863 Pius IX granted them permission to hold their feasts on July 5 and to discharge due prayers in memory of Cyril and Methodius. Not long after that, when the great council was held at the Vatican, many bishops humbly requested from this Apostolic See that their cult and appointed feast be extended to the whole Church. Until now the matter has been under study. But because of the change in the status of the government in those areas over the years, it seems like an excellent opportunity to help the people of Slovenia, whose well-being and salvation greatly concern Us. Therefore, We shall not allow Our paternal love to fail. We wish to promote and increase the devotion to these most holy men who once spread the Catholic faith and recalled the Slavic people from ruin to salvation. They now serve as our heavenly advocates and will powerfully defend us. Moreover, in order to bring out more fully what kind of men We propose for the veneration and worship of the Catholic world, We wish to give a brief history of their deeds.

    Youth and Cyril's First Mission

    3. The brothers Cyril and Methodius, born in Thessalonica, went as boys to Constantinople in order to study the humanities in the chief city of the East. The spark of genius already discerned in these young men soon became apparent. They both advanced quickly, especially Cyril, who became so distinguished in learning that he won for himself the title of "The Philosopher." Soon after this, Methodius undertook the monastic life. Under the influence of the Patriarch Ignatius, the Empress Theodora commissioned Cyril to teach the Christian faith to the Khazer tribes who dwelt beyond the Chersonese. These people had asked that suitable priests might be sent to them from Constantinople. Cyril accepted the mission willingly and departed for Tauric Chersonese so that, as some relate, he could study the language of the people. It was at this time that he had the good fortune to discover the remains of Pope Clement I. This courageous martyr was thrown into the sea by order of the Emperor Trajan and was afterwards buried with the anchor to which he had been fastened. The anchor, together with the ancient tradition, made it very easy to identify the remains. With this priceless treasure, Cyril went into the towns and homes of the Khazars. In a short time, after abolishing many superstitions, he won for Jesus Christ these people, who were taught by his word and moved by the spirit of God. To the new Christian community Cyril gave an example of self control and charity by refusing all the gifts offered to him by the inhabitants, except the slaves whose liberty he restored to them when they embraced Christianity. He soon returned to Constantinople to enter the monastery of Polychronius, which Methodius had entered.

    The Mission to Moravia

    4. Meanwhile, reports of the great events happening among the Khazars reached Rastislav, Prince of Moravia. Aroused by their example, he negotiated with the Emperor Michael III for an evangelizing mission to be sent from Constantinople, and his wish was granted. Thus, the great worth of Cyril and Methodius as seen in their previous accomplishments, together with their zeal for helping their neighbors, caused their selection for the Moravian mission.

    5. As they began their journey through Bulgaria, which had already been converted to Christianity, they let pass no opportunity for increasing the faith. Upon reaching Moravia, they were met by a large crowd who had come with great desire and joy to greet them. Without delay the apostles strove to penetrate their minds with the doctrines of Christianity and to raise their hopes to heavenly things. They did this with so much force and with such energetic zeal that in a very short rime the Moravian people gave themselves to Jesus Christ.

    6. Much of their success was due to Cyril's knowledge of the Slavic language, which he had acquired earlier. The influence of the Old and New Testaments as translated by him into the vernacular was also considerable. The whole Slavic people owe much to the man who gave them the Christian faith and with it the advantages of civilization. Cyril and Methodius were also the inventors of the alphabet which afforded the Slavic tongue the means for a written language, and they are even looked upon as having formed the language.

    Journey to Rome

    7. Another report from these remote provinces announced to Dome the glory of their deeds. And so, when Pope Nicholas I ordered the brothers to Rome, they obeyed without hesitation. They began their Roman journey quickly, bringing with them the remains of St. Clement. At this news Adrian II, who was elected to replace the late Pope Nicholas, went out with the clergy and the people to greet the illustrious visitors. The body of St. Clement was brought with great portents into the basilica constructed at the time of Constantine, in the very tracks of the ancestral home of that invincible martyr.

    8. Cyril and Methodius then recounted to the Supreme Pontiff and his clergy the apostolic mission they had fulfilled with so much holiness and labor. They were accused of acting in opposition to ancient customs and contrary to holy rites in making use of the Slavic language for religious matters. However, they pleaded their cause with such indisputable and noble reasoning that the pope and all the clergy praised them and approved their course of action. Both then took an oath in the Catholic manner and swore that they would remain in the faith of St. Peter and of the popes. After that they were created bishops and consecrated by Adrian himself, and many of their disciples were raised to different grades in Holy Orders.

    Death of Cyril

    9. However, it was divine foresight that Cyril should die on February 14, 869, more mature in virtue than in age. After a splendid public funeral like that given to popes, he was buried with honors in a tomb which Adrian had built for himself. Because the Roman people could not bear to send the holy corpse to Constantinople though his grieving parent asked for it, it was brought to the basilica of St. Clement and buried near him whom Cyril had held in reverence for so many years. As he was taken through the city among festal songs and psalms - not so much in the manner of a funeral as that of a triumph - the Roman people made offerings of heavenly honor to the holy man.

    Methodius' Return to Moravia

    10. After these things had taken place, Methodius returned under Papal orders to Moravia as bishop. In that province, having become a spiritual model for his flock, he began to serve Catholicism more keenly every day. He strongly resisted the factions of reform, lest the Catholic name fall through unsound thinking. He educated prince Svatopluk, who succeeded Rastislav in religious matters. He warned him about shirking his duties, rebuked him, and finally excommunicated him. For these reasons he incurred the anger of that revolting and wicked tyrant; then he was sent into exile. He was recalled a short time later, and his efforts produced a change of heart in the prince and an understanding that he should return to a new purity of life.

    11. It is remarkable that Methodius' vigilant love had crossed the borders of Moravia and reached the Liburnians and Serbs, since he was Cyril's successor. Now it reached the Pannonians, whose prince, Kocel, he disposed to the Catholic religion and retained in his duties. It also reached the Bulgarians, whom he confirmed in the faith along with their leader Boris. Then he dispensed the gifts of heaven to the Dalmatians. Finally, he worked strenuously that the Carinthians might be brought to the knowledge and the worship of the one true God.

    Methodius' Trip to Rome

    12. But this became a source of trial to Methodius. Some members of the new Christian community became jealous of his accomplishments and virtue. They accused him, to Pope John VIII, Adrian's successor, of being unsound in faith, though he was innocent. They also accused him of violating the traditions of the Fathers who used only the Latin or Greek languages in discharging their religious duties. Wanting to preserve the integrity of the faith and to maintain the ancient traditions, the pope then summoned Methodius to Rome to justify himself. Methodius appeared before Pope John, several bishops, and the Roman clergy in 880, for he was ever ready to obey and confident in the testimony of his conscience. He obtained an easy victory by proving that he had followed Catholic teachings himself. He showed that he had always taught others the faith which he had sworn on the tomb of St. Peter, the prince of the Apostles, an oath given in the presence of Adrian and with his approval. If he had used the Slavic language in the celebration of the sacraments, he had done so for good reasons, since he had the special permission of Pope Adrian himself and the Holy Scriptures did not forbid it. Methodius freed himself so completely from every suspicion of guilt that the pope embraced him then and there and confirmed his archiepiscopal jurisdiction and his mission to the Slavs. Methodius returned to Moravia in the company of several bishops who were to be his coadjutors, with letters of recommendation and freedom of action in his work.

    Return to Moravia

    13. To confirm those things, the pope sent letters to Methodius so that he would not again become subject to the envy of his detractors. For this reason, Methodius performed his assigned duties more vigilantly, confident that he was joined to the pope and to the whole Roman church in a close bond of faith and love. His labor soon produced an exceptional harvest. With the assistance of a priest, he converted prince Boriwoj of Bohemia, then his wife Ludmilla, and before long Christianity spread throughout that land. At the same time he brought the light of the Gospel to Poland; he penetrated Galicia, where he established the episcopal see of Lwdw. Then, as some report, he penetrated into Muscovy and established the episcopal See of Kiev.

    Death of Methodius

    14. Having crowned himself with imperishable laurels, he returned to Moravia and his own people. He felt his death approaching and named his successor, and his last words exhorted the clergy and people to practice virtue. He departed in peace from this life, which had been the path to heaven for him. As Rome mourned Cyril, so Moravia mourned the loss of Methodius, showing its grief by giving his burial every honor.

    Papal Concern for the Slavs

    15. Venerable brothers, the memory of these events causes Us great joy. We are deeply moved by the magnificent association of the Slavic nation and the Roman church, an association with the noblest beginnings. Though these two apostles of the Christian faith went from Constantinople to preach to people in foreign lands, it was from this Apostolic See, the center of Catholic unity, that they received the investiture of their mission or, as happened more than once, its solemn approbation. Truly it was here in this city of Rome that they rendered an account of their mission and answered their accusers. It was here at the tombs of Peter and Paul that they swore to keep the Catholic faith. It was here that they received episcopal consecration and the power to establish the sacred hierarchy, while observing in it the distinction of each order. Finally, it was here that they sought and obtained permission to use the Slavic language in holy rites. This year, ten centuries will have passed since Pope John VIII wrote to prince Svatopluk of Moravia: "It is right that we praise the Slavic language, which re-echoes with the praises due to God. We ordain that the proclamations and works of our Lord Jesus Christ should be said in that language. Nothing in true faith, or doctrine forbids us to sing the Mass in the Slavic language, or to read the Gospel lessons (correctly translated and interpreted) in it, or to chant in it the Divine Hours." After many changes, Pope Benedict XIV sanctioned this custom in an apostolic letter dated August 25, 1754. Whenever the rulers of the peoples evangelized by Cyril and Methodius asked them, the popes gave generously of their humanity in teaching, kindness in giving advice, and singular good will wherever possible. Above all, Rastislav, Svatopluk, Kocel, Saint Ludmilla, and Boris have experienced the remarkable love of Our predecessors.

    16. The paternal concern of the popes for the Slavic people did not stop with the death of Cyril and Methodius. Rather, it has always shone forth in preserving among them the holiness of religion and public prosperity. In fact, Nicholas I sent priests from Rome to the Bulgarians to educate the people, and he also sent the bishops of Populonia and Ostia to govern the new Christian community. He gave a loving response in the frequent controversies of the Bulgarians concerning holy law. In this matter, even those who do not favor the Roman Church praise and admire its prudence. After this calamitous disagreement, We must praise Innocent III for reconciling the Bulgarians with the Catholic Church, and We must praise Gregory IX, Innocent IV, Nicholas IV, and Eugene IV for preserving them in reconciled grace. Similarly the love of Our predecessors shines forth in their contacts with the Bosnians and Erzevovinenses, who were deceived by evil opinions. We make special note of Innocent III and Innocent IV, who eradicated this spiritual error, and of Gregory IX, Clement VI, and Pius II who were eager to establish firmly the levels of sacred authority in those areas. Innocent III, Nicholas IV, Benedict XI, and Clement V conferred neither the last nor the least of their cares on the Serbs, who cunningly prepared deceptions to harm religion, deceptions which the popes prudently contained. The Dalmatians and the Liburnians received singular favor because of the constancy of their faith and their changing duties. John X, Gregory VII, Gregory IX, and Urban IV held them up as examples for all. Finally, there are many evidences of the good will of Gregory IX and Clement XIV toward the church of Sirmium, which was destroyed in the sixth century by barbarians and later rebuilt through the care of St. Stephen I, king of Hungary.

    Papal Decree

    17. For this reason, We thank God for giving Us this suitable occasion to thank the Slavic people and to effect a common benefit for them. Indeed We do this no less eagerly than Our predecessors. Certainly We foresee and desire that the Slavic nation should learn from the great abundance of bishops and priests. May they be strengthened in the profession of the true faith, in true obedience to the Church of Jesus Christ. May they understand more each day how great a force of good comes from the customs of the Catholic Church in family life and in all the orders of government. Certainly those churches vindicate the many great cares We showed toward them. There is nothing We desire more than to take the appropriate measures for their comfort and prosperity and to have all their relations with Us be in perpetual harmony. This is the greatest and the best bond of safety. It remains that God, who is rich in mercy, might look upon Our plans and favor what We have begun. Meanwhile, We have Cyril and Methodius, the teachers of Slovenia, as intercessors with Him. As We wish to promote their veneration, so We trust in their future heavenly patronage.

    18. Therefore, We decree that July 5 be set aside in the calendar of the universal Roman Church, as Pius IX ordained. On this day the feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius shall be celebrated annually with the office and mass proper to a double minor rite, as approved by the holy council.

    19. And We entrust to all of you, venerable brothers, the publication of this letter. Order every priest who celebrates the divine office according to the rites of the Roman Church to observe everything that is prescribed in this letter in each church, province, city, diocese, and monastery. We persuade and encourage you to stimulate prayer to Cyril and Methodius, so that they might intercede with God and watch over Christianity in the East. May there be constancy in all Catholic men and the will to reconcile all dissidents to the true Church.

    20. We order this to be established and fixed as written above, notwithstanding the constitutions of Pope St. Pius V and other apostolic documents on the reform of the breviary and the Roman Missal, or other statutes and customs - even very old ones - or anything else to the contrary.

    21. As a pledge of Our good wishes and of divine favor, venerable brothers, We lovingly impart Our apostolic blessing to each one of you, to all the clergy, and to each and every person committed to your care.

    Given in Rome, at St. Peter's, on September 30, 1880, in the third year of Our Pontificate.


    © Copyright 1880 - Libreria Editrice Vaticana

  • Jerusalem;the center of everything significant...miracle nation pt 44

    02/14/2016 8:20:53 AM PST · 34 of 38
    patlin to mrobisr

    The place you speak of is north and west of where the Temple was.

    Scripture says that the Roman soldiers who were guarding Jesus’s body on the cross, looked out and saw the Temple doors rent.

    The Temple doors faced east, not being visible from the NW, and not being visible from the ground outside the Temple walls, the place of crucifixion had to be at a high enough location for the soldier to witness the doors being rent.

    Golgotha, “place of the skull”, is a prophetic place connected to David. It has nothing to do with what the landscape looks like, it has everything to do with the place that David brought the skull of Goliath.

    We must also look back to Gen 22 and the place where Abraham took his only son, Isaac. Theology mistakenly says that it is Mt Moriah, however, the Hebrew text says that God told Abraham to take Isaac to a mountain in the region of Moriah where He would show Abraham which mountain to ascend where the sacrifice was to take place.

    Please watch the videos of Bob Cornuke’s research that I have posted links to.

  • Gospel Train Reaches Temptation Station -- Stay on Board, Children! Homily -- First Sunday of Lent

    02/14/2016 8:20:44 AM PST · 3 of 4
    Salvation to nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

    Monsignor Pope Ping!

  • Gospel Train Reaches Temptation Station -- Stay on Board, Children! Homily -- First Sunday of Lent

    02/14/2016 8:19:35 AM PST · 2 of 4
    Salvation to All

    Unabridged title: The Gospel Train Reaches Temptation Station — Stay on Board, Children! A Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

  • Gospel Train Reaches Temptation Station -- Stay on Board, Children! Homily -- First Sunday of Lent

    02/14/2016 8:18:57 AM PST · 1 of 4
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/14/16)[Prayer]

    02/14/2016 7:53:38 AM PST · 11 of 13
    left that other site to etabeta

    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem

    Thank You, Etabeta, For Your Prayers For the Peace of Jerusalem, For Our FRiends in Need, For Persecuted Believers, and For Our Beloved Nation.

    Blessings To All Who Visit This Garden of Prayer.

    This Symbol Represents Christians in The Middle East, who desperately need our Prayers.

    Hallelujah and Amen

  • He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen

    02/14/2016 7:52:26 AM PST · 8 of 9
    PGalt to SandRat

    Interesting. Thanks for posting.

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/14/16)[Prayer]

    02/14/2016 7:51:18 AM PST · 10 of 13
    etabeta to left that other site

    Joining with my prayers for Israel, our Nation, our FRiends in need and all persecuted.

    Blessings, etabeta

  • Jerusalem;the center of everything significant...miracle nation pt 44

    02/14/2016 7:44:52 AM PST · 33 of 38
    pastorbillrandles to one Lord one faith one baptism

    Thanks for apologizing- I agree with your second statement entirely,

    But Prophecy is adamant that Physical Jerusalem is much more than just another city- Zechariah 14:1-4

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/14/16)[Prayer]

    02/14/2016 7:42:34 AM PST · 9 of 13
    left that other site to left that other site

    Sorry..”WQord” should be “

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/14/16)[Prayer]

    02/14/2016 7:41:48 AM PST · 8 of 13
    left that other site to captmar-vell

    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem

    Thank You, captmar-vell, For Your Prayers For the Peace of Jerusalem, For Our FRiends in Need, For Persecuted Believers, and For Our Beloved Nation.

    Thank you for your special prayer and WQord for our Brothers and Sisters over there!

    Blessings To All Who Visit This Garden of Prayer.

    This Symbol Represents Christians in The Middle East, who desperately need our Prayers.

    Hallelujah and Amen

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/14/16)[Prayer]

    02/14/2016 7:38:19 AM PST · 7 of 13
    captmar-vell to left that other site

    Please pray for Christians in Syria, Iraq and Egypt and everywhere in the middle East and ask that God will give them safe passage and a place to go,

    I ask that my prayer claim this prophecy for them and to all believers now in tribulation,

    “It will come about also in that day that a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were perishing in the land of Assyria and who were scattered in the land of Egypt will come and worship the LORD in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.” Isaiah 27:13

    Praying for Jerusalem and for the Prince of Peace to come, for his feet to stand on the Mount of Olives on that day,

  • Italy's Renzi Rejects Church Interference in Gay Civil Unions Debate

    02/14/2016 7:36:20 AM PST · 3 of 3
    SunkenCiv to AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
    ...a day after the head of the Italian bishops' conference, Angelo Bagnasco, urged the upper house Senate to allow secret balloting when it votes on the bill, arguing this would allow lawmakers to follow their conscience... "Parliament decides whether or not to allow secret votes......not the head of the bishops' conference," Renzi said during an interview with RAI state radio.
    And? So? Well? Renzi's obviously a demagogue.

  • Jerusalem;the center of everything significant...miracle nation pt 44

    02/14/2016 7:35:05 AM PST · 32 of 38
    one Lord one faith one baptism to pastorbillrandles

    Sorry to sound snide, I will try harder to fight the urge.

    I get frustrated when someone takes the deep spiritual meaning of God’s word and completely misses the whole point of what that word says.

    Physical Jerusalem means no more to God than Paris, London or Moscow.

    The new Jerusalem is our home and the object of God’s love and attention.

  • He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen

    02/14/2016 7:30:18 AM PST · 7 of 9
    Texas Eagle to SandRat
    Aquinas blasted Islam as a carnal, brutal religion which seemed to place earthly pleasures above spiritual awakening.

    Excellent synopsis. Mohammedism is all about the flesh, Christianity is all about the Spirit.

  • He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen

    02/14/2016 7:26:55 AM PST · 6 of 9
    FatherofFive to SandRat
    I like Churchill's comments on Islam as well...

    "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property - either as a child, a wife, or a concubine - must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

    Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science - the science against which it had vainly struggled - the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome."

    A quote from an 1899 book by Winston Churchill, "The River War", in which he describes Muslims he apparently observed during Kitchener's campaign in the Sudan

  • The World Has Designs Upon Jerusalem...miracle nation pt 45

    02/14/2016 7:26:50 AM PST · 3 of 3
    pastorbillrandles to one Lord one faith one baptism

    if you had read my article you would have seen that for some inexplicable reason, the U.N.(The World) has steadfastly resisted the status of Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol and has instead conferred a neutral status on it, and split it in two. Please read the articles if you are going to comment on them, so that instead of being snide, and obtuse you can offer helpful input

  • Jerusalem;the center of everything significant...miracle nation pt 44

    02/14/2016 7:25:05 AM PST · 31 of 38
    pastorbillrandles to one Lord one faith one baptism

    if you had read my article you would have seen that for some inexplicable reason, the U.N.(The World) has steadfastly resisted the status of Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol and has instead conferred a neutral status on it, and split it in two. Please read the articles if you are going to comment on them, so that instead of being snide, and obtuse you can offer helpful input

  • The World Has Designs Upon Jerusalem...miracle nation pt 45

    02/14/2016 7:18:54 AM PST · 2 of 3
    one Lord one faith one baptism to pastorbillrandles

    The world has designs on earthly Jerusalem?

    Really? To do what with it?

    Why does Costa Rica want Jerusalem?
    What about Sweden, what are they going to do with it?

    The US could have taken Jerusalem any time we wanted. What would we do with it??

    Stop making the same mistake the 1st century Pharisees made and Jews do still to this day.

    The Bible is God’s revelation to mankind of his love for a fallen world and His plan to save His people thru His Son.

    It is not a book about fighting over a plot of land in the Middle East.

  • Why So many Are Blind To The Times...miracle nation pt 43

    02/14/2016 7:10:06 AM PST · 88 of 89
    one Lord one faith one baptism to af_vet_1981

    Still can’t answer a question.

    Go back to attacking the Catholic Church with anti-Semitic “replacement theology” line.

    This is your post VII apostate church in action.........

  • He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen

    02/14/2016 7:07:08 AM PST · 5 of 9
    bgill to SandRat

    Same then as now. People never listen to the warnings. They just plain don’t listen. Remember how many were all oooooh, OBL is soooooo tall, dark and handsome! Then it was the Boston bomber is soooooo cute and got his picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone! Don’t know if they were controlled by PC as we are which gave us Ft. Hood’s Hasan, San Bernardino’s shooters and The Terrorist in Chief but America is its last days from it.

  • He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen

    02/14/2016 6:54:17 AM PST · 4 of 9
    Travis McGee to SandRat

    Here is an awesome 4 minute history lesson I found today: Jefferson and Adams on Islam, and why they had Korans.

    “David Barton demolishes Obama’s ‘Islam is a religion of peace’.”

  • He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen

    02/14/2016 6:51:18 AM PST · 3 of 9
    Don Corleone to SandRat

    As a graduate of a Dominican education I can attest to their reverence and admiration for St. Thomas Aquinas.

  • He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen

    02/14/2016 6:51:13 AM PST · 2 of 9
    SandRat to Kathy in Alaska; HiJinx; LUV W

    Spreas the Word. PLEASE.

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/14/16)[Prayer]

    02/14/2016 6:47:39 AM PST · 6 of 13
    left that other site to blueyon

    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem

    Thank You, blueyon, For Your Prayers For the Peace of Jerusalem, For Our FRiends in Need, For Persecuted Believers, and For Our Beloved Nation.

    Blessings To All Who Visit This Garden of Prayer.

    This Symbol Represents Christians in The Middle East, who desperately need our Prayers.

    Hallelujah and Amen

  • He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen

    02/14/2016 6:47:27 AM PST · 1 of 9
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/14/16)[Prayer]

    02/14/2016 6:34:54 AM PST · 5 of 13
    blueyon to left that other site


  • Italy's Renzi Rejects Church Interference in Gay Civil Unions Debate

    02/14/2016 6:21:55 AM PST · 2 of 3
    allendale to marshmallow

    Another example of how the Left absolutely abhors free speech. The Church or any other institution has the right to comment on any issue. Legislators and politicians do well to hear all sorts of opinions. Eventually they form opinions and arrive at a consensus. The Left cannot tolerate that process. Free people are more likely to arrive at conclusions that contradict their bizarre, foolish positions and policies. That is why elections and an informed electorate matter.

  • Astonishing new church in Russia

    02/14/2016 6:16:51 AM PST · 37 of 37
    NRx to NYer

    A truly beautiful church.

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/14/16)[Prayer]

    02/14/2016 6:03:37 AM PST · 4 of 13
    left that other site to 2sheds

    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem

    Thank You, 2sheds, For Your Prayers For the Peace of Jerusalem, For Our FRiends in Need, For Persecuted Believers, and For Our Beloved Nation.

    Blessings To All Who Visit This Garden of Prayer.

    This Symbol Represents Christians in The Middle East, who desperately need our Prayers.

    Hallelujah and Amen

  • Italy's Renzi Rejects Church Interference in Gay Civil Unions Debate

    02/14/2016 6:01:59 AM PST · 1 of 3
    Note the Reuters headline; the Church is "interfering".

    Cardinal Bagnasco has been fighting this tooth and nail but this has apparently not pleased the Pope whose contribution to this debate has been minimal to say the least.

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/14/16)[Prayer]

    02/14/2016 5:58:03 AM PST · 3 of 13
    2sheds to left that other site
    israelflag photo israelC2.gif"The old has gone, the new is here!" I will personally attest to that. Thank you Jesus!!usflag photo usflag.gif
  • Look What Happened To This Man When He Run Away From God

    02/14/2016 5:49:36 AM PST · 43 of 43
    mrobisr to metmom

    “We are not FREE. Scripture makes it clear we are either slaves to sin or slaves to God.

    You are correct we are slaves to sin until WE ACCEPT Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior then we become slaves to the Living God. Maybe you have forgotten that thou shalt confess...

    Romans 10:9-10 King James Version (KJV)

    9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

    10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

  • Why So many Are Blind To The Times...miracle nation pt 43

    02/14/2016 5:30:19 AM PST · 87 of 89
    ShadowAce to firebrand
    What would be the point of that?

    That was pretty much the point of my response to the initial post of wiping out all evil.

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/14/16)[Prayer]

    02/14/2016 5:21:03 AM PST · 2 of 13
    left that other site to left that other site; tajgirvan; DollyCali; seoul62; etabeta; DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; Lera; ...

    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem

    Paul continues the theme of Reconciliation in his Letter to the Corinthian Church. He is not "apologizing" for his earlier chastisement, as that was completely necessary under the circumstances. However, it is time for healing and restoration. Paul will go on in this letter to talk about some of the things he has been through, in order to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles, and he does not want all his work to be in vain because of resentment or acrimony!

    Come and Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem, For Our FRiends in Need, For Persecuted Believers, and For Our Beloved Nation.

    Blessings To All Who Visit This Garden of Prayer.

    This Symbol Represents Christians in The Middle East, who desperately need our Prayers.

    Hallelujah and Amen

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/14/16)[Prayer]

    02/14/2016 5:13:40 AM PST · 1 of 13
    left that other site

    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem

    Our Father in Heaven,
    Hallowed Be Your Most Holy and Glorious Name!
    You Are So Holy and Worthy of Praise and Worship,
    we are Overwhelmed by Your Glory!
    How We Long For That Great And Wonderful Day,
    When You Make All Things New!

    We Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem,
    According to Your Will and Promise.
    We Pray For the People and Leaders of Israel,
    that They Will Look to You for the Protection
    and Prosperity of their Nation.
    We Also Pray For Revival in our own Beloved USA.

    We Pray For The Swift and Sure Coming of Messiah,
    Blessed Be He,
    To Establish His Kingdom,
    and Make All Things Right.

    Blessings To All Who Visit This Garden of Prayer.

    Hallelujah and Amen


  • Why So many Are Blind To The Times...miracle nation pt 43

    02/14/2016 4:42:18 AM PST · 86 of 89
    af_vet_1981 to one Lord one faith one baptism
    The Pharisees were Jews, so they are all saved right?

    Are you saved ?