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  • Trespassing charges dismissed for Lakewood Church hecklers; Osteen testified at trial

    08/24/2016 9:40:40 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    Morgana to Gamecock

    I don’t care for Osteen, but care even less for the Church of Wells.

  • Southern Baptists See 9th Year of Membership Decline

    08/24/2016 9:37:08 PM PDT · 51 of 51
    BwanaNdege to marshmallow

    Now, dear brothers and sisters, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him. Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction.

    2 Corinthians 2:1-3

  • Leaked E-Mails Show George Soros Paid $650K to Influence Bishops During Pope’s US Visit

    08/24/2016 9:33:51 PM PDT · 15 of 15
    sockmonkey to fatima

    I soured on life site after their lies about Trump.

  • Judging non-Catholics

    08/24/2016 9:30:55 PM PDT · 771 of 771
    Arrian to Elsie

    An open mind is the portal to wisdom!

  • More on the Marriage and Family Purge at the Vatican [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 9:30:06 PM PDT · 11 of 11
    arthurus to JerryBlackwell

    The Churcu is still the Church. I do believe that includes the churches that go back to the beginning and did not develop into heresy. That definitely includes Orthodox. Certain offshoots such as Monophysite (Jacobites) and Nestorians also really go back to the beginning with true Apostolic succession but their theology changed, or their interpretation changed a bit so they are not Orthodox or orthodox. Some of these others such as Coptics and Thomas Christians are re interpreting their received dogmas in orthodox ways and have affiliated with Rome or with the Orthodox Churches. The Orthodox Mass is stated by Rome to be valid but illicit.

  • Witch Who Smeared Church With Feces Commits Suicid

    08/24/2016 9:29:40 PM PDT · 55 of 55
    Morgana to metmom

    “I’ve heard that happens when the demons take over. You lose consciousness of what you are doing.

    But she’s still responsible. She invited them in in the first place. “

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    We don’t know that. Mentally ill people don’t know what they are doing. Demons haunt the mentally ill just because they are weak to start with. She’s telling us she practices two different religions. Anyone who crosses any two religions together, two religions that have nothing in common, well they must be delusional. For all we know she was worshiping pink fluffy bunny rabbits.

  • More on the Marriage and Family Purge at the Vatican [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 9:28:29 PM PDT · 10 of 11
    arthurus to JerryBlackwell

    The Churcu is still the Church. I do believe that includes the churches that go back to the beginning and did not develop into heresy. That definitely includes Orthodox. Certain offshoots such as Monophysite (Jacobites) and Nestorians also really go back to the beginning with true Apostolic succession but their theology changed, or their interpretation changed a bit so they are not Orthodox or orthodox. Some of these others such as Coptics and Thomas Christians are re interpreting their received dogmas in orthodox ways and have affiliated with Rome or with the Orthodox.

  • Witch Who Smeared Church With Feces Commits Suicid

    08/24/2016 9:25:12 PM PDT · 54 of 55
    namvolunteer to Captainpaintball

    Dear God, please have pity on her and all suicides. Please have pity on all of us and help us to avoid mental illness.

  • Judging non-Catholics

    08/24/2016 9:20:39 PM PDT · 770 of 771
    Mark17 to boatbums
    And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (Acts 16:30,31)

    I agree BB, but lots of cult members say they believe, when, in actuality, they don't. They engage in cult speak. The cult's definition of "believe" and our definition, differ greatly. 😇🇵🇭

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-16, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/24/2016 9:13:17 PM PDT · 22 of 22
    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). 

  • Southern Baptists See 9th Year of Membership Decline

    08/24/2016 9:12:39 PM PDT · 50 of 51
    Falconspeed to marshmallow

    “Mark Chaves, a professor of sociology at Duke University.” Brilliant author.

    Baptists are heroic, since they started preaching against slavery in 1830’s and helped Lincoln get elected. Since then Baptists have been riding on the glorious fumes of the past. Nowadays, it is time to face the facts. The doctrine of John Smyth (1570-1612) has one fatal flaw; his doctrine is not His doctrine. After all, Smyth’s doctrine is only 407 years old.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-16, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/24/2016 9:12:29 PM PDT · 21 of 22
    Salvation to All
    'With the single exception of sin, anxiety is the greatest evil that can happen to a soul. Just as sedition and internal disorder bring turmoil to a state and make it helpless to resist the foreign invader. So also if our heart is inwardly troubled and disquieted it loses both the strength necessary to retain the virtues it acquired and the means to resist the temptations of the enemy. And Satan then uses his utmost efforts to fit in those troubled waters.'

    St. Francis de Sales

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-16, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/24/2016 9:10:42 PM PDT · 20 of 22
    Salvation to All
    Daily Gospel Commentary

    Thursday of the Twenty-first week in Ordinary Time
    Commentary of the day
    Saint Paschasius Radbertus (?-c.849), Benedictine monk
    Commentary on Saint Matthew’s gospel, 11, 24 ; PL 120, 799 (trans. ©Friends of Henry Ashworth, 1981)

    “Be prepared”

          “Watch, for you do not know the day nor the hour.” Like many other scriptural texts, this admonition is addressed to all of us, though it is formulated in such a way that it would seem to concern only Christ's immediate audience. We can all apply it to ourselves because the Last Day and the end of the world will come for each of us on the day we depart this present life. This means we must make sure we die in the state in which we wish to appear on the Day of Judgment. Bearing this in mind each of us should guard against being led astray and failing to keep watch, otherwise the day of the Lord's return may take us unawares. If the last day of our life finds us unprepared, then we shall be unprepared on that day also.

  • Pope Francis to Catholics: ‘Who are you to judge others?’

    08/24/2016 9:10:18 PM PDT · 94 of 94
    Mrs. Don-o to Gamecock
    This should help:

    #93

  • Pope Francis to Catholics: ‘Who are you to judge others?’

    08/24/2016 9:08:20 PM PDT · 93 of 94
    Mrs. Don-o to Elsie
    Oh, gosh. How much of an essay do you want?

    The pope's the Bishop of Rome. Not an all-purpose oracle. He inherits St. Peter's ministry of "tending the sheep" and "confirming the brethren" as well as "binding and loosing" (per Jesus' symbolic awarding of Peter's "keys"), that is, making binding decisions of both the doctrinal and disciplinary sort. This is by Jesus' appointment, as evidenced in the NT.

    However, his decisions are not "binding" if he expresses them as "his viewpoint" and does not invoke his authority, which is based on (among other things) first, fidelity to Divine Revelation as it is given to us in Scripture, and then continuity with his 200+ papal predecessors, official acts of 21 Ecumenical Councils, etc.

    The logical law of Non-Contradiction still applies!

    So you can see he decisions are controlled (or you might say "constrained") by 73 books of Sacred Scripture and 2,000 years of precedent in the form of Sacred Tradition and the Ordinary Magisterium. In other words, the teaching authority of those who went before.

    That's a whole lotta precedent. It does not give any single reigning pope much leeway at all to say anything "new," since what can you say that hasn't already been ruled on rather repetitively by your predecessors in the 8th, and 12th, and 19th century?

    So the pope's main job is not the "invention" of doctrine, but its application.

    Since it's now past midnight in my time zone, I bid you a sleepy adieu until tomorrow. Sweet dreams, Elsie.

  • Southern Baptists See 9th Year of Membership Decline

    08/24/2016 9:08:18 PM PDT · 49 of 51
    .45 Long Colt to piytar

    There’s real truth to your comment. It applies to my own family and many others I know. We moved to a small church totally out-of-step with the age—long services, rich verse-by-verse expository preaching, traditional hymnody, multiple serious Bible study options a week, no real youth program, focus on foreign missions—and it’s the best decision we ever made for our children’s spiritual development.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-16, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/24/2016 9:07:43 PM PDT · 19 of 22
    Salvation to All

    August 2016

    Pope's Intentions

    General Intention: Sports, That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.

    Evangelization: Living the Gospel, That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-16, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/24/2016 9:07:08 PM PDT · 18 of 22
    Salvation to All

    August Devotion -- The Immaculate Heart [of Mary]

    Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person: and as the seat of her love (especially for her divine Son), virtue, and inner life. Such devotion is an incentive to a similar love and virtue.

    This devotion has received new emphasis in this century from the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos, oldest of the visionaries of Fatima, in her convent in Tuy, in Spain, in 1925 and 1926. In the visions Our Lady asked for the practice of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offenses given to her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men. The practice parallels the devotion of the Nine First Fridays in honor of the Sacred Heart.

    On October 31, 1942, Pope Pius XII made a solemn Act of Consecration of the Church and the whole world to the Immaculate Heart. Let us remember this devotion year-round, but particularly through the month of August.

    INVOCATIONS

    O heart most pure of the Blessed Virgin Mary, obtain for me from Jesus a pure and humble heart.

    Sweet heart of Mary, be my salvation.

    ACT OF CONSECRATION
    Queen of the most holy Rosary, help of Christians, refuge of the human race, victorious in all the battles of God, we prostrate ourselves in supplication before thy throne, in the sure hope of obtaining mercy and of receiving grace and timely aid in our present calamities, not through any merits of our own, on which we do not rely, but only through the immense goodness of thy mother's heart. In thee and in thy Immaculate Heart, at this grave hour of human history, do we put our trust; to thee we consecrate ourselves, not only with all of Holy Church, which is the mystical body of thy Son Jesus, and which is suffering in so many of her members, being subjected to manifold tribulations and persecutions, but also with the whole world, torn by discords, agitated with hatred, the victim of its own iniquities. Be thou moved by the sight of such material and moral degradation, such sorrows, such anguish, so many tormented souls in danger of eternal loss! Do thou, O Mother of mercy, obtain for us from God a Christ-like reconciliation of the nations, as well as those graces which can convert the souls of men in an instant, those graces which prepare the way and make certain the long desired coming of peace on earth. O Queen of peace, pray for us, and grant peace unto the world in the truth, the justice, and the charity of Christ.

    Above all, give us peace in our hearts, so that the kingdom of God may spread its borders in the tranquillity of order. Accord thy protection to unbelievers and to all those who lie within the shadow of death; cause the Sun of Truth to rise upon them; may they be enabled to join with us in repeating before the Savior of the world: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will."

    Give peace to the nations that are separated from us by error or discord, and in a special manner to those peoples who profess a singular devotion toward thee; bring them back to Christ's one fold, under the one true Shepherd. Obtain full freedom for the holy Church of God; defend her from her enemies; check the ever-increasing torrent of immorality; arouse in the faithful a love of purity, a practical Christian life, and an apostolic zeal, so that the multitude of those who serve God may increase in merit and in number.

    Finally, even as the Church and all mankind were once consecrated to the Heart of thy Son Jesus, because He was for all those who put their hope in Him an inexhaustible source of victory and salvation, so in like manner do we consecrate ourselves forever to thee also and to thy Immaculate Heart, O Mother of us and Queen of the world; may thy love and patronage hasten the day when the kingdom of God shall be victorious and all the nations, at peace with God .and with one another, shall call thee blessed and intone with thee, from the rising of the sun to its going down, the everlasting "Magnificat" of glory, of love, of gratitude to the Heart of Jesus, in which alone we can find truth, life, and peace. — Pope Pius XII

    IN HONOR OF THE IMMACULATE HEART
    O heart of Mary, mother of God, and our mother; heart most worthy of love, in which the adorable Trinity is ever well-pleased, worthy of the veneration and love of all the angels and of all men; heart most like to the Heart of Jesus, of which thou art the perfect image; heart, full of goodness, ever compassionate toward our miseries; deign to melt our icy hearts and grant that they may be wholly changed into the likeness of the Heart of Jesus, our divine Savior. Pour into them the love of thy virtues, enkindle in them that divine fire with which thou thyself dost ever burn. In thee let Holy Church find a safe shelter; protect her and be her dearest refuge, her tower of strength, impregnable against every assault of her enemies. Be thou the way which leads to Jesus, and the channel, through which we receive all the graces needful for our salvation. Be our refuge in time of trouble, our solace in the midst of trial, our strength against temptation, our haven in persecution, our present help in every danger, and especially) at the hour of death, when all hell shall let loose against u its legions to snatch away our souls, at that dread moment; that hour so full of fear, whereon our eternity depends. An,; then most tender virgin, make us to feel the sweetness of thy motherly heart, and the might of thine intercession with Jesus, and open to us a safe refuge in that very fountain of mercy, whence we may come to praise Him with thee in paradise, world without end. 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

    Sacred Heart Of Jesus

    Sacred Heart Of Jesus image

    Immaculate Heart of Mary

    Immaculate Heart of Mary image

    Blessed be the Most Loving Heart and Sweet Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the most glorious Virgin Mary, His Mother, in eternity and forever. Amen.

    ....Only the Heart of Christ who knows the depths of his Father's love could reveal to us the abyss of his mercy in so simple and beautiful a way ----From the Catechism. P:1439

    From the depth of my nothingness, I prostrate myself before Thee, O Most Sacred, Divine and Adorable Heart of Jesus, to pay Thee all the homage of love, praise and adoration in my power.
    Amen. - -
    St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

    The prayer of the Church venerates and honors the Heart of Jesus just as it invokes his most holy name. It adores the incarnate Word and his Heart which, out of love for men, he allowed to be pierced by our sins. Christian prayer loves to follow the way of the cross in the Savior's steps.-- >From the Catechism. P: 2669

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes) The Salutation to the Heart of Jesus and Mary

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)   An Offering of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary

     

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes) Novena Prayer to Sacred Heart  of Jesus

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes) Prayer to the Wounded Heart of Jesus

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  Meditation & Novena Prayer on the Sacred Heart

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes) Beads to the Sacred Heart

     

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  Novena Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

     WB01539_.gif (682 bytes) A Solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  The Daily Offering to the  Immaculate Heart of Mary

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  Exaltation of the Immaculate  Heart of Mary

    WB01539_.gif (682 bytes)  Prayer to the Blessed Virgin

    The Holy Heart of Mary Is, After the Heart of Jesus, the Most Exalted Throne of Divine Love
    Let us recollect that God has given us the feast of the most pure Heart of the Blessed Virgin so that we may render on that day all the respect, honor and praise that we possibly can. To enkindle this spirit within us let us consider our motivating obligations.

    The first is that we ought to love and honor whatever God loves and honors, and that by which He is loved and glorified. Now, after the adorable Heart of Jesus there has never been either in heaven or on earth, nor ever will be, a heart which has been so loved and honored by God, or which has given Him so much glory as that of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Never has there been, nor will there ever be a more exalted throne of divine love. In that Heart divine love possesses its fullest empire, for it ever reigns without hindrance or interruption, and with it reign likewise all the laws of God, all the Gospel maxims and every Christian virtue.

    This incomparable Heart of the Mother of our Redeemer is a glorious heaven, a Paradise of delights for the Most Holy Trinity. According to St. Paul, the hearts of the faithful are the dwelling place of our Lord Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ Himself assures us that the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost take up Their abode in the hearts of those who love God. Who, therefore, can doubt that the Most Holy Trinity has always made His home and established the reign of His glory in an admirable and ineffable manner in the virginal Heart of her who is the Daughter of the Father, the Mother of the Son, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost, who herself loves God more than all other creatures together?

    How much then are we not obliged to love this exalted and most lovable Heart?

    St. John Eudes

    Today: Immaculate Heart of Mary [DEVOTIONAL]

    The Immaculate Heart of Mary [Devotional] Catholic/Orthodox Caucus
    Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
    Saturdays and the Immaculate Heart of Mary [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
    The Brown Scapular (Catholic Caucus)
    The History of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Catholic Caucus)
    Homilies preached by Father Robert Altier on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
    Marian Associations Unite to Celebrate Immaculate Heart
    Solemnity Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary
    FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, AUGUST 22ND
    Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-16, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/24/2016 9:06:41 PM PDT · 17 of 22
    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.

  • Judging non-Catholics

    08/24/2016 9:06:40 PM PDT · 769 of 771
    boatbums to Elsie; ADSUM
    Paul's response to a question: What must a man DO to be saved?

       And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

      And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (Acts 16:30,31)
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-16, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/24/2016 9:06:10 PM PDT · 16 of 22
    Salvation to All

    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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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-16, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/24/2016 9:05:40 PM PDT · 15 of 22
    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 Luminous Mysteries or Mysteries of Light (Thursdays) see Rosarium Virginis Mariae
    1. Jesus' Baptism in the Jordan (II Corinthians 5:21, Matthew 3:17 and parallels) [Spiritual fruit - Gratitude for the gift of Faith]
    2. Jesus' self-manifestation at the wedding of Cana (John 2:1- 12) [Spiritual fruit - Fidelity]
    3. Jesus' proclamation of the Kingdom of God, with His call to conversion (Mark 1:15, Mark 2:3-13; Luke 7:47- 48, John 20:22-23) [Spiritual fruit - Desire for Holiness]
    4. Jesus' Transfiguration (Luke 9:35 and parallels) [Spiritual fruit - Spiritual Courage]
    5. Jesus' institution of the Eucharist, as the sacramental expression of the Paschal Mystery. (Luke 24:13-35 and parallels, 1 Corinthians 11:24-25) [Spiritual fruit - Love of our Eucharistic Lord]

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-16, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-16, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/24/2016 9:04:18 PM PDT · 13 of 22
    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.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-16, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-16, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

  • I Got a Robe! A Teaching on One of the Most Shocking Parables Jesus Ever Told

    08/24/2016 9:01:40 PM PDT · 105 of 105
    ravenwolf to mdmathis6

    Yes , this is the hundred and fourty four thousand.

    The below scripture will help you see where i am comming from.

    Romans 8:29-30
    For those he foreknew he also predestined to become conformed<
    to the imag of his son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brethren

    30 and these who he predestined, he also called, and those he called, he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

    This is all past tense, it had already happenen

    1 john 12:23
    And Jesus answered them , saying, the hour is come, that the son of man should be glorified.

    Jesus was glorified after his death burrial and resurection.

    1 Cor 15
    But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept.

    Again past tense,it had already happened.

    Paul was explaining to the corinthianss that there was a resurection, they believed Christ went by himself.

    Hosea 6:2
    After two days he will revive us, in the thrid day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

    I honestly don`t know why Paul worded it the way he did in thesolonians, but Jeesus said he would raise us up at the last day, how long is a day? it could be a thousand years.

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    Pray for Pope Francis.

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    Scripture readings from the Jerusalem Bible by Darton, Longman & Todd

    Readings at Mass

    Liturgical Colour: Green.


    First reading
    1 Corinthians 1:1-9 ©
    I, Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle, together with brother Sosthenes, send greetings to the church of God in Corinth, to the holy people of Jesus Christ, who are called to take their place among all the saints everywhere who pray to our Lord Jesus Christ; for he is their Lord no less than ours. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send you grace and peace.
      I never stop thanking God for all the graces you have received through Jesus Christ. I thank him that you have been enriched in so many ways, especially in your teachers and preachers; the witness to Christ has indeed been strong among you so that you will not be without any of the gifts of the Spirit while you are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed; and he will keep you steady and without blame until the last day, the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, because God by calling you has joined you to his Son, Jesus Christ; and God is faithful.

    Responsorial Psalm Psalm 144:2-7 ©
    I will bless your name for ever, O Lord.
    I will bless you day after day
      and praise your name for ever.
    The Lord is great, highly to be praised,
      his greatness cannot be measured.
    I will bless your name for ever, O Lord.
    Age to age shall proclaim your works,
      shall declare your mighty deeds,
    shall speak of your splendour and glory,
      tell the tale of your wonderful works.
    I will bless your name for ever, O Lord.
    They will speak of your terrible deeds,
      recount your greatness and might.
    They will recall your abundant goodness;
      age to age shall ring out your justice.
    I will bless your name for ever, O Lord.

    Gospel Acclamation Jn15:15
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    I call you friends, says the Lord,
    because I have made known to you
    everything I have learnt from my Father.
    Alleluia!
    Or Mt24:42,44
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Stay awake and stand ready,
    because you do not know the hour
    when the Son of Man is coming.
    Alleluia!

    Gospel
    Matthew 24:42-51 ©
    Jesus said to his disciples:
      ‘Stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. You may be quite sure of this that if the householder had known at what time of the night the burglar would come, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed anyone to break through the wall of his house. Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
      ‘What sort of servant, then, is faithful and wise enough for the master to place him over his household to give them their food at the proper time? ‘Happy that servant if his master’s arrival finds him at this employment. I tell you solemnly, he will place him over everything he owns. But as for the dishonest servant who says to himself, “My master is taking his time,” and sets about beating his fellow servants and eating and drinking with drunkards, his master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. The master will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.’
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    From: Matthew 24:42-51

    Vigilance. The Faithful Servant


    (Jesus said to his disciples,) [42] “Watch therefore, for you do not know on
    what day your Lord is coming. [43] But know this, that if the householder had
    known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched
    and would not have let his house be broken into. [44] Therefore you also must
    be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

    [45] “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over
    his household, to give them their food at the proper time? [46] Blessed is that
    servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing. [47] Truly, I say
    to you, he will set him over all his possessions. [48] But if that wicked servant
    says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ [49] and begins to beat his fellow ser-
    vants, and eats and drinks with the drunken, [50] the master of that servant
    will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not
    know, [51] and will punish him, and put him with the hypocrites; there men
    will weep and gnash their teeth.”

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    Commentary:

    42. Jesus himself draws from this revelation about the future the practical moral
    that a Christian needs to be on the watch, living each day as if it were his last.

    The important thing is not to be speculating about when these events will hap-
    pen and what form they will take, but to live in such a way that they find us in
    the state of grace.

    51. “And will punish him [or, cut him in pieces]”: this can be understood as a
    metaphor for “will cast him away”. “Weeping and gnashing of teeth”: the pains
    of hell.

    *********************************************************************************************
    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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    From: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

    Greeting


    [1] Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our bro-
    ther Sosthenes,

    [2] To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus,
    called to be saints together with all those who in every place call on the name of
    the Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

    [3] Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Thanksgiving


    [4] I give thanks to God always for you because of the grace of God which was
    given you in Christ Jesus, [5] that in every way you were enriched in him with
    all speech and all knowledge [6] even as the testimony to Christ was confirmed
    among you—[7] so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for
    the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ; [8] who will sustain you to the end, guilt-
    less in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. [9] God is faithful, by whom you were
    called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

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    Commentary:

    1-9. With slight variations almost all St Paul’s letters begin in the same kind of
    way: there is a greeting (vv. 1-3), which carries the name of the writer, information
    on the addressee(s), and the conventional phrase; and an act of thanksgiving to
    God (vv. 4-9), in which the Apostle refers to the main qualities and endowments
    of the Christians to whom he is writing. By comparing his letters with other let-
    ters that have come down to us from the same period, it is quite apparent that
    St Paul usually begins his letters in the style of the time. Yet he does not entire-
    ly follow this rigid pattern: he changes the usual opening—”Greeting!” (cf. Acts 15:
    23; 23:26)—to this more personal one, which has a pronounced Christian stamp:
    “Grace to you and peace.” Also, the way in which he introduces himself and de-
    scribes those he is addressing tells much more than a simple “Paul to the Corin-
    thians: greeting!” Even his words of thanksgiving convey tenderness and warmth
    — and their tone is not merely human, for he attributes to God the virtues he prai-
    ses in the faithful.

    The Fathers of the Church have drawn attention to this characteristic of Paul’s
    letters — the way he manages to convey a deep doctrinal message in a familiar
    style, nicely suited to whomever he happens to be addressing: “A doctor”, St
    John Chrysostom explains, “does not treat the patient in the same way at the
    start of his illness as when he is recovering; nor does a teacher use the same
    method with children as with those who need more advanced tuition. That is how
    the Apostle acts: he writes as suits the needs and the times” (”Hom. On Rom”,
    Prologue).

    1. St Paul attaches to his name three features which identify him — his divine
    calling; his office as Apostle of Jesus Christ; and the will of God, the source of
    his apostolic vocation.

    “Called”: this is a carefully chosen word designed to convey the vigorous and per-
    sonal way God called him. He calls all men to faith, to grace, to holiness, and to
    heaven (cf., e.g. Rom 1:7; 1 Cor 1:2; 1:26; 7:20; Eph 1:18). By defining himself
    as “called” (cf. Rom 1:1), St Paul is very probably referring to the episode on the
    road to Damascus (cf. Acts 9:1-19), when Christ changed his life, as he had ear-
    lier changed the lives of the Twelve.

    “Apostle of Christ Jesus”: Paul can find no stronger expression than this to de-
    scribe his mission: he is forever applying this title to himself—thirty-five times by
    our reckoning. This fact of his apostleship is the basis of his authority — authority
    to praise, teach, admonish and correct orally and in writing. He is so totally iden-
    tified with this mission that he has no other purpose than to pursue it; his life is
    dedicated to this end; all his thoughts, words and actions are aimed at achieving
    it. Humbly (because he once persecuted the Church: 1 Cor 15:9) and yet forth-
    rightly (cf. 1 Cor 9:1-2) he puts himself on the same level as the Twelve as far as
    vocation and apostleship are concerned.

    “By the will of God”: the Apostle’s energy and vitality are ascribable not to him-
    self but to God, who had plans for Paul ever since he was in his mother’s womb
    (Gal 1: 15); so much so that later in this letter he actually says, “If I preach the
    Gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me.
    Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel” (1 Cor 9:16).

    “Our brother, Sosthenes”: it is uncertain whether this was the same person as
    the ruler of the synagogue in Corinth mentioned in Acts (18:17). The prominent
    position given him here suggests that he was someone well-known to the com-
    munity at Corinth, either for his ministry among them or because he often ac-
    companied St Paul; he may have been the secretary, or scribe, who actually
    wrote the letter down (cf. 16:21).

    2. “The church of God at Corinth”: the addressee of the letter. The very grammar
    of the phrase emphasizes the fact that the Church is not the totality of the local
    communities: rather, each local community—here, the Christians of Corinth — re-
    presents the whole Church, which is one and indivisible: “The Apostle calls it
    [the community] ‘the church of God’ in order to show that unity is one of its es-
    sential and necessary characteristics. The Church of God is one in its members
    and forms nothing but a single Church with all the communities spread through-
    out the world, for the word ‘church’ does not mean schism: it means unity, har-
    mony, concord” (St John Chrysostom, “Hom on 1 Cor”, 1, “ad loc”.).

    In another three brush-strokes St Paul here describes those who make up the
    Church — those sanctified in Jesus Christ, those called to be saints, those who
    invoke the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    “Those sanctified in Christ Jesus”: the faithful receive at Baptism the grace which
    makes them a holy people (cf. Ex 19:6; 1 Pet 2:9); the participle “sanctified” im-
    plies something stable, such as is the intimate union between the individual Chris-
    tian and Jesus. The formula “in Christ Jesus” here refers to the fact that the bap-
    tized are grafted on to Christ like branches attached to a wine (cf. Jn l5:1ff); this
    link with Christ is what makes them saints, that is, sharers in God’s own holiness;
    and it involves a duty to strive for moral perfection. “As those who profess any art,
    even though they depart from its rules, are still called artists, so in like manner
    the faithful, although offending in many things and violating the engagements to
    which they had pledged themselves, are still called holy, because they have been
    made the people of God and have consecrated themselves to Christ by faith and
    Baptism. Hence, St Paul calls the Corinthians sanctified and holy, although it is
    certain that among them there were some whom he severely rebuked as carnal,
    and charged with grosser crimes” (”St Pius V Catechism”, I, 10, 15).

    “Called to be saints”: through faith and Baptism “all Christians in any state or
    walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of love”
    (Vatican II, “Lumen Gentium”, 40).

    “Those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”: this cir-
    cumlocution describes Christian believers (cf. Acts 9:14, 21; 22:16; Rom 10:12);
    what makes them different from others is that they worship Jesus Christ as Lord
    and God, in the same way as the faithful of the Old Covenant invoked the name
    of Yahweh. To be a member of the Church of God, therefore, it is essential that
    a person believe that Christ is God. “We believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, who is
    the Son of God. He is the eternal Word of the Father before time began, one in
    substance with the Father, “homoousios to Patri”, through whom all things were
    made. He was incarnate of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit and
    was made man. ‘Equal, therefore, to the Father according to his divinity, less
    than the Father according to his humanity, his unity deriving not from some im-
    possible confusion of substance but from his Person”’ (Paul Vl, “Creed of the
    People of God”, 11).

    3. Peace of soul, that “serenity of mind, tranquility of soul, simplicity of heart,
    bond of love, union of charity” of which St Augustine spoke (”De Verb. Dom.
    Serm.”, 58), originates in the friendship with God which grace brings with it; it
    is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (cf. Gal 5:22-23). This is the only true kind
    of peace: “There is no true peace, just as there is no true grace, other than the
    grace and peace which come from God,” St John Chrysostom teaches, “Pos-
    sess this divine peace and you will have nothing to fear, even if you be threa-
    tened by the direct danger, whether from men or even from the demons them-
    selves; whereas see how everything is a cause of fear for the man who is at
    war with God through sin” (”Hom. on 1 Cor”, 1, “ad loc”.).

    4-9. After the greeting, words of thanksgiving conclude the introduction to the
    letter, before St Paul begins the doctrinal part. He reminds the Corinthians that
    they owe their privileged position to God. They, like all Christians, received God’s
    grace in Christ, and that grace has enriched them in every way, for it causes
    man to share in God’s very nature (cf. 2 Pet 1:4), raising him to an entirely new
    level of existence. This transfiguration enables a person, even here, to know the
    perfections of God’s inner life and to partake of that life—albeit in a limited, imper-
    fect way — through the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity, which grace
    brings and which elevate the mind and will to know and love God, One and Three.

    St Paul teaches the need to give thanks to God and he sets us an example in
    this regard. Obdurate sinners fail to acknowledge the benefits God gives them (cf.
    Rom 1:21), but Christians should always base their prayer on gratitude to God (cf.
    Phil 4:6). “Nothing charms God more than a heart that is grateful either on its own
    account or on account of others” (Chrysostom, “Hom. on 1 Cor”, 2, “ad loc”.).

    5-6. The grace of God, mentioned in the previous verse, embraces gifts, including
    those to do with eloquence and knowledge. So richly does God endow the Chris-
    tian that St Alphonsus exclaims: “Our wretchedness should not make us uneasy,
    for in Jesus crucified we shall find all richness and all grace (cf. 1 Cor 1:5, 7). The
    merits of Jesus Christ have enriched us with all the wealth of God and there is no
    grace we might desire that we cannot obtain by asking for it” (”The Love of God
    Reduced to Practice”, chap. 3). The Fathers interpret these gifts as meaning that
    the Corinthians had such a good grasp of Christian teaching that they were able
    to express it clearly: “There are those who have the gift of knowledge but not that
    of speech; and there are others who have the gift of speech but not knowledge.
    The faithful in general, who are uneducated, know these truths, but they cannot
    clearly explain what they have in their soul. You on the other hand, St Paul says,
    are different; you know these truths and you can speak about them; you are rich
    in the gift of speech and in that of knowledge” (Chrysostom, “Hom. on 1 Cor”, 2,
    “ad loc”.).

    8-9. “The day of our Lord’: in St Paul’s writings and in the New Testament general-
    ly, this refers to the day of the General Judgment when Christ will appear as Judge,
    clothed in glory (cf. 2 Cor 1:14; 1 Thess 5:2).

    Christians actively hope that that Day will find them “blameless” (cf. Phil 1:10; 1
    Thess 3:13; 5:23); the basis for this hope is God’s faithfulness—an attitude fre-
    quently applied to him in the Old Testament (cf. Deut 7:9; Is 49:7) and in St Paul’s
    letters (cf. 1 Cor 10:13; 2 Cor 1:18; 1 Thess 5:24; 2 Thess 3:3; Heb 10:23): the Co-
    venant which God made with the chosen people was primarily a gift and a grace,
    but it also was a legal commitment. The Covenant was grounded on God’s fidelity,
    which was not merely a matter of legal obligation: it involved faithful, constant love.
    The God’s fidelity will finds its fullest expression in the Redemption brought about
    by Jesus Christ: “If, in fact, the reality of the Redemption,” Bl. John Paul II said,
    “in its human dimension, reveals the unheard-of greatness of man, “qui talem ac
    tantum meruit habere Redemptorem”, at the same time “the divine dimension of
    the Redemption” enables us [...] to uncover the depth of that love which does not
    recoil before the extraordinary sacrifice of the Son, in order to satisfy the fidelity
    of the Creator and Father towards human beings, created in his image” (”Dives In
    Misericordia”, 7).

    *********************************************************************************************
    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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    For your reading, reflection, faith-sharing, comments, questions, discussion.
  • Leaked E-Mails Show George Soros Paid $650K to Influence Bishops During Pope’s US Visit

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    I wonder how much money it took to get Archbishop Charles Chaput to write two columns in which he says that Trump is just as evil as Hillary. Because he’s rich, And because of some things he said.

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    Only 30 percent of Americans who were raised Catholic still practice the faith. Fully 10 percent of adults in America are former Catholics. The number of marriages celebrated in the U.S. church decreased by nearly 60 percent between 1972 and 2010. Only 60 percent of Catholics believe in a personal God. - http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2016/0529/9.aspx

    Evangelical Protestants Are The Biggest Winners When People Change Faiths - http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/evangelical-protestants-are-the-biggest-winners-when-people-change-faiths/

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    Arthurus,
    Curious to hear your thoughts on going Orthodox. It was the same church for 1000 years.

    I have been thinking of converting more lately. My take on events over the last few years being Benedict XVI was the last gasp of the old church. He was forced to retire to make way for Francis meaning the Vatican II generation won once and for all.

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  • Judging non-Catholics

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    So he DOES know the rules! Hmmmm....

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    One Bread, One Body

    One Bread, One Body

    Language: English | Español

    All Issues > Volume 32, Issue 5

    << Wednesday, August 24, 2016 >> St. Bartholomew
     
    Revelation 21:9-14
    View Readings
    Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18 John 1:45-51
    Similar Reflections
     

    WILL CHRIST'S CHURCH PLEASE STAND UP?

     
    "Come, I will show you the woman who is the bride of the Lamb." —Revelation 21:9
     

    Do you belong to the Church that Jesus founded? If you do, you belong to the body of Christ (e.g. Eph 1:22-23) and the bride of Christ. If you belong to Christ's Church, you belong to the Church which holds the keys to the kingdom of heaven (Mt 16:19) and is the pillar and bulwark of truth (1 Tm 3:15).

    How do you know if you belong to Christ's Church? Some people think that the Church with the best and holiest people must be Christ's original Church. However, Christ's Church has always been a mixture of wheat and weeds (Mt 13:24ff). The first apostles were far from holy. Others think Christ's Church is the one whose pastor teaches the best. This means they find the services and sermons to be helpful, inspiring, and even orthodox. So does this mean that a church ceases to be the Church of Christ if the sermons change or our evaluation of them changes? Moreover, who is the judge of what is orthodox? Don't we need the Church of Christ to discern what is orthodox rather than having people who claim to be orthodox trying to discern the authenticity of the Church?

    We can know which church is the Church of Christ because the Church of Christ is founded on the apostles (Rv 21:14; Eph 2:20). Our bishops are successors of the apostles because they have been ordained by successors of the apostles. Apostolicity is the objective sign of the authenticity of the Church as the Church of Christ. Thus, we celebrate the feasts of the apostles and today's feast of St. Bartholomew, an apostle.

     
    Prayer: Father, may I love the Church as Jesus does (Eph 5:25).
    Promise: "You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel." —Jn 1:49
    Praise: St. Bartholomew was introduced to Jesus by his friend Philip, who also became an apostle (Jn 1:45ff).
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    Homily of the Day

    St. Bartholomew, Apostle

    In these days with constant news of terrorism, bombings, and other forms of violence on television and on the internet, it’s very easy to create stereotypes with people we meet. We see a dark-skinned, bearded man with an accent boarding a flight and, right away, we’d think. . . “Hi-jacker” . . . or maybe, “suicide bomber!” A man entering a store wearing a hoodie could easily be seen as a shoplifter or thief.

    Sometimes, it’s difficult not to think like this, with these stereotypes but this was no problem for the Lord. Jesus only saw the best of each person whether Nazarene, Israelite or any other. Often, He would even see more good in a person than that person even saw in himself. Christ sees the goodness of God in our spirit. He sees the real us. What would it take for us to start seeing the goodness of God in others?

    We need to go beyond what we notice initially. There are deeper levels to every person we encounter. We shouldn’t just rely on first impressions. After the initial niceties and formal salutations, discovering the real person might be quite surprising. We realize that we all want to respect others and have others respect us. Jesus challenges us to level up and love one another, even the ones that we don’t find lovable . . . at the start. Develop the relationship and again be caught off guard in a wonderful way.

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    Wheat. People in the South are moving to smaller churches that actually talk about the Word as opposed to being big money making PC machines. JMHO.

  • Judging non-Catholics

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    The screen name is at least accurate. :^)

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    Regnum Christi

    August 24, 2016 – St. Bartholomew – Believing in the Signs

    Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

    John 1:45-51

    Philip found Nathaniel and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” But Nathaniel said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathaniel coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him.” Nathaniel said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.” Nathaniel answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

    Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe in your wondrous shining glory, although this is hidden from my eyes. I hope in the peace and everlasting joy of the world to come, for this world is a valley of tears. I love you, even though I am not always able to discern the love in your intentions when you permit me to suffer. You are my God and my all.

    Petition: Lord, increase my intimacy with you.

    1. The Call: It is traditionally understood that the Nathaniel St. John refers to is St. Bartholomew the apostle. Nathaniel, like all of us, receives a call to be an apostle. In Nathaniel’s case, the call does not come directly from Jesus, but through a mediator, Philip, who testifies to him who Jesus is. At first Nathaniel doubts, but he does not totally reject the idea and goes to meet Jesus. Christ calls many of us through a mediator: a friend, relative, consecrated person, etc. Even though there may be doubts, as long as there is some opening in us, Christ is able to work and draw us closer to himself.

    2. The Profession of Faith: Nathaniel’s contact with Christ results in a profession of faith, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” Here there is no doubt or skepticism. The encounter with Christ produces a clear and firm affirmation. Philip, the intermediary, drops out of the picture and Nathaniel has a direct and strong personal relationship with Christ. Nathaniel becomes a convinced apostle. So too, even though we may have come to Christ through intermediaries, we gradually begin to base our faith on our own personal experience of Christ.

    3. Greater Things: Nathaniel – St. Bartholomew – went on to become one of the Twelve Apostles. Tradition has it that he preached the Gospel in India and Armenia where he died a martyr, flayed alive and beheaded. No doubt it was his insight of faith, his perception of the greater things that gave him the strength and fortitude to preach the Gospel and die a martyr. From his first simple encounter with Christ he became a great saint who lived his life in profound union with God.

    Conversation with Christ: Lord, I know that sometimes I can be a skeptic, not trusting that you can transform my life. So often I have these simple prayerful dialogues with you; please help me so that these small conversations can blossom into a firm profession of faith and a tenacious apostolic zeal.

    Resolution: I will pray the Creed sometime during the day to renew my faith in Christ.

  • Southern Baptists See 9th Year of Membership Decline

    08/24/2016 8:21:43 PM PDT · 46 of 51
    DrJeff to Theodore R.

    I tried Andy’s podcast. It’s about leadership, but I have to be honest, I could not get into it. Lot of words, but not much content.

  • Southern Baptists See 9th Year of Membership Decline

    08/24/2016 8:18:40 PM PDT · 45 of 51
    .45 Long Colt to Theodore R.

    Here’s an article I just found about issues with Andy’s approach to ministry.

    http://www.deliveredbygrace.com/andy-stanleys-problem-with-the-bible/

  • Southern Baptists See 9th Year of Membership Decline

    08/24/2016 8:17:25 PM PDT · 44 of 51
    CityCenter to marshmallow

    It goes without saying that I wish every person would be saved and know the One, True God. But at the same time, I would rather have a smaller, stronger church than one that denies Biblical truth in favor of popular culture.