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  • Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga: Pope wants to take "Church renovation" to "irreversible" point: ...

    01/25/2015 4:32:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/25/15 | Augustinus
    On January 20, 2015, Cardinal Oscar Andres Maradiaga Rodriguez, the Coordinator of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinal Advisors gave a talk at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics of the Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. His remarks were drawn from an essay he had written, The Church of Mercy with Pope Francis. The following passage from this essay reveal just how far-reaching the "Franciscan reform" is intended to be. (His talk, as delivered, can be found here: The Meaning of Mercy - Reflections by Cardinal Oscar Andres Maradiaga Rodriguez on a Central Theme of Pope Francis.) We walk as...
  • United Methodist Church leader mocks March for Life, UMC issues response statement

    01/25/2015 3:13:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jan 25, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    Bill Mefford, Director of Civil and Human Rights at the UMCs Washington office, used the March for Life last week to mock the event with a sign, and picture he posted on Twitter, saying I march for sandwiches. Many are upset a church leader used a solemn event to liken an unborn baby to a sandwich. The next day, UMC Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe General Secretary General Board of Church & Society, issued a statement about Meffords march: Affirming human dignity is central to the witness of Jesus Christ. Christians are called to watch over with care the lives of...
  • Who Are These?...Revelation 7 pt 4

    01/25/2015 11:41:11 AM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 1 replies
    01-24-15 | Bill Randles
    And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-25-15, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    01/24/2015 10:49:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 25, 2015Third Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jon 3:1-5, 10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah, saying:“Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD’S bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed, “when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of them, great and...
  • On the Origin and Nature of Things-Chapter 5

    01/24/2015 5:28:34 PM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    THE CELEBRATED PRAYER of the great German astronomer, Kepler, has been a benediction to many: "O God, I thank Thee that Thou hast permitted me to think Thy thoughts after Thee." This prayer is theologically sound because it acknowledges the priority of God in the universe. "In the beginning God" is undoubtedly the most important sentence in the Bible. It is in God that all things begin, and all thoughts as well. In the words of Augustine, "But Thou, O Lord, who ever livest, and in whom nothing dies, since before the world was, and, indeed, before all that can...
  • Peeved Parishioners Leaving SF Catholic Church Over Ban On Girls As Altar Servers

    01/24/2015 12:45:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 57 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | 1/23/15 | Dan Lin
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) A Bay Area church is now under fire over a controversial new policy saying only boys can be altar servers. The new practice is making waves at the century old church Star of the Sea. Since the 70s, theyve used altar girls during masses. The well-known Richmond District church also has a school serving about 230 kids. When the new priest banned girls from being altar servers, it generated outrage among parents and parishioners alike. The priest admits some parishioners even left the church. Its disturbing, said churchgoer Connie Porciuncula. Star of the Sea School...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-24-15, M, St. Francis de Sales, Bishop/Doctor of the Church

    01/23/2015 8:19:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 24, 2015Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Heb 9:2-3, 11-14 A tabernacle was constructed, the outer one,in which were the lampstand, the table, and the bread of offering; this is called the Holy Place.Behind the second veil was the tabernacle called the Holy of Holies. But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that have come to be, passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation, he entered once for all into the sanctuary, not...
  • The Ultimate Feast of Tabernacles...Revelation 7 pt 3

    After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and...
  • The Universal Presence

    01/23/2015 3:15:25 PM PST · by metmom · 16 replies
    Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?-Psa. 139:7 In all Christian teaching certain basic truths are found, hidden at times, and rather assumed than asserted, but necessary to all truth as the primary colors are found in and necessary to the finished painting. Such a truth is the divine immanence. God dwells in His creation and is everywhere indivisibly present in all His works. This is boldly taught by prophet and apostle and is accepted by Christian theology generally. That is, it appears in the books, but for some reason it has...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-23-15, OM, St. Vincent, Deacon/Martyr, St. Marianne Cope, V

    01/22/2015 8:38:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 23, 2015Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 8:6-13 Brothers and sisters:Now our high priest has obtained so much more excellent a ministryas he is mediator of a better covenant, enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second one.But he finds fault with them and says:Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord,when I will conclude a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathersthe...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-22-15, Day of Prayer for the...Protec...of Unborn Children

    01/21/2015 8:24:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 22, 2015Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children    Reading 1 Heb 7:25—8:6 Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through him,since he lives forever to make intercession for them. It was fitting that we should have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens.He has no need, as did the high priests, to offer sacrifice day after day,first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did that once for all when he offered himself.For the law appoints men subject to...
  • HEROD AND JOHN THE BAPTIST

    01/21/2015 2:33:39 PM PST · by metmom · 26 replies
    Men of the Bible ^ | D. L. Moody
    If some one had told me a few years ago that he thought Herod at one time came near the kingdom of God, I should have been inclined to doubt it. I would have said, "I do not believe that the bloodthirsty wretch who took the life of John the Baptist ever had a serious thought in his life about his soul's welfare." I held that opinion because there is one scene recorded in Herod's life that I had overlooked. But some years ago, when I was going through the gospel of Mark, making a careful study of the book,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-21-15, M, St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

    01/20/2015 9:08:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 21, 2015Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr  Reading 1 Heb 7:1-3, 15-17 Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High,met Abraham as he returned from his defeat of the kingsand blessed him.And Abraham apportioned to him a tenth of everything.His name first means righteous king,and he was also “king of Salem,” that is, king of peace.Without father, mother, or ancestry,without beginning of days or end of life,thus made to resemble the Son of God, he remains a priest forever. It is even more obvious if another priest is raised upafter the likeness of Melchizedek, who...
  • The Number and The Names...Rev 7 pt 2

    And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed...
  • The Pope Creates a New Sui Juris Church in Eritrea

    01/20/2015 2:27:58 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | January 20, 2015 | GREGORY DIPIPPO
    It was announced yesterday on the Bulletin of the Holy See that the Holy Father has erected the Eritrean Catholic Church tosui jurisstatus as a Metropolitan Church, separating its territory from that of the Archeparchy of Addis Ababa (the capital of Ethiopia). The 23rdsui juris Church, which follows the Alexandrian liturgical tradition, will comprise four eparchies, covering the entire territory of the nation of Eritrea: the Archeparchy of Asmara, seat of the new Metropolitan and the national capital, and the Eparchies of Barentu, Keren and Segheneity. The Pope has nominated as the first Metropolitan His Excellency Mons. Menghesteab Tesfamariam, who...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-20-15, OM, St. Fabian, Pope, St. Sebastian, Martys

    01/19/2015 7:46:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 20, 2015Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 6:10-20 Brothers and sisters:God is not unjust so as to overlook your workand the love you have demonstrated for his nameby having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagernessfor the fulfillment of hope until the end,so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who,through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises. When God made the promise to Abraham,since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-19-15

    01/18/2015 8:03:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 19, 2015Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 5:1-10 Brothers and sisters:Every high priest is taken from among menand made their representative before God,to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring,for he himself is beset by weaknessand so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himselfas well as for the people.No one takes this honor upon himselfbut only when called by God,just as Aaron was.In the same way,it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest,but rather the one who said...
  • Dr McGee Sunday Sermon - Where is Christ Now and What is He Doing?

    01/18/2015 12:32:33 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 14 replies
    Thru the Bible Ministry ^ | 1/18/2015 | Dr. j. Vernon McGee
    The late Dr. J. Vernon McGee's Sunday sermon broadcast for today, 1/18/2015. Thru the Bible Ministries. ttb.org
  • Dr. David Jeremiah devotional for January 18

    01/18/2015 9:16:31 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne
    DavidJeremiah.org ^ | 1/18/2015 | Dr. David Jeremiah
    "Who is of a merry heart has a continual feast." - Proverbs 15:15 Recommended Reading: Proverbs 15:14-17 If youre lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, wrote Ernest Hemingway, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast. Paris is the City of Light. But how much better to have the promise in Proverbs 15:15 from the Father of heavenly lights who bestows on us every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). How richer a continual feast than a movable one! Those who truly know...
  • Manila: Biggest gathering of faithful ever for a Pope

    01/18/2015 5:34:59 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | January 18, 2015 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    "Between 6 to 7 million" attended the final big mass in the Philippines on the feast of the Santo Nio. In his homily, the Pope said: the devil hides behind the allure of being modern, like everyone else. Francis also met the father of the volunteer who died in Tacloban yesterday God created the world as a beautiful garden, but man has disfigured that natural beauty, creating social structures which perpetuate poverty, ignorance and corruption. Rain poured down on the millions of faithful that gathered in Rizal Park in Manila to attend the mass celebrated by Francis on the final...
  • Just Like Thee (a Song)

    01/18/2015 5:19:32 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman
    Link to song... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vV3A7AbzTg&index=9&list=PLCIlBJSHXyrrhBeYGilqH9S5DgotIqAR8 Just Like Thee - 1 John 3:1-4 In darken hour, I wait for Him, to blow His trump for me His precious Word, my anchor fast, secures my victory His nail pierced hands which tell His love, soon shall welcome me And then shall I be, just like Thee A wretched man, I long to be delivered from sins sting Oh blessed Lord my righteousness, I soon shall be like Thee His nail pierced hands, glorified, soon shall welcome me For then shall I be, just like Thee The trump it sounds, a moment flies, a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-18-15, Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

    01/17/2015 8:46:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 18, 2015Second Sunday of Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19 Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORDwhere the ark of God was.The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am.”Samuel ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. You called me.”“I did not call you, “ Eli said. “Go back to sleep.”So he went back to sleep.Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli.“Here I am, “ he said. “You called me.”But Eli answered, “I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.” At that time Samuel...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-15, M, St. Anthony, Abbot

    01/16/2015 9:03:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-17-15 | Rvised New American Bible
    January 17, 2015Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot    Reading 1 Heb 4:12-16 The word of God is living and effective,sharper than any two-edged sword,penetrating even between soul and spirit,joints and marrow,and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.No creature is concealed from him,but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of himto whom we must render an account. Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God,let us hold fast to our confession.For we do not have a high priestwho is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,but...
  • THE PROPHET NEHEMIAH

    01/16/2015 4:35:04 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Men of the Bible ^ | D. L. Moody
    I should like to call your attention to the prophet Nehemiah. We may gain some help from that distinguished man who accomplished a great work. He was one of the last of the prophets, was supposed to be contemporary with Malachi, and perhaps his book was one of the last of the Old Testament books that was written. He might have known Daniel, for he was a young man in the declining years of that very eminent and godly statesman. We are sure of one thing at least--he was a man of sterling worth. Although he was brought up in...
  • The Once-born and the Twice-born

    01/16/2015 5:56:35 AM PST · by metmom · 278 replies
    Man: The Dwelling Place of God ^ | Some time ago | A.W.Tozer
    CLASSIFICATION IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT of all tasks. Even in the realm of religion there are enough lights and shades to make it injudicious to draw too fine a line between men and men. If the religious world were composed of squares of solid black and solid white classification would be easy; but unfortunately it is not. It is a grave error for us evangelicals to assume that the children of God are all in our communion and that all who are not associated with us are ipso facto enemies of the Lord. The Pharisees made that mistake...
  • Apprehending God - Chapter 4

    01/16/2015 5:52:25 AM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    The Pursuit of God ^ | A few years ago | A.W.Tozer
    O taste and see.-Psa. 34:8 It was Canon Holmes, of India, who more than twenty-five years ago called attention to the inferential character of the average man's faith in God. To most people God is an inference, not a reality. He is a deduction from evidence which they consider adequate; but He remains personally unknown to the individual. "He must be," they say, "therefore we believe He is." Others do not go even so far as this; they know of Him only by hearsay. They have never bothered to think the matter out for themselves, but have heard about Him...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-16-15

    01/15/2015 10:06:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-16-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 16, 2015Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 4:1-5, 11 Let us be on our guardwhile the promise of entering into his rest remains,that none of you seem to have failed.For in fact we have received the Good News just as our ancestors did.But the word that they heard did not profit them,for they were not united in faith with those who listened.For we who believed enter into that rest,just as he has said: As I swore in my wrath, “They shall not enter into my rest,” and yet his works were accomplishedat...
  • The Mark Of The Lamb...Revelation 7 pt 1

    And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in...
  • RCIA Week 17: The Eucharist

    01/15/2015 10:27:27 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 4 replies
    OLGCPlymouth ^ | 25 Feb 2014 | Fr. John Riccardo
    In this video, Fr. John Riccardo, pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth, Michigan, discusses the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Eucharist, the "source and summit" of Christian life.
  • What Did the Saints Say about Islam?

    01/15/2015 9:21:38 AM PST · by billys kid · 15 replies
    Spirit Daily ^ | August 12, 2014 | By Andrew Bieszad on
    What Did the Saints Say about Islam? 187 By Andrew Bieszad on August 12, 2014 Evangelization, Interfaith, Islam 2.9K SHARES juanderibera St. Juan de Ribera, Viceroy and Bishop of Valencia (1568-1611), Supervising the Expulsion of Moriscos; Francisco Domingo Marques, 1912 For Islamic scholars, there is a statement in the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, which is particularly troubling: Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalisations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence. (p. 253)...
  • What Do We Believe About the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church?

    01/14/2015 10:02:53 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 38 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 14 Jan 2015 | Frederick Faber
    There is something almost indiscriminate in the generosity of the Precious Blood. It appears not to regard the probabilities of its being used, or appreciated, or welcomed. It goes in floods through the seven mighty channels of the sacraments. It lies like a superincumbent ocean of sanctifying grace over the Church. Truly, the sacraments are an invention of love, yet are thy not also as truly a necessity for our salvation? Would not the divine assurance of our salvation be a very heaven begun on earth? Yet the Sacraments are the nearest approach to such an assurance as the love...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-15-15

    01/14/2015 9:25:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-15-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 15, 2015»Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 3:7-14 The Holy Spirit says:Oh, that today you would hear his voice,“Harden not your hearts as at the rebellionin the day of testing in the desert,where your ancestors tested and tried meand saw my works for forty years.Because of this I was provoked with that generationand I said, ‘They have always been of erring heart,and they do not know my ways.’As I swore in my wrath,‘They shall not enter into my rest.’”Take care, brothers and sisters,that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-14-15

    01/13/2015 7:07:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-14-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 14, 2015Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 2:14-18 Since the children share in blood and Flesh,Jesus likewise shared in them,that through death he might destroy the onewho has the power of death, that is, the Devil,and free those who through fear of deathhad been subject to slavery all their life.Surely he did not help angelsbut rather the descendants of Abraham;therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before Godto expiate the sins of the people.Because he himself...
  • What We Think of Ourselves Is Important

    01/13/2015 9:39:44 AM PST · by metmom · 38 replies
    World Invisible.com Library Tozer ^ | 1966 | A.W.Tozer, Pastor, Christian and Missionary Alliance
    THE MAN WHO IS SERIOUSLY CONVINCED that he deserves to go to hell is not likely to go there, while the man who believes that he is worthy of heaven will certainly never enter that blessed place. I use the word "seriously" to accent true conviction and to distinguish it from mere nominal belief. It is possible to go through life believing that we believe, while actually having no conviction more vital than a conventional creed inherited from our ancestors or picked up from the general religious notions current in our social circle. If this creed requires that we admit...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-13-15, OM, St. Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    01/12/2015 7:56:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-13-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 13, 2015Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 2:5-12 It was not to angels that God subjected the world to come,of which we are speaking.Instead, someone has testified somewhere: What is man that you are mindful of him,or the son of man that you care for him?You made him for a little while lower than the angels;you crowned him with glory and honor,subjecting all things under his feet. In “subjecting” all things to him,he left nothing not “subject to him.”Yet at present we do not see “all things subject to him,” but we...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-12-15

    01/11/2015 9:49:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-12-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 12, 2015Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 1:1-6 Brothers and sisters:In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he spoke to us through the Son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe, who is the refulgence of his glory, the very imprint of his being,and who sustains all things by his mighty word.When he had accomplished purification from sins,he took his seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high,as far superior...
  • Count it All Joy! A Song

    01/11/2015 5:50:50 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ1aE6qHSOc&list=PLCIlBJSHXyrrhBeYGilqH9S5DgotIqAR8&index=16
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-11-15, FEAST, The Baptism of the Lord

    01/10/2015 7:13:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-11-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 11, 2015The Baptism of the Lord    Reading 1 Is 42:1-4, 6-7 Thus says the LORD:Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased,upon whom I have put my spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations,not crying out, not shouting,not making his voice heard in the street.a bruised reed he shall not break,and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,until he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching. I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,I have grasped you by the hand;I formed you, and...
  • Dear Ms. Walker: You Are Not a Priest (another female ordination)

    01/10/2015 2:18:24 PM PST · by NYer · 95 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | January 5, 2015 | Kathy SCHIFFER
    On Saturday, January 3 in Kansas City, Georgia Walker attempted to do what no woman had done before:  She tried to become a Roman Catholic priest.And she’s got the pictures to prove it:  Georgia smiling, arms raised in triumph, vested in red and white, processing down the aisle at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church.  Her friend, “Bishop” Bridget Mary Meehan, smiles proudly at her side.  Attending the ceremony were members of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, a group of similarly deluded women who imagine themselves to be ordained.Here’s the thing, though:  WOMEN CAN’T BE PRIESTS.No, really!  Women...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-10-15

    01/09/2015 8:10:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-10-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 10, 2015Saturday after Epiphany    Reading 1 1 Jn 5:14-21 Beloved:We have this confidence in himthat if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask,we know that what we have asked him for is ours. If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly,he should pray to God and he will give him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin,about which I do not say that you...
  • Preparing to Know Christ Deeply Through Suffering

    01/09/2015 8:58:53 AM PST · by redleghunter · 19 replies
    Desiring God.org ^ | March 2, 2014 | John Piper
    We are focusing in this message on the need to prepare for suffering. The reason for this is not just my sense that the days are evil and the path of righteousness costly, but the promise of the Bible that God's people will suffer. For example, Acts 14:22 says that Paul told all his young churches, "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom." And Jesus said, "If they persecuted me, they will persecute you" (John 15:20). And Peter said, "Do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some...
  • The Great Holy Days Surrender

    01/09/2015 6:04:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/8/15 | Pastor Iuventus
    By moving a feast day as ancient as the Epiphany to the nearest Sunday, we run the risk of contradicting the message we claim to proclaimI had hoped that, in the same way that the Christmas truce of 1914 has captured the popular imagination, the bishops might call a Christmas truce and decide to reinstate the celebration of the Epiphany on January 6. By locating it on the nearest Sunday, Epiphany rather easily acquires the atmosphere of a Sunday evening before the Monday morning feeling: the feast to mark the end of the Christmas shutdown. Schools and offices return to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-09-15

    01/08/2015 8:36:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-09-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 9, 2015Friday after Epiphany    Reading 1 1 Jn 5:5-13 Beloved:Who indeed is the victor over the worldbut the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came through water and Blood, Jesus Christ,not by water alone, but by water and Blood. The Spirit is the one who testifies,and the Spirit is truth. So there are three who testify,the Spirit, the water, and the Blood, and the three are of one accord. If we accept human testimony,the testimony of God is surely greater. Now the testimony of God is this,that he...
  • Remembering Andrae Crouch, Dead at 72

    01/08/2015 6:56:21 PM PST · by xzins · 24 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | January 8, 2015 | Robert Darden
    In 1972, I sawfor the first timeAndrae Crouch and the Disciples performing The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, Soon and Very Soon, My Tribute, Through It All, and Bless His Holy Name. I was both mesmerized and a little frightened. Thats his music on the soundtrack to The Color Purple (where he earned an Oscar), the Broadway musical The Lion King, and the pop songs Man in the Middle and Like a Prayer. Not surprisingly, great swathes of the religious audience voiced their displeasure. How dare he combined Saturday night with Sunday morning? As he told interviewers, the criticism...
  • THE CALL OF MOSES

    01/08/2015 3:36:48 PM PST · by metmom · 11 replies
    THE CALL OF MOSES There is a great deal more room given in Scripture to the _call_ of men to God's work than there is to their _end_. For instance, we don't know where Isaiah died, or how he died, but we know a great deal about the call God gave him, when he saw God on high and lifted up on His throne. I suppose that it is true to-day that hundreds of young men and women who are listening for a call and really want to know what their life's mission is, perhaps find it the greatest problem...
  • Time for a Truly Catholic Renovation

    01/08/2015 2:20:39 PM PST · by NYer · 39 replies
    Crisis Magazinei ^ | January 8, 2015 | Anthony ESOLEN
    O magnum mysterium,et admirabile sacramentum,ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,iacentem in praesepio:Beata Virgo, cuius viscerameruerunt portare Dominum Christum.What a great mystery,what a wonderful sign,that animals should see the Lord, new-born,lying in a manger!Blessed is the Virgin, whose wombwas privileged to carry Christ the Lord.      ∼  From the Roman Breviary, the Matins of ChristmasWe’re in Rome, in the year 1572. The great Pope Pius V has passed to glory. Just one year before, the naval forces of the Holy League had crushed the superior fleets of the ever-marauding Turks at Lepanto, giving maritime Europe a chance to breathe free...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-08-15, OM, Our Lady of Prompt Succor

    01/07/2015 8:42:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-08-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 8, 2015Thursday after Epiphany    Reading 1 1 Jn 4:19–5:4 Beloved, we love God becausehe first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,”but hates his brother, he is a liar;for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him:Whoever loves God must also love his brother. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,and everyone who loves the Fatherloves also the one begotten by him. In this way we know that we love the children of...
  • The Call of Christ

    01/07/2015 1:48:03 PM PST · by metmom · 20 replies
    World Invisible.com Library Tozer ^ | 1966 | A.W.Tozer, Pastor, Christian and Missionary Alliance
    TO BE CALLED TO FOLLOW CHRIST is a high honor; higher indeed than any honor men can bestow upon each other. Were all the nations of the earth to unite in one great federation and call a man to head that federation, that man would be honored above any other man that ever lived. Yet the humblest man who heeds the call to follow Christ has an honor far above such a man; for the nations of the earth can bestow only such honor as they possess, while the honor of Christ is supreme over all. God has given Him...
  • The French Massacre; What The Kings Of The Earth Have Wrought

    In view of the horrifying massacre in Paris France, I thought to re-run an August 2010 article which discusses the what and more importantly the why, of the disastrous immigrqtion policies of the West in view of the second Psalm.Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.(Psalm 2:1-2)Watching the way President Obama, Mayor Bloomberg and other assorted Religious , media and political leaders took their stand with those seeking to...
  • Should Peggy Noonans New York Catholic Church Be Closed?

    01/07/2015 6:12:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 1/5/15 | Joan Desmond
    Rebutting claims in Noonan's Wall Street Journal column, the New York Archdiocese goes on the offensive.Church closures are a sad, increasingly predictable fact of life in some U.S. dioceses, and that is not news to Peggy Noonan, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and a parishioner at the Church of St. Thomas More on Manhattan's tony Upper East Side. But Noonan ruffled feathers in the local chancery when she argued in a Dec. 26 column that Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York had no good reason for floating a proposal to shutter the church she attends. With its standing-room...