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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-2021, Memorial of St. Fursey of Ireland (died 650 AD)

    01/16/2021 10:29:08 PM PST · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Universalis ^ | 17 January 2021 | God
    January 17 2021 Memorial of St. Fursey of Ireland Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta, Georgia Lectionary 65Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: Green.First reading1 Samuel 3:3-10,19 ©'Speak, Lord, your servant is listening'Samuel was lying in the sanctuary of the Lord, where the ark of God was, when the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ He answered, ‘Here I am.’ Then he ran to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ Eli said, ‘I did not call. Go back and lie down.’ So he went and lay down. Once again the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to...
  • DAY 155: GOD HEARS OUR SILENT CRIES - Devotional

    01/16/2021 12:57:43 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    The Return ^ | Jan 15, 2021
    Of all 150 Psalms, Psalm 34 is my absolute favorite. It is all about our Lord’s faithfulness to deliver his children from great trials and crises. David declares, “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears…The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them…The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles… Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:4,7,17,19). Note David’s claim in this Psalm: “I sought the Lord…this...
  • Contentment: How to Enjoy it - Devotional

    01/16/2021 12:54:16 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Let your way of life be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5-6). Your relationship with God allows you to enjoy genuine contentment. In view of yesterday’s lesson, you may be asking, “But how can I enjoy contentment and be satisfied with what I have?” You can begin by realizing God’s goodness and believing that He...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-16-2021

    01/16/2021 9:14:13 AM PST · by annalex · 7 replies
    January 16 2021 Saturday of week 1 in Ordinary TimeSaint Cecilia’s Church – St. Louis, MO Liturgical Colour: Green.First readingHebrews 4:12-16 ©Let us be confident in approaching the throne of graceThe word of God is something alive and active: it cuts like any double-edged sword but more finely: it can slip through the place where the soul is divided from the spirit, or joints from the marrow; it can judge the secret emotions and thoughts. No created thing can hide from him; everything is uncovered and open to the eyes of the one to whom we must give account of...
  • The Commencement Of The Last Days...Joel 7

    And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come. And it shall come...

    01/15/2021 6:22:43 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    The Return ^ | Jan 14, 2021
    Often people contact our ministry and say, “I have no one to talk to, no one to share my burden with, no one who has time to hear my cry. I need someone I can pour my heart out to.” King David was constantly surrounded by people. He was married and had many companions at his side. Yet we hear the same cry from him: “To whom shall I go?” It is in our nature to want another human being, with a face, eyes and ears, to listen to us and advise us. When Job became overwhelmed by his trials,...
  • The Opposite of Covetousness - Devotional

    01/15/2021 6:19:41 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Let your way of life be free from the love of money, being content with what you have” (Hebrews 13:5). If you are content with what God has given you, you will not be a person who is covetous or a lover of money. I once had a man come into my church office and confess the sin of gluttony. When I told him he did not look overweight, he answered, “I know. It is not that I eat too much but that I want to. I continually crave food. It’s an obsession.” Covetousness is very similar to that man’s...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-15-2021, Memorial of St. Paul the Hermit (of Egypt, born in 242 AD)

    01/15/2021 2:03:18 AM PST · by Cronos · 10 replies
    Universalis ^ | 15 January 2021 | God
    January 15 2021 Memorial of St. Paul of Thebes, Egypt (Paul the Hermit) - born 242 AD Santa Maria in Porto, Ravenna, Italy By Sailko - Own work, CC BY 3.0, Lectionary 309Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: Green.First readingHebrews 4:1-5,11 ©None of you has come too late for God's promiseBe careful: the promise of reaching the place of rest that God had for the Israelites still holds good, and none of you must think that he has come too late for it. We received the Good News exactly as they did; but hearing the message did them no good because...
  • 'We Are Not Each Other's Enemies'

    01/14/2021 7:53:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    The Family Research Council ^ | January 14, 2021 | Tony Perkins
    For most of us, the last week has felt like a lifetime. In the course of eight days, we've lost the Senate and an election challenge, watched as angry people stormed the Capitol and equally angry leaders impeached the president. We've seen the crushing of our voice, the silencing of our freedoms, and felt the wave of corporate punishment start to roll across the country. Americans are so badly shaken that 80 percent of them think the country is falling apart. And church leaders, political leaders, and Christians aren't far behind. The choice before us is as plain as it...

    01/14/2021 9:21:51 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    The Return ^ | Jan 13, 2021
    When Scripture says the Holy Spirit “abides” in us, it means God’s Spirit comes in and possesses our bodies, making it his temple. And because the Holy Spirit knows the mind and voice of the Father, he speaks God’s thoughts to us: “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit is the voice of God in and to us! If you have the...
  • Identifying with Those in Need - Devotional

    01/14/2021 9:19:31 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body” (Hebrews 13:2). Because we too are human beings, God makes it possible for us to empathize with others who might be enduring hardship. The Apostolic Confession, an ancient church confession, says, “If any Christian is condemned for Christ’s sake to the mines by the ungodly, do not overlook him, but from the proceeds of your toil and sweat, send him something to support himself, and to reward the soldier of Christ.” You can see from this quote that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-14-2021, Memorial of St. Felix of Nola

    01/14/2021 12:10:20 AM PST · by Cronos · 10 replies
    Universalis ^ | 14 January 2021 | God
    January 14 2021 Memorial of St. Felix of Nola La Cattedrale di Nola = Duomo di Nola, Nola Cathedral, Nola, Italy Lectionary 308Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: Green.First readingHebrews 3:7-14 ©Keep encouraging one anotherThe Holy Spirit says: If only you would listen to him today; do not harden your hearts, as happened in the Rebellion, on the Day of Temptation in the wilderness, when your ancestors challenged me and tested me, though they had seen what I could do for forty years. That was why I was angry with that generation and said: How unreliable these people who refuse to grasp...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Yes to female "readers and acolytes," puts Diaconate in danger

    01/13/2021 6:45:49 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Daily Compass ^ | January 14, 2021 | Luisella Scrosati
    [Catholic Caucus] Yes to female "readers and acolytes," puts Diaconate in dangerBy virtue of his motu proprio Spiritus Domini, The Pope's decision to modify Canon 230 opens the Lectorate and Acolytate to women as well. Down through the centuries, these have always been ‘ministries’ conferred to males alone, because, like the other ancient minor orders, they emanate from the Diaconate. In this way, having broken the bond with tradition, the latter can also be attacked.A bone thrown out to momentarily appease the hunger for female priesthood of the "German pastors" and South Americans? Or, conversely, a further step - according...
  • Have There Been Worse Crises Than This One?

    01/13/2021 3:19:25 PM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 13, 2021 | Peter Kwasniewski
    Have There Been Worse Crises Than This One?Don’t you hate it when fellow Catholics say to you: “The Church has faced crises worse than this one before”?You hate it because you know it’s false. Of several popes who flirted with heresy, only two seem to have crossed a line: Honorius and John XXII. Honorius made one error in regard to Christology; he did so in a letter to a bishop. And for this he was posthumously anathematized and excommunicated as a heretic by an ecumenical council and by several of his successors in the papacy. John XXII preached a false...
  • DAY 152: DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES? - Devotional

    01/13/2021 7:02:00 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    The Return ^ | Jan 12, 2021
    “Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way” (Matthew 15:32). I believe Christ was making a statement to his disciples here. He was saying, “I’m going to do more for the people than heal them. I’ll make sure they have enough bread to eat. I’m concerned about everything that affects their lives. You have to see that I am more than just power. I am also compassion....
  • Showing Love Through Hospitality - Devotional

    01/13/2021 6:59:46 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2). Hospitality should be a trait of all Christians, because whenever we display it, we minister to the Lord. If you are a Christian, your responsibility to love others does not stop with fellow believers. The apostle Paul is very explicit and direct about this: “See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all men” (1 Thess. 5:15). “All men” includes even your enemies. The “strangers”...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-13-2021, Memorial of St. Hilary of Poitiers

    01/12/2021 11:24:07 PM PST · by Cronos · 12 replies
    Universalis ^ | 13 January 2021 | God
    January 13 2021 Memorial of St. Hilary of Poitiers Poitiers Cathedral, Poitiers, France Lectionary 307Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: Green.First readingHebrews 2:14-18 ©He took to himself descent from AbrahamSince all the children share the same blood and flesh, Christ too shared equally in it, so that by his death he could take away all the power of the devil, who had power over death, and set free all those who had been held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. For it was not the angels that he took to himself; he took to himself descent from Abraham....
  • The Importance of Brotherly Love - Devotional

    01/12/2021 6:41:39 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Let love of the brethren continue” (Hebrews 13:1). Genuine love among Christians is a testimony to the world, to ourselves, and to God. The importance of brotherly love extends well beyond the walls of your local church or fellowship hall. In John 13:35 Jesus says, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” In effect, God has made love for one another the measuring stick by which the world can determine if our Christian profession is genuine. That’s why it’s so important that we have a selfless attitude and sincerely...
  • Psalm 118:5-6 Trust God

    01/12/2021 5:54:13 AM PST · by ResistorSister · 3 replies
    The Holy Bible, NKJV - ^ | January 12, 2021 | Anonymous
    I called on the Lord in distress; The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-12-2021, Memorial of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

    01/12/2021 4:47:17 AM PST · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Universalis ^ | 12 January 2021 | God
    January 12 2021 Memorial of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys St. Marguerite Bourgeoys church, Brookfield, Connecticut Lectionary 306Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: Green.First readingHebrews 2:5-12 ©The one who sanctifies and the ones who are sanctified are of the same stockGod did not appoint angels to be rulers of the world to come, and that world is what we are talking about. Somewhere there is a passage that shows us this. It runs: What is man that you should spare a thought for him, the son of man that you should care for him? For a short while you made him lower than the...