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  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 24 [Prayer and Meditation]

    05/24/2018 6:21:02 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    NKJV Bible ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 24 (NKJV)Do Not Envy Evil Men 01 Do not be envious of evil men, 00 Nor desire to be with them; 02 For their heart devises violence, 00 And their lips talk of troublemaking. 03 Through wisdom a house is built, 00 And by understanding it is established; 04 By knowledge the rooms are filled 00 With all precious and pleasant riches. 05 A wise man is strong, 00 Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; 06 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, 00 And in a multitude of counselors there is safety. 07...
  • Another School Shooting: Why and What Should We Do?

    05/24/2018 2:16:28 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 29 replies
    www.TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 5/24/2018 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    Two weeks ago we endured the third anniversary of the death of my beloved pastor and father-in-law, David Fitzpatrick. David was killed by an impaired (alcohol and drugs), hit-and-run motorist. David’s killer pleaded guilty to first degree vehicular homicide, among other charges, and is now spending many years in prison. … I recall vividly the gut-wrenching moments on May 4, 2015 when we knew there was a bicyclist down in the area where my father-in-law used to ride. The calls to David’s cell phone that would never be answered; the rushed and lonely drive from my job to the crash...
  • Saint Aphrahat the Christian sage of Persia

    05/24/2018 1:44:26 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Aphrahat (Greek: áŒˆÏ†ÏÎ±ÎŹÏ„Î·Ï‚; Latin: Aphraates) (c. 270 – c. 345 C.E.) was an Assyrian author of the fourth century from Persia, who composed a series of twenty-three expositions or homilies on points of Christian doctrine and practice. He was born in Persia around 270, but all his known works, the Demonstrations, come from later in his life. He was an ascetic and celibate, and was almost definitely a "son of the covenant" (an early Syriac form of communal monasticism). He may have been a bishop, and later Syriac tradition places him at the head of Mar Matti monastery near Mosul,...
  • Violent Buddhist extremists are targeting Muslims in Sri Lanka

    05/24/2018 12:02:13 AM PDT · by Cronos · 31 replies
    The conversation ^ | 29 April 2018 | TC
    New clashes between Buddhist extremists and Muslims occurred in two different towns in Sri Lanka, in 2018. Triggered in part by hate-filled posts spread by nationalistic Sinhala Buddhist Facebook groups, these riots resulted in the death of one Muslim and the destruction of many buildings.... The movement known as Buddhism revivalism or Protestantism in Sri Lanka started with Anagarika Dharmapala (1864-1933). Known as the father of Buddhist Protestantism in Sri Lanka, Dharmapala had an anti-imperialist and nationalist agenda. Besides fighting the British, who ruled Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) at the time, Dharmapala focused on founding Buddhist schools and strengthening the...
  • Is Islam exceptional? And what does it mean for the future of Western democracy?

    05/23/2018 10:46:51 PM PDT · by Cronos · 22 replies
    Brookings Edu ^ | 15 May 2018 | Shruti Godbole
    In his book “Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam is Reshaping the World”, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Shadi Hamid argues that Islam is exceptional in how it relates to law, governance and politics, and plays an outsized role in public life in the Arab world. He also posits that the hope that Islam will eventually undergo a reformation and secularise may be misplaced. This has implications for the future of not just West Asia but also Western democracy. ...Hamid uses Islamic exceptionalism in a value-neutral sense i.e. exceptionalism can be either good or bad, depending on its manifestation. Nevertheless,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Thursday in Whitsun Week (Gueranger)

    05/23/2018 10:41:57 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Semidouble Veni, sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis ignem accende. Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and enkindle within them the fire of thy love. THE DIVINE SPIRIT has been sent to secure Unity to the Spouse of Christ; and we have seen how faithfully he fulfils his Mission, by giving to the Members of the Church to be one, as he himself is One. But the Spouse of a God who is, as he calls himself, the Truth, must be in the truth, and can have no fellowship...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Feast of Our Lady, the Help of Christians (Gueranger)

    05/23/2018 10:41:54 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Commemoration EVER SINCE OUR ENTRANCE upon the joys of the Paschal Season, scarcely a day has passed without the Calendar’s offering us some grand Mystery or Saint to honor; and all these have been radiant with the Easter sun. But of our Blessed Lady, there has not been a single Feast to gladden our hearts by telling us of some mystery or glory of this august Queen. The Feast of her Seven Dolors is sometimes kept in April—that is, when Easter Sunday falls on or after the 10th of that month; but May and June pass without any...
  • Anglican Church of Canada elects its first female archbishop

    05/23/2018 10:35:44 PM PDT · by Cronos · 1 replies
    Anglican News ^ | 15 May 2018 | AN
    The Bishop of New Westminster, Melissa Skelton, has been elected as Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon. She will continue in her role as Bishop of New Westminster while taking on responsibility for the internal province. She is the first woman to be elected an Archbishop in the Anglican Church of Canada and only the second within the Anglican Communion. Earlier this year Bishop Kay Goldsworthy was elected as Archbishop of Perth in the Anglican Church of Australia. Archbishops Melissa and Kay are responsible for internal provinces, and so are not primates. There...
  • Evangelizer bases work with parishes on her own journey to Catholicism {Ecumenical}

    05/23/2018 10:25:54 PM PDT · by Cronos · 19 replies
    Catholic philly ^ | 23 may 2018 | Simon Caldwall
    Sherry Anne Weddell recalls the moment when she stepped “across the threshold” and entered a Catholic church for the first time. It was while she was studying at the University of Washington in Seattle and, coming from a Southern Baptist background, she was looking for a Protestant church in which to pray. All those in her vicinity were closed, but Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church was open. “I know it sounds incredible, but I didn’t know what that (the Blessed Sacrament) was, and if you had explained it to me I wouldn’t have believed you,” she said in a May 12...
  • The humiliation of the Southern Baptist convention

    05/23/2018 10:19:09 PM PDT · by Cronos · 68 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 22 May 2018 | Al Mohler
    Evangelicals, we can no longer say sexual misconduct is just a Roman Catholic problem. At one of our seminaries, controversy has centered on a president (now former president) whose sermon illustration from years ago included advice that a battered wife remain in the home and the marriage in hope of the conversion of her abusive husband. Other comments represented the objectification of a teenage girl. The issues only grew more urgent with the sense that the dated statements represented ongoing advice and counsel. ..We thought this was a Roman Catholic problem. .. When people said that evangelicals had a similar...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, May 24, 2018 [prayer]

    05/23/2018 9:50:25 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 11 replies
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | May 24, 2018 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-24-18

    05/23/2018 9:37:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-24-18 | Revised New American Bible
    May 24, 2018 Thursday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jas 5:1-6 Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries.Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten,your gold and silver have corroded,and that corrosion will be a testimony against you;it will devour your flesh like a fire.You have stored up treasure for the last days.Behold, the wages you withheld from the workerswho harvested your fields are crying aloud;and the cries of the harvestershave reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure;you have fattened...
  • 1 Corinthians Ch. 14

    05/23/2018 8:58:04 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 1 replies
    1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. 2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except...
  • LGBT Community Cheers Pope's 'God Made You Like This' Remark

    05/23/2018 7:35:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Cleveland Daily Banner ^ | 5/21/18 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' reported comments to a gay man that "God made you like this" have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis' desire to make gay people feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church. Juan Carlos Cruz, the main whistleblower in Chile's clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal, said Monday he spoke to Francis about his homosexuality during their recent meetings at the Vatican. The pope invited Cruz and other victims of a Chilean predator priest to discuss their cases last month. Cruz said he told Francis how Chile's bishops used...
  • U.S. Hospital Refuses to Help Premature Twins Born Alive, Leaves Them to Die

    05/23/2018 7:24:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 63 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/23/18 | Lisa Bourne
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Twin premature newborn boys died at an Ohio hospital last year while staff stood by refusing to give them medical assistance, a pro-life group is reporting, and the hospital classified the boys’ deaths as stillbirth. Both boys were born alive at 22 weeks and 5 days gestational age at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, according to the report. The first born, Emery, survived for 45 minutes. His younger brother, Elliot, lived for two and a half hours, even crying, and his mother, Amanda, begged for help to no avail. Alarming footage released today...
  • Valedictorian Claims High School Censored Graduation Speech

    05/23/2018 7:18:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 5/23/18
    SCIOTA, IL (CBS Local) – An Illinois high school valedictorian has hired a lawyer after claiming that school officials demanded he remove all religious references from his graduation speech. Sam Blackledge was set to deliver the speech at West Prairie High School on May 19. According to the 18-year-old, school administrators informed him that he needed to take out anything that mentioned God and Jesus minutes before Blackledge was scheduled to go on stage. “It was terrible. I felt like I wanted to cry,” the valedictorian said, via The Kansas City Star. “Christ is the only reason I was a...
  • Dolan: Pope’s Reported Remarks to Gay Man, While ‘Beautiful,’ Could Require Clarification

    05/23/2018 7:02:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    New York City, N.Y., May 22, 2018 / 08:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of New York said Tuesday that while some recent comments about homosexuality attributed to Pope Francis are “orthodox teaching,” the pope's reported remarks could require clarification. Cardinal Timothy Dolan affirmed the pope’s recent affirmation of God’s love for a gay man with whom the pontiff visited in Rome, saying: “Jesus would have said that, and so would I. That’s conservative, traditional, Catholic, orthodox teaching. The ‘Catechism’ insists on that.” “While any sexual expression outside of a man and woman in marriage is contrary to God's purpose,...
  • Canadian archbishop: German intercommunion plan is ‘against Catholic teaching’

    05/23/2018 6:06:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 23, 2018 | Lianne Laurence
    Catholic teaching on intercommunion can’t change whether or not German bishops reach a consensus to allow it, says Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa. “This kind of open communion is against Catholic teaching and from what I can see in non-Catholic congregations that follow a discipline of ‘open communion,’ it is also spiritually and pastorally unfruitful,” the Jesuit archbishop told the Catholic Register’s Deborah Gyapong in an interview. “It is puzzling to learn that the Holy Father told the bishops that whatever they determine is acceptable as long as they all agree,” he said. “Even more important is the challenge to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis vs Contemplative Orders

    05/23/2018 3:20:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | May 23, 2018 | Hilary White
    One aspect of Pope Francis’ character that seems little-explored by the Catholic and secular media alike is his apparent disdain for contemplative religious life – a facet of Catholic life that could be described as the most purely religious of all the Church’s undertakings. The world does not understand it or want it. Therefore, it is something of a thorn in the Bergoglian side, and he has repeatedly expressed his contempt for it. So when, in 2016 he issued a document on contemplative nuns, the faithful braced for impact. The Francis Vatican’s approach to the contemplative life is probably the...
  • Jesus Alone, Is the head of the Church...but he delegates his authority to men

    And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,(Ephesians 1:22) For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. (Ephesians 5:23) But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.1 Corinthians 11:3) He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the...