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  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/18/17)[Prayer]

    02/19/2017 9:27:11 AM PST · by left that other site · 3 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/18/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms (Psalm 115) Psalm 115 1 Not to us, Lord, not to us     but to your name be the glory,     because of your love and faithfulness. 2 Why do the nations say,     “Where is their God?” 3 Our God is in heaven;     he does whatever pleases him. 4 But their idols are silver and gold,     made by human hands. 5 They have mouths, but cannot speak,     eyes, but cannot see. 6 They have ears, but cannot hear,     noses, but cannot smell. 7 They have hands, but cannot feel,     feet, but cannot walk,     nor can they utter a...
  • The Cycle of Hatred and Retribution Ends with Me - A Homily for the 7th Sunday of the Year

    02/19/2017 7:30:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cycle of Hatred and Retribution Ends with Me - A Homily for the 7th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • February 18, 2017 • In today’s Gospel the Lord is teaching us, by His grace, to break the cycle of hatred and retribution. When someone harms me I may well become angry, and in my anger seek to get back at the offender. If I do that, though, then Satan has earned a second victory and brought the anger and retribution to a higher level. Most likely, the one who originally harmed me will then take...
  • How to Hear God's Voice to Know His Will

    02/19/2017 5:21:33 AM PST · by metmom · 15 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | Feb 5, 2017 | Shane Idleman
    Let me begin by applauding your desire to know GodÂ’s will; this is often a sign of spiritual health. God guides those who are willing to follow. When it comes to knowing GodÂ’s will, more often than not, unless itÂ’s written in His word, there are no specific answers. For instance, the Bible doesnÂ’t say who to marry or where to work, but it does offer important principles that lead you in the right direction. However, there are other areas that are clearly GodÂ’s will for our lives: to be saved and to worship Him, to be holy and set...
  • President Donald J. Trump Recognizes National Catholic Schools Week

    02/19/2017 5:13:59 AM PST · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    White House ^ | February 03, 2017 | Donald J. Trump
    Today, the President issued a letter recognizing National Catholic Schools Week.   THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON February 3, 2017 In recognition of National Catholic Schools Week, I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of the dedicated Catholic school administrators, teachers, priests, and support organizations who work tirelessly to build and sustain quality Catholic schools across the Nation.  The theme of this year’s National Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.”  I appreciate the many ways in which Catholic schools nurture devotion, impart wisdom, and minister to the 2 million students who enter...
  • Avoiding Indiscriminate Love

    02/19/2017 5:01:49 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment" (Phil. 1:9). Christian love operates within the parameters of Biblical knowledge and spiritual discernment. As a Christian, you are a repository of divine love. More than anything else, your love for God and for other believers marks you as a true disciple of Jesus Christ (John 13:35). In addition to possessing God's love, you have the privilege and responsibility of expressing it to others on His behalf. That's a sacred trust. Paul qualifies it in Philippians 1:9, which tells us love is...
  • The Meaning of Grace

    02/19/2017 5:01:22 AM PST · by metmom · 11 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘The Lord, the Lord God, [is] compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth’” (Exodus 34:6). God’s grace is His undeserved favor shown to sinners. God’s grace has always been a focus of praise for believers. Today’s verse is quoted several times in the Psalms and elsewhere in Scripture (for example, Neh. 9:17, 31; Ps. 86:15; 103:8; 145:8). Paul is grateful for God’s abundant grace in 1 Timothy 1:14, and John writes, “For of His fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace” (John 1:16). Today some of our favorite hymns are “Amazing Grace,” “Marvelous...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 2/19/17 [Prayer]

    02/19/2017 3:07:17 AM PST · by SisterK · 24 replies
    Free Republic ^ | February 19, 2017 | prayer intercessors
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Cardinal Burke Firmly Rejects Account by Order of Malta’s Acting Head

    02/19/2017 1:18:19 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 18, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    “The account given by Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein is not accurate. I had no authority to ask the Grand Chancellor to resign. I simply stated that the person who knowingly permitted the distribution of contraceptives in the Order’s works should take responsibility, and then the Grand Master once again asked the Grand Chancellor to resign which he refused to do. Then the Grand Master proceeded to his dismissal without my involvement at all. The account of the Grand Master and myself stands. To be frank, I am stunned by what Hoffmann von Rumerstein states in the article. I consider...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-19-17, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    02/18/2017 9:49:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-19-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 19, 2017 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 17-18The LORD said to Moses,"Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. "You shall not bear hatred for your brother or sister in your heart.Though you may have to reprove your fellow citizen,do not incur sin because of him.Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against any of your people.You shall love your neighbor as yourself.I am the LORD." Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.Bless the LORD, O...
  • Join Bishop David Zubik at a prayer service with immigrants and refugees

    02/18/2017 7:38:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    “Becoming One-Standing Together,” is an interfaith gathering of prayer and celebration with immigrants, refugees, and allies. This worship event will take place on Monday, February 20 at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict the Moor Roman Catholic Church, 1500 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh 15219. It will bring together leaders from faith communities who will lead prayers and read sacred scriptures, as well as immigrants and refugees who will tell their personal stories.
  • Behold The Man Whose Name Is The Branch...Zechariah pt 9

    And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah; Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest; And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he...
  • C9 Declares that it supports pope's "Magisterium” But what about the Magisterium? Not so much.

    02/18/2017 2:06:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | February 17, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    One of Francis’ first acts as Pope was to create a Council of Cardinal Advisors, commonly known as “C9”, to advise him on ecclesial affairs. The “advice,” however, appears to constitute little more than an echo chamber for whatever Francis wishes to say. To recall, the members of the Council are: Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa; Italian Bishop Marcello Semeraro, secretary to the Council; Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias; German Cardinal Reinhard Marx; Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga; Italian Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello; U.S. Cardinal Sean O'Malley; Australian Cardinal George Pell; and Congolese Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya. All of the nine,...
  • A Prayer for Godliness

    02/18/2017 12:36:44 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This I pray" (Phil. 1:9). Your prayers reveal the level of your spiritual maturity. As we come to our study of godliness in Philippians 1:9-11, we note that this passage is a prayer. Typically, Paul's prayers reflected his concern that his readers would mature spiritually. That is impossible without prayer because spiritual growth depends on the Holy Spirit's power, which is tapped through prayer. Prayer is so vital that Jesus instructed His disciples to pray at all times (Luke 18:1). Paul commands us to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17). Peter said we should be "of sound judgment and sober...
  • God's Sacrificial Love

    02/18/2017 12:36:12 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life’” (John 3:16). God’s love is vicarious and sacrificial. Today we continue a short study of a topic that brings joy to every Christian: God’s love. Both Paul and John call His love “great” (Eph. 2:4; 1 John 3:1), because only great love would provide such a sacrifice as God did in Christ. We have already seen that God’s love is unconditional, unrequited, and righteous. God’s love is also vicarious; it bears the pain of others....
  • Why Are Christian Women Watching 'Fifty Shades Darker'?

    02/18/2017 12:32:39 PM PST · by metmom · 122 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | Feb 16, 2017 | SHANE IDLEMAN
    The unavoidable truth is that many are becoming desensitized. When the Holy Spirit no longer fills hearts and minds with a passion for purity and holiness, there is a general lack of conviction. Compromise in this area can be well-illustrated through a story I heard years ago. Eskimos in the barren North often kill wolves by taking a razor-sharp knife and dipping it in blood. They allow the blood to freeze to the blade. Then they bury the handle of the knife in the snow with the blade exposed. As the wolf begins to lick the blade, his tongue becomes...
  • Muslim terrorism does not exist - but the ecological crisis is real, the Pope tells conference on

    02/18/2017 9:18:32 AM PST · by ColdOne · 47 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 2/18/17 | Rory Tingle
    Full title..........................Muslim terrorism does not exist - but the ecological crisis is real, the Pope tells conference on inequality ........................ Pope Francis insisted there are 'violent individuals in all peoples and religions' Said 'intolerant generalisations' would only make dangerous people stronger Letter is likely to be seen as a critique of President Trump's immigration policy
  • Grace of the Spirit

    02/18/2017 9:16:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 02-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Grace of the Spirit The key difference in people of the Old and New Testaments is that the Holy Spirit now dwells in us Msgr. Charles Pope Question: I was asked the other day how people who lived in Old Testament times were really any different from New Testament Christians. We seem just as sinful and foolish, but also as virtuous as they were. I did not know how to answer this. What is the basic difference?— Stewart Johnson, via email Answer: The essential difference is grace. The Prophet Ezekiel records God’s promise to ancient Israel: “I will sprinkle clean...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/18/17)[Prayer]

    02/18/2017 8:43:25 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/18/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms (Psalm 114) Psalm 114 1 When Israel came out of Egypt,     Jacob from a people of foreign tongue, 2 Judah became God’s sanctuary,     Israel his dominion. 3 The sea looked and fled,     the Jordan turned back; 4 the mountains leaped like rams,     the hills like lambs. 5 Why was it, sea, that you fled?     Why, Jordan, did you turn back? 6 Why, mountains, did you leap like rams,     you hills, like lambs? 7 Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord,     at the presence of the God of Jacob, 8 who turned the rock into a pool,...
  • Give Rest, O Lord! [Devotional]

    02/18/2017 7:08:41 AM PST · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 02-18-2017 | Ksenia Manyakova
    Pannikhida on the 9th day, in the cemetery. Konstantine Savitsky, 1885. (Widipedia).      A candle burns on the table for the reposed, weeping waxen tears. My heart also weeps vaguely... how are you over there? How are you?... Give rest, O Lord!... Then a familiar plot, dusted with snow. Well hello my dear! Here we are, we’ve finally made it here on ancestor Saturday. “Mama, mama, is that your grandma?” Do you see—my two sons. They look just like you. And my husband, the priest, serving a litia on your grave. Everything has come together in my life just...
  • On the Commemoration of the Dead (Meatfare Saturday) [Orthodox Catholic Caucus]

    02/18/2017 7:04:11 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 02-18-2017 | Hieromonk Job (Gumerov)
    How can we help our loved ones who have departed this life? Hieromonk Job (Gumerov) talks about the commemoration of the dead.      According to Orthodox teaching, through the prayers of the Church the dead can receive relief or freedom from their punishments beyond the grave. “Anyone who wishes to show his love for those who have died and give them real help can do this in the best way by praying for them, and especially by commemoration at the Liturgy, when a particle removed [from the prosphora, or communion bread] for the living and the dead is immersed in...
  • Hermeneutic of Whatity? [Catholic Caucus]

    02/18/2017 6:56:49 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    What's Up with FrancisChurch? ^ | February 18, 2017 | Hilary White
    Crux having a bit of fun: “Since Francis is in continuity with tradition, his critics aren’t”Benedict XVI, in his latest book interview with Peter Seewald, admits himself that he was on the so-called “progressive” side during Vatican II, and the accusations of modernism and heresy against their side was abundant. He personally was accused of heresy after his article “New pagans and the Church,” and his bishop, Cardinal Joseph Wendel, wanted to block his appointment as a professor in Bonn for the same reason. In the end, the biggest blessing probably is to have Benedict still alive and able to...
  • Bishop Schneider: Martin Luther is Not a Witness to the Gospel (on Vatican Document)

    02/18/2017 6:28:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 92 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 2/17/17 | John Vennari
    CFN Intro: On February 16 Rorate Caeli and Adelante la Fe posted a comprehensive video interview with the well-known conservative Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakistan that runs about 48 minutes. The interview covered a myriad of topics, but CFN is spotlighting Bishop Schneider’s magnificent response regarding a recent Vatican document that names the heresiarch Martin Luther as a witness to the Gospel. We know you will benefit from Bishop Schneider’s forthright commentary (JV). Question: A controversial document from the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity equates Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint Francis of Borgia with Martin Luther, calling him a...
  • Till We Meet Again, Victory In Jesus

    02/18/2017 6:26:51 AM PST · by Revski · 2 replies
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 2/18/2017 | Revski
    Short mandolin solo, chorus only, Till We Met Again and Victory In Jesus. The pictorials at end are of, Greg Olson's art work and I cover mandolin.
  • Chinese Priest: The Life of the Faithful is the Same With or Without China-Holy See Agreements

    02/18/2017 5:59:56 AM PST · by marshmallow
    AsiaNews ^ | 2/16/17 | Shan Ren Shen Fu
    The majority of Chinese faithful have no interest in China-Vatican dialogue. They are not affected by the Patriotic Association. This is a mere instrument of government policy.Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - "The life of the faithful is the same before and during the China-Vatican negotiations": This is the opinion of a well-known blogger priest regarding the article published last week by Card. John Tong on "The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from the ecclesiological point of view". The blogger, whose nom de guerre is "Shanren Shenfu" (the hermit priest), notes that the faithful in China are rather indifferent to the progress of...
  • Bishop Schneider: Catholics are NOT called to blind obedience to the Pope [Catholic Caucus]

    02/18/2017 4:37:08 AM PST · by Petrosius · 7 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 17, 2017 | John-Henry Westen
    February 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Asked about the confusion in the Church today stemming directly from Pope Francis and how the faithful are to respond, a prominent Catholic bishop has said Catholics do not owe blind obedience to the Pope, adding that blind obedience is characteristic of a ‘dictatorship,’ not the Church. Kazakhstan Bishop Athanasius Schneider, one of the most prolific voices in the Church today seeking to defend the Catholic faith from anti-life and anti-family distortion, made the remarks in an interview with Rorate Caeli and Adelante la Fe. “As Catholics,” he said we have “to be submitted, (canonically)...
  • Vatican-sponsored conference criticizes Trump orders (A million illegals just in Los Angeles?)

    02/18/2017 12:35:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WTOP-TV ^ | February 17, 2017 | The Associated Press
    MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Speakers at a Vatican-sponsored conference in Northern California — including an archbishop — denounced President Donald Trump’s orders on immigration and travel and vowed to fight them at a meeting Friday. Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez said President Barack Obama deported a high number of people, but the harsh tone and cruelty coming out of the new administration was prompting mass fear and panic. “They’re playing with people’s emotions and toying with their lives and futures, and that is not right,” said Gomez, who noted his city has an estimated 1 million people who are living...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - (2/18/2017) [Prayer]

    02/17/2017 11:16:41 PM PST · by stars & stripes forever · 42 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 2/18/2917 | Self
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, 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 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Why shouldn’t Cardinal Burke have asked a condom-pushing official to resign? [Cath Caucus]

    02/17/2017 10:03:15 PM PST · by ebb tide
    LifeSite News ^ | February 17, 2017 | Pete Baklinski & Patrick B. Crane
    The acting head of the Knights of Malta is alleging that Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Order, personally asked for the resignation of a top Order official who had overseen a condom distribution program in the developing world. That the Cardinal would have made this request himself is being treated as some sort of scandal by his opponents. But as a prince of the Church with moral responsibility for the Order’s fidelity to Catholic teaching, why shouldn’t he have done so? No faithful Catholic leader who loves the life-giving truth of the faith would stand idly by when indisputable...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-18-17

    02/17/2017 8:47:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 18, 2017 Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 11:1-7Brothers and sisters:Faith is the realization of what is hoped forand evidence of things not seen.Because of it the ancients were well attested.By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God,so that what is visible came into being through the invisible.By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice greater than Cain's.Through this, he was attested to be righteous,God bearing witness to his gifts,and through this, though dead, he still speaks.By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not...
  • Pope Francis: ‘Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist’

    02/17/2017 6:11:23 PM PST · by Repeal 16-17 · 129 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 17, 2017 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D
    In an impassioned address Friday, Pope Francis denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, while simultaneously asserting that “the ecological crisis is real.” “Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements.
  • Card. Müller on the ordination of Deaconettes: “not necessary and not possible”

    02/17/2017 5:25:12 PM PST · by Petrosius · 3 replies
    wdtprs.com ^ | February 17, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    As you may remember, some months ago Pope Francis saw to the creation of a group to study the question of female deacons (aka deaconesses, aka deaconettes). Last November, when the group met for the first time, I wrote: “Their slow march to the vanishing point has begun.” Perhaps that march won’t be so slow after all. I saw an interesting story at the German language site Kathnet. Gerhard Ludwig Card. Müller, Prefect of the CDF, isn’t encouraging the proponents of the ordination of women. Kardinal Müller, Präfekt der Glaubenskongregation, im Interview mit der „Rheinischen Post“: Bischofs-, Priester- und Diakonenweihe...
  • When Cardinals Clash [Cataholic Caucus]

    02/17/2017 3:58:26 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | February 16, 2017 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    Article referenced in ‘It gives the feeling of a schism’: EWTN panel analyzes current ‘disaster’ in the Church posted by NYer. It was easily predictable that the Amoris Laetitia (particularly footnote 351), would lead to jarring assaults on the Church’s doctrinal unity – even by some of the Church’s own shepherds. Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, has just joined the ranks of prelates who say that Pope Francis has authorized giving Holy Communion to those in adulterous second “marriages.” Coccopalmerio even extends this permission to others living in sexual relationships apart from marriage in...
  • ‘It gives the feeling of a schism’: EWTN panel analyzes current ‘disaster’ in the Church

    02/17/2017 3:22:32 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 17, 2017
    February 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – On Thursday, Raymond Arroyo, canon laywer Father Gerald Murray, and The Catholic Thing's Robert Royal presented a somber analysis of the confusion caused by Amoris Laetitia. Arroyo featured Murray and Royal as guests on his EWTN show The World Over, where the three discussed the "odd" move of the pope's nine advisors pledging their allegiance to him this week. "This highly unusual vote of confidence comes at a serious time, a time of tension at the Vatican as major concerns are being raised about the direction of papal teaching and curial reform," said Arroyo. "I’ve never seen anything...
  • Jesus Fulfilled the Promise of His Second Coming

    02/17/2017 2:51:19 PM PST · by searchinsany · 30 replies
    HubPages ^ | 17.2.17 | searchinsany
    Critics of Christianity try to undermine the integrety of the Lord Jesus Christ, declaring Him a false prophet because they cannot reconcile the 'imminent' factor of His 'end times' predictions. Most Christians are also unable to account for the simple statements Jesus made concerning His impending return. In my opinion, Dispensationalism's emphasis on empirical evidence and imaginative narrative has blinded the eyes of many believers.
  • Pope appears to back anti-Trump protests in letter condemning populism

    02/17/2017 2:20:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 40 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 17, 2017 | Stephanie Kirchgassener
    Pope Francis has offered his unequivocal support to grassroots organisers and activists who are fighting for social justice, migrants, and environmentalism, saying he “reaffirms” their choice to fight against tyranny amid a “gutting of democracies”. “As Christians and all people of good will, it is for us to live and act at this moment. It is a grave responsibility, since certain present realities, unless effectively dealt with, are capable of setting off processes of dehumanisation which would then be hard to reverse,” the pontiff wrote in a letter that was read to organisers this week. The remarks can be viewed...
  • No Authority Over Divine Law [Catholic Caucus]

    02/17/2017 1:12:15 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | February 16, 2017 | J. D. Flynn
    In his column this week, George Weigel writes that “it cannot be the case that a grave sin in Poland is a source of grace two kilometers across the border in Germany.” The point is that the Church is universal, and ecclesial division ruptures our communion with Christ. There is only one problem with the argument: What is a grave sin in one place can, most certainly, be an occasion of grace in another.St. Patrick’s Day, the great high feast of Irish-Catholic Americans, falls on a Lenten Friday this year. On such Fridays, Catholics are obliged to abstain from...
  • Cardinal Burke Urges Massive U.S. Crowd to Defend Faith Amid Church Confusion

    02/17/2017 12:36:48 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | February 17, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    LENEXA, Kansas, February 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The façade of Cardinal Raymond Burke as a boogeyman of tradition projected by his critics and the media was nowhere to be found last Friday when he gave his usual clear witness to the Catholic faith before an overflow crowd in the Kansas City area. Cardinal Burke delivered a stirring, clear message on defending the Catholic faith amid the current confusion in the Church that was embraced with resounding gratitude by more than 1,500 who flocked to St. James Catholic Academy. Many had come from various parts of Kansas and surrounding states...
  • Pope Francis Has Removed Every Single Member of the Vatican Pro-life Academy

    02/17/2017 12:31:04 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | February 17, 2017 | Jan Bentz
    Additional detail to OnePeterFive's article posted by ebb tide on the 9th at The Pontifical Academy for Life Currently Has No Members [Catholic Caucus] . February 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Pontifical Academy for Life, long a bastion of orthodoxy within the Vatican, now has no members and is effectively shut down after Pope Francis’ recent reform of the institution. The pope issued new statutes for the Academy on October 18, and removed all of its members. “All members’ terms ended on December 31, 2016; currently the Academy is waiting for the new appointments,” Fr. Andrea Ciucci, a staff member...
  • Cardinal Zen: I Fear the Vatican’s Ostpolitik With Communist China

    02/17/2017 12:14:46 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 17, 2017 | Daniel Blackman
    …You’re reported as saying that a Vatican deal with China would be to “betray Christ.”… …What I mean is that if the Pope “knowingly” signed a bad agreement with the communists, it would be a betrayal of Jesus, and a betrayal of the good and faithful people in the Catholic Church in China. I’m not against the dialogue…I cannot see goodwill on the side of the communists. …To dialogue means to compromise, but the communists are not ready to give anything…they have full control of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association... …They probably want to see a decision from the Vatican...
  • Pope Says Immigrants No Threat to Europe’s Christian Identity

    02/17/2017 12:04:42 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 52 replies
    Crux ^ | February 17, 2017 | Inés San Martín
    Visiting a state run university in Rome, Pope Francis set aside his prepared remarks to talk instead "from the heart," answering questions about the threat migrants pose to Europe's Christian identity and the historic presence of violence in the world. ROME—Famous for his off-the-cuff remarks, Pope Francis was at it again on Friday when he set aside a prepared address to “speak from the heart” to thousands of students from Rome’s youngest university, Roma Tre, where he revisited some of his usual concerns: war and violence, a lack of dialogue and the need for the West to acknowledge its responsibility...
  • Cardinal Müller: Bishops Should Not Give ‘Contradictory Interpretations’ of Doctrine [CathCaucus]

    02/17/2017 12:00:48 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 17, 2017 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Müller said that nobody could alter the way the sacraments work. Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief, has said that local bishops cannot reinterpet Church teaching subjectively.In an interview with the German magazine Rheinische Post, Cardinal Müller said it was “not his style” to criticise publications by bishops. However, he added, “I do not think it is particularly beneficial for each individual bishop to comment on papal documents to explain how he subjectively understands the document.”In recent weeks, the bishops of Malta and Germany have issued guidelines permitting Communion for the remarried. The Maltese bishops said that it might...
  • Michael Novak, Rest in Peace

    02/17/2017 11:42:51 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 17, 2017 | Jay Richards
    Novak, who died earlier today after a battle with cancer, had an illustrious career as an author, scholar, and educator that began during Vatican II and continued until his final days. After a battle with cancer, Ambassador Michael Novak passed away this morning, February 17, at home, surrounded by his family. He was 83. During his last months, we at the Busch School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America were blessed to have him as a colleague.  Novak was author or editor of some fifty books. His illustrious career began during Vatican II and he was...
  • The Gospel In The Stars

    02/17/2017 11:29:06 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 31 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 2/17/17 | Gary
    While researching the astronomical alignment next September that may be the sign John saw in Revelation 12, it occurred to me to revisit the possible dates surrounding Christ's first advent and see if there were any other "signs in the sky" around that time.  I've already written extensively on possible dates for Jesus' birth (primarily based on Craig Chester and Rick Larson's research and The Bethlehem Star documentary), so I won't touch on that here, suffice to say that the argument goes Jesus was conceived on the Feast of Trumpets in 3 BC, was born in June of 2 BC,...
  • Rejecting Refugees Is Like 'Closing the Door on Jesus,' Megachurch Pastor Warns

    02/17/2017 10:53:12 AM PST · by Gamecock · 65 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/14/2017 | SAMUEL SMITH
    Evangelical megachurch pastor Jason Webb has spoken out against President Donald Trump's temporary suspension of refugee resettlement and argues that preventing refugees from entering the United States is like closing the door on Jesus. Webb, who pastors the 6,000-member Elmbrook Church just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in a conservative area of the state, was one of the 100 evangelical leaders who signed onto an open letter published as a full-page advertisement in last Wednesday's Washington Post opposing Trump's Jan. 27 executive order. "When I was asked to sign this letter, there wasn't even really a thought that I wouldn't sign...
  • Rightly Handling God’s Word (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/17/2017 10:38:59 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    The State ^ | 2/17/2017
    “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” - 2 Timothy 2:15 Martin Luther is often identified as one who argued for the right of individual Christians to interpret the Bible for themselves. In large measure, this is correct. After all, Luther himself stood firm on the doctrine of justification by faith alone because he was convinced by his reading of Scripture that the doctrine was true even when much of the medieval church disagreed. Luther is also famous for translating the...
  • Stop hurling insults and listen, Pope Francis tells politicians [Barf Alert]

    02/17/2017 8:36:31 AM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/17/17 | Philip Pullella
    Politicians should lower the volume of their debates and stop insulting each other, Pope Francis said on Friday, adding that leaders should be open to dialogue with perceived enemies or risk sowing the seeds of war. "Insulting has become normal," he said in a 45-minute-long improvised talk to university students in Rome. "We need to lower the volume a bit and we need to talk less and listen more."
  • The Water, The Spirit and The Blood !

    02/17/2017 8:12:12 AM PST · by Jedediah
    Holy Spirit,Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 2-17-17 | Bible , jedediah
    Your soreness is a sign of spirit loss , so come drinking my Spirit "For I AM refreshing", and renewal "IS" yours for the taking when you learn to just receive ! So Take on Me through receiving deep within My Blood as your water and My bread as your food for as you truly fast the Earth I shall "restore' all that has been lost and stolen from you for I and The Father work "As One" . "So just agree with Me and all shall be restored to you " as I ( (( Rise Up )) )...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/17/17)[Prayer]

    02/17/2017 8:08:42 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/17/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms (Psalm 113) Psalm 113 1 Praise the Lord.[a] Praise the Lord, you his servants;     praise the name of the Lord. 2 Let the name of the Lord be praised,     both now and forevermore. 3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,     the name of the Lord is to be praised. 4 The Lord is exalted over all the nations,     his glory above the heavens. 5 Who is like the Lord our God,     the One who sits enthroned on high, 6 who stoops down to look     on the heavens and the...
  • Did Noah Really Live to Be 950?

    02/17/2017 7:30:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 104 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Did Noah Really Live to Be 950? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 16, 2017 • I occasionally get questions about the remarkably long lives of the patriarchs who lived before the great flood. Consider the ages at which these figures purportedly died: Adam – 930Seth – 912Enosh – 905Jared – 962Methuselah – 969Noah – 950Shem – 600Eber – 464Abraham – 175Moses – 120David – 70 How should we understand these references? Many theories have been proposed to explain the claimed longevity. Some use a mathematical corrective, but this leads to other pitfalls such as certain patriarchs apparently begetting children...
  • Armeggedon...Zechariah pt 8

    And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass. In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses. Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord? And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of...