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Such an important time...for families especially

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:59:23 GMT

Today in the USA, we witness the inauguration of a new President. Let us pray for him and his New Administration, as they assume responsibilities God has permitted. They will influence not only this country but the world. Each of us will stand one day before God to be judged on the responsibilities He gave each one of us. In this 100th Anniversary Year of Mary's Apparitions at Fatima, I'm re-reading St. John Paul II's exhortation, "The Role of the Family in the Modern World". (http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_jp-ii_exh_19811122_familiaris-consortio.html) As the family goes, so goes a nation, and so goes the world. Mary, Mother of the Church intercede for us as we continue to seek God's wisdom from the words of St. John Paul II: ---Quote--- *The Moral Progress of Married People* 34._ It is always very important to have a right notion of the moral order, its values and its norms; and the importance is all the greater when the...



Taiwan's president tells Pope she hopes for 'new era' of relations with Beijing [CWN]

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:50:00 GMT

President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan has written a letter to Pope Francis lauding his recent Message for the World Day of Peace (http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=11471). More... (http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CatholicWorldNewsFeatureStories/~3/9NyK6n2cssw/index.cfm)



'We must never become accustomed' to the Holy Land occupation [CNA]

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:20:02 GMT

Jerusalem, Jan 20, 2017 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The 50 year-long of occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza by Israel must be at the attention of every Christian and demands resolution, the chair of the Holy Land Coordination said Thursday. “Our Coordination has called for justice and peace every year since 1998, yet the suffering continues. So this call must get louder. As Bishops we implore Christians in our home countries to recognize our own responsibility for prayer, awareness and action,” Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton, chair of the Holy Land Coordination, wrote in a Jan. 19 statement. The statement was signed by another 11 bishops, including Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces. The communique marked the conclusion of an annual week-long pilgrimage to the Holy Land by the group, made up of bishops from Europe, North America, and South Africa. The Holy Land Coordination is encouraged in its work by the Holy See as it supports the local Church in Palestine...



First Council of Constantinople

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:15:47 GMT

*Does anyone know when the canons of this council became binding on Catholics? * For example, the Council of Constantinople 1 (381 A.D.) had the third canon which stated: "The Bishop of Constantinople shall have primacy of honor after the Bishop of Rome because Constantinople is the new Rome." However, the Bishop of Rome never accepted this council until Pope Hormisdas (512-23). If I'm not mistaken, Catholics never accepted the third canon? Were Catholics bound to the other canons of that council before Pope Hormisdas recognized the council? Thank you.



Today is a great day

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:02:21 GMT

Today is the last day that Obama will be President. It's a great day for this country, a great day for americans, and a great day for me.



Oh...Sir! The Insult Sumulator

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:59:27 GMT

Anyone else try out this game? In the game you have to make totally absurd and funny insults by selecting words/word groups from a chart in the center of the screen. The game has single player and multiplayer. I think the game is quite funny. However, in the tournament mode you can fight more characters that you don't have initially and must unlock. One such character is called "Father" and he is set at a place called "The Afterlife". I find this character and his arena to be blasphemous as they seem to be an attempt to mock God. As a result, I try to avoid playing against the character "Father" and his arena. Overall the game is pretty good. The only downside (and IMHO a big downside) is the blasphemous content, but fortunately it is avoidable. I believe it's too late for me to refund the game because I have too many hours played, but seeing that I got it for about only $1.30 refunding would be rather pointless. Edit: Wow! I really can't type on my phones keyboard! 😱



Why does God give free will to those He knows will ultimately choose to reject Him?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:59:49 GMT

I've heard it: "Free will means we have the option between receiving God's grace wholeheartedly and rejecting it. A loving God wants true love from His people, which necessitates the gift of free will." I also know that God is omniscient and can therefore tell which of His people will follow Him and which will reject Him before they they are even conceived in the womb. In His omnipotence, then, why does He allow such souls with an eternally hateful heart to enter the world? If free will means love, then why does God love us?



poor in spirit

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:26:43 GMT

What does this mean? Blessed are the poor in spirit , for theirs is the kingdom of heaven



Richard Rohr's Divine Dance

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:44:34 GMT

Was thinking of giving this a read as i fancy a good book on the Trinity. Anyone here read it? I've not read any other of his books but know he is considered somewhat unorthodox by some. I've found little clips of his on YouTube that I've liked for their positive vibe, but also seen some interfaith discussions that he's taken part in that I've very much enjoyed in total but have found his contributions to consist mainly in pointing out the failures of the Church which I found a bit wearisome after awhile.



Gambia crisis: Jammeh given last chance to resign as troops close in

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:19:01 GMT

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38686144 In Gambia the outgoing president has until noon to step down or Senegal troops move in. And in Washington our president is sworn in service organization a peaceful manner. What a world we live in. ( it is 7:19 a.m. in Gambia as a post)



video of 3-way Amoris Laetitia/dubia debate

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:53:25 GMT

Each month I go to a debate put on by a local Catholic men's group. This month they debated the implications of Amoris Laetitia and the dubia. If you're interested, it's 90 minutes and quite worthwhile (IMO). This was filmed Jan. 10, so before the Maltese bishops released their guidelines. http://vimeo.com/199879239 The debaters are: Michael Matt (editor of traditionalist newspaper The Remnant) Dale Ahlquist (EWTN host and Chesterson scholar) Steve Moore (a regular debater who's a founding member of the Catholic Medical Association of Minnesota)



Writing Fantasy (as a catholic)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:09:43 GMT

I have been writing a fantasy story forever now; (more along the lines of developing the world) and I was wondering how a catholic should approach stories where things like demons and dark gods, and there are powers in the universe which could be considered "godlike", (I.e on par with Greek gods). I've tried to tone down the "worship", down to effectively having these gods as basically treated as powerful allies and patrons in the battle against darkness; as paragons to aspire to and as patrons of the light. my friends who is co-writing the story doesn't particularly like this change. My friend is a mainline protestant. So: as a catholic, how should I approach this?



going through a spiritual crisis

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:02:28 GMT

I've been going through terrible spiritual trials and confusion for the past couple weeks. At times I felt like I've lost God or my faith. Certain times I felt Him really helping me, but right now things are really bad. I am almost despairing and I just ask for your prayers. At this point its like i need a miracle of grace to help me. Thank you so much..



Being Catholic in College.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:01:31 GMT

Is it a sin to not properly defend your faith? People have questioned and debated me over my beliefs in college and I feel like a lose all my arguments when defending the faith. How do I defend the faith better. My friend compares us to Westboro, and my other friends says he won the arguement when we debated why I thought it was vastly different. My friend said Catholics were responsible for millions of death. I said they were not and once again my other friends said I lost the arguement when my friend brought up the crusades. My friend said Catholics support Child molestation, I said they did not and again I lost the arguement according to my onlooking friends who are all non religious. How do I defend the faith and convince my friends in the power of the Lord and his glory? How do I bring them closer to god. And am I commiting sins by not properly defending the faith? (I know I had another thread but I did not want to start a new topic so I began this one)



A really cool way to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany (a BBC video)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:51:58 GMT

BBC reporter joins locals in icy river dip (http://www.bbc.com/news/video_and_audio/headlines/38685336) :winter:



Strong Sense of Self?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:05:13 GMT

What is a strong sense of self? http://www.harleytherapy.co.uk/counselling/7-ways-stronger-sense.htm Is it a strong identity, a strong sense of "Who you are" as a human being? It seems such a strong sense of self woudl help us when life gets choppy or unpleasent. A lack of a strong sense of self seems to the key component of Borderline Personality Disorder: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borderline_personality_disorder Apparently, with the above mentioned disorder, rejection is almost impossible to take, since the suffererer doesn't really have a "self" to fall back on. Other people seem to have everything, the BPD sufferer has nothing. A person with a lack of self seems to depend upon the affirmation of others for survival.



Paula White, Trump's "prayer partner"

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:41:04 GMT

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/january-web-only/paula-white-donald-trump-prayer-partner-inauguration.html



Against doubt

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:32:07 GMT

Still dealing with waves of uncertainty/doubt, particularly of the historicity of the Gospels/Resurrection. Please pray as I bear this cross.



Please pray that I get a job

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:25:07 GMT

I found a fairly good job I applied for it and hopefully I get an interview. It has health benefits and it's a living wage which is something I need. I am not exaggerating when I say I've been trying for years to find a job. I ask that you pray for me to get a job not necessarily this one but a job. Although this one would be nice



Kickbacks for suing the Church? Lawsuit claims major misbehavior at SNAP

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:07:12 GMT

Chicago, Ill., Jan 19, 2017 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A former employee of the controversial Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful termination for challenging the organization’s misbehavior, including alleged kickbacks from attorneys who were suing the Church on behalf of sexual abuse victims. In the lawsuit, Gretchen Rachel Hammond, a past development director of SNAP, claimed to have been fired after coming to learn “SNAP does not focus on protecting or helping survivors – it exploits them.” Although the plaintiff “had explicitly stated to potential donors that SNAP did not engage in kickback schemes,” Hammond’s discoveries while employed there allegedly showed otherwise – and the reputed proof is on an external hard drive. “SNAP routinely accepts financial kickbacks from attorneys in the form of ‘donations.’ In exchange for the kickbacks, SNAP refers survivors as potential clients to attorneys, who then file lawsuits on...



Defense Dept. announces 4 detainee transfers out of Guantanamo Bay prison

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:00:27 GMT

Defense Dept. announces 4 detainee transfers out of Guantanamo Bay prison, the final transfers under Obama; 41 detainees remain. https://twitter.com/CNBCnow/status/822221363440140289



PLEASE join me in a Rosary/prayers tonight for

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:34:33 GMT

our soon to be President Donald Trump, soon to be Vice President Pence and all those elected and soon to be appointed officials that will officially take office tomorrow. I pray that they will all be open to the Holy Spirit and listen to His teachings to do God's will for what is best for our entire Country and Our World. I pray that they can bring unity to our country and peace to our world and truly make things better for ALL people. I pray that people will give them a chance. ALL THINGS are possible with God! In Jesus' name I pray Amen!



Pray for these little lambs! A miracle is in the air :)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:17:06 GMT

I had a wonderful message from a friend I haven't seen in a while. She's in recovery, and wants to reconnect with her faith and the sacraments. She asked me if I could take her to Mass and confession this weekend. ..... But then she messaged me this... .... from my friend "My friends only experience with the Catholic church was racism and exclusion when she was a very young child. I guess she had gone to Sunday school but the teacher sent her to the control with other children they wouldn't teach because she was part black. Image: https://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v7/zc/1/16/1f620.png so I hope that her experience will be a beautiful one this Sunday. one sacred. she has an open loving heart." And now another woman, (Chelsea) also wants to come. So I got this other message from her, after I said that I'd ask for you all to pray for them.... re prayers:::



Can I Take Communion Two Times?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:02:48 GMT

I am planning to attend mass at 4PM on Saturday that will fulfill my Sunday obligation. However, if I attend mass at 12PM the next day, Sunday morning can I also take communion that day? Saturday I will be going alone, Sunday with family members.



Malta bishop threatens to suspend priests

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:54:02 GMT

Is this possible? He wants the priests to go against Church's teachings.



NETFLIX Midsomer Murders - Anti-Religious

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:49:10 GMT

I've seen the 110 programs before, but I came back for another viewing, and I'm almost all the way through this second round. It seems that the churches are portrayed as benign at best, but the personnel are depicted as failed people who can't keep the congregation size up. The "vicar" is usually always trying to raise money for a new roof. The main characters usually have only a distant commitment to any church, maybe for a wedding ceremony or a funeral. Now, I'm in the tail end of the 18 "series" of programs and the "new" assistant detective "DS Wilson" (detective sergeant) repeats a line that the previous sidekick DS Jones made inside a church in an earlier episode: "This place gives me the creeps." To me, there isn't anything specifically targeted, just the whole place gives him the "creeps." Also, in a negative stereotype specifically of the Catholic Church, there were just four surviving sisters in a monastery, one of whom it turns out was a murderous nun. So,...



Loving parents more than God

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:46:27 GMT

What are some indications that one loves his parents more than God?



Are we born pure?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:42:49 GMT

Are we, as infants, born pure, free from sin? Or are we tainted by sin the first minute we are born? What EXACTLY is original sin and can we overcome it?I know this is a broad and general question, and we could discuss this further but I deeply lack in Catholic theology.



Prayers for Daughters

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:39:30 GMT

Please pray that both of my daughters get a specific job they are going for. It is very important that Darlene gets the job as she has had her faith diminished as she has been praying for years and is in a job where the CEO is corrupt and no one wants to be without a job so will not turn her in. Also Christina really needs to move up and works only part time as unless you are a driver you only work part time. Bless you for your prayers. Bernadette



Actor Miguel Ferrer passes away

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:38:42 GMT

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/miguel-ferrer-dead-dies-ncis-los-angeles-1201964233/ ---Quote--- . Miguel Ferrer, the character and voice actor who appeared in shows including “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Crossing Jordan,” and films such as “RoboCop” and “Iron Man 3,” died on Thursday of throat cancer. He was 61. Ferrer was the son of top 1950s singer Rosemary Clooney and actor Jose Ferrer, and first cousin to George Clooney. He appeared on “NCIS: Los Angeles” for seven seasons. ---End Quote---



Pray For Me! Returning to The Church!

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:31:41 GMT

Death Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am writing this before I leave to confession to confess and be renewed in Christ. I have decided to come home and rejoin the Catholic Church. Please pray for my spiritual growth so that I can be strong in faith and live my life as a servant of God. I'am young and I still have a lot to learn and a lot to experience as I continue further in my college education. Christ had been absent throughout my teenage life, and I gave in to my temptations and desires that alienated me from Christ. I became a lost sheep, and I became like the Hebrews who worshiped the Golden Calf. My grandmother introduced me and she showed my Christ's love and it is because of her that I will come back to the Catholic Church. I am praying for strength, diligence, and steadfastness as I start my new journey. I want to renew my heart and have the Holy Spirit reside in it. This won't be an easy path considering that I am young and at times temptations will come, but at least I...



Is weekly confession too much?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:25:36 GMT

I'm not scrupulous, but I do struggle with certain sins. And while I don't necessarily think I'm sinning mortally, they are objectively* sinful acts in the church's understanding. So is weekly confession too much, when I predict that I am likely to fall weekly with this certain sin? I'm not saying I'm taking this sin for granted. I'm in a battle to remove it more and more from my life. But it is a struggle, and I don't want to abuse the sacrament.



New Bishop Diocese of Salt Lake City

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:06:16 GMT

Having lived in Salt Lake City/West Jordan/Orem over six years some years ago, observing the two prior since 1994,and their contributions, interested in Catholics thoughts on the 10th Bishop appointed by Pope Francis, Oscar Solis earlier this month. I am pleased my friends, who remain loyal in Utah, celebrate their new leader.



Photo: Trump Appointee's Catholic Stockings.

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:56:02 GMT

This provides a photo of the socks a Trump appointee wore at his confirmation hearings before members of the U.S. Senate. see http://wdtprs.com/blog/2017/01/trump-appointees-stockings/



Eucharist

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:47:48 GMT

I'm trying to understand the Eucharist better. Is it correct to say that the Glorified Jesus can take any form He wishes and He chose to take the form of the Eucharist?