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Does smoking "open the door"...?

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 17:55:03 GMT

Hi Folks, I find that, since I started smoking again, I tend to fall more easily into sexual sins, like looking at pictures or videos of women and masturbating, does anyone else see this in their lives??



Regulators take issue with one of Nashville's newest on-demand startups

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 17:38:37 GMT

Nashville Business Journal (http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2016/09/28/regulators-take-issue-with-one-of-nashvilles.html): ---Quote--- *Regulators take issue with one of Nashville's newest on-demand startups* A startup birthed from the so-called sharing economy is facing pushback from a state regulatory board.The Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners will soon consider a consent order calling for on-demand beauty services startup Belle (officially Project Belle LLC) to cease operations the board considers unlawful and pay a $500 fine. According to the order, to be discussed at an Oct. 3 hearing, Belle is violating state law by allowing beauty professionals to do in-home services without itself having the licensing required for a cosmetology shop. The startup, which we profiled earlier this year...



For the repose of the souls ...

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:40:55 GMT

of Shirley and Eleanore ... two very good women who helped raise my daughter for me while I was working ... may they rest in peace. Thank you for your prayers.



On the Spirituality of Opinion

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:39:08 GMT

I once sat in a wonderful session at our parish having to do with small-group dynamics, and the speaker talked about the origin of opinions (political, religious, or otherwise). At the basic level, we all have our human nature, a nature we share. At the next level up, we have our individual variations in our nature. (For example, I add, some of us are born autistic or have an empathy disability) At the next level up, we have nurture. We experience different home environments. We also experience random occurrences which mold and shape our compassion, consciences, vocabularies, and understanding of words and meanings. To the above, we have a layer of affiliation to add. Given our upbringing and past experiences, adults tend to find community among those who are like-minded, it is a tribal instinct.



Arguing

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:32:17 GMT

Hey guys, My Protestant friend has been telling me that Mystics of the church are false. The strangest part is that he claims that the false Mystics of the Catholic Church have been infiltrating society to bring in "the new age". I looked some stuff up and something on a website called "christiananswers.net" has said pretty much the same thing. It got me a bit nervous because I am not strong in my faith and it was saying the the church was pagan and stuff like that. How can I refute him? And How can I know that this stuff is not true?



For Father John

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:19:48 GMT

An incredible priest that helped my husband find Jesus and become Catholic ... we have lost touch after he was moved to another parish years ago ... from what I heard there is even a chance he left the priesthood ... he also had health issues. The most spiritual priest I have ever met.



Who wrote 2 Peter?

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 15:33:42 GMT

I have been looking into the subject recently. I find that there is a significant amount of scholars who believe it is pseudonymous. This opinion assumes that it was not deceitful, but a practice in the second century, and therefore still inspired by God to do so. I am not convinced of this arguement, and believe there are legitimate answers to the concerns of St Peter's genuine authorship. I believe we can faithfully believe it is from the Chief Apostle, Peter himself. But I am willing to listen to the arguments and possibly accept them. Yet as of now, I believe we should accept the letter at face value. What do you say?



What is the meaning of being zealous?

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:53:20 GMT

What does Revelation 3:16-19 by meaning ''be zealous and repent''? Are we supposed to live out Christ all the time in our lives? Is that what it means? Even in the smallest of things? (Such as giving up time hanging out with atheist friends to pray the rosary?) Before I started to get serious about my faith, I thought that all we had to do was to be Catholic and just say prayers daily to automatically go to Heaven but boy was I wrong haha. *Though does that count as being lukewarm, or cold?* I used to commit many mortal sins while thinking that God would forgive me no matter what. That's when I wasn't really taught the Faith though. But now I know what I must do to live out the Faith, but I feel being pushed to do much more. I pray the rosary daily, say other prayers daily and do my best to avoid mortal sins though disregarding the venial ones (I'm trying harder to stop committing venial sins though) and I still enjoy comfort rather than having the joy of praying and doing...



Russia 'in danger of becoming a pariah nation,' says Boris Johnson

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:44:47 GMT

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/syria-civil-war-bombing-aleppo-civilians-boris-johnson-britain-vladimir-putin-world-cup-2018-a7340401.html ---Quote--- *Russia 'in danger of becoming a pariah nation,' says Boris Johnson Britain and the US are looking at 'a range of options' to ramp up pressure on Russia, the Foreign Secretary claims. Russia is in danger of becoming a "pariah nation" thanks to their actions in Syria, Boris Johnson has claimed.



Pope Francis blasts gender theory as the 'great enemy' of marriage [CNA]

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:10:01 GMT

Image: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/images/size340/Pope_Francis_Credit_Daniel_Ibez_CNA.jpg Vatican City, Oct 1, 2016 / 07:57 am (CNA/EWTN News (http://www.catholicnewsagency.com)).- In a lengthy, off-the-cuff speech in Georgia, Pope Francis said the world today is at war with marriage, and urged couples to fight against modern threats to the sacrament such as gender theory. Full article... (http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/catholicnewsagency/dailynews/~3/9K9944SIHhY/)



Gregorian Chant–Signum Apparuit in Caelo

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 13:39:41 GMT

Hi, I recently found about Signum Magnum Apparuit in Caelo (Meaning "A great sign appeared in heaven" based off of Revelation 12's depiction of the Mary), a gregorian chant sung on the Mass of the Assumption. Although it's October and not August, it still sounds beautiful. Most Catholics people here probably this song already, but here is an awesome version of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0HLxdJWloI



Movie The Purge

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 13:37:27 GMT

I realize this is an older movie and that there are 2 sequels to it, which I have not seen, but I had to sit thru the first Purge movie yesterday. I was at a friends house and unfortunately this is the movie they wanted to watch. I am surprised how popular this movie is with so many people. The plot was terrible as well as some parts of the movie making no sense, like the multiple times the wife could have retrieved guns from the invaders who had been shot in the home, the black guy who was tied to a chair, but apparently the 10-15 invaders did not find him when they first broke in, and he was nowhere to be found until the end. The part about the daughters boyfriend sneaking into the house, but then being shot and killed by her dad, was just dumb, I cant figure why that part was not dropped altogether. The major problem with the plot imo, in a situation like that, where crime is legal for 24 hours, why would murder be the main crime everyone seems to take part in and focus...



Day 11 - on our journey to Total Consecration

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:47:33 GMT

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope you are continuing to read one another's replies as I do because each person brings so much of God's grace into our conversation. Each sincere gift of self offered to God for the good of others is so fruitful for the building up of the Body of Christ! In the last paragraph of Chapter One of True Devotion, in which St. Louis describes those devoted to Mary in the latter days, he wrote: ---Quote--- 59. Lastly, we know they will be _true disciples of Jesus Christ, imitating his poverty, his humility, his contempt of the world and his love_. They will point out the narrow way to God _in pure truth according to the holy Gospel, and not according to the maxims of the world. Their hearts will not be troubled_, nor will they show favour to anyone; they will not spare or heed or fear any man, however powerful he may be. _They will have the two-edged sword of the word of God in their mouths and the blood-stained standard of the Cross on their...



1, october: the Mass reading perfectly fits the memorial of St. Therese Lisieux

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:29:18 GMT

Wow, today's reading, about the God's revelation to childlike people (Luke 10:17-24) fits the memorial of St. Therese Lisieux so perfectly!



First Saturday Reminder

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:21:42 GMT

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Hopefully, there are many among us who will be able to participate at Mass today and offer Holy Communion in reparation for all the blasphemies against our Mother Mary; to receive the sacrament of Confession the week before or week after today; to pray the Rosary and spend 15 minutes keeping our Mother company pondering one or more mysteries of the Rosary. If one is unable to fulfill all these conditions, perhaps we can at least offer her some time today in a spirit of reparation, doing little things with great love, and praying as we work. Our Lady of Fatima, hear our desire to love you more. St. Therese whose feast we celebrate today, pray with us and for us.



Holy Spirit Encyclical (cont'd) - Part III -Section 5, paragraph 64

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:14:53 GMT

Dear Brothers and Sisters, St. JPII practiced what he preached. When he spoke to the world after being made Pope, he said: "Be not afraid! Open wide the doors of your heart to Christ". He did this himself and he received all the graces he needed, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to be Pope -- Christ's Vicar on earth, and to lead His Church, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us hear what he wrote: ---Quote--- 64. If the Church is the sacrament of intimate union with God, she is such in Jesus Christ, in whom this same union is accomplished as a salvific reality. She is such in Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. _The fullness of the salvific reality, which is Christ in history, extends in a sacramental way in the power of the Spirit Paraclete_. In this way the Holy Spirit is "another Counselor," or new Counselor, because through his action the Good News takes shape in human minds and hearts and extends through history. In all this it is the Holy Spirit who...



Things keep happening to prevent me from confessing

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 03:21:19 GMT

I've tried for a month now to go to confession but things keep happening that make me miss confession such as getting sick, appointments, weather and the parish cancelling confession for some reason. I've tried to go to other parishes but they are far away and I don't have transport. Just this morning I tried to go and there was too many people so I didn't get a chance to confess. I'm upset and am going to try again next week. I don't understand why it's so hard. Do you think God is doing this?



Beautiful painting

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:51:23 GMT

I found this painting of Jesus with the Samaritan woman and thought it was just beautiful. The scene is depicted so differently from what we've read, where He approached her in the hot daytime. I get the feeling here of a breezy night, her hair caught on the air, Jesus, knowing of her, having followed her and reaching out to her.



Mitzvah for Non Jews

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:55:14 GMT

We are all aware of the 10 Commandments but how about the seven Mitzvot? G‑d "created the world that it might be settled". (Isaiah 45:18) This implies a level of civilized conduct, which can be achieved only when non-Jews also observe their mitzvot. Indeed, the perfection of the world that leads to the Messianic Era requires the spreading of the seven commandments that G‑d through the Torah provided for all the nations of the world. These are the Seven Noahide Laws, as enumerated in the Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 56a: 1. carry out justice - An imperative to pursue and enforce social justice, and a prohibition of any miscarriage of justice. 2.no blasphemy - Prohibits a curse directed at the Supreme Being. no idolatry - Prohibits the worship of any human or any created thing. Also prohibited is the



Please Pray for Me

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:51:47 GMT

Just last month, I was asked to leave a religious community that I have known since 2011 and have been part of for two years. It came as a shock. I was asked to leave for medical reasons and told I can try again in a year. It hurts very much because I truly believe God is calling me to this community and to this life. I am having a very difficult time with this whole decision and finding it hard to move forward so that I can return. I am doing all I can to heal. I just need extra prayer because I just cannot get over it. Thank you very much for the prayers.



Protesters swarm apartment complex as detectives probe death of man who struggled with Pasadena police officers

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:50:47 GMT

As a crowd of protesters shouted at investigators Friday, homicide detectives said the man who died in a struggle with Pasadena police had been struck with Tasers and restrained after officers were told he had a knife and may be using drugs.http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-use-of-force-death-pasadena-police-20160930-snap-story.html How many times can you say "here we go again".



This pro-life policy has saved an estimated 2 million lives

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:58:29 GMT

---Quote--- Washington D.C., Sep 30, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News (http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/)).- As the Hyde Amendment turns 40 years old this week, a new report claims that it may have saved two million lives from abortion since it went into effect. “Two million lives saved is reason to celebrate,” Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute which produced the report, stated. “The Hyde Amendment is popular not just with pro-lifers, but with a majority of Americans – people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs who all agree that forcing taxpayers to fund abortion is wrong.” ---End Quote--- http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/this-pro-life-policy-has-saved-an-estimated-2-million-lives-46081/



Dead pets (dog) interceding for one in Heaven???

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:13:53 GMT

Hi All, (long time since I've posted here, been on a long sabbatical of sorts)...Anyways... I have this friend, a new convert, very very dedicated to prolife ministry whose dog recently died, a pet of 17 years or so...Weimereiner or however you spell it. Anyways, he's a bit of a loner and was deeply attached to the dog. So he had to put his dog down. But now.... He seems to have gotten the notion that his dog is certainly in Heaven and even goes so far as to believe and espouse that his dog is interceding for Him and his causes in Heaven. He is pretty constant in mentioning his dog. This idea really isn't in harmony with Catholic Doctrine is it?? Should I try to correct him which I already have or let him remain in his error or simply leave him alone and let him go through his grieving process which he is denying that he is even doing?? Thanks for your insights....it just seems llike excesive attachment to one's deceased pet that I suppose is somewhat common in peaple. ...



Sterling McMurrin's Discussion of Mormon Metaphysics

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:06:45 GMT

I have just recently read a transcript of an address given many years ago by Professor Sterling M. McMurrin, titled "The Philosophical Foundations of Mormon Theology" (Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press, 1979). Particularly noteworthy is his discussion on how traditional theology contrasts with his interpretation of Mormon metaphysics. According to him, the former asserts God as the only necessary being, with all others being contingent; the latter asserts the purpose of each human's existence as consisting in himself, as all being exists ultimately per se. He expresses that a human substance—which definition he offers is highly Cartesian—is not so much conditioned by moral absolutes—and McMurrin admits that Mormon philosophy tends toward Platonic realism in the moral sphere—but rather synergizes with them. McMurrin states that Mormon metaphysics is essentially pluralistic, allowing for the existence of a practically infinite number of independent absolute realities. ...



PBS TV: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2016: 9/30 at 9 p.m EST

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:28:26 GMT

PBS TV: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2016: 9/30 at 9 p.m EST ---Quote--- Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2016 Comes to THIRTEEN’s Great Performances With a Distinctly Gallic Flavor, Friday, September 30 at 9 p.m. on PBS *Semyon Bychkov conducts an all-French program, with guest soloists Katia and Marielle Labèque* Led by guest conductor Semyon Bychkov for the very first time, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic returns for its 13th open-air concert, with a program of French orchestral classics, in the magnificent gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. The Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2016 airs on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances, Friday, September 30 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.)



Asking Saints to Pray to Mary

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:01:12 GMT

I've read that praying to the Blessed Virgin is more efficacious than praying directly to God because she is much closer to Him than we are, but if that's the case, then would asking another saint to pray to Mary for us be even more efficacious?



Bishop Conley: You actually don't have to vote for either [CNA]

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:00:09 GMT

Image: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/images/size340/Donald_Trump_Credit_Action_Sports_Photography_Hillary_Clinton_Credit_Krista_Kennell_Shutterstock_CNAjpg_1.jpg Lincoln, Neb., Sep 30, 2016 / 03:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News (http://www.catholicnewsagency.com)).- Catholics who can't in good conscience vote for either major presidential candidate are well within their rights to pick a third option, says Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska. Voters need to discern whether there is a candidate in each race who can “advance human dignity, the right to life and the common good,” he said in his Sept. 30 column for the Southern Nebraska Register. “When there is, we should feel free to vote for that candidate – whether they are a member of a major party or not,” he said. “No Catholic should feel obliged to vote for one candidate just to prevent the election of another.” The bishop advised a prudent course that avoids dangerous forms of “blind partisanship” and misleading political...



Please pray for my employment.

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:21:58 GMT

I'm unemployed and hemorrhaging money. It is very depressing and affecting my ability to have hope.



California governor OKs sex crime bill tied to Stanford case

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:15:06 GMT

California governor OKs sex crime bill tied to Stanford case http://apne.ws/2ddAvsG Mandatory sentencing






Non-Catholics: The Papacy, Good for Christianity or Bad?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:48:28 GMT

What say you?



Heath and Wealth Gospel

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:46:37 GMT

How do certain segments of the non-Catholic world justify this teaching?



Does Anyone even believe in Christian Fundamentalistm Anymore?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:45:18 GMT

If not, why?



Can someone help me destroy these 5 common arguments from Pro-Choicers?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:30:13 GMT

Here are five "zingers" that Pro-Choice people use to try to put Pro-Lifers in an awkward spot with their anti-abortion argument. 1) A woman has the right to choose what she does with her body. The child is a part of her body that is formed by her...to say she can't abort is to say she can't choose to do what she wants with her body. 2) If the woman was raped, that can cause psychological problems and will cause her to have flashbacks at the sight of the child and will also likely lead to the mother abusing/hating the child. Most women who were raped and had an abortion feel a since of relief after getting rid of the "rape baby" 3) If it doesn't have a heartbeat nor can think for itself, it's not alive, so its not murder. 4) Adoption is a poor option. Statistics show that foster care here in America is very bad and the child will suffer abuse, neglect, etc. It's better that they aren't born at all then put in foster care.



Assisted death grounds to refuse Christian funeral, bishops say

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:19:01 GMT

"Priests should consider refusing to conduct funerals for people who have chosen a physician-assisted death, say new guidelines from the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories." http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/assisted-death-grounds-to-refuse-christian-funeral-bishops-say/article32159903/