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  • The Molten Sea

    05/26/2018 12:04:31 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 1 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | May 26, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    The Molten Sea By Philip Cottraux Exodus 30:17-18: And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein. The laver was a brass tub outside the tabernacle between the altar and entrance. Like a perfect procession, a ram was sacrificed at the outer altar, then the priests would enter the outer court to the brazen altar to make the burnt offerings. But they had to wash...
  • [Catholic Caucus] IRELAND: a post-mortem examination - by Roberto de Mattei (Revisited)

    05/26/2018 10:09:52 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Rorate Caeli / Roberto de Mattei ^ | May 26, 2018 | New Catholic /
    IRELAND: a post-mortem examination - by Roberto de Mattei (Revisited) Almost exactly three years ago, in May 2015, following the "same-sex marriage" referendum in Ireland, Roberto de Mattei made his "post-mortem examination" of the formerly Catholic powerhouse. On this sad Saturday, as vote tallies confirm that an overwhelming majority of Irish voters chose to remove the 8th amendment of the Irish Constitution, we take a moment to revisit his piece. What did the 8th amendment say exactly? These words: The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of...
  • On Jesus' terms

    05/26/2018 9:56:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 05-02-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Jesus' terms Seemingly confusing passage in John’s Gospel shows Jesus’ awareness of how to live his mission Msgr. Charles Pope 5/2/2018 On Jesus' terms Question: In John 7:8, Jesus tells his disciples that he will not go to Jerusalem for the feast of Tabernacles. Then, in John 7:10, he does go up for the feast. It seems like he lied to the disciples, but we know he is sinless. How do you interpret this? — Paul VanHoudt, Erie, Colorado Answer: The context of the verses you cite is important. Consider first the verses leading up to Verse 8: “After...
  • Do most Calvinists really know what Calvin taught about predestination?

    05/26/2018 7:00:33 AM PDT · by tiredofallofit · 111 replies
    Running Away From My Church Blog ^ | 5/25/2018 | Robert Messner
    Well I finally got around to it I am reading through some of the Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin. I say some because the complete work spans more than 1500 pages and deals with some of the most weighty and complex theological issues known to mankind. I have chosen for now to plod my way through the most controversial aspects of Calvins writings; the topics of predestination and election. Most of my friends who call themselves Calvinists are eager to disassociate themselves from the doctrine of double predestination. They state that God has predestined some to...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 26 [Prayer and Meditation]

    05/26/2018 6:30:39 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    NKJV Bible ^ | Solomon
    Proverb 26 (NKJV) Honor Is Not Fitting for a Fool 01 As snow in summer and rain in harvest, 00 So honor is not fitting for a fool. 02 Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, 00 So a curse without cause shall not alight. 03 A whip for the horse, 00 A bridle for the donkey, 00 And a rod for the fool's back. 04 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, 00 Lest you also be like him. 05 Answer a fool according to his folly, 00 Lest he be wise in his own...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 5/26/2018 [PRAYER]

    05/26/2018 5:57:59 AM PDT · by Maudeen · 17 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 5/26/2018
    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, the News, Media and Social 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.
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(5/26/18)[Prayer]

    05/26/2018 5:47:18 AM PDT · by left that other site · 7 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/26/18 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Shared Meal 
 (Old Testament) Nehemiah 1 Nehemiah’s Prayer 1 The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah: In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, 2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. 3 They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Time After Pentecost (Gueranger)

    05/26/2018 4:01:32 AM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    The History of Time after Pentecost THE SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST and its Octave are over, and the progress of the Liturgical Year introduces us into a new period, which is altogether different from those we have hitherto spent. From the very beginning of Advent, which is the prelude to the Christmas festival, right up to the anniversary of the descent of the Holy Ghost, we have witnessed the entire series of the Mysteries of our Redemption; all have been unfolded to us. The sequel of Seasons and Feasts made up a sublime drama, which absorbed our very existence; we...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Philip Neri, Confessor (Gueranger)

    05/26/2018 4:01:26 AM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    White Double AS WE HAVE ALREADY SAID, Joy is the leading feature of the Paschal Season—a supernatural Joy, which springs from our delight at seeing the glorious triumph of our Emmanuel, and from the happiness we feel at our own being delivered from the bonds of death. This interior Joy was the characteristic of the Saint whom we honor today. His heart was ever full of a jubilant enthusiasm for what regards God; so that we could truly apply to him those words of Scripture: A secure mind is like a continual feast. One of his latest disciples, the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Eleutherius, Pope and Martyr (Gueranger)

    05/26/2018 4:01:22 AM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Commemoration THIS TWENTY-SIXTH OF MAY is also honored by the memory of one of those early Pontiffs who, like Urban, were the foundations of the Church in the Age of Persecution. Eleutherius ascended the Papal Throne in the very midst of the storm that was raised by Marcus Aurelius and Commodus. It was he that received the embassy that was sent to Rome by the Martyrs of Lyons’ and, at the head of them that were thus sent, was the great St. Irenæus. This illustrious Church, which was then so rich in Martyrdom, would offer its palms to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saturday in Whitsun Week (Gueranger)

    05/26/2018 4:01:19 AM 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. WE HAVE BEEN CONTEMPLATING, with grateful hearts, the inexpressible devotedness, the divine untiredness, wherewith the Holy Ghost fulfills his mission in the souls of men; we have something still to add to our considerations, in order to have anything like a true idea of the wonders wrought by the Divine Guest when the heart raises no obstacles. And first of all, we deem it...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-26-18, M, St. Philip Neri, Priest

    05/25/2018 10:24:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-26-18 | Revised New American Bible
    May 26, 2018 Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest Reading 1 Jas 5:13-20 Beloved:Is anyone among you suffering?He should pray.Is anyone in good spirits?He should sing a song of praise. Is anyone among you sick?He should summon the presbyters of the Church,and they should pray over himand anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.The prayer of faith will save the sick person,and the Lord will raise him up.If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one anotherand pray for one another, that you may be healed.The fervent prayer of...
  • 1 Corinthians Ch. 16

    05/25/2018 9:03:24 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. 3 And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. 4 And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me. 5 Now I will come unto you, when I shall...
  • Laudato Si: The Teilhard Connection

    05/25/2018 7:25:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | August 18, 2017 | Christopher Ferrara
    As I have indicated in othercolumnson this page,Laudato Siis an astonishing collection of problematical statements the likes of which have never appeared in any papal encyclical, ranging from dubious scientific opinions to humanist social commentary addressed to every person living on this planet, to a grab bag of vague political and economic recommendations which are none of the Popes business. But what does it all mean? As Andrea Galgiarducci has so succinctly put it, there is everything and nothing in Laudato Si.One could write an entire book about this paradigmatic document, which signals what I would call a final, post-Catholic...
  • Living Courageously (Thaddaeus)

    05/25/2018 6:20:41 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Thaddaeus" (Matt. 10:3). Victorious Christian living requires great courage. Thaddaeus was a man of many identities. In the King James translation of Matthew 10:3 he is called "Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus." He is also called "Judas the son of James" (Luke 6:16; Acts 1:13) and "Judas (not Iscariot)" (John 14:22). Judas, which means "Jehovah leads," was probably the name given him at birth, with Thaddaeus and Lebbaeus added later as nicknames to reflect his character. Apparently Thaddaeus was the nickname given to him by his family. It comes from a Hebrew root word that refers...
  • Paul: Joy in Spite of Trouble

    05/25/2018 6:20:15 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4). The apostle Paul was a model believer who did not let his troubles steal His joy in the Lord. According to todays verse, believers should never let a negative outlook replace our joy, no matter how bad life seems to be. The apostle Paul set an example that was far different. He wrote to the Philippians that in spite of being imprisoned in Rome, he was still rejoicing. Even though Paul was restricted under trying and harsh conditions, he was glad because the gospel message was being declared,...
  • [Cath Cauc] Some Parting Thoughts For Your Friday Memorial Day Weekend Edition

    05/25/2018 4:51:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 25, 2018 | Steve Skojec
    Its been another long week, with lots to report, and many things left untouched. Id like to offer a few parting thoughts before we head into what I hope will be a long weekend (Monday is a holiday here in America.)The Michael Smalanskas/Providence College Story Has Reached a New Low Michael Smalanskas, the Providence College student I interviewed this week after he received death threats from another student, about which the administration did nothing, received a temporary restraining order against him (filed by VP of Student Affairs Kristine Goodwin) after our story went live, as well as a no-trespass directive...
  • Boy Scouts Demand Condoms

    05/25/2018 4:36:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 55 replies
    Church Militant ^ | May 25, 2018 | Bradley Eli
    The Boy Scouts are demanding condoms at every Jamboree, according to guidelines now enforced by the World Scout Committee. The World Organization of Scout Movement, which oversees international scout gatherings called Jamborees, drafted directives containing the following mandate: "The Host Organization must ensure that condoms are readily and easily accessible for all participants and IST [Staff] at a number of locations on the site." The Boy Scouts, who promise to do their dutyto "God" and "country," and to keep themselves "morally straight," have opened their ranks not only to girls but also to gay and transgender scouts. Gay Scout leaders...
  • Irish Times exit poll projects Ireland has voted by landslide to repeal Eighth Amendment

    05/25/2018 4:07:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Irish Times ^ | May 25, 2018 | Pat Leahy
    Ireland has voted by a landslide margin to change the constitution so that abortion can be legalised, according to an exit poll conducted for The Irish Times by Ipsos/MRBI. The poll suggests that the margin of victory for the Yes side in the referendum will be 68 per cent to 32 per cent a stunning victory for the Yes side after a long and often divisive campaign. See here for liveblog coverage of events across Friday in the referendum vote.
  • What Shall This Man do?...The Pastoral calling

    So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou...