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restoration of diplomatic ties between Britain and the Holy See
“great disappointment” for some that Francis did not mention the Armenian Genocide in Turkey
God reveals more to a humble heart—says Pope Francis
"Skip Church" and avoid "Fairy Tale" (So you’re not convinced the worldwide Church is under heavy assault from practically every front? Okay, fair enough, just keep reading these "tips" and you’ll get the picture!)
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asking flock to unite with Catholic Church raises Protestant concern
$2m school marketing drive
growing religious tensions in Israeli-Palestinian conflict
"Nine Laws of Liturgy" offers a perspective on the form of our worship.
"Throughout Christian history, a majority of Christians have used a liturgy, in the sense of a set form of words, actions and rituals, as opposed to a free-form, open-ended kind of worship. This does not mean that non-liturgical churches are totally disorganized – they often plan their services according to familiar patterns and models." ("Liturgical worship" is part of the Church’s heritage and many of Philip’s observations find resonance with my own views. I believe however that the
most effective forms of "service and "worship" are those in which extemporal expression is
also accommodated. "Rigid" structures of worship sometimes fail to capture the spontaneity and creativity which can be inspired by the Holy Spirit. Thus we need to be as the sail on a boat, flexible and free, ready to capture the wind as it blows! Who hasn’t been moved by a priest who, venturing off the beaten-path during his homily ends-up delivering a largely extemporaneous message in which he has opened up, become vulnerable and said things which have stuck in our hearts! (I’m recalling such an occasion while writing this). In the same way a degree of "license" in our worship and intercessions can broaden and intensify our encounters with God. Some of the most memorable services I have attended have been those where a certain freedom of expression in worship and prayer has been framed within the contect of our traditional liturgical setting).
"Growing Up with Gay Parents" takes a look at some of the alarming consequences of same-sex relationships. (As has become all too clear over the past 24 months, the Church worldwide is now under heavy assault regarding some of its core doctrines. Government, employer-related, social and even family pressures are going to make it hard, if not impossible, for many "believers" to "stay" a steady course of commitment to Scriptural principals in the coming years. Only those who have come to know what they believe and why will be able to "stomach" the trials which inevitably lie ahead. The bottom line is quite simple—God exists, He is "absolutely" present upon the earth through and in the form of His Holy Spirit. He loves us, all of us, unconditionally. But, He does not love all the things we do, and there are some things we do which He pointedly describes as "hating." Catholics and Christians should never hate those who sin, for we ourselves once did these same things, but we are called not to endorse or accept sin once we have come to recognize is as sin and to appreciate that God does indeed have one or two rules. Same-sex unions are not permissible, according to both Old and New Testament teaching. There are doubtless many reasons why God decries homosexual activity and, if you will read Rick’s article, this may offer some insight. But, irrespective of the rationale behind God’s laws, we must decide whether we are more fearful of man’s judgment or of God’s).
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth." The question is, where are today’s Pauls?)
"We have headquarters in Turkey" Turkey provides terror group refuge for plotting deadly attacks. (Perhaps this will make it easier for some to understand my "ranting" over Turkey and the fact that a once ally of the West chose, some years ago, to pursue a militant Islamic agenda for the governance of their nation and which is why I believe it would have been appropriate for Pope Francis to make this shift in emphasis evident)
bringing the death toll to 247 in a week of constant violence at the hands of the Islamic extremists
Christians chose death over conversion to Islam (Their’s shall be the greater reward. May their souls rest in peace)
: When Islamic State militants threatened four children in Iraq, all under the age of 15, with death if they did not promise to follow Islam’s "prophet" Muhammad, they defiantly stated, "No. We love Yasua (Jesus). We have always followed Yasua." Some of the bravest martyrs this generation may ever know are teenagers—and perhaps younger (And these precious children remind us of today’s feast of
Cassian and Marcellus
who were also beheaded for their faith in Christ)
pledge to separate Christian and civil marriage
"special needs holocaust"
He sent 40 girls home in one day because their skirts were too short
—but his super-strict regime has transformed some of our worst schools. If only there were more like him. (Yes indeed, if only there were!)
"Screaming’ from carved skull may have accompanied human sacrifices" These may be innocuous artifacts, or, they could be part of the growing arsenal of satanic, occultic and non-Christian religious paraphernalia which has swamped Western society in recent decades. Catholic and Christian families, please be diligent regarding those things which you expose yourself to