Topic: desire

With years of study and experience at his disposal, Qureshi argues that while Islam and Christianity share some major similarities as Abrahamic monotheistic faiths, their differences set them fundamen ... discuss

‘DeVos Has A Real Compassion For Children And A Proven Record Of Championing Reforms To Improve Literacy And Learning In Our Nation’20 GOVERNORS: ‘Betsy DeVos Will Fight To Streamline The Fe ... discuss

The saint of the day for January 17 is St. Anthony of the Desert (c. 251–356), a religious hermit and monk, who is known as the founder of monasticism. His rule of order was one of the first to cre ... discuss

Look! Jesus! John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” I saw a cute little poster. Kermit the Frog is drinking tea ... discuss

St. Anthony, the "Father of Monks", sought perfect solitude in the desert at the age of 18. Laying the foundations of monastic life, he instructed his disciples to live lives of severe mortification a ... discuss

Saint Anthony [of Egypt], Fra Angelico, 1436.January 17th, is the memorial of Saint Anthony of Egypt (c 251-356), also known as St. Anthony the Great, Anthony of the Desert, or Anthony the Anchorite. ... discuss

“Our argument hence is: ‘Christ, the second person of the Trinity, is spoken of, Prov. 8:23, under the name of Wisdom; now, it is said expressly there of Wisdom that it was ‘ begotte ... discuss

Our primary motivation for evangelism should be love of God and love of neighbor. Those who love God will joyfully obey His commission to evangelize and disciple. Those who love their neighbor will de ... discuss

An American charismatic church will become the next big thing/renewal/programme. The ‘globalisation’ and ‘McDonaldisation’ of the church, combined with the internet, poor theology, poor eccles ... discuss

Each year, new people come across my blog, many because they are newly bereaved. Because of this, I like to share favorite blog posts annually. This is one I shared for the first time last January.*** ... discuss

“Live close to God’s people, inviting those around you to intrude on your private world and to function as God’s tools of comfort, encouragement, confrontation, growth and change. Re ... discuss

The Wollman Rinkby Newt Gingrich: Congressional Republicans are about to be confronted with the first great choice of the Trump era, and it will be interesting to see if they can apply the lessons of ... discuss

Spirituality becomes self-determined, self-administered, and self-verified. I identify my felt needs, and as a consumer in the religious marketplace, I look for someone or something to satisfy those n ... discuss

A Reformer’ With ‘A Long Commitment To Improving Education Who Is Unafraid To Challenge The Status Quo’President-elect Donald Trump and his choicefor Education Secretary Betsy DeVosSENATE HELP ... discuss

Dick MorrisPhoto by Bill Smith, Editorby Dick Morris: Donald Trump is, so far, as good as his word. Not only has he fired all of Obama's cabinet (not sure yet on VA but likely there too) but he has d ... discuss

December 12th, dioceses in Canada celebrate the memorial of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700), the 17th century consecrated religious, accomplished educator and foundress who established the Cong ... discuss

A state in northeast India, is currently considering a bill which would impose a two-child limit on all government employees. “If a person wants to do a job with the Assam government, that person sh ... discuss

St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body discusses three states of man. Man before the first sin (Original Man), man after the Fall (Historical Man), our current state, and our life with God in heave ... discuss

Why do women have abortions? As important a question as that is, it's hard to find a reliable answer. For more than a decade, the Guttmacher Institute has listed the same three reasons on their ab ... discuss

Why do women have abortions? As important a question as that is, it's hard to find a reliable answer. For more than a decade, the Guttmacher Institute has listed the same three reasons on their ab ... discuss

“If your heart veers toward reputation over reality, toward applause over substance, D.A. Carson’s Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor could be the most important book you read in 2017. It’s the s ... discuss

Too often we hear of men who are well-thought of in church. They know all of the right phrases, and know when to shed the right tears. They sing with gusto and say “Amen” at the right places in th ... discuss

In the dense rain-forests of Ecuador, on the Pacific side of the Andes Mountains, lives a tribe of Indians who call themselves the Huaorani ("people" in their language, Huao), but whose neighbors have ... discuss

Whatever Aquinas says in one place concerning election, regeneration, justification, the bestowal of the Holy Spirit, adoption, sanctification, and other graces, must be considered with the realizatio ... discuss

When reading this pray for this man and ask youself why would this man who actually lived through the Holocaust want want to destroy the unborn?  Does he hate God and himself that much?---------- ... discuss

Cutting through all the crap, my take:1. If Russian hacking of DNC emails occurred, and if the Russians transmitted those hacked emails to Wikileaks for publication, then, yes, the Russian-hacked DNC ... discuss

George Soros has his eye on the Emerald Isle as the launching point for a bold new crusade against life. Soros, one of the world’s richest men with a net worth of $24.9 billion according to Forbes, ... discuss

"Epiphany" means "manifestation." The full title of this feast that begins a new season of the Church Year is, "The Epiphany, or the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles." The Epiphany season, whic ... discuss

Obama’s “farewell address” is just words: he’s not going anywhere On January 10th, Mr. Obama will make his “farewell address” in Chicago. Like January 20th—when Donald Tr ... discuss

January 5th is the feast of St. John Neumann (1811-1860), a native of Bohemia (a region encompassing the western Czech Republic) who immigrated to the United States. He became a Redemptorist priest a ... discuss

by Kerby Anderson, Contributing Author: Graeme Wood gives us a chilling picture of what Islamic jihadists are really like. His new book, The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State, i ... discuss

Time to Pull the Plug on ObamaCareBefore It Drags Us All Down the Drainby Heather R. Higgins & Phil Kerpen, Contributing Author: There is a Trumpian solution.Republicans have campaigned against Obam ... discuss

Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence said today that he and President-Elect Donald Trump will ensure the repeal of Obamacare. “Make no mistake about it,” Pence told reporters after meeting with GOP law ... discuss

To address the present we surely need to avoid the clichéd pieties of political correctness that serve only to bolster special interests. But we must also resist the simplistic populist rhetoric of r ... discuss

Christ must be the center: We sang the hymn Be Thou My Vision at our wedding ceremony twenty years ago. When we chose the hymn, how little did I know how important having Christ as our vision would b ... discuss

Yet there is hope for even the sexually immoral. In his first letter to Timothy, Paul discusses the purpose of God’s law and says the law was given for “the sexually immoral, [and] men who practic ... discuss

Ask God. This seems obvious, but too often it is easiest to simply act on instinct before we ask God what He would have for us. Different seasons of life bring different opportunities, and believe it ... discuss

In keeping with the journalistic tradition of looking back at the recent past, we present the top 50 stories of the year that were read on The Aquila Report site based on the number of hits. We will p ... discuss

by Jarrett Stepman: Following the presidential election, numerous stories surfaced about how “fake news” influenced the results. This prompted a reaction from the media and a concerted effort by t ... discuss

I have been home from work for 12 days. Every moment a blessing with a dark cloud hanging over me … the clicking clock telling me how long before I have to go back to work. To be brutally hones ... discuss

Despicable Attack on Police Officersby Scott Erickson: There currently hangs in the United States Capitol building a painting that depicts police officers as anthropomorphic pigs.Yes, you read that co ... discuss

Warning: Contains graphic language. Two individuals who claim to be LGBT high school students are selling lollipops shaped like genitalia to support the abortion chain Planned Parenthood. For $3.99, t ... discuss

“The king shall joy in thy strength, O Jehovah; And in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, And hast not withholden the request of his lips. Sela ... discuss

Yesterday, on the first day of 2017, I had the privilege to preach from Romans 10 on the subject of missions.  Each year, typically during the final few weeks of the year, I preach a missionary biog ... discuss

2 January AD 1872 Christened Johann Konrad Wilhelm Löhe, he established a reputation already as a young pastor for being "too" theologically conservative and "too" politically progressive. This ... discuss

As the world dives further into a century of “progress” and uncharted horizons, mankind continues its dissent from God, which is eerily reminiscent of the words of Jesus Christ: “What profit is ... discuss

“They believed every man must find his own place in a world in which a place has been made for him”. Ralph Husted, an Indiana businessman and classic-liberal, wrote those words in reference to the ... discuss

The experience you gain in serving in your own culture will benefit your ministry on the mission field. Indeed, sinners, cultures and situations are different throughout the globe. However, the joys a ... discuss

“Even though he died at such a young age the impact of his ministry continue to be felt for many decades, and indeed the ripples continue today. By 1855 the congregation had grown to such an ext ... discuss

“In much coverage of American Christianity, this mindset is obvious: You believe that God ordained marriage as the union of a man and a woman? Well, that’s just bigotry in search of a belief s ... discuss

We could call this a culture war, except that it is a war between culture and anti-culture, a de-creation or de-culturalization. Legutko describes these people, despite their prestige and power, as ... discuss

We were night urchins in those days.  Pariahs of the night.  It was the suburban kid culture.  We weren't kids anymore though.  And we didn't know how to be adults, nor did we care ... discuss

Abortion is justified, many of its defenders argue, because women have a right to control their own bodies. “My body, my choice,” signs and bumper stickers proclaim. The bodily autonomy argument t ... discuss

El Greco, The Holy Familyvia WikipediaBetween Joseph and Mary there existed a holy affection, a spirit of service, and a mutual desire for each others' happiness. This is Jesus' family: sacred, holy, ... discuss

He fails to appreciate that according to the rules of transgender politics, these policies mean any person could enter any bathroom, changing room, or locker room and freely do and observe what ... discuss

Year-end is a time for reflection. What went well, what didn’t? What would you change or keep the same? What lessons can be learned? 2016 continued to feel like a holding pattern. After resignin ... discuss

Narcissistic people rarely have deep friendships and usually don’t really desire them. They have fans but not friends. They have the admiration of others but not intimacy. They want to surround them ... discuss

While the majority of evangelicals see the problems with Vines’s view, Hill’s is more appealing to evangelicals in the current cultural climate. Many who hold or support this middle view may belie ... discuss

“On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, three French hens ...”“The disciple whom Jesus loved” (“ο μαθητης ον ηγαπα ο Ιησους”) was, for a time, banish ... discuss

You imply that really good people (e.g., Gandhi) should also be saved, not just Christians. The problem is that Christians do not believe anyone can be saved by being good. If you don’t come to God ... discuss

Image from Chant ArtWe have only just celebrated the birth of our Lord and already the liturgy presents us with the feast of the first person to give his life for this Baby who has been born. Yesterda ... discuss

At the age of thirty, I find myself saying things that I really hated my own father saying to me when I was a kid. I’ve experienced firsthand the hilarious truth of Mark Twain’s reflection on his ... discuss

As believers we live by faith, not by sight. Our circumstances may appear to indicate that God is not for us or that he is giving us too much to handle. Yet we live by faith in God’s word which says ... discuss

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I am very pleased to again be a facilitator for the Patron Saint of the Year Devotion.  I have been part of this annual tradition since 2006 and have helped coordinate devotions for hundreds o ... discuss

As I pondered the central aspect of the Christian faith, Jesus, I began to become more convinced that Jesus was the Christ promised all throughout the Old Testament. He truly was the Son of God who ca ... discuss

Based on the acclaimed 1966 novel by Japanese Catholic writer Shusaku Endo, Silence is a book about 17th century Jesuit missionaries trying to make inroads for the gospel in the inhospitable “swampl ... discuss

WASHINGTON (AP) — India's national security adviser made a low-key visit to Washington earlier this week to meet with a senior aide to President-elect Donald Trump, Indian diplomats said Friday, in ... discuss

Vatican City, Dec 21, 2016 / 03:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While hope can often be viewed as the desire for things out of our reach, Pope Francis has said that the birth of Jesus offers us a new kind hop ... discuss

Chicago, Ill., Dec 21, 2016 / 09:13 am (CNA).- Coloring books for adults have exploded onto the bookstore scene in the past two years. What was once considered a hobby for the kids is now all the rage ... discuss

Ribbon Placement: Liturgy of the Hours Vol. I: Ordinary: 649 Proper of Seasons: 359 Psalter: Thursday, Week IV, 1118 Christian Prayer: Does not contain Office of Readings. Office of Readings for Thurs ... discuss

Ribbon Placement: Liturgy of the Hours Vol. I: Ordinary: 667 Proper of Seasons: 375 Psalter: Friday, Week IV, 1148 Christian Prayer: Ordinary: 694 Proper of Seasons: 135 Psalter: Friday, Week IV, 984 ... discuss

Ribbon Placement: Liturgy of the Hours Vol. I: Ordinary: 661 Proper of Seasons: 374 Psalter: Friday, Week IV, 1145 Midday Prayer for Friday, December 23, using the Current Psalmody God, come to my ass ... discuss

Vatican City, Dec 22, 2016 / 05:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a lengthy, in-depth speech to members of the Roman Curia Thursday, Pope Francis dug into what he said are the key guidelines of his ongoing r ... discuss

This article was written by Alex van Vuuren and published in the Schreew om Leven newsletter. In October the Dutch government came with a new initiative for a law regarding euthanasia. This ... discuss

Veni, Veni Emmanuel!    O come, o come, Emmanuel,Captivum solve Israel!    And ransom captive Israel,Qui gemit in exsilio,    That mourns in ... discuss

1.  The Christmas lights in Wichita this year have been amazing! On Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, which is characterized by joy, we went out to view the lights around the city.  Here i ... discuss

Yet, we often believe that we are the only one who struggles. We conjure up images of picturesque families celebrating their perfect lives. The problem is that such families simply don’t exist. Ther ... discuss

by Art Carden:“As every individual, therefore, endeavours as much as he can both to employ his capital in the support of domestic industry, and so to direct that industry that its produce may be of ... discuss

Veni, Veni, Rex gentium,    O come, Desire of nations, bind,veni, Redemptor omnium,    In one the hearts of all mankind;Ut salvas tuos famulos    ... discuss

O King of the Nations (King of the Gentiles)22 December This brings us to the sixth O Antiphon. Again, we have the Latin text and English translation, a Latin hymn stanza, and the English versificati ... discuss

December 22 - O Emmanuel -  Sarum useO Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, Desire of all nations and their Salvation: Come and save us, O Lord our God. ... discuss

It’s an amazing and wonderful thing to realize that God devised His plan, created us, and is perfectly executing the plan, so that we could enjoy Him. He was infinitely satisfied within Himself, the ... discuss

If it’s right to oppose the killing of human beings at the beginning of life, why do so many evangelicals say it’s okay near the end of life? Evangelical support for the pro-life cause is both wel ... discuss

Saint Peter Canisius entered the Jesuits in the year 1543, at age 22. He worked tirelessly for the renewal of the Church of his time. Part of that was to make sure that there were good Catechisms avai ... discuss

Today is the memorial of St. Peter Canisius, Jesuit priest and Doctor of the Church.  He was well-known for his strong defense of the Catholic faith during the Protestant Reformation in Germany, Aus ... discuss

December 21 - O Rex gentium -  Sarum useO King of Nations and their Desire; the Cornerstone, who makest both one: Come and save mankind, whom thou formedst of clay. ... discuss

Very often those that are most ready to be angry with others, and to carry their resentments highest for their faults, are equally or still more guilty of the same faults. And so those that are most a ... discuss

Perhaps the irony of Christmas is that, in its current form, it has become one of the focal points of the culture of distraction, which Pascal so ably critiqued. It is all about consumption, which is ... discuss

A version of the following article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of MCCL News.Abortion is justified, many of its defenders argue, because women have a right to control their own b ... discuss

     A few years ago, while searching YOUTUBE for the Blood, Sweat and Tears version of "Fire and Rain," I discovered this video which honored the now deceased members of Piedmont ... discuss

Christmas is the origin of Christian evangelization in the world because the primary Eucharistic event of our faith is the birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus is God’s Living Word mad ... discuss

“All differences aside, however, I am generally encouraged by the direction of the Acts 29 Network, and regardless of how much the remaining member churches continue to move towards a more deno ... discuss

Sen. Jeff SessionsFormer U.S. Attorneys: His ‘Inviolable Promise To Treat All People Equally Under The Law’ Leave Us In ‘No Doubt That Senator Sessions Can Do The Job Well’ Former Assistant ... discuss

The whole goal is to “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 5:16). Perhaps God will give you the opportunity ... discuss

Gabriel Garcia Moreno's Rule of Life1. Every morning when saying my prayers I will ask specially for the virtue of humility.2. Every day I will hear Mass, say the Rosary, and read, besides a chapter o ... discuss

Greenwich, Connecticut, Dec 16, 2016 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Young Americans are dying at a rate not seen since the Vietnam War. But they are not dying in combat - they’re dying of the eff ... discuss

An old man and his son are sitting together on Christmas Eve, discussing the son's plans for his life. The father -- a prosperous businessman and a Christian who has funded many worthy charities and c ... discuss

In keeping with the idea of restoring the sacred, I present here some very interesting photos of Catholic motor chapels.  These chapels were beautifully set up and designed to allow priests to of ... discuss

"As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. In fact, if you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil." ~ James 4: ... discuss

Young Men these days.Time and again in human history the excesses of our generations must give way to temperance movements.  What is temperance?  It means "self-restraint in action."  O ... discuss

This is my second part in a three-part series in responding to an abortion-choice advocate's article regarding why he believes "pro-choice is right." So far his defense of the abortion-choice position ... discuss

Keynote Address at Salvation Army/NTC Graduation Ceremony Good evening graduates, distinguished leaders, and faculty of the college. It’s an honor to be here today. As many of you already know I am ... discuss

Thomas C. Oden, one of the most gracious and respected theologians of our times, died yesterday at age 85. Professor Oden made the pilgrimage from theological liberalism, and what he acknowledged as a ... discuss

Last year, South Africa's High Court determined that a terminally ill patient may, with the help of a doctor, kill himself (self-murder)The following newsletter came from Philip Rosenthal of the Chris ... discuss

One of the greatest ministries God ever gave us is family. Jesus paid for it in blood so that His family could be redeemed, adopted in, and loved forever.  Braxton has been legally united with his fo ... discuss

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." ~ Matthew 10:16The media, the media, the media, I have never seen such pearl c ... discuss

I first posted this over a year ago, but it feels more fitting than ever today, so I'm sharing it again. ~~~~~It's an ugly world out there. I don't even have to sum up headlines for you -- you can jus ... discuss

Tony Funderburk - The Voice of Rhyme and Reason for Life - Creative Writer - Singer Songwriter - Voiceover Artist Which is more important? Your interests…or the interests of others? Notice how I ... discuss

For much too long we have suffered the excuses of the Republican Party. The 2016 Election was a dramatic statement by the people of America that enough is enough.First in 2010 the GOP Congressional le ... discuss

Admission Day April 19, 2016. The local government in our new town contacted Mercy House seeking help for placement of a 12 year old child who had been on and off the streets for FOUR years. Do t ... discuss

In 2013, my family sold all our stuff in America to embark on a life in The Philippines, the country of my husband's birth. That life was to be  committed to serving children in orphanages who ha ... discuss

My longtime friend, Hleb Yermakou is a Belarusian Christian who serves the Lord as a translator, guide, and advisor with Encouragement International as well as pastoring a congregation in Portugal com ... discuss

We have now a generation of adults too young to remember the Soviet Union and the Cold War, and to appreciate the amazing shock of the former's demise.  We kids all knew who Leonid Brezhnev was, ... discuss

By Joe Kral Samuel Adams once famously stated, “Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He theref ... discuss

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. ... discuss

...because Jesus loves Donald Trump.However, I do not think he is presidential material.I believe a president should desire the uplift of everyone in society and not by scapegoating some. He has scape ... discuss

I happened to see yesterday a portion of the movie, "The Patriot" for the first time.  One scene in particular really struck me.A young man enters a church, issuing a call for men to join the Mil ... discuss

SFLI teaches students “Dialogue with Dignity”, a concept which emphasizes dignifying those you seek to defend by dignifying the person you’re speaking with. This week, Francesca was asked to wri ... discuss

Sometimes persistent questions demand a response. The question I would like us to ask and answer this morning is will beauty save the world? It may sound like an odd question. It’s a question occasi ... discuss

Luke 17:11-19October 9th, 2016“Mercy for Lepers”“Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” “Well, friends, first you have to ask me into your heart.”  No...“Jesus, Master, have mercy on us! ... discuss

In 2007, Tony Spencer ran against a Democratic incumbent for Commonwealth’s Attorney of Caroline County, Virginia.  Spencer won election in 2007 and again in 2011, with significant Republican suppo ... discuss

The following news release was issued today, July 1, 2016.ST. PAUL — Abortion numbers have dropped in eight of the last nine years in Minnesota to their lowest level since 1974, confirming the succe ... discuss

For those of you who don’t know, this summer I began to study for the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching degree at the Aquinas Institute of Theology. This is a decision that was a long time in comi ... discuss

Wednesday of Higher Things, (July 27, 2016) 1 Kings 17:8-16 TITLE: “The Bread That Does Not Run Out” In the name of Jesus. Amen. Do you know what it is to be hungry? I don’t mean I’m s ... discuss

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This past weekend I was speaking to a group at Northwestern University from Students for Life of Illinois as part of that organization’s annual summit. I made the case for life appealing to the thre ... discuss

Jason B. Ladd is a Marine who grew up in a military family. He spent many years as an agnostic/atheist. Now he's a followers of Jesus and specializes in apologetics. His book, ONE OF THE FEW, is par ... discuss

Lazarus Long* - KurzweilAI Newsletter, Weekly Edition, LATEST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY NEWS | May 6, 2016. "This vitamin stops the aging process in organs, say Swiss researchers."A potential breakthrough ... discuss

The title of one of John Piper’s latest books is direct and confrontational, yet inviting at the same time: just like the man John Piper himself. Living in the Light: Money, Sex and Power (The G ... discuss

First Question: "This concerns the origin of sin and evil. Since, as we believe, God created everything good, meaning everything created was created in the ontological state of goodness or righteousne ... discuss

Question: "Should Orthodox Christians vote?"There are no canons of the Church that either require Christians to vote, or forbid them from doing so. There are restrictions on the involvement of clergy ... discuss

Tony Funderburk - The Voice of Rhyme and Reason for Life - Content Writer - Singer/Songwriter - Voiceover Artist in Colorado Springs Word Pictures – You might be drawing some now Have you ever l ... discuss

Tony Funderburk - The Voice of Rhyme and Reason for Life - Content Writer - Singer/Songwriter - Voiceover Artist in Colorado Springs  The first step to building a house is laying the foundation It&# ... discuss

Tony Funderburk - The Voice of Rhyme and Reason for Life - Content Writer - Singer/Songwriter - Voiceover Artist in Colorado Springs Is This The Root of All Evil? When I started singing, as a little ... discuss

The times are changing. Sexual morality is undergoing nothing less than a revolution as traditional morality gives way to something radically different. The former morality, based on the Chris ... discuss

Today’s Kindle deals include three from Christian Focus: A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Sin by Iain D. Campbell, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Suffering by Brian Cosby, and A Clearing ... discuss

I expect we have all seen dating relationships go wrong. We have all seen people move from unwise and unhealthy dating relationships into turbulent, difficult, or even doomed marriages. How ca ... discuss

You probably heard what happened recently with the ESV, the English Standard Version of the Bible. In August, Crossway, the ministry that publishes the ESV, announced that “the text of the E ... discuss

I feel sorry for those people who spend all day on social media snarking at others. Do they just sit there hour after hour, following people they despise, then throwing barbs their way? That m ... discuss

I once paid a visit to one of the most mega of America’s megachurches. It’s a church whose pastor is well-known, a church known for its innovation, a church held up as a model for modern e ... discuss

Gospel weariness. It’s a little phrase I picked up from a friend when he preached at our church not too long ago. His text was James 1, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials ... discuss

This was a banner week for letters to the editor and I had a lot of them to read through and select from. In the end, I’ve chosen ones that speak about sleepovers, the ESV, problems with mod ... discuss

This one began with a conversation, with a statement within that conversation: “Christians don’t get to hold a grudge!” It’s just not an option, not a vice we can allow ourselves. But ... discuss

San Francisco’s Millennium Tower is in trouble. The 58-story tower is home to some of the city’s wealthiest people, its apartments among the most expensive and desirable in the city. But r ... discuss

It’s the first day of a new month which means we’ve got lots of deals to sort through. Today’s Kindle deals include: Rescuing the Gospel by Erwin Lutzer, Letters to My Daught ... discuss

EWTN, the Catholic network founded by the late Mother Angelica, played a crucial role in my return to the Catholic Church, as it has in the lives of countless others around the world. There is no dou ... discuss

Jesus' attitude is striking: we do not hear the words of scorn, we do not hear words of condemnation, but only words of love, of mercy, which are an invitation to conversation. "Neither do I condemn y ... discuss

“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.Go and learn the meaning of the words,I desire mercy, not sacrifice.I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”Matthew 9A few we ... discuss

By Jonathon Van MarenThere are moments in the lives of men and women that, in retrospect, shift the course of human history in ways too enormous and too wonderful to even imagine at the time. In those ... discuss

This article originally appeared on March 11, 2014. The astounding popularity of J.R.R. Tolkien and his writings–magnified many times over by the success of the “Lord of the Rings” films–has e ... discuss

"The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes to examine him" (Prov. 18:17).I would not be writing this, except when I made an effort to notify the RedGraceMedia team of some errors ... discuss

The amount of response from the revelation of the true source of and meaning behind badselfeater has been encouraging and, one might even say, well beyond what some of us were expecting, and may God ... discuss

Some people say that the Gospel is a message which only about peace, goodwill, grace, and happiness.  They argue that when you are witnessing to someone, you shouldn’t mention hell or talk abo ... discuss

Recently a bizarre exchange occurred on our Facebook page, the contents of which would only be comprehensible to people living during the last thirty years. A commenter, who at first acted as though ... discuss

Michael Voris devotes a major part of his self-proclaimed apostolate to trying to destroy anyone in the Catholic Church who shows any compassion or empathy for homosexuals.  Voris especially goes ... discuss

Handmade Jesus BannerIf Jesus ran for public office today, what would He do? This may seem to be a hypothetical question. In a way it is. This is to get us to ponder how to follow Jesus in the politi ... discuss

Excerpt below from Revive Our Hearts:Now, today I want us to look at another lesser known poet and hymn writer who provided us a gospel song that’s been a great blessing to many.Her name was L ... discuss

I closed my paypal account today. It took quite a while to even figure out how to do it, as the site's instructions are out of date and they are hard to contact except by phone. Yesterday I gave ... discuss

----Adapted from Russell Moore's article found here.This week Donald Trump caused another stir in national news, and this time, it was for his comments on rape. Asked if pro-consent activism want ... discuss

This week Donald Trump caused another stir in national news, and this time, it was for his comments on the slave trade. Asked if pro-freedom activism wants laws to punish men who receive slaves, the ... discuss

It is feasible to duplicate and also paste words using your iPad. Select the text you wish to duplicate after touching the screen. Tap again once your content is highlighted in yellow, and also select ... discuss

The following news release was issued on March 16, 2016.ST. PAUL — An effort to legalize assisted suicide in Minnesota appears to be dead after the bill's author withdrew her legislation this aftern ... discuss

On February 27, Melinda Selmys, a self-described “queer convert to Catholicism”, wrote a post for her blog on Patheos titled, “Does God Make Mistakes? (And are Trans People One of Them?)” Ther ... discuss

There is something wrong in the United States. The political system is tearing itself apart and for no discernible purpose and to no appreciable benefit. The system is broken and we don't know why or ... discuss

Checking in. I’m not dead. Just lots going on in the workplace and on the homestead. Some of you know we are moving from Brooklyn to Long Island next week. It’s a big move for us. As for ... discuss

I have already posted about this yearly abuse of Sta. Cruz Church, an abuse meant to accommodate the pagan feast of the Chinese New Year.Now I can say that this is not a liturgical abuse but a clear m ... discuss

  This essay was first published, with illustrations, in Life Matters Journal Volume 4 Issue 3 — February 2016.   morass: 2. a complicated or confused situation ... discuss

Matthew 9:3 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’Matthew 12:7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned ... discuss

Currently, the United States has a serious problem with its own sovereignty. This problem is two fold, as I see it. On the one side is the immigration issue, and the other side is an issue relating to ... discuss

What started out as a “last throw of the dice” to save the Anglican Communion has succeeded–at least for now. One would think there would be some thanksgiving, but instead there is l ... discuss

Among all those who get involved in discussions about moral issues, killing and violence seem to have, in general, a bad name. How many times have you heard the remark, in refutation of some view, “ ... discuss

Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolvedI really do love "A Christmas Story", about Ralphie, his love of Christmas and his earnest and d ... discuss

This is from one of my church retreats... Prior to knowing Jesus as my Risen Savior, I don’t know if I had a sense, let alone understanding, what could be done through His will, and I really don ... discuss

The Relationship Idol "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for t ... discuss

SourceThe Catholic blogosphere and internet have been awash with weeping and and wailing and gnashing of teeth over the Synod on the Family. As far as many in the Catholic blogosphere are concerned, ... discuss

Painstaking research reveals a delightful, intelligent, and passionate woman who shared a life of mutual love and support with the country's foremost founding father.--Patricia Brady-I am a big histor ... discuss

After five seasons of AMC’s The Walking Dead, it’s easy to feel desensitized to the walkers. While they’re frightening in large numbers, the initial shock of their existence has worn off, despit ... discuss

Sermon notes for Proper 22B October 4, 2015 Scriptures:  Genesis 2:18-24, Mark 10:2-16 Imagine for a moment that you are in the midst of a situation that is well known as the subject a variety of spo ... discuss

Loretta Lynch and her Boss Barack Obama will now attempt to force upon the American people a whole set of new gun restrictions, and possibly seek to repeal the Second Amendment. Every American sh ... discuss

Cover of New York PostI recently received a comment from a Catholic who asked that I list some positive accomplishments of Pope Francis. It's kind of a surprising request as the majority of Catholics ... discuss

A few days ago I went to my bank and found a teller ready and waiting for me.  The sign at his station said “April.”  I said, “Are you April?” He answered “Yes.” ... discuss

Food for thought and action? Someday? Maybe? Or, are we "going to do exactly nothing?" 7th Circuit Court: Illegal Immigrants Have Second Amendment Rights Too Treason: Democrat Pols Supporting Ira ... discuss

This is an entirely self-indulgent post that is largely introspective. Should my meandering apply to your own circumstances, I'll be gratified. If not, rest assured that I claim to speak only for my ... discuss

6 Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it ... discuss

That could have been my child. I already know firsthand what happens in abortion. I know you can see their tiny feet and hands and other body parts. I saw my own boy. I still can remember that day ove ... discuss

My latest post at Covenant, on secrets and judgement. Johnny Cash gets in there too: In March, Michael Cover wrote about James Runcie’s Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death. I have not read the ... discuss

This is a post I have wanted to craft for many years now.  It leaps into my thoughts at unwelcome times and I try to chase it away.I tell this post that it will offend many of my dear friends.I c ... discuss

"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." -Psalm 73:26, ESV Psalm 73:25 says, "Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I d ... discuss

I have more thoughts from our morning sessions at the Pappas Patristic Institute that I wanted to write down concerning the Fathers' hermeneutics or interpretation of Scripture. One of the key passage ... discuss

WHO SAID IT?Margaret Sanger or Aryan Nation Leader Tom MetzgerFirst some background on our two quotable and notable contestants:The ADL website provides the following profile of Tom Metzger, leader of ... discuss

John Jay Hooker is a familiar name in the state of Tennessee. Until recently he had been described in a tongue and cheek manner as a political gadfly and perennial candidate.   A gifted orat ... discuss

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good. – Psalm 14:1 Fred Butler, of Hip and Thigh, returns for his second ep ... discuss

O Lord Eternal and Creator of all things, Who of Thine inscrutable goodness called me to this life; Who bestowed on me the grace of Baptism and the Seal of the Holy Spirit; Who imbued m ... discuss

If words matter–and you’ll find that I am very quick to contend that they do–then we ought to be careful with the language we speak. For some, this point might seem like something a ... discuss

Among all of the elements of devotion to The Divine Mercy requested by our Lord through Sr. Faustina, the Feast of Mercy holds first place. The Lord's will with regard to its establishment was already ... discuss

I will deliver them out of the hand of death. I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy death; O hell, I will be thy bite... Osee (Hosea) 13:14 (Douay-Rheims translation)Because Chris ... discuss

From today's Office of Readings. From the Catecheses by Saint John Chrysostom, bishop The power of Christ's bloodIf we wish to understand the power of Christ’s blood, we should go back to the anci ... discuss

Brethren, Peace be with you.Over at Crisis Magazine you'll find this great piece by James Jacobs, PhD, titled On Redefining Reality: A Dialogue, in which he tells us about how he engaged a shop owner ... discuss

"Almsgiving heals the irascible part of the soul, fasting extinguishes the concupiscible part, and prayer purifies the mind and prepares it for the contemplation of reality. ..."St. Maximus the Confes ... discuss

Brief post today:Dr. Waldstein discussing the fairness (i.e., beauty) of love shared this with us, and it is from John Paul II's Crossing the Threshold of Hope:"As a young priest I learned to love hum ... discuss




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