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Do We Need a New Language about Homosexuality?One of the more popular, misunderstood, and challenging problems Catholics face today is the topic of homosexuality. I think of the many great strides we as a Church and as a culture have taken in speaking about it. In the same way, neither side whether secular or religious, has spoken more clearly on the subject. Catholics, at the very least, have always been very good at making distinctions. The process of making distinctions is not just good philosophy and theology, but it also aids in our practical and charitable responses to what we experience.Do We Need a New Language about Homosexuality? by TESM
When we respond to homosexuality we should know what it is. Moreover, when someone is homosexual it does us little good to categorize that person according to preconceived notions about their sexual activity, sexual purity, or moral state. In fact I've usually seen these reactions as one's own personal, moral blindness than as a useful discussion geared towards understanding something so as to respond to it more effectively.
That being said
Redemptive SufferingThe fear of suffering, pain, and death seem like unconquerable mysteries. My time here at CPE [clinical pastoral education] has helped me to understand, via experience, that they are not necessarily things that need to be conquered. No amount of faith excludes us from experience pain, loneliness, and death. Money, power, and other earthly things makes these three experiences even worse. With this in mind, I began to wonder if the words of Qoheleth were not as negative as they appear: “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity” (Ecc 1:2). Earthly things will pass which also means these things, both good and bad, will pass. Yet this does not ease the blow of the mystery of suffering and death. Even if they pass away they still remain with us our whole lives.Redemptive Suffering by TESM
For me, this mystery is one that is only solved by the Cross. The cross is, for me, the foundation of my theology the ministry I do. The cross is the Incarnational moment where love and suffering meet. Love because
His Princess Warrior: An AMAZING Book.This is the second book I've gotten from Sheri Rose Shepherd and it is amazing. I'm only on the 62 page and this book has changed my life. I haven't read the book page to page, cover to cover. I've read one chapter at a time, and only sometimes when I feel that I need to. What warms my heart is every single time I pick this book up, the chapter that I'm on speaks to me to where I am at that moment. This book....it's amazing. There's one particular chapter I want to share.His Princess Warrior: An AMAZING Book. by Twilightlover2007
My Princess Warrior,
The greatest battle you may ever fight is the fight to forgive yourself. Remember, My beloved, all My chosen ones had to get up and receive My gift of grace to finish living out their faith.
I gave My disciple Peter the strength to get up from the guilt. I gave My anointed king David the grace to get up from the shame of committing adultery. I gave My apostle Paul the mercy to get up from pride and arrogance. I gave My warrior Gideon the courage to get up from his fears. The time is now t
Standing Up With God!Last night I feel like I was attacked by a demonic power. I was given feelings and thoughts that I know are not mine. I know now that it was the devil trying to get rid of me. Guess what devil, you should be scared. Because God's got a plan for me that's going to kick you so hard you'll be lucky if there's anything left of you. I know my purpose in life is to raise children up into knowing who God truly is, a loving, faithful God who's always with us. I will raise up an army that will crush you, will crush your allies, and will stand by Jesus' side in VICTORY over you and every dark power. Yeah, you can't touch God's children. God has blessed me with more support in my family and outside of my family as well than you could ever block from me. My God is greater, stronger, and more powerful than you will ever be. It. Is. Finished. And YOU devil are D-O-N-E. DONE! Praise God for the friends and family I have that picked me up when I needed it the most, you all are the most amazing peopleStanding Up With God! by Twilightlover2007
My TestimonyThis is something I wrote to indicate how I felt 6 years ago. I wasn't a very happy person and life didn't have any pleasure for me at all. I wasn't depressed, I just didn't see the point in life - you're born, you grow up, you have children and then you die - Whoopidoo. It just seemed a bit futile to me I guess, having no real purpose and having a meaningless existence. I wanted to really live a meaningful life and it didn't matter to me if I became the most successful and richest person in the world - that still wouldn't give me meaning, that still wouldn't satisfy me.My Testimony by saykha
So I wasn't happy. And then my mom decided she wanted us all to start going to church. I wasn't too happy about this either, knowing that I'll be dragged out of bed early every Sunday morning, but she didn't give me much of a choice so I went.
It was dull and boring - and it was almost like torture sitting there every Sunday - but still some of the words the Pastor spoke sunk in ... I had always wondered about Go
Truly From My Heart: LoveDoes being a Christian mean that you're better than others? No. Does it mean that life is going to be 'easy street' after you become a Christian? No. Does it mean you'll instantly become perfect? No. No matter how long you've been saved, whether it be 30 seconds or 30 years, you will still go through hard times. You will STILL struggle with issues that this life throws at you. There will still be times when you're ready to give up on everything in your life and just lay down and die. Being a Christian means realizing that you're meant for more than whatever this world has for you. That you can overcome ANYTHING that comes your way. That when you've reached rock bottom and are ready to give up, that God will offer you his hand to pick you up higher than you ever thought you could go.Truly From My Heart: Love by Twilightlover2007
I've been an off and on Christian for most of my life now. It's never been easy. I've faced addictions, I've faced times when all I wanted to do was curl up and die, and there were times I wanted to even en
Pray!God Listens Knows the Present,Past, FuturePray!Pray!God Listens Knows the Present,Past, Future by RocksRose
God Listens & Knows
The Present, Past & Future
Pray to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ;
Pray to the one true God.
Our Heavenly Father does listen
To those who believe in Him
For we will be saved!
As a child I believed in Jesus and prayed to my Heavenly Father daily for hours. I was bullied in school every day and after years of this abuse I had become suicidal; never attempting suicide but close to doing it. My prayers changed from "Please Lord, stop the bullying" to "Please, I beg you just let me find one person who will love me for who I am." For about five years, I was desperate, as many teenagers are. I prayed for help. I wanted a friend. God became that friend. A friend for life and God helped me through the most difficult time of my life, the adolescent teenage years.
I started praying to God for a specific type of girl to love and be loved by. My prayers were answered by the time I w
Pray for AzoresAzores is an Archipelago of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic.Pray for Azores by SeekHim
They are located 930 miles west of Lisbon and about 1,200 miles southeast
Azores is one of the autonomous regions of Portugal.
There are nine major islands that extend for 370 miles in a
The islands are collected into three groups:
The islands have a total of five cities
The cities of Ponta Delgada, Angra and Horta are considered the capital
cities for the regional government.
Ponta Delgada is the largest city.
The population is 245,746
The Azores are volcanic in origin and are actually some of the tallest
mountains on the planet, stretching from the bottom of the ocean to
their peaks, which thrust above the ocean surface.
The islands were discovered by the Portuguese in 1431.
Over the next two centuries the islands were settled sporadically due t
Pray for the Canary IslandsThe Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago located off the northwest coast of Africa.Pray for the Canary Islands by SeekHim
They are about 100 km west of the border from Morocco and the Western Sahara.
The islands are one of Spain's 17 autonomous communities
and an outermost region of the European Union.
The main islands are:
Tenerife ( The largest island)
The capital is shared by two cities:
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Las Palmas is the largest city.
The third largest city is La Laguna on Tenerife.
The population is over 2 million.
The canary bird was named after the island not vice versa.
The Spanish name Islas Canarias comes from the Latin name Canariae Insulae,
meaning "Island of the Dogs".
According to Pliny the Elder, Mauritanians named the island Canaria
because it had "vast multitudes of dogs of very large size" a possible
reference to seals.
Mount Teide (the highest mountain in Spain and the third tallest volcano
in the world measured from i
My kingdom lies far awayMy kingdom lies far, far awayMy kingdom lies far away by cereal-in-a-bowl
from where I stand oh, so far away
where angels dwell and cherubs play
yea, my home lies yonder there so far away
the cherub sun with curly locks
her ray of gold spills upon the green moss covered rocks
she coos and giggles
her gurgling mirth conjures the flowers who hid beneath the earth
name for names
O breed notorious in glorious fame
I knew their faces but alas ashamed!
I could not pluck them from the archive
inside my head
Here upon this mortal soil
where earth erupts with green and spoil
yea, they sing
"Praised be God most sovereign
Hail King forever His name most holy
priest forever Godhead King!"
They danced triumphant
for in His Name
God Jehovah always saves
Lord of Heaven and of earth
all creatures praise Him as they rejoiced
with hands laced together
sang songs of glee
rose upon the spool of thread
the sun warmed the crown of hair
which is upon my head
As sun for backpack
and my thoughts
I hitched both up
and walked along
My Father's houseMy Father's house is in the woodsMy Father's house by cereal-in-a-bowl
where trees gather round in prelude
ah, the flowers and fruits climb high in great pursuit
upon the hill they rise to meet where its peak and skies together conclude
ah, what sweet smells of welcome so far away
where I stand right now oh, in a road diverged in familiar between
the body of brown hammered wood
its arms outstretch with rusty nail
its direction ah, seems in old age fail
I could not read from East to West
thus my way cannot continue so in dismay
I stood between two paths which outstretches to wherever both ways may
Its' quiet station and pursed lips
stay sealed...stagnant where he stands
with hands both raised above his hips
Ah, in frustration I kept it far from coming
still it persisted for the wait was excruciating
the winds above sailed slowly by
but did not make contact with my eyes
they were in packs this I could see
and they brought pollen, birds and flowery concoction as they breathed slowly by
I thought I saw a yearning sigh
Stars scattered in the sea of blackStars scatters in the sea of black nightStars scattered in the sea of black by cereal-in-a-bowl
Sparkling like diamonds so high
Heaven radiates gloriously tonight
You can hear angels herald and praise God’s awesome glory
In the quiet skies
As the stars are catching forty winks
As the Heavens in great brilliance blinks
As the skies kept dripping blood red wine
Reminds me much of my King who wept in blood for my sins
And my soul sings alleluia
Great is the Lord
That His light shines even in the night skies
In the quiet fields lay
A sheep in awe at the skies
Wondering how the clouds could hide from the human eyes
When it was plainly in sight
Ah...clever manipulative creature it is
Covering itself as it slept that night
I was buried in the night
As Van Gogh painted on his canvas that night
I saw the light and a thousand kingdoms of kings
spread in the skies
and how their steeds ran across the fields of war
how the stars combusted and crumbled to dust
of gold and silver
they sparkled and shimmer
and in great astound
hit the fields and exp
Finding GodThe sun had dipped her face into a basinFinding God by cereal-in-a-bowl
baptised with water and lathered with soap
strands of hair clung to her face and her breast was heaving with a sigh
which said she felt renewed...
Jesus was sitting on a hill that day
where the sun had began to comb her hair and this- made flowers drop from her strands of hair
like from a garland placed upon a virgin bride
He sat so still I wondered why
He was gazing at the still blue skies
I picked my curiosity and sailed through the green seas
His thoughts I felt was dancing free
like the way His hair was waltzing with the wind
I saw Him there with tunic holy white
yea, white as His purity and divinity
the Lord Jesus Christ
He gazed upon the skies unlike any man
He looked upon it with childlike wonder...
and this I could see was blazing in His eyes
There were distant sounds of white cotton flock of sheep
somewhere in a distant within Jesus' keep
where their wants and desiring are no more
for plenty was before them to graze and river streams fr
Pray for Friend's GrandfatherOne of my watchers LunaTheKittyCat recently contacted me with a request.Pray for Friend's Grandfather by SeekHim
Doctors discovered a black spot on her Grandfather's lungs, which could be cancer
or something else fatal. Please pray that it is not serious and if it is please
pray for his healing.
Pray for the Cocos(Keeling) IslandsThe Cocos (Keeling) Islands are an Australian island territory.Pray for the Cocos(Keeling) Islands by SeekHim
They are located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Indonesia and northwest of Australia.
Their closest neighbor is Christmas Island to the east.
The territory is made up of two atolls and 27 coral islands, of which two are inhabited:
West Island Home to most of the European population.
Home Island Home of the ethnic Malays.
The population is about 600.
West Island is the capital.
Bantam Village, located on Home Island is the largest settlement.
The islands are named after Captain William Keeling (1578–1620) who discovered
them in 1609
In November 1914, the islands became the site of the Battle of Cocos,
one of the first naval battles of World War I.
80% Sunni Muslim
The islands were uninhabited until the 19th century.
In 1609 British captain William Keeling was the first European to see the islands.
The prodigal son and the Faithful FatherGod:The prodigal son and the Faithful Father by cereal-in-a-bowl
I saw you standing at the foot of the gate
Where the flowers grew with a passionate rage
For the sun with her temperamental ways
Could not decide what to wear upon her sunlit hair
which boasts of her beauty which no flower could compare
O sun above wondrous though you may be
Could not compare to what I see
Wandering far away from My kingdom...
With clothes of rag and face forlorn
Oh and how your sides were pierced with thorns
O how I wept at the sight of you
For it was for you that I sacrificed that you may be redeemed...
I withdrew My hands and told the winds
To bring you glad tidings which I desire to deliver unto you
O how I felt love for you that I asked the flowers of the fields
Of sunflowers, chamomile and jasmine to anoint your feet with perfume
So that where you walk your heart be filled with praises and glory overflow
And all shall know
That I am Yahweh God...
I leaned over to catch a closer glimpse of you
And My, how did the sun withdrew
A sigh of envy, a sigh of
Who beckons in the quiet fields?Who beckons in the quiet fieldsWho beckons in the quiet fields? by cereal-in-a-bowl
Whose voice is sweet like a song
whom angels sing before God's countenance?
O how melodious did He sing as He brushed through the field's
shamrock green hair
whose name brings about such fragrance
Which would stain round the collars and breast of each flower lain
in the field today...today...
Whose voice did perch upon the trees
where hangs the fruits of her tiring labour
ah, how she sings of her motherhood
as she brushed her hair with the hands of the breeze
sitting amongst other ladies
whose affair was that of knitting and that of chattering
mindless matters which does not carry their reasons anywhere...
how His voice lingered and how I searched where He may be
while scaling up the mountain high
where flowers praise and fields are plenty
for creatures rest and drink of happy wine
for the spring fount overflows
and it froths with delight
of great comfort unto any weary soul...
Who smells like roses
and taste of spring in the soul's pair of eyes
The Rosary: Not a Vain RepetitionWhen instructing people on how to pray, Jesus said this:The Rosary: Not a Vain Repetition by PieWriter
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
the light that leads to lifeJohn 12:44-50the light that leads to life by spanishbomb0
New Living Translation (NLT)
44 Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me. 45 For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. 47 I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. 48 But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken. 49 I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it.50 And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.”
unfailing loveunfailing love by spanishbomb0
New Living Translation (NLT)
7 Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.
By your mighty power you rescue
those who seek refuge from their enemies.
New Living Translation (NLT)
7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter
in the shadow of your wings.
New Living Translation (NLT)
10 For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
New Living Translation (NLT)
2 Your unfailing love will last forever.
Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.
He fills my life with good thingsPhilippians 4:10-12He fills my life with good things by spanishbomb0
New Living Translation (NLT)
Paul’s Thanks for Their Gifts
10 How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. 11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.
New Living Translation (NLT)
A psalm of David.
1 Let all that I am praise the LORD;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise the LORD;