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What can I do to overcome the depth of emptiness?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My husband recently passed away after 65 wonderful years together. Now that he is gone my grief is overwhelming. My friends tell me that I should be thanking the Lord that he no longer has to suffer. Now I am feeling guilty. What can I do to overcome the depth of emptiness? -- G.W.

A: First, don't ...Read more

Meditation 8/12 - 8/18 Follow His Steps 1 Peter 2:21-25 NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

We should follow His steps

This suffering is all part of what God has called you to. Christ, who suffered for you, is your example. Follow in his steps. He never sinned, and he never deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted. When he suffered, he did not threaten to get even. He left his case in the hands of God, who ...Read more

Vatican calls clergy sex abuse outlined in Pa. report 'criminal and morally reprehensible'

Religion / Religious News /

PHILADELPHIA -- The Vatican on Thursday called the conduct of priests and their supervisors that was detailed this week in a blistering grand jury report on clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania "criminal and morally reprehensible."

"Those acts were betrayals of trust that robbed survivors of their dignity and their faith," a papal spokesman said in...Read more

Arguments for -- and against -- the death penalty

Religion / God Squad /

Q: What do you think about Pope Francis' recent edict on the death penalty? Sincere thanks and God's abundant blessings! -- S from Buffalo, N.Y.

A: Following the lead of his two predecessors but going further, Pope Francis has altered the Catechism of the Catholic Church to eliminate all doubts about the Church's position on the death penalty. ...Read more

How can we slow down the moral corruption that will lead to the death of our nation?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: It seems that America is losing its way. We elect many religious people to Congress. Can't they do something to stop, or at least, slow down the moral corruption that will lead to the death of our nation? -- T.A.

A: The answer cannot be found in political parties or government institutions. God ...Read more

Meditation 8/12 - 8/18 Follow His Steps 1 Peter 2:21-25 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

We should follow His steps

This is the kind of life you've been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step.

He never did one thing wrong,
Not once said anything amiss.

They called him every name in the ...Read more

Is it wrong that my ill mother constantly prays that she might just die and go to Heaven?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My mother is quite old and in bad health. She constantly prays that she might just die and go to Heaven. Is that wrong? -- A.W.

A: No, it isn't wrong. In fact, if Christians never yearn for Heaven, it may mean we've become too satisfied, or too preoccupied, with our lives right now! It's easy to ...Read more

Meditation 8/12 - 8/18 Follow His Steps 1 Peter 2:21-25 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

We should follow His steps

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting ...Read more

A Pennsylvania grand jury details decades of efforts by the Catholic Church to cover up child sex abuse by priests

Religion / Religious News /

The 1,356-page report from Pennsylvania begins with a plea: "We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this." The Roman Catholic Church's darkest secrets start tumbling out not long afterward.

In the Diocese of Allentown, one priest was confronted by his superiors and said: "Please help me. I sexually molested a boy."

The diocese ...Read more

Victim of priest abuse: 'It's your word against God's'

Religion / Religious News /

PHILADELPHIA -- One man held his cell phone toward the audience, panning to capture the long-awaited moment

A mother held a photo of her son, his wide smile belying a pain she said drove him to substance abuse and death at age 31.

Five sisters -- each a victim of abuse by the same Roman Catholic priest -- held one another.

"These women no ...Read more

Priests ran child porn ring in Pittsburgh diocese: state AG's grand jury report

Religion / Religious News /

PHILADELPHIA -- George said he never discussed the nude Polaroids, or the twisted, secret gift he and the other kids had been given decades ago by the men who preyed on them. These weren't the kinds of things you could share without feeling humiliated, especially not if you grew up tough, like he did on the South Side of Pittsburgh.

But you can...Read more

Pa. Catholic Church sex abuse report names hundreds of priests, accuses leaders of cover-up

Religion / Religious News /

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Top Roman Catholic leaders in Pennsylvania routinely covered up child sex abuse by hundreds of priests over decades, according to a long-awaited grand jury report released Tuesday.

The nearly 900-page document -- the product of what may be the most comprehensive examination to date of clergy sex abuse across a single state --...Read more

Can you help me explain to my friend what church is really all about?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My friend says she only goes to churches that make her feel good about herself. I have tried to explain to her that going to church is about worshiping God and learning about Him, not serving self. Can you help me explain to her what church is really all about? -- T.F.

A: Society today reflects the...Read more

Australian ex-archbishop avoids jail for concealing child sex abuse

Religion / Religious News /

CANBERRA, Australia -- Former Archbishop Philip Wilson, the most senior Catholic official in the world to be convicted of concealing child sexual abuse, has avoided jail after a judge on Tuesday allowed him to serve his 12-month custodial sentence in home detention.

Newcastle Local Court magistrate Robert Stone ordered Wilson to be detained at ...Read more

How can I help my newly unemployed son?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: After 20 years as a loyal employee, my son has lost his job in order for the company to make room for a younger person with less experience but more education than he has. I am worried about him because he has fallen into deep depression. He feels rejected and like a complete failure. How can I help...Read more

Meditation 8/12 - 8/18 Follow His Steps 1 Peter 2:21-25 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

We should follow His steps

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

"He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to...Read more

Spiritual Life: Can you help protect your church pastor from a haymaker?

Religion / Religious News /

The punch didn't knock me out, but the sun, moon, and stars all came out at once.

After I had gathered all my chickens back, I was trying through the mental haze and unexpected shock to discover the source of the blow -- while bracing myself for another onslaught. As my vision cleared, I looked to my right and locked sight on a rather short and...Read more

Meditation 8/12 - 8/18 Follow His Steps 1 Peter 2:21-25 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

We should follow His steps

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth ...Read more

Meditation 8/5 - 8/11 Discples Sent Out - Mk. 6:7-13 CEV

Religion / Bible Verses /

The Disciples Sent Out

Then he called together his twelve apostles and sent them out two by two with power over evil spirits. He told them, "You may take along a walking stick. But don't carry food or a traveling bag or any money. It's all right to wear sandals, but don't take along a change of clothes. When you are welcomed into a home,...Read more

Does faith in God replace worry?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am a worrier by nature. My grandmother tells me that worry will make me old before my time. She says faith in God replaces worry, so why are people so resistant to trusting God? -- D.G.

A: We live in an era that many refer to as "the age of anxiety." Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes ...Read more