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Despite a history of sexual abuse, here's why some catholic parents choose to stay with the church

Religion / Religious News /

Michael Hoffman is what some call a "cradle Catholic." Born and raised into the faith, he and his family were extremely involved in their Forest Park, Ill., parish throughout his childhood. As a kid, he was an altar server. As an adult, he considers the Catholic community the "fabric" of his life.

From 12 to 16, it was also the source of his ...Read more

What did Jesus mean when He said that the rocks would speak on His behalf?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: What did Jesus mean when He said that the rocks would speak on His behalf? -- R.S.

A: When the Pharisees told Jesus to silence His followers for proclaiming Him the King of glory, Jesus said, "I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out" (Luke 19:40). Jesus, ...Read more

Meditation 10/21-10/27: The Coming of Zion's King - Zech 9:9-12 NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

Zion's Coming King

Rejoice, O people of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem!
Look, your king is coming to you.
He is righteous and victorious,
yet he is humble, riding on a donkey -
riding on a donkey's colt.

I will remove the battle chariots from Israel
and the warhorses from Jerusalem.
I will ...Read more

Amid sex abuse crisis, Pope Francis calls on US bishops to gather for retreat at Illinois seminary in January

Religion / Religious News /

CHICAGO -- Pope Francis has called on Catholic bishops nationwide to gather for a historic seven-day spiritual retreat at Mundelein Seminary in suburban Chicago in January as church hierarchy grapple with the ongoing clergy sex abuse scandal.

As chancellor of the seminary, Archdiocese of Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich -- now in Rome for a ...Read more

My dad was an anonymous Christian

Religion / God Squad /

Q: Your recent column alluding to the fact that Father Tom and your father could know of each other's presence in Heaven raised some questions for me. If the God of the Old Testament is the true God, would that not preclude the possibility that Father Tom would be in the same Heaven as your father? However, if Jesus is the true savior, would ...Read more

Did Jesus Christ ever really exist?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: A friend of mine stated emphatically that Jesus Christ really never existed and that it is all a grand, but unproved, drama. How does one respond to such a claim? -- T.F.

A: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). Christianity is a faith-...Read more

Meditation 10/21-10/27: The Coming of Zion's King - Zech 9:9-12 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

A Humble King Riding a Donkey

"Shout and cheer, Daughter Zion!
Raise the roof, Daughter Jerusalem!
Your king is coming!
a good king who makes all things right,
a humble king riding a donkey,
a mere colt of a donkey.
I've had it with war - no more chariots in Ephraim,
no more war horses in Jerusalem,
...Read more

Why do Christians say that the gruesome and inhumane of Jesus Chris is glorious?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: The crucifixion of Jesus Christ on a cross was gruesome and inhumane. Why do Christians say that it is glorious? -- G.Q.

A: The ultimate victory of the cross is that it could not hold the Savior of the world. He finished His work for mankind there but the cross did not finish Him. He triumphed over...Read more

Meditation 10/21-10/27: The Coming of Zion's King - Zech 9:9-12 ESV

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The Coming King of Zion

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the war horse from ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Experiencing a time of 'fog'? See that it can satisfy your spirit

Religion / Religious News /

Looking north to Cape Foulweather on the Oregon coast, one is first impressed by the 500-foot abutment of bare rock jutting out into the Pacific Ocean.

Gazing inland, one sees a steep meadow of ground cover yielding to deciduous then the abundant coniferous trees that blanket the region.

In the clear light of a bright -- if cool -- summer day ...Read more

Isn't the greatest cost measured by the men and women who die in service to their country?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I worked a short time for an institute that studies battles and wars around the world and learned that some believe World War II was the most costly war. Isn't the greatest cost measured by the men and women who die in service to their country? -- W.S.

A: Wars have raged throughout history. A ...Read more

Meditation 10/21-10/27: The Coming of Zion's King - Zech 9:9-12 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

The Coming of Zion's King

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
And the horse from ...Read more

Am I wasting my time visiting prisoners?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Several times a year I do prison visitation to bring encouragement to inmates who feel they have no one to turn to for a listening ear and a word of hope. Some are so hardened it is like talking to the cement walls, but others warm to the message that God will pardon them and give them a new purpose...Read more

Meditation 10/21-10/27: The Coming of Zion's King - Zech 9:9-12 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

The Coming of Zion's King

Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and having salvation,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

I will take away the chariots from Ephraim
and the war-horses from Jerusalem,
and the battle...Read more

Meditation 10/21-10/27: The Coming of Zion's King - Zech 9:9-12 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Your king comes righteous & having salvation

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the ...Read more

Can music can influence a people and a nation, good or bad?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: It is claimed that music can influence a people and a nation, good or bad. Do you agree? -- M.L.

A: If oratory is the highest art, music must surely be a close second. George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" is a splendid example of how the written word set to music affects the human heart. The text for...Read more

Meditation 10/14-10/20: You are my witnesses Is 43:10-13 CEV

Religion / Bible Verses /

You are my witnesses

My people, you are my witnesses
and my chosen servant.
I want you to know me,
to trust me,
and understand
that I alone am God.
I have always been God;
there can be no others.

I alone am the LORD;
only I can rescue you.

I promised to save you,
and I kept...Read more

Does the Bible say anything about caterpillars changing into butterflies?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My sixth-grade class is studying caterpillars and learning how they change into butterflies. Does the Bible say anything about this? -- S.G.

A: There is a spiritual lesson in the study of the caterpillar. The same God who changes the caterpillar can also change you. The Bible tells us not to be ...Read more

Meditation 10/14-10/20: You are my witnesses Is 43:10-13 NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

You are my witnesses

"But you are my witnesses, O Israel!" says the Lord.
"You are my servant.
You have been chosen to know me, believe in me,
and understand that I alone am God.
There is no other God -
there never has been, and there never will be.

I, yes I, am the Lord,
and there ...Read more

Diocese of San Jose, Calif., lists 15 priests accused of abusing children

Religion / Religious News /

LOS ANGELES -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose on Thursday released the names of 15 priests accused of sexually abusing children, becoming the latest of several California dioceses to release such lists in recent weeks.

Of the 15 priests, nine are dead and the rest have been permanently banned from the ministry. Four of the men had been ...Read more