Let’s say a prayer for those who have nobody to practice their faith with at home
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[...] because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
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Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
—John 8 verse 12, ESV
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it’s a celebration!
happy birthday to my favorite wrestler of ALL time, one of the absolute best to ever fucking do it, the worldwide treasure, the living legend Christian Cage!
Glad to have you back king!
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Advent is a strange season.
If you’re trying to sort it out, don’t look to pop culture for help. Society doesn’t know what to do with it. Even as Christians, we’re not so sure what to do with Advent either.
Is Advent the pre-game show for Christmas? I guess. Kind of.
But that’s not all it is. Advent has its own color for a reason. Advent is also its own thing, its own season.
One of the classic things that churches do for Advent is hold penance services. And a lot of people will pick up extra devotions during Advent. Like daily Mass or the Rosary.
Which can make Advent seem like the second coming of Lent. Most of the same stuff. But without Stations of the Cross or fish on Friday.
But that’s not it. Advent isn’t low-budget version of Lent.
Advent is the season of hope. And of preparation.
Which means there’s a different feel, even for the penance services.
Because in Advent, there’s just no getting away from the anticipation, from that strong undercurrent of joy. Because we know Who’s coming.
Which means that the penances and devotions of Advent don’t feel like sack cloth and ashes and fasting. The penances and devotions of Advent feel more like getting our place ready for company.
It’s more like straightening up and taking the trash out. Because Someone we can’t wait to see is coming over.
Not because we’re trying to make everything perfect. Or pretend that we’ve got it all together. But because we’re so excited that He’s coming.
We want Him to feel welcome. To know that He’s wanted.
And the place that we’re getting ready? Is right here, in our hearts.
One great way to start? With an Advent daily devotional.
You’ll be surprised how much there is to Advent. And how much more Christmas will mean to you. With just a minute or two each day on the way there.
If you’ve never tried an Advent daily devotional, today is the perfect time. Because just about all of them start on December 1.
There are a lot of good ones out there. Two of my favorites – “The Joy of Advent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis” and Pope Benedict XVI’s “The Blessings of Christmas.”
But whatever you do, take advantage of Advent. Take the moment, in hope, in joyful anticipation, to prepare for the One who can’t wait to be with you this Christmas.
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The cases of femicide in my homeland are worrying. Please, would you pray a rosary with me to our Blessed Mother dedicated to women? Thank you.
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1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT
31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
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Our Lord has many weak children in his family, many dull pupils in his school, many raw soldiers in his army, many lame sheep in his flock. Yet he bears with them all, and casts none away. Happy is that Christian who has learned to do likewise with his brethren.
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Would you please pray for me and I will for you?
I (25M) feel like my life has been falling apart this past year.
A very close loved one to me lost their years long battle with their terminal illness and on top of that my girlfriend at the time told me that she didn't want me to contact her again. It was my first heartbreak on top of being emotionally crushed with the death of my loved one.
The gf and I used to be very close and both had similar backgrounds, she was even going through something very similar situation with a terminally ill loved one at the same time as well. She never gave a reason beyond that she had too much stress going on in her life at the time. I tried to be as loving and supportive as possible, I was far from perfect, but was never abusive in any way and she always said that I was incredibly gentle with her. She was also my best friend.
I've asked for an intercession from St. Therese and other saints for her to reach out to me again. I don't know why God took two of my favorite people away from me at almost the same time.
Thank you for listening. God bless.
Absolutely. That was beautifully written and I can't imagine how painful things must be for you right now. Although I did not have a love one pass at the same time, I had a relationship end in a very similar way, and it is very painful. Please, everyone, offer prayers ❤️
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God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT
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3500 years ago a bunch of people decided to build a tower to the sky and now I have to worry about keeping up my Duolingo streak
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Let’s say a prayer for those who are considering coming to the faith but are scared of the consequences
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A Tiki bar but instead of appropriating Oceanic cultures and religions, it's all Garbled Catholic Iconography.
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Missionaries are inherently xenophobic.
Missionaries to Jews are inherently antisemitic.
There is no debate here - the above statements are inescapable true. Intentions do not matter. It LITERALLY DOES NOT MATTER that Christian missionaries BELIEVE they are doing something good by saving other people from hell. IT. DOES. NOT. MATTER.
Because the people you're missionizing ALSO have beliefs, that are part of their own religions and cultures and histories and ethnicities. And your assumption that only YOUR beliefs are correct and must be spread is the LITERAL definition of xenophobia.
Missionaries and bigotry are not seperable.
If you proselytize in your personal life (congratulations, you are also a model of xenophobia and bigotry), or if you support missionaries or missionary activity (ideologically or financially), you are now being instructed to unfollow me, because I don't like you as a person, and I can't respect you while you willfully disrespect others. In either case, you are also now being instructed to cut that shit the fuck out. No one wants to hear about the love of Jesus from you, and if they do, they will ask you DIRECTLY and EXPLICITLY. Literally no one else gives a fuck.
I will be accepting apologies in writing and reparations via venmo.
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If you are a Christian that wants to host a Passover seder this year:
1) Don’t. It’s appropriative and gross.
2) Still don’t.
3) Jesus never participated in the type of seder that Jews have today. He lived (if he existed as described in your Christian holy books) during the Second Temple Era of Judaism, when worship was Temple-focused and ritual sacrifice was a key facet of the holiday. The modern seder takes most of its traditions from rabbinic Judaism, which was not the Judaism of Jesus.
4) Don’t do it. Don’t. No, there is no good reason for you to do it.
5) Given the Christian antisemitic violence traditionally inflicted on the Jews during this time of year (the lead up to Easter), it is EXTRA awful for Christians to try and appropriate our traditions related to Passover.
6) Don’t. Pesach is our holiday, and our religion is a semi-closed practice. Don’t appropriate our stuff. Don’t make our stuff about Jesus.
7) There are no exceptions to the rule that Christians should not host Passover seders.
Hope this helps.
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"it is easier for a ship to pass through the suez canal than it is for a rich man to enter heaven"
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There is no disappointment in the hope we have, for the Holy Spirit has filled our hearts with the love of God. We live with the earnest expectation of the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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No Way Jose(ph)
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