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  2. Reading 1 Rom 1:16-25 Brothers and sisters: I am not ashamed of the Gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: for Jew first, and then Greek. For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith; as it is written, "The one who is righteous by faith will live." The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against every impiety and wickedness of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness. For what can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them. Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a result, they have no excuse; for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened. While claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes. Therefore, God handed them over to impurity through the lusts of their hearts for the mutual degradation of their bodies. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. Responsorial Psalm Ps 19:2-3, 4-5 R. (2a) The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day pours out the word to day, and night to night imparts knowledge. R. The heavens proclaim the glory of God. Not a word nor a discourse whose voice is not heard; Through all the earth their voice resounds, and to the ends of the world, their message. R. The heavens proclaim the glory of God. Alleluia Heb 4:12 R. Alleluia, alleluia. The word of God is living and effective, able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 11:37-41 After Jesus had spoken, a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home. He entered and reclined at table to eat. The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal. The Lord said to him, "Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you." - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner. source
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  4. Disciple 3000 - Beta testers needed :)

    No. I got to the point where nothing was available anymore except debates, but they did nothing as all prayers were maxed out, as were archangels, souls, etc. The message at the top has changed now (I reopened the game) back to the original save us but before it said that God made us for him or something like that. Ideas?? There is no restart button or message that the game is over. I tried to attach a screenshot but it was too big and when I reduced it, it was impossible to see any details.
  5. Columbus a murderer?

  6. And now Torches are symbols of Hatred

    And of course, let's not forget this overreaction that caught an Asian-American in its web: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/23/business/media/robert-lee-university-virginia-charlottesville.html
  7. Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    The other thought that just occurred to me is that Jesus remaining with us through The Incarnation in life's journey and its causes and effects, there just has to be something holy and sanctifying about it all - else Jesus would not be with us in it all. Of course, The Church teaches that every life has potential for holiness, but sometimes it can happen that a light shines and one knows on a newer level: "Of course, it just has to be that way and as The Church teaches". All things in life, the great and the small, the Joy and the sufferings all have potential to make great saints and it is through The Incarnation, the Life and Death of Jesus, that this is so. Taking things a bit further - and this is what the theology and spirituality, the insight and genius, of St Therese is all about and whether one lives a remarkably holy life in the public eye or whether one lives a hidden quite everyday and ordinary life - the very ordinary and everyday lived in an extraordinary way as St Therese lived it. It is not about an ordinary life per se or a quite extraordinary public life per se, it is all about the perspective and attitude concerning one's journey and whatever that journey might be - to journey in Love and in Faith that Jesus unfailingly is leading one to holiness through the events and situations of one's life..............intimately in the messiness of it all with us. Perspective and attitude.
  8. Disciple 3000 - Beta testers needed :)

    Status " No crusading to do. Inactivity has caused the Knights to become bored " Looks like it's from an earlier iteration of your angels...
  9. Disciple 3000 - Beta testers needed :)

    Also, to clarify, what do you have to do to get to the 3rd section without prematurely ending the game?
  10. send both conjoined twins to jail for one's crime?

    This situation may be unlikely, however, there have been many instances of DNA testing identifying two separate people...i.e. identical twins. Sometimes they are able to convict based on alibis, but occasionally they are unable to do so in instances where both twins deny charges and they have nothing else to differentiate the two.
  11. Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    CHAT Buddie, my little dog, must have a vet visit today - he has a terrible cough. It will be the first time he has travelled by taxi and I am concerned how things will go with me more disabled now and with Buddie unfamiliar with taxi travel..........and me with funds really low. A quick prayer please can work wonders. I was drifting off to sleep last night thinking about how life can all of a sudden get messy, one is cruising along with all as it should be and all of a sudden....mess!..... - it might be small or it might be something major. Life now and then gets messy. It occurred to me that with the Incarnation, Jesus Son of God, becomes truly human in every single way except sin. He not only has an overwhelming ardent desire to open Heaven for us returning us to God's friendship as a very personal God, He desires ardently to effect all this by entering into the messiness that human life can be. Ultimately, He even embraced a shocking death to remain with us in cause and effect..........i.e. the human journey. Thus is our redemption effected. Love. He even comes to us in sin, small or major, not with reprimand but with an ardent desire to forgive and forget, and get on with our journey and with Him. It seems to me that God has an ardent desire to enter into the messiness of life with us - its little messes and its big ones and that the Incarnation 'speaks' this fact. He is here with us in all the ups and downs, trials and difficulties, highs and Joys.......whether I can only hold to it in Faith or whether I have a personal awareness of His Presence. We do tend to think it seems to me that a personal awareness of the Presence of Jesus in some way is a great blessing and it is. But "blessed are they who have not seen but believe" are the words of Jesus. That is, blessed are those who journey in Faith and only Faith without very special blessings to encourage them on the way. What a revelation Heaven will be! __________________ Some saint and I forget whom said that the special consolations in prayer and those mystical in nature are very often sent to strengthen one in weakness of Faith. Holy indeed are those who never experience such consolations and encouragement and yet journey on through the ups and downs, the causes and effects of life, and in dark Faith. I did think it was St Teresa of Avila who said or wrote it, but I have never been able to confirm that it was. Hence, where I read it remains a mystery. "Behold I am with you even to the consummation of the world" "If you love Me and keep my commandments, we shall come to you and make our abode with you" Faith and Love
  12. Disciple 3000 - Beta testers needed :)

    Or devotion for how fast the prayer increases and nuns for how much capacity for prayer there is.
  13. Private Vows in The Laity/Spirituality

    St Vincent de Paul Society
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  16. Disciple 3000 - Beta testers needed :)

    Actually, the more I'm thinking about this... I think this makes more sense: ENERGY / DEVOTION The "Energy" effects how fast you can pray, while the "Devotion" effects the amount you can pray.
  17. Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate

    The Sisters have a new habit now. They went back to one that is similar to the habit they wore in the 1950's. I like the new look
  18. Disciple 3000 - Beta testers needed :)

    Did you get to the end when it asked you if you wanted to continue or start again? Did you battle the demons?
  19. Disciple 3000 - Beta testers needed :)

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  21. BDUs: Can Civilians Wear Them?

    It's fine, but I do have a few observations about the practice. Using the trousers is the most practical and accepted, you can wear them an casual attire and for utility purposes and still not look like you are a 10 year old playing Army or going to an airsoft match. You wont wont offend any active duty people or veterans. Using the top alone is a bit odd, it's not quite a shirt and it's not quite a jacket, but I suppose if you are into wearing it you can pull it off. You typically wont offend any active duty or vets, they may look at you weird though. Using the tops and bottoms together is odd, one tends to look like a 10 year old playing Army in his case unless your doing some type of outdoorsy activity or the circumstances call for it like as a costume. If you don this ensemble in public you may attract unwanted attention. Most active duty/vets won't care but you open yourself up to potential confrontation and explaining yourself repeatedly. Stay away from insignia or emblems, and never in any circumstances use any devices or articles of dress/service uniforms.
  22. Disciple 3000 - Beta testers needed :)

    Sounds good and makes sense. I did the last level tonight and it didn't take very long - not as interesting - not as many 'works' seemed to appear - and all that free angel cake etc, didn't really see the challenge. It was more like waiting for time to pass by. And unless I did it wrong, it didn't seem to end very satisfactorily, just that sentence at the top of the screen about God, which is nice, but I don't know, I like the first two levels better than the third. Just me, maybe. Level 1 and 2 take too long and Level 3 was surprisingly short. Otherwise, I still enjoyed it.
  23. Disciple 3000 - Beta testers needed :)

    Thank you! Im thinking about changing NUNS/CONVENTS to PRAYER POWER/MEMORIZED PRAYERS I think it makes more sense from a scale perspective?
  24. BDUs: Can Civilians Wear Them?

    I'm asking you guys because I honestly trust you people more than the nuts on Reddit. Do you think that it's OK for civilians (in the United States) to wear parts of a military uniform in public? I just bought a set of BDUs from a surplus store a couple of days ago, and it's beginning to weigh on my conscience. And what I mean by a military uniform is: Just the pantaloons and shirt with no specific military insignia. Maybe an American flag on the shoulder, and that's it. My usage of it would probably not consist of the full thing, 24/7. I would sometimes wear the jacket as a jacket, on cold or rainy days. And the pantaloons? Maybe on a hike or something, and as part of a Halloween costume (yes, I still do that, but just because I'm the oldest doesn't mean I have to be a boring teenager). Just for reference, I'm going to share my current opinion on the matter (though it may be changed by a brilliant answer from one of you). I think that wearing parts of a surplus uniform is fine, and that it is not disrespectful. I find BDUs to be rather practical as clothing, and I personally like the way they look. When someone starts wearing specific insignia from any branch, even as much as a "US ARMY" or "US MARINES" tape on the chest, it is essentially lying. You are starting to claim that you are someone that you are not.
  25. i literally logged in for the first time in a year just to post in this.
  26. I think this will go on forever, until one of us gains moderator privs and closes the whole thing.
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