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Trump Takes South Carolina

Donald Trump leads GOP in South Carolina primary 2016

Trump Wins South Carolina Primary, Followed By Rubio & Cruz. Bush Bows Out.

Donald Trump took the winner's spot in South Carolina's GOP primary, after a rocky week on the campaign trail.  He continued to touch the nerves of voters in South Carolina, with blistering rhetoric about combating terrorism, ending illegal immigration, and a less than presidentialretort to Pope Francis. 

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Did Pope Francis Really Imply Donald Trump Is Not Christian? Unlikely.

CNN headline

I read this CNN headline, and it perplexed me. So, I looked up the actual interview between the Pope and reporters. Here is the quote, from Pope Francis on February 18th, 2016:

"A person who thinks only about building walls,
wherever they may be, and not building bridges,
is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.”  

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OOPS! Did Texas Judge Guevara Just Fuel Scalia Death Conspiracy Theorists' Fire?

Judge Gives Lesson On How NOT To Handle Conspiracy Theorists

Infowars correspondent David Knight goes to the source of the possible scuttlebutt that's now smoldering in West Texas, and asks Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara for an explaination of how she handled the procedure in the recent death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Judge Guevara is the judge who declared the cause of death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to be "natural causes," via telephone on Saturday, February 13th – without having seen the body, and without a post mortem medical examination.

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Should Obama Appoint a New Supreme Court Justice To Replace Scalia? Rubio's View

In this interview by George Stephanopolis on ABC This Week, Senator Marco Rubio shares his view on whether or not President Obama should appoint a new candidate for Supreme Court Justice, to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away last week at the age of 79. He also comments on the intense debate now brewing between he and Senator Ted Cruz.

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Trey Gowdy Endorses Marco Rubio For 2016 GOP Primary

After Senator Cruz's apparent attempt to misrepresent the truth about Trey Gowdy's support for the upcoming GOP Primary election, the Rubio campaign released this ad, leading up to the South Carolina Primary and Super Tuesday votes, coming up soon.

Do you think this ad for Rubio will be enough to counter the misinformation / disinformation circulated by Cruz supporters, that Gowdy "switched his support to Cruz?"

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What Pope Francis told a stunningly large crowd of Mexican youth

Pope Francis in Mexico

Pope Francis is cheered by youths as he arrives to the stadium in Morelia, Mexico, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. Francis arrived in the heart of Mexico's drug-trafficking country to offer words of encouragement to clergy trying to minister to a people tormented by the violence and gang warfare of the drug trade. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)


EWTN (see original article here): In his visit to Morelia – one of Mexico's most violent cities – Pope Francis had a strong message for the country's youth: rather than allowing themselves to be used and trampled on, he told them to recognize their value and to place their hope in Jesus.

One of Mexico's greatest treasures “is that it has a youthful face: its young people...you are the wealth of this land,” the Pope told them Feb. 16.

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The Promise of Hope

The Promise of Hope

 

When a friend makes you a promise, be trustful.
When a stranger makes you a promise, be concerned.
When a politician makes you a promise, be guarded.
When a politician promises you hope,
be alarmed.

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Dead at 79

Supreme Courty Justice Antonin Scalia
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Pronounced Dead of Natural Causes at 79

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday, February 13th. A devoted Christian Catholic, last rights were administered to Justice Scalia by a Catholic Priest, and his family is making funeral arrangements.

Justice Scalia died while on vacation in his sleep either Friday night or Saturday morning, at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a luxury hunting resort compound, owned by Houston businessman John Poindexter (no, not that John Poindexter). The 30,000 acre 5-star resort is less than an hour from the Mexican border, approximately 40 miles south of Marfa, Texas.

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Evangelize Your Faith, Not Your Hipster Brand

Guy Kawasaki: Chief Evangelist

I bump into tech folks often these days who have the word "Evangelist" in their title, or even "Chief Evangelist." Yeah, I get it. "Evangelize" had that cool factor, ever since Guy Kawasaki coined it over two decades ago to promote the Apple brand. Since leaving Apple, among other endeavors (Google, etc.), he's now the Chief Evangelist for Canva, a design software firm – same hat, different cattle. 

Guy was, and is one of the modern technology sector's greatest minds. He coined, and defined Evangelization Marketing for technology, brilliantly borrowing a word from the Christian faith at a time when Christians weren't all that excited about spreading the good word. In a world chock-full of young turks all too eager to spend Sunday mornings hacking vs. praying, evangelizing tech became an instant hit with Gen-Xers from Silicon Valley to Boston Harbor. But that was then. This is now.

OK Guy, you had your turn. Can we have our word back now?

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ACLU Files Suit to Force Catholic Hospitals To Commit Abortion

Mother Mary: Please pray for us

ACLU Files Second Lawsuit Attempting to Force Catholic Healthcare System to Perform Abortion

On October 1st, 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed an amended lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Detroit against the Livonia, Michigan-based Trinity Health Corporation, a Catholic health care system, operating 86 hospitals in 21 states. 

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Your Beatitude Determines Your Altitude

Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, where He delivered the Beatitudes

The Beatitudes are the heart of Jesus' preaching.  The Beatitudes are eight blessings recounted in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Each is a proverb-like proclamation, without narrative, cryptic, precise, and full of meaning. Each one includes a topic that forms a major biblical theme:

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Don't Worry John, This is Just Practice For What's To Come.

Looking out the window, God spoke to me

Thinking back just about ten years ago on a life-changing moment for me, while looking out my office window one night...

How could I feel unfilfilled with my place in life? All outward signs were positive: I was happily married for over 20 years to my high school sweetheart; had two incredible young children; I owned my own business which allowed me the flexibility to dedicate an inordinate amount of time to several community volunteer projects. I was active in local and state politics, ran campaigns and seemed to come out on the winning end of everything I set my sites on doing.  

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Father Barron: What is Lent?

In this video, Father (now Bishop) Robert Barron delivers an excellent description of the Christian celebration of Lent.

Author Ann SwindellFor another execellent perspective on Lent, Relevant Magazine's Ann Swindell shares four key reasons for Lent: 1) Lent is a reminder of our need to repent; 2) Lent is a paring down of our excesses; 3) Lent reminds us of our humanity; and 4) Lent sobers us, in order to prepare for celebration (Easter).

See Ann's full article here.

 

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On This Rock

You are Peter, and on this rock I shall build my Church.

Just about 2,000 years ago, Jesus laid out the grand plan for us all. His Holy Apostle Peter was made the "rock" upon which His Church would be built. The word of God, our Jesus Christ flowed through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, Disciples and the holy Church then, and God's word flows through our holy Church today.

"You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it
(Matthew 16:18)

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