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Catholic Lectionary

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 | MEMORIAL
SAINT CORNELIUS, POPE AND MARTYR AND SAINT CYPRIAN, BISHOP AND MARTYR
YEARS 1 & 2


From Friday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading 1 Timothy 6:2c–12
Response Text
Psalm Psalm 49:6–10, 17–20
Gospel Acclamation Matthew 11:25
Gospel Luke 8:1–3


Or from the Proper of Saints
First Reading 2 Corinthians 4:7–15
Response Psalm 126:5
Psalm Psalm 126:1b–6
Gospel Acclamation 2 Corinthians 1:3b–4
Gospel John 17:11b–19



Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Culture Threat#2: The Attack of Atheist Activism

Culture Threat#2: The Attack of Atheist Activism

Dear Lynwood,

Atheists have become emboldened nonbelievers who are angry and proactive and determined to intimidate believers in God. The most angry among them are preaching their anti-God religion with fiery evangelistic zeal.

But, how can people be so angry with God if they do not even believe in His existence?

Today's vocal crop of atheists has ramped up the volume, if not the substance, of the modern attack on religion we see going on all around us. We've always had atheists, and we always will until the Lord comes again. But the shrill scream of today's atheists is nothing like the more respectful opposition to belief we've seen in the past.

I never thought I'd see the day when atheists would so openly and viciously attack us, abandoning rational argument and descending into toxic vitriol and groundless accusations. But that day has come!

We must defend our faith with fervor and grace so the New Atheism does not…

HIS MATCHLESS WORTH

September 16


HIS MATCHLESS WORTH
Samuel Medley, 1738–1799
Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. (Psalm 73:25)
The distinctiveness of the Christian faith is that it focuses all of its teachings and emphasis on a single person, Jesus Christ—the God-man. All that we really know about our heavenly Father is learned from this One who lived among us for 33 years.
Some people speak eloquently about the Fatherhood of God yet seldom extol the virtues of Christ. But without a biblical knowledge of Christ and a personal relationship with Him, our understanding of God the Father would be incomplete. The Scriptures teach that Christ was the visible representation of the invisible Godhead (John 4:9).
Samuel Medley served in the British Royal Navy until he was wounded in battle at the age of 21. While recuperating from his injury, he was converted to Christ as he was reading a sermon by Isaac Watts. Soon Medley felt the call of God to the ministry and pastored …