Dec 3 2012- Dec 9 2012 
 News In Review
 Vol 7, Issue 41
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 December 3 - Contemplative Prayer and Breath
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Everyone can be a contemplative. Everyone should ask for this gift. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that "Contemplative prayer is the prayer of the child of God, of the forgiven sinner who agrees to welcome the love by which he is loved and who wants to respond to it by loving even more". Contemplative prayer is an immense gift from the Holy Spirit. We do not have to be a Saint Theresa of Avila or a Saint John of the Cross to receive this awesome gift.

What is contemplative prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that "Contemplative prayer is the prayer of the child of God, of the forgiven sinner who agrees to welcome the love by which he is loved and who wants to respond to it by loving even more. But he knows that the love he is returning is poured out by the Spirit in his heart, for everything is grace from God. Contemplative prayer is the poor and humble surrender to the loving will of the Father in ever deeper union with his beloved Son" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2712).

We have seen how centering prayer and lectio divina are two preferred methods of prayer that dispose our soul to receive the gift of contemplative prayer. We have also considered the importance of openness to God, silence, stillness and solitude. Let us now continue our discussion by considering the importance of breath.

Prayer and meditation in Non-Christian eastern religions place a lot of importance on breath. We should not be reluctant in learning methods from other religious traditions if they can help us receive more fully the gift of contemplative prayer as Christians.

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 December 1 - "Big Brother" comes to the Vatican
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Having greeted the Swiss Guard in his magnificent uniform, an impeccably dressed monsignor walks briskly past until his eyes catch sight of the two security barriers located beyond the marble door frame. And his heart sinks with disappointment: from 1 january, anyone who enters or exits will have to swipe their new magnetic ID cards which are fitted with a chip that makes it possible to locate the card's owner at any time.

Vatican City, Apostolic Palace, frescoed corridor in the Third Loggia: security checks in the Secretariat of State, the Holy See's control room, have been boosted. And not just in terms of the times when the building can be accessed. This is just one of the consequences of the Vatileaks scandal. Locked archives, more stringent checks on those who wish to view dossiers and the obligation to declare every document that is photocopied. The Holy See has introduced a set of new, tougher rules, which even apply to the few members of the papal household. The personal secretaries' office has been declared off limits to prevent a repeat of the leaked document incident.

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 November 30 - California Church to Become Site of Islamist Convention
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Protestants Un iting With Other Religions

The Muslim Public Affairs Council's choice of location for its 12th Annual Convention on December 15 is telling: The All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena, California. The group, founded by Muslim Brotherhood followers, says this is the "next step in its mission by crossing the interfaith line." Yet again, the Islamists are taking advantage of na´ve Christians with a desire to show off their tolerance.

The All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena started an Interfaith Study Group in 2007 with the Pasadena Jewish Temple and the Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC), from which MPAC originated. The organization was founded as a branch of ICSC in 1986 and then became independent in 1988, though the two remain intertwined. The ICSC is proud of its interfaith successes. For example, the First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica is allowing the ICSC to hold Friday prayers there every week.

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 December 5 - NSA agent: Everyone under virtual surveillance
 Article: One World Government

Did you ever get the feeling you were being watched? And watched by the government? There's very good reason to feel that way, says a whistleblower from the National Security Agency who says everyone in the U.S. is under virtual surveillance by federal authorities.

In an interview with RT, William Binney, a former mathematician and code breaker at the NSA, says the FBI records the emails of nearly all Americans, including members of Congress, and warns that the government can use this information against anyone.

"The FBI has access to the data collected, which is basically the emails of virtually everybody in the country. And the FBI has access to it,"
Binney said. "All the congressional members are on the surveillance, too, no one is excluded. They are all included. So, yes, this can happen to anyone. If they become a target for whatever reason - they are targeted by the government, the government can go in, or the FBI, or other agencies of the government, they can go into their database, pull all that data collected on them over the years, and we analyze it all.

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 December 3 - Rob Bell Tells How 'Love Wins' Led to Mars Hill Departure
 Article: Emerging Church

Former megachurch pastor Rob Bell, founder of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Mich., recently shared how his 2011 book, Love Wins, led to a fallout with the congregation and forced him on a "search for a more forgiving faith."

Bell details this search in a recent interview with The New Yorker, and discusses his invitation to Christians interested in a different kind of church, "one that can keep pace with the rising 'waterline of culture.'" "Bell is now loosely aligned with a cohort of pastors worldwide who are searching for ways to move beyond old-fashioned worship," Kelefa Sanneh of The New Yorker wrote in an in-depth, Nov. 26 feature on Bell, entitled "Hell Raiser."

The main issue discussed in Bell's recent interview regards Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, in which the former pastor questioned the existence of hell and the evangelical teaching that only those who believe in Jesus Christ go to heaven. Bell received a vast amount of criticism for his book and even lost members of his Mars Hill Bible Church congregation. The New Yorker writes that "word went out that a prominent megachurch leader had rejected Hell, thereby embracing heresy." Critics accused Bell of being a heretic, a political liberal, and a Universalist, among other labels.

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We hope the Weekly News In Review has been a blessing to you.

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