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  • CATHOLIC PewPOINT editorial on Elian Gonzalez and Holy Week
  • Sister Mary Lucy Astuto's column on Confession
  • Michael Vincent Boyer's column on the dilemna in Hollywood with either Valenti or Clinton you can't win
  • March 25th Medjugorje Message
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    Little Elian Gonzalez has been delivered to us to test the collective conscience of souls everywhere

      In this weekend's editorial, we equate the events unfolding this week in Miami and Washington D.C. with echoes coming from Havana and Rome, all surrounding the plight of the Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez with events that took place nearly 2000 years ago which we commemorate this weekend and all next week. We show how the modern Scribes and Pharisees who first hailed Christ and then turned on Him, are doing the same with little Elian who, like Our Lord, has remained silent through this entire ordeal. Now the President has sought the intervention of the Holy See to see this through to its conclusion and one thing you can be sure of, unlike Pontius Pilate, the Holy Father will not wash his hands of the affair but exhibit the wisdom of Solomon and for this will be reviled by many. For this weekend's editorial The Resurrection of Right Resolve! , see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    The Resurrection of Right Resolve!

    Michael Cain, editor

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    "Go thy way, and from now on sin no more." Jn 8:11

       In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto reminds all of the healing catharsis of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This is mandatory during the time from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday which is called the "Easter Duty" but if one only goes to Confession and Communion during that time then many other sins will mount up, one - missing Mass on Sunday comes to mind. As Our Lady at Medjugorje suggests, all should go to Confession at least once a month, weekly if possible. Sister points out the basics of what constitutes a mortal sin and also offers a few short preparatory prayers while we make our examination of conscience before entering the confessional. She also emphasizes what Christ said in John 8: 11, "Go thy way, and from now on sin no more" and reminds us to keep this resolve in our hearts For her column, Pray! Pray! Pray! see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

          There is only about a week left before Easter. If you, dear reader, have not yet been to confession, I encourage you to do so soon.

          Please let me proffer some ideas that may help you make a good confession.

          First, begin by calling on the Holy Spirit to enlighten you. The following prayer may be helpful.

        "Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they will be created and You shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray - O God, Who did instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by this same Holy Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation through Christ, Our Lord, Amen."

          I usually add a prayer to Our Blessed Mother.

        "Dear Blessed Mother, please obtain for me the light to know my sins, the grace to be sorry for them, the courage to confess them and the fortitude to amend them. Amen."

          After a sincere prayer from your heart, such as the above, then examine your conscience. This would be made over the Ten Commandments and the Precepts of the Church, mostly. Hopefully, on the pamphlet rack in the back of your Church, there are some helps with this. If not, your local Church Goods store should be of help. If you do not have one of those, then look through the Catechism of the Catholic Church. If you don't have one of those, search on the Internet. The Catechism can be found there. One of the best sites for this is

          Remember, that ALL mortal sins, without exception and the number of times they were committed MUST be confessed. (You may confess on the average of ____ times a week, a month, a year.) To knowingly and willingly hide or refrain from confessing any serious sin, would be another mortal sin called a sacrilege. Why pour more sins upon another?

          How does one know if they committed any mortal sin? Three things must be present:

      • a) the thought, word, deed, omission MUST BE serious;
      • b) the person must know AT THE TIME that it is serious; and
      • c) give FULL CONSENT OF THE WILL.

          If anyone of these elements is not present the person has not committed serious sin. If, after an honest examination, you have not committed any serious sins, then acknowledge 2 of 3 venial sins of which you have the habit of committing. It would be good, also, to state why you commit them. For example: "I have the habit of getting impatient with my husband and children because of my own deep-seated selfishness."

          After you have made a good examination of conscience and before you enter the confessional, pray an Act of Contrition. Remember that part of good contrition is a firm purpose of amendment. Then go confess your sins to the priest and accept the penance he gives you. Before leaving the Church do your penance, if possible, lest you forget. Also, spend a moment thanking God for having given you the gift of this Sacrament.

          At the basis of every sin is pride. Confessing your sins takes some humility, the opposite of pride. That is why confession is a necessary part of our growing spiritually.

          Whatever your sins, remember, that if you had the courage to commit the sins, then have the courage to acknowledge them. Also remember that there is no shame in falling. The only shame is in failing to get back up and resolve to not sin.

          Confession is good for the soul. I pray you will take advantage of this good sacrament.

          God bless you!

    Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

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    Out of the frying pan, into the fire! As decent people do a slow roast!

        Today Michael Vincent Boyer, a well-respected Catholic insider expert on what's happening in the entertainment industry, reveals that the President of the Motion Picture Association of America Jack Valenti who has eschewed morals and ethics by denuding the ratings of any decency, is considering retirement. That's good news to all. But, as Michael points out, it's like going from the frying pan into the fire because his replacement could be none other than Bill Clinton...not the kind of moral leader you would want in charge of the direction of the powerful medium of motion pictures and entertainment. For his column, Good News: Valenti talks Retirement! Bad News: Clinton could replace him! , see HOW HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD

    Good News: Valenti talks Retirement! Bad News: Clinton could replace him!

        "The very thought of America's most corrupt president in history replacing one of the most morally corrupt leaders of the film industry should send shivers down the back of Americans eagerly waiting for a positive change in the direction of American entertainment."

          In a move that would spell even greater disaster for the future of quality entertainment at home and in the theatres, Jack Valenti hinted that when he retires as president of the Motion Picture Association of America, the suggestion of Bill Clinton as his replacement "would be great. It really would." Valenti did have enough insight to suggest, "...he does bring a little baggage with him," according to an interview with Dana Thomas of New Yorker magazine.

          The very thought of America's most corrupt president in history replacing one of the most morally corrupt leaders of the film industry should send shivers down the back of Americans eagerly waiting for a positive change in the direction of American entertainment.

          Clinton Deputy Press Secretary Jake Siewart tried to dodge the question when he replied, "The president sleeps better knowing that Jack Valenti is still at the helm." A typical Clinton response; he doesn't answer the question, and while he "sleeps better" knowing that Valenti is still at the helm, most Americans are "sleeping better" knowing that someday Jack Valenti will no longer be at the helm. But the prospect of Clinton as replacement is not a prescription for better sleep, but a "Nightmare on Elm Street!"

          Writer Thomas says, "...while some studio execs on the west coast are keen on the idea, their counterparts back in Washington aren't sure its what the MPAA needs right now." There's no doubt that studio execs on the left coast are keen on the idea. The reason Valenti has been in place for 34 years is because he carries the dirty laundry of the industry while pretending to clean the laundry for the public. Hollywood feels a certain amount of debt to the one feeble man who caved in and abolished the code of ethics for the motion picture industry. With his retirement looming, the industry needs an equally deceptive, lying, and morally vacant individual who will maintain the status-quo of sleaze, and perhaps even allow the industry to sink deeper into the moral abyss. Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, and Jeffrey Katzenberg have bent over backwards to groom Clinton for a Hollywood future by inviting him to their homes for vacation, contributing thousands to his legal defense fund, and hosting million-dollar fund-raisers - knowing fully that he has corrupted the office of president, co-opted the national security of the nation, convicted of perjury, committed rape, and is the only elected president in American history to be impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives - just the kind of person Hollywood needs at the helm of the Motion Picture Association of America as their chief lobbyist in Washington to make sure key decision-makers impacting the industry are paid-off and well-greased.

          Clinton's reputation for intimidating critics and smearing their reputations sits well with Hollywood's top brass who wants nothing less than total influence over government actions concerning entertainment. As recent as late January, Clinton was back in Hollywood again on Air Force One as the guest of gay-rights activist David Geffen and appeared at Golden Globe Award film festivities.

          If anyone thinks that Valenti is hesitant to fully endorse Clinton as his replacement, Dana Thomas of the New Yorker adds, "Nevertheless, Valenti thinks that Clinton would be great for the job." She says Valenti's voice filled with enthusiasm as he added, "The movie business is a dazzling, fascinating, unpredictable world - like politics - and naturally Clinton is drawn to that ...if you're in the insurance business or run the New York Stock Exchange, you're not around beautiful women every day." God, save us!!

    Michael Vincent Boyer

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    Knowing our true selves can be a shock to the system!

       They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

    "Most of us live out our lives with a false picture of ourselves which we will not surrender; we dread the pain of finidng ourselves less noble than we like to believe. We strain reality through a sieve of self-love, keeping out whatever truth would hurt us."

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    March 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit.

    "Dear children! Pray and make good use of this time, because this is a time of grace. I am with you and I intercede for each one of you before God, for your heart to open to God and to God's love. Little children, pray without ceasing, until prayer becomes a joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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