WEDNESDAY     March 15, 2000    vol. 11, no. 53    SECTION ONE

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  • Special CATHOLIC PewPOINT editorial on the Ides of March with apologies to Shakespeare
  • Dr. Frank Joseph's Pro-Life Prescriptions LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL! - part two of "Abortion is MURDER!"
  • APPRECIATION OF THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH - installment 131: Venial Sin part one
  • Events that occurred this day in Church History
  • Daily LITURGY
  • Daily LENTEN Prayer
  • Daily WORD

  • Et tu, Mundi!

    CATHOLIC PewPOINT    Because today is the "Ides of March" and Friday is Saint Patrick's Day, we are juggling our regular series some. The 40th installment of the 2000 YEAR VOYAGE OF PETER will run tomorrow instead of today in place of Pat Ludwa's column which will be carried in the Friday issue replacing Sister Mary Lucy Astuto's column, for she is in the Holy Land on pilgrimage. Thus her column will be on hiatus for two weeks. In today's editorial, we take a page from Shakespeare in bringing home the significance of this day in March, looking at it from a Catholic point of view in remembering the lessons to be learned. For today's editorial Beware the Ides of March! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    Beware the Ides of March!

    Michael Cain, editor

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    Pro-abort politicians can sugarcoat abortion and women's rights all they want, but it's still: MURDER!

      Today Dr. Frank Joseph pulls no punches in telling it like it truly is. Abortion, partial-birth abortion, third trimester abortions all fall into one category not covered or protected by Roe vs. Wade: Murder. He is appalled how few Catholics recognize this as a direct contradiction to the teachings and doctrines of the Church and by their silence, tacit approval or opposition to pro-life causes, are contributing to satan's agenda. Dr. Joseph points out that few of the politicians today are bold enough to speak out against the atrocities of the procedures used in abortuaries and equates this with America's rapid slide into depravity for it is all talk and no one's willing to walk on behalf of the innocent unborn who are treated with less regard than laboratory animals. For part two of his stark, frank column There's no other term for it: Abortion IS Murder! , see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

    There's no other term for it: Abortion IS Murder!
    Part Two

          In picking up where we left off last Wednesday, I was examining the mindset of the pro-abort politicians. One of the most pro-aborts today is one who supposedly used to be pro-life. That is none other than the Democratic nominee for president of the United States: Al Gore. When Gore was in congress, he had a 84% pro-life voting record. In August 22, 1984, in a letter, Gore wrote, "I have strongly opposed federal funding of abortions. In my opinion, it is wrong to spend federal funds for what is arguably the taking of a human life. . . . It is my deep personal conviction that abortion is wrong. . . . Let me assure you that I share your belief that innocent human life must be protected and I have an open mind on how to further this goal."

          So what happened? When did he sell his soul to the devil? It is a sad state of affairs when the Democratic party offers only these two men to be their candidates for the presidency. Where is the choice for pro-life people in the Democratic party? The party once championed by Catholics has now turned on the Church's teachings. Because of that, I do not see how a true Godly Democrat could vote for either of these two. If Gore or Bradley want to sell their souls to satan for political gain, the decent Democrats do not have to follow suit.

          If you believe in God then you must believe in satan. Jesus Christ was tempted by satan. Do you think satan is lying around on a sunny beach, somewhere, getting a tan? Why not permeate the minds of the leaders of one of the parties in the most powerful country on earth. This is exactly what satan is doing. To think otherwise, you would have to have your head in the sand or satan has blinded you, also. What other explanation, could there be when a group of people can see no evil in killing unborn babies, even while they are being born and suffer severe pain in the process -- who even boast that they are proud of it.

          Why are not these murderers put in jail, when they kill a viable baby? Why does congress have to pass a law to ban this barbaric procedure, only to have someone who is morally bankrupt, veto the ban? We ALREADY have laws in the books for this -- it's called MURDER.

          I have often wondered -- what if a partial-birth murderer was reported to the police by a concerned citizen? What would the police say or do? Would they say, he cannot be arrested, because he is doing abortions? And when it is pointed out to them, that they are NOT abortions -- that abortions are the expulsion of a non viable baby and the babies being killed are viable -- what would the police say or do?

          Under the law, they would have every right to arrest the doctors. These brutal acts are NOT covered under Roe Vs Wade. The doctor cannot use the excuse that he had to kill the baby, to save the life of the mother, because it is NOT an emergency procedure. Other methods are and faster and by doctors, who are better qualified and in a more aseptic hospital environment. I might add, that there WAS a provision in the ban that it could be done to save the life of the mother, but still, Clinton vetoed it. I do not understand why these murderers cannot be prosecuted.

          So, let us, not sit idly by and be seduced by satan, as others have. We must work hard to save these babies from a torturous death. If you believe that there is a God, whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, you MUST vote for pro-life candidates. And you must urge others to do the same. There is no more important issue that faces our country than the killing of unborn babies -- it transcends politics. This is the least we can do for God, Who sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross for our sins. "BEHOLD, CHILDREN ARE HERITAGE OF THE LORD AND THE FRUIT OF THE WOMB IS HIS REWARD."

          Why do those who claim to believe in God, continually want to strip Him of his reward and instead, hand it to satan on a silver platter? 35 million times God has been denied His reward and 35 million times satan has received his wish. God help us before it is too late!

      Dr. Frank

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    Appreciation of God's gift of Christ's Redemption and His Church to guide us in trying to avoid Venial Sin

        Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. Today we present the first part of the catechesis on Venial sin, one that weakens us and eats away at sanctifying grace, making us sad and prey for satan to pounce in trying to drag us into mortal sin. This sin, while somewhat grievous still allows us to partake in the Sacraments and is pardonable through absolution, a good Act of Contrition, true penitence and good works. For part one in the 131st installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    installment 132: Venial Sin part one

          We are prone to look uppon venial sin as of no consequence, and to be careless about guarding against it, forgetting that it is second only in evil consequences to mortal sin. In Holy Scripture we see from many examples how God regards venial sin; even in this life He has punished it most severely. For only a slight doubt about God's mercy, because of the wickedness of his people, Moses was punished: he was not permitted to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land.

          Venial sin is a less serious offense against the law of God, which does not deprive the soul of sanctifying grace, and which can be pardoned even without sacramental confession.

          A sin can ve venial in two ways: (a) When the evil done is not seriously wrong. If we sin against God in matters of slight importance, we commit venial sin. Grumbling when told by your mother to open the window is not gravely wrong; it is a venial sin.

          (b) When the evil done is seriously wrong, but the sinner sincerely believes it is only slightly wrong, or does it on the spur of the moment, without sufficient reflection, or without full consent of the will.

          Stealing an expensive diamond ring is seriously wrong, but if the sinner took it in the belief that it was only a cheap imitation, the sin had not full consent, and is venial. If one eats meat on a day of abstinence, thinking it only a slight sin to do so; or of one in a sudden outburst of anger insults a companion seriously, he commits a venial sin for lack of sufficient reflection and consent.

          Examples of venial sin are impatience, slight faultfinding, lies that harm nobody. The word "venial" comes from the Latin venialis, meaning "easily pardonable." Even the most just of mortals falls into venial sin again and again. God permits this to keep us humble. The most imperfect of mortals attains a very high degree of perfection as soon as he can avoid all deliberate venial sin: as soon as he does not commit any sin deliberately, with full advertence and consent.

          If a person is in the state of grace, venial sins are forgiven in many ways without necessity of confession. Provided one has sorrow and a sincere resolution not to commit the sins again, they are forgiven not only by Confession, but also by Holy Communion, by acts of contrition, prayer, good works, etc.

          A distinction exists between venial sins and imperfections. Imperfections are faults that arise from ignorance or weakness, not from a bad will. For instance involuntary distractions in prayer, "white lies" told while telling a story or in exaggerations or jokes, bad manners that hurt no one much, are imperfections. We should, however, try to avoid all imperfections, for they are not praiseworthy, are often a cause of irritation to others, and make us accustomed to doing what is not correct.

      Tomorrow: Venial Sin part two

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    Events that happened today in Church History

       On this day in 1875 Pope Pius IX named Cardinal John McCloskey, the Archbishop of New York, as the very first American-born cardinal from the United States. Of Irish descent, Cardinal McCloskey was born during the pontificate of Pope Pius VII and ordained during the papacy of Pope Gregory XVI and created the first Bishop of Buffalo by Pius IX. He died on May 5, 1902 in New York City. Since then every Archbishop of New York has been declared a cardinal and that is why many believe Pope John Paul II will name Cardinal John O'Connor's successor Bishop Sean Patrick O'Malley to the Sacred Conclave during the next consistory expected some time this year. Cardinal O'Connor, now ineligible for the College of Cardinals, is the sixth consecutive archbishop of New York to be created a cardinal since Cardinal McCloskey on this day 125 years ago. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Historical Events in Church Annals for March 15:

    • 459 A.D.
    • Attila the Hun, the Scourge of Rome who was turned away at the gates of Rome when he met face to face with Pope Leo the Great, dies.

    • 752 A.D.
    • Death of Pope Saint Zachary, 91st successor of Peter. This Calabria-born Pontiff was elected on December 10, 741. During his eleven year pontificate he strongly opposed Rachis, Duke of Friuli who wanted to occupy all Italy. The latter afterwards became a monk. Zachary consecrated Pipin the Short as King of the Franks which made it the first ever investiture of a sovereign by a Roman Pontiff.

    • 933 A.D.
    • King Henry V of Germany, husband of Saint Matilda, defeats the Magyars opening more regions to receive the Holy Faith.

    • 1147 A.D.
    • During the Second Crusade, King Alphonso I of Portugal captures the Moors fortress at Santarem to preserve the Holy Catholic Church in the southern regions in the West

    • 1330 A.D.
    • Azzone Visconti, aligned with the antipope Nicholas V wrests control in Milan despite the protests of Pope John XXII

    • 1493 A.D.
    • Christopher Columbus returns to Spain from Hispaniola

    • 1561 A.D.
    • The Portuguese envoy and missionary to the Munhumutapa in southeast Africa Father da Silveira is martyred.

    • 1660 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Louise de Marillac, co-founder with Saint Vincent de Paul of the Daughters of Charity. She was canonized in 1934 by Pope Pius XI and in 1960 Pope John XXIII declared her Patroness of Social Workers.

    • 1729 A.D.
    • Sister St. Stanislaus Hachard becomes the first United States citizen to take vows in New Orleans on this date as an Ursuline nun.

    • 1875 A.D.
    • Cardinal John McCloskey becomes the first United States Cardinal. This American-born Irish prelate was ordained on January 12, 1834 and became the first Bishop of Albany, New York in 1847. He was appointed Archbishop of New York City in 1864 and on this date Pope Pius IX named him to the cardinalate.

    • 1944 A.D.
    • An unfortunate and disastrous event occurred on this date when allied bombers, trying to flesh out the Nazi snipers and axis troops holed up at the famous Benedictine Montecassino Monastery, peppered the region with bombs, destroying the millennium-old edifice where Saint Benedict found refuge and began the monastery in the year 525. For 1,419 years it stood proudly as a bastion for the faith withstanding constant barrages from outside forces, but was demolished in one day due to the technology of explosives.

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       Today's and tomorrow's liturgy are both Lenten Weekdays For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.

    Wednesday, March 15, 2000

        First Reading: Jonah 3: 1-10
        Responsorial: Psalm 51: 3-4, 12-13, 18-19
        Gospel Reading: Luke 11: 29-32

    Thursday, March 16, 2000

        First Reading: Esther: 12, 14-16, 23-25
        Responsorial: Psalm 138: 1-3, 7-8
        Gospel Reading: Matthew 7: 7-12

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      Look down favorably, we beseech Thee, O Lord, upon the devotion of Thy people, that they whose bodies are mortified by abstinence, may through the fruit of good works be refreshed I mind. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit.

      For the Daily LENTEN REFLECTION and STATIONS OF THE CROSS for Wednesday, March 15th, see LENTEN REFLECTION.

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    "This generation is an evil generation: it demands a sign, and no sign shall be given it but the sign of Jonas. For even as Jonas was a sign to the Ninevites, so will also the Son of Man be to this generation."

    Luke 11: 29-30

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