THURSDAY     March 23, 2000    vol. 11, no. 59    SECTION ONE

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  • Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW column
  • PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH: Anger and Gluttony
  • Daily LITURGY
  • Daily WORD

  • For whom do the bells toll? They toll for the Sanctity of Marriage! We need to defuse the same-sex union timebomb before it's too late!

       In his column today, Pat Ludwa illustrates so clearly why same-sex unions are wrong. He doesn't use the emotional approach as so many are wont to do with this controversy; no name calling, only a logistic approach based on both the truths of Catholic teaching, Sacred Scripture, and common sense in respect to the overall sensitivity of balancing the scales of sanity or insanity, morality or immorality. societal laws or anarchy, normal or abnormal, protection of the family structure or a dysfunctional miasma of individuals. By this argument he points out how the advocation of the homosexual lifestyle is systematically destroying the foundation of marriage as both an institution and a sacrament. For his column today, The Death Knell of Marriage? , see VIEW FROM THE PEW

    The Death Knell of Marriage?

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    Appreciation of the Church guiding us in avoiding the Deadly Sins of Anger and Gluttony

        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 catechesis on the Seven Deadly or Capital Sins with today's fourth and fifth sins of Anger and Gluttony as explained in My Catholic Faith. These two sins deal strongly with the need for self control for Anger especially contributes greatly to misunderstanding and tension in society today. For the 137th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    installment 137: Seven Deadly Sins part three - Anger and Gluttony

          Anger is a strong feeling of displeasure, combined with a desire to inflict punishment on the offender. An angry man loses his reason. In anger a man will do what he afterwards regrets. From anger arise hatred, revenge, quarreling, blasphemy, contumely, and murder. The virtues of patience and meekness are opposed to anger.

          Anger, or wrath, is a temporary madness. A man with this vice flies into a rage at every little thing. He always puts the blame of his anger on others, and even when he is alone he gets angry. "The wrath of man does not work the justice of God" (James 1:20).

          Willful murder, one of the "sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance", arises from anger. When the first willful murder took place, and Cain killed his brother Abel, God said to Cain, "The voice of thy brother's blood crieth to Me from the earth" (Genesis 4:10).

          He who indulges in anger injures his health, becomes hated, incurs damnation. Many men have had a stroke of paralysis brought on by anger; some have even died. If anger is so hurtful to the body, how much more to the soul!

          When we feel ourselves becoming angry, we should never speak or act, but try to calm ourselves by prayer. Saint Francis de Sales said: "I have made an agreement with my tongue never to utter a word while my heart is excited." "Let every man be slow to speak and slow to wrath" (James 1:19).

          If we should be so unhappy as to have offended anyone by our anger, we should hasten to apologize. "Do not let the sun go down upon your anger" (Ephesians 4:26).

          A just anger against sin and injustice is praiseworthy. We may hate the sin, but not the sinner. Jesus Christ had this just wrath when He drove the sellers from the Temple. Holy Scripture says, "Be angry and do not sin" (Ephesians 4:26).

          Gluttony is an excessive desire for or indulgence in food or drink. Our Lord showed how hateful gluttony is in the parable of the rich man, Dives, and the poor Lazarus. Dives was so greedy that he would not even give scraps to Lazarus, who sat at his gate. But when Dives died, he went to hell, while Lazarus went to Heaven. The brothers of Joseph were so envious of him that they sold him to some merchants going to Egypt. God rebuked their sin by blessing Joseph in Egypt, and causing him to be in a position to help his envious brothers later.

          Gluttony is greediness, intemperance in eathing and drinking. Of the gluttonous, Saint Paul said that "their god is the belly" (Philippians 3:19). We should not be either too greedy or too dainty about the nourishment we take. The virtue opposed to gluttony is temperance. We should not eat more than we need to support life. "We do not live to eat, but eat to live." We must not take what is injurious to health, even if its taste is pleasing. We must have regular hours for our meals. We should not be too particular about food, eat what is set before us, and not get angry when a dish is not very appetizing. The purpose of food is to give strength for the work we do while still on earth preparing for our final end.

          Gluttony produces dullness of mind, laziness, and sensuality. The vice of drunkenness is a terrible evil, leading to worse sins. A man when drunk loses his reason, and often makes a fool of himself. If reason is the chief difference between man and the beast, why should one extinguish it by drunkenness? "The sensual man does not perceive the things that are of the Spirit of God" (1 Corinthians 2:14). "He who sows in his flesh, from the flesh also he will reap corruption" (Galatians 6:8). It is well for young people to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking till after they are twenty years of age. If they do this, the likehood is that they will not contract vice and hopefully never take up cigarettes or chewing tobacco considering the dangers discovered in recent decades.

      Tomorrow: Seven Deadly Sins: part four Envy and Sloth

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     Today's and tomorrow's liturgy are both Lenten Weekdays plus today's optional feast of Saint Toribio de Mogrovejo, Bishop. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and his profile, see DAILY LITURGY.

    Thursday, March 23, 2000

      Thursday March 23:
      Thursday in Lent
      Optional Feast of Saint Turibius de Mogrovejo, Bishop

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        First Reading: Jeremiah 17: 5-10
        Responsorial: Psalm 1: 1-4, 6
        Gospel Reading: Luke 16: 19-31

    Optional Feast of Saint Toribio de Mogrovejo, Bishop

         Born in 1538 at Mayorga, Spain Saint Toribio Alfonso or Turibius taught law at the University of Salamanca where he caught the attention of King Philip II who appointed Toribio as chief judge of the Inquisition at Granada. Though still a layman, he was further appointed to the Archbishopric of Lima, Peru in 1580. Upon the announcement he received the Sacrament of Holy Orders before setting sail for the new world. There he discovered that his diocese stretched from Panama to Argentina and under his jurisdiction whom he counseled and encouraged were such luminary saints as Saint Rose of Lima, Saint Martin de Porres, Saint John Macias, and Saint Francis Solano. His greatest achievement was reforming the way the Indians were treated, fighting for the poor by founding many churches, schools, hospitals and clinics as well as the first seminary in 1591 where, within a few years, it was packed. Archbishop Toribio studied extensively learning the various dialects in order to better reach the people. It was on his way back to Lima from a pastoral visit to one of the Indian villages that he died in Santa, Peru on March 23, 1606. In 1726 Pope Benedict XIII canonized him.

    Friday, March 24, 2000

        First Reading: Genesis 37: 3-4, 12-13, 17-28
        Responsorial: Psalm 105: 16-21
        Gospel Reading: Matthew 21: 33-43, 45-46

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    Special Prayer for Thursday in the Second Week of Lent

    Grant we beseech Thee, O Lord, the help of Thy grace: that duly applying ourselves to fasting and prayers, we may be delivered from enemies of mind and of body. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.

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    "If they do no hearken to Moses and the Prophets, they will not believe even if someone rises from the dead."

    Luke 16: 31

    Our hearts are dulled to danger!

       They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop 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".

    "Modern man has become passive in the face of evil. He has so long preached a doctrine of false tolerance; has so long believed that right and wrong were only differences in a point of view, that now when evil works itself out in practice he is paralyzed to do anything against it."

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