November 13, 2000
Feast of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
Virgin, Religious and Missionary
volume 11, no. 230
November 13, 2000
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  • The election is over but history is put on hold as the counting continues. How effective were the bishops in convincing Catholics what "vote your conscience" means? The sad results will shock you. See VIEW FROM THE PEW below plus CATHOLIC PewPOINT and SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING and PRO-LIFE PRESCRIPTIONS to better understand what the Church needs to do in America to uphold the Sanctity of Life!
The Torch of Truth must bring the Light of Christ's Teachings to Catholics in America or it will be snuffed out by the secular order of relativism as the so-called "Catholic" vote proved in heavily Catholic areas of the country
      In this issue Pat Ludwa gives his take on the gridlock that has occurred after the election and shows how the definition of conscience differs greatly from what the Church says and what many Catholics in the United States perceive as "voting their conscience." That was evident from the large Catholic vote for a pro-abort presidential candidate in New England, the heavily populated New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as Michigan and Illinois. Pat points out that this misinterpretation of how a Catholic should act is the core of the problem in the Church of America today. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has affirmed that relativism is one of the greatest dangers in the Church today. This verifies his fears. The answer is to align consciences with the Catholic definition as clearly defined by the Holy Father, the Vatican II documents, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and many other areas which Pat uses to expose the shallowness of those who proclaim to be Catholic but their actions betray this allegiance. For Pat's column The Light of Catholic Conscience is in Danger of Being Snuffed Out by Relativism see VIEW FROM THE PEW


Feast of St. Mother Cabrini
    First Reading: Titus 1: 1-9
    Psalms: Psalm 24: 1-6
    Gospel Reading: Luke 17: 1-6
    God our Father, You called Frances Xavier Cabrini from Italy to serve the immigrants of America. By her example teach us concern for the stranger, the sick and the frustrated. By her prayers help us to see Christ in all men and women we meet.
    Taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

      For today's Feast of Mother Cabrini and tomorrow's liturgy in Ordinary Time, see DAILY LITURGY

Taken from the Gospel for Monday's Mass

"It is impossible that scandals should not come; but woe to him through whom they come! It were better for him if a millstone were hung about his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin."

Luke 17: 1-2

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    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Saint Stanislaus KostkaPope Benedict XIII    Today is the 274th anniversary of the canonization of Saint Stanislaus Kostka the young Jesuit priest who was blessed with many mysticisms and ecstasies while celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. He was elevated by Pope Benedict XIII who declared him a lesser patron saint of Poland. He established St. Kostka's feast day as this day of his canonization throughout Europe. St. Stanislaus died on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, fulfilling a life-long prayer that he would die on Our Lady's feast. Ever since he had been born in 1550, he had been chosen as a special disciple. He entered the Jesuit seminary in Vienna. There he fell ill and was badly treated by a Lutheran householder. Devoid of any Catholicism and the Sacraments, Our Lady appeared to him and brought an angel of the Lord with her with the Holy Eucharist. She cured him of his illness, enough for him to return to his studies where he grew close to Saint Peter Canisius and was nourished in theological studies. For other events that happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenFleeting self-praise is governed by fantasy

       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".

      "Our real good is that which we work most earnestly to preserve, and which saddens us most when we lose it. Hence the frequency with which we praise ourselves because of the money we made, or the oil wells we dug. As the sunflower turns toward the sun, the magnetic needle to the polestar, so the egotist turns to his fantasy. Such persons are really still infants, for the characteristic note of an infant is that it wants everything it sees and it cries when it does not get it."

       The elections are over, but the battle for life is not. We cannot give up the fight. Please continue to pray for the Sanctity of Life and pray for those pro-abort candidates who were elected that they will have a conversion of heart and recognize the evil of their ways. Remember, nothing is impossible with God. We encourage you to go to the Pro-Life links below to keep up to date on the great battle between life and death - the Sanctity of Life vs. the culture of death led by pro-abort candidates and those who would advance murder, immorality, sodomy, perjury, etc.

    Also we recommend the following excellent sites whose main purpose is the Sanctity of Life

    Pro-Life Infonet and Priests For Life and People of Life and Human Life International and
    American Life League and National Right to Life and Oblates of Mary Immaculate Life Issues

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