September 11, 2000
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Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary Exultation of the Cross
Mary leads us to the Cross

volume 11, no. 167
September 11, 2000
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Like a fine wine, our Catholic youth need to age in their love and knowledge of their Faith. History and the fruits of World Youth Day confirm this about Confirmation
    If they knight children too early with Confirmation they'll struggle when they're older  In this issue Pat Ludwa responds to an article in his home town of Cleveland where the Diocese there has announced a "pilot" program that plays right into the hands of those seeking to chisel away at the foundation of the Church. He questions how they can allow the conferring of the Sacrament of Confirmation on seven-year olds when the very essence and nature of the sacrament is knowing fully their faith and accepting the charge of "Soldiers of Christ". It's like knighting inexperienced pages before they've ever gone through the ranks to squire on their way to knighthood. Can you imagine how effective these new greenhorn "Knights" will be when thrown into battle? It comes down to who can run away faster. Pat illustrates this in showing how early Confirmation will only weaken the troops and water down their faith. But that is exactly what those who are undermining the Church have in mind under the guise that the youth need to be more involved and that "it was done in the Early Church," a favorite refrain of the progressives. If our Catholic youth today aren't trained better and aren't battle-tested over years of solid instruction, then they will wilt quickly, not only giving up their faith, but looking for ways to make it easier as in compromising doctrine. That's what the dissidents and liberals are betting on in instigating these "pilot" programs that could eventually prove pilotless! For his column Another chip from the chisel see VIEW FROM THE PEW

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      First Reading: 1 Corinthians 5: 1-8
      Psalms: Psalm 5: 5-7, 12
      Gospel Reading: Luke 6: 6-11

    Taken from the Gospel for Monday's Mass

    "Purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new dought, as you really are without leaven. For Christ, our passover, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep festival, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."

    1 Corinthians 5: 7-8

    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Pope Gregory IX    Today is the 773rd anniversary of the outbreak of the terrible bubonic plague known as the Black Death. It struck the crusaders first in the mideast and was brought back to the European mainland by them and by the infested rats in the hold of the ships. When the disease first began to spread, instead of being the compassionate commander and looking to the needs of his men, the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II Hohenstauffen, who was anything but holy, fled in cowardice. This later would be grounds of a case built up against him over the years for Pope Gregory IX to finally excommunicate him and throw the political issue into turmoil in Italy and beyond. For other events that happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenWith Age and Maturity comes understanding

       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".

      "Some are more sensitive to pain in others, and others are more sensitive to joy in others. It could be that, feeling the need of sympathy ourselves, we play a sympathetic tune on the keyboard of another; but why, it might be asked, since we all wish joy, not share in another's joy? It has been said that it becomes easier to do both as we grow older. One of the heroes of Homer sang: 'Taught by time, my heart has learned to glow For others' good and weep at others' woe.'"
    57 DAYS
    to Defend Life
    and pray that there will be
    No more Blood and Gore!!

       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 immorality, sodomy, perjury, etc. We refer you to our HOMEPORT ENTRY PAGE where you will find a typograph of a chalice, a chalice overflowing with the innocent blood of the aborted babies nearing 40 to 50 million. Enough is enough! The story and our purpose is outlined in this typograph and for more information and why we will not give up, see DEFEND LIFE Pray and urge others to VOTE FOR LIFE!

    Pro-Life Infonet and Priests For Life

    The Gospa's message for August Monthly Medjugorje Message for August 2000

      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. For Our Lady's message for August and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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