"Oh, what a beautiful baby!"
" The centers that have an ultrasound machine are producing tremendous results. For example, Dorothy Wallis of the Pregnancy Care Center of Baton Rouge, LA reports that 98% of women who have an ultrasound choose to carry to term. Some say that, if every woman considering an abortion was required to have an Ultrasound and counseling, abortion would be reduced by 90%. Wow!"
In this issue Joe Dalton shares the excitement of the sonogram, a fairly expensive machine that could revolutionize the hearts of the greater percentage of women about to abort their children. How could a mother-to-be abandon her own if she could truly see her own flesh and blood? That is what Joe poses in his research that shows a tremendous upside of possibilities for these wonderful ultrasound machines provided by the National Institute of Family & Life Advocates (NIFLA). Many a parent is moved to tears when they first see God's creation with their cooperation on the ultrasound. It is a feeling few can truly describe. It is a feeling of the heart that can change hearts one sonogram at a time. For Joe's column, Window to the womb! , see FAITH IN THE FAMILY
Why do so few fast and abstain today? Is it out-of-fashion in our instant gratification world today?!
The second precept of the Church is still important for the soul though many don't realize the purpose and importance of fasting and abstinence.
Today in our 226th installment of our catechetical series on My Catholic Faith we cover the Second Commandment of the Church, "To fast and to abstain on the days appointed." Though Lent is over, it is the meaning of fast and abstinence that we should treasure and realize. Fasting and abstinence are not meant as punishment for the body, but rather salve for the soul - a spiritual conditioning to better enable us to cope with the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil. Sadly today the emphasis on fasting and abstinence has been greatly relaxed where Lent is the only time it is mandatory and then only on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday for fasting, the former and all Fridays in Lent for abstinence. In the past there were twelve Ember Days in addition to vigils, all Fridays and Lent. For today's installment on The Second Commandment of the Church, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH.
Pope Saint Pius V's Papal Bull Quo Primum has been greatly misunderstood by those who want it to be misunderstood!
"The doctrines of the sacrificial nature of the Mass and of Our Lord's Real Presence in the Eucharist have come under continuous attack from Catholic pulpits during Mass, something that would have been unthinkable in the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass. Martin Luther and John Calvin views on the liturgy have prevailed within the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, thus demonstrating the wisdom of Pope Saint Pius V to resist anything which could be construed as conceding anything of value in Protestant theology or worship."
In today's issue Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D. brings us the fourth part of his fascinating, logical, factual and frank treatise on ferreting out the doublespeak and contradictions contained in the General Instruction to the Roman Missal (GIRM) which has confused so many and, instead of clearing up abuses, only is a license to experiment some more, all contributing to the continuing deconstruction of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that sustained the Church and her faithful for some 1,500 years. For his column, Quo Vadis Quo Primum?, see CHRIST or chaos
Bishop Paul Bootkowski and Cardinal McCarrick: We implore you to call New Jersey Congressman Robert Menendez to task for his unyielding pro-abort stance.
Today's "Herod's Hero" is the Democratic Representative in the United States House from New Jersey's 13th District, the Honorable Robert Menendez. There's nothing honorable about how he, as a 'Catholic,' has promoted the culture of death. We call on him to repent and for his shepherd in Newark, the administrator pro-tem of the Curia of the Archdiocese of Newark Bishop Paul G. Bootkowski along with Menendez' shepherd in Washington D.C. and his former immediate prelate in Newark Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, to issue the ultimatum of the "Bell, Book, and Candle" if he will not hear even the Church. We beg of the Bishops, to stand up for the Roman Catholic Church, to exact the discipline all Catholics are expected to follow. By Menendez horrendous 100% pro-abortion record during his five terms in the House, he has turned away from God by showing a disdain for Catholic doctrine and being a willing accomplice to satan. We implore him to amend his ways, to turn away from embracing the pro-abort stance with no mercy for the lives of millions of unborn. For another betrayer who seeks to perpetuate the culture of death and slay the innocents, see HEROD'S HEROES
Today we continue the Octave of Easter throughout this week which symbolizes the spiritual feast of Baptism for the newly baptized keep their white baptismal garments and their souls white and pure in Sanctifying Grace. The Masses of the Octave allude, like that of Pentecost, sometimes to the Resurrection, sometimes to Baptism. Both ways it reminds us to proclaim our faith in the risen Christ Jesus. Each day you will find the liturgy for both the Novus Ordo and the daily liturgy of the Tridentine Traditional Latin Mass - the Tridentine Rite per Ecclesia Dei. For today and tomorrow's liturgies, see DAILY LITURGY
"All power in Heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world." Matthew 28: 18-20
Original painting used with permission copyrite 1995-2000 Matthew Brooks
"Today bring Me the souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy , and immerse them in My Mercy. These souls sorrowed most over My Passion and entered most deeply into My Spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death."
Today we continue with the Novena of Divine Mercy which will conclude with DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY next week. This Novena was imparted to Saint Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun of the 1930's who is known as the "Apostle of Mercy" and was canonized last year on April 28th in Rome. For this seventh day of the Novena and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, see SEVENTH DAY OF DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
Death of the holy Roman Pontiff who painfully had to cut off the East in the Great Schism that is nearing a millennium
On this day 947 years ago in 1054, Pope Saint Leo IX, the 152nd successor of Peter, passed on to his Heavenly reward. His pontificate was remembered for the beginning of the Great Schism between East and West that still exists today though, through the efforts of Pope John Paul II and his pending visit to Greece and Syria next month in completing his historic "Jubilee Journey," the two Churches are at least having dialogue, something Michael Cerularius refused in 1049 which caused Pope St. Leo to have to excommunicate the Eastern Patriarch.
For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see TIME CAPSULES
Even the greatest skeptics cannot dismiss the Resurrection
"A few years ago Frank Morison, a skeptic like the Apostles, decided to write a kind of detective story on who stole the body, and thus gave rise to the 'myth' of the Resurrection. His original venture, as he put it in his work Who Moved the Stone, never came to port, but foundered on the rocks, and landed him on an 'unexpected shore' - the belief in the Resurrection."
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April 19, 2001 volume 12, no. 109