Accruing gold bars of grace
Building up our spiritual bank account is vital for the goal in marriage: seeking sanctity!
"We have been given the charisms of the Faith and if we fail to use them, if we hide them under a bushel basket and not invest them in building a family of Faith - first in our own family, then the community and further as God moves us, then we cannot cash in the spiritual dividends that would have built up had we invested wisely. It's that simple. The beautiful thing is we don't have to have an economic degree, don't have to even know math, don't have to use a calculator. It's all there for us free. All we have to do is use the charisms given to us in the precious gift of our Faith, the Faith of the New Covenant created by Jesus the Son of God. You can't ask for a better banker!"
After introducing this special series on the weekend of the special Jubilee of Families held October 13-14 in Rome, we continue with the twenty-fourth lesson in which we use the imagery of a bank in building our spiritual dividends, using the deposits of prayer, good works and the sacraments to build interest in the great Deposit of the Faith. It is only through this investment that we can be protected from bankruptcy of the soul; that we can be spiritually secure in building holy families through Holy Matrimony and avoid the anarchy of modernism that permeates all areas of society today. For Investing in the dividends of our Faith, the twenty-fourth lesson of this series by Michael and Cyndi Cain, see AT ONE WITH GOD series on Conjugal Love
Whatever happened to the salvific salve of the Holy Sacrifice? Why have they reduced the priest - the alter Christus to a "presider"?
"Once again, there is the gratuitous assertion that the 'active participation' of the faithful brings out 'more plainly the ecclesial nature of the celebration.' Oh, really? It can be argued that noise and the confusion and the clutter introduced by 'active participation' has reduced the Mass to an anthropocentric exercise of community self-affirmation."
In today's issue Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D. brings us the thirteenth 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, Unsacrificial self-affirmation see CHRIST or chaos
Blessed Patron of the Preborn: Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla
"One cannot love without suffering, or suffer without love."
Today is the 40th anniversary of the death of Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla, an Italian mother and physician who gave her life so her baby could live. She crusaded for the cause of pro-life long before Roe vs. Wade. She is fast becoming known as the intercessor for the unborn. Gianna is to be seen as a sign of the
times to protect, welcome and respect life. We present her life story, first published in L'Osservatore Romano in 1986 by Fernando Da Riese Pio X entitled "A Mother who sacrificed her life for her unborn child - Gianna Beretta Molla: As a mother she lived the priesthood of the laity." For her story,
see The Life and Loves of Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla
A breakdown of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act vote, including how Catholic House members voted!
Today we take a break from featuring a "Herod's Hero" - although tomorrow's will be the person featured as "Herod's Helper" yesterday Congressman Jerry Kleczka from Wisconsin's 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Because of his vote against the bill, he slipped below the 'mendoza line' and truly needs help. Tune in tomorrow. For today, we list all of the members of the House and how they voted, especially how the Catholic members voted. One of the most encouraging features is that 25 Catholic Democrats crossed party lines to cast their vote for protecting the child in the womb, whereas only 3 Republicans - which is three too many - chose to turn their backs on their Party's Pro-Life platform and God by voting against protecting the child in the mother's womb against violence. For the full list, broken down in color code, see ROLL CALL
Five to be beatified tomorrow
Tomorrow in St. Peter's Square Pope John Paul II will beatify five more in the long list of blessed he has elevated during his 22 and a half year pontificate. But it will be a first for Puerto Rico when the first layman from the Caribbean isle is beatified. A modern blessed will be Carlos Manuel Cecilio Rodríguez Santiago of Caguas who was born two years before the Holy Father and passed away in 1963. For more, see Beatifications tomorrow
A cornucopia of Feasts
Today combines several Feasts. Besides being an Easter Weekday, it is the Feast of Saint Peter Chanel, Priest, Missionary and Martyr, plus the Feast of Saint Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort, Priest, Religious Founder and Mytic. It is also the Feastday of Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla, who was beatified in 1995 and serves as the ultimate mother in giving up her own life for the sake of her child. She is an excellent saint to pray to for expectant mothers and one to pray to for intercession to stop abortions. It is also the Traditional Feast of Saint Paul the Cross, Confessor and founder of the Passionists. In the new liturgy his feastday is celebrated on October 19th. Tomorrow is the Third Sunday of Easter, or the Second Sunday After Easter - also called Good Shepherd Sunday in the Mass of the Catechumens. For today and tomorrow's liturgies, see DAILY LITURGY
"The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few. Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into His harvest. Go. Behold, I send you forth as lambs in the midst of wolves." Luke 10: 2-3
Monthly Medjugorje Message for April 2001
Anniversary of the First Saint of the New Millennium
On this date one year ago His Holiness Pope John Paul II canonized fellow Pole Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, the "Apostle of Divine Mercy" before an overflowing 200,000 in St. Peter's Square. It was the both a culmination and a beginning. the apex of efforts he had begun in both spreading devotion to Divine Mercy and her cause; and the beginning of the Third Millennium in which the Polish nun became the first saint proclaimed.
For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see TIME CAPSULES
The less said the better sometimes!
"There are moments when it is very difficult to express one's views, for example, when a husband is asked how he likes his wife's new hat, or how he likes her new Italian haircut - which to him resembles unstrung spaghetti. Women, when faced with something they do not like, generally go into ecstasies of praise in order to cover up their real mind. Men generally descend to monosyllables or a long grunt. When a man gets mad at his wife at cards he generally calls her 'dear' but with such a coolness as to make her think she is a 'Frigidear'. Tact, in such difficult moments, does not mean lying, nor smoothness at the expense of truth, but it does mean circumspection."
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