With those kind of astounding figures one might assume that financially the DAILY CATHOLIC is in the black and flying high. Sadly, one would be wrong for, though it is cheaper than printing and mailing, it still is quite costly to maintain a site of this size with the enormous archives buildup of all past issues. That also includes both graphics and textonly issues which computes to over 500 full issues in archives. You can imagine the cost for that kind of storage space. Since we disbanded subscription costs after Easter our circulation has increased but donations have decreased. If each person donated just a few dollars we could expand even further, setting up a server to offer a Spanish edition. But that takes money - not only for storage space and time, but also for a full-time webmaster who is super fluent in Spanish. This editor knows Latin and Greek and some French but Spanish is a lost cause other than the colloquial "que pasa's" and "buenos dias" phrases that we all bandy about. We have seriously looked into translation packages but none are sufficient for the content we provide. Too often these translation software packages fracture the language and what might sound great in English could easily come across as heresy in another language unless it was properly translated by a well-educated person. In other words, friends, to err is human, to really foul things up takes a computer!
But for now the computer is the way we must go. How long actually depends on you. Unless one is independently wealthy one can't keep a website such as this going without financial assistance, without the generous donations our readers who believe in us can provide to help in getting the Word of God out to all as Jesus has asked all of us to do for the sake of the Good Shepherd and His flocks all over the world. The next two months will be pivotal in our fight to stay above water and continue publishing. We'd hate for this noble effort of providing daily coverage, articles, and other interesting features for Catholics to go the way of the dinosaur in these times when it is most needed. We realize all ministries' days of evangelizing on the net are numbered but we don't think that time is yet and would like to continue until that time when satan will totally take over the cyberwaves as well as the rest of the media, etc. as is his master plan. Our Lady constantly warns us in her Messages, especially at Medjugorje, that satan realizes his time is short and he will stop at nothing to achieve his goal no matter the carnage of souls. As soldiers on the front line we depend on the military assistance of members of the Church Militant to keep us supplied with the right ammo. To do this, besides prayer, we need the financial means to fight the good fight. We remind you once again that the DAILY CATHOLIC, under the umbrella of MIR-A-CALL CENTER, is recognized as a bonafide non-profit entity under the Internal Revenue Service code 501 c and therefore any contribution you can make is TAX DEDUCTIBLE. With less than two months before the end of the year, perhaps you may want to create a tax break with a donation. You can do so via check to The DAILY CATHOLIC at 1585 Green Oak Road, Vista, CA 92083 USA or you can go to WE CAN'T DO IT ALONE! to contribute what you can. You can submit your donation with either your MasterCard, VISA, American Express or Discover Credit Card. If the Holy Spirit so prompts you and if you truly believe in this apostolate of the DAILY CATHOLIC you can make a revolving donation where the amount you designate will be deducted monthly. Some are doing this and we are most grateful for this can provide the stabilization needed to continue this ministry.
As you know, we don't often ask for money - kind of like the pastor who only speaks on tithing at certain times of the year. Well, it's that time of year again and we must remind you that when one is totally dependent on donations it makes it difficult to budget, to explain to creditors and outside purveyors that we will have the money soon - can they just be patient?! So many times secular interests don't understand that. They think, "Here we have a Christian organization and they're stonewalling us." Jesus says in Matthew 22: 21, "Render, therefore, to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." Yes, God provides, but He also realizes we need to be dependent on others in order to render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's such as bills, etc. accrued by the DAILY CATHOLIC all done for His honor and glory.
To operate the DAILY CATHOLIC takes a minimum budget of $2,000 a month right now. That's not a lot considering what is provided to the readers in quantity, quality and timeliness. Compare that to other ministries that say they can't operate unless they have $10,000 to $50,000 a month. We're "small potatoes" compared to them, but our goal is no less important and the fruits just as meaningful when measured by the Holy Trinity in the final tally. We know the fruits have been plentiful. We have volumes of binders attesting to this from testimonials over the years from correspondence and e-mails where they thank our efforts in helping them return to the Church. One letter like that is worth any amount of money! But we can't take those letters to our creditors, we can't take them to the bank, so to speak. They want cold hard cash, even if it is in check form. We've applied for grants, but those type of procedures can take years as anyone who has ever dealt with those kind of processes know only too well.
Therefore, we are kicking off an abreviated fund drive to keep the DAILY CATHOLIC afloat in hopes of stabilizing the bills and being able to continue to provide in-depth articles, series, features, news, graphics and a full archives for our current readers and future readers who have not discovered the DAILY CATHOLIC as of yet. That is another budgetary item we have not been able to fund: promotion and advertising of the DAILY CATHOLIC. It all becomes a vicious circle. If we do not have the funds to promote this publication fewer people know about it and the base of donations goes down. Not only that, but fewer people are reached in our effort to touch as many as possible in these critical times. Only through word of mouth and links have we been able to build a base. As you know there has been a growing apathy toward Marian Centers over the last several years. Why? Is it because nothing spectacular has happened as yet at Medjugorje or elsewhere? Is it because the Warning and the Miracle haven't happened yet? Is it because we've grown tired of the mundane in following and striving to live the messages? Whatever it is we must keep the faith and not let the flame flicker and grow dim. Let's prove that apathy is merely a figment of the imagination by showing your appreciation for the DAILY CATHOLIC with your pocketbook through a love donation to keep this publication going. Again, you can show your support and approval of the DAILY CATHOLIC by clicking on WE CAN'T DO IT ALONE!. We thank you in advance for considering this plea for we truly need your prayers and philanthropy to produce this publication!
We should from time to time consider the fact that our lives on this earth are not forever. We should, not out of a sense of morbidity, but out of a sense of reality, consider the fact that one day we shall die and pass on to the ďnext life.Ē
Many people at times jest that they will be happy if they just make it to Purgatory, though we know that it is possible that we can go straight to Heaven by the grace of Godís Mercy.
I came across an interesting story recently. I donít know if it is true or not, but it does give us a little food for thought. I donít know its source, but would like to share it with you.
There was a woman who had been diagnosed with cancer and had been given 3 months to live. Her doctor told her to start making preparations to die (something we all should be doing all of the time.)
So she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what she wanted to be wearing. The woman also told her pastor that she wanted to be buried with her favorite bible.
Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her. "There's one more thing." She said excitedly.
"What's that?" came the pastor's reply. "This is very important." The woman continued. "I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand."
The pastor stood looking at the woman not knowing quite what to say. "That shocks you doesn't it?" The woman asked. "Well to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request," said the pastor.
The woman explained. "In all my years of attending church socials and functions where food was involved (and let's be honest, food is an important part of any church event; spiritual or otherwise); my favorite part was when whoever was clearing away the dishes of the main course would lean over and say 'you can keep your fork.' It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming. When they told me to keep my fork, I knew that something great was about to be given to me. It wasn't Jell-O or pudding. It was cake or pie. Something with substance.
So I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder 'What's with the fork?' Then I want you to tell them: 'Something better is coming so keep your fork too.'"
The pastor's eyes were welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the woman goodbye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that woman had a better grasp of Heaven than he did. She KNEW that something better was coming.
At the funeral people were walking by the casket and they saw the pretty dress she was wearing and her favorite bible and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over the pastor heard the question "What's with the fork?" And over and over he smiled. During his message, the pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. The pastor told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right.
So the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you oh so gently that there is something better coming. God bless you!
Do you not yet realize that there is no such thing as time for God and, thus, the Divine Birth is now for you, and you may come and adore Him as did the shepherds?
O! Will you not come? Will you not bring your gifts of humility, obedience, your very hearts? No greater gifts could be given to Him, Who humiliated Himself to become flesh for all men!
Therefore, I, the Mother of God, announce His Coming, the Second Advent, the Age of the Divine Will. The world is mired in its evil ways, and sees not God, but the false god man has made of himself.
Woe! Woe to all who fear man's law above God's Law which alone perfects man's laws. Woe to all who, by the god of their intelligence, rationalize and justify every hideous act, condone murder, and seek not to repent.
Yes, the world exists now in its exile, and God's Justice shall annihilate the wicked until purity alone remains to welcome my Divine Son!
I solemnly tell all the world that the years to come, beginning with your new year, shall bring to full reign the antichrist! Prepare now by converting your hearts, and rest in the Refuge of my Immaculate Heart! There you rest in God's Peace and have nothing to fear, for the time of punishment comes swiftly.
Pray as never before! Let all churches be filled and my Divine Son adored and honored. Then shall Mercy send the Justice swiftly and the Age of the Divine Will shall bring Heaven to earth!
Rejoice, all who trust totally in God, for you shall know and understand the signs sent to all the world. I love and bless you. Thank you for responding to my Call!
On the feast of my Divine Son's birth my faithful little ones came to Him, and He embraced each whose heart was open. Yet He entered and gave Peace, but all felt the profound absence of His Joy.
Yes, my little ones, I solemnly say to all that joy is now veiled, sealed beneath the intense sorrow and suffering of my Immaculate Heart and burning unrequited in my Son's Sacred Heart. Now is the fullness of sadness made manifest to my faithful little ones; now do their hearts experience the emptiness, the hollowness which reflects the emptiness of a world that has cast aside God.
O! My little ones! The age of Great Mourning has arrived. But the tears and lamentations of the world shall no longer hold back the Divine Justice which shall come swiftly to purify the wickedness of men.
All gathered beneath my Immaculate Mantle shall know my Divine Son's Peace. All gathered to my Immaculate Heart shall have strength, but will know well the intense sadness of Heaven. I weep. My Divine Son's birth could have brought celestial, divine peace upon all men. Now, already, He is forgotten and the world rules hearts, minds and souls. Satan rules your world and lulls you to the abyss by his false peace.
If you wish to have my Immaculate Heart Triumph to bring to the world the reign of the Divine Will, then honor, adore, worship and reverence my Divine Son. Have adoration, and fill every church with holy reverence. Pray unceasingly and know each prayer brings you closer to the moment of my Heart's Triumph.
I love and bless you. I beseech you. Pray! You know not the hour or day, but it is close. Closer than you think or believe. Thank you for responding to my Call!