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FRI-SAT-SUN through FRI-SAT-SUN      August 13-22, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 152-157

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Gone fishin'! But it won't be an ordinary vacation

    In this weekend's editorial, we commence our second summer hiatus during the week which has the Solemnity of the Assumption and the Feast of the Queenship of Mary as bookends. Talk about a treasured library! The week of relaxation and getting away from it all will not be ordinary however for it will include valuable, prime family time where the whole family can refresh physically, psychologically and spiritually - all vital in fighting the ordinary blahs of summer and gearing up for the extraordinary times ahead. For the commentary, There is nothing Ordinary about Our Lady!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

There is nothing ordinary about Our Lady!

Michael Cain, editor

Though blessed by God, Mary was also mortal!

     In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto writes about the Solemnity of the glorious Feast of the Assumption and explains what "assumed" means for Mary, like us, was human. She is not divine and not to be worshipped. But she remains God's most precious of His creation and He has assigned her as the "chief intercessor" to all His children. Sister points out that she strongly believes Mary did die and not just fall asleep because Jesus died and it would stand to reason she would follow her Divine Son. That mystery of whether she truly died incorrupt or was only in a state of dormition will never be truly known until we reach Heaven however the fact we have today saints such as Saint Bernadette whose body is still incorrupt lends credence to Sister's assumption on the Assumption. For her column this weekend, She was assumed into Heaven! click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


A worm in the apple can spoil the joy of conversion

     In his column this week, Pat Ludwa addresses those who seek to be muckrakers, trying to expose a person's sins even though they had long ago been forgiven and forgotten. When we are in the state of grace we are the shining "apple in God's eye" but there are those who, like the burrowing worm, seek to dig up dirt. In the axiom that "misery loves company," they want to slosh around in the mud of negativism and contaminate good deeds especially for those who are striving to turning over a new leaf in God's eyes. These accusers forget Christ came to forgive and forget. Too many Catholics today forget that the "Good News" isn't about being perfect without sin but for sinners striving to be perfect. That is why Jesus came into this world, for sinners and He came, despite the naysayers who relish grunging in the dirt, so that we all "may have life, and have it more abundantly" as He assures us in John 10: 10. For Pat's column Good News: the Whole Story, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

Good News, the Whole Story

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August 13-22, 1999 volume 10, no. 152-157   DAILY CATHOLIC