DAILY CATHOLIC     TUESDAY     June 16, 1998     vol. 9, no. 116

CATHOLIC PewPOINT

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Something to make this summer more special!

          Since we are less than one week away from the Summer Solstice, it's time to move into the summer mode here at the DAILY CATHOLIC. First of all, it's a known fact that viewership/readership drops almost 50% during the summer due to fewer people spending time at the computer and more time taking in the rays during these longer runs of the lazy, hazy days of summer. Therefore, we are paring back the issues until the fall season. Like the television programs, we will go into a "rerun" phase, bringing you material that will actually be new to you, but in effect, is a few years old yet still very relevant. Many have been following the DAILY CATHOLIC from our first issue in November last year, but we had published for two years prior to that with very few readers. Therefore, the material we will be presenting during the summer will be entirely new. In addition, the material will be the beginning of all three mega-series we have been bringing you each week. We will begin this with next Tuesday's edition of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH with the first installment of this megaseries. It's an opportunity to go back to the roots and see how this series began and the foundation of the Blessed Sacrament. The other two series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS and WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM? will begin recycling for the summer the first part of July. Just as some networks are hyping that if you haven't seen the programs being repeated each night yet, then they're new to you, so also if you haven't read the earlier articles of these mega series, then they're new to you and should give you an even greater appreciation of these features.

          In addition, the regular daily editorial CATHOLIC PewPOINT will also be abbreviated during the next two months to just one or two a week depending on the political climate spiritually or temporally. It is also necessary for this editor, at least for now, to spend less time at the keyboard, suffering from a slight case of carpal tunnel syndrome that effects my hands and arms while typing and requires medical attention. That's the price for slaving away at a typewriter and now a computer for well over forty years! We also plan on taking a one to two week hiatus in July or August for a well-deserved rest as well as regrouping and reprogramming new things including a more comprehensive and quicker Ports of Call links section so we can give you a greater spectrum of sites to peruse. I'm also weaning my youngest teen-age son on learning HTML and the formatting so he can assume many of the webmaster duties. He's a whiz at the computer so why not put his talents to work for the honor and glory of God and help ol' Dad?

         We hope these temporary changes to accommodate the summer schedule will meet with your approval and be assured that come September we should return, like the networks, with all new programming and more innovations as we attempt to expand. We're always open to feedback and what you would like to see more of and/or less of. We're going to close with a bit of humor sent to us by our good friend Nancy in Germany from the wit and wisdom of Bill Cosby on parenting that should encourage us to stay the course:

      Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His children. After creating Heaven and earth, He created Adam and Eve. And the first thing God told them was: "Don't!
      "Don't what?" Adam asked.
      "Don't eat the forbidden fruit," said God.
      "Forbidden fruit? Really? Where is it?" Adam and Eve inquired, excitedly jumping up and down.
      "It's over there." God said, wondering why He hadn't stopped after making the elephants! A few minutes later God saw His two children taking an apple break and, needless to say, He was very, very angry!
      "Didn't I tell you not to eat that fruit?" the Father asked.
      "Uh, huh." Adam replied.
      "Then why did you do it?" God asked again exasperatedly.
      "I dunno." Adam answered.

            God's punishment, as we all know, was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own so they, too, could experience the frustration the Almighty One was experiencing with His Own first two children. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed. But there is a reassurance to this story. If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give your children wisdom and they haven't taken it to heart yet, don't be so hard on yourself.

            After all, if God had trouble handling His children, what makes you think it should be a piece of cake for you?!?

         Think about it and don't forget to use the opportunity of summer for a very special exercise - it's called PRAYER. Oh, yes, and don't forget Daily Mass and the Rosary. These are all something that will make this summer more special!

Michael Cain, editor