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:
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!
On September 17, 1285 Pope Honorius IV issued two papal bulls - one on the rights and privileges of the clergy, the other on civil administration for the clergy and citizens of the papal states. It was the "magna carta" for the papal states and helped secure peace in the Papal States. Honorius IV, a strong devote of Pope Gregory X and his policies, resurrected one of the benchmarks of his predecessor's reign, recognition with and to the Holy Roman Emperor - in this case Rudolf I of Habsburg. He set the coronation of Rudolf for February 2, 1287, but it would seem this union was once agains snakebit for Rudolf could not make the trip. Though Honorius had served on Gregory's panel of bishops in negotiating with the German King, he was powerless to speed up the process. Because of infighting among the German bishops and miscommunication, the coronation was cancelled and not rescheduled. This caused ill-feelings among the Germans and they ousted the Vatican delegates from their country. Again hard feelings and misunderstanding surfaced and would not be resolved during Honorius pontificate.
While Honorius had much clean-up work to do in the aftermath of the rubble left in Martin's wake, he was strongly in favor of the religious orders, particularly the Dominicans and Franciscans to whom he extended greater privileges and conditions as well as giving them exclusivity in the court of the Inquistitions. He gave great encouragement to the University of Paris, instilling a mandatory curriculum of the Oriental and other eastern languages in an effort to expedite the possibility of evangelizing to the Orient and mid-east. Though he tried to reach a closer relationship with both the Greek Orthodox and Islam leaders, he was powerless to follow through; mostly because of his health and the lack of a strong disposition to back up his actions. In short he was part Nicolas III - being a strong ruler - and part Martin IV - afraid to offend anyone and, because of that, he will be remembered as a good man, but lacking in following through with much that he instigated. While he had been a great advocate of the Crusades, the money supposedly raised for these campaigns went instead to the political infighting between Angevin and Aragon and he was not strong enough to say no. He died of old age on April 3, 1287. While it would take a year before his successor would be elected, it would be left to that successor to carry on, but it would be a few more popes before the Church was once again placed in capable and holy hands.
Now, I wish to speak upon one more virtue that, before My Throne, rises as pure incense.
This, My little children, is the virtue of chastity, which is to be pure in body, pure in heart and pure in soul. My Most Sacred Heart, your secure Refuge, is most saddened in these days because chastity is no longer a virtue to you. Your world has made a laughingstock of virtue in general, and chastity in particular. When you lack virtue then it is that vice fills you.
I Who Am created each of you in My Image and Likeness. I Who Am keep watch over you, tending My Flock, calling you to Me. But do you hear Me? Do you even seek Me?
O! So few, so very few, look for Me, and having found Me, remain steadfast in My arms. Those who are steadfast possess chastity, which seals the human ego, intellect, and all its lower emotions within armor of Love, so that only My Light is given unto you, and it thus emanates from you to others. A "supernatural" Light which is most clearly reflected by your thoughts, words and deeds!
Let Me say to all that to possess and live the virtue of chastity is to have Me dwelling in you and where I Am no evil may enter. I wish for all of you to hear these words and meditate on them. "Where I Am no evil may enter." You hear this and analyze it with your finite minds, where satan whispers to you: "Then you are not chaste, for behold evil thoughts enter into your mind. Evil is repulsive to God, so He cannot love you. You are doomed to Hell."
And you who are My children believe this lie!
Hear Me well, o children of My Sacred Heart. There will not be one day of your earthly life where satan will not attack you through the weakness of your flesh. A hundred, nay, a thousand times a day he will strike at you.
My children, these are temptations, and each temptation is meant to move you away from chastity. But I Who Am already know the thought which comes and strikes at your mind. I have known it from all eternity, and to help you I suffered My cruel Passion so all manner of temptation would remain for you only that-a temptation. The most foul, livid thoughts may come to you at any moment. To have the virtue of chastity, little ones, is to recognize the thought as a temptation and at once to call our My Holy Name. Thus, when you do this that temptation passes in a mystical way through My Sacred Heart and is washed pure. It remains a temptation that by My Merits becomes for you virtue, because you do not act upon it, but seek Refuge in Me alone!
The virtue of chastity if vital to the life of your immortal soul, and by My graces I give abundantly to all My children so that chastity may reign as queen in your soul and heart.
The world is filled with the stench of evilness. So perverted has the world become that it is impossible for you not to see and hear all manner of perverse things day in and day out.
So filled is your world with corruption that you have become immune, as it were, to its source, which is satan, and are thus accustomed to accepting as the norm the rampant evilness of society.
You read about it! You hear it when you turn on the radio; and even worse your eyes behold it when you watch television or attend a movie, in order to entertain yourself against the boredom of life.
O! If you would be chaste, if you would renew this holy virtue in your soul, you first must recognize that you, yourself, place yourself into temptation when you allow your human faculties to drink in, to feed upon, all manner of vice contrary to chastity. Little ones, is it not sufficient for you that by My grace, the intellect of your soul knows of the rampant evil upon the earth, and that only in a chaste union with Me shall all evil be wiped from the face of the earth? Why, then, do you clamor for every sordid detail of sin, while neglecting the virtue of chastity?
O! My children if you possess the virtue of chastity, you learn the immeasurable value of "custody of the eyes", which wish to see Me, and look away when I Am not present because evil abounds. Custody of the eyes commends all things to Me, while heart-felt prayer is offered up on behalf of those ensnared by sin.
Your eyes see it; but they do not feast upon it nor derive any sensible pleasure from it, and every effort is made to remove yourself from the evil situation.
O! Little ones, your own ears hear daily lewd remarks made about the mortal body which I create and hold in being. All manner of speech revolves around the degradation of man and woman, as I created you to be. Thus, when your ears are not chaste, you are subject to such bombardment by the evil one, that you find release of human feelings ,human frustrations, anger and bitterness when the mind accepts as truth the unholy spoken words which degrade the dignity I give to each of you. Why, little children, do you listen to this trash, which comes from the bowels of hell, when by virtue of chastity you would hear My Voice calling you, leading you?
Chastity is guardian of body and soul! It seeks modesty in dress, which is meant to shield the mortal body against cold and heat, while appearing before Me who created you, as an heir of My Kingdom! You distort the beauty I have given to each of you by your cravings for sexual desire and preference. This is not chastity-this is lewdness and covetness. I, Who Am, say to all. When you adorn your body with garments do so as I would have you do. The style must be modest, of the age in which you life; it must be altered to remain ever-modest, covering the sacred parts of the body which are not objects of jokes, but as My marvelous creation.
Chastity propels you to turn away from all sights that lead you into temptation because of your bodily lusts. Chastity turns away from all music, speech that addresses the vile human acts of which man succumbs because he follows satan and not Me.
Chastity is that virtue by which your movements draw no attention to yourself, but call your soul's attention to Me! You move about not to be noticed by others, but rather to fulfill My Divine Will.
When will you hear and understand that the virtue of chastity is not reserved for a few chosen souls who are so removed from the world as to have no temptations? The virtue of chastity is meant for all: It is possible for all, particularly those in the married state, who receive My blessing upon the union of their flesh, and the usual respect and dignity each must accord the other.
All of My children, whether young or old, single, married, or consecrated to Me by vows, are to be chaste in heart and soul.
This virtue receives its growth from the fullness of Life within My One True Church. It comes from frequent Confession, regular attendance at Holy Mass, and reverently receiving Me in Holy Communion. Then the soul, imbued with the virtue of chastity, prays from the heart; the soul propels the body to make sacrifices and to be mortified in all its senses, so that at all times the heart and soul are lifted up to Me, your Lord, God and Savior.
Therefore, little children, in these last days as the spiritual battle grows more fierce, be armed with the holy virtue of chastity, and you shall know the refuge of My Sacred Heart. You shall persevere until the end, fearing nothing. Chastity is to possess My fully, and to possess Me is to prevent all harm from coming to your soul, which is Mine and which I call to day and night.
Go, therefore, to the sacraments and return to the virtue of chastity, that being pure of body and soul, you shall be with Me for all Eternity. Lo! The moment comes when you shall realize the fullness of Truth of all Scripture and the words I now speak, in order to encourage you in these end times.
Prepare, for I Come!