While we are passing out brickbats deservedly so to these four "betrayers," we must extend bouquets to those Democrats who voted "Yes" to overturn the veto - to give the children a chance. Besides Leahy, they are John Breaux and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, a highly Catholic state; Wendell Ford of Kentucky; Harry Reid of Nevada, Daniel Moynihan of New York, a Catholic who has not always voted along Catholic moral lines in the past; Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota; Fritz Hollings of South Carolina; Tom Daschle and Tim Johnson of South Dakota; and Robert Byrd of West Virginia.
In addition to the above Democrats, the following Republicans should be given bouquets and singled out for their strong stance on pro-life and upholding the Constitution of "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" as well as God's Laws. They are Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions of Alabama; Frank Murkowski of Alaska; Tim Hutchinson, a Baptist Minister from Arkansas; Jon Kyl and John McCain of Arizona; Wayne Allard of Colorado; Connie Mack of Florida; Paul Coverdell of Georgia; Lary Craig and Dirk Kempthorne of Idaho; Richard Lugar and Dan Coats of Indiana; Chuck Grassley of Iowa; Paul Roberts of Kansas; Mitch McConnell of Kentucky; Spence Abraham of Michigan; Rod Grams of Minnesota; Thad Cochran and Trent Lott of Mississippi; John Ashcroft and Kit Bond of Missouri; Conrad Burns of Montana; Chuck Hagel of Nebraska; Robert Smith and Judd Gregg of New Hamphire; Al D'Amato of New York; Jesse Helms and Lauch Faircloth of North Carolina; Mike DeWine of Ohio; Don Nickles and James Inhoff of Oklahoma; Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania; Strom Thurmond of South Carolina; Bill Frist of Tennesee; Phil Gramm and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas; Orin Hatch and Robert Bennett of Utah; John Warner of Virginia; and Craig Thomas and Mike Enzi of Wyoming.
An interesting pattern geographically is the fact that the four Republicans who were traitors to the cause of life were from New England. Connecticutt, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island all voted for the culture of death. Considering the Catholic states of Maryland and Massachusetts and their supposedly Catholic representatives it is a sad commentary that cries out to the Heavens. Does the name Ted Kennedy make you want to gag on your morning coffee? The strongest support for life is in the South with every southern state casting a strong vote for the Culture of Life. In the midwest Illinois and Wisconsin were the only states unanimously opposing overturning the veto but look who their senators are and no one should be surprised. In the west Hawaii and California voted "No" but consider that in the latter the Golden State was represented by two liberal, radical women who hopefully will be voted out of office in the near future - Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein, both avowed abortionists and promoters of homosexuality.
That's the scorecard. If you would like to register your complaints or review the records of these elected representatives, we recommend you go to www.prolife.org/tal/sub3.html where you can link to each senator and their e-mail address. We have already sent our feelings to the four betrayers and kudos to the Democrats who voted to uphold pro-life. Above all pray for those who have been misguided and, if you live in those states where the culture of death is promoted as politically correct, get involved and help defeat them in the upcoming election if they are up for reelection. Here in California Catholics Dan Lungren and Gray Davis are locked in a heated battle for Governor. Davis is touting his pro-abortion stance in hopes of stealing the women's lib vote while Lungren, even in his ads, is proudly proclaiming that he is Catholic and will uphold the dignity of human life and that parents need to know what their children are doing. Kudos to him and pray he is elected in this state that is badly in need of a transfusion of grace and common sense. Come to think of it, on this first day of autumn when the country is bombarded by the sordid details and lurid account of the "Lyin' King" from Arkansas, isn't it time we all pray to Jesus and His Blessed Mother Mary to return our country to the protection of her Immaculate Heart. This upcoming election, just six weeks away, could be the last hurrah between Heaven or hell!
Nicholas was a far cry from his successor Honorius who ruled the Papal States so deftly. Nicholas was more of a gentle, holy, reverent priest who sought to wait things out and had really no clue as to governing. This became evident almost immediately as he extended favors to the Colonna family as well as his own Order of Friars Minor. This alienated many of the Papal States who were left without a strong leader and Sicily, which had struggled with turmoil for decades over the Hohenstauffen reign and then the Angevin kings and the French Aragon regime, turned on Nicholas. One reason he extended favors to the Colonna family was because they extended their home to him when other aristocratic houses turned away. This reunion of earlier ties did not sit well with the other families and Nicholas added insult to injury when he gave the Colonna clan special positions within the papacy and Papal States. Rebellion ensued from northern Italy to Sicily. In spite of all the opposition, Nicholas tried to heal the situation in Sicily trying to restore the house of Anjou, especially in the aftermath of the devastating Sicilian Vespers. But Aragon refused. Consequently Nicholas rallied France and Castile to fight against Aragon and James of Aragon. Rubbing salt into the wound Nicholas crowned Charles II of Salerno. Militarily it was a disaster for Nicholas as Charles II and Philip IV of France made a pact not to assist James but they also did not resist James efforts, allowing him to becoming more powerful in Sicily. This prompted Nicholas to crusade strongly against James but in April 1289 that crusade was turned toward the Muslims who sacked Tripoli. With the fall of the last Christian stronghold in the Holy Land - Acre in Israel, Nicholas appealed to Philip and King Edward I of France to mount a crusade against the infidels. He convened a council to put this into effect but on April 4, 1292 on Good Friday he died. He was buried in St. Mary Major Basilica. In the sixteenth century the master Dominico Fontana designed an elaborate covering for his tomb.
While Nicholas' efforts as an administrator in secular matters failed miserably, his strong suit was as a missionary. Leaning on his strong Franciscan upbringing, he placed a special emphasis on missionary endeavors sending Franciscans to the court of the Kubla Khan tracing the footsteps of Marco Polo which led to the first establishment of the Church in China. One of the Franciscan missionaries sent Fra Gjiovanni de Monte Corvino would be appointed the first Archbishop of Peking in 1307 by Pope Clement V. It was Nicholas who dispatched more Franciscan missionaries to the Balkans, specifically Croatia and Bosnia where today the Franciscans remain stronger than ever and the people loyal to them because throughout the centuries the Franciscans stayed and ministered to the people while many of the Diocesan priests fled. That is why there is such fierce loyalty to the Franciscans today such as in Medjugorje. One of the most far-reaching and notable documents drawn up by Nicholas during his four year pontificate was the Papal Bull Coelestis altitudo in which he allotted that half of revenues coming to the Holy See be earmarked for the College of Cardinals, thereby giving a share to this esteemed assembly of the administration of Rome.
In the next installment, before going on to Nicholas IV's successor Pope Saint Celestine V, we will do a review of the first twelve plus centuries to catch the reader up to date on the times and what has transpired as a mid-point, so to speak, in this long on-going ultra megaseries.
For countless generations I have been speaking to my little ones. I have given warnings and promises, but the laziness of my children has rejected my words. Now, again, I repeat that I am the New Ark, the New Eve, and I am among you to prepare all the world to receive my Divine Son in all His Glory. Yet, you remain ensnared in worldly passions, believing the half-truths of your press, enslaved by idle pleasures. Each day that dawns upon you brings yet another fulfillment of Scripture; yet another fulfillment of my words spoken at LaSalette, Fatima, Garabandal, Medjugorje and throughout the world. Those who have converted their hearts recognize the Truth of the Words, the Signs of the times in which you live. They are my faithful remnant, my little army who, through my Immaculate Heart shall help to bring about the Triumph of my Immaculate Heart. O! my children, your Heavenly Father's plan to allow the glorious victory of His Only-Begotten Son is so marvelously revealed, yet you see it not, blinded by satan, cold of heart and lukewarm as you are.
Hear my urgent plea! Convert your heart now before the age of grace and mercy becomes the moment of Justice. Do not weep, nor be afraid for God does not abandon His Little Ones. Come beneath my Mantle! Persevere in all of your faith, adhering to the unerring Truth of my Son's Church. Consecrate yourself to my Son's Sacred Heart and my Immaculate Heart, and be filled with the Holy Spirit. In this way you shall have refuge against the false prophets who would deny my Son and all His Doctrine.
I love and bless you. Thank you for responding to my Call!
I want all of my children to know that the great persecution of my chosen ones shall grow more difficult. It will appear as if darkness covers your very souls, so shall those opposed to the Light shout you down. I am asking all of my little army to be of one mind and one heart through the grace of the Holy Spirit because satan shall try every deceit. The master of evil will seek in these days to turn one of my little ones against another. Doubt, confusion from within the ranks of my army, joined with the seeds of dissension sown among those who belong only to the world shall grow as rapidly as mold upon a wall. It shall seep into the very heart of my army, unless you dedicate and consecrate yourself to my Immaculate Heart and to my Son's Sacred Heart. Pray! Don't be afraid of any sacrifice, any suffering. How many of my little ones suffer grievously every day while so many are without loss of any worldly comfort. Cast off the world. Embrace with joy my Motherly messages, that the Light of my Divine Son may burst forth upon this earth, proclaiming the fulfillment of all Scripture.
Pray! My Immaculate Heart shall triumph. Pray! For my Son's Glorious return. Seek humility and obedience as your bulwarks of faith. Go to Mass; receive reverently my Divine Son. Then, dear children, you will not be deceived, but enlightened.
I love you. I bless you. Pray! Pray! Pray! Thank you for responding to my Call!
O God, Who, in a singular degree, didst bestow upon Blessed Bishop Thomas the virtue of compassion toward the poor; pour fourth we beseech Thee, through his intercession, the riches of Thy Mercy upon those who humbly implore Thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.