In today's editorial, we bring up a number of obstacles that have happened and why. One obstacle we need to inform all who have tried to e-mail us is that we experienced a freeze over the weekend that locked up our e-mail cache, thus erasing all posts people had e-mailed us. If you were waiting for us to reply, then please resubmit so we can answer you. In the main part of our commentary we delve into obstacles that we may not even realize and how satan has cleverly placed these detours in our path. The wise man consults with the Heavenly Navigator Jesus while the foolish one tries to go it alone the quickest way he can without realizing the consequences. This ties in with Respect Life Week 2000 as we point out. For today's editorial No matter the obstacle, nothing is impossible with God! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT
First off, before we get into the meat of this commentary, we wanted to make you aware of one particular obstacle ol' horn-head has thrust at us here at the DailyCATHOLIC. On Friday morning we discovered that our e-mail program suddenly lost all its data. We have Eudora Pro 3.0 and Eudora 4.0, but this editor has preferred using the former because of its simplicity and speed of use compared to the more complicated, high falutin' newer program from Qualcomm. We understand from our computer experts that a DLL or "dill" overrode the 3.0 and transferred it to the 4.0 program however it left out one very important ingredient: ALL of our cache which included all e-mails waiting to be answered. Therefore, if you have sent us an e-mail before Saturday, January 22nd and not received a reply, then chances are you won't get a reply unless you resubmit your post since all was lost. This includes those many who had submitted a request to have their sites added in our Ports o' Call Links Decks. Therefore, if you have not received a reply yet and want your Catholic site listed, please let us know again; otherwise it will forever be lost in the great void of the black hole of the worldwide web.
While we are on the "help!" vein, we want to bring to your attention the plight of a site that badly needs your help to stay on line. The contemplative Institute of Divine Mercy is in dire need of $1,100 to be able to maintain their site for the next year. If they can't pay it in the next two weeks they will be forced to cancel their excellent web-site which provides a platform for women interested in a traditional, cloistered, contemplative order that has its roots in what Blessed Sister Faustina received from Our Lord in both spreading devotion to Divine Mercy and interceding in calling down Divine Mercy upon a world badly in need of it. That is the apostolate of these devoted women who, in taking the vow of poverty, have no money and depend solely on the charity of others to subsist as they carry out God's Will. To understand what this much-needed religious institute is all about, we encourage you to go to www.DivineMercy.org to read more. On behalf of these dedicated sisters, we also ask you to help in any way you can. You can use our giftform and earmark it for the Institute of Divine Mercy and we will make sure all donations for such go to the Institute or you can send a donation check, made out to the Institute, to: Help save the Divine Mercy Site, 9306 Forest Hills Lane, Dallas, TX 75218. That's how much we believe in this worthy institution that is so important during these times.
These times are important because the soul of America hangs in the balance. Though the Dow Index just keeps soaring, we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that is an obstacle as well for it has blinded Americans to what is really happening. Pat Ludwa's hard-hitting column yesterday pinpointed the problems, but they go even deeper and only prayer can right the wrongs. While many, many have profited from the burgeoning stock market, they have forgotten Christ's words in Mark 8: 36, "For what does it profit a man if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul?" They have failed to heed the Holy Father's words "America, if you want liberty and justice for all and lasting peace...defend life!" He echoed those no uncertain words at the end of World Youth Day in Denver in August 1993 and since then, what has America done? Continued on in its sinful ways, reelecting an avowed pro-abort president and vice-president and stepping up the subliminal and not so subliminal attack on religion, and Catholics in particular, by trying to degrade our moral and value system by making the perverted seem normal and the normal seem perverted. Cardinal Thomas Winning has said the same in Scotland and is being grilled on the spit by the media and the culture of death amorals who are trying to crucify him for being insensitive to gays even though he fully understands their hidden, extremely dangerous agenda better than others.
The advocates of abortion and relaxing the moral code and family values are clever but sinister. Read Dr. Frank Joseph's articles this week and re-read Pat's excellent column yesterday and you'll see their modus operendi. It's called "attack, attack, attack!" while trying to pose as the innocent victim. It doesn't work with Christ's teaching and it shouldn't work with us. But yet, with all these obstacles, we've been detoured into defending ourselves where the shoe should be on the other foot. Dr. Joseph points out so clearly how the Democratic candidates are camouflaging the campaign, staying as clear as they can from the abortion issue while bragging about the economy. Again, have they read and truly understood Mark 8: 36? Meanwhile most of the Republican candidates for president have fallen into the trap of trading barbs on other issues without emphasizing the soul of America: life - the inalienable right to life as our Constitution assures. While all proclaim they're pro-life and, as we report in today's NEWS & VIEWS, that front-runner George W. Bush believes Roe vs. Wade was a mistake, only one candidate's platform has consistently stood for all that God desires. That is Alan Keyes who, despite media snubs, is gaining in popularity because he speaks the truth.
We're writing this on the Feast of Saint Francis de Sales, patron saint of communicators on the day Pope John Paul II has proclaimed WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY in exhorting the media to respect the Sanctity of Life and uphold the laws of God. This is also exactly what Alan Keyes has been professing to the public since the beginning. His obstacles are the media that refuses to give him the necessary, equal airtime that should be given all candidates. It still boggles our mind that here is a conservative African American candidate that you would think the NAACP and Black community would be rallying behind fully as "their man." But he isn't. Why does rabble rousing Jesse Jackson get so much play and Keyes so little? It's not because of their articulation and intelligence because there is no candidate more articulate or abreast of the issues than Keyes. After all, he has a tremendous media presence in that he was a radio talk-show host for many years...when there was respectability for the profession before the likes of Jerry Springer and Howard Stern, both darlings of the pro-aborts. So why is Keyes so largely ignored when there are so many mental lightweights running?
As much as we'd like to say it isn't, when one eliminates all the other obstacles, it has to be his Catholicism. Wait, you say, but Pat Buchanan is Catholic, too. The difference is the latter is a bitter man whose prejudices come through loud and clear and, with apologies to those who rabidly follow him, conjures up more ghosts from the past and equation to the Inquisition than Our Lord's charge to love our neighbor and forgive. Keyes does not spew vindictives, only common sense and a strong morality because he realizes the fragile thread America hangs by. He, like all of us, don't want that thread to become a noose. We can only pray that as other candidates fall all over themselves in exposing their own flaws and doublespeak, the public will see the honesty and sincerity of this man from Maryland. That would be like a breath of fresh air - honesty and sincerity in Washington, D.C.! We know, everybody has written Keyes off because of the "he hasn't got a chance" rhetoric the media circulates. But remember, a nobody came out of the pack, sadly, in 1992 to upset the applecart and we know how he's upset the moral fiber of America ever since.
Some might think we, and some of our other columns we carry by Pat Ludwa, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto, or Dr. Frank Joseph are political. No, we are not political, but rather Catholic and intent on upholding Catholic teaching in all walks of life which includes the political arena. We're not raising money for Keyes, just prayers, badly needed prayer for the sake of America. Let's hope the FCC never gets control of the internet or we can all kiss our proverbial you-know-whats goodbye. That is evident when the FCC placed a tremendous obstacle in the path of Christian programming that Senator Dick Armey in out to reverse for if this new ruling stands it will greatly jeopardize not just Christian programming, but Catholic programming where stations will have to pay to provide religious programming and you know they're not going to do that. Their ruling dictates that religion is not educational. Yes, you heard us right. Can you imagine the ramifications and domino effect if that stood up? What an obstacle!
Another obstacle the pro-aborts are launching is the campaign to strip the Holy See of their Permanent Observer status with the UN spearheaded by Frances Kissling's "un-Catholics for Free Choice." Realizing they have nothing to do with the Catholic Church, these upstarts are trying to cover that up by attacking. Who are they attacking? Holy Mother Church herself by denigrating the Vatican in the eyes of the world. While they have a cadre of pro-abort factions behind them, surely the UN Assembly and the world can see that the only organizations that has consistently stood up for the rights and liberties of all is the Church and her undaunted Vicar of Christ. Because there is no threat of sanctions because of the Holy See's status, Kissling is attacking with every weapon at her disposal with lies and slander that will undoubtedly reserve her place in hell if she doesn't repent of her ways soon.
And we do mean soon because the Warning is not far off. In prayer you can just feel its proximity. When? We're not sure and we're not going to speculate on the day, for things come to fulfillment in God's time, not ours. Yet we can sense it is very, very close. When it does occur, it will be an obstacle only for those who refuse to believe, refuse to acknowledge the state of their own soul, and will continue on hard-hearted in their agenda. We look at it as an awakening, a tremendous breath of Heavenly fresh air that will blow out much of the evil that men do for they will see themselves as God sees them. What they, and all of us will see, will not be pretty. Using the great gift of free will, we can then choose to either follow God and His laws, or turn our backs on him and continue the one-way path to eternal damnation. As we've said many times, the Warning will be a dress rehearsal for the Final Judgment. In essense God will be giving everyone a second chance to get it right. Can you think of a more merciful act by the Triune Divinity than that?
And so, our concluding thought is, in following with the worn-out idiom about when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, we say when obstacles are placed in our paths, follow the example of the saints and turn these negatives into positives by offering it all to God to do with as He sees fit. You'll be surprised how fast these obstacles will dissipate when we place it all in His hands and strive to do His holy will. No obstacle is too big that it cannot be overcome and Jesus confirmed this when he reminds us of the faith of a mustard seed in Matthew 17: 19-20 and also in Mark 11, "Because of your little faith; for amen I say to you, if you have faith like a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Remove from here'; and it will remove. And nothing will be impossible to you. But this kind can be cast out only by prayer and fasting." Truer words were never spoken. The Blessed Virgin Mary has always emphasized the importance of prayer and fasting, not because it's her idea, but because her Divine Son, the Son of God proclaimed it. Isn't it time we took her exhortation to heart and respond in kind? With prayer and fasting we can better focus on the problem at hand and realize, no matter the obstacle, nothing is impossible with God!
We're not talking about the siege in China a century ago, but rather the rebellion against God's natural law that US Senator Barbara Boxer is waging against the pre-born while passionately trying to save any and all animals. In today's column, Frank Joseph, MD, a committed retired Catholic physician from Southern California, publishes a revealing letter from this pro-abort politician which exposes much more than she ever intended as we continue this special pro-life column for the DailyCATHOLIC throughout this Respect Life Week 2000. For his column, Now, we have the truth about pro-aborts!, see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!
Also, bear in mind that reliable studies, have shown that babies 20 weeks and older, suffer excruciating pain when they are killed, because the mechanism to dampen the pain hasn't developed, while the pain receptors have. Other studies have indicated that the unborn may feel pain as early as 9 weeks, since it is clear that the fetus responds to touch from five and a half weeks after conception.
For those who don't know the procedure, or it has slipped your minds, let me refresh you:
In these late term abortions, the entire baby is delivered except for the head, which they make sure stays in the birth canal (otherwise it would be "legally" considered murder) -- then the back of the baby's head is punctured with scissors and then the baby's brains are sucked out with a powerful suction apparatus. The baby feels excruciating pain during this procedure. This act is so horrendous that congress -- the House and the Senate, passed a Bill that would ban it, but Clinton, who claims he feels everyone's pain, vetoed the Bill.
The House had the necessary 2/3 vote to override the veto, but the Senate was three votes short, thanks to the liberal Democratic Senators. Senators like Barbara Boxer.
So, with one stroke of the pen, Clinton, who would have you believe that compassion oozes through every pore in his body, condemned to death, in the most gruesome manner, thousands of babies yearly, who otherwise would have lived. He has reverted our supposedly civilized society back to barbarism. There are no words to describe the awesome barbarity of this procedure. It's enough to make you cry.
Boxer's office made a crucial mistake -- they mailed out the wrong prewritten letter. It was meant for those who are against cruelty to animals. Read it and be prepared for a shock:
I have always fought against abusive and inhumane treatment of animals. During my years in Congress, I have supported policies designed to improve animal welfare.
I believe that we must work to preserve our endangered species and our wildlife. In 1992, I fought for dolphin protection by writing legislation that encouraged tuna companies to commit to "dolphin-safe" policies. In 1997 my legislation, S. 1460, would preserve the definition of the "dolphin-safe" label, allow the import of "dolphin-safe" tuna only into the United States, and would cap dolphin deaths at 5,000 annually declining over time to a goal of zero mortality.
I have worked to stop those animal experiments that are abusive and lacking in scientific merit. My "Consumer Products Safe Testing Act" asked government agencies to review their testing regulations with an eye toward replacing current animal testing requirements with non-animal alternatives.
I will continue to fight for the humane treatment of animals. Again, thank you for sharing your views. Please, keep in touch.
United States Senator
There is no need for me to comment on this letter -- it speaks for itself. BUT, I've GOT to.
This letter proves, what I've been saying all along. The Liberal Democrats have more respect for the sanctity of animal life, than human life. After reading this letter, I DARE anyone to deny it. They know that most of these babies would live, if they would also deliver the head, instead of holding it in the birth canal, while they do their killing, so it would be a "legal killing." They know about the pain studies. All of this was brought forward in the Senate hearings.
Boxer said, "In 1997 my legislation, S. 1460, would cap dolphin deaths at 5,000 annually declining over time to a goal of zero mortality." Her aim is zero mortality for dolphins, while she, and her liberal Senators, are the cause of thousands of babies being killed every year, who otherwise would have lived. What is her reason, for not wanting zero mortality for human beings?
I thought, I had heard everything, but this beats them all. How could such a person be a Senator?
This, my friends is the mindset of the liberals -- to do anything and everything for votes. Human life means nothing to them. For once, I'd like to see the liberals do something that pleases GOD and not satan.
These people are so afraid that if PBA are banned that it would be a big victory for pro-lifers and that just maybe, all abortions would be outlawed. One has absolutely nothing to do with the other. It's called love and compassion, which the liberals know nothing about.
Don't believe the "crap," they spew about their concern for women, who will go to some dark alley and have an abortion done with a rusty coat hanger and die of complications. Read my article concerning this and all their other lies on my web page.
They would sooner, babies die a horrible death than to give in one inch. These people are only fit to represent animals. May God help us if the Democrats take over the House and the Senate, and Gore or Bradley become president, in the upcoming elections.
The declining moral values of the Democratic party, is the reason I became a Republican, years ago. I could see the handwriting on the wall. I will NOT be in a party, which sees nothing wrong, if a woman wants to kill her unborn baby -- not even while her baby is being born and would live; a party which sees nothing wrong with taking prayers out of the public schools. If children don't learn right from wrong and the wages of sin at home, which many don't -- that's just too bad -- is their mindset.
The Democrats on the whole have become a party which sees nothing wrong with trashing organized religions with terms like the "religious right," "the far religious right," "the fanatic religious right." As if, being religious is some sort of an evil preoccupation.
In plain words, if you believe in God and obey his Commandments, you belong to the religious right. If you attend church services on a regular basis, you belong to the far religious right. If you do all of the above and believe in the sanctity of human life and EVERY ONE of The 10 Commandments and fight for these principles, so that we can halt our country's freefall into the abyss of hell, then you are referred to as the fanatic religious right.
Using their terminology, Jesus Christ and all the Saints, would be labeled, the "fanatic religious right."
It's getting to the point, where you can't turn on the TV without hearing one of the above terms by the liberal Democrats. There's no more important issue that faces our country today, than the issue of the, "killing of unborn babies" -- a.k.a. "abortions."
It's very simple -- your vote will determine, what kind of people you want to represent you in congress and in the White House and what kind of a country, you want for your children. Our once Godly country, is sinking fast. Satan is having a field day and we had better start waking up to that fact, and fast.
These people act as if there's NO GOD. If they say they do -- I do NOT believe them. You cannot believe in God and knowing that you'll have to answer to Him for your sins, if you condone the killing of unborn babies. The two are diametrically opposed. When I hear Christians say, "I personally think abortions are wrong, but I believe that a woman should have the right to choose," I feel like "gagging." NO ONE has the right to kill a human being, if they so choose.
Ernest Hemingway once said, "This is a fine country and it's worth fighting for." I agree with the last part, but until we stop the killing of unborn babies and reverse the moral degeneracy of our country, how can it be a fine country? But it definitely is worth fighting for -- to reverse the damage done by the liberals and get our country back to God.
I will never get over Senator Boxer's following statement: "I will continue to fight for the humane treatment of animals."
That's fine and commendable, but, if she could only feel that way about human beings.
To answer Barbara Boxer, I would like to say that, I WILL continue to fight for the humane treatment of human beings, until I take my last breath.
Let the liberal Senators know, you're not going to keep taking their Godless agendas -- especially you, who are constituents of a pro-abortion Senator, even if you have to write every day, until you get a decent answer. Include your name and street address and you will get a reply by regular mail. If you need their e-mail addresses and phone numbers, go to my web site.
The evil that's overtaking our country, MUST be stopped. Every day that passes, babies suffer and die. Every day that passes, evil gets stronger and will be harder to fight. Satan must love the liberal Democrats -- how can he not? Thanks to them -- everything he's fighting for, is happening.
Albert Einstein, once said, "the world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
PLEASE, do not take this lightly. We MUST fight harder, or it will be too late for our children and grandchildren.