WEDNESDAY

January 14, 1998   vol 9, no. 10    

TODAY'S ENTIRE ISSUE



Eggs Benedict anyone?

     If ever there was a day to recognize the liberal, radical elements within the Church such as Call To Action or We Are Church not to mention Catholics for a Free Choice, today would be the day. For indeed it is "Traitors Day" so named because it is the 257th anniversary of turncoat Benedict Arnold. Those within the Mystical Body of Christ who opt to follow in the Judas mold will only end up with egg on their face and "hollerin-n-daized" sauce in their soul at the final judgment because of their hard-boiled insistence on changing Our Lord's traditional Church of 2000 years to their modern way of thinking. We can only hope and pray that these radical elements, striving to follow their own agenda in attacking Holy Mother Church, will either reveal themselves for who they are - traitors, or trade in their uniforms of division for one of peace, reconciliation and compliance with all Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church teaches.

      There is hope, however, for today is also the 214th anniversary of "Ratification Day" in which the Colonies ratified a peace treaty with the King George. The concordat gave the United States their recognized independence and officially ended the Revolutionary War. Let us pray those liberal entities will recognize their only way for true independence is through total dependence on God by way of His Church and Vicar of Christ on earth. If not, bet on another revolutionary war within the Roman Catholic Church.

     Our Blessed Mother has warned us this is a possibility - first at LaSalette, then to Saint John Bosco in a vision, and in many messages and apparitions in these crucial days in which we currently live. She pleads for us to return to her Divine Son through Eucharistic Deovotion and living the messages of conversion, fasting, penance and frequent reception of the sacraments. In today's fifty-second installment, entitled God does answer every prayer! we realize our need for Him and the only way to hear Him is to listen with our hearts. Click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS

God does answer every prayer!

Installment Fifty-two

     GOD DOES ANSWER! He has promised us that in Holy Scripture (Matthew 7:7 and Luke 11:9), "Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened to you." As described throughout the Bible, His voice can be the clap of thunder, the bolt of lightning and, for a few chosen souls, a vision or apparition. But for the majority of His children throughout history, His voice is the soft gentle whisper, the nudge of the Holy Spirit, that sudden thought that comes to the mind direct from the heart which prompts one to holy action. It's the "knowledge" divinely infused into our hearts and minds, which tells us with a certainty that comes from God, "Go, My child, and do this for Me. Do it now!" Yet we say to ourselves, "No, that's not God. He wouldn't talk to me. I'm a sinner."

      We're all sinners. The Blessed Mother - Gate of Heaven - alone was free from sin. Her Divine Son did not come to call the just, but to call the sinner (cf. Matthew 9: 12). We can take consolation that God is always there for us, for His Love is Infinite. His Mercy is without limit. This is revealed through Divine Revelation.

     God is calling. As we have been detailin in this extensive series, He has sent His Own Mother to beckon us over and over again to convert our hearts. Why our hearts? Because that's where God speaks to us; not in our overcrowded, confused, short-circuited brains which cannot fathom God. Rather He talks to our hearts because the heart works on a different "wave length", providing a direct two-way line if only we can stymie all the static and interference. Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. shows us how every Monday in the Daily CATHOLIC.

     Through Private Revelation we are warned that we have come to the end times of an era prophesied in Public Revelation. During these trying times leading up to the cleansing that will usher in the Reign of the Sacred Heart through the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart, we are called to be a holy people, a faith-filled people working toward true sanctity by being a community of praying, Eucharistic people. It is a call to do as God asked through Saint John Bosco in the vision and message he received pertaining to our very time in which he was told, "There will be chaos in the Church. Tranquility will not return until the Pope succeeds in anchoring the Boat of Peter between the twin pillars of Eucharistic Devotion and Devotion to Our Lady. This will come about one year before the end of the century." If we are to truly reap the rewards promised by God, we must answer His call before we can expect Him to answer our call to Him. Oh, He will answer, but will the answer be what our hearts want, or what our minds think? The answer and results are up to us. If we follow our hearts and give in fully to God's Will, then we can be assured that the answer we receive from the Almighty One will be the one we want. Next week we will continue with this thought pattern on Listening, Learning and Living what God is telling us here in the present...for it truly is a "present."

To review all past installments of this on-going series, go to Archives beginning with the inaugural A CALL TO PEACE internet issue in January 1996. volume 7, no. 1.


We can pay now, or we can pay later. The choice is ours.

      That's the beauty of God's gift to us. Free Will. We can make choices, but when we make choices that coincide with His Will it makes it all the better. One of His gifts through His Church are Indulgences. The more we pray and perform good deeds here on earth, the shorter the stay for many souls in Purgatory...and our own future tenure as a member of Church Suffering. We continue with our treatment on Indulgences with capsules from both the new Catechism of the Catholic Church and old, but still very relevant Baltimore Catechism. Click on CATECHISM CAPSULES

Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation: Indulgences

    The Sacraments are part and parcel of our lives and so we continue our "capsule series" on each of the Sacraments, bringing you capsule paragraphs from both the new Catechism of the Catholic Church and the old Baltimore Catechism. We continue our short series on Indulgences. It is included with the section on the Sacrament of Penance ("The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the effects of the sacrament of Penance.") reminding us of our humanness and our total dependence on the Mercy of God and the promises He has made to His children...as well as our promises to Him for through indulgences we can "obtain the remission of temporal punishment resulting from sin for ourselves and for the souls in Purgatory."

No. 1478 and 1479, pages 371 and 372 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery; Chapter Two - The Sacraments of Healing; Libreria Editrice Vaticana: Urbi Et Orbi Communications:

Obtaining Indulgence from God through the Church

[1478]
      An indulgence is obtained through the Church who, by virtue of the power of binding and loosing granted her by Jesus, intervenes in favor of individual Christians and opens for them the treasury of the merits of Christ and the saints to obtain from the Father of mercies the remission of the temporal punishment due for their sins. Thus the Church does not want simply to come to the aid of these Christians, but also to spur them to works of devotion, penance, and charity [cf. Indulgentiarum doctrina, 5].

[1479]
      Since the faithful departed now being purified are also members of the same communion of saints, one way we can help them is to obtain indulgences for them, so that the temporal punishments due for their sins may be remitted.

From the Baltimore Catechism No. 3; Benziger Brothers, Inc. and Tan Books and Publishers, Inc. Nos. 849, 850, 853 and 854, pages 179-180.

[849]
Q. How do we show that the Church as the power to grant Indulgences?
A. We show that the Church hs the power to grant Indulgences, because Christ has given it power to remit all guilt without restriction, and if the Church has power, in the Sacrament of Penance, to remit the eternal punishment - which is the greatest - it must have power to remit the temporal or lesser punishment, even outside the Sacrament of Penance.

[850]
Q. How de we know that these Indulgences have their effect?
A. We know that these Indulgences have their effect, because the Church, through her councils, declares Indulgences useful, and if they have no effect they would be useless, and the Church would teach error in spite of Christ's promise to guide it.

[853]
Q. How does the Church, by means of Indulgences, remit the temporal punishment due to sin?
A. The Church, by means of Indulgences, remits the temporal punishment due to sin by applying to us the merits of Jesus Christ, and the superabundant satisfactions of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the Saints; which merits and satisfactions are its spiritual treasury.

[854]
Q. What do we mean by the "superabundant satisfaction of the Blessed Virgin and the Saints"?
A. By the superabundant satisfaction of the Blessed Virgin and the Saints, we mean all the satisfaction over and above what was necessary to satisfy for their own sins. As their good works were many and their sins few - the Blessed Virgin being sinless - the satisfaction not needed for themselves is kept by the Church in a spiritual treasury to be used for our benefit.


A word is a word is a word...unless it's in English

      Maybe we can blame ol' King George for the English language, too. Few tongues are as confusing, especially when you mix in the slang. Today for our mid-week humor we bring you word malaprops that bring to mind a classic old George Carlin routine before he became a raunchy comedian. We call this bit of the Lighter Side today Facing Fractured Facts for indeed many words in our language have been fractured...and that's a fact. Click on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven!

      Ah, the English language - it is a beautiful dialect. As a congressman once said to Dr. David Edwards, head of the Joint National Committee on Language, about the necessity for a commercial nation to be multilingual: "If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it's good enough for me." Actually Jesus was too smart to speak English for He must have known the malaprops and problems inherent with this hybrid speech brought across the seas and handed down from the more pure Romance languages married to the Germanic tongue with a little Greek mixed in. Today we bring you some gems to make you think about why our language says this when it should be saying that. Confused, you may be even more perplexed after you read these fractured funnies below.

Facing Fractured Facts


PRAYERS & DEVOTION

     For today and tomorrow's liturgy during the first week of Ordinary Time, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY

WEDNESDAY, January 14, 1998


THURSDAY, January 15, 1998

Our prayer today is from the Following of Christ on the Feast of the faithful Benedict - Saint Benedict the Abbot

Oh, when will this blessed and desirable hour come, that Thou mayst fill me with Thy presence, and become to me all in all? I implore the great and holy Saint Benedict to intercede for me for he followed Thy Will in all things and now enjoys the munificence of Thy Beatific Vision.


Medjugorje Monthly Message for December 25th

    Dear children! Also today I rejoice with you and I call you to the good. I desire that each of you reflect and carry peace in your heart and say: I want God in the first place in my life. In this way, little children, each of you will become holy. Little children, tell everyone, I want the good for you and he will respond with the good and, little children, good will come to dwell in the heart of each man. Little children, tonight I bring to you the good of my Son Who gave His life to save you. That is why, little children, rejoice and extend your hands to Jesus Who is only good. Thank you for having responded to my call! For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE

716 days and counting...


WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

HEADLINES:

CONSISTORY RUMORED FOR FEBRUARY 22

      VATICAN (CWN) -- Informed sources at the Vatican are awaiting a formal announcement from Pope John Paul II that a new consistory will take place in the near future. The rumors swirling around Rome have fixed the date for the consistory as February 22.

      Ordinarily a consistory is announced at least one month before it is held. If he follows that tradition, Pope John Paul could announce the February consistory at either of his weekly public audiences, on Wednesday, January 14, or on Sunday, January 18. He will be in Cuba the following week.

      A consistory, at which the Pope elevates bishops to the College of Cardinals, has been anticipated in Rome for several months. There are sixteen "vacancies" in the college, under the prescribed limit for the number of cardinals who may vote in a papal election. Current rules prohibit cardinals above the age of 80 from voting.


YELTZIN TO VISIT POPE

      VATICAN (CWN) -- President Boris Yeltsin will visit Pope John Paul II in early February, the Vatican has announced. The visit will be the second meeting between the Holy Father and the Russian leader; the first meeting took place in Rome on November 20, 1991.

      The Vatican also announced that a delegation from the Holy See will meeting with representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow this week. The Vatican delegation, headed by Cardinal Edward Cassidy, will apparently not meet with Patriarch Alexei II, who has avoided direct meetings with the Pope and his representatives during the past year.

      The Kremlin had announced on Monday that Yeltsin would visit Italy next month and meet with Pope John Paul, apparently to repair relations damaged by new Russian laws restricting the practice of non-Orthodox religions, including Catholicism. Now it's official.

      Yeltsin will visit Italy during February 9-11 and will also meet with Italian political leaders. Last September, Yeltsin signed a new law that gives preferential treatment to the Russian Orthodox Church under the law and sets up roadblocks for the practice and expansion of other faiths.


LEADING PRO-LIFE REPUBLICANS OPPOSE ABORTION RULE FOR PARTY

     WASHINGTON, DC (CWN) - Two of the Republican Party's most staunch pro-life members on Monday said they opposed a proposed resolution that would require the party to deny support for any candidate that supports partial-birth abortion.

      Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois, who has been a pro-life leader in Congress for two decades, and Rep. Charles Canady of Florida, author of the proposed ban on partial-birth abortions, said "it would be a serious tactical error and very unhelpful to our cause" to enact the proposed resolution at the GOP's winter meeting this week. "In politics, you win by addition, and we need every Republican vote we can muster to maintain our majority in the House and Senate," Hyde wrote to Republican National Committee Chairman James Nicholson. "The single most important thing we can do to protect the unborn is to maintain our majority!"

      Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating also wrote to Nicholson on Monday, but he supported the resolution, citing his pro-life Catholic belief that such a move would be right politically and morally.

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PROVERB OF THE DAY

"They ignored My councel, they spurned all My reproof; and in their arrogance they preferred arrogance, and like fools they hated knowledge. Now they must eat the fruit of their own way, and with their own devices be glutted. For the self-will of the simple kills them, the smugness of fools destroys them. But he who obeys Me dwells in security, in peace, without fear of them."

Proverbs 1: 30-33


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