November 12, 1997 vol 8, no.29
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"...the Bread that I will give is My flesh for the life of the world."
John 6: 52
When it's fourth and long, we don't have to punt when we have the greatest playbook available to lead us for big yardage in our drive toward the ultimate victory. The playbook is the Catechism of the Catholic Church and it works against all defenses thrown at us. We continue with the subject of the Holy Eucharist in our catechesis, bringing you what the Church has said in both the new Catechism of the Catholic Church and the old Baltimore Catechism with capsule paragraphs to contemplate on without ingesting too much information. Click on Catechism Capsules
THE HOLY EUCHARIST
Too many Catholics don't believe in the real presence of Jesus, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist. Therefore, we continue our series on the Eucharist, bringing you a few capsule paragraphs from both the new Catechism of the Catholic Church and the old Baltimore Catechism to confirm this.
No. 1414 to 1417, pages 356 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Libreria Editrice Vaticana: Urbi Et Orbi Communications:
As sacrifice, the Eucharist is also offered in reparation for the
sins of the living and the dead and to obtain spiritual or temporal
benefits from God.
Anyone who desires to receive Christ in Eucharistic communion must be
in a state of grace. Anyone aware of having sinned mortally must not
receive communion without having received absolution in the sacrament of
Communion with the Body and Blood of Christ increases the
communicantís union with the Lord, forgives his venial sins, and preserves
him from grave sins. Since receiving this sacrament strengthens the bonds
of charity between the communicant and Christ, it also reinforces the unity
of the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ.
The Church warmly recommends that the faithful receive Holy Communion each time they participate in the celebration of the Eucharist; she obliges
them to do so at least once a year.
From the Baltimore Catechism No. 3; Benziger Brothers, Inc and Tan Books
and Publishers, Inc. No. 898, 899, 901, 903 and 904 pages 191, 192, and 193
Q: What is Holy Communion?
A: Holy Communion is the receiving of the body and blood of Christ.
Q: Is it not beneath the dignity of Our Lord to enter our bodies under the appearance of ordinary food?
A: It is not beneath the dignity of Our Lord to enter our bodies under the appearance of ordinary food any more than it was beneath His dignity to enter the body of His Blessed Mother and remain there as an ordinary child for nine months. Christ's dignity, being infinite, can never be diminished by any act on His own or on our part.
Q: What is necessary to make a good Communion?
A: To make a good Communion it is necessary to be in the state of sanctifying grace and to fast according to the laws of the Church.
Q: Does he who receives Communion in mortal sin receive the body and blood of Christ?
A: He who receives Communion in mortal sin receives the body and blood of Christ, but does not receive His grace, and commits a great sacrilege.
Q: Is it enough to be free from mortal sin to receive plentifully the graces of Holy Communion?
A: To receive plentifully the graces of Holy Communion it is not enough to be free from mortal sin, but we should be free from all affection to venial sin, and should make acts of lively faith, of firm hope, and ardent love.
Laugh and the Angels laugh with you!
Outside of prayer, humor can be one of the great medicines available today and it's free...unlike mega expensive prescriptions. In these days of obscene costs and obscene humor in the media, we bring you some good clean fun with The Lighter Side each week. Today we do some substracting that adds up to a chuckle for all...well at least you and me. Click on Accounting for All God's Flock.
We are asked to pray daily for our fellow man, and that seems like a lot of souls to petition for. Last count was a billion plus and counting. How does the Almighty keep track of everyone? We bring you this bit of humor just about the good folk here in the good ol' US of A, which when you subtract the numbers adds up to a laugh or two. Despite the chuckles, don't stop praying for 'em though! The more the merrier!
Accounting for All God's Flock
Praying for all these people can be tiring. Why am I so tired?
For a couple years I've been blaming it on iron poor blood, lack of
vitamins, dieting and a dozen other maladies. But now I found out the
I'm tired because I'm overworked. Why? Here's the reason:
The population of this country is 237 million.
104 million are retired.
That leaves 133 million to do the work.
There are 85 million in school.
That leaves 48 million to do the work.
Of this there are 29 million employed by the federal government.
leaves 19 million to do the actual work.
Four million are in the Armed Forces.
This leaves 15 million to do the
Take from the total 14,800,000 people who work for State & City
that leaves 200,000 to do the work.
There are 188,000 in hospitals,
so that leaves 12,000 to do the work.
Now, there are 11,998 people in Prisons.
That leaves just two people to do the work.
You and me.
And you're just sitting there doing nothing but reading this page!
NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Bishops getting down to the business of righting the Church in America
Is it possible the bishops are finally getting the message from the faithful? They are tuning in to both the conscience of Church teaching and the needs of Catholics crying out for help. They even are considering the idea of returning to the pre-Vatican II days of abstaining from meat on Fridays and other changes in hopes of fending off the devastating dirge of the "culture of death." For details on this and other proposals during the Bishop's biannual National Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting in Washington, D.C., click on Bishops to read more.
US BISHOPS RECONSIDER MEATLESS FRIDAYS, OTHER CHANGES
WASHINGTON, DC (CWN) - The US bishops' conference gathered
for their biannual meeting on Monday to consider issues
facing the Church in the United States including reaching
out to disaffected Catholics, a proposal to bring back
meatless Fridays, and more changes to holy days of
Archbishop Anthony Pilla of Cleveland, president of the
National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB), told his
brother bishops that the Church must reach out to those
hurt by members of the Church, especially those who have
been sexually abused. "We have tried to say, with both word
and action, how deeply we grieve with those who have been
victimized," he said. "Clearly, we need regularly to renew
our message." He also decried continuing divisiveness among
Catholics and called for a new spirit of reconciliation.
The bishops are also expected to take up a proposal
following a year-long study that Catholics return to
abstention from meat on Fridays as a witness against the
"culture of death." Since the Second Vatican Council in the
1960s, Catholics have only been obliged to abstain from meat
on Fridays in Lent and Ash Wednesday. They will also
consider a proposal to eliminate the Feast of the Ascension
as a weekday holy day of obligation by moving observation of
the feast to a Sunday.
Memo from a pro-life congress to pro-abort Bill Clinton on his "fast-track" initiative: Not so fast!
The president of the United States has met the enemy and it is the chief executive. That's the message Congress is sending Bill Clinton in refusing to rubber stamp his "fast-track" trade initiative. If he doesn't compromise, he'll pay the consequences when Congress drastically cuts his budget earmarked for international and United Nations interests. His promises to foreign powers that he will have the money available is running into a huge roadblock thanks to a large contingent of pro-life senators who are holding the president's prize program hostage. Click on Fast Track to read more.
CONGRESS, CLINTON COLLIDE OVER ABORTION FUNDING
WASHINGTON, DC (CWN) - Congress' plans to adjourn for the
year are being held up on Tuesday by a standoff between
President Clinton and pro-life congressmen over a proposal
to ban US foreign aid funding of population control groups
that provide or recommend abortions.
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Mississippi, said that
if the issue is not resolved, the Clinton administration
should expect its budget requests for the International
Monetary Fund and the United Nations to be cut back. A
White House spokesman also said on Monday that Clinton had
rejected a deal with his pro-life opponents that would have
allowed passage of his "fast-track" trade initiative.
Some pro-abortion Democrats said privately that they were
worried Clinton would eventually compromise to avoid a veto
fight over the $13 billion foreign aid bill, which contains
the funding of abortion groups and has proven to be
unpopular with voters. The Senate has already approved
legislation that would provide $435 million for overseas
family planning programs for 1998. It would bar the funds
for groups that use their own money to perform abortions or
to lobby foreign governments to permit abortion, but would
let Clinton waive those restrictions. If he did, however,
the family planning money would drop to $385 million -- the
same as in 1997.
If Cardinal O'Connor has his way, Dorothy Day will have her day!
On the eve of celebrating the accomplishments of one Catholic woman - Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini - who accomplished so much for America, another woman is strongly being considered for the same honor as Mother Cabrini: sainthood. That is the goal of New York Cardinal John O'Connor who is going to campaign for the woman who cofounded the Catholic Worker Movement midway through the first part of this century in the Cardinal's city. A movie has been made on Dorothy Day and now the greatest honor is in the offing: sainthood in the Church. Click on Dorothy Day to read more.
NEW YORK CARDINAL RE-OPENS CAUSE FOR DOROTHY DAY
NEW YORK (CWN) - Cardinal John O'Connor of New York said
this week that he is considering re-opening the cause for
canonization of Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic
Worker Movement in 1933.
The cardinal first advanced the idea ten years ago and said
that he plans to discuss the idea with Day's friends and
supports next month. Day converted to Catholicism in the
1930s after engaging in a dissolute lifestyle as a
confirmed Socialist. She later started a soup kitchen and
houses of hospitality and began a newspaper called "The
Joseph Zwilling, spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York,
said that since the cardinal didn't personally know Day, who
died 17 years ago, he wanted to meet with those lived and
worked with her before he makes a decision. The long
canonization process begins with the petition by a local
bishop for an investigation to be made into the life and
work of an acclaimed person.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY
"It is honorable for a man to shun strife, while every fool starts a quarrel."
Proverbs 20: 3
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