November 1-2, 1997   vol 8, no.21



Section Two - Saturday and Sunday Features in Inaugural Daily Issue

Communion of Saints Liturgy brings this weekend alive!

    The Liturgical readings for the Solemnity of All Saints and the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed can be found by Clicking on LITURGY with background and history of the feasts along with links to the complete readings and commentaries for the weekend in addition to another feature: Click on Prayer & Devotion section to find special prayers this weekend that can be said throughout the year for the souls in Purgatory and here on earth.

Liturgy for November 1, 2 and 3


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Saturday, November 1:

SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS

First Reading: Revelation/Apocalypse 7: 2-4, 9-14
Psalms: Psalm 24: 1-6
Second Reading: 1 John 3: 1-3
Gospel Reading: Matthew 5: 1-12

    Many believe this feast originated in Ireland with the Martyrology of Tallaght with April 17 set aside to commemorate all the martyrs and April 20 was earmarked to celebrate all the saints of Europe. However, at the end of the 8th Century and beginning of the 9th Century, St. Bede's Martyrology in England notated the feast of All Saints on November 1. Saint Alcuin around the year 800 celebrated All Saints on this date. Rome first began celebrating this feast with a vigil as well as a fast. Thus, evolved the term "All Hallow's Eve" which eventually translated into Halloween. Unfortunately Halloween today is not what it was meant to be, but rather a day given over to evil spirits. We need to return to the true meaning of what "All Hallows" means - gaining inspiration from the heroic example of the saints who intercede for us. Originally the Holy See celebrated All Saints Day on May 13, the same date as it was commemorated in the East as decreed by Pope Boniface IV around 615. This feast was commemorated during the Easter season, in order to bring home the paschal triumph of the martyrs and the golden-voiced Saint John Chrysostom, from his writings, indicated this feast was held on the First Sunday following Pentecost. In 731 Pope Gregory III consecrated a chapel to all the saints in St. Peter's Basilica and established the date found in St. Bede's Martyrology. It is considered a Holy Day of Obligation in many countries, especially here in the United States. Celebrating this feast is part of the Triduum of the Communion of Saints for on this day we celebrate the Church Triumphant - all those in Heaven who we pray to for intercession and who, in turn can pray for the Church Militant on earth. It is left to the Church Militant to pray for the Church Suffering - those souls in Purgatory whose feast is commemorated the following day.

Sunday, November 2

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed - All Souls Day

First Reading: Wisdom 3: 1-9
Psalms: Psalm 103: 8, 10, 13-18
Second Reading: Romans 6: 3-9
Gospel Reading: John 6: 37-40

    The Feast of All Souls is a continuum of the Triduum of the Communion of Saints with this day set aside to remember the Church Suffering, the poor souls in Purgatory who desperately need the Prayers of the Church Militant here on earth for the Church Suffering in Purgatory - the Poor Souls. Through our prayers the souls in Purgatory can be released into Heaven and, having joined the Church Triumphant, can then intercede before the Throne of God for those on earth, especially remembering those who remembered to pray for them. This feast originated in the 7th Century in the Benedictine abbeys of Europe. Saint Odilo around the end of the first millennium, instituted All Souls Day be celebrated immediately after All Saints day and by the 14th Century Rome had established November 2 as the official feast for the universal Church. A century later the Dominicans began the custom of saying three Masses on that day to accommodate all the requests but this privilege was not extended to the entire Church until August 10, 1915 when Pope Benedict XV gave permission to all priests to celebrate three Masses on this day - one for the faithful departed, one for the intentions of the Holy Father and the third for the priest's own personal intentions. The main reason for his actions were to accommodate and pray for all those who had died during World War I. Today if All Souls Day falls on a Sunday, then the day is transferable to November 3rd. Also, the difference today in the Novus Ordo Mass vs. the Latin Tridentine Mass is that the Mass of the Dead is not commemorated with black vestments in the former, rather white vestments and purple vestments are used celebrating "our resurrection through the Victory of Christ."

Monday, November 3, 1997

Thirty-first Monday in Ordinary Time and Feast of Saint Martin de Porres, religious

First Reading: Romans 11: 29-36
Psalms: Psalm 69: 14, 30-32, 33-34, 36-37
Gospel Reading: Luke 14: 12-14

Saint Martin de Porres

    Born on November 9, 1579 in Lima, Peru Saint Martin de Porres was brought into this world illegitimately by a black unmarried Panamanian slave woman Anna who had been impregnated by Spanish landowner John de Porres. Martin would not let his illegitimate birth deter him from following God's Will, which was to become a Dominican lay brother at the Rosary Convent in Lima in 1603. There, where he had first entered in 1594 at the age of 15, he became a contemporary and close friend of Saint Rose of Lima, Saint Turibius, Saint John Macias, and Saint Francis Solano. His mother had made sure Martin had a firm rooting in Catholicism and had hoped he would become a pharmacist or a surgeon, but his concern and love for the poor beckoned him to forego that career in favor of caring for hundreds of thousands of sick and black slaves who were brought to Lima in chains. His reputation as a holy man, healer and mystic, as well as his tremendous efforts in helping the downtrodden made him legend in Lima and throughout South America. He was gifted with the supernatural gifts of bilocation and aerial flights and had knock-down fights literally with the devil, but he would never give in. He gained his strength from spending all his free time before the Blessed Sacrament just as another holy person did during this century as the "Saint of the Gutters" - Mother Teresa. At the age of 60, Martin contracted the fatal fever and died at the Dominican's Rosary Convent on November 3, 1639. His death was mourned throughout the land as the patron of social justice. His deeds were officially recognized in 1962, when Pope John Paul XXIII declared Blessed Martin the charitable a saint, proclaiming him patron saint of interracial justice.

PRAYER & DEVOTION

ALL SOUL'S DAY


Prayers for the Souls in Purgatory

Special Prayer to Free Souls

       Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Precious Blood Thy Divine Son Jesus in union with all the Masses said throughout the world today, for the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, in my home, and in my family. Amen.

    Every time this prayer is said fervently, a thousand souls are released from Purgatory!
    The following verse, taken from 2 Machabees 12: 46 affirms what Our Lady said that if we pray the prayer "we'll deliver many souls": "It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins." The Blessed Mother asks that we pray the words "I BELIEVE IN GOD" five times, and then say a Hail Holy Queen, Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be once followed by the prayer: Grant eternal rest unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them that they may rest in peace. Amen.

FATIMA PRAYER FOR SOULS

 O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, Especially those most need of Thy Mercy.

It is recommended we pray this after every decade of the Rosary. Our Lady also imparted to Hungarian visionary Mrs. Elizabeth Szanto Erzebet, (mother of six who died in 1985), the following message on October 13, 1962 on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the last apparition at Fatima. Proclaiming herself as "The Flame of Love", Our Lady said: "My Daughter, your compassion for suffering souls moved my Motherly heart so much that I will grant the grace that if anyone anywhere will say Three Hail Mary's in reference to my Flame of Love, then on each occasion a soul will be freed from Purgatory. Furthermore, "In the month of the Holy Souls (November) TEN SOULS WILL BE FREED FROM PURGATORY FOR EACH HAIL MARY...Suffering souls will also feel the effect of the grace coming from my Motherly Flame of Love."

    This is our opportunity to storm Heaven with our Rosaries during this month. Think of the number of souls you will all be able to deliver from Purgatory into the Glory of Heaven through your Hail Mary's. They won't forget you!!!


NEWS & VIEWS

A Fatal Fetus and a Feted Fetus

   The poor innocent fetuses these days don't know whether they're coming or going. Abortion has taken a devastating toll on the unborn over the past few decades and two rulings yesterday threw this even more into confusion. In Tallahasse, Florida the legal pundits who sit on the state's exalted supreme court passed a ruling on behalf of a young woman, 19 years of age, who shot herself in the stomach when, in 1994, she was six months pregnant and could not afford an abortion. The baby was born prematurely, but alive, with a bullet wound in her wrist. Two weeks later this premature child was dead. Arrest...trial...appeal followed. The end result handed down yesterday: The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that an expectant mother can not be criminally charged with the death of her child resulting from self-inflicted injuries during the third trimester of pregnancy. If said injury to said fetuus had been caused by a third party, then that's a different matter. Mom, (or should we say "not-want-to-be-Mom") it seems, can do whatever she wants to the baby, even if it harms her in the process, and if, perchance, the harm inflicted results in the death of the baby...That's okay, folks!

   While plenty of good Catholics are riled over that ruling, clear across the country in Sacramento, California the California Supreme Court also issued a ruling yesterday claiming that any employer has the obligation under law to protect the fetus in the mother's womb, and if said employer does not protect the fetus, then when the fetus is born said fetus may sue said employer for any and all injuries done while in the womb. Though this ruling is in favor of the fetus, it still borders on the ridiculous much like the absurdity in Florida. It brings up the supposition that the 19 year old mother in the Florida State Supreme Court ruling is an employer. Her job (should she wish to accept it...which she did not) is to nurture in the womb the fertilized egg and sperm that is now a definite human being with a soul. Remember, this is a business; the mother-to-be is an employer, and the baby in her womb is the employee; as the employee the unborn child has the right, according to the California State Supreme Court ruling, to sue the employer (mother) for not offering protection while on the job in the womb.

   As outlandish as this may seem and the rash of endless lawsuits that could follow as a result of the latter ruling, think about the repercussions legally if this holds up and "business" is defined. Is it possible the concept of "business" will be extended to include the "business of living"? If so, then we would be able to hold the mother who has an abortion legally responsible by the state as well as morally responsible before God. This hypothesis would be the answer to stopping abortion once and for all because it would be a crime in the eyes of the state. We already know it's a crime in the eyes of God. If women were faced with jail or lawsuits do you think they would be so quick to kill their own? We think not.

   On one coast the court does not recognize the fetus - even though the fetus in question was born alive; on the other coast the court does recognize the fetus but unfortunately did not go far enough for we doubt the California Supreme Court was thinking of God when they passed down this ruling but rather the law lobby. Both rulings are absolute nonsense. If this is blind justice, then Lady Justice needs a few braille lessons in logic, for if we are going to treat an unborn child as a customer of a business, what then does that make motherhood but a business, giving the unborn child the right to sue the heck out of mother, father, and society as a whole if he/she doesn't emerge in fantastic shape; that is, if he/she emerges from the womb at all, alive and breathing! The Fourth and Fifth Commandments be damned, greed and selfishness rule on both coasts. Logic seems to have taken another step toward the abyss, and it's taking all the lives of the unborn fetuses with it.

   It is just more evidence that we cannot depend on the government to end abortion, only prayer as Our Lady has reiterated over and over. God alone can end the abomination and He will...but in His time!

Information for this article gathered from Associated Press and Catholic World News Service


Woman elected as Irish President...but it's not Dana


    Fending off four other candidates, Mary McAleese won election Friday as the next president of Ireland. She is the second woman to be elected president of the Republic of Ireland and the first from Northern Ireland. She won on the campaign to "build bridges between peoples and faiths of Ireland", eeking out a narrow victory with 45.2 percent of the first round votes, and a landmark share of 58.7 to capture the win. Her goal, she announced, is to take the Irish into the next millennium as a major player both on the European front and globally.

    Popular Irish Catholic Singer Dana who is best known from her appearances on EWTN, had been approached about running for President of Ireland once current controversial Irish president Mary Robinson steps down. But throwing her hat into the ring at such short notice would not have given her the time to mount a campaign or name recognition. Dana, whose given name is Rosemary Brown had mulled the idea over with her husband, an executive with EWTN, and her children who gave her their unconditional support providing she could muster the necessary parliamentary support. But it was too big a jump for this diminutive crooner of popular Catholic hymns who has grown in popularity through her music and regular appearances at Marian Conferences around the world and on Mother Angelica's traditional Roman Catholic communications group known as the Eternal Word Television Network and Eternal Word Radio Network. Dana is a model Catholic who began her singing career in 1970 in her native Ireland. Her talents landed her the coveted Eurovision Song Contest winner and she became well known throughout the British Isles and Ireland for her pop songs. However in the United States, where she now lives, she has become famous for her religious music. Dana, a novice to politics, realized her candidacy was contingent on walking a fine line in not thrusting her own personal Catholic beliefs on the people if she had been elected and she also desperately needed the support of twenty of the parliament members to guarantee a nomination. Because of this, she declined to run and that left it open for Mary McAleese to sweep into the chair.

    The irony of McAleese's victory is that as a resident of Northern Ireland she was not eligible to vote in the election. However, because the constitution of the Republic of Ireland includes the northern province, she was eligible to be elected. It pinpointed the strong Irish nationality where Irish voters from the south reached across the borders so to speak, to elect McAleese, despite the turmoil in Northern Ireland. We can only hope she will follow in the principles advanced by Dana and not in her predecessor's mold who was an embarrasment to every good Irish Catholic citizen when Robinson openly lobbied for abortion and, during her term, has offended the Catholic Church including her lack of protocol in a recent private papal audience.

Information for this article gathered from Associated Press and Catholic World News Service


Chinese Premier backed into a red corner

    Two of the world's greatest major powers met this past week: President Bill Clinton and the President of China, Jiang Zemin.

   Their agenda was loaded, but one of the outstanding issues was the discussion of China’s policy on Human Rights, which has continued, through this century, to have a very negative worldwide public relations image.

   With President Jiang Zemin here in the United States, and Clinton mum on China's Human Rights stance, it was left to US rep. Dick Armey,a staunch pro-life Republican congressman from Texas, to back Zemin into his own red corner by presenting the Chinese leader with a list of imprisoned religious leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, in an effort to underscore not only that country’s continued violation of Human Rights, but their continued violation of religious rights, particularly their intolerance of the Roman Catholic Church.

   Though they were only seeing red, the Chinese government waved the white flag in front of the world, releasing Bishop Shu Zhimin. This Bishop had been imprisoned off and on for more than two decades for his refusal to renounce the authority of the pope. Recently, he was arrested again for visiting a Marian shrine. In his presentation, Armey gave to Zemin a list of other prisoners, all priests and bishops of the Roman Catholic Church who remain in prison, because of their faith.

   Among those listed are: Bishop Jingo, Bishop An Shuxin, Bishop Johannes Han Ding Ziang; Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang; Bishop Casimir Wang Milu; Bishop Cosmas Shi Enxiang; Father Guo Bo Le, Bishop Julius Jia Zhigho, Bishop Joseph Li Side; Bishop Gu Zheng Mattia; Father Vincent Qin Guoliang; Father Liao Haiqing; and Father Peter Cui Zingang.

   Certainly there are more religious prisoners, and countless civilian prisoners held unjustly by the Chinese government, now represented by Jiang Zemin. The release of Bishop Zemin does little, if nothing, to dismantle China’s violation of Human Rights. Even more soul-shaking remains the fact that with our present administrations continued policies on abortion, homosexuality and other moral and religious issues, it is unlikely that President Zemin will listen to or heed any advice from Bill Clinton.

   What neither president seems to understand is that Human Rights are the privilege and duty of every society and government to protect. What they fail to realize is that no legislation on earth can totally secure a person’s Human Rights, because society as a whole is subjective, not objective in their view of individual rights, when those rights are moral and divinely given.

   In view of the release of one prelate of the Roman Catholic Church are we to hope that China, which supports only its state-sanctioned Patriotic Catholic Association which renounced all ties with the Vatican, will openly embrace freedom of religion in their country? Are we to hope that in our own country, the expression of faith might once again be restored to its proper place and given the dignity it deserves?

   Human Rights must and should be protected by the government and by the people it represents with this understanding foremost in mind: Human Rights are Divinely given by God; it is man who must protect that which is Divine! Otherwise he will ultimately see red in his own sizzling corner of hell!

Information for this article gathered from Associated Press and Catholic World News Service


Nothing for Nothing Sacred

   The bold and outright outrageous move by the American Broadcasting Company and its parent firm the Walt Disney Corporation to attempt to foist on the American public a totally negative and modern Catholic Church is meeting with not only opposition from the Catholic League, a growing number of sponsors. and outraged viewers, but also apathy. Languishing at the bottom of the all-important Nielsen ratings ever since it debuted this fall, it has never ranked higher than 82nd overall.

   For five weeks this abominable excuse for drama has wallowed in the basement. But that string will be broken this week; not because it will rise in its rankings but because it was pre-empted. And what pre-empted this program? Why the movie "Village of the Damned." That's appropriate for Disney and ABC seem to be stuck in their own village of the damned with their blatant attacks on morals and religion with their promotion of the blasphemous and vulgar movies Priests and Kids, as well as promoting homosexuality by canonizing the program Ellen which came out of the closet and into the dumper last spring with the outward promotion of the gay theme. ABC has been under such pressure recently from religious groups and outraged viewers that they have had to backtrack somewhat and make sure viewers know the material is offensive, much to the consternation of their new goddess Ellen Degenres - often called Degenerate for outwardly promoting an immoral and unnatural lifestyle. She makes no bones about her crusade to convert every child she can to the thinking that homosexuality is perfectly natural. Ah, how close we are to Sodom and Gomorrah...in fact even worse than those pitiful cities!

   ABC and Disney have contributed greatly to this decline, but they're not alone. The rest of the networks are not much better, nor the media as a whole, nor the advertisers who promote immorality and ammorality in many, many products reeking with greed and lust. Priests and bishops must share some of the blame as well because they have remained silent when their position as leaders of the flock cried out for justice and to speak out for all that Jesus and His beloved Church teach. These parties have all contributed to the confusion and decline of morality. Is it any wonder why so many Catholics and even priests and bishops think Father Ray's role personifies what a priest should be - one who doubts his faith, has little respect for the Hierarchy, Teachings, Doctrines, Dogmas and Traditions of the Church and hasn't got a clue to the true meaning of the Sacraments!?! Pressure is on from the radical liberal modernists within the Church to keep this show on the air, but ABC is also under pressure to produce high-rated programs and Nothing Sacred is not filling the bill in their coffers. Look for it to be dropped soon, as pre-empting a show is the first sign there's trouble in river city. After all, when it comes to the question of ABC's own twisted principals and principles and the object of making more money...greed will win out everytime. Their worldly objectives are nothing in the eyes of God, and they have proven it with Nothing Sacred.


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