VOL. 6, NO. 2
March/April 2003

Dear Readers:

Apologetics in this edition concerns ‘intercessory prayers’; a practice that many Protestants believe is unnecessary, or worse – idolatry. Fred Paschall explains that such prayers are an expression of the bond of charity that unites the entire Church on earth, in purgatory, and in Heaven. He gives several examples from the Bible. In the Old Testament, Aaron petitioned Moses to intercede for him with God. At the Wedding of Cana, Mary interceded for the host to solve the problem of no wine. Mary still intercedes for us, as well as all of the saints in Heaven and others on earth that is part of the ‘Communion of Saints’.

This issue has been delayed for several reasons. One of these is that we have been very busy establishing a Low Power FM radio station here in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. This station will broadcast Catholic radio 24 hours per day. We expect to be operational before the end of the year. To give you more information on this exciting ‘Catholic radio movement’, we have included a pertinent article in this issue.

Juan Rodriguez has a truly interesting article about the real meaning of ‘independence’ and how we can achieve it. He uses the parable of William Wallace from the movie “Braveheart” to make his point. Juan gives good example as to how we can obtain the courage we need through the sacraments and certain activities to overcome the ‘enemy’ of independence.

We have included an article by Bishop Thomas Tobin that comments on, and summarizes, Pope John Paul’s beautiful Encyclical letter on the Eucharist, Ecclesia de Eucharistia. It will encourage many to read the entire Encyclical.

Fred has also written an editorial concerning the obligation of our bishops to encourage Catholics to vote for the pro-life candidate versus voting for a pro-abortion candidate just to vote the party line. The Catholic voting block of 60 million voters would be tremendous if we all voted only for pro-life candidates. We could really turn around the ‘Culture of Death’ that pervades our country.

The autobiography of the Saint in this issue is the story of a courageous priest, Blessed Methodius Trcka, who was a martyr for the faith under the Communists in 1959. Let us continue to pray for our priests.

Jim Fritz

CC Most Reverend Bishop Bernard W. Schmitt
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