VOL. 3, NO. 10
November/December 2000

Dear Fellow Roman Catholics:

Our article on Catholic Teaching entitled "Angels and Bells, Candles and Smells," contains many items of interest. I doubt that there will be any readers who will not discover something new when reading this issue. Besides reinforcing our beliefs about angels, it also contains some interesting history on the use of candles, bells and incense throughout both the Old and New Testaments. Read about the special type of bee that makes the wax for our candles and the current use of incense.

Our main article this month is excerpted from an October 17 speech by His Grace, Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Denver, Colorado, to the Missionaries of Youth for the Third Millennium. Although his speech, entitled "Discipleship and Democracy," was given prior to November 7th, we need to become familiar with it now in preparation for future elections.

His point is that St. Paul's words, "Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel" (I Corinthians 9:16), apply to all of us, every single day, in all our activities. This includes voting for public officials who are truly Catholic and act accordingly.

St. Paul understood that if we do not live our faith and share it, we lose it. We have to give it to others to nourish it in our own hearts. Archbishop Chaput's message is to witness for Jesus Christ - to be missionaries -- to preach Jesus Christ in our own words and actions or lose Him.

This message to the Missionaries of Youth is very important. We Catholics are not doing a good job when it comes to being evangelists - especially to our youth. The fundamentalist churches seem to have more success. I believe this is evident in the lively and active way their youth show their faith in Jesus Christ. They pray together, lead by example, and do corporal works of charity. Some of our mainline Catholic parishes are lacking in the promotion of these works. We need to learn how to be dedicated Catholic missionaries.

Our article on a modern saint in this issue is about Saint Maria Goretti who was only 12 years old when she gave up her life for her faith. She is the pride of modern Italy, a model for the youth of this world, and an inspiration for other saints.

Stand and Defend Your Fatith!

Jim Fritz

CC Most Reverend Bishop Bernard W. Schmitt
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