VOl. 16, NO. 1
Our Catholic Teaching article in this issue is on Iconography which refers to the making and liturgical use of icons. Icons are pictorial representations of Biblical scenes from the life of Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary, historical events in the life of the Church, and portraits of the Saints. This article covers two of the most well-known and much-loved icons; those of Christ Panctocrator and Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Both of the images are on the back cover of this issue.
Following the article on Icons we have an editorial on how the media has high-jacked the Church by not only misleading the readers, but by falsifying information and reporting it as fact. This is referred to as “Yellow Journalism” and reportedly began with William Randolph Hearst. Hearst routinely invented sensational stories and faked interviews. Today’s journalism, although not as colorful as Hearst’s, follows his lead.
Our hero (heroine) of this issue is a very young and courageous pro-lifer and journalist, Lila Rose. Lila began her career at the very young age of 15 when she founded the pro-life group “Live Action”. Live Action specializes in investigative journalism, media, and youth education. The group works to expose abuses in the abortion industry and has been very effective in exposing the terrible abuses in late term abortions. One abuse includes killing the newborn baby after following a botched abortion.
The leading article in this issue concerns the turning of America from a patriotic Christian country to one taken over by Secularism and Modernism. The article explains in some detail how this has happened and how, hopefully, it can be corrected. What is so amazing is the apparent total ignorance of history of those tearing down America. They repeat the strategies tried over and over in the past which have failed miserably, inventing the most mind-bending rationalizations of aberrant behavior and using them until they have become institutionalized.
Following the story on the dumbing-down of America, we changed pace and have included a prayer of Padre Pio to be prayed after receiving the Holy Eucharist during communion. Father Robert DeGrandis, who has written dozens of booklets on the Holy Eucharist and Adoration, emphasizes the need to devote as much time as possible to prayer after receiving communion and to not allow your concentration to be broken by distractions around you. During Father’s Mass he always devotes a full five minutes to silence after communion. Padre Pio’s prayer is a wonderful devotional for this purpose.
The story of a Modern Day Saint is the story of Saint Rafqa, The Blind Mystic of Lebanon. Rafqa suffered for seventeen years as a blind paralytic. She often said she thanked God for her sufferings, "...because I know that the sickness I have is for the good of my soul and His glory" and "the sickness accepted with patience and thanksgiving purifies the soul as the fire purifies gold." Just before her death Rafqa received a special miracle. Many miracles have been attributed to St. Rafqa.
cc: Most Reverend Bishop Michael J. Bransfield
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