VOL. 13, NO. 2
Our Catholic Teaching in this issue is about Private Revelations. We define the differences between Public and Private Revelations and the Church’s requirements before a Private Revelation can be approved. We give examples of why some of the more well known and popular Private Revelations, that have produced positive spiritual fruits, cannot be approved.
Because Missy Smith, one of our pro-life heroes, has gathered some national attention during the election, we did a special article on her. As you will see, she is a very special and amazing person with remarkable abilities and courage.
Our key article is called Natural Family Planning (NFP) by Laura Haber. It is a follow up on our previous article The Terrible Legacy of the Pill. NFP not only gives women a healthy and workable alternative to artificial contraceptives but reaffirms Catholic values. Laura gives many comparisons between the two alternative of family planning. The biggest problem of NFP implementation is lack of education and lack of discussions from the pulpit.
Lynn Dery has provided us with a lesson on The Temperament God Gave You. As St. Teresa of Avila once said, “It is no small pity and shame, that by our own fault we do not understand ourselves, nor realize who we are...” Lynn’s article will help you to understand yourself from a Christian point of view. You will find it interesting to try and find how you fit into one of the four categories she has defined.
We have an unusual article by an unusual author, Only Through Suffering Can We, In Our Sinful Human Nature, Come To Know Love. This is a story by Sadie, a 17 year old girl who will soon be entering into a monastery for discernment. She attempts to describe St. Therese thoughts on suffering and love from St. Therese’s book The Story of Love. This is a tough subject for any writer.
As with all of our issues we have our millstone awards and heros awards. Both are very interesting this issue.
The Modern Day Saint is the story of St. Maria Bertilla Boscardin, a saint who was canonized just for being a good, humble person who showed great love and compassion to the people she served rather than being martyred or an influential clergy.
Stephanie Block, of the Catholic Media Coalition, has been very active in exposing the supposedly reformed CCHD. We did not include her article here but it is on line at www.speroforum.com/site/print.asp?idarticle=42657 In short, there has been lots of talk from the USCCB, but little reform. The CCHD continues be about funding Alinskyian organizing which is still all about progressive politics...and killing babies. Another good article is www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=8184. Do not support the CCHD and tell your bishop not to support it. Support a local pregnancy center instead.
Jim Fritz .
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