VOL. 6, NO. 3
September/October 2003

Dear Readers:

In this issue of The Defender, we have an article concerning two sins which are considered very grave by our Holy Catholic Church. They are presumption and despair. Presumption is the belief that we are capable by our own merits to gain salvation, and it is also a belief that we can gain salvation without repentance for our sins simply by relying on Godís Mercy. Despair is the loss of belief in the Mercy of God to forgive our sins. Jesus taught that there is no forgiveness for this sin.

We have included a small biography of each of the priests that are listed as our consultants on the Who We Are page, and are proud to now include Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life. Every article in The Defender is reviewed by at least two of the consultants or other very orthodox priests before publishing.

The Advent Meditation is a very beautifully written account of our Blessed Mother accepting the request of God to be His Sonís mother. Without Mary, we would not have Jesus in our lives, nor would we, who are so unworthy, have the opportunity of receiving His Precious Body and Blood every day of our lives.

The Catholic Media Coalition, of which we here at The Defender are board members, has written a news release in reference to the disabled woman, Terri Schiavo, and the coalitionís efforts to save her life.

Following this, we have an article by Kathleen Parker, of the Catholic Media Coalition, who provides pertinent comments about the case of Terri Schiavo, whose husband is attempting to cause her death by requesting that her water and food tubes be removed. Her situation is heart-breaking, and her parents and siblings fight to preserve her life.

In a related article, Jim Fritz has included a piece on Living Wills. As these and other Ďadvanced directivesí are now being interpreted by our courts and medical professionals, they are becoming death sentences. Jim explains why and what you can do about it. Referenced material is available upon request.

Our Modern Day Saints in this issue is the story of a courageous group of nuns in Poland during the Nazi occupation. They offered themselves as prisoners in place of those whom the Nazis had arrested. Their offer was accepted and they were executed. They truly suffered a martyrís death and are with God for all eternity.

To close out this issue we have included a poem about a woman standing in the rain outside an abortion mill, reciting the Rosary. I am sure you will be moved reading about these Catholics, and non-Catholics, who give up their Saturday mornings to witness for Christ in all kinds of climate and conditions.

Fred Paschall MI

CC Most Reverend Bishop Bernard W. Schmitt
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