Vol. 19, NO. 2
Our Catholic Teaching article in this issue is called Good Citizenship and it pertains mostly to voting intelligently after careful analysis of both parties. It pertains to all elections with regard to the parties and their positions on the most critical issues. We identify these issues and put them in perspective, comparing Social Justice programs with abortion and the effect of elections on religious liberty. As a good Christian, your participation in political life is required. You should be open to the truth, examine the facts and prayerfully reflect upon these facts. You should also inform as many other Christians as possible of the responsibilities of voting and of voting properly.
In our article on Eisegesis vs. Exegesis we show how exegesis tends to be objective when employed effectively while eisegesis is regarded as highly subjective. This has had a tremendous impact on analysis of Church documents.
Our next article is about an unusual day in the life of a sidewalk counselor. The activity was not so unusual, but it was unusual all these events occurred in one day.
Following this is a commentary inspired by the writings of Father Shenan J. Boquet, President of Human Life International, in which he presented an interesting observation of current day Ireland. We look upon Ireland as the “Catholic” country of the world because of the legendary St. Patrick and all of the missionaries sent throughout the world. In today’s world, however, it is totally different due to its acceptance of relativism. It is a forerunner of the modern day church, and Father Boquet gives us a prophetic view of what is happening here in America. This is followed by several current examples.
Susan Mathieson follows the article on Ireland and our country with an inspiring article on Ecuador which is 85% Catholic. She describes what we would love to see in America. Catholic churches are everywhere, rosaries hang from taxi rear view mirrors with Divine Mercy stickers on windshields. Some public buses likewise bear testimony to the Catholic Faith with the Sacred Heart of Jesus painted on one side of the bus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the other. However, the strongest example of Catholic visibility is the enormous number of large families, children, pregnant mothers and young couples in love. Abortion at all stages is illegal. People on the street wear scapulars, crosses or rosaries, dress modestly, bear no tattoos, no ear plugs, sport no cleavage, wear no obscenely short skirts, no short shorts, and there is absolutely no obesity problem. If the upcoming election is unchristian, we can all move to the Catholic paradise of Ecuador.
In the past we have written about the Holy Eucharist as descried by Bishop Sheen as well as several of the miracles of the consecrated host converting to a heart muscle; however, our good friend, Mary Ann Kreitzer, has done a superb job tying this together with the current crisis in the Church and the lack of faith within our Church even within our clergy. This article is a must read! We need to be stronger and more dynamic Catholics.
Our article on a Modern Day Saint is very timely and probably longer than any other article on Modern Day Saints we have ever published. The reason for this is our saint has probably accomplished more than any other saint we have written about. Even though she was just recently canonized, you will be amazed at Saint Mother Teresa’s accomplishments. I am sure you will learn even more about her.
cc: Most Reverend Bishop Michael J. Bransfield
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