VOL. 8, NO. 3
July/Sept 2005

Dear Readers:

This issue of The Defender begins with an article on different forms of prayer as taught by the Catechism of the Catholic Church but with an emphasis on the importance of humility.

Following this, we have an article titled The Worst Scandal of All. It may shock you to find out who is responsible for this scandal, but I think you will agree with the analysis by the author. The article was developed around a book titled Confusion in the Pews, written by Cecilia H. Martin. Quotations from the book are updated with information about the Catholic Media Coalition, Inc., and supplemented with some examples on how you can be a defender of the faith.

If The Worst Scandal of All doesn’t convince you to go out and become a warrior for Christ, then our article by Father Charles Dahlby surely will. As he states, “the sins of commission pale in comparison to the sins of omission.” As always, his articles are very hard-hitting. In this issue he debunks some of the common myths we use as excuses for why we do nothing. He chastises us as Jesus recalled the chastisement of the man who buried his treasure. He quotes Fr. McNamara who said; “The difference between us and the saints is that the saints throw themselves into the fire of God’s Love and they emerge burnt, but magnificently transfigured, while the rest of us spend our lives walking around the fire, close enough to be warm, but never so close as to risk being touched by the flames!”

We have an anonymous guest writer who provides an article on What Pax Christi Isn’t. It is informative and backs up the statements about radical leftist organizations in Martin’s book. The letter to the editor is also from the same writer and pertains to a priest who was a Pax Christi leader in her area.

As a change of pace we have included a newspaper article by Mark Pickup. He is a warrior for the pro-life movement and a speaker at many pro-life functions. To read more of his columns, check out the referenced website.

Our Modern Day Saint article in this issue is about Mother Henriette Delille who lived in the first half of the 19th century and because she was classified as one of the “free people of color” she was not accepted in either white or black society. She suffered much ridicule and scorn when, as a warrior for God, she established a convent for ‘colored’ nuns. She is the first native born African-American to be introduced for canonization.

Jim Fritz

CC Most Reverend Bishop Michael J. Bransfield

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