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Mary and the Saints: Much Confusion

I recently received a question via email from a non-Catholic who is truly pursuing a search for Jesus in her own life and is in the process of discernment:

The concepts that are more difficult for me are things like praying through Mary and the saints."

These concepts are difficult for many Catholics as well.

I try to think of it like this:

We have mothers on Earth. These mother's give us a certain type of love—a love that no one else can give. They hold us in their wombs from conception until birth in the world, then they nurture us physically, spiritually, and mentally for many years. Without our mothers, we miss a lot of the love that is necessary to truly become one with Christ in his sufferings and his glory.

Terri Schiavo - Pray for Life

Terri Schiavo

A reason we must always remember that being 'Pro-Life' means being 'Pro-Life' from conception to natural death. Abortion, although extremely important, is not the only issue here (courtesy of The Dawn Patrol):

"One of Terri Schiavo's new lawyers visited her and reports that she is alert, smiling, and engaged in the world around her.

It is truly chilling to think that her ex-husband—and many in the court system—are devoting great resources to the effort to kill her.

For updates on the Schiavo case, visit Media Culpa."

For even more information, visit the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation's website.

St. Louis "Post Disgrace" (Part II: More anti-Catholicism...)

From an article in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch, titled "Burke Warns St. Stanislaus Board":

"St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke has threatened each of the six members of the board of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish with the canon law penalty of interdict. 'I warn you that your refusal to comply with the legitimate directives of the Holy See and me, your Archbishop, carries with it, the punishment of interdict or other just penalties,' wrote Burke in a letter to the board members that was obtained by the Post-Dispatch today.

...The penalty of interdict would be issued by Burke, not by the Vatican, but its effect for the board members would be in place throughout the Catholic world, not just in the archdiocese of St. Louis.

Blog Reading Explodes in America (and a bonus!)

After reading an article on ZDNet News, I felt obligated to post part of it here and comment on it.

From the article:

"The number of blogs and the use of blog readers rose rapidly last year--but a majority of Americans still do not know what a blog is.

A report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, called the "State of Blogging," discovered that readership of Web blogs--essentially, Web-based diaries--spiked 58 percent last year, with 27 percent of Internet users, or 32 million people, saying that they read blogs. Twelve percent of people who read blogs also chose to post comments on them.

Blog creation is also growing. By the end of 2004, seven percent of U.S. adults, or more than 8 million people, had written a blog, according to the study.

...Blog creators tend to be young men who have broadband and are Internet veterans. Fifty-seven percent of bloggers are male.

Hmm... who does that sound like?

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