FINDING TRUTH WHEREVER IT MAY BE FOUND: “We call it a “sign” not only because there is a gesture involved – such as a greeting of peace or perhaps shaking hands of those nearest to us – but also that gesture has a profound meeting that we sometimes forget: it is a sign of peace. We really should not receive Holy Communion if there is serious sin on our sou, for serious sin means that we are not in proper relation with God or neighbor. The gesture involved with the sign of peace is not supposed to be merely some generic form of good feeling, let alone a disruption of the solemnity of the Mass. Coming as it does in this part of the liturgy, it is supposed to be a kind of sign or testimony that we are not seriously alienated from God or neighbor, and that we are in a generally fit state for receiving Jesus within us in Holy Communion. Sometimes people can get a bit carried away with enthusiasm at this stage of the Mass, but we ought to be saying when we exchange the sign of peace serves to correct any such exuberance, namely: “The peace of Christ.” Dr. Peter Kwasniewski in Homiletic and Pastoral Review magazine
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IN OTHER NEWS:
CK sent in this tongue and cheek article on "Creation According to Athiests."
Greg sent this in: "The next campaign of this 40-day event begins Wednesday Sept. 23 and ends on Sunday Nov. 1. People anywhere can go to the national website http://www.40daysforlife.com/ and locate the event in their own geographical area. On this very professional website they can learn all about the event, the requirements, the reasons, the expectations. There are already (3) locations in the Cleveland area where 40 DAYS FOR LIFE prayer vigils will be conducted simultaneously."
The Diocese of Cleveland Enewsletter reports, "The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) launched a Web page promoting its support of "truly universal health policy with respect for human life and dignity." The page, http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102675775774&s=2627&e=001bCM2opmzbtu9H9Kv7JMmaS6ElyuH0h0VyxbTLc1DipvketV4Xq2POt0wUIqQDC3zK8vN1yHeUCUCawqxEe7sy9iulUDHbcMhQJHoD3jKR7sQD3sNnGgFUhwm0Pb6EaGZ, includes letters from bishops to Congress, videos, facts and statistics, frequently asked questions, and links for contacting members of Congress."
From the same source: "Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is injurious to them is injurious to society itself." This is just one of many of Pope Benedict's decisive statements on the unique good of marriage and the family, recently gathered into a new volume of USCCB Publishing's 'Pope Benedict XVI - Spiritual Thoughts Series," this time on the "Family.'"
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