Friday, March 10, 2006

Lenten Sacrifice, Illegal Aliens, Divorced Catholics, Abstinence, Hi-tech Gadgets from Apple and Microsoft and more!

I know you will absolutely enjoy the ParishWorld we have for you this week. Let's give it a whirl.

So what did you give up for Lent? Can you give up candy for forty days? This young lady in our story did. See how she fared. Another article reflects upon finding holiness through veggies and going meatless on Fridays. And still another talks about giving up on 'complaining?'

At the Vatican, Pope Benedict and his staff - like Christians everywhere - attended their very own spiritual retreat where they were reminded that to preach the Gospel implies difficulties and failures, as it did for Jesus himself. They also reflected on the thought that Jesus picked the poor and the sinful to be His disciples.

Social issues are peppered all over this week's issue, beginning with the Vatican's concern about the plight of divorced Catholics. And as more and more American's live together without marriage, we bring you four myths that cloud this type of relationship.

Immigration takes center stage again as US bishops vow to defy a proposed law that targets illegal aliens. And did you hear about the New York Times article that said parental consent does not have any affect on teen pregnancy? We have the article that refutes it.

A new poll says Hollywood is out of step with American values. Not a surprise there. On the Today Show, Katie Couric goes after Tom Monaghan and his plan to build a Catholic town in Florida. You gottta read this. More on TV, parents are warned: Do not assume that children's programming is child-friendly. And on the Da Vinci front, US Bishops go on the information offensive, releasing materials that provide accurate information on the life of Jesus. While Mary Magadalene is front and center in an article that traces her true purpose in the Gospel.

Planning a Spring Break? Young women beware! The America Medical Association issues a health warning and recommends alternative service-oriented trips instead. And another warning about a dangerous "choking" game that is killing young people all across the U.S. today.

Now here's a stretch. Skip the whole milk. Pass on soda. Drink beer and coffee instead? A controversial new study stands by it. And you can plan on being green on St. Patrick's Day. We have the traditional Irish recipes for you!

Check out the new IPOD Hi-Fi released this week by Apple. Big living room sound for home theater enthusiasts! And review Microsoft's new handhled PC. It's touchscreen, wireless and is only as small as a hardcover book.

All this and much more, inside America's Catholic Lifestyle Magazine this week. And subscription is FREE! Go ahead and share it with all your family and friends. Have a great weekend!

Keep the faith. Peace.

Wally Arida
Publisher and Editor-in-chief

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