Thursday, August 16, 2007

"Is gossip a sin? is it reason to go to Confession?"

Emailed to readers on Aug. 17, 2007

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Dear friends,

If they are not in school yet, millions of students head to campuses nationwide in the next few weeks. We thought we should prepare them with a few Catholic-inspired articles beginning with "25 Things Every College Freshman Should Know Before Classes Start." This is a must read for all college students and parents. We also suggest students download "The Freshman Survival Study Budget," a formula for success in College.

College is a very trying time for students and parents. It's the time when the young tend to stray from the faith. "Why don't teens pray more?" will help them keep things in perspective. And if you go to a Catholic school, welcome back to the structured world of school uniforms.

August is the month of the Eucharist. "The Truth about Eucharistic Adoration" is an honest plea for Catholics to regain their veneration and love for the Eucharist. And Mark Shea explains his faith again to his Protestant friends by proclaiming, "One More Time: It's All About the Eucharist!"

In CATHOLIC Q&A WITH FR. MIKE, a reader asks, "Why should I have to go to Church? when I can experience God so much better on a trip to the mountains or the beach?" See Fr. Mike's great response. And since you've been hearing all about the Latin Mass lately, we thought we should give you a "Tutorial on the Tridentine Mass" your resource for the Latin Mass according to the Missale Romanum of 1962.

While some say there seems to be a decline of priests and church attendance across the nation, the Archdiocese of Atlanta is bucking both trends, with packed churches and more than 50 seminarians in training. But this pales compare to the evangelization that's going on in china where a reported 10,000 Chinese become Christians each day. In the next generation, China will be the largest Christian and missionary force in the world.

However, all is not well in China. We have a five-minute-long film that has popped up in several places on the internet. If you've wondered what it is like to be Catholic in China, watch this. Now. And then, if you are free to pray, pray for all those who are not. The other video we bring you is one of the most powerful videos we've seen. It starts with a painting of the Last Supper with Jesus surrounded - not by his apostles - but by twelve homeless children. The plight of the poor will move you.

Where can you find God? How about at the airports and at the subway trains. See how Catholic chaplains at our busiest airports minister to the needs of bustling travellers. And marvel at how a Jesuit manages to find God every day during his commute in Washington DC.

Pope Benedict was busy this week. On Assumption Day, he reminded all that “The protection of Mary accompanies you throughout your life.” In sponse to last Sunday's homily, he urged all to "Detach from material goods and prepare interiorly for Christ's return." And we received word that his second planned encyclical is said to condemn tax evasion by the wealthy as 'socially unjust.'

Cardinal Jorge Medina Estévez is the retired prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. He defined the good priest this week in "Guide for Priests: Spiritual Recommendations." He said, "In him one finds Gospel and Christian virtues, and the behavior of one who is a priest of God and pastor of the Church."

Finally, if you've ever wondered if gossip is a sin, a moral theologian explains it in detail. You may be in for a surprise.

And how was your week? May you have a great and blessed new week.

Keep the faith. Peace.

Wally Arida
Publisher and Editor in chief

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