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JAN'S NEWSLETTER . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . SEPTEMBER 30, 2003
Gratitude is a wonderful virtue. I am thankful for YOU.
Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family is urging
Christians to thank Bill O'Reilly of Fox News' "The O'Reilly
Factor" for telling the truth about the threat judicial tyranny
poses to America and the American family. As host of the most
popular prime time talk show on cable, O'Reilly's voice is an
important one on this important issue. You can contact him by
Oreilly@foxnews.com or by calling the Fox News Channel at
We received the following in an e-mail from Jerry's
sister Wanda. Will you join me in implementing this great idea?
WRITE IT ON THE BACK OF YOUR ENVELOPES
You may have heard in the news that a couple of Post Offices
in Texas have been forced to take down small posters that say
The law, they say, is being violated. It is something silly
about electioneering posters (is God running for office)
Anyway, I heard proposed on a radio station show, that we
all write "IN
on the back of all our mail. After all, that is our national
motto, and it's on all the money we use to buy those stamps. I
think it is a wonderful idea.
We must take back our nation from all the people
think that anything that offends them should be removed.
If you like this idea, please pass it on and DO IT. The
idea of writing or stamping "IN
on our envelopes sounds good to me.
I'M HAVING MY STAMP MADE TODAY!
It has been reported that 86% of Americans believe in God.
Therefore, I have a very hard time understanding why there is
such a mess about having "In
our money and having God in the pledge of Allegiance.
Could it be that we just need to take action and tell the 14% to
sit down and shut up?
If you agree, pass this on, if not delete.
Almost two weeks ago we received this next from a
friend, and then yesterday we received it again from another.
The following excerpts come from something written by Keith A
Fournier. The news media have been giving us the wrong picture
(about a lot of stuff). Mel Gibson said he had to make
this film. I believe we have to see it.
From the gripping opening scene in the Garden
of Gethsemane, to the very human and tender portrayal of the
earthly ministry of Jesus, through the betrayal, the arrest, the
scourging, the way of the cross, the encounter with the thieves,
the surrender on the Cross, until the final scene in the empty
tomb, this was not simply a movie; it was an encounter, unlike
anything I have ever experienced. In addition to being a
masterpiece of film making and an artistic triumph, "The
Passion" evoked more deep reflection, sorrow and emotional
reaction within me than anything since my wedding, my ordination
or the birth of my children. Frankly, I will never be the same.
One scene in the film has now been forever
etched in my mind. A brutalized, wounded Jesus was soon to fall
again under the weight of the cross. His mother had made her way
along the Via Della Rosa. As she ran to him, she flashed back to
a memory of Jesus as a child, falling in the dirt road out side
of their home. Just as she reached to protect him from the fall,
she was now reaching to touch his wounded adult face.
Jesus looked at her with intensely probing and
passionately loving eyes (and at all of us through the screen)
and said "Behold I make all things new." These are words taken
from the last Book of the New Testament, the Book of
Revelations. Suddenly, the purpose of the pain was so clear and
the wounds, that earlier in the film had been so difficult to
see in His face, His back, indeed all over His body, became
intensely beautiful. They had been borne voluntarily for love.
. . . Why is this film considered by some to
Frankly, having now experienced (you do not
"view" this film) "the Passion" it is a question that is
impossible to answer. A law professor whom I admire sat in front
of me. He raised his hand and responded "After watching this
film, I do not understand how anyone can insinuate that it even
remotely presents that the Jews killed Jesus. It doesn't." He
continued "It made me realize that my sins killed Jesus"
I agree. There is not a scintilla of
anti-Semitism to be found anywhere in this powerful film. If
there were, I would be among the first to decry it. It
faithfully tells the Gospel story in a dramatically beautiful,
sensitive and profoundly engaging way. Those who are alleging
otherwise have either not seen the film or have another agenda
behind their protestations. . . .
I am passionate about "the Passion." You will
be as well.
Don't miss it!
Keith A Fournier is a constitutional lawyer
and a graduate of the John Paul II Institute of the Lateran
University, Franciscan University and the University of
Pittsburgh. He holds degrees in Philosophy, theology and law. He
has been a champion of religious liberty and appeared as
co-counsel in major cases at the United States Supreme Court. He
is the author of seven books and, along with his law practice,
serves as the president of both the "Your Catholic Voice
Foundation" and "Common Good".
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that come my way. I hope that you have some good sources for
accurate news. Please continue to pray for our President and
our country. Remember to take your stand for what is right.
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