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<< Wednesday, August 16, 2006 >> St. Stephen of Hungary
Ezekiel 9:1-7; 10:18-22
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Psalm 113 Matthew 18:15-20
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"Mark an X on the foreheads of those who moan and groan over all the abominations that are practiced." —Ezekiel 9:4

Just before Jerusalem was to be destroyed, the Lord sent His messenger to mark the holy ones with an X. Those marked with an X were spared destruction. Our society rates filthy movies with an X. God rates holy, sorrowful people with a cross.

Consider these abominations practiced regularly in the USA:

  • acts of adultery, fornication, oppression of the poor, stealing, dishonesty, idolatry, unjust economic gain, and oppressive interest are "abominable things" (Ez 18:11-13),
  • rampant commission of homosexual acts, always presented in Scripture as "an abomination" (Lv 18:22; 20:13),
  • the exploitation of the bodies of some women and children in omnipresent pornography in all forms of media,
  • over four thousand surgical abortions daily,
  • the inability to recognize the truth that marriage is between one man and one woman (see Catechism, 2335) and
  • many other perversions (Prv 3:32).

These commonplace American things "are an abomination to Him; haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet that run swiftly to evil, the false witness who utters lies, and he who sows discord among brothers" (Prv 6:16-19). There are many other abominable practices in our country. Do you mourn these abominations or shrug them off? Repent! Be marked by the cross. Blessed are the mourners (Mt 5:4), they shall be spared.

Prayer: Father, I will refuse to accept the standards of this culture of death. Give me the righteous anger of Jesus (Mt 23:13) and the sorrowing, mournful heart of Mary.
Promise: "Where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I in their midst." —Mt 18:20
Praise: St. Stephen and his son, St. Emeric, are both canonized saints.
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from August 1, 2006 through September 30, 2006.
†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 26, 2006.
The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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