RESPONSORIAL PSALM: You are my inheritance, O Lord.
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Alex J. Toth, by Lenny Toth
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|July||2||Saturday||No Traditional Latin Mass|
|July||3||Sunday||9:15 AM||Parishioners of St. Elizabeth and St. Emeric parishes|
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: (1) I am safely back from visiting my family in the “old country.” While away, I kept you all in my prayers, especially on Sundays, when I offered my Masses for you, the parishioners of St. Elizabeth and St. Emeric parishes. I would like to thank Frs. Cirilo Nacorda and Eric Garris, for helping out with the coverage during the past two weekends. Thank you also to those who helped kept the things running.
(2) Perhaps the biggest (and quite joyous) news this week was the overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision from 1973 that federally guaranteed abortions throughout the country. As the 6-3 majority decision states: “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start… and was on a collision course with the Constitution from the day it was decided.… Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences.” Not to mention being a grievous violation of God’s laws and human dignity. So after 49 years and close to 70 million lives that were lost, it was time for the law to be repealed.
Obviously the defenders of the murders of the unborn children are not happy. One thing I noticed among these opponents of common sense and logic is that in their emotional and violent protesting they scrupulously avoid the issue of when life begins and the scientific fact that an unborn child is not part of the mother’s body. This is the most crucial reality that informs our decision making. Perhaps in our conversations with them we can point to this reality.
Secondly, ten years ago or so I was speaking with a Catholic who argued that before we would legally strike down Roe v. Wade, we need to first change the hearts of people. Only after this conversion, we can remove that law. I disagreed vehemently with this rather irrational take because laws are (and should be) more than just reflection of the current mood of the culture. Origin of human law lies in the effort to safeguard important values. The closer the law is to the greatest and eternal value, God, the better (and firmer) law it is – with a corresponding benefit for the world. Furthermore, laws have a teaching character, too. For instance, laws allowing abortion give a message that killing of unborn children is morally acceptable. Over time, this deforms one’s conscience and the person will begin to lose respect for human dignity in other areas of life as well. Therefore, it is a no surprise that what began in 1973 as a “right” to kill the baby in the first trimester, morphed into allowing partial birth abortions (even after birth) and euthanasia. As a society, we cannot convert people’s hearts while having immoral laws on the books (and supporting them). So many people have prayed and sacrificed for this Supreme Court’s decision to be made. However, the work continues and this is a very good start indeed for the conversion people’s hearts.
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SUNDAY COLLECTION FIGURES: will be printed in the next bulletin. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY in supporting our parish. Thank you for sending in your offertory donation through the mail, or through the PayPal option found on the website: https://www.stelizabethcleveland.org/donations/
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Jay Kovács, Kathy Szabó, Kamilla Szabó and Anna Melega, Dorothy Fromhercz, Alex Szaday, and Richard Russell.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.
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