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March 5
* [ Today's readings.]
* Month of St. Joseph.
* [ Tertullian.]
* '''"Be angry but sin not"''' ([ Eph 4:26]).
** Sin happens--the Judas Factor.
** Modernism dominates the life of the United States Church.
** ''Anger and rage is not helpful.'' Going to the text of the catechism won't change the hearts of the pastor and the congregation. Pharisaism doesn't work. We must not "strain the gnat and swallow the camel" ([ Mt 23:24]). The arrangement of our worship space--and all of the details of celebrating the sacraments--is really small stuff compared to the sin of hating our enemies. It is not easy to identify members of the Church as enemies, but when we do, Jesus' law of love comes into play: forgive them, bless them, pray for them, love them with God's own love. It is not OK in the name of adherence to Church law (the gnat) to transgress Jesus' law of love (the camel).
* God's wrath is a function of His perfect love for His children.
** God's anger is completely disinterested. God is not angry for His sake, but for ours. We cannot be happy when sin separates us from God, from our neighbor, and from our true self. We are made for love; sin cuts us off from love. God hates that which is destroying us.
** God's anger is perfectly proportionate to the evil we have done.
** God's anger has a goal and does not last forever: God wants us to repent of our sins and repair the damage we have done. ''This is our bliss!''
** The fact that we can easily tell that someone is breaking God's law or the laws of the Church does not give us freedom to hate or despise them. They and their sins are God's problems, not ours. We are not God. If we have some say in the matter, we can voice our protest; if not, we can keep peace in our hearts and pray for them as Jesus commands us to pray.
* God never rages. He does not lose control of Himself. He does not lash out blindly. He does not lose His cool.
* The suffering of the souls in Purgatory will come to an end. They are making progress toward eternal bliss. They suffer only as much as is necessary for them to live in perfect happiness with those whom they have harmed and no more.
* '''E-mail from Kevin:''' Survey about the rate of unchaste behavior on Catholic campuses.
* '''Be angry but sin not"''' (Eph 4:26).
* Debra. A question for this afternoons CAC show: what is the meaning of the word AMEN and how is it pronounced? I have heard it enunciated with a short a sound, a long a sound. I have also heard the word it self is Hebrew shorthand for something like Almighty God Be Merciful. Any insight on AMEN will be greatly appreciated. (I am a Podcast listener)
* Dave from Mobile
** Lent: Is confused about taking Sunday off.
** In the back of the Church bulletin, (from what I understand) there's an OBGYN who's offering abortions or advice of such
* Bill from Ellicotville: Question about Divine Foreknowledge.
* Sue Ellen: My daughter's 10th birthday this year falls on Good Friday. How can we celebrate this appropriately?
* Dave from Tonawanada: Thought that Lent concluded on Holy Thursday.
* Scott from Tonawanda: Has Fr. ever heard of the Templars?
* Bill from Ellicottville: Who was Tertullion and are his writings still available for purchase?
* Kevin from Buffalo: Tertullian was a heretic later in life.
== February 26 ==

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