Fall 2001 Newsletter

REAP Team Newsletter
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Fall 2001

GIVEAWAY # 3 Motorcycle Priest Trivia...

Be one the first two people to reply with the correct name of the following man, and you'll win a fabulous prize.

Name the priest who answers questions from teenagers about faith and life, who also rides a motorcycle, doesn't like to wear shoes, plays his music way too loud, and yells at the TV when his team is losing. For a hint, check out the LIFE TEEN website.

News from our last giveaway!!! AND THE WINNER IS...

The two CD recipients were Dave S. from St. Louis and Molly F. from St. Charles. These wise individuals knew that the movie acclaimed as an excellent Christian film at the 8th annual Catholics in the Media Association (CIMA) banquet was “Return To Me” with Minnie Driver and David Duchovny (it's a sweet and funny romance).

ASK HEATHER

If you have a random question about LOVE, SEX, or RELATIONSHIPS, please send it my way (heather@reapteam.org). You might even see your question published in future editions of this nifty little newsletter.

Dear Heather,

What's the big deal about what clothes I wear? I'm not ashamed of my body and like attention. If a guy struggles with lust looking at me, that's his problem.

Sincerely,

I Like My Body

Dear I Like My Body,

First of all...good, I'm glad that you like your body. It is a gift from God and deserves respect and honor. The fact that you appreciate the gift you've been given is a great beginning. However, dressing modestly (not dumpily or ugly—pleeeeaze) is a way we show how much we respect and honor our body. By flaunting our sexual features, we encourage visually wired guys to view us sexually and often “use” us in their minds. We often put undue focus on our physical parts vs. our personality, intellect and spirit. The coolest thing I've heard is when a boyfriend asked his girlfriend to change out of the low-cut top she was wearing. Frustrated, she asked why. He responded, “I know how guys think, even when they try to respect women -- it's difficult to not focus on what a women is revealing. And, I don't want other guys to disrespect you in ANY way, even in their minds. You deserve better.” As women, we do deserve better—to be looked upon and treated with total honor and respect. Guys have a responsibility to look at us with dignity and there are ways we can help (dressing modestly). We deserve to be noticed and remembered for WHO we are, not just what our body looks like.

For much more on why how we dress really matters, check out... Sexy Fashions...What do men think?

For more on Sex, Dating and Relationships, go to reapteam.org and select “Chastity Challenge”.

Sometimes, real life is too funny! TRUE SIGNS...

· Sign outside a radiator repair shop: Best Place in town to take a leak

· Maternity Clothes Shop: We are open on Labor Day

· Non-smoking area: If we see you smoking we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action

· On Maternity Room Door: "Push, Push, Push"

· Optometrist's Office: If you don't see what you are looking for, you have come to the right place

· Veterinarian's Waiting Room: Be back in 5 minutes. Sit. Stay.

· At the Electric Company: "We would be delighted if you send in your bill. However, if you don't, you will be."

· Beauty Shop: Dye now!

INTERESTING LINKS:

For a cool Internet experience: Welcome to Interview with God

What's wrong with viewing pornography on the Web? 

Prayer of St. Jude (prayer warrior for hopeless causes)

Most holy apostle St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus. The Church honors and evokes you universally as the patron saint of hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of. Pray for me I am so helpless and alone. Make use that I implore you of that particular privilege given to you to bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of.

Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all of my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings particularly (mention intention) and that I may praise God with you and all the elect forever. I promise blessed St. Jude to be ever mindful of this great favor, to always honor you as my special and powerful patron and to gratefully encourage devotion to you. Amen.

JUST FOR GRINS :) Dancing Paul!!!

No, it's not Paul or Paul from the REAP Team, but if you want some wacky fun on your computer, check this out...

 

CURRENT EVENTS...Stem Cell Research (a question to Paul M. and his response)

About the Stem Cell Research,
Will the embryos that were killed, will they go to heaven? Sincerely, J

Dear J, Thanks for the note, and for your wonderful question. The short answer is this -- YES, our faith gives us hope that the embryos will go to heaven. However, if you don't mind, I'd like to briefly explain to you why our church teaches that, with two great quotes from the Catechism...

Catechism of the Catholic Church - American Translation: 1261 As regards children who have died without Baptism, the Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God, as she does in her funeral rites for them. Indeed, the great mercy of God who desires that all men should be saved, and Jesus' tenderness toward children which caused him to say: "Let the children come to me, do not hinder them," allow us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who have died without Baptism.

Catechism of the Catholic Church - American Translation: 1283 With respect to children who have died without Baptism, the liturgy of the Church invites us to trust in God's mercy and to pray for their salvation.

And, also, if you read what Pope John Paul II wrote below to women to have had an abortion (The Gospel of Life, 99) you will see that he states clearly that those aborted babies (and logically, others who have died before birth) are in heaven -- “living in the Lord”...

“I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors that may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

You will come to understand that nothing is definitively lost and you will also be able to ask forgiveness from your child, who is now living in the Lord. With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people, and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone's right to life. Through your commitment to life, whether by accepting the birth of other children or by welcoming and caring for those most in need of someone to be close to them, you will become promoters of a new way of looking at human life...”

You see, J, our God is a God of mercy, and so we trust that any embryos who have died for any reason at all are now living with the Lord in heaven.

Cute Joke : My first grade daughter and her friend, Tina, both needed new boots as winter approached. Tina got in the car one morning and finally had gotten her boots.

"Tina," I commented, "I see you got new boots! Where did you get them?"

"At the store," she answered. "Which one?" I asked. She began looking at her new boots and after a pause said, "Both of them!"

COMING SOON...

Pro-life Youth Mass with Archbishop Rigali

January 12, 2001

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

Mass begins at 1:00pm, followed by a peaceful public witness.

Archbishop Justin Rigali has requested that the youth of our archdiocese not only show their support for life at the March for Life in Washington DC, but that they gather here in St. Louis, witnessing to our local community of their respect for all human life. Please gather with the Archbishop and hundreds of teenagers in helping promote a culture of life in our St. Louis community!

For more information, please contact the Office of Youth Ministry at (314) 633-2500, or email stlyouth@archstl.org.