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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-23-05, Memorial, St. Pio of Pietrelcina American Bible ^ | 09-23-05 | New American Bible

Posted on 09/23/2005 8:31:01 AM PDT by Salvation

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1 posted on 09/23/2005 8:31:04 AM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 09/23/2005 8:31:56 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Feast of St. Pio this FRIDAY! (Padre Pio - Pray for Texas!)

Padre Pio's Love for the Blessed Mother

St. Padre Pio

Padre Pio's Shrine, as the Architect Sees It - Renzo Piano Talks about Church, San Giovanni Rotondo

Padre Pio Aid Says Saint Accepted New Mass

Padre Pio: on Spirituality, Vatican II and the Novus Ordo Missae

Remarkable Transformation: Padre Pio

Cardinal Schotte (Head of the Synod of Bishops) and his view on Dallas; Rose petals for Padre Pio

Saint Padre Pio's Body Not Found in His Tomb?

Padre Pio Now A Saint - Wrestled With Devil, Predicted Future

Padre Pio Wrestled with Devil, Predicted Future

Pope Bestows Sainthood on Padre Pio


Padre Pio to be Canonized This June

His Friends Remember Padre Pio

3 posted on 09/23/2005 8:44:48 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Prayers for those in the path of the storm

An Email from a Member in Houston. Prayers Urged!

Feast of St. Pio this FRIDAY! (Padre Pio - Pray for Texas!)


4 posted on 09/23/2005 8:47:57 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Catholic aid agencies
accept donations for hurricane relief

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic aid agencies are among those accepting donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Among the Catholic organizations receiving donations are:

-- Catholic Charities USA: Contributions may be made by phone at: (800) 919-9338; by mail at: Catholic Charities USA, Hurricane Katrina, P.O. Box 25168, Alexandria, VA 22313-9788; or online at:

-- Society of St. Vincent de Paul: Contributions may be sent to: The National Council, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 58 Progress Pkwy., St. Louis, MO 63043-3706. Donating by credit card may be done by clicking "Tribute" on the group's Web site,

-- Knights of Columbus: Checks payable to Knights of Columbus Charities USA Inc. should be sent to: Knights of Columbus Charities USA Inc., Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 9028, Pittsfield, MA 01202-9028, Attn: Hurricane Katrina Relief. Donors in Canada should make checks payable to Knights of Columbus Canada Charities Inc. and send them to: Knights of Columbus Charities Canada Inc., Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 7252 Station A, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5W 1X9, Attn: Hurricane Katrina Relief.

-- Catholic Extension: Donations may be made online at:, or mailed to: Catholic Extension, Hurricane Emergency Relief, 150 S. Wacker Drive, 20th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606. Donors are asked to write "hurricane relief" on the memo portion of their checks.

5 posted on 09/23/2005 8:48:48 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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From: Luke 9:18-22

Peter's Confession of Faith

[18] Now it happened that as He (Jesus) was praying alone the disciples
were with Him; and He asked them, "Who do the people say that I am?"
[19] And they answered, "John the Baptist; but others say, Elijah; and
others, that one of the old prophets has risen." [20] And He said to
them, "But who do you say that I am?" And Peter answered, "The Christ
of God."

First Prophecy of the Passion

[21] But He charged and commanded them to tell this to no one,
[22] saying, "The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by
the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the
third day be raised."


20. "Christ" means "anointed" and is a name indicating honor and
office. In the Old Law "priests" were anointed (Exodus 29:7 and
40:13), as were "kings" (1 Samuel 9:16), because God laid down that
they should receiving anointing in view of their position; there was
also a custom to anoint "prophets" (1 Samuel 16:13) because they were
interpreters and intermediaries of God. "When Jesus Christ our Savior
came into the world, He assumed the position and obligations of the
three offices of priest, king and prophet and was therefore called
Christ" ("St. Pius V Catechism", I, 3, 7).

22. Jesus prophesied His passion and death in order to help His
disciples believe in him. It also showed that He was freely accepting
these sufferings He would undergo. "Christ did not seek to be
glorified: He chose to come without glory in order to undergo
suffering; and you, who have been born without glory, do you wish to be
glorified? The route you must take is the one Christ took. This means
recognizing Him and it means imitating Him both in His ignominy and in
His good repute; thus you will glory in the Cross, which was His path
to glory. That was what Paul did, and therefore he glorified in
saying, `Far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord
Jesus Christ' (Galatians 6:14)" (St. Ambrose, "Expositio Evangelii Sec.
Lucam, in loc.").

Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text
taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries
made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of
Navarre, Spain. Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin, Ireland.

6 posted on 09/23/2005 8:55:29 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Friday, September 23, 2005
St. Pio of Pietrelciana, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Jeremiah 9:22-23 or Galatians 6:14-18
Psalm 15:1-2, 7-8, 11
Matthew 11:25-30

Necessity urges us to pray for ourselves. Fraternal Charity obliges us to pray for others. God finds the prayer motivated by charity to be more meritorious than the prayer motivated by necessity.

-- St. John Chrysostom

7 posted on 09/23/2005 8:57:29 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Catholic Culture

God our Father, in Saint Pio you gave a light to your faithful people. You made him a pastor of the Church to feed your sheep with his word and to teach them by his example. Help us by his prayers to keep the faith he taught and follow the way of life he showed us. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

September 23, 2005 Month Year Season

St. Padre Pio

Old Calendar: St. Linus, pope and martyr; St. Thecla, virgin and martyr

Padre Pio was born in 1887 in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina. He joined the Capuchin Friars at the age of sixteen and was ordained a priest seven years later. For fifty years at the monastery of San Giovanni Rotundo he was a much sought after spiritual advisor, confessor, and intercessor whose life was devoted to the Eucharist and prayer. Yet despite such notoriety, he would often say, "I only want to be a poor friar who prays."

Before the reform of the General Roman Calendar today was the feast of St. Linus, the immediate successor of St. Peter in the government of the Church. He is mentioned after the apostles in the Roman Canon of the Mass (Eucharistic Prayer I). It was also the feast of St. Thecla, a virgin of Asia Minor in the early days of the Church. Her cultus, which is very ancient, goes back to the second century. She is considered the first woman martyr.

St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Born to a southern Italian farm family, the son of Grazio, a shepherd. At age 15 he entered the novitiate of the Capuchin Friars in Morcone, and joined the order at age 19. He suffered several health problems, and at one point his family thought he had tuberculosis. He was ordained at age 22 on 10 August 1910.

While praying before a cross on September 20, 1918, Padre Pio received the stigmata. He is the first priest ever to be so blessed. As word spread, especially after American soldiers brought home stories of Padre Pio following WWII, the priest himself became a point of pilgrimage for both the pious and the curious. He would hear confessions by the hour, reportedly able to read the consciences of those who held back. He was reportedly able to bi-locate, levitate, and heal by touch.

In 1956 he founded the House for the Relief of Suffering, a hospital that serves 60,000 a year.

Today there are over 400,000 members worldwide in prayer groups began by Padre Pio in the 1920's.

His canonization miracle involved the cure of Matteo Pio Colella, age 7, the son of a doctor who works in the House for Relief of Suffering, the hospital in San Giovanni Rotondo. On the night of June 20, 2000, Matteo was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital with meningitis. By morning doctors had lost hope for him as nine of the boy's internal organs had ceased to give signs of life. That night, during a prayer vigil attended by Matteo's mother and some Capuchin friars of Padre Pio's monastery, the child's condition improved suddenly. When he awoke from the coma, Matteo said that he had seen an elderly man with a white beard and a long, brown habit, who said to him: "Don't worry, you will soon be cured." The miracle was approved by the Congregation and Pope John Paul II on 20 December 2001.

Adapted from the Discount Catholic Store, Inc.

Things to Do:

St. Linus
Following the crucifixion of Peter, Linus, who had served as an assistant to the apostle, continued the leadership of the Church, for once the Christian faith had been firmly established in Rome, Peter and Paul had commended Linus to this responsibility. However, because the one-man episcopate had not yet emerged in Rome, we have no way of knowing exactly what duties were expected of Linus. In a letter directed to the Oriental churches, Linus told how Peter's body was taken from the cross by Marcellus, bathed in milk and wine, and embalmed with precious spices.

Linus, believed to be the son of Herculanus, was an Italian from the region of Tuscany. He has been identified by the early writer, Eusebius, as the same Linus who is mentioned by St. Paul in his letter of salutation from Rome to Timothy in Ephesus. His episcopate is said to have been approximately twelve years. A brief respite from persecution for the brethren is said to have existed at this time, for legend has it that Nero, in a frightening vision, was so chastised by Peter that he abandoned the wrath which he had once so fiercely set upon the Christians.

Much is unknown of Linus, to be sure, but it is said that he, at Peter's direction, decreed that all women would now cover their heads when entering a church. In the ancient canon of the Mass, his name is cited after those of Peter and Paul.

According to legend, Linus was martyred and buried on the Vatican Hill alongside his beloved Peter.

Excerpted from The Popes: A Papal History, J.V. Bartlett

Symbols: Triple cross; fleeing demons.

St. Thecla
This child of St. Paul is honored by the Fathers of the Eastern Church as proto-martyr and "near apostle." Already during the second century legends concerning her were current and her grave was much visited by pilgrims. It is historically certain that she lived, but the Acts of her life are largely legendary. According to these she was born at Iconium, where she was converted to Christianity by the preaching of St. Paul. It is related that she was "accused of being a Christian by her own parents after she had refused to marry Thamiris, in order to give herself wholly to Christ. But the pyre enkindled for her burning was extinguished by a sudden downpour of rain as she threw herself into it, making the sign of the Cross. Then she fled to Antioch, where the ferocious beasts and bulls to which she was tied would do her no harm. Nor did she suffer injury during confinement in a snake pit. Because of these marvels many pagans accepted the faith. Thereafter Thecla returned to her native land, where she lived in solitude upon a hill. At the age of ninety she died a peaceful death." — The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch

Symbols: Lion; tiger; two or more serpents; globe of fire; flaming fagots; Greek cross.

Things to Do:

  • Since most ancient times St. Thecla has been highly venerated, especially as patron of the dying. Her intercession is still invoked in the litany during the rites for the dying and in the Church's official prayer for a departing soul: "As Thou didst deliver the holy virgin and martyr Thecla from three most gruesome torments, so deliver the soul of this Thy servant; and let him (her) enjoy with Thee the blessings of heaven. Amen." Read the activity Prepare for Death and maybe say the prayers of Recommendation of Departing Soul.

8 posted on 09/23/2005 9:03:36 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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American Catholic’s Saint of the Day

September 23, 2005
St. Padre Pio da Pietrelcina

In one of the largest such ceremonies in history, Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio of Pietrelcina on June 16, 2002. It was the 45th canonization ceremony in Pope John Paul's pontificate. More than 300,000 people braved blistering heat as they filled St. Peter's Square and nearby streets. They heard the Holy Father praise the new saint for his prayer and charity. "This is the most concrete synthesis of Padre Pio's teaching," said the pope. He also stressed Padre Pio's witness to the power of suffering. If accepted with love, the Holy Father stressed, such suffering can lead to "a privileged path of sanctity."Many people have turned to the Italian Capuchin Franciscan to intercede with God on their behalf; among them was the future Pope John Paul II. In 1962, when he was still an archbishop in Poland, he wrote to Padre Pio and asked him to pray for a Polish woman with throat cancer. Within two weeks, she had been cured of her life-threatening disease.

Born Francesco Forgione, Padre Pio grew up in a family of farmers in southern Italy. Twice (1898-1903 and 1910-17) his father worked in Jamaica, New York, to provide the family income.

At the age of 15, Francesco joined the Capuchins and took the name of Pio. He was ordained in 1910 and was drafted during World War I. After he was discovered to have tuberculosis, he was discharged. In 1917 he was assigned to the friary in San Giovanni Rotondo, 75 miles from the city of Bari on the Adriatic.

On September 20, 1918, as he was making his thanksgiving after Mass, Padre Pio had a vision of Jesus. When the vision ended, he had the stigmata in his hands, feet and side.

Life became more complicated after that. Medical doctors, Church authorities and curiosity seekers came to see Padre Pio. In 1924 and again in 1931, the authenticity of the stigmata was questioned; Padre Pio was not permitted to celebrate Mass publicly or to hear confessions. He did not complain of these decisions, which were soon reversed. However, he wrote no letters after 1924. His only other writing, a pamphlet on the agony of Jesus, was done before 1924.

Padre Pio rarely left the friary after he received the stigmata, but busloads of people soon began coming to see him. Each morning after a 5 a.m. Mass in a crowded church, he heard confessions until noon. He took a mid-morning break to bless the sick and all who came to see him. Every afternoon he also heard confessions. In time his confessional ministry would take 10 hours a day; penitents had to take a number so that the situation could be handled. Many of them have said that Padre Pio knew details of their lives that they had never mentioned.

Padre Pio saw Jesus in all the sick and suffering. At his urging, a fine hospital was built on nearby Mount Gargano. The idea arose in 1940; a committee began to collect money. Ground was broken in 1946. Building the hospital was a technical wonder because of the difficulty of getting water there and of hauling up the building supplies. This "House for the Alleviation of Suffering" has 350 beds.

A number of people have reported cures they believe were received through the intercession of Padre Pio. Those who assisted at his Masses came away edified; several curiosity seekers were deeply moved. Like St. Francis, Padre Pio sometimes had his habit torn or cut by souvenir hunters.

One of Padre Pio’s sufferings was that unscrupulous people several times circulated prophecies that they claimed originated from him. He never made prophecies about world events and never gave an opinion on matters that he felt belonged to Church authorities to decide. He died on September 23, 1968, and was beatified in 1999.


At Padre Pio's canonization Mass in 2002, Pope John Paul II referred to that day's Gospel (Matthew 11:25-30) and said: “The Gospel image of 'yoke' evokes the many trials that the humble Capuchin of San Giovanni Rotondo endured. Today we contemplate in him how sweet is the 'yoke' of Christ and indeed how light the burden are whenever someone carries these with faithful love. The life and mission of Padre Pio testify that difficulties and sorrows, if accepted with love, transform themselves into a privileged journey of holiness, which opens the person toward a greater good, known only to the Lord.”


"The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self; there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain" (saying of Padre Pio).

9 posted on 09/23/2005 9:06:36 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Homily of the Day

Title:   Don't Forget Who Walks with You
Author:   Monsignor Dennis Clark, Ph.D.
Date:   Friday, September 23, 2005

Haggai 2:1-9 / Lk 9:18-22

As we've heard in the Old Testament readings this week, the process of persuading the Israelites to return to their homeland and to rebuild the temple was a long one. They'd gotten comfortable where they were and they were afraid of the human costs of starting over, even when it meant going home.

"Take courage," the Lord says to them, and then he reminds them of the pact he made when he brought them out of Egypt hundreds of years before. The pact was that he'd remain with them always, no matter what they did. No matter how corrupt they became, he'd be there with them, calling them back, and offering them forgiveness.

That's why rebuilding the temple was so important: It made that pact with God visible and tangible. It said to them, "Yes, God still dwells in our midst, still loves us, and still is faithful to his promises."

It was hard for the Israelites to remember that, and it's often hard for us to remember too. That's one of the reasons why it's so important for us to step away from our ordinary paths and gather around the Lord with the rest of his people every Sunday.

We need to remember who we are and who it is that walks with us every day, whether we're paying attention or not, and whether we're walking a noble path or not. We need to remember and to give thanks that God is faithful, even when we are not. We need to remember how to say, "I'm sorry," and "I need your help," and "Teach me how to love better."

God is always ready to hear those words from us, if only we remember how to speak them. Come to church with us, and remember.

10 posted on 09/23/2005 11:44:17 AM PDT by Smartass (Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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I think you forgot to actually ping the list.

11 posted on 09/23/2005 5:53:11 PM PDT by annalex
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You are so right! LOL

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12 posted on 09/23/2005 7:27:40 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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A Voice in the Desert

Friday September 23, 2005   Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading (Haggai 2:1-9)    Gospel (St. Luke 9:18-22)

 As the people of Israel came back from the captivity in Babylon and were going to rebuild the temple, they looked at the temple of God and saw it in ruins. So God asked the question through the prophet Haggai, as we heard in the first reading: Is there anyone among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how does it look now? Does it not look as nothing to you? Then the Lord goes on to tell us that the future glory will be far greater than the former glory.  

That certainly happened in a physical way. The temple that was built, for instance, at the time of Our Lord was considerably larger than the one Solomon had built and was considerably fancier than the one Solomon had built. Yet when we really stop and think about what Our Lord has promised, He told us, first of all, that the day is coming when He is going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land, and then tells us that He is going to fill His house with glory.  

Now the glory that He is talking about is Our Lord. That is the greatest glory of all. He is the One who is the treasure that is contained within the temple of God. We are told: In this place I will give you peace. Who is the one who gives peace? The One Who says, My peace I give you; My peace is my gift to you. Where are we going to find peace other than in Jesus? This world offers no peace, absolutely none. There is nothing in this life that is going to bring peace except Our Lord.  

When we see these points, we understand that the future glory of the temple of God is far, far greater than all the glory of the temple that Solomon built or even of the one that Herod built. Of course, even as we look at the beauty of a church, we have to remember that the temple in which God receives the greatest glory is us. We are the temple of the Lord. Saint Paul makes that exceedingly clear, that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. If this is the case, the glory that each one of us has is infinitely more than the glory of the building in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. We could look at a beautiful church and it could be worth millions of dollars. So what? The day will come when that is going to pass away. But our souls are immortal. And if our souls are in the state of grace and we are united with Jesus, then we have peace. When we receive the Blessed Sacrament, we have within us an infinite treasure which churches that are worth millions of dollars cannot compare. The dignity of the human person is way beyond even the most beautiful building that the most talented artist could make.  

We need to be able to see this dignity that God is making within us, in fact, that He has made within us. And we need to be able to recognize the treasure that dwells within, the treasure, first of all, that we are made in His image and likeness, and the treasure beyond that that we are able to receive Jesus into our own selves and that we carry Him within us. This is exactly what Saint Paul reminds us of, that we carry this treasure in earthen vessels so that its surpassing power will be made clear. The surpassing power is the infinite beauty of God. So we, our human bodies made of this earth, have been given a treasure that is infinite and inexhaustible. Now what we want to give back to God is a temple that is filled with peace, that is filled with love, that is beautiful beyond all measure. The beauty of that temple is to live according to our dignity and to be one with Jesus Christ, so that in love with Jesus we are giving to God what is most fitting and most beautiful to Him. Then when Our Lord looks upon us, whether He looks at a beautiful church or anything else that is in this world, He will be able to say that the glory of this house – your body, your soul – is far greater than the former glory of any temple. The dignity within us is greater than the glory in any building that human hands have made, and in this place – the temple of our bodies in union with Jesus Christ – there will be peace. 

*  This text was transcribed from the audio recording with minimal editing.       

13 posted on 09/23/2005 7:30:20 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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You're Forgiven...

14 posted on 09/23/2005 7:32:16 PM PDT by Smartass (Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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Thanks, I needed that right now!

15 posted on 09/23/2005 7:40:50 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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16 posted on 09/23/2005 8:19:05 PM PDT by Smartass (Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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Lk 9:18-22
# Douay-Rheims Vulgate
18 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples also were with him: and he asked them, saying: Whom do the people say that I am? et factum est cum solus esset orans erant cum illo et discipuli et interrogavit illos dicens quem me dicunt esse turbae
19 But they answered and said: John the Baptist; but some say Elias: and others say that one of the former prophets is risen again. at illi responderunt et dixerunt Iohannem Baptistam alii autem Heliam alii quia propheta unus de prioribus surrexit
20 And he said to them: But whom do you say that I am? Simon Peter answering, said: The Christ of God. dixit autem illis vos autem quem me esse dicitis respondens Simon Petrus dixit Christum Dei
21 But he strictly charging them, commanded they should tell this to no man. at ille increpans illos praecepit ne cui dicerent hoc
22 Saying: The Son of man must suffer many things and be rejected by the ancients and chief priests and scribes and be killed and the third day rise again. dicens quia oportet Filium hominis multa pati et reprobari a senioribus et principibus sacerdotum et scribis et occidi et tertia die resurgere

17 posted on 09/23/2005 9:52:49 PM PDT by annalex
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Saint Peter

2nd half of 13th century
fresco fragment 39cm x 27.6 cm
The Fabbrica of Saint Peter's, Rome

18 posted on 09/23/2005 9:56:33 PM PDT by annalex
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EWTN - Padre Pio

19 posted on 09/23/2005 10:12:48 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Padre Pio's Voice

Padre Pio Devotions

Padre Pio Foundation

Padre Pio Miracle Worker

Patron Saints

20 posted on 09/23/2005 10:25:41 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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