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European Union, which is supposed to be fashioned after the United States
of America, decided to write a history of Europe, but leaving the Catholic
Church out altogether. That would seem like an impossibility, but we recall
the words of Joseph Pulitzer, who at the time was publisher of the New
York World. He wrote "If I don't write about it, it never happened!" Scary,
but it could be true. If the children of Europe grow up without any knowledge
of the history of the Catholic Church, very possibly they will forget
about it. Or their children and grandchildren will forget about it.
Without knowing about the plot of the European Union to exclude Catholicism
from their history, we made a vow early on that we would write about Jesus
and His Mother, and His best friends, the Angels and Saints, in an effort
to glorify the name of Jesus, so that it would never be forgotten. When
we began this Good Newsletter, with our first Lenten issue, January of
1989, we didn't know the full import of the standard we had chosen to go
across the banner of our newspaper: One Heart, One Mind, One Spirit, with
When we founded our Community, that same year, we adopted this teaching
as the life we would live for the Kingdom and the Glory of God. This became
our ongoing prayer and battle cry from the inception of our Community.
It has strengthened us, as we have walked through the deepest valleys
and climbed the highest mountains. When it seemed we might be called to
walk through the shadows of death, we became more One - in heart, mind,
and Spirit, fortified by our daily prayer: "Lord, make us one in You,
as You are One in the Father."
When we wrote our Mission Statement, in 1986, we spoke of books, videos,
a newspaper, a fund for needy priests and religious and a Communication
Center as a means to glorify the Name of Jesus.
Our Father has such a grand sense of humor! When we included books in
our Mission Statement, we had no idea that we would write books, but the
Father knew! We thought we were called to distribute other people's books.
We are kept so busy, we find we can only carry and distribute books written
by our founders Bob and Penny Lord who continue writing books and making
When we included videos, we had no professional video cameras, no editing
studio or plans to set up one. Our idea had been to distribute other people's
videos. Our Ministry only carries videos that we have made or been involved
in. At this writing, we have 200 videos; most of them Documentaries filmed
overseas, all produced by our Ministry.
By the Grace of God and your generous acceptance of our books and videos
as well as your contributions, we have been able to supply priests, seminarians
and religious with books and videos, and aid some to go on Pilgrimage.
The next step in our Mission Statement was to open our Evangelization
through Communication Resource Center. What did we envision this center
It would be a Munitions Factory. We were at war then; we are at war now!
About that, there is no question. We are fighting for our children, our
grandchildren and great-grandchildren, for our Church, for our country,
for the souls of God's children. We want, no we must give the Lord the
gift of souls, the souls He came to save, the souls He died for! With
our books and videos, we believe the Faithful will be able to put on the
armor of God and fight the enemy who would, with his subtleties, rob us,
and those who follow us, of all that we hold dear, all that has been passed
down to us by Our Lord, His Mother, the Apostles, and our family the Saints.
We envisioned a Retreat Center. The Center would have a place where brothers
and sisters could come and stay, sharing with people who felt the way
they did, who spoke the same language, where one can unashamedly speak
about his/her love for the Lord, His Mother and His Church. This would
be a place, a quiet place where it's you and the Lord together, where
you can listen to the Lord, spend time on Pilgrimage here in the United
States, away from home but not far from home. A place to be silent and
hear the Lord. "Your servant is listening, Lord."
We would have Seminars on the Eucharist and the part that the Miracles
of the Eucharist have played in the Defense of the Church fighting heresies.
You would view the videos on the Miracles of the Eucharist and learn how
you can facilitate action at home where family and friends would gather
and not only watch these Documentaries but learn how to conduct an open
discussion, getting them involved, encouraging them to show the videos
and share the Good News of our Catholic Faith, bringing them to a deeper
awareness of Who it is Who comes to life on the Altar during the Liturgy
of the Eucharist after the Consecration.
We would teach about Mother Mary from the Annunciation, through the Crucifixion,
up to the Coronation, on to the 2000 years of her reaching out to her
children by her apparitions. Saints and other Powerful Men and Women of
the Church - Pope Benedict XVI has been preaching about our family of
Saints who the Lord used to save His Church, who loved Him so, they willingly
carried the Cross.
We have been blessed many times over in that the Lord has allowed us to
see most of the Mission Statement come to fruition. We have here in Arkansas,
the Holy Family Mission, where we continue to write books and make television
programs. We have retreats and days of recollection, which our neighbors
from near and far participate in. What goes on at the Holy Family Mission
has become like the social event of the season. Whatever goes on here,
everybody wants to be involved in. We built a replica of the Holy House
of Nazareth, which is in Loreto, Italy. We have special prayer times in
the Holy House. We have an annual Conference, and a St. Joseph's Table
Family, Pope Benedict XVI is pleading with Christians all over the world
to "Spread the Christian Culture." He is desperately trying to combat
the already strong movement to eliminate Christianity and all things Christian,
especially Jesus, from the face of the earth. Christmas is the most obvious
time of the year when this battle becomes apparent. All year long, we
let the anti-Christian movements out there beat up on Christianity in
general and Catholicism in particular, and we don't complain much. We
let Bill Donohue of the Catholic League do it for us. But at Christmas
time, oh no, don't touch Christmas time. Christ has to be in Christmas.
But why does He have to be sacred at Christmas, and not worth fighting
for the rest of the year? Brothers and sisters, we cannot let Jesus disappear
from the face of the earth. We cannot let our Christian culture be eliminated
from the pages of our text books all over the world. Spread the Christian
Culture. Bring Jesus to the forefront of our lives. Give Christian books
and videos for Christmas. And be sure to put Christ back into Christmas.
We love you.
Have a blessed Christmas.
Bob and Penny Lord are renowned Catholic authors and television
hosts on EWTN, Global Catholic television. They are prolific writers about
the Catholic faith, especially the Saints for which they have been dubbed
"experts on the Saints." Their website is http://www.bobandpennylord.com
Published - March 2011
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