Summer 2004 Newsletter

Summer 2004 Newsletter

Catholic movies, Go Cards!!!!, Church's teaching on homosexuality, interesting bread statistics, some great novenas, and a great deal of more spectacular things.

Read It and REAP!
From the REAP Team Headquarters…

GIVEAWAY #12 – Name this movie character…

If you have been on a REAP retreat in the past year, you can best answer this question. Staff member Brian (tall, blonde dude) was often accused of talking like a certain character in a recent animated film. Be one of the first 5 people to email paul@reapteam.org and correctly name this character to win a free "Live in the Light" New Testament Bible (we'll mail it to you).

News from our last giveaway!!! AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Jessica G. from Springfield, Mary B. from Manchester and Julie H. from South County. All of them received a free copy of the book, A Case for Chastity.

BLOG Babblings

We, Heather and Paul, recently starting writing our random thoughts (in the form of "blogs") for the OYM website. We totally inspire each other, and sometimes make each other laugh. Get deep. Get silly. Check it out.

Paul's recent ramblings: A Pink Shirt, 2000 Friends, A Baby Boy and Home; Paul Interviews Himself (Part One); Extreme Church; Today is Good Friday

Heather's recent ramblings: On Adolf Hitler and Archbishop Burke; Mean Girls, Not Me; I'm a Selfish Single; Impersonal Sacramental Prayers ROCK

Movie Madness

If you know lots of movies, you can vote here for your favorite Catholic movies. Yep, I said Catholic movies… sick of seeing Catholics viewed so poorly in TV and movies? This poll will celebrate movies that show Catholicism in a good light. If you do this, scroll down as more recent movies are further down the list. Vote here.

Fr. J of LifeTeen gives a very thorough Catholic examination of The Lord of the Rings – Yes, we're full of these, we know.

To show you that we like more movies than just LOTR, here's a look into the popular movie, Pirates of the Caribbean – a spiritual perspective: Hollywood Jesus and Christianity Today.

REAP Recommends Media and Movies: New website feature where REAP Staffers give ideas for good summer movies (and some great rentals). It'll be more inclusive by the Fall newsletter.


Get into the Cardinal Spirit… Go Cards!

Official Cardinal Website

Baseball Games (we like hitting the bobble heads with a bat)!


  • Reminder: Applications for joining REAP as a volunteer are due July 20, 2004. If you still need an application, apply here.
  • Seeking Part-Time Staff Member: Brian is leaving us to go to the Jesuit seminary. We're very sad to see him go, but happy for him and grateful for his open heart to God's will. To fill this position, we're looking for someone who can work 2 days during the school week, with schedule flexibility. Contact Paul about this paid position.
  • For REAP to survive financially in the upcoming school year, we need more help from private donors. Therefore, we are currently searching for families or individuals who could commit to giving $20 per month to REAP. Students, please consider asking your parents or other family members. If we get only 50 such families, we will be set for the upcoming year.

It is important that you choose your career with care, so that you may really follow the vocation that God has destined for you. No day should pass without some prayer to this end. Often repeat with St. Paul: "Lord, what will you have me do?" —St. John Bosco

Ask Heather

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

Dear Heather,
I'm considering a "friends with benefits" relationship with a guy friend of mine. What do you think?

Dear Friend,
"Friends with Benefits" is code for "Friends using each other." A couple can kiss or, do other things physically, and then have no obligation to date, be in a relationship, care about each other or even call the other afterwards. From a girl who once considered the "friends with benefits" and even was the one to suggest it to a guy friend in high school, let me say that it's 100% messed up. And, most of the time, the guy gets the benefits and the girl is left wanting more.

Here's why

No man can live without joy. That is why one deprived of spiritual joy goes over to carnal pleasures. —Saint Thomas Aquinas


A lady came to the hospital to visit a friend. She had not been in a hospital for several years and felt very ignorant about all the new technology. A technician followed her onto the elevator, wheeling a large, intimidating looking machine with tubes and wires and dials. "Boy, would I hate to be hooked up to that thing," she said. "So would I," replied the technician. "It's a floor-cleaning machine."

For Parents/Adults

The Real Families website provides resources and advice for parents.

In their own words, "A Family Guide To Keeping Youth Mentally Healthy & Drug Free is a public education Web site developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to communicate to parents and other caring adults about how they can help promote their child's mental health and reduce his or her risk for becoming involved with alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs."

Paul's Column

Help! I Need Somebody!

More than anything else, there are two things that have transformed and deepened my relationship with God. The first is a consistently faithful prayer life, which I will not discuss here—because I think we all know (whether or not we spend time with God in prayer) that unless you "hang out" with someone, you will never develop a relationship with him or her. The second is… (read entire article)


(Books—novels or otherwise—that REAP staffers recommend)

Along the vein of Paul's Column, these books could come in extremely helpful:

  • Not Even a Hint: Guarding Your Heart Against Lust by Joshua Harris. This is an easy and short read with great perspective and practical tips for achieving purity. Excellent for both guys and girls.
  • Every Young Man's Battle: Strategy for Victory in the Real World of Sexual Temptation by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker. Extremely popular and helpful source geared towards young men. Brutally honest and filled with great tips for living purely.
  • Every Young Woman's Battle: Guarding Your Mind, Heart, and Body in a Sex-Saturated World by Shannon Ethridge and Stephen Arterburn. Available July 20, 2004. Can't wait to check it out!

Prayer Power: The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

If you're ever feeling especially troubled, down or tempted to sin, ask for the help of St. Michael. He's the toughest, Rambo-type angel in the world and he is packed with weapons of destruction! If you want strength on your side, he's your angel! You can request his help in your own words or say this awesome prayer:

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Pro-Life Postings…

If you're 18 or older, PLEASE Vote. On August 3rd, Missouri will vote on an amendment to keep marriage between man and woman. Lack of turnout by voters could keep this amendment from being instituted. Protecting "Life" includes the lives of all children. No one deserves to grow up in a home without a particular gender to raise them. This happens many times in our culture (through single parents and other situations), but it shouldn't be "the norm". By allowing or encouraging homosexual unions, we do just that. If this issue is important to you, please make sure to vote.  Here's more information on the Church's teaching on homosexuality.

DEEP THOUGHTS… (We love the "groaners"!)

With the World in a Carb-Diet Frenzy, We are Finally Seeing the Evils of BREAD…

  1. More than 98 percent of convicted felons are bread users.
  2. Fully HALF of all children who grow up in bread-consuming households score below average on standardized tests.
  3. In the 18th century, when virtually all bread was baked in the home, the average life expectancy was less than 50 years; infant mortality rates were unacceptably high; many women died in childbirth; and diseases such as typhoid, yellow fever, and influenza ravaged whole nations.
  4. More than 90 percent of violent crimes are committed within 24 hours of eating bread.
  5. Bread is made from a substance called "dough." It has been proven that as little as one pound of dough can be used to suffocate a mouse. The average American eats more bread than that in one month!

Have an important prayer request?

Consider doing a Novena, especially during the summer, when you might have more time flexibility. A novena includes a series of nine prayers/devotions and a general prayer. You choose the nine consecutive days and follow the certain prayers. Some like to take their novenas a step further by going to daily Mass, praying a Rosary, going to Eucharistic Adoration or fasting in some way during the nine days. You can find novenas to many saints and for many different situations on the web. Here's an example of one to St. Joseph. This site lists lots of printable novenas.

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