Summer 2006 Newsletter

Summer 2006 Newsletter

Superman trivia, recent blogs, REAP Team news, turning around a sexual relationship, eating disorder advice, vacation inspiration, and more!

REAP Team Newsletter
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GIVEAWAY #18 – Who talks about Superman and Christmas?

A well-known Catholic clergyman spoke about how Superman, in some respects, reflects attributes of Jesus – the ultimate hero. In his talk, he describes the differences and similarities of the story of Superman and of Christmas. Who is this clergyman? The first three respondents to send the correct answer to paul@reapteam.org will win a large Steubenville t-shirt.
*SPECIAL ESSAY PRIZE: If you respond with a short paragraph or two (a short essay) connecting the story of Superman to the story of Jesus, you could win our first-ever "special prize". The best short essay will be published in our next newsletter and the author will win a free lunch at Penn Station, with REAP staffers Paul and Heather.  Essays must be received by August 1, 2006.

News from our last giveaway!!! AND THE WINNERS ARE…
Jennifer from Chesterfield, Tyler from Maryland Heights, and Beth from Carmel (Indiana!) all knew that, in the cast of Everybody Loves Raymond, Patricia Heaton (Debra Barone, Ray's wife on the show), is publicly pro-life. Thanks, Patricia, for the speaking your beliefs even if they're not very popular in Hollywood. When she accepted an Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, she thanked her mother for "letting me out, because life is really amazing." For articles on Patricia Heaton, check out Patricia Heaton Online.

BLOG Babblings

Paul's recent ramblings: 75% Friendless; LEAVE ME ALONE

Heather's recent ramblings: Sacred Soccer

I go to bed at night, you know, with four kids laying on your head. That's a lot cooler existence than being on the cover of a goofy magazine with the latest starlet.
– Jon Bon Jovi, abcnews.com


Seeking New Volunteers – If you're interested in joining REAP as a volunteer, check out the application and don't forget the July 24th deadline.

REAP Podcasting – Anyone can subscribe to the hot testimonies, talks, interviews, and videos that are sweeping the web as REAP podcasts.  Don't be confused – even though they are called PODcasts, you do not need an Ipod – you can listen to the audio or view the video files directly from our website, too!  Here are our most recent podcasts –

· Josh's Story – The Mr. Cool Mask
· XLT Anniversary Video
· Steubenville Summer Conference Video
· Paul Speaks at the ACA Kickoff Dinner
· Melissa's Story – Beneath the Surface
· Meet the Authors of A Case for Chastity
· Angie's Story of Romantic Freedom

Review REAP Podcasts – Itunes allows anyone to give a customer review of podcasts on their site. After checking out the REAP Team's podcasts, please consider adding your thoughts on what we offer; we would love to hear what you think!  And, while you are at it, please say a prayer for all who check out our podcasts – that the Holy Spirit touches their lives through this ministry.


Send your own Monk-e-mail – If you enjoyed Paul and Heather's message, you can create your own message to send to family members and friends – changing the voice, appearance, background and more. If you didn't see this message from Paul and Heather, go back to the email message Paul sent you about this newsletter. To build your own, go to Career Builders Monk-E-Mail.

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.

Hi Heather – My boyfriend and I have been in a relationship for a little over a year, and though we have not had sex, I know there are parts of our relationship that aren't so pure. We want to be sexually pure in all ways, but are having difficulty. It seems really hard to introduce true chastity when we have already done things. How do I steer our relationship out of this bad direction?

Dear Friend,
I've been in a similar situation and certainly can relate. Here are the things that have helped me turn around unhealthy relationships and behaviors. Read the complete response.

Paul's Column

Paul (paul@reapteam.org) is also available to answer your questions.  Recently, Paul received a great question…

Dear Paul – I have an eating disorder, and I am really struggling with my faith right now and I question God all the time. I am really afraid to let someone know about this.   I am afraid that my parents will find out. I am so lost and confused yet I look like I always have my act together.  Could you give me some advice? 

Sincerely, Lost and Confused

Dear Lost and Confused,
    First of all, I have a pretty strong feeling that keeping all of this inside of you is a huge reason why you are struggling with your faith and questioning God all of the time.  Read the complete response.

Vacation time offers the unique opportunity to pause before the thought-provoking spectacles of nature, a wonderful "book" within reach of everyone, adults and children. In contact with nature, a person rediscovers his correct dimension, rediscovers himself as a creature, small but at the same time unique, with a "capacity for God" because interiorly he is open to the Infinite. Driven by his heartfelt urgent search for meaning, he perceives in the surrounding world the mark of goodness and Divine Providence and opens almost naturally to praise and prayer.
–Pope Benedict XVI

For more thoughts from the Vatican on Prayer, read the article, "The Meaning of Vacations"

Pro-Life Postings…(BIG NEWS these days!)

Women in Danger with Stem-Cell/Cloning Bill! Even many pro-choice women are against the bill Missourians (and people in numerous states) will vote on this November. To do stem cell research on embryos, eggs must be extracted from women in ways that are often unhealthy, much less unethical. Learn more about these important findings at Vote No Cloning.com

Young Adults Needed: If you have a big heart for Pro-Life issues, the Archdiocese is creating a group called "Young Friends for Life". The group is forming quickly to help counter the Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. If you would like to join this group, contact the St. Louis Pro-Life Apostolate – 314-792-7555

Big Fund-Raiser for Life! Those in favor of the Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative have already begun making phone calls and doing everything possible to influence people to support this cloning bill. To compete with this aggressive campaign, it's important for pro-life organizations have the funds to run radio and television aids with the truth about this bill – that human lives will be created and killed. On September 7, 2006, Young for Life will host a Fundraiser at the City Museum. We will not have another newsletter before this event, so mark your calendars and check out the Pro-Life Apostolate Website closer to the date for details.

Evangelize Your Friends – Goin' Fishin'*

Sweet Bait…Spreading the Word about the Stem Cell/Cloning Bill
If you'd like to help protect human embryos from stem cell research and slaughter, get involved in Missourians Against Human Cloning (MAHC). On their website, there are many ways to spread the word. Also, consider offering to work the polls in November. Adults are always welcome, but even teens would make a huge difference if you came before and after school.  You could also forward any information you find to a group of friends, such as the Facts Page on the MAHC website.

*Spreading the message of the Gospel is easy and non-threatening when you do it like you're fishing – throw out bait (invitations, a comment about your own faith journey, a book, etc.) and then wait to see if they "nibble". If they're interested, draw them closer to the truth of Christ within you. But, never shove faith down their throats (like you wouldn't shove worms down a fish's mouth).


The small girl had recently received a new watch and some perfume, which she was very excited about.  Their family asked their parish priest over for dinner.  The girl wanted so badly to tell the priest about her new gifts, but her mother insisted she wait until after dinner and not interrupt at meal time.
Not able to contain her excitement, and not wanting to disobey, the little girl leaned over to the priest during dinner and whispered, "If you hear a little noise and smell something, it's me!"

Prayer Power

Very recently, a teenager who is on our email list told us about a cool prayer opportunity online. If you have not yet prayed today, or if you think maybe it would be good for you to pray some more today, just go right now to the LifeTeen website and click on 5-Minute Prayer in the Daily Devotional section of the homepage.

[High school] can be brutal because of the cliques and the way kids treat each other. But stick it out – it gets better. Things that seem like they mean the world at the moment, you'll look back on and realize weren't that important.Actor Ben Stiller, Teen People, April 2004, p. 70.

Inspirational Words – “Let Someone Else Do It”

(thanks to Frank Cognata for sharing this with us)

Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone’s list, let "Someone Else" do it.  Whenever leadership was mentioned, this person was looked to for inspiration as well as results; “Someone Else" can work with that group.  It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the most generous givers in our church.  Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed Someone Else would make up the difference.  Someone Else was a wonderful person, sometimes appearing superhuman.  Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else.  Now Someone Else is gone!  We wonder what we are going to do.  Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it?  Who is going to do the things Someone Else did?  When you are asked to help, remember – we can’t depend on Someone Else anymore.

DEEP THOUGHTS…(not necessarily inspirational)

New Books Recently Released…
– "How to Write Large Books" by Warren Peace
– "The Lion Attacked" by Claude Yarmoff
– "The Art of Archery" by Beau N. Arrow
– "Irish Heart Surgery" by Angie O'Plasty
– "Desert Crossing" by I. Rhoda Camel
– "School Truancy" by Marcus Absent
– "I Was a Cloakroom Attendant" by Mahatma Coate
– "I Lost My Balance" by Eileen Dover and Phil Down
– "Mystery in the Barnyard" by Hu Flung Dung
– "Positive Reinforcement" by Wade Ago
– "Shhh!" by Danielle Soloud
– "The Philippine Post Office" by Imelda Letter
– "Things to Do at a Party" by Bob Frapples
– "Stop Arguing" by Xavier Breath
– "Mountain Climbing" by Hugo First

Cool Websites…

Drinking and Driving Counter Attack Ads from British Columbia

More Podcasting in St. Louis – The Carmelite of St. Joseph in St. Louis have produced short meditations that range in length between 1.5 to 5 minutes which come directly from the treasury of writings of the great Carmelite Saints including St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Therese of Lisieux, and many more.  For more information, or to subscribe, go to their website.

Best Vocation Film Ever Made – Straight from Brooklyn, NY the film, Fishers of Men, has finally been released.  Excellent for youth groups, classrooms, or just to be viewed in your family or group of friends, the video documents the lives of some of the most courageous and influencial men in history.  For more information on this incredible film, visit the Grassroots Films website.


The Crossroads Catholic Music Festival will be held on Sept 29, 30 & Oct. 1, 2006 at Eaglehurst Ranch in Steelville, MO.  Paul Masek will once again MC this event.  Mark your calendar – this event totally rocks!

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