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May 4, 2022
Note from the Managing Editor
This week, we are commencing our biannual fundraiser to keep CERC alive. We refrained from running it over Lent out of deference for the war in Ukraine, but now find ourselves in a financial situation where we really need your help. Please click here to donate! We will be praying for your intentions and in thanksgiving for your generosity.

From our new resources, I strongly recommend spending time pondering John Henry Cardinal Newman's "The Omen and Presage of the True Victory."

"The world, at first sight, appears made for pleasure," he writes. So the Cross appears, to us, as a sign of contradiction. But "it is but a superficial view of things to say that this life is made for pleasure and happiness. To those who look under the surface, it tells a very different tale."

Bracing, but not exactly heartening. As friend of mine's mother used to say, "Life sucks and then you die."

But how beautiful is this: "the sacred doctrine of the Atoning Sacrifice is ... to be unfolded to the docile and obedient; to young children, whom the world has not corrupted; to the sorrowful, who need comfort; to the sincere and earnest, who need a rule of life; to the innocent, who need warning; and to the established, who have earned the knowledge of it."

We will suffer either way, embracing the Cross or rejecting it. And what great joy to realize that the pleasure and happiness of this world is but a dark mirror of the joy to come in Heaven.

A bit of business: we are accepting applications to fill the position of treasurer (volunteer). The treasurer would sit on our Canadian board, which meets quarterly, and should be from the greater Vancouver area. If you would like to apply, please write us at

God bless you all this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez
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