Kim, I often read your posts, and am much heartened by your consistent and determined defense of Israel. In the age where the international pro-Palestinian P.R. offensive has turned Israel into public enemy no. 1, which many of the Israeli and Jewish posters on this talkback seem to accept, you remind me of the unoccupied 'Kingdom of Asturias' leading a 'reconquista' against the overwhelming media onslaught. It is very much appreciated. Regarding remarks I made the other day that Catholics pray for the conversion of the Jews, I checked my sources and found that before the 'Second Vatican Coucil', the Good Friday Prayer did include a specific prayer for the conversion of 'the perfidious Jews', but this has been toned down somewhat to: "Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God, that they may continue to grow in the love of his name and in faithfulness to his covenant. (Silent prayer) Almighty and eternal God, long ago you gave your promise to Abraham and his posterity. Listen to your Church as we pray that the people you first made your own may arrive at the fullness of redemption. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen." In my opinion, it carries an implicit hope for the conversion of the Jews, but it is not stated directly and aggressively, which is good enough for me.
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