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In what ways  is LegalWorks no ordinary law firm, but rather a legal apostolate?
The attorneys and staff of LegalWorks -- like so many of our clients -- pray together and with our families for the sanctification of our work and the fruitfulness of our efforts on behalf of our clients.  The services we provide to priests and consecrated religious, faithful individuals and families, businesses and nonprofits, Church institutions and other lay apostolates, is always consistent with Church Teachings and facilitating the good works of the faithful.  

Many of you know of our historic and deep attachment, in particular, to assisting Catholic Radio broadcasting apostolates.  You may not know of the increased amount of work we have taken on in recent years on behalf of other Catholic and Pro-Life apostolates.  You can find a partial listing of those to whom we have provided legal counsel here.

You may also know that our law practice works through the WitnessWorks Foundation for a Culture of Life to foster additional fruitfulness, and that our founder and managing attorney, Stu Nolan, serves as chairman of the Board of Directors for Human Life International, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Christian youth adventuring organization, Trail Life USA.  Catholic broadcasters are welcome to contact us if you are interested in interviewing the leadership of either of these organizations, or if you would like to arrange an event in your community that would involve HLI President Father Shenan Boquet as a guest speaker on various topics such as the sanctity of Life and Marriage.  
Nationwide Emergency Alert System test set for August 7; Form One to be filed July 3.
Our Catholic Radio clients should take note that there will be a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at 2:20 p.m., with a backup test date of Wednesday, August 21, 2019.  Low power radio licensees are not xempt from this requirement.  All EAS participants must participate in nationwide tests.  The process begins with registering and filing ETRS Form One by July 3, 2019

You may access the relevant electronic filing instructions here.  

To assist low power FM broadcasters in particular, the FCC is holding a webinar on July 11.  You can find out more about this here.
Broadcast License Renewals are underway
Catholic broadcasters licensed in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC, have already filed their license renewal applications.  Broadcasters in the Carolinas are preparing to file theirs next.  

As our clients' filing deadlines approach, watch your inbox for directions as to how and when to broadcast your local public notices.  We look forward to assisting you in this critical process.  

In the meantime, please be sure, if you are a full power broadcaster, that your online local public inspection file is up to date.  Focus in particular on ensuring that your quarterly local issues and programs lists are being uploaded in a timely manner.
A Declaration of Independence: How St. Thomas, the Apostle, reveals the error of our age

On this Feast Day of Thomas, the Apostle, and the day before our nation celebrates its Independence, consider yet another connection between the Bible -- with its famous account of the episode that gave rise to the term "Doubting Thomas" -- and that great document, the Declaration of Independence, which is so often cited for recognizing in every person certain inalienable rights by virtue of him or her being a son or daughter of God. 

Recall that Thomas infamously declared his own independence. He was not going to be subjected to some far-fetched resurrection tale that he was being sold. No, he trusted his senses -- his personal experience, if you will -- rather than the Truth as proclaimed by his friends. Thomas was willing to believe, no matter the cost to himself, only when Jesus again made Himself present again in Thomas' sensory experience. 

Thomas made a mistake so common to our age. When faced with a particular Church teaching, our intellectual arrogance -- our pride -- digs in our heels. We insist we can only accept the truth that we can verify with our own senses, or in our biased and flawed perception, or from our deeply self-interested perspective. We say, as Thomas surely thought, that our conscience must be our guide, and our conscience can only be bound by this or that acceptable teaching, but not by THIS particular and uncomfortable commandment. 

In response to God's unconditional love, we condition our faith and make our response contingent on its convenience to us. If His expectations for us would disrupt the plan for life that we might wish for ourselves, then we limit our acceptance of reality to the sliver that conforms to our own desires. 

It is useful to remind ourselves that God created each of us, and everyone and everything -- from nothing. He has shown us that death itself has no power over Him. Are we really so daft as to think He cannot make Himself real and present inside of us in the appearance of food and drink? Is it really too difficult to believe THIS is the way He would choose to emphasize the reality of our need for HIM is even more profound than our dependency on food and drink? 

And if we can believe that He created us from nothing, that He rose from the dead, and that He can nourish us in such a mysterious manner as He has established in the Eucharist, is it really so hard for us to believe that His Commandments are not contingent on what we believe is within our own reach? .... ( Click Here to Continue Reading

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