TUESDAY     vol. 11, no. 22     February 1, 2000

February 1, 2000

January 31 to February 6, 2000
"Lighting the Way to a New Century"

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Fourth Tuesday in Ordinary Time


First Reading:
 2 Samuel 18: 9-10, 14, 24-25, 30-31; 19: 1-3
 Psalm 86: 1-6
  Mark 5: 21-43


February 1st used to be the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Antioch which has since been transferred to October 17th. Since no saint has replaced him on this day, we bring you the Prayer for St. Ignatius:

   Behold our weakness, Almighty God; and since the weight of our misdeeds is heavy upon us, grant that the glorious intercession of Blessed Ignatius, Thy Martyr and Bishop, may be our protection.


   Today is the Fourth Tuesday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow we celebrate the glorious Feast of the PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD
Presentation of Our Lord
in the Temple. Previously this was called the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary which occurred at the same time when she and Joseph presented two turtle-doves in accordance with Jewish Law for the mother to be purified after giving birth. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on this feast, see DAILY LITURGY.


"And Jesus, instantly perceiving in Himself that power had gone forth from Him, turned to the crowd, and said, 'Who touched My cloak?' And His disciples said to Him, 'Thou seest the crowd pressing upon Thee, and dost Thou say, 'Who touched Me?' And He was looking round to see her who had done this. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened within her, came and fell down before Him, and told Him all the truth. But He said to her, 'Daughter, thy faith has saved thee. Go in peace, and be thou healed of thy affliction.'"

Mark 5: 30-34

The Gospa's message for January
January 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit.
    "Dear children! I call you, little children, to pray without ceasing. If you pray, you are closer to God and He will lead you on the way of peace and salvation. That is why I call you today to give peace to others. Only in God is there true peace. Open your hearts and become those who give a gift of peace and others will discover peace in you and through you and in this way you will witness God's peace and love which He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call."
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What's in the cards
for future American cardinals? Don't bet everything on it, but...the Big Apple beckons!

CATHOLIC PewPOINT     In today's editorial, we have some fun speculating on who will succeed Cardinal John J. O'Connor as the ninth Archbishop of New York and a sure cardinalate appointment. The expected announcement is expected to come soon as well as an anticipated Consistory this Jubilee Year which would be Pope John Paul II's ninth in which he is expected to appoint no less than fifteen new red-hats and no more than twenty. It would seem the Holy Father has a blessed touch wherever he goes for four of the stadiums he has graced in America during his Papal Visits have seen their team go on to win championships in their sport from 1979 through this past year when the Pope blessed the Ram's home in St. Louis. Because of that it was practically a sure bet that the Rams would lock up Super Bowl XXXIV. Another sure bet is that the upcoming appointments for key bishoprics will not go to progressive prelates. For today's editorial Liberal bishops are sinking fast in a sea of conservative sees , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Appreciation of the
Second Epistle of Saint John

   Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith, concentrating on the Books of the New Testament with today bringing you the Second Epistle of Saint John the Apostle. For the one-hundredth installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
Pope Hadrian I   On this date 1,228 years ago in 772 Pope Hadrian I was chosen the 95th successor of Peter. During his 23 year papacy he restored the walls of Rome and the ancient aqueducts and was responsible for constructing the golden statue of the tomb of St. Peter and other elaborations at the Vatican. He was a strong opponent of iconoclasm and called the 7th Ecumenical Council at Nicaea for the specific purpose of condeming this heresy. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Spirit of St. Louis Winslow Boy October Sky
This week we take to the skies for two excellent selections and a British mystery with twists and turns
   Today an excellent British mystery makes its debut in the video stores - "The Winslow Boy" which is an adaptation by David Mamet of the 1948 film of the same name which still packs an intelligent punch. Also, we take to the skies to bring you a classic in Jimmy Stewart's "Spirit of St. Louis" and the most recent feel-good film - "October Sky". For the reviews of these videos, see VIDEOS & VIRTUES

Parenting can be God's kiln of kindness
Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

"The duty of parents to children is to rule while avoiding exasperating severity on the one hand and excessive indulgences on the other. God gives parents a child as so much plastic material that can be molded for good or evil."

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  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on February 2nd

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Holy Father invites world's religious to cross threshold during three day retreat leading up to tomorrow's Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
   During his Sunday Angelus from St. Peter's, Pope John Paul II invited every religious man and woman to take a three day retreat and recollect on their vocation and reasons for the consecrated life leading up to the special Mass the Pope will hold tomorrow at St. Peter's Basilica for the Consecrated Life on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. We will carry the full message in Thursday's issue. continued inside
Indian pilgrims from all over Mexico flock to Guadalupe for 4th Anniversary of Pope's Visit
   The fervor of the Mexican people was made evident this past weekend when over 30,000 Indian pilgrims from all over Mexico convened in Mexico City at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the Holy Father's visit to the Shrine and the first anniversary since he last visited last year. They came to renew their resolve for evangelization and hear Cardinal Norberto Rivera encourage them during the main Mass. continued inside.

Rome braces for tremendous throng of pilgrims between now and Easter
       Exceeding all expectations, the Vatican and Roman authorities are bracing for over four and a half million visitors between now and April based on projections and the number of pilgrims in January. They anticipate three million will come from all over the world , 70% of them flying in, and one and a half million from all over Italy, most of them driving. Demographics show the average age is between 45-54 but that is expected to lower with World Youth Day this summer. continued inside.

Pope presides at opening of new six-story Parking Garage built to handle increased traffic at Vatican
   After several delays, a six-story parking garage was officially opened Monday within walking distance of the Vatican just in time to handle the crush of motorists pouring into the city for Jubilee Year 2000. The Holy Father took part in ceremonies opening the new facility that was equally funded by the City of Rome and the Holy See. It is situated beneath the Janiculum hill above Vatican City and will help ease the traffic jams around St. Peter's. continued inside.

Pope John XXIII would have loved it: "Papa Giovanni's Caress" will ride again!
   One car that they're taking out of the garage is Pope John XXIII's navy blue Fiat limo and putting it to the kind of use the late Pontiff who will be declared blessed this year would have loved. It will be used exclusively to transport handicapped children to and from the Vatican and around the eternal city to see major attractions such as the Colisseum, Trevi Fountain, etc. It dates back to when the Pope would spontaneously offer children rides calling it the "Pope's Caress." Organizers are even planning for selected celebrities to ride along to enhance the children's experience. continued inside.

Persecution of Loyal Catholics in China on the rise
China    The Cardinal Kung Foundation out of the east coast has confirmed that there has been no improvement in China. Rather the opposite is true with many more arrests and harassment of Catholics loyal to Rome in their attempt to control and force people to profess their allegiance to the Chinese government which runs the Patriotic Catholic Church and is not in union with Rome. Those loyal priests and bishops are further tortured and sentenced to isolation after they refuse to abandon the One, True Church greatly paralleling the early Christian martyrs. continued inside.

Archbishop of Genoa encourages Catholic journalists to live and convey their Faith always expressing truth
Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi - photo from Inside the Vatican    Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, Archbishop of Genoa, challenged Catholic journalists the world over to live as Christ teaches and apply those principles in their work so that those they are communicating with will receive the truths of Christ directly or indirectly with a special emphasis on truth and ethics in journalism. continued inside.

Gay proponents in Scotland show their hand with video, provide proof Cardinal Winning is right
Cardinal Thomas Winning - photo from Inside the Vatican   For weeks Scotland's Cardinal Thomas Winning had been the lone voice warning the people of the great danger of repealing Section 28, a referendum up for vote in Britain. Were it to pass it would open the door for more permissiveness to homosexuality and promoting the gay lifestyle. While the gay proponents had vehemently denied it, a teaching video tape proves the cardinal is once again right in exposing the gay agenda before it's too late. continued inside.

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