THURSDAY     vol. 11, no. 29     February 10, 2000

February 10, 2000

      Feast of Saint Scholastica, virgin
St. Scholastica
St. Scholastica
In preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes tomorrow, we conclude this special Nine Day Novena today. See NOVENA

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Feast of Saint Scholastica


First Reading:
  1 Kings 11: 4-13
  Psalm 106: 3-4, 35-37, 40
  Mark 7: 24-30


   Today is the Feast of Saint Scholastica, sister of Saint Benedict while tomorrow the Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of Prayer for the Sick. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.


"And she besought Him to cast the devil out of her daughter. But He said to her, 'Let the children first have their fill, for it is not fair to take the children's bread and to cast it to the dogs.' But she answered and said to Him, 'Yes, Lord; for even the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.' And He said to her, 'Because of this answer, go they way; the devil has gone out of thy daughter.'"
Mark 7: 26-29

The Gospa's message for January
January 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

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  "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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    The pendulum will only swing back when the fulcrum is the Blessed Sacrament
       In his column today, Pat Ludwa debunks the worn-out phrase used by dissidents trying to rationalize the "spirit of Vatican II" that "in the early Church it was done that way." They use this for advancing their agenda of women priests and deaconesses, for forcing changes that fly in the face of tradition and solid Church doctrine and rubrics, for watering down the Mystery of the Transubstantiation. He backs this up with excellent quotes from great saints and fathers of the Church who had to contend with the same tripe from earlier heretics who sought to change the Church to their way of thinking as well as the sage English Catholic writer G.K. Chesterton who authenticates why the Church has survived against these waves of opposition and indifference. He shows that today, with a revival of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Church is once again gaining strength rather than dying as so many liberals would infer. For his column today, New ideas, old heresies, see VIEW FROM THE PEW

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    Holy Father extolls Sanctity of LIfe in recognizing "Life Day" in Italy during Sunday's Angelus while extolling the blessings of the Blessed Trinity in yesterday's Papal Audience
       Today, we bring you a double treat: the words from His Holiness Pope John Paul II's Angelus message from this past Sunday in celebrating "Life Day" throughout Italy and his words yesterday as he continued on his treatise of the Blessed Trinity. On Sunday he chose as his topic the Sanctity of Life with the fact that every child is a gift and one we should all cherish, reiterating the sacredness of marriage vows and extended the culture of life to the sick for which he will participate in special Jubilee ceremonies this weekend honoring those who are afflicted and encouraging all to help in whatever way they can through prayer, compassion and aid. For his Papal Audience in St. Peter's Square before over 13,000 he extolled on the basis of the Blessed Trinity from Sacred Scripture and the fulfillment of the reality of the Triune Divinity's existence. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

    Appreciation of the The Church and Divine Revelation
       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 today on the second part of the Church and Divine Revelation as outlined in My Catholic Faith. For the 107th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
    Pope Pius XI    On this day 61 years ago Pope Pius XI, just three months shy of his 82nd birthday, passed on to his Heavenly reward. This 259th successor of Peter served the Church as Vicar of Christ for 17 years bridging two world wars. Ten years before his death he successfully concluded the Lateran Concordat with Benito Mussolini which in effect provided separate sovereignty for Vatican City State. He also canonized Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and Saint Bernadette Soubirous and proclaimed as Doctors of the Church such notables as Saint John of the Cross, Saint Albert the Great, Saint Robert Bellarmine, and Saint Peter Canisius. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Surrendering morality will be our downfall!
    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".

    "At present two currents manifest themselves in our American way of life: one is in the direction of a great development of moral character both in individuals and in the nation; the other is toward the surrender of morality and responsibility through a socialist state in which there will be no morality but state-morality, no conscience but state-conscience. Of the two the first is by far the stronger, though neither politics nor economics has seen it."

    Coming This Weekend:

  • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

  • The 103rd installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on February 11th to 13th

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Paul Zoungrana, M.Afr., Archbishop-emeritus of Ouagadougou in Burkina-Faso, Africa as the last alphabetically in our COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • Weekend LITURGY from the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of Prayer for the Sick, Saturday's observance Ordinary Time and SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.

  • ...and much more in our 30th issue for 2000!
    with a Catholic slant

    News Ticker from Catholic World News For more from CWN and other Catholic wire services, see stories below

    Vatican makes it official: Popes John XXIII and Pius IX to become blessed on Feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great in September
    Pope St. Gregory the GreatPope Pius IXPope John XXIII
       Confirming what everyone had surmised, the Holy See announced yesterday that Pope John XXIII, the former Cardinal Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli and Cardinal Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti who went on to become Pope Pius IX will both be beatified on September 3, 2000 in St. Peter's Square on the Feast of one of the Church's great - Pope Saint Gregory the Great who established the Gregorian era and from it the beautiful tones of Gregorian Chant. continued inside
    Pope extolls attributes of the Blessed Trinity during his catechesis yesterday
       The Holy Father illustrated Wednesday's the intricate link of the Jubilee with history in respect to the Holy Trinity and God's great love for His creation - mankind. For the full text, see today's VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS. He spoke to over 13,000 of not only the Catholic Faith but other persuasions as well under balmy weather conditions for this time of year in Rome. Because of the vast crowds during this Jubilee year, many venues scheduled for Paul VI Hall such as the Pope's weekly Audience have been moved to St. Peter's to accommodate the overflow. continued inside.

    Cardinal O'Connor makes the rounds of the Halls of the Vatican for possibly the last time Cardinal O'Connor    Having passed his 80th birthday a month a little less than a month ago, New York's Archbishop Cardinal John J. O'Connor made what is possibly his last trip to Rome in what many are calling his "farewell tour" as he met with fellow colleagues in the Curia and the Holy Father, thanking the Pope for all that he has done. The Vicar of Christ extended his mutual appreciation for this orthodox, loyal cardinal who has been one of the stalwarts of the conservative movement in the United States. continued inside.

    Health Care Workers descend on Rome for special seminars and festivities for World Weekend for the Sick

       A special Jubilee convention for Health Care Workers from around the world opened yesterday at the Vatican, tying in with the Jubilee observation this weekend of World Weekend for the Sick in conjunction with the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on Friday. The emphasis is in placing Jesus in the center of all medical care in treating His children. The special two-day seminar leading up to this weekend's events is being sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers. continued inside.

    First Synod since the Council of Jerusalem held in the Holy Land
      A truly universal presence was made evident in Bethlehem yesterday when the first synod every held by the Catholic Church in the Holy Land opened with representation from all the eastern rites in union with Rome and the western rite as well. The five day event, hosted by Latin Patriarch Michael Sabbah of Jerusalem is intended to delve into apostolic options for Catholics in the Holy Land, greater communication between the various churches and pave the way for the Holy Father's visit in about six weeks. continued inside.

    Notre Dame's golden dome once again tarnished and school embarassed by dissident McBrien's militant stubbornness
       Should we be surprised that Richard McBrien, who is an ordained priest but refuses to wear the collar and doesn't want to be called "Father," and is currently still on the faculty of the Theology Department of Notre Dame University is rejecting the Holy Father's Ex Corde Ecclesia? It is no secret he is one of the leading voices of the dissident modernist movement and, as Pat Ludwa points out in his column today, a cornered animal will fight back. continued inside.

    IRA weapons would be in safe hands with Bishop of Derry safeguarding them for a year Ireland    To do anything he can to keep the peace accord alive, the Bishop of Derry Bishop Seamus Hegarty has offered to oversee and safeguard the weapons cache of the IRA for a year's time. The IRA has until now been insistant that by turning in their guns fear would spread further for they would be vulnerable to attacks by the Protestant Orange factions. continued inside.

    More and more Mexicans saying goodbye to liberation theology!    Slowly but surely the Pope's recent episcopal appointments in Mexico, especially San Cristobal, has strengthened the Church and weakened liberation theology to such an extent that the people are abandoning it in droves in opting for the spiritual over the political. continued inside.

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