This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of Prayer for the Sick on Friday, Ordinary Time on Saturday along with the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday and the SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.
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For the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time:
"And Jesus having compassion on him [the leper], stretched forth His hand and touched him, and said to him, 'I will; be thou made clean.' And when He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean."
Mark 1: 41-42
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 Healing Waters of Lourdes
In honor of Friday's feast of Our Lady of Lourdes we conclude this special three-part series on the events that transpired there with the final installment today which is also World Day of Prayer for the Sick. This piece also replaces for this week only Sister Mary Lucy Astuto's column. She is in the midst of a move and will resume next Friday with her popular column. We will resume our regular rotation of the 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER next Wednesday, February 16th. For the final installment on Lourdes, see LOURDES
What we need to heal an ailing liturgy is to return to a renaissance of reverence! |
In this weekend's editorial, we address the theme of this weekend - World Day of Prayer for the Sick in acknowledging that the liturgy in America is very ill and needs resuscitation; not drastic surgery as ultra conservatives would call for with a an unyielding return to the Tridentine Mass, but at least an infusion of common sense toward the moderate by returning to exactly what the Vatican II Council Fathers and Pope Paul VI intended when they approved the Novus Ordo Mass. In other words, we need to return to a renaissance of reverence! For today's editorial Bring back the old New Mass!, see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
MOVIES & MORALS
Value Manipulation: a clever scheme Hollywood doesn't want you to know!
In lieu of providing reviews of the top ten movies for the week which really only promote the movies, regardless of bad reviews by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, we have decided to merely list the ten top movies with a link to the Bishop's page that provides reviews and devote this column to something with much more substance. Within the next few weeks we will be establishing a special column by the author of this piece today - Michael Vincent Boyer, the 42 year-old Catholic editor and publisher of the new monthly Goodbye, Hollywood tabloid which truly tells it like it is for Catholics to consider and act upon. We will have much more on Michael in the coming weeks and want to promote his excellent publication for it is badly needed as he exposes Hollywood for what it is - the disciple of the devil. For more, see MOVIES AND MORALS
Appreciation of One God in Three Persons
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. This weekend we present a brief catechesis on the essence of the Holy Trinity with One God in Three Persons. For the 108th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
The Archbishop-emeritus of Ouagadougou Cardinal Paul Zoungrana was the first cardinal from Burkino-Faso
We conclude this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church this weekend with our one-hundred-fifty-seventh red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order. He is Cardinal Paul Zoungrana the 82 year-old White Father priest and former Archbishop of Ouagadougou, the capital of the African republic of Burkino-Faso, formerly Upper Volta. After serving as shepherd there for 35 years he resigned on June 10, 1995. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Paul VI during his first Consistory of February 22, 1965. For more on Cardinal Zoungrana, see COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
On Saturday 951 years ago in 1049 Pope Saint Leo IX became the 152nd successor of Peter. Though he was the man who enlisted the saintly monk Hildebrand who would not only go on to counsel several Popes, but also become Pope Saint Gregory VII, he will always be remembered for excommunicating the Eastern Patriarch Michael Cerularius who was responsible for the Great Schism of the Greek Church from the Latin Church. Leo's holiness was evident from the beginning for he entered Rome barefoot as a pilgrim to signify his great humility as the "Servant of the servants." For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Healing takes a good doctor!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Archbishop 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 vocation of a doctor may have been very much underrated. His ideal is not just to cure a patient of neuralgia or phobias, but also to be at one and the same time an educator, a politician, a man of God, a philosopher and a theologian, not in the sense that he takes over completely any of these functions, but rather that he recognizes that every sick person in the world has, to some extent, a combination of three disorders: physical, psychic and spiritual."
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Crowds flocking in for special ceremonies for World Day of Prayer for the Sick this weekend at the Vatican.
The Holy Father, no stranger to illness from earlier in his life in Poland and presently as he suffers from the early stages of Parkinson's Disease, will open his arms and heart wide this weekend to over 15,000 who have reservations for his special Papal Mass and other ceremonies commemorating World Day of Prayer for the Sick coinciding with the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The sight of so many suffering and handicapped people from all over the world expressing sheer joy for this weekend has become contagious throughout Rome. continued inside
Apostolic Penitentiary Cardinal Baum asserts the key for Jubilee Pilgrimages is Sacrament of Reconciliation
Stressing the importance of "reconciliation with God" as Our Lady has been emphasizing at Medjugorje for nearly 19 years, the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary and Indulgences, Texas-born Cardinal William Baum asserted that the focal point of any pilgrimage, especially this year during the special Jubilee pilgrimages where a Jubilee Indulgence can be merited, begins with individual, sincere confession in order to make things right with God and our neighbor and present our soul with a clean slate to receive the graces available. continued inside.
Bishop of Rome welcomes 500 Maronites celebrating the Jubilee
The Holy Father warmly welcomed the Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir and 500 Maronite faithful Thursday in Rome to celebrate the Jubilee. The Pope called for prayers and action to end the hatred and volatile situation in Lebanon where the majority of the Maronites come from. The Patriarch of Antioch and bonafide member of the Sacred Conclave celebrated Mass at St. Mary Major before all met with the Vicar of Christ. continued inside.
IRA's response to Bishop on offer to watch over weapons: "Thanks, but no thanks!"
So much for County Derry's Bishop Seamus Hegarty offer to safeguard weapons turned in by IRA members for the latter are not willing to cooperate. Since it takes two to tangle, this becomes an even more complicated tangled web for the Sein Fein coalition right now stands as a roadblock to maintaining the peace accord signed on Good Friday two years ago and which since has been dangling by a brittle thread
Congress to try again to block liberal courts from overturning bans on partial birth abortions
In this pivotal year for pro-life, Republican congressmen are trying their best to take decisions out of the hands of liberal lower courts that have consistently overruled bans on partial birth abortion in so many states. They are submitting a bill that would do just that, leaving it up to the Supreme Court only to make such rulings. The measure is based on Article 3 of the U.S. Constitution and therefore should pass the House. The Senate is another story. continued inside.
Hillary's actions coming back to haunt her
If the shoe fits, wear it or, if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen. But carpetbagging Hillary Rodham Clinton is in the same mold as her husband when it comes to twisting the truth - a truth she doesn't like being spread and is spewing back by defending herself that she is a woman of faith - yeah, right, like the "faith of the day" that is expedient to her political aims! We hope and pray New Yorkers have sense enough to turn her away at the voting booth. continued inside.
Scapegoat Guatemalan priest arrested again as investigation of Bishop Gerardi's two year-old murder drones on
Facing extradition for suspicion of involvement in the murder of human rights activist and Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera who was bludgeoned to death on April 30, 1998, Father Orantes Najera was arrested for the second time after returning to Guatemala City and checking into the hospital there. He had come directly from Houston where he was was being treated for medical problems stemming from his incarceration a year ago. Human rights advocates are still convinced arresting Father Orantes is merely a smokescreen to cover up the real culprits - member of the powerful military. continued inside.
Cuban cardinal fears tug of war for Elian Gonzalez is license to defame Catholic Church
Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, defended the American nun who is sheltering the six year-old Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez,who has become an world celebrity in the tug of war between the U.S. and Cuba. He warned that by attacking Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin they are attacking Holy Mother Church and asked all Cubans to pray that God's will be done in this sensitive international incident. continued inside.
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