MONDAY     vol. 11, no. 31     February 14, 2000

February 14, 2000

Feast of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius, Apostles of the Slavs
Happy Valentine's Day

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Feast of Sts. Cyril & Methodius
First Reading:
  James 1: 1-11
  Psalm 119: 67-68, 71-71, 75-76
  Mark 8: 11-13

   Today is the Feast of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius, brothers who are considered the "Apostles of the Slavs" and tomorrow we observe the Sixth Tuesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profiles on these two saints, see DAILY LITURGY.

"And sighing deeply in spirit, He said, 'Why does this generation demand a sign? Amen I say to you, a sign shall not be given to this generation.'"
Mark 8: 12

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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  • Gregorian Chant was never supposed to be disgarded
    Whatever happened to the rich and reverent tones of Gregorian Chant?
       In his column today, Pat Ludwa begins a series on the decline of Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the new liturgy and how we have lost the essense of what it was always intended to be. He traces the decline of Gregorian Chant as one of the progressives' great ploys in denuding the Church of Latin for no melody was more closely associated with reverence and the Latin liturgy than the beautiful, melodious, even haunting tones of Gregorian Chant echoing throughout a cathedral. He illustrates where Saint Augustine's words referred to Chant, not some guitar or instrument with little semblance of sacredness. He shows where much of the "music" that has replaced Chant leans toward either a Protestant influence or new ageism and is stamped by the liberal factions that seek to tear Holy Mother Church apart. For his column today, Secularizing the Sacred part one: Music, see VIEW FROM THE PEW

    GIF images used with permission of EWTNPope recollects on the blessings of his administering to the sick on Friday, looks ahead to this coming Friday for special Jubilee celebration for artists
       Today, we bring you the words from His Holiness Pope John Paul II's Angelus Message yesterday at St. Peter's Square in which the Holy Father remembered the sick who he administered to on Friday, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day for the Sick. The Pope also used the occasion to extend a special warm invitation to artists the world over to come to Rome to participate in a special Jubilee Year celebration for artists to be celebrated this coming Friday on the Feast of Blessed Father Angelico, considered the patron of artists. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

    The deadly cancer festering beneath the surface of the new TV ratings
        Today we continue a new series begun Friday by Michael Vincent Boyer, a well-respected Catholic insider on what's happening in the entertainment industry. Since this is "sweeps month" when millions of dollars are at stake from the results of the industry's canonized standards: the Nielsen Ratings, we bring his take on the ratings system and how it has lowered moral standards. For part two of his column, see MOVIES & MORALS-VIDEOS & VIRTUES-TELEVISION & TEMPERANCE

    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. Today we present a the second part of this brief catechesis on the essence of the Holy Trinity with One God in Three Persons. For the 109th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Events that happened today in Church History
    Pope Innocent II   On this date 870 years ago in 1130 Pope Innocent II became the 165th successor of Peter. His thirteen year pontificate was wrought with turmoil in clashes with the various factions but it was the Saxons who rescued him and Lothario of Saxony personally escorted him back into Rome after he had been forced to flee and showed great humility in recognizing Innocent as the Sovereign Pontiff. Once back in Rome Pope Innocent convened the Tenth Ecumenical Council in 1139 at the Lateran whereby the papal schism was ended with various antipopes and reforms passed. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    The Origins of Valentine's Day
    Saint Valentine     Many forget where Valentine's Day began. They fail to realize its origins stem from the saint of the name - Saint Valentine, the early martyr of the Church who upheld the Sacrament of Marriage as so sacred and encouraged young Christian couples to stay true to their vows no matter the temptations or persecutions. For more, see Origins of Valentine's Day

    Pilgrimage toward the Ecstasy of Love
    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".

    "Too many husbands and wives expect their partners in marriage to give what only God can give: eternal ecstasy. Yet if any man or woman could do that, he would be God. We are right to want the ecstasy of love; but if we expect to enjoy it through the flesh, which is merely on pilgrimage to God, we prepare ourselves for disappointment. The first ecstasy of love is not an illusion; but it is only a kind of travel folder, a foretaste, a preview, urging body and soul to start the journey towards eternal joys. If the first ecstasy passes, this change is not an invitation to love another person, but to love in another way - and the other way is Christ's way, the way of Him Who said: 'I am the Way.'"

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

    Pope touched by touching the sick in touching scene at Vatican on World Day for the Sick
         Truly moved by the display of faith, hope, and love that translated to joy among the thousands of sick who flocked to the Vatican for World Day for the Sick on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes this past Friday, the Holy Father emphasized the tremendous graces gained for the entire Church through their suffering and thanked them despite their pain and illnesses during his homily of an outdoor Papal Mass in St. Peter's Square. continued inside

    Vatican Secretary for Relations with States assaults UN's stance on abortion and contraception
       Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, the head diplomat for the Holy See and Secretary for Relations with States pulled no punches in lambasting the UN for its continuing disregard for human life in all its stages and pointed out the various programs that openly promote abortion and contraception that cater to the culture of death. continued inside.

    Sudan Government bombs Catholic school, killing 15 with many more injured in all out attack on Church    As if the plight of the Sudanese Catholics wasn't bad enough, the military of Sudan launched an air assault last week peppering two villages with bombs. Several of those missiles hit the Catholic school of Holy Cross in Kauda, Sudan killing 14 first-graders studying English outside. The Bishop of the Diocese of Kauda called it truly a "slaughter of the innocents." continued inside.

    HLI head tackles lies spread at human sexuality symposium in Puerto Rico, challenges organizers to debate value of life
    Puerto Rico Father Richard Welch   Outraged at the liberal, permissiveness permeating a sex education symposium in San Juan last week, Father Richard Welch, President of Human Life International, the foremost organization promoting the Sanctity of Life in the world founded by Father Paul Marx, OSB, has challenged the organizers, and any speakers they want to provide, to a debate so Fr. Welch can debunk the lies that threaten to cloud the minds and hearts of so many. He is especially concerned for the people of Puerto Rico where he served pastoral duty for a dozen years. continued inside.

    Congo Archbishop being held hostage in Rwanda
      Republic of Congo where Archbishop Kataliko is from    Congolese rebels have taken Archbishop Kataliko Emmanuel of the Archdiocese of Bukuvu in the Republic of the Congo a hostage because of his "inciting" his flock to oppose military occupation by Rwandan troops. It all stems from the bitter fued with the Tutsi tribe that goes back to the massacres in the early nineties. The Archbishop was enroute to Kampala when he was ambushed by the rebels. He is being held in Kigali and not being treated kindly by his captors. continued inside.

    Another bishop rudely arrested in China, one who has been incarcerated several times for his Faith
         Meanwhile in China the same harassment continues with word that an eighth Roman Catholic bishop has been arrested according to the Cardinal Kung Foundation in America. The latest is 80 year-old Archbishop John Yang Shudao of Fuzhou who was apprehended in the wee hours last Thursday and unceremoniously dragged out of his residence by 150 policement in a show of force intended to intimidate members of the underground Church. Over thirty years of the archbishop's life has been spent in Chinese jails but he still steadfastly refuses to denounce the Pope. The Kung Foundation continues to supply information to WTO in an effort to pressure the communists from the mercenary angle. continued inside.

    New look for Rome revives old look in new ways for Jubilee
         The entire city of Rome is benefiting from the Vatican's initiation of preparation for this Jubilee Year as many ancient monuments have gotten a complete facelift including many famous ones. In addition, authorities are cleaning other areas as well and cracking down on trash and smut near the Vatican by closing down a porn shop that had been posing as a musical instrument shop. continued inside.

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      Coming Tuesday:

    • The 110th installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    • Another column by Michael Vincent Boyer in MOVIES & MORALS-VIDEOS & VIRTUES-TELEVISION & TEMPERANCE

    • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on February 15th

    • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

    • DAILY LITURGY for the Sixth Tuesday and Wednesday in Ordinary Time.

    • ...and much more in our 32nd issue for 2000!

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