WEDNESDAY     vol. 11, no. 33     February 16, 2000


February 16, 2000

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Sixth Wednesday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
  James 1: 19-27
  Psalm 15: 2-5
  Mark 8: 22-26


   Today is the Sixth Wednesday in Ordinary Time while we observe the Sixth Thursday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of the Seven Servite Founders. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on this feast, see DAILY LITURGY.


"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror: for he looks at himself and goes away, and presently he forgets what kind of man he is."
James 1: 22-24

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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  • Pro-Life Prescriptions:

    How some Catholics are hurting the pro-life movement
    Strong pro-life CatholicGovernor Gray Davis - Culture of death Catholic   Today Dr. Frank Joseph begins an eye-opening, conscious-tweaking essay on what Catholics need to do to turn the spiritual fortunes of America around. It begins by being informed and voting only for candidates and measures that promote the Sanctity of Life as the Church teaches. He points out statistics that show Catholics really don't have a clue how much they're playing into the hands of the pro-aborts by splitting their votes and endorsing immoral candidates and measures. For the first part of As the Catholic Church in America goes, so goes America! , see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

    The licentious and larcenous link between Hollywood and the White House in selling out!
    Selling out    Today we continue a probing, in-depth series begun Friday by Michael Vincent Boyer, a well-respected Catholic insider on what's happening in the entertainment industry. He delves into the connection between Bill ClintonBill Clinton and his administration and the Hollywood establishment and shows the hypocrisy of both sides in betraying the trust of the public and selling out while buying favors in a mutual madness that is corrupting society. For his column, see MOVIES & MORALS-VIDEOS & VIRTUES-TELEVISION & TEMPERANCE

    The beginning of the Crusades mark a new chapter in the cultural change of the Church and Europe
    The Holy See promotes the Crusades, beginning with Pope Urban II     We resume our on-going series of this abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we cover the beginning of the Crusades, briefly summarizing the meaning of this all-consuming campaign that would encompass eight different wars over a span of 200 years and forever change the culture of Europe. For though most left for the Crusades for noble reasons, often greed and power overcame virtue and many who did not die on the rocky deserts of the mideast, returned with the spoils of war and in the process began the spoiling of the continent - a cancer that would also effect the Church. For Installment thirty-six A New Battlefront: The Crusades, see BARQUE OF PETER

    Appreciation of the Unity of the Blessed Trinity
        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 the fourth part of this brief catechesis on the essence of the Holy Trinity with the Unity of the Blessed Trinity. For the 111th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
      On this date 1,910 years ago in 90 A.D. Saint Onesimus,the beloved run-away servant of Philemon and who the Apostle Saint Paul refers to in his epistles in advising Philemon that Onesimus should not be considered a slave, but a brother in Christ. Onesimus not only became a brother in Christ, but a Bishop of Berea and was martyred on this day in what is today Spain. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Speak up for virtue, clamp down on vice!
    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 greatest responsibility falls on religious leaders whose message ought to be the message many want from politicians - the clarion call to restraint on evil influences and the showing forth of altruism and love of God."

    Coming Thursday:

  • Another thought-provoking, conscience-tweaking column by Pat Ludwa in his VIEW FROM THE PEW

  • The Pope's most recent important address in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • Michael Vincent Boyer on MOVIES & MORALS

  • The 112th 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 17th

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for Ordinary Time on Thursday and Friday and Thursday's Feast of the Seven Servite Founders

  • ...and much more in our 34th 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

    Pope marks fifth anniversary of release of Evangelium Vitae by stressing Sanctity of Life and need to rein in runaway legislation that is undermining the moral fabric of mankind
    GIF images used with permission of EWTN   Celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Holy Father's important encyclical Evangelium Vitae - the "Gospel of Life" which so stresses the Sanctity of Life, the Pope lashed out at legislatures around the world who seek to pass measures that promote the culture of death and undermine the moral fabric of society and cultures. He was speaking to the Sixth Plenary Assembly for Life convening at the Vatican. continued inside

    Vatican in for a fight with pro-abort UN group who are plotting their insidious schemes
       One of the Pope's main targets is the UN's committee intent on stifling population through culture of death methods that they are trying to railroad through the global stage. And, still stinging from John Paul II's brilliant stand at Cairo, they are planning anew for the Beijing+5 at the UN meeting this June in New York where they have let it be known they're going to use the tactics of the woman's right over all other rights - including God and the unborn child. They realize the Vatican is a formidable force and therefore are planning all the harder. It will take prayer to stop them! continued inside.

    Pope ends suspense in the UK, appoints Bishop of Arundel and Brighton to replace late Cardinal Basil Hume
    the late Cardinal Basil Hume, OSB - photo from Inside the Vatican    Ever since Cardinal George Basil Hume, OSB died of cancer last June 17th, English Catholics have been on pins and needles waiting to see who the Holy Father would appoint as his successor and most assuredly the red-hat at the next Consistory. The wait is over with the announcement that Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor would be the new Archbishop of Westminster. The new archbishop, who is 67, has been the shepherd of Arundel and Brighton Diocese for 23 years. He is a strong advocate for the Sanctity of Life and renowned in Britain for his ecumenical milestones on behalf of the Church. continued inside.

    Israel softens stance on Papal visit, will make special plans to accommodate the Holy Father, but no popemobile!
       Pledging to resurface certain cobblestones that could be treacherous for the Pope to navigate during his visit to Jerusalem and to erect a large tent to accommodate the nearly 6,000 pilgrims accompanying the Pope, Israeli officials are warming to this first visit to their land since Pope Paul VI touched down for a short papal visit back in 1964. To assure the Holy Father's safety, they will provide an armored vehicle to transport him through the city to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Because of the terrain, they have asked the Pope not to employ the famous popemobile. continued inside.

    Patriarch of Catholic Coptic Church prepares his flock for historic Papal Visit next week
       Before the Holy Father touches down in Israel in the latter part of March, he will begin his much anticipated "Jubilee Journey" to Egypt next week from February 24th to 26th and the Patriarch of the Catholic Coptic Church His Beatitude Stephanos Gattas II is doing all he can to prepare his people spiritually for the historic Papal visit, encouraging his flock to partake in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and recommit to their Faith as a new awakening in crossing the threshhold with the Holy Father. continued inside.

    Colombia rebels in Rome, but doubt Pope will meet with them as Vatican officials sort out their requests and Colombia Bishops warn of pending problems with burgeoning refugees
    Colombia    The sincerity of the Colombian rebels who kidnapped over a hundred hostages from a Mass on Pentecost last year is still in question as they meet with Vatican officials in Rome. They had hoped to meet with the Pope, but certain stipulations have to be met first and primarily that begins with abandoning all violence. Meanwhile in Bogota, the Colombian Episcopal Conference issued alarm at the growing number of refugees that they see as a very potential problem in providing for them considering the political and socio-economic conditions in that South American country that has been ravaged by natural disasters, unrest, and corruption. continued inside.

    Mexico cardinal warns flocks about liberation theology and gospel of revenge
    Mexico    While the Holy See and the Colombia rebels work out agreements to abandon violence, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Archbishop of Mexico City, asserted that violence has no place in the life of Catholics and those who are proposing violence in the name of Jesus as justice - many espousing liberation theology - are false prophets for Christ would have no part in such acts. The cardinal emphasized the merciful aspects of Our Lord in entreating the people to turn their back on false conceptions of Jesus. continued inside.

    Taiwan confident they'll be able to continue relations with Vatican because of roadblocks between Holy See and Beijing
    Taiwan   The Foreign Minister of Taiwan expressed strong doubts that there would be full diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Beijing for quite some time because of fundamental differences, chief among them freedom of worship for those Catholics now part of the underground Church as opposed to the communist run Patriotic Catholic Church not in union with Rome. Taiwan also realizes Beijing's demand that if formal relations are established, the latter will demand the Holy See cut off relations with Taiwan.continued inside.

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