Ordinary Time and Feast of Seven Servite Founders
James 2: 1-9
Psalm 34: 2-7
Mark 8: 27-33
Today and tomorrow we observe the liturgy of Ordinary Time as well as today's Feast of the Seven Servite Founders. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignette on the latter feast, see DAILY LITURGY. The DAILY WORD
"'Who do men say that I am?' They answered Him, saying, 'John the Baptist; others, Elias; and others, one of the prophets.' Then He said to them, ' But who do you say that I am?' Peter answered and said to Him, 'Thou art the Christ.' And He strictly charged them to say nothing about Him to anyone."
Mark 8: 27-30
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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In his column today, Pat Ludwa applies a very basic tenet that has always worked: If you lose something, don't go looking in the wrong place for it but go back to where you last had it. He is referring to where we lost the sense of the sacred and he can trace it back to the fact few have followed the true code of the documents such as Sacrosanctum Concilium and post-consiliar documents such as Pope John Paul II's Inaestimabile Donum. That is the answer to clearing up the confusion over the liturgy and the music used, and returning a true sense of the sacred to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
For his column today, Looking for the Liturgy in all the wrong places!, see VIEW FROM THE PEW
Since ICEL doesn't have a clue in keeping the Mass sacred and reverent, it's time to go back to basics: the Vatican II documents!
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger salutes and affirms, on behalf of the Magisterium, the accomplishments of Pope John Paul II in addressing the Vicar of Christ directly during closing ceremonies of Plenary Assembly
Since there has been a delay in receiving the Wednesday Papal Audience address, we are bringing you something different. Rather than bringing you the Holy Father's words today, we're providing a special address to and about the Pope from one of the most loyal sons of the Church His eminence Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the closing ceremonies of the Plenary Assembly in late January this year of this curial congregation. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
The disciples of the devil reach from the White House to Hollywood!
Today we continue a probing, in-depth series begun last 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 Clinton and his administration and the Hollywood establishment and shows the hypocrisy of both sides in betraying the trust of the public and those movers and shakers in Hollywood who are in league with the devil at the expense of countless souls. For his column, see MOVIES & MORALS-VIDEOS & VIRTUES-TELEVISION & TEMPERANCE
Appreciation of Creation
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 first part of the catechesis on Creation as outlined in My Catholic Faith. For the 112th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
On this day 174 years ago in 1826 Pope Leo XII gave papal approval to the Missionary Order of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate founded by Saint Eugene de Mazenod, who was beatified by Pope Paul VI on Mission Sunday in 1975 and canonized by Pope John Paul II on December and his feast day is May 21st in the Church Liturgy. Saint Eugene was much like Saint Francis of Assisi in that he was born wealthy but gave it all up to minister to the poor and downtrodden and bring the Gospel to all God's children. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Strange metamorphosis as strangers behind the wheel!
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".
"Many people who are very kind in their own homes and offices can become very unkind and selfish once they get behind the steering wheel of an automobile. This is probably due to the fact that in their own home they are known; in the automobile they have the advantage of anonymity and hence can be almost brutal without the fear of discovery. To be kind out of fear of others thinking we are unkind is not real kindness, but rather a disguised form of egotism."
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Sorry, Iraq, but Holy Father to begin "Jubilee Journey" by following in Abraham's footsteps after all...in spirit!
The Holy Father surprised many yesterday during his Wednesday Papal Audience by announcing he will begin his historic "Jubilee Journey" next Wednesday not in Ur in Iraq, but rather in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican where he will symbolically walk in the footsteps of the first Patriarch Abraham. Because of security problems in Iraq and the discrepancies with Saddam Hussein arrangements could not be made to travel there. But chronologically the Pope will keep his schedule by walking in Abraham's footsteps and the next day head for Egypt where he will walk in the footsteps of Moses. continued inside
Pope makes impassioned plea for release of Bishop held in the Congo
The Holy Father made a strong plea to authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to not only see to the safety of kidnapped Bukavu Bishop Emmanuel Kataliko who was ambushed by rebels a few days ago, but the Pope insisted he be escorted safely back to his diocese. His capture leaves a deep "painful wound on all Catholics" the Holy Father asserted. Like another bishop who was murdered two years ago in Guatemala Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera, Bishop Kataliko ran into trouble when he denounced human rights practices by the government. continued inside.
PLO and Vatican sign accord assuring Catholic jurisdiction, Pope adds Jericho to his Holy Land itinerary
Following a private audience between the Pope and PLO leader Yasser Arafat at the Vatican, it was announced that the Holy See and Palestine have signed an agreement that will not only pave the way for the Holy Father's historic "Jubilee Journey" there next month, but also provide the Church a voice in the decision making peace process between Palestine and Israel and safeguard Catholics' freedom to worship there. In addition, the Pope agreed to add the ancient city of Jericho to his itinerary.
Cardinal O'Connor expected to receive prestigious Congressional Gold Medal from Congress
What do Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Cardinal O'Connor have in common? Other than bringing happiness to Catholics for years, it is the fact that Peanuts comic strip creator Charles Schulz, who passed away this past Sunday, and Cardinal O'Connor, soon to retire as Archbishop of New York will most likely soon be presented the Congressional Gold Medal. For Schulz it will be posthumous but for Cardinal O'Connor, former head chaplain of the U.S. Military, a well-deserved recognition of his work with the poor, sick and downtrodden. The House voted 413-1 to bestow the honor but no time has been released as yet. continued inside.
US cracks down on Sudan religious persecution by hitting them where it hurts: economic sanctions
Realizing the only way to catch the attention of Sudan officials for their refusal to provide religious freedom, the United States is taking measures to hit them where it hurts, putting economic sanctions on state oil companies and forbidding American citizens or companies from dealing with certain Sudan business interests, but supporters for religious freedom say it doesn't go far enough and that it should deal with all companies in the Sudan until the Sudanese government stops trying to destroy any vestige of Christianity. continued inside.
Archbishop Chaput debunks Kansas City Star's survey as prejudicial
Following our editorial of February 4th Not everything is up-to-date in Kansas City! there is another influential voice speaking out strongly against the Kansas City Star's sensationalized survey on homosexuality in the priesthood. Denver's Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. has spoken out strongly against the survey, calling it "biased and generally useless." continued inside.
New Westminster Archbishop ready to scrum but don't label him
In his first press conference after being named the new Archbishop of Westminster, Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor made it clear he is neither conservative or liberal but rather a shepherd to his flock as he has done for the past 22 years in his Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. He said he foresaw making no changes once he is installed. Though the man replacing popular Cardinal Basil Hume, who died last June, is 67 he let it be known rugby is one of his first loves, having even played for the Vatican when studying in Rome. He also loves to take to the links and counts soccer as a great pasttime in keeping fit. continued inside.
Catholic Bishops of India don't like where the government is taking their country
Decrying the latest action taken by the radical pro-Hindu BJP party, the Episcopal Conference of India claimed these leaders do not have the good of the people of India in mind but it is a political ploy to railroad through their own ideas and create a further chasm between Christians and Hindus with no democratic process to alleviate the mess the country will be placed. The furor comes in light of the announcement that a pro-Hindu majority has been selected by the BJP to make changes in the Constitition. continued inside.
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