In this weekend's editorial, we probe the reason for reconciliation and see that it is vital for all in order to bury our pride and embrace humility as God desires. The Holy Father is stressing this so much that he has set aside a special day on the First Sunday of Lent for all to reconcile with themselves and their brothers and sisters. This theme, so central to the Jubilee Year, is also the lesson learned in the excellent film whose lead actor Richard Farnsworth is up for an Oscar for his masterful role as Alvin Straight in "The Straight Story" which is, essentially, this year's "Life is Beautiful." For today's editorial Only Jesus, through His Church, provides the Straight Story! , see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Through Reconciliation Our Lord and His Church have given us all an opportunity to sit up straight, and fly right!
This weekend we observe Ordinary Time plus the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday and the SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on Saturday's feast, see DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
For the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time:
"Why are you arguing these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the parlytic, 'Thy sins are forgiven thee,' or to say, 'Arise, and take up thy pallet, and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins."
Mark 2: 8-10
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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Despite how the concept of freedom has been twisted into a license to wound and even kill others, true freedom begins and ends with the Cross of Christ!|
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto differentiates between "freedom" and "license." One is God-given, the other is something forged by selfish souls to mandate their own will on others and it is running rampant today, even usurping legislation where those mistaking freedom for license state they can do whatever they want, forgetting God's inate laws. She points out how "freedom of speech" has been so twisted as to implicate that anyone can say whatever they want, no matter how much they hurt others. Oh how wrong they are, for true freedom means following God's Will. For her column, Can't we say whatever?, see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
The Straight Story on why Hollywood kills good movies: the rationale behind the madness!
We complete this week-long debut of a column by Michael Vincent Boyer, a well-respected Catholic insider on what's happening in the entertainment industry. Today he reveals why and how Hollywood suppresses excellent family fare in favor of promoting pulp trash that will soon find its way anyway to the video store shelves and garner really nothing but cobwebs. It's not the individual movies themselves but an overall perception the industry is trying to pawn off on the public in an effort to continue the malaise they produce. In short, Hollywood doesn't want to change their ways and they'll go to great lengths to preserve their place in the gutter. Such is the case with excellent movies that are placed in the shadows such as this year's "The Straight Story" and last year's "Iron Giant." 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 second part of the catechesis on Creation as outlined in My Catholic Faith. For the 113th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
On Friday 436 years ago in 1564 the great Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarotti, famous for his Pieta marble sculpture residing inside St. Peter's, his statue of David in Florence, the magnificent Sistine Chapel ceiling, and countless other priceless works of art, passed away at the old age of 88. His influence has been tremendous over the centuries and yet no one before him or since has been able to express the beauty of God's creation than this moody Italian artist, who had his share of run-ins with Popes who expected miracles from this man whose work truly transcended the Heavens. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Embracing the etimology of kindness
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 word 'kindness' is derived from kindred or kin, and therefore implies an affection which we bear naturally to those who are our flesh and blood. The original and archetypal kindness is that of a parent for a child and a child for a parent, an idea which is preserved in the German language where Kind means 'child.' Gradually the word gained in extension until it embraced anyone whom we are to treat as a relative. Unkindness is therefore unnaturalness."
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Creative practitioners flock into Rome for Jubilee of Artists
Coming from all over the world, professing professions from fashion designer to painter to fine artist to musician to characaturist to actors, thousands of creative souls descended on Rome for Friday's special Jubilee for Artists where they are attending special events commemorating artists, highlighted by a Papal Mass and an address by His Holiness John Paul II, a bit of an artist himself. continued inside
"Sparky's" contributions to society causes a spark of tribute from L'Osservatore Romano - first time ever the Vatican publication has carried a comic strip
One artist who will not be at the Jubilee for Artists physically, but surely in spirit is Charles Schulz, the esteemed and lovable creator of "Peanuts" - for fifty years a staple in bringing smiles to millions of people the world over. His ideas and drawings epitomized humanity's struggles with morals in a way that all could relate with. He died in Santa Rosa, California last Sunday and tributes have been pouring in from all over the world, the latest from L'Osservatore Romano who credited the St. Paul native nicknamed "Sparky" with revolutionizing the world of comics with his ideas and drawings, thus "elevating it to the level of art and of expression of thought" that brought smiles and a feel-good mentality to all. continued inside.
Special Jubilee celebration for Permanent Deacons also on tap this weekend at the Holy See
Sharing festivities and ceremonies with artists this weekend are the worldwide congregation of Permanent Deacons in celebrating the Jubilee. With nearly 25,000 deacons worldwide, several thousand will be in Rome for the events sponsored by the Congregation for the Clergy which includes special devotional time at St. Mary Major on Friday including Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and a special audience with the Holy Father on Saturday. Established in 1970 as a result of Vatican II, today the United States boasts half of the total number of deacons. continued inside.
Brouhaha brewing in Israel over Pope celebrating Holy Mass on the Sabbath in Nazareth
There is a potential problem brewing in Israel for the Holy Father's scheduled Papal Mass on the Feast of the Annunciation in Nazareth. An ultra-orthodox Jewish sect known as the United Torah Judaism party are demanding the Pope not celebrate Mass on that day, a Saturday, for it represents the Sabbath and it is wrong to have Jews working on the Sabbath. Their rationale is that since Israel is responsible for the Pontiff's safety, he would be left vulnerable with all Jews refusing to work. Note this comes from a Jewish sect, not the Israeli government and though it is a sensitive subject, because of the priority of the Annunciation at the place where the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary it is believed the Pope will not make any changes.
Cardinal Ratzinger reaffirms uniqueness and authenticity of the Roman Catholic Church in relation to all others; emphasizes Sanctity of Life and the fact Catholics cannot waiver in their faith
In Madrid for a special seminar on Faith and Reason patterned after the Pope's most recent encyclical Fides et Ratio, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith asserted the importance of Church leaders at every level sticking to their guns and educating Catholics that the Church of Rome is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and not to buy into the politically correct jargon that any religion is right. He also emphasized that any law that deprives the God-given right to life is wrong and cannot usurp God's laws. continued inside.
South Korea's President to meet with Pope in two weeks
In what will be the first visit ever by a Korean leader, President Kim Dae-Jung will pay the Holy Father a formal visit at the Vatican on March 4th after the Pope returns from Egypt on the second leg of his "Jubilee Journey." Dae-Jung's visit corresponds to his European tour. He represents a country where only eight percent are Catholic and sure to be discussed will be the Holy See's relations with South Korea as well as on-going Vatican negotiations with North Korea where the clergy was kicked out in 1948. continued inside.
House passes bill to allow identifications of faith to be displayed while administering programs federally funded
Important legislation in the House could provide the freedom for Catholic schools who are partially funded by Government grants to display the icons and crucifixes so necessary for the faith of the pupils but presently a roadblock to a godless government. It will further free the Church to work with poverty programs without having to cover up everything Catholics believe in. The bill, which passed easily, was sponsored by Indiana Congressman Mark Souder who summed it up that previous action in "trying to totally separate the faith of a society from any form of influence is ridiculous." continued inside.
Once again Milwaukee Episcopacy trying to swim upstream without any substance
Leave it to the dissidents' darling Milwaukee's Archbishop Rembert Weakland, OSB to once again try to stir things up. This time he's upset that his auxilary Bishop Richard was passed over by the House of Representatives for Chaplain. Never mind that a priest has never served in that post and never mind that anyone representing Weakland's views would represent the Roman Catholic teaching. Never mind that Weakland accused the Republicans of being anti-Catholic where by and large they have embraced the Catholic teachings on life while Weakland's preferred party - the party of the most immoral president ever to sit in office - have by and large embraced the culture of death. While it would be nice to have a priest as a chaplain, the House is better off without a liberal, modernist person in that post. continued inside.
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