WEDNESDAY     vol. 11, no. 23     February 2, 2000

DAILY CATHOLIC for 

February 2, 2000

      Feast of the PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
Celebrating
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

January 31 to February 6, 2000
"Lighting the Way to a New Century"

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Presentation
Feast of the
PRESENTATION OF THE LORD

TODAY'S LITURGY:
First Reading:
 Malachi 3: 1-4
Responsorial:
  Psalm 27: 7-10
Second Reading:
 Hebrews 2: 14-18
Gospel:
  Luke 2: 22-40

DAILY LITURGY

   Today is the Feast of the PRESENTATION OF THE LORD while tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time as well as the duo Feasts of Saint Blase, Bishop and Martyr and Saint Ansgar, Bishop. It is also the day for the Blessing of the Throats. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.

The DAILY WORD

"And when the days of her purification were fulfilled according to the Law of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord - as it is written in the Law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord - and to offer a sacrifice, according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, 'a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.' "
Luke 2: 22-24

SPECIAL NOVENA
  In preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes next Friday, we present a special Nine Day Novena from the Treasurey of Novenas that begins today. See NOVENA


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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  • The Healing Waters of Lourdes
    Saint Bernadette







        In honor of the upcoming feast of Our Lady of Lourdes next Friday we bring you a special three-part installation on the events that transpired there with the first installment today, the second next Wednesday and the third on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes - February 11th which is also World Day of Prayer for the Sick. In addition, we begin today the special Nine Day Novena of Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Bernadette that will run daily from the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord to the vigil of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. We will resume our regular rotation of the 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER on Wednesday, February 16th. For the first installment, see LOURDES

    Pro-Life Prescriptions:

    Why does Clinton have to speak with forked tongue?
      Today Dr. Frank Joseph takes the president to task for his State of the Union Address this past week, exposing the number of lies and cover-ups, chief among them how he sugar-coated the surface of America while beneath in the underbelly decay has set in and the body is rotting within, infested with immorality and denial - especially over the blatant murders of over eleven million innocent preborns during Clinton's time in the White House as Dr. Joseph points out in his column today, Clinton's not-so-hidden agenda. For his column today, see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

    Appreciation of the Third Epistle of Saint John
       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 on the Books of the New Testament with today bringing you the Third Epistle of Saint John. For the one-hundred-first installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


    Cardinal Johannes Willebrands - photo from Inside the Vatican The Archbishop emeritus of Utrecht Cardinal Johannes Willebrands is now Camerlengo of the College of Cardinals
    Netherlands     We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-fiftieth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 91 year-old Cardinal Johannes Willebrands, the former Archbishop of the ancient see of Utrecht in the Netherlands from 1975 to 1983 and President emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity for twenty years who was appointed Camerlengo of the Sacred Conclave in 1988 at the age of 79. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Paul VI during his Consistory of April 28, 1969. For more on Cardinal Willebrands, see COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION


    Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
    Cardinal Lustiger - photo from Inside the VaticanCardinal Bernardin - photo from Inside the Vatican   On this date seventeen year ago Pope John Paul II conducted his second Consistory, elevating eighteen prelates to the College of Cardinals, most notable among American bishops was the late Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin, then Archbishop of Chicago. There is much speculation the Holy Father will conduct his eighth Consistory sometime during this Jubilee Year and promote the same number of bishops to the cardinalate. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


    We must treasure our parental duty
    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".

    "What if God placed a precious diamond in the hands of parents and told them to inscribe on it a sentence which would be read on the Last Day, and shown as an index of their thoughts and ideals? What caution they would exercise in their selection! And yet the example parents give their children will be that by which they will be judged on the Last Day."

    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

  • The 102nd 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 3rd

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Saint Blase, Saint Ansgar and the Blessing of Throats.

  • ...and much more in our 24th issue for 2000!
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    WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
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    News Ticker from Catholic World News For more from CWN and other Catholic wire services, see stories below


    You still have time to make your voice heard in stopping the pro-aborts from liberalizing stem-cell research!
      Because so many want to be heard over the controversial stem-cell research, the National Institute of Health in the U.S. has extended its deadline which had been Monday. Though they have not set a definitive deadline, time is of the essence in making your voice heard by e-mailing stemcell@mail.nih.gov and telling them NO to relaxing guidelines that would permit further destruction of human embryos. continued inside


    Alleluia! FCC does 180, reverses controversial decision that threatened religious programming!
      If you don't think you can make a difference by e-mailing NIH to stop relaxed guidelines on stem-cell research, consider that the FCC was pressured into totally reversing an earlier decision that had redefined guidelines that ruled a large block of religious programming could be termed "non-educational" and therefore not advantageous for stations to carry. But an outcry poured in from the public that the ruling violated free speech and the FCC was forced to relent and revert back to the original guidelines which are favorable to religious programming including televising the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. continued inside.


    "Lay off the Pope!" L'Osservatore Romano counters to stem rumors spreading about his health and possible resignation    Enough is enough! The Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano finally took off the gloves and in no uncertain terms has told the rumormongers and journalists intent on spreading false lies about Pope John Paul II to lay off and give him the freedom to be Pope. continued inside.


    From Illinois to the Colosseum in Rome, fight to end capital punishment gains steam
       While the Governor of Illinois was calling for a moratorium on capital punishment, the ancient Colosseum in Rome was bathed in a glowing gold light for two days in fulfillment of their promise to lite up the circular edifice everytime someone receives a stay of execution in alerting the world to the wrongs of capital punishment. The Colosseum was the scene of thousands upon thousands of death penalties as the Christians were thrown to the lions and gladiators. continued inside.


    Guatamalan priest in hiding in the states ordered to return for hearing in case of murdered human rights bishop
    Guatemala    Father Mario Orantes Najera, the priest who was first arrested for the murder of Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera nearly two years ago, has been ordered by Guatemalan authorities to return immediately or be extradited. He is in hiding after being released when no evidence could be found and the Church and human rights groups protested his prolonged incarceration. Four people have already been arrested for the brutal murder in April 1998. continued inside.


    Pope to celebrate Jubilee Mass for Consecrated today, while revealing Vocations and Pilgrim Hearts are the theme of Prayer Intentions for February
       The Holy Father today will celebrate Mass for Consecrated Life at St. Peter's with over 18,000 religious from all over the world in attendance. It ties in also with the Holy Father's February intention of Praying for Vocations to Religious Life and that Pilgrims coming to Rome and other holy shrines will be living examples of the Gospel.. continued inside.


    Cardinal Law recommends law of the balance between faith and reason in Catholic Education as the answer to leading others in this new millennium

    Cardinal Bernard Law - photo from Inside the Vatican    The Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Bernard Law exhorted teachers, parents and students to be the leaders for the new millennium and take the reins through Catholic Education and not depend on the media or other sources that have badly let the people down in a culture that is sorely lacking. He cited the uniqueness of the interweaving of faith and reason inherent in Catholic Education during Catholic Schools Week. continued inside.

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