MONDAY     vol. 11, no. 36     February 21, 2000

February 21, 2000

Feast of Saint Peter Damian,
Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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Feast of Saint Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

First Reading:
  James 1: 1-11
  Psalm 119: 67-68, 71-71, 75-76
  Mark 8: 11-13

   Today is both Ordinary Time and the Feast of Saint Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church while tomorrow we celebrate the glorious Feast of the Chair of Peter. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profiles on these feasts, 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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  • The magnificent cathedral of Aachen
    Who will aspire to rebuild the spires of the sacred in our art and architecture if we let the modernists tear down our treasures?
       In his column today, Pat Ludwa constructs an excellent argument against the modernist rationale for gutting our churches of the reverence, art and architecture that identified Catholic churches as Catholic and truly holy ground. Through the sound Vatican II document Sancrosanctum Consilium Pat nails down reasons why we cannot continue building sterile auditoriums that pass as churches for the syllogism narrows down to the weakening not only of the sense of sacred, but of the tenets of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as well. For his column today, Secularizing the Sacred part three: Bunker Mentality: Art and Architecture in the Liturgy, see VIEW FROM THE PEW

    Pope will walk in the spirit of Abraham's footsteps as he begins historic "Jubilee Journey" this Wednesday
       Today, we bring you the words from His Holiness Pope John Paul II's message at his regular Wednesday Papal Audience on February 16th in which the Holy Father surprised many by officially announcing that he would begin his historic "Jubilee Journey" of Salvation History by walking in the "Father of Faith" Abraham's footsteps in spirit not at Ur, the birth of the great patriarch, but in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican this coming Wednesday where he has invited the universal Church to walk the path with him and then follow him to Egypt the next day to accompany him in spirit in walking in the footsteps of Moses. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

    Dichotomy of the Dignity of the Office of President
    Abraham LincolnBill Clinton    In honor of "Presidents' Day" we bring you a hard-hitting editorial we ran last year at this time that shows how far the esteemed office of the President of United States has sunk when you compare the greatest and most honest President this country has ever had to the worst and most dishonest, immoral president ever to be elected to that high office. In this pivotal election year, it is important to return a moral and good man to the office. Right now the only one fitting that bill is longshot Alan Keyes but we can pray that the eventual Republican nominee will uphold God's laws; the Democratic nominee surely won't. See "A house divided against itself cannot stand"

    Appreciation of Revelation and Science
        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 catechesis on Revelation and Science in showing the compatibility between the two as God intended. For the 114th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Events that happened today in Church History
    Pope Julius IIPope Benedict XIII   On this date two Sovereign Pontiffs passed on to their Heavenly reward. The first was Pope Julius II 487 years ago in 1513 as the Protestant Reformation was looming. This 216th in the line of Peter is best remembered during his ten year pontificate for completing construction of St. Peter's Basilica and during that time his love-hate relationship with the master painter Michelangelo Buonoratti made famous in the novel, and then film "Agony and Ecstasy". He also called the 18th Ecumenical Council. The second, 270 years ago in 1730, was Pope Benedict XIII, the 245th successor of Peter whose six year pontificate was highlighted by the 17th Jubilee in 1725. He concentrated mostly on his spiritual mission, strengthening the Church during this time. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    A kind person is one of a kind!
    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".

    "Because kindness is related to love, it follows that the kind person loves another not for the pleasure the other person gives, nor because the other person can do us a kindness in return, but because the other person is loveable in himself. The basic reason why everyone is lovable is because God made him."

      Coming Tuesday:

    • The 115th 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 22nd

    • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

    • DAILY LITURGY for Tuesday's Feast of the CHAIR OF SAINT PETER and the Feast of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr on Wednesday.

    • ...and much more in our 38th 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

    Holy Father paints a profound tableau for artists during ceremonies this past weekend as he rekindles dialogue between Faith and Art
       The Holy Father welcomed over 3000 artists and their families from all over the world this weekend for a special celebration of the Jubilee for Artists highlighted by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which is the greatest masterpiece in nourishing souls for the greater fulfillment of the magnificence of Godís awesome beauty. In his remarks, the Holy Father stated to all present the call to conversion the most difficult work of art of all: the sculpturing of Christís features on the stone of oneís heart. continued inside

    Vatican asks reconciliation over the wrongful death of Giordano Bruno on 400th anniversary of his death
      Cardinal Angelo Sodano - photo from Inside the Vatican
       On the exact anniversary of the death of Italian thinker Giordano Bruno, the Holy See's Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano expressed the sorrow of Holy Mother Church over a death that occurred under precise circumstances valid only in the period of the 1600ís when the Inquisition was laboring to limit heresy and rebellion. The Magisterium of the Church, acknowledging the human error in manís thinking, has asked for reconciliation between all men in witnessing to the truth of the Gospel of Christ. continued inside.

    Jesuit magazine out of Rome blames Israel for problems, calls for compromise in the interest of all over mosque debate
       The war of words continues between Israeli Government principals, the Holy See, and the Moslem and Christian factions regarding the mosque to be built next to the Church of the Annunciation. With the Holy Father scheduled to be in the Holy Land between March 20-26, and with the ideal of having the Sacrifice of the Mass said at the Church of the Annunciation on March 25, the potboiling of the Middle East is at an all-time high. The Holy See is encouraging all factions to consider compromise in the spirit of reconcilliation for it is in this spirit that the future of these Middle East countries lies. continued inside.

    Crude, sacriligeous TV satire of a worldly, lustful priest has Catholics in Jerusalem outraged
    Israel    Meanwhile, an incident in Jerusalem has Catholics fuming over a "candid-camera" immoral depiction of a Catholic priest on local television. The attack evoked strong reaction and demand for an immediate apology by the producers from Catholic Latin-rite Patriarch Michel Sabbah who said anything less would prompt the Church to take legal action for libel and defamation. continued inside.

    Bishop Belo calls for sensitivity to religious values in outlining reconstruction process for East Timor
    East Timor Bishop Belo    Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, Apostolic Administrator of Dili,speaking on behalf of the Christian people of East Timor, emphasized that they "are living crucial moments in their history:, and it is necessary that the correct choices are made." In seeking to reconstruct society in East Timor, Bishop Belo remarked that there are seven problems that need urgent attention, and called upon the UNís Transition Administration for East Timor to consider the peopleís tradition, their culture, ethical and religious values. continued inside.

    Several North American bishops to gather in Vancouver for special conference this week
      In keeping with the Pope's wishes that the America's work together, several bishops from Canada, the United States and Latin America will meet at the Westin Grand Hotel in Vancouver beginning today through Thursday. During the meeting, views will be discussed and ideas exchanged regarding the state of the Church throughout the Americas in the first ever non-synod conference involving prelates of all of North America. continued inside.

    Maine Catholics accuse their bishop of caving to gay agenda and supporting homosexual rights
    Bishop Joseph Gerry, OSB Maine    Catholics in the Diocese of Portland, Maine are livid and confused that Bishop Joseph Gerry would betray not only them but the Church in supporting gay-rights legislation. His arguments did not sit well with loyal Catholics who feel the continued inside.

    Church of Scotland realizes their mistake in remaining silent over Section 28, tries to reverse damage by speaking out strongly against same-sex benefits
    Scotland Cardinal Thomas Winning - photo from Inside the Vatican    For several months the Archbishop of Edinburgh Cardinal Thomas Winning seemed to be the lone voice in Scotland warning the people of the dangers of the homosexual agenda, but few listened, even standing by when the gay-agenda ripped the Catholic prelate to shreds. Now that the Scottish Parliament has decided to throw out Section 28 that would prevent homosexuality from being taught in the schools many other churches, including the influential Church of Scotland, and its leaders see the wisdom of Cardinal Winning's words. Let's hope it's not too late! continued inside.

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