James 5: 1-6
Psalm 49: 14-20
Mark 9: 41-50
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"And whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it were better for him if a great millstone were hung about his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. If thy hand is an occasion of sin to thee, cut it off. It is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than, having two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire, 'Where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched.'"
Mark 9: 41-43
January 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
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"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 points out without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus is truly present, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity and, because of that, questions how parishes can eliminate kneelers and encourage the faithful to stand in defiance of what the Holy Father has mandated in the liturgical document released in 1980, Inaestimabile Donum. It is happening all too often in more churches throughout America and Pat exposes the myth that this comes from the bishops. Rather, it is more of the insidious infiltration of dissidents who are trying to demystify the Divine Mystery of Transubstantiation.
For his column today, Every knee shall bend!, see VIEW FROM THE PEW
The Bishops' Directive is to kneel!|
Contrary to what you might think, the Bishops do NOT want the faithful to stand during the Consecration and Holy Communion! Instead they agree that every knee should bow during these most august moments of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass!
Holy Father celebrates the importance of the Permanent Diaconate and the Roman Curia's familial comparison to a 'permanent Cenacle'
Today we bring you the Holy Father's Angelus message from this past Sunday in which he extolled the virtues and responsibilities of the deaconate while celebrating the Jubilee for Deacons over the weekend. He emphasized the importance of this singular vocation within Holy Mother Church and called upon all faithful to work in union with one another through the grace fo the Holy Spirit to fulfill Christ's words in Mark 16: 15, ..."to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth." During the same Angelus the Pope announced the immediate Jubilee celebration for the Roman Curia which John Paul II called a "family of Curia to Peter's Successor" and "a permanent Cenacle." See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Appreciation of God's graces in combatting devils
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 fallen angels and how powerful they are and not to underestimate them but call on God and His angels and saints for protection in this special catechesis on Devils as outlined in My Catholic Faith. For the 117th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened today in Church History
On this day in 259 the little known African martyrs Saints Flavian, Julian, Lucius, Montanus, Rhenus and Victoricus achieved their Heavenly reward at the hands of the Carthaginian procreator who executed them before the new proconsul who was to pardon them, arrived from Rome. It is fitting that today also, as the Holy Father arrives in northern Africa where 1,741 years ago these men gave their life for Jesus, so also today there are so many little-known African martyrs in Nigeria, the Sudan, Rwanda, the Congo and numerous other countries throughout the continent. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Impressions are a reflection of behavior or image!
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".
"People are like a mirror which reflects back on us the kind of image we cast. The kind man bears with the infirmities of others, never magnifies trifles and avoids a spirit of fault finding. He knows that the trouble with most people in the world is that they are unloved. No one cares for them either because they are ugly or nasty, or troublesome, or so-called bores. To a great extent their character is made by the resentment they feel toward others who are unkind."
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Holy Father begins "Jubilee Journey" in a Chaldean atmosphere at Paul VI Hall
Pope John Paul II began his "Jubilee Journey" yesterday at Paul VI Hall by means of a "spiritual pilgrimage" in spirit to the place of Abraham of the Chaldeans. Aided by readings from the Old Testament, enhanced by a giant video screen depicting sites inherent to the "Father of Faith" were shown. Also on display were works by the artist Marc Chagall depicting the angels announcing to Abraham that his wife Sarah will bear him a son. The Pope noted that to all faithful globally, even the Muslim world, Abraham symbolizes the unconditional surrender to the will of God and Yahweh's covenant with the human race, brought to fulfillment by the Word Incarnate, Jesus Christ. continued inside
Open arms and an open mind to be extended to Holy Father by Egypt's top religious Muslim leader
Even before setting foot in Egypt, the Holy Father's visit, which commences today, has sparked positive comments from the leader of Sunni Muslims, Sheik of Azhar, Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi. The Vatican views the Papal trip in the light of open dialogue between Christianity and the Islam faiths by promoting true humility in opening the path to peaceful relations with the same common denominator: God's laws.continued inside.
President Hosni Mubarak and Holy Father hope to bridge the gap between Christian and Muslim
When the Holy Father meets with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt today concerns for Christians in this mostly Moslem country will be addressed. The Vatican is calling for the guarantee of Christians' inalienable rights in that area. With the Pope's visit, Coptics and other Christians are hopeful their voice will be heard against the violence that Islamic law imposes upon people, where many have lost their lives in toruture and violence.
Vicar of Christ takes precautions in the event of mishap
According to the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera the Holy Father has left behind instructions for the Roman Curia in the even he would meet with any kind of peril during his "Jubilee Journey" to Egypt. Taking into account what happened to Abdul Nasser and others in Egypt, the Pope has left instructions with Cardinal Bernadin Gantin, Dean of the College of Cardinals. They reflect normal instructions given in the past when the Bishop of Rome has traveled outside the Vatican. We can take precautions, too, and pray all the harder for the Pope's safety. continued inside.
Nigerian Archbishop asserts violence in Nigeria is not religious but political
Refuting claims that the violence between Christian and Muslim factions in Nigeria are "religious disputes," Archbishop John Olorunfemi of Aguja in Nigeria says that they are actually attempts by political authorities to destabilize the government of President Olusegen Obasanjo. The threat to defeat democracy is quite real, and must be seen in its true light, rather than a clash between followers of Christ and those who proclaim Mohammed in light of the terrible tragedies that have killed hundreds of Catholics and burned a cathedral. continued inside.
Cardinal Law joins universal call for immediate release of Congo Archbishop
Joining the Holy Father's plea for freedom, Boston's Archbishop Cardinal Bernard Law in his post as Chairman of the International Policy Committe of the U.S. Catholic Conference, has called for the immediate liberation of Archbishop Ktaliko of the Diocese of Bukuvu who was forcefully taken hostage after making statements against the human rights atrocities of the government. He is being falsely accused of ethnic hatred. The cardinal's plea is just one of a plethora coming from bishops all over the world in an effort to free the incarcerated prelate who is, in essence, a political prisoner. continued inside.
Tanzania launches new radio station to reach pagan parts of Africa
Evangelization in the new millennium has taken a big step forward in Tanzania with the Church launching a new radio station that will reach the most remote corners of Africa in an effort to evangelize the Gospel. The areas the radio waves will penetrate are predominantly pagan with many witchcraft related deaths over the last several years. It will be called "Radio Faraja" and has the blessing of Tanzania's bishops. continued inside.
Cardinal of Mexico issues stern warning against the entire Pokemon craze as very subversive
The Archdiocese of Mexico City, headed by Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera has issued a stern warning to parents over the violent and sexual tones of the runaway phenomena known as "Pokemon" and other Japanese cartoons. In an official bulletin the Archbishop pointed out that these are but the tip of the iceberg in undermining the sacredness of family, empowering children to believe that they alone can possess powers which then allow them to disobey their parents and the laws of God. continued inside.
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