Egyptian sands of time echo a warning for the angels to protect the Pope in this land of unrest|
In this weekend's editorial, we face up to the fact that not since the Holy Father's trip to India has the Pope faced possible problems from fundamentalists as he does in Egypt where history has not been kind to those who followed the One, True God. We give a brief history of this land of sand and rock that was so pivotal in Old Testament times and where the Almighty chose to deliver the Decalogue - the Ten Commandments - as the everlasting law all men should follow. The problem is, not all men do follow these universal laws and though the Pope is hoping to increase dialogue between Christian and Muslim, there are those fundamentalists in the latter who would like to silence him. We repeat the need to pray for his safety. For this weekend's editorial Danger always lurks in this land of enigma called Egypt, see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
This weekend we observe Ordinary Time plus the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday and the EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignette on Saturday's feast, see DAILY LITURGY.
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For the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time:
"Can the wedding guests fast as long as the Bridegroom is with them? As long as the Bridegroom is with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the Bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day."
Mark 2: 19-20
February 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
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"Dear children! Wake up from the sleep of unbelief and sin, because this is a
time of grace which God gives you. Use this time and seek the grace of healing of your heart from God, so that
you may see God and man with the heart. Pray in a special way for those who have not come to know God's
love, and witness with your life so that they also can come to know God and His immeasurable love. Thank you
for having responded to my call."
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Holy Father's First Address in Egypt |
Today we bring you a special edition of the VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS with the Holy Father's first address on Thursday after his arrival in Egypt, the first Roman Pontiff to ever step on Egyptian soil even though it is Cardinal Karol Wojtyla's second visit to this land. Thursday he arrived in Egypt to walk in the footsteps of Moses and bridge relations between Christian and Muslim as the true Apostle of Peace in addressing multiple leaders of Egypt which has known civilization for over 5,000 years. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
"For better or worse...until the truth comes out!"
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto questions how we can be suckered into such a mockery of the Sacrament of Matrimony by the ratings shill of a program such as that travesty "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire" that garnered boffo ratings for the champion network of sleaze - Fox. Though Sister expresses admiration for the chosen bride, we have to also ask if Darva Conger truly had the values she expresses or integrity would she have allowed herself to be drawn into the foray? Consider what the groom-who-wished-to-be and who she rejected - Rick Rockwell said, "I learned through all this to be careful what you wish for, you may get it." Sister wraps it up by emphasizing the need to keep the sacrament holy and sacred. Television programs like that never will! For her column, Who wants to marry who? see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Leisure lies in the lies we're being fed because of our voracious appetite for junk
Michael Vincent Boyer, a well-respected Catholic insider on what's happening in the entertainment industry, investigates this weekend why so many Americans waste their "leisure" time either lying around or lying to themselves by watching the boob tube, depriving not only themselves of precious time and energy, but loved ones and friends as well. He illustrates how so many alienate others because of their voracious appetite for the inane at the expense of everything else. For his column, Why TV is destroying American Leisure see HOW HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD
Appreciation of God's graces in fending off Temptations
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 power of 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 Temptation as outlined in My Catholic Faith. For the 118th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
On Sunday, the day after the Holy Father returns from Egypt, we commemorate the death 1,672 years ago in 328 of a great Egyptian saint - the Bishop Saint Alexander of Alexandria who played a significant role in the First Ecumenical Council, the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. in which he successfully fought to condemn the Arian heresy that had been such a threat in his diocese where he ruled as the shepherd from 313 to 328. Arianism had its roots in his diocese by Arius whom Alexander was forced to excommunicate before the Council in 321. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
The blind we see, but the deaf we do not hear
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".
"One of life's greatest joys comes from loving those whom no one else loves. Thus do we imitate Our Heavenly Father Who certainly cannot see much in any of us creatures that is very attractive. It is curious that most people are more kind to the blind than they are to the deaf. Aristotle commented upon this fact, saying that sight is the most spiritual of all the senses and hearing the most material. For that reason we are moved by sympathy towards those who are afflicted in the most spiritual way."
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John Paul II becomes first Roman Pontiff to ever visit Egypt
The Ambassador of Peace Pope John Paul II landed in Egypt Thursday, met by a large assembly including the highest religious leaders of the land and President Hosni Mubarak in a cordial welcome. The Pope had high praise for all in this country which has played an important role in Salvation History. After meetings with high ranking political and religious leaders, the Pope is to say Mass for Cairo's Catholic population in Cairo's Sports Palace. Though looking tired and a bit frail, he is more up to the task of being a peacemaker in the Middle East that begins this weekend in the land of the ancient pharaohs and Moses. continued inside
For the full text of the Pope's address on his arrival in Egypt and other related stories, see the special JOHN PAUL II IN EGYPT section
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Cardinal Maida lashes out at group who besmirched Bush by labeling him anti-Catholic during the Michigan Primary
In the aftermath of the Michigan Primary, Catholics in the area are relieved to hear from Cardinal Adam Maida of Detroit that though the Church remains active in the political arena without being partisan, he noted that a small group of dissidents called Catholic Voters Alert were responsible for numerous phone calls to Catholics a few days before the Primary which had a negative effect against Governor George W. Bush and for which the Cardinal has apologized and stated that interference by this group, which he harshly criticized, is working totally independently and in no way in concert with Holy Mother Church. continued inside.
Bishop Angell busy calling on the angels and Catholics to protest possibility of same-sex unions in Vermont
Another political issue has citizens of Vermont in a quandary and only the Catholic Bishop of Burlington, Bishop Kenneth A. Angell has taken a firm stance against a bill that would give full approval to same sex-marriages. In turn, other religious leaders, particularly Episcopal and Methodist ones have come out in favor of the measure. With emotions running high and words flying about, it is easy for some to get lost in the rhetoric, but Bishop Angell has stayed above the name calling in rallying many on behalf of the sacredness of marriage as God intended and gaining momentum for a peaceful protest on the steps of the Capital in Montpelier.
Cardinal Clancy leads charge to boycott Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney, Australia next weekend
Meanwhile down under the Australian bishops, including Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy have come out in protest of a planned March 4th Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney. Cardinal Clancy, Archbishop of Sydney, is calling on all Catholics to boycott the Mardi Gras. There is sure to be a fireworks display over this issue just as the pro-gay agenda tried to crucify Cardinal Thomas Winning in Scotland last month over the same issues. continued inside.
Cardinal out to cut Carnival cavorting with special 4 day retreat in reparation for sins of the flesh
While we're on the subject of Mardi Gras, in Brazil where the Carnival celebrations are legendary as to their sinful ways, Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales, Archbishop of Rio de Janiero since 1971, is trying to provide an alternative for his flock by providing a four-day retreat for Catholics, and other faiths as well, to be held in the Sports Palace. All are being called upon to pray and keep Eucharistic Adoration to repair offenses committed during the Mardi Gras. His idea is so good it should be implemented in every city a Mardi Gras is staged. continued inside.
Democratic pro-aborts protest full legal rights for the unborn bill as line of demarcation set in political war that will get much hotter and nastier at the expense of the innocent unborns
When pro-abortion Democratic senators came out in protest of a bill already passed by the House that would extend legal protection to unborn children, the pro-aborts felt they had won the day, if not the campaign for president. But Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican from Utah and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has acknowledged that this bill is a hot button in a campaign year. We all need to pay close attention to what our senators and congressmen will do with this bill that is so important and gives full legal rights to the child from the first moment of conception, but does not mention the word abortion. continued inside.
Clinton administration trying scare tactics to influence abortion issue
Adding fuel to the above article on rights of the unborn are the alarm bells sounding by the US Commerce Department, squarely influenced by the Clinton administration, that the nation's population could balloon from 275 million to a half billion by the end of the century, not that many will still be alive then - especially if the pro-aborts win out! The Population Research Institute and various pro-life organizations have objected to the report as being politically driven to support the pro-abort argument. continued inside
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