THURSDAY     vol. 11, no. 24     February 3, 2000

February 3, 2000

      January 31 to February 6, 2000
      "Lighting the Way to a New Century"
St. Blase   St. Ansgar
St. Blase                       St. Ansgar
Blessing of Throats

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Ordinary Time, the Feast of the Bishops Saint Blase, Martyr, and Saint Ansgar


First Reading:
  1 Kings 2: 1-4, 10-12
  1 Chronicles 29: 10-12
  Mark 6: 7-13


   Today is the Church commemorates Ordinary Time, the Feast of Saint Blase, martyred bishop, and Saint Ansgar, Bishop. Today is also the Blessing of the Throats ritual after each Mass with candles blessed yesterday on Candlemas. Tomorrow is First Friday and the Fourth Friday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.


"And He said to them, 'Wherever you enter into a house, stay there until you leave the place. And whoever does not receive you, or listen to you - go forth from there, and shake off the dust from your feet for a witness against them.'"
Mark 6: 10-11

  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

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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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It's time to stop monkeying around with dissidents who are blind, deaf and mute to the Truths of the Church
   In his column today, Pat Ludwa questions the rationale of those who would put more weight in modern dissident theologians than in Sacred Scripture and the teachings and doctrines of Holy Mother Church. He shows where their desire to follow their own will over the wisdom of God's Will leads to self-affirmation which leads to self-destruction through their own self-empowerment for they have not empowered themselves but greatly weakened their souls, leaving them vulnerable to actually believe the lies and half-truths spread so insidiously by satan and eagerly championed by those who think they have a better idea through destruction of the Church. They say misery loves company and this was never more evident than through the dissidents who prowl about the world, seeking the disintegration of what Christ established. For his column today, Self-affirmation = loss of faith, see VIEW FROM THE PEW

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Holy Father dedicates February to those who are dedicated to the Consecrated Life
   Today, we bring you the words from His Holiness Pope John Paul II's Angelus message from this past Sunday who chose as his topic Consecrated Life for that is what his prayer intention is for February - Prayer for Vocations to Religious Life and a preface to his special Jubilee Mass for the Consecrated yesterday at St. Peter's. In his address, the Pope invited all, not just religious, to join him and the religious of the world in a special three-day preparation for the Presentation of Our Lord in reconsecrating themselves to God just as those who are vowed to the Consecrated Life throughout the world will also do. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Appreciation of the Epistle of Saint Jude
   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 introducing the Epistle of Saint Jude. For the 102nd installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
Pope St. Pius X    On this day 96 days ago the Vatican released to the world the second encyclical written by Pope Saint Pius X that had been published the day before but not released to the universal church until the next day. Having been Sovereign Pontiff for less than six months, this encyclical Ad diem illum laetissimum was written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pius would go on to write fourteen more encyclicals after that one. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Nurturing with encouragement, not discouragement!
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".

"Parents hold the place of God in the home. If they act as tyrants they will develop unconsciously anti-religious sentiments in their children. Children love approbation and can be easily cast down into despair when blamed excessively for trivial faults. With great difficulty can children ever be taught the Love and Mercy of God if His vice-regents in the home act without it and are so difficult to please. When good intentions are rated low, and children are put under the ban of dishonor, they are likely to show they are no better than their parents think they are."

Coming This Weekend:

  • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

  • The 103rd 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 4th to 6th, plus Top Ten Movies for final week of January in MOVIES AND MORALS

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Thomas Stafford Williams, Archbishop of Wellington, New Zealand in our COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • Weekend LITURGY from the First Friday on the Fourth Friday in Ordinary Time to the Feast of the martyred virgin Saint Agatha on Saturday and the FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.

  • ...and much more in our 25th issue for 2000!
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    News Ticker from Catholic World News For more from CWN and other Catholic wire services, see stories below

    Pope concludes Consecrated Life tridium with solemn Mass at St. Peter's as religious pack basilica
       With a reported 35,000 religious in Rome for the three-day event for Consecrated Life that included three days of activities and recollection, the Holy Father capped the tridium with solemn Mass on the Feast of the Presentation at St. Peter's where each religious carried a blessed candle as a sign of their consecration to God. The Vicar of Christ reminded all of those religious who had given their lives through martyrdom and that their memory and ideals should never be forgotten. He urged all to recommit totally to their vows and their responsibility of carrying on the virtues God instilled in them. continued inside
    Christian restaurant owner in Bethlehem attacked by Muslims as bad blood continues to surge over Mosque issue
       The on-going feud between Christians and Muslims erupted into violence this past Monday when grenades exploded in a restaurant greatly injuring the owner who is Christian and who has been falsely accused of killing a young Muslim even though he was exonerated. Authorities believe it is an isolated incident and won't affect the Holy Father's visit there in March but many are not so sure of that for unrest between Christians and Muslims has been festering for centuries and the mosque issue where the Muslims want to build a mosque directly adjacent to the Basilica of the Nativity has caused great consternation and an international brouhaha. continued inside.

    Document to be used as guideline for Day of Forgiveness next month to be released to bishops and priests    A document that has been three years in the making will be circulated to bishops and clergy soon to be used as a guideline for conducting the Day of Forgiveness on the First Sunday of Lent on March 12th. The document, a fulfillment of what the Holy Father outlined in his Apostolic Letter on the Jubilee Tertium Millennio Adveniente, is called "The Church and the Sins of the Past: Remembering in Order to Reconcile." It is intended to educate the faithful as to their role in asking forgiveness and forgiving in clearing consciences and souls as part of the goal of cleansing for Jubilee 2000. continued inside.

    With all the hoopla of Jubilee 2000, Sister Nirmala urges all not to forget the focus of the event: Christ!
    Sister Nirmala    In a recent interview, Sister Hermana Nirmala, M.C., successor to Mother Teresa as Mother General of the Missionaries of Charity worldwide, emphasized the need to make Jesus the central focal point of Jubilee 2000 and "to take the love of Christ to everybody" both for her sisters and the faithful in whatever walk of life they may be in. She emphasized that her goals for her consecrated charges is to strive for sanctity. continued inside.

    Cardinal O'Connor reiterates the worst holocaust of the century: abortion
    Cardinal O'Connor   Expressing sadness that he could not participate this year in the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. a few weeks ago, Cardinal John J. O'Connor writes that he is even sadder at the horrors of abortion and how it is important that pro-lifers continue to be heard as each year passes and millions more innocent unborns are slaughtered in the wombs, too many have expressed apathy and forgotten the consequences of the Roe vs. Wade ruling. He called for more prayers and more involvement as the only answers. continued inside.

    Senate caves in trying to overrule prejudice bill against pro-lifers; definite slam against Operation Rescue
      With an opportunity to strike a blow for pro-lifers, the United States Senate instead cowered and caved to Democratic demands and the threat of pro-abort Al Gore trumping the bill by being the deciding vote. Therefore Republicans betrayed the culture of life and voted to not exempt organizations from claiming bankruptcy when they are involve demonstrating at abortion clinics. This was a direct slap in the face of Operation Rescue which had been sued by Planned Parenthood and other pro-abort factions in an attempt to derail the pro-life cause. Evidently satan has lots of allies on Capitol Hill. continued inside.

    Vatican puts stamp of approval on special stamp issued by Iceland to commemorate 1200 years of Christianity
       To commemorate the origins of Christianity in Iceland, brought to this northern island east of the larger Greenland by Irish Monks early in the ninth century, Iceland is issuing a special commemorative stamp in conjunction with the Vatican which has given its stamp of approval, making it the first time the Holy See has jointly issued a postage stamp with Iceland. continued inside.

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