MONDAY     vol. 11, no. 26     February 7, 2000

February 7, 2000
In preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes next Friday, we present a special Nine Day Novena with today being the sixth day. See NOVENA

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First Reading:
  1 Kings 8: 1-7, 9-13
  Psalm 132: 6-10
  Mark 6: 53-56

   Today and tomorrow we commemorate Ordinary Time as well as tomorrow's Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani, Priest. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on his feast, see DAILY LITURGY.

"And wherever He went, into village or hamlet or town, they laid the sick in the market places, and entreated Him to let them touch but the tassel of His cloak; and as many as touched Him were saved."
Mark 6: 56

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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  • If we persist in gambling on our kids' souls by entrusting them to the village idiots, then whose the real fool?
       In his column today, Pat Ludwa filters the mixed messages coming from society where children are confused by double standards, rules and laws that are not formulated by authorities of respect but rather a conglomerate of village idiots comprising the "village" where they set policy based on nothing substantive and void of God and then wonder why children are straying and rebelling. Stephen Sondheim's lyrics in one of his songs in "Into the Woods" says "Children listen, be careful what you say." But, as Pat points out, these village idiots have not been careful and that includes village idiots within the Church posing as dissidents who have managed to tear down the walls of protection and put the children of the Church in great peril through their idiocy. For his column today, Honor thy Father and thy Mother , see VIEW FROM THE PEW

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    Pope urges American politicians to uphold culture of life and set the example for the rest of the world
       Today, we bring you the words from His Holiness Pope John Paul II's special Message for the fiftieth Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. written on January 29th to be delivered at the Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, February 3rd in which the Holy Father beseeched American politicians to uphold the Sanctity of Life and to uphold their reputation as the leader of humanity in the world and do the right thing, calling on God to guide them in making laws that effect humanity, pointing out their responsibility that "within the fabric of your national life a particular moral authority has been entrusted to you who are invested with political responsibility as representatives of the American people." See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

    Appreciation of Divine Tradition
       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 John the Beloved Apostle's First Epistle. For the 104th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Cardinal Thomas Winning - photo from Inside the Vatican As Scotland's unyielding voice of virtue and morality, Cardinal Thomas Winning remains undaunted in upholding the Sanctity of Life
    Scotland    We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-fifty-fifth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 74 year-old Cardinal Thomas Joseph Winning, the Scottish-born Archbishop of Glasgow who has served as shepherd there since 1974 and become one of Britain's strongest voices for decency and morals. He was elevated to the cardinalate during the Consistory of November 26, 1994 by Pope John Paul II. For more on Cardinal Winning, see COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

    Events that happened today in Church History
    Pope Pius IX   On this date 122 years ago in 1878 Pope Pius IX passed away after thirty-two years as the 255th successor of Peter. Elected when he was only 53, he lived until 85, he enjoyed the longest papacy other than Saint Peter himself. During his memorable pontificate that had its peaks and valleys from proclaiming the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception to surrendering the Papal States forever to the king of Italy, effectively ending over a millennium of Papal State rule by the Church. Though that was his low point, it was really a blessing in disguise for it opened up new vistas for recognizing the Church as a spiritual leader with temporal and political matters of the Papal States no longer necessary. During a 72 year period, only three Popes ruled - Pope Gregory XVI, Pius IX, and Pope Leo XIII. In fact, only six Pontiffs sat on the Papal Throne in the 19th century, the fewest of any century. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    "Wings of aspiration"
    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".

    "The nation of tomorrow is the youth of today. They are the assurance of progress; the fresh arrows to a better future; the wings of aspiration. Even in war the strength of a nation is not in its bombs, but in the soldiers, who dend it. In peace, it is not economics or politics that save, but good economists and good politicians - to to be that, they must be good children. To be that, there must in the first place be the grace of God; in the second place, in the home lessons of love and truth; in the schools, knowledge and self-control."

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    News Ticker from Catholic World News For more from CWN and other Catholic wire services, see stories below

    Pope John Paul II pulls no punches in special message to Clinton administration and American politicians at annual Prayer Breakfast
       While Bill Clinton demonized everyone but himself and his Democratic cronies at the 50th annual Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. late last week, the Holy Father pulled no punches in asserting through a special message carried in today's VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS that every politician, regardless of party, nationality or creed has a moral responsibility by the office they hold to uphold the sanctity of life and human values that preserve God-given rights. continued inside
    Interreligious dialogue and peaceful coexistence at heart of meeting between Indonesia's President Wahid and the Holy Father in Rome this past Saturday
       It was an interesting meeting between the Holy Father and President Abdurrahman Wahid, Indonesia's Muslim leader ever since B.J. Habibe was forced to stepped down after the East Timor trajedy. The two, meeting at the Vatican at the conclusion of Wahid's European tour, dealt with sensitive but necessary topics including how to stem the violence and build on respect and trust between Muslims and Christians. continued inside.

    Cardinal Winning intent on winning back lapsed Catholics Cardinal Thomas Winning - photo from Inside the Vatican    All Catholics in Glasgow, Scotland are going to hear personally from their shepherd Cardinal Thomas Winning, Archbishop of Glasgow, who is featured in today's COLLEGE OF CARDINALS for he is reaching out to each and every person who professes to be Catholic - both practicing and lapsed in an effort to reunify them and bring back many prodigals to the Church and "build up communities formed by the Gospel." continued inside.

    Before you leave Mass early next time, remember Judas left early too
    Judas IscariotEngland    Meanwhile south of Glasgow in London, a parish priest has tweaked the consciences of not just his parishioners but of parishioners the world over by reminding them that when they leave Mass before the Final Blessing, they are emulating Judas Iscariot who left the Last Supper before it was finished. It's something to seriously think about in every parish where many make a mass exodus after Communion before the Holy Mass is completed. continued inside.

    Bishop of Caguas Diocese stage silent vigil protest against U.S. Navy firing range in Puerto Rico
    US Navy artillery    An on-going feud between Puerto Rico and the Department of Defense and United States Navy seems to be intensifying as the U.S. Navy artillery at a firing range continues to disrupt the locals, so much so that Bishop Corrada del Rio, Bishop of Caguas has authorized a peaceful demonstration to protest the fact that the Navy will not cease for another three years which is much too long for the local citizens. The interesting aspect of all this is that Bishop del Rio is the former Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, D.C. continued inside.

    Vatican and Austrian Bishops taking skeptical, watchful eye on new Freedom party in Austria
    AustriaCardinal Christoph Schoenborn - photo from Inside the VaticanCardinal Angelo Sodano - photo from Inside the Vatican    "Wait and see! Watch and pray!" Those area the watchwords of Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano and Archbishop of Vienna and president of the Austrian Bishops' Conference Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn after the Freedom Party took power in Austria. The latter has expressed alarming signs that it could be a throwback to the fascist, Nazi parties of seventy years ago and the comments of its leader have already caused incendiary reactions with the EUC announcing sanctions and many citizens protesting. continued inside.

    Sick to be treated as very special at the Vatican this coming weekend
       Like the Vatican has so far this year, they will provide some surprises during the three day tridium of February 10-13 when thousands of pilgrims will flock to Rome for healing and to celebrate World Day of Prayer for the Sick sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. Some of the surprises will be velvet glove treatment of some patients who will be escorted by licensed medical professionals and taxied to the various venues during this special weekend. continued inside.

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      Coming Tuesday:

    • The 105th 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

    • The latest video releases and a recommended favorite in our weekly VIDEO & VIRTUES

    • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on February 8th

    • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

    • DAILY LITURGY for the Fifth Tuesday and Wednesday in Ordinary Time and Wednesday's Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani.

    • ...and much more in our 27th issue for 2000!

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