WEDNESDAY     vol. 11, no. 28     February 9, 2000


February 9, 2000

In preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes this Friday, we continue to present a special Nine Day Novena with today being the eighth day. See NOVENA

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Fifth Wednesday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
  1 Kings 10: 1-10
  Psalm 37: 5-6, 30-31, 39-40
  Mark 7: 14-23


   Today is the Fifth Wednesday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow is the Feast of Saint Scholastica, virgin.

Saint Scholastica
For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.


"Hear Me, all of you, and understand. There is nothing outside a man that, entering into him, can defile him; but the things that come out of a man, these are what defile a man. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."
Mark 7: 14-16

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 Healing Waters of Lourdes
    Saint Bernadette

        In honor of the upcoming feast of Our Lady of Lourdes this Friday we continue to bring you a special three-part series on the events that transpired there with the second installment today and the third and final one on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes - February 11th which is also World Day of Prayer for the Sick. In addition, we continue with the special Lourdes Novena with Day seven at Nine Day Novena of Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Bernadette that will run through tomorrow. We will resume our regular rotation of the 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER next Wednesday, February 16th. For the second installment, see LOURDES

    Pro-Life Prescriptions:

    Let the pro-aborts see this miracle of life on film and then deny life begins at conception!
    Remarkable photo of little Samuel's fist clutching Doctor's finger at 21 months in the womb  Today Dr. Frank Joseph gives the reader background on the remarkable photo of young Samuel's tiny fist clutching for life to the good doctor's finger during a unique procedure where the womb is lifted out to make the proper corrections for the life of the child. He recounts the controversy this photo caused with pro-aborts who realize that his picture proves without a shadow of a doubt that life begins at conception, not birth! For today's column, Reaching out for life!, see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

    Appreciation of the The Church and Divine Revelation
       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 first part of the Church and Divine Tradition as outlined in My Catholic Faith. For the 106th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Cardinal John Baptist Wu Cheng-chung - photo from Inside the Vatican Born in mainland China, Hong Kong's Bishop Cardinal John Baptist Wu Cheng-chung would like nothing better than to see his people free to worship in Red China
    China     We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-fifty-sixth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 74 year-old Cardinal John Baptist Wu Cheng-chung, the Bishop of Hong Kong for a quarter of a century who has had to deal with the sensitive cultural changes of his See from British control to Red China's jurisdiction. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II during his Consistory of June 28, 1988. For more on Cardinal Wu Cheng-chung, see COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

    Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
    Pope Gregory XV   On this date 379 years ago Cardinal Alessandro Ludovisi, Archbishop of Bologna, was chosen by his colleagues in the Sacred Conclave as the 234th successor of Peter choosing the name Pope Gregory XV. His short two and a half year papacy was marked by his institution of the Congregation of "Propaganda Fide" to assist the missions, something very dear to his heart. He also was influential in restoring the faith in France and strengthening it in Ireland. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Our Education system must be on the right target
    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".

    "Someday our educators will awaken to several basic facts about youth: (1) Youth has an intellect and a will. The intellect is the source of his knowledge; the will, the source of his decisions. If his choices are wrong, the youth will be wrong regardless of how much he knows. (2) Education through the communication of knowledge does not necessarily make a good man; it can conceivably make learned devils instead of stupid devils. (3) Education is successful when it trains the mind to see the right targets, and disciplines the will to choose them rather than the wrong targets."

    Coming Thursday:

  • Another thought-provoking, conscience-tweaking column by Pat Ludwa in his VIEW FROM THE PEW

  • The Pope's most recent important address in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • The 107th 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 10th

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Saint Scholastica and Friday's Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and the World Day for the Sick.

  • ...and much more in our 29th 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 See finalizes preparations for Jubilee of the Sick this weekend
    GIF images used with permission of EWTN  The Holy See is finalizing preparations for the three day Jubilee for the Sick focusing on the World Day of Prayer for the Sick on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes Friday. It will be highlighted by an outdoor Mass in St. Peter's where the Holy Father will administer the Sacrament of Sick to 200 selected persons and will follow the next day with Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum. All events will be telecast to various major Marian shrines throughout the world including Lourdes, Guadalupe, Czestochowa and the Immaculate Conception Basilica in Washington D.C. to name a few. continued inside

    Hope for Vatican-Arab relations improves with appointment of delegate to Arab League
       A breakthrough has just been achieved in the Holy See's on-going relations with Arab nations when the Holy Father appointed Archbishop Paolo Giglio as Papal Delegate to the Arab League, a league of 22 Arab countires founded in 1945 representing all the Muslim nations of the mideast and Northern Africa. Archbishop Giglio is the Apostolic Nuncio to Egypt and since the League's headquarters are in Egypt it is a natural. It also will be beneficial with the Holy Father visiting Egypt soon. continued inside.

    Vatican banker warns faithful about blowing it all on stock market
       Before you invest in that hottest stock you just heard about, heed what the Holy See says about not getting in over your head and investing only what you can afford to lose. Though it's a gamble, it's best to view the stock market as a wise, long-term investment and not a get-rich-quick opportunity. These words come from the Pope's banker himself. continued inside.

    Civitavecchia Bishop defends Weeping Statue phenomenon
       This time it wasn't the drops of blood seaping from the famous weeping statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Civitavecchia outside of Rome, but the blood boiling up in Bishop Girolamo Grillo's veins who was incensed by a scathing article in the London Times that called the famous weeping statue a hoax, concocting ways people were tricked. Having seen firsthand the events and seen the fruits, the Bishop of Civitavecchia refuted those false claims. He asserted that you do not have to believe it, but berated the Times for trying to defame it. continued inside.

    Victory for Cardinal Winning's cause by House of Lords as Section 28 will be retained
    Great BritainCardinal Winning - Photo from Inside the Vatican    All the weeks of campaigning against repealing Section 28 by Scotland's Cardinal Thomas Winning paid off yesterday when the House of Lords voted to maintain Section 28 which prohibits promoting the gay agenda in schools. It was a bitterly fought battle with Winning being called many names but as the days counted down more realized the wisdom of his words and the governing body within Britain's House of Lords narrowly passed the measure to retain Section 28 much to the chagrin of Tony Blair's liberal Local Government. continued inside.

    Israel Rabbi trying to call shots for upcoming papal visit
       If the Vatican was not aware of the sensitivities of various religious and political leaders in the mideast, they are now when one of Israel's leading rabbis is pulling rank, insisting the Pope come to him instead of meeting at a place both sides might agree to such as the Western Wall of the Temple in Jerusalem but that's not good enough for the chief rabbi who is sounding more like the Russian Orthodox Patriarch in trying not to officially recognize the Vicar of Christ. The Vatican is making alternative plans to accommodate sensitive wishes. continued inside.

    It's not right that the most powerful weapon available is being taken away from Massachusetts State inmates

    Massachusetts    No word yet from Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law, but before you gather Rosaries to send to prisoners as so many Catholics do, think about sending multicolored beads to Massachusetts State Prison for they are being confiscated by authorities because they are considered gang symbols. Maybe someone told the guards just what the Rosary is: the most powerful weapon we can use to fight satan, and maybe someone else told them they were members of Mary's army. Now that's a gang we can be proud of! continued inside.

    Hooray for Hoosier State in displaying Ten Commandments
       The Indiana House of Representatives passed a measure that allows the Ten Commandments to be displayed in government buildings as long as no historical explanation is posted with it. When it comes to the tablets given to Moses no historical explanation is necessary and it bodes well for the Hoosier state. continued inside.

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