TUESDAY     vol. 11, no. 42     February 29, 2000

February 29, 2000


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Eighth Tuesday in Ordinary Time


First Reading:
  1 Peter 1: 10-16
 Psalm 98: 1-4
  Mark 10: 28-31


   Today and tomorrow we continue to observe Ordinary Time for the final full week of Ordinary Time until June 12th. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.


"But many who are first now will be last, and many who are last now will be first."

Mark 10: 31

The Gospa's message for February
February 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! 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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The Holy Father has taken the Leap of Faith in undertaking his grueling "Jubilee Journey." We need to take that leap in being loyal to him!
CATHOLIC PewPOINT     In today's editorial, we take advantage of Leap Day by illustrating the Leap of Faith the Holy Father made over this past weekend in completing the Pentateuch part of his historic "Jubilee Journey" and what lies ahead as the mongers of muck and dissidence try to rake him over the coals. We point out that though he is frail in figure, his mind is razor sharp and don't for a minute be deceived that this aged, holy Roman Pontiff is "losing it." Though the media love to infer that he's over the hill and should resign, they forget he has the greatest Ally on his side Who guides and inspires him - the Holy Spirit. For today's editorial The Pope may be slumped over, but he's in no slump! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Holy Father compares Mount Sinai of the Old Covenant with Mount Thabor of the New Covenant
Egypt   Today, because Michael Vincent Boyer's column has been delayed since he is putting his March issue of "Goodbye Hollywood" to bed, we bring you a special edition of His Holiness Pope John Paul II's moving homily at Mount Sinai on his final day in Egypt at the Monastery of Saint Catherine at the foot of the holy mountain where Moses received the Decalogue which has been the guideline for Judeo-Christian faithful ever since. He speaks of the austerity of this sacred place and the history as well as the need to reunify the monotheistic faiths. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Appreciation of man as an Image of God
    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. Today we present the catechesis on Image of God as explained in My Catholic Faith. For part two in the 120th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
  On this date 1,532 years ago in 468 Pope Saint Hilary passed on to his Heavenly Reward. His seven year pontificate as the 46th successor of Peter was marked by his attention to the formation of the priesthood in determining what level of culture was needed in order for a young man to become a priest. He also declared that Popes and Bishops could not nominate their successors. In addition, he established the first apostolic vicariate in Spain. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

God loves everyone, so should we!
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".

"Many psyychiatrists today know very well that all they have to do to help certain distressed minds is to listen to their stories. Convince the anxious heart that you know the secret of his anxiety and he is already half cured. Even if we can convince the enemy that we have no bitterness in our heart against him, his arm will fall helpless at his side. All mental abnormalities have their roots in selfishness, all happiness has its roots in kindness. But to be really kind, one must see in everyone an immortal soul to be loved for God's sake. Then everyone is precious."

    Coming Wednesday:

  • The 37th installment of THE 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER

  • Pro-Life Prescriptions by Dr. Frank Joseph in LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

  • The 121st 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 March 1st

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Eighth Wednesday and Thursday in Ordinary Time.

  • ...and much more in our 43rd 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

Seal of the Archdiocese of New YorkBishop Sean Patrick O'Malley, OFM Cap. to succeed Cardinal John J. O'Connor as Archbishop of New York
Bishop Sean Patrick O'Malley, OFM Cap.Bishop O'Malley in his Capuchin habit greeting old friend Mother Teresa - photo by Jack Iddon    So much for predictions. Like many appointments before this, the Holy Father surprised many with the selection of Bishop Sean Patrick O'Malley, a Capuchin Franciscan just like Archbishop Charles Chaput in Denver, as the ninth Archbishop of New York City, ending months of speculation as to who would succeed Cardinal John J. O'Connor who recently turned 80 and has wanted to retire for five years. Bishop O'Malley, a youthful 55, has been the shepherd of Fall River, Massachusetts since 1992 and before that a bishop in the Virgin Islands. He is known for wearing his friar's robes in place of more formal wear, is a strong on pro-life and adherance to Church teaching, and is multi-lingual, a great plus for the various cultures in New York. continued inside

Holy Father insists on adherence to the true tenets of Vatican II
   On his return from Egypt, the Holy Father lost no time in stating that the Vatican Council II "was an authentic prophecy for the life of the Church," and warned that only the truth of this Council need be studied and applied, and that he is calling for further study upon this great Council that its fullness may be realized in this new millennium. For thirty some years liberals have been running rampant and now he is ready to rein them in by a sterner implementation of the true Conciliar and Post-Conciliar documents so full adherence and obedience will be met...or else. continued inside.

If it plays in Peoria, it should be implemented in every diocese in the country providing the same teachers used for Peoria are guiding it!
Bishop John Myers of Peoria    The loyal, conservative shepherd of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois Bishop John Myers has announced the establishment of an on-going "Diocesan Catechetical Institute." The purpose is to train all teachers of the Faith in the truth to prevent watered down doctrine and liberal tendencies. This will allow all pastors, principals, CCD teachers and other organizations to draw from a pool of well-qualified teachers. It is hoped that this special instituted, dedicated to Saint John Bosco, will be a revival of the dedication once exhibited by the nuns, priests and lay brothers whose sole objective was to educate Catholic youth in the truths of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. With Bishop Myers in charge it is a great start! continued inside.

Bush clears air with Catholics over anti-Catholic misconceptions that were promulgated by the McCain camp
Governor George W. BushCardinal O'Connor    Hoping to convince Catholics in America, especially New York, the Governor of Texas, George W. Bush made a special point to clear the air of any bias and that he harbors no anti-Catholic sentiments whatsoever by writing a sincere letter to Cardinal John O'Connor. He points to his long friendship with the cardinal, citing that he views Catholics as his brothers and sisters in Christ. While acknowledging that accusations are part of the political campaign process, Bush spoke out against Senator John McCain's below-the-belt tactics of "guilt by association" just because the governor spoke at Bob Jones University which does harbor ill feelings toward Catholics. What it all boils down to is that Bush's record and platform, other than on capital punishment, is more in line with Catholic doctrine than McCain's more liberal abortion record. If Alan Keyes cannot gain the steam necessary to make a run, then Bush has to be the Catholic's obvious choice to oust the culture of death from the White House. continued inside.

Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre to begin their Jubilee celebration in Rome tomorrow
   Order of the Holy Sepulcher
   The Order of the Holy Sepulcher, with over 3,500 Knights and Dames and ecclesiastics globally, will begin their Jubilee celebration tomorrow through from March 4. Estabished during the time of the First Crusade, the Order underwent changes during the course of history and today their role is even more pertinent in light of the Pope's impending visit to the Holy Land next month. The over 20,000 membership give financial aid to the Latin Patriarch and undertake social concerns as well throughout the Holy Land. continued inside.

Special symposium scheduled in two weeks to smooth Judeo-Christian sentiments in preparation for Pope's visit end of March
Israel    Beginning March 15th, the St. Andres Association of the Quirinale for the Roman Jubilee, as well as the Pontifical Gregorian University will hold three conferences to make further preparations for the Holy Father's continuing "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land. Joining these two institutions will be the Israeli Embassies in the Vatican and Italy, as open dialogue continues and gains momentum in the Judeo-Christian understanding. These efforts are expected to help pave the way for a smoother trip for the Pope and to ease concerns by extreme fundamentalists throughout the mideast. continued inside.

Archbishop Charles Chaput joins Cardinal Thomas Winning in standing strong against same-sex unions
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap.    Denver's Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap stated in Sunday's edition of the Rocky Mountain News that he strongly opposes same-sex marriages and any legislation tied in to promoting the homosexual agenda. In the same article, the Denver archbishop made clear his position on hate-crime laws, stating that "hatred aggravates the evil of crime." To some his words might seem contradictory, but in essence and spirit, just as Scotland Cardinal Thomas Winning has stressed, is upholding the fundamentals of God's law and the rights of all of His children to be free from violence because of a person's behavior or lifestyle. continued inside.

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