First Monday of Ordinary Time
1 Samuel 1: 1-8
Psalm 97: 1-2, 6-7, 9
Mark 1: 14-20
Today is the first day of Ordinary Time in the Church Year while tomorrow is the First Tuesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
"And passing along by the sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and his brother Andrew, casting their nets into the sea (for they were fishermen). And Jesus said to them, 'Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.' And at once they left the nets, and followed Him."
Mark 1: 16-18
December 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! This is the time of grace. Little children, today in a special way with little Jesus, Whom I hold in my embrace, I am giving you the possibility to decide for peace.Through your 'yes' for peace and your decision for God, a new possibility for peace is opened. Only in this way, little children, this century will be for you a time of peace and well-being. Therefore, put little newborn Jesus in the first place in your life and He will lead you on the way of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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Imagine if the Beatles had promoted the Gospel instead of an extension of an existential nightmare! Their reflection might not have been so backward!|
In his column today, Pat Ludwa who hails from Cleveland - the home of the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame - dissects the words of a 1971 Beatles' song by self-proclaimed guru John Lennon called "Imagine." In 1980, after Lennon had been gunned down in New York City by a crazed fanatic, fans of Lennon and the Beatles had to realize the error of the group's ways and that his utopian song did not fulfill dreams as Lennon had conveyed, but was only an extension of an existential nightmare. Pat exposes the fallacies of Lennon's words, pointing out the only words with substance are the Word - Jesus Christ for He alone has the words of Eternal Life. While Lennon once proclaimed that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, he had to realize nothing lasts forever except Jesus. We can only pray that through the Mercy of God, Lennon has realized his grave miscalculation and will be allowed to imagine eternity in the presence of the Beatific Vision. We don't have to imagine how that will be for all of us, for Our Lord has shown us the way and through His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, has given us the vehicle to reach that Utopia, better known as Heaven. For his column today, Imagine, see VIEW FROM THE PEW
Pope reminds first general audience of 2000 of Mary's importance as Mother of God and Mother of the Church
Today, we bring you the words from His Holiness Pope John Paul II for his Weekly General Papal Audience of 2000 at Paul VI Hall where 7,000 packed the spacious auditorium to hear the Holy Father talk about Mary's role in Redemption. In concentrating his talk on Mary, "beloved daughter of the Father," the Pontiff explained that the first word of the angel's greeting to Mary is a call to joy: Rejoice! "With this first word addressed to Mary, the Father reveals his intention to communicate real and lasting joy to humanity." He concluded by indicating that Mary's role is being fulfilled today by helping "the Church to walk as she did in Christ's footsteps." For the Pope's words, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Appreciation of the New Testament
Acts of the Apostles
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's introduction to the Acts of the Apostles. For the eighty-fourth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi is Cameroon's first native member of the College of Cardinals
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-forty-third red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cameroon's 69 year-old Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi, Archbishop of Douala since 1991. He became Cameroon's first cardinal ever during the Holy Father's Consistory of June 28, 1988 when Cardinal Tumi was Archbishop of Garoua. For more on Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi, see COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Events that happened today in Church History
On this day 1,764 years ago in 236, Pope Saint Fabian became the 20th Vicar of Christ. What is significant about his election was the fact the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, alighted on his head confirming to all that God was pleased by his electors' choice. Because of the intense persecutions ordered by the Roman Emperor Decius, there was a mass exodus of many Christians from Rome which gave rise to the hermetical life of the anchorites in the deserts and mountains. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
God fashions our cross, not us!
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".
"Our Lord gave the injunction, 'Take up your cross daily and follow Me' (cf. Luke 9: 23). First it is to be noted that the cross is personal. Most of us are willing to take up our own crosses - those that we have fitted to our own shoulders - but few there are who, like the Savior, are willing to take the cross that is handed to them."
Holy Father holds private ceremony in the Sistine Chapel to baptize infants from eight different countries including America
On the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, His Holiness John Paul II baptized ten baby boys and eight infant girls in a special private ceremony for the parents, sponsors and a few friends in the newly refurbished Sistine Chapel where the Pope pointed to the story of Salvation on the ceiling and walls as an appropriate setting for these young ones to begin their path to eternal bliss. continued inside
Fears of safety for Christians mount in Lebanon with rape and murder of Maronite nun by Muslim militants
It's been happening in Indonesia, and now Christians in Lebanon fear it's going to happen in the mid-east, especially once Israeli troops pull out of Beirut. On the evening of January 3, the body of a 60-year-old Maronite nun was discovered on the grounds of a Beirut university. According to security guards, Sister Antoinette Zaidan was raped and strangled by Islamic militants. This is just another in a long line of violent acts, which have been escalating in recent months. continued inside.
Funds from Youth Pilgrimages to Rome will help other groups around the world including young Colombian prostitutes and the handicapped in Pakistan
A new program called "Jubilee Youth Solidarity" has been formed by the Youth Services Committee for the Jubilee Year in Rome with funds raised from those youth attending pilgrimages in Rome going to various global projects for youth. At present, there are five specific projects: a home for young Colombian prostitutes; a formation center for rural youth in Cameroon; a pastoral center in Romania; a social center in East Timor, and a residence for handicapped people in Pakistan. continued inside.
L'Osservatore Romano lambasts France for "Morning-after Pill" and Belgium for approving domestic partnerships
It is a far cry from the days of Charlemagne, King Saint Louis IX, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, and many other French and Belgian saints who upheld the morality of God including Saint Catherine of Laboure and Saint Bernadette of Soubirous who were both warned by the Mother of God that these days would come. These days are the deterioration of moral values in western Europe and the official Vatican paper is taking France and Belgium to task. continued inside.
San Giovanni Rotondo opens doors to sanctuary where Padre Pio's relics are placed, influx of pilgrims expected during Jubilee Year
Approximately three thousand pilgrims participated last Thursday afternoon in the ceremony of opening of the door of the sanctuary of "Holy Mary of Grace," in St. Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, where the relics of Blessed Padre Pio are kept. Thousands of pilgrims are expected to travel this year to the sanctuary, in the region of Foggia, to pay homage and ask for the
intercession of Padre Pio. continued inside.
Site of where Jesus was baptized opened to pilgrims to coincide with the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord
Over the weekend Jordan opened to pilgrims the site of the Baptism of Our Lord to coincide with the Feast Sunday. The site at Wadi Kharrar has been two years in the planning to prepare it for the heavy influx of pilgrims including the Holy Father who will visit this austere and historic site along the Jordan River where findings have shown Jesus was baptized by Saint John the Baptist. continued inside.
Despite people's protest and Human Rights Board, El Salvador's President won't reopen unsolved case of Jesuit martyrs from 1989
Evidently the murderers of five Jesuit priests and others in 1989 will never be known except in Heaven for, despite pleas from the people of El Salvador and a strong recommendation from a Human Rights Advisory Board, the President of El Salvador refuses to open "old wounds," conveniently shelving any investigation of the dastardly deed during the 12-year civil war. continued inside.
Indulgences prove bugaboo in German Protestants' acceptance of ecumenism, urge boycott of Catholic events
Despite the signing of the Document of Justification last fall at Augsburg between the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church, there is still quite a chasm between the two. This became evident recently when German Protestants reacted strongly to the Church's continued use of indulgences which, according to them, nixes the "Sola Fides" position. But alas, the Protestants still haven't grasped what the Catholic Church teaches and what the Council of Trent reaffirmed. continued inside.
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