WEDNESDAY     vol. 11, no. 8     January 12, 2000

January 12, 2000
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First Tuesday of Ordinary Time


First Reading:
 1 Samuel 3: 1-10, 19-20
  Psalm 40: 2-5, 7-10
  Mark 1: 29-39

    Today is the third day of Ordinary Time in the Church Year while tomorrow is the First Thursday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Saint Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and the profile on this saint, see DAILY LITURGY.


    "And Simon, and those who were with him, followed him. And they found Him and said to Him, 'They are all seeking Thee.' And He said to them, 'Let us go into the neighboring villages and towns, that there also I may preach. For this is why I have come.' And He was preaching in their synagogues, and throughout all Galilee, and casting out devils."
Mark 1: 36-39

The Gospa's message for December
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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  • With the dawn of a new millennium, the eleventh century presents problems for the Popes and the Holy Roman Emperors as upheaval in Rome and a fragile peace with the East prepares to implode
    The Popes  the development of the Holy Roman Empire     We continue our on-going series of this abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we feature the twelve Sovereign Pontiffs, including one - Pope Benedict IX who ascended the throne three times - during the first half of the eleventh century when the Roman family clans gained power so great they fashioned the Popes, but could not contain their own people. Meanwhile the Islam scitar was becoming more menacing in the Holy Land and a fragile peace with the Byzantine Empire was tenuous at best. This was the scenario in the first half of the eleventh century. For Installment thirty-three The New Millennium - The Apostolic Line of Peter during the first half of the eleventh century," see BARQUE OF PETER
    Appreciation of the
    Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians

        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 Paul's Epistle to the Corinthians. For the eighty-sixth installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte - photo from Inside the Vatican Montreal-born Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte has always been close to his roots as Archbishop of Montreal in Canada
    CanadaProvince of Quebec     We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-forty-fourth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 63 year-old Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, the Archbishop of Montreal who has spent his entire episcopacy in Montreal. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II during his Consistory of November 26, 1994. For more on Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, see COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

    Events that happened
    today in Church History

    Blood of the Martyrs
        Today is remembered as a day of the martyrs - not liturgically, but historically for 90 saints were martyred for the Faith on this date beginning in 230 A.D. when Saint Tatiana was executed by the Roman Emperor the mid eighth century when 38 Irish monks were slaughtered by pagans and two years later 42 Benedictine were slain by the 1737 when four Jesuit missionaries were murdered by a Vietnamese tribal count near the Gulf of Tonkin. In addition to the martyrs, this day signals the deaths of eight other saints over the past two millenniums. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
    Money is a sin if it blinds one from God
    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".

    "What is the psychology of those who will never touch their capital for charity? They keep piling up more and more reserves, each new addition becoming as sacred as the one before. The answer is that every man is made for the infinite, which is God. But his reason becomes blinded through prejudice or sin, so he substitutes another infinite which is money. He then wants more and more of having, instead of more and more of being which is life in God."

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

  • The Pope's most recent Sunday Angelus in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • The 87th installment on the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on January 13th.

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for Ordinary Time and the Feast of Saint Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church on Thursday.

  • ...and much more in our 9th issue for 2000!

  • Groundswell of support for the Holy Father to stay on in aftermath of German bishop's misunderstood remarks
        A tremendous groundswell of support for Pope John Paul II has poured in from all sides including conservative and liberal Catholics who want the Holy Father to stay on and not consider retirement. This all comes in the aftermath of a German bishop's remarks to an Italian television station that was mistranslated, coming out that the latter was calling for the Pope's resignation once he reaches 80 in May. continued inside

    Fragment of Letter to the Hebrews found in Vienna, prompts experts to suspect it wasn't written by the Apostle Paul
        A fragment of the oldest text of the Letter to the Hebrews, dating to the 1st century according to some experts, was unexpectedly found among the papyruses of Vienna's National Library. Other experts date the fragment back to the 5th or 6th centuries. continued inside.

    Egypt on the horizon next month? Mount Sinai could be on itinerary for Spring as part of Pope's "Jubilee Journey"
        The Holy Father has long wanted to retrace the footsteps of Moses at Mount Sinai and he is hopeful he will have that opportunity as Vatican officials are laying the groundwork for him to visit either in February or as an extension of his "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land in March. continued inside.

    Tower of London cell where Saint Thomas More spent his last days before his martyrdom now open to the public as part of Jubilee Year
    St. Thomas More    The dungeon in the Tower of London where it is believed that St. Thomas More was imprisoned before being beheaded for refusing to accept Henry VIII as head of the Church in England was opened to the public for the first time Monday. continued inside.

    Military dissidents who wreaked terror in East Timor at the core of violence in Moluku priest confirms
    Indonesia archepelago     Just as they did in East Timor, a priest, who heads the Crisis Center for the Ambon Diocese in Indonesia, has confirmed that the culprits of the terrible violence in the Spice Islands and Moluku are military officers formerly stationed in East Timor who are trying to foment the same kind of havoc they did last September. It is not a religious war as much as it is these crazies who are stirring up both sides into fighting each other. continued inside.

    Illicit ordinations turn out to be a big dud as Red China fumes over embarrassment
        The carefully orchestrated ordinations of new bishops for the Patriotic Catholic Association, planned by the Chinese government as an act of defiance toward Rome, were actually a "washout," according to sources inside the Beijing cited by the FIDES news agency. continued inside.

    Work of Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" to be recognized with highest honor from Taiwan for humanitarian help after earthquake
    Taiwan     In the spirit of the Samaritan who returned to thank Jesus, the Taiwan Government is expressing its gratitude to the Vatican for their help in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake last September. To show their gratitude they will confer the Order of the Brilliant Star, Taiwan's highest award to the President of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes continued inside.

    Parents encouraged to foster vocations in their families during Serra Conference in Denver
        Strong families give the church great seminarians, Bishop Raymond J. Boland of Kansas City - St. Joseph told Serra Club International members gathered to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family last December in Denver. continued inside.

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