First Thursday of Ordinary Time|
Feast of Saint Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
1 Samuel 4: 1-11
Psalm 44: 10-11, 14-15, 25-26
Mark 1: 40-45
Today is the first Thursday of Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church while tomorrow is the first Friday of Ordinary Time For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and the profile on this saint, see DAILY LITURGY. The DAILY WORD
"And He said to him, 'See thou tell no one; but go, show thyself to the high priest, and offer for thy purification the things that Moses commanded, for a witness to them.' But he went out, and began to publish and to spread abroad the fact, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but remained outside in desert places."
Mark 1: 44-45
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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Their fruits have disappeared because, besides cafeteria "Catholics" out in the cold, we now have supermarket "Catholics" shopping in all the wrong places for Truth.
In his column today, Pat Ludwa tackles the insidious surveys that so influence the media. According to the pollsters, numbers don't lie; but they fail to realize these surveys are couched in half-truths and authored by the father of half-truths. Pat dissects the numbers, revealing the mindset of so many supermarket "Catholics" who have plummeted beyond the level of cafeteria "Catholics", by searching outside the Church for truths that can only be found within the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ. For his column today, And the survey says.....!!! , see VIEW FROM THE PEW
Pope extolls Sacrament of Baptism, calls on all to recommit to their baptismal promises|
In 2000 we will be bringing you the Holy Father's words twice a week enabling us to bring you his weekly Wednesday Papal audiences on Mondays and his Sunday Angelus address on Thursdays. Today, we bring you the words from His Holiness Pope John Paul II from this past Sunday. In commemorating the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord and in reflecting in his own pastoral joy of baptizing 18 new infants in the Sistine Chapel, the Holy Father emphasized the importance of the Sacrament of Baptism as the key - the door to salvation through Christ's Holy Church. As always, the Pope entreated Our Lady's "maternal protection on the road of growth in the Faith" while concluding his remarks by encourging us all to recommit to our baptismal vows. For his brief Angelus address, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Appreciation of the
Second Letter 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 completing the introduction to Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians. For the eighty-seventh installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened
today in Church History
Today we at the DailyCATHOLIC indulge ourselves in acknowledging a special date for the Church and this publication for it is the 77th birthday of our spiritual director who this editor has known since 1956. He is Father Al Svobodny, OMI, born in Minneapolis on this date in 1923. For more on this remarkable, loving priest who is affectionately known as "Uncle Al" to so many, see Father Al. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Invest in the hereafter by being charitable here!
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".
"No matter how many hairs a man has in his head, it hurts to have even one pulled out. No matter how much capital a man has, it hurts to touch even a cent of it. He knows 'he can't take it with him' so he denies there is any place to go; whereas, the Christian way is to use money that those who are helped may be our intercessors in Heaven."
The 88th 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
Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Time Capsules in Church History focusing on January 14th to 16th, plus Top Ten Movies in MOVIES AND MORALS
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Paulos Tzadua, Archbishop of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia in our COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
DAILY LITURGY for Ordinary Time over the weekend including Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday and the SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME.
...and much more in our 10th issue for 2000!
Holy Father resumes talking about vital role of Mary in his Wednesday audiences setting the table for the Dogma of Mary as Advocate, CoRedemptrix and Mediatrix of all graces
While no one is saying so, the Holy Father's constant reminders of the Blessed Virgin Mary vital role in salvation prompts one to hope that he has not abandoned plans for declaring the Fifth Dogma. We suspect he is still waiting for that right time to officially declare this important, beautiful Dogma on the Mother of God. He's hopefully heading on that course with his most recent Wednesday General Papal Audience at Paul VI Hall yesterday, pointing out misconceptions on Our Lady's role and how Mary always shines the limelight away from her in leading us to her Divine Son Jesus as the bridge between God and man. continued inside
Youth group presents Pope with half-mile long scroll containing a million signatures in support of World Youth Day
The Holy Father was overwhelmed yesterday when a group containing 300 lay missionary youths presented him with a massive parchment which had been signed by a million other youths throughout 30 Italian cities compiled last year. It brought tears to his eyes and he quipped that he was not old, but very much young at heart and all who know him would agree 100% with his assessment. continued inside.
It's official! Vatican announces Holy Land trip is definitely on for March 20-26 this year as the historic "Jubilee Journey" begins.
While Iraq and Egypt are still being worked out, the Holy See made it official in a joint announcement by the Latin Patriarch in Jerusalem, and other representatives in Jordan and in Bethlehem yesterday: The Holy Father will begin his historic "Jubilee Journey" by walking in the footsteps of Our Lord from Bethlehem to Nazareth to the River Jordan to the Sea of Galilee, to the upper room in Jerusalem where he will celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass where the very first Mass was said by Christ. His journey between March 20 to 26 will take him to Jordan, Israel and Palestine in one of the most ambitious and historic pilgrimages ever. continued inside.
Bahrain to establish diplomatic relations with the Holy See
Add another country to those enjoying diplomatic relations with the Vatican when Bahrain in the Persian Gulf will officially establish an agreement with the Holy See. The announcement was made after the Emir of Bahrain, who wants to improve relations between Muslim and Christian in his country, met with the Holy Father in a private audience in Rome yesterday.
First martyr of the new millennium was from Indonesia
While the Church was burying a Maronite nun in Beirut yesterday, murdered by Islamic radicals, word came down that the first martyr of the new millennium was also slain by Islamic forces in Indonesia on New Year's Day. He was Yosef Jami, a 29 year-old Theology student with the Society of the Divine Word. continued inside.
Archbishop Favalora entreats his flock to seek peace and understanding, not discord in the global arena that is Miami
In what has become a melting pot of the world, Miami's Archbishop John Clement Favalora is taking advantage of the diversified nationalities by bringing them together to show all can coexist in peace when they are all focused on Jesus. At a special Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral he addressed all races and provided a multi-ethnic presentation of the gifts in proclaiming the intentions in numerous different languages. continued inside.
China threatens to clamp down on religions after being embarrassed on the world stage
Already red-faced from the farcical try to mock the Pope by ordaining their own bishops which backfired tremendously and alienated even Chinese Patriotic Catholics, the news that one of the highest Buddhist officials had successfully fled China to take up refuge with the Dalai Lama who also escaped China years ago, was the straw that broke the camel's back in Communist China. Overtures are that they will retaliate by clamping down even harder on all religions not state-run.
New hot-spot for persecution in Africa could be Nigeria with
One of the most influential cardinals in Africa Cardinal Francis Arinze, currently President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has to be concerned for his own beloved Nigeria where a tough Islamic law will be imposed on all in the northern state of Zamfara in Nigeria. No one has worked more closely with the Moslims and this latest edict has to be discouraging for Cardinal Arinze and many Christians who fear these strict measures could be an eventual tool of persecution.
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