THURSDAY    January 13, 2000   vol. 11, no. 9   SECTION ONE

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  • Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW
  • Appreciating the Gift of Faith: 2nd Corinthians
  • Daily LITURGY
  • Daily WORD
  • Monthly Medjugorje Message

  • 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

    And the survey says......!!!
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    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


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    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

    installment 87:    Second Epistle of Saint Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
        Saint Paul wrote this second canonical Epistle to the Christians of Corinth from Macedonia towards the close of this third missionary journey, and therefore very probably around the year 57 of our era. The Apostle had lately come from Ephesus, where he had spent over two years, and was on his way to Corinth. He had previously sent Titus to Corinth to visit the new community and to ascertain the effect on the faithful there of a severe letter which he had been obliged to write them some time before.

        Paul and Titus had first arranged to meet at Troas, a Mysian seaport on the eastern shore of the Aegean Sea; but St. Paul arrived there ahead of schedule and being anxious for news from Corinth, went across the sea to Philippi in Macedonia, and it was probably there that he met his envoy.

        The report given by Titus of the effect on the Corinthians of St. Paul's letter from Ephesus occasioned this Epistle. In it the Apostle defends his life and ministry, urges that the collection - already requested and begun - be made for the poor Christians in Jerusalem, and replies to his bitter opponents. The Epistle ranks with those to Timothy and the Galatians as the most intensely personal of St. Paul's writings. But unlike the letters to Timothy, which are calmly pastoral and directive, this Epistle is vehement and hotly polemical, especially in the four closing chapters. The writer will have his critics and adversaries understand that he is a true apostle of Jesus Christ, and that his sincerity and authority have been amply attested by extraordinary visitations from Heaven and by unparalleled labors and sufferings in behalf of the Gospel.

    Tomorrow: Letter from Paul to the Galatians

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        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.

    Thursday, January 13, 2000

      Thurssday January 13:
      First Thursday in Ordinary Time and
      Feast of Saint Hilary, Bishop and Doctor

      Green or white vestments

        First Reading: 1 Samuel 4: 1-11
        Psalms: Psalm 44: 10-11, 14-15, 25-26
        Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 40-45

    Feast of Saint Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

          Born in 315 in Poitiers, Gaul, Saint Hilary was a bishop who lived in the 4th Century in Aquitaine which is today Southwest France. Though he was raised a pagan, life's journey brought him to Christianity at middle age through reading Sacred Scripture. In 353 he became the bishop of his home town of Poitiers and fought hard to support the orthodox cause against the growing threat of Arianism prevalent among his peer bishops. The majority of Arian bishops succeeded in getting him expelled to Phrygia where he spent time in exile. He dedicated his life to stopping this Arian menace within the Church, becoming a thorn in the side to all heretics as he preached love, not hate for those ignorant of the true teachings of Holy Mother Church. For his dedication and contributions, he was called the "Athanasius of the West." While in exile he wrote his most famous treatises De Trinitate, De synodis, and Opus historicum. Finally, after a long battle against Arianism, he returned to the place of his birth Poitiers where he later died in 368 in total peace. We can learn from St. Hilary in that though we are soldiers for Christ, we also need to show compassion and love while never compromising our faith. Pope Pius IX declared St. Hilary a Doctor of the Church on January 13, 1851.

    Friday, January 14, 2000

        First Reading: 1 Samuel 8: 4-7, 10-22
        Psalms: Psalm 89: 16-19
        Gospel Reading: Mark 2: 1-12
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        "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
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    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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