TUESDAY     vol. 11, no. 12     January 18, 2000

January 18, 2000
Sister Mary Raphael - photo from EWTN web site Sister Mary Raphael, P.C.P.A.

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Second Tuesday in Ordinary Time


First Reading:
  1 Samuel 16: 1-13
  Psalm 89: 20-22, 27-28
  Mark 2: 23-28

    Today is the Second Tuesday of Ordinary Time in the Church Year while tomorrow is the Second Wednesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.


    "And He said to them, 'The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.'"
Mark 2: 27-28

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The Gospa's message for December
December 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! 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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  • B&W etching drawn by Sr. Mary Raphael - graphic from EWTN web site Our Lord looks favorably on His loyal daughter Sister Mary Raphael, P.C.P.A. in just the way she envisioned Him in her art

    CATHOLIC PewPOINTSr. Raphael and Mother Angelica - inseparable for over 50 years - photo from EWTN web site    In today's editorial, we remember Sister Mary Raphael, P.C.P.A., the Mother Vicar of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Birmingham, Alabama who passed on to her Heavenly reward last Sunday on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. She was an integral part of Mother Angelica's life for the past fifty-three years and she will be dearly missed by Mother, the Sisters, staff of EWTN and all of us. Inside you will find our small tribute to this loyal, holy, orthodox nun, the likes of which may not pass our way again. For today's editorial Sister Mary Raphael is gone, but not forgotten! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    Appreciation of the
    Epistle of Saint Paul to the Philippians
        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 Philippians. For the ninetieth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    New Weekly Feature

    "Gone With The Wind" remains an all-time classic having survived the test of time over sixty years.
    Movie poster for Gone with the Wind     Since more Catholics rent movies nowadays, and we've had e-mails requesting we carry reviews of rentals as well as first-run movies we've decided to bring you reviews of the major films being released in video stores every Tuesday. Hopefully this will help somewhat in choosing a video or passing on it no matter the hype. Like the movies, we bring you the Bishops' review on the video release. This week we highlight our favorite pic of the week - an all-time classic that catapulted legends Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh to fame back in 1939.Video packaging from Universal It just gets better with age. Another duo is due out today - a pair of comedians who can be brilliant if they tone it down. For the most part Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin do in the hilarious "Bowfinger". For new releases this week, see VIDEOS & VIRTUES

    Events that happened
    today in Church History

    Pope Saint Mark     On this day 1,664 years ago in 336, Pope Saint Mark became the 34th successor of Peter. Though his pontificate would last only nine months he instituted the Pallium, made from the wool of a blessed lamb and decorated with black crosses. He also established the first calendar for religious feastdays and decreed that the Pope should be consecrated the Bishop of Ostia. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    The intention of giving is the proof that flows
    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". "Our Lord said: 'Let not your left hand know what your right hand gives' (cf. Matthew 6: 3). This was followed by the second principle of giving: The gift must be offered for a Divine reason. The cup of cold water will be given a reward a hundredfold if it is given in Christ's name."

    Coming Wednesday:

  • The 91st installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Installment 34 of the 2000 Year Voyage on the Barque of Peter

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on January 19th.

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Second Week in Ordinary Time.

  • ...and much more in our 13th issue for 2000!

  • Speculation mounts that Holy Father will hold a Consistory during Jubilee Year since College of Cardinals 18 shy of capacity
        With numerous cardinals reaching the ineligible age of 80 such as Cardinal John J. O'Connor Saturday and Cardinal James Hickey in October just to mention a few, speculation is growing within Vatican circles that Pope John Paul II will hold his eighth Consistory and name at least 18 eligible cardinals to the Sacred Conclave. Many believe it will be in the Fall after he has selected a replacement for Cardinal O'Connor and Cardinal Basil Hume who passed away last year. His last Consistory was February 21, 1998. continued inside

    Cardinal O'Connor celebrates 80th birthday, receives congratulatory message from Pope
    Cardinal John O'Connor     The Archbishop of New York, Cardinal John J. O'Connor is expected to retire soon as he continues to recover from brain surgery late last summer. He celebrated his 80th birthday Saturday in great spirits, receiving a congratulatory letter from the Holy Father who encouraged him, and he joked with the overflow congregation at St. Patrick's Cathedral quipping if anyone had any job offers for him. Also in attendance was Archbishop Renato Martino, the Holy See's Permanent Observer to the UN. continued inside.

    John Paul II opens his arms wide to ecumenical Christian delegations from all over the world
    St. Paul's in Rome
        The Holy Father is receiving numerous delegations of Christian leaders in Rome for the second largest assembly for ecumenism present for today's opening of the Holy Door at St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls. It is second only to Vatican II. The Pope received the Finnish delegation privately and expressed great hope that this week of Prayer for Christian Unity will bear great fruits among all faiths. continued inside.

    Pope cites importance of family, agrees Cuban boy should be with his natural father during meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Cuba     The Holy Father met yesterday with the Cuban Foreign Minister in a renewed push to encourage more religious liberty in Cuba stemming from agreements during his January papal visit there two years ago. In addition the case that has caused an international furror - of returning six year-old Elian Gonzalez to his father in Cuba - was brought up and while the Pope made no political statement, he reinforced the importance of family and his rightful place and bond between father and son. The United States Bishops have already called for the boy to be returned. continued inside.

    Muslim extremists on rampage with holy jihad, burn churches in Bali
    Indonesian archepelago     Bob Hope and Bing Crosby wouldn't recognize this "Road to Bali" for it is filled with hate and destruction as Muslim extremists continued rioting on the resort island of Bali, torching churches and making life miserable for Christians as they continue to carry out their crusade for a holy war against all Christians even though the Prime Minister has spoken out strongly against such action. continued inside.

    Clinton clever in trying to convince world prostitution should be legalized for the safety of all
        Considering Bill Clinton's lifestyle and morality, is anyone surprised that he is trying to get the UN to legalize prostitution internationally by altering the definition and further eroding morals? That's exactly what he and his wife Hillary are attempting despite protests from strong Christian circles, but it might be too late since the UN has already made preliminary approval of "voluntary" prostitution in an effort to stop violence against women and children. continued inside.

    Academy Award actor Ben Kingsley tabbed to portray Pope in a story on John Paul II's life
    Ben Kingsley     All that is needed for final approval of Ben Kingsley to play the Pope John Paul II is the Pope's personal approval. Because of the quality of the film series by Mediaset, an Italian television company that has produced a series of biographies including one on Pope John XXIII, it is highly speculated permission will be forthcoming. The British actor Kingsley gained fame for his portrayal of Ghandi in the film of the same name and his role in Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List". continued inside.

    Weekly broadcast of Vatican highlights debuts on the internet
        If you want a half hour of the news of the week from the Vatican, ForeignTV.com may be your ticket. Sponsored by Octava Dies, you can catch the past week's events that took place at the Vatican. This service also offers news of other sites of the world and has been able to penetrate such censored areas as China and Turkey to mention a few where it is aligned with the public television channels in those countries, allowing the Holy Father's words to reach those who wouldn't otherwise hear it. continued inside.

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