Second Thursday of Ordinary Time
Feast of the Martyrs Pope Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian
1 Samuel 18: 6-8; 19: 1-7
Psalm 56: 2-3, 9-14
Mark 3: 7-12
Today is the Second Thursday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of the early martyrs Pope Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian while tomorrow we commemorate the Feast of another martyr - Saint Agnes. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and the profile on these saint, see DAILY LITURGY. The DAILY WORD
"For He healed many, so that as many as had ailments were pressing upon Him to touch Him. And the unclean spirits, whenever they beheld Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, 'Thou art the Son of God.' And He charged them strictly not to make Him known."
Mark 3: 10-12
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December 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
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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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If we know our Faith, then determining right from wrong is as simple as "Simple Scruples" |
In his column today, Pat Ludwa addresses something that seems to be misunderstood: scruples. Many mistake it as being overly cautious and seeing things that aren't there, seeing sin when there is none and presuming God will punish the person for the sin. That is one extreme. The other end of the spectrum is not worrying about anything at all, presuming God will forgive anything and everything. In today's column Pat points out that we need to find the middle road and encourages close scrutiny without dwelling on it for endless hours. He refers to "scrupulosity" as being careful and upright, not hesitant or being overly scrutinizing. And, backing it up with Scripture, shows that A little scrupulosity can be a good thing! in his column today. See VIEW FROM THE PEW
Pope encourages diplomats to the Holy See to strive for solidarity throughout the world in this new century of hope
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, however, we are bringing His Holiness' special address to all the we bring you the words from His Holiness Pope John Paul II to all the Diplomatic Corps members who are accredited to the Holy See from last week when they convened from all over the world at Vatican City. In his message, he reiterates the need for solidarity to achieve the unity we are all praying for this week during the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. He addressed the needs throughout the world, the trouble spots and problems while pointing to positive things in expressing great hope for this new century in achieving solidarity globally as we all commence on a voyage into the new millennium to which the Holy Father concludes in bidding adieu and blessing those in attendance with "safe journey." For this special address, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Appreciation of the
Second Letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians
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 presenting the introduction to Paul's Letter to the Thessalonians. For the ninety-second installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened
today in Church History
On this day six years ago the French Senate opened the floodgates for the culture of death by refusing to acknowledge that an embryo is a human being created by God. Despite vocal pleading by the Bishops of France, the blind legislatures turned their back on the Sanctity of Life and defeated the measure by a count of 294 to 21, thus giving rise to extensive embryionic experimentation and an encouragement of abortions in order to provide more embryos. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Give of your wealth now and receive eternal dividends later
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".
"The world thinks that the highest things must be used for the lowest, for example, the intellect to make surplus wealth. The man of God believes that the lowest must be used for the highest, that is, money must be spent to help spread Divine Truth, to solace the afflicted and to cure the sick that their souls may be free to work out their salvation. The truest answer to 'You can't take it with you' is: 'You can, provided you give it away!' Then it is stored up as merit in the next life."
The 93rd 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 21st to 23rd, plus Top Ten Movies in MOVIES AND MORALS
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora, S.J., Archbishop of Lima, Peru in our COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
DAILY LITURGY for Ordinary Time over the weekend including Feast of Saint Agnes on Friday, and the triple observance of Ordinary Time, Feast of Saint Vincent, deacon, and the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday plus the THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME.
...and much more in our 10th issue for 2000!
Third Secret of Fatima causes controversy and speculation
Controversy is swirling anew over the Third Secret of Fatima as Father Rene Laurentin, one of the world's foremost Mariologists, contends in a new book called "Breviary for a New Millennium" just released by Italian journalist Giuseppe De Carli that Pope John XXIII was going to reveal the contents of the Third Secret of Fatima in 1960 while making preparations for Vatican II. But the late Pontiff's personal secretary Bishop Francesco Loris Capovilla vehemently denies those claims. Some are speculating Pope John Paul II will finally reveal the Secret during his Jubilee Pilgrimage to Fatima this year. continued inside
Pope urges all, especially youth to be "Apostles of dialogue, listening, and pardon" in praying for Christian Unity
During his regular Wednesday Papal Audience at Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father filled the audience in from the previous day's ecumenical events and entreated all to pray for Christian unity and for those who were sick or suffering to offer their crosses as victim souls for the fulfillment that all may be one as God wills. He targeted the youth as a key component in the crusade for communication with like brethren of other faiths in breaking down prejudices. continued inside.
Will the Pope visit the real Mt. Sinai in February?
That is the question some are asking in anticipation of the Holy Father's historic "Jubilee Journey" to Egypt the end of next month in light of an interview with the Israeli archeologist who claims he rediscovered the true mount where Moses received the Ten Commandments. To everyone's surprise Emmanuel Anati claims it is not in Egypt but rather the Negeb desert in Israel. If that were true there are an awful lot of discrepancies in Genesis and Exodus. continued inside.
Vatican Jubilee Committee out to prove religion and politics do mix with special "Jubilee Journey" for world politicians and statesmen
Long after the Pope has completed his historic "Jubilee Journey" there will be an opportunity for 1000 political leaders from all over the world to follow in the footsteps of Saint Paul in a special pilgrimage from Bethlehem to Rome between October 26 and November 5 this year. At each stop on the pilgrimage an important global issue will be addressed to encompass the needs of all in encouraging the participants to help their people and join together for the good of all.
Christians under intensified attacks in Lombok as mass exodus of tourists begin
Once a thriving tourist destination, the Island of Lombok in the Indonesian archepelago will soon be a ghost town as tourists are being evacuated following days of heavy violence, looting and torching Christian sites, churches and homes. Hotel owners, fearful of being identified as pro-Christian have gone out of their way to shun Christians and make it known they are pro-Islam leaving most Christians high and dry. continued inside.
Spanish Bishops call for making St. John of Avila a Doctor of the Church
The Spanish Bishops have made an appeal to the Holy See that if Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint John of the Cross are both Doctors of the Church, then shouldn't their teacher and spiritual advisor Saint John of Avila be declared the same. He was a tireless champion for the Eucharist, preaching the importance of adoration throughout Spain despite being imprisoned by enemies for his dauntless defense of Church dogma. continued inside.
Over 40 million expected to visit Vatican exhibit at Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany
A highlight of the Jubilee Year outside of Rome will be the World Expo 2000 to be held in Hanover, Germany for five months beginning June 1st in which 40 million are projected to pass through the modern, reverent exhibit that will be in circular structure of glass and wood with displays of art work from the Vatican and display panels on important moral issues today.
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