Feast of Saint Francis de Sales, 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 Feast of Saint Francis de Sales, the Bishop and Doctor of the Church, who is the patron saint of journalists and communicators, while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
"How can satan cast out satan? And if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
Mark 3: 23-25
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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God will not be mocked!
In his column today, Pat Ludwa,
in commiserating the 27th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade during Respect Life Week, acknowledges the growing presence of the culture of death which is being foisted on us from all angles from abortion, to contraception to a brainwashing of ideas that make homosexuality normal and acceptable. The Holy Father calls it "the corruption of ideas" and that is what is happening today as Pat documents. How many realized the fate of the Jews back in 1932? How many realized the millions of lives that would be slaughtered in the worst holocaust in history that began in 1973? Pat reexamines history and warns us it is happening all over again and that both the government and liberal factions, such as the gay rights movement and others, are trying mind control in their effort to corrupt ideas and turn black into white. Gay rights has nothing to do with race or religion, but a way of life that is unnatural and against God's laws. To overlook that and accept such a lifestyle as legitimate is mocking God. Our country has mocked God long enough through abortion and other means of preventing life. Enough is enough!
For his column today, The culture of death comes in many shades, sizes and disguises , see VIEW FROM THE PEW
Every American, born and unborn, has the unalienable right to life!
We've enlisted Frank Joseph, MD, a committed retired Catholic physician from Southern California to write a special pro-life column for the DailyCATHOLIC which will appear each Wednesday exulting the Catholic beliefs on creation and procreation in upholding the Sanctity of Life. During Respect Life Week we will be carrying his column each day as an introductory promotion. For his introductory column, see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!
Pope begins catechesis on the Holy Trinity as the Alpha and Omega - "the Source to the Mouth of the River of Salvation History"
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 January 19th where His Holiness began his series on the Most Blessed Trinity, showing how the Son of God and the Holy Spirit flow from the Father and in the current of salvation history, washes us in redemption through the Mystery of the Incarnation and Resurrection as part of God's master plan for mankind. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Appreciation of the
Second Letter of St. Paul to Titus
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 introducing Paul's Letter to Titus. For the ninty-fourth installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Filipino-born Cardinal Ricardo J. Vidal has been Archbishop of Cebu 18 years
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-forty-ninth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is nearly 69 year-old Cardinal Ricardo J. Vidal, the Filipino Archbishop of Cebu who has served as shepherd there since 1982. He was elevated to the cardinalate during the Consistory of May 25, 1985 by Pope John Paul II. For more on Cardinal Ricardo J. Vidal, see COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Life begins at conception!
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".
Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
On this date 882 years ago in 1118 Pope Gelasius II was elected the 161st successor of Peter during a time of great upheaval when antipopes and Roman clans threatened the stability of the Church. He was attacked at the Lateran and escaped, returning under disguise as a pilgrim to reclaim the papal throne but it was short lived for he would die at Cluny a year later on January 29, 1119 while trying to organize a Synod to restore the authenticity of the Papacy. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
"The soul of a child does not emanate from the mother's soul or body, but is freshly created by God Himself, Who infuses it into the body of the unborn child. "
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Marriage annulments might not be as prevalent as before as Pope cracks down on sacredness of vows
In addressing the new Roman Rota, responsible for final dissolutions of marriage, the Holy Father said in no uncertain terms that too many have taken marriage as a temporary thing which they can get out of through divorce and annulment in the Church and the Church must be tougher and uphold the indissolubility of Marriage. continued inside
Holy See asserts one can't buy their way out of a marriage
Many are under the mistaken impression that one can buy themselves out of a marriage because of the much-publicized cases of Princess Caroline, the Kennedy men, Frank Sinatra, etc. But the Holy See has made it very evident that money has nothing to do with annulments, confirming that 80% of the annulments have been done at no cost. continued inside.
Holy Father has special reasons for making his pilgrimage to Egypt
The Pope personally reaffirmed his great desire to visit Mt. Sinai and his reasons for this historic "Jubilee Journey" to where Moses was given the Ten Commandments. The Vicar of Christ also reaffirmed his great desire to still visit Ur in Iraq in retracing the footsteps of the great patriarch Abraham. continued inside.
Bishop of Rome blesses lambs wool for Pallium on Feast of Saint Agnes as Church of St. Agnes also reopens
On the Feast of the virgin and martyr Saint Agnes, which means "lamb," the Pope blessed the traditional lambs wool to be used for the Pallium, a virgin wool stole with black crosses on it that was first instituted as an annual ceremony by Pope Saint Mark in 336. Also the ancient church of St. Agnes reopened in Rome after seven years of thorough renovation.
New FCC ruling could have dire ramifications on Christian broadcasting
In an event that could begin the fallout of Christian television as we know it in the USA, a Christian broadcasting company did not renew their license because of unfair new restrictions placed on religious programming that declares it "uneducational" which would include Catholic devotional programming such as the Mass. continued inside.
Respected movie director who made "Gettysburg" to right the wrongs done to St. Joan of Arc
Confirming what Catholics perceived as a terrible depiction of the French Saint Joan of Arc in the movie "The Messenger", a rival director took his potshots at director Luc Besson and vowed to make his own movie on the French saint that will do her justice. continued inside.
Mexico City's Cardinal Rivera decries culture of death
Cardinal Norberto Rivera pleaded with the Mexican people to not be ignorant of their Faith or they could easily be mislead by materialism and the culture of death that makes the alternative look so enticing only to realize too late their dire mistake. He called on the intercession of Our Lady for protection and for all to be obedient to the Church.
Duluth's Bishop Schwietz to succeed Archbishop Hurley in Alaska
The Holy See has announced that Duluth's Bishop Roger Schwietz, OMI has been tabbed as Coadjutor Archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska making him the successor of Archbishop Francis Hurley in Anchorage, Alaska when the latter retires in a year or so. While this episcopal appointment was made, no word yet on the successor for Cardinal John O'Connor.
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