Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul
Acts 22: 3-16 or Acts 9: 1-22
Psalm 117: 1-2
Mark 16: 15-18
O God, Who has taught the whole world by the preaching of Blessed Paul the Apostle; mercifully grant that we, who this day celebrate the memory of his conversion may, by following his example, advance in the way that leads to You.
Today is the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, while tomorrow we commemorate the Feast of the early martyrs Saint Timothy and Saint Titus For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY. The DAILY WORD
"Go into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned."
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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Why big and small obstacles make so many souls
to the Will of God
In today's editorial, we bring up a number of obstacles that have happened and why. One obstacle we need to inform all who have tried to e-mail us is that we experienced a freeze over the weekend that locked up our e-mail cache, thus erasing all posts people had e-mailed us. If you were waiting for us to reply, then please resubmit so we can answer you. In the main part of our commentary we delve into obstacles that we may not even realize and how satan has cleverly placed these detours in our path. The wise man consults with the Heavenly Navigator Jesus while the foolish one tries to go it alone the quickest way he can without realizing the consequences. This ties in with Respect Life Week 2000 as we point out. For today's editorial No matter the obstacle, nothing is impossible with God! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT
The "Boxer Rebellion!"
We're not talking about the siege in China a century ago, but rather the rebellion against God's natural law that US Senator Barbara Boxer is waging against the pre-born while passionately trying to save any and all animals. In today's column, Frank Joseph, MD, a committed retired Catholic physician from Southern California, publishes a revealing letter from this pro-abort politician which exposes much more than she ever intended as we continue this special pro-life column for the DailyCATHOLIC throughout this Respect Life Week 2000. For his column, Now, we have the truth about pro-aborts!, see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!
Appreciation of the
Letters of St. Paul to Philemon and Hebrews
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 Letters to Philemon and Hebrews. For the ninty-fifth installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
On this date 41 years ago while at St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls to celebrate the Apostle's Feast, Pope John XXIII shocked the world by announcing he would hold an Ecumenical Council which would be the landmark Second Vatican Council which is still, after thirty five years, so misunderstood. Many were surprised that this Pontiff, who had been elected as an "interim Pope" to succeed Pope Pius XII three months earlier on October 28, 1958 would have the "gumption" to call such a monumental meeting which was more than a "temporary caretaker" of the Papal throne should undertake according to his skeptics. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Horses gallop into the three films we review this week
That's a far stretch to tie in the three films we review today, but how else do you introduce them? The best of the lot is the sentimental, warm-hearted video "Come to the Stable" from 1949 starring Celeste Holm and Loretta Young as French nuns acclimating to American culture. The other we recommend for just plain escape is last year's hit "The Mummy" and the only new video released this week is Julia Robert's fun and innocent vehicle "Runaway Bride" For the reviews of these videos, see VIDEOS & VIRTUES
The privilege of a mother is to populate Heaven
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".
"Physiological motherhood is glorified by cooperation with God Himself, Who fathered the baby's soul and then permitted a woman to clothe it in her flesh. The human mother does not bear a mere animal but a human being, made to the image and likeness of the God Who created it. "
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Tens of thousand march on capital to protest abortion
Commiserating the 27th anniversary of the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision, tens of thousands descended on Washington D.C. yesterday marching peacefully in support of the Sanctity of Life, carrying signs pleading with the president to stop killing the innocent babies. It is very important during this election year for the man chosen for president in November will hold the key to appoint decent judges who can overturn Roe vs. Wade. continued inside
Holy Father tweaks conscience of world's media on World Communications Day
Addressing the world's media, Pope John Paul II reminded them that you cannot separate the principles of religion from world events and that they must take into account the values faith brings to all people and cultures when reporting the news for to leave these elements out presents a shallow account of reality and the public depends on them to convey the truth. continued inside.
Vatican Social Communications Director calls on cooperation between Church and media
The President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications America's Archbishop John Foley followed up the Pope's message by calling on the Church to develop its own media while at the same time working hand in hand with the world media to illuminate the world as to the mission of the Church in the modern world. continued inside.
Holy See announces special four-day symposium for world media in June at the Vatican
A follow-up to yesterday's World Communications Day will be held from June 1-4 at the Vatican with a special seminar for media members from all walks of life and creeds throughout the world concluding with a special Papal audience with His Holiness on the Sunday after Pentecost.
Four arrested as two-year case of murdered Bishop reopened
Making good on his campaign promise to clean up government in Guatamala, President Alfonso Portillo is already showing results with the arrest of four suspects in the brutal unsolved murder of Bishop Juan Jose Conedera Gerardi, a Human Rights activist, who was bludgeoned to death in April 1998. The four included three army officers and the Bishop's cook who authorities suspected let the murderers in. continued inside.
Red China continues persecution with word of Bishop's arrest
The Cardinal Kung Foundation out of the east coast has confirmed that a Roman Catholic Bishop, two priests and a lay Catholic were arrested last year at the same time Jiang Xemin was denying to the world and religious persecution. The underground Church is the only one loyal to Rome and Beijing is doing all it can to suppress it while in a state of denial to everyone else. continued inside.
Bush decries Roe vs. Wade but is vague on what he would do
Presidential candidate George W. Bush is on record as definitely being against the Roe vs. Wade decision, but when pressed on the immediate action he would take if elected, he backtracked a bit, leaving it vague if he would guage the calibre of the Supreme Court candidates on their views on abortion.
Chiara Lubich honored by Pope and city of Rome
On the occasion of her 80th birthday, the foundress of the Focalare lay movement was honored by the Holy Father for her service and dedication and by the eternal city for her contributions through Focalare which today numbers one million members. The mayor bestowed on her the title of "Honorary Citizen of Rome."
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