TUESDAY    January 25, 2000   vol. 11, no. 17   SECTION TWO

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  • Appreciation of the Precious Gift of our Faith: Installment 95
  • Daily LITURGY
  • Special Prayer for Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul
  • Daily WORD
  • Events this day in Church History
  • VIDEOS & VIRTUES for Tuesday releases
  • Monthly Medjugorje Message for December 25th
  • Be an angel in helping keep the DailyCATHOLIC free to all and help the contemplative sisters of the Institute of Divine Mercy

  • 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


        During his first Roman imprisonment 61-63 A.D.), Saint Paul came to know a slave named Onesimus, who had deserted his master Philemon, a wealthy Christian of Colossae in Phrygia. After the Apostle had won the fugitive over to Christianity, he looked for a favorable opportunity to send him back to his master. This opportunity offered itself when he was dispatching a letter to the Colossians in tye year 63 A.D. Onesimus accompanied St. Paul's messenger Tychious (Col. 4, 7-9). To Philemon the Apostle addressed the touching appeal, entreating his friend to deal kindly with the runaway.


        Apart from some doubts expressed unofficially in the West before the fourth century, the traditional Catholic view has always maintained the Pauline authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews, at least in the sense that it was conceived by Saint Paul and written under his direction. Its thought is thoroughly Pauline, and much of its phraseology is also distinctly Pauline. The excellent literary style however, is generally superior to that found in the other Epistles of St. Paul, and ranks with the best in the New Testament.

        The time, place of composition and destination of the Epistle are not stated explicitly, and there is but little evidence elsewhere bearing upon these matters. Opinions, based on the few vague indications available, differ widely. As plausible as any is the common view that the Episstle was written at Rome about 63 A.D., shortly after St. Paul's release from his first Roman imprisonment, and that it was destined for the Jewish Christians of Palestine, who under the stress of trials were in danger of relapsing into Judaism.

        The Epistle described most eloquently the eminent superiority of the new dispensation over the old. Inaugurated by the Son of God Himself, this new dispensation was God's final revelation to man. It completed the message of the prophets, and brought to perfection all that was of permanent value in the Mosaic covenant. The Incarnate Son of God was its High Priest, and His glorious sacrifice was truly efficacious before God in the forgiveness of sin. As suffering and humiliatin had an important place in His victory, His followers are exhorted to forego worldly advantage, to bear their trials patiently, and to persevere heroically in the faith.

    Tomorrow: The Epistle of St. James the Apostle

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       Today is the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, while tomorrow we commemorate the Feast of Saint Timothy and Saint Titus For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.

    Tuesday, January 25, 2000

    Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

    Wednesday, January 26, 2000

    Feast of Saint Timothy and Saint Titus, Bishops and Disciples of the early Church

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      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.

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    "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

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    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

    Historical Events in Church Annals for January 25:

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    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


    We strongly recommend...

    BONUS: (Since there is only one new release today we're providing a bonus classic for you to rent)

    • COME TO THE STABLE (G) (This forgotten picture is a classic depicting the culture of the Church before Vatican II with two French nuns played by two loyal Catholic actresses and stars of their day who portray the Church in the light it should be shown and not the superstition ogre Hollywood depicts today in such dogs as "Stigmata", "Dogma", and "The Messenger". )
        The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-I -- general patronage. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. "Come to the Stable" is a sentimental comedy about French nuns Loretta Young and Celeste Holm arriving in rural New England to establish a hospital with help from an eccentric artist and a cynical songwriter. The 1949 movie offers much genial humor as the nuns learn American ways while the locals try to adapt to the unworldly simplicity of the newcomers, with predictably heartwarming results. December 1997

    New Videos released today:

    • RUNAWAY BRIDE (PG) (It's the only new release today but it's a harmless love story that leaves the viewer feeling good in this reunion of Roberts and Gere in a mild "Pretty Woman II" )
            Because of very discreet sexual innuendo and minimal profanity, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. In "Runaway Bride" cynical big-city reporter Richard Gere comes to a small town to do an exposť on bride-to-be Julia Roberts, who has left several previous suitors at the altar, only to find he wants to replace the groom at the imminent ceremony. With Roberts luminous in her role, the feel-good romantic comedy, though predictable, brims with warmth and charm. July 1999

      While the reviews by the NCCB are very good and provide the ratings, we have discovered another site which will give you a much more detailed survey of what to watch out for. Just click on Christian Analysis of Culture Alert.

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    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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    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.

    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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