WEDNESDAY     vol. 11, no. 18     January 26, 2000

January 26, 2000

      Feast of Saint Timothy and Saint Titus

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The Gospa's message for January
January 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

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  "Dear children! I call you, little children, to pray without ceasing. If you pray, you are closer to God and He will lead you on the way of peace and salvation. That is why I call you today to give peace to others. Only in God is there true peace. Open your hearts and become those who give a gift of peace and others will discover peace in you and through you and in this way you will witness God's peace and love which He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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Feast of Saint Timothy and Saint Titus


First Reading:
 Timothy 1: 1-8 or Titus 1: 1-5
  Psalm 89: 4-5, 27-30
  Mark 4: 1-20


  Look upon our infirmities, almighty God, and since the burden of our misdeeds is heavy upon us, grant that the glorious intercession of Blessed Timothy, Thy Martyr and Bishop, may be our protection.


   O God, Who did adorn Blessed Titus, Thy Confessor and Bishop, with apostolic virtues, grant that we, through his merits and intercession, may live righteous and godly lives in this world, and may come worthily to our Heavenly home.


   Today is the Feast of the early Bishops Saint Timothy and Saint Titus while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of the virgin Saint Angela Merici. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.


"And other seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other seed fell upon good ground, and yielded fruit that grew up, made increase and produced, one thirty, another sixty, and another a hundred-fold." 'Then He said,' "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
Mark 4: 7-9

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   A growing wave is swelling in America to not only reaffirm, but legalize the right to life for all - born and preborn. In today's column, Frank Joseph, MD, a committed retired Catholic physician from Southern California, publishes the proposal called The Constitutional Right to Life Act of 2000 which goes to great lengths to reinforce what our Constitution protects and which the pro-aborts have been violating for years as we continue this special pro-life column for the DailyCATHOLIC throughout this Respect Life Week 2000. For his column today, see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

A holy monk named Hildebrand becomes Pope Saint Gregory VII
He and two holy succeeding Popes attempt to restore the Church to its pure mission that Christ intended, but outside forces once again raise their ugly head late in the eleventh century
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Appreciation of the Epistle of Saint James
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  • Another thought-provoking, conscience-tweaking column by Pat Ludwa in his VIEW FROM THE PEW

  • The Pope's most recent important address in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • Pro-Life Prescriptions by Dr. Frank Joseph in LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

  • The 97th installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on January 27th

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Saint Angela Merici and Ordinary Time on Thursday and the Feast of the Angelic Doctor Saint Thomas Aquinas on Friday.

  • ...and much more in our 19th issue for 2000!
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    News Ticker from Catholic World News For more from CWN and other Catholic wire services, see stories below

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    Cardinal Roger Etchegaray   A week ago the Holy Father opened the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity by opening the fourth and final Holy Door at St. Paul's Outside the Walls and yesterday the same basilica hosted the closing ceremonies attended by leaders of numerous different faiths in ecumenical service presided by the President of the Jubilee Central Committee Cardinal Roger Etchegaray. continued inside.

    State of the Church 2000 released by Vatican
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    Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith opened by Cardinal Ratzinger on Feast of St. Paul's conversion
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