THURSDAY     vol. 11, no. 19     January 27, 2000

January 27, 2000

      Ordinary Time and Feast of Saint Angela Merici
St. Angela Merici Respect

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Ordinary Time and the Feast of Saint Angela Merici


First Reading:
 2 Samuel 7: 18-19, 24-29
  Psalm 132: 1-5, 11-14
  Mark 4: 21-25


   Lord, may St. Angela commend us to Your mercy; may her charity and wisdom help us to be faithful to Your teaching and to follow it in our lives.


   Today is the Third Thursday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of the virgin Saint Angela Merici while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of the Angelic Doctor Saint Thomas Aquinas. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.


"If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." 'And He said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you, and more shall be given to you. For to him who has shall be given; and from him who does not have, even that which has has shall be taken away."
Mark 4: 23-25

The Gospa's message for January
January 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! 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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Just how important is this election year? Only a matter of life and death!
   In his column today, Pat Ludwa exposes the empty rhetoric of the anti-life pro-aborts who depend so much on slogans to blur the truth and denigrate those who uphold the Sanctity of Life. He equates their agenda to another whom they don't like to be associated with - history's most reviled butcher Adolf Hitler. Yet, they have already surpassed his killing rate in the number of murders they have been responsible for through abortion. He points out that in this election year when the stakes are so high and so defined with the Republicans solidly behind pro-life while the Democrats stand squarely in the abortion ring, we can't sit back and let others do it, but get involved in this pivotal year that will mark the difference as to whether the innocent preborn live in the next presidency or will continue to be condemned to death because of the greed and selfishness of women who don't realize the blessings of motherhood. For his column today, This election year is a matter of life and death! , see VIEW FROM THE PEW

Pro-Life Prescriptions:

VP as Pres would "Gore" the preborn to death! We can't let that happen!
  Vice President Al Gore's easy victory in Iowa should alert all of us how dangerous this man can be, especially when he tries to win Christians over with his take on what Jesus really believes in his opinion. In today's column, Frank Joseph, MD, a committed retired Catholic physician from Southern California, points this out and the doublespeak this pro-abort promoter of the culture of death spews. He emphasizes that for the sake of the children, we can't afford to elect him as the next president or it's curtains for the unborn children as we continue this special pro-life column for the DailyCATHOLIC throughout this Respect Life Week 2000. For his column today Al Gore Thinks Jesus Christ is Pro-abortion!, see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

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Holy Father asks cooperation of the world media to proclaim the good news which Christ charged His Apostles to spread.
   Today, we bring you the words from His Holiness Pope John Paul II to the World's Media on World Communications Day this past Monday in which the Holy Father points out that "the history of communication is a kind of journey" dating back to the confusion at Babel up to modern time when technology has surpassed all expectations and become such an important, even vital component of cultures today. He shows where the focus of the Church and the world throughout history should be on the greatest of communicators - Jesus Christ during this Jubilee Year when we celebrate the 2000th anniversary of His birth. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Appreciation of the First Epistle of Saint Peter
   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 the Epistle of Saint Peter. For the ninty-seventh installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
Pope St. VitalianPope Sergius II    Today is the anniversary of the death of two Popes, one in 672 - Pope Saint Vitalian, the 72nd successor of Peter whose 15 year papacy was highlighted by an expansion of Christianity to Western Europe and the conversion of the Lombards. The other is Pope Sergius II who died 26 Popes later in 847 after a three year pontificate remembered for his reconstruction of Rome, specifically the Praetorium or "Holy Stairs." For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

God made woman to beget, not forget!
Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen    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".

"Every birth requires a submission and a disciplining. The earth itself must undergo harrowing before it passively accepts the seed. In woman, the submission is not passive: it is sacrificial, consciously creative, and for this selflessness her whole nature has been formed."

with a Catholic slant

News Ticker from Catholic World News For more from CWN and other Catholic wire services, see stories below

Zenit provides a guide to help American Catholics decide on the right man for the next president of the United States
   In this vital election year, ZENIT provides a capsulized profile on each of the remaining nine candidates still in the running for President of the United States with the emphasis on issues that are most important to Catholic voters, especially the pro-life issue. continued inside
Holy Father's audience touches on brilliance of G.K. Chesterton's take on the Trinity and creation
       In his regular Wednesday Papal Audience the Holy Father emphasized the the beauty of creation, tracing it to the Holy Trinity and citing the wisdom of English Catholic writer extraordinaire G.K.Chesterton. The Pope also extended his sympathies to Seton Hall University and their families over the terrible fire that killed three students and injured several others. continued inside.

Serious accusations against Vatican by Chiapas priests prompts Papal Nuncio to bypass controversial
       The chasm between liberation theology and the Holy See is getting bigger in Chiapas, Mexico after several priests criticized the Pope for not appointing the man they wanted to succeed Bishop Ruiz whose retirement ceremony Tuesday the Vatican snubbed because of the protests. continued inside.

Liberation theology also raising its ugly head in Cuba and Cuban bishops upset over double standards
       Meanwhile in Cuba, Fidel Castro's awarding of the "Medal of Friendship" to a dissenting Brazilian theologian who espouses liberation theology has the Cuban bishops upset and feeling betrayed by the fact that the Dominican priest in question has a double standard by accepting and not speaking out against violations of human rights in Cuba. continued inside.

How deep does the corruption go in Guatemala? Files in Bishop's murder case mysteriously missing
       Just when you thought the case of Bishop Juan Gerardi's two year-old murder was going to finally proceed without a hitch, all of a sudden the files for the case are mysteriously missing. Add to that the fact that prosecutors want to rearrest Father Mario Orantes who was arrested prior and accused but no proof forthcoming and now is no longer in the country. Who's in charge in Guatemala? continued inside.

Vicar of Christ to celebrate special Mass for world's religious next Wednesday in St. Peter's
   The Vatican announced that the Holy Father will preside over a special Mass for religious traveling to Rome from all over the world in celebrating and giving thanks for the consecrated life on the Feast of the Purification next Wednesday. Also taking part in the Mass will be the Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo continued inside.

    CORRECTION: In yesterday's issue we indicated the decrees for new beatified and canonized would be announced today. We meant tomorrow and apologize for any confusion.

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  • Coming This Weekend:

  • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

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

  • The 98th 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 28th to 30th, plus Top Ten Movies in MOVIES AND MORALS

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Emmanual Wamala, Archbishop of Kampala in Uganda in our COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • Weekend LITURGY from the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas on Friday and the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday to the FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.

  • ...and much more in our 20th issue for 2000!
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