This weekend we commemorate the Feast of the Angelic Doctor Saint Thomas Aquinas on Friday. Saturday we observe Ordinary Time and the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday and Sunday is the FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.
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For the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time:
"And they entered Capharnaum. And immediately on the Sabbath He went into the synagogue and began to teach them. And they were astonished at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the Scribes." Mark 1: 21-22
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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Movie fare continues weak line-up |
To our surprise the mediocre film "Next Friday" beat out Denzel Washington's new vehicle "The Hurricane" which has much more substance. This is only evidence of the fickle movie goers and how mediocre the film fare is this time of year. Because we promised to carry this feature, you get the bad with the good and this week there is little good in the top ten other than "Stuart Little," "The Green Mile" and "Galaxy Quest" for laughs. If it holds any interest for you, For the Top Ten reviews for the 3rd week of the third millennium, prepared by the NCCB, see MOVIES AND MORALS
How long will they deny the Precious Gift of Life?
In this weekend's editorial we wrap up Respect Life Week with a simple, brief call for all to pray and promote a presidential candidate who will appoint Supreme Court Justices that will overturn the Roe vs. Wade decision in order that all may definitely have a choice. Currently "pro-choice" is a misnomer for that means the person is for everyone having the right to choose. They've left someone very important out of the equation and that adds up to a carriage of misjustice that must be righted. For today's editorial "I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.", see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Memo to all: CHOOSE LIFE!|
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto hammers home the point that no one has the right to do what is wrong, bringing to the light that the Supreme Court may consist of persons of high intelligence but not necessarily wisdom...especially after their unbelievable ruling on Roe vs. Wade that has since executed millions upon millions of innocent unborns - the worst holocaust in the history of mankind. Sister reinforces the need to vote for a pro-life president who will appoint judges who in turn will overturn Roe vs. Wade and start America back on the road to recovery. She shows how Cardinal Adam Maida made a difference in Michigan. Multiply that by every priest and bishop in America with a groundswell of lay Catholics and we can make a difference. For her column, Unborn babies have a right to life, see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Pro-aborts better be careful what they wish for!
Have you ever noticed how the pro-aborts don't think straight? In today's column, Frank Joseph, MD, a committed retired Catholic physician from Southern California, makes this clear by citing an example of this by one of the few pro-abort Republicans - the governor of New Jersey who has badly misunderstood the Declaration of Independence. For his column today No more Declaration of Independence , see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!
Appreciation of the
Second Epistle of St. 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 today with the introduction to Peter's Second Epistle. For the ninety-eight installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala overcame the terrible persecution of Idi Amin's regime in Uganda to become Archbishop of Kampala
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-fifty-first red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 73 year-old Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, the Uganda-born Archbishop of Kampala on Lake Victoria in east central Africa who has served as shepherd there since 1990. He was elevated to the cardinalate during the Consistory of November 26, 1994 by Pope John Paul II. For more on Cardinal Wamala, see COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
On Friday 1,186 years ago the first Holy Roman Emperor died. We're speaking of Charlemagne, the saintly emperor and son of Pippin who freed liberated Rome from the tyranny of Barbarossa and was crowned by Pope Leo III on December 25, 800. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Calvary of motherhood leads to the Resurrection
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Archbishop 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".
"Not only a woman's days, but her nights - not only her mind, but her body must must share in the Calvary of motherhood. That is why women have a surer understanding of the doctrine of redemption than men have: they have come to associate the risk of death with life in childbirth, and to understand the sacrifice of self to another through the many months preceding it."
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America can be proud of Blessed Catherine Drexel who has been cleared for sainthood
A miracle attributed to the intercession of Philadelphia's Blessed Catherine Drexel has cleared the way for her to be declared a saint, possibly this year, along with several others approved by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and decreed by the Holy Father. Unfortunately, it looks like Blessed Sister Faustina did not make the final cut this year but there could be more later. continued inside
As expected, Pope John XXIII will definitely be beatified this year, possibly on September 3rd
Present at the reading finalizing Pope John XXIII's clearance for beatification sometime this year was the nun whose miracle through the intercession of the former Cardinal Roncalli paved the way for the Church's elevating him to the ranks of blessed. continued inside.
Interfaith service at Auschwitz commemorating 55th anniversary of the liberation of th
Six different faiths gathered at the site of the former Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz, Poland to offer prayers in memory of the millions of Jews who died there in addition to Catholic victims and victims of other faiths including Protestant, Orthodox, Muslim and Buddhists during the worst holocaust in history until Roe vs. Wade made abortion even more abominable. continued inside.
Supreme Court in Massachusetts succumbs to culture of death opinion, approves Buffer zone around aborturaries
Long considered a Catholic state, Massachusetts is sadly only a shell of what it once was for there has been little outcry and outrage over the recent ruling of permitting buffer zones around abortion mills even though the US Supreme Court is studying the appeals in other states. Possibly the only hope for the state will be prayer and a changing of the guard in eliminating Ted Kennedy and voting in such stalwart moralists as Catholic World News editor Phil Lawler who has announced his candidacy to unseat Kennedy and help return the state to where God wants it to be.
Thousands of innocents dying in Iraq as result of embargo
As we complete Respect Life 2000 Week the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Baghdad is reminding all that this doesn't only apply to the preborn, but men, women and children who are dying of starvation and disease in Iraq due to the embargo. He claims 8,000 children died last month due to lack of food and medicine to nourish and heal the people. The Church has called for an end to the embargo for just these reasons for the embargo is not hurting Saddam Hussein but the innocent people of Iraq. continued inside.
Christ over Rio getting complete facelift for Jubilee
Just in time for Jubilee 2000 the impressive towering statue of Jesus, arms outspread overlooking Rio de Janiero in Brazil, is being restored with a new protective coating against the salt air and lighting that will allow people to see it from many miles away. continued inside.
Further proof of Guadalupe Apparition presented to Rome to corroborate Blessed Juan Diego's cause
To offset negatives being spread by the former disgruntled abbot of Guadalupe, those working for Blessed Juan Diego's canonization have uncovered a rare work of art that gives proof to the Guadalupe tradition from the time of Diego.
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