Monday of Epiphany
1 John 3: 22-24; 4: 1-6
Psalm 13: 2-7
Matthew 4: 12-17, 23-25
Today is Monday in Epiphany while tomorrow we celebrate Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the American religious educator who helped establish Catholic education in parochial schools. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on Mother, click on DAILY LITURGY.|
The DAILY WORD
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its strength, what shall it be salted with? It is no longer of any use but to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a lamp and put it under the measure, but upon the lamp-stand, so as to give light to all in the house. Even so let your light shine before men, in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven." Matthew 4: 13-16
December 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
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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John XXIII will be beatified because he wasn't the man modernists think he was.
In his column today, Pat Ludwa puts Y2K behind and opens a new moniker - Y2V - Why Vatican II? - in refuting the claims the liberal dissidents are heralding for their new hero Pope John XXIII who will be beatified next September 3rd along with fellow Pontiff Pope Pius IX. The modernists think John was a liberal who wanted to make changes to change the Church. Nothing could be further from the truth for John was a caring man with a great respect for the traditions and teachings of the Church as illustrated in his writings and actions. There were those who used this loveable Pope to foster their own agendas, but they were not Cardinal Roncalli's agenda. He only wanted to open the door and let in some fresh air to allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify during a time when the world was losing its innocence. It was the liberals who allowed satan in. For his column today, Y2V? , click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Pope encourages all in his Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" to cross the threshold and follow Christ while seeking reconciliation
Today, we bring you the words from His Holiness Pope John Paul II for his "Urbi et Orbi" address given Christmas day as his first official address for the Great Jubilee 2000 Year. In his brief address he hails Jesus Christ once again as the Door, referencing opening the Holy Door to, of and for Christ the night before and invites all to cross through with him. He acknowledges that despite all of man's foibles over the millenniums, including faults and mistakes by men of the Church, Our Lord does not abandon His children and the Holy Father reasserts the need for all to understand "the mystery of divine adoption." He sets the tone for the theme of the Jubilee Year - reconciliation by asking all to seek forgiveness from God for past transgressions and grow in love for our fellow man made in the image and likeness of Christ. For the Pope's words on his Jubilee "Urbi et Orbi", click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Appreciation of the New Testament
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. We move from the Old Testament which we had featured in December to the New Testament with an introduction to the Gospels. For the seventy-ninth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Retired Cardinal of Romania Cardinal Alexandru Todea merited the reward of the cardinalate at the age of 79 after suffering so many years under the communists
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-fortieth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 87 year-old Cardinal Alexandru Todea, Archbishop emeritus of Fagaras and Alba Julia in Romania. He became one of the oldest cardinals to ever be honored with the red-hat when Pope John Paul II included him in his Consistory of June 28, 1991. It was fitting that this Byzantine Roman-Rite cardinal be honored for he spent thirteen years in a communist prison for his Faith. For more on Cardinal Alexandru Todea, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Events that happened today in Church History
On this day 479 years ago in 1521, Pope Leo X, who basically did not have a clue how to offer a remedy to the dangerous schism fostered by the Augustinian monk Martin Luther, sought to silence him with his Papal Bull Decet Romanum pontificem which in effect excommunicated him. The "bell, book and candle" bull was a follow-up to his previous one Exsurge Domine which Luther torched in protest and disrespect. Thankfully a healing of this schism has finally begun with the recent signing of the agreement a few months ago between the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church. Had Holy Mother Church had a Pontiff like John Paul II back then, there would never have been the Protestant Reformation! For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Why are we loved? God only knows!
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".
"The great mystery is not why we love, but why we are loved. IT is easy to understand why we love because of our incompleteness and our radical dissatisfaction apart from goodness. But why anyone should love us is the mystery, for we know when we look at our real selves how very little there is to love. Why creatures should love us is not too great a mystery, for they are imperfect too. But for God to love us - that we will never understand."
Holy Father opens Holy Door at St. Mary Major on Solemnity of Mary
As it does every year, on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, the Vatican news agency FIDES published a list of Church
personnel killed in mission territories during the past year: 1999. This year the total is 31, priests, religious men and women, catechists and seminarians. continued inside.
Three Holy Doors down, one to go. That was the account after Saturday's ceremonies in Rome. On the first day of 2000, John Paul II examined the questions raised by this symbolic date in his homily after opening the Holy Door at the Basilica of St. Mary Major. continued inside
Pope reminisces on past, looks ahead to future while celebrating present with reverent New Year's Eve celebration with packed crowd in St. Peter's
Friday evening, John Paul II celebrated first Vespers in the Vatican Basilica, followed by the "Te Deum," in
thanksgiving for all the blessings God has sent over the last 2000 years. For more, click on continued inside.
Gone but not to be forgotten: 31 Religious martyrs from around the world in 1999
23 Legionaries of Christ become first ordained priests in 2000 during ceremonies in Rome
Cardinal Lucas Moreira Neves, Prefect of the Congregation for the Bishops, today ordained some of the first priests
of the year 2000. This was a group of 23 young men from the congregation of the Legionaries of Christ. The ceremony was celebrated at 10:00, Rome time, in the chapel of the congregation's seminary. continued inside.
Bishops in Florida mount campaign against death penalty, urge legislators to uphold Sanctity of Life
While George W. Bush struggles for the presidential nomination, his brother Jeb Bush will have a different struggle ahead - dealing with pressure from the hierarchy for the bishops of Florida, among them Archbishop John Favalora of Miami, have recently exhorted the legislators from this state to oppose the proposals of legal changes that search to accelerate the process previous to the capital punishment. continued inside.
Texas judge nixes abortion licensing law; back to drawing board for pro-lifers
Meanwhile in Texas, George W. Bush has another fight on his hands. If he's pro-life as he claims, then he'll fight the order a Texas judge just passed down blocking a Texas law that would have instituted special licensing requirements for abortionists. The law, which took effect on September 1, requires doctors' offices to be licensed if the doctor performs more
than 300 abortions continued inside.
Cooperation with the Muslim is paying off as authorities grant approval for Catholic church to be built to accommodate 60,000 Catholics in Qatar
The Islamic government of Qatar
has approved the building of a Catholic church in the capital to serve the Persian Gulf country's estimated
60,000 Catholics, according to the Gulf Times newspaper. continued inside.
Sudan government's order that Islam must be taught in all state schools gives rise to Christians' fears
Meanwhile in Khartoum, the Muslims weren't as accommodating for Sudan's Islamic government has ordered state governors to convert government primary schools into Muslim schools, according to a government newspaper on Thursday. continued inside.
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TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS
Today is the 10th Day of Christmas. For the meaning of the 12 Days of Christmas - actually a secret Catechism for persecuted Catholics - click on 12 Days of Christmas.
- The 80th installment in our new feature on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
- Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on January 4th.
- Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN
- DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Saint Elizabeth Seton on Tuesday and Wednesday of Epiphany.
- ...and much more in our 2nd issue for 2000!