MONDAY     vol. 11, no. 21     January 31, 2000

January 31, 2000
      January 31 to February 6, 2000
      "Lighting the Way to a New Century"
St. John Bosco
Saint John Bosco

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Feast of
Saint John Bosco,
"Apostle of the Youth"


First Reading:
 2 Samuel 15: 13-14, 30; 16: 5-13
  Psalm 3: 2-7
  Mark 5: 1-20


  O God, Who did raise up Thy Holy Confessor John Bosco, to be a father and teacher of the young, and did will that he, assisted by the Virgin Mary, should cause new families to flourish in Thy Church, grant, we beseech Thee, that the same fire of charity having enkindled in us, we may be enabled to seek after souls and ever to serve Thee only.


   Today is the Feast of Saint John Bosco, Priest, Confessor, and Religious Founder, who is considered the "Apostle of the Youth" and an appropriate feast to kick off Catholic Schools Week. Tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.


"And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshipped Him, and crying out with a loud voice, he said, 'What have I do to with Thee, Jesus, Son of the most high God? I adjure Thee by God, do not torment me!' For He was saying to him, 'Go out of the man, thou unclean spirits.'"
Mark 5: 6-8

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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Anatomy of Catholic Education: Educating Catholics goes under the Xray for the X-factor is that those who teach must know and convey the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith!

   In his column today, Pat Ludwa, in recognizing Catholic Schools Week, wants to make sure all Catholic teachers - religious and lay, professional and volunteer - are in concert with Holy Mother Church for if they are not, a symphony becomes a cacaphony. This is what Our Lord warned of and which Pat reminds us that in looking back at the demise of solid catechetical teaching in the Church over the past thirty some years a cancer has been spreading that can only be eliminated by removing the deadly disease or it will corrupt the entire body. Whether mixing metaphors between musical and medical, one thing is for sure: harmony and teamwork must be ensured. For his column today, Spiritual Surgery , see VIEW FROM THE PEW

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Pope illustrates the wonders and beauties of creation
   In 2000 we will be bringing you the Holy Father's words twice a week enabling us to bring you his weekly Wednesday Papal audiences on Mondays and his Sunday Angelus address on Thursdays. Today, we bring you the words from January 26th where His Holiness points out through Scriptural references that from the breath of God comes the Spirit that balances all creation so that their is cohesiveness in the universe. When we cooperate with this intent such as preserving nature, it becomes a partner with humanity as God intended. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Appreciation of the
First Epistle of Saint John the Apostle

   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 John the Beloved Apostle's First Epistle. For the ninty-ninth installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Cardinal Friedrich Wetter - photo from Inside the Vatican Cardinal Friedrich Wetter is the man who succeeded Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Archbishop of Munich

Germany    We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-fifty-second red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is nearly 72 year-old Cardinal Friedrich Wetter, the German-born Archbishop of Munich and Freising who has served as shepherd there since 1982. He was elevated to the cardinalate during the Consistory of May 25, 1985 by Pope John Paul II. For more on Cardinal Wetter, see COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

Events that happened today in Church History
Pope Saint Sylvester I   On this date 1,686 years ago in 314 Pope Saint Sylvester I was elected the 33rd successor of Peter. It was this saintly Pontiff who convened the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea where the Nicene Credo was formulated. It was also Sylvester who established Sunday as the day of Sabbath, ergo a holyday in honor of the day Our Lord rose from the tomb on Easter Sunday. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Formation begins in the home
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".

"There are no no juvenile delinquents; there are only delinquent parents. The Fourth Commandment, 'Honor thy father and thy mother,' is hardly ever quoted today as a means of restoring domestic peace. If discipline in the home is neglected, it is rarely made up for later."

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    Pope John Paul II strongly reaffirms doctrine of "No salvation outside the Church"
      Concluding the Plenary Council of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith the Holy Father reasserted that, contrary to progressive thought in some ecclesial circles since Vatican II, the Church has never changed its stance on the doctrine of "No salvation outside the Church" for the Roman Catholic Church is the one founded by Jesus Christ as the means for salvation through the Sacraments and Four Marks which only the Catholic Church possesses and is confirmed in John 3: 5 and Luke 10:16. He reiterated that the Council Fathers of Vatican II strongly endorsed this but some since then have misinterpreted this doctrine in compromising ecumenical principles. continued inside
    Indonesia's President Wahid to meet with Holy Father in Rome this Saturday
       With the violence that has ravaged Indonesia, specifically East Timor and the Spice Islands over the past several months, it will be an interesting meeting between the Holy Father and President Abdurrahman Wahid, Indonesia's Muslim leader ever since B.J. Habibe was forced to stepped down after the East Timor trajedy. The two are expected to discuss the violence and toleration toward Christians by this largest of Muslim nations anywhere in the world. continued inside.

    Massive gay rally in Rome this summer threatens confrontation with Vatican and gridlock with pilgrims    A major confrontation is looming at the height of the summer festivities for Jubilee 2000 and it follows the pattern of the prince of darkness who loves to imitate through mockery. Mocking Jubilee 2000 the international Homosexual movement is planning a global World Gay Day 2000 right in the Holy See's back yard in July, not only an afront to all Catholics believe, but tying up traffic and other Jubilee 2000 events for devout pilgrims who will be exposed to the overt "in your face" confrontation expected. The Holy See is very upset with the City of Rome for granting a permit without consulting with the Vatican. continued inside.

    City of Rome also reeling from homeless plight because of Jubilee 2000
    Rome, Italy    While Jubilee 2000 is a boon to the city of Rome, it can also be a bane for Roman officials are scrambling to free extra money to handle the growing homeless situation which this year, because of Jubilee 2000, has brought many more homeless than usual into Rome. Add to that the death of eight people and the unusually frigid winter weather in the eternal city and there are nervous politicians trying to find answers to accommodate everyone. continued inside.

    Cardinal Thomas Winning gains solidarity from all bishops in Scotland to keep Section 28 on books to prevent deterioration of morals and license for gay proseltyizing
    Cardinal Thomas Winning - photo from Inside the Vatican    In a show of solidarity throughout Scotland the Scottish bishops are solidly behind Cardinal Thomas Winning in defeating a measure that would weaken standards in Britain by giving gays a green light to promote homosexuality. The cardinal has come under heavy attack from gay organizers over the past several weeks for his strong stand against repealing Section 28. His leadership in this crusade to keep it on the books is gaining support from other religious leaders in Scotland as well once they realize the consequences. continued inside.

    Charlemagne Corridor is now Confessional Corridor at St. Peter's
    Left Atrium leading to Charlemagne Corridor    The Charlemagne Corridor in the Left Atrium was officially sanctioned as the "Passage of Pardon" on the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas as a special confessional corridor that will attract priests from all over to administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation in numerous languages to all Catholics visiting St. Peter's this Jubilee Year. It is in keeping with the theme of reconciliation and the austere corridor between the main part of St. Peter's and St. Peter's Square will now become a focal point for recollection and the Sacrament of Penance. continued inside.

    The Wailing Wall could live up to its name in March for a sensitive predicament looms when Pope visits Jerusalem.
       The Pope could be in a quandary when he visits Jerusalem in late March this year on his "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land. That is because if he respects the Jewish faith by stopping at the Wailing Wall it will be akin to recognizing that Israel has sovereignty to Jerusalem according to Israel's Prime Minister who is making a political statement that could force the Holy Father to bypass this important cultural event because the Sovereign Pontiff has insisted his visits in retracing the heritage of Christianity must be strictly spiritual. continued inside.

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      Coming Tuesday:

    • The 100th installment 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

    • The latest video releases and a recommended favorite in our weekly VIDEO & VIRTUES

    • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on January 25th

    • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

    • DAILY LITURGY for the Fourth Tuesday in Ordinary Time and Wednesday's Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.

    • ...and much more in our 22nd issue for 2000!

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