WEDNESDAY     vol. 11, no. 3     January 5, 2000

January 5, 2000
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Feast of Saint John Neumann

First Reading:
   1 John 4: 11-18
   Psalm 72: 1-2, 10, 12-13
Gospel Reading:
   Mark 6: 45-52


    Today is the Feast of Saint John Nepucene Neumann, Cardinal and Archbishop of Philadelphia who worked tirelessy to establish the Catholic school system in America. Tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Blessed Andre Bessette, the humble lay brother who built a massive oratory for Saint Joseph in Quebec. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on both, click on DAILY LITURGY.


    "And seeing them straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking upon the sea, and He would have passed by them. But they, seeing Him walking upon the sea, thought it was a ghost, and cried out. For they all saw Him, and were troubled. Then He immediately spoke to them, and said to them, 'Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid.'"

Mark 6: 48-50

The Gospa's message for December
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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  • Investiture raises its ugly head as Popes of the late tenth century force the issue, giving way to increased power of the Holy Roman Emperor and the beginning of temporal/religious clashes that would last for many centuries

    The Popes  the development of the Holy Roman Empire
        We continue our on-going series of this abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we feature the ten Sovereign Pontiffs from the second half of the tenth century when the bickering of Roman family clans returned to the perils of the era of Pope Formosus when anarchy and intrigue reigned supreme. There were a few Pontiffs who returned to the immoral ways of yesteryear and this softened the papacy, ripe for a takeover by various factions. It was Otto I and then his son Otto II who walked into this scenario and walked out richer and more powerful. They took advantage of the weak Popes and warring factions to forge their own rules in lessening the influence of Rome while the people of the world looked trepidly toward the end of the millennium as the time of the Last Judgment for superstition was the rule of the day in these times known as the "Dark Ages." For Installment thirty-two The Rise of the Holy Roman Empire - part four: "The Apostolic Line of Peter during the second half of the tenth century" in the BARQUE OF PETER
    Appreciation of the
    Gospel of Saint Mark

        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 feature today the second of the four Evangelists Saint Mark, often symbolized by the Lion whose feast day is celebrated on April 25th. He wrote his gospel probably between 70 and 80 A.D. depending on the first-hand recollection of Saint Peter who Mark accompanied in many travels. For the eighty-first installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Cardinal Josef Tomko - photo from Inside the Vatican For 15 years Slovakia's Cardinal Josef Tomko has been a key figure in curial circles and with nations and faiths as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
    Slovakia     We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-forty-first red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 75 year-old Cardinal Josef Tomko, the Prefect for the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples for fifteen years. He has played major roles in ecumenism and talks with Eastern and Protestant churches as well as Israel. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II during his May 25, 1985. For more on Cardinal Josef Tomko, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

    Events that happened
    today in Church History

    Pope Paul VI
        On this day 24 years ago in 1964, Pope Paul VI during his first full year of his papacy became the first Vicar of Christ since Saint Peter to step on the soil of the Holy Land when he visited Israel and Jordan during a special pilgrimage. Now, in late March Pope John Paul II will become the second when he makes an even more extensive pilgrimage to the Holy Land including the Jordan River, Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem among other sites such as the Sea of Galilee in retracing the footsteps of Jesus Christ during his historic "Jubilee Journey" this year. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
    "Love covers up the corruption of the soul"
    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".

    "We love to see ourselves idealized in the minds of others. That is one of the beautiful joys of love. We become fresh, innocent, brave, strong in the mind of the beloved. Love covers up the corruption of the soul. The winter of discontent is forgotten by being clothed in the blossoms of a new spring. After a while the lover begins to substitute what he really is is in his own mind, with what he is in the mind of the other. It is this idealization which pleases in love."

       Today is the 12th and Final 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.

    Twelfth Day of Christmas=The Apostles' Creed

    Government of China snubs Vatican by ordaining three bishops in defiance to one of the Holy See's conditions for establishing diplomatic relations

          The Vatican has expressed "astonishment" and "disappointment" at the news that three Chinese bishops will be ordained for the government-approved Patriotic Catholic Association without the approval of the Holy See. continued inside

    Britain answers plea of the Holy Father in forgiving debts
          After all the millions spent on the gala fireworks display on the Thames River New Year's Eve witnessed by the world, the British Government's decision to cancel third world debt is "a real reason to celebrate the new millennium", the director of the Catholic overseas aid agency CAFOD said on Wednesday. continued inside.

    Catholic Prime Minister of England calls for a return to religious values for the new millennium

        During the first session of Parliament yesterday Prime Minister Tony Blair, a Roman Catholic, addressed the legislators and a other religious leaders of various faiths and called for a return to the values of religious teaching which should form the basis of any civilized society. continued inside.

    Ukraine abolishes death penalty in seeking to preserve the Sanctity of Life in former Soviet Republic
      Ukraine abolishing death penalty
          Ukraine's Constitutional Court has abolished the death penalty in this former Soviet Republic, calling it a "cruel, inhuman, and humiliating" punishment. continued inside.

    Dominican Republic's Cardinal Lopez Rodriguez decries UN's solutions toward population control and neglect of the poor
      Cardinal Lopez Rodriguez - photo from Inside the Vatican
          Meanwhile in the Dominican Republic, the Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, expressed his concern for the absence of adequate solutions to face the growing poverty in the world as we begin the XXI century, especially criticizing the UN for their policy of population control. continued inside.

    Mother fights for life to give birth to baby while clinically dead
          In the spirit of Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla a Spanish mother's wish that her baby be saved was granted and she died of a blood disease after struggling for well over a month to stay alive so her baby could make it. She was on artificial ventilators to keep her alive until the baby could be born. The baby, a boy, weighed in 2 lbs and 13 ounces. Minutes after he was delivered his mother died. continued inside.

    Colombia Bishops request that Christmas Peace Truce be extended for the good of all
          It was so successful over Christmas that the Bishops of Colombia have appealed to the rebel troops to continue honoring the truce agreed to. In this way they feel negotiations can begin and progress to the point of trust between both sides. The truce has proven, according to the Bishops, that it peace can indeed be possible if all give it a chance. continued inside.

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    Coming Thursday:
    • Another thought-provoking, conscience-tweaking column by Pat Ludwa in his VIEW FROM THE PEW

    • The 82nd 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

    • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on January 6th.

    • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

    • DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Blessed Andre Bessette on Thursday and Saint Raymond of Penafort on Friday.

    • ...and much more in our 4th issue for 2000!

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