Baptism of the Lord
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Isaiah 42: 1-4, 6-7
Isaiah 55: 1-11
Psalm 13: 2-7
Acts 10: 34-38
Mark 1: 7-11
Friday is both the Feast of the priest Saint Raymond of Penafort and the FIRST FRIDAY of the new millennium. Saturday we commemorate the Final Day in the week of Epiphany as we head into Ordinary Time after Sunday's Feast of the BAPTISM OF THE LORD For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
"And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galiliee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately on coming up from the water e saw the Heavens opened and the Spirit, as a dove, descending and remaining upon Him. And there came a voice from above the Heavens, 'Thou art My beloved Son, in Thee I am well pleased.'" Mark 1: 9-11
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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Connecting and Compromise can bring about Reconciliation
This weekend we bring you firsthand an exercise in reconciliation that had to be worked out in order for Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and his Archdiocese of Newark to be able to successfully launch their reconnect program for Reconciliation 2000 in April. But connecting was the biggest problem for the carrier forgot to carry the responsibility and it took two parties, polarized in their beliefs, to work out a thaw and warm the hearts of all by working out a compromise so the Archdiocese could connect with "Reconnect - a priest will listen" program. For today's editorial The moral: Hate never heals! Love conquers all! , go to CATHOLIC PewPOINT
"Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour."
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto equates the beginning of the new millennium with God's great Mercy in as much as it was crisis-free. But that doesn't mean we're out of the woods; rather we should be ever mindful of His Mercy and Love and be constantly aware that we are here temporarily. For we don't know when God will decide to call us Home. That is His will alone. With that in mind Sister reminds us to think about that when we awake and just before we repose at night. By living His commandments and striving to do His Will, we can be assured we'll have nothing to fear when that inevitable time does come. By living His Will that great moment will allow us to celebrate like it's 9999 for we'll live well beyond that forever in eternity by living this brief moment on earth according to how our Creator wants. For her column this weekend, Safe Beginnings, go to GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Italy's 86 year-old Cardinal Ersilio Tonino has been called the "Mother Teresa" of the cardinals for his work with the poor and downtrodden
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-forty-second red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 86 year-old Cardinal Ersilio Tonino, Archbishop emeritus of Ravenna-Cervia who retired on October 27, 1990 after fifteen years in that post. During that time he often left his comfortable bishop's quarters to live and care for the street people. He was elevated to the cardinalate during the Consistory of November 26, 1994 by Pope John Paul II. For more on Cardinal Ersilio Tonino, go to COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Appreciation of the Gospel of Saint John
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 fourth of the four Evangelists - the beloved disciple Saint John, often symbolized by the Eagle for his writings soared above the rest in his ethereal approach and emphasis on the mystery of the Trinity and God's eternal love. His feast day is celebrated on December 27th. For the eighty-third installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened this weekend in Church History
On Friday 434 years ago in 1566, Cardinal Michele Ghislieri was elected the 225th successor of Peter. He would choose the name Pope Pius V and would go on to become not only a great Sovereign Pontiff but a saint as well. He solidified and carried out all the documents of the Council of Trent including the Tridentine Mass as well as having the sad responsibility of excommunicating Queen Elizabeth for her persecution of Catholics. His greatest triumph came with the stunning victory of LePanto. For many of the other time capsule events that happened in Church history over this weekend, go to MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
We need to relearn the meaning of 'No!'
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".
"It is not easy to say 'No' to oneself; that is why so many philosophers have erected a philosophy of life based on saying 'Yes' to every impulse and desire while dignifying it with the name 'self-expression.' But the fact still remains that serious progress in every walk of life demands some form of restraint."
Holy Father ordains twelve more to the Episcopal ranks including new bishop for Cheyenne, Wyoming
On the traditional feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord His Holiness John Paul II ordained twelve new bishops at St. Peter's, representing men from all over the world including one American Bishop - Bishop David Laurin Ricken the new Coadjutor Bishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming. continued inside
Pope celebrates Epiphany and recognizes Orthodox contributions and traditions, value of pilgrimages
Thursday morning, on the feast of the Epiphany, St. Peter's Square witnessed a unique spectacle. 40,000 people
came together to hear the Holy Father speak at noon, while the 700
members of a folkloric ensemble graced the Square with their music and
traditional costumes. continued inside.
Despite nine candidates that begged off, Chinese Patriotic Catholic Church under heavy hand of Red China, plucks two others out of the crowd to ordain five in defiance of Holy See
As we reported yesterday and the day before, on the same day that John Paul II ordained 12 new bishops, the Chinese Catholics' Patriotic Association held
ordinations for five of their own bishops, not subject to the Holy
Father. "Misna" reports that ''the Chinese government, which is once
again forcing its desire for absolute control on to Catholics, is
certainly behind the ordination decision.'' The move is sure to damage
the advances that have been made recently in the work to establish
diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Mainland China. continued inside.
Cardinal O'Connor doesn't mince words in chastising Irish priest for supporting abortion candidate Hillary Clinton
He may have just returned to work Monday but the Archbishop of New York Cardinal John O'Connor is not shying away from his appointed goal of being a beacon for pro-life and he strongly questioned Father Sean McManus, head of the Irish Political Caucus for endorsing a known abortion promoter in Hillary Clinton for the U.S. Senate. The feisty Irish priest evidently didn't care what the good cardinal said for his only narrow-minded criteria is how the candidate stands on Ireland. We can assure you, Irish eyes are not smilin' on Fr. McManus. continued inside.
Democratic candidates fall all over themselves in trying to out abortion the other while Republican Steve Forbes calls for inspiration rather than division
While campaign promoters for Al Gore and Bill Bradley, both avowed abortion promoters, tried to one-up the other side as to who was more pro-death, Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes played down the issue, calling for an understanding and respect in the right to be born. He said he wants to treat the issue with dignity that will inspire rather than divide and leave bitter feelings with the two sides of the abortion issue. continued inside.
Muslims want crusade against Christians in Indonesia as emotions fly in Jakarta and killings continue in Maluku
A millennium ago the crusades began because of Muslim rebellion against Christendom. Sadly, a thousand years later little has changed as Muslims amassed in Jakarta demanding the annihilation of the minority Christian population in Maluku in the Spice Islands. Already with the blood of nearly a quarter of a million Catholics in East Timor on their hands, the infidels want more and their attitude is alarming and all the world should take note of these insurrections and do something to quell the killing there now before Maluku becomes another East Timor. continued inside.
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"Stuart Little" continues to be the mouse that roared, retaking first place over the holidays
Top Ten Movies over the Holidays
A little mouse named "Stuart Little" continued to hold strong at the box office, beating out all comers and regaining the top spot from last week's leader "Any Given Sunday" which slipped all the way to fifth. Both "Toy Story 2" and "The Green Mile" showed staying power by finishing third and fourth respectively. For the Top Ten reviews for the final week of the second millennium, prepared by the NCCB, go to MOVIES AND MORALS