THURSDAY     vol. 11, no. 49     March 9, 2000

March 9, 2000


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First Reading:
 Esther: 12, 14-16, 23-25
  Psalm 138: 1-3, 7-8
  Matthew 7: 7-12

For the Daily LENTEN REFLECTION for Thursday, March 16th and Devotions of the WAY OF THE CROSS, see LENTEN REFLECTION.


   Today and tomorrow we observe the Lenten liturgy with tomorrow's Optional Feast of

Saint Patrick of Ireland, Bishop and Apostle of the Emerald Isle. Though it is optional, the majority of the parishes across the country will celebrate this feast with many bishops giving a dispensation from meat on this day of cornbeef and cabbage. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on Saint Patrick, see DAILY LITURGY.


"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it shall be opened."
Matthew 7: 7-8

The Gospa's message for February
February 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

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The end of the medieval papacy ushers in a glorious new era - the "century of the saints"
Pope Innocent IIISaint FrancisSaint Dominic
    Today, in 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, we illustrate the Pope and times that laid the foundation for the "century of the saints" which the 13th century was famous for. The Sovereign Pontiff was Pope Innocent III who we covered briefly in his dealings with the Crusades in the last installment. This time we feature him more prominently for he is the one who brought the Church into this "century of the saints" and made it possible for such holy luminaries as Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Dominic, to name a few, to establish a missionary endeavor that has forever served the Church well through the fruits of these saints and the Pontiff who first recognized their gifts and God's Will. For Installment forty - The century of saints dawns during the pontificate of Pope Innocent III, see BARQUE OF PETER

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Holy Father conveys necessity for cleansing through reconciliation with God and man in order to be "credible witnesses of Hope"
   Today we bring you the Holy Father's Angelus from this past Sunday where the Holy Father addressed the multitudes in St. Peter's Square immediately after his unprecedented and historic Mea Culpa in St. Peter's Basilica during his Papal Mass. In his address he reiterated the necessity and sincerity in this universal pardon and reemphasized that it in no way impugns those Church members who have preceded us but is a cleansing process before God in order to allow all Catholics to clear their consciences and proceed in this new millennium as "credible witnesses of Hope." Because the Pope is on his annual Lenten Papal Retreat, he did not have his regular Wednesday Papal Audience. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Appreciation of God's gift of Christ's Redemption and His Church to guide us in trying to avoid Venial Sin
    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. Today we present the first part of the catechesis on Venial sin, one that weakens us and eats away at sanctifying grace, making us sad and prey for satan to pounce in trying to drag us into mortal sin. This sin, while somewhat grievous still allows us to partake in the Sacraments and is pardonable through absolution, a good Act of Contrition, true penitence and good works. For part two in the 132nd installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Events that happened today in Church History
   On this day two years ago the Vatican published the document "We Remember: A Reflection of the Shoa" which was the Church's way of saying they commiserate with the Jewish people for the terrible treatment delivered on the children of the Covenant and any lack of Christian spiritual or corporal help during those trying times. Yet many radical Jewish factions wanted more blood and expected the Vatican to admit all-out guilt when, in truth, she was one of the Jews' strongest empathizers. Despite this sensitive document, many liberal Jews called for the head of Pope Pius XII. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Looking for God in all the wrong places!
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".

"Credit-wealth - stocks, bonds, bank-balances - have no set limit, at which we say, 'No more.' They have in them a caricature infinity, which allows men to use them as false religions, as substitutes for the true Infinity of God. Like money, love and power can become ersatz religions: those who pursue these things as ends will never find satisfaction. Such men are all in pursuit of God, but they do not know His name, nor where to look for Him."


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    News Ticker from Catholic World News For more from CWN and other Catholic wire services, see stories below

      EDITOR'S NOTE: This week will see a decrease in News regarding events from the Vatican since the majority of the Papal Staff and Roman Curia are on retreat. News announcements are expected to be be brief during this time, so we join our prayers and hearts with those on retreat, and take this time to reflect upon the state of our own souls as we share together this season of preparation and reconciliation.

    Polish commerce pushing for Church-sponsored television network to bring back values to Poland Poland    In Poland, birthplace of the Holy Father who is in retreat all this week, a number of Polish companies are backing a Catholic Church-sponsored family television network. The network is co-owned by the Franciscans in this country and is expected to go on-air later this year in fulfilling the need for a wide selection of programs with Catholic morals and values stressed in all shows. This is one way to turn the the "tabernacle of satan" back to God. continued inside

    Judge thwarts school vouchers in Florida   Florida's Governor Jeb Bush, brother of presidential hopeful George W. Bush, expressed extreme disappontment over a state judge's ruling that tuition vouchers for private schooling cannot be used when constitutionally all states are required by law to provide a public education system. This is a blow to an already sorry education system nation-wide. Ignorance begets ignorance apparently, and justice is indeed blind to the true need for a stronger educational system with morals intact and family oriented.continued inside.

    New Republican findings could prove very embarrassing for Al Gore in his ties to the Clinton Administration over forced sterilizations in Peru Did Al Gore know about forced sterilizations?Peru    Election year 2000 is a hotbed for all politicians to drag up the dredges of our government's misdeeds and it seems Republican congressman have uncovered a whopper. They are calling for an investigation into the U.S. Agency of International Development over reports that the government is funding sterilization of Peruvian women. This would not be a stretch of the imagination when you consider the Clinton administrations, including Al Gore's culture of death agenda. continued inside.

    Vatican Archbishop calls for end to red-tape among many governments that is delaying much needed life-saving supplies for Mozambique
    Mozambique    The Head of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes has once again spoken out in an effort to find relief and aid for the flood victims of Mozambique. Archbishop Cordes met with journalists in Rome after returning from the ravaged southeastern province on the Indian Ocean. He strongly reasserted that the peoples there need everything to sustain life and called again for other governments to lift red-tape and, like the Vatican is doing, get supplies to the people as soon as possible for minutes can make the difference between life and death. continued inside.

    Catholic hospital bombed by Sudanese air force as violence continues unabated
    Sudan    Scripture tells us that "the queen of the south will rise up and defeat the north." In the Sudan Tuesday, the Sudanese government dropped bombs on the Voice of Martyrs hospital in the southern part of the country where Christian and Islamic rebels continue to wage war against one another. As in all wars, there are no winners; only losers as has been evident for quite some time in the Muslim dominated Sudan.continued inside.

    Serbian Orthodox Church getting tough on pro-aborts. Could it be a blueprint for the American bishops to crack down on the culture of death?
    Serbia    Maybe it's time American bishops took a page out of the Serbian Orthodox Church in refusing Communion to known pro-abortionists. In this country so unravelled over the years by communism and war, the people are taking note of the declining birthrates and realize something has to be done. It is proving that only when people realize that God must increase as we take stock of our nothingness will such atrocities as abortions cease and the bishops have the clout to follow through on it. It's time to get tough with lukewarm, cafeteria Catholics who call themselves "Catholic" but refuse to abide by Rome's teachings and doctrines. continued inside.

    A trend is developing where wealthy women are giving it all up for God by trading in pearls and diamonds for the religious habit
    ItalyGiving up the world for God    In a surprising upbeat manner, a new book published in Italy, "I Chose God" reveals that high society figures, women of fame and fortune, have abandoned all for the simplicity of convent life as religious. The new book deals with one particular woman, Antonella Moccia, but a magazine article reveals others who have heeded Our Lord's invitation to turn their back on riches and follow Him. continued inside.

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    Coming This Weekend:

    • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

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

    • Another poignant column by Michael Vincent Boyer in HOW HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD

    • The 133rd installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    • Lenten Reflections for the Weekend and the Way of the Cross Meditations

    • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on March 17th to March 19th

    • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

    • Weekend LITURGY for the Lenten Liturgy plus the Feast of Saint Patrick on Friday, the Feast of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem on Saturday and the Second Sunday of Lent.

    • ...and much more in our 55th issue for 2000!

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