THURSDAY     vol. 11, no. 44     March 2, 2000

March 2, 2000

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Ordinary Time


First Reading:
 1 Peter 2: 2-5, 9-12
  Psalm 100: 2-5
  Mark 10: 46-52


   Today and tomorrow we observe the liturgy of Ordinary Time while also celebrating the Feast of the virgin and religious educator Saint-elect Katherine Drexel who will become the second American-born saint of the Church on October 1st this year.

For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on Blessed Katherine, see DAILY LITURGY.


"And Jesus addressed him saying, 'What wouldst thou have Me do for thee?' And the blind man said to Him, 'Rabboni, that I may see.' And Jesus said to Him, 'Go thy way, thy faith has saved thee.' And at once he received his sight, and followed Him along the road"
Mark 10: 51-52

The Gospa's message for February
February 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! Wake up from the sleep of unbelief and sin, because this is a time of grace which God gives you. Use this time and seek the grace of healing of your heart from God, so that you may see God and man with the heart. Pray in a special way for those who have not come to know God's love, and witness with your life so that they also can come to know God and His immeasurable love. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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The Blame Game
It's time to stop blaming the Church for any guilt feelings one might have... for the real guilt lies with those who deny their own guilt and diminish the consequences of sin!
   In his column today, Pat Ludwa reveals the underbelly of the lie modernists love to spread about guilt which they claim is imposed on them by Holy Mother Church and which they can shed by attacking that 'source of guilt.' He points out how erroneous this is for we all have an inherent God-given checks and balance system which God has perfected through His Church. But the liberal agitators use this as a weapon against the very institution that seeks to free men's souls through the totally cleansing Sacrament of Reconciliation. We would pray they realize where the source of guilt for this attack truly lies and use the upcoming First Week of Lent to join the rest of the universal Church in asking forgiveness and forgiving and coming back into the fold as Christ wills. We are all sinners who strive for sanctity. To deny this and not take responsibility for our own actions is to deny God. For his column today, The Guilt Weapon, see VIEW FROM THE PEW

GIF images used with permission of EWTNHoly Father looks back at his Egyptian experience and Mt. Sinai high while looking forward to continuing his "Jubilee Journey" on the path of Salvation History in the Holy Land later this month
   Today we bring you the Holy Father's Angelus message from this past Sunday in which he gives thanks to God and to all the authorities in Egypt for his successful "Jubilee Journey" in completing the Pentateuch path of his pilgrimage through Salvation History. He reflects on specific moments of great spiritual wealth for all Catholics and Christians around the world, and looks forward to continuing the "Jubilee Journey" later this month to the Holy Land. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Appreciation of the significance of our first parents: Adam and Eve
    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, presenting a brief catechesis, outlined in My Catholic Faith, on Adam and Eve: Our First Parents part two. For the 122nd installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Events that happened today in Church History
Pope Pius XII    On this day 124 years ago in 1876 Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli was born a stone's throw from the Vatican. He would grow up to become an exemplary priest, bishop diplomat, and cardinal and be elevated to the Throne of Peter on this day as well 61 years ago, taking the name Pope Pius XII. He is the only Pope to become the Sovereign Pontiff on the same day as his birth at the age of 63 in 1939. Though his pontificate was weighted with the terrible Second World War, his Jubilee Year fifty years ago was highlighted by his proclaiming the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a Dogma of the Church. For more on this remarkable Vicar of Christ, see Pius XII For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

We often hide our feelings to look good!
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".

"When unexpected visitors come to a house, a housewife will take old linen and dirty shirts which lie about the front room and toss them into the cellar. The mind does the same thing; it defends itself against tormenting sensations by throwing them into the unconsciousness."

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  • Coming This Weekend:

    • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    • Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

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

    • The 123rd installment 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 focusing on March 3rd to March 5th

    • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

    • Weekend LITURGY for Ordinary Time including Feasts of Saint-elect Katherine Drexel and Saint Casimir as well as observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday and the NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.

    • ...and much more in our 45th issue for 2000!

    with a Catholic slant

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

    Document on past faults released by the Holy See in this Jubilee Year of Reconciliation
      At the Holy Father's request, an International Theological Commission has been studying and preparing the document "Memory and Reconciliation: The Church and Errors of the Past." This long-awaited document released yesterday in Paris, states clearly that the inherent faith and morals of the Catholic faith as given by Christ and sustained through the power of the Holy Spiritand the Apostolic line remains pure. It further states that the Church on earth is composed of fallible beings, each one quite capable of personal sin. Yet the sins of individuals do not impact the perfection of the heart of the Church - the Incarnate Word of God - nor does the modern Church today need to be held responsible for the sins of the past. Yet the document reaches across all boundaries and all times in seeking reconciliation with all peoples for the sake of the Gospel Message. continued inside
    Shocking diary of Nazi Minister of Death released by Israeli government verifies Vatican's defense of Pope Pius XII
       In a surprising move that bodes well for Judeo-Christian relations, the Holy Father's visit to the Holy Land later this month and exonerates the cause for beatification of Pope Pius XII, the Israeli government released yesterday the diary of Adolph Echmann which has guarded for almost 40 years. While graphic in content regarding Hitler's elimination of the Jews, the diary also speaks of the help the Jews received from the Vatican and Pius XII. It sheds much validity on the stance the Holy See has taken in defense of the beleaguered Pontiff and shows how the government of Mussolini forced the Germans to take Italian Jews living in Rome to their death, despite resistance by Pius XII.continued inside.

    Bush's apology to Catholics shows rebound at the polls in New York proving New York Catholics can forgive after McCain's inference of anti-Catholic bias
    John McCain    The backlash is evident after Senator John McCain's attacks on Governor George W. Bush, accusing him of anti-Catholic bias. A new poll taken among New York Catholics shows McCain is losing support from many Catholics within the Archdiocese of New York City. Bush, who seems to be the only pro-life candidate with a reasonable chance for the presidency, has closed the gap after a sincere apology to Cardinal John J. O'Connor and a public apology in Ohio early this week. In fact, the poll currently shows 45% of New York Catholic Republicans leaning toward Bush over the more liberal McCain who has resorted to what many call "dirty politics." continued inside.

    Some Congressional Democrats seek to condemn university that condemns Catholicism as political ploy to woo Catholics
    Anti-Catholic curriculum of Bob Jones University   As the presidential campaign heats up on both sides of the political spectrum, Congressional Democrats are seeking for Congress to officially condemn Bob Jones University, whose own founder has called the Roman Catholic Church a satanic cult and the Holy Father the antichrist. However, regardless of this bitter bigotry, wiser heads in both parties recognize this as a political ploy to win over confused Catholics to Al Gore and it is expected the measure will fass on deaf ears as Congress strives to distance itself from the presidential campaign in name, if not in words. continued inside.

    Nigerian Archbishop rejoices at withdrawal of Islamic Sharia
       In troubled Nigeria, as we have been reporting over the last several days, Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja expressed both gratitude and outrage. Grief and anger over the massacre in the Nigerian City of Aba, where mostly Christian Ibo tribesman killed hundreds of mostly Muslim Hausas. But in the same report by the prelate, he praised Nigeria's President Obasanjo's for his successful attempt to broker a deal by which the Sharia Islamic law will not be implemented as planned and hopes rise that calmer heads will prevail and the Spirit of God will guide all lives and laws.continued inside.

    President of Indonesia to East Timor: "I'm terribly sorry!"
    Indonesia East Timor
       In keeping with the Pope's call for reconciliation, Indonesia's President Abdurraham laid a wreath at the cemetery in the town of Santa Cruz in East Timor during a special visit to this ravaged area and publicly apologized to the people of this area, particularly Catholics who comprise the majority of East Timor, for the abuses they suffered for over two decades. This includes the mass murders of hundreds of thousands by the Indonesian army and Muslim militia factions. The apologies come at a time when the world is watching and waiting for the Indonesian government to bring to trial the guilty parties responsible for this systematic slaughter. continued inside.

    Guarded itinerary of Pope's "Jubilee Journey" to Holy Land released by Vatican
       Although the Vatican has released the John Paul II's schedule for the third leg of his "Jubilee Journey" that will take him to Jordan, Israel and Palestine. Because of the political unrest in the mideast, the Holy See has wisely disclosed few details for they are greatly concerned with security and the Pope's welfare while in the Holy Land. The itinerary shows the Holy Father will say Mass as hoped in Nazareth at the Basilica of the Annunciation of the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25th before returning to Jerusalem and then Tel Aviv and back to Rome on the 26th. continued inside.

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