MONDAY    vol. 11, no. 56    March 20, 2000

March 20, 2000

Solemnity of Saint Joseph

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First Reading:
 2 Samuel 7: 4-5, 12-14, 16
  Psalm 89: 2-5, 27, 29
Second Reading:
 Romans 4: 13, 16-18, 22
  Matthew 1: 16, 18-21, 24 or Luke 2: 41-51


   Today is the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, the beloved Foster Father of Jesus and Protector of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tomorrow we return to the Lenten weekday liturgy. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignette on St. Joseph, see DAILY LITURGY.


"But while he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying 'Do not be afraid, Joseph, son of David, to take to thee Mary thy wife, for that which is begotten in her is of the Holy Spirit...So Joseph, arising from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife."
Mattthew 1: 20, 24

For the Daily LENTEN REFLECTION for Monday, March 20th, see LENTEN DEVOTIONS.

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

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The journey resumes today in retracing the sacred footsteps of Jesus Christ...
   Fresh from a week of quiet spiritual exercises during the Papal Lenten Retreat, the Holy Father acknowledged the cheers of over 35,000 craftsmen and women in St. Peter's Square and he called on their patron Saint Joseph to be with them, and all fathers globally as well as with the humble Vicar of Christ in his journey to the holy carpenter's homeland as the Pope begins his weeklong "Jubilee Journey" beginning in Jordan today. The Pope also called on the Virgin Mary to be with him on this historic, spiritual pilgrimage. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

The drawbridge of drivel is the opening the beast is looking for!

The preface of heretical beliefs can begin when one opens his mouth, leaving the fortresses of faith and fact vulnerable to one's own whims and satan's pass to souls!
   In his column today, Pat Ludwa traces the cause of much of the dissent in the world and Church today to three dangerous words that can preface heresy after heresy: "Well, I think..." Those three words open the drawbridge around fortresses of faith and fact to allow doubters, rationalizers and unbelievers to storm the ramparts of reason and launch the flaming arrows of presumption and political correctness that weaken the strong bastions of hallowed traditions. Whereas the Church discerns Sacred Scripture through the guidance of wise, holy saints, Fathers and Doctors of the Church inspired by the Holy Spirit, Protestants and, recently, dissatisfied Catholics, resort to their own interpretations which open and leave vulnerable a phalanx of faults by letting down their guard with those three words. For his column today, Three very dangerous words , see VIEW FROM THE PEW

Appreciation of God's gift of Christ's Redemption and His Church to keep us out of Occasions and Sources of 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 Occasions and Sources of Sin as explained in My Catholic Faith and how all need to be aware of these temptations and strive to avoid them at all costs and cling to the Cross. For part two in the 134th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Events that happened today in Church History
Pope Clement III    On this day 809 years ago in 1191, Pope Clement III, the 174th successor of Peter, died after serving as Sovereign Pontiff for three and a half years. He succeeded in establishing peace in Rome after sixty volatile years in the eternal city which forced his predecessors to stay away from Rome - seat of the Roman Catholic Church. Clement was largely responsible for encouraging the Third Crusade in 1189, taking up the cause first offered by his predecessor Pope Gregory VIII, and introduced the world to the noble crusader King Richard the Lion-hearted by recruiting this good man to lead the troops. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Why St. Joseph was such a great man of humility
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".

"Humility is truth about ourselves; it is a virtue by which one does not esteem himself to be more than he really is. It therefore avoids an inordinate love of one's own excellence, and an inordinate pleasure in seeing others inferior to self. To see oneself as one really is, means that we must never mistake the imaginary self for the real self. The real self is what we are before God and before ourselves in an examination of conscience."

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  • Coming Tomorrow:

  • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Coverage of the Holy Father's historic "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land

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

  • The 135th installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Lenten Reflections for March 21st and the Way of the Cross Meditations

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on March 21st

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • Daily LITURGY for the Lenten Weekdays on Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • ...and much more in our 57th 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

    A Palm Sunday atmosphere awaits the Holy Father when he arrives in Jerusalem tomorrow
      His Holiness John Paul II begins his historic "Jubilee Journey" in the Holy Land today in Jordan and tomorrow Jerusalem where the festive air in Jerusalem and elsewhere throughout the Holy Land remind one of the welcome Our Lord had upon his entry into the Holy City. He arrived on a donkey; the Holy Father will land in a helicopter and be ferried about in his popemobile and armored cars. But the steps will be the same, for the Vicar of Christ, in retracing the roots of the Church, brings clearly to the forefront the connection between the Old and the New Covenant with the hope for peace and understanding between all peoples. continued inside
    Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem restored in time for Papal visit
    Via DolorosaPlaces Pope will travel to
       With the Holy Father's pilgrimage underway, the "Way of the Cross" - the Via Dolorosa in the Holy City has been restored through a grant made by the Jerusalem Foundation. The chief architect was careful to preserve it as "a road you have to make an effort to walk on" in order to remind all of the rugged path Our Lord traveled on His way to Calvary. It is fitting that we follow the Vicar of Christ's footsteps during this spiritual time of Lent in making our own spiritual journey toward Calvary. continued inside.

    While the Jews are clamoring for the Pope to divulge more, is the Israeli government willing to fess up to what they've been covering up?
    Israel    A Franciscan priest, born a Jew, questions the recent Gallop polls in Israel that show how much information the Government of Israel has kept from the Jewish population regarding its relations with the Vatican and the recognition of Catholicism as a legal entity. He points out that the Jewish people need to be educated to the truth rather than remain in the dark, hoodwinked by many of the radical right rabbis and the government which influence them against Catholicism and Christianity as a whole. continued inside.

    CBS' 60 Minutes does hatchet job on Pius XII and Vatican priest
      Once again the secular media is out to discredit the Church. This time 60 Minutes aired an atrocious piece last night that demeans not only Pope Pius XII, but his realtor for the pontiff's canonization process Father Peter Gumpel. The latter was accused of anti-Semitism with, of course, no proof! Does CBS' timing seem just a bit left-handed on the eve of John Paul II's historic trip to Israel? Catholic bashing is alive and as vicious as ever! continued inside.

    Vermont bishop decries narrow passage of legislature that kowtows to gay agenda
    Bishop AngellVermont    The State House of Representatives in Vermont narrowly passed a bill giving all benefits to same-sex unions and only needs the Senate's approval to become law. It's biggest opponent, Bishop Kenneth Angell of Burlington along with pro-family groups, have cried out against the bill, stating that it represents a mindset that "anything that looks like a marriage and smells like a marriage, is a marriage," even if it goes against all the God-given principles of every culture. Have we learned nothing from history? Didn't Greece and Rome fall because of immorality and not upholding the sanctity of marriage between man and woman? continued inside.

    Head of Pontifical Council for the Family decries gay agendas as eating away at the foundation of family
    Cardinal Trujillo    The President of the Pontifical Council for the Family Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo stated on Vatican Radio that, "to present the union of homosexuals as a kind of value, at the same level as matrimony is an atrocity against the truth of union between man and woman." This comes at a time when many European nations and even some states in America, most prominently Vermont, are trying to decide whether gay unions should be granted the same rights and privileges as heterosexual unions. The gays spiel that this doesn't mean gay marriage but only equal benefits is merely a smokescreen and their ultimate agenda is to make the abnormal normal. continued inside.

    Media and police strangely silent about desecration of Montreal cathedral
    Montreal, QuebecMedia refuse to see, hear or speak about desecration
       After a vicious attack last week by liberal feminists at Montreal's magnificent Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, the media remains strangely silent about the incident. Even the authorities have made the atrocity a mere misdemeanor, failing to file charges on the seven women arrested which would result in a "hate crime." While Church officials have asked for prayers and reconciliation in the name of Christ, one has to wonder about the intrinsic display of callousness and apathy expressed in words and deed by both the media and law enforcement. They look the other way when there is Catholic bashing, but If this were Catholics attacking a non-Catholic church would it have been kept so silent? We think not! continued inside.

    Mel Gibson producing animated feature on the Life of Christ set for Easter
    Mel Gibson    Backed by Mel Gibson, who was featured in the last issue in Michael Vincent Boyer's column, and Gibson's company Icon, efforts are underway to complete an animated Life of Christ on Easter Sunday. In a joint effort by Gibson, a Bible Society, Russian puppeteers and the BBC, reverence and authenticity is being stressed in bringing the Word to young people through the wonders of animation and claymation. In a unique twist, the story is being told through the eyes of the daughter of a man whom Jesus raised from the dead. Through an ecumenical international effort with several faiths including Jews and Orthodox experts and a Benedictine priest, Gibson was able to lure name actors at cost to do the voices. continued inside.

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