MONDAY     vol. 11, no. 46     March 6, 2000

March 6, 2000

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Ninth Monday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
 2 Peter 1: 2-7
  Psalm 91: 1-2, 14-16
  Mark 12: 1-12

   Today we observe the final day of Ordinary Time until June 12th. Tomorrow, Shrove Tuesday, we commemorate the Feast of the marytrs Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicitas. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profiles on these two saints, see DAILY LITURGY.

"And have you not read this Scripture: 'The stone which the builders rejected, has become the Corner stone; by the Lord this has been done, and it is wonderful in our ways?'"
Mark 12: 10-11

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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    Priests today are under tremendous attack both physically and spiritually
       In his column today, Pat Ludwa shows how society has sadly influenced many in the Church more than the Church has influenced society. This is especially true of priests today, those consecrated ones who have devoted their lives to Jesus Christ and willingly take up their crosses for Him to minister to His flocks. But modern thinking, political correctness and a fear of either being labeled or falling into temptation have isolated the priests from their appointed rounds, prompting some to think if rules were relaxed things would be better. Where once pastors and associates tended to the spiritual needs of their parishioners as caring physicians of the soul, today many are so enveloped with the 'business of busyness' that they have less and less time for the spiritual necessities that provide so much source of grace for them and their parishioners or fellow priests. Through this obsession they concentrate more on the temporal needs of the parish than the spiritual welfare and all suffer as satan rejoices. For his column today, Secularizing the Sacred part seven: The War on Priests, see VIEW FROM THE PEW

    GIF images used with permission of EWTNThe Pope's special Papal Lenten Message for 2000
       Today we bring you, in preparation for Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday this week, the first of a two part installment containing the Holy Father's Papal Lenten Message for the universal Church for this Jubilee Year 2000. It was first released on January 27th this year and we saved it until the beginning of this week in which the Pope emphasizes the theme of reconciliation as part of the conversion process which will have its emphasis next Sunday on "Mea Culpa" Sunday during the First Sunday of Lent. This is the same message the Blessed Virgin Mary has been imparting at Medjugorje and elsewhere in doing penance, sacrifice, fasting and prayer in order to convert our hearts and forgive so that we may be forgiven as God asks of all of His children. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

    Appreciation of the Bible over evolution
       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, concentrating today on the second part of Evolution and the Bible which clearly shows that whatever evolved came from God and that He created man from the slime of the earth as this special catechesis outlines in My Catholic Faith. For the 123rd installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Events that happened today in Church History
    Pope Nicholas V   On this date 553 years ago in 1447 Pope Nicholas V became the 208th in the line of Peter. He is commonly referred to as the "Renaissance Pope" for he was tutored by wealthy Florentine families and applied much of what he learned in founding the Vatican Library and beginning construction on the massive Basilica of St. Peter's as it is today, designing the overall layout of the structure. He also turned his attention to being a peacemaker with both England and France and helping Spain in their battle to rid their land of the Islam curse. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Why we need to be givers!
    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".

    "The vast majority of the people in Western civilization are engaged in the task of getting. Strange as it may seem, the Christian ethic is founded on the opposite principle, that is more blessed to give than to receive. Both the opportunity and the burden of fulfilling this Divine mandate fall principally upon those of us who live in a civilization that has been abundantly blessed by God."

      Coming Tuesday:

    • The 124th installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

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

    • The Holy Father's Lenten Message in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

    • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on March 7th

    • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

    • DAILY LITURGY for Shrove Tuesday's Feast of the martyrs Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicitas and ASH WEDNESDAY.

    • ...and much more in our 52nd issue for 2000!
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    Holy Father beatifies 44 martyrs to boost message of the missions and blesseds in the Church
    Pope beatifies over 40 martyrs    The Roman Catholic Church's efforts in the mission fields received a special boost yesterday when Pope John Paul II beatified a number of missionaries martyred for the sake of Our Lord. In a special Mass these martyrs from Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Belarus, and also Brazil were honored during the first beatification of the new millennium as each representative country held its own liturgical celebration in concurrence with the Holy Father's announcements of each new blessed. continued inside

    Criticism raises its ugly head again as Pope accused of producing a "saint factory" with most recent beatifications
       With the beatification yesterday of a number of missionary martyrs, the Holy Father has once again become the center of criticism for raising to the status of "Blessed" so many who will eventually be eligible for sainthood. Fielding the criticism is Father Paolo Molinari, General Postulator for the Causes of Saints, who explains the rationale behind the "blessed" title and calls upon the world to look up to these holy men and women so as to more fully understand the mission of the Church and Christ's life and message. continued inside.

    Saddam Hussein the main reason why Pope was not able to physically go to Ur to begin Pentateuch path of his "Jubilee Journey" according to sources
    IraqSaddam Hussein   When Pope John Paul II made his "spiritual pilgrimage" to the land of Ur of the Chaldeans in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, the Vatican press office simply stated that the Iraqis didn't feel they could offer adequate security for the visit. In an article released in Avvenire a source now says that the government of Saddam Hussein did all in its power to cancel the trip as they did not think it would help lift the embargo and would embarass the regime before the world. Hussein feared the Pope would be too popular. continued inside.

    Polish Parliament passes strict anti-pornography law, must wait out threat of veto by Poland's president
       The United States isn't the only country where its legislature passes moral measures only to have them vetoed by their less than moral president. Poland has the same problem. However, it would seem that soon-to-be Saint Faustina Kowalska is certainly lending an inspirational hand in Poland, for this country's parliament has passed a new, strict law banning all pornography in the Holy Father's native land. However, one major hurdle remains before Poland Catholics can truly celebrate this triumph of decency. That is the expected veto by Poland's President Aleksander Kwasniewki, a former communist who is a member of the more radical left-wing party. The measure passed in the parliament thanks to the Solidarity party intent on returning morals and family values to this land long a Catholic stronghold. continued inside.

    Imprisoned Congo Archbishop pleads with the Congo's priests to lift Mass boycott and remain low profile in an effort not to draw further repercussions.
    Democratic Republic of Congo   Still in exile, Congo Archbishop Emmanuel Kataliko has lifted the ban on Sunday Masses throughout the region, but has cautioned the priests and faithful of the area to keep their Masses as lowkey as possible so as not to draw attention from those military factions which are at war in a bitter conflict between the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Rassemblement Congolais pour la Democratie who oppose the government of the Congo's President Laurent Kabila. continued inside.

    Sudanese Bishop pleads plight of Southern Sudan Christians to Rome and the United States and calls for prayer to Sudanese saint-to-be
    Sudan   Bishop Macram Max Gassis of the Diocese of El Obeid in the Sudan has spoken to Church Officials and met with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright over the planned genoiced against Christians in southern Sudan by the Islamic regime of Kartoum. Bishop Gassis has asked for prayers for all churches, Catholic and Protestant, and has asked the people of his region to pray to Blessed Bakhita from the Sudan who will be canonized later this year by the Holy Father. continued inside.

    Convicted Murderers and rapists of US nuns petition for amnesty in El Salvador because three others were released two years ago
    El Salvador    Is there no justice? In San Salvador two soldiers, convicted in the 1980 rape and murder of four Catholic nuns from America serving in the region, have asked El Salvador's congress for amnesty. Because of overcrowding in the jails, three other soldiers convicted of the same crimes, were freed in 1998, but the two remaining prisoners have been detained due to their conduct while in prison. continued inside.

    Brazil's Cardinal tries to rein in ribaldry and sacrilige at this year's Carnival in Rio
    Brazil Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales - photo from Inside the Vatican    As Shrove Tuesday draws closer and the Carnival gains steam in Brazil, Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales has pleaded with all state and munipal authorities to "respect Christian values." In continuing statements the cardinal made clear that the excesses of the Carnival celebration are not a singular event, but constitute a complete decadence that has invaded the country. He has already authorized confiscating religious symbols and icons that were to be used on parade floats, saying religion has no place in this pagan ceremony. continued inside.

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