Feast of the martyrs Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicitas
2 Peter 3: 12-15, 17-18
Psalm 90: 2-4, 10, 14, 16
Mark 12: 13-17
Today, known as Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras is the Feast of the Roman martyrs Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicitas. Tomorrow, of course, Lent begins with ASH WEDNESDAY in this special Jubilee Year of Reconciliation in which the Holy Father has placed the emphasis on reconciliation. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.
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"And Jesus answered and said to them, 'Render, therefore, to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.' Mark 12: 16-17
February 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
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"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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In today's editorial, we look to tomorrow - Ash Wednesday - and Lent and what we, as concerned Catholics need to do to make this a fruitful, grace-filled Lent. We delve into what constitutes "fasting" and "abstinence" and why and sum it up in the analogy of the race Saint Paul speaks of in Corinthians as well as mixing in a few more metaphors to show how we can be winners through our preparation and reparation this Lent. For today's editorial Make 'hay' so the Son shines in our hearts and souls! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT |
The Pope's special Papal Lenten Message for 2000
On the screen, behind the scenes, and in its agenda, beauty isn't even skin-deep in "American Beauty"
Today we bring you, in preparation for Lent, which begins tomorrow with Ash Wednesday, the second 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 yesterday and today. In his message the Pope emphasizes the theme of reconciliation as part of the conversion process which will have its emphasis this 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. Following is the second of a two part installment with part one having been carried in yesterday's issue. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Today Michael Vincent Boyer, a well-respected Catholic insider expert on what's happening in the entertainment industry, exposes the Oscar-nominated movie "American Beauty" and how there's nothing beautiful about it compared to last year's nominee "Life is Beautiful." In fact, Michael shows how fame, success and depravity have contributed to the success of this film at the expense of values and American ideals and it all begins with that so-called genius Stephen Spielberg. For his column, Spielberg's List is a far cry from "Schindler's List", see HOW HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD
Appreciation of God's gift of Baptism to wash away Original 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 catechesis on Original Sin as explained in My Catholic Faith and how in the forbidden "apple" the worm of Original Sin was washed away by redemption through Christ's victory of the Cross. For part one in the 125th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened Today in Church History
On this day 724 years ago in 1274 one of the greatest Doctors of the Church passed on to his Heavenly reward. That would be the Angelic Doctor Saint Thomas Aquinas, the beloved Dominican who died at the Cistercian abbey of Fossa Nuova near Terracina enroute to the Council of Lyons. He was canonized less than fifty years later in 1323 by Pope John XXIII and in 1567 the great Pope Saint Pius V declared him a Doctor of the Church. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
By giving we reap spiritual dividends!
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 reason it is more blessed to give than to receive is because it helps to detach the soul from the material and the temporal in order to ally it with a spirit of altruism and charity which is the essence of religion."
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Dates for canonization set by Vatican, will include two stalwart nuns of great interest to Americans
The Holy See will announce on Friday the specific dates of canonization for a number of "blesseds" including Blessed Katherine Drexel, the American nun from Philadelphia and Blessed Sister Faustina Kowalska, the Polish nun and Messenger of Divine Mercy who has become so popular in the United States. The dates announced Monday for canonizations are Divine Mercy Sunday - April 30th, and All Saints Day, November 1st. Because of the those dates it is certain that fellow Pole Faustina will fittingly be canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday, a devotion so dear to the Holy Father's heart. continued inside
More detailed itinerary of Holy Father's rigorous "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land released by the Holy See
Following in the footsteps of Our Lord, the Vicar of Christ will need all the stamina God can provide when he arrives at Amman's airport in Jordan on March 20th. The details of the Pope's schedule were released Monday and it outlines the grueling itinerary during his six day Papal pilgrimage to this land where the Old Covenant gave way to the New Covenant with the coming of the Savior. It includes two days in Jordan, two in Palestine, and two in Israel with the latter two split on alternating days from the 22nd through 26th including a papal Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth on the Feast of the Annunciation as well as visits to Mount Nebo, Bethlehem, the River Jordan, Galilee, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Upper Room, the Garden of Gethsemane, Calvary and Capernaum. While he will visit political leaders, his "Jubilee Journey" is strictly spiritual. continued inside.
Alan Keyes finishes his presidential campaign bid at Franciscan University of Stuebenville
Presidential hopeful Alan Keyes, holding out slim hope for the nomination on Super Tuesday eve, didn't have to worry about any Bob Jones University controversy when he spoke last night at Franciscan University of Steubenville for his agenda is very much in line with the University's and the president of the orthodox Catholic college Father Michael Scanlan, TOR who welcomed the Roman Catholic candidate. Keyes is one of the few honest candidates who truly lives and preaches his Faith, never waivering in support of pro-life and family values.continued inside.
Final hurdle cleared for Cardinal O'Connor to receive well-deserved Congressional Gold Medal
Cardinal John J. O'Connor, soon to be Archbishop-emeritus of New York once Bishop Sean Patrick O'Malley is installed, received final clearance to receive the rare and coveted Congressional Gold Medal when the president signed the legislation to bestow this coveted medal on the ailing prelate suffering from the after effects of brain surgery. continued inside.
Pope urges "inter-Korean" dialogue between North and South Korea in an effort to be one Korea
During a visit of South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung, the Pope called for and encouraged "inter-Korean" dialogue in an effort to bring peace to this far east region. The Holy Father's words speak to the heart of the matter, stressing the importance of the Korean people as a whole, without division based on politics or economic measures. continued inside.
The roots of Mardi Gras can be traced to pagan times, but many are trying to emphasize a Christian approach to the celebrating with preparation before Lent
The roots of Mardi Gras, lost in history, may have begun in ancient Greece where spring fertility rites were inaugurated for the festival of Bacchus, and in Roman history the feast of "Lupercalia."
Nations throughout the world point to different cultural history as the source of their "Carnival" or "Mardi Gras" preceding Ash Wednesday. In Rio de Janiero, where the most blatant cavorting goes on during the Carnival, the Archdiocese there is offering an alternative in preparation for Lent with over 25,000 participating. continued inside.
Holy Father calls for international aid and prayers for Mozambique as Central African Bishops warn against hypocrisy of western governments in ignoring violence and plight of their people
While the Holy Father reissued his plea to all for prayer and aid in helping the devastated people of Mozambique who are victims to the worst floods in the history of the country, the Central African Bishops met in conference and issued a call to fellow Bishops globally to reach out to their governments to assist in humanitarian efforts and to restore peace to this troubled region. They pointed out that armed militias and regular armies, trained by foreign forces including the U.S., continue to murder, rape and pillage the area. continued inside.
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