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

March 9, 2000

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Thursday after Ash Wednesday and Optional Feast of Saint Frances of Rome

First Reading:
 1 Deuteronomy 30: 15-20
  Psalm 54: 17-20, 23
  Luke 9: 22-25

For the Daily LENTEN REFLECTION for Thursday, March 9th, see LENTEN REFLECTION.


   Today's liturgy is shared as Thursday after Ash Wednesday and the optional feast of Saint Frances of Rome, religious while tomorrow we observe Friday after Ash Wednesday. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on Saint Frances of Rome, see DAILY LITURGY.


"If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For he who would save his life will lose it; but he who loses his life for My sake will save it. For what does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, but ruin or lose himself?"
Luke 9: 23-25

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 priest stands as Alter Christus

Priests should be respected as such and treated with the utmost charity in all things for Canon Law commands this behavior from all

   In his column today, Pat Ludwa continues his thread on the priesthood. Last Monday he dealt with how the world has infiltrated many within the ranks of this hallowed fraternity dedicated to Christ. Today he outlines, through the guidelines of Sacred Scripture and Canon Law, how we must treat our priests regardless of their faults. In a positive spin he clearly delineates that we must be charitable in every way. While there will always be personality clashes, never should we attack a priest personally in word or deed for he is consecrated before God and is an Alter Christi in confecting the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus, soul and Divinity at Holy Mass. He also, through his vows and the sacraments, has the power to bind and loose as Our Lord charged Peter in Matthew 16: 15. Pat points out the procedures we must take when a priest strays from Church teaching. He emphasizes that we had better be able to back up our arguments with Church documents and encyclicals when challenging the priests for they are not as dumb as some may think. Seven to thirteen years of preparation assures this. For his column today, Upholding the Priesthood, see VIEW FROM THE PEW

GIF images used with permission of EWTNLent affords all of us the opportunity to renounce worldly trappings by changing our lives through the disciplines called for during this Holy Season
   Today we bring you the Holy Father's Weekly Papal Audience imparted yesterday on Ash Wednesday from Paul VI Hall where Pope John Paul II, on the first day of Lent, reminded all of the significance of receiving ashes on this day and invited all to cross through that door of conversion and embrace the spirit of Lent through fasting, abstinence, sacrifice, almsgiving and prayer and call upon Jesus to accept our sinfulness and purify us in His Most Merciful and Sacred Heart. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Appreciation of God's gift of Christ's Redemption and His Church to guide us as to what is Actual 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 second part of 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 127th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Events that happened today in Church History
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga    On this day 432 years ago in 1568, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga was born in Lombardy during the papacy of Pope Saint Pius V and, though his aristocratic father tried to influence him to become a career soldier while serving the court of King Philip II of Spain, he turned his back on the world and became a Jesuit seminarian, returning to Rome to teach the poor there while continuing his studies. Alas, he never reached the priesthood, dying on June 21, 1591 from the bubonic plague during the pontificate of Pope Gregory XIX. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Giving to others brings peace!
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".

"There is more happiness in rejoicing in the good of others, than in rejoicing in our own good. The receiver rejoices in his good; the giver in the joy of others and to such comes the peace nothing in the world can give."

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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 128th 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 10th to March 12th

    • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

    • Weekend LITURGY for the Lenten Liturgy plus the First Sunday of Lent which this Jubilee Year is also Mea Culpa Sunday.

    • ...and much more in our 50th issue for 2000!

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

    The Holy Father will be making an unprecedented, humble step when he asks for forgiveness on behalf of Holy Mother Church
      As the secular news media worldwide continues to misunderstand the intent and kind of ceremony the Holy Father will conduct this coming Sunday, which we are calling "Mea Culpa Sunday," when the Vicar of Christ will lead all the faithful in petition to God for reconciliation and forgiveness from sins of the past. The Theologian of the Papal Household, Father Georges Cottier explains what is entailed even though some Italian Jews and other fringe groups feel it is not enough. Our question: Is anyone other than the Church apologizing for the sins of the past or are all these other groups sinless? continued inside
    California voters overwhelmingly back measure to preserve the sanctity of marriage between man and woman
      Alleluia for the Roman Catholic Church's strong support in California! In Super Tuesday's voting in California, Proposition 22, a highly debated issue over protecting the sanctity of heterosexual marriage against the erosion of the homosexual agenda. Over 61% of California voters decided in favor of keeping marriage exclusively between a man and a woman which closed the door on any state approval of same-sex unions until possibly the next election for gays are threatening to get the referendum on the ballot again. When they do the Church will dig in again and do all in its power and call upon the power of God to keep a complete recreation of Sodom out of California. By passing the measure, the Golden state joined 30 other states who have voted against gay marriages or same-sex rights to this date. continued inside.

    IsraelPoll shows that the Jewish people are enthusiastic about Holy Father's papal pilgrimage to Israel
       Since percentages are rampant now that Super Tuesday is still being counted and more polls will come out of the woodwork as we head for November, a new poll in Israel has been released that shows 60% of the Jewish people are eager for and support the Holy Father's planned visit to their land in two weeks during the main leg of his "Jubilee Journey." The same report reveals that the majority of the Jewish faithful admitted to ignorance about the Roman Catholic Church teachings on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. continued inside.

    Pope puts his money where his heart is: to aid the countless poor and now homeless people of Mozambique
    Mozambique   With the terrible devastation caused by cyclone Eline still ravaging the entire country of Mozambique in southeast Africa, the Pope has begun relief efforts with a $150,000 donation. The tragedy in this area has also received over 1,650 million dollars from Caritas organizations throughout the world. All of this money, of course, is but a mere drop in the bucket of funds which are still badly needed to help the beleaguered peoples and begin reconstruction. continued inside.

    More than a million dollars donated by Cor Unum on behalf of the Pope in 1999 fiscal year as annual report released
       Contrasting the opinion of many uniformed "experts" regarding the coffers of the Roman Catholic Church, the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", the curial office charged with the distribution of the Pope's Private Charities - also called "Peter's Pence," released its annual accounting of such donations and showed sizeable giving in war-torn areas such as Kosovo, East Timor and now Mozambique as well as other underdeveloped third-world countries. continued inside.

    Carnival alternative in Rio is a huge success!
    Cardinal Sales - photo from Inside the Vatican    Mardi Gras and the Carnival are now a memory but the 30,000 who attended a special spiritual retreat in lieu of the pagan cavorting have many memories and graces. The Archdiocese of Rio, headed by Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales since 1971, provided an alternative to the raucous activities with quiet time where confession and conversion were the central themes of the event with hundreds of priests available to all the faithful. continued inside.

    Will the Vatican turn their back on Taiwan in order to court Red China? We say no!
    TaiwanChina    Taiwan's Vice Foreign Minister told reporters that the Vatican may soon open communications with mainland China, but senior Taiwan officials denied it vehemently. While all parties are denying the possibility of any diplomat ties between Beijing and Rome because of the vast philosophical void, the active mood in government circles is fearful it could be made in the future, but the Vatican would never accept shutting out Taiwan or the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Church if it were not in union with Rome. continued inside.

    Colorado head cage coach on hot seat for praying with his players and for teammate's fallen sister at Columbine
    Colorado University Basketball being tested by ACLUHead Coach Ricardo Patton under fire because he dares to pray with his players
       The ACLU is at it again, this time in Boulder, Colorado where Bill McCartney founded the Christian "Promisekeepers" movement. Presently under the gun is Ricardo Patton, the head basketball coach of the Colorado Buffalo varsity cage team who has been ordered not to pray with his players prior to games. They don't take into consideration what he and the team are praying for: the slain sister of one of the player's who was a victim of the Columbine shootings. Coming to Patton's defense - the Rutherford Institute out of Virginia. Our question to the ACLU: Would they rather have prayer or guns and violence? We pray justice will be served and God honored. continued inside.

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