October 16, 2000

22nd Anniversary
of John Paul II's
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Feast of Hedwig and
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

volume 11, no. 202
October 16, 2000
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Happy 22nd Anniversary, Your Holiness
October 16, 1978 - October 16, 2000

    GIF animation used with permission by EWTN   Today we celebrate with great joy the 22-year mark of Pope John Paul II's pontificate. He is unquestionably not only the most trusted world leader, but possibly one of the greatest in the long illustrious line of Roman Pontiffs. That is saying a lot for many Popes have been canonized, but for John Paul the Great it will only be a matter of time after God takes him home. But until then the Almighty has chosen to keep him with us as long as his mission is still uncompleted. No Pontiff has had as much global impact for goodness and human dignity as has this magnificent, holy man who undauntingly preaches the Sanctity of Life, the Gospel of Love and invites all to cross the threshold of Hope with him. Besides eventual canonization, it is inevitable this Polish prelate is destined for one of the highest honors - Doctor of the Church for while Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI were the Vatican II Popes, John Paul II as Bishop Karol Woytyla helped author many of the landmark documents of the Second Vatican Council. Many dissidents say he is out of touch with the times. How can anyone be out of touch when the Pope has mastered dozens of languages. How can anyone be out of touch when he is actually ahead of his time? No, John Paul the Great is very much in touch and we have been touched by God because of him. He is a key component of the Fatima message and mission and the fact that he has dedicated his pontificate from the beginning to the Blessed Virgin Mary before he was shot in St. Peter's Square on the 64th anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima shows God's hand in all this. We could expound further, but for a chronological profile of this wondrous living star in Mary's crown, see:
    From Cradle to Conclave              The Papal Years
Holy Father sprinkles Holy Water on Jordanian peoplePope celebrates Mass at GalileePopular Popemobile wends it way through Nazareth
Holy Father completes the Jubilee Journey to the Holy LandPalestinian leader Yasser Arafat embraces PopePope arrives in Jerusalem flanked by Israel's President Ezer Weizman on left and Prime Minister Ehud Barak on rightHoly Father at Holocaust memorialHoly Father celebrates Mass in Upper Room on Holy ThursdayHoly Father prays at Gethsemane

One of the greatest highlights of John Paul II's Pontificate was his Jubilee Journey to the Holy Land in the footsteps of Christ earlier this year.

"Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram aedificabo Ecclesiam Meam."

Matthew 16: 18

  In this issue we continue to bring you gems from archived issues by Pat Ludwa. Through scriptural syllogisms Pat - beginning with Our Lord's words above - "Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church" - proves without a shadow of a doubt the direct succession from Peter, the first Pope, to his 263 successors after him up to our present Roman Pontiff Pope John Paul II, 264th successor of Peter. He shows how the Dogma of Papal Infallibility follows as part of that succession, as when the Vicar of Christ speaks on faith and morals from the Chair of Peter - ex cathedra - his words are infallible. For Pat's column Teaching from the Chair of Peter see VIEW FROM THE PEW

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      First Reading: Galatians 4: 22-24, 26-27, 31; 5: 1
      Psalms: Psalm 113: 1-7
      Gospel Reading: Luke 11: 29-32

    St. Margaret Mary AlacoqueFeast of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin, Religious and Messenger
      Lord, pour out on us the riches of the Spirit which You bestowed on St. Margaret Mary. May we come to know the love of Christ, which surpasses all human understanding, and be filled with the fullness of God.

      Taken from the Opening Prayer of the Mass honoring St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

    Feast of Saint Hedwig, Married Woman and Religious

      All-powerful God, may the prayers of St. Hedwig bring us Your help and may her life of remarkable humility be an example to us all.

      Taken from the Opening Prayer of the Mass honoring St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

    For the profiles on St. Hedwig and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, the liturgy today, and tomorrow's feast of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, see DAILY LITURGY

    Taken from the Gospel for Monday's Mass

    "Amen I say to you, there is no one who has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or lands, for My sake and for the gospel's sake, who shall not receive now in the present time a hundredfold as much, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands - along with perseuctions, and in the age to come life everlasting. "

    Luke 11: 29-31

    Events that happened Today in Church History

      Pope's 22nd anniversary today    Today is the 22nd anniversary of the selection of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla as the 264th successor of Peter. A virtual unknown to most, he has become one of the most beloved Popes in the long illustrious history of the Roman Pontiffs. He is truly a great man who God has sent for these most difficult times for though the world does not agree with his strict sense of morality and virtues, they all respect him as the most trusted man of the 20th century and so far of the new millennium. He has canonized more saints than all the Popes combined, he has reached billions of people, saying Mass for millions who enthusiastically turn out wherever in the world he goes, bringing the Gospel of Christ to all regardless of race, creed or color. He is truly a Vicar of Christ...a servant of the servants of God. For a more chronological profile, see Part One: From Cradle to Conclave and Part Two: The Papal Years For other events that happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenEliminate sin and there'll be no need for suffering

       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 are two great evils in the world: sin and suffering. Sin is mortal, suffering is physical, and the latter is a result of the former. What happens to the body as pain, and to nature in the form of cyclones, earthquakes and floods, is ultimately an echo, a repercussion and effect of what has already happened in the moral universe. When the big wheel in a machine is cracked, all the little wheels get out of order. As we eliminate sin, we eliminate suffering; as we love God, we cease to hate others. And thus we engage in fewer wars."
    22 DAYS
    to Defend Life
    and pray that there will be
    No more Blood and Gore!!

       We encourage you to go to the Pro-Life links below to keep up to date on the great battle between life and death - the Sanctity of Life vs. the culture of death led by pro-abort candidates and those who would advance immorality, sodomy, perjury, etc. We refer you to our HOMEPORT ENTRY PAGE where you will find a typograph of a chalice, a chalice overflowing with the innocent blood of the aborted babies nearing 40 to 50 million. Enough is enough! The story and our purpose is outlined in this typograph and for more information and why we will not give up, see DEFEND LIFE Pray and urge others to VOTE FOR LIFE!

    Pro-Life Infonet and Priests For Life

    The Gospa's message for September Monthly Medjugorje Message for September 2000

      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. For Our Lady's message for September and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
    1 FRIDAY     no. 199
    October 13
    Weekday/ OUR

    2 SATURDAY     no. 200
    October 14
    Weekday/Pope Saint
    Callixtus I
    BVM on Sat
    3 SUNDAY     no. 201
    October 15
    28th SUNDAY
    St. Teresa of Avila
    4 MONDAY     no. 202
    October 16
    Weekday/St. Hedwig and
    St. M. Mary Alacoque

    5 TUESDAY     no. 203
    October 17
    Saint Ignatius of
    , Bishop

    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 204
    October 18

    7 THURSDAY     no. 205
    October 19
    Feast of North American Martyrs

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