Pope's Intentions for February|
The Holy Father's General Intention for February 2001 will be No more child soldiers or child victims of violence in reference to Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Africa, Latin America and the Mideast. His Missionary Intention is for Families who really live and spread the Gospel as a follow-up to what he emphasized during last October's Jubilee of the Family. Also, throughout the world the Prayer Intention for today's Mass is for His Holiness Pope John Paul II.
Everyone has a right to life, and to all means necessary for the purposes of life
Today in our 216th installment of our catechetical series on My Catholic Faith we present the third part of the sins committed by violating the Seventh and Tenth Commandments. In this issue we will treat the distinction of human dignity in respect to balance between employer and employee so that both are fair and respectful of each other's rights and property, not as theirs but as God's and reflected in their care and observance of His Laws as we explain in today's installment Distribution of Property . For more, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
The bulls and bears of the economic zoo mean nothing if human dignity is not upheld Cardinal-elect Van Thuan tells Bill Gates and other business leaders at special conference in Rome
While interest rates were dropping a half percent and financial experts were scurrying for answers to head off a recession in the United States, Cardinal-elect Francois-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, was signaling another warning, "Our social and economic institutions cannot be submitted to an exaggerated
and savage competition." He was addressing a conference on the future of the workplace with international business leaders in attendance, including Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates. The Archbishop diagreed with Gates vision as he stressed that all economic structures must serve human needs and uphold human dignity and the responsibility for this was not left only to governments, but to business leaders as well.
For more, see News from the Holy See
Great news for Catholic non-profit organizations and churches: Bush's initiatives include boosting charitable tax deductions!
For organizations like ours who depend solely on donations, and for Church organizations everywhere, both Catholic and of other persuasions, the news that President George W. Bush intends to seek passage of a charitable tax deduction that would encourage greater giving and unleash the collar around corporations from giving as well is, indeed, very good news. In addition, he proposes a "compassionate capital fund" that would match private giving with federal dollars for small
community and faith-based charities to help defray the increased costs for technical assistance, overhead and other costs that directly contribute to helping others. For more, see USA News
Abortionists on trial after woman bled to death in their abortuary
For those righteous pro-aborts who say the woman has a choice and no one should interfere as they continue the promotion of the hideous sin of abortion should ask LouAnne Herron about that. Except they can't. That's because she bled to death needlessly in a Phoenix abortuary after the A-Z Women's Center Abortion Mill botched her abortion and then immediately left her without expert or proper medical in the facility in April 1998. Now the abortion provider, the butcher that messed up, and the entire clinic is on trial for her murder. An assistant's testimony that Herron called out for help and no one did anything speaks volumes about how much pro-aborts really care! For more, see Pro Life News
Bishop seeks to comfort his flock in El Salvador as they continue digging out more than two weeks after devastation of quake
While the world focuses on the victims of the terrible earthquake in India last week, many have already forgotten the devastation in El Salvador on January 13th. Still not all the bodies have been recovered. More than two weeks after El Salvador's worst natural disaster in two decades, the earthquake survivors were slowly coming to terms with their losses. More than 700 people were dead and another 500 remained missing. More than 1 million people, almost one-sixth of El Salvador's population, were affected by the 7.6-magnitude quake. Its epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, but the quake was felt as far away as Mexico City. Almost 200,000 families lost their homes. The government estimated that the bill for the damage could total around $1.5 billion. ``We are a people used to suffering,'' Bishop Rodrigo Cabrera Cuellar of Santiago de Maria told Catholic News Service. ``But we also refuse to be knocked down.'' Bishop Cabrera said that in his diocese, an important coffee-growing region in the eastern province of Usulutan, more than 30,000 people were left homeless by the quake. Most of them were poor laborers from the plantations, whose housing of mud and sticks did not stand up to the quake.
For more, see Universal News
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Today is Ordinary Time before tomorrow's Joyful Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord on First Friday and World Day of Consecrated Life. For more on today's and tomorrow's Liturgy, see Daily LITURGY
THURSDAY February 1:
Weekday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Hebrews 12: 18-19, 21-24
Psalm: Psalm 48: 2-4, 9-11
Gospel Reading: Mark 6: 7-13
"Wherever you enter into a house, stay there until you leave the place. And whoever does not receive you, or listen to you, go forth from there, and shake off the dust from your feet or a witness against them." Mark 6: 10-11
The Pope who condemned iconoclasm
On this date 1,229 years ago in 772 Pope Hadrian I was chosen the 95th successor of Peter. During his 23-year papacy he restored the walls of Rome and the ancient aqueducts and was responsible for constructing the golden statue of the tomb of St. Peter and other elaborations at the Vatican. He was a strong opponent of iconoclasm and called the 7th Ecumenical Council at Nicaea for the specific purpose of condeming this heresy. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
Icicles of evil form the hardened heart that can only be melted away through good thoughts
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".
"Evil has its roots in the heart. 'As a man thinks in his heart, so he is' (Proverbs 23: 7). The stalactite pillars to be found in caves give a perfect example of how habits are formed by thoughts. Water on the surface of the earth sinks through the soil and the rocks, carrying with it a tiny sediment. These drops fall from the ceiling of the cave to the floor, but as they fall they form an icicle, and little by little the deposit grows into a stone pillar. In like manner, if the thoughts and desires and wishes of the heart carry with them a deposit of our decisions and our thoughts, and if these are evil it will not be long until they build strong pillars of evil habits on the outside; the opposite is true when the thoughts are good thoughts and are holy and pure."
Monthly Medjugorje Message for January 2001
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 January 25th message for 2001 and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
February 1, 2001 volume 12, no. 32