Why "Humanae Vitae" could not gain a foothold with the faithful |
After introducing this special series on the weekend of the special Jubilee of Families held October 13-14 in Rome, we continue today with the sixteenth lesson Putting the "Vitae" back in "Humanae Vitae", part four, in which we trace the trends in the Church following Vatican II and see how Catholics, who prior to the Council, had willingly said 'yes,' turned a 180 and said 'no, I will not serve.' This evolved into a surprising and defying rejection of Pope Paul VI's excellent encyclical of 1968. He was truly a luminary that the world and many Catholics tried to snuff by ignoring and demeaning. Their efforts have resulted in barren fruit and thorns of misery as satan has gained a solid foothold for the culture of death just as Paul VI confirmed before his death. Only by heeding the Pope's words can we turn things around and begin to reestablish the Sanctity of Life. For the sixteenth lesson of this series by Michael and Cyndi Cain, see AT ONE WITH GOD series on Conjugal Love
Feast of Saint Scholastica
Today we celebrate the Feast of Saint Scholastica, Virgin and Religious Foundress and brother of Saint Benedict. Tomorrow is the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time which supersedes liturgically the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes this year. However, World Day of the Sick will be observed throughout the world with the focus this year on Sydney, Australia. For more on these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
Ninth Day of Special Nine Day Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes
SATURDAY February 10:
Feast of Saint Scholastica, Virgin and Religious Foundress
First Reading: Genesis 3: 9-24
Psalms: Psalm 90: 2-6, 12-13
Gospel Reading: Mark 8: 1-10
Today is the Ninth and Final Day of the Nine Day Novena in preparation for Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Bernadette that this year is superseded by the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. See LOURDES NOVENA
We also share a special prayer of Saint Scholastica from My Daily Prayer
O God, Who, to show us the path of innocence, didst cause the soul of Thy Virgin, the Blessed Scholastica, to ascend into Heaven in the likeness of a dove, grant that by the aid of her merits and prayers, we may so innocently live that we may deserve to attain eternal joy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
Archbishop of Moscow extends formal invitation to Pope to visit Russia
Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Moscow, speaking for the Russian Catholic hierarchy duing their ad limina visit in Rome with the Pope,
asked "pardon for our errors," and issued an invitation for the Pontiff to visit
Russia. The primary focus of his remarks, however, was the effort to
promote better relations with the Russian Orthodox Church. The Holy Father concurred and encouraged the bishops to promote efforts at evangelization, to counteract the "spiritual desolation and moral lassitude"
left by nearly a century of Communist rule. He suggested that the faith could
be spread by the translation of liturgical texts into the Russian language, the
recruitment of lay catechists, and the identification of Russian-born
candidates for priestly and religious life.
For more, see News from the Holy See
Immigration is chief concern of North, Central and South American Bishops meeting in Florida
In the spirit of Pope John Paul II's call for the Bishops of the New World to work together as "one America" combining all the North, South and Central American Bishops, the InterAmerican group is going to be meeting Monday through Wednesday for the second year in a row, this year in Clearwater, Florida. Last year's was held in Vancouver. The main challenge they will be focusing on will be immigration and how, through a cooperative, Christ-like effort, the Church can better help the people. For more, see USA News
Yes, Virginia, there is Hope!
Virginia is about to gain an extra day to pursuade mothers not to abort their babies. That is because the Virginia General Assembly gave final legislative approval to a bill requiring a 24-hour waiting period for women who want abortions.
The measure, which requires doctors to offer women detailed information about abortion and its alternatives at least 24 hours before carrying out the abortion, was approved 24-16 by the state Senate, following action last week in the House of Delegates.
It marked a major milestone in a 20-year effort by pro-lifers to restrict abortion, which was legalized in 1973, the Washington Post noted. The Governor has promised to sign the bill. For more, see Pro Life News
Sharon to Arafat: Stop the Violence, then we will talk!
Waiting for peace to be brokered in the mideast is like waiting for Godot. It just isn't going to happen. And it isn't going to happen if the extremists on both sides continue their stubborn, deadly path. The latest, a terrible car-bomb blast in an ultra-orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem by Palestinian radicals, prompted newly elected Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to signal to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat that peace talks are not possible until the violence stops. For more, see Universal News
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"'I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed; He shall crush your head and you shall lie in wait for His heel.' To the woman He said: 'I will make great your distress in childbearing; in pain shall you bring forth children; for your husband shall be your longing, though he have dominion over you.'" Genesis 3: 15-16
The Passing of the Pope who canonized two of the holiest saints of the 19th Century
Today is the 62nd commemoration of the death of Pope Pius XI. Just three months shy of his 82nd birthday, he passed on to his Heavenly reward on this date in 1939. This 259th successor of Peter served the Church as Vicar of Christ for 17 years bridging two world wars. Ten years to the day before his death he successfully concluded the Lateran Concordat with Benito Mussolini which in effect provided separate sovereignty for Vatican City State. He also canonized Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and Saint Bernadette Soubirous and proclaimed as Doctors of the Church such notables as Saint John of the Cross, Saint Albert the Great, Saint Robert Bellarmine, and Saint Peter Canisius. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
Those who boast will be humbled
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".
"How often we see a man endowed with more conceit than ability, more self-confidence than resources conducting some important business. His very exaltation brings out his humiliation, his height accentuates his nothingness."
Monthly Medjugorje Message for January 2001
For Our Lady's January 25th message for 2001 and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
February 10, 2001 volume 12, no. 41