The Power and the Glory!
Empowered by the Blessed Mother and the Holy Spirit, a simple family living on the outskirts of the Beltway, possessing tremendous faith in God and the power of the Holy Rosary, may have played a major unsung role in changing the course of America for the better!
In our commentary today, we begin a multi-part story that needs to be told, not only of the power of the Rosary, but the power of the family, in this case one special family who dared to move mountains because they believed. We are talking of the Whittaker family above ( top: Greg holding John, Toni holding Anthony; second row: Bernadette, Marija Mir, Lucia, Elizabeth and Jacinta; bottom row: Joseph, Magdalena, Francisco and Anna). This phenomenal family started a grass roots effort called the Lepanto Rosary Crusade to raise over 3 million Rosary pledges, a campaign you heard about often in these pages in keeping you up-to-date and seeking your pledges during the interminable time between the recount, the court battles and the days leading up to President George W. Bush's inauguration. We believe Bush's success so far and his strong Pro Life stance he has taken are the result of the millions of Rosaries this family of 13 raised to help ennoble the President to restore the Sanctity of Life and defeat the culture of death just as Don Juan of Austria secured victory over the Turks of death in 1571 while Pope Saint Pius V pleaded for all to pray the Rosary. Then, as today, the Rosary has proven to be our most powerful weapon thanks to those who gave their fiat to enable God's Ordaining Will. For our editorial Changing the world - one Hail Mary at a time! see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Is our Faith Fading?
As the foundation of our Faith is slowly being undermined by the modernists, we must ask ourselves if the bishops and pastors realize that, if this continues, the memory of the Mystery of the Cross will become only a distant memory.
In his column today, Pat Ludwa signals the warning that there is an implosion happening right before our eyes as we allow the modernists to march right in and teach heresy, denying the True Presence and rationalizing sin while compromising values and Church teaching. They say you don't know what you have until you lose it. That works for the Holy Eucharist and our Faith as well. If we don't wake up soon and sound the alarm, man the adoration chapels, and stand sentry to keep out the liberal agenda that is set on destroying Christ's teachings, His children and His Church, then we deserve the watered down ideology that it will become, one that elevates man while denying God and His True Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. Sacrilege is becoming common place as some bishops and pastors sell out to society in not speaking out stronger while the voices that exclaim we are Christ spread their heresy. Their mantra is one that in no way resembles what Christ taught or intended. For Pat's frank, eye-opening column, Though we are one in the Body of Christ, we are not Christ!, see VIEW FROM THE PEW
"The only path to peace is pardon"
Holy Father asserts in his Lenten Message for 2001
Conversion is at the heart of the Holy Father's Lenten Message for 2001 that was written on January 7th and released Friday. We will carry the entire message on Ash Wednesday for more impact. He pointed out that the only way for the world to change, for the world to achieve peace is through the conversion of hearts that begins with each one of us. The Pope reflected on the state of society today where the problems can be traced to a rejection of Christ and the consequences that follow. To change minds and behaviors, hearts must come first.
For more, see News from ROME
Will Faith-based programs help or hinder the Church's efforts?
The response from President George W. Bush's Faith-based proposals has received praise and criticisms from both sides with liberals praising it at time, and conservatives wary of government regulations shackling the Church and other religions. The jury is still out and the key rests in how stringent the government regulations and restrictions are on religious organizations who offer services that can help. Will they petrify the efforts of these groups by making them too beholden to the government or will they empower these faith-based programs to blossom in helping all? For more, see USA News
Pro Life gets a boost as murderer of unborn gets life in Arkansas
Following a precedent set in the Rae Carruth trial last month, an Arkansas jury rendered a verdict of guilty in the first degree to Eric Bullock for hiring others to beat his pregnant girlfriend and kill her unborn child. Life in prison is the sentence. The case was the first brought under Arkansas' Fetal Protection Act. The
1999 law allows murder charges if an unborn child in at least the 12th
week of gestation dies as the result of a violent crime. For more, see Pro Life News
Global Economic Conference in Brazil asks the right questions, but not the way the Pope was hoping for as radicals try to take charge
Why is it, when the opportunity presents itself to do good and make an effect on the world, the wrong people muck up the works? This is exactly what happened in Brazil last week at the World Economic where a dissatisfied group banded together to form the World Social Forum which, in essence, is more of a liberal, neo-Marxist group that has targeted NGO's to gain strength in solidarity. However, because of their radical message, they are sending the wrong message. For more, see Universal News
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Weekday in Ordinary Time
Today and tomorrow we observe Ordinary Time. For these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
"Why does this generation demand a sign? Amen I say to you, a sign shall not be given to this generation." Mark 8: 12
MONDAY February 12:
First Reading: Genesis 4: 1-15, 25
Psalms: Psalm 50: 1, 8, 16-17, 20-21
Gospel Reading: Mark 8: 11-13
Election of the Pope who would stage a showdown with the Eastern Schism
Today is the 952nd anniversary of the election of Pope Saint Leo IX as the 152nd successor of Peter who entered the eternal city barefoot as sign of his humility. Humble though he was, he could not allow the abuse and disrespect visited upon the Latin Church by the Eastern Patriarch Michael Cerularius whom St. Leo was forced to excommunicate in January 1054, thus beginning the long split between East and West that even today Pope John Paul II is struggling with because of the stubbornness of the Orthodox Churches in the East. Leo ruled for eight years, passing to his Heavenly reward on April 19, 1054, many believe from a broken heart over the East's rejection of Rome. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
Place yourselves completely in God's hands
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 humble cast their cares upon God - such cares as business and family problems, frequent misunderstandings with their neighbors and the culture of their own soul. There would be much less anxiety in the world if people would see that trials are often permitted by an allowing Providence to purify us from sin, to detach us from what is harmful."
Monthly Medjugorje Message for January 2001
For Our Lady's January 25th message for 2001 and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
February 12, 2001 volume 12, no. 43