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Jane Dalton shares the loving similarities between "Daddy" and daddy.
FAITH IN THE FAMILY

 
Two Popes who had a significant impact on history were elected on this day, 630 years apart. TIME CAPSULES

The Curse of Communism casts a dark shadow. GIFT OF FAITH

Pope sends regrets to El Salvador; stern warning to Old World News from ROME

Man found guilty on threats to Philly Cardinal's life USA News

 
Madrid Cardinal warns world of dangers of Human Cloning. Universal News

Pro-aborts' Aim: Make pill available without scrips. Pro Life News

The Light of Faith! SIMPLY SHEEN

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Mirrored in the Father's Love

The virtues of family and fatherhood remind us of the ultimate Father Who watches over and protects us always!

   Last week Joe Dalton shared with us how our ears and hearts are sometimes deaf to God's whispers. Today, Jane Dalton points out another way He communicates to us through the actions of our loved ones. She illustrates specifically how Joe's behavior and interaction with their children reminds her so beautifully and lovingly of God the Father's total love for us. Through His gentle mystical touch and His assurance that He is watching over us always, we know we will always be welcome. Each day we see signs of His love reflected in our loved ones. Love for God increases the proper sense of family and motivates us to love even more as He loves us. Her words encourage all to look around and see how often times the virtuous acts of family love, especially in our spouses, reinforce our love for God and increase our love for each other. For her column My Heavenly "Daddy", see FAITH IN THE FAMILY

The Commandments have been challenged to the limits by the blood-drenched curse of the hammer and sickle.

   Today in our 218th installment of our catechetical series on My Catholic Faith we present the first part of a four-part series on an ideology that is very much an invader and violater of the Seventh and Tenth Commandments. In this issue we focus on the roots of the Communist curse. Little did anyone know in May of 1917 that the Blessed Virgin Mary had been sent by God to warn the world and seek global prayer to defeat this horror, this fearful menace which cast its shadow over an entire century. Though we have seen the fall of the iron curtain, Communism is not dead. We must continue to pray that it will be completely eradicated and true Justice restored for all God's children. For the first part of Communism: The Fearful Menace!, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

AustriaEl Salvador Pope consoles El Salvadorians

Holy Father extends condolences to El Salvador, later warns that Europe is at a crossroads between the Culture of Life and the culture of death

   The Holy Father, in a telegram to Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador, expressed his profound sorrow over the victims and the property damage, and prayed for God's aid for them after Tuesday morning's second devastating quake in a month. The Pope also, in receiving the new Austrian Envoy to the Holy See, warned the diplomat that all of Europe was at a crossroad in the issue of life and time, prayer and action will determine whether the Old World will choose "to build a flowering garden or a quagmire of death," he said. For more, see News from ROME
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Cardinal Bevilacqua Man pleads guilty to threats and attempts on Cardinal Bevilacqua's life


   A mentally ill man from Puerto Rico pleaded guilty this week to attempted murder of the Archbishop of Philadelphia Cardinal Joseph Bevilacqua in phone threats made last year in March and May. He also threatened to bomb a church and kill members of a Catholic charity called Casa del Carmen. Aldo Muniz, according to his defense attorney, was not taking his medications at the time he made the threats. Nevertheless, the judge set May 17th as the date for sentencing. For more, see USA News
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Pro-aborts twisting the truth to exploit FDA to make morning-after pill available over the counter.

  While the FDA is coming under the scutiny of Congress and the Justice Department for the illegal way RU-486 was railroaded through by the Clinton administration, a pro-abort group is trying to steamroll another measure through that would make the deadly contraceptive pills Preven and Plan B available over the counter and as prevalent as a stick of gum in the drug stores. If this trend would continue, other than devoted, obedient families, the vast American population will slowly die out for there will be no offspring to carry on. They were killed in their mother's womb before they had a chance and all because of the convenience of selfish parents. For more, see Pro Life News
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Cardinal Rouco Varela If man manipulates for his own ends, results will be disastrous according to Madrid Cardinal

  The Archbishop of Madrid Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela cautioned all that, while science is good and can contribute greatly to society, it must be very careful not to be a means that does not justify the end. In echoing all the Holy Father has said about cloning and protecting the Sanctity of Life, the Cardinal Rouco quoted philosopher Julián Marías, who believes that "the most serious thing that occurred in the 20th century was the loss of conscience on the part of society, of the evil implied by abortion, 'the social acceptance of abortion.'" "This," the cardinal said, "should be applied with greater severity to human cloning, because it implies a further step in man's manipulation of man at the expense of life. Moreover, if that manipulation is protected by a legal system, one arrives at a moral crisis of the first order." For more, see Universal News
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    Weekday in Ordinary Time

       Today and tomorrow we observe Ordinary Time. For more on these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
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    THURSDAY February 15:
    Weekday in Ordinary Time


      First Reading: Genesis 9: 1-13
      Psalms: Psalm 102: 15-23, 29
      Gospel Reading: Mark 8: 27-33

    "And what He said He spoke openly. And Peter taking Him aside, began to chide Him. But He, turning and seeing His disciples, rebuked Peter, saying, 'Get behind Me, satan, for thou dost not mind the things of God, but those of men.' "  Mark 8: 32-33

    Blessed Pope Eugene III Pope Pius VI Anniversary of the Election of two Popes 630 years apart, who had a significant impact on Church history

       On this date two Popes were elected, one 856 years ago in 1145 when Blessed Pope Eugene III became the 167th successor of Peter and was remembered for dispatching a Crusade and completing the College of Cardinals during his 8-year papacy. He also began construction of the Papal Palace at the Vatican. He passed on to his Heavenly reward on July 8, 1153. Also on this date in 1775 the Sacred Conclave chose 226 years ago,as the 250th in the line of Peter, Pope Pius VI whose 24 year pontificate was frought with contending with the French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte, which led to being arrested and humiliated by the little general. The Pope was force to pay the French despot tremendous sums from the Church coffers as well as surrender priceless works of art. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

    Faith lights the way

       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".

      "Everyone coming into the world has one great light sealed upon him, which is reason, or the faculty of knowing the true and the right. Some have an additional light, which is that of faith. The latter are fortunate, inasmuch as they have the extra illumination for the problems of life."

    The Gospa's message for January Monthly Medjugorje Message for January 2001

    For Our Lady's January 25th message for 2001 and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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