Part Three of a multi-part series on the feats and fiat of one family's efforts to end the culture of death.

Fighting the addiction of wanting more! Sr. Lucy's column

Melkite Patriarch looking forward to Papal Visit to Syria. News from ROME

Catholics take a licking from "Chocolat" and Jesse Jackson USA News

Pro-aborts to apply double-standard litmus test Pro Life News

Jew, Arab and Christian come together in sorrow. Universal News

Catholic editor tried to warn the world of Nazism in 1933. TIME CAPSULES

Illuminated by the Light of Grace! SIMPLY SHEEN

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Through the Grace of God, prayers were being answered!

The Power of the Holy Spirit was in action. On the wings of a dove and the internet, something special was happening as the Whittaker family waded through incoming e-mails and waited in prayer outside the Court steps for a victorious decision - one that would come, Godincidentally, on Mary's special feast day.

   In our commentary today, we continue with our multi-part story of one family's efforts to tip the scales for the Sanctity of Life. As we have said before, this story about the Whittaker family is one 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 pick up today in mid campaign as they celebrate George W. Bush's victory on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and then continue on their goal to reach three million Rosaries pledged to ennoble Mr. Bush to carry out his Pro Life initiatives in restoring America to God's Ordaining Will. For our editorial "Grace was on the move!" see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Materialism begets envy and envy and covetousness are at the core of the Tenth Commandment; one we should know thoroughly but only through a thorough Examination of Conscience to gain greater graces once absolved in the Sacrament of Reconciliation

   Sister Mary Lucy Astuto completes her eight-part series on a special Examination of Conscience, covering today the Tenth and final Commandment "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods." She points out how this Commandment, especially in our materialistic environment today, is one we can easily violate if we are not fully aware of the danger signs. Only through a thorough examination of conscience before entering the confessional can we be assured of resolving our ways in striving for sanctity as God wills. For the eighth part of her column Acute Awareness in Examining Our Consciences, see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

SyriaMelkite Patriarch Gregory III "If Palestine is the land where Christ was born, Syria is the land where Christianity was born," claims Melkite Patriarch in hopes of reuniting Orthodox and Catholic Church in Antioch

   While many leaders from the Orthodox Greek and Russian Church have given the Holy Father the cold shoulder, it is refreshing that the new leader of the Melkite Greek Church in Antioch Gregory III is preparing a warm welcome to His Holiness when he arrives in Damascus during his Papal Visit to Syria. The Patriarch, in Rome this week to meet with the Pope, has expressed a strong desire for unity with Rome and reuniting the Church in Antioch where the first Church was established after Christ's Ascension. For more, see News from ROME

Jesse Jackson Does Jesse have "Chocolat" on his face and soul for endorsing Catholic-bashing Oscar Film?

   According to, there is a new furor over the fact Jesse Jackson endorsed the Oscar-nominated film "Chocolat" which deals with putting down the pious, religious practices of French Catholics in 1959 through a pagan temptress who won the town over for satan in the guise of chocolate treats that detracted hearts and souls from God in favor of temporal pleasures. For more, see USA News

Witch-hunt looming from Left for whomever Bush offers up as Supreme Court appointee.

  According to the Left, the Ashcroft hearings were merely a warm-up, a warning as the Democrats and the rest of the pro-aborts will vigorously and ferociously fight any conservative, Pro Life candidate President George W. Bush will offer as possible Supreme Court material. They are under the assumption that the woman's right to choose an abortion is now a Constitutional right whereas, in truth, it is a gross anathema to all the founding fathers intended in upholding God's Laws and the right to life. For more, see Pro Life News

Palestine Catholic in Israeli Army laid to rest as people of all faiths attend funeral

"We see that the Palestinians need their rights, but also Israel has the right to her survival ... it is difficult to say who I am. I know I am Christian first before anything.''

   With Arab, Jew, Catholic and Orthodox members present, a young Melkite Catholic who had enlisted in the Israeli Army and killed by a Palestinian sniper on the Gaza Strip last week was laid to rest as the mixed congregation all sought answers to the senseless fighting that has gone on for so long in this blood-ravaged Mid East. The question all asked: Is the "prize" worth the loss of lives, the upheaval of families and emotions? Those leaving came away with the same answer: "No!" For more, see Universal News

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    Weekday in Ordinary Time

       Today and tomorrow we observe Ordinary Time. Tomorrow is also the Feast of the Seven Servite Founders in Rome and Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. For more on these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
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    FRIDAY February 16:
    Weekday in Ordinary Time

      First Reading: Genesis 11: 1-9
      Psalms: Psalm 33: 10-15
      Gospel Reading: Mark 8: 34-39; 9: 1

    "If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For he who would save his life will lose it; but he who loses his life for My sake and for the Gospel's sake will save it. For what does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? "  Mark 8: 34-37

    The Catholic paper warned of Hitler's horrors in 1933 Anniversary of a warning from the Catholic paper Germania that would echo from the Rhine to the Tiber, from the Seine to the Mississippi, from the Volga to the Thames on the dangers of Nazism

       On this date 68 years ago the brave and loyal German Catholic publication Germania was one of the very first to expose the errors and dangers of the Third Reich being formed by the new chancellor Adolph Hitler. Having carefully studied the encyclicals of the Popes, the editors were wise in foreseeing the terrible policies being carefully manipulated into place as Germania tried desperately to head off the ultimate and warn Catholics not to embrace this fascist way or the communist way as well. Staff of Germania would be greatly dogged, censored and persecuted by Hitler and his S.S. Some would be put to death. Another great editor, Father Maximilian Kolbe in Poland would be put to death and canonized a saint of the Church. The beacon of truth would not be silenced. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

    Blessed with the Light of Grace

       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".

      "As the eye has not its own light, but needs the sun, so too the reason for its perfection needs the gift of faith. We have the same eyes at night at as we have in the day, but we cannot see in the darkness because we lack the additional light of the sun. The reason those with faith have a keener insight into values and a deeper moral sense is because they are blessed with a light others lack."

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

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

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