"The New Age of Christ" will occur when God and man are in perfect harmony |
"Thus is the full action of the original plan of the Creator delineated: a creation in which God and man, man and woman, humanity and nature are in harmony, in dialogue, in communion. This plan, upset by sin, was taken up in a more wondrous way by Christ, Who is carrying it out mysteriously but effectively in the present reality, in the expectation of bringing it to fulfillment. "
That was the heart of Pope John Paul II's General Papal Audience this past Wednesday in Paul VI Hall as reported by the ZENIT News Agency. Speaking in the Paul VI Auditorium, the Pope recalled that Adam, through sin, had upset the harmony that existed between God and man. To restore that harmony He sent His Only-begotten Son to redeem mankind, to reestablish that harmony, though only when sin is no more, when that time spoken of in the Apocalypse has come in God's time that there will be perfect harmony. Until then we continue to strive for it through love of Him and obedience to His Holy Church as we call upon Him to return: "Maranatha."
For his weekly catechetical message, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Holy Father sees prosperity of vocations growing from adversity in Yugoslavia as he encourages bishops during their ad limina visit
Pope John Paul II urged Catholics in Yugoslavia to forgo violence in solving their nation's problems. But he also noted an encouraging increase in vocations in the troubled land.
The Pontiff met with the Catholic bishops of what remains of former Yugoslavia, who ended their every-five-year "ad limina" visit to the Holy See. After meeting personally with each bishop during the week, the Pope delivered an address summarizing his hopes for Yugoslavia's future. For more, see News from ROME
Ex Corde Ecclesiae faces greatest challenge
Break from tradition at Georgetown University signals break from Church traditions and Jesuit roots with election of first layman as president and Cardinal-designate McCarrick not happy with trend
Maybe it was inevitable. Once a "Hoya" not always a "Hoya" if you are striving to adhere to the orthodoxy of the Church for Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., the Jesuit college once respected and now regarded as one of the more liberal institutions, has broken with yet another tradition - that of a Jesuit serving as president of the university. For the first time in its history the regents have selected a layman to head the university and Cardinal-designate Theodore McCarrick and orthodox Catholics are none too happy about it. But then, what do you expect from the school that was supposed to teach Bill Clinton ethics when he attended the university? Just as is happening at the University of San Francisco, another Jesuit institution, orthodoxy is being disgarded in favor of modernist, leftist agendas and flying in the face of Rome's Ex Corde Ecclesiae. For more, see USA News
Was it money or the adherence to Catholic principles that forced CCCB to distance themselves from pro-abort WMW?
That is the question many Pro Life advocates are asking in light of the fact the Canadian Bishops finally have disassociated themselves from the pro-abort World March for Women that many bishops, prior to this, had supported as well as funded. Many Pro Life advocates believe the pressure they put on the bishops turned things around not only because they were persistent, but donations dropped off sharply in protest to the bishops' actions prior to this. For more, see Pro Life News
New President of Philippines stresses values of Catholic principles for natural family planning
Filipino President President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, speaking to the Asian Pacific Conference on Reproductive Health stopped short of declaring a ban on contraception but insisted her government would strongly follow the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church in respect to contraception. While she was open to dialogue, she relied on the voice of the people and the culture that has strongly upheld Catholic doctrine and principles. For more, see Universal News
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Keen eyes focus on the Charlatan of Keene, New Hampshire, who is now harking his wares in the emerald isle!
On this day when we celebrate a true messenger of God in Saint Bernadette, we are reminded that satan mocks the humble ones with those false messengers who seek to promote disobedience and their own agenda masked in piety and legitimacy; wherein truth they are only confusing and furthering the evil one's ploy to undermine the faithful. Jesus has said, "Not all who say 'Lord, Lord' shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven." We present just a few of the e-mails we've received recently as to the whereabouts and schemes of one Ron O'Brien, whose sacriligeous deeds and charlatan-ways we relayed to you in a series of editorials in September 1999 Do not be deceived by the heathen and the publican! and "Begone, satan!". He has been pursued by law authorities and Church authorities and we had thought we had heard the end of this charlatan, but believe it or not, in less than a year and a half he's back to his old tricks, now claiming the stigmata. For what others think, see Readers' Feedback
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today is the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time and tomorrow is Weekday in Ordinary Time. For more on these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
"But I say to you, who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you, pray for those who calumniate you...For with what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you." Luke 6: 27-28, 38
SUNDAY February 18:
IN ORDINARY TIME
First Reading: 1 Samuel 26: 2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23|
Psalms: Psalm 103: 1-4, 8, 10, 12-13
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15: 45-49
Gospel Reading: Luke 6: 27-38
Feast of Saint Bernadette of Soubirous
Before Vatican II, February 18th was traditionally the Feast of Saint Bernadette of Soubirous, visionary of Lourdes whose body is preserved incorrupt today. The following Prayer is taken from My Daily Prayer
O God, guardian and lover of the lowly, Whose handmaid Mary Bernard was permitted visions of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, with whom she conversed; grant we beseech Thee, that we, following the pathway of a trusting faith, may at last be brought to Thee in the celestial vision. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
Death of a Master who captured man in the image of God
On this date 437 years ago in 1564, the celebrated master Michelangelo Buonarotti died at the age of 88. Age and arthritis that crippled him so badly from the many, many years of molding, chipping granite and marble, and lying prone painting the Sistine Chapel under extreme weather conditions and pressures, finally took their toll. He is remembered as the greatest of all Renaissance painters and the greatest contributor of artistic treasures for the Vatican. He often remarked that he did not have time to get down on his knees because they hurt so much, but that every brush stroke, every fold in his sculptures was a prayer. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
Michelangelo was the master of seeing beauty beneath the surface and bringing it to life.
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".
"Art is the expression of beautiful ideals through the real. Michelangelo said that inside every block of marble is an admirable form; one need only hack away at the nonessentials in order to reveal it. Science, however is more concerned with law and order."
Monthly Medjugorje Message for January 2001
For Our Lady's January 25th message for 2001 and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
February 18, 2001 volume 12, no. 49