...So help me, God!
A grass-roots "Lepanto Rosary Campaign," begun by the Whittakers on an inspiration from Mother Angelica's EWTN, has its culmination on Inauguration Day as the goal of three million Rosaries pledged is reached through the grace of God and the fiat of millions. With this Heavenly help, countless prayers will help ennoble President George W. Bush to carry out his Pro Life initiatives in seeking to restore the Sanctity of Life.
In our commentary today, we continue the 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 who you have come to know. They, themselves, are quite bewildered by the publicity being generated by this series but willingly subject their personal mortification so others will realize the power of the Holy Rosary and the power of the Holy Spirit. Today we relate how this grass-roots effort came to a miraculous conclusion and the joy and relief felt. It was indeed a happy day when, after eight years of exile, a Pro Life President took the oath of office once again. Hope was indeed on the horizon. For our editorial A goal so near and yet so far! see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Lured by the siren of seduction, many are being roasted on the spit of destruction
The world, the flesh and the devil are competing for our soul. Yet so many are totally unaware that they are being fed not only a pack of lies but a disease that could be forever fatal. It's called mortal sin!
In his column today, Pat Ludwa bemoans the predominance of explicit and implicit sex everywhere in society today and what kind of message that sends our kids or even adults for that matter. He points out that what we put into our bodies, we reap, so also what we put into our hearts and souls and how we treat our bodies and others will determine our worth. It is what Jesus told us, what our Church teaches, and what we should do. But society's siren seems stronger today and too many miss the entire point, plunging themselves into a deeper abyss, where they find their glutton wants have been consumed in the junk food of destruction. He reminds us, God doesn't make junk. For Pat's column, Food for Thought: How far will we go to gorge ourselves in sin? see VIEW FROM THE PEW
Russian city of Kazan has Pope's blessing to have the Icon of our Lady of Kazan returned to the Cathedral in Tatarstan
A small 30 centimeter high 16th century icon, the Kazan Mother of God, celebrated by many healings and other miracles, is causing a stir in Russia and Rome.The icon appeared mysteriously in 1597, in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, a republic of the Russian Federation on the middle Volga, where it became famous for miracles obtained through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1904 the icon was stolen from Kazan cathedral, shipped abroad by a certain Chaikin and is preserved today in the Papal apartments among several revered icons. Kazan authorities would like to retrieve the city’s Madonna and the Pope has no objection. For more, see News from ROME
Church must pay more attention to pastoral needs of growing Latino population in U.S.
Many of those responsible for the pastoral care of Hispanics in the United States say there is a need for better coordination with other ecclesial departments. That was one of the suggestions that arose at a meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The meeting, which runs through Saturday, is focusing on updating pastoral care for Hispanics. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2005 Latinos will be the largest minority in the country, surpassing blacks. By the end of the century, Latinos might surpass the white population of European origin. At least 70% of Hispanics are Catholic. And Hispanics account for 35% of U.S. Catholics. For more, see USA News
Planned Parenthood crying foul as they roll in the dough.
Many might think Planned Parenthood is devastated at the recent measures passed by President George W. Bush, but, in truth they are relishing the role of "victim" and raking in the dough from desperate pro-abort organizations who are scared stiff life might be preserved and the selfish rights of a woman be compromised for the welfare of others - namely, the innocent unborns. They can't have that so PP has made it known they'll be the leader in the propaganda to sway Bush from his appointed rounds. All they need is money, they've got the networks on their side. So, as they cry foul the foul stench of dirty laundry from abortuaries pours into the coffers of PP, NARAL and NOW. As Kathryn Jean Lopez of the National Review urges, it's time to counterattack the lies of the pro-aborts. For more, see Pro Life News
Sri Lanka kicks off month long Prayers for Peace as Our Lady of Madhu will be processed throughout country
Saturday night, led by Bishop Malcom Ranjith and Bishop Oswald Gomis, Catholics in Sri Lanka kicked off a month-long crusade to restore peace. To help lift the country out of civil war and a general crisis of moral and spiritual values, Sri Lanka is turning to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In March the statue of Our Lady of Madhu is to be taken to the southern areas of the Island to encourage prayers and activity for peace. Sri Lankans, Christians and non, are very devoted Our Lady of Madhu; Sinhalese and Tamils, who are fighting a civil war, can often be seen praying together before the revered statue of the Blessed Virgin at Madhu Sri Lanka’s national shrine situated in the north of the Island. For more, see Universal News
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Weekday in Ordinary Time
Today and tomorrow we observe the liturgy of Ordinary Time. For more on these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
"O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? ...If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him who believes." Mark 9: 18, 22
MONDAY February 19:
Weekday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Sirach 1: 1-10|
Psalms: Psalm 93: 1-2, 5
Gospel Reading: Mark 9: 14-29
Election of the Pope who affirmed the Bishop of Rome was the Primary Prelate
On this date 1,394 years ago in 607, the Roman-born Pope Boniface III was elevated to the Throne of Peter. His pontificate would last less than a year and during this short time this 66th successor of Peter decreed that his successor and all successors thereafter could not be elected until a three-day grace period had passed after the death of a Pope. Today that has been extended to nine days, called novendiali. Boniface would also decree that the only universal bishop was the one in Rome, which meant the Pope. It was a decision that would further strengthen the authority of the Sovereign Pontiff as head of the Church. He would die on November 12, 607 and, because of the Emperor of Constantinople at that time had to approve the election of a new Pope his successor Pope Saint Boniface IV would not be elected until ten months after the former's death. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
Man is God's best selling novel!
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".
"We are like so many volumes issued from the Divine Press. To each is given the freedom to write on those pages and thus do the autobiography of our character. Even though we write badly or well, indisputably stamped on the cover is the name of the Divine Author. Despite inkblots of moral value which are due to our moral carelessness, the Divine watermark is stamped on each page, untouched by our poor scribling."
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