Lent offers Catholics the ideal opportunity to re-examine their lives |
"In our times, forgiveness appears more and more as a necessary dimension for an authentic social renewal and for the strengthening of peace in the world."
That is the heart of Pope John Paul II's Annual Lenten Message, first released from the Vatican on January 7th this year and published today in these pages for more impact as we begin the traditional 40 days of Lent leading up to the Easter Triduum. The Holy Father's words remind us that "This is a challenge that concerns individuals but also communities, peoples and all humanity. It concerns families in a special way. It is not easy to convert one's self to forgiveness and reconciliation. To reconcile can already seem problematic when at the origin there is self-guilt. If then the other is guilty, to reconcile one's self can be seen even as an unreasonable humiliation. To take this path, it is necessary to experience interior conversion; the courage of humble obedience to the command of Jesus is necessary." Obedience to God and His Holy Church indeed bears the greatest fruits.
For His Holiness' Lenten Message, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
We call upon the Cardinal of Washington D.C. and his fellow bishops of the politician's residence to issue the edicts if Catholic pro-aborts do not repent. It's the only way to clear the confusion and save souls!
It has come to this:
It's Time to Excommunicate
Pro-abort 'Catholic' Politicians!
In our commentary today, we introduce our new series below as we take off the gloves in an effort to help erase the devil's edge. The bishops have warned and pro-abort Catholic politicians continue to ignore their counsel and the Church teachings. We can forgive the sinner, but never the sin. Lent is the ideal time to find out what is worth more: Faith or their careers? They are in apostasy and if action is not taken now, many others will forsake the Church to follow their own agenda while still calling themselves 'Catholic.' For the sake of souls, both living and unborn, we urge Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to follow suit with his fellow colleagues in the Conclave, specifically Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Archbishop of Mexico City, who has stated boldly, "Anyone who promotes or practices abortion, including legislators and governors, will be excommunicated by the Church."
For our Open Letter to the Bishops of America, see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Attention Cardinal Law and Cardinal McCarrick: Isn't it time to excommunicate Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy?
We lead off this series with the worst offender of Church Doctrine in the Senate. For lo these many years Senator Edward M. Kennedy has been one of the most liberal and outspoken supporters of the culture of death, promoting abortion, voting to continue partial-birth abortion and living a life totally out of sync with how a Catholic should live. He is Catholic in name only and has misled many, causing great scandal because of his stubborn liberal agenda that has been a slap in the face of God, His Church, Catholics everywhere, Kennedy's fellow countrymen, and the people of Massachusetts. For more on this man who seeks to slay the innocents for the sake of votes, power and money, see HEROD'S HEROES
There's Something Rotten in Denmark!
Why the great coverup of the media and medical industry on the obvious link between breast cancer and abortions?
Today, Dr. Frank Joseph shows how the media and medical industry spin the dangers of cell phone use which are infitesmal compared to the documented evidence of a definite link between breast cancer and abortion. They base their warnings of other dangers on studies from Denmark where life isn't worth a plug nickel today. Shakespeare was indeed right - there is "Something rotten in Denmark!"...and it has crept into America as well, or, better yet, "slithered" in. For Dr. Frank's column today America's Best Kept Secret Revisited , see PRO LIFE PRESCRIPTIONS
Holy Father seeking ways to reconcile Lefebvre schism
In an effort to overcome the schism caused by Bishop Marcel Lefebvre, His Holiness Pope John Paul II has appointed four new members to the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei." The panel was created in 1988 in the wake of the French prelate's unauthorized ordination of four bishops. That ordination triggered the only schism to occur during John Paul II's pontificate. For more, see News from ROME
New Apostolic Representative of Caribbean islands hails from Ohio
From the banks of Lake Erie to shores of the Ivory Coast to now the Carribean Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio has served his Church well and the Holy Father has rewarded this native of Cleveland, Ohio with the title of Archbishop and named him apostolic nuncio in the Dominican Republic and apostolic delegate in Puerto Rico. For more, see USA News
New study out of Scotland further depletes pro-abort argument for stem cell research
Pro-aborts argument for using aborted fetuses for stem cell research may have been severely punctured by a new study out of Scotland, which found that adult stem cell research is just as viable using other available means such as animal stem cells and placentas. The American subsidiary of Edinburgh-based PPL Therapeutics, the same company which cloned "Dolly" the sheep, has succeeded in converting skin tissue from cows into beating heart cells. This was done by "rewinding" the genetic clock of the skin cells so as to create "unprogrammed" master stem cells and then programmed to develop into functioning beating heart cells. It is welcome news to Scotland's staunch Pro Life Shepherd Bishop Thomas Winning. For more, see Pro Life News
"Destroy our churches, not people's homes"
Those were the stark words of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Michel Sabbah in his Lenten Message. He has been at the forefront of seeking peace in the Holy Land and his appeal to Israel and its army is an effort to save lives and homes, while sacrificing church buildings to preserve families. For more, see Universal News
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Today is Ash Wednesday, which ushers in Lent, signified by the mark of ashes on the forehead. It is a day of fast and abstinence with no meat whatsoever for all between 14 and 59. Tomorrow we observe Lenten Weekday. For these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
"But thou, when thou dost fast, anoint thy head and wash thy face, so that thou mayest not be seen fasting by men, but by thy Father, who sees in secret, will reward thee." Matthew 6: 17-18
WEDNESDAY February 28:
First Reading: Joel 2: 12-18|
Psalms: Psalm 51: 3-6, 12-14, 17
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5: 20-21; 6: 1-2
Gospel Reading: Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-18
The Victory of the Vernacular was promoted by Pope Clement XIII
Today is the 242nd anniversary of the proclamation of Pope Clement XIII that allowed the Sacred Scriptures to be translated into the vernacular and be published in many nations from China to America. Utilizing the Douay-Rheims Latin translations scholars were instructed to adhere to the true meaning when translating into various languages so more could hear and see the Word. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
Our direction is determined by desire
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".
"Desire is to the soul what gravitation is to matter. When we know our desires, we know the direction our soul is taking. If desire is Heavenly, we go upwards, if it is wholly earthly, we go downwards."
Monthly Medjugorje Message for February 2001
For Our Lady's February 25th message for 2001 and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
February 28, 2001 volume 14, no. 59