"Humanae Vitae" Revisited 33 Years Later|
After introducing this special series on the weekend of the special Jubilee of Families held October 13-14 in Rome, we continue today with the fifteenth lesson Putting the "Vitae" back in "Humanae Vitae", part three in which we begin to examine the causes and effects of why the Church was so vulnerable to satan's enticements and why the bishops and pastors did not enthusiastically support Pope Paul VI's excellent encyclical of 1968. He was truly a luminary that the world and many Catholics tried to snuff by ignoring and demeaning. Their efforts have resulted in barren fruit and thorns of misery as satan has gained a solid foothold for the culture of death just as Paul VI confirmed before his death. Only by heeding the Pope's words can we turn things around and begin to reestablish the Sanctity of Life. This sensitive and enlightening series is co-written by Michael and Cyndi Cain, who share what the Holy Spirit has inspired them to write including intimate, chasteful revelations of their own lives that have helped elevate their Conjugal Love. The entire concept unlocks the keys to reestablishing the Sanctity of Life through the Charism of Conjugal Love and, through one couple at a time, like a ripple that extends ever outward, we can change the world and eradicate the culture of death. This series will run in each Saturday issue. For the fifteenth lesson, see AT ONE WITH GOD series on Conjugal Love
Second Day of Special Nine Day Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes
Today is the Second Day of the Nine Day Novena in preparation for Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Bernadette that this year is superseded by the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. See LOURDES NOVENA
Globalization of Cardinals will be reflected in international flavor of attendees at St. Peter's for Consistory
Not since the Jubilee ended has St. Peter's Square been packed, but that is expected to change on February 21 and 22 when friends and relatives of the 44 cardinals named and tens of thousands of faithful will gather for the Holy Father's Eighth Consistory. After the Pope reads the list of the new cardinals, Cardinal-designate Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops will speak on behalf of the new collection of cardinals who will take a vow of obedience, then receive one-by-one the prestigious scarlet biretta. The following day on the Feast of the Chair of Peter, each will receive their rings.
For more, see News from the Holy See
A Florida Decision that will have deep repercussions to the pro-aborts who are trying to finger the Pro Lifers as culprits
While Florida was the focus of the nation two months ago, it should be the focus once more after an abortionist
was convicted on Thursday in an Ocala County Court of trying to extort millions of
dollars from a Florida county after he made false claims
that a county official made bomb threats and used
intimidation tactics. Trying to blame Pro Lifers for bomb threats and violence has become the norm for pro aborts and this decision could have a lasting impact in proving their lies. For more, see USA News
Our rights are not right if they do not include the unborn child
Lisa Dean of the Free Congress Foundation throws down the gauntlet to those who talk the talk for Pro Life. She wants to see if those inside the Beltway are willing to walk the walk by assuring that our Bill of Rights protects the unborn as well. All this talk of protection of rights and free speech and the erosion of these rights over the past eight years wont' mean a hill of beans if our lawmakers do not have the guts to take action. It's time to stop talking and take action. For more, see Pro Life News
Nearly three years after the murder of Bishop Gerardi in Guatamala, trial finally will go forth
It has taken nearly thirty years, corruption and cover-up, but finally it would seem the Guatamala government and military has agreed to face the music and go to trial over the murder of Human Rights advocate Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi Conedras who was slain in his quarters a few days after delivering a stinging criticism of the Guatamalan government and military tactics. Since then the government, while trying to sandbag, cover up and accuse a priest who lived in the bishop's residence, have come under international scrutiny from Human Rights organizations and the Church.
For more, see Universal News
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Multiple Feasts for this FIRST SATURDAY
Besides being Weekday in Ordinary Time, today is also the Feast of the martyred Bishop Saint Blase and the tradition of the Blessing of the Throats from candles blessed yesterday at Candlemass. It is also the Feast of Saint Ansgar, the Bishop known as the "Apostle of the North." Finally, on this FIRST SATURDAY of February it is also the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. Tomorrow we recognize the FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. For more on these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
"And the apostles came together to meet Jesus and reported to Him all that they had done and taught. And He said to them, 'Come apart into a desert place and rest a while.'" Mark 6: 30-31
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SATURDAY February 3:
Feast of Saint Blase
Feast of Saint Ansgar
Observance of the BVM on Sat
First Reading: Hebrews 13: 15-17
Psalms: Psalm 23: 1-6
Gospel Reading: Mark 6: 30-34
Prayer honoring Saint Blase
Lord, hear the prayers of Your martyr Blase. Give us the joy of Your peace in this life and help us to gain the happiness that will never end.
From the Opening Prayer for the Mass commemorating St. Blase
Prayer honoring Saint Ansgar
Father, You sent St. Ansgar to bring the light of Christ to many nations. May his prayers help us to walk in the light of Your truth.
From the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring St. Ansgar
Encyclical on 50th Anniversary of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception
On this day 96 days ago the Vatican released to the world the second encyclical written by Pope Saint Pius X that had been published the day before but not released to the universal church until the next day. Having been Sovereign Pontiff for less than six months, this encyclical Ad diem illum laetissimum was written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pius would go on to write fourteen more encyclicals after that one.
For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
The heart is the fulcrum of our being
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".
"The heart is the center of life, the throne where manhood sits and rules; the subconscious holds the thoughts and the desires that have been discarded or else the reflections and desires of the heart that have passed into action."
Monthly Medjugorje Message for January 2001
NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit.
For Our Lady's January 25th message for 2001 and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
February 3, 2001 volume 12, no. 34