Our Lady knew the true meaning of the Cross. Sadly, many Catholics today do not! |
In her inspirational column today, Cyndi Cain expands on the epiphany she shared last week. This week she yearns for a reverence to fill the cacaphonous void that has replaced the solemnity of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Just as Saint Augustine asserted and Cyndi affirms that our hearts are restless until they rest in God, the family seeks to find that serenity and peace of soul that is missing in so many parishes today. One reason is because of the "liturgical possies" that run rough-shod over traditional hymns and practices, and, in vigilante style, corrall the latest innovations to suit their agenda, to make it more social for the congregation, while the sheriffs and deputies - the bishops and pastors - allow themselves to be intimidated and coerced. That is not what Catholicism is about. We are not fulfilled by being one with everyone else until we strive to be one with God. As we have said so many times, there is no cross if there is not first the vertical trunk of praise, adoration, thanks and petition to Jesus. That is then fulfilled with the extension of the horizontal reaching out to our brothers and sisters to form the arm of the cross. We must be reminded of the two great commandments and the priority Our Lord placed on them in order of first and second (cf. Matthew 22: 37-40). In too many parishes, the emphasis is reversed today with so many liturgical abuses, verbal engineering, protestantizing, compromising and political correctness in rubrics and architecture, all cleverly masqueraded as Christian fellowship and unity. For her column Why parting is such sorrow to the Sorrowful Mother see SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
Fifth Day of Special Nine Day Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes
Today is the Fifth Day of the Nine Day Novena in preparation for Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Bernadette that this year is superseded by the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.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
Let the Jubilee be a springboard of Faith, Pope encourages
Pope John Paul II used his Sunday Angelus address to remind all Christians of their responsibility to apply what was imparted during the Jubilee. Rather than remain a beautiful memory, the Jubilee Year must impel the Church toward a new missionary thrust in proclaiming the Gospel, he emphasized. "Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and always, impels every ecclesial community to row into the depths, to begin the new millennium that opens before us, as though it is an immense ocean in which to venture," the Pope said from the window of his study, as he addressed the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.
"In fact, the immense treasure of grace received throughout the Jubilee must now be translated into fervent resolutions and concrete operative lines," the Bishop of Rome stressed. "row into the depths" recalled the day's Gospel passage and echoed a theme he touched on in his apostolic letter "Novo Millennio Ineunte" ("At the Beginning of the New Millennium"), which he signed January 6 at the close of the Jubilee.
For more, see News from the Holy See
Pro-aborts promise to hound Ashcroft as they seek to preserve culture of death at all costs in policing nation's top cop
Poor Attorney General John Ashcroft. He must feel at times like Job the way the culture of death proponents so bitterly shadow him in whatever he does. He is being mocked, ridiculed and threatened for upholding God's Laws, Christian values and virtues. Never mind the corruption under Janet Reno or the entire Clinton administration debacle; no, that's okay with them. That's in the past and it would open new wounds to put the country through their past sins. But for NOW, NARAL, Planned Parenthood and that ilk it's okay to subject the country and Christian principles to ridicule and adherence to their rules. Sorry, it doesn't wash and the more these pro-aborts protest, the more people will see their hypocrisy and charade. For more, see USA News
"Every child is a word pronounced to the parents who are called to welcome it."
Those were Pope John Paul II's encouraging words for the Sanctity of Life Sunday as he urgently called Christians and the general public to foster "sensitization" against the "many snares that unfortunately threaten life." The Holy Father's words, expressed from the window of his study to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square, came on Pro-Life Day, which the Church observed in several countries. He also expressed his encouragement to the "consultants, associations, movements" that dedicate themselves to the defense of life, the unborn, children, the sick and the elderly. For more, see Pro Life News
Is NATO cooperating in pimping? Italian priest wants to know on behalf of victimized Moldavian women.
For Anna, a 28-year-old Moldavian mother, a promise of work in Italy turned out to be the start of a nightmare. Instead of finding employment as a waitress, as she was promised, she ended up being forced into prostitution in Macedonia, where she became a veritable "sex slave" of the NATO forces. Hers is not an isolated case in Eastern Europe, according to a priest familiar with the region. Father Cesare Lodeserto, director of Regina Pacis, plans to travel to Moldavia with Elisa Pozza Tasca, president of the European Council's commission on violence against women. Father Lodeserto explained that Anna's case is not unique. This is the tip of the iceberg of trade in human beings, he said. International mafias deceive the victims with false promises. For more, see Universal News
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Feast of Saint Paul Miki and Companion Missionary Martyrs of Japan
Today is the Feast of the Missionary Saint Paul Miki and his companion martyrs who were slain for the Faith by ruthless Samurai warriors in Japan late in the 19th century. Tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time. For more on these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
"Well did Isaias prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me; and in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrine the precepts of men.' For letting go the commandment of God, you hold fast the tradition of men..." Mark 7: 6-8
TUESDAY February 6:
Feast of Saint Paul Miki and Companion Martyrs
First Reading: Genesis 1: 20-31; 2: 1-4
Psalms: Psalm 84: 4-9
Gospel Reading: Mark 7: 1-13
The Beginning of Pope Pius XI's 17-year Pontificate
On this date 79 years ago in 1922, Cardinal Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti, Archbishop of Milan, was chosen the 259th successor of Peter, taking the name Pope Pius XI in honor of Pope Saint Pius X. He was selected by the Conclave to succeed Pope Benedict XV who had died of pneumonia on January 22, 1922. In the seventh year of his pontificate on February 11, 1929 he would conclude a Concordat with Benito Mussolini between the Church and the Italian State. He also would commission Marconi to construct Vatican Radio. He died four days after completing his seventeenth year as Sovereign Pontiff on February 10, 1939, many believe from a broken heart for a world war was indeed inevitable. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
Because of free will, we've got to want God's help
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".
"It may well be that the world at the present time is being humbled that we may learn that trusting in God is something else besides an inscription on a penny. God, of course, does not hold out His arms to our burden without our cooperation. Casting all our care on God is casting self on God, for self is our worst care."
Monthly Medjugorje Message for January 2001
For Our Lady's January 25th message for 2001 and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
February 6, 2001 volume 12, no. 37