Are we doing enough? Or are lips and hearts sealed?

Pro Life Congressmen lead charge to abort abortion pill Pro Life News

Social Justice must answer needs of all GIFT OF FAITH

Russian Orthodox Church's bite worse than their bark News from ROME

Seventh Day of Lourdes Novena Prayer & Devotion

Bishops cut off funding for NCEA convention travel USA News

No time to bask, stubborn Sharon scrambles to beat the clock Universal News

Only God can help us face reality! SIMPLY SHEEN

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THURSDAY     February 8, 2001     volume 12, no. 39
Weekday in Ordinary Time and Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani
       Updated February 8, 2001 8:00 am PST
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Silence can be deafening!

The Hard Truth must be faced in the depths of our hearts as we ask God, 'are we doing enough'?

   Today, this column finds its regular niche in the weekly rotation of columns for this publication. You'll find an inspiring, down-to-earth column written by Joe and Jane Dalton, staunch Catholic parents of seven who are extremely active in the Pro Life movement in addition to operating Pro Life Communications. You'll find their column right here every Thursday. Today's column is written by Joe as he recalls an epiphany he discovered while attending a Pro Life rally and the viewing of the shocking reality film on the horrors of the Holocaust of the Womb, entitled "Hard Truth." He entreats us to search our consciences and ask ourselves if we are doing enough to stop abortion. If we have remained silent while the babies continue to die senselessly through the "convenience" of the mother, then family is very much threatened and we are to blame. Our role of silence is very much a sin. For our silence is deafening in the ears of God and His innocent ones. For his column, The Sin of Silence see FAITH IN THE FAMILY

Justice and Peace mean the exercise of God-given individual rights taken in relation to the common welfare of all in respect to and for God's Laws.

   Today in our 217th installment of our catechetical series on My Catholic Faith we present the fourth part of the sins committed by violating the Seventh and Tenth Commandments. In this issue we focus further on respect for each other's rights and property, and how it affects human dignity in social justice in the evolving plateau of proper social reform, which treat the distinction of human dignity in respect to balance between employer and employee so that both are fair and respectful of each other's rights and property, not as theirs but as God's and reflected in their care and observance of His Laws as we explain in today's installment Social Justice . For more, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Seventh Day of Special Nine Day Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes
   Today is the Seventh 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

Archbishop Thaddeus Kondrusiewicz Moscow Bishop in Rome, hopes Russian Orthodox Church will get their act together before Papal Visit to the Ukraine in June

   Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, the apostolic administrator of Moscow, has arrived in Rome for his ad limina visit. During his meeting with Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Kondrusiewicz - along with the other two bishops who are apostolic administrators in Russia - will discuss prospects for the Pope's June visit to Ukraine. Archbishop Kondrusiewicz expressed regret that the Ukrainian Orthodox synod had made a point of announcing that it had not issued an invitation to the Pope. But such an invitation is not necessary, he pointed out-- even when the Pope visits a predominantly Orthodox country. "When Aleksei II went to Lithuania or to Austria, he did not ask John Paul's permission," he noted. For more, see News from the Holy See

Bishop John J. Myers Bishop Donald Wuerl Bishops begin putting clamps on dissidence within NCEA

    Finally some of the bishops are taking Rome's Ex Corde Ecclesiae seriously and endeavoring to cut the dissidence off at the root by curbing various liberals within the National Catholic Education Association. One way to show their displeasure is to cut off any funding for teachers' to attend the NCEA convention in April. Since it will be held in the hotbead of one of the most liberal bishops in America - Archbishop Rembert Weakland, OSB, you can bet more bishops will be following the example of Peoria's Bishop John J. Myers and Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh. For more, see USA News

David VitterTim Hutchinson Southern Pro Life Congressmen seek to limit abortion pill

    Arkansas' Senator Tim Hutchinson and the House's David Vitter of Louisiana, both staunchly Pro Life, are pushing for a limit on those who can prescribe the dangerous RU-486 abortion pill contending that earlier, rushed government approval of the drug omitted necessary safeguards. While pro-aborts are up in arms, President George W. Bush called federal approval of RU-486, railroaded through by the Clinton administration last year, as "wrong,'' and he supports a review of FDA approval of the drug. For more, see Pro Life News

Ariel Sharon Israel Clock ticking for Israel's Ariel Sharon as he scrambles to form a coalition cabinet

    With less than 45 days to form a coalition government in order to legitimately be Israel's Prime Minister, Hard-liner Ariel Sharon showed little signs of being amenable to peace talks after his landslide victory Tuesday. Speaking forcefully for an Israeli-only governed Jerusalem, it left little hope for a truce between Palestine and Israel. Yet, some Catholic officials in the mideast hold out hope that he will choose an olive branch to avoid bloodshed and tears. For more, see Universal News

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    Weekday and Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani, Priest and Religious Founder

       Today and tomorrow we observe Ordinary Time. Today, however, is also the Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani, Priest and Religious Founder. For more on these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
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    THURSDAY February 8:
    Weekday in Ordinary Time and
    Feast of Saint Jerome Emililani, Priest and Religious Founder

      First Reading: Genesis 2: 18-25
      Psalms: Psalm 128: 1-5
      Gospel Reading: Mark 7: 24-30

    "Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good that man is alone; I will make him a helper like himself'...And the rib which the Lord God took from the man, He made into a woman, and brought her to him. Then the man said, 'She now is bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, for from the man she has been taken.' For this reason a man leaves his father and mother, and clings to his wife, and the two become one flesh. "     Genesis 2: 18, 22-24

    Pope Julius III Election of the Pope who would reconvene the Council of Trent

       Today is the 451st anniversary of the selection of Cardinal Giovanni Maria del Monte as Pope Julius III in 1550. This 221st successor of Peter's pontificate would last five years in which he would reopen the Council of Trent and continue to oppose Lutheran doctrines. He strongly supported Mary Tudor as Queen of England and, in hopes of reestablishing the Catholic Faith in Britain, sent papal legates there. Unfortunately Elizabeth would have none of it and, as history has shown, Mary was not long for this world. He would also celebrate the 10th Jubilee in the year he was elected. This Roman-born Pontiff died on March 23, 1555. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

    God's waiting for us to ask for 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".

      "The bitterest draught we will ever drink is the confession of our utter inadequacy. The world says that at this moment we are at our worst; actually we are at our best. We are at our worst if we fall into despair; but we are at our best if humbled we cry to God for help."

    The Gospa's message for January Monthly Medjugorje Message for January 2001

    For Our Lady's January 25th message for 2001 and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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