River of Orthodoxy
There is a stream of thought and purpose that flows from the heartland to the heart of Rome
In our commentary today, we applaud the selection of Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI as Retreat Master for the Pope's upcoming Lenten Retreat. In his selection, it shows an increasing attention to the orthodox spirit that is flowing from the center of America. A new springtime is reawakening conscience in the nation's capital with its base firmly on the backbone of faith and America that equates, in a Godincidental way, the mighty Mississippi River. We show the American Connection that points to a healthy future for the Church in America and for the Church as a whole. For our editorial From the heartland of America the Mississippi flows into the Tiber today see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
In today's society, the only blinders that keep us focused on the race to salvation and prevent us from straying into sins of the flesh, is a good examination of conscience to bolster us with graces received in the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sister Mary Lucy Astuto continues her sharing a special Examination of Conscience with all as today she treats the Ninth Commandment, showing how we must take great care not to place ourselves in the path of temptation for sins of the flesh are all around us and we must take precaution not to give in to the near occasion of sin. Our Lady has confirmed often that there are more sinners in hell for sins of the flesh than any other sin. Sister shows why it so important for us to truly tweak the conscience through a thorough Examination of Conscience before we enter the confessional. For the seventh part of her column Acute Awareness in Examining Our Consciences, see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Eighth Day of Special Nine Day Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes
Today is the Eighth Day of the Nine Day Novena in preparation for Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Bernadette that this year is superseded by the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.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
Cardinal Casoria passes away in Rome at the age of 92
A long career of service to the Church came to an end yesterday morning when Cardinal Giuseppe Casoria passed to his Heavenly Reward. He was 92. He had been Pro-Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments from 1981 to 1983 and Prefect until 1984 after serving as under-secretary and secretary respectively from 1959 through 1981. To honor him for his service Pope John Paul II, who called him a "zealous servant" in his "integral fidelity to Christ," elevated him to cardinalate.
For more, see News from the Holy See
Pope chooses Chicago Cardinal to preach Lenten Retreat
An honor of the highest and humblest degree was bestowed on Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI upon the announcement from the Vatican that one of the newer members of the Sacred Conclave has been personally selected by the Holy Father to preach the Papal Retreat this Lent. From March 4-10, the Vatican will basically close down for a week to look inward, from the Pope to the Curia to many in the Vatican who will assemble in the Redemptoris
Mater chapel of the apostolic palace For more, see USA News
It's not science fiction! We could be closer to human cloning than we think and there's no outrage!
Contrary to those who think human engineering is merely a fantasy out of Hollywood, many experts are voicing alarm that we are much closer to human cloning than many believe. There are scientists around the globe vying to be the first "Dr. Frankenstein" and ethics and moral values mean nothing to them in their quest for immortality. What's even more alarming is the numbness of so many in not expressing great alarm that the first person without a soul will be brought forth, fulfilling the prophecy of the Apocalypse. For more, see Pro Life News
Sydney to host World Day of the Sick this weekend
This weekend's World Day of the Sick, which begins tomorrow in Sydney Australia, will emphasize that places of suffering are privileged centers for the new evangelization.
The event, an initiative of Pope John Paul II held every year on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, is being overseen by the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragán, council president, is in Australia attending to last-minute details and working closely with the host prelate Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy. For more, see Universal News
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Weekday in Ordinary Time
Today we observe Ordinary Time while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Saint Scholastica, Virgin and Religious Foundress and brother of Saint Benedict. For more on these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
"Now the woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for the knowledge it would give. She took of its fruit and ate it, and also gave some to her husband and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they realized that they were naked; so they sewed fig-leaves together and made themselves coverings." Genesis 3: 6-7
FRIDAY February 9:
Weekday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Genesis 3: 1-8
Psalms: Psalm 32: 1-2, 5-7
Gospel Reading: Mark 7: 31-37
Election of a Pope devoted to the Missions
Today is the 380th anniversary when Cardinal Alessandro Ludovisi, Archbishop of Bologna, was chosen by his colleagues in the Sacred Conclave as the 234th successor of Peter choosing the name Pope Gregory XV on this date in 1621. His short two and a half year papacy was marked by his institution of the Congregation of "Propaganda Fide" to assist the missions, something very dear to his heart. Today this is the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. He also was influential in restoring the faith in France and strengthening it in Ireland. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
Humility can be both psychological and spiritual
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 words of Our Divine Lord: 'He who humbles himself shall be exalted, and he who exalts himself sahll be humbled' (Matthew 23: 12) express sound psychological insights as well as a spiritual fact."
Monthly Medjugorje Message for January 2001
For Our Lady's January 25th message for 2001 and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
February 9, 2001 volume 12, no. 40