Updated January 10, 2001 4:00 pm PST
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A good man braces for the seige by the left
The planned attack on Ashcroft: Will the pro aborts leave Bush's Pro Life designate in ashes or will he rise to the occasion and win out for the unborn? It's up to the Senate to decide and for us to pray!
What a Christmas present for Pro Lifers! On December 23, 2000 Senator John Ashcroft, who lost his bid for another term to the deceased Mel Carnahan, was nominated by George W. Bush to be U.S. Attorney General. Talk about a turnaround in the Justice Department! It's about time! After eight years of the questionable ethics of the Clinton Administration and Janet Reno, America will finally get someone who can truly turn our country back to God through upholding the Constitution and the laws of our land in cooperation with the Ten Commandments. However, as we saw yesterday with the withdrawal of Linda Chavez, getting confirmation will not be easy against the forces of satan. For more on Dr. Frank's column The Scribes and Pharisees are out to discredit a decent man of God , see PRO LIFE PRESCRIPTIONS
Amid speculation that Linda Chavez was a "sacrifical lamb" in withdrawing as candidate for Secretary of Labor, one thing is true: She followed Christ's advice!
In our editorial today, politics aside, we show how the first sacrificial lamb of the Bush Administration Linda Chavez is not someone to be pitied or looked down upon because she withdrew from consideration for the cabinet post of Secretary of Labor, but rather to be held in esteem and emulated for her courage, her valor, her love for others. She has proven she is not a quitter, but a Christian; she has proven she is not a harborer of illegal aliens, but one who lives the Gospel; she has proven that no greater love does one have than to lay down their life, in this case her political life, for another. As the sacrificial lamb she has truly proven she is an obedient one who has heeded her Shepherd's call. For more, see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Memo to liberals and modernists: Pope Resigning? In your dreams! Holy Father will continue until God deigns Pope's mission is over, not man according to Pope's chief spokesman
Any thoughts of slowing down, even of resigning are wishful thinking in liberal camps for Pope John Paul II will indeed continue to lead the Catholic Church with the same intensity he did during the Holy Year, the Pope's chief spokesman Dr. Joaquin Navarro-Valls said,
during an interview with the EFE news agency. Navarro-Valls, head of the Vatican Press Office, said that the Pontiff continues with all the plans he hoped to implement when his pontificate began; he is very
tenacious and when anyone suggests that the activities planned might
be tiring and harmful to his health, his response is automatic and
not without irony: "I will soon have time to rest."
For more, see News from the Holy See
Pro Life nominee Linda Chavez withdraws her name as Secretary of Labor candidate; warns of the Politics of Destruction being mounted by the left
The first victim of the Bush Administration was Linda Chavez who withdrew her name Tuesday afternoon, citing that she had become a distraction to the process and therefore withdrew. The problem is not with Linda Chavez, but with those who are out to search and destroy in the politics of personal destruction that fly in the face of what Christ asks of all in carrying out the Works of Mercy. It was in this virtue that liberals found enough stones to throw at her for helping an illegal alien. During her announcement, numerous other foreign persons stepped forward to confirm how she had helped them. Though it is a setback for President-elect George W. Bush, her Christ-like behavior of helping others shows that he has selected good, decent people. Because of that, the liberals are going to be ever more determined to crush his Pro Life nominees. See our editorial and Dr. Frank Joseph's column above. For the full transcript of Chavez' withdrawal and her responses to the Press, see USA News
Celine Dion credits Parish Priest for keeping her afloat in the womb in light of the fact her mother had thought of aborting the Canadian singer
Just think, Celine Dion, the lady who made famous the song "My Heart will go on" in the movie "Titanic", might not have been allowed a heartbeat had not her parish priest in Canada firmly counseled Celine's mother when she was contemplating an abortion. Celine was the 14th child in the family and her mother expressed fears to the priest about being able to support another child. The priest's counsel was obeyed and she was born on March 30, 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebec, a suburb roughly thirty miles east of Montreal, Canada. From the age of five she realized a special God-given talent to sing and this translated to her brother submitting a recording to a man who ran a studio in Canada in 1980. That man Rene Angel'lil eventually became her husband and today she and Rene strive to promote Catholic principles to all.
For more, see Universal News
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Weekday in the First Week of the Church Year
This is the first week of the Church Year called in Liturgical circles - Ordinary Time. It is the cycle between Christmastide/Epiphany and Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. During Ordinary Time green vestments are used from now until Shrove Tuesday on February 27th. For the Liturgy in Ordinary Time see, Daily LITURGY
First Reading: Hebrew 2: 14-18|
Psalms: Psalm 105: 1-4, 6-9
Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 29-39
Mark 1: 37-39
"And He said to them, 'Let us go into the neighboring villages and towns, that there also I may preach. For this is why I have come.' And He was preaching in their synagogues and throughout all of Galilee, and casting out devils."
A Dove alighted on a special Pope
Today is the 1,765th anniversary of the election of Pope Saint Fabian, 20th successor of Peter. At the moment of his election a dove, symbol of the Holy Spirit, alighted on his head confirming to the his electors that they had chosen wisely and God was greatly pleased. During his fourteen year pontificate the exodus from Rome would be so great in order to flee from the persecution of the Roman Emperor Decius that it prompted the beginning of the hermitical life of the anchorites.. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
In today's society pleasure comes not from rest, but in the pursuit.
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".
"After a body is surfeited with pleasures, it reaches a point where there is less satisfaction in the pleasure than in the pursuit of it. Not to be someplace, but the thrill of speeding there, becomes the goal of life. Joyce Kilmer in his delightful poem 'Pennies' pictures a boy holding some pennies in his hand. The pleasure of getting them is all gone and he is bored withtheir possession. Suddenly he drops his pennies; seeing them scatter and roll about, all his zest for acquiring them returns. When the pennies no longer satisfied, he substituted the new pleasure of hunting for them. There is not a millionaire who did not say: 'I will retire when I get a million.' The million bored him; only then did he realize that his pleasure was not in having money, but in pursuing it."
Monthly Medjugorje Message for December 2000
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 more Our Lady's Christmas message for December and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
January 10, 2001 volume 12, no. 10