Updated January 11, 2001 3:30 pm PST
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In aftermath of Jubilee, Pope affirms "Nothing will ever be the same"
Though we are in Ordinary Time, there is nothing Ordinary about the charisms of the Church, especially after the graces bestowed during the just-closed Jubilee Year. This is something Pope John Paul II reinforced in his words to 500 key people who helped plan the very successful and fruitful Jubilee Year. He encouraged all to pass on to others what they had received from this experience, especially in placing Christ above all else.
For more, see News from the Holy See
Are the future priests on the web?
The seminaries are a lonely place these days. And over 25 dioceses are intent on once again filling these hallowed halls. Therefore, after over thirty years of a severe shortage of priests, vocations directors in many dioceses across the United States are turning to the web to recruit young men to serve the Church as consecrated sons of Christ. It is an inexpensive means and, as we have seen with the fruits of The DAILY CATHOLIC, conversions are plentiful on the internet. Thus the bishops have seen the light and realize that many, many young men can't be reached from the pulpit right now, but from the comfort of their home computers as they search for answers. With the help of the Holy Spirit they'll find their way to realize their calling. For more, see USA News
Bishop Fired On in Holy Land
The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Bishop Michel Sabbah cannot be a happy camper in the aftermath of the Israelis' actions of taking potshots at his auxiliary bishop and his secretary. That was confirmed Wednesday when a car carrying a Catholic bishop came under fire from Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint on the West Bank. Sabbah's Auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo was traveling from his residence in Nazareth to the village of Zababdeh, in the Israeli-occupied territories.
He was riding in a car clearly identified as a diplomatic vehicle, flying the Vatican
flag, as he approached an Israeli military checkpoint. There, the soldiers refused to
let them pass.
For more, see Universal News
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The Sixth and Ninth Commandments are not suggestions so we strongly suggest all obey them!
Today in our 213th installment of our catechetical series on My Catholic Faith we present the second part of the sins against the flesh committed by violating the Sixth and Ninth Commandments. In this issue we will treat Sinful Desires Against Chastity as we concentrate mainly on the Ninth Commandment and how to build a virtuous wall around us to preserve us from the onslaughts of lust that batter our bodies, minds and souls. For more, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
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: Hebrews 3: 7-14|
Psalms: Psalm 95: 6-11
Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 40-45
Mark 1: 44-45
"And He said to him, 'See thou tell no one; but go, show thyself to the high priest, and offer for thy purification the things that Moses commanded, for a witness to them.' But he went out, and began to publish and to spread abroad the fact, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but remained outside in desert places. And they kept coming to Him from every direction."
The Pope who defined the Hierarchy
Today we commemorate the 1,859th anniversary of the death Pope Saint Hyginus. This early Vicar of Christ, 9th in the line of Peter, was born in Athens and elected in 138 after a two year vacancy following the martyrdom of Pope Saint Telesphorus. His contributions to the Church were many. Hyginus determined the different prerogatives of the clergy and defined the grades of the ecclesiastical hierarchy. He instituted the use of godparents at baptism to assist the new catechumen during their Christian life. He also decreed that all churches be consecrated. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
Stream of consciousness lacks conscience!
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".
"As a human mind loses an objective and a goal in life, even its culture becomes identified with movement as pleasure, instead of the attainment of a goal. Modern writing reflects this inasmuch as it is made up of experiences strung together, but leading nowhere, nor painting any moral."
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 11, 2001 volume 12, no. 11