Updated January 15, 2001 11:00 am PST
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Demanding Dialogue with the Church is not Ecumenism but a Coup to undermine the One True Church founded by the Son of God
In his column today, Pat Ludwa signals the clarion that it is time to take back our Church - the one founded by Christ. While this may sound militant, it is truly vital for the Church Militant to carry out our role in the Communion of Saints. This is especially necessary when you consider the onslaught against the Church today. Consider that of all the founders of religions in history, Jesus is the only One Who was born of a virgin, died on a cross and rose from the dead. He is the only One Who promised He would be with us always. Where are Mohammed, Michael Cerularius, Martin Luther, Henry VIII, John Calvin, Brigham Young as well as the finite founders of the Seventh Day Adventists, the Baptists, the Methodists, the Presbyterians, Jehovah Witnesses, Christian Scientists, Assemblies of God, Quakers, Unitarians, Pentecostals, Fundamentalists, the Scientologists and the thousands of other sects formed since Jesus walked the earth 2000 years ago? The answer: all dead and gone! But Christ lives yesterday, today and tomorrow. Proof that if we listen to man, our future is bleak; if we listen to the Holy Trinity our prospects are everlasting. Unless we return to what Christ preached and what His Vicar of Christ constantly reinforces in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, we're heading down the same path as those temporal gods who thought they had a better idea. For Pat's column, Time to begin another Counter Reformation!, see VIEW FROM THE PEW
A decade of wandering in the desert could bring us to the Oasis of Life or plunge us into the quicksand of the culture of death. It's up to us!
In our commentary today, we acknowledge the tenth anniversary tomorrow of the Gulf War and Desert Storm. We equate it to the storm brewing in Washington D.C. as the pro-abort forces replace Saddam Hussein with the scud missles of personal destruction in trying to derail the appointment of John Ashcroft and the entire Pro Life agenda of President-elect George W. Bush. Just as America turned to God a decade ago, we call on decent Americans to return to fervent prayer in petition that the Sanctity of Life will be upheld and promoted as we seek to overturn the terrible moral malaise of the regime of Bill Clinton. If we don't, then we definitely are worse off today than we were ten years ago. For our editorial "New wine must be put into fresh skins", see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Holy Father calls for renewal of Dialogue in Holy Land in address to Vatican Diplomats
Pope John Paul II The Holy Father strongly illustrated the need for Vatican Diplomats to uphold the Sanctity of Life and carry out this profound respect for man's dignity, other wise this world will become unlivable. "When we think of the century just ended, one thing is clear," the Pope said. "History will judge it to be the century that saw the greatest conquests of science and technology, but also as the time when human life was despised in the cruelest ways." The Holy Father was referring especially "to the murderous wars that burgeoned in Europe, and to the forms of totalitarianism that enslaved millions of men and women, but I am also referring to laws that legalized abortion and euthanasia, and to cultural models that have spread the idea of consumption and pleasure at any price."
For more, see News from the Holy See
Bush vows to cut off funds for overseas abortions as camps prepare for Ashcroft hearings Tomorrow
True to his word, President-elect George W. Bush vowed this weekend to do all in his power to reverse an executive order signed by outgoing Bill Clinton and deny tax dollars earmarked for abortions overseas. The abortion issue is polarizing America as the pro-aborts set John Ashcroft in their sights, but Bush and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott from Mississippi are confident he will pass scrutiny. Nevertheless, it can't be accomplished without prayer. Never underestimate the power of prayer and prayer is definitely needed if the Sanctity of Life is to have a chance in the new Bush administration, especially in the face of the barrage satan is mounting. For more, see USA News
World turns its attention on Central America in wake of massive quake. Pope urges all to help quake victims in El Salvador
The Holy Father expressed his sorrow and urged all to help in the international relief of aid and supplies for the poor victims of Central America, specifically El Salvador, in the aftermath of the tremendous 7.6 temblor that shook this poverty-stricken country Saturday. There have been several hundred more aftershocks Saturday night, Sunday and Monday and the people are living in fear for their lives and homes.
For more, see Universal News
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Weekday in Ordinary Time
Monday Morning Prayer from My Daily Prayer
Today and tomorrow we continue with Weekday in Ordinary Time Liturgy before the Feast on Wednesday of Saint Antony of Egypt, Hermit and Abbot. For today and tomorrow's liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
Monday January 15:
First Reading: Hebrews 5: 1-10
Psalms: Psalm 110: 1-4
Gospel Reading: Mark 2: 18-22
O Lord, God Almighty, Who hast brought us to the beginning of this day: defend us therein with Thy power; that we may not fall this day into any sin, but that all our thoughts, words and works may be directed to the fulfillment of Thy Will. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
Mark 2: 21-22
"No one sews a patch of raw cloth on an old garment; else the new patch tears away from the old, and a worse rent is made. And no one pours new wine into old wine-skins; else the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is spilt, and the skins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into fresh skins."
The election of a Syrian Pope that would be very shortlived
Today is the 1,293rd anniversary of the election of the Syrian-born Pope Sisinnius whose pontificate lasted less than a month in 708. He would die on February 4th the same year. Very little is known of this 87th successor of Peter except that during his brief two and a half week papacy he focused all his attention on refortifying the walls of Rome which had constantly been rammed by the Lombards as well as the Saracen hordes. There were gaping holes that had to be restored for the safety of the Romans. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
Beware of the dark shadows
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".
"While there is justification for looking on the dark side because of evil, there is, however, no justification for the present tendency to look upon the dark side of good. It is one thing to be gloomy about starvation, but it is quite another matter to be gloomy about good health; disease has its shadows, but why see shadows in health? In a word, why is it that so many see the dark side of virtue, goodness, honesty, purity and honor?"
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 15, 2001 volume 12, no. 15