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RESPECT LIFE 2001
While poisoning the body is a criminal offense, poisoning the mind is encouraged in today's immoral culture
Today we continue this series of special columns by Dr. Frank Joseph on the significance of why we must hold Life from conception to the grave in such high esteem and value. Each day he will provide a special insight on Respect Life 2001 leading up to the March for Life in Washington D.C. next Monday on the 28th anniversary of the horrendous Roe vs. Wade decision that signaled the execution in the womb of millions upon millions of innocent unborns in the worst holocaust in the history of mankind. For Dr. Frank's column today The Moral Decline , see PRO LIFE PRESCRIPTIONS
Prayer for Restoration and Unity of Holy Mother Church
O Immaculate Mother of God and Our Mother, Mediatrix of every grace and Corredemptrix of mankind: as Thou didst gaze upon Thy Most Beloved Son, filled with suffering and ignominy upon His Holy Cross, on account of His most tender and loving compassion for us poor sinners, deign in Thy great Maternal sollicitude for us Thy children, to obtain from Him every grace and mercy, so that fortified in the unity of the One True Faith and restored to the bonds of charity and authentic worship, His Virgin Bride, Our Mother the Church, may once again offer to the Eternal Father, through the ministry of His sacred Priests, the holy, immaculate, and pure offering of His Body and Blood, in propitiation for our sins and those of the whole world. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.
From The Franciscan Archives, available for public domain.
The 7th & 10th Commandments: Stealing means to steal our souls from the graces God so lovingly and willingly gives
Today in our 214th installment of our catechetical series on My Catholic Faith we present the first part of the sins committed by violating the Seventh and Tenth Commandments. In this issue we will treat primarily the Seventh Commandment as we concentrate mainly on the act of stealing in itself. The tenth deals with caving into temptations and the intent of thought. For more, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Church's most outspoken liberal Cardinal at it again in pushing for more power for the bishops
The hierarchy according to Cardinal Carlo Martini should be one where the bishops have more power and the Pope less. No one should be surprised that this liberal Jesuit prelate from Milan is still speaking out. He has long lobbied for being Pope and short of that, realizing the longer John Paul II's pontificate continues all chances for his own ambitions greatly diminish. Therefore, in an effort to invoke a more progressive agenda he continues to push for more power for the bishops in trying to weaken Papal power. Now, He knows his time is running out for he will turn 74 in less than a month and, as the Holy Father appoints more conservative cardinals, he finds himself thankfully on an island of ideology, highly outnumbered.
For more, see News from the Holy See
Pro-abort witch hunt against Ashcroft denounced by U.S. Bishops
advocates are engaging in a form of "pro-abortion
McCarthyism" against President-elect George W. Bush's
nominee for attorney general, according to a spokesman for
the US bishops' conference.
"While pro-life advocates are warned not to make opposition
to abortion a 'litmus test' for assessing appointments to
public office, abortion advocates employ their own
pro-abortion standard with impunity," said Cathy Cleaver of
the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities of the US bishops'
conference. "When did a belief in the inalienable right to
life become grounds for denying people the opportunity to
serve their country? In effect, pro-life nominees for
government service are being put on public trial for their
beliefs-- trails whose tactics resemble those usually
described as 'McCarthyism.'" For more, see USA News
Father Frank Pavone to receive prestigious Pro Life Award
The founder of Priests for Life Father Frank Pavone will receive the prestigious "Proudly Pro Life" Award from the National Right to Life on April 25th this year in New York at the Waldorf Astoria. Past recipients include Mother Teresa, President Ronald Reagan,
Cardinal John O'Conno, and Pope John Paul II. Invited guests include the highest
leaders in the Church (including officials from the Vatican), government
and pro-life movement. While many bishops remained silent about voting for pro life candidates, Father Frank and his dedicated organization played a key role in getting the word out and defending the Sanctity of Life.
For more, see Universal News
Prayer Week for unifying our separated brethren begins today
Church Unity Octave, the Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians, which begins Thursday, may be the most important ecumenical event of the year.
During the coming week, thousands of meetings are planned around the world. Christian churches and communities will reflect together on Jesus’ words: "I am the way, the truth, and the life."
There are about 1.9 billion Christians in the world; just over half are Catholics. Christian communities resulting from the Reformation, as well as Anglicans, number 360.9 million followers. The Orthodox total 223.2 million, and the remaining number belong to other Christian communities.
Each year, a booklet is printed for guidance during the meetings. This year the booklet was written by a Romanian ecumenical group. This group of theologians was entrusted with the task of writing the booklet by the "Faith and Constitution" Commission of the Ecumenical Council of Churches and the Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
For more, see Universal News
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Weekday in Ordinary Time
On this day when we begin the Week of Prayer for Church Unity, we observe Ordinary Time today and tomorrow in this second week of the Church Year in reference to Ordinary Time. For these liturgies see, Daily LITURGY
Thursday January 18:
Weekday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Hebrews 7: 25-28; 8: 1-6|
Psalms: Psalm 40: 7-10, 17
Gospel Reading: Mark 3: 7-12
Mark 3: 10-12
"For He healed many so that as many as had ailments were pressing upon Him to touch Him. And the unclean spirits, whenever they beheld Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, 'Thou art the Son of God.' And He charged them strictly not to make Him known."
The Pope of the Pallium
Today is the 1,664th anniversary of the election of Pope Saint Mark. This 34th in the line of Peter was born in Rome and, though his pontificate was only eight months, he contributed greatly to the Church. He suggested the Pope should be consecrated by the Bishop of Ostia and he also instituted the "Pallium" which is still in use. It is made from the wool of a previously blessed lamb and is decorated with black crosses. Most recently Pope John Paul II wore it for the closing of the Jubilee. St. Mark also published the first calendar of religious feastdays. 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".
"A civilization can be forgiven for seeing the dark side of evil, but it should examine its conscience when it begins to fear the dark side of the good? The right and normal reaction when one sees a shadow is to think of the light; in fact, the darker the shadow the brighter the light."
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 18, 2001 volume 12, no. 18