Updated January 25, 2001 2:15 pm PST
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Prayer for Restoration and Unity of all Christians with Holy Mother Church
Today Pope John Paul II will conduct a special ecumenical service at St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls to conclude this Week of Prayer for Church Unity. Below is a pertinent prayer for unity of all our Christian brethren in rejoinder to the Mystical Body of Christ.
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.
Why all loyal Catholics should be feeling giddy, glad and grateful for the goodness going on!
In our commentary today, we put the past eight years behind us, fumigate the entire Clinton administration and breathe in the hearty fresh air that is catching America in a whirlwind of compassionate conservativism that also includes the innocent child in the womb. Many Catholics have been surprised how quickly President George W. Bush has acted in carrying out his initiatives, but they forget he promised and, finally, we have a man in the White House who will keep his word. Also keeping his word is Pope John Paul II whose new Consistory reflects his determination to bring the Church back into orthodoxy. The parallel of two trusted, respected leaders providing fresh air, values and virtues gives one a feeling of gratefulness and, in our humanness, allows one to feel downright giddy. It is so refreshing to see this goodness finally beginning to permeate this nation after eight long years of exile. Throughout the universal Church, as the liberals begin to die out, Catholics are realizing there is no compromise with Christ and His Church. For our editorial Finally, some fresh air! see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Monthly Medjugorje Message for January 2001
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.
Making reparation for what we may have stolen will keep graces from being stolen from us
"Dear children! Today I call you to renew prayer and fasting with even greater enthusiasm until prayer becomes a joy for you. Little children, the one who prays is not afraid of the future and the one who fasts is not afraid of evil. Once again, I repeat to you: only through prayer and fasting also wars can be stopped – wars of your unbelief and fear for the future. I am with you and am teaching you little children: your peace and hope are in God. That is why draw closer to God and put Him in the first place in your life. Thank you for having responded to my call."
For more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
Today in our 215th installment of our catechetical series on My Catholic Faith we present the second part of the sins committed by violating the Seventh and Tenth Commandments. In this issue we will treat the necessity of always making reparation for we are held accountable for all violations against the Seventh and Tenth Commandments in today's installment Reparation of Damage to Property . For more, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Holy Father will lead Ecumenical Contingent Today in Rome
Despite strained relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and Rome that to date has put a damper on the pending Papal Visit to the Ukraine in June, a representative will still be in attendance at St. Paul Outside-the-Walls Basilica today along with representatives of 22 other religions as Pope John Paul II will conduct a special ecumenical service today to close out the Week of Prayer for Church Unity.
For more, see News from the Holy See
Poll projects pendulum swinging on abortion; more Americans oppose it today
If any one is wondering why Kate Michelman of NARAL, Patricia Ireland of NOW, and Gloria Fieldt of Planned Parenthood are worried, a poll released on the 28th anniversary of the hideous Roe vs. Wade decision helps explain. In the poll, conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post, indications are that Americans are leaning more and more towards opposing abortion which would dry up the funding and resources for those who make millions at the expense of the unborn child. One disturbing factor of the poll was that Catholics are less likely to oppose abortion than other faiths. That is truly alarming, though, according to their statistics Catholics polled voted 2-1 against this Holocaust of the Womb. Even so, one Catholic promoting abortion is one too many. For more, see Pro Life News
Holy Father names Cardinal-elect McCarrick's Auxiliary as successor to Cardinal-elect Egan in Bridgeport while assigning Opus Dei priest as Auxiliary Bishop to Archbishop Chaput in Denver
Tuesday Pope John Paul II released the news that he has appointed the auxiliary bishop of Cardinal-elect Theodore McCarrick's Archdiocese in Washington, D.C. Bishop William Edward Lori to head the see of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Bishop Lori succeeds Cardinal-elect Edward Egan who was named to succeed Cardinal John O'Connor in New York. In addition, the Holy Father helped Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap fortify his See with the appointment of Father Father José H. Gómez. He thus becomes the first priest incardinated in the Prelature of Opus Dei to be named a bishop in the United States. Denver would seem to be the place for firsts since Archbishop Chaput became the first Native American Archbishop as well. Those who can see how smoothly the orthodox ideology works in Denver and what a true shepherd should be as personified in Archbishop Chaput look to Denver with envy. If the Pope continues to appoint conservative, loyal bishops it gives promise for the future that one day every diocese will be Denver. For more, see Pro Life News
Cardinal Schotte in Taiwan for talks
Mainland communist China will not like the fact that Cardinal Jan Peter Schotte is in Taiwan where the president last year extended a warm invitation for Pope John Paul II to visit. Unlike Taiwan, Beijing has not extended such an offer and will not cooperate with the Holy See unless the Vatican cuts off diplomatic relations with Taiwan. That, the Holy Father has said, will not happen and to strengthen this he has sent Cardinal Schotte, an expert in Chinese culture, to the South China Seas Island to reassure the people there.
For more, see Universal News
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Feast of the CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL
Today is the Feast of the CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL as we conclude this Week of Prayer for Church Unity with the Feast of the CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL, an event that turned the tide for Christianity forevermore. Tomorrow is the Feast of two of Paul's disciples, Saint Timothy and Saint Titus, Bishops. For more on today's and tomorrow's Liturgy, see Daily LITURGY
THURSDAY January 25:
Feast of the CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL
First Reading: Acts of the Apostles: 22: 3-16
Psalms: Psalm 117: 1-2
Gospel Reading: Mark 16: 15-18
Mark 4: 18-20
"Go into the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned."
The Origins of Aggiorimento: Announcement of Vatican II
On this date 42 years ago while at St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls to celebrate the Apostle's Feast, Pope John XXIII shocked the world by announcing he would hold an Ecumenical Council which would be the landmark Second Vatican Council which is still, after thirty five years, so misunderstood. Many were surprised that this Pontiff, who had been elected as an "interim Pope" to succeed Pope Pius XII three months earlier on October 28, 1958 would have the "gumption" to call such a monumental meeting which was more than a "temporary caretaker" of the Papal throne should undertake according to his skeptics. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
The Destruction of Responsibility
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".
"Hardly anyone today challenges the view that character is made by outside or external influences, such as home background, schooling, poverty or wealth, the propaganda to which an individual was subjected and the neighborhood in which he was raised. This view could lead to the destruction of responsibility if carried to extremes - and responsibility, it must not be forgotten, is the mark of freedom."
January 25, 2001 volume 12, no. 25