Place your cares at the foot of the cross and He will guide your heart to where home is; like us, you might be surprised how close that is! |
In her inspirational column today, Cyndi Cain shares an epiphany of finding a nearby Mass that edifies and uplifts, that maintains the reverence necessary to satisfy the thirsty soul. The amazing thing,she points out, is that it took a child to lead her family. In this case, their youngest son, back to where they began fourteen years ago. It's been an odyssey that has come full circle and to think it was practically in her own backyard. For her column Thank you, God, for bringing us back home! see SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
Picking the Pope's mind
There is a method to the Holy Father's "madness" in delaying the announcement of seven more cardinals as he stays a step ahead of the experts!
In light of His Holiness Pope John Paul II's surprising announcement Sunday of five more cardinals in addition to two Soviet Union cardinal-delegates revealed as 'in pectore', the experts are scrambling for answers. But the Holy Father is mum as he gives a knowing wink and smile as he prepares to elevate 44 new cardinals to the Sacred Conclave. In truth, there is no doubt the Pope knows what he is doing, even in appointing a liberal bishop from Germany. The Vicar of Christ is fair. Bishop Lehman deserved the nomination despite his views. The obstacle with the German bishops has been hurdled and they are in unison once again with Rome's thinking, and besides, Lehman is only one voice in a sea of conservative cardinals that will influence the Church over the next several decades. With his eighth Consistory, he will have chosen 125 of the 135 cardinals since 1979.
For more, see News from the Holy See
Fatcats in government reeling as Bush establishes Faith-based Agency
President George W. Bush is counting on the hearts of gold, the ideals of those who care for the welfare of the body, mind and soul and those who will watch every penny. He knows he won't find those attributes in government and so, in a Reaganesque move, has created a Faith-based and Community Initiative agency to facilitate allocation of federal social
service dollars to religious groups and charities. Bush also planned to unveil legislation he will propose to
Congress opening all federal grant programs to
participation by religious groups. His proposals will
also include tax incentives and liability protection to
encourage more charitable giving, aides said. For more, see Pro Life News
Cheney conveys strong Pro Life stance in Meet the Press confrontation on NBC
While the liberal media tried to back the Bush administration into a corner over supposed promises not to try to overturn Roe vs. Wade, Vice President Dick Cheney would have none of the left's propaganda while being interviewed on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday. When pressed on this issue, Cheney firmly denied any such "hands-off" policies toward the abortion issue. Rather he said, "President Bush and I have talked -- both of us strong supporters of the Pro Life position -- and the President's made it very clear the policy of this administration will be to try to find ways to reduce the incidence of
abortion." Cheney noted that, "Even if you could not, at this stage, build majority support for the notion of changing Roe v. Wade, there are areas out there where I think we
can get majority support for, such as banning partial birth abortions," he
said. "That legislation passed the Congress, was vetoed by President
Clinton. I would hope we could go back and redo that." For more, see Pro Life News
Carmelite Bishop of Diocese struck by quake estimates death toll in India could rise above 100,000
While Californians grumble about the high cost of electricity, they should be grateful they have it and their lives. It is something that many in India do not have and, because of that, hope for relief aid has been greatly dampered and fears mount that the mortality estimates are much greater than reported. This was confirmed by Bishop Gregory Karotemprel, a Carmelite bishop from Rajkot who based his estimation on his personal visits to the damaged cities of Bhuj and Bachau. Half the population of 180,000 in Bhuj are missing and 99% of the buildings in Bachau have been destroyed. One reason there is such a variance in projecting how many were killed in the devastating 7.9 tremor that shook Eastern India Friday is because electricity is out and communications are down. The bishop's Social Director Father C.C. Jose told Catholic World News that there have been over one hundred aftershocks and the people who survived are scared for their lives, on edge, hungry and very worried about either another quake, the cold weather, or disease. "There is no electricity and water. The affected people are in a virtual hell" he assessed.
For more, see Universal News
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Today we observe Ordinary Time with the Weekday Liturgy before tomorrow's Feast of Saint John Bosco to conclude the first month of the year. For more on today's and tomorrow's Liturgy, see Daily LITURGY
TUESDAY January 30:
Weekday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Hebrews 12: 1-4
Psalm: Psalm 22: 26-28, 30-32
Gospel Reading: Mark 5: 21-43
Mark 5: 30-34
"And Jesus, instantly perceiving in Himself that power had gone forth from Him, turned to the crowd, and said, 'Who touched My cloak?' And His disciples said to Him, 'Thou seest the crowd pressing upon Thee, and dost Thou say, 'Who touched Me?' And He was looking round to see her who had done this. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened within her, came and fell down before Him, and told Him all the truth. But He said to her, Daughter, thy faith has saved thee. Go in peace, and be thou healed of thy affliction.'"
The First Saint to Fight For the Cause of Abolishing Slavery
Today is the 1,321st commemoration of the death of Saint Bathildis, Saxon queen who married King Clovis and was privileged to have Saint Eligius to give her spiritual direction. Her early upbringing prompted her to lower taxation on the poor so the families could also raise families. She also ruled that no Christians or French citizen could be sold into slavery. Many believe she was the first crusader toward abolishing slavery. When Clovis died she gave up the castle in favor of life as a Benedictine nun where she lived out her life as a simple, humble religious at Chelles Abbey outside of Paris. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
If there is no outrage, evil will continue
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 long as the people are not aroused to abuses or evil, they will not support social legislation. It must be remembered that all crimes against society are founded on false and wicked ideas, and until these are altered, society will not be altered. A lion is not gentle once it is behind a cage; a wild horse is not less ill-tempered because of a bridle and kicking stirrups put on it."
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.
For Our Lady's January 25th message for 2001 and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
January 30, 2001 volume 12, no. 30