Updated January 8, 2001 8:00 am PST
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Will this be just another year of decline or will we wake up to the fact we need God more than ever?
In his column today, Pat Ludwa is brief and to the point in showing how man fares when he places his trust in finite beings. It doesn't work. Utopia is out the door for the only true utopia can only be reached in Heaven. To get there we need to place all our trust and hope in God with a capital "G." When we emphasize the lowercase "g" in striving to attain what is not rightfully ours we greatly endanger not only our own soul, but that of many others whom we will ultimately be responsible for. On this Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Pat illustrates how Jesus is the Only Way. For Pat's column, In God we trust...or else!, see VIEW FROM THE PEW
Pope will receive U.S. Congressional Medal today in Rome
A group of Senators and Congressmen from the United States are in Rome today to officially present His Holiness Pope John Paul II with the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal, rewarded only to those who are truly deserving. In accepting this honor, the Holy Father will join Mother Teresa who also received the same recognition a decade ago. The Polish Pontiff is being recognized for his outstanding contribution to upholding the dignity of every human life in his continuing crusade for the Sanctity of Life. For more, see News from the Holy See
Taxpayers are footing the bill to defend pro-abort NFL player up for murder
Most of us are appalled at the obscene salaries professional sports prima donnas receive, but what is truly obscene is that despite this, the public is still paying for the defense of Rae Carruth, a wide receiver with the Carolina Panthers of the NFL. Carruth is up for murder charges of his girlfriend who was eight months pregnant at the time of her killing. Through the grace of God, the child was saved and is alive today. Former girlfriends of Carruth have confirmed under oath that Carruth has a history of violence, physical threats and forcing abortions on his former girlfriends. For more, see USA News
Remains of first Martyred Bishop of the New World discovered in Central America
The remains of the person whom experts believe is Bishop Antonio Valdivieso, killed in 1550 for defending the Indians, and regarded as the first martyred Bishop of America, were shown to the press last Wednesday by the National Institute of Culture of Nicaragua.
Clemente Guido, director of this Institute, referred to the 4 tombs in the Cathedral of Leon Viejo, which are believed to contain the remains of the 4 bishops who evangelized Nicaragua. According to Guido, "the third tomb is that of... Antonio Valdivieso, the first Bishop martyr of Latin America, stabbed to death in 1550. For more, see Universal News
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FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
The Feast of the Baptism of Our
Lord serves as the bridge between Christmas/Epiphany and Ordinary Time leading up to Lent. It parallels Christ's life as well for, after spending His childhood and early adulthood in preparation in Nazareth, His Baptism signaled the beginning of His public life. He began His three year ministry by humbling Himself as He waded into the River Jordan to institute the Sacrament of Baptism administered by the one who made "ready the way of the Lord" (Luke 3:4). That was, of course, His friend and cousin Saint John the Baptizer son of Zachary and Elizabeth. For more see, Daily LITURGY
Opening Prayer for Today's Mass celebrating the Baptism of Our Lord
MONDAY January 8:
THE BAPTISM OF
First Reading: Isaiah 42: 1-4, 6-7 or Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11
Psalms: Psalm 29:1-4, 9-11
Second Reading: Acts 10: 34-38 or Titus 2: 11-14; 3: 4-7
Gospel Reading: Luke 3: 15-16, 21-22
O God, Whose Only-begotten Son appeared in the substance of our flesh: grant, we beseech Thee, that by Him, in Whom outwardly we recognize our likeness, we may deserve to be inwardly created anew. Who liveth and reigns, with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God without end. Amen.
Luke 3: 21-22
"Now it came to pass when all the people had been baptised, Jesus also having been baptized and being in prayer, that Heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form as a dove, and a voice came from Heaven, 'Thou art My Beloved Son, in Thee I am well pleased.'"
The Day morality took control in St. Peter's
Today is the 97th anniversary of the decision by Pope Saint Pius X to ban low cut dresses in St. Peter's and other churches, deeming immodest dress is not appropriate in church since it not only distracts others but goes against the virtues and example of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Thus, the holy 257th successor of Peter bans all low-cut bodices at Holy Mass. Today the Vatican still prohibits any shorts, mini-skirts or low-cut dresses or bikini-tops inside St. Peter's, including tourists. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
Why do we need to be constantly on the move?
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".
"Most pleasures today are associated with movement and in the case of the young, with speed. A quick change of scenery and pace seems to be one of the ingredients of modern enjoyment. One out of four persons in the United States changes his address during the year. The unquiet mind makes an unquiet body."
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 8, 2001 volume 12, no. 8