Updated January 9, 2001 4:15 pm PST|
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The greatest New Year's resolution we can make is spending more time with Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament
In her inspirational column today, Cyndi Cain encourages all to spend more time with Our Lord present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. He is so ignored today in so many churches, where the Tabernacle sits for hours on end unattended, yet many are within a few steps of His presence. Though He is God, still Jesus is lonely for He longs for us to come, to ask, seek and knock on His Heart. Yet so few do. The year is young and it's a good time to resolve in our hearts to spend more time with Him. The more we do, the closer we will grow to Him. For her column So close to Jesus and yet so far from Him , see SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
Pro Life nominee Linda Chavez withdraws her name as Secretary of Labor candidate; warns of the Politics of Destruction being mounted by the left
The first victim of the Bush Administration was Linda Chavez who withdrew her name this afternoon, citing that she had become a distraction to the process and therefore withdrew. The problem is not with Linda Chavez, but with those who are out to search and destroy in the politics of personal destruction that fly in the face of what Christ asks of all in carrying out the Works of Mercy. It was in this virtue that liberals found enough stones to throw at her for helping an illegal alien. During her announcement, numerous other foreign persons stepped forward to confirm how she had helped them. Though it is a setback for President-elect George W. Bush, her Christ-like behavior of helping others shows that he has selected good, decent people. Because of that, the liberals are going to be ever more determined to crush his Pro Life nominees. Watch for Dr. Frank Joseph's column in tomorrow's issue. For the full transcript of Chavez' withdrawal and her responses to the Press, see USA News
Holy Father thanks Jubilee Volunteers as Vatican announces surplus to fund and build new handicap facility at St. Peter's
Despite the extraordinary
expenses incurred during the Jubilee year, the Vatican has reported
a positive economic balance for the celebration. The surplus funds
will be used to build a new facility at the Vatican to accommodate
handicapped pilgrims. The Holy Father also took time Sunday to personally
thank 8,000 present at St. Peter's out of a total of almost 70,000 Volunteers who had given of their time in Rome this year. The Pope called them the "living image" of the Jubilee Spirit.
The Holy Father also proclaimed 2001 as "the Year of Volunteerism."
For more, see News from the Holy See
Hindus honor Catholic Founder of Focalare Chiara Lubich for her tireless dedication to peace and Unity
A few days before Pope John Paul II was honored in Rome with the Congressional Gold Medal, the Foundress of the Focalare Movement Chiara Lubich was recognized by several prestigious Hindu organizations in India with the "Defender of Peace" Prize for her contribution to furthering dialogue and friendship between Hindus and Christians. They say invention is the mother of necessity, and Chiara, now 81, while an elementary school teacher saw the necessity to heal prejudices and hate while upholding human dignity in the aftermath of the terrible tragedy of World War II. Slowly but surely, clinging to the Gospel message and spreading it to others of all faiths and cultures, she was able to show others how to live and love as Jesus loved. There are presently 110,000 members in over 180 countries worldwide. For more, see Universal News
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First Weekday in the First Week of the Church Year
Today the Ordinary once again becomes meaningful as we begin the first day of the first week of the Church Year called Ordinary Time in which green vestments are used. This time will last from now until Shrove Tuesday on February 27th. For the Liturgy in Ordinary Time see, Daily LITURGY
First Reading: Hebrews 2: 5-12|
Psalms: Psalm 8: 2, 5-9
Gospel Reading: Matthew 2: 1-12
Mark 1: 23-36
"Now in their synagogue there was a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, saying, 'What have we to do with theee, Jesus of Nazareth? Hast Thou come to destroy us? I know Who Thou art, the Holy One of God.' And Jesus rebuked him, saying, 'Hold thy peace, and go out of the man.' And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, went out of him."
Anniversary of the last non-Italian Pope to be elected until John Paul II
Today is the 472nd anniversary of the election of Pope Hadrian VI, 218th successor of Peter. He was the only Dutch Pope ever elected, having been born in Utrecht, Holland. He would engage in a deep struggle against those who harassed the Church druing the midst of the Protestant Reformation and also had to deal with the Turkish threat. On both fronts he would meet with little success. He was the last non-Italian Pope until the Sacred Conclave selected Cardinal Karol Wojtyla in 1978. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
When one stirs up the waters, their reflection is distorted. So also one's soul!
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".
"Today many leave their homes, their country in search of new experiences. There is some connection between stationariness of the body and the acquisition of the superior truths of the spirit. It is only the quiet pool that reflects the stars."
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 9, 2001 volume 12, no. 9