March 12

Pat Ludwa aligns with Saint Francis of Assisi in addressing today's leaders. VIEW FROM THE PEW

Senator Tom Daschle, why do you persecute the innocents? HEROD'S HEROES

One year ago today Pope apologized to the world for sins of the past. JUBILEE MEMORIES

John Paul II sets record for number beatified at one time. News from ROME

Cardinal George receives Papal plaudits for retreat. USA News

German Bishops finally unite behind Life and condemning human cloning. Pro Life News

Bishop expresses hope for progress between Vicente Fox and the Zapatista's Subcomadante Marcos for overall good of Mexico. Universal News

Death of Saint Gregory the Great TIME CAPSULES

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A powerful message to men of reason from a man who realized responsibility

   In his column today Pat Ludwa takes a break from the Beatitudes, during Lent, to join in the plea to the Bishops of America to strictly adhere to their duties as responsible shepherds and he extends it to all Catholic leaders, whether in politics or the business world, and to lay leaders in parishes as well to live the Gospel and heed the doctrines of the Church. Pat offers the wisdom and stern warning of the great Saint Francis of Assisi in entreating those who have been given charge to live their Faith and uphold the teachings of Christ's's True Church. Today's Gospel "For with what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you" is Pat's short, but sweet exhortation to the High and the Mighty in the United States who occupy the chanceries, political chambers and board rooms. He asks them to do all in their power to carry out their responsibilities - for they will be held accountable by the Lord and His people. For Pat's column, A Letter to The Rulers see VIEW FROM THE PEW

Bishops Carlson and Cupich: We implore you to call South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle, Senate Minority Leader, to task for his pro-abortion stance.

Bishop CupichBishop Carlson  Today's "Herod's Hero" is the Minority Senate Leader Senator Tom Daschle. Yes, you too might be surprised that he's 'Catholic.' Look at the picture to the left and ask yourself: What's wrong with this picture? Why is he smiling at a child who was one of the fortunate ones since he has sentenced millions to death before they could ever be held in one's arms? We call on him to repent and for his South Dakota bishops Bishop Robert J. Carlson of the Diocese of Sioux Falls and Bishop Blase J. Cupich of the Diocese of Rapid City, along with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Shepherd of the nation's capitol see, to issue the ultimatum of the "Bell, Book, and Candle" if he will not hear even the Church. We beg of you, dear Bishops, to stand up for the Roman Catholic Church, to exact the discipline all Catholics are expected to follow. By Daschle's blatant pro-abortion record during his three terms in the senate, he has shown a disdain for Catholic doctrine and has been a willing accomplice to satan. We implore him to amend his ways, to turn away from embracing the pro-abort stance with no mercy for the lives of millions of unborn. By his actions he is guilty of being an accomplice to murder through his promotion, voting record and legislation of pro-abortion measures. For another betrayer who seeks to perpetuate the culture of death and slay the innocents, see HEROD'S HEROES

Forgive us our trespasses

   One year ago today Pope John Paul II held an unprecedented penetential rite in St. Peter's Basilica in asking forgiveness for sins committed over the centuries. The Holy Father began his penitential path for "Mea Culpa Sunday" before the magnificent marbled statue of the Sorrowful Mother of God holding her Divine Son Jesus, so masterfully depicted in Michelangelo''s priceless treasure of the Pieta, asking the Virgin, Mother of the Church to help the entire Church ease the burden of the crucified Savior by being cleansed of sins of the past that. He then proceeded to the altar and during his Papal Mass, he, along with seven high prelates in the Curia, delineated general sins of the past in asking forgiveness at the Cross. For a look back, see JUBILEE MEMORIES .

Holy Father breaks another record as he elevates 233 to the status of Blessed

   Another record bit the dust yesterday in Rome when Pope John Paul II beatified 233 Spanish martyrs from the Spanish Civil War in the thirties of the 20th Century. It surpassed by 27 the record number he had held. It was a tribute to these men and women, religious and lay who would not compromise for Christ. On a breezy, brisk and sunny day in St. Peter's Square the Pope held them up as an example in his plea to end the current strife in Spain with the Basque uprising. For more, see News from ROME

The Windy City can be proud of their shepherd as Pope salutes Cardinal George for retreat well done

   Praise from the Pope is the highest temporal reward you can receive for a job well done and that is exactly what Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI received from the Holy Father after completing the Papal Lenten Retreat last week. The American prelate based his 20 meditative lessons on the Gospel of Saint Luke in seeking to heal hearts through the Word as medicine for the soul in the new millennium. For more, see USA News

German Bishops United for Life with document

   A bioethics document published by the German bishops' conference roundly criticizes human cloning, as well as the artificial production and selection of embryos for scientific and therapeutic ends. "Be very careful when man tries to become a creator of life," the document states. "Be very careful when the dignity of some human beings is sacrificed for the good of others." The document was approved at the end of the episcopate's spring plenary assembly last week in Augsburg. For more, see Pro Life News

Subcomandante Marcos and Zapatistas meet with Mexican President Vicente Fox as Bishop expresses hope in outcome

   While Subcomandante Marcos arrived in Mexico City to speak with Mexico's President Vicente Fox and the Mexican Bishops separately for Indian Rights in Chiapas, the Bishop of Chiapas Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel of San Cristóbal de las Casas expressed hope that the Zapatista march and the peaceful nature, backed by the majority of the people, will create national harmony and bring about both justice and peace for all peoples. For more, see Universal News    ALSO:

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Lenten Weekday

  Today and tomorrow are devoted to the Lenten Liturgy. For these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
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MONDAY, March 12:
Lenten Weekday

    First Reading: Daniel 9: 4-10
    Psalms: Psalm 79: 8-9, 11, 13
    Gospel Reading: Luke 6: 36-38

"Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall they pour into your lap. For with what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you."     Luke 9: 38

The Voice of the Disciple
    O sweetest and most kind Jesus, how great reverence and thanks, with perpetual praise, are due to Thee for the receiving of Thy sacred body, Whose dignity no man is found able to unfold! But what shall I think of in this communion, when I am approaching to my Lord, Whom I can never reverence I much as I ought, and yet Whom I long to receive with devotion? What can I think of better or more wholesome to my soul than to humble myself entirely in Thy presence, and extol Thine infinite goodness above me?
From Book IV, Chapter II of "Imitation of Christ" by Thomas a Kempis.

Pope Saint Gregory the Great Anniversary of the Death of one of the Greatest of Roman Pontiffs

   Today is the 1,397th commemoration of the death of a great Roman Pontiff - Pope Saint Gregory the Great, 64th successor of Peter and originator of Gregorian Chant. During the fourteen year papacy of this saintly Roman Pontiff, he reaffirmed the civil authority of the Pope, thus beginning the "temporal power." On the decline of the plague in Rome an angel appearered to him on a castle that was from then on called Castel Sant'Angelo and remains today at the entrance to Vatican City above the Tiber River. His feast day universally in the Church is on the same day he was elected in 590, September 3. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

Trust that in the end all will work out right.

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".

    "There is a world of difference between submitting to the Divine Will from sullenness and submitting to it knowing that God is Supreme Wisdom, and that some day we will know all that happened, happened for the best."

Monthly Medjugorje Message for February 2001

For Our Lady's February 25th message for 2001 and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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