March 16

Essence of loving and living for Christ is in the Anima Christi Sister Lucy's column

Dr. Tom Droleskey shows how moral relativism has no relativity. Christ or chaos

Rep. Grace Napolitano, why do you persecute the innocents? HEROD'S HEROES

Pope taps Cardinal Egan as General Relator for World Synod. News from ROME

President Bush moving ahead with "FBI" agenda. News from ROME

Millions dead, many more millions displaced in Sudan Universal News

Priests for Life launch media blitz. Pro Life News

Anniversary of Showing concern for the Shoah. Universal News

...These and much more in Today's issue for
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Passion of Christ, Strengthen us!

   In her column today, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto shows how much Jesus loved us and exhibited this ultimate love down to the last very drop of His blood. He was totally committed to us. Are we totally committed to Him? The essence of the Anima Christi will help us better understand what we need to do. For her column Jesus Endured Great Stress , see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

There is a difference when deferring to deference!
      "This would be a decidedly different nation and world if lawmakers and judges heeded the deference they are duty bound to pay to the unchanging standards of objective justice founded in truth. As long as the highest deference is not paid to Godís law, however, we will continue to justify abject evils under one false pretext after another."

    In today's issue Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D. questions the hollowness of the term "highest deference" for it does not apply to the Highest Authority but rather to whatever convenient relativistic purpose the offender intends. Through this twisted self-righteousness empires have been built on the wrong foundations and therefore we are on shaky ground. He points out that, " The state of contemporary law ó including law in the United States of America ó is the result of the chaos unleashed as a result of the Protestant Revolt. Theological relativism begot moral relativism. Moral relativism begot legal positivism. Legal positivism has begotten statism and state-sponsored atheism. The only remedy for all of it is for all civil authorities to recognize that our Lord is the ultimate Lawgiver, and that His Vicar, the Successor of Saint Peter, is the only one who speaks authoritatively and infallibly on matters of fundamental justice." For his column, The Highest Deference, see CHRIST OR CHAOS

Cardinal Mahony: We implore you to call California Congresswoman Grace Napolitano to task for her pro-abortion stance.

Cardinal McCarrick   Today's "Herod's Hero" is the Democratic Congresswoman from the 34th District in California Representative Grace Napolitano. We call on her to repent and for her shepherd in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony along with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Shepherd of the nation's capitol see, to issue the ultimatum of the "Bell, Book, and Candle" if Congresswoman Napolitano 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 Napolitano's pro-abortion record during her first term in the House, she has shown a disdain for Catholic doctrine and has been a willing accomplice to satan. We implore her to amend her ways, to turn away from embracing the pro-abort stance with no mercy for the lives of millions of unborn. By her actions as a 'Catholic' she is guilty of being an accomplice to murder through her 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

Holy Father tabs three of the new cardinals as Co-presidents of the Synod this Fall, Cardinal Egan of New York to serve as Relator General

   Always thinking well ahead of everyone else, Pope John Paul II tabbed three of the most recently elevated cardinals to serve as Co-presidents for the Autumn Synod of Bishops worldwide in Rome from September 30th to October 27th. America is represented by the Holy Father's selection of Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop of New York, which highlights another orthodox US Bishop. Just last week Chicago's Cardinal Francis George, OMI was privileged to give the Papal Lenten Retreat. For more, see News from ROME

Forget the news of delaying Faith-based Initiatives, Bush says full speed ahead

   Contrary to earlier White House sources, President George W. Bush has no intentions of holding up his FBI or Faith-Based Initiatives. Despite criticisms from the Left and the Right as well as some Protestant leaders, the president is intent on moving forward with his agenda and points to bi-partisan cooperation and assurances from various key religious leaders that it will work. For more, see USA News

Priests For Life unveil Billboard Pro-Life campaign that will stretch from sea to shining sea.

   Father Frank Pavone, President of Priests for Life, is embarking on an ambitious media blitz in order to reach outside the confines of the Church and take the abortion issue to the secular media and to the public at large. The first wave will be 5,000 billboards circulated by July illustrating an inviting Fr. Pavone pointing to the comforting words "Hurting from Abortion? The Doors of the Church are Open!" They will supplement that with electronic audio and video spots along with print ads in major magazines and metro newspapers. This doesn't sound like a "campaign of violence" as radical NOW leader Patricia Ireland made it sound with her invectives against Fr. Frank's organization on Tuesday night's "Hannity & Colmes" program on the FoxNews Channel. For more, see Pro Life News

Two million have been killed, four million left homeless and nearly a million refugees as tragedy and tears cover the Sudan

   Because of communications problems, word was slow to reach the world that an entire town was razed and the Catholic Mission of Comboni destroyed on February 22nd. Fortunately the missionary priests were able to escape unhurt but they will not abandon their people. The 30 Comboni missionaries in Sudan are committed not to abandon the war-torn country and suffering people. Fighting in Sudan has already taken more than 2 million lives, caused 4 million internally displaced persons, and 600,000 refugees in neighboring countries. For more, see Universal News    ALSO:

For more Daily News, we recommend sources we rely on. For these news agencies, see News Sources

Lenten Weekday

  Today and tomorrow are devoted to the Lenten Liturgy. However tomorrow is also the Optional Feast of Saint Patrick, Bishop and Apostle of Ireland. For the liturgies and a profile on this beloved saint, see Daily LITURGY
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FRIDAY, March 16:
Lenten Weekday

    First Reading: Genesis 37: 3-4, 12-13, 17-28
    Psalms: Psalm 105: 15-21
    Gospel Reading: Matthew 21: 33-43, 45-46

"Did you never read in the Scriptures, 'The stone which the builders rejected, has become the corner stone; by the Lord this has been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?'"     Matthew 21: 42

On the Way to Calvary

Fridays are the traditional day in Lent when we include the devotions to the Stations of the Cross. See Way of the Cross

We Remember three years ago as the Church reaches out to reconcile with the Jews

   On this day three years ago the Vatican published the document "We Remember: A Reflection of the Shoa" which was the Church's way of saying they commiserate with the Jewish people for the terrible treatment delivered on the children of the Covenant and any lack of Christian spiritual or corporal help during those trying times. Yet many radical Jewish factions wanted more blood and expected the Vatican to admit all-out guilt when, in truth, she was one of the Jews' strongest empathizers. Despite this sensitive document, many liberal Jews called for the head of Pope Pius XII.For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

God helps those who help themself for His sake

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".

    "Contentment is not inconsistent with our endeavor to have our condition improved. We do everything we can, as if all depended on us, but we trust in God as if everything depended on Him."

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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