March 6

Targeting America's troubled culture. CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Why, Senator Murray, do you persecute God's innocents? HEROD'S HEROES

For Pope it is time to meditate and be still for a week. News from ROME

Could Vatican delegate be former head of GOP? USA News

Bishops waiting for Fox to fess up on Pro-Life issues. Pro Life News

Curtain going in iron curtain in Russia and Vietnam. Universal News

Is your heart gaining dividends? SIMPLY SHEEN

Anniversary of the election of the "Renaissance Pope" TIME CAPSULES

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The violence stems deep because we have lost God!

   In our commentary today, we trade places with Cyndi's SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING column in order to comment on yesterday's violent shooting at Santana High School in Santee, California. Cyndi's column will run tomorrow. Another Columbine many are calling it. We are calling it something else: the stark fruits of a Godless society. We share how close to home this hits since our own son received a death threat in a high school just 25 miles from Santee here in Shadowridge which has over 3,000 students. The results of his case show how so few have a clue to what is truly happening. For our editorial Why it's hittling so close to home!, see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Attention Archbishop Brunett: We implore you to call Washington Senator Patty Murray to task for her unyielding pro-abort stance.

   Today's "Herod's Hero" is from Washington State: Senator Patty Murray. We call on her to repent and for her bishop Archbishop Alexander Brunett of the Archdiocese of Seattle, along with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Shepherd of the nation's capitol see, to issue the ultimatum of the "Bell, Book, and Candle" if she will not hear even the Church. We ask Archbishop Brunett what is more important: the soulless salmon whom he has fought so actively for in the Columbia River or countless souls murdered in the womb? It's a matter of priorities for both the archbishop and Senator Murray. They must adhere to Catholic doctrine and uphold life from conception to the moment of natural death; the archbishop by setting the discipline, the senator by amending her ways for she has greatly aided satan by embracing the pro-abort stance with no mercy for the lives of millions of unborn through her promoting, voting for and legislating pro-abortion measures. For another betrayer who seeks to perpetuate the culture of death and slay the innocents, see HEROD'S HEROES

Vatican and Curia look within as Lenten Retreat begins

Cardinal George leads Holy Father and others down the path of the "New Evangelization"

   It is that time again when everything practically shuts down at Vatican City as Pope John Paul II and key officials of the Vatican take a week of quietude focusing totally on their own spirituality during the annual Papal Lenten Retreat. This year Chicago's Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI has been honored to preach the retreat which he is humbled to give. "I will do my best, with the help of the Holy Spirit," the American prelate said. For more, see News from ROME

Former head of Republican Party Jim Nicholson could be in line for Ambassador to the Vatican

   President George W. Bush is expected to name a new Ambassador to the Holy See and the leading candidate seems to be Jim Nicholson, a devout Catholic from the Archdiocese of Denver who for the past four years has headed the Republican Party. Leading publications such as the Washington Post and Denver Post have tabbed Nicholson for the post. If he is selected we will try to get some comments from his shepherd Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap.. For more, see USA News

Bishops in Mexico waiting for Fox to carry out Pro-Life initiatives

   The Zapatistas have arrived in Mexico City and have been welcomed by the bishops. But there are more questions from the bishops and it is not just for the Zapatistas but Mexico President Vicente Fox. They are anxious for Fox to clearly come out for the Sanctity of Life by taking a firm stand against birth control policies. Though he campaigned on the Pro-Life ticket, a few of the bishops have expressed disappointment that Fox has not acted yet on his word. For more, see Pro Life News

Priests impeded in Russia and Vietnam as persecution continues in "legal" ways

   We may think the Iron Curtain has totally come down but events in Russia and Vietnam show it could be putting up a stronger wall than we might think. In Russia it is the revised "visa" process whereby they are picking and choosing who can remain in Russia. Polish Jesuit Father Stanislaw Opiela, the secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Russia and the rector of the St. Thomas Aquinas College of Catholic Theology in Moscow, has now been unable to return to his duties for more than six months. Russian Foreign Ministry officials have so far refused to explain to Catholic leaders why he has been repeatedly refused a visa. Meanwhile, in Hanoi Father Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest, was detained last week by Vietnam's Communist government for actions which the government claims were part of a plot to undermine socialism. 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 we observe the Lenten Liturgy. Tomorrow is also the Optional Feast of the early martyrs Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicity. For these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
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TUESDAY, March 6:
Lenten Weekday

      First Reading: Isaiah 55: 10-11
      Psalms: Psalm 34: 4-8, 16-19
      Gospel Reading: Matthew 6: 7-15

"'Our Father Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.'"     Matthew 6: 9-13

A Devout Exhortation to Holy Communion

    "Come unto Me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you," says the Lord. "The bread, which I will give, is My flesh for the life of the world. Take and eat: This is My body which shall be delivered for you: do this in remembrance of Me. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood, abides in Me, and I in him. The words which I have spoken to you are spirit and life."
from "Imitation of Christ" by Thomas a Kempis.

Election of the Renaissance Pope

   On this date 554 years ago in 1447 the Conclave chose Cardinal Tommaso Parentucelli as the 208th successor of Peter. He selected the name Pope Nicholas V out of respect for the bishop in Bologna who groomed him. Known as the "Renaissance Pope," Nicholas began the construction of the present Basilica of St. Peter's in Rome. He was also somewhat of a renaissance man in restoring order politically to France and England and in aiding Spain in ridding their country of the Saracens. He is also remembered for founding the Vatican Library. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

Where your heart is determines your worth!

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".

    "Desire is to the soul what gravitation is to matter. When we know our desires, we know the direction our soul is taking. If desire is Heavenly, we go upwards, if it is wholly earthly, we go downwards. Desire is like raw material out of which we fashion either our virtues or vices. As Our Lord said: 'Where your treasure is, there your heart is also.'"

The Gospa's message for February 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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