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March 8

Jane Dalton illustrates how God's Will assures that we never walk alone. FAITH IN THE FAMILY

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

Restoring God-given human dignity assures Justice and Peace. GIFT OF FAITH

Greek Orthodox ready to welcome Pope. News from ROME

Catholic School Shooting in PA. Is no one safe? USA News

This time the foot's really in "Mouth of the South." USA News

Planned Barrenhood must cough up bucks for lying.Pro Life News

Millions of Sudanese starving. Universal News

...These and much more in Today's issue for
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March 8, 2001

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THURSDAY     March 8, 2001     volume 12, no. 67
Lenten Weekday
Optional Feast of Saint John of God, Religious Founder

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We never walk alone.

If we are attentive to the signs each day and are humble and patient we will better be able to understand God's purpose for us in our lives and that He's always walking with us.

   In this issue Jane Dalton shares the wisdom of a parent who realizes she can't do it all. But in her counsel reveals that God can if we allow Him. We just need to be patient and attuned to the signs He gives us each minute, each hour, each day. They are tiny footsteps that, when we look back, we realize we were not walking alone for He is always with us. There's no greater comfort than that and no greater encouragement to keep on the same path He's guiding you. For her column Knowing God's Will in our lives, see FAITH IN THE FAMILY

Attention Bishop Gerry: We beg you to call Maine Senator Susan Collins to task for her unyielding pro-abort stance.

   Today's "Herod's Hero" is from Maine: Senator Susan Collins. We call on her to repent and for her bishop Bishop Joseph John Gerry, O.S.B. of the Diocese of Portland Maine, 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 beg of you, dear Bishops, to stand up for the Roman Catholic Church, to exact the discipline all Catholics are expected to follow. By her blatant pro-abortion record, Collins has shown a disdain for Catholic doctrine and has been a willing accomplice to satan. We implore the senator 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 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


Pope has Green Light from the Greek Orthodox Church for trip to Athens
Commission being set up to welcome Holy Father in Greece in May as he traces the Footsteps of Paul in completing his "Jubilee Journey"

   Emerging from a synod of Greek bishops, the Greek Orthodox Church announced yesterday that Pope John Paul II will be welcome to visit Greece. The public statement by the ruling body of the Greek Orthodox Church indicated that a "mixed commission" made up of Catholic and Orthodox representatives would be organized to make plans for a Papal visit. The Pope is in retreat this week and not available for comment. For more, see News from ROME
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Catholic School Shooting "sad and shocking!"

  Two days after the shooting at Santana H.S. in Santee, CA it happened again; this time in a Catholic High School in Williamsport, PA. at Bishop Neumann High when an eighth grade girl shot a fellow classmatel over an argument in the lunch And to think in our day the nuns would've cuffed them both behind the ears for getting out of line! To answer the media Bishop James Timlin dropped everything and took a copter from Scranton 75 miles away. For more, see USA News

Brit Hume and Catholic League out-Foxing Ted Turner over anti-Catholic remarks on Ash Wednesday

  The "Mouth of the South" is at it again but this time he's not going to get away with it. Besides slamming Catholics and Christians over being "a bunch of Jesus freaks" he's insulted his main competiton FoxNews, which is scrubbing CNN in the ratings because they have been "fair and balanced" in their reporting compared to the slanted left-wing CNN. Brit Hume, moderator for "Special Report" asked during his special "The Grapevine" segment on Tuesday if maybe Ted Turner needs sensitivity training . That was backed up by an even more severe criticism of Turner's tactics by Catholic League president Bill Donohue. For more, see USA News
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Load up the money trucks, court decides PP's going to have to shell out for deceiving the public!

  The great lie that breast cancer is not linked with cancer is slowly but surely being exposed and it's about time. Dr. Frank Joseph has detailed, most specifically in his Ash Wednesday column, the dangers of this. A New York court agrees and has ordered Planned Parenthood to ante up $1 million to one victim. It's a start but there are many, many others out there who will be able to file against "Planned Barrenhood" now that a precedent has been set. For more, see Pro Life News
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Bishop affirms that Millions are homeless and starving in the Sudan

   Up to one million people have been displaced from their homes and are without food and water in southern Sudan, according to the bishop of Rumbek, Sudan. Bishop Cesare Mazzolari told the Misna missionary news agency, "A million people are living under the nightmare of extreme hunger and thirst. These people are on the brink of death." Soldiers of the Islamic government in the north have been fighting mainly Christian rebels in the south for decades, leaving more than a million people dead. For more, see Universal News    ALSO:

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Lenten Weekday and
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  Today and tomorrow we observe the Lenten Liturgy. Today is also the Optional Feast of Saint John of God, Religious Founder while tomorrow is the Optional Feast of Saint Frances of Rome. For these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
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THURSDAY, March 8:
Lenten Weekday
and
Optional Feast of Saint John of God

    First Reading: Esther 12: 14-16, 23-25
    Psalms: Psalm 138: 1-3, 7-8
    Gospel Reading: Matthew 7: 7-12

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it shall be opened."     Matthew 7: 7-8


Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Saint John of God

   Father, You gave John of God love and compassion for others. Grant that by doing good for others we may be counted among the saints in your kingdom.

Only by returning God to the equation can we dull the atheistic blade of the hammer and sickle

   Today in our 221st installment of our catechetical series on My Catholic Faith we present the last of a four-part series on an ideology that is very much an invader and violater of the Seventh and Tenth Commandments. In this issue we focus on how only through turning back to God can we hope to have true Social Justice and Peace. Only by parents adhering to God's Laws and bringing up their children in a moral atmosphere with values that promote decency, accountability and integrity will we be able to not only eradicate communism from the face of this earth, but shootings in school and violence that endangers all. For the fourth part of Communism: The Fearful Menace!, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH.

The Pope who rose above politics

   On this date 857 years ago in 1144 the 165th successor of Peter, the Roman Pontiff Pope Celestine II died. Elected six months earlier on September 6, 1143, he was the son of aristocratic parents and had amassed a great library of precious works from his personal library which he bequeathed to the Church for the 'ransom of his soul.' He had been exiled to his homeland Citta di Castello because of the siege of Roger II of Sicily. With the help of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, he settled the internal differences of the Church. He also tried to end the war between Scotland and England but was not able to obtain peace in Italy because of Roger's agenda against Rome. He also lifted the excommunication his predecessor Pope Innocent II had inflicted on King Louis VII of France. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

You cannot be indifferent and be content


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".

    "The Eastern World has struck on the secret of inner peace by suggesting that inner happiness is dependent on the control and limitation of desires. St. Paul said: 'I have learned to be content with what I have' (Philippians 4: 11). Contentment is not indifference though the ignorant sometimes make that identification."

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