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THURSDAY      December 16, 1999     SECTION TWO      vol 10, no. 239

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Which image of Christ has more meaning to you?

    In his column today, Pat Ludwa rails at the ridiculousness of the National Catholic Reporter trying to remake Jesus in their image and likeness. Rather than emulating Christ, they mock Him while rationalizing that other images of Him are outmoded and not "universal" enough. Yet their universality turns it's back on the Christian representation of Our Lord, one fashioned by greater masters from Michelangelo to Da Vinci than some agnostic who won an NCR contest for her depiction of Christ as New Agers see Him. The NCR, in striving to be the modernist's bible, once again exposes itself as a false god by their choosing a false image as their very picture of dissent. For Pat's column The very picture of dissent, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

The very picture of dissent

Appreciation of the Penteteuch

    Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We pick up today on our series on the Bible and Sacred Scripture as we begin an overview of each of the books of the Bible beginning with the five first books that comprise the Penteteuch. For the seventy-second installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


Part Three: The Penteteuch

Events that happened this day in Church History

    On this date in 882 one Pope died and another was elected on the same day. That would be Pope John VIII, whose battles with the Saracens left him poorer and weaker, died on this date after a ten year pontificate and Pope Marinus I, another Roman, was elected the 108th successor of Peter. His papacy would only last two years for he would be poisoned by warring factions in the Roman families, something that would break into a major epidemic in the next decade centering around Pope Formosus. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for December 16:

The depth of marital love

    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".

"Knowledge, in the early stages, is a condition of love; but as the relationship deepens, love increases knowledge. A wife and husband who have lived together many years possess a new kind of knowledge of each other, deeper than any spoken word or any analysis of motives could provide. This knowledge (impossible in the honeymoon weeks) comes gradually from love-in-action, as a kind of intuitional understanding of what lies in the mind and heart of the other."


    Today is the Third Thursday of Advent and tomorrow the Third Friday of Advent. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Thursday, December 16, 1999

Friday, December 17, 1999

The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a review of all past articles on the Church today

    Like our other feature series, we present installments 1 through 105 of this series which is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event - the second coming of Christ and the Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace. To read any of the over one-hundred previous installments in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

Finally the long-awaited books "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and THE HIDDEN WAY are NOW available!

   With the messages completed, you can now order the book that contains ALL the messages. This much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a lasting gift that will inspire you in your faith, and all God asks of us. You can acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages or the THE HIDDEN WAY containing 100 inspirational Meditative Lessons from Our Lord and Our Lady on Church Doctrine by clicking on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." or THE HIDDEN WAY or both books at BOOKS

November 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. In this time of grace, may the cross be a sign-post of love and unity for you through which true peace comes. That is why, little children, pray especially at this time that little Jesus, the Creator of peace, may be born in your hearts. Only through prayer will you become my apostles of peace in this world without peace. That is why, pray until prayer becomes a joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.


"This is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send My messenger before thy face, who shall make ready thy way before thee. I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."

Luke 7: 27-28

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December 16, 1999 volume 10, no. 239  DAILY CATHOLIC