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WEEKEND DAILY LITURGY
This weekend we observe Fifth Friday and Fifth Saturday in Ordinary Time plus Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, as well as the SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME leading into the Sixth Monday of Ordinary Time. Sunday, Valentines Day, is also the feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius, "Apostles to the Slavs." For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.
Installment Eighteen of the Holy Father's encyclical Fides et Ratio in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
A layman's perspective on the Church today and where to find true peace in Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW
Biography on Cardinal Guiseppe Caprio in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Messages 393 and 394 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on February 15th.
Short gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
Daily Dose of Ecclesial facts in CATHOLIC CANVAS
Another new Catholic site in SITE OF THE DAY
DAILY LITURGY for the Sixth Monday in Ordinary Time and the Sixth Tuesday in Ordinary Time, also Shrove Tuesday.
...and much more in our 31st issue for 1999!
Medjugorje Monthly Message for JANUARY 25th
Dear children! I again invite you to prayer. You have no excuse to work more because nature still lies in deep sleep. Open yourselves in prayer. Renew prayer in your families. Put Holy Scripture in a visible place in your families, read it, reflect on it and learn how God loves His people. His love shows itself also in present times because He sends me to call you upon the path of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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The Disparity between light and darkness!
In this weekend's editorial we commemorate the birthday of one of the greatest, most honest executive chiefs America has ever had - Abraham Lincoln while decrying and lamenting the fact we now have the most deceitful, amoral leader America has ever known. We have stated many times in these pages our sentiments on the behavior of Bill Clinton, the same opinions shared by the Church and her founder Jesus Christ. If Clinton won't heed the advice of God or the Pope, maybe he had better listen to his predecessor of a century and a half ago who had many things to say about what is right in the eyes of God. We wonder if he knew then how prophetic his words were. For this weekend's commentary "A house divided against itself cannot stand" , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
When it comes to rendering to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, blame it on Caesar!
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto shows us how we all too often assume something when it really isn't that way at all. Appearances aren't always what they might seem to be and we need to look beyond the obvious and give people the benefit of the doubt in the spirit of Our Lord's words in Matthew 7: 1-2, "Do not judge, that you may not be judged. For with what judgment you judge, yuou shall be judged; and with what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you." For Sister's column, Appearances can be deceiving part one, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Cardinal Carter's anthem "O Canada" was dedicated to educating others on the faith
We continue with this new series that debuted three weeks ago, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our eighteenth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the Archbishop emeritus of Toronto - Cardinal Gerald Emmett Carter who retired from active ministry in 1990. For more on Cardinal Carter, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
"Faith that has deep roots remains firm despite all ridicule."
Those words come from the Blessed Virgin Mary in her 392nd Message to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on August 18, 1993 in which Our Lady encourages us to all keep the faith and shows us how by taking refuge in her Divine Son's Sacred Heart and coming to Him in the Blessed Sacrament, our Source for and of all life. She follows this up with the same theme three days later on the Feast of Pope Saint Pius X with a special emphasis on reverence for Him in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass whereby we receive Him in the Holy Eucharist - our True Refuge no matter the physical or material perils of these times. For the messages 391 and 392, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
This weekend prayer honors Saint Valentine, the Priest and Martyr whose feast is now celebrated secularly even though he used to be commemorated in the liturgy on this day. The prayer is taken from My Daily Prayer Devotions by the Confraternity of the Precious Blood:
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who celebrate the Heavenly birthday of Blessed Valentine, Thy Martyr, may, by the virtue of his intercession, be delivered from all threatening evils. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
Events this weekend in Church History
Friday is the 950th anniversary of the election of Pope Saint Leo IX as the 152nd successor of Peter and the man who was forced to excommunicate the Eastern Patriarch Michael Cerularius because he was in schism. The Eastern Orthodox Church remains to this day in schism and our present Holy Father is doing all he can to bring unity between the Eastern and Latin Churches without compromising Church Doctrine, Dogma, Teaching and Traditions that have been handed down. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Rest for the rest rests in the quiet of the heart and soul
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. Today we begin famous quotes from this late luminary who 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". On Fridays we bring you more than just a quote; we bring you a brief homily on a subject that is pertinent today. That subject today ties in with the great Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is celebrated on Friday and commemorated on Monday - Presidents' Day - and who Bishop Sheen points out was an exemplary role model for those seeking spiritual revigoration through humility and meditation. For words of wisdom from Bishop Sheen, click on Simply Sheen.
THE DAILY WORD "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it were better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."|
Matthew 18: 6
- Church clarifies Divorced Catholics' status
- Anti-Catholic Catholics infiltrate UN Conference
- Melkite bishop cites need to blend in mideast as tension arises in East Jerusalem
- Another Lourdes miracle confirmed as Fatima invites Pope
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Divorced and remarried Catholics can still remain part of Church family Cardinal Ratzinger assures in new Vatican book The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a 130-page book authorized by the Holy Father that synchronizes everything in one area to better enable priests and Marriage Tribunals to help lay Catholics, who have divorced or remarry outside the Church without a proper annulment, better understand the Church's position and their status. That status is not one of an outcast, but rather very much part of the Church family with the only difference they cannot receive the sacraments. For more, click on Clarifying Church Directives
UN up to no good with inclusion of "Catholic" pro-abort group
Affirming what a Vatican official exposed a few days ago, it was confirmed Thursday that the UN is up to no good. Their hidden agenda has been revealed and it is quite obvious. If they were truly intent on promoting life at their population conference at the Hague in the Netherlands this week, then they would not have included in their program the radical, modernist, pro-abort group "Catholics for a Free Choice" who are no more Catholic than Bill Clinton! For more, click on UNlife UN.
Israel's Archbishop hopes to ease tensions in mid-east while US religious leaders protest Israel's treatment of Palestinian human rights
The Melkite head of the Archdiocese of Akka in Israel, meeting in Rome this week, has called for a unity of feast days and other liturgical rites to ease tensions and misunderstanding between Catholics, Jews and Arabs. Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. a formal letter, signed by three US religious leaders including Houston's Bishop Joseph Fiorenza - new president of the NCCB, has been sent to the Israeli ambassador to the US. In it they call for more humane treatment and fairness to Palestinians in East Jerusalem who are being treated as illegal aliens and have had their "green cards" conviscated. For more, click on mideast matters.
Approved Apparition Sites garner headlines with healing and invite to Pope
On the occasion of the 141st anniversary of the apparitions at Lourdes, officials there confirmed final findings of another healing from the waters of Lourdes declaring the complete recovery of a man with permanent MS. After 12 years he is completely healed with hint of it recurring, owing all to the miraculous healing power of God. Meanwhile, southwest of Lourdes in Fatima, Portugal the Bishop there officially invited the Holy Father to return to Fatima for the anniversary of the first apparition there eighty-two years ago. It would be the Pope's first visit since his 1991 visit there when he returned to give thanks to the Virgin for interceding for his life ten years prior on the same date. For more, click on Lourdes and Fatima.
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