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FRI-SAT-SUN      February 12-14, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 30

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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.

"A house divided against itself cannot stand."

Michael Cain, editor

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


SIMPLY SHEEN: 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. SIMPLY SHEEN:
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.

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

18.   Cardinal Gerald Emmett Carter


Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church

Origins of St. Valentine's Day

    There are many myths about the origin of St. Valentine's Day, but there are also facts substantiating that it was established as a Church feast to counteract a Roman pagan feast. When Saint Valentine was jailed by Claudius, the children of the martyred parents, relatives and friends sent him notes of love and encouragement. Other historians report that Valentine willingly married young Christian couples even though the Roman authorities forbid it, but Valentine believed it was important to perpetuate life through the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony and procreation as God intended so Christianity could spread from the seeds of the martyrs. Another claim on its roots was that many pastors and bishops demanded it to counter the Roman pagan feast on February 15th of the goddess Februata Juno. On that day the emphasis was on the heathen practice of boys picking the names of girls through a drawing with the outcome being they could do anything lewd and obscene they wished on that feast. Thus the Church unofficially, at first, established St. Valentine's Day to emphasize the virtue of marital love and courtship. From the fourth century on the Church acknowledged St. Valentine's Day on February 14th and in the middle ages, the custom of sending cards or "Valentines" began from the medieval belief that birds, returning from the winter refuge, began pairing on that day. St. Valentine was a Roman priest and a physician who assisted Saint Marius (another Roman saint who was displaced by ordinary time) in ministering to the physical and spiritual and assisting the many martyrs persecuted under the reign of the vindictive Roman emperor Claudius II, who incarcerated Valentine and made every cruel effort to get the saint to forsake his faith. Valentine would have none of it and thus Claudius ordered the loyal priest be beaten with heavy clubs and beheaded. He was executed on February 14th, 270 and buried on the Flaminian Way, where seventy years later Pope Julius I decreed a basilica be built in his honor. Research by Church historians uncovered the fact Valentine was also the bishop of Terni, sixty miles from Rome, but held his priestly duties above any exalted office in order to better reach the people. The gate leading to the church that was completed in 350 was called Porta Valentini. Most of his relics reside in the Church of Saint Praxedes.

    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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"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."

John 5: 29

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February 12-14, 1999 volume 10, no. 30   DAILY CATHOLIC