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MONDAY      February 15, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 31

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SIMPLY SHEEN: Idleness is the devil's workshop!

     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".

"Physical idleness deteriorates the mind; spiritual idleness deteriorates the heart. The joint action of air and water can turn an iron bar to rust. Therefore at every hour in the marketplace, man must ask himself: "Why am I standing here idle?"

Cardinal Casoria: a fixture in the Roman Curia for over half a century

      Our nineteenth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Guiseppe Casoria who retired from active ministry in the eighties. Today's featured Prince of the Church is the 91 year-old Italian prelate and former Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. For more on Cardinal Casoria, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

19.   Cardinal Guiseppe Casoria

"The earth will suffer in every way from natural disasters to man-made disasters, until the wheat and the chaff are separated."

      Those strong words from Our Lord set the pattern of Jesus' plea to take total refuge in Him for the Purification, the Recleansing will come when the fields of souls are plowed and the harvest gathered up. Those who will be counted among the wheat are those who heed all He says and dismiss human rebuke for we have nothing to fear if we live in the Divine Will. Besides, any human rebuke pales in comparison to the rebuke of the Father if we fail to heed the Son's words. Can you say "chaff?" His Blessed Mother prefaces this in her Message two days earlier to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart by reminding us that to not heed God's will leave us out in the cold and the best way to warm up to God is through conversion of the heart and prayer, specifically the Rosary that will bind satan. For Messages 393 and 394, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Three Hundred-Ninety-three and Three Hundred-Ninety-four

Message Three Hundred-Ninety-three, August23, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Message Three Hundred-Ninety-four, August 25, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus)

Events Today in Church History

      On this date in 1145 a holy Cistercian Abbot was chosen to lead the Church during turbulent times where violence was the norm. This 167th successor of Peter was Blessed Pope Eugene III who is most remembered for putting the final touches to the Sacred College of Cardinals which has continued, with several modifications, to this day. 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 February 15:

CATHOLIC CANVAS: Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church: ORDINARY TIME

      Today and tomorrow are the last days of Ordinary Time until May 24th. Why does the Church call it "Ordinary Time?" It has nothing to do with the term Ordinary which is attributed to one who has jurisdiction of an office such as the Pope who is the "Ordinary of the Church," a bishop is the "Ordinary of his Diocese" or a priest being the "Ordinary of his parish." Some abbots are "Ordinaries" who are not subject to the jurisdiction of the local bishop. The term "Ordinary Time" evolved from that time that used to be called the Time of Epiphany after Christmas or Septuagesima (which means seventy days and therefore rougly comprises the thirty days prior to the forty days of Lent); and after the Easter Season it used to be regarded as the Season of Pentecost that included Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, Feast of Corpus Christi Sunday and the time after Pentecost up until the First Sunday of Lent. After the Second Vatican Council the liturgy was changed and simplified, marking the time after Christmastide, beginning with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord as the gateway to the first block of Ordinary Time. The second block begins the day after Pentecost incorporating the two succeeding Sundays of The Holy Trinity and The Body and Blood of Christ, then picking the following Sunday as the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, picking up the three feasts of Pentecost, Trinity Sunday and Corpus Christi as the Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Sundays preceded by the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Even though there are 34 Sundays in Ordinary Time, it ends that nomenclature with the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time the week before the Feast of Christ the King which begins the final week of Ordinary Time before the First Sunday of Advent seven days later. The vestment colors are, of course, green which is the symbol of hope and growth; hence its use for the greater part of the year. (sources: My Catholic Faith, Mission House; 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor, Publisher; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, SJ, Doubleday).


      Today and tomorrow are the last two days in Ordinary Time until May 24th for Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, followed by Easter Season through Pentecost Sunday. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Monday, February 15, 1999

Tuesday, February 15, 1999


      In the old liturgy, we commemorated the martyrs Saints Faustinus and Jovita on this date. In honor of their merits, we present a special prayer for their intercession from My Daily Prayer published by the Confraternity of the Precious Blood:

      O God, Who dost makeus glad by the yearly festival of Thy Holy Martyrs, Faustinus and Jovita, mercifully grant that we, who rejoice in their merits, may be inspired by the example of their lives. 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.

January 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    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.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"With all prayer and supplication pray at all times in the Spirit, and therein be vigilant in all perservance and supplication for all the saints."

Ephesians 6: 18

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