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MONDAY      February 1, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 21

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The true meaning of life can only be found in Jesus

    On the feast of one of the first women Doctors of the Church Saint Teresa of Jesus, the Holy Father issued his 13th encyclical on the foundations of faith and reason entitled Fides et Ratio. Today we continue with the sixteenth part of this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The sixteenth installment begins the seventh chapter Current Requirements and Tasks focusing on part one of The indispensable requirements of the word of God in which the Holy Father explains that the meaning of life is laid out beautifully in Sacred Scripture which proves, without a shadow of a doubt, that God not only exists, but that He is the beginning and end of our search for all meaning. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the sixteenth installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.


NEXT WEEK: part two: The indispensable requirements of the word of God

No Pain, No Gain!

    By his own admission, the long labors of redecorating one's home took its toll on Pat Ludwa's back as well as well as other muscles rarely used. One of those "muscles" in great shape, though, is his mind which he exercises daily in the heart of the Holy Spirit's special "gym" as you will discover in his column today entitled, This is hard work! For more, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

This is hard work!

From immigrant roots Cardinal Bevilaqua helped fashion pastoral care for immigrants and refugees from Brooklyn to Rome to Philadelphia.

    Today's featured Prince of the Church is 76 year-old American Cardinal Anthony Joseph Bevilaqua, a Brooklyn-born Cradle Catholic from a large immigrant family who used his God-given talents to remember his roots and establish pastoral councils for migrants and refugees. His input was invaluable in this prototype being established in Rome as the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People. His expertise in law - from Canon to Civil - makes him a great asset to the NCCB where he has served many committees while he remains the head of a flock of one and a half million Catholics in Philadelphia as their Archbishop. For more on Cardinal Bevilaqua, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

13.   Cardinal Anthony Joseph Bevilaqua

Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church: Iconoclasm

    As mentioned above, on this day 1,227 years ago Pope Hadrian I began his 23-year pontificate, during which he called the Seventh Ecumenical Council renowned for condemning Iconoclasm. Just what is Iconoclasm? It is derived from the Greek eicon meaning "image" and klaein meaning to break; thus "image-breaking." This was the the heresy first put forth by the Byzantine Emperor Leo the Isaurian in 727 when he forbade all veneration to images on the ground that such veneration was idolatry. Thus he set off a barrage of terrible and senseless destruction of statues and icons of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all saints, many priceless works of art. This heresy was promulgated by those who did not believe in Jesus or those saints who Catholics prayed to for intercession - groups such as the Paulinians, Jews and Moslims. Christians were in a quandary, confusion reigned as the state disagreed with the Church. Thus, at the Second Council of Nicaea in 787 Iconoclasm was condemned and the delineation was spelled out between adoration and veneration. The latter could only be reserved to God; the former to saints as intercessors. This kind of homage was lauded and the distinction made that prayers were not to an "image" but to the person who represented that image, statue or icon. The Iconoclasts would return with a vengeance less than a century later with Emperor Leo V, the Armenian who tried to reignite the controversy but, thanks to men like Saint John Damascene it died with the Empress Theodora declaring the Feast of Orthodoxy in 842. (sources: My Catholic Faith, My Mission House Publishers; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, SJ, Doubleday).


"For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of those men who in wickedness hold back the truth of God, seeing that what may be known about God is manifest to them. For God has manifested it to them."

Romans 1: 18-19

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February 1, 1999 volume 10, no. 21   DAILY CATHOLIC