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Today is the First Tuesday of Lent plus the optional Feast of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr. Tomorrow is the First Wednesday of Lent. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Polycarp, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In honor of the martyred Bishop Saint Polycarp we present the Opening Prayer for the Mass commemorating his martyrdom:
God of all creation, You gave Your bishop Polycarp the privilege of being counted among the saints who gave their lives in faithful witness to the gospel. May his prayers give us the courage to share with him the cup of suffering and to rise to eternal glory.
Martha and Mary bid adieu to Jesus
For the Lenten Way of the Cross, click on either the graphics Daily Way of the Cross or the text-only Daily Way of the Cross or the Meditative Lessons on the Way to Calvary
Meditative Lessons on the Sorrowful Mysteries
Today we continue Lesson 2 on the Mysteries of the Rosary with the interior vision of Jesus visiting Lazarus' house, where He converses with Martha and Mary as a signal of what is to come - something only He knew exactly. For part two of FAREWELL TO THE HOLY WOMEN AND THE MOTHER, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
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.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
Events in Church History
Through an interesting coincidence today we not only feature Pope Eugene IV, 207th successor of Peter, in our 94th installment of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH but today is the 552nd anniversary of the death of Pope Eugene IV. For other pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
THE DAILY WORD"In this manner therefore shall you pray: 'Our Father Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven." Matthew 6: 9-10
311 and counting,
hoping and praying...
- Eighth part of the Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain in our on-going series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
- Biography on Cardinal Marco Ce, the 23rd Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- LENTEN MEDITATIONS
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on February 24th.
- More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- Another interesting fact of the Church laid out on the CATHOLIC CANVAS
- DAILY LITURGY for Lenten Weekdays.
- ...and much more in our 38th issue and first for Lent 1999!
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The Message gets around!
In today's editorial we harken back to last May's duo editorials in explaining our rationalization for printing the purported Prophecies of Bernadette. As of late we have received numerous e-mails on this as these articles, once again, get recycled through the DAILY CATHOLIC archives. This is a cyclical thing that happens every three months or so as new readers discover the archives. As of late we have been blessed with many new readers coming on-board. What many fail to realize when they question private revelation without discerning is that many of the traditions and spiritual fruits of the Church are built on private revelation. The entire context of today's editorial is to show how we can so easily take things out of context and when we do, we interpret rather than discern and that spells trouble. For today's commentary entitled Private revelation doesn't always need to be private!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
- One billion served! We're talking Catholicism not hamburgers!
- Pope urges reconciliation of debts and hearts as part of his Lenten message before annual retreat
- Evidently Irish free speech doesn't include Catholic press according to media wags in Ireland
- Enough is enough as Pro-family group launches campaign to revive America's soul
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
Greeks come bearing gifts of unity and support for Pope Eugene IV to swing votes for deciding once and for all papal authority above a council in landmark Seventeenth Ecumenical Council
Often times it is better to lose a battle for the good of all in order that the overall victory can be achieved. That was the philosophy of Pope Eugene IV, a simple, holy Augustinian monk who was plucked from the ranks of the unknown to lead Holy Mother Church through the rough seas of dissension and mistrust. Thanks to the reunion of the Greek Church with Rome after three centuries of schism and their support for the primacy of the Pope, the papacy was saved from becoming nothing more than a democracy. For the ninety-fourth installment titled Pope Eugene IV: Taking on the Council in a struggle to the end , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
The definition of dirty politics
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".
"Politics is what might be called 'deferred repentance' - the keeping clean of the outside of the cup in order to escape the necessity of cleaning the inside."
Forty Days of Lent
Some question why Lent comprises 40 days. Actually there are 46 days in Lent. Some consider that the "Forty Days" actually begin with the First Sunday of Lent and take us right up to the Easter Tridiuum which incorporates Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Others count the Forty Days from Ash Wednesday but do not include Sundays, thus taking the 40 days right up to the end of Lent on Holy Saturday. Whichever gage penitents choose, the Forty Days are "observed as a preparation for the Passion,
Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ and as a time of penitence, prayer and fasting, spiritual and physical. Forty is the number of days of the Flood, the number of the years of the Israelites' wandering, the number of the days of the fast of Elias, the number of days Moses was on Mount Sinai and, of course, the number of days Jesus spent praying and fasting in the desert.
(sources: A Catholic Dictionary, Atwater; Catholic Dispatch, www.catholic-dispatch.com).
Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church:
"Come then as little lambs and place your hearts, souls and wills upon the altar."
This is what Our Lord asked of all His children in Message #406 conveyed to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in mid-September 1993. Jesus asks His flock to return to Him, the Good Shepherd and place themselves in His Merciful and Loving arms. Only there will we find true refuge if we give Him all reverence. His Blessed Mother Mary prefaces her Divine Son's words in Message #405 two days earlier when she asks all His lambs to drink from the Chalice of Divine Mercy which flows freely for all if we but heed His Commandments and adhere to the Divine Will. She weeps for the many who turn their backs on Him and pleads for them to return in the manner of the prodigal son before it is too late. For these two Messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
The Hidden Way series now in book form
Though we have completed the 100 Lessons/Meditations of THE HIDDEN WAY previously carried on Tuesdays, you may now acquire your own copy of the just-released book THE HIDDEN WAY which contains all 100. To find out how, click on Book
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NEWS & VIEWS
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Good News! The Church is growing! Now at One Billion and counting!
Despite persecutions and increased martyrdoms througout the world of priests and religious over the past several years, latest figures just released see the same kind of phenomena exhibited by the Church in the early years of the martyrs: The Church is growing, having just surpassed one billion Catholics worldwide and reports show vocations are increasing ever so slightly. For more, click on One billion served
Pope preaches penance and preparation for Lent in his Sunday Angelus
In his last public appearance before beginning the annual Lenten Retreat at the Vatican, the Holy Father reiterated his plea for worldwide cooperation in easing the debts of Third-World countries and reminding all of the message of Penance in this final year before Jubilee 2000, especially during Lent so that all can better prepare spiritually for the new millennium. For more, click on Sunday Angelus.
Read all about it! Freedom of the Press at stake with suppression of Catholic newspaper promotion in Ireland
Evidently the heat got to the secular media in Ireland this past week when they canceled ads promoting Ireland's leading Catholic newspaper - the Irish Catholic because the promotion told it like it is, criticizing the secular media for fostering a menu of sensationalism and sex and offering an alternative of family values with solid Catholic ethics and morals. Because of undue pressure at having to face their own consciences, radio stations have canceled the ads thinking they'll avoid the controversy, but the Catholic editors have filed a protest, claiming that those who have banned their ads promoting good taste, have violated the rights of the religious press. Stay tuned. For more, click on Banned in Ireland.
Pro-Family campaign pledges to take back America for God and family!
Speaking of family values in Ireland, across the pond in America a pro-family group is mounting a campaign to convince more to get active in local level government and civic policies in order to effect a change of attitude in morals and ethics that they hope will filter all the way to Congress and eventually the White House. Good citizenship is the theme and family values is at the core of the campaign. Some would call it politics, but when souls are at stake regarding morals and ethics, then it ceases to be politics and becomes a question of spiritual survival. For more, click on Taking back America.
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