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Today is the joyful Feast of The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple as well as the traditional occasion of Candlemass when candles are blessed and tomorrow these candles are used to bless throats for the Feast of Saint Blase, Bishop and Martyr. In many Dioceses this rite will be observed on the upcoming weekend. Tomorrow is also the Fourth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Saint Ansgar, Bishop and Religious missionary. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
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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Events in Church History
On this date in 1983, Pope John Paul II held his second Consistory, bestowing the Cardinalate on thirteen bishops, most notable was Cardinal Franjo Kuharic of Croatia, the Columbian prelate Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo and Cardinal Carlo Martini, Archbishop of Milan and the modernists' darling who they tout for the next Pope. This was the second of seven Consistories our Polish Pontiff has called, elevating 127 to the rank of red-hat, with his largest Consistory being on May 25, 1985. For other pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
THE DAILY WORD"And when the days of her purification were fulfilled according to the Law of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord." Luke 2: 22
332 and counting,
hoping and praying...
- Fifth part of the Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain in our on-going series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
- Biography on Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, the 14th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- February Favors flavoring FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on February 3rd.
- 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 the Fourth Wednesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Blase and Feast of Saint Ansgar, plus the Fourth Thursday in Ordinary Time.
- ...and much more in our 23rd issue for 1999!
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The flame burns brighter!
In today's editorial we commemorate the beginning of February as "Catholic Press Month" and welcome a new, potent player on the evangelization scene - the Catholic Radio Network with the potential to reach fifty million listeners in seven major markets. Two stations cover the second and largest markets in the country. It is important we all work together to promote this endeavor and urge others to listen for word of mouth is the great media marvel and from this Catholic mouthpiece comes the truth, ever burning bright as we also at the DAILY CATHOLIC continue to promote the flame of truth. For today's commentary entitled The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. So help us, God!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
- Grueling trip catches up with Pope, cuts back schedule
- Cardinal Rivera's remarks rile ruling PRI party in Mexico
- Tragedy strikes again in Sierra Leone as two more nuns martyred
- Catholics throughout France rally against liberalization of living together!
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
The fizzure in the Great Schism of the West grows deeper as Pope Innocent VII incenses the faithful with his political obsessions while forsaking a pastoral presence
Rather than following in the footsteps of Saint Peter as his fellow cardinals had expected when they elected him, Pope Innocent VII followed the bad example of his two predecessors. The results were catastrophic for the Church and set in motion the beginning of the Protestant Reformation a century before it would actually come to a head. The Papal States were in disarray and the Church was split - one antipope in Avignon, the other in Italy where unrest and insurrection fed fuel to the fire of the people's mistrust for a man who condoned his nephew's murders. The beginning of the fifteenth century was truly a time of anarchy and whatever prestige the Popes had gained after their return from Avigon Exile was waning fast. For the ninety-first installment titled Pope Innocent VII: The Pope and the Riddle that riddled Europe: When is a murder not a murder? , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Daily Dose of
curious contents of the Church: Candlemas
Today is the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord which is also the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary which, according to Jewish law, a mother had to be purified after a forty-day period of recovery from giving birth to a male, eighty-days for a female child. Not only was the child presented in the temple to the high priests at this time, but the mother was to bring a gift to the temple. This was set out in Leviticus 12: 8, in which the mother was to present either a lamb, two pigeons or two turtledoves in atonement. Once presented and blessed, she would be made clean again. In this case the Mother of God brought two turtledoves representing purity. Candlemas evolved from the practice of blessing the candles and lighting them in procession, the flame, of course, symbolizing Jesus Christ, the Light of the World whom Simeon called a "light of revelation to the Gentiles, and a glory for Thy people Israel" (Luke 2: 32). Candles are an enduring prayer, used in much the same manner as holy water and serve to raise their flickering, hopeful appeal to Heaven on behalf of the one holding the candle in prayer. The Feast of Candlemas began around the early sixth century. It was Pope Sergius I who first introduced the procession into the liturgy, yet it wasn't until the 1200's when it was truly celebrated universally. The candles must be made of beeswax and the antiphon sung during the procession is the "Canticle of Simeon." The candles are used the next day, crossed and placed on the throat in memory of Saint Blase who cured a child of choking.
(sources: My Catholic Faith, My Mission House, The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church, Benziger Brothers; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, SJ, Doubleday).
"I come to beseech all who would persevere to be garbed in the scapular."
The Blessed Virgin Mary's words above in Message 376 were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in 1993. In that message and the one preceding it a day before Our Lady reinforces the protective nature of the scapular and warns that those who do not seek her Divine Son as a Refuge will perish for events are coming that will manifest both the undeniable existence of God above all. It will also usher in the rage of satan, desperate for souls. For Message #375 and #376, 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
Why we can't see in the dark!
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".
"Darkness is not a positive entity; darkness is the absence of light and is intelligible only in terms of light. Most of the suffering of the world is intelligible in terms of the abuse of something that is so profoundly good that not even God will take it away for all eternity, and that is our freedom."
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayer is the Responsorial to the Canticle of Simeon in honor of today's feast, taken from Luke 2: 32:
"Christ is the Light of the nations and the glory of Israel His people."
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Weather puts Pope under the weather as grueling trip to Mexico and St. Louis catch up with him
Whether his Holiness is suffering form a common malady known as "Montezuma's Revenge" or the drastic changes in weather affected his immune system, one thing is for certain, the Holy Father is feeling the effects, so much so that he cut short his Sunday Audience and canceled all activities yesterday. For more, click on Under the weather
Cardinal of Mexico hits a nerve with PRI politicos over his remarks
Nothing gets a Mexican official more upset than criticizing him, even when the accusations are true. Such is the case in the aftermath of Cardinal Norberto Rivera's remarks before the Holy Father spoke in Mexico City last week. There is a saying that "the truth hurts" and it has gone to the quick of the PRI, long antagonists of the clergy. Now the clergy is fighting back with the truth; the people are listening; and the PRI is shaking - both in their boots and their fingers of threat at Mexico's leading prelate. For more, click on Cardinal touches a nerve.
Fatalities mount as two more nuns murdered in Sierra Leone
The news out of troubled Sierra Leone just seems to be getting worse. A week after one nun was killed, two more have been added to the obituaries. While three nuns were released unharmed, for some reason three others weren't. They were gunned down with two dying instantly and the third being rushed to the hospital where she is in intensive care. The three dead Sisters have now joined their founder in Heaven Mother Teresa for they were members of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity and have become martyrs for their faith. For more, click on Murdered Nuns.
100,000 French Catholics can't be wrong!
Tens of thousands French men and women from all over France assembled in Paris over the weekend to protest the pending Civil Solidarity Pact, promoted by leftists, that would allow gay and straight couples to live together outside of the marriage bonds and still receive benefits as if married. The Church has solidly and vociferously opposed this and, we suspect, can take much credit for the overwhelming turnout of support to show French officials the true vox populi. For more, click on a French fried law.
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