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February 8, 1999
SECTION TWO vol 10, no. 26
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SIMPLY SHEEN: A scrambled ego forsakes God
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".
"At the root of every deed which breaks the heart and starts a civil war in the soul is the affirmation: 'I am god' I am my own creator, my own redeemer.' Generally, egotists are not as willing to declare their belief in this kind of god as they are to negate a belief in the God Who stirs their conscience to return to Him."
"I do solemnly tell you that at each moment satan's hold upon you tightens."
Those words from the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #383 in early August 1993 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart us a mother's plea to her children to heed her warnings and desist from following the lures of the world, the flesh and the devil. She calls for all her children who want to share in the ultimate glory that they must earn their "stripes" so to speak by taking up the cross and standing with her at the foot of the Cross of her Divine Son Jesus. She reinforces this in Message #384 two days later, reasserting the need to live in the Divine Will so that all she has imparted will come to pass including the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart. For Messages 383 and 384, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Messages Three Hundred-Eighty-three and Three Hundred-Eighty-four
Message Three Hundred-Eighty-three, August 2, 1993
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of Saint Eusebius of Vercelli)
Beloved Hidden Flower, be at peace for that which presses upon your heart is a taste of the sorrow of my Immaculate Heart.
Dear little children, how I pray and intercede for you. O! You have not truly heard my words in your heart. Therefore, you remain satan's prey.
I do solemnly tell you that at each moment satan's hold upon you tightens. Life - God - is being strangled, suffocated from you. You must pray, little children, and be obedient to all of God's laws. You must cease your laziness of spirit through self-denial. It is far better to deny your flesh all earthly pleasures than to loose your immortal soul!
Dear children, all around you, at every moment, God gives you signs of His Love and Mercy, but also His Authority over all creation. If you would persevere then you must reject the world over which satan reigns and be obedient children of Almighty God.
In these days, little children, come and pray with me, your Heavenly Mother. We will bring to God beautiful bouquets of human wills freely surrendered to the Divine Will. To do this you must be strong in your faith, absolute in your trust of God. Only then shall His Peace fill you, elevating your soul to Divine Love. When you do this you hasten my Immaculate Heart's triumph.
Therefore, I beseech you now to come to my Divine Son in His Sacrament of Love and render Him all reverence. You do not understand all that will befall mankind in a short period of time. You do not realize how swiftly God's justice will descend as fire from the heavens, purifying all of creation.
Come, stand with me on Calvary. The world is atop Golgotha. It writhes in its agony which can only be turned to glory by dying to your self with my Divine Son.
I, your Mother, will help you and guide your every step. For know I come to announce my Divine Son's coming. I, the Mother of God, the Immaculate Conception have come to prepare all for this moment.
Pray! Pray! Pray from your heart and be believing children and no longer proud, stubborn children, for I love you. Thank you for responding to my Call!
Message Three Hundred-Eighty-four, August 4, 1993
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)
(Feast of Saint John Vianney, Cure of Ars)
Beloved Hidden Flower, be at great peace, for all I have told you shall come to pass. Continue always in the Divine Will and you shall witness God's power and glory.
Please tell my children that time is quickly running out. Chastisements of all kinds shall continue and increase. O! If only my children would heed all of my words which I have spoken from LaSalette to the present time. You must awaken your faith by constant prayer. Offer your lives, your wills to God and trust in Him completely. He will supply for all your needs.
The places of refuge must begin. All must be centered upon the Eucharist. Here, my little ones, God Himself shall speak to you and safeguard you. O! Awaken and respond.
I love and bless you. Thank you for responding to my Call!
Events Today in Church History
On this date in 1550 Pope Julius III succeeded Pope Paul III as the 221st successor of Peter. Julius reconvened the landmark Council of Trent begun by his namesake Paul five years earlier. It was during his pontificate that Queen Elizabeth would usurp the crown over the rightful heir Mary Tudor, the Catholic Queen whom Julius supported fully and, when she was ordered killed by Elizabeth, sealed the fate of Catholicism in England. 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 8:
Death of Saint Honoratus, Bishop of Milan who was greatly persecuted by the Lombards and the Arians and forced to flee from his see. He died in exile, greatly saddened that he could not be there for his flock.
Death of Saint Paul of Verdun, Bishop who turned his back on a raucous life in the world to embrace monastery life where he taught the young monks until the king, seeing the great pastoral approach shown by Paul, appointed him Bishop of Verdun in the days when monarchs invested clergy.
Death of Saint Peter Igneus, Cardinal Archbishop of Albano. He studied under the wise tutelage of Saint John Gualbert. Early in Peter's priesthood he uncovered definitive evidence that the bishop of Florence was guilty of simony. To prove he was not lying, he walked through a wall of fire without even getting singed. It was from that time forward that he was given the name "Igneus" which means "of the fire." Blessed Pope Urban II was so impressed with his burning desire for the truth, that he appointed Peter Papal Legate to various foreign lands.
Death of Saint Jerome Emiliani, priest and religious founder. For more on this saint, see DAILY LITURGY.
Cardinal Giovanni Maria del Monte is elected the 221st successor of Peter and chooses the name Pope Julius III. His pontificate would last five years in which he would reopen the Council of Trent and continue to oppose Lutheran doctrines. He strongly supported Mary Tudor as Queen of England and, in hopes of reestablishing the Catholic Faith in Britain, sent papal legates there. Unfortunately Elizabeth would have none of it and, as history showed, Mary was not long for this world. He would also celebrate the 10th Jubilee in the year he was elected.
CATHOLIC CANVAS: Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church: Humanae vitae
Pat Ludwa focuses on Humanae vitae the much bufffeted and ignored seventh and final encyclical issued by Pope Paul VI on July 25, 1968. There were four components to the encyclical: new aspects of a perennial problem; competence of the Church's Magisterium in resolving the problems; doctrinal principles to be maintained; and the pastoral directives for carrying out this encyclical. This long-awaited encyclical on "Of human life" in regulating procreation was met with resistance spurred on by the dissident liberal factions who had hoped Paul VI would follow his predecessor Pope John XXIII's more open policies. They wanted Paul to allow free exercise of personal conscience. Instead Paul held to the Church's traditional teachings on marriage and issues related to marriage including birth control, that the Church reserved the right and duty to pass final judgment on moral matters where they "pertain to the natural moral law" as well as moral matters formally revealed. The entire encyclical was written in total compliance with the directives of Vatican II, outlining the rights and wrongs of sex within marriage and condemning sterilization and artificial contraception as being contrary to God's laws of life. While many modernists wanted the Church to relax the rules on birth control, the Holy Father fell back on the tried and true natural rhythm method as the only viable means for regulating births save abstinence. Led by dissidents in Belgium, France and Austria and such self-proclaimed spokesmen as Hans Kung, a darling of the liberals, a resistance was put up to ignore all Paul VI had proclaimed. This spread to the United States where many confused bishops refused to enforce the principles and edicts within the encyclical. It is no coincidence that from that time on abortions increased drastically, immorality intensified with extramarital sex, divorces skyrocketed and the door was swung wide open for homosexuality to try to forge its way into the mainstream of society as an acceptable alternate way of life. Soon after AIDS raised its ugly head and the moral code honored by the media was thrown out the window in favor of titilation and sensational shock values. Looking back we have to wonder what might have been the outcome had Catholics embraced Paul VI's words in Humanae vitae. (sources: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor, Publisher; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, SJ, Doubleday).
Today is the Fifth Monday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani, priest and religious founder while tomorrow is the Fifth Tuesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and a vignette on St. Jerome Emiliani, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Monday, February 8, 1999
Monday February 8:
Fifth Monday in Ordinary Time
Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani, Priest, Religious Founder
Green or white vestments
First Reading: Genesis 1: 1-19
Psalms: Psalm 104: 1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 24, 31, 35
Gospel Reading: Mark 6: 53-56
Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani, Priest and Religious Founder
Known as the patron saint of orphans and abandoned infants, Saint Jerome Emiliani founded the Company of Servants of the Poor which was approved by Pope Paul III in 1540. Born in 1486 in Venice, Italy he was raised in a noble family and joined the military to fight against Maximilian I. Captured and imprisoned, he asked the Blessed Mother for help and made a vow to dedicate his life to God. Our Lady interceded, freeing him and, true to his word, Jerome plunged into taking care of the sick during the plague and gathering orphans. It was in Somasca, Bergamo where he founded his congregation of clerks regular. It was there in 1537 where he contracted the deadly plague and died with his orphans at his bedside. His feast is celebrated on February 8 as pronounced by Pope Benedict XVI who canonized Jerome in 1867.
Tuesday, February 9, 1999
First Reading: Genesis 1: 20-31; 2: 1-4
Psalms: Psalm 8: 2, 4-9
Gospel Reading: Mark 7: 1-13
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
In honor of Saint Jerome Emiliani we present the Opening Prayer for today's Mass honoring him:
God of mercy, You chose Jerome Emiliani to be a father and a friend of orphans. May his prayers keep us faithful to the Spirit we have received, who makes us Your children.
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Pope greets Greek bishops for ad limina visits as he regains full health
Finally recovering from a fever and cold that landed the Holy Father in bed after he returned last week from the Americas, Pope John Paul II resumed his duties this weekend beginning with a special ad limina visit by the Greek bishops in union with Rome. His schedule was also jockeyed so he can make up some of the appointments missed during his illness. For more, click on Pope back in action.
POPE RESUMES NORMAL WORKING SCHEDULE,
RECEIVES GREEK BISHOPS ON AD LIMINA VISIT
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II resumed his normal
working schedule on Friday, February 5, after having spent most of
the week recuperating from a mild fever.
The Holy Father met on Friday with several Greek bishops, who were
making their ad limina visits. On Saturday, February 6, he will meet
with Rome's Mayor Francesco Rutelli-- a meeting which was
postponed from February 1 because of the Pope's illness.
However, in order to keep that appointment with the Mayor, without
overcrowding the Pope's schedule during his recovery, the Vatican
announced that John Paul II would not join with families from the
diocese of Rome in a public recitation of the Rosary on February 7, as
had been expected.
The Vatican anticipates no changes in the Pope's schedule for next
In his remarks to the visiting Greek bishops, the Holy Father observed that
the absence of any formal agreement between the Catholic Church
and the government of Greece has created some difficulties in that
country, and he urged the bishops to work toward a "just and
The Pope also encouraged the bishops to organize their episcopal
conference more efficiently, suggesting that a permanent secretariat
could stimulate cooperation among the diocesan bishops. He also
suggested "a common structure to serve all the diocese," particularly
by helping to form young men for the priesthood-- thereby
addressing the current shortage of Catholic priests in Greece.
The Catholic population of Greece is relatively small, and quite
diverse, the Pope noted. (Among the six bishops visiting the Vatican
this week, one was a Byzantine-rite exarch, while another was of the
Armenian rite.) That diversity creates special challenges, the Pontiff
noted, but he urged the bishops to coordinate their efforts, so that all
Greek Catholics, of whatever background, could work together, thus
providing a "new pastoral energy" to the country.
Pope dispatches Cardinal Ratzinger to oversee Doctrinal Commission this week in San Francisco
The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the man many consider the Pope's right-hand man - Cardinal Joseph Ratsinger will be following up the Holy Father's visit to the United States with one of his own when he arrives in San Francisco tomorrow for a special conference with the Presidents of the Doctrinal Commissions of North America and Oceania. The conference, which will cover a myriad of subjects and follow-up on various Apostolic Exhortations and Motu proprio decrees over this past year, will last until Friday. For more, click on Ratzinger in the US.
CARDINAL RATZINGER WILL MEET PRESIDENTS OF DOCTRINAL COMMISSIONS
ROME, 5 (NE) A delegation from the Congregation for the
Doctrine of Faith, led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of
the Congregation, will travel to the United States for a meeting
with the Presidents of the Doctrinal Commissions of North
America and Oceania. According to a communique released
yesterday, the meeting will take place in San Francisco, from
February 9 to 12. During the meeting, Cardinal Ratzinger will
give a conference on Subjectivism, Christology and the Church.
"The initiative is part of the task of the Congregation to
promote and guide the Doctrine of Faith" and "receives a special
character for its direct contact with the local episcopates,"
stated the communique made public yesterday at the Holy See
press office. "The aim of the meeting is above all to become
better acquainted with the realities of the religious situation
in North America and in Oceania and to reflect in this regard
with local bishops. It is also hoped to further promote the
functioning of the doctrinal commissions of the Episcopal
conferences, as well as their regular and systematic
collaboration with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the
Faith in the light of the Circular Letter on Doctrinal
Commissions of November 25, 1990 and the Motu proprio Apostolos
The San Francisco meeting follows similar encounters in
Bogota in 1984, Kinshasa 1987, Vienna 1989, Hong Kong 1993 and
Guadalajara 1996. Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, secretary of the
Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, also forms part of the
delegation, and will give a conference on the Church's
Magisterium and the Professio fidei, the profession of faith
required by all those who teach in the name of the Church. Other
conferences will talk about the character of the theologian in
the Catholic university in the light of the Motu proprio Ad
tuendam fidem, the question of feminism and the question of
Clinton tried to pull the wool over the eyes of the sheep, but not the shepherds
Disappointment and deception were the biggest complaints by religious leaders in their reaction to Bill Clinton's remarks at the annual prayer breakfast late last week in Washington D.C. They complained that the president and his cronies prattled on politically instead of penitentially as one would think one should do in light of the sinful admissions of the chief executive over this past year. Humility was not on the menu at this Prayer Breakfast. For more, click on pandering and pablum.
CLINTON AT PRAYER BREAKFAST CALLED DISAPPOINTING
WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - The National Clergy Council
on Thursday decried President Bill Clinton's remarks at the
National Prayer Breakfast, saying his remarks were
disappointing and charging he criticized some religious
The Rev. Rob Schenk, president of the 4,500-member group
that includes clergy from Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox,
and Protestant traditions, said Clinton missed an
opportunity to tell the nation of the lessons he has
learned over the past year. Clinton has admitted to having
an extra-marital affair with a young employee and then
lying to his staff and the nation about it. He has also
been impeached on charges of obstruction of justice and
"Instead, the President skirted the real issue that was on
everyone's mind, and engaged in political rambling, and
even some criticism of certain religious groups," Schenk
said. "He missed his golden opportunity. It was
disappointing." In an appeal for reconciliation, Clinton
said: "Throughout history, people have prayed to God to aid
them in war. I do believe that even though Adolf Hitler
preached a perverted form of Christianity, God did not want
him to prevail."
He added, "But I also know that when we take up arms or
words against one another, we must be very careful in
invoking the name of our Lord. The Almighty has his own
designs, and all we can do is pray to know God's will."
Schenk has held criticism for Sen. Joe Lieberman,
D-Connecticut, who introduced Clinton at the breakfast,
calling Lieberman's remarks "political bolstering."
Lieberman prayed for Clinton, saying: "Help him in the work
he is doing with his family and his clergy. Lord, we pray
that you will not only restore his soul and lead him in the
path of righteousness for your name's sake, but help us join
with him to heal the breach, begin the reconciliation and
restore our national soul."
UN's ultimatum does not set well in Columbian circles, still reeling from temblors
As if poor Columbia doesn't have enough problems with drug trafficking, poverty, earthquakes and living conditions. After a record devastating earthquake that has claimed over 2,000 lives and left hundreds of thousands homeless, the UN is demanding Columbia legalize abortion. Instead of having a healthy respect for life in the face of the many lost lives, a UN commission is flaunting the culture of death and tempting God with their demands that could leave Columbia even worse off than it presently is. For more, click on Columbia cornered
UN COMMISSION DEMANDS COLOMBIA LEGALIZE ABORTION
BOGOTA (CWNews.com) - A United Nations commission
investigating discrimination against women called on
Colombia on Thursday to end its legal ban on abortion to
bring the country into compliance with international
The 23-member commission, which monitors compliance with
the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination against Women, said Colombian women were
receiving illegal abortions despite the ban. One commission
member cited a recent study that 26 out of 100 women
attending universities had undergone abortions, and one out
of every three women who had ever been pregnant had admitted
to having them. Abortion was a medical procedure, she said,
and thus, its legal prohibition was discriminatory.
They concluded that, despite political violence and natural
disasters, "overturning the prohibition on abortion is
something it could do automatically and without delay."
Colombian representatives replied that the country was
seeking to address many forms of discrimination against
women in that country, including domestic violence and
sexual exploitation. They said the government was
fundamentally committed to basic human rights for all
Colombians. "We do have some very difficult times facing
us," government representative Alfonso Valdivieso told the
commission, referring to the recent earthquake, political
violence, drug trafficking, and educational problems. He
said the government is committed to seeking peaceful and
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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
THE DAILY WORD
"But we carry this treasure in vessels of clay, to show that the abundance of the power is God's and not ours."
2 Corinthians 4: 7
SITE OF THE DAY
Today, in honor of Pope Paul VI's final encyclical Humanae vitae and Pope John Paul II's Evangelium Vitae, we present a site dedicated to upholding the Sanctity of Life. It is CATHOLICS UNITED FOR LIFE, which keeps everyone abreast of events, documents, activities and prayers for pro-life, including their unique Perpetual Web Rosary.
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