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PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayer is taken from the Entrance Prayer for the Mass honoring Pope Saint Hyginus:
O eternal Shepherd, Who appointed blessed Hyginus shepherd of the whole Church, let the prayers of this martyr and Pope move You to look with favor upon Your flock and to keep it under Your continual protection. Through Jesus Christ.
354 and counting,
hoping and praying...
Events in Church History
On this date in 314 Pope Saint Miltiades, the 32nd successor of Peter, died. He is the holy pontiff who constructed the first magnificent Basilica of St. John Lateran through the funds and permission of Constantine who was given his famous "in hoc signo vinces" vision during Mitiades' pontificate. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Medjugorje Monthly Message for DECEMBER 25th
Dear children! In this Christmas joy I desire to bless you with my blessing. In a special way, little children, I give you the blessing of little Jesus. May He fill you with His peace. Today, little children, you do not have peace and yet you yearn for it. That is why, with my Son Jesus, on this day I call you to pray, pray, pray, because without prayer you do not have joy or peace or a future. Yearn for peace and seek it, for God is true peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
WORD OF THE DAY"For He was deemed worthy of greater glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house that he has built. For every house is built by someone; but He Who created all things is God." Hebrews 3: 3-4
LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the very first weekday in Ordinary Time for 1999. We have completed the Christmas season and now move into Ordinary Time leading up to Lent. For the readings, liturgies and meditations for Monday and Tuesday, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
Installment Eighty-eight in our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Messages 345 and 346 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on January 12th.
Short gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
Daily Dose of Ecclesial facts in CATHOLIC CANVAS
Another new Catholic site in SITE OF THE DAY
LITURGY OF THE DAY for the First Tuesday and Wednesday in Ordinary Time plus the feast of Saint Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church on Wednesday.
...and much more in our seventh issue for 1999!
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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".
"Our world is full of prophets of gloom, and I would be one of them if I did not practically believe in God."
- Hula's back in Hawaiian liturgy
- Cardinal O'Connor calls for reconciliation in preparation for Jubilee
- Protestant convicted for murder of Catholic in Northern Ireland
- Papal promoters in the chips
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
All philsophers can learn from history - one cannot reason effectively without faith
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 thirteenth part of this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The thirteenth installment begins the sixth chapter The interaction between Philosophy and Theology focusing on part one of The knowledge of faith and the demands of philosophical reason in which the Holy Father points out we are all philosophers, but can only be effective ones if we have a solid foundation in Theology, especially moral theology which is so applicable to today's society. Without these foundations, faith suffers greatly - both our own and the entire world as well. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the thirteenth installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church:
GOD-PARENTS FOR BAPTISM
Today is the 1,857th anniversary of the death of Pope Saint Hyginus, ninth successor of Peter. It was Hyginus who instituted the concept of godparents for baptism. Godparents or sponsors make the profession of faith for the baptized person and assume the spiritual responsibilities of praying for them and their religious education, most often in the case of death of the parents or neglect by the latter. The Church directs that there must be at least one sponsor and never more than two. The godparent/s must personally come in touch with the baptized person during the baptism as called for in the Sacramental rites of Baptism. Hyginus saw the importance of the god-parent making a committed spiritual relationship contract with the baptized person. A godparent cannot be the biological parents of the baptized person. Canon Laws 872-874 cover the stipulations and rules for baptism sponsors. (sources: Code of Canon Law; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, SJ, Doubleday; The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, Publishers)
The state of the estate of the Apostolic See in capable hands of one of newest Italian Cardinals
Today's featured Prince of the Church is 77 year-old Cardinal Lorenzo Antonetti, the President of the Curial Office of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. A life-long diplomat as Apostolic Nuncio to numerous nations, he was tapped to handle the estate of the Apostolic See last February after working twelve years in that office as secretary and then pro-President. For more on Cardinal Antonetti, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
"The true sacrifice of My Passion and Death will soon be taken from you. "
Those shocking words are the first from the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Message #343 imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart while she knelt in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at the seat of Holy Mother Church - St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Our Lord, as well as His Blessed Mother in the ensuing 344th Message implore her little ones to keep the churches open so all can adore Him in the Blessed Sacrament, Something that both Jesus and Mary warn could be diminished greatly because of the growing apostasy, heresy and indifference toward the Real Presence of Jesus, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist. For messages 343 and 344, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWSwith a Catholic slant
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Vatican reinstates hula in Hawaiian liturgical ceremonies
After extensive study in which the Vatican determined that the "hula" is not just a secular dance or a "liturgical luau" by Hawaiian natives but rather a sacred ritual with its origins dating back centuries, the Holy See has instructed Honolulu's Bishop Francis DiLorenzo to allow it back into liturgical circles on the islands under specific guidelines determined by the Diocese. The use of arms, legs and torso to tell a story have always been popular throughout the south sea islands of Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, the Philippines, and some Southeast Asian countries, The Vatican has always been sensitive to local customs, citing the beautiful and inspiring Missa Luba African Mass which was popular before Vatican II. For more, click on Hawaiian customs.
Cardinal O'Connor stresses need to forgive and be forgiven in preparation for Jubilee 2000
Following up on what Pope John Paul II has called for as well as the impressive pastoral letter from Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap, the ranking Unites States prelate Cardinal John J. O'Connor released his own pastoral to his flock, emphasizing the need to infuse life into the carcass known as the culture of death. Only through living our faith and evangelizing the truth can Catholics hope to reverse the trend, and part and parcel of that faith is living the Our Father which calls for all to forgive and ask forgiveness. This reconciliation theme highlights the cardinal's remarks in an effort to make all aware that we are all God's children no matter our race or creed. For more, click on Cardinal O'Connor.
Northern Ireland hopes to begin healing process with conviction of Protestant murderer
Before a Belfast Court late last week 27 year-old Protestant activist Norman Coopey confessed to the brutal murder of a 16 year-old James Morgan back in the summer of 1997. Admitting that he and an unnamed fellow accomplice bludgeoned the young Catholic student to death and then torched his body and dumped it in an animal refuse, the accused repented of his sin claiming he was intimidated by the other, older companion who encouraged the attack solely because the boy was Catholic. Coopey will have a long time to think about it for the verdict was guilty and his sentence - life imprisonment. For more, click on Righteous Ire in Ireland.
Archdiocese of Mexico City chipping in with promotion of chips to pay for papal visit
No jokes, please! Despite the fact that "papa" means both Pope and potato in Spanish, the Archdiocese of Mexico City has decided one of the best way to raise funds to help pay for the Holy Father's visit there in two weeks is to sell commemorative bags of Sabritas brand potato chips with ten different pictures of the Pope available. To enhance the promotion the Archdiocese is also sponsoring a special album for collectors to amass all ten images. They hope to raise nearly two million dollars through this promotion to offset the massive costs of the Holy Father's extended stay in Mexico for the closing of the Synod of the Americas. For more, click on Chips chip in
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