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MONDAY      January 11, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 6

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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.


NEXT WEEK: Different stances of philosophy

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

4.   Cardinal Lorenzo Antonetti

"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..."

Message Three Hundred-Forty-three, May 13, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
(Perpetual Adoration Chapel in St. Peter's Basilica after the Noon Angelus on the commemoration of the first apparition at Fatima)

Message Three Hundred-Forty-four, May 14, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)
(Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle)

Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church:

     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)


     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."


      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.

Monday, January 11, 1999

Tuesday, January 12, 1999


     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.


"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

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