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Cardinal Luis Martinez Aponte: Puerto Rican and proud of it!
Today we continue with this new series that we will bring you on a regular basis three times a week. Our fifth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is the 77 year-old Cardinal Luis Martinez Aponte, also known as Luis Aponte Martinez who has become a permanent fixture in San Juan, Puerto Rico as its archbishop for the past thirty-five years. For more on this red-hat appointed by Pope Paul VI back in the Consistory of March 1973, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today, besides being the First Wednesday in Ordinary Time, is also the feast of Saint Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Tomorrow is the First Thursday of Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Hilary, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Saint Hilary:
All-powerful God, as St. Hilary defended the divinity of Christ Your Son, give us a deeper understanding of this mystery and help us to profess it in all truth.
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"What will it profit, my bretheren, if a man says he has faith, but does not have works? Can faith save him?" St. James 2: 14
352 and counting,
hoping and praying...
- The second of the Theological Virtues in our on-going series WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on January 14th.
- Messages 351 and 352 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Liturgy of the Day for the First Thursday and Friday in Ordinary Time.
- Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- Daily Dose of Church tidbits laid out in the CATHOLIC CANVAS
- ...and much more in our 4th issue for 1999!
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To give is to receive
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".
"There is more happiness in rejoicing in the good of others, than in rejoicing in our own good. The receiver rejoices in his good; the giver in the joy of others and to such comes the peace nothing in the world can give."
- Pope urges diplomats to promote culture of peace
- Vatican embraces ecumenical efforts
- Papal Plaza to provide panorama of papal visit
- Guatamala military guilty in bishop's death reports say
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
El Escorial visionary Amparo Cuevas: on a mission for souls
January Gems that sparkle and provide sparkling Food for Thought Appeteasers
We continue with the second installment of the apparitions of El Escorial, Spain which began during the same time frame as Betania and Medjugorje and has received little publicity. Yet, like Medjugorje and Betania, El Escorial is still going on and is as important as the others for Our Lady comes as Nuestra Senora de los Dolores - "Our Lady of Sorrows" to call all her children back to her Divine Son Jesus through Prayer, Penance and Sacrifice in atonement for our own sins and those of the entire world. God's chosen messenger to receive these and impart them to the world is a housewife and mother of seven Luz Amparo Cuevas. For part two of The Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain - Planting the seeds of suffering: background on visionary Amparo Cuevas, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
"God's Love is being poured out over all the world as a torrent of sublime graces."
Those words from the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #348 carry the same theme as in her 347th Message on the Solemnity of her Divine Son's Ascension into Heaven when she repeats over and over how good God is but if we don't acknowledge and accept His gifts, He cannot force us to partake at the Heavenly banquet. Our Lady warns her children that too many have refused these gifts from her Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit her Divine Spouse. As a consequence satan as entered the sanctuary and infiltrates all levels of the Church from the lay ranks to the clergy. These messages were imparted in the latter part of May 1993 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. For messages 347 and 348, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Today, we bring you two short light-hearted vignettes on the irony of the dollar and man's best friend in two small gems that mine the depths of the heart. For the two sparklers, Doldrums of a dollar and It's a dog's life, click on JANUARY GEMS OF VALUE FOR FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
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Pope calls on diplomats to the Holy See to promote culture of peace
Trumping on the same theme of human dignity that he has hammered home throughout his twenty-year pontificate, Pope John Paul II addressed the diplomats assigned to the Holy See yesterday at the Vatican, calling for all to uphold and promote the "culture of peace" in extending the sanctity of life for all, citing specific examples of warring nations that must learn to coexist peacefully as God intended. For more, click on culture of peace.
Vatican continues to open its arms in trying to reconcile other faiths
In anticipation of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which begins next Monday, the Vatican's undersecretary for the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity offered an up-to-date outline on progress in the ecumenical process, expressing optimism that reconciliation can be accomplished with both the Lutheran Church and the Orthodox Church. For more, click on Christian Unity.
Special "Papal Plaza" being prepared in St. Louis to accommodate overflow throngs wanting to see Pope on his one day visit
With the Holy Father's twenty-four papal visit to St. Louis, Missouri just two weeks ago, preparations are being finalized for the Pope's first visit to this gateway city. With seating limited for various venues one might be able to get a glimpse of him from high atop the famous gateway arch or they could go to "Papal Plaza." The Archdiocese, under the direction of Archbishop Justin Rigali are providing a special "Papal Plaza" with three jumbotron movie screens to broadcast events of his visit to those who cannot get in to the venues such as St. Louis' magnificent cathedral. For more, click on Papal Plaza.
Guatamala government guilty of Bishop's death according to two studies just released
Overwhelmingly supporting the Vatican's assertion that Guatamalan military members brutally murdered Guatamala's human rights crusader - auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera last April, two independent studies from the United States confirm that figures don't lie and that 97% of well over 37,000 killed in Guatamala can be traced to the government-operated military of Guatamala. Despite this evidence, authorities in Guatamala have been trying to cover up the murders by accusing one scapegoat after another including the priest who lived in the same house as the bishop. Strangely none of the government's own people have come forward with evidence, but many other groups have provided undeniable evidence that this dastardly deed was committed and authorized by the government. For more, click on Guatamala guilt
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Events in Church History
Today is the 1027th anniversary of the death of Saint Bruno of Cluny, considered the founder and first abbot of the world-famous Benedictine monastery at Cluny. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church: The meaning of an abbey
Many want to know the difference between an abbey and a monastery. Basically, an abbey must have at least a dozen religious whereas a monastery doesn't. An abbey is usually built around a walled-in quadrangle that contains a novitiate, a guest house, choir, oratory for prayer, infirmary, conference room, kitchen, refectory or dining room, cells for the religious or dormitory, cellars for storage, a small parlor, a revolving door or almonry for alms and gifts, food, etc. from outsiders, and a chapter house for private meetings with the abbot for men or abbess for women. Benedictine and Cistercian Orders have abbeys, while most other contemplative, cloistered orders call them monasteries. Finally, an abbey is like a diocese since the abbot enjoys the same powers as the bishop save the Apostolic succession. In fact, the abbot has independent power over the abbey which a bishop has no authority over because an abbey is usually a territorial jurisdiction. The word "abbey" means "House of the Father" who is the abbot, a word derived from the Aramaic abba meaning "Father." (source: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, Publishers; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, S.J., Doubleday)