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THURSDAY      January 14, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 9

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Hope springs eternal!

      Today we continue our segment on the Theological virtues, focusing on Hope, the second of the virtues and what it means. Too often we fail to plant the anchor of hope deeply into the solid soil of faith and our "hope" drifts from its intent, the waves of the world, the flesh and the devil thrash our finite ship to and fro until we become thrust onto the rocks of despair - the opposite of hope. It is only through the Cross of Jesus Christ that we can hope to have a solid foundation for Hope for He is the Anchor of Hope. It is in Him Whom we trust! For the ninety-first installment of this on-going megaseries, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.
Installment Ninety-one

The Forty-First Clarion:

part one
Christ's Mercy is our HOPE and anchor to keep us from drifting in a sinking world

"He that puts his trust in Me shall inherit the land, and shall possess My holy mountain."

Isaiah 57: 13
Next Installment: Part Two The vertical beam of the Cross represents Hope and on the horizontal beam Love surrendered Himself for us.

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The anchor as a symbol of Hope

     In our megafeature on the Church today and the Theological Virtue of Hope, we refer to it with the imagery of an anchor, which was used by Saint Paul in Hebrews 6: 19, "This hope we have, as a sure and firm anchor of the soul" The image of the anchor was used as prevalently as was the symbol of the fish in the catacombs for it represents not only Hope but the trunk and arm of the cross as well. Throughout Church iconography the anchor has been used to represent saints who embodied this Virtue of Hope and the anchor has long represented the our eternal salvation through Christ. This same reasoning caused the early hermits to become known as "anchorites" because they set down anchor in one place to carry on their spiritual life through prayer and penance so they would not drift back into the world. The anchorites were the forerunner of monastic living. (sources: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor, Publisher; My Catholic Faith, My Mission House, Publishers, and Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

"I solemnly tell you, my children, that Love is not loved."

     In those words from the Blessed Virgin Mary to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the Solemnity of Pentecost in late May 1993, Our Lady reveals how we have lost the concept of love for love is not sensual or sexual, but rather a supernatural experience and the greatest Love is her Divine Son Jesus Who we have, for the most part, ignored in favor of the world, the flesh and the devil. She bemoans the fact that so few turn to her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit for guidance and asks on this day for all her little ones to begin anew. She repeats this plea in her succeeding message of May 25th in asking all to "pray from the heart" and not to look "to the world for solutions" for there are no solutions where lucifer reigns. For messages 349 and 350, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Three Hundred-Forty-nine and Three Hundred-Fifty

Message Three Hundred-Forty-nine, May 23, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Message Three Hundred-Fifty, May 25, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)

SIMPLY SHEEN: A gift is a present for the present.

     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".

"Often those who complain that they receive 'no breaks' in life are the very ones who have not utilized their God-given gifts."

Events that happened this day in Church History

      Since we are on the web it's appropriate to feature a saint often portrayed with a web - Saint Felix of Nola who died on this date in 260 A.D. Many times he was on the verge of being captured by the Romans because of his Christianity, but, through the grace of God, managed to escape; one time aided by a spider who spun an instant cobweb to hide him from his captors. 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 January 14:


      Today and tomorrow we concentrate on the weekdays of the First Week in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies and meditations for these two days, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Thursday, January 14, 1999

Friday, January 15, 1999


      Even though liturgically we celebrated the feast of Saint Hilary yesterday, today has actually been his feast day for centuries. Thus, we present a special prayer to him in today's Prayer & Devotions:

O God, Who didst give Blessed Hilary unto Thy people, to be a minister of eternal salvation; grant, we beseech Thee, that we may be worthy to have him as an intercessor in Heaven, whom we have had as a teacher of life on earth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

December 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    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


"For whatever things have been written for our instruction, that through the patience and the consolation afforded by the Scriptures we may have hope."

Romans 15: 4

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January 14, 1999 volume 10, no. 9   DAILY CATHOLIC