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PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayer is authorized by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in praying that we all may be one as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
Almighty and eternal God, You gather the scattered sheep and watch over those You have gathered. Look kindly on all who follow Jesus, Your Son. You have marked them with the seal of one baptism, now make them one in the fullness of faith and unite them in the bond of love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Events in Church History
On this date in 336 Pope Saint Mark became the 34th successor of Peter. Born in Rome, he benefited greatly from the decrees passed by Constantine as the Church began to expand rapidly. He instituted the first liturgy of religious feastdays, publishing a calendar as well as introducing the "Pallium." 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"Behold, how good it is, and how pleasant, where brethren dwell as one!" Psalm 133: 1
LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today and tomorrow are the Second Monday and Tuesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies and meditations for Monday and Tuesday, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
Installment Eighty-nine in our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Messages 355 and 356 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on January 19th.
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 Wednesday's feast of Saint Fabian, Pope and Martyr, and Saint Sebastian, Martyr.
...and much more in our 12th issue for 1999!
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We all need a moral compass|
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".
"Despite our rich national moral background, serious-minded citizens are concerned lest, like prodigal sons, we waste our spiritual inheritance through a decline in moral responsibility."
- Vatican to launch another web site in February
- Kidnapped Sierra Leone archbishop could be released soon
- Mexicans anticipate Pope will prod officials on economic restrictions
- Challenge issued to Bosnian Bishops during their ad limina visit to Rome
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
Refining the Culture of Faith and Reason bodes well for cultures throughout history as the Church has proven
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 fourteenth installment continues the sixth chapter The interaction between Philosophy and Theology focusing on part two of The knowledge of faith and the demands of philosophical reason in which the Holy Father points out how the Church has always relied on the culture of peoples to foster the faith for cultures are the fabric of civilization and by weaving a tableau of truth faith and reason will wear well for the overall good of humanity. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the fourteenth installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church:
Today is the 1,663rd anniversary of the election of Pope Saint Mark, 34th successor of Peter. It was Mark who introduced the Pallium, a narrow, circular stole-like band made of white wool with two pendants a foot long which hand down in front and back. On it are six small black crosses - one each on the pendant and four spaced evenly around the circular stole. It is worn around the neck and shoulders and over the chasuble of Popes and Archbishops, but is best known as worn by the Supreme Pontiff who wears it at special solemn Pontifical Masses and it is buried with each Vicar of Christ. Pope John Paul II wore the Pallium in lieu of the traditional papal tiara on his papal investiture following the September 3, 1978 investiture of his predecessor Pope John Paul I. The Pallium is made from the wool of two virgin lambs that have been blessed in the Church of St. Agnes of Rome. Agnes means "lamb" and pallium is Latin for "cloak." (sources: Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, SJ, Doubleday; The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, Publishers)
Cardinal Serafim Araujo joins the ranks of Brazil's red-hats bringing to six the total number of cardinals in this South American country of Portuguese descent
Today's featured Prince of the Church is 75 year-old Cardinal Serafim Fernandes de Araujo, Archbishop of Belo Horizonte, a Brazilian archdiocese several hours north of the sprawling metropolis of Rio de Janiero. Cardinal Araujo is one of the latest members of the Sacred Conclave, being installed as cardinal in the most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998 when he joined 21 others. For more on Cardinal Araujo, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Every time we shun satan, the evil one loses more power
That fact was revealed by the Blessed Virgin Mary in her 354th Message imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. It is encouraging to know that by shunning the evil one - by saying "no" to him time and time again, it works like a virus that weakens him. Imagine if everyone took this seriously and put it into practice. Our Lady's Immaculate Heart would triumph today! That is the challenge Mary gives her children, imploring all to rebuke the devil before he is able to overpower us. In her 355th Message on the Feast of the Visitation for 1993, the Blessed Mother reminds us of the Magnificat and encourages us all to allow the Holy Spirit to infuse us as well. For these two messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Vatican to launch special web site in February exclusively for Jubilee 2000 activities
As the time grows nearer to the plethora of events planned for Jubilee 2000 that will last from Christmas Eve this year through the Feast of the Epiphany 2001, the Holy See has deemed it necessary to launch a web site specifically to cover the Jubilee. This will also prevent their regular vatican web site from becoming overloaded as well as providing universal news on events, documents, prayers and activities. For more, click on Jubilee 2000.
Hope heightens for kidnapped Sierra Leone prelate with declaration of cease-fire in that war-torn African country
The news late last week out of Sierra Leone was encouraging with the announcement that peacekeeping forces have the rebels on the run. In order to survive, the rebel forces have asked for a cease-fire truce, hoping to ransom their jailed leader by exchanging hostages - two of which are Archbishop Joseph Ganda, kidnapped last week, and Father Mario Guerra who has been in captivity for two months. For more, click on Hostage exchange.
Mexican faithful hoping the Holy Father will touch a nerve with the administration on economic sanctions
It's no secret Mexican officials are a bit on edge in anticipation if Pope John Paul II, during his papal visit later this week, will address an issue that could be a bombshell between the government and the people - the economic imbalance that makes the rich richer and the poor poorer. While some are doubtful the Pope will delve into such a delicate matter, there are many who believe he cannot afford not to. For more, click on No mincing in Mexico.
Pope admonishes Bosnian Bishops to refurbish the faith and seek a reconciliating posture in their land
Despite Sarajevo Cardinal Vinko Puljic's claims that vocations are on the increase, the Holy Father insisted that the Bishops concentrate on refurbishing the faith and feelings that have been greatly damaged over this past decade from ethnic cleansing and terrible conflicts throughout Bosnia-Hercegovina. He issued the challenge of pardoning and seeking pardon during the Bishops' ad limina visit to the Vatican late last week. For more, click on Beginning anew in Bosnia
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