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The plow behind the Nigerian harvest of vocations and converts: Cardinal Francis Arinze
Today we continue with this new series that we will bring you on a regular basis three times a week. Our eighth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is the 67 year-old Cardinal Francis Arinze who has become a viable force in the blossoming African Church, specifically in Nigeria where he hails from and served as Archbishop for seventeen years. Presently he is very involved in the Nigerian Bishops Conference and African Bishops Conference as well as multiple curial appointments in Rome, which includes his heading up the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. For more on this red-hat appointed by Pope John Paul II back in the Consistory of May 25, 1988, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
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.
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WORD OF THE DAY"Preach the word, be urgent in season, out of season; reprove, entreat, rebuke with all patience and teaching." 2 Timothy 4: 2
345 and counting,
hoping and praying...
- The second part of the Theological Virtue of HOPE 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 21st.
- Messages 359 and 360 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Liturgy of the Day for the Feast of Saint Agnes and the Second Friday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Vincent, deacon and martyr.
- 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 14th issue for 1999!
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To serve, not to be served
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".
"Opposed to all egotism and selfishness is the ideal of usefulness and service. He only is great of heart who floods the world with great affection; he only is great of mind who stirs the world with pure thoughts."
- Cease-fire in Sierra Leone a charade as rebels kidnap nine more religious
- US Prelates prepare for Pro-Life Prayers and activities and Pro-Life March on Friday
- Mexico City's Cardinal makes last-minute preparations, prompts people on what to expect
- Pope's last minute duties include blessing the wool, then releasing Lenten Message before heading west
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
El Escorial visionary Amparo Cuevas: A victim for souls
We continue with the third 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 a visionary who has suffered much. For part three of The Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain - Mystical Gifts and the Chalice of Suffering, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
"So few have heard and truly understood that I, your God, have sent you My Own Mother to prepare you."
Those words from Our Lord in Message #358 on Corpus Christi Sunday in 1993 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart reaffirm over and over why God has sent His very Own Blessed Mother to guide us and remind us, and yes, warn us of pending doom if we do not return to Him. His Mother prefaces this in Message #357 a few days earlier, beseeching her little ones to turn a deaf ear to the temptations of satan and cling to her Divine Son. For messages 357 and 358, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
January Gems that sparkle and provide sparkling Food for Thought Appeteasers
Today, we bring you two more short light-hearted, but thought-provoking vignettes on the truths that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the street or galaxy, and if you catch your eyes wandering when driving, hopefully they'll be focused on special billboards that make one not only drive more carefully, but keep God first and foremost in mind and heart. For the two sparklers, Be careful what you ask for! and Signs of Life!, click on JANUARY GEMS OF VALUE FOR FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today, besides being the Second Wednesday in Ordinary Time, is also the feast of Pope Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian, Martyrs. Tomorrow is the Feast of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Pope Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian :
God our Father, glory of Your priests, may the prayers of Your martyr Fabian help us to share his faith and offer You loving service.
Lord, fill us with that spirit of courage which gave Your martyr Sebastian strength to offer his life in faithful witness. Help us to learn from him to cherish Your law and to obey You rather than men.
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Nine more religious nabbed by rebels in Sierra Leone
So much for the Cease-fire proposal rebels had asked for. They broke their own pact by kidnapping four Italian missionaries - three priests and one lay brother, one Spanish priest, and four nuns from Mother Teresa's order of the Missionaries of Charity. The nine hostages join Archbishop Joseph Ganda and two more Italian priests in captivity. For more, click on Kidnappings continue.
Pro-life Bishops speak out in preparation for Pro-life push on anniversary of Roe vs. Wade
The list of bishops making special preparations to inform their flocks of the importance of the Sanctity of Life reads like a whos-who of influential United States bishops including Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap, Archbishop Justin Rigali of St. Louis, and Peoria's prelate Bishop John Myers who are all scheduling special prayers and events, culminating with the Pro-Life March in Washington D.C. on Friday to heighten awareness of the unborns' plight and God's might. For more, click on pro-life.
Mexico's Cardinal cautions faithful to keep a level head and emphasizes the importance of treating the Holy Father with the utmost respect
Two days before the Holy Father touches down on Mexican soil, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, Archbishop of Mexico City has issued a plea to the people to treat his holiness with the most reverent respect possible extending the traditional Mexican hospitality to the Pope who, along with the people of Mexico, will be under the public eye of the world. The Cardinal asked his flocks to take the Pope's words to heart for they will be of great benefit to Mexico. For more, click on Final Papal Visit preparations.
Pope wrapping business up at Vatican before winging his way west
The Holy Father is finishing up necessary matters in Rome before heading for Mexico City this week by getting ahead of his work. This was manifested in the fact he blessed the wool palliums at the church of St. Agnes before her feast day Thursday and by releasing his Lenten Message for 1999 ahead of time. For more, click on Wrapping up loose ends in Rome
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Events in Church History
Jesus spent 40 days and 40 nights fasting and praying in the desert before beginning His public ministry; Saint Euthymius the Great, an Armenian abbot and hermit followed his example by extending it from the Feast of the Epiphany through all of Lent - each year of his religious life. Rather than starving to death he lived to be 95. Today is the 1,526th anniversary of his death. 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 various ranks of Cardinal
In today's biography on Cardinal Francis Arinze we refer to him as having been a "cardinal deacon" and then appointed "cardinal priest." There are three categories of cardinals in the Sacred Conclave. They are "Cardinal deacon" which is reserved for those Princes of the Church who have been appointed titular bishops and serve in the Roman Curia. The second is "Cardinal priest" which refers to bishops who govern dioceses outside of Rome; and the third category is "Cardinal bishop" which comprise the six titular bishops of the sees in the Suburbs of Rome as well as two of the Eastern Patriarchs. These distinctions have no particular pecking order, however, as far as seniority or privileges are concerned, only title-wise. (source: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, Publishers)