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LITURGY OF THE DAY
We begin a succession of four straight feast days with today being the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul while tomorrow we celebrate the Feasts of Saint Timothy and Saint Titus, Bishops, evangelists and early disciples of the Church. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes of these feasts and saints, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
UPHOLDING THE SANCTITY OF LIFE
We are providing special news stories from CWN and NE in this section on pro-life and abortion news in honor of "Sanctity of Life Week" which began with the pro-life march last Friday. This is in addition to Pro-life week in October. To read articles on this, click on SANCTITY OF LIFE VS. CULTURE OF DEATH NEWS ARTICLES.
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Events in Church History
On this date in 1959, Pope John XXIII shocked the world with the announcement that he was going to call an ecumenical council, the first since 1870. It would be called the Second Vatican Council even though the First Vatican Council was never officially closed. From that point on the Church, as millions had known her since the Council of Trent was about to change liturgically and philosophically and many have still not recovered from the drastic changes. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Medjugorje Monthly Message for JANUARY 25th
Dear children! I again invite you to prayer. You have no excuse to work more because nature still lies in deep sleep. Open yourselves in prayer. Renew prayer in your families. Put Holy Scripture in a visible place in your families, read it, reflect on it and learn how God loves His people. His love shows itself also in present times because He sends me to call you upon the path of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
THE DAILY WORD"And as he went on his journey it came to pass that he drew near to Damascus, when suddenly a light from Heaven shone round about him; and falling to the ground, he heard a Voice saying to him, 'Saul, Saul, why dost thou persecute Me?' And he said, 'Who art Thou, Lord?' And He said, I am Jesus, Whom thou art persecuting. Arise and go into the city, and it will be told thee what thou must do.'" Acts 9: 3-6
Installment Ninety in our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Messages 365 and 366 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on January 26th.
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 Feast of Saint Timothy and Saint Titus on Tuesday and Wednesday's feast of Saint Angela Merici.
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Pope John Paul II is more than a man, he is the Vicar of Christ!
Today we begin a new special feature we will be bringing you on a regular basis as we introduce Pat Ludwa, a dedicated and articulate lay Catholic who will add a lay person's perspective to these pages. As the days go on, we are sure you'll gain a greater appreciation for your faith and how to express it to others through evangelization and apologetics through the simple but serene way Pat explains the truths. For more, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
- Pope releases Post-Synodal Document Ecclesia in America
- New, streamlined rites of Exorcism to be released tomorrow
- Kidnapped Sierra Leone Archbishop and priests escape their rebel captors
- Priest who panders to gays prompts protest to prelate from concerned Catholics
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
Truth is singular and reason alone cannot determine it; only through the alliance of faith can truth be reachedThe Pope
Many believe the terminology "Pope" is derived from the the Greek word "papa" which means "Father." This is true, but in actuality the term "Papa" is an anagram from from the initials of the Latin words "Petri Apostoli Potestatem Accipiens" determined late in the fourth century. It stands for "Receive the Authority of the Apostle Peter" and was first established by Pope Saint Siricus, the 28th successor of Peter and the first to assume the title "Pope" around the year 385. Ever since that time the sovereign pontiffs have been referred to as "il Papa" in Italian. Other titles he goes by is the Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Christ, Successor of Peter, Prince of the Apostles, Holy Father, Supreme Pontiff, Sovereign Pontiff, His Holiness, Patriarch of the West, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman province, and Sovereign of the State of Vatican City. (sources: I Sommi Pontifici Romani, Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)
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 fifteenth part of this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The fifteenth installment completes the sixth chapter The interaction between Philosophy and Theology focusing on The different stances of philosophy in which the Holy Father points out how secular philosophies can be constructive when reason is placed in the context of what God intended, namely rooted in the Gospel and based on theology and linked with faith. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the fifteenth installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church:
From the heartland to the nations' capitol to inside the Vatican, Cardinal Baum has served his Church well.
Today's featured Prince of the Church is 73 year-old American Cardinal William Wakefield Baum, This Dallas-born prelate is the former Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau and former Archbishop of Washington D.C. After serving those sees he has become a permanent fixture in the Roman Curia for nearly the past twenty years where he is currently Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary after serving as head of the Congregation for Catholic Education at the Vatican for ten years. For more on Cardinal Baum, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
"You cannot let fear of popular opinion keep you from living the full Truth of your Faith."
Those words above were spoken by Our Lord on the feast of His beloved cousin John the Baptist to His chosen messenger the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #364 in which He implores for all to shun the world, the flesh and the devil and return to Him before it is too late. His Blessed Mother Mary prefaces this in Message #363 three days earlier on June 21, 1993. Our Lady reminds all her little ones from the lay to the religious to return to her Divine Son and to heed her messages for her time of being among her children is nearing an end. She reaffirms that her little army can bring about the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart sooner through living her messages and giving all praise and honor to God. For these two messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Saul's self assurance became God's chosen Paul because he clung to truth.
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".
"Faith is related not to self-assurance but to God; not to an event, but to truth. In fact, there is often the greatest faith when there is the least prosperity. "
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayer is taken from the Preface for the Mass commemorating the Conversion of Saint Paul:
Father, in order to reveal to the apostle Paul the marvels of Your grace, You chose him with loving providence from his mother's womb so that he would announce to the nations redemption by Your Son. First an unbeliever and persecutor, he later became such an intrepid and faithful apostle that Jesus Christ was able to manifest in him the fulfillment of His Passion for the benefit of believers. Now from Heaven Paul, the untiring messenger of salvation, exhorts and impels us to proclaim Your mercy, O Father, and with the angels and the saints we unite our hymn of praise.
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NOTE: There are more news stories on the Holy Father's Visit to the Americas as well as Upholding the Sanctity of Life.
Holy Father releases Post-Synodal Document Ecclesia in America
The long-awaited Post-Synodal document "The Church in America" - Ecclesia in America was released this weekend. While he was gifted with many traditional items from people of the Americas including an authentic beaded Mexican sombrero, he gave the people of the Americas the gift of this 80-page document which outlines his hopes for the "New Evangelization of the Americas in the New Millennium." It is a blueprint for Catholics in the Americas from the tip of South America to the northernmost parts of Alaska. For those wishing to read the entire document, you can go to "The Church in America" or at the Vatican web page Ecclesia in America. For more, click on Document.
After 300 years, new rites of Exorcism to be released
It is not a sequel to the movie "The Exorcist" but rather the release of an entire new set of rites for exorcism that has many Catholics encouraged with news that these will be released tomorrow at the Vatican. The strict stipulations for exorcism are expected to be shortened allowing more priests to perform this ritual which is more necessary today than ever before because of the prominence of satan. For more, click on Rites of Exorcism.
The Great Escape: kidnapped Archbishop and missionaries elude their captors in Sierra Leone
It has the makings of a major motion picture thriller: a kidnapped Catholic prelate and a group of missionaries steal their way out of a highly-guarded area where they had been held hostage by rebel forces and manage to escape to safety. It's not fiction, it actually happened late last week when Archbishop Joseph Ganda and four Xavierian missionary priests did just that in the continuing saga of the "Sorrows of Sierra Leone." For more, click on Escape.
Things are not so pleasant in Pleasanton, California as Catholics accuse priest of stepping over the line concerning gay couples
Concerned Catholics in the Diocese of Oakland in northern California have petitioned Bishop John Cummins to do something about an Oakland priest who is condoning same-sex unions and showing sympathy toward the gay couples being blessed at St. Augustine's parish in Pleasanton. Father Dan Danielson, the accused pastor, seems to be playing mind games with the group by denying he performed the blessings, but the fact he has permitted it makes him responsible and goes against Catholic teaching. For more, click on UnPleasanton
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