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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
Events in Church History
Today is the 729th anniversary of the death of Saint Margaret of Hungary, holy Queen of Hungary whose relatives included Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, King Saint Stephen and Saint Hedwig. If more monarchs emulated her we suspect there would have been far fewer wars and more happiness over the centuries. She practiced what she preached by doing penance, and was a role model for all through her dedication to almsgiving and prayer. She was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1943. For all the pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
THE DAILY WORD"Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied." Luke 6: 20-21
LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the Feast of the early Bishops and Disciples Saint Timothy and Saint Titus, while tomorrow is the Third Wednesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Angela Merici, Virgin, Religious Educator and Foundress. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on these saints, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
339 and counting,
hoping and praying...
- Fourth part of the Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain in our on-going series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
- Biography on Cardinal Paolo Bertoli, the 11th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- January gems that enrich FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on January 27th.
- More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- Another interesting fact of the Church laid out on the CATHOLIC CANVAS
- Liturgy of the Day for the feast of Saint Angela Merici on Wednesday and Thursday's Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Dominican priest and Angelic Doctor of the Church.
- ...and much more in our 18th issue for 1999!
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High Noon! The Sanctity of Life vs. the Culture of Death!|
In today's editorial we stay on top of the latest headlines as we imagine ourselves a "fly on the wall" of the airport hanger where there is likely to be a duel of dichotomies between the upholder of the culture of life personified in its great crusader Pope John Paul II vs. the perpetuator of the culture of death in the person of William Jefferson Clinton. We know we can't depend on the secular media or spinmeisters to find out what really was said. For today's commentary entitled Showdown in St. Louis! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
- Vatican reasserts its condemnation of US bombing of Iraq
- Faithful prepare for Holy Father's St. Louis arrival through prayer
- Tragedy strikes
- International diplomatic observers to Guatamala: Get your act together!
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
The seeds of simony sprout as Pope Boniface IX is forced into a corner he cannot extricate himself from during the Great Schism of the West
The hopes and expectations of Pope Boniface IX were high when he was chosen the 203rd successor of Peter in trying to extricate the Church from the Great Schism. But great expectations turned to sour reality for Boniface bit off more than he could chew as we shall see in this week's episode of the Church at the turn of the fifteenth century. For the ninetieth installment titled Pope Boniface IX: Trying to pick up the pieces without much help. , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Daily Dose of
curious contents of the Church: Pastoral Epistles
Today is the Feast of Saint Timothy and Saint Titus who were not evangelists as many mistakenly believe because of the Books of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus in the New Testament. In actuality the epistles were written by Saint Paul on his journeys to Ephesus and Lystra in Lycaonia for Timothy and to Crete for the Grecian-born Titus. These are properly called the "Pastoral Epistles" because they are addressed directly, not to any church as a group, but rather to its head or pastor for his guidance in the rule of the Church. From earliest times these letters have been recognized as inspired and canonical by the eastern and western Fathers. Paul's letter to these two bishops set the tone for the Church's pastoral letters from bishops to their flocks as well as the Bishop of Rome toward his fellow bishops and which have carried over to the ad limina visits of bishops to Rome and Synods of Bishops.
(source: My Catholic Faith, My Mission House, and The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church, Benziger Brothers.)
"I solemnly tell you again:
Pray! Pray! Pray!"
The Blessed Virgin Mary's words above in Message 365 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart are part of a summary of why she has been appearing in her special Oasis of Peace for then over 12 years (now 18) and what we, as her faithful army, need to do to both live the messages and convey them to whomever we meet. Our Lady follows this up in Message 366 later the same day with the theme to pray and do penance in reparation for our own sins and those of others. She also implores us to pray for her beloved Pope-son John Paul II who the heretics and schismatics are trying to silence. For these two messages on the occasion of the 12th Anniversary of the first apparitions at Medugorje, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
The Hidden Way series now in book form
Though we have completed the 100 Lessons/Meditations of THE HIDDEN WAY previously carried on Tuesdays, you may now acquire your own copy of the just-released book THE HIDDEN WAY which contains all 100. To find out how, click on Book
Enjoy joy more than pleasures and happiness.
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".
"Joy is not the same as pleasure or happiness. A wicked and evil man may have pleasure, while any ordinary mortal is capable of being happy. Pleasure generally comes from things, and always through the senses; happiness comes from humans through fellowship. Joy comes from loving God and neighbor."
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayer is taken from the Preface for the Mass honoring Saint Timothy and Saint Titus:
God, our Father, it is truly right and just to praise You, all-powerful and eternal God. Through the mystery of Your grace, which You have bestowed on us in Christ with infinite mercy, You have called and led us to the kingdom of freedom and of life. You have revealed to us the inscrutable design of Your wisdom in the gospel of salvation, of which Saint Timothy and Saint Titus were the preachers and teachers. Today we unite ourselves to Your blessed servants whom we honor today and the choirs of angels to sing the hymn of Your glory.
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NEWS & VIEWS
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Showdown in St. Louis expected to be heated on heals of Vatican's condemnation of US bombing Iraq
It should be interesting inside the Lambert Field hanger today when Pope John Paul II sits down face to face mano en mano with Bill Clinton because you just know the bombing and embargo of Iraq will be high on the agenda of topics. This was a certainty yesterday when the Vatican released a statement reaffirming the Holy See's condemnation of the US action against the Iraqi people. Stay tuned. For more, click on Face to face encounter
From meager, humble log cabin beginnings, great graces and fruits emanate today through the prayers of the faithful
While so many are making physical preparations in the greater St. Louis area for the Holy Father's arrival today, there are some who are making spiritual preparations through prayer vigils at a very special place - the cradle chapel of the faith in the heartland - St. Francis Xavier church, a 300 year-old log cabin. Adding to the reverence and prayerful preparation the youth have become involved - some 1000 strong college students - took part last night in an evening prayer vigil in preparation of the Pope's visit. For more, click on Seeds of the Faith in St. Louis.
Nun killed, priest injured in attempted escape from Sierra Leone rebels
While Archbishop Joseph Ganda and four missionaries were able to elude their captors last week and flee to freedom from the rebel stronghold, one of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity was not as fortunate. She was shot to death trying to escape and a priest and another man were under hospital observation from bullet wounds suffered in the attempt. It is evident the rebels are ruthless despite the fact they are swiftly being driven out by peacekeeping troops. For more, click on Murdered Nun.
Time for Guatamala government to expedite murder investigation of Bishop Gerardi is consensus of International Diplomatic Corp in Guatamala
It's about time someone else spoke out in joining the Vatican in putting pressure on the Guatamala government for dragging their proverbial feet in not bringing the murderer of Bishop Juan Gerardi, bludgeoned to death last April, to trial. The Vatican nuncio went even further, challenging the government and military to fess up rather than trying to pin the crime on an innocent priest. For more, click on Guatamalan Guavo.
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