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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the feast of Blessed Andre Bessette, a humble, holy religious brother from Canada. Tomorrow we celebrate the feast of Saint Raymond of Penyafort, priest and religious and cofounder of the Mercedarians. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these men, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Blessed Andre Bessette:
Lord our God, Friend of the lowly, You gave Your servant, Brother Andre, a great devotion to St. Joseph and a special commitment to the poor and afflicted. Through his intercession help us to follow his example of prayer and love and so come to share with him in Your glory.
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"The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not the sharing of the blood of Christ? And the bread that we break, is it not the partaking of the body of the Lord? Because the bread is one, we though many, are one body, all of us who partake of the one bread." 1 Corinthians 11: 16-17
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- A new segment of faith-searching 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 7th.
- Messages 338 and 339 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Liturgy of the Day for the feast of Saint Raymond of Penyafort Blessed Andre Bessette and weekday.
- ...and much more in our 4th issue for 1999!
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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".
"Politics is what might be called 'deferred repentance' - the keeping clean of the outside of the cup in order to escape the necessity of cleaning the inside."
- Pope to ordain six bishops, sets sights on Poland
- Chinese in denial over torture accounts of priests
- Big news on Cuban front from Vatican to the US
- Controversy swirls over gay lifestyles
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The Heavenly call to Prayer, Penance and Sacrifice
In today's installment we begin a series on the apparitions of El Escorial, Spain. Occurring during the same time frame as Betania and Medjugorje, it has received little publicity but 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. Her chosen messenger is a housewife and mother of seven Luz Amparo Cuevas and, like both Medjugorje and Betania, are still on-going. For part one of The Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain - Sacrifice leads to Salvation, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
Toronto can boast of one of the newest of cardinals in Slovenian-born Cardinal Ambrozic
Today we continue with this new series that we will bring you on a regular basis three times a week. Our second red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the 69 year-old Cardinal Aloysius M. Ambrozic from Toronto, Canada. He was among the twenty-one cardinals the Holy Father created last February in the consistory at St. Peter's. For more on Cardinal Ambrozic, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
"O! How I weep for men have been cleverly deceived."
Those words from the Blessed Virgin Mary convey the state of her sorrowful heart as she implores her children to not be fooled by the false prophets of the world or those who would lead us away from the True Light - her Divine Son Jesus. She warns to be on the watch that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass be preserved and not be deceived by reducing it to a mere meal. She imparted these words in Italy in May 1993 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart and again asked her children to pray that her Immaculate Heart will triumph soon. For messages 336 and 337, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
January Gems that sparkle and provide sparkling Food for Thought Appeteasers
As we head into the new year, we have a richness of material to share with you in mining the depths of the heart. Today, however, we start out on both a serious and humorous note to keep everything in balance for gems are precious, but fun too. For the two vignettes, What If and What's a mother to do?, click on JANUARY GEMS OF VALUE FOR FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
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Pope ordains six new bishops today as he looks forward to what could be his final trip back to Poland this year
The Holy Father chose the traditional feast of the Epiphany today to ordain six new bishops, three of which are papal nuncios. Meanwhile, as age steals each day from this holy pontiff, great plans are underway to make the papal visit to Poland this year very, very special for their favorite son, one that could be his last time to step foot on his native soil. For more, click on Pope.
Chinese lying through their teeth once again with denials of persecution of Catholic priests
In response to the strong accusations of unspeakable torture of priests in the underground Church in China from the Vatican news agency Fides, Red Chinese government officials flatly denied any of that had ever taken place. Does any government tell the truth anymore? Whether it's our president, Iraq's or communist China it's come down to one thing: they're all lying and morals and decency mean nothing to them. They've been playing "hide the pea" for the past several years when fact-finding tours visit China, but hopefully this will prove once and for all their insincerity and devious tactics. For more, click on China chumps.
Cuba to be flooded with Catholic bibles and a wave of optimism as the US makes overtures of good will and speculation the Pope might make an unscheduled, welcome visit to the tiny island this month
The fruits of Pope John Paul II's visit to Cuba last January are manifesting themselves greatly. Nearly a year later, Fidel Castro has exhibited more tolerance in allowing Catholics to worship and celebrate feast days and holy days, including Christmas. Cuba's head cardinal Cardinal Jaime Ortega has grown stronger in stature and his voice is being heard...all the way to Washington D.C. where the US is finally willing to make concessions to their tiny neighbor 90 miles off the coast of Florida. For more, click on Cuba.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development finally comes clean in revoking grants to pro-gay groups while another radical Catholic group rails against those who do not accept homosexual lifestyle.
Going against the grain is what being Catholic means and that means no Catholic can accept or condone the sinful homosexual lifestyle. The buzzword now is that if you are against homosexuality, then you are a danger and could resort to violence as some radical Catholic groups are implying. In truth, as a Catholic we are a threat to that lifestyle for we strongly believe what Christ preaches, "Hate the sin, but love the sinner." The Church has always embraced everyone who is in communion with the Sacraments for, despite all the rhetoric about "throwing stones," few fail to add, "Go and sin no more!. For more, click on A lifestyle not so gay
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Events in Church History
On this date in 1622 Pope Gregory XV, in an effort to enhance missionary evangelism, established the Pontifical Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith - "Propaganda Fide" which today is called the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and headed by Cardinal Jozef Tomko, ably assisted by the former Superior General of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate Bishop Marcello Zago, OMI. 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 Pentateuch. It is a strange word with tremendous impact for it comes from the Greek word meaning "book of five rolls" and stands for the first five books of the Old Testament - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy - all written by Moses and dealing with the history of creation from the first man (Adam) to Moses own death. Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy also deal with the laws of the theocratic system of the Jews. (source: The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, Publishers)