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FRI-SAT-SUN      January 8-10, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 5

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      ;Friday and Saturday we wrap up the Christmas season before celebrating on Sunday the glorious feast of The Baptism of the Lord which serves as the gateway for the Ordinary Season which commences with the First Monday of Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignette on the Baptism of Jesus, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Friday, January 8, 1998

Saturday, January 9, 1998

SUNDAY, January 10, 1998


      It is fitting that the First Week in Ordinary Time for the new year begins with the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord for He began His three year ministry by humbling Himself as He waded into the River Jordan to institute the Sacrament of Baptism administered by the one who made "ready the way of the Lord"(Luke 3:4). That was, of course, His friend and cousin Saint John the Baptizer son of Zachary and Elizabeth. John knew he wasn't worthy to perform this task for he knew who Jesus truly was. After all, it was John who "leapt for joy" in his mother's womb and John had said to the crowds in today's Gospel Reading of Matthew 3:11: "I indeed baptize you with water, for repentance. But He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to bear. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire." God also chose this time to give a sign to all present, a manifestation of Himself in endorsing His Divine Son with the words recorded in today's Gospel: "This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased." Isn't this what we seek? To have God approve of our lives? Jesus gave us a head start with the Sacrament of Baptism, initiating us into His Holy Church where, if we follow her directives obediently, we too will someday join Jesus and all His Saints in Heaven.

Monday, January 11, 1998


     This weekend's Prayer is taken from the Entrance Prayer for the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord:

O God, Your only-begotten Son appeared in the substance of our flesh. May He Who outwardly was like us, change us interiorily. Who lives and reigns.

"How I long to look upon My children, to heal them, to be the very Source of their life."

     Those words above from the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #333 were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker on May 1, 1993 in which Our Lady beseeches all to imitate her "beloved earthly chaste spouse" in these dire times. In her Message #332 preceding this on April 29, the Blessed Mother does not mince words in warning her little ones of the wiles of the world and satan. For the messages 332 and 333, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Three Hundred-Forty and Three Hundred-Forty-one

Message Three Hundred-Forty, May 12, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(During Papal Audience - Paul VI Hall)

Message Three Hundred-Forty-one, May 13, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)
(Adoration Chapel in St. Peter's Basilica before the Noon Angeles)

Events this weekend in Church History

      On Sunday, January 10th we commemorate the election of one great Pope - Pope Saint Fabian upon whom the Holy Spirit alighted on at the instant of his selection as the 20th successor of Peter. We also commemorate the death of another holy pontiff - Blessed Pope Gregory X who was elected after the cardinals had dallied for nearly three years and the people, so frustrated with their inactions, removed the roof of their conclave and imposed a strict fast of bread and water until they chose the 184th successor of Peter. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 8:

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 9:

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 10:


      Today we proudly present a special site maintained by contributing columnist Sister Mary Lucy Astuto, a very devoted and traditional nun who we have had the great pleasure and honor to have contributed to this publication for eight years now. Today we feature her inspiring site at HEART OF MARY MINISTRY. We encourage you to peruse the excellent tapes on musical devotion to Our Lord and Our Lady.


Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church
      A Synod refers to a periodic gathering of clergy at the diocesan level or of bishops at the international, national, territorial or provincial level. At the local level the bishop presides over the clergy, while at a Synod of Bishops, such as the one the Holy Father will officially close in Mexico City later this month, the bishops are called together to determine in a collegial manner what is best for the Universal Church as directed by Canon Law. (source: The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, Publishers)

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January 8-10, 1999 volume 10, no. 5   DAILY CATHOLIC