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THURSDAY      March 4, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 44

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We are the clay. Let God form us the way He intends.

      Just as we carried the 1998 address of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Conv. to the Mile Hi Congress last year, so also we bring you this year's in which he states that the Catholic faithful need to take the form of faithful, obedient disciples for as he states - "Either we form society, or society will form us." Archbishop Chaput is one of the leading new orthodox shepherds who sets the tone of loyalty and adherence to the faith and, among many experts, is one of the leading American candidates for the cardinalate in the next Consistory. For the first of four installments of the Archbishop's address Forming Disciples for the Third Millennium, click on MITERS THAT MATTER

Forming Disciples for the Third Millennium

Mile Hi Congress, 1999
by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

Part One of Four


"Pray for unity of mind and heart. Speak very little. Pray much."

      Those words from the Blessed Mother to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in October 1993 at the Shrine of Betania reinforce Our Lady's messages in Medjugorje as well as Betania and everywhere else throughout the world. Blessed Mary asks us to abandon our wills to the Divine Will and be obedient to God and His Vicar on earth. She also reminds us of the ultimate sacrifice - the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which she points out "should and must absorb your whole being." For Messages #419 and #420 in late September 1993, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 419 and 420

Message Four Hundred-nineteen, October 10, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(While praying at the Grotto in Betania)

Message Four Hundred-twenty, October 12, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)
(Feast of Our Lady of Pilar at Zaragoza)


      Today is the Second Thursday of Lent and the optional feast of Saint Casimir, Prince and Patron Saint of Poland. Tomorrow is the Second Friday of Lent, FIRST FRIDAY of March and World Day of Prayer. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette of St. Casimir, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Thursday, March 4, 1999

Optional Feast of Saint Casimir, Prince and Patron Saint of Lithuania and Poland

Friday, March 5, 1999


      Today's prayer is the Opening Prayer commemorating Saint Casimir:

All-powerful God, to serve You is to reign: by the prayers of St. Casimir, help us to serve You in holiness and justice.

with a Catholic slant

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    CALCUTTA ( - Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity said on Tuesday that they welcomed Popr John Paul II's waiver of the requirement for a five-year waiting period before the cause for her canonization could begin.

    Archbishop Henry D'Souza of Calcutta announced earlier this week that the Holy Father had given permission last December for the diocese to begin its part in opening the investigation that could lead to Mother Teresa's canonization. The archbishop has said he is seeking the advice of the Nobel laureate's successor, Sister Nirmala, on the appointment of a postulator.

    The postulator's role is to report on the facts of the potential saint's life, giving examples of exceptional holiness, and to also report on indications of miracles in which she was involved. One certified miracle is needed for beatification and a second is required for canonization.

    Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997 after serving first the poor of Calcutta, then the poor of India, and finally poor people throughout the world for over four decades.


    VATICAN ( -- In a letter addressed to Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore, Pope John Paul II has said that Christians should be active in educational and political efforts to defend human life.

    The Pope's message, directed toward a pro-life conference meeting under Cardinal Keeler's leadership, stressed the special challenge involved in pro-life work in the United States. America is "fertile soil" for such work, the Pontiff said. He called for "generous and constant efforts" to overcome the dominance of a "culture of death," and exhorted Catholics to make their voices heard in the nation's political debates.

    In a related story out of Ireland, the archbishop of Dublin said on Tuesday that the acceptance of contraception has lead to a general moral decline in society and opened up the doors to abortion.

    Archbishop Desmond Connell addressed the Life Society in St. Patrick's College, Maynooth on the topic of the 30th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical "Humanae Vitae." The archbishop acknowledged that the Church's opposition to artificial means of regulating births has tested the faith of many, "even of many who want to believe." But he added that contraception is the key all of sexual morality. "Acceptance of contraception has encouraged such resentment of new life in the womb as to create blindness to the injustice of abortion," he said.

    Ireland is one of the last countries in Europe to continue to ban almost all abortions, while restrictions on both contraception and abortion have been under assault by groups that wish to liberalize the country's laws.

    Meanwhile in Japan, the Japanese government on Wednesday again refused to approve the birth control pill for distribution in the country, citing fears of side-effects and unwanted effects on society.

    The Health Ministry's Central Pharmaceutical Affairs Council last considered an application to allow the sale of birth control pills in 1992. The country does allow doctors to prescribe high- and medium-dose pills for medical disorders, but has not approved low-dosages for contraceptive purposes.

    Some groups have criticized the Health Ministry for promoting a double standard because the impotence drug Viagra received approval after just six months of consideration. However, supporters of the ban on the birth control pill said Viagra is different because it treats a medical disorder whereas pregnancy is not a disease or disorder.


    VATICAN ( -- At a UN conference on women's health, the Holy See has observed that the Catholic Church operates 985 different national organizations dedicated to the promotion of women's health and welfare.

    Speaking on behalf of the Holy See at a New York meeting of the UN's commission on the status of women, Ellen Lukas underlined the concern of the Church for the welfare of women. At the same time, she expressed serious reservations about the "ambiguous language" used in some UN circles, including the references to "reproductive health" and "gender." The term "reproductive health" has frequently been interpreted as a call for legal abortion; "gender" is commonly used to suggest that the male and female roles (and sexual preferences) should be interchangeable.

    Lukas charged that in the aftermath of the Beijing conference on the status of women, UN efforts to promote "reproductive health" have dominated the efforts of international bodies, while serious diseases such a tuberculosis, tropical fevers, and AIDS have not been addressed. She pointed out that 17.3 million people die of these diseases every year in the developing countries, although cures are available.

    The Vatican delegate also said that the Holy See is fully committed to support efforts to ensure that women have adequate health care during pregnancy and childbirth. And she reiterated the Church stand in favor of responsible parenthood, emphasizing that natural family planning allows couples to space the births of their children.

      Finally, Lukas noted with concern that UN efforts to promote the welfare of women have focused primarily on the professional world. She argued that similar efforts should be undertaken to provide help for women who dedicate themselves to raising their children at home, and for aged women

    Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., the New Jersey congressman who stood at the center of an effort to block payment of US back dues to the United Nations over funding of population control programs said on Tuesday that he expects to continue the impasse this year.

    Republican Rep. Chris Smith said he has been assured by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois, and Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, that the House of Representatives would continue to refuse to pass a bill authorizing payment of $1.6 billion to the UN. President Bill Clinton has said he would veto any bill that included a ban on funding of population control programs overseas, even if that bill include the UN payment.

    The UN has threatened the US that if the payment is not made it may lose certain voting rights, although the Security Council seat is not at stake. On Tuesday, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, and Rep. Constance Morella, R-Maryland, introduced legislation to restore funding to the UN Population Fund, cut off by Congress last year. The bill would provide $25 million for year 2000 and $35 million for 2001 to use in programs that critics say promote contraception, sterilization, and abortion, even misleading women as to the effects of their participation.


    MADRID, 3 (NE) Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco, Archbishop of Madrid, was elected yesterday new President of the Spanish Bishop's Conference. Also, Cardinal Ricard Marķa Carles, Archbishop of Barcelona, was named vice-president of the Spanish episcopate. Both Cardinals, as well as the rest elected for the different directive offices, will carry out their service for a three-year term, ending year 2002.

    In a press conference after the election, Cardinal Rouco pointed out that his duties in the Archdioceses of Madrid on one hand, and those of the Episcopal Conference on the other, convey no small amount of difficulties. Nevertheless he affirmed that he was prepared to adopt the responsibility "with a supernatural and serving spirit." He highlighted as well that a key challenge for the Church in Spain throughout the next years would be to fight secularism in society.


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    With Mother Teresa so much in the news this week because of the Holy Father's waiving the five-year stipulation for beginning the process of canonization, we want to share with you a special site dedicated to this "Saint of the Gutters" who was truly a living saint. The site is MOTHER TERESA: THE PATH OF LOVE maintained by a dedicated soul named Jiannette who also offers the Path of Love Catholic Webring. It is well worth your while to check this site out for everything you want to know about this soon-to-be saint of the Church.

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March 4, 1999 volume 10, no. 44   DAILY CATHOLIC