December 16, 1999

  • Today's Top Catholic:
       Pope John Paul II
  • Pat Ludwa on the dissidents' disecting of the image of Christ
  • Appreciating the Penteteuch - the first five books of the Bible
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December 16, 1999
vol. 10, no. 239

Third Thursday
of Advent


with a Catholic slant


Holy Father might have a few surprises in store when he opens Holy Door on for beginning of Jubilee Year on Christmas Eve

    Pope John Paul II is expected to stray somewhat from traditional protocol in opening the Holy Door such as not using the traditional hammer. Also a light show is expected to symbolize crossing the threshold into the Light to represent the transition from sin to grace. Giant screens will be erected to accommodate the overflow crowds since St. Peter's Basilica can hold no more than 7,000 people safely. EWTN will televise the event as will a number of other channels around the world. Check your listing in your area. For more, click on Opening the Holy Door

Public Jubilee Prayer Service scheduled every evening at St. Peter's will be open to the public with Pilgrim's newspapers to be distributed in seven languages

    Not only will pilgrims to Rome during the Jubilee Year be able to keep up with all the activities through a "Pilgrim's Newspaper" that will be published in seven languages and distributed to millions at kiosks and booths, but pilgrims will be able to pray aloud in St. Peter's each evening at a designated time on days that no major Jubilee event is scheduled at St. Peter's Basilica. A representative of the Pope, usually a bishop, will give the apostolic blessing after the prayers and singing of the Lord's Prayer and the Creed. Don't be surprised if more than a few times the Holy Father shows up to pray with the pilgrims. For more, click on Praying in St. Peter's.

Just when does the Jubilee really begin? For the Church it's Christmas Eve, while other "experts" are confused.

    As expected, speculative ideas over when the Jubilee or Millennium really begins or began have surfaced as researchers review the past and how the calendar got fouled up in medieval times but it's all a mute point for the Vatican has adapted, as has the world, the Gregorian calendar established by Pope Gregory XIII who reformed the Julian Calendar, dropping ten days to bring it into alignment. Thus, people went to bed on the night of October 4th, 1582 and the next morning they discovered it was October 15th. He also set up new rules for leap years. Originally this was only followed in Catholic countries, but a century later Protestant countries followed suit and the world adopted the Gregorian Calendar. For more, click on The Jubilee is based on the Gregorian Calendar.

Vatican awaits lighting of Christmas tree Saturday with 82' tree in place in St. Peter's Square as Bethlehem prepares for Christmas

   It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially in St. Peter's Square where a giant 82 foot tree has been erected, courtesy of the Czechoslovakian forests. Czech President Vaclav Havel will assist Pope John Paul II in officially lighting and blessing the Christmas tree that is already decorated with special hand-made ornaments. In the land where Christmas began - Bethlehem, the mayor declared his city ready for the crush of pilgrims who will flood into the quiet town to celebrate the 2000th anniversary of the Savior's nativity. Over 50,000 are expected for Christmas festivities and the Palestinians are taking special security measures to assure the safety of all. For more, click on It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas .

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  • The continuing profile on the number one selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

  • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

  • Seventy-third installment of our new daily feature APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on December 17th through the 19th.


  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Edmund C. Szoka of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City Sate in our COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • ...and much more in our 240th issue for 1999!
  • TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY Countdown - Number 1:

    Pope John Paul II

    Our beloved Pontiff who's kept the Church together and thriving in the throes of the dissident diatribe of modernists in the Church and a turbulent world that embraces the culture of death

        It's been a long journey since we began this series back on July 23rd, but finally we have arrived at the number one person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose, to no one's surprise Pope John Paul II, our great current Sovereign Pontiff and 264th in the succession of Peter whose pontificate has been one of the most remarkable in Church history and one of the tenth longest of the Popes. We truly feel, as do the overwhelming number of voters who voted for him, that he will go down as John Paul the Great. To honor him we will provide a special four-part profile on the Holy Father with part three and four in tomorrow's weekend issue. For more on the number one selection, click on POPE JOHN PAUL II

    Which image of Christ has more meaning to you?

        In his column today, Pat Ludwa rails at the ridiculousness of the National Catholic Reporter trying to remake Jesus in their image and likeness. Rather than emulating Christ, they mock Him while rationalizing that other images of Him are outmoded and not "universal" enough. Yet their universality turns it's back on the Christian representation of Our Lord, one fashioned by greater masters from Michelangelo to Da Vinci than some agnostic who won an NCR contest for her depiction of Christ as New Agers see Him. The NCR, in striving to be the modernist's bible, once again exposes itself as a false god by their choosing a false image as their very picture of dissent. For Pat's column The very picture of dissent, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

    Appreciation of the Penteteuch

        Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We pick up today on our series on the Bible and Sacred Scripture as we begin an overview of each of the books of the Bible beginning with the five first books that comprise the Penteteuch. For the seventy-second installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Events that happened this day in Church History

        On this date in 882 one Pope died and another was elected on the same day. That would be Pope John VIII, whose battles with the Saracens left him poorer and weaker, died on this date after a ten year pontificate and Pope Marinus I, another Roman, was elected the 108th successor of Peter. His papacy would only last two years for he would be poisoned by warring factions in the Roman families, something that would break into a major epidemic in the next decade centering around Pope Formosus. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    The depth of marital love

        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".

    "Knowledge, in the early stages, is a condition of love; but as the relationship deepens, love increases knowledge. A wife and husband who have lived together many years possess a new kind of knowledge of each other, deeper than any spoken word or any analysis of motives could provide. This knowledge (impossible in the honeymoon weeks) comes gradually from love-in-action, as a kind of intuitional understanding of what lies in the mind and heart of the other."

    The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a review of all past articles on the Church today

        Like our other feature series, we present installments 1 through 105 of this series which is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event - the second coming of Christ and the Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace. To read any of the over one-hundred previous installments in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?


    "This is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send My messenger before thy face, who shall make ready thy way before thee. I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."

    Luke 7: 27-28


        Today is the Third Thursday of Advent and tomorrow the Third Friday of Advent. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.

    November 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

       Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. In this time of grace, may the cross be a sign-post of love and unity for you through which true peace comes. That is why, little children, pray especially at this time that little Jesus, the Creator of peace, may be born in your hearts. Only through prayer will you become my apostles of peace in this world without peace. That is why, pray until prayer becomes a joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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    COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 9 and counting, hoping and praying...

    Finally the long-awaited books "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and THE HIDDEN WAY are NOW available!

       With the messages completed, you can now order the book that contains ALL the messages. This much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a lasting gift that will inspire you in your faith, and all God asks of us. You can acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages or the THE HIDDEN WAY containing 100 inspirational Meditative Lessons from Our Lord and Our Lady on Church Doctrine by clicking on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." or THE HIDDEN WAY or both books at BOOKS

    December 16, 1999       volume 10, no. 239

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