SIMPLY SHEEN: Be careful not to bruise the fruit!
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".
"What Americans call teenagers, or adolescents, covers that period midway between springtime and summer. As what happens to the trees and the blossoms during March determines the fruit, so the experiences of teenagers help mold their maturity."
Events Today in Church History
On this date in 576 Saint Laurence of Spoleto passed away. He was known as the "illuminator" because of his mystical gifts of healing, especially for those who were blind, hence the moniker. Born in Syria, he was the Bishop of Spoleto, Italy after being driven out of his native land by the Monophysitist heretics. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
January 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
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
Part Two of the Theological Virtue of Love in our on-going megaseries WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on February 4th.
DAILY LITURGY for the Fourth Thursday in Ordinary Time and Friday's Feast of Saint Agatha.
Words of wisdom from the late Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN.
Daily Dose of Church trivia and facts laid out on the CATHOLIC CANVAS.
...and much more in our 24th issue for 1999!
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El Escorial visionary Amparo Cuevas: the Meaning of the Messages
We continue with the fifth installment of the apparitions of El Escorial, Spain which began during the same time frame as Betania and Medjugorje and has received little publicity. Yet, like Medjugorje and Betania, El Escorial is still going on and 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. God's chosen messenger to receive these and impart them to the world is a housewife and mother of seven Luz Amparo Cuevas a visionary who has suffered much producing plentiful fruits. For part five of The Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain - Characteristics of the Messages, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
Today, besides being the Fourth Wednesday in Ordinary Time, is also the duo Feast of Saint Blase, Bishop and Martyr and Saint Ansgar, Bishop and Religious Missionary. It is also the day that the candles, blessed yesterday, are used to bless throats. Tomorrow is the Fourth Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's Prayers are taken from the Collect of the Mass commemorating Saint Blase and the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Saint Ansgar:
Lord, hear the prayers of Your martyr Blase. Give us the joy of Your peace in this life and help us to gain the happiness that will never end.
Father, You sent St. Ansgar to bring the light of Christ to many nations. May his prayers help us to walk in the light of Your truth.
Born in the cradle of Popes, Cardinal Biffi brings a pastoral presence to Bologna
Today we continue with this new series that we will bring you on a regular basis three times a week. Our fourteenth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is the 70 year-old Cardinal Giacomo Biffi who is currently the Archbishop of Bologna as well as enjoying membership in multiple Curial Congregations. For more on this red-hat appointed by Pope John Paul II back in his Consistory of May 25, 1985, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church
The Heresy of Monophysitism
In today's Time Capsules we see that Saint Laurence of Spoleto was exiled from Syria by the Monophysites who espoused the belief that Jesus Christ had only one nature - that of being Divine totally engulfing Our Lord's humanity. The Patriarch of Alexandria Eutyches was the chief propagator of this heresy which was condemned by the Council of Chalcedon in 451 which was also the Fourth Ecumenical Council called by Pope Saint Leo the Great. It was determined a heresy because it fit the parameters of the definition of heresy: the formal denial or doubt by a baptized person of any revealed truth of the Catholic Faith. (sources: My Catholic Faith, Mission House Publishers; 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, Publishers)
February Flavors that tantalize the tastebuds of the mind and heart as long as your computer is virus-proof!
Today, we begin this month of February with a light-hearted, but pensive look at a dangerous virus that not only could effect your computer but your life as well. For the vignette Virus Warning! Watch out for "Badtimes" aka the "hades harangue!" , click on FEBRUARY FLAVORS TO ENHANCE FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
"Remember, God does not abandon those who truly seek Him."
Those words from the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #378 is a reassurance of her Divine Son Jesus' Mercy which He offers abundantly to all who ask for it. The problem, Our Lady points out in Messages 377 and 378 in late July of 1993 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, is that so few of God's children truly understand this and because their faith is weak, they are easily led astray which plays right into satan's schemes. No one is immune from the evil one including His consecrated ones who the devil specifically targets because of their leadership in the Church. She asks all her little ones to put the power of prayer into practice. For messages 377 and 378, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Holy Father cancels more activities as Holy Land leaders open door for Jubilee journey
The Holy Father was forced to cancel his schedule for a third straight day as a slight fever and lingering cold have left him weak in the bitter Italian winter after a whirlwind week in balmy Mexico and St. Louis. While the Pope recuperates a group of religious leaders from the Holy Land, in closing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, have extended an informal invitation for the Soveriegn Pontiff to definitely come there next year. For more, click on Pope recuperating.
Cardinal Stafford returns to Denver to confirm 40 soldiers of Christ
At the invitation of his successor Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., the former Archbishop and now head of the Pontifical Council for the Laity Cardinal James Francis Stafford returned to Denver where he was privileged to confirm forty young men and women at Our Lady of Loreto Church in the mile high city. The Cardinal had been in the United States for the Holy Father's visit to Mexico and St. Louis and stopped off in his old Archdiocese before heading back to Rome. For more, click on Cardinal Stafford.
Catholics students from sea to shining sea celebrate "Catholic Schools Week"
"Catholic Schools Week." celebrated in parishes across the nation, officially kicked off its 25th year on Sunday with the theme of "Faith for a Brighter Future." Various celebrations are being held each day in Catholic classrooms with each day devoted to some factor of education and educators including appreciation day for not only teachers, but support staff in each school to emphasize the spirit of teamwork and gratitude. For more, click on Catholic Schools Week.
Military fueling unrest in Indonesia Bishop Belo asserts
Bishop Belo, recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize, released shocking information late last week that the Indonesian military are supplying weapons to civilians which is akin to anarchy and fueling the rioting and killing of innocent victims as Indonesia takes on a "wild-west" mentality with civilian vigilantes hunting down human beings solely on their faith. Human Rights Groups confirmed the Bishop's findings and called for the government step in and end this travesty. For more, click on Indonesian insurrection
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THE DAILY WORD
"But know this, that in the last days dangerous times will come. "
2 Timothy 3: 1