DAILY CATHOLIC for 

February 4, 1999

February 4, 1999

vol. 10, no. 24

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TODAY'S LITURGY

      Today is the Fourth Thursday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow on FIRST FRIDAY we commemorate the Feast of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Agatha, click on DAILY LITURGY.

PRAYERS & DEVOTION

      Today's prayer is for our Holy Father who is recuperating from a cold and fever. Therefore we present the Prayer for the Sick from Prayers for All Occasions:

Dear Jesus, Divine Physician and Healer of the sick, we turn to Your in this time of illness. O dearest Comforter of the troubled, alleviate our worry and sorrow with Your gentle love, and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden. Dear God, we place our worries in Your hands. We place our sick under Your care and humble ask that You restore Your loyal servant John Paul II to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge Your holy will and know that whatsoever You do, You do for the love of us. Amen.


THE DAILY WORD

"By this will all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

John 13: 35

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

Coming This Weekend:

  • Another pertinent, timely editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

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

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on February 5th through February 7th.

  • LITURGY for the Feast of Saint Agatha; FIRST SATURDAY's commemoration of Saint Paul Miki and his Companion Martyrs in Japan; the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time and weekday on Monday plus the Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani.

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • ...and much more in our 25th issue for 1999!

  • To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.

    Are we looking for Love in all the wrong places? Look to Two Hearts afire with burning Love!

          Today we continue our segment on the Theological virtues, focusing on the second part of our series on Charity, the third of the virtues and what Love means and the virtue honored in this Year of God the Father. For love to be true it has to be a two way street. Yet for many it's only one direction - God gives and we take. It reminds us of the song, "Looking for love in all the wrong places" for the only way to find true love is through obedience to God's Will, manifested in the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. For the ninety-fourth installment of this on-going megaseries, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.

    CATHOLIC CANVAS

    Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church:

    Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic LIfe

            In our news section today we report on Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo celebrating the Mass at St. Peter's on the occasion of World Day for Consecrated Life. He was a fitting replacement for the Pope, who is still recuperating from a severe cold and mild fever, for Cardinal Somalo from Spain is the Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. This Curial Office has charge over Religious and secular institutes and societies of the apostolic life as well as Third Order Tertiaries. It governs the rules and constitutions of Orders and oversees councils and conferences for major religious generals and superiors and communication with and within these institutes. This Office was founded as the Congregation for Consultations of Regulars by Pope Sixtus V back on May 27, 1586 as part of an offshoot of the Council of Trent in reinforcing that religious institutes toe the line in obedience to the Holy See and their rule. Sixtus' Apostolic Constitution Immensa two years later on January 22nd confirmed his appointment of this Office. In 1601 Pope Clement VIII melded the Office into the Congregation for Consultations of Bishops and other Prelates. Three centuries later Pope Saint Pius X gave the Office autonomy in 1908, calling it the Congregation of Religious. Pope Paul VI added to the title Secular Institutes in 1967 and Pope John Paul II bestowed the current title of the Office on June 28, 1988 and appointed Cardinal Somalo to head the Curial Office on January 21, 1992. Cardinal Somalo also served as Chamberlain or Camerlengo which we defined in this section last week. (source: Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor, Publisher).

    God's Divine Mercy flows in a torrent of love!

          Message #381 from Our Lord on the feast of Saint Bridget of Sweden, an obedient servant to whom Jesus revealed many things, conveys to all His childern through His instrument the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in late July 1993 the message of Love shown in the Font of Divine Mercy that flows for all. But so few recognize or want His Love and Mercy. Jesus says, as does His Blessed Mother Mary in Message #382 two days later, that if one will not receive His Mercy and Love, then the other choice is His Justice and punishment. Both Our Lord and Our Lady spell it out in black and white. We are either for God and with God or we are against Him. The choice is ours, but their outline shows what the answer should be. For these two messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

    SIMPLY SHEEN:

    Compromise is not a doctrine of the Church

         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".

    "Almost everyone today wants religion, but everyone wants a religion that does not cost too much; that is why Christianity has been watered down to suit the modern mind. "


    WORLDWIDE
    NEWS & VIEWS
    with a Catholic slant

    provided by
    Catholic World News Service
    and Noticias Eclesiales Church News

    HEADLINES:

      Holy Father cancels another day of activities as Cardinal celebrates Mass for Consecrated Life with special Mass at St. Peter's

            The Pope made a brief appearance at his balcony praying for warmer weather and apologizing for not being able to attend his regular Wednesday Papal Audience in Paul VI Hall, then returned to his bed to rest as he recuperates from a virus that weakened him after his trip to the Americas. Because of his incapacity, Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo, head of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, celebrated a special Mass on the main altar of St. Peter's in honor of Consecrated Religious worldwide with many in attendance for the occasion. For more, click on Vatican vitals.

      Transition of power in Venezuela separated by Te Deum Mass in Caracas

            Despite the fact he can no longer receive the sacraments because of his divorce and subsequent marriage, the new controversial President of Venezuela Hugo Sanchez has vowed to uphold everything the Church teaches, especially in respect human rights and pro-life. It was welcome news to Archbishop Ignacio Velasco shepherd of Venezuela's largest flock in Caracas, who celebrated a special Te Deum Mass with both the new and out-going President Rafael Caldera in attendance. For more, click on Virtues of Venezuela.

      Unrest haunts former Portuguese territories of East Timor and Guinea-Bissau in far west Africa

            Attacks on Catholics mounted these past few days in two countries which use to be Portuguese territories - East Timor and the Spice Islands in Indonesia, and Guinea-Bissau on the far northwestern coast of Africa above Guinea and Sierra Leone. Civil war, which has plagued many African countries, broke out this weekend when rebels shelled a group of Catholics trying to take refuge inside a Catholic church. The mortars killed five and injured fifteen others. The fatality count was even greater in the Spice Islands where the atmosphere more resembled Northern Ireland with Christians fighting Muslims. For more, click on O Portugal, how they miss you.

      Severe setback for Pro-life forces with Jury's verdict annuling the First Amendment rights

            What's wrong with this picture? Abortionists kill by the minute, but they have been able to convince a jury, judge and the media that they are merely innocent victims in the great evil-plot of pro-lifers to print the truth. That was the summation of the travesty in Portland that awarded a record 107 million dollars to abortionists who claimed they were being stalked. They better realize they will be stalked, forever by God and His avenging angels - the millions of aborted babies. For more, click on The Abortion Axis.

    For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales. Both CWN and NE are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

    Events that happened this day in Church History

          On this date in 1505, the ugly duckling became a beautiful swan in the Heavenly pond. We're talking about Saint Joan of Valois who died on this date. She suffered from a life-long affliction of deformity that caused many to shudder and shun her, but she always expressed kindness and charity, as well as forgiveness for their ignorance and shallowness. She was living proof that beauty indeed is skin-deep for her heart and soul radiated with a beauty that was out of this world. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    SITE OF THE DAY

         In honor of World Day for Consecrated Life this past Tuesday and the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic LIfe in Rome, we feature a site linking over 100 Religious Orders. It can be found at RELIGIOUS ORDERS with the major orders listed alphabetically. It is part of the all-encompassing THEOLOGY LIBRARY, a mega-departmental links site operated by Jerry Darring.
    COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 330 and counting, hoping and praying...

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