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LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND
The FIRST FRIDAY of February is the Feast of the early Virgin and Martyr Saint Agatha, while on FIRST SATURDAY we commemorate the martyrdoms of Saint Paul Miki and his companions in Japan. Sunday is the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time leading into a Monday weekday shared by the Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani, priest and religious founder. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
This weekend's prayers are taken from the Opening Prayers for the Mass commemorating the martyr Saint Agatha and the Saturday Mass honoring Saint Paul Miki and his Companion martyrs:
Lord, let Your forgiveness be won for us by the pleading of Saint Agatha, who found favor with You by her chastity and by her courage in suffering death for the Gospel.
God our Father, source of strength for all Your saints, You led Paul Miki and his companions through the suffering of the cross to the joy of eternal life. May their prayers give us the courage to be loyal until death in professing our faith.
THE DAILY WORD
"And they who have done good shall come forth unto resurrection of life' but they who have done evil unto resurrection of judgement."
John 5: 29
"Convert your heart now lest you be swept away in the total spiritual darkness satan wants you to believe does not exist."
Those words come from the Blessed Virgin Mary in her 381st Message to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on July 29th, 1993 in which Our Lady urges all to live their faith to its fullest. She follows this up in Message 382 on July 31st with the plea to not be deceived by signs that come from the evil one, masked in spiritual signs and wonders that do not prompt one to reject vices and return to her Divine Son Jesus but rather feed the curiosity of those wanting to know more without amending their lives. She warns of the consequences that will befall those who choose this fated course. For the messages 381 and 382, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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.
NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Leaders of Pro-Life Groups cry foul over foul stench emanating from favorable pro-abort decision in Portland
The fallout from the shocking decision Tuesday of a federal jury in Portland awarding Planned Parenthood a phenomenal 107 million dollars in damages for merely trying to protect life has many Pro-Life advocates crying foul and seeing red - as in more blood that will be shed by the innocent unborn as the pro-abort's go unchecked in promoting the culture of death. For more, click on Upset for the unborn
Bishop urges caution for fear East Timorites will play into the trap being laid by Indonesia government - a logical suspect in shutting down the former's web domains
While the majority of Catholics of East Timor favor independence, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Bishop Carlos Belo, head of the See of Dili, is looking at the overall picture and not the short solution. He urges all to realize that before there can be true peace and independence there has to be reconciliation and harmony with Indonesia because of his country's proximity to the mainly Muslim and larger land. At the same time the Indonesian government is thought to be the chief culprit in efforts to sabotage East Timor's web domains - the only way the country can express sovereignty even if it is "virtual sovereignty" For more, click on East Timor .
Notre Dame embroiled in pro-gay propaganda policy as Trustees struggles with moral issues
It would seem the inmates are running the asylum if the administration caves to the demands of some 100 liberal students at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. They are demanding anti-discrimination policies be passed that would protect gays and prevent the University from banning pro-gay progaganda or speakers on campus. Holy Cross Father Edward Malloy, head of Notre Dame, has strongly indicated he wants the referendum defeated for this is not a secular campus but rather a Catholic one and Catholic principles must take precedence. For more, click on Notre Dame.
Mexico bishops clear up confusion in aftermath of Papal Visit
Rather than trying to put out a fire, the former Mexican bishop of Papantla outlined why some officials were put off by the Holy Father's remarks because, basically, "the truth hurts." He exonerated the Pope's words and meaning, chiding the offenders with the fact that they need to take the Holy Father's words to heart and act in accordance with the Gospel. At the same time Cardinal Norberto Rivera, Archbishop of Mexico City approved his Archdiocese' release of a clarification of the Pope's remarks aboard Shepherd One enroute to Mexico City two weeks ago when the Holy Father spoke on the dangers of "Indian theology" which he termed an offshoot of Marxism. For more, click on Mexico.
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SITE OF THE WEEKEND
In light of the travesty of the Portland decision and in our efforts to further the cause for the Sanctity of Life, we feature this weekend the megasite PRIESTS FOR LIFE, the organization founded by Father Frank Pavone. The site offers a plethora of information and resources in promoting life as Christ commands.
The blood of the innocent marks those who consciously and willfully condone this holocaust of holocausts!
In this weekend's editorial we decry the tragedies that have taken the lives of so many modern martyrs around the world from the jungles of Africa, South and Central America, and Southeast Asia to the wombs of millions of would-be mothers. Adding to this abomination is the most recent verdict against Pro-Life advocates in which the Free Speech amendment and common sense were thrown out the window in favor of fear tactics that have labeled those who want to uphold the Sanctity of Life a threat to the culture of death antagonists. Talk about topsy-turvy!!! For this weekend's commentary Miscarriage of Justice! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
Who can question God's choice of victim souls?
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto continues with the second part of her clarification manifesto to right the wrongs perpetrated by the media regarding victim soul Audrey Santo from Worcester, Massachusetts. Sister negates media reports that the Bishop is negative toward the phenomena occuring there, in fact reassuring all that the prelate responsible is very open to believing. We, too, should be open for not to be translates to us mistrusting in God. For Sister's column, The Truth about Little Audrey part two, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Know news is good news!
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. Today we begin famous quotes from this late luminary who 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". On Fridays we bring you more than just a quote; we bring you a brief homily on a subject that is pertinent today. That subject today is the fact that headlines influence human behavior and most blare bad news. The Bishop calls for more good news, for good begets good and that's what the world needs. For words of wisdom from Bishop Sheen, click on Simply Sheen.
From an early age, Cardinal Canestri showed the fruits of fostering vocations to the priesthood
We continue with this new series that debuted three weeks ago, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our fifteenth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the Archbishop emeritus of Genoa - Cardinal Giovanni Canestri who retired from active ministry in 1995 but still serves as a member of numerous Curial offices. For more on Cardinal Canestri, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Events this weekend in Church History
Sunday is the 121st anniversary of the death of Pope Pius IX, the Sovereign Pontiff best known for declaring the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854 and for proclaiming the Infallibility of the Bishop of Rome when he speaks from the Chair of Peter - ex cathedra on faith and morals. The sad point of his pontificate came in 1870 when the Papal States were dissolved and Rome became the capitol of Italy. The Holy Father confined himself to the lone remaining Papal State - the Vatican State, refusing to recognize publicly the inevitable change in politics. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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The Papal States
Sunday is the 121st anniversary of the death of Pope Pius IX, who, outside of Saint Peter, remains the Pope with the longest pontificate - 32 years. It was Pius who, in an unselfish effort to prevent the shedding of blood in Rome, agreed to surrender the papal states as the Holy See's temporal land holdings. The Papal States first originated in 754 when Pope Stephen II and the Holy See was given the temporal territories of the Duchy of Rome, the Exarchate of Ravenna and the Marches of Ancona by the king of the Franks, Pepin. The Papal States remained relatively intact until the time of the French Revolution. After centuries of governing these territories, the political landscape was changing drastically in the mid nineteenth century and Pius IX could see the handwriting on the wall when King Victor Emmanuel, in an effort to unite Italy, laid seige to Rome. Rather than more killings and ransacking, Pius surrendered the city and thereby gave up his right to govern Rome on September 20, 1870. After centuries of governing numerous territories under the Apostolic Signature of the Holy See, the many temporal land possessions were whittled to one - the 104-acre area called Vatican City which Emmanuel allowed the Church to retain. Emmanuel also agreed that the new Italian government would pay the Church three and one quarter million lire per annum; yet Pius refused this concession and, in protest, vowed to remain a voluntary "prisoner" in the Vatican. This agreement would not be recognized by the Popes until 1929 when a Treaty of Peace - called the Lateran Treaty - was signed by Pope Pius XI and the Italian Government officially granted the Vatican separate sovereignty.
(source: The Story of the Church, Tan Books, Publisher; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon S.J., Doubleday).