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Today is the Fifth Monday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani, priest and religious founder while tomorrow is the Fifth Tuesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and a vignette on St. Jerome Emiliani, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
In honor of Saint Jerome Emiliani we present the Opening Prayer for today's Mass honoring him:
God of mercy, You chose Jerome Emiliani to be a father and a friend of orphans. May his prayers keep us faithful to the Spirit we have received, who makes us Your children.
THE DAILY WORD
"But we carry this treasure in vessels of clay, to show that the abundance of the power is God's and not ours."
2 Corinthians 4: 7
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
- Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Installment ninety-two in our on-going megaseries on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- Messages 385 and 386 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on events that occurred on February 9th.
- DAILY LITURGY for the Fifth Tuesday in Ordinary Time and Wednesday's Feast of Saint Scholastica.
- More gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- Another useful fact on something regarding the Church in CATHOLIC CANVAS
- And much more in our 27th issue for 1999!
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.
Humane vitae was intended for our health - spiritually and physically. When will we learn that God intended sex for re-creation inside marriage, not recreation outside of it!?!
In his column today, Pat Ludwa expertly explains the true essence of Humanae vitae and pinpoints the problems that arose after Vatican II, correctly placing the blame where it belongs - with the dissenters of the Holy Spirit - those who were deadset on forging their own agenda on the rest with nary a care for God's will. Because of it, morals have plummeted, and the sacred has been compromised by the secular as you will discover in his column today entitled, Humanae vitae - the moral cornerstone which the builders of the "spirit of Vatican II" have rejected! For more, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Isms that blind us to the Prism of God's Truth!
On the feast of one of the first women Doctors of the Church Saint Teresa of Jesus, the Holy Father issued his 13th encyclical on the foundations of faith and reason entitled Fides et Ratio. Today we continue with the sixteenth part of this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The seventeenth installment begins the seventh chapter Current Requirements and Tasks focusing on part two of The indispensable requirements of the word of God in which the Holy Father warns of the dangerous philosophies many embrace in trying to reach the truth and, by so doing, can easily be blinded to the infallible truth by fallible philosophies that do not blend with faith and reason. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the seventeenth installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
From service in the Orient to the Roman Curia, this cardinal was oriented to serving his Church
Our sixteenth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Guiseppe Caprio who retired from active ministry in 1995. Today's featured Prince of the Church is the 85 year-old retired former Italian head of teh Prefecture of Economic Affairs of the Holy See and Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. Prior to that Cardinal Caprio went face to face with the communists in China and Vietnam and faithfully served his Church from Saigon to India in the papal diplomatic corp before being called back to Rome to spend the next decade in the Curia. For more on Cardinal Caprio, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
"I do solemnly tell you that at each moment satan's hold upon you tightens."
Those words from the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #383 in early August 1993 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart us a mother's plea to her children to heed her warnings and desist from following the lures of the world, the flesh and the devil. She calls for all her children who want to share in the ultimate glory that they must earn their "stripes" so to speak by taking up the cross and standing with her at the foot of the Cross of her Divine Son Jesus. She reinforces this in Message #384 two days later, reasserting the need to live in the Divine Will so that all she has imparted will come to pass including the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart. For Messages 383 and 384, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Events Today in Church History
On this date in 1550 Pope Julius III succeeded Pope Paul III as the 221st successor of Peter. Julius reconvened the landmark Council of Trent begun by his namesake Paul five years earlier. It was during his pontificate that Queen Elizabeth would usurp the crown over the rightful heir Mary Tudor, the Catholic Queen whom Julius supported fully and, when she was ordered killed by Elizabeth, sealed the fate of Catholicism in England. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
CATHOLIC CANVAS: Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church: Humanae vitae
Pat Ludwa focuses on Humanae vitae the much bufffeted and ignored seventh and final encyclical issued by Pope Paul VI on July 25, 1968. There were four components to the encyclical: new aspects of a perennial problem; competence of the Church's Magisterium in resolving the problems; doctrinal principles to be maintained; and the pastoral directives for carrying out this encyclical. This long-awaited encyclical on "Of human life" in regulating procreation was met with resistance spurred on by the dissident liberal factions who had hoped Paul VI would follow his predecessor Pope John XXIII's more open policies. They wanted Paul to allow free exercise of personal conscience. Instead Paul held to the Church's traditional teachings on marriage and issues related to marriage including birth control, that the Church reserved the right and duty to pass final judgment on moral matters where they "pertain to the natural moral law" as well as moral matters formally revealed. The entire encyclical was written in total compliance with the directives of Vatican II, outlining the rights and wrongs of sex within marriage and condemning sterilization and artificial contraception as being contrary to God's laws of life. While many modernists wanted the Church to relax the rules on birth control, the Holy Father fell back on the tried and true natural rhythm method as the only viable means for regulating births save abstinence. Led by dissidents in Belgium, France and Austria and such self-proclaimed spokesmen as Hans Kung, a darling of the liberals, a resistance was put up to ignore all Paul VI had proclaimed. This spread to the United States where many confused bishops refused to enforce the principles and edicts within the encyclical. It is no coincidence that from that time on abortions increased drastically, immorality intensified with extramarital sex, divorces skyrocketed and the door was swung wide open for homosexuality to try to forge its way into the mainstream of society as an acceptable alternate way of life. Soon after AIDS raised its ugly head and the moral code honored by the media was thrown out the window in favor of titilation and sensational shock values. Looking back we have to wonder what might have been the outcome had Catholics embraced Paul VI's words in Humanae vitae. (sources: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor, Publisher; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, SJ, Doubleday).
SIMPLY SHEEN: A scrambled ego forsakes God
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".
"At the root of every deed which breaks the heart and starts a civil war in the soul is the affirmation: 'I am god' I am my own creator, my own redeemer.' Generally, egotists are not as willing to declare their belief in this kind of god as they are to negate a belief in the God Who stirs their conscience to return to Him."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Pope greets Greek bishops for ad limina visits as he regains full health
Finally recovering from a fever and cold that landed the Holy Father in bed after he returned last week from the Americas, Pope John Paul II resumed his duties this weekend beginning with a special ad limina visit by the Greek bishops in union with Rome. His schedule was also jockeyed so he can make up some of the appointments missed during his illness. For more, click on Pope back in action.
Pope dispatches Cardinal Ratzinger to oversee Doctrinal Commission this week in San Francisco
The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the man many consider the Pope's right-hand man - Cardinal Joseph Ratsinger will be following up the Holy Father's visit to the United States with one of his own when he arrives in San Francisco tomorrow for a special conference with the Presidents of the Doctrinal Commissions of North America and Oceania. The conference, which will cover a myriad of subjects and follow-up on various Apostolic Exhortations and Motu proprio decrees over this past year, will last until Friday. For more, click on Ratzinger in the US.
Clinton tried to pull the wool over the eyes of the sheep, but not the shepherds
Disappointment and deception were the biggest complaints by religious leaders in their reaction to Bill Clinton's remarks at the annual prayer breakfast late last week in Washington D.C. They complained that the president and his cronies prattled on politically instead of penitentially as one would think one should do in light of the sinful admissions of the chief executive over this past year. Humility was not on the menu at this Prayer Breakfast. For more, click on pandering and pablum.
UN's ultimatum does not set well in Columbian circles, still reeling from temblors
As if poor Columbia doesn't have enough problems with drug trafficking, poverty, earthquakes and living conditions. After a record devastating earthquake that has claimed over 2,000 lives and left hundreds of thousands homeless, the UN is demanding Columbia legalize abortion. Instead of having a healthy respect for life in the face of the many lost lives, a UN commission is flaunting the culture of death and tempting God with their demands that could leave Columbia even worse off than it presently is. For more, click on Columbia cornered
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