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SIMPLY SHEEN: The poor we will have with us always, so let's help them!
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".
"Egotism makes the self the center; altruism and charity make the neighbor the center. Only on the principle of giving can the inequalities of the human race be adjusted, can the strong help the weak, and social peace reign among men."
Events Today in Church History
On this date sixty years ago Pope Pius XI passed on to his eternal reward. It was this 259th successor of Peter who signed the Concordat with Italy's Benito Mussolini assuring Vatican City of its sovereignty. He also is the founder of Vatican Radio, which has been powerful force for the Faith throughout Europe for over half a century. His pontificate lasted seventeen years. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
THE DAILY WORD
" But we speak the wisdom of God, mysterious, hidden, which God foreordained before the world unto our glory, a wisdom which none of the rulers of this world has known; for had they known it, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory."
1 Corinthians 3: 7-8
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 Three 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, especially in adhering to Catholic doctrine, in Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on February 11th.
DAILY LITURGY for the Fifth Thursday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and then the Fifth Friday in Ordinary Time.
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 28th issue for 1999!
El Escorial visionary Amparo Cuevas: the Meaning of the Messages
We continue with the sixth 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 six of The Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain - Come to Jesus in humility and you will be rewarded , click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
Today is the Feast of Saint Scholastica, Virgin and Religious Founder of the Benedictine Nuns while tomorrow, besides being the Fifth Wednesday in Ordinary Time, it is also the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's Prayer is taken from the Preface in the Monastic Supplement to the Roman Missal for the Mass honoring Saint Scholastica:
Father, to clothe Your Church in virginal beauty, You adorned St. Scholastica with the jewels of innocence and made her more acceptable to You with the simplicity of a dove. Sister of our glorious Father St. Benedict, she was also associated with him in sanctity, and under his guidance, seeking You alone above everything else, she produced abundant fruits of grace and has merited to enjoy Your love for all eternity.
Barcelona's Cardinal exemplifies the beatitudes to his flock
Today we continue with this new series that we will bring you on a regular basis three times a week. Our seventeenth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is the 73 year-old Cardinal Ricardo Maria Gordo Carles who is currently the Archbishop of Barcelona and is much beloved by the people of Spain. He is a crusader for the poor, the sick, and the downtrodden. For more on this red-hat appointed by Pope John Paul II back in his Consistory of November 26, 1994, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church
In today's Time Capsules we feature the death of Pope Pius XI who established it in 1931 in the ninth year of his pontificate. It was designed by the famous Guglielmo Marconi, the same Italian who invented the first trans-Atlantic transmission in 1901 and developed radio as a means of communication, personally overseeing the Vatican Radio station until his death in 1937. Pius declared that the purpose for inaugurating Vatican Radio was " that the voice of the Supreme Pastor may be heard throughout the world by means of the ether waves, for the glory of Christ and the salvation of souls." Today Vatican Radio operates on a frequency of 6095, 7305, 9600 kilohertz and can be accessed via satellite on INTELSAT 325.5 degrees EAst (Atlantic) at 3097.75 Mhz - LCHP polarization. For further information you can check www.vatican.va or www.wrn.org/vatican-radio. Vatican Radio broadcasts in 27 different languages as the communication voice for the Holy See throughout the world, conveying all Rome needs to impart globally. With the advent of the internet, Vatican Radio has taken a backseat to this more advanced form of instant communications . Nevertheless they continue to air 400 hours a week. The staff consists of 445 broadcasters and technicians, including 30 Jesuit priests. (source: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor)
February Flavors that tantalize the tastebuds of the mind and heart as long as you know the time of day no matter what millennium and are compassionate to those innocents whose blood the abortionists clamor to be shed.
Before our Appeteaser segment goes on hiatus during Lent, we bring you two thought-provoking vignettes today - one on the day the earth and sun stood still and one on a quiz testing your compassion and sense of the Sanctity of Life. Both pose questions that are clearly answered in our final Appeteaser until after Easter. For the vignette Where did the time go? and Would you let them live? click on FEBRUARY FLAVORS TO ENHANCE FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
" All who dissent do not live the Gospel message, and you who do this are as the Jewish rabble who cried out in their anger: 'Crucify Him!'"
Those words from the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #387 deal with those who would cast a dissident voice and slander her beloved pope-son John Paul II who she protects and who has dedicated his pontificate to via Totus Tuus. She imparts that all must be obedient to him and rally around him against those who would degrade him and seek to discredit his words. She reassures all that he speaks the truth in the true Church deigned by God. She follows this up in her message two days later by urging all her children to pray for unity as she imparts to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, reaffirming the urgency of the times and that only through guidance of her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit can we be assured of finding true refuge in her Divine Son Jesus. For messages 387 and 388, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Archbishop Foley urges all to help the media by monitoring morals so the masses may be edified and educated
Complementing the Holy Father's message of the media serving as a companion in our journey of finding God the Father in his 33rd World Communications Day pronouncement, Archbishop John Patrick Foley, Prefect of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, called on a renewed effort by the faithful to help the media weed out the static of junk and immorality by closely monitoring what they produce and turning their backs on that which is not productive to mankind in their quest for God's truths. Only by speaking in great numbers will the media sit up and take notice. For more, click on Monitoring the media.
Looks more and more like Pope will visit the Ukraine, but Romanian papal trip still not determined
With an extensive two-week trip back to the Pope's native Poland already set for mid-June, the Holy See is now hoping they can iron out plans for a papal trip to both Romania and the Ukraine. While the former continues to drag its feet over the Eastern Orthodox Church's refusal to extend an invitation, the Ukraine is hoping to be the first Orthodox country the Holy Father will visit by extending an informal invitation from Kiev for him to come sometime later this year. For more, click on Papal Trip to Orthodox countries.
Cardinal Ratzinger heads for the Golden Gates while admonishing Catholic Theologians to adhere always to Catholic doctrine
Before winging his way half way around the world to San Francisco where he will preside over the four-day conference for the Doctrinal Commission to determine issues that might be considered sticky-wickets, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and the Pope's right-hand man, issued a warning to all theologians who teach in Catholic universities to swallow their pride and put on the cloak of humility by submitting to the Magisterium of the Church in extolling the truths of the Church. For more, click on Cardinal Ratzinger.
Bishop John Myers extolls fruits of Pope's visit to the Americas and encourages all to embrace the Holy Father's great message of evangelization
Following up the lessons left by Pope John Paul II during his recent papal visit to the Americas, specifically St. Louis which is roughly 175 miles northeast of the Gateway City, the head of the Peoria Diocese Bishop John Myers has just released a Pastoral Letter encouraging his flock to take up the Pope's challenge to embrace the great message of evangelization that will springboard us into the new millennium. For more, see SITE OF THE DAY below and click on Bishop John Myers
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