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On the Way to Calvary
Today we begin the traditional link of bringing you the Stations of the Cross on a daily basis. For the Lenten Way of the Cross, click on either the graphics Daily Way of the Cross or the text-only Daily Way of the Cross or the Meditative Lessons on the Way to Calvary
SIMPLY SHEEN: Do not judge another's suffering.
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".
"It must never be thought that, because one suffers, therefore one is guilty or is being punished...The Christ Who died on the Cross did nothing wrong. The innocent can suffer as well as the guilty."
Events Today in Church History
On this date in 1310 Saint Alessio Falconieri passed on to his eternal reward. He was one of the Seven Servite Founders whose feast is normally held on the anniversary of his death, but this year is preseded by Ash Wednesday. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
THE DAILY WORD
"So that thou mayest not be seen fasting by men, but by Thy Father, Who is in secret; and Thy Father, Who sees in secret, will reward thee. "
Matthew 6: 18
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
- The first of a multi-part segment on SACRIFICE today in the spirit of the Lenten Message in our on-going series WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
- A layman's perspective on the Church today, focusing on our mortality, in Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on February 18th.
- DAILY LITURGY for the Lenten weekdays.
- 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 34th issue for 1999!
Excerpts from "It is Consummated!"
Today we begin our daily exerpts from the book "It is Consummated!" throughout Lent with these inspirational and enlightening Meditative Lessons of the Sorrowful Mysteries as imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Blessed Mother of God during Lent of 1993 through interior visions and locution. These short daily excerpts are an excellent vehicle to contemplate on the Passion and Death of Jesus during each of the forty days of Lent. The first Meditative Lesson is titled JESUS ENTERS JERUSALEM. For part one, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
El Escorial visionary Amparo Cuevas: Describing the Visions
We continue with the seventh 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 seven of The Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain - Messages containing Visions and insights into the life of Christ, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
Today is the first day of the final Lent for the Millennium. Ash Wednesday, the day we receive ashes on our foreheads as a reminder of our mortality, is also a day of fast and abstinence as is Good Friday. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations for the Lenten liturgy, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's Prayer is taken from the Missalette for the Prayer at the Beginning of Lent with part one today, and tomorrow part two:
God of time and of eternity, You bless us with this holy season for remembrance and renewal of the way of life we embraced in baptism. Grant us a season of good and honest labor.
Cardinal Edward Isdris Cassidy from down under stays on top of everything globally as head of the Council to Promote Christian Unity
Today we continue with this new series that we will bring you on a regular basis three times a week. Our twentieth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is the 75 year-old Cardinal Edward Isdris Cassidy who is currently the President of the busy, active Pontifical Council for Promoting Christianity and plays a key role in Holy See policies and several Roman Curias. For more on this Australilan cardinal appointed by Pope John Paul II back in his Consistory of June 28, 1991, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church
Ash Wednesday derives its name from the ashes placed on our foreheads after Holy Mass as a reminder of our mortality and doing penance during the forty days of Lent which actually begin with the First Sunday of Lent. The ritual dates back to Old Testament ritual where ashes symbolized the residue of burnt offerings as an oblation to God. The words pronounced over each person dates all the way back to Adam and Eve to whom God said "Remember man that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return". The ashes used on Ash Wednesday are gleaned from the blessed palms of the previous year's Palm Sunday that were burned just prior to the beginning of Lent this year. The ashes are considered a sacramental. The term "Ash Wednesday" was first established by Pope Saint Gregory the Great fourteen hundred years ago and the concept of ashes carried throughout Lent with penitents donning sackcloth and ashes to make public reparation for their sins. It was Pope Paul VI who proclaimed Ash Wednesday as a day of abstinence and fasting for the entire universal Church. Prior to Vatican II, priests and bishops received their ashes not on the forehead but on the top of the head just as they received tonsure at ordination. (sources: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; My Catholic Faith, Mission House; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
"Many are affected, but your faith is so weak you refuse to see and understand God's warning hand."
Those words from the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #397 on the last day in August 1993 convey a sense of urgency that all her little ones realize the need for prayer and fasting. She emphasizes the need to be united behind her Divine Son Jesus' One True Church and show all reverence to Him in the Holy Eucharist. Our Lady follows this up in her message four days later on the feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great who instituted Ash Wednesday for the purpose of penance and fasting as Our Lady requests. She implores her faithful ones to keep the faith and live the messages. This she imparts to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, lamenting that many of her little army have grown bored and apathetic over the fact no spectacular supernatural events have yet happened. That, Blessed Mary affirms, is not how it is and only those who trust in her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit will stay the course. For messages 397 and 398, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Yassir to firm up invite for Holy Father to visit Bethlehem in Jubilee Year when the two meet at the Vatican on Friday
Relations with Israel, which have been very tender as of late, could take a dip in lieu of Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat's meeting with the Holy Father this coming Friday in which the two will discuss a myriad of issues, including firming up dates for the papal visit to Bethlehem. For more, click on Palestine 2000.
Doctrinal Commission finalizes a myriad of issues as conference wraps
Concluding the conference convened to tackle several issues that deal with culture, race, education, equality and sexuality, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, presider at the conference, proclaimed it highly productive with a fusing of minds and hearts towards the purpose necessary to reach more and understand more of the faithful as well as the faithful better understanding the Church's stance on it. For more, click on Doctrinal Commission.
Another priest murdered, this time in South Africa
Add another martyr to the list of priests and religious killed in Africa with word that a 75 year-old Belgian priest was shot to death by mauraders trying to loot his mission church and school for the blind in Pietersburg, South Africa this past Sunday. For more, click on Another martyr.
Vietnamese Government could be warming to possible papal visit by easing restrictions on ordinations
What could possibly be a sign that the communist government of Vietnam is feeling the pressure from the people and does not want to be accused of being a despot, they have given permission for nine ordinations to be held on the Feast of Saint Joseph on March 19th. It could also be a sign that officials are warming to the possibility of a papal visit, possibly this August for the feast of Our Lady of La Vang. For more, see Vietnam
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