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LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND
At the end of the First Week in Ordinary Time we commemorate, for the first time in 1999, the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. The regular Masses for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are all of Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignette on the Observance of Mary on Saturday, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Tying in with our editorial, we bring you the powerful Prayer of Saint Michael, essential in these times when we need to invoke his help the most:
Saint MIchael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
WORD OF THE DAY
"Woe to the world because of scandals! For it must needs be that scandals come, but woe to the man through whom scandal does come!"
Matthew 18: 7
"Soon the evils of the world shall allow the harvest to come no more"
Those words above from the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #351 were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in late May, 1993 in which Our Lady warns that if we reap what we sow and the pickings are pretty slim because we have chosen to till in the world rather than God's fields. She follows this up with Message #352 on the Solemnity of Pentecost two days later imploring all her children to look to her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit and ask Him to infuse us with His love and gifts that will assure we can till the soil of souls, beginning with our own, and harvest rich graces. For the messages 351 and 352, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
December 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! In this Christmas joy I desire to bless you with my blessing. In a special way, little children, I give you the blessing of little Jesus. May He fill you with His peace. Today, little children, you do not have peace and yet you yearn for it. That is why, with my Son Jesus, on this day I call you to pray, pray, pray, because without prayer you do not have joy or peace or a future. Yearn for peace and seek it, for God is true peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.
SITE OF THE DAY
This weekend we present the official website of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis for the Papal Visit to the gateway city at ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. LOUIS website, operated under the auspices of Archbishop Justin Rigali and the Archdiocese of St. Louis. It lists everything you wanted to know about the Holy Father's pastoral visit there on January 26-27 and information about the St. Louis area.
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
American rector in Rome gives his take on why Pope chose the heartland city of St. Louis for his brief US stop
American-born Monsignor Timothy Dolan, current rector of Rome's North American College, is trying to clear up speculation on why the Holy Father chose St. Louis among all the cities. He explains it, citing such reasons as giving equal time to the heartland after visiting the coastal cities twice before, to his long friendship with St. Louis' Archbishop. For more, click on Why not St. Louis?
Holy Father's itinerary set for papal trip to Mexico and St. Louis
When Pope John Paul II steps on Mexican soil next Friday, January 22 it will mark his 85th papal trip outside Italy. Officially invited to close the Synod of the Americas, the Holy Father will vist two countries - Mexico and the USA that rank second and third world-wide in largest Catholic population according to the latest figures released by the 1999 Catholic Almanac. Brazil remains the largest with 135,840,000 Catholics, 86% of the entire population. Mexico reports that Catholics make up 92.4% of the total population with 89,257,000 and the US completes the "New World Triumverate" with sixty one and a half million Catholics, leap-frogging traditional Catholic stalwart countries Italy and the Philippines. California leads all states with nearly eight million Catholics. St. Louis, with a population of two million some, has a half-million Catholics. For more, click on .
Sierra Leone's top Archbishop snatched by Civil War rebels as fighting intensifies
If the intent of civil war rebels in the far-west African nation of Sierra Leone was to attract international attention as Bishop Georgio Biguzzi the See of Makeni asserts, then it could be that they are now under the global microscope after the kidnapping of Archbishop Joseph Henry Ganda, head of the Freetown See, several Italian priests and the killing of Associated Press reporter Myles Tierney. Nothing attracts attention like the murder of law enforcement or media members and the Sierra Leone rebels have managed to do both, including disregard for the clergy. Even though two of the priests have been released, the danger still exists for all Catholics and clergy and their Apostolic shepherd from Freetown. For more, click on Sierra Leone.
Priority of parents who are gay not okay as pro-family Christian group protests adoption procedures
Something is seriously wrong with the adoption system in the US when God-fearing parents-to-be are passed over in favor of providing adopted children to known homosexual couples who might have the bucks but not the basic nurturing to give the orphans the kind of family life they need. That is the contention of the Family Research Council, a national pro-family group out of Washington D.C. who have called for an investigation into this absurd practice and the need for state legislation to prevent this abnormal process of adoption. For more, click on gay not okay.
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One who can soar higher than MJ!
In this weekend's editorial we get caught in the hoopla about hoopstar Michael Jordan and the announcement of his retirement with the Chicago Bulls. Turning his back on the NBA, Jordan leaves the world with a void sports-wise; but we point out that there is a definite void in the world that can only be aided by another Michael - one who can soar to the highest heights and beyond. God's real "Airness" has been around seemingly forever. For this weekend's commentary "Be like Mike!", click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
Time to throw the bathwater out with the babykiller!
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto tackles the issue of impeachment and dispels the myth that the country will suffer if the president is removed. She's more concerned that the country will suffer if he is not removed for a fish stinks from the head and that head, personified in Bill Clinton and his culture of death agenda, has spoiled the soup! To use another cliche, it's time to throw the bathwater out with the babykiller. For Sister's column, The loss of a president, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
"Life is unbearable only to those who are ignorant of why they are alive."
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 reflecting on Saint Augustine's truths of "Our heart is restless until we rest in Thee." For words of wisdom from Bishop Sheen, click on Simply Sheen.
Cardinal Juan's song could be "Don't cry for me, Argentina" but he's shed a lot of sweat and tears for his beloved homeland over the years
We continue with this new series that debuted two weeks ago, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our sixth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Argentina's Archbishop emeritus of Buenos Aires Cardinal Juan Carlos Aramburu who is one of the older cardinals and ineligible for the Sacred Conclave. For more on Cardinal Aramburu, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Events this weekend in Church History
On Friday, January 15th New York's Archbishop Cardinal John J. O'Connor celebrates his 79th birthday. It's a shame he will be 80 next year for he is younger than his age and a steady, conservative influence on the College of Cardinals to which he was admitted during the Consistory of May 25, 1985. He is the most influential, ranking prelate in the United States who has long been a crusader for pro-life and human dignity within the scope of God's Divine Laws and Church doctrine. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES