Almighty, eternal God, You choose what the world considers weak to put the worldly power to shame. May we, who celebrate the birth of Saint Agnes into eternal joy, be loyal to the faith she professed.
WORD OF THE DAY
"O God, whom I praise, be not silent, for they have opened wicked and treacherous mouths against me. They have spoken to me with lying tongues, and with words of hatred they have encompassed me and attacked me without cause. "
Psalm 108: 3
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.
Coming This Weekend:
Another pertinent, timely editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on January 22nd through January 24th.
LITURGY for the Second Friday in Ordinary Time and Feast of Saint Vincent, special observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, and the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time leading into the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul on Monday.
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
...and much more in our 15th issue for 1999!
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.
All Hope is in the Lord
...on the Cross!
Today we continue our segment on the Theological virtues, focusing on the second part of our series on Hope, the second of the virtues and what it means. Hope has been compared to an anchor but it is also likened to the great mast of a ship - the Cross of the Ship of Christ. Too often we do not have the faith to unfurl our sails of Hope on the great mast of the Cross and trust in God to guide us through the rough seas of the world, the flesh and the devil which thrash our finite ship to and fro until we become thrust onto the rocks of despair - the opposite of hope. It is only through the Cross of Jesus Christ - the Mast of Hope that we can hope to have a solid foundation for Hope. It is in Him Whom we trust! For the ninety-second installment of this on-going megaseries, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.
Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church:
The Cross as a symbol of Hope
In our megafeature on the Church today and the Theological Virtue of Hope, we refer to it with the imagery of the Cross as the "Mast of Hope." The prophet Isaiah refers to this in Isaiah 33: 23 when he says that there is no Hope where, "no boat is rowed, where no majestic ship passes, the rigging hangs slack; it cannot hold the mast in place, nor keep the sail spread out." The mast of a ship forms a cross with the arm extending horizontally to secure the edges of the sails - sails that billow with Hope when the winds of Faith and Love steer the vessel in the right direction on a smooth course. But just as few ships can avert storms at sea, so also the Cross represents struggle and no one who believes in Jesus and lives His word can avoid the sufferings of the Cross. Indeed, He Himself says in Matthew 16: 24, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow Me." But He never makes the cross too strenuous for us to handle or the seas too rough where our mast will collapse if we follow His compass. The cross as both a mast and an anchor are two of the most popular symbols in heraldry and have been used since the early Christians although it truly came into prominence during the Crusades as the rallying icon for Christianity against the Islam threat. It is no coincidence that some of the greatest victories over the infidels were achieved at sea, such as the great Battle of Lepanto. (sources: The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church, Benziger Brothers; Heraldic Design, Tudor Publishing Co.)
Stand up strongly for Jesus and His Vicar on earth against those who seek to mask the truth
That is the theme of both Messages #359 and #360 from Blessed Virgin Mary to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in mid June of 1993. Our Lady reveals how heresy and apostasy, even schism are raising their ugly heads and being embraced sadly by some of the hierarchy within her Divine Son Jesus' Church. She calls all of us to speak out against heresies and those who would twist the truth for their own gains at the expense of countless souls and silence the Holy Father who is totally dedicated to Mary and all she is endeavoring to accomplish for God in the twilight of the second millennium. For messages 359 and 360, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Love and the
world loves with you.
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".
"As we eliminate sin, we eliminate suffering; as we love God, we cease to hate others. And thus we engage in fewer wars. The more morality and decency and virtue there are in the world, the more peace there will be in the world. Wars are consequences of a moral rebellion."
NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Special telecasting on satelite and cable planned for Holy Father's visit to Mexico and St. Louis
There will be plenty of coverage of the papal visit this week and next but it won't be on the networks or even cable. You'll have to look to the satelites, but thanks to Mother Angelica and the internet viewers will not want. Besides EWTN's regular coverage, the new Spanish EWTN will launch its Spanish sister tomorrow, coinciding with the Pope's visit. At the same time in Brazil the Holy Father will communicate with millions more via closed circuit hookup. For his St. Louis visit, the Archdiocese there is planning full-time coverage at their website with feeds from Dignital Broadcast Network. For more, click on Papal Visit to Mexico.
Citizens in Chiapas do an end-a-round, petition Pope to replace revolutionary bishop
A battle is brewing in Chiapas and it is not being fought in the jungles for a change, but rather through the ecclesiastical vines of the Vatican. The unhappy Catholics of Chiapas have petitioned the Pope directly hoping to bring it to his attention since he will be in their backyard, so to speak, this week. They accuse Bishop Samuel Ruiz of preaching Marxist doctrine rather than true Catholic doctrine and that has confused the flock. They want the faith straight with no ingredients added. For more, click on Cheated in Chiapas.
Holy See calls for solutions to end reign of terror in Sierra Leone and Kosovo
The killings and kidnappings in West Africa's Sierra Leone by rebel forces and the suffocating and oppressing reign of terror in Kosovo have the Holy Father greatly concerned as well as the Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano who has made a strong plea to "disarm the aggressors" - identified as the Serbians - or the world will have another situation like Bosnia with ethnic cleansing...only worse! For more, click on Aggressors
Vatican awaiting a viable visa for Pope to visit Vietnam
Within the next few months we should all have a better idea if the Holy Father will indeed visit Vietnam in August this year. The only thing holding up the Pope making it official that he will attend the ceremonies marking the 200th anniversary of Our Lady of La Vang at her shrine in southeast Asia is the communist Vietnamese government's refusal to make a decision. Vatican officials are extending the olive branch in hopes of getting an affirmative from them. For more, click on Awaiting a visa to Vietnam .
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Events that happened this day in Church History
It was one year ago today that Pope John Paul II made history by being the first Pope to ever visit Cuba. Many thought this would be an impossibility with the way communist dictator Fidel Castro had shut down the island and shut off the world for over thirty years, but with the present pontiff nothing is impossible as this Polish Pope has proven time and time again. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES