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LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND
Friday is both the Second Friday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Saint Vincent, deacon and martyr; Saturday we observe the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. Sunday is the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time which is a misnomer for the following week is anything but ordinary with four consecutive feasts beginning Monday with the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
This weekend's prayers are taken from the Opening Prayers for Masses honoring two saints - the martyred deacon Saint Vincent on Friday and the esteemed Doctor of the Church Saint Francis de Sales whose feast Sunday is superseded by the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Eternal Father, You gave Saint Vincent the courage to endure torture and death for the Gospel: fill us with Your Spirit and strengthen us in Your love.
Father, You gave Saint Francis de Sales the spirit of compassion to befriend all men on the way to salvation. By his example, lead us to show Your gentle love in the service of our fellow men.
THE DAILY WORD
"I am the true Vine, and My Father is the Vine-dresser. Every branch in Me that bears no fruit He will take away; and every branch that bears fruit He will cleanse, that it may bear more fruit."
Matthew 18: 7
Powerful messages imparted on the Feasts of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart
Jesus imparted Message #361 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on His Feast of His Most Sacred Heart in June, 1993. The next day His Blessed Mother Mary conveyed her loving words in Message #362 on the occasion of her Feast of the Immaculate Heart. Both messages are packed with hope, but pleas to return to true reverence for Our Lord, honoring His Sacred Heart through the devotions He gave to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. Our Lady reminds us how prayer can mitigate punishment and calls on us to be ambassadors of peace and reconciliation. For the messages 361 and 362, 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 recommend a site that will provide the best sources for coverage of the Holy Father's visit to Mexico and later St. Louis. That is of course the EWTN web site with resources available through Mother Angelica's International Network including audio and video coverage on the net. Mother's site was one of the first recipients of our Golden Chalice Award.
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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Holy Father takes term "Tell it to the judge" literally as he challenges Church jurists on moral law
The Holy Father pulled no punches when he addressed a private audience of Church jurists who sit on the Marriage Tribunal dealing with annulments. He spoke directly to them about the growing acceptance of same-sex unions and cautioned them to beware of this growing cancer. regarding the controversy over same-sex unions. "It's wrong. End of discussion!" is basically what he said in strongly condemning what he termed these "deviations from natural law" which is "an obstacle of human dignity." For more, click on No gay unions
Investigation turns up nothing despite constant barrage of miracles surrounding victim soul Audrey Santo
One has to wonder what the investigators were looking at concerning the investigation surrounding the phenomena of young teen Audrey Santo who has been in a coma for several years and who, with her Mom, offers everything to God. We say this because the bishop of Worcester issued a non-statement by saying what we hear all too often: though they can find nothing wrong, there is no proof of anything supernatural so everything remains in Limbo so to speak as far as the Church doing any further investigating. We wonder if they examined the countless souls who have been healed or spiritually converted because of Audrey. For more, click on Audrey Santo.
Pope and porn don't mix; Judge shuts down St. Louis pornographer
The Archdiocese of St. Louis scored a major victory for the side of decency and right when a US District Judge agreed with their contention that promoting the Pope's visit on a porn site was not only in the best interest but violated the Archdiocese's domain name rights which they had smartly registered to bar just this kind of thing from cropping up. The Judge has ordered the site shut down and they are forbidden to use any domains referring to the Holy Father's visit. For more, click on Sleeze shot down.
Speculation over canonization of Mother Drexel increases with Pope's visit to her vineyard of souls - St. Louis
Having cleared the hurdle of scrutiny by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints the way has been paved for the possibility that Pope John Paul II will announce the pending canonization of Blessed Mother Catherine Drexel, a Philadelphia woman who labored long and hard in the heartland, giving of her time, talents and treasures. She would be the second American-born saint to be canonized, something long overdue according to many because of America's standing as the third ranked nation in the world with the most Catholics, behind Brazil and Mexico. For more, click on Saint Drexel?.
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The four marks of the Church
In today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT we talk about proofs and truths of the Catholic Church. What any non-Catholic faith does not have are the four marks of the Church for they were founded by men who had no authority from God to found a church. The four marks are clear signs that the Catholic Church is the true Church founded by Jesus Christ. Only the Catholic Church possesses these four marks totally as established by the Son of God.
ONE This means the Church's members must be united in doctrine, in worship and in government.
HOLY This means the Church must teach a holy doctrine in faith and morals because its Founder is holy and He provides the means for its members to lead a holy life through the Sacraments.
CATHOLIC This means it must be for all peoples of every nation and the faith taught must be the same universally.
APOSTOLIC This means it must be the Church propagated by the Apostles as Christ intended. It must hold intact the doctrine and traditions of the Apostles to whom Jesus gave authority to teach.
(source: My Catholic Faith, My Mission House, Publishers)
Severed branches are hard to reattach to the trunk of the tree!
In this weekend's editorial we bring you a guide that proves the truths of the Catholic Church in the face of any argument Protestants may launch in trying to rationalize why they are mere "severed branches" no longer attached to the great tree known as the Roman Catholic Church whose roots stem deep into the soil of Apostolic Tradition, Doctrine and the Word all planted by Jesus Christ Himself. Though this is the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity we point out that unity can only come if non-Catholics initiate the reconciliation for we are more than willing to welcome the prodigal son back, but not on his terms. They have to be on Christ's terms as He has decreed. For this weekend's commentary The branch cannot bear fruit unless it remains on the Vine! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
Time to throw the bathwater out with the babykiller!
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto continues to tackle 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. Like so many million "unpolled" citizens Sister Lucy is steamed how the spinmeisters think they can do our thinking and exonerate a sinner while he continues to flaunt the sin, continues to advocate sins such as abortion. For Sister's column, Please bear with me - I need to vent some steam or I'll explode! , click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Thank God He can create order out of any chaos we create!
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 ties in with our editorial and why relativism has taken over as a religion. But the wise bishop points out that no matter how much chaos we create, God has a way of setting it all back in order. For words of wisdom from Bishop Sheen, click on Simply Sheen.
For decades Cardinal Paulo Arns has spread the Franciscan spirit to his fellow Brazilians
We continue with this new series that debuted three weeks ago, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our ninth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Sao Paolo's Archbishop emeritus Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns who has only two years of eligibility left with the Sacred Conclave. For more on Cardinal Arns, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Events this weekend in Church History
This weekend is the anniversary when Pope John Paul II in Cuba for the first time ever spoke out strongly against the United States' embargo, condemning such practice as squeezing the life out of an innocent people sacrificed for the sake of selfish political agendas. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
SANCTITY OF LIFE WEEK
We are providing special news stories from CWN and NE in this section on pro-life and abortion news in honor of "Sanctity of Life Week." To read articles on this, click on SANCTITY OF LIFE VS. CULTURE OF DEATH NEWS ARTICLES.