SIMPLY SHEEN: Miles to go before we sleep
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".
"Man cannot be happy if he is satiated; our zest comes from the fact that there are doors not yet opened, veils not yet lifted, notes that have not been struck."
Events Today in Church History
On this date in 672 the 76th successor of Peter Pope Saint Vitalian passed on to his Heavenly reward. It would be a half a millennium later that Jesus would instruct Saint Francis of Assisi to "Rebuild My Church", but it was first performed by St. Vitalian who spent the majority of his three year pontificate rebuilding many of the magnificent churches of Rome that were sacked by the Saracens. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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 Theological Virtue of Love in our on-going megaseries WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on January 28th.
LITURGY for the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Dominican and Angelic Doctor of the Church and the Third 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 19th issue for 1999!
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.
El Escorial visionary Amparo Cuevas: Reaping the fruits of the messages
We continue with the fourth 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 four of The Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain - "By their fruits you shall know them.", click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
Today is the Feast of Saint Angela Merici, virgin, religious educator and foundress while tomorrow we celebrate one of the great saints of the Church, the Angelic Doctor of the Church and Dominican priest extraordinaire Saint Thomas Aquinas. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's Prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Saint Angela Merici:
Lord, may Saint Angela commend us to Your mercy; may her charity and wisdom help us to be faithful to Your teaching and to follow it in our lives.
The Papal Nuncio who became the Holy See's Chamberlain during his service to the Church
Today we continue with this new series that we will bring you on a regular basis three times a week. Our eleventh red hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is the 91 year-old Cardinal Paolo Berti who, after nearly forty years of loyal nuncio service, took on the responsibility of Prefect of the Congregation for Causes of Saints, an office that kept him busy - some say overworked in investigating the countless causes for those who would be declared venerable, blessed and saint. On June 30, 1979 Pope John Paul II appointed him Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church, a position that is explained in our CATHOLIC CANVAS section of this issue. For more on this red-hat appointed by John Paul II back in his first Consistory of June 30, 1979, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church
Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church
In today's biography on Cardinal Paolo Bertoli we refer to him as being appointed "Chamberlain of Holy Roman Church." Also called a "Camerlengo" derived from the Italian Camer for "chamber" and lengo meaning "to oversee", the word evolved becomes "Chamberlain" in English. This office is always a cardinal and involves handling the financial matters of the College of Cardinals and the administration during the interim time between Popes. It is the Chamberlain who, in the event of the death of the Pope, makes the official announcement and closes the papal apartments. He then puts all documents and properties of the deceased pontiff under lock and key, "under seal" - so to speak. He is the one who heads up the interim administration. including calling together and overseeing the Sacred Conclave, and keeps record of all business conducted during Consistories. Once a new Vicar of Christ is selected he abdicates his authority to the rightful Authority of the Church - the new Pope. (source: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, Publishers)
January Gems that sparkle and provide sparkling Food for Thought Appeteasers
Today, we wrap up our January Gems with two more short light-hearted, but thought-provoking vignettes on the truths of doing God's will in all things for when we stray we venture into dangerous territory that can blip us out for eternity or scratch out our eyes. For the two sparklers, Why worry about the Y2K bug when we have JC1*? and Hooked, line and sinker!, click on JANUARY GEMS OF VALUE FOR FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
"I do solemnly tell you by your faithfulness you hasten my Immaculate Heart's Triumph."
Those words from the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #367 encompass the theme of most of her messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart and Our Lady's promise at Fatima that, "In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph." The Blessed Mother reinforces the need for prayer and reparation and alerts us that the persecutions and sufferings are increasing as are satan's efforts to wrestle souls to his camp and there will be many who cross over to the devil because of their neglect for her Divine Son Jesus and His laws. Our Lady alerts her faithful ones to pray for those who turn away from God and not to worry about physical pain or rebuke from the world for if we are rooted in all God wills, nothing in this world can harm our souls. For messages 367 and 368, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
6.0 Temblor devastates poor of Columbia
While the Holy Father was appealing to the world to have compassion toward the poor, more poor were thrown into havoc with a devastating 6.0 earthquake Monday afternoon that has claimed at least 2,000 lives and nearly 200,000 have been left homeless. Officials fear fatalities will be widespread because rescue efforts have been greatly hindered by the conditions that have made getting in and out of the destructive quake areas impossible. For more, click on Earthquake.
Bishops of America will unite in Cuba in response to Holy Father's call for unity
Two years ago Cuba was a closed island where few came in or left. A year after Pope John Paul II opened the avenue of understanding, Cuba has flung open its doors and warmly will welcome all the bishops of North and South America for the Latin America Episcopal Conference. This includes prelates from Canada and the United States as well as the Carribean, Mexico, Central America and all of South America who will all convene in Havana the beginning of the third week in February. For more, click on Cuban hub.
In Ecuador another priest gives up his life while helping others
Endeavoring to emulate Saint John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, Father Favio Rojas, a 41 year-old Salesian priest was shot to death in Quito, Ecuador this past Sunday while trying to help a young family that was being assaulted by muggers. The attackers knew their victim for Father Favio was wearing his cassock and cross as St. John Bosco had always done. The martyrdom of so many priests throughout the world has intensified because they stand for justice and right. For more, click on Martyred priest.
Church thrust into center of unrest in Congo and Indonesia
From the depths of the jungles in the Congo to the steamy island of Indonesia the Church has been thrown into the melee of unrest there, being falsely accused of inciting rebels to try to overthrow the government in the Congolese village of Brazzaville while in Indonesia a priest's eye-witness account is being challenged by local law enforcement agencies who are in a state of denial regarding Muslim aggression against Christians that has claimed over one-hundred lives. For more, click on Unrest
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WORD OF THE DAY
"Be not emulous of evil men, and desire not to be with them; for their hearts plot violence, and their lips speak of foul play."
Proverbs 24: 1-2