January 21, 1998

January 28, 1999

vol. 10, no. 14


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      Today is the Feast of that great Dominican priest and Angelic Doctor of the Church Saint Thomas Aquinas. It marks the end of a string of feast days as we return to Ordinary Time with a weekday Mass tomorrow. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Thomas, click on DAILY LITURGY.


      Today's prayer is in honor of Saint Thomas Aquinas taken from the Preface of the Dominican Missal for today's Mass:

You raised up in Your Church the blessed Thomas, a Doctor Angelic in the integrity of his life and in the loftiness of his mind. You raised him up to strengthen Your Church with his salutary and solid doctrine, and to enlighten her as a sun; his wisdom, extolled by all, commands the administration of the whole world.


"Let us not love in word, neither with the tongue, but in deed and in truth."

1 John 3: 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

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 29th through January 31st.

  • LITURGY for the Third Friday in Ordinary Time, special observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, and the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time leading into February and the Fourth Monday in Ordinary Time.

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • ...and much more in our 20th issue for 1999!

  • To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.

    Love is the heart of the Theological Virtues

          Today we continue our segment on the Theological virtues, focusing on the first part of our series on Charity, the third of the virtues and what Love means and the virtue honored in this Year of God the Father. For love to be true it has to be a two way street. Yet for many it's only one direction - God gives and we take. It spite of this, God continues to give because of this special virtue, the heart of the Theological Virtues for Jesus has commanded us to love one another in Matthew 22: 39. For the ninety-third 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:

    Tantum Ergo

            The commemoration of the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas brings to mind one of the lasting gifts he left the Mystical Body of Christ - his beautiful hymn "Tantum Ergo" a rich prayer of praise and adoration that accompanies every benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The Angelic Doctor composed the longer prayer "Pange Lingua" in 1264 at the invitation of Pope Urban IV. The "Tantum Ergo" is actually the last two verses of the angelic "Pange Lingua" hymn, composed to honor the Holy Eucharist. The Latin words Pange lingua mean "sing my tongue" and the literal translation of Tantum ergo is "Therefore thou art so great" but, for rhyming and singing in English the loose translation is "Down in adoration falling." (sources: The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church, Benziger Brothers; Heraldic Design, Tudor Publishing Co., Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers).

    "Return love for Love and recognize satan's plot to take Me from you."

         It is fitting that Message #369 from Our Lord on the feast of another Thomas - the Apostle - coincides with the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, one of the most dedicated saints to adoration and praise of God and on the day we begin our segments on the Theological Virtue of Love. In the message conveyed on July 3, 1993 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, Jesus reinforces the importance of adoring Him in the Blessed Sacrament and the great graces of Love and Mercy He bestows on all those who spend time with Him there, who abide by His Will. His Blessed Mother Mary reaffirms her Divine Son's love, emphasizing the importance of the Theological Virtue of Love in Message #370 two days later. For these two messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

    Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW:

    When it comes to deciphering whether a sin is a sin, rationalization won't help.

          The media is quick to publicize that there are many Catholic who don't agree with what the Pope says on certain aspects of their faith, especially regarding birth control and abortion. Today, Pat Ludwa, challenges all Catholics to realize no matter how much we rationalize what we do, we are still accountable to God and, when that time comes, we may be surprised how many sins we really committed. It's better that we realize this sooner, rather than later. For more, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW


    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".

    "There is no cure for want of love but love. There will always be love for the lovable, but there will never be love for the unlovable unless we begin to love them for God's sake."

    with a Catholic slant

    provided by
    Catholic World News Service
    and Noticias Eclesiales Church News

    NOTE: For articles on the Holy Father's visit to St. Louis, click on PAPAL VISIT


      Church hopes new directives of Exorcism will educate faithful and expedite exit of evil one

            The mystique surrounding the rite of Exorcism will hopefully be cleared up with the Congregation of Divine Worship's release of the 84-page document De Exorcismus et supplicationibus quibusdam, the first since 1614. The new directives reinforce the definitive existence of the legions of hell as a basic doctrinal belief we must accept. Because the document, signed by the Holy Father, was released only in Latin, it may be some time before it is translated into English. For more, click on Be gone, satan!.

      Columbian bishops call for all to unify in helping those victims devastated by the terrible temblors there

            On the heels of the most damaging and devastating earthquake in Columbian history, the Columbia Bishops Conference, headed by Archbishop Alberto Giraldo Jaramillo, called for everyone to rally behind efforts targeted to relieve the suffering and losses of the tens of thousands injured and nearly 200,000 left homeless after Monday's shocker. Another quake shook the country Wednesday and the entire populace are in great fear of more which hinders the bishops efforts to centralize a plan to aid the victims. For more, click on Columbia calamity.

      Yet another priest shot to death; this one in the Dominican Republic

            This is getting to be a bad, bad habit globally: It seems that every other day or so we must report the martyrdom of another priest or religious in some part of the world. We have a dire shortage as it is and with the loss of each one it further depletes the flock. This time Father Cipriano Ibanez, a Spanish Salesian priest was gunned down by carjackers enroute to celebrate Mass in the Dominican Republic city of Santa Domingo. The CWN report yesterday reported the priest killed in Ecuador was a Salesian where, in actuality, he was a Franciscan priest. They regret the error. For more, click on Another martyr

      The only blessing of the riots in Indonesia: East Timor could get their independence!

            For over the past two decades the government of Indonesia has stubbornly refused to grant East Timor independence status as the UN has called for since their release from Portugal. Now, because of the problems with student unrest, vehement rioting and religious wars that have thrown Indonesia into economic and cultural chaos, they might be ready to "unload" the nation that has been their biggest headache. It is also a matter of cultures for East Timor is heavily Catholic through the centuries-old influence of the Portuguese while Indonesia is predominantly a Muslim country. For more, click on Independence from Indonesia.

    For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales. Both CWN and NE are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

    Events that happened this day in Church History

          On this day in 814, the great and blessed Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne died. Like another emperor Constantine, Charlemagne played a significant role in the advancement of the Holy Roman Church for it was he who did more than the Popes of his time to advance the hierarchy, disciplines and doctrines of the Church and restore the unity of the liturgy during a tenuous time in the Holy See. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


         Today, in honor of the great Saint Thomas Aquinas, we feature the official site of his Order - DOMINICAN ORDER OF PREACHERS. It is the web site for the religious community founded by Saint Dominic and enhanced by St. Thomas and others and is dedicated to preaching, teaching and fostering devotion to the Rosary.
    COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 337 and counting, hoping and praying...

    January 28, 1999       volume 10, no. 19

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