January 4, 1999

January 4, 1999

vol. 10, no. 1


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      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".

"The mind is like an hourglass through which ideas pass like sands, nothing remaining."


     Today's Prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

     Lord God, You blessed Mother Elizabeth Seton with gifts of grace as wife and mother, educator and foundress, so that she might spend her life in service to your people. Through her example and prayers may we learn to express our love for You in love for our fellow men and women.

Events in Church History

     On this date in 236 Pope Saint Eutychian was elected as the 27th successor of Peter during a time of great persecution under the Roman Emperor Aurelian. He introduced the vestment "Dalmatic" into the Roman rite. For more on that, see CATHOLIC CANVAS. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today. Click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church

   The "Dalmatic", introduced by Pope Saint Eutychian is an outer liturgical vestment with short open sleeves, an opening for the head, and open at the sides from the hem to the shoulders and is worn over the alb and stole. It is so named since it was originally made of Dalmatian wool. It reaches to or below the knees and is worn by the deacon at solemn Mass or religious functions. (source: The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, Publishers)


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Holy Father asserts world peace can only be attained through respect for human dignity

      On the thirty-second World Day of Peace, coinciding with the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, the Holy Father issued a call for all nations to respect human life by respecting man's dignity as he addressed thousands at St. Peter's on New Year's Day. On the last day of the year the Pope gave thanks for all the blessings God has bestowed on Holy Mother Church. For more, click on New Year's Message

100,000 hosts being readied for papal visit by host St. Louis by nuns in archdiocese

      Monasteries throughout the St. Louis Archdiocese are busy kneading and baking hosts in preparation for the Papal Mass in three weeks. At that time diocesan officials are hopeful the weather will cooperate both for the Pope's visit and so that they can plant more than 800 trees in his honor. For more, click on St. Louis prepares to host.

Six Catholic Clergy injured in attack in India by Hindu extremists

      A year that has been marked by an extraordinary amount of clergy killings and persecutions finished on a down note when four priests and two nuns were hurt when their church in Ahmedabad, India was torched by Hindu extremist mobs out of control. For more, click on Hindu attacks.

Barcelona Cardinal speaks out, urges Moslem to reciprocate with Christian Churches in their countries

     Frustrated with Islam demands that more mosques be built in Western Europe, Cardinal Ricard Marķa Carles, archbishop of Barcelona has asked Muslim nations to reciprocate by placing the same amount of Christian churches in their country. How far he will get is not known since Muslim nations forbid Christian churches in their countries. But the bottom line is if they don't reciprocate, then mosques should be forbidden in Catholic countries. For more, click on No churches, no mosques!.

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"For all of my children call upon St. Joseph and seek his powerful intercession."

      Those words above from the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #333 were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker on May 1, 1993 in which Our Lady beseeches all to imitate her "beloved earthly chaste spouse" in these dire times. In her Message #332 preceding this on April 29, the Blessed Mother does not mince words in warning her little ones of the wiles of the world and satan. For the messages 332 and 333, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

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Intelligent philosophical and theological formation must never be lacking in the Church.

     On the feast of one of the first women Doctors of the Church Saint Teresa of Jesus, the Holy Father issued his 13th encyclical on the foundations of faith and reason entitled Fides et Ratio. Today we continue with the tenth part of this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The twelfth installment continues the fifth chapter The Magisterium's interventions in philosophical matters focusing on The Church's interest in philosophy in which the Holy Father continues to cite the wisdom of that angelic Doctor of the Church Saint Thomas Aquinas and adds to it the sage direction of Pope Leo XIII in his encyclicals. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the twelfth installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

Like Swiss cheese, Cardinal Gilberto Agustoni gets better with age

     Today we also debut a new series that we will bring you on a regular basis three times a week. Our first red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the 77 year-old Cardinal Gilberto Agustoni from Switzerland who was elevated to the conclave by Pope John Paul II in 1994. Since 1950 he has been a member of the Roman Curia. For more on Cardinal Agustoni, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION


      Today is the Feast of the first American-born saint Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, known affectionately to all as "Mother Seton" who left her mark from sea to shining sea as the founder of the American Daughters of Charity and as a religious educator. Tomorrow we celebrate another educator, the American Bishop Saint John Neumann. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignettes on these two saints, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.


      Today we proudly present, in honor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the excellent site operated by the SETON HOME STUDY SCHOOL which we strongly recommend.

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.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the priests. And all of you practice humility towards one another; for God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

1 Peter 5: 5


    For Day Eleven of the song that was actually a secret Catechism for persecuted Catholics, click on TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

361 and counting, hoping and praying...

January 4, 1999       volume 10, no. 1

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