January 8-10, 1999

January 8-10, 1999

vol. 10, no. 5


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      ;Friday and Saturday we wrap up the Christmas season before celebrating on Sunday the glorious feast of The Baptism of the Lord which serves as the gateway for the Ordinary Season which commences with the First Monday of Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignette on the Baptism of Jesus, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.


     This weekend's Prayer is taken from the Entrance Prayer for the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord:

O God, Your only-begotten Son appeared in the substance of our flesh. May He Who outwardly was like us, change us interiorily. Who lives and reigns.


"This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased."

Matthew 3: 17

"How I long to look upon My children, to heal them, to be the very Source of their life."

     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..."

    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


      Today we proudly present a special site maintained by contributing columnist Sister Mary Lucy Astuto, a very devoted and traditional nun who we have had the great pleasure and honor to have contributed to this publication for eight years now. Today we feature her inspiring site at HEART OF MARY MINISTRY. We encourage you to peruse the excellent tapes on musical devotion to Our Lord and Our Lady.

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service and Noticias Eclesiales Church News


More killings in Africa as priests continue to be targets of the rebels

      On the heels of the bloody massacre of 500 innocent civilians on New Year's day in the Congo, the persecution continues in the dark continent with news of a priest and catechist being shot to death on January 6th while at the same time also on the western coast of Africa in Sierra Leone three Italian missionary priests have been taken hostage by rebel troops. Much to the dismay of the Vatican priests are being targeted from China to India to Africa. For more, click on Dark times in Africa

Everybody wants to get in on the act for the Pope's St. Louis papal visit, even a notorious pornographer!

      Exploitation has no rules as evidenced by the news that a notorious on-line pornographer Seth Warshavsky is setting up a special site that will chronicle the events of the Holy Father's papal visit to St. Louis. His logic escapes us as well as the Diocese who are bitterly opposed to such tactics that will cleverly and satanically include references to sex which is a true affront and sacrilege to the reverent event. However, all decent parties are helpless to prevent it since it will be on the internet which is unregulated. The best thing any of us can do is not go there. For more, click on Is nothing sacred?.

President of Argentina to be guest of honor at Papal Mass in Mexico City

      Many heads of state will be at the Papal Mass in Mexico City on January 23 in the great basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe including Argentina's President Carlos Saul Menem who has already been honored by the Church for his outstanding contributions to the Church in his country. The personal invitation to Menem was extended by Mexico's ranking prelate Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera who will concelebrate the Mass with the Pope who will give his much-anticipated post-synodal Apostolic Letter to the Bishops. For more, click on Synod invite.

Vatican official embraces Epiphany of the Euro, likens it to the star that guided the wise men to the crib

      The President of the office of Prefecture for Economic Affairs of the Holy See Archbishop Sergio Sebastiani used the occasion of the Epiphany to the star of Bethlehem but warned that any unity should not be based on economics alone, but on the "fundamental values of men" which is the foundation of Christianity. For more, click on Epiphany of the Euro.

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      A Synod refers to a periodic gathering of clergy at the diocesan level or of bishops at the international, national, territorial or provincial level. At the local level the bishop presides over the clergy, while at a Synod of Bishops, such as the one the Holy Father will officially close in Mexico City later this month, the bishops are called together to determine in a collegial manner what is best for the Universal Church as directed by Canon Law. (source: The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, Publishers)
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The Agony and the Ecstasy: A dichotomy of emotions

      In this weekend's editorial we stretch out the canvas of hope, applying the lacquer of truth and the palette of examples in which Pope John Paul II has proven he is a "man for the millennium" providing the spiritual and temporal brush strokes to complete God's masterpiece in time for exhibiting this exemplary artwork in the new millennium, promoting the sanctity and dignity of life in all its stages just as the Almighty designed. God has charged His specially chosen protege and Vicar on earth to be the beacon of morality, goodness and decency in a world blinded by the dark shadows of satan. For this weekend's commentary "The Agony and the Ecstasy", click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

Turning over a new leaf in 1999.

      In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto delves into what New Year's resolutions mean and what resolutions are really important in this final year of the millennium, a year that could be turned topsy-turvy for 1999 turned over reads 6661. Could that be an omen? Even if it were, Sister points out that we have nothing to fear if we resolve to follow God's Will on a daily basis for we are totally at His Mercy and that Divine Mercy can truly be our salvation. For Sister's column, How 'bout a daily resolution?!? , click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


Like the sands of time, the mind sifts through memories that can be good or bad

      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 is education and learning. For words of wisdom from Bishop Sheen, click on Simply Sheen.

Though not eligible for the Sacred Conclave, Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini's tireless work with health care workers makes him eligible for great graces

      We continue with this new series that debuted last week, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our third red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the Italian Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini who hails from Rome where he was born and has served the Church for most of his 82 years. For more on Cardinal Angelini, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

Events this weekend in Church History

      On Sunday, January 10th we commemorate the election of one great Pope - Pope Saint Fabian upon whom the Holy Spirit alighted on at the instant of his selection as the 20th successor of Peter. We also commemorate the death of another holy pontiff - Blessed Pope Gregory X who was elected after the cardinals had dallied for nearly three years and the people, so frustrated with their inactions, removed the roof of their conclave and imposed a strict fast of bread and water until they chose the 184th successor of Peter. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

357 - 356 - 355 and counting, hoping and praying...

January 8-10, 1999       volume 10, no. 5

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