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Today is the First Tuesday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow is the First Wednesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Hilary, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's Prayer is taken from the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and which we pray daily at Mass:
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, grant us peace.
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.
WORD OF THE DAY
"Hearken therefore, my children, to your father. Serve the Lord in truth, and seek to do the things that please Him; and command your children that they do justice and almsdeeds, and that they be mindful of God, and bless Him at all times in truth, and with all their power."
Tobias 14: 10-11
The second part of the Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain in our on-going series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
January gems that enrich FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on January 13th.
LITURGY for the feast of Saint Hilary and the First Wednesday and Thursday in Ordinary Time.
Another member of the Sacred Conclave is featured in COLLEGE OF CARDINAL COLLECTION
More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
A Daily Dose of Church facts laid out in the CATHOLIC CANVAS
...and much more in our 13th issue for 1999!
Finally, after a seventy-year exile, the Papacy returns to Rome with the last of the French Popes
Blessed Pope Urban V had come so close to returning the Holy See to Rome after sixty some years in Avignon. In fact, he did return, but, much to the chagrin and Heavenly warnings of Saint Bridget of Sweden, he forsook Rome to return to Avignon where he died. It was left to his successor Pope Gregory XI and another holy woman Saint Catherine of Siena to make the return to Rome permanent. But the return was not without its consequences for Gregory's poor military management and overzealous desire to rein in heretics alienated many, most notably the Italians. They in turn sent their secret weapon to win over the Pope - St. Catherine whose convincing and persevering manner helped bring the papacy out of its seventy-year Babylonian captivity at Avigon. For the eighty-eighth installment titled Pope Gregory IX: The end of exile as the Babylonian Captivity at Avignon comes to an end, but not without a price , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
It does no good just to wonder about signs and wonders, we must act on them for the sake of the children
In today's editorial we touch on signs of the Church and Heavenly signs and wonders in these critical times. We've all heard the rhetoric from the White House ad nauseum that whatever they have on their agenda is "for the sake of the children." They forget the scandal that they cause while speaking with forked tongue. We too can cause scandal if we are not aware of the damage being done to souls today. Unless we observe the rules implied in the signs, we're heading for a major head-on collision with satan. For today's commentary entitled The wonder of signs and wonders, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
CATHOLIC CANVAS: Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church
The three meanings of "Agnus Dei"
The word "Agnus Dei" has three meanings.
First, it is the title bestowed on Jesus Christ as the Lamb - the Victim paralleling the Old Testament account of Abraham who was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac but, at the last moment, God intervened and suggested a lamb caught in the thorn bushes as a sacrifice - a portent of the Son of God, Who would be offered up as the sacrificial lamb, crowned with thorns and Who is sacrificed anew each day in reenactment of this sacrifice in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
The second is the invocation prayer Agnus Dei prayed during the breaking of the Bread and the "commingling" at Holy Mass. This prayer is often said incorrectly for many of the faithful say "Who takest away the sin of the world." It should be "sins" because of the Latin peccata which is plural.
Finally "agnus Dei" is also the term for a circular-shaped sacramental made up of a small piece of wax left over from the Easter candles with the image of a lamb on one side and the Holy Father's coat of arms on the other or the image of a saint. The agnus Dei is blessed exclusively by the Pope on the Wednesday of Holy Week or the Thursday after Easter during the first and seventh year of the Holy Father's papacy. Pope John Paul II has exercised this in 1979 and again in 1986 and 1993 and will do so again during the Jubilee Year 2000. This is why the "agnus Dei" sacramental is so special and rare. Their origins date back to the fourth century. This sacramental is used as protection against the devil, against sickness, temptations, plagues, and sudden death. It is also to protect pregnant women and for safe delivery at childbirth. Unlike other sacramentals and because it is so scarce, there is no indulgence to the "agnus Dei." (source: Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, Publishers; and Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, SJ, Doubleday.)
"I tenderly call you 'little children' in order that I, the Mother of God, might cradle you in my arms."
The words above come from the Blessed Virgin Mary in an effort to reveal why she is our Heavenly Mother as imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. In Message #345 Our Lady warns us that we judge the messenger and disgard the message and that plays right into satan's hands. She continues this thread in Message #346 when she points out that God the Father does not change or move to the left or right; that is what we do and she urges us all to return to the center and embrace Him and allow her to cradle us in her loving arms. For messages 345 and 346, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
New Archbishop of Lima, renowned for ending long hostage crisis, accepts challenges ahead
More well-known for being the international mediator in the four and a half month hostage siege of Japanese embassy, Archbishop Juan Luis Cipriani was formally appointed the new head of the sprawling archdiocese of Lima in Peru. He succeeds the retiring Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora. Speculation immediately began that Cipriani will soon be in line for a red-hat. Not one to be shy, Archbishop Cipriani addressed the people, pointing to the pastoral challenges ahead and saw great graces ahead for the people of Peru but not without hard, dedicated work on everyone's part. For more, click on Peru
Senseless slaughters continue as Columbia becomes blood bath in wake of killings by soldiers
A week after the horrible killings of 500 in the Congo, word comes that 80 have been senselessly slaughtered by Columbian troops. The shock of it all is that 20 were dragged from a baptism in church and lined up and shot methodically as others watched helplessly. Women and children were also pulled from their beds and executed outside at dawn by these radical soldiers who hold nothing sacred. For more, click on Columbia calamnity.
St. Louis Archdioce successfully shuts down pornographer who wanted to promote papal visit
It took a lot of prayers and a court order but the Archdiocese of St. Louis finally won out over a sleezy pornographer who had the audacity to try and solicit an audience through the association of the Pope and pornography. Whether the restraining order will be permanent will be determined this week but it is a landmark victory for decency regarding the internet where porn is so prevalent. For more, click on Gateway to decency.
Polish president promises solution to cross controversy at Auschwitz
During his trip to Jerusalem, the President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski assured Israeli authorities that his administration is close to passing legislation that will regulate and preserve memorial and holocaust sites from World War II. Such a law would remove the temporary crosses placed outside Auschwitz by zealous Catholics Israel has been adamant that all crosses be removed the Polish bishops have requested the commemorative cross planted to honor the Pope's visit remain. They also hope the former Carmelite convent, now a church, will be able to remain. For more, click on Auschwitz.
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Events Today in Church History
A plethora of little-known saints died on this day throughout the past two millenniums in Church annals. For all the pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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 are no juvenile delinquents; there are only delinquent parents for the duty of parents to children is to rule while avoiding exasperating severity on the one hand and excessive indulgences on the other."
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