O God, Who didst give Blessed Hilary unto Thy people, to be a minister of eternal salvation; grant, we beseech Thee, that we may be worthy to have him as an intercessor in Heaven, whom we have had as a teacher of life on earth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
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.
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 15th through January 17th.
LITURGY for the First week in Ordinary Time, special observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, and the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time leading into the Second Monday in Ordinary Time and the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
...and much more in our 10th issue for 1999!
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.
Hope springs eternal!
Today we continue our segment on the Theological virtues, focusing on Hope, the second of the virtues and what it means. Too often we fail to plant the anchor of hope deeply into the solid soil of faith and our "hope" drifts from its intent, the waves of the world, the flesh and the devil thrash our finite ship to and fro until we become thrust onto the rocks of despair - the opposite of hope. It is only through the Cross of Jesus Christ that we can hope to have a solid foundation for Hope for He is the Anchor of Hope. It is in Him Whom we trust! For the ninety-first 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:
The anchor as a symbol of Hope
In our megafeature on the Church today and the Theological Virtue of Hope, we refer to it with the imagery of an anchor, which was used by Saint Paul in Hebrews 6: 19, "This hope we have, as a sure and firm anchor of the soul" The image of the anchor was used as prevalently as was the symbol of the fish in the catacombs for it represents not only Hope but the trunk and arm of the cross as well. Throughout Church iconography the anchor has been used to represent saints who embodied this Virtue of Hope and the anchor has long represented the our eternal salvation through Christ. This same reasoning caused the early hermits to become known as "anchorites" because they set down anchor in one place to carry on their spiritual life through prayer and penance so they would not drift back into the world. The anchorites were the forerunner of monastic living. (sources: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor, Publisher; My Catholic Faith, My Mission House, Publishers, and Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
"I solemnly tell you, my children, that Love is not loved."
In those words from the Blessed Virgin Mary to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the Solemnity of Pentecost in late May 1993, Our Lady reveals how we have lost the concept of love for love is not sensual or sexual, but rather a supernatural experience and the greatest Love is her Divine Son Jesus Who we have, for the most part, ignored in favor of the world, the flesh and the devil. She bemoans the fact that so few turn to her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit for guidance and asks on this day for all her little ones to begin anew. She repeats this plea in her succeeding message of May 25th in asking all to "pray from the heart" and not to look "to the world for solutions" for there are no solutions where lucifer reigns. For messages 349 and 350, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
SIMPLY SHEEN: A gift is a present for the present.
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".
"Often those who complain that they receive 'no breaks' in life are the very ones who have not utilized their God-given gifts."
NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Anticipation of Pope's message consumes Mexican officials with papal visit just over a week away
Many prelates and clergy in Mexico are anticipating that when Pope John Paul II speaks to the people in Mexico City at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe he will focus on human dignity but not go into specifics such as the tensions in Chiapas in the southern tip of Mexico bordering the equally troubled Guatamala. Mexico's Apostolic nuncio Justo Mullor cautioned all not to expect the Holy Father to deal with the Mexican problems as a judge and jury, but rather to continue as is his manor with gentle prodding in reminding all what Jesus asks of His children. For more, click on Papal Visit to Mexico.
Gay group tries to lay guilt on Vatican for their own sins
Marking the one-year anniversary of the tragic occasion when a homosexual man torched himself in St. Peter's Square, Rome's police were ready for the onslaught of gay demonstrators who attempted to gather there yesterday. Despite keeping them out of the square they still passed out leaflets condemning the Vatican for "imprisoning gays" by denying them their lifestyle. They forget that God set the Laws and the Church only strives to fulfill all the Almighty has commanded. For more, click on Gay Demonstration.
Tijuana Bishop asks Pope to address vital but ticklish migrant issue
Verifying that 30 million people pass through this northern-most largest Mexican border city, Bishop Rafael Romo Munoz has requested the Holy Father to address pastoral care for migrant workers, especially since Tijuana serves as the gateway to Mexico from the United States through Baja California. To honor the city a gigantic monument of Christ is being constructed out of fibreglass that, when finished, will reach out His arms over the entire city - a city of two extremes: either very, very rich or very, very poor where countless citizens live in cardboard shanties on the muddy slopes above the city. For more, click on Tijuana
Pontifical Council for the Laity to release special document focusing on the pastoral care of the elderly
Mindful that the baby boomers are getting older, the Holy See's Pontifical Council for the Laity headed by former Denver Archbishop Cardinal James Francis Stafford, will release soon a special document on the needs of the elderly titled "The Dignity and Mission of Aged Persons in the Church and in the World." For more, click on Document on Elderly .
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Events that happened this day in Church History
Since we are on the web it's appropriate to feature a saint often portrayed with a web - Saint Felix of Nola who died on this date in 260 A.D. Many times he was on the verge of being captured by the Romans because of his Christianity, but, through the grace of God, managed to escape; one time aided by a spider who spun an instant cobweb to hide him from his captors. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
WORD OF THE DAY
"For whatever things have been written for our instruction, that through the patience and the consolation afforded by the Scriptures we may have hope."
Romans 15: 4