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  • CATHOLIC PewPOINT editorial
  • APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH: Second Epistle of St. John
  • Events that happened this day in Church History
  • VIDEOS & VIRTUES
  • SIMPLY SHEEN
  • Medjugorje Message for January, 2000
  • Be an Angel! Help the DailyCATHOLIC reach every corner of the earth!


  • What's in the cards for future American cardinals? Don't bet everything on it, but...the Big Apple beckons!

        In today's editorial, we have some fun speculating on who will succeed Cardinal John J. O'Connor as the ninth Archbishop of New York and a sure cardinalate appointment. The expected announcement is expected to come soon as well as an anticipated Consistory this Jubilee Year which would be Pope John Paul II's ninth in which he is expected to appoint no less than fifteen new red-hats and no more than twenty. It would seem the Holy Father has a blessed touch wherever he goes for four of the stadiums he has graced in America during his Papal Visits have seen their team go on to win championships in their sport from 1979 through this past year when the Pope blessed the Ram's home in St. Louis. Because of that it was practically a sure bet that the Rams would lock up Super Bowl XXXIV. Another sure bet is that the upcoming appointments for key bishoprics will not go to progressive prelates. For today's editorial Liberal bishops are sinking fast in a sea of conservative sees , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    Liberal bishops are sinking fast in a sea of conservative sees

    Michael Cain, editor

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    Appreciation of the Second Epistle of Saint John

       Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith, concentrating on the Books of the New Testament with today bringing you the Second Epistle of Saint John the Apostle. For the one-hundredth installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    installment 100: THE SECOND EPISTLE OF ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE

          The direct external evidence that John's Second Epistle as well as the Third Epistle was written by the beloved Apostle is not extensive. Yet sufficient references to both Epistles are found in early patristic literature to prove their authorship and authenticity. Besides, we have a number of indirect testimonies in the citation of passages obviously derived from either the Second or the Third Epistle. Again, the vocabulary throughout is precisely that which is found in the Gospel and in the First Epistle.

          The ideas and expressions of the Second Epistle are the same as those of the First; hence its composition must have been prompted by the same or similar occasions. It was probably written towards the end of the first century.

          The recipient of the Second Epistle is addressed as "Elect Lady." The meaning of the title is obscure. Many have thought that an individual is meant, one whose name was Kuria or Elect, or simply "an elect lady." Others have seen in the title a mere symbol, either of the universal Church, or of some particular church in Asia Minor.

          The Apostle commends the recipients of the letter for their steadfastness in the true Faith, and exhorts them to persevere, lest they lose the reward of their labors. He exhorts them to love one another, but warns them to have no fellowship with heretics, and not even to greet them.

      Tomorrow: The Third Epistle of St. John

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    Events that happened this Weekend in Church History

      On this date 1,228 years ago in 772 Pope Hadrian I was chosen the 95th successor of Peter. During his 23 year papacy he restored the walls of Rome and the ancient aqueducts and was responsible for constructing the golden statue of the tomb of St. Peter and other elaborations at the Vatican. He was a strong opponent of iconoclasm and called the 7th Ecumenical Council at Nicaea for the specific purpose of condeming this heresy. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Historical Events in Church Annals for February 1:

    • 251 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Pionius and his fifteen companions who were burned at the stake during the persecution of Roman emperor Decius after his soldiers discovered Pionius, a priest, celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the companions and praying for the recently martyred Saint Polycarp.

    • 348 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Severus, Bishop of Ravenna who accompanied the papal legate to the Synod of Sardica in 344 after he had been chosen bishop by the people because of a white dove which kept alighting on his shoulder despite his efforts to shoo it away. The people realized it was truly a sign from the Holy Spirit. He was married before becoming a bishop and therefore allowed to remain wed. His wife and daughter died before him and on this date in 348, after having said Holy Mass retired to their grave and died next to them. He was a weaver by trade and is considered the patron saint of weavers and hatters.

    • 405 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Paul of Troix, Bishop of Trois-Chateaux. Having been born in Rheims, he was able to escape his barbarian captors and fled to Arles where he became a hermit before being selected bishop.

    • 525 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Brigid of Kildare, eccentric saint who is said to have "bridged the gap between Christian and pagan cultures." She could be considered the first charismatic saint. There are many legends of her evangelization efforts with the people and her great love of animals, beasts that could have devoured her, but, because of her gentle manner, they were tame in her presence.

    • 656 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Sigebert, king of Austrasia in eastern France who was christened by Saint Amand at Orleans and tutored by Saint Cunibert. He founded several monasteries , churches and hospitals in the region.

    • 772 A.D.
    • Election of Pope Hadrian I, 95th successor of Peter whose pontifcate would last 23 years during which he would restore the walls of Rome and the ancient aqueducts as well as build the golden statue at the tomb of St. Peter and the silver pavement in front of the altar of the Confession. He would also convene the landmark Seventh Ecumenical Council at Nicaea which would condemn Iconoclasm.

    • 1645 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Henry Morse, Jesuit priest who was martyred by hanging at the hands of the English Protestants after celebrating Mass. He, himself a convert, was responsible for the conversions of many both during his life and after his death.

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    This week we take to the skies for two excellent selections and a British mystery with twists and turns

       Today an excellent British mystery makes its debut in the video stores - "The Winslow Boy" which is an adaptation by David Mamet of the 1948 film of the same name which still packs an intelligent punch. Also, we take to the skies to bring you a classic in Jimmy Stewart's "Spirit of St. Louis" and the most recent feel-good film - "October Sky". For the reviews of these videos, see VIDEOS & VIRTUES

    VIDEOS & VIRTUES

    We strongly recommend...

    • OCTOBER SKY (PG) (Released a year ago, it didn't do that well at the Box Office, but it is a true story that will motivate all movie-goers. Plus, you won't be embarrassed to shed a few tears in the privacy of your own home when you rent this one. )
           Because of a mining tragedy, fleeting parental abuse and a few muttered profanities, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. "October Sky" is an uplifting tale set in 1957 rural West Virginia where a miner's son rejects his father's occupation, instead enlisting three schoolmates to build a functioning rocket in hopes of winning a college scholarship. The fact-based story sensitively dramatizes the familial conflicts and how the impoverished youngsters persevere to better themselves with higher education. February 1999

    OUR RECOMMENDED CLASSIC FOR THE WEEK:

    • THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS (G) (No, we're not talking about the excitement in the gateway city in the aftermath of the Ram's Super Bowl victory, but rather of the classic film of Charles Lindbergh masterfully played by Jimmy Stewart that has become a classic. Lindbergh wasn't from St. Louis but rather was born in Little Falls, Minnesota; flew a plane made in San Diego and departed from New York but it was the spirit that counted - not only the name of the plane, but his own perseverance. )
           The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-I -- general patronage. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. "The Spirit of St. Louis" stars James Stewart in the role of Charles Lindbergh as he makes aviation history in 1927 by being the first to fly nonstop from New York to Paris. In this 1957 production, Stewart convincingly portrays the character's courage and determination on his solo flight across the Atlantic, despite early aviation's considerable dangers. July 1997

    New Videos released today:

    • THE WINSLOW BOY (PG) (Slow, but interesting script where innocence conquers infringement on our rights as the Winslow boy's brilliant defense lawyer unravels a mysterious and surprising chain of events. )
           The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-I -- general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G -- general audiences. In "The Winslow Boy" a 1910 London father (played by Nigel Hawthorne) believes the naval academy has wrongly expelled his 14-year-old son for stealing a five-shilling postal order, so at great cost to his family engages a prominent lawyer (Jeremy Northam) to prove the lad's innocence. The story unfolds through elegant dialogue and a marvelous cast of characters, fine tuning playwright Terence Rattigan's period piece about British justice upholding the rights of a citizen against the power of the state. May 1999

    • STIR OF ECHOES (R) (The echo goes out: Halloween is over, why waste your time wanting to be scared? Kevin Bacon has fallen into type-casting and this one isn't one of his best! He is only an echo of himself in this lame horror thriller.)
            Because of some violence, a shadowy sexual encounter, brief nudity and recurring profanity and rough language, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. "Stir of Echoes" is a ghost story in which a family man Kevin Bacon starts having violent hallucinations about a vanished teen and becomes obsessed with locating her body on his property. While Bacon's character is sympathetic the villains are obvious in this minimally suspenseful thriller. September 1999

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    Parenting can be God's kiln of kindness

       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".

    "The duty of parents to children is to rule while avoiding exasperating severity on the one hand and excessive indulgences on the other. God gives parents a child as so much plastic material that can be molded for good or evil."

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    January 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit.

      "Dear children! I call you, little children, to pray without ceasing. If you pray, you are closer to God and He will lead you on the way of peace and salvation. That is why I call you today to give peace to others. Only in God is there true peace. Open your hearts and become those who give a gift of peace and others will discover peace in you and through you and in this way you will witness God's peace and love which He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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