TUESDAY    January 18, 2000   vol. 11, no. 12   SECTION ONE

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SECTION ONE Contents: Go immediately to the article:
  • CATHOLIC PewPOINT - tribute to Sister Mary Raphael, P.C.P.A.
  • Appreciation of the Precious Gift of our Faith: Philippians
  • VIDEOS & VIRTUES for the third week of January
  • Events today in Church History
  • Simply SHEEN
  • Daily LITURGY for January 18th and 19th
  • Daily WORD
  • Monthly Message from Medjugorje


  • Our Lord looks favorably on His loyal daughter Sister Mary Raphael, P.C.P.A. in just the way she envisioned Him in her art

        In today's editorial, we remember Sister Mary Raphael, P.C.P.A., the Mother Vicar of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Birmingham, Alabama who passed on to her Heavenly reward last Sunday on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. She was an integral part of Mother Angelica's life for the past fifty-three years and she will be dearly missed by Mother, the Sisters, staff of EWTN and all of us. Inside you will find our small tribute to this loyal, holy, orthodox nun, the likes of which may not pass our way again. For today's editorial Sister Mary Raphael is gone, but not forgotten! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    Sister Mary Raphael is gone, but not forgotten!

    Michael Cain, editor

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    Appreciation of the
    Epistle of Saint Paul to the Philippians

        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's introduction to Paul's Epistle to the Philippians. For the ninetieth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    installment 90:    The Epistle of Saint Paul the Apostle to the Philippians

        The church of Philippi was Saint Paul's first foundation on European soil. The vision of a man, of Macedonia calling for aid brought the Apostle, Saint Timothy and their comrades from Asia into Europe. In Acts 16, 11-40 Saint Luke narrates the conversions at Philippi, the cure of a girl possessed by a demon, the Apostle's imprisonment, his release and departure from that city.

        On at least two other occasions Philippi had the joy of welcoming its beloved Apostle. The people were deeply attached to St. Paul, helping him by alms in his missionary work; and Paul's special affection for them manifests itself in the Epistle. He hopes to be able to visit them soon.

        The occasion of its composition can be gathered from the Epistle. Learning that St. Paul had been cast into prison, the church at Philippi, in order to assist him, sent Epaphroditus with a sum of money and with instructions to remain beside the Apostle as his companion and servant. While thus employed, Epaphroditius fell sick and nearly died. Upon his recovery, St. Paul decided to send him back to Philippi. The Epistle expresses gratidude to the church for its gift and commends the service rendered by Epaphroditius.

        At the same time Paul takes the opportunity of exhorting the faithful to compose their disse4nsions, and he warns them against Jewish converts who wished to make Old Testament practices obligatory for Christians.

        No one but St. Paul could have composed such a letter. It was written from Rome in the year 63 A.D.

    Tomorrow: Colossians

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    New Weekly Feature: VIDEOS & VIRTUES

    "Gone With The Wind" remains an all-time classic having survived the test of time over sixty years.

        Since more Catholics rent movies nowadays, and we've had e-mails requesting we carry reviews of rentals as well as first-run movies we've decided to bring you reviews of the major films being released in video stores every Tuesday. Hopefully this will help somewhat in choosing a video or passing on it no matter the hype. Like the movies, we bring you the Bishops' review on the video release. This week we highlight our favorite pic of the week - an all-time classic that catapulted legends Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh to fame back in 1939. It just gets better with age. Another duo is due out today - a pair of comedians who can be brilliant if they tone it down. For the most part Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin do in the hilarious "Bowfinger". For new releases this week, see VIDEOS & VIRTUES

    VIDEOS & VIRTUES

    We strongly recommend...

  • GONE WITH THE WIND (G) (This sixty year-old classic still evokes awe. And to think this movie, written by Margaret Mitchell, was once considered risque and rated "B" because of the language - "Frankly, Scarlet, I don't give a damn!" and the illicit affair between Gable and Leigh. Today it's considered "G" rated. What does that tell us about our moral standards today?)
          Because of wartime violence, romantic complications and period black stereotyping, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G -- general audiences. "Gone With The Wind" is a romantic saga spanning 20 years in the troubled life of ambitious southern belle Vivian Leigh after she loses aristocratic Leslie Howard to another, then marries dashing Clark Gable, with unhappy results. Produced in 1939, the story's setting re-creates the myth of the Old South, its destruction in the Civil War and the tribulations of Reconstruction. June 1998


    New Videos released today:

  • BOWFINGER (PG-13) (Toned-down Eddie Murphy meets a brilliant Steve Martin in a sleeper comedy )
          Because of its comic treatment of a starlet's implied promiscuity, an instance of rough language and a few crude expressions, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. In "Bowfinger," a desperate Hollywood producer (played by Steve Martin) secretly shoots footage of a top action star (played by Eddie Murphy) to use in his sci-fi-alien movie, but the star's paranoid fear of alien invaders produces comic complications. Steve Martin's script lampoons all sorts of Tinseltown pretensions with wry affection. August 1999

  • AN IDEAL HUSBAND (PG-13) (Classic British fare via this Oscar Wilde vehicle)
          Because of fleeting nudity and sexual innuendo plus references to fraud and deceitful behavior, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "An Ideal Husband," Oscar Wilde's 1895 drawing-room comedy of manners, finds a rising London politician (Jeremy Northam) in danger of losing his career and adored wife (Cate Blanchett) unless a spoiled bachelor ally (Rupert Everett) can outwit a blackmailing femme fatale (Julianne Moore). The streamlined adaptation is visually and verbally elegant with an able ensemble cast skewering the era's social pretensions. June 1999

  • THE WOOD (R) (It seems a long way to go to reach maturity and responsibility!)
          Because of sexual situations, brief violence, fleeting rear nudity, minimal profanity and much rough language, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. "The Wood" is a drawn-out yet warm-hearted tale of three African-American buddies, one of whom (played by Taye Diggs) vaccilates about taking his vows hours before his wedding while another (Omar Epps) recalls in flashback their awkward teenage fumblings with the opposite sex a dozen years earlier. The comically intended macho posturings are overly familiar but the three are finally revealed as men more prepared to accept marital commitment. July 1999

  • THE 13TH WARRIOR (R) (Dark and violent, disappointing vehicle for Antonio Banderas who did so well in "Evita" and "Zorro")
          Because of some gory battlefield violence with decapitations, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. "The 13th Warrior" is a chaotic tale of tenth-century Vikings who force a traveling Arab diplomat Antonio Banderas to fight with them against savage cannibals decimating one of their kingdoms. The constantly panning camera, murky visuals and often incomprehensible dialogue amount to a dark and dreary horror film. August 1999

      While the reviews by the NCCB are very good and provide the ratings, we have discovered another site which will give you a much more detailed survey of what to watch out for. Just click on Christian Analysis of Culture Alert.

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    Events that happened
    today in Church History

        On this day 1,664 years ago in 336, Pope Saint Mark became the 34th successor of Peter. Though his pontificate would last only nine months he instituted the Pallium, made from the wool of a blessed lamb and decorated with black crosses. He also established the first calendar for religious feastdays and decreed that the Pope should be consecrated the Bishop of Ostia. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Historical Events in Church Annals for January 18:

    • 336 A.D.
    • Election of Pope Saint Mark as 34th successor of Peter. Born in Rome, he would decree that the Pope should be consecrated by the Bishop of Ostia and would institute the "Pallium" which is still in use. It is made from the wool of a previously blessed lamb and is decorated with black crosses. During his pontificate he would produce the first calendar of religious feastdays.

    • 580 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Faustina and Saint Liberata, biological sisters who were both Benedictine nuns and the co-foundresses of the Convent of Santa Margarita in Como, Italy. St. Faustina's name was taken in religious life by another some thirteen hundred year's later - Blessed Faustina Kowalska.

    • 1272 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Fazzio, a goldsmith by trade who founded the Order of the Holy Spirit in Cremona, Italy and died on this date at the age of 82.

    • 1774 A.D.
    • Death of Blessed Beatrix d'Este. After becoming a widow early in life, she retired to a Benedictine nunnery and after a period of preparation, founded the convent at Ferrara, Italy, naming it after St. Antony.

    • 1995 A.D.
    • Pope John Paul II begins his pastoral visit to Australia, a papal tour that would also take him to New Zealand and the Philippines.

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    The intention of giving is the proof that flows

        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".

    "Our Lord said: 'Let not your left hand know what your right hand gives' (cf. Matthew 6: 3). This was followed by the second principle of giving: The gift must be offered for a Divine reason. The cup of cold water will be given a reward a hundredfold if it is given in Christ's name."

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    DAILY LITURGY

        Today is the Second Tuesday of Ordinary Time in the Church Year while tomorrow is the Second Wednesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.

    Tuesday, January 18, 2000

      Tuesday January 18:
      Second Tuesday in Ordinary Time
      Beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

      Green vestments

        First Reading: 1 Samuel 16: 1-13
        Psalms: Psalm 89: 20-22, 27-28
        Gospel Reading: Mark 2: 23-28


    Wednesday, January 19, 2000

        First Reading: 1 Samuel 17: 32-33, 37, 40-51
        Psalms: Psalm 144: 1-2, 9-10
        Gospel Reading: Mark 3: 1-6

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    The DAILY WORD

        "And He said to them, 'The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.'"

    Mark 2: 27-28
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    December 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! This is the time of grace. Little children, today in a special way with little Jesus, Whom I hold in my embrace, I am giving you the possibility to decide for peace.Through your 'yes' for peace and your decision for God, a new possibility for peace is opened. Only in this way, little children, this century will be for you a time of peace and well-being. Therefore, put little newborn Jesus in the first place in your life and He will lead you on the way of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.

    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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