FRI-SAT-SUN    January 7-9, 2000   vol. 11, no. 5   SECTION ONE

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Connecting and Compromise can bring about Reconciliation

    This weekend we bring you firsthand an exercise in reconciliation that had to be worked out in order for Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and his Archdiocese of Newark to be able to successfully launch their reconnect program for Reconciliation 2000 in April. But connecting was the biggest problem for the carrier forgot to carry the responsibility and it took two parties, polarized in their beliefs, to work out a thaw and warm the hearts of all by working out a compromise so the Archdiocese could connect with "Reconnect - a priest will listen" program. For today's editorial The moral: Hate never heals! Love conquers all! , go to CATHOLIC PewPOINT

The moral: Hate never heals! Love conquers all!

Michael Cain, editor


"Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour."

   In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto equates the beginning of the new millennium with God's great Mercy in as much as it was crisis-free. But that doesn't mean we're out of the woods; rather we should be ever mindful of His Mercy and Love and be constantly aware that we are here temporarily. For we don't know when God will decide to call us Home. That is His will alone. With that in mind Sister reminds us to think about that when we awake and just before we repose at night. By living His commandments and striving to do His Will, we can be assured we'll have nothing to fear when that inevitable time does come. By living His Will that great moment will allow us to celebrate like it's 9999 for we'll live well beyond that forever in eternity by living this brief moment on earth according to how our Creator wants. For her column this weekend, Safe Beginnings, go to GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

SAFE BEGINNINGS


Appreciation of the Gospel 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. We feature today the fourth of the four Evangelists - the beloved disciple Saint John, often symbolized by the Eagle for his writings soared above the rest in his ethereal approach and emphasis on the mystery of the Trinity and God's eternal love. His feast day is celebrated on December 27th. For the eighty-third installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

installment 83:   The Gospel of Saint John

    Saint John "the disciple whom Jesus loved," was the last to write his Gospel. He was a young man when first called to the apostolate and lived to an advanced old age. At Ephesus, where he lived till about the year 100 A.D., he wrote the Gospel at the request of the Elders.

    John and James were the sons of Aebedee, of the town of Bethsaida. They were fishermen by trade. They had attached themselves as disciples to John the Baptist, and from him learned that Jesus was the Messiah. They were among the first whom Jesus invited to follow Him, and later were called to be with Him permanently. They wre among the chosen Twelve. With Peter, they were permitted to share some of the more hidden experiences of their Master.

    John was particularly intimate with Jesus, as his title of "beloved disciple" and his positin at the Last Supper clearly show. To him Our Lord entrusted the care of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We do not wonder, therefore, that he was able to reach such spiritual heights in his Gospel, or that tradition has assigned to him the symbol of the eagle.

    The purpose of the Gospel is stated in 20, 31: "...that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name." To establish this truth, the evangelist recounts certain of Our Lord's miracles, and the teachings which were associated with them. He assumes that his readers know the Synoptic Gospels, and in some points completes their narrative. But all other possible motives of the Gospel are subordinate to his main theme, which he unfolds with convincing force.

Tomorrow: Acts of the Apostles


Events that happened this weekend in Church History

Pope Saint Pius V
    On Friday 434 years ago in 1566, Cardinal Michele Ghislieri was elected the 225th successor of Peter. He would choose the name Pope Pius V and would go on to become not only a great Sovereign Pontiff but a saint as well. He solidified and carried out all the documents of the Council of Trent including the Tridentine Mass as well as having the sad responsibility of excommunicating Queen Elizabeth for her persecution of Catholics. His greatest triumph came with the stunning victory of LePanto. For many of the other time capsule events that happened in Church history over this weekend, go to MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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We need to relearn the meaning of 'No!'

    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".

"It is not easy to say 'No' to oneself; that is why so many philosophers have erected a philosophy of life based on saying 'Yes' to every impulse and desire while dignifying it with the name 'self-expression.' But the fact still remains that serious progress in every walk of life demands some form of restraint."


The DAILY WORD

    "And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galiliee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately on coming up from the water e saw the Heavens opened and the Spirit, as a dove, descending and remaining upon Him. And there came a voice from above the Heavens, 'Thou art My beloved Son, in Thee I am well pleased.'"
Mark 1: 9-11

December 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    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.

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