TUESDAY    January 11, 2000   vol. 11, no. 7   SECTION ONE

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SECTION ONE Contents: Go immediately to the article:
  • CATHOLIC PewPOINT editorial
  • Appreciating the Gift of Faith: Romans
  • VIDEOS & VIRTUES
  • Events Today in Church History
  • Daily LITURGY
  • The DailyWORD
  • December 25th Medjugorje Message


  • It's time to ignite hearts with our prayers and put the torch to the dissidents' movement in bidding adieu to the bonfire of the Vatican II vanities!

       In today's editorial, we ask the Bishops of the United States why we can't have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as Vatican II intended - the Latin Novus Ordo with parts of it in the vernacular, not all of it! The sorry state our liturgy has fallen into today can be blamed on the bad fruits of the "spirit of Vatican II," not the Council itself. As we point out it will take both prayer and a re-education of Catholic Doctrine to touch hearts and souls and bring them back to a realization of Who the Holy Eucharist truly is - Jesus Christ, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity! It's a long process that must begin in our homes through prayer and through that for all of us to bloom where we are planted in our own parishes to institute Eucharistic Adoration and for all to reassess the value and necessity of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. For today's editorial Are we ready for the bonfire! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    Are you ready for the bonfire!

    Michael Cain, editor

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    Appreciation of the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans

       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 Romans. For the eighty-fifth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    installment 85:    The Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans

        Saint Paul's Epistle to the Romans is given the position of honor at the head of all the New Testament Epistles. It was written at Corinth during the winter 57-58 A.D. at the close of St. Paul's third missionary journey, prior to his voyage to Jerusalem, where at the instigation of his bitter Jewish adversaries he was to be arrested and afterwards held prisoner for several years. This date for the composition of the Epistle is arrived at by comparing the circumstances and persons to which it alludes with those at Corinth during St. Paul's sojourn there at the close of his third missonary journey.

        St. Paul during this period of his missionary activity had rather thoroughly covered the territory in the eastern world, and was looking for new fields to evangelize in the West. He intended, accordingly, after visiting Jerusalem, to journey to Spain, stopping en route at Rome. In this letter he wished to inform the Romans of his intended visit and to set before them the fruits of his meditations on the great religious question of the day, justification by faith and the relation of this new system of salvation to the Mosaic religion.

        Although he had previously dealt briefly with the question in the Epistle to the Galatians, St. Paul had not thus far had the apportunity of fully developing in writing his doctrine on this point. But now wishing to introduce himself to the Romans, he seized the opportunity of setting forth a lengthy statemtnt and defense of his doctrine, not only for the Romans but also for the various Christian communities throughout the world.

    Tomorrow: First Corinthians

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    NEW FEATURE: "Life is Beautiful" is the best video to rent, one that will touch the heart like no other!

       We introduce a new feature today that we will bring you every Tuesday which parallels our Friday feature MOVIES & MORALS. 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 (if not the year and decade) - "Life is Beautiful" by the Catholic Italian star Roberto Benigni who won an Academy Award for Best Actor who so powerfully portrayed a loving husband and father trying desperately to protect his wife and son from the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp. For new releases this week, see VIDEOS & VIRTUES

    VIDEOS & VIRTUES

    We strongly recommend...

  • LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (PG-13) (Achieved what Steven Spielberg tried to do! Will last with you long after you've seen this excellent four-star film that moved the Pope as well!)

    New Videos released today:

  • LAKE PLACID (R) (Bark is worse than its bite!)
          Because of some predatory violence with decapitations, sex references, occasional profanity and intermittent rough language, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. "Lake Placid" is a lame horror-comedy in which big-city paleontologist Bridget Fonda, earnest game warden Bill Pullman and wealthy eccentric Oliver Platt insist on helping a rural sheriff catch a huge crocodile that has devoured a few locals. The movie offers sparse spurts of comic mileage and suspense is equally absent. Released: July 1999

  • MYSTERY MEN (PG-13) (Stupid, but harmless!)
          Because of intermittent comic violence and some toilet humor, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "Mystery Men" is a dopey spoof in which seven would-be superheroes (including Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, Janeane Garofalo and William H. Macy) combine their kooky talents to outwit a nasty megalomaniac (Geoffrey Rush) intent on leveling their metropolis. The ensemble cast offers only sporadic laughs and a chaotic script further dilutes the comedy-fantasy. August 1999

  • DETROIT ROCK CITY (R) (Don't waste your time or soul on this trash!)
         Because of its acceptance of teen recreational drug abuse, demeaning depictions of the clergy, implied sexual encounters including one in a church confessional, some violence, brief nudity, occasional profanity and constant rough language, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is 0 -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Set in 1978, "Detroit Rock City" is a crude comedy that has four pot-smoking teen-age boys willing to do anything, from stealing to prostitution, to secure tickets to a Detroit concert that night by the rock band Kiss. The shrill proceedings lionize the youngsters' anti-social behavior in what is little more than an extended commercial for the raunchy rock band. 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 1,686 years ago in 314, Pope Saint Miltiades, the 32nd successor of Peter, passed on to his Heavenly reward. It was this Pope who enjoyed the end of the persecutions with the great Roman Emperor Constantine whose edict made Christianity the state religion and opened up new vistas and opportunities for the Church that hitherto had been closed. Miltiades is also credited, with the funding and approval of Constantine, in building the first Basilica of Saint John Lateran, given to the Holy Father by the Lateran family of Rome. It's amazing all that he accomplished since his pontificate lasted only three years. 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 11:

    • 142 A.D.
    • Death of Pope Saint Hyginus, 9th successor of Peter. Athenian-born, he was elected in 138 after a two year vacancy after the martyrdom of Pope Saint Telesphorus. Hyginus determined the different prerogatives of the clergy and defined the grades of the ecclesiastical heiarchy. He instituted the use of godparents at baptism to assist the new catechumen during their Christian life. He also decreed that all churches be consecrated.

    • 180 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Leucius of Brindisi, who was the first Bishop of Brindisi. He was assigned there from Alexandria in Egypt by Pope Saint Soter. This St. Leucius is not to be confused with another St. Leucius from the 600's..

    • 250 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Alexander of Fermo, bishop of Fermo, Italy who became a martyr during the persecution of Roman emperor Decius.

    • 314 A.D.
    • Death of Pope Saint Miltiades, 32nd successor of Peter. This African-born pontiff was elected on July 2, 311 and it was during his papacy that the emperor Constantine, after his vision "in hoc signo vinces" issued his decree of tolerance for the Christian Faith. The blessed bread dates from Militiades pontificate and it was he who constructed, with the help of Constantine, the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

    • 325 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Palaemon, anchorite abbot who, with Saint Pachomius a former soldier, founded many hermitages. Palaemon was one of the first of the Egyptian hermits.

    • 500 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Honorata of Pavia Benedictine nun from Pavia, Italy. She was the sister of Saint Epiphanius, bishop who paid a ransom to the king of Heruli after the monarch had kidnapped her.

    • 529 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Theodosius of Cappadocia often called the "Cenobiarch." He was a lector who sought to be a hermit and sought out Saint Simon the Stylite in Antioch before moving on to the Holy Land where he died on this date in Bethlehem.

    • 570 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Anasasius of Castel Sant'Elia. This former notary of the Church became a Benedictine and was appointed abbot of the Castel Sant'Elia Monastery where he died on this date in 570.

    • 625 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Vitalis, Benedictine monk from Gaza. His later life as a religious was dedicated to ministering to harlots in an attempt to convince them to amend their ways. Many nights he would pay a prostitute in order that he might not sleep with her, but rather preach to her and be assured that, at least for one night, she would not be in sin. Many women were converted by his sincerity and genuine care for their souls.

    • 705 A.D.
    • Death of Pope John VI, 85th successor of Peter whose four-year pontificate experienced an extremely difficult period for Christianity. Rejected in the East and in Spain by the Saracens, John VI defended the prerogatives of the Church against the Byzantine Emperor, and ransomed many slaves.

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    DAILY LITURGY

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

    Tuesday, January 11, 2000

        First Reading: 1 Samuel 1: 9-20
        Psalms: 1 Samuel 2: 1, 4-8
        Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 21-28


    Wednesday, January 12, 2000

        First Reading: 1 Samuel 3: 1-10, 19-20
        Psalms: Psalm 40: 2-5, 7-10
        Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 29-39

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    The DAILY WORD

        "Now in their synagogue there was a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, saying, 'What have we to do with Thee, Jesus of Nazareth? Hast Thou come to destroy us? I know Who Thou art, the Holy One of God.' And Jesus rebuked him, saying, 'Hold thy peace, and go out of the man.' And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, went out of him."

    Mark 1: 23-26
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    December 25th Monthly Medjugorje 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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