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February 10, 1998
volume 9, no. 29
February 10, 1998

Saint ScholasticaOn the wings of a pure, white dove!

     Those are the lyrics of a popular country western classic, but they could better be attributed to the saint whose feast we honor today - Saint Scholastica, twin sister of the great Saint Benedict. Both founded Religious Orders based on the Rule of Saint Benedict that have lasted the test of time, though some Benedictine abbeys today have strayed far from the ideals established by both Benedict and Scholastica. For her story, the liturgy of the day, meditations and preparations for tomorrow's feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY

When man worships anything other than God, he is chained by the beasts of the 7 deadly sins
Man worships the antichrist in the depths of depravity
the shiny apple can be tempting...
until it exposes itself as rotten to the core

...and then once engulfed by satan it's too late as the soul shrivels!
      Today's hard-hitting editorial continues the thread begun yesterday with the theme that America has sunk to a new low. Today we illustrate how the first sin haunts man today not in the sense of only disobedience but also in the depraved manner we have lowered and leveled one of God's most beautiful gifts intended solely for the procreation of His creatures, made in His image and likeness. For the commentary, "The shiny, sexy apple is truly rotten to the core!", click on Today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT

A Powerful Pope points the Church in the right direction! Pope Innocent III
     We could be talking about our present pontiff, but in actuality we're referring to our trilogy segment on Pope Innocent III who bridged the twelfth and thirteenth century. Today we deal with the manuevers in which he was able to bring the kings of Europe to their knees as vassals of the Holy See. We also will discover the accomplishments of this spiritual leader who led the charge to rid the world of the Albigensian heresy in convening the Fourth Lateran Council. For the fifty-sixth installment entitled, "Pope Innocent III: a new century - the "Century of Saints" dawns with the Holy See seen in a new light." of our on-going megaseries, click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH

The Holy Spirit animates the Corporal Works of Mercy!
THE HIDDEN WAY      Today's Lesson/Meditation #72, imparted by the Mother of God to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart concentrates on how, by living the Corporal Works of Mercy, we continue to live God's Will for it is all part of His Master Plan for His people, orchestrated by the Holy Spirit in accord with the Father and Son. For today's lesson/meditation, click on THE HIDDEN WAY

When it comes to faith, looky-loos just won't do!
Father John Hampsch, C.M.F.     Continuing his treatise on primary and secondary faith in his weekly column from his work "Faith: Key to the Heart of God," Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. deals today with Measuring Maturity and how we have to buy into our faith, not just shop around. It is all part of his insight into defining our faith in everyday life. For his weekly column, click on KEYS TO LIVING GOD'S WILL

"My son, to My wisdom be attentive, to My knowledge incline your ear, that discretion may watch over you and understanding may guard you."
Proverbs 5: 1-2

Medjugorje Monthly Message for January 25th

The Gospa     Dear children! Today again I call all of you to prayer. Only with prayer, dear children, will your heart change, become better, and be more sensitive to the Word of God. Little children, do not permit satan to pull you apart and to do with you what he wants. I call you to be responsible and determined and to consecrate each day to God in prayer. May Holy Mass, little children, not be a habit for you, but life. By living Holy Mass each day, you will feel the need for holiness and you will grow in holiness. I am close to you and intercede before God for each of you, so that He may give you strength to change your heart. Thank you for having responded to my call!

For more on Medjugorje, Click on MEDJUGORJE

689 and counting,
hoping and praying...

Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDEBR> NEWS
with a Catholic slant
    Today Yeltsin! Tomorrow Q'addafi? How about the Russian Orthodox patriarch who keeps nixing overtures from the Pope?
          As the Holy Father and Russian President Boris Yeltsin meet in private at the Vatican today, rumblings are coming from Libya that leader Colonel Muammar Q'addafi wants to get into the act. He, too, seeks a private audience with his holiness Pope John Paul II. Doesn't everyone? Not quite. The Russian Orthodox patriarch refuses to even consider a meeting until Rome cowtows to their demands. Highly unlikely for the supreme pontiff has never compromised. Click on Get in line to read more.

    Pope pleads for peace in Gulf and for saner minds and hearts to rule
         While both Iraq and the United States muster more forces for an inevitable battle in the Gulf, Pope John Paul II beseeched both Saddam Hussein, Bill Clinton, and other world leaders to let reason rule and work toward an amiable solution as an alternative to a war that could be devastating for all participants. Click on Gulf to read more.

    The Culture of Life comes to life around the globe as pro-lifers fight to stop abortion
          From down under to the tiny isle of Puerto Rico, from Lisbon, Portugal in the shadow of Fatima to the mountains of South Carolina advocates for the culture of life are seeking ways to defeat abortion and murder with legislation, court orders and investigations as detailed in a compendium of stories on Abortion issues today. Click on Stop Abortion to read more.

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The following is taken from today's Preface of the Monastic Supplement to the Roman Missal
      Father, to clothe Your Church in virginal beauty, You adorned St. Scholastica with the jewels of innocence and made her more acceptable to You with the simplicity of a dove. Sister of our glorious Father St. Benedict, she was also associated with him in sanctity, and under his guidance, seeking You alone above everything else, she produced abundant fruits of grace and has merited to enjoy Your love for all eternity.

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  • Because we will present a special extended segment on Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Bernadette Soubirous in honor of the Blessed Mother's feastday within the AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS and LITURGY OF THE DAY, we will suspend our regular Wednesday feature of CATECHISM CAPSULES, but it will return next Wednesday.

    All other regular features will be carried on tomorrow's special feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

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