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February 16, 1998
volume 9, no. 33
February 16, 1998

America's First Visionary
Abraham LincolnGeorge Washington - America's First Visionary

     Today is a holiday for many as they celebrate "Presidents Day" acknowledging the accomplishments of two of our greatest presidents ever - our sixteenth president of the United States Abraham Lincoln and the first President of our land - George Washington. Both held honesty as one of the most cherished virtues. Times sure have changed when you consider presidential virtues today! But the Blessed Mother has warned of this and is even purported to have revealed a prophetic vision to the Father of our country on America of modern times. For a glimpse of what she conveyed to President Washington at Valley Forge, click on WASHINGTON THE VISIONARY

One crossed the Potomac. Will another cross the Tigris and Euphrates? George Washington led his troops to victory at Valley Forge       The comparisons are inevitable as we offer a perspective on history plus the moral spectrum between our first president and our latest. In the vicinity of the original Garden of Eden and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon we ask if history will repeat itself for America is at a crossroads on the direction her people will take in reference to returning to God, to doing the "right thing." We speak out against attacking Iraq and voice our endorsement of Pope John Paul II's plea to continue negotiations with Iraq in an effort to begin an amiable solution that will prevent World War III in our commentary entitled "Swimming with Sharks." Click on Today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT

United we pray,
divided we're prey!
Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv.      That is the message Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. imparts in his column dealing on Unity in respect to living in the heart, not the mind. He points out that if we depend on the mind, that's when the trouble starts for we think too much and when we do we form assumptions and false notions that prejudice us, leading us farther away from the heart and more inclined to add to the division. Only with the help of the Holy Spirit can we hope to live in the heart and pray with the heart, bringing forth hearty results. Click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK

Misconceptions can malign and we need to be aware!
Catholic League for Religious and Civil RightsGolden Chalice Award for Significant Site of the Week      The nineties have seen a rebirth of the times of Thomas Nast in an even nastier mode and more widespread Catholic-bashing then ever before. Today we review the site that serves as the eyes and ears on America's media, businesses, schools, and government to assure that the religious freedom rights of all, most specifically Roman Catholics, are upheld. That site, to whom we present our "Golden Chalice Award," is the Catholic League, today headed by media watchdog William Donohue. Click on SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK

The expanding responsibilities of the Laity
animated gifs used with permission of EWTN      The Holy Father's Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici shows how the laity's new role in the Church, evangelization and striving for personal holiness has evolved to give the lay role a higher status in the Church. But with this privilege comes more responsibility as Dr. Joseph Bagiackas summarizes in his expert analysis of the Pope's writings. For the seventh installment, dealing with Chapter Two and the Definition of the Church and the Lay Person's place in this "communion," click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

"Sometimes a way seems right to a man, but the end of it leads to death!"
Proverbs 14: 12

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

683 and counting,
hoping and praying...

Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDEBR> NEWS
with a Catholic slant
    China leader meets with U.S. delegation as Cardinal Soldano expresses hope for an open venue
         This past weekend the U.S. delegation of religious leaders concluded talks with the Red China leader Jiang Zemin in Beijing during a visit intended to uncover religious persecution and violations. Yet many skeptics in the U.S. accuse the Chinese of staging a facade where they'll put on their best face while the foreign clerics are on their soil. Despite this feeling, the Vatican Secretary of State expressed hope that the Vatican could send a delegation to Beijing in the not-too-distant future. Click on China to read more.

    And we wonder why CCD programs aren't working?
          An alarming survey just released confirms the fact that the Church in America has been slipping in respect to educating the youth on the true faith. Nearly three generations have been deprived of the solid Catholic education so many received from the nuns in the parochial school system. Since Vatican II the caliber of Catholic education has dropped severely including the watered-down CCD courses at the parish level. The repercussions have softened American youths to the dangers inherent in the media and the promotion of the culture of death. For the results, click on Young Catholics to read more.

    Jubilee Celebrations to be international with 5,000 pilgrimage shrines earmarked to celebrate the third millennium
          The Vatican released the news that there will be 5,000 pilgrimage churches or sanctuaries world-wide dedicated to honoring the 2000th birthday of Jesus Christ. Emphasis will be placed on stressing the spiritual nature of the Jubilee rather than a tourist attraction with the focal point being the Holy See in Rome. Click on Jubilee sites to read more.

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The Prayer today, in honor of Presidents Day, is for America:
      Our Father, You chose Mary as the fairest of Your daughters. Holy Spirit, You chose her as Your Spouse. God the Son, You chose her as Your Mother. We put the United States into Mary Immaculate's hands that she may present the country to You, our God. We thank You for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage. Through her intercession, grant us and all nations Your peace. Inspire our president and all the officials of our government to serve us with integrity. Grant us a fruitful economy born of justice and clarity. Amen.

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  • Pope Innocent IIIand the "saint connection" in the fifty-seventh installment of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
  • Lesson/Meditation #73 in THE HIDDEN WAY
  • Father John Hampsch's column
  • Liturgy of the Day featuring the feast of the Seven Servite Founders
  • Another thought-provoking Daily CATHOLIC PewPoint editorial
  • ...and much more in our thirty-fourth issue for 1998!

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