volume 9, no. 8
January 12, 1998
Is there anyone out there who could keep up the pace of this man?
Yet over and over Pope John Paul II is accused of being too ill to continue the papacy. The latest rumors sprouted up over the weekend when the Holy Father had a case of vertigo as he entered the Sistine Chapel to officiate at several baptisms. He started to topple over while walking and one of the cardinals by his side caught him. After resting for a few minutes, the supreme pontiff resumed his duties and officiated at the baptismal ceremonies for over two hours. How many of us could have recouped so quickly and then endured such a long time on our feet. How many of us awake hours before the sun rises and don't retire until late at night, constantly spending it in working and praying, with very little time for rest or play as we know it? Yet this great pontiff has maintained this rigorous schedule for over 18 years, on the go constantly as the "Globe-trotter Pope." How many of us could keep up with this man who knows 37 languages, always putting our best foot forward and enduring hours of ceremonies and mind-exhausting meetings daily. And, before the liberals bury this holy man, remember he is doing all this at the ripe old age of 77! So enough with this "frail" Pope!!! He is anything but frail, exuding strength in body and soul and we must all pray he will be with us for as long as possible - Viva la Papa! For without him, we're in big trouble, folks. Big Trouble with a capital T, especially with someone as liberal, modernistic and radical as Cardinal Martini of Milan waiting in the wings who has openly made it known he would like to be pope. Pray he never receives the tiarra for if he did he would undue in a short time all our present pontiff has accomplished.
One of those things John Paul II has accomplished is involving the laity more as members of the Mystical Body of Christ. He explains this in his Apostolic Letter Christifideles Laici as we continue Dr. Joseph Bagiackas' excellent analysis on the role of the laity with our second installment, featuring the second set of the Twenty Most Asked Questions. THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
The Holy Father exemplifies Reverence...What about us?
That is the question Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. answers as he treats the lost art of reverence and why we no longer hold it in the esteem we should in his weekly column on How to Pray from the Heart, entitled: Reverence: born in the heart and lost through the mind . HEARTS TO HEART TALK
"Be Proud of the Gospel"
Those were John Paul II's words at the World Youth Day in Denver in 1993 and they have resounded around the world, reaching the ears of a webmaster who has taken his words to heart and offers a Daily Gospel Reflection each day on the web. This is the subject of the site we review this week and award our Golden Chalice Award SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK
The Liturgy of the Word
Besides the Gospel and the Daily Reflections you can link to on our Liturgy page, there are also the Readings, formerly known as Epistles, and Responsorial Psalm that we list daily in addition to vignettes on saints of the day. Though today is a weekday in the U.S., tomorrow is the feast of Saint Hillary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church and you can prepare for tomorrow's Mass today by LITURGY OF THE DAY
Medjugorje Monthly Message for December 25th
Dear children! Also today I rejoice with you and I call you to the good. I desire that each of you reflect and carry peace in your heart and say: I want God in the first place in my life. In this way, little children, each of you will become holy. Little children, tell everyone, I want the good for you and he will respond with the good and, little children, good will come to dwell in the heart of each man. Little children, tonight I bring to you the good of my Son Who gave His life to save you. That is why, little children, rejoice and extend your hands to Jesus Who is only good. Thank you for having responded to my call! For more on Medjugorje, MEDJUGORJE
New Nautical Look
You'll notice we've changed the home page to the HOMEPORT to tie in with the theme we've been carrying in print of the S.S. Daily CATHOLIC , the new daily flagship web publication of the CATHOLIC-INTERNET NETWORK, tied to the "Barque of Peter" and guided by the twin pillars of Eucharistic Devotion and Devotion to the Immaculate Heart. The prophecy Saint John Bosco received is so important that we have taken this imagery to heart and even altered the masthead logo by incorporating a porthole in the "O" of "CATHOLIC" to emphasize the symbolism of a ship. The whole theme is seafaring as we cruise the seas of evangelization in cyberspace. We hope the new look lets you navigate easier once you dock at the CATHOLIC-INTERNET HOMEPORT.
In addition, we have moved the on-going COUNTDOWN CLOCK TO JUBILEE 2000 to another page you can easily click on from Homeport. The reason is that the Java script was taking too long to download for many and causing delays for browsers on our home page and subscribers for the front page of each issue. By establishing a special Jubilee 2000 page we will be able to keep you up-to-date with the happenings of the events leading to the Millennium. COUNTDOWN TO JUBILEE 2000
718 days and counting...
with a Catholic slant
Jewish Mayor paves way for Pope's visit to Jerusalem for Jubilee 2000
The reality of the Holy Father making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land just rose several decibels on the prospective meter when Jerusalem's Mayor, an Israeli, announced he would soon extend an invitation inviting the Pope to join him in celebrating the Millennium despite Palestinian protests, citing the need for Peace and calling upon the Apostle of Peace - Pope John Paul II to help the process.
Jerusalem to read more.
Cardinal Ortega calls for better communications as suspicions arise over planted bug
The head prelate of Cuba called for a more open dialogue between communist leaders and the Church to offer the people a vital need to be able to worship openly to fulfill their spiritual life. This announcement came before Church officials discovered a hidden microphone in a room the Holy Father was to meet in and Castro's regime is highly suspect of planting it. Yet the U.S. has officially sanctioned the Pope's visit in less than two weeks, promising they will cooperate fully with whatever the Holy Father and Castro agree on, including lifting sanctions if Castro lifts his restrictions on the Cuban people. Cuba to read more.
Where is Charleton Heston when you need him?
We're not referring to his role as Moses but his role in the epic "Khartoum" for it was there last week that the Sudanese government came to blows with the Church by closing down a popular Catholic meeting place, further straining relations between the government and Church officials. It was something not unexpected since Christian protests had prompted retaliation by the state. In addition, there have been harassments by government troops and police for years, threatening everything they could to oust Christian control of this popular club. Khartoum to read more.
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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
A short prayer/ejaculation to say each time you pick up the Word
Come, Holy Spirit, fill my thirsty soul with Thy graces.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Add nothing to His words lest He reprove you, and you be exposed as a deceiver." Proverbs 30: 5-6
To review past articles in text, click on Archives.
To read the graphics version of the November issues, NOVEMBER ISSUES
To read the graphics version of the December issues,
To read the graphics version of the January issues,
- The Crusading Pope of Peace: Pope Clement III in THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
Lesson/Meditation #68 of THE HIDDEN WAY: The great darkness is the darkness of the soul
Father John Hampsch's's column
Liturgy of the Day
...and much more in our eighth issue for 1998!
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