volume 9, no. 9
January 13, 1998
Today, on the day we publish volume nine, number nine, another number comes into vogue: it is the one hundred and forty fourth anniversary of when too many first heard Lady of Spain... over and over and over...and we're not talking about Our Lady. Rather a gentleman by the name of Anthony Foss patented the accordion and ears and nerves were never the same after that! Maybe that's where the phrase "Headache Number Nine" originated.
The times of the late twelfth century would never be the same again after the death of the beloved Pope Gregory VIII, but the cardinals overcame their mourning to elect a pontiff with a weak, but big heart - Pope Clement III who would go down in vatican annals as the Holy Father who brought the papacy back to Rome after a sixty year exile. Meanwhile striving to be instrumental in dispatching the Third Crusade to recover Jerusalem, he sought accord among all Christian Europe. That is the just part of the story in today's fifty-third installment of our on-going megaseries on Church History. THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
The Culture of Death is swathed in Darkness
The darkness which envelops this world is what Our Lord addresses in the sixty-eighth Lesson/Meditation to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart entitled, THE GREAT DARKNESS IS DARKNESS OF THE SOUL THE HIDDEN WAY
We need to learn to crawl before we can walk
This learning process is not just for growing physically but can be applied to growing spiritually as Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. points out in his column about "Faith: Key to the Heart of God" with his treatment of "Steak and Potatoes Faith - stage one - the pablum menu for believing." KEYS TO LIVING GOD'S WILL
Is the Doctor in?
With the flu epidemic spreading throughout the nation that is a popular, oft heard question. But in liturgical circles today the "Doctor" refers to one of the earliest Doctors of the Church - Saint Hilary, Bishop and Doctor from the early fourth century. Hilary was a staunch defender of the Faith, especially against the onslaughts of the virus known as Arianism. For more about this saint and the readings for today and tomorrow's Mass, LITURGY OF THE DAY
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Opening Prayer for Today's Mass
All-powerful God, as St. Hilary defended the divinity of Christ Your Son, give us a deeper understanding of this mystery and help us to profess it in all truth.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"The path of the just is like shining light, that grows in brilliance till perfect day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; they know not on what they stumble." Proverbs 5: 18-19
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
717 days and counting...
with a Catholic slant
Vatican reassures world Pope is okay, only tired from hectic schedule
As we reported in yesterday's issue, Pope John Paul II suffered mere dizziness - a temporary ailment that could happen to anyone with the dizzying schedule the Holy Father maintains. Yet despite his case of vertigo, the Pope made a statement to those who accuse him of being frail by officiating at the Baptism of nineteen children, exhorting the parents to be strong for these newly-received children of God. Baptism to read more.
Vatican Officials so bugged by bug-in-the-room that papal trip nearly jeopardized
What we reported in Monday's issue about the hidden microphone discovered in the quarters where the Holy Father is to stay in Cuba turns out that the incident came close to blowing out of proportion and nearly wiped out the Pope's plans to travel to Cuba in less than two weeks. Actually it was discovered three months ago but not revealed until now. Cuba to read more.
A case for the X-Files!
Once again Fox TV's mogul Rupert Murdoch is in the midst of controversy but it's not over Homer Simpson this time - duh. Rather it is with traditional Catholics over the aberration that he was presented a Vatican honor - railroaded in by certain pro-Hollywood Southern California influential Catholics and possibly LA's chief prelate. Joining a list of other notables the list sounded more like a who's who rather than service to the Church and greatly cheapened the award. It was a shame he had to be included with the likes of such dignitaries as Bob Hope and his wife Dolores Hope, a staunch Daily Communicant. Fox to read more.
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Liturgy of the Day
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January 13, 1998 volume 9, no. 9