volume 9, no. 13
January 19, 1998
King's dream can only be a reality if the King of kings is foremost in our hearts!
Today, of course, is a holiday for most, thanks to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the black minister who raised the conscience of America during the volatile sixties. His life was cut short by a bullet in a Memphis motel and the world has mourned this modern martyr since. But the world has lost the true essence of what he was preaching for hopefully he was imparting what Jesus Christ truly wants of all His children. Peace and love of neighbor in the highest spiritual sense. His fight for human dignity has been carried on, taken to a higher degree by Human Life International, the world's largest pro-life and family educational apostolate. Founded by the Holy Father's top pro-life crusader Father Paul Marx, OSB four years after King's death, today HLI serves as the shining beacon for the Culture of Life, promoting the dignity of every race on the face of this earth...truly the answer to Dr. King's dream. Today we feature HLI's website in awarding the Golden Chalice Award to this excellent site and service. This week this organization will take the bull by the horns and stand proudly for human life in all its stages in the face of the liberal media pro-abort blitz. But HLI's "March for Life" will feature a cadre of faithful supporters that will show America has not given up the fight begun by men like Dr. King and continued by equally great visionaries like Fr. Paul Marx. SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Prayer composed by Pope Clement XI in the early eighteenth century as a Universal Prayer for All Things Necessary to Salvation that is more pertinent today than ever before. Taken from HLI Prayer-Net page.
O my God, I believe in You; do You strengthen my faith. All my hopes are in You; do You secure them. I love You; teach me to love You daily more and more. I am sorry that I have offended You; do You increase my sorrow.
I adore You as my first beginning; I aspire after You as my last end. I give You thanks as my constant benefactor; I call upon You as my sovereign protector.
See fit, O my God! to conduct me by Your wisdom, to restrain me by Your justice, to comfort me by Your mercy, to defend me by Your power.
To You I desire to consecrate all my thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings; that henceforward I may think of You, speak of You, refer all my actions to Your greater glory, and suffer willingly whatever You shall appoint.
Lord, I desire that in all things Your will may be done because it is Your will, and in the manner that You will it. I beg of You to enlighten my understanding, to inflame my will, to purify my body, and to sanctify my soul.
Give me strength, O my God! to expiate my offenses, to overcome my temptations, to subdue my passions, and to acquire the virtues proper for my state of life.
Fill my heart with tender affection for Your goodness, hatred of my faults, love of my neighbor, and contempt of the world.
May Your grace help me to be submissive to my superiors, kindly to my subordinates, faithful to my friends, and charitable to my enemies.
Assist me to overcome sensuality by mortification, avarice by alms-deeds, anger by meekness, and tepidity by devotion.
O my God! make me prudent in my undertakings, courageous in dangers, patient in affliction, and humble in prosperity.
Let my conscience be ever upright and pure, my exterior modest, my conversation edifying, and my comportment regular.
Laying it on the Line in Lay terms for the Laity
The ideals of Dr. King originated with Christ and are carried on today by lay apostolates promoting His Peace and Love! This is explained in Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter Christifideles Laici as we continue with Dr. Joseph Bagiackas' summary of the encyclical for lay people in lay persons' terms. Today the third set of questions set forth about the meaning of the Holy Father's words. THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
The reverence Dr. King sought can only be found by following God's Will
In his column today, Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. points out how satan will do all in his power to downplay reverence in order to dissuade us and keep us from acquiring all the graces God wants to give. HEARTS TO HEART TALK
Ordinary Time will give way to a week of saints beginning tomorrow
After celebrating Ordinary Time today we will celebrate a week of martyrs for three straight days, a fitting tribute. LITURGY FOR 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
711 days and counting...
SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK:
Cuba and the Church
Catholic Pro-Life: Washington D.C. This Week
with a Catholic slant
Archbishops George & Stafford to receive red hats as Pope announces 22 new cardinals. The long anticipated announcement of a consistory of new cardinals was announced by the Holy Father Sunday. While many expected 16 to be appointed, Pope John Paul II named 22, including two American conservative prelates named Francis: Archbishop Francis P. George, OMI who replaced the late Cardinal Bernadin and former head of the Denver Archdiocese Archbishop Francis James Stafford, now head of the Pontifical Council for Laity. This news has just broken. Watch for details in tomorrow's issue.
Wayward Oblate returns to the fold after repenting
The bell, book and candle were extinguished and there was much celebration as the prodigal son - Father Tissa Balasuriya repented of his ways and actions and was accepted back into the Church last Thursday after a year of excommunication. The Sri Lankan Oblate of Mary Immaculate had published a controversial work on the Blessed Mother and human liberation that proved heretical, causing automatic expulsion. Fr. Tissa to read more.
Serious study of ancient Church confirms perpetuity of priestly celibacy
Those clamoring for Holy Mother Church to abandon the long tradition of celibacy for her priests in favor of allowing them to marry and ordaining married men, received quite a setback when L'Osservatore Romano published an extensive study confirming that celibacy has always been the norm from the Apostles on. Celibacy to read more.
From poll results prayers are the only answer for Russia!
Our Lady told us in 1917 at Fatima that if we pray the Rosary Russia will be converted. The latest reports out of the former Soviet Union indicate we're not praying nearly enough for the poll relates that half of the citizens of Russia are still atheist. What's just as alarming is that only a smidgen claimed to be Catholic. No wonder the Vatican is so concerned with the religious ordinances recently passed in Russia, with the biggest bone of contention being Ukraine. All that visionary and mystic Josyp Terelya has said is coming to pass about his native country caught in the middle of a bitter ecclesiastical struggle. Russia to read more.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY"He who is a friend is always a friend, and a brother is born for the time of stress." Proverbs 17: 17
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- Pope Celestine III and the emergence of Richard the Lion-Heart in the fifty-fourth installment of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
Hastening the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart in THE HIDDEN WAY
Father John Hampsch's column
Liturgy of the Day
...and much more in our fourteenth issue for 1998!
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