volume 9, no. 18
January 26, 1998
Cuban Faithful crushed close to the Pope wherever he went
The Holy Father completed his successful four and a half day visit to Cuba by winning over practically everyone, though Fidel Castro remained stoic. Did anyone expect otherwise? Upstaged throughout John Paul II'spilgrimage to Cuba, Castro got in his digs but everyone could see through his bearded curtain and Castro has some serious alterations to deal with after the Pope's visit or, to quote an old phrase, "how are you going to keep them down on the farm after they've seen Paree?" The people of Cuba have tasted a morsel of freedom, a morsel of being able to openly express their faith. If Castro goes back to a "suppression mode" there will be a rebellion. For stories over this weekend on the Pope's visit from CWN and EWTN,
THE HOLY FATHER IN CUBA
Latest Medjugorje Message released yesterday
Medjugorje Monthly Message for January 25th
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, MEDJUGORJE
The Super Bowl hype can finally be put to rest.
What a game! Best Super Bowl ever and both teams and San Diego did themselves proud. Can't help but think Archbishop Chaput was the secret weapon, sitting in Pat Bowlen's owners box, that helped put the Broncos over the top. With that said, now we can get back to normal with our regular features beginning with Dr. Joseph Bagiackas lay person's guide to Pope John Paul II's Teaching on the Laity with his Papal Exhortation Christifideles Laici. Today we bring you the fourth installment of this expert summary which Cardinal John O'Connor has said are "extraordinarily helpful summations that will draw the reader closer to knowing God and will encourage broader readership of the writings of this remarkable Pope." THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Finding ways of finding and keeping reverence
The reverence the Cuban people exhibited this weekend, beamed back to the states via EWTN...since few networks bothered because of the Clinton fiasco...was truly reverent. It was the kind of reverence Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. talks about in today's column as he discusses the solutions to overcoming the obstacles the evil one places in our way to prevent us from attaining reverence. HEARTS TO HEART TALK
A one-stop shop for Catholic Documents
Today we feature a site which needs to be brought up-to-date. That's the only negative toward this site, for it truly is an instant compendium of most Church documents from the sixteenth century on. The best part is the speed one can find a document and print it out - whether it is an Encyclical or a writing of one of the Doctors of the Church or words from one of the saints. For more on this site, Significant Site of the Week
A dynamite feast - TNT!
Actually TNT stands for "Timothy and Titus" - the two saints we celebrate today, both bishops and both evangelists who contributed epistles to Divine Revelation. For their story, the liturgy today and tomorrow, LITURGY OF THE DAY
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Prayer taken from Opening Prayer of Saints Timothy and Titus for today's feast.
God, our Father, it is truly right and just to praise You, all-powerful and eternal God. Through the mystery of Your grace, which You have bestowed on us in Christ with Infinite Mercy, You have called and led us to the kingdom of freedom and of life. You have revealed to us the inscrutable design of Your wisdom in the gospel of salvation, of which St. Timothy and St. Titus were the preachers and teachers. Today we unite ourselves to Your blessed servants whom we honor today and to the choirs of angels to sing the hymn of Your glory.
704 and counting...
with a Catholic slant
With Cuba completed, Ukrainians clamor for Pope to come to them, too
Poor John Paul II can seem to get no rest. Returning from Cuba today he'll have an invitation awaiting him from the Ukrainian faithful who long for him to visit their tormented country where Catholicism had been suppressed by the hammer and sickle for so long. They point to the fact they have been a strong Catholic nation for over a millennium. Despite government overtures discouraging the Pope's visit, the voce populi has spoken. Ukraine to read more.
Yeltzin's visit should open the door for the Pope to visit Russia...and the Ukraine
A spokesman for Russian President Boris Yeltzin said last week that it was highly unlikely ol' Boris would get embroiled in the sensitive Russian Orthodox-Catholic controversy that has stalemated any chance of compromise. Instead it is believed Yeltzin will extend an invitation to the pontiff to come to Russia. If so, you can bet the Holy Father will include the Ukraine on his itinerary and the countless Ukrainian faithful will be fulfilled. Russia to read more.
The hills are alive with the sound of mutiny
America doesn't have a monopoly on dissent as Austria is proving. It has gotten so bad in that Alpine country that the bishops convened a special meeting yesterday to get to the bottom of the problems plaguing their country, causing the faithful to rebel as a result of a series of events that have polarized Austrian Catholics. Austria to read more.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY"The simpleton believes everything, but the shrewd man measures his steps." Proverbs 14: 15
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To read the graphics version of the January issues,
- 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
Our Lord admonishes us to "FEED THE HUNGRY" in THE HIDDEN WAY
Father John Hampsch's column
Liturgy of the Day
...and much more in our nineteenth issue for 1998!
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