volume 9, no. 19
January 27, 1998
A Seven-Course Spiritual Meal to digest Today
The Appetizer:PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Pope once again shows 'em all how sturdy and strong he is despite the media snubs and undermining agenda
This past week in Cuba that "frail and feeble" 77-year old Pope John Paul II made a mockery of the media's and modernists' claims that he can't keep up anymore by enduring a grueling five day stint throughout the steaming island of Cuba. For the latest on the Holy Father's last day in Havana, click on the first news feature under News & Views to the right. The Pope, wherever he went, made himself available to millions always under the scrutinous eye of Fidel Castro and his cronies; not always under the scrutiny of the media for he got bumped to the back pages, to mere sound bites because of the aberration of the Clinton folly that has become an atrocity before God in deed and coverage. Today we bring you a special commentary on all of this "junk food garbage" and the conclusion that it's time to go on a diet. CATHOLIC PewPOINT
The Salad Course:
An Elderly Pope of Patience and Moderation guides Holy Mother Church to the brink of the thirteenth century
Our fifty-fourth installment of our on-going megaseries on the annals of the Church through nearly 2000 years brings us to the late twelfth century - 800 years ago. That is when Pope Celestine III, one of the oldest pontiffs to ever be elevated to the chair of Peter, became the one hundred and seventy fifth supreme pontiff, guiding the Church to the horizon of the next century. THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
Getting to the meat of the matter of faith
As we grow in our faith we gain a greater understanding of spiritual nutrition and what can and won't hurt us. We learn we can digest greater fibers of truth and be healthier for it. This is the result of faith as Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. illustrates in his column - "Faith: Key to the Heart of God." Today he extends on the concept of "Steak and Potatoes Faith - stage three - graduating to higher spiritual cuisine." KEYS TO LIVING GOD'S WILL
The Main Course:
Throw out the junk-food hurting our souls, but don't neglect the Hungry.
While we need nourishment for our souls, we must not neglect the temples of the Holy Spirit - our bodies, not just ours but our brothers - especially our brothers and sisters in need. That is the meaning of the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy and that is what Jesus conveys in the 70th Lesson/Meditation entitled "FEED THE HUNGRY." THE HIDDEN WAY
Sweet Success stemming from the fruits of the Council of Trent
Today we celebrate the founder of the Order of Ursuline Sisters - Saint Angela Merici. For her story, today's liturgy and tomorrow's glorious feast of one of the Church's greatest Doctors of the Church - Saint Thomas Aquinas - LITURGY OF THE DAY
Prayer taken from Opening Prayer for today's feast of St. Angela Merici.
Lord, may St. Angela commend us to Your mercy; may her charity and wisdom help us to be faithful to Your teaching and to follow it in our lives.
The After-Dinner Mint:
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
703 and counting...
with a Catholic slant
Color Cuba Converted to the Holy Father's Cause as half a million convene for his final Mass in Havana
It was an astounding five days, culminating with over 500,000 attending the Pope's Papal Mass in the Plaza de Revolution where he reiterated all he had said earlier, calling for "Freedom" as the people enthusiastically echoed loudly his call, shouting in Spanish "Freedom, Freedom" while everyone waved tiny cuban and papal flags. All this thundering approval and applause while Fidel Castro sat helplessly by in the first row near the altar, no doubt seeing the handwriting on the wall. For his reactions, comments, and other causes and effects of the Holy Father's historic visit contained in numerous other stories, Pope in Cuba to read more.
First dissention in Austria, now it's Germany raising the ugly head of schism as showdown looms between bishops and Pope over embroiled situation in Church-state struggle
While waiting word on the latest results from the meeting Sunday in Austria as we reported yesterday, the news out of Germany indicates a smoldering volcano ready to erupt. It is all over counseling women about to have an abortion, abortions which are funded by the state and counselors, including priests are paid for their services, something the Pope has specifically forbidden. But the priests and bishops aren't happy and like their cohorts in Austria, are launching their own agenda in open disregard for obedience to the Vicar of Christ. Sadly the people, like blind sheep, are following their misguided shepherds towards a showdown with the Pope. German dissidence to read more.
At least Poland seems to have it together!
While their neighbors to the south and west continue to bicker with the Bishop of Rome, Polish solidarity seems more solid than ever with the announcement that the ex-communist president of Poland will fall into line and sign the treaty with the Vatican that paves the way for the Church to openly preach and teach in Poland, closing a sad chapter on the past when communism suppressed many. Maybe to really appreciate the True Faith, a nation has to be deprived of it...because Poles truly cherish their Catholic faith. Polish solidarity to read more.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY"The virtue of the upright saves them, but the faithless are caught in their own intrigue." Proverbs 11: 6
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- Chapter Fifty-three of our on-going megaseries THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
More midweek humor in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN
Another CATHOLIC PewPOINT
More catechism certainties in CATECHISM CAPSULES
Liturgy of the Day featuring Saint Thomas Aquinas
...and much more in our twentieth issue for 1998!
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