volume 9, no. 5
January 7, 1998
"Do whatever He tells you."
Those words, uttered by the Blessed Mother to her Divine Son at the wedding feast at Cana, are the focus of today's installment of our on-going megaseries on the phenomenon of Public and private revelation, manifested so acutely in these last days of the second millennium. Because of the advanced technology of our time, clutter more easily clouds our minds and hearts and makes it tougher to communicate with God. In the fifty-first installment entitled How to clean up the clutter: "Do whatever He tells you." we show the formula for fulfilling the fiat God asks of all His children. The Age of Marian Apparitions
Indulge in the merits of Indulgences
We resume our catechism series after the holidays, bringing you this feature every Wednesday during the coming year. Our first for 1998 continues where we left off in 1997 - with the Sacrament of Penance, zeroing in on What is an Indulgence as we peruse capsule paragraphs from both the new Catechism of the Catholic Church and the old, but still reliable Baltimore Catechism.
Fore is a three- some!
Our humor section for midweek deals with two great subjects: Golf and God! Though it's brief, it's cute and ties in with the start of the PGA tour this week at La Costa. For a chuckle or two, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven
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
723 days and counting...
- Our mega-series on the Church today: Where is Holy Mother Church Heading as we near the Millennium? resumes
Messages 113 and 114 of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Liturgy of the Day
...and much more in our sixth issue for 1998!
with a Catholic slant
Pope John Paul II extends gift of Christmas to Orthodox on Epiphany
Despite the snub by Russian Orthdox Patriarch and other Orthodox leaders during the past year, the Holy Father extended the olive branch with a message of peace for the Orthodox Christmas which is celebrated on the feast of the Epiphany. While the Western Church follows the Gregorian calendar, Eastern Orthodox worshippers still observe the old Julian calendar. Greetings to read more.
Nine new bishops receive their crosiers from Holy Father on Epiphany
The Pope took the opportunity of the unofficial feast of the Epiphany to gift the Church with nine new bishops. While Europe checked in with the majority - six, Chile and Ghana were each represented with the Philippines receiving a new Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate prelate as well. In his address to the new bishops, the Holy Father called on them to follow the example of the Magi, seeking Christ first always and share it with all their flock. New Bishops to read more.
Disney on defense as Eisner eyes the enemy
Campaigns by the Catholic League and the Southern Baptists, to name a few, are making inroads. That was evident yesterday in the fact Disney's head honcho is feeling the heat from the various boycotts and criticism of their non-Disney like agenda that has marked this once-family-oriented entertainment mogul. Michael Eisner chose the shareholders meeting to lash out at his critics. In what seemed to be desperate measures for him, he accused his detractors of trying to capitalize on Disney's name and gain publicity for their own agendas, forgetting to realize Disney today is a far cry from the imagineering world Walt created decades ago. Disney to read more.
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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Opening Prayer for Today's Saint LITURGY OF THE DAY
Lord, you gave Saint Raymond the gift of compassion in his ministry to sinners. May his prayers free us from the slavery of sin and help us to love and serve you in liberty.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"Everyday is miserable for the depressed, but a lighthearted man has a continual feast." Proverbs 15: 15
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January 7, 1998 volume 9, no. 5