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    Roman Catholic News Volume 6, Issue 13 WEDNESDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2006 * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE
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      Roman Catholic News

      Volume 6, Issue 13

      WEDNESDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2006



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      WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND
      PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE WHOLE
      WORLD AND FOR CHURCH UNITY

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      INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
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      .THE LORD'S MERCY IS EVEN GREATER THAN HIS WORKS
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      .HOLY FATHER'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR FEBRUARY
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      .OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      . TOMORROW'S HOMILY
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      . LECTIO DIVINA
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      . CATALOGUE OF LINKS
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      . EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OF MARY
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      . DAILY REMINDER
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      . ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS ARCHIVES
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      . COPYRIGHT NOTICES
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      THE LORD'S MERCY IS EVEN GREATER THAN HIS WORKS



      VATICAN CITY, FEB 1, 2006 (VIS) - In his catechesis during today's general audience, which was held in the Paul VI Hall in the presence of 8,000 pilgrims, Benedict XVI turned his attention to the first part of Psalm 144, "praise of divine majesty."



      This psalm, said the Pope, "is an intense and impassioned celebration of divine regality. ... It is an _expression of God's plan of salvation. He is not indifferent to human history, rather He desires to bring it into conformity with His design of harmony and peace. All humanity is called to put this plan into effect, that it might adhere to the divine salvific will, a will that extends to 'all men,' to 'all generations' and to 'all time.' A universal action that takes evil from the world and places there the 'glory' of the Lord, in other words, His effective and transcendent personal presence."



      The Holy Father then went on to recall how, in the psalm, "the Lord is exalted as a loving and tender sovereign, concerned for all His creatures. ... We are not at the mercy of dark forces, nor are we alone with our freedom; rather we are entrusted to the action of the powerful and loving Lord Who has a plan for us, a 'kingdom' to establish. This 'kingdom' is not founded on power and domination, on triumph and oppression as is often the case of earthly kingdoms." It is a place of "piety, tenderness, goodness, grace and justice." As the psalm says, the Lord is "gracious and merciful, slow to anger."



      Benedict XVI concluded his catechesis with a reference St. Peter Chrysologus, who noted that "even greater than the Lord's works is the Lord's mercy."



      At the end of the audience, the Pope addressed a special greeting to heads of the Italian Prison Administration. "Your presence," he told them, "gives me an opportunity to remind individuals and the whole of society of respect for civil and ethical norms, which lie at the foundation of human coexistence."



      In remarks to Polish pilgrims, he mentioned the celebration tomorrow, February 2, of the Day of Consecrated Life. "Let us thank God for religious vocations and ask Him to support with grace the sisters and brothers who have chosen chastity, poverty and obedience as the way of sanctity."


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      HOLY FATHER'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR FEBRUARY



      VATICAN CITY, FEB 1, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father's general prayer intention for February is: "That the international community may be ever more aware of the urgent duty to bring an end to the trafficking in human beings."



      His mission intention is: "That in the missions the lay faithful may recognize the need to serve their own country with greater commitment, also in its political and social life."


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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS



      VATICAN CITY, FEB 1, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Fr. Jose Luiz Ferreira Salles C.Ss.r., master of novices in the Brazilian province of the Redemptorist Fathers, as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Fortaleza (area 14,813, population 3,400,657, Catholics 2,406,000, priests 291, religious 1,152), Brazil. The bishop-elect was born in Itirapina, Brazil in 1957 and ordained a priest in 1985.


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      TOMORROW'S HOMILY


      Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

      Luke 2:27 relates that Simeon was in the Temple and inclined "to perform for him what was customary under the Law".

      This phrase implies Simeon was a rabbi who could serve as a mohel for a circumcision.

      The Jewish circumcision ritual is called Bris Milah or Brith Milah.

      A metal knife, called an izmail is used to perform the circumcision by excision of the foreskin.

      The second step Periah consists of stripping back the remaining foreskin from the glans and then removing all of it.

      Afterwards mezizah - the third step in which the mohel applies his mouth to the freshly circumcised infant's genital and sucks up the first drops of blood.

      "The traditional practice of metzitzah b'peh, . . . has its roots in the earliest history of the Jewish people . . ." (Henry C. Romberg, M.D. Bris Milah: A book about the Jewish ritual of circumcision. (Jerusalem/New York: Feldheim Publishers, 1982) 57-58)

      Implicitly evident according to Luke's narrative, Simeon was the first communicant of the Eucharistic body and blood of Christ.

      After performing the metzitzah ritual of the circumcision Simeon's eyes were opened immediately recognizing and acknowledging Jesus as the Messiah.

      This echoes later on in Luke 24:31 after the two disciples en route to Emmaus ate the consecrated bread -- their eyes were opened and they too immediately recognized and acknowledged Jesus.

      These scriptures show us that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist and reveals Himself to those who eat His flesh and drink His blood.

      When you receive the Eucharist focus on Jesus and be conscious of His divine presence and give Him all your love and ask Him to increase love for Him.






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      LECTIO DIVINA



      PART ONE

      CHAPTER FIFTEEN: Mysticism (pages 71-74)


      Mysticism "is the crowning of the search for spiritual wisdom; it is the state of mind which is more concerned about light, beauty and truth than about anything else. It is the possession, to a varying degree, of the knowledge of God." (page 71)

      Dom Hubert van Zeller is anxious to dispel false meanings and labels to mysticism that make it appear unreachable to the beginner.

      He emphasizes that it is a process that grows all along the way and that everyone is somewhere to found along the continuum.

      One characteristic of the mystic is their relentless pursuit of light, beauty and truth.

      "Perhaps less easily accountable is the way in which the mystic soul relates to beauty. Why is it that advanced contemplatives can have shocking tastes in matter of art and even show little interest in nature? You would think that all created beauty would be seen immediately in relation to the beauty of the creator." (page 72)

      "'Look after goodness and truth,' says St. Thomas Aquinas, 'and beauty looks after itself.' Perhaps the mystic is so busy looking after goodness and truth that , while aware of its reality and even in awe of it, he takes created beauty for granted." (ibid.)

      Christ is the center, source and cause of all unity, order, harmony, goodness and truth in the infinite cosmos.

      The mystic contemplates this reality in all things seeing everything in Christ, with Christ, and through Christ -- reconciled through His body and blood sacrificed in His sorrowful passion.

      Christ is the crowning glory and beauty of all things. The mystic sees this beauty and its unity with all creation as one, good and true reflecting Christ as facets in a mirror.

      Dom Hubert van Zeller, OSB, The Trodden Road. (Boston, MA: Daughters
      of St. Paul,1982) ISBN : 0-8198-7326-8 (cloth); ISBN : 0-8198-7327-6
      (paper)


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      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 1)
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      MAMA GILI GUILD

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      Phone (973) 412-1170
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      EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART
      OFMARY

      When the Eucharistic host is elevated at Mass say:

      "Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary,
      I offer you the crucified Body of Your dearly beloved Son, Jesus
      Christ, in reparation for all the sins committed against you and for
      the conversion and salvation of the whole world."

      When the Eucharistic chalice is elevated at Mass say:

      "Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary,
      I offer you the precious Blood of Your dearly beloved Son, Jesus
      Christ, in reparation for all the sins committed against you and for
      the conversion and salvation of the whole world."

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      DAILY REMINDER

      "during this important time, as the eve of the new millennium
      approaches unity among all Christians of the various confessions will
      increase until they reach full communion." John Paul II, Tertio
      Millennio Adveniente, 16

      "Keep close to the Mother of God as if you were the child Jesus
      clinging to her robes while walking down a dusty and busy crowded
      street and you'll always be safe."

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