TUESDAY    vol. 11, no. 72     April 11, 2000

April 11, 2000
Stations of the Cross and Lenten Reflections        
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Lenten Weekdays


First Reading:
 Numbers 21: 4-9
  Psalm 102: 2-3, 16-21
  John 8: 21-30



   Today's and tomorrow's liturgy are both Lenten Weekdays plus the Optional Feast today of Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profiles on this Polish saint, see DAILY LITURGY .


For the Gospel of Tuesday, April 11th:
"When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that of Myself I do nothing: but that I preach only what the Father has taught Me. And He Who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, because I do always the things that are pleasing to Him."
John 8: 28-29

The Gospa's message for March
March 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
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"Dear children! Pray and make good use of this time, because this is a time of grace. I am with you and I intercede for each one of you before God, for your heart to open to God and to God's love. Little children, pray without ceasing, until prayer becomes a joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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Holy Father shares his austere thoughts on the priesthood with the universal Church's priests in his annual LETTER TO PRIESTS for Holy Thursday 2000
   Today we bring you the first of three parts of the Holy Father's special LETTER TO PRIESTS for Holy Thursday 2000. He completed this touching letter, signing it in ceremonies during celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Upper Room in Jerusalem on Thursday morning, March 23rd during his historic "Jubilee Journey" in search of Salvation History. In this first part, the Pope greets every priest throughout the world, reminding them of their august privilege and the tremendous feelings he himself felt in this most holy place where the Blessed Sacrament was first instituted. Pope John Paul II also reminds them of John's emphasis on Christ's call for humility in the washing of the feet to remind all priests that as alter Christis they are servants to the flock. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Appreciation of the Hidden Life of Jesus Christ
    Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. Today we present the second part of the catechesis on The Hidden Life of Jesus of which little is really known from Sacred Scripture but which laid the foundation for Our Lord's public ministry as He obediently learned from Mary and His foster father Joseph as explained in My Catholic Faith. For the 150th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Events that happened today in Church History
Pope Julius II
   On this day 494 years ago in 1506, Pope Julius II, the 216th successor of Peter, commissioned workers to begin construction of the new Saint Peter's Basilica as it is today. It was Julius who enlisted the amazing talents of Michelangelo Buonarotti and Raphael, to name a few of the masters and artisans - many from Firenze or Florence. His pontificate saw both the laying of the cornerstone and completion of the most magnificent, astounding church in the world and the seat of Roman Catholicism. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

You can't just wish to be a saint
Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

"St. Thomas tells us that, 'We are not saints because we will not to be saints.' He does not say, mind you, that we do not want to be saints: many of us do. But mere wanting is the wish that something shall come to pass without our acting to bring it about. Willing means that we plan to pay the necessary cost in effort and in sacrifice."

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    Holy Father meets with Polish President
       A day before beatifying five new blesseds and a day after meeting with the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, His Holiness Pope John Paul II received the Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski along with Poland's Foreign Minister. No doubt the Holy Father gave him an earful about vetoing the ban on pornography which the Polish Parliament had passed last month. We would hope the Polish leader was penitent since Poland is seeking the help of the Roman Pontiff as the European community moves ever closer to a One-World Order. continued inside

    Clinton pushes culture of death further by making demands of Congress in his drive to perpetuate the holocaust of unborns
    Bill Clinton    Meanwhile part of the agenda of the One-World Order is to promote abortion worldwide as part of the culture of death and one of those leaders is Bill Clinton who is at it again by seeking to provide even more funding for population control through UN programs world-wide. He's once again making waves in trying to intimidate Congress to let go of their hold on withholding funding for abortion. When will the evil stop in the Clinton administration? What's next, genocide, euthanasia, cloning, another super-race? Perhaps Mr. Clinton should pay a visit to Auschwitz or Yad Veshem for he is truly responsible for today's holocaust of innocent unborns. continued inside

    Special Mass to be held for House's Catholic Chaplain
    Fr. Daniel Coughlin    Hopefully Congress will be even stronger in their resistance to Clinton's demands after the Republican National Committee hosts a special Mass in honor of the new House of Representatives chaplain from Chicago Father Daniel Coughlin. He is the first Catholic chaplain since the founding of America. While news media and others wish to suggest that all of this is a move to court the Catholic vote, a spokesman for the Committe has denounced such nonsense with evidence that both parties have been invited. continued inside.

    Illinois Senate stirring up culture of death pot with pending bill that would force Catholic hospitals to perform emergency abortions
       While Washington is celebrating the USA's first Catholic priest as House Chaplain, in Fr. Coughlin's own state of Illinois there is trouble brewing and Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI is none too happy about it. The Illinois Senate has before them a bill that would require all hospitals, including 40 Catholic hospitals, to perform "emergency contraception" or abortion to all rape victims. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has sowrn to file suit should the bill pass, as it violates a a person's right to their religious beliefs. This threat was also made in New York and Cardinal John J. O'Connor vowed he'd close down the hospitals before allowing abortions to be performed. We would sense Cardinal George feels the same way. continued inside.

    Rome, Europe's oldest city, will be the youngest in August!
    Cardinal Stafford    Cardinal James Francis Stafford, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity spoke yesterday in Rome about the upcoming World Youth Day for the Jubilee Year to be held in Rome in August. He spoke of the special charism the Holy Father has for all youth, pointing out that this particular Jubilee Year celebration will be at the very "heart" of the Jubilee Year celebrations. Consequently, other offices within the Vatican and Rome are also preparing for the mid-August day, which, stated Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar General for the Diocese of Rome, will make Rome the youngest city in the world. continued inside.

    Church of England may not have an exclusive on the British crown too much longer
    Britain    Britain's monarchy is moving into the third millennium and may well find that it can no longer exclude other religions in either its marriages or in any coronation ceremony. New government proposals issued yesterday would undo the exclusivity of the monarch's vows before the Archbishop of Canterbury which have stood since 973 A.D. The multi-religious faiths now in Britain call for the change, but the government is only "looking" at several proposals. Some are concerned about what Queen Elizabeth would say but the fact remains the laws need to be changed according to many in the British Isles. continued inside.

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    Coming Tomorrow:

  • Dr. Frank Joseph's Pro-Life Prescriptions column LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

  • The second of the Holy Father's Letter to the Priests signed in the Upper Room in Jerusalem on March 23 in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • The 151st installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Lenten Reflections for April 12th and the Way of the Cross Meditations

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on April 12th

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • Daily LITURGY for the Lenten Weekdays on Wednesday and Thursday plus Thursday's Optional Feast of Pope Saint Martin I, Martyr.

  • ...and much more in our 73rd issue for 2000!
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