WEDNESDAY    vol. 11, no. 73     April 12, 2000

April 12, 2000
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Lenten Weekdays


First Reading:
 Daniel 3: 14-20, 91-92, 95
  Daniel 3: 52-56
  John 8: 31-42



   Today's and tomorrow's liturgy are both Lenten Weekdays plus the Optional Feast tomorrow of Pope Saint Martin I, Martyr. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profiles on this holy Vicar of Christ, see DAILY LITURGY .


From the Gospel of Wednesday, April 12th:
"If you abide in My word, you shall be My disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
John 8: 31-32

The Gospa's message for March
March 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit.

"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 second 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 second part, the Vicar of Christ relives those special words uttered by Our Lord at the Last Supper and the Pope shows how the "priesthood of Christ" was so vital for the Church to begin, and, for each ordained priest since the meaning of alter Christus comes through clearly. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

    Pro-Life Prescriptions:

    Where is the outrage from the Catholic Church in America?
    Abortion is Murder
    Would you trust this anti-Catholic pro-abortionist as your leader?  Today Dr. Frank Joseph pulls no punches in telling it like it truly is. Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice pro-abort organizations seem to have a cover-up of their own, which fits comfortably into the on-going culture of death society in which we live. But what's really frustrating to Dr. Joseph - and should be to every loyal Catholic - is the fact that the pro-aborts are playing with the Church and its higher institutions of learning, mostly Jesuit liberal universities like Marquette and Georgetown. Despite the Holy Father's excellent document Ecclesia Corde, abuse and atrocities still continue in those universities as well others who call themselves Catholic institutions of higher learning. He asks why a pro-abort vice president is invited to spew his vitriol of the culture of death in a Catholic college. He also asks why many bishops and priests, and the laity for that matter, aren't outraged at such insolence. He points out that a pro-life president is ours for the effort if only we make that effort for the Catholic bloc can truly swing a pro-life victory. But we all need to get involved now in campaigning and then vote for pro-life candidates. It's a matter of life and death as he deducts and in the end, we have to answer to the Creator of all life. For his column A vote for life or death? , see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

    Appreciation of the Public 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 first part of the catechesis on The Public Life of Jesus and the highlights of the three years of His public ministry, all with a specific purpose - to convince all to "Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven." Unlike the hidden life of Our Lord, His public life is chronicled by the Four Evangelists in the Gospels which are the perfect guide as to how all should lead their lives as explained in My Catholic Faith. For the 151st installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Events that happened today in Church History

    Pope Julius I    On this day 1,648 years ago in 252, Pope Saint Julius I, the 35th successor of Peter, passed on to his Heavenly reward. His pontificate lasted fifteen years and was highlighted by the fact he decreed the Eastern churches conform with the Western churches in celebrating the Nativity on the 25th of December instead of January 6th and the Feast of Epiphany. He also established the Archives for the Church by decreeing that all official acts of the Apostolic See be preserved for posterity. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    We must descend in order to ascend to the heights of spirituality
    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".

    "The key to spiritual advancement is to be found in the Creed: 'He descended into hell; the third day He arose again.' Each of us, too, must make a descent into the subconsciousness, to the portions of our minds which we keep dark, for it is here that the unspoken reservations hide. These reservations are not easily seen by us, but they color everything that we do see; they act like so many colored windows, changing the truth of external reality as it reaches our conscious minds."

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    News Ticker from Catholic World News For more from CWN and other Catholic wire services, see stories below

    Holy Father's Holy Week Schedule Revealed
       Yesterday the Holy See published its schedule for Holy Week services, many of which will be available on EWTN. Beginning on Palm Sunday, the Holy Father will preside at Mass in St. Peter's Square to bless the palms. His Holiness will celebrate two Masses on Holy Thursday, and will also travel the short distance to the Colisseum for the Way of the Cross on Good Friday pronouncing the meditations he personally has written. Because of the large number of pilgrims this Easter, the Easter Vigil Service will be celebrated in St. Peter's Square instead of the Basilica to accommodate the throngs. On Easter, the Pope will deliver his annual Easter Urbi et Orbi after celebrating Holy Mass. continued inside.

    Korean cardinal hopeful unity can be attained between North and South Korea
    North KoreaSouth Korea Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan
       Though there is so much division in the world today and nowhere has that been more evident over the last several decades than North and South Korea, the latter's Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan remains hopeful that the Church may help peace to be restored to this island in the far east. The process must be free of war and revolution and politics and the prelate is asking for world prayer as well as sacrifices for a successful June summit meeting. continued inside

    Gore shows true colors as he snakes his way into hearts of gays against Holy Mother Church
    Serpent of sin slithers into Gore's agenda against Catholics Al Gore endorses gays against Church
      Democratic presidential hopeful Vice President Al Gore continues to fill loyal Christians with gore as he has now endorsed World Pride 2000 in Rome in July. Organizers of this global gay event to be held in the shadows of the Vatican are intending this to be a slap in the face of the Church - the one organization that steadfastly refuses to kowtow to the sin of homosexuality. Now we discover that Gore is enthusiastically endorsing the event, further proof of his true anti-Catholicism. Gore has said that the gay-lesbian group "is building a good and just society on the bedrock principle of opportunity." Is that the kind of man we want leading our country!?? In the parody parade in Rome, activists plan on engaging in overtly sexual displays aimed at dismissing Church teaching, and slandering every moral fvalue man has ever held. Gore is goring God. Let everyone remember Gore's diabolical endorsement when it comes election time this fall! continued inside

    Las Vegas' Bishop Daniel Walsh selected by Pope to resuscitate troubled Northern California Diocese
    Bishop Daniel F. Walsh    After five years as shepherd of the Diocese of Las Vegas, Bishop Daniel Francis Walsh is returning to the area where he first began as a bishop - Northern California where he became Auxiliary of San Francisco on September 24, 1981. It was just announced that he has been appointed by the Holy Father to replace Bishop Patrick Ziemann in the troubled Diocese of Santa Rosa, California. Bishop Ziemann was forced to resign last July amidst scandal. Bishop Walsh was the first bishop of Las Vegas and it will be interesting who the Pope chooses to succeed him. continued inside.

    Franciscans celebrate special spiritual Jubilee spanning Assisi to Rome
    St. Francis    The Seraphic Father Saint Francis of Assisi's family today, now numbering more than 6,000, held their very special Jubilee celebration in an atmosphere of intense spirituality this past weekend. Mass was held at St. John Lateran in Rome after having begun in Asissi on Saturday morning. The Pope wrote a special message for the occasion, inviting all of St. Francis' followers, sons and daughters alike, to do as Francis did so many years ago: accept Christ unconditionally. That same "spirit" is also asked of all who follow Our Lord not only today, but until the end of time. continued inside.

    Terrorists attack Catholic school in Northern India, beat nuns and priests as violent trend against Church continues in Southeast Asia
    India    A Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Kosikalan in India was looted by armed assailants who took not only money, but forced the nuns and priests out of bathrooms where they were hiding in order to beat them with iron rods. Archbishop Vincent Concessao of Agra said the assailants were intent upon terrorizing the school. This event follows on the heels of similar events, making it perfectly clear the Catholic Church is being singled out for terrorist purposes and persecution in India. continued inside.

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    Coming Tomorrow:

  • Pat Ludwa's poignant VIEW FROM THE PEW column

  • The third and final part 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 152nd 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 13th and the Way of the Cross Meditations

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on April 13th

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

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

  • ...and much more in our 74th issue for 2000!
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