THURSDAY    vol. 11, no. 74     April 13, 2000

April 13, 2000
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Lenten Weekday

First Reading:
 Genesis 17: 3-9
  Psalm 195: 4-9
  John 8: 51-59

For the Daily LENTEN REFLECTION for Monday, April 3, see LENTEN REFLECTION.


   Today's and tomorrow's liturgy are both Lenten Weekdays with today also being the Optional Feast of Pope Saint Martin I, Martyr.

Pope St. Martin I
For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on him, see DAILY LITURGY.


"The Jews therefore said to Him, 'Thou art not yet fifty years old, and has Thou seen Abraham?' Jesus said to them, 'Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I am.' They therefore took up stones to cast at Him; but Jesus hid Himself, and went out from the temple."
John 8: 57-59

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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"...not as I will, but as Thou wills."

Our Lord's words from Matthew 26: 39 are what we must live by!

   In his column today, Pat Ludwa questions the procedures some Confirmation and CCD programs follow in placing so much emphasis on "social work" in preparation for the sacraments without placing the emphasis on the "why" Jesus calls us to help our neighbor. Too much importance is placed on the exterior work - for show and points in the program without true sincerity from the heart. Too often, through liberal educators and organizers, they are forced into helping others for all the wrong reasons. They tend to look down on anyone who is not constantly involved in this parish program or that social activity all in the name of social justice or, as the modernists like to call it: "peace and justice." The Vatican calls it "Justice and Peace" with a special Curia agency just for that. The problem is many of these liberal parish programs have no intention of following the Holy See's directives and, through that stubbornness to ram through their own agenda, are not doing it for the least of Christ's brethren. For his column today, Let's take the social out of 'social justice!', see VIEW FROM THE PEW

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, one week from Holy Thursday, we bring you the final 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 third part, the Vicar of Christ encourages Christ's priests throughout the world to embrace the Eucharist and draw upon this august Sacramental Mystery as Jesus intends through a deeper reverence and adoration for the Blessed Sacrament and instilling this same "passion for Christ" in the Tabernacle among their flocks everywhere. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

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 second 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 152nd installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Events that happened today in Church History
Pope Pius VI    On this day 209 years ago in 1791 in the midst of the terrible French Revolution, Pope Pius VI issued his historic encyclical Charitas to the Bishops of France ensuring they not take the civil oath. Because of this, Pius VI was forced to break with France and Napoleon would retaliate by invading Rome and arresting the Pontiff, forcing the Holy See to pay a huge sum of money and many treasured works of art. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Are we stuck in the comfort zone of sinful habits?
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".

"Reality is distorted if we have such reservations as prejudice, habits of sin, pride, avarice and jealousy. Any of these can make honest judgment impossible for us. The truth is then twisted to fit our imperfections; we lie to ourselves in order not to have to change, not to abondon these prized habits of evil."

  • Total number of visits for 2000 as of April 11:
  • Total number of visits in 1999:
  • Total number of visits since this daily publication went on line November 1, 1997:
  • To review the entire week of the Holy Father's historic "Jubilee Journey" last month, see Review of JUBILEE JOURNEY

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

    Holy Father emphasizes revelation of the Blessed Trinity revelation at the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan
    Baptism at the River JordanHoly Father pause to pray at one of the two claimed sites of Christ's Baptism on the River Jordan
       Yesterday the Holy Father continued his Jubilee Year series on the Trinity during his regular Wednesday Papal Audiences that are attracting such huge throngs that Paul VI Hall no longer can accommodate the crowds. Therefore he spoke to over 30,000 gathered in St. Peter's Square. During his address he spoke of his recent visit to the River Jordan, where the Father and the Holy Spirit were made manifest to mankind, as was the Son. The Pope's teaching makes the Trinity as meaningful to us today as the Holy Trinity was at the beginning of all the moment of creation. continued inside

    Aborted baby in Aussie hospital is removed alive as staff in dilemna of what to do while waiting for baby to die
      How callow, how crass can the medical profession get than in an Australian hospital where the doctor was so flippant as to evoke outrage from every pro-lifer in the world. In an Australian courtroom yesterday in Darwin, testimony was heard in the case of an aborted baby which survived nearly an hour and a half after having been aborted while the hospital staff stood and waited for the young aborted infant to die! The coroner explained that a "vacuum" of responsibility was created when the fetus was born one knew what to do since the fetus was supposed to be dead! God works in wondrous ways...and now there is one more innocent who was baptized in blood, rather than in water and the Spirit. How are the pro-aborts going to deny this is outright murder with plenty of witnesses who can't deny it! continued inside

    Add your spiritual bouquet to a special birthday card for the Pope at EWTN
    GIF images used with permission of EWTN    Mother Angelica
       His Holiness Pope John Paul II will turn 80 years old on May 18th this year and Mother Angelica and EWTN are inviting all Catholics to log on and to offer their own Spiritual bouquet to the Vicar of Christ as a birthday present that will be presented to the Holy Father on his birthday. The opportunity to offer your birthday spiritual bouquet for the 264th successor of Peter will be available until May 4 at Mother has said it's a special way we can all express our love and gratitude to the Holy Father. continued inside.

    On again, off again permission for public Holy Week processions and services in Cuba on again!
    CubaHoly Father greeted by Fidel Castro
       Hoping to avoid a worldclass black eye, the Cuban government reversed their decision to ban Holy Week processions and services yesterday. Realizing the eyes of the world are focused on Fidel Castro and Cuba over the Elian Gonzalez predicament and fearing another revolt by enraged Catholics who experienced religious freedom when the Holy Father visited two years ago, Castro can see the writing on the wall and thus is backpedaling, allowing the traditional Holy Week services to continue as they have since 1998. continued inside.

    Jerusalem expecting huge throngs for Jubilee Holy Week
    Jerusalem    Jerusalem is gearing up again for the second time in a month for massive crowds as they await a great number of pilgrims to flood Israel and the Holy City during Holy Week. A number of churches in the area are expected to pick up the overflow that will undoubtedly occur, and the languages of the foreign pilgrims are also being considered with priests being provided to accommodate their sacramental needs. Thus different churches will conduct Holy Week services in a specific language as an aid to all pilgrims with one church serving English-speaking pilgrims, another Spanish, another French, and so on. continued inside.

    Church's stance on homosexuality upheld by Italian Supreme Court
    Italy    Finally, a Supreme Court that makes sense and one that has come to its senses is the Supreme Court in Italy which ruled that homosexuality is a "psychiatric illness or disorder." This ruling upholds the Church's stance against the practice and propaganda of gay and lesbian activities and vindicates those who have spoken out strongly on the abnormality of the gay lifestyle as Cardinal Thomas Winning of Scotland and Bishop Kenneth Angell of the Burlington, Vermont Diocese to name just a few over the past several months. continued inside.

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    Coming Tomorrow:

  • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Sister Mary Lucy Astuto's heart-felt column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

  • 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 14th through 16th and the Way of the Cross Meditations

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on April 14th through 16th

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • Daily LITURGY for PALM SUNDAY weekend.

  • ...and much more in our 75th issue for 2000!
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