When Hosannas turn to hisses only the just survive
Little Elian Gonzalez has been delivered to us to test the collective conscience of souls everywhere|
In this weekend's editorial, we equate the events unfolding this week in Miami and Washington D.C. with echoes coming from Havana and Rome, all surrounding the plight of the Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez with events that took place nearly 2000 years ago which we commemorate this weekend and all next week. We show how the modern Scribes and Pharisees who first hailed Christ and then turned on Him, are doing the same with little Elian who, like Our Lord, has remained silent through this entire ordeal. Now the President has sought the intervention of the Holy See to see this through to its conclusion and one thing you can be sure of, unlike Pontius Pilate, the Holy Father will not wash his hands of the affair but exhibit the wisdom of Solomon and for this will be reviled by many. For this weekend's editorial The Resurrection of Right Resolve! , see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
PALM SUNDAY WEEKEND
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This weekend we observe PALM SUNDAY Liturgy heading into Holy Week. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations on this feast, see DAILY LITURGY.
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"And they cried out, 'Hosanna! Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel!"
John 12: 13
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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"Go thy way, and from now on sin no more."
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto reminds all of the healing catharsis of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This is mandatory during the time from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday which is called the "Easter Duty" but if one only goes to Confession and Communion during that time then many other sins will mount up, one - missing Mass on Sunday comes to mind. As Our Lady at Medjugorje suggests, all should go to Confession at least once a month, weekly if possible. Sister points out the basics of what constitutes a mortal sin and also offers a few short preparatory prayers while we make our examination of conscience before entering the confessional. She also emphasizes what Christ said in John 8: 11, "Go thy way, and from now on sin no more" and reminds us to keep this resolve in our hearts For her column, Pray! Pray! Pray! see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Out of the frying pan, into the fire! As decent people do a slow roast!
Today Michael Vincent Boyer, a well-respected Catholic insider expert on what's happening in the entertainment industry, reveals that the President of the Motion Picture Association of America Jack Valenti who has eschewed morals and ethics by denuding the ratings of any decency, is considering retirement. That's good news to all. But, as Michael points out, it's like going from the frying pan into the fire because his replacement could be none other than Bill Clinton...not the kind of moral leader you would want in charge of the direction of the powerful medium of motion pictures and entertainment. For his column, Good News: Valenti talks Retirement! Bad News: Clinton could replace him! , see HOW HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD
Appreciation of the Price of our redemption through the Passion of Our Lord
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 Passion of Our Lord as explained in My Catholic Faith and how it was necessary for the redemption of all that Jesus underwent this most extreme form of human punishment for the remission of sins committed by all generations. For part one in the 153rd installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Significant Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
On this Palm Sunday 121 years ago in 1879 Saint Bernadette of Soubirous, the visionary of Lourdes passed on to her Heavenly reward in Nevers, France as a young nun of 35 years of age with the Sisters of Notre Dame. To the amazement of all her body never decayed and remains incorrupt today on display in Nevers. She thus became the third French saint whose body was preserved incorrupt along with Saint Catherine Laboure and Saint Vincent de Paul in Paris. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Knowing our true selves can be a shock to the system!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Archbishop 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".
"Most of us live out our lives with a false picture of ourselves which we will not surrender; we dread the pain of finidng ourselves less noble than we like to believe. We strain reality through a sieve of self-love, keeping out whatever truth would hurt us."
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One cannot rest on Palm Sunday as US calls in Vatican to help resolve Elian Gonzalez crisis
As Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo is ready to aid in the negotiations between Attorney General Janet Reno, the Federal Court, and the aunts and uncles caring for little Elian Gonzalez who has become an international symbol of freedom and could be a global embarassment to someone if they do not act wisely. Therefore has personally asked the Holy Father for help in requesting the Nunciature in Washington D.C. serve as a neutral site so that hopefully fruitful talks can take place for the welfare of the child and not the political agendas and raging emotions of others involved. For more on this also see today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT editorial.
Holy Father appoints Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos to head up Ecclesia Dei Pontifical Commission
Ecclesia Dei - the commission established by Pope John Paul II in 1988 to accommodate the broad and generous provision of permission for priests to celebrate Mass in the Old Tridentine Rite - has been turned over to Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos. The Colombian prelate, who is also Prefect for the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy replaces Cardinal Angelo Felici who reached his 80th birthday last July. continued inside.
Brouhaha brewing from Democratic rep from Brewer State of Wisconsin over Mass celebrated by new Catholic House Chaplain
Politics are, in essence, a pot boiling machine in which everything good and holy winds up looking like muck! This is the scene as Wisconsin Democrat Jerry Kleczka, a Catholic, is complaining vehemently about the Mass celebrated by new House Chaplain Father Dennis Coughlin. It's interesting to ask if the Marquette priest had received the nod earlier as Catholic Chaplain if he would have objected as much. We doubt it. Besides, all members of Congress were openly invited or informed of the event which was held to acquaint all with the new priest from Chicago. For Kleczka to object to the celebration of a Mass seems strange for anyone who says he's Catholic for its purpose was to unify both parties.
Pope receives direct descendent of the prophet Mohammed from Morocco
On Thursday His Holiness welcomed to a fifteen minute private audience Morocco's King Mohammed VI. The Holy Father acknowledged that the present king is a direct descendant of the prophet Mohammed. The courtesy call by the Moroccan king was conducted in French and continued the budding rapport the Vicar of Christ is establishing with followers of Islam in endeavoring to bring the two great monotheistic religions closer to understanding and tolerance.continued inside.
Indonesia trying to avert Islamic jihad against Christians by Muslim rebels
While the Pope was extending the olive branch to the Islamic leader of Morocco, in Jakarta, Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim population, government officials are taking a firm stance against Muslim rebels who are preparing to stage a jihad or holy war against Christians. Accusations of collusion between certain government officials and extremist Muslims abound and it remains to be seen just how effectively the present government can stop this threat. continued inside.
After a year in prison, Bishop Misago still sits and waits for a fair trial
Meanwhile in Rwanda, Bishop Augustine Misago of Gikongoro has languished in an overcrowded prison, accused of genocide based not on facts, but on the beliefs of those individuals who have imprisoned him for a year along with thousands of others. He accepts it as his ministry to minister to his fellow prisoners but even that is being curtailed. Relations between the Rwandan government and the Church remain strained. The Church has paid a high price in this nation, sacrificing the lives of three bishops, 123 priests and over 300 sisters who have been martyred for the Faith. Yet, even among this sadness, Bishop Misago's lawyers are hopeful of an evental acquital. continued inside.
British Millennium Mass Jubilee Event the end of May is meeting with apathy as organizers begin to pray all the harder for more cooperation from bishops
More spiritual woes are befalling Britain this Jubilee Year. The country's plans for a massive millennium Mass celebration at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham on May 29 is drawing little interest from the England's bishops, priests and laity. The organizer of the event told the Catholic Times that one of the main reasons was lack of publicity. With only six weeks to go, we can only hope prayers and hard work will assuredly allow the Holy Spirit to enlighten the British Isles and elsewhere of this special event. After all they weren't expecting that many in Paris a few years ago for World Youth Day when the Pope attended and the turnout overwhelmed everyone. It can happen again. continued inside.
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