MONDAY IN HOLY WEEK    vol. 11, no. 76     April 17, 2000

April 3, 2000
Reflection for Monday in Holy Week
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Monday in Holy Week

First Reading:
 Isaiah 42: 1-7
  Psalm 18: 2-7
  John 12: 1-11

For the Daily LENTEN REFLECTION for Monday in Holy Week, April 17, see LENTEN REFLECTION.


   Today's and tomorrow's liturgy are both for Holy Week as we begin the most intense and sacred week of the liturgical year. The theme of the Gospel today centers around Our Lord's time at the house of Lazarus after he had been raised from the dead by Jesus. The meditation revolves around the different motives of Mary Magdalen and Judas Iscariot as you'll see in the meditation today. For the readings, liturgies, and special meditation for Monday in Holy Week, see DAILY LITURGY.


"Let her be - that she may keep it for the day of My burial. For the poor you have always with you, but you do not always have Me."
John 12: 7

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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If Christ were running for office or on a television program today, would He be canceled for lack of interest?

   In his column today, Pat Ludwa, in the spirit of Holy Week, reflects on some of the reasons so many turned on Jesus even after He had performed miracles and wonders before their eyes. Citing many passages of Sacred Scripture, Pat shows that they were never mislead but rather 'assumed' He was what they wanted Him to be - an earthly king - whereas He was much, much, much greater, but they couldn't recognize the signs or His words. Why? Because they were blinded by pride and by their own egos in wanting to change their kingdom to their vision. Pat asks if the same scenario were to be played out today would the outcome be any different? Considering popularity and ratings, and the scant numbers who followed Him back then, it's highly doubtful He would be accepted today. The polls would mandate He be drummed out for lack of interest! For his column today, , see VIEW FROM THE PEW

Baptism at the River JordanHoly Father pause to pray at one of the two claimed sites of Christ's Baptism on the River Jordan
Holy Father shares the revelation of the Trinity at the Baptism of Christ with over 30,000 during his Weekly Audience
   Today we bring you the Holy Father's regular Papal Audience from last Wednesday where over 30,000 packed St. Peter's Square to hear the Vicar of Christ continue his catechesis on the Blessed Trinity. 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. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

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 two in the 154th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Events that happened today in Church History
Pope Benedict III Pope Leo XI    On this day one Pontiff died and another was elected 747 years later. In 858 the 104th successor of Peter passed away. That was Pope Benedict III whose pontificate lasted three years and is best remembered for his efforts to unite East and West against the Saracen threat. It was he who first introduced the possibility of a Crusade, which would come a few centuries later. Also on this date 395 years ago in 1605, the College of Cardinals chose Cardinal Alessandro Ottaviano de' Medici who chose the name Pope Leo XI. Unfortunately his papacy lasted only ten days, falling deathly ill during a procession to St. John Lateran, the 232nd in the line of Peter died on April 27th. He was esteemed and loved by the people for his piety and generosity. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Beware of the Trojan Horse within
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".

"Nothing so cripples the spiritual life as those hidden 'bugs' in the motor of our soul. They may be any one of several common faults such as self-seeking, bitterness towards others, jealousy and hate. Those who are trying to grow closer to God without self-analysis wonder why they suffer such frequent defeats: invariably it is because of the Trojan Horse within them, the unrecognized dominant fault. Until that is dug out and admitted before God, with a desire to destroy it, there will be no real spritual progress. As St. Augustine has said, 'He, Lord, is Your best servant who looks not so much to hear that from You which he himself wills, as rather to will that which he hears from You."

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    Last day of April and first day of May will be special to the Holy Father
    She will become Saint Faustina on April 30Feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1st
       If you think it's been crowded so far in Rome, consider the last weekend of April for on back to back days will be the canonization of Blessed Sister Faustina on Sunday, April 30th and the next day a huge celebration with over 200,000 workers from around the world for the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, which will be climaxed by a special Mass by the Holy Father on Monday, May 1st. During this two day festival, even the labor unions in Italy will participate and John Paul II knows well the meaning of this weekend with the crowning glory of this Polish nun he labored so long to promote and his own labors in the stone quarries of Zakrzowek and the ovens of Solivay in Borek Falecki in Poland during his earlier days. After the Monday Mass the Pope will hold a special meeting with international labor leaders.continued inside

    Battle boiling in Belarus as Cardinal Swiatek digs in, commands exiled priest to stay put despite government order
    Cardinal Kazimierz Swiatek    The Estonian prelate of Belarus who has seen his share of prison time under the KGB is digging in and ordering Father Zbigniew Karolyak to remain in his parish in the western Belarusian town of Brest. The priest is of Polis origin and his visa had not been renewed, and the government is fining Fr. Karolyak each day he remains in Belarus but if he leaves the people will be without a priest. Thus the cardinal insists he stay. continued inside

    Russian historian's Letter affirms Pius XII was anything but silent on holocaust horrors
       Russian historian Evghenjia Tokareva has released a monograph of "Fascism, the Church, and the Catholic Movement in Italy" published by the Institute of World History. In this monograph there appears a letter dated January 1941 in which Pope Pius XII addresses a letter to Germany strongly protesting the arrest and deportation of 40,000 Jews. This adds to the countless other testimonies which clearly show Pius XII did all he could to help the Jews threatened by the horrible holocaust. continued inside.

    Cuban political prisoner's nomination for Nobel Peace Prize creates public relations nightmare for Castro
       As if Fidel Castro doesn't have enough pr headaches with the Elian Gonzalez situation, now comes word that Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, a man Castro had imprisoned as a political prisoner, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in defending the human rights of Cubans, including the unborn. Biscet, a staunch Catholic, founded the Lawton Society for the Defense of Human Rights. Now the problem is confirmation which has not yet come from Castro's regime. continued inside.

    Holy Father reaffirms allegiance to Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae
       Speaking at the Vatican to students and faculty from Sacred Heart Catholic University campuses in various parts of Italy, Pope John Paul II stressed again and again that the Doctrine, Dogmas and Teachings of Holy Mother Church must not be compromised as he called for all Catholic Universities to measure up to the very name they proclaim: Catholic! While he was speaking to Italians, his main target is really many Catholic universities and educators in America where liberal professors and administrators have been openly defiant. continued inside.

    Conversions double in France over last decade while drama on Christ playing in Paris gaining rave reviews
    France    Conversions to Catholicism in France are on the rise as evident by the number of converts to be received into the Church during the solemn celebrations of Easter. The reason is that the French people are returning to their spiritual roots and turning back to God in their search. Many who dropped out years ago are returning now because of what was missing in their life. Also returning are playgoers to the play "Jesus, the Resurrection" in Paris' Sports Palace which is a sequel to the play "His Name Was Jesus." The new play, like the first, is gaining rave reviews from audiences and critics alike and will play through July.continued inside.

    Bishop Myers proves if it plays in Peoria, it'll play anywhere!
    Confession is good for the soul Bishop John J. Myers    Speaking of plays, there is none better than one that will cleanse the soul and Bishop John J. Myers of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois has called its recent "Weekend Reconciliation" a huge success. On one night more than 3,000 Catholics attended penance services in 14 regional churches. This same occurrence is happening in various dioceses throughout the country and the world in preparation for the Easter Triduum and Easter and, like in France, fruits are being realized with many fallen-away and lapsed Catholics coming home at last! continued inside.

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    Coming Tomorrow:

  • Special Meditation for Tuesday in Holy Week along with Lenten Reflections for April 18th and the Way of the Cross
  • The 155th installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on April 18th

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • ...and much more in our 77th issue for 2000!
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