TUESDAY IN HOLY WEEK       vol. 11, no. 77     April 18, 2000

April 18, 2000
Reflection for Tuesday in Holy Week
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Tuesday in Holy Week

First Reading:
 Isaiah 49:1-6
  Psalm 71: 1-6, 15, 17
  John 13: 21-33, 36-38

For the Daily LENTEN REFLECTION for Tuesday in Holy Week, April 18, see LENTEN REFLECTION.


   Today's and tomorrow's liturgy are both for Holy Week as we continue the most intense and sacred week of the liturgical year. The theme of the Gospel today centers around two men who betrayed Our Lord - one repented, the other didn't. One is Peter, the other Judas in which the point is made clear that there is no shame in falling, only in failing to get up as you'll see in the meditation today. For the readings, liturgies, and special meditation for Tuesday in Holy Week, see DAILY LITURGY.


"Wilt thou lay down thy life for me? Amen, amen I say to thee, the cock will not crow before thou dost deny Me thrice."
John 13: 38

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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We can only gain through pain - the pain of the Cross!

CATHOLIC PewPOINT     In today's editorial, we point to the importance of this week and the fact one can't expect to 'put the cart before the horse' by celebrating Easter and the triumph of the Cross without sharing the pains and sorrows of the Cross. Jesus has told us that is not possible for the Paschal Mystery is only complete when incorporating the Passion, Death and Resurrection, not just the latter. We question why so few attend liturgical ceremonies during Holy Thursday and Good Friday and overflow for Easter. Maybe they haven't understood totally Christ's message that the only way they can be His disciples is to "take up your cross and follow Me. For today's editorial There is no Glory without the Cross! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

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Holy Father shares the joy of Jerusalem's Hosannas - "Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord" in his Palm Sunday Homily
   Today we bring you the Holy Father's Palm Sunday Homily from this past Palm Sunday where over 100,000 packed St. Peter's Square to hear the Vicar of Christ by loudspeakers for those who could not get into St. Peter's Basilica. He shared with all that this feast is special for young people the world over and reiterated his invitation for youth to come to Rome this Jubilee Year and especially during Holy Week in which the Holy See is expecting over half a million pilgrims. He began the traditional Palm Sunday Mass in the center of the Square and processed into the Basilica, concluding the three-hour services with the Angelus. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Appreciation of the Price of our redemption through the Price of Calvary
    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 apex of the Passion Calvary in which the torch was passed, so to speak, from the Old to the New Covenant when the veil of the Temple was rent asunder at the moment of Christ's death as explained in My Catholic Faith as we prepare for the Paschal Triduum on Holy Thursday and Good Friday climaxing on Holy Saturday with the Easter Vigil. For part one in the 155th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Events that happened today in Church History
   On this day one year ago Pope John Paul II elevated three more to sainthood when he canonized three religious founders, two Italian and one French, all from the nineteenth century. Two bridged the 19th and 20th centuries: Saint Giovanni Calabria, an Italian priest from Verona who founded the Congregations for the Poor Servants of Divine Mercy and died at the age of 81 in 1954, and Saint Agostina Livia Petrantoni, founder of the Sisters of Charity who was martyred by an angry patient in 1913 at the age of 49. The other was Saint Marcelino Champagnat, a French brother who founded the Marist Brothers in the aftermath of the French Revolution. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

We will continue to bogey until we correct the hitch in our own behavior!
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".

"A child kicks the door on which he bumped his head; the golfer breaks his club because he did not make the hole. Yet it was the golfer's fault he missed - not that of the club, nor of the God Whom he may curse, in his irritation. The world is like the golfer; man forever throws the blame for his troubles away from the one place where it belongs - himself."

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    Joy of Holy Week in jeopardy because of jihad threat to the Vatican
       The august joy of Holy Week has been shadowed by the possible threat of Islamic terrorist attacks on the Vatican. The Israeli government's security agency Mossad has sent word of these possible attacks to the Holy See to heighten security for places wehre public ceremonies will be taking place including St. Peter's Square, the Colosseum and Easter Sunday. There are even reports of terrorist attacks against the "heart of the Church" in Italian newspapers, some against the Pontiff himself, others against the visible structure of the Church. It's time to pray all the harder during Holy Week. continued inside

    Terrorists in Philippines lay out their demands: Christians get out!
       While hopefully the terrorist threats are just that - threats, they are very real in the Philippines being carried out in the dreadful saga of Muslim terrorists holding 70 Catholic students, teachers and a preiest hostage. They have released their demands for the total removal of all Christians from the southern region of the Philippines. The government of the country has stated it will not give in to the terrorists' demands and meanwhile the hostages suffer. Much prayer and heartfelt negotiations are needed so this standoff can be resolved in the name of peace through prayer to the Prince of Peace. continued inside

    Special "Social Catechism" being prepared by Holy See through inspiration of Archbishop Van Thuan with the Holy Father's blessings
    Archbishop Van Thuan    The Vatican is preparing to publish a "Social Catechism" which will be an invaluable aid to all Catholic leaders. Archbishop Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, who led the Lenten retreat for the Roman Curia, has been a big help in preparing it. The intent of this book is to help Catholics everywhere and, in particular, those Catholics who hold positions of responsibility in their country, that all may be true leaders as Christ commanded of all His followers. continued inside.

    Tom Monaghan hoping Natural Law conference in June will have Domino effect
    Thomas Monaghan    One of those Catholic leaders who is leading the way is Thomas Monaghan. The founder of Domino's Pizza, who divested himself of all interest in the chain, vowing to "die broke" in order to support his Catholic Faith, has founded the Ave Maria School of Law which will open in August. He is a co-sponsor for a conference on "St. Thomas and the Natural Law Tradition" from June 2-4 at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. His vision of the school is to integrate Catholic teachings into every course so as to produce lawyers guided by faith. continued inside.

    More proof of Pius XII's positive input in aiding the Jews provided in new book
       A new book by Sister Margaret Marchione reveals Pope Pius XII's role during the Nazi period. She is a renowned author of more than 30 books on historic figures. In this work, she clarifies the Pontiff's position regarding Hitler and makes it perfectly clear that Pius XII was one of the most invaluable protectors of the Jews in countries dominated by national socialism. This is just another item of proof piled on top of a plethora of other affidavits that have poured in vindicating the much maligned Pope who is being considered for beatification. continued inside.

    Anti-Catholic Jesse the Body body slams pro-lifers with about face veto on abortion holding period
    MinnesotaJesse Ventura   Jesse "the Body" Ventura, the liberal leader of the state of Minnesota has shown his disrespect for the human body - the person - by vetoing a bill that would have placed a 24-hour moratorium on all abortions. Republican leaders in the state's house question Ventura's about-face since his own staff had helped draft the bill which would have given all doctors, nurses, and women a 24 hour window to decide the fate of the unborn before any abortion could take place. It would be a time in which every second counts in order to save a life, but Ventura body slammed pro-lifers by going back on his word. In other words, he's a flat-out liar! continued inside.

    BBC in big trouble with Christians over decision to relegate religious programming to the graveyard shift during Holy Week
    Great Britain BBC    The BBC is under attack for scheduling religious programming during Holy Week in the "graveyard shift" - after midnight. Such a schedule certainly shows that religious morals, values and the very heart of religion is at risk when little importance is given to such an important week while a plethora of programs promoting the culture of death get prime time. Relegated to the wee hours of the morning, the Holy Week services and religious programming can take heart that Our Lord rose gloriously from the dead in the "wee hours" of the morning. We can only pray that He will help protesters to BBC to triumph over the hard-hearted who deny Him time on their TV airwaves. continued inside.

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    Coming Tomorrow:

  • Special Meditation for Wednesday in Holy Week along with Lenten Reflections for April 18th and the Way of the Cross

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

  • The 156th 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 19th

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • ...and much more in our 78th issue for 2000!
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