WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK    vol. 11, no. 78     April 19, 2000

April 19, 2000
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Wednesday in Holy Week


First Reading:
 Isaiah 50: 4-9
  Psalm 69: 8-10, 14, 21-22, 33-34
  Matthew 26: 14-25



   Today's liturgy is the last before we head into the climactic Easter Triduum beginning with Holy Thursday tomorrow during this most intense and sacred week of the liturgical year. The theme of the Gospel today centers around the betrayal of Judas and brings clearly to mind Our Lord's words in Mark 36: "For what does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul?" When we say "no" to God and insist on doing our own will and striving for worldly pleasures, we are no better than the Iscariot as you'll see in the meditation today. For the readings, liturgies, and special meditation for Wednesday in Holy Week, see DAILY LITURGY.


From the Gospel of Wednesday, April 19th:
"He who dips his hand into the dish with Me, he will betray Me. The Son of Man indeed goes His way, as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It were better for that man if he had not been born."
Matthew 26: 23-24

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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Tomorrow begins the Paschal Mystery of the Easter Triduum
   Tomorrow we will bring you our special Easter Triduum issue covering Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. We will suspend most of our columns for this solemn time except for Pat Ludwa's column which will be carried tomorrow. We will follow that up with our special Easter issue on line Saturday night which will also encompass Easter Monday and then return with our regular daily rotation on Easter Tuesday. This next day incorporates all that our Faith believes beginning with the establishment of the Blessed Sacrament on Holy Thursday and the Consummation of the Sacrifice on Calvary the next day and the triumph of the Cross at the Easter Vigil. During the time in the tomb Jesus "descended to the dead" to liberate those who had been in Limbo since the time of Adam. That is His Divine Mercy, the devotion of which begins Good Friday and extends to April 29th on the eve of the Feast of Divine Mercy and special this year because the "Messenger of Mercy" Blessed Sister Faustina will become Saint Faustina on April 30th. It truly gives us reason to celebrate this Jubilee Year.

Pro-Life Prescriptions:

Where is the outrage by Catholics against Al Gore? Do they realize what is at stake?
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. He asks how any Catholic can justify vice president Al Gore's anti-Catholic stance by endorsing the groups who are out to oust the Vatican as a Permanent Observer. These groups are all staunch pro-abortion organizations who have as their agenda the culture of death for the sake of their own worldly gain and selfishness. Dr. Frank shows that none of that is worth a "hill of beans" for Christ made that perfectly clear in Mark 8: 36, "For what does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul?" Dr. Joseph points out that to elect Gore by idly standing by or "voting Democratic again" will be playing right into satan's hands and stresse again that it's a matter of life and death and, in the end, we have to answer to the Creator of all life. For his column For what will it profit those who oppose the Church? , see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

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 second 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 tomorrow for Holy Thursday and Good Friday climaxing on Holy Saturday with the Easter Vigil. For part two in the 156th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Events that happened today in Church History

Pope Saint Leo IX    On this day 946 years ago in 1054, Pope Saint Leo IX, the 152nd successor of Peter, passed on to his Heavenly reward. His pontificate was remembered for the beginning of the Great Schism between East and West that still exists today though, through the efforts of Pope John Paul II, the two Churches are at least having dialogue, something Michael Cerularius refused in 1049 which caused Pope St. Leo to have to excommunicate the Eastern Patriarch. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

If man changes for the better, society will follow
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".

"If we would remake the world, we must begin by remaking the individual; then the institutions will be good enough, for they will resemble the good men who made them. And that is why institutions and plans must be supple and elastic enough to fit the free, aspiring spirit of the men who grow and enlarge their vision as they reach toward God."

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

    Record number of Pilgrims pouring into Rome treated to special Passion play in St. Peter's Square
       This Jubilee Year Holy Week in Rome has set all time attendance records, affording over a half million pilgrims the opportunity of individual confession and absolution as priests around the world are hearing confessions around the clock. On Tuesday evening the overswelling pilgrim crowd witnessed a performance of Christ's Passion through the efforts of the "Sezze Process" which uses over 700 actors to enact 43 Old and New Testament religious themes. What wonders to behold this Jubilee Year with such a marvelous performance and the Holy See serving as the ideal backdrop. continued inside

    Kazakhstan Government gives Church further freedom to minister to its flock
    Kazakhstan    The Apostolic Administrator of Atyrau in Kazakhstan Father Janusz Kaleta has revealed that he has received government approval which will make his apostolic work much easier. There are about 330,000 Catholics among 15 million residents of the country which is descended from Poles, Lithuanians and Germans deported by Josef Stalin. Religious freedom was granted between Kazakhstan and the Vatican in 1998 and this recent agreement furthers the work of the Church to its hungry flock in this area of the former Soviet Union. continued inside

    3,000 prisoners released in Madagascar for Jubilee Year through efforts of the Church in spirit of reconciliation
    Madagascar Cardinal Armand Razanfindratandra    The banner of "Apostle of Peace" which the Holy Father John Paul II wears, has won the freedom of 3,000 Madagascar prisoners following a plea by local Catholic leaders who proposed that the Jubilee Year should also be applied to prisons. The effort of the Holy See, and the appointment of Trinitarian Father Angelo Buccarello working with Cardinal Armand Razafindratandra has led to the release of many of these prisoners, mainly women and minors. Each movement toward reconciliation and peace may seem microscopic on a worldwide scale, but it can never be a "minor" occasion in the eyes of God Who cares about each of His sheep. continued inside.

    Gonzaga digs in like a bulldog to oppose Planned Parenthood appearance
    Father Robert Spitzer   Three cheers for Gonzaga University! While other Jesuit institutions have courted pro-aborts Father Robert J. Spitzer, the president of the Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington - the alma mater of Bing Crosby - has taken steps to curtail the visit of a guest speaker from Planned Parenthood and his actions have provoked careless remarks by some uninformed students who had better study their faith rather than complaining that their academic freedom was undermined. Fr. Spitzer is rightly following the Holy Father's decree in his Apostolic Constitution Ex corde Ecclesiae and placing the students' spiritual education before any political correctness. While PP and their puppets whimper and whine about being denied access, all Catholis should applaud Fr. Spitzer and Gonzaga for standing up to one of the foremost organizations promoting the culture of death and directly opposed to Catholicism. continued inside.

    Cuba condemned by UN over human rights and religious issues
       The UN Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday approved a resolution condeming Cuba for their affronts against human rights, repressing political speech and oppressing religious groups despite promises to the Holy Father during his historic trip two years ago to the communist island in the Caribbean. Many have protested that Elian Gonzalez should not be returned to Cuba until Cuba complies. Naturally, many Cubans on Castro's cue protested in front of the Czech Republic Embassy in Havana where the vote was rendered. continued inside.

    Historic document signed between Italy and Vatican that will preserve tons of archived materials for all posterity
    ItalyCardinal Camillo Ruini    On Tuesday a historic document was signed in Rome between the Italian Minister for Cultural Patrimony and Cardinal Camillo Ruini, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference, which collectively protects over 100,000 archives and 4,600 libraries of incalculable historic importance. This signing insures that the Italian government will work cohesively with the Vatican in preserving and making available over 27 million volumes, 112,000 manuscripts, 2,500 illuminated codices and 200,000 rare books. Our question: Who would ever have time to read it all!?! continued inside.

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