vol. 11, no. 80     April 23-24, 2000

April 23-24, 2000
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Like the Cuban-Americans standing watch in Miami, we need to arm ourselves with God's special weapon this Easter!
    Elian Gonzalez    In our editorial for this special Easter issue, we had hoped to bring you a Paschal message of joy, but there is little joy in Miami and the hearts of many. But there is hope. And that is the greatest joy we can bring you for our commentary centers around the events that transpired early Saturday morning while Our Lord's body lay in the tomb. This is a time of tension but we pray it will turn to true justice for the sake of family - whether that family is his own father or his extended family - the courts will decide. But ultimately God will decide as the oppression continues until Mary's Immaculate Heart triumphs, and her Divine Son Jesus wins out. This can only happen if we take up the most powerful weapon we have at our disposal - the one given to us by Our Lady - and use it to its fullest potential as we explain in our editorial today, Reno was right! The Cuban-Americans did have weapons! More power to them!. See, CATHOLIC PewPOINT

"For the Son of Man came to seek
and to save what was lost."
Luke 19: 10

Sister Mary Lucy Astuto   In her Easter column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto shares a special prayer from her own heart to the Risen Lord and reminds all that there can be no celebration of the Resurrection without the Triumph of the Cross and that victory we can only share in when we willingly take up our own crosses and follow Him as He asks. Her heartfelt prayer is a capsule of all we as Catholics should believe and a celebration of our Faith as she exudes in her prayerful leadin for this week during the Novena of Divine Mercy which is the lasting benefits of God's Love For her column, He is truly Risen! see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Appreciation of the Resurrection of Our Lord
    Today we resume our series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. In this Easter issue we present the first part of the catechesis on The Resurrection as explained in My Catholic Faith and this fulfillment was the apex of all that Jesus had foretold and proof to all believers that He truly is the Son of God though there were still doubters such as Thomas and even today many still doubt, but our Faith proves without a shadow of a doubt the glorious fruits of His Resurrection. For part one in the 157th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

   We present the Easter Sunday Liturgy and Easter Monday which encompasses other feasts that are superceded this year because of Eastertide. This includes the feasts of Saint George, Martyr and Saint Adalbert, Bishop and Martyr, who is credited with the conversion of Russia in the first millennium. On Monday, Eastertide takes precedence over another martyr, Saint Fidelis of Sigmaren and Tuesday would be the traditional feast of yet another martyr, the Evangelist Saint Mark. For all of the readings, liturgies, and vignettes on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.

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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"Today bring Me all devout and faithful souls and immerse them in the ocean of My Mercy. These souls brought Me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness."

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copyrite 1995-2000 Matthew Brooks
   Today we bring you the third day of the Novena of Divine Mercy which will conclude with DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY the end of tis week. This Novena was imparted to Blessed Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun of the 1930's who is known as the "Apostle of Mercy" and who will be honored with sainthood on Sunday. For this third day of the Novena and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, see FIRST DAY OF DIVINE MERCY NOVENA

Man's soul is blinded by the political perspective
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".

"Our world is full of prophets of gloom, and I would be one of them if I did not practically believe in God. Thirty years ago the one word on everyone's lips was 'progress.' Now everyone speaks of defeat and the atomic bomb. This attitude of pessimism varies in direct ratio and proportion to the frequency with which one follows world news. This is not necessarily because world news is depressing, but because one seldom allows time for counterbalancing war news with other factors. As a result people lead political lives, not spiritual lives."

"Today bring Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Me."
   We continue with the Fourth Day of the Novena of Divine Mercy which was originally imparted to Blessed Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun of the 1930's who is known as the "Apostle of Mercy" and who will be canonized at the end of this Novena this year on April 30th - Divine Mercy Sunday by His Holiness Pope John Paul II, long a crusader for her cause. For this fourth day of the Novena and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, see DIVINE MERCY NOVENA

Events that happened during this period in Church History
Saint George
   Easter Sunday is the 1,697th anniversary of the death of the martyred soldier of Christ known as Saint George who is associated with the legend of the dragon, in the imagery of the beast - satan. The Roman-born St. George, martyred by the emperor Diocletian, is not only the patron saint of England and Portugal, but also of the Boy Scouts of America. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


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