Tuesday in Easter Week
Acts 2: 36-41
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22
John 20: 11-18
Today is Tuesday in Easter Week or the Easter Octave with tomorrow being the same for Wednesday where white vestments are the norm, alleluias and Easter lillies are in vogue, the Regina Coeli replaces the Angelus and the Paschal Candle, assembled and lit at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday evening is lit for every Mass until the Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
"Do not touch Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father, but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I ascend to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.'" John 20: 17
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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Today we bring you the Holy Father's annual Urbi et Orbi Easter Address given Sunday to an overflowing crowd of 150,000 at St. Peter's Square in which the Pope denounced racism and xenophobia, which is the hatred of foreigners. He did not mention any specific countries in particular but clearly aimed his comments at Africa, the Middle East, and Asia where Muslim insurgents are persecuting Christians and in Europe where in the Balkans ethnic cleansings are still going on. He asked God to "grant the human family of the third millennium a just and lasting peace." He expressed the sincere hope that all nations and peoples the worldover would "overturn the hardness of our hearts" in recognizing full respect for human rights and understand the significance of life associated with the Resurrection of Our Lord. THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Pope implores world to "overturn the hardness of our hearts" in his Easter Urbi et Orbi address
"Today bring Me the souls of those who have separated themselves from My Church"
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copyrite 1995-2000 Matthew Brooks
Today we bring you the fifth 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 fifth day of the Novena and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, see DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
Appreciation of the Resurrection of Our Lord
Today we continue our series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We present the second 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 158th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened Today in Church History
On this date 658 years ago in 1342 during the Avignon Exile Pope Benedict XII passed away. He was the 197th Pontiff chosen in the line of Peter and, though a Frenchman by birth, had wanted to return to Rome even though his predecessor Pope John XXII had built the Papal Palace in Avignon, but the French monarch King Philip IV, in the aftermath of the feud with Pope Boniface VIII, forbid him to leave France. During his seven year pontificate Benedict XII decreed that all bishops live in their sees and he also reformed the major religious orders including the Benedictines, Dominicans and Franciscans. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Either way we will eventually come to God
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 greatest days are ahead, though in between intervenes the purging, where we will learn that as the rays cannot survive the sun, so neither can we prosper without God. This hope can be translated into victory in either of two ways: by prayerfully reawakening our hearts, or by being brought within an inch of disaster, until from the depths of our insufficiency we cry out to the goodness of God."
- The Holy Father's Easter Homily in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
- The 159th installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
- Pro-Life Prescriptions by Dr. Frank Joseph in LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!
- Time Capsules in Church History focusing on April 26th
- Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN
- DAILY LITURGY for the Easter Octave
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Holy Father marks another first by celebrating Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square before massive crowds
For the first time in the history of the papacy both the Solemn Easter Vigil Mass and Easter Sunday Mass were held outdoors in St. Peter's Square. During the Holy Saturday evening liturgy he received eight new converts into the Church, one being only five years old, baptizing and confirming them before distributing first Holy Communion to the new communicants. The spirit of the ceremony was a joyous occasion not only for those newly baptized Catholics, but a renewal for tens of thousands who joined together for the celebration. On Sunday nearly 200,000 spilled out onto adjoining streets trying to participate in the solemn ceremonies and hear the Pope's Easter Homily and annual Easter Urbi et Orbi message. For the next few days the Holy Father is resting up in Castel Gondolfo after a grueling but grace-filled Holy Week that truly took its toll physically on His Holiness. continued inside
Paris Cardinal fears Pope's physical health deteriorating further, but insists no decline in mental and spiritual attributes
While the secular media may blow the story totally out of proportion, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, Archbishop of Paris, stated in a French magazine this weekend that the Holy Father's physical health may be worsening each day and this has to be tough for someone who was so athletic all his life. But he is quick to point out that the Pope's spiritual and mental health are exceptional for a man who will turn 80 on May 18th. Though his physical athletic prowess has greatly diminished, his spiritual agility is priceless. continued inside.
Pilgrims pack Jerusalem for Holy Week and Easter festivities at Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Easter celebrations in Jerusalem atttracted thousands of pilgrims this Jubilee year from around the world, beginning at the empty tomb at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where the Holy Father prayed a month ago. Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah told those gathered that as Christians, united in the spirit of Christ, together with their fellow Jews, Muslims and Druses, all evil could be overcome in the name of Christ, the Savior of the world. continued inside.
Caritas appeals to world for plight of Ethiopians who are joyless during this joyous time of year
While the western world celebrated Easter, feasting on overabundance of foods of all types, Caritas has made a dramatic appeal to the world, to raise the conscience to the growing famine in the Horn of Africa, and Ethiopia in particular. It is a reminder for all to be mindful of the bounty of Christ and His command to all to "feed" the poor, "to clothe them" and to bring to them out of His Own love the necessites of life. continued inside.
Filipino government troops raid terrorist camp after beheading of two Catholic hostages in retaliation for government not meeting their demands
Heaven just gained two more marytrs with the news that Abu Sayyaf rebels, who were holding 29 hostages on the southern Filipino island of Basilan, cruelly beheaded two male teachers being held hostages as they had threatened to do if their demands were not met by the government. The government has steadfastly refused to deal with the Muslim terrorists and, because of that, Church leaders are fearful more will be executed although government troops have launched a counterattack in an effort to free the remaining 27 before it is too late. The rebels have vowed to behead five more if the soldiers do not retreat from their armed position around the camp in the highly forested mountains of Basilian. continued inside.
Good Friday marked a dark day in Vermont and the rest of America after Gay initiative passes despite valiant protests organized by Vermont's Bishop Roger Angell
Good Friday took on even more significance this year in the area of suffering for the Vermont House and Senate have approved a bill that condones homosexual unions, giving them same the status and rights of heterosexual married couples. This comes at a time when, throughout America, many are fighting against such laws that undermine the very integrity of family, and the laws of God regarding the sacred union of man and woman. Have we not crucified Jesus again by allowing things to come to pass that fly in the face of morality? Now sin is justified by man-made laws and it promises to get worse. continued inside.
Is Russian president Vladimir Putin really intent on enforcing religious freedom...or not?
That is a question England's Keston Institute has posed in releasing a study of newly-elected Russian president Vladimir Putin and his stance on religious freedom in the former Soviet Union. While awaiting his inauguration in May, Putin seems more intent on "show" rather than "function," and his signing of the "March Law" may very well be only an outward posture rather than a sincere conviction to allow religious freedom in Russia long torn by communism. continued inside.
New Bishop of Westminster encourages more private prayer for priests
Meanwhile also in England, Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has issued an appeal to all priests to spend more time in daily prayer and reflection. The message is very clear to all priests, that their vocation is sublime and their daily lives must be lived in the sublimity of Christ's call. Without personal time for prayer, the priests are in danger of being too much involved in worldly matters, rather than shepherding their flocks as Christ directed His Apostles and disciples to do.
Proof now available that Saint Edith Stein prompted Pius XI's encyclical against Hitler in 1937
Facts have surfaced that Saint Theresa Benedicta of the Cross, better known to all as Saint Edith Stein, wrote to Pope Pius XI regarding the uprising of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime. Speculation is that it may have prompted the Holy Father to write his encyclical "Mit brennedender Sorge" released on March 14, 1937 as the fuhrer was amassing his troops for what would be an all-out assault on Europe. The saint's letter is preserved in the Vatican Archives. continued inside.
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