WEDNESDAY     vol. 11, no. 82     April 26, 2000

April 25, 2000
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Wednesday in Easter Week


First Reading:
 Acts 3: 1-10
  Psalm 105:1-4, 6-9
  Luke 24: 13-35


   Today is Wednesday in Easter Week or the Easter Octave with tomorrow being the same for Thursday 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.


"Peace to you! It is I, do not be afraid...Why are you disturbed, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See My hands and feet, that it is I Myself. Feel Me and see; for a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have."

Luke 24: 36, 38-39

The Gospa's message for April
April 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! Also today I call you to conversion. You are concerned too much about material things and little about spiritual ones. Open your hearts and start again to work more on your personal conversion. Decide everyday to dedicate time to God and to prayer until prayer becomes a joyful meeting with God for you. Only in this way will your life have meaning and with joy you will contemplate eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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  • "On this Holy Night, God's eternal plan reaches fulfilment, the plan which embraces the history of humanity and of the cosmos," Pope proclaims in Easter Vigil Homily
       Today we bring you the Holy Father's Homily from his historic Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Square where over 100,000 packed the area to participate in the three hour celebration - the most important and beautiful of the liturgical year. His Holiness spoke of the importance of this occasion especially in the context of salvation history and how it links the Old and New Covenant. The Holy Father invited the newly-elected to a life of grace through the Sacraments and reminded all to continue to stand watch just as the Church does. THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

    "Today bring Me the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children, and immerse them in My Mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble soul is capable of receiving My grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence."

    Original painting used with permission
    copyrite 1995-2000 Matthew Brooks
       Today we bring you the sixth 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 sixth day of the Novena and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, see DIVINE MERCY NOVENA

    Pro-Life Prescriptions:

    No matter what arguments the pro-aborts propose, abortion was murder before they were born and will be after they're gone!

    Abortion is Murder
      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. "For what does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul?" Dr. Joseph asks why things and behaviors, that for millenniums were sin, are suddenly accepted in this society today and how lies piled on more lies have opened the dykes in the damn and now satan spills over into all aspects of civilization. For his column Try as they might, the pro-aborts can't hide the obvious! , see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

    Appreciation of the Ascension 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 first part of the catechesis on The Ascension as explained in My Catholic Faith and the mystery of His returning to His Heavenly Father while not leaving His flock alone, but promising to send the Holy Spirit to guide His Church and her people. For part one in the 159th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Events that happened Today in Church History
    Pope Stephen II   On this date 1,243 years ago in 757 the 92nd Sovereign Pontiff in the line of Peter - Pope Stephen II passed away. His pontificate lasted five years and one month and he is best remembered for the custom of the sedia gestoria which is the chariot-like chair to carry the Pope while he is seated. This has just recently given way to a rolling sedia which is being used by His Holiness John Paul II because of his various infirmities that make it extremely difficult for mobility. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    The passing of the Christian torch from West to East
    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".

    "Times are bad! They have never been worse; for never before has a world civilization turned against the Divine Light. We are indeed witnessing the transfer of the Christian heritage from the West to the East. Not that the West will lose it, but that the East will begin to do with it what the West did with it in its Springtime. But despite these facts, this is not the end of civilization; nor are we to be without hope."

      Coming Wednesday:

    • The Holy Father's Regina Coeli Address for Easter Sunday in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

    • The 160th installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    • Seventh Day of the NOVENA OF DIVINE MERCY

    • Pat Ludwa's poignant, thought-provoking apologetic column VIEW FROM THE PEW

    • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on April 27th

    • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

    • DAILY LITURGY for the Easter Octave

    • ...and much more in our 83rd issue for 2000!

    with a Catholic slant

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

    Holy See braces for onslaught of pilgrims this weekend for canonization of Saint Faustina
    She will become Saint Faustina on April 30
       "For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, Have Mercy on us and on the whole world" will ring loud and clear from the Vatican this Sunday - Divine Mercy Sunday. And it will be more special this year because the Holy Father will canonize fellow Pole Sister Faustina Kowalska and, because of the importance and expected influx of pilgrims for this special event, Vatican officials are preparing for the onslaught of crowds. Among the thousands who will crowd St. Peter's Square for the canonization ceremonies will be five women representing the new contemplative Institute of Divine Mercy which is a fulfillment of all Jesus asked of Faustina during her life and which is now fulfilled through her intercession in Heaven. continued inside

    Litmus test for Supreme Court as they begin hearings on Nebraska ban on partial-birth abortions
    Supreme Court    The United States Supreme Court, which in truth has no clue that there is a higher SUPREME COURT, is hearing arguments in the first major case involving abortion since its infamous Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973. The case involves Nebraska's ban on partial-birth abortions. The outcome, either way, will drastically alter the laws in other states. We can only pray that the Infinite Supreme Judge above will enlighten the minds of the nine finite judges...perhaps asking that the nine choirs of angels surround them in their decision, a decision that will affect the lives of millions of unborn children. continued inside.

    Federal Appeals Court bucks Buckeye State Motto proclaiming God
      While the Supreme Court is poring over the partial-birth abortion decision, there is consternation in Ohio after a Federal Appeals Court declared the motto "With God, all things are possible" unconstitutional. You've got to be kidding?!! It's true, after decades the Buckeye motto is no longer applicable in the politically correct godless society! The ACLU brought it to the attention of a few and a liberal Presbyterian minister signed on with satan to challenge the motto despite protests from countless Christians. What would our founding fathers or those who first established the state of Ohio think? For that matter, what does God think about the fact that He is no longer applicable? One thing we do know for sure, "With God all things are possible!"continued inside.

    Captured priest appeals to Filipino military to back off before all 27 Catholic hostages are killed
    Philippines    As Our Lady and the Holy Father appeal for peace throughout the world, Father Ruel Gallardo, a Claretian missionary being held hostage by Muslim terrorists in southern part of the Philippines on the island of Basilan, is also pleading for peace beginning with the Filipino military's withdrawal from around the compound in the mountainside encampment where the rebels hold 27 Catholics hostage. Fr. Gallardo made his plea via radio, stating that if the soldiers do not retreat all the hostages, including 22 children, are liable to be either killed by beheadings or the artillery from military bombing for the terrorists are using them as human shields. He has asked that both sides negotiate in good faith in order to resolve this sensitive and volatile crisis. continued inside.

    Zimbabwe Bishops appeal for peace in spirit of reconciliation for Jubilee Year in their war-torn land
    Zimbabwe    Meanwhile in Africa, the Bishops of Zimbabwe have offered an appeal for peace in that warring region, which has not known peace for decades. The call to reconciliation is one of the major themes for this Jubilee Year and is a call for all of us to join in making reconciliation in our own lives. All are asked to so that our prayers may be more powerful in bringing peace to nations where peace does not exist. The twentieth century has already seen its record number of martyrs. continued inside.

    Pound of prosperity not worth an ounce of devotion in London's Oxford Street where merchants want pilgrimage honoring Catholic martyrs to be halted
    England    While persecutions continue throughout the world from the Philippines to China, from Zimbabwe to the Sudan, another kind of persecution is continuing unabated in London where the annual pilgrimage to Tyburn honoring over 100 martyrs of the 16th and 17th centuries will soon come to an end due to the almighty dollar, or, in this case, the British pound. This traditional pilgrimage is being stifled by street merchants and shop owners along Oxford Street, the main route of the pilgrimage. Those who take part in the pilgrimage are very aware that a pound of flesh isn't worth anything compared to the immortal soul and its eternal home. They learned that from the 100 Catholic martyrs for the Faith whom they honor. continued inside.

    Pope invited to Turkey in 2001 while Armenian Catholics celebrate their Jubilee at Vatican
    RussiaArmenia    Turkey's Armenian Patriarch Mesrob II has invited the Holy Father to visit the Turkish people next year in a statement made on Easter Sunday. While Muslims are the majority religious sect within Turkey, there are many Armenian Catholics and the area is privileged to be the keeper of such holy sites as Ep;hesus. The Holy See has not yet announced a response but they were entertaining a large contingent of Armenians including the former Armenian Catholic Patriarch during the Armenian Jubilee on Monday. continued inside.

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