Liturgy for Thursday in Easter Week
Acts 3: 11-26
Psalm 8:2, 5-9
Luke 24: 35-48
Today is Thursday in Easter Week or the Easter Octave with tomorrow being the same for Friday 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. Eastertide supersedes the normal feasts of Saint Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort and Saint Peter Chanel and Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla.
For her story, see Blessed Molla. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profiles on the two saints, see DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
"Thus it is written; and thus the Christ should suffer, and should rise again from the dead on the third day; and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. And you yourselves are witnesses of these things." Luke 24: 46-48
April 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
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"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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Christ did not leave us alone to fight the battles of the world; His crowning Gift was the Holy Spirit to guide His Church|
In his column today, Pat Ludwa, in reviewing the events of the past week from the raid in Miami to the ruling in Vermont to the news that the New Zealand Bishops Conference have bolted from Rome's edict not to approve homosexual unions, he could deduce that the world seems in total disarray. But that's what satan wants and Pat shows how the Apostles fought the obstacles facing them in those early days - obstacles that were just as frightening as we have today because of the times and their level of education. Yet they trusted in Jesus and followed the Gift He left them - the Holy Spirit and through that trust, through that faith, planted the seeds that today number one billion Catholics worldwide. Citing early fathers of the Church, Sacred Scripture and the wisdom of saints, Pat shows we can turn the tide to goodness and what is proper at Eastertide. For his column today, , see VIEW FROM THE PEW
On "Angel's Monday" Holy Father encourages all to look at life through the Light of Easter - the Paschal Lamb
Today we bring you the Holy Father's traditional Regina Coeli message given the day after Easter - called "Angel's Monday" - from Castel Gandolfo where His Holiness was resting up. In his brief address, he explained the meaning of "Angel's Monday" in recalling what the angel told Mary Magdalen and the others - "He is not here. He is risen!" and the Holy Father encourages us all to see life through the light of Easter with renewed hope and dedication to the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
"Today bring Me the souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy , and immerse them in My Mercy. These souls sorrowed most over My Passion and entered most deeply into My Spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death."
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copyrite 1995-2000 Matthew Brooks
Today we bring you the seventh day of the Novena of Divine Mercy which will conclude with DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY the end of this 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 seventh day of the Novena and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, see DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
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 second 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 160th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened Today in Church History
On this date 395 years ago in 1605 Pope Leo XI, the second successive Florentine Pontiff and 232nd successor of Peter, passed away. His pontificate lasted only 17 days. He was given over completely to the ascetical life and very popular with the people due to his great generosity. He took ill and died during a procession to the Lateran Basilica. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
God's letting us make our own mistakes in order to learn from them
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".
"We have simply reached a moment in history where God is permitting us to feel our inadequacy, so long as we trust only in ourselves. Very often a father will allow his son, who 'thinks he knows all about it,' to fumble and to err in building his playhouse, until in humility he calls upon the father to help him."
Coming This Weekend:
- Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
- The 161st installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
- Eighth and Ninth Day of the NOVENA OF DIVINE MERCY
- Special feature on Saint Faustina: Apostle of Mercy
- Time Capsules in Church History focusing on April 28th through May 1st
- Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN
- DAILY LITURGY for Easter Octave, Divine Mercy Sunday and the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker in addition to profiles on saints not celebrated this year because of Eastertide.
- ...and much more in our 84th issue for 2000!
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Serpent of sodomy slithers down under and its venom affects the Vatican as Bishops turn back on Rome's edict
On the heels of the shocking ruling in Vermont, it seems the gay issue will have a domino effect throughout the world. But what is truly shocking is what is happening down under! In a startling move the Bishops of New Zealand are backing that country's proposed new law approving same-sex unions be granted the same special rights now granted to heterosexual couples. The prelates fell short of full endorsement only on the aspect of legal adoption by a homosexual couple. We would imagine New Zealand's Cardinal Thomas Stafford Williams is going to have to answer for this decision since approving the gay agenda flies in the face of John Paul II's statements and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church regarding the abomination of the gay lifestyle that is not only an affront to God, but also the signal for the total collapse of morality far worse than Sodom and Gomorrah because of wide scope of sodomy trying so hard to be made acceptable by so many who have lost sight of God's Laws. continued inside
"Be prepared!" That's what the Boy Scout case is as it goes before U.S. Supreme Court in decision to ban gays
While the New Zealand Bishops have caved to political correctness, the Boy Scouts of America steadfastly are resisting. Now it is before the United States Supreme Court in a case that would permit the Scouts to ban homosexuals from its organization. The issue is being taken seriously by several justices, agreeing with the Boy Scouts' attorney that they are a private non-profit organization, and to allow entry to everyone would be unconstitutional. The Scouts often put many more august organizations to shame because they strive to uphold God's Laws and proudly proclaim them. It will be an interesting and landmark decision considering that the word "freedom of religion" has lost much of its meaning in this growing culture of death society. continued inside.
Cardinal Sodano celebrates Brazil's Quintennial at site where Christianity was first brought to South America's shores 500 years ago
Bringing with him a special Papal Message to the Brazilian Bishops, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano celebrated an outdoor Holy Mass on the beach in Porto Seguro, Brazil yesterday with 200,000 worshippers on the site where the first Mass was first said in Brazil in 1500 on April 26th, a major holiday in Brazil. He is in South America's largest country to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral bringing Christianity to Brazil. In attendance were many ethnic groups including ancestors from the original Indian tribes first evangelized. Just prior to the Mass, Bishop Jayme Chemello offered a statement in the spirit of reconciliation and in the name of the Church asking forgiveness from Indians and Afro-Brazilians. A Matalaue native came forward and embraced the bishop in a sign of true reconciliation witnessed by all. continued inside.
Jubilee Eucharistic Congress in Ecuador on Feast of Corpus Christi to center on Jesus and Mary
While Brazilians celebrate now, in Quito, Ecuador a Eucharistic Congress will be held from June 18-25 during which time the Solemnity of Corpus Christi will be celebrated. At this Congress, the theme will be "Jesus Christ, Through Mary, Bread of Life for the World." It will be a celebratory time for ordinations, First Communions, and of apostolates bestowed on priests and laity alike as well as vows of religious congregations being received by the presiding Auxiliary Bishop Julio Teran Dutari of Quito.continued inside.
Venezuelan Bishops seek to lessen damage control from country's president against Church by asking for dialogue
The Bishops of Venezuela have asked President Hugh Chavez to cease his verbal attacks on the Catholic Church in this South American country. They have invited Chavez and members of his government to sit down and talk so that the verbal assaults can cease and a p;roper election take place next month in this same land where Our Lady chose to appear in Betania and where the Eucharistic Miracle resides in Los Teques. continued inside.
Religious leaders from both the Catholic Church and the Islam faith urge Philippine government to use caution in standoff with mountain terrorists in Basilan
The sad saga continues as Catholic and Muslim religious leaders try desperately to seek an immediate cease-fire between government troops and Abu Sayyaf rebels in the Island of Basilan in the southern Philippines where they hold 27 Catholic hostages, a result of demands that all Christians get out of the area leaving it solely to the Muslims. Two Catholic men have already been beheaded and the terrorists have threatened more if the Filipino government doesn't give in to demands, one of which is to seek more representation in government affairs. Dialogue, accompanied by prayer and sacrifice, seem to be the only way to allow God to intervene in this crisis, but present efforts and the stubbornness on the part of both the rebels and government make the situation perilous. continued inside.
Holy Father to invite world leaders of major industrial nations to global summit in Assisi this Fall
Though a specific date in September has yet to be released, the Holy Father will convene a meeting of the world's major industrial nations to secure promises for the reduction of the Third World Debts. He will do so in Assisi, noted for Saint Francis, the epitome of charity and the true spirit of poverty. Such a global meeting could have no better setting and no one who is more in character with the holy founder of the Order of Friars Minor than Pope John Paul II. continued inside.
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