SPECIAL DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY ISSUE   FRI-SAT-SUN-MON April 27, 2000    vol. 11, no. 83    SECTION ONE

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SECTION ONE Contents: Go immediately to the article:
  • CATHOLIC PewPOINT editorial
  • Sister Lucy's column on Divine Mercy
  • EIGHTH and NINTH DAYS OF DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
  • SIMPLY SHEEN
  • April 25th Medjugorje Message


  • What a weekend! What a month ahead!

      In this weekend's editorial, we highlight why this weekend is so special from the saints who are honored to the newest saint to join the ranks on Divine Mercy Sunday Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and Saint Joseph the following day. In addition we share our plans for May and the exciting things ahead for this special month of Mary as we explain our "May mode" the DailyCATHOLIC will be in for this month only. This weekend is also special because it marks the two and a half year mark the DailyCATHOLIC has been on-line and we officially went over ten million hits or visits on Thursday, April 27th. For this weekend's editorial While ten million is a staggering number of hits, the facts are that only in Heaven will we know how many souls we truly reached! , see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    While ten million is a staggering number of hits, the facts are that only in Heaven will we know how many souls we truly reached!

    Michael Cain, editor

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    Everyone needs to say, "Jesus, I trust in You!"

       In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto focuses fittingly on Divine Mercy in reminding us how important God's Infinite Mercy is in the overall picture of salvation and without it, we haven't got a prayer! She shares a few personal experiences she had on the subject and urges all to drink of the refreshing Font of Divine Mercy available to everyone. All they need to do is to ask and it will be granted as Jesus has promised For her column, We all need the Mercy of God see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

    WE ALL NEED THE MERCY OF GOD
          This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy. We all need the Mercy of God. Anyone who thinks he can make it to heaven on his own without the intervention of the Mercy of God in his life is not facing reality.

          We are all sinners. We have all offended God. We all need God to forgive us. We need God's Mercy.

          I was in Rome several years ago for the Beatification of Sister Faustina. To this Sister was assigned the mission to reveal the Mercy of God to the world in a special way. Though her writings were "forbidden" for a time, God used our present Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, to bring them before our eyes. I would encourage everyone to read the Diary of Sr. Faustina. It is easy reading and very consoling to the human spirit.

          A few years ago, I went to Venezuela. Among my stops was to visit the incorrupt body of Mother Maria of St. Joseph, the Foundress of that Religious Community. Mother Maria had predicted before her death that her body would be incorrupt. When exhumed 25 years later, not only was her body intact, but the lilies in her hand, which had been buried with her, were as fresh as if they had just been picked.

          Prior to my going to Venezuela, I had been mulling over the reality of my being saved only by the Mercy of God. It was a thought that had been constant with me and concerning which I had spent some time considering. As I was leaving the convent, one of the Sisters of that Community approached me quickly and said in Spanish, "You know, we will be saved only by the Mercy of God."

          I was somewhat taken aback for I had not mentioned to this Sister or anyone in my group that I had been thinking a lot about that subject. I believe that in that Sister's comments, my considerations were confirmed by God.

          We need to be grateful that our God is a Good God and a Merciful One. Every sin is an offense against God. No one can make up for our sins except Someone Who is equal to God. Jesus did that for us on Calvary. Our Lord's Passion, Death and Resurrection are the Works of His Divine Mercy.

          We must not only be grateful to God for His Mercy, but make use of it, as well. Now is the time to make use of God's Mercy for we must not forget that God is infinitely Just, also. If at this moment God wielded His Justice on us, none of us could remain standing.

          To each of you I wish the Mercy of God and a heartfelt appreciation of the Mercy of God. Lord, we do not know the day or the hour when we shall meet You Face to face, but I trust in Your Mercy and ask for it for myself and all of mankind.

          God bless you, dear reader!

      Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

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      Final Two Days of the Novena of Divine Mercy

         This weekend we bring you the eighth and ninth day of the Novena of Divine Mercy which concludes with DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY this weekend. This Novena was imparted to Blessed Faustina Kowalska and is intended for calling down God's Infinite Mercy on a sinful world at a time when it is badly in need of the Almighty's Mercy. For the two final days of the Novena and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, see DIVINE MERCY NOVENA

      EIGHTH DAY OF THE NOVENA OF DIVINE MERCY:
      Friday, April 28th, 2000

          "Today bring Me the souls who are detained in Purgatory, and immerse them in the abyss of My Mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My Justice. It is in Your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My Justice."
         Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your Justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your Mercy may be celebrated.

          Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your Mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.

      It is greatly recommended the above novena intentions and prayers be said together with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

      (All material taken from Divine Mercy Devotions, copyright Marians of the Immaculate Conception)

      CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY

            Devotion to Divine Mercy is conveyed through the Chaplet of Divine Mercy as Jesus imparted to Blessed Sister Faustina Kowalska when He relayed, as recorded in her diary "Divine Mercy in my soul", "Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you (1541)...Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death (687)...When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the Merciful Savior (1541)...Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this Chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My Infinite Mercy (687)...Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will. (1731).

            Following is the formula for the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, prayed on the regular beads of the Rosary. It is most appropriate to pray it at 3 o'clock in the afternoon which is the "Hour of Great Mercy" as Jesus said to Blessed Faustina: At three o'clock, implore My Mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the Hour of Great Mercy...In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion. (1320).

              The Chaplet begins with the OUR FATHER, HAIL MARY, and the APOSTLES' CREED. Then on the large bead before each decade one recites:
          Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

          On each decade of the small beads, pray the following:
          For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

          At the end of the Chaplet recite three times the following prayer:
          Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

          Some conclude with the following prayer said three times also:
          O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as Font of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

            It is recommended to offer each decade to the wounds of Christ, such as the first decade in reparation for the wound in HIs Right Hand; the second decade in reparation for the wound in His Left Hand, the third decade in reparation for the wounds in His Sacred Feet; the fourth decade in reparation for the wounds in His Head in which the Crown of Thorns crushed His Sacred Skull; and the fifth decade in reparation for the wound in His side in which Blood and Water gushed forth as a Font of Mercy for all generations.

            The Novena to Divine Mercy, which Jesus asked Blessed Faustina to begin on Good Friday, 1937 is for nine days from Good Friday to Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Easter) which is the Feast of Divine Mercy. Jesus told her, By this Novena [of Chaplets and particular intention each day] I will grant every possible grace to souls. (796).

    NINTH DAY OF THE NOVENA OF DIVINE MERCY:
    Saturday, April 29th, 2000

        "Today bring Me souls who have become lukewarm, and immerse them in the abyss of My Mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My Soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: 'Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will." For them the last hope of salvation is to run to My Mercy."

       Most Merciful Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure Love let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your Mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your Love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your Power.

        Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your Mercy Amen.

    It is greatly recommended the above novena intentions and prayers be said together with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy above.

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    His Excellency poses a thought-provoking question

      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".

    "As the shadows of the sun are longest when its beams are lowest, so we are greatest when we make ourselves least. Pride slays thanksgiving. Our next greatest victory in making peace will be celebrated by a solemn national act of thanksgiving to God. How far away is it?"

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    April 25th Medjugorje 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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