TUESDAY     vol. 11, no. 67     April 4, 2000
WEDNESDAY     vol. 11, no. 68     April 5, 2000
THURSDAY     vol. 11, no. 69     April 6, 2000

April 4, 2000


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Lenten Weekdays



   Today's and tomorrow's liturgy are both Lenten Weekdays plus the Optional Feast today of Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor of the Church and tomorrow's additional Optional Feast of Saint Vincent Ferrer, Priest and Religious Founder. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profiles on these saints, see DAILY LITURGY as well as April 5th LITURGY and April 6th LITURGY.


For the Gospel of Tuesday, April 4th:
"'Behold, thou art cured. Sin no more, lest something worse befall thee.' The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus Who had healed him. And this is why the Jews kept persecuting Jesus, because He did such things on the Sabbath."
John 5: 14-16

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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  • Time to shake up our lives and let the salt flow freely as an asset to others rather than be stone-cold rocksalt and a liability to all!
    "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its strength, what shall it be salted with? It is no longer of any use but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men."
    Matthew 4: 27-28

    CATHOLIC PewPOINT     In today's editorial, having just passed the midway point of Lent, we as Catholics need to lick our wounds and, like Christ rise up, no matter the weight of our own cross in order to plead with God for His Divine Mercy on behalf of a sinful world where one wonders just how many just men are left as in the days of Abraham who tried to intercede for the misguided people of Sodom and Gomorrah. In following Our Lord's words in Matthew 4: 27-28, rather than depending on others to pray, to do the work of interceding, we need to "gut out" the remaining days of Lent in penitent fashion by putting on the sackcloth of sacrifice, fasting and good deeds in order to become the salt of the earth and help countless others avoid the demise that befell Lot's wife when God turned her into a pillar of salt. For today's editorial Sackcloth sure beats rocksalt! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    Archbishop Van Thuan shares power of the Eucharist
      We continue today, thanks to ZENIT News Organization, the spiritual exercises that Retreat Master Archbishop Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan preached to the Holy Father and Curia the week just before the Pope's "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land. Because of the wonders of the internet, all readers can now share in the inspiration that touched the Vicar of Christ and give all readers the opportunity to make a Lenten On-Line Retreat, so to speak, by contemplating on what the Archbishop presents, then going in silent prayer and meditation as John Paul II and his staff did to gain a greater peace and spirituality. The ideal way is to be able to go before the Blessed Sacrament and attend Daily Mass, but if this is not possible, then quiet time with Our Lord in meditation and prayer is the best scenario. For today's Fifth Spiritual Exercise, The Eucharist, see LENTEN ON-LINE RETREAT - Day Five as well as LENTEN ON-LINE RETREAT - Day Six and LENTEN ON-LINE RETREAT - Day Seven.

    Vatican Radio pinpoints what went wrong with the Oscars last Sunday
        Today, with Michael Vincent Boyer's column on hiatus, we bring you a special report by ZENIT on Vatican Radio's candid take on the Academy Awards a week ago last Sunday in which they lament the loss of values and the shallowness of the awards which shows where Hollywood's mindset and soul truly is. It does not fare well for the industry or society as a whole. For the article, Vatican Radio analyzes the Oscars , see HOW HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD

    Pro-Life Prescriptions:

    The lethal link between abortion and breast cancer is being concealed by the pro-aborts' brazen bra of lies

    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. In new research done by Dr. Joseph, he uncovers an alarming fact that connects a higher rate of breast cancer among those women who have chosen to have an abortion, a fact that Planned Parenthood and the NARL et al will not reveal. Dr. Frank shows that the real agenda is to cover up not only the brutal murder of the unborn, but of the alarming number of abort mothers dying from breast cancer linked to their decision to abort. With all the evidence he has uncovered, the question is are we headed for a genetically-superior race of selected "types" of children with embryos implanted in "superior" surrogate mothers? For part two of his phenomenal findings in The Abortion/Breast Cancer Link is America's Best Kept Secret , see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

    Appreciation of the Incarnation
        Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. Today we present, appropriately in following up the Holy Father's "Jubilee Journey" last month, the first part of the catechesis on The Incarnation which began it all at the Annunciation as explained in My Catholic Faith for it was the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies that He would become Emmanuel and be born of a woman as "The Word was made flesh." For the 145th installment, see THE INCARNATION - part one and for the 146th installment, see THE INCARNATION - part two and for the 147th installment, see THE NATIVITY - part one.
    NOTE: The Editor's in bed with a fever!

    In working on this issue of the DailyCATHOLIC, the editor has come down with a severe allergy that has rendered him practically unable to finish this issue. He will be going in for tests and therefore, we may be on hiatus for a few days until the editor fully recovers. In the meantime, to keep up on the news of the day we recommend going to our news links for ZENIT, CWN and Church News below. Also, for the Liturgy of the Day through Thursday, see below. We are providing, through this issue abbreviated issues for Wednesday (vol. 11, no. 68) and Thursday (vol. 11, no. 69) It will continue to be an abbreviated schedule until the editor returns from sickbay. Please keep the editor in your prayers so that he can regain full strength and return to give everyone the quality publication they have come to expect on a day-to-day basis over the past two and a half years of being the only English-speaking daily publication for Roman Catholics anywhere in existence.

    WEDNESDAY: April 5th - volume 11, no. 68

    THURSDAY: April 6th - volume 11, no. 69

    Pat Ludwa's column will also resume once the Editor regains full strength. For now we invite you to review his excellent and inspiring past columns which both provide tremendous insight and food for thought for Lent. Again, please keep the editor in your prayers. God bless.

    with a Catholic slant

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

    Church is multiplying tenfold as lastest statistics released by Holy See bear out
       Yesterday the Vatican issued new statistics that show a significant increase in the number of Catholics worldwide, and these same stats point ou that the growith of the Roman Catholic Church surpasses the growth of the overall worldwide population. While vocations to the priesthood also seem to be increasing on the diocesan level, there is still much evangelizing to do to meet the growing demands of the larger Catholic family worldwide. That is the main reason why we created the DailyCATHOLIC to reach as many Catholics as possible. continued inside

    Holy Father upholds Sanctity of Life as he denounces techniques of artificial reproduction
       Standing at the forefront of the dignity of life, Pope John Paul II has denounced the techniques of artificial reproduction. His stance will surely raise the blood pressure of those who believe they can 'think' for themselves. However the Holy Father's remarks make clear the long standing stance of the Church regarding all technological or artificial means to either 'create' a fetus or destroy one. Either way, only God can make or take a life. continued inside.

         For more headlines and articles, especially during this abbreviated three days, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales and the Dossiers, features and Daily Dispatches from ZENIT International News Agency CWN, NE and ZENIT are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC, but provide this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.
    Events that happened today in Church History
    Pope FormosusPope Nicholas IV    Today is the anniversary of the death of two Popes in history, one Pope Formosus, the 111th successor of Peter, died on this date in 896 after a five year papacy best remembered for converting the Bulgarians to Christianity. The other is Pope Nicholas IV, the 191st in the line of Peter and the first Franciscan Pope ever whose claim to fame during his four year pontificate was strengthening the missions, bringing order to the Court of Portugal and promoting scholasticism. He died in 1292. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES - APRIL 4th EVENTS as well as APRIL 5th EVENTS and APRIL 6th EVENTS

    Why we need to keep the bloodstream to our souls free of sin
    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".

    "All is not black on on one side, and all is not white on another. When a body becomes diseased, the germ does not localize in one organ to the exclusion of all others; it infects the whole blood stream."

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