Still not out of the woods as the dogwoods and ragweed get the upper grip!
Last Week This weekend Hopefully by Monday
The editor was hoping for a full recovery but the allergy from all the pollens backed up into his nasal passages and then the lungs and prompted a type of pneumonia with the chills and a fever. The various medicines and prescriptions have really helped, but also made him groggy and still not fully operative to publish a full issue. Therefore this weekend's issue is also abbreviated. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to be back at full strength soon. On behalf of the editor, thank you for the many, many e-mails of prayers and best wishes for his speedy recovery. Naturally, he is still too weak to respond to them but he takes each in his heart in prayer during this time of Lent and accepts the illness as a way of expiation.
FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
For the Daily Lenten Meditations and Way of the Cross devotions, see LENTEN REFLECTIONS
This weekend we observe the Fifth Sunday of Lent as well as the FIRST FRIDAY of April and the Optional Feast of Saint John Baptist de la Salle, Priest and Founder of the Christian Brothers. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on him, see DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
For the Fifth Sunday of Lent or Laetare Sunday
"For the poor you have always with you, but you do not always have Me...If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am there also shall My servant be. If anyone serves Me, My Father will honor him." John 12: 8, 26
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."
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
God knows a cold heart and He knows a holy, sincere heart. Which heart will you reveal?|
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto, brings into focus how God perceives us when we pray if it is half-hearted: It comes across cold - the same way we perceive people who are shallow and insincere towards us. In applying the golden rule, Sister shows how we should pray and reminds us this is what Our Lady continues to hammer home at Medjugorje and elsewhere when she says "Pray with and from the heart." She also reasserts the importance of making a good confession individually with a priest for proper absolution and not the "community confessions" that some parishes sponsor especially during Lent, which do not fulfill the full characteristics of the Sacrament of Reconciliation For her column, Pray with your heart...with your whole heart! see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Appreciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ
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 visit to Bethlehem a few weeks ago, the second part of the catechesis on The Nativity which would inexorably link the wood of the manger to the wood of the cross as explained in My Catholic Faith for a Savior is born to us. For the 148th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
Saturday is the anniversary of the election of two Popes. First is Pope Urban VI, the former Archbishop of Bari, Italy who on April 8, 1378 became the 200th successor of Peter and first Roman Pontiff chosen at the Vatican after the papacy was returned from exile in Avignon. Secondly, less than a century later Pope Callistus III was selected the 209th in the line of Peter. This Spanish Pope from the Borgia family, instituted the great Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord and his pontificate lasted three years. He also ordered the universal tradition of ringing the bells at noon for the Angelus every day. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Cloak and dagger religion is not of God!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Archbishop 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".
"It is not to the politicians and the economists and the social reformers that we must look for the first steps in spiritual recovery; it is to the professed religious. The nonreligious can help by repudiating those who come to them in the name of God or America and say that their neighbor does not love either. Religion must not be a cloak covering the dagger of hate! "
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House does its part in passing Partial Birth Abortion Ban, now all we can do is pray!
The U.S. House of Representatives
Wednesday passed a bill banning partial-birth abortions. The 287-141
margin guarantees the success of a vote to overturn a Clinton veto.
However, the Senate companion bill did not pass with a 2/3 margin,
endangering the possibility of overturning a veto.
Holy Father to beatify 20th Century "Apostle of Ecumenism" from Sweden on Sunday along with four others
Sunday, John Paul II will
proclaim 5 new Blessed. Among them is Swedish religious Maria Elisabeth
Hesselblad, who will be remembered as one of the great driving forces in
the 20th century of the dialogue among Christians of different
confessions. She was born in Sweden in 1870 to a Lutheran family, and, after
moving to America and inspired by Saint Bridget of Sweden became a Catholic at the age of 32. continued inside.
Pope to meet with UN leader at Vatican today; Yemen's president paid visit to Holy See yesterday
Pope John Paul II will receive Kofi Annan, the
Secretary General of the United Nations, in a private audience on Friday, August 7th. Sure to come up will be the brouhaha launched by 'catholics' for a free choice in cahoots with Planned Parenthood to remove the Holy See as a Permanent Observer. Annan's visit comes a day after the Holy Father received the President of Yemen Abdullah Saleh. It was the first meeting in Rome between the two since diplomatic relations was established in October 1998. continued inside.
Elian Gonzalez controversy covering up Castro's agenda against the Church
While the world is concerned for
the plight of little Elian Gonzales, who has become a political ping pong ball with his own father now in the United States parrotting Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the latter has been mischievously and insidiously worked behind the scenes in leading a cruel campaign against the Church and against human rights activists, according to sources in Havana. This is quite a setback after all the progress the Holy Father made just two years ago during his historic trip to the communist island. But Castro clings to the hammer and sickle and in his old age has become even more senile and sinister in his ways. continued inside.
No relief in sight for corrupt trial in Guatemala of Bishop's murder two years ago
Nearly two years since the murder of Bishop Conedera Juan Gerardi was brutally murdered, the trial moves at a snail's pace. The prosecutor investigating
the Bishop's murder, Leopoldo Zeissig, said the investigation is following "a tortuous
path," after the lawyer of two accused soldiers requested a face-to-face confrontation with their accuser, a witness for the prosecution. The cover-up of the military continues even though it is obvious to all what a charade it has become as innocent scapegoats are offered up instead.
Philippines Rebels pledge to release nearly half of kidnapped Catholic children being held hostage
An Islamic rebel group in the
southern Philippines said today it is prepared to release
15 of 33 Catholic schoolchildren it kidnapped several weeks
ago. The Abu Sayyaf guerillas made the promise hours after
another group freed the wife and infant daughter of the
rebel group's leader. continued inside.
Minnesota Pro-Lifers successfully block bust of pro-abort native son from being displayed in State Capitol building
Pro-life members of
Minnesota's Legislature have blocked the placement of a
bust of the late Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun in
the state Capitol because he wrote the 1973 Roe vs. Wade
decision legalizing abortion.The privately-financed bust of the native Minnesotan would
have been placed outside the Supreme Court chambers in the
Capitol. continued inside.
German bishops totally abandon abortion certificates at Pope's insistance
By the end of this year, Catholic
Consultation Centers will no longer issue certificates to pregnant women
in difficulties. Bishop Karl Lehmann of Mainz, president of the German
Episcopal Conference, made that point clear in communicating this decision, which was already
announced at the end of last year, in response to an express Papal
request. continued inside.
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