FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
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This weekend we observe the Lenten liturgy and the FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT and "Mea Culpa Sunday" when the Holy Father will officially make a formal apology for past sins of the Church. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
For the First Sunday of Lent:
"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel."
Mark 1: 15
February 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! Wake up from the sleep of unbelief and sin, because this is a
time of grace which God gives you. Use this time and seek the grace of healing of your heart from God, so that
you may see God and man with the heart. Pray in a special way for those who have not come to know God's
love, and witness with your life so that they also can come to know God and His immeasurable love. Thank you
for having responded to my call."
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Living the Messages Our Lady imparts at Medjugorje will prove fruitful for all during Lent|
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto reminds all of the fruits of Medjugorje and the Blessed Virgin Mary's plea to pray and do penance in reparation. It is the very same message the Church advocates especially for Lent - to fast, sacrifice, attend Mass as often as possible, go to Confession and convert our hearts. It is not a new message, but one that Christ taught and we need to be good pupils. Sister relates that one of the visionaries Ivan Dragivec recently talked at a church near her and it reinforced the fact that Our Lady is imparting nothing new and, as Our Lord said in Matthew 7: 20, "Therefore, by their fruits, you will know them" and, despite those intent on destroying Mary's Oasis of Peace, Medjugorje has produced countless fruits. For her column, Pray! Pray! Pray! see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Movie Star Delores Hart gave up a king's ransom with the king - Elvis to be with the True King of Kings as Mother Dolores
Today Michael Vincent Boyer, a well-respected Catholic insider expert on what's happening in the entertainment industry, brings the reader an upbeat story on Delores Hart, the up-and-coming heartthrob of countless boys in the late 50's and early 60's who said Goodbye to Hollywood and embraced a life of sacrifice and prayer as Mother Dolores at the strict cloisterd Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut. For his column, Delores Hart said goodbye to Hollywood and answered God's call to "Come Fly with Me" , see HOW HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD
Appreciation of God's gift of Christ's Redemption and His Church to guide us as to what is Actual Sin
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 the second part of the catechesis on Original Sin as explained in My Catholic Faith and how in the forbidden "apple" the worm of Original Sin was washed away by redemption through Christ's victory of the Cross. For part two in the 128th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
On Sunday 1,396 years ago in 604 one of the great Sovereign Pontiffs passed on to his Heavenly Reward. That would be Pope Saint Gregory the Great. This 64th in the line of Peter is the father of Gregorian Chant. He was gifted with visions including a message from an angel on the end of a terrible plague in Rome. He saw the angel on the castle fortress above the Tiber River and named it Castel Sant'Angelo - Castle of the Angel which stands today as the landmark to the entrance toward Vatican City. Unlike many saints, his feast day is not the day of his death but rather the day of his elevation to the papacy - September 3, 5 For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
The Real Meaning of Life!
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".
"Perfection is being, not doing; it is not to affect an act but to achieve a character. There is nothing that makes life unhappier than its meaninglessness, and life is devoid of meaning only when it is without purpose. There are tens of thousands of minor purposes, but the one great purpose is the perfection of our character from a moral point of view. Infinite as are the varieties of life, he who has not found out directly how to make everything converge to the sanctification of his own soul has missed the meaning of life."
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Pope calls on priests to set the example by seeking forgiveness first before counseling on reconciliation
Speaking to the priests of Rome Thursday in a special ceremony at the Vatican, the Holy Father called upon all priests to seek forgiveness themselves through the Sacrament of Penance, so that they may more effectively minister to "families in difficulty" as well as youth who have left the Church, and the neediest in the various dioceses throughout the universal Church. The theme of Reconciliation is in agreement with the forcoming reconciliation ceremony the Holy Father will conduct this Sunday on behalf of the entire Church.
Spanish Protestants catching the reconciliation spirit
The Protestant community in Spain, led by spokesman Pedro Tarquis, have reacted positively to the upcoming "Memory and Reconciliation" ceremony at the Vatican this Sunday. According to Tarquis, the document does contain specific references to particular historic events and he has gone so far as to ask the German Evangelical Church, as well as some North American Evangelical churches to also seek pardon of their fellow brothers and sisters, including Catholics, for no one is without fault. continued inside.
If Catholics are in solidarity, they can name the next president!
In an interesting outcome of the Super Tuesday elections and more super states up next with Texas and Florida on the slate, the Wall Street Journal has run a story in which a recent poll shows that the Catholic vote in November could be a "swing block vote." As we have said often in our editorials, Catholics can be the deciding factor in electing the next president of the United States. While Democrat pro-abort Al Gore holds a 10% lead, if Catholics vote according to the beliefs of their faith they can indeed elect a pro-life president and begin the process of overturning Roe vs. Wade and do away with abortion forever!
The dark side of abortuaries coming to light in the Senate
Infanticide was an infamous word in the 70's; now the word is murder under the guise of abortion and a Senate Committee is hearing testimony regarding the "sale of baby parts" to researchers who rent space in abortion clinics. Democrats and pro-abort Republicans have tried in vain to keep the press out, but the truth is seeping out regardless. Too bad the truth is once again written in the blood of the innocent martyrs. continued inside.
Focus on Shroud of Turin is preserving it from further deterioration while studies continue before going on display this summer in Turin
The latest scientific symposium on the Shroud of Turin has concluded that the most important step now is to carry on the scientific research in a coordinated fashion which protects the Shroud from further damage as other areas of the material are studied. No final decision about the Shroud has been made by the Holy See and one is not expected until all information has been sufficiently gathered and analyzed. continued inside.
Vietnamese prelate to conduct Vatican Lenten Retreat
A week-long Lenten retreat for the entire Vatican staff including the Pope will be preached by Archbishop Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, president of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace. The retreat begins prophetically this Sunday after the Holy Father conducts the ceremony of "Memory and Reconciliation." Handpicked by the Vicar of Christ, Archbishop Van Thuan represents all in his country who cannot travel to Rome due to politics and has first-hand experience of religious persecution, having been imprisoned by the communists in his country for thirteen years. continued inside.
First hand reports from priest in Mozambique paint horror story for poor people there
A missionary in Mozambique, Father Jean Pierre Le Scour has spent weeks trying to save the ravaged people in every way. In his treacherous travels, Fr. Le Scour has seen death at every step and approaching death through diseases brought on by the terrible floods from cyclone Eline. International aid remains scarce to this point, tied up in red tape as the terrible affliction of starvation, pollution and disease continue widespread. continued inside.
Anti-Catholism rampant in Montreal as storied Cathedral desecrated
In a story released by the Catholic Civil Rights League late last night word comes that the League is demanding the Montreal Police file hate-crime charges against a group of seven individuals who vandalized Montreal's Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, desecrated the altar and other statues in the sanctuary while also harrassing worshippers who were at praye during the time of the desecrations. In another case of obvious Catholic-bashing, Montreal's law authorities have been slow to react in bringing charges against the accused. continued inside.
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