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  • CATHOLIC PewPOINT editorial on Mea Culpa Sunday
  • Michael Vincent Boyer's HOW HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD column
  • Monthly Medjugorje Message for February 25th

  • A holy, humble penitent Pope presents a love story for all on Mea Culpa Sunday!

      In this weekend's editorial, we examine a hypothesis of the good repercussions Pope John Paul II's formal apology for sins of the past could have on others. We ask "what if" and allow the reader to imagine what kind of world this would be if everyone apologized to their brothers and sisters in emulating the true virtues expected of us all as disciples of Jesus Christ and His children. Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal became famous for their film "Love Story" but they had it all wrong. Finally, someone has it right and that is our holy, humble penitent Pope. For this weekend's editorial Love means wanting to say you're sorry for Christ's sake! , see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    Love means wanting to say you're sorry for Christ's sake!

    Michael Cain, editor

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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

          The visionary, Ivan, from Medjugorje was here in Omaha last night and spoke after Mass at a local church.

          I have seen and heard Ivan on a number of occasions. Many times I have heard his account of what happened in the early days of the apparitions in Medjugorje and many times I have heard him relate the essential messages of Our Lady of Medjugorje to us. I do not tire of these accounts. I learn something new each time. Perhaps, most of all, it is good for me (for us) to be repeatedly reminded. It is like a mother, who must tell her young children often to say "Thank you!" and "Please!" so that they will form good habits for life.

          Good teachers repeat. They say the same thing over and over in different ways. Our Lady never tires of telling us to change our lives, to come closer to God, to work for peace, to go to confession frequently, to pray much. These are all good teachings filled with motherly gentleness and goodness.

          Her messages are not filled with doom and gloom. This is a good sign, for God does not concentrate on the negative.

          I believe Our Lady is appearing in Medjugorje and has been doing so every day for the last 18 years. Why do I believe? Because Jesus said to look at the fruits and the fruits of Medjugorje are good. (Only the ill informed think otherwise.) Many people who go to Medjugorje experience real conversion. They go to confession after being away from that Sacrament for many years. People come home and form prayer groups which last; they read Scripture more; they pray the rosary more frequently.

          I have heard the comment that the devil can do that, also. INDEED NOT!!! Satan is God's archenemy and would NEVER want anyone to be in the state of grace for even a minute. He would be working against himself. Jesus said that a house divided against itself cannot stand. Satan is evil and would never yield good fruit. The statement that the devil can bring about conversions of people is a statement of ignorance.

          Recently, I heard someone say that people who believe in Medjugorje are trying to replace Fatima. I do not find this to be true, at all. People who truly love Our Lady want devotion to her to grow no matter what apparitions people tend to favor. Is it not the same Blessed Mother who has appeared at Lourdes, at Kibeho, at La Salette, at Fatima, at Akita, at Medjugorje? The love that God and Our Lady have for us cannot be narrowed to one apparition. God is not narrow-minded. His love is magnanimous. In the Old Testament, God did not speak to Moses only.

          Lent is a good time to take one of Our Lady's request VERY seriously. She has said on more than one occasion to "Pray! Pray! Pray!"

          Let us listen and carry out Our Lady's request NOW. Whether it is daily Mass, daily Rosary, special prayer devotions, many short prayers throughout the day, let us multiply our prayers. Prayer opens the gates of Heaven's treasures. Without prayer those gates remain closed to us.

          God bless you and let's pray more and more each day!

      Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

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    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

    Delores Hart said goodbye to Hollywood and answered God's call to "Come Fly with Me"

        " She had exceptional intuitive extincts and realized that no matter how famous or rich Elvis was there was something missing. She surmised it was the peace of God as she remarked in 1959, 'Elvis is a young man with an enormous capacity of love...but I don't think he has found his happiness. I think he is terribly lonely.' "

          Soon after Elvis Presley became a national celebrity in 1956 with his appearance on network television - most notably "The Ed Sullivan Hour," he began a series of movies in the late 1950ís that were considered his best showcase for the singing talent of the rising star. In one of his early films, the 1957 drama "Loving You," a young actress by the name of Delores Hart made her film debut as the character Susan Jessup who sings with Elvis. Her outstanding performance led to another role with Elvis in 1958ís "King Creole." In the 1981 biographical film "This is Elvis," home movies taken during breaks in filming show Hart playing the clarinet while Elvis plays piano. Hart was an accomplished singer and musician in addition to her highly praised film roles. She had exceptional intuitive extincts and realized that no matter how famous or rich Elvis was there was something missing. She surmised it was the peace of God as she remarked in 1959, "Elvis is a young man with an enormous capacity of love...but I don't think he has found his happiness. I think he is terribly lonely."

          Hart was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 20, 1938, the daughter of actor Bert Hicks who starred in movies of the thirties and forties. He passed on those genes to his daughter whose first film was the 1957 film "Wild is the Wind" before being cast in "Loving You." Hart was known as an actress deeply concerned for her fellow actors and crew members during filming. She displayed a tremendous warmth and sincerity to listen and offer positive guidance for those who came to her with personal and professional problems in search of answers and solutions. This compassion was evident throughout her career as she continued her acting into the early sixities starring in a number of "youth films" such as "Lonelyhearts" where she played the leading role as Justy Sargent, aka Miss lonelyheart and as Merritt Andrews in one of the first beach movies - "Where the Boys Are."

          While she was very popular with boys who went to the movies because of her teen-age looks and wholesome portrayals, she had it all and yet realized there was so much more. What many believe was the turning point in Delores' life came while shooting the 1961 epic "Francis of Assisi" on location in the Umbrian climes of Assisi in Italy. Here in this hallowed land of the great founder of the Franciscans, Bradford Dillman played the role of Francis and she played another great saint, donning the Franciscan habit as Saint Clare of Assisi.

          Though she would star in two more films after starring in "Francis of Assisi," many within the industry realized Delores had higher aspirations since had always searched for a deeper understanding of God and His guidance. In 1963, after her final film "Come Fly with Me" she had been engaged to Don Robinson but realized marriage was not for her and broke off the engagement, saying goodbye to Hollywood and willingly flying into God's loving arms by joining a Benedictine convent where she immersed herself in the study of Godís word. Two years later her father died in Pacoima, California and this only solidified Dolores' desire to serve God for the world was so fleeting and temporal. By 1970, Delores Hart took her final vows to become a Benedictine nun. As of today Delores Hart, born Delores Hicks, is now Mother Superior of the strictly cloistered Benedictine Convent of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticutt where she continues to deeply influence both new friends and old in search of spiritual truth, chanting the Daily Office in Latin eight times a day and living the Rule of Saint Benedict on 350 acres of land away from the public glare. She couldn't be happier!

    Michael Vincent Boyer

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    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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    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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