TUESDAY     vol. 11, no. 52     March 14, 2000

March 14, 2000


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Lenten Weekday

First Reading:
 Isaiah 55: 10-11
  Psalm 34: 4-7, 16-19
  Matthew 6: 7-15

For the Daily LENTEN REFLECTION for Tuesday, March 14th, see LENTEN REFLECTION.


   Today's and tomorrow's liturgy are both Lenten Weekdays For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.


"In this manner therefore shall you pray: 'Our Father Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.'"
Mattthew 6: 9-13

The Gospa's message for February
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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Pope asks Jesus to forgive children of the Church over the ages - photo by Vincenzo Pinto/ReutersWhile the world plays the blame-game, the Pope embraces the Cross on behalf of God's children

CATHOLIC PewPOINT     In today's editorial, we remember the "Day of Pardon" this past Sunday and join the Holy Father in expressing sorrow for our own sins and sins of the past. We also take issue with the modern-day scribes and pharisees who mistakenly put the blame on the Church instead of the children of the Church. They cry out for blood when in truth God's mercy and understanding are the real prerequisite. We ask when will they ever learn that accusing through association and inferrence are just as damaging to the soul as the Crusades, Inquisition or Holocaust were to the body. For today's editorial Jesus had to contend with the scribes, too! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

With the first lady, there's something rotten in Denmark, if not in Chappaqua and Hollywood
The first lady is out to deceive and divideHillary Clinton's agenda plays right into the hands of satan     Today Michael Vincent Boyer, a well-respected Catholic insider expert on what's happening in the entertainment industry, warns the reader of First Lady Hillary Clinton's hidden agenda in giving lipservice to cleaning up Hollywood. He shows why this is just another facade to cover her modus operandi in further advancing her own agenda at the expense of family values and morals. For his column, Hillary's mantra: "Do as I say, not as I do...or else!" , see HOW HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD

Appreciation of God's gift of Christ's Redemption and His Church to guide us against deadly Mortal 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 first part of the catechesis on the death knell for so many: Mortal Sin as explained in My Catholic Faith for this wipes out all sanctifying grace and takes away, while we have mortal sin on our soul, any chance of Heavenly bliss for it is a oneway ticket to hell when a soul turns their back willingly on God. For part two in the 130th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Events that happened today in Church History
troubled archipelago of Indonesia    On this day last year, His Holiness John Paul II made yet another plea to stop the terrible clashes in Indonesia where many homes and churches had been burned. Despite his cry for peace, the violence continued both in East Timor and in Maluku. Since that time the new president of Indonesia has apologized for the violence in East Timor and other regions of Indonesia brought on by radical militias and the Indonesia military under a general who thought he was immune from any sanctions. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

If one doesn't bloom, he remains complacent
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".

"To stay complacently where we are in our spiritual life is to be as a tree that might congratulate itself that is higher than the shrubs, or to be like a caterpillar that should stay exultant with its spots and stripes whilst the glorious life of the butterfly is untasted."

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  • Coming Tomorrow:

  • The 40th installment of THE 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER

  • Pro-Life Prescriptions by Dr. Frank Joseph in LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

  • The 131st installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Lenten Reflections for March 14th and the Way of the Cross Meditations

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on March 14th

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • Daily LITURGY for the Lenten Weekdays on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • ...and much more in our 53rd issue for 2000!
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    News Ticker from Catholic World News For more from CWN and other Catholic wire services, see stories below

    Holy Father and staff in Papal Lenten Retreat this week. All will be quiet on the Vatican front
      This week promises to be a slow news week since the Pope and most of the curia are undertaking their annual Lenten Retreat. Before entering this time of silent prayer and contemplation His Holiness John Paul II followed his unprecedented, historic universal apology with a moving Sunday Angelus that we will bring you in its entirety in Thursday's issue in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS. Before thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father prayed again for forgiveness and reconciliation with God on behalf of the finite members of the Roman Catholic Church. continued inside
    The Pope's handpicked Vietnamese Retreat Master for the Papal Retreat shares Witness of Hope with the Holy Father
    Vietnam   The Holy Father personally chose Archbishop Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan from Vietnam to conduct the spiritual exercises during the weeklong Papal Retreat this week. The Archbishop, also President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, shares many of the same kinds of hardships John Paul II experienced growing up in Poland. Both faced persecutions and injustice but both have emerged as "witnesses of Hope." In a special interview with the Archbishop, ZENIT discovers a brave and holy man. continued inside.

    EgyptFruits manifesting themselves in Egypt two weeks after Pope's historic "Jubilee Journey" there
       In a report issued by FIDES, the Catholic population of Egypt have expressed a deeper spirituality that was ignited by the Holy Father's presence in their country. With the depth of this spiritual renewal just beginning to flow like the great River Nile, it is hoped that there will flourish, especially among the youth, the desire of a deeper awareness of the will of God in their lives and how they can do more for Him. continued inside.

    Pope's account of his pilgrimage to Holy Land as Archbishop Karol Wojtyla is being provided to all for inspiration
       As the Holy Father's "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land draws nearer, the Franciscan Custodians of the Holy Land have released a document in which the present Pope recounts highlights and spiritual insights of his pilgrimage in 1963 to the same sacred soil when he was Archbishop of Krakow. With this diary many can better understand the profound spiritual journey of Karol Wojtyla's soul and with him the soul of the Church. continued inside.

    Special Jubilee celebration and awareness planned for American singles by Bishops after Easter
       On April 27, the United States Bishops will hold a "Singles" Jubilee with the intended result of allowing all single persons within the Church the opportunity to learn that their vocation is worthy and they can contribute as much as any other lay person and grow close to Our Lord through work in His Church. The effort is also meant to raise self-esteem at a time when the pressure of marrying causes many to close God out. continued inside.

    Holy See announces more Jubilee celebrations to acknowledge and honor workers and crafts with Saint Joseph as the central focus
       As the Jubilee Year progresses, the Church is honoring on a regular basis various groups. Thus the Vatican has announced that three such celebrations will be held this year for the working man beginning with a Jubilee for craftsman to coincide with the Feast of the master craftsman Saint Joseph over the weekend of March 18-20th. This will be followed by a special Jubilee on May 1 for Workers to commemorate the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, and in November there will be a Jubilee for Agricultural Workers on November 12th.continued inside.

    Population Research Group tells Philadelphia pro-life group there is brotherly love after all by debunking overpopulation myth
    The world is not overpopulated   The president of the Virginia-based Population Research Group spoke to a pro-life group in Philadelphia late last week and showed, without a shadow of a doubt that the myth of overpopulation being spread by the pro-aborts in the United States and the UN must be exposed so they will be stripped of their arguments and the real agenda - murder of unborn babies and of the elderly through promotion of Euthanasia will be laid bare to the world. continued inside.

    Rumors of a Papal Consistory this year getting stronger
    Many expect Pope will call another Consistory    When, and we pray it won't be for a very long time, the Holy Father is called home to his Heavenly home, there will be only 103 electoral cardinals eligible to vote in the Sacred Conclave, due to the recent birthdays of a number of prelates who have reached the age of 80 and therefore not eligible for participation in the College of Cardinals. Speculation continues that the Pope could appoint up to 20 new red-hats. continued inside.

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