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  • APPRECIATION OF THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH: Installment 140: The Promise of the Redeemer part two
  • Events that occurred today in Church History
  • Daily LITURGY
  • Daily WORD
  • March 25th Medjugorje Message
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  • Appreciation of the Promise of the Redeemer

        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 week, the second part of Promise of the Redeemer as explained in My Catholic Faith for it was that promise that kept alive Salvation History through millenniums until the Incarnation, the Crucifixion and Resurrection. For the 140th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    installment 140: Promise of the Redeemer part two

          God wished men to realize the enormity of sin and to see how low they could sink without His help. He wanted the world to prepare for the Redeemer. Men became so wicked that God destroyed all in the Deluge, except Noah and his family. God permitted men to sink into the deepest misery, so that they might be roused to a longing for the promised Savior. When the Savior at last came, all nations were sunk in idolatry and wickedness except the Jews. Even among the Jews there was continuous dissension and sin.

          From the time of Adam the true religion was preserved till the advent of the promised Savior by the patriarchs, prophets and other holy men inspired by God to teach and lead his Chosen People. In spite of the imperfection of the old religion, there was always only one true religion. It was but a shadow of the perfection that was to come, but was the true religion before Christ: the Jewish Faith.

          But the Savior of all men is Jesus Christ. Men would know the Savior by certain signs which God revealed through the Prophets. Of His advent the Prophets spoke:

        (a) The Messias was to be born in Bethlehem, when the Jews were no longer free. "And Thou, Bethlehem Ephrata art a little one among the thousands of Juda: out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be the ruler in Israel: and his going forth is from the beginning, from the days of eternity" (Micah. 5:2). "The scepter shall not be taken away from Juda, nor a ruler from his thigh, till He come that is to be sent, and He shall be the expectation of nations" (Genesis 49:10).
        (b) The Messiah was to be born of a virgin of the House of David. "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and His name shall be called Emmanuel" (Isaiah 7:14).
        (c) The Messiah would be preceded by a precursor who would preach in the desert. "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert the paths of our God" (Isaiah 40:3).
        (d) A new star was to announce the birth of the Messias. He would be adored by kings from distant lands bringing Him gifts. "A star shall rise out of Jacob, and a scepter shall spring up from Israel" (Numbers 24:17). "The kings of Tharsis and the islands shall offer presents: the kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts" (Psalms 71:10).
        (e) Many children would be put to death at the time of His birth. "A voice was heard on high of lamentation, or mourning, and weeping, of Rachel (representing the Jews) weeping for her children, and refusing to be comforted, because they are not" (Jeremiah 31:15).

          Of the person of the Messiah the Prophets spoke: He was to be the Son of God. He would work great miracles, and teach the people. He would be King of a new kingdom, which was not to be destroyed, and was to include all nations. "The Lord hath said to me: Thou art my Son: this day have I begotten Thee" (Psalms 2:7). "Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall be free" (Isaiah 35: 5-6). "The God of Heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed...and it shall consume all these kingdoms, and itself shall stand forever."

          Of His sufferings the Prophets spoke: He was to enter Jerusalem riding on an ass. He would be betrayed by one who ate at the same table with Him. He would be abandoned, mocked, beaten, spat upon, scourged, crowned with thorns, and given gall and vinegar to drink. Lots would be cast for His garments. His hands and feet would be pierced with nails. He would die between two evildoers.

          All the prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus Christ. He is the Redeemer, the Savior that God in His mercy had promised. The angels announced Him as the Redeemer to the shepherds when He was born, and to Saint Joseph in a vision. "For God so loved the world that He gave his only-begotten Son" (John 3:16).

      Tomorrow: The God-Man part one

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    Events that happened today in Church History

       On this day 715 years ago in 1285, Pope Martin IV, 189th successor of Peter passed away. It was during the four-year pontificate of this French-born Pontiff that the famous revolution known as the "Sicilian Vespers" occurred. This violence prompted Martin IV and others of his time to be immortalized in song in the opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi. Martin, though not totally successful, strove to unite the medieval lords and kings under the bond of charity. Sometimes it worked, other times worldly vices took over among both royalty and commoner. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Historical Events in Church Annals for March 28:

    • 1285 A.D.
    • Death of French-born Pope Martin IV, 189th successor of Peter, noted for the uprising of the Sicilian Vespers outbreak during his regime which prompted Giuseppe Verdi to compose an opera about the event. He was elected on February 22, 1281. During his four year pontificate he strove to unite in the bonds of charity the kings and lords of the time.

    • 1296 A.D.
    • Start of the Scots' War of Independence from England.

    • 1369 A.D.
    • Henry of Trastamara assassinates the King of Castile - Pedro at Montiel. Pedro was known as "the Cruel" because of his abuse of the Inquisition and he was the first known European monarch to be able to write fluently.

    • 1380 A.D.
    • Gunpowder used for the first time in Europe by the Venetians against the Genoese in a battle of two Catholic cities over territories. This deeply troubled Pope Urban VI, the first Italian pontiff after a long line of French popes.

    • 1394 A.D.
    • St. Mary's College officially opens its doors of higher learning in Winchester, England.

    • 1472 A.D.
    • Birth of the Renaissance Franciscan monk from Firenze who was a master with the brush, Fra Bartolomeo.

    • 1483 A.D.
    • Birth of the master painter and sculptor Raphael Santi who would die at the relatively young age of 37.

    • 1606 A.D.
    • Jesuit priest Father Henry Garner is executed for complicity in the Gunpowder Plot in which King James I falsely accuses Catholics in England for not being loyal to the throne.

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    The call echoed by John Paul II

       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".

    "Let those who call themselves Catholics, or Protestants, or Jews recall that the function of their religion is to intensify the spiritual life of man and not to empty the vials of bitterness into hearts, stirring up one against another."

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

    Tuesday, March 28, 2000

        First Reading: Daniel 3: 25, 34-43
        Responsorial: Psalm 25: 4-9
        Gospel Reading: Matthew 18: 21-35

    Wednesday, March 29, 2000

        First Reading: Deuteronomy 4: 1, 5-9
        Responsorial: Psalm 147: 12-13, 14-16, 19-20
        Gospel Reading: Matthew 5: 17-19

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    Today's Gospel brings to mind what the Pope is asking in reconciling with all:

    "So also My Heavenly Father will do to you, if you do not each forgive your brothers from your hearts."

    Mattthew 18: 35

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    Special Prayer for Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent

      Graciously hear us, O almighty and merciful God: and in Thy loving kindness grant to us the gifts of wholesome temperance. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.

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    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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