WEDNESDAY     vol. 11, no. 63     March 29, 2000
DAILY CATHOLIC for 

March 23, 2000

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Lenten Weekday
TODAY'S LITURGY:

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

For the Daily LENTEN REFLECTION for Wednesday, March 29th and the STATIONS OF THE CROSS, see LENTEN REFLECTION.

DAILY LITURGY

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

The DAILY WORD

"Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say to you, till Heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall be lost from the Law till all things have been accomplished."
Matthew 5: 17-18

The Gospa's message for March
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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The opportunity to cross the threshold of Hope is closer with special exercises endorsed by the Holy Father
   
    Beginning today running consecutively for the next seven issues, we will bring you, thanks to ZENIT News Organization, the spiritual exercises that Retreat Master Archbishop Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan preached to the Holy Father and Curia the week just before the Pope's "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land. Because of the wonders of the internet, all readers can now share in the inspiration that touched the Vicar of Christ and give all readers the opportunity to make a Lenten On-Line Retreat, so to speak, by contemplating on what the Archbishop presents, then going in silent prayer and meditation as John Paul II and his staff did to gain a greater peace and spirituality. The ideal way is to be able to go before the Blessed Sacrament and attend Daily Mass, but if this is not possible, then quiet time with Our Lord in meditation and prayer is the best scenario. For today's First Spiritual Exercise, Hope is the great challenge to the modern world , click on LENTEN ON-LINE RETREAT


Pro-Life Prescriptions:

The lethal link between abortion and breast cancer is being concealed by the pro-aborts' brazen bra of lies
Abortion is Murder
  Today Dr. Frank Joseph pulls no punches in telling it like it truly is. Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice pro-abort organizations seem to have a cover-up of their own, which fits comfortably into the on-going culture of death society in which we live. In new research done by Dr. Joseph, he uncovers an alarming fact that connects a higher rate of breast cancer among those women who have chosen to have an abortion, a fact that Planned Parenthood and the NARL et al will not reveal. Dr. Frank shows that the real agenda is to cover up not only the brutal murder of the unborn, but of the alarming number of abort mothers dying from breast cancer linked to their decision to abort. With all the evidence he has uncovered, the question is are we headed for a genetically-superior race of selected "types" of children with embryos implanted in "superior" surrogate mothers? For part one of his phenomenal findings in The Abortion/Breast Cancer Link is America's Best Kept Secret , see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!


Appreciation of the God-Man
    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 first part of the catechesis on Christ the God-Man as explained in My Catholic Faith for it was the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies that God would become Man in order to redeem all mankind from the limbo man was placed after the sin of Adam. For the 141st installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


Events that happened today in Church History
St. Mary'sFather Michael J. McGivney
   On this day 118 years ago in 1882, the Catholic fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus received its charter. It was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney, priest of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut who saw the need for providing for widows and families and promoting Catholicity among Catholic men. Today the organization boasts a membership of nearly 1.6 million men comprising nearly 11,000 councils of First, Second and Third Degree Knights, not to mention the higher Fourth Degree and its Assemblies plus their proteges - the Squires and their Circles. Last year the Knights showed their leadership clout in cooperating with the Bishops in all aspects of parish life, evangelization and the pro-life movement and contributed over a record one hundred million dollars in charitable donations as well as logging well over 50 million hours in volunteer services. On December 18, 1997 the canonization process was introduced for Fr. McGivney. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


Man imprisons himself by shutting out God
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".

"While keeping very busy and active on the outside, man is passive and inert on the inside, because he rarely enters into his own heart. Remedying the evil therefore falls to agencies and mechanical realities external to man. No government or state can put the screws on personal freedom, unless the citizens have already abdicated in themselves the basis of that freedom, namely, their responsibility to God."


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    Holy Father shows tremendous resiliency as he plunges back into Vatican affairs with little rest after grueling "Jubilee Journey"
       While the secular media, so intent on pointing out the frailities of His Holiness, will never acknowledge it, Pope John Paul II resumed his regular schedule at the Vatican as early as Monday morning. Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls told reporters that the Pontiff shows no signs of fatigue despite such a demanding itinerary last week. Other journalists still continue to examine the impact of the Papal visit, while Rabbi David Rosen has made it known that the Pope's pilgrimage "opened a door to a rich garden inside" for all Jews to enter and grow from spiritually. continued inside
    Soldier on R & R wreaks havoc on famed Roman monument of Our Lady
         For reasons yet unknown, a 30 year-old Canadian soldier assigned to the UN forces in Kosovo arrived in Rome for a bit of rest and relaxation and did anything but that. Rather he proceeded to climb the Column of the Immaculate Conception near the Spanish Steps. In his efforts Robert F. Keenan broke a bas-relief angel at the top of the column where the Holy Father places a wreath of roses every December 8th on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The assaulter also took a marker to the faces of many of the visages on the column. continued inside.


    Communist Polish President vetoes tough anti-porn law to chagrin of Catholics
      Poland    In the Holy Father's native land, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski vetoed a new law that would have established strict guidelines and punishements for anyone who distributed pornographic material. The law which laid down specific conditions under which porn would be defined, would, according to the communist Kwasniewski, have impugned "freedom of speech." Now the parliament will have to retry to accrue enough votes to override a veto and pass the toughest law in all of Europe continued inside.


    Porn permeates court mentality with verdict that permits such licentious licence
    Cardinal O'Connor's warning echoes across the big apple    Blasphemous art seems to have won the day not only in Poland but also New York where the govenrment has reached a settlement with the Brooklyn Museum which displayed a picture of the Blessed Mother covered in elephant dung and surrounded by pornographic figures and which Cardinal John J. O'Connor roundly condemned. Lawsuits have been set aside, and the Court has ordered New York to spend 5.8 million dollars for the museum's renovation. Virtue, today, is often sacrificed in order that vice can cut to the quick. continued inside.


    Irish See turns to ad agency to pump up vocations. In the old days all that was needed was prayer!
         In this Jubilee, Quantum Advertising has been hired by the largest diocese in Ireland, Tuam. This same ad firm recently developed an internet campaign fostering vocations in New York and will now build an internet site for Tuam, which covers the whole west of Ireland, as the diocese seeks vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Currently, there are only three students studying for the priesthood when once Ireland was a fertile cornucopia of vocations, many of which helped evangelize the United States with the Faith. continued inside.


    Three more bishops consecrated for Kenya by Cardinal Josef Tomko as fruits continue to multiply in this region
    KenyaCardinal Josef Tomko    While Ireland tries to regroup, vocations are teeming in Kenya and Cardinal Jozef Tomko, Prefect for the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, consecrated three new bishops for Kenya, two native bishops and the third a missionary last week in Nairobi, Kenya where out of four million, one million are Catholic and the Faith is thriving with seminaries overflowing. continued inside.


    Politicians pave way for poor memories and power brokers in succumbing to pro-aborts
       Politicians in New Hampshire don't seem to know what they're doing. Having recently passed a ban on partial-birth abortion, one Representative said he was tricked into voting for the bill. Oh! What a mess we weave. The question is do our legislators in any state or in Washington have a mind that can think on their own, to take control of their own conscience before God? Or is it the pro-aboart lobbyists whose dead consciences are being foisted off on non-thinking lawmakers? One wonders just how low we've sunk when babies are killed seemingly on a whim. continued inside.

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    Coming Tomorrow:

  • The Second Spiritual Exercise of the special LENTEN SPIRITUAL ON-LINE RETREAT presented by Archbishop Van Thuan to the Holy See

  • Another dynamic column by Pat Ludwa in VIEW FROM THE PEW

  • The Holy Father's Wednesday Papal Audience in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • The 142nd 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 30th and the Way of the Cross Meditations

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on March 30th

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • Daily LITURGY for the Lenten Weekdays on Thursday and Friday

  • ...and much more in our 64th issue for 2000!
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