FRI-SAT-SUN     March 31 - April 2, 2000    vol. 11, no. 65    SECTION TWO

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SECTION TWO Contents: Go immediately to the article:
  • APPRECIATION OF THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH: Installment 143 - Our Lord Jesus Christ part one
  • Events that occurred this weekend in Church History
  • WEEKEND LITURGY
  • WEEKEND Daily WORD
  • WEEKEND Daily LENTEN MEDITATIONS AND STATIONS OF THE CROSS
  • SIMPLY SHEEN


  • Appreciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ

        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 Jesus Christ as Our Lord as explained in My Catholic Faith for it was the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies that He would become Emmanuel and be born of a woman as "The Word was made flesh." For the 143rd installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    installment 143: Our Lord Jesus Christ part one

          As was proved in the last installment,Our Lord Jesus Christ is true God and true Man. As God, He is equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit: He is infinite, almighty, eternal. As man He has a body and soul like ours. Jesus Christ has two natures which cannot be separated, but which are distinct: the human, and the divine. But He is only one Person-The Divine Person. Jesus Christ is not a human Person. No, Jesus Christ is only one Person; and that Person is the second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Throughout the Gospels we can read about Jesus Christ as only one Person,--eating, sleeping, talking, and dying, as only one Person.

          A "person" is a being that is intelligent and free, and responsible for his actions. We attribute to him whatever good or evil he does in the use of his human powers, because he owns or controls those powers. We are human person, and everything we do are done by shuman person. But Christ is a Divine Person, since He is God. Whatever Jesus Christ did while He was on earth was of infinite dignity, since it was the work of a Divine Person.

          Jesus Christ is Our Lord, the Son of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, true God and true Man. We call Him "Our Lord" because as God He is Lord and Master of all, and as our Savior He redeemed us with His Blood. Christ is our Creator, Redeemer, Lawgiver, Teacher, and Judge. All these we mean when we say Our Lord. St. Paul says: "He is the Blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords...to Whom be honor and everlasting dominion. Amen" (1 Timothy 6:15, 16).

          There is only one Person, the Divine Person, in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is not a human person. Everything in Him even as Man is divine and worthy of adoration. When we adore the Sacred Heart, or the Precious Blood, we do not adore mere flesh, but the flesh united to the divinity. In Christ the human and the divine are inseparable.

          Jesus Christ has two natures: the nature of God and the nature of man. A "nature" is a substance that is complete in itself as a source of activity. It differs from "person" in that while "person" determines what an individual is, "nature" determines what an individual can do. In Jesus Christ Our Lord there are two natures: His divine and His human nature. Therefore He could and did act as God; He could and did act as man, while all the time He was God the Son.

          Because of His Divine nature, Christ is truly God; because of His human nature, He is truly man. In His Divine nature He is the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, God the Son, the Eternal Word. He took His human nature from His Mother Mary. It was to the Blessed Virgin that the Archangel Gabriel announced: "And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High." (Luke 1:32).

      Monday: Our Lord Jesus Christ part two

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    Events that happened this Weekend in Church History

       On Friday 1001 years ago in 999 Pope Sylvester II was chosen as the 139th successor of Peter. He parallels our present Pontiff Pope John Paul II in many ways; first by bringing the Church into a new millennium; secondly he was not Italian, but rather French just as today's Pope is Polish; thirdly, he strove to instill peace and love just as the Holy Father has been doing; fourthly, he introduced the use of Arabic numbers whereas the Vicar of Christ in our time has introduced the end of communism and the use of the culture of life; fifthly, both Sovereign Pontiffs had to fight superstitions and the culture of death - the former with fortune tellers who predicted the end of the world, the latter with pro-aborts who champion the culture of death. 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 31:

    • 1146 A.D.
    • Saint Bernard of Clairvaux announces the Second Crusade at Vezelay, France, informing recruits that he will personally preach the Crusade. He was sanctioned to do this by Pope Blessed Eugene III.

    • 1492 A.D.
    • Because of insurrection against the Church, Spain orders all Jews and Sicilian Zionists to leave the country or comply with the Christian Church.

    • 1495
    • Pope Alexander VI aligns with the "Holy League" to counter the military advances of King Charles VIII of France.

    • 1547 A.D.
    • Death of King Francis I, Catholic monarch of France

    • 1621 A.D.
    • Death of King Philip III, Catholic ruler of Spain

    Historical Events in Church Annals for April 1:

    • 568 A.D.
    • The Lombards from the north began their trek across the Alps into Italy during the reign of Pope John III. The Lombards would go on to become an intricate culture in Italy for centuries.

    • 1132 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Hugh of Grenoble, a Benedictine bishop who was in demand of the Popes of his time. He was canonized two years after his death by Pope Innocent III.

    • 1204 A.D.
    • Death of Queen Elanor of Aquitaine, the Catholic Queen of both England and France.

    • 1375 A.D.
    • Saint Catherine of Siena receives the Stigmata while on a visit to Pisa in northern Italy to organize religious revival in that city. Though the stigmata was invisible during her life, it became visible upon her death.

    • 1406 A.D.
    • Death of King Robert II of Scotland.

    • 1548 A.D.
    • Death of King Sigsimund I, monarch of Poland.

    • 1611 A.D.
    • Gallileo, under scrutiny by the Church for his views and theories, is received in private audience by Pope Paul V.

    • 1888 A.D.
    • Pope Leo XIII releases his 24th Encyclical, this one on his Sacertotal Jubilee or 50th anniversary of his priesthood, called Quod Anniversarius.

    Historical Events in Church Annals for April 2:

    • 742
    • Birth of the emperor Charlemagne - the great Holy Roman Emperor.

    • 999 A.D.
    • Pope Sylvester II elected as the 139th successor of Peter. Like Pope John Paul II, Sylvester was also a non-Italian and this French Pontiff, born in Auvergne, France, would prepare his universal flock for the second millennium - just as our Polish Pope is doing for the third millennium. Sylvester II would try to repress the debauchery of these times and, highly cultured, he would introduce the use of Arabic numbers.

    • 1250 A.D.
    • The Seventh Crusade, led by Saint Louis, King of France, is forced to surrender to the Muslimsm because of broken promises to the crusaders by Pope Innocent IV and Frederick II Hohenstaufen and his son Manfred.

    • 1416
    • Death of King Ferdinand I, monarch of Aragon which would be annexed as an intricate part of Spain.

    • 1502
    • Death of Prince Arthur, Prince of Wales and oldest brother of England's King Henry VIII.

    • 1507 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Francis of Paola, Franciscan and religous founder whose optional feast we celebrate today.

    • 1559
    • The Marriage of Philip II King of Spain to Queen Isabella of France, solidifying the Catholic bloc in those two nations and ensuring Catholicism would prosper despite the reformation.

    • 1899
    • Ordination at the Lateran University in Rome of Father Eugenio Maria Giovanni Pacelli who would, of course, go on to become Pope Pius XII.

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    WEEKEND LITURGY

        This weekend we observe the Lenten liturgy and the midway point of the FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT, also known as LAETARE Sunday. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.

    Friday, March 31, 2000

        First Reading: Hosea 14: 2-10
        Responsorial: Psalm 81: 6-11, 14, 17
        Gospel Reading: Mark 12: 28-34

    Saturday, April 1, 2000

        First Reading: Hosea 6: 1-6
        Responsorial: Psalm 51: 3-4, 18-21
        Gospel Reading: Luke 18: 9-14

    SUNDAY, April 2, 2000

      April 1:
      FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
      LAETARE SUNDAY

      Rose colored vestments

        First Reading: 2 Chronicles 36: 14-16, 19-23
        Responsorial: Psalm 137: 1-6
        Second Reading: Ephesians 2: 4-10
        Gospel Reading: John 3: 14-21

    Monday, April 3, 2000

        First Reading: Isaiah 65: 17-21
        Responsorial: Psalm 30: 2, 4-6, 11-13
        Gospel Reading: John 4: 43-54

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    The DAILY WORD

    For the Fourth Sunday of Lent or Laetare Sunday

        "I must do the works of Him Who sent Me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world I am the light of the world."

    John 9: 4-5

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    SPECIAL Daily LENTEN MEDITATIONS and WAY OF THE CROSS

    Special Prayer for Friday in the Third Week of Lent

    We beseech Thee, O Lord, further our fasts with Thy gracious favor: that as in body we abstain from food, so we may fast from sin in mind. 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.

    Special Prayer for Saturday in the Third Week of Lent

    Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that they who to mortify their flesh, do abstain from food, may by following after justice, fast from sin. 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.

    Special Prayer for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

    Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who are justly afflicted for our deeds, may be relieved by the consolation of Thy grace. 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.

    DailyWAY OF THE CROSS Devotion

         The DailyWAY OF THE CROSS is a way of prayer. I walk, in spirit, with Jesus on His journey to Calvary and meditate on His suffering and death. Each meditation can be a personal meeting with Jesus and a new discovery of His presence in my life. Each meditation can be deeply personal by recalling specific persons places and experiences in my own life.

      A Plenary Indulgence is attached to this devotion according to article 194 of the Raccolta.

    OPENING SCRIPTURE READING

    "The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected, and to be raised up on the third day. If anyone wants to be a follower of Mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow Me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for My sake, that man will save it" (Luke 9: 22-24).

    STATIONS OF THE CROSS

    1. Jesus is condemned to die

      We adore you, O Lord, and we praise You. Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.
      (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

      MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, often I judge others and fail to be understanding or loving. Help me to see the people in my life through Your eyes, not the eyes of Pontius Pilate.

      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

    2. Jesus willingly takes up His Cross

      We adore you, O Lord, and we praise You. Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.
      (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

      MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, You embraced Your cross to redeem the world. Help me to embrace the crosses in life-the hardships, struggles, disappointments, and pain. Only by recognizing my own weakness, can I discover Your strength.

      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

    3. Jesus falls for the First Time

      We adore you, O Lord, and we praise You. Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world. (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

      MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, You know how often I fall trying to follow You. Yet, You are always there to life me up. Help me always to trust in Your loving care for me.

      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

    4. Jesus meets His Blessed Mother

      We adore you, O Lord, and we praise You. Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.
      (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

      MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, Your mother Mary's grief was surpassed by her love for you. So often You come to me in others and their love gives me new life. Help me to see how often You love me through the people in my life.

      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

    5. Simon the Cyrene helps Jesus carry His Cross

      We adore you, O Lord, and we praise You. Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.
      (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

      MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, sometimes I am indifferent to the needs of others in my life. I even neglect those whom I love. Help me to see that loving others is the surest way to find You in my life.

      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

    6. Veronica wipes the Holy Face of Jesus

      We adore you, O Lord, and we praise You. Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.
      (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

      MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, at times I am afraid to reach out to others. I do nothing when I should act; I say nothing when I should speak out. Give me a deeper and more courageous faith. Help me to trust that You are with me.

      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

    7. Jesus falls for the Second Time

      We adore you, O Lord, and we praise You. Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.
      (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

      MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, failure and disappointment sometimes lead me to despair. I hide behind my pride and self-pity, withdrawing from You and others. Give me the hope I need and help me never to be afraid to begin again.

      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

    8. Jesus comforts the Women of Jerusalem

      We adore you, O Lord, and we praise You. Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.
      (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

      MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, Your great compassion for others overwhelms me. I feel petty and selfish when I think of You and the way You love. Help me to pour out my love, that You might fill me with Your Love.

      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

    9. Jesus falls for the Third Time

      We adore you, O Lord, and we praise You. Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.
      (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

      MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, Your failing strength makes me see how helpless I am. Without You, I can do nothing. Help me to rely on Your strength, to see how much I need You.

      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

    10. Jesus is stripped of His garments

      We adore you, O Lord, and we praise You. Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.
      (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

      MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, seeing You so cruelly humiliated makes me realize how I cling to my accomplishments, my possessions, my way. Help me to let go of those things in my life that prevent me from growing closer to You and others.

      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

    11. Jesus is nailed to the Cross

      We adore you, O Lord, and we praise You. Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.
      (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

      MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, I can never doubt Your great love for me when I see You crucified. Help me to see Your cross as the great sign of Your love for me.

      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

    12. Jesus dies on the Cross

      We adore you, O Lord, and we praise You. Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.
      (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

      MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, Your broken and lifeless body calls me to deeper faith. You chose death, even death on the cross. Help me to see my crosses as ways of loving You.

      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

    13. Jesus is taken down from the Cross

      We adore you, O Lord, and we praise You. Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.
      (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

      MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, seeing Your body taken from the cross reminds me how fearful I am of letting go of my own life. I am frightened when I think of being unimportant, useless, and helpless. Help me to place my life in Your hands.

      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

    14: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

      We adore you, O Lord, and we praise You. Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.
      (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

      MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, when I see the great stone sealing Your tomb, I feel alone and abandoned. Even though You sometimes seem distant or absent in my life, help me always to believe in Your closeness and loving presence.

      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

    CLOSING SCRIPTURE READING

    "On the first day of the week, at the first sign of dawn, they went to the tomb with spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but on entering they discovered that the body of the Lord Jesus was not there. As they stood there not knowing what to think, two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appeared at their side. Terrified, the women lowered their eyes. But the two men said to them, "Why look among the dead for someone who is alive? He is not here; He has risen. Remember what He told you when He was still in Galilee: that the Son of Man had to be handed over to the power of sinful men, be crucified, and rise again on the third day?" And they remembered His words" (Luke 24: 1-8).

    CLOSING PRAYER

         Lord Jesus, help me to walk with You each day of my life, even to Calvary. The sorrow and joy, the pain and healings, the failures and triumphs of my life are truly small deaths and resurrections that lead me to closeness with You. Give me the faith and trust I need to walk with You always. Amen.
        Nihil Obstat: Very Rev. Msgr. Carroll E. Satterfield, S.T.D. Censor Librorum

        Imprimatur: William Donald Borders, D.D. Archbishop of Baltimore
        August 21, 1984

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    Disharmony is created by ignoring the moral and spiritual order!

       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".

    "The weakening of the inner spiritual life is the basic cause of disharmony and discord which prevail throughout the world. The forcible organization of the chaos created by the enfeeblement of the moral sense always calls forth some dictator who makes law personal rather than a reflection of the Eternal harmony that rules in the Heavens."

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