MONDAY     vol. 11, no. 92     May 15, 2000

May 15, 2000
    Easter Weekday and Feast of St. Isidore the Farmer

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   This week is mostly devoted to Easter Time. But today is also the Feast of Saint Isidore the Farmer
For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.

First Reading:
  Acts 11: 1-18
  Psalm 42: 2-3; 43: 3-4
  John 10: 1-10


  Taken from the Gospel for the Fourth Monday of Easter:
"Amen, amen I say to you, I am the Door of the sheep. All whoever have come are thieves and robbers; but the sheep have not heard them. I am the Door. If anyone enter by Me he shall be safe, and shall go in and out, and shall find pastures. The thief comes only to steal, and slay, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly."
John 10: 7-10

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Pilgrims pack Square to see and hear Holy Father on a sunny midday in May
St. Peter's Square fills up fast   Pope makes entrance on wheels   Holy Father escorted to sedalia
Romanian Jubilee contingent cheer Pope    Msgr. Stephen Zak of LA reads Gospel in English   Color Chilean group serenades Pope
Pope speaks of the power of the Holy Spirit in bringing the Gospel to all
His Holiness reads his Wednesday Message   On a beautiful, but fairly hot sunny day last Wednesday a record crowd turned out for Pope John Paul II's Wednesday Papal Audience. The overflowing throngs cheered and sang as His Holiness, just a week from his 80th birthday exhibited enthusiasm and happiness in greeting all; first by motoring through the square in a cross/circular fashion in order to be seen up close by as many as possible, then being driven up the center aisle to the massive canopied stage directly in front of the refurbished St. Peter's Basilica. His talk centered on the Gospel of Matthew and Jesus' charge to make disciples of all and "baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." For our first installment of our "JUBILEE JOURNEY OF JOY FOR JESUS" pilgrimage, see CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

The struggle to unshackle the restraints of Communism on a new Russia is a long painful process for the Church
Photos below used with permission by Father Robert J. Fox
RussiaFr. Fox in Red Square with St. Basil's in background
Fr. Robert J. Fox    During this "month of Mary" and the focus on Fatima with the beatifications this past weekend of the Fatima Shepherd Children Jacinta and Francisco Marto by His Holiness Pope John Paul II, and with the debut of the DailyCATHOLIC now being published daily in Russian to reach all parts of the former Iron Curtain, we present a special series written by Father Robert J. Fox, director of the Fatima Family Apostolate and editor of the full color Immaculate Heart Messenger. We are delighted to work with Father Robert Fox in bringing you this special series on Our Lady's plans for the conversion of Russia. If anyone knows the temperature of the Faith in the former Soviet Union it is Fr. Fox. These articles first appeared in earlier issues of his full-color magazine Immaculate Heart Messenger which Fr. Fox edits and publishes. For the first part of his column on Mary is replacing Marx , see THE CHURCH IN RUSSIA

Events that happened this weekend in Church History
  On this date 428 years ago in 1572, in the aftermath of the reforms established by Council of Trent and enforced by Pope Saint Pius V, the latter was succeeded by Cardinal Ugo Boncompagni who chose the name Pope Gregory XIII. This Bologna-born Pontiff is best remembered establishing seminaries in Vienna, Prague, Gratz and Japan and for establishing the universal calendar which since has been known as the "Gregorian Calendar' which the majority of the world follows today. He did so by completely eliminating the days between October 4th, 1582 and October 14th. Therefore, when the people went to sleep on the night of October 3rd, when they awoke the next morning it was October 15th. Talk about sleeping long! This 226th successor of Peter's pontificate would last 13 years. For other time capsule events that happened today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenThe clash of egos is always a losing proposition
   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".
    "When a person builds his philosophy of life on the principle of self-will, he is in for a tremendous shock. It happens that most other people he meets in the world have exactly the same principle. The result is that one individual has self-will contradicted by another; the ego is negated by another ego; wishes are not fulfilled; whims are negated, crossed and rejected by other egos equally bent on self assertion."

The Gospa's message for April April 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
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"Dear children! Also today I call you to conversion. You are concerned too much about material things and little about spiritual ones. Open your hearts and start again to work more on your personal conversion. Decide everyday to dedicate time to God and to prayer until prayer becomes a joyful meeting with God for you. Only in this way will your life have meaning and with joy you will contemplate eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call."

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


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