THUR-FRI-SAT-SUN     vol. 11, no. 95     May 18-21, 2000


May 18-21, 2000
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   This weekend, beginning with Thursday is mostly devoted to Easter Time except for Thursday's Optional Feast of the martyred 63rd successor of Peter Pope Saint John I, the same day as another John and Pope celebrates his 80th birthday - Pope John Paul II. On Saturday we celebrate the Feast of Saint Bernardine of Siena and Sunday the Fifth Sunday of Easter. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these saints, see DAILY LITURGY.


  Taken from the Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Easter:
"I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he shall be cast outside as the branch and wither; and they shall gather them up and cast them into the fire, and they shall burn. If you abide in Me, and if My words abide in you, ask whatever you will and it shall be done to you."
John 15: 5-7

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John Paul the Great celebrates 80 years of dedication to the will of God in all things

    A milestone few Popes have had the privilege to reach is Pope John Paul II's today (Thursday) for it is the 80th Birthday of our dear and holy pontiff, John Paul II. Born Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland in 1920, he has run the gamut from the immediate aftermath of World War I to the build-up and devastation of the Second World War to the terrible years of Communism to the blossoming of a special warrior of God from priest, bishop, cardinal to Pope - the 264th successor of Peter and through it all he has been dedicated to God's Holy Will and Totally dedicated to Our Lady For this weekend's special salute to Pope John Paul the Great in a style of this is your life your Holiness, see HIS LIFE LEADING UP TO THE PAPACY and THE PAPAL YEARS.

RussiaThe Archbishop of Moscow: "Today we are rebuilding the Church completely"
Photos below used with permission by Father Robert J. Fox
Archbishop Thaddeus KondrusiewiczThe fall of communism is largely through the work of John Paul the Great Fr. Robert J. Fox    During this "month of Mary" and the focus on Fatima with the beatifications this 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. Today he shows the progress made as the Holy Father endeavors to fulfill Our Lady's request for her Immaculate Heart to triumph sooner. For the fourth part of his column on Mary is replacing Marx , see THE CHURCH IN RUSSIA

Indulgences truly do have meaning if we indulge ourselves in what the Church directs

Sister Mary Lucy Astuto   In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto continues her fascinating and informative series on Indulgences in clearing up the confusion that has existed over the last three decades. As she indulges in the subject of indulgences, Sister points out in her series there have been misconceptions about "days" and "years" and explains what they really mean, as well as detailing the difference between "plenary" indulgences and "partial" indulgences and who can merit these indulgences, how, and why. For her column and the second installment of What are indulgences? see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Events that happened this weekend in Church History
  On this Saturday, 429 years ago in 1571 Pope Saint Pius V, the 225th Vicar of Christ in the line of Peter, established a holy alliance with Venice and Spain. This Holy League would be the foundation of the naval fleet utilizing the excellent nautical skills of the Spanish Armada and the cunning and loyal Venetian fleet which would ultimately be lead by the brother of the Spanish king, Don Juan of Austria, who would lead the small undermanned fleet of Venetian, Spanish and Papal troops against the superior forces of the Turkish fleet in the Mediterranean. Because of St. Pius V's call for prayer and especially the Holy Rosary, the Mother of God interceded and a miraculous victory would be won by the overmatched Christian fleet. To mark the victory, Pius declared the day of victory as "Our Lady of Victory" which was later changed to "Our Lady of the Rosary" all begun on this day in May. For other significant events that occurred during this time period in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES.

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenNever lose the ability to enjoy the joy in others
   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".
    "The second aid to good humor is the spirit of joy. Joy is rejoicing in another's progress. This is one of the rarest virtues and the last to be won. Too often the progress of others is regarded as stolen from self. A man loses his good humor when he calls his wife 'dear' when they are out, and an 'ox' when at home. The wife loses her joy when she would rather spend her time mending his ways than mending his socks. All have joy when they thank God that their friends have done good work, that they are loved by others, and that their virtues proclaim the joy of a good conscience."

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."

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