MONDAY     vol. 11, no. 96     May 22, 2000

May 22, 2000
    Easter Weekday and Feast of St. Eugene de Mazenod

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   This week is mostly devoted to Easter Time. But today is also the Feast of Saint Eugene de Mazenod, Bishop and Founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on this Bishop of Marseilles, see DAILY LITURGY.

First Reading:
  Acts 13: 44-52
  Psalm 98: 1-4
  John 14: 7-14


  Taken from the Gospel for the Fifth Monday of Easter:
"Amen, amen, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he also shall do, and greater than these he shall do, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in My name that I will do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it."
John 14: 12-14

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RussiaThose dedicated to Our Lady's call at Fatima are working toward ecumenical coexistence with the Russian Orthodox Church and other faiths that all may be one as Christ asks
Photos below used with permission by Father Robert J. Fox
Fr. 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 of the Fatima Shepherd Children Jacinta and Francisco Marto by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on May 13th, 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 fifth part of his column on Mary is replacing Marx , see THE CHURCH IN RUSSIA

Events that happened this weekend in Church History
Pope Paul III   On this date 455 years ago in 1545, Pope Paul III seeks to reconcile the damage done by the Protestant Reformation by inviting both Catholic Bishops and Protestant leaders to sit down face to face and work out their differences. When the Protestants steadfastly decline, the great Council of Trent goes on as scheduled in the mountainous city of Trent in northern Italy. The reforms and resolve determined at this landmark Ecumenical Council still hold today though the liturgy has undergone quite a transformation due to abuses by those who did not totally understand the documents of Vatican II which declared that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass could be said in the vernacular in part with Latin being preserved. Unfortunately, this misinterpretation of the Vatican II documents has thrown the liturgy into disarray where at times it resembles a Protestant service which was never the intention of the Vatican II fathers nor at the Council of Trent when they issued the invitation to the Protestants to dialog. For other time capsule events that happened today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenWe can contradict contradictions by clinging to our crosses
   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".
    "Crosses and contradictions are a part of life. We are to expect them from others simply because they are often as unregenerate as ourselves. Contradictions from others will hurt us less when we have first contradicted ourselves. The hand that is calloused will not pain as much as a soft hand, on catching a hard ball. Contradictions can even be assimiliated and used for further taming our own errant impulses."

The Gospa's message for April April 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! 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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