WEDNESDAY     vol. 11, no. 86     May 3, 2000
DAILY CATHOLIC for 

May 3, 2000
      Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles
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Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles

TODAY'S LITURGY:

First Reading:
 1 Corinthians 15: 1-8
Responsorial:
 Psalm 19: 2-5
Gospel:
  John 14: 6-14

DAILY LITURGY

   Today is the Feast of the Apostles Saints Philip and James.
Tomorrow is an Easter Weekday. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profiles on these two Apostles, see DAILY LITURGY.

The DAILY WORD

"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would also have known My Father. And henceforth you do know Him and you have seen Him."
John 14: 6-7

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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  • The significance of the Beatification of the Fatima Shepherds in fulfillment of the purpose of Fatima
    Photos below used with permission by Father Robert J. Fox
    Pope meets with Sister Lucia
       We are delighted to work with Father Robert Fox in bringing you this special series on the Fatima shepherd children Jacinta and Francisco Marto who will be beatified on May 13th this year by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. Throughout May we will be bringing you his articles on the two Fatima shepherds leading up to their beatification and after that, more articles on the Church in Russia since it is so pertinent to Fatima and the fact we are now publishing in Russian. Our Lady asked for the conversion of Russia and we are humbled in obediently publishing his words in Russian as well as bringing you his articles that appeared in the April-June issue of the full-color magazine which Fr. Fox edits and publishes, Immaculate Heart Messenger. To order a subscription or to find out about other materials such as the many books and tapes for God's children of all ages or about the upcoming 18th Annual National Marian Congress to be held on the weekend of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary on June 9-11 at the Shrine in Alexandria, South Dakota, call the toll-free number: 800-721-MARY or 800-213-5541. For the second part of his column on Jacinta and Francisco of Fatima-Youngest children ever to be beatified, see THE FAITH OF THE FATIMA SHEPHERDS


    Pro-Life Prescriptions:

    The words of our Founding Fathers meant nothing to the Supreme Court in their infamous decision that triggered the worst holocaust in the history of mankind!
    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. "For what does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul?" Today, Dr. Joseph cites the Declaration of Independence and the wording that "all men are created equal" - the key word is "created" and creation begins at conception. Therefore, the Supreme Court decision flies in the face of what this country stands for and definitely for what God stands for. For his column If Americans only knew the truth, they'd shun the horrors of abortion! , see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

    Appreciation
    of Sanctifying Grace
        Today we continue our series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We present the first part of the catechesis on Sanctifying Grace as explained in My Catholic Faith and the fact that without it we cannot share in God's eternal glory for Sanctifying Grace is the armor that protects us from the perils of mortal sin. For part one in the 163rd installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


    Events that happened Today in Church History
    Saint Helena     On this date 1,672 years ago in 328 A.D., the mother of Constantine the Great and the woman who found the true Cross of Christ in Jerusalem - Saint Helena died after returning to Rome. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history on this date, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


    April Showers bring May flowers that can bloom in our souls
    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".

    "Rainy days do make some people sad, but the author remembers saying once to a resident of Killarney: 'Too bad it's raining.' He answered: 'But it's a good day to save your soul.' Come to think about it, it may be easier to do that on rainy days than on sunny days. Our humor and disposition are no so much the reflection of the weather or the wrong side of bed, as they are the reflections of the state of our soul. "


    Coming Tomorrow:

    • The Holy Father's Address on Divine Mercy Sunday in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

    • Part Three of Father Robert J. Fox's column on THE FAITH OF THE FATIMA SHEPHERDS

    • The last editorial for three weeks in preparation for our pilgrimage in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    • Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

    • The 164th installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on May 4th through 7th

    • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

    • DAILY LITURGY for Friday's Feast of Saints Nereus, Achilleus, and Pancras, martyrs, and Easter Weekday on Saturday with the FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER on Mother's Day

    • ...and much more in our 87th issue for 2000!

    WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
    with a Catholic slant


    News Ticker from Catholic World News For more from CWN and other Catholic wire services, see stories below


    Holy Father expresses concern about One-World economy in regards to serving all mankind
       
        Questioning whether globalization of the world's economy would be geared to serve all of mankind, or become a tool concerned only with profit, Pope John Paul II expressed his concerns over a one-world economy to Italian workers who remained in Rome following the Jubilee celebration on Monday. The Holy Father's remarks should alert all nations to which pursuit their individual governments are taking - the road of service and concern or the road of greed and profit. continued inside


    Thirty-five new Guards to join ranks of exalted Swiss Guard
       The ranks of the Swiss Guards will be filled on their traditional day of May 6th in the presence of the president of Swiss Federation Adolf Ogi who will travel to Rome for the event commemorating the memory of the 147 Guards who gave their lives for Pope Clement VII during the sacking of Rome by Charles V during the bloody years of the Protestant Revolt. Thirty-five new members of various languages, but with Swiss birthrights, will be installed during special ceremonies for new candidates who pledge their life to protect the Vicar of Christ. The Guard will also honor their fallen comrade Alois Estermann along with his wife who were murdered in their Vatican residence two years ago by a jealous Cedric Tornay. Their burial anniversary is May 6, 1998. continued inside.


    Torrential rains cause floods along Amazon River to rise, leaving 20,000 homeless in Brazil
    Brazil    While the world media has centered on the celebrations in Brazil for the 500th Anniversary of the country, unprecedented rains have caused massive flooding of the mighty Amazon River and its tributaries. The devastation has left more than 20,000 homeless with five reported dead thus far. The native Indians of the jungle areas have shown remarkable charity in helping their fellow man as all strive to remain alive amidst the torrential rains and floods. continued inside.


    Bush appoints strong pro-life governor from Wisconsin for GOP Platform Committee
       Though he hails from the dairy state of Wisconsin, there is nothing cheesy about the selection of Governor Tommy Thompson by presidential candidate Texas Governor George W. Bush to the GOP Platform Committee. In doing so, Bush sends a message to those trying to undermine the pro-life plank for Thompson is a staunch pro-lifer and will help articulate to all Republicans and hopefully the nation that all life is sacred. All Christians, especially all Catholics should rally around this pro-life platform for without it the world will descend into the abyss of death, for it is fast becoming a soul-less society. continued inside.


    Staunch pro-life conservative throws hat into the ring in high-profile New York Senate race
    New York    More good news on the pro-life front is word that Hillary Clinton may have a decidedly pro-life candidate running against her no matter what Mayor Rudolph Giuliani decides to do. On Monday, Joseph DioGuardi, a staunch pro-lifer and conservative, announced his candidacy for the Senate seat. If Guiliani decides to continue his campaign, then there could be a split of votes that might favor Clinton, but if he would opt out because of prostate cancer or enough can rally behind a true candidate who upholds the culture of life, there could be an interesting race in New York come November. continued inside.


    That hissing sound you hear is satan slithering from Vermont to New Hampshire as the gay-rights organizers coil in preparation to pass laws that would condone the sin of sodomy
       Heaping more shame on the northeast, the liberal state of New Hampshire may join Vermont in approving gay unions. That is the bent of Democratic Senator Burt Cohen who has hinted at this. Yet he's playing it coy, not showing his hand until he sees who wins in the fall. In other words, if Al Gore were to get in you can bet the homosexuals would overrun the country because of the legislation that would be forced through, totally ignoring the Laws of God and the natural law of procreation - the reason He created man and woman...not man with man, or woman with woman. They've disguised their campaign with such spins as "gender equality" and trying to drum up memories and emotions of the Black movement with Martin Luther King but that's a totally different scenario. Anyway you draw it up, sodomy is sodomy and, in God's book sodomy is a sin! No Catholic can condone sin, but every Catholic should love the sinner in their heart and pray those afflicted with homosexual tendencies will be healed of their abnormalities that satan preys on and lead a celibate life. continued inside.


    Site of World Youth Days gets dress rehearsal with Mass, then rock concert with over half a million in attendance to help ease Third World Debt
       The Holy Father celebrated Mass at the sight that will host the vast throngs of youth who will convene here in August for the Jubilee World Youth Day celebrations. Monday, in honor of May Day, the Mass was held outdoors earlier in the day while later in the day the stage gave way to rockers with the goal of reducing the debt of all Third World countries. Though many of the rock musicians have shown disregard for the Church and her values and morals, the Church feels the means justifies the end since the rockers used their talents for a worthy cause. The Holy See has always approved of the cause, not necessarily the lifestyles of many of the musicians involved.continued inside.

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