TODAY'S LITURGY: |
Acts 16: 22-34
Psalm 138: 1-3, 7-8
John 16: 5-11
Today is an Easter Weekday, the last before the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth tomorrow and the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord on Thursday. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignette on the Visitation, see DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
"But I speak the truth to you; it is expedient for you that I depart. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you." John 16: 7
May 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! I rejoice with you and in this time of grace I call you to spiritual renewal. Pray, little children, that the Holy Spirit may come to dwell in you in fullness, so that you may be able to witness in joy to all those who are far from faith. Especially, little children, pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that in the spirit of love, every day and in each situation, you may be closer to your fellow-man; and that in wisdom and love you may overcome every difficulty. I am with you and I intercede for each of you before Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call."
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of Actual Grace
Today we resume 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 Actual Grace as explained in My Catholic Faith and how the Holy Spirit works through us in this supernatural in revealing the vacuum of earthly things and instills in us a longing for Heaven and an aid to fight temptations. For part one in the 165th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened today in Church History
On this date 569 years ago in 1431, a young maiden of Orleans, France was burned at the stake, falsely accused of heresy by politicians and corrupt clergy. They did not understand her gift of locutions nor her total commitment to doing God's Will in preserving the Faith in France against the English and the Burgundians. But after her death the world came to realize she was not the witch she was portrayed as, but a saint and this was confirmed in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV when he canonized her and made her co-patron saint of France. For other time capsule events that happened this weekend in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Money can buy happiness in Heaven if given freely
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".
"Money simply cannot be transferred to the world beyond. Here we come to the purpose of money according to the Savior. Give away money to those who are in need, for by relieving their necessity you will make friends of those who will intercede for the salvation of your soul. Money will not buy Heaven; but it will make friends for us that will help us when we fail. 'Inasmuch as you did it for the least of these My brethren, you did it for Me' (Matthew 24: 40)."
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- The Holy Father's Regina Coeli Address from this past Sunday in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
- Part Two of Father Robert J. Fox's column on THE FAITH OF THE FATIMA SHEPHERDS
- The 165th installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
- Pro-Life Prescriptions by Dr. Frank Joseph in LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!
- Time Capsules in Church History focusing on May 31st
- Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN
- DAILY LITURGY for Wednesday's Feast of the Visitation and Thursday's Solemnity of the ASCENSION OF OUR LORD
- ...and much more in our 101st issue for 2000!
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS|
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Vatican expects Putin to invite Pope to Russia this year
When Russia's new President Vladimir Putin visits the Vatican on June 5th he is expected to bring an official invitation from the government of Russia for
Pope John Paul II to be the first modern Pontiff to visit that country. Church officials have not excluded the possibility that Putin might also bring a similar message from the Orthodox Patriarch. The Holy Father is willing and ready to visit Moscow, perhaps this year.continued inside
Holy Father, as Bishop of Rome, celebrates Jubilee with Roman citizens
70,000 Romans met with the Pope in
St. Peter's Square in the Vatican Monday to celebrate the Jubilee of the
diocese of the Eternal City. Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the Pope's Vicar for the diocese, was present
for the Mass, as were Cardinals from the Roman Curia and a large
contingent of diocesan clergy. continued inside.
Lithuanian Cardinal succumbs just a few months before celebrating his 80th birthday
Lithuanian Cardinal Vincentas
Saldkevicius, Archbishop Emeritus of Kaunas, and a member of the Marian Fathers, died in that city last
night, as the result of long term illness. He was shortly to have celebrated his 80th birthday. For more on him see the story inside as well as our profile on Cardinal Saldkevicius from our College of Cardinals Collection inside. continued inside.
Governor Bush makes no bones about it: He strongly supports the Vatican in the pro-abort siege at the UN
Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate
George W. Bush defended the death penalty and said he
supports the Vatican's stance as a permanent observer at
the UN in a videoconference speech before the Catholic
Press Association last Friday. continued inside.
Special Jubilee exhibit on Saint Peter and Saint Paul to go on exhibit in Rome a day after their feast day
The Vatican has announced that on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a day after the Feast of the Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, a special exhibit will go on display in Rome's Chancellory building. It will feature the latter two and highlight the early years of the Church and Peter and Paul's vital contributions to the growth of the Faith. It is being sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Laity and will last from June 30 to December 10th this year. continued inside.
Religious repression continues in China with news priest was arrested for printing bibles
While the US Senate refuses to acknowledge China's abuse of religious rights, the abuses continue. Case in point: Father Jiang Sunian, a priest of the
underground Catholic Church in Zhejiang, southeastern China, was
sentenced by a court of appeal to 6 years imprisonment for printing
Bibles and other religious materials. The court confirmed the sentence
handed down to this modern day Gutenberg last April.continued inside.
Holy See's Jubilee Committee preparing special document on prisons and the people incarcerated
The Vatican's Central Committee on the Jubilee
will soon publish a statement on the pastoral needs of people in prison. The
document is being prepared in anticipation of the Jubilee for prisoners,
which will be observed in Rome on July 9 when the Pope will visit a nearby prison. continued inside.
Bishops put more pressure on Italian government to halt Gay demonstrations in Rome this summer
The Italian bishops' conference
increased pressure on government leaders on Friday,
insisting that a gay pride festival planned for Rome in
June and July should not be given official support.
Church leaders, Catholic intellectuals, and political
groups have all come together in the opposition to the
World Gay Pride 2000 event set in the midst of the Jubilee
Year. continued inside.
World Media to descend on Rome June 1st for Journalists' Jubilee
More than 6,000
journalists from all over the world will come to Rome between June 1-4 to celebrate their
Jubilee. This promises to be a significant spiritual event in which the Church, through the direction of Archbishop John P. Foley, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, will attempt to instill in the global media the importance of God's laws and respect for human dignity.continued inside.
Imprisoned Bishop Misago of Rwanda writes Pope proclaiming his innocence as he awaits inevitable conviction by corrupt government
Bishop Augustine Misago, accused of
complicity in genocide and facing a possible death penalty, has written
the Holy Father reasserting his innocence of the crime he is accused of.
When the call for the death penalty was made two weeks ago, the Holy
Father immediately sent a message of consolation to the imprisoned
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