Wherever God leads us, we will go...and in May it's a Pilgrimage to some of the major holy sites of Europe as we go into "May Mode"
This weekend we begin our three-day weekend issues as we go into "May Mode" during our pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, Siena, Lourdes, Rue de Bac and Lisieux that will incorporate three weeks. During this time the issues will be abbreviated with no News & Views teasers since we will not be available to upload the latest news. We will provide the links to the major Catholic news organizations who provide the news so you can keep up with the latest happenings and we remind you we will continue to carry CWN's News Ticker. In addition, providing we can access the net in Europe, we will be providing updates of our pilgrimage, which we have dubbed the "Jubilee Journey for Jesus". For this weekend's editorial, our last until we return after the 25th of May, see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
This weekend is devoted to the time of Easter with Friday being the WORLD DAY OF PRAYER. Sunday is the Third Sunday of Easter. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.
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Luke 24: 42-43
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The youngest shepherd of them all will be elevated to the status of Blessed |
Photos below used with permission by Father Robert J. Fox
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 find out more, go to Father Fox's bio This weekend he begins an insightful article on the youngest of the three shepherds , little Jacinta Marto. For the first part of his column on The Spirituality of Blessed Jacinta , see THE FAITH OF THE FATIMA SHEPHERDS
Whatever happened to that beautiful tradition of the May Crowning of Our Lady?
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto remembers times past when May was special because of the May Crowning honoring the Blessed Mother Mary during her special month. She laments how this has gone by the wayside in many parishes for whatever reasons and not only reminds us of the beautiful hymns dedicated to Our Lady, but is offering half-off on a cassette or CD of these lovely hymns that harken back to more reverent, devout times. We have heard the tape and it is truly a treasure to treasure. We encourage you, if you long for the old hymns and the essence of what Mary's month means, don't pass this offer by. Sadly, too many have passed by the traditions of the May crownings that marked the importance of May. For her column, 'Tis the month of our Mother see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
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. This is the final installment for three weeks while we are on pilgrimage and will resume the end of May. For part two in the 164th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened this weekend in Church History
On Friday we commemorate the death 1613 years ago in 387 of Saint Monica, the devoted and persevering mother of the great Doctor of the Church Saint Augustine. Though she passed on to her Heavenly reward on May 4th, her feast is celebrated in the universal Church on August 27 in conjunction with Augustine's feast on August 28th. After years of prayers for her wayward son who had embraced the Arian heresy, her perseverance paid off when he converted and became one of the greatest saints of the Church. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history during this period of four days in May, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
The colors of our soul
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".
"What is outside of us is beyond our control; but what is within us can be mastered and woven to any desired pattern. As Pascal once said: 'Time and my moods have little relationship; I have my fogs and my bad weather within me.' Our personal dispositions are as window panes through which we see the world either as rosy or dull. The way we color the glasses we wear is the way the world seems to us. To a great extend what we see is colored from the inside, rather than from the outside."
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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Requiescat in Pace
Cardinal John J. O'Connor|
January 15, 1920 - May 3, 2000
Just as we are putting this on line
news reached us that His Eminence John Joseph O'Connor passed away quietly and in total peace at his residence in New York City. He had been ill for some time and recently made his final trip to Rome to bid his adieus to the Holy Father. His cause will eventually be introduced for beatification when the proper time has passed under Church Law for he was truly a holy and obedient prelate and he will be greatly missed by all loyal Catholics. We rejoice he has reached his Heavenly home, but we are sad for the void he has left behind. He was a true visionary for the Church in America and held it together when liberal ramparts from both inside and outside the Church battered at the traditions and values of Holy Mother Church. As always, he stood strongly in defense of Christ and His Church and, on Wednesday night we can just hear Our Lord saying to him, Well done, good and faithful servant." For his story, see CARDINAL JOHN J. O'CONNOR
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Holy Father extols devotion of St. Edith Stein to the Passion of Christ in assuring all to trust in Jesus during Weekly Papal Audience
His Holiness Pope John Paul II spoke to another huge crowd gathered to hear his regular weekly Wednesday general audience yesterday in which the Vicar of Christ spoke of the tremendous devotion of Saint Theresa Benedicta - better known as Saint Edith Stein - to the Passion of Christ. He told those in attendance that "We cannot count on human action alone, but we can count on the Passion of Christ." This brings to light what Our Lord asked of Saint Faustina to trust in Him with the words, "Jesus, I trust in You!" It boils down to that when you place your trust solely in the finite you will come up short and be disappointed, but when you place all your trust in the Infinite Mercy of God you can be assured God will answer. continued inside
Holy Father encourages Polish people to keep alive the heritage of the true Faith and inspire the youth
Marking the feast of the Virgin, Queen of Poland, Pope John Paul II spoke to his fellow Poles, entreating them to keep alive the memory and heritage of their Catholic Faith throughout Poland, and to keep all the youth of the country informed about saints who have played an important role in the Catholic Faith in Poland. He recalled saints of past centuries, and cited in particular the newly canonized Saint Faustina, whose mission was and is to promote devotion to Divine Mercy. He reminded them of her roots and that Poland gave her to the world and should be proud of that contribution. continued inside.
Prefect for the Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples urges loyalty from Chinese Catholics on 50th anniversary of Vatican Radio reaching them
Cardinal Jozef Tomko, Prefect for the Sacred Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples, encouraged all Chinese Christians to remain loyal to the Holy See, conveying via Vatican Radio that the Patriotic Catholic Association, controlled by the Chinese government, is in schism with Rome, while the underground Catholic Church is in full union with the Holy See. The latter has been greatly persecuted by the communistic regime with many bishops and priests imprisoned or curtailed from fulfilling their ministries. Cardinal Tomko made the remarks on the 50th anniversary of Vatican Radio broadcasting in Chinese throughout China. continued inside.
Newman society provides a list of Who's Who not to invite to speak at Catholic Colleges in an effort to uphold the Holy Father's Ex Corde Ecclesia
A list of inappropriate speakers at fourteen Catholic institutions is being circulated far and wide by the Newman Society in an effort to alert loyal Catholics that we should not stand for this attrocity and affront against our beliefs. The Executive Director of the Newman Society has pinpointed that last year 21 of 235 Catholic schools had speakers who openly contradict Catholi cteachings, many coming from the anti-Catholic Clinton administration. The list is included in the article inside. continued inside.
Filipino troops rescue fifteen hostages but four cannot be saved from ruthless terror of Abu Sayyaf rebels
The good news is that fifteen Catholic hostages were rescued by Filipino troops scouring the mountainside in Basilan in the southern Philippines. The bad news is the Abu Sayyaf rebels killed four hostages, among them Claretian priest Father Ruel Gallardo and three teachers - two women and one man. They were martyred prior to the government troops discovering the terrorists' hideout. Those slain had been shot at close range and hacked with large knives. Of the twenty nine original hostages, six are now dead and fifteen rescued leaving eight hostages still unaccounted for from the original group of Catholic hostages taken at gunpoint last month. Meanwhile 21 more hostages in another region were also taken and terrorist attacks are springing up in the same region as the situation remains extremely explosive. While Filipino foot soldiers continue their search to ferret out the rebels' lair, the ost powerful weapon to defend the hostages remains the Rosary and prayer.continued inside.
Rector of Fatima assures all the Shrine will do all it can to resolve gold bars issue from Nazi Germany
Monsignor Luciano Guerra, rector of the Fatima shrine is endeavoring to exercise damage control as the secular media pounce on him like maggots with his admission that during the 70's and 80's the shrine had once been in possession of Nazi gold. Much of the gold was obtained during World War II because of Portugal's neutrality, and the Monsignor has stated that if such gold still remains in any Portugal bank and if it is still associated with Fatima, every effort will be made to discover its origin, or at the very least preserve it "as a memorial of that horrible period in the history of mankind." No doubt Our Lady will bless the efforts made by those who strive to keep sacred this holy shrine dedicated to her.continued inside.
150th Celebration of restoration of the Catholic Hierarchy observed in England and Wales
The Catholic Church in England and Wales, in separate ceremonies, celebrated the 150th anniversary of the restoration of the Catholic hierarchy in both countries. Pope Pius IX's Papal Bull Universalis Ecclesiae reconstituted the Catholic Hierarchy in the United Kingdom. As Masses are said in celebration of this anniversary, prayers and hopes increase that true unity between the Church of England and Rome can be re-established. continued inside.
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