MONDAY     vol. 11, no. 88     May 8, 2000

May 8, 2000
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In memory of a great American prelate

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   This week is mostly devoted to Easter Time. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.

First Reading:
 Acts 6: 8-15
 Psalm 119: 23-24, 26-27, 29-30
  John 14: 22-29


  Taken from the Gospel for the Third Monday of Easter:
"Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for that which endures unto life everlasting, which the Son of Man will give you. For upon Him the Father, God Himself has set His seal."
John 6: 27

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    Young Father O'Connor

    Rose to top Navy Chaplain

    Cardinal O'Connor in the 1980's

    Paying homage to the Pope

    Final public appearances

    Celebrating the life and loyalty of one of America's greatest prelates - Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor
          As the world mourns the passing of another modern saint and leaders from all over the world file into St. Patrick's Cathedral today, we bring you articles from the various Catholic wire organizations on this great man whom the media dubbed the "American Pope." The Holy Father has designated Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano to represent him at Cardinal O'Connor's funeral today. This conservative Philadelphia-born prelate was loved by his flock and even respected by those who opposed his strong stance against abortion, homosexuality and capital punishment. He was a crusader for the poor and an icon for everything a bishop should be in living and loving the Word of God and fostering and imbuing the true teachings of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. For more articles on his passing, see CARDINAL JOHN J. O'CONNOR

    NOTE:   Because of our coverage of Cardinal O'Connor's death, we are moving Pat Ludwa's popular colum VIEW FROM THE PEW to tomorrow's issue. You won't want to miss his insightful words and logic in his column Tuesday entitled Sin has value!!! in which he explains how we can better understand the method God sometimes uses to bring man back to Him, to bring us back on the straight and narrow path once we have detoured, lured by the path strewn with roses that leads in only one direction: hell. You won't want to miss his inspiring arguments.

    As the youngest shepherd Blessed Jacinta exhibited a spirituality that far surpassed her age
    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 Today he continues his insightful article on the youngest of the three shepherds , little Jacinta Marto. For the second part of his column on The Spirituality of Blessed Jacinta , see THE FAITH OF THE FATIMA SHEPHERDS

    Events that happened this weekend in Church History
      On this date 1,385 years ago in 615 Pope Saint Boniface IV passed on to his Heavenly reward. His seven year pontificate was marked by his institution of All Saints Day on the first of November for the universal Church after consecrating the Pantheon from the pagan temple of Agrippa to the Mother of God and all the saints. He also curbed abuses amidst the lower clergy by reforming moral and making material improvements. For other time capsule events that happened today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenWhy misery loves company
       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".
      "Two considerations are helpful in developing a good disposition. The first is to be mindful that a happy conscience makes a happy outlook on life, and an unhappy conscience makes us miserable on the inside and everyone else miserable on the outside."

    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."

    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


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

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