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