Pope's Intentions for April|
The Holy Father's General Intention for April 2001 are the Consecrated vocations so lived as to radiate the spirit of the beatitudes everywhere. He reminds all to live the Beatitudes and to emulate the religious who inspired the Faith. His Missionary Intention is for Growth in Christian brotherhood and national reconciliation in Rwanda where there has been much unrest. Also, throughout the world the Prayer Intention for today's Mass is for His Holiness Pope John Paul II.
"The Psalms speak of Christ."
"In the Psalms there is either reference to Christ, or Christ speaks directly. In saying this, they were not only thinking of the individual person of Jesus, but the total Christ, made up of Christ, the Head, and His members...In this way, the possibility arises for the Christian to read the Psalter in light of the whole mystery of Christ. From this view, precisely, the ecclesial dimension also emerges, which is seen especially in the choral singing of the Psalms."
That was the heart of Pope John Paul II's General Papal Audience this past Wednesday in Paul VI Hall as reported by the ZENIT News Agency. He marked the occasion to begin a new catechesis. He had been addressing the emphasis on the Blessed Virgin Mary. Wednesday he began on the Psalms and their importance to the prayer life of today's Christian as they have been throughout the history of the Church. This was why the Psalms were assumed as a method of prayer by the early Christians. In fact, the Pope recalled, at a time when heresies were shaking the faith of Christian communities, some saints, such as Saint Athanasius, dedicated their life to teaching the Psalter as a means to remain united to the roots of the faith. Something we can cling to today with modernism stifling so many.
"The Book of Psalms remains the ideal source of Christian prayer, and the Church of the new millennium will continue to be inspired by it," concluded the Holy Father.
For his weekly catechetical message, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
We call on these fence-sitting 'Catholic' polticians to return to their Catholic ideals
Today we feature three New York Congressman with Irish Catholic roots who could do so much more for the culture of life, but, by their lukewarmness in their voting records, they are unwittingly empowering the culture of death. They are, as pictured above left to right, Congressmen Joseph Crowley, John E. Sweeney, and Michael R. McNulty. We call on them to examine their consciences, to truly realize the responsibilty they have before God and His Holy Church, as well as the people they represent - both born and unborn. We implore them to abandon any trace of a pro-abort stance and help turn hearts back to God's Ordaining Will. For short bios on these three from New York, see HEROD'S HELPERS
FBI photo of suspected killer James Kopp to the right
Kopps 'n Robbers
Contributing writer Dr. Brian J. Kopp assures all that he shares no relationship with James Kopp - suspected killer of pro-abortion butcher Dr. Barnet Slepian, but he also does not buy into the paranoiac paradox that pro-abort operatives have been pushing on a gullible public.
Dr. Brian J. Kopp distances himself from both the idea of a pro-lifer receiving protection for murder and from the liberal media and government operatives for pushing this concept that Pro-Life advocates are dangerous. He provides documented cases to prove that this isolated case has been purposely blown out of proportion to further rob citizens of common sense by intimating that Pro-Life advocates are violent and are a danger to society; while, in truth, the real danger continues to be both the pro-abort butchers who choose to live with their sin, and the media and their enablers of manipulation NOW, PP, UNFPA, the Democratic Party and a corrupt government that holds a double standard; one that flies in the face of God and is a direct assault on the culture of life. Dr. Kopp applies today's Gospel reading and asks what would Jesus do? We all know the answer. For his column No Relation to James Kopp or all the Relativists and Reactionaries! , see "Father, forgive them..."
Schedule for Syria Released
Pope to celebrate outdoor Papal Mass in Damascus during his "Jubilee Journey" in May
When the Pope arrives in Damascus from Athens for the Syrian leg of his "Jubilee Journey" in retracing the Apostles, specifically Saint Paul, he will celebrate an outdoor Sunday Papal Mass at the 45,000 seat soccer stadium. This trip first to Greece, then Syria and concluding in Malta the first part of May will conclude the Holy Father's historic pilgrimage in retracing salvation history from Abraham to the Apostles. For more, see News from ROME
Gay agenda getting the worst of U.S. Protestant churches!
Satan is having a field day in confusing our separated brethren as they struggle with the politically correct garbage of tolerating homosexual unions. With pressure from the Left, they are sadly succumbing to this sodomistic insanity as their democratic form of decision making is imploding in their faces. We reap what we sow! For more, see USA News
Why the womb is a dangerous place these days
"I am woman, hear me roar and watch me help destroy civilization!"
That is the gist of an article by Norah Vincent who warns that woman has been so empowered by the laws that a fetus is persona non grata and will continue that way until common sense once against rules over the madness that is known as abortion and contraception.
For more, see Pro Life News
Japan rotting from within bishops admit during ad limina visit
Japanese society today is one of "anxiety and sadness," Archbishop Shimamoto Kaname of Nagasaki told the international agency Fides. The president of the nation's bishops' conference said the myth of materialism, and the pursuit of pleasure, productivity and technology, have robbed Japan of its soul. The ills afflicting the country include youth suicides: more than 30,000 in 1999, and many more attempted, denoting a state of "agony" in which youth find neither understanding nor help, reported the bishops, who are in Rome for their quinquennial "ad limina" visit to the Pope and the Holy See. For more, see Universal News
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FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT - PASSION SUNDAY
Today is the Fifth Sunday of Lent, the week before Palm Sunday, often still referred to as Passion Sunday. Tomorrow is a Lenten Weekday. For these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
"And Jesus, raising Himself, said to her, 'Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned thee?' She said, 'No one, Lord.' Then Jesus said, 'Neither will I condemn thee. Go thy way, and from now on sin no more.'" John 8: 10-11
SUNDAY, April 1:
First Reading: Isaiah 43: 16-21
Psalms: Psalm 126: 1-6
Second Reading: Philippians 3: 8-14
Gospel Reading: John 8: 1-11
The Voice of the Disciple
He who has My words and slights them, has that which shall judge him at the last day.
From Book III, Chapter III of "Imitation of Christ" by Thomas a Kempis.
Saint Catherine of Siena receives the Stigmata
On this date 626 years ago in 1375, Saint Catherine of Siena received the Stigmata while on a visit to Pisa in northern Italy to organize religious revival in that city. Though the stigmata was invisible during her life, it became visible upon her death. That was a further manifestation of her holiness while she lived and her unyielding cause to return the primacy of Peter to its rightful place in Rome. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
The Passion of Love and Hate
"The root of all passions are love and its opposite, hate. Hence our passions are either for the pursuit of what we love, or escape from what we hate."
Monthly Medjugorje Message for March 2001
April 1, 2001 volume 12, no. 91