April 8

The Hosannas of Palm Sunday are the gateway to Holy Week. DAILY LITURGY

Dr. Tom Droleskey on the absolutes of stability. Christ or chaos

The Liturgy of the Hours are timeless. THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Today two Massachusetts fence-sitters who need to be more committed to the Pro-Life cause are featured as HEROD'S HELPERS

Pope Paul III decrees the Apocrypha for Trent. TIME CAPSULES

Hate stems from resentment and lack of responsibility. SIMPLY SHEEN

Special Prayer for Palm Sunday. Prayer & Devotion

...These and much more in Today's issue for
Palm Sunday
April 8, 2001

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PALM SUNDAY     April 8, 2001     volume 12, no. 98

 Updated April 8, 2001 9:35 am PDT

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  Today is the Gateway to Holy Week as the Hosannas ring out on PALM SUNDAY. This year it corresponds with the Jewish Passover and the Orthodox rite as well. Tomorrow is Monday in Holy Week as we build toward the Passion and Death of Our Lord and His Glorious Resurrection in fulfilling the Paschal Mystery on Easter Sunday. For these liturgies and an explanation on Palm Sunday, see Daily LITURGY
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Palm Sunday, April 8:

    Procession Gospel: Luke 19: 28-40

    First Reading: Isaiah 50: 4-7
    Psalms: Psalm 22: 2, 8-9, 17-20, 23-24
    Second Reading:Philippians 2: 6-11
    Gospel Reading: Luke 22: 14-70; 23: 1-56

"I have greatly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you that I will eat of it no more, until it has been fulfilled in the kingdom of God." Luke 22: 15-16

Satan has worked feverishly to eliminate the stability and absoluteness of the Traditional Latin Mass in hopes of weakening Christ's Church.

      "The triumph of the liturgical revolution was absolutely essential to the triumph of the doctrinal revolutionaries within the Church. This doctrinal revolution (which has embraced almost all of the secular political ideologies outlined so far) has pervaded every element of the Church. Those who dissent from this revolution - whether they be priests or the lay faithful - must be subjected to the same sort of ostracism and browbeating that the social revolutionaries use against their dissenters."

    In today's issue Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D. continues his enlightening, if not jolting series on what has happened to the stability that was equated with Holy Mother Church for centuries. Because of its importance and this time of the year when we willingly walk with Christ on the way to Calvary, we bring his treatise Stability of Worship Results in Endurance in Faith to you daily through Wednesday. What Dr. Droleskey speaks is fact, backed up by Catholic doctrine. Read it carefully and call on the Holy Spirit to guide you in realizing how far we have strayed from true Roman Catholic teaching. For the third part of his column, The Direct Connection Between Liturgical Reverence and Social Order , see CHRIST or chaos

GIF animation used with permission by EWTN Daily Prayer works for us. That is why we should work at Prayer. That is our Office in life to work for God and continuously remember why we do through Holy Mass and the Daily Office.

"Christian prayer is born, nourished and develops around the paschal mystery of Christ, the event of faith par excellence. Thus, in the morning and the evening, at the dawning and setting of the sun, Easter, the Lord's passage from death to life, was remembered. The hours of the day recall, in turn, the account of the Lord's Passion, and the third hour also [recalls] the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost."

   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. Before 15,000 the Holy Father imparted the second of his catechesis messages on the Psalms. He pointed out how Jesus reminded us all to "pray incessantly" - unceasingly for satan is powerful and we do not know the day nor the hour. The use of the Psalms as the bulwark of the Daily Office evolved, the Pope explained, because "gradually, Jesus' disciples identified some Psalms that were particularly appropriate for specific times of the day, week and year, grasping their profound meaning in relation to the Christian mystery." This prayer became so important that the ancient monks "were convinced that their faith would allow a singular 'energy' of the Holy Spirit to burst forth from the verses of the Psalms," said His Holiness. Thus they became the public prayer of the Church and have sustained her through nearly 2000 years. They were not discarded by Vatican II but should remain very much an integral part of our prayer life today. The holier we strive to become, the more the Liturgy of the Hours will sustain us and keep us on the right track. For his weekly catechetical message, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

We call on these fence-sitting 'Catholic' Congressmen from Massachusetts to return to their Catholic ideals

Today we feature the two remaining Massachusetts Congressmen with 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 Richard E. Neal of the 2nd District and Joseph Moakley of the 9th District, who is the dean of Massachusetts congressional representatives. 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 and the voting record of these two from Massachusetts, see HEROD'S HELPERS

Note: During Holy Week we have suspended the Daily News because we are also on retreat. We will resume our up-to-date News on Tuesday, April 17th issue with a new format that will bring you even more news. For this week, we recommend sources we rely on. For these news agencies, see News Sources

Pope Paul III Pope Paul III decrees the Apocrypha for the Council of Trent

       On this date 455 years ago in 1546 in the aftermath of the devastating Protestant Reformation, Pope Paul III set the Church on the "comeback trail" by decreeing at the 19th Ecumenical Council, better known as the Council of Trent, the Apocrypha. These were original writings from the early years on religious matters outside the canon of Scripture which are accepted by Holy Mother Church and which would be considered as the basis for many of the documents at the Council of Trent. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see TIME CAPSULES

Hate evolves from seeking to place blame on others.

    "Hate may come from being ridiculed, for having lost a job, or for being unsuccessful. In order to exonerate themselves, they fasten the blame on others, and develop an unholy hate against a class, a race, a government, a party, a business organization, a group or a Church. But, since their individual hate has such impotence, they search about for some conspiracy that will socialize their resentment."

Prayer for Palm Sunday
   Almighty, everlasting God, Who didst will that our Savior should take upon Him our flesh, and suffer death upon the Cross, that all mankind should follow the example of His great humility, mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of His patience, and also be made partakers of His Resurrection. Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
From My Daily Prayer Book for Palm Sunday.
Monthly Medjugorje Message for March 2001

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