Jesus weeps tears of blood for those responsible today for the bloodshed of the innocent unborn and the corruption of the innocent born|
In our commentary today we take you to Gethsemani where we see Our Lord visibly shaken, weeping tears of blood because of our sins. What He sees are the horrible sins of today's generation that are so often rationalized and condoned. It is in this acceptance of sin and vice that hurts Christ so much more, for those He has entrusted to carry out His commands and the teachings He handed down to His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church are not complying with His Divine Will. Rather many who profess to be Catholic have sold out to the false hosannas of the modernists who celebrate themselves and give only lip service to the Messiah and His teaching. They profess to believe, but in their actions both in the political chambers and in ecclesiasial circles they show they are asleep and not watching with Him. Through their failure to truly commit they are shirking their responsibility to enforce the disciplines the Church has laid down in the great Deposit of Faith and Canon Law. Do we understand the agony we cause when we stray from the truth? For part one of our editorial, The Judases among us!, see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
The Traditional Latin Mass serves as the anchor of our Faith, conveying the fullness of the mysteries of salvation
"The unchanging nature of the Mass communicated to simple Catholics the fact that the truths of the faith themselves are as unchanging as our Triune God Himself, Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever."
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 fourth part of his column, Our Liturgical Tradition as a Bulwark against Instability , see CHRIST or chaos
We can't fail to hear the truth, be blinded to it or fail to speak it!
"But even if we, or an angel from Heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, If any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed" Galatians 1: 8-9.
In his column today, Pat Ludwa answers some of the feedback from readers, some we published a few weeks back in our Feedback section, and some not published but shared with him. He shows how the arguments to condone or "go easy on" those who have relaxed their morals convey the very same laxity that has permeated society and the Church today and therein lies the problem. He points to past Popes and Catholic Apologetics as well as Sacred Scripture that this attitude has only empowered those who seek to tear down the ramparts of Holy Mother Church. He calls on the bishops to resume their rightful role of disciplining those who dissent for, as Pat points out, it is not merely a case of so many continuing the sin, but open revolt against God and His Church. For Pat's column, No rhyme nor reason see VIEW FROM THE PEW
Cardinal Bernard Law: We implore you to call Massachusetts Governor Paul Celluci to task for his pro-abortion and pro-sodomy stance as well as all those Democratic congressmen and senators under your jurisdiction.
Today's "Herod's Hero" is the Republican Governor from Massachusetts and new ambassador to Canada Paul Celluci. We call on him to repent and for his shepherd in Boston Cardinal Bernard Law to issue the ultimatum of the "Bell, Book, and Candle" if he will not hear even the Church. We beg of the Bishops, to stand up for the Roman Catholic Church, to exact the discipline all Catholics are expected to follow. By Celluci's pro-abort stance and his audacious promotion of the homosexual agenda, he has turned away from God by showing a disdain for Catholic doctrine and being a willing accomplice to satan. We implore him to amend his ways, to turn away from embracing the culture of death with no mercy for the lives of millions of unborn and no conscience that sodomy is a sin before God. For another betrayer who seeks to perpetuate the culture of death and slay the innocents, see HEROD'S HEROES
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Monday in Holy Week
Today's liturgy from John 12 provides an important lesson on how we should place our priorities on Heavenly riches over worldly wealth and temporal pleasures. Jesus shows this and He also illustrates His deep love for His friend Lazarus whom He raised from the dead. Lazarus is an example of one who used his earthly riches wisely in building dividends for eternal salvation. This Gospel also shows why Our Lord accepted the expensive jar of ointment from Mary Magdalen despite Judas' protestations. Tomorrow we observe Tuesday in Holy Week. For these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
"Let her be - that she may keep it for the day of My burial. For the poor you have always with you, but you do not always have Me." John 12: 7
Monday, April 9:
Monday in Holy Week
First Reading: Isaiah 42: 1-7
Psalms: Psalm 27: 1-3, 13-14
Gospel Reading: John 12: 1-11
SEVENTH STATION OF THE CROSS
On Good Friday in 2000, the Holy Father led the Via Crucis meditations with his own words while leading the faithful on the traditional Papal Way of the Cross. His deep spirituality, renewed by a spontaneous visit to Mount Calvary within the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre during his "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land last year is an inspiration we want to share with our readers. Therefore, now in Holy Week, we resume daily one Station of the Cross at a time leading up to Holy Saturday. It is important to drink in the meditative treasures of each one day at a time. The eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth will be featured in our Good Friday issue. For the Seventh Station by His Holiness, see Papal Way of the Cross
Death of the only Pope named Constantine - the Syrian Pope
On this date 1,286 years ago in 715 Pope Constantine, the 88th successor of Peter died. Elected on the Feast of the Annunciation in 708, Constantine was the only one to ever bear that name other than Constantine the Great, the son of Saint Helena and the one who liberated the Christians from the Roman persecutions. But returning to the man of the same name nearly 4 centuries later, Pope Constantine is credited with encouraging the Christians to stay the course in Spain in fending off the infidels' surge up the peninsula from northern Africa. Even though he was forcibly taken from Rome to Constantinople where the Byzantine emperor sought to subject him, his pastoral manner won over the ruler and helped bring a temporary peace between Rome and the Byzantine Empire. To Constantine is attributed the kissing of the feet of the statue of Saint Peter as a external show of obedience to the first Pope's successors.
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Those who hate love company!
"Finding a group which collectivizes and intensifies their hatred, those who hate swallow the hook, not so much because of what they admire in the group, but because of what they hate outside the group which socializes their hatred."
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Monthly Medjugorje Message for March 2001
April 9, 2001 volume 12, no. 99