Doctrine is etched in stone!|
In our commentary today on this Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord we need to go back to why the angel appeared. In realizing this and what Jesus established in His Holy Church we have an "annunciation" to make that hopefully will rock the rafters of stone-cold hearts, clear the cobwebs of confusion and alert concerned Catholics that it's time to take our Church back for Christ's sake. We have been duped too long. Since Academy Awards were last night, to quote an award winner from the movie "Network" years ago, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" That's how we feel as we continue to discover and share with you how we've been manipulated and betrayed. But there is a way we can hope and pray will put us back on the fast track to reverence and right. For our editorial The only way the "living stones" can breathe life back into the Church, see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Weep in this world and you'll laugh with God in eternity, laugh at Him and His little ones and you'll weep forever!
In his column today, Pat Ludwa continues to remind us of the pertinence of the Beatitudes imparted by Jesus and why they are even more meaningful during Lent. He points out that "The Beatitudes, the Sermon on the Mount, are not simply a type of poetry or unreachable ideals, but rather a blueprint, a map, for living a Christian lifestyle precisely. It isn't that they're easy to do, but necessary if we are to call ourselves Catholics. To follow the Beatitudes is to accept struggles, it is to disdain the modern tendency to be instantly gratified with temporal pleasures and treasures. Truly knoing the Beatitude makes Lent that much more grace-filled; but only if we truly comprehend this and respond accordingly. Today he points out if we truly live them we will have the last laugh with Him. If we don't, we won't be laughing. For Pat's column, The Last Laugh see VIEW FROM THE PEW
ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
Today is the joyful SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD. Normally this is celebrated on the 25th, but was moved to today because of Sunday liturgy. Tomorrow we return to Lenten Weekday. For these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
"And when the angel had come to her, he said, 'Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women." Luke 1: 28
MONDAY, March 26:
Solemnity of the ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
First Reading: Isaiah 7: 10-14; 8: 10
Psalms: Psalm 40: 7-11
Second Reading: Hebrews 10: 4-10
Gospel Reading: Luke 1: 26-38
Prayer for the Annunciation
Oh God, Who wast pleased that Thy Word should take Flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the message of an Angel, grant to us Thy suppliants that we, who believe her to be truly the Mother of God, may be aided by her intercession before Thee. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ forever and ever. Amen.
From My Daily Prayer
Bishop Barnes: We implore you to call California Congressman Joe Baca to task for his pro-abortion stance.
Today's "Herod's Hero" is the Democratic Congressman from the 42nd District in California Representative Joe Baca. We call on him to repent and for his shepherd in the Diocese of San Bernardino Bishop Gerald R. Barnes along with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Shepherd of the nation's capitol see, to issue the ultimatum of the "Bell, Book, and Candle" if Congressman Thompson will not hear even the Church. We beg of you, dear Bishops, to stand up for the Roman Catholic Church, to exact the discipline all Catholics are expected to follow. By Baca's pro-abortion record during his first term in the House, he has shown a disdain for Catholic doctrine and has been a willing accomplice to satan. We implore him to amend his ways, to turn away from embracing the pro-abort stance with no mercy for the lives of millions of unborn. For another betrayer who seeks to perpetuate the culture of death and slay the innocents, see HEROD'S HEROES
Day Seven in the Holy Land: Jerusalem
On this day one year ago Pope John Paul II concluded his historic, emotional and memorable "Jubilee Journey" by meeting with the Grand Mufti near the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem at the Dome of the Rock, then the Western Wailing Wall of Jerusalem, where he placed a paper in a crack of the wall calling for forgiveness by Christians and a call to reconciliation between followers of Christ and Abraham's children of the Covenant. . He then venerated the tomb where Our Lord was lain and made a short visit again to the area where Christ was crucified on Golgatha within the same edifice before celebrating Mass in the cavernous Church of the Holy Sepulchre. His last official act in the Holy Land was to meet with Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah and other bishops and patriarchs before taxing by helicopter from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv where he waved affectionately to all on the tarmac and bid Israel and the Holy Land adieu. See JUBILEE MEMORIES
Monthly Medjugorje Message for March 2001
"Dear children! Also today I call you to open yourselves to prayer. Little children, you live in a time in which God gives great graces but you do not know how to make good use of them. You are concerned about everything else, but the least for the soul and spiritual life. Awaken from the tired sleep of your soul and say yes to God with all your strength. Decide for conversion and holiness. I am with you, little children, and I call you to perfection of your soul and of everything you do. Thank you for having responded to my call."
For Our Lady's March 25th message and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
Note: Due to technological difficulties we are not able to provide the latest news as of Sunday evening. Below are the latest news articles we are able to bring you. We apologize for the snafu.
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts!
Hopefully Pope will take note of rumblings of Greek Orthodox in acting superior and not give away the store, so to speak, in seeking ecumenism
While the Holy Father is making plans to complete his "Jubilee Journey" in the footsteps of Saint Paul, he may well be cautious as the Apostle was for the rhetoric coming out of Greece and the Greek Orthodox Church sounds more like Michael Cerulius, the excommunicated patriarch who forced the East West Schism back in 1054. For more, see News from ROME
Baptists walk in talks with Catholics
Time for the Church to stand strong in its doctrine and not cater to Protestant concepts
The Southern Baptist
Convention is ending 30 years of ecumenical work with the
Catholic Church, according to a report by Associated Press
this week. For more, see USA News
Tens of Millions of women missing in Third World countries? Fruits of the culture of death!
This week the U.N. Human Rights Commission opened its annual session in Geneva. One theme unlikely to be treated is the lack of respect for human rights in family planning programs. For more, see Pro Life News
Will they ever find who really murdered human-rights Bishop Gerardi of Guatemala?
The trial of
five people accused of the 1998 murder of a Guatemalan
bishop was unexpectedly delayed again on Thursday after one
defendant failed to show up, a judge's home was attacked,
and another defendant causing a ruckus in the courtroom.
For more, see Universal News
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The better part of valor
On this date in 1199 a crossbow wounded the English King Richard the Lionheart at the Battle of Chalus, and he is forced to retreat and live to fight another day, going on to lead the Holy Crusade during one of the few successful endeavors in reclaiming Jerusalem from the infidel.
For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
Faith is fathomless.
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".
"Faith in a human being is not like sawdust in a doll. You cannot rip it open, shake out the sawdust on a couch, analyze its tree origins, put it back and make a new creature."
March 26, 2001 volume 12, no. 85