March 13

The depth of prayer is skin deep and all the way to the heart. SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING

Senator Mary Landrieu, why do you persecute the innocents? HEROD'S HEROES

Gary Morella asks why'd they ever mess with the Old Mass? Exspectans exspectavibus

John Paul II canonizing nine more saints. News from ROME

Bush backs off Faith-Based Programs for now. USA News

Fr. Pavone calls Pro Lifers to be ready. Pro Life News

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem in Rome after brush with Israeli Army Universal News

Sr. Nirmala is elected to succeed Mother Teresa 4 years ago today. TIME CAPSULES

...These and much more in Today's issue for
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We cannot be separated from the Cross

Lent means asking Christ to allow Him to lift us up on the Cross with Him.

   In her inspirational column today, Cyndi Cain shares inspiration on prayer and the full meaning of offering up our prayers. She points out that our submission to God's Holy Will is the greatest prayer we can offer God and part of the Divine Will, as revealed in Divine Revelation, is to joyfully embrace the Cross and the trek to the summit of Calvary. That is why Lent is important, to remind us that daily we must take up our Cross if we are to truly follow Him, if we truly love Him. For her column Offer Yourself as a Living Prayer! see SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING

Archbishop Schulte: We implore you to call Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu to task for her pro-abortion stance.

Archbishop SchulteCardinal McCarrick   Today's "Herod's Hero" is the Democratic Senator from Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu-Snellings. We call on her to repent and for her New Orleans shepherds Archbishop Francis B. Schulte and new Coadjutor Bishop Alfred C. Hughes, formerly of the Baton Rouge Diocese, along with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Shepherd of the nation's capitol see, to issue the ultimatum of the "Bell, Book, and Candle" if she 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 Landrieu's pro-abortion record during her term in the senate, she has shown a disdain for Catholic doctrine and has been a willing accomplice to satan. We implore her to amend her ways, to turn away from embracing the pro-abort stance with no mercy for the lives of millions of unborn. By her actions as a 'Catholic' she is guilty of being an accomplice to murder through her promotion, voting record and legislation of pro-abortion measures. For another betrayer who seeks to perpetuate the culture of death and slay the innocents, see HEROD'S HEROES

With expectation we have waited for Ecclesia Dei
Why have the bishops not heard the Pope's plea to meet the spiritual needs of those whose hearts and souls are so edified by the Mass of the Ages?

  Today we introduce a new series in which we will bring you various articles of orthodoxy. It will feature articles that uphold the Latin Mass, the Mass of all Ages which Pope John Paul II has, through his motu proprio "Ecclesia Dei" and the commission of the same name, instructed his bishops to make readily available to their flocks. Yet so few truly understand, so many are resisting and, in so doing, alienating many of the faithful who wallow in the confusion of a Novus Ordo that in no way resembles the intent of Vatican II and in no way whatsoever resembles the Mass of all Ages - the Tridentine Mass. We kick this series off with Gary Morella's thought-provoking piece entitled, The Mass Wasn't Broke; It Didn't Need Fixing!, in which he takes to task Archbishop Rembert Weakland and many other bishops of that leaning who have refused to cooperate with the Holy Father's requests to provide the Latin Mass to those who seek it. For more, see, Exspectans exspectavibus Ecclesia Dei

Pope to Canonize Nine More Saints Today

   Adding to the growing list of saints, nine more will officially go on the books today in St. Peter's Basilica when the Holy Father elevates to sainthood nine religious which includes a bishop, two priests, five nuns and one brother. Six were founders of congregations. For more, see News from ROME

Bush decides to Wait a bit on pushing Faith-Based Initiatives

   With opposition from both the Right and Left, President George W. Bush, currently enmeshed in getting his tax plan passed, has decided to put his Faith-Based Initiatives in a holding pattern and allow his administration to do some more fine-tuning of possible problems and roadblocks that could surface if definitive items are not addressed. For more, see USA News

Priests for Life Founder Father Pavone calls on all to start thinking seriously of Election 2001 Now!

   In a release to Pro-Life organizations and Catholics everywhere, Father Frank Pavone, founder of Priests for Life is alerting all that 2002 elections could be more pivotal than the past elections and that is because 34 states will be holding election for senate seats. He encourages Pro Life advocates to encourage strong Pro Life candidates to run regardless of party for the Pro Life movement is not predicated on party but on God's laws. For more, see Pro Life News

Patriarch of Jerusalem arrives in Rome after scuffle with Israeli Army

   A few days after being prevented by Israeli militia from visiting a parish in the Gaza strip, the Patriarch of Jerusalem arrived in Rome yesterday. His Beatitude Michel Sabbah was received by Pope John Paul II in the Vatican and called for the immediate lifting of restrictions imposed in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, in force for more than five months. "Israel cannot control the will of a people calling for liberty," the patriarch said in a statement. Patriarch Sabbah, a Palestinian, was detained by members of the army when he was going by car to Ein Arik, a locality north of Ramala, to preside over a Lenten liturgy. The previous day, for similar reasons, he was also unable to visit a church in Bir Zeit, a university town north of Ramala. For more, see Universal News    ALSO:

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Lenten Weekday

  Today and tomorrow are devoted to the Lenten Liturgy. For these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
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TUESDAY, March 13:
Lenten Weekday

    First Reading: Isaiah 1: 10, 16-20
    Psalms: Psalm 50: 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
    Gospel Reading: Matthew 23: 1-12

"He who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted."     Matthew 23: 11-12

The Voice of the Disciple
    I praise Thee, my God, and I extol Thee for ever; I despise myself and subject myself to Thee, casting myself down to the depth of mine unworthiness. Behold, Thou are the Most Holy One, and I am the scum of sinners. Behold, Thou bows Thyself down to me, who am not worthy to look up to Thee. Behold, Thou comes to me; Thou wills to be with me, Thou invites me to Thy banquet. Thou wills to give me Heavenly food and the bread of angels to eat; verily one other than Thyself, the Living Bread, Who did come down from Heaven, and Who gives life to the world.
From Book IV, Chapter II of "Imitation of Christ" by Thomas a Kempis.

Sister Nirmala takes up the mighty footsteps of a living saint

   Today is the 4th anniversary of the election of Sister Hermana Nirmala, M.C. in 1997 as the second Mother Superior General of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity. The first of course was its founder Mother Teresa, who realized her health would not permit her to continue in that role and, for the good of the order, she asked her order to select a successor. They wisely chose Indian native-born Sr. Nirmala, herself a convert from Hinduism to continue the fruits of the sisters. Truly those fruits have continued as the Missionaries of Charity continues to be the fastest growing religious order in the world, tending to the poor, the derilect the most downtrodden of God's children. Sr. Nirmala's predecessor, the holy 'saint of the gutters' would die later the same year on September 5th. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

We can have peace through our pains

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".

    "There is a marvelous peace that comes into the soul if all trials and disappointments, sorrows and pains are accepted either as a deserved chastisement for our sins, or as a healthful discipline which will lead us to greater virtue."

Monthly Medjugorje Message for February 2001

For Our Lady's February 25th message for 2001 and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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