Pope's Intentions for June|
The Holy Father's General Intention for June 2001 are To make the Eucharistic Christ our activity's source and goal. This is the month of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts and the Holy Eucharist and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary are the Two Pillars of strength that serve as our Beacon, guiding us over the rough, typhoon-like seas of these times. The Pope's Missionary intention for June is for the Church in Southeast Asia and the Opportunity for Vietnamese Catholics to forward their country's development without compromising their Faith in the face of opposition by the communist regime in place.
Novena in preparation for Pentecost
In preparation for the celebration of the Descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday next Sunday, the "Birthday" of the Church, we provide a Nine-Day Novena to help you prepare and call upon the Advocate, the Sanctifier for strength and the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit. For the Novena, see NOVENA
Solemnity of Pentecost
The Solemn Feast of Pentecost is regarded as the "Birthday of the Church" for the Holy Spirit began His perpetual presence with Holy Mother Church at this occasion recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. In Acts 2:38, Saint Peter reminds us of this new Covenant when he says, "You must reform and be baptized, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, that your sins may be forgiven; then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." The scriptural passages for Pentecost show us how it is only through the Holy Spirit that we can profit by and fulfill the necessary duties that pave the way to salvation in the Church. The name Pentecost is derived from the fact that it is celebrated 50 days after Easter, ten days after the Ascension. Originally the name, whose etimology comes from the Greek pentekoste, was attributed to the Jewish Feast of Weeks which occurred 50 days after the Passover. With the New Covenant Pentecost was forever associated with the Descent of the Holy Spirit in Christ's chosen Church.
"These things I have spoken to you while yet dwelling with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your mind whatever I have said to you." John 14: 25-26
Only the Advocate can help now! We've done all we can, it's in God's hands to move our bishops to fully embrace the Sanctity of Life with every fiber of their being.
In our commentary today, we conclude the long list of "Herod's Heroes" begun on Ash Wednesday. We point out that three Open Letters to the Bishops have not moved them to action and so we pray that the only possibility of getting them off the snide and doing their duty as Roman Catholic prelates is to call on the Sanctifier - the Holy Spirit. He can do wonders. Look at what He did on Pentecost Sunday 1,968 years ago! We can only hope and pray He will touch the hardened, stubborn and too-comfortable hearts of many bishops and those pro-abort politicians who call themselves Catholic. For our editorial and "Open Letter (prayer) to the Holy Spirit" see Our only Hope to turn hardened, stubborn hearts away from the culture of death! in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Bishop Robert Mulvee: We implore you to call Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy to task for his unyielding and scandalous pro-abort stance.
Today's Herod's Hero is the Democratic Representative in the United States House from Rhode Island's 1st District, the Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy. There's nothing honorable about how he, as a 'Catholic,' has promoted the culture of death. We call on him to repent and for his Bishop in Providence Bishop Robert E. Mulvee along with Kennedy's shepherd in Washington D.C. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, 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 Kennedy's sorrowful 97% pro-abortion record during 4 terms in the House, he has shown an alarming consistency to turn away from God by showing disdain for Catholic doctrine and being a willing accomplice to satan. We implore Mr. Kennedy to amend his ways, to turn away from embracing the pro-abort stance with no mercy for the lives of millions of unborn. For the final betrayer who, like the 71 before him, has sought to perpetuate the culture of death and slay the innocents, see HEROD'S HEROES
Abortion is a sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance. Why aren't the American Princes of the Church taking a Catholic stance? Has modernism gained that strong a foothold?
" A Catholic — especially one who is a cardinal and is known to be a serious man of the mind — has the obligation to make all of the necessary distinctions required by Catholic moral theology. It is a grave dereliction of duty to speak in sloppy, Americanist terms that reaffirm the belief of ignorant people (Catholic and non-Catholic alike) that one really does have a “right” to support abortion. No one has the right to sin. And abortion is one of the four crimes that cry out to Heaven for vengeance. (The other three are the sin of Sodom, defrauding a widow, and withholding the wages from a day laborer.)"
In today's issue Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D. lays the problem where it belongs: with the heads of the hierarchy in America. How can the regular Catholic know how grave a sin abortion is when the top cardinals in America pass up golden opportunities to define exactly how bad it truly is. Dr. Droleskey points out particular incidences where one, who everyone was counting on to speak out strongly. didn't: Cardinal Edward Egan of New York. If he won't who will in America? Yet, hope as we do - and the series "Herod's Heroes" has proved this point - it would seem it is not politically correct and thus, in order to placate man, the bishops continue to confuse the common Catholic and further anger a Just God as the killing of the unborn continues unabated. Modernism, so strongly condemned by past Sovereign Pontiffs, has gained a stronger foothold than ever. The bishops need to stop playing politics and be shepherds, guiding their flocks and defending their flocks against sin, against modernism, against murder! For an explanation, see Dr. Droleskey's column, Nothing but an American Right! see CHRIST or chaos
Dear Holy Father,
In her column today, Cyndi Cain shares a personal letter she has sent to His Holiness Pope John Paul II as a loving daughter who merely seeks answers in the face of so much controversy and contradiction. As a true loyal Catholic, she asks as a humble servant why so much has changed and what is the purpose. She asks charitably where have they taken Our Lord for He has been taken from the high altar and relegated to the side, many times deposited in a room in the back or out of the way where the faithful seldom go because the importance of His Presence has been drained from the Faith. They are more intent on ever more increasingly celebrating themselves. Recent actions and words have sent up an alarm and she is very concerned and is not only allowed to, but encouraged under Canon Law to write. Since there have been no answers at lower levels she has turned to the top. When chain of command fails, as it so often does because of personal agendas or protecting their own agendas, the best thing to do is go to the highest echelon and then work down. For her letter Why, Holy Father, why have they altered so much in our beloved Church? see SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
OPEN LETTER TO HIS HOLINESS
An Urgent Plea to Pope John Paul II, 264th Successor of Peter: Please do not change the Papacy as the modernists would want, but leave it intact as Christ instructed in Matthew 16: 17-19.
With the Extraordinary Consistory of Cardinals now completed and the evident intent of many to weaken the Papacy, we present the ninth and final part of an Urgent Plea to His Holiness Pope John Paul II not to succumb to the pressure of the progressivists and not to change the Papacy no matter how much pressure is put on him. We urge you to read this with a discerning heart this Pentecost Weekend and call upon the Holy Spirit - the Fount of Life and Fire of Love - to give you understanding as you read this respectful, but honest plea, and guide the cardinals and bishops and the Keeper of the Keys to keep intact the Primacy of Peter. This is published with permission. It was compiled by (right to left above:) Atila Sinke Guimarães, Dr. Marian Horvat, Michael J. Matt, and John Vennari. Guimarães, a Brazilian scholar, has been researching this subject matter for twenty years and knows whereof he speaks. The authors back everything up with undeniable truths in their documentation. For the conclusion of this Open Letter to His Holiness, see PLEASE PRESERVE THE PRIMACY OF PETER
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Birth of a Holy Pope
One hundred and sixty-six years ago on Saturday is the anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto to a village postman and a seamstress in Upper Venetia, Italy. He would go on to become the holy Pope Saint Pius X, 257th successor of Peter and the Pope who made Holy Communion available to all, especially children from seven years of age up. For other Time Capsule events that happened this weekend in Church history, see TIME CAPSULES
The cloak of conscience!
"By depersonalizing evil, by making it social and not personal, conscience is eased, at least for the moment. By looking at the crime of others, we d get into a state of thinking that by comparison we cannot be so bad; aye! we may even be virtuous."
Monthly Medjugorje Message for May 2001