To all our readers from all at The DAILY CATHOLIC and our excellent array of insightful, in-the-know contributing writers: A blessed and grace-filled Easter on this glorious day of the Resurrected Savior. May you bask in His Mystical Light and grow stronger in your faith.
Meditation for Today
Today is the glorious Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord, the most uplifting feast of the year. As the Apostles discovered, as millions who came after them, and as we see today. YES! It was worth it! But He could not have risen had He not died willingly for us on the wood of the Cross which we commemorated on Good Friday. Today our somber tone has turned to joy and exhilaration. Let us all resurrect in our hearts, minds and souls what this means and recommit ourselves to carrying out Christ's words in Matthew 28: 10, "Do not be afraid..." and keep the Faith no matter what the odds, no matter how great the resistance, ennui, or apostasy. In all things He is "the Truth, the Way, and the Life" (John 14: 6). For the Meditation for Easter Sunday, see "He is Risen as He said. Alleluia!"
NOVENA FOR DIVINE MERCY
"Today bring Me all devout and faithful souls and immerse them in the ocean of My Mercy. These souls brought Me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness."
Today, Easter Sunday is the Third Day of the Nine Day Novena of Divine Mercy. Though this private revelation is relatively new, having been imparted to Saint Faustina Kowalska in the 1930's it has great merit when accompanied by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, recommended to be said at the great hour of Mercy - 3 p.m. for that is the time Our Lord died on the Cross and when the centurion pierced His Most Sacred Heart with a lance. Blood and Water poured forth as a Font of Mercy for all generations. For this Novena, see Novena of Divine Mercy
HIGHLIGHTS FOR EASTER WEEK:
A generous Dose of Droleskey Week
Christ or chaos
Not one, but five times during Easter Week we will bring you columns by Dr.Thomas Droleskey. On Monday we complete his excellent essay Merely a Matter of Preference? with part four. Tuesday he has a no-nonsense column that calls to task those responsible for the malaise in the Church in his piece, Time for Plain Talk!. He follows that up on Wednesday with The Hypocrisy is Astounding!. On Thursday he illustrates the absurdity of society and those who subscribe to humanism and temporal values with his piece Oh, the Humanity! and on Friday he clues the reader in on the dumbing down of America on how we have had the Muslim agenda pushed down our throats and how Christian principles have been foresaken in the name of tolerance and strategy as he explains in All the King's Horses. A week from Friday he'll resume his popular series on "The Germs of G.I.R.M." with part forty-two Solving the missing Mystical mystery in his on-going comments and analysis of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. What better time than Easter Week to feast on the wisdom and common sense of this noted writer and true Roman Catholic giant? We know you will enjoy his words and take them to heart for he gets to the heart of it in every single column.
A Church in Crisis!
All this week we will feature commentaries and insight into the terrible scandals that are afflicting Modern Rome and the post-conciliar church. We begin the week with our editorial tomorrow entitled They're listening to the wrong Doctors! in pinning the problems not on pedophilia, but on the psychobabble that hides the sodomy within the clerical ranks of the modern church. It's time to start listening to the Doctors of the Church whose wisdom and absolute disciplines must be followed or else. To a man they encouraged a return always to tradition!
"By their fruits you shall know them"
Tuesday we will introduce another series wherein we expose the bad fruits of Vatican II. The title is taken from Our Lord's undeniable words in Matthew 7: 18-20 in which He said, "A good tree cannot yield bad fruit, neither can a bad tree yield good fruit. Every tree that yieldeth not good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.". We feature a scripture-based piece by David May first published in The Remnant which zeroes in on the problems of sodomy in the post-conciliar church. Through the good graces of editor Michael Matt, we will present in Monday's issue May's excellent essay Homosexuality, Pedophilia and the Priesthood.
On Tuesday through the gracious permission of John Vennari of Catholic Family News, we present Mark Fellows' completion of his excellent treatise on John Paul II Man With A Mission. Mark finishes up with the "Jewish Assessment", which should be interesting especially in light of the blockbuster release the following Monday by Atila Sinke Guimar„es (See Below).
"Feed My sheep" and Pro Life Prescriptions
On Wednesday both Dr. Edward Ciaccio and Dr. Frank Joseph address the sexual scandal blazing through the post-conciliar church like a forest fire which will hopefully scorch the bad trees as Christ assured in Matthew 7: 19. Ed's column is a letter to the bishops and the laity entitled Like a Thief in the Night! and the title of Frank's column is A Sad State of Affairs!. Both point out that action must be taken by the bishops to curb the sin, hypocrisy and cover-up of unrepentant sinners whether they be men of cloth, in the laity or political cronies.
Appreciating the Precious Gift of our Faith
How appropriate with all of the mea culpas coming forth and the people demanding the truth that we begin to feature the healing Sacrament of Penance, so played down in the post-conciliar church. Confession must be a regular habit if one is to be truly Catholic. Thursday we bring you the 267th installment of this series on The Sacrament of Penance.
On Friday in Easter Week Mario Derksen will begin a new series on the The Humanism of John Paul II with his first part exposing the 'savor of heresy' exhibited at Assisi a few months ago, something that causes great scandal to those who have always been taught the absolutes of Catholic Dogma that there is no salvation outside the Church. Sadly the post-conciliar church has so blurred the line of this unchangeable truth that conversion is on the back burner in favor of compromise. Also he addresses the issue of the First Commandment regarding the blasphemies that occurred in the Umbrian Hills.
On the BattleLine and Echoes of True Catholicism
Atila Sinke Guimar„es has spent weeks analyzing the Pontifical Biblical Commission's flawed document "The Hebrew People and its Holy Scriptures in the Christian Bible" carefully, and will come up with his conclusions soon. Dr. Marian Horvat is assisting in the translation and preparation of this important review and we will publish it as soon as it is available. The issue of this document is certainly the most important official event of the Conciliar Church on the topic of the Jews since Nostra aetate and the visit John Paul II made to the synagogue of Rome (April 1986). Stay tuned.
LITURGY OF SAINTS FOR EASTER WEEK
MONDAY, April 1:
Historical feasts of Saint Venantius Fortunatus Bishop, who died in 605 and Saint Hugh, Bishop of Grenoble who died in 1132.
TUESDAY, April 2:
Feast of Saint Francis of Paola, Hermit and miracle-worker who died in 1508. He is considered the Patron Saint of Seafarers.
WEDNESDAY, April 3:
Historical feasts of Saint Irene of Thessalonica, Virgin who was martyred in 304 under Diocletian and Saint Richard, Bishop of Chichester who died in 1253.
THURSDAY, April 4:
Feast of Saint Isidore of Seville, Bishop and Doctor of the Church who died in 636.
FRIDAY, April 5:
Feast of Saint Vincent Ferrer, Priest and "Angel of the Apocalypse" who died in 1419, and historical feast of Blessed Juliana of Mount Cornillon, Virgin who died in 1258.
SATURDAY, April 6:
Historical feast of Saint Marcellinus of Carthage who was martyred in 413.
SUNDAY, April 7:
Traditionally Low Sunday or Quasimodo Sunday. In the new it is Divine Mercy Sunday and the feast of Saint John Baptist de la Salle, Religious who died in 1719. He is considered the Patron Saint of Teachers. Historical feast of Saint Herman Joseph, Priest who died in 1241.
For reflections on Easter Week, see Fr. Cusick's reflections