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Today is the Second Monday of Easter while tomorrow we celebrate the Second Tuesday of Easter as well as commemorating the Feast of Pope Saint Martin I, Martyr. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Martin I, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
During Eastertide the Regina Coeli is said in place of the Angelus three times a day. For background on this prayer, see today's CATHOLIC CANVAS. For the beautiful Regina Coeli prayer, see REGINA COELI
Our Lady begs us not to follow the wide path strewn with roses, but to choose the narrow path.
Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries
In the Blessed Mother's meditation today from Chapter 8: A Lesson in Forgiveness Our Lady asks us to be careful that we do not fall into the trap that claimed Judas Iscariot. She warns that satan prowls the world today trying to entice God's little ones and we need to focus on the narrow path that Jesus described in Scripture and call upon His Holy Spirit - the Spouse of Our Lady - to guide us. These meditative lessons, imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart after Pentecost 1993, are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the Glorious Mysteries. For part two, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
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Medjugorje Monthly Message for MARCH 25th
Dear children! I call you to prayer with the heart. In a special way, little children, I call you to pray for conversion of sinners, for those who pierce my heart and the heart of my Son Jesus with the sword of hatred and daily blasphemies. Let us pray, little children, for all those who do not desire to come to know the love of God, even though they are in the Church. Let us pray that they convert, so that the Church may resurrect in love. Only with love and prayer, little children, can you live this time which is given to you for conversion. Place God in the first place, then the risen Jesus will become your friend. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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THE DAILY WORD"Amen, amen, I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." John 3: 5
- Installment one-hundred in our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Messages 475 and 476 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on April 13th.
- Short gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- Daily Dose of Ecclesial facts in CATHOLIC CANVAS
- Part One of Chapter Nine - "Whom do you seek?" of "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
- Another new Catholic site in SITE OF THE DAY
- DAILY LITURGY for Easter Weekdays and tomorrow's Feast of Pope Saint Martin I, Martyr.
- ...and much more in our 72nd issue for 1999!
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Cardinal Juan Francisco Larrain Fresno, retired Archbishop of Santiago, has now become the oldest prelate in Chile with the death of his predecessor Cardinal Silva
Our fourty-first red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 85 year-old Cardinal Juan Francisco Larrain Fresno, former Archbishop of Santiago, who as of this past Friday became the ranking cardinal seniority-wise in all of Chile. He was elevated to the cardinalate on May 25, 1985. For more on Cardinal Fresno, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Cardinal elevated by Pope John XXIII succumbs in Santiago, Chile
While Catholic clergy unites to work on peaceful solution in Kosovo UN floods area with abortion supplies
Corpus Christi's Roberto Gonazalez is new Franciscan Archbishop of San Juan as he's introduced to people of Puerto Rico
Indonesian government hears Bishop Belo's plea, agrees to step in to stop violence in East Timor
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
Message to the Americas:Events in Church History
On this date in 352 Pope Saint Julius I died. As the 35th successor of Peter, he is considered the founder of the Archives of the Holy See since he ordered that all official acts be preserved. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Uphold the value of human dignity at home, in the cities and globally
Following up a year after the Bishops of North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean contingent, met for the month-long Synod of the Americas in Rome at the end of 1997, Pope John Paul II officially closed the Synod with his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City in January 1999. Because of its significance for all Americans, we bring you this important document in several installments over the next few months. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical or check footnotes, go to Ecclesia in America For the seventh installment on Chapter Two: Encountering Jesus Christ in America Today - Growing respect for human rights, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Why is Call To Action an oxymoron? Because it is run by morons who try to gore others with false teachings.
In his column today, Pat Ludwa begins a two-part series on the feeble arguments offered by that ignorant bull in the Church's china shop - Call To Action which offers little rhyme nor reason for their outrageous comments in their campaign to try to effect a "democratic church" that in no way resembles the One founded by Jesus Christ. For Pat's column A Dysfunctional Famly? part one, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Filling up on spiritual petroleum
As tempers begin to fray because of the high prices of gas, we can keep our blood pressure lower and our coffers of grace full if we take the good bishop's advice. 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".
"Helping others is not only the cause of cheerfulness, but also the fuel which keeps it burning. "
"Please do as My Mother asks and pray much."
Those words from Our Lord imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #473 on March 22, 1994 reinforces the need to be obedient to Mary's Divine Son Jesus and heed His Mother's words. Christ asks that we put aside the chatter and seek the solitude of silence in our hearts and lives to better pray and aid Our Lady in conversions of hearts. He reiterates there is no need to fear the future if we are truly rooted in His Sacred Heart. The Blessed Mother follows up her Son's words in Message #474 on the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord by encouraging all to encourage their children and set the example so that all may share in the great Triumph of her Immaculate Heart as promised at Fatima. For Messages #473 and #474 from Jesus, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Catholic World News Service
After years of suffering, God calls 91 year-old Chilean Cardinal Silva home; one of last appointed during John XXIII's Consistory
Friday afternoon the Church lost one of the few remaining cardinals that were appointed by Pope John XXIII when Chile's 91 year-old Cardinal Raul Silva Henriquez passed away at the Salesian home in Santiago, Chile. He had been a Salesian priest all his life. It was he who built the national shrine to Saint John Bosco. For more, click on Cardinal dies.
Bosnia's Cardinal tells Europe they should have seen it coming as Sant'Egidio Community Rep meets with Albanian leader while UN offers abortion and contraception
The situation in the Balkans is creating situations that range from the sublime to the ridiculous. Such is the case for the former with Bosnia's Cardinal Vinko Puljic plea for Europe to understand the climate in the former Yugoslavia and Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia doing all he can to help effect a peaceful solution. As an example of the bizarre and stupid, we have the UN and their powerful Population Control arm offering abortion and contraceptive pills in lieu of food. Just more evidence how valuable they consider life! For more, click on The Balkans.
Corpus Christi's loss is San Juan's gain as Archbishop Gonzalez emphasizes family in first address to his new flock in Puerto Rico
Making his first appearance in San Juan, Puerto Rico after having been named to replace the retiring Cardinal Luis Aponte Martinez as the new Archbishop there, Archbishop-elect Roberto Gonzalez, OFM from the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas emphasized, as he was introduced to the people, that the future of Puerto Rico depends on families For more, click on Brazil General Assembly .
UN observers to be allowed in to help curb violence against Catholics in East Timor
East Timor's Bishop Carlos Belo's persistent pleas to President Habibe and the Indonesian governent to step in and provide justice in Catholic East Timor where Indonesian military ambushed 1,200 last week, killing 25 in a Catholic church have finally paid off with the president's pledge to allow UN observers in to investigate the situation thoroughly even though there are signs that the military is unrepentant. For more, click on East Timor solutions
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During the Paschal Season the prayer Regina Coeli replaces the traditional Angelus prayer. The origin of the Regina Coeli, which means "Queen of Heaven," evolves from 596 A.D. when a horrible pestilence was ravaging Rome during Lent and Pope Saint Gregory the Great called the people to penance and a procession to make amends in petition to take away the deadly plague. On Easter morning, Gregory himself went to the church of Ara Coeli, and, taking in his hands a picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary which was believed to have been painted by Saint Luke, he proceeded barefoot to St. Peter's followed by the clergy and massive throngs. As he was passing Castel Sant'Angelo he heard voices singing the Regina Coeli. The Pope replied to the people: "Ora pro nobis Deum, Alleluia." At that very moment it is told that an angel, brilliant with light, was seen by many. The angel placed his sword back in his sheath and the plague ceased that day. With this the anthem Regina Coeli was introduced by Pope Gregory to thank Our Lady whose intercession helped stop the disease. From that time on the Regina Coeli became the popular prayer to be said during Eastertide. It was officially spread to the universal Church by Pope Nicholas III late in the thirteenth century, designated from Easter to Pentecost. The rest of the year the Angelus continues to be said. (source: The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church, Benziger Brothers).
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