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MONDAY      April 12, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 71

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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

A Dysfunctional Family? part one

Message to the Americas:
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.

Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America


Growing respect for human rights

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!"

Meditative Lesson 8:


part three Our Lady's Meditation

NEXT INSTALLMENT: Part one: "Whom do you seek?"

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

42.   Cardinal Juan Francisco Larrain Fresno

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."

Events Today 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

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 12:

March 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    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.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"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

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April 12, 1999 volume 10, no. 71   DAILY CATHOLIC