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PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today, in honor of the Feast of Pope Saint Martin I who died in 655, we present the Opening Prayer for the Mass commemorating this martyred Sovereign Pontiff.
Merciful God, our Father, neither hardship, pain, nor the threat of death could weaken the faith of St. Martin. Through our faith, give us courage to endure whatever sufferings the world may inflict upon us.
From the depths of despair to the heights of hope
Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries
In Chapter 9: "Whom do you seek?" we see the affection Jesus had for those so dear to Him, beginning with the repentant sinner Mary Magdalene whom He revealed Himself to after His Blessed Mother. We see through this interior vision the Magdalen's undying love for her Master and we see the emotional highs and lows that she experiencing in fearing the worst and encountering the best. 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 one of Chapter 9, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
Monthly Message for
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"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that those who believe in Him may not perish, but may have life everlasting." John 3: 14-15
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- Part Four of 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER.
- April Apologues for more FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
- Biography on Cardinal Carlo Furno, the 43rd Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on April 14th.
- More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- Another interesting fact of the Church laid out on the CATHOLIC CANVAS
- DAILY LITURGY for Easter Weekday for Wednesday and Thursday.
- ...and much more in our 73rd issue for 1999!
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Making some sense out of the "madness" before the Heavenly eclipse! |
In today's editorial we catch up on a plethora of issues and strive to clarify some misconceptions some readers might have gleaned from Friday's editorial The Warning could be our final warning! and other stories that have appeared in the DAILY CATHOLIC. We reiterate that this was not our prediction, but a gathering of facts whose syllogism points to it. But there were a few of the pieces of the puzzle not in place and today we try to clarify those pieces and wonder if some of those pieces have already been put into place by the Almighty without our realization. For today's commentary entitled It's called common sense which isn't too common these days!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
Pope John Paul II calls for continued persistence in negotiating a peace accord for the Balkans as Vatican remains only country to maintain diplomacy with all countries
Serbian police detain Croatian bishop as Vatican criticizes Serbs superior ethnic attitude
Poland settles dispute between Jews and Catholics over crosses in time for Holocaust Memorial Day
Vietnamese tribe showing fruits of conversion in interior of the country
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
Scandal slithers into the Vatican and coils in defiance with the election of Pope Alexander VI
If things weren't bad enough during the reigns of Pope Innocent VIII or his predecessor Pope Sixtus IV they would really take a tailspin during the eleven year pontificate of Pope Alexander VI, the Borgia Pope who was accused of being a ruthless poltician and enforcer and discarded the moral laws of the Church in favor of a wanton life of lust and debauchery, not something one would associate with the successor of Peter. In the first of several installments on this pivotal pope, we examine the early years of Rodrigo de Borgia and how he rose to the cardinalate marked by nepotism and simony all the way to his election on August 11, 1492. For the one-hundredth installment titled Pope Alexander VI: The lust for power and prestige , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Events in Church History
On this date in 1534 Saint Thomas More who had succeeded Cardinal Wolsey as Chancellor of England, refused to take a loyalty oath to King Henry VIII for he maintained rightly that he owed his allegiance to a king much higher than him - the King of Kings - Jesus Christ. For pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
The Secret of Meditation
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".
"How different our lives would become if we would take an hour a day not to think about the attributes of God and the moral law, but to make the love of God and the love of neighbor experientially present in our own heart and soul! Man does not want to be with God as much as God wants to be with man. This is the secret of meditation. Try it and be happy."
Today is the dual feast of Easter Weekday and the commemoration of the martyred Pope Saint Martin I, 74th successor of Peter whose drawn-out martyrdom was the result of inhuman treatment by the Byzantine emperor. Tomorrow we return to Easter Weekday for the Second Wednesday of Easter. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on Pope St. Martin I, click on DAILY LITURGY.
"You are either for Me, totally abandoned to Me, your God, or, you are against Me. There is no middle road."
Those words from Our Lord were imparted on Good Friday on April 1, 1994 in Message #476 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Jesus reminds us of the importance of the day and why He suffered and died for us and calls on us to stand up and be counted. He prefaces this with His Message on Monday of Holy Week with the same theme, urging all His children not to be deceived by those who would lead us astray. For Messages #475 and #476, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
The Hidden Way series now in book form
Though we have completed the 100 Lessons/Meditations of THE HIDDEN WAY previously carried on Tuesdays, you may now acquire your own copy of the just-released book THE HIDDEN WAY which contains all 100. To find out how, click on Book
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Faith and Reason call for a need to negotiate in Kosovo Pope asserts as the Holy See maintains diplomatic relations in hopes of a breakthrough
While the secular media continue to ignore the Vatican's intrinsic efforts to obtain a peaceful settlement in Kosovo, Catholic World News has documented how much the Holy Father has been involved in bringing all parties to the table. While the secular media flails for sources, CWN points to the fact that the Holy See remains the only entity with open diplomatic relations with all countries involved in the Balkans war. For more, click on Vatican persistency and consistency
Serbs try to strong-arm Croatian Bishop as L'Osservatore Romano berates Serb atrocities
The bitter fued between Croat and Serb escalated over Easter when Auxiliary Bishop Djuro
Gasparovic of Djakovo-Srijem, Croatia was detained at the border after ministering to Croatian Catholics in Serbia for the weekend. Meanwhile in Rome L'Osservatore Romano blamed Serbia for a nationalistic sense of superiority in which the enemy is portrayed as anyone who offers a different culture and religion. The paper warned that this kind of ideology is dangerous and this Nazi-type mentality could spread to other nations in Europe; it is a "cancer" that must be stopped. They also called for Slobodan Milosevic to resign. For more, click on Serbian ideology.
Protective zones around death camps should appease Jewish people as they commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day
After a year of controversy, the Polish government has come to a solution regarding the demonstrators on both sides of the controversy over the temporary crosses outside Auschwitz and cleverly made the announcement to appease the Jews just before the Jewish observance of Holocaust Memorial Day today. The Polish parliament voted to establish protective zones where no one could demonstrate and nothing could be constructed around eight former interment death camps in the country where countless Jews, Catholics and others were murdered by the Nazis. Besides the Jewish holiday, the Polish government is also sensitive to the Holy Father's pending visit early this summer in returning to where a papal cross had been erected. The Polish bishops strongly advocate maintaining the Pope's cross while removing the others. For more, click on solidarity solution.
Miracle of the Montagnards: Vietnam's fastest growing Catholic population due to evangelization by their own peoples
The fruits of evangelization in Vietnam are bearing themselves with the announcement that the conversion rate in the central region of Vietnam among the tribal people known as Montagnards has increased tremendously. It is an excellent example of how the laity is assisting in the work of evangelization for the area has only three priests but they have trained the Montagnards well, for the latter has been responsible for more conversions among their peoples with 250 native catechists preaching in 120 villages in the lower regions of Kontum. For more, click on miracles among Montagnards .
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This was the heresy Pope Saint Martin I condemned and which brought retaliation against him and his ultimate martyrdom by the Byzantine emperor Theodore Calliopas. Monothelitism held that Jesus had only one will, the divine which thus denied the humanity of Christ. This is not to be confused with Monotheism which denied the Holy Trinity in stating there was only One Person in God. Martin called the Lateran Council in an effort to call back the Monophysites to the Church who had held that Christ only one nature, His divinity totally engulfing His humanity. This had been condemned by the Council of Chalcedon in 451 and Martin was hoping for reconciliation. But in an effort to call them back, the heresy of Monothelitism arose. This infuriated Calliopas and he retaliated by forcefully taking Martin prisoner. It would be twenty-five years after Pope St. Martin's death when the Sixth Ecumenical Council - the Third Council of Constantinople would officially and in finality condemn Monothelitism once and for all. For much more on this, we recommend clicking on New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia Encyclopedia on Monothelitism.
(sources: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor, Publishers; My Catholic Faith, My Mission House; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers).
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