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TUESDAY      April 13, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 72

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Events Today 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

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 13:


SIMPLY SHEEN: 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."


From the depths of despair to the heights of hope

      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!"

Meditative Lesson 9:

"WHOM DO YOU SEEK?"

part one

      Dear Father, how good God is. He knows well how terribly weak I am, and He sends help to me, whom am so unworthy in so many ways! May the Most Blessed Trinity be forever praised, adored, and loved! It is late, but in the prayerful stillness, our Heavenly Mother comes. I have tested the voice and I begin.
"When she had said this she turned round and beheld Jesus standing there, and she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, 'Woman, why art thou weeping? Whom dost thou seek?' "
John 20: 14-15

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

DAILY LITURGY

     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.

Tuesday, April 13, 1999

FEAST OF POPE SAINT MARTIN I, MARTYR

Wednesday, April 14, 1999


PRAYERS & DEVOTION

      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.


CATHOLIC CANVAS: Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church

Monothelitism

      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).

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service
and Noticias Eclesiales Church News

HEADLINES:

POPE RENEWS CALL FOR KOSOVO PEACE AS VATICAN CONTINUES ACTIVE DIPLOMACY ON KOSOVO

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- During his Sunday public audience on April 11, Pope John Paul II again called for a renewal of negotiations over the conflict in Kosovo.

      After reciting the Regina Coeli with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square, the Pope spoke of "the tragic conflicts which are bloodying the Balkan region." He said that the need for negotiations is made clear "not only on faith, but above all by reason."

      "My thoughts are constantly turned toward those who are suffering the harsh consequences of the war," the Holy Father said. "I invite all believers to intensify their prayers for peace, because sometimes when things seem almost humanly impossible, God in his mercy grants them to those who ask insistently."

      The Pope also conveyed his special greetings to the Orthodox Christians of the world, who were celebrating Easter.

      The Holy See is still actively pursuing every diplomatic means to halt the fighting in the Balkans.

      In a statement released on April 11, the Vatican indicated that it has continued "to maintain contacts with the chancelleries of the countries involved in the crisis." The statement added that the Vatican Secretariat of State remains "active" in its efforts to bring about new negotiations, while the pontifical charity Cor Unum is helping to coordinate relief efforts for the people of Kosovo.

      The latest Vatican initiative was a joint statement issued on April 10 by a Catholic-Islamic commission-- a body created in1995 by the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue. The statement expressed "particularly grave concern" over the situation in Kosovo, as well as "strong condemnation of the harm caused to innocent civilians." The statement reaffirmed the need for new negotiations, as well as humanitarian aid to the civil population.


CROATIAN BISHOP DETAINED BY SERBIA FOR MILITARY SERVICE WHILE VATICAN SHARPLY CRITICIZES SERBIAN NATIONALISM

      ZAGREB, Croatia (CWNews.com) - Auxiliary Bishop Djuro Gasparovic of Djakovo-Srijem, Croatia, is reportedly being prevented from leaving Serbia in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia by Yugoslav authorities after a visit to Croatian Catholics in the country who are part of his diocese.

      Bishop Gasparovic went to Serbia for Easter celebrations in various Catholic parishes and was not allowed to return home after his pastoral visit ended. Yugoslav authorities claim that Bishop Gasparovic is subject to a general military mobilization, as he was born in Yugoslavia and still holds a Yugoslav passport. However, on Monday, military authorities said the bishop will be released from military service and allowed to reenter Croatia.

      Bishop Gasparovic waited for the clearance in his birth place Golubinci, where there are no direct NATO strikes, but will have to travel to Belgrade to obtain clearance. The bishop's mother said she expects him to return to Croatia by the middle of the week.

      Yugoslavia proclaimed a state of emergency after NATO air strikes began two weeks ago and forbade everyone subject to military service from leaving the country. But the government has traditionally excused all higher clergy from military obligations.

      In a related story, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has sharply criticized the government of Yugoslavia, saying that a "deformed" ideology led to the current conflict over Kosovo.

      "These conflicts in the heart of Europe cannot be explained by strategic or economic interests," the April 10 story said. Rather, the conflict is "the fruit of a deformed concept of cultural identity, the absurd principle of ethnic homogeneity, to be realized by exterminating what is different." The Vatican newspaper said that this ethnic ideology created a mentality in which "the enemy is the one who embodies a culture, a tradition, or even a religion that is different."

      "The cancer which plagues the Balkans must be conquered by political force, by diplomacy, and by cooperation among peoples," L'Osservatore insisted. Otherwise the cancer would "metastasize," the paper warned, and "undermine other peoples, even affecting all of Europe with the disease of secular nationalisms which seem to have reappeared after 50 years of peace."

      The Vatican newspaper also said that the current government of Yugoslavia can no longer offer any effective leadership. The paper said that years of international sanctions, and exclusion from the international community had taken a toll on the country's economic vitality, even before the latest round of violence.


POLAND SETS NEW ZONES AROUND NAZI CAMPS TO END CROSS DISPUTE

      WARSAW (CWNews.com) - Poland's parliament on Saturday voted to set up new protection zones around former Nazi concentration camps to end ongoing protests involving hundreds of crosses placed near the Auschwitz camp by grassroots Catholics.

      The vote sets up zones around eight former World War II concentration camps where millions of Jews and others were killed by Nazis. Last year, Catholic groups began placing hundreds of crosses in a field near Auschwitz to protest plans to remove a 12-foot cross commemorating a visit of Pope John Paul II to the site. Jewish groups in Poland and Israel criticized the country for what they viewed as the desecration of a Jewish cemetery.

      Under the new law, commercial activity will be limited in the zones and public gatherings will be banned without a special permit. The government did not have the legal tools to remove the crosses quickly and faced the prospect of the Auschwitz issue coming under a heavy media spotlight during a lengthy papal visit in June. The removal of the protest crosses, but not the papal cross, is supported by the country's Catholic bishops.


VIETNAMESE "MONTAGNARDS" COMMUNITIES EMBRACE THE FAITH

      ROME, 12 (NE) Central Vietnam's diocese of Kontum is experiencing a surprising growth in its number of baptized persons. The last bulletin of Vatican agency "Fides" informed that the so-called Montagnard people are experiencing a rapid growth in their commitment to the Church. These people are diverse ethnic groups cut off from all social and cultural services and once feared for their wish for autonomy.

      Since Easter 1997 more than 15.000 natives have converted and more than 250 local catechists evangelize near 120 villages in the southern area of Kontum. The Vatican agency also informed that there are many converted "Montagnards" that go out on mission to evangelize other villages.

      A community of three priests, teaching and strengthening the faith of the already instituted Christian communities, basically assists the work. They also teach modern agricultural techniques to local people and give a special emphasis to the formation of catechists.

For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales. Both CWN and NE are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

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

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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April 13, 1999 volume 10, no. 72   DAILY CATHOLIC