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WEDNESDAY     vol. 10, no. 73      April 14, 1999

April 14, 1999


KosovoPray for Peace in Kosovo     DAY 22: Please continue your prayers for those embroiled in the bitter war in the Balkans on both sides, especially the innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of hate and deception.
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Meditations on the Glorious Mysteries from MY LORD AND MY GOD!



This Day in Church History

Liturgy for today and tomorrow



CWN Catholic News for today

Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

The Magdalene confronts the Roman soldiers

Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries
    In the second part of Chapter 9: "Whom do you seek?" we continue with Mary Magdalen as she searches out Our Lord, confronting first the pagan Roman soldiers who are, to say the least, panicked. But Mary did not panic for she knew that in God's time all would be it was. That's faith. 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 of Chapter 9, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"

    Today is the Second Wednesday of Easter while tomorrow we continue Paschaltide with the Second Thusday of Easter. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Year of God the Father
261 and counting,
hoping and praying...

Monthly Message for
MARCH 25th
The Gospa's message for March     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

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only- begotten Son, that those who believe in Him may not perish, but may have life everlasting."
John 3: 16


  • The Fifth installment of our new on-going abridged series 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER

  • Part Three of Chapter 9: "Whom do you seek?" in the Meditative Lessons of "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"

  • A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's second part of A Dysfunctional Family? in his column VIEW FROM THE PEW

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on April 15th.

  • Messages 479 and 480 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • DAILY LITURGY for Easter Weekday for Thursday and Friday.

  • Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN

  • Daily Dose of Church tidbits laid out on the CATHOLIC CANVAS

  • ...and much more in our 74th issue for 1999!

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  • Cardinal Carlo Furno - photo from Inside the VaticanCardinal Carlo Furno: A grand cardinal experienced in diplomatic circles chosen to lead the influential Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem as Grand MasterItaly
       Today we feature our forty-third red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 78 year-old Cardinal Carlo Furno of Italy who serves as Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome and Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. For more on this Italian cardinal appointed by Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of November 26, 1994, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • Vatican draws line of demarcation between Holy See efforts and those of Rome's Sant'Egidio Community

  • VP of Pontifical Academy for Life slams UN for sadistic end-around with morning-after pill

  • Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law calls for justice for all. It's the only way to achieve peace.

  • Paris Archbishop has special ties to the Shoah for his mother died at Auschwitz

      These stories and more: featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.

  • The Liturgy begins to take shape in form and function during the embryo years of the Church
    The keys of the kingdom    We continue today with the abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we bring you the fourth installment this week with the fifth tomorrow on the The Embryo Years. For Installment four, click on BARQUE OF PETER

    April Apologues raining down Food for Thought Appeteasers
          What if you were asked to choose a leader, would you look at his characteristics and behavioral patterns? That would seem to be the course of judgment, but don't always believe what you see or hear as we prove in the first vignette Be careful who and how you judge and a second poignant piece that should flood the depths of our hearts and wills and nourish our resolve. It is called Cracked up to be the best it can be: the Crack Pot! For these two Appeteasers, click on APRIL APOLOGUES: FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS

          Today we begin a short series of Responsory Prayers during Paschaltide adapted from the Byzantine Liturgy:

    This day was made by the Lord, Alleluia. Let us rejoice and be glad in it, Alleluia. Behold today is the day of resurrection! Let us glory in the feast. Alleluia.

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
    Gratitude is always cheerful
        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".

    "The cheerful person always sees in any present evil some prospective good; in pain he sees a Cross from which will issue a Resurrection; in trial, he finds correction and discipline and an opportunity to grow in wisdom; in sorrow, he gathers patience and resignation to the Will of God. In all things there is thankfulness."

    Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus "Be faithful to My Gospel, which is the message My Mother gives to you, lest you forget your goal. "
        Those words come from Our Lord on the Solemnity of His Resurrection, April 3, 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #478 in which Jesus reminds us of the glory to come but that we must stay the course, being aware of His adversary's agenda and tactics and urging us to follow God's Will in all things to assure a glorious resurrection of body and soul for all who are faithful to Him and what He has entrusted His Blessed Mother to impart to us. Our Lady prefaces this in her Message the day before on Holy Saturday by encourages us not to allow our hearts and souls to remain dormant but to wholeheartedly heed the Divine Will through our faithfulness to all God has commanded. For Messages #477 and #478, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

    Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDE
    with a Catholic slant provided by
    Catholic World News Service
    and Noticias Eclesiales Church News
      In a surprise move, Vatican disassociates itself from Sant'Egidio efforts in Kosovo as Holy See paper warns of not seeking vengeance
      Balkans war spreading despite around-the-clock peace efforts    In a startling move politically, the Holy See issued a short statement denying any affiliation with the Sant'Egidio Community's peace efforts in Kosovo, evidently because some associated the latter with the Vatican's Secretariat of State which could harm current negotiations by the Holy See with major parties over the Balkans situation. Meanwhile, L'Osservatore Romano cautioned all to rely on prayer for peace in the Balkans and not let the emotions of hate overcome us. For more, click on Separate entities.

      Vatican exposes UN motives for what they are: abortion
          Providing medical information that the "morning-after-pill" is not a contraceptive but rather a deadly killer of eggs, the Vatican lashed out at the UN's rationalization to send these pills to women in Kosovo. Led by the vice-president of the Pontifical Academy for Life Bishop Elio Sgreccia sharply criticized the purpose of these pills, calling on all to uphold life in all its stages no matter what period of gestation from conception to full term. For more, click on abortion pill.

      Cardinal Law urges all not to judge but to aspire toward a peaceful solution through justice for all which has to be top priority
      Cardinal Bernard Law     Warning all that the cover doesn't always reveal what is on the inside of a book, Cardinal Bernard Law issued a warning to all to set aside prejudices when prejudging the causes and effects of Kosovo. He emphasized the need to maintain human dignity for all sides and that includes justice, not just for one side but for all parties concerned. That is the only road to peace he asserted. For more, click on Cardinal Law.

      Paris Archbishop remembers the Shoah in a very personal way
      Cardinal Jean-Marie LustigerFrench flag     Like Saint Edith Stein, the Archbishop of Paris Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger has ties to the holocaust for his own mother, a Polish jewish woman, was a victim of Auschwitz and the cardinal honored her during Holocaust Day in Paris by reading off her name among thousands of others. He managed to elude detection and converted later in life to Catholicism and then answered the call to the priesthood and ultimately the higher office of the cardinalate. For more, see Remembering the Shoah

    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.

    Events in Church History
        On this date in 1471, the British nobleman known as Warwick the "kingmaker" was murdered on Easter Sunday. His death paved the way for the rise of King Henry VII whose son Henry VIII would rent the Church asunder in England sixty years later. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church:
    Ecclesiastical Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
        The full name of this Ecclesiastical Order is Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem which traces its orgin to Godfrey de Bouillon who founded it in 1099 during the Crusades. After the fall of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem national divisions throughout Europe sprouted up but the order was reorganized by Pope Pius IX in 1847 and in 1949 Pope Pius XII transferred the office of Grand Master from the Pope to a cardinal patron. The objective of the Order is strictly religious and charitable, cultural and social works of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land, especially the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem though the international headquarters are in Rome where Cardinal Furno acts as Grand Master appointed by His Holiness John Paul II. For more we recommend New Advent Catholic Supersite on the this Ecclesiastical Order as well as the three recommended sites below which are featured in our SITES OF THE DAY. (source: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor).
          In honor of today's featured cardinal who is the Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre Cardinal Carlo Furno we present three sites dedicated to this Ecclesiastical Order. They are the EQUESTRIAN ORDER OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE OF JERUSALEM and the site for the same order for THE MAGISTRAL DELEGATION FOR MALTA and finally, the FRANCISCAN CYBERSPOT FOR THE HOLY SEPULCHRE. These three sites should give the reader a good insight into this Ecclesiastical Order.

    April 14, 1999       volume 10, no. 73
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