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Today is the Second Thursday of Easter while tomorrow we celebrate the Second Friday of Easter. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today we continue 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. Let us embrace one another in joy. Friends and enemies alike, all is forgiven. Alleluia.
The Magdalene's joy cannot be contained
Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries
In the third part of Chapter 9, "Whom do you seek?" the converted sinner known as Mary Magdalene finally sees Our Lord and is overjoyed at such a miraculous occurrence. She hastens to tell the others, her joy bursting forth which each step as we share her enthusiasm in this interior vision from this meditative lesson, imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart after Pentecost 1993. They are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the Glorious Mysteries. For part three of Chapter 9, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
THE DAILY WORD"He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; he who is unbelieving towards the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God rests upon him." John 3: 36
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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260 and counting,
hoping and praying...
Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Part Four of Chapter Nine of "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on April 16th through April 18th.
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Messages 481 and 482 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
DAILY LITURGY for Easter Weekdays and the Third Sunday of Easter.
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Call To Action is a beast of recent origins that spews a lot of hot air trying to fire up Church dissent.|
In his column today, Pat Ludwa completes his two-part expose of the radical Call To Action faction which strives feebly to change the face of the Church. Pat ventures into the dragon's lair and dissects the weak arguments of this paper beast whose breath is hotter than its bite, evidenced by the weak turnout of liberal votes when CTA put it on the line. Yet they continue to stir up a smokescreen. For Pat's column A Dysfunctional family?, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Vatican will continue to work for peaceful solution in the Balkans
Dr. Death escapes death but gets plenty of prison time as his disciple down under makes waves
Cardinal O'Connor warns of our insensitivity to the sufferings of others
Holy See establishes lasting monument to fallen Jewish brethren of Auschwitz at Roman seminary
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
The embryo years of the Church take form through the function of the liturgy
For a few weeks we will bring you this series in place of our regular WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM? for it is important to know where we have been in order to better understand where we are heading. Therefore a thorough foundation of the Church is vital for our present time as we continue with The Embryo Years: Forming the Liturgy today in this abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. For Installment four, click on BARQUE OF PETER
Zeroing in on what is most important to us
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".
"Detachment from certain things is essential for attachment to God, just as the attachment of a husband to a wife demands detachment from other women. As Thomas Aquinas said: 'Man's heart adheres the more intensely to one thing, the more it is withdrawn from others.' The human heart is like a stream which loses depth as it divides its waters of affection into many channels. A true patriot cannot serve several countries, and a truly religious person cannot serve both God and Mammon."
with a Catholic slant
Events that happened this day in Church History
On this date in 911 the 119th successor of Peter Pope Sergius III died. He was best remembered as the Sovereign Pontiff who rebuilt the Basilica of the St. John Lateran after a fire completely destroyed the old edifice. He was also the first Pope to wear the papal tiara. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
"Let the world, as one, cry out in faith for Mercy, and It shall be given in abundance. Deny My Mercy and the Father's Justice will come sooner than you expect."
Those words were conveyed by Our Lord to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on Divine Mercy Sunday on April 10, 1994 which echoes the same words conveyed in today's DAILY WORD from today's Gospel of John 3: 36. Jesus urges all parents to bring their children to Him and they will be greatly rewarded in graces and understand better the need to be obedient to His Vicar on earth. He also asserts that the more we rely on His Mercy, the sooner will His Blessed Mother's Immaculate Heart triumph. Our Lady prefaces this with her Message four days earlier on April 6th with the call to ask God for the Font of His Mercy to flow out to all His children for the signs are manifesting themselves that the time of Justice is near. For Messages #479 and #480, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWS
Catholic World News Service
and Noticias Eclesiales Church News
Vatican reasserts need for peaceful negotiations to cut short the fuse that could ignite Europe
The chief foreign officer for the Vatican Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran reiterated the Holy See's resolve to continue an attempt to seek negotiations for a peaceful settlement in the Balkans at all costs. He confirmed that diplomatic negotiations have been intense over the past several months, contrary to reports you hear in the secular media where the Vatican is a non-player. He reiterated again that justice must be considered for all sides in order to reach a peaceful solution and Europe's responsibility to help. For more, click on Kosovo.
Dr. Death who denied life escapes life, but still gets prison for his crimes while down under another suicide monster raises the ugly spectre of the culture of death
The man who flaunted suicide has finally met his come-uppance. That would be Jack Kevorkian, the notorious "Dr. Death," who was sentenced from ten to twenty-five years for his part in the assisted suicide of a nationally televised event. Pro-lifers hailed it as a victory for the culture of life and a statement that society will never condone snuffing out life that belongs to God alone. Meanwhile in Australia, another "Dr. Death" from down under is making waves by announcing he will conduct seminars on the "how to" of committing suicide, baiting both Australian laws and God's laws. For more, click on Suicide doctors
Cardinal O'Connor echoes Pope's and Cardinal Law's message that there can be no peace in the Balkans without justice for all.
Following up on what the Holy Father said in his Urbi et orbi message on Easter Sunday, Cardinal John J. O'Connor joined a growing list of high-ranking US prelates calling for a peaceful situation in the Balkans and for America not to be so anxious to condemn or go to war. The cardinal blamed the entertainment industry for desensitizing our abundant culture to having no feelings for those who suffer, forgetting human dignity in this alarming 'virtual mentality' of today. For more, click on Cardinal O'Connor.
Shoah memorial monument erected by Holy See to honor fallen Jews annihilated at Auschwitz
The Vatican, sensitive to Catholic-Jewish relations, took a step closer to resolving their differences and making complete reconciliation possible in 2000 with the Holy Father's visit to Jerusalem by establishing a memorial monument at the North American Pontifical College in Rome to commemorate the millions of Jews who died at Auschwitz and establish an exchange program with Jewish students so students from both faiths can learn more of each's culture and beliefs. The ceremonies coincided with the Jewish observance of Holocaust Memorial Day. For more, click on Shoah memorial.
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Today is "Tax Day" - Beware the Ides of April - that day when we fulfill, for many painfully, Our Lord's words in Matthew 22: 21, Mark 12: 16 and Luke 20: 25, "Render, therefore, to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God, the things that are God's. Besides taxes to the government there are also "payments" to the Church which are called tithing for we are commanded by the Commandments of Church "To contribute to the support of the Church." We do this through donations and tithing, directed by Sacred Scripture, both in the Old Testament with Leviticus 27: 30 and Deuteronomy 13: 22 and in the New Testament in Matthew 23: 23-24; 1 Corinthians 9: 7-8, 14; 2 Corinthians 8: 2-6; 1 Timothy 5: 18 and James 2: 17 as well as Canon Law 222 and 1262. This practice of tithing, which is also called stewardship or pledging, calls for one to give one tenth of their income or goods to support of the Church either to an Order, to the Diocese, the person's parish or a Catholic ministry that upholds and promotes the tenets of the Church. It is vital to support the works of the Church at the parish level on up and one can tithe through three ways: giving of their time, talent and/or treasure. The first deals with spending time in support of the Church helping in whatever capacity needed; the second covers the various specialities each person can contribute in expertise to the Church; and the final refers to contributing a portion of their financial means to the Church in thanksgiving and in cooperation with the universal Church in doing their part as members of the Mystical Body of Christ to support the Church and those committed to spreading the gospel. As Saint Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9: 14 that "The Lord directed that those who preach the gospel should have their living from the gospel." For more on tithes, we recommend NEW ADVENT CATHOLIC SUPERSITE (sources: Cabinet of Catholic Information, Duggan Publishing Co.; My Catholic Faith, My Mission House; 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers).
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