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THUR-FRI-SAT: EASTER TRIDUUM ISSUE      April 1-3, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 64

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"This is My Body...This is My Blood"

     Today is the Solemnity of the Mass of the Lord's Supper marking the institution of the Most Holy Eucharist when Jesus took bread, offered it to His Apostles and said, "Take this, all of you, and eat it: This is My Body." Then, as the priest says at every Mass, "He took the cup, filled with wine. Again He gave You thanks, gave the cup to His disciples, and said: "Take this, all of you, and drink from it: This is the cup of My Blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of Me." These words, repeated at every Mass are the essence of confecting the bread and wine into the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. Today we focus on "why" the Blessed Sacrament is so special and the vital bread of life. For today's reading, lesson and liturgy, click on LITURGY FOR HOLY THURSDAY.

HOLY THURSDAY, April 1, 1999


Why the HOLY EUCHARIST is the BLESSED Sacrament!

Can we imagine even an inkling of the suffering Jesus' Blessed Mother must have endured during His Passion and Death?

      In his column today for Holy Week and the Easter Triduum, Pat Ludwa walks with the Blessed Mother, discerning what she must have felt and knew in her heart. It is a vivid reminder that we, too, must be willing to bear all for her Divine Son Jesus so that we, too, can be counted among the victorious on the glorious day of our resurrection. For Pat's column A Mother's Passion, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

A Mother's Passion

Events this weekend in Church History

      Holy Thursday is the 624th anniversary of the occasion that Saint Catherine of Siena received the mystical invisible stigmata while on a pilgrimage to Pisa. It only became visible upon her death. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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"Come to Me - My Heart is an abyss of Mercy."

      Those words above come from Our Lord on February 18, 1994 in Message #460 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. The words epitomize all that He offers and summarizes what the Easter Triduum is all about as He exhorts His children to stay the course, to keep the faith which is such a precious gift. His Blessed Mother prefaces this in Message #459 two days before on Ash Wednesday when she calls her little ones to pray, fast, do penance and call upon the Holy Spirit to strengthen us. For these two messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 459 and 460

Message Four Hundred-fifty-nine, February 16, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Message Four Hundred-sixty, February 18, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

SIMPLY SHEEN: Once done, it cannot be undone

      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".

"Every word that comes to us about the uncomfortable, the homeless, the lepers, is the Son of God passing by. If we let Him pass, He may never be recalled. Graces unused are not often repeated; whispers ignored do not become shouts."

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


"For I have given you an example, that as I have done to you, so you also should do."

John 13: 15

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April 1-3, 1999 volume 10, no. 64   DAILY CATHOLIC