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Today is the Third Thursday of Easter while tomorrow we celebrate the Third Friday of Easter and the Feast of Saint George, martyr and the Feast of Saint Adalbert, Bishop and Martyr. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these two saints, 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. Shining in bright robes and waving palms, they acclaim their Good Shepherd. Alleluia.
Peter and John must see for themselves
Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries
In the first part of Chapter 11, "My Lord and my God!" we see, through interior vision, the optimistic skepticism of Peter and the undying loyalty of both he and John. They hope against hope that all the Magdalen has told them is true but they must see for themselves; a trait we all have a tendency to possess for we, too, would most probably react in the same way. These meditative lessons on the Glorious Mysteries were 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 one of Chapter 11, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
THE DAILY WORD"This is the bread that comes down from Heaven; not as your fathers ate the manna, and died. He who eats this bread shall live forever." John 6: 59
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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253 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 Two of Chapter Eleven of "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
A special article on the cause and effects of the Denver massacre by Kenton Craver in ECCLESIAL ECHOES
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on April 23rd through April 25th.
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Messages 491 and 492 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
DAILY LITURGY for Easter Weekdays and the Third Sunday of Easter.
...and much more in our 80th issue for 1999!
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Love will conquer all|
In his column today, Pat Ludwa positions nothing but positives side in providing a plethora of scriptural passages which proves love conquers all, including dissent which Jesus and His disciples all warned about. Dissent does not foster love but hate and there is no room for that in Our Lord's heart or His mansion as He has said. Pat shows that without that love we cannot truly come to know and appreciate Christ for Who He is: the Son of God. For Pat's column Love and dissent, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Church responds in kind to victims of Denver disaster as Pope and Archbishop offer prayerful support
"Don't forget the plight of Africa," Holy Father reminds faithful at Wednesday Papal Audience
Pope extends thanks for Russian Patriarch's involvement in Balkans as religious leaders unite for peace
Protestant Peace Promoter from Northern Ireland to meet Pope this week at the Vatican
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
The Second Century: More saintly Popes guide Holy Mother Church through her infancy
For a few weeks we will continue to 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: today covering the second century and the holy Sovereign Pontiffs who guided the Church as we detail 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 seven, click on BARQUE OF PETER
Respect must be earned
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".
"St. Thomas Aquinas said, 'The respect that one has for the rule flows naturally from the respect that one has for the person who gave it.' Authority must always have behind it some value which elicits respect and reverence."
with a Catholic slant
Events that happened this day in Church History
On this day in 1073 the holy monk Hildebrand was elected the 157th successor of Peter, taking the name Pope Gregory VII which in later years he would be known as Pope Saint Gregory the Great like his namesake - the first Gregory the Great back in 590 who was the 64th successor of Peter and the Holy Father who instituted Gregorian Chant. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
"Beloved little children, give all praise to God Who alone judges hearts, and is always ready to forgive a sincere heart."
Those words were conveyed by the Blessed Mother on Mother's Day in 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Our Lady begs all her little ones to pray with the heart and open the heart to all that God asks, especially that many who have strayed will return to Him. She follows this up on the eve of the Feast of Pentecost on May 11, 1994 from Puerto Rico where the Blessed Virgin asks for a renewed consecration to her Immaculate Heart and her Son's Sacred Heart which is so merciful to all who ask. For Messages #489 and #490, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWS
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Holy Father and Denver Archbishop try to soothe souls and hearts in aftermath of terrible massacre at Denver high school
In the wake of the deadly and shocking shooting spree at a Denver suburban high school Wednesday, Pope John Paul II sent condolences to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. expressing his "deep shock" and hoping this will wake America up to the immense need to respect human dignity. The Archbishop canceled all his appointments to go immediately to the various hospitals to comfort the victims and their families as a true shepherd should. He also called for God's Mercy for the souls of perpetrators of this vile, unspeakable crime. For more, click on Denver disaster.
Pope cautions all not to let Balkans war make faithful forget severe conflicts in Africa
With the world focused on the Balkans, the Holy Father took time during his regular Wednesday Audinece to remind all not to abandon their prayers and responsibilities toward the tense situation in Africa where various countries are suffering in turmoil, including Rwanda where the government has refused to release Bishop Augustin Misago after he was falsely arrested on trumped up charges and Catholics fear a clash between the Church and the government there as well as many other nations in Africa. For more, click on Africa
Russian Patriarch meets Milosevic, agrees with Pope who wires encouragement to Catholic Archbishop of Belgrade
The Patriarch of Russia came away from a meeting with Milosevic convinced the Serb strongman will do the right thing but time will tell. Meanwhile the Holy Father expressed his gratitude for the Patriarch's involvement as the chief religious leaders of the Roman Catholic, Russian and Serbian Orthodox Churches are in total unison that peace is mandatory. The Pope also sent a message of encouragement to Archbishop Franc Perko of Belgrade assuring the prelate of the Church's support in the neverending quest to achieve a peaceful settlement in the Balkans. For more, click on Belgrade.
Northern Ireland Protestant leader will meet with Pope this week during special Nobel Peace Prize confab in Rome
On the occasion of a special meeting of Nobel Peace Prize laureates called by former USSR premier Mikhail Gorbachev for Rome, First Minister of Northern Ireland David Trimble will take time out to confer with the Holy Father. The seminar is being called to discuss the terrible conflicts around the world, specifically Kosovo, Northern Ireland, and Africa. For more, click on Nobel Peace summit in Rome.
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Council of Constance
On this date in 1418, Pope Martin V closed the Sixteenth Ecumenical Council - the Council of Constance which had been convened by the Holy Roman Emperor Sigismond in which Martin's predecessor Pope Gregory XII renounced the papacy in order to bring order and harmony to the Church in an unselfish act in hopes that the antipopes Benedict XIII and John XXIII would also step down so that a new Pontiff could be elected that would unify the Church and end the Great Western Schism. Though Benedict balked, the man called John went along and the Schism was ended. The Council also enacted reforms and rejected the teachings of Wycliff as well as condemning the heresy of John Huss and his followers who came to be known as the "Hussites." The Council was attended by nearly 200 bishops as well as other dignitaries and experts. Between November 5, 1414 and April 22, 1418 there were 45 sessions held. One of the reforms enacted which would come back to haunt the Church and cause havoc during the rest of the century was conciliarism in which the ecumenical council had superiority over the Pope. This would be rescinded at the Seventeenth Ecumenical Council between 1431 and 1445 when many abandoned the Council at Basle to follow Pope Eugene IV to Ferrara and then finally at Florence where it was decreed that the Pope does have superiority over any consiliar body. For more on the Council of Constance, we recommend NEW ADVENT CATHOLIC SUPERSITE (sources: Cabinet of Catholic Information, Duggan Publishing Co.; 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers).
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