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MONDAY      April 26, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 81

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April 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. Little children, be joyful carriers of peace and love in this peaceless world. By fasting and prayer, witness that you are mine and that you live my messages. Pray and seek! I am praying and interceding for you before God that you convert; that your life and behavior always be Christian. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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Without prayer the mirror of malaise will reflect our ills.

      In his column today, Pat Ludwa gives his take on the events over the past week in which he points out that we reap what we sow and the harvest may not be what we expected, chiefly because we have not followed the tilling advice of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes, La Salette, Fatima and beyond. The only antidote to the hate and self-righteous road so many opt to take is prayer and we're evidently not doing enough of that considering the state of things today. For Pat's column We have met the enemy, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

We have met the enemy

Message to the Americas:
The Path to Conversion means a change in mentality or metanoia

      Following up a year after the Bishops of North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean contingent, met for the month-long Synod of the Americas in Rome at the end of 1997, Pope John Paul II officially closed the Synod with his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City in January 1999. Because of its significance for all Americans, we bring you this important document in several installments over the next few months. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical or check footnotes, go to Ecclesia in America For the ninth installment on Chapter Three: The Path to Conversion - The urgency of the call to conversion , click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America


“Repent therefore and be converted” (Acts 3:19)

The urgency of the call to conversion

Approach the empty tomb with faith and trust

Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries

      In Chapter 11, My Lord and my God! Our Lady asks us if we would have the same kind of faith the Magdalen had. She asks if we are willing to stand strong in our faith and to accept the bitterness of the cross and the lonely void of the tomb for only by doing that can we share in His Resurrection. These are some of the things the Blessed Mother shares with us through the interior vision imparted 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 11, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"

Meditative Lesson 11:


part three Our Lady's meditation

NEXT INSTALLMENT: Part one: Behold His Glory!

Placing the blame on others is not the answer to our social ills

by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap.

      In the wake of the deadly and shocking shooting spree at a Denver suburban high school Tuesday, the city's chief shepherd Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. begins the rebuilding phase of this difficult process by addressing his flock, an address which will be released in the Denver Catholic Register this coming Wednesday but which we have permission to print today. For his special letter, Ending the violence begins with our own conversion, click on MITERS THAT MATTER


by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

SIMPLY SHEEN: Remember when being on one's knees was a psychological advantage

      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".

"Psychiatry is not as much a modern discovery as it is a modern need. Its method has been known for centuries, but there was never the occasion to apply it, because in other ages men knew they could not 'get away with it.' Their purgations, reparations and amendments were settled on their knees in prayer, rather than on their back on a couch. "


      While the feasts of Pope Saint Cletus and Pope Saint Marcellinus, martyrs are no longer commemorated in the liturgy for the day, yet April 26 is the anniversary of these early Popes, one - Cletus, 3rd successor of Peter was martyred in 88 and the other, Marcellinus - the 29th successor of Peter gave up his life in 304. We honor these two popes with a special prayer from My Daily Prayer from the Confraternity of the Precious Blood:


"I am the good shepherd, and I know Mine and Mine know Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for My sheep."

John 10: 14-15

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