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Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries
In the second part of Chapter 12: Behold His Glory! we see through interior vision Jesus succeeding appearances to Martha, Veronica, Johanna and Nicodemus all those who stood by Him on His way to Calvary. 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 12, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
Joy permeates the homes of those who walked Calvary with Jesus
Events in Church History
On this date in 1521, ten years before Our Lady would appear at Guadalupe, the Spanish Commander of the Conquistadors Hernando Cortez captures the Aztec stronghold of Tenochtitian ruled by the great tribal leader Montezuma. Cortez victory enabled the Spaniards to gain a firm foothold in Mexico and the message of Guadalupe a decade later would add to the influx of conversions among the Aztec and Toltec peoples. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
247 and counting,
hoping and praying...
Monthly Message for
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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THE DAILY WORD"And if anyone hears My words, and does not keep them, it is not I who judge him; for I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not accept My words, has one to condemn him. The word that I have spoken will condemn him on the last day." |
John 12: 47-48
The ninth installment of our new on-going abridged series 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER
Part three of Chapter 12: My Lord and my God! in the Meditative Lessons of "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on April 29th.
Messages 499 and 500 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena on Thursday and Easter Weekday on Friday, plus the feast of Pope Saint Pius V.
Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
Daily Dose of Church tidbits laid out on the CATHOLIC CANVAS
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Church's oldest prelate Cardinal Ignatius Gong Pin-Mei has spanned the century under 9 Popes and intense suffering in China. |
Today we feature our forty-ninth red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 98 year-old Cardinal Ignatius Gong Pin-Mei, Bishop emeritus of Shanghai and Apostolic administrator of Soochow, who withstood thirty years incarcerated by the Chinese communists from 1955 to 1985. For more on this shining symbol of faith to Chinese Catholics everywhere, who was appointed by Pope John Paul II in pectore while still in prison and officially made a Cardinal Priest during the Consistory of June 28, 1991, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Rome bracing for a million people this weekend for Padre Pio beatification ceremonies
Belgrade's Roman Catholic Archbishop dispels rumors of Papal visit while Milosevic is in charge
US puts pressure on Guatamala government to settle Bishop's murder now over a year and no answers
Denver Archbishop leads faithful during funerals of Columbine tragedy while in Mexico City Archbishop warns of a tragedy of another sort as souls in danger due to false sects posing as Catholics.
These stories and more: featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
The Blood of the Martyrs is the seed of Christianity.
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 that period known in Church annals as the persecution years in Rome and yet the Church flourished, undaunted in her quest to fulfill what Christ had asked of His Disciples to "Go and preach the Gospel to all nations." For Installment eight, click on BARQUE OF PETER
April Apologues: Is it poetic justice to disregard God's Will and in the end be left empty...totally empty?
Today, in the last April Apologue for the year, we present an "in house" poem that could be considered the liberals' anthem, those who promote agendas not in line with God's Will or the Magisterium of the Church. At the end of this long poetic piece we see a case of mistaken identity on the part of those who thought they had a better idea, but, as always, we're wrong again! This time fatefully so in its finality. For this Appeteasers entitled Who do you say that I am?, click on APRIL APOLOGUES: FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
And baby makes three in honor of the Holy Trinity
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".
"There are few things more beautiful in life than to see that deep passion of man for woman which begot children as the mutual incarnation of their love, transfigured into that deeper 'passionless passion and wild tranquility' which is God."
"Woe to all who, for pride, vanity, ego and self-righteousness, hold back My Mother's Triumph. They shall stand before the Triune Divinity, and there Justice shall be given rather than Mercy."
Those words come from Our Lord on the feast of Saint Bernardin of Siena on May 20, 1994 which He imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #497 that all He and His Blessed Mother have prophesied will come to pass soon. He reminds His children that they have no need to know when, only when it is necessary in God's Divine plan to know which will be revealed in His time. His Blessed Mother follows her Divine Son's Message two days later on the Solemnity of Pentecost when she emphasizes the vital role her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit plays in our lives and asks us to invite Him into our hearts and there to reside full time. For Messages #497 and #498, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Today is the trio feasts of the Fourth Wednesday of Easter plus the feast of Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, Priest, Religious and Messenger and the feast of Saint Peter Chanel, Priest, Missionary and Martyr while tomorrow we celebrate the singular Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church during this stretch of feast days to complete the month of April. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today, in honor of the Feast of Saint Louis de Montfort, we present the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We also present the Opening Prayer for the feast of Saint Peter Chanel:
Father, You called St. Peter Chanel to work for Your Church and gave him the crown of martyrdom. May our celebration of Christ's death and resurrection make us faithful witnesses to the new life he brings.
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Vatican and Rome prepare for onslaught of pilgrims this Sunday
In just a few short days Rome will be teeming with tourists and pilgrims drawn to the eternal city from all over the world for one purpose only: the beatification of Padre Pio on May 2nd at St. Peter's. Rome is bracing for the onslaught that could reach one million people which should be a guage for how the Holy See will handle the influx of pilgrim activities during Jubilee 2000. For more, click on Padre Pio Beatification.
Belgrade's Archbishop Perko denies rumors that Pope will visit Serbian capitol after Rumanian trip
Equating a Belgrade visit from the Holy Father as condoning Slobodan Milosevic's reign of terror, Belgrade's Roman Catholic Archbishop Franc Perko strongly expelled any speculation the Pope would visit the Serbian capitol anytime soon. The Archbishop also expressed pessimism that Milosevic and NATO will ever come up with a compromise for peace in the Balkans and dismay that it has now directly affected the Serbian people largely because of Milosevic's stubbornness to negotiate earlier. For more, click on Peace possibilities slipping away in Belgrade.
US joins Vatican and Human Rights groups in demanding solution to murder of slain bishop a year after his death
Hopefully additional pressure from the United States State Department will expedite the investigation into the murder of Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera. Extensive DNA testing is underway to determine if the priest Father Mario Orantes Najera should remain a suspect or be exonerated. The same testing has been ordered for various high-ups in the Guatamala military who are suspected by human rights groups of perpetrating the murder. For more, click on Putting the pieces together in Guatamala.
Archbishop Chaput consoles and encourages faithful in Denver while Cardinal Rivera warns of dangerous sects in Mexico
Denver's chief shepherd Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. consoled mourners in Denver during memorial services for the Columbine High victims killed last Tuesday, encouraging the faithful to remember that "love is stronger than death" and death is only tragic when God is forgotten. With God there is always life. Meanwhile another menace has cropped up south of the border as Cardinal Norberto Rivera warned Sunday from Mexico City advising all Catholics to be on their guard against anti-Catholic groups who claim to be Catholic but are truly wolves in sheeps' clothing. For more, see Closure and cloaking
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Impact of Padre Pio
With the upcoming beatification Sunday of Blessed Padre Pio, we bring you a conversion story attributed to this mystical Capuchin monk who was graced to suffer the pains of the stigmata and the barbs of ridicule and suppression by his superiors. Yet through it all he was obedient to a fault and proved, once again, that obedience bears the greatest fruits. This is the story of a television producer and film director who became a priest because of the man from San Giovanni Rotundo who could read souls. In gratitutde this same French media man has built Tau Productions in producing a film about Padre Pio entitled: "The Night of the Prophet: Padre Pio of Pietrelcina." For more on this, see A personal testimony to Padre Pio's influence
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