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Today is the feast of Saint Catherine of Siena, the virgin and Church's first female Doctor of the Church chronologically. Tomorrow is the Fourth Friday of Easter and the feast of Pope Saint Pius V, the great Pontiff who enacted the Reforms of Trent and decreed that the Mass should be said in Latin ad infinitum. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these two saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today we honor Saint Catherine of Siena with the Preface from the Mass celebrating this extraordinary woman and Doctor of the Church:
Father, all-powerful and ever-living god, we do well always and everywhere to give You thanks. We praise You today because You revealed to St. Catherine the unsearchable mysteries of Your Own life and gave her a special love for Your Church. She contemplated You in constant prayer and pleaded that discord might give way to unity. Obedient and humble, she challenged the Church of Christ to be mindful of its mission and be a faithful spouse of Christ, holy and spotless until the end of time.
Our Lord reveals Himself in all His glory to those chosen ones He has singled out
Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries
In the third part of Chapter 12, Behold His Glory! we see, through interior vision, the many appearances in an infitesmal amount of time, of the Risen Lord to many we have come to known from the Scriptures. 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 three of Chapter 12, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
THE DAILY WORD"Amen, amen. I say to you, he who receives anyone I send, receives Me; and he who receives Me, receives him who sent Me." John 13: 20
Medjugorje Monthly Message
for APRIL 25th
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.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
246 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 Twelve of "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on April 30th through May 2.
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Messages 501 and 502 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
DAILY LITURGY for Easter Weekdays, Feasts of Pope Saint Pius V, Saint Joseph the Worker and the Fifth Sunday of Easter.
...and much more in our 85th issue for 1999!
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One of the devil's Irish jokes is no longer funny!|
In his column today, Pat Ludwa makes it short and sweet as he comments on the absurdity of Irish rebel singer Sinead O'Connor being ordained a priest, pointing out that mockery comes in all shapes and sizes. Talent has nothing to do with it because she has none. It's all about free will which she has abused greatly. For Pat's column Mockery, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Holy Father devotes Wednesday Audience to challenges ahead in dialogue with Jews
Historic meeting between East and West in Baltimore canceled due to crisis in the Balkans
First Russian priests to be ordained since the year of Fatima and the Russian revolution
Global meeting of Priests to prepare for next millennium to be held in Holy Land end of June
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
The Third Century: More saintly Popes during the Roman persecutions
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 years of persecution The Blood of the MartyrsB> today covering the first half of the third century and the holy Sovereign Pontiffs who guided the Church during that time 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 ten, click on BARQUE OF PETER
The end justifies the means
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".
"We cannot get a real satisfaction out of our work unless we pause, frequently, to ask ourselves why we are doing it, and whether its purpose is one our minds wholeheartedly approve...A job of any kind can be lifted up and given Divine purpose, if it is seen in the perspective of Eternity."
with a Catholic slant
Events that happened this day in Church History
On this day in 1429 Saint Joan of Arc would lead a band of French troops into the beseiged city of Orleans and recapture it for France and the Church. From henceforth she would be known as the "Maid of Orleans" and, though her name and reputation were badly besmirched by her enemies and she was labeled a heretic, those charges were all proved false by Pope Callistus III in 1456 and she was canonized in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
"I solemnly tell you the moment is very close. Pray. Convert your heart. Be totally abandoned to God in all things and you shall persevere."
Those words were conveyed by the Blessed Mother on the Solemnity of Trinity Sunday in 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #500 where Our Lady reminds all of the power and glory of the Triune Divinity. She prefaces this two days earlier on May 27, 1994 by asking us to reread Sacred Scripture and to read what is written about the remnant, those few who will remain loyal to her Divine Son and His Church. Those times are upon us the Blessed Virgin Mary affirms and asks if we are ready. For Messages #499 and #500, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWS
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Holy Father addresses challenges ahead between Christian and Jew
During his regular Wednesday Papal Audience at Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father addressed the challenges ahead in dialogue with the Jews in preparation for the Pope's expected acceptance of foreign minister Ariel Sharon's invitation to visit the Holy Land next year for Jubilee 2000. The Pope pointed out the similiarities and differences of the two major religions and the sufferings both faiths have shared over the centuries. For more, click on Dialog.
War in the Balkans causes cancelation of historic meeting between East and West in Baltimore
The planned Theological summit on June 5 between leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church has been postponed until next year because of the war in the Balkans. This was announced in a joint press conference the organizers of this historic summit - Baltimore's Archbishop Cardinal William Keeler and Archbishop Spyridon of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. It was canceled jointly by Cardinal Edward Isdris Cassidy, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Orthodox Archbishop in Australia. For more, click on Canceled summit
Holy Spirit to descend on Russia on Pentecost Sunday in the form of the ordinations of first Russian seminarians since the revolution in 1917
It was the year Our Lady appeared at Fatima in 1917 the last time a Russian priest was ordained for the revolution would ensue and communism would take root choking out Catholicism behind the atheistic iron curtain. Our Lady asked for prayer and those prayers have helped produce the first Russian priests to be ordained since then. Despite the current problems in Russia regarding the fued for Church property and permissions, there will be five native-born Russian seminarians who will be ordained in the Diocese of St. Petersburg on May 23rd - the Feast of Pentecost. For more, click on Russian ordinations.
Priests retreat this year to be held in Holy Land in preparation for the new millennium
June 20th is Father's Day, but two days after that it will truly be "Fathers' Week" in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Nazareth when priests from all over the world will gather for their annual retreat that began in 1996 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima and last summer was held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. For more, click on Priests of the world to gather in Holy Land.
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On this date in 1111, Saint Robert of Molesmes died. He, along with Saint Alberic and Saint Stephen Harding founded the contemplative, cloistered Order known as the Cistercians in 1098 at Citeaux in France. The great Saint Bernard of Clairvaux was one of the early Benedictines who helped the Cistercian way of life prosper with over 530 Cistercian abbeys by the end of the 1100's and 150 more by the end of the thirteenth century. This extension of the Benedictine Order with its strict rules and constititutions greatly influenced monastic life in the middle ages. But as happens so often with orders that try to adhere to a strict rule, such as the Franciscans who rebelled against Saint Francis' rule, laxity set in with the Cistercian Order in the fourteenth and fifteenth century when the Church itself was struggling with some Popes who were more interested in temporal things than spiritual. With the Counter-Reformation an even stricter group of cloistered, contemplative monks was formed based on the Cistercian code and founded by Armand de Rance who founded the monastery at La Trappe; its members would become known as the Trappists. For more on the Cistercians, we recommend NEW ADVENT CATHOLIC SUPERSITE (sources: Cabinet of Catholic Information, Duggan Publishing Co.; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., Doubleday).
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