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SPECIAL EASTER SUNDAY ISSUE   April 4, 1999   vol. 10, no. 65


April 1-3, 1999

KosovoOn this day of immense joy, we need to remember and pray for those embroiled in the war in Kosovo on both sides, especially the innocent civilians
            SPECIAL BULLETIN:     The Pope's top foreign-affairs official meets with Milosevic; US cardinals appeal to Clinton and Serb leader for Easter Truce through Orthodox Easter on April 11
    For details of the one-hour meeting on Holy Thursday and the Vatican's response and the Holy See's intrinsic involvement in ending the conflict, click on Seeking an Easter Truce.

"They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they have laid Him."

John 20: 2

A Blessed Easter to all our readers!
   With the end of Lent and the Easter Triduum, it is time for joy and celebration at the glorious Resurrection of the Lord. For the Easter Sunday liturgy, commentary, and meditations as well as Easter Monday, click on EASTER LITURGY

"He is not here, He has risen as He said."
   In honor of the Resurrection, we bring you a special chapter as we inaugurate the Meditative Lessons after the Passion and Death of Jesus compiled in "MY LORD AND MY GOD!" Until Pentecost we will be bringing you these Meditative Lessons of the Glorious Mysteries in installments imparted by the Blessed Virgin Mary to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart after Pentecost of 1993, are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the glorious time after Christ's Resurrection through His Blessed Mother's Assumption into Heaven. The chapter featured today is appropriately called "HE IS RISEN! ALLELUIA!" which treats the time when the first believers arrived at the tomb only to find it empty and the angel standing there with the famous refrain "He is risen." For this lesson, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!".

It's time to hop to it!

        In this weekend's editorial we point out that even though Lent is over, Easter is no time to take it easy. Rather, we need to take a page from the Apostles who, if they thought they were busy during the three year public ministry of Jesus, they hadn't seen anything yet compared to what was to come once the Holy Spirit descended on them. But, like the Apostles, so also we need to realize that the path ahead is going to be tough - mighty, mighty tough and could very well result in our own martyrdom down the road. But when we consider what Christ accomplished on this day for us, the price of sacrifice pales in comparison. For today's Easter commentary We need to hop to it!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

A name by any other name is never sweeter than hearing our own being called

   In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto Sister Mary Lucy Astuto celebrates the occasion of Easter, illustrating how Mary Magdalene, who loved Our Lord so did not recognize Him after His resurrection - mistaking Him for a mere gardener until He spoke her name. Sister points out that God knows all of us intimately and calls each one of us by name. Are we listening? Do we hear and recognize Him when He calls us? It's something to ponder as you read her special Easter message today. For Sister's column, He is risen as He said, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

"Bring Me all devout and faithful souls and immerse them in the ocean of My Mercy."
   Today we continue with the third day of the Novena of Divine Mercy which will conclude with DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY next week. This Novena was imparted to Blessed Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun of the 1930's who is known as the "Apostle of Mercy". For this third day of the Novena and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, click on THIRD DAY OF DIVINE MERCY NOVENA

Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of MarySacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus
"Have absolute trust in Me, and give unto Me, through full consecration, all your children and family."

   Those words above from Our Lord on the Feast of the Chair of Peter in 1994 in Message #462 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart reassures all His children that the little, innocent ones are satan's target and only by praying and giving all to Him can we possibly hope to protect our children from the wiles of the evil one. He reaffirms His bountiful Mercy which is the focal point of His Blessed Mother's 461st Message two days earlier on the First Sunday of Lent where Our Lady stresses sacrifice and perseverance. For these two messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Events this weekend in Church History
Pope Nicholas IV     On this date in 1292 the Christian world mourned with the passing of the Church's first Franciscan Pontiff Pope Nicholas IV. In keeping with his Order's rules and spirit, he is best remembered for strengthening the missionary efforts of the Church. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Medjugorje Monthly Message for MARCH 25th
The Gospa's message for March     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

271 and counting and hoping and praying...

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