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EASTER MONDAY      April 5, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 66

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      Today is the Fourth Day of the Divine Mercy Novena. See DIVINE MERCY NOVENA


It is greatly recommended the above novena intentions and prayers be said together with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
(All material taken from Divine Mercy Devotions, copyright Marians of the Immaculate Conception)


      Devotion to Divine Mercy is conveyed through the Chaplet of Divine Mercy as Jesus imparted to Blessed Sister Faustina Kowalska when He relayed, as recorded in her diary "Divine Mercy in my soul", "Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you (1541)...Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death (687)...When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the Merciful Savior (1541)...Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this Chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My Infinite Mercy (687)...Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will. (1731).

      Following is the formula for the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, prayed on the regular beads of the Rosary. It is most appropriate to pray it at 3 o'clock in the afternoon which is the "Hour of Great Mercy" as Jesus said to Blessed Faustina: At three o'clock, implore My Mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the Hour of Great Mercy...In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion. (1320).

      It is recommended to offer each decade to the wounds of Christ, such as the first decade in reparation for the wound in HIs Right Hand; the second decade in reparation for the wound in His Left Hand, the third decade in reparation for the wounds in His Sacred Feet; the fourth decade in reparation for the wounds in His Head in which the Crown of Thorns crushed His Sacred Skull; and the fifth decade in reparation for the wound in His side in which Blood and Water gushed forth as a Font of Mercy for all generations.

      The Novena to Divine Mercy, which Jesus asked Blessed Faustina to begin on Good Friday, 1937 is for nine days from Good Friday to Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Easter) which is the Feast of Divine Mercy. Jesus told her, By this Novena [of Chaplets and particular intention each day] I will grant every possible grace to souls. (796).

Cardinal Vincenzo Fagiolo: even in his golden years he is still the foremost expert of Canon Law in the Church today

      Our thirty-ninth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 81 year-old Cardinal Vincenzo Fagiolo, former head of the Disciplinary Commission of the Roman Curia as well as the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts where he is still regarded as one of the most knowledgable Canon Lawyers in all of the universal Church. He was elevated to the cardinalate on November 26, 1994. For more on Cardinal Fagiolo, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
39.   Cardinal Vincenzo Fagiolo

Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church:

Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts

      Today's featured prelate Cardinal Vincenzo Fagiolo served as President of this Curial council which is one of the twelve Pontifical Councils in the Roman Curia. It is one of the newest councils, having been established by Pope John Paul II on January 2, 1984 as the Pontifical Commission for the Authentic Interpretation of the Code of Canon Law almost a year after the new Code of Canon Law had been introduced. It replaced the 1904 Canons. The name change was decreed on June 28, 1988 by the Holy Father and in 1991 during Cardinal Fagiolo's leadership, the Council's responsibilities were expanded to include the interpretation of the Code of Canon Law for the Oriental Church which was disseminated the year before. The main purpose of this Pontifical Council is to oversee the authentic interpretation of the universal laws of the Church. (source: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor).

Tuning our conscience

     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".

"The growth of character could very largely be the discovery that the things we thought innocent once are no longer innocent. The more saintly a person becomes, the more he feels himself a sinner. That is because he judges himself not by worldly standards nor by his weak neighbors, but by God Himself."

"Come, seek forgiveness for I am the Font of Divine Mercy. I reject no one whose heart is humble and contrite."

      Those words from Our Lord imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #464 on February 28, 1994 has particular pertinence during this week of the Divine Mercy Novena. Jesus warns that if His Mercy is not asked for abundantly, then the Father will have no choice but to shut it down and send His Justice. The time is now but time is running out as Christ affirms in this message and His previous one three days later where He again offers His Mercy and entreats us to return to Him in the Sacraments and to pray for and with our children and honor our spouses. For Messages #463 and #464 from Jesus, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 463 and 464

Message Four Hundred-sixty-three, February 25, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred of Jesus)

Message Four Hundred-sixty-four, February 28, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

Events Today in Church History

      On this date in 1419 Saint Vincent Ferrer died in Vannes, France after a life of devotion to the Church. This zealous Dominican preacher, whose feast is superseded by Easter Monday, played a significant role in ending the Great Western Schism through his preaching and healing throughout Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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April 5, 1999 volume 10, no. 66   DAILY CATHOLIC