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PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today is the Fifth Day of the Divine Mercy Novena. See DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
Reunion of Mother and Son
Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries
In Chapter 7: Jesus seeks first His Mother we see the tender reunion of Mother and Son as the Sorrowful and Sacred Hearts are reunited as One. While we may not totally fathom the supernatural significance of this meeting, we can surely relate to the human significance of a Mother who has given her all and suffered through it all, to share in the glory of her Son. This was the case with Jesus and His Blessed Mother as, in this short interval, they share in the glory of God's victory. 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 one of Chapter 7, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
Monthly Message for
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.
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THE DAILY WORD"Jesus said to her, 'Do not touch Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father, but go to My brethren and say to them, I ascend to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.'" John 20: 17
269 and counting,
hoping and praying...
- Part Two of 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER.
- After the Lenten hiatus, we resume our FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
- Biography on Cardinal Jose Freire Falcao, the 40th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on April 7th.
- More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- Another interesting fact of the Church laid out on the CATHOLIC CANVAS
- DAILY LITURGY for Easter Wednesday and Easter Thursday.
- ...and much more in our 68th issue for 1999!
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Caught between two beasts who cultivate the culture of death, the Pope blooms forth for the culture of life|
In today's editorial we tell a tale of two butchers, two men in wolves clothing who pose as shepherds ready to lead the poor innocent lambs of the world to the slaughter, but there is only one true shepherd and he resides in Rome and he is doing all he can to bring about a truce. But he is thwarted by the beast from the east and the west who both reject any kind of a truce. The Holy Father is truly the rose between two thorns who embody the notorious traits of Hitler. For today's commentary entitled A rose between two thorns!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
Pope John Paul II calls on the collective conscience of the world to provide humanitarian corridor to allow aid to Kosovo refugees
- Serbian Bishops in US thwarted in bid to take Clinton to court for unconstitional bombing
- Pope calls UN on carpet for over-emphasis on abortion while other programs suffer
- Castro permits Cubans to freely celebrate Easter Triduum and Easter
Anarchy rules as Pope Innocent VIII loses all control of decorum within the papal court as Christians revolt
Things only went from bad to worse with the election of Pope Innocent VIII who succeeded Pope Sixtus IV. If that weren't bad enough, it would deteriorate farther before the Church would recover but by that time it would be too late for many for the rebellion stallion was already out of the corral and no posse of impeccable morals could round them up for there were few within the ranks of the cardinals who sought to fulfill their vocations as God intended. The result: anarchy among the people, a total depletion of the Vatican coffers and corruption from the top down. It was the worst of times that would get even worse in the years to come. For the ninety-ninth installment titled Pope Innocent VIII: Trying to corral the stallion of rebellion after it has bolted the barn , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Events in Church History
For pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Misled and confused
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".
"Nothing is more clearly witnessed by individual experience than that we may do a wrong thing and think that it is right. Our Blessed Lord said, 'They will kill you and think that they have done a service to God.'"
Today is Easter Tuesday with tomorrow being Easter Wednesday throughout Easter Week. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.
"O! How you search frantically for peace but find it not."
Those words from Our Lord on the Feast of Saint Casimir on March 4, 1994 could have been said today for the world is in a dire search for a lasting peace but they will not find it from man, only from Jesus as He reiterates and as His Blessed Mother prefaces in March 1st Message #465 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Our Lady laments that so few have heard and heeded her words and reminds all to concentrate more on prayer and quit clamoring for signs and wonders when our hearts are so restless. For these two Messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
The Hidden Way series now in book form
Though we have completed the 100 Lessons/Meditations of THE HIDDEN WAY previously carried on Tuesdays, you may now acquire your own copy of the just-released book THE HIDDEN WAY which contains all 100. To find out how, click on Book
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Despite all odds, the Holy Father presses on for peace in his Easter Urbi et Orbi Address while L'Osservatore Romano piques Europe's collective conscience
Pope John Paul II used his traditional Urbi et Orbi Easter address to call for humanitarian aid for Kosovo refugees and to call down Mercy on these poor souls who have been persecuted and displaced. Meanwhile the official Vatican publication strongly called on all of Europe to unite and flex their collective muscle in demanding a truce by both Slobodon Milosevic and William Jefferson Clinton. For more, click on A call for help
US Serbian Orthodox Bishops lose court bid to detain Clinton's madness
While the United States Cardinals appealed directly to Clinton to stop the bombing and agree to a truce, the Serbian Orthodox Bishops in America tried tougher means by trying to take Clinton to court for violating the Constitution but another liberal Federal judge threw it out even though the Serb prelates had a good case against the western leader. For more, click on Dead end in court.
Once again Vatican foils pro-aborts agenda at the UN as Pope challenges validity of UN for their emphasis on the culture of death
No wonder the radical pro-abort groups are so infuriated with the Holy See and Pope John Paul II for once again, just as in Cairo, the Vatican has joined with underprivileged countries to throw a monkey wrench into the UN's document to promote the culture of death. Meanwhile the Vatican charged the UN that they are forcing abortion on countries which goes against international law while neglecting the economic issues of third world countries. For more, click on UNwarranted.
Cuban Easter a happy one as faithful allowed more freedom to worship
Whether it's political pressure or a softening of the heart in the aftermath of the Holy Father's visit last year, one thing is for sure: Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has loosened the reins on restricting Cuban Catholics in their worship. Many had thought last Easter, so close to the Pope's visit, was an exception by Castro and he would return to his dictatorial communist ways but truth be known he has lightened up and made practicing Catholicism more available to all. For more, click on Easter in Cuba.
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While the Western Church celebrates Easter forty days after Lent and forty days before the Ascension, the Orthodox Church composed of autonomous national Churches throughout the mideast, Eastern Europe, and western Asia, traditionally celebrate Easter a week afterwards. Thus, the Second Sunday of Easter in which many commemorate Divine Mercy Sunday, is actually Orthodox Easter. The word "Orthodox" is derived from the Greek word orthos meaning "right" and doksa which means "opinion" which together mean "having the right opinion" and was first adapted after the Council of Chalcedon in 451 to differentiate between those who adhered to Church doctrine (Orthodox) and those who did not. Today "orthodox" can mean the same thing when referring to Roman Catholicism as being totally true to the doctrines of Holy Mother Church, but the common nomenclature is "traditional" as opposed with the word that describes the Eastern Churches that broke away from Rome in the Schism of 1054. Nevertheless, the Holy Father pressed for an Easter Truce that would have lasted throughout this week between the Western Easter and the Eastern Easter in respect for both faiths, but Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic and William Jefferson Clinton of the western NATO nations, primarily the US, both rejected the Pope's plea.
(sources: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor, Publishers; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, S.J., Doubleday; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers).
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