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EASTER TUESDAY      April 6, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 67

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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 ilk of Hitler. For today's commentary entitled A rose between two thorns!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

The rose between two thorns!

Michael Cain, editor


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.
Installment Ninety-nine

Pope Innocent VIII: Trying to corral the stallion of rebellion after it has bolted the barn


Reunion of Mother and Son

      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!"

Meditative Lesson 7:

JESUS SEEKS FIRST HIS MOTHER

part one

      Dear Father, it is Monday and I am preparing for Holy Mass. I am told by our Blessed Mother that our dear Blessed Jesus has permitted this suffering that I might give all to Him in order to bring to fruition the Divine Will in my own life. I have been in prayer for some time. I have tested her voice, and I begin.
"Blessed are the eyes that see the things which you see."
Luke 10: 23

NEXT INSTALLMENT: Part Two - Chapter Seven: Our Lady's Meditation

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Orthodox Easter

      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).

Events Today in Church History

      For pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 6:


SIMPLY SHEEN: Mislead 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.'"


March 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   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

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


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