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EASTER WEDNESDAY      April 7, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 68

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The rock-solid establishment of the Blessed Sacrament

      We continue today with the abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we bring you the second installment this week with the third tomorrow on the Establishment of the Blessed Sacrament - the cornerstone of our faith. For Installment two, click on BARQUE OF PETER

Installment Two


TOMORROW: Installment Three

Cardinal Jose Freire: Providing the Pastoral pattern throughout Brazil in embodying his motto of "serving in humility"

     Today we feature our fortieth red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 74 year-old Cardinal Jose Freire of Brazil who is the Archbishop of Brazilia. This prolific writer has written extensively for the two largest Brazil daily papers. For more on this youngest of the five Brazilian cardinals appointed by Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of June 28, 1988, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

40.   Cardinal Jose Freire

April Apologues applied to Food for Thought Appeteasers

      Lent is over and that means the return of our Food for Thought Appeteasers. Today we bring you two short vignettes that Catholics can appreciate and should provoke a smile or two, maybe even a chuckle. For these two short vignettes, What a way to start the day! and the Alarm clock Prayer, click on APRIL APOLOGUES: FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
      With Lent over, we can now resume our weekly Appeteasers providing a chuckle for all as well as Food for Thought. Today we present two vignettes Catholics can appreciate, the first was sent by both NH and LS on definitions for Catholics which we call "Tongue-in-cheek Daffinitions for Catholics". The second also comes from LS, - a short prayer that we can all relate to called the "Alarm clock Prayer." Enjoy.


Alarm clock prayer!


      Today is Easter Wednesday while tomorrow we continue the celebration with Easter Thusday. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Wednesday, April 7, 1999

Thursday, April 8, 1999


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


      Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said, "Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart." Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all Heaven into ecstasy and they are the Heavenly Father's favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

      Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of Mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your Mercy for endless ages. Amen.

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).

"I ask you to beseech God to allow Divine Mercy to flood this sorrowful earth, as I speak about my Son's coming."

      In the Blessed Mother's 467th and 468th Messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on March 7th and 8th, 1984 during a speaking tour in the heart of Texas, Our Lady's theme is Divine Mercy which fits so perfectly with this week and which we need to take to heart that God's Mercy is there for the asking but we need to ask and respond. She also affirms that hell does indeed exist and, to quote Blessed-to-be Padre Pio, "if you don't believe there's a hell, you will when you get there!" Our Lady doesn't want this fate for any of her children and like a loving Mother calls all back to her Divine Son. For these two Messages on Mercy, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 467 and 468

Message Four Hundred-sixty-seven, March 7, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(University of Dallas in Irving, Texas)

Message Four Hundred-sixty-eight, March 8, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Austin, Texas)

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


"O foolish ones and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things before entering into His glory?"

Luke 24: 24-25

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