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Today is Easter Thursday while tomorrow we continue the celebration with Easter Friday. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today is the Seventh Day of the Divine Mercy Novena. See DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
Mary expresses her gratitude
Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries
In the first part of Chapter 8, A LESSON IN FORGIVENESS we see those who were close to the Blessed Mother come to share the news with her and her express gratitude toward all those who have been loyal to her Divine Son as they all share in the joy of His Resurrection. 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 8, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
Events that happened this day in Church History
On this date in 1546 in the aftermath of the devastating Protestant Reformation, Pope Paul III set the Church on the "comeback trail" by calling for the 19th Ecumenical Council, better known as the Council of Trent that would be held a year later. In preparation, he decreed on this date that the Apocrypha, original writings from the early years on religious matters outside the canon of Scripture which are accepted by Holy Mother Church, would be considered as the basis for many of the documents at the Council of Trent. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
THE DAILY WORD"Thus it is written; and thus the Christ should suffer, and should rise again from the dead on the third day; and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem." Luke 24: 46-47
267 and counting,
hoping and praying...
Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Part Two of Chapter Eight of "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
The Eighth and Ninth Days of the DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on April 9th through April 11th.
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Messages 471 and 472 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
DAILY LITURGY for Easter Saturday and the Second Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday.
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What good was the goose if the ganders wander? Refuting speculations that won't fly with Catholic teaching.|
In his column today, Pat Ludwa exposes the false assumptions of what really happened on Calvary and then in the tomb on the third day, ridiculing those new age rainbow chasers and eastern mystics who claim farfetched accounts of Christ's travels and beliefs and who wrongly sylogize that the Son of God really didn't die on the cross. Pat refutes all these through medical facts, Scriptural facts, and the greatest fact of all: faith. From the simple theory of the goose to the simpletons known as ganders, Pat puts it all in black and white. For Pat's column The speculation goes on, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Pope sees Easter Truce as start but more needs to be done as he meets with UN Refuge Commissioner
Rome's Sant'Egidio Community for Peace picks up where Pope leaves off with Phase II
Portugal bishops and US cardinals speak out against NATO bombing
Desecration of Our Lady's image at the national shrine in Brazil foiled
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
The sacrificial emphasis on the Mass
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 third installment this week emphasizing the reason it is and always has been called the "Holy Sacrifice of the Mass." For Installment three, click on BARQUE OF PETER
Room to grow!
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".
"Religion starts with an emptying of self. The Spirit cannot come into the soul until the ego begins to hang outside its tinsel dwelling the sign: 'Immediate Occupancy.'"
with a Catholic slant
"O! How My Heart is comforted by the souls who trust in Me, who call upon My Mercy."
Those words were conveyed by Our Lord to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on Laetare Sunday in 1994 during the final leg of a Texas speaking tour in which Jesus reemphasized His abundant Mercy which ties in with this week during the Divine Mercy Novena. In both His March 11th and March 13th Messages, He reinforces that the time of Mercy is limited and that the Father's Justice will come after the Mercy as He implores all His children to partake in the refreshing flow of the Font of Mercy now before it is too late. He asks repeatedly for all of us to trust in Him. For Messages #469 and #470, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWS
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Pope pleased with Easter Truce, still wary of violent outbreak after Orthodox Easter as he meets with UN representative for harboring refugees
The Holy Father expressed gratitude that Yugoslavia has accepted the Easter Truce he proposed on Holy Thursday, even though it is a few days later than originally drawn up. Yet the Pope held out hope that this could be a lasting peace, but realistically knows that all could intensify again by next Monday. To prepare for this and cater to the hundreds of thousands of Kosovars who have sought refuge in Macedonia, Albania and Bosnia, he met with the UN Refuge Commissioner Wednesday. It was also revealed that Catholics may be safer than first reported and the Catholic St. Eligio Community is working on authoring a new peace pact. For more, click on Kosovo.
Second Wave of Peace Proposal being engineered by Rome's respected Sant'Egidio Community
Working closely with other religious leaders, Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, head of the respected Sant'Egidio Community in Rome is going to follow-up on the Holy Father's original plea for peace with what could rightly be called "Phase Two" of the Peace Plea with a meeting in Belgrade with Yugoslav leaders, accompanied by an envoy of representatives from Sant'Egidio. Meanwhile the Vatican news service Fides reported that the small minority of Catholics in Kosovo have been safe so far but their tenuous position there is in jeopardy nonetheless. For more, click on Phase Two Peace Plea
Portugal bishops and US cardinals speak out strongly against bombing, hold out hope for peace as they address their flocks
The Portugal bishops en masse have condemned their country's NATO involvement in the war in Kosovo and echoed the Holy Father's plea for peace just as the United States cardinals have done so in letters to the president of the U.S. to little avail. Yet Cardinal Bernard Law, Archbishop of Boston still holds out hope reiterating in his Easter homily that "it is never too late for peace." For more, click on never too late.
Our Lady's national shrine assaulted in Brazil by Assembly of God fundamentalist on Easter Sunday
Claiming the Bible prompted him to do it, a 42 year-old radical fundamentalist from the Assembly of God church tried to desecrate Brazil's Patronness at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida on Easter Sunday but the rock he threw was ineffective because of the bullet-proof glass constructed around the image to prevent just such assaults which have been attempted by other Protestant fundamentalists in the past. The culprit was turned in by pilgrims who witnessed the event. For more, click on Desecration attempt.
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The etimology of the word is derived from the Greek word apokryphos meaning "hidden. The Apocrypha are canonical books, mostly from early writings in the Church as well as Old Testament writings before Christ that have been accepted by the Church but not officially recognized by the Church as canonical either because of content or source of origin. It includes over sixty books such as the Books of Adam and Eve, Martyrdom of Isaiah, Testament of the Patriarchs, Assumption of Moses, and the Sibylline Oracles in the Old Covenant which are loosely grouped under three categories: apocalyptic, historical and didactic. The controversial Dead Sea Scrolls could also possibly be placed in this group but are presently not yet considered precisely as Apocrypha. In the New Covenant you have the Gospel of James, Gospel of Thomas, Arabic Gospel of the Infancy, History of Joseph the Carpenter, Acts of John, Acts of Paul, Acts of Peter, Acts of Andrew and more in the New Covenant. Such works are valuable because of the historical content as well as the private revelation factor. Protestants call some of the books in the Catholic bible psuedepigrapha which Catholics call deuterocanonical because of their inspired character and apocryphal nature. That is why those who reject the true faith reject these books because of their false credo of "sola scriptura." Even though the Apocrypha has little value theologically, they do have merit from a historical perspective as well as reinforcing genuine canonical Scripture. In the early years of the Church, when heresies would crop up, the word Apocrypha was often treated with disdain but has come to be accepted as worthy of consideration for the three categories described above. For a more detailed background on the Apocrypha, we recommend NEW ADVENT CATHOLIC SUPERSITE (sources: Cabinet of Catholic Information, Duggan Publishing Co.; 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, SJ, Doubleday; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers).
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Medjugorje Monthly Message
for MARCH 25th
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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