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EASTER THURSDAY      April 8, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 69

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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

The speculation goes on

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

Installment Three


NEXT WEDNESDAY: Installment Four

Mary expresses her gratitude

      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!"

Meditative Lesson 8:


part one

      Dear Father, every day despite my many failings, God in His Infinite Patience reveals to me more fully what His Divine Will is and the vital necessity to always bow in submission to it. We do not have to have all the answers. We do not have to see how everything will turn out. Our unity to the Divine Will is first. He will take care of the rest. As I remain in bed, too weak to breathe, our Dear Lady comes and asks me to write: I am filled with Holy Peace.

      She says, Father, that I must not worry that in my lifetime many, particularly the scholars, theologians, the clerics will reject these humble Lessons, just as many reject the messages for the world. The validity of the words will bear good fruit and in God's time. All glory and honor shall be given to Him Who has chosen to work through the weakest, most wretched of all His children. So having tested Our Lady's voice, I begin.

"For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost."
Matthew 18: 11

NEXT INSTALLMENT: Part Two - Chapter Eight: A Lesson in Forgiveness


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.' "

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

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 8:


Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church:



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

Thursday, April 8, 1999

Friday, April 9, 1999

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


"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

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