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This weekend we observe the Second Sunday of Easter, more and more coming to be considered by many parishes as Divine Mercy Sunday as we finish up Easter Week on Friday and Saturday, the Octave of Easter. For the readings, liturgy, and meditations for Divine Mercy Weekend, click on DAILY LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.
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This weekend we conclude with DIVINE MERCY NOVENA with the Eighth Day of the Divine Mercy Novena and the Ninth and Final Day of the Divine Mercy Novena.
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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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"Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are they who have not seen, and yet have believed."
John 20: 29
Installment Seven of the Holy Father's Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW
Biography on Chile's Cardinal Juan Francisco Larrain Fresno in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Messages 473 and 474 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on April 12th.
Short gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
Part Three of Chapter Eight of "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
Daily Dose of Ecclesial facts in CATHOLIC CANVAS
Another new Catholic site in SITE OF THE DAY
DAILY LITURGY for Easter Weekday on Monday and Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter
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Sr. Lucy's mother is about to bloom forth as the newest member of Heaven's court through prayer and His Divine Mercy
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto bares her heart and soul in sharing one of the most important people in her life, her dear earthly mother who is near death's door at 92. It is through Jesus' Divine Mercy that Sister's mother was given a loving husband and five children, one who became a priest and Sister Mary Lucy who has become the kind of nun all of us long for - a loyal, nun who remains loyal to all the Church teaches and is proud to wear the habit - the true garment for a bride of Christ. It is most appropriate that she writes about this during the week dedicated to the Divine Mercy Novena and we ask all to light a votive candle and help her in calling down Divine Mercy for her dear mother who has suffered so and richly deserves the rewards that await her soon in Heavenly bliss. For Sister's column, My mother is dying, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
A Mother's Mercy
Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries
In the second part of Chapter 8, A LESSON IN FORGIVENESS we see the total compassion the Blessed Mother felt for all, even the man who betrayed her Divine Son as she truly prays that the Father will have mercy on the soul of the Iscariot. It is a glimpse into how loving a mother she is and why God has chosen her to convey His Will in these dire times. 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 two of Chapter 8, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
War begins at home just as peace does
This week Bishop Fulton J. Sheen pinpoints why we have so many wars and peace is so hard to achieve. Man must look in the mirror for it begins with the individual within. If one has peace in the heart and practices it, then one can better achieve it exteriorily. Multiply that by every citizen and then, only then, can piece be achieved. Though the good bishop is no longer with us, he was being prophetic in regards the current situation in the Balkans and his syllogism to obtaining peace is the only thing that makes sense. For words of wisdom from Bishop Sheen, click on Simply Sheen.
Events this weekend in Church History
This weekend we commemorate the anniversaries of the death of two Popes and the election of another. Friday marks the 1,284th anniversary of the death of Pope Constantine while Pope Donus passed away 1,321 years ago this Sunday. Saturday is the 444th anniversary of the election of Pope Marcellus II whose pontificate lasted only three weeks. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
For nearly six decades age has never been a factor with Italy's curia-meister Cardinal Angelo Felici
We continue with this new series that debuted the beginning of the year, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our forty-first red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Angelo Felici, former head of both the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" who received his red-hat in Pope John Paul II's Consistory of June 28, 1988. For more on Cardinal Felici, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
"Come to Me. Drink freely from the Font of Divine Mercy and do not grow weary."
Those words above come from Our Lord on the Fifth Sunday of Lent in 1994 and they pertain just as much on Divine Mercy Sunday this year as ever before. In Message #472 Jesus invites all His children to share in His Passion so that we might all share in His glorious Resurrection. His Blessed Mother prefaces this in her St. Patrick's Day Message #471 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart when she encourages her little ones to emulate Patrick's devotion to the Holy Trinity and seek to fully accept the Cross and walk with her Divine Son. For Messages 471 and 472, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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- Holy See will leave no stone unturned in seeking peace in Balkans
- Bishop Belo outraged at death of 25 gunned down by military in East Timor
- Disney doing end-run to produce yet another Catholic-bashing film
- HLI head lashes out at US and Canadian entities for hidden agenda of death
- Domino's founder to be founder of Ave Maria School of Law in Michigan
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Vatican encourages all to explore all avenues for peace in the Balkans The Holy Father and the Vatican have entreated all parties not to reject any peace proposal but to study it thoroughly and explore all avenues to achieve peace and relief for the hundreds of thousand Kosovo refugees and those suffering from the bombing. This includes Yugoslavian overtures toward peace as well. The Holy See made this statement following the Pope's meeting with the UN's Refuge Commissioner. For more, click on Leave no stone unturned
East Timor's Bishop Belo expresses great alarm at Indonesian army's blatant attack on Catholic church where 1500 had sought sanctuary
Nobel Peace Prize recipient Bishop Carlos Belo expressed sadness and indignation at the news that 1,500 were attacked inside a Catholic church by the Indonesian army which opened fire on the people, killing 25 last Tuesday. Portugal's president accused Indonesia of the murders and, along with Bishop Belo, has demanded President Habibe to stop the harassment of Christians immediately for face international retaliation. For more, click on Slaughter in East Timor.
Disney playing Pilate for Miramax in washing hands of Catholic-bashing film
Disney's been there before and doesn't like it so Miramax Films is going to be the fall guy for yet another anti-Catholic film. We're talking about the backlash Disney felt from their previous attempts at Catholic-bashing with such garbage as "Priests" and "Nothing Sacred." Now, they've got another one ready for the masses - a film called "Dogma" that mocks the Blessed Mother and spins a heretical tale of two angels trying to get back into Heaven. Disney doesn't want the headache but Miramax is gladly taking it on and with it the entire Catholic Church, some 60 billion strong. For more, click on Disney dogma.
Head of HLI targets US and Canada for culture of death agenda that is killing off the world's population
Keynoting a North American pro-life conference in Toronto, Human Life International president Father Richard Welch held nothing back in targeting the US and Canadian governments for their intrinsic involvement in promoting the culture of death through forced legislation in third world countries and others, including developing countries as well, where the fallout from abortions is beginning to have an effect on the workforce as the elderly retire. Even though the Cairo initiative was blocked by the alliance of underdeveloped nations and the Holy Father, pro-aborts, led by Planned Parenthood, have ignored it and muscled through their culture of death agenda. For more, click on Exposing the pro-aborts' agenda.
Founder of Domino's hopes new Catholic School of Law will have domino effect on Catholic legal minds
The Catholic luminary and now billionaire Thomas Monaghan who used to push "We deliver" with his Domino Pizza empire before selling it for one billion dollars last year is now delivering for the Church with the announcement that he will fund the 50 million needed to build a special Catholic Law School called Ave Maria School of Law near the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor which hopes to open their doors in the fall of next year and will feature, as one of the professors, Judge Robert Bork among other Catholic attorneys and jurists who will uphold the curriculum emphasizing natural law and Catholic teachings. For more, click on Domino effect in law.
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