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WEEKEND DAILY LITURGY
This weekend we observe the Fifth Sunday of Easter, after celebrating Easter Weekdays. But more importantly we celebrate the First Saturday of May with the glorious feast of Saint Joseph the Worker after Friday's feast of Pope Saint Pius V. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignettes, click on DAILY LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In honor of the beatification of Padre Pio, we present a special Prayer to obtain the glorification of this humble friar with the Imprimatur by Archbishop Valentino Vailati in Manfredonia in 1971. He was the prelate who on February 16, 1973 consigned the documentation to the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints to obtain the "nihil obstat" for the beginning of the process of Padre Pio's beatification after his death on September 23, 1968. On Sunday, May 2 his canonization grows one step closer.
O Jesus, full of grace and charity, victim for sinners, so impelled by love for us that You willed to die on the cross, I humbly beseech You to glorify in Heaven and on earth the Servant of God, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, who generously participated in Your sufferings, who loved You so much and labored so faithfully for the glory of Your Heavenly Father and for the good of souls. With confidence I beseech You to grant me, through his intercession, the grace of (here place your petition) which I ardently desire. (Then say three Glory Be's).
THE DAILY WORD|
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me."
John 14: 6
Installment Ten 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 Cardinal Paul Gouyon in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Messages 503 and 504 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on May 3rd.
Short gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
Part One of Chapter Thirteen 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 the feast of Saints Philip and James and the Fifth Tuesday of Easter
...and much more in our 86th issue for 1999!
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First Century Twentieth Century
Bookends for the two millenniums: St. Joseph and Padre Pio - strong, silent, and sanctifying. |
In this weekend's editorial we show the link between two great men - a link that spans 20 centuries, beginning with the first saint Saint Joseph and one of this centuries most cherished ones who will be beatified Sunday - Padre Pio. We also ask what is the agenda of the secular media who continue to fabricate the news and slant it, failing to give the Holy See any credit for progress made or the tremendous relief efforts for the refugees, much of it provided by sources with the Vatican. For this weekend's commentary, It wouldn't hurt to invoke the help of Blessed Padre Pio!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
A continuing tribute to Sister Lucy's Mother
May 14, 1907 - April 16, 1999
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto shares with all some more memories of her dear departed earthly mother and Sister Lucy's own human feelings of filial love and the void left from a motherly imprint that left an indelible mark on Sister's life as she relates in her column. For her column this weekend, God called Mama part two. click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
The Holy Rosary enables us to walk closer with Jesus
Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries
In the fourth and final part of Chapter 12, Behold His Glory! the Blessed Mother conveys to us how we can emulate the Holy Family and walk closer with her Divine Son through the mysteries and prayers of the Holy Rosary. She reminds us to cling to the Gospel which has been distorted and twisted to fit the modern, worldly thinking that has sold out to the devil. 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 four of Chapter 12 - Our Lady's Meditation, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
Want not, judge not!
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".
"The way we judge others is very often the judgment which we pronounce upon ourselves. Whenever you find anyone who is hateful, censorious and bitter against those who lead religious lives, inquire not into his intellectual background; rather investigate his behavior."
Events this weekend in Church History
This weekend we observe the death of a great and holy Sovereign Pontiff Pope Saint Pius V who died on May 1, 1572. He was the Holy Father who enacted the many, many counter-reforms after the Council of Trent. It was he who decreed the Roman Missal and pronounced that the Latin Mass should be said "in perpetuity." For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
The retired Archbishop of Toledo Cardinal Marcelo Gonzalez Martin has always been there for the people of Spain, especially the poor
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 fiftieth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Marcelo Gonzalez Martin, Archbishop emeritus of Toledo who received his red-hat from Pope Paul V I in the Consistory of March 5, 1973. For more on Cardinal Gonzalez Martin, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
"You must immerse yourself in the ocean of Divine Mercy, for only My Mercy will shield you from the Justice of the Father."
Those words above come from Our Lord on the Feast of the Visitation on May 31, 1994 in which Jesus imparted a number of things to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #501 and 502 on June 2, 1994. He asks us all to take Him up on His call to immerse ourselves in His Divine Mercy and also to help facilitate the beginning of the congregation of contemplative nuns who will dedicate their lives to calling down Divine Mercy on the world. It would be a year later on May 23, 1995 almost to the date of Our Lord's message here that the Institute of Divine Mercy would finally receive episcopal approved and begin. For Messages 501 and 502, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Monthly Message for
Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. Little children, be joyful carriers of peace and love in this peaceless world. By fasting and prayer, witness that you are mine and that you live my messages. Pray and seek! I am praying and interceding for you before God that you convert; that your life and behavior always be Christian. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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May 25, 1887 - September 23, 1968
A special interview with the facilitator of Padre Pio's cause
In honor of this Capuchin who will be beatified Sunday, we present an interview provided by 'Fides' via ZENIT with Father Miguel Gonzalez who has been working for years towards his cause for beatification and he gives some special insight into both the man himself and the fervor of the people toward him. For more, click on Insight on Padre Pio
Pope continues to strive for peace, sends letters of thanks to UN and humanitarian organizations |
Milosevic turns on his own people, blocking needed humanitarian provisions at border
Pope pleas for Ethiopia and Eritea bishops to help bring reconciliation to their lands
Jesuits puzzled by Russian refusal to renew registration of Order
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NEWS & VIEWS
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Pope expresses gratitude to Kofi Annan for joining the Pontiff in seeking peace in the Balkans The Holy Father has sent a special letter to the Secretary-General of the UN for his cooperation in trying to get the sides to the negotiating table and in helping clear the way for humanitarian aid to the refugees. His Holiness also extended his appreciation to all those organizations that have answered Christ's call to feed the hungry and clothe the naked and the rest of the Corporal Works of Mercy in the Balkans. For more, click on Praise from Pope
NATO bombing victims in Belgrade denied humanitarian help by their own leader
You have to wonder about any sincerity people might have thought Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic had with the latest news that the Serb despot has closed off the border to any aid from humanitarian groups including the Catholic Italian Caritas organization which has been in total cooperation with the Serbian Orthodox Church but then again, Milosevic has never been considered very orthodox in his dealings. For more, click on Blocked at border.
Holy Father seeking reconciliation and peace between African nations
The Vatican hosted the 59th Plenary Assembly in Rome for the bishops of Ethiopia and Eritrea, two African nations which have not always seen eye-to-eye. Pope John Paul II personally addressed the assembly of the body of bishops, beseeching them to work toward reconciliation. For more, click on African Plenary Assembly.
Jesuits baffled by Russia's snub of their application for reentry to preach and evangelize
Ever since Saint Ignatius Loyola founded the Society of Jesus after the Protestant Reformation, the Jesuits have been persecuted from even being outlawed in some countries. That seems to be happening again with Russia's refusal to renew the Order's registration with the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation. The Jesuit fathers thought that with the fall of the iron curtain in the early 90's, the former USSR would be ripe for harvesting, reaching back on a rich Christian heritage in Russia. The Jesuits have been involved throughout the troubles in the Soviet Union and now, for some reason, are being denied or painted into a corner. Needless to say the Order is not taking this lying down and is doing all it can to rectify the situation. For more, click on Jesuit perils.
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