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THURSDAY      February 18, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 34

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Take care in living, eating and being merry for tomorrow you may meet your Maker face to face. Then what?

      The words pronounced yesterday when we received ashes aren't just words, but a stark and needed reminder that we are mere mortals and totally dependent on God to raise us from the ashes. In his column today, Pat Ludwa focuses on these words and why too many fail to comprehend its finality, often opting to put it off until later while they eat, drink and make merry with nary a thought to the ultimate consequences. Through encouragement in the Word, Pat shows how we must continue on the narrow path strewn with thorns in the face of public opinion that tries to block out the inevitable. For his article Remember!!!, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW


Do we truly understand the meaning of Sacrifice?

      Today we commence our Lenten segment on the Church today, beginning with Sacrifice, a necessary spiritual and physical exercise we cannot live without! By its nature sacrifice dictates there will be a heavy attrition rate which Jesus knew only too well (cf. Matthew 7: 14) The only way through the narrow gate is Sacrifice, but too often many Catholics rationalize their way around it with a psuedo-sacrificial effort that doesn't quite cut it in God's boot camp for the militant. For the ninety-sixth installment of this on-going megaseries, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.
Installment Ninety-six

The Forty-Third Clarion:

SACRIFICE part one

"Behold, I come to do Thy will, O God...It is in this 'will' that we have been sanctified through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all."

Hebrews 10: 9-10

"Hosanna, He comes!"

      Continuing with the launch yesterday of this series of special Meditative Lessons for Lent, today we bring you part two of the first chapter JESUS ENTERS JERUSALEM as the scene is set for Christ's triumphant arrival in the Holy City where, less than a week later, He would be jeered and crucified rather than cheered and exalted. For part two, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

Meditative Lesson 1:


part two

NEXT INSTALLMENT: Part Three of JESUS ENTERS JERUSALEM - the Meditation by Our Lady


No one knows the time, nor the hour!

     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 secret of growing old is in this counsel an old man once gave a youth: 'Repent on your last day.' But the youth answered: 'But who knows when my last day will be?' 'For that reason,' said the saint, 'Repent today for it would be tomorrow."

Silence is Golden!

     That is the theme of her two messages we bring you today in which the BLessed Mother conveyed to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart that we speak too much and our unkind, ignorant words only contribute to the babble that creates static and interference in trying to communicate with God. Our Lady asks us all to speak with our hearts in prayer and follow that up with the actions of showing ultimate reverence for her Divine Son Jesus and those teachings He has left us, carried out through His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. For Messages #401 and #402 in early September 1993, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Three Hundred-Ninety-nine and Four Hundred

Message Three Hundred-Ninety-nine, September 5, 1993

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

Message Four Hundred, September 7, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)


"If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. "

Luke 9: 23

January 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! I again invite you to prayer. You have no excuse to work more because nature still lies in deep sleep. Open yourselves in prayer. Renew prayer in your families. Put Holy Scripture in a visible place in your families, read it, reflect on it and learn how God loves His people. His love shows itself also in present times because He sends me to call you upon the path of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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February 18, 1999 volume 10, no. 34   DAILY CATHOLIC