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MONDAY      February 22, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 36

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SIMPLY SHEEN:
The character of true faithfulness

     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".

"Faithfulness in great things is not uncommon; faithfulness in little things is rare but most indicative of true character."


The final days of Jesus' public ministry

Meditative Lessons on the Sorrowful Mysteries

      Today we begin Lesson 2 on the Mysteries of the Rosary. The first part is a prophetic "intuition" to the Hidden Flower's spiritual director before beginning her interior vision of Jesus on his way to the House of Lazarus. For part one of Lesson 2 of this series we will continue to bring you daily throughout Lent, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

Meditative Lesson 2:

FAREWELL TO THE HOLY WOMEN AND THE MOTHER

part one

Dear Father, Our Heavenly Mother asks me to write again, desiring me, calling me to be one with the Divine Will. She speaks to me with such love, but also with grave urgency. She comforts me, while at the same time warning me that persecution shall grow even more fierce against me. This persecution shall, as it has always done in the past, serve as a means of purification, of strengthening in faith, hope and love. The persecution, in Godís plan, separates the wheat from the chaff. She asks me to write here that all I am given comes from God through interior vision and through interior locution. These lessons and meditations, as those previously given on the Divine Infancy, are not meant to be of great detail regarding specific descriptions of people, geography etc. Rather, I "see" what our Blessed Mother wants me to see, and write only that which she directs me to write. She gives the meditation in order to keep her little ones fully focused on the Divine Will, which is all that we shall have to rely on in the Time of Great Darkness. Having tested the Voice, I write as I am given to see:

"He said to them, 'Did you not know that I must be about my Fatherís business?' And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them."


Luke 2: 49-50

NEXT INSTALLMENT: Part Two of Lesson 2: FAREWELL TO THE HOLY WOMEN AND THE MOTHER

Columbia's Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos heads the Congregation for the Clergy

      Our twenty-second red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Dario Hoyos Castrillon current President of the Congregation for the Clergy and one of the newest cardinals. For more on Cardinal Castrillon, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

22.   Cardinal Dario Hoyos Castrillon


DAILYLITURGY

      Today is the Feast of the CHAIR OF SAINT PETER, one of three feasts celebrated in white vestments during Lent. The other two will be the Feast of Saint Joseph on March 19th and the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th. Other than that the next time we see white vestments will be on Holy Thursday. Tomorrow we return to Lenten time shared with the optional commemoration of the martyred bishop Saint Polycarp. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Monday, February 22, 1999

Feast of THE CHAIR OF SAINT PETER

Tuesday, February 23, 1999

Feast of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr


PRAYERS & DEVOTION

     Today we honor the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter with the Preface for today's Mass:

      It is truly right and just to give You thanks, Almighty and Everlasting God, and to admire Your greatness, especially in the saints that You raised up fosr the support of Your Church. With remarkable wisdom the Church was prefigured in the Old Testament, and when the time was fulfilled, You established it on the foundation of the apostles. From among them You chose Peter, who was the first to recognize the Divinity of Christ, and You made him the solid rock on which Your Church would be built. You have constituted him as guide and custodian of Your entire flock so that throughout the centuries he could strengthen his brethren. Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, gave him the keys of the kingdom so that whatever he decided on earth, You, O Father, would ratify in Heaven. Today we devoutly celebrate the singular and provident charge that was committed to the head of the apostles, as we join the choirs of angels and sing a hymn to Your glory.


"I weep because the offenses of my children against God daily multiply."

      It was on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows that the Blessed Mother conveyed those words to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message 404 in which she urged all to pray and not to wait for the signs to convert. She prefaces this with Message #403 where she extolls all that the Father's Justice is coming and to stay the course in our faith. For these two Messages from Our Lady, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Four-Hundred-three and Four-Hundred-four

Message Four-Hundred-three, September 13, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of Saint John Chrysostom)

Message Four-Hundred-four, September 15, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)
(Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows)

THE DAILY WORD

"...thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

Matthew 16: 18

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 22, 1999 volume 10, no. 36   DAILY CATHOLIC