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WEDNESDAY     vol. 10, no. 38      February 24, 1999

February 24, 1999
Wednesday Lenten Liturgy
First Wednesday in Lent

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This Day in Church History

Liturgy for today and tomorrow


CWN Catholic News for today

Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

   For the Lenten Way of the Cross, click on either the graphics Daily Way of the Cross or the text-only Daily Way of the Cross or the Meditative Lessons on the Way to Calvary

Lenten Liturgy
   Today and tomorrow we commemorate the Lenten Liturgy for the First Wednesday and First Thursday of Lent. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations for the Lenten liturgy, click on DAILY LITURGY.

      Today in keeping with the spirit of Lent, we present the first of a few Responsory Prayers taken from the Byzantine Rite:

Behold, now is the acceptable time!
Now is the day of salvation!

Year of God the Father
310 and counting,
hoping and praying...

  • The second of a multi-part segment on SACRIFICE today in the spirit of the Lenten Message in our on-going series WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

  • A layman's perspective on the Church today, focusing on the second part of Mass Confusion, in Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW

  • Fourth installment of Chapter Two of "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on February 25th.

  • Messages 409 and 410 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Lenten weekdays.

  • Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN

  • Daily Dose of Church tidbits laid out on the CATHOLIC CANVAS

  • ...and much more in our 39th issue for 1999!

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  • Cardinal Marco Ce - photo from Inside the VaticanThe Patriarch of Venice: Cardinal Ce succeeds one Pope and is made Cardinal by his successor
         Today we continue with this new series that we will bring you on a regular basis three times a week. Our twenty-third red hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is the 74 year-old Cardinal Marco Ce who has been Patriarch of Venice ever since Pope John Paul II appointed him in late 1978 to succeed both the Pope's and Archbishop Ce's predecessor Pope John Paul I. For more on this Venetian cardinal appointed by Pope John Paul II back in his Consistory of June 30, 1979, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • Pleas to avert war echo from religious leaders from Moscow to Rome to Belgrade

  • The fate of Catholics in Sudan does not look good

  • Concealed guns only contribute to the Fifth Commandment Missouri Bishops contend

  • Catholic parents wage a war against New Age tactics in court

    These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.

  • Passion of Our LordIt is Consummated!
    The final moments at Lazarus' Home
          Having begun this inspiring Lenten series last week, we complete the Lesson part of Lesson 2 today with part three of FAREWELL TO THE HOLY WOMEN AND THE MOTHER, where Jesus bids adieu to Mary Magdalene and shares some special moments with His Blessed Mother Mary. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

    Our Lady of Sorrows The Message of El Escorial is the Message of Lent
    Our Lady of El Escorial       We continue with the eighth installment of the apparitions of El Escorial, Spain which began during the same time frame as Betania and Medjugorje and has received little publicity. Yet, like Medjugorje and Betania, El Escorial is still going on and is as important as the others for Our Lady comes as Nuestra Senora de los Dolores - "Our Lady of Sorrows" to call all her children back to her Divine Son Jesus through Prayer, Penance and Sacrifice in atonement for our own sins and those of the entire world. El Escorial visionary Amparo CuevasGod's chosen messenger to receive these and impart them to the world is a housewife and mother of seven Luz Amparo Cuevas a visionary who has suffered much producing plentiful fruits. For part eight of The Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain - Messages which explain a theme, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
    War is hell!
          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".

    "Humanity might well pause in these days when the hot flames of hell, by a peculiar paradox, fan a cold war of prejudice and hate."

    "This generation is an evil generation: it demands a sign, and no sign shall be given it but the sign of Jonas. For even as Jonas was a sign to the Ninevites, so will aslo the Son of Man be to this generation."
    Luke 11: 29-30

    Medjugorje Monthly Message for JANUARY 25th
    The Gospa's message for January     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

    "I solemnly say to you: Great events are unfolding now to fulfill all I have foretold. "
    Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary       Those words set the theme for the two Messages from the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the end of September 1993 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. In Our Lady's two messages today she conveyes that the signs are there everyday, but the greatest Sign is the Presence of her Divine Son Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament Which resides in Tabernacles everywhere. She implores us to read Sacred Scripture, pray the Rosary, and return reverence to the Mass for in many places this Holy Sacrifice has become an aberration. She also asks her children to take the Sacraments very, very seriously, especially Confession and Confirmation for we need the strength of the Holy Spirit in these coming times in which she affirms that, "the mind of man cannot conceive of the chastisements yet to come." For messages 407 and 408, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

    Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDE
    with a Catholic slant provided by
    Catholic World News Service
    and Noticias Eclesiales Church News

      Religiou leaders express fears over Kosovo crisis
      Kosovo is the world's hot spot     Authentic fears of an escalation of war that could ignite into World War III over the crisis with the Serbs in Kosovo were expressed this week from Moscow to the Vatican to Belgrade by religious leaders including the Pope. They all call for saner minds and hearts to rule so that war can be averted in this region which triggered the First World War and contributed to the bloodshed of the Second World War. For more, click on Kosovo.

      Many fear the worst is yet to come in troubled Sudan
            The situation in the Sudan is about to go from bad to worse as starvation raises its ugly head in the face of civil war and Muslim muscling of Catholics and Christian refugees, driving them into the hot, arid desert as the weather heats up as well as tempers. Human Rights have been thrown out in areas like Wau, Bahr El Ghazal and Khartoum where the government has a stranglehold on controling the military and brainwashing all to Islamism. Experts predict as many as two and a half million people are going to die from famine or force. For more, click on Sadness in the Sudan.

      Fear of increased violence prompts Missouri Bishops to condemn concealed gun agendas
      Missouri Bishops stand against violence       With the Referendum on the ballot in April for Missouri voters, the Missouri Bishops took a united stance against concealed handguns, expressing fears that it would not only increase violence but contribute to violating the Fifth Commandment - "Thou shalt not kill." in a vigilante-like 'Wild West.' For more, click on Cancel concealed guns.

      Voodoo, Zodiac and Witchcraft in school curriculum prompts Catholic families to take court action
            Finally someone is taking on the New Agers and they're hoping it will make a difference. That's the intent of three Catholic families who are taking on the White Plains School District just north of New York City over the mandatory courses that incorporate New Age philosophies, Hindu practices and witchcraft. The District's defense is that this curriculum is commonplace and employed in schools throughout the United States. For that reason let us all hope and pray that this triumverate of Catholic parents are triumphant or we'll all be in worse trouble. For more, see Voodoo curriculum

    For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales Both CWN and NE are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

    Events in Church History
    Saint Francis of Assisi monument at church of St. Mary of the Angels Basilica where Portiuncula stands inside      It was on this date in 1208 that Jesus, in private revelation, communicated to Saint Francis of Assisi at Portiuncula - below Assisi - that God wanted him to devote his life to Him when he told Francis "Rebuild My Church". For more, see CATHOLIC CANVAS below. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church:
    Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels  Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels  Exterior of Portiuncula Chapel inside St. Mary's  Interior of Portiuncula Chapel

          Today is the 791st anniversary of the revelation to Saint Francis of Assisi for this Friar-to-be to "Rebuild My Church" - the day known in Franciscan annals as the hour Francis realized his vocation. He didn't necessarily realize his mission for Francis mistook the directive and literally set about building with his own hands a little church from the shell of four walls which is still preserved today inside the vast, cavernous St. Mary of the Angels Basilica in the town of the same name Santa Maria degli Angeli near Assisi and San Damiano. The etymology of the name Portiuncula or Porziuncola can be based on two hypotheses; the first, that it derives from the "small portion" of land upon which the church was built, pertaining as it did to the then vast patrimony of land belonging to the Benedictines; the second, as a long pious tradition would have it, of a "small portion" of stone, from the tomb of the Our Lady, brought by four pilgrims returning from the Holy Land and inserted, as a relic, in the walls. The outer walls of the building itself date back to the 4th century and was passed to the Benedictines in the sixth century. They gave it to Francis but because of the holy friar's penchant for observing the strict principles of absolute poverty, they agreed to "rent" it to him for a basket of fish from the Tescio once a year. This is where the first Franciscan gathering was in 1211 after he had finished the rough hewn chapel, transforming it into a sanctuary of beauty, reverence and awe. It became the center of gathering for prayer in common and for singing the Psalms and other praises to the Lord. For more we recommend you check out Portiuncula from the Encyclopedia at the New Advent Catholic Supersite. (source: Assisi, Art and History in the Centuries, Edizoni Plurigraf)
          Today, in an effort to acquaint our readers with more Catholic mega-sites, we present what many believe is the pioneer of Catholic internet communications. It is the CATHOLIC INFORMATION NETWORK which first went on line back in 1987 when cyberspace was more of an experimental risk before the mass rush to get on the web. Especially helpful at this time of the liturgical season is the site's comprehensive compendium of Lenten devotions and meditations.

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