On November 7, 1983 Pope John Paul II named him Bishop of Green Bay succeeding the retired Bishop Aloysius J. Wycislo. He was ordained Bishop for this northern Wisconsin Diocese on the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul in 1984 (January 25). Bishop Maida's expertise in law prompted him to be appointed to various Papal Commissions and national Church committees concerning the interpretation of Canon Law. After seven years heading the Green Bay Diocese, on April 28 1990 the Holy Father tabbed him to replace Cardinal Edmund Szoka who had been called to Rome to serve as President for the Prefecture for the Economics Affairs of the Holy See. Bishop Maida was elevated to Archbishop of Detroit at his installation on June 12, 1990. After four years with Detroit not having a cardinal to represent them, he was honored with the cardinalate by John Paul II in his Consistory of November 26, 1994 receiving the titular church of Sts. Vitalis, Valeria, Gervase and Protase.
At 69, Cardinal Maida also serves membership in the Congregation for the Clergy and the Congregation for Catholic Education plus the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant Peoples. He oversees over one and a half million Catholics in southeastern Michigan and has had his hands full curtailing his liberal Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton whom he inherited from the previous regime. Cardinal Maida has also had his run-ins with the administrators at the University of Detroit-Mercy where Catholic education has been questioned because of radical faculty who Rome is trying to reign in. He is a strong advocate of pro-life, serving on the NCCB Committee on Pro-Life. During his tenure as Detroit's shepherd he has introduced new programs such as Cornerstone Schools, the Religious Leaders Forum, Partners in Service, St. Johnís Center for Youth and Family, Project Life, an archdiocesan endowment, Jubilee 2000, and helped establish the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, DC. He resides at the Archdiocesan address at 1234 Washington Blvd. in Detroit.
Dear children of My Sacred Heart, this month draws to its close and in pleasure do you prepare for the Holy Season of Lent, as it says in Scripture, "Even in those days they shall be drinking and making merry..."
You do this out of human weakness and lack of faith, never understanding that I come again, but a time known only to the Father. Will you be prepared? If you are, then you have nothing to fear.
I do solemnly tell you that as I promised so on the 18th of this month I gave unto you the luminous sign of My Presence among you, as proof that I Who Am shall be victorious. How saddened that so few of My children saw and understood this marvelous sign.
Now, I do solemnly say to you that in this Holy Season of Lent beseech Me for the grace of proper, holy discernment which is a true gift of the Holy Spirit.
Dear children, do not interpret Divine or private Revelation. This is a grave error. Rather, the just soul properly discerns through the enlightening of the Holy Spirit and the guidance of My Church.
So many of you, little children, because of fear, and out of curiosity, interpret these God-given messages because you want dates, times and absolute diagrams of events.
Behold, I solemnly tell you it shall not be revealed in this manner, and you are prey to satan's wiles if you seek such knowledge.
Know, My children, Sacred Scripture speaks eloquently of the end times. The messages given in your own day point to Scripture and, if you both read and discern, then the Holy Spirit shall enlighten. Through enlightenment you draw closer to Me and fear vanishes, for you perceive events with supernatural senses. This is My desire for you and to all who seek the grace and gift of discernment with pure heart, it shall be given to you. Pray and sacrifice every day, for all that has been foretold shall be fulfilled.
Prepare well. I Come!
Now all of My children have begun Lent and on this day when you come to honor My Sacred and Sorrowful Heart, I, your God, say: This Lent and every day to come, the sacrifice I ask of each of you is this: Give to Me your heart. Surrender to Me in all things. Only in this way do you truly become Mine and I, Who Am, shall fulfill all of My Promises. I shall give you My Own Heart through which you shall learn to love and forgive as I do, and the Reign of My Sacred Heart shall come to all the world.
This is the sacrifice I seek. Do you trust Me enough to surrender your life to Me? Contemplate My words and do as I ask, that you might be prepared. For I solemnly tell you - I Come!
Pope Saint Pius V decrees that the Inquisition be extended to the Portuguese Navy where dissension forced this move.
Death of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi. For more on this saint, see DAILY LITURGY.
Pope Leo XIII issues his 75th encyclical - Omnibus compertum aimed at the Patriarch and bishops of the Greek-Melkite rite on unity among Greek Melkites with Rome.