Behold, My children, the day of suffering has dawned. I say day, but you do not know the length of time for with Me there is no time.
Yes, I permit sufferings to fulfill Scripture so that those whose hearts are not fully converted may yet come to My Divine Mercy as humble, contrite children to receive My forgiveness!
In so many of My true churches today My little lambs come. They come to be fed by true food and true drink - My Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. Very many come unprepared, thinking naught of Me, but grumbling interiorly because they must fulfill their duty to honor and worship Me! O! I solemnly tell you these souls cause Me great sorrow, for their faith is nearly extinguished. More souls, also, come with a false piety, which is only for self-gratification. They mumble prayer after prayer and believe they are holy in My sight while their heart speaks only false words. Their eyes are not upon Me, their God! They are upon their neighbor, and their mind entertains every type of critical thought against their neighbor. Woe to these Pharisees who cause Me to come so reluctantly into their souls. I cannot abide a proud heart!
And woe! Triple woe to many of My priests who no longer honor their vocation and do not shepherd their flock. Woe to all of My priests who, instead of preaching true doctrines and dogmas of My One True Church, belittle it, speaking out against the Doctrines and against My Vicar on earth Pope John Paul II. Woe to all who seek the removal of My holy Vicar, for you shall answer to Me for so grievous an offense.
My House is Mine. I alone am God, and I take no delight in barren churches where My True Presence in the Blessed Sacrament is no longer fully honored. I take no delight in worship that entertains the minds of My children, but does not lift up their hearts and souls to Me, where I alone can inflame them with Divine Love.
Why do you persist in change, My children, in your Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? Do you do so because of boredom? Do you do so, so you will no longer be challenged by those outside My One True Church?
I, your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ do solemnly tell you: Enough! I want the real Crucifix placed again above every altar! I want My Tabernacle placed where all My children can see Me. I want My people to come to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and not to an entertaining banquet where you treat yourselves as gods!
I Am God! I am the One, Only, Triune God, and all worship and praise belong to Me.
If you would yet have Mercy poured out upon you, then awaken your dying faith by returning to the true Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is My very Passion and Death and Resurrection!
Do not come to Holy Communion with grievous sin upon your soul. Let My priests return to the true teachings of My Church, and instruct My children lest they go astray.
The Hour of Great Sorrow is here. You shall know that I will be Merciful to My faithful ones and secure them in the Refuge of My Sacred Heart. To all who knowingly and willfully abuse Me, and twist, turn and change My Doctrines these shall know the full weight of Divine Justice. If you do as I tell you, great rivers of Mercy shall come upon you and the sorrowing time will be shortened. If you do not, then full Justice shall fall upon all the world.
I love My children. Behold, I have sent My Mother to help you. I send signs and miracles every day, but still you refuse to believe.
Believe, for I am near!
I come as your Heavenly Mother to both console and warn you.
My dear little children, the Hour of Great Sorrow has already begun, and it shall not cease until every heart has felt the pain of chastisement. How my Immaculate Heart sorrows for you, because you do not listen and your hearts are closed.
Dear children, put off the world and put on the garment of Divine Mercy. Learn now to be living mercy to all, for in the days yet to come you will need mercy to come down like manna from heaven. And I solemnly tell you it will come down, but only those who belong solely to my Divine Son shall perceive this miracle and partake of it.
Soon all eyes will overflow with tears. Your lamentations shall be the voice of the wind; but in the darkness of the night shall be heard the cursed screams of those who belong to the evil one.
O! Pray with me, little ones, that I may yet intercede for each one of you. O! If you only knew what was yet to befall your world you would rush to the Tabernacle and not leave until my Immaculate Heart triumphs. But because you do not see, you do not believe. Because you hear only the world you do not hear God calling you.
Therefore, my children, all I have foretold shall be fulfilled, and you will recognize the lack of humility which has caused you to live my messages, but only on the surface.
Therefore, I ask you again to pray, pray, pray so that you may always be very close to my Divine Son, who is your sure Refuge.
I love you. I bless you. I give to you my Divine Son's Peace. Thank you for responding to my Call!
Last week the Vatican announced that a papal visit to Armenia, scheduled for July 2-4, would be postponed because of the ill health of Catolicos Karekin I, who is suffering in an advanced stage of throat.
However, while the public visit will take place at a later date, the Holy Father decided to make a personal trip to visit Karekin after he concludes his visit to Poland on June 18. The Pope will spend just three hours in Armenia, meeting with the Catolicos and with the country's President Robert Kocharian before returning to the Vatican. He will not many any public appearances during the visit.
Vatican officials said that the Pope's decision to make the unprecedented detour in his return voyage was prompted by his profound respect for Karekin, and his desire to demonstrate their "spiritual fraternity" as the Armenian Church leader approached his death. Armen Sarkissian, the Armenian ambassador to the Holy See, described the Pope's gesture as "a magnificent display for friendship."
At meetings held in Rome in December 1996, Karekin I and John Paul II signed a mutual statement on Christology, ending a 1500-year-old theological dispute which had begun after the Council of Chalcedon, and led to a break between the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Holy See. The Pope's visit to Armenia had been eyed as an opportunity for further progress toward unity with the autonomous Armenian Church.
Although Israeli officials had earlier announced such a trip was in the works, the Vatican had remained silent on the possibility of a papal trip to the Holy Land during the Jubilee Year, a journey that is close to the Holy Father's heart.
"A papal visit is in the very advanced stages of planning," Monsignor Richard Mathes, the Vatican's cultural attache in Israel, told a conference of religious leaders. He said the Pope is expected to arrive in Jerusalem on March 20, 2000. The final obstacle to an official announcement of a trip is apparently real progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Monsignor Mathes said a papal visit to Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem is also conditioned on an end to organized violence in those areas and a period of calm.
Dana -- who goes by only her first name as an entertainer and had won the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland in 1970 -- was elected in the Connacht Ulster constituency in a closely-fought race with another independent candidate. In a result that stunned political commentators, she beat several candidates from the main political parties.
Dana had earlier run as an independent candidate in Ireland's presidential election in 1997. Her pro-life platform won her cross-party support, but the election was won by Professor Mary McAleese, who had the support of Ireland's Fianna Fail government.
The singer said she was astonished and delighted by her victory and she believed it sent a clear message to the politicians. She said it showed that one didn't have to belong to a big, well-greased political party to get elected. She added that her victory was a victory for the people, and she intended to be a strong, loud voice for the people of the West of Ireland in Europe.
After the result, which was greeted with wild scenes at the count center in Bundoran, County Donegal, the 45-year-old mother-of-three confirmed that she and her family would be moving from their current base in Birmingham, Alabama, where she hosts a television show on the Eternal Word Television Network. She said: "You could live in any one of the counties around here. They're absolutely beautiful. But our priorities will be travel and, of course, schools for our children."
Earlier, another Irish Euro candidate accused Dana of being "only a political tourist." Dana responded, "If that's so, I've had my passport stamped firmly in this election."
The case, which is expected to have a ruling in 2000, could impact federal government plans to connect every classroom in America to the Internet using tax dollars as well as various state school voucher programs. The case revolves around a federal program that provides educational materials other than textbooks for religiously affiliated schools. Federal appeals court in New Orleans and San Francisco have made conflicting rulings on the constitutionality of the program.
"This cases involves the vital interests of American schoolchildren in obtaining access to modern technological equipment and materials," government lawyers told the court. "Millions of students nationwide, including over a million attending religiously affiliated schools, receive benefits under the program." The New Orleans appeals court ruled the program was unconstitutional last year using 20-year-old Supreme Court decisions that banned provision of any materials other than textbooks, but recent decisions in 1997 have blunted the force of those rulings.
Maryland's Sellinger Program allows the state to provide financial aid to private colleges based on the number of each school's full-time students, as long as religiously affiliated schools do not use the money for any religious purposes. In 1976, the US Supreme Court ruled that Catholic colleges may participate in the program if the schools were not "pervasively sectarian."
In the current case, the Maryland Commission of Higher Education denied the application of Columbia Union College, affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, to participate in the program. The college sued the commission in 1996 and a federal appeals court last year ordered an investigation into whether the school is indeed pervasively sectarian. The school had appealed the order, calling it "an intrusive investigation of religious speech and practice on its campus."
The justices, without comment, rejected an appeal by the seven individuals and two groups that challenged the contempt-of-court fines and lawyers fee awards. "These phenomenally large fines ... are a means of repressing civil protest that would have been enthusiastically endorsed by Bull Connor and the Jim Crow South," the appeal said. The original ruling was supported by the NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund.
Operation Rescue and another pro-life group were ordered not to block access at abortion clinics in the New York area by a court injunction, but defied that order in 1988 and 1989. For violating the injunction, they were subjected to $350,000 in contempt fines and ordered to pay nearly $250,000 in lawyer fees incurred by the abortionists and pro-abortion groups that brought them to court.
In addition to Terry and the two pro-life groups, the appeal acted on today was filed in behalf of Robert Pearson, Jesse Lee, Joseph Foreman, Michael Monagle, Jeff White, and Thomas Herlihy.
King John signs the Magna Carta at Runnymede forced on him by the English barons which contitutionally guaranteed their rights and privileges. While this overall benefited the Church it gave more power to many princes and lords who often times interferred in ecclesial matters.
Pope Leo X, 217th successor of Peter, who neither understood nor knew how to offer a remedy to the dangerous schism brought about by the ex-Augustinian monk Martin Luther, condemned his 95 Theses on this day.
Death of Saint Germaine Cousin, a young shepherd virgin who had been born with a withered hand and a terrible skin disease that badly disfigured her. Her family disowned her, sending her to sleep with the sheep and tend to them. Here she dedicated her life totally to God but never missed Daily Mass, always commending her flock of sheep to her guardian angel's care while she was at Mass. No sheep was ever lost or strayed!
Pope Benedict XV releases his encyclical on preaching the Word of God entitled Humani Generis Redemptionem