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Below is a special prayer in increments for Fasting and Giving Alms from the USCC:
Blessed are You, Lord, God of all creation;
You make us hunger and thirst for holiness.
296 and counting,
hoping and praying...
The DAILY WORD"Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill." Matthew 5: 17
The next installment of Forming Disciples for the Third Millennium by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. in MITERS THAT MATTER
Second installment of Chapter Six of "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on March 11th.
Messages 429 and 430 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
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A master liturgist known the world over, Cardinal Danneels is beloved in his homeland of Belgium for his pastoral touch and spiritual direction|
Today we feature our twenty-ninth red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 66 year-old Cardinal Godfried Danneels. This Flanders-born prelate has been been the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels for nearly twenty years and has written a masterful compendium on the Liturgy titled Dictionary of the Liturgy. For more on this Belgian cardinal appointed by Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of February 2, 1983, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Orthodox in Romania rumbling in revolt to papal visit
George W. Bush to follow in father's footsteps, declares his pro-life stance
Capital punishment issue resurfaces in Columbia, Missouri as Vatican makes another plea for clemency
Malaysian peninsula the spot for first Asian Youth Days late this summer
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
God asks us to sculpt a masterpiece for His honor and glory
Just as we carried the 1998 address of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Conv. to the Mile Hi Congress last year, so also we bring you this year's in which he states that the Catholic faithful need to take the form of faithful, obedient disciples for as he states - "Either we form society, or society will form us." Archbishop Chaput is one of the leading new orthodox shepherds who sets the tone of loyalty and adherence to the faith and, among many experts, is one of the leading American candidates for the cardinalate in the next Consistory. For the second of four installments of the Archbishop's address Forming Disciples for the Third Millennium, click on MITERS THAT MATTER
The Cup of Suffering is offered for all in the Garden of Gethsemane
In Meditative Lesson 6 today, we begin the First Sorrowful Mystery - the Agony in the Garden as we see Jesus enter, knowing full well that His mission is almost complete. Though Divine in nature, He is also human in nature and the fears, pain and sorrow of so many souls turning from His Father pains Him deeply. It is a study in fortitude. These lessons are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the season of Lent in helping us all prepare for His Passion and Death, and ultimately the glorious Resurrection. For part one of Lesson 6, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
The good ol' days?
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".
"Moral landscapes are something like physical landscapes; that is why we believe that in retrospect the rough has become the soft, and the harsh the sweet. It could very well be that the disgust with which men feel the shocks and buffeting of the generation in which they live makes them falsely conclude that past days were better."
Medjugorje Monthly Message for FEBRUARY 25th
Dear children! Also today I am with you in a special way contemplating and living the passion of Jesus in my heart. Little children, open your hearts and give me everything that is in them: joys, sorrows and each, even the smallest, pain, that I may offer them to Jesus; so that with His immeasurable love, He may burn and transform your sorrows into the joy of His resurrection. That is why, I now call you in a special way, little children, for your hearts to open to prayer, so that through prayer you may become friends of Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
"I solemnly tell you, every day for you must be a holy day."
In the Blessed Mother's 427th Message to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the Solemnity of All Saints in 1983, Our Lady implores her children to strive for holiness by partaking in Confession and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as often as possible as well as dismissing the world which is ruled by the devil and his disciples. Blessed Mary follows this up a day later on the Feast of All Souls by reminding all her little ones of the souls in Purgatory and how our sacrifices and prayers here on earth open the floodgates of Mercy for them. For Messages #427 and #428, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Romanian Orthodox leaders putting up roadblocks to Papal visit
Problems have surfaced that could put a serious crimp in John Paul II's possible visit to Romania in May. Romanian Orthodox leaders are placing every obstacle they can to curtail the first ever visit of a Roman Pontiff to an Orthodox country. Orthodox leaders want to restrict the papal visit to only Bucharest while Vatican authorities and the Pope want to extend it to other regions of Romania including Transylvania. For more, click on Romanian resistance.
Texas Governor George Bush declares his pro-life stance in bid for presidency in 2000
While he has not outright declared his candidacy for president in 2000 and while he is not as conservative and staunch a pro-lifer as Alan Keyes or perennial candidate Pat Buchanan, the frontrunner for the presidential bid George W. Bush, current governor of Texas, declared he is pro-life and urged all to work on reducing abortions through legislation because it is highly unlikely the Roe vs. Wade decision will be overturned. He clarified that he is against abortion in all three trimesters and stressed that the Republican ticket must have a "pro-life tenor" regardless of the fact America's heart is not where it should be. For more, click on Pro-life Bush.
Deja vu on death row! Missouri Governor hears from Vatican again concerning another death penalty convict
Six weeks after the Holy Father and Vatican authorities made successful impassioned pleas to Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan to spare the life of a convicted killer, the Holy See has contacted the gov again over another case of a killer who still claims he is innocent. Carnahan, a moderate Democrat, has gone on record as saying he is for capital punishment but is open to listening to the Vatican's pleas and will take each case individually. For more, click on Carnahan and clemency.
Asia to stage first Asian Youth Day in Southeast Asia this August
Hua Hin on the Malaysian peninsula about 150 miles southwest of Bangkok, Thailand will be the site for the first Asian Youth Day event in Asia this coming August 7 through 12th the Vatican announced yesterday. The site was selected by consensus during meetings in Hong Kong that ended last Monday. Speculation has already arisen that if the Holy Father were able to visit Vietnam in August as the Vietnamese bishops are hoping, that the Pope could make a stop over at the Asian Youth Day before or after. For more, see Asian Youth Day
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Events in Church History
On this date in 335, Saint Macarius of Jerusalem, Bishop of that Holy City, died. He was commissioned by Constantine to build a basilica over the sepulchre where Christ had been buried. During the excavation he uncovered three wooden crosses and summoned Constantine's mother Saint Helena who determined it was the true cross of Christ after another woman who was seriously ill touched it and was healed in 326. Eight years later in 334 the basilica was consecrated on September 13th. Though the original basilica no longer is there, it is on the same spot where today stands the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. 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: The True Holy Cross
Today, as mentioned above, is the 1,664th anniversary of the death of Saint Macarius, the Bishop of Jerusalem who petitioned the emperor Constantine to build a basilica on the site where Christ was in the tomb for three days. Historians claim that as he and his men were digging, they discovered three wooden crosses and Macarius dispatched a legate to Constantine's mother Saint Helena who had begun the expedition nearby to find the True Cross of Christ, searching around Calvary. But Macarius discovered the three crosses had been placed in or near the sepulchre. When Helena arrived, Macarius suggested the only way to discover which of the three was the authentic true cross would be to see if someone who was deathly ill touched it and prayed for God to show them a sign. The bishop brought a woman with leprosy and gout and she touched one cross and was dispatched; invited back the second day she touched another cross and almost instantly the boils, scars and withered skin became clear and fresh. Both Macarius and Helena knew that the Almighty had guided them to the True Cross. Because of aging and the elements, the cross was not the solid piece of pine when Our Lord hung on this tree and so Helena gathered up the largest portions and carted some of them back to Rome while leaving a good portion in Macarius' care in Jerusalem. He died nine years after the discovery. The Persians routed the area and stole away with the old wooden relics but the Emperor Heraclius was able to recoup the ruins in 629 and returned the major portion back to Jerusalem. Shortly afterwards a feast was created in Jerusalem and eventually spread to the entire Church - the Feast of the Triumph or Exaltation of the Cross. Part of the true cross preserved by St. Helena resides in Rome's church of Santa Croce. There are countless splinters which are considered relics of the True Cross throughout the world and the editorial staff has been privileged to venerate and reverently kiss them. For more details on this we strongly recommend New Advent Catholic Supersite on the True Cross that will give the reader much more insight. (sources: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, SJ, Doubleday; Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church, Benziger Brothers; Cabinet of Catholic Information, Duggan Publishing; The Catholic Church Alone, The One True Church of Christ; Catholic Educational Company).