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WEDNESDAY      March 10, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 48

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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

Forming Disciples for the Third Millennium

Mile Hi Congress, 1999
by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

Part Two of Four


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

29.   Cardinal Godfried Danneels

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."

"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..."

Messages 427 and 428

Message Four Hundred-twenty-seven, November 1, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Solemnity of All Saints)

Message Four Hundred-twenty-eight, November 2, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)
(All Souls Day)

Events Today 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

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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).

February 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    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


"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

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