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

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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!"

Meditative Lesson 6:


part one

     Dear Father, Our Blessed Mother is so sad because so few of her children honor Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. She says we must return to reverence for Jesus Truly Present in the Eucharist, for it alone shall be our True Refuge in the days of chastisement, at the moment of Godís Justice. I feel I have so inadequately described the Last Supper, the sublime mystery and miracle of Jesusí Everlasting Presence for us. But my own human wretchedness cannot find words, yet, peace comes and I again am urged to write, knowing that with each stroke of the pen by Godís Will my own earthly crucifixion takes place.

"Watch ye and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing but the flesh weak."

Matthew 20: 41



      Today is the Third Wednesday of Lent while tomorrow we commemorate the Third Thursday of Lent. For the readings, liturgies and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Wednesday, March 10, 1999

Thursday, March 11, 1999


      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.

On the Way to Calvary

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      BUCHAREST ( - Romania's bishops' conference said in a statement on Monday that Orthodox leaders are trying to restrict a proposed visit by Pope John Paul II to the former Communist country.

      "We ask the Orthodox church in brotherly fashion not to limit the areas and duration of the pope's visit so that we Catholics may enjoy his presence in Transylvania and Moldova," the Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a statement. The initial plans for the May visit included trips to regions of the country where there are large number of Catholics. But the bishops said if Orthodox leaders were successful in limiting the Pope to Bucharest, they ask Catholics to converge on the city for the visit.

      The office of Orthodox Patriarch Teoctist had earlier issued a statement saying the papal itinerary was set and that the Catholic bishops were "trying to put pressure on the Orthodox church and submit it to humiliating criticism." The papal visit would be the first by the Pontiff to a primarily Orthodox country. Orthodox leaders had long opposed such a visit, especially as Catholics and Orthodox continue to dispute the ownership of properties taken from Catholics by the former Communist government and given to the Orthodox in 1946.


      AUSTIN ( - Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the leading potential Republican contender for the presidency in 2000, on Monday said he would support a constitutional amendment to ban abortions if more voters supported the idea, according to The Associated Press.

      In an interview with AP, Bush called himself a "pro-life person," but added: "America is not ready to overturn Roe v. Wade because America's hearts are not right. And so, in the meantime, instead of arguing over Roe v. Wade, what we ought to do is promote policies that reduce abortions." The US Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalized most abortions on demand.

      Bush announced this week the formation of an exploratory committee for a potential run for the White House next year. He has been criticized by some pro-life groups for failing to take a strong stance against abortion. At a Sunday news conference, Bush would only say there should be a "pro-life tenor" in the Republican Party and avoided questions on first-trimesters abortions as hypothetical.

      In the AP interview on Monday, Bush clarified his position by saying that all abortions -- except in circumstances regarding the life of the mother, incest, or rape -- should be banned in all three trimesters. But he added that there is not the political will in America to accomplish that so shorter goals must be pursued, including parental consent laws and a ban on partial-birth abortions.


      ST. LOUIS ( - The Vatican on Monday asked Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan to commute the death sentence of another convicted murderer, six weeks after he commuted a death sentence following a papal plea and then refused to do so again.

      Carnahan reduced the death sentence for Darrell Mease to life in prison after Pope John Paul II issued a personal plea during the papal visit to St. Louis. He later refused to halt the execution of James Rodden. Ray Roberts, 46, is scheduled to die just after midnight on Tuesday by lethal injection for the 1983 murder of a prison guard during a riot. A spokesman for the governor said he is considering the clemency request.

      Roberts has claimed that he was nowhere near guard Tom Jackson when he was killed, and defense attorneys say there are unanswered questions such as why initial incident reports didn't mention Roberts and why there was no blood on his clothes.

      Carnahan was criticized by political opponents when he acceded to papal pleas for clemency on Mease's behalf. The governor said he remains a supporter of the death penalty, but will consider the merits of each clemency request as he receives them.


      ROME, 9 (NE) The Church in the Asian continent is preparing the first Asian Youth Day. The event will take place in Thailand in August. A planning meeting recently held in Hong Kong finalized major points of the program for this first meeting of Asian Catholic youth.

      This meeting, carried out from February 26th to the 1st of March, was organized by the Youth Desk of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences Office of Laity. Delegates from Hong Kong, India, Japan, and Taiwan, among others, defined the fundamental points of the event under the theme Asian Youth Journeying with Jesus toward the New Millennium.

      The first Asian Youth Day will be carried out from the 7th to the 12th of August in the city of Hua Hin, 150 miles southwest of Bangkok. The event is expected to draw approximately 700 youth delegates of different Asian countries.

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March 10, 1999 volume 10, no. 48   DAILY CATHOLIC