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Today is the Third Thursday of Lent and tomorrow the Third Friday of Lent. For the readings, liturgies and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Below is another increment of a special prayer for Fasting and Giving Alms from the USCC:
Blessed are You, Lord, God of all creation; You call us to true fasting.
On this date in 1415, Pope Leo X, on the death of Donato Bramante, appointed Michelangelo Buonarrati who would go on to produce a basilica and great dome for the ages and the art within, especially the prized Pieta would become priceless and enhance reverence in all. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Events that happened this day in Church History
The DAILY WORD"He who is not with Me is against Me; and he wo does not gather with Me scatters." Luke 11:23
295 and counting,
hoping and praying...
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
Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Part One of Chapter Five of "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on March 5th through March 7th.
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Messages 431 and 432 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
DAILY LITURGY for Lenten weekdays and the FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT or LAETARE Sunday.
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There is only ONE path! Any other way is a vicious circle! |
In his column today, Pat Ludwa tackles the platitudes spewed about by modernists who believe in live and let live, condoning many ways to reach Heaven through many faiths and beliefs. Pat points out that there is only one way - the narrow way Jesus explicitly lays out in the Word and any other way - such as the ones strewn with roses - will only find one going around in a vicious circle whose strong current could suck one into the whirlpool of damnation. For Pat's column Which way?, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
- Calcutta Archbishop voices optimism that beatification for Mother Teresa could come as early as the Jubilee year
- Holy Father speaks on Holy Spirit's vital role to large turnout for his Wednesday Audience
- Catholic group backs baseball into corner in bid to ban Ted Turner
- Give wings to those on welfare by helping them rise from their poverty urges Philly cardinal
The Son Soaks in the Blood of His Own Tears
Meditative Lessons on the Sorrowful Mysteries
In the second part of Meditative Lesson 6, we continue with the scene in the Garden of Olives where Jesus willingly, but painfully accepts the Cup of Suffering. His blood-soaked tears are for those who would betray Him, not just Judas, but all those until the end of time who turn their back on Him in favor of the world, the flesh and the devil. The human nature of Christ seeks comfort and only the angels can provide this for His apostles could not stay awake and pray for even an hour. These meditative lessons, were imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during Lent of 1993 and 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. These lessons help us realize that through our faithfulness to God, Jesus saw us too and that gave Him the strength to continue on the path of His Passion. For part two of IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
Discipleship demands that we defend life in all its stages
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 third of four installments of the Archbishop's address Forming Disciples for the Third Millennium, click on MITERS THAT MATTER
Pride and Passion
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".
"The passion of youth is sex; the passion of middle age is power or ambition; the passion of the mature is avarice. These passions are not base in themselves - no passion ever is. They become base only when consented to against right reason and the Law of God."
with a Catholic slant
"Lift up your heart and pray, and God shall help you in all things!"
The Blessed Mother, in her words to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on November 3, 1993, remind all her children that all we need do is knock through prayer and the door shall be opened to us. She puzzles at why so many of her little ones chase messages but procrastinate in living them, warning all that by not putting them into action we become easy fodder for satan. Four days later she continues this same theme, exorting all to sacrifice and be prepared for the persecutions of her children true to her Divine Son Jesus' Church are intensifying. Our Lady alerts us that the antichrist is here but keeps his real intentions camouflaged as he dazzles others and waits to pounce when we least expect it. She laments that so few respond and reaffirms that only through frequent reception of the Holy Eucharist can we gain strength and nourishment to survive the evil one's barrage. For Messages #429 and #430, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Jubilee 2000 could be highlighted with Mother Teresa's beatification
Speculation has arisen that the Holy Father could personally beatify Mother Teresa in Calcutta during the great Jubilee Year 2000 celebrations with the announcement of that possibility by the investigating ordinary of Calcutta Archbishop Henry D'Souza. Her successor Sister Nirmala expressed great joy at this possibility when interviewed by Vatican Radio. For more, click on Blessed Mother Teresa for the Jubilee.
15,000 gather in St. Peter's Square for Pope's Wednesday Papal Audience
To accommodate the overflow crowd of 15,000, the Vatican moved Pope John Paul II's regular Wednesday Papal Audience from Paul VI Hall to St. Peter's Square where they heard the Holy Father speak of the Holy Spirit as vital in the Trinitarian union of the Father and the Son, emphasizing the passage of John in which God is defined as "Love." For more, click on Wednesday audience
Turnabout's fair play for Turner according to Catholic group, seek year ban from baseball for his slurs
"What's good for the goose is good for the gander." That's the opinion of a Catholic group out of New York who figure if Cincinnati Red's owner Marge Schott was banned for baseball for racial slurs against African-Americans, then Ted Turner, owner of the Atlanta Braves should also be banned for at least a year for his racial slurs against the Poles and the Pope, and his religious slurs against Catholics in general. Schott apologized but still was banned; Turner has apologized as well but we all know it was because of the uproar, not his own convictions of penitence. The Group has petitioned commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball to be consistent by banning the self-proclaimed "Mouth of the South." Baseball executives have promised to look into it. For more, click on Be brave and ban the Brave.
Philadelphia's Cardinal Bevilaqua calls on other agencies to share the burden of the impoverished and poor
With the United States government tightening the vice on welfare assistance, Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilaqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia is setting the example for others by implementing training programs that will help welfare recipients get back on their feet and calls on other agencies to do the same so that human dignity will be preserved and fewer will be dependent on handouts but more self-reliant as he claims most people truly want to be. For more, click on Wings for welfare.
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The Pieta is the famous marble sculpture molded to perfection by Michelangelo Buonarroti and resides to the right side of the main church inside St. Peter's Basilica in Rome where it has remained since the present basilica was built. It was brought to the New York World's Fair in 1965 and placed for viewing in the Vatican Pavilion in Flushing Meadows. A few years ago vandals tried to desecrate the magnificent sculpture but the damage was repaired. The word Pieta is Latin in root form and means "piety" or "devotion" and truly Michelangelo accomplished this for anyone who looks upon this edifying three dimensional life-size statue which depicts so vividly the Sorrowful Mother cradling her Divine Son Jesus in her lap after He had been taken down from the cross. There are many Pietas that were sculpted or painted to depict Christ after He had died and before He rose from the dead. They were done by such masters as the Venetian Iacopo Bellini and his son Giovanni Bellini; Alessandro Botticelli; Caravagio, Giovanni Fiesole better known as Fra Angelico; Raphael Santi and Tiziano Vecellio all from the Renaissance age of Italy plus later European masters such as the Spanish painter Bartolome Esteban Murillo; Flemish painter Peter Rubens and Dutch master Sir Anthony Van Dyke from the 1600's. Of all, Michelangelo's remains the most famous and accessible. (sources: Cabinet of Catholic Information, Duggan Publishing Co.; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, SJ, Doubleday; Webster's Dictionary, G.&C. Merriam Co.).
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