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THURSDAY      March 11, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 49

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The Son Soaks in the Blood of His Own Tears

      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!"


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      CALCUTTA ( - Archbishop Henry D'Souza of Calcutta indicated this week that Mother Teresa could be beatified as early as next year and her successor as the head of the Missionaries of Charity religious order said she was delighted at the idea that Pope John Paul II himself might preside over the ceremony.

      Sister Nirmala told Vatican Radio that a papal visit to Calcutta next year for the beatification of Mother Teresa "would be wonderful." The Vatican confirmed on March 1 that the Holy Father had authorized a waiver of the usual five-year waiting period before a cause for canonization could begin in the case of Mother Teresa who died in 1997.

      In another interview with Vatican Radio, Archbishop Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints, said several factors affected the Pontiff's decision to begin the process including "an avalanche of requests" and "the vast and solid reputation of saintliness already universally enjoyed by Mother Teresa of Calcutta."


      VATICAN ( -- At his regular weekly public audience on Wednesday, March 10, Pope John Paul II reflected on the union between Jesus and his Father.

      Speaking to a group of 15,000 pilgrims in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father said that the mystery of the union among the three persons of the Holy Trinity is expressed in the teaching of St. John, that "God is love." That phrase, he said, captures the intimacy of the union which binds the Father to the Son.

      The Pope's catechetical address was delivered at his 6th general audience of 1999, and the second that was held in St. Peter's Square. The Pope arrived there in the Popemobile, and moved through the crowd offering his greetings before his address.


      NEW YORK ( - A Catholic group called on Major League Baseball on Tuesday to bar former Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner for a year for ethnic and religious slurs he made last month. Baseball officials said they would conduct a serious investigation into the matter.

      Turner said at a February 16 dinner of the National Family and Reproductive Association that if he ever met Pope John Paul II he would tell him a joke about a Polish joke and said the Holy Father "should get with it" on issues such as abortion. He also said the Ten Commandments should not have included a ban on adultery.

      Thomas Droleskey of Christ or Chaos said in his complaint this week that Turner should be sanctioned in the same manner as Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott, who was twice suspended for remarks that baseball officials determined were racially offensive. While Turner had already sold the Atlanta Braves, along with other properties, to Time Warner Inc., Turner is still connected to the team as a Time Warner vice chairman.


      DENVER, 10 (NE) In view of the difficult situation of more than 30 thousand welfare recipients in the state of Pennsylvania in risk of losing assistance, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has made a calling to "share the responsibility of helping our brothers and sisters". Welfare recipients could lose assistance because of new welfare-to-work rules.

      The Cardinal urged leaders and businessmen of the community to "open their doors to those who once received social assistance, many of which are well trained and prepared for work". "Working together as a community we can create possibilities for many people", he pointed out.

      The archdiocese of Philadelphia has put into action different programs of preparation and training of people so that they may be employed. Also, through the archdiocesan Catholic Social Services, it is seeking to protect from the effects of welfare reforms those who can not apply to a job.

For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales. Both CWN and NE are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.


     The site we feature today is one that garnered our GOLDEN CHALICE AWARD a year ago. The CATHOLIC LEAGUE FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS is the virtual watchdog safeguarding Catholic rights in America. It was this organization's head William Donoghue to whom Ted Turner sent an apology letter for his slurs against the Pope, the Polish people and Catholics in general. The letter is available for reading on this site.

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