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FRI-SAT-SUN      March 12-14, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 50

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No question about it! Our happiness depends on how we watch and pray!

      In this weekend's editorial we ask if you'd rather have a "happy face" for all eternity or be stuck forever with a frown. It all depends on us, but we can't worry about it or practice how we look to the Holy Trinity by watching others but rather, through the mirror of faith and virtue, reflecting the graces and gifts He gives us to the many, many other souls He and the Blessed Mother ask us to care for and pray for. It all comes down to obedience to God's Will and being prepared by having our lamps lit without worrying about things we have no control over or shouldn't know yet. For this weekend's commentary Are we all so busy watching for the Warning that we miss Christ's warning? , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

Are we all so busy watching for the Warning that we miss Christ's warning?

Michael Cain, editor

To make the roses of virtue grow, practice makes perfect. This helps eliminate those imperfections that clutter the garden of our souls.

      In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto continues her series on Lent, devoting today's column to things that are not sins but rather imperfections. But, like a garden, if not tended to and pruned, rather than a bouquet of virtuous roses these imperfections can grow into thorny weeds and choke out graces, making it prey to the carniverous larvae of sin. For Sister's column, Remember Imperfections?, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


Beware of complacency! The Son suffers alone in the Garden as Judas plots against Him. What about us?

Meditative Lessons on the Sorrowful Mysteries

      That is what Our Lady asks us in her meditation in Meditative Lesson 6, on IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE where she shares what her Divine Son felt and how Divine Will can overcome the weakness of human will. These meditative lessons, 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, we can offset all that Judas did and fulfill the Divine Will. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

Meditative Lesson 6:


part three Our Lady's Meditation


SIMPLY SHEEN: Excuses won't cut it with God

      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. 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". On Fridays we bring you more than just a quote; we bring you a brief homily on a subject that is pertinent today. This weekend, the good bishop addresses honesty and the way we rationalize right and wrong. He points out that it doesn't matter what others think because there is only one right, one wrong - what God says! That's the only thing that counts. For words of wisdom from Bishop Sheen, click on Simply Sheen.

Honesty is the only policy!

In a land of 3,000 islands Cardinal of Indonesia reaches out to illustrate that no man is an island

     We continue with this new series that debuted the beginning of the year, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our thirtieth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja, S.J., the Archbishop of Jakarta who has offered pastoral assistance to Indonesian Catholics for thirty years. For more on Cardinal Darmaatmadja, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

30.   Cardinal Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja, SJ

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


"Rejoice, Jerusalem! Be glad for her, you who love her; rejoice with her, you who mourned for her, and you will find contentment at her consoling breasts."

Isaiah 66: 10-11

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March 12-14, 1999 volume 10, no. 50   DAILY CATHOLIC