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MONDAY      March 15, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 51

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We need to tap into the family fountain of the Church!

      In his column today, Pat Ludwa debunks the premise offered by non-Catholics that we shouldn't pray to saints because they're dead and pray only to Jesus. Pat reminds all that the Triune Divinity has established the Communion of Saints for us to tap into, both in refilling the font of Mercy for the souls in Purgatory and to draw from that Mercy from those in Heaven. It is to these Christ directs us to take as our examples and lean on them for their prayers and intercession. For his column titled It's good to have friends in high places! , click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

It's good to have friends in high places!


Message to the Americas: Our Lady is your patroness, embrace her warmly and learn from her counsel

      Following up a year after the Bishops of North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean contingent, met for the month-long Synod of the Americas in Rome at the end of 1997, Pope John Paul II officially closed the Synod with his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City in January. Because of its significance for all Americans, we bring you this important document in several installments over the next few months. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical or check footnotes, go to Ecclesia in America For the third installment on Encountering Christ in the time of the Church , click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America

Installment Three of ECCLESIA IN AMERICA:
Part two CHAPTER ONE: THE ENCOUNTER WITH THE LIVING CHRIST
Encountering Christ in the time of the Church


"I solemnly tell you: Do not let the oil of your lamps run low for you do not comprehend how close is the New Era, the Reign of the Sacred Heart."

      Those words from the Mother of God imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #433 on the Solemnity of Christ the King in November, 1993 give hope to all if we can all just persevere and keep the faith, striving to live the messages in anticipation of the glorious age Our Lady foretells. She follows this up on November 24, 1993 reminding all of our responsibility before God for those who have been given much, much is expected. (cf. Luke 12: 48). For Messages #433 and #434 from Our Lady, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 433 and 434

Message Four Hundred-thirty-three, November 21, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of Christ the King)

Message Four Hundred-thirty-four, November 24, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)
(Feast of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and the Vietnamese Martyrs)

SIMPLY SHEEN:
The pressure of pressure!

     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".

"Most neuroses are bulwarks against fear...It is actually not fear that is feared; the enemy is the tension between the conscience and what has happened. Fear is like the gauge on a steam boiler. It merely registers pressure."


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

THE DAILY WORD

"Now after two days He departed from that place and went into Galilee, for Jesus Himself bore witness that a prophet receives no honor in his own country. "

John 4: 43-44


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