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

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One of the newer cardinals - Cardinal Salvatore de Giorgi - is Sicily's shining shepherd as the Archbishop of Palermo

      Our thirty-first red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 68 year-old Cardinal Salvatore de Giorgi, the Archbishop of Palermo in Sicily. A native of southern Italy, he has been well received by Sicilians as their shepherd. He received his red hat from Pope John Paul II in the most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998. For more on Cardinal de Giorgi, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

31.   Cardinal Salvatore de Giorgi

Events Today in Church History

     On this date in 752 Pope Saint Zachary I died. This 91st successor of Peter became the first ever Roman Pontiff to consecrate a sovereign when he crowned Pipin the Short as King of the Franks. It marked the beginning of France's long association with the Church, both good and bad, and established France as a Catholic country up to the present day. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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      Today is the Fourth Monday of Lent with tomorrow continuing the Lenten Liturgy for the Fourth Tuesday of Lent. For the readings, liturgies and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Monday, March 15, 1999

Tuesday, March 16, 1999


      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 shelter the homeless and to clothe the naked.

Satan mocks those who strive to do God's Will

Meditative Lessons on the Sorrowful Mysteries

      So many souls don't realize what satan is up to until too late. Imagine, if you will, his utter shrill of ecstacy when Mary's Divine Son Jesus was led away from Gethsemane to the Praetorium by the soldiers, bound in chains. Our Lady was suffering greatly with her Son even though He was miles away at the time. Yet, in Meditative Lesson 7 THE MOTHER SUFFERS WITH THE SON we see there is no bitterness in Mary, only sadness at how many souls have been duped and lost through the wiles of the demon. These meditative lessons, imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during Lent of 1993, 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 we, too, must suffer with Mary and Jesus in reparation for the countless souls who mock Him. For part one, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

Meditative Lesson 7:


part one

      Dear Father, again I am called to write. Our Lady asks me to say here that always, before and after these Lessons, I prayóon my knees before the Crucifix, seeking only the Divine Will. Then Our Lady speaks, saying it is time to begin. I test her voice and proceed.


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The Mystical Stigmata

      With the anticipation of the beatification of Padre Pio, the most well-known stigmatist of our times, we wanted to bring you a brief description of what this is. The word comes from the Greek stizein which means mark as in tattoo mark, and in Latin translates to stigma. The Church considers a stigmata as a supernatural wound or scar that appears on the parts of the body that parallel the wounds Jesus experienced on the Cross and is representative of someone suffering the intense pain of the passion of Christ, usually corresponding to the liturgical time - day or hour that Our Lord suffered. This person is found in a limited amount of souls over the centuries who have practiced heroic virtue and have an undying love for Jesus and are willing to suffer for Him in whatever way God so deigns. The person is always a victim soul who is subjected to tremendous suffering physically and mentally. Saint Francis of Assisi and Padre Pio are excellent examples of the visible stigmata while Saint Catherine of Siena is one who suffered as well but possessed the invisible stigmata that only revealed itself upon her death. There have been over 300 cases the Church has confirmed have had the stigmata throughout Church history with sixty-two persons having been declared saints and many others have been declared blessed, including Padre Pio this comng May. The stigmata cannot be explained by medical experts for it goes against all medical logic. The wounds are fresh and the bleeding is pure blood with no fear of infection or lesions. The wounds are not connected to blood vessels, but a veritable font of fresh blood flows from the surface. The source therefore must be supernatural according to all experts who have examined a true stigmatist. For more we refer you to The Catholic Encyclopedia at New Advent Catholic Supersite. (sources:Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, SJ, Doubleday; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers).

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March 15, 1999 volume 10, no. 51   DAILY CATHOLIC