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TUESDAY      March 16, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 52

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We're here on loan because Christ gave us a new lease on life.

      In today's editorial we tap the great treasury God has made available to us of which He encourages us to invest in, especially during this special time of Lent. We're reminded that we possess nothing for we are all here on loan from God but by living up to the rules set forth in the agreement with Him, He helps us by providing the spiritual funds to repay our debt to Him for dying on the Cross. No greater price could anyone ask for than to die for us and through His graces we are able to afford the payment Jesus asks of us. For today's commentary entitled The past tense of lend is Lent!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

The past tense of lend is Lent!

Michael Cain, editor

For Pope Pius II the best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray

      The more things change, the more they stay the same. Such was the case when Pope Pius II succeeded Pope Callistus III on August 19, 1458. His grandiose plan to reunify Christian Europe was met with resistance because of political turmoil and rejections. The plans for a crusade that Callistus wanted so badly and Pius was determined to carry on fell on apathetic ears. Stubborn, yet astute and scholarly, Pius, like his predecessors alienated more than he won and the Church suffered because of it, opening the door for a growing resistance to Rome that would erupt less than a century later with the Reformation. For the ninety-ninth installment titled Pope Pius II: The task of reunifying Christian Europe begins , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Installment Ninety-seven

Pope Pius II: The task of reunifying Christian Europe begins

"Will to live holy lives. Will to obey God, and listen to Him, for He talks to each of you."

     This is what the Blessed Virgin Mary affirms to all her children in Message #436 on the feast of Saint Francis Xavier early December of 1993. Our Lady entreats all to her little ones to return to her Divine Son Jesus and live humility, a way to defeat satan and by observing First Fridays and First Saturday devotions which help ensure the Font of Divine Mercy to flow out to more of God's children. She prefaces this message i and form Eucharistic refuges - in communities, in parishes, in homes where God is first and foremost. She prefaces this in her 435th Message to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart a week earlier by reminding all of the importance of Advent in preparation for His coming. For Message #435 and #436, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 435 and 436

Message Four Hundred-thirty-five, November 27, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday)

Message Four Hundred-thirty-six, December 3 , 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)
(Feast of Saint Francis Xavier )

SIMPLY SHEEN: Finding the perfect balance

      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".

"Only on the principle of giving can the inequalities of the human race be adjusted, can the strong help the weak, and social peace reign among men."

Events Today in Church History

      On this day in 1517 Pope Leo X officially closed the Fifth Lateran Council also called the 18th Ecumenical Council which lasted for five years. Many believed it was the straw that broke the camel's back for though it enacted reforms, the horses were already out of the barn and Leo had no clue how to offer a remedy to counteract the dangerous schism fomented by Martin Luther. For other pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for March 16:


     Today is the Fourth Tuesday of Lent with tomorrow being both the Fourth Wednesday of Lent and the optional Feast of Saint Patrick, Bishop and Apostle of Ireland. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Patrick, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Tuesday, March 16, 1999

Wednesday, March 17, 1999

Feast of Saint Patrick, Bishop and Apostle of Ireland


      Below is another increment of a special prayer for Fasting and Giving Alms from the USCC:

      Blessed are You, Lord, God of all creation. No one lives on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

      For the Lenten Way of the Cross, click on either the graphics Daily Way of the Cross or the text-only Daily Way of the Cross or the Meditative Lessons on the Way to Calvary

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


"Jesus said to him, 'Rise, take up thy pallet and walk.' And at once the man was cured. And he took up his pallet and began to walk. Now that day was a Sabbath."

John 5: 8-9

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March 16, 1999 volume 10, no. 52   DAILY CATHOLIC