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TUESDAY      March 23, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 57

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Ambassador of Bellissima. Poverty is the stepmother of genius!

      In today's editorial we trace the path Roberto Benigni took in rising to the top in the afterglow of receiving two Oscars this past weekend for his excellence in "Life is Beautiful." It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, "The greatest man in history was the poorest." He was, of course, referring to Jesus Christ and we equate what Our Lord said about poverty and how Benigni has used his gifts to the utmost and can appreciate all he has received, just as we can appreciate what he gives for, like Christ, he too was poor and from this poverty developed a God-given genius for telling about love and life. For today's commentary entitled A poor man who enriches us, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

A poor man who enriches us

Michael Cain, editor

Pope Paul II plies the plots of purists while trying to reestablish the Renaissance and carrying on the curtailed crusade against the Turks

      Pouncing on Pope Paul II's weaknesses and penchant for the good life, the Roman curia sought to discredit him in an attempt to regain control and reestablish the power of the Council which Paul II's uncle Pope Eugene IV had fought so hard to suppress twenty years before. Paul II sought to surround himself with his own Renaissance men in carrying on many of the projects begun by Pope Martin V, possibly out of guilt for his uncle who had squelched the progress. The bitter infighting between Paul and his people and the growing insurgence within the Curia plus the Turkish threat to the east dominated Paul's time and energy not allowing him to exact needed reforms in a Church that was splitting at the seams in many ways through neglect and a failure to recognize the imminent dangers. For the ninety-seventh installment titled Pope Paul II: A compromise crusade and the return of the Renaissance , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Installment Ninety-seven

Pope Paul II: A compromise crusade and the return of the Renaissance

"Let the world with one voice cry: "Mercy", and I shall pour forth Divine torrents of Mercy."

      It was on the Feast of the Epiphany in 1994 that Our Lord imparted those words in the 445th and 446th Messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Jesus calls for all to call upon Him and His Mercy. He also urges those who are called to consider a life as a consecrated virgin with the Order of Divine Mercy, which a year later became a reality as the Institute of Divine Mercy in May 1995 in fulfillment of what He had originally asked of Blessed Faustina of forming a contemplative, cloistered congregation existing specifically to call down Mercy upon the world. For these two Messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 445 and 446

Message Four Hundred-forty-five, January 6, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus)
(Feast of Epiphany)

Message Four Hundred-forty-six, January 6, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus)
(Feast of Epiphany )


      Today is the Fifth Tuesday of Lent as well as the Optional Feast of Saint Turibio de Mogrovejo, Bishop and Missionary while tomorrow is the Fifth Wednesday of Lent. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Turibio, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Tuesday, March 23, 1999

Optional Feast of Saint Toribio de Mogrovejo, Bishop

Wednesday, March 24, 1999


      Below is Opening Prayer for the Optional Feast of Saint Turibio de Mogrovejo:

      Lord, through the apostolic work of St. Turibio and his unwavering love of truth, You helped Your Church to grow. May Your chosen people continue to grow in faith and holiness.

      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


"I go, and you will seek Me, and in your sin you will die. Where I go you cannot come."

John 8: 21

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March 23, 1999 volume 10, no. 57   DAILY CATHOLIC