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

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SIMPLY SHEEN: The joy of discovering joy

      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".

"It is one thing to discover one's nothingness, and to rest there - that is sadness. It is quite another thing to discover that one is nothing, and from there to make use of the Divine Energies - that is joy."

Events Today in Church History

      On this date in 1555 Pope Julius III died. This 221st successor of Peter reopened the Council of Trent in his attempt to foster the counter-reformation and to reestablish the Catholic Faith in England. For other pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for March 23:

One who misjudged what greatness truly is

      In the first part of Lesson 9, THE ISCARIOT IN THE AFTERMATH OF BETRAYAL we see despair eat away at Judas Iscariot who misunderstood what Jesus truly taught and allowed the serpent to slither into his psyche and turn him against his own Master - indelibly writing forever the term "Judas" for anyone who was a betrayer. We see first hand his regret, but he is too proud, too far gone, to ask forgiveness. It is a lesson that no matter what we may do, God will always forgive if we but ask Him. 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. By reading these meditative lessons, it is hoped we can be properly prepared and not be tempted to turn our backs on Jesus, or worse, betray Him and ourselves. For part one of Lesson 9, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

Meditative Lesson 9:


part one

      Dear Father, it is Sunday morning and eagerly do I prepare for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Our Blessed Mother says that when we go to Mass well-disposed and well-prepared we are truly present on Calvary with her, St. John and the Holy Women. We are there to comfort, thank and adore Jesus Our Savior and that by our reverent reception of Him in the Blessed Sacrament, we truly enter His Sacred Heart. We must seek and want this unity; we must ask for It, for it is a gift from God.
"And casting down the pieces of silver in the temple he departed and went and hanged himself with a halter." Matthew 27: 5


WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service
and Noticias Eclesiales Church News



      JERUSALEM ( - Pope John Paul II will visit the Holy Land in a historic trip next March, the Israeli Tourism Ministry announced on Monday.

      A ministry spokesman said the Holy Father will visit Israel and areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority under agreements reached by Tourism Minister Moshe Katzav and Cardinal Roger Etchegaray. The Pontiff has repeatedly expressed a desire to visit the Holy Land to open the third Christian millennium by visiting the sites of Christ's birth, life, death, and resurrection.

      "The Great Jubilee of the year 2000 is the celebration of the birth of Christ and of his life here in this land. It is more than normal that the Pope come here," Cardinal Etchegaray told reporters after meeting Katzav. Israeli media said the Holy Father would visit Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem. The cardinal is scheduled to hold talks with Palestinian leaders on Tuesday to finalize plans to visit areas under their control.

      A papal visit to Israel and the Palestinian areas have faced political obstacles until now, including the ongoing Middle East peace process and questions on the status of Jerusalem, which both Israel and the Palestinians claim as their capital.


      VATICAN ( -- Pope John Paul II has issued an urgent new appeal for a peaceful solution to the conflict in Kosovo.

      Speaking from the balcony of the papal apartments on Sunday, March 21, after he had led the faithful in St. Peter's Square in reciting the Angelus, the Pope ask for special prayers that leaders in the region "will have the courage to make initiatives inspired by the true common good."

      The Holy Father added that the people of the Kosovo region have already traveled "down a long 'way of the cross,' and they are waiting for solutions respectful of history and of what is right."


      VATICAN CITY, 22 (NE) Upon commencing his address before the Angelus Sunday prayer, Pope John Paul talked Sunday about Saint Joseph, to whom Christian popular tradition dedicates the month of March. The Holy Father underlined the special veneration that the People of God have toward the Patron Saint of the Universal Church.

      "Toward his figure and his mission as the Guardian of the Redeemer," he affirmed, "I have dedicated, 10 years ago, an Apostolic Exhortation, that I wish to put under everyone's attention in the context of this last year of preparation for the Great Jubilee, dedicated to God the Father." The Pope also manifested that "by means of the exercise of his paternity, Joseph cooperates, in the completion of times, with the great mystery of redemption."

      On the other hand, the Pope remembered the celebration of the World Youth Day, which this year will be carried out in each diocese on the 28th of March. The Holy Father invited all the youth of Rome to an encounter "of celebration and prayer" that will take place this Thursday in preparation for the World Youth Day.


      DENVER, 22 (NE) A bill filed to institute capital punishment has originated a strong movement of opposition in Massachusetts. If it were approved, Massachusetts would become the 38th State to employ death penalty since it was recognized as constitutional in 1976.

      The Bishops of Massachusetts, Cardinal Bernard Law, Archbishop of Boston, among them, have issued a statement affirming that "death penalty is simply wrong… It solves no problem. We live in a violent culture…. To counter this violence, all of us and especially our political leaders, should be concerned with fostering and strengthening the support of human life. This extends to every aspect of our civil life, even to the just punishment of serious criminals."

      Recalling the message of life given by Pope John Paul II in Saint Louis, the bishops qualified death penalty as "cruel and unnecessary," for "the dignity of human life must never be taken away. Modern society has the means of protecting itself, without definitively denying criminals the chance to reform."

For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales. Both CWN and NE are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

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Evangelical Counsels

      In today's editorial we mention the Evangelical Counsels of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. Why are they called "evangelical?" First of all, the title means they are contained in the Gospels as the counsels of perfection clearly set forth in Sacred Scripture. They are termed "counsels" because they are an invitation and not a command; all are invited, but no one is forced. They are totally voluntary. Good works are mild remedies for the evil tendencies of the seven deadly sins. Prayer can cure pride; fasting can cure sensuality and lust; almsgiving and tithing cures greed and avarice. But the evangelical counsels are a radical remedy for obedience subdues pride; chastity destroys sensuality and lust; and poverty blots out greed and avarice. However these three evangelical counsels are not in themselves perfection, only the best means for attaining perfection. Therefore, voluntary poverty is the renunciation of all earthly possessions for the love of God. Perpetual chastity consists in abstaining from marriage and all unclean desire. Perfect obedience is the complete subjection of one's will to that of a superior. Believe it or not, the most difficult of the evangelical counsels to follow is the latter: obedience. By truly vowing to uphold the evangelical counsels one gives up the pleasures of the world in order to serve and love God more fully. Those consecrated ones put into practice Christ's words in "What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul?". For more, we suggest you check out Evangelical Counsels at New Advent Catholic Supersite. (sources: The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church, Benziger Brothers; My Catholic Faith, Mission House).


   Today we present the ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON website which details the statement made by the combined bishops of Massachusetts, spearheaded by Cardinal Bernard Law, Archbishop of Boston. Also at this site is the on-line edition of The Pilot, the oldest Catholic newspaper in the nation.

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