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THURSDAY      March 25, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 59

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How well do we really know what Jesus would do if we don't get to know Him?

      In his column today, Pat Ludwa addresses the recent fad of bracelets, t-shirts, sweat shirts, etc. that proclaim "WWJD" meaning "What would Jesus do?" but he questions if they really know what He would do because they misjudge Who He really is. He points out that it is difficult to guage what a person might do if one doesn't know that person. Such is the case with Our Lord and He recommends they go to the source - Sacred Scripture to discover Who this Man truly is. Then one can better understand what Jesus would do and what we should do. For Pat's column WWJD?, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW


We must all be on our guard: Ready to forgive and be forgiven

      That is the lesson Our Lady imparts in her meditation of Lesson 9: THE ISCARIOT IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE BETRAYAL. She admonishes us to be on our guard at all times for satan is cunning and can harden our hearts if we are not open to God's graces and loving Mercy. That mercy we must also extend to our fellow man if we expect the same from God. 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. For part three of Lesson 9, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

Meditative Lesson 9:


part three Our Lady's Meditation


The true definition of trust depends on our saying "Yes" to God

      On this day when we celebrate the first 2000th anniversary of a celebrated event - the Annunciation of the Lord we present our 100th installment on the Church today as we continue sounding the forty-fourth clarion regarding the credo "In God we trust" found on our currency and courtrooms and whether we really believe that or gloss over it as just shallow rhetoric. More than ever before God is being squeezed out today in our society and culture. More than ever before we need to heed the example set by the Blessed Virgin Mary on this date 2000 years ago today when she gave her fiat to God. For the 100th installment of our on-going megaseries on the Church today, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
Installment One Hundred

The Forty-Fourth Clarion:

part two

"Children, with what difficulty will they who have riches enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

Mark 10: 24-25


Planting good seed

     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".

"A man plants a tree in order that it might bring forth fruit. The tree in the Gospel which bore no fruit was ordered cut down because it only cumbered the ground. God expects returns for His great and wonderful investments in us."

Events that happened this day in Church History

      On this date 2000 years ago the Angel of the Lord Gabriel appeared to the Blessed Virgin Mary informing her of God's will that she be the Mother of God. What if she had said "no?" It's something to ponder as we prepare for the glorious Jubilee 2000 year and pray that God's will will be fulfilled. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for March 25:

"The moment comes swiftly. Be alert and watchful, for I solemnly tell you the time of fulfillment is at hand."

    Those words were conveyed by Our Lord to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the Feast of Saint Vincent de Paul on January 14, 1994. In His two Messages, He reinforces the need to call upon His Mercy and reassures all that the Justice will come but there is still time for all to drink deeply of the Font of Divine Mercy. He asks again for the implementation of the Order of Divine Mercy which became a reality with the Institute of Divine Mercy less than a year and a half after He imparted these words. For Messages #449 and #450, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Message Four Hundred-forty-nine, January 14, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of Saint Vincent de Paul)

Message Four Hundred-fifty, January 14 , 1994

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

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


"But Mary said, 'Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to Thy word.' And the angel departed from her."

Luke 1: 38

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March 25, 1999 volume 10, no. 59   DAILY CATHOLIC