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FRI-SAT-SUN      March 26-28, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 60

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Who are the top 100 Catholics of this century?

      In this weekend's editorial we point out some recent additions to the DAILY CATHOLIC including the new rippling masthead on the Port of Entry page and the start of a campaign to vote on the top 100 Catholics for the 20th Century with the countdown to begin on Pentecost Monday. For the next sixty days readers will have an opportunity to give us their input at on who should be on this prestigious list which we will reveal with the countdown beginning with the 100th issue for 1999 on May 24th listing the top Catholics from 100 in rank counting down to number one over the succeeding one hundred issues. For more details in the commentary We'd be foolish to look a gifthorse in the mouth! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

We'd be foolish to look a gifthorse in the mouth!

Michael Cain, editor

We must always receive Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist with a clean heart

      In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto continues her series on Lent, devoting today's column to reminding all of the necessity of receiving Holy Communion in the state of grace; in other words, we cannot receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament if we have mortal sin on our soul because we are then unworthy, unclean vessels that cannot possibly be tabernacles of Purity. To receive in this state is a sacrilege. As Sister would say, "Get thee to the confessional!" For Sister's column, Remember Sacriligeous Communions?, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


He was scourged for and by our sins

Meditative Lessons on the Sorrowful Mysteries

      With the Easter Triduum less than a week away, we bring you the stirring and disturbing scene of the inhumane way Jesus was treated after leaving the trial of the Sanhedrin. The first part of Lesson 10: THE SCOURGING AND THE CROWNING OF THORNS, encompassing the Second and Third Sorrowful Mysteries will give us meditation food for our souls and hearts to pray ever more for those who continue to persecute Christ's followers and denigrate the Son of 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. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

Meditative Lesson 10:


part one

      Dear Father, It is Sunday evening and I am comforted in my prayer by Jesus who says: "Peace, My Dear One. My Mother will now speak to you. Yes, you are hidden in My Sacred Wounds and you are nailed there with Me, your God. Write what is given to you, for I want all of my children to come to Me, their crucified Savior, to be washed clean in My Sacred Blood. No repentant heart will be rejected, no matter the immensity of the crime. For I am God and Mercy is Mine. Come, learn My Way - the Way of the Cross." And I begin.
"Who his own self bore our sins in his body upon the tree: that we, being dead to sins, should live to justice: by whose stripes you were healed." Peter 2: 24


SIMPLY SHEEN: Walking in another's shoes

      This week Bishop Fulton J. Sheen equates the comparisons of joy and sadness which tie in with this coming week when we share the joy of the hosannas on Jesus's entrance into Jerusalem and the sad lows of His Passion and Death climaxed by the exhiliarting high of sharing the joys of the Risen Savior. These two spectrums of emotion evoke sympathy - sadness and joy. In one the pain is lessened and in the other the exhilaration amplified if we have someone to share our tears and laughter. If we can learn to understand what it is like to walk in another's shoes, then we will follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ in the manner He has asked us. For words of wisdom from Bishop Sheen, click on Simply Sheen.

The dual countenances of sympathy


"And while they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed and broke, and gave it to His disciples and said, 'Take and eat; this is My Body.'"

Matthew 26: 26

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March 26-28, 1999 volume 10, no. 60   DAILY CATHOLIC