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MONDAY      March 29, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 61

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Please pray for all those embroiled in the war in Kosovo on both sides, especially the innocent civilians

What if Jesus had given up?

Meditative Lessons on the Sorrowful Mysteries

     What if Christ, after the demoralizing trial and inhumane scourging called out and said, "Enough, alright, what do you want. I'll do it."? We all know the answer to that one: satan would have won! But Jesus is the Son of God and such nonsense as the above theory is just that - nonsense! Though He was also Man, He persevered and the scene we see in part two of Lesson 10 THE SCOURGING AND CROWNING WITH THORNS not only bears out His resolve but should reinforce our commitment to follow and be obedient to Him no matter what persecutions come our way. 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. These lessons help us realize that we, too, must suffer with Mary and Jesus in reparation for the countless souls who scourge Him with their sins. For part two, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

Meditative Lesson 10:


part two


The Cross is empty without a Victim

      In his column today, Pat Ludwa points out that when we venerate Christ, especially on Good Friday, we venerate Him, not the cross He died on. The cross is merely a symbol but the crucifix is the essence of the sacrifice and any cross without the corpus upon it is empty and non-fulfilling. As he indicates, extolling the cross itself is like praising the scalpel a physician uses during an operation while forgetting who wielded the instrument. For Pat's column titled It's what's ON the Cross that counts!, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

It's what's ON the Cross that counts!

Message to the Americas: There are many new world saints who have planted the seeds for holiness and we need to learn from their example

      Following up a year after the Bishops of North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean contingent, met for the month-long Synod of the Americas in Rome at the end of 1997, Pope John Paul II officially closed the Synod with his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City in January. Because of its significance for all Americans, we bring you this important document in several installments over the next few months. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical or check footnotes, go to Ecclesia in America For the fifth installment on The situation of the men and women of America and their encounter with the Lord, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America


The situation of the men and women of America and their encounter with the Lord

"From those who have received much, much will be required" (Luke 12:48)

We must reduce in order to gain

     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".

"There are two movements towards happiness. The first of these is our withdrawal from the outside - from too great an absorption in the things of the world. The second movement is far more profound: it is an ascension from what is inferior within us to what is its superior, from our egotism to our God."

March 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! I call you to prayer with the heart. In a special way, little children, I call you to pray for conversion of sinners, for those who pierce my heart and the heart of my Son Jesus with the sword of hatred and daily blasphemies. Let us pray, little children, for all those who do not desire to come to know the love of God, even though they are in the Church. Let us pray that they convert, so that the Church may resurrect in love. Only with love and prayer, little children, can you live this time which is given to you for conversion. Place God in the first place, then the risen Jesus will become your friend. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"Jesus therefore said, 'Let her be - that she may keep it for the day of My burial. For the poor you have always with you, but you do not always have Me."

John 12: 7-8

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March 29, 1999 volume 10, no. 61   DAILY CATHOLIC