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March 2, 1999
SECTION TWO vol 10, no. 42
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SIMPLY SHEEN: Begetting Blessings
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".
"As the tree bears fruit and the hen hatches her eggs, so every mother, by the act of birth, is bound up with the life of all living things, and of her it may be rightly said, "Blessed is the fruit of thy womb."
"Is there no one to believe in My Divine Mercy?"
This is what Our Lord laments in Message #415 conveyed to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in early October 1993 while she was enroute on pilgrimage to Betania where Our Lady is appearing and to Los Teques where the Eucharistic Miracle from Betania is preserved. His Blessed Mother followed up the words of her Divine Son the next day while the Hidden Flower prayed before the Shrine in Betania on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, beseeching all her little ones to seek God's Mercy before the Font runs dry and the Justice is meted out. For Message #415 and #416, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Messages 415 and 416
Message Four Hundred-fifteen, October 6, 1993
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(enroute to Our Lady's Shrine in Betania in Venezuela)
Beloved Hidden Flower of My Mother's Immaculate Heart, I bless you and give you My Peace.
Yes, it is My Mother who calls you to this Land of Grace, for much will be given to those who give all to Me. The confirmation you seek shall be given, and in the presence of My beloved priests My Eucharistic Miracle shall be seen, believed and I will pour forth My Divine Mercy.
Yet, hidden flower, I solemnly tell all the world that there have been far too few who have converted their hearts and returned to Me, their Lord and Savior. Thus, the events which now cause alarm to your government will lead to ever-widening circles of terror and disaster. War shall annihilate many. Governments shall topple. The sleeping giant shall rise like a savage beast to inflict terror upon the multitude. My adversary's plot is in place and the world shall be brought to its knees. Then shall My Father allow the angel to sound the call and Divine Justice shall purify all of creation.
Yet there is always My Divine Mercy. Is there no one to believe in My Divine Mercy? Is there no one to seek It, pray for It and give It to all who are in need.
Now is the moment when those of My faithful remnant must be of one mind and one heart. All must be secure in the Refuge of My Sacred Heart through the Immaculate Heart of My Mother. To those of My faithful remnant who are called to live in community in My chosen places of physical refuge, I, your Lord and Savior, beseech each one to assist in the building and maintenance of these places of Refuge. These are places where My True Eucharistic Presence will be preserved, and I, your God, shall care for all My faithful ones.
No longer doubt. Do not hesitate nor fear anything. Be of strong faith, and know I am always with you. It is I alone Who Am the Savior of the world.
Pray much. Love with My Love and surrender your will to My Father's Will. Then shall all be made clear unto you.
I bless you. I give you My Peace. Heed these words and obey, for the Hour is past the dawning.
Message Four Hundred-sixteen, October 7, 1993
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)
(Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary in Betania)
Beloved Hidden Flower, I thank you and all of my little ones who come to this place. Here I await each of you. I have called each of you here to console and comfort, but also to strengthen you with many graces for the time is now when each one must be steadfast, filled with faith.
Here, in this Land of Grace, I shall speak to each heart. Yes, many shall see me, their Mother. Know I will speak to you through signs. Then shall you proceed to fulfill all I have asked of you.
Little one, become even more little. I bless you for desiring to be nothing, unnoticed by anyone. Continue to pray for the Holy Spirit and the Will of God shall live in you.
I will speak to all the world while you are here. Relay my words, for the time is most urgent.
I love and bless you. Thank you for responding to my Call!
Today is the Second Tuesday of Lent while tomorrow is the Second Wednesday and the optional Feast of Blessed Katherine Drexel, Virgin and Religious Founder. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on Blessed Katherine, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Tuesday, March 2, 1999
Purple or violet vestments
First Reading: Isaiah 1: 10, 16-20
Psalms: Psalm 50: 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Gospel Reading: Matthew 23: 1-12
Wednesday, March 3, 1999
Wednesday March 3:
Lenten Weekday and
Optional Feast of Blessed Katherine Drexel, Virgin and Religious Founder
Purple or violet vestments
First Reading: Jeremiah 18: 18-20
Psalms: Psalm 31: 5-6, 14-17
Gospel Reading: Matthew 20: 17-28
Optional Feast of Blessed Katherine Drexel, Virgin and Religious Founder
The same year our Blessed Mother appeared at Lourdes in France Blessed Katherine Drexel was born across the sea in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After her mother died at childbirth, Katherine was well taken care of by her wealthy banking father who later remarried a loving stepmother who loved Katherine as well. Katherine was afforded the best education money could buy and traveled extensively. The Third Plenary Council of Baltimore solicited the rich to contribute to the missions serving the Indians and Blacks in America. Because of her family's wealth, Katherine became deeply involved in this ministry which took her all the way to the Vatican and a private audience with Pope Leo XIII who convinced her to become a missionary to these people herself. Spurred on by his encouragement she entered the Pittsburgh novitiate of the Sisters of Mercy and, after solemn profession, she founded her own religious congregation of nuns in 1891 - the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People. That same year her family established the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia. Katherine took notes and dedicated to educating the Blacks and Indians, founded Xavier University in New Orleans as an all-Black college in 1915. Katherine lived through six pontiffs from Pius IX to Pius XII and it is estimated that upon her death in 1955, she had donated over 12 million dollars toward the apostolate for Blacks and Indians. She was beatified in 1988 by Pope John Paul II who set her date for observance on March 3.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Continuing the Responsory Prayers during Lent adapted from the Byzantine Rite:
May we always remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
To him be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen
Events Today in Church History
Today is the anniversary of the births of two giant stalwarts in the Church, both born in the nineteenth century - Pope Leo XIII in 1810 in Carpineto, Italy and Pope Pius XII in 1876 in Rome. Pius XII's 63rd birthday was very special for on that day he was chosen the 260th successor of Peter. For other pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Historical Events in Church Annals for March 2:
Death of Saint Chad, Archbishop of Lichfield. This English saint succeeded Saint Deusdedit to the see of Lichfield. He is credited with founding many monasteries and churches in his diocese and enforcing religious disciplines in the religious houses while setting the example for all through his actions and eloquent preaching.
Birth of Adriaan Florensz Dedal at Utrecht in the Netherlands. He would not only go on to become a priest and Cardinal bishop of Utrecht, but become the last foreign Pope up until John Paul II when he became Pope Hadrian VI on January 9, 1522 at the age of 63. His pontificate would only last a year and a half.
Birth of Gioacchino Vencenzo Pecci (no relation to Joe Pecci) in Carpineto in the hills south of Rome to a family of six children, he would go on to become a priest and rise through the Curia to become a cardinal and then 256th successor of Peter as Pope Leo XIII on February 20, 1878 at the age of 68.
Birth of Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli in the shadow of the Vatican to an aristocratic famil of Rome. He would go on to be ordained, become a cardinal and be elected the 260th successor of Peter on this day in 1939, taking the name Pope Pius XII at the age of 63.
Election of Pope Pius XII, 260th successor of Peter. He would be a strong opposer of Marxist persecutions and aid Jews during World War II even though many accused him of doing nothing, the facts say otherwise, listing this holy pontiff as a man of convictions who risked much by assuring hundreds of thousands Jews were sheltered from Nazi abuse. He would also discover the tomb of Saint Peter during the excavations under the great Basilica and celebrate the 24th Jubilee in 1950. He would also highlight the Jubilee by proclaiming the Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother into Heaven on November 1st of that year.
NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Great News! Pope clears way for expediting Mother Teresa's canonization!
Just as we predicted last year, the Holy Father has made it official. He has surprised many by waiving the mandatory five-year waiting period for canonization after a person's death, making that exception for the twentieth century's most beloved living saint Mother Teresa who passed away in Calcutta in September 1997. For more, click on Express to Sainthood
PROCESS BEGINS FOR BEATIFICATION OF MOTHER TERESA
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II has set aside canonical
rules in order to allow the immediate opening of the cause for the
beatification of Mother Teresa.
Under norms established in 1983, a "cause"-- the process that can
lead to beatification and eventual canonization-- cannot begin until
five years have lapsed from the death of the individual involved. But
for the first time since the adoption of those rules, the Holy Father
has used his authority to dispense with them, in the case of the nun
whose work with "the poorest of the poor" made her a revered figure
throughout the world.
In an official statement released March 1, the Holy See announced
that the process toward beatification for Mother Teresa had been
opened "at the insistence of the Archbishop of Calcutta, Henry
Sebastian D'Souza, and many other prelates." So the process for
Mother Teresa's beatification has begun, with a diocesan inquiry in
The announcement provoked some surprise in Rome, since the Pope
had previously indicated that the cause of Mother Teresa would
follow the usual pattern. During an interview with reporters on an
airplane flight to Brazil in October 1997, just weeks after Mother
Teresa's death, he had said that the cause could not begin until the
year 2002, under the terms of the apostolic constitution Divinus
Perfectionibus Magister, which he himself had promulgated on
January 25, 1983.
On the other hand, when he visited India as the Pope's personal
representative at Mother Teresa's funeral, Cardinal Angelo Sodano
said that the process toward beatification would probably move
quickly. And Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had observed that "there are
cases so clear that the ordinary procedure can be rapid." In the case
of Mother Teresa, whose life was "so splendid in everyone's eyes,"
Cardinal Ratzinger said, "a long process will not be necessary."
When would a beatification be likely? Ordinarily, a diocesan inquiry
itself takes at least a year, and the Vatican-- whose Congregation for
the Causes of Saints already has a long backlog of pending cases--
ordinarily takes another 10 years or more to investigate the
candidate, issue a decree affirming that the individual lived a life of
"heroic virtue," and then await the official recognition of a miracle
attributed to the candidate's intercession. However, since the cause
for Mother Teresa has already been speeded by an unprecedented
papal intervention, it may be foolish to apply the ordinary rules to
Romanian Prime Minister predicts problems for Papal visit later this year
Resistance by certain Orthodox factions to the Holy Father's visit to Romania possibly this May has the Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile more than a little concerned. He expressed these apprehensions in Bucharest late last week when he voiced doubt the Pope would be able to say Mass in Transylvania as Pope John Paul II has expressed a desire to do. Vasile fears reprisal from Orthodox dissidents and feels the Pope would be safer with a Bucharest-only visit because it would be better guarded. For more, click on Romanian resistance.
ROMANIA PRIME MINISTER SAYS PROBLEMS FOR POPE VISIT
BUCHAREST (CWNews.com) - Romanian Prime Minister Radu
Vasile said on Friday that planning for a papal visit later
this year was encountering resistance, mainly in the
"There have been some problems apparently regarding the
Pope's desire to visit Cluj and Bacau," Vasile told a
meeting of his Christian Democrat Party, one of four in the
centrist coalition. "I will see what can be done to settle
this." Cluj and Bacau have large Catholic populations in
this mainly Orthodox Christian country.
Orthodox Patriarch Teoctist invited the Holy Father to
visit the country earlier last month overcoming certain
elements in the Romanian Orthodox Church who opposed a
papal visit. Relations between Catholics and Orthodox have
been strained since the fall of Communism early in the
decade as Catholics demanded the return of properties
stripped from the Church and given to the Orthodox by the
The Romanian ambassador to the Vatican has said the papal
visit will probably take place in May and be confined to
the capital Bucharest. Vasile said the Holy Father had
wanted to celebrate Masses in Cluj in Transylvania and in
Bacau in Moldova.
Pope leaves a wake-up call for lukewarm lay Catholics at Laity Conference while entreating all to make charity the watchword for Lent
The Holy Father capped the end of his annual Lenten retreat with an address to the 18th Assembly for the Pontifical Council for the Laity in Rome this weekend, calling for a wake-up call to stir the apathy so prevalent among many of the Catholic laity who don't always obey everything the Church teaches. He called for a greater need to preach through word and action in fulfillment of the calling all have been given by God. He followed this up Sunday with his Angelus address on charity and its vital emphasis during Lent. For more, click on Wake-up call.
POPE LAMENTS INDIFFERENCE AMONG CHRISTIANS,
THEN URGES ALL TO LIVE CHARITY INTENSIVELY DURING LENT
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- In an address to the members of the
Pontifical Council for the Laity, Pope John Paul II has lamented the
"indifference" among the faithful, and the fact that many Christians,
although there are "active in some manner within their ecclesial
communities," still do not accept the doctrinal and moral teachings of
The members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity are meeting in
Rome this meeting, at the 18th plenary assembly of the body. The
members of the Council-- most of them members of the Church
hierarchy or founders of lay movements-- are discussing the theme:
"The lay faithful, confessors of the faith in today's world."
Pope John Paul insisted that the laity should bear witness to the faith
"in word and in deeds." Although there are many signs of hope in the
world, he observed, "unfortunately many Christians, forgetting the
responsibilities of their Baptism, live in indifference, or succumb to
compromise with the secularized world."
The Holy Father followed up this thought in his words during his Sunday Angelus.
Noticias Eclesias' Church News reported
that the Pope affirmed yesterday that
"Charity, in its double aspect of love
toward God and toward ones brethren, is the synthesis of the
spiritual and moral life of the faithful, and finds in God its
source and end."
The Holy Father said to the pilgrims gathered that this virtue,
"the greatest of the Christian virtues," has to be lived with
special intensity during the time of Lent and through out the
whole year in preparation for the Great Jubilee.
Pointing out "the areas in which the Church, along centuries,
has testified, with its word and its works, the love of God,"
the Pope reminded that "today there are a widespread of
situations in which the charity of God should be present through
the works of Christians."
Human Rights proponents gather in Guatamala as bishops release pastoral on "Truth Commission"
In the city where the celebrated trial for the murder of Guatamala's chief advocate for human rights Bishop Juan Gerardi plods on at a snail's pace, over 300,000 from all over the Americas descended this week for a Human Rights Fair while at the same time the Guatamalan Bishops' Conference released a pastoral letter on the "Truth Commission" findings that document 80% of the violations against human rights were committed by the Guatamala military, also highly suspected in the Bishop's death last April. For more, click on Guatamala get-together.
CATHOLIC INTERNATIONAL FAIR BEING HELD IN GUATEMALA
WHERE GUATEMALAN HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT "OCCASION FOR PEACE, JUSTICE"
GUATAMALA CITY, 1 (NE) With the participation of 15 countries the XII
Catholic International Fair is being held these days in
Guatemala. This year's event began February 27th and will
continue until the 7th of March. An attendance of over 300.000
people is expected to the fair being organized by the Ministry
of Catholic Events. Delegations from the United States, Mexico,
Honduras, Costa Rica, Peru, Colombia, Chile among other
countries are attending the event.
This year's fair counts with different pavilions and exhibitions
on religious art, Marian devotion, apostolate, as well as
religious bazaars. Also, a room «of social work» has been
mounted, offering health aid and food and clothes for free to
assist the needed.
CWN reports that the Guatemala's bishops'
conference said in a pastoral letter last weekend that the
recently released report on human rights violations during
the civil war in Guatemala "should be taken as a occasion
for creating conditions for peace and justice in the
In the letter, entitled "Repent and Believe in the Gospel,"
the bishops said that "the grief of the victims, the
violations against human dignity, and the loss of moral
conscience in the murderers urge us to find the necessary
ways to strengthen human rights, promote a culture of
mutual respect, and favor peace and national reconciliation
in Guatemala." They added, "This commitment for those who
claim to be disciples of Jesus, springs from the faith and
hope placed in the power of Christ's resurrection."
The report on human rights violations, released by an
international "Truth Commission" after almost two years of
investigations, claimed that 80% of the violations were
committed by the Guatemalan Army, while the rest were
committed by the Marxist rebels. The report also claims
that the CIA and the Cuban government were both involved in
the Guatemalan civil war.
The bishops' letter also encouraged Guatemalans to
participate in the upcoming elections which will vote for
the confirmation of the peace accords signed between the
government and the Marxist rebels which put an end to the
30-year-long civil war.
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.
THE DAILY WORD
"He who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted."
Matthew 23: 11-12
SITE OF THE DAY
Today we want to share a special site that you can use all the time. It is the MONKS OF ADORATION Site which features many devotional aids including a unique chapel webcam that you can put on your desktop while you are on the internet. Besides a live Rosary at five p.m. daily eastern time, you can make visit to this virtual web chapel 24 hours a day. It updates every minute and in the afternoon the Monstrance is exposed on the altar for you to spend a few minutes with Our Lord in adoration. We strongly recommend bookmarking this site.
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