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TUESDAY      March 30, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 62

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      Today is Tuesday of Holy Week with tomorrow continuing the Holy Week Liturgy with Wednesday of Holy Week. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and the vignettes on Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Tuesday, March 30, 1999


The tale of two Apostles who both denied Christ

Wednesday, March 30, 1999


What price is it worth to jeopardize Eternal Life?


      Below is the fourth of several increments of the Prayer for Spiritual Renewal during Lent from the Treasury of Novenas booklet:

      Lord, during this Holy Week nourish us wieth Your word of life and make us one with You in love and prayer. Fill our hearts with Your love and keep us faithful to the Gospel of Christ. Give us the grace to rise above our human weakness. Give us new life by Your Sacraments, especially the Mass.

      For the Lenten Way of the Cross, click on either the graphics Daily Way of the Cross or the text-only Daily Way of the Cross or the Meditative Lessons on the Way to Calvary

Events Today in Church History

      On this day in 1492 Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, the same ones who would commission Christopher Columbus ordered Jewish insurrectionists out of Spain, impowered the Spanish Inquisition and the grand master Cardinal Tomas de Torquemada to exile them because of their harassment of Spanish Catholics and meddling in government policies. It was the same Spanish Inquisition established by Pope Sixtus VI who we feature in today's series above. For other pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for March 30:

CATHOLIC CANVAS: Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church

Spanish Inquisition

      Tying in with our Time Capsules feature today and Pope Sixtus IV, featured in today's HISTORY OF THE MASS above, we could say so much about the "Spanish Inquisition" which was instituted by Sixtus in 1478. So much has been written about the Inquisition, including the infamous Spanish Inquisition for which parodies and invective prose has been written against it, but the truth is, like so many things - when it is used for temporal good without concern for the spiritual it will not bear good fruit. Such was the Spanish Inquisition formed to originally protect Jewish and Moorish converts to the faith from retaliation by members of their former faith. But when placed in the powerful hands of kings it was abused as was the case with the monarchs of Spain who used it to wield power within the Church and control their subjects for their own means. Add to this the growing numbers of dissenters and many relied on the Inquisition to place fear into the insurrectionists through harsh means. In the spirit of intimidation the grand inquisitor Cardinal Tomas de Torquemada allowed knowledge of repercussions to be promulgated among the people, inciting fear in hopes they would comply with all the king said. While Torquemada intended to be obedient to Rome, the lure of being in the good graces of Spanish royalty and the fact the Roman Popes left a lot to be desired, played a significant role in Torquemada submitting almost entirely to the Spanish court and allowing them to dictate how to employ it For more details, we strongly recommend The Inquisition (sources: The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church, Benziger Brothers; 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor, Publishers; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, S.J., Doubleday; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers).

"I give you My Mother to help and guide you to Me. Do not spurn Her words, but heed them."

      Our Lord reinforces the importance of heeding His Mother's Messages in Message #455 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the Feast of Saint Blase, reminding all that her words are Divine Mercy for the Father has allowed Mary to be among His children for yet a while longer before the Justice comes. This Jesus reasserts in Message #456 on February 8, assuring all that all will be fulfilled as has been foretold in the Scriptures and that only by submerging ourselves in His Mercy and turning totally to the Refuge of His Sacred Heart can we escape the clutches of satan. For Message #455 and #456, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 455 and 456

Message Four Hundred-fifty-five, February 3, 1994

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

Message Four Hundred-fifty-six, February 8, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus)
(Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani )

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


"Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek Me, and, as I said to the Jews, 'Where I go you cannot come' so to you also I say it now."

John 13: 33

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