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Today is the Second Wednesday of Lent and the optional feast of Blessed Katherine Drexel, Virgin and Religious Founder. Tomorrow we commemorate the Lenten Liturgy for the Second Thursday of Lent and the optional feast of Saint Casimir, Prince and Patron Saint of Poland. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes for these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's prayer is the Opening Prayer commemorating Blessed Katherine Drexel:
Ever-loving God, You called Blessed Katharine Drexel to teach the message of the gospel and to bring the life of the Eucharist to the African American and Native American peoples. By her prayers and example, enable us to work for justice among the poor and the oppressed, and keep us undivided in love in the eucharistic community of Your Church.
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The next installment on the Church today in our on-going series WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW
Second installment of Chapter Five of "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on March 4th.
Messages 419 and 420 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
DAILY LITURGY for the Lenten weekdays.
Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
Daily Dose of Church tidbits laid out on the CATHOLIC CANVAS
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Italian Cardinal is a papal diplomat who was in the eye of the needle in helping bring down the iron curtain|
Today we continue with this new series that we will bring you on a regular basis three times a week. Our twenty-sixth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is the 74 year-old Cardinal Francesco Colasuonno. This Italian prelate has been been part of the Holy See's diplomatic corp for over forty years including valuable service in Poland and the USSR during the pivotal time of the fall of communism. For more on this Italian cardinal appointed by Pope John Paul II in his most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Ten beatifications on tap for this coming Sunday at St. Peter's
Bribes revealed that proves the cover-up of Bishop's murder by Guatamalan military
Further clarification of time exemption for Mother Teresa's canonization puts it in Calcutta See's lap
Rio Archbishop warns of deterioration of values and morals in media
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...in order to form a more perfect union...
That perfect union between Father and Son was necessary for our salvation and Jesus had the most perfect union between Son and Mother as any human could. Union was what He sought to form with His dear friend Lazarus and the Holy Women who were so loyal to Him. Thus, before He would form the union of the Apostles through the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, He spent the last days at Lazarus' home as is illustrated in part one of Meditative Lesson 4: THE TIMELESS ROLES OF LAZARUS AND THE HOLY WOMEN. These lessons were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart by Our Lord and His Blessed Mother during Lent of 1995. Now in Lent of 1998, we bring them to the reader in order to help us form a perfect union with Him. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
The Message of El Escorial is the Message of Lent...of Life!
We conclude this nine part series on the apparitions of El Escorial, Spain which began during the same time frame as Betania and Medjugorje and has received little publicity. Yet, like Medjugorje and Betania, El Escorial is still going on and is as important as the others for Our Lady comes as Nuestra Senora de los Dolores - "Our Lady of Sorrows" to call all her children back to her Divine Son Jesus through Prayer, Penance and Sacrifice in atonement for our own sins and those of the entire world. God's chosen messenger to receive these and impart them to the world is a housewife and mother of seven Luz Amparo Cuevas a visionary who has suffered much producing plentiful fruits. For part nine of The Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain and the researcher of this project Juan Gonzalez in the Conclusion, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
Uncovering the mystery of suffering
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 mother gives a child bitter medicine; thought the child protests, he knows it comes from a loving hand and for his own good. Love cannot extinguish suffering, but it can diminish it, as love makes an all night vigil by her sick child seem less hard."
THE DAILY WORD"And whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; even as the Son of Man has not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many." Matthew 20: 27-28
Medjugorje Monthly Message for FEBRUARY 25th
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
"The Justice of the Father shall come, and all evil shall be vanquished. Then shall the world be renewed."
It was before the Eucharistic Miracle of Betania at Los Teques in Venezuela in October 1993 that Our Lord spoke those words to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. In the 417th Message Jesus asks all to reverence Him, to spend time with Him in the Blessed Sacrament and warns those who turn from Him that they will be sorry. His Blessed Mother follows up Christ's words with Message #418 on the next day, echoing His warning and lamenting how the evil one lures so many away from her Divine Son and into the abyss of eternal damnation. For these two messages imparted before the Eucharistic Miracle, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Pope will beatify ten future saints Sunday at St. Peter's
The Vatican released the names of some of the ten blessed who will be beatified by Pope John Paul II in ceremonies at St. Peter's this Sunday. Among the candidates are eight Spanish religious martyrs, one lay woman from Germany and the French priest who founded of the Sisters of the Infant Jesus. This latest contingent contribute to the record amount of blesseds the Holy Father has elevated during his twenty-year pontificate. For more, click on Beatifications.
Guatamalan Bishop reveals bribe by government to bury case against slain bishop last April
In the continuing saga of the strange and suppressed investigation of the murder of Bishop Juan Gerardi Conendra, Guatamala's leading human rights advocate last April, the current head of the See of Guatamala City Bishop Mario Rios Montt revealed Monday that he had been bribed by unnamed sources to drop accusations against the Guatamala government and military in exchange for allowing the framed suspect Father Mario Orantes Najera to go free. The bishop did not give in and the judge, realizing there was no case against the scapegoat priest, released him two weeks ago. For more, click on Guile in Guatamala.
Vatican gives Calcutta See green light to proceed in Mother Terese's canonization process
The Vatican released further clarification on Tuesday that the Holy See and Congregation for the Causes of Saints has given the green light to the Archbishop of Calcutta Henry Sebastian D'Souza to begin the process immediately. The Archbishop made the initial request to Rome to waive the time frame of five years after the death of a potential saint. To the surprise of many, the Holy Father granted his appeal. For more, click on Calcutta clearance .
Be wary of deterioration of values and morals being preached by the mass media Rio Archbishop warns
Alarmed by the increasing sense of the media tearing down the fabric of society with anti-values and immorality, Archbishop Dom Carlos Albert Etchandy Gimeno Navarro warned that materialism and ideas that go against Christian belief are permeating every home through the mass-media, prompting more and more to dismiss goodness and morality as cumbersome and embrace the "good life" with no thought to the ultimate consequences of the soul. He said that this attitude has contributed to more and more corruption within governments and schools. For more, see Media mindcontrol
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Events in Church History
It was on this date in 1431 that Pope Eugene IV was chosen the 207th successor of Peter, replacing the deceased Pope Martin V who had caused the Council of Basle to rule that Councils have more power than the Pope. In the long struggle during Eugene's papacy, he lost many battles but ultimately won the war and papal supremacy was forever established. For the canonical rule on this, see CATHOLIC CANVAS below. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church: Papal Supremacy
Today is the 568th anniversary of the election of Pope Eugene IV who, at the 17th Ecumenical Council was able to convince the council that the Pope was supreme over the Council Fathers, a reverse of what had been determined at the Council of Constance. It was the breakthrough Rome needed to prevent the Catholic Church from becoming a democracy like the Protestant churches are and continuing the apostolic succession of Peter as head of the Church. This supremacy is outlined in Canon Law 331-335. The decree at Florence where the issue was finalized and recognized Eugene as the Supreme Pontiff, is further clarified in Canon Law article 338 which states, "It is for the Roman Pontiff alone to convoke an ecumenical council, to preside over it personally or through others, to transfer, suspend or dissolve it, and to approve its decrees. 2. It is for the same Roman Pontiff to determine matters to be treated in a council and to establish the order to be followed in a council; to the questions proposed by the Roman Pontiff the fathers of a council can add other questions, to be approved by the same Roman Pontiff. (source: Code of Canon Law, Canon Law Society of America)