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WEDNESDAY      March 3, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 43

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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. "


      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.

Wednesday, March 3, 1999

Optional Feast of Blessed Katherine Drexel, Virgin and Religious Founder

Thursday, March 4, 1999

Optional Feast of Saint Casimir, Prince and Patron Saint of Poland


      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.

On the Way to Calvary

      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

"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..."

Messages 417 and 418

Message Four Hundred-seventeen, October 8, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Los Teques, Venezuela before the Eucharistic Miracle of Our Lord's Blood in the Sacred Host)

Message Four Hundred-eighteen, October 9, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)
(Before the Eucharistic Miracle at Los Teques, Venezuela)

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      VATICAN ( -- Pope John Paul II will preside at beatification ceremonies for 10 people on Sunday, March 7.

      Those to be beatified are:

      The Sunday ceremonies will bring the total number of people beatified by Pope John Paul II up to 819; of these, 603 have been proclaimed martyrs for the faith. Pope John Paul has also canonized 280 people, of whom 246 are martyrs.


      GUATEMALA CITY ( - An auxiliary bishop of Guatemala City said on Monday that certain individuals offered to drop a murder charge against a Catholic priest in exchange for a public statement saying he did not believe the army and government were not involved.

      Father Mario Orantes Najera, who released from jail on February 17, had been held since last year in the murder of Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera, two days after the bishop released a human rights report that was critical of the army's conduct during the country's 36-year civil war. Bishop Mario Rios Montt told a news conference that unnamed persons last November offered to arrange the release of Father Orantes if the bishop renounced claims by Church leaders and human rights groups that the army or its supporters were involved in the murder.

      The presiding judge in the investigation released Father Orantes last month after he determined there was not enough evidence to put him on trial, but the priest remains formally accused.


      VATICAN CITY, 2 (NE) The Holy See released yesterday a press communique concerning the dispensing from the norm of the time to be waited before opening the beatification process of Mother Teresa, granted by Pope John Paul II in order to begin the process of beatification of the beloved nun.

      "The Holy Father," points out the communique, "has granted permission, upon the request of the Archbishop Henry Sebastian D'Souza, of Calcutta, and of numerous Bishops, for the diocesan process of beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta to be able to start, dispensing from the norm which states that five years must have elapsed from the death of the Servant of God before beginning the process."

      "Following this dispensation, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, on December 12, 1998, issued the rescript authorizing the Archbishop of Calcutta to begin the process of beatification of Mother Teresa." The communication ends pointing out that "it is now up to the Archbishop of Calcutta to carry out the preliminary proceedings and then to constitute the tribunal which will examine texts and will gather documentation relating to the life and virtues of the Servant of God."


      NITEROI, 2 (NE) Dom Carlos Albert Etchandy Gimeno Navarro, Archbishop of Niteroi, Rio do Janeiro, designated as "fundamentally materialistic" and "contrary to the common sensibility of the Christian people" the "anti-values" that are imposed in our days through mass media.

      The Archbishop of Niteroi manifested as well his concern for the seriousness of some current problems, especially the "cultural globalization" process and its negative influences in today's men and women.

      He also pointed out some of the current challenges for the New Evangelization, such as "the phenomenon of urbanization" and its consequent cultural detachment, corruption in governments, as well as moral relativity and crisis of faith. Remembering the recent papal visit to Mexico, the Brazilian Archbishop concluded affirming that "all these problems claim for an encounter with Jesus Christ, so that conversion may be obtained, as well as communion and solidarity in Brazil and in America."

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      Tying in with our quote of Canon Law in CATHOLIC CANVAS today, it occurred to us that most do not have a copy of the Code of Canon Law in their homes, but now they can look up any article in the Canons by clicking on today's choice for SITE OF THE DAY - CODE OF CANON LAW - a home page maintained by Chicagoan Claudio J. Urbano who also provides other Catholic links and resources on his bookmarks page.

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March 3, 1999 volume 10, no. 43   DAILY CATHOLIC