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THURSDAY      March 4, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 44

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"Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram aedificabo Ecclesiam Meam."

      In his column today, Pat Ludwa begins a two parter on the Chair of Peter as a follow-up explanation of why we celebrate the feast and why it is so integral to the fabric of Holy Mohter Church. Through scriptural syllogisms Pat - beginning with Our Lord's words above - "Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church" - proves without a shadow of a doubt the direct succession from Peter, the first Pope, to his 263 successors after him up to our present Roman Pontiff Pope John Paul II, 264th successor of Peter. To discover the inevitable facts, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

The Chair of Peter is not just furniture

Practicing Sacrifice makes perfect in the Perfect Sacrifice - the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

      Today we continue our Lenten segment on the Church today, completing our three parter on Sacrifice, a necessary spiritual and physical exercise we cannot live without! By its nature sacrifice dictates there will be a heavy attrition rate which Jesus knew only too well (cf. Matthew 7: 14) Our Lord has said that we need to be supple, enthusiastic and innocent as little children in order to inherit His kingdom. Sacrifice is the spiritual "nautilus" we must use to keep ourselves in shape to offset the sin-fattening temptations of the world. For the ninety-eighth installment of this on-going megaseries, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.
Installment Ninety-eight

The Forty-Third Clarion:

SACRIFICE part three

"And all things, whatever you ask for in prayer, believing, you shall receive"

Matthew 21: 22

The Calm before the Storm

      It was truly a calming time when Jesus and His Mother Mary spent the last hours together, after the Apostles and Holy Women had departed. Our Lady describes the meaning in her meditation today on Meditative Lesson 4: THE TIMELESS ROLES OF LAZARUS AND THE HOLY WOMEN as imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during Lent of 1995. It was truly the calm before the storm of activity that would begin with the Last Supper and extend through the sorrowful time of the Crucifixion. Now in the final Lent of the millennium, the Blessed Mother asks us to be calm, to seek the calm, protective harbor of her Divine Son. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

Meditative Lesson 4:


part two - Our Lady's Meditation



Pleasure is fleeting, joy eternal

     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".

"Pleasure comes from without, but joy comes from within, and it is, therefore, within the reach of everyone in the world."

Events that happened this day in Church History

      On this date in 1853, Pope Pius IX, 255th successor of Peter, recovered the Catholic hierarchy in the Netherlands, reestablishing Utrecht as the See of Holland where Catholicism flourished until the last thirty years where it has floundered badly because of liberal theology that has decimated the faith there. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for March 4:

February 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   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


"But He said to him, 'If they do not hearken to Moses and the Prophets, they will not believe even if someone rises from the dead'."

Luke 15: 31

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March 4, 1999 volume 10, no. 44   DAILY CATHOLIC