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Today is the Third Monday of Lent as well as the optional feast of Saint John of God, religious founder while tomorrow is the Third Tuesday of Lent and the optional feast of Saint Frances of Rome. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Saint John of God:
Father, You gave John of God love and compassion for others. Grant that by doing good for others we may be counted among the saints in Your kingdom.
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
"This is My Body... This is the Cup of My Blood."
Meditative Lessons on the Sorrowful Mysteries
In Meditative Lesson 5 today, we come to that most glorious and cerebral of mystical events in all of history - the establishment of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper when Jesus instituted the Sacrament. In this second part of Lesson 5 we see vividly the scene in the upper room, where Jesus bridged the Old Testament with the New - utilizing the feast of Passover for the beginning of the most wonderful mystery we have been given by God in the New Covenant - the Most Blessed Sacrament where Christ is truly Present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. These inspiring lessons, coinciding with the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during Lent of 1995 from Our Lord and His Blessed Mother. For part two, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
298 and counting,
hoping and praying...
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 DAILY WORD"Amen I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country." Luke 4: 24
- Installment Ninety-six in our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Messages 425 and 426 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on March 9th.
- Short gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- Daily Dose of Ecclesial facts in CATHOLIC CANVAS
- Part Three of Chapter Five of "IT IS CONSUMMATED!
- Another new Catholic site in SITE OF THE DAY
- DAILY LITURGY for Lenten Time for Tuesday and Wednesday, plus Tomorrow's feast of Saint Frances of Rome.
- ...and much more in our 47th issue for 1999!
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Cardinal Brendan Daly: Tireless advocate who dedicated his life for peace in Northern Ireland|
Our twenty-eighth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Brendan Cahal Daly Archbishop emeritus of Armagh, Ireland who dedicated his active ministry to bringing peace to his beloved birthplace in Northern Ireland. He received his red hat from Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of June 28, 1991 and retired on his 79th birthday. For more on Cardinal Daly, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Is Church changing China with possibility of Vatican ties to Red China?
Spanish Cardinal calls condom campaign on carpet for promoting immorality
Art of Assisi to virtually be projected in time for Jubilee year
Special Archdiocese scholarship program for Detroit needy
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
Message to the Americas: Learn from Christ's encounters The Pope said it; we believe it; that settles it!
Following up a year after the Bishops of North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean contingent, met for the month-long Synod of the Americas in Rome at the end of 1997, Pope John Paul II officially closed the Synod with his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City in January. Because of its significance for all Americans, we bring you this important document in several installments over the next few months. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical or check footnotes, go to Ecclesia in America For the second installment on Encounters with the Lord in the New Testament, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
In his column today, Pat Ludwa follows up from last Thursday on the 'Chair of Peter.' He points out that 'ex cathedra' doesn't mean sitting in the chair but is synonymous with a judge ruling 'from the bench.' He asserts that too many try to rationalize what the Vicar of Christ says without taking into consideration the authority with which he pronounces it. For his column titled Teaching from the Chair of Peter, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Do we really know who we are?
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".
"The greatest untapped reservoir of energy in the universe is the depths of our own souls. Though we live with self for a lifetime, we seem to know other persons better; at any rate, we judge them more than we do ourselves, and we analyze them better than ourselves."
Events in Church History
On this date in 1144 Pope Celestine II died, This 165th successor of Peter worked closely with Saint Bernard of Clairvauxduring his six-month pontificate in settling the internal differences in the Church. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
"Again, I plead with all my priest-sons to open the churches and allow my little ones to come before my Divine Son."
Those words from the Mother of God were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #424 on October 22, 1993 in which Our Lady asks for the churches to honor her Divine Son with Perpetual Adoration. This was asked in Bella Vista and we are happy to report that the Chairman of the Board of MIR-A-CALL Center has notified us that it has now become a reality at St. Bernard's Church in Bella Vista. All in God's time. Over the past five or six years many other churches have opened up, providing Perpetual Adoration as well as daily adoration through the efforts and prayers of many devoted souls. Our Lady prefaces her plea in her 423rd Message four days earlier by entreating her children to take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. For Messages #423 and #424 from Our Lady, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Breakthrough concessions from China could clear the way for diplomatic relations and an end to persecutions
Are our prayers working or not? Wow! First the communist regime in Cuba, then overtures from Vietnam that they might be willing to develop diplomatic relations with the Holy See and now this news just released that China - the mighty communistic land of Red China is mellowing and, through behind-the-scenes little-publicized meetings between Vatican officials and the Chinese government, they might be ready to make concessions that would pave the way for establishing diplomatic relations with the Vatican. For more, click on A China pattern in place .
Cardinal Carles condemns condoms and other contraception campaings in Spain
The Cardinal Archbishop of Barcelona is taking no prisoners in his constant attacks on government officials who are promoting the widespread use of condoms as a measure of preventing AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases as well as pregnancies. He pulls no punches in letting all know from the pulpit to the political arena that the only safe prevention is abstinence. For more, click on Abstinence is the only answer.
Grand basilica in Assisi to be virtually ready by Jubilee
A year and a half ago a devastating earthquake struck the Umbrian region severely damaging many of the priceless art and architecture in Assisi including the great basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. There is still much work to do, but restorers there are confident it will be in "tourist shape" for the glut of pilgrims expected for the Jubilee year. While some pieces are irreplaceable, some, such as the original paintings on the ceilings will be projected via slides giving the virtual impression of being in place just as they were painted centuries ago. Talk about virtual reality! For more, click on Virtual Assisi.
Motown providing more help for needy students through special scholarship program by Cardinal Maida
Cardinal Adam Maida has taken the needs of poor students personally, so much so that he is establishing a special archdiocesan fund for scholarships to provide good Catholic education to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity because of funds. Through this special program those awarded scholarships can choose from over 170 private schools in the greater Detroit area. For more, click on Destiny in Detroit
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Today is the feast of Saint John of God who founded the Hospitaller Brothers of Saint John of God in 1537. Where did the term "Hospitallers" originate? It actually dates back to the time of Saint Augustine in the late 300's and early 400's and is carried on to this day by those who live by the Augustinian Rule or who devote their lives to caring for the infirm. While there had been, for many centuries in the first millennium, hospices set up to accommodate travelers to the Holy Land, the beginning of the second millennium and the Crusades necessitated the need to care for the sick and injured. Thus, it was through the altruistic generosity and acumen of a wealthy Knight known as Gerard and his successor Raymond of Provence who began the military order of crusaders known as the Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem in 1092 to care for the sick, poor and pilgrims to the Holy Land as well as their own fellow knights who had been injured in battle with the Saracens. It received papal approval in 1113 by Pope Pascal II and helped promote the ideals of knighthood and the concept of chivalry. The name "St. John" is believed to have been attributed to Saint John the Baptist while those who brought the hospice and hospital concept back to Italy from the Crusades dedicated the title "St. John" to Saint John of Alexandria and followed the Benedictine Rule, while the former went by the Augustinian Rule. This Order became known as the Knights of Malta in 1530. Therefore the title "Hospitallers of St. John" was available when John of God established them seven years later in Spain. This was the original concept of "hospitals" that would ultimately provide places of refuge and healing throughout Europe, tending to the wounds and injuries of those who had fallen in battle over the next several centuries of war up to the present day. This all began during the Protestant Reformation wars in the time (source: The Catholic Encyclopedia at New Advent Catholic Supersite; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers).
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