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MONDAY      March 8, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 46

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The Pope said it; we believe it; that settles it!

      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

Teaching from the Chair of Peter

Message to the Americas: Learn from Christ's encounters

      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.

Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America

Installment Two of ECCLESIA IN AMERICA:
Encounters with the Lord in the New Testament

"We have found the Messiah" (John 1: 41)

"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..."

Messages 423 and 424

Message Four Hundred-twenty-three, October 18, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist)

Message Four Hundred-twenty-four, October 22, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)


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."

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


"Amen I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country."

Luke 4: 24

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March 8, 1999 volume 10, no. 46   DAILY CATHOLIC