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

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"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!"

Meditative Lesson 5:


part two

NEXT INSTALLMENT: Part Three of Lesson 5: Our Lady's Meditation on THE LAST SUPPER

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

28.   Cardinal Brendan Cahal Daly


      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.

Monday, March 8, 1999

Optional Feast of Saint John of God, religious founder

Tuesday, March 9, 1999

Optional Feast of Saint Frances of Rome, wife, mother and religious founder


     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

Events Today 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

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Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church:

      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, through the altruistic generosity and acumen of a wealthy Knight known as Gerard he 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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March 8, 1999 volume 10, no. 46   DAILY CATHOLIC