DAILY CATHOLIC for 

March 31, 1999
March 31, 1999

vol. 10, no. 63

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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 Final Words

      Today we skip ahead to bring you the Meditative Lesson #22 "IT IS CONSUMATED!" - the climactic chapter of Our Lord's Passion and Death. Tomorrow we will bring you the Blessed Mother's Meditation on this chapter. These words by Jesus "It is consummated!" or "It is finished! preceded the words "Father, into Your hands I commend My Spirit." before the Son of Man expired on the Cross. At that moment the earth was rent asunder and all knew He was truly the Messiah. These meditative lessons, imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during Lent of 1993, are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the season of Lent, especially during Holy Week on the eve of the Easter Triduum, and help us all prepare for His Passion and Death, and ultimately the glorious Resurrection. For part one of Lesson 22, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

THE DAILY WORD

"The Son of man indeed goes His way, as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It were better for that man if he had not been born."

Matthew 26: 24

March 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! I call you to prayer with the heart. In a special way, little children, I call you to pray for conversion of sinners, for those who pierce my heart and the heart of my Son Jesus with the sword of hatred and daily blasphemies. Let us pray, little children, for all those who do not desire to come to know the love of God, even though they are in the Church. Let us pray that they convert, so that the Church may resurrect in love. Only with love and prayer, little children, can you live this time which is given to you for conversion. Place God in the first place, then the risen Jesus will become your friend. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


Coming Tomorrow for the Special Easter Triduum issue

  • A full complement of the Liturgy and Meditations for the Easter Triduum

  • Final installment of "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

  • A layman's perspective from Pat Ludwa in VIEW FROM THE PEW

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on April 1st through April 3rd.

  • Messages 461 and 462 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • Words of wisdom from the late Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN.

  • Daily Dose of Church trivia and facts laid out on the CATHOLIC CANVAS.

  • ...and much more in our 64th issue for 1999!

To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.

Enlightened in Ecuador

      High in the cold and rainy Andes Mountains of Ecuador, the Blessed Mother reportedly appeared in the remote farming village of El Cajas to a former model named Patricia Talbot whom her countrymen affectionately referred to as "Paci". Here, like in her messages to Father Don Stefano Gobbi, Our Lady spoke of the pivotal next ten years and the fact "the third world war is near." For the final installment of the "Ecstasy of Ecuador", click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS

A prolific writer and author of "Comment on the Creed," Cardinal Pierre Eyt, like the fine wines of his region, is the perfect embodiment for the Archdiocese of Bordeaux

      Today we feature our thirty-eighth red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 65 year-old Cardinal Pierre Eyt of France who has been the Archbishop of Bordeaux for nearly ten years. Chosen as the Special Secretary of the Seventh General Assembly of the Bishops' Synod twelve years ago, he became France's junior member of the cardinalate when he received his red-hat from Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of November 26, 1994, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

DAILY LITURGY

      Today is Wednesday of Holy Week and what some consider the end of Lent before the Easter Triduum begins tomorrow with Holy Thursday. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these two days, click on DAILY LITURGY.

PRAYERS & DEVOTION

      Below is the fifth increment of the Prayer for Spiritual Renewal during Lent from the Treasury of Novenas booklet:

Father, our source of life, we reach out with joy to grasp Your hand; let us walk more readily in Your ways. Gude us in Your gentle mercy, for left to ourselves we cannt do Your Will. Father of love, source of all blessings, help us to pass from our old life of sin to the new life of grace. Prepare us for the glory of Your Kingdom. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.


SIMPLY SHEEN:
There is no light unless the Son shines in us

      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".

"Our greatest days are ahead, though in between intervenes the purging, where we will learn that as the rays cannot survive without the sun, so neither can we prosper without God. This hope can be translated into victory in either of two ways: by prayerfully reawakening our hearts, or by being brought within an inch of disaster, until from the depths of our insufficiency we cry out to the goodness of God."


Events Today in Church History

      On this date in 1495, the notorious Pope Alexander VI, in an effort to thwart the advancing threats of France's King Charles VIII aligned with other nations to form the "Holy League" which covered Charles' flanks and forced the French monarch to retreat from Naples. The cause of Charles' wrath was the growing abuses by Alexander of nepotism in which the pontiff appointed his ally Alfonso II, as king of Naples in defiance of Charles. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

"Soon my words to you shall be completed. Then shall come the fulfillment of all I have spoken."

     Those words from the Blessed Mother to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart were imparted in Message #457 on the Feast of Saint Scholastica in February, 1984, and, true to her words, less than a year and a half later Our Lady and her Divine Son Jesus delivered the final message on the Feast of Corpus Christi. In both her 457th and 458th Message Mary implores her children to return to her Son and be nourished in the Sacraments. For these two Messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant

provided by
Catholic World News Service
and Noticias Eclesiales Church News

HEADLINES:

    Vatican heads efforts to call all parties back to the peace table in last ditch effort to bring some sensibility to the Kosovo War

          As the most trusted entity on earth, the Vatican is doing all in its power, working around the clock to bring some common sense and sanity to the madness in Kosovo. If anyone has the ear of all the nations of the world and can convince the UN to intervene, it is Pope John Paul II and his Vatican staff. The Holy Father has had serious talks with the Italian President and expects to communicate with the Serbian and Russian Patriarchs soon in hopes a settlement can be worked out especially in light of attacks on Catholics in Kosovo. For more, click on Holy See seeks peace.

    Pope entreats Opus Dei members to be fruitful laborers in God's vineyard

          Stating "Justice needs a soul and that soul is charity," the Holy Father encouraged some 4,000 Opus Dei members meeting from all over the world in Rome to put on a "spiritual attitude" and extend the light of truth to those lost in the darkness. He acknowledged it would not be easy with the hardened, cold hearts of society today but called on members to do all in their power to soften their hearts to the unlimited freedom of Christ. For more, click on Work of God.

    Catholic League takes the offensive for the offensive gay display planned over Easter in San Francisco

          The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is taking the offensive for the offensive plans of a gay rights group who persist in mocking the Church with a blatant, obscene display of sacriligeous proportions over Easter. William Donohue, President of the League that has long been the watchdog of Catholic-bashing, took out a half page ad imploring businesses to boycott San Francisco if city officials allow the gay display to go on. Donohue reasons that if you cannot reason with them, hit them where it hurts - the pocket book. For more, click on Sorry sight in Sodom.

    Cardinal James F. Stafford urges Italian youth to reject the culture of death as brave Disciples of Christ

          While the President for the Pontifical Council for the Laity spoke to a group of Italian youth imploring them to build upon Baptism, the door to life, to reject the smothering culture of death, youth in Nairobi, Kenya were putting his words into action, strongly speaking out against the government there and condemning their action of distributing condoms to the young. They called for a return to abstinence in an effort to stop the culture of death. For more, see Catholic Youth in action

For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales. Both CWN and NE are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

CATHOLIC CANVAS

Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church

Opus Dei

      With the conference in Rome this week, we focus on the organization known as Opus Dei which is a Personal Prelature of the Holy See. This 20th century movement means "Work of God" and was founded by Monsignor Josemaria Escriva de Belaguer in 1928 in Madrid, Spain. Pope Pius XII gave it papal approbation in 1950 and since then it has grown tremendoulsy. It is composed of lay and clergy who dedicate themselves to an exemplary spiritual life through pray and good works, striving to impart special witness to Jesus in the world and calling all God's children to strive for holiness. Conservative in nature, it and Blessed Escriva have come under fire by liberals over the last few centuries but that has not stopped the canonization process of its founder. In addition, Pope John Paul II is very favorable to the fruits of this global organization confirming and proclaiming Opus Dei as a personal prelature with the full title of Prelature of the Holy Cross on November 28, 1982. In August 1998 he elevated the organization's University of the Holy Cross to the status of a Pontifical University. Opus Dei's most recent figures report 1,649 priests, 363 major seminarians, over 80,000 lay people from 80 different countries plus over 1,600 parishes and pastoral centers. For more details, see our SITE OF THE DAY below. (sources: Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers; 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor).

SITE OF THE DAY

      Today, with the Opus Dei Annual Conference in Rome, we feature the official OPUS DEI web site. From the information above in Catholic Canvas, it should pique your interest to learn more about this admirable Personal Prelature of the Holy See.
COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 275 and counting, hoping and praying...

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