May 13 is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord into Heaven|
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ASCENSION THURSDAY WEEKEND
The Solemnity of Christ's Ascension is also the assurance of our own ascension into Heaven after the Last Judgment. He entered into His Kingdom to prepare a place for us, for He promised to come again to take us to Himself." This is the essence of the Solemnity of the Ascension celebrated today and observed by many on Sunday, the Seventh Sunday of Easter while Friday we commemorate the Feast of the Apostle Saint Matthias. For the liturgy, readings, meditation and vignettes on these feasts, click on LITURGY
Ascension to Pentecost Novena of Rosaries for Peace begins
In conjunction with the Worldwide Rosary Crusade Novena, we promote a nine-day novena of Rosaries for peace between Ascension Thursday and the Solemnity of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church and the day of the Holy Spirit - dove of Peace.
THE DAILY WORD|
"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world."
Matthew 28: 19-20
Installment Eleven of the Holy Father's Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW
Biography on Cardinal Roman Henryk Gulbinowicz in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Messages 513 and 514 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on May 17th.
Short gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
Part One of Chapter Fifteen of "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
Daily Dose of Ecclesial facts in CATHOLIC CANVAS
Another new Catholic site in SITE OF THE DAY
DAILY LITURGY for the Seventh Monday and Tuesday of Easter
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May 13 marks the day we're finally back up after a week of server problems and upgrading|
Gettin' the bugs out!
In this weekend's editorial we tell of the cyber fumigation that took place this past week which has made the computer mainframe of the DAILY CATHOLIC stronger just as the Sacrament of Confirmation makes one stronger as we tie in the two in taking responsibility firmly by the reins and looking the consequences in the eye. For this weekend's commentary, The consequences of that state of perpetual inconsequence, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
In his column this weekend, Pat Ludwa Today Pat reminds us all of how we have been likened to gold, purified in a furnace of trials for our faith. That can be a painful process. The gold nugget, precious on it's own, is heated by fire and all impurities are separated from it. In this state, it is at its most precious; and it's at this stage that it is the softest, most pliable and prime for God to work with. Our bodies, minds and souls need a heavy, healthy dose of wind and rough weather to make our roots strong and our trunks able to weather the barrage of satan's storms. For Pat's column Gold Nuggets , click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
A poem lovelier than a tree: three trees for the Trinity!
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto relates in a short vignette about three tall cedars how God works in strange and mysterious ways and why we need to trust in God and let Him guide us rather than trying to forge our own will. Sister reveals why in her touching column this weekend entitled, A Tale of Three Trees. For her column, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Our Lady wants to be our guide
Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries
In the second and final part of Chapter 14, The First Cenacle the Blessed Mother conveys to us how she can be our guide, reminding us that the Trinity has sent her to prepare us for the Second Pentecost which will be made possible by the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart promised 82 years ago today at Fatima and repeated over and over since. These meditative lessons, imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart after Pentecost 1993, are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the Glorious Mysteries. For part two of Chapter 14 - Our Lady's Meditation, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
Spiritual warfare calls for daily "devil checks" to checkmate satan!
We continue with our on-going feature series on the Church today, coinciding with the Solemnity of the Ascension with the topic of Spiritual Warfare for, as members of the Communion of Saints we are the Church Militant and must take our responsibilities seriously if we hope to fulfill God's Will. For the 102nd installment of our on-going megaseries on the Church today, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
If you love Me...
Each weekend we strive to bring you longer articles by the good Bishop. This week, in conjunction with last week's Gospel and all the focus on Padre Pio and Mother's Day last weekend, we bring you Bishop Sheen's take on obedience and Christ's words from last Sunday's Gospel in John 14: 15, "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." For Bishop Sheen's words on Obedience, click on SIMPLY SHEEN
Events this weekend in Church History
On Ascension Thursday this year we observe the 82nd anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima when the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three young children in Portugal with a portent for this century and a directive to follow so successfully navigate this final century of the millennium. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Forced to retire in infamy, former prelate and Austrian people need our prayers
We continue with this new series that debuted the beginning of the year, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our fifty-third red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Hermann Hans Groer, OSB, the former Archbishop of Vienna who was forced to resign his position in 1995 because of homosexual activities that caused great scandal for the Church and Austria. For more on Cardinal Groer, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
"Be as My Peter and Paul, and serve Me, your God in steadfastness. "
Those words above come from Our Lord on the Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul on June 29, 1994. In the Message which Jesus imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart and followed up on July 1 with Message #512, Jesus asks all of us to persevere for many within the fold have grown weary and lost the will to toe the mark. The path is not easy and so many have fallen by the wayside, causing His Blessed Mother to weep over the apathy that is mounting. Our Lord reminds all His children of His Mercy, but also of the Justice promising many chastisements will be mitigated through the reparation of His loyal ones and His Precious Blood which flows from the Font of Divine Mercy. For Messages 511 and 512, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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May 13 is the Anniversary of First Apparition of Fatima
- Romanian papal visit reinvigorates Holy Father
- Anglicans team with Catholics to promote collegiality and primacy of the Pope with 40-page statement
- "Last one out of Kosovo, turn out the lights" is sad refrain as Albanian leader laments losses
- Is villain at Villanova pro-abortion speaker or liberal administration that encouraged her speaking?
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Catholic World News Service and Noticias Eclesiales Church News and ZENIT International News Agency
Pope optimistic about possible reconciliation with Orthodox Church after historic Romanian trip The Holy Father looked upbeat at his weekly Papal Audience at Paul VI Hall Wednesday, spurred on by his successful trip to Bucharest, Romania. The Holy See's Apostolic Nuncio to Bucharest was just as optimistic since the Pope's visit to an Orthodox country "surpassed all expectations" and his reception by the Orthodox people and leaders was truly amazing, indicating that unity is a very real possibility if all are united in prayer. For more, click on Reflecting on Romania
Catholics and Anglicans team for joint statement that papal authority shoud be "a gift to be received by all the churches."
While the Vatican is looking toward unity on the eastern front, they are also concentrating on the western front, working with Anglican clergy representatives in the Anglican-Roman Catholic group known as ARCIC. The group has jointly published a 40-page statement on papal authority and the Petrine apostolic tradition. Roadblocks still remain, however, in the areas of women priests and gay unions, both of which the Anglican Church has been lax in allowing. For more, click on Pope gaining with Anglicans.
Vatican Archbishop decries fact Kosovo pretty much deserted and Catholic religious in Serbia could be drafted into Serb army
In the aftermath of Kosovo Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova's remarks to the Holy Father about the current situation in Kosovo, he praised Bishop Mark Sopi, a Roman Catholic bishop who chose to stay with the people rather than flee and asked for prayers for his safety. At the same time the Holy See raised concerns about other Catholic clergy in Serbia who could be scripted into the Serbian armed forces if they hold passports from Serbia. For more, click on Kosovo's a ghost town.
Villanova University joins Georgetown in liberal controversy, but pro-lifers manage to dissuade abortion writer from speaking
Whose running our "Catholic" institutions of higher learning these days? Thank God for pro-lifers and Catholics who know their faith and are serving as watchdogs of the faith. Such are a student group from Villanova, who like their orthodox counterparts at Georgetown, are making sure the liberal administrators toe the line. This became evident when notorious abortion advocate and facetious humoress Anna Quindlen was forced to withdraw from being commencement speaker. The sad part is that Quindlen canceled on her own and Villanova's faculty did not initiate the cancelation but, sat back and did nothing after creating the mess. For more, click on Villain at Villanova.
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