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Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries
In the first part of Chapter 16: The Blessed Mother prepares to be reunited with her Divine Son we see through interior vision how Our Lady goes about the preparations for departing this earth. She knows in her heart the time is near and, as she has done throughout her blessed life she submits totally to the Will of God, giving Him her fiat no matter what the circumstances. She asks, through her example, for us to do the same and also asks us to read the Acts of the Apostles which ties in especially this week in anticipation of the Solemnity of Pentecost and the role of her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit. 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 one of Chapter 16, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
Our Lady prepares to say goodbye
Events in Church History
On this date in 1303, Saint Ives of Kermartin died. Forty years after his death Pope Clement VI, the fourth of the Avignon Popes, canonized Ivo Helory, better known as St. Ives who is considered Patron Saint of Lawyers. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
225 and counting,
hoping and praying...
Medjugorje Monthly Message for APRIL 25th
Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. Little children, be joyful carriers of peace and love in this peaceless world. By fasting and prayer, witness that you are mine and that you live my messages. Pray and seek! I am praying and interceding for you before God that you convert; that your life and behavior always be Christian. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
THE DAILY WORD"And I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I am coming to Thee. Holy Father, keep in Thy name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one even as We are." |
John 17: 11
The one hundred second installment of our on-going feature series on the Church today with WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
Part Two of Chapter 16: in the Meditative Lessons of "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on May 20th.
Messages 519 and 520 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
DAILY LITURGY for the Final Thursday and Friday of Easter and Thursday's Feast of Saint Bernardine of Siena
Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
Daily Dose of Church tidbits laid out on the CATHOLIC CANVAS
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The Holy Father produced a capitol idea when he appointed Cardinal James A. Hickey Archbishop of our nation's capitol in 1980 |
Today we feature our fifty-fifth red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 78 year-old American prelate Cardinal James A. Hickey, Archibishop of Washington, D.C. who came to the nations capitol by way of Saginaw, Cleveland and Rome. A canon law expert and adept at formation of young priests, Cardinal Hickey has walked the political tightrope of "beltline politics" for nearly twenty years earning the utmost respect from friend and foe alike, republican and democrat, Catholic and non-Catholic. For more on Cardinal Hickey who was appointed by Pope John Paul II during the Consistory of June 28, 1988, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Quiet but busy, productive day consumes Holy Father on his 79th birthday as he plans for peace with German chancellor
Rwanda railroading Bishop and consequently Church in blatant bashing of Church's role in reconciliation
Eastern rite Conference returns to mid-east and the region of the early Fathers of the Church while Pontifical Council plans Family conference
Students launch cross-country crusade for unborn so they may be born in and be able to someday walk as well.
These stories and more: featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
In this Sign you shall conquer!
We continue today with the abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we bring you that period when the persecutions, which had grown so fierce under the butcher Diocletian are finally brought to an end with the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great and the vision he was given of the cross in the sky by which he was converted. Thus began, in the early fourth century the beginning of a beautiful friendship between Rome and the Church that would reach out to all four corners of the earth in fulfillment of what Christ had asked of His Disciples to "Go and preach the Gospel to all nations." For Installment eleven, click on BARQUE OF PETER
May Flowers bloom forth but hay fever has a way of confusing the issue when one grows older
Allergies have a way of clouding our thinking process and when we grow older, or especially have teen agers at home, it hits the target all the more as we illustrate in a short vignette Great truths about life that adults have learned. The second vignette entitled Trust in God keeps us out of the red and in the black points out how God helps unclog our passages so we can breathe more easily and better comprehend all He wills. For these two short Appeteasers, click on MAY FLOWERS: FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
The last shall be first
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".
"In the story of the Gospel feast, it was the man who sought the higher place who was sent to the lower, and then one who took the lower place who was sent up higher. In the world, there is push and rush; in the audits of Heaven, the emptying of the ego is a condition of admittance of God's action within the soul."
Today is the Final Wednesday of Easter while tomorrow we commemorate the Final Thursday of Easter and the Feast of Saint Bernadine of Siena, priest, religious and missionary. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Bernardine, click on DAILY LITURGY.
"I solemnly tell you again: Time is very critical and so many of my beloved little ones are now blinded by confusion and doubt."
Those words come from Our Lady on July 16, 1994 - the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in which she imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #518 the need to wear her Scapular, especially in these days when the devil mounts such a voracious campaign against God's little ones. She again calls on us to invoke her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit often which is fitting in preparation for Pentecost this weekend. The Blessed Mother prefaced these words with Message #517 three days earlier on the feast of Saint Henry imploring her children to put on the cloak of humility and embrace her Divine Son in the Holy Eucharist for that is our Life Blood in the difficult times ahead.
For Messages #517 and #518, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Ascension to Pentecost Novena of Rosaries for Peace continues
In conjunction with the Worldwide Rosary Crusade Novena, we continue to promote the 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. Today is the 7th day of the Novena.
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Birthday greetings flood into Vatican for Pope as he conducts special audience with German chancellor in planning peace for Kosovo
Most men who turn 79 are either already retired or planning on it, but Pope John Paul II is not "most men" and he spent his birthday busier than ever with numerous visitors and working toward the future - a peaceful, harmonious future as he received the German chancellor Gerhard Schröder in the latter's first visit to the Holy See. For more, click on Busy Birthday.
Church being bashed by Rwanda government as latter seeks scapegoats for their own bungling
The war of words waged by the Rwanda-controlled media has been a blatant effort to discredit the Church's role in reconciliation following the terrible genocides that took place in this region in the early to mid nineties. In the eye of this maelstorm of defamation is Bishop Augustin Misago who was arrested and personally blamed for the killings by Rwanda's president, a prefabrication that has had repercussions all the way to the Vatican. For more, click on Railroaded in Rwanda.
Conferences in Rome and Lebanon bolster Catholic families
Two conferences will focus on the Catholic family. One, underway since May 9 in Lebanon has sought to gather the Eastern rites which are in union with Rome making the congress the first such event in that region of the world since the fourth, fifth, and sixth centuries when the early Ecumenical Councils were held in this area. Meanwhile the Pontifical Council for the Family is planning a special congress for the first of June with the theme "The Paternity
of God and paternity in the family." For more, click on A Family Affair.
American morals at a crossroads says organizer of Crossroads nationwide march for the unborn
Crossroads, a pro-life student organization out of Steubenville, Ohio - the same area where renowned Franciscan University is - gathered in the nation's capitol to embark on their fifth annual cross-country march on behalf of the unborn. The majority of the marchers were born after 1973 which means legally they could have been killed and never see the light of day like so many millions and millions of unfortunate unborn who have become the holy slaughtered innocents and on whose blood the avenging angels of God will make things right. For more, see Cross-country March for life
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