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WEDNESDAY      May 19, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 97

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Our Lady prepares to say goodbye

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!"

Meditative Lesson 16:

THE BLESSED MOTHER PREPARES TO BE REUNITED WITH HER DIVINE SON

part one

      Dear Father, these past days have been days of intense interior suffering. Particularly God has shown me quite clearly the weight of persecution that kills not the body, but gnaws away at its mortal fiber, exposing the soul to purifying flames. In these purifying flames, I have seen clearly how wretched I am. In these purifying flames, I have seen clearly how wretched I am. I have understood ever so much more clearly what Divine Love is versus the poor, finite love we cling to. Thus, it has been not glory or joy in any sensible degree, but a true martyrdom of being so wretched that it has been difficult to cry out for God's help. Yet, Our Lady comes tonight to tell me that what I have experienced, all souls must experience, and the holy Apostles and disciples, both men and women of that first Christian community, knew these mortal pangs, but stood steadfast. There were no sensible consolations, but their faith, which was the lighthouse beacon, which guided them, ever onward to transforming union. Each day was for them a struggle wherein they willed to believe willed to trust willed to love despite all degree of slander, outrageous accusations, taunts, deceit, and temptations. They found comfort and strength by their unity of mind and heart through their prayers, which rose from their hearts. God gave unto them His Own Spirit, and each moment their faith grew; though, they themselves remained unaware of it.

    Our Lady says to read the Acts of the Apostles very carefully, for here we shall discover how beautifully the Holy Spirit works. How He, the Sanctifier comes and enables that which is only weakness, faults, and failings, and leads the soul back to the Father. Therefore, she tells me that in these Lessons I am receiving, she will only ask all of her children to read the Acts of the Apostles and to recognize that in our own time, we are to do as they did, but how much harder for us who, by having advanced so far in technology, we have fallen far from God's holy light and are thus as blind men trembling in darkness.

    All that one must do to reach Eternal Life, Jesus taught, and after His Ascension, The Holy Spirit developed in the hearts of all, according to his or her calling, thus completing the Redemptive Act by sanctifying the soul unto unity with the Most Blessed Trinity.

    Now, our Heavenly Mother would have me now that she remained upon this sorrowing earth, Mother of the Church, for over twenty years after her Divine Son's Ascension. Her role will never be fully understood while we remain part of the world; but as we seek only the Divine Will, we will gradually come to understand and realize the depth of God's Infinite Love, so structured as to have The Almighty God, Our Father, nourish us through the intercession of Mary, the spotless creature, the perfect disciple, the perfect example of womanhood submissive to God and the prayerful power behind all men who are God's children called to a specific role.

    Therefore, tonight, as I am drawn into interior vision, I understand that the Infant Church has now spread beyond Jerusalem and Palestine proper. The Word, blown by the breath of The Holy Spirit, has caught soul after soul, and its life has been given from one to another, until Word of Jesus Christ, Messiah, Son of God, has reached the depths of the existing Roman Empire and beyond to lands where bondage to Rome is unknown.

    A common link is revealed now to all men: we are children of God, redeemed by the Blood of Jesus Christ, Only-Begotten Son of God, the Word made Flesh in the Ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

    No court of law, no power on earth can silence this news. No cruelty can crush its Truth, nor impede its growth, for the fervor of the first Christians is beyond that of our modern world which has lost God by making itself god.

    Unless we return to our True Roots of the Roman Catholic Faith, we shall cause God's full Justice to come. If we hear her messages and respond, then we participate in the Redemptive Act and permit God'' Holy, Perfect Will to reign upon earth. I am at tremendous peace knowing the voice is of God, I write:

"But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. "
Luke 2: 19

NEXT INSTALLMENT: Part two: The Blessed Mother prepares to be reunited with her Divine Son


DAILY LITURGY

    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.

Wednesday, May 19, 1999

Thursday, May 20, 1999

SAINT BERNARDINE OF SIENA, PRIEST, RELIGIOUS AND MISSIONARY


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POPE AND SCHRÖDER ANALYZE SOLUTIONS FOR THE BALKAN CRISIS ON HIS BIRTHDAY

German Chancellor Visit highlights Birthday Greetings From the World Over

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 18 (ZENIT).- The Pontiff began the day with a mass of thanksgiving which he celebrated in his private chapel, accompanied by his closest aides and the presidents of Italy's regional Episcopal Conferences, whose ad limina visit brought them to Rome at an opportune moment. All the Church's bishops meet and discuss Church affairs with the Pope and the Holy See once every five years in this ad limina visit.

      During the Eucharistic Celebration, the Pope stressed the fact that a bishop's mission is to serve, and also commented on St. Paul's words in Acts, "I don't consider my life worthy of esteem, provided that when I finish my race I've carried out the mission the Lord Jesus gave me -- and that was to bear witness to the Good News of God's grace."

      Many chiefs of state and other public figures from all parts of the globe sent their birthday wishes to the Pope throughout the day.

      L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's daily paper, greeted the Pope with a front page wish: "May the Lord of history fulfill the future you have opened in your visit to Romania," referring, of course, to the Holy Father's long desire to be the first Roman pontiff to visit Russia, the seat of the largest Orthodox church in the world.

      On his 79th birthday, John Paul II received congratulations from German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, who was visiting the Vatican for the first time as head of state. According to Joaquin Navarro-Valls, Director of the Vatican Press Office, the discussion concerned "a panorama of the principal current issues, paying particular attention of the dramatic situation in the Balkans and the possibility to obtain a just and honorable solution to the problems in this region as soon as possible."

      After his 25-minute meeting with the Pope and the traditional photo session, Schröder met with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State. The German Chancellor presented the Pope with a Dutch painting of the Cathedral of Krakow, and the Holy Father gave him a plaque with medallions from his pontificate.

      The German Chancellor came to Rome after his meeting in Bari, Italy, with the President of the Italian Council of Ministers, Massimo D'Alema. As expected, the Kosovo crisis was also the central topic of their conversation. In the closing press conference, D'Alema and Schröder admitted that they had been unable to prepare a common document to serve as a proposal for a rapid solution. This decision was made, in part, to avoid "confusions" and the multiplication of documents. The two leaders indicated their preference to work for a consensus on the recently drafted G8 document, which calls for U.N. involvement. ZE99051806


DEFAMATION CAMPAIGN SEEN AGAINST RWANDA CHURCH

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- The Vatican newspaper has spoken out forcefully against "a veritable campaign of defamation against the Catholic Church" in Rwanda.

      An article published in the May 18 issue of L'Osservatore Romano charges that the government of Rwanda is attempting to make the Church "appear responsible for the campaign of genocide" directed at the Tutsi tribe in 1994. The newspaper report is attributed to an official source in the Holy See.

      The article points out that Bishop Augustin Misago was arrested on April 14, and charged with aiding the killing, after being personally accused by Rwanda's President Pasteur Bizimungu. L'Osservatore Romano continued that Bishop Misago had been the subject of brutal media criticism, much of it clearly initiated by government officials. Similar campaigns had been undertaken in the past against the bishops of Kigali and Kabgayi, the newspaper pointed out.

      The propaganda campaign against the bishops, the article said, was a deliberate effort to "reduce or eliminate the role that the Church has played in the process of reconciliation in Rwanda-- in the past and continuing today." This in turn is a ploy by the government, intended to shore up its own public image, L'Osservatore argued.

      In an effort to recapture the truth of the situation, L'Osservatore observed that there were two different campaigns of genocide: one directed against Tutsis, quickly followed by a vicious backlash against Hutus. "Both of these genocides were horrible," the article says, "and both must be remembered." Any effort to ignore one set of killings and accentuate the other would be an obstacle to reconciliation and to the cause of peace, the Vatican newspaper argued.


CONGRESS ON PATERNITY IN CHRISTIAN FAMILY TO BE HELD IN ROME WHILE CHURCH MEETING IN MIDDLE EAST FOSTERS EVANGELIZATION

      Rome, 18 (NE) Paternity in the Christian family will be the theme of a congress organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, a Vatican council presided by Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo. The meeting will be held June 3-5, and will take place within the frame of the activities in the last year of preparation for the Great Jubilee, dedicated to the reflection on God the Father. It will count with participants of different parts of the world. The congress will be inaugurated by Cardinal Lopez Trujillo and will be held under the motto "The Paternity of God and paternity in the family."

      Since May 9 in a neighboring town of Beirut, Lebanon, the first Congress of Patriarchs and Catholic Bishops of the East is taking place these days. According to Italian newspaper Avvenire, it is the first meeting in thirteen centuries that congregates the Catholic family of the Middle East and Northern Africa. The congress has gathered more than 200 participants belonging to the several Catholic rites: Maronite, Melchite, Armenian, Caledonian, Syrian, Coptic and Latin.

      "This congress takes us back to the times in which the shepherds of the Church met in this part of the world, a center of Christianity, to discuss about ecclesial, dogmatic and disciplinary topics. Who could ignore the councils of Jerusalem, Antioch, Nice, Ephesus, Chalcedon and Constantinople?" reminded Patriarch Sfeir upon inaugurating the congress.

      The Bishop of Aleppo, Antoine Audo, has pointed out in declarations to "Avvenire" the necessity of returning to the roots for an effective proclamation of the Gospel. Also, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, affirmed that the Church in this region wants above all to ask itself on the role, the duties and the contribution that it can give in these times. In fact, along the meeting, one of the points of reflection is actually the role of the Church in the Middle East in the evangelization towards the third millennium.


COLLEGE STUDENTS BEGIN FIFTH ANNUAL PRO-LIFE TREK ACROSS AMERICA

      WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - A group of college students began their fifth annual walk across America on Monday to raise awareness of the pro-life cause, and added a separate second group of walkers for the first time.

      Crossroads, a pro-life student organization based in Steubenville, Ohio, organized the walks that begin in San Francisco and Los Angeles and end in Washington, DC on August 14. In between, the walkers will cover 3,400 miles in 28 cities and 21 states, speaking to groups on chastity, abortion, and the "culture of death."

    "Almost all of the students in Crossroads were born after 1973, and that means that they could have been 'legally' destroyed while living in their mothers' wombs. It's time people in our generation understand this horrendous fact," said Crossroads founder Steve Sanborn.

    "We're out there to peacefully gain attention for the pro-life movement. We also wish to ask the American Catholic bishops to do all in their power to end the scourge of abortion," said Northern Walk leader Mark De Young. "The influence of the American Catholic bishops in our nation could stop abortion, and we will pray for them daily while on this pilgrimage for life."

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SITE OF THE DAY

   In honor of today's featured Prince of the Church Cardinal James A. Hickey we present the official site for his Archdiocese, the ARCHDIOCESE OF WASHINGTON, D.C. where you can find excellent, insightful reflections on a myriad of topics by the Michigan-born prelate who received his red-hat in the Consistory of June 28, 1988 and has been Archbishop of the nation's capitol since June 17, 1980.


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