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TUESDAY      May 4, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 87

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There are a lot of variables to the mechanics of war but when it comes to coincidences the writing is on the wall!

      In today's editorial we ask to see the script someone is composing regarding the war in the Balkans. It's all too "Hollywood," too contrived for the good of mankind. To quote the bard Shakespeare, "There's something rotten in Denmark" and Belgrade and Washington as well, but should we be surprised for while this script plays out as spinmeisters weave their carefully manipulated lines, another script is being fulfilled - Sacred Scripture and the script the Blessed Mother has conveyed over the past two centuries. For today's commentary entitled It's in the script!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

It's in the script.

Michael Cain, editor

Pius III was the all-too short calm between the storms of decadence and rebellion

      The Church had finally rid herself of the Borgia Pope with the death of Alexander VI on August 18, 1503, but the ills that he had sown were still there and the cardinals made sure his bastard son wasn't elected by choosing the conservative and holy Cardinal Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini to become Pope Pius III in honor of his uncle who had taken the name Pius II. But his promising papacy was cut short, way short by the gout and after only ten days as Pope he was taken home on September 22, 1503 and the Church was once again thrown into turmoil. For the one-hundred-third installment titled Pope Pius III: A far too-short lull between two tempests , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Installment One-Hundred-three

Pope Pius III: A far too-short lull between two tempests

Next issue: Pope Julius II: the militant Renaissance Pope whose obsession was to bury the Borgias

Jesus disappears from their sight, but never from their minds and hearts

      In the second part of Chapter 13: The Ascension of Jesus we see, through interior vision, the actual Ascension of Jesus. As he ascends into the clouds we are given an insight into something else we may not have been aware of: the Blessed Mother is given the opportunity - the choice to accompany her Divine Son for all time or to remain behind and help His fledgling, struggling Church. As a true mother she chooses the latter, showing her love and loyalty to God's children. 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 13, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"

Meditative Lesson 13:


part two

NEXT INSTALLMENT: Part three: Our Lady's Meditation The Ascension of Jesus


      Today is the Fifth Tuesday of Easter while tomorrow we continue with the Fifth Wednesday of Easter. For the liturgy, readings and meditations for these two days, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Tuesday, May 4, 1999

Wednesday, May 5, 1999


      In honor of the death of Saint Monica today on the 1,612th anniversary of her passing, we present a special prayer in her honor taken from My Daily Prayer booklet from the Confraternity of the Precious Blood.

O God, the Comforter of those who mourn and the Salvation of all those who hope in Thee, Who didst mercifully regard the loving tears of Blessed Monica by willing the conversion of Augustine, her son, grant us, through their united intercession, grace to deplore our sins and so to find Thy pardon and favor. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

Events Today in Church History

      On this date in 1493 the predecessor to Pope Pius III, namely the Borgia Pope Pope Alexander VI. a Spanish native, sets a line of demarcation 100 leagues west of the Azores between Spanish and Portuguese interests of exploration. Since it naturally favored Spain, the Portuguese representatives demanded that it be altered which it was a year later at the Treaty of Tordesillas. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for May 4:

SIMPLY SHEEN: Going against the grain is not popular

      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".

" The real thinker who is willing to embrace a truth at all costs generally has double price to pay - first, isolation from current opinion or the mass mind. Anyone who arrives at the moral conclusion that divorce prepares the way for the breakdown of civilization must be prepared to be ostracized by the Herods and the Salomes of this world."

April 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    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


"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, or be afraid."

John 14: 27

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May 4, 1999 volume 10, no. 87   DAILY CATHOLIC