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WEDNESDAY     vol. 10, no. 88      May 5, 1999

May 5, 1999


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Meditations on the Glorious Mysteries from MY LORD AND MY GOD!



This Day in Church History

Liturgy for today and tomorrow



CWN Catholic News for today

Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

Only by living the Gospel will Mary's Immaculate Heart triumph sooner

Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries
    In the third part of Chapter 13: The Ascension of Jesus! the Blessed Mother imparts in her meditation how we reflect our lives in the actions of those who surrounded Jesus at the moment of His Ascension into Heaven. In order for us to someday join Him we all need to be aligned with the Holy Spirit Who Our Lord left to us to guide and direct us. 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 three of Chapter 13, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"

Events in Church History
Pope Gregory VI     On this date in 1045, Pope Gregory VI became the 148th successor of Peter, succeeding Benedict IX who was forced to abdicate. To Gregory is attributed the forming of the first Pontifical Army. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Year of God the Father
240 and counting,
hoping and praying...

Medjugorje Monthly Message for APRIL 25th
The Gospa's message for April     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

"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. "
John 15: 4


  • We resume one hundred first installment of our on-going feature series on the Church today with WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

  • Part One of Chapter 14: The First Cenacle 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 6th.

  • Messages 509 and 510 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Fifth Thursday and Friday of Easter.

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

  • Daily Dose of Church tidbits laid out on the CATHOLIC CANVAS

  • ...and much more in our 89th issue for 1999!

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  • Cardinal Alois Grillmeier, S.J.A Vatican II author and colleague of the Holy Father's, Cardinal Alois Grillmeier has dedicated his life to academics and theology
       Today we feature our fifty-second red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 89 year-old German Jesuit Cardinal Alois Grillmeier, whose life has been devoted to theology and dogmatic history from ordination through the Second Vatican Council to the time of his mandatory retirement. Yet he continues to write today. For more on this Jesuit scholar who was appointed by Pope John Paul II during the Consistory of November 26, 1994, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • Swiss Guard closes chapter on one-year mourning, forges into future with hope and optimism

  • Canadian bishops hear Pope's encouragement to be active shepherds

  • Cross controversy outside of Auschwitz erupts again from grass roots leader's disobedience

  • After rejection of Jesuits in Russia, other religious orders head back to the drawing table

    These stories and more: featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.

  • Viva Cinco de Mayo!
        Today is Cinco de Mayo, when the sounds of mariachis and castanets during Mass and the aroma of fresh tortillas wafting in from outside signals that this day is like no other to the faithful of Mexican descent. Cinco de Mayo is the day Mexico celebrates their independence from France. The best thing about this is that both Mexico and France retained their Catholicity.

    The Blood of the Martyrs is the seed of Christianity.
    21. Pope St. Cornelius 22. Pope St. Lucius I 23. Pope St. Stephen I 24. Pope St. Sixtus II  25. Pope St. Denis 26. Pope St. Felix I 27. Pope St. Eutychian 28. Pope St. Caius 29. Pope St. Marcellus
    The keys of the kingdom     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 continue to bring you that period known in Church annals as the persecution years in Rome and yet the Church flourished, undaunted in her quest to fulfill what Christ had asked of His Disciples to "Go and preach the Gospel to all nations." For Installment ten, click on BARQUE OF PETER

    May Flowers bloom forth for Mother's Day with the priceless gift of love
        Today, in the first May Flowers feature in our weekly FOOD FOR THOUGHT Appeteasers, we present a short mother's prayer patterned after the Guardian Angel Prayer and then eight priceless gifts we can give our Moms. For these Appeteasers entitled A Mom's Harried Prayer: Now I lay me down to sleep and Priceless Gifts, click on MAY FLOWERS: FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
    Be willing to lay bare the truths
        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".

    "Non-conformity with the mass mind can be expected to bring down upon the offender's head opposition and ridicule. Second, those who discover a truth must stand naked before the uplifted stroke of its duties or else take up the cross that it imposes."

    Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary "Call out to Me in humility and I will answer. Beware of spiritual pride, lest you forget the words and signs I am giving to you to warn you."
        Those words come from Our Lord on June 15, 1994 which He imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #507 imploring His children to come to Him humbly and sincere and knock and He shall open the door to His Heart wide. He beseeches all to remain faithful to Him and His Vicar on earth. His Blessed Mother Mary follows her Divine Son's Message four days later on Father's Day June 19 in which Our Lady reminds the fathers of their responsibilities in the Sacrament of Matrimony and to emulate her chaste earthly spouse Joseph For Messages #507 and #508, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

        Today, while secularly it's Cinqo de Mayo, liturgically we observe the Fifth Wednesday of Easter and tomorrow the Fifth Thursday of Easter. For the readings, liturgies and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.

        The Church originally celebrated the feast of Pope Saint Pius V on this date. In his honor we present a special prayer from My Daily Prayer published by the Confraternity of the Precious Blood:

    O God, Who, in order to crush the enemies of Thy Church and to restore Divine worship, didst vouchsafe to call Blessed Pius to the Supreme Pontificate, grant that we may be defended by his protection, and may so adhere to Thy service that overcoming all the snares of the enemy, we may rejoice in perpetual peace. Amen.

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      One year after tragic Swiss Guard shooting, the elite Vatican corps demonstrate a remarkable resurgence
      One year anniversary of the tragic shooting of Alois Estermann, his wife and Cedric Tornay    Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the tragic shooting of Commandant-elect Alois Estermann and his wife by fellow Swiss Guard member Cedric Tornay inside the walls of Vatican City, a crime that shocked the world and all of Christendom. But the commandant who the Holy Father named to replace Estermann, Colonel Segmuller is optimistic about the new morale within the corps and that the period of mourning is now officially over. For more, click on Swiss Guard.

      Pope greets Canadian bishops during ad limina, calls for shepherds to foster "cities of God"
          A group of Canadian Bishops from Ontario are in Rome for their ad limina visit and the Holy Father emphasized to them the need to evangelize the urban culture working from the inner city on out in striving to form "cities of God" where neighbors care for each other rather than the impersonal way of life today. For more, click on Canadian bishops.

      More crosses being placed outside Auschwitz in total defiance of bishops order
      flag of Poland     It was one thing to show devotion and dedication to those who died for the faith at Auschwitz by planting temporary crosses in their memory near the cross placed there to commemorate the Pope's visit there, but after the Polish government turned it over to the Polish bishops and they ruled that the crosses must go, save for the Holy Father's, now it is flat out disobedience and will not bear good fruit. In fact it can only hurt the Catholic cause there and with the Jewish people who have demanded all crosses be removed from near this shrine they consider exclusively Jewish. For more, click on cross controversy erupts again.

      After Jesuits' problems in Russia, other Religious Orders are looking into loopholes to maintain their mission in Russia
      Clergy looking for loopholes to stay in Russia     In football it's called the "end around," in baseball "the squeeze play" and in relgious life when it deals with unreasonable politics such as Russia is wielding it is called "surviving" as Orders scramble to find loopholes that will allow them to continue their apostolates in Russia in hopes they will not run into the roadblocks the Society of Jesus did recently when they played everything above board and were rejected. For more, see leverage in Russia

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        Effective this past Monday the Vatican web site has added a special section for the Swiss Guard which can be found at VATICAN SWISS GUARD with photos and the history of the elite guard plus requirements for becoming a member of the corps. Since it has just been inaugurated, some of the sections may not be complete yet.

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