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

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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

      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

Installment Ten

part three: Popes of the second half of the Third Century

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!"

Meditative Lesson 13:


part three Our Lady's Meditation

NEXT INSTALLMENT: Part one: The First Cenacle

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

52.   Cardinal Alois Grillmeier, S.J.

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



      Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed.They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us No friend is greater than your mother, either your earthly mother if she is still with you, or your Heavenly Mother Mary who is always with you. Show your friends how much you care. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND.


      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.

Wednesday, May 5, 1999

Thusday, May 6, 1999


      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.

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."

Events Today in Church History

      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

Historical Events in Church Annals for May 5:

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


"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

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