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Today we observe the Fifth Thursday of Easter and tomorrow the Fifth Friday of Easter and FIRST FRIDAY of May. For the readings, liturgies and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today the Church honors Saint John before the Latin Gate - better known as Saint John Lateran to whom the second greatest basilica in Rome is dedicated. We present a special prayer for his intercession from My Daily Prayer published by the Confraternity of the Precious Blood:
O God, Who sees that evils disturb us on every side, grant, we beseech Thee, that the glorious intercession of Blessed John, Thine Apostle and Evangelist, may ever protect us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
The First Cenacle is formed to forge new frontiers for the faith
Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries
In the first part of Chapter 14, The First Cenacle we see, through interior vision, that the Apostles and disciples are now alone, save for the Holy Spirit and each other as they forge new frontiers for the faith, forming the first cenacle to make contingency plans on where they would go from here. Where they would go is to all regions as Jesus had commanded them, to go to all nations and preach the gospel. This they would do but first they needed to organized, reenergized by the infusion of the Sanctifier. These meditative lessons on the Glorious Mysteries were imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart after Pentecost 1993. They are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the Glorious Mysteries. For part one of Chapter 14, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
THE DAILY WORD"Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do the things I command you." John 15: 13-14
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
239 and counting,
hoping and praying...
Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Part Two of Chapter Fourteen of "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on May 7 through May 9.
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Messages 511 and 512 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
DAILY LITURGY for Easter Weekdays and Sixth Sunday of Easter.
...and much more in our 90th issue for 1999!
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Hold fast to the truths set down for all generations|
There have been some who have challenged that Pope Saint Pius V said the Latin Mass, as determined by the Council of Trent, would be said "in perpetuity." Today, with all the abuses from ICEL to the local parish level, we present an encyclical that still carries weight and merit and should give us serious food for thought in considering if we are traveling the right path by embracing whatever liturgies come down the pike. We bring you this, courtesy of Catholic Dispatch, in place of Pat Ludwa's View from the Pew which was delayed. For the short, but powerful papal encyclical on the perpetuity of the Mass, entitled Quo Primum , click on ECCLESIAL ECHOES
Pope greets Armenian delegation of bishops in Rome for synod, gives fuel to papal visit there in July
Pope is self-apppointed watchdog of UN tricksters trying to conjure up culture of death agenda again
Peru power-play: Gals hold priest until bishop relents
Pope calls for new reforms for elite Swiss Guard to preserve purity of military corps
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
Sound the Battle Cry: PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!
We resume our installments today of our on-going feature series on the Church today on the occasion of the National Day of Prayer and the topic leading up to Pentecost is Spiritual Warfare for, as members of the Communion of Saints we are the Church Militant and must take our responsibilities seriously if we hope to fulfill God's Will. For the 101st installment of our on-going megaseries on the Church today, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
The truth shall set you free!
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 avoidance of responsibility only results in tyranny, the abdication of one's free will to another, whether it be to an ideology or a dictator. The only real solution is for those with 'open minds' to close on truth, even though it does involve a change in behavior, for ultimately it is truth, and only truth, which can make them free."
"I solemnly tell you: Fear nothing for I am with you and I am your Food and Strength."
Those words were conveyed by the Lord Jesus on the 13th anniversary of the Anniversary of Medjugorje in 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #510 wherewhen He asks that all heed His Mother Mary's messages and work toward unity rather than dissension. He reiterates how if we are not unified, then we are divided and easy pickings for the evil one. His Blessed Mother prefaces these words two days earlier asking all her little ones if we are truly at peace or are we only going through the motions. How sincere and committed are we to God's Will. That is up to us and because there are so few who respond in kind, Our Lady weeps. For Messages #509 and #510, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Events that happened this day in Church History
On this day in 1527 the bitter war between Protestant and Catholic reached its crescendo when the Protestant ruler Charles V of Germany attacks Rome, slaying 147 of the elite Swiss Guards and capturing Pope Clement VII, the 219th successor of Peter who would later excommunicate King Henry VIII for his refusal to obey the Church's directive. Charles would imprison the pontiff for over half a year before the Pope would be freed. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
NEWS & VIEWSwith a Catholic slant
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Holy Father addresses Armenian bishops amid speculation of papal visit to Armenia in July
During his regular Wednesday Papal Audience at Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father singled out the Armenian Catholic bishops in Rome for a synod, specifically addressing the Patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church Jean-Pierre XVIII. While the Vatican remains mum on the tentative plans in early July this year for the Holy Father to visit Armenia, those in the Eastern Catholic churches and parishes are already making preparations as if it were a fait accomplis. For more, click on Armenia.
Pope hopes to stop culture of death agenda by holding developed rich nations to pact agreed to at Cairo
The successful stand waged by Pope John Paul II and the alliance with third world countries to solidly defeat abortion measures at the Cairo Conference in 1994 still sticks in the craw of some rich, advanced nations such as the United States. So it comes as no surprise that they are making a concerted effort to undermine what was passed there and rewrite the script to better fit the culture of death agenda but the Holy Father is wise to their wily, deceitful ways. He spoke out strongly against any attempts to change the decrees of Cairo which are feared during meetings this week in New York where pro-aborts are striving to write in abortion clauses. For more, click on UNfair UN
Holy Spirit to descend on Russia on Pentecost Sunday in the form of the ordinations of first Russian seminarians since the revolution in 1917
South America is known for its Amazon women who have been known to take men by force, but in Peru it's a different story where a priest, ordered by his bishop to transfer, has been kidnapped by the stubborn women of the parish and held captive until the bishop relaxes his order and allows him to stay. Talk about forcing the obedience issue. For more, click on Peruvian parish power-play high on estrogen.
One year anniversary of Swiss Guard tragedy provides platform for new reforms requested by Holy Father
To commemorate the first year anniversary of the terrible tragedy that took the life of two Swiss Guards and the commandant's wife and the 496th anniversary of the founding of the Swiss Guard, the Holy Father has personally requested that reforms be introduced to better evaluate candidates for this elite corps, including psychological testing to hopefully prevent any recurring violence like happened last year. For more, click on Swiss Guard reforms.
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Council of Vienne
On this date in 1312, Pope Clement V, the 195th successor of Peter, officially closed the Fifteenth Ecumenical Council at Vienne in France. Clement was the first to willingly submit to the Avignon Exile, better known as the Babylonian Captivity of the Church when Clement agreed to be consecrated at Lyons in France in 1305 under the influence of King Philip IV who had fixed the residence of the Holy See at Avignon after bitter squabbling with the two pontiffs before him, specifically Pope Boniface VIII. The Council of Vienne settled various reforms and also disbanded the Knights Templar, bequeathing all their property to the Knights Hospitallers of St. John which are very loyal to Holy Mother Church today. The Knights Templar? They withdrew into oblivion for a while only to rise their ugly head in the form of Freemasonry some three centuries later and become a scourge of the Church. Also condemned were the Fratricelli, Apostolicals, Beghards, and Beguines, associations which, though originally formed with pious and charitable intentions like the Templars, fell into excesses and even into heresy. There were 132 bishops who attended, one of the least attended of the Ecumenical councils and there were three sessions which began on October 16, 1311 and ended on May 6, 1312. Philip had promised to undertake another crusade to the Holy Lands, pledging this at the Council but it was just rhetoric and never took effect. For more on this Fifteenth Ecumenical Council at Vienne, we recommend NEW ADVENT CATHOLIC SUPERSITE (sources: Cabinet of Catholic Information, Duggan Publishing Co.; The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church, Benziger Brothers; 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor).
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