volume 9, no. 65
April 1, 1998
It's True! EWTN to stay 24 hours on Dish Network!
We have confirmation from EchoStar, the parent company for the DISH Network, that their previous plans of paring back EWTN to 12 hours a day have been scrapped because of the "overwhelming response" to their offices by concerned viewers.
Therefore, they have come to the corporate decision to keep programming EWTN on a single channel without forcing it to share with America's Voice which had been the original plan. It is another proof of God's Mercy and evidence prayer and petition can accomplish anything. Even though this is April Fool's Day, it is no joke what satan wants to do and this news is yet another defeat for that biggest joker of all!
The real fools!
We identify who the real fools are in today's editorial and they are those who do not heed Christ's command to "sin no more" as He told the woman accused of prostitution in John 8: 11. It was this passage which President Clinton heard while attending a traditional Mass in South Africa this past Sunday and in our commentary we call on the chief executive to "come clean" and then go and "sin no more." We equate America's response to the father who received his prodigal son back into the fold. But he and Hillary are not going to win any plaudits, but rather brickbats for purposely shaming Catholics by disregarding the sacred truths of the Eucharist by receiving Holy Communion at Holy Mass this past Sunday "because everyone else did." That's foolish! For our editorial On April Fool's Day the biggest fools are those who don't heed God's Laws!, click on today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
It would be foolish not to heed the Warning or believe in the Miracle!
Our eighth segment on our treatment of the Apparitions at Garabandal gets to the heart of these apparitions from the early to mid sixties: the Warning and the Miracle promised by Our Lady in this Spanish mountain village while the Second Vatican Council was going on in Rome. The Warning will be an "illumination of our souls" where we will see ourselves - each and every one of us - as God truly sees us. The promised Miracle, which will follow the Warning will be a great sign of God's Love and Mercy and definitive proof of His existence. For the sixty-second installment of this on-going mega series, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
The biggest fools were those who mocked and placed the crown of thorns on Christ!
Spat upon, whipped to near obliteration, Christ maintained His composure and goals in the face of the fools who taunted Him with mocking, satanic references to His kingship. If only they had known His kingdom was not of this world. But they were fools! When they placed the crude, rough, sharp thorns on His tender skull didn't they realize the immense torture they were inflicting on an innocent man? Perhaps they did, but then again - they were fools! In part four of Meditative Lesson 10: THE SCOURGING AND CROWNING WITH THORNS we feel with Jesus the utter pain and scorn He is subjected to by these ultimate fools. These Meditative Lessons were imparted by Our Lord and Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during Lent of 1993, and are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the season of Lent in helping us all prepare for His Passion and Death, and ultimately the glorious Resurrection. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
PROVERB OF THE DAY"A wise man heeds commands, but a prating fool will be overthrown." Proverbs 10: 8
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer is the first of the Seven Last Words of Christ that we will bring in the next seven issues leading up to the Easter Triduum
"Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23: 34) Father, help me, that I, too, might be forgiven; and that I might alos forgive all who offend me."
For more devotions of Lent, click on
WAY OF THE CROSS
For the readings, meditations and liturgy of the last day of the first two days of April in the Fifth Week of Lent, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY
Monthly Message for
Dear children! Also today I call you to fasting and renunciation. Little children, renounce that which hinders you from being closer to Jesus. In a special way I call you: Pray, because only through prayer will you be able to overcome your will and discover the will of God even in the smallest things. By your daily life, little children, you will become an example and witness that you live for Jesus or against Him and His will. Little children, I desire that you become apostles of love. By loving, little children, it will be recognized that you are mine. Thank you for having responded to my call. For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE
Events today in Church History
639 and counting,
hoping and praying...
with a Catholic slant
Loyal Jews coming forward to defend Pope Pius XII
With all the assaults the liberal factons of Jews have been launching at the Holy See and the memory of Pope Pius XII, it was refreshing to hear the daughter of the Jewish leader in Rome during the Second World War - Rabbi Israel Zolli speak out strongly on behalf of Pius XII. The pontiff's influence was so great that her father converted to Catholicism before his death. The daughter, Myriam Zolli even revealed that her father had predicted the attacks on Pius would happen. For more on this story, click on Pope Pius XII to read more.
Retired Austrian Cardinal's problems won't prevent Pope from visiting Austria
Despite reports surfacing that the Holy Father was planning on postponing his trip to Austria in June because of the molesting allegations against the former cardinal of Vienna Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer whom current Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn has asked to retire from all duties, the Vatican was adamant Pope John Paul II's trip to Vienna and other parts of Austria is still on schedule. The accusations against Groer are still under investigation by the Holy See and there has been unrest throughout Austria since the allegations became public, but the Pope is undaunted in calming the waters of rebellion and mistrust. For the rest of the story, click on Austria to read more.
50,000 youth expected in Rome for World Youth Day on Palm Sunday
In a display of solidarity, 50,000 palm-waving young people will gather at the Lateran this coming Sunday to commemorate Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem and to celebrate World Youth Day. It will be the 18th annual and this year's will get under way Saturday when the youth will parade through Rome to the Vatican carrying the large ceremonial Cross that has been a part of all six previous celebrations internationally and will be the focal point of this year's meeting in preparation for the big celebration for the Jubilee in 2000. For the rest of this story, click on World Youth Day to read more.
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More on the Church today and the Vision to St. John Bosco in the sixty-third installment of the on-going megaseries feature WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
- Messages 136 and 137 from Our Lady in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- April 2 in Church History in the new addition: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
- Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Part Five: Meditative Lesson 10: Our Lady's Meditation on The Scourging and Crowning with Thorns in "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
- Liturgy of the Day
- Meditative Stations of the Cross in PRAYERS & DEVOTION
- ...and much more in our second issue of April 1998
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