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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Tomorrow begins a series of five consecutive days that features six stellar saints of the Church. In honor of that, we feature the Preface from All Saints
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give You thanks. Today we keep the festival of Your holy city, the Heavenly Jerusalem, our mother. Around Your throne the saints, our brothers and sisters, sing Your praise for ever. Their glory fills us with joy, and their communion with us in Your Church gives us inspiration and strength, as we hasten on our pilgrimage of faith, eager to meet them.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"Truthful lips endure forever, the lying tongue, for only a moment." Proverbs 12: 19
613 and counting,
hoping and praying...
- The Sixty-Fifth installment Saints who preserved the Church during the turbulent thirteenth century: Saint Thomas Aquinas in our on-going mega series THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- A pertinent and timely editorial in the Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on April 27th.
- Liturgy for Monday of the Third Week of Easter and preview of Saint Peter Chanel, Saint Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort, and Saint Catherine of Siena
- ...and much more in our eighty-second issue for 1998!
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St. Louis blues turn into Cheers
The Vatican announced late last week what everyone already knew, that John Paul II will formally close the American Synod of Bishops in Mexico City at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in January 1999. But what few knew was that the Holy Father will make a special visit to the U.S. during the same trip and the blessed recipient will be the faithful of St. Louis, Missouri where the Pope will be welcomed by Archbishop Justin F. Rigali who was handpicked by the supreme pontiff as his personal choice for that archdiocese. With the announcement and the recent deaths of a few cardinals eligible for the College of Cardinals, speculation increases that the next red hat from the U.S. could very well be Rigali, a traditional giant in the heartland of America. For more, click on Holy Father St. Louie-bound
April 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message for
Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer, to open yourselves to God as a flower opens itself to the rays of the morning sun. Little children, do not be afraid. I am with you and I intercede before God for each of you so that your heart receives the gift of conversion. Only in this way, little children, will you comprehend the importance of grace in these times and God will become nearer to you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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Today is the 207th anniversary of the birthday of Samuel F. Morse, inventor of the world-renowned Morse Code which came into such prominence during World War I and World War II as a vital U.S. military communications mode. It was during World War II that millions of Jews were slain at the Auschwitz Death Camp in Poland. They have questioned the Church's involvement and role in coming to their aid and, through the Vatican document "We Remember. A Reflection on the Shoah", the Holy Father and Cardinal Edward Isdry Cassady, author of the document answer these concerns with the Vatican document. For the fourth and final installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Out with the Old, in with the New
That is what the Holy Spirit can do for each one of us - shedding the ego of the old person, and taking on the humility of the new person - as Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. explains in his talk today as he continues his take on Zero Resistance, Zero Ego Drive in his column about "How to Pray with the Heart." To find out more, click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
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Holy Father laments executions in Rwanda and U.S.
Despite intervening in hopes the executions would not take place, twenty-two in Rwanda and three in America were executed by governments. The Rwanda killings were in retaliation for ethnic genocide. Out of over three hundred tried, 116 were convicted. Most await life imprisonment but 22 were killed which included two Catholic priests. The Holy Father sought to prevent these senseless executions in Rwanda as well as in Texas, but his pleas, as well as other Human Rights groups, fell on deaf ears. For more, click on Executions
School Voucher faces stiff uphill battle"
In theory America came that much closer to allowing tax-free School Vouchers for parents of parochial school students, but in reality the bill, passed by the slimmest of margins last week in the Senate, faces a stiff uphill battle for it must still go through the House and then, depending on the vote, must face the scrutiny of Bill Clinton who has vowed to veto this bill that would save middle class and poor parents thousands in education. For more, click on School Vouchers.
Cardinal and 600 pilgrims narrowly escape devastating Serb attack in Bosnia
Held hostage for six hours, the Cardinal of Sarajevo and nearly 600 pilgrims were rescued by UN troops after 1,500 Serbian radicals attacked and pinned the group in. Although many of the pilgrims vehicles were either stolen or damaged, It could have been one of the most devastating attacks ever, but Providence ruled and the UN SFOR forces came to the rescue, escorting the group safely out of the battle zone in Derventa, Bosnia. For more, click on Cardinal rescued to read more.
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LITURGY FOR WEEKDAY IN EASTER
Today is observed as a Weekday in Easter before the Church celebrates five consecutive days of commemorating six stellar saints. For the liturgy, readings, and meditations for today and tomorrow's Mass celebrating the feasts of both Saint Peter Chanel and Saint Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.