volume 9, no. 67
April 3-5, 1998
Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week, that most solemn time of the year in which we commemorate the Passion and Death of Our Lord in anticipation of His glorious Resurrection next Sunday. As the palms are lain at the feet of the Messiah upon His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the snares are being set by the evil one who would infiltrate the hearts of so many. What about us? We're all there in unison praising Christ on Palm Sunday waving our fronds as a tribute, but are we properly prepared to stand with Him alone, to undergo the terrible torture, the humiliation and the ultimate scorn of being nailed to a cross? Holy Week gives us the opportunity to prepare ourselves for the trials ahead, to pray for perseverance that we, too will be able to stand with Him. For the liturgy, readings, meditations and commentary on this weekend, click on THIS WEEKEND'S LITURGY
Setting our clocks and hearts ahead
Holy Week provides another opportunity, the opportunity to take our souls on a celestial ride - "Trinity Time Travel" which we explain in this weekend's editorial Through the mode of "Trinity Time Travel" we can go home again! We remind all of the mandatory Easter Duty in which all must go to Confession during this the designated time between Easter and before Ordinary Time begins after the Feast of Pentecost. Therefore, as a reminder of turning the clocks ahead, let's also turn our hearts ahead and get a head start by making sure we as well as those we care and pray for make it to Confession and Holy Communion. The more frequent we go, the more we will enjoy the experience of "Trinity Time Travel" - something even H. G. Wells couldn't fathom. Click on this weekend's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
"Suffered under Pontius Pilate..."
The words of the Creed verify that Jesus "suffered under Pontius Pilate" and in Meditative Lesson 13 THE JUDGMENT BY PILATE we see the rationalization of the Roman and how he sought to justify his actions politically by exonerating this innocent Man, but the demons would not allow Pilate the freedom to do the right thing. Rather, he passed the buck, washing his hands which would forever remain unclean because of the edict he rendered. These meditative lessons, imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during Lent of 1993, are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the season of Lent, especially as we enter Holy Week, and help us all prepare for His Passion and Death, and ultimately the glorious Resurrection. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
"...was crucified, died and was buried."
Before we can arrive at the follow-up sentence to the Creed, which reads "On the third day He arose from the dead...", we must face the Way to Calvary for there can be no glory without the Cross. In her column this weekend Sister Mary Lucy Astuto points this out with Why Jesus chose to suffer in which she emphasizes the tremendous all-encompassing love Jesus had for all of us. She asks us to return that love. Click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
PROVERB OF THE DAY"The nether world and the abyss lie open before the Lord; how much more the hearts of men!" Proverbs 15: 11
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
This weekend's prayers are the third and fourth of the Seven Last Words of Christ that we will bring in these issues leading up to the Easter Triduum
"Woman, there is your Son." (John 19: 26) Jesus, help me, that I might honor Your Mother and seek her aide in every aspect of my life.
"My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" (Matthew 27: 46) Blessed Trinity, help me, that I might have the courage to be faithful to You even when I do not feel You near me. That I might understand with what grief the lukewarm souls caused You to suffer such grevious torment.
For more devotions of Lent, click on
WAY OF THE CROSS
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 this weekend in Church History
637 - 636 - 635 and counting,
hoping and praying...
with a Catholic slant
Pope Pius XII further exonerated
In an article to be published in a Jesuit magazine it has been revealed that a German nun who worked with Pope Pius XII affirmed he had written a condemnation of the Nazi movement but burned it in the Vatican kitchen instead of issuing it because he feared thousands more would suffer if he released it because of intensified Nazi retaliation as a reaction. The article also confirms Pius' strong affinity for helping the Jews in rebuttal to the bad press he has received by liberal Jewish factions. For more on this story, click on Pius XII to read more.
The verdict is in: Kos to be locked up for life!
Hopefully the turmoil in the Diocese of Dallas can be put to rest with the sentencing Wednesday of former priest Rudolph Kos to life imprisonment for molesting altar boys of which the Diocese has had to pay dearly. He had been convicted of hundreds of attacks that produced a record judgment in monetary funds for the plaintiffs which the Diocese has under appeal. Kos was said to be disappointed and emotionally upset over the maximum penalty but we can imagine the emotional scars he left on thousands because of his sordid and criminal behavior. For the rest of the story, click on locked up to read more.
Finally Saigon has an Archbishop again
In a sign the Vietnam Communist government is beginning to cooperate, a new archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, was installed Thursday after nearly a three-year vacancy because of the Hanoi administration's restrictions on Church activities in this Southeast country. Archbishop Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man was the Holy Father's choice and over 2,000 packed the church to witness the installation. For the rest of the story, click on Vietnam to read more.
Vatican takes firm stand against gay marriages
The Blessed Mother warned of this at La Salette and again to Saint John Bosco and the Holy See is doing everything they can to prevent it from becoming law. We're talking about the bill in Itally to allow same-sex marriages and thereby giving them the same rights such as adopting children. The Vatican strongly defended God's laws, condemning this bill and the undercurrent as morally irreprehensible. For the rest of this story, click on gay bill to read more.
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- The first part of the Vatican Statement: "We Remember. A Reflection on the Shoah" in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
- We award another "Golden Chalice Award" in SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK
- Father Stephen Valenta's column
- April 6th in Church History in the new addition: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
- Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Part Two: Meditative Lesson 13: The Judgment by Pilate in "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
- Liturgy of the Day
- Meditative Stations of the Cross in PRAYERS & DEVOTION
- ...and much more in our Monday Holy Week issue
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April 3-5, 1998 volume 9, no. 67