volume 9, no. 68
On the Way to Calvary
April 6, 1998
Because of its importance and because of all the controversy surrounding this document, we bring you the full document with part one today. This document entitled We Remember. A Reflection on the Shoah was released on March 16 this year by Cardinal Edward Idris Cassady of Australia who is the President of the Commission of Religious Relations with the Jews. The document came under quite a bit of heat from liberal Jewish factions because the Vatican did not hand them the head of Pope Pius XII on a platter as the scapegoat for the Holocaust. Rather, further documents have been produced and key people, both Catholic and Jew, have come forward to totally exonerate Pius of any wrong-doing and actually point out the painstaking ways he went out of his way to help the Jewish cause during World War II. For the first part of this document that includes an introduction by Pope John Paul II, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
A rich lesson on riches
Monday in Holy Week provides the scenario of how two men considered riches. One, Lazarus used his to help others and to do God's Will and he was greatly blessed - so much so that Jesus raised him from the dead. The other, Judas Iscariot, disallusioned that Christ was not interested in the riches of this world, sought other ways to obtain riches, culminating in the disastrous reception of thirty pieces of silver for betraying his Master. The lesson today is that the greatest riches can never be obtained in this world, but rather only in Heaven. For today's readings, lesson and liturgy as well as tomorrow's, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY FOR HOLY WEEK
Pilate procrastinates in the Praetorium
Rather than doing the right thing and setting Our Lord free, he procrastinates on a decision as the demons dance about his conscience and soul as we see in the second part of Meditative Lesson 13: THE JUDGMENT BY PILATE 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 during Holy Week, and help us all prepare for His Passion and Death, and ultimately the glorious Resurrection. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
The site we review today is helpful during Holy Week and during the rest of the year for the St. Ann's Media site offers the daily readings of each Mass as well as a daily homily by one of the Passionist priests assigned to the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Ann's in Scranton, Pennsylvania. For this week's review, click on SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK
Never on Sunday!
The horned one played havoc with our UNIX server over the weekend and we learned a valuable lesson. Out of bad comes good, and God allowed this to happen so He could hit home with the necessity of keeping holy the Lord's day. The experienced has caused us to do some reflecting and make some changes at the Daily CATHOLIC that will hopefully be copacetic with everyone. For the editorial, Never on Sunday!, click on
today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
When Zero adds up to Everything!
Today Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. begins a series on "Zero Resistance, Zero Ego Drive" in which he emphasizes that zero does add up to merits when we reach that point where we have zero resistance to God's Will and subject our ego to Him so He can mold us into the holy souls He desires us to be. To find out more, click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
PROVERB OF THE DAY"With wickedness comes contempt, and with disgrace comes scorn." Proverbs 18: 3
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer is the fifth of the Seven Last Words of Christ that we will bring in these issues leading up to the Easter Triduum
"I Thirst." (John 19: 28) Jesus, help me, that I might thirst only for You, and realize the Infinite Love which thirsted for souls.
For more devotions of Holy Week, 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 today in Church History
634 and counting,
hoping and praying...
with a Catholic slant
World Youth Day a huge success in Rome
The Holy Father personally presided at the Thirtheenth Annual World Youth Day ceremonies over Palm Sunday weekend where 50,000 packed the Lateran to hear the supreme pontiff entreat them not to be bamboozled by the lures of the world, but to exemplify Christ in all things and to learn from Him, especially during Holy Week when the ultimate Sacrifice was made. Sacrifice and obedience will give youth even more freedom. For more on this story, click on World Youth Day to read more.
Missionary efforts imperative to the life of the Church
The head of the Congregation for Evangelization Cardinal Josef Tomkooutlines the essential missionary element in the growth of Holy Mother Church and stresses its vital importance today in a book just released by the Vatican in which the prince of the Church calls for a "new evangelization" in civilized countries as well where Christ is still not known or obeyed. He also cites the balance of missionary strength swinging toward countries that hitherto were weak in providing missionaries, such as Africa. For the rest of the story, click on Missions to read more.
Catholics celebrate British edict to ban Protestant parade in Belfast
Rather than inciting tension further by allowing the Protestants to march in a parade to commemorate certain landmark decisions, a Protestant and British dominiated commission thought discretion would be the better avenue to go and, in a somewhat surprising turn of events, turned down the Protestant's request to march. Their decision was based on both the tension created in light of the anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" when Catholics were murdered by armed Protestants in Belfast in 1972, and the fact talks between factions in Ireland and Britain have set a mutual deadline of Easter Monday to work out their differences. For the rest of the story, click on Northern Ireland to read more.
Fatima Crusader Priest gets support in embroiled battle
The priest known as "The Fatima Crusader" Father Nicholas Gruner, who has been the center of a bitter contest between his bishop in Italy and certain curia within the Vatican took another turn the other day when it was revealed that twenty bishops have petitioned the Holy Father to make a ruling on this mess rather than letting it twist in the wind and further do damage to all parties involved. While this type of communique is normal, the fact it was published in the secular daily Il Messaggero has raised quite a few eyebrows. For the rest of this story, click on Fr. Gruner to read more.
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- Pope Urban IV - The French Cardinal who became the "Corpus Christi" Pope in the sixty-third installment of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- Lesson/Meditation #80 in THE HIDDEN WAY
- Father John Hampsch's column
- April 7th in Church History in the new addition: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
- Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Part : Meditative Lesson 13: Our Lady's Meditation on 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 Tuesday Holy Week issue
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April 6, 1998 volume 9, no. 68