volume 9, no. 70
On the Way to Calvary
April 8, 1998
The Kiss of Death
Wednesday in Holy Week treats the betrayal of Judas Iscariot who was handpicked by Jesus as one of His Twelve Apostles. Jesus had so much hope for this son of Simon who was the only one of the twelve who did not hail from Galilee. It was Judas who dared to rebuke Our Lord when the Master allowed Mary Magdalene to pour expensive ointment over His feet, claiming that money could have gone to the poor. But Christ knew what was in the Iscariot's heart and was greatly saddened. So much sadder He must have been when the betrayer approached Our Lord at the edge of the Garden of Gethsemane with a cadre of Romans and Sanhedrin following. Consider that Jesus was even sadder that Judas would not repent and went to his death in despair. These are the lessons of today's Mass. For today's readings, lesson and liturgy as well as tomorrow's Mass of the Lord's Supper, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY FOR HOLY WEEK
The Final Words
Today we skip ahead to bring you the Meditative Lesson #22 "IT IS CONSUMATED!" - the climactic chapter of Our Lord's Passion and Death. Tomorrow we will bring you the Blessed Mother's Meditation on this chapter. These words by Jesus "It is consummated!" or "It is finished! preceded the words "Father, into Your hands I commend My Spirit." before the Son of Man expired on the Cross. At that moment the earth was rent asunder and all knew He was truly the Messiah. 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 on the eve of the Easter Triduum, and help us all prepare for His Passion and Death, and ultimately the glorious Resurrection. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
The Cardinal Rules
We're talking about the flak the White House is spewing against Cardinal John O'Connor for stating unequivocally that what President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary did in receiving Holy Communion at a Mass in South Africa on March 29th was wrong in no uncertain terms. Rather than admitting they knew not what they were doing, Clinton sent his spinmeisters out to denigrate the Cardinal by implying he doesn't know doctrine! We can't let that pass without a strong editorial on this abrassive gall. For our rebuttal The White House has truly violated the Cardinal Rule!, click on today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Prophecies fulfilled and to be fulfilled
Our ninth segment on our treatment of the Apparitions at Garabandal begins treating the specific prophecies given to the visionaries in this mountain village in the Spanish mountains in the early to mid sixties, while the Second Vatican Council was going on in Rome. Two of the prophecies imparted dealt with a follow-up to Fatima in the "Third Secret" and further papal prophecies that are in concert with Lourdes, LaSalette and other apparitions this century. These are the prophecies we cover today. For the sixty-third installment of this on-going mega series, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
Our Cooperation helps fulfill Prophecy
In his column today, Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. points out that it is through our cooperation with the gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit which helps fulfill the prophecies of both Public and Private Revelation. He emphasizes that only by focusing on Christ, turning upward to Heaven first, that we can turn horizontally to our fellow man in helping others focus on God. Fr. John explains this in his thirty-third installment of his series "Faith: Key to the Heart of God." Click on KEYS TO LIVING GOD'S WILL
PROVERB OF THE DAY"Sometimes a way seems right to a man, but the end of it leads to death!" Proverbs 14: 12
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer is the seventh of the Seven Last Words of Christ that we have brought you in these issues leading up to the Easter Triduum
"Father, into Thy Hands I commend My Spirit." (Luke 23: 46) Jesus, help me, that I might be obedient until the final moment, entrusting my soul to Your care with perfect confidence and love.
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
632 and counting,
hoping and praying...
with a Catholic slant
Clinton staff goes on offensive, questions Cardinal O'Connor
There is an axiom that goes "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread" and Bill Clinton and his staff are playing the proverbial fool by attacking angels in the action of questioning the doctrinal knowledge of Cardinal John O'Connor - a true American giant in the eyes of the Church, but an enemy to those who persist in violating the Cardinal Virtues. The Cardinal evidently evoked their anger and revenge tactics when O'Connor declared in no uncertain terms that what the Clintons did in receiving Holy Communion on March 29th was totally wrong. For the rest of the story, click on Clinton
Pius XII's personal confessor verifies the Pope's intentions toward the Nazis
In yet another strong defense of the beleagered pontiff of World War II, Cardinal Paolo Dezza, who served as Pius' personal confessor and is now one of the oldest Princes of the Church at ninety-six, confirmed yesterday what others have corroborated about Pius' true feelings for the Jews and against the Nazis and his great fears of retaliation by the Third Reich if he spoke out too strongly. This tormented the Holy Father greatly Dezza asserted. For the rest of the story, click on Pius XII to read more.
French Bishops call on Government to help the poor and aliens
Urging mercy towards those who cannot afford to return to their own country, the French Bishops have issued a letter "I Have Seen Poverty Among My People" in an effort to persuade the French Government to be merciful towards illegal aliens and not dispel them without just cause for it is the Church's duty to shelter them as Christ has asked. Though the French regime is a socialist structure, they have promised to consider the bishops' request. For the rest of the story, click on France to read more.
Could it be Hans Kung wants to return to the fold?
That is the buzz from the Vatican when they revealed yesterday that the famous liberal German theologian Hans Kung, long a dissident and outspoken critic of John Paul II has made overtures to the Holy See that, now in his autumn years at the age of seventy, wishes to meet with the Holy Father in a possible reconciliation with the Pope and Holy Mother Church. He wouldn't however go so far as to say he would totally repent, only that he hoped for a meeting to discuss their differences. For the rest of this story, click on Hans Kung to read more.
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- Part Two : Meditative Lesson 22: Our Lady's Meditation on It is Consummated! in "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
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April 8, 1998 volume 9, no. 70