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FRI-SAT-HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY      June 5-7, 1998      SECTION TWO       vol 9, no. 109

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There is no greater mystery than the Blessed Trinity for there are no limits on God!

     In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto, brings home how the Trinity is truly a mystery and cannot be explained by man, no matter how hard someone tries for the finite mind cannot fathom the Divine. We must accept on faith that God is Three Persons in One Being. God has indicated it, we believe it, that settles it! For her column, The Greatest Mystery, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

THE GREATEST MYSTERY


Events This Weekend in Church History

     For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on TIME CAPSULES: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

Historical Events in Church Annals for June 5:

Historical Events in Church Annals for June 6:

Historical Events in Church Annals for June 7:


PRAYERS & DEVOTION

     June is the month of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. For the Consecration to the Two Hearts click on Consecration

     This weekend's Prayer during Trinity Weekend signals the beginning of the Novena to the Body and Blood of Christ for the Feast of Corpus Christi. Click on PRAYERS & DEVOTION

Novena honoring the Body and Blood of Christ

(In preparation for the Feast of Corpus Christi]

I thank You, Jesus, my Divine Redeemer, for coming upon the earth for our sake, and for instituting the adorable Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in order to remain with us until the end of the world. I thank You for hiding beneath the Eucharistic species Your infinite majesty and beauty, which Your Angels delight to behold, so that I might have courage to approach the throne of Your Mercy.

I thank You, most loving Jesus, for having made Your- self my food, and for uniting me to Yourself with so much love in this wonderful Sacrament that I may live in You.

I thank You, my Jesus, for giving Yourself to me in this Blessed Sacrament, and so enriching it with the treasures of Your love that You have no greater gift to give me. I thank You not only for becoming my food but also for offering Yourself as a continual sacrifice to Your Eternal Father for my salvation.

I thank You, Divine Priest, for offering Yourself as a Sacrifice daily upon our altars in adoration and homage to the Most Blessed Trinity, and for making amends for our poor and miserable adorations.

I thank You for renewing in this daily Sacrifice the actual Sacrifice of the Cross offered on Calvary, in which You satisfy Divine justice for us poor sinners.

I thank You, dear Jesus, for having become the priceless Victim to merit for me the fullness of heavenly favors. Awaken in me such confidence in You that their fullness may descend ever more fruitfully upon my soul.

I thank You for offering Yourself in thanksgiving to God for all His benefits, spiritual and temporal, which He has bestowed upon me.

In union with Your offering of Yourself to Your Father in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, I ask for this special favor: (Mention your request).

If it be Your holy Will, grant my request. Through You I also hope to receive the grace of perseverance in Your love and faithful service, a holy death, and a happy eternity with You in Heaven. AMEN.

O Lord, You have given us this Sacred Banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of His Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.

You have given them bread from Heaven.
Having all sweetness within.

Let us pray. God our Father, for Your glory and our salvation You appointed Jesus Christ eternal High Priest. May the people He gained for You by His Blood come to share in the power of His Cross and Resurrection by celebrating His Memorial in this Eucharist, for He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

O Jesus, since You have left us a remembrance of Your Passion beneath the veils of this Sacrament, grant us, we pray, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Your Body and Blood that we may always enjoy the fruits of Your Redemption, for You live and reign forever. Amen.


WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service

HEADLINES:

CONGRESS TO BEGIN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AMENDMENT DEBATE

      WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - Congress is set to take up the controversial Religious Freedom Amendment as lawmakers return from their Memorial Day recess, an amendment which the Clinton administration and civil libertarians oppose.

      Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Oklahoma, is sponsoring the amendment which specifically states that governments cannot endorse or establish any religion, "but the people's right to pray and to recognize their religious beliefs, heritage, or traditions on public property, including schools, shall not be infringed." Istook cites three decades of judicial decisions and bureaucratic mandates "which have warped the original plain and simple meaning of our religious rights under the First Amendment."

      A constitutional amendment is ratified after a two-thirds majority of both chambers of Congress and three-fourths of state legislatures approve the measure. Supporters said they don't think the amendment will pass this time. Randy Tate, executive director of the Christian Coalition, said it was victory just to get the measure on the floor of the House for consideration. Istook said it usually requires four or five votes to win passage of a constitutional amendment.

      President Bill Clinton said in his weekly radio address last Saturday that a constitutional amendment is not necessary, since many of the infringements of rights cited by supporters of the amendment are already protected by federal guidelines. He then reissued those guidelines for use in public schools.


EXORCIST SAYS POPE'S TEACHING SHOWS IMPORTANCE

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- When Pope John Paul II spoke of the exorcisms that Jesus performed during his earthly life, his statements were "an implicit advertisement for the clergy," according to a noted Italian exorcist.

      Don Gabriele Amorth, interviewed the Italian daily Avvenire today, said that the Pope's remarks at a Wednesday audience noted that in recent centuries "excorcisms have been almost completely abandoned by the Church." As a result, he continued, priests and even bishops are unacquainted with the work of exorcism, and some of them even reject it. Some theologians, he observed, even argue that Christ's exorcisms, as reported in the Gospels, were not real events but merely dramatic descriptions of the fight against evil.

      Father Amorth said that the prayer of exorcism was widespread among Christians prior to the 4th century, when it was formally incorporated in the Latin rite. The prayer of exorcism is still used in Baptism, he pointed out. And the clergy should remain active in the fight against the devil, he said, quoting the teaching of the Second Vatican Council that Satan would remain active "until the end of the world."


CLINTON BLASTED OVER FAVORED TRADING STATUS FOR CHINA

      WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - President Bill Clinton proposed renewal of Communist China's Most Favored Nation trading status on Wednesday, and received almost immediate criticism from both the right and the left for his decision.

      House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Missouri, said the MFN designation would reward human rights abuses and repression by China. "We must not reward the Chinese Communist government for its continuing political repression and tyranny," he said. "Human rights is a principle that can not be allowed to fall prey to politics. America must stand for more than money." Under MFN, a country is granted the preferential tariff rates that have been established with major trading partners, primarily through negotiations.

      Gary Bauer, president of the Family Research Council, called the decision part of Clinton's abandonment of his promise to get serious of China's disregard for human rights. He noted that the State Department had recently documented abuses, including "state-sanctioned murder, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, forced abortion, and continued brutalization of Protestants, Catholics, and ethnic minorities, including Tibetans." He also cited recent intelligence reports that China is now targeting nuclear missiles at US cities.

      Clinton said it was important to stay engaged with Beijing and trade was a key part of that engagement. "Our exports have tripled over the last decade and now support over 170,000 American jobs," Clinton said. "But just as important, trade is a force for change in China, exposing China to our ideas and our ideals and integrating China into the global economy."


OPERATION RESCUE LEADER ARRESTED IN ORLANDO

      ORLANDO, Florida (CWNews.com) - The Rev. Flip Benham, director of Operation Rescue, was arrested on Wednesday during an abortion clinic protest for violating a court order not to play loud music.

      Benham and Tom McGlade of Bradenton, Florida were arrested in front of the Lucerne Terrace Women's Clinic. Operation Rescue is leading a week of protest in Orlando against abortion clinics, Barnes & Nobles Booksellers which the group says sells pornography, and Walt Disney World which will be the site of Gay Days this weekend with thousands of homosexuals and lesbians descending on the family resort. The group also demonstrated at Orlando City Hall on Monday to oppose the flying of rainbow flags throughout the city in honor of Gay Pride Month.

      The Orlando Police Department had obtained an injunction against Operation Rescue which requires pro-life and pro-abortion demonstrators keep at least ten feet apart, banns singing, whistling, and chanting within earshot of a clinic, and allows police to search backpacks and purses of anyone within 1,000 feet of the a clinic. Benham complained that the injunction limits protesters' activities unfairly and said its restrictions are "oppressive tyranny."


EXORCIST SAYS POPE'S TEACHING SHOWS IMPORTANCE

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- When Pope John Paul II spoke of the exorcisms that Jesus performed during his earthly life, his statements were "an implicit advertisement for the clergy," according to a noted Italian exorcist.

      Don Gabriele Amorth, interviewed the Italian daily Avvenire today, said that the Pope's remarks at a Wednesday audience noted that in recent centuries "excorcisms have been almost completely abandoned by the Church." As a result, he continued, priests and even bishops are unacquainted with the work of exorcism, and some of them even reject it. Some theologians, he observed, even argue that Christ's exorcisms, as reported in the Gospels, were not real events but merely dramatic descriptions of the fight against evil.

      Father Amorth said that the prayer of exorcism was widespread among Christians prior to the 4th century, when it was formally incorporated in the Latin rite. The prayer of exorcism is still used in Baptism, he pointed out. And the clergy should remain active in the fight against the devil, he said, quoting the teaching of the Second Vatican Council that Satan would remain active "until the end of the world."

For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site. CWN is not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

PROVERB OF THE DAY

"The beginnin of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."

Proverbs 9: 10

May 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer and sacrifice, to prepare yourselves for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Little children, this is a time of grace and so, again, I call you to decide for God the Creator. Allow Him to transform and change you. May your heart be prepared to listen to, and live, everything which the Holy Spirit has in His plan for each of you. Little children, allow the Holy Spirit to lead you on the way of truth and salvation towards eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE

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