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TUESDAY             June 9, 1998             SECTION ONE              vol 9, no. 111

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The mind-cam of life: Fact or Fiction? Try


     In today's editorial we examine real life and reel life, using the newly released "The Truman Show" as a backdrop for an excellent example of how we are manipulated as sheep by the master manipulators whose strings satan is pulling. However if we have the courage of a Truman Burbank and dare to believe in the Truth, and turn our backs on the manipulators, we can be freed from the shackles of temporal things and seek Him Who is "...the Way, the Truth, and the Life.". For today's commentary titled "The Human Show," click on the Tuesday CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

"The Human Show"

Michael Cain, editor

An evening song of sadness and suffering: the Sicilian Vespers mar the papacy of Pope Martin IV

     Sadly the impressive papacy of Pope Nicholas III came to an end with his death and most of what he accomplished came unraveled during his successor's regime when Pope Martin IV, a French Pope and puppet pontiff of Charles of Anjou in Sicily where they had enough of the French influence and revolted on the end of March in 1282, slaughtering thousands of French troops in an ambush known as the "Sicilian Vespers," made famous in an opera by Verdi and made infamous in the annals of Church history when the Pope failed to heed their pleas, forcing the faithful away from Rome. For the problems that beset the Church in the late thirteenth century and the 189th successor of Peter in the chapter entitled "Pope Martin IV: The bitter tones of the Sicilian Vespers," click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH


      Within months of being elected the 189th successor of Peter, Pope Martin IV, undid most everything  Pope Nicholas III had accomplished.   Though he had never wanted to become the Supreme Pontiff, he was powerless to absolutely refuse the position because of his dependence on Charles of Anjou who used the Pope as a puppet to forge his own plans in Sicily and beyond.  If Nicholas, condemned by the Italian poet Dante in his famous "Inferno" for nepotism, was guilty of that, Martin was guilty of pandering to every whim and wish of the Angevin king who had no consideration for Holy Mother Church.  Thus, the wholesale changes Martin made in acquiescing to Charles' agenda of all French appointments not only led to distrust and angst throughout Europe, but contributed greatly to the bitter tones of the "Sicilian Vespers" when the Sicilians revolted against the French and turned to the King of Aragon, Peter III to protect them.  His price for coming to their rescue: unfair excommunication from the Church because of Charles' undue influence - an influence that would greatly hurt the efforts of Holy Mother Church for many years to come.

Installment Seventy-One

Pope Martin IV: The bitter tones of the Sicilian Vespers

Obedience bears the greatest fruit!

     That is the advice Jesus imparts to us in emphasizing the HOLY VIRTUE OF OBEDIENCE in His 89th Lesson/Meditation to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart which is one in a series of 100 Meditative Lessons imparted to her. Today's feature Lesson stresses the importance of Obedience, which is a fulcrum to heeding all the other virtues. It is by far one of the most difficult of virtues, for it means suppressing our own will in all things and adhering totally to the Will of God. It really isn't difficult once we understand and practice it, but getting there can be difficult. Yet Our Lord lays out the perfect blueprint for attaining this virtue. Click on THE HIDDEN WAY

Lessons/Meditations from Our Lord and Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart


Lesson Meditation #89

(Imparted on February 18, 1995 to the Hidden Flower by Our Lord)
Next Lesson/Meditation #90: THE HOLY VIRTUE OF CHASTITY


     Today, besides being the Tenth Tuesday of Ordinary Time, is also the Feast of Saint Ephrem of Syria, a deacon and Doctor of the Church. For his story and the liturgy, readings and meditations today and for tomorrow's Mass for the Tenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Tuesday, June 9, 1998


Wednesday, June 10, 1998

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


"The eyes of the Lord safeguard knowledge, but He defeats the projects of the faithless."

Proverbs 22: 12

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