volume 9, no. 51
March 12, 1998
Soaking up the Son's Gifts under the Sun
Sometimes an editor has to get away from it all for a few hours, smell the flowers and soak up the radiant rays of God's wondrous gifts to all His children. That can be in the smile of an offspring, the hug of a spouse, the quiet moments among God's nature - like the refreshing waves of the Pacific on a warm spring day, where in the distance the snow-covered peaks of the distant mountains can be clearly seen while standing among acres of multi-colored flowers swaying in the balmy breezes, a patchwork quilt of beauty in slow motion. This "spring fever" can be blamed as the culprit for no feature article today on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?. For the why, and the reasons all of this brings thoughts of Saint Joseph, we bring you Be sure to take time to smell the flowers! Click on today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
The Son Soaks in the Blood of His Own Tears
In the second part of Meditative Lesson 6, we continue with the scene in the Garden of Olives where Jesus willingly, but painfully accepts the Cup of Suffering. His blood-soaked tears are for those who would betray Him, not just Judas, but all those until the end of time who turn their back on Him in favor of the world, the flesh and the devil. The human nature of Christ seeks comfort and only the angels can provide this for His apostles could not stay awake and pray for even an hour. These meditative lessons, were imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during Lent of 1993 and are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the season of Lent in helping us all prepare for His Passion and Death, and ultimately the glorious Resurrection. These lessons help us realize that through our faithfulness to God, Jesus saw us too and that gave Him the strength to continue on the path of His Passion. For part two of IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
The Mother of the Divine Son Hears and Helps
The Blessed Mother brings joy and encouragement to her children the day before and on the day of her glorious solemn feast of the Immaculate Conception from her messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in late 1991. For messages one hundred twenty-nine and thirty from over 630 messages to the world, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
The Liturgy of Lent lends credence to Hope in the Son
Lent is truly a time of Hope for we know that, by carrying our cross, we too will face the persecutions Christ has asked of us. But if we do His Will, we can also be assured of the glorious triumphs He has promised. For an inkling of the Hope He offers, we invite you to read the readings, meditations and liturgies of today and tomorrow, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Foster Father of the Son
Today's prayer is the Prayer of Saint Joseph composed over nineteen centuries ago and still pertinent and powerful as ever. According to "Pieta Prayer Booklet" claims, if one says this prayer for nine consecutive mornings for anything you may desire, it will seldom fail. The prayer was found in 50 A.D. and whoever reads this prayer, hears it, or carries it, will never die a sudden death, nor be drowned, nor will poison take effect on them. They will not fall into the hands of the enemy nor be burned in any fire, nor will they be defeated in battle. It carries an Imprimatur by the late Bishop George Ahr who served as Bishop of Trenton, New Jersey from 1950 to 1979.
O St. Joseph whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your Heavenly power, I may offer my Thanksgiving and Homage to the most Loving of Fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.
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WAY OF THE CROSS
Medjugorje Monthly Message for
Dear children! Also today I am with you and I, again, call all of you to come closer to me through your prayers. In a special way, I call you to renunciation in this time of grace. Little children, meditate on and live, through your little sacrifices, the Passion and Death of Jesus for each of you. Only if you come closer to Jesus will you comprehend the immeasurable love He has for each of you. Through prayer and your renunciation you will become more open to the gift of faith and love towards the Church and the people who are around you. I love and bless you. Thank you for having responded to my call! For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE
March 12th in Church History|
295 A.D. 604 A.D.
Death of Saint Maximilian, Martyr during the pontificate of Pope St. Caius
Death of Pope Saint Gregory the Great, 64th Pontiff and founder of Gregorian Chant
Death of St. Simeon, commemorated in the Orthodox Church
Lucius II, born in Bologna, chosen as the 166th Pope
1173 A.D. .
St. Thomas a Becket canonized by Pope Alexander III
St. Peter of Castelnau canonized by Pope Innocent III
1566 A.D. .
The Catholic Queen of Scots Mary Tudor flees to Dunbar Castle
659 and counting,
hoping and praying...
with a Catholic slant
Cardinal Ratzinger hammers away again and again on adhering to norms for lay ministry
The head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger reiterated in an article in L'Osservatore Romano that the Vatican was serious when they released the norms last November to curb abuses by the laity in assisting the priests. Despite the fact few bishops in the US have instituted these norms, the Cardinal remained undaunted in his attempts to implement them worldwide, especially in America and Australila - two spots where abuse has been rampant. For more, click on Lay Ministry to read more.
Despite slow response to evangelization among Catholics, Pope remains optimistic the "new evangelization" will take shape by the Jubilee
In his regular Wednesday audience from Pope Paul VI Hall adjacent to St. Peter's, the Holy Father expressed concern that Catholics may not be taking evangelization serious enough. He reminded all of the necessity that every Catholic get involved because that is their duty as members of the Church. Yet he cautioned that the impatient ones must be patient with those who have not caught the fire of zeal. For more, click on Evangelization to read more.
Milosevic behind uprising in Kosovo according to only Catholic bishop of that region
Serbian interference has caused the unrest and violence to ethnic Albanians in the Serbian province of Kosovo asserted Bishop Marko Sopi, the only Catholic bishop in Kosovo. Joining the Pope in calling for peace, he complained that the Serbian government is persecuting Catholics, not allowing them to teach and disrupting Masses as Serbian despot Slobodan Milosevic continues to ignore UN mandates. For more, click on Kosovo violence to read more.
Pro-aborts win congressional battle in California, but not the war
Tuesday's results of the 22nd congressional district race in Santa Barbara, heavily funded by pro-abortion factions showed Democrat Lois Capps, widow of extreme liberal Walter Capps who died in office, winning by just over 10,000 votes in the closely contested race that many pundits say bears an omen for the future. But pro-lifers were confident the war is not over as they dig in to help pro-life candidates in November. For more, click on Election to read more.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY"Arrogant is the name for the man of overbearing pride who acts with scornful effrontery." Proverbs 21: 24
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- Another thought-provoking column by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto
- Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- March 13th, 14th and 15th in Church History in the new addition: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
- Part Three: Meditative Lesson 6: Our Lady's meditation on In the Garden at Gethesemane in "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
- Liturgy of the Day for Lent
- Meditative Stations of the Cross in PRAYERS & DEVOTION
- ...and much more in our fifty-second issue for 1998!
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March 12, 1998 volume 9, no. 51