volume 9, no. 53
March 16, 1998
A Bishop speaks out...
fifteen hundred and fifty years ago!
As part of our MITERS THAT MATTER series and in honor of St. Patrick's Day tomorrow, we bring you the first of a three parter on a manuscript written by Saint Patrick himself from around 452 A.D. In this piece, written originally by the Apostle of Ireland in Latin and offered as his "autobiographical confessions." In this first installment Patrick talks of his shortcomings and that, if it were not for the Lord, he would truly be nothing. We see how he upholds the Mystery of the Trinity and how the simple shamrock became the symbol to teach this most august Mystery. We also see his earlier travails as he remained undaunted to bring the faith to the people of Ireland. For part one of SAINT PATRICK SPEAKS, click on MITERS THAT MATTER
While Patrick built churches, a cardinal wants to close them!
Speaking of bishops, there is one in Boston - a cardinal, no less - who could raise the ire of St. Patrick and many who came after him, including present day Catholics in beantown where Cardinal Bernard Law has proposed closing sixty churches in the greater Boston area for the flimsy excuse that Catholics are "too busy to attend Mass." Saints preserve us. In today's editorial we take the cardinal to task and ask him to reconsider, using other alternatives that have proved successful in the past - measures that would promote the kind of results St. Patrick had in mind and accomplished when he trekked over the Olde Sod in the fifth century. He relied on hard work and the rich Spiritual Treasury of the Church. Why can't the American bishops do the same thing? Click on today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
satan mocks those who strive to do God's Will
So many souls don't realize what satan is up to until too late. Imagine, if you will, his utter shrill of ecstacy when Mary's Divine Son Jesus was led away from Gethsemane to the Praetorium by the soldiers, bound in chains. Our Lady was suffering greatly with her Son even though He was miles away at the time. Yet, in Meditative Lesson 7 THE MOTHER SUFFERS WITH THE SON we see there is no bitterness in Mary, only sadness at how many souls have been duped and lost through the wiles of the demon. 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 in helping us all prepare for His Passion and Death, and ultimately the glorious Resurrection. These lessons help us realize that we, too, must suffer with Mary and Jesus in reparation for the countless souls who mock Him. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
The Bishop of Rome Speaks Out!
Upholding the ideals of Saint Patrick and all the other saints, the Vicar of Christ in our present time Pope John Paul II speaks out on the Role of the Laity today in his Apostolic Letter on the Role of the Laity, entitled Christifideles Laici which is expertly analyzed by Dr. Joseph Bagiackas in his summary of the Holy Father's writings for lay men and women. Today the topics are Vocations and the Place of Women. For the eleventh installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Fostering the Spiritual Treasury of the Church via Videos/Audios and CD-Roms
What some bishops and priests may not convey, the largest audio/video reproduction company St. Joseph's Communications does with orthodox audio and video tapes and an excellent array of unique CD-Roms to help enhance the faith for all Catholics - young and old. Patterned after their patron saint, Saint Joseph, they foster a healthy hunger for the faith with material that is affordable and necessary. The site that offers these treasrues is the subject of today's review and recipient of our "Golden Chalice Award". For the review of this website, click on SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK
Reconciliation is an Experience!
In his first installment on Reconciliation, Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. talks about how Reconciliation is not a thought or just a word, but an experience - one that must be rooted in the Mercy of Jesus Christ and the Sacraments He established for all His faithful. For his first column on "RECONCILIATION...a price to pay!", click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
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
Events that happened today in Church History
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655 and counting,
hoping and praying...
with a Catholic slant
Three more closer to Sainthood with Beatification ceremonies Sunday in Rome!
The Holy Father beatified three more candidates Sunday at the Vatican, elevating Spanish religious Carmen Salles y Barangueras, founder of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception; Passionist Bishop Eugen Bossilkov, a martyred victim of the Stalinist death camps who, like Saint Maximilian Kolbe, saved Jews from the Holocaust; and seventeenth century Italian Brigitte Morello, wife and founder of the house of St. Ursula in Piacaenza, dedicated to the poor and youth of Italy. For more, click on Beatifications to read more.
Things looking up for culture of life with passage of three separate legislations
Finally there may be some sense to all the insanity going on in the world regarding abortion, euthanasia and suicide assistance with legislators and medical professionals taking a firm grip on reality and saying "Enough!" That is the message that rang loud and clear last week in bills approved in Michigan, Florida and overseas in London. For more, click on Enough is enough to read more.
Roman Sanctuary of Divine Love chosen as Site for World Youth Day 2000
How fitting that a little-known Marian shrine just outside Rome will be the site of the 2000 global celebration of World Youth Days. It is appropriately called "Sanctuary of Divine Love" evolving from a painting of Our Lady with miracles attached to its significance. No specific date for the anticipated event has yet been announced. For more, click on World Youth Days to read more.
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Reaching the midway point of Lent
This week leads to the middle of Lent, but we take time out this week to celebrate three saints, two being optional. One of those, of course, is Saint Patrick, Apostle of Ireland whose feast we celebrate tomorrow. For his story, and the rest of the readings, meditations of both today and tomorrow, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer is the Act of Hope as we express hope that Mary's Immaculate Heart will Triumph sooner and that more souls return to the true fold.
O God, I hope with complete trust that You will give me, through the merits of Jesus Christ, all the necessary grace in this world and everlasting life in the world to come, for this is what You have promised and You always keep Your promises.
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WAY OF THE CROSS
PROVERB OF THE DAY"The start of strife is like the opening of a dam; therefore, check a quarrel before it begins!" Proverbs 17: 14
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- A Special Saint Patrick's Day Issue, featuring the second installment of the special letter from Saint Patrick and lots of green! Because of this special issue, there will be no History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church tomorrow, but will return next week.
- Lesson/Meditation #77 in THE HIDDEN WAY
- Father John Hampsch's column
- Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- March 17th in Church History in the new addition: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
- Part Two: Meditative Lesson 7: The Mother Suffers with the Son in "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
- Liturgy of the Day for Lent
- Meditative Stations of the Cross in PRAYERS & DEVOTION
- ...and much more in our fifty-fourth issue for 1998 and St. Patrick's Day!
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