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March 17, 1998
volume 9, no. 54
March 17, 1998

On Saint Patrick's Day...
Let's hear from ST. PATRICK!
     And that's what we do through his "Confessions" which the Apostle of Ireland wrote around 452 A.D. Today, on his glorious feast, we bring you the second installment of this three-part feature from our MITERS THAT MATTER series. In this piece, written originally by the Apostle of Ireland in Latin and offered as his "autobiographical confessions." In this second installment Patrick reveals the private revelations he received and his reactions, as well as his gratitude to God and the people for this "humble, unworthy servant." For part two of SAINT PATRICK SPEAKS, click on MITERS THAT MATTER

The legend of St. Pat is all about faith!
     The top o' the day to ye on this foine St. Paddy's Day that has lost its meaning amidst the secular hubbub of green beer and parades with no concept of what this glorious Irish saint stood for. That is the topic of today's editorial entitled, "A bit o' legend, a bit o' lore, a lot o' faith!" Click on today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT

A sword pierces Mary's heart
Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit [graphic by Chris Curd]      The joy of today's celebration of St. Pat must be tempered with the mission we still have ahead of us during Lent and in today's second part of Meditative Lesson 7 THE MOTHER SUFFERS WITH THE SON we get a glimpse of what Simeon foresaw in the temple when he prophesied that Mary's heart would be pierced by seven swords. This, then, is one of those swords when the reality of what is happening has set in and Our Lady, rather than lashing out bitterly, seeks counsel from the Father for herself in acquiescing to the Divine Will in accordance to all her Divine Son has foretold and promised. It is a touching moment which the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart shares with all. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

Patrick unlocked the heart of God for the Irish people. The key: faith!
Father John Hampsch, C.M.F.     That is what Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. constantly hammers home as he continues with his thirtieth installment of his series "Faith: Key to the Heart of God." Today he deliberates on developing "bold faith in the Lord" as advised in Timothy and assures us faith is a gradual process that must be nourished in order to grow. Click on KEYS TO LIVING GOD'S WILL

Just as Patrick instructed the ignorant, Our Lord asks us to do the same
THE HIDDEN WAY     In Lesson/Meditation #77 Jesus reminds us of our responsibility to "instruct the ignorant" through the Spiritual Works of Mercy. Just as Patrick taught that "there is One in Three Divine Persons, and that Christ's One True Church contains, holds and preserves these Divine Truths and Mysteries so that you might be saved" so also Jesus reminds us of the same, instructing us on how to instruct. That is the essence of Our Lord's message today in INSTRUCTING THE IGNORANT as imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in a series of 100 Meditative Lessons. Click on THE HIDDEN WAY

St. Pat's Day signals the start of saints' trilogy
     Today in the Lenten liturgy we celebrate the optional feast of the Apostle of Ireland, Saint Patrick, with tomorrow the same circumstances in which we commemorate the feast of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop and doctor, and, of course, on Thursday we dedicate the entire liturgy to the foster father of Jesus and protector of Mary - Saint Joseph. For vignettes on the two former saints, liturgy and meditations for today and tomorrow, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY

Today's prayer is from the Opening Prayer of the Mass commemorating Saint Patrick.
      God our Father, You sent St. Patrick to preach Your glory to the people of Ireland. By the help of his prayers, may all Christians proclaim Your love to all men.
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February 25th

The Gospa     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!

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Holy See asks forgiveness in Holocaust document released yesterday!

      Hoping to forever put behind them the suspicions, lack of assertiveness and questions about Rome's role in World War II and the Holocaust, the Vatican released the long-anticipated explanation yesterday in a document for the world that puts to rest the false lies and rumors that have been swirling for years, unfairly lambasting Pope Pius XII and calling Pope John Paul II on the carpet for not speaking sooner. This document refutes all those nasty attacks. The Holy Father, long an advocate of purifying our souls by forgiving and asking forgiveness, was not afraid to say the Church has made mistakes, but still stood solidly by the Jews, saving many during the years of these terrible persecution ordeals. For more, click on Holocaust Document to read more.
Confusion and protests mark removal of famous cross at Auschwitz

     On the same day the Vatican released the document on the holocaust, hundreds of Catholic protesters marched against the "politically correct" decision to remove the 26-foot cross at Auschwitz because it offends some Jews. Catholic protestors pointed out that it belongs because over 75,000 of their faithful had also died in this horrendous concentration camp, including the friend of the Jews Saint Maximilian Kolbe and Blessed Edith Stein. For more, click on Auschitz Cross to read more.
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     This past weekend Cardinal Vinko Puljic, head of the Sarajevo archdiocese pulled few punches when he spoke out at the Solidarity meeting in Banja Luka, criticizing the world powers for their lack of commitment to truly helping his country and countrymen - both Catholics and Muslim. He decried the destruction of both churches and mosques and questioned whether European Catholics truly care about their Catholic brethren in Bosnia=Hercegovina. For more, click on Sarajevo Cardinal to read more.
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  • Final installment of Saint Patrick's "Confessions" in ST. PATRICK SPEAKS OUT as part of our series MITERS THAT MATTER

  • Chapter Sixty of our on-going megaseries THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS on Garabandal and the Warning


  • March 18th in Church History in the new addition: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

  • Part Three: Meditative Lesson 7: Our Lady's meditation on 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-fifth issue for 1998

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