volume 9, no. 55
March 18, 1998
The Apostle of Ireland fulfills his mission
We complete our three part segment on SAINT PATRICK SPEAKS today with the saint's own words in his "Confessions" in which he gives us a glimpse of life and the hardships inherent in fifth-century pagan Ireland. A lesser man would have given up and Patrick talks about his shortcomings, but relying on the Most Holy Trinity to pull him through, he marches on throughout the emerald isle, instilling the faith in those who, prior to his arrival, had none. Since that time the Catholic faith has flourished in Erin thanks to the heroic efforts of good St. Patrick whose feast we celebrated yesterday. For part three of SAINT PATRICK SPEAKS, click on MITERS THAT MATTER
And the blind shall see!
Those words by Jesus in Matthew 11: 5 can be applied to the special "Apostle of Garabandal" Joey Lomangino, the 68-year old American who is blind and has been spreading the messages and devotion of Garabandal for decades. Today in our sixtieth installment of our on-going megaseries on Marian Apparitions, we continue with the Garabandal phenomena, giving the reader a glimpse of this remarkable man and his mission and his relationship with a special mystic - Padre Pio. For the sixth segment on Garabandal, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
Why is Pope Pius XII is getting such a bad rap?
On the heels of the release of the Vatican document on the Holocaust, entitled "We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah (Holocaust)," we ask aloud why do the Jewish factions, especially in America, protest so much and blame Pope Pius XII for allowing the Nazis to persecute the Jews? We answer those questions in our hard-hitting editorial today titled, "Have they forgotten the lessons of history?" Click on today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Our Lady shares her heart with her children
The Blessed Mother in her Meditation in Lesson 7 THE MOTHER SUFFERS WITH THE SON shares what is in her heart how the evil one tried to the torment her, but she turned to the sure-fire pest eradicator: prayer and gave herself to the Divine Will. She asks us to do the same- turn to prayer for all louir answers and to withstand the suffering all must undergo if we are to help carry her Divine Son's cross. 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. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
Taking time out to commemorate an early bishop and doctor of the Church
Today we celebrate the optional feast of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, a fierce defender of the true faith in the face of a stacked deck by the Arian heretics who managed to have him exiled through false accusations. But in the end Cyril won out because he relied solely on God. For his inspiring story and a glimpse of tomorrow's glorious solemnity of Saint Joseph with all the readings, meditations and liturgies, we invite you to click on LITURGY OF THE DAY
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer of the Optional Mass for Saint Cyril of Jerusalem
Father, through Cyril of Jerusalem You led Your Church to a deeper understanding of the mysteries of salvation. Let his prayers help us to know Your Son better and to have eternal life in all its fullness.
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WAY OF THE CROSS
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
653 and counting,
hoping and praying...
with a Catholic slant
Vatican Annual Report reveals Church numbers increase in 1997!
The Holy Father got an encouraging St. Patrick's Day gift when he received the Annuario Pontificio in a formal ceremony at the Vatican. The numbers revealed that clergy numbers have increased with 161 new bishops, twenty new cardinals, and a 6.7 increase over 1992 in total ordinations. In addition the directory listed seventeen new dioceses in addition to other territories governed by the Holy See. For more, click on Annual Report to read more.
Pope advises US bishops to "take it to the parish level."
Continuing his ad limina talks to the various United States bishops, he geared his talk to the group from Washington, Maryland and diocesan prelates in the southeast by imploring them to take the gospel to teh people and revive parish life as it used to be where parishioners were guaranteed they would receive the true teachings of the Church with no chance of heresy or confusion. He further encouraged countering the moral decline in America with a steady dose of the Gospel to all Catholics. For more, click on ad limina to read more.
A Call to Peace the main message of Religious prelates in Ireland
On the most celebrated day in Ireland and the day Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams was meeting with President Clinton in Washington, D.C. ecclesial leaders from the Roman Catholic Church and Anglican Church of Ireland expressed a sincere tone of reconciliation in striving to end the strife and effect a workable lasting peace in Northern Ireland. For more, click on Irish Peace to read more.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY"When pride comes, disgrace comes; but with the humble is wisdom." Proverbs 11: 2
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- More on the Church today and the Vision to St. John Bosco in the sixty-first installment of the on-going megaseries feature WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
- Messages 131 and 132 from Our Lady in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- March 18th in Church History in the new addition: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
- Part One: Meditative Lesson 8: The Trial before the Sanhedrin in "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
- Liturgy of the Day for Lent
- Meditative Stations of the Cross in PRAYERS & DEVOTION
- ...and much more in our fifty-sixth issue for 1998
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