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March 19, 1998
volume 9, no. 56
March 19, 1998

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church
     Today is an oasis in the desert we call Lent for it is the Solemnity of Saint Joseph. Not everyone is familiar with all the titles attributed to this wondrous saint and so we use today's editorial to help inform the reader of his many attributes and honors and how he can help everyone for this quiet saint, this gentle giant of grace can affectionately be called the "Silent Assassin." For why we call it that, click on today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT

The Solemnity of Saint Joseph
Saint Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus and Patron of the Universal Church     In today's liturgy we bring you the story of Saint Joseph whose glorious feast we celebrate, along with the readings and meditations for this occasion and the liturgy for tomorrow's Lenten weekday. Click on LITURGY OF THE DAY

The correlation of private revelation with public revelation
Vision of St. John Bosco      Continuing our on-going feature mega series on the Church today, we bring you the sixty-second installment with the fourth segment on the topic of Saint John Bosco's dream vision he received well over a century ago. Today we examine the time frame and the credibility of private revelation. If it passes the test, then we can be assured all the Blessed Mother has foretold will come to pass and within the next year or so. The time is now. As a side bar, Saint Joseph is brought into the picture as a possible link to all this. Click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

The Trial
Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit [graphic by Chris Curd]      In Lesson 8 THE TRIAL OF THE SANHEDRIN our Heavenly Mother further affirms these times and reinforces the importance of the Final Dogma which will signal the beginning of the transformation from our present era to the promised new Era of Peace. None of this could have been possible without Mary's Divine Son willingly humbling Himself and submitting to the Sanhedrin which He knew would condemn Him to death. In the first part of Lesson 8, Our Lady gives the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart a vivid vision of Christ's trial as we continue this special daily series during Lent. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

Time grows shorter and shorter!
Queen of Prophets      In the messages from the Blessed Mother the subject once again touches on the imminent end of satan's reign in preparation for the purification of the earth and the entrance of the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart. These messages were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in late 1991. For messages one hundred thirty-one and thirty-two from over 630 messages to the world, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

"The fear of the Lord is training for wisdom, and humility goes before honors."
Proverbs 15: 33

Monthly Message for

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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    Jewish snub takes luster off Vatican document intended to reconcile
         The negative reaction of many Jewish factions to the document "We remember: A Reflection of the Shoah (Holocaust)", has disappointed the officials within the Holy See. Evidently radical Jews wanted the posthumous head of Pius XII on a platter and the Vatican disappointed them by sharing the blame, but exonerating the holy pontiff who reigned during the Holocaust. In France, right-wing Catholic factions reacted cynically to the document and refused to join the Pope in asking forgiveness. For more, click on Reaction to read more.

Filipino flagPhilippines
    The repentant bug hits the Philippines as Bishops seek forgiveness
         On the heels of the Vatican's document on forgiveness, the Filipino bishops jointly released a statement asking forgiveness for the actions a century ago when some priests sided with Spain against the rebels who were seeking justice. They lamented the martyrdom of three priests who sided with the Filipinos in their struggle against Spanish tyranny. For more, click on Philippines to read more.

Nigerian flagNigeria, Africa
    Nigerians anxiously awaiting Holy Father with a gift: More Catholics!
         Anticipating Pope John Paul II's visit in the near future, a Nigerian delegation reminded the Holy Father of how excited Nigerians are at his pending trip where he will beatify the first native Nigerian Father Michael Tanzi. Meanwhile Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze, head of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue announced on Vatican Radio that Catholicism is on a rapid rise in his country with a phenomenal growth spurt in the past five years, unprecedented in Africa. For more, click on Nigeria to read more.

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Today's prayer is taken from the Preface of the Solemnity of Saint Joseph
     Father, All-powerful and Ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give You thanks, as we honor St. Joseph. He is that just man, that wise and loyal servant, whom You placed at the head of Your family. With a husband's love he cherished Mary, the Virgin Mother of God. With fatherly care he watched over Jesus Christ, Your Son, conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ the choirs of angels and all the powers of Heaven praise and worship Your glory.
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  • Another thought-provoking column by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto


  • March 20th, 21st and 22nd in Church History in the new addition: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

  • Part Two: Meditative Lesson 8: The Trial before the Sanhedrin in "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

  • Liturgy for the Weekend for Lent

  • Meditative Stations of the Cross in PRAYERS & DEVOTION

  • ...and much more in our fifty-seventh issue for 1998

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