volume 9, no. 43
March 2, 1998
Welcome to March!
In like a lion...
The month of March is notorious for coming in like a lion and out like a lamb, and this month should be no different with the wild weather we have been subjected to worldwide courtesy of El Nino. But there's another storm that is whipping up strong, damaging winds that threaten the Church and that is the liberal agenda which is heading for a showdown with the conservative right. To put names and faces with this let's say it pits Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles against Mother Angelica, founder of the vast EWTN broadcasting network. For storm-warnings about this clash of "whether fronts", the editorial in today's issue further clarifies the issues. For today's commentary entitled, Mother Angelica - the "Lioness of Winter" who takes refuge in the Lamb of God., click on today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
The Freedom to Evangelize
One of the great fruits of Mother Angelica's work has been the rise of Lay Catholic organizations dedicated to upholding the truths of the Church and loyal to Rome. This has come about because of the Pope's 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. For the ninth installment on "Lay Freedom to Form Groups," click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Not listening is the crux of our problem!
In his column today, Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. addresses that very point that because we're not listening to each other or to God, we have created our own nightmares and opened the door for satan to haunt us where we are only listening to him. That is a sad fact, that Fr. Stephen tries to remind us, must stop if we are to reopen communications with each other and God. For his second part of "Speak, Lord, Your servant is LISTENING!", click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
From Refuge of the Lamb an apostle falls into the den of iniquity
His apostles can sense it, Jesus has confirmed it - the time is drawing near when He will be handed over. But Jesus, in His Mercy, protects Judas Iscariot from their wrath as the Son of God allows man's free will to govern. In today's Meditative Lesson 3, as viewed interiorly by the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, we further understand the mood just before passover, climaxing with quiet time between Our Lord and His Blessed Mother for Both knew what was to come and accepted it as the Will of the Father. For this second part of WITH THE APOSTLES ON THE EVE OF PASSOVER as we continue these inspiring lessons on the Passion throughout Lent, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
Prayer is the key and the key to Prayers is here!
Today's recipient of our "Golden Chalice Award" features something we can all use during Lent - Prayer. A privately owned homepage by a webmaster with Federal credentials, he has devoted his time and energy to producing a site that provides every prayer you can imagine. For the review of Ken Merrill's webdesk.com Catholic Prayers and Passages pages, entitled If you need a prayer for the occasion, this is the place!, click on SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer for Lent is taken from today's site which we review above.
Renew my eagerness to work with You in building a better world, so that my friends may hear Your gospel of peace
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WAY OF THE CROSS
We enter the first full week of Lent All week we will attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with the priest wearing the purple or violet vestments, even though tomorrow and Wednesday are optional feasts of saints. Such is the season of Lent which takes preference. Thus, for today and tomorrow's liturgies, readings and meditations, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY
Medjugorje Monthly Message for February 25th
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
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hoping and praying...
with a Catholic slant
Ad Limina Visits begin for U.S. Bishops
The Holy Father received the first contingent of U.S. Bishops this past week and emphasized the need to be strong and vigorous in erasing doubts about doctrine and scripture, to proclaim emphatically His gospel in a land that has been spoiled by cultural decline in morals. For more, click on Ad Limina to read more.
Churches and Religious organizations breathe a little easier with passage of Tithing Protection Bill
In a departure from the norm, the Senate voted to uphold the rights of churches, religious and charitable organizations from being dunned for payback by allowing them to keep tithes made by persons who have declared bankruptcy. Under this new bill creditors will not be able to demand payment from those non-profit organizations. For more, click on Tithing Bill to read more.
Proof that China pulled wool over eyes of U.S. Delegation
As we wrote in these pages in the last issue, while the Chinese Communist government was trying to put on its best face, more cracks are showing serious wrinkles in their credibility when it was learned that key Catholics in China were physically prohibited from meeting with the U.S. fact finding team of three religious leaders. For more, click on China coverup to read more.
Pope to close American Synod at Guadalupe early next year
Though no date was set, the Holy Father let it be known he is definitely accepting the American Bishops' invitation to close the Synod, begun last fall, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe early in 1999. At the same time another invitation came to the Vatican for the Pope to make a visit; this time from Turkey. For more, click on American Synod to read more.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY"When the just prevail, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan." Proverbs 29: 2
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- Pope Gregory IX - the canonizer and excommunicator - in the fifty-ninth installment of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
Lesson/Meditation #75 in THE HIDDEN WAY
Father John Hampsch's column
Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Part Three: Our Lady's Meditation on With the Apostles on the Eve of Passover in "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
Liturgy of the Day for Lent
Meditative Stations of the Cross in PRAYERS & DEVOTION
...and much more in our forty-fourth issue for 1998!
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