volume 9, no. 58
March 23, 1998
And the winner is...
Tonight is, of course, the Academy Awards...not a religious event by any means, but we use that theme today to bring home the points of today's issue. We begin with something all Catholics need who live in the world today - something practical - and that is a guide to one of America's favorite year-round pasttimes - going to the movies or watching them on TV or video. Catholics are no exception. To help all Catholics, we present the site sponsored by the National Catholic Conference of Bishops on Film and Broadcasting Reviews as our recipient this week of the Golden Chalice Award. As part of our review, we include the reviews of the five films up for best picture of the year. For the review The Catholic's Siskel and Ebert: the NCCB Film & Broadcasting Reviews, click on SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK
The epic everyone is expecting to sweep the awards is TITANIC but our editorial A One-Way Ticket to the Titanic! deals with the dangers of those in America who are on a collision course and sure to sink if they fight Rome's reasons for preserving the priesthood, for advocating sending foreign missionaries to America to help the sinking USA Catholic ship. One of those foreign priests Father Michael Cyprian Iwene Tansi was beatified yesterday in Onitsha in southern Nigeria by Pope John Paul II who extolled his virtues and called for more vocations in this booming Catholic country. Click on today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
In Our Lady's meditation from Lesson 8 THE TRIAL BEFORE THE SANHEDRIN, she confides in us what she felt as her Divine Son underwent the most vial of trials and warns us to be prepared, and gives us pointers on how to prepare to fend off the ravages of satan in Our Lady's Confidential to her children. 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 Full Bounty
The Full Bounty of God's Love is exemplified in the writings of Pope John Paul II as he illustrates 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 the Role of the Sick and Suffering and the Basic States of Life. For the twelfth installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
As Good as God gets!
In his second installment on Reconciliation, Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. talks about the fact that if we do all He says, we will receive in return His graces for that is "As Good as God gets" and couldn't be better, but man has to be honest with himself in this reconciliation process in order to chalk up the rewards, guard and treasure them. For his second column on reconciliation, click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
God's Will Hunting
Though we commemorate a Lenten weekday today, we also celebrate the optional feast of Saint Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo the Lima Bishop who governed over such luminary saints as Saint Rose of Lima, Saint Martin de Porres and other holy men and women. He realized one had to work at doing God's Will, by hunting for it through prayer and good works. For his story, the readings, meditations of today and tomorrow, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY
PROVERB OF THE DAY"Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by virtuous living." Proverbs 16: 31
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 today in Church History
For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
648 and counting,
hoping and praying...
with a Catholic slant
Archbishop Keating dead at 63 in Rome
Beloved Archbishop of Arlington, Virginia succumbs from heart attack after visit with Pope
If one has to go - and we all do eventually - what better way to enter Heaven then to have just visited with the Pope and said Holy Mass. This made the passing of the beloved Archbishop of Arlington, Virginia - Archbishop John R. Keating a loyal and holy prelate who ruled over one of the largest sees in the United States. He passed away yesterday in Rome at the Oblates residence just a short ways from St. Peter's Basilica. He had been in Rome for the ad limina visits between various American bishops and the Holy Father. For more, click on Archbishop Keating to read more.
Pope calls for Catholics and clergy to "evangelize the media"
Just before leaving for his three-day trip to Nigeria, the Holy Father entreated those attending a special meeting of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications to "work with and on the media," meaning not only to use the outlets available to Catholic evangelizers such as print, broadcast and internet, but to give a concentrated effort to evangelize those who work in the media who desperately need faith because of the culture they promote. For more, click on Media to read more.
China trip proves fruitful according to optimistic Archbishop on his return
After a full week tour of mainland China where Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, head of the Newark, New Jersey see, was a member of three-man investigative group of clergy touring the country, he exudes that China will come around "because the people want Catholicism." He also indicated the Holy Father, who he was visiting in Rome, expressed a desire to go to China when the time is right. For more, click on China to read more.
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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer of the Mass for Saint Toribio Alfonso de Mogrevejo, Bishop of Lima, Peru in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
Lord, through the apostolic work of St. Toribio and his unwavering love of truth, You helped Your Church to grow. May Your chosen people continue to grow in faith and holiness.
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WAY OF THE CROSS
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- Pope Innocent IV - outlasting Frederick while initiating the Council of Lyons and the Seventh Crusade in the sixty-first installment of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- Lesson/Meditation #78 in THE HIDDEN WAY
- Father John Hampsch's column
- Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- March 24th in Church History in the new addition: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
- Part One: Meditative Lesson 9: The Iscariot in the Aftermath of the Betrayal in "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
- Liturgy of the Day for Lent and preparation for the Solemnity of the Annunciation
- Meditative Stations of the Cross in PRAYERS & DEVOTION
- ...and much more in our fifty-ninth issue for 1998
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March 23, 1998 volume 9, no. 58