volume 9, no. 59
March 24, 1998
IS JOHN PAUL II ONE OF THE GREATEST POPES EVER?
That question covers a lot of men who have sat on the throne of Peter, two hundred and sixty four to be exact. But we strongly feel when Jesus handed the keys to Peter, He knew His Church would be in capable hands when the time for His promised renewal was at hand because He willed that a man of John Paul II's caliber, reach, and spirituality would be in charge during this time leading up to the glorious event foretold by Christ's Blessed Mother to whom this first non-Italian Pope since Pope Adrian VI in 1522 has dedicated his pontificate to - Totus Tuus. For today's editorial Our Holy Father. Heed him, help him, pray for him, clilck on the Tuesday CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Not all Popes were great, not all were as dedicated as John Paul II
We see this throughout the history of the popes, especially in today's chapter on Church history in the middle of the thirteenth century as we deal with Pope Innocent IV who, though he contributed much to Church Law and endowed universities throughout Europe, he abused many of the privileges of his papacy and dragged the Holy See down in a vendetta against the German king Frederick II Hohenstaufen and his son Conrad IV. For the sixty-first installment Pope Innocent IV Not as innocent as some may perceive him click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
One who misjudged what greatness truly is
In the first part of Lesson 9, THE ISCARIOT IN THE AFTERMATH OF BETRAYAL we see despair eat away at Judas Iscariot who misunderstood what Jesus truly taught and allowed the serpent to slither into his psyche and turn him against his own Master - indelibly writing forever the term "Judas" for anyone who was a betrayer. We see first hand his regret, but he is too proud, too far gone, to ask forgiveness. It is a lesson that no matter what we may do, God will always forgive if we but ask Him. 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. By reading these meditative lessons, it is hoped we can be properly prepared and not be tempted to turn our backs on Jesus, or worse, betray Him and ourselves. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
Greatness begins and ends with God
In his column today, Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. addresses that point that in order for us to grow as God wills, we have to strive for greatness - a greatness that can be ours spiritually because it is given by God Who is Greatness. That is the subject of Vertical Faith God's Operation by keeping our eye on the Prize and our faith to the grindstone. Fr. John explains in his thirty-first installment of his series "Faith: Key to the Heart of God." Click on KEYS TO LIVING GOD'S WILL
Ignorance denies great expectations
Those great expectations are what Our Lord and His Blessed Mother encourage us to aim for, but we need to be aware, to be spiritually smart, for ignorance leads to a spiritual void which can consume us and, like a whirlpool catch us up in the swirling vortex and suck us under. Intellectualism will not do it. We need to be educated to what God wants and prayer and obedience to her Divine Son are our best study guide. That is the essence of Our Lady's message Ignorance leads to Spiritual Darkness today in Lesson/Meditation #78 as imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in a series of 100 Meditative Lessons. Click on THE HIDDEN WAY
The Greatness of the Annunciation is just around the corner!
Today we commemorate weekday in Lent but it is also the vigil of the Solemnity of the Annunciation which we celebrate tomorrow. For today's readings, meditations and liturgy as well as a preview of tomorrow's special feast, we invite you to click on LITURGY OF THE DAY
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
647 and counting,
hoping and praying...
with a Catholic slant
Pope John Paul II to the world: "Pope Pius XII was not at fault!"
The Holy Father confirmed on his flight to Nigeria what we editorialized last Wednesday when he staunchly defended Pope Pius XII from the onslaughts of Jewish criticism against this mild Pope of World War II times. The same sentiment was expressed by a Vatican expert on Pius XII's papacy who has produced evidence acquitting the former Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli of any wrong doing. For the rest of this story, click on Pius XII to read more.
Pope speaks frankly about oppression in Nigeria while expressing hope to millions
The Holy Father's three-day weekend visit to Nigeria was highlighted by a beatification and meetings with Nigerian officials in hopes they would follow the course Cuba took in releasing political prisoners which the Pope asked for in a show of good faith in helping the Nigerian people. For the rest of the story on the Pope's trip to Nigeria, click on Nigeria to read more.
Supreme Court gives hint of hope as they uphold ban on partial birth abortion and dismiss anti-prayer petition
Yesterday the United States Supreme Court overturned a lower court's edict to abolish a ban on partial birth abortion in Ohio by a 6-3 vote while at the same time throwing out a Hindu's request to stifle prayer. For the rest of this story, click on Supreme Court to read more.
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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer is taken from tomorrow's Gospel in preparation for tomorrow's Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord: Luke 1: 28, 30-33, 35, 38
"Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women...Do not be afraid, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David His Father, and He shall be king over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end...The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee; and therefore the Holy One to be born shall be called the Son of God."
"But Mary said, 'Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to Thy word.'"
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WAY OF THE CROSS
PROVERB OF THE DAY"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the just man runs to it and is safe." Proverbs 18: 10
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- Chapter Sixty-one of our on-going megaseries THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS on Garabandal and the Warning
- March 25th in Church History in the new addition: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
- Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Part Two: Meditative Lesson 9: The Iscariot in the Aftermath of the Betrayal in "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
- Liturgy of the Day for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
- Meditative Stations of the Cross in PRAYERS & DEVOTION
- ...and much more in our sixtieth issue for 1998
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