volume 9, no. 60
March 25, 1998
"Be it done unto me according to Thy word."
Today, in the midst of Lent, we celebrate the joyful feast of the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord which began the process of God sending His Only-begotten Son to become Flesh. The chosen vehicle by which to accomplish this was, of course, the Blessed Virgin Mary who is credited with telling the stewards at Cana, "Do whatever He tells you". She was well qualified to say this for her fiat at the Annunciation proved she practiced what she preached. She expects the same of us. For the readings, background on the feast, meditations and liturgy today and for tomorrow's weekday in Lent liturgy, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY
Are we prepared to follow Mary's example?
In today's editorial we examine what the Annunciation means - both in that time 1999 years ago and today in 1998. Do we realize that God has not stopped sending "annunciations" to us, increasing the announcements as we come nearer to that pivotal point in the history of mankind - the dawn of the third millennium - a time when the "annunciation" of the events to come and the fate of the evil one will signal another glorious event? We explain this in today's commentary, Have we been true to Mary's words, "Be it done to me according to Thy word."? Time and Prayer will tell!. Click on
today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
The Annunciation for the world as imparted at Garabandal
Our seventh segment on our treatment of the Apparitions at Garabandal deals with two men who actually saw the Miracle promised by Our Lady. One of those luminaries was the mystic priest being considered for sainthood, Padre Pio. In today's installment we reveal this as well as illustrating Padre Pio's tie-in with another mystic visionary half way around the world in Venezuela for God does not need telecommunications or computers, He has the "Supernatural Information Highway." For the sixty-first installment of this on-going mega series, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
You must want forgiveness in order to receive it
That was a lesson that went above the head of Judas Iscariot as we see a vivid description of the betrayer in the depths of inner turmoil and despair. All the while, Jesus and His Blessed Mother continue to pray incessantly that this lost apostle will return to his Master asking forgiveness which would come forth in torrents of love if only Judas realized it. But he is too far gone, too stubborn, too controlled by the evil one to understand the scope of God's love and forgiveness. It brings home an important point that wanting to be forgiven is the first step toward reconciliation. Without that, man will fall into the depths of despair just as Judas found himself in as we see in part two of Lesson 9 THE ISCARIOT IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE BETRAYAL . 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!"
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer is taken from today's Opening Prayer for the feast of the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord; the second is from the Prayer after Communion
O God, by Your Divine decree the Word was made flesh in the womb of the blessed Virgin Mary at the announcement of the angel. May her prayers help us, for we believe that she is truly the Mother of God. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
&nsp;O Lord, it was through the message of an angel that we learned of the incarnation of Your Son Christ. Pour Your grace into our hearts, and by His Passion and Cross bring us to the glory of His Resurrection. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
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WAY OF THE CROSS
PROVERB OF THE DAY"Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise." Proverbs 19: 20
Monthly Message for
Dear children! Also today I call you to fasting and renunciation. Little children, renounce that which hinders you from being closer to Jesus. In a special way I call you: Pray, because only through prayer will you be able to overcome your will and discover the will of God even in the smallest things. By your daily life, little children, you will become an example and witness that you live for Jesus or against Him and His will. Little children, I desire that you become apostles of love. By loving, little children, it will be recognized that you are mine. Thank you for having responded to my call. For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE
Events today in Church History
646 and counting,
hoping and praying...
with a Catholic slant
Nothing survives as ABC finally blinks and pulls plug on "Nothing Sacred!"
Officials at ABC finally owned up to the inevitable, that "Nothing Sacred", the irreverant mouthpiece drama for liberal Catholicism was not worth saving. They made the announcement yesterday. It was yet another setback for Disney's pride and the hopes of modernists who had heavily promoted this program that challenged traditional Catholic teaching, but languished all season in the cellar of the all-important Nielsen ratings. Not even pride and stubbornness could save this travesty of a show though ABC and its parent company Disney carried it on life support as long as they reasonably could despite heavy protests from Catholics all over, led by the Catholic League and it's crusader William Donohue. For the rest of this story, click on Nothing to read more.
Jerusalem and the Vatican the sites for inter-religious meetings this week
Catholic and Jewish leaders met in Jerusalem to iron out differences in an effort to clear the way for the Holy Father's trip to the Holy Land while Pope John Paul II was preparing to welcome Jewish leaders at the Vatican today. Most likely topic - the recent document on the Holocaust and further reconciliation between the two oldest religions as well as clearing the air on the accusations against the holy Pope Pius XII. For the rest of the story, click on Jerusalem to read more.
California Court absolves Boy Scouts of charges against them, maintains they can uphold belief in God and His Laws
A resounding victory for God and country was signaled Monday when the Boy Scouts, under attack and sued for refusing to allow gays or atheists to be Scouts because of the Scout beliefs in God, won an exemption from the anti-discrimination laws because the court ruled they are a non-profit organization - not a business. For the rest of this story, click on Boy Scouts to read more.
Vatican remains major player in releasing Cuban prisoners and lifting embargo
The United States looked to Rome once more in asking for assistance in getting more Cuban political prisoners released while at the same time the body of Latin American bishops praised the United States' compliance with the Holy Father's request that the thirty-six year old embargo be eased. For the rest of this story, click on Cuba to read more.
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More on the Church today and the Vision to St. John Bosco in the sixty-second installment of the on-going megaseries feature WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
- Messages 133 and 134 from Our Lady in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- March 26th in Church History in the new addition: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
- Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Part Three: Meditative Lesson 9: Our Lady's Meditation on The Iscariot in the Aftermath of the Betrayal in "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
- Liturgy of the Day for Lent
- Meditative Stations of the Cross in PRAYERS & DEVOTION
- ...and much more in our sixty-first issue for 1998
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March 25, 1998 volume 9, no. 60