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DAILY CATHOLIC for 

March 30, 1998
volume 9, no. 63
MONDAY
March 30, 1998

Mother Angelica's EWTN Network getting short end by Dish Network - photo from EWTNThe whole of EWTN only getting half Dish Network wants to cut EWTN in halfattention on Satelite!
     The news that the Dish Network is cutting Mother Angelica's Global Catholic Network EWTN in half by forcing it to share a channel with America's Voice, thus paring back 24 hour programming to only 12 hours, is not going to sit well with loyal Catholics and it shouldn't. In today's editorial we provide the sources on who to write, e-mail or call to convince the powers that be at the Dish Network owned by EchoStar, and urge all to respond immediately and often in an effort to change their mind and keep EWTN going full strength! For our editorial If we sit silently by, we will be satan's accomplices!, click on today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Half Measures won't cut it in reconciling with God and neighbor!Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. To quote the old axiom, there's no such thing as half pregnant. You either are or aren't. The same with reconciliation, it cannot be half-hearted. You have to give fully of yourself from the heart to forgive and be forgiven. In his final installment on Reconciliation, Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. pinpoints this and we, too, like God, must learn to forget after we forgive just as He does after He forgives our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This is what Our Lady reiterates and Fr. Stephen emphasizes this as a reason Mary has said all she can. To find out more, click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK

What if Jesus had given up?
Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit [graphic by Chris Curd]     What if Christ, after the demoralizing trial and inhumane scourging called out and said, "Enough, alright, what do you want. I'll do it."? We all know the answer to that one: satan would have won! But Jesus is the Son of God and such nonsense as the above theory is just that - nonsense! Though He was also Man, He persevered and the scene we see in part two of Lesson 10 THE SCOURGING AND CROWNING WITH THORNS not only bears out His resolve but should reinforce our commitment to follow and be obedient to Him no matter what persecutions come our way. 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 scourge Him with their sins. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

Without the Spirit we are lost!
     Jesus promised His Apostles He would send His Spirit and the Holy Spirit would be with us always. True to His promise He has and we are reminded of this at the site we review today. That site is Et cum Spiritu Tuo, a multi-faceted web site that offers something for everyone in simple, easy-to-find fashion with some of the best Q & A retorts we can all use in refuting attacks and criticisms from non-Catholic sects who love to bait Catholics. Too often too many Catholics are not well-versed enough in their faith to counter these clever verbal assaults and cower in ignorance, thus further depleting the ranks of Catholic evangelists. Golden Chalice Award Catholics are no exception. This site pinpoints the arguments and gives all a logical and easy explanation that all loyal Catholics can use in their arsenal, aided by the Holy Spirit. For this week's review, click on SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK

Holy Father lays down the gauntlet for Lay Catholics
gif images of Pope published with permission of EWTN
     In the final installment on Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter on the Role of the Laity, entitled Christifideles Laici, the Pope challenges the laity to get involved, to help recruit others for we are all members of God's Holy Church. These writings of the Pope are expertly analyzed by Dr. Joseph Bagiackas, who gives an adept and simplified summary of the Holy Father's writings for lay men and women. Today the final topic is "Formation of the Laity." For the thirteenth and final installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Weekdays in the Fifth Week of LentPRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer is for Fasting and Giving Alms during Lent
      Blessed are You, Lord, God of all creation: You make us hunger and thirst for holiness. Blessed are You, Lord, God of all creation; You call us to true fasting: to set free the oppressed, to share our bread with the hungry, to shelter the homeless and to clothe the naked. No one lives on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God..
For more devotions of Lent, click on
WAY OF THE CROSS

For the readings, meditations and liturgy of the first two weekdays of the Fifth Week of Lent, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY



Medjugorje
Monthly Message for
March 25th

Mt. Krizivec    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


This day in Church history Events today in Church History
           For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME


641 and counting,
hoping and praying...

Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDEBR> NEWS
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HEADLINES:
Holy Father a screen writerIs Pope's play good enough for honors?
    Could there be an Oscar in the Pope's future?
          We doubt Pope John Paul II as a Screenwriters Guild card, but that didn't stop his play "Brother of Our God" from becoming a film that could be nominated in the foreign films category next year in Hollywood at Academy Awards time. The Holy Father isn't holding his breath since he has much more pressing matters to be concerned with, but it shows the multfaceted talents of this extraordinary man. For more on this story and the film, click on screenplay to read more.

Vatican historian answers chargesJewish critics continue to hammer at Vatican
    Rome replies to its Jewish critics on what's in the Vatican Archives
          Amidst a constant barrage of criticism and insults on his work in the Vatican archives, Jesuit historian Father Pierre Blet, one of the original scholars who worked on the documents during the Holocaust - defended the archives and Pope Pius XII who the Jewish contingent have attacked mercilessly without a shred of proof, for his lack of action regarding the Holocaust. For the rest of the story, click on Church reform to read more.

    "Beware of the internet" Cable TV honcho warns bishops
          In a talk late last week in Denver, the head of Tele-Communications Cable warned a group of US and foreign bishops to be on the alert for smut and evil on the internet. While singling out the world-wide web for these dangers, he did not comment about his own medium which has come under attack for obscene and immoral programming. He did, however mention what we all know, that the internet can be a "powerful tool for evangelization." For the rest of this story, click on cabletalk to read more.

Historic meeting of Pope John Paul II and Fidel Castro this past January has opened up more cooperation
    Pope's visit to Cuba paying dividends with Cuba more open to communicating
          The fruits of Pope John Paul II's trip to Cuba in January and his meeting with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro are manifesting themselves with more open communications between the Holy See and this tiny communist island. Evidence of this was the visit by Cuba's top foreign affairs minister to see the Holy Father last Friday, indicating Cuba is willing to cooperate more in humanitarian matters. For the rest of this story, click on Cuba to read more.

Catholic World News ServiceFor more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page. CWN is not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

PROVERB OF THE DAY
"A path to life is his who heeds admonition, but he who disregards reproof goes astray."
Proverbs 10: 17


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Coming
TUESDAY:
  • Pope Alexander IV - Trying to pick up the pieces and reestablish trust in the sixty-second installment of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH

  • Lesson/Meditation #79 in THE HIDDEN WAY

  • Father John Hampsch's column

  • March 31 in Church History in the new addition: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

  • Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Part Three: Meditative Lesson 10: The Scourging and Crowning with Thorns in "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

  • Liturgy of the Day

  • Meditative Stations of the Cross in PRAYERS & DEVOTION

  • ...and much more in our sixty-fourth issue for 1998


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