volume 9, no. 48
March 9, 1998
"This is My Body... This is the Cup of My Blood."
The Apex of Evangelization
In Meditative Lesson 5 today, we come to that most glorious and cerebral of mystical events in all of history - the establishment of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper when Jesus instituted the Sacrament. In this second part of Lesson 5 we see vividly the scene in the upper room, where Jesus bridged the Old Testament with the New - utilizing the feast of Passover for the beginning of the most wonderful mystery we have been given by God in the New Covenant - the Most Blessed Sacrament where Christ is truly Present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. These inspiring lessons, coinciding with the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during Lent of 1995 from Our Lord and His Blessed Mother For part two of Lesson 5, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
While Monday is once a week, everyday is "Prayday!" It's the only way to keep the light of Evangelization bright!
In a carryover to last Friday's commemoration of 111th Annual WORLD DAY OF PRAYER, we have decided to proclaim today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, and everyday thereafter as "Prayday!" We know it won't catch on in the secular media and possibly not with a lot of Catholics, but if we keep it always fresh in our memories we can truly make everyday "Prayday!" If we all follow Our Lady's words to "Pray! Pray! Pray!" then we'll recognize how important it is to emphasize each day as "Prayday," especially during Lent. If we can all make a concerted effort to do our part, then we can all play an important role in expediting the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart as she asks. In today's editorial, we propose this "new day" in addition to recapping some things covered in a few of last week's editorials. For the commentary, Everyday is "Prayday!", click on today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Evangelization in the USA: Getting America in shape!
We complete the four parter on the talk given by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., head of the Archdiocese of Denver, to the Mile Hi Club last week and provided here courtesy of Catholic World News Service. In his concluding comments of THE TASK OF EVANGELIZATION IN SECULAR AMERICA we see he has extreme hope for America but it cannot continue the path she is on. It is time to shape up and exercise the right thing to do. It is the only way our leaders of today and tomorrow will be able to stay on the straight and narrow and all civilization will be protected by God. For the fourth and final installment, click on MITERS THAT MATTER
News can be evangelizing when presented right! And it is no "Mickey Mouse" operation here, for CWN is truly the "mouse that roared!"
That is the analogy we have attributed to the meteoric rise of a fledgling Roman Catholic News Service that has risen from oblivion in 1995 to become today the most reliable news service worldwide for Roman Catholics. We are, of course, speaking of the Catholic World News, which provides news on a daily basis for the Daily CATHOLIC and which makes their services available and affordable to all. The principals at CWN are truly deserving of our "Golden Chalice Award". For the review of this website and the services offered through Catholic World News, click on SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK
Evangelizing globally: Getting the world in shape!
Just as Archbishop Chaput lays out a blueprint for Americans, so does the Holy Father for the entire world and specifically all united to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. This he treats 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. For the tenth installment on "Evangelization and Renewal of Society," click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
It's hard to be evangelized if we don't listen!
In his final installment on listening in his column today, Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. talks about how we can't do God's Will if we are not listening to Him, and so often satan does everything he can to prevent that. Conversely we end up listening alright, but to the wrong advice - the evil one's. For his third and last part of "Speak, Lord, Your servant is LISTENING!", click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer is the Opening Prayer in honor of Saint Frances of Rome
Merciful Father, in Frances of Rome, You have given us a unique example of love in marriage as well as in religious life. Keep us faithful in Your service, and help us to see and follow You in all the aspects of life.
For more devotions of Lent, click on
WAY OF THE CROSS
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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Diocese of Dallas' insurance to help in landmark settlement
The Diocese of Dallas has agreed to pay some of the plaintiffs from the landmark settlement last summer. The good news is that the Diocese's insurance claims will cover over half of the balance in the first settlement. Bishop Charles V. Grahmann who has been recuperating from a kidney infection, has just returned from Rome for his ad limina visit and hopes, through prayer this can all be put behind as the Diocese struggles to stay afloat and appease those ruined by former priest Rudy Kos, a known pedophile. For more, click on Dallas to read more.
GOP Gubernatorial candidate called on carpet for stating his faith
One can say anything they want against someone else, commit any immoral act there is, and basically lie all they want, but don't you dare declare that you are a Catholic and proud of it! That's exactly what Southern California Republican Dan Lundgren proclaimed while campaigning for Governor this past week and was immediately criticized as a "religious extremist." He was criticized by the Democratic candidates, all fighting for the job that will be vacated by two-term Governor Pete Wilson when he steps down. For more, click on California hubbub to read more.
Senate committee agrees with Pope: USA should help Cuba!
Prompted by the Holy Father's call for richer nations to help poorer nations and especially Cuba who Pope John Paul II singled out in his trip to the tiny island last month, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has given the green light to increasing humanitarian aid to the Cuban people, but stopped short of recommending an end to the embargo instituted by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. Whether Fidel Castro will accept aid is another story for he has expressed disdain for the United States and any help they might send. In addition, there are Cuban factions in the US, mainly Miami, who furiously oppose any help to the Castro regime. For more, click on Cuba to read more.
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Living the life of evangelization
That is what Saint Frances of Rome did as a wife, mother and religious founder. We celebrate her optional feast today in Lent and for her story along with the readings, meditations and liturgies of today and tomorrow, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY
PROVERB OF THE DAY"Plans fail when there is no counsel, but they succeed when counselors are many." Proverbs 15: 22
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- Pope Celestine IV - the "Conclave Pope" in the sixtieth installment of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
Lesson/Meditation #76 in THE HIDDEN WAY
Father John Hampsch's column
Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Part Three: Meditative Lesson 5: Our Lady's Meditation on The Last Supper in "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
Liturgy of the Day for Lent
Meditative Stations of the Cross in PRAYERS & DEVOTION
...and much more in our forty-ninth issue for 1998!
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