May 11, 1998

May 11, 1998

vol. 9, no. 91


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Events Today in Church History

     For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on TIME CAPSULES: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME


     For the liturgy, readings, and meditations of the Masses for today and tomorrow, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.


Today we share the nine-day Novena to Saint Jude which will end on the Holy Father's birthday next Monday. We are saying it both for this ministry which is in need of a miracle financially and for Pope John Paul II. His years and his health make it mandatory that we pray to St. Jude who is, of course, patron saint of impossible and hopeless cases. Many have said it is impossible for the Pope to lead us into the third millennium, but we are staking our claim on St. Jude and the Heavenly Court that the Holy Father will still be around in 2000 and thriving. It's worth praying for. Some of the novena prayers are taken from "Treasury of Novenas." Click on NOVENA TO SAINT JUDE


  • The Sixty-seventh installment of our on-going mega series THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH


  • A pertinent and timely editorial in the Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on May 12th.

  • Liturgy for Tuesday and Wednesday

  • ...and much more in our ninety-second issue for 1998!

The Church is populated by humans, but founded by the Divine

     The Holy Father continues his discourse on Say "Yes" to the Church and you say "Yes" to Jesus. Today he emphasizes that Jesus, Who was human like us in all things except sin, became the immolated Lamb to take away our sins. We confirm this at every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at the Agnus Dei. For the second part of this discourse by Pope John Paul II, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

With all the noise around us, only the soul is in a state of quiet!

     That is one of the points emphasized today by Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. in his weekly column on "How to Pray with and from the Heart." He continues his take on "Shortcuts to the Heart" with the second part of this, reminding us in order to let the Holy Spirit "catch" us, we need to slow down. Father brings home the point that this is probably the most important step in praying with and from the heart. Click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK

April 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer, to open yourselves to God as a flower opens itself to the rays of the morning sun. Little children, do not be afraid. I am with you and I intercede before God for each of you so that your heart receives the gift of conversion. Only in this way, little children, will you comprehend the importance of grace in these times and God will become nearer to you. Thank you for having responded to my call.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

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    McDonald's has nothing on the Church; One billion and counting!

          It has just been revealed that there have been one billion served. We're not talking hamburgers, we're talking souls! That is now the official number of Catholics in the world - one billion - according to a census report released by the Vatican late last week. The numbers were compiled from bishops' figures submitted throughout the world and estimating the number of underground Catholics in North Korea and Red China where the exact figures are not available. For more, click on one billion Catholics

    Murder of Swiss Guard Commander-elect Alois Estermann and his wife were evidently premeditated in suicide note left by Tornay

          A suicide note left by disgruntled Swiss Guard Cedric Tornay to his mothers just hours before he gunned down his superior officer Alois Estermann and his wife Gladys points to the fact that he knew exactly what he was doing. These facts came to light with the release in the Italian press of excerpts written by Tornay earlier on last Monday, the day of the murders. One newspaper, known for being reputable, published the words of the note in its entirety. For more, click on Suicide note.

    Speaking of suicides: Arrest of suicide doctor could put an end to it!

         They caught Al Capone on tax fraud, maybe this time they can make resisting arrest stick for Jack Kevorkian and a fellow doctor who were arrested outside a Detroit suburban hospital after delivering another body. The difference this time is that the dead man was a quadriplegic and could not have injected himself, thus making it a homicide, not a suicide. Though Kevorkian was released on bail, you can bet authorities will try to pin the wrap on the so-called "suicide doctor" to once and for all put an end to his penchant for euthanasia. For more, click on Suicide is a homicide.

    Holy Father heading for Croatia in the Fall

          The Vatican announced late last week that his holiness John Paul II will be visiting Croatian this coming October where he will beatify Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac who shielded many Jews from persecution by the Communists in Yugoslavia. For this he was imprisoned and it is where he died. With the announcement of the Pope's visit, speculation again begins to surface that the Holy Father might possibly make a side trip south to Medjugorje. For more. click on Croatia.

    The inmates are running the prison, literally!

          Colorful Benton County Sheriff Andy Lee must feel like Moses when he brought the ten commandment tablets down from Sinai and discovered they were rejecting him and the new laws. That is because a Judge from Bentonville, Arkansas upheld a prisoner's complaint that Lee's posting of the "Ten Benton County Jail Rules," patterned after the Ten Commandments, offended the inmate's rights. Wait a second, who said prisoners have rights? Don't they lose such privileges when they are convicted? Evidently not according to the Judge. It's sad because if anyone needs God it's the prisoners and now they'll be deprived because of one crackpot atheist. For more. click on Ridiculous decision.

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"Expel the arrogant man and discord goes out; strife and insult cease."

Proverbs 23: 10

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COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 599 and counting, hoping and praying...

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