May 12, 1998

May 12, 1998

vol. 9, no. 92


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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, which is also the feast of Saints Nereus, Achilleus, and Pancras as well as tomorrow's Mass for Easter Weekday, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.


Today we bring you the prayer honoring the marytrs we celebrate today and is taken from "My Daily Prayer," published by Confraternity of the Precious Blood.

May this happy festival of Thy Martyrs Nereus, Achilleus, Domitilla, and Pancras defend us from all evil, O Lord, and may it render us worthy of Thy service. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.


  • The Sixty-eighth installment of our on-going mega series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS on Garabandal: A Testimony to the Fruits of Garabandal - part three

  • Father John Hampsch's column on Vertical Faith and Our Cooperation

  • A pertinent and timely editorial in the Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on May 13th, the 81st anniversary of the First Apparition at Fatima.

  • Liturgy for Wednesday and Thursday

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

A breath of fresh air in the Church during the thirteenth century with the emergence of Blessed Gregory X, A man of justice.

     In the throes of malaise and low morale, the Church rallied from a vacancy of nearly three years without a supreme pontiff to elect a man who would restore peace to Europe and bring stability to the Holy See for a long time, enforcing measures at the Council of Lyons that would assure there would never be a lull in the election of a pope again. The story of Blessed Pope Gregory X is the subject matter of today's sixty-eighth installment in which we see the justice he wielded both as pope and as a holy man governing his flock. Click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH

To be people of Justice we must follow the Cardinal Virtues

     Today Our Lord imparts in Lesson #85 on THE CARDINAL VIRTUE OF JUSTICE the necessity to be just in all things, to not judge but rather to let God be the judge and treat all justly, sharing with all and fulfilling the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. That is true Justice. Today's Lesson/Meditation is among 100 imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in 1995 by Jesus and His Blessed Mother. Click on THE HIDDEN WAY

Trusting in Jesus and living the messages without questioning them will help bring about God's Justice sooner

     That is the subject matter of today's editorial after we dispense of some in-house matters that may make it easier for all to receive the DAILY CATHOLIC. Once that is completed in the first few paragraphs, we launch into the meat of today's commentary on the problems with wanting to know too much and chasing messengers and messages for that purpose while forgetting what Jesus and His Holy Mother are trying to convey. For the Tuesday editorial, We can't always be sure what lies ahead, but we can be sure we're on the right track if we trust in Jesus and do all He asks, click on today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT

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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News Service


    Vatican brings old commander out of mothballs to maintain morale of Swiss Guard

          Rather than immediately nominating a new commander for the Swiss Guard in the wake of Alois Estermann's death last week, the former commander Colonel Roland Buchs-Binz pledged his support to the Holy Father by voluntarily coming out of retirement to lead the Swiss Guard garrisons once more. His reasoning is to keep the morale up and not let the Guard drop their guard while the Pope ponders a replacement. For more, click on Swiss Guard Commander

    Pope takes time to beatify twelve more at St. Peter's Square on Sunday

         The Holy Father brought canonization that much closer for a Lebonese monk of the Maronite sect, ten martyred nuns from the Spanish Civil War, and another Spanish nun, a Carmelite, whose father was also the Spanish Ambassador to the Vatican. She was not, however, beatified for that connection but rather for her dedication to following the Will of God and founding several convents as well as the Association of Saint Therese. For more, click on Beatifications.

    Red China trying to put on best face by releasing aged bishop but beware, it's only a smoke screen!

         With Bill Clinton's pending trip to Communist China, the Red Chinese authorities made a token gesture by releasing a frail and very old Catholic bishop from a hard labor camp. However he is not completely free, still being under house arrest which only proves the point that it is a smoke screen in China's bid to receive favored nation's status from Clinton. But Republicans don't buy it and are lobbying long and hard to enforce embargos on countries that practice religious persecution such as China and the Sudan. For more, click on Red China.

    Guatamalan Bishops want direct "red line" to Government, not red tape!

         Declining an invitation from the Guatamala Government to take part in the investigation of the murder of human rights Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera who was mercilessly beaten to death a few weeks ago, the Guatamalan Bishops' Conference instead asked for more, requesting a direct line to the Government without having to go through the red tape of committees and other procedures that bog down in the translation and time-wise. They feel it is vital in their effort to minister to the people and their needs as their shepherds. For more. click on Guatamalan Bishops' Conference.

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"The just man surpasses his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray."

Proverbs 12: 26

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COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 598 and counting, hoping and praying...

May 12, 1998       volume 9, no. 92

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