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May 13, 1998             SECTION ONE              vol 9, no. 93

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Eighty-one is a significant number!

     The reason eighty-one is so important this year is because of its relationship with both Fatima and Medjugorje, which the Blessed Mother confirmed was inextricably linked to all she had begun at Fatima. Today is the eighty-first anniversary of the first apparition in Fatima, Portugal when Our Lady first appeared in 1917 to visionaries Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia, the latter who is still alive today. The tie-in of eighty-one to Medjugorje is based on the fact that it was June 24, 1981 when the Gospa first appeared to the visionaries at what would become Mary's special Oasis of Peace in the former Yugoslavia, and now Bosnia-Herzegovina. It was in her 1991 August 25th Message to visionaries Jakov Colo, Ivan Dragicevic, Marija Pavlovic, and Vicka Ivankovic when Our Lady imparted the words, "I invite you to renunciation for nine days so that, with your help, everything I wanted to realize through my secrets, which I began in Fatima, will be fulfilled.". She has made several more references to the link between Fatima and Medjugorje, as well as Lourdes. Just as Fatima was the opening chapter of the twentieth century, so Medjugorje will be the closing chapter of this century as we await the glorious Triumph of the Immaculate Heart promised at Fatima. But Lourdes plays a major role in this as we just discovered today via e-mail. There are five prophecies Our Lady imparted to Saint Bernadette which were lost for some time until being discovered in an iron box in the bowels of the Vatican by a priest researching the material. For our first part of a two-part editorial that is quite powerful, we ask you to click on today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT

The Triumph: Anticipation or Apathy?

Michael Cain, editor

Fatima played a major role in the development and fruits of Garabandal

     In the sixty-seventh installment of our megaseries on Blessed Mary's appearances in modern times, we continue our treatise on Garabandal with our final installment of the testimony by Father Richard Gilsdorf in which he attests to the influence of Fatima on Garabandal and what the messages of Garabandal mean for a world that has become so callous and so scientific that they have forgotten God. Today he finishes up his testimony on the fruits of this apparition which converted him to an appreciation for the orthodox and traditional viewpoint of Holy Mother Church. Through Garabandal he saw the error of his ways. For part fourteen - GARABANDAL: For whom the Bells Toll! Testimony to the Fruits of Garabandal part three, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS

Part Fourteen

GARABANDAL: For whom the Bells Toll! - Testimony to the Fruits of Garabandal part three

Installment Sixty-seven
[ We complete the touching testimony by Father Richard Gilsdorf that was printed in Garabandal magazine back in 1990. Following is his account illustrating through word the fruits of Garabandal.]

"Jesus offers the sweet water of life eternal to all who will drink"

     That philosophy is what Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. espouses in his column today as he continues his take on "Vertical Growth: Our Cooperation" with part seven. He emphasizes that "your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goes about seeking someone to devour" as Saint Peter affirms in 1 Peter 5: 8. Fr. John cautions us to be careful and not be that "someone" but rather to trust and believe, giving us the story of clear, fresh water if only we are willing to believe and take that leap of faith. If we do, we can be assured Jesus will quench our thirst with everlasting joy. For his thirty-seventh installment of "Faith: Key to the Heart of God," click on Keys to Living God's Will

"Faith: Key to the Heart of God"

Thirty-Ninth Installment: Vertical Growth:Our Cooperation part seven


In honor of the 81st anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima, today's Prayer is the Fatima Prayer that we should say at the end of every decade of our Rosary after the Glory Be:

Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy Mercy.


     Even though liturgically it is not celebrated, it is the anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima, approved by the Church. In Church liturgy it is an Easter Weekday, but not so tomorrow when we celebrate the Feast of the Apostle Saint Matthias. For the liturgy, readings, meditations for today and a vignette on tomorrow's feast of Saint Matthias, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Wednesday, May 13, 1998

Thursday, May 14, 1998


      Known as the "After" Apostle, Saint Matthias won out over fellow disciple Barsabbas to take the place of the defector Judas after Jesus' Ascension into Heaven. Matthias had been a devoted disciple of Our Lord since being present when John the Baptist baptized the Messiah. Needing to make the number twelve again in accordance with the needs of the new Church, the Apostles gathered in the same upper room where Christ had instituted the Holy Eucharist and then appeared to them after the Resurrection. There, they decided on two candidates and left the rest up to the Spirit of Christ, Which was, of course, the Holy Spirit. The Divine light shone upon Matthias through the method of casting lots. It was a precursor of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday where Matthias, now one of the twelve, was instilled with the gifts and strength of the Holy Ghost, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. Matthias preached the Gospel and the virtues of self-denial wherever he was sent, ultimately ending up in Ethiopia in Africa where he was martyred for his beliefs in the city of Colchis. Though little is truly known about this "last" Apostle, he was renowned for his virtues, chief among them the mortification of the flesh.

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

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May 13, 1998 volume 9, no. 93   DAILY CATHOLIC