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A chorus of crosses can be pure harmony
In this weekend's issue we debut a new feature that we will bring you every weekend. It is a heart-rendering sharing of the trials and triumphs that the Hidden Flower has experienced as a locutionist over the years in an honest, soul-searching style that will illuminate all as to what it means to suffer for the glory of God. For her first rendition this weekend, click on SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
Don't put it off until tomorrow, you could regret it!
In her column this weekend Sister Mary Lucy Astuto shares with us a special story someone sent her which deals with the preciousness of life. Sister helps us better understand the point of the article in her weekly column entitled A STORY TO LIVE BY. Click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Saint Isidore highlights mid-May
As countless farmers prepare the spring crops, they can take solace and the intercession of Saint Isidore, the patron saint of farmers and cropworkers. We also celebrate the final Sunday before the Solemnity of the Ascension and on Monday is not only the Sixth Monday in Easter but also the Feast of Pope Saint John I which also happens to be the 78th birthday of our beloved Pope John Paul II. For the weekend's liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on the saints, click on LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.
Monthly Message for
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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NEWS & VIEWS>with a Catholic slant
Pope recalls near-death experience seventeen years ago and Our Lady's intercession in saving his life
In his weekly audience, the Holy Father made it a point to once again give full credit to Our Lady of Fatima for interceding for him after he had been shot in St. Peter's Square on May 13, 198 by gunman Mehmet Ali Agca and thanked all who had prayed so hard for his recovery. Earlier, he conducted a liturgy for the Asian Bishops at the close of the Asian Synod, calling for prayers for China and promising special attention toward Asia and their role in the new millennium. For more, click on Pope's message
It's time to get back to the ABC's of our Faith, Cardinal Ratzinger's secretary announces
The Secretary for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Archbishop Bertone spoke out strongly that too many do not know the basics or basis of our faith and he is alarmed to the point that something needs to be done about it. He decried the fact that Catholics cannot reach an understanding even among themselves because of their ignorance to the Doctrines. He made his comments to an Italian university publication. For more, click on ABC's of Faith.
Ban on transporting women across state borders for the purpose of obtaining an abortion gains support in the House
Republicans in the House of Representatives push on to curb abortion by introducing bill after bill to defy the pro-death stance of the Bill who stands in their way - Bill Clinton. The bill would make it illegal to transport a woman across state lines to get an abortion. In a similar story, a Catholic pharmacist won a landmark decision from the South Dakota legislature that allows him not to sell medicine that would promote abortion, suicide or euthanasia. Planned Parenthood cried foul but it was a victory for pro-lifers. For more, click on Pro-life legislation.
When push comes to shove, maybe Cyprus would be better off on the outside looking in
That sentiment could be the best avenue for the island of Cyprus to take after being bullied by the Council of Europe to legalize homosexuality. Cyprus is reluctant to comply and more power to them. Over a century ago some wise legislators passed a law that makes the practice of sodomy a crime. Too bad the rest of Europe doesn't take a cue from tiny Cyprus and wise up to what's right in the eyes of God. To push for promoting homosexuality under the guise of human rights is an abomination before the Almighty that will be avenged. For more, click on And a little nation shall lead them.
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The hype is misplaced
Thursday night a nation was glued to their TV sets waiting in anticipation of the final Seinfeld episode, but how many will be in church on Sunday? That is the sad thing that we discuss in today's editorial on a show about nothing contrasted with a Way that has everything if only we see the signs. We take off on one of the famous lines of the show with our title, Yada, yada, yada is really nada in the overall scope of God's Master Plan! For our commentary, click on this weekend's CATHOLIC PewPOINT|
Events this weekend in Church History
For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
This weekend's Prayer is from the Opening Prayer of the Mass for Saint Isidore.
Lord God, all creation is yours, and you call us to serve You by caring for the gifts that surround us. May the example of Saint Isidore urge us to share our food with the hungry and to work for the salvation of all mankind.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"Train a boy in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not swerve from it." Proverbs 23: 6
- A special tribute to Pope John Paul II on the occasion of his 78th birthday contained in our feature THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
- Father Stephen Valenta's column
- May 18th in Church History in our Time Capsule section: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
- Liturgy of the Day featuring Pope Saint John I
- ...and much more in our ninty-sixth issue for 1998!
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