May 18, 1998
Pope John Paul II on his 78th Birthday

May 18, 1998

vol. 9, no. 96


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Today's prayer is in honor of Pope Saint John I, and is taken from the Opening Prayer of the Mass

God, our Father, rewarder of all who believe, hear our prayers as we celebrate the martyrdom of Pope John. Help us to follow him in loyalty and faith.

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Pope John Paul II is 78 today
     We are living in a very special time as Jesus has told us through Scripture and through His very Own Blessed Mother to whom our 264th Supreme Pontiff has dedicated his papacy. For these special times we have been gifted from God a special Pope - our beloved Pope John Paul II who today celebrates his 78th Birthday. Having been elected as one of the youngest pontiffs in modern times in October, 1978 he has wisely led the Church through these perilous times as he steers the Barque of Peter ever closer to the Twin pillars envisioned by Saint John Bosco.
Animated gifs of Holy Father used with permission of EWTN        Holy Father is intricately linked with Fatima and the Triumph
We are on the brink of the great Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as she promised at Fatima which is intricately linked with this great Pope. Today we celebrate his birthday with a special salute, a recounting of his great life from the his earliest years through his priestly life to years as bishop and cardinal to the papal years. For this special "Life of John Paul the Great," click on CELEBRATING JOHN PAUL II's BIRTHDAY

A Contradiction of the heart, but not the Holy Spirit: Rev up and slow down!
Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. In his conclusion of his short series on "Shortcuts to the Heart" Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. gives us a seemingly contradictory scenario. He asks us to rev up and then slow down. On the surface it doesn't make sense, but when Father explains that by placing ourselves in the care of the Holy Spirit then it all makes perfect sense for when we rev-up to the invitation of the Sanctifier then He allows us to slow down and listen to Him through and with our hearts, making it that much purer a prayer from the heart. To find out more, click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
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    Good news in Wisconsin: No abortions for now!
    Partial ban halts all abortion in Wisconsin     Leave it to the cheeseheads to get it right! A federal judge's refusal to allow a partial-birth abortion ban passed by the legislature has had a reverse effect. Rather than abortuaries to continue with the business of murder as usual, they have all closed down in an effort to influence the media and lawmakers that such a ban would close them down forever. They don't realize they're playing right into God's hands and the longer they protest, the safer the babies-to-be will be. For more, click on Wisconsin abortion ban

    House of Representatives overwhelmingly passes religious persection billHouse overwhelmingly passes Religious Persecution Bill
          In an overwhelming 375-41 vote, the House of Representatives late last week passed the controversial Religious Persecution Bill which would force the President to confer with a special State Department Office regulating sanctions. Clinton has vowed to veto it, claiming it is bad for the economy and would tie his hands, but the tremendous yes vote for the bill might force him to alter his thinking. Next stop for the bill's passage, the Senate later in the year. For more, click on House vote.

    Vatican explains Document on Shoahto Jewish Leaders
    President of Pontifical Commission for Relations with the Jews meets with American Jews to clarify Shoah document
         For the most point an American Jewish Group received well further explanations on the document "We Remember the Shoah" by its author Cardinal Edward Isdris Cassidy of Australia late last week at the Vatican. Their only complaint was that the Vatican did not go far enough in deliniating between old Anti-Semetic prejudices from past history and the Nazi anti-Semetic persecution. However Cassidy, president of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, reiterated that old prejudices evolved from pagan antagonists, not Christians and the purpose of the document was to educate Christians to the atrocities to assure it would never happen again. For more, click on Shoah explanation.

    Holy Father tells Pauline family to get house in order
    Fr. Don Giacomo Alberione, Founder of the Society of St. Paul     Urging the Society of Saint Paul to return to the ideals of its founder Father Don Giacomo Alberione who founded the Society in 1914 and the Daughters of St. Paul in 1915, Pope John Paul II let chapter members of the Pauline family know in no uncertain terms that they must settle their differences. The order, known for its expertise and mission in the communcations field, has come under scrutiny in recent years for their editorial stance that has been in question regarding Church teaching, thus misleading many of the faithful. For more, click on Society of St. Paul.

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Besides being the Sixth Monday of Easter, today is also the feast of the martyred Pope, Saint John I who was the 53rd successor of Peter in the sixth century. For his story and the liturgy, readings, and meditations, for today and tomorrow, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

"He who oppresses the poor blasphemes his Maker, but he who is kind to the needy glorifies him."
Proverbs 14: 31

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