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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer is in honor of our deceased pastor whose funeral Mass is today Monsignor Thomas Healy. Since he was born in Ireland we send him out with a special Irish Prayer:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And the rain fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
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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.
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- Father John Hampsch's column KEYS TO LIVING GOD'S WILL
- THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
- A pertinent and timely editorial in the Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on the May 20th
- Liturgy of the Day for Wednesday and the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord on Thursday
- ...and much more in our ninety-eighth issue for 1998!
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A tale of Two Catholics who died last Thursday: One did it his way, the other did it God's Way
In today's editorial we parallel two Catholic gentlemen - one a pop icon who entertained millions and will be forever remembered for his music and movie roles. That of course was Frank Sinatra, who, bless his heart and soul, got his life together and came back to the Church through the influence and prayers of many, especially his wife Barbara. The other is also an icon, not globally but in Heaven and within his parish as a loving pastor who will be sorely missed for he was a living example of all Jesus asked of His priest-son. His music was a melody of love and compassion for all as a caring shepherd. For our moving tribute to Monsignor Thomas Healy, taken from us by a heart attack this past Thursday, click on today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT entitled, "From Here to Eternity!" |
Once a Dominican always a Dominican even a Pope.
In our sixty-eighth installment of our on-going mega series on Church history, we leave Blessed Pope Gregory X and follow the papacy of another beatified pontiff - Blessed Pope Innocent V who ruled for only four months but his spiritualiy and ties to Dominican greats Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Albert the Great as well as the great Franciscan theologian Saint Bonaventure helped prepare the Church for the burgeoning times ahead and his baptism of three Mongolian envoys of the Great Kahn were instrumental in bringing the faith to the far east as early as the late thirteenth century. For our chapter, "Blessed Pope Innocent V: First Dominican Pope," click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
It takes the nourishment of Fortitude to stay the course by mortifying our bodies to be spiritually fit!
Jesus emphasizes the quality of THE CARDINAL VIRTUE OF FORTITUDE in His 86th Lesson/Meditation to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart which is one in a series of 100 Meditative Lessons imparted to her. Today's feature Lesson stresses the importance of Fortitude and only by relying on it can we expect to outlast the wiles of satan and stay the course during these crucial last days of the pivotal time before the Third Millennium. The best way to nourish Fortitude is by fasting and sacrifice, thus losing the poundage and bondage of worldly addictions. Click on THE HIDDEN WAY
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Holy Father enjoys a quiet, relaxed birthday!
Pope John Paul II joked with youngsters the day before his birthday, then enjoyed the traditional cake and congratulations while spending a quiet, uneventful day in preparation for leading Holy Mother Church into the Third Millennium with Jubilee 2000. He was looking fit and spry in spite of physical setbacks over the last few years that have weakened him. He is ready, willing and able and we couldn't be happier. With God's help and Mercy, he'll be around a lot longer. For more, click on Holy Father's birthday
Trajedy mars First Communion Celebrations in Ireland
A reverent, solemn and celebratory Mass for First Communicants turned into a horror show in a Dublin, Ireland Catholic church Sunday. The sudden gunfire prompted the congregation to scatter for safety as a hit man opened up on a politician in what authorities are assuming was a drug deal gone bad in connection with the radical Sinn Fein party. No one was killed but the intended target and his son were shot and are recuperating in a local hospital along, ironically, with the assailant who was apprehended outside the church. For more, click on Dublin shooting.
Peruvian Bishops to Government: Leave our traditions alone!
Bishops in Peru reacted negatively to a proposal that would move four Holy Days of Obligation to Mondays regardless of when they occur during the week. Why the government is pushing this ridiculous bill through is beyond all understanding because 70 percent of the Peruvian people are against it. It has been tried in the Western United States and it is most confusing such as this week when most western states do not recognize the Solemnity of the Ascension on Thursday but rather will celebrate it on Sunday. Seems to us like that's a cop-out and we ask: what's wrong with celebrating Ascension Thursday? Peruvians and their bishops feel the same way and pledge to fight the proposal. For more, click on Holy Days of Obligation.
Could Kosovo go the way of Bosnia and other troubled spots? That's what Italian Catholic group warns.
The situation in Kosovo in the former Yugoslavia is growing increasingly worse, so much so, that Pax Christi Catholic organization for promoting peace has issued a warning that ethnic cleansing could intensify and human rights badly maligned if Kosovo is not given support by Italy and other nations and recognized soon. For more, click on Kosovo.
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LITURGY OF THE DAY
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PROVERB OF THE DAY"Better a dish of herbs where love is than a fatted ox and hatred with it." Proverbs 15: 17