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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer commemorates Saint Bernardine of Siena as reflected in the Opening Prayer of the Mass:
Father, You gave Saint Bernardine a special love for the Holy Name of Jesus. By the help of his prayers, may we always be alive with the spirit of Your love.
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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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- Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on the May 21st
- Liturgy of the Day for the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord and the Sixth Friday of Easter
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No feature or editorial today. Editor's caught a virus!|
They say you can't keep a good man down, but some sort of virus is suring trying it's hardest. With the editor fighting a fever, we've abbreviated today's and tomorrow's Holy Day issue, bringing you everything but the feature series and the editorials. Since this editor doesn't have a lap-top it's tough to lug the tower and monitor into the bedroom and I'm under doctor's orders to stay in bed, but the show must go on so we're bringing you an abbreviated edition for the next few days. Please be patient and thank you for your understanding. And now, on with the show...
Speaking of sicknesses: What about the terrible Famine in the USA?
In his column today, Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. addresses the terrible famine mentioned above which isn't about food, but about our the growing famine of faith in the Word of God and he expresses great alarm that this is weakening the circulatory system of America as he continues his work on Faith. For his fortieth installment, The Prayer of Faith, click on Keys to Living God's Will
Time to switch long distance companies?
That might be a possibility in the humorous bit in today's mid-week humor page which we resurrect after a few week hiatus and in lieu of our regular mega series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS today. For a chuckle or two, click on A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN
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NEWS & VIEWS
The Quiet Pope could make noise as a Saintly Pope
Despite all the unfair criticism against Pope Pius XII, known as the "Quiet Pope," many believe it will not hinder the progress being made in advancing his canonization. That comes from Father Pierre Blet, the French Jesuit and only living historian from the pontificate of Pius XII and the Second World War. He blames diplomatic and political reasons, as well as negative pressure from Jewish groups, for the delays in accelerating the 260th successor of Peter for beatification and then canonization. Regardless, he is still optimistic that Pius XII will someday be a saint. For more, click on Pope Pius XII
Glasnost in the Vatican as thaw continues with Red Army seranading Holy Father
Talk about strange bedfellows! Who'd a thunk it a decade ago? But it is a reality. We're talking about the fact the Russian Red Army chorus who will sing the Pater Noster at the Vatican on the Solemnity of the Ascension. It is a good sign in the face of the cold-war between Rome and the Russian Orthodox church which is stalemating efforts to get together. The program, a salute to the development of Christianity, is bringing together countries from Eurasia and the Mideast. For more, click on Red Army.
Romania rubs Catholics the wrong way with hollow call for unity in the face of confiscated properties still not turned over to the Church
Trying to smooth over the severe shortage of Catholic churches in Romania because of confiscation, the Romanian President Emil Constantinescu chose the politically correct and Pontius Pilate method for seeking peace by telling Catholics gathered at the church where he spoke in Blaj, Romania, that they need to settle their differences with the Orthodox Church without making any demands of the Romanian Orthodox Church that they return the rightful property of the Catholic Church to the faithful Catholics of Romania. For more, click on Romanian ruse.
Iraq stumping the Vatican and Europe in hopes of calling off the wolves of embargo
Despite the despot Saddam Hussein, the people are the victims of the stringent embargo placed on Iraq and the Holy See, after meeting with vice premier Tarik Aziz and the strong urging of Patriarch Raphael I, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad, called for an end to the embargo, explaining that the people have suffered for it, especially the poor of Iraq. For more, click on Iraqui embargo.
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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the Sixth Wednesday of Easter and the Feast of Saint Bernardine of Siena. For the liturgy, readings, and meditations and story of this Franciscan Bishop and Missionary, as well as tomorrow's Solemnity of the ASCENSION OF OUR LORD INTO HEAVEN, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"There is no wisdom, no understanding, no counsel, against the Lord." Proverbs 21: 30