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The melody of a mother's love
In this weekend's issue we bring you the second part of this new feature that we are bringing 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. Her second rendition this weekend deals with the trials of a mother who suffers with her children in hopes that they will grow in God's love and graces, just as the Blessed Mother suffers with her little ones, wanting the best for them. Click on SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
Seventh Sunday of Easter and a trifecta of saints on Monday
We celebrate the final week of Easter before the Solemnity of Pentecost next Sunday as the Novena for the Holy Father and discernment for him to make the right decision on proclaiming the Final Dogma continues this weekend up to next Sunday. Monday we celebrate the feasts of Saint Bede the Venerable, Doctor of the Church, Saint Gregory VII, Pope, and Saint Mary Magdalen di Piazzi, Virgin and Religious. In addition we look ahead to Tuesday and the feast of Saint Philip Neri. For the liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on the saints during this time, click on LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.
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
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
- Installment sixty-nine on Pope Hadrian V and John XXI: Short terms and sickness mars the papacy in THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- We return with another pertinent CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Lesson/Meditation #86 the Cardinal Virtue of Fortitude in THE HIDDEN WAY
- May 26th in Church History in our Time Capsule section: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
- Liturgy of the Day featuring Saint Philip Neri
- ...and much more in our 101st issue for 1998!
NEWS & VIEWS>with a Catholic slant
Pope pays special visit to Shroud of Turin this weekend as crowd count swells to over one million so far
This Sunday the Holy Father will make a special pilgrimage to Turin to view and reverence the famous Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth purported to have held Jesus and bequeathed to the Vatican by King Umberto. Rescued from a terrible fire a few years ago, it was finally put back on display April 19 and will continue to be shown for a few more weeks, closing on June 3rd. To date over one million have gone through the turnstiles to view the Shroud, hailing from all continents. For more, click on Shroud of Turin
US okays Miami Archdiocese to provide aid to Cuba, but Church officials alarmed at rash of abortions in Cuba as Communist plot to curb population
The Archdiocese of Miami applied for and received permission from the US Government to provide aid to needy Cubans on that tiny Communist island. Medical supplies will be flown in and distributed by Caritas. At the same time there is great consternation that abortions are on the rise as a ploy by Castro's regime to curb population, regardless of what Pope John Paul II preached during his trip there in January. For more, click on Cuba.
Mexican Bishops speak out strongly against those politicians who would hide behind the shield of religion
With elections in the near future throughout Mexico, Archbishop Jose Trinidad Perez of Durango issued a warning to the Mexican faithful that some politicians will say anything to garner votes, including using Catholicism to lure the poor and uneducated while not meaning a word. They are hypocrites and all voters need to be aware was the gist of the Archbishop's document, unanimously endorsed by the association of Mexican Bishops. For more, click on Mexican politicians.
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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
This weekend's Prayer is for Monday's feast of Saint Gregory VII the great Pope who was Hildebrand the Monk. It is taken from My Daily Prayer by the Confraternity of the Precious Blood
O God, the Strength of all who put their trust in Thee, Who didst strengthen Blessed Gregory, Thy confessor and Pontiff, with the virtue of constancy, that he might defend the liberty of Thy Church, grant us, by his example and intercession, courageously to overcome all that is against us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
Elementarymy dear Watson!|
This weekend is the139th birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, erstwhile deceased author of the fascinating Sherlock Holmes novels also featuring his trusted assistant Dr. Watson to whom Holmes often declared "Elementary, my dear Watson." What is truly elementary is the fact that Jesus Christ, Son of God is truly present in the Holy Eucharist. This weekend we bring you a site that reinforces this over and over with some of the best apologetics and scriptural proofs of the Real Presence of Our Lord, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. It is a site whose presence on the web is a true present in explaining the True Presence. For the recipient of this week's GOLDEN CHALICE AWARD, click on SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK
The Hound of the Baskervilles... or is it the Hounds of Hollywood!?!
Like Sherlock Holmes' nemesis Moriarity, the Catholic bashers cleverly continue to hound us as Sister Mary Lucy Astuto exposes in a bit of retrospect on a fairly old movie that is not all it was meant to be. For her column Hollywood makes "fools" of nuns, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
The Case of the Confused Catholic
This is what Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. treats as he begins a series entitled Let us clutch to our Faith and move on in which he touches on the confusion that reigns today from the lack of understanding the truths of the Church after Vatican II and how those, not true to the Church have betrayed their beloved truths by bowing to humanism and secularism, allowing satan to infiltrate. It is not a job for the master sleuth but rather for the Master - Jesus to solve if we only let Him. To find out more, click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
PROVERB OF THE DAY"The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that a man may avoid the snares of death." Proverbs 14: 27
588 - 587 -586 - 585 and counting,
hoping and praying...
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