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Events this weekend in Church History
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LITURGY FOR WEEKEND OF THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Even though the Feast of Saint Michael is celebrated on September 29th, it is May 8th when the Apparition of St. Michael is commemorated. This was an event that occurred in 525 in Rome when the Archangel appeared on Monte Gergano and directed that a church be erected on that spot. Though all the saints intercede for us, St. Michael is special because he is God's right-hand general, always at the ready to defend us in our battles with satan and those influenced by satan. Thus today's prayer is taken from the Confraternity of the Precious Blood booklet, "My Daily Prayer."
O God, Who hast constituted the services of angels and men in a wonderful order, mercifully grant that those who ever stand before Thy presence and serve Thee in Heaven, may also guard and defend us upon earth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
PROVERB OF THE DAY
"A worthy wife is the crown of her husband, but a disgraceful one is like rot in his bones."
Proverbs 12: 4
In adversity love conquers all!
Whether it is the love of the Mother of Mother's - the Blessed Virgin Mary or the love of our own earthly mothers and our wives - the mothers of our children - God has a reason why couples vow "for better or worse." While we all want "better" we must be willing to accept the worse and if we do so willingly for the sake of His Will, then a marriage will be the best no matter how many slings and arrows life throws at the couple. Such is the case with us as we celebrate our seventeenth wedding anniversary this weekend and there is both joy and sadness, joy in the manner our bond has been strengthened, and sadness that a part of us - this ministry, after nine years of bearing great fruit, is in dire straits of being chopped down by the apathy of God's children and financial woes. For the commentary, Our marriage will go on but the life of this ministry depends on you! click on the this weekend's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Blessed Mary is the epitome of love!
May is a time for reminiscing, especially back to the traditional times of May Processions and crowning of Mary and the memorable tunes that were synonymous with Catholic liturgy and Catholic hymns that stay with us through life. Such is the scenario Sister Mary Lucy Astuto sets for the reader. For her column this weekend entitled "ON THIS DAY, O BEAUTIFUL MOTHER", click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Through Mary there is unity in sharing the care of souls
Our site this weekend and recipient of the GOLDEN CHALICE AWARD is special in that it is an evangelistic site that sets the stage for what we must do after the great illumination of the soul - the Warning when it is anticipated many will flock back to the True Church. At the Mother of Unity website they offer step-by-step procedures in both straightening our own lives and paving the way to help others at an individual and parish level. It is a site well worth visiting and bookmarking. For this weekend's review, click on SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Reconciliation and Mercy mark the Slain Swiss Guard Funerals
It was the funeral Mass for suspected killer Swiss Guard Cedric Tornay that brought home the love, mercy and reconciliation exhibited by slain Swiss Commander-elect Alois Estermann's parents when they embraced the parents of Tornay at the Kiss of Peace. While some might call for vengeance, both sets of parents felt the deep loss of their sons and in that bond there was unity and understanding. For more, click on Funeral Masses
Devastating Mudslides strike area of Campania, Italy
Two hours of torrential rains of biblical proportions over a mountainous region left barren by earthquakes and volcano activity over the years, have left the city of Sarno and other parts of this region south of Naples devastated with thousands homeless and many feared dead or missing. The powerful force of nature has left this area reeling in disbelief as Pope John Paul II extended his deepest sympathies to the people of this area and called on all to pray for the victims. Conditions have worsened with the mud hardening as the Sarno River resides, making it more difficult to extract those trapped as extensive rescue efforts got underway. For more, click on Mudslide disaster.
Guatamalan authorities indict murder suspect of human rights bishop.
Ten days after Auxiliary Bishop Juan
Gerardi Conedra was brutally murdered, Guatamalan law authorities feel they have the culprit, enough to formally charge twenty-four year old Carlos Enrique Vielman with his murder. Determination on whether it was a sole act of violence on Vielman's part or part of a larger conspiracy because of Conedra's outspoken policy on human rights is still being determined. For more, click on Arrest to read more.
Despite support for religious persecution bill, International Relations Committee caving in to Clinton pressure
Even though the House Ways and Means Committee passed a much-needed religious persecution bill, much of it had lost its teeth due to compromises made by the International Relations Committee in trying to appease Bill Clinton whose agenda is not in alignment with the bill and who is striving to favor China despite their miserable record of religious persecution. For more, click on religious persecution bill to read more.
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April 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
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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