May 29-31, 1998

Pentecost Weekend Issue

May 29-31, 1998
vol. 9, no. 104


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  • The high and low notes a mother's love

         In this weekend's issue we bring you the second part of A Mother's suffering can reach the highest notes in Heaven in 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 and a wife and mother 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 third rendition this weekend deals with the trials of a mother who suffers with her children, especially a sick son. She strives to take his suffering to herself in order to alleviate his pains and feelings of hopelessness. Click on SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING


    "He who walks uprightly fears the Lord, but he who is devious in his ways spurns Him."

    Proverbs 14: 2

    May 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

       Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer and sacrifice, to prepare yourselves for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Little children, this is a time of grace and so, again, I call you to decide for God the Creator. Allow Him to transform and change you. May your heart be prepared to listen to, and live, everything which the Holy Spirit has in His plan for each of you. Little children, allow the Holy Spirit to lead you on the way of truth and salvation towards eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call.
    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE


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      Cardinal of Los Angeles to undergo Cancer Surgery

            Cardinal Roger Mahony, head of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, has announced he has prostate cancer and will undergo surgery on June 15 in LA. Recovery is expected to take up to six to eight weeks. He reflected in a news conference Thursday on the same fate that befell his close friend, the late liberal Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, commenting on his own mortality. Though we have agreed to disagree with his eminence, nevertheless, we pray sincerely for his recovery and respect his position as one of the princes of the Church. For more, click on Cardinal Mahony

      Church leaders mull over regulations for Lay Movements

            On the second day of the Lay Movement Conference in Rome, various influential Church leaders expressed concern that the lay organizations that are burgeoning throughout the world must be governed by hierarchy, else their spontaneity could cause a clash with the hierarchy if they are not answerable for their actions. While this does not greatly concern all lay organizations, it would encompass all of them and it is another reason for this first conference of its kind at the Vatican. For more, click on Lay Conference

      The mouse may not be so gay after Operation Rescue invades his domain

           If someone were to ask Flip Benham, the Dallas headquartered head of Operation Rescue, where he was going next, he might reply "I'm going to Disneyworld!" And indeed he is, but he won't be going there for the rides or attractions, but rather to lead a protest against Disney and their "Gay Day" next weekend when over 100,000 homosexuals and lesbians are expected to descend on the Magic Kingdom. Benham hopes to work his own magic on influencing the entertainment giant who, in the last several years, has betrayed the family concept the founder Walt Disney so faithfully fostered. For more, click on Disney.

      Cardinal Ratzinger warns about turning Jubilee into a circus

           Expressing strong concern as to all the hullabaloo over planned events for the Jubilee 2000 year, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger met with the press and asserted that the focus of the Jubilee cannot be one of perpetual celebration in a secular sense but to remember what we are celebrating - the 2000th anniversary of Christ's birth. He called on all Catholics, including those gathered for the Lay Conference, to use the Jubilee as a tool for evangelization. For more, click on Jubilee.

      Chile's new archbishop asserts that restoring concept of Family is the key to protecting the children

           The new archbishop of Santiago, Chile Archbishop Francisco Errazuriz called for a return to family values as key to protecting and supporting children everywhere. He made the remarks in the face of political pressure to pass a "Law of Parenthood." His first measure was to reopen his predecessor's answer to this, the Family Pastoral Department in Santiago. For more, click on Families.

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    This weekend's Prayer is in honor of the Feast of Pentecost, honoring the Holy Spirit Click on PRAYERS & DEVOTION

    Celebrating the Birthday of the Church: Pentecost

         Sunday is the glorious Solemnity of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary in fulfillment of the promise of her Divine Son Jesus Who told His disciples that He would send His Spirit and that He would be with us always. This feast, which separates Easter Time from Ordinary Time, is generally regarded as the "birthday of the Church" though it has its origins in Matthew 16: 18, when Christ said to Peter His chosen Apostle, "Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." For the liturgy, readings, explanation and meditation for Pentecost as well as the last two days of Easter Time and the Feast of the martyred Saint Justin on Monday, click on LITURGY FOR PENTECOST WEEKEND

    On the next-to-the-last Pentecost of this Millennium, are we warming to the Holy Spirit? Or is the world icy in its reception? Here are the cold facts:

         In this weekend's editorial, we bring you the second part of the editorial begun yesterday in which we detail how satan's "black fire" has created enough smoke that it has slowly been blotting out the shining Son. This has created a frost among souls and as the temperature plummets so does virtue and common sense, until the soul is frozen in a glacial mass. Only by heeding God's Will and His Commands can we hope for a thaw of so many hearts and souls, iced in indifference and rebellion. That is the subject of this weekend's commentary Cryogenics of the Soul. Click on this weekend's CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    Pentecost honors the Sanctifier in the Year of the Holy Spirit

         In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto, emphasizes the significance of the Year of the Holy Spirit and this year's Pentecost, that day that transformed a cowardly band of men into bold, courageous saints who would go to the ends of the earth (as known in those times) to spread the Gospel they had been given by their Master and to die for Him. She calls us to call on the Sanctifier to pour out His Spirit on us as well in these times which are so critical.. For her column, Holy Spirit, Pour Yourself Out on us!, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

    The Final Marian Dogma with Mark Miravalle's proposal to the Pope

         This weekend we bring you the final installment of our two part treatment on the Final Marian Dogma as a special insert in our on-going megaseries on the Church today with the rationale for the Holy Father proclaiming the Fifth Marian Dogma of Mary as CoRedemptrix, Advocate, and Mediatrix of all graces. The author is Dr. Mark Miravalle, an esteemed professor of Theology and Mariology at the prestigious Franciscan University at Stuebenville. Coincidentally, Pope John Paul II, who has been in contact with Mark and is well aware of the call for this special Dogma, has personally invited him to Rome this week. Though many believe his presence there is strictly for the Lay Conference that will finish up on Saturday. Regardless, the Holy Spirit is with the Holy Father and the Church as we focus on the Spouse of the Sanctifier. For the second part of Dr. Miravalle's rationale, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

    Events This Weekend in Church History

         For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on TIME CAPSULES: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

    Coming MONDAY


  • Father Stephen Valenta's column HEARTS TO HEART

  • June 1st in Church History in our Time Capsule section: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

  • Liturgy of the Day featuring Saint Justin

  • ...and much more in our 105th issue for 1998!

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    May 29-31, 1998       volume 9, no. 104

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