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April 1, 1998             SECTION ONE              vol 9, no. 65



No Foolin! It's True! EWTN to stay 24 hours on the Dish Network!

     We have confirmation from EchoStar, the parent company for the DISH Network, that their previous plans of paring back EWTN to 12 hours a day have been scrapped because of the "overwhelming response" to their offices by concerned viewers. Therefore, they have come to the corporate decision to keep programming EWTN on a single channel without forcing it to share with America's Voice which had been the original plan. It is another proof of God's Mercy and evidence prayer and petition can accomplish anything. Even though this is April Fool's Day, it is no joke what satan wants to do and this news is yet another defeat for that biggest joker of all!

The real fools!

     We identify who the real fools are in today's editorial and they are those who do not heed Christ's command to "sin no more" as He told the woman accused of prostitution in John 8: 11. It was this passage which President Clinton heard while attending a traditional Mass in South Africa this past Sunday and in our commentary we call on the chief executive to "come clean" and then go and "sin no more." We equate America's response to the father who received his prodigal son back into the fold. But he and Hillary are not going to win any plaudits, but rather brickbats for purposely shaming Catholics by disregarding the sacred truths of the Eucharist by receiving Holy Communion at Holy Mass this past Sunday "because everyone else did." That's foolish! For our editorial On April Fool's Day the biggest fools are those who don't heed God's Laws!, click on today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT

On April Fool's Day the biggest fools are those who don't heed God's Laws!

     How ironic, timely and a God-incidence that President Bill Clinton chose this past Sunday to attend a Mass at Regina Mundi Catholic Church in South Africa. Not that the chief executive had a yearning to attend, but rather protocol demanded he be there. The fact he was there is news enough, but we wonder how many picked up on the Gospel for this past Sunday. As we all know it dealt with John's account of Jesus absolving the woman accused of prostitution with the assurance and counsel to "Neither will I condemn thee. Go thy way, and from now on sin no more." Those last three words are what so many forget. Defenders of Clinton's ways, those who say "leave the guy alone," "the economy's good," or "don't worry what he does in his private life" are quick to say "who among you will cast the first stone?" but they almost always forget those last three words: "sin no more."

      Unless you've been a hermit, you know the controversy surrounding the man who sits in the oval office and the derogatory and decadent way his accused trysts have occurred. It has not ony denigrated the office, but hardened the consciences and souls of so many Americans who have forgotten those three words. They are the final words we should hear when we exit the confessional each week or each month when, after the priest has given us absolution for our sins, he counsels us to "go, and sin no more." If, as he has been accused of, Bill Clinton is guilty of extramarital affairs and ammoral liasons then we cannot gloss over it glibly. That is wrong and no matter how much he and his cabinet endeavor to cover it up, nothing can be hidden from God. For him to continue this sinful behavior is wrong and for God-fearing people not to "throw stones" in the effect of bringing it to his attention and to others is wrong too. But just as Catholics have been gifted with the treasure of the Sacrament of Reconciliation wherein our slate is wiped clean and God not only forgives, but forgets, so also we must be willing to forgive and forget the wrongs Bill Clinton has done. However, if he shows no contrition, then we must speak out, we must not condone the sin. Christ has said to love the sinner, hate the sin. In America today the sin is exalted and the hardened sinner a role-model while those who strive to follow God's laws are accused of being politically incorrect and homophobes because they stand squarely against the sin of homosexuality and extramarital affairs. The Christian coalition has been raked over the coals for their strict adherence to God's laws while admonishing others for not following them. Three cheers for the CC. Sadly, too many Catholics have remained neutral to this, afraid to get involved, afraid to commit to God's truths and speak out. They cower at the news of a sexual abuse case in Dallas, afraid to admit they are Catholic so as to avoid any correlation with their faith and the crime, yet they glibly let Catholic-bashing go right over their heads not taking it personally because they don't take their faith personally. Believe us, folks, if you hear anyone bashing Catholics or our faith, you should take it personally. Christ and His Blessed Mother do! Not that we should be so sensitive as to object or complain about everything, but when we sit idly by without offering any resistance by speaking out against such travesties, then we become willing accomplices to those who are launching the attacks or jokes at Catholics' expense, not to mention that guy downstairs doing the orchestrating.

     One of those travesties was the disregard the President and the first lady had for the Holy Eucharist and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church when they deliberately received Holy Communion this past Sunday in South Africa. Just as there was righteous outrage when the Catholic president of Ireland received communion in the Anglican Episcopal church, so also there should be outright righteous indignation that Clinton would slap Catholics and their faith in the face with such a gesture. He can't plead ignorance because there are plenty of Catholics around him, dating back to James Caravello, the Louisiana hotshot who ran his first presidential campaign. We can't forget that Clinton also attended Georgetown University, a supposedly Catholic institution. He knows very well about the guidelines set down for the reception of Holy Communion as contained in Canon Law. There are specific passages which expressly prohibit someone from receiving Our Lord, present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist. Such are those who are in grave sin and are not in union with the Roman Catholic Church. The National Conference of Catholic Bishops have laid out the guidelines very specifically which are contained in the back of every missal or missalette. It was wrong and the Clintons knew it was wrong. For them to mock the Church's guidelines by refusing to acknowledge or respect the laws of the Roman Catholic Church is a direct affront against all loyal Catholics and should not be tolerated. We will stand strong in opposing the Clintons for their act of sacrilege as non-Catholics, but, in the spirit of Christ and the accused woman, we will not judge the "grave sin" aspect except to say: seek forgiveness!

     This year Forgiveness seems to be the watchword. Pope John Paul II has apologized for any inaction the Catholic Church and her people may have been guilty of in preventing the Holocaust. Realistically, we know the Church did all it could when one considers the causes and effects and the climate of that terrible time fifty plus years ago. Yet the Salome-like Jewish leaders clamor for more, wanting the head of scapegoat Pope Pius XII on a platter. But our present Holy Father will not play Herod, nor will he succumb to criticism and demands of this group who are playing politics and hardball with the Pope and the Church. Regardless of the wrongs the Church has committed, and over the centuries, there are many, the Church asks for forgiveness. So does Bishop Charles Grahmann, head of the Dallas See where former priest Rudy Kos has obliterated the reputation of that fine diocese and besmirched the trust of so many faithful. The Bishop asked for forgiveness and called on his diocese to fast for a year on Fridays. Just yesterday the Christian Brothers, a staple in many Catholic High Schools throughout the States, formally apologized from their headquarters for child abuse over the years. Anyone who ever had a CB for a teacher can appreciate this for they had a reputation for being the toughest knuckle rappers in the Church, far surpassing Sister Mary Feelnopain in grade school. Yes, wrongs were done, but as the Lord's Prayer, given to us by Jesus Himself, says "Forgive us our tresspasses as we forgive those who tresspass against us." Forgiveness is not relegated only to the Church, secular institutions, other religions and individuals have gone on record lately in asking forgiveness for grievances committed, including a personal apology to Bill Clinton from the writer who sparked "Troopergate" in Arkansas.

      So while all are in this forgiving mood, it's your turn, Mr. President. What better time than now to come clean? Fess up to whatever wrongs you have done. Not only are the American people a forgiving lot, but so is God as we all know. We all know Bill Clinton is a sinner, this editor is a sinner, this editor's family, spiritual director, pastor and parishioners are sinners, our readers are sinners, all in Holy Mother Church including our beloved supreme pontiff are sinners. That is not a black mark against us, it is called Original Sin. But Christ gave us an out, a way to shed sin and embrace His graces. Sunday in Johannesburg, God tweaked Bill Clinton's heart and conscience with this timely Gospel and hopefully it found its mark deep in his soul. Next to him was Hillary Clinton who needs a little tweaking as well. Hopefully she was touched and converted to doing the right thing as well. Come, clean, Mr. President. Just say that you apologize for what you have put the American people through and those affected and ask for a deep, merciful forgiveness - first from God, then the American people. That's all there is to it. Though you are not Catholic you did attend a Catholic University where you have to be aware of what confession was. You had to have some envy in your fellow Catholic colleagues who had the Sacrament of Penance to salve the wounded heart and psyche. No one expects you to convert to Catholicism - though we continue to pray for that so you can truly, legitimately receive Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist - but in the spirit of the Sacrament, God will forgive you if you will only be totally honest with the American people. We all make mistakes, we have all fallen. But, as Sister Mary Lucy Astuto loves to remind all, there is no shame in falling, only in failing to get up. So get up, Mr. President. We're pulling for you, not politically, but for your soul. You see there is another Gospel passage you may have heard about. It concerns the prodigal son in which Jesus relates about the celebration of "one who was lost, and now is found. Let's admit it, Mr. President, you've been lost for a long time and the longer this continues the more you take into this ammoral fog with you. You don't want to be responsible for that kind of responsibility when you meet your Creator on judgment day. So we have a simple, guaranteed solution to your problems: Just say, "I'm sorry. I will sin no more" and the people will flock to forgive you, they will flock to give thanks to God for the "one who was lost, now is found." And God's angels will flock around you. You will be amazed at God's Infinite Mercy for the Almighty Himself will not only forgive, but also forget. Yet, don't forget there is one stipulation to all of this: it's contained in Jesus' three words "sin no more." If any of us fail to heed that, then, regardless of April Fool's Day, the biggest fools are those who don't heed God's Laws!

Michael Cain, editor

It would be foolish not to heed the Warning or believe in the Miracle!

                   Our eighth segment on our treatment of the Apparitions at Garabandal gets to the heart of these apparitions from the early to mid sixties: the Warning and the Miracle promised by Our Lady in this Spanish mountain village while the Second Vatican Council was going on in Rome. The Warning will be an "illumination of our souls" where we will see ourselves - each and every one of us - as God truly sees us. The promised Miracle, which will follow the Warning will be a great sign of God's Love and Mercy and definitive proof of His existence. For the sixty-second installment of this on-going mega series, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
Installment Sixty-two

GARABANDAL: For whom the Bells Toll! - The Warning! and the Miracle

Part Eight

The Warning!!

      All has come to pass except the latter, but we have no doubts it will given Our Lady’s track record in prophecies! The messages of Garabandal treat the latter in respect to two great events which will occur soon. One is the great Warning and the other, which will occur within a year of the former, is the great Miracle. These two signs will be instrumental in converting Russia as well as the rest of the world and ushering in the era of peace sooner.

      Though we dealt on the Warning somewhat in the last issue, we’ll review what and why it is to occur. First of all, Our Lady has said to the Garabandal visionaries that the Warning is meant to serve as a "purification" to prepare us for the great Miracle.

      No one except Mari Loli Mazon LaFleur knows the year of the Warning. She does not know the month, day or hour. It will happen when the world is in the midst of a great turmoil, whether that is war, pestilence or natural disasters no one but God really knows. The great Warning will happen instantly. Everyone will first see it in the sky then feel it interiorly in their souls. The visionaries claim that "time will literally be suspended" as God gives every man and woman a dress rehearsal for the Final Judgment, so to speak. We will instantly see the state of our soul - how God actually sees us. All will see clearly the wrong they’ve done in their lifetime and the good they failed to do. It truly will be the "Hour of Great Mercy" for there is nothing more merciful than giving us a "second chance" to amend our lives. Our Lady has assured all that no physical harm will come from this experience, but that for many it will be extremely painful and some will prefer to die rather than facing up to their sins and past. If anyone would die it wouldn’t be from the sheer shock of their sins. It is meant to correct the conscience of the world, a world gone astray in the flesh, a world that has forgotten God and shut out all that He represents.

The Miracle!

      The Warning is necessary to purify the world for the ensuing event - the great Miracle. Only Conchita Gonzalez Keena knows the year of this. Our Blessed Mother has revealed to her that it will happen 1) within a year of the Warning, 2) At 8:30 pm Garabandal time (that’s between 1:30 and 4:30 pm depending on where one is in the United States at that time), 3) On a Thursday, the feast of a martyr of the Eucharist, 4) In either March, April or May between the 13th and 16th of the month, 5) During a great Ecclesiastical Event in the Church (Conchita confirms it is an event that has not happened in the last half of this century but will not necessarily be anything new or stupendous, only rare).

      Our Lady has promised this Miracle will occur in the pine grove above the village, the same pine grove planted by Conchita’s grandfather a few generations ago, and that it will be seen by all believers and unbelievers. The masses along with the media will flock to it and be able to televise it and photograph it but no one will be able to touch it. It will be a lasting sign for the entire world meant to bring everyone back to Jesus.

      If this doesn’t convince the world and there is not a drastic conversion, then the full brunt of the chastisement will be thrust on the world.

      To unbelievers now this seems like a lot of "poppycock" - "doom and gloom" they’ll term it. But to those who have truly read Our Lady’s messages becoming so prominent today, who have read and discerned Sacred Scripture, who have seen the signs in the headlines and the heavens, who have prayed in front of abortuaries, who have seen the decreasing reverence for all things spiritual especially the Holy Eucharist - the prophecies of Garabandal are a definite certainty.

NEXT INSTALLMENT: Part Eight - Garabandal: For whom the Bells Toll! The Third Secret and the Papal Prophecies


The biggest fools were those who mocked and placed the crown of thorns on Christ!

      Spat upon, whipped to near obliteration, Christ maintained His composure and goals in the face of the fools who taunted Him with mocking, satanic references to His kingship. If only they had known His kingdom was not of this world. But they were fools! When they placed the crude, rough, sharp thorns on His tender skull didn't they realize the immense torture they were inflicting on an innocent man? Perhaps they did, but then again - they were fools! In part four of Meditative Lesson 10: THE SCOURGING AND CROWNING WITH THORNS we feel with Jesus the utter pain and scorn He is subjected to by these ultimate fools. These Meditative Lessons were imparted by Our Lord and Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during Lent of 1993, and are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the season of Lent in helping us all prepare for His Passion and Death, and ultimately the glorious Resurrection. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

part four

      Propelled still by Lucifer’s demons the two guards yank Jesus upright, and it is grotesque to see our Blessed Lord try to stand upright. It is His Will alone that permits Him to find His footing.

      The short tunic is pulled roughly over His head, then the longer tunic. I understand that the soldier regards this as another aspect of the process of torture.

      Jesus staggers, nearly falls and the guards drag him off to the side. They push him down upon a rough-hewn bench, not out of kindness but to prepare Him for yet more pain and humiliation. From the corner a soldier rushes forward with a thick bundle of branches covered with thick, long thorns. He gestures at Jesus. The soldiers laugh uproariously and nod agreement.

      One of them, who is older with graying hair, takes the tangle of thorny branches and hacks at it expertly with his sharp sword. He carves it into a crown-like cap and hands it back.

      The two guards, not wanting to be stung by the thorns, use the tips of their own swords to place this ca-like crown on top of Jesus’ head. Once it is there, they use the flat end of their swords and push with all their strength till the crown has sunk into place.

      Laughter, scorn, rebuffs of every kind fill the air while Jesus’ Head is pierced over and over by these thorns that are thick and tough. His forehead is pierced and blood seeps down into His eyes, and trickles along His nose and drips to the ground.

      Our Lady, truly sobbing, reminds me that where, in H is Holy Infancy, His head was possessed of silky curls, there is now a long, sharp thorn where each silken curl lay!

      Another soldier finds an old discarded military cloak, which is hastily thrown over His trembling shoulders, while yet another finds a reed and places it in His right hand.

      Throughout, Jesus has uttered no cry, no word. But His prayer has been ceaseless and filled with the Divine Will.

      How the demons laugh, their evil eyes glowing with hate. They move the soldiers to bend their knees and strike their breasts as one by one they come before this human wreck and proclaim: "Hail, King of the Jews!" while Jesus, His beautiful eyes no longer beautiful, accepts, endures, suffers and offers all to His Father in Perfect Love!

NEXT INSTALLMENT: Part Five of Lesson 10: Our Lady's Meditation on THE SCOURGING AND THE CROWNING WITH THORNS


PROVERB OF THE DAY

""A wise man heeds commands, but a prating fool will be overthrown."

Proverbs 10: 8

PRAYERS & DEVOTION

Today's prayer is the first of the Seven Last Words of Christ that we will bring in the next seven issues leading up to the Easter Triduum

      "Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23: 34) Father, help me, that I, too, might be forgiven; and that I might alos forgive all who offend me."

For more devotions of Lent, click on WAY OF THE CROSS

For the readings, meditations and liturgy of the last two days of the Fourth Week of Lent and the first two of the Fifth Week of Lent, including Sunday's liturgy, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY

WEDNESDAY, April 1, 1998


THURSDAY, April 2, 1998


Medjugorje Monthly Message for March 25th

     Dear children! Also today I call you to fasting and renunciation. Little children, renounce that which hinders you from being closer to Jesus. In a special way I call you: Pray, because only through prayer will you be able to overcome your will and discover the will of God even in the smallest things. By your daily life, little children, you will become an example and witness that you live for Jesus or against Him and His will. Little children, I desire that you become apostles of love. By loving, little children, it will be recognized that you are mine. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

Events today in Church History

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

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 1:


639 and counting, hoping and praying..



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