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April 24-26, 1998             SECTION ONE for FRI-SAT-SUN              vol 9, no. 80

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A Site loyal to the saint of Siena as a great Defender of the Faith

     This weekend we review a sight that coincides with the mission Saint Catherine of Siena undertook in the fourteenth century. Today in the last vestiges of the twentieth century there is a sight that carries on this tradition, aptly named after this valient virgin and Doctor of the Church. GOLDEN CHALICE AWARD this week. For the review, click on SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK

St. Catherine Review: Loyal to their namesake as a great Defender of the Faith

     With the feast of Saint Catherine of Siena coming up next week, we thought we would bring you a sight dedicated to this devoted saint who as the site quotes "Unlike Martin Luther and other so-called "reformers", St. Catherine did not sit in judgment of the Church, rather she remained a faithful servant of the Lord, possessed by the virtue of humility, respectful to the one true Church established by Jesus Christ at His resurrection." The site we review today is the St. Catherine Review, an extension of the exceptional print publication which is issued six times a year under the same name published by Aquinas Publications out of Cincinnati, Ohio. The site can be found at www.aquinas-multimedia.com/catherine/ on the web.

     Much of what we have been covering in our daily editorials as well as our own on-going mega series on the Church today WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM? regarding loyalty to the Church and Magisterium and exposing the factions that seek to undermine Holy Mother Church are detailed at this site with specific examples and actual cases. The writers of this site are totally loyal to the Magisterium and are not afraid to expose the enemies of the Church, outside and within. They feature excellent articles of short length on numerous subjects, that are both intelligent, revealing and easy to read. They present articles on Communion in the Hand and how it evolved into being accepted with no formal document ever being produced, or taking on controversial documents like "Always our Children" on the gay issue and "Common Ground." Like their namesake who fought to reform her order through obedience and strict adherence to the Holy Rules they vowed to obey, St. Catherine's Review drives a steady course of traditional, orthodox Catholicism that is in alignment with the Holy Father. Plus, it is guaranteed to cause one to think and pray when one discovers what is happening to our Church by these manipulators - "fifth columnists" of our precious faith. There are over 20 excellent features on-line, taken from the print issues, that will broaden your appreciation for our faith and alert us to the dangers out there. They are not afraid to tackle controversial issues and take on topics such as the gay agenda, sex education, liberalism, etc. as well as confronting bishops who are not conforming with the Holy See. On many pages are some beautiful classic paintings that load quite quickly. It is a very easy read and you will come away with a new respect for all St. Catherine did and what the folks at St. Catherine's Review are presently doing. Because of the excellent editorial content, not found on most other sites, we award St. Catherine's Review Site the "GOLDEN CHALICE AWARD" and confer SEVEN Hail Mary's to this staunch defender of the faith in America, not just specifically in the greater Cincinnati area where they are headquartered, but all of America as well.


Holiness is perfected through persecution

     In this weekend's editorial we look at the global picture in regards Holy Mother Church and see how, as the persecutions intensify, a new mission is being asked of all Catholics: to willingly take up their cross and go forth, to accept whatever God so chooses for us to suffer in order that we can gain the glorious crown of victory. The state of the world today makes this assignment even more difficult but nothing is impossible with God. For the commentary, It's a small price to pay for all He has given us!, click on this weekend's CATHOLIC PewPOINT

It's a small price to pay for all He has given us!

     With all the problems we and many, many others have experienced with Microsoft via Windows 95 and various viruses that have occurred, we have, in the past, jokingly referred to Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates as the "antichrist." However, after the news today from CWN which you can read elsewhere on this page, we are beginning to wonder if we're not right! The story details how this billionaire has contributed nearly two million to the UN organization promoting abortion and research on contraceptives. If we weren't so entrenched in PC's we would forsake Windows permanently. However, considering that short of abandoning this publication that would be impossible, we cannot take such drastic measures. But these are drastic measures that Gates has taken in publicly letting it be known he has aligned with the "culture of death" forces. Joining fellow billionaire and pro-abortionist media moguls Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch, Gates has shown his true colors. Doesn't it seem odd that he would opt for cutting back the population when the more customers he gains the greater his assets? But then satan never works logically but rather to prod our greed and it is greed that motivates these men. How else can you explain the filthy rich contributing to these "politically correct" causes while turning a deaf ear to charities that strive to preserve human life?

     But that's to be expected in these times which Our Lady has said would grow severe as we near the pivotal third millennium. Just as early in the first millennium many Christians suffered persecution for Christ's sake, so also during the latter days of the second millennium Catholics are being persecuted as we document in another CWN story out of Rome today which verifies that sixty-eight were martyred for the faith in 1997 with already ten slain in 1998. Add to this the persecutions in mainland China where the "patriotic" Catholic Church is being promoted by the Communist government which is trying to coerce Chinese Catholics to break with the Vatican. Missionaries and clergy in Africa have had their share of problems as we point out in another CWN story today about the Archbishop of Sudan who has been imprisoned as the government there grows more brash in their attempts to outright confront the Catholic Church. South and Central America have had their problems as we all know, especially in Chiapas, Mexico. Then there is the situation in the region known as the former Yugoslavia and Kosovo specifically where Catholics are being persecuted. In western Europe, Australia and America the persecution is not physical but mental and subliminal as the Catholic bashing continues in the media.

     It's been a tough twelve months for Catholics in the courts. Last summer a jury handed down a whopping 19.6 million dollar verdict against the Diocese of Dallas resulting from abuse by former priest Rudy Kos. That trial was ballyhooed in the press as placing the Roman Catholic Church on trial. The secular media relished the verdict and did not hesitate to publicize all the lurid details. Yet they shirk at placing an ad that shows an aborted fetus on the same page or in the same program that shows violence and sex ad nauseum! But the former would be too gruesome, while the latter is accepted because it's "politically corrrect!" Speaking of the pc police, the most recent decision in Chicago which determined that pro-lifers, intent on saving lives, were "racketeering" - you figure it out - has brought out the taunts of "I told you so" being spewed by members of N.O.W. and other leftist groups intent on fostering the culture of death no matter the consequences. If the Church had not been intricately involved before, she will be embroiled the second time around for Cardinal Francis George, OMI, no shrinking violet when it comes to facing controversy, has pledged the Archdiocese's full-hearted support in making an appeal; that, coupled with the clout of Human Life International, the leading pro-life organization headed by Father Richard Welch, promises to be an interesting scenario. Stay tuned.

     Meanwhile, in Rome the third-world countries are gaining influence as the Asian Synod has begun with the bishops from throughout the Orient convening to address the problems of abortion and persecution, as well as poverty. It all portends toward the final year of this millennium which will kick off in January with Pope John Paul II trekking to Mexico City for the close of the American Synod in which he will give his apostolic exhortation from the shrine where Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to the Indian peasant Juan Diego at a time in history when the Church was under tremendous persecution and evacuation by thousands in Europe. The reason for her coming at that time was to stop human sacrifice. Today, in an age when persecution is also intensifying throughout the world, the miraculous traveling Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which was accrued through the dauntless efforts of Maryknoll missionary Father Walter Winrich, has been traveling around the United States and Canada for the express purpose of putting an end to the atrocious sin of abortion and the sacrifice of human lives - namely the unborn babies. As many Catholics threaten to bolt like their protestant cohorts of the sixteenth century, there are the faithful remnant that remains loyal to the Pope and all the teachings of Holy Mother Church. Like another faithful servant who produced great fruits in those times of peril - Saint Catherine of Siena, we must remain faithful to the cause and be prepared to take the brickbats that are hurled at us for standing strong for Christ. It is just one of the crosses Jesus has asked us to carry if we are to share in His victory. If we can understand this, we'll be well on our way to accepting the crosses Our Lord asks us to carry for His sake! Christ and His Blessed Mother have conveyed to us so often how important suffering is, and it was the playwright William Faulkner who wrote, "the Salvation of the world is in man's suffering." That was borne out through the suffering of one Man Who took the weight of the world on His shouldiers and died for our sins. It is through His Death and Resurrection that we are saved. With that kind of gift we should be willing to reciprocate by standing up for Him when He and His Holy Church are maligned. It's a small price to pay for all He has given us!

Michael Cain, editor

How often do we think of Mary's Mother? How often do consider Saint Anne our Grandmother?

     The forgotten value of Saint Anne's intercession is what Sister Mary Lucy Astuto points out in her weekly column as she focuses on the importance of remembering the Heavenly woman God's Own Mother depended on so. For Sister's column, Your Forgotten Grandmother, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

YOUR FORGOTTEN GRANDMOTHER

     Your forgotten Grandmother is also MY forgotten Grandmother! Confused? Not for long! Iím talking about someone we all know is in Heaven; someone who has alot of "pull" with Our Blessed Mother and Jesus; someone who is respected but not often enough thought about, prayed to, honored or noted.

      Iím talking about the mother of Our Lady, the Grandmother of Jesus and OUR Grandmother, St. Anne. I now have a devotion to St. Anne which I did not have a week ago. I want to encourage you to give her a special place in your life, as well. This is how it has come about for me.

      This last week, here in Omaha, we had four visitors from Canada. They were: Colette Coulombe, her husband, Vincent, Patricia Simoneau and her husband, Ray. They all drove to Omaha from Canada in two separate cars. Their visit here in four local Catholic churches has left a lasting mark on many in our area. Patricia and Ray acted as interpreters, for Colette speaks only French.

      Reportedly (and there is not sufficient time to tell the whole story), Colette has had locutions and visions of St. Anne, Jesus and Our Blessed Mother. Actually, this all began when Colette was 13 years old. She is now 67 years of age.

      If we take the words of Jesus seriously that a good tree cannot bear bad fruit and that a bad tree cannot bear good fruit, we would, after careful observation, conclude that heaven has been using Colette, for sure.

      We must believe that it is only God Who works miracles, but He often does so through the intercession of His saints. Many physical and spiritual healings (as many as 850) have occurred with people when Colette prays for them, imploring the intercession of St. Anne and blessing them with oil. These conversions and healings have been witnessed to by all concerned.

      Colette told us that St. Anne was 58 years old when she conceived and gave birth to Our Blessed Mother. She said that Our Lady resembled her father, Joachim and therefore, Jesus resembled Joachim, as well.

      But more than the seeming non-importance of these ideas, Colette stressed that our world is in such a bad way today, that we can use two MOTHERS, Mary, Our Blessed Mother and St. Anne, our Grandmother. She said that Jesus loves His Grandmother so much that He grants her every wish. Colette said that St. Anne wants to help her daughter, Mary, save souls. St. Anne wants to be very active in todayís world. We can be sure that St. Anne is very powerful in interceding for us. St. Anne wants to help us, wants us to call on her for help whether our needs are for physical or spiritual healings for ourselves or others.

      I am witness to the power of St. Anne this past week. The length of this article does not permit me to share all. But from now on, I shall call on my Grandmama every day.

      I would encourage you to do the same. God bless you!


The Lion of Scripture

     The Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist is the crowning feast of this weekend sandwiched between the feast of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaren, priest and martyr on Friday and the Third Sunday of Easter. For the liturgy, readings, meditations and vignettes on the featured saints this weekend, click on LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND
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Friday, April 24, 1998

SAINT FIDELIS OF SIGMAREN, PRIEST & RELIGIOUS MARTYR

     This saint was one of many who God rose up during the "Century of Saints" to counter the Protestant Revolt of the 16th Century. Saint Fidelis was born in Sigmaringen, France in 1577 of noble parents. Always devout to the sacraments, Fidelis became a Capuchin monk, embracing a life of austerity and prayer. The Congregation of Propaganda appointed him to go to Switzerland to save as many souls as possible from the growing heresy of Calvinism. While preaching in Sevis, Switzerland a Calvinist fanatic shot at him, but he would not be deterred. After his sermon, a mob of Protestants confronted him, headed by a Calvinist minister who ordered him to renounce his faith. Fidelis replied, "I came to refute your errors, not to embrace them. I will never renounce Catholic doctrine, which is the truth of all ages, and I fear not death." Incensed, the Calvinists pierced him through with their scabbards. He died for the true faith and Jesus Christ.

Saturday, April 25, 1998

FEAST OF SAINT MARK, EVANGELIST

     Converted by Saint Peter after Jesus ascended into Heaven, Saint Mark accompanied Peter to Rome, becoming Peter's secretary as Peter recounted the life of Christ for Mark to record in Greek for the Gentiles. Mark is noted for the vivid images he portrayed of Christ's personality to give us a better insight into the Son of God, such as "He embraced...the little children." After Peter's death, Mark was dispatched to Egypt where he found the Church of Alexandria and was responsible for large numbers of converts. He was the father of the anchorites, the early hermits, and he set up a great Christian school to educate the populace. Upset with his influence, heathens captured him, dragging him over rough hewn stones and flinging him into a dark prison cell. There, consoled by Angels through a magnificent vision of Jesus, Mark lovingly embraced his death in true love for Christ and His followers. Mark is represented as a lion since his gospel begins with Saint John the Baptist as the "voice of one crying in the wilderness."

SUNDAY, April 26, 1998


Monday, April 27, 1998


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

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 24:


Historical Events in Church Annals for April 25:


Historical Events in Church Annals for April 26:



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