- The Third installment of our new on-going abridged series 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER
- Part one of Chapter 8: A Lesson in Forgiveness in the Meditative Lessons of "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
- A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on April 8th.
- Messages 469 and 470 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- DAILY LITURGY for the latter part of Easter Week.
- Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- Daily Dose of Church tidbits laid out on the CATHOLIC CANVAS
- ...and much more in our 69th issue for 1999!
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.
The rock-solid establishment of the Blessed Sacrament
We continue today with the abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we bring you the second installment this week with the third tomorrow on the Establishment of the Blessed Sacrament - the cornerstone of our faith. For Installment two, click on BARQUE OF PETER
Cardinal Jose Freire: Providing the Pastoral pattern throughout Brazil in embodying his motto of "serving in humility"
Today we feature our fortieth red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 74 year-old Cardinal Jose Freire of Brazil who is the Archbishop of Brazilia. This prolific writer has written extensively for the two largest Brazil daily papers. For more on this youngest of the five Brazilian cardinals appointed by Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of June 28, 1988, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
April Apologues applied to Food for Thought Appeteasers
Lent is over and that means the return of our Food for Thought Appeteasers. Today we bring you two short vignettes that Catholics can appreciate and should provoke a smile or two, maybe even a chuckle. For these two short vignettes, What a way to start the day! and the Alarm clock Prayer, click on APRIL APOLOGUES: FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
Today is Easter Wednesday while tomorrow we continue the celebration with Easter Thusday. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today is the Sixth Day of the Divine Mercy Novena. See DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
SIMPLY SHEEN: Smile! It helps others!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".
"Cheerfulness is that quality which enables one to make others happy. It takes its origin half in personal goodness, and half in the belief of the personal goodness of others. It is the opposite of the morbid, the morose, the fretful, the grumbling, the somber."
Events Today in Church History
On this date in 1505, Saint Francis Xavier was born in the family castle near Pamplona, Spain where today the bulls annually run. Like a bull he raced through his education at the University of Paris and, teaming up with his friend Saint Ignatius Loyola helped establish the Society of Jesus better known as the Jesuits. At Francis' request he was sent to the far east to become the first far east missionary. He would become known as the "Apostle of the Far East" and be proclaimed Patron Saint of all foreign missions by Pope Saint Pius X. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
"I ask you to beseech God to allow Divine Mercy to flood this sorrowful earth, as I speak about my Son's coming."
In the Blessed Mother's 467th and 468th Messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on March 7th and 8th, 1984 during a speaking tour in the heart of Texas, Our Lady's theme is Divine Mercy which fits so perfectly with this week and which we need to take to heart that God's Mercy is there for the asking but we need to ask and respond. She also affirms that hell does indeed exist and, to quote Blessed-to-be Padre Pio, "if you don't believe there's a hell, you will when you get there!" Our Lady doesn't want this fate for any of her children and like a loving Mother calls all back to her Divine Son. For these two Messages on Mercy, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Pope's pleas pay off in Yugoslavia as Serbs agree to observe Easter Truce but in the west it's a different story as Clinton balks
Now who's the bad guy? As Slobodan Milosevic finally bowed to the constant appeals by the Holy Father, the Serbian Orthodox Patriarch and other religious leaders to honor an Easter Truce that began last night, his counterpart in the west Willilam Jefferson Clinton remained steadfast not to honor it. Could there be religious prejudice here considering Clinton felt no qualms about calling a truce in honor of Ramadan during the Iraqi bombing earlier this year? For more, click on Easter Truce.
Pope's CD goes Platinum and Gold in South America and Poland and muscles into Billboard's Top Ten
Can't you just imagine Casey Kasem announcing the meteoric rise to the top of the charts of the Holy Father's immensely popular new CD "Abba Pater?" That's the atmosphere this unusual Vatican collection has received as it was announced sales in Argentina, Chile and Peru as well as the Pope's native Poland have made it the fastest selling CD there. In America it cracked the industry's Billboard Top Ten at number 10 and rising. Not bad for someone who liberals call "out of touch!"!!! For more, click on Zooming to the top of the charts.
Sri Lankan refugees facing same fate as Kosovo refugees as bishop accuses military of using them as human shields
The Roman Catholic bishop of Sri Lanka has petitioned the president of Sri Lanka to curtail the atrocities going on in his diocese of Mannar who are using the refugees as human shields against the rebels of Tamil Tiger. The refugees, some 10,000 in number, have sought refuge in the bishop's diocese from the fighting since it has been a haven throughout this decade. For more, click on Sri Lanka refugees.
Mexico's cardinal reinforces need for communicating the truth of the faith to all through the media
Informing a group of social communicators not to rely solely on the clergy to get out the message of the Church, he called on them to uphold the truth and take on the responsibilities of evangelizing the faith and defending the faith in all aspects of life, playing to their journalistic integrity to be all they can be. For more, see Upholding the truth in Mexico
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Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church
In honor of the 494th commemoration of the birth of Saint Francis Xavier who aided Saint Ignatius Loyola in founding the Society of Jesus as a powerful ally of the Sovereign Pontiff during the Counter Reformation, we strongly recommend a thorough accounting of the Jesuits at the New Advent Catholic Supersite which includes Jesuit Apologetics, the history of the Order before and after their suppression and other facts about this largest order of priests in the world which presently numbers 15,612; over 3,500 more than the second largest religious order - the Franciscans. (source: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor).
March 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! I call you to prayer with the heart. In a special way, little children, I call you to pray for conversion of sinners, for those who pierce my heart and the heart of my Son Jesus with the sword of hatred and daily blasphemies. Let us pray, little children, for all those who do not desire to come to know the love of God, even though they are in the Church. Let us pray that they convert, so that the Church may resurrect in love. Only with love and prayer, little children, can you live this time which is given to you for conversion. Place God in the first place, then the risen Jesus will become your friend. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE