LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND
This weekend we observe the Third Sunday of Easter, after celebrating the Second Friday and Saturday of Easter. For the readings, liturgy, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today we continue a short series of Responsory Prayers during Paschaltide adapted from the Byzantine Liturgy:
This day was made by the Lord, Alleluia. Let us rejoice and be glad in it, Alleluia. Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and, to those in the tomb, bestowing life. Aleluia.
Events this weekend in Church History
This weekend we commemorate the 120th anniversary of the death of the Lourdes visionary Saint Bernadette Soubirous who died on April 16, 1879 as a Sister of Notre Dame nun at Nevers, France. Since that time her body has remained incorrupt. She was canonized in 1933 by Pope Pius XI. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
" Pray much, that yet much Mercy may be given you. For the Day of Great Justice is upon the horizon. "
Those words above come from Our Lord on April 14, 1994 in which Jesus imparted a plethora of things to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #482. The main theme is to set aside the world, the flesh and the devil and cling to His Mercy for all else will soon be silenced. He prefaces these words with Message #481 two days earlier on April 12, 1994 in which the Son of God asserts that the time of Mercy is running out and soon the Father's Justice will come. Will we be ready? For Messages 481 and 482, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Canada's Pride of the Curia is Cardinal Edouard Gagnon, President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses
We continue with this new series that debuted the beginning of the year, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our forty-fourth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Eduoard Gagnon, President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses This Canadian prelate received his red-hat in Pope John Paul II's Consistory of May 25, 1985. For more on Cardinal Gagnon, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Holy Father points out that practical atheism isn't very practical, in fact quite damaging to a fragile world
During his weekly audience Pope John Paul II cited "practical atheism" as a cancer on society over the past two centuries, especially in our modern times when so many hold material things up as their god in a desperate effort to hold onto temporal things while letting all hope for the spiritual - the eternal - slip away. He pointed out that one who does not have a deep belief and respect for God is missing a great deal and if this void permeates through society, then cultures suffer and the result is greed and war as we see today. For more, click on A practical pontiff
Vatican anticipates the aftermath of war and the reconstruction project necessary for the Church in being there for the people
The Under-Secretary for the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity Monsignor Eleuterio Fortino, in an interview late this week, talked about the awareness of the Church's preparedness in helping souls after the devastation of war has taken away almost all hope. That is when the Church will need to be such a vital player for all faiths in fulfilling what Our Lord asks. The task will not be easy and was further complicated when it was learned that an American pilot made a fatal error on NATO's part and attacked a band of Albanian refugees thinking they were Serb troops. These kind of mistakes are inevitable whenever it is called "war." For more, click on Preparing for rebuilding and reconciling.
Rwandan bishop's arrest alarms Vatican
The Vatican has expressed alarm over the imprisonment of Bishop Augustin Misago, head of the Diocese of Gikongoro in Rwanda. He was taken by force by the acting president of the country and accused, without any proof, of having a hand in the massacres that occurred in this country five years ago. The Holy See emphasized the seriousness of this arrest and called for his immediate release for it not only affects the Church in Rwanda but universally as well. For more, click on Arrest in Rwanda.
Pope possibly planning on taking a trip to Brazil most probably in 2001
Speculation grew over the past couple of days that the Holy Father is going to make a papal visit to Brazil in either 2000 or 2001, the latter seeming the most logical given his heavy schedule next year. This was revealed by the Brazilian Bishops Conference in conjunction with the cinquitennial celebration of the nation where the faith was first brought to this South American country by the Portuguese missionaries and explorers. For more, click on Papal Pilgrimage to Brazil.
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The DAILY WORD
"But He said to them, 'O foolish ones and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things before entering into His glory!' "
Luke 24: 25-26
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Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses
In honor of Cardinal Eduoard Gagnon head of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses we feature this curial committee today. It was first instituted by Pope Leo XIII in 1879, the same year Saint Bernadette died. On February 11, 1986 Pope John Paul II established it as a pontifical committee assigning new statutes to the office which is responsible for organizing International Eucharistic Congresses where clergy and laity come together in a public demonstration of faith in the Blessed Sacrament. Since 1881 when the first one was held at the University of Lille in France, there have been forty-six held in every continent. The last was held in Wroclaw, Poland in May 1997. The 47th will be part of the Jubilee 2000 celebrations in Rome. For more, we recommend the NEW ADVENT CATHOLIC SUPERSITE on Eucharistic Congresses. (sources: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers).
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The Divine Bridge between death and taxes
In this weekend's editorial we bridge the gap between death and taxes which is life, but life only if it is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The bridge between Good Friday and Tax Day is Divine Mercy Sunday and it is His Font of Mercy that will elevate us above the temporal troubles of death and taxes and allow us to soar to new everlasting heights, free of the abyss of damnation...but only if we are obedient to God's Holy Will for we all will have to face the "Tax Man" sooner or later. For the commentary, In the final audit we'll have hell to pay if we're not honest with God and ourselves! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
Our world is on the brink of the crossroads of civilization and we hold the key to which way we go
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto puts the question of whether we want to soar over the earth like the dove of peace or subject this world to the destructive bombs of war. She points out that we hold the key to this age-old question which is really nothing new since Our Lady has not only warned us of this time, but given us the sure-fire formula for peace. It's up to us. For Sister's column, War or Peace?, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Our Lady asks us to learn from Mary Magdalen
Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries
In the fourth part of Chapter 9, "Whom do you seek?" we see how the Blessed Mother conveys to us the joy and sincerity of Mary Magdalen in her journey after the Resurrection. It is encouragement for all of us, for, like the Magdalen, we, too, are sinners. But, as Our Lady points out, that is why her Divine Son came - to conquer sin and free sinners, all of us. She reiterates that all we need do is heed what He asks in order to share in the joy of the Resurrection. These meditative lessons, imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart after Pentecost 1993, are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the Glorious Mysteries. For part four of Chapter 9, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
SIMPLY SHEEN: If we don't knock, there may be no room in the Heavenly Inn?
This week Bishop Fulton J. Sheen indicates that if we sit back on our fannies and just wait for Jesus to come, we could be waiting an awfully, awfully long time - possibly forever. For, as he points out, God has left the first move up to us. We need to come to Him for God does not move, we either turn and walk further away or we run to Him. The latter is what Our Lord so dearly wants, but, because of free will, He will not force or coerce us. That is why we cannot afford to let Him pass us by. Remember Jesus said, "Knock and it shall be opened to you.". But we have to knock first before the gate of His Heart is opened to us. For words of wisdom from Bishop Sheen, click on Simply Sheen.
Month of May will kick off in Washington D.C. with a Rosary march
In these times when we are so in need of Mercy and Heavenly direction, a group of devoted Catholics will gather by the thousands on the Capitol steps to call down prayers for our country and the world on May 1st, the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker and the beginning of the month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Heavenly mother and the patroness of America. For the rationale and details on this, click on ECCLESIAL ECHOES.
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
SITE OF THE DAY
In honor of the commemoration of the 120th anniversary of the death of the Lourdes visionary Saint Bernadette Soubirous, we present a site dedicated to messages from apparitions and messengers throughout the world. The site is SIGNS OF THE TIMES maintained by Ted and Maureen Flynn, authors of the popular book The Thunder of Justice. You can obtain information here on the Magazine Signs and Wonders and their newsletter Catholic Prophecy Update as well as an assortment of other collateral.