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"Be joyful amidst persecution, for God alone brings good fruit from all when it is given to Him in faith and trust."
Those words were spoken by the Blessed Mother on the feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist on April 25, 1994. In her Message to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, Our Lady urges all her little ones to persevere for the persecution is intensifying greatly and will continue because satan is furious and will stop at nothing to bring down God's children. Mary follows this up four days later on the feast of Saint Catherine of Siena by entreating all to put away curiosity about the messages and merely strive to live them. For Messages #485 and #486, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
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. They have drunk deeply from streams of living water. Alleluia.
Events Today in Church History
On this date in 1923 Mother Angelica was born. This feisty but true and loyal Franciscan Poor Clare nun began the Eternal Word Network in 1980 and has been the target of liberals in the U.S. ever since as she stands as a bastion of orthodox, traditional teaching true to the Holy See. Her order of cloistered, contemplative nuns at Our Lady of the Angels monastery in Irondale, Alabama has flourished with vocations. We wish Mother a very blessed and happy 76th birthday. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
- Part Six of 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER.
- April Apologues with more FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
- Biography on Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI , the 46th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on April 21st.
- More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- Another interesting fact of the Church laid out on the CATHOLIC CANVAS
- DAILY LITURGY for the Third Wednesday and Thursday of Easter, plus tomorrow's feast of Saint Anselm, Bishop, Religious and Doctor of the Church.
- ...and much more in our 78th issue for 1999!
Decades of the Rosary are vital in atoning for decades of deadly decay
In today's editorial we provide the choice of two weapons: One has been used with little redeeming value during this century; the other has been the redeeming value since the time of Saint Dominic. The former are the weapons of destruction being used to to bomb the Balkans and in ethnic cleansing; the latter is the weapon of construction being used to storm Heaven for Mercy in striving for peace and harmony for mankind. With the bombs exploding globally, it's time we arm the Church Militant with the most powerful weapon we have: the Holy Rosary and the World Wide Rosary Crusade for a global Rosary is a good place to start. For today's commentary entitled The decade is almost over. Have we prayed enough decades to help save mankind?, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
The venomous, devious and devilish Alexander VI strikes at the heart of all that is holy by abusing his position as Pope
Continuing with our multi-part feature on Pope Alexander VI, today we detail his exploits, sexploits and abuse of all that is holy within the Church, committing every one of the seven deadly sins in a brazen act of defiance to all those who opposed him. Using his position as Supreme Pontiff, this Borgia Pope wielded simony, lust, incest, greed, sloth, pride, covetousness, anger, gluttony, sloth and murder in the name of the Church and because of it, greatly tainted the Church founded by Christ. Not since Judas Iscariot has one so betrayed Our Lord and His Church. In this second of threel installments on this pivotal pope, we examine the bad side of Rodrigo de Borgia's papal years and how this snake in papal robes met his fateful just deserts at the dinner table. For the one-hundred-first installment titled Pope Alexander VI: The lust for power and prestige part two , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
The Apostles are incredulous at the Magdalen's news
In the second part of Chapter 10: Faith conquers Fear we see, through interior vision, that the Apostles had nothing on the doubting Thomas for they questioned Mary Magdalene who had arrived in the upper room to share the good news of the Master's Resurrection. Peter takes charge and, still incredulous, decides to find out for himself if this is indeed true. 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 two of Chapter 10, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
Today is the Third Tuesday of Easter while tomorrow is the dual feast of the Third Wednesday of Easter and the feast of Saint Anselm, Bishop, Religious and Doctor of the Church. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Anselm, click on DAILY LITURGY.
SIMPLY SHEEN: We're in good hands with the Almighty
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".
" To solve our cares God must not only be Personal, He must also be in the dust of human cares. That is why He, with full understanding our troubles, can say: 'Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will refresh you.' (Matthew 11: 28)."
CATHOLIC CANVAS: Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church
Beginning of the Avignon Exile
Today is the 685th anniversary of the death of Pope Clement V, the Pontiff who played into the hands of the manipulative King Philip IV, also known as "Philip the Fair." The latter was anything but fair and would be remembered for his bitter disputes with many pontiffs, most notably the equally volatile Pope Boniface VIII. It was Clement who succumbed to the ploys of Philip and established the Holy See at Avignon in France where for the next seventy years the Papacy would be "in exile" - often called the "Babylonian Exile." It was only through prayer and the intercession of a holy woman named Saint Catherine of Siena and some help from Saint Brigid of Sweden that the Church would finally return to Rome but not without extra baggage that would take centuries to weed out. Avignon was known as a quiet fortress that Clement's successors would build on and purchase, providing a refuge that would become the focal point of future schisms as well. For more on Clement V, who convened the 15th Ecumenical Council at Vienne which abolished the Knights Templar, click on
The beginning of the Avignon Exile.
(sources: The Oxford Dictionary of Popes, J.N.D. Kelly, Oxford University Press).
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Holy Father holds new saints up for emulation in devotion to Our Lady as he calls on the Queen of Peace to help in the Balkans
At the Regina Coeli Sunday after canonizing the Church's three newest saints, Pope John Paul II held them up as excellent examples of holy ones who were devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and he called on all to emulate them. He also called on Our Lady as the Queen of Peace, her title at Medjugorje, to help resolve the terrible war in the Balkans. For more, click on Regina Coeli
Cardinal George Basil Hume, Great Britain's 76 year-old ranking prelate, reveals he has advanced cancer
A sadness and resignation has settled throughout Great Britain and the Church worldwide with the revelation by Cardinal George Basil Hume that he has advanced cancer. He had already submitted his resignation to the Holy Father because of the mandatory retirement age of 75 but will continue his duties as best he can in both preparing his successor and preparing for the inevitable of which he is totally at peace. For more, click on Cardinal's cancer.
Nationalistic Hindu ideology which considered Christians second class citizens goes down to stunning defeat as Catholics rejoice
After thirteen months of turmoil and persecution, the Hindu regime which had promoted a nationalistic ideology which prejudiced the citizens against Christians, failed to receive the necessary vote of confidence from the Indian parliament and the head of the Bharatiya Janata Party was forced to resign. It was cause for rejoicing among the Catholic laity and clergy as well as other Christian group. For more, click on India independence from tyranny.
Missionaries of Charity and crippled children miraculously escape devastating fire at orphanage in New Delhi<
In the aftermath of the miraculous escape of the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity along with sixty patients, either disabled or mentally deficient, from a burning orphanage in the slums of New Delhi Sunday, many suspect the Order's founder and candidate for beatification Mother Teresa was watching over them and, through her intercession, helped save all from certain death by prompting rescuers to come from all areas to help in the nick of time. For more, click on miracle at Mother Teresa's Orphanage.
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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
The DAILY WORD
"For the bread of God is that which comes down from Heaven and gives life to the world."
John 6: 33
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