March 5-7, 1999

March 5-7, 1999

vol. 10, no. 45


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         This weekend we observe the Lenten Liturgy Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT. For the readings, liturgy, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.


          This weekend's prayer is the Act of Resignation to the Divine Will which carries with it an Indulgence of 7 years each time it is said. A Plenary Indulgence can be merited at the hour of death by those who have at least once during life devoutly made this Act of Resignation and fulfilled the usual conditions of Confession, Holy Communion and prayer for the Holy Father's intentions.

    O Lord my God, I now at this moment, readily and willingly accept at Thy hand whatever kind of death it may please Thee to send me, with all its pains, penalties and sorrows.

         For the Lenten Way of the Cross, click on either the graphics Daily Way of the Cross or the text-only Daily Way of the Cross or the Meditative Lessons on the Way to Calvary

    Events this weekend in Church History

          Sunday is the 725th anniversary of the death of what many consider the greatest Doctor of the Church - Saint Thomas Aquinas known as the Angelic Doctor. This great and wise Dominican set the bar for Catholicism as we know it today through his teachings and doctrines. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    "I have said all God desires and you have not listened. Your hearts are as of stone!"

         Those words come from the Blessed Virgin Mary in her 422nd Message to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the Feast of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque on October 16, 1993 in which Our Lady reminds all her children that her messages will end soon and it is time to live her messages and take refuge in the only safe harbor available - her Divine Son Jesus present in the Holy Eucharist where, she asserts, all who come to Him will persevere. She prefaces this message three days earlier on the commemoration of the final apparition at Fatima by telling her children to perpetuate the inevitable truths of the True Presence of her Son in the Blessed Sacrament. For Messages #421 and 422, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."


    "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again. He, however, who drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him shall become in him a fountain of water, springing up unto life everlasting."

    John 4: 13-14


    with a Catholic slant

    provided by Catholic World News Service and Noticias Eclesiales Church News


    Officials optimistic on diplomatic ties between the Holy See and Vietnam which could pave the way for a Papal visit

          In less than two weeks a Vatican delegation will meet with Vietnamese government officials and both the prime minister of Vietnam and Hanoi's Cardinal Joseph Phan Dinh Tung are confident diplomatic relations will finally be established, paving the way for the Holy Father to visit the country, possibly as early as this August. For more, click on Vietnam visa

    Jesuits at it again resurrecting women's issue and claiming loophole to ordain women as deacons

         The Society of Jesus was established to uphold and defend the Pope but the modern Jesuits have been more a thorn in the side of the Holy Father because of their liberal tendencies which continues today with the announcement in their house organ La Civilta Cattolica that raises the possibility of women being ordained female deacons in the same sense of the deaconate for men. The difference is that the deaconate is a step toward Holy Orders even though there exists today the permanent deaconate. However, were they to become eligible, deacons could be ordained as priests; women deaconesses - never! For more, click on dealing with deaconnesses.

    Pope promotes Father-Son relationship on anniversary of Redemptor hominis

          Pope John Paul II emphasized the familial link between God the Father and God the Son in his regular Wednesday Papal Audience moved from Paul VI Hall to St. Peter's. It also marked the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Holy Father's first encyclical Redemptor hominis which Milan's Cardinal Giacomo Biffi cited as the gateway for all the Pope has proclaimed since in preparing us for the Jubilee. For more, click on Pope John Paul II.

    Life taken from man who took life from others through Roe vs. Wade, while God calls home one who promoted the culture of life.

          Two men who died this past week were on opposite ends of Roe vs. Wade spectrum. For one, Chief Justice Harry Blackmun, the liberal judge who authored the bill that ushered in abortion and a slew of other sins in the seventies, death caught up with him. Now he'll see the true error of his ways. The other was Father Norman Perry, OFM who endeavored to uphold and promote life as editor of the well-known Saint Anthony's Messenger magazine out of Cincinnati. Fr. Perry, who died of heart failure this past Monday, dedicated his life to the Franciscan ideals in the national magazine for thirty-three years, the past eighteen as editor-in-chief. For more, click on a matter of life.

    For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales. Both CWN and NE are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

    February 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

       Dear children! Also today I am with you in a special way contemplating and living the passion of Jesus in my heart. Little children, open your hearts and give me everything that is in them: joys, sorrows and each, even the smallest, pain, that I may offer them to Jesus; so that with His immeasurable love, He may burn and transform your sorrows into the joy of His resurrection. That is why, I now call you in a special way, little children, for your hearts to open to prayer, so that through prayer you may become friends of Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.

    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

    Are we running on all cylinders? If we're carless because we were careless, we could become graceless!

          In this weekend's editorial we use the metaphor of automotive care to remind all of the importance of caring for our souls. Too often we neglect maintenance on the things that really matter - our spiritual life and that allows the rust and corrosion of sin to seep in and plug up the spark plugs, causing the hoses and joints to become brittle and break. When that happens we're in big trouble if we don't keep our souls tuned. Friday is the 12th Annual observance of World Day of Prayer and in response to what Our Lord and His Blessed Mother have been asking, it's time to get to prayin'! For this weekend's commentary Stuck behind the wheel in eternal gridlock!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

    It's the little sins that can gnaw away at our resolve toward sanctity

          In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto continues her series on Lent, devoting today's column to another type of sin that too often Catholics brush aside as harmless, but she wakes us up that nothing is little to God if it offends Him and the more little sins we commit, the greater the chances of our soul's immune system breaking down and allowing the cancerous and deadly mortal sin to enter. For Sister's column, Remember Venial Sin?, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

    Pray as Jesus taught us at the Last Supper

    Meditative Lessons on the Sorrowful Mysteries

          In Meditative Lesson 5, we arrive at that sacred time in the upper room in which Jesus Christ gathered His Apostles for the Passover. Little did they yet realize it would be the "Last Supper" and little did they realize the significance of this wondrous occasion in which He would bequeath Himself through the establishment of the Most Holy Eucharist. These inspiring lessons, coinciding with the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during Lent of 1995 from Our Lord and His Blessed Mother Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

    SIMPLY SHEEN: Memories flood our subconscious and our conscience

          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. Today we begin famous quotes from this late luminary who 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". On Fridays we bring you more than just a quote; we bring you a brief homily on a subject that is pertinent today. This weekend, the good bishop addresses the concept of memory, something that stays with us all our lives and he puzzles at why so many want to forget because memories can carry guilt for what we did or didn't do. He strives to remind all that God forgives and forgets if we only let Him. For words of wisdom from Bishop Sheen, click on Simply Sheen.

    Mexico's native son Cardinal Corripio nourished many with his professorial and pastoral approach<

         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 twenty-seventh red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Ernesto Ahumada Corripio, the Mexican Archbishop emeritus of Mexico City. For more on Cardinal Corripio, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION


         In honor of the late Father Norman Perry we present this weekend the online edition of ST. ANTHONY'S MESSENGER carried by American Catholic Online which features the monthly Franciscan magazine for the laity as well as providing the "Saint of the Day" and "Minute Meditations" plus a catalog of spiritual resources.

    To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.


    Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church

    Summa Theologica

       In honor of the 725th anniversary of the death of Saint Thomas Aquinas we wanted to briefly treat one of the greatest writings of the Church, his Summa Theologica a collection of major dogmatic writings that contain treatises, questions and answers and is split into three segments - Prima dealing with God as Creator; the second divided into two parts Prima Secundae and Secundae Secundae deal with the climax of man's in relationship to God and man's journey back to God respectively; and the third part Tertia covers Jesus Christ as the gateway for man's salvation through the Sacraments and matters of the end times. For more on this we refer you to the work itself expertly stored at the New Advent Catholic Supersite (sources: Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

    301 - 300 - 299 and counting, hoping and praying...

    March 5-7, 1999       volume 10, no. 45

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