March 9, 1999

March 9, 1999

vol. 10, no. 47


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  • Today in Church History: TIME CAPSULES

  • Liturgy for Today and Tomorrow


  • CWN Catholic News Stories for today

  • Medjugorje Monthly Message and More

  • Countdown to the Jubilee

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         Today is the Third Tuesday of Lent and the optional Feast of Saint Frances of Rome, religious founder. Tomorrow is the Third Wednesday of Lent. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Frances, click on DAILY LITURGY.


          Today's prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for the optional Mass honoring Saint Frances of Rome:

          Merciful Father, in Frances of Rome You have given us a unique example of love in marriage as well as in religious life. Keep us faithful in Your service, and help us to see and follow You in all the aspects of life.

          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 Today in Church History

          Today is the anniversary of two young saints, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga a Jesuit seminarian who was born on this date in 1568 and Saint Dominic Savio, a protege of Saint John Bosco who died some three centuries later on this date at only 15 years-old. They say the young die young and with these two saints, that was true but their ideals and what they left will never die. For other pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


    "So also My Heavenly Father will do to you, if you do not each forgive your brothers from your hearts."

    Matthew 23: 11-12



  • Part Two of address by Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap. on Forming Disciples for the Third Millennium in MITERS THAT MATTER


  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on March 10th.

  • DAILY LITURGY for Lenten Weekdays.

  • Biography on Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the 29th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN

  • A Daily Dose of Church facts laid out in the CATHOLIC CANVAS

  • ...and much more in our 48th issue for 1999!

  • To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.
  • The Medical Profession is on life support!

          In today's editorial we ask if there is still a pulse to the heart and soul of the medical profession. The unselfish service of so many saints from the past and today's few dedicated holy men and women today is lost in the maze of a herd system within the medical profession that is corralled by government regulations that curtail healing at every post and present a false sense of security and a take-it-or-leave-it mentality that has become the odious opiate of the masses. Too many medical servants forget they are there to serve as Jesus has asked; too many forget their God-given responsibility of healing; too many haven't got a clue how to heal because they can't heal themselves. For today's commentary entitled "Physician, cure thyself!", click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

    Pope Callistus III shelves the Renaissance in favor of reconquering Constantinople for Christianity

         The arts and culture begun by the "Renaissance Pope" Nicholas V gave way to the reality of war with the election of his successor Pope Callistus III. A Borgia by birth, Callistus will ignominously be remembered in Church history for paving the way for one of the Church's most notorious pontiffs thirty-five years later - Pope Alexander VI. Callistus' obsession with forming the crusade alienated many throughout Europe and caused camps to form that set the Holy See's prestige and power back considerably. One lasting act he left for posterity on the positive side was establishing the Feast of the Transfiguration on August 6th, the same date he died. For the ninety-sixth installment titled Pope Callistus III: The Constantinople Crusade consumes Callistus , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

    Receive the Eucharist with Love and Reverence

         In Meditative Lesson 5 today, we bring you the Blessed Mother's meditation on THE LAST SUPPER as she counsels us to show extreme reverence for this greatest of Gifts that was given out of true Love for all. She asks us to return love for Love by receiving her Divine Son worthily. These lessons are brought to you specifically for Lent to help us all prepare for His Passion and Death, and ultimately the glorious Resurrection. For part three of Lesson 5, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

    SIMPLY SHEEN: Survival of the unfit and the meek

          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".

    "Written across the law of nature is 'the survival of the fittest.'...But there is another law that is not in nature, at least not in raw nature, namely, 'We who are strong should bear the infirmities of the weak and not please ourselves."

    "I solemnly tell you that you must know and live your faith."

          This is what the Blessed Virgin Mary reminds all her children in Message #426 in late October of 1993. Our Lady entreats all her little ones to return to her Divine Son Jesus and form Eucharistic refuges - in communities, in parishes, in homes where God is first and foremost. She prefaces this in her 425th Message to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart two days earlier by imploring all to rely on her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit and immerse ourselves in the truths of Sacred Scripture so that we will truly discern what is to come and can prepare spiritually as God deigns. For Message #425 and #426, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

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      Pope marks Third Sunday of Lent with special beatification of Ten candidates for sainthood

            The Holy Father moved ten blesseds closer to sainthood when he beatified seven Augustinian monks and one priest Blessed Father Vincent Soler who were martyred in Spain during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930's. Pope John Paul II also beatified Blessed Pere Nicolas Barre, a 17th century monk who dedicated his life to teaching youth the treasures of the faith, and Bavarian victim soul Blessed Anna Schaffer who bore the stigmata early in this century. For more, click on Beatifications

      Cardinal O'Connor urges Catholics to stand and deliver in the war against the culture of death

           The Archbishop of the largest city in America, Cardinal John J. O'Connor of New York spoke out strongly to students and faculty at the Catholic University of America's Law School in Washington D.C. recently, encouraging them to get in the face of lawmakers and those who denigrate you for standing up for the sanctity of life. He reminded all that the laws of God far outweigh the laws of man and that, while fighting within the system, we cannot sit pat and admit defeat but persevere in the face of all adversity. For more, click on Cardinal O'Connor .

      Holy Father links up with links from around the world to pray the links of the Rosary

            More proof of the Holy Father practicing what he preaches was made evident Saturday when the 77 year-old Roman Pontiff joined university students from all around the globe at the Vatican to pray the Rosary and launch the "Pilgrimage of the University Youth Cross." His Rosary was carried live to other students world-wide via Vatican Radio and linked up on the internet. For more, click on Rosary Pope.

      Further violence erupts in Indonesia as Bishop Belo lauds use of international troops to help keep the peace

           East Timor's Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Bishop Carlos Belo applauded the suggestion by the United States to employ international troops to monitor and keep the peace in Indonesia where violence has broken out again in the face of religious wars spurred on by Muslim factions. Because of these Muslim ties the Bishop is concerned that objective middlemen enter the picture rather than arming the Indonesian army, many of which would be sympathetic to the Muslims. For more, click on Insurrection in Indonesia.

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    CATHOLIC CANVAS: Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church


          This comes up today in light of the Holy Father beatifying ten more persons on Sunday. The word beatification comes from the Latin beatificatio meaning the "state of being blessed" and the root beatus which means "happy." It is the second and next-to-last step in the process of canonization. It signals that the faithful can now venerate this person because of his or her new status and be positive that person is in Heaven as covered in Canon Law, Article 1187. Beatification ceremonies consist of the Pope reading a decree of beatification for the person and unveiling their picture above the Chair of Peter at the Vatican while the choir sings the Te Deum. The process is no less than a one-year period where the Congregation for the Causes of Saints appoints committees and persons to examine the life, virtues, writings, relationships and aura of holiness of the person being scrutinized. Once it is determined without a shadow of doubt that the person is worthy of being called "blessed" the door is opened for that person's beatification. However there is still another step to go before the beatified person is recognized by the universal Church and that is sainthood through canonization in which the scrutiny is much stiffer and the time of examination usually quite lengthy. At least two confirmed supernatural miracles attributed to the intercession of that candidate are necessary for being elected to sainthood. In the matter of martyrdom this is not always necessary. For a detailed history on the beatification and canonization process, we refer you to the excellent reference of the Catholic Encyclopediae at New Advent Catholic Supersite (sources: Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, S.J., Doubleday; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers).

    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


        Today we present a site that has won innumerable awards for its beautiful Vatican collection of art and architecture which is depicted on-line. It is CHRISTUS REX ET REDEMPTOR MUNDI international web site operated by Michael Olteanu,M.S.. This site was a recipient of our GOLDEN CHALICE AWARD back in November 1997.
    COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 297 and counting, hoping and praying...

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