March 23, 1999

March 23, 1999

vol. 10, no. 57


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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

    To print out entire text of Today's issue, go to SECTION ONE and SECTION TWO


          Today is the Fifth Tuesday of Lent as well as the Optional Feast of Saint Turibio de Mogrovejo, Bishop and Missionary while tomorrow is the Fifth Wednesday of Lent. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Turibio, click on DAILY LITURGY.


          Below is Opening Prayer for the Optional Feast of Saint Turibio de Mogrovejo:

          Lord, through the apostolic work of St. Turibio and his unwavering love of truth, You helped Your Church to grow. May Your chosen people continue to grow in faith and holiness.

          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

          On this date in 1555 Pope Julius III died. This 221st successor of Peter reopened the Council of Trent in his attempt to foster the counter-reformation and to reestablish the Catholic Faith in England. For other pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    SIMPLY SHEEN: The joy of discovering joy

          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".

    "It is one thing to discover one's nothingness, and to rest there - that is sadness. It is quite another thing to discover that one is nothing, and from there to make use of the Divine Energies - that is joy."

    Coming WEDNESDAY

  • Part One "Ecstasy in Ecuador" in our on-going series on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS


  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on March 24th.

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Fifth Wednesday of Lent and Thursday's Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

  • Biography on Cardinal Bernardino Ruiz Echeverria, OFM, the 35th 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 58th issue for 1999!

  • To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.
  • Poverty is the stepmother of genius for the Ambassador of Bellissima.

          In today's editorial we trace the path Roberto Benigni took in rising to the top in the afterglow of receiving two Oscars this past weekend for his excellence in "Life is Beautiful." It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, "The greatest man in history was the poorest." He was, of course, referring to Jesus Christ and we equate what Our Lord said about poverty and how Benigni has used his gifts to the utmost and can appreciate all he has received, just as we can appreciate what he gives for, like Christ, he too was poor and from this poverty developed a God-given genius for telling about love and life. For today's commentary entitled A poor man who enriches us, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

    Pope Paul II plies the plots of purists while trying to reestablish the Renaissance and carrying on the curtailed crusade against the Turks

          Pouncing on Pope Paul II's weaknesses and penchant for the good life, the Roman curia sought to discredit him in an attempt to regain control and reestablish the power of the Council which Paul II's uncle Pope Eugene IV had fought so hard to suppress twenty years before. Paul II sought to surround himself with his own Renaissance men in carrying on many of the projects begun by Pope Martin V, possibly out of guilt for his uncle who had squelched the progress. The bitter infighting between Paul and his people and the growing insurgence within the Curia plus the Turkish threat to the east dominated Paul's time and energy not allowing him to exact needed reforms in a Church that was splitting at the seams in many ways through neglect and a failure to recognize the imminent dangers. For the ninety-seventh installment titled Pope Paul II: A compromise crusade and the return of the Renaissance , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

    One who misjudged what greatness truly is

          In the first part of Lesson 9, THE ISCARIOT IN THE AFTERMATH OF BETRAYAL we see despair eat away at Judas Iscariot who misunderstood what Jesus truly taught and allowed the serpent to slither into his psyche and turn him against his own Master - indelibly writing forever the term "Judas" for anyone who was a betrayer. We see first hand his regret, but he is too proud, too far gone, to ask forgiveness. It is a lesson that no matter what we may do, God will always forgive if we but ask Him. These meditative lessons, imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during Lent of 1993, are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the season of Lent in helping us all prepare for His Passion and Death, and ultimately the glorious Resurrection. By reading these meditative lessons, it is hoped we can be properly prepared and not be tempted to turn our backs on Jesus, or worse, betray Him and ourselves. For part one of Lesson 9, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

    "Let the world with one voice cry: "Mercy", and I shall pour forth Divine torrents of Mercy."

          It was on the Feast of the Epiphany in 1994 that Our Lord imparted those words in the 445th and 446th Messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Jesus calls for all to call upon Him and His Mercy. He also urges those who are called to consider a life as a consecrated virgin with the Order of Divine Mercy, which a year later became a reality as the Institute of Divine Mercy in May 1995 in fulfillment of what He had originally asked of Blessed Faustina of forming a contemplative, cloistered congregation existing specifically to call down Mercy upon the world. For these two Messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

    WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

    provided by Catholic World News Service
    and Noticias Eclesiales Church News


      All systems go for Pope's pilgrimage to Holy Land in March of 1999

            The Vatican announced this past weekend that the Holy Father has received a formal invitation from the Israeli government Tourism Department extending an invitation for the Pope to walk in the footsteps of Jesus next March during the Jubilee year. Negotiations are on-going in working out particulars and clearance from Palestinian authorities. For more, click on paving the way

      Peace must be the only priority Pope pleads after Sunday Angelus

           With the situation in Kosovo looking dimmer and grimmer, his Holiness Pope John Paul II used the occasion of his Sunday Angeles to make an impassioned plea for peace in this Yugoslav region where ethnic killing has reached massive proportions by the Serbs. The Kosovo religious leaders who met in Vienna last week are in agreement with the Pope that peace is the only priority, but the Serbs continued resistance to any kind of peaceful talks makes reconciliation and a lasting peace pact a longshot. For more, click on Kosovo crisis .

      March is the month of Saint Joseph - a father figure to emulate in this year dedicated to God the Father

            Also at his Angeles prayers Sunday the Holy Father equated the importance of this final year before the Jubilee dedicated to God the Father in conjunction with the Feast of Saint Joseph who is the Patron Saint of the Universal Church and a true father-figure role model for all in his integral role of redemption. The Pope also reminded all that Palm Sunday will be the occasion for celebrating World Youth Day globally. For more, click on St. Joseph.

      Death to the death penalty is crusade of Massachusetts bishops headed by Cardinal Bernard Law

            In a show of solidarity the Massachusetts bishops, headed by Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law are standing united behind the Holy Father in passing a resolution and are urging their flocks to unite behind the effort to uphold the culture of life and stop pending legislation that would legalize the death penalty in New England's most populous state and become the 38th state to accept capital punishment. For more, click on Death Penalty.

    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.

    CATHOLIC CANVAS: Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church

    Evangelical Counsels

          In today's editorial we mention the Evangelical Counsels of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. Why are they called "evangelical?" First of all, the title means they are contained in the Gospels as the counsels of perfection clearly set forth in Sacred Scripture. They are termed "counsels" because they are an invitation and not a command; all are invited, but no one is forced. They are totally voluntary. Good works are mild remedies for the evil tendencies of the seven deadly sins. Prayer can cure pride; fasting can cure sensuality and lust; almsgiving and tithing cures greed and avarice. But the evangelical counsels are a radical remedy for obedience subdues pride; chastity destroys sensuality and lust; and poverty blots out greed and avarice. However these three evangelical counsels are not in themselves perfection, only the best means for attaining perfection. Therefore, voluntary poverty is the renunciation of all earthly possessions for the love of God. Perpetual chastity consists in abstaining from marriage and all unclean desire. Perfect obedience is the complete subjection of one's will to that of a superior. Believe it or not, the most difficult of the evangelical counsels to follow is the latter: obedience. By truly vowing to uphold the evangelical counsels one gives up the pleasures of the world in order to serve and love God more fully. Those consecrated ones put into practice Christ's words in "What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul?". For more, we suggest you check out Evangelical Counsels at New Advent Catholic Supersite. (sources: The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church, Benziger Brothers; My Catholic Faith, Mission House).

    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


    "I go, and you will seek Me, and in your sin you will die. Where I go you cannot come."

    John 8: 21


       Today we present the ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON website which details the statement made by the combined bishops of Massachusetts, spearheaded by Cardinal Bernard Law, Archbishop of Boston. Also at this site is the on-line edition of The Pilot, the oldest Catholic newspaper in the nation.
    COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 283 and counting, hoping and praying...

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