March 30, 1999

March 30, 1999

vol. 10, no. 62


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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 and SECTION THREE


          Today is Tuesday of Holy Week with tomorrow continuing the Holy Week Liturgy with Wednesday of Holy Week. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and the vignettes on Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week, click on DAILY LITURGY.


          Below is the fourth of several increments of the Prayer for Spiritual Renewal during Lent from the Treasury of Novenas booklet:

          Lord, during this Holy Week nourish us wieth Your word of life and make us one with You in love and prayer. Fill our hearts with Your love and keep us faithful to the Gospel of Christ. Give us the grace to rise above our human weakness. Give us new life by Your Sacraments, especially the Mass.

          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

    "I give you My Mother to help and guide you to Me. Do not spurn Her words, but heed them."

          Our Lord reinforces the importance of heeding His Mother's Messages in Message #455 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the Feast of Saint Blase, reminding all that her words are Divine Mercy for the Father has allowed Mary to be among His children for yet a while longer before the Justice comes. This Jesus reasserts in Message #456 on February 8, assuring all that all will be fulfilled as has been foretold in the Scriptures and that only by submerging ourselves in His Mercy and turning totally to the Refuge of His Sacred Heart can we escape the clutches of satan. For Message #455 and #456, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

    Events Today in Church History

          On this day in 1492 Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, the same ones who would commission Christopher Columbus ordered Jewish insurrectionists out of Spain, impowered the Spanish Inquisition and the grand master Cardinal Tomas de Torquemada to exile them because of their harassment of Spanish Catholics and meddling in government policies. It was the same Spanish Inquisition established by Pope Sixtus VI who we feature in today's series above. For other pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    SIMPLY SHEEN: The greatest fear is fear itself

          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".

    "The simplest way but the worst way to remove fear from the conscious mind is to repress it - that is, to relegate it into unconsciousness...The effects of suppressing fear are manifold. First, on the physical side, they may be palpitation, migraine, cramps, convulsions, etc. On the mental side, the repressed fear comes out as anger, depression and surliness."

    Coming WEDNESDAY

  • Part Two "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 31st.

  • DAILY LITURGY for Wednesday in Holy Week and Holy Thursday.

  • Biography on Cardinal Pierre Eyt, the 38th 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 63rd issue for 1999!
  • Explosive situation in Kosovo. We owe it to God, our fellow man and ourselves to pray for those embroiled in the war there on both sides, especially the innocent civilians

          In today's editorial we point to the essential need for peace. The exploding bombs will reach us all if we do not heed Christ's words to "Put away the sword". We look at the world situation and realize there are few who are truly willing to seek peace for it would compromise their own agendas, including all sides in Kosovo, Europe and the United States. It's time all learned not only from history, but also from Our Lord for we are what we reap and murder and violence is the mainstay in today's society. What does that tell us? For today's commentary entitled "All those who take up the sword will perish by the sword", click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

    Moved to motivate, Sixtus IV trips over mores of morale and morals as Rome sinks deeper into decadence

          Once again a promising prospect to bring about necessary reform in the ecclesiastical ranks of Holy Mother Church greatly disappoints the faithful as Pope Sixtus IV, a life-long humble Franciscan devoted to reform, turns weak and proud. Sixtus chose the unwise route of nepotism, appointing a plethora of prelates whose agenda was to build their own nest of iniquity and use the papal powers to further their own ends at the expense of the faithful. Such was the climate towards the last three decades of the fifteenth century that would play a pivotal role in paving the path for the Protestant Reformation. For the ninety-eighth installment titled Pope Sixtus IV: Pawn for power-brokers whose purpose was to secularize the papacy , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

    Staying the Course!

          A ball goes through an infielder's glove and he is humiliated. A pitcher walks ten runs in and the bases are still loaded, a team is in the throes of a terrible slump. All downers in baseball, but that is nothing compared to what Christ suffered for our sins during the horrific scourging as we vividly see in part three of Meditative Lesson 10: THE SCOURGING AND CROWNING WITH THORNS Christ's resolve to persevere should motivate us to hang in there no matter what the obstacles, no matter what our adversary below throws at us for we can be assured Jesus is always in the on-deck circle of our hearts and souls. These Meditative Lessons were imparted by Our Lord and Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during Lent of 1993, and 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. For Our Lady's meditation in part three of Lesson 10, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

    CATHOLIC CANVAS: Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church

    Spanish Inquisition

          Tying in with our Time Capsules feature today and Pope Sixtus IV, featured in today's HISTORY OF THE MASS above, we could say so much about the "Spanish Inquisition" which was instituted by Sixtus in 1478. So much has been written about the Inquisition, including the infamous Spanish Inquisition for which parodies and invective prose has been written against it, but the truth is, like so many things - when it is used for temporal good without concern for the spiritual it will not bear good fruit. Such was the Spanish Inquisition formed to originally protect Jewish and Moorish converts to the faith from retaliation by members of their former faith. But when placed in the powerful hands of kings it was abused as was the case with the monarchs of Spain who used it to wield power within the Church and control their subjects for their own means. Add to this the growing numbers of dissenters and many relied on the Inquisition to place fear into the insurrectionists through harsh means. In the spirit of intimidation the grand inquisitor Cardinal Tomas de Torquemada allowed knowledge of repercussions to be promulgated among the people, inciting fear in hopes they would comply with all the king said. While Torquemada intended to be obedient to Rome, the lure of being in the good graces of Spanish royalty and the fact the Roman Popes left a lot to be desired, played a significant role in Torquemada submitting almost entirely to the Spanish court and allowing them to dictate how to employ it For more details, we strongly recommend The Inquisition (sources: The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church, Benziger Brothers; 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor, Publishers; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, S.J., Doubleday; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers).

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

    WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

    provided by Catholic World News Service
    and Noticias Eclesiales Church News


      Holy Father calls on Europe to seek a solution in Kosovo in continuing to push for peace

            While US and NATO forces continue to strafe key military compounds and plants in Kosovo and Serbia, the Holy Father met with members of the European Parliament yesterday and strongly reiterated he won't take "no" for an answer in determining some way to bring about a peaceful solution there. The day before at Palm Sunday festivities after the Angelus, the Pope called for brotherhood of love to conquer hate and violence, but the Secretary of State for the Holy SeeCardinal Angelo Sodano insisted peace talks could not begin until the bombing ceased. For more, click on Pope persistent for peace

      Pope also calls on Europe to unite against the death penalty and promote life

            Pope John Paul II continued his crusade against capital punishment by making that the cornerstone of his talk with European lawmakers meeting with him at the Vatican yesterday. He called on them to be united in upholding life in all its stages from outlawing abortion to euthanasia and the death penalty. He also urged them to pass laws that would guarantee the rights of married couples and their offspring which would ultimately produce a better society today and in the future. For more, click on Defending life and families.

      Franciscan friars missing, fear spreads that monasteries are being commandeered by Serbian troops

            While the majority of the population are either Muslim or Orthodox, there is a Catholic contingent in Kosovo and that became even more apparent to all today when it was announced that three Franciscan priests are missing and that it is suspected the eight Franciscan monasteries in the NATO air-strike zone could easily be occupied by Serb troops to evade the air artillery of NATO strafing and bombing. For more, click on Frightened Friars.

      Michigan Catholic Conference hails conviction of "Dr. Death"

            Exclaiming that "No one man is above the law and this has been demonstrated today," the Michigan Catholic Conference hailed the verdict of acknowledged assisted suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian last week in which a jury convicted the notorious "Dr. Death" of second-degree murder which clearly shocked the brazen doctor who has flaunted his practice of assisting suicides in challenging the law. The fact he has challenged it and lost should give hope to Catholics and pro-lifers worldwide. Prayer does indeed work. For more, click on A just judgment.

    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.

    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


    "Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek Me, and, as I said to the Jews, 'Where I go you cannot come' so to you also I say it now."

    John 13: 33


        Today, with the Franciscans in the news regarding their plight in Kosovo, we present the FRANCISCAN WEB PAGE the official web site of the Order founded by Saint Francis of Assisi.
    COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 283 and counting, hoping and praying...

    March 30, 1999       volume 10, no. 62

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