volume 9, no. 35
February 18, 1998
For Whom do the Bells Toll?
They toll for all of mankind with the imminent approach of the Warning and the Great Miracle foretold by the Blessed Mother to four young visionaries at Garabandal in Spain. Today we begin the first of several installments on these apparitions that are more pertinent for our time right here in 1998. The importance of this apparition and its intricate link with so many others will be explained in detail throughout each week in Lent. For part one, THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
"It is Consummated!"
Today we begin our daily exerpts from the book "It is Consummated!" as we get a jump-start on Lent with these inspirational and enlightening Meditative Lessons of the Sorrowful Mysteries as imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart
from the Blessed Mother of God during Lent of 1993 through interior visions and locution. These short daily excerpts are an excellent vehicle to contemplate on the Passion and Death of Jesus during each of the forty days of Lent. The first Meditative Lesson is titled JESUS ENTERS JERUSALEM with part one today. "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
One Week until Lent!
Since Lent is the theme of this issue in an effort to prepare all for what lies ahead in exactly one week, we devote our editorial today to the launching of the two above series and more in our daily commentary, today titled: "Getting a head start on Lent!". Today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
A Bit o' Wit!
In our last humorous column before Lent, we offer more quizzical puzzlers that boggle the mind on word origins and psuedo-oxymorons in this week's mid-week humor break. In keeping with the seriousness of Lent, we will suspend this feature until the Wednesday after Easter - so enjoy this last one. A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN!
Last full week of Ordinary Time Next week this time priests will have put away the green vestments in favor of the purple or violet ones. But this week they'll still be wearin' the green, especially the liturgies for today and tomorrow. LITURGY OF THE DAY
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
The prayer today is for Faith in God's Truths
Merciful Lord, hear our prayer. May we who have received Your gift of faith share forever in the new life of Christ. May the continuing work of our Redeemer bring us eternal joy. You have freed us from the darkness of error and sin. Help us to believe in Your truths faithfully. Grant that everything we do be led by the knowledge of Your truth. May the Eucharist give us Your grace and bring us to a new life in You.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"Of what use in the fool's hand are the means to buy wisdom, since he has no mind for it?" Proverbs 17: 16
Medjugorje Monthly Message for
Dear children! Today again I call all of you to prayer. Only with prayer, dear children, will your heart change, become better, and be more sensitive to the Word of God. Little children, do not permit satan to pull you apart and to do with you what he wants. I call you to be responsible and determined and to consecrate each day to God in prayer. May Holy Mass, little children, not be a habit for you, but life. By living Holy Mass each day, you will feel the need for holiness and you will grow in holiness. I am close to you and intercede before God for each of you, so that He may give you strength to change your heart. Thank you for having responded to my call! For more on Medjugorje, MEDJUGORJE
681 and counting,
hoping and praying...
with a Catholic slant
Pope announces Consistory to be this weekend
The College of Cardinals will increase by twenty on Saturday morning when the Holy Father officially elevates his hand picked prelates to the rank of cardinal. He is devoting the weekend to them, meeting individually with them in the afternoon and concelebrating Mass the next morning with them at St. Peter's Basilica. New cardinals to read more.
Vatican working around the clock to stem the tides of war in the Gulf
While Bill Clinton tries to muster enough support from the Pentagon and the American public for an ill-fated attack against Iraq, diplomats at the Holy See are pulling out all the stops to prevent the inevitable. Yet, the Vatican remains optimistic that a reasonable settlement can be reached that would avert disaster, citing the majority of countries who are against a military strike. Vatican hopes for peace to read more.
Morocco Monarch's Message on Moral Malaise hits home with all faiths
A stirring speech by Morocco's King Hassan nailed the problem dead-on when he stressed that the causes and effects of our materialistic world that has forsaken the poor and alienated cultures can be traced to the moral decline of mankind. He pulled no punches in his talk to leaders of his own faith, Jewish and Christian faiths. Morocco to read more.
After the Fox!
That's what outraged Catholics in England are after - the fox, as in the head of FOX Broadcasting, Twentieth Century Fox, and many other conglomerates: Rupert Murdoch. Their complaint is with the Vatican for exemplifying the Australian mogul in a special papal knighthood headquartered in Southern California. They site his tactics in perpetuating obscenity and low moral values through his broadcasting and print empire and claim his appointment is a mockery to all that is holy and right. Murdoch to read more.
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Messages 123 and 124 from Our Lady in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Another poignant CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Part Two of Jesus Enters Jerusalem in "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
Liturgy of the Day
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February 18, 1998 volume 9, no. 35