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February 18, 1998
volume 9, no. 35
February 18, 1998

For Whom do the Bells Toll?
The Apparitions of Garabandal      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, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS

"It is Consummated!"
Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit [graphic by Chris Curd]     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 It is consummated! 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. Click on "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!". Click on 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. Click on 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. Click on LITURGY OF THE DAY

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.

"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
January 25th

The Gospa     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, Click on MEDJUGORJE

681 and counting,
hoping and praying...

Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDEBR> NEWS
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. Click on 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. Click on 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. Click on 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. Click on Murdoch to read more.

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  • More on the Church today in the fifty-seventh installment of the on-going megaseries feature WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

  • 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

  • ...and much more in our thirty-sixth issue for 1998!

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