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February 25, 1998
volume 9, no. 40


February 25, 1998

"Remember, man, that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return."
     The forty six days or quadragesima of Lent officially begins today - Ash Wednesday - when we seek the mark of the Christ's Cross in the form of ashes as a reminder of our humanity and temporal nature on earth and to work harder towards our Heavenly goal. This distinguishing "smudge" on our forehead sets us apart from those who willingly embrace the mark of the beast by yielding to temptation and sins of the flesh and world. To help us fend off these temptations, the Church teaches that fasting and abstinence are the best way of mortification for the soul. In today's editorial we speak of the origins and the differences between fasting and abstinence in It's a fasting fashion! Click on Today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT

"We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world."
Christ carries the cross     To commemorate Lent we begin carrying on a daily basis the Way of the Cross with meditations on each station and, for graphics users, an inspiring painting of each station that best depicts Christ's travails that He underwent for all of us. From tomorrow on, these will be within the PRAYERS & DEVOTION section of each issue. For today, click onMEDITATIVE STATIONS OF THE CROSS

The Apparitions of GarabandalA Time to Prepare before the Warning!
     Lent is the time to be reminded of the Warning in preparation for the cleansing of body, mind, soul and earth that God has promised in order to make way for the new Era of Peace - the Second Advent - the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart. For details on this we continue to bring you the Garabandal apparitions and the messages therein in our on-going mega series feature on Marian Apparitions this century. For the fifty-seventh installment entitled - "For whom do the bells toll?" - part two, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS

Paring away the weight of Lent by dieting on Prayer, Penance and Good Works!
Archbishop Francis T. Hurley     In Bishopspeak today we bring you practical words from the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska - Most Reverend Francis T. Hurley who speaks plainly and simply in touching his flock and we hope it will move you as well to action through prayer and deed. Click on MITERS THAT MATTER

The final moments at Lazarus' Home
Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit [graphic by Chris Curd]     Having begun this inspiring Lenten series last week, we complete the Lesson part of Lesson 2 today with part three of FAREWELL TO THE HOLY WOMEN AND THE MOTHER, where Jesus bids adieu to Mary Magdalene and shares some special moments with His Blessed Mother Mary. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

The Season of Lent begins
     With today's liturgy we begin the next six weeks of purple or violet vestments to signify the penitential time of Lent. For the liturgy of Ash Wednesday and tomorrow's Mass plus meditations for both days, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY

Today's prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for the Ash Wednesday Mass
Lord, protect us in our struggle against evil. As we begin the discipline of Lent, make this season holy by our self-denial. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Medjugorje Monthly Message for February 25th

The Gospa     Dear children! Also today I am with you and I, again, call all of you to come closer to me through your prayers. In a special way, I call you to renunciation in this time of grace. Little children, meditate on and live, through your little sacrifices, the Passion and Death of Jesus for each of you. Only if you come closer to Jesus will you comprehend the immeasurable love He has for each of you. Through prayer and your renunciation you will become more open to the gift of faith and love towards the Church and the people who are around you. I love and bless you. Thank you for having responded to my call!

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE

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Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDEBR> NEWS
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    Holy Father solidifies solidarity between Poland and the ChurchHoly Father personally signs Concordat with his native Poland to assure solidarity between Church and State
         Breaking from protocol normally resigned to the Vatican Secretary of State, John Paul II himself signed the agreement that assures Church protection and rights in Poland. The concordat was signed in Warsaw by Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski. No one knows his native land's politics or religious struggles better than the Holy Father and he felt it best he personally take charge of the pact. For more, click on Polish Pact to read more.

    Russians regrouping as Yeltzin tries to convince Russian Patriarch of Pope's intentions
         Wouldn't you have loved to be a fly on the wall when Russian President Boris Yeltsin, fresh off a personal audience with Pope John Paul II earlier this month, met with Alexei II of Moscow - the Russian Orthdox Patriarch. Though both deny any talk of the Holy Father's visit it seems quite implausible that subject did not come up, especially in light of the topics discussed including the Ukrainian situation. For more, click on Moscow meeting to read more.

    Italian cardinals losing ground in plurality of votes for the conclave as balance of power shifts from northern to southern hemisphere
         Vatican observer Giancarlo Zizola, himself an Italian, revealed the numbers yesterday that illustrate the Italian bloc of cardinals no longer holds the majority in the College of Cardinals. It has dropped from one third to one fourth of the total and bodes toward a non-Italian being elected when the time - hopefully in the far future - comes for electing the next Pope. For more, click on Fewer Italians to read more.

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"The Sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight."
Proverbs 15: 8

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

  • Messages 125 and 126 from Our Lady in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • Another poignant CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Part Four of Lesson 2 in "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

  • Liturgy of the Day for Lent

  • Meditative Stations of the Cross in PRAYERS & DEVOTION

  • ...and much more in our forty-first issue for 1998!

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