Today is Opening Day in ballparks across America when the baseball season officially gets under way. In today's editorial we reminisce about this national pasttime and how it equates with life and our journey by inning. We're not going to win every game, we're not going to go four-for-four in every outing or pitch the perfect game, but if we work on the fundamentals - God's Laws and obedience to His Holy Church, then we should gell into winners. It's all about teamwork and chemistry in sync with God's Will. For the commentary On Opening Day Hope Springs Eternal!, click on
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Jesus counts on us to encourage the doubtful
Like fans in the stands, we need to encourage our team - our fellow man when they're feeling blue, when they're having problems with their faith. That is the heart of Jesus' message in Lesson/Meditation #79 in which He counsels us to Counsel the Doubtful as part of the Spiritual Works of Mercy. We need to be sensitive to others as part of our evangelization efforts which Jesus and His Vicar on earth call us to. We can only be the teachers He wants if we study up on our faith and practice what we preach through frequent reception of the Sacraments. These Lesson/Meditations were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in a series of 100 Meditative Lessons. Click on THE HIDDEN WAY
There are many times in a ballgame when our team is down and looks like they could be headed for defeat, but then someone steps to the plate to get that key hit to spark a come-from-behind rally. Such was the case with Holy Mother Church when the cardinals elected Pope Alexander IV in 1254 to relieve the terrible "pitcher" before him Pope Innocent IV who had left the Church in shambles. Though Alexander was weak in military prowess, he was strong in spiritual matters and was a great crusader for the mendicant orders which would go on to save the day as you'll see in the sixty-second installment Pope Alexander IV Trying to pick up the pieces and reestablish trust. Click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
H2>"Cheer me, Lord, with Your Word..."
In his column today, Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. turns the responsibility on us and our cooperation with God in growing in our faith. The headline above comes from Psalm 119 which Fr. John treats in showing how to have faith in Him, we must know Him and we can only know Him by learning more about Him through the Word and His Holy Church, by trusting in Him, and by cooperating with Him. If we do that, we'll all be able to let out a big cheer when that final out is recorded. Fr. John explains this in his thirty-second installment of his series "Faith: Key to the Heart of God." Click on KEYS TO LIVING GOD'S WILL
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. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer is the Offering from the Treasury of Novenas in contemplation of the Precious Blood of Jesus spilled so liberally by the scourging at the pillar
Eternal Father, I offer You the most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ in atonement for my sins, in supplication for the holy souls in Purgatory, and for the needs of Holy Church. Eternal Father, I offer You the most Precious Blood of Jesus with all its merits: To expiate all the sins I have committed during all my life. To supply for the good I ought to have done, and that I have neglected all my life.
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Medjugorje Monthly Message for March 25th
Dear children! Also today I call you to fasting and renunciation. Little children, renounce that which hinders you from being closer to Jesus. In a special way I call you: Pray, because only through prayer will you be able to overcome your will and discover the will of God even in the smallest things. By your daily life, little children, you will become an example and witness that you live for Jesus or against Him and His will. Little children, I desire that you become apostles of love. By loving, little children, it will be recognized that you are mine. Thank you for having responded to my call. For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE
Did Sunday's Gospel hit home with Clinton in South Africa?
That's what many are asking after Father Mohlomi Makobane delivered the Gospel and homily on John's passage regarding Jesus and the adulterous woman whom He admonished to "sin no more. While Clinton's reputation precedes him, in the Philippines Cardinal Jaime Sin spoke frankly about one whose lifestyle mirror's Clinton's and warned that if the people did not vote with their conscience and pray an immoral president could be elected president of this heavily Catholic country. For more on this story, click on presidents to read more.
Pope echoes what Saint John Bosco preached
One week from World Youth Day in Rome, the Holy Father ventured out into the streets of Rome to visit the Church of Jesus Adolescent, a parish specifically for troupled youth that was founded by Pope Pius XII after the Second World War. Pope John Paul II echoed the resolve and ideals of another Italian more than a century ago who devoted his life to the youth: Saint John Bosco and urged all not to abandon the troubled youth, but to show them the Spiritual Works of Mercy. For the rest of the story, click on troubled youth to read more.
Pedophile former priest convicted on four counts in Dallas while Christian Brothers publicly apologize for child abuse in Ireland
It was a fait accomplis that Rudolph Kos, the fifty-two year-old former priest in the Diocese of Dallas, would be convicted. The question was how many convictions. The answer came Monday when a Dallas jury handed in the guilty verdict. Sentencing is yet to come, but for many the wounds will heal slowly while many others hope this closes the final chapter on a tragic era in the Diocese which has suffered greatly from Kos' actions. In Ireland the Christian Brothers spoke candidly in asking forgiveness for the transgressions of child abuse and some sexual abuse their members may have committed over the years. For the rest of this story, click on guilty to read more.
Pope promotes Oblate General to Archbishop and Secretary of Congregation for Evangelization along with two others in the curia
The twelve year run as Superior General for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate ends this year for Father Marcello Zago,OMI, but the Holy Father announced he will become an Archbishop and his work as Secretary of the Congregation for Evangelization will begin. Fr. Zago was named along with two other priests for specific posts within the Vatican. For the rest of this story, click on Fr. Zago to read more.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY
"An ill-tempered man stirs up strife, but a patient man allays discord."
Proverbs 15: 18
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March 31, 1998 volume 9, no. 64   DAILY CATHOLIC
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