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THURSDAY

March 26, 1998             SECTION TWO              vol 9, no. 61



Time grows shorter and shorter!

     The three messages we bring you today from the Blessed Mother range from her warning of the great schism within the Church, which we deal with in our feature today, and with the Hope that is Jesus as she shares a special Christmas message with all on the day commemorating the birth of her Divine Son, entreating all her children to listen and believe...and respond. These messages were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in late 1991. For messages one hundred thirty-three, thirty-four, and thirty-five from over 630 messages to the world, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages One Hundred Thirty-Three, Thirty-Four, and Thirty-Five

Message One Hundred Thirty-Three, December 16, 1991

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
      Beloved Hidden Flower, hold fast to the faith God has given you. To my children everywhere, I bless you, I give you God's peace.

      I warn you, my dear ones, that the great schism is ready to break apart my Divine Son's Church, and so many are in danger of being swept into apostasy and heresy. How many of my priest-sons no longer teach, live nor believe the doctrines and dogmas of their true faith. How many more of my little ones also deny these truths, and have learned rather darkness, by allowing pride to rule them, allowing their minds to believe they are gods and do not have to be obedient to anyone.

      Woe to those who rejoice in such thinking. Triple woe to those shepherds who lead astray my Son's flock. I am your mother, and I have come among you to point out the errors of your thinking, for I desire all my children to rest with God for all eternity.

      Listen to me, my dear ones. Continue to read Sacred Scripture, particularly Isaiah as I have asked. May the Holy Spirit enlighten you, for your hearts must be converted.

      Time has run its course. The signs begin as I have foretold. Pray! Pray! Pray! Thank you for responding to my Call!


Message One Hundred Thirty-Four: December 22, 1991

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
      Beloved Hidden Flower, I bless you. Do you not see God's power in your humble life? Grow even smaller that His power may grow more manifest. Entrust all to me, for I am your mother.

      Go now, my Hidden Flower, and rest, and receive God's peace. Thank you for responding to my Call!


Message One Hundred Thirty-Five: December 25, 1991

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
SOLEMNITY OF THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD - CHRISTMAS
      Beloved Hidden Flower, I bless you. To all my children, Peace, dear little ones. How my Immaculate Heart rejoices that you have earnestly sought my Son to be truly born in your hearts. By your faithful practice all I have asked shall never leave you.

      Cling to the Prince of Peace. Call upon Him with utmost reverence and He shall hear and answer your just petitions. Beloved, satan despises this Holy Season. Therefore, I solemnly tell you those who believe, live and promote my messages must belong to my Son through me, His Immaculate Mother.

      I desire all to know that my plan rapidly unfolds. The time is now that mankind shall experience ever-greater trials. Be at peace. Fear not.

      This Christmas pray for the peace of God to descend into every heart and if all are joined in this endeavor the Justice shall be mitigated, though it shall still come.

      Behold, I present to you, my little ones, the Holy Infant, the new born babe. I bring Him anew and will not reject any who seek Him with a free heart made clean of all sin through Confession.

      He reigns, now and forever. Praise God, now and forever, for He brings signs to His people out of Love to prepare all for His coming.

      Many still reject my words, but do not fear. The great schism will avert many from the Light. Jesus is the Light. I lead all to Him. Persevere.

      Rejoice. Recall the angel's words: "Peace on earth to men of good will."

      Change your hearts, convert your will by fervent faith and believe. All I have foretold comes to pass. Peace, my little ones. The Blessings of the Christ Child, Prince of Peace. Be of God and abide in His Laws for there can be no other way.

      I remain among you. I give all my motherly blessing. Praise to the Holy Trinity, now and forever. I love you. Thank you for responding to my Call!

NEXT WEEK: Messages One Hundred Thirty-Six and One Hundred Thirty-Seven


PRAYERS & DEVOTION

Today's prayer was given to Amsterdam visionary Ida Perleman by Our Lady of All Nations on February 11, 1951. It ties in with the feature story today and the messages to Ida were officially approved by the Church in the first stage on May 31, 1996.

     Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send forth now Thy Spirit over all the earth. Let the Holy Ghost live in the hearts of all nations, that they may be preserved from moral decline, disasters and war. May the Lady of All Nations, who once was Mary, be our Advocate. Amen.

For more devotions of Lent, click on
WAY OF THE CROSS

For the readings, meditations and liturgy of the weekdays in the Fourth Week of Lent for today and tomorrow, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY

THURSDAY, March 26, 1998


FRIDAY, March 27, 1998


PROVERB OF THE DAY

"The Lord has made everything for His Own ends, even the wicked for the evil day."

Proverbs 16: 4

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

Events today in Church History

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Historical Events in Church Annals for March 26:


645 and counting, hoping and praying..


WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

HEADLINES:

JUDGE RULES FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN STUDENT EXPULSIONS

      BALTIMORE (CWN) - A federal judge on Monday revoked a lower court order that allowed two expelled students to return to a Catholic high school even as their case moved toward trial in a federal court.

      St. John's Literary Institution at Prospect Hall in Frederick, Maryland expelled two black students, Allison Mathis and Damien Wilkins, from the exclusive school after they were found allegedly kissing and fondling each other in a school hallway. The two juniors sued the school, saying they had been subjected to racial discrimination and that their enrollment contract had been breached. The school replied that the students had violated Catholic moral standards as well as the students' rules of conduct.

      Frederick County Circuit Court Judge Mary Ann Stepler had ordered the school to readmit the students pending resolution of the lawsuit, but David Grove, the school's attorney, said the federal reversal of the order was necessary to maintain control over discipline. After Stepler's original order on February 26, Wilkins was able to play in the school's final basketball game, allowing the school to maintain its unofficial standing as the top-ranked high school basketball team in the country. Wilkin's father is Orlando Magic basketball player Gerald Wilkins. Mathis' mother is the daughter of Gannett News Service White House correspondent Deborah Mathis.

      The controversy began on February 6 when a teacher found the students in a hallway after school hours, engaged in sexual activity. The students later admitted to school officials that they were kissing and fondling each other, but were not about to engage in intercourse as charged by the teacher. Their parents said the children were being punished for what they might have done, but officials said the conduct admitted to is enough for disciplinary action.


ALBRIGHT SAYS PAPAL TRIP CHANGED US CUBA POLICY

      VATICAN (CWN) -- The visit to Cuba by Pope John Paul II led directly to a US decision to offer humanitarian aid to that country, Madeleine Albright told reporters in Rome today.

      The US Secretary of State reported that it was the Pope's visit, "and not anything else that Castro did," which led to a change in Washington policy, allowing aid to flow to the people of Cuba. She added, however, that the US embargo on the island nation would remain in place, despite Vatican calls for lifting that embargo.

      Meanwhile Bishop Paul Joseph Cordes, head of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, has said that Cuba must have aid from abroad in order to recover from the nation's current economic problems. Bishop Cordes, who was in Cuba when the news broke that American aid would be forthcoming, welcomed that development, saying that "any measure which increases the aid is good news."

      Bishop Cordes said that the papal visit unleashed "new energies" in Cuba, and provided encouragement to the people living in difficult circumstances there. The most important fruit of the Pope's trip, he said, was the realization among Cuban people that they are neither isolated nor abandoned.

      Meanwhile in Havana, in their first official statement after the US government announced new measures to reduce the embargo against Cuba, Cuba's bishops hailed the decision and asked Cuban authorities for the "necessary space" to complete their evangelization tasks and to start an "honest dialogue" with the Communist government

      Last Friday, US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announced the suspension of some humanitarian aid restrictions against Cuba. The US will permit direct charter flights between both countries and also allow money, medicine, and food disbursement through the Catholic Church, Albright said. The White House said that Pope John Paul's January visit to Cuba convinced President Bill Clinton of "the needs of Cuban people and our obligation to support them."

      The Cuban Bishops' Conference said, "The Catholic Church doesn't ask for a powerful position. We only require enough space necessary to give service to our brothers." According to church sources, Cuba's bishops considered this petition during a private meeting held last month to reflect on the Holy Father's visit to Cuba. After giving thanks to Cuban authorities for their "exquisite hospitality" to the Pontiff, the bishops affirmed again the need to strengthen the Catholic presence in the country. "The Catholic Church wants to have an honest dialogue with the state's institutions and autonomous civil organizations to deepen our community service work together, especially with people in need," bishops added.

      Even as the bishops exhorted the Cuban people to maintain their efforts "to defend life since its beginning, including abortion and birth control practices," they didn't mention their petitions for free access to the media, Catholic education, and more visas for foreign missionaries. "We invite Cubans who, because of different circumstances, live outside of our country but feel as Cuba's sons, to collaborate peacefully and with a constructive and respectful spirit in the development of our nation." According to official figures, of the 1.5 million of Cubans who left the island in the past four decades, about 1.2 million live in the US and 75,000 fly annually to Cuba, in flights from Miami through Nassau, the Bahamas, or Cancun.


RWANDAN REBELS RELEASE THREE NUNS, HOLD TWO MORE

      KIGALI, Rwanda (CWN) - Rwandan rebels who kidnapped eight nuns on Monday, released five of them, all Rwandans, but continued to detain two others from Spain on Tuesday.

      The Rwanda News Agency reported that Hutu rebels who attacked a Catholic health center in northwestern Rwanda continued to hold the two Spanish nuns -- a doctor and a nurse -- to care for their wounded. The rebels are fighting the Tutsi-led government. "Information we received from radio operators inside Rwanda is that they were seen going to mountains and were in good health," Spanish ambassador Luis Gomez de Aranda Guillen said. "I don't think the kidnappers will ask for anything. We hope they will be released soon."

      The Rwandan army said the rebels attacked the clinic in Kivumu, killing three civilians and taking the nuns hostage. Seventeen more civilians were killed in another attack two hours later. Thousands of people have died in Rwanda since more than 1 million Hutu refugees returned from exile in November 1996. Authorities say the rebels mixed in along with refugees and are bent on destabilizing the country.


DALLAS EX-PRIEST PLEADS GUILTY TO SOME CHARGES IN SEX ABUSE TRIAL

      DALLAS (CWN) - Former priest Rudolph Kos unexpectedly pleaded guilty to three of eight charges that he sexually abused young boys at his parish as opening statements and testimony were about to begin on Tuesday.

      Kos pleaded guilty to two counts of indecency with a child and one count of sexual assault on a child, both second-degree felonies. He is alleged to have molested four teenage boys when he was a parish priest in the Diocese of Dallas in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Kos is now facing three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child. If convicted on the more serious charges, he could receive a life sentence.

      Kos was the focus of a $119.6 million civil judgment against the Diocese of Dallas last summer, in which the jury found the diocese covered up the abuse and failed to stop it.

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