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March 16, 1998             SECTION TWO              vol 9, no. 53



satan mocks those who strive to do God's Will

     So many souls don't realize what satan is up to until too late. Imagine, if you will, his utter shrill of ecstacy when Mary's Divine Son Jesus was led away from Gethsemane to the Praetorium by the soldiers, bound in chains. Our Lady was suffering greatly with her Son even though He was miles away at the time. Yet, in Meditative Lesson 7 THE MOTHER SUFFERS WITH THE SON we see there is no bitterness in Mary, only sadness at how many souls have been duped and lost through the wiles of the demon. These meditative lessons, imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during Lent of 1993, 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. These lessons help us realize that we, too, must suffer with Mary and Jesus in reparation for the countless souls who mock Him. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
INTRODUCTION: These Meditative Lessons on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary which encompass the Passion and Death of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ were imparted via both interior visions and interior locutions to Cyndi Cain, the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Blessed Mother of God during Lent in 1993. Cyndi relates that, "while I saw many details in these interior visions, only certain details were to be written down. Therefore, these lessons are not meant to be a detailed geographical or historical account, nor are they meant to pinpoint all the intricate details one might wish to have knowledge of regarding the Passion of Our Lord...for the importance of each lesson lies not in the descriptive passage or dialogue, but in Our Lady's own meditations which follow each interior vision. These meditations are meant to strengthen us in our faith during this our exile - particularly in these end times when the Holy Catholic Church will be ripped apart by apostasy and schism...for Our Blessed Mother wants our faith to be as strong as an anchor. For our faith to be such, we must have the faith of a simple, little child." During Lent we bring these to you and ask the Holy Spirit to give all the enlightenment and discernment to learn and grow from these meditative lessons that all may persevere in the time of the Great Darkness which looms ever closer. For those who would like the complete works of "It is Consummated!, as well as the books on the Joyful Mysteries - "Come, Let us Adore Him", and the Glorious Mysteries - "My Lord and my God!", click on BOOKS.

Meditative Lesson 7:

THE MOTHER SUFFERS WITH THE SON

part one

     Dear Father, again I am called to write. Our Lady asks me to say here that always, before and after these Lessons, I pray—on my knees before the Crucifix, seeking only the Divine Will. Then Our Lady speaks, saying it is time to begin. I test her voice and proceed.

      It is late. I am no longer with Jesus. I am in a small room where the furnishing are sparse, a simple bed against the far left wall, a small slit of window in the adjoining wall. There is a chair in the room. I see nothing else. Then I hear the sound of crying and I look toward the bed. There, at the foot of the very uncomfortable-looking bed by our standards, I see the Mother of God.

      She is on her knees, head bent toward her chest, and her whole being is shaken by sobs. Around her I am given to see a golden light which glows, one moment dimly, the next brighter.

      I want to run to the Blessed Mother, to fall upon my knees beside her and, throwing my arms about her, I desire to comfort Her. O! To hear the Mother of God cry!

      But I do not move and in that moment I am given to understand that our Blessed Mother is being shown by heavenly vision all that is happening to her Son. Her soul, pure and spotless, sees also the demon’s mockery and the demon’s mockery and the dying embers of souls lost for all eternity. She sees also all who shall have eternal life because of her Son’s infinite sacrifice.

      Her tears are at once very human - she is truly Mother - and also very holy for as each drop of blood falls from the Sacred Body of her Son, do so Mary’s tears fall. Mingling thus in the sight of the Father, they create a torrent of mercy, forgiveness and love.

NEXT INSTALLMENT: Part Two of Lesson 7: THE MOTHER SUFFERS WITH THE SON


The Bishop of Rome Speaks Out!

     Upholding the ideals of Saint Patrick and all the other saints, the Vicar of Christ in our present time Pope John Paul II speaks out on the Role of the Laity today in his Apostolic Letter on the Role of the Laity, entitled Christifideles Laici which is expertly analyzed by Dr. Joseph Bagiackas in his summary of the Holy Father's writings for lay men and women. Today the topics are Vocations and the Place of Women. For the eleventh installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

A Lay Person's Guide to Pope John Paul II's Teaching on the Laity

by Dr. Joseph Bagiackas

To read the entire Apostolic Letter click on Christifideles Laici

eleventh installment:

Chapter Four: 15. Vocations According to One's Age

      Pope John Paul II constantly calls young people the "hope of the Church." They are not just "objects of pastoral concern," but must be active participants in evangelization and renewal of society. Small children too, so cherished by Our Lord, have a role to play even at early stages in the sanctification of their parents and the strengthening of their families. Seniors must not yield to the temptation to let up in efforts at ministry when they begin to slow down physically. Old age can be a time of new apostolic endeavors, especially for those who retire.

16. The Place of Women

     The Pope first speaks of the urgent need to defend the dignity of women in society. With regard to the Church, women need to become able to participate more widely in the Church’s mission. In the case of Our Lord Himself, women had key roles to play in His ministry, "though they were not called to the apostolate of the Twelve." The early Church gave women a much higher place than the surrounding culture. The whole history of the Church has been marked by women having a more substantial role than in our day, the Church must intensify its efforts to give women greater recognition within the Church and in society. Men and women are equal in Christ, while having complementary roles in some areas. The pope refers his readers to his apostolic letter, On The Dignity of Women, for further discussion of this theme.

      Regarding mission, women and men are equally called to evangelization and building up the Church within. Women cannot be ordained, according to the clear will of Christ. But though this function is not open to them, they are equal to men in dignity and holiness. This "theoretical" assertion must be lived "in practice." Women must be more part of the consultation process in dioceses and parishes. Their role in catechesis and formation, always strong in the past, must be fostered even more. Also, women need to fight against certain current trends which degrade them. The dignity of motherhood must be defended. Women must fight harder in the public arena for moral values in places like schools, media, business, and the like. And women, who have a special sensitivity for caring for all persons, male and female, have a unique ability to combat the dehumanizing trends of society today. Lay men also must take more responsibility for the Church, letting women do "religious things," as though this were unmanly.

Next week: Chapter Four continued: The Role of the Sick and Suffering and the Basic States in Life.


Fostering the Spiritual Treasury of the Church via Videos/Audios and CD-Roms

     What some bishops and priests may not convey, the largest audio/video reproduction company St. Joseph's Communications does with orthodox audio and video tapes and an excellent array of unique CD-Roms to help enhance the faith for all Catholics - young and old. Patterned after their patron saint, Saint Joseph, they foster a healthy hunger for the faith with material that is affordable and necessary. The site that offers these treasrues is the subject of today's review and recipient of our "Golden Chalice Award". For the review of this website, click on SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK

SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK:

This site, dedicated to the "Silent Saint," is anything but silent in spreading the ideals of St. Joseph

     In commemoration of the glorious feast of Saint Joseph this week we wanted to do a sight dedicated to the foster father of Jesus and protector of the Blessed Virgin Mother. Many sites devoted to him are namesakes of parishes or organizations, but there is one that conveys the spirit of evangelization this quiet saint would be proud of. That is the site run by Saint Joseph's Communications out of West Covina, California. Many are familiar with them from the conference tapes they have done, others for the radio scripts and formats they have distributed in promoting the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. They are the largest Roman Catholic audio and video tape reproduction company in the world, extending internationally to Europe and Australia. They state on their website, "One of our primary focuses is on providing solid Catholic education on audio and video tape to families. The Catholic family movement continues to grow in the United States and throughout the world. Across the globe, Catholic families are coming together to study and grow in the Faith, to encourage one another and to celebrate their Catholic heritage. The year 1994 was the Year of the Family, and Pope John Paul II marked the occasion with his historic Letter to Families. We want to continue to play our own part in the new Catholic renaissance that is sweeping across the living rooms of America. One way to do that is by offering only the very best in Catholic education on audio and video tape. "

     The site itself, operated by webmaster Tom Sullilvan, is basically a "sell site" where one can purchase audio and video tapes and normally we don't review such a site, but the caliber of material they provide, why they do, and the fact they offer CD-Roms that you can just pop in your computer makes this an exception. Their collection of software CD-Roms is impressive and unique. They offer volumes on Church History, lives of the saints, the approved Catholic bible with expert commentary, even an illustrated Catholic bible with maps, countless illustrations, and a Hebrew tutor that helps us all better understand the evolution of words, passages and what they truly mean. In addition they offer works by noted apologist and convert-extraordinaire Scott Hahn as well as works by Father Joseph Fessio, SJ and other notables. They even offer liturgical music on the CD's. Speaking of music, they provide the hard-to-get, but sought-after music by the group Radix popular with the teens wherever they perform. They offer stunning books on tape by such renowned authors as Monsignor Klaus Gamber and Blessed Josemaría Escrivá.

     The St. Joseph's Communication site also provides a list of conferences that might not be found on the Marian Conference docket such as the National Family Conference in Long Beach, California in July which encourages family participation and sports a tremendous line-up of speakers. In addition they list sites for combined parents and teen retreats, something that can be very, very beneficial in these days of miscommunication between the generations. This site offers much for the teens in their Youth Outreach section, specifically tapes on the sixth and seventh commandments by Radix which hits homes with teens that they can relate to. It is a great evangelization tool, combined with their excellent and moving, rocking music that communicates with the young adults. In fact, as one of our teenage sons would say, "they have rad t-shirts, too, dude!" The other would pipe in, "they're the bomb!" If you've never heard this outstanding group as well as the music of Eric Genius you can get a sneak feel of the beat by clicking on their audio previews. The latter also offers excerpts of Scott Hahn and his wife Kimberly Hahn, also a convert and powerful speaking force on the conference circuit. They even offer a free tape for first time users and provide a direct e-mail, if you wish to submit your e-mail address, to alert you of their latest releases. There are many other tapes and videos they offer and one has to peruse the site to get the full feel of what is available. The site itself is very simple to navigate and loads quite quickly for even the slowest of modems. They offer frames and non-frame format. As we mentioned earlier, even though it is a commercial site promoting tapes, videos, t-shirts and CD Roms, what they offer is unique and necessary, prompting us to therefore present the St. Joseph's Communication site with the "Golden Chalice Award" and confer THREE Hail Mary's to this site, dedicated to St. Joseph, head of the Holy Family for it is family this site caters to in promoting tools to help all emulate the ideals of that humble Threesome who lived in Nazareth nearly 2000 years ago and lives today in our hearts.


Reconciliation is an Experience!

In his first installment on Reconciliation, Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. talks about how Reconciliation is not a thought or just a word, but an experience - one that must be rooted in the Mercy of Jesus Christ and the Sacraments He established for all His faithful. For his first column on "RECONCILIATION...a price to pay!", click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK

How to Pray with the Heart

Column Twenty-Five: Reconciliation

     

      Reconciliation is not a thought, it is an experience. As an experience, it is lodged deep within the human heart, and not only within the human heart, but within the Divine Heart as well. Were it a mere thought within the Divine Mind, mankind would never have had a Redeemer. As it is a mere thought within the minds of so many of today’s generation, human hearts find no craving or need for a Redeemer.

      Within the Divine Heart there are found both justice and mercy. When our first parents were tricked by Satan and turned on God in favor of establishing an independent domain within their own human hearts, the justice of God exiled them to the vale of tears, sweat and blood. It ultimately turned out to be a felix Culpa, a "happy fault" in as much as it obtained for them and for each one of us, a Redeemer through the mercy of God. Through the suffering and excruciating death of Jesus, God was reconciled to man, and man to God.

      Reconciliation, as an experience, is based upon the fact that God, the Creator as well as God, the Loving Father, wishes order in the universe. Despite the fact that the world knows earthquakes, cats chasing mice, spiders catching flies, in the complete picture of creation, it all tends towards unity as conceived in the Divine Mind and experienced within the Divine Heart. In creating the angelic and human person, the loving Father left it up to each person endowed with a free will, to maintain a union with Himself and amongst one another. Lucifer and his legions chose to go their own way. For them, because of their angelic nature, there was no possibility for reconciliation; for human beings, because of their human nature, God has given and continues to give each an opportunity to choose to be in union with Himself. The nature of the angel is such that once a decision is made, it cannot be changed; the nature of the human being is such that, because he is created with a less perfect nature, not ever knowing the full consequences of his decisions, he is given unlimited opportunities to return to a union with God after he has estranged himself from Him.

      Though God the Father in His mercy has sent to earth His Son as our Redeemer, it nonetheless remains with each individual human being to make his/her own way back to a union with Him. As a continued expression of His mercy, it is God Himself Who must give help to each, first to be put onto the path of reconciliation, and secondly, to receive necessary graces to be reconciled over and over again as each estrangement takes place. This mercy expresses itself through Jesus’ establishing the Sacraments of Baptism and Reconciliation. These are direct aids to the attaining of a union with God. The other Sacraments help to maintain oneself in that union.

In my next installment, I will delve into how reconciliation with self is just as important in the healing process with others.

To review Father Valenta's previous columns in this series, go to Archives beginning with the August 18, 1997 issue of A CALL TO PEACE: volume 8, no. 16.


Medjugorje Monthly Message for February 25th

      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

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

Events that happened today in Church History

      For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

Historical Events in Church Annals for March 16:


655 and counting, hoping and praying..



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