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July 16, 1994

Be Grateful My Child, for the
Blessings I Send You

Messenger: God is giving me
everything I need.

Jesus speaks: The very hairs of your head are
numbered, I allow all
that is happening to you. Do you look for that which you do not have?
Look for
that which I am giving you. Do you seek love and miss the love that is
given?
Do you want things given the way you want, or are you accepting the
way they
are? This is willfulness. You think things should be this way, yet
they are
that way and you become frustrated. I give you all you need. It is in
your
acceptance of all things that you grow in your relationship with Me.
Do not be
willful and expect things the way you think they should be. You are
receiving
so much love in your life today from others, and you are looking for
love the
way you want it. I love you and I love you through others. Look at the
love I
am sending you. Accept all others the way they are. I give to you
according to
your needs. Do you love Me?

Sagrada Familia Detail II

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    I give you so much love in your world and in all
those around you. Take the blinders off of your eyes and see the gifts
I am
pouring out to you this day. Pray to the Holy Spirit for vision. God
loves you
so. God is caring for your needs this day. In your willfulness you
want things
your way. Accept the love I pour out to you. Accept all others as they
are.
Strive to give love as I give to you. I am your God and I love you
with an
undying love. You are Mine, child, I love you so.

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Mary Vitamin for March 31st
 
Topic: The Lance Wound to the Side of Christ
 
Quote:
St. Alphonsus di Liguori
The injury of that stroke was inflicted on Jesus, but Mary suffered its pain.
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary, (Tan Books), 452.
 
Meditation
"Christ," says the devout Lanspergius, "shared this wound with His Mother; He received the insult, His Mother endured its agony." The holy fathers maintain that this was literally the sword foretold to the Blessed Virgin by Saint Simeon: a sword, not a material one, but one of grief, which transpierced her blessed soul in the heart of Jesus, where it always dwelt. Thus, amongst others, Saint Bernard says: "The lance which opened His side passed through the soul of the Blessed Virgin, which could never leave her Son’s
heart."
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary, (Tan Books), 452.
 
Resolution:
When I pass the crucifix today, I will think of the wound in the side of Christ as in the shape of an “M” to remind me that  the pain was felt by Mary.
 
Marian Vow:
Fr. Stefano Manelli, FI
If, according to a tradition of spiritual theology, the other three vows of obedience, poverty and chastity in relation to the marks of Christ’s Passion are symbolized by the three nails making Jesus "Love crucified", the Marian vow may reasonably be said to be symbolized by the lance which
transfixed the Heart of Jesus (cf. Jn 19,34) and pierced the soul of our Lady according to the prophecy of Simeon (cf. Lk 2,35).
Father Stefano Manelli FI,  The Marian Vow Of Unlimited Consecration, (Academy of the Immaculate), 19.
 
I give this resolution  to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
 
Thanks be to God for graces received.
 


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“Being
publicly scourged”

Jesuit
Fr. Joseph Fessio, a former student of Cardinal Ratzinger, speaks out
on ‘modern day passion narrative of the Vicar of Christ’


SAN
FRANCISCO, March 30 /Christian Newswire — As nearly one billion
Catholics enter Holy Week, their chief shepherd faces attacks in
newspapers, blogs, twitter posts, and television and radio news.
Unfortunately, the primary news sources repeatedly fail to report
accurate timelines and crucial details. The impression is left that Pope
Benedict XVI is part of the problem, rather than leading the way to
solving it. Consequently, concerned Catholics and others are agitated
and confused.

Pope Benedict’s former student speaks out in
support of the Pope and responds to the lack of responsible journalism
on this story. Benedict the XVI is only infallible as an authoritative
teacher of the Faith, not as an administrator,” says Jesuit Father
Joseph Fessio. “He certainly may have made some mistakes, even serious
ones, in the 33 years since he was first made a bishop. But there is no
evidence for the ones he’s being blamed for in the media; for those who
know the facts, the evidence leads to just the opposite conclusion. Like
the Master he serves, he’s also, after 33 years, being publicly
scourged, this time with words."

Comments from Pope Benedict’s media detractors have been severe. Fr.
Fessio says he admires how, in the midst of this very public suffering,
the Holy Father continues to underscore his firm commitment to address
the issue of clergy sexual abuse and the underlying problems that gave
rise to it. For example, last weekend, the Holy Father released a
pastoral letter to Catholics in Ireland regarding the developments there
and the Holy See press office has continued to update the media in this
area.

Fr. Fessio is founder and editor of Ignatius Press, which is the
primary English-language publisher of Pope Benedict XVI’s writings. He
is also publisher of Catholic World Report magazine, the leading
Catholic news and commentary journal in the U.S. Father Fessio wrote his
doctoral dissertation under Pope Benedict (then Professor Joseph
Ratzinger).

During Ratzinger’s time as Prefect for the Congregation of the
Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican, Fr. Fessio maintained contact with
his former teacher, collaborating with him on several important
projects, and was a prominent defender of Ratzinger against his critics.
Fr. Fessio is a member of the Joseph Ratzinger "student circle," which
continues to meet annually with Pope Benedict.


18
of 31

Mexican
pro-life leader praises majority of country’s states for adopting legal
protection for unborn, calls on rest of states to follow suit


Mexico
City, Mexico, Mar 29, 2010 (CNA) — In a recent article for the
newspaper, El Grafico, Mexican pro-life expert Carolina
Beauregard applauded actions by 18 of the country’s 31 states to
establish legal protections for the unborn and encouraged the remaining
13 states to pass similar pro-life laws.

Beauregard, who advises several Mexican pro-life
groups, wrote that the constitutional reforms protecting life in 18
Mexican states advanced with the overwhelming majority of political
parties and strong support by the people. She added that support for the
right to life is on the rise, despite efforts by some groups in
opposition.

“Lawmakers are seeking to protect the lives of the unborn and the
mother at the same time,” she explained, noting that in some states,
women who undergo an abortion are sentenced to community service instead
of a prison term.

Beauregard called on all organizations in Mexico to safeguard the
right to life, underscoring that “we should reflect on the kind of
society that we want — one in which life is valued and defended above
any circumstance.”

From http://www.calcatholic.com


Live
from St. Peter’s Square

News
release from H2onenews



Benedict XVI’s liturgical celebrations of this
year’s Holy Week and Easter will be broadcast live on the Internet,
brought about by Pope2You (www.pope2you.net) — a multimedia initiative
of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications that was launched in
May to bring the Holy Father’s message to young people — and H2onews
(www.h2onews.org), a Catholic multimedia news agency.

Through this combined effort, a result of the collaboration between
the Vatican Television Centre, the Holy See’s Internet service and
H2onews, users will have access to the videos of the live broadcasts
from St. Peter’s Square, pictures and other on-line news reports, and
can choose to listen to live audio commentaries in one of 5 languages:
English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.



Dear Fellow Catholic,
 
Urgently, we ask you TODAY to join Catholics nationwide in an Easter
Prayer Campaign for Pope Benedict. . . and
spread the word!
 
Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, is suffering "some of the
same unjust accusations, shouts of the mob, and scourging at the pillar as did Jesus"!
 
Those are the words of
Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, who on Palm Sunday urged prayers for Pope Benedict as he is viciously and unfairly attacked by the secular media
and sadly even many dissident Catholics.
 
Pope Benedict is being assaulted with “unrelenting insinuations,” said
Archbishop Dolan, “. . .as certain sources seem frenzied to implicate the man who, perhaps more than anyone else, has been the leader in
purification, reform and renewal that the Church so needs.”
 
When he was installed as Pope five years ago, the Holy Father
himself asked us to help him, saying:
 
“Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.
Let us pray for one
another
, that the Lord will
carry us and that we will learn to carry one another.”

Pope Benedict has never fled from the wolves, and he remains dedicated to renewing Christ’s Church built
on a foundation of strong Catholic identity.  It is by his example that The Cardinal Newman Society and so many others are struggling to renew
Catholic life in America.

We
are assembling an Eastertide
spiritual bouquet for the Holy Father and need your prayers for him today!
 
Please pledge to pray for the
Pope during the 50 days of Eastertide
by joining our spiritual bouquet.
 
Last year, thanks to your help, we collected more than 722,000 prayers for U.S. bishops, including 146,944 Rosaries and 28,862 days of fasting, as a
token of appreciation for their strong stand for Catholic identity at Notre Dame.
 
But now, “The father of our family, ‘il
papa,’ needs our love, support, and prayers,” as Archbishop Dolan has pleaded.
 
Catholics nationwide are praying for Pope
Benedict,
won’t you join us?
 
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!  And may God bless you and your
family.

Yours in
Christ,


The Cardinal Newman
Society



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AVE MARIA, Fla.,

March 31

/Christian Newswire/ — Fr. Frank Pavone, National
Director of Priests for Life, will be the celebrant and
homilist tonight at the Annual National Mass for Terri’s
Day at the Ave Maria Oratory of Ave Maria University in
Naples, Florida.

"On March 31, five years ago, Terri Schiavo died a court
mandated and government enforced death," said Fr.
Pavone. "I saw for myself, as I held her hand and prayed
at her bedside that this death was not ‘peaceful’
and ‘beautiful’ as euthanasia advocates want us to think.
Moreover, as health care is placed more and more in the
hands of the government, we have to be more vigilant
than ever to protect the Terris of today and tomorrow."

"Terri’s Day" was established by Terri’s family and Priests
for Life to foster education, prayer, and activism to
counter discrimination against the disabled. We urge
Churches, schools, organizations, families, and
individuals to observe this day. Suggested prayers and
activities are at www.TerrisDay.org.

The National Mass for Terri’s Day will be held tonight,
March 31, at 5:00 pm, at 5040 Ave Maria Boulevard,
Ave Maria, FL 34142. A light reception will follow.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life
organization dedicated to ending abortion and
euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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