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The Keeping It Catholic Chronicles
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+++Catholic Study Guide for Homeschoolers!
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+++Another Reason to Homeschool: #1,001
+++Aragorn: The Catholic Monarch?
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+++(A) Baby & Her Parents Need Your Help
+++(The) Catholic-But Syndrome
+++Charlotte Church - The New Material Girl?
+++Charlotte Mason: For Whose Sake?
+++Courageous Expose - EWTN: A Network Gone Wrong (Review) - Nice People & Beautiful Things in the World
+++Deadline Date for Terri: Done on Purpose?
+++England's New Grading System: Politically Correct to the
+++FATIMA: Still in Eclipse
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+++FATIMA: One Secret, Three Parts
+++FATIMA and the King of France: Do We Have Less than 10 Years Left?
+++FATIMA: The Question of Consecration
+++(The) Feast of St. Joseph - with Prayers
+++Flight to Narnia - Delayed
+++Flower of the Catholic City
+++For the Italians!
+++Guidelines: Ohio
+++His Holy Father or My Highness?
+++Home & Family Life: The (Almighty) Schedule
+++Homeschooling = Child Abuse?
+++How Long, O Lord?
+++In the Name of Christ the King!
+++Is There Life after Homeschooling?
+++Jesus' Charitable Warning
+++Keeping It Catholic on the Net!
+++(The) Last Catholic Emperor
+++Little Lessons & Christmas Memories
+++MEN!!!! Pt 1, Missing in [Catholic] Action - Chivalry
+++MEN!!! Pt. 2, I Bid You Stand, Men of the West!
+++Michael Schiavo's Slip-Up
+++Moving Meditation on the Messiah: The Passion of the Christ
+++Not a Blitz, But a Blackout (Terri and the Catholic Media)
+++Open Letter to Homeschool Resisters
+++Pope's Death: What God in His Mercy is Telling Us
+++Part 1 - Is Homeschooling Disobedient to the Church?
+++Part 2 - Lynn's Letter on Homeschooling
+++Part 3 - Fr.Stravinskas’ Problems with Homeschooling
+++Part 4 - A
+++Pope's Death: President Orders Flags at Half-Mast
+++RED FLAG: Blessed are We
+++RED FLAG: Catholic Insights into Montessori Education
+++RETREAT 1: Importance of Meditation on the Passion
+++RETREAT 2: Saints' Love of Christ's Passion
+++RETREAT 3: Devotion to the Passion
+++RETREAT 4: The Charity of God
+++RETREAT 5: The Judas Factor
+++RETREAT 6 : The Lamb of God
+++RETREAT 7: The Paschal Supper
+++RETREAT 8: Jesus' Farewell
+++RETREAT 9: In the Garden of Gethsemane
+++RETREAT 10: Ecce Homo!
+++RETREAT 11: After the Crucifixion
+++RETREAT 12: Christ and His Mystical Body
+++Rosary Novena
+++(The) Secrets of Catholic Homeschooling
+++September: A Holy Month to Start Homeschooling
+++Terri Schindler Schiavo: American Martyr
+++Terri Schindler Schiavo - With God, All Things are Possible
+++Today is the 1st Day (of the Rest of this Blog!)
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April 3, 2005
The Pope's Death: What God in His Mercy is Telling Us

I've sent the following message to the list this evening, but it is an introduction to a message of such importance that I also think it's something to share with our blog visitors.

With the passing of Pope John Paul II, Keeping It Catholic sends a message of hope and consolation to each and every one of you. The message comes from Our Lord in His Divine Mercy and His Most Holy Mother, Our Lady of Fatima.

Before sharing the heavenly messages of portent, intended for the entire world, and the most important thing I could share with you, first let us pray for the Holy Father.

Let us not cease praying for him.

Let us pray for his immortal soul, asking God to have mercy on him and to let the perpetual light shine upon him.

I say this because, unfortunately, even the Catholic media - while asking us to join them in prayer for the pope - don't state any specific intentions. They are acting as though the Holy Father went straight to heaven. He very well might have, considering he died on both a First Saturday (dedicated especially to the making reparation for the blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary) and the eve (the vigil) of the Divine Mercy.

But what if he did not and we do not pray for him? What a lack of charity on our parts not to pray for the Vicar of Christ!

We must not forget that God, who is all merciful, is also just. Even as "we hope in His Mercy, we must fear His justice." We must not forget the reality of the afterlife, which consists of heaven, hell and purgatory.

Let us also not forget that each successive Vicar of Christ carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. Accepting the responsibility of the office of pope means that each pope has much for which he must answer at his personal judgment. That is one reason why it has long been a practice of the Church to "pray for the intentions of the Holy Father." It means we pray for the pope to teach, govern and sanctify all men through the Catholic Church, according to God's will.

Beginning with my next post, I will further share the "repeated" message which God has sent the world by calling Pope John Paul II from his earthly pilgrimage on a First Saturday and on the eve of the Divine Mercy.

In the love of Christ and His Virgin Mother,

Marianna Bartold
We're "Keeping It Catholic" on the Net at http://www.keepingitcatholic.org
"A dead thing can go with the stream...but only a living thing can go against it."
---G. K. Chesterton

Posted by catholic_homeschool at 22:38 EDT
Updated: April 3, 2005 22:50 EDT
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