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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 5, Issue 28 FRIDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2005 Friday of the First Week of Lent * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND
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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 5, Issue 28

      FRIDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2005

      Friday of the First Week of Lent


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      WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND
      PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE WHOLE
      WORLD AND FOR CHURCH UNITY

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      INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
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      . PAPAL TELEGRAM OF CONDOLENCES FOR DEATH OF RAFIK HARIRI
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      . POPE TO VISIT ITALIAN PRESIDENT CIAMPI ON APRIL 29
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      . PAPAL APPEAL FOR AID TO PEOPLES OF SAHEL REGION OF AFRICA
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      . MEETING ON THE DIMENSIONS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
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      . IN MEMORIAM
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      . Love Must Shape Pastoral Styles, Says Preacher
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      . Idea of "Quality of Life" Threatens Life Itself, Warns Bishop
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      . Prelate in Siberia Elected President of Bishops' Conference
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      . 230,000 Already Registered for World Youth Day
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      . The Physician Who Treated John Paul II in Hospital
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      . LECTIO DIVINA
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      . CATALOGUE OF LINKS
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      . EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OF MARY
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      . DAILY REMINDER
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      . ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS ARCHIVES
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      . COPYRIGHT NOTICES
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      PAPAL TELEGRAM OF CONDOLENCES FOR DEATH OF RAFIK HARIRI

      VATICAN CITY, FEB 18, 2005 (VIS) - The following telegram of condolences was sent by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, on behalf of Pope John Paul, to Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir, patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, Lebanon, upon the assassination on February 14 of former Prime Minster Rafik Hariri of Lebanon:

      "Following the terrible attack which cost the life of Rafik Hariri, former president of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Lebanon, as well as of numerous other people, the Holy Father greatly deplores this criminal gesture which offends God and men, created in His image and likeness. While praying ardently for the beloved land of Lebanon, he implores once again God's mercy on the Middle East, which aspires to a just and lasting peace. The Pope invites all the Catholic faithful of Lebanon to a lasting commitment to peace and collaboration with all men of good will in order to build, through dialogue, a future of harmony in the country and among the peoples of the region."


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      POPE TO VISIT ITALIAN PRESIDENT CIAMPI ON APRIL 29

      VATICAN CITY, FEB 18, 2005 (VIS) - According to a Holy See Press Office communique made public today: "His Holiness John Paul II, readily accepting the kind invitation of Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, president of the Italian Republic, will make an official visit to the presidential palace of the Quirinal on Friday April 29, 2005, feast of St Catherine of Siena, patroness of Italy."



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      PAPAL APPEAL FOR AID TO PEOPLES OF SAHEL REGION OF AFRICA

      VATICAN CITY, FEB 18, 2005 (VIS) - Made public today was a Letter from Cardinal Angelo Sodano, secretary of State, to Archbishop Seraphin Rouamba of Koupela, Burkina Faso and president of the Administrative Council of the John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel, thanking him on the part of the Pope for the work that he and the Foundation have done since it was founded in 1984, and renewing the Pope's appeal to help the peoples of the Sahel.

      The Letter, written in French and dated February 8, starts with a reference to Pope John Paul's trip to five African nations in 1980 where, on May 10, from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, he issued an appeal to the international community to aid the peoples suffering from severe desertification in the Sahel region of Africa. That appeal led to the institution of the John Paul II Foundation, with a Chirograph by the Holy Father on February 22, 1984.

      The Sahel is the sub-Saharan region of Africa, which includes countries on the west coast and central part of the continent.

      Cardinal Sodano expresses the Holy Father's gratitude to "all those who, from diverse parts of the world, responded quickly to his invitation and who generously cooperated with his concern for the many people who found themselves in truly precarious circumstances." The concrete initiatives that answered the Pope's appeal, writes the cardinal, led to the formation of the Foundation for the Sahel, "whose administration is directed by the episcopacies of the nine countries involved, whereas the legal representation is entrusted to the Pontifical Council Cor Unum." The nine countries are: Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia and Chad.

      The cardinal notes the "fruits" of the "efficacious and intense work of the Foundation" since the Pope's 1980 Africa trip and appeal. He adds that the Holy Father hopes "that these works will continue with a growing and renewed elan to support the communities that have been its beneficiaries, allowing them to be ever more responsible for their integral and harmonious development."

      Notwithstanding these initiatives, writes the secretary of State, "the situation of these regions continues to be very worrisome. That is why the Holy Father takes this occasion to renew his appeal, encouraging the efforts used to surmount the many problems and the many needs that still persist and which concern available resources, unfortunately insufficient," especially drinkable water.

      Cardinal Sodano concludes by stating that Pope John Paul hopes that "this anniversary will be a propitious occasion for a renewed stimulus of solidarity to assure the worthy Foundation the means which will allow it to pursue its human and Christian mission with success."


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      MEETING ON THE DIMENSIONS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

      VATICAN CITY, FEB 18, 2005 (VIS) - On the afternoon of March 3, at the U.N. headquarters in New York, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations and its co-sponsors - AVSI (Association of Volunteers in International Service, U.S.A., Inc.), New Humanity and Pax Romana - will participate in a meeting on socio-ethical thought on the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

      According to a communique made public today, the presentation will be given by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Ireland, former Holy See permanent observer to the Office of the United Nations and Specialized Institutions in Geneva. The second part of the meeting will take place late in the same day in the auditorium of the Church of the Holy Family.



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      IN MEMORIAM

      VATICAN CITY, FEB 18, 2005 (VIS) - The following prelates died in recent weeks:

      - Cardinal Corrado Bafile, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, on February 3, 2005, at the age of 101.

      - Cardinal Jan Schotte C.I.C.M., secretary general emeritus of the Synod of Bishops, on January 10, 2005, at the age of 76.

      - Bishop Joseph Anthony De Palma S.C.I., emeritus of De Aar, South Africa, on February 3, 2005, at the age of 91.

      - Archbishop Benito Gennaro Franceschetti of Fermo, Italy, on February 4, 2005, at the age of 69.

      - Bishop Alberto Giglioli, emeritus of Montepulciano-Chiusi-Pienza, Italy, on January 3, 2005, at the age of 80.

      - Bishop Manuel Guirao, emeritus of Santiago del Estero, Argentina, on January 2, 2005, at the age of 85.

      - Archbishop Jean Hengen, emeritus of Luxembourg, on January 29, 2005, at the age of 92.

      - Bishop Karl Heinz Jacoby, auxiliary emeritus of Trier, Germany, on January 29, 2005, at the age of 86.

      - Archbishop Paul Karatas of Diarbekir of the Chaldeans, Turkey, on January 15, 2005, at the age of 70.

      - Bishop Marc Leclerc, auxiliary of Quebec, Canada, on January 3, 2005, at the age of 71.

      - Bishop Charles Paty, emeritus of Lucon, France, on December 31, 2004, at the age of 88.

      - Bishop Jackson Berenguer Prado, emeritus of Paulo Alfonso, Brazil, on February 8, 2005, at the age of 86.

      - Bishop Pascasio Rettler O.F.M., emeritus of Bacabal, Brazil, on September 16, 2004, at the age of 89.

      - Bishop Francis Keiichi Sato O.F.M., emeritus of Niigata, Japan, on January 2, 2005, at the age of 76.

      - Archbishop Yacoub Denha Scher of Arbil of the Chaldeans, Iraq, on January 8, 2005, at the age of 70.

      - Bishop Ricardo Antonio Surinach Carreras, emeritus of Ponce, Puerto Rico, on January 19, 2005, at the age of 76.

      - Bishop Luigi Zanzottera O.S.I., auxiliary emeritus of Huaraz, Peru, on January 18, 2005, at the age of 78



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      Love Must Shape Pastoral Styles, Says Preacher
      Meditation on 4th Full Day of Pope's Annual Retreat

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 17, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Jesus' new commandment of love must characterize the face of the Church and Christians' personal lives, says the preacher of this year's papal Spiritual Exercises.

      Today, the fourth day of the retreat being attended by John Paul II and officials of the Roman Curia, Bishop Renato Corti of Novara dedicated a meditation to the concept of "Giving the Church a Fraternal Face."

      He explained that the commandment of love left by Jesus must also be the pastoral style of bishops and priests.

      "The new commandment is that of charity and love; therefore, it is important to analyze the life of the Church again in the light of the question: 'Are we giving witness of all this? How?" asked the preacher in words broadcast on Vatican Radio.

      The vice president of the Italian episcopal conference suggested a passage from the apostolic letter "Novo Millennio Ineunte," in which John Paul II proposes a "spirituality of communion" to the Church, and the characteristics it should have.

      "One is a reference to the mystery of the Trinity, mystery of communion. Another is a reference to Jesus Christ, whose members we are, the mystical body of Christ," he said.

      The apostolic letter offers, in addition, indications of an "anthropological and pedagogical character," Bishop Corti continued.

      "For example, the one which states that if one wishes to witness an experience of communion, one must learn to see in the other not only that which is mistaken, but also that which is good; one must learn to appreciate him," the preacher said.

      "If one wishes to live an experience of communion, one is certainly asked one thing: to bear others' burdens," he continued. "This is the way to live communion and -- in a certain sense, as we are very limited -- the way to live the central commandment of the New Covenant, which is the commandment of love."

      The Pope's retreat ends Saturday.



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      Idea of "Quality of Life" Threatens Life Itself, Warns Bishop
      Overemphasis on Money and Pleasure Seen as Dangerous

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 17, 2005 (Zenit.org).- A mistaken idea of "quality of life," based on financial well-being, the pursuit of pleasure, and ethical secularism, has obscured the sacred character of life, warns a Vatican official.

      Bishop Elio Sgreccia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, addressed that topic at a press conference today when presenting the dicastery's forthcoming general assembly. The topic of the Feb. 21-23 event is "Quality of Life and Health Ethics."

      Bishop Sgreccia said that the discussions will be focused on the 1995 encyclical "Evangelium Vitae," in which John Paul II warned about "the eclipse of the sense of God and of man" which "inevitably leads to a practical materialism, which breeds individualism, utilitarianism and hedonism."

      In this line of thinking, Bishop Sgreccia continued, quoting the Pope, "The only goal which counts is the pursuit of one's own material well-being. The so-called quality of life is interpreted primarily or exclusively as economic efficiency, inordinate consumerism, physical beauty and pleasure, to the neglect of the more profound dimensions -- interpersonal, spiritual and religious -- of existence."

      Coupled with preferences that interpret "quality of life" through "medical and health parameters" or in the "socioeconomic" or "ecological sense," a "very different meaning has emerged progressively, of a clearly reductive character, because it refers primarily to the physical well-being of the person, understood in a selective sense," explained Bishop Sgreccia.

      "In virtue of the same, it is affirmed that wherever there is no acceptable quality of life, life itself loses value and is not worth living," he continued.

      Consequently, "from this perspective, the term 'quality of life' takes on a character of opposition to the 'sacredness of life.' In a word, the quality is made absolute, and the sacredness is relativized. What is more, a negative meaning is attributed to the concept of sacredness," the Vatican official said.

      A similar phenomenon has emerged with the term "health," he said.

      "Since the World Health Organization defined health as 'complete well-being of physical, psychic and social nature,' this value has become utopian and mythical, leading to a hedonist concept of well-being and, at times, with even lethal meanings," lamented the bishop.

      "Suffice it to think of the fact that, for reasons of women's health, abortion has been legalized and so-called reproductive health programs have been implemented," he said. "In addition to abortion, sterilization campaigns are proposed, as are those to spread emergency contraception, etc."

      "How has this happened?" asked the bishop. He gave an answer that included three elements.

      The first factor, "of a philosophical nature," is the emergence of the "utilitarian and hedonist philosophy," which reduces good "to the pursuit of pleasure and the defeat of pain," he said.

      The second factor is cultural: "ethical secularism and indifference. If there is no beyond, if a blessed eternity does not exist, pain makes no sense, and what counts is earthly well-being," he added.

      Finally, there is the socioeconomic factor. The "end of global politics" consists in "the genuine or presumed availability of economic and social well-being," the prelate said.

      According to Bishop Sgreccia, the Academy for Life hopes to analyze this "perverse combination" of factors to "propose a corrective view and a different horizon of hope."

      This proposal is particularly necessary, he said, "given the data of uneasiness and unhappiness that are evident in the so-called illnesses of well-being, the anti-economic drop in the birthrate in the West, and the misery of the Third World."



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      Prelate in Siberia Elected President of Bishops' Conference


      ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, FEB. 17, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Bishop Joseph Werth of the Transfiguration Diocese of Novosibirsk was elected as the new president of Russian Catholic Bishops' Conference, at its annual assembly last month.

      The newly elected prelate said the Catholic Church will do everything possible to collaborate with the Russian Orthodox Church in proclaiming the Gospel, according to the episcopal conference.

      There are four Catholic dioceses in the Russian Federation. In his new post Bishop Werth, 52, succeeds Moscow's Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz.

      Bishop Werth is a friend of John Paul II. On one occasion, when the Pope met with young people during a visit to a parish in Rome, he proposed his missionary friend as an example, whom he appointed in 1991 as apostolic administrator of Catholics in Siberia.

      In 2002 he became bishop of the newly established diocese at Novosibirsk.


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      230,000 Already Registered for World Youth Day


      COLOGNE, Germany, FEB. 17, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Six months before World Youth Day, some 230,000 people have already registered for the event in Germany.

      "As [Vatican spokesman] Joaquín Navarro Valls said January 13, the Holy Father's trip to Cologne is confirmed," and "we go forward with the organization," official World Youth Day spokesman Matthias Kopp told the Web site Korazym.

      According to organizers, 400,000 pilgrims are expected to attend the World Youth Day opening ceremony. They expect 600,000 for the vigil Aug. 20 with John Paul II and 800,000 for the closing Mass the next day.

      Kopp said that 10,000 volunteers have already arrived to help with the event.

      World Youth Day is expected to cost 90 million euros ($116 million), said Kopp. "The governments of Berlin and Duesseldorf have donated over 12 million," he said. The event is also seeking funds from the European Parliament and sponsors.

      "Recently I have been in Iraq and Jordan," Koop said. "I have met with Catholic and Orthodox bishops. Iraqi and Jordanian young people have a great desire to participate in WYD, but the Toronto experiences has taught us to be cautious: In the end, the problem of visas impeded access to numerous young people."

      For more information see: <http://www.wjt2005.de>


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      The Physician Who Treated John Paul II in Hospital
      Interview With Dr. Rodolfo Proietti of Gemelli Polyclinic

      ROME, FEB. 17, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The physician who looked after John Paul II during his recent hospitalization says the Pope's general health is good, though he is still convalescing.

      Dr. Rodolfo Proietti, who is in charge of the emergency ward of Rome's Gemelli Polyclinic, usually shuns media attention, but he agreed to this interview with by the Italian newspaper Avvenire.

      Q: Professor Proietti, for a few days you were one of the professionals most in sight and at the same time one of the most unapproachable. How did it come about that you were to head the team that looked after the Holy Father?

      Proietti: For quite a simple reason. As everyone knows, the Holy Father was admitted to the Gemelli Polyclinic as an emergency. In these cases, the responsibility to coordinate the medical team is up to the director of the emergency and admission department, the role that I had at that moment. I continued to follow his case because the diagnosis was within my competency.

      Q: Everything occurred under public scrutiny, which was affected and pained by what was happening to a very sick Pope. However, some saw a certain vagueness or terseness in the objective reasons given for the hospitalization. Can you tell us if there are any mysteries in the Pope's state of health?

      Proietti: There are no mysteries. The reason for the hospitalization, as has been said several times in press statements, was solely the "acute laryngeal tracheitis with episodes of larynx-spasm" -- acute laryngeal tracheitis which fortunately was resolved with relative speed and without other complications.

      The incident occurred in the physical structure of an 84-year-old person marked -- as all can see -- by prior illnesses, but with a very strong constitution.

      Q: It was also insinuated that the hospital's communication was expropriated in reporting the course of the illness. Is this true?

      Proietti: Nothing was expropriated from the medical team. On the contrary, by common agreement it was decided that the so-called medical bulletins, written by the doctors, should be read by those responsible in the Press Office of the Holy See and of the Gemelli Polyclinic.

      Personally, I think it is for the doctor to write the bulletin but not necessarily to read it, especially when the clinical evolution, as in this case, takes place with regularity and in the absence of unexpected or particularly serious events.

      Also for this reason, it was decided to limit the press statements to no more than one daily. We didn't want to hide anything, as can be seen from the conclusion of the event. Far more simply, and fortunately, we had nothing to add.

      Q: In contrast to the initial concerns, there was quite a rapid evolution [of the illness] and in the end, the time of discharge from the hospital was shortened. Is this a mistaken impression?

      Proietti: It is a correct impression. The time of recovery was much faster than we initially expected.

      All the diagnostic explorations carried out showed the good and rapid response to the therapies, the resolution of the acute laryngeal tracheitis, and the absence of complications. For this reason, we were able to bring forward the Holy Father's discharge by one day.

      Q: So far as you can tell, how is the Pope now?

      Proietti: Certainly, in generally good condition, although he will have to conclude the period of convalescence.

      It is known that, after an acute inflammation, the organism needs time to recover its energies fully. In this regard, the Holy Father is no exception.

      Q: I imagine that for a hospital to receive such a famous guest is like introducing a kind of stimulant into the ordinary rhythm and channels, or am I mistaken?

      Proietti: I would say that such events necessarily put any hospital to the test. But the problem is that one must always be ready to handle them the best way.

      In any case, the hospital is called to give the best to the famous guest without diminishing in any way the care given to the other patients.

      To achieve this objective, for some years now the Gemelli Polyclinic has been equipped with a "Plan for the Management of Emergencies," which consists in being able to respond to exceptional and unforeseen interventions -- famous guests, but also the simultaneous arrival of many wounded after a disaster -- without interfering with the hospital's ordinary activity.

      I would say that, this time also, the plan worked perfectly. In modern medicine, good programming is important, without leaving anything to chance or improvisation.

      Q: What is your personal experience of these two last weeks?

      Proietti: The enormous emotion, the honor of looking after the Holy Father and, in doing so, understanding what each patient should represent for the doctor and the way in which the doctor should live his mission.

      It has been, for me, an enormous privilege. And at the end of 10 days, which kept me very close to the Holy Father, I have emerged with the awareness that I received much more than what I gave -- more profound feelings, which I will hardly forget, which I would like to keep private.


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      LECTIO DIVINA

      CHAPTER TEN: MAKING SENSE OF THE SENSES (102-111)


      2. Spiritual Senses

      Fr. Pennington, or, Abbas Basil, as he prefers to be called, relate how we should incorporate the four senses of Sacred Scripture into our daily lectio. He reminds us that "The spiritual senses can never contradict the literal sense of the text." (109)

      He then draws an analogy to a mother who provides a variety of food at table to the wealth and richness, the inexhaustable height, depth and breadth of the meaning of Sacred Scripture. Like children we are prone to like a certain type of food at diner and so too we may find ourselves being partial to the exclusion of other senses of scripture at lectio. This leaves us sterile and at a disadvantage failing to open up to the fullest sense of the intended sense by the sacred author. This can result in lectio becoming monotonous and boring. On this note Abbas Basil enthusiastically says, "Actually, I wonder how anyone can ever weary of listening to the Scriptures." (110) The 12th century Abbot Peter Cellensis puts it this way: "Our every weariness will be countered by as many varieties of reading as there are moments in our life however long we live." Never a dull moment is what Peter of Celles (Pierre de Celles) promises we will encounter and experience when we approach Sacred Scripture, rich and resplendent in its varied texts, levels and senses of meaning.


      Bibliography on Peter of Celles


      William, of Saint-Thierry, Abbot of Saint-Thierry, (ca. 1085-1148?), De vita solitaria. (French & Latin)Lettre aux frères du Mont-Dieu : lettre d’or / Guillaume de Saint-Thierry ; introduction, texte critique, traduction et notes par Jean Déchanet. Edition : Rev. et corr. from 1985 ed. Sources chrétiennes ; no 223; Série des textes monastiques d’Occident ; no 45 (Paris : Éditions du Cerf, 2004, 1975).

      Julian Haseldine, ed., The letters of Peter of Celle. (English and Latin) Oxford medieval texts (Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001).

      Peter of Celle, selected works : Sermons, The School of the Cloister, On affliction and reading, On conscience / translated by Hugh Feiss. Cistercian studies series ; no. 100 (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Cistercian Publications, 1987).

      Petrus Cellensis Commentaria in Ruth, Tractatus de tabernaculo / digesserunt Eddy Gouder et Paul Tombeur ; [curante] CETEDOC, Universitas Catholica Lovaniensis Lovanii Novi. : Instrumenta lexicologica Latina. Series B, Enumeratio lemmatum, concordantia lemmatum et formarum, index formarum et lemmatum, index lemmatum a tergo ordinatorum, tabula frequentiarum ; fasc. 11
      Corpus Christianorum. Continuatio Mediaevalis ; 54, Suppl. B(Turnhout : Brepols, 1987, 1983).

      Anne Prache, Saint-Remi de Reims : l’œuvre de Pierre de Celle et sa place dans l’architecture gothique (Paris : Arts et métiers graphiques, 1978).


      Peter, of Celle, Bishop of Chartres, (ca. 1115-1183), L’École du cloître. Série des textes monastiques d’Occident ; no 47; Sources chrétiennes ; no 240 (Gérard de Martel, editor; Paris : Éditions du Cerf, 1977)


      William, of Saint-Thierry, Abbot of Saint-Thierry, (ca. 1085-1148?) Willem van St. Thierry’s Epistel totten bruederen vanden berghe godes, ingeleid en van een modern Nederlandse vertaling voorzien door J. M. Willeumier-Schalij.(Leiden, E. J. Brill, 1950).


      Jean Charles Courtalon-Delaistre (1735-1786), La vie du Pape Urbain IV. Suivie de celles de Pierre de Celle, de Comestor & Salomon Jarki, pour servir à l’histoire littéraire de Champagne. (Troyes, La Veuve Gobelet, 1782).



      Rev. M. Basil Pennington, OCSO, Lectio Divina. Renewing the Ancient
      Practice of Praying the Scriptures. (Crossroad, NY, 1998) ISBN 0-8245-
      1779-2 (hardcover); ISBN 0-8245-1736-9 (paperback).

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      10. Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ. English Trans. Online
      <http://www.ccel.org/k/kempis/imitation2/htm/i.htm>

      Thomas a Kempis, De Imitatione Christi. Latin Text Online
      <http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/kempis.html>

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      EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OFMARY

      When the Eucharistic host is elevated at Mass say:

      "Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary,
      I offer you the crucified Body of Your dearly beloved Son, Jesus
      Christ, in reparation for all the sins committed against you and for
      the conversion and salvation of the whole world."

      When the Eucharistic chalice is elevated at Mass say:

      "Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary,
      I offer you the precious Blood of Your dearly beloved Son, Jesus
      Christ, in reparation for all the sins committed against you and for
      the conversion and salvation of the whole world."

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      DAILY REMINDER

      "during this important time, as the eve of the new millennium
      approaches unity among all Christians of the various confessions will
      increase until they reach full communion." John Paul II, Tertio
      Millennio Adveniente, 16

      "Keep close to the Mother of God as if you were the child Jesus
      clinging to her robes while walking down a dusty and busy crowded
      street and you'll always be safe."

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