June 30 - July 2, 2000,    vol. 11, no. 115




       This weekend we observe the duo Feasts of the Two Hearts, that is the Solemnity of the Feast of the SACRED HEART OF JESUS on Friday, followed the next day by the Feast of the IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY on First Saturday. That same day, though it is superseded, is the new feastday of Blessed Padre Junipero Serra, the Franciscan missionary who founded the California Missions in the the mid 18th century. Sunday we return to Ordinary Time with the First Ordinary Sunday since March 5th as we commemorate the THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. On Monday, we celebrate the Feast of the Doubting Apostle, SAINT THOMAS. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes for these feasts, DAILY LITURGY.

      First Reading:  Hosea 11: 1, 3-4, 8-9
      Responsorial:  Isaiah 12: 2-6
      Second Reading:   Ephesians 3: 8-12, 14-19
      Gospel:   John 19: 31-37


    Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as we know it, began about the year 1752. On repeated occasions, Jesus appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation nun, in France. The Church found the devotions worthy of belief, approving them on their own merits because Christ's Heart is the Heart of God.

    In honoring the Heart of Christ, our homage lingers on the Person of Jesus in fullness of He Love. This Love of Christ for us was the moving forcer of all He did and suffered for us-In Nazareth, on the Cross, in giving Himself in the Blessed Sacrament, in His teaching and healing, in His praying and working. When we speak of the Sacred Heart, we mean Jesus showing us His Heart, Jesus all love for us and all loveable. Jesus Christ is the incarnation of God's Infinite love. The Human Nature which the Son of God took upon Himself was filled with love and kindness that has never found an equal. He is the perfect model of love of God and neighbor. The love that Jesus bore toward us also urged Him to undergo the death of the Cross. At the Last Supper, He said, "There is no greater love than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends" (John 15:13).

    When we see Jesus lavishly offering inexhaustible treasures of compassion and mercy We are able to conceive something of the immensity of that ocean of Divine Kindness and love from which the Sacred Heart draws these treasures for us. The Heart of Jesus never ceases to love us in Heaven. He sanctifies us through the sacraments. These are inexhaustible fountains of grace and holiness which have their source in the boundless ocean of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on Friday following the Second Sunday after Pentecost. See DEVOTIONS


    First Reading:  Isaiah
    Responsorial:  Psalm 74: 1-7, 20-21
    Gospel:   Luke 2: 41-51

    Any form of veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary is always directed to her person. So too, in venerating the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we revere not only the real physical Heart of our Blessed Mother, but also her person as the source and bearer of all her virtues. We expressly honor her Heart as a symbol of her love for God and for people. The first impulse to the veneration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are found in Holy Scripture. After the arrival of the shepherds to the crib we read: "Mary…treasured all these things and reflected on them in memory (her Heart)" (Luke 2:19). After Mary and Joseph found the twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple, Scripture says: "He went down with them then, and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother meanwhile kept all these things in memory (her Heart)" (Luke 2:51). At the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, Simeon predicted: "And you yourself shall be pierced with a sword" (Luke 2:35). These words were verified beneath the Cross, for as the Heart of Jesus was pierced by a lance, the Heart of His Blessed Mother was transfixed by the sorrow of the sword. The Heart of Jesus had its first beat in the shelter of the of the most pure Heart of His Mother Mary, and this most pure Heart had also received in spirit the last beat of the Heart of Jesus. If the Sacred Heart would not be without the loving Heart of His Mother in Heaven, He did not wish to be honored apart from her upon earth.

    In one of the first apparitions at Fatima in 1917, our Lady said that Lucy must remain on earth a while longer to spread devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In the third apparition at Fatima, July 13, 1917, our Lady told Lucy: "Our Lord wishes that devotion to my Immaculate Heart be established in the world. If what I tell you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace; the war will end…I ask the consecration of the world to my Immaculate Heart and Communion of reparation on the First Saturday of each month…If my requests are granted, Russia will be converted and there will be peace…In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph and an era of peace will be conceded to humanity." On October 31, 1942, Pope Pius XII, on the occasion of the solemn closing of the celebration in honor of the Apparitions of Fatima, obeyed the message of Fatima and consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II renewed the same consecration. Shortly before Jacinta died at the age of ten, she said to Lucy, I have only a short time left before I go to heaven, but you must remain here below to make the world know that our Lord wishes devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary established in the world. Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask these graces from her, and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of His Mother. Ask them to plead for peace from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peace of the world to her." In obedience to her ecclesiastical superior and her confessor, Lucy revealed a part of the secret confided by Our Lady, and it concerns the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Pope Pius XII instituted the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1945, to be celebrated on August 22. Today the Feast is celebrated on the Saturday following the Second Sunday of Pentecost. See DEVOTIONS

      First Reading:  Exodus 24: 3-4
      Responsorial:  Psalm 116: 12-13, 15-18
      Second Reading:  Hebrews 9: 11-15
      Gospel:   Mark 14: 12-16, 22-26

The DAILY WORD Taken from the Gospel for Sunday's Mass
"For there is nothing hidden that will not be made manifest; nor is anything concealed that will not come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." And He said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you, and more shall be given to you."
Mark 5: 22-24

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenThe canvas must wait for maturity to grow

   They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

    "There are certain conflicts and tensions which are natural to us as human beings, namely, the conflict between the flesh and the spirit. In the young it is not always clear which is dominant or will be the master during life. It takes a lot of struggle to give dominance to the higher part of our being. For that reason, an artist refused to paint the portrait of a young man. The artist said that he saw two impulses in the youth neither of which yet showed dominion. He would delay the portrait until his character was formed."

June 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit. Following is Our Lady's brief message on the occasion of the 19th Anniversary of the Apparitions.

The Gospa's message for June "Dear children! Today I call you to prayer. The one who prays is not afraid of the future. Little children do not forget, I am with you and I love you all. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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