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Today is the Feast of the Martyr and Deacon Saint Lawrence while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Saint Clare of Assisi, Virgin and Religious Foundress. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignette on St. John Vianney, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In honor of the Feast of Saint Lawrence we present the Preface for the Mass in his honor:
Christ, Your Son, offering His life for our ransom, loved us until the end and thus taught us that there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for the brethren. In like manner, Lawrence, His true and faithful disciple, gave the supreme proof of his love by his martyrdom.
Events in Church History
On this date 528 years ago Cardinal Francesco della Rovere was elected as the 212th successor of Peter, becoming Pope Sixtus IV. He would go on to establish the Feast of Saint Joseph, construct the Sistine Chapel and be the first pontiff to celebrate Mass there, and found the Spanish Inquisition. It was Sixtus IV who appointed the controversial Dominican Tomas de Torquemada as the grand inquisitor. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Finally the long-awaited book "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." is available!
The much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary over five years is finally here! You can finally acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages. To find out how, click on Book
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- #87 of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
- Biography on another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on August 11th.
- More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Saint Clare of Assisi on Wednesday and the Nineteenth Thursday in Ordinary Time.
- ...and more in our 150th issue for 1999!
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The Mirage before the Millennium|
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".
"The thirsty traveler in the desert who mistakes a mirage for an oasis is superstitious. He has abandoned reason and sees a dream for a reality. So our twentieth century, impatient with its long voyage on the sea of life, after having denied a port and thrown away the the compass, has turned clouds into islands and fog-banks into imaginary continents."
China says no to Papal Visit to Hong Kong; Hong Kong Bishop blames it on Taiwan controversy
Pagan practices infiltrate Mass in Brazil and President of the Congregation of Bishops not happy
Pope salutes 200th Anniversary of Our Lady of La Vang with message to Vietnam people
Our Lady of Guadalupe called on to end abortion with special crusade in December
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Retroactive articles on Church history available from 1150 to 1515 A.D. for summer review |
This summer we present a review of the period from the time of Charlemagne and Pope Saint Stephen IV, the 97th successor of Peter in the early ninth century to the time of the Reformation and Pope Leo X, the 217th in the Petrus line early in the sixteenth century. These are installments 25 through 106. We will resume our original series in September with installment 107 on Pope Hadrian VI. To read any of the eighty-one installments presently available in this long on-going series, click on the Archives of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Catholic PewPoint helps put things in perspective and clear up the tunnels of confusion!
This summer we present all the editorials to date from 1999 for you to review. Take a ride on the twists and turns of humanity in past installments of Catholic PewPoint. In this wild ride of life, through the tunnels of doubt we need to cling to the rails of hope and trust that God will guide us safely over the whirls and swirls, dips and blips, highs and lows that affect us daily in this rollercoaster called life. These commentaries help keep things on a more even keel, slowing the turns so that all can better navigate the dangerous curves and stay on track in heading towards the light at the end of the tunnel. During the summer we will present this archive feature on Tuesdays and a new commentary every Friday. To read any of the fifty installments presently available for 1999, click on and strap in for the Archives of CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
"If you wish Peace, then you must come to Me. Cut down and cast from you all manner of weapons. I speak not only of guns, swords and weaponry of war. I speak also to your human intellect, your ego and will. "
Those words from Our Lord were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on First Friday on June 2 , 1995 in which Jesus entreats His children to guard all our senses lest we would wage war on virtues. He asks us to realize the lures of the world and false promises are merely a mirage and that peace can only be achieved through Him. His Blessed Mother prefaces her Divine Son's Message two days earlier on the Feast of the Visitation by reminding her little ones of her role as intercessor and asks us to call on her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit to inspire us and imbue us with His Gifts. For Messages #625 and #626 from Mary and Jesus, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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China tells Pope they don't want him in Hong Kong!
While so many countries are clamoring for the Holy Father to visit, that's not the case in China where officials made it official: The Pope is not welcome in Hong Kong. This doesn't come from the Archbishop of Hong Kong but rather the Chinese government in Beijing which has been under the world microscope and the last thing they want is someone who represents everything good fearing exposure of Red China's vices. For more, click on Pope shut out of Hong Kong.
Pagan cult rites interfere with the sacredness and mystery of the Mass in Brazil
A recent liturgy during the 11th Annual Conference of Black Bishops and Priests of Brazil has raised eyebrows not only throughout Brazil but all the way to the Vatican where Brazilian Cardinal Lucas Moreira Neves, O.P., now President of the Congregation for Bishops has raised the alarm that there is great danger in mixing cult practices with the Sacred Liturgy of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. For more, click on Cult clashes with liturgy.
Pope honors Vietnamese with message for 200th Anniversary of Our Lady of La Vang
In honor of the 200th Anniversary of the Blessed Mother's apparitions in Vietnam as Our Lady of La Vang, the Holy Father has sent a special message to the people there as they make preparations next weekend for celebrating the event. Though disappointed that the Pope has chosen India to close the Asian Synod, they are still hopeful he will stop off in Vietnam. No Pope has ever visited this Southeast Asian country which boasts the second largest Catholic population after the Philippines. For more, click on Our Lady of La Vang.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe set to storm Heaven with prayers to end abortion
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the target date a pro-life group is encouraging faithful all across the United States to pray in front of abortuaries in prayerful hope that, through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe who came in 1531 to stop human sacrifice, she can be instrumental in helping end the human sacrifice of abortion today which has claimed the lives of countless millions of unborn. For more, click on Our Lady of Guadalupe
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July 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Also today I rejoice with you and I call you all to prayer with the heart. I call all of you, little children, to give thanks to God here with me for the graces which He gives to you through me. I desire for you to comprehend that I want to realize here, not only a place of prayer but also a meeting of hearts. I desire for my, Jesus' and your heart to become one heart of love and peace. That is why, little children, pray and rejoice over everything that God does here, despite that satan provokes quarrels and unrest. I am with you and I lead you all on the way of love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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