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WEDNESDAY      August 11, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 150

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87: Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi
The Dark Continent's Shining Light

      Today we bring you the 87th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi, the Cistercian Trappist whose devotion to God both in his active pastoral work and his later contemplative prayer-life inspired African vocations, leaving a legacy of fruits that are still manifesting themselves today in Nigeria and neighboring countries. For more on the 87th selection, click on BLESSED CYPRIAN MICHAEL IWENE TANSI

87.    Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi

Cardinal Virgilio Noe is the man in charge of the renovations of St. Peter's Basilica for Jubilee 2000!

      Our eighty-sixth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 77-year-old Cardinal Virgilio Noe, the Vicar General of Vatican City State and President of the Fabric of St. Peter as well as the Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica. He was elevated to the cardinalate in Pope John Paul II's Consistory of June 28, 1991. For more on Cardinal Noe, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

86.   Cardinal Virgilio Noe

Reviewing the first six hundred years of the Church as we set sail on the Barque of Peter from the time of Christ to Saint Gregory the Great

     With the summer mode in vogue, we suspend this series until August, allowing the reader to catch up on past articles they may have missed in archives, including the Establishment of the Blessed Sacrament and the early struggles of the Church in this on-going abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. For the first fifteen installments, click on BARQUE OF PETER

Taking time to taste Food for Thought appeteasers over the past year

      With summer upon us we follow the summer schedule and bring you retro vignettes from the past year of humorous and moving Food for Thought Appeteasers that could bring a chuckle, a tear or both but definitely will make you stop and think. For past Appeteasers, click on Archives for FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS

SIMPLY SHEEN:   Worth suffering for!

      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".

"Quite apart from the theology of it, the psychological fact stands out that those who have a deep and profound faith in Christ, the Son of God, are less likely to make unmanly submission to unworthy pretenders. This has been proven in thousands and thousands of cases in which Christian missionaries during times of persecution withstood their persecutors while those without faith succumbed. Freedom from dependence on 'phonies' is purchased by loyalty to Truth and Love."

"Unless you are of total detachment and abandonment, you shall not receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit, and you will remain vulnerable to the wiles of satan."

      Those words from Our Lord were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday on June 4, 1995 in which Jesus implores His children to call on the Holy Spirit Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, and ask Him to renew the face of the earth. Jesus emphasizes the vital importance of divesting ourselves of worldly trappings which weaken our resolve and prevent us from fully committing our lives to God. This slows the cooperative efforts of all His loyal little ones praying for the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart. The day before Pentecost, His Holy Mother Mary reinforces her Divine Son's words entreating us all to read Sacred Scripture, strive to live the Messages, and partake in the Sacraments as often as possible in order to gain graces for protection against the onslaught of the devil and his legions. For Messages #627 and #628 from Our Lady and Our Lord, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 627 and 628

Message Six-Hundred-twenty-seven, June 3, 1995

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(First Saturday)

Message Six-Hundred-twenty-eight, June 4, 1995

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

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.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"But if thy brother sin against thee, go and show him his fault, between thee and him alone. If he listen to thee, thou hast won thy brother. But if he do not listen to thee, take with thee one or two more so that on the word of two or three witnesses every word may be confirmed. And if he refuse to hear them, appeal to the Church, but if he refuses to hear even the Church, let him be to thee as the heathen and the publican."

Matthew 18: 15-17

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August 11, 1999 volume 10, no. 150   DAILY CATHOLIC