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Today is the Nineteenth Thursday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow is the Nineteenth Friday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of the martyred Pope Saint Pontian and Saint Hippolytus, priest. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes for these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In honor of Saturday's Feast of the modern martyred Franciscan priest Saint Maximilian Kolbe, we present the Opening Prayer for Saturday's Mass venerating him:
Gracious God, You filled Your priest and martyr, St. Maximilian Kolbe, with zeal for souls and love for his neighbor. Through the prayers of this devoted servant of Mary Immaculate, grant that in our efforts to serve others for Your glory, we too may become like Christ Your Son, Who loved His own in the world even to the end.
Events that happened this day in Church History
On this date 49 years ago, Pope Pius XII issued his 19th encyclical and what many believe his greatest - Humani generis in which the Sovereign Pontiff dealt with the growing modernism and liberal tendencies and he wanted to curb these false opinions which were threatening to undermine the foundations of Catholic doctrine. To go back and read it today it applies even more to our time than it did in the relatively calm, innocent fifties. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
141 and counting,
hoping and praying...
in the special 2nd Summer Hiatus issue:
- The 85th through 80th selections of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
- Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
- A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on August 13th through the 22nd.
- Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo, S.D.B. of Nicaragua in our COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- The final two Messages from Jesus and Mary in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- DAILY LITURGY from Friday, August 13th through August 22nd.
- ...and much more in our 152nd through 157th issues for 1999!
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"Lord, to whom shall we go?"
In his column today, Pat Ludwa writes about the greatest treasure we have: our faith in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. He points out that while so many seemingly have all the answers to how the Church should be, it all boils down to what Jesus taught and His insistence that He would not compromise. Pat shows how we cannot compromise either but rather should echo Peter's words to Christ, "Lord, to whom shall we go?". The answer is: nowhere, for in Jesus is the Truth, the Way, and the Life which has been handed down to us through the Church He founded and gave the keys of the kingdom to Peter as the first Pope and which continues today with Pope John Paul II as Pat reminds us in his column For Pat's column The Church, God's Gift of Love, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
World Religious leaders will meet in Rome in October for World Peace Conference
Milosevic's days are numbered with Serbian Orthodox Church's rejection of his rule
Centuries-old wooden rosary dating back to St. Francis Xavier uncovered in Japan
Michelangelo's masterpieces to be united under one roof for Exhibition of Pietas
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a summer review of all past articles on the Church today
Like our other feature series, this summer we present installments 1 through 105 of this series which is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event - the second coming of Christ and the Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace. To read any of the over one-hundred previous installments in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
That empty feeling!
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".
"Few things are more strange than the eagerness with which many so-called educated people swallow the dicta of a mere human being, and swear by his glory. Great indeed is the void left in the heart by the exile of Christ."
with a Catholic slant
"Beware the snares of the evil one who would strip you of the magnificence of the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed and the beautiful hymns and prayers of praise in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. When you pray these holy prayers all the hosts of Heaven join in and like incense it rises before the Throne of God. "
Those words from the Sacred Heart of Jesus were imparted on the Solemnity of Trinity Sunday on June 11, 1995 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. In this third from the final Message, Our Lord reminds us to safeguard the treasures we have been given in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church which is so vital in the role of helping bring about the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart and ushering in the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart which Jesus has promised. He prefaces these words with His Message two days earlier on the Feast of Saint Ephrem by asking us to suppress sin by calling on His benevolent Mercy. He is knocking and waiting for us to answer. For Messages #629 and #630, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWS
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All Roads Lead to Rome for faiths of the world this October
In preparation for Jubilee Year 2000, the Vatican has announced an ambitious large-scale one week conference will be held in October in Rome with a special pilgrimage to Assisi - center of the Apostle of Peace Saint Francis of Assisi. Over 200 leaders from various religions of the world are being invited to convene in Italy to dialog on the culture of life, human dignity, world peace, and various issues that involve all faiths. The event is being organized by Cardinal Francis Arinze, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and his staff. For more, click on World Peace Conference
Serbian Orthodox Church could be final nail in Milosevic's coffin
The groundswell by the Serbian people to demand the ouster of Serb strongman Slobadan Milosevic has picked up momentum with the endorsement of the Serbian Orthodox Church who have called for his resignation for the good of the country and the hope and trust of the people. A coalition is being formed to create a transition government after his resignation. It would seem, with the influential Orthodox Church calling for his removal, his days are numbered. For more, click on Sayonara Milosevic.
Oldest Wooden Rosary provides links to St. Francis Xavier
Archeologists in Japan made a startling discovery when they opened a wooden coffin at the Takatsuki Castle in Onaka: an old wooden rosary which is believed to date back to the time of Saint Francis Xavier, the Jesuit missionary who brought the faith to the Orient. Many historians had believed all religious symbols and sacramentals had been destroyed during the anti-Christian era in the late 16th century but the rosary was preserved. For more, click on links to history.
Three of Michelangelo's famous Pietas to be on display under one roof for beginning of Jubilee 2000
Few realize that the master Michelangelo sculpted more than one Pieta and that will be emphasized during the Jubilee Year 2000 in Rome when the most famous one - the one in St. Peter's will be reunited with his other two, one which resided in Milan and the other, a lesser known one in Florence. There was a fourth but it was unfinished and so will not be included in the trilogy of Pietas that will be on display at the Quirinal Palace from January 2 thorugh February 18, 2000. For more, click on Jubilee Pietas .
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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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