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August 13-22, 1999   THIRD WEEK OF AUGUST   vol. 10, no. 152-157
    2nd Special Summer Hiatus Issue   
DAILY CATHOLIC for 

August 13 to 22, 1999
Solemnity of the Assumption Pope Saint Pius X
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TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY COUNTDOWN DOWN THROUGH
   Because of this special Second Summer Hiatus, we are providing the next six candidates chosen as the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY - number 85 through 80. For the person chosen on Friday - August 13, Monday - August 16, Tuesday - August 17, Wednesday - August 18, Thursday - August 19, and next Friday - August 20, 1999. Click on the the porthole to the right or here.

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COUNTDOWN OF THE TOP 100 CATHOLICS FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK

CATHOLIC PewPOINT EDITORIAL

GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

MOVIES & MORALS

The Week in Church History

Liturgy for the Weekend and Second Week of July

I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU...

THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW

CWN Catholic News for today

Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium


SUMMER RETRO REVIEW
   With the DAILY CATHOLIC on its Second Summer Hiatus this week, we offer you the opportunity to catch up on articles and features you might have missed and so we present the opportunity to review with the following sections. Just click on your choice below:


TOP 100 CATHOLICS TO DATE

ARCHIVES OF 1999 EDITORIALS in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

ARCHIVES OF Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW

COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION TO DATE

ARCHIVES OF THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH

ARCHIVES OF 2000 YEARS SAILING ON THE BARQUE OF PETER

ARCHIVES OF FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS

ARCHIVES OF WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?


With "The Sixth Sense" one gets the idea the audiences has lost their senses
Top Ten Films
for First Part of August

    Maybe it's a good idea we're going on vacation this week because the Force has taken a vacation from the Top Ten. The summer's megahit "Star Wars - Episode One - The Phantom Menace" has fallen out of the Top Ten for the first time since it debuted three months ago. Speaking of vacations, the entire movie industry seems to have taken a vacation from values and producing worthwhile films. The latest is another Bruce Willis' vehicle that falls short of meaning, but enough gore and violence to disturb us. Yet that is mild compared to the fare that follows with only "Runaway Bride" and the new comer "The Iron Giant" lending any credence to decency as the rest play on blatant sex, violence, intelligence-insult, sexual innuendo and a diminishing of moral values. That's entertainment?!? For the Top Ten reviews for the first part of August prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
   In honor of the Solemnity of the Assumption, we present the a special Prayer from the Treasury of Novenas honoring Our Lady for her Feast of the Assumption and the Queenship of Mary next Sunday:

Almighty, ever-living God, You raised to eternal glory the body and soul of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Your Son. Grant that our minds may always be directed Heavenward and that we may deserve to share in her glory. Mary, Assumed into Heaven and Queen of the Universe, ever-Virgin Mother of God, obtain peace and salvation for us through your prayers, for you have given birth to Christ the Lord, the Savior of all mankind.


Events this week in Church History
Pope Saint Pius X     While many events in Church annals occurred over this third week in August, during this time we commemorate the deaths of eight Popes over the centuries, including the "Pope of the Eucharist" from early in this century - Pope Saint Pius X who died on August 21, 1914 after an eleven year pontificate which included making Holy Communion available to children who had reached the age of reason. For all the other events that happened during this week in Church History, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


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Gone fishin'! But it won't be an ordinary vacation
    In this weekend's editorial, we commence our second summer hiatus during the week which has the Solemnity of the Assumption and the Feast of the Queenship of Mary as bookends. Talk about a treasured library! The week of relaxation and getting away from it all will not be ordinary however for it will include valuable, prime family time where the whole family can refresh physically, psychologically and spiritually - all vital in fighting the ordinary blahs of summer and gearing up for the extraordinary times ahead. For the commentary, There is nothing Ordinary about Our Lady!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT


GIF images used with permission of EWTN The Vicar of Christ Speaks! His Concluding Message to the Americas: Be united for Christ!
    Following up a year after the Bishops of North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean contingent, met for the month-long Synod of the Americas in Rome at the end of 1997, Pope John Paul II officially closed the Synod with his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City in January 1999. Because of its significance for all Americans, we have brought you this important document in several installments over the past several months. Today we bring you the twenty-fifth and final installment. For the Conclusion., click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.


LITURGY OF THE WEEK
St. Maximilian KolbeSolemnity of the Assumption
Saint Bernard of ClairvauxPope St. Pius X
     During this week we celebrate a plethora of saints including the feasts of Saint Maximilian Kolbe on Saturday, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary on Sunday, the Feast of Saint Stephen of Hungary on Monday, the Feast of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal on Wednesday, the Feast of Saint John Eudes on Thursday, the Feast of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux on Friday, the Feast of Pope Saint Pius X on Saturday and, though it is superceded by Sunday's Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on all these feasts, click on LITURGY


Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo, S.D.B. - photo from Inside the VaticanCardinal Miguel Obando Bravo, now the Archbishop of Managua, is a tried and true veteran of the struggles between Somoza and the Sandinistas
    We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our eighty-seventh red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo of the Salesian Order who has been there for the people through the terrible strife and civil war in Nicaragua as well as the most recent devastating earthquakes. He was elevated to the cardinalate in the Pope's Consistory of May 25, 1985. For more on Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION


"Do not be afraid. Do not be anxious. Do not become lukewarm. Remember, I am with you always until the end of time. Behold, My little ones, I beg you to prepare, for I Come!"
Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus
   Those words above were the final words imparted by Our Lord in the final Message #632 on the Feast of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on June 18, 1995 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. With this message the messages for the world from Jesus concluded as He once again entreats all His children to persevere and defend the faith, both inside the Church and outside. He calls for obedience to His earthly vicar Pope John Paul II and to reread Sacred Scripture, the Messages, and Church teaching and to ask the Holy Spirit for discernment. He emphasizes the mystery and power of the Holy Eucharist and warns us to preserve His Sacred Presence at all cost and calls us to take refuge in the Two Hearts. Prior to His final message, His Blessed Mother conveys her concluding words to the hidden flower four days earlier on June 14th. In this final message, Our Lady reminds us of the necessity to cling to the Cross, pray, do penance, partake in the Sacraments as often as possible, be humble and obedient, and rely on God's providence and Mercy to help us persevere as He has promised. She asks us in her motherly way to trust her Divine Son for "He alone is the Refuge, the Way, the Truth and the Life." For the Final Two Messages 631 and 632 from Our Lady and Our Lord, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Finally the long-awaited books "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and THE HIDDEN WAY are NOW available!
I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU...    With today's final two messages, you can now order the book that contains ALL the messages. This 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 is a lasting gift that will inspire you in your faith, and all God asks of us. THE HIDDEN WAY You can acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages or the THE HIDDEN WAY containing 100 inspirational Meditative Lessons from Our Lord and Our Lady on Church Doctrine by clicking on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." or THE HIDDEN WAY or both books at BOOKS
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Though blessed by God, Mary was also mortal!
   In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto Sister Mary Lucy Astuto writes about the Solemnity of the glorious Feast of the Assumption and explains what "assumed" means for Mary, like us, was human. She is not divine and not to be worshipped. But she remains God's most precious of His creation and He has assigned her as the "chief intercessor" to all His children. Sister points out that she strongly believes Mary did die and not just fall asleep because Jesus died and it would stand to reason she would follow her Divine Son. That mystery of whether she truly died incorrupt or was only in a state of dormition will never be truly known until we reach Heaven however the fact we have today saints such as Saint Bernadette whose body is still incorrupt lends credence to Sister's assumption on the Assumption. For her column this weekend, She was assumed into Heaven! click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


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A worm in the apple can spoil the joy of conversion
Pat Ludwa's View from the Pew     In his column this week, Pat Ludwa addresses those who seek to be muckrakers, trying to expose a person's sins even though they had long ago been forgiven and forgotten. When we are in the state of grace we are the shining "apple in God's eye" but there are those who, like the burrowing worm, seek to dig up dirt. In the axiom that "misery loves company," they want to slosh around in the mud of negativism and contaminate good deeds especially for those who are striving to turning over a new leaf in God's eyes. These accusers forget Christ came to forgive and forget. Too many Catholics today forget that the "Good News" isn't about being perfect without sin but for sinners striving to be perfect. That is why Jesus came into this world, for sinners and He came, despite the naysayers who relish grunging in the dirt, so that we all "may have life, and have it more abundantly" as He assures us in John 10: 10. For Pat's column Good News: the Whole Story, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW


Without God's truths we are haunted!

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen  They say a picture is worth 1000 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".
"Superstition manifests itself not only in credulity, but also in servility. Scripture says the 'last times' will be characterized by a refusal to endure sound teaching. "


1999 is dedicated to God the Father
140 through 131 days
and counting and hoping and praying...


August 13-22, 1999     volume 10, no. 152-157
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