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August 23, 1999
SECTION TWO vol 10, no. 158
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SIMPLY SHEEN: Overloaded with useless data!
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 is a world of difference between a mind that has in it ten thousand bits of uncorrelated information, and a mind that is like an organism in which one fact or truth is functionally related to every other truth, as the heart is related to the legs and arms."
Events Today in Church History
His Holiness Blessed Pope Gregory X might never have become the Sovereign Pontiff had not another fellow monk and saint - Saint Philip Benizi who was the conclave's favorite to succeed Pope Clement IV. But, feeling totally unworthy St. Philip hid so they could not summon him. They instead elected the monk known simply as Hildebrand who would become a great Pope, thanks in part to St. Philip Benizi's role. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Historical Events in Church Annals for August 23:
Death of Saint Philip Benizi, Confessor, Servite Prior and Superior General who was actually considered a candidate for the papacy after the death of Pope Clement IV but felt so unworthy he hid until Cardinal Hildebrand was elected and became Pope Blessed Gregory X. A great orator, Philip resigned his post as provincial in later years and spent the last years of his life in prayer and solitude.
Today is the Twenty-first Monday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Saint Rose of Lima, Virgin while tomorrow is the Feast of the Apostle Saint Bartholomew. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Monday, August 23, 1999
Monday August 23:
Twenty-first Monday in Ordinary Time
Feast of Saint Rose of Lima, Virgin
Green or white vestments
First Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-5, 8-10
Psalms: Psalm Psalm 149: 1-6, 9
Gospel Reading: Matthew 23: 13-22
FEAST OF SAINT ROSE OF LIMA, VIRGIN
Regarded as the first canonized saint of the New World, Saint Rose of Lima was born of humble Spanish
parents in 1586 and baptized Isabel Flores y de Oliva. However her parents were so taken by her beauty and innocent that they gave her the "nickname" Rose from early infancy. At the turn of the 17th Century she was
confirmed by Saint Turibus, the archbishop of Lima. So influenced was she by St. Turibus and three other contemporary saints - Saint Martin de Porres, Saint John Macias (both Dominicans) and Saint Francis Solano, a Franciscan, that Rose rejected a grandiose and secure marriage proposal opting to enter the Dominicans and become a Tertiary nun, politely telling her suitor who fawned over her beauty, "Only beauty of the soul is important." Marriage to this rich nobleman would have secured her and her family for life in worldly
wealth, but she disdained it all for eternal wealth. Jesus had asked her to be a life-long virgin through private revelation and visions in which He requested, "Rose of My Heart, be My spouse." She dedicated her life to penance, visiting the poor with food and faith and offering her life as a victim soul while founding the first
monastery of cloistered nuns in Peru, dedicated to Saint Catherine of Siena. Because of her total dedication to God's Will she became a serious threat to satan and was put through fierce trials by the evil one but in every instance came out smelling like God's Rose. In the mid 17th Century a fleet of Dutch ships sailed into the Peruvian harbor and all of Lima was terrified except Rose who ran to the altar before the Tabernacle in petition for her townspeople and willing to die to protect the Blessed Sacrament. Through her prayers, the Dutch
mysteriously left and Rose's wish to die a martyr was denied so that God could take her home peacefully on
August 24, 1617. Upon her death all of Lima immediately venerated her as a saint. It wasn't until 55 years later
that she was canonized by Pope Clement X in 1671 and also declared "patroness of the Americas."
Tuesday, August 24, 1999
First Reading: Revelations/Apocalypse 21: 9-14
Psalms: Psalm 145: 10-13, 17-18
Gospel Reading: John 1: 45-51
FEAST OF SAINT BARTHOLOMEW, APOSTLE
One of the Apostles chosen by Jesus, was Nathanael, better known as Saint Bartholomew. His closest friend was Saint Philip, a disciple of Saint John the Baptist whose martyrdom we commemorate later this month. Bartholomew came from Cana in Galilee. Bartholomew was renowned for his honesty and simple, strong faith. He is a great inspiration for Catholics today to hold strong to the true faith and renew our loyalty to the Holy Father and Holy Mother Church. St. Bartholomew knew implicitly that Jesus was the Messiah from his reply in John 1: 49, yet originally he is the one the famous quote in John 1: 46 is attributed to: "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Jesus knew Bartholomew's heart when in John 1: 47 Christ said of Bartholomew's heart and soul, "Behold a true Israelite in whom there is no guile." This is a great tribute to this Apostle who was loyal to his Master throughout his apostolate which included India, Mesopotamia, Phrygia, and Arabia after Pentecost. He was marytred in Armenia by pagan Persians who literally skinned him alive peeling the skin from his body. His relics were brought to Rome in the 10th Century and established this day for his feast for
the universal Church. His skull was also recovered and venerated in Frankfurt, Germany since 1238. This
Apostle is revered as Patron of the Sick.
This retro summer we present each Monday the best of Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW
This summer on Monday's we will present the opportunity to review any of Pat Ludwa's thirty-eight columns for this year. Original ones will run in Thursday's issues, but in Monday's issues we bring you these archives. For Pat's past columns, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW ARCHIVES
Finally the long-awaited books "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and THE HIDDEN WAY are NOW available!
With the messages completed, 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. 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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Pope emphasizes importance of being a servant, calls on the world to respond to needs of people in Turkey and Angola during his Sunday Audience
Using Sunday's Gospel of Saint Matthew whereupon Jesus establishes His Holy Church by choosing Saint Peter, the Holy Father, successor of Peter, reminded all that he is the "servant of servants" and that the heart of Christianity is "to serve." He made his remarks during his Sunday Audience at Castelgondolfo, imploring the faithful to exemplify this servitude and be servants especially in coming to the aid of the beleaguered people of Turkey in the aftermath of the terrible quakes and Angola where fratricide has blotted out human dignity and lives. For more, click on Pope's Sunday Audience.
POWER IN CHURCH IS SERVICE AS POPE MAKES
APPEAL FOR INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY IN SUPPORT OF TURKEY
Pope, as "Servant of the Servants of God," Refers to War in Angola as "Disregard of Human Dignity"
CASTELGANDOLFO, AUG 22 (ZENIT).- "The Pope's role is to serve the Church
and humanity," John Paul II said to the pilgrims who congregated at noon
today in the courtyard of Castelgandolfo, the papal summer residence. His
words echoed those of Christ's in today's liturgy: "Thou art Peter, and
upon this rock I shall build My Church."
After reminding the faithful that Jesus spoke these words at Peter's
confession: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God," which are
"the heart of Christianity itself," the Holy Father said that the role of
service explains the definition that from earliest times has described the
Bishop of Rome: "Servant of the servants of God."
In light of this idea of the Church's "power," the Holy Father spoke about
today's feast -- the Queenship of Mary. "We must not forget that it is the
Christian meaning of royalty, which is profoundly different from earthly
ideas of power. It is a royalty of service and love, which passes through
the cross, before shining in the Resurrection," the Pontiff concluded.
John Paul II also took advantage of his meeting
at noon today with thousands of faithful in the courtyard of
Castelgandolfo, the papal summer residence, to appeal for help in support
of Turkey, devastated by one of the cruelest earthquakes this century.
"I cannot but think of the dear people of Turkey, who were recently
affected by a violent earthquake. The news arriving describes a situation
that has reached catastrophic proportions. Official sources speak of
thousands of deaths, which sadly increase, according to persons involved in
the rescue. The wounded and homeless are innumerable, as are the destroyed
buildings; many inhabited places have been leveled," the Pope said, before
praying the "Angelus."
The Pontiff expressed "his constant concern and profound affection for
these brothers and sisters suffering such a hard test. I express my deepest
sympathy for the deceased and pray that the merciful God will welcome them
in his eternal dwelling. I also pray that the Lord will alleviate the
suffering of those who have experienced great losses, and are homeless. May
the work of assistance, undertaken and coordinated by the authorities, the
practical solidarity of the volunteers, who have arrived in Turkey from
many other countries, be of consolation and help to the many people who are
living an hour of great suffering in this beloved nation."
At the end of his encounter with the pilgrims, the Pope also expressed his
concern over the current situation in Angola, "where, because of a
fratricidal conflict, which is carried out in silence and disregard for
human dignity, one of the gravest humanitarian crises of the African
continent," is taking place.
Referring to the confrontations between the Angolan government and the
Unita rebels (National Union for Angola's Total Independence), John Paul II
denounced "the egotism of some, allied with the interests of others" that
"is carrying this nation to a slow and inexorable agony, threatening the
future of the entire region."
The Pope recalled the words of the Congolese Bishops over the last few
weeks, when voicing the suffering of their people. They requested that
people "not remain indifferent in face of the country's destruction and the
holocaust of their brothers" and appealed to the international community to
stop sending arms and send food in exchange for diamonds and oil." (Cf.
The Pope prayed that "the courage for peace would be manifest in each
person of good will, and ... solidarity in the international community,
that will favor the rebirth of hope and insure the peace and justice the
people have long desired."
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The silence is deafening in Colombia as kidnappers of Bishop have not come forward, Church gravely concerned with that and other kidnappings
The situation in Colombia has grown increasingly worse in recent weeks as the stalemate continues between Colombian government officials, the Church and the ELN kidnappers who claim they didn't kidnap Bishop Jose Quintero of Timu over a week ago. That deed, they say, was carried out by the ELP, another leftist guerrilla group. The frustrating part is that the government is doing little to even acknowledge he is being held hostage. The Church is fed up with the stalemate and promises of release that have yet to materialize and has demanded all hostages be freed for the sake of humanity. For more, click on Confusion in Colombia .
MOUNTING CONCERN OVER FATE OF KIDNAPPED COLOMBIAN BISHOP
Church Demands Hostages Captured During Mass Be Freed
BOGOTA, AUG 22 (ZENIT).- The Church in Colombia expressed publicly its
mounting concern over the silence of the kidnappers of Bishop Jose Quintero
of Tibú (on the northeastern border with Venezuela), abducted on August 15
by a group of armed men.
The National Liberation Army (ELN) guerillas have denied participation in
the Bishop's kidnapping, which strengthens the theory that the kidnappers
were members of paramilitary rightist organizations.
Given the uncertainty, Bishop Juan Sarasti of Ibagué, capital of the
central eastern state of Tolima, appealed to the kidnappers to declare
themselves and free the Bishop unconditionally.
According to the police, Bishop Quintero was captured by the Jose Libardo
Toro front, a small leftist guerrilla of the maoist Popular Liberation Army
(EPL), but this version has not been confirmed by the EPL.
The Bishop was kidnapped when he was returning by car with a priest from El
Terra, a locality near Tibú, where he went to celebrate the feast of the
Kidnapping in Cali Church
Bishop Isaias Duarte of Cali said that, in order to repair the "error"
acknowledged by the ELN, following the kidnapping of 160 faithful from a
Church in this city, the guerrilla must free the 45 remaining hostages.
In an official statement, the ELN said that the kidnapping carried out on
May 30 was a mistake. "We want to say to all believers, and especially
Catholics, that we made an operational error by acting before the religious
service in the Church was finished." The statement was signed by the two
fronts responsible for the massive kidnapping, and was sent to the Cali press.
"It was not our intention to offend people's religiosity and spirituality.
The specific purpose of the action was to retain a group of people
belonging to the Cali oligarchy," the insurgents said in their statement.
However, the kidnappers justified their action by arguing that "the people
who are detained are not marginal to the social and armed conflict the
country is experiencing; on the contrary, they are principal actors in it."
Bishop Duarte reiterated that "to repair that error, the 45 who remain in
(the rebels') custody must be freed."
"Reading between the lines, one can detect acknowledgement of the error
committed and I think this is positive. However, recognition of the error
is not enough, one must repair the damage caused, and in this case it is a
sacrilegious kidnapping they must repair by freeing the people."
Although the ELN has freed the majority of the hostages, there are 45 still
being held in a nearby mountainous area. Last month, after failing to meet
the deadline for returning the hostages, Bishop Duarte officially announced
the excommunication of the guerrillas for their action.
Pope's treatise on Heaven, Purgatory, hell and satan sparks dialogue in the media
You can't buy the kind of publicity Pope John Paul II is creating with the catechetical talks he has been giving for the last month during his Wednesday Papal Audiences. These catecheses on Heaven, Purgatory, hell and satan have generated numerous discussions among the media and that is one of the intentions of the Holy Father in waking the world to the needs of the new millennium. These talks are also a preview of his upcoming encyclical he will release later this year on the end times. For more, click on Publicity for God.
REACTIONS TO PAPAL CATECHESIS ON SATAN
Ethnic Cleansing, Modern Gulags, Auschwitz, "Diabolic Circles"
VATICAN CITY, AUG 20 (ZENIT).- John Paul II's catechesis on evil and the
Devil sparked great interest in the media, as did his previous talks on
Heaven, Purgatory and hell. With the talks, the Pontiff is preparing
Christians to celebrate the Jubilee Year 2000. These thought-provoking
Christian teachings have been received as "revelations" by some of the media.
In speaking about satan on August 18, the Pontiff explained that, although
he was absolutely vanquished by Christ, his seducing presence continues to
be felt in our days. In statements to Vatican Radio, theologian Fr. Stefano
De Fiores went more deeply into this topic, which not a few consider
something of the past.
"Today, Christians cannot go around with their eyes closed, seeing only
good in the world: they must also discover the roots of evil and the way
these proliferate," he said.
"At present, theologians are speaking about 'diabolic circles,' in other
words, concentrations of evil in the world, which cannot leave Christians
and men of good will with a easy conscience," Fr. De Fiores said.
According to theologian De Fiores, these "diabolic circles" consist "first
and foremost, in abandoning God, and in violence, discord, divisions, the
use of means of power ... power, having, (and) knowing -- are raised almost
to the level of idols. Faced with these modern 'gulags,' Auschwitz, the
ethnic cleansing of our time, we cannot fail to see this diabolic power
which has a name -- Satan's."
This is what explains many dramatic incidents of evil in the world. "Satan
camouflages himself, trying to make good seem evil and vice versa," De
Because of these phenomena, attested by contemporary theology, one can
understand the Pope's teachings on the eve of the year 2000. "The Church
must live a new Pentecost, a new deluge of the fire of love, that is, the
Spirit must be manifest and, with Mary's help, a quality leap must be made
in the Church, which means that Christians must be saints, and help the
Church by a greater awareness of the duty of evangelization, in order that
the whole world will be led to Christ."
Vatican ignores US intimidation tactics, announces the Jubilee Journey will begin in Iraq later this year
Despite vehement persuasion and cajoling by the Clinton administration, the Holy See is undeterred in proceeding with plans to begin the Jubilee Journey this fall in Iraq at Ur in Chaldea where the father Abraham was born. The Jubilee Journey will start with Old Testament sites and move on to New Testament places in the Holy Land where the Pope is planning to travel next year during Jubilee 2000. The United States, at war with Iraq and Saddam Hussein for a decade, have expressed concerns that the Papal Visit will strengthen Hussein's position with the people who have been impoverished largely due to the American-enforced embargo since the Gulf War. For more, click on Jubilee Journey
US FAILS TO DETER PAPAL VISIT TO IRAQ
NEW YORK (CWNews.com) - The Clinton administration's
efforts to convince Pope John Paul II not to visit Iraq
failed after a series of diplomatic meetings this spring,
according to the Wall Street Journal on Friday.
The newspaper reported that envoy Thomas Pickering and a
senior White House aide made separate trips to Rome this
spring to meet with Vatican officials. The Holy Father has
publicly stated his desire to visit Iraq, the birthplace of
the biblical patriarch Abraham. He is expected to visit the
country this fall, perhaps during a planned trip to Asia,
but Iraq has yet to formally extend an invitation to the
The US officials told their Vatican counterparts that no
head of state has visited Iraq since the Gulf War, and a
visit by the Pope could lend credibility to Saddam Hussein.
They also warned of a security risk. The Holy Father has
been a vocal critic of the UN sanctions against Iraq
because of their effect on the people of the country.
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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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