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WEDNESDAY      August 25, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 160

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77: Virgil C. Dechant
Leading the Knights of Columbus to greater heights as Supreme Knight

     Today we bring you the 77th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Virgil C. Dechant, Supreme Knight of the Order since 1977 who has taken the Church's largest lay organization to new heights in fulfillment of what its founder Father Michael J. McGivney envisioned in 1882. Virgil oversees nearly 6 million family members and a vast insurance program whose track record in providing for others puts the major insurance companies to shame. For more on the 77th selection, click on VIRGIL C. DECHANT

77.    Virgil Dechant

After faithful service in the Vatican Diplomatic Corp and the Curia, Cardinal Silvio Oddi is living out his life in prayer

      Our eighty-ninth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 89 year-old Cardinal Silvio Oddi, the Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy who retired in 1986 after seven years in that post preceded by 26 years in the Vatican Diplomatic Corps, specifically to the Holy Land. For more on Cardinal Oddi, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

89.   Cardinal Silvio Oddi

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:    The hourglass mind!

      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".

"After a time, useless reading weakens the mind rather than strengthens it; then reading becomes an excuse for the mind to lie dormant while thoughts are poured over it like chocolate over ice cream. The mind is like an hourglass through which ideas pass like sands, nothing remaining."


     Today is the Twenty-first Wednesday in Ordinary Time as well as the duo Feast of the holy King of France who was a faithful husband and father Saint Louis of France and the Feast of Saint Joseph Calasanz, priest, religious founder and educator. Tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time with the Twenty-first Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes for these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Wednesday, August 25, 1999



Thursday, August 25, 1999


 l;     Today, in honor of Saint Louis and Saint Joseph Calasanz, we bring you the Opening Prayer for both saints:

Father, You raised Saint Louis from the cares of earthly rule to the glory of Your Heavenly Kingdom. By the help of his prayers may we come to Your Eternal Kingdom by our work here on earth.

Lord, You blessed Saint Joseph Calasanz with such charity and patience that he dedicated himself to the formation of Christian youth. As we honor this teacher of wisdom may we follow his example in working for truth.

August 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Also today I call you to give glory to God the Creator in the colors of nature. He speaks to you also through the smallest flower about His beauty and the depth of love with which He has created you. Little children, may prayer flow from your hearts like fresh water from a spring. May the wheat fields speak to you about the mercy of God towards every creature. That is why, renew prayer of thanksgiving for everything He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you are like whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear to men beautiful, but within are full of dead men's bones and of all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear just to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. "

Matthew 23: 27-28

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