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FRI-SAT-SUN      August 27-29, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 162

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Cardinal James Hickey

Promoting prayer over politics as Shepherd of our nation's capitol

    Today we bring you the 75th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose the 79 year-old Archbishop of Washington D.C. Cardinal James A. Hickey who has fought the demons of politics over the past two decades as shepherd of the See that includes the nation's capitol. He has been an outspoken crusader for pro-life and a staunch supporter of Pope John Paul II and his teachings which often clash with the moral fibre unraveling on capitol hill. For more on the 75th selection, click on CARDINAL JAMES HICKEY

75.   Cardinal James Hickey

Appreciating the precious Gift of our Faith

    In this weekend's editorial, we highlight the need to know more about our Faith. Too many expect a magic wand where they'll know the Faith without studying it. Like the phenomenally popular game show Who wants to be a Millionaire?, they expect to win or be gifted with a flood of good fortune in temporal rewards while failing to comprehend the greatest fortune they can amass is knowledge of their Faith. By knowing and practicing the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith we've been gifted with at Baptism, we are all winners. We don't have to call a phone number to qualify and go through elimination rounds. Rather we can be assured of a spot in the winner's circle if we comply with Jesus' request to "Take up your cross and follow Me.". For the editorial, Who wants to be a follower of Christ?, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Who wants to be a loyal follower of Christ?

Michael Cain, editor

To love God is to know Him!

     In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto asks how well do we know God? She brings to the readers' attention that it isn't hard to get to know God, but for many it's harder to keep knowing Him mainly because of our lazy, complacent natures and the lure of the world. These things prevent us from committing totally to the Love of our lives and without total commitment its very difficult to love that person, whether it be a fellow human or our Almighty Creator. But God has given us the tools to know Him thoroughly. We just need to use those aids comprised in the great Deposit of Faith which He has gifted us with as Sister explains. . For her column this weekend, How do I know if I love God?, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


Events this weekend in Church History

     On Sunday we commemorate the death 1969 years ago of Saint John the Baptist who was beheaded at the order of Herod, seduced by the dance of Salome. It was the Baptist who prepared the way of the Lord for the Messiah Jesus Christ and also His cousin, the son of Elizabeth and the one who lept in the womb when he recognized the Christ Child in Mary's womb at the Visitation. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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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


   Today's scriptural passage is taken from the Gospel for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time:

"Therefore you also must be ready, because at an hour that you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."

Matthew 24: 44

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August 27-29, 1999 volume 10, no. 162   DAILY CATHOLIC