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Today is Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome as well as the Eighteenth Thursday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow we celebrate the glorious TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD on the First Friday of August. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes for these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In honor of today's Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, we present the Opening Prayer for today's Mass:
Lord, pardon the sins of Your people. May the prayers of Mary, the Mother of Your Son, help to save us, for by ourselves we cannot please You.
Events that happened this day in Church History
On this date 496 years ago, the notorious pontiff Pope Alexander IV was invited to dine with his treacherous cousin and cohort of many transgressions Cesare Borgia. Joining them was Cardinal Adriano Castellesi. Legend has it a jealous family member of the Borgias poisoned the three of them but some historians point to the evidence that Alexander's bitter enemy Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere orchestrated the dastardly deed. Rovere and Alexander fueded for years and after Alexander's death, which would occur two weeks later on August 18, 1503 as a direct result of the poison, Rovere would reap the spoils, becoming Pope Julius II that same year after a one-month reign by Alexander's immediate successor Pope Pius III. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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- The 90th selection 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
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on August 6th through 8th.
- Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Dino Monduzzi of Italy in our COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- Messages 620 and 621 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- DAILY LITURGY from Friday, August 6th - the Feast of the Transfiguration through the Nineteenth Monday in Ordinary Time.
- ...and much more in our 147th issue for 1999!
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Too often we see things through rose-colored glasses when God wants our souls to have 20-20 vision!|
In his column today, Pat Ludwa writes about "impressions and perceptions" illustrating how we see ourselves, how others see us, and, most importantly, how God sees us. He points out that the former two are often tainted by our misconceptions and prejudices but the latter is the true barometer of how we really are. Too often, we all put more emphasis on human perceptions and impressions and forget God's rightful vision of our souls - the only "impression" that counts. Employing excellent syllogisms, backed by Sacred Scripture, Pat cuts through the chaff and clutter thrown at us by politically-correct rationalizers and modernists trying to make excuses for their own failings. He succintly points out that of the three pair of "eyes" - ours, others, and God's - only the Almighty's can see clearly. True twenty-twenty vision means 100% focused on living God's Will. For Pat's column Three Lives, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
As favor to the Pope the golden voice of Andrea Bocelli to grace official Jubilee 2000 hymn
Purgatory is a place to purge ourselves in order to enter Heaven Pope asserts in weekly audience
Mother Angelica to provide live coverage of Catholic Communications Expo this weekend
UN and Serbs admit they're intent on forcing abortive methods on Kosovars through distribution of contraceptives and morning-after pills
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?
The cure that soothes!
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".
"In the strains of life, nothing is as soothing and as strengthening as the comforting power of prayer."
with a Catholic slant
"There is no sin, no cause, no petition that should not be brought to My Divine Mercy!"
Those words from the Sacred Heart of Jesus were imparted on May 9, 1995 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Our Lord asks His children to pray for Mercy and the approval of the Institute of Divine Mercywhose purpose is to call down mercy for the world in a contemplative, cloistered manner. It is interesting to note that two weeks after this message was released in the Bishop of Dallas, by way of his Vicar General, gave full approval for the Institute to begin fulfilling what Jesus had requested. The Blessed Mother prefaced her Divine Son's words a day earlier in extolling the great advantages of begging for His Divine Mercy which is plentiful if we but ask. She reminds her little ones that the only true Refuge is in the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts, and asks us all to consecrate ourselves to the Two Hearts and through these graces experience a complete conversion of heart. For Messages #618 and #619, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWS
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Famous tenor Andrea Bocelli to record special hymn for Jubilee 2000 after private audience and Mass with the Pope
For a celebration as great as Jubilee 2000, a special hymn has been written by Jean-Paul Lécot of Lourdes fame, and to really put the exclamation mark on the melody the Holy Father has made a personal request to famous Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli to record the hymn so all may hear it in various languages. No doubt the Italian version by the beloved and awe-inspiring voice of Bocelli will be just as popular. The Pope asked Bocelli and he accepted during a private audience and Papal Mass in the Chapel at Castelgondolfo where he sung Panis Angelicus. Surely the angels had to be enthralled! For more, click on Bocelli will do it!
Pope prevails people to pray for those souls who are in the existence of Purgatory
Continuing the trend of the Holy Father's dissertations on the after-life and following up on his talks on Heaven and hell the past two weeks in his Wednesday Audiences, the Pope addressed Purgatory yesterday, reinforcing that it is not necessarily a place but rather a "condition of life." He entreated those in the audience to pray for the poor souls in Purgatory and do good deeds in reparation for their souls, all part of our duties as members of the Communion of Saints. For more, click on Pondering on Purgatory.
EWTN to carry audio of the Exposition of Catholic Communications live from Miami on the net
Not everyone can make it to Miami, Florida for the annual Exposition of Catholic Communications, including this editor of the west coast headquartered DAILY CATHOLIC. Therefore, we are delighted to share with readers that all can keep up on the happenings and talks at the expo this weekend by tuning into EWTN or WEWN if you are fortunate to be able to receive Mother Angelica's Catholic programming, or if not, you have the opportunity to tune in the audio at www.etwn.com/audiovideo/. For more, click on Live coverage.
UN admits to silent, deadly form of ethnic cleansing through devious means of contraception methods that produce abortions
The devil is in the details and those in alignment with the demon have admitted as much including the Serbian butcher Slobodan Milosevic and the culture of death advocates of the UN and their camouflaged "aid to the Kosovars" campaign which is not to help them, but to reduce their numbers through the silent form of ethnic cleansing - abortion and other contraception methods they are shipping to this troubled region of the world. For more, click on Culture of death.
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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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