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FRI-SAT-SUN      December 17-19, 1999     SECTION TWO      vol 10, no. 240

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The TOP 100 CATHOLICS are Beacons that help keep us steering straight between the two guiding pillars

    In today's editorial, we share with the reader some of our experiences in compiling the profiles and research over this past five months for the long list of TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY which is now concluded with revelation of the number one Catholic of the Century Pope John Paul II. We also show how these people were real people, suffering the pains of original sin and human weaknesses, but how most overcame these finite faults by trusting in the Infinite to guide them and nourish them in their Journey toward Heaven and how God helped them to help others. It's all about sharing and helping others. By doing this we, too, can all become beacons for the lost sheep who are drowning in the sea of blackness and the void of sin so prevalent in our world today. We need these beacons to encourage us to help others. For the editorial, "Profiles of Encouragement!" see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

"Profiles of Encouragement!"

Michael Cain, editor

"Be fruitful and multiply"...That goes for the Power of the Rosary, too.

   In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto continues the story from a dear friend who experienced conversion through God's providence and His Blessed Mother's secret weapon - the Rosary. It all began in Medjugorje after her dear friend Kathy, like so many other millions, had read about the "Miracle of Medjugorje" from Wayne Weible and heard the call of Our Lady to come to her special Oasis of Peace in then Yugoslavia back in 1988. Sister writes from Kathy's point of view in sharing how Kathy's heart was moved, even though she did not fully understand, to use and share her Rosaries and by so doing pray with the heart for that is truly the crux in getting to the heart of the matter. For her column this weekend, Kathy's Rosary Story part six, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


Events this weekend in Church History

    Sunday is the 627th anniversary of the death of Blessed Pope Urban V, the 200th Sovereign Pontiff chosen in the line of Peter. He was the sixth of the Avignon Popes and this French-born Vicar of Christ actually returned to Rome to reestablish the papacy in its rightful place, but Roman feuds placed him in even more danger and he had no choice but to flee, hightailing back to Avignon. Urban is the one who placed the third tier on the papal tiara. This represented imperial power while the other two symbolized royal power and spiritual power. Pope Pius XII was the last of the modern Popes to wear the tiara. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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Love by any other name is not love

    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 luminarydid 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".

"When knowledge has been transmuted to love, it fills the heart so full that no outsider could contribute anything further, and the matter need never be aired. People who talk about their intimate relations confess, by doing so, that they have not raised their love high enough to turn it into a mystery, or transformed it into the only kind of love between the sexes that deserves the name."

November 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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December 17-19, 1999 volume 10, no. 240  DAILY CATHOLIC