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FRI-SAT-SUN      January 15-17, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 10

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Events this weekend in Church History

      On Friday, January 15th New York's Archbishop Cardinal John J. O'Connor celebrates his 79th birthday. It's a shame he will be 80 next year for he is younger than his age and a steady, conservative influence on the College of Cardinals to which he was admitted during the Consistory of May 25, 1985. He is the most influential, ranking prelate in the United States who has long been a crusader for pro-life and human dignity within the scope of God's Divine Laws and Church doctrine. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 15:

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 16:

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 17:


     At the end of the First Week in Ordinary Time we commemorate, for the first time in 1999, the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. The regular Masses for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are all of Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignette on the Observance of Mary on Saturday, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Friday, January 15, 1999

Saturday, January 16, 1999

Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday

SUNDAY, January 17, 1999

Today's feast of Saint Antony of Egypt is superseded by the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Nevertheless, January 17th is the traditional feast of this early anchorite who laid down the foundations for monasticism.

Saint Antony of Egypt, Abbot and hermit

     St. Antony of Egypt was born in the middle of the 3rd Century and decided to become a mendicant hermit after hearing the Gospel reading at Mass: "If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast and give to the poor"(Matthew 19: 21). After searching for the perfect way to do this, he opted to serve God in the desert as a hermit. It was here that he was attacked by a legion of from hell as the devils physically wounded him. This happened so often that at one time even the devils thought they had beaten him to death. But his faith and perseverance won out and he grew to fear no one as he said to the avenging devils: "I fear you not; you cannot separate me from the love of Christ." Finally giving up, the legion of demons fled and Jesus Himself appeared to Antony. He was the epitome of what a poor monk should be, wearing sackcloth and sheepskin, eating only bread and water and kneeling in prayer throughout the night. It's interesting here to note how we sometimes complain about kneeling for one hour in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, or that we can't fast on bread and water on Wednesdays and Fridays as our Blessed Mother requests. St. Antony attracted countless souls who flocked to him for spiritual direction and finally, after 20 years of seclusion, he knew Our Lord was calling him to teach these eager souls so the Church would flourish in the future. Like Saint Hilary last week, St. Antony's feast has continued on the same date in the Church Calendar for any, many years

Monday, January 18, 1999


     Tying in with our editorial, we bring you the powerful Prayer of Saint Michael, essential in these times when we need to invoke his help the most:

Saint MIchael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

"Soon the evils of the world shall allow the harvest to come no more"

      Those words above from the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #351 were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in late May, 1993 in which Our Lady warns that if we reap what we sow and the pickings are pretty slim because we have chosen to till in the world rather than God's fields. She follows this up with Message #352 on the Solemnity of Pentecost two days later imploring all her children to look to her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit and ask Him to infuse us with His love and gifts that will assure we can till the soil of souls, beginning with our own, and harvest rich graces. For the messages 351 and 352, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Three Hundred-Fifty-one and Three Hundred-Fifty-two

Message Three Hundred-Fifty-one, May 27, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Message Three Hundred-Fifty-two, May 30, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)


Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church

Catholic Populations by continents:

  • Europe...................283,415,000
  • South America.........278,012,000
  • North America.........213,153,000
  • Africa.....................109,271,000
  • Asia.......................103,230,000
  • Oceania.................8,047,000
    Total Catholic Population: 995,128,000

    (source: The 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor, Publishers)


    "Woe to the world because of scandals! For it must needs be that scandals come, but woe to the man through whom scandal does come!"

    Matthew 18: 7

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    January 15-17, 1999 volume 10, no. 10   DAILY CATHOLIC