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MONDAY      January 25, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 16

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Saul's self-assurance became God's chosen Paul because he clung to truth.

     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".

"Faith is related not to self-assurance but to God; not to an event, but to truth. In fact, there is often the greatest faith when there is the least prosperity."


     We begin a succession of four straight feast days with today being the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul while tomorrow we celebrate the Feasts of Saint Timothy and Saint Titus, Bishops, evangelists and early disciples of the Church. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes of these feasts and saints, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Monday, January 25, 1999

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

Tuesday, January 26, 1999

Feast of Saint Timothy and Saint Titus, Bishops and Disciples of the early Church


     Today's Prayer is taken from the Preface for the Mass commemorating the Conversion of Saint Paul:

      Father, in order to reveal to the apostle Paul the marvels of Your grace, You chose him with loving providence from his mother's womb so that he would announce to the nations redemption by Your Son. First an unbeliever and persecutor, he later became such an intrepid and faithful apostle that Jesus Christ was able to manifest in him the fulfillment of His Passion for the benefit of believers. Now from Heaven Paul, the untiring messenger of salvation, exhorts and impels us to proclaim Your mercy, O Father, and with the angels and the saints we unite our hymn of praise.

"You cannot let fear of popular opinion keep you from living the full Truth of your Faith."

     Those words above were spoken by Our Lord on the feast of His beloved cousin John the Baptist to His chosen messenger the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #364 in which He implores for all to shun the world, the flesh and the devil and return to Him before it is too late. His Blessed Mother Mary prefaces this in Message #363 three days earlier on June 21, 1993. Our Lady reminds all her little ones from the lay to the religious to return to her Divine Son and to heed her messages for her time of being among her children is nearing an end. She reaffirms that her little army can bring about the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart sooner through living her messages and giving all praise and honor to God. For these two messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Three Hundred-Sixty-three and Three Hundred-Sixty-four

Message Three Hundred-Sixty-three, June 21, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga)

Message Three Hundred-Sixty-four, June 24, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
(Feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist and 12th Anniversary of the First Apparition at Medjugorje)

Events Today in Church History

      On this date in 336 Pope Saint Mark became the 34th successor of Peter. Born in Rome, he benefited greatly from the decrees passed by Constantine as the Church began to expand rapidly. He instituted the first liturgy of religious feastdays, publishing a calendar as well as introducing the "Pallium." For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 25:


     Today we feature a site, closely aligned with the Pontifical Council for the Laity at the Vatican and which provides both a source for Church News and the entire text of the Holy Father's Post-Synodal Document Ecclesia in America by clicking on "Resources." The site is Christian Life Movement web site also called New Evangelization and ably operated by Paul Zink. The theme of this entire site coincides with the Pope's vision of what the Americas should be.

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January 25, 1999 volume 10, no. 16   DAILY CATHOLIC