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Today is the Thirteenth Thursday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Blessed Padre Junipero Serra, a Franciscan missionary who founded twenty one missions in California in the mid eighteenth century. Tomorrow is the Thirteenth Friday in Ordinary Time and First Friday of the month, the month of the Precious Blood. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on Blessed Junipero, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today we honor Blessed Padre Junipero Serra with the Opening Prayer for today's first Mass of July:
God most high, Your servant Junipero Serra brought the Gospel of Christ to the peoples of Mexico and California and firmly established the Church among them. By his intercession, and through the example of his evangelical zeal, inspire us to be faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ.
Events that happened this day in Church History
Today is the 230th anniversary marking the arrival of Blessed Junipero Serra in California. He was the Franciscan priest who accompanied the Spanish explorers and Conquistadors to the West Coast during the Spanish conquests of Mexico. It was on this date he first arrived in San Diego which was founded by Portuguese explorer Juan Cabrillo. Two weeks later Padre Serra broke ground on the first of twenty-one missions in California. He recruited the local indians to help build it while he taught them the faith in the fertile Mission Valley, calling the area where they would gather for catechism and Holy Mass the Mission San Diego de Alcala the oldest of the California Missions. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
183 and counting,
hoping and praying...
- 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 July 2nd through July 5th.
- Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Ivan Myroslav Lubachivsky in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- Messages 581 and 582 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- DAILY LITURGY for Ordinary Time, Saturday's Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle, the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time and Monday's Weekday Mass plus the Feast of Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria, priest and religious founder as well as a special liturgy for Independence Day.
- ...and more in our 128th issue for 1999!
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By locking out the world, the flesh, and the devil we open the gate of our hearts by submitting our will to God in order to reach the Heavenly gates |
In his column today, Pat Ludwa writes about this weekend's commemoration of Independence Day and what independence truly means. It does not indicate doing whatever one wants but rather submitting to a Higher Authority - the Highest Who alone can loose the shackles of our finite faults and open the prison gates of a finite world to the infinite bliss of life everlasting, but only if we "do our time" by picking up our cross and following Him. For Pat's column Real Freedom, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Pope to retrace the roots of faith with a Biblical Jubilee Journey from Abraham to the Apostles
Holy Father extends condolences to Armenian people on death of Catholicos
Blessed Juan Diego could be canonized in 2000 because of documented miracle
UN trying to divide and conquer again by sewing discontent to thwart sanctity of life
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
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Freedom is God-given!
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".
"Man can be a saint only in a world in which it is possible to be a devil. You say, 'Well, if I were God, I would destroy evil.' But if you did that, you would destroy human freedom. God will not destroy freedom."
with a Catholic slant
"If you heed My words then the world shall also be awakened to a torrent of Divine Mercy by which countless souls shall be saved."
Those words from the Sacred Heart of Jesus were conveyed on January 1, 1995 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. It was the beginning of the final year Jesus and His Blessed Mother would impart messages to the Hidden Flower and on this Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God Our Lord asks all His children to resolve in their hearts to commit totally to Him and He will shower all of us and the world with His Divine Mercy. He reaffirms that we have nothing to fear if we are secure in the Refuge of His Sacred Heart and His Mother's Immaculate Heart. Mary prefaces her Divine Son's Message with her own on the final day of 1994 reassuring all what she and Jesus say is true and that time is very, very short for her little ones to convert their hearts and help expedite the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart. For Messages #579 and #580, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWS
Catholic World News Service
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and ZENIT International News Agency
Pope looks forward to inspiring Biblical Jubilee journey: Abraham to the Apostles
As first mentioned here on Wednesday, the Holy Father revealed on June 30th the path he hopes to take in tracing the roots of our faith from Ur to Mt. Sinai to Mt. Nebo then on to Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. It would be a first for him and a first for any Pontiff to visit this many countries at one time taking him through Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Syria and Greece in melding the Old Testament with the New Testament. The Iraqi people expressed excitement at the news the Pope would visit their land. For more, click on Jubilee Journey.
Holy Father sends deepest sympathies to Armenian people on death of his friend the Catholicos
The Pope took the occasion of his regular Wednesday Papal Audience to publicly express his sorrow and sympathy to the six million members of the Armenian Church. The spiritual leader of one of the world's oldest churches was the 131st in the line of religious leaders of this Orthodox Church dating back to Saint Gregory at the beginning of the fourth century. Catholicos Karekin I had signed a theological document reconciling the Armenian Church with Rome on the issue of the nature of Jesus, paving the way for total reconciliation with the West. For more, click on sympathies to the Armenian Orthodox people
Documented Miracle attributed to Blessed Juan Diego could solidify his sainthood during the Jubilee year
A medical commission has certified a miracle attributed to Blessed Juan Diego, the visionary of Guadalupe who himself presented the miracle of the roses to the Bishop. This documentation clears the way for his possible canonization at the same time when 25 Mexican martyrs will become saints next year in Mexico City on May 21st. The Postulator for Juan Diego's cause has offered the recommendation in light of the most recent findings that could make his canonization possible sooner than expected. For more, click on Blessed Juan Diego.
UN trying to divide and conquer in promoting Culture of Death; while in the House, bill for National Prayer Day goes down to defeat
In Cairo a few years ago it was the alliance of the Catholics and Moslems that helped defeat the contraception/abortion program the UN tried to railroad through. This time, the UN is trying to drive a wedge between the two faiths in an effort to weaken the Pope's efforts of once again defeating the culture of death promoted by the UN in cahoots with Planned Parenthood. Meanwhile in Washington D.C. a bill that would have designated a National Prayer and Fasting Day failed to receive the two-thirds majority but should get another shot at passing down the road. It's needed! For more, click on Interference.
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June 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Today I thank you for living and witnessing my messages with your life. Little children, be strong and pray so that prayer may give you strength and joy. Only in this way will each of you be mine and I will lead you on the way of salvation. Little children, pray and with your life witness my presence here. May each day be a joyful witness for you of God's love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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