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THURSDAY      July 1, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 127

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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

Real Freedom!

Only Four Days left to vote for the Top 100 Catholics of the 20th Century

     Readers only have four days left to vote for the Top 100 Catholics. We have had over 16,500 votes cast to date and are most encouraged by this turnout. You may vote as often as you wish and we'll begin the countdown from 100 on down daily here soon in the DAILY CATHOLIC leading up to the top ten Catholics in December. For the list of the fifty receiving the most votes so far, click on TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY

TOP 50 vote-getters of the TOP 100 in ranking as of June 25
(over 16,500 votes cast to date)

number of votes cast are listed after each person's name


      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.

Thursday, July 1, 1999


Friday, July 2, 1999


      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.

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."

"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..."

Messages 579 and 580

Message Five-Hundred-seventy-nine, December 31, 1994

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

Message Five-Hundred-eighty, January 1, 1995

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
(Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God)

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.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"And Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, 'Why do you harbor evil thoughts in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, 'Thy sins are forgiven thee,' or to say, 'Arise, and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins' - then He said to the paralytic - 'Arise, take up thy pallet and go to thy home.'"

Matthew 9: 4-6

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