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THURSDAY      July 22, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 136

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One Day to the Countdown!

      Readers can see the fruits of their voting efforts beginning tomorrow when we debut our countdown with vignettes on the person chosen, beginning with number 100, then number 99 on Monday and so on daily leading up to the top ten Catholics who will be revealed in December. By the way, each of the top ten received at least 500 votes, with the top five receiving over a thousand. We had well over 23,000 total votes with nearly 730 different persons nominated. Number 100 will be revealed tomorrow!


Love is a two-way street!

      In his column today, Pat Ludwa writes about the various degrees of love: self love, which puts self at the detriment of all else; worldly love which is blinded to what love truly is and too often buys into the trappings and glitz of the sexual emphasis without realizing what true love is; and love of God in which we submit our will to the Divine Will not because we don't love ourselves or take pleasure in legal, good emotions such as conjugal love, but because we realize by loving God all the other loves are placed in proper balance and only then can we experience true love as it is meant to be. He points out that the first two loves are the basis of radical groups who try to bypass the issue of love of God by saying God is love and would never punish us. But love is a two-way street and, though God loves each and every one of His creatures, He expects us to love Him in return, with our whole heart and our whole mind. It's as basic as to gain the happiness of Heaven we must know, love and serve God in this world. For Pat's column Three loves, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

Three loves


DAILY LITURGY

      Today is Feast of Saint Mary Magdalen, the loyal, devoted Disciple of the Lord - the prodigal sister, if you will who turned from vice to virtue and is held up by the Church as an excellent example of sinner turning saint. Tomorrow is the Sixteenth Friday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of the mystic married woman and religious founder Saint Bridget of Sweden with tomorrow being the Fourteenth Friday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies and meditations for these two days, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Thursday, July 22, 1998

FEAST OF SAINT MARY MAGDALEN, DISCIPLE OF THE LORD

Friday, July 23, 1998

FEAST OF SAINT BRIDGET OF SWEDEN, WIFE, MOTHER, MYSTIC AND RELIGIOUS


PRAYER & DEVOTIONS

     In honor of today's Feast of Saint Mary Magdalen we present the Preface for today's Mass:

You enkindled in her heart the fire of an ardent love for Christ that endowed her with freedom of spirit, and You infused in her the courage to follow Christ faithfully, even to Calvary. After His death on the cross, she sought her Master so zealously that she merited to meet the Risen Lord and to be the first to announce the Easter joy to the Apostles.


"Learn well the secret and power of the Cross, and walk in this Way, for I solemnly say unto all the world: Calvary awaits you and you shall not succeed in faith if you abandon the path of suffering."

      Those words from the Sacred Heart of Jesus were imparted on March 10, 1995 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Our Lord beseeches His children to place all trust in Him and to take refuge in His Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of His Blessed Mother. Jesus cautions us not to be so concerned about future events or to worry for we have nothing to fear if we are His and resolve to live His Divine Will. He reminds us that He died on the cross for a reason and suffering is part and parcel of salvation. Our Lady prefaces her Divine Son's words three days earlier on March 7 by reminding us how satan is seeking to blot out the Light and to take God from us through legislation and belittling faith and virtue. She asks us to love and forgive and place all our trust in God. For Messages #597 and #598, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 597 and 598

Message Five-Hundred-ninety-seven, March 7, 1995

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

Message Five-Hundred-ninety-eight, March 10, 1995

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

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

The DAILY WORD

"Jesus said to her, 'Mary!' Turning, she said to Him, 'Rabboni!' (That is to say Master). Jesus said to her, 'Do not touch Me, fo rI have not yet ascended to My Father, but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I ascend to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.'"

John 20: 16-17


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