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Today is the Feast of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary while tomorrow is the Seventeenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
In honor of the Feast of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne we present the Preface for the Mass in their honor:
We praise You on this joyful feast of Saints Joachim and Ann, adoring the loving plan by which in Your Mercy You effected the redemption of the human race. With singular predilection You selected a chosen people so that they would be Your people and from ancient times You established with them a covenant, prefiguring the new and perfect covenant to be offered to all the peoples of the earth. And when the fullness of time came, You gave to the couple we honor today a most pure and holy daughter, the Virgin Mary, who by Your grace would give birth to the Savior of fallen humanity.
The much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary over five years is finally here! You can finally acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages. To find out how, click on Book
Finally the long-awaited book "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." is available!
Events in Church History
On this date 528 years ago, Pope Paul II died. As the 211th successor of Peter, this Venetian-born pontiff decided that only cardinals should wear the red berretta. So that each generation could receive the benefit of a special pardon, he reduced the interval between the Holy Years to 25 years. He was elected on September 16, 1464. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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- Number 98 in the Countdown List of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
- Earlier installments of our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- Messages 603 and 604 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on July 27th.
- Short gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- DAILY LITURGY for the Seventeenth Tuesday and Wednesday in Ordinary Time.
- ...and more in our 139th issue for 1999!
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Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo spearheads the resurgence for consecrated life as Prefect of that Congregation |
Our seventy-ninth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo, the Prefect of the Congregation for Religious Life and the Society of Apostolic Life, who has been a fixture in the Curia for twenty plus years, previously serving as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments. He was the author of the most recent document Verbi Sponsa on the consecrated life. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of June 28, 1988. For more on Cardinal Martinez Somalo, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Cardinal Arinze highlights dialogue with Moslems as key to Pope's pilgrimage to Ur
Symposium on the Eucharist to emphasize emulation of the saints
Poll shows there's more of a desire to seek God than many thought
Cardinal George defends presence at abortuary; condemns all artificial means of contraception
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July 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Also today I rejoice with you and I call you all to prayer with the heart. I call all of you, little children, to give thanks to God here with me for the graces which He gives to you through me. I desire for you to comprehend that I want to realize here, not only a place of prayer but also a meeting of hearts. I desire for my, Jesus' and your heart to become one heart of love and peace. That is why, little children, pray and rejoice over everything that God does here, despite that satan provokes quarrels and unrest. I am with you and I lead you all on the way of love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
Message to the Americas:
To know Jesus is to tell others about Him
Following up a year after the Bishops of North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean contingent, met for the month-long Synod of the Americas in Rome at the end of 1997, Pope John Paul II officially closed the Synod with his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City in January 1999. Because of its significance for all Americans, we bring you this important document in several installments over the next few months. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical or check footnotes, go to Ecclesia in America For the twenty-second installment on Chapter Six: The Mission of the Church in America Today: The New Evangelization - Sent by Christ , click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
This retro summer we present each Monday the best of Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW
This summer on Monday's we will present the opportunity to review any of Pat Ludwa's thirty-two columns for this year. Original ones will run in Thursday's issues, but in Monday's issues we bring you these archives. For Pat's past columns, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW ARCHIVES
"Would you desire for your faith to be as a bonfire, which attracts many souls to Me? Then become as a little child through humble obedience to Me in all things through My One True Church."
Those words from Our Lord were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on March 24, 1995 in which Jesus reminds us of the season of Lent and the excellent opportunity afforded us to repent and return to Him and not just give "lip service." He warns that if we are not sincere in our prayer or committed to His Will we will get swept away by satan's wiles. His Blessed Mother prefaces her Divine Son's words two days earlier, beseeching us to meditate on the Passion and resolve to do our part. For Messages #601 and #602 from Mary and Jesus, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
We must be humbled to be exalted!
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".
"Our imperfection in the face of God has its immediate compensation in the fact that God Who made us creatures will, with our cooperation, make us His children. Once humbled we become exalted, living no longer on the human level, but enjoying the glorious liberty of the children of God."
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Cardinal Arinze hopes to help prepare the path for Pope's Journey to Ur in November
Cardinal Francis Arinze, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue spoke hopefully that dialogue between Rome and the Moslems will make it possible for the Holy Father to travel to Iraq in November and retrace the footsteps of the Patriarch Abraham in Ur. He cited increased cooperation between the two faiths as a stepping stone to help reach an agreement where the Arabs would enthusiastically encourage the papal visit. For more, click on Preparing the path.
Special symposium on "Eucharist, Sanctity and Sanctification" being planned by Rome
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints can see the unifying theme throughout all those they investigate: a love for the Blessed Sacrament. Therefore, they are preparing a special symposium in preparation for the International Eucharistic Congress to share with all the "secrets" of the saints for all to emulate. For more, click on Essence of life.
Madison Avenue poll reveals more of a need for God among trendsetters than realized
Has Madison Avenue rediscovered God? They might after a survey by a division of Young & Rubicam found that the demographics ad agencies and advertisers are most interested in have expressed a sincere desire for the sacred and for devotion to God. To help this out in a separate action, various leading U.S. authorities and personalities spoke out strongly to Hollywood to curtail the sex and violence. For more, click on Ad Agencies add it up .
Cardinal George answers his culture of death critics
The Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Francis George, OMI didn't back off when criticized for joining a group of praying pro-lifers in front of an abortuary recently. He defended his actions as a necessary ministry and lashed out at those who promote such artificial contraception methods as the pill or patch for they all lead to abortion. For more, click on Pro-life
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