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TUESDAY      July 27, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 139

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TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY #98: Father John Corapi, S.O.L.T: A modern-day Saint Augustine

     Today we bring you the 98th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters selected Father John A. Corapi, S.O.L.T., a man who had achieved all the world could offer at a relatively young age and lost it. But he found something more priceless - his Faith, being resurrected from the depths of despair by the grace of God and ordained a priest by Pope John Paul II on May 26, 1991. His story is an inspiration to people everywhere and his ministry is to tell that story in order to help others and touch souls wherever he preaches. For more on the 98th selection, click on FATHER JOHN CORAPI, S.O.L.T.

98.    Father John Corapi, S.O.L.T.

Catholic PewPoint helps put things in perspective and clear up the tunnels of confusion!

      This summer we present all the editorials to date from 1999 for you to review. Take a ride on the twists and turns of humanity in past installments of Catholic PewPoint. In this wild ride of life, through the tunnels of doubt we need to cling to the rails of hope and trust that God will guide us safely over the whirls and swirls, dips and blips, highs and lows that affect us daily in this rollercoaster called life. These commentaries help keep things on a more even keel, slowing the turns so that all can better navigate the dangerous curves and stay on track in heading towards the light at the end of the tunnel. During the summer we will present this archive feature on Tuesdays and a new commentary every Friday. To read any of the forty-six installments presently available for 1999, click on the Archives of CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

Retroactive articles on Church history available from 1150 to 1515 A.D. for summer review

      This summer we present a review of the period from the time of Charlemagne and Pope Saint Stephen IV, the 97th successor of Peter in the early ninth century to the time of the Reformation and Pope Leo X, the 217th in the Petrus line early in the sixteenth century. These are installments 25 through 106. We will resume our original series in September with installment 107 on Pope Hadrian VI. To read any of the eighty-one installments presently available in this long on-going series, click on the Archives of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.


      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".

"The love of noise and excitement in modern civilization is due in part to the fact that people are unhappy on the inside. Noise exteriorizes them, distracts them, and makes them forget their worries at least for the moment. There is an unmistakable connection between an empty life and a hectic pace. To make progress the world must have action, but it must also know why it is acting and that requires thought, contemplation, and silence."

"You are afraid to examine yourself because to truly love Me would mean detachment."

      Those words from Our Lord were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on March 30, 1995 in which Jesus laments how so many who count on the world and pleasing others are always let down because they placed so much on man and not enough on God's Divine Providence. He warns that the lukewarm have not embraced the necessary concept of suffering with and for Him. In essence, no pain, no gain! His Blessed Mother also treats this same topic, pointing to her Medjugorje Message as a warning against being influenced by the world, the flesh and the devil through television. She cautions us not to let down our guard, even in the minutest of sins, entreating us all to return to her Divine Son with our whole heart and soul. These messages are a good example of how Father John Corapi, S.O.L.T. turned his life around by trusting in the Mercy of God and responding by living and preaching the Gospel as is explained in his story today. For Messages #603 and #604 from Mary and Jesus, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Finally the long-awaited book "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." is NOW available!

      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

Messages 603 and 604

Message Six-Hundred-three, March 28, 1995

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

Message Six-Hundred-four, March 30, 1995

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


      Today is the Seventeenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time with tomorrow being the Seventeenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Tuesday, July 27, 1999

Wednesday, July 28, 1999

Events Today in Church History

      Today is the anniversary of the death of two Popes 629 years apart. The first was Pope Saint Celestine I, the 43rd successor of Peter who dispatched Saint Patrick to Ireland and convened the Third Ecumenical Council which condemned Nestorianism. The second was Pope Nicholas II, the 155th in the line of Peter who decreed that the Sacred Conclave should consist only of cardinal-bishops and cardinal-priests. It remains the same today except cardinal-deacons are also eligible. Those over 80 however are not eligible to participate in the Conclave. 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 July 27:

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


"The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom all scandals and those who work iniquity, and cast them into the furnace of fire, where there will be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth."

Matthew 13: 41-42

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