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Sometimes we think too much!
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".
"There are always sensitive souls who are much too ready to think evil of themselves and to distress themselves with their evil thinking. It is better not to appraise one's own spiritual life and progress, but to leave it to God and to band all attention to advancing in love of God and love or neighbor."
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
July is the month of the MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS and so, on Ordinary days this month we bring you the Prayer of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ:
Almighty, everlasting God, Who didst appoint Thine
only-begotten Son Redeemer of the world, and didst deign
to be appeased by the shedding of His Blood; grant, we
beseech Thee, that by our solemn service we may so honor
what He paid as the price our Redemption, and by Its virtue
be so defended here on earth from the evils of this present
life, that we may forevermore enjoy Its fruit in Heaven.
Throught the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who
liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, world without end. Amen.
Events in Church History
On this date in 1304, Blessed Pope Benedict XI, the 194th successor of Peter, was poisoned by a dissident group of Italians led by Nogaret whom the Pope denounced for their sacriligeous crimes in Anagni. Prior to this, the Holy Father had settled a dispute that arose between his predecessor Pope Boniface VIII and the equally stubborn King Philip IV of France. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
177 and counting,
hoping and praying...
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
Retro issues of our on-going series in our feature series on the Church today with the Archives of WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on July 8th.
Messages 587 and 588 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
DAILY LITURGY for the Fourteenth Thursday and Friday in Ordinary Time.
Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
...and more in our 131st issue for 1999!
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Because of his background and the fate of his parents, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger has long been a champion of human rights worldwide while serving as Archbishop of Paris for 18 years|
Today we feature our seventy-fourth red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 73 year-old prelate from Paris Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, who was born of Polish Jewish parents in Paris but preserved from the Holocaust when his mother and father were extradited and eventually executed at Auschwitz in 1943. He converted to Catholicism and became a priest always upholding the cause of human dignity as he grew in stature first becoming the Bishop of Orleans and then shepherding the people of Paris for the past 18 years. For more on this Jewish-born Prince of the Church who was elevated to the cardinalate in Pope John Paul II's Consistory of February 2, 1981, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Pope heads for mountain vacation refuge today for two well-deserved weeks of R&R
Over 100 countries projected to take part in massive World Rosary Day events
Despite denials, Red China producing the red of innocent blood in murder and torture of priests and laity
St. Peter's about to show off its new look as scaffolding comes down slowly but surely
Philadelphia Catholics prove their brotherly love by raising $700,000 for refugees
These stories and more: featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
Reviewing the first six hundred years of the Church as we set sail on the Barque of Peter from the time of Christ to Saint Gregory the Great
With the summer mode in vogue, we suspend this series until August, allowing the reader to catch up on past articles they may have missed in archives, including the Establishment of the Blessed Sacrament and the early struggles of the Church in this on-going abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. For the first fifteen installments, click on BARQUE OF PETER
Taking time to taste the
over the past year
With summer upon us we follow the summer schedule and during July we bring you retro vignettes from the past year of humorous and moving Food for Thought Appeteasers that could bring a chuckle, a tear or both but definitely will make you stop and think. For past Appeteasers, click on Archives for FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
"I do solemnly tell you that there is no violence committed against any one of My children in My Name that is pleasing before My Throne. Those who use My Name to murder a murderer at any abortion clinic is satan's victim and not My servant! I alone Am Life. I alone give Life. I alone take Life!"
Those powerful, forceful words come from Our Lord on January 22, 1995 during the week a nation celebrated the Roe vs. Wade decision. Jesus' topic in Message #586 was the abominable sin of abortion in which He imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart that any kind of murder is an abomination. He affirms that violence is not the answer, but rather prayer and penance, as Christ calls on all bishops and priests to return the Most Holy Eucharist to Its rightful prominence in our Church both in placement of the Tabernacle and total reverence and respect for the Blessed Sacrament, where He is present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. Jesus asks all His consecrated ones to pray for Divine Mercy on a sinful world. His Blessed Mother prefaces her Divine Son's words in Message #585 four days earlier, calling her little ones to persevere in the fight for the Sanctity of Life and to surrender our own wills to the Divine Will so God can work through and with us in mitigating much of the chastisement ahead in the goal of ultimately ridding the world of evil through the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart. For Messages #585 and #586, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Today is the Fourteenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time with tomorrow being the Fourteenth Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies and meditations for these two days, click on DAILY LITURGY.
NEWS & VIEWSwith a Catholic slant
Catholic World News Service
and Noticias Eclesiales Church News
and ZENIT International News Agency
The mountains once again are calling the Pope as he begins his summer vacation today
Has it been a whole year since the Holy Father spent two relaxing weeks in the Dolomite Mountains last summer? Yes, and, after a grueling year capped by the most strenuous pilgrimage of his twenty-plus year pontificate to Poland, no one is more deserving of a break and a chance to rest up than Pope John Paul II. This year he will return to where he vacationed two years ago: Northwestern Italy in Valle d'Aosta in the tiny village of Les Combes nestled among the tall pines with a view that is breathtaking. There he will relax, make only two scheduled appearances and one visit outside the village while he rests and plans for the Jubilee year ahead. For more, click on Papal vacation .
World Rosary Day set for end of October this year; record number of participants expected
Organizers of World Rosary Day slated for Saturday, October 30th this year on the occasion of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday are predicting a record participation globally with over 100 countries taking part. The concept, originated in Mexico City, has been gaining momentum each year and this year, the final year of the millennium is expected to be the biggest ever. Organizers are contacting dioceses worldwide in hopes of gaining the Bishops' cooperation in promoting it in their sees and opening churches so people can pray Our Lady's special prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacrament of Reconciliation be made available. Leading up to this day will be a special nine-day Marian novena. For more, click on Bouquets for Heaven .
China up to their old dirty tricks as persecution of Catholics intensify
The FIDES News Agency reports that murders and torture are increasing in mainland China as the communist government there, while denying it to the rest of the world, are intensifying their efforts to suppress the underground Roman Catholic Church in China. A high-ranking Catholic priest was murdered and another treated with the utmost disdain while a group of lay persons who sheltered a priest have been treated inhumanely. These events are happening around Beijing where one billion Catholics reside in the government's efforts to demoralize Chinese Catholics and brainwash them into joining the state-run Patriotic Church which is not in union with Rome. For more, click on red as in blood being spread in Red China .
St. Peter's facelift just about complete as workers begin dismantling massive scaffolding
Those who have visited St. Peter's over the past few years had to have been disappointed with all the scaffolding covering the entire facade of the great basilica. But they can take heart. It's starting to come down, just in time for the Jubilee year with a whole new face looking better than ever as renovations have made much of it look like new. St. Peter's will never look better than when all the heavy metal support structure is dismantled, which should occur by the Fall. For more, see Putting on a fresh face
Philadelphians prove they are the city of brotherly love with tremendous outpouring of support for Kosovo refugees
Spurred on by the urging of Cardinal Anthony Bevilaqua, parishioners in the Philadelphia Archdiocese have collected nearly three quarters of a million dollars earmarked for Albanian refugees in Kosovo. It was the largest collection of the decade in Philadelphia and showed how Philadelphians can put into action their love for others and answer Christ's call for "Whenever you did it for the least of these, you did it for Me." For more, see Outpouring of brotherly love
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