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WEDNESDAY      July 7, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 130

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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 folks were extradited and eventually executed at Auschwitz in 1943. He converted to Catholicism and became a priest always upholding the cause of human dignity. 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

74.   Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger

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 Food for Thought appeteasers over the past year

      With summer upon us we follow the summer schedule and 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

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."

"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..."

Messages 585 and 586

Message Five-Hundred-eighty-five, January 18, 1995

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

Message Five-Hundred-eighty-six, January 22, 1995

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


      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.

Wednesday, July 7, 1999

Thursday, July 8, 1999


     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 Today 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

Historical Events in Church Annals for July 7:

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


"These twelve Jesus sent forth, having instructed them thus: 'Do not go in the direction of the Gentiles, nor enter the towns of Samaritans; but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.'"

Matthew 10: 5-6

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