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THURSDAY      July 8, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 131

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You don't need a magnifying glass to find God!

      In his column today, Pat Ludwa writes about the fact that so many go to elaborate means to find God in this way or that way and for Catholics it's very simple: He's right there for us in the Blessed Sacrament, present in the Holy Eucharist Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. Pat points out there is no other sure-fire way to find God for every one is different and what might work for one, doesn't always work for another even the saints discovered this as Pat relates in his column today, warning us not to follow every new-fangled, can't miss offer to instantly find God that often taints of New Ageism. For Pat's column Looking for God in all the wrong places!, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

Looking for God in all the wrong places!

The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a summer review of past articles on the Church today

     Like our other feature series, this summer we present installments 47 through 105 of this series which is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event - the second coming of Christ and the Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace. Unfortunately some of the earlier installments were deleted in the files during a virus crash last year so installments one through 46 are not available currently but we are going to retype them and run them when we resume this series in September. To read any of the fifty-eight installments presently available in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

Events that happened this day in Church History

     Today is the anniversary of the death of two Sovereign Pontiffs who died 470 years apart to the day. Blessed Pope Eugene III, the 167th successor of Peter who established the Sacred College of Cardinals, died on this date 846 years ago. Pope Gregory XV was the other Vicar of Christ who died on this date 376 years ago. As the 234th in the line of Peter, this Bologna-born pontiff instituted the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith to assist the missions worldwide through his apostolic constitution Inscsrutabili Divinae. Today this Curia office is the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples headed by Cardinal Josef Tomko. 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 8:


     Today is the Fourteenth Thursday in Ordinary Time 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 8, 1999

Friday, July 9, 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.

SIMPLY SHEEN: Making a conscious effort isn't always the sure thing!

      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 person who has a good conscience, even though he has had many sins, always has confidence in God. Our absolution by conscience is not infallible. The conscience is probably much more reliable when it condemns than when it acquits. One is always on the safe side when he follows conscience when it says, "You are wrong," but he is not always vindicated when his conscience says, "You are right." The inward judge needs to be stimulated and enlightened and kept under the guidance of the Spirit."

"Now, I solemnly tell all the world, your faith must know no limits. Its crown must be Divine Charity for all the world, for this is why I came and the way I showed you. There is no other way!"

      Those words from the Sacred Heart of Jesus were conveyed appropriately on the Feast of Saint John Bosco on January 31, 1995 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Our Lord confirms that His Blessed Mother's messages to many of His chosen messengers is coming to an end throughout the world for the times are getting close to the fulfillment of all He has foretold and that we are living in the time when His Mother's Immaculate Heart shall triumph. That is why He calls all of us to be anchored to the pillars of the Holy Eucharist and devotion to His Immaculate Mother's Heart. He prefaced these words four days earlier on January 27th with Message #585 calling us to nurture a devotion to His Divine Mercy and to be wary of the evil one who strives to thwart our journey to Heaven. For Messages #587 and #588, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 587 and 588

Message Five-Hundred-eighty-seven, January 27, 1995

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus)
(Feast of Saint Angela Merici)

Message Five-Hundred-eighty-eight, January 31, 1995

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus)
(Feast of Saint John Bosco)

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


"And as you go, preach the message, 'The kingdom of Heaven is at hand!' Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils. Freely you have received, freely give. Do not keep gold, or silver, or money in your girdles, no wallet for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staff; for the laborer deserves his living."

Matthew 10: 7-10

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