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Events this weekend in Church History
One thousand, six hundred and seventy four years ago Saturday is the anniversary of the First Ecumenical Council, the one convened by Pope Sylvester I on June 19, 325 in Nicaea in which the Council Fathers condemend Arianism and declared the Son "consubstantial" with the Father and formulated the Creed in the Mass. Since then there have been twenty other councils, the most recent being Vatican II. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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and counting and hoping and praying...
The DAILY WORD|
"And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather be afraid of him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
Matthew 11: 28
Medjugorje Monthly Message
for May 25th
Dear children! Also today I call you to convert and to more firmly believe in God. Children, you seek peace and pray in different ways, but you have not yet given your hearts to God for Him to fill them with His love. So, I am with you to teach you and to bring you closer to the love of God. If you love God above all else, it will be easy for you to pray and to open your hearts to Him. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
- Installment Seventeen of the Holy Father's Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
- A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW
- Messages 563 and 564 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Biography on Cardinal Jose Ali Moratinos Lebrun in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on June 21st.
- Short gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- Another new Catholic site in SITE OF THE DAY
- DAILY LITURGY for Monday's Feast of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga and Tuesday's triple feast of Saint Paulinus of Nola, bishop and the martyrs Saint John Fisher, bishop, and Saint Thomas More, married man.
- ...and much more in our 119th issue for 1999!
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Evil comes in many forms!|
The seventies were a sick time that made us all sicker so why should we want to glorify it with tripe like " Austin Powers"?
In this weekend's editorial, with the immense popularity of the newest film "Austin Powers", we ask why on earth we would ever want to be reminded of the psychedelic, psycho seventies. Bad memories don't need to be brought up, especially in regard to those times when so many rejected common sense and the sacredness of sexuality for their own selfish purposes, those times when the Church bought the lies of "spirit of Vatican II" and opened the doors wide for the rebellious modernists to forge their way into the mainstream of Holy Mother Church in trying to wrest control for satan. Fortunately, the liberals' own "dr. evils" did not succeed and an antidote was found to suppress the spread of heresy: Pope John Paul II. For this weekend's commentary, Forget the groovy facade, baby! Let's dump the seventies once and for all! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
A Lesser Powers rules the roost
Top 10 Films
3rd Week of June
In the second week of June the power of "Austin Powers: the Spy who..." not only beat out the megahit Star Wars' "Episode One - The Phantom Menace" but swamped it by doubling up on the George Lucas prequel. The fact Powers unseated Star Wars in its first week to set all records for a June opening and for a comedy, pretty much assures "Titanic" its place as the all-time box-office hit. "Notting Hill" came in second followed by "Instinct", then "The Mummy" in 5th, "Entrapment" held down 6th, with The Matrix at seventh, the Thirteenth Floor number eight, and the other new entry showing on just a handful of theatres nationwide - "Tea with Mussolini" came in ninth followed by Never Been Kissed at number ten. The ratings prove the people feel the same way. For the Top Ten review for the second week of June, click on MOVIES AND MORALS
Size doesn't matter, only eternity does!
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 is a tendency today to believe that because the universe is far greater than we suspected, God perhaps is less perfect than we believed. This is part of the bad logic of Americans who judge the value of everything by its size. The truer point of view is that the greater the universe, the more certain man is to have his fretful mind lifted up to the thought of God's eternal Presence and Power."
Those words above come from Our Lord in Message #561 on November 4, 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Jesus warns of satan's cunning and that the natural disasters will intensify as signs of what is to come. His Blessed Mother follows up a day later by reinforcing her Divine Son's words and asking her little ones to pray and prepare and to offer sacrifice especially for the Holy Father. For Messages 561 and 562, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Mexican-born, dixie bred coastal scholar Cardinal Bernard Law has taken New England by storm as the Archbishop of Boston
We continue with this new series that debuted the beginning of the year, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our sixty-seventh red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, Archbishop of Boston who, though he lacks international experience, has international ties having been born in Mexico and providing an American refuge for the Vietnamese. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of May 25, 1985. For more on Cardinal Law, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
"Little children, open your eyes and see clearly how satan has taken possession of your world. Do you not see the hand of the evil one in the vile and violent crimes that daily mount in your world?"
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
In honor of the Feast of Saint Romuald on Saturday we present the Preface for the Mass honoring him:
In Your kindness You filled St. Romuald, father and teacher of monks and hermits, with the joy of sublime contemplation; You illumined him with the light of prophecy and inflamed him with apostolic zeal. Thus, by the silence of his tongue and the eloquence of his life, he led many souls along the way of salvation.
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As we bob along in life, we should stop to celebrate Father's Day in the Year of the Father! |
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto points out how important God the Father is and how so often He is overlooked in favor of the Son and Holy Spirit but in this Year of the Father, why not take some time to honor Him. For her column this weekend, Dear God, Happy Father's Day! click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
NEWS & VIEWS
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While an international arena is being formed to soothe the tensions between Serb and Kosovar, the Orthodox Church, in an effort to hold onto it roots in Kosovo is urging the Serbs not to abandon their homes in Kosovo - not to give in to the Albanians returning and hold their ground. This can definitely cause resentment and with the peace accord so brittle as it is we don't need the added tension of the Orthodox Church coaxing a standoff. For more, click on short fuse in Kosovo
Orthodox Church trying to convince Serbs to stay in Kosovo which could create problems internationally
Cali Archbishop demands release of all hostages as rebels demand ransom
The situation in Colombia with the Cuban-backed National Liberation Army guerrillas of Colombia and the Colombian government and Church are getting testy. When the rebels failed to deliver all the hostages as rebel leader Gabino had personally promised the Vatican last week, Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino has said enough is enough. He excommunicated the rebels after the May 30th kidnapping at Mass. For more, click on Release or ransom.
Earthquake takes its toll of Mexican churches as Pope sends his condolences
Because many of the ancient churches and temples in Mexico are not retrofitted, the damage caused by the earthquake Tuesday in Puebla was extensive to many of the structures. Fortunately, the death toll was minimal compared to what it could have been. The Holy Father, through his Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano, sent his condolences to the Archbishop and the people of Puebla. For more, click on Earthquake.
KC's set all time record for charity for 1998 with well over one hundred million in donations
The Knights of Columbus Supreme Headquarters in New Haven, Connecticutt released Wednesday the 1998 records of charity giving by the Church's largest fraternal organization which totaled 110.7 million. In addition, the aggregate total of hours of volunteer charity work put in by the KC members worldwide totaled over 55 million hours which amounts to an an excellent use of a Knight's time in service to others. For more, click on KC dedication.
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