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TUESDAY      June 1, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 105

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The de Medici child prodigy is groomed to become Pope Leo X as his handlers send a boy to do a man's job

      The death of Pope Julius II paved the way for the resurgence of the powerful de Medici family of Florence and their favorite son Giovanni de Medici who would become the 217th successor of Peter as Pope Leo X. But sadly rather than strengthening the Church his inexperience as a ruler and lack of spiritual leadership would prove to be his achilles heel that would bring many in the Church crumbling, unable to cope with the growing dissension that was soon to erupt in total revolt during the bloody Protestant Reformation. Today we begin the first of several installments on this pope and those dire times. For the one-hundred-fifth installment titled Pope Leo X: no match for the world, the flesh and the devil part one: Renaissance child, click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Installment One-Hundred-five

Pope Leo X: no match for the world, the flesh and the devil part one: Renaissance child


      Today, the first day of June, is the Feast of Saint Justin, martyr while tomorrow the Church commemorates two more martyrs - Saint Marcellinus, priest and Saint Peter, exorcist and not to be confused with the Apostle Peter. Wednesday is also the ninth Wednesay in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Tuesday, June 1, 1998


Wednesday, June 2, 1999



      In honor of the feast of Saint Justin, we present the Preface for the Mass:

In the early days of Your Church You chose Justin the martyr so that by his writings he could expound to Jews and pagans the mysteries of the prophets and the teaching of the apostles. Fearlessly he defended the gospel of Christ before the rulers. He faithfully completed his ministry, after bearing witness to You before the people, and You gave him the privilege of shedding his bollod in order to receive the crown of eternal glory in the luminous company of martyrs.


Patience is a virtue!

      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".

"Those who are patient under trial are those who are most capable of consoling others; those who are rebellious under crosses can never bring comfort to the afflicted."

Events Today in Church History

      On this date in 1215 Pope Innocent III opened the Twelfth Ecumenical Council, better known as Lateran IV in which the Council Fathers enacted reforms, repeated the condemnation of the Albigenses heresy, issued decrees on receiving Holy Communion annually and planned the Fifth Crusade. 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 June 1:

"You are in the time of chaos; chaos which seeks to rend asunder all the prayer groups, cenacles and devout, holy communities which I have asked for through My Mother."

      Those words were spoken by the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Message #536 on September 1, 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, in which Our Lord laments at how so many have succumbed to the world and given up on prayer, defeating by their refusal, His Blessed Mother's intent to unify her prayer groups and cenacles as well as other reverent groups who seek to do God's Will. In this spiritual darkness Jesus asks us to be like "a magnificent diamond which catches the light and illuminates all around it." A few days prior to her Divine Son's Message, Our Lady conveyed Message #535 in which she also decried the apathetic state many of her little ones had fallen into and the pathetic way they were treating the truths of her Son, scoffing at His Will by flaunting their own will which only hampers and delays the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart. For Messages #535 and #536, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 535 and 536

Message Five-Hundred-thirty-five, August 29, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, Martyr)

Message Five-Hundred-thirty-six, September 1, 1994

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

May 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    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


"Render, therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

Mark 12: 17

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