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June 22, 1999
SECTION ONE vol 10, no. 120
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From today on the days begin to get shorter
for we have passed the Summer Solstice as the countdown to Jubilee 2000 continues
As we introduced yesterday, we are now in the "summer mode" with our "Summer of 99" issues in which we provide readers the opportunity to read articles they might have missed during the final retro summer of the millennium. From this day on the days begin to get shorter and, while we might have leisure time on our hands, it's a good time to take note of where we're going and pray as Jesus and His Blessed Mother have been asking over these past two millenniums.
Retroactive articles available from the mid eleventh century up to the early part of the sixteenth century
This summer we present the installments from Blessed Pope Eugene III, the 167th successor of Peter in the mid twelfth century through Pope Leo X, the 217th in the Petrus line early in the sixteenth century. These are installments 46 through 106. We should soon have installments one through 45, which cover the first millennium, available to review on-line within a few weeks. We will resume our original series in September with installment 107 on Pope Hadrian VI. To read any of the sixty installments presently available in this long on-going series, click on the Archives of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
"Cease being anxious about the future. Cease clamoring for more knowledge. Of what value would such knowledge be? Mankind has misused knowledge since the sin of Adam and Eve. Therefore, you must trust in God to infuse knowledge into your heart as it is necessary for you to know it."
Those words were conveyed by the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #566 on November 19, 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart four days after her 565th message on the feast of Saint Albert the Great in which Our Lady beseeches her children to not seek answers anywhere but in prayer for the curious will run into trouble. That is why she begs her little ones to return to her Divine Son Jesus and to meditate on the Joyful Mysteries in preparation for Advent. For Messages #565 and #566, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Messages 565 and 566
Message Five-Hundred-sixty-five, November 15, 1994
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of Saint Albert the Great
Beloved Hidden Flower of my Immaculate Heart, I love and bless you. Always place your trust in my Divine Son, for He shall be your Strength, your Peace.
I say now to all of my little ones: Please examine yourselves with the light and grace of the Holy Spirit. It is now the hour when you must see the tiniest recesses of your heart and soul, so that you will recognize every fault, weakness and sin which separates you from full union with Almighty God.
No one can excuse himself from this thorough examination. If you are truly in the Refuge of my Immaculate Heart, you will understand that I tell you this so as to prepare you for the great moment which is yet to come when all the world will see their soul as God sees it!
I do solemnly tell you it is necessary to acknowledge your every frailty, so as to be a truly humble child whose intentions bear purity and thus great fruit.
O! My children, heed my words given you with all Motherly love and affection. I beg each of you to confess your sins weekly and seek proper spiritual guidance from the priest, so you will remain always in the state of grace.
O! I grieve, for you are still very stubborn and proud, and the signs God gives you do not see. There will be more signs, my children. Signs in nature throughout the world. There will also be a great movement by the Holy Spirit to awaken the slumbering, lukewarm souls, and by means of this many will enter into the Refuge of my Divine Son's Sacred Heart.
I say again: Look to the heavens and watch for God's signs. Each day behold His powerful right hand which holds the earth in place. All creation belongs to Him alone, and satan's hold shall be loosened, that my Divine Son may be proclaimed by every tongue.
These are very critical times! Pray! Pray! Pray!
I love and bless you. Thank you for responding to my Call!
Message Five-Hundred-sixty-six, November 19, 1994
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday)
Beloved Hidden Flower of my Immaculate Heart, I love you and bless you.
The hour of fulfillment is near, but still my little children do not understand. They are filled with curiosity; curiosity that comes from fear and from pride. Therefore their prayers are hollow, for the intentions of their heart are not pure.
Little children, travel the road of this Advent in joyful preparation. Learn by means of prayer, fasting and frequent, yes daily Mass and reception of my Divine Son in the Most Blessed Sacrament, how to be a simple children gathered in the Heart of my Son. I will help you. I come among you to warn you, to prepare you. But to all I offer hope, and that Hope is my Divine Son.
Begin to meditate on the Joyful Mysteries - whose fullness will be revealed only in Heaven. Give thanks to God for them. Then walk the Sorrowful Mysteries - for they are the signs of these end times. It is Faith and Hope, but above all Love, which will teach you the joy of suffering in union with my Divine Son. Yes, my children, joy because redemptive suffering is the mark of true progress in the spiritual journey.
Cease being anxious about the future. Cease clamoring for more knowledge. Of what value would such knowledge be? Mankind has misused knowledge since the sin of Adam and Eve. Therefore, you must trust in God to infuse knowledge into your heart as it is necessary for you to know it.
But I solemnly tell you: Know all I have foretold shall come to fulfillment, and this time must be a continual preparation for you. Live Mercy. Be Mercy. Bring Mercy to the world. For what greater Mercy could God have given than to permit His Only-begotten Son to be born in a wretched cave in Bethlehem, visited by ignorant shepherds, and ignored by the world. He did it in Love. May you learn to love in like manner.
I love and bless you. Thank you for responding to my Call!
Today is the Twelfth Tuesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Paulinus of Nola, Bishop and the English Martyrs Saint John Fisher, Bishop and Saint Thomas More, married man with tomorrow being the Twelfth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and the Vigil of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Tuesday, June 22, 1999
Tuesday, June 22:
Twelfth Tuesday in Ordinary Time and
Feast of Saint Paulinus of Nola, Bishop and
Feast of the Martyrs Saint John Fisher, Bishop, and Saint Thomas More,
Green or White or Red vestments
First Reading: Genesis 13: 2, 5-18
Psalms: Psalm 15: 1-5
Gospel Reading: Matthew 7: 6, 12-14
FEAST OF SAINT PAULINUS OF NOLA, BISHOP
One of the lesser known saints, Saint Paulinus of Nola shares this day with two other saints below: Saint John Fisher and the more well-known Saint Thomas More. Paulinus was a bishop born in 353 in Bordeaux, France. His life took him into politics where he became governor of Campania, Italy after extensive travels throughout France, Spain and Italy. In 381 he met and married a Spanish sweetheart Theresia. Together they vowed to live a strict evangelical life with their tutors being Saint Ambrose and Saint Martin of Tours. Because of their influence, Paulinus was baptized in 389 and moved to Spain. After the death of his first child Celsus, Paulinus decided to forsake all his worldly possessions for a monastic life. However, urged on by the people and receiving a special dispensation from Rome, he was ordained a priest in 394 in Barcelona, Spain. Shortly after that he retired to Nola, Italy south of Naples and their founded a small monastery with his wife who also had vowed a life of celibacy. Together they worked, setting up a hospice and caring for the sick and meeting the needs of pilgrims to the shrine of Saint Felix. Because of his work he was appointed Bishop of Nola in 409 and died 22 years later in the same city.
FEAST OF SAINTS JOHN FISHER AND SAINT THOMAS MORE, MARTYRS
Both saints were beheaded by the rebellious king of England Henry VIII because they refused to disobey Rome. For their obedience to God and not man they were welcomed into the Heavenly realm in 1535.
Saint John Fisher, born in Yorkshire, England in 1469, became a priest at the age of 25 after graduating cum laude from Cambridge University. His claim to fame was his brilliant defense of the Faith against the
attacks of Martin Luther. Because of his expertise in both theology and the humanistic arts, he was appointed Chancellor at Cambridge in 1504 and later became the Bishop of Rochester. Soon after he was summoned by Queen Elizabeth of York, mother of Henry VIII, to minister to the royals where he emphasized a monastic austerity in their prayer life and an insistence on the Liturgy of the Hours by all. Though he was beloved by Elizabeth, he was resented by Henry who had succumbed to the world, the flesh and the devil. When Bishop Fisher officially proclaimed Henry's first marriage valid after Henry tried to annull it, the good bishop was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1533. Given another chance by Henry to refute what he had proclaimed and to take an oath of loyalty to the King of England over the Pope of Rome, Fisher who had been appointed a Cardinal while in prison by Pope Paul III refused, condemning the king's marriage to Anne Boleyn. For this he was beheaded, receiving his crown of martyrdom.
While John Fisher was a Cambridge grad, Saint Thomas More was an Oxford man, having studied law. Born in 1477 in London, Thomas was married twice. With his first wife he had four children. After she died, he remarried for the welfare of his children. After John Fisher had been imprisoned, Henry VIII appointed Thomas the new Chancellor, a position at that time which was second only to the king. He succeeded Cardinal Wolsey. The ribald king had thought that by placing a layman in this position he could further distance himself from Rome and better control the Church of England. But Thomas More was a holy man who owed his allegiance to the King of Kings before the king of England. More than a few times when summoned by Henry while Thomas was attending Holy Mass, Thomas replied by messenger: "As soon as my audience with the King of Heaven is ended, I will at once obey the desire of my earthly king." This did not sit well with Henry who was determined to have his own way. When Henry proclaimed himself head of the Church of England, Thomas, who also was opposed to the king's divorce, abstained from taking the oath and resigned as Chancellor, refusing to recognize Henry's spiritual supremacy before God. Like John Fisher's fate, Henry retaliated vehemently and had Thomas imprisoned in the same Tower of London where he too was beheaded shortly after St. John Fisher in 1535, joining the ranks of martyrdom for the One, True Faith.
Wednesday, June 23, 1999
First Reading: Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18
Psalms: Psalm 105: 1-4, 6-9
Gospel Reading: Matthew 7: 15-20
SIMPLY SHEEN:By giving we receive
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".
"Money will not buy Heaven; but it will make friends for us that will help us when we fail. 'Inasmuch as you did it for the least of these My brethren, you did it for Me.' (Matthew 25: 40). Those who have been helped by our charity will lead us before the throne saying: 'This is he of whom we have spoken and who did so much for us in the life below.' "
Events Today in Church History
On this date in 1622 Pope Gregory XV issued his papal bull Inscrutabili Divinae which established the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith in an effort to expedite and support the missionary effort of the Church worldwide. This Congregation today 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 June 22:
Death of Saint Paulinus of Nola, French bishop who lived in Spain with his wife Theresia, and who co-founded a monastery and operated many hospices and cared for the shrine of Saint Felix. Note, these were the times before celibacy was a requirement of the priesthood. For more see TODAY'S LITURGY
Death of the Norman King Roger I of Sicily during the reign of Pope Paschal II. Roger was the first of the Norman invasion to the island stronghold south of Italy and the alignment with Naples and Robert of Naples, which was the beginning time of constant clashes with the Holy See that would last for centuries.
Death of Blessed Pope Innocent V, French-born pontiff and 185th successor of Peter who ruled exactly four months but is known for extending Christianity to Mongolia by personally baptizing the three ambassadors sent to him by the Great Khan.
Death of Saint John Fisher, Bishop, executed by King Henry VIII for refusing to disobey Rome. For more see DAILY LITURGY
Pope Gregory XV, 234th successor of Peter, in order to help the missionary effort of spreading the faith to all corners of the earth establishes Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith with the bull Inscrutabili. Today this Congregation is headed by Cardinal Josef Tomko as the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
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