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WEDNESDAY      June 23, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 121

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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


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










The island of Hispaniola, evangelized in the early 1500's expands its diocese thanks to its first bishop Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriquez

      Today we feature our sixty-ninth red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 63 year-old Dominican Republic Archbishop of Santo Domingo Cardinal Nicholas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez who was the first bishop of the Dominican Republic's second diocese formed in 1978 as the Diocese of San Francisco de Macoris. As the only cardinal from Hispaniola, he is responsible for over eight million Catholics in a country of just over nine million. For more on this Dominican-born Prince of the Church, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

69.   Cardinal Nicholas de Jesus Lopez Rodriquez

Time to put away child-like toys and tantrums

      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".

"Today millions of men and women consider that their happiness is destroyed if they must get along without a few things of which their grandfathers had never dreamed.. Luxuries have become necessities to them; and the more things a man needs in order to be happy, the more he has increased his chances of disappointment and despair. Whim has become his master, trivia his tyrant; he no longer is self-possessed, but he has become possessed by outward objects, trumpery toys. "

" I solemnly say to My children in America: Awake now from your greed, your lethargy and sloth. Put off the evilness of your world and wear My Mantle, which is one of Suffering and Obedience, composed of threads of Divine Love. "

      Those words come from Our Lord on Thanksgiving Day on November 24, 1994 in which Jesus imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #568 the fate of America if she continues on her downward spiral away from God. He warns that we, too, shall experience want and suffering for no nation on earth will be spared, especially those nations who have so much for He reiterates what He said in Divine Revelation that to those who have been given much, much is expected. He expects us to respond in obedience to all His Church says and to heed the messages of His Blessed Mother. Jesus prefaces this two days prior on the Feast of Saint Cecilia by lambasting our desire to be entertained while ignoring the important things of salvation. He alerts us that we are merely paving the road for satan to sweep us into hell if we continue in this vein of being vain. For Messages #567 and #568, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 567 and 568

Message Five-Hundred-sixty-seven, November 22, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred of Jesus)
(Feast of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr)

Message Five-Hundred-sixty-eight, November 24, 1994

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


      Today is the Twelfth Wednesday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow is the Solemnity of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist. For the readings, liturgies and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Wednesday, June 23, 1999

Thursday, June 24, 1999


Events Today in Church History

      On this date in 1526 Pope Clement VII tried to corral the stallion after it had escaped the barn and found the coyotes throughout Germany in the person of powerful princes, ready to devour him and Catholic preachers for these wolves were buying time for Martin Luther to establish the Lutheran creed. The Roman Pontiff sent on of his top nuncios Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio to back the Edict of Worms which was anti-Luther, but it was the inefficiencies of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V that helped greatly to the strength of Germany and the adownfall of other cultures before it. 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 23:

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