The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul and the Pope's Feast
Today is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles and the Pope's Feast as well as the Bishop of Rome where the Holy Father is honored with festivities at Rome that begins with the Concert of Bells from the churches of Rome and ends with a spectacular fireworks display above the Tiber from Castel Sant'Angelo. Tomorrow is the Thirteenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of First Martyrs of Rome. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Events in Church History
On this date in 1959 Pope John XXIII, who had been elected the previous October, issued his first of eight encyclicals Ad Petri Cathedram - "To the Chair of Peter" which dealt with Truth, Unity and Peace in the Spirit of Charity. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
185 and counting,
hoping and praying...
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.
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- Biography on Cardinal D. Simon Lourdusamy, the 72nd Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on June 30th.
- More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- DAILY LITURGY for the Thirteenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of the First Martyrs of Rome and the Thirteenth Thursday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Blessed Junipero Serra, Franciscan Missionary and founder of the California missions.
- ...and much more in our 126th issue for 1999!
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Because without God's rules life can be a never-ending thrill ride to nowhere!
The only way to reach the light at the end of the tunnel is to trust in Him.
This summer we present all the editorials to date from 1999 for you to review. Take a ride on the twists and turns of humanity in past installments of Catholic PewPoint. In this wild ride of life, through the tunnels of doubt we need to cling to the rails of hope and trust that God will guide us safely over the whirls and swirls, dips and blips, highs and lows that affect us daily in this rollercoaster called life. These commentaries help keep things on a more even keel, slowing the turns so that all can better navigate the dangerous curves and stay on track in heading towards the light at the end of the tunnel. During the summer we will present this archive feature on Tuesdays and a new commentary every Friday. To read any of the forty-five installments presently available for 1999, click on and strap in for the Archives of CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
Relations between East and West progressing well as dialogue with Orthodox Church continues as they honor Pope on Pope's Feast
Rome to focus on twentieth century saints during Jubilee Year as modern men and women introduced for beatification and canonization
The heck with the Jesuits, Cardinal Law urges obedience to the Pope's "Ex Corde Ecclesiae" for higher Catholic education to survive in the Americas
Fifty-year-old priest, associate pastor for eleven years in Bristol, murdered. Suspect held without bail.
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
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Sometimes nothing succeeds like failure
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".
"In the Divine Order, what generally seems at first a failure may be a vestibule for a further success. St. Paul was told if he went to Jerusalem, he would be bound and imprisoned. Paul went anyway, knowing it was his duty. He was cast into jail and the Word of the Lord came to him. 'Take courage, as you have testified about Me in Jerusalem, so you shall bear witness to Me in Rome.' What was a failure was turned into a tremendous success in a new missionary endeavor. Sometimes nothing succeeds like failure."
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In honor of today's Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul we present the Preface for today's Mass:
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give You thanks. You fill our hearts with joy as we honor Your great apostles: Peter, our leader in the faith, and Paul, its fearless preacher. Peter raised up the Church from the faithful flock of Israel. Paul brought Your call to the nations, and became the teacher of the world. Each in his chosen way gathered into unity the one family of Christ. Both shared a martyr's death and are praised throughout the world. Now, with the apostles and all the angels and saints, we praise You for ever.
"My Holy Mother prepares you, but you must seek her help. If you refuse her messages you refuse me, for our hearts beat as One, and this you cannot understand in this life."
Those words were imparted by the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Message #576 on December 16, 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Our Lord foretells of His Vicar on earth eventually decreeing the Final Dogma of Mary as Advocate, Co-Redemptrix and Mediatrix of all graces. He also reinforces that the purification is near when satan and all evil will be swept away and the earth will be renewed as we pray Holy Spirit, renew the face of the earth. His Blessed Mother's words four days earlier on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe reaffirms that she is the Patroness of the Americas and Mother of the unborn as she calls on her children to fight for the sanctity of life and not be deceived by the world, the flesh and the devil, not to mention the dissension within the ranks of her remnant. For Messages #575 and #576, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Pope receives traditional Orthodox greeting on Papal Feast as dialogue with Constantinople progressing well
In a tradition that is carried out only when excellent relations between East and West are in vogue, a representative of the Eastern Patriarch of Constantinople dispatches a delegation to Rome to honor the Bishop of Rome on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Relations are excellent and improving, evident from the appearance of the eastern group at the Vatican and the Holy Father's progress in reconciling with the Orthodox. He will return the favor on the Feast of Saint Andrew on November 30th. For more, click on East and West
Beatifications and canonizations in the works for 20th Century saints include 25 Mexican martyrs and the little shepherds of Fatima
Eighteen men and women and twenty-five Mexican martyrs' names were presented to the Holy Father yesterday. All of them had lived within the last one-hundred years, making it the largest block of modern saints presented by the Congregation for the Cause of Saints ever. It included the anticipated names of Francisco Marto and his sister Jacinta, both called the "little shepherds of Fatima" - a cause very dear to the Pope. For more, click on Modern saints .
The only way for survival of the Catholic universities is through implementation of "Ex Corde Ecclesiae" Cardinal Law asserts
The Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Bernard Law, speaking in Spanish, addressed the closing session of the Latin American Conference at the Vatican as a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education strongly endorsing the Holy Father's Apostolic Constitution on education, "Ex Corde Ecclesiae" which, according to the Cardinal, is vital in preserving the fabric of Catholic education in the Americas. For more, click on Schools of survival.
Priest robbed and murdered in the sanctuary in Bristol, Connecticut
The parishioners of St. Matthew's church in Bristol, Connecticut are in shock today after a robbery turned into the murder of Father Robert Lysz, an associate pastor who was 50 years old. His body was discovered before 7:30 Mass last Friday behind the altar.
For more, click on Murder in Bristol.
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