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June 29, 1999
SECTION ONE vol 10, no. 125
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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.
Tuesday, June 29, 1999
First Reading: Acts 12: 1-11
Psalms: Psalm 34: 2-9
Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4: 5-8, 17-18
Gospel Reading: Matthew 16: 13-19
FEAST OF SAINT PETER AND SAINT PAUL, APOSTLES
Because of the significance of these two saints, we include it under feasts rather than saints. Known as "The Rock" of the Church, Saint Peter is indeed the one who Christ charged to head His Church as the first Pope after He ascended into Heaven. Christ's words in John 21: 15-19 indicate another way Jesus clearly intended Peter to be the first Vicar of Christ on earth when he said: "Feed My lambs...Feed My
sheep." The Good Shepherd was passing his staff on to Peter the new shepherd. To this day every bishop carries the shepherd's staff, called a crozier, shaped like the shepherd's crook and symbolic of the bishop's role in feeding Christ's sheep as well as the reason for the staff in the first place, to prod the sheep when they become lax or stray. Up until the eleventh century popes also carried the crozier but now carry the cross, indicated by the cross Pope John Paul II carries whenever on official appearance as the successor of Peter. Through the actions of this saint, we realize Peter was "everyman", an accomplished fisherman by trade who Jesus turned into a "Fisher of men." Peter was weak and afraid, evidence by his denial of Christ as Jesus foretold, but was strengthened on Pentecost to become brave and strong, the leader of the fledgling Church. Cowering in fear far from the Our Lord's Crucifixion at the time, he courageously went to his own crucifixion later in Rome as a martyr. Humbled by the previous experienced he expressed that he was not worthy to be crucified in the same manner as Our Lord, and thus was crucified upside down. From a pebble to a strong rock God transformed this great Apostle just as the Almighty can transform all of us if we are open to His Will.
Peter's counterpart, Saint Paul took a different route to sanctity. Starting out as Saul of Tarsus, the Pharisee who was a voracious persecutor of Christians, he was struck from his horse enroute to Damascus as God confronted him directly "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?" To impress that this was truly the One, True God, He struck Saul blind, instructing this Jewish persecutor to go into the city of Damascus and wait. After three days God, through His angel, sent a Christian named Ananias to Paul who was still blind. Ananias had been assured by God that "this man is a chosen vessel to Me, to carry My Name among nations and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for My Name" (Acts 9: 15-16). Trusting in God, Ananias approached Saul saying, "Brother Saul, the Lord has sent me
- Jesus, Who appeared to thee on thy journey - that thou mayest recover thy sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." As Acts 9: 17-19 relates, "there fell from his eyes something like scales and he recovered his sight, and arose and was baptized." It was then that Saul realized the folly of his ways and turned his fervor to persecute as Saul into a fire of evangelism as Paul in converting countless Jews and Gentiles to the One, True Faith. It was not an easy path for upon his conversion he did as the Lord instructed, first going to Arabia in
preparation for the mission God had for him. Paul underwent numerous hardships including shipwreck, rejection, imprisonment and internal bickering but, by trusting in Christ and the Holy Spirit, this fiery saint persevered writing and proclaiming the majority of the epistles of the New Testament. His journeys ultimately brought him to Rome where he received his crown of martyrdom by beheading in 67 AD, shortly after Peter was crucified by the Romans.
Wednesday, June 30, 1999
Wednesday, June 30:
Thirteenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and
Feast of the First Martyrs of Rome
Green or Red vestments
First Reading: Genesis 21: 5, 8-20
Psalms: Psalm 34: 7-8, 10-13
Gospel Reading: Matthew 8: 28-34
FEAST OF THE FIRST MARTYRS OF THE ROMAN CHURCH
In an effort to commemorate all of the early martyrs in the first days of the Church, a special feast has been set
aside which follows the day after the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul and was established for the entire Roman Calendar by Pope Paul VI in 1969. Prior to that it had only been observed in the city of Rome. The Jerome Martyrology lists 979 martyrs who died in the famous fire set by the nefarious Emperor Nero in 64 A.D. as well as countless others who shed their blood to sanctify the faith with the blood of its martyrs." Their deaths were the "seeds of faith." Historians Tertullian and Tacitus give accounts of how many willingly gave their lives for their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through the dastardly acts of being thrown to the lions and other beasts in the arenas, or burned at the stake as "human torches;" while others were crucified, and still others banished to remote islands without food or water. All in all there is no set number how many martyrs they were but they are all remembered in this special feast as the "first martyrs."
Hang on for dear life!!! 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 the Archives of CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
Friday, June 25
Medjugorje is a successful syllogism that makes sense!
Friday, June 18
Forget the groovy facade, baby! Let's dump the seventies once and for all!
Tuesday, June 15
Persecution is a pertinent part of the purification process!
Friday, June 11
"Beware of the false peace!"
Tuesday, June 8
No aficionado of aggiornamento!
Friday, June 4
The proverbial vicious circle with the emphasis on vicious!
Memorial Day Weekend
We can thank God everyday for providing the RAM to help us run true to Him!
After Fifty years of mining for souls, Father Al has struck gold!
Tuesday, May 18
May the Host be with you!
Ascension Thursday Weekend, May 13
The consequences of that state of perpetual inconsequence.
Friday, May 7
Mothers like to be mothered too!
Tuesday, May 4
It's in the script.
Friday, April 30
It wouldn't hurt to invoke the help of Blessed Padre Pio!
Tuesday, April 27
United we Pray; Divided we're prey!
Tuesday, April 20
The decade is almost over. Have we prayed enough decades to help save mankind?
Friday, April 16
In the final audit we'll have hell to pay if we're not honest with God and ourselves!
Tuesday, April 13
It's called common sense which isn't too common these days!
Friday, April 9
The Warning could be our final warning!
Tuesday, April 6
The rose between two thorns!
Easter Sunday, April 4
The rose between two thorns!
Tuesday, March 30
"All those who take up the sword will perish by the sword."
Palm Sunday Weekend
We'd be foolish to look a gifthorse in the mouth!
Tuesday, March 23
A poor man who enriches us: Roberto Benigni
Friday, March 19
The "Silent Assassin!"
Tuesday, March 16
The past tense of lend is Lent!
Friday, March 12
Are we all so busy watching for the Warning that we miss Christ's warning?
Tuesday, March 9
"Physician, cure thyself!"
Friday, March 5
Stuck behind the wheel in eternal gridlock!
Tuesday, March 2
Maybe that's what is meant by "lonely at the top!"
Friday, February 26
It's not politics, it's truth! It's that simple!
Tuesday, February 23
Private revelation doesn't always need to be private!
Friday, February 19
Ted Turner will never be able to muscle or buy his way into Heaven!
Tuesday, February 16
The international language of love!
Friday, February 12
"A house divided against itself cannot stand."
Tuesday, February 9
History has a way of repeating itself!
Friday, February 5
Miscarriage of Justice
Tuesday, February 2
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth! So help us, God!
Friday, January 29
Birds of a feather flock together for the sake of the flock!
Tuesday, January 26
Showdown in St. Louis!
Friday, January 22
The branch cannot bear fruit unless it remains on the Vine!
Tuesday, January 19
It's very difficult to achieve true peace of heart without a piece of bread!
Friday, January 15
"Be like Mike!"
Tuesday, January 12
The wonder of signs and wonders.
Friday, January 8
"The Agony and the Ecstasy!"
Tuesday, January 5
With 360 to go we need to take heart and do a 180!
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.
SIMPLY SHEEN: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."
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.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
The DAILY WORD
"Blessed art thou, Simon Bar Jona, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to thee, but My Father in Heaven. And I say to thee, thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give thee the keys of the kingdom of Heaven; and whatever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven, and whatever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven."
Matthew 16: 17-19
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