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WEDNESDAY      June 30, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 126

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Only Five Days left to vote for the Top 100 Catholics of the 20th Century

      Readers only have five days left to vote for the Top 100 Catholics Today we reveal the rankings for the Top 100 Catholics, listing the top 50 in order of voting. You have one week to vote for the person or persons you feel were the most influential Catholics in this century. We have had over 16,000 votes cast to date and are most encouraged by this turnout. There are no specific rules. You may vote as often as you wish and in mid-July we will begin the countdown from 100 on down daily here in the DAILY CATHOLIC leading up to the top ten Catholics in December. For the list of the fifty receiving the most votes so far, click on TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY

TOP 50 vote-getters of the TOP 100 in ranking as of June 25
(over 16,500 votes cast to date)

number of votes cast are listed after each person's name

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

     With the summer mode in vogue, we suspend this series until August, allowing the reader to catch up on past articles they may have missed in archives, including the Establishment of the Blessed Sacrament and the early struggles of the Church in this on-going abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. For the first fifteen installments, click on BARQUE OF PETER

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











India's Cardinal D. Simon Lourdusamy has spent one third of his life in service to Rome's Curia in serving Holy Mother Church

      Today we feature our seventy-second red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 75 year-old Indian from Kalleri, India Cardinal D. Simon Lourdusamy who has served in numerous positions for various Curial posts from Secretary of the Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples to Prefect of Congregation for Oriental Churches. For more on this Indian-born Prince of the Church who was elevated to the cardinalate in Pope John Paul II's Consistory of May 25, 1985, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

72.   Cardinal D. Simon Lourdusamy

Wisdom is gained by suffering

      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".

"Pius XII, just a short time before he died, told someone whom I know very well, 'You have suffered a great deal and it has been difficult.' The speaker said to him, 'But I would not be without it, for it has drawn me closer to God.' Pius XII answered, 'That is right. We get learning from books, but we get wisdom from suffering.'"

"Do not look for love everlasting on earth, for it does not exist. I alone provide all, and I solemnly tell you that the Hour of the Triumph of My Mother's Immaculate Heart draws very near."

      Those words come from Our Lord on His solemn birthday on Christmas Day in 1994 in which Jesus imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #578 that He and His Blessed Mother Mary, whom He has sent as a sign of His Divine Mercy, have said all they can. Christ reaffirms that not since He walked the earth in Galillee have there been so many signs and wonders, yet Our Lord laments that so few realize this or acknowledge the miracles and respond to what He asks so that His Mother's Immaculate Heart can triumph as He has promised. He asks, in His Message five days earlier on December 20th, to be obedient to His Holy Church and His Vicar on earth and asks then as well on Christmas Day to come humbly before Him and kneel at the manger offering ourselves as our present to Him. For Messages #577 and #578, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 577 and 578

Message Five-Hundred-seventy-seven, December 20, 1994

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

Message Five-Hundred-seventy-eight, December 25, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus on His birthday)
(Solemnity of the Nativity of Jesus Christ, the Son of God)

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


"And the devils kept entreating Him, saying, 'If thou cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.' And He said to them, 'Go!' And they came out and entered into the swine; and behold the whole herd rushed down the cliff into the sea, and perished in the water."

Matthew 8: 31-32

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June 30, 1999 volume 10, no. 126   DAILY CATHOLIC