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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
1. Pope John Paul II - 2,238
2. Mother Teresa - 1,457
3. Blessed Padre Pio - 1,302
4. Bishop Fulton J. Sheen - 1,216
5. Blessed Sister Faustina Kowalksa - 921
6. Saint Maximilian Kolbe - 874
7. Mother Angelica - 742
8. Pope Pius XII - 512
9 Pope Saint Pius X - 491
10. Pope Paul VI - 447
11. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - 389
12. Father Joseph Fessio, S.J. - 381
13. Blessed Josemaria Escriva - 372
14. Scott Hahn - 336
15. Pope John XXIII - 305
16. Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap.-277
17. St. Edith Stein - 274
18. Cardinal John J. O'Connor - 255
19. Karl Keating - 241
20. Fr. Jozo Zovko, OFM - 210
21. Wayne Weibel - 203
22. Visionaries of Medjugorje - 194
23. Dorothy Day - 193
24. Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz - 189
25. Fr. Michael Scanlon - 182
26. Pope Leo XIII - 172
27. Cardinal Francis George, OMI - 166
28. Visionaries of Fatima - 162
29. Ralph Martin - 159
30. Cyndi Cain - the Hidden Flower - 152
31. Pope Benedict XV - 144
32. Bud MacFarlane, Jr. - 137
33. Saint Maria Goretti - 135
34. Cardinal Francis Arinze - 129
35. Fr. Benedict Groeschel - 119
36. Cardinal James Francis Stafford - 109
37. Malachi Martin - 101
38. Joey Lomangino - 83
39. Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua - 81
40. Fr. Patrick Peyton - Rosary Priest - 56
41. John Leary - 54
42. Tom Monaghan - 53
43. Ida Perdemann - 44
44. Sister Nirmala - 42
45. Pope Pius XI - 39 -
46. Josyp Terelya 40
47. Fr. Frank Pavone - 29
48. Audrey Santo - 28
49. Blessed Andre Bessette - 27
50. Ron O'Brien - 26
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
NO FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS DURING LENT
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
Born in Kalleri, India on February 5, 1924, Cardinal D. Simon Lourdusamy was ordained a priest at the age of 27 in his Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore, India. He was dispatched by his Archbishop to Rome to study the sciences and to receive his Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Urban University five years after his ordination. Returning to his archdiocese, he was reassigned to the position as the Diocese's Chancellor and Secretary to the Archbishop. He also was appointed editor of the Catholic weekly in the Arhdiocese Sava Yaby which was published in the Tamil dialect. During this time he also served as Director of the Catholic Doctors' Guild and President of the University Students' Union.
On July 2, 1962 Pope John XXIII named him bishop, appointing him Titular Bishop of Sozusa and Auxiliary Bishop of Bangalore to which he was installed on August 22, 1962. After two years he was named Titular Archbishop of Filippi and Coadjutor Archbishop of Bangalore by John's successor Pope Paul VI on November 9, 1964. Four years later he became permanent Archbishop of Bangalore on January 11, 1968 where he remained until 1971 when he was named Associate Secretary of the Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples relocating to Rome. In 1973 he was was appointed Secretary until 1985 when Pope John Paul II, in his Consistory of May 25, 1985, he was elevated to the cardinalate as a cardinal deacon receiving titular church of St. Mary of Grace. He was transferred to the order of Cardinal priests on January 29, 1996. Shortly after receiving his red-hat, the Holy Father promoted him to the position of Prefect for the Congregation for Oriental Churches a post he held until 1991.
During this past decade he as served membership on numerous curia congregations and councils including the Apostolic Signatura Tribunal, the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, plus the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for Interpretation of Legislative Texts as well as the Pontifical Commission for International Eucharistic Congresses. Currently 75 years-old, Cardinal Lourdusamy has resided in Rome since he was fifty. His address is presently at Via del Corridori 64 00193 in Rome.
SIMPLY SHEEN: 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)
Beloved Hidden Flower of My Mother's Immaculate Heart, I wish for all of My children to make ready their hearts to receive Me in a special way at Christmas. Please tell all the world that My desire is to reign in every heart, and to transform that heart into a magnificent tabernacle. I come with oceans of graces, with oceans of mercy. Will you receive Me? You cannot receive Me if your heart is proud, filled with worldly things. No, little children, you must be a humble child, with a meek and humble heart, for these are the hearts so dear to Me.
I tell you these things because you have forgotten that I do not require great deeds but rather a magnanimous will freely given to Me.
Prepare well, My children, because you cannot comprehend that which will come upon the world. Pray that you may be a victim to My Divine Love, and call out daily for Divine Mercy. That moment is here when the Mercy I wish to give will be called for out of the sorrow that besets the world. Watch, My children. Keep vigilance over your faith. Behold My signs, look to the Heavens and lift up your eyes for I Am, and I keep My promises.
Dear children, love one another as I love you. Be obedient to My holy Vicar Pope John Paul II. Live holy lives which are centered on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and My True Presence in the Holy Eucharist. If you do this then you will see the signs and be alert to all that Scripture contains.
Honor My holy Mother, who I have sent to help you. Heed Her words and seek the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart. Prepare well your heart. I come. I seek. I knock! Shall I come in vain? Behold, I Am God, and all creation is Mine. Fear not. Love much. I Am near!
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)
Beloved Hidden Flower of My Mother's Immaculate Heart, I love and bless you, as I give to all the world My Peace.
So very few of My children truly welcome Me. I am a fleeting moment in their holiday festivities; soon I am no longer remembered, and the cold manger remains unwarmed by the pure hearts I come for.
How many words I and My holy Mother have spoken this year. How we have pleaded, taught, and entreated each person to come into the Refuge of My Sacred Heart.
What more do you desire of Me, Who Am? What works can I perform which will awaken your enslaved spirits?
I solemnly tell you, children of the world, that I give unto you such signs as I have not given since I walked among you.
The blindness of your soul, your spirit persists because you do not seek My Way, nor do you pray for an increase in faith, hope and love.
O! What signs have been given. And so very few have seen them. That is why on this great day I solemnly say to all once again: Lift up your heads. Open wide your eyes, for My Presence among you is real and I draw you to Me!
Lift up your heads. Send forth your hearts so they may forever rest in Me!
Do not despair, for I seek to bestow great Mercy upon the world, and I choose to do this in the new religious community of Divine Mercy, which shall be a renewal of true religious/monastic life.
Rejoice, for I give My Mercy to all who seek Me, My Own Mother, Queen of Mercy, is with you to be a sure guide.
Let your hearts be warmed by My love. 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.
Therefore, love Me. Adore Me. Be willing to suffer for Me, Who suffered for each one of you. Look to the heavens for there shall be given to all a sign of such magnificence that only the most hardened of heart shall reject it.
Look up, My children. Behold the Power of God. Be ever prepared for the sorrows shall increase as Scripture tells you. Come to Me, My little ones. Kneel at foot of the Manger and give to Me your self, all that you have been, are now and can yet be through My Grace and Mercy.
O! How richly I bless you. How a generous heart comforts Me. Know that in the Hour of Greatest Sorrow, I, your God, shall comfort you. Peace, My children, to all men of good will!
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
"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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