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Medjugorje Monthly Message
for May 25th
Dear children! Also today I call you to convert and to more firmly believe in God. Children, you seek peace and pray in different ways, but you have not yet given your hearts to God for Him to fill them with His love. So, I am with you to teach you and to bring you closer to the love of God. If you love God above all else, it will be easy for you to pray and to open your hearts to Him. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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Events that happened this day in Church History
On this day in 618, the Irish monk Saint Kevin died at the ripe age of 120. He was known as the saint who "bridged the centuries" having been born late in the fifth century and died in the earlier part of the seventh century. He was most influential in carrying on the work begun by the Apostle of Ireland Saint Patrick and St. Kevin founded several monasteries as well as confessor to many Celtic saints at that time including Saint Kieran, also known as Saint Kellin. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Today we commemorate the Feast of Saint Charles Lwanga, Catechist and his companion martyrs from Uganda while tomorrow we observe the Ninth Friday in Ordinary Time and the FIRST FRIDAY of the month. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Augustine, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today, in honor of Saint Charles Lwanga, and his companion Ugandan martyrs, we present the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring these saints:
Father, You have made the blood of the martyrs the seed of Christians. May the witness of St. Charles and his companions and their loyalty to Christ in the face of torture inspire countless men and women to live the Christian faith.
THE DAILY WORD"And Jesus, seeing that He had answered wisely, said to him, 'Thou art not far from the Kingdom of God.' And no one after that ventured to ask Him questions." Mark 12: 34
210 and counting,
hoping and praying...
- Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on June 4 through June 6.
- Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Michael Michai Kitbunchu in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- Messages 541 and 542 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Saint Boniface, Apostle of Germany and Sunday's Feast of CORPUS CHRISTI.
- ...and much more in our 108th issue for 1999!
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All roads lead to Rome...
For the Keys of the Kingdom can be locked and unlocked only from the Chair of Peter! It is called ex cathedra.
In his column today, Pat Ludwa treats the subject of obedience to the Pope in taking on the dissidents who think they have a better idea and that the Holy Father is out of touch with the twentieth century. The problem is those dissenters are out of touch with the Will of God. For Pat's column Dissent doesn't add up , click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
When it comes to getting something done for the good of all globally, count on the Pope; this time he calls UN head to Vatican to settle conflicts
Colombian rebels handed bell, book and candle but Pope would like them to hand over hostages
Holy Father addresses death issue in a positive manner at Weekly audience, prepares for Polish trip Saturday but Polish people won't be able to toast Pope
Masochist manipulators maim Maine manifesto by denying Catholic managers of preserving morals
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
"Our hearts are restless until they rest in You."
The above is the famous quote of Saint Augustine. 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".
"Modern man has been humiliated: neither his proud expectations of progress nor of science have turned out as he hoped. Yet he has not quite reached the point of humbling himself. He is still imprisoned in the self, and able to see nothing else beyond. The psychoanalysts may be allowed to bore into his thoughts for a few years more; but the time is not far off when modern men will utter a frantic appeal to God to lift them from the empty cistern of their own egos."
with a Catholic slant
"I solemnly tell you that in the near future many events will occur that will change the path of humanity."
Those words from Our Lord were conveyed on September 11, 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart wherein Jesus promises Refuge in His Sacred Heart and His Blessed Mother's Immaculate Heart if we but ask and obey His Will. He brings this up because of the events about to unfold that will change the world as we know it, asking us to be vigilant and pray for we know not the day nor the hour. Our Lady prefaces her Divine Son's Message with her own on the feast of her birthday three days earlier in which she echoes much of what Jesus imparts and asks us to pray for that is the only way she can intercede. She also hints at an increase in Eucharistic phenomena in preparation for the great time of the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart. For Messages #539 and #540, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
Catholic World News Service
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Pope summons UN Secretary General to Rome, proposes Kofi Annan take a more serious role in settling Balkans conflict
The Holy Father has some unfinished business before he heads home to his native Poland this weekend. One of those projects is to expedite a settlement in the Balkans. The Sovereign Pontiff is so intent that he has personally summoned Kofi Annan to the Holy See to seriously discuss solutions. In other words, Kofi better not be late because the Pope won't take no for an answer. For more, click on Kofi better be on time.
Pope uses Wednesday Audience to appeal to rebels of "sacrilegious" kidnapping in Colombia as Cali bishop excommunicates guerrillas
The Holy Father spoke out strongly against the mass kidnapping at Mass Sunday in Cali, Colombia and called upon the captors who have held dozens captive to extend mercy and release them and seek forgiveness. The NLA, the guerrilla group responsible, are no strangers to the Pope who less than a month ago appealed to these same violent ones to release some 25 taken off a plane. The latest incident was surely cause for instant excommunication for it happened during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Eucharist was never consumed, thus making the aggressive act an act of extreme sacrilege. For more, click on Bell, Book and Candle for Colombia rebels
Pope doesn't evade issue of death, but rather encourages all to embrace the culture of life which leads to hope and everlasting life; Vatican releases Polish itinerary as Poland announces citizens won't be able to toast Pontiff with alcoholic beverages
Possibly because of the many martrydoms being suffered by the faithful both in the clergy and the lay ranks on practically every continent, the Pope used his Wednesday Papal Audience to address an issue many regard as taboo - death. But the Holy Father tackled it in the sense of not an end, but rather a beginning - extended by the hope of the resurrection. After his weekly Papal Audience at Paul VI Hall the Vatican released a preliminary itinerary of the Holy Father's Polish trip which begins this weekend while in Warsaw the Polish government announced a ban on alcohol in the region wherever the Pope visits that day both out of respect for the Supreme Pontiff and for safety sake.
For more, click on Life, death and Poland.
Maine provides the "maine"stream to corruption with ridiculous laws that hurt loyal Catholics
The state of Maine is in a state of confusion that could deter some Catholics from the state of grace because of the state's ridiculous insistence that mentally-retarded and autistic adults be allowed access to pornography and immoral atmosphere all because of liberal bureaucratic pablum that has gone extremely sour. The same goes with vouchers for Catholic schools for which the State of Maine insists they don't have to pay for if other education is available. If you can't believe what you're reading here, you'll be even more incensed once you read Maine's logic for all of this. For more, click on Maimed in Maine.
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