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WEDNESDAY      May 19, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 97

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In this Sign you shall conquer!

    We continue today with the abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we bring you that period when the persecutions, which had grown so fierce under the butcher Diocletian are finally brought to an end with the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great and the vision he was given of the cross in the sky by which he was converted. Thus began, in the early fourth century the beginning of a beautiful friendship between Rome and the Church that would reach out to all four corners of the earth in fulfillment of what Christ had asked of His Disciples to "Go and preach the Gospel to all nations." For Installment eleven, click on BARQUE OF PETER

Installment Eleven

part one: the Fourth Century

Next Week: Installment Twelve: The Fall of the Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity

The Holy Father produced a capitol idea when he appointed Cardinal James A. Hickey Archbishop of our nation's capitol in 1980

    Today we feature our fifty-fifth red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 89 year-old American prelate Cardinal James A. Hickey, Archibishop of Washington, D.C. who came to the nations capitol by way of Saginaw, Cleveland and Rome. A canon law expert and adept at formation of young priests, Cardinal Hickey has walked the political tightrope of "beltline politics" for nearly twenty years earning the utmost respect from friend and foe alike, republican and democrat, Catholic and non-Catholic. w For more on Cardinal Hickey who was appointed by Pope John Paul II during the Consistory of June 28, 1988, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

55.   Cardinal James A. Hickey

May Flowers bloom forth but hay fever has a way of confusing the issue when one grows older

   Allergies have a way of clouding our thinking process and when we grow older, or especially have teen agers at home, it hits the target all the more as we illustrate in a short vignette Great truths about life that adults have learned. The second vignette entitled Trust in God keeps us out of the red and in the black points out how God helps unclog our passages so we can breathe more easily and better comprehend all He wills. For these two short Appeteasers, click on MAY FLOWERS: FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS



We should consider all of our friends a blessing. Send this to a friend today just to let them know that you are thinking of them, and that they are a joy in your life.

The last shall be first

      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 story of the Gospel feast, it was the man who sought the higher place who was sent to the lower, and then one who took the lower place who was sent up higher. In the world, there is push and rush; in the audits of Heaven, the emptying of the ego is a condition of admittance of God's action within the soul."

Events Today in Church History

      On this date in 1303, Saint Ives of Kermartin died. Forty years after his death Pope Clement VI, the fourth of the Avignon Popes, canonized Ivo Helory, better known as St. Ives who is considered Patron Saint of Lawyers. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for May 19:

"I solemnly tell you again: Time is very critical and so many of my beloved little ones are now blinded by confusion and doubt."

      Those words come from Our Lady on July 16, 1994 - the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in which she imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #518 the need to wear her Scapular, especially in these days when the devil mounts such a voracious campaign against God's little ones. She again calls on us to invoke her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit often which is fitting in preparation for Pentecost this weekend. The Blessed Mother prefaced these words with Message #517 three days earlier on the feast of Saint Henry imploring her children to put on the cloak of humility and embrace her Divine Son in the Holy Eucharist for that is our Life Blood in the difficult times ahead. For Messages #517 and #518, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 517 and 518

Message Five-Hundred-seventeen, July 13, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of Saint Henry)

Message Five-Hundred-eighteen, July 16, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel)


   &nbps; In conjunction with the Worldwide Rosary Crusade Novena, we continue to promote the nine-day novena of Rosaries for peace between Ascension Thursday and the Solemnity of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church and the day of the Holy Spirit - dove of Peace. Today is the 7th day of the Novena.

April 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. Little children, be joyful carriers of peace and love in this peaceless world. By fasting and prayer, witness that you are mine and that you live my messages. Pray and seek! I am praying and interceding for you before God that you convert; that your life and behavior always be Christian. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"And I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I am coming to Thee. Holy Father, keep in Thy name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one even as We are."

John 17: 11

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May 19, 1999 volume 10, no. 97   DAILY CATHOLIC