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FRI-SAT-SUN      May 21-23, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 99

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Congratulations, Father Al Svobodny, OMI

50 Years as an Oblate Priest

      In this weekend's editorial we pay tribute to a very special priest - our spiritual director who will celebrate his 50th Anniversary - his Golden Jubilee on June 4th this year but will commemorate it with a special Thanksgiving Mass on Pentecost Sunday at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, Minnesota where he is on the Retreat team there. It is appropriate that that Fr. Al celebrate on the Day the Holy Spirit descended for this gentle, loving priest has touched so many himself with the wisdom and vitality imparted by the Sanctifier. For this weekend's commentary, After Fifty years of mining for souls, Father Al has struck gold!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

After Fifty years of mining for souls, Father Al has struck gold!

Michael Cain, editor

Sister Mary Lucy Astuto is taking the week off. Her column will resume next week on these pages.

The Holy Trinity puts the exclamation mark on Mary's life as they receive her into the Heavenly Realm

Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries

      In the third and final part of Chapter 16, The Blessed Mother prepares to be reunited with her Son her soul is taken to Heaven before her body is assumed into Heaven. While her body remains at Loretto the Apostles hold vigil over her, not realizing that Mary is no longer there but has gone to be reunited with her Divine Son. But her work is not done and, combining with her Heavenly Spouse the Holy Spirit They have remained with us and with the Church Jesus founded as He promised. By adhering to all what He asks we will see the Second Pentecost to be made possible by the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart promised 82 years ago today at Fatima and repeated over and over since. These meditative lessons, imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart after Pentecost 1993, are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the Glorious Mysteries. For the final part of Chapter 16 and these Meditative Lessons for this year, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"

Meditative Lesson 16:


part three Our Lady's Meditation

Britain's leading prelate Cardinal George Basil Hume, OSB is fighting advanced Cancer after nearly fifty years as a priest and devoted servant of God

     We continue with this new series that debuted the beginning of the year, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our fifty-sixth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal George Basil Hume, OSB, the Archbishop of Westminster who was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Paul VI in the Consistory of May 24, 1976. For more on Cardinal Hume, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

56.   Cardinal George Basil Hume, O.S.B.

SIMPLY SHEEN: Love is a many splintered thing.

     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".

"There are two kinds of love: love for its own pleasure, or love for the sake of another; the first is carnal love, the second is spiritual. Carnal love knows the other person only in a biological moment. Spiritual love knows the other person at all moments. In erotic love, the burdens of the other are regarded as impairing one's own happiness; in spiritual love, the burdens of others are opportunities for service."

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


"Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained."

John 20: 22-23

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May 21-23, 1999 volume 10, no. 99   DAILY CATHOLIC