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Today we begin the lengthy liturgical season known as Ordinary Time with the Eighth Monday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow is the Eighth Tuesday as well as the trilogy of feasts honoring Saint Bede, priest, religious and Doctor of the Church, Pope Saint Gregory VII, known as Hildebrand the Holy Monk, and Saint Mary Magdalene de'Pazzi, Virgin and Religious. Ordinary Time will take us through the summer and fall right up to Advent Season in late November. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on the above saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Because of the proximity of Pentecost Sunday, we present a special prayer to the Holy Spirit from the Treasury of Novenas:
Grant, we beg of You, Almighty God, that we may so please Your Holy Spirit by our earnest prayers, that we may, by His grace, be freed from all temptations and merit to receive the forgiveness of sins. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Medjugorje Monthly Message for APRIL 25th
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
Events in Church History
On this date last year His Holiness John Paul II made a special pilgrimage visit to the Shroud of Turin and encouraged scientists to keep an open mind regarding the carbon dated material that was almost destroyed by fire a few years ago. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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The DAILY WORD"One thing is lacking to thee; go, sell whatever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven: and come, follow Me. " Mark 10: 17-27
- Installment one-hundred-three in our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- A special feature on Star Wars and a virtual interview with George Lucas and Pope John Paul II on the inherent message in ECCLESIAL ECHOES
- Messages 525 and 526 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on May 25th.
- Short gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
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- DAILY LITURGY for the Eighth Tuesday in Ordinary Time and the trilogy feasts of Saint Bede, Doctor of the Church, Saint Gregory VII, Pope and relgious, and Saint Mary Magdalene de'Pazzi, virgin and religious plus Wednesday's Feast of Saint Philip Neri, priest and religious founder.
- ...and much more in our 101st issue for 1999!
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Preliminary Rankings of the Century's Top 50 Catholics to date|
Today we reveal the rankings for the Top 50 Catholics to date and list 110 others on the ballot, providing you still time to vote for the person or persons you feel were the most influential Catholics in this century. We have had over 10,000 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 we will keep you abreast periodically of the standings as we draw nearer to featuring the countdown. For the list of nominated candidates and standings to date, click on TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
Way being cleared for Fatima visionaries Francesco and Jacinta to be beatified in near future
Romania and Orthodox leaders warming to possibility of reunion with Rome
100,000 volunteers being recruited to help with pilgrim influx in Rome and Jubilee festivities at Vatican
Peoria bishop promotes emulation of fatherly image of God the Father for men as parents and husbands
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
Message to the Americas:Ordinary Time
This is actually the Season of Pentecost, though in the Novus Ordo it is called "Ordinary Time" though that doesn't mean it's plain or mundane, but rather that the Church keeps count of the weeks which vary between 23 to 28 weeks leading up to the Feast of Christ the King on the final Sunday of the Church's Liturgical Year. The next week Advent kicks off the new Liturgical Church year. Ordinary Time is the longest of the liturgical seasons. The entire year is divided by the Church into periods and seasons, some of rejoicing, some of penance and others of ordinary prayer and work, the latter referring to "Ordinary Time" after Pentecost when we follow through what Christ has said and the strengthening the Spirit has infused in us at Pentecost. By following the cycle of feasts and fasts, and living in the spirit of each time, we sanctify the whole year and help bear fruit pleasing to God. "In observing the seasons, we should look upon these events as actually occurring. The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ; she lives over every year the mysteries of His life. Thus we unite ourselves with Christ."
(source: My Catholic Faith, My Mission House).
The Path to Communion is the road to unity if led by loyal priests
Following up a year after the Bishops of North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean contingent, met for the month-long Synod of the Americas in Rome at the end of 1997, Pope John Paul II officially closed the Synod with his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City in January 1999. Because of its significance for all Americans, we bring you this important document in several installments over the next few months. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical or check footnotes, go to Ecclesia in America For the twelfth installment on Chapter Four: The Path to Communion - The priesthood as a sign of unity, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
A lifetime diplomat and curia member, Cardinal Antonio Innocenti is now retired after a half century of service to his Church
Our fifty-seventh red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the 84 year-old year-old Italian-born Cardinal Antonio Innocenti former head of various Pontifical Congregations and Commissions. He was elevated to the cardinalate on May 25, 1985 during the third Consistory held by Pope John Paul II and was transfered to cardinal priest on January 29, 1996. For more on Cardinal Innocenti, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Maybe the good ol' days weren't
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".
"Although a great deal of nonsense has been written about the interior life of men in our day, it is still true that the twentieth century is closer to God than the nineteenth century was. We are living on the eve of one of the great spiritual revivlas of human history."
"Your remembrance of Me is no longer a commitment of all your being, but lukewarm words are swords which pierce and tear at My most tender Sacred and Merciful Heart, the very Font of Divine Mercy."
Those powerful words from Our Lord were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguouri on August 1, 1994 in which He pulls no punches as to the malaise of the world and why the Father's Justice is inevitable. But there is still time if we return to Him as repentant prodigal sons and daughters and heed all His Blessed Mother has imparted for it is Christ Who sent her to help us. It the previous Message #524 Our Lady addresses this and urges all to return to the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist and to be obedient to her Divine Son's Vicar on earth - her beloved Pope John Paul II who has dedicated his pontificate to Mary. For Messages #523 and #524 from the Blessed Virgin and her Divine Son, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Jubilee year 2000 could see two of three Fatima visionaries being beatified
First Saint Catherine Laboure, then Saint Bernadette, now the latest is that two Fatima visionaries Francesco and Jacinta may be beatified next year during the Jubilee. Because she is still living, the third visionary Lucia would not be included but it is also believed the latter and Pope John Paul II are both favorable to this and the Portuguese hiearchy has made an invitation to the Pope to pronounce the beatification at Fatima. For more, click on Fatima Blesseds.
A new romance forming between Romania and Rome as more and more talk of unity with the Eastern Orthodox circulates
The Holy Father's ground-breaking historic trip to Romania is already paying dividends as more and more Orthodox leaders are speaking out about unity with the western Church. In addition, the Romanian president Emil Constantinescu presented the country's highest award - the "Star of Romania" to the Orthodox Patriarch and the country's 83 year-old Catholic prelate Cardinal Alexandru Todea who was imprisoned by the communists for over four decades. For more, click on The romance between Romania and Rome.
Wanted: Volunteers for the Jubilee in Rome. Apply at the Vatican
If you can speak Italian, want to give something to the Church, and would like to spend at least fifteen days in Rome free, then the Holy See may have just the ticket for you. The Vatican Central Jubilee Committee is looking for at least 100,000 good men and women to serve as volunteers to meet, greet and cater to pilgrims coming to Rome for Jubilee 2000. If you're interested, their e-mail and phone number is in the article inside. For more, click on Volunteers wanted .
Peoria Prelate prepares parents for role of Pater Noster
In preparation for Father's Day in a few weeks and tying in with the year dedicated to God the Father, Peoria's Bishop John J. Myers is encouraging fathers everywhere to take their parental role as father's for their families seriously and to emulate the Father of us all by first allowing Him to embrace them and then reaching out to their family and embracing the family in imitating the love of God. For more, click on Fathers
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