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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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Neighborly love needs to be habitual
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".
"Unless a man sets out to help his neighbor in the spirit of love he will never overcome those faulty tendencies in nature which constantly try to drag it down."
218 and counting,
hoping and praying...
THE DAILY WORD"Of the cup that I drink, you shall drink; and with the baptism with which I am to be baptized, you shall be baptized; but as for sitting at My right hand or at My left, that is not Mine to give, but it belongs to those for whom it has been prepared." |
Mark 10: 39-40
The one hundred second installment of our on-going feature series on the Church today with WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
Part Three of the "Star Wars Mystique" in ECCLESIAL ECHOES
A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on May 27th.
Messages 529 and 530 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
DAILY LITURGY for the Eighth Thursday and Friday in Ordinary Time and Thursday's feast of Saint Augustine of Canterbury
Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
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Cardinal Antonio Maria Javierre Ortas is a Salesian of Don Bosco who has become one of Europe's leading authorities on ecumenism |
Today we feature our fifty-eighth red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 78 year-old Spanish prelate and member of the Salesian Order Cardinal Antonio Maria Javierre Ortas, former Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments who has written extensively on ecumenism for the clergy and the Church throughout Europe. For more on Cardinal Javierre Ortas who was appointed by Pope John Paul II during the Consistory of June 28, 1988, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Moscow Mayor at Vatican for first visit ever day after first Russian priests ordained in Russia since year of Fatima apparitions
Cardinal Hume honored with prestigious Order of Merit Award by Queen Elizabeth
Vatican officials hopeful Pope not biting more off than he can chew with grueling two-week Polish pilgrimage
U.S. Bishops strive to guide youth away from violence and immorality with new pilot programs being tested in three cities.
These stories and more: featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
The Mystery Man behind the Star Wars Myth: Joseph Campbell.
Is he a false prophet or a visionary?
Continuing our three-part feature on the Star Wars mystique and the True Faith, we present the second part of ZENIT's feature series, today on the influence a man named Joseph Campbell and his philosophy had on George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars phenomena. For more on this mystery man, click on ECCLESIAL ECHOES
Despite the pagan oracles of Rome, the "Scourge of God" is turned away from the Gates of Rome by Divine Providence
We continue 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 of the first half of the fifth century as the Church began to gain steam throughout the known world and holy pontiffs sought to send missionaries to the far regions of the empire, an empire that was crumbling politically and morally for Rome was merely a shadow of the greatness she once was. But as she deteriorated, Holy Mother Church increased and grew until the time when Atilla the Hun, known as the "scourge of God" shocked the world and spared Rome because of the vision he had and Pope Saint Leo the Great's prayers and courage. For Installment twelve, click on BARQUE OF PETER
Why can't we remember how we stopped to smell the May flowers tomorrows?
With the movie theme prevalent over the past few days because of Star Wars, you might call the vignettes in today's appeteasers "Back to the Future" for one is called Tomorrow is here! Did you miss it? and the other is dubbed Turning to the Truth a short bit that packs a punch. For these last two short Appeteasers for May, click on MAY FLOWERS: FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
Events in Church History
On this date in 1232, Pope Gregory IX, the pontiff who canonized Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Dominic and Saint Anthony of Padua, dispatches the first Inquisition team to the city of Aragon in Spain, thus instituting the Holy Inquistion for the sake of preserving the faith against opposition and insurrection. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
"I solemnly tell you: Be humble and gentle of heart and you shall walk the path of Mercy!"
Those words come from Our Lord on August 10, 1994 - the feast of Saint Lawrence in which Jesus imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #528 that the eyes of God's souls can be seen in the Font of Divine Mercy. He asks His children to come be with Him in the Blessed Sacrament and clothe ourselves in His Mercy and seek Refuge in His Sacred and Merciful Heart. If we do all He asks, we have no fear of whatever chastisements are to come. His Blessed Mother prefaces her Divine Son's words with Message #527 three days earlier imploring her children to be united and heed her messages that she is imparting on every continent during these trying times as she emphasizes through her Medjugorje Message reference. For Messages #527 and #528, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Today is the Feast of Saint Philip Neri, Priest and Religiou Founder of the Oratorians and Forty Hour Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament while tomorrow we commemorate both Weekday in Ordinary Time and the feast of Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop and Missionary. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Bernardine, click on DAILY LITURGY.
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Russia takes center stage at Vatican with news of first ordinations of Catholic priests since the year of Fatima and first visit ever by Moscow mayor
Celebrating the ordination of the first three homegrown Russian priests since before the Bloody Revolution in 1917, the Holy Father also opened the possibility of a future trip to Moscow and Russia when he formally received the Mayor of Moscow and his wife. The mayor is considered "the little Tzar" and, in some circles, more influential and respected than Boris Yeltzin. Moscow Catholics extended an invitation for the Pope to visit next year, but the official invite must come from both the government and the Orthodox Church. For more, click on Russia.
Ailing Cardinal afforded Britain's prestigious Order of Merit by Queen herself
Despite the fact that he is dying of cancer, Great Britain's Cardinal George Basil Hume, Archbishop of Westminster and recognized head of the Catholic Church in the British Isles, was honored Tuesday by Queen Elizabeth with presentation of the prestigious Order of Merit Award, something reserved for only a select few. For more, click on Cardinal Hume.
Pope confirms he's a "glutton for punishment" by insisting on demanding schedule for Polish pilgrimage next week
If the Holy Father tires over the next two weeks because of his grueling itinerary to Poland, he'll have no one to blame but himself for he personally approved and added to the schedule in order to accomplish as much as he could in the packed two week period he will be in his native homeland which many believe will be the last time he is in his homeland. For more, click on Polishing off his Polish trip.
Pilot Program being launched by U.S. Bishops to deal with societal problems facing the Youth of America
With the recent rash of violence and threats in high schools across America, the United States Bishops' Subcommittee on Youth are launching a pilot program in the Southeast, Midwest and Southwest to deal with the growing violence and cater to Catholic youth struggling with these societal issues which includes counseling and providing latchkey programs. For more, see Bishops' Pilot Program for Youth
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