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THURSDAY     November 11, 1999     SECTION ONE      vol 10, no. 214

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TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY Countdown - Number 23:

Father Michael Scanlan

Energetic and charismatic President of Franciscan University of Steubenville who has elevated the bar for the standards and spirituality of Catholic education in America

    Today we bring you the 23rd person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, the charismatic Third Order Franciscan priest who as President of Franciscan University of Steubenville for the past 25 years, has catapulted a once sleepy campus in eastern Ohio into a scholastic giant among Catholic institutions of higher learning. He is also well-known for his appearances on EWTN and orthodox posture on the Faith. For more on the 23rd selection, click on FATHER MICHAEL SCANLAN, TOR

23.    Father Michael Scanlan, TOR

The Fire of God's Love can be warm and cozy or hotter than hell!

    In his column today, Pat Ludwa ignites hearts on the "Eternal Flame of Love" - a Fire we cannot escape and one, that if we are faithful and loyal to God, then we will welcome and be warmed by His Love forever. If we are loyal to Him, but not ready to be at the hearth of Heaven, then we must first be cleansed in the fires of Purgatory in order for our love to burn ever brighter and purer as a reflection of Divine Love. Pat pulls no punches in reminding readers of Christ's words on the other conflagration that awaits us if we reject His love. They say there is no wrath like the wrath of a soul scorned and, in God's Infinite Mercy and Justice He rewards love with various degrees of His burning Love. For those who, by their own free will, turn down that Love, they have only the everlasting fires of hell to remind them of the Love they are missing. In essence, it is something so esoteric that man cannot comprehend in his finite ways, the greatest punishment man can ever experience is the scorching emptiness of the soul, the stark realization of an eternal void - the absence of God's Love. For Pat's column Hell, the fire of God's Love!, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

Hell, the fire of God's love!

Appreciation of the Existence of Purgatory

    Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We look again today at that merciful gift from God - Purgatory - where we are able to be cleansed before looking upon the Beatific Vision forever. There have been many misconceptions about this intermediate "stopping off point" between earth and Heaven and we hope to convey what the Church teaches about Purgatory over the next several installments. For the forty-ninth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


part three

October 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! Do not forget: this is a time of grace; that is why, pray, pray, pray! Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"The days will come when you will long to see one day of the Son of Man, and will not see it. And they will say to you, 'Behold, here He is; behold, there He is.' Do not go, nor follow after them. For as the lightning when it lightens flashes from one end of the sky to the other, so will the Son of Man be in His day. But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation."

Luke 17: 22-25

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November 11, 1999 volume 10, no. 214  DAILY CATHOLIC