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THURSDAY     November 4, 1999     SECTION ONE      vol 10, no. 209

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TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY Countdown - Number 28:

Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.

Dynamic Friar who embodies all that Saint Francis and Saint Bonaventure taught in reaching out to the poor of New York as well as educating the millions of minds and hearts on EWTN

   Today we bring you the 28th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., one of the founding fathers of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal who is so well-known from his 17 years as a regular on EWTN. Last week we featured in this section the pupil in Father Frank Pavone; today we feature the teacher - Father Benedict who has taught numerous priests and religious over the past thirty some years. When he is not teaching or preaching, he is distributing food and clothing at one of the many shelters and friaries he oversees in New York City. For more on the 28th selection, click on FATHER BENEDICT GROESCHEL, C.F.R.

28.    Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.


"For what does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul?"

Matthew 16: 26

    In his column today, Pat Ludwa reminds us of two saints whose virtues are applicable for our times. Having just celebrated the Solemnity of All Saints, we remember that addage "To live with the saints in Heaven, oh what glory; to live with the saints on earth, that's another story!" But we doubt one would have found it difficult to live with Saint Francis of Assisi or Saint Thomas More because of their sincere humility and obedience to all God commanded. Pat shows how one turned his back on material power, and the other turned his back on political power for there was a far greater prize awaiting them in the Heavenly kingdom. It is a reminder for all of us during these times when we are inundated by the lure of riches and status what is really important to us. For Pat's column Two special saints for our times!, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

Two special saints for our times!


Events that happened this day in Church History

    Today is the 470th anniversary of the day when the Archbishop of York Cardinal Thomas Wolsey was arrested by King Henry VIII for his resistance to the king's divorce from Catherine of Aragon and subsequent marriage to Ann Boleyn. Unlike Saint Thomas More who was also arrested and is featured in Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW today, Wolsey hedged and did not fully commit, fearful of his own life and therefore lost any opportunity among his fellow Conclave peers to be the next Pope. He had been one of the leading candidates to replace Pope Hadrian VI. 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 November 4:


SIMPLY SHEEN:

Talk is cheap when there's no sincerity

    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".

"The burden is on the strong. The fit must minister to the unfit; the rich must aid the poor. The blind man who tramples our flowers is not to be the object of toleration; rather, the loss of his sight must be felt by us as a personal loss. How often today writers and novelists take on the air of supporting the weak, the poor and the disinherited, but how few ever give any of their royalties to assist those whose misery made their fortune."


The DAILY WORD

"What man of you having a hundred sheep, and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the desert, and go after that which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it upon his shoulders rejoicing...I say to you that, even so, there will be joy in Heaven over one sinner who repents, more than over ninety-nine just who have no need of repentance."

Luke 15: 4-5, 7


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November 4, 1999 volume 10, no. 209  DAILY CATHOLIC