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THURSDAY      October 14, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 196

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TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY Countdown - Number 41:

Father Slavko Barbaric, OFM

Franciscan Friar whose Medjugorje parish has served the world in administering to the millions of pilgrims who have flocked to Our Lady's Shrine

   Today we bring you the 41st person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Father Slavko Barbaric, OFM, a familiar face in Medjugorje who has been a parish priest at St. James there since 1982. Because so many know this wise and inspirational Franciscan Friar from his many appearances at Marian conferences throughout the country over the years and because of his monthly spiritual and insightful common sense commentaries on the Monthly Message of Medjugorje he made the selection of the top 100. For more on the 41st selection, click on FATHER SLAVKO BARBARIC, OFM

41.    Father Slavko Barbaric, OFM

Are we willing to take that leap of faith?

    In his column today, Pat Ludwa plays the fool - the fool for Christ in advancing the cause of the fool, the one who would be ridiculed by the world for the prize of Heaven. If we have rabbit ears to the criticism of man, then how much do we weigh the judgment of God? Pat points out the various saints who were sinners and that there is no shame in falling, in being laughed at by the world and ostracized. Who wouldn't want to be ostracized from the devil? The real shame is in not responding to God's graces and not having the trust to take that leap of faith. That's what Hope is all about. To know God will not let us dash our feet against the ground if we trust in Him for He will whisk us out of danger into His loving arms. For Pat's column Hope or Despair, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

Hope or Despair

Events that happened this day in Church History

    On this day 1,777 days ago the 16th successor of Peter passed away. Pope Saint Calixtus I or Callistus was born in Rome and elected in 217 to succeed Pope Saint Zephyrinus He was responsible for the excavation of the famous Catacombs on the Via Appia where 46 popes and more than 200,000 martyrs are buried. He joined that group on this date in 222 when he was beaten to death with clubs and his remains thrown into a well where the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere stands today. 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 October 14:

True Love means climbing rung by rung to God

    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".

"It is not to be thought that life is a snare or an illusion because the bubbles cease in a champagne glass. No true unhappiness comes to man unless he places his heart in a false infinite. He who sees that all human love is nothing but Divine Love on pilgrimage will use it as a kind of Jacob's ladder to climb back again through virtue to the Source of all Love Which is God Himself."

The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a review of all past articles on the Church today

    Like our other feature series, we present installments 1 through 105 of this series which is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event - the second coming of Christ and the Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace. To read any of the over one-hundred previous installments in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

September 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! Today again I call you to become carriers of my peace. In a special way, now when it is being said that God is far away, He has truly never been nearer to you. I call you to renew prayer in your families by reading the Sacred Scripture and to experience joy in meeting with God Who infinitely loves His creatures. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"Woe to you lawyers! because you have taken away the key of knowledge; you have not entered yourselves and those who were entering you have hindered. "

Luke 11: 52

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