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WEDNESDAY      October 20, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 200

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Number 37:

Chiara Lubich

Italian Catholic Foundress of the Focalare Movement who has become the "Apostle of Unity" for all faiths through her ecumenical evangelization

    Today we bring you the 37th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Chiara Lubich, the 79 year-old foundress of the international Focalare movement with presently 110,000 members in over 180 countries. They say invention is the mother of necessity, and Chiara, while an elementary school teacher saw the necessity to heal prejudices and hate while upholding human dignity in the aftermath of the terrible tragedy of World War II. Slowly but surely, clinging to the Gospel message and spreading it to others of all faiths and cultures, she was able to show others how to live and love as Jesus loved. For more on the 37th selection, click on CHIARA LUBICH

37.    Chiara Lubich

The Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

The Armor of God

    Today we continue our short series on the "Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" with the focus today on the altar linens and vestments which are not just "dressings" for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, but part of the sacred ritual begun in the Old Covenant and fulfilled in the New with the Mass. They are, in essence, the "armor of God." The linens required for celebrating Mass and which touch the Body and Blood of Christ represent the linens Our Lord were wrapped in when placed in the tomb. The reasons for each vestment have a special meaning as you'll see in Installment twenty-three The Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass part four: The Altar Linens and Vestments in the BARQUE OF PETER

Installment Twenty-three

The Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - Part Four

Altar Linens and Vestments

Next Wednesday: Installment Twenty-four: Agony and Ecstasy of the Church after Gregory the Great part one

Appearances may be deceiving!

    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".

"No one can pick up the Scriptures without reading a devastating criticism of social moral standards, as when the Divine Savior put a harlot above a Pharisee, a penitent robber above a religious leader, and a prodigal son above his exemplary brother."

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


"But of this be assured, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would certainly have watched, and not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because at an hour that you do not expect, the Son of Man is coming."

Luke 12: 39-40

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October 20, 1999 volume 10, no. 200  DAILY CATHOLIC