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THURSDAY      October 7, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 191

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Number 46:

Father Paul Marx, O.S.B.

Founder of Human Life International, who the Pope calls the "Apostle of Life," is Planned Parenthood's number one enemy

    Today we bring you the 46th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Father Paul Marx, O.S.B., the unyielding Benedictine priest who founded Human Life International to combat the culture of death and educate all as to the intrinsic evils of abortion, euthanasia, illicit sex and contraception. Again, it is a Godincidence that his selection falls in during "Respect Life Week." After thirty-some years at the helm of HLI, he retired from active duty with the largest pro-life organization in the world this past August due to failing health. For more on the 46th selection, click on FATHER PAUL MARX, O.S.B.

46.    Father Paul Marx, O.S.B.

Appreciation of Holy Orders

    Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the great treasuries of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We continue with the our short feature on Priests, treating today the Sacrament of Holy Orders and the qualifications for someone to receive this august sacrament. For the twenty-seventh installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


The Sacrament of Holy Orders

Events that happened this day in Church History

    Besides this day being the historical day when Don Juan of Austria led a determined band of Christian sea warriors to victory over the superior forces of the Saracens in 1571, it is also the 1,663rd anniversary of the death of the 34th successor of Peter Pope Saint Mark I whose pontificate lasted less than a year. He is best remembered as the Sovereign Pontiff who introduced the Pallium, a woolen stole from a blessed lamb which the Pope consecrated. It was also during his short papacy that the first religious feast days were placed on a liturgical calendar. 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 7:

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

"It is more blessed to give than to receive."

    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".

" One of love's essential laws expressed in the words of Our Lord that the Apostles fondly remembered after He ascended: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive' (Acts 20: 35). Our nation will be happier and our hearts will be more full of joy when we discover the true brotherhood of man, but to do this we must realize that we are a race of illegitimate children unless there is also the Fatherhood of God. "


    Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, instituted by Pope Saint Pius V in 1571 to honor the Blessed Mother for her intercession at the Victory of Lepanto which saved Christianity against enormous odds. He proved the power of the Rosary just as Pope John Paul II advocates this secret weapon imparted to Saint Dominic for the Holy Rosary is more vital for us today than ever before in sending bouquets of Hail Mary's to Heaven. Many saints have said the links of the Rosary are the chains that will bind satan. Tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Thursday, October 7, 1999


     As a result of the miraculous victory of the Christians over the superior Turk fleet in the landmark Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571 produced through Our Lady's intercession from the reverently praying her Holy Rosary, Pope Pius V proclaimed the date as the feast of Our Lady of Victory. The Rosary had been promulgated since Saint Dominic was given the Rosary in a vision in the early 14th Century. A century and a half later Pius V, a Dominican, realized intuitively that this was a manifestation of the power of the Rosary and declared it a great feast. His successor Pope Gregory XIII in 1573 made it obligatory for Rome and for the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary. Pope Clement XI established the feast in the Roman Calendar earmarking it for the first Sunday in October as the Dominicans had been celebrating it. In 1960, Pope John XXIII officially proclaimed October 7 as the set day and changed the name from to Our Lady of the Rosary which it has remained as to this day. Over the past two centuries the Rosary has been emphasized in the Mother of God's many, many apparitions - especially at Fatima and Medjugorje where Mary has stressed the vital importance of praying her Holy Rosary for Peace. She reiterates how it is the most powerful weapon we have, that each bead is a rose forming a beautiful bouquet she presents to God on our behalf and that each bead becomes a firm link in the chain that will bind satan forever. Outside of the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary is the most important devotion we have in Holy Mother Church.

Friday, October 8, 1999


    For the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary we honor Mary with the Preface for the Mass in her honor from the Dominican missal:

On this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary we praise, bless and proclaim Your name. Consenting to the divine word, Mary became the Mother of God; embracing Your saving will, she became the handmaid of the Lord; devoting herself to the life and work of Your Son. Mary cooperated in the mystery of redemption. Because of this she stands before us, Mother and Model of the Church.

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


"And I say to you, ask, it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find, knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks it shall be opened. Buf if one of you asks his father for a loaf, will he hand him a stone? or for a fish, will he hand him a serpent? or if he asks for an egg, will he hand him a scorpion? Therefore, if you, evil as you are, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Good Spirit to those who ask Him!"

Luke 11: 9-13

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