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TUESDAY      September 21, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 179

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Malcolm Muggeridge

He gave the world "Something Beautiful for God" by introducing the world to Mother Teresa and receiving something truly beautiful in return: Catholicism

   Today we bring you the 58th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Malcolm Muggeridge, the British iconoclast who was one of England's leading modern satirists who discovered the truth through a frail, little Albanian nun in 1968 and found true peace in 1982 when he and his wife converted to Catholicism as the result of Mother Teresa's prayers and example that touched him deeper than anything in his life. Known as the "consummate curmudgeon," he was humble enough to admit God had the answers. For more on the 58th selection, click on MALCOLM MUGGERIDGE

58.    Malcolm Muggeridge

It's a generous balance of love and love-offerings that will help East Timor regroup

    In today's editorial, we make note that as of tomorrow there are only 100 days left in this millennium, time enough to prepare and time enough to reach out to others in prayer and love offerings, to heed the Gospel message today that we, like Jesus, are to tend to the sick - most notably our Catholic brothers and sisters in the vanquished island of East Timor where half the population has been displaced or murdered. We call upon the Bishops in America to spearhead a campaign to aid the oppressed half way around the world, all part of the universal Church. For the editorial, With 100 days left, let's live our faith to the fullest and give until it hurts! see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

With 100 days left, let's live our faith to the fullest and give until it hurts!

Michael Cain, editor

Events Today in Church History

    On this date 78 years ago Pope Benedict XV whose pontificate spanned World War I and the Russian Revolution, reached out with love and compassion to the people of Russia who were being suppressed by the iron fist of Nicolai Lenin after the Kronstadt rising was crushed and Lenin clamped down on state control of the economy. Just like the dire situations in East Timor, Rwanda and the Sudan today, back in 1921 the 258th successor of Peter generously donated one million lira to feed the starving people of Russia, especially in the Ukraine as the iron curtain began to take shape. 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 September 21:

Feast of the Apostle and Evangelist Saint Matthew

SIMPLY SHEEN:Good intentions alone won't get us into Heaven

      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".

"If we are wrong in the purpose of life, we are wrong on everything. The soul is dyed with the color its beliefs. A popular bromide is to say: 'If I do my best, it will be all right.' The Income Tax Bureau will not accept that philosophy. To 'have done our best' will not console us much if we still miss a train or fail a bar examination. The road to hell is paved with good intentions."


    Today is the Feast of the Apostle and Evangelist SAINT MATTHEW while tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time with the Twenty-fifth Wednesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on St. Matthew, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Tuesday, September 21, 1999


Wednesday, September 22, 1999


    For the Feast of Saint Matthew, we bring you Preface for the Mass in his honor:

In sending Your only-begotten Son You have manifested Your love for mankind and You have mercifully invited sinners to be seated at the banquet of the kingdom. Matthew, happy to welcome the Master into his home, generously accepted and, renewed by this encounter with grace, became a herald of Your marvels.

Retroactive articles on Church history available from 33 to 1515 A.D. for review

   To allow all readers to catch up on our popular on-going series, we present a review of the period from the time of Christ when He founded the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church to the time of the Reformation and Pope Leo X, the 217th in the Petrus line early in the sixteenth century. These are installments 1 through 106. Until we are back to full strength we will continue the archives, giving readers the opportunity to catch up To read any of the 105 installments presently available in this long on-going series, click on the Archives of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

Finally the long-awaited books
are NOW available!

     With the messages completed, you can now order the book that contains ALL the messages. This much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a lasting gift that will inspire you in your faith, and all God asks of us. You can acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages or the THE HIDDEN WAY containing 100 inspirational Meditative Lessons from Our Lord and Our Lady on Church Doctrine by clicking on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." or THE HIDDEN WAY or both books at BOOKS

August 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Also today I call you to give glory to God the Creator in the colors of nature. He speaks to you also through the smallest flower about His beauty and the depth of love with which He has created you. Little children, may prayer flow from your hearts like fresh water from a spring. May the wheat fields speak to you about the mercy of God towards every creature. That is why, renew prayer of thanksgiving for everything He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"Now as Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting in the tax-collector's place, and said to him, 'Follow Me.' And he arose and followed him...'It is not the healthy who need a physician, but they who are sick. But go, and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I have come to call sinners, not the just.'"

Matthew 9: 9, 12-13

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September 21, 1999 volume 10, no. 179   DAILY CATHOLIC