August 18, 1998
History of the Mass features end of persecutions

August 18, 1998

vol. 9, no. 161


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Today is the feast of Saint Jane Francis de Chantal, while tomorrow we celebrate the feast of
Saint John Eudes, Religious Founder
Saint John Eudes, Priest, Religious Founder and Educator. For the readings, liturgy and meditations for both days, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
     Below is a prayer dedicated to today's saint Saint Jane Francis de Chantal:

Almighty and most merciful God, Who didst endow Blessed Jane Frances, consumed by love for Thee, with wondrous spiritual strength to follow the way of perfection along every path of life, and by her didst make Thy Church illustrious with new spiritual children, grant, through her merits and prayers, that we who realize our own weakness and trust only in Thy might, may be assisted by heavenly grace and may overcome those things which fight against us.

Today in Church history
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     For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

"The false witness will perish, but he who listens will finally have his say."
Proverbs 21: 28

500 and counting,
hoping and praying...

  • Twelfth installment of THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS in this on-going series from the early chapters as part of retro summer.

  • Father John Hampsch's column KEYS TO LIVING GOD'S WILL

  • Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on August 19th

  • Liturgy of the Day for Wednesday, feast of the Saint John Eudes and Thursday, feast of St. Bernard of Clairvaux.

  • ...and much more in our 162nd issue for 1998!

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It was in the sign of the cross that the cross flourished with the end of persecutions
     It took a supernatural sign in the sky and a saintly mother for the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great to change the course of history, altering the trend from persecute Christians to promoting the faith as a national religion. This about face and sudden switch to prosperity for the Church is the subject of today's episode in which we detail the Popes of that time and how Holy Mother Church grew in tremendous stages once they emerged from the catacombs and into the mainstream of society. We continue with the twelfth installment from the early chapters of our on-going megaseries on the Church through the ages as part of our special retro Summer in bringing you past issues you may not have had the opportunity to read. For the twelfth installment titled "In Hoc Signo Vinces" - Freedom at last!, click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

Terror of the tongue! We will have to answer for all we say!
THE HIDDEN WAY     Though Our Lord deals with the Eighth Commandment in today's Lesson/Meditation He refers to the Fifth Commandment - "Thou shalt not kill" for we can do grave damage through the terror of the tongue, killing someone's reputation or good name, something that can not be retrieved once it is spoken. We will be held accountable for all we do or SAY. That is the essence of Jesus' words in the 99th and next-to-the-last Lesson/Meditation to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, which is one in a series of 100 Meditative Lessons imparted to her. For the Lesson/Meditation titled HOLD YOUR TONGUE OR GOD WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE , click on THE HIDDEN WAY.

THE HIDDEN WAY now available! Click here!      Also, if you would like to know how you can acquire your own copy of the just-released book THE HIDDEN WAY, click on Book

Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDE

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    Terror strikes Northern Ireland. All factions unite in the hunt for perpetrators of tragedy
    Tragedy in Northern Ireland      It has been said God allows evil for good and after decades of bitter fighting between Catholic and Protestant factions in Northern Ireland, one of the worst tragedies ever may strangely unite all in apprehending the terrorists who planted a car bomb in the quiet village of Omagh, a good distance from the main theater of violence in Belfast. All parties pin the blame on forces who are striving to undermine the peace process instituted on Good Friday this year which has given hope to so many. The car bombing killed 28 and injured 200 more on Sunday, one week before Bill Clinton is expected to visit the area. For more, click on Northern Ireland.

    Are we heading for a showdown between the Latin and Byzantine rites over the issue of married priests?
         A recent announcement by the head of the Ruthenian Eastern Church indicates they are bypassing the new Codes of Canon Law and conveniently taking the Holy Father's words in his encyclical Oriental Lumen literally by allowing married priests in the Eastern-rite churches. This effects countries everywhere including the U.S. but the Vatican is expected to respond negatively to this before the new law goes into effect the end of this month. For more, click on married priests.

    Feast of Saint Maximilian Kolbe prompts Catholics to ignore cross ban at Auschwitz
    Catholics continue to place crosses at AuschwitzJews unhappy with Catholic participation     Rather than kowtowing to Jewish demands to remove the crosses at the former Nazi death camp in Auschwitz, Poland, Catholics honored the feast of a priest who died there and has since been canonized - St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe by placing 100 more crosses on the site despite the fact the head bishop of Poland called for a stop to placing crosses on this site which has created great controversy between Catholic and Jew, the former contending the Jews have no monopoly on suffering. For more, click on Crosses at Auschwitz.

    Investigation of Human Rights Bishop's Murder takes on additional bizarre twist with arrest of more priests
         Church authorities in Guatamala are already upset with the investigation being conducted by the Guatamalan government over the killing of Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera, an auxiliary bishop of the diocese who championed human rights and was murdered shortly after speaking out against the government. A few weeks ago the government arrested a priest close to the bishop and his housekeeper. Now word comes that two more priests - one a chancellor of the diocese and the other a pastor - have been arrested, contending they knew what was going on. The archbishop has publicly stated that it is merely a smokescreen from apprehending the real culprit or culprits, most likely associated with the government. For more, click on Guatamala arrests

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Medjugorje Monthly Message for July 25th
The Gospa's message for July
   Dear children! Today, little children, I invite you, through prayer, to be with Jesus, so that through a personal experience of prayer you may be able to discover the beauty of God's creatures. You cannot speak or witness about prayer, if you do not pray. That is why, little children, in the silence of the heart, remain with Jesus, so that He may change and transform you with His love. This, little children, is a time of grace for you. Make good use of it for your personal conversion, because when you have God, you have everything. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE

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