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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the feast of Saint John Baptist Marie Vianney, Cure of Ars, while tomorrow we celebrate the feast of Dedication of the Cathedral of Saint Mary's Major in Rome. For the readings, liturgy and meditations for both days, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Below is the Opening Prayer for today's Mass honoring Saint John Baptist Marie Vianney, Cure of Ars:
Father of mercy, You made Saint John Vianney outstanding in his priestly zeal and concern for Your people. By his example and prayers, enable us to win our brothers and sisters to the love of Christ and come with them to eternal glory..
Medjugorje Monthly Message for July 25th
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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- Eleventh installment of THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS in this on-going series from the early chapters as part of retro summer.
- Seventeenth and final installment of the Pope's Apostolic Letter on keeping holy the Lord's Day - Dies Domini in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
- 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 5th
- Liturgy of the Day for Wednesday, feast of the Dedication of Saint Mary's Major in Rome and Thursday, feast of THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD.
- ...and much more in our 152nd issue for 1998!
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One empire begins to crumble as another begins to flourish through the blood of the martyrs |
As the pagan Roman emperors grew more lazy, they cried out louder for the persecution of those who were diametrically opposed to the epicurean lifestyle of the aristocrats. But with every Christian killed, their example sprouted two or more converts until it literally drove some of the emperors mad. Society in Rome had become lax in their freedom which eventually led to bondage while the strict rules and laws practiced by Christians showed the scope of freedom in God's overall plan. Yet, like every finite organization, there was internal bickering even within the Church where a split was forming between East and West. We continue with the eleventh 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 eleventh installment titled The Blood of the Martyrs replenishes a flourishing Church: 200-250 , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
There are more souls in hell from the sins of the Sixth Commandment than any other sin
One of the main sins committed by the lax Romans during the time covered above was the sin of lust. Today we can see this sin smothering the world and only through practicing the virtues of chastity, temperance, etc. can we avoid the great trap laid by the evil one. That is the essence of Jesus' words in the 97th Lesson/Meditation to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, which is one in a series of 100 Meditative Lessons imparted to her. This Lesson deals with the Sixth Commandment. For the Lesson/Meditation titled ONLY BY VIRTUE CAN YOU FIGHT THE VICES COMMITTED AGAINST THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT, click on THE HIDDEN WAY.
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
The Cycle of the Mystery of Christ revolves around Sunday in our Catholic Liturgy
Because of the length of the sixteenth installment of the Holy Father's Apostolic Letter DIES DOMINI by Pope John Paul II on keeping the Lord's Day holy, we are suspending the TUESDAY CATHOLIC PewPOINT to bring you this important document. Today the Holy Father continues to explain the importance of the Sabbath in our lives as we bring you the second to last of our daily installments. To read the entire document, you can go to Dies Domini. For Chapter Five: DIES DIERUM Sunday: the Primordial Feast, Revealing the Meaning of Time
part two, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
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Changing of the Guard: Colonel Pius Segmueller handed reigns of Vatican Swiss Guard
With the Pope at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the Swiss Guard had a changing of the guard yesterday three months after the terrible shootings in the Vatican. In a low-key ceremony forty-six year-old Colonel Pius Segmueller was handed the reigns of the elite corps of one hundred or so whose principal task is to protect the Holy Father. For more, click on New commander.
Nun killing continues with Pope's announcement that another was shot to death in Rwanda
During his Angeles audience Sundat at his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, Pope John Paul II revealed that another nun - Sister Valeus Mukanoheli of the Congregation of
Benebiki headquartered in Rwanda - was shot to death during a time when tensions between Hutu rebels and the government are at a dangerous level. Her death brings to six the number of religious who have been murdered in the last week. For more, click on Angelus Audience.
Italian Cardinal lashes out at local civic leaders who are soft on morals
Throughout much of Europe city councils and governments are being faced with the issue of accepting same-sex partnerships as common place in the same manner as heterosexual marital status. But the Cardinal of Florence, Italy has had enough. Cardinal Silvano Piovanelli, upon learning that the city council caved to demands of homosexuals, has issued a scathing condemnation of such action via the weekly Vatican organ - L'Osservatore Romano this week, illustrating how such decisions lead to a direct antithesis of all the Church teaches. For more, click on Florence Cardinal.
Jews and Catholics at an impasse as Israel formally demands removal of crosses at Auschwitz
Israel is playing hard-ball with Polish Catholics and Polish civic authorities governing the land on which the Nazi death camp Auschwitz was located. The Israeli government has demanded the removal of fifty crosses placed there by zealous Catholics who themselves have protested the lack of any kind of Christian memorial where many Catholics were also put to death, including Saint Maximilian Kolbe and Blessed Edith Stein. The Jews countered that an international agreement had been reached nothing would be erected on the grounds. For more, click on Auschwitz
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Events today in Church History
For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
PROVERB OF THE DAY"The nether world and the abyss are never satisfied; so too the eyes of men." Proverbs 27: 20